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Avondale Memorial Day Event Bonds Community

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Avondale Memorial Day Event Bonds Community

Avondale city offices and facilities will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25th, and the City of Avondale has organized a free to attend Memorial Day special remembrance event to bond the community in celebrating and honoring those who lost their lives fighting for our country.

The public is invited to attend the Avondale’s Memorial Day Event that will take place on Monday, May 25th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Avondale Civic Center, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale in the outdoor amphitheater. The community is invited to honor those who have served and the event will include music, special tributes and a candlelight vigil. The Avondale Memorial Day Event is offered in partnership with local veteran groups.

For more information call City of Avondale, 623-333-1000 or visit www.avondale.org

The Bourland Group wishes yours and yours a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

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5 Ways to Negotiate the Best Home Buying Deal

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5 Ways to Negotiate the Best Home Buying Deal

Looking to buy an Arizona home this year? Even if you’ve purchased a home before and consider yourself to be a home buying pro, a buyer’s market remains a constant changing tide. Even the best negotiators should be prepared to surf the waves. Fortunately current home prices are at an affordable rate, and buyers and investors alike are snapping up deals left and right. But in order to get the best home buying deal, buyers have to be able to negotiate.  Here are 5 ways to negotiate the best home buying deal.   

1. Don’t get arrogant. A buyers’ market doesn’t mean buyers can 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.

2. Become a super sleuth. 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.

3. Put your best face forward. Making an offer on a popular house with competing bids? Do what buyers trapped in the digital age of Facebook and text messages won’t do. Actually connect with the seller! Usually a seller sells a home filled with treasured memories and they want to know it will be taken care of. So if possible, a friendly handwritten letter spelling out your best intentions or even a sincere face to face meeting will only help you stand out favorably among your competition.

4. Ask and ye shall receive. There’s no telling what you may be able to get in a buyers’ market, so don’t be afraid to just ask!  If you expect a no, you may be pleasantly surprised with a yes. 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. 

5. Just walk away. If you’re dealing with a difficult seller, be prepared to walk away. As your strongest negotiation tactic, walking away nearly always puts you in control of the situation.

If you’re thinking of buying a home in Arizona, now is the time before prices increase. I can help you navigate through each step of the process to assist you with negotiating the best real estate offers. Let me help you with your real estate investment goals. Call me today! – Joe

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Avondale Water Scam Warning

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Avondale Water Scam Warning

Did you know? According to the Consumer Federation of America, home improvement and contractor related complaints are the second largest consumer complaint in the U.S. Often, these home improvement scams are directed toward the elderly. Frequent complaints involve workmanship issues, overpricing, abandonment or unfinished work, failure to meet building code requirements, and failure to use a written contract.  With May being National Scams Awareness Month, this month is a better time than ever to guard yourself against fraudulent activity in your home.

The Avondale Police Department is warning residents about a scam to gain entry into homes by people claiming to represent the City of Avondale’s water department. Multiple calls were made recently to the City of Avondale by residents who were approached by individuals who said they needed to perform water quality testing or water line trenching in their backyards.

“The City of Avondale Water Department employees will not enter homes or backyards to conduct any of these services, and will always show a city-issued picture ID or badge when speaking with residents,” Avondale Police stated.

If anyone comes to your home claiming to represent the city and requesting entry into your home, do not let them in. Contact the Avondale Police Department right away at 623-333-7000 to provide a description of the individuals and any vehicle information. Please share this information with your loved ones, neighbors, and friends to help put an end to home improvement scams in Arizona. Knowledge and prevention are the first step. – Joe

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Posh Palm Valley Home for Sale in Goodyear

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Posh Palm Valley Home for Sale in Goodyear

This house will take your breath away! At over 5000 square feet, this posh Palm Valley home for sale in Goodyear easily holds six bedrooms and four bathrooms plus loft and has it all! Wood shutters and wood floors in the formal living and dining rooms add the perfect homey touch to this gem of a home. Diagonal set tile and wood banister guide you to the back of this breathtaking Goodyear home for sale. You’ll be greeted by a huge kitchen with granite countertops, tile backsplash, large island with sink, stainless steel appliances, wall of cabinets, pendent and can lights, and large walk-in pantry. It’s the perfect kitchen for entertaining family and friends.

Ascend upstairs and you’ll find an expansive master bedroom with walk-in closet, separate sink and vanity areas, garden tub and shower. You’ll love the loft and additional spacy bedrooms. The backyard oasis has water fall slide in to the pebble finished pool! Imagine relaxing in the luxury stone finished spa and lounge area. This oasis escape is an absolute must see housed in the beautiful Palm Valley Subdivision. Contact the Bourland Group to schedule a private tour of 15279 W PIERSON ST Goodyear, AZ 85395 before it’s gone!

