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RE/MAX National Housing Report for December 2018

December’s declining home sales and growing inventory solidified 2018 as the year the red-hot seller’s market moved toward a balanced market. Price growth also moderated, though December was the 33rd consecutive month of year-over-year increases in home prices, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report, which includes fifty-three metro areas.

“December’s inventory gain, continuing the three-month growth trend, is welcome news,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “The market remains choppy and there’s still a long way to go, but these gains represent steps toward a balanced market, which in the long run is healthy for both buyers and sellers.”

Most telling was December’s 4.6 percent growth in inventory, which was also a report record. December’s year-over-year inventory increase marked the third consecutive month of growth – a trend reversing a decade-long streak of year-over-year inventory declines.

While fifty-four Days on Market was a record low for December sold listings, the 4.1 Months Supply of Inventory was higher than December 2017’s 3.7 months and ahead of November 2018’s 3.9 months’ supply.

Home buyers paid record amounts throughout 2018 as prices grew year-over-year in every month last year, led by June’s Median Sold Price of $258,500 – an all-time report high. Even so, December’s year-over-year increase of 2.1% was 2018’s smallest, and far lower than the 8.1 percent price growth from December 2016 to December 2017.

“Home sales have cooled, especially during the second half of 2018, but that was inevitable given the strong seller’s market that has persisted for nearly a decade,” Contos said. “We believe sales activity can pick back up if the pace of price escalation continues to moderate, interest rates tick further downward, and wage growth continues.”

Click here to download your copy of the RE/MAX National Housing Report for December 2018. Are you considering a retirement home in Arizona? Or want to upgrade your current retirement home? Please contact me today for a full market analysis. I can help you successfully navigate any market condition!

 

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Sharon Mason - Associate Broker
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Posted by Sharon Mason on February 4th, 2019 12:15 PM

How Your Retirement Can Affect the Holidays

December is officially here and if you’ve recently retired, you may find that your holiday celebration might look a little different. Thanks to reduced obligations and increased free time, Arizona retirees may be better able to enjoy the season. However, older adults need to be wary of common pitfalls that can trip up holiday celebrations later in life. Here’s what the holidays look like after retirement.

It's a common mistake for older adults to continue lavishing gifts on their grandchildren after retirement during the holidays. While retirees with plenty in savings think they can afford to splurge, many don't take into consideration how it will affect the long-term value of their portfolio. Having a budget is essential for avoiding overspending on gifts.

Gifts aren't the only thing that might change after retirement. Travel may need to be adjusted. If older adults choose to retire in a different state from their family, the cost of holiday travel may become a cost burden. Seniors may need to budget more for airfare. They may also need to rent a vehicle or book extra nights in a hotel if they want to return home at a more leisurely pace. Because driving extra hours can wreak havoc on aging bodies, the easier and more cost efficient your holiday travel plans are, the better.

Regardless of how or where you’re spending your holidays after retirement, it’s important to make smart financial choices so that you’ll have less to worry about during this busy, festive season. If you’d like more tips on adjusting to retirement or if you’re an active adult seeking an Arizona retirement community to call home, please contact Sharon Mason today!

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Sharon Mason - Associate Broker

RE/MAX Renaissance

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Posted by Sharon Mason on December 28th, 2018 9:34 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
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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Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on April 12th, 2018 2:04 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
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
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!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
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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.

Your retirement expert,
Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
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Posted by Sharon Mason on February 7th, 2018 9:04 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!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason
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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
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
Here’s How to Fully Enjoy Being a Snowbird

While many places are combating tons of snow and shoveling their driveways, Arizonans are enjoying hikes, outdoor festivals and afternoons by the pool. It’s no wonder Arizona is one of the top places snowbirds love to frequent during the winter time. For those who don’t know, the term “snowbird” refers to travelers who choose to fly south to escape the harsh winters. Whether you’re a first time snowbird or you’ve been doing it for most of your retirement, here’s how to fully enjoy being a snowbird.

