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Kudos Gilbert, AZ – Most Prosperous City AND the 15th Best Housing Market!

Kudos Gilbert, AZ – Most Prosperous City AND the 15th Best Housing Market!

azCentral reports that in a recent study by the Economic Innovation Group, Gilbert, Arizona ranked #1 in the U.S. for Most Prosperous City or Town of its size. Gilbert beat out San Francisco, Seattle and even Austin TX for the coveted distinction. Multiple data sets were considered and criteria included among other things, graduation rate, employment opportunities, and median income. Neighboring Chandler, Arizona came in at an impressive #4 and Scottsdale finished 10th in the nation.

Gilbert, AZ, the 1920’s-designated ‘Hay Capital of the World’ is now a vital, contemporary “…community with a vision” according to Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels. The eclectic downtown area successfully achieves a delightful fusion of historic old west, cultural entertainment and avant-garde upscale eateries. Gilbert is home to a burgeoning medical hub, trendy retail centers, and decidedly livable residential neighborhoods.

In a separate ranking, 300 cities and towns were analyzed by WalletHub. Categories ranked were Housing Market statistics, and Affordability and Economic Environment. As usual, cities in Texas dominated the lead rankings for booming housing markets, but I’m happy to report that Gilbert AZ has once again popped up near the top of the list at #15 for Best Housing Markets and #4 for Economic Environment.

What makes for an attractive housing market? Analysts at WalletHub recently identified several indicators of desirability, using a 100-point scoring system in 300 markets to rank the top 25 in the nation:

Best & Worst Real-Estate Markets

Overall Rank
(1 = Best)
City Total Score ‘Real-Estate Market’ Rank ‘Affordability & Economic Environment’ Rank
1 Frisco, TX 83.01 1 1
2 McKinney, TX 79.89 2 3
3 Allen, TX 75.25 9 2
4 Cary, NC 73.82 14 5
5 Richardson, TX 73.52 6 11
6 Seattle, WA 73.33 3 145
7 Bellevue, WA 72.62 5 50
8 Carrollton, TX 72.35 11 22
9 Nashville, TN 71.90 7 81
10 Denver, CO 71.74 4 149
11 Thornton, CO 71.56 10 49
12 Aurora, CO 71.34 8 131
13 Arvada, CO 71.22 12 67
14 Murfreesboro, TN 71.03 17 17
15 Gilbert, AZ 70.70 31 4
16 Grand Rapids, MI 70.38 16 74
17 Fort Collins, CO 70.34 15 121
18 Overland Park, KS 70.16 18 43
19 Colorado Springs, CO 70.11 19 32
20 Centennial, CO 70.09 20 26
21 Longmont, CO 69.90 13 160
22 Irvine, CA 69.30 24 27
23 Durham, NC 69.29 22 52
24 Roseville, CA 69.14 28 20
25 Lincoln, NE 69.05 26 31

The indicators applied in the ranking included average days on market, median home price appreciation, the share of homes selling for a gain, and the share of underwater homes.

Five of the top 10 markets are in Texas, which also dominates as the state home to four of the top five in the ranking. No. 1 Frisco boasts the second-lowest home maintenance costs of the 300 markets evaluated, while No. 3 Allen has the third-lowest and No. 4 Cary has the fourth-lowest. No. 6 Seattle is tied for first for the lowest average days on market, while No. 7 Bellevue has the fourth-lowest foreclosure rate.

View the complete ranking and methodology. Source: WalletHub  Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2017. All rights reserved.

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Express Yourself – 5 Small Ways Your Home Can Make a Big Impression

Express Yourself – 5 Small Ways Your Home Can Make a Big Impression.

We always talk about neutralizing your home for maximum resale value, and that’s still a accepted best practice. But unless you’re getting ready to put your home on the market soon, your decor should let your individuality shine through. Interior design that reflects your tastes and interests mellows your day and triggers a state of well-being. Here are 5 ways to make your home a stand-out expression of your personality.

attractive front entrance with large metal sunflower sculpture, bed of yellow flowers and brigh periwinkel blue door - front door, welcoming entrance - Bill Salvatore, Arizona Elite Properties 502-999-0952 - Arizona Real Estate1. Make a Grand Entrance: An unusual door knocker or a doorbell that plays a stanza from your favorite symphony—a whimsical statue or a planter filled with a collection of beach rocks, your favorite artsy flag or a small sign with a treasured saying, all draw on your personality to welcome friends and family. Whatever you choose, small touches like these make a unique statement before guests even enter your home.

2. You Put That Where? Friend’s actors Joey and Chandler opted for a foosball table in the kitchen. Maybe that won’t work for you but perhaps there’s a kitchen nook that just begs for a chaise lounge? Add a loveseat to the bedroom instead of the over-done side chair option, or perhaps an antique, full-length mirror gracing your living room. When done tastefully, furniture in unexpected places can make a memorable impression.

