1406 W Darrel Rd Phoenix Az 85041 – SOLD


Welcome to this South Phoenix listing, located at 1406 W Darrel Rd Phoenix Az 85041.

About the Home

HOME IS NOT ON MLS at this time.  To see home call David Alan Baker 602-373-6345

Home is a wonderful home for sale in South Phoenix, located in the 85041 zip code.  Home has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, with an additional room which serves as an office, but could easily be converted to a 4th bedroom!

Some of the specifics of the home are as follows:

1735 square feet of livable space

3 bedroom

2 bath

private pool

2 car garage home

This is a single story home, built in 2003.  While it is not on a pie shaped corner lot, it is close enough to the corner that the home does not share a neighbor to the back, but instead backs to a common area.

The interior

Home has a very well planned out floor plan, and was one of the popular plans in the subdivision.  Master is of generous size and also has a walk in closet, good size master bath with split shower and tub.  Nice open living area with breakfast bar toward kitchen, as well as an additional room which is used currently as a den.  This additional room could easily be converted into a 4th bedroom.

Fair size kitchen, with plenty of cabinet and counter space.  Breakfast bar opening into the living area, as well as an eat in kitchen breakfast nook.  Kitchen does have dishwasher, built in microwave, dual sinks, pantry, and refrigerator.

The Exterior

One of the wonderful things about this home, is location.  It is in a great subdivision to begin with, but it also backs up to a common area, so no neighbors to the back of home.  This is a single story, frame wood construction home, with tile roof.  Nice elevation and very nice curb appeal to home, especially with nice mature palo verdes to front of home.

Home does have a private pool as well, and covered back patio.  In addition home does also have an RV gate to the side of home, where one could park additional vehicles or store toys.

About the Subdivision

1406 W Darrel Rd Phoenix Az 85041, is located in the popular subdivision of Mountain vistas.  The subdivision was mostly built out in the years 2003 through 2005.  149 properties within subdivision are single story homes, and the rest (about 31) are two story homes.  The average house for the Mountain vistas subdivision is 1567 and is built on a average lot size of 6947 square feet.

There are several green belt areas within the subdivision as well.

About the HOA

HOA or the Home Owners Association is called the Mountain Vistas HOA.  It is professionally run by Golden Valley property management, at least it is at the time of this listing.  Current monthly assessments are $47.50 and cover the cost of the common areas maintenance.  Common areas are those areas that are open, or greenbelts.

About South Phoenix

Well, what can one say about the South Phoenix area, it is great.  One of the great benefits of living in the South Phoenix area, is the location.  No matter were one decides to buy and live in the area, the commutes to most areas within the Valley of the Sun are made easy by our location.

In addition there is plenty to do in the area.  The downtown nightlife, and cultural area are all within about 20 minutes drive.  For the outdoor enthusiast, the municipal park has over 16,000 acres of hiking, biking and more.

About the School District

The Elementary School

The elementary school for the area is the Roosevelt school district.  This is a fairly good size district, and there are over 10 elementary school within the South Phoenix area.  This particular home falls within the borders of VH Lassen elementary school.  School is located at the crossroads of vineyard and 9th ave.

The High School

The highschool for most of Phoenix, which will also include South Phoenix is the Phoenix union high school.  This particular home does fall within the attendance boundary for Cesar Chavez high school, which is located at about 39th ave and Baseline Rd.

Area News

* Sold * 2220 W Harwell Rd Phoenix Az 85041

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2220 W Harwell Rd Phoenix Az 85041

2220 W Harwell Rd

2220 W Harwell Rd

2220 W Harwell Rd Phoenix Az 85041 is a new listing by David Baker from Homesmart Realty.  This specifics of the home are as follows:

4 Bedroom Home

2.5 baths

Lower level master bedroom

3 car garage

2735 square feet of livable space

8288 square foot lot

2 story contemporary home

HOA fee of $80 a month

Gated community

2220 W Harwell Rd

2220 W Harwell Rd



2220 W Harwell Rd is located in the gated community of Suncrest at Rio Montana. This subdivision is located just west of 19th ave and Baseline Rd, on the south side of Baseline Rd.  Proximity to the South Mountain preserve is one of the many appeals of this area.  The fact that the community is an established community with mature trees and overall appearance with wide streets, adds to Suncrest at Rio Montana’s appeal.  With only 114 improved lots or homes built in the community, it is a nice community but not too large.  Location of Suncrest of Rio Montana is excellent.  Easy commutes to central Phoenix, likely averaging between 15 to 20 minutes of city street commute times, with several routes to choose from.  The 10 interstate can easily be accessed from several on ramps all within about 10 minutes. 

