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For Sale in Sun City West, Arizona 

Just listed in the beautiful adult community of Sun City West, Arizona! This lovely move-in ready retirement home is two bedrooms, two baths with 1,160 square feet. Popular Del Webb Woodbury floor plan has a large living room, dining room and updated kitchen.

Tile flooring in the kitchens, bathrooms and hallways! Kitchen features include white appliances, updated cabinets and counters, and a cozy eat-in nook. Well-appointed master suite with a walk-n shower, spacious walk-in closet, and updated bathroom vanity.

Amazing laundry room that doubles as a hobby room or workshop! Approximately 204 additional square footage in this very usable space. Great curb appeal with easy maintenance desert landscaping and an extended tile patio with a walled in area which is great for pets.

Retirement in Sun City West, Arizona includes activities for all walks of life, golf, hiking, biking, hobbies, crafts, entertainment and so much more. This home is move-in ready and priced to sell. Click here to see the full listing information. For a private tour, contact me today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on March 11th, 2019 11:48 AM

RE/MAX National Housing Report

A sixth consecutive month of declining home sales in January contributed to the largest year-over-year inventory increase in at least ten years, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report.

While year-over-year home sales dropped eleven percent – extending a streak that began in August – inventory grew year-over-year by an average of 6.4 percent across the report’s fifty-four U.S. metro areas. January marked the fourth consecutive month of year-over-year inventory growth – further reversing a decade-long trend of shrinking inventory. December 2018’s year-over-year inventory growth of 4.7 percent was the previous record in the report’s ten-year history.

“The winter chill extended to the housing market in January, as home sales remained cool,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “The good news is that inventory levels in January continued to rise on a year-over-year basis, providing incremental improvement in what’s been a multi-year shortage of for-sale homes. This is a positive for homebuyers, as the market continues to swing their way.”

The median sales price of $234,000 was a report record for January, increasing 4.6 percent over January 2018. But the rate of sales price increase was considerably less than the 6.7 percent posted from January 2017 to January 2018. December 2018 was the only month since January 2012 to show a year-over-year decline in median sales price. Fifty-nine days on market was a record low for January sold listings – averaging one day less than the 60 posted in January 2018. January’s 3.9-month supply of inventory was higher than the 3.4-month supply of January 2018.

“Underlying demand remains solid overall, as evidenced by widespread price increases,” said Contos. “So the housing market, while not markedly busy in January, remains relatively healthy. Furthermore, with interest rates stabilizing and home-price increases slowing, the spring selling season shapes up to be as interesting as any we have seen in years.”

Of the 54 metro areas surveyed in January 2019, the overall average number of home sales was down 26.1 percent compared to December 2018, and down 11.0 percent compared to January 2018. In January 2019, the median of all 54 metro Median Sales Prices was $234,000, down 2.5 percent from December 2018, and up 4.6 percent from January 2018. The average Days on Market for homes sold in January 2019 was fifty-nine, up four days from the average in December 2018, and down one day from the January 2018 average. For more info, please click here to download your copy of the RE/MAX National Housing Report for January 2019.

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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Posted by Sharon Mason on March 4th, 2019 2:00 PM

3 Healthy Tips for National Heart Health Month 

February is National Heart Health Month and the perfect time to be good to your heart and get a checkup. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. Also, more than sixty-seven million Americans have high blood pressure which unfortunately makes them four times more likely to die from a stroke and three times more likely to die from heart disease, compared to those with normal blood pressure according to data from the CDC. Here are 3 healthy tips for National Heart Health Month to help keep your heart in tip-top ticking shape.

1.) Eat a healthy and balanced diet that is high in fiber, including fresh fruits and vegetables and avoid foods high in sodium and trans-fat.

2.) Exercise for 30 minutes a day at least five times a week. If 30 minutes is too much, start with 10-minute intervals of physical activity. Please talk to a health care professional before starting a new fitness routine.

3.) According to the American Heart Association (AHA) chronic stress can also increase your risk for heart disease. Make time to reduce stress and relax more by taking time to sit quietly, breathe deeply, and think of peaceful things. Whenever possible, try to avoid triggering or negative situations and focus on positive thinking and solutions.

In addition, the AHA is sponsors a free online support program available to residents living in the Northwest Valley. Registration is free, simple and fast, and for people with limited mobility, going online may be the perfect way to connect in a safe, cost-free environment for interaction, encouragement and advice. This AHA online support group is a community of people who have been diagnosed with heart disease, a congenital heart defect or stroke, and their caregivers. Click here to join the free online community.

