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3 Reasons to Make Corte Bella Your Retirement Destination

Looking for a beautiful retirement community in Sun City West, Arizona to call your own? Look no further than Corte Bella. Described as “retirement living at its best” by the residents, this charmingly landscaped 45-and-up community features everything you need to maintain an active, social lifestyle while enveloped in the comfort of a friendly, gated and guarded neighborhood. Corte Bella is specifically designed to meet the needs of modern retirees through contemporary home styles and floor plans, and its long list of amenities and clubs makes it a breath of fresh air in the Sonoran Desert. Here are 3 reasons to make Corte Bella your retirement destination:

1.) Leisure: Corte Bella is a relaxed community that does its best to maintain a fun, carefree environment for active adults. With bingo nights, bridge clubs and book groups, there are always opportunities to socialize while doing things you love. There’s also an arts and crafts studio, an aerobics studio and an outdoor resort-style pool with lap lanes make this sweeping community one of the most inclusive and socially active in the state.

2.) Great Golfing: Between the 9,000 square-foot clubhouse, the 11,000 square-foot fitness center and spa, and the 18-hole Corte Bella Golf Club, there’s plenty of action for everyone. As an added perk, residents enjoy discounted greens fees and access to the golf club and pro shop; full golf club members enjoy priority access to the course, unlimited use of the practice facilities and free range balls.

3.) Home Selection: This 1,650-home 45-and-up community features several ranch-style houses with various floor plans in Corte Bella. These single-family homes were constructed between 2003 and 2007 and range from cozy, 1,100 square-foot gems to spacious 3,200 square-foot residences. Many are available with value-packed upgrades, including three-car garages, granite countertops and casitas.

Ready to explore magnificent Corte Bella? Contact me today! I’ll take you on a personal tour of the homes you’re interested in within this gorgeous gated Sun City, Arizona retirement community. There’s no need to wait; fantastic homes are available now, and together, we’ll find the perfect one for you.

Sharon Mason,
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Posted by Sharon Mason on May 21st, 2017 1:56 PM
3 Moms Share What it Means to be a Mother

What is motherhood? What does it mean to be a mother? These questions are as challenging to answer as they are simple. Yes, to give birth; yes, to adopt children; yes, to have a family. But being a mother is also about much more than that. There’s some large, overwhelming, and beautiful piece at the center of motherhood that is so hard to put words to. It’s a feeling, not an explanation. Maybe that piece is best called love. If so, it is truly a unique love reserved for the mother/child relationship. And when you’ve felt it, you know it. In honor of Mother’s Day, these 3 moms share what it means to be a mother:

“Being a mother means being completely and totally overwhelmed (in the best possible way) by love, joy, responsibility, and selflessness. Motherhood means sleepless nights, big belly laughs, caterpillars on the coffee table, finger-painting in the kitchen, stubbed toes, and gapped toothed grins. Motherhood has made life more colorful than I ever knew it could be. Being a mom means I have two little people who walk around with my heart and soul in the palms of their sweet, smudgy hands.”—Lauren Casper, Blogger

“To me, being a mother means getting to see all the possibility in the world through your children’s eyes, and also wanting to be the kindest and most generous version of yourself, so that your children can look up to you. On a day to day level, being a mother means being tired, sometimes grumpy and never left alone, and then, in one funny, loving or meaningful moment with your kids, realizing that it’s all completely worth it. Times one million.”—Cara McDonough, Blogger

“For me, being a mother means it is MY responsibility to give my children the tools they need to live a happy and meaningful life. In the case of my daughters, Lily and Melanie, I wanted to empower them with a skill set that would allow them to create independent careers and avoid the glass ceiling…they are on their way with confidence and the sky is the limit.”—Renee Sandler, Founder & CEO, BLAMtastic®

Regardless of what motherhood means to you, the universal language of motherhood is love. Happy Mother’s Day!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
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Posted by Sharon Mason on May 15th, 2017 1:02 PM
Why Retire to Arizona?

Virginia, Montana, and Wyoming were voted as some of the top 10 places to retire according to recent surveys. However, the average temperature in those top ten retirement locales up north is about 57° degrees. Today’s temperature in sunny Arizona is a high of 84° degrees. In places where retirees are still shoveling snow off their driveways, you’ll find Arizona retirees enjoying heated swimming pools in their luxury retirement communities. The weather is one of the many reasons active adults choose to retire to Arizona and snowbirds choose to flock here every year.

In fact, winter temperatures in Phoenix are like summer temperatures in the southeast but without humidity. Rainfall averages for Arizona range from less than three inches in the deserts to more than thirty inches per year in the mountains. Dry and sunny days with cool nights are typical, and we enjoy over 250 days with sun each year. But if you’re an Arizona retiree who enjoys more variety in temperature and seasons, towns like Flagstaff, Sedona, and Prescott make great choices.

Another benefit of retiring to Arizona is that the “dry heat” state offers many older adults relief from allergies or asthma they may have suffered in other parts of the country. And award-winning medical centers such as Banner Health and Del Webb medical centers offer some of the best retirement care and services in the country. Why wouldn’t you want to retire with access to high quality health care to help you enjoy your golden years?

Lastly, those living on a fixed income will be happy to know that there is no tax on social security income here in Arizona. That’s a nice incentive to move to Arizona when you’re living on social security benefits. There is also no inheritance tax, gift, tax, or estate tax in Arizona. You can really make your social security income stretch here, especially since Arizona’s cost of living is about five percent below the national average. Income and property taxes are generally relatively low as well.

