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June 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report

The housing prices are at record highs while inventory is at record lows and home sales are trailing 2017’s pace, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. June sales were 5.5 percent lower than June 2017 in the fifty-four metro areas surveyed, marking the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year declines.

Headed in the opposite direction, the June Median Sales Price of $258,500 was an all-time high in the nine-year history of the report. It was 5.1 percent higher than the $245,000 recorded last June, bringing the consecutive months of year-over-year price increases to 27. In each of the previous five years – going back to June 2013’s $193,750 – June has posted the highest Median Sales Price of the year.

“Year-over-year prices have been climbing for more than two years now, which is great news for homeowners and sellers,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “In the hottest markets, demand is especially high because there simply aren’t that many homes for sale. The slower sales figures we’re seeing are tied to inventory more than anything else.”

Forty-two of the fifty-four metro areas reported a year-over-year drop in inventory. That years-long trend is reflected in Months Supply of Inventory dropping to 2.7 – down 8.8 percent year-over-year and the smallest figure ever recorded for June. Fewer houses for sale generally results in a faster process: Homes sold in June averaged just forty-two Days on Market – five days less than June 2017 and three days under the previous nine-year low of forty-five days.

“Lack of inventory has become a theme for the year,” Contos said. “Having fewer homes to choose from poses a challenge for buyers, who need to be ready to act decisively and quickly. Working with a full-time, professional RE/MAX agent can prepare them for that.”

To access the housing report infographic, visit: https://rem.ax/2phKHWT or click here to download your copy of the June 2018 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 August 1st, 2018 12:53 PM

5 Ways to Avoid Home Improvement Scams

Each summer, professional home improvement scammers roam the U.S. in search of victims. Scams include everything from offering unbelievable deals that end up with hidden fees to using low-quality materials and not doing quality work. If you’re in the market for making big repairs to your home, here’s 5 ways to avoid home improvement scams according to Consumer Reports, Inc.

1.) Get recommendations. Avoid contractors that contact you unsolicited. Don’t hire a contractor based solely on an ad in a local newspaper, even if you’re offered a big discount or another incentive. Get recommendations from friends, neighbors, or relatives.

2.) See what others are saying. Before hiring a contractor, check his or her work history with your state consumer protection agency and the Better Business Bureau. Search the Web using the company or individual’s name and such words as “reviews” and “complaints.”

3.) Check credentials. Verify with your state that the contractor has the required license or registration. Some states have funds that reimburse consumers who obtain judgments against licensed contractors.

4.) Know your rights. Some states give consumers three days or so to cancel home-improvement contracts. Under federal law you have three days to cancel most contracts that are signed in your home or outside the contractor’s regular place of business.

5.) Get everything in writing. Don’t rely on spoken promises. Demand a written contract, and get all warranties in writing, too.

Older adults are especially at risk of home improvement fraud so please be on the alert and share with friends and family. For more tips on how to avoid home improvement scams or if you’re looking for a home in one of the many luxury Arizona retirement communities, please contact Sharon Mason today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on July 27th, 2018 5:17 PM

New Library in Glendale Coming in Spring 2019

New builds in the Valley of the Sun are always exciting, because they bring new employment, new revenue and new services and amenities to the community. That’s just one of the many reasons so many residents are excited that construction for the new library in Glendale that’s coming in spring 2019!

The Heroes Regional Park Library in Glendale recently broke ground and will be part of the Heroes Regional Park, at 83rd Avenue Bethany Home Road, which has been a work in progress for two decades. The park is currently a mix of play structures and ramadas and vacant land. After long last, part of that vacant land will be used for Glendale’s fourth library branch. A ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for the the new library was held last month and construction officially began a few weeks ago.  The library is scheduled to open in Spring 2019.

 “The Heroes Regional Park Library, while long overdue, is such an exciting opportunity to provide free and equitable access to information, technology and cultural and educational materials to our citizens,” said Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers. “I want to thank our City Council, especially Yucca District Council member Joyce Clark, for their support. Our Library Board, our city staff — it takes everyone working together to make it happen.”

The new 7,500 square-foot library will serve an estimated 80,000 visitors annually and bring an array of library programs, services and the latest innovations in library technologies to Glendale’s west side. It will eventually have a collection of about 25,000 books. Facility amenities will include dedicated children’s and “teen’s only” patio areas. A large glass window will bring the park inside.

Staffing the new branch will be fifteen employees, adding up to seven and a half full-time equivalent salaries. The new library will also likely offer volunteer positions which are a great activity for active adults and Arizona retirees looking to give back to the community and stay active.

For more information about what’s happening in your West Valley community or if you’re seeking to sell your home or buy a home in an Arizona retirement community, please contact Sharon Mason today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on July 11th, 2018 5:23 PM

3 Senior Housing Trends for 2018

Now more than ever, Arizona retirees, active adults and baby boomers are reinventing the idea of retirement, taking control of their quality of life, and making their own choices for their personalized retirement experience. The aging population is more active, more empowered about their health care choices, and wanting different living accommodations to better suit their retirement needs. These changes have contributed to these 3 senior housing trends for 2018.

1.) Amenities: Today’s seniors aren’t sitting in rocking chairs on the front porch anymore. They’re playing pickle ball, hiking, going back to school and staying more active than ever before. Due to this, many facilities are considering the area’s appeal to active adults. Arizona retirement communities are offering more amenities and more senior-friendly activities for those early retirement years.

