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Take a Moment to Thank a Veteran

Take a Moment to Thank a Veteran by Joanna Fuchs

When you see someone in a uniform,
Someone who serves us all,
Doing military duty,
Answering their country’s call,
Take a moment to thank them
For protecting what you hold dear;
Tell them you are proud of them;
Make it very clear.
Just tap them on the shoulder,
Give a smile, and say,
"Thanks for what you’re doing
To keep us safe in the USA!"

It is with great honor and respect that we thank all those men and women who have served and continue to serve this great nation. Thank you for your service and Happy Veterans Day!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on November 11th, 2017 2:24 PM
Top 3 Retirement Blunders to Avoid

Did you know? The Social Security Administration reports that one quarter of those who are age sixty-five today will reach age ninety, and ten percent will make it past age ninety-five. So if you want to be financially set during those golden years, finance experts say you should avoid these top 3 retirement blunders.

1.) Draining your retirement accounts: Dipping into your retirement accounts early might seem essential at the time, but it can hurt you in the long run. While loans can be taken from 401(k) accounts and IRA money can be withdrawn early for certain needs financial advisors suggest keeping your hands off that money so that it can accumulate compound interest. That interest can add thousands more to your account balance at a time when you’ll truly benefit from it.

2.) Not budgeting for health care: Medical expenses can be a major cost in retirement and one that is often neglected. It’s easy to underestimate health care costs and find yourself in the red financially. The best plan of action is to carefully review your Medicare options with a professional to pick the best plan for you and budget accordingly.

3.) Taking Social Security benefits too early: Retirees can begin benefits as early as age sixty-two. However their monthly balance will be lower than what they could receive if they wait until the full retirement age of sixty-six. In fact, delaying taking social security benefits could give retirees an extra eight percent for every year they wait to claim benefits, says T. Michelle Jones, a certified financial planner and vice president at Bryn Mawr Trust.

When it comes to developing a retirement plan, it pays to avoid these top 3 retirement blunders and maximize your savings. For more tips on retirement or if you’re looking for an Arizona retirement community please contact Sharon Mason today.

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Posted by Sharon Mason on November 6th, 2017 3:34 PM
Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating with Grandkids

Little ghouls and goblins everywhere are gearing up for Halloween this Tuesday. And with a bit of preparation, you can help to give your grandchildren a safe and memorable Halloween. Here are some great safety tips for trick-or-treating with grandkids.

• Bring along a flashlight so that you and your grandkids can avoid tripping on the sidewalk.
• Remind all of your younger grandkids to cross the street at corners and crosswalks rather than jaywalking.
• If your grandkids are wearing dark robes or other clothes that are hard to see at night, this may pose an issue when crossing the street. So having glow sticks or reflectors can help make them easier to spot.
• Don’t let your grandkids bring any sharp weapons or dangerous props with their costumes. Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
• Be sure to check all of your kids’ candy at the end of the night.
• Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
• Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Some parents and grandparents will skip trick-or-treating and opt for a party. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, this is the perfect opportunity to provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. A variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses are also recommended.

However you choose to spend Halloween with your grandchildren, have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on October 29th, 2017 4:25 PM
RE/MAX October National Housing Report

September became the fifth month this year to post a decline in home sales compared to a record-setting 2016, while marking the 71st consecutive month of rising sale prices year-over-year, according to the October RE/MAX National Housing Report. Joining August, July, April and February, September home sales dropped 4.2 percent year-over-year in the report’s monthly analysis of housing data in 54 metro areas.

Going in the opposite direction, the Median Sales Price increased to $225,000. Though the lowest price since March, it was 2.3 percent higher than September 2016. The last month when home prices did not increase year-over-year was October 2011. Three-quarters of the way through 2017, other notable numbers from the RE/MAX National Housing Report include:

• In the wake of Hurricane Irma in early September, Miami saw home sales drop 35.2 percent year-over-year. Houston, meanwhile, posted a 3.2 percent gain despite the impact of Hurricane Harvey in late August. • Days on Market declined by one week, from 56 in September 2016 to 49.
• At 3.6, the Months Supply of Inventory was the lowest of any September in the report’s 9-year history. Twenty-three markets are at 3 months or less.
• Mirroring this, inventory dropped 14.1 percent year-over-year, with 46 metro areas seeing fewer homes for sale. Year-over-year, inventory has declined every month since November 2008.

Of the 54 metro areas surveyed in September 2017, the overall average number of home sales decreased 14.9 percent compared to August 2017 and decreased 4.2 percent compared to September 2016. Download your copy of the October 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report here.

