House Hunting in … Scottsdale… Phoenix… Paradise Valley


From a brand-new Icon Silverleaf Condo and a historic North central Phoenix estate to a golf course community in North Scottsdale such as Silverleaf, Troon, or Desert Mountain – let’s not forget Paradise Valley. There’s a plethora of choices in high-end homes or penthouses to choose from. Consider these 9 tips from luxury home pro Juan Pesqueira before house hunting and buying your dream home.

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9 Tip you need to know in 2019 before buying a luxury home in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, or in the state of Arizona.

1. Work with a local expert.

“It’s critical to have a good buyer agent who is familiar with the area and inventory you want to buy in. There’s a bit more control on access to high-end properties in terms of fewer open houses and more appointments have to be made to see them.” Juan Pesqueira, Attorneys Realty. 

In the top luxury markets like LA, NY, or Miami luxury homes can be difficult to locate because of their exclusivity. Often, they don’t appear on multiple listing services (MLS) because owners want to safeguard their privacy. Here in Arizona that is not the case. Although we do see off market sales from time to time, most of the inventory ends up on the MLS or word of mouth. Word gets around when a buyer is looking for something unique say Juan Pesqueira. 

A Realtor becomes an adviser. Its always best to SET a buyer consultation APPOINTMENT NOW or soon, so you can feel good and know that the wheels are now in motion. Even if you are still 6 months to a 1 year out. 

2. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Your dream home can quickly morph into a nightmare if you don’t carefully investigate its surroundings. It may be situated in an exclusive neighborhood that bumps up against a questionable area six blocks away (Arcadia vs Arcadia light – if you can afford buy in Arcadia (not light) ). Ask your agent what will happen to the area in the future. For example, is there a projected high rise or housing development that will obstruct your gorgeous views (old town Scottsdale has had issues with this)? Even if you’re eyeing a gated community, check out possible issues with the location.

Quick Luxury Home market update –

  • Scottsdale Luxury home prices starts around $1 million.
  • Phoenix Luxury home prices starts around $800K.
  • Paradise Valley Luxury home prices starts around $1.8 million.
  • Get familiar with names within the city of Phoenix such as Arcadia or The Biltmore.
  • For Scottsdale, Silverleaf carries its own weight due to the sky high prices (20-30 million+).

Therefore, a local expert like myself is key. They will educate you on different locations, lifestyles, values, and availability.

3. VIEW, VIEW, VIEW | Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle

Arizona has some of the most beautiful landscape in the world. Ask yourself do you prefer city, mountain, desert, boulder or all? Do you prefer urban, desert, or rural areas? Do you want to back to a boulder, do you want sunset, sunrise, or both? Do you prefer urban or rural areas? Are you looking for a lock and leave condo or penthouse with luxury building amenities, 24-7 concierge/security, maybe a guard gated community, or large piece of land with your home? These are all questions and options that will come up, don’t worry you will figure it out.  

4. BUYING BASICS – Searching for luxury homes without getting pre-approved by a lender, if NOT PAYING CASH:

Do not mistake pre-approval by a lender with pre-qualification.  Pre-qualification, the first step toward being pre-approved, will point you in the right direction, giving you an idea of the price range of houses you can comfortably afford.  Pre-approval, however, means you become a cash buyer, making negotiations with the seller much easier. Some listing agents will not allow a showing without proof of funds or approval letter. Don’t take it personal, get approved, or be prepared to provide some type of proof. The only exception is if you are a well-known billionaire, millionaire, or celebrity (ex. Warren Buffet, Larry Fitzgerald, Kyle Jenner or any Kardashian, Bradley Cooper, etc.). The high-end market examines buyers under a microscope, so financial documentation is imperative to prove that you can afford a multi-million dollar home. This shows the seller whether you’ll need to obtain a loan or pay in cash. Cash is the favored luxery home payment.

