Chandler, AZ Real Estate News

By Kaushik Sirkar
(Call Realty, Inc.)
Mixed-use project planned for Chandlerby Kaushik Sirkar, Chandler REALTOR®Chandler AZ Real EstateProgress continues in Chandler...this time it looks like plans to make the area around Chandler's airport into a major employment certer are underway with a proposed $150 million dollar project as reported in the East Valley Tribune.The project, to be located at the northeast corner of Queen Creek Road and Arizona Avenue, would include 3 office buildings and an additional 6 for stores and restaurants.  The office buildings might total 600,000 square feet and will target large corporate tenants.  The targetted clientele include not only folks who already live in Chandler and Ocotillo areas but also the large (and growing) employment base of Maricopa and Case Grade.  Why these parts of Pinal c...
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By Kevin Hanley
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Open House Video Surveillance - REALTOR SafetyI enjoyed an interesting conversation over lunch with a past client of mine in Chandler Arizona recently. He had read a recent article about REALTOR safety, and we both acknowledged that open houses held in vacant homes are especially dangerous. This client installs video surveillance systems in commercial establishments and he asked me " Are Real Estate professionals allowed to use video surveillance cameras at open houses?" I had to admit that I didn't know the answer! My first thought was that it must be OK since many new build model homes use cameras. I thought this might be an interesting subject for the ActiveRain community to debate. Any feedback out there on this subject?
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By Kaushik Sirkar
(Call Realty, Inc.)
New Business Park in Chandlerby Kaushik Sirkar, Chandler REALTOR®Chandler AZ Real EstateChandler continues to grow and expand.  I had previously blogged about a date in the future when there will be no more large subdivisions put in Chandler.  Something similar is bound to occur, though likely at a later date, with regards to office space and commercial development.  Of course, that date isn't today!Just announced in the Arizona Republic is the construction of 'Park Place' - a 95 acre business park that will be located within very close proximity to the Chandler Fashion Center mall.  Plans include 2 hotels, multiple retail stores and ~ 2 million square feet of Class A office space.  Apparently the Chandler market currently has on the order of 500,000 sq ft of Class A space with very low...
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By Elena Thurston, Family Real Estate Specialist
(Keller Williams Legacy One)
Here we go, my monthly list of fun family activities in the Phoenix area: Schnepf Farms's annnual Easter Egg-Citement, features an Easter egg hunt divided into age groups 0-2 years, 3-5 years, 6-8 years, and 9 and up.  The hunt begins at 11 am on April 6 and 7.  Attractions include a phot with the Easter Bunny (arrives at 9:30 am), unlimited rides on the train, carousel, honeybee adventures, and the inflatable bouncy.  Breakfast and lunch are offered at the new country restuarant.  $25 per child.  check out schnepffarms.com.  OneBookAZ for Kids is offered statewide but you don't have to travel farm to find the experience.  The Mesa Southwest Museum will explore the book, Weedflower, by Cynthia Kadohata from 5-7:30 pm, April 19 with craft stations, guest speakers and artifacts.  Weedflow...
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By Calie Waterhouse, Community Builder
The place I've called home for over a decade - Chandler Arizona - once a rural farmland is now a thriving metropolitan community.  A place where industry grows, communities flourish and businesses succeed. Chandler is a bustling community with a home town feel - one man's dream come true.  Dr. A.J. Chandler envisioned a bustling city with cutting edge industry.  Today, when you visit Chandler, Arizona you are sure to find the quality of life that beckons you home ... Looking For Things to Do in Chandler, Arizona?The best time of year to visit Chandler Arizona is October through May.  Because winter months prove to be the best temperature wise - be sure to book your hotel months in advance.  Considered our "high season", hotel rooms and resort rentals book as far as a year in advance. Ev...
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By Kaushik Sirkar
(Call Realty, Inc.)
Latest Chandler Statisticsby Kaushik Sirkar, Chandler REALTOR®Chandler AZ Real EstateFirst, a quick shout-out to Jonathan Dalton who has served as my motivation for publishing relevant market statistics in my blog.  Note this is my first post about my local statistics so the format may change in future posts.  Feedback from other professionals/consumers would also certainly be appreciated.Courtesy of ARMLS, the last ~ 30 days (2/26/07-3/26/07) worth of Chandler Real Estate data is posted belowActive - 2424 Properties FoundSquare FeetBedroomsBathsList PriceSale PriceAgent DOM Cumulative DOM Min48411 $ 105,000$0 00Avg221932.45$ 419,404$0 86100Max966877$ 3,990,000$0 807807AWC - 56 Properties FoundSquare FeetBedroomsBathsList PriceSale PriceAgent DOM Cumulative DOM Min62411 $ 119,900$0 1111...
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By Kaushik Sirkar
(Call Realty, Inc.)