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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Posted by Sharon Mason on October 26th, 2017 10:15 AM
3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Snowbirds

Fall is here and Arizona’s beloved snowbirds are returning back to the Valley of the Sun. You don't have to live in the Phoenix,  area very long before you start hearing about snowbirds. But for those who are unfamiliar with the term, snowbirds are people who migrate to warmer locations to escape the harsh winters of their main home. Typically retirees and active adults, they use their freedom to escape the cold and snow from northern U.S. states and Canada, and purchase or rent homes in the Phoenix area. So in celebration of their welcomed return, here are 3 things you probably didn’t know about snowbirds.

1.) Snowbird is not a new term: The term “snowbird” has been around for almost 100 years. The word was first used in 1923 to describe seasonal workers who moved south for the winter months, and by 1979 it was commonly used in reference to the large number of retiree tourists who flocked to the south.

2.) Oh Canada: Believe it or not, the majority of international snowbirds come from Canada. About ten percent of snowbirds live in a permanent location outside of the United States. Four out of five of those international snowbirds come from Canada. There’s even a Canadian Snowbird Association, which is a nonprofit group made up of 80,000 older adult members aged sixty-five and up.

3.) Hello Boomers: Today, Baby Boomers are taking over the snowbird population. It didn’t always used to be this way, but now the majority of snowbirds are between the ages of fifty and sixty-nine. This generation is known to be very active and they tend to be wealthy, well-educated, and adapt to the snowbird lifestyle very well.

Snowbirds, also known as winter visitors, don’t just hang out down south and then leave. They actually have a big impact on the Phoenix economy! They pay real estate taxes, do all their grocery shopping, buy gas from local gas stations, and some even work seasonal jobs or volunteer. If you’re a snowbird looking for an Arizona retirement community to enjoy the winter or seeking to buy a home in Sun City, please contact Sharon Mason today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on October 16th, 2017 12:59 PM
3 Ways Baby Boomers are Affecting the Housing Market

Now more than ever, Valley baby boomers are embracing the empty nest and choosing to buy a home to support their new lifestyle. Currently, there are over 76 million baby boomers, and this new wave is looking for housing solutions to allow them to keep an active lifestyle and age comfortably. The baby boomer demographic is helping drive the demand for 55+ Arizona retirement communities encompassing everything from working boomers to snowbirds and Arizona retirees. Here are 3 ways baby boomers are affecting the housing market.

1.) Active lifestyle: Boomers today are more active than their parents were are healthier than ever before. As a result, home builders are developing homes with easier access to recreational amenities. Active adult retirement communities encompass a variety of activities such as gyms, pools, hiking trails, and clubhouses.

2.) Commute locations: Developers are also watching the trend of working boomers, and are building new communities near business districts or public transportation. They are also providing newer homes with offices to accommodate those who work from home.

3.) Close to home: According to a study by Pulte Group, more than sixty percent of baby boomers want their home in retirement to be within the same state they live, while a third of boomers want to live within twenty miles of their children or grandchildren in retirement. Because boomers are looking for a place that appeals to their current and future retirement needs developers are building more retirement communities near suburbs and neighborhoods to accommodate the aging population.

If you’re looking to downsize or find the perfect Arizona retirement community to enjoy your golden years, please contact Sharon Mason to schedule an appointment to view my exclusive listings.

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Posted by Sharon Mason on October 8th, 2017 4:43 PM
Sun City West Free Concert at Beardsley Park

Save the date! There will be a free concert in the park in Sun City West next Saturday, October 7th from 7:00 pm to - 8:30 pm. All through the month of October, Beardsley Park, located at 12755 Beardsley Rd in Sun City West, there will be free concerts in the park open for the public and the community to enjoy.

Bring your lawn-chair and blanket and enjoy local band, A Touch of Gray. A Touch Of Gray is a six-piece classic rock band from Peoria which specializes in Rock, Blues and Pop music styles, all intended to create a fun atmosphere for any occasion. Concessions begin at 5:00 pm if you’d like food or drinks and the concert begins at 7:00pm. Fun for all ages, the Sun City West free concerts in the park are sure to be a hit for the whole family.

Beardsley Park in Sun City West has proudly served as the beautiful venue for great annual community events such as free movies in the park, community Easter egg hunts and much more. If you’d like to learn more about upcoming events in Sun City West or if you’re looking for the perfect Arizona retirement community to enjoy your active adult and retirement years, please contact Sharon Mason today.

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Posted by Sharon Mason on September 30th, 2017 3:17 PM
Summer Ends With Strong Home Sales 

Summer is at a close and ended with strong home sales despite weak inventory according to the September 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. August sales topping July by 2.8 percent, but finishing 0.84 percent below August 2016 which remains the best August in the report’s nine year history. Houston, where Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, already experienced a 21.3 percent drop in sales from July and a 27.5 percent decline year-over-year.

