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5 Great Reasons to Visit or Live in Avondale, Arizona

by Joe Bourland

5 Great Reasons to Visit or Live in Avondale, Arizona

What’s so great about Avondale, Arizona?  Everything. Incorporated in 1946, Avondale has experienced rapid residential and commercial growth since the 80’s and has now transformed itself into a major bedroom suburb of Phoenix. Only twenty minutes from downtown Phoenix, Avondale has become a mecca of residential subdivisions and shopping centers and is the perfect starting point to head west to California.

With so many great reasons to visit or live in Avondale, it’s hard to find only 5 great reasons to visit, but we’ve chosen some favorites to tempt you.

1) Phoenix International Raceway:  Opening in 1964 in front of 7,000 race fans PIR now holds two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, two Xfinity Series, a Camping World Truck Series and many other events throughout the year. You can also give the perfect gift for any race fan, the NASCAR Racing Experience where you can ride along or learn to drive a racecar with The NASCAR Qualifier. 

2) Friendship Park:  One of the biggest and most versatile parks in Phoenix, Friendship Park offers acres of paved sidewalks, a dog park, farmer’s market, fishing, ducks and other wildlife and baseball, football and soccer fields. Friendship Park is located at 12325 W. McDowell Road in Avondale.

3) Tres Rios Nature Festival:  Held each March this festival is full of outdoor experiences and has something for everyone. There are canoe excursions, rock climbing, a fishing clinic, nature trails, beginning bird watching, canine sporting demonstrations, entertainment and food and even a “Trashiest Outfit” contest. A one-of-a-kind nature festival during some of the best weather that Arizona has to offer.

4) Inland Waters Divers:  Have you ever wanted to learn to scuba dive but figured that there was no way to do that in the desert? Think again and check out Inland Waters Divers for classes and dive trips once you’re certified. Located in neighboring Goodyear, this is an experience that desert rats will love. 

5) Fear Farm:  Every Halloween Fear Farm Haunted House and Corn Maze turns dry fields into a terrifying experience. Even though there are five haunted houses at one location it was voted “Best Haunted House” in Phoenix in 2015. Turn an average, boring fall evening into a never-ending nightmare and head on over for some thrills. 

As you can tell, we think there are plenty of great reasons to visit or live in Avondale, Arizona!  And we hope that you’ll stop in sometime if you’re in the area. 

Best wishes from The Bourland Group.

Joe Bourland
The Bourland Group
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Mistakes to Avoid When Planning a Road Trip

by Joe Bourland

Mistakes to Avoid When Planning a Road Trip 

Ever since the automobile became the way of travel road trips have been America’s go-to way to see the country. With airlines assessing charges on everything from blankets to baggage, this year you could very well choose to get to that destination with a road trip and will surely save money if you do it right. To help you cut down on costs here are some mistakes to avoid when planning a road tripas well as ways to save money along the way. 

Don’t forget to do a quick inspection and check your indicators: Check the headlights, interior lights, horn, wipers, brakes, transmission fluid, antifreeze and oil. 

Check the tires: Neglecting to properly inflate the tires can affect maneuverability and put you at higher risk of an accident if things happen quickly. Don’t forget that heat expands tires so don’t over inflate them. Periodically check your tire air levels throughout your trip

Don’t rely on GPS: Plan your route by mapping it online first and then use GPS as a back-up, since we all know that it sometimes gives bad directions or takes you off the quickest route.

Check road conditions before you leave and enroute: To avoid major road construction or traffic problems go online or call “511” in most states for information on what you might encounter ahead. 

Be smart about your gasoline usage: Don’t let your tank get under half full if you can avoid it. A good rule is to fill up in the morning because less fumes and gasses are in the pump which means that you’ll be running on gas instead of fumes. Also, use sites like GasBuddy.com which are great for planning where you’ll get the cheapest gas and how to plan your stops. 

Don’t use credit cards unless you have to: Having a budget, using a pre-paid credit card or taking cash will help you stay on budget and probably reduce those spur of the moment costs that you’re sure to have otherwise.

Consider putting the miles on someone else’s car: For long trips you might want to take a rental car to save wear and tear, and mileage if you’re leasing, on your own vehicle. Rental car companies already have regular maintenance done for you and if something goes wrong you won’t have to pay for it. 

