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Teen Artists enhancing Friendship Park in Avondale

by Joe Bourland

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.

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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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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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