Throughout the year, be heart smart by making small, positive changes toward a healthy lifestyle so that you can enjoy retirement. spread the word and help those you love take measures to care for their heart too!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on February 9th, 2019 9:09 AM

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

West Valley Hearing Loss Association to Host Presentation in Sun City 

Did you know? Approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 has difficulty hearing according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Hearing loss is a common problem for older adults and those with hearing loss may find it hard to have conversations with friends and family. They may also have trouble understanding a doctor’s advice, responding to warnings, and hearing doorbells and alarms. Studies have also shown that aging adults with hearing loss have a greater risk of developing dementia than older adults with normal hearing.

Sun City is aware of the impact of hearing loss on it’s aging active adults and is seeking to help. The Hearing Loss Association of America’s West Valley Chapter will welcome Keri Reynolds, a bilateral cochlear implant recipient and an Outreach Manager with Med El, for a presentation on dementia and hearing loss on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 1-3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 12225 N. 103rd Ave., in Sun City.

Ms. Reynolds will talk about the link between dementia and hearing loss. This is a particularly important topic for individuals with hearing loss. Older people who can’t hear well may become depressed, or they may withdraw from others because they feel frustrated or embarrassed about not understanding what is being said. Sometimes, older people are mistakenly thought to be confused, unresponsive, or uncooperative because they don’t hear well. Hearing problems that are ignored or untreated can get worse but thankfully there are options such as hearing aids, special training, certain medicines, and surgery.

The Chapter will continue its meeting with a presentation about InnoCaption by Matt Goncalves and Cristina Duarte, founders of InnoCaption. InnoCaption is a free mobile app for Apple and Android smartphones, which provide real-time captioning on incoming and outgoing phone calls, for the oral deaf and the hard of hearing. Please bring questions and concerns, and family and friends to join the discussion.

For more things to do in Sun City or for information about available homes for sale in Arizona retirement communities, please contact Sharon Mason today! As full-service, full-time REALTOR© for RE/MAX Professionals, I specialize in Arizona retirement communities, Surprise Arizona and surrounding areas. I bring a strong combination of customer service, sales, market knowledge and marketing to benefit my clients and follow the highest standards of customer service and ethics to conduct business on your behalf!

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Sharon Mason - Associate Broker
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Posted by Sharon Mason on January 26th, 2019 11:09 AM

Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

While the winter weather is fairly mild in the Valley of the Sun, there are still some days that the desert temps drop, making us feel like it is winter in Arizona! Here are a few winter safety tips for seniors.

Dress for the weather: keep your indoor temperatures set at a comfortable level and plan to dress in layers. If you are leaving the house, put on a pair of warm socks, a jacket, hat, scarf and perhaps gloves for a little extra coverage. Your body temperature should never drop below 95 degrees.

Check for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: if you are using a gas fireplace or have a gas heater in your home, make sure that your carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. Replace the batteries if they have not been changed out recently.

Get your car serviced: if you are just returning to the Valley of the Sun, it is a good idea to take your vehicle for service (especially if you sorted it while you were away for the summer months). Have the brakes checked, battery, oil, and tires.

Avoid wintertime depression: during the colder months, some seniors may find themselves staying at home more. This time alone can lead to wintertime depression. To help avoid this happening, plan to make a few extra phone calls to family and friends, and try a varied diet that includes Vitamin D foods.

If you find yourself in need this winter, please give me a call. I am happy to help you arrange car service, bring your lunch or batteries for your carbon monoxide detectors!

 

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Sharon Mason - Associate Broker

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Posted by Sharon Mason on January 17th, 2019 10:16 AM

3 Nifty New Year’s Resolutions for Retirees in 2019

Can you believe 2019 is here? I’m certainly looking forward to a happy and healthy New Year for my family, friends, and myself. Seeing how this is the time for New Year’s resolutions and hopes for the New Year, here are 3 nifty New Year’s resolutions for retirees in 2019.

1.) Finalize a 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. Creating a budget plan and actively tracking your spending habits can also help you create a budget to live within your means. Since you basically have two options; make more money or spend less money here’s what to do. To make more, consider when annuitizing your savings to guarantee an income stream or manage your own money in the market. To spend less, consider downsizing to an area where the cost of living is lower and mortgage payments are reduced.

2.) Healthy Aging: In 2019, focus on making your health a top priority so you can 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. Enjoy nutritious eating by preparing healthy meals with fresh ingredients from your local Arizona farmers markets. Stay active and seek out senior-friendly exercise programs that help improve vitality such as swimming, walking, qigong, and yoga. And keep your brain sharp with memory improving exercises like Sudoku puzzles or consider becoming more tech savvy and take a free computer class in your area.