The community of Suncrest at Rio Montana offered several floor plans, and most range in the mid- to – upper level price range in the 85041 zip code.  There are a couple of nice gated communities in the South Phoenix 85041 zip code, and Suncrest is a great mid level price option.  Looking for higher valued homes that are gated communities, then check out this link to view gated communities in South Phoenix in general.  Many will show up that are in the 85041 zip code, such as Talasera or Blossom Hills which are two of the nicer gated communities in the 85041 zip code.  This particular floor plan has had recent sales in the $260,000 to $280,000 price range, so this particular home at $215,000 has room for improvement.  More on that in a little bit.  Other South Phoenix gated communities can be viewed here at this page on my site.


What have been the real estate market trends in the community of Suncrest at Rio Montana?  Well lets take a look and see what has been going on in the community year to date 2015:

1 home is currently on the market.  Home has been on market for 42 days, and is price at $279,900

7 Homes have sold year to date in Suncrest at Rio Montana

$215,000 was the lowest priced home sold

$295,000 was the highest priced home sold

$248,857 is the average price for homes sold at Suncrest at Rio Montana year to date 2015

This information is great information to have as both a buyer and a seller.  It gives a view as to what the trend and values are for the subdivision.  Currently the market in the South Phoenix area is a seller market, meaning there is strong demand for homes and a lower level of home inventory.  Generally anything under 3 months of inventory of homes is considered a seller market.  This is not only true of the South Phoenix area, but also 85041 zip code, and as one can see for information above, we also have less than 3 months inventory in Suncrest at Rio Montana.

Now what can I share about 2220 W Harwell and the information above.  Well, the property located at 2220 W Harwell is one of the larger homes in the subdivision.  As such, it would usually be able to get a higher sales price, than that at which it is listed.  This particular home is a short sale, and home is being sold in “as is” condition.  Seller will not be making any repairs to home, so any potential buyer must know this going in, because again, no repairs will be made by seller.  This is a short sale, and as such may take a little longer to finalize any sale.  What is a short sale?  You can read a previous post I’ve written about the short sale process at this link.  For those not wanting to make the trip on the previous link, let me give you a quick definition of a short sale.  A short sale is basically a home owner selling a home for less than what is owed on the home.  In other words, the mortgage is more than the value of the home.  With me so far?  Generally with a short sale a home owner can no longer make payments on the home, and at this point will try to get the bank to agree to the selling on the home and allowing a pay off for less than what is owed on the home.  Hence the short amount of the payoff is the short sale.  This process can take some time, and is not for all buyers.  While there really is no average as far a time to get an approval for the short sale by the bank, it can take generally at least 30 days.  In the past I have listed short sale homes, and have been lucky enough to have been able to get approvals within about 30 days.

So again, 2220 W Harwell is a short sale.  Home is being sold at a great price for a reason.  The home is not in the best of conditions.  Home has 2 air conditioner units, and one is really in need of being replaced.  Frankly, a buyer should go in with the complete expectation of having to replace both a/c units.  Landscaping to the home is in some major need for tender loving care.  Currently, as you might see from photos, the landscape is overgrown and needs to be cleaned up.  Interior of the home is in need of at the very least 2 things:

  1.  A good and thorough paint job
  2. New carpeting or flooring.  Currently the carpet has been pulled up in several areas of the home.  Some of the carpet in rooms is stained and likely the best course of action, is tear them up and replace them.

