July 21, 2017

The Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Arizona

Best places to watch Arizona sunsets

Arizona has some of the most spectacular sunsets in the world. The yellows, oranges, pinks and purples are breathtaking, and with an average of 211 sunny days in Phoenix per year, you have plenty of opportunity to watch the sunset in some spectacular places without roaming far from home.

Papago Park

Located on Galvin Parkway in Phoenix, Papago Park is known for its hiking trails, proximity to Phoenix Zoo, and the infamous Hole-in-the-Rock formation. It also happens to be known by Phoenix locals for its spectacular sunset views. Hike up inside the Hole-in-the-Rock formation to watch the sun set over downtown Phoenix and the desert oasis below. The park gates close around 7 p.m., so plan your hike accordingly so you don’t miss the sunset!

North Mountain Park

Head to 7th Street between Thunderbird and Peoria and find a place to park before taking a short walk for a great vantage point. If you want to get a parking spot, either park at the Visitor's Center (north of the Pointe Hilton), or the picnic area off Peoria. You can hike up the back trail to Shaw Butte or take the longer trail up North Mountain; either will provide breathtaking sunsets!

Four Seasons Resort

Prefer to watch the sunset without hiking or perhaps with a drink in your hand?  Check out the Four Seasons Resort in Troon North. The large, elevated patio (which is 1,000 feet higher than downtown Phoenix) offers picture-perfect views of the sunset; a spectacular show every night! 

Compass Grill

How about dinner to go along with that gorgeous sunset? You can take full advantage of the 360-degree view at Arizona’s only revolving rooftop restaurant, dining while delighting in the beautiful color-painted sky. Located at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix.

Goldfield Ghost Town

This abandoned old mining town, which has been refurbished as a tourist attraction, includes a mine tour, rides and shops. Located in Apache Junction, many people know the grounds as a perfect place to watch the sun set over the Superstition Mountains.

Tres Rios

Although this little spot is better known for its stargazing, the sunsets are fantastic as well. Located in Avondale, you can hike up Monument Hill to the top overseeing the Valley. Once you watch the sunset, you can always hang out and do some stargazing too!

Elements on Camelback Mountain

No, not another hike! This restaurant offers stunning views as well as a fine dining experience in sight of Phoenix’s iconic Camelback Mountain landmark. Located in Scottsdale, this is a favorite among both locals and tourists.

Desert Botanical Gardens

A must-see in Phoenix, but no better time than at sunset to wrap up your day. Explore the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden, then watch the sun set against a backdrop of desert flora and red-rock buttes. Absolutely gorgeous. 

White Tank Regional Park

Located in Waddell, the park is far away from city lights and other distractions so you can fully enjoy a peaceful and quiet sunset. This is a popular yet well-kept secret among the locals, who go to the park to enjoy the views far away from the bustle of the city.

Looking to buy a home in the Waddell area where you can watch the beautiful Arizona sunset from your backyard? Give us a call at 623-206-9936. We’ll help you house hunt and find a property which best suits your wants and needs.

Posted in Things to Do
July 13, 2017

Arizona’s Must-Ride Bike Trails You Never Heard of

Arizona Bike Trails

Ask anyone who moved to Arizona from another state why they moved here, and most will talk about how beautiful the state is and how many outdoor activities you can do all year long. One of Arizona’s more well-kept secrets is how amazing our bike trails are. What’s more impressive is that many of these great trails are right in our backyards!  Check out Arizona’s must-ride bike trails you’ve never heard of, then grab a bike trail map and start exploring these gems!

67 Avenue Trail – Avondale

This bike trail is a nice, easy ride for those that are looking for a quick bike ride. It’s a concrete path, so it’s not very technical for the novice rider that just wants a nice, leisurely trip. It’s a multi-use trail, so expect to be accompanied by walkers and skaters; a great way to meet your neighbors! The path parallels N. 67th Avenue in Glendale and follows the edge of the Thunderbird Conservation Park.

