Surprise, AZ Real Estate News

By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona
(Leolinda Realty)
Some of the most spectacular sunsets can be seen from your patio in Surprise Arizona. If you looking to buy a home or sell a home in Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona, please contact me or visit my website to search homes for sale in Surprise AZ.    Sun City Grand ~ I live here, I work here, I know this community!     © 2009 Leolinda Bowers (Arizona Retirement Communities & Sun City Grand Real Estate). Unless otherwise noted, the content, both pictures and written, is the property of Leolinda Bowers.    
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
I just posted the June sales figures for Sun City Grand real estate. We are currently experiencing the lowest home inventories we have had in years. This month Sun City Grand had 45 home sales. Last June we had 19. Only time will tell but there are indications we could be at or very near the bottom of our real estate market. Once demand outpaces supply we should see prices start to recover. While we've seen home values drop, our sales in Sun City Grand have remained fairly strong through the real estate crisis. In years past our Canadian neighbors helped keep our resale numbers up. For the last 9 months or so though they have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for the exchange rate to improve, but our June closing numbers are strong anyway. As I said, only time (and the national/worl...
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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)
This market update for Sun City Grand real estate & Arizona Traditions properties provides you with transactions that closed in escrow in June 2009. Sun City Grand Golf Course Properties Model SQ FT Original List Price Sold Price Days on Market Address Verbena 2,035 $398,000 $323,000 519 16310 W. Desert Winds Dr Borgata 1,958 $465,000 $400,000 122 18761 N. Celosia Lane Jasmine 2,406 $550,000 $413,000 327 16307 W. Spring Canyon Wy Hacienda 2,312 $479,000 $430,000 108 19411 N. Canyon Whisper Dr Averages 2178 $473,000 $391,500 269     Sun City Grand Properties Off the Golf Course Model SQ FT Original List Price Sold Price Days on Market Address Acacia 1,414 $239,000 $203,000 133 16059 W. Glendora Ct Azalea 1,518 $239,900 $228,000 18 17536 W. Vinca Ct Borgata 1,894 $351,900 $324,000 197 188...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
A few days ago I came across a post from a lady who was having difficulty finding just the Sun City Grand listings amongst all the Surprise, Arizona homes for sale. No small feat. As of this writing that is 198 homes in Sun City Grand out of 831 total in Surprise. I told her that several agents who specialize in the Arizona active retirement communities, including myself of course, have made it easy to find those listings by creating searches for just these communities. It hasn't always been that way though. When I came to work for Ken Meade Realty I knew I wanted to specialize in selling real estate in the area retirement communities. Knowing that the vast majority of our clients come from out of state and that many begin their search months, or even years, in advance of actually movin...
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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)
A close friend of mine has a neice who has not only has a rare brain desease but Cones Disease as well.  There is no treatment for the Cones and it will eventually lead to blindness.  Her niece is a musician, cook, housekeeper, teacher, wife and mother.  This disease is taking her eyesight so rapidly that she will be blind within a year.  To add to her plight, her only daughter was killed in a car accident a few months ago when the car she was riding was hit by a drunk driver.  Her niece treasures every sunrise and every sunset.  It's because the only time she has is right now, and she will never know what the future brings.  We used to say that it was critical to have PMA (Positive Mental Attitude).  Without a PMA, it's difficult to make it through life.  As Realtors® we need to keep ...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
There is excitement in some of the Surprise Arizona neighborhoods today as Fry's Marketplace has opened one of it's beautiful super stores in the new Prasada master planned retail location. It was hard to find parking but I wasn't going to leave until I had an opportunity to see what was there. It is gorgeous and had all the departments I've come to love in their other super store locations. In addition to the quality produce, deli, meat, seafood, dairy, bakery and floral departments we've come to love, you'll find one of my favorite haunts (a really nice Starbuck's) as well as an expansive health food selection (another favorite), housewares, toys, pharmacy and so much more. Of course there are lots of festivities and freebies that come with a grand opening. My husband Rick Anderson, w...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
There have been recent roadrunner sightings in Sun City Grand. No!  Just kidding.  Not the one we grew up with.  The ones I've spotted are of the greater roadrunner species, found throughout most of Arizona.        They look more like this and always seem to be in a hurry... This last week alone I have seen two.  I have read comments from others saying this is a rare occurance so we must be blessed in the Phoenix west valley.  My brother-in-law, who has lived here for almost 30 years, was even surprised to hear of my many sightings in Sun City Grand.  While they reportedly prefer to be out in the desert, I can't help but think they like some company.  After all, Sun City Grand is a great place to live.         ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you are in the market to buy or s...
