Ahwatukee, AZ Real Estate News

By Dean Carver
(United Brokers Group/Carver Home Team)
We do a lot of short sales, but we also turn quite a few away. We've had a 100% short sale success record since the beginning of 2009. No secret sauce here. The bottom line is we don't take short sales we don't think we can get approved. We've also been doing them for a long time and have obtained some great certification and training, including the CDPE designation. We've closed short sales with 5 liens, firsts AND Helocs, Indmac, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Wachovia, Chase, FHA, VA, Fannie Mae, you name it. Which brings me to my story. A few months ago we met with a homeowner with one mortgage with Chase. They were having financial difficulties and trying to obtain a loan mod on their primary residence. They "didn't need our help and were sure their loan mod would go through." (Nego...
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By Michael and Cheron Lange, Associate Broker, GRI
(Solutions Real Estate)
Now, I realize that this photo is a little cheesy, but I was out in the Foothills West Community and these Saguaro Cactus stood out!  :)  Now the average saguaro arm takes 65-75 years to grow...look at the arms on both of these saguaro's!  And a saguaro is mature at the age of 125 and has a life span of 150-175 yrs. .................................................................................................... You're Neighborhood Realtor©   Cheron Lange We proudly serve and sell Real Estate in all and around Phoenix, Arizona.  If you are thinking about purchasing and selling your home in Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Fountain Hills, Paradise Valley and Queen Creek or other surrounding areas, and most importantly would like to work with a local expert... "You...
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By Dean Carver
(United Brokers Group/Carver Home Team)
Market statistics for the luxury property segment over $500,000. Dates: March 15th-April 15th, 2010. Ahwatukee has seen significant price erosion in the luxury market over $500,000 for 2010. REO and short sale activity is strong, but traditional resales at competitive prices are still available. Number of active listings: 77 Number of pending listings or active with contingency: 31 Number of pending REO listings or active with contingency: 4 Number of pending short sale listings or active with contingency: 17 Number of closed listings: 7 Months of inventory based on "closed" data: 11 months of inventory Highest closing price: $962,500 for a 4700 sq. ft. home in Tapestry Canyon. Best bargain: $562,500 for a 3530 sq. ft. home on a 23,296 sq. ft. lot in Ahwatukee Custom. Dean and Sonia Car...
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By Dean Carver
(United Brokers Group/Carver Home Team)
A couple of points to help everyone working with short sales out there. Did you know that FHA back loans are Federal loans and therefore, trump any State laws regarding recourse vs. non-recourse? In Arizona for example, this means that, FHA is exempt from our anti-deficiency statutes and has completely different qualifying criteria for a short sale! It doesn't matter whether the property is a primary residence or not. VA loans are also considered recourse loans. Great thing to remember when you're consulting with a short sale client who has an FHA or VA listing. OR, before you represent a buyer on an FHA or VA short sale. By the way, we have a great designated broker, Heidi Quigley who keeps all of our brokers at UBG on track with important points like this. Protects our clients, protec...
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By Hugh Thomas Lorch, Luxury Home Sales
(Sterling Fine Properties)
Today I am introducing the community of Lakewood located in the southeast area of Phoenix,Az. This is the 1st video in the series “If You Want A View, Call Hugh” where I will be introducing communities in the Phoenix area that give you the opportunity to own a home with awesome views. I will be focusing on communities that feature Mountainside, Golf Course, and Waterfront properties. This is my 1st attempt at shooting a community video......... I am sure the quality will get much better as time goes on :-)    
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  Ahwatukee is well known for being an affluent, L-shaped neighborhood on the west end of the Valley of the sun.  This community is formally known as Ahwatukee Foothills Village, and the residents have taken great care to try to remain separate and apart from greater Phoenix. The community has a small town feel, and perhaps it is because it is almost completely isolated by South Mountain and South Mountain Park from the other fourteen urban villages comprising the city of Phoenix.  However, being surrounded by South Mountain and South Mountain Park does allow for incredible mountain views and spectacular desert vistas with marvelous sunrises and sunsets. In the middle of all this splendor, you will be able to find Green Housing in Ahwatukee Community.  These homes are masterfully design...
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By Dean Carver
(United Brokers Group/Carver Home Team)
LOVE this market! It's a must for all Ahwatukee residents, but it's so close for Ahwatukee Custom and Ahwatukee Equestrian residents! Easy drive from Tempe and Chandler as well! AHWATUKEE FARMERS MARKET Date: Sundays, Year Round MarketHours: 8:00am - 11 am (July - mid Oct)  9am-1pm (Mid Oct-April)  8am-12Noon (May-June) Location: on 4700 East Warner Road, Phoenix, Az 85044 (just west of 48th St.)(Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center parking lot)Features: May include fresh, local, and seasonal produce, herbs, flowers, locally made jams, jellies, salsas, fresh baked breads, a selection of local arts and crafts. Free admission, free adjacent parking. Also available at this market: Easy credit card shopping! One credit card charge can pay for all your purchases from the vendors! Find ...
