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Avondale Random Acts of Kindness

by Joe Bourland

Avondale Random Acts of Kindness

Turn on the news and what do you see? Local stories of violence, burglaries, and police brutality. Not exactly the kind of stories that gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling. That’s why when we read or hear about random acts of kindness, it warms our heart to know there are good people doing good things in our community.

Last week, an Avondale mom and her baby received a random act of kindness from an Avondale police officer. Kassie Schoberg and baby Xander were walking to Walmart when Office White of Avondale PD, spotted them walking down the street and offered them a ride in his car. Then, taking kindness a step further, Officer White then proceeded to buy a stroller for Xander.

"(Xander) has been all smiles since yesterday," a grateful Schoberg said in a July 18 Facebook post. "He's loving every second of being in it, having his own space and seeing the world as we walk everywhere." She went on to thank Officer White several times for his "huge heart" and his act of service.

The Avondale Police Department said Officer White was doing his job and went above and beyond the call of duty, which they encourage all of our officers to do. So the next time you think the world is all gloom and doom, have a look at little Xander’s happy baby face and know that random acts of human kindness and compassion are happening around us every day!

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3 Key Things to Do Before You Officially Move In

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3 Key Things to Do Before You Officially Move In

Moving into a new Arizona home this summer? Congratulations! After months of saving, searching, waiting, and signing paperwork you’re finally ready to unload those moving boxes and start getting settled in. But even after you close on your home, the moving frenzy can feel like an ongoing series of to-do lists to no end. And though it’s tempting to take it easy and start arranging your furniture and hanging curtains the minute you get the keys to your new home, stop and remember the 3 key things to do before you officially move in.

1.) Change the locks: Before you even so much as drop one box into your lovely new domicile, be sure to change the locks or have them rekeyed. You never know who may have a copy of the original keys and it’s better to be safe than sorry. You can pick up locksets at your local home improvement store and they are relatively easy to install yourselves.

2.) Locate the circuit breaker: Doesn’t sound super important, but locating the circuit breaker in your new home is one of the first things you should do prior to move in. There’s nothing worse than having a power outage during a move that leaves you struggling to find the breaker. Even if electrical testing during your home inspection went well, it still doesn’t hurt to know where your electric box and switches are. It’s also a good idea to label your switches clearly in case of emergency if they aren’t labeled already.

3.) Change the alarm batteries: It’s likely your fire alarm and carbon monoxide detectors were tested during the home inspection process of your home buying experience. But making sure your alarms have fresh batteries will benefit you in the long run. In the shuffle of moving in and getting settled in, it’s an easy step to forget that could save lives later.

Remember these 3 key things to do before you officially move in and you’ll have just that much less on your to-do list as you settle in to your new home. Looking to buy an Arizona home this summer? Contact the Bourland Team today, and we’ll help you navigate through each step of the process to assist you with making the best real estate investment decisions and find the perfect home for you! –Joe

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Please don’t leave kids or pets in hot cars

by Joe Bourland

Please don’t leave kids or pets in hot cars

You hear about it on the news so much it’s becoming a standard Arizona tragedy as common as child drownings. A parent or caregiver either accidentally or purposefully leaving a child or dog in a hot car in the summer and the child or pet tragically perish in the heat. It’s a heartbreaking misfortune that is not only preventable but also lifesaving. 

With the daily stress of work and other factors, many of us forget things in our car all the time. While it may seem surprising, a change in schedule amidst a stressful day can lead someone to forget a child in a car. And it’s more common than you think. There have been at least 626 heatstroke deaths due to children left in cars since 1998, according to a study from San Francisco State University’s Department of Geosciences. Here are some tips so this tragedy never happens to you or your family.

