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Oct. 5, 2018

Fur children (our dogs) and dog parks...

Today I decided to take Tucker and Sunny to Paradise Valley dog park. As I got them ready putting their leashes on my 14 year old fur child Sassy just wimpered and layed by my husbands feet. She loves to go to the park with us but not the dog park. She is getting old and can’t run around like she used to. But the other two are raring to go! We are fortunate to have quite a few dog parks in the Phoenix Metro Area to choose from. My last count shows 36 dog parks!

I recommend finding several dog parks close by and going and checking them out. Many now have two fenced dog parks. One for the little dogs and one for big dogs. Check to see if there is water available Many have double water fountain-one for pups and one for humans! Some parks just have a water spiggot to fill bowls. Check to see if the area is well maintained-make sure it has grass and not a dust bowl or mud bath. Look for a shade structure and trees.

New to the area or thinking about making the move to the Phoenix area? For information on the 36 dog parks contact me at jackie@jackiestoweknowhomes.com

Click here to see map of the 36 dog parks in Phoenix Metro Area…

Sept. 27, 2018

More home buyers looking for multi-generation homes...

The last buyer I worked with to help find a multi-gen home I met at an Open House in Queen Creek. They were being relocated from South Carolina and were bringing their parents with them and wanted to live under one roof… the search began. After two months looking at eight different properties we found the ideal floor plan by Lennar Homes.

Multigenerational living continues to trend upward. As baby boomers retire, many are choosing to live with their adult children. A recent survey by Pew Research Centershowed that 19% of US population is living in multigenerational homes. The survey showed 44 percent of respondents said they would like to accommodate their elderly parents in their next home, while 42 percent said they plan to accommodate their adult children. Many builders have responded to this trend and are now building muligenerational homes.

In Arizona, specifically the Phoenix Metro area it has become difficult to find affordable homes that meet this growing sector. Especially for families moving from other area’s of the country where housing cost are significantly lower. As the Valley of the Sun continues to build further out increasing it’s footprint it has created some affordable opportunities to meet our growing population.

There are several housing options that will accomodate this sector one being two story homes offering a bedroom with full bath downstairs. The other option is one and two story homes with a separate/private suite offering private living and bedroom/bath. Some properties even have separate entrances and garages.

Sept. 22, 2018

What are Baby Boomers looking for?


I work with many out of state buyers looking for a second home as well as empty nesters wanting to downsize.  Neville and Sharon are a couple I recently worked with from California looking to downsize from their current home. We looked at various communities in North Scottsdale looking for the right home. After our three day house hunt we found the right home and the views they were looking for in Troon.

The number one thing I am finding is that this sector of home buyers are looking for 3000 square foot or less one-story homes. They have had the big house and are now want a smaller, more manageable home. Home builders have responded and are building smaller homes. In order to get the new smaller homes baby boomer buyers are having look further outside of the initial area they wanted to be in.

April 19, 2018

Solar Panels...Are they a good investment? What you need to know.

So you agree to meet with the solar company that called and they are offering solar panels to you at no initial cost. They say that they will save you significant money on your electric bills. You want to save money and our planet so you sign up. Then a few years later you decide to sell the house. You just know that those solar panels will help sell your home and at a higher price…Right?

That’s not always the case… the buyer really likes your home, then their real estate agent tells them that they will need to qualify to take over your solar lease payments for the next 15 to 17 years! If they don’t qualify for the solar lease they can’t buy your house.  Or another scenario unfolds…the buyers won’t make an offer unless you buy out the remaining lease payments…OUCH! This can be tens of thousands of dollars! They are worried about the solar equipment-what if it needs to be repaired? What will it cost me? Will I really save that much money on my electric bills? 

Be aware of the potential challenges with buying or leasing solar panels and make sure you understand before you sign on the dotted line!

 

April 4, 2018

Is the Valley heading towards a real estate bubble?

 

Growth or “Bubble”?

The Phoenix/Scottsdale appears to be steadily emerging from the real estate crash in 2008, but is the city headed toward a re-bubbling of the market and repetition of all the sordid problems of that historical time?

While some critics believe history is destined to repeat itself, key players in the metropolitan Phoenix real estate industry believe such gloom-and-doom soothsaying is bogus and completely without merit.

Michael Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, believes the Metro Phoenix real estate market is healing and stabilizing. “The idea that there is another bubble in the real estate market is absurd. We are just seeing a normal reaction to lack of supply. Prices are still below the long-term trend line and none of the conditions that define a bubble are currently in existence.”

