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Committed to Customer Service from Beginning to End

by Joe Bourland

Committed to Customer Service from Beginning to End

Have you ever had the experience of working with a real estate agent that left you feeling high and dry? Maybe they were impatient with you, difficult to reach, or perhaps they kept sending you listings that didn’t have the amenities you were looking for. Here at the Bourland Group, we understand that the home selling and home buying process can be an emotional, exciting, and sometimes overwhelming experience. That’s why we’re committed to providing the absolute best customer service from beginning to end for our clients.

"Joe made a name for himself with us by gaining our trust quickly. He is knowledgeable, smart and led us in the direction we needed to go. He kept us on track and gave us advice that we needed. We haven't had a realtor like Joe in the past and we will only use him and his team in the future. We will recommend him to our friends and neighbors. His whole team shows an expert quality. You will want Joe in your corner for negotiation. We got full price for our home."  -Tammie, May 5th, 2015

Seeing positive reviews like this make me love what I do even more, and I am continually striving to provide the level of service you expect from a quality REALTOR®.  We realize that finding your dream home or finding a buyer is only part of the challenge of a successful transaction. There are many details that need to be managed through closing, and we proudly bring the skills and experience required to ensure your experience go smoothly. Our commitment is to provide you the quality of service and communication you desire and deserve. And we make every effort to do so while remaining professional yet personal.

So 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! –Joe

Joe Bourland

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Month of Miracles: Let’s Raise One Million Pennies for Phoenix Children’s Hospital!

We’ll take a penny for your thoughts and a whole lot more! August is the "Month of Miracles" and we at the Bourland Group are honored to host a ONE MILLION PENNIES drive! This charity event is for Phoenix Children’s Hospital and we’re trying to raise one million pennies!  This PCH penny drive event really hits home for us for more than just the reason of raising money for a great hospital.

As many of you know, for eleven years our son, Jackson, has been in and out of Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Los Angeles Children’s Hospital (both hospitals are part of the Children's Miracle Network) for various heart surgeries and valve replacement procedures. This past summer while he was in the hospital for a month, we had the pleasure of being on the receiving end of the Children’s Miracle Network team. There was a representative there that not only walked us through the ins and outs of LA Children’s, but she also was there to entertain our son so Courtney and I could take a break and run down to the cafeteria, and she was there to hug my wife and support her when she felt scared and helpless.

There is so much more that the Children’s Miracle Network does for families. They are there to walk families through VERY scary times, they offer financial support, guidance, resources and love. I’m proud to be a part of RE/MAX Professionals and work with all of you as we raise “One Million Pennies.”

Please stop by our Avondale office at 10320 W. McDowell Road, Suite B2005 Avondale AZ now through August 31st to make a donation, and help us collect one million pennies to benefit our local Phoenix Children's Hospital. Thank you so much for your support!

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Lovely Litchfield Park Home for Sale

by Joe Bourland

Lovely Litchfield Park Home for Sale

You have to see it to believe it! This lovely Litchfield Park home for sale is move-in ready and can be yours before you know it. At 2,512 square feet, lack of space is not a problem for this four bedroom three bath treasure nestled in the sought after Litchfield Vista Views subdivision. Looking for some nice upgrades? Mosey into the kitchen and you’ll be greeted by newly refinished cabinets and tile back splash. Home chefs will adore the gas stove, commercial hood vent, long granite island, SubZero refrigerator and walk in pantry.

This Litchfield Park home also features new interior/exterior paint, vaulted ceilings and finishes as well as wood, slate and tile floors with nice four inch baseboards throughout. Heat things up on cold nights in the great room fire place near the formal dining area. Retreat to your master suite which includes sitting room, garden jetted tub with glass block, dual sinks, walk in shower and walk in closet. Best of all, your master suite has a separate exit to the covered spa which awaits you next to your sparkling pool, large covered patio, and sitting area near fruit trees in the backyard. You’ll also find a detached pull through garage with a large air conditioned shop and an RV gate in addition to a wide three car garage for all your extra toys. Perfect location located mere miles from major shopping, night life, and Luke Air force Base.

Ready to see this lovely Litchfield Park home for sale? Make an appointment today for a tour of 12902 W MISSOURI AVE, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 and let The Bourland Group help you make this gem your beautiful new home!

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3 Tips for House Hunting in the Summer

by Joe Bourland

3 Tips for House Hunting in the Summer

Ah, the Valley of the Sun. Arizona is notably known for having over three hundred days of sunshine. So it’s no surprise that at some point, you may find yourself house hunting in the summer. But with temperatures reaching an average of 110 degrees, you might be wondering how you’re going to survive searching for a home while sweating so profusely. Don’t despair. It can be done! Here are 3 tips for house hunting in the summer.

#1 Stay hydrated: Proper hydration is extremely important in dry climates like Arizona and especially during the hottest months of the year. On a daily basis, it is recommended that you drink half your body weight in ounces of water to stay properly hydrated. And if you’re going to be adding on the strenuous activity of house hunting then add more water. House hunting while dehydrated could seriously dampen the joy of the experience as well as cloud your judgement. Especially since symptoms of dehydration include dizziness, headaches, cramping and fatigue. Don’t be afraid to bring a few bottles of water with you while you shop for your new Arizona home.

#2 Plan your route: Depending on where the homes you want to view are located, it’d be best to have your Realtor® map out homes that are close to one another. Having a clear plan of which homes you want to visit will help lessen the amount of time you’re traveling in the heat and help prevent your vehicle from overheating.

#3 Start early: Not a morning person? Consider changing your point of view if you don’t want to be house hunting mid-day in 115 degree weather. Try to schedule your showings in the morning between 8:30 am and noon before things really start to heat up. Can’t do morning? Ask your real estate agent if you can see homes in the early evenings between 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm. It may still be warm out, but it’ll be a lot more bearable and not as blazing hot.

Don’t let fear of heat stroke keep you from house hunting this summer, because summer is the perfect time to buy! Contact The Bourland Group today and let us help you find your perfect home in the Valley of the Sun. - Joe

Joe Bourland

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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!

Joe Bourland

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3 Key Things to Do Before You Officially Move In

by Joe Bourland

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.

Joe Bourland

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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!

Joe Bourland

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5 Awesome Arizona 4th of July Safety Tips

by Joe Bourland

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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