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If you are looking for that perfect active adult community, then Ahwatukee has some lovely properties that you can choose from. The Ahwatukee community active adult communities offer wonderful lifestyle to the residents  through great facilities. This L-shaped bedroom community is an urban village situated close to Phoenix. You can find some great adult homes in areas like Ahwatukee Lakewood and Ahwatukee Mountain Ranch. Bordered by, the South Mountain Park and the Gila River Indian Community there are a number of things that you can do in Ahwatukee. If you love golf, there are a few golf courses within the community where you can enjoy some lovely time. The best time to enjoy the beautiful weather of the community is between October and May. The Farmer’s Market offers some great buy an...
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By Dean Carver
(United Brokers Group/Carver Home Team)
Stripping foreclosed homes in Phoenix has been a booming business over the last few years. You didn't have to look any further than Craig's List to see that people were taking more than their personal property out of their foreclosed home(s). In this case, a real estate agent has been convicted. Realtors should know better. http://www.azfamily.com/news/local/86708257.html Dean and Sonia Carver United Brokers Group, Agent/Owners #1 Team - Over 198 Homes Sold in the last 24 months Carver Home Team Founders Million Dollar Guild Member Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist Certified Distressed Property Expert -- 100% success rate in 2009 Bank of America Preferred REO Broker Email: sonia@carverht.com O: 480.710.4608 M: 480.612.1048 F: 480.760.2371 Coventry Tempe, Warner Ranch, Warner Ra...
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Ahwatukee is the type of place that you see in post cards and magazines, and it is the place to be if you want to be close to the city, yet far enough so that you can feel the peace and quiet of all the natural wonders that surround this community.  You can enjoy the peaceful surroundings, natural wonders and spectacular views when you are tucked away in the second story of your home. Some of the words that come to mind when you go take a look at some of the two story houses for sale in Ahwatukee AZ are grand, spectacular, breathtaking, and much more, especially when you are on the second story and you have a view of the mountains, and you are looking over at Wonder Rift, Phoenix South Park, the Sonoran Desert or the Phoenix Metro Area below. If you have a family with children, you know...
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An urban village located close to Phoenix, Ahwatukee is one of the best places where you can live. Homebuyers looking for some interesting options in the Phoenix area can find great choices in homes for sale in Ahwatukee. An L-shaped bedroom community, Ahwatukee offers some of the best facilities. Fine shops, boutiques and marvelous restaurants serve the residents of the community. Ahwatukee has some of the best schools, so you can be assured about the education of your children. The best time to enjoy the lovely weather of Ahwatukee is from October to May when the rest of the country braces itself for winter. You can have a lovely time shopping at the Farmer's Market for some regional produce. Residents also attend some lovely concerts at the community parks and art and crafts festival...
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By Dean Carver
(United Brokers Group/Carver Home Team)
This week has seen a lot of activity at trustee's sale for luxury homes in the Phoenix metro area. There were some amazing homes sold at auction in Paradise Valley and Scottsdale, along with many that were simply taken back by the bank. Canyon Verde in Ahwatukee saw its first foreclosure and there are several homes in pre-foreclosure in Eagle Ridge. It's interesting to wonder how many of these were lost short sale opportunities. We've seen several agents marketing themselves as luxury home marketing specialists and we hold that designation as well, along with being million dollar guild members. When it comes to luxury home short sales however, that's only part of the arsenal. Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) is the premier training and designation that consumers need to be l...
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At Ahwatukee The Foothills, the word of the day is ‘Welcome'. These communities are where ‘people' people go to live. Not only are the homes voluminous and cozy, but they are close to the school districts.  Walking the kids to school has never been as enticing as it is here, where your neighbors will quickly become best friends. Often referred to as ‘The World's Largest Cul-de-sac', Ahwatukee is pleasantly isolated from a saturation of access points, making Ahwatukee The Foothills real estate very desirable. The winter months are relatively mild here. With highs averaging 67 degrees in January, golf and other outdoor activities are available year-round. These activities could include days spent at the adjacent South Mountain Park, the largest city park in the United States. Formerly the...
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Ahwatukee is one of the best places that you can call home. Located in the suburbs of Phoenix, it is an urban village that offers great facilities and a wonderful lifestyle. With the sun shining in the community for about 340 days in a year you would love to own of the houses with swimming pools in Ahwatukee AZ. There are several events hosted in Ahwatukee like the Charity Golf Tournament, Festival of Lights, The Annual Holiday Party and many more. Ahwatukee has some of the finest golf courses like the Foothills Golf Club, The Lakes Golf Course and the Phantom Horse Golf Club to further your outdoors lifestyle. If you love hiking or have a nerve for mountain biking, then Ahwatukee is just the right place to be. With the South Mountain Park bordering the northern part of the community, A...