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By no means is this short list made by a professional contractor.  This short list was made by yours truly, David Baker a homesmart real estate agent who specializes in the south Phoenix and Laveen area.  I’ve been working in real estate since 2004 as a full time realtor.  Based on number of transaction in the area, I’m one of the top agents in the South Phoenix and Laveen area.  Google me, chances are you might find me.  You can view client testimonials, and some video testimonials right here at this link to a post on testimonials. Back to the list!!!  I am a real estate agent, not a contractor.  The above are things that I have noticed that would make this a nice home.  The home does not have any major upgrades to it, the counters are formica not granite or corian.  The kitchen cabinetry is again, not the upgraded cabinets that were offered at the time homes where built, it was the base choice.  This is a nice home, and the options are very nice and functional – they are just not upgraded such as some of the sales which happened above the $250,000 range.  So, could a investor come in and make some money on flipping this property?  Yes, the possibility is there to make some money, but this home is likely better suited for a home buyer looking to buy and live in home and have some instant equity.  That is likely sweat equity, if one puts some work into the home.  The opportunity is there, but do go ahead and plan to have a inspector or contractor come and look at home so you know what you are looking to invest in the fixing of home to match your needs.

Have any questions about my listing at 2220 W Harwell Rd?  Call me David Baker real estate agent at 602.373.6345 or request I contact you right here at this link on my website.


Gated Communities in South Phoenix

Gated Communities in South Phoenix

There are many gated communities in South Phoenix from which to choose.  Are you in the market for a new home and desire something in a gated community?  Then this short article is written for you to inform you about the different gated communities in South Phoenix.    These will not really be in any specific order such as East to West, North to South or based on value and increasing, no this will just be a list and some comments about the gated community to inform a bit.  If you have any specific questions, please feel free to call me – I am after all a local South Phoenix realtor who has specialized in the area since 2004.

View a list of all active homes for sale in Gated communities in South Phoenix

The Pines at the Raven – Located just North of Baseline on 40th Street in South Phoenix.  This gated community features 80 improved lots, with homes being built between 1996 and 2001.   Average house square footage is about 1978 square feet, with a 6579 sq. foot size lot.   All homes built where single story homes.  The subdivision does offer a community pool for folks to enjoy.  Prices do range, but check out a list of current homes for sale in the Pines at the raven here.

Gardens at South Mountain –  This gated community in South Phoenix is located just north of Baseline rd. on 40th Street, just south of the SRP canal on the West side of the road.  The Pines at the Raven has 117 improved lots, with 56 single story homes, and 61 multiple story homes with homes in community being built between 2004 and 2006.  The average square footage for homes are 1625 livable space with a 4304 square foot size lot.  The gated community of the Gardens of South Mountain does offer a community pool as well.

Blossom Hills East – Blossom Hills actually has to sections and they are separated by a little space between, Blossom Hills East and then the regular blossom hills.  Though most of the time the properties listed for sale get mixed into just blossom hills.  The community of Blossom Hills east is actually located just west of 40th St. and South of Baseline Rd.  There is a total of 96 improved lots in the community with 29 single story homes, and 67 multiple story homes.  Homes in Blossom hills east were built between 2007 and 2011, which for some who don’t know was the economic downturn.  Average home square foot size is about 1986 with the average lot size being about 5267.  This gated community in south phoenix does have some greenbelt areas, but no community pool.  Does have excellent mountain views, but so do most of the homes in south Phoenix.

Raven Condominiums – As stated in the name this gated community in south phoenix is a condominium complex.  Located just east of 32nd street and baseline, it is on the north side of the road.  This complex has 160 units, which were built in 1999.  The average size of the condos are 838 square feet, and this gated community does offer community pool, spa and even a work out facility.  Great location, and prices are still good.  This is a favorite for snow birds and folks looking to buy, and play golf.  Both the Raven and legacy golf courses are within 5 minutes.  From past experience selling units, I can inform there is 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom units.

Village at South Mountain – This is a real nice gated community in South Phoenix located just south of 32nd Street and Baseline Rd.   This community has a total of 41 improved lots, with homes being built between 2005 and 2014.  30 of the homes built in community are single story, with an additional 11 being multiple story.  Average size of home is about 2927 square feet, with an average lot size of about 12373.  Just in case you did not notice, these are larger homes, and yes there are on larger lots about ¼ an acre.  This is a little more upscale gated community, and has a lot to offer, good open feel community with green space, but no community pool.