5. Dress conferrable when viewing property during the Arizona SUMMER!

Its no secret that Arizona (Scottsdale, Phoenix, Paradise Valley) is hot in the summers (top out at 110+) and just perfect in the winters. If you are looking at property during the summer months, wear shorts, a cool shirt, and sandals because it will be hot. You will sweat, so bring water. For those who have never been here during the summer, it’s a dry heat. Feel free to do a test run and walk into your local gym’s sauna with clothes on. But don’t worry, everywhere you go is air conditioned. The mornings are best during summers, but evenings will have you catching the most amazing sunsets. During winters us locals like to dress like its below zero, don’t panic if you see me in a full bear skin coat during the summer – Just Kidding…

6. DON’T JUDGE A PROPERTY BY ITS PHOTOS

Pictures, brochures and video walk-throughs don’t duplicate the feeling of actually being in the home. Even if you have to travel across the country or visit from overseas, a personal viewing is imperative – after all, this is a huge purchase you’re making! Gauge the house’s appeal by visiting it several times at different times of day. My advice is scheduling a sunset showing!

7. Hire smart, reliable advisers.

“A Realtor won’t make the client’s decisions but will make suggestions. Pay attention to your financial planner, accountant, attorney, and Realtor that you trust. They should agree on what you should be doing and if they don’t, arrange a meeting.” ENSURE THAT THE HOME HAS EXCELLENT RESALE VALUE You must always consider a home’s resale value? Yes. Be certain that you can comfortably recoup what you spent on the house if you need to sell it. Again, a fantastic location with views to die for factors into this scenario. The home’s condition is also crucial to its salability. When you buy your first luxury home, you enter an elite realm of taste, refinement and dreams-come-true. However, you can’t just make an emotion-fueled plunge into this purchase. Preparation and restraint will help you discover a luxury house that truly is a home.

8. There’s always room to NEGOTIATE.

NOBODY EVERY TAKES THE 1ST OFFER! Whoever has the least to lose wins in negotiations. Some negotiations take longer than others. It’s not always about price, sometimes terms are more important. Have your agent research the comparable properties that have recently sold, getting closing prices, right before you make an offer. Have your agent feel out the other side. Ask questions why are they moving, if the property is vacant you know they are carrying costs, maybe they relocated. 

9. HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THE PROCESS…

Its not that difficult to buyer a property in Arizona. It will get emotional at times, the heat will not help, but you will be ok. If you find a home you love, buy it!

Multiple Listing Service for ARMLS: LAVISHPaDz.com

Scottsdale Official Tourism: https://www.experiencescottsdale.com/

Phoenix Official Tourism: https://www.visitphoenix.com/

Paradise Valley Official Tourism: https://www.visitarizona.com/cities/phoenix-and-central/paradise-valley/

Lifestyles and Listings: https://azluxuryhomeblog.com/lifestyle/ 

Contact me, I would love to show you the current Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix luxury homes. Finding your new dream home is my job, so let’s take time to discuss what you are looking for in a home

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A Private Oasis or Custom Home on 5 acres with horse barn in Scottsdale. You decide!


Scottsdale, Arizona has an abundance of homes for sale. Here we look at two completely different types of properties for sale. One is a traditional home in Scottsdale with an oasis backyard and the other is a Beautiful custom home on 5 acres with horse barn & spectacular mountain views! What stands out is the asking prices, both under a million bucks in North Scottsdale. Two great choices, two completely different pads…

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  1. 29825 N 78TH WAY, Scottsdale, AZ 85266

Specs: 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, 3051 sf, 3 car garages in the subdivision of LAS PIEDRAS.

Described as Private Oasis! This beautiful home is tucked away on a huge private lot with pool. High ceilings and travertine floors invite you into this luxury home. The gourmet kitchen features updated and designer finishes including a gas cook-top, double ovens, island and breakfast bar. The Master suite is a private retreat on the opposite side of the house from the other bedrooms. Enjoy the resort-like backyard with new travertine pavers, sparkling pool, spa, built-in BBQ area, grass and shade trees! New designer carpet and paint complement any decor.

Asking price: $675,000

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  1. 30307 N 162nd WAY, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Specs: 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3356 sf, and 3 car garages.

