Fundraiser Garage Sale for Rescue Dogs

Rescue Pals, A Fountain Hills organization, helps find homes for dogs.

Rescue Pals, A Fountain Hills organization, helps find homes for dogs.

Come out to support the RESCUE PALS a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs find their “forever” home.  The event is co-sponsored by Rescue Pals and Pal’s Inn Pet Resort (where the doggies all stay until they find their new families), will be held Friday and Saturday, March 27 & 28th from 7 am to 1 pm at 17014 E. Lema Circle, Fountain Hills.

Fountain Hills has long been known as being very pet friendly!  After all, we have a park for our four-legged friends (two actually, if you break them down into large dogs and small dogs).  You’ll find several retailers doing a thriving business for pet foods, supplies and–of course–toys.  And the section of the phone book (yes, we still have a local phone book!) dedicated to groomers, hospitals, doggie day care and boarding facilities is one of the largest sections.

Consider donating items and coming down to find new treasures at the Garage Sale this week-end.  For more information, contact Susan at 602-550-1330 or Christine at 602-403-2103.  Money raised is used for medical costs, boarding and food for the dogs.

Year-End Fountain Hills Market Report: A Great 4th Quarter!

Sonoran 4thQtr2014 MarketReportThe Fountain Hills Real Estate Market was on fire during the 4th Quarter of 2014, posting the highest 4th quarter  sales volume since 2006 with $73 million ($78 million in Q4/2006).  4th Quarter saw a total of 180 residential sales, a sales pace we haven’t seen since 2005 when 209 residential units sold during 4th Quarter.  Year over year results are impressive as well, as we finish 2014 with $296 million, a volume we haven’t seen since 2008 with $284 million.  Fountain Hills booked 722 sales of homes & condos during 2014, a sales pace not reached since 2006 when 712 units were sold…wow!  Average sales price of all Fountain Hills homes & condos sold in 2014 is $410,413 versus 2008 when the average price was $482,205.

Custom homesites still have not found traction, but with home prices growing at a substantial rate, it’s only a matter of time before home buyers turn to the economies of homebuilding as an alternative, yet we believe that construction prices and build times are not yet competitive or stable enough to make buyers comfortable.  And, there are currently alot of very nice homes on the market, providing a reasonably updated option for most folks to choose.  The savvy investors, however, will understand that buyers in future years will want more updated options and energy efficient choices…those who purchase homesites for long-term investment will likely be treated well in the future.

Speaking of inventories, total Fountain Hills inventory currently sits at 497 homes (approx. 5% of our total market) versus 426 units one year ago, an increase of only 15%.  And, with prices returning to 2008 levels, many folks who’ve been waiting to recover from purchasing in 2006 and 2007 (at the high of the market) are able to consider moving on to other opportunities.

All of this is so very encouraging for both Sellers and Buyers.  For Buyers, there is plenty of inventory to choose from and prices are still reasonable.  For Sellers, especially savvy sellers who understand the value of competitive pricing and aggressive staging and marketing, there appear to be many opportunities to capitalize on a strong market during the coming year.

We continue to be encouraged by the number of homes and condos available under $400,000.  Currently there are 199 homes and condos in this price strata, or 40% of the inventory.  Many of these present excellent investment value and opportunity for appreciation.  If you’ve ever  wondered whether a rental property investment is a good way to plan for your future, contact us to help you understand more about this great opportunity!

And, if you know a family that is looking to enjoy the quality of life in the community, encourage them to contact us at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate.  Historically, Fountain Hills has always treated it’s affordable housing owners very well in a reasonably decent market, and we see no signs on the horizon that indicate anything but.  There are opportunities for equity gain that will provide a nice future for those with vision

To view a copy of the 4th Quarter, Fountain Hills Market Summary, go to 2014 Year-End Study

Fountain Hills Fine Art and Wine Affaire This Week-end

Art Fair, people walkimg & fountain going offWine…Art…Sunshine:  A Glorious Day in Fountain Hills!  It’s time for the 11th Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art and Wine Affaire this Friday-Sunday, March 13-15th.  Presented by Thunderbird Artists and co-sponsored by the Sunset Kiwanis of Fountain Hills, the Affaire features regionally celebrated artists like Karl Osvog, Carol Klimek and Julie Glasman.  Stroll amid booths of accomplished artists and taste wines from various wineries from around the state.

 

Held on the Avenue of the Fountains in Fountain Hills, admission is $3.  Wine tasting is $10 and includes a souvenir glass.   For more information, visit www.thunderbirdartists.com/fountain-hills.

Celebrate St. Patricks in Fountain Hills – Two Ways!

