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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Lets’ talk termites and Phoenix homes

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. Continue reading “Lets’ talk termites and Phoenix homes”

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

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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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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Stonebridge Lakes Estates and Manor in Gilbert

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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