Two people on ladders painting a mural of ocean and tropical plants - mural, painting, home decor - Bill Salvatore, Arizona Elite Properties 602-999-0952 - Arizona Real Estate3. Express Yourself: Don’t play it safe when it comes to wall décor. Go beyond the usual framed prints and bland accent mirrors, and exhibit the objects d’art that reflect your personality. Music lover? Arrange beloved album covers and concert posters. Avid Traveler? Turn your a wall into a collage of photographs and remembrances that bring to mind your favorite destinations. Poet? Stencil a inspirational quote right on the wall. Artist? Go a step further and create a mural to reflect your surroundings.

4. Who Do You Love? Whether it’s comic book heroes or collectible angels, weave your curio into your interior design with creative and tasteful shelving or an uncommon display unit. The key here is to choose one area—don’t let your collection overtake every room.

5. Bring the Outdoors In. Do you have a green thumb? Don’t restrict your talents to the garden. White room with plants on shelving, simple desk and neutral mat - house plants, indoor gardening, interior design - Bill Salvatore, Arizona Elite Properties 602-999-0952 - Arizona Real EstateNot only can you use house plants to help make the air healthier in your home, you can infuse your home with plants and flowers to feed your gardening passion all year-round. Select a sunny spot to cultivate an orchid or African violet bed. Choose multiple locations for hanging vegetable gardens or an herb wall in the kitchen, using charming planters made from copper, ceramic or stainless steel.

One of the many benefits of owning a home versus renting, is the ability to personalize. There are no restrictions on your creativity. So express yourself and create a home that’s truly you.

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Millennials Investment Plans Include the American Dream – Infographic

Millennials faced a challenging job market when they graduated, but as the economy is looking up, Millennials are looking forward. From a lifestyle perspective, buying a home is still the American Dream. From a practical standpoint, Millennials realize the investment value of owning a home of their own. As in anything worth running after, there are still hurdles but the positive outcome will far outweigh the stumbling blocks.

Millennials Still Chasing American Dream Despite Hurdles
Surprising to some, millennials are all about chasing the American dream and owning a home of their own, despite current market and economic setbacks. This infographic from FirstTimeHomeFinancing.com explains what’s keeping millennials from pursuing their homeownership dreams and outlines several programs that could help them achieve their goals.

This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Visit the blog daily for housing and real estate tips and trends. Like Housecall on Facebook and follow @HousecallBlog on Twitter.     Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2016. All rights reserved.


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Thursday Stats: and the Trending, In-Demand Home Size is…

In the Phoenix area’s East Valley, four bedrooms, two and a half baths seems to be the most in-demand stat for home buyers right now.

You can find other Real Estate market statistics for Chandler, Arizona here.

And Gilbert, Arizona Real Estate market statistics for the past week are here.

We have market reports available for any Phoenix area city or town that you’re interested in, just ask and we’ll get them right out to you.

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Where’s the Love? 5 Homes Built Out of Spite

We found this article both head-shaking and amusing and thought you would too. Enjoy!    ~~Bill

By Suzanne De Vita

Home is where the heart is…not. Spite houses—homes built to draw the ire of onlookers—have been a gesture of contempt for centuries, directed toward neighbors, local authorities, developers and other adversaries left wondering, “Where’s the love?”

Take a look at some of the most obnoxious spite homes below. Turns out good fences don’t make good neighbors!

The Froling Spite House

Located on a spit of land in Alameda, Calif., a city between Oakland and San Francisco, this 10-feet deep home was erected around the early 1900s by Charles Froling, whose dreams of building a home were dashed when the city seized the majority of the land to make way for a street.

The Hollensbury Spite House

At (an imposing) 325 square feet, this 1830 Alexandria, Va., home was built by John Hollensbury, owner of the neighboring properties pictured above, to prevent horse-drawn carriages and ne’er-do-wells from accessing the alley between the homes.

The Randall Spite House

Constructed in the 1800s by developer John Randall, this Long Island, N.Y, home, located in Freeport, sits on a triangular plot of land outside the parameters of a grid set by a rival builder.

The Skinny Spite House

Situated in the North End of Boston, Mass., this post-Civil War era home has more than one origin story. Locals say the entry-less home, 10.4 feet at its widest, was built by a soldier left with a sliver of land after his brother took the lion’s share of their father’s inheritance.

The Montlake Spite House

Constructed in 1925, this 860-square-foot home (left, yellow) in Seattle, Wash., is shaped like a slice of pie. Depending on who you ask, the home may have been built by an insulted land owner after a low-ball offer from the neighbor, or by a jilted divorcée left with a slice of land by her ex-husband.

This post was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Check the blog daily for winning real estate tips and trends.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2016. All rights reserved.

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