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Adding Shade to Your Yard or Patio

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Summer is a fun season to enjoy time outside with friends and family -- provided you have sufficient coverage from the sun. Stay cool and comfortable by adding shade to your yard or patio with the ideas below.

Overhead Hangs for the Patio
One popular way to create shade is to string up outdoor fabric and make a retractable awning or canopy. Shade sails are another versatile and inexpensive way to diffuse the sun's rays. If your outdoor space lacks the columns or posts to attach fabric, a large area umbrella is a fail-safe way to keep covered.

A Natural Solution
Like the idea of natural sun blockers? Potted citrus trees add a nice touch and can be moved around as the sun shifts. Wood structures such as a trellis or pergola also make a beautiful statement while creating shady areas. Both are designed to support climbing plants like ivy, morning glory, clematis and bougainvillea.

Surrounded by Shade
For a more closed-in arrangement, try canvas curtains, bamboo blinds or solar shades. Each of these sun blockers is adjustable, making it a breeze to raise them up or down (or to the side) depending on the sun's position and your desired level of coverage.

Whether you're looking to dine alfresco, relax outside with a good book or visit with friends and family, a covered patio is an ideal spot. Just remember: Before you start putting up structures to block the sun, review your homeowners association or rental agreement rules as some options may require permission.

Joe Bourland | RE/MAX Professionals
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10320 W. McDowell Road Suite B2005, Avondale, AZ 85392
Phone: 623-322-8588

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Staging Tips to Help Your Home Sell

by Joe Bourland, Team Leader The Bourland Team

In real estate, staging a home and selling a home often go hand in hand. Though the process can be involved, the results are indisputable. Need some help executing an effective home staging? Browse this list of resources to help you dazzle prospective buyers and increase your chances of a quick home sale.

Clear Clutter 
Not only will decluttering your property make moving day easier, but clearing space also gives viewers room to visualize themselves living in your space. Some items you can sell or donate outright. What about the housewares or sentimental objects you want to hold on to but need to remove to optimize showings? Give them a temporary home in a storage unit or portable moving container.

Set Up Your Space 
Focus on staging the rooms that see the most action: the living room, kitchen and master bedroom. If reinventing multiple rooms in your home is too expensive, you do have the option of renting furniture and accessories. It's a quick way to supply art for the walls, lamps to improve lighting or even an entire suite of furniture. Just be sure to sign with a furniture rental company that offers delivery and pickup as part of their packages. When you're getting ready to move, the last thing you want is to ferry furniture between multiple locations.

Hire Help
Some homeowners aren't up to the task of a full home staging, and that's OK. Some selling agents offer the service as part of their contract, or you can hire an independent home stager to complete the job. The latter provide a valuable service, though it's important to carefully assess their qualifications before bringing them on. Review their certifications, testimonials and portfolio to ensure they can help you achieve the aesthetic your home needs for a faster sale.

Joe Bourland | RE/MAX Professionals
Team Leader JoeArizona.com
joe@joearizona.com
10320 W. McDowell Road Suite B2005, Avondale, AZ 85392
Phone: 623-322-8588

June 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

by Joe Bourland, Team Leader The Bourland Team

June 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report 

After a brief dip in April home sales, the U.S. housing market returned to seasonally high sales in May, increasing 20.6 percent from the previous month and 4.3 percent from May 2016, according to the June RE/MAX National Housing Report. In fact, it was the strongest May in terms of home sales in the nine-year history of the report.

“In May, we saw an uptick of both loan applications and home sales, which is encouraging in terms of more people getting into the market for homes,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “We don’t expect that the Federal Reserve’s announcement on Wednesday to raise interest rates a quarter of a point will greatly affect the market’s momentum. But housing demand only intensifies the tug-of-war with tight inventories driving prices up.”

In addition, the average number of Days on Market dropped to a record low of fifty-one, consistent with the Months Supply of Inventory shrinking to 2.6 months – both records for the report. Of the fifty-three metro areas surveyed in May 2017, the overall average number of home sales increased 4.3 percent compared to May 2016. Thirty-nine of the fifty-three metro areas experienced an increase in sales year-over-year.

Want to know more about the current real estate market? Click here to download your copy of the June 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. If you’re thinking of selling or buying a home in Avondale, Litchfield Park, or Goodyear, Arizona we can help you navigate through each step of the process to assist you with making the best real estate investment decisions. Let The Bourland Team help you with your real estate investment goals.

