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By Elena Thurston, Family Real Estate Specialist
(Keller Williams Legacy One)
 What kind of house is for sale in Gilbert, AZ for less than $200,000?  Most people would think, "not much".  There's actually a ton of variety available.  If you are willing to look at short sales, there's even more to choose from.Please remember this is just a current snapshot of the market taken at the time of writing this article.  There is no guarantee these home will continue to be available but I know we can find the perfect home for you!   This gorgeous downtown Gilbert condo has 2 bedrooms plus a den, 2 baths, 2 car extended garage plus granite countertops and a community pool!  It is being offered at $154,900.         This great home is 1533 sq feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage, plus a loft!  There is an island in the kitchen and a cute backyard.  This home is listed at ...
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By Elena Thurston, Family Real Estate Specialist
(Keller Williams Legacy One)
When my new clients relocate to Gilbert, AZ, they find themselves without all the contacts and resources they had back home.  Then I start getting calls like, "My son needs a dentist, where do I go?"  "My hair has completely changed in AZ, do you know a good hairstylist?", etc.  So, here's a list of same great contacts.Kids' Dentist:  We go to Dr. Quackenbush (seriously) at Timberland Pediatric Dentistry.  His office is set up like a forest complete with log cabin, huge fuzzy bear and lots of toys.  He's at the corner of Ray and Val Vista, 480-963-8373.Mommy and Daddy Dentist:  I really like Dr. Kris Heap.  I've even written a blog post about him.  He's near Baseline and Val Vista, so pretty accessible from all areas of the valley.Kids' Doctor:  Since I've had kids, I've tried a few dif...
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By Elena Thurston, Family Real Estate Specialist
(Keller Williams Legacy One)
I work hard and I play hard, I admit it.  My husband has to schmooze clients and staff for most of his lunches during the week so by the time we're together on the weekends, the poor guy has to be dragged out to play with me, when he'd probably rather eat a home-cooked meal and watch a game.  Solution:  become a real estate agent!  Take clients out to eat and it's even tax-deductible!  Just kidding.  You can read why I do what I do in another post.  But I will admit, taking clients to my favorite Gilbert dining places is a huge perk of the job.  Not only do I get a great meal but I get to experience it for the first time through their eyes.  So here's a list of my favorite places to go, with fun clients or with my fun husband, especially after college football season.  Something so uniq...
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By Elena Thurston, Family Real Estate Specialist
(Keller Williams Legacy One)
Are you relocating to the Phoenix AZ area?  This concept can be huge and overwhelming.  Just looking at a map of the area can make your head swim.  I mean really, what's the difference between Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, the list goes on and on.  There are so many aspects to consider:  Commute, Crime, Shopping, Schools, Entertainment.  What you got is questions.  And I've got some answers. As an Arizona native, I know about the history and development of each of these areas.  I have helped clients buy and sell homes all the way from Litchfield Park (on the far west side) to Laveen (central South Phoenix) to Tempe, Chandler, and Mesa (the east side of town).  However, I only profess to be an expert in one of the Phoenix suburbs...my home, Gilbert AZ. If the priorities of ...
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By Elena Thurston, Family Real Estate Specialist
(Keller Williams Legacy One)
Note:  This article is part of a relocation package for the Gilbert, AZ area.  To learn more about Gilbert including schools, shopping, neighborhoods, dining, etc, click here.  When I asked last year's clients, which aspects of moving to Gilbert, AZ did they research first, crime was on the top of their list.So, for those of you looking to relocate to Gilbert, AZ here is your one-stop shop for crime statistics in Gilbert, AZ.Gilbert has been ranked as the 22nd safest city in the nation, according to police statistics and USA Today.  I don't think I need to describe how that can impact your family.   According to the stats kept by the Gilbert Police Department, there was less crime in 2007 than there was in 2006, 2005, and 2004.  I didn't know that until writing this article.  Considerin...
