Feb. 20, 2018

Verrado | 2 Ways to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home

Verrado | 2 Ways to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home

 

Located at the foot of the White Tank Mountains, surrounded by high palm trees and over 21 miles of walking trails…Verrado is one of the most beautiful planned communities in the surrounding Phoenix area.      

The developers of Verrado put a lot of focus to paved walking trails meandering through common spaces and the creation of over 70 neighborhood parks framed and surrounded by mountain views and incredible natural views.      

There are many communities that are planned around specific locations to fit budgets and work force…but Verrado is one of the few places where its natural beauty took precedence on the development of an environmentally friendly area for the enjoyment of all the lucky residents     

Homes in Verrado are relatively new, it is one of the largest suburban communities in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. There are many types of homes available, from open floor plans, rustic ranch haciendas to relaxing front-porch models with modern amenities and luxurious finishes. This includes traditional two-story homes, European-style bungalows, single-family desert oases, and trendy lofts.      

Today, I would like to bring your attention to the following: 2 Ways to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home

 

Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house? 

Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible.

 

1. Price it a LITTLE LOW 

This may seem counterintuitive, but let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their homes a little OVER market value will leave them with room for negotiation. In actuality, this just dramatically lessens the demand for your house (see chart below).

 

Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price it so that demand for the home is maximized. By doing this, the seller will not be fighting with a buyer over the price but will instead have multiple buyers fighting with each other over the house.

Realtor.com gives this advice:

“Aim to price your property at or just slightly below the going rate. Today’s buyers are highly informed, so if they sense they’re getting a deal, they’re likely to bid up a property that’s slightly underpriced, especially in areas with low inventory.”

 

2. Use a Real Estate Professional

This, too, may seem counterintuitive. The seller may think they would make more money if they didn’t have to pay a real estate commission. With this being said, studies have shown that homes typically sell for more money when handled by a real estate professional.

A study by Collateral Analytics, reveals that FSBOs don’t actually save any money, and in some cases may be costing themselves more, by not listing with an agent.

In the study, they analyzed home sales in a variety of markets in 2016 and the first half of 2017. The data showed that:

“FSBOs tend to sell for lower prices than comparable home sales, and in many cases below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate.”

The results of the study showed that the differential in selling prices for FSBOs when compared to MLS sales of similar properties is about 5.5%. Sales in 2017 suggest the average price was near 6% lower for FSBO sales of similar properties.

 

Bottom Line

Price your house at or slightly below the current market value and hire a professional. This will guarantee that you maximize the price you get for your house.

 

Source.. KCM Cheryl Benjamin Blog

 

If you are looking to move to Verrado, allow us to help you find the perfect home, If you have any questions about Verrado, the schools, the amenities or the surrounding community, don’t hesitate to call on us at 623–206–9936    

We will be happy to help you.    

Our agents specialize in Verrado Real Estate 

 

 

Posted in Verrado
Feb. 13, 2018

Verrado Homes For Sale | Low Inventory Pushes Home Prices Higher

Verrado Homes For Sale | Low Inventory Pushes Home Prices Higher

 

Located at the foot of the White Tank Mountains, surrounded by high palm trees and over 21 miles of walking trails…Verrado is one of the most beautiful planned communities in the surrounding Phoenix area.     

The developers of Verrado put a lot of focus to paved walking trails meandering through common spaces and the creation of over 70 neighborhood parks framed and surrounded by mountain views and incredible natural views.     

There are many communities that are planned around specific locations to fit budgets and work force…but Verrado is one of the few places where its natural beauty took precedence on the development of an environmentally friendly area for the enjoyment of all the lucky residents     

Homes in Verrado are relatively new, it is one of the largest suburban communities in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. There are many types of homes available, from open floor plans, rustic ranch haciendas to relaxing front-porch models with modern amenities and luxurious finishes. This includes traditional two-story homes, European-style bungalows, single-family desert oases, and trendy lofts.     

Today, I would like to bring your attention to the following: Low Inventory Pushes Home Prices Higher

 

According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, prices appreciated by 6.9% year-over-year from December 2016 to December 2017 on a national level. This marks the fifth month in a row with at least a 6.9% increase. 

Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic, gave insight into the reason behind the large appreciation, 

“The number of homes for sale has remained very low. Job growth lowered the unemployment rate to 4.1 percent by year’s end, the lowest level in 17 years. Rising income and consumer confidence has increased the number of prospective homebuyers. The net result of rising demand and limited for-sale inventory is a continued appreciation in home prices.” 

This is great news for homeowners who have gained nearly $15,000 in equity (on average) in their homes over the last year! Those homeowners who had been on the fence as to whether or not to sell will be pleasantly surprised to find out that they now have an even larger profit to help cover a down payment on their dream homes. 

As we near the traditionally busy spring buyers season, there is still hope for buyers as mortgage rates remain low compared to recent decades. The report also predicted that home price appreciation will slow slightly, rising by 4.3% by this time next year.

 

Bottom Line

If you are looking to enter the housing market, as either a buyer or a seller, let’s get together to go over exactly what’s going on in our neighborhood and discuss your options!

 

Source.. KCM Cheryl Benjamin Blog

 

If you are looking to move to Verrado, allow us to help you find the perfect home, If you have any questions about Verrado, the schools, the amenities or the surrounding community, don’t hesitate to call on us at 623–206–9936    

We will be happy to help you.    

Our agents specialize in Verrado Real Estate

 

 

Posted in Verrado
Feb. 6, 2018

Verrado | Millionaire to Millennials: Don’t Rent a Home… Buy!

Verrado | Millionaire to Millennials: Don’t Rent a Home… Buy!

 

Located at the foot of the White Tank Mountains, surrounded by high palm trees and over 21 miles of walking trails…Verrado is one of the most beautiful planned communities in the surrounding Phoenix area.    

The developers of Verrado put a lot of focus to paved walking trails meandering through common spaces and the creation of over 70 neighborhood parks framed and surrounded by mountain views and incredible natural views.    

There are many communities that are planned around specific locations to fit budgets and work force…but Verrado is one of the few places where its natural beauty took precedence on the development of an environmentally friendly area for the enjoyment of all the lucky residents     

Homes in Verrado are relatively new, it is one of the largest suburban communities in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. There are many types of homes available, from open floor plans, rustic ranch haciendas to relaxing front-porch models with modern amenities and luxurious finishes. This includes traditional two-story homes, European-style bungalows, single-family desert oases, and trendy lofts.    

Today, I would like to bring your attention to the following: Millionaire to Millennials: Don’t Rent a Home… Buy!

 

In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is not buying their first home.” He goes on to say that, “If you want to build real financial security, real wealth for your lifetime, then you need to buy a home.” 

Bach went on to explain:

“Homeowners are worth 40 times more than renters. Now, that first home doesn’t need to be a dream home, it can be a very small home. You might literally have to buy a small studio apartment, but that’s how you get started.”  

Then he explains the secret in order to buy that home! 

“Don’t do a 30-year mortgage. You want to take that 30-year mortgage and instead pay it off early, do a 15-year mortgage. What happens if you do a 15-year mortgage? Well, one, you pay the mortgage off 15-years sooner, that means you’ll be able to retire in your fifties. Number two, you’ll save a fortune (on potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest payments).” 

What will it cost to pay your mortgage in fifteen years? He explains further: 

“For fifteen years, you got to brownbag your lunch. Think about that! Brownbag your lunch literally for fifteen years. You can retire ten years sooner than your friends. You’ll have real wealth, because you bought a home – you’re not a renter. And you’ll be financially secure for life.”

 

Bottom Line

Whenever a well-respected millionaire gives investment advice, people usually clamor to hear it. This millionaire gave simple advice – if you don’t yet live in your own home, go buy one. 

Who is David Bach?

Bach is a self-made millionaire who has written nine consecutive New York Times bestsellers. His book, “The Automatic Millionaire,” spent 31 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He is one of the only business authors in history to have four books simultaneously on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek and USA Today bestseller lists. 

He has been a contributor to NBC’s Today Show, appearing more than 100 times, as well as a regular on ABC, CBS, Fox, CNBC, CNN, Yahoo, The View, and PBS. He has also been profiled in many major publications, including the New York Times, BusinessWeek, USA Today, People, Reader’s Digest, Time, Financial Times, Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Working Woman, Glamour, Family Circle, Redbook, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Investors’ Business Daily, and Forbes.

