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Proudly Celebrating 25 Years of Miracles

by Joe Bourland

Proudly Celebrating 25 Years of Miracles

Every minute, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment; every 30 seconds, a RE/MAX agent helps someone find their perfect place. Since 1992, RE/MAX agents and brokers have invested in the well-being of their local communities by raising more than $150 million for 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

In 2016, RE/MAX Affiliates in the U.S. and Canada donated over $10 million to 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the Miracle Home and Miracle Property programs. Here at RE/MAX Professionals, our agents donated over $40,000 to our local Phoenix Children’s Hospital last year.

“Each year I am more inspired by RE/MAX associates who support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” said John Lauck, the organization’s president and CEO. “They provide much-needed donations to help hospitals care for sick and injured kids in their own communities. August’s Month of Miracles is a time for us to celebrate RE/MAX associates for 23 years of miracles. We are grateful for all they do.”

For every home that is sold, a part of our commission is donated to PCH in your honor. We have you to thank for this prestigious recognition, because without your continued trust in us as your preferred real estate company, we would not be able to make this kind of impact for the children in our community.

Here is to celebrating another 25 years of miracles. The Bourland Team thanks you for making that possible.

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10 “Egg-straordinary” Easter Quotes That Will Make You Smile

Today is Easter and in spirit of the fun, festive holiday, here are 10 fun Easter quotes that’ll give you a giggle. Cause who doesn’t need a reason to laugh a little?

1.) “I lied on my Weight Watchers list. I put down that I had 3 eggs... but they were Cadbury chocolate eggs.” Caroline Rhea

2.) “I’ve hidden all the Easter candy for the kids inside my stomach.”

3.) “If you care about your weight and health during the Easter you should only eat the white part of the Cadbury crème eggs.”

4.) "There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE."  Linda Grayson, "The Pickwick Papers"

5.) "All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!"  Lucy Van Pelt, "Peanuts"

6.) “If you get melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly.”

7.) "My mom used to say that Greek Easter was later because then you get stuff cheaper."  Amy Sedaris

8.) “It’s a pity your celebration of March 28th has become a remembering where you hid the Easter eggs.”

9.) “Easter is the single time in a year when it is safe to put all your eggs in one basket.”

10.) “What if happy thoughts would multiply like rabbits?”

The Bourland Team hopes you have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter!

Joe Bourland
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Don’t Miss the Easter Egg-stravaganza at the Wigwam

by Joe Bourland

Don’t Miss the Easter Egg-stravaganza at the Wigwam

Looking for a fun free Easter egg hunt in Litchfield Park? Don’t miss the Easter Egg-stravaganza at the Wigwam this Saturday, April 15th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. A west valley community favorite, The Wigwam Egg-stravaganza offers tons of fun for the whole family!

The Easter Bunny will arrive by helicopter to get the festivities started right on the Wigwam front lawn located at 300 East Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. Guests are encouraged to bring their camera to capture the special moment with the Easter Bunny. Kids of all ages can enjoy fun games, a petting zoo, egg coloring, face painting, egg hunt, an Easter Parade Fashion Contest and more!

The Wigwam Egg Roll and Easter Festival will also feature music and live entertainment. The Wigwam, which has been beloved by generations for eighty-five years, serves as an Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel of America and makes the perfect venue for this returning Easter festival. To learn more about the Wigwam’s Easter Egg-stravaganza click here. And for more information about things to do in the west valley and Litchfield Park events contact The Bourland Team today. Happy Easter!

Joe Bourland
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Beautifully Remodeled Pebble Creek Home for Sale

by Joe Bourland

Beautifully Remodeled Pebble Creek Home for Sale

Price reduced! This beautifully remodeled Pebble Creek home for sale in Goodyear is a must see! The spacious 2, 100 square foot two bedroom, two bath home includes freshly painted interior and a den with custom built-ins. The welcoming kitchen features white kitchen cabinets with brushed nickel hardware, a glass mosaic backsplash that blends seamlessly with solid granite counters and stainless steel appliances as well as an eat-in kitchen and built-in desk area.

This Goodyear gem of a home also has separate living, dining and family rooms and a spacious master bedroom with glass patio door. The master bath has beautiful walk-in shower, with stone and glass tile accents, double sinks and large walk-in closet. The oversized second bedroom has a guest bathroom with custom tile tub/shower surround with glass doors and custom granite vanity. The huge laundry room contains plenty of storage and custom granite counters. And you’ll fall in love with the private yard with a custom BBQ island and fridge. There’s also a brand new Whirlpool gas hot water heater.

