Sun City, AZ Real Estate News

By Jim Little, Your Sun City Arizona Realtor
(Ken Meade Realty)
After a summer that brought us the hottest mean temperatures on record, and a record 32 days with temperatures over 110 degrees, the heat is decreasing.To commemorate the end of summer, the Arizona Republic published this Jason Minich cartoon today.If you are a zonie, you know the cartoon isn't that far off! Weather guessers are saying the monsoon season is over, not that it was much of one with .67" of rain. I suppose it is time to break out the sweaters and look for the return of the winter visitors. As you can see from the cartoon, one snowbird is already here.Jim Little, Your Sun City Realtorhttp://jclittle.com/Ken Meade Realty17001 N Del Webb BlvdSun City AZ 85373800-877-1776623-977-1776By the way...if you know someone who is interested in buying or selling real estate in the Sun C...
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By Jim Little, Your Sun City Arizona Realtor
(Ken Meade Realty)
Today, CNN reported that George Bush is proposing significant changes in home mortgage policy.The intent of the changes anounced today is to help those who have high risk mortgages resetting now.These are people who have been trapped by changes in the mortgage market and a failure of their homes to appreciate as anticipated.The President has not proposed direct aid to the homeowners, and has no plans to aid all who are in trouble. He also has no apparent plans to aid investors who were gambling on double digit appreciation. So far all the plans seem to be for owner occupied dwellings.For more information on this subject from an expert, read Aaron Gordon's articles here. Aaron is a knowlegeble mortgage broker in Las Vegas NV.Jim Little, Your Sun City Realtorhttp://jclittle.com/Ken Meade ...
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By Cathy Wilder GRI,SFR, SRS, RSPS, e-Pro,, Adult Community specialist
(Award Realty)
Open House in Phase II on Saturday INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE ON PALMBROOK GOLF COURSE WITH THIS SPECTACULAR DUPLEX ON PALMBROOK GOLF COURSE WIDE OPEN FLOOR PLAN TILED IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES BRIGHT UPDATED KITCHEN, HUGE LIVING ROOM, FORMAL DINNING ROOM WITH BAY WINDOW, SCREENED BACK PATIO OVER LOOKING DOUBLE FAIRWAY REMODELED AND UP TO DATE, READY FOR YOU TO MOVE INTO TODAY. CALL SO YOU CAN SEE SUN CITY LIVING AT IT S BEST FOR YOUR SELF Phase II, Sun City  -  We invite everyone to visit our open house at 9538 W. Oak Ridge Dr on August 25 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Directions:99TH AVE TO GREENWAY RD; EAST TO CAMEO DR; LEFT TO OAK RIDGE DR; LEFT TO PROPERTY
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By Cathy Wilder GRI,SFR, SRS, RSPS, e-Pro,, Adult Community specialist
(Award Realty)
 Dominic'sSun City's Newest hot Night Spot... A charming family run restaurant that makes you feel welcome every time you walk in. The owners stop by to say hi to everyone at least once during your visit to make sure it will be a pleasant one.The food is some of the best Italian cuisine in the area. Open for lunch as well as diner and even supper or till it runs out in the evening. It is made fresh daily including the warm sesame seed bread. The owner's treat its visitors to live music on Friday and Saturday nights that is a delightful mix of rat pack tunes, Motown and a sprinkling of salsa just to spice things up.Come and experience a great evening of good food, good company and good music before the winter crowds get back....
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By Cathy Wilder GRI,SFR, SRS, RSPS, e-Pro,, Adult Community specialist
(Award Realty)
11128 W CAMEO DR Virtual tourBeautifully remodeled duplex on Lakes West Golf Course. Bright & open floor plan all new flooring and appliances in remodeled gourmet kitchen with gas stove w/stainless steel hood, center island, Corian counter tops opens to great room replaced windows and doors Updated Baths. Enjoy great golf course views on your own north facing covered patio close to shopping and recreation center.
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By Cathy Wilder GRI,SFR, SRS, RSPS, e-Pro,, Adult Community specialist
(Award Realty)
10647 W CAMPANA DR Sun City, Dir:Bell Rd to Del Webb; South to Loma Blanca; left on Campana to property.Virtual TourLooking for a house or a home?? Light Bright eat-in kitchen with replaced appliances, formal dinning room comfortable living room and large master bedroom have sliding glass doors that open to a tranquil south facing covered patio, huge 2 car garage has plenty of room for storage, All this on a corner lot close to shopping and Bell Rec center. Just move in and enjoy all that Sun City has to offer.SUN CITY FEES APPLY
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By Jim Little, Your Sun City Arizona Realtor
(Ken Meade Realty)
It is a great time to buy!If you are a typical new Arizona resident, you will find that inventories of existing homes are at an all-time high, while prices are 15-20% below recent historical peaks."Conforming" loans are still available. Conforming loans includ VA and FHA loans and conventional loans with as little as 5% down payment. These loans do have maximum loan limits. At this time, the VA loan limit is $359,650. The FHA limit is $263,160 The conventional loan limit is $417,000.New home builders are offering great incentive at this time. DO NOT GO WITHOUT A REALTOR®! If you go the first time to a builder site, you CANNOT be represented. It costs you NOTHING to be represented by your own agent. The BUILDER PAYS US!Rental occupancy rates exceed 98%. That is a very high occupancy rate...
