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Why Use a Realtor in Fountain Hills, AZ

 

When most people think of a REALTOR®, they think of open houses, flyers and big commissions. However, a REALTOR® is much more than that, and a good REALTOR® is very much worth the commission he or she is paid (earns).

A real estate transaction is often the biggest financial decision people make in their lifetime.It can also be the most anxious and intimidating time of their life. The required paperwork alone can be complicated and overwhelming to most buyers and sellers of homes.

An experienced REALTOR® is the best person to objectively provide direction, resolve problems and bring the transaction to a successful close.

When buying or selling a home, a REALTOR® can provide current information on what is happening in that particular community as it concerns price, days on the market, financing, terms and condition of competing properties. These are key factors in buying and selling a home.

An experienced REALTOR® is a home sales professional than can offer advice concerning the pricing of a home in a particular community and can help in negotiations. Price is important and obvious, but other factors to consider in negotiations include date of possession, financing options, and often the inclusion or exclusion of repairs and/or furnishings.

Any purchase agreement (contract) should provide a period of time to complete appropriate inspections and investigations of the property before parties are bound to complete the purchase. A REALTOR® can advise you as to which investigations and inspections are required or recommended as well as assist you in finding qualified professionals to perform the those and provide written reports. Most important of these will be the preliminary title report which indicates ownership of the property and any rights or obligations that go with that property.

Finally, for this blog article, business is about relationships and networks. Employing a REALTOR® provides home buyers or home sellers the advantage of reaching thousands of prospects via the relationship with Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly, and subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate.

John Eberle is a Fountain Hills REALTOR® working with the Artisan Real Estate Group, LLC. For more information on buying a home or selling a home in Fountain Hills, AZ contact John at 602 550 1474 or click on the Contact Me tab above this article.

 

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Fourth of July Celebrations in Fountain Hills, AZ

The community of Fountain Hills celebrates the Fourth of July holiday with the Fourth at the Fountain from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Wednesday the 4th of July.

 

One highlight of the evening will be a spectacular night-time parachute jump by the Arizona Skyhawks Parachute Team! Jumping usually from an altitude of 5000 feet, the team is highly visible due to specially lighted jump suits! This amazing form of entertainment will take place about 8:30 pm.

Providing musical entertainment will be AZ Blues Project. The band plays “the Blues” because it allows for artistic freedom. They also play classic rock and R&B music.  The opening act will be Aging Hipsters, a local favorite.

Phil’s Filling Station Grill, a local restaurant, is sponsoring a hotdog eating contest and VFW Post 7507 is sponsoring a beer garden. Vendors of many varieties will have food, drink and merchandise for sale.

There will be a Bounce House! A Fun Slide! and a Dunk Tank!

Admission to this event is $5 with children 12 and under free.

Fourth at the Fountain is just one more great reason to enjoy the beautiful Fountain Park located at  12925 N Saguaro Boulevard in Fountain Hills.

John Eberle is a licensed Realtor with the Artisan Real Estate Group, focusing on real estate in Fountain Hills, Arizona. For more information on buying a home or selling a home in Fountain Hills, call John at 602 550 1474 or click on the Contact Me tab above this blog to send an email.

 

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Fountain Hills Homes with Pools and Swimming Pool Safety

Today there are 134 homes for sale in Fountain Hills, Arizona with private swimming pools*. A pool is a desirable feature as it can provide a beautiful focal point for the home as well as a fun, cooling break from the Arizona heat.

Unfortunately, now that summer is here, we see news headlines noting unfortunate accidents involving children who find their way into a pool and drown.

Swimming alone or without adult supervision leads to many drownings. The first rule of owning a swimming pool is, NEVER leave a child unobserved near a pool; keep an eye on children AT ALL TIMES! Further, older children should be instructed to watch out for younger children and there should always be a designated “pool watcher”, especially at events where there are many people enjoying the pool and the areas around it.

As a homeowner with a private pool, Arizona law requires you to entirely enclose the pool area with a barrier at least five feet high, measured from the outside of the barrier. Further, if the home is part of the barrier, there must be a barrier of at least four feet in height between the home and the pool.

Read the Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) 36-1681 for complete understanding of the requirements. Also note that individual municipalities and counties have different pool barrier requirements. Check with the local government to see if there are requirements more stringent than the Arizona Statute.

For more information about pool safety and enclosure requirements go to the following link,   http://www.azdhs.gov/phs/oeh/pool_rules.htm .

