Tubing Anyone? – Try the Salt River

What is there to do on a hot summer day?
When it’s 110 degrees in the summer what else can you do besides jumping in the pool again? With some embarrassment we decided to try tubing down the Salt River after having lived here for more than two decades. Isn’t that the way it goes, you don’t take advantage of the cool things that are in your own backyard.    I fell into that category recently.   I  had never gone tubing down the Salt River, so when one of our sons who grew up here came to visit we decided we might as well give it a try.

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Buyers be aware!

How private is your showing?

Technology is constantly changing our lives and we all enjoy the time saving apps and devices that accompany these advances. And what could be more reassuring to our sense of safety than state of the art door bells, wireless devices, and indoor/outdoor security cameras.  However, these technological gadgets should give buyers pause as the visit houses to find the home of their dreams.   How private are the showings when you visit a house?  The reality is the seller(s) may be using them to observe the buyers as they tour their house, and they are probably listening to the conversations.

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Phoenix – Where does your water come from?

Central Arizona Project (CAP) – A long time coming and coming a long way!

The history of Arizona’s most precious resource, water is fascinating. For example, after forming the Colorado River Compact, Arizona held out for 22 years from 1922 to 1944, in a dispute for it’s portion of the 7.5 million acre feet to be divided between Arizona, California and Nevada (the Lower Basin states).  It took another 22 years to lobby congress to approve the Central Arizona Project(CAP), and 20 years to complete the construction of the canal which runs 336 miles from Lake Havasu to Phoenix and down to Tucson. It was declared substantially complete in 1993, over 70 years in the making at a cost of almost $4 billion.

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Can Short Term Rentals Be Good Neighbors?

 

Short Term Rentals and Neighborhood Harmony

As the popularity of STR’s (Short Term Rentals) continues to increase, homeowners that have extra rooms or do not occupy their home full-time are wondering if this may be an untapped source of income. Airbnb, VRBO, Turnkey, Oasis and others have answered that question with a YES in bold letters.  Their growth has been impressive. While these provide  a good revenue stream and provide an alternative to hotels, some neighbors worry about the inevitable change that comes with constantly changing short term tenants that do not have an investment in the community. Is there a balance that can be achieved that maintains the character of a neighborhood where families feel comfortable yet allows owners to use their property as they see fit?  The short term rental dimension of a community may also factor into a real estate purchase. Is there a balance?  Continue reading.

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If You Get In A Car Accident-Remember The 3 P’s.

The Most Important Things to Remember When You’re In An Car Accident

This post is not a topic I can claim to be an expert.  My experience comes from talking to my insurance agent,  and from conversations with friends and family that have had unfortunate experiences with accidents and their subsequent crash course in the school of hard knocks.  I was so surprised at the outcome of one recent incident that I felt compelled to do more research and share some simple tips.

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Val Vista Lakes Waterfront Community

Val Vista Lakes – Premier Gilbert Lake Community

If someone is looking for a waterfront property on a larger residential lake in one of the safest communities in the country, Val Vista Lakes comes to the top of the list. Val Vista Lakes features  three lakes totaling 76 acres with 6 miles of shoreline. Does Val Vista Lakes allow boating? YES. This 900 acre master planned community features 24 subdivisions with over 300 waterfront properties and one of the few lake communities that includes a community clubhouse.

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Insurance tips to remember

Home Insurance Facts That Should Not Be Overlooked

A home buyer has found his/her dream home and is making plans to move in in a few short weeks.  But how well is their most expensive purchase to date protected?  With the never ending list of things to get completed before the close of escrow, making sure insurance is in place so the lender can receive the declaration of insurance page before going to underwriting is just one more item to get done .  So you want your insurance agent to get this off your plate as soon as possible.  However, it will be worth your time to have details discussion with your agent to make sure your home is properly insured.  Here are some important decisions regarding home insurance that should be considered.  Continue reading “Insurance tips to remember”

What your AC wants you to know about the Monsoon!

Air Conditioners and Humidity

A common saying in Arizona which is frequently used is, “but it’s a dry heat!” Well that doesn’t always apply during the monsoon season. Prior to 2007, the start of the monsoon was defined as when the dew point for 3 consecutive days is 55 degrees or higher. This means that the air holds more moisture than usual.  Air conditioners are designed to remove this humidity  from the air. This water or condensation flows through PVC tubes to the outside of the house. You’ve probably noticed them on the side of your house. Now what happens if they don’t work?

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The Monsoon Season in Phoenix

Arizona Summer Thunderstorm Season is know as Monsoon

The beginning of July, the monsoon made its entrance. The monsoon brings with it high winds, dust and down pours which can result in flash flooding. When I first arrived in Arizona, I asked why a summer rain storm is called a monsoon storm.  The answer I received was that the Arizona monsoon season begins when there are 3 consecutive days of an average dewpoint of 55 degrees or higher.  On average this occurred on July 7th.  Was this too hard to keep track of?  Apparently so because in 2008 the National Weather Service decided to make it simpler and set firm dates for the beginning and end of the Arizona monsoon season.  Since 2008, June 15th is the first day of the monsoon, and September 30th is the last day of this season when the weather can get really intense. During July-August-September the average rainfall is 2.65 inches. Click to learn more. Continue reading “The Monsoon Season in Phoenix”

Phoenix Lakes bill – A change for lake communities

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One of the most precious resources for a state where the majority of its population lives in a desert is water.  As the population grows so does the attention on this critical resource.  However, as the valley has grown developers realized that lake communities and waterfront property presented an effective and unique marketing tool, and water conservationists saw the use of precious potable water to fill these decorative lakes a major concern. What’s the legislature to do?

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