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September’s National Housing Report from RE/MAX

by Joe Bourland

September’s National Housing Report from RE/MAX

August sales are up, and prices rise steadily according to the National Housing Report that came out this week from RE/MAX Headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

“August’s nearly 6 percent sales increase over last year is providing a strong finish for the summer home selling and buying season. While July saw a decline, August built upon the trends in the spring and early summer. Coupled with moderating price increases, the sales growth we’re seeing represents a market that’s very sustainable," said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. 

August home sales increased 5.8 percent over a year ago, reversing July’s decline of 8.8 percent. At the same time, the median price climbed 5.1 percent as steady monthly increases continued. August sales were up year-over-year in 41 of the 53 U.S. metro areas analyzed in the RE/MAX National Housing Report. Twelve metro areas posted double-digit increases, including major markets along the east coast from Washington, DC to Charlotte, NC. So far in 2016, seven of the eight months have seen year-over-year sales increases nationally.

Here in the west valley, we are seeing a steady trending in housing demand, and housing values. If you are considering your first home, or upgrading your current property now is a good time to make a move. Give us a call today, and we will help you make a smart, informed real estate decision. Joe 

Joe Bourland

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Best Eats in Avondale, Arizona

by Joe Bourland

Best Eats in Avondale, Arizona 

After a long week at the office, there are some days that dining out sounds better than cooking at home. But have you ever wondered where to find the best eats in Avondale, Arizona?

Well according to the reviews on Trip Advisor, we have discovered what voters claim is the best place to eat in Avondale, Arizona! Out of 106 restaurants located in Avondale, Arizona Flavors of Louisiana is the number one place to eat according to the reviews on Trip Advisor.

Flavors of Louisiana was established by owner Jennifer Landry Goff, who was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Locally owned and operates since 2008, Jennifer shares that her parents have been the inspiration for the authentic Cajun cuisine. Their menu includes Cajun favorites like gumbo, Jambalaya, blackened catfish or alligator and for appetizers you will find fried pickles and hushpuppies (yum!).  Here are a few of the reviews we found on Trip Advisor…

“Outstanding Cajun Cuisine!! Frequently even have Alligator .

“Great Creole food in the Valley of the Sun!

“Terrific food and excellent service! Imagine that! All in one place, too!

Flavors of Louisiana is located at 13025 W Rancho Santa Fe Blvd (Dysart and Rancho Santa Fe Blvd in the Walmart shopping center), and they are open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 8pm, or 9pm on Friday evenings. Now that you know the best eats in Avondale, Arizona we hope to see you there! Joe

Joe Bourland
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What Are People Saying About the Bourland Team?

by Joe Bourland

What Are People Saying About the Bourland Team? 

Since 2002 the Bourland Team has been helping people buy or sell real estate in the Valley of the Sun. We take a great deal of pride in providing honest, reliable information that helps our clients make a smart and informed decision.  

The best compliment we can receive is the referral of your family and friends, and we especially love when our clients provide us with positive feedback on their experience.

“The magic began when I did a Google search for the most successful realty team in the Phoenix area and Joe Bourland's information popped up. I reached out to him that day and he looked at my property that day then we had it listed within a couple of days and it sold six days later for $5,000 more  than the asking price.

Then I partnered with Courtney as she explained how the property would be featured on several popular websites, then Janan and Melissa handled all of the paperwork and prep to get us into escrow and there were a few bumps in the road, due to recommended repairs after the inspection but Joe negotiated a favorable settlement. I would HIGHLY recommend him and his team of experts if you are planning to sell your home in the greater Phoenix area.” Greg Johnson

My team and I love what we do and we are blessed to have helped many awesome clients, just like Greg! Want to read what others are saying about the Bourland Team? Click here!

If you or someone you know is considering a move, please give us a call today. Let us get the job done for you! Joe

Joe Bourland
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Happy Labor Day from the Bourland Group

by Joe Bourland

Happy Labor Day from the Bourland Group 

While most of us take the first Monday of September to celebrate the end of the long, hot summer in Arizona, and to enjoy time with our family and friends, there really is a great deal of history behind Labor Day.

During the peak of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, it was common for the average American, including children as young as five or six, to work 12-hour shifts, and often times seven days a week. Throughout the 1800s this was the norm for working-class people and sadly, barely met their basic living needs.

Many people worked in factories or mills with poor conditions that lead to physical illness. When the labor unions began, the American work force was forever changed. On September 5, 1882 history was made when a group of American workers marched from City Hall to Union Square in New York City. This later began the first Labor Day parade in our history, and Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894.

Today, we celebrate the first Monday of September as our hard-earned day off, but it is important to remember those who helped to make this a reality for all American workers. This Monday September 5, 2016 we hope that you will take a moment to remember those who made history and who fought for the rights of all.

