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Top Golf Courses in Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills, is home to world-class golf courses. Visitors and residents surely won’t want to miss out on these spectacular mountain view courses built into the Sonoran Desert. These Fountain Hills courses are unlike any other desert golf experience in the Valley of the Sun.

 Five of Arizona’s finest 18-hole courses are located in the Fountain Hills area surrounded by the scenic vistas of the McDowell Mountains and the Tonto National Forest. Designed by some of the most recognized names in golf club design, each course reflects the spirit of its designer and offers a unique blend of challenges to the golfer.

DESERT CANYON GOLF CLUB

Address: 10440 Indian Wells Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Phone: 480.837.1173 Website: www.desertcanyongolf.com

This scenic 6,415-yard, par-71 championship course is known for its narrow fairways and canyons. Signature hole #7 was voted one of Arizona’s best. Fountain Hills’ oldest course, Desert Canyon hosts a variety of tournaments

EAGLE MOUNTAIN GOLF CLUB

Address: 14915 Eagle Mountain Pkwy, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Phone: 480.816.1234 Website: www.eaglemtn.com

Located just a chip shot away from Scottsdale, Arizona, The Golf Club at Eagle Mountain provides golfers with a stunning desert golf experience highlighted by scenic vistas, dramatic elevation changes and award-winning course layout. The Scott Miller-designed, 18-hole course (par-71 and 6,800 yards from the back tees) incorporates the property’s natural box canyons and native Sonoran Desert into the design of the golf course.

FIREROCK COUNTRY CLUB (PRIVATE)

Address: 16000 E Firerock Country Club Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Phone: 480.836.3435 Website: www.firerockcc.com

Apart from the natural beauty of the area, the FireRock Country Club golf course is one of the finest in the state and an incredible pleasure to play. FireRock has it all…elevated tees, raised greens and challenging approach shots. As the course winds around mountain views, each hole presents a unique challenge, governed by its own set of circumstances. No matter how many times you play, there’s always something surprising and new to look forward to as you golf FireRock.

SUNRIDGE CANYON GOLF CLUB

Address: 13100 Sunridge Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Phone: 480.837.5100 / 800.562.5178 Website: www.sunridgegolf.com

SunRidge Canyon’s 6,823-yard, par-71, Keith Foster-designed golf course unfolds around the rugged ridges and shady canyons unique to the Sonoran Desert mountains that divide Fountain Hills from Scottsdale, Arizona. This rugged golf course gradually descends on the way out before doubling back to climb up the slope on the way in. This subtle elevation change lies at the heart of a dramatic golf experience.

SunRidge Canyon is the home of the “Wicked Six,” the half-dozen holes that are among the most memorable and dramatic closing holes to be found anywhere. Golfers also discover that SunRidge wasn’t so much created by a bulldozer as it was carved out over eons by the relentless pressure of wind and water. Foster had the good sense to follow Mother Nature’s lead, and in the end, the beauty and challenge of SunRidge Canyon.

WE-KO-PA GOLF CLUB

Address: 18200 E Toh Vee Cir, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264 Phone: 480.836.9000 / 866.660.7700Website:www.wekopa.comThis 7,225-yard, par-72 course was featured in the April 2004 Wall Street Journal as one of 12 global courses that is beyond the reach of civilization. We-Ko-Pa is the Yavapai pronunciation for “Four Peaks Mountain.” The course features a 21,000-square-foot clubhouse and dramatic scenic views.

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Pantone’s 2023 Color of the Year: Viva Magenta

The world needs a splash of color in these historic times to symbolize the fortitude and spirit we’ve all gained over the previous several years. Because of this, Pantone has chosen Viva Magenta as the year’s color for 2023 to represent bold joy and vibrant anticipation.

Due to its energizing, empowering qualities, this hue is likely to give you a spring in your step. Pantone 18-1750 Viva Magenta is a red hue that gives a glimpse into a better future and exudes optimism and delight due to its ideal warmth-coolness ratio.

The breakdown from an expert

According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of The Pantone Institute, “We chose this color because we felt that it was an unconventional shade for an unconventional time, something that could present us with a new vision. It’s a color that really vibrates with vim and vigor, that demonstrates a new signal of strength, which is something we all need for a more optimistic future.”

How to use Viva Magenta in your home

What are some ways that you may use this bold hue in your home? To help you decorate your area with Pantone’s Color of the Year, Viva Magenta, we’ve gathered a number of suggestions.