Estrella Mountain Regional Park – Goodyear

This regional park offers bike trails for all levels, so it’s a must-visit for those who live in the west valley. There are three competitive tracks to use; all the competitive tracks are primarily used by Mountain Bicyclists, but are also used from time-to-time by cross country runners and "endurance" horse riders. The tracks are designed for high speeds, racing events and fun. They feature steep climbs, and drops, fast corners, twists and turns and rugged rocky terrain. If that sounds a little too hardcore for you, the park also offers over 33 miles of trails for mountain biking. Trails range in length from 2.3 miles to 8.8 miles and range in difficulty from easy to strenuous. Riding trails are easily accessible via trailheads located at the arena and amphitheater. A mountain bike trail brochure that categorizes trail difficulty is available at the park office. 

Desert Trails Bike Park - Mesa

Located on the northeast corner of Recker and McDowell, Desert Trails Park is one of the newest City of Mesa parks, opened in November 2014.  The Park includes:

35 acres

A series of trails, a pump track and kids' skills track

Two shaded picnic ramadas (non-reservable)

Restroom facilities

30-spot parking lot

They have their own Facebook page if you want to check out some great pictures of the trails or check out the video. Be sure to download the map and trails rules PDF so you know what to expect when you arrive. The kids will love this one!

Arizona Canal Path – Peoria

Technically, this path serves Peoria, Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale and the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community, but one of its more popular trail entries is in Peoria. The Arizona Canal Path is one of the longest multi-use trails in Maricopa County. The trail is 11.7 miles and is moderately trafficked. It’s good for all skill levels so whether you’re a novice or a thrill seeker, this trail has something for you. Just keep your eyes open; the dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Verrado Lost Creek Trail – Buckeye

There are more than 21 miles of paths and trails where residents and visitors in the Phoenix and Buckeye region can get away from it all. Miles of pathways span the community, connecting neighborhoods to one another for easy walking, running, or biking. The paths are designed for both the beginner riders to advanced mountain bikers. If you live in the Buckeye area, this is a must-ride trail to ride!

Papago Park – Phoenix

While Papago Park is very well-known for its hiking, a well-kept secret is that it’s also great for mountain biking! Papago’s desert trails are generally smooth, easy treks with little elevation gain, making it a great place to hone your mountain biking skills. An added bonus is the close proximity to the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden. Try it out the next time you’re looking for an all-day adventure on your bike!

Arizona has so many bike trials and paths to choose from, but these are wonderful for those looking to get away and enjoy the great outdoors on their bikes without having to travel too far. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in Verrado or somewhere else in the valley and want to know more about the process, give us a call at 623-206-9936. We’ll help you house hunt and find a property which best suits your wants and needs.

Posted in Things to Do
June 21, 2017

Why Living in Arizona is Like No Other State (And Why People Move Here)!

Grand Canyon | Loving Phoenix Team

This time of year, there are more than a few Arizona’s questioning their decision to call the Valley of the Sun their home. Let’s face it:  it’s HOT here in the summer. Really hot. Yet people continue to move here and love calling Arizona their home. Sometimes we forget just how lucky we are to live in one of the most beautiful, unique and diverse states in the country. Here’s why living in Arizona is like no other state.

We’re more than a desert

People who don’t live in Arizona assume we’re one big desert, but that’s not true!  Arizona has some of the most beautiful mountains, rivers and lakes in the country. Some of the Valley’s best lakes are within city limits or close by to enjoy all year round. If you’re a skier, ski towns like Flagstaff are beautiful, with many skiing options to choose from. And if kayaking or canoeing is more your style, we have rivers such as the Salt River that promises stunning views and heart pounding adventure.

We have one of the seven wonders of the natural world

Visitors come from all over the world to visit the Grand Canyon but guess what?  It’s in our backyard! While many people limit themselves to looking at the canyon from the rim, others choose to hike trails down into the gorge. For those not inclined to hike, mules are available to ride to the bottom. You can even raft down the canyon. While native Arizona’s sometimes forget about the Grand Canyon, it’s a breathtaking attraction not to be missed!

We have spring training

Here’s another example of a fantastic feature that people come from all over the country to see, and it’s right around the corner for most of us here in AZ! Spring training season is one of the busiest times of year for Arizona and with good reason! The Cactus League alone has ten spring training locations across Maricopa county and every year, thousands of spring visitors, or “snowbirds” pour into Arizona to catch a few ballgames to watch their favorite teams play.

