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M E T R O FACTOIDS – DID YOU KNOW? 1. McCormick Ranch was land originally owned by Aetna – and when developed represented the largest planned community / subdivision in the world! 2. Durant’s Restaurant originally served vanilla custard as their only dessert choice (served in Dixie cups). 3. In Phoenix early days, the E/W streets were named after presidents, and the N/S streets had Indian names. Now the N/S streets are numbered. (Note: When looking for addresses, odd numbers are either on the south sides or the east sides of streets, depending on which way you are traveling, and even numbers are on the north sides or west sides of streets.) 4. An Ironwood Tree can live up to 800 years. 5. 14.4% of all mortgage loans in the United States are either in delinquency or foreclosure; Florida, California, Arizona and Nevada accounted for 43% of all foreclosure actions initiated in the United States. 6. In 1855 President Jefferson Davis dispatched Major Henry Wayne to Europe and the Middle East to learn about camels and purchase some for use in Arizona. Major Wayne returned home with 33 camels, which were used to create the U.S. Army Camel Corps. “Making it Happen” is more than just a tagline. Jan and Mary put those words into ACTION everyday! As Realtors with extensive expertise and experience, Jan and Mary know how to make real estate transactions smooth and successful for each and every client. Selling Valley homes since 1976, Jan and Mary not only have a clear understanding of how to navigate in today’s marketplace, they appreciate the unique needs and desires of their clients. Considering buying or selling? Might real estate be a component of your investment strategy? Put us to work for you … we provide a standard of care unsurpassed in the industry today.

Featured Listings

Lincoln Place • Scottsdale’s Best Kept Secret 7451 E. Cactus Wren Rd. 4,521 Sq. Ft. including 1,100 sq. ft. basement, 3 bedrooms + office + bonus room, 3.5 baths, 14’ ceilings, limestone floors, custom lighting, wrap-around library, hand-painted tile inserts, chef’s kitchen, custom lighting, custom cabinetry, oversized granite island. Audio Tour @ 1.800.478.9524 x 3611. MLS #4290291. Offered at $1,300,000

Paradise Valley • Up-Close & Personal Views of Camelback Mountain

It’s okay to be a “nosy neighbor”, check out homes for sale in your neighborhood using our mapping feature! Or call us to design a custom portal to fit your real estate needs.

The Metro Phoenix Housing Market Encouraging Facts & Figures

Economic Alphabet Soup

If you’re ready for Buyer and Seller representation with a standard of care unsurpassed in the industry today, give Jan and Mary a call!

Please visit our NEW website www.YouMakeItHome.net

P H O E N I X

What Will Be The Shape Of Our Recovery?

6215 N. 51st Pl. 3,083 Sq. Ft., 4 bedroom, 3 bath, nearly acre lot, updated kitchen/baths/flooring, paint and light fixtures. Total square footage includes casita. NOT A SHORT SALE! SELLERS WILL BRING NEEDED CASH TO CLOSE. Sold “As-Is.” Audio Tour @ 1.800.478.9524 x 4111. MLS #4121703. Offered at $950,000

Scottsdale’s Santa Fe at McCormick Ranch

MARY SWENSON

ABR, CRS, e-PRO Board Member & Co-Chair, Luxury Home Tour Past Chair, Premier Marketing Group

602.708.2700

Mary@YouMakeItHome.net

JAN ROSS

Associate Broker, ABR, CRS, GRI Board Member & Past Chair, Luxury Home Tour

602.228.8821

Jan@YouMakeItHome.net

If your home is currently listed, this is not a solicitation for that listing.

8117 E. Via de Viva Remodeled top to bottom: Updated kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances, granite, breakfast bar and open dining/great room. Private patio with southern exposure and access from living, dining & master BR areas, with private gate to the greenbelt. Guest BR and master BR are separate with a small, but very functional office space. Updates include designer paint, lighting and plumbing fixtures, new bath accents & 18’’ Travertine flooring. This is truly a turn-key home with furnishings available by separate Bill of Sale. Audio Tour @ 1.800.478.9524 x 3311. MLS#4313763. Offered at $549,000

Produced by Desert Lifestyle Publishing • 480.460.0996 • www.DesertLifestyle.net

Eight National Economic Forecasts


R E S I D E N T I A L R E A L E S TAT E What has 2010 brought us in the Greater Phoenix local housing market? Good news! While unemployment and distressed properties may still plague our area, the residential housing market has been picking up steam and is going strong!

