What's Up Southeast Valley? October 2021
Month of October
Welcome back to our What's Up Southeast Valley for the month of October!
The real estate market is changing with each moment and we're finding new ways to continuing to connect with you, our community and local small businesses throughout it all! Welcome to Fall in Arizona, we are so excited to be on this journey with you!
We LOVE our clients, community, local businesses, giving back and serving YOU. Let's have an incredible month together!
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Fall Festival - Live Like a Local
Saturday, October 16th from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Join us for our annual fall festival hosted by Locavore and the Amy Jones Real Estate Group!
Bringing together all of our favorite local vendors for the best time of the year - Fall! Bring the whole family for food trucks, live music, giveaways, local vendors, crafts for the kids & so much more!
FREE admission! RSVP here today!
BELocal - Meet & Greet Mixer
Thursday, October 26th at 4:30pm
Are you new to the Gilbert community, love living here or are looking to be in or a part of a local publication to spread the word about your local business? We would LOVE to invite you to our upcoming Meet & Greet Mixer to welcome those who are new to the Gilbert Community or are current BE Local partners!
Join us for food, drinks & fun while meeting your neighbors and discovering new local businesses!
Flourish - Building A Community Brand
Thursday, November 4th at 12:00 pm
We are so excited to invite you to an upcoming event with our friends at Moms in Real Estate called Flourish!
We will be sharing how we built our relationships with non-profit organizations, focused our brand on women in leadership, and dialed in our marketing efforts through local chambers and community events to build a profitable and passion driven business.
If you haven't already registered, here is the link to RSVP! www.eventbrite.com/e/165498128357
Women's Leadership Expo
Friday, November 5th at 9:00 am
Unleashing Your Inner CEO: Confidently Empowering Oneself!
Interested in learning about and connecting with local Gilbert area businesses? Do you enjoy building your leadership skills and being a lifelong learner? Join us to experience a variety of vendor booths, motivating speakers, engaging workshops connecting attendees with great resources and information, and the chance to enter our raffle for amazing prizes and giveaways!
Come and go as you wish or join us for the full day!
What to expect at the event:
Vendor Expo with 30+ booths from a variety of industries. Opportunity to attend various workshops and speakers (List of possible workshops and schedule will be posted soon!) Giveaway drawing and raffle prizes!
ADMISSION - $40 - includes access to vendor expo, workshops, and speakers
MEAL PASS - $15 - lunch provided to those with a meal pass. Served between 11am-1pm
HOST A VENDOR BOOTH! (Members Only) $300 - includes booth space at event, one event admission, one meal pass. Vendors asked to stay for the full event from 9am-3pm. Arrival/Set-up times will be communicated prior to event.
Presented by Amy Jones Real Estate Group and Meadows Bank. Also presented by Colair Beauty Lounge and Med Spa, Rocket SPACE, and SRP.
Women in Leadership Breakfast - Real Estate Edition
Thursday, November 18th at 9:00 am
Women in Leadership Breakfast - Real Estate Edition
In this exciting edition of our Women in Leadership Breakfast series, we are hosting a panel of the Valley's top Women in Real Estate ready to share with you their tips for success. The panel will be moderated by our very own Mindy Jones, owner of the Amy Jones Group, in partnership with our friends at Fidelity National Title.
We will also have a special guest Dr. Maria L. Hesse, a founding member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Scholarship Committee at Positive Paths, an organization that exists to support East Valley women in need by providing a life-bridge to economic stability, personal growth and professional achievement for women through mentorship programs, scholarships, and supportive services.
Each year, Positive Paths sends gift cards to their women for the holidays as the majority of the women they serve are very low income. Additionally, they use donated gift cards to raise money at their annual gala where funds are raised to support their scholarship and mentoring programs. Please consider bringing a gift card to our event on November 18th or dropping one off at our office (address below!) prior to the event:
830 S. Higley Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85296
In addition to our nonprofit spotlight, you'll gain valuable insight into doing things with intention - and tools on how to live a big business, big family, and big community life all while an enjoying a beautiful breakfast at Parlay Kitchen and Cocktails in Chandler, Arizona!
