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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Pinelakes Estates in Chandler
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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Termites 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. Continue reading “Lets’ talk termites and Phoenix homes”
Or 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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City 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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