Peoria is one of the fastest-growing cities in the Valley of the Sun. And with good reason — from well-rated school districts to world-class amenities and recreational opportunities, residents have found that living in Peoria, AZ truly offers something for everyone. In addition to all of the features mentioned previously, homeowners in specific communities in Peoria can also enjoy waterfront views and the accompanying unmatched access to watersports. Whether you are already living in Peoria, AZ and looking for your next home in the city or relocating from elsewhere, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite communities — especially for those who love the idea of living on a body of water. [Read more…]
In the United States, cities all along the west coast are seeing inflated real estate prices due to foreign investors looking to park their fortunes into the safe U.S. economy. Is this affecting the Phoenix market and if not, is there a chance that Phoenix could be affected in the future? Here we offer our insight into how foreign real estate investors may (or may not) be impacting Phoenix real estate prices. [Read more…]
Despite whether you are a new homebuyer or an experienced one, you may be asking the question “what do real estate agents do?” Real estate agents are an integral part of the business communication between the seller, buyer, loan officer, escrow officer, and title companies. You can’t have the practice of selling and buying real estate itself without an agent helping the process along with their professional knowledge and guidance. It should be noted that not every agent puts in the same amount of effort or time into their practice, but at Century 21 Real Estate, our agents hold themselves to high expectations. So what do real estate agents do? Pretty much everything, but here are the basics that every good realtor should cover: [Read more…]
When researching prospective neighborhoods, it would be great to be able to spend some significant time hanging out in each of the contending locations to get a feel for the area and to know some of the people who live and work there. But it can be hard to find the time and, especially for people moving from out of town or out of state, is not a practical exercise at all. Luckily, with the advent of social media, potential homebuyers and renters have the ability to get the scoop on new neighborhoods. [Read more…]
For homebuyers (hipsters) looking to live in an urban area that affords exceptional walkability, access to cultural amenities, nightlife, dining and more, there are two Phoenix-area neighborhoods that quickly come to mind. Mill Avenue (popularly shortened to Mill Ave.) has been established for some time as a preeminent hipster spot, while Roosevelt Row (the City of Phoenix keeps trying to make RoRo happen, but it is not happening) has started trending more recently with the City of Phoenix’s effort to develop the downtown area. Is Mill Ave. a fading trend? A tourist spot? Has Roosevelt Row overtaken it as the spot the locals go? [Read more…]
The Arizona real estate market is doing great. So great, in fact, that it is consistently outpacing the rest of the country. Within that market, Phoenix area real estate is performing especially well and wise investors who purchased and held on to a Glendale home since the Great Recession are probably sitting on a decent amount of equity right about now — home values recently increased a whopping 9 percent when looking at price per square foot data year over year. So what is a Glendale homeowner to do? Why not sell your Glendale home and move to Peoria AZ. Do you hold on to that real estate or is it time to cash out? Here, we make the case for why you should sell your Glendale home to move to Peoria AZ. [Read more…]
Living in the Phoenix area is amazing – it affords us an unparalleled lifestyle in terms of recreational opportunities and the economy is pretty darn good. But even the most adamant fan of the Valley would be hard pressed to argue that in the summer months, the Phoenix heat can become difficult to deal with. It is getting to that time of year again here in the Valley where the temperatures are beginning to rise during the day and not cool off during the night. While it has not reached the point just yet of being unbearable, it is not that far away. Luckily, one does not have to drive very far at all to find a reprieve. Here are five ways to escape the Phoenix heat.