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Home Buying in Surprise : Real Estate Advice

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Sat May 14, 2016
Jeffrey Masich answered:
Dear J:

Yes, Marley Park is a beautiful planned community with parks, very nice pool, well kept homes as managed by the HOA with plenty of restaurants, shopping, spring training and golf very close by. The new 303 Freeway makes access much easier.

HOA fees vary depending on which type of home within Marley Park you ultimately purchase. Fees range from the $125- $225/month range. To give you an idea of the homes that are for sale along with their HOA fees:,12,1

Prices have been rising in Marley Park. It is very much in demand. A client that I sold a home to in Marley Park lives there and is thinking of buying another one because his family likes it so much.

Call me if you have any questions.

Jeffrey Masich, Realtor, GRI, MBA
Arizona homes and land for purchase or sale
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Sun Mar 31, 2013
Jim Mitchell answered:
Hello Mike. That home you mentioned on 16027 N SAGUARO LN did sell on 5/21/09 for $99,900,'s a 2-bedroom / 2-bath/1436 sq-ft home in a subdivision (Mountain Vista Ranch) filled with mostly 3 or 4-bedroom / 2-3 bath homes. While not completely unusual, it's definitely not the norm and a 2-bedroom home typically isn't valued the same as a 3-bedroom home, all other things equal (size, features, upgrades, etc).

The two best recent comparable sales I found are:

16048 W Desert LN : 3bed/2bath/1436 sq-ft : sold on 12/24/12 for $116,000 (short-sale)

16061 W CARMEN DR : 3bed/2bath/1436 sq-ft : sold on 3/11/13 for $119,900 after only 15 days on the market (it was a regular sale)

Given that a 2-bedroom home isn't as desirable as a 3-bedroom home for MOST buyers (investors, first-time buyers, etc), it should be valued slightly less than the other 3-bedroom homes that are of similar size and similar features. I would put it somewhere in the range of $109,000 to $112,000.. This home could possibly be a tough sell given the fact it only has the 2-bedrooms; a likely buyer would be a retiree that doesn't need the extra 3rd bedroom. Most young families need that 3rd bedroom and even if they don't utilize it, the reality is that a 3-bedroom home will typically sell faster than a 2-bedroom home in most areas.

Hope that helps!

Jim Mitchell
Realty ONE Group
PH: 480.231.6769
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Tue Feb 19, 2013
O'Keith Judish answered:
At this time I see three regular sales in Surprise from this agent. if you would like a list of short sales and foreclosure follow this link below:,Short+Sale/sort/price+asc/ ... more
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Sun Mar 31, 2013
daviduslat answered:
This is a really nice place to live, new homes, schools, roads, shops. Wonderful weather and good house prices.
However, very few jobs, except in minimum wage retail - or of course healthcare if you are qualified.
No public transportation. May need to drive to get a good job.
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Tue Feb 19, 2013
Shelly Thompson answered:
It is a very good location because it isnt too far from the beach and it is close to the interstate.
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Mon Jul 2, 2012
Michelle Spalding answered:
This is public information and can be obtained via the tax assessors website under advanced search options. Here is the link

Hope this helps

Chris Spalding
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Sun Jan 20, 2013
Jody Goodrich answered:
Hi Judy,
I would be more than happy to help you find a home in Ashton Ranch or Surprise. Please send me your email address so I can send you a portal of the homes I find for you at no charge. I do need to get some information so I can narrow down your search such as how many bedrooms, what size house, how much do you want to spend, etc. I look forward to hearing from you soon so we can begin your home search. ... more
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Mon Jan 14, 2013
Kevin Beasley answered:
Wed Apr 24, 2013
Steffy Hristova answered:
I will be happy to provide you a link to the MLS where the status is as current as it can get.
Please call or email me through my web-site.
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Sat Aug 17, 2013
Terry Bell answered:
It depends, is the answer! That's why you should get a good realtor to guide you. There are so many variables, like whether it's a foreclosure or regular sale, is it likely to have multiple offers.... These are all questions that your agent needs to research for you to make a decision for your strategy! Best, Terry Bell, Realtor, Santa Rosa, CA ... more
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Mon Sep 24, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
Have you considered a Google search; if unfamiliar with the area, do take the time and revisit more than once, see all firsthand...also see link below. ... more
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Fri Oct 12, 2012
Scott Godzyk answered:
Not all cash buyers are from out of the country, there is a huge amount of buyers right here from the USA that are paying cash for properties. More than 2/3 of teh sales are cash right now. All cash buyers are not even investors. You have older people who owe nothing on their homes that are selling up here in the North and they take that cash south and can by 2,3, 5 and 10 times more the house for the money and pay cash. As a buyer, if you need a mortgage , you have to increase your odds of getting your offer accepte dby being preapproved, be will to close within 30 days and do not put in any contingincies other than your mortgage. You need to get into teh house early before they hit the MLs so when it does, you can have your offer ready. Having a great agent will help with that ... more
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Thu Dec 8, 2011
Marge Bennett answered:
Has your value gone up in the last year? can you sell your home for at least what you owe or better yet, what you paid? do you have any savings for a down payment? If all of these answers are positive, find yourself an agent (the one you used last year maybe) and start looking. If there are some issues, talk with your agent and explore some possible solutions. ... more
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Thu Aug 11, 2011
Ron Thomas answered:
Apparently, you need either a Social Security number OR an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) :

The problem is not when you BUY the property; (they probably want you to have 2 years of residence),
But when you SELL the property; (they will withhold at least 10% of the groos for taxes.)

You should contact a Realtor who is well verse on sales to Foreign Nationals.

Good luck and may God bless
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Sun Jan 20, 2013
Jose Dias answered:
Hi Kristine,

The MLS shows this house as AWC, which probably means they got an offer and are working to remove the contingencies.

I believe most real estate websites do not differentiate Active from AWC. This is probably the reason why it is still showing as active here.

I hope this helps.

Jose Dias, REALTOR
(623) 418-5700
Realty One Scottsdale
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Mon Jun 27, 2011
Voices Member answered:
You should direct this question to the agent who put in the offer for you. If you're not using an agent, then call any local agent and ask them this question. Unfortunately, Trulia (and similiar sites) aren't updated often enough. I've had clients ask me about homes they see here, and when I look up the homes on my MLS I often find the homes went off the market 2 or 3 weeks beforehand. ... more
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Wed Apr 8, 2015
Jose Dias answered:
The best way to get a list of homes in Lake Havasu is to contact a local REALTOR in the area. You can find a REALTOR here in Trulia or by googling Lake Havasu REALTOR or Lake Havasu Real Estate.

Give me a call or send me an email if you would like me to refer you to a good local REALTOR.

I hope this helps.

Jose Dias, REALTOR
(623) 418-5700
Realty One Scottsdale
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Mon May 23, 2011
Clifford Elkins answered:
Wed May 11, 2011
Randy Hooker answered:
Is there a prize if we guess the right answer?

Do you mean in a year, 5 years, 10 years or forever?

Is this a secret test by a HUD Fair Housing investigator?

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Fri Mar 11, 2011
Kevin Dibben answered:
I would think so in this day and age Jim. If an 'escrow' has been opened you would want to instruct them to issue cancellation instructions. Until you receive bank approval you really have nothing anyway. I take you have contacted the buyer to discover their reasons? ... more
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