Ravenswood Patio Homes – Another great gated community in South Phoenix.  This one is located between Baseline Rd. and Southern on 32nd street.  There are a total of 130 improved lots in the subdivision with all homes built being single story.  Average size of homes in the community is about 1543 with a lot size of about 4294.  Homes in Ravenswood were built between 1999 and 2002.  Many homes do have views to the ravens golf course, and others great views of the South Mountain.   There is a community pool to be enjoyed.

View a list of all active homes for sale in Gated communities in South Phoenix

Cachet at Legacy Condominiums – Again, great location for this South Phoenix gated community.  This group of homes is located between baseline Rd and Southern Ave. and 32nd street.  It actually is like a gated community within a community, and a golf course community at that.  There was 150 improved lots in community with homes being built 2001 – 2004.  There are some that are single story about 100, with 50 that are multiple story.  Yet these, one must truly see to understand, as they are condos some on ground level, some on 2nd level, and some that actually have a little on ground and most of the livable space upstairs.  Average size for homes in the community is about 1567, and as a condo, does not really have a lot, which is great because that means NO maintenance.  Great for buyers that are sick of cutting their grass!!  This gated community does offer a pool, hot tub and even work out facilities and community rooms.

Encanto at the Legacy – This community is actually just west of the Cachet at the Legacy, so basically also between baseline rd. and Southern off 32nd street.  This is also a gated community within a community, but this one is single family detached homes built 1999 to 2000.  Average size of homes built was about 1599 with average lot size of 4945.   Total of 106 improved lots in community, with about 13% of them having private pools.  This community does not have a community pool or other offerings, but is a real nice community.

Hunter Ridge Condominiums – Community is located on the NW corner of Baseline Rd and 32nd street.  Great and convenient location for easy access to golf courses, area highways and even down town work commute.  There was a couple of built out phases in this community, but there was about 270 improved lots. Square foot average is about 1394, and there are 2 as well as 1 garage units.  This gated community in South Phoenix also does offer a community pool.

Blossom Hills – Located on the South West corner of 32nd street and baseline rd.  This is not a large community with only 20 improved lots, with 18 out of the 20 being single story homes.  Homes were built 2014 and are also currently being built in 2015. Average size home is about 3473 square feet with a lot size of 14167, which is larger than a quarter acre.  Community offers great mountain views and some common area, but no other community features.

Mountain Grove – Located just east of 24th street and baseline at approximately 27th street.  This a relatively newer subdivision with 57 improved lots having been built between 2007 and 2012.  Average size of home in community is about 1954 with a 4311 square foot size lot.  There is no other community features.

Fairways at the Legacy – This gated community is located just north of 24th street and baseline on the east side of the street, and it is part of the legacy communities.  This particular community has 117 improved lots with homes being built in 2000 and 2001.  This is another golf course community, and it also happens to be gated which is why it is included in this article of gated communities in south phoenix.  Average size of home is about 2253 with a 6952 square foot size lot.  There are no community features beyond being gated, but many homes do offer city views, mountain views and many are on the fairway, NICE!!!

Highline Groves – This is one of my favorite gated communities in South Phoenix, and mostly because of great location and because some of the homes do have basements.  37 improved lots in this gated community with all homes being single story.  The homes do average about 2963 square feet with a lot size of about 23556 (about ½ an acre).  No community features, just an overall great community with wide streets, irrigation, and proximity to hiking, biking and easy commutes to all areas of Phoenix.

Desert Rose – This gated community is located south of Baseline, about ½ mile, 32nd street will basically end you at their gate.  This community does border the south mountain preserve so to say you border the mountain is an understatement, here you basically live on it.  Total of 88 improved lots in Desert Rose with all homes being single story homes and having being built 2008-2014.  Average size of homes in this gated community is 3239 square feet with an average lot size of 16,135 or shy of a 1/3 of an acre.  Other than great location, no additional features.

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Gilead at South Mountain – Another great community in South Phoenix.  This community is located south of baseline Rd at about Euclid and 24th street.  It borders the south mountain preserve, and is actually across the street from a popular trail head with parking.  The community only has 10 improved lots with all homes being single story, though some do have basements.   The community was sold as lots, and buyers had option of picking their own builder, though one can see uniformity with the look and feel in community.  Average size of home is just over 4000 square feet and was built on a 16310 square foot size lot, or again about 1/3 of an acre.  The community does not have any additional features.