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By Elena Thurston, Family Real Estate Specialist
(Keller Williams Legacy One)
When past clients have decided to relocate to Gilbert, AZ, many of them stated that the abundance of family activities made their choice easy.  However it's not easy to find a list of all the fun things in the area in one place.  Here's a good first attempt:Something specific first clued me in to how family friendly Gilbert is when I first moved here a few years back.  I loaded the kids up for the first trip to the closest grocery store.  Not looking forward to battling two young ones, shopping cart, unfamiliar store, etc, I was pleased to realize the store had free child care while you shopped.  This was a revelation to little me!  The boys played in a very secure and fun environment and my shopping was done in half the time with a quarter of the stress.  Imagine that!Then we got the t...
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By Elena Thurston, Family Real Estate Specialist
(Keller Williams Legacy One)
Choosing the right area of the Valley of the Sun for your family can be quite a challenge.  For many families that choose to relocate to the Phoenix-area, quality schools are at the top of the list.  Many families find affordable Gilbert, AZ and the Gilbert Public School District an ideal place to start their house hunt.Gilbert School District is typically in the top 3 districts in the state, based on test scores and graduation rates.  According to state standards, the district has 31 Excelling schools, out of 36.   There are over 38,000 students enrolled in 26 elementary schools, 6 junior highs, and 4 high schools, along with 3 academies and 36 preschool classrooms.  To see state and national test scores for Gilbert Public Schools, click here.  I have recently toured at many of these s...
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By Elena Thurston, Family Real Estate Specialist
(Keller Williams Legacy One)
As Joey Remondino of Manassas, VA pointed out, Short Salesare all the buzzword these days.  I decided it was time to give my readers a snapshot of what that translates into for my homebase, Gilbert, AZ.First, let's define Short Sale.  Many of my clients first interpret it to mean like a "fire sale".  People need to sell their home really quick, fast, and cheap.  That's almost true.  Short Sale refers to the fact that the lender has agreed to take less than what is owed on the home.  They have agreed to do this because the borrower (seller) has proven financial hardship and the lender would way rather do a short sale than a foreclosure.Sellers would prefer to do a Short Sale over a foreclosure because a short sale only stays on their credit for 1 year vs a foreclosure will stay on for se...
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By Elena Thurston, Family Real Estate Specialist
(Keller Williams Legacy One)
Today the Arizona Republic published an article stating that Gilbert residents wanted to know more about the four candidates for the Gilbert Public Schools Superintendent position that is up for grabs.  Education is always important in community issues, but GPS holds one of the highest ranking school districts in the entire state.  It is one of the major things that have kept our community property values high, while attracting more and more families.  I knew they were searching for a new superintendent, but had no idea that they had narrowed down the field to four candidates.  All of which have over 15 years experience in the district.  This is why the district has cited that they have kept everything hush, hush.  When all is said and done, only one will be picked and the other three w...
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By Chris Varoga
(Varoga Realty Group)
Power Ranch is a great Family Community located at Power/Queen Creek. It offers both new as well as resale homes. Below are some of their ammenities: Community Park Amenities: Two Community Parks, Two Catch & Release Fishing Lakes, Two Community Clubhouses, 25 Meter Swimming Pool, Shallow Play Pool, Resort Pool With Water Features, Splash Fountain, Lakeside Trails, Many Childrens Playgrounds, Full Basketball Courts, Volleyball Courts, Event Pavilion Picnic Ramadas With Barbecues, Three Field Soccer Complex, 7 Neighborhood Parks With Diverse Amenities. Neighborhood Amenities: Tree Lined Streets  Landscaping Between Curb & Sidewalk, 200+ Acres of Open Space & Greenbelts 26+ Miles of Trails Connected Throughout the Community. For more information call us at 480-899-2884 or visit us online ...