So when it comes to choosing your retirement destination, look no further than the sunny mountains and desert landscape of Arizona. Come see why so many active adults retire to Arizona every year. And if you’re looking to buy a home in Sun City, Sun City West, or in any of the various Arizona retirement communities, please contact me today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on May 15th, 2017 1:02 PM
3 Reasons to Make PebbleCreek Your Home

PebbleCreek is a gated 45-and-up active adult retirement community in Goodyear, Arizona that features immaculately landscaped grounds, dozens of clubs and a variety of things to do. If you’re seeking a beautiful master planned community to spend your golden years, then here are 3 reasons to make PebbleCreek your home.

1.) Great Location: PebbleCreek’s proximity to Luke Air Force Base makes it an ideal locale for retired veterans and retired DoD civilians to have quick and easy access to retired military benefits such as medical facilities, the Commissary, and other services. As part of the West Valley, PebbleCreek has easy access to everything from top-notch medical care facilities to shopping centers and more. This resort style retirement community is a mere twenty-one miles from the heart of Phoenix, so you can easily enjoy the culture and attractions of Arizona’s largest city.

2.) Wellness Amenities: PebbleCreek also boasts the kind of wellness amenities that makes retired living truly enjoyable. Love staying active and fit? This esteemed retirement community offers an all-inclusive fitness center, lighted tennis courts, and lap pools. And the Tuscany Falls Golf Club and The Eagle’s Nest are the go-to Arizona golf destinations.

3.) Socializing: Love to socialize? PebbleCreek features dozens of clubs, from bingo and singing to pickleball and ballroom dancing. Feeling crafty? Retired residents can enjoy two on-site Creative Arts Centers with studios for woodcarving, painting, and ceramics as well as crafts rooms designed for sewing, quilting and more.

Which of these 3 reasons to make PebbleCreek your home are right for you? Want to see more? Contact Sharon Mason to schedule an appointment to tour the community and find out more about new home deals in PebbleCreek, in Goodyear, Arizona.

Let’s work together to find the perfect retirement community of your dreams!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
RE/MAX Professionals
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Posted by Sharon Mason on May 8th, 2017 12:04 PM
New Sports Activities Spring Up for Sun City West Active Seniors

With the spring season upon us, now is the perfect time for active adults to get outside and get moving. Fortunately Sun City West residents have a variety of new sports activities to choose from which are ideal for residents of all skills and capabilities to keep the blood pumping and add years of enjoyment to the golden age of retirement. Here are the new sports activities that are increasing in popularity locally and nationally for Sun City West active seniors:

Pickleball: Recreation Centers of Sun City West officially opened their new pickleball courts with a ribbon cutting ceremony April 7th at R.H. Johnson Recreation Center, located at 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd. The new facility serves the community and one of its fastest growing clubs, the Sun City West Pickelball Club. Pickleball is a racquetsport, which combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. According to thte USA Pickleball Association theirs is among the fastest growing sport in the country.

Whisperball: Also referred to as wacquetball, or wimpy ball, whisperball is a modified version of racquetball. It employs the same court and racquet but with a slightly larger dense, foam ball. The rules are also modified to provide a game epxerience requiring less impact while still delivering on vigorous play. The game is slower and requires less upper body strenght to compete and enjoy, but still delivers a workout for those who have limited movement. Whipserball is played 3-5pm Mondays, Tuesday and Thursday at the racquetball courts at R.H. Johnson Recreation Center. Play is open to anyone with an RCSCW rec card.

Wii Bowling: At R.H. Johnson Recreation Center, and across the country, Wii bowling has grown exponentially in recent years - not just with the kids, but with active seniors ranging up to 100 years of age! A lot of players have been regular bowlers for decades, but limited mobility has kept some from playing. Wii bowling allows players to bowl digitally via a video game console, in a fun, safe space. the video game is so popular there are even leagues! The Wii bowling league at R.H. Johnson Lanes includes 164 players comprising forty-one league teams.

Which of these new sports activities in Sun City West sound the most fun to you? If you'd like more information about available memberships, leagues and other activities at the R.H. Johnson Recreation Center, please contact the Recreation Centers of Sun City West at 623-544-6100. for more things to do in Sun City West and Sun City, Arizona or if you are looking for a home in one of the many wonderful Arizona retirement communities, please contact Sharon Mason today.

Your Retirement Expert,

Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
RE/MAX Professionasl
623-810-9988
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Posted by Sharon Mason on May 1st, 2017 12:58 PM
Proudly Celebrating 25 Years of Miracles

Since 1992, RE/MAX agents and brokers have invested in the well-being of their local communities by raising more than $150 million for 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Each donation helps fund pediatric medical equipment, treatments, charitable care and other healthcare services for local CMN hospitals. As the contributions continue to grow, the hospital is able to aid in a larger number of sick and injured children -- which is something they take great pride in being able to do for our community.

Throughout the year, RE/MAX offices and agents raise funds through the Miracle Home and Miracle Property programs that provide a great way to help sick and injured children and express appreciation to their clients. They raise additional funds with golf tournaments, benefit dinners, auction and other community fundraisers. Many agents also visit children's hospitals and volunteer their time to further support the one in ten kids who are treated at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals each year.

In 2016, RE/MAX Affiliates in the US and Canada donated over $10 million to 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals through the Miracle Home and Miracle Property Programs. Here at RE/MAX Professionals, our agents donated over $40,000 to our local Phoenix Children's Hospital last year!

