mesa: Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport to be the Country's Next Aerotropolis
- 11/06/08 10:21 AM
Real Estate nerd that I am, I've spent quite a bit of time watching zoning hearings regarding the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. This is the area that includes the old Williams Air Force Base and the nearby General Motors Proving Grounds.
As the Valley of the Sun has continued to grow in size- these once distant locations have been eyed by visionaries and potential citizens alike as a prime destination. The city of Mesa, working in harmony with the cities of Queen Creek and Gilbert have been spending a great deal of time making sure this new population center will be well
mesa: Service For Officer Shane Figueroa to be Held Saturday in Mesa
- 10/30/08 07:45 PM
Maybe you know families like this.
It's a family of teachers, soldiers or firefighters. There's something in their blood that answers the call to serve the public.
With several relatives on the force, it probably came to little surprise that Shane would become a policeman.
A few days ago my wife and I were watching the news. The report was breaking, so there wasn't a whole lot to glean from the report.
Apparently a policeman had lost his life... Officer Figueroa of Maricopa.
Maricopa has become large and Figueroa is not an uncommon name.
mesa: Mesa Arizona Votes Whether or Not to Remain Property-Tax-Free
- 10/28/08 04:53 PM
In 2006 Mesa, Arizona was named by Money Magazine as one of the best places in America to Retire. Among the positive elements behind the choice was financial.
As Mesa approaches a half million residents, it offers something no other of American city of it's size can- No Property Tax.
For the past sixty years Mesa residents have not had to pay taxes on their property. Two years ago the residents went to the polls. It was proposed that a property tax be allowed to help pay for the many services that the fast-growing city was finding trouble funding. Residents
mesa: Dad, Life's Good For You, Right?
- 10/02/08 06:02 PM
It happened one day.
My daughter and I were in the car... serious-faced- she asked,
"Dad, Life's good for you, right?"
I was about to answer philosophically when she added, "I mean... better than most cereals?"
I was prompted by Gregory Lohr to share that snippet. It was from my comment on his blog post "The Not So Sweet Truth" which is based on this: Consumer Reports Investigates Sugar in Cereal.
Still. It begs the philosophical question... Life is good for you, right? The short answer, is yes... life is good. In fact- very good. Let me illustrate:
mesa: Horse Property, Custom Home in Established Mesa, Arizona Neighborhood
- 09/29/08 06:42 PM
There are those neighborhoods where people plant roots. They build their home and have no desire to leave. When someone does decide to downsize or relocate, well, the phone rings. This is one of those homes. It's a rare find: Large Custom Home 7 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath 1.65 Acres Pool Horse Privileges Excellent Schools Want to know more? Give me a call: Chuck Willman, Gentry Realty - 480.292.0600
mesa: Who is Nie Nie... and Why Do You Need to Know?
- 09/08/08 05:04 PM
It happens. You stumble across a blog and read something that brings up those happy memories.
Some people have a gift. They can't help it. Their thoughts are personal and they express them as if they're meant for you alone.
You don't know them, but for an instant you feel you do. Such is the experience of reading The Nie Nie Dialogues.
This is a blog my daughter would visit.
She said, "You know how most kids never wrote in their diary unless they were sent to their room... and then it's page-after-page of angry 'I hate
mesa: Bargain Homes Available- Phoenix Metro Area
- 08/10/08 12:19 PM
Homes are on SALE... Bargains, Bargains, Bargains!
Home prices are just unreal these days. It seems like a carnival atmosphere- the advertisements for homes are replete with astonishing price tags.
In short- homes are on sale. And... they're quite the bargain.
What are bargain homes? I suppose everyone has their own definition.
Whenever someone is looking for an investment property or starter home, I like to first search for homes with at least three bedrooms and 1.5 bath, between $80k - $130k.
Here are the current MLS counts for such homes in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area:
mesa: Appliances, Furniture and Decor - A List of my Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler Favorites
- 08/03/08 08:49 PM
We bought the House- Now What?
Every once in a while a new home buyer will ask me for my opinion about the best places to go for furnishings.
I usually ask them what their tastes are and will email a few suggestions.
Some of these suggestion do not vary as they are generic enough to work for most people.
Here are a few of my favorites:
They tend to have the appliances that the bigger stores carry but their prices and customer service has won them a very loyal following.
mesa: The Narrow "Free Money" Window for the First Time Homebuyer - Update
- 08/02/08 12:26 PM
Attention First Time Home Buyers:
There is a very a narrow window of opportunity right now.
I'm talking about those who go into contract before October 1st.
You'll be able to qualify for down payment assistance programs that pay most (sometimes all) of your closing costs.
You'll also be able to qualify for the tax credits that will be made available through new legislation. This is a credit toward your taxes valued at up to $7,500.
