The Holm Group Real Estate Blog
Below you will find a number of articles that we have written over the past few years for your review. In addition to these articles please feel free to go to our blog page as you will find additional articles and up to date community information there as well.
Gated Communities In Scottsdale
Thinking about leaving your humid coastal city and trading up for a subtropical life in Arizona’s saguaro-plotted desert? Not only will you be transported to an entirely different landscape, but you’ll also be able to stretch out as you move from a cramped and drafty apartment to living in one of Arizona’s beautiful, upscale, spacious homes. Check out these premier gated communities of Scottsdale.
If you’re looking for sweeping desert views that align with your outlook and lifestyle, Desert Highlands’ 850-acres of Sonoran desert landscape are sure to meet your standards.
With four grass, six clay, and three hard tennis courts, an 18-hole, par 72 signature golf course designed by legendary Hall of Fame golfer Jack Nicklaus, and an award-winning, state-of-the-art, 7,000 square foot fitness center, residents are well cared for in this exclusive–but not isolated–private, gated community. Nearby amenities include the La Mirada Shopping Center, Desert Village Shopping Center, the HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center, Scottsdale Stadium, and more.
Neighboring Desert Highlands and sandwiched between the communities of DC Ranch and Desert Ridge, the gated community of Silverleaf perfectly balances premium privacy, exclusive elegance, and veritable views, with the amenities of a mid-sized city, access to Phoenix’s downtown, and the twinkling city lights.
At just 2,000 acres, Silverleaf provides residents with an 18-hole, world-class, Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course, as well as a sizable, 50,000 square-foot clubhouse decked in authentic antique furnishings, the pristine Silverleaf Spa facility, fine dining, and regular events that include art and photography courses.
And if you ever feel like heading out for retail shopping, restaurant browsing, hiking, or to see the Diamondbacks or Cardinals training, you’re a short commute from the downtown area, Scottsdale’s over 600 restaurants, shopping at Kierland Commons, Biltmore Fashion Park, or the Shops at Gainey Village.
Located in sight of Pinnacle Peak Park and just outside the award-winning Troon North Golf Club, few communities offer the kind of custom lots and distinct estate homes that Estancia does. Their design guidelines are posted on their website, so you can check them out in advance of any planning.
This 640-acre desert community uses every acre to give its residents the most, including community services like a dog park, onsite car detailing, home monitoring, and an 18-hole championship golf course designed by internationally-renowned golf course architect, Tom Fazio. Supplementing Estancia’s breathtaking course are its active caddy program and a clubhouse with fine dining, tennis courts, basketball courts, meeting rooms, a swimming pool, steam room, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
If clear and proactive communication is important to you in a community, you’ll love Scottsdale Mountain. With a comprehensive website detailing everything from trash pick up and visitor parking to assessment due dates and community contacts, you’ll be in good hands if you decide to live here.
Marry its excellent community management with its wonderful views, open-air tennis courts, first-come, first-serve basketball court, immaculate spa, and signature Southwestern style homes, and it’s a puzzle why you aren’t already on your way here.
To the east of Paradise Valley lays Gainey Ranch, an upscale community built on the land that originally housed an Arabian horse ranch. However, this luxurious community is far from its humble western roots.
Surrounded by green landscaped and palm trees, this oasis in the desert is perfect for those looking for a resort-style home. The Daniel C. Gainey Estate Club provides residents with a lap pool, a spa, a number of state-of-the-art tennis courts, fitness center, and community center. And, of course, the Gainey Ranch Golf Club boasts 3 championship level 9-hole golf courses.
For an even further escape from reality, Gainey Ranch is also home to the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa. This 27-acre resort is perfect for relaxing with the whole family or as a solo day of pampering thanks to the indulgent spa, pristine golf course, and unique and exciting activities.
Property listings, especially in newer and smaller communities, can go fast, so you’ll need to get in contact with a realtor agent so you’ll be first in line. Call Andrew w/ The Holm Group today at 480-206-4265…
Sprucing Up Your Outdoor Space as Preparation to Sell
Enjoying time in the backyard is one of the greatest joys of owning a home. That’s why so many homeowners looking to sell take on landscaping and backyard design projects before putting their home on the market in order to increase value.
While some are content to simply trim the grass with an electric lawn mower, add a few plants, and carefully place a couple of lawn chairs, you might be the type of person with more ambitious plans for your outdoor spaces.
The following tips offer some ideas to consider when designing your lawn for selling your home. Keep them in mind to truly create the backyard of buyers’ dreams.
Add an Outdoor Kitchen
An outdoor kitchen can help a home achieve 100-200% ROI when you sell. However, this doesn’t just mean installing a new grill and calling it a day. While a quality grill is certainly an essential component of any outdoor kitchen, it’s only one part of the equation.
Be conscious of the fact that many people who take on this project decide to install appliances like the grill into a bench structure that mimics the workstation found in the typical indoor kitchen. That’s why it’s very important to invest in durable appliances. If they break down, it could be difficult to find a new one that fits the space perfectly.