Carino Estates - its a Charmer!by Kaushik Sirkar, Chandler REALTOR®Chandler AZ Real EstateInterested in a gorgeous, centrally located and pristine subdivision to call home?  Look no farther than CHARMING Carino Estates!!  It has excellent highway access being located just minutes from both the loops 101 and 202.  Shopping?  Just around the corner.  Need a mall?  The Chandler Fashion Center is practically a stones throw away.  Nestled in the heart of the 85248 zip code in Chandler, this subdivision has a little something for everyone! This is a community made up primarily of Shea homes - one of the better builders in the Phoenix market.  One story, two story, starter home, homes for larger families - all can be found in Carino Estates!Homes in this community may range in size from just u...
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By SEO Expert: Michael George, Real Estate and Law Firm SEO
I just searched for "AZ Home Loans" in Google, and bam- right there on page one (albeit number 10), is my ActiveRain profile.  Yea! I searched for "Arizona Home Loans" and my ActiveRain profile is on page 2 of Google, position number 12. But even better:  My ActiveRain profile is number two (after the sponsored results) for "Chandler AZ Mortgage" and number one for "Chandler AZ Mortgage Company". I am also number one for "Chandler AZ home loans."  My office is in Chandler, AZ and if all of my business would be in Chandler, that would be wonderful.  It looks like ActiveRain has me covered for searches related to the city in which I live and work. Now my official website at AZWM.com is awesome for "Arizona Mortgage" and a lot of phrases related to that.  All on Google, page one; many in t...
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By Kaushik Sirkar
(Call Realty, Inc.)
Come home to Arden Park!by Kaushik Sirkar, Chandler REALTOR®Chandler AZ Real EstateArden Park is a gorgeous subdivision located within the 85248 zip code in Chandler, AZ.  Its location is unparalleled bound by Arizona Ave to the east and Alma School Rd to the west.  Access to the new Loop 202 is only about 1 mile north with the 101 high just about 2 miles further west.  Numerous shops/restaurants abound within close proximity as do multiple employers, including Intel, Microchip, Motorola, Countrywide and the Chandler Fashion Center Mall.Homes in Arden Park are typically constructed by US Home or Fulton.  Prices can be as low as ~ $400k for a ~ 2000 sq ft home or as high as > $1 Million for homes > 5000 sq ft.  Many of the more expensive homes are found in an exclusive gated portion of t...
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By Elena Thurston, Family Real Estate Specialist
(Keller Williams Legacy One)
So, maybe you're like me.  Yesterday you just realized that next week is Spring Break here in the East Valley.  Maybe your spouse is like mine and works a bazillion hours and there's no way you're leaving town.  You, like me, need a battle plan! So, here you go, one entertainment idea a day to survive the days of no preschool, kindergarten or school, without going completely insane! Freestone railroad keeps the train, carousel, and my kids favorite, the ferris wheel open throughout Spring Break, instead of just on the weekends.  Pack a picnic lunch, don't forget bread for the ducks, and lots of water.  See www.freestonerr.com for details. Check out Underwater Fantasea at the Arizona Museum for Youth.  With $5 admission, or free to members, it's a great way to spend the morning.  See www...
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By Elena Thurston, Family Real Estate Specialist
(Keller Williams Legacy One)
Newlyweds Brent and Kirstin were on a hunt for their first home.  They knew they wanted a friendly Phoenix neighborhood, good appreciation, and pretty area.  While driving through south Chandler, they took a glance at the numerous green golf courses, lakes, and fabulous shopping.  Then they look past it to the empty fields and knew.  This is the place.  Great location.  Great investment.Two years and one baby boy later, Kristin and Brent are happy to call Pinelake Estates Home. Kristin explains why, "I love to take walks around the lake and along the canal. We love the views of the golf course and the mountains. There are all kinds of families here."One of the best features of the neighborhood is the 10 acre city park right in the middle of this friendly neighborhood. Not only does it h...
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By Kaushik Sirkar
(Call Realty, Inc.)
Fulton Ranch - WOW!by Kaushik Sirkar, Chandler REALTOR®Chandler AZ Real EstateFulton Homes is a well respected builder in the Phoenix metropolitan area.  As a matter of fact, in a recent JD Power survey, they were ranked 10th in the Valley.  Chandler has been abuzz for sometime now over Fulton Ranch - a supposedly 'sparkling' little Master Planned Community to be located in South Chandler.  Just how much buzz is there?  Consider this.  Mr. Fulton himself will be moving from his current home in Ahwatukee to live in the heart of Fulton Ranch.  What else will Fulton Ranch have to offer?  Well, to quote from the article in the Arizona Republic"It will include 1,100 units, including townhouses, condominiums and medium- to high-end homes; high-end retail, like AJ's Fine Foods; a man-made lake...
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By SEO Expert: Michael George, Real Estate and Law Firm SEO
I've been doing this whole real estate and mortgage thing for a number of years- both here in Arizona and also Michigan (where I started).  Like most of us, I believe I've seen it all when it comes to marketing.  You've got yer door hangers; ya got yer homes magazines in the grocery stores; ya got yer "networking opportunities" and on and on and on.  I thought I had seen it all, that is, until a few months ago. I was working from home that day; I don't remember why.  Somebody knocked on my door, which always irritates me when I am in deep concentration and working.  The dogs started barking...you know- all the joys of a home office.  My friends know that if they stop by when I am working from home, they should never knock.  (Please disregard this if you are a burglar.) But I digress.  I...