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By Jim Little, Your Sun City Arizona Realtor
(Ken Meade Realty)
NAR has reported that in recent years the rate  of increase in the number of agents was greater than the increase in homes sold. We now have in excess of one million agents nationwide.Conventional wisdom would imply that more agents = more competition, which is supposedly good for the final consumers. In this case, buyers and sellers of homes.Facts:The average number of transactional sides handled per agent is down from 2000. This means the average new agent just hasn't had the experience to adequately represent today's clients.The decreased number of transactions result in the newer agents not having the resources or experience to market properties.With the decrease in business due to the market leveling and prices declining, many inexperienced agents cannot make a living. If the newer...
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By Jim Little, Your Sun City Arizona Realtor
(Ken Meade Realty)
This 2 bedroom, 2 bath Wilmington model home will be listed by tomorrow afternoon. It features an oversized yard on a 1 block cul-de-sac street in one of Sun Cities finest neighborhoods. It is located at 19826 N. 101 Ave. Sun City AZ 85373, in phase III.The home was built in 1977. It features a formal dining room, living room, 2 bedrooms and baths and an eat-in kitchen. The utility room is spacious and could be modified as an office or hobby room. The home also has a 2 car garage and a covered and screened patio.Offered for sale at $185,000.00.Jim Little, Your Sun City Realtorhttp://jclittle.com/Ken Meade Realty17001 N Del Webb BlvdSun City AZ 85373800-877-1776623-977-1776By the way...if you know someone who is interested in buying or selling real estate in the Sun City Neighborhood, Pe...
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By Cathy Wilder GRI,SFR, SRS, RSPS, e-Pro,, Adult Community specialist
(Award Realty)
Annual Mid-August Meteor ShowerDon't miss the annual Perseid meteor shower every year during mid -August, when Earth passes close to the orbit of Swift-Tuttle. This year the most active time for meteors is predicted to be around 2 am ET on Monday. (About 11pm in the west) So the late-night hours of Sunday through dawns early light will be the best time to see the bright streaks of light in the sky. Unlike last year with its bright moon shining, this year it's a new moon which makes it perfect for viewing a meteor shower so stay up late or get up early and enjoy the greatest show off Earth...
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By Jim Little, Your Sun City Arizona Realtor
(Ken Meade Realty)
Here are pictures I took today of two private memorials in Sun City. They honor those how have and continue to serve us. Two individuals felt strongly about the subjects and created these for all of us.Never Forget!Jim Little, Your Sun City Realtorhttp://jclittle.com/Ken Meade Realty17001 N Del Webb BlvdSun City AZ 85373800-877-1776623-977-1776By the way...if you know someone who is interested in buying or selling real estate in the Sun City Neighborhood, Peoria, Glendale or Surprise, please call me with their name and phone number. Thank you!
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By Jim Little, Your Sun City Arizona Realtor
(Ken Meade Realty)
Yesterday, Freddie Mac (the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation) reported that mortgage rates were at a 2 month low.30 Year fixed rates averaged 6.59%, down from last month's rate of 6.68% and the year's high of 6.74%.Freddie Mac also reported 15 year fixed rates at 6.26% from last month's rate of 6.32%.In spite of news articles to the contrary, mortgage loans continue to be available to qualified buyers at reasonable interest rates. There does not seem to be a factual basis for people to hold off buying any more.Jim Little, Your Sun City Realtorhttp://jclittle.com/Ken Meade Realty17001 N Del Webb BlvdSun City AZ 85373800-877-1776623-977-1776By the way...if you know someone who is interested in buying or selling real estate in the Sun City Neighborhood, Peoria, Glendale or Surprise, ...
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By Jim Little, Your Sun City Arizona Realtor
(Ken Meade Realty)
The pot of gold is in a house in Sun City. It is at the end of my street, So I thought I would share this picture taken last night. (8/1/07)That is one good reason to live in Arizona during the summer. As I turned around and looked behind me, I found another one.These pictures were take with my Treo 700p Phone after a monsoon storm yesterday. Obviously right at sunset.The rainbow was particularly spectacular, as it occupied about 240 degrees of the sky. We get used to beautiful sunsets here in Sun City, but the rainbow was a special treat.Jim Little, Your Sun City Realtorhttp://jclittle.com/Ken Meade Realty17001 N Del Webb BlvdSun City AZ 85373800-877-1776623-977-1776By the way...if you know someone who is interested in buying or selling real estate in the Sun City Neighborhood, please ...
