HOA Reserve Study – A tool to understanding how a community operates

 

 

StonebridgeHOA Reserve Study – Another document in the HOA disclosures

If you have the patience to wade through all of the disclosure information that is provided by the HOA when you buy a house, you may stumble upon a document called a reserve study. In fact according to the current AAR Planned Community Addendum, the most recent reserve study must be provided to the buyer if it exists.  If the HOA is responsible for maintaining a community with more than the normal level of common area amenities such as a man made lake or a community park or clubhouse, a reserve study is even more important. Continue reading “HOA Reserve Study – A tool to understanding how a community operates”

Chandler waterfront townhouses and condos

Cantabria Shores Golf Course ViewWaterfront townhouses and condominiums in Chandler

Chandler offers a broad range of waterfront property including townhouses and condos. These include Lakeshore at Andersen Springs, Bridges at Ocotillo, Cantabria Shores and Crescent Falls at Fulton Ranch.  These waterfront properties are something that never would have been envisioned by Dr. AJ Chandler, a veterinarian who migrated from Canada in 1891 and for whom the city was named after.  Now Chandler boasts the most waterfront communities of any city in Arizona and is home to many high tech companies. For  more information, read on!

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Solar Panels – An idea whose time has come for Phoenix homeowners?

 

Solar Panels in Phoenix – A Good or Bad Idea?

Solar panel installationWith  a nickname, The Valley of the Sun, doesn’t it make sense for Phoenix and surrounding cities to readily embrace any electricity saving device that leverages the abundant supply of year round sun?  Some homeowners are taking advantage of our seeming never ending supply of this natural resource.  This is a topic which both buyers and sellers need to be very informed because the number of houses for sale with solar panels will continue to increase. As of Nov. 2015 approximately 2.5% of the homes for sale offer either leased or owned solar systems.  And understanding the difference in th resale market of leased vs. owned solar panels is extremely critical.

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Chandler luxury waterfront homes at Pinelakes Estates

Pinelakes Estates in ChandlerPiinelake Estates Waterfront home

Buyers who are looking for luxury waterfront homes on a boat friendly lake in south Chandler need to consider Pinelake Estates. What makes this community standout when compared to other lake subdivisions is the distance from one shore to the other. With a larger body of water the views are significantly enhanced.  With a total of just over  200 properties about 90 of them are waterfont lots. Another appealing feature is the average lot size is just under 15,000 sq.ft., giving you plenty elbow room!

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The Lakes at Rancho El Dorado Waterfront Homes in Maricopa

The Lakes at Rancho El Dorado WaterfrontCity of Maricopa Waterfront Homes

For a long time the only waterfront option in the City of Maricopa was Province, a retirement lake community.  As the City of Maricopa has grown from a small rural farming town into the second most  populous incorporated town in Pinal county with over 47,000 residents it was only reasonable that another lake community would follow.

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The Islands Custom Waterfront Homes in Gilbert, AZ.

Custom Waterfront Homes in The IslandsThe Islands Custom Home

One of the largest and most popular lake communities in the valley is located in the southeast valley in Gilbert. The Islands lake community that covers 1.5 square miles and includes three separate bodies of water perfect for boating including canoes and kayaks.  The diverse selection of waterfront property in The Islands includes townhouses, smaller single family dwellings, homes built by well known builders, and also custom homes.

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Phoenix Real Estate Statistics: Average vs. Median Home Prices

Desert Harbor FishingMark Twain is credited with popularizing the phrase, “Lies, damned lies, and statistics”. Obviously,  he was aware how data can be manipulated, misleading and  needs to be understood in the proper context.  In real estate, we deal with statistics on a daily basis.  In an effort to understand trends, we encounter the terms “average sales price” and “median sales price”.  Both of them use the same set of data. Its just how you look at the data so it is useful to understand the difference between the two terms.

 

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Gilbert Waterfront Townhouse & Condos

 The Falls Community PoolWaterfront Townhouses in Gilbert

What if you are looking for a waterfront property but don’t want to worry about the maintenance associated with a yard?  A waterfront townhouse or condo may be the answer.  If you are considering Gilbert, then the following waterfront townhouse are options.  Gilbert waterfront townhouses are found in the larger master planned lake communities of The Islands and Val Vista Lakes. Continue reading “Gilbert Waterfront Townhouse & Condos”

Gilbert Az. Waterfront Homes and Lake Communities

 

The Islands Lake at SunsetGilbert Waterfront and Lake Communities

Gilbert Arizona continually ranks high as a preferred Phoenix suburb.  For those with an eye for waterfront homes, it also draws their attention since Gilbert has more lake communities than any other Phoenix city except Chandler.  Gilbert offers a range of waterfront opportunities that includes townhouses, single family dwellings, water ski and wake board property and lakes that allow pontoon boats and canoes.

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The Falls in The Islands – Gilbert Waterfront Homes

Gilbert Lake Community in The Islands

Coral Point - The Falls waterfrontThe Falls in The Islands is a gated community on the center lake.  The tax records show the name of the community as Coral Point but the marquee at the entrance to the subdivision shows The Falls.  The Falls is a more appropriate name since there are three small man made islands with waterfalls that make you feel like you’re living on a tropical island. The majority of the 101 homes in The Falls back  to these water features or have waterfront lots on the center lake.

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