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Thu Apr 11, 2013
Julie Reardon answered:
This question is tagged to a property listing at 3717 46th Ave S, which is at the corner of 37th St S and 46th Ave S. There are two bus lines that I know of that stop at that intersection. I'm not sure what you mean by "walk the rest of the way" since this condo complex is right at the bus stop. ... more
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Tue Jan 21, 2014
Jim Mitchell answered:
Hello cnlmiller. Congratulations on working with a lender before you start searching for a home!

You've put yourself one step closer to purchasing and owning a home!

Some buyers want to immediately start looking for a home without knowing the exact amount of a new mortgage they can qualify for and end up getting disappointed when they finally do get around to talking to a lender. By doing this up-front, you can set realistic expectations and eliminate homes that are outside of your price range and focus only on the homes that you can afford. This saves a TON of time and ENERGY.

Back to your question...the biggest difference in these areas would simply be the location in relation to the rest of the Valley.

Maricopa is appx. 22 miles from Phoenix while the San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area is appx. 35 miles from Phoenix.

Both areas offer some shopping (Maricopa is a bit limited on retail but has some restaurants, supermarkets, etc) but the Queen Creek/San Tan Valley area boasts a fairly new hospital called Banner Ironwood Medical Center that is minutes from most residential communities in that area. The nearest hospital to Maricopa would likely be in Chandler which is at least 20-25 minutes away.

Also, both areas offer newer communities/subdivisions (most being built after 1998) and newer schools.

As for transportation, getting in and out of both Maricopa and San Tan Valley/Queen Creek is a bit limited. HWY 347 is the best bet to travel to and from Maricopa. while US60 to Ironwood RD is the top option for driving from metro Phoenix/Mesa (and the rest of the Valley) to get into San Tan Valley/Queen Creek.

Any one that lives in either area will tell you...there WILL be traffic in the peak times (morning and evening). Expect some average to long delays during those times, but that's not much different than the rest of the Valley.

Homes in either area typically range from $110,000 to $160,000 for a single-family, 3bed/2bath/1500 sq-ft home in a subdivision of other similar homes. Of course, most of these communities also have a homeowner's association (HOA) which comes with certain rules that must be adhered to.

At this time, there are 336 homes listed as 'ACTIVE' on our MLS in Maricopa that are at least 3bedroom/2bathroom/1500 sq-ft. They range from $100,000 up to $789,000. Here's the link to those 336 homes:,12,1

The same search in San Tan Valley/Queen Creek pulls up 419 homes that are 'Active' ; they range from $105,000 up to $1,900,000.
Here's that link:,12,1

Here are some market statistics from Queen Creek:

And from San Tan Valley:

You can see that sales have increased since the first of the year while active listings have declined a bit. The Avg-Price-Sq/FT has also increased during that same time period.

Sales in Maricopa have also increased since JAN 1st as available inventory has declined. There's also been an increase in the Avg-Price-Sq/FT.

Here's the same market data for Maricopa:

I would also ask your lender to check the latest USDA map to ensure that ALL of Maricopa and San Tan Valley are still included in the USDA program. There has been talk of the program borders being 're-written' over the past few months; also have him/her check the availability of funds. I know they get depleted from time to time and it takes weeks or sometimes months for them to replenish the fund.

If for some reason you cannot utilize a USDA loan, there is a fantastic grant program for Pinal County that will grant you up to 3% of the purchase price to use toward an FHA down payment OR your closing costs. It's a grant and does NOT need to be repaid. I can send you information about this program if you like; there are income/credit and debt-ratio limits that must be adhered to, but the program is open to buyers who purchase ANY type of home (bank-owned/REO, short-sale, HUD or REGULAR sale).

Feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have. I've worked in both areas extensively over the past four years and I'm quite familiar with the specific subdivisions and surrounding areas.

*Keep in mind...there is NO fee to use the services of a 'buyers agent' to assist you in finding a home. That fee (commission) is paid by the SELLER, not YOU, the BUYER. The only costs you'll incur are things such as: loan fees that your lender charges to process your loan, title-escrow fees at closing, inspection fees, HOA fees, etc.

Thanks for the question! You'll love Arizona and all it has to offer!

Jim Mitchell
Realty ONE Group
PH: 480.231.6769
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Thu Apr 11, 2013
Dominic Picione - The Incorvaia Team answered:
I don't believe Trulia has a for sale by owner entry. Homes listed with an agent are able to be listed for free, however. I'm actually in North Royalton myself. I'd be happy to help you with your home listing. My team and I helped 165 area people with their homes last year, and I'd enjoy giving you the same success.