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You don’t have to fully commit to a monochromatic concept just because you might wish to embrace the transformational qualities of magenta in your house. In fact, the ideal method to utilize this readily embraced color is to introduce pops of it through accent design.

Viva Magenta in soft pillows

You can let your personality shine through the decorative details in your home by using throw blankets and pillows, artwork, vases, flowers, and more while accentuating the hue that will be in style in 2023.

Go bold with color and pattern

Vivify Title in Bordeaux

This Vivify backsplash from Daltile features a woven pattern in a bright magenta hue that adds a distinctive style to any wall it’s placed on. Showcased in the color Bordeaux, this magenta-hued color is the perfect way to tie in Pantone’s 2023 color of the year into your space.

Daltile Sun Marsala

With its unique geometric pattern, Bee Hive Medley is the perfect eye-catching design to display in your kitchen or bathroom. Shown in Sun Marsala, this magenta-hued color adds a pop of vibrant color to your space.

Pantone’s chosen colors of the year often influence product development and purchasing decisions in all sorts of industries, including fashion, interior design, and product packaging. Have fun adding this vibrant pop of color in 2023!

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Best Practices for Selling Your House This Year

A new year brings with it the opportunity for new experiences. Does that resonates with you because you’re considering selling your house? Then you’re likely juggling a mix of excitement over your next home and a sense of attachment to your current one.

The Sonoran Lifestyle Team has some great ways to ease some of those emotions and ensure you’re feeling confident in your decision is to keep these three best practices in mind.

1. Price Your Home Right

The housing market shifted in 2022 as mortgage rates rose, buyer demand eased, and the number of homes for sale grew. As a seller, you’ll want to recognize things are different now and price your house appropriately based on where the market is today. Greg McBride, Chief Financial Analyst at Bankrate, explains:

“Price your home realistically. This isn’t the housing market of March, 2022, so buyer traffic will be substantially slower, but appropriately priced homes are still selling quickly.”

If you price your house too high, you run the risk of deterring buyers. And if you go too low, you’re leaving money on the table. An experienced real estate agent can help determine what your ideal asking price should be.

2. Keep Your Emotions in Check

Today, homeowners are living in their houses longer. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), since 1985, the average time a homeowner has owned their home has increased from 5 to 10 years (see graph below):

3 Best Practices for Selling Your House This Year | MyKCM

This is several years longer than what used to be the historical norm. The side effect, however, is when you stay in one place for so long, you may get even more emotionally attached to your space. If it’s the first home you bought or the house where your loved ones grew up, it very likely means something extra special to you. Every room has memories, and it’s hard to detach from the sentimental value.

For some homeowners, that makes it even harder to negotiate and separate the emotional value of the house from the fair market price. That’s another way the Sonoran Lifestyle Team can help you by making the negotiation more objective!

3. Stage Your Home Properly

While you may love your decor and how you’ve customized your home over the years, not all buyers will feel the same way about your design. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you focus on your home’s first impression so it appeals to as many buyers as possible. As NAR says:

“Staging is the art of preparing a home to appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers in your market. The right arrangements can move you into a higher price-point and help buyers fall in love the moment they walk through the door.”

Buyers want to envision themselves in the space so it truly feels like it could be their own. They need to see themselves inside with their furniture and keepsakes – not your pictures and decorations. The Sonoran Lifestyle Team has a professional stager who will help prepare your house and position it to sell.

Bottom Line

If you’re considering selling your house, let’s connect! We will have the help you need to navigate through the process while prioritizing these best practices.

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Fourth Quarter 1031 Exchanges May Have Shorter Time

1031 Exchange

Many do not realize that the Tax Code states the new Replacement Property must be purchased by the earlier of two possible dates:

  • 180 days after the date the Relinquished Property is transferred in the exchange, OR
  • The due date of the taxpayer’s return for the taxable year in which the Relinquished Property is transferred.

What this means is that a taxpayer who sold real estate and began a 1031 Exchange after October 18, 2022, must close on the new Replacement Property by the due date of their 2022 tax return, which is April 17, 2023.