It is a privilege to be among these agents who give back to our community. I have you to thank for this prestigious recognition, because without your continued trust as your preferred real estate agent, I would be able to participate in these programs.
Here's to celebrating another 25 years of miracles!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,

Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
RE/MAX Professionals
623-810-9988
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Posted by Sharon Mason on May 1st, 2017 12:37 PM

April 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

March launched the home-buying season with post-recession records for increasing home sales and prices and decreasing inventory, according to this month’s RE/MAX National Housing Report that surveys fifty-three metro areas. Last month, home sales were 6.6 percent higher than the nine-year-old report’s previous March record, set in 2016. Thirty-eight of the fifty-three metro areas in the report showed year-over-year increases.

Meanwhile, Months Supply of Inventory dropped below three months for the first time in the history of the report, indicating a market that greatly favors sellers, as six months is considered a balanced market. Active inventory continued to decline, dropping 17 percent year-over-year. As a result, the Median Sales Price of $225,000—also a March record—was up eleven percent year-over-year. This was the twelth consecutive month of year-over-year price increases.

“We expect a seasonal uptick in sales this time of year and March certainly met and somewhat exceeded that expectation,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. “We don’t anticipate the tightening inventory to ease up in most markets until new home construction can catch up to its pre-recession pace. Until then, sellers will enjoy a fast-paced market and buyers will need to work with their agents to get in the right home.”

Want to know more about the current real estate market? Click here to download your copy of the April 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. If you are looking to sell your Arizona home or are ready to buy a home in a luxury Arizona retirement community, please contact Sharon Mason today.

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Sharon Mason, Associate Broker

RE/MAX Professionals

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Posted by Sharon Mason on April 16th, 2017 1:59 PM

Sun City West Beardsley Park Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt

The time has come again to put all your eggs in one basket! The Recreation Centers of Sun City West is hosting its annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 15th at Beardsley Park located at 12755 Beardsley Road Sun City West, AZ from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. 

A full schedule of activities is planned for the day including a train providing free rides for the kids and a face painter to decorate little faces. The Easter Bunny will be hopping in and bringing fun, games and lots of eggs to Beardsley Park starting at 9:00 a.m. The children will be grouped by age. After all the children are finished collecting their eggs the Easter Bunny will arrive for pictures.  Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Crafts, and plus so much more.  The park will be also be selling donuts, coffee, and drinks. Don’t forget to bring your cameras to take pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Tickets will be available for Sun City West residents and their invited guests at the RH Johnson box office, and guests will also need to register their children ages one to ten for the Easter egg hunt. A fun day is guaranteed for one and all, so do not miss out on this fun free family event. For more information about the Sun City West Beardsley Park Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt click here.

If you’re looking for more fun local events in Sun City, or if you’re an active adult seeking an Arizona retirement community to call home, please contact me today. – Sharon

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Sharon Mason

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Posted by Sharon Mason on April 9th, 2017 3:06 PM

New Fire Station and Medical Department coming to Sun City

It’s always exciting when there’s new growth to the beautiful Sun City area and this summer, Sun City and Youngtown residents can expect to see construction on a new fire station for the Sun City Fire and Medical Department.

The new fire station at 111th and Michigan avenues in Youngtown are slated to begin in July according to Sun City Fire Chief, Mike Thompson. The station will be sited on the lot so the bay doors will face 111th Avenue, and outgoing traffic will empty onto 111th Avenue. The advantage to this approach is there should be no traffic backup caused from cars waiting for the light at Grand and 111th avenues. The building will be a two-story, 16,000-square-foot structure with a minimum of three drive-through bays and housing to support two fire companies, about a dozen personnel, and one ambulance. The station will include independent facilities for both men and women.

In the meantime, Sun City Fire officials are busy getting the players in place for the project. Despite the lack of construction activity, the new station is taking shape. The new station is expected to be complete and ready to occupy by July 2018,  according to Ron Deadman, Sun City assistant fire chief. Town officials also hope to secure $250,000 in grants to install street lights. Concurrent with construction plans, district officials are proceeding with other capital improvements funded by the bond, including refurbishing two engines and purchasing a new ambulance.

The district is averaging 14,000 calls per year, but only has the capacity to answer 11,000 of those calls so the new fire station and medical center in Sun City will help better address the needs of the residents. If you’d like to stay up to date on local news in Sun City or if you’re looking for the Arizona retirement home of your dreams, please contact Sharon Mason Today.

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Sharon Mason

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Posted by Sharon Mason on April 2nd, 2017 4:56 PM

Understanding the Westbrook Village HOA

If you are considering a retirement home in the beautiful adult community of Westbrook Village, located in Peoria, Arizona there are a few things you should know about the homeowner’s association fees and age requirements. Many people are not clear on what the costs are when buying or selling a home located in Westbrook Village, and it is important to keep track of changes that impact the costs. Below are the current HOA fees for retirees who purchase or sell a home in Westbrook Village:

Resale Disclosure Fee: $350.00
Preservation Fee (New Owners/Members ONE-TIME fee): $1,852.00
Recreation Fee Per Household: $601.50
CC&R Documentation Rush: $50.00
Rush Fee (72 hours or less): $100.00

Westbrook Village is an active adult retirement golf community located in north Peoria, Arizona. Retirees who are at least forty years old are eligible to live in Westbrook Village, and they can enjoy an abundance of active retirement activates. Attend live musical performances, swimming laps in the spectacular designed pools, getting pampered at the resort-style spas, play a friendly game of tennis or take in a round of golf on one of the two 18-hole courses that are perfect for all levels of golf experience.