Give me a call...

Dominic Picione
Keller Williams
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Wed Apr 10, 2013
Eric Pearson answered:
The website below is a great tool and fairly accurate for flight path diagrams, etc. This should give you a good idea of how the direct the flight traffic around Loudoun Valley subdivision in Ashburn.

Feel free to call/email to discuss in more detail what you are looking for in a home and how we can best assist you through the home buying process.

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Mon Jun 10, 2013
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Wed Sep 25, 2013
Morgan Schutters answered:
Hi Matthew! I have a lot of clients looking for homes in City View; would you be interested in listing with me? I'd love to talk to you more. I will work hard for you to sell your home. Call me or text at 806-340-0416 or you can also email me at I work for Keller Williams Realty here in Amarillo and I'd love to discuss your options and what I could do to help you and try to answer any questions you might have! Look forward to talking to you soon :)
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Wed Apr 10, 2013
Josh Greenwald answered:
It can be bad during the typical rush hour times 5-6. It's not bad early as 7 or late as 8+, though. Either 495 or 495/95 is fine and pretty comparable.
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Fri Oct 17, 2014
Kelly Klein answered:
It would be a very long and somewhat dangerous walk to the beach from this location with traffic and all during the summer months.
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Sun Dec 15, 2013
Kim Glass answered:
Hi Debra,

Check out the commute heatwave map here:

Be sure to select the "Commute" filter on the map.

Hope that helps a bit!
-Kim, Community Manager
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Sun May 5, 2013
Lana Lavenbarg answered:
No it does not - it is for realtors only!
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Thu Jun 13, 2013
Arkla answered:


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Tue Apr 9, 2013
Janet Fuller answered:
Visit the Votran Website for all details on stops. It travels everywhere.
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Thu May 29, 2014
Barbara Alfond answered:
Hi Nasif, I have family members that have lived in the 98409 zip code for well over 40 years now. No one in my family has ever been a victim of crime there. My grandmother raised her youngest two sons there after my grandfather passed away. She lived there until here recently when she moved to assisted living at age 91. Her neighborhood had and has a strong sense of community and she was close with all of her neighbors.

What you should look at within any zipcode is the individual neighborhood you are moving to. Look for a neighborhood where people keep their homes and yards in good condition and have friendly neighbors who look after one another. Also, look at more than the numbers and reports on the schools your children would be attending as they can be deceiving. I suggest you visit the school and meet with an administrator. Also, if you see any parents ask them about the school.

I hope this helps.

Barbara Alfond
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Mon Nov 11, 2013
Suet answered:
The issue is rather what are you looking for in a home and what amenities do you want in the area that you live in.
If you work with a buyers agent they can help you find the items that interest you; schools, shopping, dining, easy highway access, close to work, parks, playgrounds, HOA's and their fees, (or not) gated communities, golf. Everyone has different needs and desires, so what I avoided (congestion and heavy traffic) may not be what is bothersome to you.
I moved to Aliante, which is also in North Las Vegas, because it had every amenity that we were looking for, and the house had every item on our must have AND want list. I would suggest that you scope out the area, and make sure you like the surrounding area. I have heard that some of the homes up that way (by the address you posted) are affected by the odor from the farms in the area, but I do not live there so I can not personally attest to that. Good luck!
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Tue Apr 9, 2013
Fred Yancy answered:
Since you are leaving from Alpharetta you will be near Highway 400. Exit 5 at the Marta station. Take the Marta train the Atlanta Underground Shopping Station, follow the signs to above ground where Marta buses will be waiting to take you to the Braves stadium. The entire trip will take an hour and $4

Have a great time at the game!
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Thu Apr 11, 2013
Elizabeth Walton answered:
If noise is a concern you can buy a detached home very close to Decatur for under 200K. Townhouses will have less noise but no guarantees.

Here is a list of some local condo associations, they may be able to answer concerns about specific buildings. ... more
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Wed Apr 10, 2013
Keith Jean-Pierre answered:
No, FSBO activity is relatively small in this market. The only somewhat success I see with FSBO is through a traditional listng agreement and they are accommodating with showings.
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Mon Apr 22, 2013
Alison Hillman answered:
Hi there-

You can learn about crime and schools and traffic and everything else here:

Ali, Community manager
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Tue Apr 9, 2013
Cole Eschrich Group answered:
It's possible. There are about nine homes in the area that immediately fit this criteria.

Best solution would be to contact a local realtor for up to date listings and information on exactly what you're looking for.

You will be solicited here by a lot of realtors. Let us know if we can help!
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