  • Always check the entire car before you leave (front and back). The more you stick to a routine, the less likely it will be forgotten. 
  • Practice the leave behind method.  It might sound crazy but leave something like a purse or a shoe in the backseat with the child or pet so that neither will be forgotten. 
  • Always lock your car once you are sure it is empty. This way, no children can enter and be trapped in the car while you are away. 
  • Never leave your children or pets in the car, no matter how short the period. A car’s internal temperature can reach 123 degrees (Fahrenheit) in eighty degree weather in less than one hour, and cracking the windows does little to change these results.

Bottom line is, there is no safe amount of time to leave children or pets alone in a car, and it’s never okay to leave them in the car even with the windows down. Even just twenty minutes in a hot car can cause dehydration and heatstroke. So as the summer continues to heat up in Arizona, we urge you to spread the word and practice awareness. Please don’t leave kids or pets in hot cars. It simply isn’t worth the risk of a life.

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Custom Home for Sale in Litchfield Park

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Custom Home for Sale in Litchfield Park

The moment you walk through the doors of this Tudor style cobblestone designed custom home for sale in Litchfield Park, you’ll know you’re home. With over 4,000 square feet of space, this six bedroom, four bath custom dream home has all the amenities you could want and more. Located in the custom area of coveted city of Litchfield Park, this two-story palace features formal living and dining rooms as well as a great room styled family room off the open kitchen. Inside showcases diagonal laid tile flooring, Berber carpet and classic wood shutters throughout.

The open kitchen is a chef’s dream with an island, five burner gas stove, wall oven, stainless steel appliances, under mount sink, staggered cabinets, and granite slab counter tops to highlight your cooking area. Enjoy a large master bedroom downstairs with separate tub and shower with an additional three bedrooms downstairs with full baths. Ascend upstairs and you’ll find two additional spacious bedrooms plus a loft and additional storage.

The interior isn’t the only boon for this Litchfield Park treasure located in the coveted Colter Commons subdivision. The exterior features a covered patio, built in BBQ, and fenced pool with slide, spa and beautiful grass area. The three car tandem garage features cabinets for all your treasures as well as a 10’ RV gate which allows for your longest toys and rides.

Make an appointment today for a tour of 12904 W COLTER ST, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 and let The Bourland Group help you make this your beautiful new home!

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5 Awesome Arizona 4th of July Safety Tips

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5 Awesome Arizona 4th of July Safety Tips

Summertime and 4th of July BBQ’s go hand and hand. So whether you’re planning on traveling for the fourth or enjoying various outdoor activities like boating, cooking out, camping and picnics, safety is the most important factor to remember during this fantastic holiday. Here are 5 Awesome Arizona 4th of July safety tips to help you enjoy your holiday.   

1.) BBQ’s:

The 4th of July is one of the top holidays for outdoor BBQ’s and cookouts. In regards to fire safety, never use gasoline to start BBQ grills. For food safety, bring separate plates and cutting boards for raw and cooked foods so that juices from raw meat don’t contaminate meat that’s ready to be eaten. Also bring cleaning items with you to keep hands, utensils and surfaces clean.

2.) Camping:

If you are camping, be sure to check the regulations on fires. Many areas may be closed to all fires (including charcoal grills) due to extreme dry conditions. If campfires are allowed never leave a fire unattended, and always be sure it is dead out when you leave.

3.) Boating:

When boating, always wear a Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device, and always have children closely supervised anytime they are around water. Please do not operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol.

4.) Fireworks:

Nearly 10,000 Americans are injured by fireworks each year, according to the United States Fire Administration. New firework regulations that took effect last year in Arizona are intended to monitor when, where and what fireworks can be used in Maricopa and Pima counties. Arizona legal fireworks include: Snappers, devices with cylindrical and cone foundations, illuminating torches, ground spinners, sparkling wheels, snap caps, glow worms, snakes, party poppers, toy smoke devices and sparklers are all allowed. Not sure if the fireworks you have are legal? Click here to find out. If you plan to enjoy legal fireworks this 4th of July, always have a bucket or water or a fire extinguisher nearby.