Along with a grill, you should consider adding a refrigerator, storage cabinets, and ample countertop space for meal preparation. The appliances you install will need to be connected to the house via electrical wires and gas lines.
Odds are good that you’ll want these to be as concealed as possible. That’s why it’s a smart idea to work with a contractor on this project. Once you draw up your initial design, find a contractor in your area who has installed outdoor kitchens before. Working with a professionals makes it easier to get the job done properly from the start.
That’s why you can also consider including the real estate agent you plan on listing with in the design plans. They’ll have expert insight into what outdoor appliance features make a home even more valuable, and what’s trending in the neighborhood.
Here’s another tip. To ensure your outdoor kitchen design is safe and feasible, refer to the design guidelines established by the National Kitchen & Bath Association.
Construct a Patio
If your home already boasts a patio or deck, then you’re in luck. Just doing repairs or renovations on an existing patio can cost $1,300, but add over $6,500 to the listing price when selling.
When curating your patio space, consider adding light and outdoor furniture for more comfort and ambience. That being said, avoid taking up too much space with your deck, so as to leave plenty of room for the benefits of an open yard. Buyers generally prefer a large yard to a large deck, so keep this in mind as you either begin deck construction or take on renovating an existing one.
Build a Fire Pit
Constructing a fire pit is one of the easiest ways to add value to your home without adding significantly to your costs. Upwards of 78% of the costs of building a fire pit are recouped when a home is sold. ROI can even reach in excess of 80% when you implement time- and cost-saving features in the creation process.
Make sure that as you build a fire pit, you create an actual structure for it. Just digging into the ground and calling that a fire pit is neither safe nor adequate. Build a stable structure away from other fixtures and in an open space.
Consider these points as you plan your next backyard project in advance of selling your home. Both an outdoor kitchen and a garden that’s easy to maintain and edit add a degree of beauty and comfort to your backyard that will make the space more desirable for potential buyers. Best of all, tackling these projects can be a genuinely enjoyable experience.
Kierland Market Update – September 2018
Simply put NOW is the time to sell if you live in the Kierland Area.
Prices are at an all time high, so call The Holm Group today at 480-206-4265.
- Currently there are 1567 single family homes available in Scottsdale through the MLS
- 7 UDC homes in Kierland is on the market and there are 8 condos for sale in Kierland Greens and Kierand Heritage
- Average days on market in Kierland is about 40 days on market with one home on the market for 120 days which was a condo in Kierland Greens
- The average price per square foot for a UDC Home that is on the MLS is $245 per sqft
- The highest recorded price for a UDC Home is $835k, the highest currently listed is $825k
With interest rates on the rise, as well as our prime buying season in full swing, now is the time make the move! Below are a few examples of homes that have sold and/or that are currently on the market. So far in September Kierland has: 1 MLS Listings has gone under contract and it was listed for an all time high of $774k for a two story home.
- 6639 E. Gelding Dr. 3391 sqft (Listed for $774k and is currently pending)
- 6502 E Gelding Dr 2883 sqft (Listed for $825k – An All Time High)
- 15240 N. Clubgate Dr. #165 2333 sqft (Listed for $579k and just reduced to $559k)
- 14847 N. 67th Place 1945 sqft (Listed for $545k and sold for 535k – Contract in 3 days)
- 6472 E. Gelding Dr 2944 sqft (Listed for $589k and sold for $757 – Closed in 60 days)
- 6437 E. Marilyn Rd 2769 sqft (Listed for $600k and sold for $590k)
- 6421 E Gelding Dr 2364 sqft (Listed for $499k and Sold for $495k)
For those of you who I have met while working in Kierland for the past seventeen years, I look forward to speaking with you again. For those of you who I haven’t met and/or we’re unable to stop by my latest listings over on: Gelding, Waltann, and LeMarche, here are some of the reasons to work with our team:
- Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is one of the largest real estate companies in the country with over 290,000 transactions in 2017 and $29 Billion in gross income.
- The Holm Group has the web covered with multiple top rated websites as well as exclusive relationships with: Google, Yahoo, Zillow, Trulia, Overstock.com real estate and HomeFinder.com
- The Holm Group has closed over $120 million in transactions and counting
- No other single agent represented more buyers/sellers in Kierland than I have!!
- If you are looking at doing any home improvements give me a call as I have access to a variety of qualified contractors that can assist you in achieving top dollar for your home.
I look forward to earning your business not only for today, but in the years to come. No gimmicks here, just trying to make it as easy and cost effective as possible for you to sell your home and for someone to purchase their next home in Kierland.
Representing more Buyers and Sellers in Kierland than any other agent, all I ask is for the opportunity to earn your business.
Please feel free to take a look at our Kierland Page which ranks number #1 in Google and Yahoo.
Andrew Holm, ABR – CDPE – EPro
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
The Holm Group
Office: 480-767-2738 Cell: 480-206-4265
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