We want to wish you and your family a very happy Labor Day from the Bourland Group!

Joe Bourland

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Rare Find in Old Litchfield Park

by Joe Bourland

Rare Find in Old Litchfield Park 

If you are looking for something that isn’t like every other home on the market today, then stop your search here. This recently updated single level, block home located in Old Litchfield Park is a rare find. Situated on a half-acre homesite, there is plenty of room to enjoy all the amenities in this Arizona home.

Over 2,000 square feet under roof with today’s updated energy efficient standards, such as a 17 SEER A/C and furnace, blown attic insulation, energy efficient dual pane windows and slider doors, updated gas water heater and low energy can lighting.

The floor plan includes four bedrooms, two full baths, formal living areas and cozy family room off the kitchen. The gorgeous herring bone patterned plank tile floors have recently been installed plus raised ceilings and a two-tone interior paint.

The exterior amenities are everything you would expect to find in a home of this caliber, including a pool (with a rebuilt pump), raised garden beds, brick pavers, all surrounded by lush green grass and mature citrus trees. If you need more space than the cooled two car garage provides, there is also an RV gate for additional parking.

This amazing home is conveniently located near shopping, dining and nightlife in the West Valley, and of course the highest ranked schools in the area, Litchfield Elementary, Western Sky Middle School and Millennium High School.

For more details about 930 Castillo Drive, South please click here. Want to schedule a private tour? Give us a call today at 623-322-8588 or email at joe@joearizona.com

Joe Bourland

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Housing Update: National Housing Report

by Joe Bourland

Housing Update: National Housing Report

With the market now in the midst of the popular summer selling season, both home sales and prices are rising with the summer temperatures. 

“Last year was the best we’d seen in a long time for home sales. So, it’s encouraging that sales this year are remaining above last year’s levels. Moderating prices are a good thing for this market. Homeowners are still seeing improvement in their equity, while there’s less chance of homebuyers being priced out. We have to wait out the ongoing inventory challenges, but the month-over-month stabilization we’re seeing is a very good sign,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. 

Here in Arizona we have seen a steady increase in property values while maintaining an affordable price range. If you or someone you know is interested in learning what home values are today, please give us a call. Whether you are thinking of buying or selling, now is a great time to explore your real estate options. 

Want to read the full National Housing Report? Click here now!

Joe Bourland

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August is the Month of Miracles: Will You Help Us?

by Joe Bourland

August is the Month of Miracles: Will You Help Us? 

Did you know that every hour, 97 children undergo surgery at a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital? That is just one of the reasons that RE/MAX agents across the U.S. and Canada have dedicated the month of August to the “Month of Miracles.

The month-long celebration is a time to raise money to support our local Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and raise awareness of what this hospital means for the children in our community. Last year, RE/MAX agents raised over $9 million, and those funds helped to provide pediatric medical equipment, treatments and healthcare services. Over the past 24 years, RE/MAX affiliates have donated more than $147 million to CMN Hospitals and the Bourland Group is proud to be among those agents who have contributed.

Here at RE/MAX Professionals, we have a personal goal of one million pennies donated this month, but we can’t do it without your help! For every home bought or sold with the Bourland Group, we make a donation directly to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and this month, we are asking you to stop by one of our six office locations and empty your penny banks. Our "Month of Miracles" goal is one million pennies, or $10,000 to benefit Children’s Miracle Network.

Will you help us? We hope to see you soon!

Joe Bourland

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Gorgeous Desert Oasis With Lazy River Pool

by Joe Bourland

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Built in 2013, this truly stunning home on almost half an acre on a cul-de-sac in the much-desired Sedella subdivision, will surely catch your eye and make you look twice. This spectacular home for sale has six bedrooms and four bathrooms, is over 4,700 square feet and has a ton of interior features you will love.

The lower level has a huge, double-door den, formal living/dining room, great room with kitchen and island seating and a gourmet kitchen. Staggered kitchen cabinets, double ovens, 5-burner gas stove, a full length granite backsplash and a butler’s pantry, all make the kitchen a dream come true. All bedrooms are upstairs as is a loft laundry room. The master suite has a sitting room, walk-in shower, garden tub, separate sinks and two closets. This home also includes a water softener and R/O system to maximize efficiency. 

The enormous and gorgeous desert oasis backyard has a meandering, lighted pool which creates a feeling of floating down a lazy river on hot summer afternoons. There’s also a grotto and bridge to a sand island, and an extended covered patio with pavers, fans and TV hookup. A gated RV slab is also provided for housing your RV during the off season. 

