6 Reasons to Buy a Home

Happiness – The feeling of owning your own home is exciting and gives you a sense of accomplishment. You get the benefit of making it your own. Doesn’t that sound wonderful!

Tax Savings – The government rewards homeowners by providing tax benefits. The interest paid on your mortgage can generally be deducted from your income.

Appreciation – Home values have a well-documented history of growing over time. This increase becomes equity that benefits you by adding to your financial wealth.

Equity – Renting has often been compared to paying 100% interest, but when you own a home and a mortgage is in place, a portion of your payment goes toward the principal balance on your loan. This builds your equity and acts as a savings account.

Roots – People who own tend to stay in their homes four times longer than renters. This creates an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and connect with your local community.

Education – Research shows children of homeowners earn higher test scores and graduate at a higher percentage than those of renters. Home ownership creates a stable environment for your children that pays off for them, too.

If you’re considering the path to home ownership, give The Gina McKinley Group a call at 480-355-8645 or email Info@LocateArizonaHomes.com today!

“Bird’s the Word” in Chandler Ostrich Festival

The famed Chandler Ostrich Festival will be held this weekend for the 31st year running! What started as a modest event downtown is now grown up into a full-fledged entertainment extravaganza.

More than just ostriches, the 31st annual Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival will feature the world’s largest bounce house, BMX Pros Trick Team shows, pig and dog races, Victoria Circus motorcycle and high-wire acts and numerous carnival rides.  The festival will also have over 100 hours of music with headliners like Flo Rida, The Commodores, and Andy Grammer.

While no ostrich races this year, the ostriches will be kept near the petting zoo for people to view and learn more about this strange-looking bird. The racetrack was done away with to make room for the 10,000 square foot Big Bounce America bounce house.  It’s currently the Guinness World Record holder for the biggest bounce house and has obstacle courses, climbing walls, giant slides, basketball hoops, ball pits and other fun things for both children and adults.

Another new thing this year is the BMX Pros Trick Show, where skateboarders and BMX riders will perform a variety of stunts on a street ramp and half pipe.

The Ostrich Festival will be held March 8th-10th at Tumbleweed Park, located at 745 E. Germann Road.  Tickets and more information can be found online at www.OstrichFestival.com

For more information on what makes Chandler such a great place to live, give us a call at 480-355-8645 or email us at info@locatearizonahomes.com today! We’d love to share other fun things to do and what makes the city we live, work, and play in so great.

Welcome to 900 S. 94th Street #1196 Chandler!

Adorable town-home in a gated community! Welcoming entry faces a community greenbelt. Upstairs, the open floor plan is filled with natural light and is perfect for entertaining. The kitchen features a breakfast bar and island for plenty of counter space. Enjoy your morning coffee or a drink with a friend outdoors on the balcony off of the family room. Dual master bedrooms with en-suite and large walk-in closets, one upstairs and one downstairs, is great for privacy! Two car garage is an added bonus. All this in the beautiful community of Via De Cielo, which features plenty of green space, two community pools, and several playgrounds! Ideal location nestled near the 101 & 202 freeway interchange, this home is close to the Chandler Fashion Center.

 

” Please call The Gina Mckinley Group at 480-355-8645 in order to schedule an appointment to view this home.”

“For more pictures and a property brochure, please visit our webpage at http://www.locatearizonahomes.com/listing-detail/128110844/900_South_94th_Street_-1196-Chandler-AZ

Chandler Still in “Best of” Lists

TripAdvisor, WalletHub, SmartAsset…the third party ranking sites are numerous, and Chandler appears on nearly all of them.  From being called one of the best places to raise a family, to being named as one of the best places to take a road trip with your girlfriends, Chandler has a lot going for it.

While some of the exact scoring criteria can be a little vague, plentiful housing, a low crime rate and short commute times tend to impress.  The city has made many lists in the last several years. HomeSnacks.com is one of the latest to release best-of lists for Arizona in 2019.  Chandler ranked well in categories such as best places to live, one of the richest cities in Arizona, and a great place for singles.

Other fun rankings Chandler has is Expedia naming it one of the top vacation stays in North America, while TripAdvisor considers it a “hidden gem for girlfriends’ trips”.  The sports lovers also have something to look forward to, as SmartAsset lists Chandler as one of the best cities in the nation for golf.  America’s Promise Alliance, who focuses on improving the lives of children, called Chandler one of the top places for young people.

Chandler was also named one of the best places in America for young families to buy a home, while NerdWallet.com said it’s one of the best places for millennial job-seekers.  SmartAsset appears again, calling Chandler of the country’s best cities for women in the tech industry. Chandler’s also been named on a few different sites as one of the best places to find a job.

