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Home Buying in Sun City : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Apr 14, 2013
Derek Ostrovski answered:
Not really. There are two types of homes in Phoenix:
Those that have termites.
Those that will have termites.
In the valley termites are a fact of life. You need to do a specific termite inspection and you should treat your home. Usually a termite treatment company will offer you a 1-5 year guarantee. Keep in mind the guarantee does not mean you will not get termites. It means that if you do, the company will retreat at no cost.

I can offer you information on Termite inspectors and on Termite treatment companies.

Call/Text or email me with questions:

Derek Ostrovski
(480) 666-9099

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Fri May 31, 2013
Alison Hillman answered:
You can get started with your hunt here on Trulai:,AZ/

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Wed Jul 24, 2013
Annie Wittke answered:
Yes. It is oftentimes considered the second car. You can go anywhere in Sun City in a cart but you must stay on streets with speed limits under 35 mph. You will see them at restaurants and mnt other places of business. ... more
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Tue Feb 12, 2013
Melissa "Michelle" Mathison answered:
I can't answer that for certain but would be happy to take a survey of agents and clients for you. You should be aware that SC is in the Luke Air Force Base flight path. There is noise, but comforting noise actually. ... more
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Thu Jan 2, 2014
Lynne Shapiro answered:
Instead of looking at this listing you should look at the property at 17012 N 96th Drive Sun City, AZ...which is approxiamtely 2200 square feet, a single family property not a condo of 950 square feet as the one you were looking at. It is on a 13000-14000 square foot lot and has been totally remodeled...with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, hard tile and laminate wood floors, stucco exterior, over sized 2 car garage, new roof, verticals...and the list goes on and on. The asking price is $199, why not put the fees that you have to pay to use with a single family property instead of a condo. The transfer fee is standard for many subdivisions and the amount for the fee varies for each subdivision. You also need to pay the annual dues of $420.00 and the CAP fee which is $3000...and that fee is associated with the maintenance of all the grounds and amenities for Sun City...and many subdivisions have that fee as well. The Capital Asset Preservation fee is the way larger subdivisions are able to maintain their properties and not let them be in disrepair. You can contact me at Lynne A Shapiro,PC,BA,CMPS,CREA,CRS,GRI of West USA Realty at 480-419-LYNN or 602-206-SELL or via e-mail at if you want to see the listing I am referring to above...or with other properties. ... more
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Tue Feb 12, 2013
Barbara Frankovich answered:
Hi Bob,
Phase 2 and 3 do not have gas. Some additions might have baseboad heat most are force air or heat pump. Let me know if I can help you find a home in Sun City.

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Sat Aug 18, 2012
Bill Parker, CPA* answered:
Hi Sandispann:

Yes, there are ways to buy a home with bad credit and a large percentage down, but they are not through the normal channels such as FHA, Fannie or Freddie. The days of "Stated Income" or "No Doc/Qualify" are gone, and even then the only way you got those loans was with great credit.

So, what you are faced with is going with hard money loans (high interest rates) or seller financing (current owner carries the loan for you, usually at a somewhat higher rate than market rate), etc.

Good luck.

Bill Parker
NMLS #223607
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Fri Aug 17, 2012
Joe Perez answered:
Very easly done. The average rent for a 1 bedroom is around $700.00 depending on the specific townhouse, ammenities, etc.. If you would like to receive a list of all available properties, please email me at Or just give e a call at 480-299-6414. I live in Sun City myself. Thank you for the question. ... more
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Fri Jun 15, 2012
Barbara Carter answered:
Usually a townhouse has two floors with no one above or below. A condo is usually one floor in a multi level unit. Renters depend on the Home Owners Association by laws. The percentage of owner occupied is often a consideration due to the stability of the complex. Complexes with higher owner occupied are often considered more stable.
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Tue Jul 24, 2012
Matt Puzz answered:
If you are referring to Valley Fever that has been in Arizona for a long time. I am not a doctor but it is caused by something that is in the dirt and anyone that has lived here for a long time has probably had it. Valley Fever can be as harmless as a sniffles or can be fatal. I am sure that one of the bouts I had as a cold was probably Valley Fever in disguise. I would consult with your doctor if this is a concern for you and become educated on the illness before making the investment in some real estate. There are millions of people that live here and I am sure that many of them did not think twice about moving to the Valley because of Valley Fever. Good Luck to you and talk to your doctor.