For example, an investor who sells a 1031 property on December 12, 2022, must identify new Replacement Property by January 26, 2023 (45-day ID rule) and then, most believe, close on Replacement Property by June 10, 2023 (180-day closing rule). However, Section 1031 (a)(3)(B) shortens this exchange period. The investor must close by April 17, 2023 – 53 calendar days before the assumed 180 days date. To get the full 180-day period, the taxpayer must file a tax extension for their entire tax return. If the investor extends their tax filing, they will then have until June 10, 2023, to close on the property – the full 180 days.

Exchangers are strongly encouraged to discuss this deadline issue and the effect of filing an extension with their tax advisors. Although there is no cost for obtaining extensions and they are liberally granted; filing for an extension does not extend the time to pay taxes. Therefore, estimated payments may be required to avoid interest and penalties.

Be sure to consult your tax advisor regarding your tax filing requirement dates. The information above is provided by  IPX1031 a national leader in 1031 Exchange services.

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What exactly is the NPOA?

We have all seen that bright blue eyesore on the corner or the architectural anomaly down the street. This is why the Neighborhood Property Owners’ Association of Fountain Hills, Arizona (NPOA) was formed to protect your property by maintaining quality architectural standards and guidelines in your neighborhood. 

When looking for a home to purchase in Fountain Hills you most likely have come across properties that are located in the NPOA area.

Good News! The NPOA is not a homeowners association with monthly dues or assessments. A one-time transfer fee of $335 is required when a property changes ownership. The main reason for NPOA’s existence is to preserve the beauty and uphold the guidelines that were initially put into place by Robert McCulloch, the master developer of Fountain Hills. This is just one of the many benefits of living in the beautiful Fountain Hills community.

Today there are over 4,400 properties in 66 plats that fall within the NPOA’s jurisdiction. To see if your home is included visit the NPOA website @ www.npoafh.org 

Then it is subject to the architectural and aesthetic guidelines listed in the Development Guide and enforced by The Neighborhood Committee of Architecture (NCOA), which meets weekly and maintains architectural control of Member plats. This entails a review of building plans for new construction and all other architectural alterations, including but not limited to repainting, demolitions, remodels/additions, porches, patios, walls, fences, solar, pools, awnings, gazebos, recoating a flat roof or installing new windows, etc. Appropriate permit fees and compliance deposits apply. For more information, NPOA can be reached at email: info@npoafh.org or by phone: 480-837-5317.

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Misting System Winterizing

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Your outdoor misting system has been working hard to keep you cool all summer. Now that temperatures are finally starting to drop, however, it’s time to shut the system down for the season. Simply turning off the water isn’t enough to keep your misting system in good shape for next year. Standing water can damage the pipes in winter temperatures, and the pump system can sustain damage as well without some general maintenance.

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Why your misting system needs professional seasonal maintenance

The most significant risk of skipping winter maintenance on your outdoor misting system is damage from frozen water. As water freezes, it expands. So, when there is standing water in the pipes in your misting system, it can cause the pipes to burst on those cold nights when temperatures dip below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, standing water poses a risk for mold and mildew growth.

Another important aspect of seasonal maintenance is keeping the system clean. Replacing filters will keep the system spraying clean, odorless water. A technician will keep the pump in peak condition by changing its oil. While you may be tempted to take on winterization as a DIY task, it is ideal to call a professional. This is recommended because a professional technician can thoroughly inspect the system and make any necessary repairs. Furthermore, professional maintenance will be in line with warranty requirements for your system.

Don’t delay and schedule your winterization today. Call AZ Mist Systems for your winter maintenance visit. (602) 908-7676

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Fountain Hills 3rd Qtr Real Estate Update

We’re at the start of the 4th quarter, and because we’re in football season, it’s easy to make an analogy to that benchmark in the game:  This is where things really get exciting! 

That isn’t to say it hasn’t been an eventful year!  For the first three quarters Year To Date, Fountain Hills’ average (YTD) sale price is sitting at an all-time high of $826,177, which is 18.76% above the avg YTD sale price of just one year ago.  And, for those wanting to know if the prices are going down, the answer is no.  While there have been some price reductions in the market, our September Avg Sale Price is $960,988, higher than the year to date average mentioned above.  This is not what might expect to hear, given all the doom and gloom in the media.    

Why have Fountain Hills prices remained strong?  Well, look around.  Fountain Hills is an almost idyllic community with near perfect weather, a myriad of outdoor recreation, great services, restaurants and social offerings, beautiful views and lots of friendly people.  Who wouldn’t want to live here? 

Add to that the continued strength of in-migration and job growth in the Phoenix metro area. This is due to aggressive efforts to attract new, clean industries like technology, medical and finance. 