Secure your home: The thought of heading to a sunny paradise is enough to make anyone forget about their snow covered bungalow back home. But taking the extra steps to secure your home will help make your transition home much smoother. Add additional security to your home such as timers for lights, extra locks, and someone to check in on your space.

Bring your meds: Sunscreen? Check. Bathing suit? Check. Flip-flops? Check. But did you remember to pack your important prescriptions and medications? It’s a good idea to pack your meds in a safe place and keep them with you at all times while traveling. Be sure to have enough extra to cover you while you’re away or be sure to confirm out of state prescription refills are approved with your health care provider. And don’t forget to pack your insurance cards.

Save smart: It’s a given you’re going to need cash for living and enjoying your time in the valley of the sun these next few months. In addition to travel expenses, don’t forget to set aside money for any last-minute emergencies that may occur. Sort out finances and makes sure a trusted family member or friend knows where to find your important documents just in case.

Are you a snowbird ready to buy a home in one of our many Arizona retirement communities? Contact Sharon Mason, your retirement expert today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on December 9th, 2017 11:10 AM
What the Holidays Look Like After Retirement 

December is officially here and if you’ve recently retired, you may find that your holiday celebration might look a little different. Thanks to reduced obligations and increased free time, Arizona retirees may be better able to enjoy the season. However, older adults need to be wary of common pitfalls that can trip up holiday celebrations later in life. Here’s what the holidays look like after retirement.

It's a common mistake for seniors to continue lavishing gifts on their grandchildren after retirement during the holidays. While retirees with plenty in savings think they can afford to splurge, many don't take into consideration how it will affect the long-term value of their portfolio. Having a budget is essential for avoiding overspending on gifts.

Gifts aren't the only thing that might change after retirement. Travel may need to be adjusted. If older adults choose to retire in a different state from their family, the cost of holiday travel may become a cost burden. Seniors may need to budget more for airfare. They may also need to rent a vehicle or book extra nights in a hotel if they want to return home at a more leisurely pace. Because driving extra hours can wreak havoc on aging bodies, the easier and more cost efficient your holiday travel plans are, the better.

Regardless of how or where you’re spending your holidays after retirement, it’s important to make smart financial choices so that you’ll have less to worry about during this busy, festive season.

If you’d like more tips on retiring in Arizona or if you’re seeking an Arizona retirement community to call home, please contact Sharon Mason today!

Your retirement expert,
Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on December 3rd, 2017 12:24 PM
Don’t Forget to Breathe This Thanksgiving

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays upon us, it’s easy to get swept up in the stress of planning and spending. The Black Friday Sales, the early holiday decorations on the shelves, and booking tickets to see loved ones can send anyone into a frenzy. Remember to stop, breathe, and take the time to enjoy the little things. Gratitude is a wonderful emotion to feel and what better time to remember what you’re thankful for than at Thanksgiving?

So as you gather with family and friends to share a day of Thanksgiving, don’t sweat the small stuff. When necessary, pick your battles. Remember to count your blessings. Remember to let those you love know how much you care for them and what a blessing they are to your life. Share the hugs, the pats on the back, hearty handshakes, and make a mental memory of the time going past. We are only here for a fleeting moment in time so it’s always the right time to say, “thank you,” “I love you,” and always the right time for a prayer of Thanksgiving.

I hope you and yours enjoy this festive Thanksgiving season and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Your retirement expert,
Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on November 19th, 2017 3:09 PM
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!

Your retirement expert,
Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
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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
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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Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on September 10th, 2017 3:06 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
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
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!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on June 11th, 2017 2:04 PM
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.

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Posted by Sharon Mason on May 28th, 2017 3:46 PM
3 Moms Share What it Means to be a Mother

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

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

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

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

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

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
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Posted by Sharon Mason on May 15th, 2017 1:02 PM
New Sports Activities Spring Up for Sun City West Active Seniors

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

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

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

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

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

Your Retirement Expert,

Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
RE/MAX Professionasl
623-810-9988
www.RetireAZStyle.com

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

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