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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)
BEFORE      AFTER  © 2009 Leolinda Bowers (Arizona Retirement Communities & Sun City Grand Real Estate). Unless otherwise noted, the content, both pictures and written, is the property of Leolinda Bowers.  All content is original.  Originally posted on LeoLinda.com website at Surprise! It's Apple Time   Sun City Grand ~ I live here, I work here, I know this community!
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
Some of you may have gone elsewhere by now to get this info since it has taken so long for me to get around to updating these Sun City Grand Sales Reports.  Shame on me! For those of you who are still following, here you go: Sun City Grand Homes Sold - January 2009Sun City Grand Homes Sold - February 2009Sun City Grand Homes Sold - March 2009Sun City Grand Homes Sold - April 2009Sun City Grand Homes Sold - May 2009 Thank you so much for being patient and I promise to try and get these out on time in the future.  They are a little time-consuming but well worth the effort. Click on Sun City Grand home sales archives to see home sales figures that go back to December of 2007. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in one of the Phoenix west ...
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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)
Search Sun City Grand real estate & homes for sale, Sun City West, Sun Village, Arizona Traditions, Westbrook Village, Trilogy at Vistancia, Pebble Creek and Sun City Festival at http://LeoLinda.com. This week's absorption rates: Sun City = 42 weeks Sun City Grand = 42 weeks  Sun City West = 42 weeks Arizona Traditions = 48 weeks Corte Bella = 75 weeks SUN CITY GRAND Real EstateHot Sheetfor the Week Ending 6/21/2009 Total Sun City Grand Listings (Excludes La Solana) 183 New Listings 8 Back-on-the Market 2 Price Changes 4 Pending Sales 7 Conditional & Contingent  2 Sold/Closed 6 Golf Course Property Listings 33 Properties OFF the Golf Course 150 La Solana 19 Sun City Grand ~ I live here, I work here, I know this community!   About The Author Leolinda Bowers is an Associate Broker with Ke...
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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)
  Tomodachi is a Japanese word that means friend. This morning I opened my front door to water some plants before going into my casita. It was already 90 degrees at 8am, too hot to stay outside for any long period of time. This baby quail was waiting at the front stoop; it came into my home like a long lost friend. © 2009 Leolinda Bowers. Unless otherwise noted, the content, both pictures and written, is the property of Leolinda Bowers.
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
This is so cool! I was recently interviewed for an article asking me what I thought about Surprise Arizona and direction I felt it was headed. I don't know if the article will ever be published or not but the gist of what I had to say is that I love our city. And I love the direction I feel our city planners are taking us. For those of you thinking about moving to one of our area retirement communities (Sun City Grand, Arizona Traditions, Corte Bella, Sun City West, etc.) or anywhere in the City of Surprise, you are going to want to listen to this! I just received a link to a video broadcast called the Surprise "State of the City" address. This is a video address conducted by our mayor Lyn Truitt and it is full of information about the City of Surprise. It has also earned two national T...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
Last year I posted this article under "Monsoon Season is Here! Get Ready for Some Wild Arizona Weather" I've decided to repost it because many of my clients, looking to relocate to Sun City Grand, Sun City Festival, Sun City West or one of the many other Arizona golf retirement communities, have asked me, "What is a monsoon?". Since today is the 1st official day of the 2009 Arizona monsoon season I thought I would share my personal experience with a monsoon here in our fair city of Surprise Arizona. I should add that although this is officially Day 1 of the new monsoon season, the weather forecasters are telling us it will be awhile before we see our first storm.For years before moving here I heard about the Arizona monsoon season from my sister-in-law. She would tell me about the atmos...