U.S. home sales in August extended a summer of strong demand and weak inventory that once again resulted in listings with short shelf lives. In addition to the normal late summer real estate trends, a primary focus during the next month will be on housing in specific markets affected by natural disasters like devastating wildfires and hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Other notable numbers include:

• Inventory in the report’s fifty-four markets declined 3.9 percent from July and 13.7 percent from a year ago
• Days on Market have dropped to forty-seven – the fastest listing-to-sale average for any August.
• The Months Supply of Inventory, while continuing to rebound from a May low of 2.6, settled at 3.1 months and set another report record for August.
• After hitting $239,950 in July, the median sales price dipped to $236,475 in August but still finished 5.4 percent higher year-over-year.

“Overall, we’re still seeing home prices rise year-over-year at just above historical averages -- even with slightly declining nationwide prices in August, which is an expected annual pattern,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “The data shows that home hunters continue to experience very limited inventory and increased competition, and home sellers are benefiting from quick sales for top dollar.”

Want to know more about the current real estate market? Click here to download your copy of the September 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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Posted by Sharon Mason on September 26th, 2017 9:29 AM
3 Smart Ways to Use Technology to Manage Your Retirement Money

When it comes to managing your retirement accounts, you used to have to get all the information you needed in person. But today, innovative technology is changing the way active adults manage their lives. And though older Americans are typically less likely to change their ways, there are a lot of technological advances that can make money management easier and save time. Here are 3 smart ways to use technology to manage your retirement money.

1.) Online retirement calculators: A comprehensive retirement planning spreadsheet takes some time and knowledge to customize for your needs. If you aren’t up for the task, free online calculators make the calculations for you. A few popular tools are Personal Capital and NewRetirement. Personal Capital is a free online service that aggregates all your financial accounts using secure connections. NewRetirement takes your detailed financial information, such as income, expenses, investments and desired retirement age, and funnels it into a comprehensive analysis.

2.) Online budgeting software: Online budgeting tools securely import your bank and credit card transactions and empower older adults to set up budgets and track spending automatically down to the penny each month. These products can help identify excess spending and opportunities to save more. A few popular online program options include Mint, EveryDollar, and You Need a Budget. Each program is individually designed to help with goal setting, budgeting, and more.

3.) Robo advisors: Traditional advisors offer one-on-one guidance and allocate your money based on a set of recommendations. However, a new breed of online advisors has risen to popularity. Robo advisors take the emotion out of financial planning by using algorithms to build your asset allocations based on your personal situation. Instead of manually managing your money, robo advisors do it automatically. The advantages are that fees are much lower and investment decisions are done by a computer instead of a human, eliminating bias and emotionally driven mistakes. Two of the larger robo advisors are Betterment and Wealthfront. These services use algorithms to build your portfolio based on your investment objectives and life stage.

Which of these 3 smart ways to use technology to manage your retirement money will work for you? If you would like more information about retiring in Arizona or if you’re looking to buy a home in an Arizona retirement community, please contact Sharon Mason today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on September 17th, 2017 1:26 PM
Welcome to Sun City West

Since 1978, Sun City West has been the place to be for active, 55+ adults who enjoy staying active, social and physically fit. Designed by Del Webb Corporation, which successfully created and grew Sun City into its current proportions, Sun City West is a modern, thriving community that blends culture and a pleasant atmosphere into one of Arizona’s premier retirement areas. Supermarkets, banks and retail stores, as well as pharmacies, post offices and fitness centers, make Sun City West an all-inclusive active adult community. You’ll find outdoor walking tracks, dance studios and ballrooms, and tennis courts all over this 15,000-household community, which means everything you need is within a several-block radius.

A healthy mix of single-family and attached homes await you in the affordable Sun City West retirement community gives the area a diverse, multi-faceted feel. Single-family homes range from cozy, 920-square-foot houses to roomy 3,500-square-foot residences. People who prefer attached homes can enjoy a wide variety of floor plans ranging from 744 to 1,996 square feet. Sun City West’s huge variety of homes, its exciting amenities and its close proximity to Arizona’s largest city, Phoenix, make it the perfect place to call home for active seniors from all over the country.

From billiards to outdoor concerts, Sun City West is packed with things for active adults to do. With more than a hundred clubs that span a wide range of interests, including card playing, arts and crafts, and music, the sense of community in Sun City West makes it one of Arizona’s most sought-after retirement destinations. The Sun City West Arizona R.H. Johnson Recreation Center is 118,000 square feet of activity-packed space in the center of 48 acres of beautifully landscaped property that Sun City West residents are welcome to enjoy year-round. Three more expansive activity centers dot this bustling community, which makes it easy to access all the things you love.