Now this home makes a statement! Beautiful custom home on 5 acres with horse barn & spectacular mountain views! This wonderfully maintained home has it all with a flowing open floor plan. Entertain from the large kitchen that has ample storage for all your family & entertaining needs. Enjoy the tranquility of this home & its incredible views from the expansive covered patio & pool area or go up on the roof top deck to soak it all in! The barn is ready for your horses, has 6 stalls that could be turned into 12, large tack room, hay storage, fly-spray misting system & exercise arena. There is a total of 8,000 gallons water storage tanks & a monitoring system for water service. Private & quiet, at end of the road so you won’t have any through traffic! This custom horse property is ready for you to call it home!

Asking price: $860,000

 Comment below which home you prefer

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If your in the market for a ranch or traditional Scottsdale home or would like to take a tour of any of these properties above feel free to reach out to us

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Swing batter! Seven lavish Spring Training pads with batting cages in Arizona for sale now.


10 stadiums. 15 MLB teams. 75-degree temps. Spring training 2018 is about to go in full swing. But a home with its own batting cage means there never has to be an off-season. If you’ve worked your way up to an MLB-level salary, perhaps you too can afford to always take in a night sesh of batting practice.

With your own batting cage, you can take your game to the next level without leaving the property, invite your pals over or just live like a baller. You may never hit like Goldy, but no one will ever know, since you won’t have to leave the privacy of your own home to hit grand slams and learn how to hit that backdoor slider…

902 W El Camino Dr, Phoenix, AZ

  • Price Tag: $875,000

Walk off: Built in 1904 ​this charming property in Oberg Estates still has original adobe walls and was once the home of Former Governor Wesley Bolin. Beautifully remodeled and added onto by the current owner at a cost of $1,150,000. Entertain inside and out. Tongue and grove vaulted ceilings, wine cellar, basement, 2 gas fireplaces, large deck off upstairs bedroom, office/study area, formal dining, hardwood, and travertine flooring. Gourmet kitchen offers custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances, gas range, island, butler’s pantry, granite counters and overlooks resort style backyard! Large and private backyard offers extended covered brick paver patio, built in BBQ, pool with water features, synthetic grass area. Batting cage and hockey rink could be included in the sale!

LA: Katherine J Wright & Bobby H Lieb – HomeSmart 

39860 N Prince Ave, San Tan Valley, AZ

  • Price Tag: $998,999

Walk off: You have found an absolute gem! Pass through the private gates down your tree-lined driveway to this extraordinary home nestled in the middle of 3.58 acres of grass & rustling pecan trees. All 6,303 square feet are rich with luxury finishings and country charm. The generous size is thoughtfully laid out with 6 bds + an office, heated pool & spa, batting cage, huge loft & two incredible game rooms. The 5+ car detached garage features 3 oversized doors (all 10ft tall). Includes ~797 sqft finished apartment with kitchenette, bath and bdrm. Horses get the royal treatment, too, with an impressive four-stall mare motel, five additional 16×20 covered stalls made of heavy gauge steel, another shaded enclosure (all outfitted with water spigots), & two fenced, irrigated pastures. It’s paradise!

LA: Jeffrey Davis – Brokers Only, LLC 

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5212 E Windrose Dr, Scottsdale, AZ

  • Price Tag: $1.125m

Walk off:  Stunning Sunburst Farms custom estate on almost a full acre of horse property is truly one of those rare to market opportunities. Full covered barn out back, equipped with water, electric, with 4 stalls and room for more! Barn also has extra weight room and garages or tons of storage! Barn can be multi use as garages and will fit up to 6 cars! The main home is stunning – This 4 bedroom 4 bathroom remodel from top to bottom has been done with exquisite style and detail. New exterior paint, travertine flooring and Pella windows. Kitchen could be pulled from Bon Apetit and features knotty alder cabinets, chiseled edge granite counters, Kohler sinks, 42” Subzero fridge, Asko d/w, Wolf (microwave, double oven & GAS cooktop). Huge irrigated grass play area, lite fullsize batting cage.