Matt Puzz
Licensed Loan Originator
Amerifirst Financial, Inc.
1910 S. Stapley Drive #209
Mesa, AZ 85204
Direct: 602-410-9333
Office: 480-682-6617
Fax: 480-344-3687
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Tue Feb 8, 2011
James Wehner answered:
Most Sun City and AZ homes have heat pumps or gas packs and are a part of a central heating and cooling system (HVAC).
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Tue Dec 16, 2014
Jonathan Dalton answered:
Some of it's a factor of age of the home as what you're seeing on the windows was considered more of a decorative touch. On the doors, what you're likely seeing are security doors - these are common throughout the Phoenix area as it's not uncommon through much of the year to open the front door in favor of a screen door and enjoy the weather - mine is open as I write this.

The security doors are sturdier, more durable and frankly more attractive than an old fashioned screen door and that's why you see those on the homes.

In some cases owners may opt for the door for actual security but that's not the only reason for them here.
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Thu Jun 21, 2012
Barbara Nichols answered:
Brian - Again, it depends on a lot of factors, i.e., how well insulated the home is, how new is the AC, etc. The best way to determine on any given home is to look up the past year�39;s history with the utility providor. This can be done online. The providor for Sun City is APS (AZ Power Svc.).

Also, when you have the inspection done, the inspector will test all the appliances as well as the AC/heat in the home. If these are not within acceptable ranges, he will let you know.

Barbara Nichols, Associate Broker, CNE,CRP,CRS,GRI,SRES
Ken Meade Realty, 623-203-9195
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Sat Jun 16, 2012
Barbara Nichols answered:
Brian - The time a roof lasts really depends upon the type of shingle that is used. A good double or triple shingle (high definition) roof will last 20-50 years. A single inexpensive shingle may last 10-15 years. Keep in mind that the heat is not the only contributor to roof longevity. We have strange weather here. Occasionally, we have what are known as micro-bursts. These a like small rain/hail tornadoes that may come through the area and only last 30-60 seconds, but can really take out part or all of a roof. The main thing is to have a respected home inspector inspect any home you are thinking of purchasing to assess the type of roof on that home.

Any other questions you may reach me at

Barbara Nichols, Associate Broker, CNE,CRP,CRS,GRI,SRES
Ken Meade Realty, 623-203-9195
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Wed Jul 21, 2010
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Sat Apr 17, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
HOA fees vary from complex to complex and your best source of advice is any local agent, or if you happen to know who the mangement company is, you can call them directly and ask.
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Sun Mar 14, 2010
Jonathan Dalton answered:
Hi, Betty ... Sun City roughly runs from Olive to Union Hills, 99th Avenue to the river bed on the west. Sun City West is north of Bell between El Mirage Road and Grand Avenue. Corte Bella's in Sun City West, but is a separate community north on El Mirage Road around Deer Valley.

Sun City Grand is inside the city of Surprise.

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Thu Mar 4, 2010
Ron Hall answered:
The most common is yourwayhomeaz it allows for a 22% silent second, meaning no payments and they will forgive the note after 5,10 or 15 years depending on the amount of the second. There are several guidelines that must be followed but its a great program.

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Thu Feb 18, 2010
Dianne Hicks answered:
That is a really good question. My guess is that you are speaking specificly about a 55+ community. I would think that you can however I am sure who you rent to, should you choose to rent it... must be in the 55+ age range.

Kindest Regards,
Dianne Hicks
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