Many homes for sale in Fountain Hill, AZ include a beautiful swimming pool!

Other important rules concerning pool use include,

  • Don’t allow running or horseplay on the pool deck, which can be slippery.
  • Keep toys and pets away from the pool so children are not enticed to go nearer the pool edge and possibly fall into the pool.
  • Keep basic lifesaving equipment near the pool. A pole, a rope or life preserver are recommended.
  • Know CPR.
  • NEVER mix alcohol or drugs with swimming.

One other important piece of information to remember, Arizona law requires when selling a home with a swimming pool, seller must provide to the buyer the Residential Pool Safety Notice document from the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Pools are meant to be beautiful and provide fun for family and friends! Please feel free to leave a comment about swimming pools by clicking on the line; Leave a comment at the bottom of this blog!

If you would like to see a list of homes for sale in Fountain Hills with a swimming pool, go to my website at www.JohnEberleHomeSales.com or telephone me at 602 550 1474.

I am a licensed Realtor with the Artisan Real Estate Group, LLC working in Fountain Hills, Arizona. I am a member of the National Association of Realtors and Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service.

*Search of Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service, June 15, 2012.

 

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Fountain Hills Real Estate Statistics

Fountain Hills, Arizona had 277 homes for sale based on the results of a search of the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (June 6, 2012). The homes listed had an average of 163 days on the market (DOM).

Year-to-date sales/closings for residential real estate in Fountain Hills are 423, with average sales price of $311,550 (10.5% below the listed price). Average DOM was 132. High sales price was $1,800,000 for a home in the Eagle Mountain subdivision and low sales price listed was for a 1000+ square foot home short sale at $35,500.

Same time period last year (2011) the number of sales/closings was 404, with average price $320,970 (13% below the listed price) and DOM was 148.

The Agent Weekly Report by Trulia, a real estate website, reports 35 new listings for the week beginning June 27 for Fountain Hills. Median price of homes for sale is $235,000 and average price per square foot is $139, up 2.2% from the same period one year ago.

Home Sales Continue to Improve in Fountain Hills and Phoenix, Arizona.

Phoenix Business Journal reported that median single family home prices in Phoenix metro were up 25% April 2012 over April of last year, and foreclosures were down 62%.

Finally, anecdotal evidence that home sales are improving in Phoenix;  at the SouthEast Valley Regional Association of Realtors (SEVRAR) New Home Builder Fair, I spoke with sales people with eight different builders and all reported more traffic and more sales/closings this year.

John Eberle is a licensed Realtor with the Artisan Real Estate Group, LLC working in Fountain Hills, Arizona. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors and Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service. John has 14 years home sales experience as Sales Person/Sales Manager/Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for regional home builder.

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SunRidge Canyon in Fountain Hills, Arizona

Today, the Arizona Regional Multiple Listings Services  (ARMLS) lists 18 homes for sale in SunRidge Canyon, a beautiful and picturesque community located in Fountain Hills, Arizona.  Current list prices range from $359,900 to $1,300,000 with square footage starting at 2025.

Since January 1 of this year, 25 SunRidge Canyon homes have sold and closed escrow.  The average list price, based on data from ARMLS, was $420,264 and the average sold price was $406,092.  The average number of days on the market was 96.

Development of the SunRidge Canyon master planned community began in 1996 and has been platted for 789 single family homes in 15 separate neighborhoods, including two gated communities.  The community is not fully built out and there are still beautiful pieces of real estate for sale.

SunRidge Canyon winds around the golf course of the same name.

The community is located along Palisades Boulevard and Golden Eagle Boulevard with easy access to Shea Boulevard. There are many homes built around the SunRidge Canyon Golf Course, a 6823 yard, par 71 course which boasts of dramatic views and a challenging finish referred to as the Wicked Six.  It is home to the Jim McLean Golf School and open to the public.

 

Fountain Hills Public Schools serving Sunridge Canyon are;

 

The SunRidge Canyon Community Association website offers in depth information concerning resident services, news and announcements, a resources page with copies of community CCR’s, Bylaws, etc. , and a page with association contacts.

To see listings of homes for sale in SunRidge Canyon, Fountain Hills, Arizona, go to John Eberle Home Sales.  For information on listing your home for sale in Fountain Hills, telephone 602 550 1474 or click on the Contact Me tab at the top of this page.

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