 

Source.. KCM Cheryl Benjamin Blog

 

If you are looking to move to Verrado, allow us to help you find the perfect home, If you have any questions about Verrado, the schools, the amenities or the surrounding community, don’t hesitate to call on us at 623–206–9936   

We will be happy to help you.   

Our agents specialize in Verrado Real Estate  

 

 

Posted in Verrado
Jan. 30, 2018

Verrado Homes For Sale | 2 Major Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

Verrado Homes For Sale | 2 Major Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

 

Located at the foot of the White Tank Mountains, surrounded by high palm trees and over 21 miles of walking trails…Verrado is one of the most beautiful planned communities in the surrounding Phoenix area.   

The developers of Verrado put a lot of focus to paved walking trails meandering through common spaces and the creation of over 70 neighborhood parks framed and surrounded by mountain views and incredible natural views.   

There are many communities that are planned around specific locations to fit budgets and work force…but Verrado is one of the few places where its natural beauty took precedence on the development of an environmentally friendly area for the enjoyment of all the lucky residents    

Homes in Verrado are relatively new, it is one of the largest suburban communities in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. There are many types of homes available, from open floor plans, rustic ranch haciendas to relaxing front-porch models with modern amenities and luxurious finishes. This includes traditional two-story homes, European-style bungalows, single-family desert oases, and trendy lofts.   

Today, I would like to bring your attention to the following: 2 Major Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

 

Urban Institute recently released a report entitled, “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership,” which revealed that “eighty percent of consumers either are unaware of how much lenders require for a down payment or believe all lenders require a down payment above 5 percent.”

 

Myth #1: “I Need a 20% Down Payment”

Buyers often overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify for a home loan. According to the same report: 

“Consumers are often unaware of the option to take out low-down-payment mortgages. Only 19% of consumers believe lenders would make loans with a down payment of 5% or less… While 15% believe lenders require a 20% down payment, and 30% believe lenders expect a 20% down payment.” 

These numbers do not differ much between non-owners and homeowners; 39% of non-owners believe they need more than 20% for a down payment and 30% of homeowners believe they need more than 20% for a down payment. 

While many believe that they need at least 20% down to buy their dream home, they do not realize that programs are available that allow them to put down as little as 3%. Many renters may actually be able to enter the housing market sooner than they ever imagined with programs that have emerged allowing less cash out of pocket.

 

Myth #2: “I Need a 780 FICO® Score or Higher to Buy”

Similar to the down payment, many either don’t know or are misinformed about what FICO® score is necessary to qualify. 

Many Americans believe a ‘good’ credit score is 780 or higher. 

To help debunk this myth, let’s take a look at Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Insight Report, which focuses on recently closed (approved) loans.

 

 As you can see in the chart above, 53.5% of approved mortgages had a credit score of 600-749.

 

Bottom Line

Whether buying your first home or moving up to your dream home, knowing your options will make the mortgage process easier. Your dream home may already be within your reach.

 

Source.. KCM Cheryl Benjamin Blog

 

If you are looking to move to Verrado, allow us to help you find the perfect home, If you have any questions about Verrado, the schools, the amenities or the surrounding community, don’t hesitate to call on us at 623–206–9936  

We will be happy to help you.  

Our agents specialize in Verrado Real Estate  

 

 

Posted in Verrado
Jan. 24, 2018

Verrado | Gap Between Homeowners & Appraisers Narrows to Lowest Mark in 2 Years

Verrado | Gap Between Homeowners & Appraisers Narrows to Lowest Mark in 2 Years

 

Located at the foot of the White Tank Mountains, surrounded by high palm trees and over 21 miles of walking trails…Verrado is one of the most beautiful planned communities in the surrounding Phoenix area.  

The developers of Verrado put a lot of focus to paved walking trails meandering through common spaces and the creation of over 70 neighborhood parks framed and surrounded by mountain views and incredible natural views.  

There are many communities that are planned around specific locations to fit budgets and work force…but Verrado is one of the few places where its natural beauty took precedence on the development of an environmentally friendly area for the enjoyment of all the lucky residents   

Homes in Verrado are relatively new, it is one of the largest suburban communities in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. There are many types of homes available, from open floor plans, rustic ranch haciendas to relaxing front-porch models with modern amenities and luxurious finishes. This includes traditional two-story homes, European-style bungalows, single-family desert oases, and trendy lofts.  

