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Rob, Home Buyer in 11374

New to Scottsdale,looking for single family home in communities with good resale potential down the road. Prefer 85259/85260 zip.

Asked by Rob, 11374 Tue Jan 19, 2010

Price range 400-600k. Need some names of communities in above zip.Any tips on Scottsdale buying most welcome.

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Dear Rob:

Hi, welcome to Scottsdale! Here is a video of Scottsdale living if you are interested: http://www.arizonahomesland.com/liveandplayinarizona.html

Areas to consider in your zip codes: Grayhawk, McDowell Mountain Ranch, Boulders etc.. Remember there are many custom homes in these areas. Don't rule out Gainey Ranch and McCormick Ranch to the south closer into Scottsdale central. Also, Fountain Hills just to he east of 85260 is wonderful with planned communities and great views.

To search the acutal MLS for free, click: http://www.arizonahomesland.com/mlssearchinarizona.html

Let me know if I can help or show you some homes in our beautiful city.

Regards, Jeff

Jeff Masich, Realtor®
Arizona Homes and Land
480-556-0940
JeffMasich@ArizonaHomesLand.com
HomeSmart Real Estate
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Rob

Welcome to Scottsdale, AZ. You have chosen some great zip codes with a ton of available options at a variety of different price points. There are too many communities to list without getting a better understanding of what you are looking for. Do you have a preference of living in a golf course community, mountain views, lot size, etc., All these would help narrow down the search.

Here are some general statistics (provided by the Cromford Report) on the 2 zip codes you are interested in that should give you a better idea of the current market conditions in the area. If you would like more information and or to see some actual listings please don't hesitate to contact me.

85260 - http://www.selling2arizona.com/statistics/85260.jpg
85259 - http://www.selling2arizona.com/statistics/85259.jpg

Good luck on your search!

Chad Tornabeni
Capital Realty
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Hi Rob
There are some good agents in this forum for you to choose from! What I would recommend is to complete some neighborhood shopping that fits the needs of your family. When I moved out 13 years ago I started by blogging (back then they were chat rooms) just like yourself and was directed to the northeast Phoenix/Scottsdale area which I still live in the area to this day. The next step for me was knowing what schools my kids would be best suited for (you can review if needed by visiting http://www.greatschools.org) and selecting that. I didn't mind a commute because the traffic was much less than the California congestion I had left and in your case as well, Scottsdale flow downtown or west is lesser than the opposite route. However, do consider your commute as well and then I spent a couple weeks when time permitted driving the neighborhood to know that I could live in a specific vicinity and then it was easy to describe the property features I wanted and work to get the house I wanted.
I would suggest these similar steps for you as well Rob. There are many qualified Realtors to assure you have a superb experience. The key is to have one as a partner toward your goal. Take the time to interview those that pique your interest and select the match that gels.
You are welcome to utilize http://www.DesertRidgeLifestyle.com property search website and see via map, all available property in your price point and area. It's a great tool to generate higher knowledge about the market by seeing what prices are between the neighborhoods, which this site will allow.
When you are ready to interview or if you have any questions feel free to drop an email or call. I don't mind.

All my best
Laura Myers
480-600-6213
http://www.DesertRidgeLifestyle.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 20, 2010
Hello Rob,
Additional input from you and your family will help me to best serve you. A few questions will help us to narrow the options to those communities that most closely match your vision of your next home. After 25 years as a Broker serving the North Scottsdale community, I will give you an idea of the "feel" of various neighborhoods. You will find some of the very "best buys" by being on a Broker's preferred client list. You will then get first opportunity to make an offer on homes that frequently are SOLD before they are even on the Multiple Listing Service. Short sales are better than bank-owned properties which are typically trash in some way that require additional investment. The responses that you receive from all of us here are helpful. However, your best course is to select an agent who will commit to finding you the ideal match to your vision. Please call me with your other questions, I am a Board and State Approved Instructor. Jim Kelder,ABR,CRS,GRI,CPM,CLHMS,EPRO,SRES,MRE,BA, Author: "Should I Short Sale My Home". 602-750-7200 CityOne Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 19, 2010
Hi Rob, Scottsdale is a great community to live and you will have many choices in your price range. Just like the others say, you definitely need a good Realtor that knows Scottsdale. There are so many great communities you need someone to show you the area's so you understand the pro's and con's. I have lived in the 85259 zip and now live in 85255. From experience, depending on your criteria (not just price) but Schools, #bed/bath, lot size etc, zip 85255 has held better resale values. They are both excellent communities, so either choice would be great. It will just solely depend on your needs. If you need any assistance I can help. My contact # 602-793-9300.
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Hi Rob!
You have received excellent information from the answers to you question on names of communitites in your desired zip codes and price range. Scottsdale has fantastic parks, trails, special events, children's programs and adult activities in which I am intimately familiar.
I would welcome your call or email if you would like any additional information on areas and how living in Scottsdale is a terrific quality of life! 480-221-7040
Welcome to Scottsdale, I hope you love this city and all it has to offer.

