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Rare Find in Old Litchfield Park

by Joe Bourland

Rare Find in Old Litchfield Park 

If you are looking for something that isn’t like every other home on the market today, then stop your search here. This recently updated single level, block home located in Old Litchfield Park is a rare find. Situated on a half-acre homesite, there is plenty of room to enjoy all the amenities in this Arizona home.

Over 2,000 square feet under roof with today’s updated energy efficient standards, such as a 17 SEER A/C and furnace, blown attic insulation, energy efficient dual pane windows and slider doors, updated gas water heater and low energy can lighting.

The floor plan includes four bedrooms, two full baths, formal living areas and cozy family room off the kitchen. The gorgeous herring bone patterned plank tile floors have recently been installed plus raised ceilings and a two-tone interior paint.

The exterior amenities are everything you would expect to find in a home of this caliber, including a pool (with a rebuilt pump), raised garden beds, brick pavers, all surrounded by lush green grass and mature citrus trees. If you need more space than the cooled two car garage provides, there is also an RV gate for additional parking.

This amazing home is conveniently located near shopping, dining and nightlife in the West Valley, and of course the highest ranked schools in the area, Litchfield Elementary, Western Sky Middle School and Millennium High School.

For more details about 930 Castillo Drive, South please click here. Want to schedule a private tour? Give us a call today at 623-322-8588 or email at joe@joearizona.com

Joe Bourland

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Housing Update: National Housing Report

by Joe Bourland

Housing Update: National Housing Report

With the market now in the midst of the popular summer selling season, both home sales and prices are rising with the summer temperatures. 

“Last year was the best we’d seen in a long time for home sales. So, it’s encouraging that sales this year are remaining above last year’s levels. Moderating prices are a good thing for this market. Homeowners are still seeing improvement in their equity, while there’s less chance of homebuyers being priced out. We have to wait out the ongoing inventory challenges, but the month-over-month stabilization we’re seeing is a very good sign,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. 

Here in Arizona we have seen a steady increase in property values while maintaining an affordable price range. If you or someone you know is interested in learning what home values are today, please give us a call. Whether you are thinking of buying or selling, now is a great time to explore your real estate options. 

Want to read the full National Housing Report? Click here now!

Joe Bourland

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August is the Month of Miracles: Will You Help Us?

by Joe Bourland

August is the Month of Miracles: Will You Help Us? 

Did you know that every hour, 97 children undergo surgery at a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital? That is just one of the reasons that RE/MAX agents across the U.S. and Canada have dedicated the month of August to the “Month of Miracles.

The month-long celebration is a time to raise money to support our local Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and raise awareness of what this hospital means for the children in our community. Last year, RE/MAX agents raised over $9 million, and those funds helped to provide pediatric medical equipment, treatments and healthcare services. Over the past 24 years, RE/MAX affiliates have donated more than $147 million to CMN Hospitals and the Bourland Group is proud to be among those agents who have contributed.

Here at RE/MAX Professionals, we have a personal goal of one million pennies donated this month, but we can’t do it without your help! For every home bought or sold with the Bourland Group, we make a donation directly to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and this month, we are asking you to stop by one of our six office locations and empty your penny banks. Our "Month of Miracles" goal is one million pennies, or $10,000 to benefit Children’s Miracle Network.

Will you help us? We hope to see you soon!

Joe Bourland

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Gorgeous Desert Oasis With Lazy River Pool

by Joe Bourland

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Built in 2013, this truly stunning home on almost half an acre on a cul-de-sac in the much-desired Sedella subdivision, will surely catch your eye and make you look twice. This spectacular home for sale has six bedrooms and four bathrooms, is over 4,700 square feet and has a ton of interior features you will love.

The lower level has a huge, double-door den, formal living/dining room, great room with kitchen and island seating and a gourmet kitchen. Staggered kitchen cabinets, double ovens, 5-burner gas stove, a full length granite backsplash and a butler’s pantry, all make the kitchen a dream come true. All bedrooms are upstairs as is a loft laundry room. The master suite has a sitting room, walk-in shower, garden tub, separate sinks and two closets. This home also includes a water softener and R/O system to maximize efficiency. 

The enormous and gorgeous desert oasis backyard has a meandering, lighted pool which creates a feeling of floating down a lazy river on hot summer afternoons. There’s also a grotto and bridge to a sand island, and an extended covered patio with pavers, fans and TV hookup. A gated RV slab is also provided for housing your RV during the off season. 

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Don’t miss the opportunity to see this gorgeous property! If you’d like to schedule an appointment to view this beautiful family home, located at 4284 N. 181st Drive, Glendale, AZ 85395, please contact The Bourland Group today!

Joe Bourland
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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
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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

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