3.) Master Your SSN Benefits: For many Arizona retirees, Social Security retirement benefits are an important income source. Nine out of ten people age sixty-five 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.

Which of these 3 nifty New Year’s resolutions are you planning for? What other goals do you have for the New Year to better enjoy retirement? If selling or buying a home in an Arizona retirement community is on your list of resolutions, please contact Sharon Mason today! Here’s to a healthy, happy, and financially abundant New Year for you all in 2019!

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Sharon Mason - Associate Broker

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Posted by Sharon Mason on January 8th, 2019 1:58 PM

Top 5 Ranked 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 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!

AARP projects that by 2040, the state will see a 300 percent increase in residents ages 85 or older. The group also found seniors in Arizona have lower rates of high blood pressure, obesity, smoking and diabetes than the nation's average rates. 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 November 30th, 2018 1:53 AM

RE/MAX National Housing Report for October 2018

The third consecutive month of lower year-over-year home sales in October contributed to the first year-over-year inventory increase in a decade according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report for October 2018. Meanwhile, the Median Sales Price recorded one of its lowest increases of 2018.

The RE/MAX National Housing Report for October saw sales decline 4.6 percent from a year ago – compared to sales drops of 11.6 percent in September and 1.1 percent in August – and was the eighth month of 2018 to record lower sales than 2017.

As a result, inventory is slowly being replenished, with the number of homes for sale in October increasing 1.0 percent over October 2017. October 2018 was the first month to show a year-over-year increase in inventory since October 2008 when two and a half times as many homes were for sale. The Months Supply of Inventory is now 3.5, compared to 3.3 a year ago.

“The market continues to move toward equilibrium. The modest inventory increase is a much welcome sign for buyers,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “Although home sales were down year-over-year, it’s encouraging to see the magnitude of the decline decrease from the sharp drop we witnessed in September. The trend of easing price increases remains and that’s also a positive.”

October’s Median Sales Price of $236,000 marked the 31st consecutive month of year-over-year price increases and was the highest October price in the 10-year history of the report. Even so, the 4.9 percent gain was the third-lowest year-over-year growth of 2018.

Days on Market of 48 was an October record for fewest days and compares to 51 days in October 2017.

“The imbalance that has defined this market for so long continues to moderate,” said Contos. “However, it will take some time to recalibrate. Rising prices and interest rates and tight inventory levels continue. Buyer and seller expectations still appear to be a bit mismatched suggesting a choppy market remains in place.”

Click here to download your copy of the RE/MAX National Housing Report for October 2018. 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 November 30th, 2018 1:46 AM

3 Tips for a Healthy, Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for older adults and Arizona retirees to spend time relaxing and enjoying the company of their family and friends. However, for some older adults Thanksgiving can be emotionally or physically challenging. Here are 3 tips for a healthy, happy Thanksgiving to truly enjoy this terrific holiday.

1.) Eat smart for your heart

With all the Thanksgiving goodies on the table, it can be tempting to go a little crazy on the calories. But senior citizens are more prone to holiday-related health issues so be mindful of what you put on your plate and how much of it you put on there. Overeating can lead to everything from indigestion and heart burn to a heart attack. It’s best to limit gravies, butter and other high-fat choices with plenty of vegetables and lean white meat. And if you want to kick it up a notch and enjoy this beautiful Arizona weather, why not take a walk after enjoying a hearty Thanksgiving meal?

2.) Enjoy some company

When Thanksgiving and the holiday season rolls around, it can spark depression in older adults. It’s common for seasonal depression to make you want to be alone, but don’t isolate yourself on this day. If you are unable to be with your family, spend the day with your friends for a “Friendsgiving” style Thanksgiving celebration. In an Arizona retirement home? Enjoy a meal with the company of the other residents. Thanksgiving is also a great day to volunteer to help prepare the feast at a local food shelter or community home. Giving your time altruistically is a great way to lift your spirits and enjoy the day.

3.) Watch your health

 With the cooler temperatures, seniors are more susceptible to cold and flu season. Try to keep your stress levels down as everything from depression and traveling to food prep can weaken your immune system. If you feel under the weather - physically or mentally - during the holidays, don't wait to visit your doctor. Be sure to have an up-to-date list of medications you are taking. If you do face a health emergency during the holidays, it's important for your doctor to know your current medical conditions and have a list of your medications.

