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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 4:32 pm

The real estate market is improving dramatically according to real estate professionals, and those looking to get involved in the market can learn all about their options at the Arizona Homebuyers Expo this Saturday, April 13.

The expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center South, 33 S. 3rd St. in Phoenix. Information on financial resources, pre-approvals for loans, showcases of housing inventory, information on mortgage or renovation loans, a broad range of business contacts and Realtors and lenders familiar with government programs will all be available.

The expo is coming at a good time, according to Ahwatukee broker, Allen Henderson.

“The market is improving dramatically,” Henderson said. “Nice properties that are priced appropriately are selling in days, not weeks or months.”

Henderson said prices are up 15 to 20 percent from last year. He recommends potential homebuyers should look to purchase early in the year because prices tend to drive upward during summer months when competition is high.

The Homebuyers Expo is put on by Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., a community development corporation that provides services to Arizona to help with economic development, education, housing and social services.

Topics will include buying a first home, loans for veterans, lease to own and rentals, determining needs near retirement, pre-purchase counseling, short sales and home inspections. The expo brings together business and nonprofits to provide all the information a potential homebuyer could need.

This is the second year CPLC has put on an expo. Last year, more than 1,300 people attended. Admission to the event is free. For more information, visit or call (602) 257-6749.

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Teacher Pily Pantoja helps Sarah Wang, 4, with the addition snake game at Keystone Montessori on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Keystone Montessori has come a long way since its founding in 1995. Back then it was operated out of the founder’s home before eventually moving on to rent rooms from Horizon Presbyterian Church. It was only in 2000 that they had gained a strong enough enrollment to move into the facility where they currently reside on Liberty Lane, just off Desert Foothills Parkway and across from the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA.

The school services students as young as 18 years old, as part of their toddler program, and as old as ninth-graders. The current enrollment is around 320 students, who all have access to Spanish, music and arts programs in addition to the full Montessori curriculum.

“We provide an authentic Montessori education which focuses on the independence and whole development of the child, including academic as well as social and emotional growth,” said head of school Cindy Maschoff. “We want our students to become independent citizens of the world.”

The school will be taking the time to present the concept of Montessori education to the public Jan. 29 and 30. At the presentations the school will provide a clear understanding of what Montessori education looks like at each level of education. Those wanting to attend should plan on going to both meetings, with the Jan. 29 meeting going from 6-7 p.m. and the Jan. 30 meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings require attendees to RSVP, which can be done by emailing

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• Compiled by James Gingerich.

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