We don’t move (our clocks) for anybody

Unlike most other states, we don’t “spring forward” or “fall back”; in other words, we don’t observe daylight savings time. Except for the Navajo nation, we don’t change our clock. In 1968, the state legislature decided it was best for Arizona to opt out of the Uniform Time Act of 1966. As a matter of fact, we have our own time zone because of this choice!

We have awesome wineries

Another well-kept secret is the fact that Arizona is fast becoming a world-renowned winemaking state. There was a time when Arizonans looking to sip and swirl had to pack their bags and go to California, but now we have amazing wineries right here! We have three wine-growing regions, Sonoita, Verde Valley, and Willcox, and all are an easy drive from the Valley of the Sun. Check out the AZ wine map to see them all.

We don’t do lawns

Actually, plenty of people still grow beautiful, lush green lawns but if you’re an AZ transplant and have decided mowing a lawn is no longer for you, you’re in good company! Arizona loves its legacy of being a desert community, and the trend continues to retain the desert look and do away with lush, green, water-consuming lawns. 

We put on a great light show

Arizona is known for having some of the most spectacular lightning storms in the country. Again, people come from all over the country to study our storms, and to photograph them. As the Arizona monsoon sets up each summer, the rising air over the desert feeds vigorous thunderstorms that release dramatic bolts of lightning. While it might seem like a good idea to sit outside and watch, it’s best to take cover and watch nature’s light show from a safe place.

These are just a few reasons why living in Arizona is like no other state. If you’re considering making Arizona your permanent home, and looking at homes for sale in the west valley, don’t hesitate to contact us for local market information. We’ll help you find the right home with most of your wish list items.

 

June 6, 2017

Celebrating Independence Day Arizona-Style

4th of July in Phoenix, AZ

Arizonans are fiercely patriotic people, and we take our 4th of July very seriously by having some serious fun! Celebrations for 4th of July range from traditional to one-of-a-kind events, so check out the list below and find an event that’s just right for you and the ones you’ll be celebrating with.

Fabulous Phoenix Fourth

The Fabulous Phoenix 4th features one of the largest fireworks displays in the entire Southwest! The family-oriented event annually attracts 100,000-plus participants. Included in this year's event will be two stages featuring local entertainers, a variety of vendors offering festival-style food and beverage, arts and crafts, interactive exhibits and a classic car display. Youth activities, rides and inflatables, and a water spray zone will be part of Kids' World. This is a non-alcoholic event to keep it family-friendly. 6pm – 9pm on July 4th.

4th of July Freedom Fest

The Town of Florence is once again putting on a show with their 4th of July Freedom Fest and everyone is welcome! There will be live performances, a mud volleyball tournament, cornhole tournament, inflatables, bingo, food vendors, and of course fireworks. This event is FREE and has something for everyone in your family to enjoy. 3pm – 9pm.  The Town of Florence draws quite a crowd every year for this event, so don’t miss it! If you live in Florence, this is a must-attend event!

4 for the 4th of July

For those who want to keep fit and active on Independence Day, you can celebrate the 4th of July with a 4 mile walk or run! Join others in the 4 for the 4th of July race celebrating America’s birthday! They will be donating at least 15% of each registration to HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS, an organization that builds homes for severely injured veterans. Cost is $17.

4th of July at the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale

Who says you can’t celebrate our nation’s birthday in style? The Fairmont Princess puts on the Fourth of July Freedom Fest every year. Go celebrate the resort’s birthday and America’s birthday during their Seventh Annual Fourth of July Freedom Fest. Celebrate with a patriotic party only the Princess can put on with concerts, fireworks, all-American fare, military tributes, a vintage air show and poolside fun! The event runs June 30th through Tuesday, July 4th.

Westgate Firework Fest

Residents in Glendale as well as those from nearby communities flock to watch the fireworks at Westgate every 4th of July. The Westgate Firework Fest is fun for the whole family! Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and relax in Fountain Park and WaterDance Plaza at Westgate Entertainment District to celebrate Independence Day with two music stages, fun activities and great eats from more than 20 restaurants starting at 5pm! Westgate Firework Fest is free and family-friendly. Parking is free and available at all parking lots surrounding Westgate Entertainment District.