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These 5 Quotes Put the Funny in Father’s Day

by Joe Bourland, Team Leader The Bourland Team

These 5 Quotes Put the Funny in Father’s Day

Where would we be without our fathers? Definitely not alive since they helped make us!  If you want to give your dad a chuckle today, take inspiration from these 5 quotes that put the funny in Father’s Day and share them with your dad.

“You can tell what was the best year of your father’s life, because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out.” – Jerry Seinfeld

“When you’re young, you think your dad is Superman. Then you grow up, and you realize he’s just a regular guy who wears a cape.” – Dave Attell

“I gave my father $100 and said, “Buy yourself something that will make your life easier.” So he went out and bought a present for my mother.” – Rita Rudner

“My daughter got me a “World’s Best Dad” mug. So we know she’s sarcastic.” – Bob Odekirk

“Fatherhood is great because you can ruin someone from scratch.” – John Stewart

Hope these funny Father’s Day quotes put a smile on your face. Happy Father’s Day from the Bourland Team!

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4 Home Projects That Add Instant Value

by Joe Bourland, Team Leader The Bourland Team

 4 High-Return Updates for the Home

 

 

Do you have a list of changes you'd like to make to your home this year? Completing cosmetic updates is easiest when the weather's in your favor. In honor of May's National Home Improvement Month, here are four upgrades ranging from curb appeal projects to large-scale expansions that often yield high returns.

  1. Replacing doors and windows: Homeowners are often encouraged to consider projects that boost overall curb appeal. Swapping out a wooden front door for a steel model or replacing front-facing windows can pack more of an ROI punch than renovations made inside the home.
  2. Constructing a deck: Create a beautiful transition from your back door to the outdoors by building a deck. The update turns into a major selling point that can recoup your initial investment when it's time to move on.
  3. Adding insulation: Of all the projects listed in Remodeling magazine's 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, adding loose-fill insulation to your attic is the only one with returns that exceed 100 percent of the cost. It can also help reduce year-round heating and cooling costs.
  4. Building a second-story addition: Even with a slight increase in construction costs, completing a significant two-story addition resulted in a substantial year-over-year increase in value from 2016 to 2017. Adding the extra space will likely catch the attention of buyers.

Home renovations and repairs are on the rise and expected to peak this year. Now's the time to start planning your investment-savvy home improvements.

 

Joe Bourland | RE/MAX Professionals
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joe@joearizona.com
10320 W. McDowell Road Suite B2005, Avondale, AZ 85392
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Tips for Planning a Bathroom Update

by Joe Bourland, Team Leader The Bourland Team

Do you want to improve the aesthetics of your bathroom? Before you disrupt your household with the hassle of a remodel, make sure you're prepared. Familiarize yourself with this cost and ROI overview to help guide the planning process.

What Does This Type of Remodel Cost? 
The first step to organizing a bathroom remodeling project is setting a budget. Understanding the potential costs involved can help you decide whether you're working on a complete overhaul or focusing your resources on a few select changes.

Homeowners who make bathroom updates usually hope to recover at least a portion of their investment. An upscale bathroom remodel is among the projects that see the largest percentages of value increase year over year. But a high-end revamp can cost tens of thousands. If you're working with a more modest budget, going with simple changes like updates to light fixtures, sinks, toilets and the like can refresh your space for significantly less.

What Should You Change?
When planning bathroom renovations, it's always smart to fix what's broken first, especially since replacement projects see larger returns (74 percent) than remodeling ones (63.7 percent).

Once you've tackled any necessary replacements, make investment-savvy design selections that add value for you and your family. Trade out the garden tub for an expansive shower, add granite countertops or upgrade the vanity, ventilation or lighting. Finding what most benefits your family can lead to greater satisfaction years after the project's completion.

With budgeting sense and some design know-how, you'll have the confidence you need to initiate a successful bathroom remodel.

Joe Bourland | RE/MAX Professionals
Team Leader JoeArizona.com
joe@joearizona.com
10320 W. McDowell Road Suite B2005, Avondale, AZ 85392
Phone: 623-322-8588

Melinda's Alley? . . . Speakeasy? . . .Times Past?.....

by Joe Bourland, Team Leader The Bourland Team

If the Red Light is on....they are open for business. #Melinda'sAlley Two days only, open on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.  Finding this hidden gem is easy, follow the path to the basement of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.  Once home to Phoenix's red light district this pop-up bar has the capacity to hold 69 fun loving guests who desire the distinct speakeasy feel of yesterday. Melinda's Alley is next on our list of places to visit in Phoenix.    