2.) Independence: More Arizona retirement communities are embracing baby boomers and retirees who can live comfortably on their own. The housing market for older adults is gradually adapting to the need of younger retirees by providing self-governing living facilities that encourage and celebrate independence.

3.) Aging in Place: A recent AARP study estimates that nearly ninety percent of people over age sixty-five want to stay in their home for as long as possible. Because of this senior housing trend, there has been a development of more affordable-in-home care programs. There has also been an increase in health technology from wearable medical alert bracelets to health apps for smart phones to help make home care more viable and manageable for Arizona seniors

If you are an active adult looking for an Arizona retirement community to enjoy your golden years or are looking to downsize or sell your Sun City home, please contact Sharon Mason today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on July 5th, 2018 5:11 PM

June National Housing Report

Homes sold faster in May than at virtually any other time in the past decade, according to the latest RE/MAX National Housing Report. Low inventory and high demand in May cut Days on Market to 46, the second-lowest monthly number in the nearly 10-year history of the report. May home sales topped April sales by 14.5 percent, and were down by 2.8 percent from May 2017. The median sales price of $251,673 was up 7.8 percent. By comparison, homes averaged five more days on the market (51) in May 2017, 12 more days (58) in May 2016 and 18 more days (64) in 2015.

“Even with low inventory and the Federal Reserve raising interest rates, homes are going from ‘for sale’ to sold 28 percent faster than three years ago,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos.

With eleven metro areas increasing the median sales price year-over-year by double digits, May is still a seller’s market, and homebuyers should expect to compete with other buyers when they are ready to make an offer on a home.

“Be prepared — that’s my message to potential homebuyers in this summer selling season,” added Contos. “Make sure you are pre-approved with a lender, try to make a clean offer with no contingencies and, if possible, consider offering favorable concessions to the seller such as a flexible closing date. Pairing today’s real estate technology with the guidance of a professional RE/MAX agent, can help you find the right home.”

Click here to download your copy of the May2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report or access the housing report infographic 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 June 30th, 2018 6:57 PM

3 Ways to Enjoy a Fun Retirement Staycation

Now’s the fun time of year where many Arizona retirees begin taking their summer vacations. From taking adult cruises to the Bahamas to snorkeling off the Cayman Islands and hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro. But these days, more and more active adults are opting to stay close to home and enjoy all the amenities their community has to offer. This has aptly been called taking a “staycation” which is a slang term for frugal vacation without leaving your hometown. Whether you’re saving up or just don’t feel like traveling this year, here are 3 ways to enjoy a fun retirement staycation.

1.) Create a Staycation Schedule: Can you believe there are Arizona retirees who have lived in Arizona their entire life and have not seen the Grand Canyon? If you’re one of those, create a staycation itinerary of some fun places to visit or local things to do. Pick up the paper or check out a local even page online to see what’s happening that you’d be interested in. Visit local art exhibits, craft shows, free live entertainment venues, museums, or try out that new restaurant you’ve been hearing about. The possibilities are endless when you stay in town so why not explore them?

2.) Homeward Bound: Who says you can’t have fun in your own home? It’s easy to get into a daily routine rut that has you yawning long after you’ve started your day. So breaking the bonds of your normal home routines can be a great way to enjoy your staycation. Indulge in some new hobbies like planting a garden, taking a recreational online class, or trying a new recipe in the kitchen. If you’re feeling more social than solitary, you can host a weekly book club or host a wine tasting party at home. Fire up the grill and have a dinner party to remember right in your own backyard!

3.) Get Outside: Early mornings and evenings are still great times to discover the hidden gem bike riding trails, join a hiking club, or even indulge in some camping near a lake. Stargazing on a night hike away from the city is a great way to appreciate and connect with nature. Not into trekking and sweating?  The many outdoor spring festivals, farmers markets, and public barbeques happening valley wide can help give you a healthy dose of vitamin D and a shot of retail therapy too.  

Having fun doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and staying in doesn’t have to be a bore. If you’re interested in finding more retirement activities for a staycation in your area or if you’re an active adult seeking the perfect home in Sun City, please contact Sharon Mason today!

 

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Posted by Sharon Mason on June 30th, 2018 6:55 PM

Get Your Arizona Home Summer Ready

July is usually our hottest month in Arizona and if you haven’t already, now is the time to prepare your air conditioner and home to ensure the lowest energy bills and maximum efficiency. And with the temperatures expected to reach 110 degrees this weekend, you definitely want to make sure you and your home are staying cool. Here’s what you need to do to get your Arizona home summer ready.  

Keep Your Filter Clean: Arizona’s 300 days of sunshine contributes to the dry, dusty climate that can quickly clog your air filter and reduce its efficiency. Clogged air filters can lead to higher energy bills and more frequent air conditioning repairs. So be sure to clean or replace your filter every month. If it’s easier, set the same date every month on your calendar or in your phone to change your filters. You and your A/C will be much happier.

 

Set It and Forget It: If you’re constantly changing your thermostat, you won’t conserve energy in your home. It’s best to set it at the highest comfortable temperature and leave it. Or if you can, use a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust for times you are away from home or sleeping. Also, thermostats can pick up heat from lamps, TVs and appliances so be sure to keep them away.

 

Get Cool: Using your air conditioner isn’t the only way to cool down your Arizona home. Use ceiling fans and oscillating fans when you can to move and cool the air around your home. Change the direction of your ceiling fan to have it blowing downwards for a cool breeze effect. Just remember to shut your fans off when you’re not in the room or away from home to save energy. You can also invest in room darkening window coverings like sunscreens to help keep the heat out.

