Sun City West, AZ Real Estate News

By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
I just posted the 2nd quarter sales figures for Corte Bella real estate. As I said in an earlier post, home sales in Corte Bella have picked up. Part of this is due to a greater number of short sales and foreclosures which mean lower sales prices. For the future health of this gated community though, we need to see this inventory reduction. It's a tough pill to swallow for current homeowners trying to sell, but is ultimately necessary for Corte Bellas' real estate market recovery. Click on the tabs below to see the Corte Bella Arizona home sales figures for the last month as well as the archives I have provided for the last year and a half.
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By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona
(Leolinda Realty)
This market update for Sun City West & Corte Bella real estate provides you with transactions that closed in escrow in April 2009. Sun City West Golf Course Properties Model SQ FT Original List Price Sold Price Days on Market Address Flagstaff 1,935 $334,900 $290,000 106 15328 W. Gunsight Dr Granada 1,733 $235,000 $225,000 52 19826 N. Alta Loma Dr Prescott 1,838 $279,000 $260,000 76 15126 W. Las Brizas Lane Prescott 1,872 $399,000 $305,000 225 22308 N. Via Montoya San Carlos 2,319 $315,000 $257,000 185 19023 N. 143rd Ave San Carlos 2,083 $314,900 $315,000 9 13545 W. Springale Dr San Carlos 2,564 $429,000 $425,000 19 14508 W. Robertson Dr San Franciscan 2,507 $295,000 $270,000 0 12507 W. Eveningside Dr Scottsdale 2,910 $425,000 $425,000 12 21217 N. Limousine Dr Seville 2,319 $199,900 $19...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
Awhile back I did a blog article on restaurants in Sun City West, AZ. At the time I neglected to include a beautiful restaurant that provides a fine dining experience, located in the gated country club retirement community of Corte Bella. Because Corte Bella is a gated community, non-residents may not realize they are welcome to eat at the Anacapa Restaurant. In fact, restaurant management would LOVE your patronage. If you haven't had the opportunity to visit the community you will be in for a treat. Just tell the guard at the gate that you wish to have lunch/dinner at the Anacapa Restaurant. The guard will then give you a visitors pass and you are on your way. The restaurant boasts painted murals with a Santa Barbara/Mediterranean feel to the architecture... and, of course, gorgeous v...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
Corte Bella sales have picked up significantly in the last 6 months. Over the next week I will be providing sales reports that will go back to the beginning of 2008. For now you can see Corte Bella Homes Sold - 1st Quarter 2009 and Corte Bella Homes Sold - 4th Quarter 2008. In the future you can access all the Corte Bella, Sun City West sales by going to my Corte Bella Home Sales Archives. As you can see in the latest reports, foreclosures in Corte Bella, as well as short sales, are up considerably. Corte Bella was hit harder than other AZ retirement communities, by the slump in the Arizona real estate market, in large part due to the timing of Pulte Homes closing out the new construction in the community. At the time the market started sliding, Pulte was offering huge incentives on th...
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By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona
(Leolinda Realty)
Search for more Sun City Grand real estate and homes for sale including Foreclosures and Short Sales at http:LEOLINDA.com.  Search Sun City Grand Floor plans that fit your lifestyle or check out recent home sales in Sun City Grand.  See other golf course retirement communities including Sun City West, Sun Village, Arizona Traditions, Westbrook Village, Trilogy at Vistancia, Pebble Creek and Sun City Festival at http://LeoLinda.com. This week's absorption rates: Sun City = 42 weeks Sun City Grand = 42 weeks  Sun City West = 42 weeks Arizona Traditions = 48 weeks Corte Bella = 75 weeks Sun City WestCorte Bella Country ClubReal Estate HOT SHEETfor the Week Ending 6/21/2009 Total Listings 85 New Listings 3 Back-on-the Market 2 Price Changes 5 Pending Sales 2 Conditional & Contingent  1 Sold...
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By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona
(Leolinda Realty)
Search Sun City Grand real estate & homes for sale, Sun City West, Sun Village, Arizona Traditions, Westbrook Village, Trilogy at Vistancia, Pebble Creek and Sun City Festival at http://LeoLinda.com. This week's absorption rates: Sun City = 42 weeks Sun City Grand = 42 weeks  Sun City West = 42 weeks Arizona Traditions = 48 weeks Corte Bella = 75 weeks Sun City West Real EstateHot Sheetfor the Week Ending 6/21/2009 Total Listings 389 New Listings 12 Back-on-the Market 5 Price Changes 17 Pending Sales 16 Conditional & Contingent  5 Sold/Closed 18 Golf Course Property Listings 58 OFF the Golf Course 331 I live here, I work here, I know this community!   About The Author Leolinda Bowers is an Associate Broker with Ken Meade Realty. She specializes in real estate Arizona West Valley Retirem...