Mandalay at South Mountain – This community is right across the street from Gilead, so basically about ½ mile south of Baseline Rd on 24th Street.  Right at the NW corner of Euclid and 24th Street.  Community has 33 improved lots with 29 properties single story and only 4 2 story homes.  Homes in the community have an average size of about 2855 with an average lot size of 10041.  The community does have some common area, but no additional features.

Pines at South Mountain – Located at about 20th street and baseline on the south side of street.   There is a total of 135 improved lots in the community with all homes being single story, and about 19% of the homes do have a private pool.  2025 is the average size of a home at the Pines at South Mountain with an average lot size of 7605.    Community does have children’s play area, community pool and spa.

Cobblestone – This gated community in South Phoenix is located on the north side of baseline road at about 18th/19th street.  Community has a total of 98 improved lots with all but 12 being multiple story homes, so only 12 single story homes.  Only a small percentage have private pools, about 5%.   1773 is the average size of homes with an average lot size of 4007.  No real additional features.

Las Colinas – Community is on the South East corner of 16th street and Baseline rd.  187 total improved lots in this gated community with 121 single story homes and 66 2 story homes.  Average home size in Las Colinas is about 2342 livable, with a lot average size of 8592.    No real additional features to community though there are some green belts and kids play areas.

Heather Grove – Located west of 16th street and baseline, on the north side of the road at about 15th street.  101 improved lots in community with homes being built 2001 through 2004.  Average size of home is about 1665 and has about a 2965 square foot size lot.  The vast majority of homes (100) per records are 2 story homes with only 1 home being a single story home.  No additional features to community, but it is another south Phoenix gated community.

Dobbins Creek – This gated community is South of Baseline Rd, actually on Dobbins Rd at about 14th street.  The community has 282 improved lots with homes being built between the years 2001 and 2004.  Average size of home built was 2237 with an average lot size of about 7665.  While there is some common green belt areas, and no additional features are listed, I have seen a soccer field in this community – which for soccer fans is a nice bonus, game on!

Heritage at Alta Vista – This community is located just south of Southern avenue and 7th Ave., at about Alta vista.  Entrance to community is actually on Alta vista just west of 7th Ave.  The community has a total of 60 improved lots and all homes being single story.  The homes were built 2003 through 2005.  Average home size is about 1753, with an average lot size of about 6976.  There is a common area with playground, but no additional features.

Highline Estates – This community is located South of Baseline Rd, north of South Mountain Ave at about 5th Ave.  This is actually a newer built subdivision, with most homes being built this year, 2015.    Currently 18 improved lots, with 11 homes being single story and 7 two story homes.  Average home size so far is about 2084 with an average lot size of 5968.  There is a community pool at this location, just in time for summer!

Talasera – Located South of Baseline rd. about 2 miles, south of dobbins rd., on 19th Ave.  This is a very popular community that borders the south mountain preserve, is high up the mountain slope so offer excellent city views.  Community has 118 improved lots, with homes built 2002 to 2007.  All the homes in this community are single story, and the vast majority are going to be on about 1/3 of an acre desert lots.  Average home size in the talasera community is about 3458.  The community does not offer additional features, but is close to hiking, offers natural desert landscape and has stellar views!

Southern Highlands – This is a community located south of dobbins road at about Olney and 24th Ave.  Community has about 178 improved lots with homes having been built from 2007 through 2013.  147 homes in community are single story and 31 homes are 2 story homes.  Average size of a home in Southern Highlands is about 2690 square feet and is situated on an 8781 size lot.  Subdivision does offer nice south mountain views, and some homes may offer city views.  No additional features in this gated community in south phoenix.

Suncrest at Rio Montana – Located on the South Side of baseline rd. just west of 19th Ave. and Baseline.  This community has a total of 114 improved lots with 92 single story homes and 22 two story homes.  Homes were built between 2003 and 2005.  Average size of home built was about 2360 and is situated on a lot of about 10699.  Some common areas, but no additional features.

Silva Mountain Unit 2 – This community is located south of Baseline rd. and 23rd Ave., just north of South Mountain Ave.  Community has a total of 91 improved lots with 61 single story homes and 30 two story homes.  The homes in this community were built 2007 through 2014.  Average size of home is about 2443 and is on an 8542 square foot size lot.  No additional features to this community.