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By Chris Varoga
(Varoga Realty Group)
Trilogy at Power Ranch is an awesome place to call home for active adults not ready to give up their many hobbies and activities. Trilogy has everything from its Championship Golf Course with stunning views of the San Tan Mountains to Fine Dining, 2 Pools, Athletic Club, Higher Learning Classes, 4 Tennis Courts, the Cafe Santa Fe, as well as the Lantana Grill in the Clubhouse. This is a Great Place to call home. The new builder is winding down and soon it will just be a resale community. Triogy is located at Power/Queen Creek. If you would like more information about Trilogy give us a call at 480-899-2884 or visit us at http://www.azhomestore.com/Comparative Market Analysis   Property Type:   Residential       Status:   Pending SubjectProperty        #ML#StatusAddressBuiltFe CodeSqFtLis...
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By Chris Varoga
(Varoga Realty Group)
Seville is A Great Place to Call Home From its Beautiful Golf Course To the Stunning Mountain Views! It also has A Elegant Resteraunt in the community as Well as ac Huge Waterpark and Workout Room. Seville is located At Riggs and Higley and has New Homes as well as Resale Homes For Sale. Although it is a little further South, it is a stunning community. For more information on Seville Golf and Country club or the community - call us at 480-899-2884 or you can visit us online at http://www.azhomestore.com/ Comparative Market Analysis   Property Type:   Residential       Status:   Pending SubjectProperty        #ML#StatusAddressBuiltFe CodeSqFtList PriceLP/ SFADOMCDOM1 2854676 pend 6327 S BLAKE ST Gilbert 2003 32FRD2G 1421 $170,000 $120 10 10 2 2907260 pend 3736 E JANELLE CT Gilbert 2004 ...
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By Chris Varoga
(Varoga Realty Group)
Neely Commons is a great Community to live in. It is right in the heart of Gilbert (Lindsey and Warner) Neely Commons is a very nice family neighborhood and has many homes that are perfect for the first time home buyer as well as move up buyer! Homes range in price from around 200k up to 400k. This is a great place to raise a family and has parks nearby as well as elementary schools and is close to all ammenities. Give us a call at 480-899-2884 or visit us online at http://www.azhomestore.com/ for more information.Comparative Market Analysis   Property Type:   Residential       Status:   Active SubjectProperty        #ML#StatusAddressBuiltFe CodeSqFtList PriceLP/ SFADOMCDOM1 2889862 act 862 E KYLE CT Gilbert 2001 32R2G 1370 $209,000 $153 62 62 2 2825036 act 819 S Nielson CT Gilbert 1999...
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By Chuck Willman, NewHouseUtah.com
(Chuck Willman)
According to the latest wikepedia entry, Infill is "the use of land within a built-up area for further construction, especially as part of a community redevelopment or growth management program or as part of smart growth. It focuses on the the reuse and repositioning of obsolete or underutilized buildings and sites." In other words, Infill is empty land within an otherwise developed area. Cities tend to grow outward. New home developments spring up on the outskirts of town because that's where the available land is. Whenever land becomes available in higher density areas, builders will give it a good look. People will pay a premium to live closer to work, school and shopping. Phoenix is a top-5 population city. New construction is brisk in areas an hour away from the city center. Whene...
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By Chris Varoga
(Varoga Realty Group)
What can't be said about this unique community with white picket fences and huge porches. To drive into this neighborhood is to step back into the past. A good majority of the homes have basements as well and don't forget the College Prep school Surrey Gardens which is right in the middle of the Neighborhood. There is also a farmhouse restaraunt and coffee shop in the neighborhood as well. This is an awesome community! You can see August activity as well as homes currently available below! You can also see the 3rd Quarter results for Maricopa and Pinal County broken down by zipcode at http://www.azhomestore.com/ Stop by and say Hi!Property Type:   Residential       Status:   Active SubjectProperty        #ML#StatusAddressBuiltFe CodeSqFtList PriceLP/ SFADOMCDOM1 2895849 act 3067 E Hobar...
