Surprise, AZ Real Estate News

By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
  GEM Golf Cart For Sale SOLD Less than 300 miles on the odometerOrignal purchase price of $10,000 This golf cart has been sold Every time I see one of these golf cartson the road it makes me smile.In fact...doesn't it look like the cartis smiling back? p>                                   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To see homes in the Phoenix Arizona area retirement communities of Sun City Grand, Sun City festival, Sun City West, Corte Bella & more, click on my name below:
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By Nikolai Riasnianski, Sun City, Sun City West, Arizona Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Sun City                                       Active Listings   731      Pending   75 (City-Sun City, Subdivision-Sun City)           Sun City West                               Active            521       Pending   48 (City-Sun City West)                                   Sun City Grand                            Active             232        Pending  32 (City-Surprise, Subdivision-Sun City Grand) 
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
Lunch, dinner, wine tastings, music.  Sounds like a great place to hang out.  Dennis and Melissa Minchella, owners of Kokopelli Winery & Bistro are proud to announce the Grand Opening of their latest venture in Surprise, on July 15th. Some of you may have seen my recent post, We Need to Support the Little Guys!!!  Here is an opportunity to do just that.  The new Kokopelli Winery & Bistro is located at 14719 W. Grand Ave. and will start serving dinner at 5:00 the evening of the 15th.  See you there!   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in one of the Phoenix west valley active retirement golf communities, please call me or visit my website http://KathyAndersonRealtor.com. Here you will find information on homes for sale in Sun City Gran...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
As I was driving to the office this morning I decided a large non-fat latte (with sugar free hazelnut) was in order. Now... having moved from the Seattle area AND having been in the specialty food business when the big "S" really started taking off I knew there were any number of locations I could get my poison.But I decided that instead of going to the most obvious choice for my morning coffee habit, I would support the "little guy", Toshi's Roast. It wasn't meant to be this morning though, because as I started to pull up I saw the "closed" sign on the door. My hope is that Randy and his family just took a nice 4th of July weekend trip. But who knows? A couple of the businesses around him have disappeared and the last time I spoke to him he told me it had surprised him how much his bus...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
There are so many restaurants in the Surprise Arizona area that I decided to break them down into two maps. The first map gives you more of the fine dining options. Most of these are national chain restaurants but there are a few in the mix by local entrepreneurs. In some cases I've used the term "fine dining" loosely. Some of these restaurants are more like a Denny's, offering a wide variety of dishes. The second map shows you most all of the areas fast food restaurants and pizza joints. If you click on the link to take you to a larger map, it will list out all the restaurants. If you click on the corresponding balloon you have the option of getting directions if you are not familiar with the location. I'm sure these maps are by no means complete but they should give you more than enou...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
What are your plans for today? A backyard BBQ? A parade? Watching a big fireworks display? Watching the celebration on TV news at 10:00p.m.? Or hitting a local fireworks stand and creating your own show for your kids? Whatever your plans include, please take time to remember our troops and the sacrifices they make for our continued freedom and democracy. I'm originally from Washington state (the Seattle area to be more specific) and in order to enjoy one of the BIG fireworks displays, you had to fight the traffic to get to one of the launching points. And if you wanted a good seat you needed to get there early in the day to stake your claim on the best spot. Then you had to fight the traffic to get back home and hope you didn't get run off the road by someone who had partied all day. He...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
ModelOn the Golf CourseRosewoodOff the Golf CourseStonecrest/PoolHaciendaVerbenaCholla/PoolBorgataPalo VerdeDesert RoseDesert RoseDesert RoseDesert RoseMaderaAzaleaCactus FlowerCactus FlowerSageCypressWillow/Expanded Sq.Ft.2896 s.f.2392 s.f.2334 s.f.2035 s.f.1934 s.f.1852 s.f.1954 s.f.1850 s.f.1816 s.f.1834 s.f.1854 s.f.1627 s.f.1518 s.f.1427 s.f.1427 s.f.1338 s.f.1330 s.f.1234 s.f. Address15479 W Cypress Point Dr15881 W Mill Valley Ln15022 W Home Run Dr20040 N Window Rock Dr15273 W Sierra Vista Dr20767 N Canyon Whisper15180 N Daybreak Dr14875 W Medinah Ct15267 W Springleaf Way20694 N Glen Canyon Dr20143 N Cactus Forest Dr16039 W Indigo Ln15243 W Springleaf Way19872 N Coronado Ridge16340 W Kearney Ln15770 W Remington Dr20936 N Canyon Whisper20309 N Windsong Dr Listed$739,900$450,000$34...