Scottsdale Independence Day Celebration

If you’re ready to start celebrating 4th of July early, check out the Scottsdale Independence Day Celebration held Saturday July 2nd from 3pm – 9pm. It’s a COOL family friendly patriotic wonderland INDOORS at WestWorld, expanded to entire 300,000 square-foot fully air-conditioned Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center that encompasses the North Hall, South Hall and Equidome. This year’s Independence Day Celebration includes an afternoon and evening featuring a wonderland of fun and entertainment including a Kids Zone, bull riding rodeo, and of course fireworks at 9pm! Come celebrate the 4th of July in the wild west at WestWorld!

Tempe Town Lake Festival

Held at the Tempe Beach park, this annual event attracts big crowds and even bigger fun! The Tempe Town Lake Festival is perfect for watching fireworks, so bring your blankets, portable chairs, personal cameras and personal umbrellas and plan to stay and be amazed. Gates open at 5pm and tickets are on sale at Fry’s.

Looking for a home in Tempe where you can watch the fireworks from your backyard? Give us a call at 623-206-9936. We’ll help you house hunt and find a property which best suits your wants and needs.

Posted in Things to Do
May 22, 2017

Celebrating Memorial Day Weekend in Phoenix: Having Fun While Keeping Cool

Memorial Day in Phoenix, AZ

Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, and people are already trying to decide where to go to celebrate, especially since the weekend tends to bring high temperatures in Arizona. Lucky for us, The Valley of the Sun has many places to celebrate, whether you’re with family, friends, or flying solo.

 

Water Parks in the Valley

Water parks are a great way to get out of the house, spend time with family and friends, and have a great time celebrating the long weekend without overheating.  Here are five places to head to if you want to splash around and have some fun:

 

Big Surf Waterpark

You’ll be a big hit with both the kids and the adults if you take them here. Located in Tempe, this waterpark brags about having the best collection of rides and slides!  Besides a wave pool and a nice bay where the little ones can safely splash under parent supervision, they have water slides with names like “Otter”, “Hurricane”, “The Black Hole”, “Tornado” and many, many more!  There’s a slide for everyone in the family, from the bravest soul to the timid at heart. Don’t forget to check out the zipline too!  If this becomes your new favorite place, check out the season pass!

 

Oasis Water Park

Located at the Arizona Grand Hotel in Phoenix and voted by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s Top 10 Water Parks, Arizona Grand Resort & Spa’s expansive, wild and fun Oasis Water Park has something for kids of all ages, making it perfect for your next family getaway. Curious what this 7-acre water park has?  Here’s a list of all you can enjoy:

8-story tower with 3 water slides

Gigantic wave pool

River tubing

Wild Cat Springs for kids

25-person hot tub

Private cabanas for the parents to chill 

 

Want to beat the crowd?  Check out their early entry pass which gets you in 30 minutes prior to the posted open times of the park. Please note:  The park is for the exclusive use of resort guests, so plan on staying at the resort to enjoy this gem!

 

Wet ’n’ Wild Phoenix

The name does say it all! There are thrill rides, kids ride and family rides; something for everyone! Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix is home to another world's first water slide attraction: Constrictor. Riders speed down the enclosed flume slide into a series of corkscrew turns, snaking back and forth in the series of spirals, slithering down its insides on multi-person rafts. Rather play with the whole group?  One family ride is the Crazy Cactus Roaring River; it’s sure to please the whole family with wave action, tipping buckets, waterfalls, and fast flowing water.  They sell season passes here as well so you can come back again and again!

 

Enchanted Island Amusement Park

Much more than a water park, and plenty to keep you cool and entertained! Located at El Encanto Park in Phoenix. Enchanted Island is filled with charm and magic, offering nine fanciful rides and a variety of popular attractions geared especially toward children aged 1 to 10.

Ride the historic carousel or pedal a boat or ride a canoe across the lagoon. You can even test your skill at the arcade games. Need to sit down and take it easy?  Check out the C.P. Huntington train which takes guests on a 7-minute tour of the island. There’s something for everyone here, and a great place to visit Memorial Day weekend.

 

Golfland Sunsplash

Golfland-Sunsplash is a series of water parks and family amusement centers, with its original location in Mesa, AZ. The park is separated into two separate parks. They feature over 30 exciting rides and attractions, which makes it a perfect place to take those out of town visitors to keep them entertained and out of the heat. Waterslides to miniature golf; you can’t go wrong at this park.