 

During Arizona summers, our homes demand extra care and attention to stay cool and comfortable. The good news is with a small amount of effort, you can sit back and make the most of your home. If you’d like more tips on keeping your home cool this summer 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 June 30th, 2018 6:51 PM

Top 5 Tips for Safe Summer Hiking in Arizona

Summer is nearly hear but the temperatures are already on the rise in Arizona. And for active adults who love to hike outdoors, taking safety precautions to avoid heat stroke and stay protected is especially important this time of year. Trails can turn deadly for even the most avid hikers if they’re not prepared, especially during the summer months. If you’re ready to brave the trails, please don’t forget these top 5 tips for safe summer hiking in Arizona.

  1. About to try a new trail? Keep in mind trail difficulty ratings increase by one level when temperatures are above 90 degrees, so those rated easy become moderate and moderate becomes difficult.
  2. Hikers planning to hit the trails should start preparing early by hydrating with water (not coffee, soda, and energy drinks) the day before.
  3. Hikers should take plenty of water on their hikes, wear sunscreen and a hat, go in pairs and let someone know where they’ll be hiking and when they expect to return.
  4. When hiking a new trail, people should break it up by only going part of the way the first time so they don’t reach overexertion, he said. The next time, they can go a little farther as they become more familiar with the trail.
  5. Watch for signs you’re over exhausted or dehydrated: clammy skin, weakness, blurry vision, cramps, fatigue, dizziness, dragging your feet, tripping and headaches. Listen to your body and head back as soon as possible. It’s not worth the risk to keep pushing forward!

For more tips on safe summer hiking in Arizona or if you’re an Arizona retiree looking for a luxury Arizona retirement community to call home this summer, please contact Sharon Mason today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on June 1st, 2018 1:37 PM

Looking for Volunteer Work? Northwest Valley Connect Needs Drivers

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. Volunteering and helping others can help older adults reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose.

If you’re an active adult or Arizona retiree looking for a volunteer work then you’ll be happy to know that Northwest Valley Connect is currently looking for drivers! The nonprofit agency helps Northwest Valley residents with transportation challenges find alternatives. One of those is Northwest Valley Connect’s volunteer driver program, in which volunteers use their own vehicles to provide rides for residents for doctor and other medical appointments, grocery shopping and other trips within the area.

NVC officials aim to educate the population it serves on existing transportation resources as well as provide new senior transportation options to service unmet needs. NVC serves as the one-click, one-call resource aimed to keeping older adults in the Valley active and connected to the community. From doctors appointments and errands to grocery store trips and visits with friends, getting Valley residents to the places they need to be easily and efficiently is the agencies primary mission.

Northwest Valley Connect is growing by leaps and bounds. In fact, the agency responded to more than 10,500 requests for transportation referrals and rides during the past year, according to Kathy Chandler, the executive director of Northwest Valley Connect. Most calls are from residents 55 or older with physical limitations, she added. In the past three months inquiries from Sun City, Sun City West and Surprise residents doubled figures at this same time last year.

NVC’s area of service has also seen growth and now includes Litchfield Park, Goodyear and Avondale and the projection for 2018 response to inquiries is 14,000 or more shared Chandler. If you’d like more information about volunteering for Northwest Valley Connect call 623-282-9304 or visit northwestvalleyconnect.org. If you’d like more information about volunteer activities in Sun City or if you’re looking to downsize to a home in an Arizona retirement community, please contact Sharon Mason today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on May 23rd, 2018 12:53 PM

Top 3 Super Summer Health Tips for Seniors

Though the first day of summer is still
technically not for another month, there’s no denying that it’s already beginning to heat up in Arizona. And while the summertime is a time of relaxation for most people, for older adults, the heat and sun can be dangerous if the proper precautions aren't taken. Here are the top 3 super summer health tips for seniors that Arizona retirees and active adults can use to make sure they have a fun, safe summer.

1.) Watch for heat stroke: It is extremely important to watch for signs of heat stroke, especially for Arizona retirees. Some signs to look for include confusion, disorientation, dry skin, excessive tiredness, headache, lethargy, nausea, and a rapid pulse. If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

2.) 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. 

3.) Apply Bug Spray: The elderly is unfortunately prone to the Zika Virus, West Nile Virus and encephalitis. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, use mosquito repellent to help reduce the risk of getting bit by a mosquito carrying this virus.

The beautiful Arizona summers can bring a few dangers for Arizona retirees including sunburn, eye damage, dehydration, heat exhaustion and more. If you follow these top 3 super summer health 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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Posted by Sharon Mason on May 17th, 2018 12:49 PM
5 Quick Tips to Reduce your A/C Bills this Summer

Summer is just around the corner and summertime energy demand can be higher with weather responsible for up to seventy percent of your electric bill according to Arizona Public Service (APS) department. In fact, cooling accounts for forty percent of the energy consumption in the average Phoenix home.

So if you’re looking to keep your monthly cooling bill costs from rivaling the heats triple digits, here are 5 quick tips to reduce your A/C bills this summer.

1. Replace disposable air filters at least once a month to save energy and increase the life of your cooling system.

2. Leave your air vents open to help improve the effectiveness of your cooling system.

3. Check windows for any hot air leaking in and seal them with caulk or weather stripping.

4. Add window treatments. Sunscreens can block as much as sixty to eighty percent of the sun’s heat from reaching the glass.