5.) Travel:

July 4th is statistically the most dangerous holiday to be driving on the road. According to The Advertiser, 410 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle crashes during the Fourth of July weekend in 2009 and forty percent of those deaths were related to alcohol-impaired and/or sleep deprived drivers. Please remember to not drive intoxicated, get plenty of sleep before driving, and always wear your seatbelt.

Regardless of how you choose to enjoy your 4th of July holiday, The Bourland Group wants you to have a safe and Happy Independence Day. – Joe

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Teen Artists enhancing Friendship Park in Avondale

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Teen Artists enhancing Friendship Park in Avondale

Avondale’s Friendship Park is notably one of the nicest newer parks in the West Valley. And now, it’s getting a fresh new artistic piece courtesy of some local community teens. Twenty teen artists are creating a LithoMosaic mural, which will be installed later this year at the new splash pad at Friendship Park located at 12325 W. McDowell Road in Avondale.

LithoMosaic is an art technique that allows artists and architects to design vast, hand-crafted mosaics to be set as an integral part of massive concrete pours. The project is part of the West Valley Arts Council’s Gallery 37 program, which pairs students ages 15-18 with professional artists to design, develop and install permanent public art. The participating teens will each earn five college credits for the project.

The new splash pad and art project is part of a multi-year $5.3 million enhancement project at Friendship Park. The concept, which is a tortoise, involves having the teens gluing tiny tiles piece by piece to complete the images. Avondale’s Municipal Art Committee contributed $25,000 in funding toward the project, and the West Valley Arts Council received $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts, along with in-kind support from EMCC. More than 100 Valley students have participated, and the local program won the Governor’s Art Award this year. Want to learn more about this project and how teen artists are enhancing Friendship Park in Avondale? Contact the West Valley Arts Council at 623-935-6384 or visit westvalleyarts.org.

For more information about local community events in Avondale, AZ please contact The Bourland Group.

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Estrella Mall Breaks Ground in Goodyear

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Estrella Mall Breaks Ground in Goodyear

Looking to beat the heat this summer? Outside of the pool, most people choose to enjoy the local mall for air conditioning, food, and summer shopping. And many West Valley residents in Avondale and Goodyear alike are waiting on bated breath for the upcoming Harkins Estrella Falls 16 movie theater which recently broke ground as a part of the Estrella Falls regional mall.

The Scottsdale-based theater chain's Harkins Estrella Falls 16 broke ground back in April at an event featuring CEO Dan Harkins, and Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord. As part of the 16-screen theater complex, Harkins will debut the first West Valley Cine Capri, featuring a 500-seat auditorium with a screen in excess of eighty feet and Dolby Atmos object-based 3-D sound. It is scheduled to open sometime in 2016.

The 78,000-square-foot multiplex is part of the long-in-the-works Estrella Falls regional mall, slated to go up in Goodyear north of McDowell Road between Pebble Creek Parkway and Bullard Avenue. Spanning more than 300 acres, the entire project will bring two million square feet of shopping, dining, and entertainment upon build out. Estrella Falls comprises a power center, super regional shopping center, expansive public spaces and parks, residential, office and hotel developments, and dynamic public art and entertainment.

For more upcoming West Valley building projects and Avondale community news, please contact the Bourland Group today! -Joe

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Stunning Verrado Corner Home for Sale

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Stunning Verrado Corner Home for Sale

The temperature isn’t the only thing heating up this summer. This stunning Verrado corner home for sale will absolutely melt your heart! This ranch style 4 bedroom, 2 bath single story home offers a spacious 1,934 square feet to spread out and enjoy. The relaxing front porch welcomes you home and leads you into the split floor formal living and dining area.

The centrally located kitchen is perfect with its center island, pantry, gas stove, microwave, 42” upper cabinets, and tile flooring throughout. You’ll love the warm family room with built in media niche and appreciate the recent freshly painted interior.

This beautiful home, located in the sought after Verrado Subdivision also has a master bedroom with spacious walk-in closet, separate tub and shower, and dual sinks. The backyard is ready to be landscaped to your desires and there’s a breeze way to the 2 car garage. Best of all, its primo location allows walking to the local Verrado events, golfing and schools.