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By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona
(Leolinda Realty)
RECENT HOME SALES INSUN CITY GRAND                JUNE 1, 2008 TO JUNE 30, 2008               GOLF COURSE PROPERTIES               Address Bedroom Bath Model Sq Ft List Price Sale Price Days on Market 15479 W CYPRESS POINT DR 3 3.5 ROSEWOOD 2896  $739,900 $715,000 244                                 NON-GOLF COURSE PROPERTIES               Address Bedroom Bath Model Sq Ft List Price Sale Price Days on Market 15243 W SPRINGLEAF WAY 2 1.75 AZALEA 1518  $270,000 $260,000 28 20767 N CANYON WHISPER DR 2 1.75 BORGATA 1852  $269,900 $247,500 104 16340 W KEARNEY LN 3 2 CACTUS FLOWER 1427  $189,000 $189,000 492 19872 N CORONADO RIDGE DR 3 2 CACTUS FLOWER 1427  $229,000 $208,000 88 15273 W SIERRA VISTA DR 2 2 CHOLLA 1934  $329,900 $310,000 97 20936 N CANYON WHISPER DR 2 2 CYPRESS 1330  $227,900 ...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
In addition to the multitude of activities available in each of our Phoenix west valley active adult communities, the city of Surprise also offers up things to keep retirees busy... even in the middle of the summer.  As the temperatures rise, make sure you don't become a recluse.  Get over to the senior center and meet people from other communities with interests to yourself.  Not everyone is a "snowbird". Click HERE for the July newsletter ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in one of the Phoenix west valley active retirement golf communities, please call me or visit my website http://KathyAndersonRealtor.com. Here you will find information on homes for sale in Sun City Grand Surprise Arizona, resales in Corte Bella, Sun City Festival...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
Each one of Arizona's active retirement communities has something to offer.  Some more than others.  What it comes down to is, "What are you looking for?".  Do you like a gated country club style community?  If so, Corte Bella & Trilogy @ Vistancia might be your cup of tea.  Are you looking for more of an intimate neighborhood style community?  Then start with Arizona Traditions, Sun Village, or maybe Ventana Lakes. But if you want several golf courses, loads of activities and clubhouses, restaurants & more than one rec center with state of the art equipment than you are going to want to concentrate on Sun City Grand, PebbleCreek & Sun City West.  For the purposes of this post, I am concentrating on Sun City Grand.  So here we go.  My... TOP 10 REASONS TO RETIRE TO SUN CITY GRAND #1 - T...
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By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona
(Leolinda Realty)
There are 249 homes presently listed in Sun City Grand, none of which are presently in foreclosure.  That is not the case in other communities in Surprise.  There are presently 1,386 homes in Surprise (excluding Sun City Grand) presently listed for sale in MLS.  I counted the short sales, REO, and foreclosures and stopped at 322. The sheer number of foreclosures has resulted with numerous homes in disarray with weeds and overgrown yards.  On Surprise Pride Day, volunteers will be cleaning up the occupied and unoccupied homes that need sprucing up.  The cleanup day should result in a pride of ownership and accountability for living in this fast growing west valley city.  Volunteers are asked to meet at Surprise Stadium at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue on Saturday, June 21 at 6:15 am to pick u...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
While calculating absorption rates for the west valley active adult communities for a previous post I did, I decided to see how the Surprise family communities were fairing.  I already knew the prices had plummeted, in some cases as low or lower than the prices paid as far back as 2003 and 2004. I knew the real estate speculators had rolled through Surprise in droves and I knew the lenders had gotten far more creative in their lending practices than they should have.  I also knew that a large percentage of the foreclosure and short sale homes here in Surprise were people who jumped into the investor market too late and had thought they could flip the homes for profit. Knowing all this, and not having kept up with the market outside the walls of the active adult communities, I just assum...