Laveen Village – This gated community is located at the South East corner of 31st Ave. and Southern Ave.  Community has a total of 53 improved lots with homes having been built 2006 through 2014.  Pretty even split with 26 single story homes and 27 two story homes in the community.  Average livable space of homes in Laveen village is about 2918 square feet and is placed on an average lot size of 7193.  This gated south phoenix community does not have any added features.

Coplen Farms Estates –  This gated community is located South of Dobbins Rd, off Olney and between 47th Ave and 43rd Ave., specifically at about 46th Ave.   This community has 39 improved lots with 18 single story homes and 21 two story homes.  Homes in this Laveen gated community average about 4455 square feet and are built on an average lot of 21029 square feet.  Most of the homes were built from 2007 through 2009.    No additional features to this community.

Vaquero Estates – This gated community is located on 43rd Ave. just south of Dobbins Rd.  Community has a total of 88 improved lots with 67 single story homes and 21 two story homes. Homes in the community were built from 2006-2013.  The average home size in Vaquero estates is 3386 and is built on an average lot size of 12320 square feet (about ¼ of an acre).  No additional features to community beyond some common areas and play areas.

Cheatham Farms Unit 2 – This is a neat little gated community of patio homes located at about 45th Ave and Baseline, on south side of the road.  Community has a total of 80 improved lots with homes having been built 2005-2007.  All the homes in this community are single story homes.  Average size of home is about 1414 square feet and a smaller average lot size of about 3782.  This community does offer a community pool and common areas.

Estrella Mountain View – This gated community is located just south of central Laveen on 51st Ave., just south of South Mountain Ave. on the west side of 51st Ave.  The community has a total of 26 improved lots, with 24 single family homes and 2 homes that are two story.  Homes were built between 1998 and 2005.  The average size of homes in this community is about 3380 square feet and all homes are on about a 1 acre property.  This is actually one of the first communities to have been built in Laveen, before Laveen was discovered by many to offer proximity to central phoenix with a rural feel.  This is still one of the only gated communities in south phoenix that is also horse property.  No additional features to this community.

Cottonfields community Replat – This is a large gated community which is at about 57th Ave. and extends between Southern Ave and Baseline Rd.  Community has 450 improved lots with 265 homes being single story and 185 being two story homes.  This is also a golf course community, so many homes to sit on a fairway, and offer great views.   Average home size is about 2350 square feet and the average lot size is 6690 square feet.  The additional features for this south phoenix gated community really is the golf course, and yes, it will cost money to play it does not come with the house.

Riverwalk Estates – This gated community is located just north of Southern Ave at about 57th Ave.  Currently this subdivision has a total of 42 improved lots with homes being built 2014 – 2015.  Actually, they are still building at this time, and I can say they are some nice floor plans.  All homes in community to date are single story homes.  Average size of home is about 2132 square feet and is situated on a lot of about 8046 square feet.  The community has common areas, but no added features.  Originally plan looked to have a potential soccer field built in community, but so far that is NOT been built.


Folks, as you can clearly see, there are several gated communities in South Phoenix.  The thing when looking to buy your specific home, is to know which is likely to fit your personal needs.  If you have any questions, please call, I’ve worked in the area since 2004 and have knowledge of all the communities and would like the opportunity to earn your business.

To find out the value of your home located in a South Phoenix community, call me today at 602.373.6345

2626 W Gary Way Phoenix Az Open House

Open House this weekend, Saturday.  Great home in Silva Mountain in South Phoenix.

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2626 W Gary Way, Phoenix, Az
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4 beds
3 BATHROOMS ( 3 full )
2327 Square Feet


Gorgeous home facing the South Mountain preserve, just south of the Baseline corridor.  Home is N/S facing.  Attractive upgraded tile through out majority of the ground floor and laminate wood off the entry in dining/greeting room area.  Kitchen has been tastefully upgraded with dark cabinetry w/ crown molding, recessed lighting and granite counter tops, nice stainless steel microwave and gas oven as well as a good size kitchen island.  Off kitchen living area with sliding glass door to covered patio and yard.  3 bedrooms upstairs, 1 down.  Open loft at top of stairs for second entertainment area or TV viewing area.  Generous size master bedroom, large master bath with separate shower and tub, and good size walk in closet

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Buying A Home in Laveen or South Phoenix

By David Baker

Thinking about buying a home in Laveen or South Phoenix?  Well, this could be the start of the right time for you to begin your Laveen or South Phoenix home search.  Let me share with you why.