LA: Lisa Roberts – RE/MAX Excalibur

4658 S Banning Dr, Gilbert, AZ

  • Price Tag: $1.249m

Walk off: Spectacular CUSTOM home located in highly coveted WESTON RANCH, one of Gilbert’s premier gated communities. Freshly painted and HEAVILY UPGRADED both inside and out. 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, playroom/theater room, temperature controlled wine room, living room, dining room, 4 car garage, owned solar panels. Entertainer’s kitchen with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances along with a ”Sonic style” ice machine. Incredible master suite offers a split bathroom with 2 separate toilets and sinks, 2 separate walk-in showers and 2 separate custom walk-in closets. Master suite also includes a wet bar and fridge, and a separate sitting or exercise room. Resort like backyard with 2 lighted MAJOR LEAGUE quality batting cages, basketball court, gorgeous pool, built-in BBQ and fireplace.

LA: Robert Lazor – ProSmart Realty

518 E Bridle Way, Gilbert, AZ

  • Price Tag: $1.7m

Walk off:  Impeccable Home on 1.3 Acre Lot with Guest House! This Home Truly has it ALL! A Kitchen that Wolf Gang Puck would be proud of that features a Wolf Gas Range, Sub Zero Refrigerator, Dual Ovens, Butler’s Pantry, Pot Filler, Burdette Cabinetry, Warming Drawer & a farm house sink! Interior is decked out w/ 3 Isokern Fireplaces, Ceiling Details, Crown Molding, a temperature controlled wine room, Wet Bar w/ ice maker, Pocket doors, Two Game Rooms, wood floors, custom wood work & so much more! Master Suite doesn’t miss a beat featuring an atrium w/ outdoor shower, stackable washer/dryer, coffee bar & spa like shower! You will fall in love w/ the grounds that include a heated spa & diving pool, Ramada, Motor Court, Batting Cage, sport court, Viking BBQ & Guest House w/ a gym! The list goes on & on

LA: Darwin Wall – ProSmart Realty

10010 E Cholla St, Scottsdale, AZ

  • Price Tag: $2.37m

Walk off:   Extraordinarily elegant, this gated contemporary estate enjoys an ambience of sumptuous sophistication beginning with a magnificent living room graced with a dramatic beamed ceiling and clerestory windows that dapple the large-scale floors with natural light. A two-way fireplace offers visual connection with the family room, host to a multi-beamed ceiling motif and wall-width sheer glass doors that reveal a wealth of first-class alfresco amenities: shimmering diving pool, expansive lawn, in-ground trampoline, fenced sport court, barbecue island, batting cage and more. Gorgeous kitchen w/sparkling backsplash in rich blend of jet-black, snow-white. Master suite w/huge view windows, private patio access. Wine room. Media room. Office w/built-ins. Workout room w/bath. Poolside guest house.

LA: Sandra Baldwin – Launch Real Estate

6045 E Montecito Ave, Scottsdale, AZ

  • Price Tag: $2.895m

Walk off:   Completely renovated Arcadia masterpiece featuring a sprawling corner lot with unobstructed views of Camelback Mountain, & one of only four large homes on a meticulously maintained cul de sac. The spectacular update offers 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths plus an additional large office/flex room. Dream kitchen with Thermador professional appliances, soaring ceilings in every room, hardwood flooring throughout, custom cabinetry, and an extremely open and bright floor plan, perfect for entertaining and indoor/outdoor living. Tasteful designer accents throughout, and a master suite beyond compare! The massive 37,000 SF lot boasts lush, mature landscaping, natural and synthetic grass, sparkling pool, built in BBQ gazebo, batting cage, and sits in one of the best locations in all of Arcadia!

LA: Mark Reckling & James Fox – Reckling Properties LLC

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Walk don’t stumble across the Arizona Luxury Home BINSR finish line.


Life is great, you found your dream home in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Arcadia, The Biltmore, or wherever in Arizona. You successfully negotiated the perfect price, in a perfect world way below asking! Now you open escrow and your 10-day or whatever was negotiated inspection begins. Here is a starting point and some advice from top Realtor Juan Pesqueira to help you through the process and get beyond the BINSR finish line with ease.1234

  1. Start with a home inspection and termite inspection.
  2. If something major comes up (foundation issues, mold, plumbing, A/C not properly working or at its end of life, roof issues, rats (Arcadia you know), etc. You must get a licensed contractor who specializes in these items to do a full inspection on said issue. DONT forget to get a bid or two. DONT simply ask (see bullet point #3 under Buyer May Wish to Reconsider Lengthy BINSR Repair List below) based on what the home inspector discovered. Due your due diligence.
  3. Once all the bids come in you have a few options
  • Ask the seller to fix/cure/repair/replace the disapproved item.
  • Ask the seller for a credit (based on bids) and do the work yourself after close of escrow.
  • Ask the seller for a reduction of price (based on bids). This is always the easiest for agents.

