Featured Home at Sunburst Farms in Glendale

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Absolutely gorgeous 4 bedroom, 3 bath home on almost 1 acre. The moment you drive up you will notice the amazing curb appeal and know that this house will not disappoint. Exterior stone accents, Travertine walkway and beautiful front entry door.

This home has been totally remodeled with many on-trend features. The gourmet kitchen features Thomasville Cabinetry, GE Profile appliances, double ovens, beautiful granite counters, 20” tile throughout (except formal LR) , all baths have been beautifully updated. Master bath has stunning walk in shower. Many designer touches including wains coating, crown moulding, recessed lighting, upgraded light fixtures, baseboards etc. New insulated duct work in attic along with new R value insulation. All new plumbing thru the attic, no underground pipes.

The 3 car garage has epoxy flooring, high end built-in cabinetry. RV gate with plenty of room to park all your toys and trailers. The rear yard has both irrigation and a watering system, built-in bbq, horse stalls and with easy access to the Bridle Path. Incredible home-nothing else like it.

Call or text me today to schedule your private showing! 602-329-7782

Riata at Alamar in Avondale

riata at alamarLandsea Homes has recently begun construction on 75 new single-family homes at Riata at Alamar in Avondale.  Riata at Alamar is a collection of one- and two-story homes with floorplans ranging from 1,800 square feet to 2,800 square feet. Four distinct architectural styles of homes will be available in the neighborhood, including Craftsman/Bungalow, Spanish Colonial, Territorial Ranch and Traditional Southwest. Riata at Alamar sales are planned to begin in September with the community grand opening in October.

The first phase of the Alamar master-planned community includes six distinct neighborhoods with 461 homesites. Additionally, a 30-acre regional park, built in partnership with the City of Avondale, will serve as the central hub of the community. The new community is located just north of the Estrella Mountains in Maricopa County, southwest of Phoenix and adjacent to Tolleson, Litchfield Park and Goodyear. Alamar represents one of the largest master-planned communities to be developed since 2013.

Ready to explore all the new construction subdivisions in the west valley? Call or text me today to learn more!  602-329-7782

Featured Home in Pinnacle Hill

Today we are showcasing this fabulous home in Pinnacle Hill located in North Glendale off of 55th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Road just steps away from some of the best hiking trails in the Northwest Valley. This home nestled behind Thunderbird Mountain Preserve Park offering spectacular views, hiking and incredible sunsets. This home features 3635 sqft, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3 car garage.

The recently updated floor plan is perfect for anyone who loves to entertain friends and family. New plank flooring and quartz countertops throughout the home. The master bedroom and en-suite bath that offers dual sinks soaking tub and separate shower with large walk-in closet.

Escape to the rear yard for some tranquility taking in the spectacular mountain views sitting by the outdoor fireplace and soothing water feature, extended covered patio and built-in BBQ complete your outdoor entertainment space.

For more information and to schedule your safe and private tour, please contact me directly at 602-329-7782.

Featured Home in Patrick Ranch

Today we’re going to be showcasing a great home in Patrick Ranch located in North Glendale at 67th Avenue in Deer Valley close to shopping, dining and entertainment.

This neighborhood is in the highly sought after Deer Valley School District which includes A+ rated Carper Creek Elementary School and Mountain Ridge High School. Patrick Ranch is just a few minutes from some of the best hiking trails in the Northwest Valley at Thunderbird Mountain Preserve. This home features 3651 square feet and sits on a generous 13,500 square foot block with a three-car garage, RV gate, pool with water feature and elevated spa. If you are looking for extra space to store your toys or RV, this is one of the few communities in North Glendale that allows RV parking.

The  spacious basement floor plan boasts five bedrooms, a dedicated office, four bathrooms, a gourmet style kitchen and plenty of indoor living space which offers a seamless transition to the beautifully landscaped and very private yard.

For more information and to schedule your safe and private tour, please contact me directly at 602-329-7782.

