2 New Floorplans at Wickenburg Ranch

Meet our two newest floorplans, the Cordoba and the Dorado! These two plans have been best-sellers at other communities, so we figured, why not bring them to Wickenburg Ranch? We think you’re going to love them! 

The Cordoba is perfectly sized at ~2,415 square feet, and features 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a den, and was designed with entertaining your friends in mind! From the open concept layout to the oversized kitchen island, it’s sure to be your perfect home for entertaining all of your new friends and neighbors! Pricing starts at $390,900*. 

The Dorado is a spacious, ~3,249 square foot home featuring 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a den, and a 3 car garage. It’s the perfect home for hosting family and friends, and features an absolutely stunning master retreat! Pricing starts at $480,900*. 

Give me a call to check them out!

50% off Options at Trilogy at Vistancia

TRILOGY® AT VISTANCIA®
 
For A Limited Time, We’re Offering Up to 50% Off Options!*
 
  If you have clients who are ready to build their dream home at Trilogy® Vistancia®, we have exciting news for them! For a very limited time, we’re offering up to 50% off options on new homes!*

This offer won’t be around long, so make sure your clients act quickly! Contact your Community Representative today for more information.
 

Swing by for some fun at Trilogy Vistancia

Our social calendar is packed for the month of May—and we’d love to have you here for the fun! Attending a community event is a great way to get a feel for the Trilogy® lifestyle—and it’s a chance to get to know some of your future neighbors here at TrilogyVistancia®! Check out some of our upcoming events, below, and call us at 623.215.6315 to RSVP for any that interest you. We’ll see you soon!

Charcuterie in the Model Homes | Saturday, May 18th, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Visit our Model Home Gallery to enjoy some charcuterie platters while talking with our community ambassadors. Learn first hand from our Members what it’s really like to live at our community!

Memorial Day BBQ | Monday, May 27th, 11:00am – 2:00pm
We’re kicking off the summer season at Trilogy Vistancia with a Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Bash! Enjoy traditional BBQ eats and cool refreshments, play some fun games, enjoy live music, and—best of all—hang out with your friends and future Trilogy neighbors. We look forward to seeing you in your red, white, and blue! Meet us at the Refresher Lounge and we’ll walk you over!

And don’t forget to join us every Tuesday for Happier Hour! The first Tuesday of every month features a live band and runs from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. All other Tuesdays are from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. This is a great opportunity to mingle with current homeowners!

Let’s set up a time to check out the awesome community together!

Termites – If your home doesn’t have them now, it will have them at some point.

Termites are a wood eating/destroying insect.  Here in Arizona we don’t often see the little critters.  They live underground, and are often called subterranean termites.  

How to identify if you have termites?  

The easiest way is to have a Termite inspector look at your home. Usually that only happens if you suspect termites, hear your neighbor had termites or are purchasing a home… 

Termite tube on stem wall

To do it yourself is easy. You need to know what you are looking for! Take a flashlight, and carefully look all along the stem wall of your home.  Behind bushes especially.  If you see mud tubes going from the ground up to the home, call out a professional.  Finished walking the exterior, you’re not done yet.  Again, with your flashlight take a close look at all of your walls, and ceilings.  Get in your closets and look for any small brown mud tubes.  You may find honeycombed appearance to the drywall or wood beams, this is also possibly termites, call in a professional.  

If you find anything that could be termites, call in the professionals show them what you found and have them do a full inspection DO NOT BRUSH AWAY THE MUD TUBES! The inspector will need to see them.  

Treatment:

The good news is we don’t have to tent our homes to get rid of them.  Instead, we drill along the foundation and inject chemicals below the surface to kill them where they live.  If you are in a single-family home fully separate from other structures, they can treat the full perimeter of your home.  

If termites are found inside the walls, and those walls are not close the perimeter of your home, they may suggest treating the interior walls as well.  

If you live in a connected patio home or townhome, you can’t access the full perimeter of your home, and interior treatment may also be suggested.  

I recently found termites in the center of my home, and I live in a Patio Home with connected walls. Treatment of the interior was needed. The treatment specialist brought in an infrared camera and carefully looked at all of the walls in my home. They made a small hole the diameter of a finishing nail in the walls above the termite tubes and injected a chemical in form of a foam that drips down the interior of the drywall, killing all the termites in their tracks.   They only treat where the bugs are.  One of the walls that was infested with the little buggers was the adjoining wall with my neighbors.  I gave them a call and they are getting their home inspected and treated as well. 

This interior treatment is a bit more service intensive, and is pricier as well, but when you need to get the job done right, you do the right job.  

Not all termite companies do the interior work – I used 

Protection Termite 
602-569-3111
ProtectionTermtie@gmail.com
License #8362

Ask for David to do your interior treatment.

Moving Day Essentials

Your fist day in your new home there are a few essentials that you will be glad you have.  The biggest essential is Toilet Paper!  

Am I right or am I right? 

To go with that, hand soap & paper towels.  Let’s add some hand lotion, those boxes are drying and so is Arizona.  

Most sellers do their best to leave a, somewhat cleaned out home.  You are going to find places that are most likely not cleaned to your satisfaction. Be prepared with some all-purpose cleaner and a few rags.  