The negotiations at this point are crucial. This is typically the first part of the deal where it can die (as we call it fall through). Sometimes being too aggressive (with price) in negotiations at the start can hinder this part of the deal. You or your agent could have negotiated a deal so good that the seller says “I’m done – take it or leave it”!

This is not so much what to do but advice from a realtor. Be willing to meet half way or open to negotiations. Remember to get any deal done, both parties must feel like they won. Enjoy the process, work with not against your agent, you’re buying a dream home in Arizona, and most items or issues that come up with real estate seem worse than they really are and can be fixed/cured/repaired…

If you read this far, read this Good BLOG on the BINSR from AAR below…

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Buyer May Wish to Reconsider Lengthy BINSR Repair List

Managing client expectations is an important part of being a REALTOR®.

Unlike most buyers and sellers, REALTORS® have an understanding as to what is customary and reasonable to expect throughout the transaction. When this knowledge is shared, clients are less likely to convey unreasonable demands or experience disappointment when unrealistic expectations are not met.

By way of the Arizona REALTORS® Residential Buyer’s Inspection Notice and Seller’s Response (BINSR), the buyer can choose to provide the seller with an opportunity to correct identified items of which the buyer disapproves. In considering this verbiage, it should be noted that the term “correct” is akin to “fix” or “repair.”

Determining which items, the seller is asked to correct by way of the BINSR lies exclusively with the buyer.

Nonetheless, before the buyer proceeds to convey ill-conceived demands, it may be appropriate for their REALTOR® to provide them with information of the nature set forth below that can assist the buyer in this process.

  • The buyer is not purchasing a new home and, consequently, it is unreasonable to expect or demand that the home be in the same condition as a new build.
  • It is the buyer’s obligation to perform all desired inspections. The buyer, by way of the BINSR, should therefore avoid asking the seller to perform further inspections of the property.
  • In completing the BINSR, the buyer should not merely restate the home inspector’s recommendations. For example, it would be pointless for a BINSR to state “Home inspector recommends that dryer vents be cleaned every five years.” By way of such a statement, the buyer has not identified a condition or item of which they disapprove.
  • Requests for upgrades are inappropriate. The BINSR is the buyer’s opportunity to request that disapproved items be corrected, not ask for the home to be remodeled. So, if the inspection report were to note that a portion of the carpet is fraying, the BINSR should not be used to request the installation of hardwood floors throughout the home.
  • Although the buyer is free to identify on the BINSR whatever items they choose, in doing so they should be mindful of the condition of the item and the cost the seller will incur in addressing the issue. For example, a home inspector may note on the inspection report that the air-conditioning unit is nearing the end of its useful life. Such a remark may tempt the buyer to ask that the air-conditioning unit be replaced. However, the air-conditioning unit is currently in working condition and the cost to install a new unit is substantial. It is therefore possible that the seller will be put off by such a request and deem it unreasonable.
  • The buyer should consider the nature of the market before completing the BINSR. In the event of a “seller’s market,” or when a property is highly sought after and has received numerous offers, it is unlikely that the seller will agree to a lengthy list of repairs.

While the REALTOR® cannot control or dictate the way the BINSR is completed, they can share information with their buyer to help manage the buyer’s expectations.

Since excessive and unrealistic BINSR demands often prove counterproductive, taking the time to educate buyers as to what’s customary throughout the industry is likely time well spent.

Are you looking to buy your next home or penthouse in Arizona? Let me (Juan Pesqueira) guide help you find your dream home and guide you through the process. I can be reached by phone (C: 480.458,8007 O:480.767.6900 or email: lavishpadboutique@gmail.com). Don’t stumble across the finish line, walk past it with me!

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$1.4M Scottsdale Contemporary nestled amongst the Boulders, designed by two famous architects, & has 1400 bottle wine cellar.