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By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona
(Leolinda Realty)
Just because someone is retired does not mean that they are not vulnerable to foreclosure and unlike the news media is purporting, not all people are loosing their home because they lost their job. Some are due to the stock market, Madoffor other investment choices. Most agents are seeing the "people of foreclosure" since it's happening at all ages, and in all income brackets.  I was previewing a newly listed short sale property that my client asked me to see.  I drove up to a perfectly manicured yard, the type that you would see in the movies or in a Phoenix luxury home magazine.  My preview appointment was accepted with hesitation and as I rang the door bell and could hear voices whispering on the other side.  The male and female were debating as to if they should open the door and w...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
Outdoor living is probably one of the biggest draws for people moving to the desert southwest. And many of us put a great deal of thought into how we want our own private oasis to look. I know I did. My husbands & my first Thanksgiving here, after our move from Washington state, was spent with family over in Scottsdale... on the back patio, next to the pool w/ water feature, under palm trees and amongst hibiscus and overlooking Lake Serena in Scottsdale Ranch. The sun was setting across the lake with a reflection of the sunset in the water. I got my first taste of what an Arizona backyard SHOULD be. This was paradise! Of course we can't all afford luxury like that, but we CAN all take pieces of it to create our own backyard oasis. Two years prior to ever moving here I subscribed to Phoe...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
I just made it easier to find foreclosures in Sun City West, AZ. Little by little I have been adding to my website and this morning I created a separate search category to pull up the foreclosure listings (and short sales) in Sun City West. A couple of weeks ago I had added Sun City West's Corte Bella foreclosures, along with foreclosures in Sun City Grand & Sun City Festival. While this is an unfortunate sign of the times in our recent market, it provides an outstanding opportunity for buyers to pick up their retirement/vacation getaway home at a great price. You have to be ready to jump on the nice ones when they come on the market though. We are experiencing multiple offers, and in some cases bidding wars, on the really great deals.
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
Last summer I first wrote about a dance class in Sun City West I had heard of called Dance for the Health of It. At the time there were just a couple of classes being conducted in Sun City West and a few in some of the surrounding areas. On Saturday I was bowling in Sun City West and one of my husbands customers mentioned she has been taking this dance class and having a lot of fun while getting fit and learning how to dance. Apparently she isn't the only one because, due to the popularity, there are many more classes being offered now, both on the west side and the east side. What an excellent way to stay active, AND have fun, during our hot summer months. Be sure to check it out! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in one of the Pho...
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
Way back when I was in my 20's I bowled on a league team and had loads of fun. Well this weekend I had a chance to bowl for the first time in years at the Johnson Lanes in Sun City West. My husband, who is the manager of the Fletcher Music Center in Sun City West, was treating a number of his customers and employees to a night of bowling fun. I was invited to join in and eventually found my groove. That doesn't mean my score was very good... but I WAS able to roll my share of strikes and spares. More than anything though was the great time we had watching the shimmies, shakes and other various antics people used to entice those pins to fall. When all was said and done, the concensus was... we all want to do it again. Very Soon! Now... If only I could get my 20 year old body back. ~~~~~~...
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By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona
(Leolinda Realty)
Search Sun City Grand real estate & homes for sale, Sun City West, Sun Village, Arizona Traditions, Westbrook Village, Trilogy at Vistancia, Pebble Creek and Sun City Festival at http://LeoLinda.com.    Sun City West Real EstateHot Sheetfor the Week Ending 6/14/2009 Total Listings 404 New Listings 17 Back-on-the Market 6 Price Changes 14 Pending Sales 20 Conditional & Contingent  1 Sold/Closed 11 Golf Course Property Listings 58 OFF the Golf Course 346 The present Sun City West real estate absorption rate, the rate that it will take to sell off the current inventory of homes in the community, is 44 weeks.   I live here, I work here, I know this community! About The Author Leolinda Bowers is an Associate Broker with Ken Meade Realty. She specializes in Arizona West Valley Retirement (55+...
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By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona
(Leolinda Realty)
 Search Sun City Grand real estate & homes for sale, Sun City West, Sun Village, Arizona Traditions, Westbrook Village, Trilogy at Vistancia, Pebble Creek and Sun City Festival at www.LEOLINDA.com.  Corte Bella Real EstateHot Sheetfor the Week Ending June 14, 2009 6/14/2009 Total Listings 88 New Listings 1 Back-on-the Market 0 Price Changes 5 Pending Sales 0 Conditional & Contingent  1 Sold/Closed 2 Sun City Grand...I live here, I work here, I know this community! About The Author Leolinda Bowers is an Associate Broker with Ken Meade Realty. She specializes in Arizona West Valley Retirement (55+) Communities. Leolinda has Bachelor of Science Degrees and a Masters Degree in Business Administration with Project Management concentration.  She is a leading sales person who has proven sales ...