If you have any questions regarding the HOA fees stated above, you can visit Westbrook Village website at: http://www.westbrookvillage.org/ or call at 623-561-0099. If you or someone you know is considering a retirement home located in Westbrook Village, please give me a call today. I can help you find the perfect retirement home where you can enjoy your golden years!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on March 26th, 2017 1:12 PM

Music series springs up at Village at Arrowhead

Spring has sprung at the Village at Arrowhead Shopping Center, 20050 N. 67th Ave. in Glendale, with music, raffles, wine tastings and an Easter event. The Village at Arrowhead offers specialty shops with distinctive fashion, home furnishings, restaurants and personal services.

Music at the Village, a free outdoor event, will be from 6-8 p.m. Fridays from March 17th through April 7th. The music kicked off with the 360 Sound Machine on St. Patrick’s Day, followed by The 8-Tracks on March 24th and March 31st. The spring concert series will wrap up with the Classic Example Band on April 7th.

Seating is limited and attendees are encouraged to arrive early and bring a yard chair. Also, during the duration of the concert series, AJ’s will conduct free wine tasting inside the store from 3-6 p.m. There will also be an Easter party from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 8th. Children can get their picture taken with the Easter bunny, decorate Easter eggs and create a festive Easter hat. There will also be an Easter raffle to benefit Juvenile Arthritis.

“There will be bunny hopping, shopping, and music-popping fun this spring at the Village at Arrowhead Shopping Center,” said Mary Walker, president of Power Promotions and event coordinator for The Village at Arrowhead. “We have our Music at the Village with free concerts, and a great Easter Party. Be sure to mark your calendar and join in on the fun.”

For more local valley events for active adults or if you’d like to know what’s happening in your Arizona retirement community, please contact Sharon Mason today.

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Sharon Mason, Associate Broker

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Posted by Sharon Mason on March 19th, 2017 4:38 PM

3 Safe Spring Cleaning Tips for Seniors

Ready to get a jump on your spring cleaning? No matter how and when you decide to pull out the vacuum cleaner, it’s important for Arizona retirees and older adults to be safe in their space. Here are 3 safe spring cleaning tips for seniors.

1.) Toss expired prescriptions: Holding on to expired prescription drugs can be detrimental to your health. Make sure to avoid potentially dangerous health hazards by safely disposing of expired medication. Be sure to store medications in a cool, dark, dry place like an airtight plastic container.

2.) Remove fall hazards: One-fourth of Americans aged 65+ falls each year according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reduce the risk of falling injuries by removing unnecessary and obstructive items from your regular walking path and place them in storage or donate them to loved ones who might have a need for them. Make maintaining a clear walkway in every room of your home a top priority this spring.

2.) Add and replace lighting: Because fall prevention is an essential need for seniors and Arizona retirees, it’s important to make sure your home is well lit as insufficient lighting can contribute to slips and trips. It’s especially difficult for active adults who may experience trouble with their vision. Be sure to check all light features throughout the house and replace any missing or burned out bulbs.

If the idea of spring cleaning your home seems like an overwhelming task, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Call friends or family members to help and turn a possible spring cleaning chore into a party. Implement these 3 safe spring cleaning tips for seniors while you clean and enjoy reveling in spring cleaning bliss. Happy cleaning! – Sharon

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Posted by Sharon Mason on March 8th, 2017 4:02 PM

7 Essential Home Safety Tips for Seniors

By 2030, one in every five Americans will be over age 65 according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). As we age, we all need housing that is safe and accommodates aging. Here are 7 essential home safety tips for seniors that will help assure years of enjoyment in your home.

1.) Make sure your shower has a non-slip floor, non-slip strips or a suction-attached non-slip mat.

2.) Beware of throw rugs, including bathroom mats as they can pose a falling hazard for older adults.

3.) Look into installing a walk-in or no-threshold shower, and add a bath seat or bench plus an adjustable hand-held showerhead.

4) Put night lights in dark spots that might affect visibility such as bathrooms, hallways and the kitchen.

5.) Make sure there is a light source within easy reach of the bed.

6.) Have safe seating in your home. A chair with arms provides something to grip while standing up or sitting down. Avoid chairs or sofas that are too soft or too low as they can make it difficult to stand up and maintain balance.

7.) Remove tripping hazards such as lose electrical cords that may be in the path of furniture or high traffic areas in your home.

These 7 essential home safety tips for seniors are just a few of many ways to help ensure wellbeing as you enjoy retirement and healthy aging. If you’d like more home safety tips for seniors or if you’re looking for an Arizona retirement community to enjoy retirement, please contact Sharon Mason today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on March 5th, 2017 3:15 PM

Top 3 Tax Write-Offs for Retirees

Tax time is here and if you are a semi-retired older adult or an Arizona retiree, it’s important to understand and take advantage of the deductions available to reduce your income taxes each year. Current research indicates that individuals are likely to make errors when preparing their tax returns. Here are the top 3 tax write offs for retirees you don’t want to forget.

1.) Retirement plan contributions: Older adults and Arizona retirees over fifty have higher contribution limits for traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, and 401(k)s. Even though you pay taxes on the income you contribute now, the withdrawals upon retirement are tax-free with no tax needed to be paid on all the interest or other income earned by your Roth IRA investments.

