Welcome to 61 W. Beechnut Pl Chandler- Just Listed!

Wonderfully maintained home in a fantastic location! Located on a corner lot with a north/south exposure in Ironwood Vistas, a beautiful gated community with greenbelts, mature trees, community pool & spa, plus a great park with playground. The home features a spacious kitchen with island, perfect for entertaining that overlooks the large family room. The front room can be used as a formal living space, dining space, or home office. Newer interior paint, newer energy efficient A/C unit and newer carpet in traffic areas. Home also features tile in all the right places. Enjoy the great AZ weather outdoors on the covered and extended patio, faux grass in the backyard for low maintenance! All appliances are included!

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 brouchure, please visit our webpage at:

https://www.locatearizonahomes.com/listing-detail/131868269/61_W_Beechnut_Place-Chandler-AZ

Putting More Equity in Your Pocket

The numbers are out, and the Phoenix Metro real estate market is going strong!  Sales are up 13.8% over last month and are 5.6% higher than last year’s sales.  Housing inventory numbers for new and total inventory were up, but inventory remains low with only a 2.43 month supply of homes. Home prices have also increased in the past year, with the average sales price up 5.6% and the median sales price up 6.3%. Days on market have continued to be consistent for the last quarter and is currently at 69 days on market.

For the first time in 2019, we saw a year-over-year gain in sales volume, the second highest sales volume on record.  Lower interest rates and higher loan limits are helping the market lift. Based on the current activity, we also expect strong sales numbers for May.

Another factor for a strong real estate market is that Phoenix was named as the top destination in the country according to a recently published Redfin Migration Report.  More than a third of people searching for homes last quarter were from out of town. Many are coming from California and expensive cities from other states, for our low cost of living and great weather.  This trend has been increasing thanks to strong job growth and major companies like Allstate, Intel, Boeing, Microsoft, & Facebook moving or expanding operations in the Phoenix Metro.

If you’re considering moving up or down, now is an opportune time to make that move. Let us show you how much more our 20+ years of experience will put in your pocket! Call us at 480-355-8645 or email Info@LocateArizonaHomes.com today!

Chandler Approves Entertainment Complex Downtown

The Chandler City Council unanimously approved a development on one of the last vacant city-owned properties last week.  The development, to be completed by LGE Design Build, will be a 37,500-square-foot mixed-use entertainment destination. LGE is also the developer behind Overstreet Chandler across the street, now occupied by Flix Brewhouse.

The lot, known as Site 7, is a two-acre parcel that used to be a gas station and tire shop. More recently, it’s been used for parking. LGE also has the option to negotiate with the owner of the Jack in the Box restaurant to the north, to possibly relocate the restaurant and purchase the land for a larger project.

The project is set to be completed by 2024. LGE must break ground within three years of the development agreement being signed, and complete construction no more than two years after breaking ground. LGE will rent the land from the city for five years (about how long the project will take to be completed) although they also have the option to purchase the land outright during any point of the lease agreement. If they are unable to negotiate terms to relocate the Jack in the Box, the project timeline will be moved up.

This is exciting news for Chandler as downtown continues to expand! The development will be a welcome addition to the vibrant community. If you’re thinking about making Chandler your home, please give The Gina McKinley Group a call at 480-355-8645 or email Info@LocateArizonaHomes.com today! We’d love to share more things about what makes the city we live, work, and play in so great.

6 Things Burglars Don’t Want You to Know

While nobody wants their home broken into, the FBI facts are that a burglary occurs every 20 seconds in the US. Home burglars generally have a pattern, as criminals are looking for an easy target they can rob and get out fast. Here are six tips from career burglars that you can use to protect your home and prevent break ins without installing top-dollar security features.

1. Nighttime Burglaries Aren’t the Most Common

Burglars are looking for the most probably time that there will be no one home, which means the daylight hours.  Weekdays are ideal, since weekend schedules are too unpredictable.  The most popular times that break-ins occur are between 12:30PM and 2:30PM when people are usually away at work or school.