Today, I would like to bring your attention to the following: Gap Between Homeowners & Appraisers Narrows to Lowest Mark in 2 Years

 

In today’s housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. Many experts are projecting that home values could appreciate by another 4% or more over the next twelve months. One major challenge in such a market is the bank appraisal. 

When prices are surging, it is difficult for appraisers to find adequate, comparable sales (similar houses in the neighborhood that recently closed) to defend the selling price when performing the appraisal for the bank. 

Every month in their Home Price Perception Index (HPPI), Quicken Loans measures the disparity between what a homeowner who is seeking to refinance their home believes their house is worth and what an appraiser’s evaluation of that same home is.

In the latest release, the disparity was the narrowest it has been in over two years, as the gap between appraisers and homeowners was only -0.5%. This is important for homeowners to note as even a .5% difference in appraisal can mean thousands of dollars that a buyer or seller would have to come up with at closing (depending on the price of the home) 

The chart below illustrates the changes in home price estimates over the last two years.

 

Bill Banfield, Executive VP of Capital Markets at Quicken Loans urges homeowners to find out how their local markets have been impacted by supply and demand:

“Appraisers and real estate professionals evaluate their local housing markets daily. Homeowners, on the other hand, may only think about their housing market when they see ‘for sale’ signs hit front yards in the spring or when they think about accessing their equity.”

“With several years of growth, owners may have more equity than they realize. Many consumers use the tax season at the beginning of the year to reevaluate their entire financial life. It also provides a good opportunity for them to consider how best to take advantage of their equity while mortgage interest rates and borrowing costs are still near record lows.”

 

Bottom Line 

Every house on the market must be sold twice; once to a prospective buyer and then to the bank (through the bank’s appraisal). With escalating prices, the second sale might be even more difficult than the first. If you are planning on entering the housing market this year, let’s get together to discuss this and any other obstacles that may arise.

 

Source.. KCM Cheryl Benjamin Blog

 

If you are looking to move to Verrado, allow us to help you find the perfect home, If you have any questions about Verrado, the schools, the amenities or the surrounding community, don’t hesitate to call on us at 623–206–9936  

We will be happy to help you.  

Our agents specialize in Verrado Real Estate  

 

 

Posted in Verrado
Jan. 17, 2018

Verrado | 61% of First-Time Buyers Put Down Less than 6%

Verrado | 61% of First-Time Buyers Put Down Less than 6%

 

Located at the foot of the White Tank Mountains, surrounded by high palm trees and over 21 miles of walking trails…Verrado is one of the most beautiful planned communities in the surrounding Phoenix area. 

The developers of Verrado put a lot of focus to paved walking trails meandering through common spaces and the creation of over 70 neighborhood parks framed and surrounded by mountain views and incredible natural views. 

There are many communities that are planned around specific locations to fit budgets and work force…but Verrado is one of the few places where its natural beauty took precedence on the development of an environmentally friendly area for the enjoyment of all the lucky residents  

Homes in Verrado are relatively new, it is one of the largest suburban communities in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. There are many types of homes available, from open floor plans, rustic ranch haciendas to relaxing front-porch models with modern amenities and luxurious finishes. This includes traditional two-story homes, European-style bungalows, single-family desert oases, and trendy lofts. 

Today, I would like to bring your attention to the following: 61% of First-Time Buyers Put Down Less than 6%

 

According to the National Association of Realtors’ latest Realtors Confidence Index, 61% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with down payments below 6% from October 2016 through November 2017. 

Many potential homebuyers believe that a 20% down payment is necessary to buy a home and have disqualified themselves without even trying. The median down payment for all buyers in 2017 was just 10% and that percentage drops to 6% for first-time buyers. 

Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas’ recent comments shed light on why buyer demand has remained strong, 

“Looking into 2018, rent is expected to continue gaining. More widespread rent growth could mean home buying demands stay high, as renters who can afford it move away from the unpredictability of rising rents toward the relative stability of a monthly mortgage payment instead.” 

It’s no surprise that with rents rising, more and more first-time buyers are taking advantage of low-down-payment mortgage options to secure their monthly housing costs and finally attain their dream homes.

 

Bottom Line

If you are one of the many first-time buyers who is not sure if you would qualify for a low-down payment mortgage, let’s get together and set you on your path to homeownership!

