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 lake communities look to different water source
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?
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.
Chandler Waterfront Home in Ocotillo Lakes for Sale
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.
Riverview Park in Mesa is Impressive
Does it make sense to take children to the park in Phoenix when its 105 degrees? Only if there’s a splash pad! That was the temperature when the picture to the right was taken at Riverview Park in Mesa. That didn’t seem to bother the children playing in the water and the parents who didn’t need to work about their safety as they would in a regular pool. Riverview is one of many parks in the Phoenix area that use splash pads to help Phoenicians endure the summer heat. In fact, the splash pad, open 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. is just one of the many attractions in this highly rated public park in Mesa. To find out what other features make this a top public park and probably the best park in Mesa, read on. Continue reading “Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. – A Premier Park”
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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HOA 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”
Waterfront 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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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…. Continue reading “Reasons Why Houses Don’t Sell”
Solar Panels in Phoenix – A Good or Bad Idea?
With 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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