When you’re ready to explore everything that Sun City West has to offer, contact Sharon Mason for a personal community tour. I’ll help you find the perfect house in one of Arizona’s premier retirement communities so that you’re free to do the things you love with family and friends!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on September 10th, 2017 3:06 PM
5 Fascinating Facts about Labor Day

Monday, September 4th is Labor Day in the U.S. The holiday will be celebrated by U.S. families around the country with picnics, barbecues, road trips, and sports events. Labor Day unofficially signals the end of the summer vacation streak for many and is an observed federal holiday for most businesses but do you know why? Here are 5 fascinating facts about Labor Day.

1.) Labor Day has a rich history centered around workers and celebrates the contributions and achievements of the 155 million men and women who are in the U.S. workforce. Originally it began in 1872 in Toronto, Canada but quickly made its way south to the U.S.

2.) The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union. The Labor Day parade of about 10,000 workers took unpaid leave and marched from City Hall past Union Square uptown to 42nd street, and ended in Wendel’s Elm Park at 92nd Street and 9th Avenue for a concert, speeches, and a picnic.

3.) In the late 1800s the average American worked twelve hour days and seven-day weeks to eke out a basic living. Children as young as five years old worked in factories and mines.

4.) Traditionally people did not wear white or seersucker clothes after Labor Day as it unofficially marked the end of summer.

5.) Labor Day, celebrated in some countries as May Day or International Workers Day, started in Chicago as a protest campaign in support of the eight-hour workday. The year in which the eight-hour day was firmly established was 1916 with the passage of the Adamson Act. This was the first federal law regulating hours of workers in private companies.

Hope you have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on September 4th, 2017 1:52 PM
August 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report 

While July home sales decreased slightly, homes sold at a faster rate than any month in nearly a decade, according to the August RE/MAX National Housing Report that analyzes housing data in fifty-four metro areas. July home sales declined 0.8 percent year-over-year, and the Median Sales Price of $239,950 – while slightly lower than June’s – was 7.4 percent higher year-over-year. Homes sold quickly in July, with an average forty-five Days on Market, a record low for the report.

Other notable numbers from the August 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report include:

• Sales increased in nineteen metro areas even as home sales declined 0.8 percent compared to July 2016.
• The Median Sales Price of $239,950 was the highest for any July in the nine-year history of the report.
• Inventory dropped 14.1 percent year-over-year, with forty-six metro areas seeing fewer homes for sale or remaining unchanged. Year-over-year, inventory has declined every month since November 2008.
• Months Supply of Inventory hovered at 3.1 months, a new July low in the report.

“After a jump in home sales in May and June, it’s not unusual to see a dip in sales in July,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “This summertime slowdown is a national trend that we sometimes see this time of year, even though this month’s decrease was razor thin. Low inventory continues to constrain the market. Successful buyers will have to be prepped and ready to act fast to purchase listings that, on average, are selling in record time.”

Want to know more about the current real estate market? Click here to download your copy of the August 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report.

If you are looking to sell your Arizona home or are ready to buy a home in an active Arizona retirement community, please contact Sharon Mason today.

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Posted by Sharon Mason on August 27th, 2017 3:54 PM
Why Retirees are Returning to College

August is National Back to School Month, but why should kids have all the fun? Summer is the perfect time for rejuvenating and renewing your life. That’s why so many older adults and Arizona retirees choose to go back to school around this time. In fact, a growing number of active adults are opting out of traditional retirement communities for university-based retirement communities. Many seniors even choose buy homes near their alma mater or near a favorite local community college to start or continue their education long into retirement.

Wondering why retirees are returning to college? In retirement, it’s not uncommon for older Americans to find themselves isolated from their communities. As a result, many are trading the leisure circuit for the continuing education circuit to keep their minds sharp and stay on top of the technological trends that help keep them connected with society and their families.

There are approximately seventy retirement communities across the U.S. that has ties to nearby universities in the hopes of attracting older adults to enroll. Retirement communities with ties to universities are a growing trend. Catering to the college-educated baby-boomer generation, nearly one hundred schools have revived relationships with former students and others who live in nearby active adult communities.

Most local colleges and universities offer opportunities to continue learning for seniors, from auditing college courses to attending lectures and classes held at a retirement center. There are even some programs like Oasis that allow Arizona retirees to go back to school for free.

If you’re interested in learning more about going back to school post retirement or if you’re interested in buying an Arizona home near a college, please contact Sharon Mason today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on August 19th, 2017 4:58 PM
Demand for Retirement Communities Growing in Arizona

Households age seventy-five and up in the United States are expected to grow forty-nine percent between 2020 and 2030, and despite there being several providers in the West Valley, average occupancy is above ninety percent for many, according to Vicky Ullery, marketing director for the Royal Oaks retirement community in Sun City, Arizona.

“The aging population is driving demand for senior living,” Ullery stated. “Although there are already several new communities that have recently opened and more under construction, over saturation will likely not occur in part due to the different socio economic markets each targets.”