Register now for this FREE event, by commenting below!
Client Appreciation Holiday Pie Party
Sunday, November 21st at 1:00 pm
Save the date for our annual Client Appreciation Holiday & Pie Party!
There will be:
Professional Family Photos
Free Pie To Take Home
Ways to Get Involved in The Community
ASA Now - Volunteers Needed
ASA Now is seeking volunteers to help us this week at Jacob's Mission Community Center.
Priority is as follows:
- Sort and put away donations
- Prepare Food Boxes
- Fill emergency need requests when a submission is received. Clothing and basic personal item packs are put together/distributed for each child listed on the request - each child or youth receives 3 tops, 3 bottoms, socks, underwear or wipes with diapers/pull ups. Backpack for school aged children or a Comfort bag for children ages 1-4. 3 books, a blanket, hygiene kit and shoes.
- Fill Birthday box request when a submission is received. Put together- costume, 2 new toys, new book, new blanket, as well as a birthday kit in a bag (cake mix, frosting, candles, party decor).
- Assist with cleaning tasks
Link to sign up:
Mindy Around Town
Places to see Mindy, meet her, and where she's popping up!
The Amy Jones Group is RAPIDLY growing! We are hiring Real Estate Sales Professionals for our Gilbert office. On pace to serve more than 175 families in 2021 alone, we are looking for EXPERIENCED agents to join our Southeast Valley team. Known for our excellent client care, exceptional negotiation skills, world class digital marketing, and being trusted advisors in the SE Valley for more than a decade - we are looking for hard working, ethical, creative, real estate professionals who love to learn and thrive in a team environment, where giving back and giving to each other is important to our overall success. For more information on who we are and how to apply, visit https://www.amyjonesgroup.com/careers or send your resume to [email protected]!
Here We Grow Again - Welcome to The Team!
Tammie Douglas is an Arizona native that has lived in many different cities across the state & growing up in the town of Page/Lake Powell was like living in a scenic dream. She has now claimed the city of Queen Creek in the southeast valley as her forever home.
Tammie has been married to her high school school sweetheart for 23 years and they have 3 amazing children together. They are a military family through and through as her husband is a Lt. Col in the U.S Army and a Blackhawk helicopter pilot, her oldest son and future son-in-law are also both members of the Army National Guard and Blackhawk helicopter mechanics as well.
Tammie became a licensed real estate agent in the summer of ‘2013 after she discovered her personal love and passion for all things real estate and decided to couple that with her immense desire for helping others and building relationships- thus finding herself a career she is truly passionate about. Attention to details and excellent communication skills are two attributes she thrives on.
When Tammie is not with her clients & helping them to fulfill their dreams of homeownership, you can probably find her somewhere outdoors adventuring with her family- camping, boating, hiking, snowmobiling or skiing! She also has a great passion for serving on the women’s ministry team and leading women’s Bible studies at her local church.
Payton Douglas was born and raised in Arizona and has had the privilege to live all around the country and state as a military brat. Payton was raised in Page, Arizona spending every weekend on beautiful Lake Powell. She has now been blessed to call Queen Creek her home since 2010.
Payton is engaged to marry the love of her life in the spring of 2023. Her fiancé is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard, which is keeping in line with her strong family roots of military history- her father is currently serving as a Lt. Col and Blackhawk helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army and her brother & now fiancé have both fallen fast behind as Blackhawk helicopter mechanics as well.
Payton became a licensed realtor in 2020 taking after her mother who has been an agent since 2013. Payton has a zest for building relationships and a deep love for her home state of Arizona- that she hopes to one day share with every client that comes her way. Payton counts it as a tremendous honor & blessing not only to work alongside her mom but also to be apart of such an incredible team with the Amy Jones Group, because of their strong work ethic, integrity and their desire to give back to the community in which they serve.
When Payton is not out there making both her & her clients dreams a reality you can count on her being somewhere off the beaten path- camping, snowboarding, wake surfing, or another adventurous road trip- or quite possibly just fueling her caffeine addiction at your local coffee shop.