Even though these are common sense tips it’s surprising how many of us get the impulse and off we go, without that safety inspection or planning ahead. Whatever you do, enjoy your summertime activities, be safe and do have fun on that road trip if you decide set off on an adventure.

Joe Bourland
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Keep Families with Sick Children Together

by Joe Bourland

Keep Families with Sick Children Together

Helping a sick child fight their illness takes a big enough emotional toll on a family. Adding a financial strain can make it all almost too much to bear. But that's where Ronald McDonald House comes in.  

Hopefully your family has never had the need to use the services at Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix, Arizona, but if you have you will surely hold them in your heart forever. We can can attest to that, and that is why we continue to volunteer. When our son, Jackson, required two surgeries we lived at the Ronald McDonald House in Los Angeles for a month while he underwent the surgeries and recovered.  Without their generosity, affordable living accommodations and loving support during that time our life would have been much different, costly and complicated.  

Established with the goal of being a home-away-from-home for families with children facing medical challenges, the Ronald McDonald Houses provide an atmosphere of comfort, hope and courage when people need it most. Growing from one single home in 1974, the campus has now expanded to three homes providing 70 rooms Valley-wide for families in need and there are now 330+ Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide. 

All of their funding comes from private and charitable donations and none of the houses are owned by McDonald’s restaurants, however McDonald’s is very involved in fundraising efforts. Volunteers are the heart of the program and you can visit their website to offer your assistance in many areas. 

There are very few requirements to stay at Ronald McDonald House. The child receiving treatment at a local medical facility must not have reached their 22nd birthday, the child’s permanent residence must be outside a 30-mile radius of the Ronald McDonald House and any child under the age of 18 must be with their legal guardian while on the House property.

Any family member or designated person that provides support for the child may stay at the House and the fee is only $15 per room per night. 

Phoenix area campus locations are:  

Roanoke Campus – 501 E. Roanoke Avenue, Phoenix, AZ  85004

Cambridge Campus – 1980 E. Cambridge Avenue, Phoenix, AZ  85006

Dobson Campus – 2225 W. Southern Avenue, Mesa, AZ  85202

Our hearts are filled with gratitude and joy that we were able to get through a difficult time as a family, with the help of The Ronald McDonald Charities. We hope that you will find it in your heart to help them in whatever way you can, somehow, someday.

Best wishes from The Bourland Group.

Joe Bourland
The Bourland Group
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Summer Housing Report Sizzles with Homebuyer Demand

by Joe Bourland

Summer Housing Report Sizzles with Homebuyer Demand 

The summer housing report sizzles with homebuyer demand as high as the temperatures according to the most recent RE/MAX National Housing Report. As homebuyer demand continues, May saw a 10.3 percent jump in sales over April and a 5.1 percent increase over May 2015, which is slightly higher than the average year-over-year sales increase of 4.5 percent so far in 2016. The Median Sales Price in May was $222,475, a 4.2 percent rise from price levels one year ago and 3.5 percent above the median price in April.

The inventory of homes for sale remains very tight in many markets across the country, with the May inventory 14.8 percent lower than May 2015. At the rate of home sales in May, the national Month’s Supply of Inventory was 3.0, down from 3.2 in April.

“May home sales increased at a rate that’s slightly higher than the average monthly increase. This is despite the fact that inventory in many markets remains very low. At the same time, interest rates appear to have stabilized, which helps encourage potential homebuyers. Price increases continue to moderate and are rising at a more sustainable rate. This market is offering current homeowners more incentive to sell, which could have a positive impact on overall inventory levels,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. 

Like previous months this year, home sales continued to be strong in the Northeast. Across the nation in May, thirty-four of the fifty-two metro areas surveyed reported home sales higher than one year ago, with sixteen experiencing double-digit increases. The Median Sales Price for all homes sold in May was $222,475, up 3.5 percent from April. May is the 52nd consecutive month without a drop in price from the previous year.