Retirement and assisted living communities have continued to play a larger role in caring for the elderly in the past ten years and that role continues to grow. And there is likely room for growth in the middle- and lower-income markets. Communities not in campus settings — like Arizona Traditions, Happy Trails, Sun City Grand, Sun City West, Sun City, Ventana Lakes and Westbook Village — also see the competition for residents, but officials believe continued upgrades will keep residents buying in their communities.

“The field is always changing as new residents move into retirement,” stated Katy O’Grady, Recreation Centers of Sun City West operations services officer. “We strive to keep up with those changing desires, without forgetting our base.” Additionally, RCSC officials stay in tune with other retirement communities across the nation as to what they are doing and adding to their list of activities and amenities. RCSCW official maintain membership in recreation associations to help stay abreast to changing trends. They also watch what their competition in the age-restriction arena is doing as well.

Throughout the Valley, there are a variety of retirements community styles designed to meet the growing needs of aging adults. Campus-style retirement communities provide activities and amenities, but also health care and meal options. City-style communities are designed for people who still live independently in their own homes, with activities and amenities the only offerings from the management agency. However, both types of retirement communities face the competition for residents and the same need to maintain upgraded offerings.

If you’d like to learn more about Sun City local news or if you’re seeking the perfect Arizona retirement community to call home, please contact Sharon Mason today.

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Posted by Sharon Mason on August 12th, 2017 5:27 PM
3 Reasons to Make Arizona Traditions your Luxury Retirement Community

If you are looking to retire in Arizona this year then you’ll definitely want to check out Arizona Traditions, the 55+ gated golf course resort style community located in Surprise, Arizona.

Arizona Traditions has approximately 2,000 homes ranging from 1,000 square foot to 2,400 square foot offering two and three car garages, casitas and golf course lots. With recent builds added in 2013, it’s no wonder active adults are flocking to make this beautiful community their retirement locale. Here are 3 reasons to make Arizona Traditions your luxury retirement community.

1.) Amenities you won’t believe: Arizona Traditions has a 20,400 square foot community center that contains a well-equipped fitness center, woodworking shop, stained glass studio, ceramics and pottery studio, sewing and quilting center, library and a Sports Bar where you can spend time with friends play a game of billiards or shuffleboard. Arizona Traditions also has three swimming pools, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, bocce ball courts, and a softball field. There is a walking trail with exercise/stretching stations. Additionally, there are water aerobics, yoga, and Pilates classes. It's the kind of lifestyle of which you've dreamed of!

2.) Golfing and games all season long: Arizona Traditions is among the most desirable retirement communities in Surprise, because there’s always something fun to do for active adults! Golfers have ample opportunities to perfect their games on Arizona Traditions’ Dick Bailey-designed 18-hole course. The 6,235-yard par 70 golf course is the best place to enjoy your morning; it’s the centerpiece of the community, and it features rolling hills, strategically placed sand traps and water hazards, and some of the most picturesque scenery in Arizona. Dance the night away in Arizona Traditions’ 8,300 square-foot ballroom, watch the sun dip below the horizon from the patio fire pit or play pickleball, tennis or bocce ball until you’re exhausted and need a trip to the on-site spa or hang out with new friends in the billiards room.

3.) A variety of homes to choose from: The newer homes in Arizona Traditions feature high-efficiency air conditioners and in-home pest defense systems. With gorgeous stucco exteriors that help insulate the most modern homes, as well as gas furnaces and other energy-efficient characteristics, this community contains some of the most modern-looking and ecologically conscious in the area. Homes in Arizona Traditions feature ten-foot or vaulted ceilings, t rounded drywall corners, masonry block rear walls and dual-pane windows. There is a healthy mix of homes constructed over the 15-year period, which allows you the option to choose the features that are important to you in your next home.

This guarded, gated active adult community is renowned for its close-knit neighborhoods and world-class amenities. When you’re ready to visit one of these gorgeous homes or tour the Arizona Traditions luxury retirement community in Surprise, Arizona, please contact Sharon Mason and schedule a personal tour today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on August 6th, 2017 3:28 PM
4 Monsoon Safety Tips for Seniors

Each year, a variety of weather related dangers affect Arizona. In addition, dust storms present an array of hazards which often strike suddenly and with violent force. Through education about proper precautionary actions to be taken, lives can be saved and property losses can be minimized. With the monsoon season in full swing, it’s important for seniors to protect themselves and practice caution. Here are 4 monsoon safety tips for seniors to remember as the summer storms roll in.

1) Plan ahead The best way to avoid lightning, flash floods, and other dangerous conditions is by not being in danger in the first place. Many ways are available to gain weather information including watching current weather forecasts on TV or online, listening to weather reports on the radio, subscribing to lightning and severe weather notification services, and scan the skies 360 degrees around and overhead before leaving a safe location.

