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3 Reasons NOW is the time to buy a home!

by Joe Bourland

3 Reasons NOW is the time to buy a home!

Have you been on the fence about buying a home for a while? Here’s some data that might convince you to make the move. According to Ted Jones, Stewart Title’s Chief Economist we are in the perfect market to promote homeownership. Here are 3 reasons why NOW is the time to buy a home!

1.) Low fuel costs: Have you noticed the cost of gas has dropped considerably in the last few months? That’s a great sign! According to Jones, cheap energy costs mean lower electric bills and savings on gas put more money in your bank account and allows many consumers to afford higher mortgage payments.

2.) Low interest rates: The average interest rates are below four percent making affordability more reachable than ever. In fact, the average rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.66 percent this week, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly mortgage market survey. That’s the lowest rate since May 2013.

3.) Rising home prices: “As prices rise, more and more people are realizing the time to buy is now,” notes Jones. “People who purchased a home a year ago basically got their first year of ownership free based on increase in home value.” According to Case-Shiller, November 2015 showed a 5.1 increase in pricing.

So what are you waiting for? If you’re ready to buy a home in the West Valley, Goodyear, Avondale, Litchfield Park and the greater Phoenix area, be sure to visit your one-stop shop for real estate services and let the award winning Bourland Group meet and exceed your expectations!  We look forward to helping you with your real estate investment goals. –Joe

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This communication is provided to you for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon by you. RE/MAX Professionals is not a mortgage lender and so you should contact a qualified mortgage broker directly to learn more about its mortgage products and your eligibility for such products.

Please enjoy the Bourland Group’s new video!

by Joe Bourland

Please enjoy the Bourland Group’s new video!

At the Bourland Group, we pride ourselves on being a reputable, experienced real estate team by offering exemplary customer service and accessibility to meet our client’s needs. Having our clients be able to reach us in every imaginable way only solidifies our professional yet personal presence for your home selling and home buying needs.

One of the main things we do at the Bourland Group that sets us apart is to find out the needs of a buyer and then put them in a situation that is in their best interest. And because our team has a combined experience of over fifty years to contribute to our clients, we can do just that and more! Want to learn more about what it’s like to work with one of the best RE/MAX Professionals to work with in the Valley of the Sun? Then check out our new video 

If you’re seeking to sell or buy a home in the West Valley, Goodyear, Avondale, Litchfield Park and the greater Phoenix area, be sure to visit your one-stop shop for real estate services and let our award winning team meet and exceed your expectations!  Our commitment is to provide you the quality of service and communication you desire and deserve.  –Joe

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Buckeye Days are bucking awesome!

by Joe Bourland

Buckeye Days are bucking awesome!

If you’re a lover of all things old west from rodeos to cowboys then you’re going to love Buckeye Days! For those who don’t know, Buckeye Days is an annual celebration of everything fun associated with the Old West, from a rodeo to the Wild West show. In its early days, Buckeye was a mixture of farming and cattle ranching, and Buckeye Days celebrates those roots. Buckeye is the only city in the state of Arizona that hosts an annual Cattle Drive.

Buckeye Days takes place at the Helzapoppin' Rodeo Arena located at 802 N 1st St., Buckeye, AZ. The annual three day event will kick off this Saturday, January 23rd with a rodeo and continue with more activities the following weekend of Saturday, January 30th and Sunday, January 31st. Bull and sheep riding will take place Saturday. Gates open at noon with the performance kicking off at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for children 13-17, and free to children 12 and younger.

The city’s signature cattle drive down Main Street to a parade takes place on January 30th with cowboys driving fifty head of cattle down Monroe Avenue. Other events include The National Senior Pro Rodeo Association’s Senior Pro Rodeo, Muttin’ Bustin’, and Dr. Buck’s Wild West Show which includes a Hollywood gunfight and stunt shows, live music, trip roping food, beer, and pie contests. The final day of Rodeo features a Chili Cook off on January 31st. This annual event is a West Valley favorite with something for all ages to enjoy. For information about Buckeye Days, contact Ron or Tammy Noble at 623-386-6122 or visit www.buckeyemainstreet.org. And for more information about fun west valley events contact The Bourland Group.

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Going the distance at Disney’s Princess Half Marathon for the Ronald McDonald House

Every young girl wants to be a princess. But how many of those princesses want to train in the frozen tundra of Alaska in order to run in a half marathon that benefits hundreds of sick children and their families? We just happen to know one princess who’s going that extra mile! Janan Palmer, one of the Bourland Group’s very own team members, is gearing up to run as a part of the 2016 Team RMHC Run Disney Princess Half Marathon in Orlando, Florida on February 18th!