 

Source.. KCM Cheryl Benjamin Blog

 

If you are looking to move to Verrado, allow us to help you find the perfect home, If you have any questions about Verrado, the schools, the amenities or the surrounding community, don’t hesitate to call on us at 623–206–9936  

We will be happy to help you.  

Our agents specialize in Verrado Real Estate.   

 

 

Posted in Verrado
Jan. 12, 2018

Verrado | The Impact Staging Your Home Has on Sales Price [INFOGRAPHIC]

Verrado | The Impact Staging Your Home Has on Sales Price [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

Located at the foot of the White Tank Mountains, surrounded by high palm trees and over 21 miles of walking trails…Verrado is one of the most beautiful planned communities in the surrounding Phoenix area.

The developers of Verrado put a lot of focus to paved walking trails meandering through common spaces and the creation of over 70 neighborhood parks framed and surrounded by mountain views and incredible natural views.

There are many communities that are planned around specific locations to fit budgets and work force…but Verrado is one of the few places where its natural beauty took precedence on the development of an environmentally friendly area for the enjoyment of all the lucky residents 

Homes in Verrado are relatively new, it is one of the largest suburban communities in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. There are many types of homes available, from open floor plans, rustic ranch haciendas to relaxing front-porch models with modern amenities and luxurious finishes. This includes traditional two-story homes, European-style bungalows, single-family desert oases, and trendy lofts.

Today, I would like to bring your attention to the following: The Impact Staging Your Home Has on Sales Price

 

Some Highlights:

* The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Annual Profile of Home Staging.

* 50% of staged homes saw a 1-10% increase in dollar value offers from buyers.

*  77% of buyer’s agents said staging made it easier for buyers to visualize the home as their own.

* The top rooms to stage in order to attract more buyers are the living room, master bedroom, kitchen, and dining room.

 

Source.. KCM Cheryl Benjamin Blog

 

If you are looking to move to Verrado, allow us to help you find the perfect home, If you have any questions about Verrado, the schools, the amenities or the surrounding community, don’t hesitate to call on us at 623–206–9936 

We will be happy to help you. 

Our agents specialize in Verrado Real Estate.

Thank you    

 

 

Posted in Verrado
Sept. 11, 2017

Fall Festivals in Arizona You Won't Want to Miss

Octoberfest in Phoenix

Labor Day has passed, the temperatures are getting cooler, and the kids are back in school. For many Phoenicians, fall is the best time of year to live in Arizona! Fall is also the best time of year for some fantastic fall festivals and shows. No matter what part of the Valley you live in, chances are there is a festival near you. Check out the list below and plan your fall fun now!

Scottsdale Art Walk:  September 7th – November 2nd

The Scottsdale Art Walk is a great opportunity to check out the gorgeous work that Scottsdale Downtown galleries have to offer. The event takes place on Thursday evenings throughout most of the year. Wander at your speed of choice, peek inside the art galleries and walk around them if you choose. In addition to the galleries, it’s a great opportunity to check out everything Scottsdale Downtown has to offer. Along Main Street from Scottsdale Road West to Goldwater Boulevard and on Marshall Way from Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue - Marshall Way & Main St in Scottsdale.

Tempe Center of the Arts 10 Year Anniversary Celebration: September 8th – 9th

Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts invites you to honor the past and celebrate the future at the Tempe Center for the Arts 10 Year Anniversary Celebration presented by Northern Trust. With her powerhouse vocals and commanding stage presence, Jordin Sparks kicks off the 10-year celebration with her electrifying live show. 

Glendale Marketplace: September 9th – 10th 

Come browse and buy unique gifts for the holiday or any occasion, along with home and patio décor, jewelry, clothing, craft items, holiday items, specialty foods and more. Ironwood High School – 6051 W. Sweetwater Ave. in Glendale.

Constitution Fair: September 16th

Constitution Fair is an annual celebration held in Gilbert, Arizona, to commemorate the adoption of the United States Constitution. The festival hosts a variety of patriotic events and activities appropriate for all ages. Attendees can view military aircraft displays, a biplane flyover, skydivers, American history galleries and an exhibit honoring Arizona’s fallen soldiers. For kids, the festival features a special theater and music stage as well as puppet and magic shows. At night, the entire family can gather for a firework’s show and live music from local folk, country and rock bands. Gilbert Town Square Civic Center -50 East Civic Center Drive in Gilbert.

