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(Editor’s note: This is part of a continuing series of stories about “snowbirds” in the Valley of the Sun.)
With the average age of our properties here in Ahwatukee at around 20 years there seems to be a shift in what is most important to buyers out here looking to purchase. Ten years ago interior upgrades like granite counter tops, newer fixtures and flooring were on top of most buyers list when searching for a home. Top of the radar these days are big-tickets items that have reached their life span like roofs and air condition units. Another non-cosmetic item high on the list is energy efficiency such as newer windows and solar equipment.
Bonny Holland has been named one of the Top 50 Arizona’s highest ranking women in business by Who’s Who’s in Business.
A Step Ahead Preschool and Montessori preschool/prekindergarten students, (3-5 years of age), donated hundreds of items to the Keller Williams Realty RED DAY foundation.
A Step Ahead Preschool and Montessori preschool/prekindergarten students, ( 3-5 years of age), donated over hundred items to the Keller Williams Realty RED DAY foundation.
The number of rental homes offered for lease on ARMLS (Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service, excluding vacation rentals) was 3,695 as of April 1, 2014, dramatically lower than the 4,122 we saw a month earlier.
Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe high school seniors from the Tempe Union High School District are preparing for a milestone achievement — graduation.
Join us in welcoming our newest chamber members:
Mary Hake, Yun-Pei Hsieh, Cleta Keller and Dana Fehnel of Ahwatukee recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines at Arizona State University. These residents are among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
HERE: Free real estate seminar May 10
After the avalanche of email I received from the Windows XP article I wrote last month, I thought perhaps it would be nice to address some rather interesting short topics. Just for the record, RW, at last check, the sky has not fallen, nor is it expected any time soon.
With the strong gains in home values over the past two years, prices in many Ahwatukee neighborhoods have started to peak. The past few months have been categorized Valleywide as a “Buyer’s Market.” The final numbers for March are in; inventory is down while pending and closed sales are up. We’re returning to a more balanced real estate market. According to the National Association of Realtors, the current months of inventory levels across the country are around four months. A balanced market is three to four months of inventory. Ahwatukee is currently at four and a half. That’s great news for a seller.
Color May 8 as Red Day. That’s when agents with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living (KWSL) will be helping to feed Tempe-community families by collecting food items for food boxes. The goal is to give 100 food boxes to the Kyrene Schools Community Foundation, a local school resource center.
After a remarkable rebound, the Phoenix housing market is cooling down. The latest figures show Phoenix is off to a less than promising 2014. The number of homes for sale in January stood 29 percent above their levels of a year earlier, according to the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service Inc. A new report from Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business has found a 4 percent drop in home prices in January.
Tempe Union High School District (TUHSD) will be recommending Christine Barela to replace Dr. Anna Battle as principal of Desert Vista High School.
Shannon Keller, managing director of The Artigue Agency, has been voted to a three-year term on the Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) Board of Directors.
Mary Keller, assistant principal at Mountain Pointe, (left) and Christine Barela, assistant principal of Desert Vista, answering public questions on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, as candidates for the principal position at Desert Vista High School.
The W.P. Carey School of Business’ February housing report reveals that new home sales are showing the largest percentage price increase in all three measures over the last year for the greater Phoenix area.
HERE: Free retirement seminar Feb. 22
Visit Mesa and Longbow Golf Club will host a junior golf clinic for 200 Mesa grade-school students on Feb. 18.
Lisa Reinhart with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living recently completed a luxury home marketing training course offered by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. The course — which covered such topics as demographics of the affluent, lifestyle segmentation, trends and amenities in today’s luxury home product, and creating a marketing plan for the multimillion dollar property — was taught by Laurie Moore-Moore, President of the Dallas-based Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and author of the book, “Rich Buyer, Rich Seller! The Real Estate Agents’ Guide to Marketing Luxury Homes.”
Isabelle Stonebraker of Keller Williams accepts a "Buck for Luck" from Chamber President Anne Gill during her ribbon cutting.
Duane Louton with Keller Williams Realty Phoenix recently completed a luxury home marketing training course offered by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. The course, which covered such topics as demographics of the affluent, lifestyle segmentation, trends and amenities in today’s luxury home product, and creating a marketing plan for the multimillion dollar property, was taught by Laurie Moore-Moore, president of the Dallas-based Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and author of the book, “Rich Buyer, Rich Seller! The Real Estate Agents’ Guide to Marketing Luxury Homes.”
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