2. They Know When You’re Not Home – Thanks, Social Media!

Most people post in real-time when they’re on vacation or away from home. Unfortunately, tech-savvy criminals take advantage of that and scout social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and FourSquare to find victims. An I-Team survey found that over 10% of burglars used social media to find victims, including one burglar in Orange County who targeted at least 33 women he saw in public and used the GPS data embedded in photos posted to their Facebook & Instagram to break into their homes in 2015. Even for those with private accounts, an old friend from high school or a neighbor down the street could be a potential criminal.  Never post what times you’re not home or how long you’ll be gone and save trip photos to post after you’re back home.

3. They Don’t Like Security

Burglars don’t want anything to do with alarm systems, whether they’re top of the line or not. Homes without an alarm system are almost 300% more likely to be a target. If you have an alarm system, make sure the code isn’t easy to guess like a house number or a birthday, and make sure to keep the keypad clean so a burglar can’t guess based off the numbers you’ve pressed the most. Make sure to use the security features your home already has, like locking your windows, doors, and keeping the exterior of your house well-lit.  Tricks that make it seem like someone is home also work. Motion sensor lights, bright flood lights, timed lights in the house, radio or TV left on, or a car in the driveway are all things that make a burglar nervous that someone is home.

4. Gun Advertisements are Not Security

If you’re a proud gun owner, it entices burglars more than it scares them away.  A gun is stolen roughly every two minutes in the US, so it’s better to keep your guns in a safe.  NRA bumper stickers or Smith & Wesson signs on a house advertises that there’s usually a lot of guns to steal inside.

5. Shrubs & Architecture Make Great Hiding Spots

Tall thick bushes, half walls, big fountains and other overgrown landscaping are great to hide in, not only from you but from the neighbors, too.  Keep your landscaping regularly trimmed and décor elements well-lit. If you do want big plants by your windows, consider something thorny like cacti or roses.

6. Valuables Left in the Open Are an Enticing Target

Expensive things left within clear view of windows are advertising to burglars what kind of items they can steal. Make sure to put tablets, laptops, or anything valuable away from view from first story windows. Key hooks, especially labeled ones, should also be kept out of sight. Mike Fraser, a former professional burglar and host of the BBC show Beat the Burglar, also advised to leave large family calendars out of view since they detail when you’ll be away from home.  Any documents with your personal information should also be kept out of view as they can turn into a gold mine for criminals looking to easily steal your details for identity theft.

Using these tips can help you prevent your home from being broken into.  Be sure to research crime rates and trends in your city and neighborhood, especially when you’re looking to purchase a home in an area you’re not familiar with.  It’s an important step of the home buying process!

If you’re thinking about purchasing a home, please give The Gina McKinley Group a call at 480-355-8645 or email Info@LocateArizonaHomes.com. We’ve love to schedule a free consultation to educate you on the home buying process so you can make the most informed decision for your family.

Chandler’s Summit Point Park Gets A Makeover

Summit Point Park, a quaint .29 acre park in Chandler is getting a makeover starting this month.  For those who aren’t familiar, Summit Point Park is in the heart of the neighborhood in the northeast corner of Elliot & Alma School Roads. The hope is to inspire residents, both young and old, to get outdoors and play.

Though small, the corner park has had a substantially positive impact on the community since its construction more than three decades ago.  In order to make sure the park renovation will be well received, Chandler has developed a conceptual plan for the park that includes additions requested by the community itself.  The most popular request? Outdoor fitness equipment.

In addition to the fitness stations, the park will also expand into a vacant alley behind to add space for cornhole games and a rubber-surfaced space for other sidewalk style games. Other improvements include a new water fountain, additional shade canopy, new lighting fixtures, benches, and picnic tables.

“Parks play an important role in the quality of life in Chandler. Investing in parks such as Summit Point Park ensures that Chandler’s parks are kept up to date and the recreational needs of the community are being met,” the Community Services Planning Manager for Chandler, Mickey Ohland, said in a statement.

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.