5. Install a programmable thermostat to save time and energy costs.

Be sure to implement one or more of these 5 tips to reduce your A/C bills this summer, and the heat will be the only thing that will have you sweating this summer! If you’re looking for more energy saving tips or if you’re looking to buy a home in an Arizona retirement community or sell your Sun City home, please contact me today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on May 10th, 2018 10:51 AM
Enjoy the Last Spring Concert at Sun City Sun Bowl

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Why not enjoy the last spring concert at the Sun City Sun Bowl? This Sunday, May 6th at 7:00 pm Recreation Centers of Sun City hosts Chad Freeman and Redline at the Sun Bowl Amphitheater located at 10220 N 107th Ave, Sun City. Get your country goin’ on as they end the Sun Bowl season with one of the most talented and energetic bands in the west, Chad Freeman and Redline!

This group will get the crowd rockin’ for an evening full of highfalutin dancing fun! Chad Freeman and Redline burst onto the music scene in 2009 and quickly became one of the most recognized country/rock bands in the southwest. Combining their individual talents as well as passion for great music and showmanship, they have continued to grow throughout their tenure and have established themselves as a top performing band while performing at some of the larger venues and events not only in the Southwest, but across the nation as well. With regular performances in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Colorado and Texas, word has spread that for great country/rock music, CFR is the band you want to see at the Sun Bowl.

Gourmet food vendors arrive one and a half hours prior to show time for your dining pleasure at the Sun Bowl. Best of all this concert is free for RCSC Cardholders and their escorted guests only. Please be prepared to show your Member of Privilege Card (with photo) as no key fobs accepted. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair or blanket!

The Sun Bowl Amphiteathtre hosts numerous concerts, performances and other events geared towards the retirement communities of Sun City. If you’d like more information about upcoming events in Sun City or if you’re looking to sell or buy a home in an Arizona retirement community, please contact Sharon Mason today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on May 3rd, 2018 2:17 PM
April 2018 National Housing Report

If you are looking for a new home, chances are you’re not finding many homes on the market. If you’re a seller, you have likely noticed the value of your home is rising — no matter what part of the country you live in.

According to the April 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report, home prices continued to climb year-over-year for the twenty-fourth consecutive month in March, while home sales continued to decline for a fourth consecutive month, making it a seller’s market in most regions of the country.

“Homebuyers shouldn’t be discouraged by the record-breaking numbers — even with higher prices and closed transactions, this March marks the second-highest in sales in the history of the RE/MAX National Housing Report,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “It’s more important than ever to work with an experienced RE/MAX agent who is invested and involved in their community. They are dialed into the nuances of a neighborhood, making your home search or sale easier and quicker.”

When the months supply of inventory falls below six months, it’s a seller’s market, and all 54 metro areas surveyed for the monthly housing reported under six months of inventory. “We also look at the Days on Market as another indicator of tight inventory and the national average stands at 60 days,” said Contos. “That’s four days less than a year ago and another March record-breaker.”

Of the fifty-four metro areas surveyed in March 2018, the overall average number of home sales increased +36.6 percent compared to February 2018 and decreased -5.3 percent compared to March 2017. In March 2018, the median of all fifty-four metro Median Sales Prices was $236,000, up +3.2 percent from February 2018 and up +4.9 percent from March 2017. The average Days on Market for homes sold in March 2018 was sixty, down two days from the average in February 2018, and down four days from the March 2017 average. Days on Market is the number of days between when a home is first listed in an MLS and a sales contract is signed.

To access a copy of the RE/MAX April 2018 National Housing Report, click here. If you’re an active adult or retiree ready to buy a home in an Arizona retirement community or sell your Sun City home, please contact Sharon Mason today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on April 24th, 2018 7:05 PM
Watch for Snakes this Spring

Arizona spring weather is some of the most anticipated seasons of the year for many residents and out of town visitors. Everything from camping in Arizona to various outdoor festivals and events are available for everyone to enjoy valley-wide. But the rise of temperature also awakens the rise of something else; snake bites. In fact the spike in snake bites has become a rite of late spring, according to hospital officials at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix, the hospital in Maricopa County that specializes in treating snake bites.

Banner Hospital sees about fifty snake-bite patients a year, the most in the Southwest, according to Dr. Frank Lovecchio, co-medical director of Banner Poison and Drug Information Center. Last month the hospital cared for ten snake-bite patients in a single month. “And there could be more before the month's end,” Lovecchio stated, “because the number of snake-bite reports increases this time every year, as temperatures creep toward ninety degrees.”

"When snakes sense a little bit of heat and humidity, they come out," Lovecchio said. "The snakes are hibernating most of the year and now they are starting to come out. It’s important for Arizona residents to be aware of snakes this spring. Suggested tips include:

• If you come across a rattlesnake, observe its beauty from a distance and let the snake go on its way.
• From a coiled position, a rattlesnake can strike at a distance of about half to two-thirds of its body length, so you do not want to get too close.
• Rattlesnakes are most active in the evening and a night when they do most of their hunting. They are usually very active in the early spring after remaining inactive during the winter months.
• It's best not to hike in wilderness areas after dark. Carry a walking stick and keep it forward to let snakes know you are approaching their area.
• If you hear the "rattle," freeze. Look carefully to locate the rattlesnake and move slowly in the opposite direction.