Thanksgiving can be a fun and festive joyous start to the holiday season, so it’s especially important that seniors take care of themselves during this time. Share and implement these tips and have a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving! – Sharon

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Posted by Sharon Mason on November 19th, 2018 1:29 PM

Welcome Back to the Valley of the Sun, Snowbirds!

Fall is here and with Arizona temperatures dipping back into the 80’s, you may have noticed the migration of winter snowbirds returning to the Valley of the Sun. For those who don’t know, snowbirds are seasonal residents who visit warmer climates to escape the harsh winters of their main hometowns. Most hail from the Midwest, Western states, Pacific coast and Canada. Snowbird season is usually from October through May and with it, locals see an influx of retirees, Baby Boomers, and active adults soaking up the sun and enjoying all the amenities Arizona has to offer.

Local snowbirds are often retirees, having no attachments or obligations, and having the freedom to do what they want. Snowbirds move in the same general migratory pattern, but they take very different paths to their winter havens and spend their time differently. Baby Boomers in their 50s are a newer breed of Snowbird often choosing to purchase property in favorable markets and gradually spend more time in the state as they near retirement. From vacation rentals and condos to Arizona homes, some snowbirds are choosing to become permanent residents by their late senior years.

Various well-to-do snowbird retirees land in Sun City and other popular Arizona retirement communities to buy second homes, play tennis or hike, attend the theater and check out art galleries and shopping malls. Developments like Sun City Grand in Surprise and Trilogy at Vistancia in Peoria are catering to middle and upper-middle income snowbirds. And with so much to do from swimming laps in the pool to enjoying a round of golf, it’s no wonder so many visitors choose to make Arizona their second home. Either way, they’re enriching Arizona’s culture, community and economy and we extend them a welcome as warm as the weather. Welcome back to the Valley of the Sun, snowbirds!

So whether you’re an active adult seeking a seasonal get-a-way in Sun City or an Arizona retiree searching to buy a home in an Arizona retirement community, contact Sharon Mason, your retirement expert, for all your living and retirement needs!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on November 19th, 2018 1:24 PM

RE/MAX National Housing Report September 2018

The RE/MAX National Housing Report for September 2018 showed the trends of fewer closings and stabilizing inventory continued through September, punctuated by a surprisingly big 11.6 percent year-over-year drop in home sales. At the same time, the RE/MAX National Housing Report for September 2018 posted a Median Sales Price of $241,000 that marked the 30th consecutive month of year-over-year price increases. It is the highest September price in the 10-year history of the report. To access the housing report infographic, visit: https://rem.ax/2phKHWT.

The decline in home sales year-over-year was the largest since May of 2011, as September became the seventh month of 2018 to record lower sales than 2017. Even so, year-to-date 2018 home sales resemble 2017’s.

“The big drop in September closings catches your attention. The market is clearly rebalancing as buyers and sellers continue to process the increasing interest rate environment and what that means to them,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “The slower drop in inventory – a visible trend for nearly half a year – further illustrates the ongoing shift toward market equilibrium, and that’s healthy in the long-term.”

Active inventory dropped for the 119th consecutive month, the decline of 4.7 percent from September 2017 was the smallest year-over-year decrease since August 2014. In addition, the September year-over-year inventory drop was the fifth consecutive month in 2018 to post single-digit percent declines rather than the double-digit monthly drops consistently seen over the previous three years.

“It’s a little surprising to see prices staying so strong, but it’s hardly shocking in such a tight market,” said Contos. “The headwinds of rising prices and interest rates amid already tight inventory levels have been crimping affordability and slowing sales for most of the year, but it varies by geography.  In circumstances like these, where the market is tricky to navigate, both buyers and sellers can benefit by aligning themselves with a professional agent – a local expert who can cut through the noise and advocate on their behalf.”

Home prices rose by 5.6 percent over September 2017, more than twice the year-over-year price increase of 2.3 percent from September 2016 to September 2017. That reversed a trend seen in the previous three months, when year-over-year price increases trailed 2017’s rate of growth.

Months Supply of Inventory totaled 3.7, which is the second-lowest for September in report history, second only to 3.6 months in September 2017. Days on Market of 46 was a September record for the report – three days less than September 2017. Of the 54 metro areas surveyed in September 2018, the overall average number of home sales is down 1.1percent compared to August 2018, and down 11.6 percent compared to September 2017.