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By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona
(Leolinda Realty)
It's the little things that count! Sometimes we loose sight of the small things that make people feel warm and fuzzy. Not long ago I was showing property to some people from Bellingham Washington. They were purchasing a second home in Sun City Grand for the winter months useage. I would safely guess that about 20% of current sales will be used by Washingtonians as a second home. I haven't been to Washington in a few years but I know that it is pretty wet. Just like the Big Island of Hawaii - namely my hometown of Hilo. The prospective homeowners met me at my office in Sun City Grand. They had already checked out the listings on my website and knew exactly which homes they wanted to see and they were very excited. We met early in the morning and I showed them all of the homes on their li...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
Update 1 year later in June of 2009... We are at an all time low in inventory in many of our retirement communities and once again, I am running out of personal inventory to sell. This May & June was the busiest May & June we've had in years and I can only assume it will continue through the end of the summer. Do you have a home to sell in one of our area active adult communities but believe homes don't sell in our HOT Arizona summer months? Nothing could be further from the truth!  I have four buyers, that I know of, coming in this month alone.  And I have many others waiting for the perfect home to come on the market so they can write an offer.  And I'm not the only agent working the area. In fact some of my buyers are getting nervous the right home isn't going to appear in the timefr...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
Many realtors track absorption rates to determine a trend in the market.  Ideally this should be done regularly so you can see if you are dealing with a buyers market or a sellers market and where the trend is headed. The actual definition is:  The number of weeks (or in my example, months) it takes to sell the current inventory at the present rate of sales For consumers unfamiliar with the term or how this is calculated, it is actually quite simple.  You divide the current inventory of homes by the previous months actual sales. Many agents will give you an across the board figure.  I, however, prefer to break it down even more.  It is my experience, people looking for a vacation villa are not really concerned with how many golf course properties have sold.  It is irrelevant to them. So...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
The Phoenix area has long been known as one of the premium retirement locations in the United States.  No small wonder with our fabulous weather throughout most of the year. Because we have so many out of state visitors looking for their future retirement or second homes, I get many questions from people looking at my website at the many active adult community options we have to offer.  One of the biggest group of questions has to do with... Where is Sun City Grand, or PebbleCreek, or Corte Bella?  How far away from Surprise, Arizona or Sun City Grand is Sun City Festival? Well after sending countless individual maps to individual clients, it was high time I provided some sort of map for clients to see where all of the west valley active adult communities are, in relation to one another...
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By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona
(Leolinda Realty)
Everyone love a freebie and this is an excellent one!  The Surprise police department is being proactive in protecting us from the bad ones who borrow our cars and it's FREE! On June 7th, the Surprise police department will be providing FREE vehicle identification number (VIN) etching.  It will be held from 8:00am until 11:00am at the Safeway Store located at 13828 West Wadell Road.  This is located about 10 minutes from Sun City West and Sun City Grand.  The first 50 vehicles will receive steering wheel locks.
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By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona
(Leolinda Realty)
SUN CITY GRAND May 2008 Sales Golf Course Properties11 Sun City Grand Golf Course properties sold and closed in escrow in May 2008.  The Ashbury, Cambridge and Mission models were most sold.The lowest sale price was 629,900 and the highest was $1,025,000 The average days on the market was 228 The average price per sq ft was $235   SUN CITY GRAND May 2008 Sales Non Golf Course Properties32 non-golf course properties sold and closed in escrow in May 2008.  The average square footage was 1,769The average sales price was $268,016The average price per sq ft was $147.The average days on the market was 146When selling or placing an offer on a property, the buyer or seller should review the absorption rate for the community.  The Absorption Rate is the rate in time (months) that it should take ...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
ModelOn the Golf CourseWindsor/PoolBriarwood/PoolHamptonRosewood/CustomCambridgeCambridge/PoolAshbury/CasitaAshburyMissionMissionStonecrestOff the Golf CourseCordovaWindrose IIHaciendaMissionStonecrestSierra/PoolSierraVerbenaBorgata/CasitaBorgata/PoolBorgataPalo VerdePalo VerdeChollaChollaDesert RoseSycamore/PoolSycamoreManzanitaMaderaSonomaAzaleaJuniperCactus FlowerAcaciaSundanceSundanceKivaCypressCedarMonterraLa Solana CondosGrande Sq.Ft.3411 s.f.2959 s.f.2852 s.f.2997 s.f.2650 s.f.2650 s.f.2686 s.f.2483 s.f.2318 s.f.2278 s.f.2282 s.f.2529 s.f.2466 s.f.2424 s.f.2374 s.f.2282 s.f.2075 s.f.2019 s.f.2035 s.f.2150 s.f.1958 s.f.1894 s.f.1870 s.f.1870 s.f.1978 s.f.1918 s.f.1854 s.f.1726 s.f.1934 s.f.1712 s.f.1627 s.f.1616 s.f.1544 s.f.1495 s.f.1409 s.f.1414 s.f.1300 s.f.1300 s.f.1278 s.f.1...
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By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona
(Leolinda Realty)
Have you ever fallen asleep at an open house?  I mean really asleep where someone would walk in and shake you to awaken you?  No, not you.  Excellent! Anyway, here I am at an open house.  It was my second listing and no one came all day long.  No one arrived after 5 hours and I just wanted to get home!  It was hot - the typical Arizona heat - hot - dry - dry and hot.  The door bell rang and I jumped to my feet.  I greeted the couple like they were my only prized possession.  After all, they were my first and only customers of the month.  This lovely couple visited with me and asked me to show them a house on the golf course.  Sure!  They followed me to the home and they immediately walked to the patio.  They didn't even look inside the house.  Just walked straight though, opened the bac...
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