If you happen to see a rattlesnake on your property, call a local agency that can help remove the reptile. If you are bitten by a rattlesnake get to an emergency room right away or call the national network of poison-control centers immediately at 800-222-1222 if you are quite a distance away. Stay safe this spring and please be aware of snakes!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on April 18th, 2018 1:05 PM
Providing Above and Beyond Service in the Valley Since 1994

As a native Arizonan and resident of the Arizona retirement communities I sell, I take pride in proudly celebrating professionalism and honesty as a full-service full-time Associate Broker for RE/MAX Professionals. I bring a strong combination of customer service, sales, market knowledge and marketing to benefit my clients. As a Top 20 REALTOR®, I follow the highest standards of customer service and ethics to conduct business on your behalf and have been doing so since 1994. When something needs to get done I do it. I do this so we have a smooth transaction and to ensure we have a good relationship, trust, and satisfaction. Here is just of the testimonials that one of my past clients had to share about his experience working with me:

“I would like to thank your broker Sharon Mason for the above and beyond services she provided for me on the sale of my condo. I have been a licensed Real Estate Broker since 1961 and am still active in the business myself, which gives me the expertise to recognize the outstanding services she provided. I would recommend her very highly to anyone needing assistance in the real estate field.” - Fred Schonewise

There are eleven wonderful retirement communities to choose from in the West Valley area and my office is located right in the center of them. So when you are ready to make your move, please contact Sharon Mason. I look forward to helping you find the Arizona retirement community and home of your dreams!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on April 12th, 2018 2:04 PM
5 Interesting Easter Facts You Never Knew 

Easter is this Sunday, April 1st and it is a wonderful holiday to celebrate with religious traditions, Easter egg hunts, yummy peeps and of course quality time with those we cherish. Easter is a fun and beautiful holiday to be enjoyed by all. So to celebrate, here are 5 interesting Easter facts you never knew!

1.) Eggs have been viewed to be symbolic of "new life," so they're extremely popular in the spring.

2.) Easter is supposedly named after two different terms. One is “Eostre” the goddess of spring time celebrations and fertility. The other Easter derivative name come from “Eastre,” the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolizes the hare and the egg, hence the Easter bunny and hunting for Easter eggs.

3.) The tallest Easter egg chocolate was made in Italy in 2011. It stood at 10.39 meters and weighed an astounding 7,200 kg.

4.) At one time, Easter was associated with pretzels! The reason? The twists of a pretzel can be seen as arms crossing in prayer. In fact, back in the day, there were pretzel hunts instead of egg hunts.

5.) The art of painting eggs is called pysanka, which originated in Ukraine. It involves using wax and dyes to color the egg.

Whether you’re all about Easter egg hunts, Easter morning church services, family feasts or more, I want to wish you all a safe and Happy Easter!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on March 28th, 2018 3:41 PM
Top 5 Safe Spring Cleaning Tips for Seniors

The first day of spring was yesterday and now that a beautiful new season is here it’s time to start spring cleaning. No matter how and when you decide to pull out that dust buster and clear those cobwebs, it pays to play it safe. Here are the top 5 safe spring cleaning tips for seniors.

1.) Clean up Clutter: Trips and falls are likely to happen when you accumulate too much. Reduce the risk 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.

2.) Check the lights: Fall prevention is a yearlong goal for older adults, and you’d be surprised how much bad lighting contributes 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. Ample light allows you to move freely and safely without the risk of falling due to lack of light.

3.) Check the Medicine Cabinet: 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.

4.) Crank up the tunes: The older we get, the more imperative it is to stay active and healthy. As an Arizona retiree, you should never pass up an opportunity to get fit, and spring cleaning offers a way to really get your blood moving. Crank up the tunes and play your favorite songs while you clean to infuse some energy and fitness into your day to help power you through your spring chore list. Just don’t forget to stay hydrated and rest as needed.

5.) Call a friend: If the idea of cleaning your home from top to bottom 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. If there is a lot to do, maybe have friends help one day and family help the next. Or consider asking other neighbors in your active adult community if they’d like to create a “spring cleaning club” where everyone helps each other clean one home per week until everyone is reveling in spring cleaning bliss!

Happy Spring!
Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on March 21st, 2018 12:52 PM
Friends of Sun Cities Libraries Seeking Volunteers 

Looking for a great way to spend your time this spring? Consider volunteering! Over the past two decades we have seen a growing body of research that indicates volunteering provides individual health benefits in addition to social ones. This research, which is presented by CNCS in a report titled “The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research,” has established a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.

Studies have also shown that older volunteers are the most likely to receive greater benefits from volunteering, whether because they are more likely to face higher incidence of illness or because volunteering provides them with physical and social activity and a sense of purpose at a time when their social roles are changing. Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country.

The Friends of the Sun City Libraries need volunteers to work in three specific areas. A person is needed to be on call twice a month to pick up donated books from homes when the resident is unable to bring the materials to the Books Around the Corner store located in the Sun City Library at 16828 N 99th Ave. They also need a volunteer to maintain the Friends of the Sun City Libraries Facebook Page. Friends of the Library are non-profit, volunteer-run community groups that provide vital support to the libraries and Sun City community.

For more details and volunteering opportunities at Sun City Libraries contact Mary Anne McDonald at the bookstore, 602-651-2014 or visit suncitylibraryfriends.org. For more volunteering opportunities in Sun City or for more things to do for Arizona retirees and active adults in the Valley, please contact Sharon Mason today.

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
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Posted by Sharon Mason on March 15th, 2018 10:35 AM
10 Best Places to Retire in Arizona in 2018

Ready to retire in 2018? You may want to consider making Arizona your retirement destination. According to the U.S. census, 15.4 percent of people living in Arizona are sixty-five 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.