5261 W Melinda Ln, Glendale, AZ 85308

Elegance on the Lakes. This one of a kind custom home boasts 365 degree views of the lake and mountains. Rear yard has automatic weather sensor shade screens for privacy, built-in BBQ/Bar and boat dock. Entryway showcases grandeur of this home with its soaring ceilings and fantastic views. Dedicated Den/Office with mountain views. Gourmet kitchen overlooks lake and pool. Master retreat on main floor, gorgeous master bath and amazing walk-in closet. Basement has large living area, 2 beds and an incredible walk-in temp controlled wine cellar. Upstairs loft with private balcony and wet bar. Radiant Heat Barrier, tankless water heater, Trex 2 level deck and more. Discover for yourself all there is to see at each turn. You won”t be disappointed.

6 beds 5 baths 6,400 sqft

$925,000

 WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE HOME

This custom home was designed with every owner in mind. Fantastic layout, great space, high ceilings and views to the rear yard. There is just so much to love.

FACTS

  • Lot: 9,282 sqft
  • Single Family
  • Built in 1998
  • 18 days on Zillow
  • Views since listing: 2,168
  • All time views: 4,913
  • 16 shoppers saved this home
  • HOA Fee: $78/mo
  • Cooling: Central, Refrigeration
  • Heating: Forced air
  • Last sold: Jan 2009 for $660,000
  • Price/sqft: $145
  • MLS #: 5465447

FEATURES

  • Attic
  • Barbecue
  • Cable Ready
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Deck
  • Dock
  • Double Pane/Storm Windows
  • Fenced Yard
  • Finished basement
  • Fireplace
  • Flooring: Tile
  • Intercom
  • Lawn
  • Parking: Garage – Attached, 3 spaces
  • Patio
  • Pool
  • Porch
  • Security System
  • Skylight
  • Sprinkler System
  • Vaulted Ceiling
  • View: City, Mountain, Water
  • Waterfront
  • Wet Bar
  • Wired

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

  • Wine cellar

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Buying & Selling Homes Simultaneously

Buying & SellingBuying & Selling Homes Simultaneously

Buying and selling homes simultaneously can seem quite daunting and raise many questions, especially regarding timing. When should you list the home you’re selling? At what point should you begin looking for a new home? What happens if you get an offer on the home you’re selling before closing on your new place?

The key to combining your buying and selling processes is timing. Taking the time up front to consider your options and make educated timing decisions will increase the chances that you’ll get to seamlessly move from the old home into the new space. So, how do you make those smart timing decisions?

Find an expert. A good real estate agent is a knowledgeable and reliable expert on buying and selling homes simultaneously.. The agent researches and understands current trends which will help you time your transition to the new house while also getting the most money from the house you’re selling.

Know the Market. A real estate agent is also a great resource to educated you on your local market. The agent uses current market data, the condition of your home, neighborhood comparable homes and other factors to determine a realistic selling price for your listing.

Understand your Finances. As you look at your options, know where you stand financially, how much equity you have in your current home, and how much money you can reasonably use toward the down payment of a new house. Homeowners who have enough equity to sell their existing home and can come up with a down payment for another one are going to have an easier time buying and selling at the same time.  Before the real estate shift in 2008, homeowners often leveraged the equity in their home to open a home equity line of credit (HELOC). They would borrow 95 to 100 percent of the home’s value and then use that money toward the down payment of the new home. This made it really easy to close on a new home and sell the current home quickly. Today however, depreciated home values and strict lending options have made it difficult to open a HELOC. Know that there are many options for those homeowners in all financial categories. Understanding your finances will help when you discuss this process with your agent.

Make Quick Fixes. Price and home condition are the two most important factors that effect the sale of your home. As explored specifically in previous posts, investing money up front to update the yard, repaint the walls or make other small fixes has been proven to significantly increase the likelihood that your home will sell more quickly.

Start Shopping for the new home. If you and your agent agree that listing your home is a good decision for you, it’s time to begin your home search process. If possible, start looking at homes before you put yours on the market so that you have an idea to the timeframe it could take to find the new place based on your search criteria.