2) Watch the weather: It’s important for older adults to plan ahead by watching the current weather forecasts on TV, the internet or the radio for weather updates before you even leave the house. Also, make sure the severe weather notifications are enabled in your cellphone settings so as to receive warnings when you’re unable to access this information while you travel.

3) When thunder roars, go indoors: Lightning kills an average of 125 people annually in the United States and injures more than 500 according to the American Red Cross. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. So when thunder roars, go indoors. While indoors, older adults should unplug expensive electronics as soon as possible and only use a corded phone in case of emergency.

4) Driving in dust storms Huge gusts of wind in any thunderstorm can lift huge clouds of dust and reduce visibilities to near zero in seconds, which can quickly result in deadly, multi-vehicle accidents on roadways. If you encounter a dust storm and cannot avoid driving into it then pull off the road as far as you can safely do so. Turn off your headlights and taillights. Put your vehicle in "PARK," and/or engage your parking brake. Stay where you are until the dust storm passes.

Taking additional safety steps during the Arizona monsoon season could save your life and the lives of others. Please remember and share these 4 monsoon safety tips for seniors and stay safe! For more senior safety tips or if you’re an Arizona retiree looking to buy or sell your home, contact Sharon Mason.

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Posted by Sharon Mason on July 30th, 2017 2:23 PM
Third Annual Month of Miracles

Every minute, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment; every 30 seconds, a RE/MAX agent helps someone find their perfect place. 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 CMN Hospitals.

I am excited to share that I will be participating in our third annual “Month of Miracles” throughout the month of August with a drive to raise one million pennies. This is a month-long fundraising event is designed to raise much-need money to support our local Phoenix Children’s Hospital as well as raise awareness in our community.

“Children’s hospitals depend on local donations — like those from RE/MAX agents participating in Miracle Home and Miracle Property programs — to provide the top-of-class care kids deserve,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “On behalf of the millions of families impacted by RE/MAX donations, we appreciate each agent’s efforts and thank them for truly making miracles happen in their communities all year long.”

In 2016, RE/MAX Affiliates in the U.S. 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. We were recognized by RE/MAX LLC for being the highest contributing office in the Southwest Region (Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico) to the Children’s Miracle Network, and our local Phoenix Children's Hospital!

Each donation helps fund pediatric medical equipment, treatments, charitable care and other healthcare services for local CMN hospitals. As the contributions continue to grow, we are able to aid a larger number of sick and injured children – which is something we take great pride in being able to do for our community.

We have a goal of raising one million pennies for the “Month of Miracles” in August 2017! If you would like to support our office goal, please give me a call and I am happy to pick up your donations. On behalf of all the kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, I want to thank you in advance for your support in helping us achieve this goal for our community!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on July 15th, 2017 2:06 PM
Elvis Hawaii Tribute Comes to Sun City

Calling all Elvis fans! Whether you’re a lover of Elvis in his 1961 Blue Hawaii movie or just a lover of Presley’s music in general then you’re in for a treat. The Elvis Hawaii tribute comes to Sun City on Wednesday, July 19th from 7pm to 9pm at the Sundial Rec Center Auditorium located at 14801 N 103rd Ave, Sun City.

The show, presented by Jim Westover and The Promised Land Band, will be indoors and is free for RCSC Cardholders and their escorted guests. Jim Westover’s professional experiences have included being one of the top Elvis tribute artists, in the business. He even won the Image of the King Contest in Nevada in 2009.

In Westover’s own words, "From the many years of admiration of Elvis, I've sought to create a show that would hold the excitement of the King on stage.”

Don’t be a hound dog. Come out and relive the magic, sing along, dance with this can't miss summer concert that’s fun for all ages! For more event details visit suncityaz.org. For more fun things to do in Sun City or if you’re looking for the perfect Arizona retirement community to call home, please contact me today.

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Posted by Sharon Mason on July 14th, 2017 3:46 PM
Welcome to Sun Village Retirement Community

Sun Village in Surprise Arizona is a one-of-a-kind desert gem for active seniors who love to be in the heart of it all. With a gorgeous, 47,000 square-foot community center that’s packed with amenities, including a luxuriously appointed ballroom, fitness rooms and designated club meeting spaces, Sun Village is an all-inclusive, gated community that brings paradise right to your front door.

Sun Village’s massive community center, features sewing and craft rooms, a fully stocked library and a full-service restaurant. A beauty shop staffed by the area’s best talent and its challenging 18-hole walking golf course make Sun Village one of the most desirable retirement communities near Surprise, Arizona Men’s and women’s golf clubs, a model railroad club, an RV club and dozens of others meet each week, enabling you to share the things you love with your new friends and neighbors.