Cruising for a Cause: September 23rd

This unique event features a car show, a bike show, arts and crafts, a consumer and health fair, music, food and much more. Something for the whole family! 1459 N Dysart Rd, in Avondale.

San Tan Brewing Octoberfest:  September 30th

Yes, Octoberfest is in September! Fans of polka music, German food and craft beer will gather in Downtown Chandler to celebrate San Tan Brewing’s Oktoberfest. The entertainment lineup includes: Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Reel Big Fish and other local acts. This year’s event will highlight beer games, Von Hanson’s brat eating contest, a stein holding contest, and wiener dog races. 178 E Commonwealth Ave, Chandler

Chili Pepper Festival: September 30th

The Chile Pepper Festival is a local food, music and talent event hosted by Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation. Onsite chili pepper roasting, cooking demonstrations, live music, salsa dancing, activities for kids, a talent show, a beer garden presented by Deschutes Brewery and a gourmet margarita station will all be on the menu. 922 N 2nd St, Phoenix.

With so much going on in the Valley, from the east valley in Gilbert to Chandler to the west valley in Avondale and Glendale, you’ll want to mark your calendar so you won’t miss out on all the fun! When you’re ready to call the west valley your home, give us a call at 623-206-9936. We’ll help you find just the right west valley home to best suit your wants and needs.

 

Posted in Things to Do
Aug. 23, 2017

Labor Day Weekend Events in Arizona

Labor Day Weekend in Arizona

For many people, Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah before heading back to school and settling back into a post-summer routine. Be sure to make the most of this holiday by checking out all the things to do in and around Phoenix over the long holiday weekend.

29th Annual Fiesta de Septiembre: Wickenburg

The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Wickenburg, indoors and outside of the Wickenburg Community Center. $5 admission; ages 18 and under are free. September 2nd.

13th Annual Phoenix Cooks! at Westin Kierland Resort & Spa: Phoenix

One of the most popular Labor Day events, this event allows you to taste, sip and mingle with more than 50 of the best local chefs and restaurants; visit more than 30 wine, beer and mixology sampling booths; and learn recipes and techniques in classroom experiences and stage demonstrations. www.phoenixcooks.com. September 2nd.

32nd Annual Faire on the Square at Courthouse Plaza: Prescott

The Courthouse Plaza is the place to be for a family-friendly Labor Day weekend. Enjoy the artwork, crafts and food of more than 100 vendors. Enjoy a nice stroll in cooler weather, eat some great food, pick up some art and enjoy the people watching! September 2nd – September 4th.

92nd Annual White Mountain Apache Tribal Fair & Rodeo: Whiteriver

All-Indian rodeo, custom car show, volleyball tournament, strong man & women competition, baseball tournament, co-ed softball tournament, basketball tournaments, horseshoe tournament, bull riding challenge, royalty pageants, parade, All Indian Women’s Rodeo, food vendors. https://www.facebook.com/wmatfair/. August 30th – September 4th.

Flagstaff Art in the Par: Flagstaff

An arts and crafts festival featuring artisans from all over the state. It takes place in Wheeler Park in downtown Flagstaff. There will be live music, food, a wine garden featuring AZ wineries and much more. September 2nd – September 4th.

Free Sunday at IDEA Museum: Mesa

If you live in Mesa, check this out! Enjoy free admission to the i.d.e.a. Museum from 12n – 5PM. The i.d.e.a. Museum is the place to explore your imagination through design in art, science and technology! We support “your child and the child within you” by providing interactive opportunities that engage your senses and encourage creativity. There are three main exhibit areas and an outdoor atrium to explore during your visit. You may enjoy your own lunch in the Atrium or Snackery. Visitor service staff can provide you with a list of local eateries if you wish to eat out. September 3rd.

The Urban Farm’s 18th Annual Fruit Tree Program Kickoff:  Phoenix

Join the Urban Farm from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as they launch the 2017-18 Urban Farm Fruit Tree Program! This half day event will feature guest speakers lecturing on Edible food forests, Transforming a desert backyard into a lush oasis, and Growing fruit trees in your yard. There will be plenty of useful fruit tree care information. Plus learn about how the Urban Farm Fruit Tree Program works, and all the cool new things that have been added this year. 

