There is a lot information below, a lot of it very good, but some of it just look like "steering". I just want to add one thing to the comments below. Many foreign buyers are temped to buy the biggest and newest house they can within their budget, many times by sacrificing location. Doing that can be a mistake. Your first step should be to decide on a good area that matches your criteria, even if it means buying a smaller property. The best thing you can do is to start working with a good agent who is experienced and you feel comfortable with.
Carlos J. RamÃrez, PC, ABR, CNE
Associate Broker/Realtor, HomeSmart â€“
Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE)
Ready for yet another perspective? I am constrained by Fair Housing laws just like Jonathon Dalton (he cracks me up) is below. There are tons of things that fit your criteria whether you are in the east valley or west valley. I grew up in the east valley, and love it to this day, but I live in Anthem. It's just going to come down to what kind of home you will get for your money. Find someone you can work with who knows the Valley, both east and west side, and let them help you. Good luck! And welcome to Phoenix!
1) The West Valley is closer to Las Vegas and California than the East Valley. Depending on where you go in the West Valley, we're also closer to the Grand Canyon.
2) The idea below that the West Valley lacks "what people want to do" is dead on - assuming, of course, that spring training baseball, Phoenix Coyotes hockey, Arizona Cardinals football, golf, shopping at hundreds or stores and dining at hundreds of restaurants, dinner theater and stage shows at Skye nightclub aren't things that you'd want to do since all are available in the West Valley.
Incidentally "avoid the West Valley" could be considered a violation of the Fair Housing Act as this statement was made on a subjective basis. Where's a HUD secret shopper when you need one? :-)
There are many areas that this will work in. You just need to work with an agent that will help you through this process. You can even utilize an online calendar with times blocked out when it is already rented for the people looking for a seasonal rental. I am working with a client right now that is doing this very same thing. You will want to make sure it is in a nice area and near a golf course, cubs training, malls, etc as this is always helps. Being fairly close to places of interest is just one more reason someone will choose your home to rent.
Ron & Brenda Cunningham
West USA Realty
**** Recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as "One of the Top 50 Realtors in the Valley"
I work with a father and son(s) team here in my office. They are from Canada and all of there clients are from Canada. They handle investments and vacation home purchases and rentals for investors that look for exactly the same thing that you are. I would be happy to refer you. Please feel free to call me anytime.
As an agent that has been full time in the Phoenix market since 1998 I have witnessed the trends of buyers, whether that be 2nd home, investors or normal purchases. The east valley continues to be very popular and a decent location to most of the amenities desired.
We can find you a nice property for under $100,000 that will rent today with positive cash flow/return on your investment. I have one closing on Friday with a Canadian couple for $50,000 in a nice area of the east valley.
You would have options, we could make it a vacation rental for you that you could then personally use for a few weeks per year yourself and we rent out the other weeks if you want. Options are good!
It also a nice reason to fly in and spend a few days to check out your investment (in the winter). HA
Seperate from the buying a good property, you need to consider how to own the property so that you are not subject to double tax, avoid probate and limit you liability. You will also have to learn about withholding taxes on the rental income and what tax returns need to be filed in the US and Canada.
My firm and I specialize in US-Canada tax and financial planning. I wrote a book titled "Buying Real Estate in the US - The Concise Guide for Canadians." I have provided the link below. I recommend you invest the $14 so that you understand the tax issues involved in buying property in the US.
Dale A. Walters, CPA, PFS, CFP (US & Canada)
You have received some very good information from the other professionals posting here. There is a hidden jewel of a community in the Desert Ridge area that would come closest to meeting your criteria . The purchase price would be somewhat higher than you mentioned ($130-$150K), but you would have an easier time generating a nice rent from winter visitors - particularly if you furnish the place. Desert Ridge is just next door to Scottsdale with its fabulous shopping and dining experiences, incorporates the JW Marriott Resort, and is located close to the 101 and 51 freeways providing easy access to the airport and sporting events downtown. Desert Ridge Marketplace anchors this area and offers tremendous shopping, dining and entertainment venues for singles and families. Please contact me for particular information on the community I am speaking about. I have personally rented and now own a property in there.
Our market has seen a tremendous amount of sales activity lately and we are now in a seller's market in many areas - with 2.6+ months of supply. Hurry for the best prices while rates are low. These type properties are not a dime-a-dozen any longer and competition has heated up.
Contact me if you want a proactive agent working for you. I look forward to speaking with you.
In the Panama City Beach area I would reccomend Lynn Boyd, Buyers Agent, Keller Williams Success Realty, 850-249-0313 or email email@example.com
In the Nashville area I am available to assist if you are interested in the area.
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If you are looking for a rental that you can rent out on a weekly or monthly basis then you want to have amenities that appeal to people that are looking to come here on vacation. That type of renter will most probably want a pool and possibly other ammenities such as golf, tennis, maybe parks nearby. To find a home in the west valley under 100K might not appeal to a short term renter as there isn't much out there other than chain stores and restaurants. Glendale has a little more to offer. I would suggest coming in closer to central and North Phoenix and Scottsdale and purchasing a condo that offers a community pool. I work with a lot of investors from Cananda and overseas and they are purchasing homes in this pricepoint out in the west valley, but renting them out on a long term, minimum year basis. There are some communities in Avondale and Goodyear that have community pools that might be an alternative option, but I would not go out to Buckeye.
When on vacation for a week, people don't want to be too far out in the boonies. When you are living there on a full time basis, that's a different story.
Hope this helps.
Keller Williams Integrity First
Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert seem to be more popular for vacation homes (Ahwatukee too, but its hard to find a home there under 100k) While the west side seems to be more popular for investment or rental homes.
There are so many varying types of homes, so it may be hard to pin down a precise answer for you. If you want newer built homes, those are the ones built further from the city center. Towns that are newer and still close to freeway access are Gilbert, Ahwatukee, North Scottsdale, and others.
If you'd like more specific answers and more specific properties, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I work well with foreign clients- I usually get videos and pictures of properties of interest out fast. In fact, I was just up in Canada 3 days ago, in Surrey.
Let me know if you'd like my help, otherwise, good luck searching!