The Sun Village resort-style gated community, is home to around 2,500 residents. Sun Village has a friendly, neighborhood ambiance, from the extremely well-equipped exercise and fitness center to its outdoor, brightly lit sport courts designated for tennis, pickleball, shuffleboard and horseshoes. Regular community activities, such as “Opera in the Afternoon,” potluck dinners and worship services create a homey, comfortable atmosphere throughout the entire development.

Nearly 1,400 homes line the gorgeously landscaped streets in Sun Village and there’s a wide variety of home styles in this cozy community includes attached townhomes, detached patio homes, villas and casitas. Condominiums, large single-family detached homes with three-car garages and several floor plans give you plenty of options when you’re selecting the Arizona retirement home of your dreams.

Sun Village has homes for every taste and every budget, and I’ll be happy to help you find one that matches yours. Contact me today so I can get you into this active-but-relaxing retirement community that was designed with your needs in mind!

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Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
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Posted by Sharon Mason on July 9th, 2017 4:42 PM
Top 3 Safety Tips for Independence Day

Summertime and 4th of July BBQ’s go hand and hand. So whether you’re planning on traveling for the fourth or enjoying various outdoor activities like boating, cooking out, camping and picnics, safety is the most important factor to remember during this fantastic holiday. Here are the top 3 safety tips for Independence Day to help you enjoy your holiday.

1.) BBQ’s: The 4th of July is one of the top holidays for outdoor BBQ’s and cookouts. In regards to fire safety, never use gasoline to start BBQ grills. For food safety, bring separate plates and cutting boards for raw and cooked foods so that juices from raw meat don’t contaminate meat that’s ready to be eaten. Also bring cleaning items with you to keep hands, utensils and surfaces clean.

2.) Camping: If you are camping, be sure to check the regulations on fires. Many areas may be closed to all fires (including charcoal grills) due to extreme dry conditions. If campfires are allowed never leave a fire unattended, and always be sure it is dead out when you leave.

3.) Travel: July 4th is statistically the most dangerous holiday to be driving on the road. According to The Advertiser, 410 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle crashes during the Fourth of July weekend in 2009 and forty percent of those deaths were related to alcohol-impaired and/or sleep deprived drivers. Please remember to not drive intoxicated, get plenty of sleep before driving, and always wear your seat belt.

Regardless of how you choose to enjoy your 4th of July holiday, please keep these top 3 safety tips in mind, and have a safe and Happy Independence Day.

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,

Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
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Posted by Sharon Mason on July 2nd, 2017 11:10 AM
Top 3 Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

With the current Arizona heat wave, there’s no denying that summer is in full swing. And while summertime is usually a time of camping, swimming, grilling out and relaxation for most, the intense heat be dangerous for older adults if the proper precautions aren't taken.

Here are the top 3 summer safety tips for seniors that Arizona retirees and active adults should implement all season long.

1.) Eye care: Vision loss can be common among the senior citizens, and too much exposure to the sun can irritate eyes and cause further damage. Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and preserve your vision. Consider prescription sunglasses if you have problems with your vision.

2.) Protect your skin: It only takes fifteen minutes for the sun to damage unprotected skin according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Older adults may not notice it immediately, but the damage is there. Sunscreen is a major component to preventing sunburns in older adults. Look for a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and also have a sun protection factor (SPF) of fifteen or more. Be sure to apply it fifteen to thirty minutes before exposure. If you’re enjoying water activities, be sure to reapply your sunscreen frequently.

3.) Stay hydrated: By the time you’re thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. For active adults, the feeling of thirst decreases as we age, so be sure to increase your water intake if you are exercising or doing any type of prolonged physical activity. Aim to drink six to eight glasses of water per day. Not upping your water intake in the summer can lead to heat stroke which symptoms include confusion, disorientation, dry skin, excessive tiredness, headache, lethargy, nausea, and a rapid pulse.

Arizona summers can pose a threat to active adults such as sunburn, eye damage, dehydration, heat exhaustion and more. If you remember the top 3 summer safety tips for seniors, there's no reason you can't have an enjoyable and fun-filled summer -- no matter your age.

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Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
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Posted by Sharon Mason on June 25th, 2017 2:46 PM
My 5 Favorite Quotes about Fatherhood

Father. Dad. Papa. Pop. Daddy. No matter what you call him, his title may be short, but his influence is long and powerful. Celebrate his loving presence in your life this Father’s Day with my 5 favorite quotes about fatherhood.

