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The Phoenix West Valley: PebbleCreek’s Backyard

By |February 8th, 2019|

Most folks don’t want to sit in their homes all day. Ultimately, the LOCATION of the home – both the primary neighborhood (PebbleCreek for example) and the broader community (such as the west valley of Phoenix), are critically important considerations when buying a house.

The west valley of Phoenix used to be […]

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PebbleCreek and the Community Enhancement Fee

By |January 17th, 2019|

Most of the Phoenix 55 plus active adult communities, with the notable exception of PebbleCreek, have some sort of Community Enhancement Fund.  It has other names – Capital Improvment Fund being a familiar alternative.  But in each community, regardless of what it is called, the overall purpose of the fund is pretty much the […]

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Visiting Rocky Point, Mexico

By |January 8th, 2019|

Many PebbleCreekers head down to Rocky Point, Mexico (Puerto Penasco) for the occasional beach get-away.   Located on the Sea of Cortez, the beach resort village is just a four hour drive from PebbleCreek.

I went with a small group (including a teenager!) for New Year’s Eve and then spent a couple of extra days mostly watching sunrises […]

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Happy Holidays!

By |December 19th, 2018|

The holidays are in full swing in Active Adult community of PebbleCreek with lots of decorations, neighborhood gatherings and visitors.  I am particularly fond of all of the festively decorated golf carts!  (My personal golf cart is NOT decorated, so I really appreciate those that are!)  Here in the Phoenix area, this time of […]

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Do You Want a Pool?

By |November 26th, 2018|

In my job, I get pool envy ALL OF THE TIME.  There is something so incredibly soothing about walking in to a home and having one’s eye drawn outside to a beautiful blue expanse of water …  and if there is a water feature too, there is the additional pleasure of just hearing the […]

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Working with a Real Estate Team

By |November 15th, 2018|

Do you remember team building activities?  “Mandatory fun” sorts of things that involved a lot of newsprint paper, small group break out sessions, and challenges like trust drops…   falling backward off of some small height into the arms of your supportive team.  Whatever.  Usually lunch was served… that was, by far, the highlight for […]

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Selling the Home… Buying the House

By |October 28th, 2018|

My PebbleCreek sellers, particularly if they are moving out of the community, are usually selling more than a house.   For sellers, even though they may have moved and downsized throughout their adult lives, the walls of their PebbleCreek home contain memories: memories of friends gathered, holiday decorations in just the right place, the needlepoint cushions […]

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Driving to PebbleCreek from New Mexico

By |October 24th, 2018|

I just got back to PebbleCreek after spending the weekend in Santa Fe.   And, (not by choice!), ended up flying to New Mexico but renting a car to drive back to Goodyear.  The good news is that I got a feel for both the flight and the road… even if, by adding the drive, the trip […]

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STRESS and the Costs of Moving

By |October 1st, 2018|

There are costs of moving beyond the actual expense of the house.

Some of those costs are related to lost time and energy – all of the effort that goes in to organizing a move, saying goodbye, integrating completely in to a new community, giving things away, etc…  The list is long and can be exhausting […]

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Closing on a House in Arizona

By |September 18th, 2018|

By the time that they move to an Active Adult Community like PebbleCreek, most people have bought and sold a couple of homes.  I certainly had.  And I was still completely surprised by the closing process in this state!

On the east coast…  and even in the midwest…  I was used to very formal real […]