Click here to download your copy of the RE/MAX National Housing Report for September 2018. Looking to sell your home or buy a home in an Arizona retirement community? Contact Sharon Mason, your Arizona retirement expert, today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on October 17th, 2018 1:36 AM

Social Security Checks Increasing in 2019

The Social Security Administration recently announced that the cost-of-living adjustment for 2019 will be 2.8 percent which means larger social security checks next year for Arizona retirees.

Each year, the Social Security Administration assesses whether there should be an adjustment to benefits, so that their purchasing power keeps up with inflation. The agency uses the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, CPI-W, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This year's increase marks the biggest hike since 2012, when the cost-of-living adjustment was 3.6 percent.

For Arizona retirees who have recently elected to take Social Security benefits, this could be the first time they see a "real increase" in their monthly checks, Joe Elsasser, president of Covisum, a provider of Social Security timing software, previously told CNBC.

For those who are collecting an average Social Security benefit of about $1,400, the 2019 cost-of-living adjustment will amount to an extra $39 per month. In the past the boost from the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment has been eaten up for many by higher Medicare premiums. That is unlikely to happen to as many people this year as it did in 2018, according to Mary Johnson, Social Security and Medicare policy analyst at the Senior Citizens League.

If you’d like more information about the increasing social security checks, if you’re in the market to sell your Phoenix home, or if you’re ready to buy a home in an Arizona retirement community, please contact Sharon Mason today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on October 17th, 2018 1:34 AM

RE/MAX National Housing Report for August 2018

The RE/MAX National Housing Report for August 2018 shows increasing home prices, low inventory and a reduction in days on market. These combined factors made August 2018 the sixth time this year that home sales lagged behind last year’s pace—but only slightly at -1.1 percent. To access the housing report infographic, visit: https://rem.ax/2phKHWT.

Home prices rose by 3.7 percent over August 2017, much lower than the year-over-year price increase of 5.4 percent from August 2016 to August 2017. In fact, the past three months of 2018 have trailed 2017’s rate of price growth year-over-year—compare that to four of the first five months of 2018 when year-over-year price increases easily topped those posted in 2017.

The Median Sales Price of $248,500 marked the twenty-ninth consecutive month of year-over-year price increases.

Even though active inventory dropped for the 118th consecutive month, the decline of 5.4 percent from August 2017 marked the smallest year-over-year decrease since August 2014. In addition, the August 2018 inventory drop marked the fourth consecutive month in 2018 to post single-digit percent declines, rather than the double-digit monthly drops consistently seen in early 2018 and over the previous three years.

“It varies by market, but we’re hearing that buyers are being more selective and sellers are becoming more pragmatic,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “That dynamic could bring inventory levels up, especially in the most overheated markets, where we expect to see the clearest signs of equilibrium returning. The economy is strong and potential buyers are out there—they just need more listings, at the right price points, to consider. We believe that balance will return, which will be good for everyone in the long run. It’s just a matter of when.”

Contos added that although the lack of inventory continues to be a challenge, the trends suggest that the market finally appears to be rebalancing.

“The moderation we are experiencing seems to be a bit more than the normal seasonal lull we’d expect this time of year,” said Contos.

Want to know more about the current real estate market? Click here to download your copy of the August 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 September 23rd, 2018 6:48 PM

Hacienda Style Home for Sale in Surprise

Welcome home! Located in the well-established community of Sun City Grand Rincon, this popular Hacienda model floorplan style features 3 bedroom 2.5 bathrooms and 2,334 square feet of space to call your own.

The great room features a custom entertainment center, stone electric fireplace, and opens to kitchen and breakfast bar; which boasts pendant lighting, white cabinets with decorative crown molding, stainless appliances, quartz counter tops, double oven, gas cook top, large pantry, custom plank tile, bamboo wood flooring, decorator paint, custom baseboards, lighting, fans, and brushed nickel hardware throughout!

You’ll love the upgraded windows throughout as well. Enjoy two custom guest bathrooms with tiled shower which surrounds comfort height toilets, upgraded vanities and sinks. The master bedroom has a bright bay window, spacious walk-in closets, and the master bathroom features a walk-in shower.

The exterior is just as lovely with a fully fenced wrought iron backyard, extended covered patio, 3 car garage, paid for solar power, and so much more! Furniture is available outside of escrow so please enquire for more details. To schedule an appointment to view this Hacienda style home for sale in Surprise located at 16657 W. Bajada Trail, Surprise, AZ 85387 contact Sharon Mason today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on August 29th, 2018 6:23 PM

July 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report

July home sales rose 1.8 percent year-over-year, making it the second month of 2018 to post a sales increase year-over-year, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. To access the housing report infographic, visit: https://rem.ax/2phKHWT.