Located at the Uptown Phoenix Farmers Market /North Phoenix Baptist Church, this event is free. To learn more, visit urbanfarm.org/events/. September 2nd.

Of course, if you’d rather go do your own thing without the crowds, Arizona State Parks are all open for the long holiday weekend. Whether you head out for a weekend or just for a day, there’s lots to learn and discover. Try out one of the historic state parks for an education in Arizona’s past! Fort Verde, Jerome, McFarland, Riordan Mansion, Tombstone Courthouse, Tubac Presidio, Yuma Quartermaster Depot, and Yuma Territorial Prison all offer a look back in time with museums about the local way of life, tours and an immersion in history.

To learn about the natural environment, try one of the parks with guided interpretive walks or hands-on programs, like Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, or Kartchner Caverns State Park.

Be sure to get out there and enjoy this Labor Day weekend! No matter what part of the Valley you live in, there’s an event or something fun to do close by. Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in Glendale or any other Phoenix realty 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
Aug. 7, 2017

Where to Take Your Out of Town Visitors This Fall in Arizona

Where to take your own of town visitors in Arizona

Cooler temperatures will be coming to the Valley soon and with that temperature drop comes the influx of out of town visitors. With so many beautiful, unique places in Arizona, it’s difficult to choose what to do to keep them busy. Here are a few ideas on where to take your out of town visitors this fall.

Grand Canyon: A Must-See

The Grand Canyon is the perfect place to take your houseguests if you want them to be in awe of the beautiful state you live in. One of the best times to visit the Grand Canyon is September through November when daytime temperatures begin to cool and the crowds begin to thin. With kids back in school and parents back to work from summer vacations, there are far less tourists competing for hotel rooms and trail access. Temperatures around this time range from the mid-20s to mid-70s. You'll find that more facilities and trails are open around September and October, but once snow begins to fall, you can count on many areas to be out of commission so check the weather and plan accordingly.

Heard Museum

Looking for something a little more cultured?  Phoenix has several impressive museums to choose from, and one of the most popular ones is the Heard Museum. The Heard Museum has become recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, world-class exhibitions, educational programming and its many festivals. Dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art, the Heard presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, as well as exhibitions that showcase the beauty and vitality of traditional and contemporary art.

Montezuma’s Castle National Monument

Montezuma’s Castle is one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20-room high-rise apartment, built into a limestone cliff, tells a story of survival in an unforgiving desert landscape. Approximately 350,000 people a year gaze through the windows of the past during a visit to Montezuma Castle. Even 600 years after their departure, the legacy of the Sinagua people continues to inspire the imaginations of this and future generation. A short drive for the Valley, this is sure to impress your guests.

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Kartchner Caverns State Park is a state park featuring a show cave with 2.4 miles of passages. The park is located 9 miles south of the town of Benson, AZ.  Long hidden from view, the caverns were discovered in 1974 by local cavers, assisted by a state biologist who helped in its preservation. The caverns are carved out of limestone and filled with speleothems which have been growing for 50,000 years or longer, and are still growing. Careful and technical cave state park development and maintenance are designed to preserve the natural cave system. This attraction is a living cave and quite spectacular. Plan on making a day of it if you travel with guests; you don’t want to rush through this!

Tombstone

If you have movie buffs in the family, don’t miss taking them here! Tombstone is a town in southeastern Arizona, known for its Wild West history. Exhibits at the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park include a replica gallows. On historic Allen Street, the O.K. Corral outdoor theater re-enacts an 1881 cowboy gunfight. Resident ghosts are said to haunt the bullet-riddled Bird Cage Theatre. Outlaws are among the local townsfolk buried at the 1878 Boothill Cemetery. There’s something for the whole family, from Big Nose Kate’s Saloon to gunslinger fights in the street. 

Fall festivals galore

Once you’ve hit a few of the big attractions in AZ, don’t overlook all the wonderful fall festivals going on around the Valley of the Sun. Here are a few fun fall festivals coming up in September:

Wickenburg’s Fiesta de Septiembre - Wickenburg

Phoenix Cooks - Phoenix

Rockin’ Taco Street Fest - Chandler

The Good, The Bad and The Weird - Mesa

Brazilian Day Festival - Scottsdale

Queen Creek Founders’ Day Festival – Queen Creek

A Taste of Greece Greek Food Festival – Chandler

Old World Oktoberfest - Peoria

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