UPDATE: The details are thus... Any home purchased between April 9, 2008 and July 1, 2009 can qualify for $7,500 or 10%
mesa: Enough Already About the Buyers' Market- Top 7 Phoenix Hot Spots for Home Selling
- 07/25/08 04:56 PM
hotzones Enough Already about the Buyers' Market
For the past couple years real estate agents have been broadcasting the fact that it's a buyer's market. Less time has been spent on the other side of the market- home sales. Phoenix Metro's Home-Selling Hot Zones
I've decided to flip the coin and show some market figures for the hottest selling locations in and around the metropolitan area of Phoenix, Arizona. The statistics come from an analysis of data collected from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service. I pulled data from all areas, stripped out those that had fewer than five reported sales
mesa: How's the Real Estate Pricing? Arizona Relocation Tool Offers Local Data
- 07/13/08 07:08 PM
When I receive an out of state call, one of the first questions I'm asked is "how's the pricing?" The short answer is that state-wide prices are below what they were last year but the pricing will vary by city, zip code and neighborhood. Here's an example of pricing by zip code as reported in the Arizona Republic (July 12, 2008):
Phoenix - 85007 - Up 10.4%
Mesa - 85205 - Down 5.5%
Scottsdale - 85262 - Up 6.7%
So... if you want to buy in these zip codes, one will have lower pricing and the other two have had increases.
mesa: Major Portion of Mesa Arizona's Loop 202 Opens July 21, 2008
- 07/11/08 03:59 PM
It's Time to Round Out the Loop 202.
Metro Phoenix's massive population increase has created a strain on traffic. Fortunately the Department of Transportation created a master plan that has worked wonders in alleviating the flow of traffic.
One major contributor to this has been the Loop 202 which offers a "ring" that connects the far reaches of the valley. Those who travel from Mesa to the Southeast valley cities of Gilbert, Queen Creek, and Chandler as well as those who live in the southeast who wish to travel to Mesa or Scottsdale are in for a real treat.
mesa: Mesa Gated Community Short Sale- Home & Guest House - Now $660k
- 07/10/08 09:37 PM
Here is a slide show for a short sale property I listed that is located at 2505 E. Lehi Rd #15 Mesa AZ 85213. The property includes a main house and guest house that also has a very large office and game room. It's in a private gated community that has to be seen to be appreciated.
This original price was $950,000 last year but is now listed at $660,000.
For further information contact me, Chuck Willman of Gentry Realty at 480.292.0600.
mesa: Unlisted Investment Properties
- 06/14/08 01:17 PM
One of the little known secrets of real estate is that there are agents who have a significant portfolio of investment properties that are not be listed.
You won't find them on the MLS or any website.
Why would this be? Here's a partial list:
Sellers don't want to the publicity. They will ask an agent to "get the word out" and see if they can reach a private settlement. The properties require a great deal of due diligence. Some properties are off the beaten path. They may have beautiful scenery or might be located in areas that have no sales
mesa: The Day Has Arrived: Mesa Picks New Mayor May 20, 2008
- 05/19/08 05:50 PM
Though I spend most of my time working in Tempe and Scottsdale, I'm a resident of Mesa. For those keeping track, I'm also been interested in seeing who our next mayor would be.
Here are the posts I've written about this: Mesa to Choose New Mayor Mesa Mayor Race Way Too Close to Call Mesa Arizona Mayoral Run-Off Election to be Held May 20, 2008 The time has finally arrived for this city of more than 450,000 residents to decide who wins the run-off election between Scott Smith and Rex Griswold. It's also time to choose a few pivotal council seats.
mesa: Academic Excellence- Mesa Arizona Schools
- 04/20/08 09:46 PM
"Chuck- you live in Mesa; how are the schools?"
That's the question I was asked earlier today.
It's also a question I love to answer, "Mesa's Schools are excellent!"
Here's some of the latest news:
America's Promise Alliance recognized Mesa Public Schools as No. 1 for its graduation rate among the nation's 50 largest cities.
Two of USA Today's Best College Students 2008 are from Mesa's Mountain View High... the same High School that has produced 14 of the last 18 state championship teams in the "Academic Decathalon. Perhaps the tradition of excellence begins early...
mesa: Mesa Arizona Mayoral Run-Off Election to be Held May 20, 2008
- 04/04/08 12:43 PM
Earlier I reported the tight race for Mesa Mayor: Mesa Mayor Race too Close to Call.
Well... here's the latest update.
The March 11 race was too close to produce a clear victor.
Claudia Walters received insufficient votes to participate in a run-off. Although she had immediately decided to recommend one opponent over the other, she has since decided to endorse Scott Smith.
Both candidates are now hoping to collect Walter's faithful- a task made more difficult since she has opted out of actively campaigning on either candidates behalf.
The run-off election will be held May 20, 2008.
mesa: Mesa Arizona Gains New Home Community- Pent Up Demand Exists
- 03/15/08 07:32 PM
Mesa Arizona is one of the largest cities in America.
And it's sprawling.
Yet it's very short on new single family homes.
This is being addressed in north east Mesa as a builder is opening a master planned community with 18 different models and prices ranging from the mid $200s to the high $600s.
Pent up demand brought large crowds as several hundred showed up for the grand opening, which was held on Saturday. One of the agents targeted the actual count close at close to 900.
Interested in touring what Mesa has to offer?
Give me a
mesa: Northeast Mesa Arizona - Gated Community Luxury Home
- 03/13/08 09:23 PM
mesa: 1935 Advertising - Arizona Tourism Nostalgia
- 03/12/08 03:31 PM
It's fun to look back.
As anyone who has ever "gone home" has discovered... sometimes our memories are hazy at best.
That mountain you remembered as a child really is closer to a molehill. The big buildings? - small. The big city itself? - little. Thankfully- there are some memories that can not be changed.
The memory of fun times and great friends. The taste of grandma's cooking. The fragrance of mom's flower garden. You get the picture.
Everyday I pitch the quality of life in Arizona.
I have to admit though, that this must have been a greater challenge in