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Wonderful West Valley Earth Day Events

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Wonderful West Valley Earth Day Events

Did you know? Only twenty-seven percent of newspapers in the U.S. are recycled. If they were all recycled it would save one quarter of a billion trees EVERY YEAR. Today is Earth Day and it’s important to help raise awareness of the impact we have on the environment and what can be done about it today and every day. Whether you make a small change at home or volunteer in your west valley community, there are many great ways to help preserve our living planet. Here are some wonderful West Valley Earth Day events happening today.

Green Fest: Under the theme "Practical Sustainability", Estrella Mountain Community College located at 3000 N Dysart Rd in Avondale is hosting a Green Fest event for Wednesday, April 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sustainable organizations and vendors will be on site to incorporate educational components showing their students and community how they can implement sustainability in their day-to-day life. This will be an outdoors event with booths set up from various organizations. Click here for details.

Earth Day Family Movie: Celebrate Earth Day by joining White Tank Mountains Regional Park for a showing of the animated film, "The Lorax" Wednesday, April 22nd from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Nature Center classroom located at 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd. in Waddell. Popcorn will be provided, or bring your own snacks (no glass bottles, please). Each family will receive a packet of wildflower seeds to sow and grow. Click here for more information.

Regardless of how you celebrate Earth Day and Earth Week, please enjoy ways to spread awareness about our environment and how we can protect if for years to come! – Joe

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Be Aware of Snakes this Spring

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Be Aware of Snakes this Spring

Arizona spring weather is some of the most anticipated seasons of the year for many residents and out of town visitors. Everything from camping in Arizona to various outdoor festivals and events are available for everyone to enjoy valley-wide. But the rise of temperature also awakens the rise of something else; snake bites. In fact the spike in snake bites has become a rite of late spring, according to hospital officials at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix, the hospital in Maricopa County that specializes in treating snake bites.

Banner Hospital sees about fifty snake-bite patients a year, the most in the Southwest, according to Dr. Frank Lovecchio, co-medical director of Banner Poison and Drug Information Center. Last month the hospital cared for ten snake-bite patients in a single month. “And there could be more before the month's end,” Lovecchio stated, “because the number of snake-bite reports increases this time every year, as temperatures creep toward ninety degrees.”

"When snakes sense a little bit of heat and humidity, they come out," Lovecchio said. "The snakes are hibernating most of the year and now they are starting to come out.

It’s important for Arizona residents to be aware of snakes this spring. Suggested tips include:

  • If you come across a rattlesnake, observe its beauty from a distance and let the snake go on its way.
  • From a coiled position, a rattlesnake can strike at a distance of about half to two-thirds of its body length, so you do not want to get too close.
  • Rattlesnakes are most active in the evening and a night when they do most of their hunting. They are usually very active in the early spring after remaining inactive during the winter months.
  • It's best not to hike in wilderness areas after dark. Carry a walking stick and keep it forward to let snakes know you are approaching their area.
  • If you hear the "rattle", freeze. Look carefully to locate the rattlesnake and move slowly in the opposite direction.

If you happen to see a rattlesnake on your property, call a local agency that can help remove the reptile. If you are bitten by a rattlesnake get to an emergency room right away or call the national network of poison-control centers immediately at 800-222-1222 if you are quite a distance away. Stay safe this spring and please be aware of snakes!

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Volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House Charities Phoenix

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Volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House Charities Phoenix

If you, your friends, family, or coworkers are looking for a great way to donate your time and give back to those in need this spring, then you may want to volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Charities Phoenix.

As many of you know, our family lived in the Ronald McDonald House in Los Angeles, California for a month last summer when our son Jackson had to have back to back heart surgeries. In June he had to have a double valve transplant (Aortic and pulmonary) and a valve replacement (the Ross Procedure). The kindness and compassion the many volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House is the very reason we want to spread the word and encourage others to join their wonderful organization as well.

Volunteers are the heart of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Inc. by helping them provide comfort and support to families at their Houses and in their Ronald McDonald Family Room. They have a variety of opportunities and schedules available. And they are always looking for people to join their richly rewarding volunteer family.  They’re looking for a variety of volunteers including: house volunteers to help keep the charity houses clean and organized for families, event volunteers to help with the multiple upcoming non-profit charity events, and Meals of Love volunteers to provide home cooked meals for children and families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. (If you recall, my wife Courtney and I had the pleasure of serving dinner to families for the Meals of Love program back in February. We had a blast and it was so rewarding to give back!)

For more information about how you can get involved with this wonderful organization, click here. We don’t know where would be today without the caring support of the Ronald McDonald House for our son Jackson and will forever be grateful for their kindness. - Joe

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7 Interesting Facts about Easter You Never Knew

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7 Interesting Facts about Easter You Never Knew

Can you believe April is already here? It’s amazing how fast this wonderful New Year is flying by. With Easter coming up this Sunday, April 5th, we wanted to share some of our favorite fun details about the holiday. Here are 7 interesting facts about Easter you never knew.

1.) The tallest chocolate Easter egg ever was made in Italy in 2011. At 409.05 inches in height and 15, 873 pounds in weight, it was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant!