There is so much to choose from this Memorial Day weekend! Stay safe and stay cool!

If you are considering buying or selling a home in Phoenix, give us a call at 623-206-9936. We’ll gladly assist you with finding and/or marketing a house.

 

Posted in Things to Do
May 10, 2017

How to Enjoy Some of The Valley’s Best Lakes All Summer

Kayaking Phoenix, AZ 

As the temperatures start to creep up to the triple digit range, Arizonans turn their attention to ways to stay cool all summer and still have fun. For those of you who can’t escape to the high country to wait out the heat, another great option is heading to one of many lakes in Arizona. Surprisingly, many of those lakes are right in our own backyard; an easy drive to a summer full of water fun. Here’s how to enjoy some of the Valley’s best lakes (and rivers!) all summer long.

Saguaro Lake Near Mesa

It’s amazing how many things there are to do in this recreation area. Saguaro Lake is located within the Tonto National Forest and is just 20 minutes from Mesa, Arizona. If you’re a boat owner, this is the lake for you! There are slips available for day use or dry storage. They also offer a fuel dock, pump out facilities, and there’s an onsite store for those last-minute supplies you already forget to bring. Not a boat owner?  That’s OK! Precision Marine right at the lake offers rentals on runabouts, fishing, or pontoon boats. If you live in one of the nearby Mesa neighborhoods, this is a great way to spend the day with family and friends. If you prefer to leave the boat driving to someone else, you can check out the Desert Belle, which offers a relaxing, narrated boat ride around the lake. Keep your eyes peeled for eagles, and a lot of other wild life. Finish up with a nice meal at the Lakeshore restaurant.

Saguaro Lake Ranch

The name says “lake” but this is all about the kayaking! There is no better way to enjoy the cool water, escape the summer heat, and check out the beautiful scenery than to go kayaking on the Lower Salt River! As you float down the Salt River you could see wild horses, deer, great blue herons, osprey, bald eagles, and other native wildlife. You can rent kayaks at Saguaro Lake Ranch, or bring your own kayak and launch from their beach (check out their rates for all the details on options).

Salt River Tubing

You can’t call yourself an Arizonan without checking out Salt River Tubing. People from all over the Valley make the trip to Salt River Tubing to go down a lazy river with their fellow sun bathers. It’s a party on the water, but one you’ll never forget. Renting a tube includes an exciting bus ride to and from the river. If floating isn’t your thing, join the people on shore who set up camp for the day just to watch the people float by.

Lake Pleasant

Lake Pleasant Regional Park is a large outdoors recreation area straddling the Maricopa and Yavapai county border northwest of Phoenix. If you live in one of the beautiful Anthem neighborhoods, Lake Pleasant Regional Park is about a 20-minute drive from your home. Check out Pleasant Harbor Marina to store or rent a boat; it’s a full-service marina with many services and amenities offered. Don’t forget, they have a restaurant, a bar, as store and concierge service. Take advantage of this beautiful facility right in your own neighborhood!

Kiwanis Lake

There’s a lake smack in the middle of Tempe that you can kayak on all summer long. Kiwanis Lake is located in Kiwanis Community Park in central Tempe, southwest of Baseline Road and Mill Avenue. You can rent single kayaks, double kayaks or even paddle boats for those less daring (or those who prefer to paddle with their feet). Swimming and wading are not permitted, but they have lots of water options or you can even stay on land and rent a surrey, double surrey, cruiser bike or tandem bike. Even if you don’t get in the water, it’s cooler by the lake and a great way to enjoy the lake without getting wet.

Surprise Lake

Another great spot for those who prefer to stay on land, as it offers some great opportunities to fish. A part of the Surprise Community Park, visitors can fish to their heart’s content (look for posted fishing rules), where you can catch catfish, sunfish, trout, bass, and even white amur. There’s also a playground, dog park and swimming pool nearby to enjoy during a hot summer day.

Are you looking for a new home in Surprise or one of the other neighborhoods mentioned in this article? Give us a call at 623-206-9936. We’ll help you house hunt and find a property which best suits your wants and needs.