2.) Charitable contributions: Giving back never looked so good! Charitable contributions are deductible as itemized with cash contributions of up to fifty percent of your adjusted gross income being deductible each year as an itemized deduction. If you donate property other than cash to a qualified organization, you may generally deduct the fair market value of the property. If you donate a car your deduction generally is limited to the gross proceeds from its sale by the charitable organization.

3.) Selling your house: Arizona retirees and semi-retired older adults will often sell their homes to downsize into smaller homes or Arizona retirement communities. If you've lived in your home for a long time, you probably have substantial equity and will earn a large profit on the sale. As long as you live in your home for at least two out of the five years before you sell your house, the profit you make on the sale is not taxable.

For more tips on tax write offs for retirees visit irs.gov. If you’re ready to sell your home, buy a new home, or relocate to a luxury Arizona retirement community, please contact me today! I can help you find the perfect home where you can enjoy your golden years!

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Sharon Mason

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Disclaimer: I do not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.

Posted by Sharon Mason on February 26th, 2017 12:19 AM

America Saves Week Reminds Seniors to Save

Did you know? Just two out of every five U.S. households report good or excellent progress in meeting their savings needs according to the 2016 annual America Saves Week survey. Since 2007, Social Security has collaborated with America Saves Week to promote their shared mission of helping millions of people save for their future. This year, America Saves Week begins on February 27th. The week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status.

The 2016 annual America Saves Week survey assessing national household savings revealed:

  • About half (52 percent) are saving enough for a retirement with a desirable standard of living.
  • Only 43 percent have automatic savings outside of work.
  • More men (74 percent) report progress with saving than do women (67 percent).

It’s never too early or too late to start planning for your financial future. In fact, savers with a plan are twice as likely to save successfully. If you want to start saving more for America Saves Week visit www.americasaves.org and either start or continue building a secure financial future for retirement. For more tips on saving for retirement or to located a retirement community in Arizona, please contact Sharon Mason today.

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Posted by Sharon Mason on February 18th, 2017 9:23 PM

Possible Changes to Prasada Lake Village Plan

You may have heard that Prasada Lake Village is undergoing significant revisions this year. The 1,600-acre plan stretches west from there to the White Tanks, widening west of Citrus Road from Waddell Road south to Peoria Avenue.

The plan to update the Prasada area was approved in June 2007 and was envisioned as a single-family development with blended neighborhoods and four themed parks built mostly or entirely by Fulton Homes. A proposed minor amendment submitted in September reveals that Fulton Homes dropped out, multiple developers want in, blended neighborhoods and themed parks would be impractical and a smaller age-restricted community could take up part of the area.

“Normally I don’t bring you minor amendments but this is a significant minor amendment that doesn’t meet major amendment requirements,” Community Development Director Eric Fitzer said. While the changes sound significant on paper, this is a minor amendment per the development agreement since it does not increase the density or intensity of the plan. Paul Gilbert, co-founder of Phoenix-based Beus Gilbert PLLC and representative for the applicant, said the proposed changes would not increase the total density by one unit.

In order to make the changes from the originally envisioned development, the land owner first needs approval to bring in multiple developers. The blended neighborhood concept would have required a mix of duplexes and single-family residential on a single street.

Mr. Fitzer said proposed amendments also would open the possibility of a smaller active adult community in part of the development, similar to Trilogy at Vistancia. If added, the senior community would likely include a golf course to meet its open space requirements. “There is a possibility that a portion of the 1,600 acre Prasada Lake Village could be age qualified,” Fitzer stated in an email

If you’d like to stay up to date on local news in your Arizona retirement communities or if you’re looking for the Arizona retirement home of your dreams, please contact Sharon Mason Today.

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Sharon Mason

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Posted by Sharon Mason on February 12th, 2017 1:02 PM

4 Wonderful Ways to Prepare for Retirement in 2017

There’s rarely a greater joy in life than when you make that personal decision to hang up your hat and enjoy retirement. Just don’t forget that retirement takes planning, commitment, and a good financial head on your shoulders. Here are 4 wonderful ways to prepare for retirement in 2017.

1. Determine your needs: Retirement can be expensive, with experts estimating that you need seventy to ninety percent of your pre-retirement income to maintain your standard of living when you stop working. The average American spends twenty years in retirement, so ask yourself, “What do I want?” Do you want to buy a home? Travel? Go back to school? Start a business? Determining your retirement needs and identifying what you want to do in retirement will help you plan better so you can enjoy your golden years to the fullest.

2.) Build a solid savings: Financial experts now recommend saving as much as fifteen percent of your salary for retirement. Don’t touch your retirement savings early or you may have to pay withdrawal penalties, lose principal and interest, and lose tax benefits. If you’ve just now started saving with few years left until retirement, don’t be deterred. It never hurts to explore investment and saving options that can help you reach your retirement goals faster.

3.) Eliminate debt: It's easier to save and fund your retirement when you don't have looming debts hanging over your head. When you're about to enter your retirement years, credit card debt -- and any student debt -- should be paid down. Thirteen percent of baby boomers still have student loan debt. Sit down with a financial planner to whip up a plan to quickly eliminate debt so you can use you can retire in style.

4.) Learn your Social Security Benefits: A lot of people just assume that social security will meet their retirement needs without truly knowing what could be available come retirement. Social Security pays benefits that are on average equal to about forty percent of what you earned before retirement. You can estimate your benefit and learn more information on the Social Security Administration's Website or by calling them at 1-800-772-1213.

