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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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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Province Adult Waterfront Community in Maricopa

Community Center Waterfront View Waterfront Community for Active Adults

Province is an active adult community with a guarded entry and a community center that is sure to impress.  Province boasts a 32,000 square foot clubhouse that features something for everyone; a resort-style outdoor pool, an indoor lap pool, ballroom, fitness center, café, basketball court, outdoor amphitheater, bocce ball and tennis courts. Originally developed by Engle starting in 2003, construction in Province came to a halt after Engle filed for bankruptcy in 2008.  Shortly after that Meritage acquired the remaining lots.

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Ocotillo Lakes Waterfront Home For Sale

 Chandler Waterfront Home in Ocotillo Lakes for Sale

0004-Canyon (4)One of the more popular waterfront communities in the Phoenix valley is the Ocotillo area in south Chandler. Defined by an active semi-conductor employment base, Ocotillo offers homeowners amenities, freeway access, shopping,  and schools that are second to none.  In fact, Ocotillo lakes include 167 acres of interconnected lakes and water features.

So when a well cared for single story home in Ocotillo Lakes comes on the market it is worth getting the word out. This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is built by Pulte and offers waterfront views from the great room and master bedroom.

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What you need to know about tile roofs in Arizona

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Concrete tile and composition shingle roofs

In colder climates the standard roof is asphalt composition shingle.  However in Arizona concrete tile roofs are now more common than composition shingle roofs at least in the Phoenix area.  Properly installed, tile roofs can last longer and can offer a better insulation system for the house than standard composition shingle roofs.  The upfront cost of concrete tile roofs is higher, but they have a longer lifespan. Even though tile roofs appear sturdy and almost indestructible, it would be an error to believe that they can be installed without requiring any future maintenance or inspection. It is very common that during a house inspection cracked, displaced and broken tiles will be found.  Repairs to a tile roof when found early are relatively inexpensive, but if left unattended the repair cost will increase significantly.

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