Located on Central Avenue between Adams and Monroe Streets.

 

 

Joe Bourland | RE/MAX Professionals
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10320 W. McDowell Road Suite B2005, Avondale, AZ 85392
Phone: 623-322-8588
 

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Cool off in Goodyear with Free Swim Days

by Joe Bourland, Team Leader The Bourland Team

Cool off in Goodyear with Free Swim Days

With the searing summer heat descending upon the Valley of the Sun, Goodyear residents have some free options to cool off. The Southwest Valley YMCA, 2919 N. Litchfield Road, in partnership with the city of Goodyear, hosts free 'Community Days.'  https://valleyymca.org/ On each day, with proof of address, Goodyear residents can enjoy free use of the #YMCA pool from noon to 4:30 p.m. Free YMCA pool admission is offered on the following Saturdays: June 17, July 15, July 29, Aug 12, Aug 26, and Sept 2.

The Litchfield Park Kiwanis Club  http://kiwanislitchfield.org/ is also partnering with the city of Goodyear to offer a free day of swimming at the Goodyear Community Pool, 430 E. Loma Linda Blvd., on Saturday, July 8th from 1 – 6 p.m. Low cost swim options include:

Family Night

Friday nights in June and July are family nights at the pool. From 5 – 8:30 p.m., there are games, music and a variety of family fun. The cost per person is $1.50. Children three and under are free. Family nights take place June 9, 16, and 30 as well as on July 7, 14, 21, and 28.

Teen Night

Teens ages 13 through 17 can enjoy a free night at the pool from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 and Saturday, July 29. Each event will include music, games, food and lots of fun.

Open Swim

The Goodyear Community Pool is available for everyone for open swim for a cost of $1.50 per day per person and children three and under are free. The pool is open on weekdays through July 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. and on weekends through Sep. 4 from 1 to 6 p.m. Open Swim will not be held on Thursday, June 22 due to a special event.  http://www.goodyearaz.gov/government/departments-divisions-a-z/parks-recreation/recreation-division/aquatics

The city of Goodyear aquatics division provides swim lessons, coordinates swim/dive teams and offers open swim to promote a healthy, active lifestyle. For more information on the Goodyear Community Pool, call 623-882-7525 or visit www.goodyearaz.gov/rec. For more information on the YMCA free days, call 623-935-5193. And for more information about things to do in Goodyear or if you’re looking to buy or sell your Goodyear home, please contact The Bourland Team today!

Joe Bourland | RE/MAX Professionals
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New UPS Facility Coming to Goodyear!

by Joe Bourland, Team Leader The Bourland Team

New UPS Facility coming to Goodyear

Exciting news for the City of Goodyear! #UPS announced plans this week for a new $180 million package processing hub in Goodyear, near the Loop 303 Freeway and I-10, to increase its processing capacity for e-commerce. A portion of the building is expected to begin operating later this year in time for the busy holiday season to provide additional processing and efficient automated sorting capacity for lightweight small packages typical of e-commerce that are moving throughout Arizona and the Southwest.

Here’s what you need to know about the new hub construction:

  • The phased hub construction modifies a 618,000-square-foot structure on 140 acres in the PV303 Development.
  • The new facility will showcase more than 970,000 square feet of advanced operational technologies and sorting equipment under roof.
  • The UPS investment of more than $180 million is part of increased capital commitment globally to match growth with an agile and efficient transportation, processing and information network across the supply chain.
  • The new facility will bring more than 1,500 jobs to the Goodyear area.

“I am very pleased that United Parcel Service (UPS) selected Goodyear for its regional operations center. UPS locating here is huge step forward to further our goal as an employment corridor,” said Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord. “UPS is a quality employer and the 1,500 jobs will enhance our ability to draw amenities our residents desire to have in our community.”

“The decision by UPS to establish a regional operations center in Greater Phoenix is indicative of the growing e-commerce industry,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “The Goodyear location along the Loop 303 offers a strategic geography to place UPS in proximity to a large consumer base, as well as add a considerable number of jobs to our market.”

With a planned completion in late 2019, Goodyear is excited for the new development and the increased jobs and city revenue the new UPS facility will provide for the community. For more local news happening in Goodyear or if you’re interesting in buying a home in Goodyear, please contact the Bourland Team to meet your real estate needs.

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