If you or someone you know plans on retiring in 2017 or are considering a retirement home located in Sun City Grand, please give me a call today. I can help you find the perfect retirement home where you can enjoy your golden years!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,

 

Sharon Mason

RE/MAX Professionals

623-810-9988

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Posted by Sharon Mason on February 5th, 2017 2:27 PM

Understanding the Sun City Grand HOA 

If you are considering a retirement home in the beautiful adult community of Sun City Grand, located in Surprise, Arizona there are a few things you should know about the homeowner’s association fees and age requirements. Many people are not clear on what the costs are when buying or selling a home located in Sun City Grand, and it is important to keep track of changes that impact the costs. Below are the current HOA fees for retirees who purchase or sell a home in Sun City Grand:

  • Architectural Review Fee: $170.00
  • Resale Transfer Fee: $100.00
  • Disclosure Fee (paid by seller): $130.00
  • CARE Fee (onetime fee for each purchaser): $1,291.00
  • HOA Annual Membership Fee: $1,291.00
  • Property Maintenance Fee for Courtyard: $660.00
  • Property Maintenance Fee for Villa: $612.00
  • Tenant Activity Card 1-3 Month Lease: $125.00
  • Tenant Activity Card 4-6 Month Lease: $150.00
  • Tenant Activity Card 7-12 Month Lease: $200.00
  • Guest Pass for 10-Punch Card: $30.00
  • Guest Pass for 24-Punch Card: $72.00

Sun City Grand is an active adult retirement community nestled in Sonoran Desert with amazing mountain views and plenty of activities to fit any retirement lifestyle. The age restriction for Sun City Grand allows for fifteen percent of the homes to be occupied by retirees between the ages of forty-five and fifty-four. The remaining eight-five percent of the community must be occupied by retirees fifty-five and older.

If you have any questions regarding the HOA fees stated above, you can visit Sun City Grand’s website at: http://www.grandinfo.com/ or call at 623-546-7444.If you or someone you know is considering a retirement home located in Sun City Grand, please give me a call today. I can help you find the perfect retirement home where you can enjoy your golden years!

Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
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Posted by Sharon Mason on January 27th, 2017 5:20 PM

4 Things to Consider Before Buying on a Golf Course 

Buying a home is an exciting process, and part of the reason many retirees pick Arizona is for the unlimited golf course options. But the decision to buy a home on a golf course does require some careful consideration. Here are 4 things to consider before buying on a golf course. 


1.     Early to Bed, Early to Rise: the grounds of a golf course must be maintained daily and before the first tee time is scheduled. This means that grounds crew will be out and about working before you have had your first cup of coffee. If you are a light sleeper you could have an issue with the sound of the lawn mowers and carts driving by.

2.     Location, Location, Location: there are a couple factors to consider when buying on a golf course. If you are close to cart path, be prepared for traffic throughout the day. You will also want to consider the location of the home and the possibility of golf ball damage depending on how the golfer slices the ball.

3.     How Friendly Are You? If the home is located near a tee box, you can expect to hear the players preparing for the next hole. If you plan to spend a lot of time enjoying your Arizona backyard, you may be surprised to see strangers hanging out so closely. However, this could present an opportunity for you to make a new friend!

4.      A Golf Course is Not a Public Park: while it might be tempting to hop the fence, and have a picnic on the freshly cut greens of a golf course, that is one restriction they take seriously. For your safety and the safety of the players, homeowners are not allowed to access the golf course at free will. There are some courses that have designated areas but the typical home located on a golf course is only to be enjoyed for the view.

Are you looking for the perfect Arizona golf course home to spend your retirement in? I can help. Give me a call today.

Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on January 23rd, 2017 11:57 AM

Sonoran Model For Sale in Arizona Traditions 

Stunning Sonoran Model located in Arizona Traditions is just waiting for you to call it home! Nearly 2,300 square feet with an open great room concept, two bedrooms plus a den, two baths and a two-car garage.

Lots of room in the well-appointed kitchen, which overlooks a cozy eat-in nook. Convenient center island and a breakfast bar for quick meals-on-the-go. Honey Oak cabinetry features roll-out shelves, and plenty of room for all your essential kitchen gadgets. Stainless appliance package plus a large walk-in pantry complete this wonderful space.

The split floor plan is private, as well as functional with a large guest room and a generous master bedroom retreat. Master bath includes double sinks, large walk-in shower with bench seating and a walk-in closet.

The grounds are surrounded by mature desert landscaping, coupled with a south facing backyard, the extended patio is the perfect place for entertaining.

Arizona Traditions located in Surprise, Arizona is a guard gated 55+ adult only community featuring amenities such as biking and walking paths, clubhouse, tennis courts, heated pools, workout facilities, and an award-winning golf course.

To view additional information regarding 17781 W Camino Real Drive, Surprise, Arizona please click here. To schedule your private tour of this beautiful retirement home, please call me today.

Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
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Posted by Sharon Mason on January 15th, 2017 2:43 PM

November Home Sales Defy Seasonal Trend: National Housing Report

Despite the typical winter slowdown, November home sales finished 19.1 percent above a year ago and prices increased 1.4 percent over October. Last month saw more homes sold than any other November in the eight-year history of the National Housing Report from RE/MAX. All but one of the fifty-three markets surveyed posted an increase in sales over November 2015, with nearly half of the markets at least 20 percent higher.