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By SEO Expert: Michael George, Real Estate and Law Firm SEO
I just had an Arizona Realtor hang up on me, frustrated after I told him that his client couldn't qualify for any type of mortgage that I was aware of.  (Account reps, please do not email me to try and qualify this guy. Trust me.) Anyway.  The Realtor totally shocked me with his attitude.  He said, "I knew it.  I knew this guy was a loser; he was just wasting my time." I was a little startled, because this guy is usually very professional, but I hear it all the time. Credit Prejudice. That client may be a so-called "loser" now (not my preferred word), but no matter how bad his or her credit, it can usually be fixed in two to three years with a simple plan of attack.  This means that if you keep close track of all of your "unqualifieds" for the next three years straight, starting today, ...
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By Joshua Brown
(West USA Revelation Realty)
 Will this market ever turn around?? This is the worst market ever... I'm never going to sell my home at this rate.... Exactly what am I paying my agent to do?? These are all phrases that I've heard from frusterated homeowners... So what's the solution??Is your home priced correctly?? Are You as a Seller asking a reasonable price??Is your agent working to place your home in front of as many possible buyers as he/she can??Are they solely trusting on the MLS to sell your Property??These are just a few questions that have to be asked to determine why your home hasn't sold, and if it will ever sell!! As a Realtor it's my great pleasure to inform my buyers of every possible option available to them. Sometime I even refuse a listing due to unattainable expectations. While many agents just wan...
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By Kaushik Sirkar
(Call Realty, Inc.)
Downtown Chandler to Receive a Facelift?by Kaushik Sirkar, Chandler REALTOR®Chandler AZ Real EstateSee this article in the Arizona Republic.  Some very ambitious plans are in the works to give downtown Chandler a complete makeover.  We are talking about parking garages, additional hotel rooms, a conference center, townhomes, apartments and even a museum!  Architectural plans are in place and apparently 'wowed' a local group of business people.  But something very important, in my opinion, is still missing.  Show me the money!A financial plan was not part of the presentation.  There is mention of receiving some assistance from the city for portions of the construction and there is always the potential for acquiring private financing.  Until such a financial plan is in place and approved ...
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By The Ryan-Whyte Real Estate Team at Infinity & Associates, Bringing Valley Families Home
(Infinity & Associates)
A Little Elbow Grease Can Improve Your Bottom Line When Selling Your Home Houses that are spotlessly clean and tastefully decorated tend to sell quickly, and for top dollar. There can be substantial savings for home-buyers who are willing to purchase a property that needs cosmetic improvements. When you look at a house that needs work, try to imagine it with fresh paint, refinished floors and new carpet. Consider the attractive features of the home. Would it get more sunlight if the draperies were opened and the windows cleaned? Does the back yard have potential? Try to distinguish between the cosmetic condition of the house and the state of its structure and major systems. Some fixer-uppers need a lot of professional attention from electricians, plumbers and other expensive professiona...
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By Kaushik Sirkar
(Call Realty, Inc.)
Look at our new neighbor - happens to be a famous NFL QB!  I'm curious as to why an Arizona Cardinal would live in Chandler - quite the commute to the stadium in Glendale.  Maybe this would be his offseason home with another located closer to the stadium??http://www.azcentral.com/business/articles/0209biz-talker0209.htmlI wonder what other celebrities call Chandler their home?I especially like the line 'the Beverly Hills of Chandler' !
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By Elena Thurston, Family Real Estate Specialist
(Keller Williams Legacy One)
The Arizona Republic ran an article today about the plans a development company has to revitalize downtown Chandler, AZ.  Desert Viking is a Chandler based company that is known for its renovation of old buildings.  However, according to the article the plans call to tear down the old builders and build new ones with a "classic contemporary" look.  For better or for worse, that is the Phoenix way of it, if something is more than 40 years old or so, it's time to tear it down.  You Easterners probably think I'm kidding.  My aunt lives in Connecticut in a 100 yr old house.  Just doesn't happen here. 
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By Elena Thurston, Family Real Estate Specialist
(Keller Williams Legacy One)
Welcome Home: Carino Estates Near Alma School and Germann in Chandler, Carino Estates is an inviting neighborhood that lands as a top pick. Residents feel safe and welcome in this great Phoenix-area community. Built about six years ago, the friendly neighborhood is new enough to look great and old enough to feel established and comfortable. Residents say their favorite amenities include the playgrounds, the walking paths, and the friendly people. Neighbors are sociable and it is not uncommon to see families walking, biking or playing ball in the greenbelts. In the spring, you can find the community picnic and garage sale. Everyone enjoys the short walk to great coffee shops and restaurants. Parents appreciate the brand new city park, the elementary and high school, and library within wa...
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