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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)
Search Sun City Grand real estate & homes for sale, Sun City West, Sun Village, Arizona Traditions, Westbrook Village, Trilogy at Vistancia, Pebble Creek and Sun City Festival at http://LeoLinda.com.    SUN CITY GRAND Real Estate Hot Sheetfor the Week Ending 6/14/2009 Total Sun City Grand Listings (Excludes La Solana) 191 New Listings 9 Back-on-the Market 2 Price Changes 7 Pending Sales 5 Conditional & Contingent  1 Sold/Closed 7 Golf Course Property Listings 32 Properties OFF the Golf Course 159 Number of Listings in La Solana 18  The latest Sun City Grand real estate absorption rate, the rate that it will take to sell off the current inventory of homes in the community, is presently at 42 weeks.     Sun City Grand...I live here, I work here, I know this community! About The Author Le...
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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 Surprise Arizona  June 8, 2009 This market update for Sun City Grand real estate sales provides you with a snapshot view for transactions that occurred during the week ending June 8, 2009. ·         Total Sun City Grand Listings (excludes La Solana Condominiums) = 185 ·         Pending Sales = 16 ·         New listings this week = 10 ·         Listings Back on The Market = 2 ·         Price Changes = 13 ·         Conditional & Contingent = 3 ·         Sold/Closed = 10 ·         Golf Course Property Listings = 33 ·         NON Golf Course Listings = 152 ·         Condominiums at La Solana = 21  If you are thinking of buying a home in Sun City Grand, please allow contact me at 602-403-6865. I would love to have the opportunity to show you the community that I call home, Sun...
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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)
This market update for Sun City Grand real estate sales & Arizona Traditions properties provides you with transactions that closed in escrow in May 2009. Sun City Grand Golf Course Properties Model SQ FT Original List Price Sold Price Days on Market Address Borgata 1,916 $247,000 $285,000 181 20434 N Cactus Garden Trl Borgata 2,200 $519,000 $490,000 33 20209 N Coronado Ridge Dr Cordova 2,526 $549,900 $425,000 308 16330 W Boulder Dr Ironwood 2,912 $639,000 $515,000 176 16250 W Desert Winds Dr Mission 2,356 $449,000 $410,000 18 20410 N Cactus Garden Trl Stonecrest 2,298 $489,000 $440,000 197 18043 N Peppermill Ln Verbena 2,035 $299,900 $290,900 44 19868 N Shadow Mt Dr Windsor 3,389 $889,000 $900,000 200 20941 N Grand Staircase Dr Sun City Grand NON Golf Course Properties Model SQ FT Origi...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
Each one of Arizona's active retirement communities has something to offer. And, each has its' own unique ambience. When trying to decide which community is the best fit for you, you need to ask yourself, "What kind of lifestyle am I looking for?". Do you want a gated country club style community? If so, Corte Bella or Trilogy @ Vistancia might be your cup of tea. Are you looking for more of an intimate neighborhood style community? Then start with Arizona Traditions or Sun Village. But if you want resort-style living AND... 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, Sun City West, and (eventually) Sun City Festival. For the purposes of th...
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By Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886
(HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000)
With a population of about 91,000, Surprise is bordered by one of Arizona's largest mountain preserves, and is situated in the stunning desert, adorned with mighty saguaros. Surprise was little more than a gas station and a small cluster of houses in 1937, when founder Homer C. Ludden subdivided the rural land parcel into low-cost homes for the area's agricultural workers. He named it after his Nebraska hometown.   Brimming with small-town friendliness, this quaint, one-square-mile farming community has grown into a booming city that is perhaps best known as the Major League Baseball Spring Training home of the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers. Additionally, with more than a half-dozen golf courses, golfers will find a pleasing variety in their own backyards.   One of the faste...
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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)
Sunrise or Sunset?  I can't remember taking this picture in the morning or evening. Whatever time of day, I was impressed with the sunrise or sunset. It was in Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona. I guess my readers will have to decide when it was taken.  Whatever time of day, it was a Grand day in Sun City Grand!
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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 was an awesome day, not too hot not too cold, just perfect. All too soon we’ll start experiencing the harsh scorching summer. Whenever it’s over a hundred I frequently wonder why I’ve moved here. The spectacular evening sunsets remind me that I am blessed with good health, after when summer ends we’ll be facing fall and its divine weather.
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