The Beautiful Green Fountain at 12 Noon on St. Patricks Day

The Beautiful Green Fountain at 1:00 pm, Sunday March 15th, then at 12:00 on St. Patricks Day, Tuesday March 17th

There’s no better place to celebrate the Wearin O’ the Green than Fountain Hills’ Fountain Park.  Relax on the grass at the Amphitheater as the day unfolds with Irish music, contests, games for the kids, and—of course—great food and beer.

 

The Sons of AMVETS of Squadron 7 and the Town of Fountain Hills, AZ are hosting the annual celebration 10AM to 6PM on Sunday, March 15th.   In a tradition that dates back to the early 1980’s, watch as the World Famous Fountain turns emerald green at 1PM to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! $5 per person, 21 & over.

Then, on Tuesday, March 17th, the Fountain will again turn green at noon!  That day, visit Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate as we serve up Irish Coffees throughout the day.  We’ll have green beads and other fun St. Patrick’s items to help you “get your green on!.”

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Fountain Hills Public Art Display: Docent Led Artwalks

3 pieces artFountain Hills has an impressive collection of public art for a community of any size!  Come learn about more about the artist and history of each piece as the Town of Fountain Hills hosts docent-led art walks to explore the sculpture pieces as well as the “flat” pieces donated by citizens throughout the community.  Take advantage of these fun tours as they wrap up the season…the next tour is Wednesday, March 18th from 7:45 to 9:15 am.

The volunteer docents will be providing information on the walks about each piece they visit, the techniques used to create the piece and a background on each artist that created the piece. The art walks are a cooperative effort between the Town of Fountain Hills, the Chamber of Commerce and the Public Art Committee of the Cultural and Civic Association.

■Centennial Circle ■Fountain Park ■ Community Center & Library ■ Flat Art Tour

 

SIGN UP & TAKE A FREE TOUR!

Interested in signing up for a tour?  Call our Tourism Department at  480-816-5165

 

Tour Dates are:

Saturday’s from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

NOV 15 ■ DEC 13 ■ FEB 7 ■ MAR 7 ■ APR 11

 

Flat Art Tours are held:

Wednesday’s 7:45 to 9:15 a.m.

NOV 19 ■ DEC 17 ■ FEB 18 ■ MAR 18 ■ APR 15

Disc Golf Championship in Fountain Park February 28

Disc Golfers Show Their Stuff at the Memorial Disc Golf Tournament

Disc Golfers Show Their Stuff at the Memorial Disc Golf Tournament

One of the most prestigious events in the growing world of Disc Golf will happen Saturday, February 28 at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills.

The Memorial Championship, presented by Discraft is returning to Scottsdale and Fountain Hills with the final round played at Fountain Park on Saturday, February 28, where the top 50% of the field in each Pro division will play for their share of the $50,000+ purse!   A celebration afterward will be hosted in Fountain Park as well.

For information about the competition, go to http://www.memorialchampionship.com/

The Memorial Championship is the largest disc golf tournament in the PDGA National Tour and will be hosted by several disc courses throughout Scottsdale and Fountain Hills.  The final round will be held at Fountain

“Love in the Hills” Comes Back to Fountain Hills

renew-your-vowsOn Saturday, February 14, 2015, Sami Fine Jewelry invites you share your love and renew your vows at their second annual “Love in the Hills” celebration.  Last year 600 couples, partners, friends and family gathered in Fountain Park to share in the experience and show their lasting love for each other.

Sami Fine Jewelry sponsors the event, which is the largest in Arizona.  Their goal is to make it the largest event in the US, (1076 couples) a record held by Miami University in Oxford Ohio.

Surprise your Honey and make a date to take part in this fun and uplifting celebration of your love and devotion.

Saturday, February 14, 2015;  11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Wedding Renewals & Valentines are the Talk of the Town Thanks to Sami Fine Jewelry

Wedding Renewals & Valentines are the Talk of the Town Thanks to Sami Fine Jewelry

Fountain Park Amphitheater, at the corner of Palisades Ave. & Saguaro Blvd.  This event will be completely free for couples to participate. Any couple that wants to renew their vows, prior registration preferred, but you may register at the event. No documentation required to participate, and all are welcome. To learn more about the event or to register for “Love in the Hills” go to http://www.samifinejewelry.com. You are also invited to see more pictures of last years event, and to  “like” Love in the Hills on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samis-Love-in-the-Hills/343445579096795.