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By Dean Carver
(United Brokers Group/Carver Home Team)
LOVE this market! We bought mustard greens, pesticide free tomatoes, grapefruit, lemons, fresh tabouli salad and homemade tamales today! It's a must for all Ahwatukee residents, but it's so close for Ahwatukee Custom and Ahwatukee Equestrian residents! AHWATUKEE FARMERS MARKET Date: Sundays, Year Round MarketHours: 8:00am - 11 am (July - mid Oct)  9am-1pm (Mid Oct-April)  8am-12Noon (May-June) Location: on 4700 East Warner Road, Phoenix, Az 85044 (just west of 48th St.)(Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center parking lot)Features: May include fresh, local, and seasonal produce, herbs, flowers, locally made jams, jellies, salsas, fresh baked breads, a selection of local arts and crafts. Free admission, free adjacent parking. Also available at this market: Easy credit card shopping! On...
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One of the most desirable communities of Arizona, Ahwatukee is more than what is written about it. Located in the outskirts of Phoenix it is an urban village that gives some of the best housing opportunities to the residents. You can find numerous affordable single story homes in Ahwatukee AZ that will fulfill your needs. With sunshine brightening the life of the residents for almost 340 days in the year, there are several activities that you can enjoy in the area. The community has a great schooling system in the Kyrene School District for grades K-8. So you can be assured about the education of your child. The community has several hiking, biking and cycling trails and is considered as a haven for mountain bikers and cyclists, especially with the South Mountain Park located towards th...
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By Dean Carver
(United Brokers Group/Carver Home Team)
AHWATUKEE FARMERS MARKET Date: Sundays, Year Round MarketHours: 8:00am - 11 am (July - mid Oct)  9am-1pm (Mid Oct-April)  8am-12Noon (May-June) Location: on 4700 East Warner Road, Phoenix, Az 85044 (just west of 48th St.)(Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center parking lot)Features: May include fresh, local, and seasonal produce, herbs, flowers, locally made jams, jellies, salsas, fresh baked breads, a selection of local arts and crafts. Free admission, free adjacent parking. Also available at this market: Easy credit card shopping! One credit card charge can pay for all your purchases from the vendors! Find out more at the information booth! Visa/MasterCard, Quest Card, AZFMNP* Has Voted the Ahwatukee Farmer's Market the 2009 Best Farmer's Market For Grazing (That's free food sampli...
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If you are looking for a quiet community close to Phoenix that has some great houses then check out the homes for sale in Ahwatukee. An excellent community that can be called as an urban village, Ahwatukee is actually a part of Phoenix and has some of the best facilities. Well-known among mountain bikers and cyclists for its excellent trails, Ahwatukee has some of the best golf courses and you can have views of gorgeous landscapes. The location of the community, keeps you close to a range of interesting places of visit. The lovely sunshine all around the year will never let you stay indoors. You can enjoy hiking at the lovely South Mountain Park bordering the northern parts of the community. Within the community you can find several places to enjoy like the Polar Ice, ice skating rink o...
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By Dean Carver
(United Brokers Group/Carver Home Team)
A lot of people complain about different generations: the boomers, generation X, generation me, etc. etc. Look at the article to see what a wonderful difference a group of 6 and 7 year olds are making in Ahwatukee. Different kids in our son's class at Cerritos Elementary decided they wanted to make a difference and help people in Haiti. They did thing individually and collectively to raise money and it never crossed their minds that they wouldn't succeed. We could all take a note out of their book! Arizona Republic Article: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/01/26/20100126ar-haiti0129.html Dean and Sonia Carver United Brokers Group, Agent/Owners #1 Team - Over 125 Homes Sold in the last 12 months Carver Home Team Founders Million Dollar Guild Member Certified Luxury Home Market...
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By Dean Carver
(United Brokers Group/Carver Home Team)
New market data for Arizona courtesy of ARMLS and The Arizona Republic. http://www.azcentral.com/video/#/News/New+Housing+Numbers/40280768001/35150280001/62273804001 Key Points: 93,000 units sold in 2009 -- a record. Homes are moving, but over 1/2 of the inventory was bank owned. Short sales jumped from 2% of sales in '08 to over 14% of sales in '09. Over 50,000 homes in Arizona currently in various stages of foreclosure. Prices appear to be stablizing -- more activity expected in middle range (200-500k) in 2010.   United Brokers Group, Agent/Owners #1 Team - Over 125 Homes Sold in the last 12 months Carver Home Team Founders Million Dollar Guild Member Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist Certified Short Sale Consultant Bank of America Preferred REO Broker Email: sonia@carverht.c...
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