Box cutter to get into and break down boxes.  Trash bags, as you unpack all the packing paper seems to multiply.

A case of water, and other bottled drinks.  Protein bars or some snack that will keep you going till someone orders a pizza or does a sandwich run.  A jar of nut-butter and a spoon or maybe some crackers if you have to share.  

Before you stop and drop for the night, be sure to have a few personal basics ready to go too. Soap, Shampoo, toothbrush/paste, towels, and sheets and blankets for your beds. Oh and lets remember a shower curtain!  A change of clothes and any medication.    

I don’t know about you, but for me if I have a Band-Aid available I won’t ever need it.  A handful of Tylenol for the end of the day’s sore muscles, a tool box with a collection of tools is always a good idea.   If you have animals, remember all of their food and their bed, so they have someplace familiar and safe.

Happy Moving Day!

PS Remember your phone charging cords!

  • Toilet Paper
  • Hand Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Rags
  • Box cutter
  • Trash Bags
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Tooth brush and paste
  • Towels
  • Sheets and Blankets
  • Shower Curtain
  • Change of clothes 
  • Medications
  • Band-aids
  • Pet ‘stuff’
  • Pain Meds
  • Tool Box
  • *** Your Phone Charging Cords!!!

21225 N Aurora Dr, Sun City West

Looking for the perfect 2nd home? Move-in ready! This season! Fully furnished just bring your toothbrush. Kitchen fully remodeled, French door fridge, high efficiency steam technology washer and dryer, water softener. Neutral colors throughout. Guest bedroom has built in cabinets & a Murphy bed, perfect for office or craftroom. Plantation shutters throughout, garage cabinets, and 2 lovely patios complete this Sun City West Gem. Easy care, the HOA handles landscaping/ water/sewer/trash

Being Social and your Mental Health

Today there was a great piece done on the Today Show about how to prevent Alzheimers. Surprisingly it may not be just your genetics but other environmental factors.  The food you eat, your activity level, the stress you experience, and how social you are.

The modern lifestyle may make you miss something else that keeps the brain sharp: Enjoying the company of other people. Your ancestors never had to try to be social, it just came with the territory — they’d just bump into others all the time in the village and talk, he pointed out. So one of the most powerful things people can do is to move to an area with sidewalks, bike lanes and nearby shops so they’re more likely to meet their neighbors and make friends.

Location, Location, Location

Still the most important thing about real estate.  When it comes to your mental well being, have a community where you can easily make and see your friends daily.  Like an Active Adult Community!

Contact me to assist you in finding the right community for you!

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Does Solar Add Value To Your Home?

Does Solar Add Value To Your Home?

Yes, No, Maybe

My favorite answer. Frustrating at times but it is true.

Let’s dig down…

Leasing Solar- No

If you are leasing a solar system you don’t own it so it is not adding value to the home.  Even if the solar lease has been pre-paid. The savings you may see on utilities is a bonus to the resident.  But the solar panels when leased do not add value.

Purchased Solar – Yes and Maybe

If you own the solar, it does add value to the home.  You own it and it conveys with the property.  YEAH!

If you purchase Solar and pay the solar off up front, most definitely the solar adds value to your home.  If you paid $30,000 for your solar, don’t expect to get $30,000 back in value.  Remember you also got about 10% back in tax credits, reducing what your out of pocket really was to around $20,000.  Depending on the age of the system, and the KW production of the system the value added will be something around or more likely below the $20,000.

If you purchased Solar with a loan, and you are still paying on that loan, the value added is different.  Like above, you still received your tax credits and may have used them to reduce the loan balance, also reducing your payment.  That is delightful on your wallet, especially over time.  Until you have paid down the loan, and have more equity in the system, the value it gives your home is significantly less.  And as the system ages your equity increases… you are not likely to reach the same value given to the homeowner who pays for the system up front until the loan has been paid off.

See, Yes, No, Maybe

If you are considering Solar, give me a call I am happy to share my knowledge with you.

Irene 480-788-0171

Smile, You’re on Candid Camera

Do you remember that show?  The funny things people did when they didn’t know a camera was aimed their direction.

Today, there are cameras everywhere!  Even in homes you are looking at to purchase.

Home security systems are so reasonably priced, and the wifi cameras you can watch live on your smartphone.  It makes it very tempting for sellers to watch you as you peruse their home.

What does this mean for you, the buyer?

Fist – Be aware! You could be being recorded at any moment.

Second – Pay attention to what you say while you are in the home.  Saying too much could give negotiating power over to the seller. Saying you love it and must have it at any cost…. you could reveal more than you think.

Third – Avoid being too animated. Even if you whisper what you love about the home, your body language can give away how you truly feel as well.

So hold your cards close to your vest! This is a bit of a Poker Game.

With the world watching every moment camera in hand, why should home buying be different?

 

Best 5 Active Adult Communities If You Are Looking To Do Wood Working


A recent client was looking for a community with a full wood working shop available to use.  There are not that many.  I headed to my computer and started checking with each community. Many do have wood carving clubs, but only a few are large enough and chose to do full wood working shops.

Here they are

Sun City Festival
Sun City Grand
Sun City West
Sun City
Westbrook Village

Del Webb has put woodworking shops into almost all of their “Sun City” communities – way to go Del Webb!

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