$1.4M Scottsdale Contemporary nestled amongst the Boulders, designed by two famous architects, & has 1400 bottle wine cellar 1

#HouseoftheWeek is located in Scottsdale, Arizona in Windy Walk Estates. This jaw dropping contemporary was created and designed by the two Architects who designed the Princess Resort, The Boulders Resort, Montelucia, Sanctuary, Valley Ho, Copper Wynd, and so many more – you might have heard of them, Ken Allen and Mark Philp!

$1.4M Scottsdale Contemporary nestled amongst the Boulders, designed by two famous architects, & has 1400 bottle wine cellar

Built with all concrete steel and butted glass, a chef’s kitchen, and features a master bedroom with views of Pinnacle Peak and the Boulders.

For your guests or mother in law, It has a 1 bedroom, 1-bathroom guest house.

$1.4M Scottsdale Contemporary nestled amongst the Boulders, designed by two famous architects, & has 1400 bottle wine cellar 2

For all you wine aficionados there is a 1400 bottle wine cellar in the basement.

$1.4M Scottsdale Contemporary nestled amongst the Boulders, designed by two famous architects, & has 1400 bottle wine cellar 13Rounding out this beautiful contemporary house is 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4,100 sf, 2 car garage & 2 car carport, built in 1991, and sitting high above on 1.43 acres. All this can be yours for $1,399,000.

This beautiful contemporary home is listed with Mary Ann Petratis & Delbert M Rounds RE/MAX Fine Properties

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New & Sleek all White Modern Sanctuary in Phoenix-Arcadia seeks $2.3M


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Today’s HouseOfTheDay takes us to Marion Estates in Phoenix, Arizona 85018. With Camelback Mountain to the east. Paradise Valley to the north, The Biltmore to the west, and Arcadia to the South – the perfect location for the perfect home.

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Clean lines and a 45”retractable floor to ceiling glass wall to your courtyard pool just a few impressive features. The home is 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms + den, with custom chef’s kitchen, close to 4000 sf, sprawls over half acre lot, and of course camelback views. it is an entertainer dream and can be yours for $2,295,000.

The home is listed with Russell Black/Midland Real Estate Alliance

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Your wonderfully stubborn mother has agreed to move out of the childhood home, Now what?


A guide for what Seniors Should Consider When Buying a Home!

Author: Jim Vogel | elderaction.org 

Finally, retirement is here. After decades of hard work and being financially responsible, you are ready to enjoy your golden years following up on some hobbies, spending time with the grand kids, and taking that long-delayed vacation to a far-off locale.

Many seniors buy a new home at this stage in their life, but doing so successfully takes a bit of work. First, you need to figure out what kind of home would work best. That’s not just for right now, but as you get older and your health gets a bit worse. Then you need to see what modifications are necessary to make it a success.

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It Often Comes Down To Money

You’ve decided. After looking around your home and talking to some friends and family, you decided it makes sense to buy a new home. Not so fast! There are some things you need to consider before you sign on the dotted line.

The biggest question is this: Should you rent or buy? For some seniors, renting is a more affordable option. But for many, buying is the right option. If you’re downsizing (selling your big home to move into a smaller one), you should have enough equity to make buying work. Plus, you can modify your new home as you see fit when you own it outright.

Run a budget with your retirement income. See how much you could afford each month in mortgage. That cost will vary a lot depending on how much you can put down, so determine your current home’s estimated market price as well. Just be careful about taking out home loans, as many banks will look to your income (which will be lower due to retirement) to decide your interest rates and loan amounts.

Making Your New Home Senior-Friendly

You did it. You have a new home, and you’re all set to move in. Before you call the moving company, and probably before you even pay for it, you need to think about modifying the new home for your needs.

As you get older, you could be facing several problems. Mobility is a big one. Is your new home going to be safe for walking around, getting in and out of bathtubs, and without lots of stairs? Even if you’re very mobile now, that can change in the future. And the whole point of this is to find a home that you can stay in for a long time.

Here are some specific changes you should plan to make, but you might be able to find homes with some of these already in place:

  • A walk-in shower or bathtub with a grab bar
  • Ramps to the doors, both inside and outside
  • Rails along steps or stairs
  • Carpeting that’s firmly and evenly held down
  • Good lighting and easy-to-read appliance settings.