Posted in Things to Do
April 28, 2017

3 Ways to Deal with a Self Storage Lease

Storage Unit in Phoenix, AZ

Whether you are buying a house or selling your property, if you lease self storage, chances are excellent you'll seriously reconsider keeping it. Self storage is a wonderful short-term solution to a very common problem: too much stuff and too little space. Unfortunately, too many lessees become inadvertent long-term renters. Paying for storage month after month with only a vague idea of what's inside. Of course, storage companies don't make it easy to get out of leases, but it isn't impossible.

Moving? 3 Ways to Deal with a Self Storage Lease

One option is to aggressively pare down on what you store. This reduces size, which reduces your need for space. So, if there are things you can throw out, donate, and/or sell, do it. Then, you can rent a smaller space which means a less expensive monthly obligation. While this tactic won't free you of the lease, it will be a smaller financial burden. And, you'll still enjoy the benefit of having somewhere to store items you want to keep without taking up space in your house.

This is one bill you really want to pay, especially if you’re keeping precious items in storage. Laws vary by state, but typically a self-storage company has the right to “evict” your goods and auction off your things to recoup the money they are owed. Don’t worry, in most cases your possessions won’t disappear if you’re a week late paying the bill. Depending on state law, a storage unit will have to follow due diligence to notify you of an auction including certified letters and a public notice of auction. --Market Watch

What you should not do is to outright break the lease. This is going to eventually appear on your credit report and become a collections annoyance which only escalates over time. At some point, you'll have no choice but to deal with it and the situation might be nightmarish. You'll not only be responsible for the arrears, but also, plenty of fees. That's just not a good scenario and one you can and should avoid if at all possible. So, if you are moving and no longer want to rent self storage space, you'll have to do something about it. Here are three ways to deal with a self storage lease if you really want to get out of it:

  • Pay off the lease contract. It might be possible to buy the lease out and it's certainly worth a try. Contact the storage facility and ask if you can pay the lease off in one lump sum. Although this is an expensive option, it will legally free you of the obligation and allow you to move on with your life.
  • Empty the space and wait. If you do not want to pay the entire lease agreement off in one sum, then you can at least move your possessions out of the unit and wait until the lease is ready to renew or expires. Be sure to read your contract carefully about giving notice, deadline to empty it, and other lessee obligations.
  • Request an agreement release. This is a long shot but it might be viable. Request to be let out of the lease without penalty. Generally, self storage company leases contain early termination fees and you might even be required to pay the entire amount of time left. You'll have to read the agreement and/or speak with the company to know for sure.

If you are considering buying or selling a home in Copper Canyon Ranch or elsewhere in Surprise, AZ and want to make it a smooth process, give us a call at 623-206-9936. We’ll gladly assist you with finding and/or marketing a house.

Posted in Moving Tips
April 26, 2017

Where to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Phoenix

Mother's Day 2017

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and now is a good time to start planning what you’ll be doing for that special someone. Looking for something new and different to do for Mom this year?  We’ve got you covered! We’re highlighting some of the best places to celebrate Mom’s day this year, including restaurants, shows and much more! 

Mother Daughter Dance and Dinner

Mothers and daughters can share a special evening, presented by the Florence Parks and Recreation Department. The Annual Mother/Daughter Dinner and Dance is on Friday, May 5, 2017. The event will be held at the Florence Library and Community Center, 778 N. Main Street from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mothers and daughters will enjoy a memorable night full of activities including dance music, food, games and fun.

The fee for this one-of-a-kind event is $12.00 per person, paid at the Library & Community Center at 133 N. Main Street or online at www.florenceaz.gov/parks.

Mother's Day Bridal Celebration & High Tea

This is an event for moms and brides! Engaged couples and their Mothers can attend a high tea bridal celebration. Enjoy a delectable luncheon with a fashion show, shopping, music and live entertainment! The event is Sun, May 7th from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM MST and will be held at the ACC Banquet Facility, located at 8849 E Cholla Street in Scottsdale. Be sure to buy your tickets online early!

Mother’s Day Tea Party

Another great tea party for mom will be held May 13th and 14th at Faith Builders International Ministries, located at 949 East Bell Road in Phoenix. Check out the church’s website for details, including time and costs.