 

The continued decline of inventory and talk of rising interest rates may have contributed to November’s surge of home sales,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. Over the past 11 months, the majority of markets have seen home prices return to their pre-recession levels, reaffirming that 2016 has been the best year for the housing market since the recession.”

The 2017 Housing Forecast by the experts at realtor.com are predicting that the Phoenix-metro area will be number one with a projected increase in home values by 5.94 percent and a sales growth of 7.24 percent.

A strong housing economy is good for homeowners, especially those who are considering Arizona as their retirement destination in 2017. If you would like to learn more about retirement in Arizona, please give me a call today. I can help you successfully navigate all your retirement options, and help you make the right decision for your golden years. I look forward to hear from you soon – Sharon

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Posted by Sharon Mason on January 4th, 2017 3:06 PM

New Year’s Eve in Sun City West, Arizona 

Are you looking for something fun to do this New Year’s Eve? The Sun City West, Arizona New Year’s Eve Dance will feature Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns along with an option for dinner or just dessert.

Cold Shott and The Hurricane Horns is one of Arizona’s longest running, successful entertainment ensembles. They will entertain us with funk, soul, rhythm and blues plus today’s pop trends.

The New Year’s Eve Dance in Sun City West will be held in the Palm Ridge Center on Deer Valley Drive, starting at 7:00pm for dinner guests, and 8:30pm for dessert guests.

There is a price per ticket, for either dinner or dessert. If you require gluten free or vegetarian, they are happy to accommodate. Soda, coffee, tea and water will be provided, or you can bring your own beverage. To purchase a ticket, please click here.

I hope to see you at the New Year’s Eve Dance in Sun City West, Arizona! Happy New Year!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,

Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
623-810-9988
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Posted by Sharon Mason on December 29th, 2016 11:02 AM

A Holiday Wish For Your

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to reflect on the blessings in our lives, and celebrate the traditions that are most important to us. I love this quote, as it sums up my wish for you this holiday season.


May your hearts be full with the joy that surrounds this most wonderful time of year. From my home to yours, have a very happy, healthy and safe holiday season!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,

Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
623-810-9988
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Posted by Sharon Mason on December 22nd, 2016 1:27 PM

Understanding the Sun City West HOA 

If you are considering retirement in Sun City West, Arizona there are a few things you should know about the homeowner’s association fees and age requirements. Many people are not clear on what the costs are when buying or selling a home located in Sun City West, Arizona and it is important to keep track of changes that impact the costs. Below are the current HOA fees for retirees in Sun City West, Arizona:

  • ·         Resale Transfer Fee: $250.00
  • Annual Membership Fee: $435.00 
  • Asset Preservation Fee (waived if already a resident owner, not an investor): $3,500.00
  • Seller Disclosure Fee: $125.00
  • Guest Card (per each card): $3.00
  • Tenant Activity Card (1 to 6 month lease) Fee Per Month: $73.00
  • Tenant Activity Card Annual Fee: $435.00

Sun City West, Arizona is a beautiful active adult retirement community located in the northern metro-Phoenix area. You must be at least 55 years old to live in Sun City West, Arizona. If you have any questions or concerns about the HOA fees stated above, you can visit their website at: http://suncitywest.org/ or call at 623-214-8629. If you or someone you know is considering retirement in Sun City West, Arizona please give me a call today. I can help you navigate the home buying or selling process in Sun City West, Arizona.

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,

Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
623-810-9988
www.RetireArizonaStyle.com 

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Posted by Sharon Mason on December 15th, 2016 2:50 PM

National Housing Report for November 2016 

Last month saw the second-most sales – and the smallest inventory – of any October in the 9-year history of the RE/MAX National Housing Report. Despite a slight decrease in the number of transactions, this October is the second best in the history of the report. The markets with the largest increase in sales include Phoenix, AZ +12.2%, Seattle, WA +7.7%, Nashville, TN +6.9%, Milwaukee, WI +6.2%, Boise, ID +5.8% and Raleigh & Durham, NC, +4.9%.

“Although October sales weren’t quite as robust as what we've tracked so far in 2016, it's only the second month this year that didn’t exceed the strong levels set in 2015. But finishing just 1 percent below October 2015 sales is still a very solid performance,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. “It’s the 13th consecutive month of double-digit decline in inventory year-over-year, and that appears to have pushed prices up in all but one market.”

If you or someone you know is considering an upgrade in your retirement home but not sure what your home is worth, please give me a call today. I will provide you with a comprehensive look at market values, and a plan to help you successfully sell your home for top-dollar. I look forward to hearing from you soon.   

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,

Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
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Posted by Sharon Mason on December 7th, 2016 6:58 PM

Retire Arizona Style: Welcome to PebbleCreek  in Goodyear, Arizona 

Welcome to PebbleCreek in Goodyear, Arizona! With two creative arts centers, a luxurious clubhouse and the Tuscany Sports and Aquatics Complex, it’s no wonder that so many retirees call PebbleCreek “home.” This 45-and-up active Arizona retirement community features immaculately landscaped grounds, dozens of clubs and a plethora of things to do for all lifestyles.

If you are looking for an active retirement in Arizona, you will find plenty to do in PebbleCreek, such as woodcarving, painting, and ceramics; they also feature crafts rooms designed for sewing, quilting and more. There are dozens of clubs, from bingo and singing to pickleball and ballroom dancing, give residents a chance to connect with each other while doing the things they love.