New Year Brings Great Classes To Fountain Hills Community Center

Town of Fountain Hills Launches Lifetime Learning, Recreation and Wellness Classes

Little League BaseballHave you ever wondered if you could draw or paint?  Learn Bridge or Golf?  Or maybe you would like to get back to Yoga.  Maybe you would like to learn to speak a bit of Spanish when you travel “South of the Border”?

Mahjong at Community CenterEach year in January, the Town of Fountain Hills launches a new round of classes and activities for all ages.  From Softball to youth Robotics to Pet CPR, the diverse range of classes offers something for everyone.  Activities like these are one of the best things about living in Fountain Hills…lots of new people to meet and share common interests, reasonable fees (if any), and free, convenient parking at the Community Center.

Go to  https://apm.activecommunities.com/townfh/Activity  you can view all the possibilities, and can register for classes on line or in person at Town Hall.

But hurry…many of the classes start in mid-January, and continue through the early spring.

Questions?  Contact:

Jeff Jensen – Recreation Coordinator
16705 E. Avenue of the Fountains
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Tel: (480) 816-5170
Fax: (480) 837-3145

Email: jjensen@fh.az.gov

Fountain Hills 3rd Quarter Real Estate Report

Sonoran 2ndQtr2014 MarketReportThird quarter in Fountain Hills is often the great equalizer of what might otherwise be a record setting year.  And the 3rd Quarter of 2014 was no exception!  Just when we start to believe that prices are clearly in an upward trend, along comes the 3rd Quarter to keep us humble!

Not that this is a bad thing!  Those of us who participated as agents, buyers, sellers or property owners in the skyrocketing years of 2004-2007 know that a quickly rising market comes with many risks, not the least of which is a nasty decline as the bubble bursts.

As you will see on the following pages, Inventory of all market segments is higher than the same period in 2013, but still not terribly high historically.  To have only 4% of local homes available for sale is a sign of strength in any market…there were times in our history when it was not uncommon to have 10% of the community available for sale.  Total Residential Sales Volume of $61 million for the quarter is slightly higher than one year previously at $60.7 million, but it’s probably more important to acknoweldge that there are many towns the size of Fountain Hills around the country that would love to do $60 million volume in a YEAR…let alone in one quarter!  Prices of Homes declined somewhat throughout 3rd Quarter, and have started to increase again in the 4th Quarter;  the year-to-date average of $504,068 is still very respectable in the bigger picture of the past 6 years.  The Fountain Hills market always retreats during the 3rd quarter, and sometimes into the 4th Quarter, yet nothing in our local statistics indicates this should be a trend going into the 1st Quarter of 2015.  There are still many strong, financially capable buyers shopping for homes…either locals who are moving around, or out-of-state folks looking for their spot in the sun.  And savvy shoppers they are…it makes a great deal of sense to purchase when prices are modest!

We continue to be encouraged by the number of homes and condos available under $400,000.  Currently there are 171 homes under $400,000–46% of the inventory–and many of these present excellent investment value and opportunity for appreciation.  If you’ve ever  wondered whether a rental property investment is a good way to plan for your future, contact us to help you understand more about this great opportunity!

And, if you know a family that is looking to enjoy the quality of life in the community, encourage them to contact us at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate.  Historically, Fountain Hills has always treated it’s affordable housing owners very well in a reasonably decent market, and we see no signs on the horizon that indicate anything but.  There are opportunities for equity gain that will provide a nice future for those with vision!

Fountain Hills Celebrates the Season with Multiple Events on December 6th

Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate Hosts “Elves Village” During the Stroll In the Glow Avenue Lighting Celebration , December 6th

Elf Logo SonoanThere’s no better way to kick of the Holiday Season than the Fountain Hills “Stroll in The Glow,” bringing the town together to celebrate all things festive, including the recently renovated Avenue of The Fountains center median.  Shops on the Avenue stay open late and many offer treats for their visitors. There are musicians that stroll the Avenue to provide a festive mood, a live nativity, petting zoo and then, just after dark, the lighting ceremony culminates with the Avenue of The Fountains glowing amid thousands of lights in holiday trees and festive scenes.

Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate invites you to join our staff and Nova Home Loans to ring in the Holiday Season.  Downstairs, we’ll have the “Elves Village” with crafts for kids to make and take home; there will be live piano music in the courtyard and upstairs, a warm respite for the adults with some light refreshments and Holiday Cheer.

Earlier in the day, visit the Fountain Hills Community Center to help the Town of Fountain Hills celebrate it’s 25th Anniversary with a variety of events.  For more information go to HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOUNTAIN HILLS!

Stroll in the Glow runs 5-8 pm, and Santa arrives on the Fire Engine at approximately 6:00.  Be sure to dress warm!