Friday, October 30, 2009

Ocotillo Golf Resort
Opened in 1986 and is recognized as a Top 50 Resort by Golf World and a 4 1/2 star golf course by Golf Digest.

    Three nine-hole courses played in combinations with yardages ranging from 6,782 to 7,016 from the back tees and 5,128 to 5,134 from the forward tees.

    The Blue-Gold combination plays as the most difficult, with a rating of 72.2 and slope of 133 from the back tees.

    • Award Winning Golf Shop
    • Full Service Clubhouse and Snack Bar
    • Practice Facilities Include Driving Range,
    Putting Green and Practice Bunker
    • Men's and Women's Full Service Locker Rooms
    • Bernard's Restaurant & Bar
    • Private and Group Lessons
    • Callaway Club Rentals


    Season Rate Twilight
    May 11 - Sep 25, 2009$65$35
    Sep 25, 2009 - Jan 14, 2010$115$65
    Jan 15 - Apr 18, 2010$130 Weekday
    $150 Weekend
    $65 Weekday
    $80 Weekend

    All rates for golf course tee times include Golf car.
    Green Fee rates do not include tax.
    Rates stated for the 2009-10 season, subject to change.


    When visiting Ocotillo, be sure to stop at our award winning Golf Shop which has been selected as the "Best Golf Shop for Women’s Apparel" by the Arizona Republic, "PGA Merchandiser of the Year" and one of the "Top 100 Pro Shops in The United States" by Golf World Business Magazine.


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    Money Saving Tips for the Holiday Season

    Create a Budget:
    • Look closely at your finances to determine the most you can spend on gifts this holiday season.
    • Write down all the people you want to buy gifts for.
    • Next to those names, jot down a maximum dollar amount you can spend for that person’s gift.
    • If you’re like most people you’ll need some help remembering those amounts – carry that list to each shopping trip.

    Do your Research:
    • Now that you know how much you want to spend on each gift, jump on the Internet.
    • Start researching great gift ideas.
    • Find out how much they cost at big-name retail stores.
    • Then look for deals on competitors Websites. You might even try eBay.
    • The bottom-line: by researching gifts and the various price points, you will likely see some savings.

    Use Cash:
    • Studies have shown that consumers using cash pay more attention to what they are spending and decrease their chance of overspending.
    • It may not be the most convenient method for shopping, but it certainly beats going over your budget.

    Get Creative:
    • If you plan ahead, handmade gifts can be a wonderful alternative to the typical store-bought item.
    • Knitting, beading or fly-tying are all inventive ways to create the perfect gift for someone special.

    Stick to the Plan:
    • This step may be the most important (second possibly to creating your budget).
    • Keep your plan in your pocket – or purse – during all shopping trips and refer to your list often.
    • If things should change consult your budget, consider removing a friend or family member from your list, and work it into your plan.

      source: Wise Agent
      photo: Christine Glade/iStockPhoto

    Tuesday, October 27, 2009

    Chandler Open House

    • Saturday, October 31 from 1.00pm - 6.00pm
    • Sunday, November 1st from 12.00am - 4.00pm
    • 707 W LOUGHLIN DR Chandler, AZ
    • MLS# 4191161
    • $215,000 - just reduced!

    Beds/Baths: 3 / 2
    SF: 1,515 / County Assessor

    Year Built: 1985
    Pool - Private: Pool - Private; Diving Pool; Play Pool
    Lot Size: 7,501 - 10,000
    Level: Single Level

    • A lovely, well cared for home in Chandler that is move-in ready!
    • 1515 sq. ft. home features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage.
    • A spacious floor plan and lush backyard make this home perfect for entertaining.
    • The home has been beautifully landscaped both front and back!
    • NO Homeowners Association!
    • Not a short sale or foreclosure.

    Happy Halloween!


    Tuesday, October 13, 2009

    Real Estate Statistics from Scottsdale, Arizona

    Statistics from Scottsdale - October 2009

    • The Average Price Per Square Footage - Scottsdale
      • Monthly Average this month $178,86 per SF
      • Annual Average $194,20 per SF
      • Annual Appreciation -23.4%
      • Recent Trend -7.9%
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    • Inventory Levels:
      • 334 Days Inventory Based on Annual Sales
      • 276 Days Inventory Based on Monthly Sales
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    Source: The Cromford Report

    Golf Courses: Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler

    Ocotillo subdivision is very conveniently located around the intersection of Alma School Rd and Queen Creek Rd.

