Does this Phoenix Residential Lake Allow Boating?

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Determining if a Phoenix lake community allows boating

One of the most frequently asked questions I recieve is “Does this lake community allow boating?”  The second most frequent question is “How big is the lake?”  We’re going to answer both of these questions.  Previously, I’ve attempted to make a list of lakes where boating, kayaking, and canoeing are permitted and which lakes are larger and more conducive to boating.     I’m going to share some tools with you so that you can answer these questions.

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The HB 2001 Jobs Bill – Now for the part they didn’t tell you!

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Arizona Jobs Bill – HB 2001 will lower business property taxes, targets jobs creation

Arizona is open for business with business property tax cuts and targeted incentives aimed at job creation.  That’s the purpose and strategy behind HB 2001 that was signed into law last month.  That’s what the sponsors want you to remember.   What they didn’t tell you is what will happen to residential property taxes.  Buried deep in the 214 page bill is a change to the tax treatment of residential property.  And in this bill what they didn’t tell you will cost you.  How so? Read on.

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Categories: Ahwatukee Foothills, Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Sun City, Sun Lakes, Tempe

Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport serves the east valley

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Former Military Air Base continues to transform

In 1991, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommended that the Williams Air Base close its doors.  Two years later in 1993, it became a reality and the former Air Base began its search for a new identity.  A plan was developed to transform the base to be an aerospace center and an educational, research and training facility with the airport serving as a reliever to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.  Currently, aviation uses include commercial passenger service, aircraft manufacturing, maintenance, modification, air cargo operations and flight training.  In 2008, the former base became the Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport.

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Categories: Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Sun Lakes

Granite counter tops – An enviable upgrade

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 Granite – An Elegant Natural Stone Upgrade

Granite counter tops in Phoenix homes are always considered an upgrade and a distinguishing characteristic in any kitchen. The Arizona Regional MLS has recently made “granite countertops” a searchable field for those buyers where granite kitchen counter tops are a “must have”.  While buyers and sellers alike will attest to the natural beauty of granite, the facts behind this natural igneous upgrade are sometimes unknown. 

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Categories: Ahwatukee Foothills, Arrowhead Ranch, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Ocotillo Lakes, Peoria, Pinelake Estates, Scottsdale, Sun Lakes, Tempe

Making sense of Maricopa county property taxes and valuations

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Maricopa County Tax Bills Arrived – Some Happy, Some Not

The motivation for this article comes from all the recent news about taxes, and some buyers who say interesting things like “The property values have gone down, so the taxes better be lower!”   With that I thought it was the right time to dig in and get to the bottom of this sensitive topic.   I’m glad I did because there are some interesting facts of which I was unaware.  Read on and find out what is myth, what is reality,  and discover some unknown facts.

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Categories: Ahwatukee Foothills, Arrowhead Ranch, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Ocotillo Lakes, Peoria, Scottsdale, Sun City, Sun Lakes, Tempe

Why Post Tension Slabs Are Used In Phoenix

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Post Tension SlabPost Tension Slabs  reduce settling issues

This giant checker board is actually the “guts” of an unbonded post tension slab.

Post tension slabs are used to create a monolithic slab that is stronger than the typical slab and foundation that is poured in stages.  Post tension slabs are used in many parts of the country where the soil has high shrink / swell potential, also commonly know as expansive soil because they resist soil movement.   Many parts  of the Phoenix area have soil that is expansive  and exhibits a high shrink / swell potential.  The USDA has published a shrink / swell potential map for Phoenix which identifies the cities or towns most affected by this condition.

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Categories: Chandler, General Waterfront Info, Gilbert, Sun Lakes, Tempe

Waterfront Retirement Property at Sun Lakes

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sun-lakes-arizona waterfront homes for saleSun Lakes Active Adult Community abounds in waterfront homes

Amazingly,  Sun Lakes has over 430 waterfront homes, and that is not counting those homes on golf courses within Sun Lakes that also have lakefront property.  This may come as a surprise since Sun Lakes is known for it’s well manicured 18 hole golf courses, and 5 club houses.  This 3,500 acre active adult community is home to approximatley 16,000 residents.

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Categories: Active Adult Retirement Lake Community, Chandler, General Waterfront Info, Sun Lakes


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