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By Erik Walbot, "Doing Real Estate Better"
(The Walbot Group )
Technorati Profile Gilbert AZ Real Estate, Gilbert AZ Real Estate Mapping, and everything Gilbert by specific Gilbert AZ real estate subdivision searches. Gilbert AZ Real Estate is a great buy NOW.Don't miss this great time to buy real estate in Gilbert AZ. Please feel free to BOOKMARK this BLOG to refer back to when thinking about Gilbert AZ Real Estate. These are the wonderful subdivisions in Gilbert AZ. Real Estate in Gilbert AZ is a wonderful value. Single family homes at a great price only 10-30 minutes fom ANYTHING you need. Some Gilbert AZ Real Estate communities are only a minute from Shopping, Restaurants, Entertainment, Schools, and more.Gilbert AZ Homes offer a great education with many highly performing elementary, junior high, and high schools.There are many new commercial ...
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By Erik Walbot, "Doing Real Estate Better"
(The Walbot Group )
View Gilbert Arizona Real Estate, Gilbert Arizona Real Estate Mapping, and everything Gilbert by specific Gilbert Arizona real estate subdivision searches. Gilbert Real Estate is a great buy NOW.Don't miss this great time to buy real estate in Gilbert Arizona. Please feel free to BOOKMARK this BLOG to refer back to when thinking about Gilbert Arizona Real Estate. These are the wonderful subdivisions in Gilbert Arizona. Real Estate in Gilbert AZ is a wonderful value. Single family homes at a great price only 10-30 minutes fom ANYTHING you need. Some Gilbert AZ communities are only a minute from Shopping, Restaurants, Entertainment, Schools, and more.Gilbert Arizona Homes offer a great education with many highly performing elementary, junior high, and high schools.There are many new comme...
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By Chris Varoga
(Varoga Realty Group)
If you are not familiar with Higley Estates, It is a must see with tree lined streets and huge greenbelts. It has the appearance of living back East. Higley Estates is located at Elliot/Higley and is perfectly situated between the I-60 and new SanTan Freeway and is a prestigous place to call home. It is within a Quarter Mile of the new Basha's Supermarket, and is close to parks, restaraunts and the now open Field of dreams baseball complex. This is a Master planned Morrison Ranch Community that will eventually have a Golf course as well as many other ammenities. Take a drive and check it out, I think you will like it! I have attached sales activity for 2007 below. Please call us at 480-899-2884 or visit us online at http://www.azhomestore.com/ for more detailed information.Comparative M...
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By Chris Varoga
(Varoga Realty Group)
If you are not familiar with Higley Groves, It is a must see with tree lined streets and huge greenbelts. It has the appearance of living back East. Higley Groves is located at Elliot/Higley and is perfectly situated between the I-60 and new SanTan Freeway and is a prestigous place to call home. It is within a Quarter Mile of the new Basha's Supermarket, and is close to parks, restaraunts and the now open Field of dreams baseball complex. This is a Master planned Morrison Ranch Community that will eventually have a Golf course as well as many other ammenities. Take a drive and check it out, I think you will like it! I have attached sales activity for 2007 below. Please call us at 480-899-2884 or visit us online at http://www.azhomestore.com/ for more detailed information.Comparative Mar...
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By Elena Thurston, Family Real Estate Specialist
(Keller Williams Legacy One)
My story is a short one, but very powerful for me.Awhile ago, I was able to sell a beautiful home in a short period of time.  Turns out the wife's best friend had had her home on the market for almost a year without one offer.  The market wasn't all that bad at the time and it didn't make much sense.  Her listing contract ended and she called me.One step in the home and it became clear.  It was a $750,000 home that was upgraded and decorated like a $150,000 home.  It was only an okay floorplan and they were asking way too much money.  Most of that could be fixed so I agreed to take the listing with the agreement they would let me and my stager change almost everything and we would significantly lower the price.That was hard for them as they had a custom home of their dreams in a neighbo...
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