1st reason it is a good time to be buying a home in Laveen or South Phoenix is that inventory levels are going up.  Yes, increased inventory means more selection for you home buyers ready to start looking.  It also means that with more homes on the market, you likely will not have to compete with other buyers or as many other buyers for the same Laveen or South Phoenix home.  For most of 2013 buying a home in Laveen or South Phoenix could prove challenging because of the low inventory and amount of competition for the homes.  It was a common occurrence to have multiple offers on one property, with most properties being sold over ask price and for cash buyers.  Times are changing.

2nd reason it is a good time to be buying a home in Laveen or South Phoenix is that interest rates are still great!!  While we did experience some really incredible interest rates in 2013, 2014 is starting the year with great rates as well.  Not sure many buyers realize, but you could get an interest almost half of what interest rates where back in 2007.  So take advantage of your purchase power right now, and begin your  home search today.

3rd reason it is a good time to be buying a home in Laveen or South Phoenix is seller contributions to closing costs.  In most of 2013, because of the low inventory and high competition concessions to buyers where all but non-existant.  With inventory levels rising buyers now can likely get concessions from sellers toward their closing costs.  Why is this good?  In short, it will save you money you’d have to pay in order to secure your home loan, and it will be paid by the seller if they agree to concessions.  Again, chances for concessions are better because inventory is up, and sellers now will begin to compete for the buyers.

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Homes for Sale in Phoenix 85041


Homes for sale in Phoenix 85041.  I’ve been working both the South Phoenix and Laveen areas for going on 12 years, and love to be able to help both home buyers and sellers.  For buyers, the most important starting point for the search, is finding  available homes for sale in  Phoenix 85041.


For Buyers,  recent surveys show that 97 percent  begin their search online.  Your desire to start your search online is why I’ve made available  all the homes for sale in Phoenix 85041.  When you find a home on line though, you’ll need to use a realtor to be able to view home, find comparable homes and to make a educated and wise offer, and of course to help you navigate the purchase of your home.

For sellers of homes  in the Phoenix 85041 area, what would you like most?  First thing most sellers want is a buyer who is qualified, a buyer that is willing and able to buy their homse in Phoenix 85041.  Let us not forget that most sellers also want to sell their home at the best price for their needs.  In order to do this you’ll want to make sure and get the current market value for your home.  You can have an area realtor help you find that value.

There are many realtors working in the South Phoenix and Laveen market, so you have many choices of realtors.  With many choices though comes hard decisions, such as selecting an agent that can truly benefit you the most.  Here is a statistic for you, 1/4 (11,134) of the license agents in Arizona have sold more than 3 homes in a year.  Of those agents 11,134,  less than 1500 agents in the state of Arizona have sold more than 10 homes.  So you have to make sure and do your home work to select a realtor in the South Phoenix and Laveen area that has enough experience to truly know the market, and have the skill to best market and negotiate the sale of your home.


I am a realtor specializing in the South Phoenix and Laveen area.  I have also sold over 50 homes a year in the last several years.  You can view some past client testimonials to see if you’d like to work with this realtor to help sell or buy in South Phoenix or Laveen.

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New FHA Change coming to Laveen Area and Maricopa County

By David Baker

Change to financing homes in Maricopa County, including Laveen is coming for buyers using an FHA loan.  This will be the second change this year for the FHA which affects buyers.

The first FHA change of the year came in April 2013.  The FHA change came in the form of the mortgage insurance premium no longer falling off after 78% loan to value is attained.  Prior to April, once your home value reached that 78% of loan to value, it would fall off the loan.  The MIP for a home loan of about $193,000 can be about $1700 a year or $141 a month. (This is example, and not exact).  So if your loan now does not have the MIP drop off at reaching 78%, and loan is kept for thirty years, one could pay easily over $20,000 to MIP.