Ready to explore this stunning Verrado corner home for sale? Make an appointment today for a tour of 3970 N EDITH WAY Buckeye, AZ 85396 and let The Bourland Group help you make this your beautiful new home!

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National Housing Report Reflects Spring Season Surge

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National Housing Report Reflects Spring Season Surge

The spring season is nearly over, but the Re/Max National Housing Report reflects a pleasant spring season surge that will hopefully power on through the summer. Home sales in April were greater than in any other April since the RE/MAX National Housing Report began in 2008. This continued a three-month trend in which sales were higher than both the previous month and the same month in the previous year. Completed transactions in April were 7.0 percent higher than in March and 6.5 percent above the mark set in April 2014.

The Median Sales Price of a home sold in April was $203,500, which was 7.1 percent above the price in April 2014. The inventory of homes for sale appears to be starting an upward trend, with a 2.3 percent increase from the inventory in March. With a growing rate of home sales, the resulting Months Supply of inventory in April was 3.6 on a scale where 6.0 months indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers.

“The spring selling season has gotten off to a very strong start. We saw a significant jump in sales in March, and now April has pushed even higher. With an improving economy and continuing low interest rates, potential buyers are motivated to enter the market. These conditions, along with rising prices are also encouraging sellers.”

-Dave Liniger, RE/MAX, LLC CEO, Chairman and Co-Founder

 

The average month-over-month increase for the first four months of 2015 has been 4.0 percent. February, March and April 2015 have all recorded the highest number of sales in these months. Continuing price appreciation is the result of pressure from a constrained inventory, which has been an average of 11 percent lower than the same time last year over the past six months. Among the 53 metro areas surveyed, 50 reported higher sales prices than one year ago, with 15 rising by double-digit percentages. Click here to download your copy of the April 2015 RE/MAX National Housing Report.

If you’re thinking of buying an investment property or buying a home in Avondale, summer is the perfect time. 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 this summer. Call me today! – Joe

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Top 3 Reasons to Move to Avondale Arizona

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Top 3 Reasons to Move to Avondale Arizona

Looking for a beautiful community to call your own? You might want to expand your scope to Avondale, Arizona. With a recent town rebranding slogan of, “Aspiring. Achieving. Accelerating,” Avondale residents and residents valley wide are excited by the fantastic new programs and remarkably bright future of this diverse community. Avondale is a notably vibrant city that’s continuing to develop and grow. Here are the top 3 reasons to move to Avondale Arizona.

1.) Location, location, location: Nestled at the base of the scenic Estrella Mountains where the Agua Fria and Gila Rivers meet, yet right off of Interstate 10, Avondale is just a fifteen minute commute from metro Phoenix, in the heart of the West Valley.

2.) Amenities galore: Avondale has got something for everyone. Everything from dining and nightlife activities to hiking trails and parks await visitors and residents alike. Avondale is also home to the Phoenix International Raceway, which holds NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and two Nationwide Series races annually and brings in visitors from all over the country.

3.) Healthy City: Avondale is a proud participant of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, a program that is dedicated to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. Avondale’s City Council is committed to ensuring that the city’s families have the resources to keep kids healthy through a myriad of youth sports and recreation activities, early childhood and family services programs. The city also partnered with Arizona Community Farmers Markets to host Saturday morning farmers markets at Avondale Friendship Park where residents have access to fresh, locally grown produce. The City of Avondale Parks and Recreation Department also offers quality sports for both youth and adults.

If relocating to the beautiful, blossoming city Avondale, Arizona sounds like your kind of move, contact the Bourland Group today. Our knowledge of the Avondale, Arizona real estate market is second to none. We know the neighborhoods, the current market conditions, and the opportunities for buyers in today’s market. Our buyer specialists are committed to helping you find the home you want at the best possible price. – Joe

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