Maracay Homes Buys 82 Acres in Chandler

Maracay Homes, a Scottsdale-based new home builder, recently paid $24.6 million for an 82-acre land parcel directly north of Veterans Oasis Park in Chandler.  This most recent purchase added to their 236-acre total holdings, which stretches into Gilbert off Chandler Heights between Val Vista & Lindsay roads.

The new community, named Canopy, calls for 241 new homes ranging from 2,331 to 3,730 square feet with plans to open the first phase in 2020.  A central park and paseo will be designed with raised garden beds, ornamental grasses and pergolas to create a sense of peace and serenity for residents and visitors. The community will also include a trail system that connects to Veterans Oasis Park, which features miles of trails, a fishing lake and nature center.

Canopy will share a corner with Maracay’s other development, Waterston. The land for Waterston was purchased last year and plans for 332 homes ranging between 2,000-5,000 square feet. Both developments will be designed according to the architectural principle of Vatsu Shastra, which integrates nature, functionality, symmetry, and directional elements to create an enhanced living environment. Maracay plans to market the two communities separately, and home prices have yet to be announced.

The new communities plan to be ready for the 7,500 new jobs are being created in the area, including Allstate’s planned expansion in Chandler, has plans for 2,500 jobs, Deloitte moving into The Commons at Rivulon in Gilbert with another 2,500 jobs, and Intel’s new Fab 42 facility in Chandler with a planned 3,000 jobs.

If you’re considering purchasing a new home or would like to know more about resale homes in the area, please contact The Gina McKinley Group at 480-355-8645 or info@LocateArizonaHomes.com today! We’d love to share our knowledge so you can purchase your dream home.

11 Reasons Why Your Home Hasn’t Sold

It’s the dream of most sellers that when the put their home on the market, it’s for a quick sale. This tends to be especially true for those who have spent money improving their home over the years and is in an area or seller’s market.  While you shouldn’t worry if your house doesn’t sell in the first week after you list your home for sale, you should begin to worry if months are flying by without any offers.  If the latter is you, here are 11 reasons why your home may not be selling:

  1. Your home is overvalued. If your home is listed for too high a price, it’s just not going to sell.  Tacking on the amount of money you’ve spent on improvements doesn’t necessarily translate to added value, either. Compare your property to similar homes within your neighborhood to get a better idea of its current value.  An experienced REALTOR (like us!) can give you an accurate value of your home.  We also watch the market activity to know if the market is shifting, as the market may change from the time that you first listed your home to today.
  2. Your marketing is poor. Unfortunately, we see this one quite a bit. Poor (or not enough) photography that doesn’t properly showcase your home means that home buyers are going to skip over your home for the next one.  A poorly written description of your home that doesn’t highlight its unique features can also be an issue.  We work with you to create marketing pieces with professional photography that attracts the attention of target buyers for your home.
  3. You’re hanging around for showings. While you may want to greet potential buyers with a smile and show off your home, this is a no-no.  Buyers feel awkward when they feel the seller is hovering around. The last thing you want to do is make a buyer associate your home with bad feelings. It’s best to stay away.
  4. You’re too attached. If you don’t want to negotiate even a penny from your price, then there’s a chance that you’re too attached to your home. If there’s a part of you that thinks your house is the best in the world or doesn’t want to sell, then chances are that you’re going to have difficulty coming to an agreement with any buyer.
  5. Your home is not professionally clean. A dirty house is also going to leave buyers with a bad impression. You may not have to hire a professional, but make sure that your home is clean to their standards with a good deep clean and stays that way for showings.
  6. Your home is not staged. You want your furniture and décor to help buyers feel at home. If you’ve already moved out, an empty house also shows smaller than it really is.  If you have an awkward space in your home, use staging to tell potential buyers a story of how it can be used.
  7. Your personal décor is up. You don’t want potential buyers to be distracted with your personal belongings. Family portraits and other mementos tell a buyer how well you fit in your home, not how they will. Take down your personal décor so they can have an easier time imagining their belongings in your home.
  8. The improvements you made are too personalized. Custom murals, hyper-stylized rooms, and other improvements that stray too far from mainstream design can scare of buyers who aren’t interested in paying for something that they’re going to change. You may find a potential buyer who shares your exact same taste, but then you’re eliminating most potential buyers for your house. You want your home to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible.
  9. There’s too much clutter. Even if your home is clean, if there’s too much stuff in there, it can be a problem.  A cluttered house with too much furniture and décor can make your home feel smaller than it is.
  10. Your home needs a lot of repairs. The more repairs that your home needs, the less likely buyers will want your home. Most buyers are looking for something move in ready so that they don’t have to deal with the cost or effort of repair work, even if the repairs are small. A home that hasn’t been well maintained also will make buyers think that there are even more expensive repairs hiding where they can’t see.
  11. You chose the wrong real estate agent. In our opinion, this is the most important decision you can make when selling your home.  A great REALTOR will do more than give you an accurate value for your home and do a great job marketing, they will also come alongside you to give you honest feedback to make sure that your goals for selling your home are met. They will know the market and give you reasonable expectations and options so that you can maximize the value of your home.