Throw in that we are one of the few metro areas in the country that offer all the major professional sports affiliations and you have a winning combination. This combo led to Phoenix being #13 in population growth 2010-2020 and #4 during 2020-21 according to Pew Research. 

And speaking of job growth, Arizona added 110,000 positions in the 12 months ending in August, 2022. That’s the 15th largest growth rate in the country, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Want more confirmation?  How about the fact that there were a total of 198 active listings in the community of Fountain Hills in September, 2022 and 911 year to date.  Compare that to other active sales years such as 2019 (pre-COVID) when there were 209 active listings for the month of September, (1140 YTD) an indication that our inventory is still historically low. 

Our RE/MAX SUN PROPERTIES MID-YEAR MARKET REPORT goes into better detail about the factors behind the popularity of our little corner of the world.  We’re also proud that the call we made on the continued strength of our market was likely to continue. 

So, while some are waiting for “prices to come down” it’s more than likely they will be disappointed by just the opposite and continued low inventory.  In fact, as winter visitors continue to return to our market and seek out their dream home, it’s likely that inventory will continue to be be reduced even further. 

While this is not the hard charging market of the past couple years (thank goodness!) it is still a strong market! And fourth quarter promises some real excitement!

If you’re ready to have a discussion about whether or not it’s your time to buy or sell, call us!  We’re here with the data and information you need to be fully informed and make good decisions.  We can be reach at 480-837-1331 or HomeTeam@SonoranLifestyle.com

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Summer 2022’s Desert Vibe Magazine Is Here!

The second quarterly issue of Desert Vibe magazine is finally here, and it’s full of must-see information about local events, listings, and market information!

Here are some of the things you’ll see in the summer Vibe:

This Desert Vibe, as with the previous, is being released in an online-only format, with interactive links to everything you’ll need! To read the full Desert Vibe magazine, go to DesertVibe.com/Magazine.

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Staging That Gets Your Home SOLD

Your home might be beautiful. Maybe it is immaculate, stylishly appointed, and highly upgraded with the finest materials and features. Yet unless you are one in a thousand, it is not “staged’. Staging is intended for two audiences: the camera and the potential buyers.

Let your home speak to buyers. Your home speaks to you, but what is it saying to your potential buyer? Our homes are personal, yet how we live is not how we sell. Our homes represent who we are. The goal of staging is to make the home speak to everyone else in a compelling and positive way.

The personal photos, the too-tall centerpiece, the overstuffed China cabinet, and the bookcase filled with Arizona Highway magazines – these are all treasures to be sure, but they serve only to sidetrack a buyer from the task at hand.

Clutter may suggest your home doesn’t measure up! Clutter is the perpetrator of distraction. More importantly, though, clutter may be sending a message that you don’t have enough space.

Here are a few tips for what to do BEFORE the staging process begins:
  • De-clutter. De-personalize the space and remove unnecessary items and furniture to make the home feel larger and cleaner.
  • Relax the bedroom. Make this space feel serene and decluttered. Remove unnecessary items from the closets to make them feel larger.
  • Bathroom spa. Place toiletries out of sight and learn to use baskets for your daily needs so they can be neatly tucked away each morning.
  • Finishing touches. Proper lighting, neutral paint tones and freshened cabinet faces improve the look of your home so that buyers feel like it is move-in ready.

The reality is, the moment you commit to marketing your home for sale, you need to commit to transforming your home into a place that potential buyers can easily picture as their home. Let us help you “emotionally detach” and get the process of selling your home underway.

Here are some top reasons to stage your home, according to the Home Buying Institute:
  1. Staging increases the likelihood of a sale.
  2. Staging gives the impression of a well-maintained home.
  3. You get a head start on packing!
  4. Staging helps you justify your asking price.
  5. Staging makes the house seem larger…really!
  6. Suddenly, every room has a purpose. (Buyers should never have to guess the purpose of a room!)
  7. Staging helps buyers see themselves in a home.
  8. Staging puts your house above the competition.
  9. Buyers will have a favorable first impression.
  10. You get the buyer’s agent on your side. (It makes their life easier!)
  11. A “Must-See” home will bring in more buyers.

Staging is not a do-it-yourself sport. Our stagers can often work with what you have, rearranging and reallocating all your belongings, to present the property in its best light. Often this means reallocating some of those belongings to the garage, so please be understanding!