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By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona
(Leolinda Realty)
This market update for Sun City West real estate sales provides you with a snapshot view for transactions that occurred during the week ending June 8, 2009. Sun City West real estateHot Sheetfor the Week Ending 6/7/2009 Total Listings 412 New Listings 27 Back-on-the Market 3 Price Changes 15 Pending Sales 15 Conditional & Contingent  2 Sold/Closed 14 Golf Course Property Listings 56 OFF the Golf Course 356     I live here, I work here, I know this community! About The Author Leolinda Bowers is an Associate Broker with Ken Meade Realty. She specializes in Arizona West Valley Retirement (55+) Communities. Leolinda has Bachelor of Science Degrees and a Masters Degree in Business Administration with Project Management concentration. She is a leading sales person who has proven sales experie...
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By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona
(Leolinda Realty)
This market update for Corte Bella real estate sales provides you with a snapshot view for transactions that occurred during the week ending June 8, 2009. Corte Bella real estateHot Sheetfor the week ending 6/7/2009 Total Listings 90 New Listings 4 Back-on-the Market 0 Price Changes 1 Pending Sales 3 Conditional & Contingent  1 Sold/Closed 0     I live here, I work here, I know this community! About The Author Leolinda Bowers is an Associate Broker with Ken Meade Realty. She specializes in Arizona West Valley Retirement (55+) Communities. Leolinda has Bachelor of Science Degrees and a Masters Degree in Business Administration with Project Management concentration. She is a leading sales person who has proven sales experience in the current real estate market. Leolinda can assist you wit...
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By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona
(Leolinda Realty)
Sun City West Golf Course Properties  May 2009 Sales Model Square Ft Original List Price Sold Price Days on Market Address Castillo 2,241 $304,000 $215,000 257 12707 W Paintbrush Dr Castillo 2,150 $279,900 $238,000 152 12914 W Castlebar Dr Castillo 2,350 $319,000 $275,000 151 12826 W Castlebar Dr Catalina 2,017 $344,500 $250,000 543 14138 W Robertson Dr Catalina 2,033 $349,000 $270,000 176 13807 W Via Tercero Chandler 1,794 $269,000 $265,000 14 20231 N Meadowood Dr Chandler 2,197 $349,000 $299,500 195 22214 N Golf Club Dr San Carlos 2,564 $369,000 $306,000 326 22027 N Parada Dr San Simeon 2,268 $325,000 $270,000 197 13738 W Summerstar Dr San Simeon 2,528 $350,000 $315,000 126 13727 W Aleppo Dr Sedona 2,332 $369,000 $335,000 120 21909 N Parada Dr Truxton 2,511 $434,500 $359,500 352 13800...
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By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona
(Leolinda Realty)
Corte Bella Sun City West real estate absorption rate, the rate that it will take to sell off the current inventory of homes, is 89 weeks. Corte Bella Real EstateMarket Update 5/24/2009 Total Listings 108 New Listings 2 Back-on-the Market 0 Price Changes 4 Pending Sales 1 Conditional & Contingent  0 Sold/Closed 1  
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By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona
(Leolinda Realty)
Sun City West real estate absorption rate, the rate that it will take to sell off the current inventory of homes in the community, is 45 weeks. Sun City WestReal Estate Market Update 5/24/2009 Total Listings 450 New Listings 5 Back-on-the Market 10 Price Changes 17 Pending Sales 24 Conditional & Contingent  1 Sold/Closed 17 Golf Course Property Listings 65 OFF the Golf Course 385
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By Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale
(Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living)
What is a short sale? I have clients ask me this all the time since we do come across them in our Arizona retirement communities from time to time. The following is a definition of short sales that I borrowed from Wikipedia. "A short sale is a sale of real estate in which the proceeds from the sale fall short of the balance owed on a loan secured by the property sold. In a short sale, the bank or mortgage lender agrees to discount a loan balance due to an economic or financial hardship on the part of the mortgagor. This negotiation is all done through communication with a bank's loss mitigation or workout department. The home owner/debtor sells the mortgaged property for less than the outstanding balance of the loan, and turns over the proceeds of the sale to the lender, sometimes (but ...
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By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona
(Leolinda Realty)
This market update for Sun City West real estate provides you with a snapshot view for transactions that occurred during the week ending May 3, 2009. The present listing inventory remains low, the lowest since October 26, 2008. The absorption rate, the rate that it will take to sell off the current inventory of homes, has slightly decreased to 49 weeks. Sun City West Real EstateTransactions for the Week Ending 5/10/2009 Total Listings 492 New Listings 21 Back-on-the Market 0 Price Changes 20 Pending Sales 11 Conditional & Contingent  3 Sold/Closed 20 Golf Course Property Listings 77 OFF the Golf Course 415 Properties on this hot sheet report have been listed or sold by various participants in MLS.  I live here, I work here, I know this community! About The Author Leolinda Bowers is an A...
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