Here are the 10 best places to retire in Arizona in 2018 according to a Niche.com, a U.S. census data website that helps you discover the neighborhoods that are right for you.

1.) Sun City
2.) Catalina Foothills
3.) Green Valley
4.) Sun City West
5.) Paradise Valley
6.) Oro Valley
7.) Fountain Hills
8.) Fortuna Foothills
9.) Catalina
10.) Carefree

Niche’s 10 best places to retire in Arizona in 2018 ranking takes into account key factors, such as weather, crime rates, residents sixty-five and older, housing costs, and access to amenities such as restaurants, golf courses, exercise facilities, and doctors, in an attempt to measure the appeal of an area for retirement. I

f you’d like to learn more about retiring in Arizona or if you’re looking to buy an Arizona retirement home, please contact Sharon Mason today!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
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Posted by Sharon Mason on March 7th, 2018 12:29 PM
Save the Date for the Sun City Senior Prom at Sundial

Remember your first prom? The dresses and tuxes. The lights. The music. The dancing. Why not relive that special night again? Save the date for the Sun City Senior Prom at the Sundial on Saturday, March 10th at 6:00 p.m.

The Sundial Recreation Center located at 14801 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City hosts the third annual Senior Prom themed “Springtime in Paris.” Spend an evening in Paris and stroll along through memories and celebrate the beauty of all things spring. Dress in your best and come prepared to dance to live music from the band, Faded Jeans starting at 7:00pm.

As KOOL FM’s “2016 Battle of the Cover Bands” Winner, Faded Jeans is the energetic, five-piece electric party band for everybody! Their song list spans Classic Rock, R&B, Pop, Oldies, Country, 70’s Funk, Rockabilly, and Blues, with each song performed true to style. Faded Jeans has something for everyone and is comprised of an incredible mix of musicians from across the country, all with stellar professional experience.

Although the Sun City Senior Prom at the Sundial is a free event for all Recreation Center of Sun City (RCSC) members and their escorted guests, you must obtain a ticket at the Lakeview Clubs and Activities Office at the Lakeview Center. Tickets must be picked up at the Lakeview Clubs and Activities Office no later than Monday, March 5th. Please click here for event details.

For more fun things to do in Sun City, active adult activities or information about available homes for sale in an Arizona retirement community, please contact Sharon Mason today.

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Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on March 1st, 2018 11:46 AM
Pay Your Mortgage Off Early with These 3 Tips

Did you know? According to U.S. Census data approximately thirty-four percent of homeowners in the U.S. no longer have a mortgage. If you’re an Arizona retiree that wants to be one of the percentage of homeowners that doesn’t have a monthly payment, then here are 3 tips to pay off your mortgage early.

1.) Bi-weekly Payments: This tactic is a no brainer. There are fifty-two weeks in the year and twelve months. If you pay half your regular mortgage payment every two weeks, you'll have made twenty-six half-payments, or thirteen full monthly payments by then end of the year. So you’re effectively making a full extra payment each year. Check if your bank will set up a biweekly mortgage payment plan and ask the bank to credit extra payments toward principal so you save more on interest expense.

2.) Creative Refinancing: There are a few ways you can refinance your home loan to help you pay off your mortgage early. You can refinance your mortgage to a lower rate but keep making the higher payment which helps shave years off your mortgage. Or you can refinance your mortgage to a shorter term which cuts the amount of interest you pay sooner.

3.) Give a Little More: You’d be surprised what a difference even paying just a little more will make on paying off your mortgage sooner. Even something as small as rounding your payments up can help. For example: Round a mortgage payment of $644 up to $650. A mere $6 more a month on a $200,000, 30-year loan can save you four payments at the end of the mortgage loan! Also, be sure to apply any extra money you pay towards paying off your mortgage to the principal balance, not just the next payment.

Obtaining the dream of living debt-free by paying off your mortgage early may seem like a stretch, but it is actually a perfectly obtainable goal if you stay focused. If you’re an active adult looking to sell your Phoenix home or find a home in a luxury Arizona retirement community, please contact Sharon Mason today!

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Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on February 21st, 2018 12:24 PM
Top 3 Overlooked Tax Breaks for Retirees

Finally retired? Congratulations! In addition to being the boss of your own time, retirement affords you a variety of new tax breaks that aren’t available to younger people. But are you aware of all the tax breaks you can claim? Here are the top 3 overlooked tax breaks for retirees.

1.) Bigger Standard Deduction: When you turn sixty-five, the IRS offers a gift in the form of a bigger standard deduction. The extra $1,550 will make it more likely you’ll take the standard deduction rather than itemizing and, if you do, the additional amount will save you almost $400 if you’re in the twenty-five percent bracket. Couples in which one or both spouses are age sixty-five or older also get bigger standard deductions than younger taxpayers.

2.) Medical Expense Deductions: Until 2017, taxpayers age 65 and older get a break when it comes to deducting medical expenses. Those who itemize get a money-saving deduction to the extent their medical bills exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income. For younger taxpayers, the AGI threshold is ten percent. If you’re married, only one spouse needs to be sixty-five to use the 7.5 percent threshold.

3.) IRA Contributions: If you’re married and your spouse is still working, he or she can contribute up to $6,500 a year to an IRA that you own. If you use a traditional IRA, spousal contributions are allowed up to the year you reach age 70 ½. If you use a Roth IRA, there is no age limit. As long as your spouse has enough earned income to fund the contribution to your account (and any deposits to his or her own), this tax shelter’s doors remain open to you.