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Don’t miss the opportunity to see this gorgeous property! If you’d like to schedule an appointment to view this beautiful family home, located at 4284 N. 181st Drive, Glendale, AZ 85395, please contact The Bourland Group today!

Joe Bourland
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5 Great Reasons to Visit or Live in Avondale, Arizona

by Joe Bourland

5 Great Reasons to Visit or Live in Avondale, Arizona

What’s so great about Avondale, Arizona?  Everything. Incorporated in 1946, Avondale has experienced rapid residential and commercial growth since the 80’s and has now transformed itself into a major bedroom suburb of Phoenix. Only twenty minutes from downtown Phoenix, Avondale has become a mecca of residential subdivisions and shopping centers and is the perfect starting point to head west to California.

With so many great reasons to visit or live in Avondale, it’s hard to find only 5 great reasons to visit, but we’ve chosen some favorites to tempt you.

1) Phoenix International Raceway:  Opening in 1964 in front of 7,000 race fans PIR now holds two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, two Xfinity Series, a Camping World Truck Series and many other events throughout the year. You can also give the perfect gift for any race fan, the NASCAR Racing Experience where you can ride along or learn to drive a racecar with The NASCAR Qualifier. 

2) Friendship Park:  One of the biggest and most versatile parks in Phoenix, Friendship Park offers acres of paved sidewalks, a dog park, farmer’s market, fishing, ducks and other wildlife and baseball, football and soccer fields. Friendship Park is located at 12325 W. McDowell Road in Avondale.

3) Tres Rios Nature Festival:  Held each March this festival is full of outdoor experiences and has something for everyone. There are canoe excursions, rock climbing, a fishing clinic, nature trails, beginning bird watching, canine sporting demonstrations, entertainment and food and even a “Trashiest Outfit” contest. A one-of-a-kind nature festival during some of the best weather that Arizona has to offer.

4) Inland Waters Divers:  Have you ever wanted to learn to scuba dive but figured that there was no way to do that in the desert? Think again and check out Inland Waters Divers for classes and dive trips once you’re certified. Located in neighboring Goodyear, this is an experience that desert rats will love. 

5) Fear Farm:  Every Halloween Fear Farm Haunted House and Corn Maze turns dry fields into a terrifying experience. Even though there are five haunted houses at one location it was voted “Best Haunted House” in Phoenix in 2015. Turn an average, boring fall evening into a never-ending nightmare and head on over for some thrills. 

As you can tell, we think there are plenty of great reasons to visit or live in Avondale, Arizona!  And we hope that you’ll stop in sometime if you’re in the area. 

Best wishes from The Bourland Group.

Joe Bourland
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Mistakes to Avoid When Planning a Road Trip

by Joe Bourland

Mistakes to Avoid When Planning a Road Trip 

Ever since the automobile became the way of travel road trips have been America’s go-to way to see the country. With airlines assessing charges on everything from blankets to baggage, this year you could very well choose to get to that destination with a road trip and will surely save money if you do it right. To help you cut down on costs here are some mistakes to avoid when planning a road tripas well as ways to save money along the way. 

Don’t forget to do a quick inspection and check your indicators: Check the headlights, interior lights, horn, wipers, brakes, transmission fluid, antifreeze and oil. 

Check the tires: Neglecting to properly inflate the tires can affect maneuverability and put you at higher risk of an accident if things happen quickly. Don’t forget that heat expands tires so don’t over inflate them. Periodically check your tire air levels throughout your trip

Don’t rely on GPS: Plan your route by mapping it online first and then use GPS as a back-up, since we all know that it sometimes gives bad directions or takes you off the quickest route.

Check road conditions before you leave and enroute: To avoid major road construction or traffic problems go online or call “511” in most states for information on what you might encounter ahead. 

Be smart about your gasoline usage: Don’t let your tank get under half full if you can avoid it. A good rule is to fill up in the morning because less fumes and gasses are in the pump which means that you’ll be running on gas instead of fumes. Also, use sites like GasBuddy.com which are great for planning where you’ll get the cheapest gas and how to plan your stops. 

Don’t use credit cards unless you have to: Having a budget, using a pre-paid credit card or taking cash will help you stay on budget and probably reduce those spur of the moment costs that you’re sure to have otherwise.

Consider putting the miles on someone else’s car: For long trips you might want to take a rental car to save wear and tear, and mileage if you’re leasing, on your own vehicle. Rental car companies already have regular maintenance done for you and if something goes wrong you won’t have to pay for it. 

Even though these are common sense tips it’s surprising how many of us get the impulse and off we go, without that safety inspection or planning ahead. Whatever you do, enjoy your summertime activities, be safe and do have fun on that road trip if you decide set off on an adventure.

Joe Bourland
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