Located in the sought after adult community of Pebble Creek, this beautifully remodeled Goodyear home is the perfect place to call your own. If you’d like to schedule a private showing of 3186 N SNEAD Drive Goodyear, AZ 85395, please contact The Bourland Team today!

Joe Bourland
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Home prices at a new high this spring

by Joe Bourland

Home prices at a new high this spring

Home prices are at a new high despite a record low inventory according to the March 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. The average Days on Market for homes sold in February 2017 was sixty-eight, up two days from the average in January 2017, but down seven days from the February 2016 average. Days on Market is the number of days between when a home is first listed in an MLS and a sales contract is signed.

February 2017 had a decline in home sales from this time last year, which posted the most sales in the nine-year history of the report. Less than half of the markets experienced an increase in sales year-over-year. Meanwhile, active inventory reached a record low for February, dropping 17.9 percent year-over-year. As a result, the Median Sales Price of $212,000 was up six percent year-over-year. This is the eleventh consecutive month of year-over-year price increases.

“Inventory, not the rise in interest rates, remains the principal constraint on home sales. The resale market is driven dramatically by the availability of new homes. Most U.S. markets have a high demand for new home construction, and although it’s good to see housing starts trending upward, we still need more.” ­ Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder.

Click here for more information or to download your own copy of the March 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. If you’re thinking of selling or buying a home in Avondale, Litchfield Park, or Goodyear The Bourland Team 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.

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3 Hacks for Buying a Home You Can Really Afford

by Joe Bourland

3 Hacks for Buying a Home You Can Really Afford

Buying a home in the West Valley? For many, buying a home is the biggest financial investment of our lives — and the process is far from simple. Everything from locating the right REALTOR® to making an offer on a home can be an overwhelming task if you’re unprepared. Even if you’ve been through the home buying process before, you can still be taken back by updated home buying guidelines. So here are 3 hacks for buying a home you can really afford.

1.) Get pre-approved: It’s important to determine how much of a mortgage you can truly afford by getting pre-approved through a lender or mortgage broker. Getting a pre-qualification letter from a mortgage lender before you even start hunting for a home will help determine what you can afford. It’s best to aim for a home that costs less than the maximum amount for which you qualify and stick to that limit. A good rule of thumb is to make sure make sure the total monthly payment doesn't consume more than thirty percent of your take-home pay.

2.) Watch your credit: Your credit report and you should be on good terms before buying a home. Good credit can mean significantly lower monthly payments, so if your credit score needs some work, you may want to delay buying a home until you’ve rebuilt or repaired your credit. Address any discrepancies on your report and see if you can negotiate lower amounts to pay back with creditors.

3.) Make a down payment plan: Not every mortgage loan requires a down payment, but if you’d like the opportunity to have lower mortgage payments then it’s best to have one. Putting down anything lower than twenty percent means paying for private mortgage insurance (PMI) which can cost between 0.3 percent and 1.50 percent of your mortgage depending on the side of your down payment and your credit score.

When you’re ready to buy a home in the West Valley, Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park or the greater Phoenix area, be sure to contact The Bourland Team, your one-stop shop for real estate services. Our award winning real estate team will meet and exceed your expectations!

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Spring concert series blooming in Goodyear

by Joe Bourland

Spring concert series blooming in Goodyear

Spring has nearly sprung and what better way to enjoy Arizona’s gorgeous weather than by taking in a free concert in the park? A community favorite, the beloved Spring Concert Series returns to Goodyear and the West Valley community is gearing up to enjoy a series of free concerts in March and April.

This weekend you can see the Pebble Rock Band on Saturday, March 11th at 7:00 p.m. at Goodyear Community Park located at 3151 N. Litchfield Rd. The Pebble Rock Band performs all over the west valley and is a local favorite in the community.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets for your comfort as you listen to wide variety of musical performances for the whole family. You may bring food and beverages of your choice (no glass containers please). This fun family concert series is free and open to the public. Click here for a listing of upcoming bands and a concert schedule for the Spring Concert Series in Goodyear.

For more information on local events in Goodyear and other west valley events happening in your neighborhood this spring, please contact the Bourland Team today.

Joe Bourland
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Do You Know Any Single Parents Facing Cancer?

by Joe Bourland

Do You Know Any Single Parents Facing Cancer? 

They say everyone has a story, and most of the time we really don’t know what people struggle with in their day-to-day life. A week ago, I happened to be working late and had the opportunity to chat with the lady who cleans our office in Avondale. She told me her story, and I am compelled to share it with you.