    Homes are situated within Ocotillo Golf Club and Ocotillo Lakes.

    The entire community features diversified developments:

    • townhomes
    • gated communities
    • properties on the golf course
    • water front
    • pool properties
    • luxury homes.

    Within a mile or two you are able to find great restaurants, shopping and recreation. San Tan News is resource website providing local news and activities schedule for Ocotillo area for adults and children as well as business directory.

    Ocotillo golf course is often called the tropical-style course. Mainly because is surrounded by beautiful palm trees, flower arrangements water and many waterfalls. It is administered by Scottsdale Troon, so you can expect the same standards and immaculate condition.

    Ocotillo Golf Course Information

    • Course Style: Traditional with water
    • Number of Holes: 27
    • Green Type: Bermuda
    • Fairway Type: Bermuda
    • Twilight Rates: Yes, rates & times vary with season.
    • Replay Rates: Yes, rates vary with season and space available basis.
    • Junior Rates: Yes, 50% off rack rate.
    • 9 Hole Rates: Yes, 50% off rack rate plus $5.00 & Tax.
    • Practice Facility: Yes, including driving range, putting greens, practice bunkers and chipping greens open to public - hour prior to first tee time and closes at 6:00pm.
    • Cart Access: 90 degrees rule
    • Club Rental: Yes, Callaway X-16, $45.00 plus Tax.
    • Lessons: Yes, Private Lesson $50.00/45 Minutes, series of four lessons $175.00. Please contact the pro shop for more details.
    • Locker Room/Shower Facilities: Yes, locker room facilities as well as showers are available for both Men and Women complete with towel service.
    • Dress Code: Yes, proper golf attire, collard shirts, hemmed shorts and no denim.
    • Spike Policy: Yes, soft spikes only.
    • Shoe Rental: Yes, Footjoy $10.00 plus Tax.
    • Restaurant: Yes, Bernard's Restaurant with full service dining room open daily.
    • Bar: Yes, full service bar located in Bernard's Restaurant.
    • Rider Fee: No charge if available
    • Conference & Banquet Facilities: Yes, restaurant and banquet space of over 9,000 sq ft, Crown Terrace Ballroom accommodates up to 240 guests and Director Rooms room seats up to 32 guests.
    • Director of OcotilloGolf: Tom Cortabitarte
    Source of Golf Information:

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    Wednesday, October 7, 2009

    Ethics in SHORT SALE process. Is there any????

    Every new market condition creates new challenges for the realtors.

    Buyers should disclose that are making multiple offers to the seller, because that my affect Seller's choice. But where? Is there any form approved by Department of Real Estate in any states?

    There are debates if any action could be brought against the buyer making multiple offers on properties without full disclosure to the sellers for "lack of good faith". And for real estate agent representing the buyers for misleading information and manipulating the seller's decision of acceptance, according to a Code of Ethics.

    How do we justify that? Agents representing buyers have a difficult time getting an offer accepted. Is it ethical for the Lender/Bank have no response for months? Certainly, it is ethical to a Seller, for whom the offer might the last chance to avoid foreclosure.

    So, should you submit multiple offers on properties?

    Every situation is different, and there are no blanket answers for a question like this. In the metro Phoenix area market, if you are interested in buying a short sale or foreclosure, you almost must submit multiple offers. It is not uncommon to submit an offer, and wait 10, 20, or more weeks to get an answer that lender/investor decided to reject the offer and foreclose anyway, so you are left off with angry buyer starting the process all over again. And buyer just want to buy a house, without waiting for months. It almost makes sense to secure offers on multiple properties and hope that at least one go through.

    Without proper regulations and guidelines, the perception of today's market conditions is so puzzled, that is almost frightening to ask for correct answers. You put yourself at risk to receive to many different opinions.

    Overall, I think that we have an obligation to a higher standards and the actions we take on behalf of our clients can never override our obligation to the Code of Ethics.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2009

    Scottsdale Home Prices and Home Values

    Housing data on South Scottsdale:

    • Median list price for homes for sale is $245,000
    • Median home value per square foot is $125
    • 26.1% of listings have had at least one price cut
    Demographic data on South Scottsdale:
    • Median Age: 42
    • Homes With Kids: 16%
    • Average Commute Time: 23 minutes

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