If you or someone you know is retiring this year or are seeking a retirement home in Sun City, please give me a call today. I can help you find the perfect Arizona retirement community where you can enjoy your golden years!

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Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on February 14th, 2018 12:49 PM
3 Ways to Fall in Love with Your Home Again

Seeing the same layouts day after day, week after week, and year after year is enough to make even the most devoted homeowner feel bored. Since February is the month of love, reignite some interest in your home with these 3 projects that will make your fall in love with your home again.

1.) Flower Power There’s a reason why so many people give the gift of flowers this time of year. Because they’re beautiful! Plants and flowers in your home can add color, fresh air, and even a sense of peace and wellbeing. Treat yourself to fresh flowers on your dining room table. Add some color to your landscape with some bright, unusual flowers, or take advantage of the gorgeous Arizona weather and start that garden you’ve always dreamed about.

2.) Light Up Your life: Lighting is often an underrated feature but is truly one of the most important details. Replacing the light fixtures in your house can dramatically increase your home’s beauty. Anything from lighted Victorian style ceiling fans to Tuscan themed wall mounted sconces can add both personality and value to your space. Under cabinet kitchen lighting and dimmer switches are both very functional and attractive options that can be added to your abode as well.

3.) Red for Love: Nothing gets the blood moving quite like a punch of color in your home. Brighten up your living room with warm red throw pillows. Add a vase of red roses to your bedroom nightstand. Or pair your bathroom décor up with red rugs and accessories. If you’re feeling like daring do-it-yourselfer, a red accent wall in your kitchen can make a heartwarming eye catcher and a sweet conversation starter.

If you’re looking for more ways to improve your Sun City home, or if you’re looking for a new home in an Arizona retirement community to fall in love with, contact Sharon Mason today.

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Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on February 7th, 2018 9:04 AM
Catch the Motown Magic Sun City Show Tonight!

Looking for a something fun to do in Sun City this evening? If you’re a music lover who loves to boogie then you’ll definitely want to catch the Motown Magic Sun City show tonight! The show takes place at 7:00 pm at the Sun City Sundial Auditorium located at 14801 N. 103rd Ave. Sun City, AZ 85351 and is only $17 per person for Recreation Center of Sun City (RCSC) Cardholders and $20 per person for non-RCSC Cardholders.

Motown Magic is a solid-gold production that guarantees to have everyone out of their seats and dancing in the aisles! This show jives through the decades of Motown chart topping hit artists and groups like The Temptations, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and more. There’s little doubt the memories will help re-create the soulful musical memories before the night is out!

Tickets available at the Lakeview Clubs and Activities Office and doors open at 6:00pm. Unable to catch this show? Don’t despair! There’s a December ’63 concert taking place next Wednesday, February 6th at the Sun Dial where the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons comes to life in this re-creation of a Frankie Valli concert experience, showcasing all of your favorite songs including one-of-a-kind classics that have been thrilling audiences for decades along with the band’s most popular singles from the musical Jersey Boys.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Sundial Recreation Center; this active adult gem boasts amenities such as RCSC’s only indoor swimming pools, numerous concerts and special events and the center offers a large contingent of chartered clubs.

Please click here for a list of upcoming shows and activities taking place at the Sundial Auditorium in Sun City. Looking for more fun things to do in Sun City for retirees? Or are you seeking the perfect Arizona retirement community to call home? Contact Sharon Mason, your Arizona Retirement Expert, today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on January 31st, 2018 2:36 PM
3 New Year’s Resolutions for Retirees in 2018 

Can you believe another year has come and gone and 2018 is here? If your new Year’s resolutions don’t include your retirement plan for the year, then you may want to add it! And here are 3 New Year’s Resolutions for Retirees in 2018 to consider.

1.) Promote Healthy Aging: Reaching the golden years of retirement is a celebrated milestone for many, but it isn’t going to be enjoyable if you’re not healthy. In 2018, focus on making your health a top priority so you can age gracefully and enjoy your retirement to the fullest. Make sure to get an annual physical exam from your doctor and create a health plan to maintain your health.

2.) Know your SSN Options: For many Arizona retirees, Social Security retirement benefits are an important income source. Nine out of ten people age 65 and over claim Social Security benefits and they average nearly forty percent of total income of people in this age bracket. And how you claim Social Security and greatly impact your benefit amount. Your Social Security increase by eight percent per year, so the longer you wait to claim the more you’ll be able to claim. To find out the best option for you, speak to a financial advisor.

3.) Develop a viable financial plan: Whether you’re drawing social security, working part-time, or making investments, having a strong financial plan is key to fully enjoying retired living. The stress of worrying about how to make your mortgage payments, pay taxes, or wondering if you’ll have enough money to travel isn’t the way anyone wants to spend their retirement. Creating a budget plan and actively tracking your spending habits can also help you create a budget to live within your means.

If buying a home in an Arizona retirement community is in your retirement plans in 2018, please contact Sharon Mason today!

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Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on January 24th, 2018 9:12 AM
3 Helpful Tips to Prepare for Retirement in 2018

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 3 helpful tips to prepare for retirement in 2018.

1. Determine your needs: Retirement can be expensive, with experts estimating that you need seventy to ninety percent of your preretirement 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.