Adding senior-friendly modifications can get costly, especially in bathrooms and kitchens. If you’re able to find a home that already has even some of these accommodations, you could save yourself a lot of money (not to mention hassle).

Don’t Start Without Plans

Getting and modifying your new home might not sound tough, but as with so many things in life, you can get in trouble if you don’t have clear plans in place.

Before buying a new home, ask yourself where you want to live in five years. What about 10 or 15 years? How will you see your kids, grandkids, and old friends? What will happen if you cannot drive anywhere?

The more you plan for such things today, the better your home-buying decision will be. You probably won’t be able to find one home that makes all these plans easy, but at least you’ll avoid buying a home and then belatedly discovering it has big problems.

Your New Home Is Within Reach

Once any necessary modifications have been made, you’ll be ready to move in. Use this handy checklist to lead you through that process so that you can keep it as stress-free as possible.

Yes, buying a new home as a senior requires a lot of work. But it’s well worth it. Besides, hasn’t hard work gotten you here in the first place?

After a lot of consideration, my wonderfully stubborn mother agreed to move out of my childhood home. Over the past couple of years, it has become more difficult for her to navigate and for me to maintain. And so the search for a new home for her began.

We finally found a place but along the way I learned so much about what to consider when buying a home for an elderly person. For example, my mom wanted her new home to be close to the rec center where she plays bingo twice a week. And I wanted it to be a newer structure so that home repairs could be kept to a minimum.  

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Best time to list Your million-dollar home in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, is…


 

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SOLD LUXURY ESTATE IN CENTRAL PHOENIX

If you want to sell your Luxury home faster and for the most money, you must know exactly when to list it and when you will get the most exposure (aka more buyers shopping for homes)

Study shows the best time of the year to put your Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, or Phoenix Luxury home on the market is Mid-January to mid-June. Don’t take it from me, take it from the statistics.

Below is a study of $1,000,000+ homes sold during the first half of the year vs the 2nd half and data shows, in some years, more than doubled in homes sold.

  • Jan – June 2014 = 626 homes sold | July – Dec 2014 = 410 homes sold
  • Jan – June 2015 = 787 homes sold | July – Dec 2015 = 408 homes sold
  • Jan – June 2016 = 773 homes sold | July – Dec 2016 = 606 homes sold
  • Jan – June 2017 = 796 homes sold | July – Dec 2017 = 720 homes sold

The obvious reason is during these months we have events such as the Waste Management Phoenix, Barret-Jackson car show, Fiesta bowl, Arabian horse show, Cactus league baseball (aka spring training), Nascar, Scottsdale culinary festival, and others that bring in a whole batch of tourists who are potential buyers. Add the move up buyers, downsizing buyers, and all the buyers who are looking for a luxury homes during these times, your buyer pool doubles/triples. The weather is amazing during these times with averages ranging in the low 60’s to mid-80’s if you’re lucky and occasionally might hit the 90-degree mark.

If you list your luxury home in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, or in any area in the Valley of the Sun these months will bring you the most buyers searching for a luxury home, bring you the most exposure for your home, and ultimately get you the highest offer/price for your home. It’s the obvious case of supply and demand.

To get a jump on the market, its best to have your home ready to list by January 1st. If you are looking to be ahead of the competition then list by mid-October that way you are catching the holiday visitors and you will be front and center when the luxury home buying season begins.

The best time to list Your million-dollar home in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix is… 1

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This resort-style Mesa mansion is the perfect $3.695 million summer pad!


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The home features an outdoor entertainment zone with 3 pools including a lazy river, grill, fire pit, spa, and more.

Set on 1.75 acres, the exclusive gated Legacy mansion at 1455 N LEGACY in Mesa-Arizona elegance & grandeur. The 10,200-square-foot home is equipped with seven bedrooms and seven.5 bathrooms, six car garages with 1000 SQ FT private apartment or nanny’s quarters above the 6- car garage, formal living and dining room, executive office/library, gourmet kitchen, billiards/game room/man cave, theater room, gym, and so much more.