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By Jim Little, Your Sun City Arizona Realtor
(Ken Meade Realty)
In Arizona, the typical listing agreement will include specific permission to do 2 things. First, permission to put up a for sale sign. For most people with homes for sale this is a given, of course they want a sign. In Sun City and Sun City West, these signs are the best advertisment you will have. Many people like to drive the streets and see what is available. We get more calls from signs than newspaper ads.The second permission is for the use of a lockbox. This can cause some concern for people. They often believe that the home will be less secure. In the greater Phoenix area we use the Supra box. This is an electronic box that requires a sophisticated electronic key to open. The key itself records the agent id, time and date of entry. This information is kept on Supra servers and m...
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By Jim Little, Your Sun City Arizona Realtor
(Ken Meade Realty)
Sun Citian Buys Sun City Country Club!Sun City Golf Resorts, owned by a Sun CIty resident recently won the bidding to buy Sun City Country Club, the oldest country club in Sun City AZ.The manager of  Sun City Golf Resorts bought the club to improve it, and also because he lives on the course and wanted to keep it green. Other potential buyers wanted to make the course into condosSun City Golf Resorts will be investing in improvements over the next 2 years to revitalize  the course. Jim Little, Your Sun City Realtorhttp://jclittle.com/Ken Meade Realty17001 N Del Webb BlvdSun City AZ 85373800-877-1776623-977-1776By the way...if you know someone who is interested in buying or selling real estate, please call me with their name and phone number. Thank you!
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By Jim Little, Your Sun City Arizona Realtor
(Ken Meade Realty)
In today's Arizona Republic, Cathrine Reagor reports a few things of interest to home buyers and home sellers.New home building continues to slow.Condo sales are bucking the trend. Sales of existing condos are up about 8%.Short sales continue to rise.Regarding number 1, good news for sellers of existing homes, they do not have to compete with builder inventories to sell their homes. This fortells a very clear signal to buyers that this is the time to buy a resale home in a convenient neighborhood with established schools, roads and shops. Wait too long and you will either have to pay higher prices or move to new subdivisions miles from work and amenities.Rising condo sales predict the long awaited market turnaround. It will be slow, but is definitely coming now.Actual short sales, unhea...
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By Jim Little, Your Sun City Arizona Realtor
(Ken Meade Realty)
As if triple digit heat isn't enough, in Arizona, July is the start of the monsoon season. The monsoon season is a change in weather caused by a seasonal change in the wind direction. Here that means the wind direction no longer typically comes from the west, but now from the south. These monsoon winds bring very humid air from the Gulf of California and the Pacific Ocean causing sometimes phenomenal thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Often dust storms (the red cloud) accompanies the monsoon storms.It is important to prepare your home for these storms to prevent unnecessary damage to your home or property. Here are a few tips.Seal roof joints.Seal around windows with caulking.Check weatherstripping around doors and windows.Trim palm trees (flying fronds can damage property and ...
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By Jim Little, Your Sun City Arizona Realtor
(Ken Meade Realty)
The West Valley's Daily News-Sun newspaper, citing a study by Realty Studies at Arizona State University Polytechnic reported today, July 13, 2007, that Sun City and Surprise resales of homes were strong when compared to the same month last year.Sun City Arizona home resales were 115 homes in June 2007 compared to only 75 resales in 2006.Surprpise Arizona home resales were  255 homes in June 2007 compared to only 175 resales in 2006.I said in my post on July 11, 2007 that I felt the consumer was regaining confidence and felt the market had bottomed out. This latest news confirms that, at least for these two communities, the backbone of the the northwest valley. See my earlier post here. http://activerain.com/blogsview/144540/Low-Prices-Higher-Interest .Since all wise investors want to b...
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By Jim Little, Your Sun City Arizona Realtor
(Ken Meade Realty)
Today's Arizona Republic quoted Associated Press, saying, "Prices are expected to bounce back next year...". This is good news to the current owners and sellers of homes in Sun City, Sun City West and Surprise Arizona. The days to sell have also started to drop.Existing home sales prices are expected to gain 1.8% in 2008.In addition, the Mortgage Bankers Association, in its June survey, announced that total new home loan applications increased 1.1% last week. This is a leading indicator of home buyer activity.More on this at: http://suncityneighborhood.typepad.com/sun_city_neighborhood/Jim Little, Your Sun City Realtorhttp://jclittle.com/Ken Meade Realty17001 N Del Webb BlvdSun City AZ 85373800-877-1776623-977-1776By the way...if you know someone who is interested in buying or selling r...
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By Sam Ratliff
(Long Realty-West Valley)
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