When you’re ready, list the home. Putting the home on the market is a careful process that depends largely on how fast you think you will be able to find and close on your new home. The previous step, shopping for the new home, will help make that decision. Keep in mind, if you put the home on the market and the right buyer puts in an offer more quickly than you anticipated, there are contingencies you can add to the contract to give you more time to find your new home.

Buying and selling homes simultaneously has its challenges, but with the help of a solid agent, homeowners make it happen everyday. Elise Fay & Associates would be happy to walk you through some of the buying and selling scenarios or help begin your home search process. Give us a call!

Staging & Selling Before the Holidays

Staging & Selling Before the Holidays

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Staging & selling your home before the holidays can help save stress and give you time to focus on family and holiday festivities. Getting your home sold before year end is ideal so you can start the new year fresh. There are a few tips to help the process started and assist in running smoothly and effectively.

Take advantage of the tax write-offs. Often, part of staging a home includes purging. If you have a large amount of items you’re having trouble parting with, consider the tax credits for donating. Add up the value of the items you might be willing to donate and look at the tax savings using a Goodwill or Salvation Army calculator. This might be the perfect motivation to help let go of the items you don’t really need.

If you’re relocating or downsizing and won’t be able to take all your items, consider using home listing photos with a list of contents you’re looking to get rid of on Craigslist or other goods selling site as an alternative to donation. Selling before the Holidays is an effective idea especially, because people might be in the market for some gently used or vintage gifts.

Use Online Coupons. By now, we’ve all heard of sites like Groupon, Deal Chicken, Living Social, Amazon Local, etc. These sites offer local goods and services a a discounted price. The cost and effort of staging can be a hurdle for sellers. Search these sites for offers for cleaning services, painting, etc. Affordable ways to get these jobs done may get your home ready to show more quickly and with a lot less effort on your part. Especially during the holiday season, the last thing you want to be doing is a lot of work on the house. Let the professionals help make the staging a success at a discounted price.

Shop Ahead. If you’re selling to move into another property, you likely have either already found that property or at least have a solid idea of housing and new furnishings to make the place your own. If you have the budget, shop ahead for the furnishings. Things like furniture, non permanent lighting, decor, etc. for your new place might help stage the space you’re selling in the mean time.

No matter your situation, staging & selling before the holidays is a great idea and, with a little help from Elise Fay & Associates, you can get a smooth process started right away. Just give us a call!

To Pool or Not to Pool?

Photo courtesy of www.shimmeringwaterspoolservices.com

Photo courtesy of www.shimmeringwaterspoolservices.com

To Pool or Not to Pool?

Are you one the many families in the Valley who can’t decide whether or not to install a swimming pool in the backyard? Before you take the plunge, here are some things to consider.

Most importantly, think about why you want a pool. Adding a pool is an expensive endeavor and, realistically, just because you spend $40k on a pool does not mean that it will add the same amount to the value of your home. It could even add nothing to the value, depending on current market and neighborhood standards.

The only real reason to add a swimming pool to your home is because you want a pool. The investment lies in the fun, enjoyment and recreation for your family, enhanced appearance of the yard and the cool escape from hot summer temperatures. If you’re only looking to add a pool to your home with the expectation that you will recoup the cost upon sale, it’s really not worth the investment.

The fact is, there is no definitive answer as to whether a pool will or will not help sell your home. Many Phoenix area buyers want a pool. Some people fall in love with homes, but don’t buy because there isn’t a pool and they don’t want to go through the installation process physically or financially. Although already having a pool appeals to some buyers, there are also many buyers who won’t look at homes that have a pool at all.

My personal opinion, as a buyer, is that if the home is perfect except it doesn’t have a pool and I want one, I’d have one installed. Were I a buyer looking for a home and did not want a pool, I would not consider looking at homes with one. This is simply because having a pool filled and landscaping the yard seems like unnecessary work, whereas adding a pool would be a value to my family’s enjoyment and recreation.

Only you can consider whether the investment is right for your family and answer the ultimate Phoenix homeowner question: to pool or not to pool?