Amy
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Hi Rob,

I am not a Realtor, but I can recommend a great Agent to you, very familiar with the 85259 / 85260 zip code area in Scottsdale. In the meantime, go to http://ezAZhomesForSale.com to do an easy search of homes for sale in those zip codes, plus, you can save the homes you like and also see what homes sold for.

As a side note, I am available to help you with your financing of this property - we are located here in Scottsdale.

1. Be sure to click on the "Map View" in the upper right-hand corner - very detail oriented if you want it to be.
2. On the left side of the screen, you can choose your home criteria.
3. You can move the map around with your mouse, plus zoom in & out.
4. You can also click on "Search Defined Areas" & add your zip code to drill down on only those areas.

Please feel free to call me with any questions on using this search tool and, of course, the financing of the home you find.

All the best,
Ros

Roswell Moore, CMPS
Certified Mortgage Planner
imortgage
480-422-5095 direct
Roswell.Moore@cox.net
Web Reference: http://www.ezAZloan.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 19, 2010
Rob,

McDowell Mountain Ranch has a good mix of homes and seems to hold its re-sale values well. And there are some truly smoking deals in DC Ranch, because they were built just a few years ago when people chose those adjustable-rate mortgages. (DC Ranch is just north of McDowell Mountain Ranch, which puts it in 85255.)

Buying Tips from Melanie

Tip #1: Check out any neighborhood's HOA fees. They can vary dramatically and could be a burden, so be sure at the outset.

Tip #2: Decide if you want recreational amenities (clubhouse, fitness facility, etc.). You'll pay a little more in HOA dues, but you'll get a chance to enjoy amenities that might otherwise cost you.

Tip #3: Decide if being gated is important to you. If so, that will help you target your search.

Tip #4: Decide what you want to be close to. Job/employment centers? Recreation?

Tip #5: Visit my site: http://www.scottsdaledealfinder.com for more tips--and to see why I would be a great agent to help you find exactly what you are looking for.

Good luck!

Melanie Johnston
Keller Williams Arizona Realty
480-241-0241
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Hi Rob, would love to help you. Please visit my website below and email me with your email address. I will forward you letters of recommendation and answer any questions you have. I sell in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area and some of my clients include Wells Fargo in Scottsdale. Would love to help you find your next home!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 19, 2010
Hi Rob,

There are 108 homes for sale in those 2 zip codes within your preferred price range. There are too many communities to name them all in this forum. The best tip I can offer will be to find a good Realtor to assist you and start gathering information from, by and with the assistance of that Realtor. As a potential home buyer, you will find a great advantage by allowing a Buyer's Agent to assist you.

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PAUL WELDEN
602-503-4010
HomeSmart
Exclusive Buyer's Agent
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 19, 2010
Rob here are the 500K to 600K homes:

http://www.flexmls.com/link.html?rdtas3g49in,12,1

Let me know if you need anything else.
Web Reference: http://www.TheKeysTeam.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 19, 2010
ROB, here is an initial list the community names will be in the Subdivision area.

http://www.flexmls.com/link.html?rdtas06mwmj,12,1

If you have a question about one of these homes or need to arrange a showing, feel free to contact me.

Thank you

** MUST SELL - SCOTTSDALE FORECLOSURES **
FREE LIST with pictures updated daily!
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Stonegate, Paradise Heights(I live in this area), there are several others. The best thing to do is call me at 602-509-4289 and I can meet with you to discuss your needs and wants. I have been in the business for 16 years and I am a native to the valley. My name is Rich Saba and I work at Realty Executives. Look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you.
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Rob, the main tip I can give you is to work with a qualified realtor who knows the area. Some communities to look at are McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale Ranch, & Scottsdale Mountain. If you would like more information, don't hesitate to contact me.

Rick Dobbles
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