For more information on what makes Chandler such a great place to live, give us a call at 480-355-8645 or email us at info@locatearizonahomes.com today! We’d love to share what makes the city we live, work, and play in so great.

State of the Market Feb 2019

At this time of year I like to give an update on the state of the real estate market. The media has been stating that there may be a bubble, however, the current market is in a very different state today than back in 2004-2005 which lead to the crash in 2007. Here are the current facts for our local market:

The Phoenix job market no longer just depends on construction and tourism, and is more diverse with increases in healthcare, tech, engineering, and finance. The jobless rate is low at 3.4% for the metro area, and the average annual earnings are $66,000 now vs. $39,000 in 2007. Another difference is in new construction. Housing starts are down 4.2%, meaning that the builders are building homes for owner occupancy, not over building for speculation. Rental rates have jumped and now average $1,495 a month. Phoenix metro is growing with inbound relocation, most coming from southern California.

More Highlights for 2018;

  •          New home prices increased 24%
  •          Resale home appreciation 8.2% – metro Phoenix
  •          Resale home appreciation 7.1% – Chandler
  •          Average price per square foot $168 – Chandler
  •          Median sales price $383,000 – Chandler

The 2019 predictions are that we are still in a Seller’s Market. However, that market segment is slowing, so expect longer days on market and lower appreciation rates this year. Of course, the most sales will take place between now and April, so now is the time to consider listing your home in order to sell at the highest price as well as make a purchase with the largest amount of homes to choose from.

The only constant in real estate is change as they say. The market ebbs and flows, so if you are thinking about making a move in 2019, I would love the opportunity to work with you for buying, selling, or investing. Our team is here to serve you for all of you real estate needs, call us today at 480-355-8645.

Stage Your Home on a Budget

When selling your home, it’s incredibly important to stage your home if you want to sell for top dollar.  A welcoming and appealing home means a lot to the buyers in the market.  On average, you can receive back twice what you spent in staging!  A common misconception is that you must spend big bucks to make an impact.  Here’s 5 golden rules of staging on a budget to prove otherwise…

Rule #1 – De-personalize

This can be a little hard for people, as most are very sentimental to their homes and all the memories within.  However, the point is for buyers to picture themselves in the house, not you! Those family photos may mean the world to you, but to a buyer, it’s a distraction that prevents them from seeing how their family would live in your home.

Rule #2 – Maximize

Declutter and maximize the space in your home.  A closet jammed with a lot of clothes tells buyers that your home is terribly lacking in closet space. Remove clothes that you don’t need for the immediate future, and use matching, stacked boxes to hide clutter.  Invest in matching hangers for clothes, as hangers are inexpensive and the look will modernize your closet with a visual impact and luxurious feel.  You’re going to be moving soon, so pack up things you don’t need and consider temporarily storing the overflow offsite.

Rule #3 – Sanitize

This is the easiest and cheapest way to stage your home – give it a good, old fashioned scrubbing!  Grimy walls, dirty outlet covers and switch plates, dishes in the sink, dusty ceiling fans, scuffed baseboards, and spotted shower doors scream to any buyer that a home has not been maintained well.  It’s much better to clean what you have then replace it, and there are lots of cleaning hacks online to help.  Have your home smelling fresh, but don’t go overboard on synthetic fragrances.

Rule #4 – Modernize

Unless you have fantastic period built is (unlikely, but not impossible for Phoenix) every home can benefit from some updating.  If buyers feel a home is dated, it will reflect in a lower offer.  Dated cabinets can be modernized for less than $200 with a new wood stain or a good sanding with a new coat of paint.  Replacing cabinet hardware is another low-cost way to make an update.

Rule #5 – Neutralize

Color can make or break a buyer’s interest in your home.  You may love bright prints and bold colors, but a buyer will only see a great deal of painting if it doesn’t match their style.  A fresh coat of paint is another inexpensive way to update your home and will also have the benefit of your home feeling cleaner.

For more staging tips and tricks, give us a call at 480-355-8645 or email info@locatearizonahomes.com today! We will be happy to help you have your home looking it’s best before going on the market.

Chandler Museum Re-Opens with Extensive Link to the Past

With most of the city feeling so new, it can be sometimes hard to imagine Chandler with an extensive history.  Enter the East Valley History Center & Research Archives at the McCullough-Price House, which is part of the Chandler Museum campus.  Exploring Chandler’s historical photos and texts has never been easier.

