When Neighbors Don’t Seem to Care

Many times I have addressed this issue when marketing a home for sale. In the old days neighbors would band together to water and mow the front yards of abandoned, or even properties that were in foreclosure. Some folks do run into financial issues. and my experience has been 2 fold: a. they appreciate the help or b. they bury their heads even further hoping things will fix themselves. Either way, a neighborly offer of help may be the most appropriate way of approaching the folks involved. You might even find they could use help from someone like myself (introductions appreciated).

A home that isn’t being maintained like others in the neighborhood can negatively affect your visual sense of appeal and in some extreme cases, even affect property values. It might be an overgrown yard, a fence in need of repair, excessive noise, unruly pets, paint peeling on the home or even a car or boat parked in front of the home that hasn’t moved in weeks.2676519-250.jpg

Most people want to be good neighbors and may be willing to correct an issue once it is brought to their attention. A practical, but possibly confrontational, solution is to contact the responsible person and describe your perception of the issue. However, they may not always agree with the same urgency and it might be necessary to seek other remedies.

An owner-occupant may be more sympathetic to the neighbors and willing to correct the issue. If you think the home might be a rental property, check with the county tax records to identify the owner. They may be unaware of the situation and welcome the notification to protect their investment.

Another alternative might be to notify the homeowner’s association, if there is one. One of the benefits of a HOA is to enforce community appearance standards as set in the covenants or bylaws that specify how properties must be maintained. This could be a less personal method of reaching a beneficial outcome.

If the source of the problem is a code or housing violation, the city may be the ultimate authority. Most cities have a separate code and neighborhood services division and some cities have 311 for non-emergency assistance.

Talk to your neighbor first! We friend that had a barking dog out back and she barked well into the early morning hours in our quiet  neighborhood. The past 5 years there was no history of this from the dog but their blood was boiling! When they had calmed down and called the neighbor explained his son had fallen off a roof, broken his neck, and they had been spending their days and nights at the hospital, never thinking about the dog. So before you turn them in to the authorities, or any other part of the world, be neighborly and talk to them first.

If you need any assistance with tax records or HOA information, feel free to contact us, we would love to help!

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Welcome to 43331 W Kimberly Street, Maricopa

Superb home in Senita! This lovely home has been updated and well cared for by owners.

Upgrades added include radiant barrier plus 10” of blown in insulation, giving an R38 value, surround sound speaker system, custom decor paint, ceiling fans, and light fixtures.

The floor-plan is open and offers both bonus room and game room down, full bath, and formal living dining areas. The Gourmet kitchen features stainless appliances, granite counters and island, panty, plenty of storage and work space for the most discriminating cook.

Upstairs you will find a great loft workspace and rare oversized bedrooms. Master is a full en-suite and sitting area.

Home sits on a huge lot with plenty of space for a pool. Enjoy the outside fireplace and built-in barbecue area, prefect for entertaining.

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This Fantastic Home is Located Close to Schools, Restaurants and Shopping. It Features a Large Eat-In Kitchen with Tile Floors and Gas Range. Master Includes a Walk-In Closet, Soaking Tub and Separate Shower. Lots of Windows Make it Bright and Cheery. Private Backyard Boasts Great Pool and Covered Patio

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Welcome to 22167 E Via Del Palo

Adorable move in ready home backing to the golf course with fabulous panoramic views! Home features great room style floor plan and a light and bright eat in kitchen with island for plenty of counter space. Low maintenance desert landscaping allows you time to enjoy the beautiful view of the golf course with the serene San Tan Mountains backdrop. The exterior was painted in 2015 and Low E windows for energy efficiency. Great subdivision in the heart of Queen Creek with community pool and planned activities. Festive events are just minutes away at QC Olive Mill and Schnepf Farms. Close to shopping and great schools, too.

 

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Housing Decision During Retirement

Recently I took a  certification class for the designation of Senior Real Estate Specialist. I found there was  a wealth of information to assist my clients that are reaching retirement age or have parents with limited and/or fixed income.  All of that to say is there is a lot to think through when planning for retirement.  Certainly the below is a unique view of how some approach retirement. The Phoenix metropolitan area is wonderful place to retire with the mild climate and plentiful golf courses, so read on for more enlightening information…

A couple is planning to tour the United States in a travel trailer during their first few years of retirement. They are going to sell their current home now and purchase another home when they finish their travels.

An interesting exercise is to determine the optimum time of selling the home: now or when they’re ready to buy their replacement home.

If they intend on traveling for more than three years, then, it may be a good decision to sell prior to the sojourn to avoid paying taxes on the gain in their home. IRS allows for a temporary rental of a principal residence while still keeping the $250,000/$500,000 capital gains exclusion intact. A homeowner must own and use a home for two out of the previous five years which means that it could be rented for up to three years, but it would need to be sold and closed before that three-year window expires.

If the travel will be less than three years, there is an option of selling now or later. Using the example below, the homeowner sold the home, paid their expenses and invested the proceeds in a three-year certificate of deposit until the replacement home was purchased.

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As an alternative, if the homeowner rented the home, not only would they have income, the home would continue to appreciate and the unpaid balance would go down resulting in larger net proceeds. Based on a 5% appreciation and continued amortization of the mortgage, the net proceeds could easily be $40,000 more.