2.) Jellybeans were first made in America by Boston candy maker, William Schrafft, who ran advertisements urging people to send jellybeans to soldiers fighting in the Civil War. Now, Americans consume over 16 million jellybeans on Easter, enough to circle the globe three times over!

3.) The exchange of eggs for Easter dates back to a springtime custom older than Easter itself in which eggs were given as a symbol of rebirth in many cultures.

4.) The traditional act of painting eggs is called “Pysanka” and is a Ukrainian tradition. The word comes from the verb “pysaty,” which means "to write," as the designs were not originally painted on but written with beeswax.

5.) Americans buy more than 700 million marshmallow peeps during the Easter holiday, which makes Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy. Also, 90 million chocolate bunnies and 91.4 billion eggs are produced each year in the United States.

6.) Half of the states in the United States have banned the practice of dyeing chicks for Easter. However, Florida recently overturned the forty-five year old law of preventing the dyeing of animals.

7.) The White House hosts an Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn each year. This tradition was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.

The Bourland Group hopes you and yours have a safe and Happy Easter! - Joe

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Avondale Unrolls Sacks to Mats Program

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Avondale Unrolls Sacks to Mats Program

On a single night in January, 610,042 people were experiencing homelessness according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. The overall economy is starting to recover, but this improvement does not appear to be penetrating lower-income populations. The pool of people at risk of homelessness has remained high despite improvements in unemployment and the overall economy.

That’s why volunteers in Avondale have taken on a mission to help Arizona’s homeless population. Their initiative is designed to alleviate two major issues at once — keeping plastic bags out of landfills and providing the homeless with a softer place to sleep. The “Sacks to Mats” program takes ordinary grocery store bags and turns them into protective cushions for Arizona’s homeless to sleep on. The average American family takes home almost 1,500 grocery bags each year, and less than five percent are recycled, the Environmental Protection Agency reports.

The group’s goal is to make fifteen mats by March 31st, which is when the Men’s Overflow Shelter in Phoenix will close its doors, leaving hundreds to sleep in an empty parking lot. Dozens of volunteers have stepped in to help at Mosaic Arts Center in Avondale. Each mat uses about 600 bags, which means they need at least 9,000 to meet their goal. Donation boxes have been set up throughout the city for people to drop off plastic bags including the Avondale Community Center, the Avondale Elementary District Office, the Avondale Police Department, and the Mosaic Arts Center in Avondale.

People can also volunteer to prepare the bags. Bag preparation events will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursdays at the Avondale Civic Center Library located at 11350 Civic Center Drive, and crochet classes will be offered from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. every Tuesday at Mosaic Arts Center.

The mats will be donated to the Salvation Army along with hygiene care packages, which will then be given to the homeless as a replacement for the typical cardboard used on the streets. For details on how you can donate or help with the Sacks to Mats cause, click here.

To stay up to date on Avondale community news and Avondale real estate, please contact the Bourland Group.

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Top 3 Recently Extended Tax Write-Offs for Homeowners

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Top 3 Recently Extended Tax Write-Offs for Homeowners

Did you know? The primary source of funding for county government and the board of education is property taxes. In fact, many of the aspects that make your community a desirable place to work, live and play are a direct result of the investments made by your local government and board of education with your property tax dollars. Turns out utilizing your tax breaks does more than put a pretty penny back in your pocket. It can do some great things for your west valley community as well. And thankfully, many of the tax breaks that were scheduled to expire at the end of 2014 were extended at the last minute by Congress and the President with the Tax Increase Prevention Act, which was signed Dec. 19, 2014. Seeing how tax season is in full swing this spring, here are the top 3 recently extended tax write- offs for homeowners.

1.) Energy tax credit. Homeowners can still get a tax credit of up to $500 for making home improvements that save energy to their primary residences. This could include installing solar panels, new energy efficient windows or getting a new roof, air conditioning system, furnace and more. In general, the deduction is ten percent of the cost of the improvements, up to $500. There is also a credit for purchasing an electric vehicle. A separate Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit, which was not part of this extension and is in effect through the end of 2016, gives credits of up to thirty percent for qualifying alternative energy improvements.

2.) Deduction for private mortgage insurance. It’s no secret that anyone who buys a house with less than twenty percent down has to pay private mortgage insurance. Fortunately, the ability to deduct PMI for mortgages taken out on primary residences in 2007 or later was extended one more year for homeowners who meet income limits. So homeowners not only get to deduct the interest they’re paying but also the private mortgage insurance as well which is a big write-off that affects a lot of homeowners.

3.) No tax for canceled debt. The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 allowed thousands of Americans who lost their homes to foreclosure or short sale not to have to pay tax on the forgiven debt. The new extension means that debt forgiven on a mortgage for a primary residence (up to $2 million) is still untaxed and is a hefty sum of savings for many homeowners.

Looking to use your tax refund towards a down payment towards buying a new Arizona home? Contact the Bourland Team today and let us help you reach your real estate goals. - Joe

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