Janan is the Transaction Coordinator for The Bourland Group, and she is excited to participate in the Disney Princess Half Marathon to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House Charities provides a home-away-from-home for families of critically ill, medically fragile or seriously injured children who are receiving medical treatment in the area. At RMHC families find warm meals, comfortable beds, a place to do laundry, and emotional support from staff, volunteers and other families who are also facing the tremendous hardships of having a hospitalized child. 

As many of you know, our family lived in the Ronald McDonald House in Los Angeles, California for a month the summer of 2014 when our son Jackson had to have back to back heart surgeries. We are huge supporters, fundraisers and volunteers of the Ronald McDonald House and are so excited and proud of Janan for taking on this exciting venture!

If you’d like to support Janan’s cause, please feel free to send her an email wishing her good luck or if you’d like to make a donation, you can visit her link here. Her team is pledging to raise a minimum of $750 (a goal they’ve already exceeded!) through their participation at the RunDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend which will help provide care and comfort for families facing tremendous hardships. Good luck, Janan! We’re so proud of you! – Joe

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RE/MAX Winter National Housing Report

by Joe Bourland

RE/MAX Winter National Housing Report

The RE/MAX winter National Housing Report is in and reflects prices moderating nationally according to the November 2015 data. For only the third month in 2015, November home sales were lower than sales one year ago, although the drop was just 1.4 percent. While prices remain higher than those in 2014, for the last three months the increases have been shrinking. November’s median price of $200,950 was just 4.1 percent above the median price seen one year ago. The inventory of homes for sale remains a challenge in many metros across the country, at a level that averages 13.3 percent below November 2014. At the rate of home sales in November, the national Months Supply of inventory was 5.0, down from 5.6 in November 2014.

“Moderating prices help keep homeownership more affordable as we approach the end of a year that saw prices reach pre-recession levels in many markets. Even with anticipated rate hikes, mortgage rates are near historic lows, which also helps home affordability. Many home buyers find better availability and affordability in the winter months, before the traditional spring buying season starts,” -Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder

Over the last eight years, November sales have fallen an average of twelve percent from the previous month, but this year the drop was nearly double that amount at 22.6 percent. And since January 2015, year-over-year sales have increased an average of 4.6 percent each month. November is the 32nd consecutive month with a Days on Market average of 80 or less. Want to know more? Click here to download your copy of the RE/MAX November National Housing Report.

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

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4 Kid-friendly New Year’s Eve Ideas

by Joe Bourland

4 Kid-friendly New Year’s Eve Ideas

Remember back in the day when you could stay out all night long, drink to your hearts content, and ring in the New Year until the break of dawn? Then you had kids and now you can barely keep your eyes open past 10 pm. New Year’s Eve may not be the party it once was now that you have little ones, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun of ringing in the New Year. Here are 4 kid-friendly New Year’s Eve ideas that will make welcoming 2016 a memorable blast for the whole family.

1.) Movie Night: Spend the evening watching home movies or your favorite movies. Spread pillows and sleeping bags or blankets on the floor and let the whole family camp out for the night. See how many family members are still awake at midnight!

2.) Dance Party: Turn your family room into a ballroom with a disco ball, curtains, and strings of lights. Gather lots of different kinds of dance music, from kid’s music to current hits, so everyone can have fun dancing. Pajama attire welcome!

3.) Craft Night: Get the kids involved in making fun New Year’s Eve crafts like hats, noisemakers, and confetti for your at-home celebration, and have everything ready and waiting when the clock strikes twelve. Check out Pinterest for some ideas.

Don’t think you’ll make it to midnight to ring in the New Year with the kiddos? Just rely on another time zone and do the count down early! Whether you decide to enjoy the New Year at home or go out for a night on the town, here’s hoping you and your family have a fun and festive Happy New Year! – Joe

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Anyway you say it; we wish you the best this holiday season!

by Joe Bourland

Anyway you say it; we wish you the best this holiday season!

In today’s politically correct society, you never know if saying Merry Christmas will rub someone the wrong way, or if wishing someone Happy Holidays will launch them into outrage that you didn’t wish them a Merry Christmas! This holiday season, let’s not lose too much energy worrying about hurting feelings or getting our own feelings hurt. Here are just a few ways to wish your family, friends, loved ones, co-workers and even strangers best wishes for the holiday season.

Wishing you good times, good cheer and a happy new year!

Wishing you peace, love, and joy this Holiday Season!

Wishing you and your loved ones good health, peace, joy, and prosperity this season and all seasons to come!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Let us celebrate by spreading goodwill and holiday cheer!