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Outside, the resort-style grounds include 3 SEPARATE POOLS, INCLUDING YOUR VERY OWN LAZY RIVER! A spa, covered patios with custom wood ceiling details, an outdoor fireplace & outdoor BBQ area. The gated private grounds are all about entertaining and relaxation.

As the summer heat beams, down at record setting 120 degrees, sweat dripping down your face, this show-stopping resort backyard remind you are living in paradise. The home is currently on the market for $3.695 million.

 

The home is listed with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Renee’ Merritt & Christine M Anthony

No Open House for you: Only qualified buyers can check out this $27.5M Paradise Valley Contemporary Estate.


$27.5M Paradise Valley Contemporary Estate 1.pngTalk about privacy! Currently, this is the most expensive home for sale in Arizona and it just hit the market for a whopping $27,500,000. This listing is so private it only features one photo (title immage), the name on title is SILCO ENTERPRISES LLC, and typical MLS home specs information.

Based on the MLS listing the home is:

Location: 5838 E Starlight WAY, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

  • SIZE (MATTERS) & PARKING: 30,858 square feet, 10+ acres, 12+ car garage, 5 carport spaces.
  • BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS: 8 bedroom & 11 bathrooms
  • NOTES: All potential buyers must provide proof of funds prior to scheduling a showing. Please allow 72 hours to show.
  • ARCHITECTURE: Contemporary

Don’t expect to stop by the open house, only a select few agents will get a private invite to the brokers open, and unless you can provide proof of funds you’re not getting in!

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The Paradise Valley Contemporary estate is listed with Sandra Lawton Wilken of Engel & Volkers… 

DreamHome: Mediterranean mansion Perched high on Mummy Mountain


LOCATION: E HUMMINGBIRD LN, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

  •  SIZE (MATTERS) & PARKING: 10,011 sf and 4 car garage
  • BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS: 5 bedrooms & 8 bathrooms
  • PRICE TAG: $5.5 million
  • ARCHITECTURE: Mediterranean style home

Tucked in the mountain (mummy mountain) of Paradise Valley with outstanding views of Paradise Valley to mountain ranges in North Scottsdale. This Mediterranean style home is no secret to the market. Once priced as high as $7.6 Million and as low as $1.7 million. 

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The custom design and quality material throughout brings a sophisticated, private, European-Estate atmosphere to life. The specs include an infinity pool with a water fall, a spa & BBQ that overlooks the city below. A kitchen that would impress any chef, elevator, two master suites, nanny quarters, four car garage, and a workout area complete with a steam room. The home sits on over an acre that backs up to a natural preserve on top of Mummy Mountain. Three words sum up this mansion – Views. Entertainment. Huge.

The price tag is only $5,500,000

The home is listed with City to City Commercial by the owner/agent

This home has been on my radar since I began my real estate career. I have driven past this property numerous times, helped marketed the home when it was listed for sale, even held an open house here! This is one of my dream homes – PesqueiraJohn

 

Casa De La Paz in Tubac Arizona boosts amazing Spanish architecture. Come check it out!


LOCATION: BRIDGE RD, Tubac, AZ 85646

  • SIZE (MATTERS) & PARKING: 5,914 sf and 3 car garage
  • BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS: 5 bedrooms & 5 bathrooms
  • PRICE TAG: $1.695 million
  • ARCHITECTURE: Spanish

Casa De La Paz Tubac Arizona

This Spanish architecture home is located in Tubac Arizona, just 23.5 miles from my home town Nogales, Arizona. The property features a main house (4232 sf) built in 1987 + historic guest house (1685 sf) built in 1964 sf. The home sits on 13.5 acres of gorgeous desert, a perfect spot for your horses to roam and enjoy the scenery. The MLS says this is also an archaeological significant site.

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They say Tubac is where art and history meet. They should add real estate architecture to that phrase, because this area has some of the most beautiful homes ever built.  

LIFESTYLE: Close to the Golf Course resort and spa, Tubac Center of the Arts, and beautiful southern Arizona scenery, yet in a world of it’s own.

This property is listed with Jacqueline J Brasher of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty | Photos by http://www.rudolphduran.com/.

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