Spa treatments

Mom’s work hard all year, so giving them a spa treatment is the ultimate way to say, “I love you Mom!”. There are several spas offering special packages for Mother’s Day including the Luna Spa in Scottsdale which is offering the ultimate spring renewal pedicure that includes a lavender scrub, invigorating foot mask, and hand paraffin treatment while enjoying a complimentary mimosa. The 60-minute Signature Spa Pedicure costs $59 (regularly priced at $75). The Hotel Valley Ho in Phoenix is offering The Mom +1 Package; the perfect way to treat mom to some much-needed relaxation. Available May 8-14, 2017 it includes two 60-minute massages or facials, two glasses of wine and access to both pools for $200 (includes gratuity, $315 value). Call for reservations.

Take Mom out to the ballgame!

If your mom would rather “root, root, root for the home team” than sit still, The Arizona Diamondbacks are home this year on Mother's Day weekend, in a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates! The following weekend, the Mets are in town. The D-backs play at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. Be sure to buy tickets early; this is always a big day at the ballpark!

Give your mom butterflies

In celebration of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14th, mothers receive $2 off admission and a special gift for the first 200 to arrive. Butterfly Wonderland boasts that it is "America's Largest Butterfly Atrium," home to thousands of butterflies. Check out all there is to do at the Butterfly Wonderland to make it an all-day event.

Best brunches for Mother’s Day

Of course, no Mother’s Day is complete without brunch! Here are a few unique places to check out:

The Gladly: This restaurant is located in Central Phoenix. Enjoy a fabulous Mother's Day Brunch when where they willl be showcasing their award-winning Sunday brunch a la carte menu, as well as daily features from Chef Bernie.

The Farm at South Mountain:  Bring mom down to The Farm for their annual Mother’s Day brunch, where you can enjoy delicious menu items amongst the beautiful pecan trees! Rated one of the best Mother’s Day Brunches in Phoenix!

Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden:  The restaurant is offering several menu specials to commemorate mothers including special caviar and pheasant items starting at 10:30 a.m. until they are sold out. Located on Galvin Parkway in Phoenix

Make this Mother’s Day a memorable one for mom! If house hunting in the west valley is on your list of Mother’s Day activities, and you want to make it a smooth process, give us a call at 623-206-9936. We’ll gladly assist you with finding one that best fits your wants and needs. 

 

Posted in Things to Do
April 7, 2017

Where to Find Some of the Best Hiking Spots in the Valley of the Sun

Hiking in Phoenix, AZ

Living in Arizona means that year-round, you get to enjoy some of the best urban hiking around! What makes hiking in the Phoenix metro area special is that you can enjoy some of the most amazing views without having to leave the city. The Valley of the Sun is one of the few places in the country that can brad about some of these spectacular views in city limits. No matter what part of the Valley you live in, here is where to find the best hiking spots in the Valley; one must-hike location and a few many people don’t know about…. until now!

Papago Park

If you’re a frequent commuter on the 202, chances are you’ve driven past Papago Park many times, and likely saw many hikers enjoying the trails and scenery if offers. The gorgeous red sandstone that makes up the park is unique because not only can you hike on the sandstone, you can hike in the red sandstone, weaving your way in and out of cave-like areas such as Hole-In-The-Rock. This is a must-do urban hike for anyone who lives in the Valley.

Peoria Sunrise Mountain

If you’re lucky enough to live in the Westwing Mountain neighborhood in Peoria, you practically have this beautiful hike in your backyard! This is a fairly easy hike, the trail is well-maintained, and the views are nothing short of amazing. If you’re feeling adventurous, the more challenging portion of the hike will take you to the very top, but the views are well worth it! There are trails for beginners, intermediate hikers and advanced hikers, so this urban hiking locale has something for everyone!

Deem Hills

North Phoenix has an abundance of hiking areas to choose from. Stetson Valley boosts proximity to the Deem Hills Recreation area, where urban hikers can find some convenient yet challenging hikes to do without leaving city limits. The extensive trail system allows for both short hikes or longer ones. While fairly popular, this area is never overcrowded. The hikes are challenging but never too steep so you can cover a lot of ground. Once you get to the north side of the park, all the city views disappear and it truly feels like you’re out in the middle of nature but you’re still in city limits!