Based on historic average (past 20 years) we are increasing at a healthy increase of 5-6%. Our supply of 16,753 homes for sale when we should have 40,000 homes for sale. This translates to a 2 month supply when we should have a 4 to 5 month supply of homes. This has created a seller’s market. Low supply high demand and the increase in the population will continue to sustain a healthy market

See what your home is worth today!

April 2, 2018

Check out these trending floors!

When it comes to flooring, most people want something that is stylish and practical.

Flooring trends typically change throughout the years as many homeowners acquire new taste and technology advances creating new varieties of flooring. Here are some Trending 2018 floor styles that will make your home look stylish and amazing!

Hard Wood:

Solid Hard Wood flooring is certainly a durable flooring option and high quality, well-maintained hardwood floors will outlast us all! Choosing the right species of hardwood floor is a major factor of how durable the floor will be. Some of the most durable hardwoods are Brazilian Walnut and Ipe.  And some of the most popular hardwoods used today are Red Oak, White Oak, Maple and Brazilian Cherry.

The average cost for homeowners to install Hard Wood Floors is $4,113, with most homeowners spending between $2,952 and $4,646. Pre-finished solid wood flooring prices start at about $4 and can cost as much as $12 per square foot, but most is found in the $4-$10 per square foot price range.

Some of the colors trending with Hard Wood Floors are; dark browns, grey, light, and white washes.

Porcelain Plank Tile:

 

Porcelain Plank wood tile has always been available but has only recently found popularity with global décor trendsetters, thanks in large part to vastly improved technologies that make the wood effect more realistic than ever. Although colors and patterns of wood-like tile may change from year to year, its popularity in dazzling, contemporary home designs is here to stay.

Porcelain Tile floors are waterproof. So, they are often used in areas that may have water or moisture like kitchens, bathrooms, and basements and on top of concrete sub-floors where it may be difficult, inappropriate and too expensive to install solid hardwood flooring.

The average cost to install Porcelain Tile Planks is $1,986, with most homeowners spending between $1,008 and $2,048. Average budget ranges at around $3 per square foot to exclusive ranges from upwards of $15 per square foot.

The colors trending with Porcelain Plank Tile floors are cooler tones such as whites, grays, and espressos.

Vinyl Plank:

 

Forget the ugly vinyl tiles of the past. Plank shapes that are long and narrow, mimicking real wood boards; “click” joinery, allowing adjoining boards to snap together; and improved embossing techniques, vinyl flooring is gaining in popularity once again.

With superior resistance to moisture Vinyl flooring has gained popularity among many homeowners looking for a less expensive floor alternative.

Vinyl flooring ranges from extremely inexpensive, about $0.50 for thin vinyl squares in basic patterns and styles, to moderate about $3.00 for a vinyl plank in so-called premium luxury styles.

It looks and feels amazing, and it’s a floating floor, which means that it can go on top of virtually any type of surface, including tile, as long as the surface is flat and level.

Furthermore, for all those do-it yourself folks, this is a project you can do on your own.

What’s your favorite flooring trend?

March 29, 2018

Wishing you an EGG-CELLENT Easter Weeekend!

Here are some local ideas for your Easter weekend with the family!

The Art of Ice Cream Experience Egg Hunt

4224 N Craftsman Ct. Scottsdale, AZ 85251
This art pop-up in Scottsdale is an interactive ice-cream themed exhibit where many Easter eggs will be hidden through out along with ice-cream treats! There will be an Easter egg hunt for kids 5 and younger and one for kids 6 years and older. The cost is $10 for kids and $20 for adults. Click Here For More Info

Bunnyland at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

7575 E Princess Dr Scottsdale, AZ 85255
This Scottsdale resort is hosting a Alice in Wonderland themed Easter egg hunt on 4/1. Other activitites include brunch, corn maze, train rides and even a visit from Alice, Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter and the Easter Bunny. Brunch is $49 for kids and $109 for adults. Egg hunts are scheduled for every half-hour from 10 am through 4 pm. Click Here For More Info


6850 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
This Scottsdale Hotel will be having a FREE Easter egg hunt for both guests and the community starting at 9 am 4/1 on the ZuZu patio. ZuZu, the restuarant will have brunch available from 6 am to 2:30 pm. Cost is $19 for kids and $59 for adults. This includes the brunch and hunt. Make sure to bring your own basket! Click Here For More Info

March 26, 2018

Scottsdale Culinary Festival 40th Anniversary Weekend

PURCHASE TICKETS  |  MUSIC SCHEDULE  |  CHEF DEMO SCHEDULE

 

 

The Scottsdale Culinary Festival returns to Scottsdale for their 40th Anniversary! Event is April 14th and 15th starting at 12pm Saturday. Come hungry because there will be over 40 unique local restaurants and 30 craft breweries. For entertainment you can enjoy 20 bands over the weekend, chef demos, wine garden and much more! Tickets range from $10 – $150 with VIP Packages. Children 12 and under are free. Bringing the kids? There’s fun for them too! The Family Zone which runs from 12 pm to 5 pm both days has a bouncy house, games, crafts and more to keep the little ones entertained.

