May 1 & 2
Welcome Back, Weekend Warriors!
This is the Amy Jones Group's weekly newsletter, detailing local events, recent real estate news, and open houses.
This week, we're bringing you five fun-filled events happening around the Valley!
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We’ve officially hit our prom season stride and while some don’t look quite like our seniors expected, every parent, teacher and kiddo is doing a great job of adapting because that’s just what we do. We’re officially wrapping up the first month of the second quarter of year 2 of the adaptability challenge and the good news is that even timeline pictures of home haircuts and zoom call fails seems like forever ago. In the meantime the real estate market continues to be the headline that just keeps on giving as this week we talked about interest rates falling as COVID uncertainty, more internationally than domestically, supported the purchase of bonds and mortgage backed securities on our Thursday Market Of the Moment:
It’s a great one to watch if you weren’t able to catch it live because we also talk about the expectation for manufacturing and industrial to keep their footprint expansion plans (think Intel, Orbital, On Semi and more!) while “office” may take on a new meaning or start to see some re-purposing. The key takeaway is that commercial real estate follows residential or “roof top” real estate which is GREAT news if you are looking to buy, sell or invest in Arizona real estate. We also talked a bit about the new buying patterns of iBuyers which is a common question we get from clients. Currently Opendoor has about 65% of the iBuyer market share. with their over asking offers (on properties listed on the MLS) and cash backed offers - again available to on-market properties.
So far we’ve seen 54% of sales closing over asking in April, no surprise for those of you out there competing for housing right now. We listed a house last week at $860,000 and are currently under contract at nearly $50K over asking - while these numbers are staggering, they aren’t uncommon. The average list to sales price is trending above 100% which is about 4% higher than average while average $/sf has risen 13% over the last four months alone which is equivalent to an annual appreciation rate of nearly 40%. Wait, what? Yes - if you get into a house today, we are projecting an increase in the value of your home by the end of the year equivalent to what many wait 3-5 years to achieve which means the ability to eliminate your mortgage insurance premium if you put less than 20% down, feel comfortable investing in your new home (paint, flooring, new fixtures, a POOL), or the ability to cash flow from day ONE if you are buying it as an investment. So many options!
As the market has become more complicated, we’re seeing clear signs that an advocate on your side is not only an investment but a necessity whether you are looking at new construction, resale, or custom builds. On the new construction side, many of our clients are being asked to bid on properties, offer lot premiums for entrance to drawings and even being given contracts to take home and read without being walked through the details. Our agents are here to ensure you know exactly what you are signing but it’s the relationships that ensure that we even get a chance at the table. Tirelessly working to know as many of the new home sales associates in town has always been a forte of ours but right now, in this market, relationships are everything.
Contact us to get notified of new construction in your area -
Looking into purchasing a resale property? Listing agents phones are RINGING OFF THE HOOK from agents and don’t have time to negotiate, advocate or even listen to your wants and needs if you are trying to go direct to them without representation - trust me, the perceived hassle of handling two sides of a transaction in this market will cost you more than any anticipated reduction in commission which is unlikely to manifest itself in this market. Want to sell and think anyone can sell a home in this market? You’d be right - but want to know how we got nearly $50K over asking in that house I mentioned before - professional photos, video and staging. How do I know? Because it was on the market as a coming soon property for 30+ days without them without an offer and we had multiple offers the first weekend on the market WITH THEM. I promise, this is not a gimmick. Who you work with matters.
We’d love the chance to talk more about your current situation and how we can help - even if you aren’t quite sure what your question is, let us catch you up on the market of the moment! We’re so grateful to serve our community through real estate and would love to work with you AGAIN or for the first time!
Have more questions? Give us a call or schedule an appointment below -
Cinco De Mayo Festival
Sunday, May 2nd at 12:00 pm
-FREE ADMISSION to the amusement park (does not include rides).*
-FREE Live entertainment at the park, including Mexican Bands & Ballet Folkloricos, who will be performing in authentic costumes.
-FREE participation in candy-filled piñatas for the kids.
-Enjoy authentic Mexican food, including a Taco Stand and Aguas Frescas.
* $19 Special Priced Wristbands for Children or Adults plus tax.
Yoga in The Park - Chandler
Saturday, May 1st at 9:00 am
Get Ready to Dine & Groove!
Join us for a Yoga in the Park class taught by Yoga's Arc at the Downtown Chandler Farmers Market! Whether you’re brand new to yoga, or an experienced practitioner, this 45-minute class is a great way to start the day. Namaste, Yogis!
Farmers Market - Mesa
Saturday, May 1st at 8:00 am
Come spend your Saturday morning enjoying quality food, beverage, and handmade goods at our new location- Mesa Arts Center located at 1 East Main St Mesa, AZ 85201.
*This event is required to operate in accordance with City of Mesa mandates for the protection of our communities health, please wear a mask, practice social distancing from those not within your household, and utilize the hand washing tools available. We're all in this together!*
Movies in The Park - Onward
Friday, April 30th at 7:15pm
Join us to watch Onward on the big screen at Page Park!
We'll be giving out galaxy slime for kiddos who come to this event!
Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and arrive early. The movie will begin at 7:15 PM. Walk-ins will be accepted if space permits.
This event is brought to you by Amy Jones Real Estate Group
Page Park- 98 N Oak St, Gilbert, AZ 85233
Purchase tickets glbrt.is/Onward
Kids Fest 0 Kids Bowl FREE
It’s your family’s favorite day to bowl, eat, and have fun! Join us on the lanes with great deals everyone will enjoy!
FREE Bowling*FREE Shoe Rental*FREE $5 Arcade Card$1 12 oz. Soft Drinks$1 Cookies$2 Hot Dogs$14 Pizzas
*One lucky family will also have a chance to win 1 free year for the PBA Jr. Club for their child!
*1 Free hour of bowling and shoes for kids 15 and younger. Adults will receive a discounted rate. Subject to lane availability. RSVP does not reserve lane. PBA Jr. Club details in center.
Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our guests and staff. You can view our nationwide COVID-19 guidelines at www.bowlero.com/COVID. For additional details, please call us directly
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