May your days be merry and bright and may you hearts be filled with light.

The true joy of the season is in the love shared with family and friends. Wishing you peace, happiness and prosperity this holiday season!

Anyway you say it, say it with love and sincerity. So whether you celebrate Hanukah, Kwanza, Ramadan or Festivus, The Bourland Group wishes you the best this holiday season. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

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Avondale siblings are thanking the boys in blue

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Avondale siblings are thanking the boys in blue

With all the controversy surrounding law enforcement these days, it’s nice to hear something positive and heartwarming. And positivity towards police officers starts right here in our hometown of Avondale. Eight-year-old Tayler and her six-year-old brother Caleb are pretty popular these days among police officers, because these aspiring Avondale siblings are thanking the boys in blue, one card at a time.

Last year Tayler and Caleb decided they wanted to be police officers when they grow up, and to show their commitment to the badge they began collecting police patches. In order to help their efforts, their dad, Leonard Benedetto, set up a Facebook Page, sharing Tayler and Caleb's project with the world. From there, the small project took off and patches from police officers all over the country started pouring in. To show their appreciation, the pair started sending out thank you cards to the boys in blue turning their patch project into a passion project.

"It was their way to show appreciation for law enforcement and for what they do for us every single day," their proud father remarked.

To date, the pair have written 2,000 thank you cards and have mailed them to police departments across the country. Here at home, they try to hand- deliver them.

"The officers really take these to heart. They appreciate them so much. Many officers carry them around with them," said Glendale Police Chief Debora Black.

Neither Tayler nor Caleb realize quite yet just how much of an impact their cards have had on the officers who've received them, but they certainly appreciate all the opportunities to meet and interact with their heroes. "It makes me feel good because they're supporting us for what we're doing and I think they do a really good job," Tayler shared. 

It’s wonderful to see Avondale’s own promoting inspiring positivity and gratitude this holiday season and beyond!

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Shop safe this holiday season

by Joe Bourland

Shop safe this holiday season

In the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and sales, it’s easy to get a little lax with our personal security. Besides; who’d ever try to steal from us during such a wonderful time of giving? But unfortunately, this is the time of year where criminals are at their peak. According to the Arizona Division of Public Safety report, November has the highest rate of "pick pocketing" of any month of the year, while shoplifting crimes are highest in December. That being said, here are some essential tips to help you shop safe this holiday season.

  • Stay alert to your surroundings when you’re out and about shopping. Thieves typically target people who look lost in thought or are struggling to carry shopping bags and seem distracted so avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Never leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car, even if you’ll only be away for a minute. A quick thief needs a mere sixty seconds to make off with your car.
  • Always protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad or pin pad inside the store from anyone who is standing near you. All it takes is a peak, a quick distraction, and sleight of hand before your wallet is gone and your bank account has been drained.
  • Obviously if you’re traveling and away from home over the holidays you should lock your doors and windows. But also take additional precautions by having a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail. Want an extra level of safety? Leave your lights on an automatic timer.

Don’t be a target for dishonest criminals this holiday season, and don’t be afraid of being paranoid. You can never be too safe while you’re shopping for the season, and you can’t afford to be careless. Please share these tips with your loved ones and shop safe this holiday season! – Joe

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Stop by the Surprise Police Department’s Toy Drive 2015

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Stop by the Surprise Police Department’s Toy Drive 2015

Looking to give back this holiday season and put a smile on the face of a child in need? Stop by the Surprise Police Department’s Toy Drive 2015. On Sunday, November 22nd the Surprise Police began their annual toy drive for the year and are now asking for the public’s assistance in this worthy cause. The police are currently accepting either new unwrapped toys or new wrapping paper from those who want to help out the less fortunate kids in our community.

The police and several community partners are working closely together and have recently set-up toy collection boxes at various locations throughout the Surprise community. Donated toys can be dropped-off at the following locations throughout the city:

• The Surprise Police Department located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza; Suite #103.

• The Palm Center at 19726 N. Remington Drive.

• The Sonoran Plaza on the 19753 N. Remington Drive.

• The Chaparral Plaza at 19781 N. Remington Drive.

• The Cimarron Club at 17100 W. Clearview Drive.

• The “Chick-Fil-A” Restaurant at 13725 W. Bell Road.

• The “Irish Wolfhound” Restaurant and Pub at 16811 N. Litchfield Road.

The police greatly appreciate your support and ask that you please help by donating for those children in our community who may go without this holiday season. For more information about local west valley events or upcoming holiday events in Arizona, contact the Bourland Team.

Joe Bourland

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