In the July 2018 report, 37 of the report’s 54 metro areas posted sales increases over July 2017—April was the first month of 2018 where more homes were sold than the same month in 2017. The report also marks the 28th consecutive month of year-over-year price increases.

The Median Sales Price of $250,575 was up 4.4 percent from July 2017, and represents the third-highest price in report history—topped only by May and June of this year. Months Supply of Inventory was at 2.9 – the smallest total ever recorded for July.

Forty-two of the 54 metro areas reported a year-over-year drop in inventory. The Days on Market dropped to 41 – four days less than July 2017 and one day under the previous nine-year low set in June 2018.

“Because we’ve faced challenging inventories and increasing home prices for some time now, a seasonal slowdown that rebalances the market a bit might actually be a positive in the months ahead,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “It could level affordability to some extent and create more opportunity for buyers who’ve been priced out of hot markets.”

The average Days on Market for homes sold in July 2018 was 41, down one day from the average in June 2018, and down 4 days from the July 2017 average. The number of homes for sale in July 2018 was down 0.3 percent from June 2018, and down 7.8 percent from July 2017. Based on the rate of home sales in July, the Months Supply of Inventory increased to 2.9 from 2.7 in June 2018, and decreased from 3.1 in July 2017. A 6.0-months supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. In July 2018, all but one of 54 metro areas surveyed reported a months supply at or less than 6.0, which is typically considered a seller’s market.

Want to know more? Click here to download your copy of the July 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 28th, 2018 3:59 PM

Sell Your Home Quickly With These Top 3 Design Tips

It’s a sellers’ market which means if you’re ready to sell your Phoenix home, you may not be the only one on the block. Stand out among the competition and sell your home quickly with these top 3 design tips!

1) First impressions are lasting and your home’s exterior makes the first impression to potential buyers. Make a good first impression by making sure your lawns are clean of weeds, debris, and any visually unappealing clutter. Colorful desert blooms and outdoor lighting near the entry way also help emit a welcome home exterior that potential home buyers love.

2.) Home buyers want large, roomy spaces for their belongings. Removing clutter and allowing plenty of room to walk around furniture and easily maneuver around is a great way to help sell your home. Clean windows with open window coverings that let in natural sunlight help spaces seem lighter, brighter and open. Also, placing a few strategically placed decorative mirrors helps further make rooms seem more spacious.

3.) Kitchens and bathrooms are often the first thing buyers gravitate to. Give your cabinetry a set of new hardware and repair any cracks or broken hinges. Make your flooring stand out by cleaning and resealing your tile or refinishing your wood floors. Cleaning or upgrading your countertops really helps make them stand out. Some home sellers even choose to upgrade the bathroom fixtures or kitchen appliances to give their kitchen and bath an extra kick.

If you want to attract more buyers and sell your Phoenix home or if you’re an Arizona retiree seeking the perfect retirement community to call home, please contact Sharon Mason today! I have the proven track record and resources to help you achieve your real estate goals and get top dollar for your home!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on August 28th, 2018 3:50 PM

RE/MAX Professionals Celebrates August as the Month of Miracles 

Giving back is a priority in the RE/MAX culture. All over the world, RE/MAX agents make a difference in their communities - volunteering, donating money, contributing time and ultimately changing lives.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) raises funds and awareness for 170-member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.

We are excited to announce that our offices will be participating in our fourth annual “Month of Miracles” throughout the month of August. This is a month-long fundraising event is designed to raise much-need money to support our local Phoenix Children’s Hospital as well as raise awareness in our community.

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

Last year our Month of Miracles event raised over $15,000 and our office made a total contribution to Phoenix Children’s Hospital of $44,160.20! We were recognized by RE/MAX LLC for being the highest contributing office in the Southwest Region (Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico) to the Children’s Miracle Network, and our local Phoenix Children's Hospital!

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

Please help us reach out goal of ONE MILLION PENNIES for the “Month of Miracles” in August, 2018. You can drop by any one of our four offices to participate in our fundraising efforts, or contact me and I will be happy to pick up your donation.

On behalf of all the kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, I thank you in advance for your support in helping us achieve this goal for our community!

Sincerely,

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Sharon Mason

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Posted by Sharon Mason on August 28th, 2018 3:46 PM

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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Sharon Mason, Associate Broker

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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

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
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!
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Posted by Sharon Mason on March 21st, 2018 12:52 PM

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