Please click here to download your copy of the June 2016 RE/MAX National Housing Report. If you’re thinking of selling or buying a home in Avondale, Litchfield Park, or Goodyear the Bourland Group can help you navigate through each step of the process to assist you with making the best real estate investment decisions. Let us help you with your real estate investment goals. Call today! – Joe

Joe Bourland
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Celebrate a Star Spangled 4th of July at the Goodyear Ballpark!

by Joe Bourland

Celebrate a Star Spangled 4th of July at the Goodyear Ballpark! 

If you want your Independence Day to be a homerun, then you’ll definitely want to celebrate a Star Spangled 4th of July at the Goodyear Ball Park! The evening is sure to be a hit for people of all ages filled with food, fun and music this Monday, July 4th at the Goodyear Ball Park located at 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear.

Enjoy an all-American cookout with an adult plate that includes entree choice of hot dog, hamburger, cheeseburger or 1/4 chicken paired with potato salad, baked beans, watermelon and cookie for just $10. Children's plate includes entree choice of hot dog, hamburger, cheeseburger or 1/4 chicken paired with chips, watermelon and cookie for just $5 for children 12 and under.

A slew of star-spangled activities await you including:

  • Inflatable water slides and bounce houses
  • Live Music
  • Hot dog eating contest
  • All-American Pie in the Face trivia contest
  • Cornhole
  • Dig for Cash
  • Battle Ball Challenge
  • Prizes and giveaways
  • Twenty-minute fireworks spectacular

Parking and admission are free so come out and celebrate a star spangled 4th of July at the Goodyear Ball Park! To learn more visit goodyearbp.com. For more fun things to do in Goodyear or if you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Goodyear, please contact the Bourland Group today. Happy 4th of July!

Joe Bourland

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Top 3 Ways to Negotiate the Best Price on a Home this Summer

by Joe Bourland

Top 3 Ways to Negotiate the Best Price on a Home this Summer 

Home sales are heating up so if you’re looking to buy an Arizona home this summer, now is the time to strike while the prices are hot. (No pun intended) But before you make an offer over the asking price on the first Phoenix home you see, consider negotiating the best price first. You’d be surprised what kind of smoking hot deals you can get on a home if you negotiate smart. Here are the top 3 ways to negotiate the best price on a home this summer. 

1.) Do your homework

Knowledge is power so ask important questions. What are the comparable neighborhood sales? How long has the house been on the market? What‘s the seller‘s deadline? The more you know, the more well-constructed your offer will be.

2.) Don’t insult the seller

A buyers’ market doesn’t mean buyers should get arrogant when making an offer. One of the biggest mistakes over confident buyers make is offering way lower for properties than acceptable. If a seller feels disrespected you’re less likely to win the offer.

3.) Don’t be afraid to ask

There’s no telling what you may be able to get in a buyers’ market, so don’t be afraid to just ask! You can ask for an allowance or credit if there are costly repair items, ask for the seller to cover the closing costs, or even ask for a one year home warranty plan.  The worst you can get is a no, but you may be pleasantly surprised with a yes.

If you’re ready to buy a home in Avondale, Litchfield Park, or Goodyear, the Bourland Group can help you navigate through each step of the process to assist you with making the best real estate investment decisions. Let us help you with your real estate investment goals. Call today! – Joe

Joe Bourland
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Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Listing Your Home

by Joe Bourland

Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Listing Your Home 

Are you looking to sell your Arizona home this summer? Choosing the right Realtor® to sell your home can be difficult, especially when they all sound so convincing. And most of the time, when it comes listing your home, the only questions you usually have for your agent is how much can you sell your home for and how fast can it be sold? Beyond that, real estate agents say few sellers take time to ask additional questions, and many hire the first agent they meet, according to data from the National Association of Realtors®.

These top 10 questions to ask before listing your home will not only help you select the right Realtor®, but to also get the very best from the agent you choose.

