February 2019

Single Level in Continental Terrace of Chandler

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Located in the heart of Chandler, this spacious single level is the perfect combination of efficiency and comfort. Split two bedroom floor plan with oversized master bedroom, large great room with vaulted ceilings and formal dining room (or den). New roof as of 2017, recent exterior paint, new interior paint throughout and new flooring as of 2019. The 2 car garage and been completely painted and new stainless kitchen appliances installed. Light, bright and private with oversized lot. Just a few doors down from the enormous Brooks Crossing Park, within 2 miles of all the shops, restaurants and night life in Downtown Chandler and 2 miles from the 202 and the 101.

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Ahwatukee Custom Estates Home surrounded by Mountains

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Surrounded by stunning views of the prestigious South Mountain Preserve, this elegant Ahwatukee Custom Estates home, with its majestic curb appeal and breathtaking entry, offers a functional and versatile floor plan, with formal living room and dining room, open eat-in kitchen with soaring ceilings in the over-sized family room that is perfect for entertaining.

Adorned with a custom steel double-door entry, beautiful travertine tile and dramatic wrought iron staircase, this formal entry is spacious and inviting. The formal living room is comfortable and stylish with crown molding, plantation shutters, wood look tile flooring and that perfect shade of custom paint. Loaded with windows, the bright and spacious formal dining area offers views of the pool and sprawling, lush, grassy back yard lined with mature citrus trees.

The family cook will feel spoiled in this gourmet kitchen with subzero refrigerator, gorgeous, custom cabinetry with neutral glass subway tile backsplash, enormous walk-in pantry, island with veggie sink and plenty of granite countertops. Wide open to the large family room / game room with faux beamed ceilings, custom cabinetry and floor to ceiling windows.

Four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms are located on the first level. Split floor plan with two bedrooms have bathroom en-suites and the other two share a Jack and Jill bath. The large laundry offers plenty of cabinets, folding counters and space for an additional freezer or refrigerator.

The owners retreat, with loft and additional bathroom, is private and romantic with double door entry, stone fireplace and private exit to the extended covered balcony. Relax in the above ground spa or find the perfect spot for a cozy hammock. The giant master bathroom with double sinks, granite counters with room for a vanity chair and soaking tub also has a large, walk-in shower. The walk-in master closet has organizers, drawers, shelves and hanging rods with cedar wood.

This 18,600+ square foot lot offers an abundance of privacy and space for family and pets plus an extended covered patio with built-in BBQ, Pebble Tec pool with water feature and spa and plenty of mature trees including citrus.

The urban village of Ahwatukee offers easy access to the 10 and the 202 (which will soon connect to the west side). Located within minutes of miles and miles of jaw dropping hiking and biking trails in the South Mountain Preserve, within minutes of a tasty selection of restaurants and popular shopping centers, this area has so much to offer with a small town feel.

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Ready to Sell Your Home? Know What You are Choosing

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by Susie Waggoner

When selling your home, you have many options.  One of those options is an investor.  Investors come in all shapes and sizes and call themselves by many different names.  Whatever they choose to call themselves, they are still investors, and as such, pay lower than market value for your home.  After all, if they weren’t going to make money on it, they wouldn’t buy it.

My sister has a friend who recently chose to sell her house to one of those investors.  She needed to move quickly, and so she found the choose-your-own-closing-date, no-hassle, no-open-houses, no-blah-blah-blah option appealing.  Being a previous realtor and now in the lending industry, she was not shocked that they offered her approximately 80% of the home’s market value.  What was shocking was when in the 10-day inspection period, you know the period where the buyer can back out for any reason or no reason at all, they came back with a list of items they wanted repaired and the cost to repair them, what they called “deferred maintenance” of $90,000 to replace the roof, the AC, and other various repairs including the cost to update.  Thankfully, because of her previous experience, she was able to negotiate that list and ended up paying $16,000 for the deferred maintenance.  That amount came off of their original purchase offer, so she ended up selling her house to them for much less than she could have sold it otherwise.

When selling your home,  it is important to know what you are choosing, and have someone who knows the ins and outs of negotiating a purchase contract and who has your best interest at heart.

Visit Susie’s Website: https://susanwaggoner.exprealty.com

Mesa Historic Museum Reopens the old Lehi School built in 1914

2/8/19. The day the Mesa Historical Museum reopened the old Lehi school circa 1914. This crew of less than 15, is more than proud to present Gizmos, Gadgets, and Greatness, our newest exhibit, featuring the “technology” of our founding families dating back to the late 1800’s.

Now open to the public until June 1st 2019.

For more information on the Mesa Historical Museum visit: http://www.mesahistoricalmuseum.com

For more information on Mesa Historic Homes visit: https://mesahistoricdistricts.com

Tips for Finding a Rental in Arizona

I get the question from a lot of people on how to find a rental if their credit is less than stellar. It’s ok, we’ve all been there! No need to be ashamed. Here’s my best advice to help you find a home to rent.

1) Fill Out a Mortgage Application

You’re probably like…what?! Jen, I told you I just wanted to rent. Yes, I know! Here’s the deal. Most people I talk with want to buy a home at some point. It’s a great idea to chat with Ryan Gilliam to get an idea of your credit situation (it may not be as bad as you think). I once put off applying for a car loan because I thought my credit was too low and it turns out my score was 80 points higher than I was seeing on popular credit tracking websites. Even if you decide not to buy a home in the future, Ryan can give you a game plan to get your credit in tip top shape. He doesn’t bite… I promise.

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2) Write a Letter

When preparing to apply for rental homes, write a letter explaining your situation (include a family photo). If you’re worried about your credit, write about what you are doing to improve. It also helps to talk about your family and how this home would be great for you.

3) Start Your Search Here!

Start by checking out the Team EvoAZ website to search rentals from the MLS. These are properties that we can show you and we know there won’t be any issues with scams (we’ll talk about that in a minute). You can save favorites! These properties may be either managed by owner or through a property manager.

4) Search Homes By Owner

This Facebook group has been helpful to many of my clients. Arizona Rentals Homes By Owner Please make sure to do your due diligence to verify that the owner is the actual owner of the property and you’re not getting scammed.

5) Avoid Scams

There are MANY scams out there where they want you to put down your deposit and first month’s rent and then you don’t get the keys. You can search the owner name of a home on the County Assessor website. Never give money without seeing the home! If it doesn’t feel right, then don’t go for it and if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. If you find a 4 bedroom home that is $800 a month in Gilbert, it’s probably a scam.

6) HotPads

I have had clients use HotPads to find a home for rent. You can search homes, apartments, and rooms for rent. To find a room for rent, search for homes for rent and be sure to select “Filter” and scroll down. Then you can filter to just homes with a room for rent.

7) Be Flexible

Most rentals will only hold the home for you for a MAX of 30 days. If you’re able to be flexible and start your lease earlier you may have a leg up on someone who needs a full 30 days. Be sure to check your current lease to see how much notice you need to give. Most require a 30-60 day notice. Be prepared to put down an earnest money deposit to secure a rental. That will go toward your first month’s rent or security deposit.

8) Resources for Families Getting Back on Their Feet

MOMnationAZ posted an amazing resource to help families who are having a temporary hardship. Check out this post to see what resources are available.

I also love Maggie’s Place for Moms who are pregnant or have littles who need help getting back on their feet.

House of Refuge is another great housing program that helps families with transitional housing and employment support.

If you have any questions about finding a rental contact me at Jennifer@EvoAZ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JenDuncanRealtor/