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How Much Home Will $600 a Month Buy In Sun City AZ? - 09/28/10 05:54 PM
Yesterday I posted that the Greater Phoenix Az area was rated number 1 in the nation for affordable retirement housing. You can read that post here. I decided to do a little research and find out how many homes were on the market that could be bought for a house payment of $600 per month or less. I used the same criteria U.S. News & World Report did, which is the standard 20% down 80% loan. In other words, a conventional home loan. There are 840 homes in Sun City AZ that are for sale. Of these there are 538 offered (2 comments)
Number 1! Phoenix Area is Number 1 Place to Buy a Retirement Home!!! - 09/27/10 01:16 PM
U.S. News & World Report said in an article on September 24, 2010 that the Phoenix area was the number 1 place to buy a retirement home. You can read the article here. The writer was investigating locations in the United States where you can buy a home for less than $600 a month. The writer also takes into consideration such amenities as golf courses, (over 200 in the metro, 9 in Sun City alone.), sports, hiking, and cultural events. The Valley of the Sun ranks high in all of these. If you wish to consider retiring, the Phoenix area is (1 comments)
Canadians have long been a factor in the Arizona economy, with many coming to visit during their long cold winters. We also see some buying homes either as second homes or investment opportunities. I was talking to a Canadian from Vancouver B.C. the other day. We were talking about homes for sale in Sun City AZ. His comments "homes are 1/10th the price in Vancouver". The Canadian dollar is near parity now, making Arizona real estate very attractive to Canadian buyers again. Today's (9/24/2010) Arizona Republic had an article about this phenomenon, you can read it Here. Canadians have even (2 comments)
Seller’s Agent Should always be present at a home inspection.Period! - 09/22/10 07:39 PM
There has been a lot of controversy on who should attend a home inspection. Endre Barath,Jr., a California agent wrote this to explain why he attends inspections as listing agent. I agree with all of these points Endre has made. That is why I attend ALL inspections regardless of which side of the transaction I represent. I have noticed a growing trend for agents not to be present during inspections. Ask youself, why isn't my agent here? Via Endre Barath,Jr. (Beverly Hills,CA.310.486.1002 Coldwell Banker): Seller's Agent Should always be present at a home inspection. Period!I have just read a post which was featured (1 comments)
Why Buy A Home Now? The Wall Street Journal Says So! - 09/21/10 12:32 PM
The news yesterday announced that the recession is over! Believe it or not, there are some compelling reasons to buy a new home now. In an article on September 16, 2010 the Wall Street Journal gave ten good reasons to buy a home now. You can read the original here. In spite of all of the publicity about the greater Phoenix market being foreclosure driven, the Sun City Neighborhood has very few foreclosures. You won't have to worry the homes you will look at are stripped or occupied by squatters. It also means that your purchase will probably not be impacted (2 comments)
I Answer My Phone, Part Deux! RANT!@ - 09/19/10 12:25 PM
On September 14th, I wrote a post about answering the phone as a Real Estate Agent in Sun City. You can read it here. Today, September 19th, two more posts on the same subject were featured. You can read them here, and here. Obviously, the sage continues and will be an issue for a good long time. I can almost understand the agents who are foreclosure specialists. They often have large listing inventories and are required to check the condition, organize and pay for the needed repairs and maintenance, and manage a huge flow of paper. I do wish these agents (5 comments)
Where is the Market going? Why are the headlines so bad. - 09/14/10 02:44 PM
For the many who get their news from the newspaper and tv, headlines often look scary. Doom, Gloom and the sky is falling. I know the times are tough, but it isn't the Great Depression yet, and probably won't become one either. Keep in mind that the mass media sells disaster easier than good news. They always have and always will. Here is a link to the Keeping Current Matters blog discussing the reason the NAR Pending Sales figures will decrease. See it here. It isn't a bad analysis of the situation we face today. My own experience is I have (0 comments)
I got a phone call yesterday from a prospective buyer. We talked about his needs, I set him up to search the MLS on ListingBook, answered his questions about homes in Sun City AZ. He then said " I called 6 agents over the weekend, none answered and none have returned my call". REALLY? If you are looking for an agent to help you buy or sell a home in Arizona's Sun Cities, call me, I'll answer! I have survived in this business since 1998, I'm still here, (5 comments)
Info Overload? Here is Help. - 09/06/10 10:50 AM
Rainiers, if you are like me, you often find interesting and valuable posts here and on other blog sites. In addition, you probably stumble upon web pages you would like to return to and read when you have more time. What to do when you are rushed, but don't want to skip the info? Sign up for notesforlater.com. This is a free service, it allows you to send the URL to yourself in an email with just one click. When you sign up you can place a bookmark on your menu bar. Once you have done this it only takes one (3 comments)
My comments and opinions for the northwest Maricopa county and the Adult communities there. Specializing in Del Webb's Sun City, Sun City West, and Sun City Grand, and the neighboring communities of Surprise, El Mirage, Peoria and Glendale Arizona
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