1.) “Every dad, if he takes time out of his busy life to reflect upon his fatherhood, can learn ways to become an even better dad.” - Jack Baker

2.) “Of all the titles I’ve been privileged to have, ‘Dad’ has always been the best.” - Ken Norton

3.) “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” - Jim Valvano

4.) “It’s only when you grow up and step back from him—or leave him for your own home - it’s only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it.” - Margaret Truman

5.) “The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family.” - Reed Markham

Happy Father’s Day!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
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Posted by Sharon Mason on June 18th, 2017 10:20 AM
Venture to Ventana Lakes for Enjoyable Retired Living

Looking for the perfect Arizona retirement community to enjoy the best years of your life? Just one look and you’ll know right away why you should venture to Ventana Lakes for enjoyable retired living! This sprawling, friendly retirement community features nine lakes packed with freshwater fish and has a bevy of activities and clubs that are perfect for 55-and-up active adults looking to truly enjoy retirement.

Since 1986, Ventana Lakes has been one of Arizona’s most desirable retirement communities and features luxurious amenities galore. This diverse community of over 1,700 homes has plenty of space for residents to relax, enjoy the gorgeous and scenic backdrop of the mountains southwest of Surprise, and enjoy well-designed water features by way of paddleboats and canoes. Miles of well-manicured walking trails are perfect for evening strolls or morning dog runs, and seven nearby courses provide ample tee times for both novice and accomplished golfers.

Ventana Lakes is close to the Loop 101, and provides fast access to nearby attractions such as the Arrowhead Towne Center Mall, Peoria’s Sports Complex, Camelback Ranch and Lake Pleasant Regional Park. Best of all, you can find the perfect style home, from spacious lake homes to cozy condominiums to maintenance-free townhomes.

And with affordable prices ranges, Ventana Lakes offers the perfect price and setting for Arizona retirees. So what are you waiting for? Schedule an appointment to tour the community and find out more about the available homes for sale in Ventana Lakes.

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

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
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Posted by Sharon Mason on June 11th, 2017 2:04 PM
May 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

The brisk start to the 2017 home-selling season slowed down in April with home sales dropping 4.1 percent below March and 4.5 percent below the previous April, according to the May 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report.

“We may be seeing some frustration from buyers,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. “Inventory is tighter than ever, while strong demand keeps driving up home prices. At the same time, many potential sellers may also be reluctant to list their homes because the tight inventory might impact them as buyers. Home buyers and sellers will need to work with experienced real estate agents to navigate this tough market.”

More than three quarters of the report’s fifty-three metro areas saw April home sales decline year-over-year. By contrast, March posted a 6.6 percent year-over-year spike in sales. Even so, April saw homes sell for more than they did in March in 81 percent of the markets, while 92 percent of the markets saw higher year-over-year sale prices.

Yet the narrative of the ever-tightening inventory coupled with increased prices persisted, as the fifty-three-metro area report saw the trends of a seller’s market continuing:

  • The average number of Days on Market declined for the third consecutive month and April’s fifty-seven days set a new low for April in the report’s nine-year history.
  • The Median Sales Price of $226,000 was the highest price for any April and marked the 13th consecutive month of year-over-year price increases. 
  • Months Supply of Inventory, which dropped below three months in March for the first time in the report’s history, was 2.8. A months supply of less than 6.0 is considered a seller’s market. 
  • Inventory was down 17.6 percent from April 2016.
Click here to read the May 2017 National Housing Report brought to us by RE/MAX Headquarters. If you or anyone you know is interested in learning what home values are in Arizona’s retirement communities, please give me a call today.

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Posted by Sharon Mason on June 4th, 2017 11:19 AM
Top 5 Arizona Retirement Locales

Looking for a place to retire? According to the U.S. census, 15.4 percent of people living in Arizona are 65 years or older, a proportion slightly larger than the national average. It’s no surprise Arizona would be one of the top places to retire, especially since Arizona as a whole is one of the 10 most tax-friendly states for retirees, according to Kiplinger, a Washington, D.C.-based business and finance-advice publication.

A recent survey on WallHub, a financial-planning website for consumers and small-business owners, ranked the top-50 best places to retire in the country. Not surprisingly, sunny Arizona made the list multiple times different times. Additionally, the high number of sunny days appeals to many from places pestered by gloomy winter weather. Below are the top 5 Arizona retirement locales according to Wallhub:

1. Scottsdale.
2. Peoria.
3. Tempe.
4. Mesa.
5. Tucson.

These Arizona retirement locations feature recreational centers, golf courses and bowling alleys as well as local grocery stores, banks and restaurants clustered throughout the communities. As the number of retirees climbs nationwide, people beginning a new stage of life are seeking out the best places in Arizona to retire. Whole communities already cater to retirees and other active adults throughout the state. If you’re looking for an Arizona retirement community to call home, please contact Sharon Mason today.

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
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Posted by Sharon Mason on May 28th, 2017 3:46 PM
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.

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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,
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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
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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
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Posted by Sharon Mason on May 1st, 2017 12:58 PM

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