The McCullough-Price House was originally built in 1938 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 3,300 square foot Pueblo Revival style home mixes the original beams and other features with mid century modern furniture.  The archive contains old newspapers (including the Chandler Arizonan), photographs, yearbooks, maps, and photos from the early 1900s to the present day captured on microfilm. The House also features tiny exhibits and the offices for the museum staff.

Just to the north of the McCullough-Price house is the brand new 10,000 square foot Chandler Museum. Built to complement the historic house, the modern building is the centerpiece of the new museum campus.  It showcases a sculpture by artist Jeff Zischke, Infinite Shade, which serves as the shade structure for the outdoor courtyard during the day but is beautifully lit during the evening.  The Chandler Museum features both local and travelling national shows and exhibits.

Regular hours for the Chandler Museum are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 1-5pm. Admission is free. 300 S. Chandler Village Drive Chandler, AZ. Find out more at www.chandlermuseum.org.

If you’re considering making this great city your home, please give us a call at 480-355-8645 or email at info@locatearizonahomes.com today! We’d be happy to share more area tidbits and things to do customized to your lifestyle.

Welcome to 652 W Canary Way, Chandler!

This wonderful Chandler home has been lovingly updated and upgraded. Large open kitchen featuring granite counters, white cabinetry and stainless appliances. Split floorplan with newer wood plank tile flooring. Surround sound speakers in dining area, living area, and patio for your listening enjoyment. Rare side entry garage with built in cabinets offers plenty of storage. Situated on one of the largest lots in Carino Estates, located on the bend of Canary Way, this pie shaped lot is over 12,000 sqft and is very private. The lot features a RV gate, custom lighting, storage shed, and plenty of room to play. Ideal location that is close to schools, shopping, and Price corridor for an easy commute.

For more pictures and a property brochure, please visit our webpage at http://www.locatearizonahomes.com/listing-detail/123259463/652_W_Canary_Way-Chandler-AZ

In order to schedule an appointment to view this home, please call The Gina McKinley Group at 480-355-8645 today!

Welcome to 1934 E Monterey St, Chandler!

Welcome to your new home! Grace and elegance abound with a custom tile medallion in the entry leading to the formal living and dining room, complete with decor paint and custom drapes. Cathedral ceilings greet you as you move into the kitchen and family room. Entertaining is a breeze in the chef’s kitchen featuring granite counters, stainless appliances, new island, and drink bar with hanging wine glass display and wine fridge. Enjoy lots of natural light in your master retreat with a large bay window, wood-look flooring and en-suite with new cabinets and granite counters. You’ll find three additional bedrooms and separate baths on the main level, while the fully finished basement features a theater room with projector screen, two bedrooms with walk in closets, and upgraded bathroom.

Experience AZ living at it’s finest with the extended paver patio with water fountain, gas fireplace, fruit trees (kumquat, lemon, and tangerine!) and mature landscaping. All this and more in a great home only minutes to the restaurants and entertainment in downtown Chandler and Gilbert and great access to the 101, 202, and 60 freeways. Or, enjoy a stroll or bike ride on the Paseo Trail!

For more pictures and a property brochure, please visit our webpage at

http://www.locatearizonahomes.com/listing-detail/121548087/1934-E-Monterey-Street-Chandler-AZ

 In order to schedule an appointment to view this home, please call The Gina McKinley Group at 480-355-8645 today!

1530 W. Loughlin Dr, Chandler – Just Listed!

Welcome home! This lovely Chandler home greets you with wood look laminate flooring and high vaulted ceilings for an open and airy feel. Spacious living room with built-in Bose speakers & wood burning fireplace is great for entertaining! Open to the dining room, the upgraded kitchen features white cabinets, black granite countertops, stainless appliances, walk in pantry, and more! Master bedroom has a huge walk in closet and sliding glass door exit to the backyard. Enjoy your private backyard retreat featuring a built-in BBQ, salt water pool, outdoor speakers & horse shoe pit! Located just minutes from the 101 freeway and the Western Canal, this oasis is perfectly equidistant from both Downtown Gilbert & Chandler; making both reachable by bike. So, whether it’s a dip in the pool (or a game of volleyball!), a round of golf at Dobson Ranch, or hitting the shops at Chandler Fashion Center; you’ll know you’ll have it good in your centrally located abode!

For more pictures and a property brochure, please visit http://www.locatearizonahomes.com/listing-detail/121154856/1530-W-Loughlin-Drive-Chandler-AZ

To schedule a showing of this great home, call The McKinley Group at 480-355-8645 today!