White Tank Mountain Regional Park

West-central Arizona has a gem of a hiking resource in the White Tank Regional Park. Folks who live in the White Tank Foothills community can take full advantage of the largest regional park in the county. The park is open 365 days a year, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to check out this treasure. One of the most popular trails is the Waterfall trail, which features a waterfall and is great for any skill level of hiker. It’s mostly used for hiking, walking and trail running, and the best time of year to hike is November – April. Dogs are allowed on the trail but they must be on a leash at all times.

Thunderbird Conservation Park

If you live in Glendale and are a dog lover, you’re in luck!  The Thunderbird Conservation Park is dog friendly, and the urban hiking is great! There is about 15 miles of multi-use trails have been constructed within the park, so you and your furry friend can choose which level of difficulty to try. This park is a is a conservation park dedicated to preserving the desert environment, so the trails and surrounding areas are always pristine. You can find a full list of Thunderbird Conservation Park hiking trails so you and your dog are prepared for a great day of urban hiking.

Are you looking for a home for sale in Glendale so that you can enjoy a dog friendly hike? Just give us a call. We'll help find the right property and work hard to get it for you.

 

Posted in Things to Do
March 30, 2017

What Sellers Look for in a Buyer's Purchase Offer

Real estate purchase contract

Deciding to buy a home is a big financial and life changing move but it's one that is typically worthwhile over the long-term. Locking in your cost of housing, building equity, and having stability are all great things. But you might face a somewhat unfavorable situation. It could be buying in a seller's market or in a popular neighborhood where house are rarely listed for sale. Whatever the reason, you should know what sellers look for in a buyer's purchase offer.

What Sellers Look for in a Buyer's Purchase Offer

Before you enter the real estate market, take time to prepare. Because the majority of home purchases are financed, it's going to take some time to obtain pre-qualification and the all-important pre-approval. Also, time to save for a down payment, earnest money deposit, inspections, moving, closing costs, and miscellaneous expenses. You should order copies of all three credit reports from TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax (which you can do once a year for free through Annual Credit Report.com). Then, peruse each file for any errant information. Be sure to file disputes by U.S. Postal snail mail and skip the short, online forms.

Drafting a solid offer, or purchase contract, is like successfully cooking a new recipe. As a buyer, you want to pay the lowest possible amount for your new home, and have flexible terms for items such as earnest money deposits, mortgage commitments, and closing dates. As a seller, you want to get as much as you can for the property, with few contingencies and a quick timeline. --Home Finder

When your credit reports are in order, it's time to start shopping lenders to compare mortgage products and rates. Try to avoid adjustable rates, if at all possible. After you've done all your preparatory work, you'll probably begin your house hunt online. You'll likely see many homes in person and once you find the home with most of your needs and wish list items, you'll need to submit an offer to the seller. So, here's what sellers look for in a buyer's purchase offer:

  • Official pre-approval. If you don't have the liquid assets to make a cash offer, one with a pre-approval is the next best thing. This is because pre-qualification is little more than a cursory check of your finances, credit, employment, and more. A pre-approval is a serious examination of your finances and more, providing you with an amount you're able to borrow.
  • Sizeable earnest money. Some buyers skimp on saving for their good faith deposit and it only hurts them when it comes to the strength of their purchase offers. Have a sizeable earnest money deposit ready-to-go so the seller knows you're serious about buying the property.
  • Flexible closing timeline. It's usually a good idea to give the seller some flexibility with the closing date. After all, most sellers will also be simultaneous buyers. At the very least, the seller is likely to be searching for a rental, if he or she isn't a property investor or heir selling a house.
  • No far-reaching contingencies. While you'll occasionally see advice to waive all contingencies or most, this just entails too much risk. Instead, be reasonable with your contingencies, the seller will understand you're only covering necessary due diligence.
  • A sincere, viable backup offer. If you learn an offer already exists with the seller, then submit a strong backup offer. Consult your buyer's agent about what to include, what to change, and what to omit. This gives you a chance to buy the home, if the other buyer backs out of the deal.

If you are in the market to buy a Copper Canyon Ranch home and want to make it a smooth process, give us a call at 623-206-9936. We’ll gladly assist you with finding one that best fits your wants and needs.

Posted in Buying, Selling