Home Tech to Protect

With so much new technology out there we are doing things differently. Just a few years ago the technology to say “Alexa Good Night” and have your doors locked, the lights turned out, the blinds closed, your alarm turned on and the thermostat adjusted, just didn’t exist.

With so many fun gadgets, remember to get the ones that help protect your biggest asset, Your Home!

This gadget is a water sensor that can detect the presence of water and notify you before it becomes an issue.

Just a couple of weeks after getting this sensor, we had a leak in the toilet, I was in the house, and would never have known. I received a text message, and quickly got the water turned off before damage could happen.

Upcoming Events at Trilogy at Vistancia

The Good Life Concert | Saturday, January 25th, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
This concert experience will give you a taste of what The Good Life at Trilogy is all about! Enjoy tasty BBQ and refreshing drinks, available for purchase, and put on your dancing shoes for a performance featuring Thaddeus Rose!

Plus, save the date for an incredible event coming to Trilogy in February!

Live Happier®, a Trilogy Curated Event | Friday, February 8th, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Come see for yourself how Trilogy Members have the chance to Live Happier every day! While you’re here, connect with current Members who will be sharing what they love most about living here. We’ll have live music, cooking demos, food trucks, and Uncle Bear’s Brewery on site. Come and enjoy!

Thank You to all of our Veterans

Check out this new video from Another Trilogy® First Series! Through the Series, they share authentic, intimate conversations with Homeowners who tell them their personal stories of living in a Trilogy community. This newest short film features a story from the Member Led Veterans Club at Trilogy. Thank you for watching!

Shea Homes new SheaConnect Smart Homes

Introducing SheaConnect, your dream home, turned smart home. SheaConnect is our newest offering, with a suite of smart home products included in most of our new homes. From energy efficiency to convenience of managing your home from your smart device, SheaConnect wants to help you stay connected.

SheaConnect – New Home, New Smart Features.
Because we’re committed to evolving alongside our customers, most of our new homes now will include a set of SheaConnect smart features, with additional upgrades available at select communities.

Smart Home Products From Quality Partners.
We’ve partnered with some of the most trusted brands, so you never have to be concerned about the quality or design of your home—and can focus instead on how you’ll live in it. Enjoy features like eero Wi-Fi, which uses multiple access points to deliver fast Wi-Fi throughout your house, and Ring Doorbell Elite, featuring a two-way microphone and live video capabilities to give you peace of mind that your home is secure.

Sun City Festival’s Second Clubhouse Reveal

The Sun City Festival community is about to open their Saguaro Recreation Center this spring. Here is a sneak peak at this georgious new amenity.

In addition Sun City Festival will be complete with renovating their former Sales Center into community recreation space. This will greatly increase the available spaces for activities and clubs.

Ready to check out this beautiful new community. Give me a call!

New Build Bargains

It is that time of year again. Summer sunshine turns a little cooler, the leaves start changing (up north) and people begin to come south to Arizona.

It is also that time of year when the builders are coming to the end of their fiscal year. That is a good thing for you!

Builders, always are building homes in anticipation that you may not want to wait 6 or 7 months to move into your new home. Earlier this year started building homes knowing the principle “Built it and they will come”.

There are currently lots of Spec Homes / Quick Move In Homes / Designer Homes – whatever you call them lots are waiting for you. Since it also is the end of their fiscal year, the builders are incentivized to get them sold. That means better value and bargains for you.

This is the best time of the year to purchase a brand new home. If you are looking for a new home, and don’t have the burning desire to pick out all of the design elements. Or you would really like to enjoy living in your new Arizona home this year. This is the time for you!

Call me, let us schedule a visit and together we will find you a beautiful new construction home that you can enjoy this winter!

New Trend in the 55+ Communities

There is a new trend happening in the 55+ communities.

Del Webb, the leader in building and creating the unique 55+, Active Adult lifestyle communities has always acquired a large parcel of land and over time built the homes, activities centers, more homes, additional activities facilities and more homes. Sun City West for example, the largest of the age restrictive communities in the greater Phoenix area, has 17,000 homes, It truly is a city. Del Webb started construction of the community in 1978 and completed the last homes in 1997 almost 20 years later.

As additional builders came into the Active Adult Community arena they too acquired large parcels of land and over time built all the homes within that community themselves; Shea Homes and most of their Trilogy Communities for example.

The new trend is to have one initial investor who created the Homeowners Association, establishes the community as a 55+, and then sells off sections to be built by many different builders.

This will have the community completed much faster. With 3 or 4 different builders all actively constructing homes, the number of homes completed increases exponentially.

This method has been the norm for many Master Planned Communities all over the Valley. It has only been a trend for the Active Adult Communities in the past 5 years.

There are benefits to the home buyer.

  • Neighborhood construction for a shorter time once you move in.
  • Diversity of floor plans and exterior elevations
  • Variety of price points
  • Social groups, clubs, and activities develop quickly

Identifying a disadvantage of this new trend: an Active Adult Community floor plan is not just a single level home. Builders new to the market have to recreate their floor plans to effectively provide the style of home this unique homebuyer is looking for.

I would classify the Active Adult floor plan as one with luxury features; wider halls, high ceilings, large master suites, gourmet kitchens, open great room, with a split plan for the guest room. The 55+ buyer looking at a 1700 square foot homes is not looking for the same thing as the first time homebuyer looking at the same sized house.

Enjoy the diversity and options available to you in these new trending communities, but also remember to consider the design and layout of the homes.

If you need help navigating all these communities, I am here for you.

Meritage Homes receives 2019 Avid Benchmark Award

The Avid Awards are based on customer reviews and are widely considered a trustworthy measure of exceptional customer service in the homebuilding industry. Recipients are chosen by real homeowners across North America who provide honest and independent customer feedback, making this distinction that much more humbling. Thank you to our homeowners for this award.

Meritage Homes builds in 3 Active Adult, 55+ Communities in Arizona. Just outside the Phoenix City is Province at Rancho el Dorado in Maricopa, they also build Mission Royal in Casa Grande and Canta Ranch in Green Valley.

For more information on Meritage Homes or any of their communities, Please give me a call or email.

It is all about Lifestyle

Recently I was back east in the Hilton Head area visiting my dad, while there we visited a new community in the area Margaritaville’s Latitude.  Taking its theme from Jimmy Buffett’s songs, and lifestyle.  The whole community will be like taking a day, or lifetime at the beach. 

The community truly understands that the shift from choosing a home because of its proximity to your employment, and the best school district shifts when you move to a 55 or greater community.  Now it is all about YOU! 

  • What do you desire for your retirement lifestyle?  
  • What do you enjoy doing? 
  • What have you always wanted to do, but didn’t take the time before now to accomplish?

It was fun to see the model homes, with palm trees cut out of the shutters, the island colors and model names like Coconut, Aruba, and Jamaica.  The interiors were all decorated in beachy tones that conveyed a feeling of vacations casual elegance somewhere in the tropics.  

Golf carts with Shark Fins (to the left, fins to the right…) it is the perfect location for any Parrot Head.

I wish I could say they were headed to AZ the builder; Minto’s is only building in Florida and South Carolina at this time.  

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 from somewhere like terminix louisiana.  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.

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