Only a third-party specialist can bring the neutrality and objectivity needed to accomplish the goal. Your daily routine will be turned, at least temporarily, on its head, but if selling your home in the shortest amount of time and for the most money is your goal, it is necessary!

The Sonoran Home Team provides every level of staging necessary to get your home SOLD!

Whether it’s just some rearranging and depersonalizing that is necessary, or whether your home is vacant and requires complete staging, we have what you need. Our experts can help you create an exceptional viewing experience to get your home sold. So, let us help you create the “buzz” you need to sell your home quickly.

For more information about the staging services we offer our clients, call us at 480-837-1331.

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Moving Out of a Rental Property

Moving out of a rental property?  Do you want your move-out to go smoothly, without any conflicts and hassles? You’ll need to follow through with all your Tenants’ Responsibilities when moving out, giving your property management company proper move-out notice, and leaving your rental home in good condition.

We want to help make the process as easy as possible. This checklist will help guide you through the entire process and ensure that you don’t overlook anything important when leaving your rental home so that you can get your security deposit back and leave on good terms.

Review your Lease Agreement

  • Find out how to properly end the lease agreement.
  • Check on all rules and regulations regarding the moving-out notice. (i.e. maintenance obligations, utility transfers, etc.).
  • Review how far in advance you will need to give your property manager notice.
  • Once you review all provisions in the rental agreement and know your tenant move-out responsibilities, make sure to add all tasks and deadlines to your moving calendar.

Give your Property Manager a Move Out Notice

  • Most lease agreements require the tenant to provide written notification to your property manager 30 days before moving out.
  • Write a Tenant Move Out Letter and send it to your property manager at least 5 weeks prior to moving day.

Inspect the Rental Property and Fix Damages

  • Make sure to check the rental property against the condition report from when you moved in to find out what exactly you’re responsible for.
  • Normal wear and tear is expected and acceptable, but you’re responsible for repairing holes in the walls, fixing scratches, repainting the walls, and making sure the electrical and plumbing systems are in good condition.
  • Keep all repair works documented and keep your receipts if you made some permanent improvements to the property.

Pay Off Your Bills

  • Inform all your service providers that you are moving out and arrange for the services at your rental to be disconnected.
  • Take readings of all gas, electricity, and water meters on moving day and photograph them for proof.

Move All Your Things Out of Your Rental Home

  • Sort out all possessions a couple of months before your move and find a way to get rid of everything you don’t want anymore.
  • Remember to take down pictures and calendars from the walls, remove stickers and magnets from the fridge, get all your items from the bathroom, pack decorations and hobby materials, and take your door mats and rugs, tools, flower pots, etc.
  • Open drawers and cupboards, go through the basement and garage, and walk around the yard.
  • Take out all the trash.

Clean Rental Thoroughly

  • Your lease agreement may provide specific details as to what is expected of you in terms of cleaning the rental unit before moving out:
  • Washing the windows;
  • Cleaning the curtains (depending on what material they are made from, some curtains require dry cleaning, others can be steam cleaned or machine-washed, etc.);
  • Steam cleaning mattresses and upholsteries;
  • Washing the carpets or having them professionally cleaned;
  • Dusting furniture, ceiling fans, and lighting fixtures;
  • Wiping doors and door frames, furniture handles and light switches, etc.;
  • Cleaning kitchen appliances;
  • Washing and disinfecting sinks, toilets, tubs, shower surrounds, countertops, and other kitchen and bathroom surfaces;
  • Vacuuming/sweeping and mopping the floors;
  • Mowing the lawn, trimming the trees and bushes, sweeping the garden paths, removing dead leaves and debris from the gutters, etc. (in case your rental property has a yard);
  • Cleaning up garages, patios, sheds, balconies, etc. (if applicable);

Document the Condition of the Rental Property

  • Keep all proof of the condition you’re leaving the rental in.
  • Document the cleaning and repair works (i.e. videos, pictures, receipts).

Arrange a Move Out Inspection

  • Arrange a time to call your property manager to conduct a move-out walkthrough of the rental unit.
  • Be present at the move-out inspection.
  • Discuss any issues that may arise and try to find a mutually beneficial solution.

If you have questions about the move-out process or property management in Fountain Hills and Scottsdale, please contact Dawn Woods, Property Manager at RE/MAX Sun Properties at 480-837-1331.