1. Do you work as a full-time Realtor?

2. What is my property worth? What listing price do you recommend? How did you arrive at that price?

3. Do you have references that I can check?

4. How will you set my listing apart from the crowd without costing me more money?

5. Do you handle incoming property inquiries?

6. How many listings do you have at this time, and how does this work to my benefit?

7. Do you have a help system to see that no details are overlooked?

8. How many potential buyers and sellers do you speak with each day? Each week? Each year?

9. In what ways will you encourage other Realtors to sell my home?

10. How do you promote properties on the Internet?

If you’re thinking of selling a home in Avondale, Litchfield Park, or Goodyear the Bourland Group can help you navigate through each step of the process to assist you with making the best real estate investment decisions. Let us help you with your real estate investment goals. Call today! – Joe

Joe Bourland
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PRICE REDUCED! Palm Valley Gated Community Home for Sale in Goodyear 

Luxury living at its finest! The golf, pool and spa relax homes in the sought after Cortile at Palm Valley subdivision are like no other! Drive in and you’re immediately greeted by paved driveways, mature and well-kept landscaping, warm and unique color schemes. This Palm Valley gated community home for sale in Goodyear builds on a well-planned open floor plan concept that you’ll absolutely fall in love with! The astounding ten foot ceilings alone will take your breath away.

With over 3,400 square feet in this spacious 6 bedroom, 4.5 bath treasure, it’s impossible to not find something for everyone. The kitchen, dining and great room combine for an entertainers delight featuring large walk-in pantry, granite countertops and long kitchen island. The master suite rests downstairs plus guest quarters with full bathroom and separate entrance. Ascend upstairs and you’ll find four roomy bedrooms and a loft.

Step outside into your paradise backyard with heated waterfall pool and spa, fire pit and BBQ all overlooking the lush, green golf course. Energy efficient upgrades include a fully owned Echo Solar System, 120 gal solar water heater, whole house central vacuum system, and High Performance ''Cathedralized'' spray foam attic and wall insulation. Don't read about it, come see it for yourself!

There’s been a $20,900 price reduction on this beautiful home so now’s the perfect time to buy while the price is hot. If you’d like to schedule an appointment to view this Palm Valley Gated Community Home for Sale in Goodyear located at 14330 W CORONADO RD, Goodyear, AZ 85395, please contact the Bourland Group today!

Joe Bourland

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May 2016 RE/MAX National Housing Report

by Joe Bourland

May 2016 RE/MAX National Housing Report

Summer is nearly here but the home buying season is just heating up. There was a 7.5 percent increase of home sales in April which was 3.2 percent higher than home sales in April last year according to the May 2016 RE/MAX National Housing Report. The Median Sales Price in April was $215,000, which was 5.4 percent higher than one year ago and 7.5 percent above the median price in March.

The number of homes for sale in April was 0.2 percent lower than in March and 15.2 percent lower than in April 2015. The average loss of inventory on a year-over-year basis in 2015 was 12.2 percent. While inventory remains much lower than last year, there are signs of stabilization month-to-month. Based on the rate of home sales in April, the Month’s Supply of Inventory was 3.2, which is nearly identical to last month and last year.

“Even though inventory remained tight, April still saw a demand for homes at a level higher than one year ago. Homebuyers realize that interest rates are historically low and mortgage accessibility appears to be improving along with the overall economy. Price increases make it possible for homeowners to feel comfortable selling, but they aren’t at a level that keeps first-time buyers out of the market,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder.

Please click here to download your copy of the May 2016 RE/MAX National Housing Report. If you’re thinking of selling or buying a home in Avondale, Litchfield Park, or Goodyear the Bourland Group can help you navigate through each step of the process to assist you with making the best real estate investment decisions. Let us help you with your real estate investment goals. Call today! – Joe

 

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Avondale Memorial Day Candlelight Service

by Joe Bourland

Avondale Memorial Day Candlelight Service 

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Memorial Day was borne three years after the Civil War ended, and it was officially proclaimed on May 5th, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. General Logan declared May 30th as time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

Years later, the history of Memorial Day and sacrifices of those whom served our country remains honored to this day. That’s why Avondale and various community groups will once again will offer a service to honor the men and women who have served our nation. There will be a candle-lighting ceremony, a Scottish-American military-remembrance table presentation and more at the Memorial Day Candlelight Service on Monday, May 30th from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at Avondale City Hall, 11465 Civic Center Drive, Avondale. This event is free and open to the public. For more details, please visit avondale.org or call 480-735-4881.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend, and thank you to all who have served and fallen for our country. – Joe

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