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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Categories: Chandler, General Waterfront Info, Gilbert

Reasons Why Houses Don’t Sell

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 Obstacles that prevent homes from selling

When a home doesn’t sell it can be attributed to one or more factors.  Some homes sell in a matter of hours while others languish on the market for months or years and may never sell.  Obviously there is a reason why a house doesn’t sell which leads to speculation about what went wrong.  Is it because of the price, the exposure and marketing, the condition, staging or lack of, the time of the year, access to the property, reluctance to make repairs, etc?  The list seems endless.  What I’ve noticed after helping both buyers and sellers are common threads about why homes don’t sell. Here’s a few that I’ve observed…. Read the rest of this entry

Categories: Gilbert

Lets’ talk termites and Phoenix homes

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Termite TubeTermites and Phoenix Homes

At some point in the inspection process, a diligent buyer will need to have a termite inspection, also known as a Wood-Destroying Organism or Insect Inspection.  This typically is done at the same time as the general home inspection.  Many inspectors are also licensed to perform termite inspections which adds about $55 to the general home inspection cost. While the most common termite in Arizona is not as destructive as those found in other parts of the country, a thorough inspection is a wise choice in order to protect an asset as valuable as a home. Read the rest of this entry

Categories: Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe

Whose wall is it anyway? Every Phoenix homeowner should know.

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Tree fell on  wallOr you can wait for a Phoenix Monsoon storm to find out!

The recent string of Monsoon storms has demonstrated the power of mother nature and the destructive effects of high winds that accompany those storms. The result of the Monsoon storm that came through Phoenix on the last day of August left over 55,000 residents without power, closed highways, and snapped power lines. Over an inch of rain fell in some parts of the valley.  Rain in Phoenix is always welcome, but this  came at a price.  A common site in many valley neighborhoods was fallen trees. If one of these trees falls on a wall, who is responsible to repair the wall?

 

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Categories: Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, Weather

The Islands Custom Waterfront Homes in Gilbert, AZ.

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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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Categories: General Waterfront Info, Gilbert

Gilbert Waterfront Townhouse & Condos

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 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. Read the rest of this entry

Categories: General Waterfront Info, Gilbert, Townhouses & Condominiums, Val Vista Lakes, Waterfront Condos

Stonebridge Lakes Estates and Manor in Gilbert

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Gilbert Waterfront Communities at Stonebridge LakesStonebridge Lakes Waterfront Homes

If you are looking for a lake community with waterfront homes with a community pool, then Stonebridge Lakes may be one to put on your list. Stonebridge Lakes features two communities, the Estates and the Manor with  differences being the size of the lots and the monthly HOA fee. Besides being located in the heart of Gilbert, both communities feature distinctive UDC  floor plans built in the early 1990’s and a community pool in each.

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Categories: Gilbert, Stonebridge lakes, Waterfront / Lakefront Community

Gilbert Az. golf driving range goes high tech

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TopGolf facility comes  to GilbertTop Golf Front

This 65,000 sq.ft. golf attraction that covers 15 acres in south Gilbert is probably unlike anything you’ve ever seen.  Its been described as a blend of golf, bowling and darts. Its much more than a driving range with its micro-chipped golf balls and high tech targets.   Located in southeast Gilbert along the 202 Santan Freeway it is easily accessible from anywhere in the southeast valley.

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Categories: Gilbert, Recreation

The Falls in The Islands – Gilbert Waterfront Homes

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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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Categories: General Waterfront Info, Gilbert

Breckenridge Bay at Val Vista Lakes waterfront townhouses

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Breckenridge Waterfront TownhousesVal Vista Lakes Waterfront Townhouses in Gilbert

One of the many Val Vista Lakes waterfront neighborhoods includes Breckenridge Bay, a townhouse complex of 60 townhouses, 37 of them are waterfront.  The majority of the properties were built between 1987 – 1997.  There is no community pool in Breckenridge Bay but that’s understandable because the amenity rich Val Vista Lakes club house & community center with 8 tennis courts and 2 pools is right around the corner.

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Categories: General Waterfront Info, Gilbert, Townhouses & Condominiums, Val Vista Lakes, Waterfront / Lakefront Community


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