All these reasons can be addressed, but the longer your property sits on the market, the more likely it will be stigmatized by buyers and the less likely it will sell at your asking price. Choosing a great REALTOR from the beginning is the best way to avoid making these common mistakes.

If you are thinking of selling your home, give The Gina McKinley Group at call at 480-355-8645 or email info@locatearizonahomes.com today! We would love to help you navigate the current real estate market and sell your home for the best price for you.

“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.

4 Things NOT to Do When Selling Your Home

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to sell your home and are going to be putting your home on the market.  Hopefully, your next step will be to choose an awesome REALTOR to give you a customized list of what to do next.  However, for those of you who want to jump to checking off your to-do list, here’s some things not to do to help you get started:

#1 Don’t Over-Improve

There’s lots of articles about how to make improvements to your home and sell for top dollar. Updating appliances and painting can offer great returns on investment. However, before you start to rip out the kitchen, you’ll need to realize how much that will cost and what you can expect in an increased sale price. (Hint – it’s different for every home!) You may be looking at a break even for your investment or worse.  It’s also important to avoid making improvements that are hyper-specific to your tastes.  For example, not everyone wants a home theater and a totally customized game room complete with a wet bar.  What if your buyers are a family that want a play room for their kids? They’ll cross your home off their list and choose something that they won’t have to re-do.

#2 Don’t Over-Decorate

Over-decorating is just as bad as over-improving.  You may love your ornate, Mediterranean-style décor complete with statues and several fountains, but it can also send potential buyers running in the opposite direction.  When getting ready to sell, you want to neutralize your decorating scheme so it appeals to as many buyers as possible.

#3 Don’t Hang Around

This one is more for after you’ve put your home on the market and your agent calls to let you know they will be bringing buyers by this afternoon. So exciting! You put some fresh cookies in the oven and hang around with a big smile, ready to answer any questions that the potential buyers may have.  Right? Wrong! Buyers want to feel comfortable in your home, and not feel confronted by your in your space.  It makes them feel very awkward to be in your home trying to figure out if it will work for them or not if you’re hovering over their shoulder.  Get out of the house (for a longer window that your agent gives you – remember, most buyers are looking at multiple homes at once so it can be hard to determine exactly what time they’ll be there in advance!) or at least take a walk around the block or sit in the backyard.

#4 Don’t Take Things Personally

This can be a hard one. Real estate is a business, but selling your home is very, very emotional.  You have a lot of memories tied into the house, and can feel that a negative comment about your home is a direct reflection on you.  Pretend you’re a buyer as you walk through your home and see your house through their eyes.  Then, when a buyer says they need to replace your prized wood paneling with something more to their taste and send over a low offer, you’ll be able to take it in stride.

For a customized list of how exactly to prepare your home for going on the market for sale, give The Gina McKinley Group a call at 480-355-8645 or email info@locatearizonahomes.com today! We will be happy to meet with you to go over how you can have your home looking its best and get the most money for your home!

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.