For more information on adding a pool or other upgrades to your home and their potential values, contact Elise Fay or the Fay Team.

Legend Springs School Fun Run Fundraiser

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Legend Springs School is holding a Fun Run this October

The Boosterthon Fun Run, Rock’n Town Live, a musical festival theme all about community, will kick off on Tuesday, October 14. The event promotes health, character-building and fun for the students and provides a great way for the community to get involved in giving back. Students will gather pledges for the number of laps they’ll complete at the Fun Run on Thursday, October 23.

Elise Fay is a proud sponsor of Legend Springs school and the Fun Run Fundraiser.

Legend Springs School is located at 21150 N. Arrowhead Loop; Glendale, AZ 85308 in the Deer Valley Unified School District

Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2014

restaurant weekArizona Restaurant Week Fall 2014 is September 19-28. This affair offers foodies a plethora of dinning opportunities they might not typically choose and the chance to get outside their own neighborhood to try something different. Options are endless, ranging from spicy Southwestern to fine-dining options to soothing comfort food. Restaurants offer special pre-fixe menus and pricing during restaurant week, so it’s the perfect time to try new fare. Prepare your taste buds for some of the best food in the Valley!

Here, I outline some of my favorite restaurants participating in Restaurant Week Fall 2014. Be sure to check out the Arizona Restaurant Week website for all 139 greater phoenix restaurants. More restaurants are being added daily. Click on any of the restaurant names below to visit their website.

My favorites in the Valley:

The Mission: Latin Cuisine; Don’t miss the Primarita margarita or the espresso churros; Hands down my favorite restaurant in Greater Phoenix

Beckett’s Table: American Comfort Food; Don’t miss the hand-crafted cocktails or the grits

The Gladly: Contemporary American; Don’t miss the chimichurri chicken or the whiskey list, I’m a whiskey snob & the list here is phenomenal

Other Arizona Restaurant Week participants you don’t want to miss; these are some of my staples for date nights:

Barrio Queen; Mexican; Don’t miss the signature guacamole, it’s seriously amazing!

Bink’s; Contemporary American; Don’t miss the hand-crafted cocktails or the Polenta Cake

Bluehound Kitchen & Cocktails; American Comfort Food; Don’t miss the prohibition era cocktails or the tater tots appetizer

Capital Grille; Steaks & Seafood; Don’t miss the bone-in Kona crusted steak, my favorite entree at this go-to special occasion gem

Central Bistro; Modern Italian & French; Don’t miss the warm goat cheese or grilled artichoke appetizer

Chelsea’s Kitchen; Modern American; Don’t miss the tuna tartare & guacamole or posole appetizer

Citizen Public House; Contemporary American; Don’t miss the bacon fat heirloom popcorn…it’s sinfully divine

Nook Kitchen; American; Don’t miss the Arancini appetizer, any of the pizzas and the strawberry basil shortcake

The Henry; Contemporary American; Don’t miss the Chai Lime Ginger Beer (it’s non-alcoholic) or the short rib potsticker appetizer, it’s seriously mouth-watering; My favorite newer Valley restaurant

T. Cook’s; Contemporary Mediterranean; At this AAA four diamond & #1 rated restaurant in Phoenix by Zagat, anything you order will not disappoint; My favorite fine-dining restaurant in the Valley

The Arrogant Butcher; Gastro Pub; Don’t miss the Short Rib Stew, one of my favorite entrees in the Valley

The House Brasserie; Contemporary American; Don’t miss the House Brisket & Biscuit or the Jidori Chicken

If you’re looking to dine out near home, there are a few Arrowhead Ranch area restaurants participating in Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2014. The consistently enjoyable fare at these places close to home make them a great choice for dinner if you have to get home to a babysitter and don’t want to waste date time driving.

Betty’s Nosh, 67th Ave. & Loop 101, specializes in stuffed mushrooms & seafood; Firebird’s Wood Fired Grill, 83rd Ave. south of Bell Rd., specializes in steaks & seafood; The Melting Pot, locations throughout the Valley, specializes in fondue meals, great for a group.

Bon Appetit!