There’s something that happens after the first of October in Arizona, it’s almost the permission for Fall and all things pumpkin spice. Even if you aren’t a fan, you might find yourself bringing out your boots, your darker fall colors, or even just taking your coffee hot again in the morning. As an Arizona native, I can’t get enough of this time of year and if you take a peek at our events section below, you’ll see why. So much to do, so many fun things to see!
Fall in real estate typically signals a bit of a slowing in the market, which for 2021 just means that we are driving down the road at 90 miles an hour instead of the 120 miles an hour we were racing by in March. We’ve hit almost the same inventory levels that we had in 2020 but are seeing seasonally lower demand that is being masked in part by our friends over at Opendoor, Offerpad, Zillow and Redfin who are on an active buying spree.
Much of the inventory that these iBuyers have accumulated over the last 60 days has yet to be returned to the market so the expectation is that we’ll see a rise in inventory that likely won’t hit until the new year which combined with the potential for these iBuyers to pull from the market at any time could mean that selling conditions could look very different at the turn of the new year.
With the rising interest rates, something we predicted would happen but couldn’t determine when we might see the change, and the expectation that prices will continue to rise another 3-5 percent by the first quarter, we’re having more and more conversations with buyers and sellers who took a little breather from the market frenzy of Quarter 2 and 3 and are ready to get back in the game.
If you are a numbers person, we’ve shared the actual statistics of what’s happening - how many houses are on the market and how this compares to last year, how many houses are selling as compared to last year, and just how much we’ve appreciated on average just since last year. If you are a home owner and haven’t called to talk about refinancing, lowering your interest rate or taking out equity, or getting an updated comparative market analysis - now might be the time to get the details. For our buyers, we are scouring the inventory for the right homes for you, writing winning offers, and are back in the new construction sales offices for a preview of the inventory you can build.
We now have 9 cities that have moved in favor of sellers in the last month meaning that we’ve got a ways to go before the air is let out of the sails of this market - we need about twice the inventory we have on the market to even be close to a balanced market and prices will continue to rise until we have too many houses for the people who want them which I don’t predict happening any time soon. While new listings have arrived at a slower place - we are watching for that iBuyer inventory to drop. And while demand is still looking strong, its seasonally low and masked by our investor friends. Builders are trying to keep up but I just don’t think we’re going to see much change in our inventory situation before the end of the year.
After that, anything’s game. Let’s talk?
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Local Guest Spotlight
Josh Metzler - Owner
Locavore was founded in 2020 by born-and-raised Arizonan Josh Metzler. Locavore is all about AZ goods from AZ businesses -- they sell high-quality bundles of goods sourced exclusively from small and local Arizona businesses! It's kind of like taking a trip to the farmers market..except the farmers market comes to you, packaged in recycled materials and left right on your doorstep. If you want to know more about how to get your hands on a Locavore box, visit their website at
In The Media
BeLocal Business Buzz
Monday Market Update
Thursday Market of The Moment
Every week, our trusted Title partner, Don Czajkowski with Fidelity National Title has a meeting of the minds to talk about the ever changing real estate market, especially right now. This week, Mindy was a featured guest talking about inventory, new home builds, interest rates, tips to release the equity in your home, alternatives and options to give yourself more time to find a property to purchase when selling and what the Amy Jones Group has been up to this month. Check out all of the recent broadcasts below starting with the one from this week!
Through Her Eyes
Live.Love.Local - Connecting The Southeast Valley
Connecting with the community lights up our souls and we couldn't be more thrilled to get to know those who run our small businesses. It's so important that we support local, especially right now. Each business below is open, taking appointments, reserving parties and staying safe by following our state guidelines. Let's all do our part in keeping the economy alive, so that when it comes time to fully get back to life, we can all thrive once more.
Community on Purpose Podcast
Have questions about selling your home? Afraid of what happens if you sell and don’t have somewhere to go?
Not sure how refinances, home equity lines of credit, or renovation loans work?
Check out this video for YOU below!
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