The new change now coming takes affect starting January 1st, 2014.  The new FHA loan limit in Maricopa County is being reduced to $271,050.  This includes a suburbs and cities, including South Phoenix and Laveen.  To most in this South Phoenix and Laveen area, this change will not have a major impact, as our area average home price in Laveen stands at $190,000.  To other area in Maricopa County, this could have an effect in which loan type a buyer selects.

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Sellers Tips for South Mountain or Laveen Home Owners

By David Baker – Things sellers should consider if sellling in South Phoenix, South Mountain or Laveen.


Likely the single biggest mistake home sellers in our area make, is to set a too high list price. A list price suited both to the home and to the market conditions will likely attract more buyers, increasing the likelihood that you’ll get a higher price in the end.

Staging the Home

Sellers houses that are not at their best are another source of lost profit. Act on good advice you are given about cosmetic changes and minor repairs.  Small cosmetic changes that are cost effective can make a large impact on first impressions from buyers.

A sellers home that shows clean, tidy and sweet-smelling goes without saying.

  • Sellers should allow for viewing hours for the greatest accessibility to buyers. In a competitive market, people can easily go elsewhere and fall in love with another house.
  • Home sellers should not be home during the showings. Prospective buyers feel more comfortable raising concerns and poking about when the current owners are not present.
  • Home sellers should remove as many personal items as possible. The things that mark the house as yours interfere with the buyers’ abilities to imagine it as theirs.


Other Considerations

Sellers should sell before you buying to avoid loss of negotiating position at both ends. Plan for the move early, and pack as much as you can as soon as possible.

To find out the value of your Laveen or South Phoenix area home request it for FREE here.

Phoenix Real Estate Values

By David Baker

Phoenix Real Estate Values – October 16, 2013

Here we are October 2013, real estate values and the market have begun to shift.  For many home buyers and sellers in the Phoenix Real Estate market, you are going to start seeing these changes.  Buyers, this change will be a welcome change, as we now are in what we call a buyer’s market.  What does this mean?

Phoenix real estate is now in a buyer’s market.  My definition, less than 25% of the homes currently on the market get absorbed on a monthly basis.  Others may define a buyer’s market as inventory of over 3 month’s time, which of course we are at; currently we stand at 3.64 months inventory.  From my tracking of the market, this appears to be growing and who knows where it will stop.  I’ve noticed growth of inventory for a while, but more since July.  The Phoenix MLS has been adding a minimum of 500 new listings to the already existing inventory every 7 days.  Since this April, the number of active properties on the MLS has increased by 7000 units up to 22,000.  Good news for buyers as the days of competing with multiple offers has all but disappeared (depending on price range).  You may start seeing more options as well.

Sellers.  With the shift in the market, your strategy for selling will need to be well thought out.  Be sure to consider what is going on in the Real Estate market, as well as considering your home value and list price.


So is it a good time to sell your home?  Values are stable currently, and that is after seeing a pretty quick and significant increase in values this year to date alone.  To be sure please request a private and confidential Fair Market Evaluation. (It’s free).

Visit http://www.MyPhxHomeValue.com to request your free fair market evaluation.


See below, YUP, over 22,000 listing and counting!!!

Active on MLS

Screen Shot of currently active properties on Arizona MLS

It is HOT!!! What to do in and Around Laveen

Laveen AZ – One of the things my kids and I enjoy doing in the summer is visiting our local Humane Society. Local chapter is the Nina Mason Campus for Compassion, located just east of Dobbins and 19th avenue intersection. This beautifully designed campus offers many things, including air conditioned viewing areas for all pets, which for the summer is critical. You have the cat viewing area, which showcases several cats ready for adoption. While viewing them is easy and one can clearly find a favorite, you can also decide to go into one of the pet visiting areas to further acquaint yourself to the cat/s. Also there is a neat little area for the small animals like rabbits, guineas, rodents…….etc. Lastly, there are the dog kennels, through which you can walk and visit the several dogs on site. One can spend plenty of time visiting with the many animals, and hopefully you’ll make such good friends with the locals, you may take someone home. Adoption process is pretty easy and can be seen at http://www.azhumane.org/adopt-a-pet/how-it-works/ . Fees vary, but are very affordable.

It is a great way to spend a hot summer day in the Laveen area. Beyond that, you may find a treasure you can take home, and better yet offer someone a home.