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It seems like yesterday that I filled up the tank at $1.35 per gallon. And I showed a four bedroom two bath home near the downtown and a gorgeous golf course for $59k. It may seem like yesterday because.... It was. My goodness... I would have never expected such a thing. But it's also wonderul... there are so many bargains out there for those who have been hoping to own a home. Or to do a fix and flip. Or become an investor. I wonder how much longer this will last because... well... it just feels so odd... it can't (3 comments)
Homes are on SALE... Bargains, Bargains, Bargains! Home prices are just unreal these days. It seems like a carnival atmosphere- the advertisements for homes are replete with astonishing price tags. In short- homes are on sale. And... they're quite the bargain. What are bargain homes? I suppose everyone has their own definition. Whenever someone is looking for an investment property or starter home, I like to first search for homes with at least three bedrooms and 1.5 bath, between $80k - $130k. Here are the current MLS counts for such homes in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area: Phoenix: 1,803 (0 comments)
We bought the House- Now What? Every once in a while a new home buyer will ask me for my opinion about the best places to go for furnishings. I usually ask them what their tastes are and will email a few suggestions. Some of these suggestion do not vary as they are generic enough to work for most people. Here are a few of my favorites:
For appliances: ------------------ Spencer's They tend to have the appliances that the bigger stores carry but their prices and customer service has won them a very loyal following. in Mesa 115 W. (11 comments)
Attention First Time Home Buyers: There is a very a narrow window of opportunity right now. I'm talking about those who go into contract before October 1st. You'll be able to qualify for down payment assistance programs that pay most (sometimes all) of your closing costs. You'll also be able to qualify for the tax credits that will be made available through new legislation. This is a credit toward your taxes valued at up to $7,500. UPDATE: The details are thus... Any home purchased between April 9, 2008 and July 1, 2009 can qualify for $7,500 or 10% (11 comments)
chandler: 1935 Advertising - Arizona Tourism Nostalgia - 03/12/08 03:31 PM
It's fun to look back. As anyone who has ever "gone home" has discovered... sometimes our memories are hazy at best. That mountain you remembered as a child really is closer to a molehill. The big buildings? - small. The big city itself? - little. Thankfully- there are some memories that can not be changed. The memory of fun times and great friends. The taste of grandma's cooking. The fragrance of mom's flower garden. You get the picture. Everyday I pitch the quality of life in Arizona. I have to admit though, that this must have been a greater challenge in (6 comments)
According to the latest wikepedia entry, Infill is "the use of land within a built-up area for further construction, especially as part of a community redevelopment or growth management program or as part of smart growth. It focuses on the the reuse and repositioning of obsolete or underutilized buildings and sites." In other words, Infill is empty land within an otherwise developed area. Cities tend to grow outward. New home developments spring up on the outskirts of town because that's where the available land is. Whenever land becomes available in higher density areas, builders will give it a good look. (8 comments)
For those who are interested in Maricopa County Arizona's southeast valley, here's some recent data to consider, as demonstrated in this article from the Arizona Republic's, Sept. 11, 2007 edition: Chandler, Mesa and the city of Maricopa had more single-family permits taken out for the first half of this year than they did during the same period in 2006. Prices for new homes have dropped into the $130,000s in Maricopa, which will likely entice more buyers. And although Gilbert's permit numbers are down, housing construction remains brisk. This was written (1 comments)
chandler: Growth Project for Chandler, Arizona Airport - 09/04/07 04:34 PM
The Rockefeller development near the Chandler airport will be huge. The Arizona Republic reports that the Rockefeller Group is seeking to rezone 80-acres at the northwest corner of Queen Creek and Gilbert Roads for a large commercial and industrial complex, their first venture into Arizona. Plans filed with the city last week show a cluster of offices, stores, industrial warehouses and restaurants totaling nearly 1 million square feet. Chandler is excited to have new employment in the city. "This project will bring the type of high-paying jobs that are critical to our future," said Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn. Dunn calls the (0 comments)
chandler: Arizona- the Greater Phoenix Area Real Estate Market Overview - 09/04/07 02:57 PM
With the nationwide real estate market in flux I'm often asked how Phoenix is doing. Home prices have come down; existing homes remain on the market longer and large builders are weathering an earnings decline storm... resulting in their offering of significant incentives.
Still, there are areas of the country that appear to be outperforming. One of these areas is Maricopa County... which is the fastest growing county in the country. It includes these incorporated cities and towns: Avondale, Buckeye, Carefree, Cave Creek, Chandler, El Mirage, Fountain Hills, Gila Bend, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Guadalupe, Litchfield Park, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix, (0 comments)
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