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Obviously, there are a lot of considerations that affect the decision to sell now or later but in an appreciating real estate environment, being without a home for several years could affect the financial position of the owner in the replacement property.

It is certainly reasonable to look at various alternatives before making a decision. Call me at 480.355.8645 or Email me Info@LocateArizonaHomes.com to help you look at the different possibilities and talk to your tax professional.


Welcome to 1431 W Folley Street, Chandler!

Adorable home in a great Chandler location! This home is ideally located just north of the 202 and close to both Chandler Fashion Square and DT Chandler for all of your shopping, dining experiences, and easy commuting.  This home features a light and bright den upon entry with large bay window. The great room style living area features beautiful stone flooring and a cozy fireplace perfect for relaxing evenings.  Efficient galley style kitchen features a breakfast bar and eat-in area that overlooks the sparkling pool.  Split floorplan gives the master added privacy plus both the master bath and secondary bath feature granite counters.  Enjoy the lush back yard sitting under the covered patio or splashing around in your private play pool.

Welcome to 1161 W Kingbird Drive, Chandler!

Lovely home that features newer wood flooring, decor paint, and an open floorplan. Very stylish kitchen with plenty of cabinet space and a large pantry. Located in highly sought after Clemente Ranch. Ideal location in Clemente Ranch with easy access to the 202 freeway, restaurant, shopping, and walking distance to both the elementary school and community park. A must see!

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Welcome to 4158 S White Drive, Chandler!

This former model home features many luxurious upgrades and is THE best waterfront location in Old Stone Ranch! You will be delighted with the custom paver courtyard to enjoy sunny mornings. The grand entry features a beautiful stone and tile medallion that leads to the formal dining and living rooms where the wrought iron and wood rail adds to the open style floor plan.

The home features beautiful wood floors and high end patterned carpet. The full bath down is tiled throughout. The kitchen features newer, high-end stainless appliances with a gas range for those gourmet cooks plus granite counters, beautiful brushed nickel back-splash and a custom style breakfast room. Cozy up to the stone fireplace listing to your favorite tunes from the surround sound built in speakers in the ample family room. Other upgrades include decor paint, custom draperies, and real wood window sills throughout.

The upper level features a large loft with an elevated den that can also be a great playroom. The dual entry door to the master suite gives an grand entrance and leads to the luxurious bath featuring a soaking tub and shower with tile accents. Garage features an epoxy floor, softwater system, too.

The lush yard features lots of shade and overlooks the lake plus sides to the park and stone waterfall entry. Enjoy many a evening listening to the waterfall in peaceful serenity watching the sunsets and wildlife over the lake.

The Tale of The Lakes at Annecy

The Lakes at Annecy, or Val Vista Classic (as it’s also known) is a beautiful gated community off of Val Vista Dr & Williams Field Rd.  Not only does it have an amazing location near the 202 freeway, but it’s also right by the San Tan Village Mall with all of its things to do.  Great restaurants are less than a mile away (which can be a bit of a long walk for some, but perfect for us. We recommend Blue Wasabi, High Tide, & La Calabria if you haven’t been) and Higher Grounds Roastery & Café is located just outside of the main gate.  On the inside, there’s plenty of walking paths around several lakes and bridges, with tree lined streets, multiple community pools, basketball courts and playgrounds.  Trend Homes started building this community in 2007, featuring European style architecture with plenty of community green space outside your front door.  With a mixture of single family and townhomes, it was the premier lock and leave community.

 

Alas, all was not perfect.  Trend Homes declared bankruptcy in early 2008 and was sold in May to Najafi Cos., a Phoenix-based private investment firm.  Like many communities at the time, the 930-home Lakes at Annecy sat mostly empty.  Other than the

 

completed community pools and spas, lakes and roads, there were only a handful of homes that were developed near the front and around the sides of community, leaving the middle and back of the lots mostly filled with dirt.  Sometime after, Ryland Homes acquired Trend’s remaining assets at the end of 2012, but made no plans for continuing to build at The Lakes at Annecy although they finished some of Trend’s other neighborhoods. Ryland Homes and Standard Pacific Corp, two of the largest home builders at the time, merged in 2015 to become CalAtlantic Homes.

 

The latest to happen was that Lennar Homes announce last year that they were buying out CalAtlantic, although the merger won’t be completed until February 2018.

 

 

The good news though, is that Lennar Homes is finally planning to finish out The Lakes at Annecy! They are taking the back section for Inspiration at Annecy, which features two-three bedroom townhomes, ranging from 1,053-1,465 sqft.  They’re unique in the fact that everything is included in the home (no more being nickeled and dimed for upgrades) and the buyer has the choice of flooring and cabinet color (although if you want really upgraded flooring, there is a separate cost for that). Inspiration at Annecy is now for sale, and though they’ve not had their grand opening yet, have been selling pretty well.

 

Maracay Homes has also purchased 216 home sites in front of the community, and will be opening for sales in the fall of 2018.  Their plan is to offer homes ranging from 1,500 to 2,000 sqft. More news is to be announced.

 

For more area news, or if you’d like to know more about The Lakes at Annecy, please contact The McKinley Group at 480-355-8645 or at Info@LocateArizonaHomes.com today!