She is a single mom with a teenage son, and she has been diagnosed with cancer. While she loves her job as a cleaning lady, the port in her chest where she receives the chemo treatments restricts her physical ability to do her job, as she cannot lift more than ten pounds. She is getting to the point where living on her own with her teenage son is no longer safe, but her options are limited.

I am moved by her story, and I believe there more single moms like her facing cancer treatments on their own with limited resources. After reaching out to people I know, and doing some research, I found an organization I would like to share with you – in the hopes that you will support them.

Singleton™ Moms is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing hope, help and support to struggling single parents battling cancer. Their unique programs offer the emotional, financial and domestic support that these courageous moms and dads need while undergoing treatment.

Singleton™ Moms has a charity golf outing coming up April 10th, at Blackstone Country Club. Co-owner of RE/MAX Professionals, Nate Martinez has been supporting this event for the past five years and plans to do so again this year. He told me that he is moved to tears each year when they have a single parent share their story.

The 7th Annual Charity Golf Outing at Blackstone Country Club, will include a lunch, silent auction, raffle and a live auction. There are sponsorship opportunities available, or you can play a round of golf and the money goes to the organization. For more details, click here for the event flyer.

If you would like to learn more about Singleton™ Moms, please visit them online at www.singletonmoms.org. On behalf of single moms and dads coping with cancer treatment, while raising a family on their own, we hope that you will consider supporting the Singleton™ Moms Organization.

Joe Bourland
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Penske Truck Rental Releases 2016 Top Moving Destinations

by Joe Bourland, The Bourland Team

In the article, "Penske Truck Rental Releases 2016 Top Moving Destinations List,"  from www.gopenske.com, reports that the seventh edition of the Penske Truck Rental Top Moving Destinations list contains a number of familiar markets across the United States, with Atlanta once again in the top position. Making an appearance in the top 10 for the first time since 2012 is Charlotte, North Carolina. Interestingly, only three states (Georgia, Florida and Texas) account for half of the placements.

Penske Truck Rental 2016 Top Moving Destinations (previous year ranking)

1.     Atlanta (1)

2.     Dallas/Fort Worth (4)

3.     Phoenix (2)

4.     Denver (6)

5.     Tampa/Sarasota (3)

6.     Orlando (5)

7.     Seattle (8)

8.     Las Vegas (9)

9.     Houston (7)

10.  Charlotte (unranked)

Here are some interesting facts and figures:

·        Sun Belt cities have occupied the top third of every one of Penske Truck Rental’s Top Moving Destinations lists

·        Historically, four Southeast markets (Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and Tampa/Sarasota) have graced this list

·        Florida and Texas are the only states to have multiple markets appear on all seven lists

·        Dallas/Fort Worth has finished as a runner-up three times (2010, 2012 and 2016)

·        Atlanta is the only No. 1 representative in the list’s history. Call it a seven-peat?

·        Denver’s current No. 4 placement is the market’s highest-ever finish; in 2013 it was ninth

·        Phoenix has never fallen below the top five while appearing on every list

·        Charlotte was on the first three lists (2010, 2011 and 2012); its average placement ranking is 9.75

Here is the link to the entire article: https://Blog.gopenske.com/news/penske-truck-rental-releases-2016-top-moving-destinations-list/

Joe Bourland, REALTOR
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The article from www.rentcafe.comSurprise! Surprise Beats Phoenix in the Rent Growth Race, and So Does Most of the Metro Phoenix, reports that Phoenix rents have reached $889/month in December, while the metro area average crept up as high as $968/month by the end of last year—increases of 24% compared to the averages from 3 years ago, according to Yardi Matrix apartment data. 

Phoenix itself posted a strong 7.1% year-over-year rent increase, which is a lot higher than the 4% national average, but apparently that was only enough for a confident middle-rank on home turf. Rents in most cities of the metro area increased by at least 5%, but Goodyear had previously gone overboard last year with an 8.4% increase, not to mention, Glendale 8.8% and  Mesa 9.1%.

A high number of completions is one of the factors that keep rents in check in the popular neighborhoods—about 2,900 new units have come online last year only in Phoenix, and Yardi Matrix reports that more than 3,500 units are in the pipeline for the months to come.

 


Here is the link to the entire article: https://www.rentcafe.com/Blog/cities/phoenix-az/phoenix-rents-lag-behind-most-of-the-metro-in-spite-of-good-growth-rate/

 

 

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