The all-inclusive fitness center at PebbleCreek is one of the most comprehensive in Arizona. With a dance and yoga room, several multi-purpose activity rooms, and indoor and outdoor lap pools, there are plenty of ways to stay healthy and young in this active retirement community. Seven lighted tennis courts, eight pickleball courts and four bocce ball courts make friendly competition easy; the same goes for the E.J. Robson softball field, where team and tournament play takes place almost year-‘round.

If you prefer to spend your retirement on the golf course, there are two courses located within the community of PebbleCreek in Goodyear, Arizona. Tuscany Falls is a 6,640-yard, par 72 course and The Eagle’s Nest at PebbleCreek is a 6,790-yard, par 72 course. PebbleCreek in Goodyear, Arizona is located within a short drive of Luke Air Force Base where veterans and retired civilians have easy access to the Commissary, medical facilities and other services.

Construction in PebbleCreek has been underway since 1994; both new and resale homes are available. The gorgeous neighborhoods and scenic views make this one of the most sought-after 45-and-up retirement communities in the ArizonaWhen you are ready to find out about homes for sale in PebbleCreek, or view floor plans that might fit your needs, please give me call at 623-810-9988.

This amenity-packed community is waiting to meet its newest resident—let me get to work finding you the Arizona retirement home of your dreams!

 

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on December 1st, 2016 12:40 PM

A Message of Gratitude 

“I love Thanksgiving because it's a holiday that is centered around food and family, two things that are of utmost importance to me.” - Marcus Samuelsson

Thanksgiving Day provides us an opportunity to reflect on the year and count our blessings. As a real estate agent, I have much to be thankful for especially during the holiday season. They say that “home is where the heart is” and on special days like Thanksgiving, my job means so much more to me. I am blessed to have the opportunity to help so many wonderful people find a home where they can make memories that last a life time!

Today, I wish for you to embrace the joy that comes from spending time with family, the traditions that we share, and to know how grateful I am for each of you. Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy Thanksgiving!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
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Posted by Sharon Mason on November 24th, 2016 10:35 AM

Understanding the Sun City HOA 

If you are considering retirement in Sun City, Arizona there are a few things you should know about the homeowner’s association fees and age requirements. Many people are not clear on what the costs are when buying or selling a home located in Sun City, Arizona and it is important to keep track of changes that impact the costs. Below are the current HOA fees for retirees in Sun City, Arizona:

  • Resale Transfer and Recording Fees: $310.00
  • Annual Recreation Fee Per Lot: $474.00
  • Capital Preservation Fee (waived if already resident owner/not investor) One Time Fee: $3,500
  • Dawn Lake Annual Fee: $1,050
  • View Point Lake Annual Fee: $565.00
  • Seller Disclosure Fee: $200.00
  • Tenant Activity Card Annual Fee: 237.00
  • Tenant Activity Card Per Person Monthly: $60.00

Sun City, Arizona is an active adult retirement community, and you must be at least 55 years old to live there. If you have any questions or concerns about the fees stated above, you can visit their website at: www.sunaz.com or call at 623-561-4603. If you or someone you know is considering retirement in Sun City, Arizona please give me a call today. I can help you navigate the home buying or selling process in Sun City, Arizona.

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
623-810-9988
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Posted by Sharon Mason on November 17th, 2016 3:41 PM

Survive the Holidays: Sun City West Workshop 

Can’t we just get along? That is a frequently asked question among families, especially during the holiday season.

On November 17th the Ridge Recreation Center in Sun City West is hosting a workshop with certified life coach, Linda Burridge to help seniors explore new techniques to help better manage conflicts and misunderstandings during the holiday season. Linda has thirty-five years of experience facilitating leadership development, and helping people create a vision and plan of action to successfully navigate life transitions.

The holidays don’t have to be stressful, or cause anxiety. When values and communication styles differ, conflict can happen and the holidays can bring out the best and worst in each other. Don’t miss out on the joy that you seek while spending time with loved one, because of old conflicts, misunderstandings or lack of open communication.  

Join Linda Burridge on November 17, 2016 for the Can’t We Just Get Along Workshop. The event will be held in the Acacia Room starting at 6:00 pm and there is a $10 fee to attend.  Click here for more information or to register to attend.

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on November 10th, 2016 3:32 PM

October National Housing Report from RE/MAX 

According to the October National Housing Report from RE/MAX, the median sales price for September was 5.1 percent above last year, coming in at $219,780. In a rare occurrence, not a single metro posted a year-over-year price drop. The average Month’s Supply of Inventory rose from 3.4 in August to 3.9, the highest since February.  We are still far below the six month’s supply considered to be a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. Eight markets, predominantly in the Northeast, have a six or more month supply. Meanwhile, nineteen have three months or less, with the majority being in the West. 

“The market usually sees fewer home sales in September, as buyers make a seasonal transition from summer to fall,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. “Even so, sales were the highest of any September since we launched our Housing Report in 2008. Also, price increases continue to be in the moderate 5-percent year-over-year range. Overall, this is a market that most everyone can be satisfied with.”

To read the full October National Housing Report from RE/MAX click here. Are you considering a move but unsure of your home values? I can help! Give me a call today to receive a complimentary market analysis and a written plan to get your home sold for top dollar in today’s market. Sharon

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
623-810-9988
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Posted by Sharon Mason on November 3rd, 2016 1:20 PM

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