SCRUMPTIOUS FOOD

LIVE MUSIC

 Main Stage Saturday 4/14

  • ELVIS BEFORE NOON 12 pm – 1:30 pm
  • FAYUCA 2 pm – 3:30 pm
  • THE BLACK MOODS 4 pm – 5 pm
  • EVE 6 5:30 pm – 7 pm
  • EVERCLEAR 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Main Stage Sunday 4/15

  • JAY ALLAN & THE UNCOMMON GOOD 12:30 pm – 2 pm
  • SPARK JACK DADDY 2:30 – 4 pm
  • PHOENIX AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA 4:30 pm – 6 pm

EVENT LOCATION

7380 E 2nd St Scottsdale, AZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for homes in the Scottsdale area? You can easily search here!

March 22, 2018

Scorpions...are they really that bad?

When we moved here 18 years ago I was thrilled to not have all of the mosquitoes, flies and various bugs that we had back in North Carolina. The kids being able to play outside without a heavy dousing of off spray! Shortly after we moved here I was at my children’s school & heard a woman talking about scorpions. Her description of them sounded like the beginning of the apocalypse! Were they that bad? Were they going to attack my children and pets?

If you are moving to the Phoenix area, rest assured that scorpions are not crawling around everywhere you look as some people believe.

Get to Know Scorpions… (as found on tripsavvy)

Scorpions have four pairs of legs. They also have pincers that look like little lobster claws. Scorpions come in many sizes and colors, but most of the ones you’ll see in Arizona are usually pale gold or tan in color & are less than 3 inches long. Scorpions hide under rocks or debris. They live in crawl spaces.

They are active and feed at night. The scorpions that are native to Arizona typically eat spiders, insects and each other, if they are hungry enough.

  • They hide during the day. Check your shoes and clothes before putting them on if you live in an area where there are likely to be scorpions.
  • If you live in an area where there is a lot of construction, you may be more likely to find scorpions inside because their outdoor habitat has been disturbed.
  • They can live for months on water only. Because they are looking for water, you may find them in or under sinks or tubs.

Here are some common sense tips that will help control scorpions.

  • Close or caulk door openings, screen openings, and window cracks so scorpions can’t get into the house.
  • Dust and vacuum in corners and normally undisturbed places where scorpions hide.
  • Eliminate the scorpion’s prey (crickets, spiders, and other insects) by using common pesticides.
  • Eliminate outdoor places where scorpions can hide, such as trash piles, rock piles, decaying wood or piles of junk.
  • Don’t walk around the house at night in bare feet.

March 16, 2018

What are the best plants for your home in Phoenix?

There are two main growing seasons in Phoenix: from mid-February until the end of May, and from September to mid-November. As a result, nation-wide calendars are ill adapted to our needs.
Moving here from Charlotte, NC I didn’t know what to think when I went out in my yard. Lots of things with thorns and gravel everywhere! I loved getting my hands in the dirt and planting my flowers and vegetables. Now I stand here feeling bewildered…the ground is rocks & sand. What do I do with this? Where is my grass?

So I decided to check out our local plant nursery, The Green Goddess near Tatum and Bell and I found a whole new world of plants! Lantana, purple sage, bird of paradise and more. I also found that there were some of the plants from back east I could plant-pansies & geraniums just at opposite times of the year than I was used to!
I also discovered the draught tolerant plants. The many varieties of Bougainvillea, lantana, desert lavender, desert marigold, agaves and all of the beautiful cacti. I never knew there were so many different cactus-prickly pear, barrel and the list goes on…

By the time I left the nursery my fears were lifted and I found plants and flowers to plant & frame our little of piece of paradise. Now I can walk out in my yard and embrace the beauty of my surroundings! Whether you are looking for drought resistant landscape or more of a traditional landscape I’ll find you the home you have been searching for! Click here to start your search or call me 480-980-8286