If you or someone you know plans on retiring in 2018 or are seeking a luxury Arizona retirement community, 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
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Posted by Sharon Mason on January 17th, 2018 3:47 PM
Full Price Sale in Less than Two Weeks

As a full-service full-time Associate Broker for RE/MAX Professionals, I take great pride in specializing in the top local Arizona retirement communities. I’ve been a licensed REALTOR® since 1994 and my experience and certifications have helped make me an asset to home buyers and sellers alike. For sellers, my extensive marketing plan gives homeowners the opportunity to get the maximum value for his/her property.

For buyers, I help negotiate the best possible deal and search until I find the perfect property. Nothing satisfies me more than seeing the smiles that come with a successful sale. That’s why I love hearing from the people I’ve helped with their real estate goals. Here’s what one of my previous sellers had to share about their experience working with me.

“We are writing this letter to you in appreciation of all you did to expedite the recent sale of our home. We bought and sold many houses over the years and like to think we know how to pick a Realtor- and this time was no exception.

We appreciated the fact that you responded to our first phone call and that pressure was excreted to list with you. The presentation/comp book was well done and helped with the pricing of our property. Your knowledge of today's real estate market, interest rates etc... Was most helpful and led to a full price sale in less than two weeks.

Your professional manner, the fact that you came when you said you would, and kept us apprised of what was happening when other agents showed our home, made this a very positive experience.

It has been a pleasure having you as our agent and we have recommended you to our former neighbors. Thank you so very much for everything.” - Len and Carol Hilder

Ready to sell your Phoenix home in 2018? Or are you looking to buy a Phoenix home in one of the premier Arizona retirement communities? Let's get together to talk about your real estate needs together. I’m only a phone call away!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on January 6th, 2018 9:38 AM
3 Great New Year’s Resolutions for Retirees 

One of the fun things about the New Year is making positive changes to pursue the good things in life and better yourself. Maybe this is finally your year to officially retire, or perhaps you’re ready to start a new traveling venture at this junction in your life. Here are 3 great New Year’s resolutions for Retirees to take with you into 2018.

1.) Stay Active: The older we get, the harder our bodies have to work to keep up with our lifestyles. Things like arthritis and other ailments can also add to the mix of getting older. This year, make a commitment to take better care of you. Exercise is a great way to improve balance as well as stave off depression and excessive weight gain. Physical activity can be as simple as a daily walk or participating in a group exercise class at the local senior center.

2.) Eat Well: Food is more than just something to nibble at. The right foods help soothe and even eliminate painful ailments associated with getting older. Adding more nutritious foods to your diet will not only help you feel good, but it also gives you the energy to do the things that you love. Joining a delivery service that delivers fresh fruit and veggies weekly or making a weekly trip to the local farmers market is a great way to add something good to your plate.

3.) Sharpen Your Mind: It’s no surprise that the older we get, the harder time we have recalling details. Memory loss is one of the most common things that come with the aging process. Adding some fun brain teasers such as computer games or Sudoku can help keep your mind sharp. Not into playing solo? Joining a book club or a board game group is not only challenges your mind, but also adds the joy of social interaction.

I hope 2018 motivates you to take better care of you so that you can age gracefully and get the most out of life. Happy New Year!

Your retirement expert,
Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on December 30th, 2017 4:23 PM
A Christmas Poem

October's old witches and goblins have gone
The turkey and stuffing are done
The wind brings a chill as December arrives

The tree lights all twinkle as one
The icicles hang from the roof-tops in town
As the rain and the snow starts to fall
The storefronts light up with Christmas displays
And Santa arrives at the mall

As presents are bought and presents are wrapped
For those that we love and adore
A small child's eyes, so young but so wise
Wants one more trip to the store

The video game, the doll or the train
Santa must know I've been good
I'll stay up all night, and help him unload
And get all the gifts that I should

Yes, Christmas is here, the laughter and joy
And all that goes with it you see
But when it is gone, our friendship goes on
You make every day Christmas for me...

Written by Mike Kimes

The best part of the holidays? Spending time with family and friends who make the season bright and memorable with their love and laughter! No matter how you celebrate, please remember to enjoy the little things because they will one day become the big things.

Have a Happy Holiday and a wonderful New Year!

Your retirement expert,
Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on December 24th, 2017 12:42 PM
Top 3 Tips to Max Out Your Retirement Fund in 2018 

The holidays are here and believe it or not, 2018 is just around the corner. Which makes now the perfect time to start planning your retirement plans for the New Year and take full advantage of the tax breaks and 401k match your retirement account provides. Here are the top 3 tips to max out your retirement fund in 2018.

1.) 401K Match: One great way to max out your retirement account fund is to get a 401K match. If you can’t max out your 401k, aim to save at least enough to get a 401k match which could be anywhere to fifty cents to a dollar from your employer for every dollar you contribute.

2.) Utilize Direct Deposit: Contributions to your 401k retirement account are typically withheld from your paycheck before you spend them. Direct deposit is the best and fastest way to fund your account and reduces the temptation to skip making a deposit.

3.) Avoid Penalties: Want access to your retirement funds quickly? Don’t act too fast. There are penalties if you take money out of your 401k account too soon or even too late. You’ll be charged a ten percent penalty for withdrawing early (before the age of 55) and there’s a fifty percent penalty if you fail to take the required minimal distribution after age 70.

Ready to retire in 2018? Are you looking for an Arizona retirement community to enjoy your golden years? Contact me today! As your Local Retirement Expert, I’ll ensure a high-quality, smooth real estate experience regardless of the situation and help you find the retirement home of your dreams!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on December 18th, 2017 8:48 AM

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