G E N E R A L E C O N O M I C S N A P S H OT The last couple of years have been a rough ride for many Americans. Caught in the throes of a debilitating recession, households across the nation have been struggling with job losses, lower incomes and for many, the loss of their family home to foreclosure. 2010 brings not only a new year, but a new decade. It’s a welcome harbinger of change in which many Americans rest their hopes for a fresh start and a better economic environment. Indeed, the economy appears to be improving. WELCOME SIGNS OF A RECOVERY Most measures of economic activity have moved upward. Pending home sales saw year-over-year gains in every region of the US. Gross domestic product has turned positive after four quarters of decline. Consumer spending is rising. Industrial production and manufacturing activity are posting gains. Construction expenditure is finally increasing. The labor market shows signs of stabilization and the stock market has made significant strides over the past several months. Housing Sales of existing homes have shown encouraging growth throughout most of 2009 and into 2010. Low interest rates coupled with high affordability have aided the surge in home buying. The government’s First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit has played a large role in the housing market’s success. Near the end of 2009, the up to $8,000 tax credit for first-time buyers was extended into 2010 and an up to $6,500 provision for move-up buyers was added. Home buyers have jumped at the opportunity and some political insiders suggest that the Obama administration will extend the tax credits once again in mid-2010. Labor Market The economy has lost 7.3 million jobs since the recession began in December 2007. With an unemployment rate over 10%, there is no doubt that the end of the recession hinges upon this critical indicator. While unemployment figures aren’t expected to decrease dramatically, the number of jobs lost and planned layoffs have begun to stabilize. Steven Wood, chief economist at Insight Economics said, “The magnitude of job losses has progressively diminished over the past eight months. If this trend were to continue, the job losses would end sometime early in 2010.”

Stock Market Since the crash and panic of late 2008 and early 2009, the stock market has shown encouraging growth. While the Dow Jones gained an impressive 20% in 2009 (the best annual gain since 2003), the bigger news is the 60% increase since its March 2009 bear-market low. Americans have breathed a collective sigh of relief as retirement funds and investment portfolios have recovered some of those severe losses. REASONS FOR CAUTION While we’re seeing healthy signs of life in our economy, there are still many factors at play that bear caution. At the heart of it all lies employment. While the amount of job losses has slowed, we still cannot expect to have a “normal” economy when so many Americans are out of work. While the residential housing market has shown vast improvements, the commercial sector is experiencing continued trouble. Vacancies are well above historical averages, demand for commercial properties is down, credit conditions are tight and the amount of distressed properties continues to grow. The low mortgage interest rates we’ve seen may soon come to an end. Rates have been held down due to the purchase of mortgage-backed securities by the Federal Reserve. But the scheduled end of the Fed’s intervention in early 2010 will likely push rates up closer to 6% by the end of the year. Given that the projected level of 6% is still an extremely attractive rate, it doesn’t appear that potential home buyers will be dissuaded in making a property purchase. A “shadow inventory” of homes on the verge of foreclosure has some economists worried that our housing market may lose many of the gains it’s seen in recent months. According to First American CoreLogic, a real estate research firm, approximately 1.7 million homes are currently distressed and could hold down real estate values for the next several years. The good news is that many homeowners are now avoiding foreclosure through loan modifications and short sales. Further, First American CoreLogic estimates that nearly 30% of those 1.7 million distressed homes are actually already on the market. So while it appears that there are several factors that could impede a complete economic recovery in 2010, the fact is that the US is in a better position today than in 2008 or 2009. We’ll take it!

National Economic Forecasts

A BANNER YEAR FOR SALES 2009 turned out to be the third best year on record for overall sales. Approximately 93,000 properties closed escrow. That degree of volume only lags behind our “boom years” of 2004 and 2005. It was a huge increase over 2008 – about 55% higher than the 60,000+ properties that sold that year. Inventory levels have dropped significantly over the last year. At the end of 2009, the overall supply of homes was about 3.5 months, compared to 8.75 months at the end of 2008. The overwhelming majority of those sales have been in the lower price points, namely $400,000 and under where there are multiple offers, bidding wars and final sales prices often coming in higher than list price. (See chart: Sales by Price Range.) HOME VALUES STABILIZING The increase in sales volume has created a

Single-Family Homes | Metro Phoenix

ENERGY Crude averaging $75 a barrel in ‘10

RETAIL SALES A tepid 3% increase in ‘10 Source: kiplingerbiz.com

A BUYER’S PARADISE The current combination of affordable prices, low mortgage rates and the government home-buyer

2009 Maricopa County

Median Sales Price Number of Sales January...................................$130,000................................4,234 February..................................$127,780................................4,848 March......................................$120,000................................6,832 April........................................$117,500................................7,604 Under $400K • 93.7% May.........................................$121,500................................8,172 $400K - $1M • 5.3% $1M - $2M • .7% June........................................$130,000................................8,178 July.........................................$130,000................................7,887 $2M+ • .2% August....................................$130,000................................6,943 September..............................$135,527................................6,790 October...................................$134,900................................6,936 November...............................$136,000................................6,439 December...............................$134,900................................5,971

INTEREST RATES Prime at 3.25% to mid-’10 10-Year T-notes rising to 4%

UNEMPLOYMENT Peaking around 10.5% in early ‘10 Net yearly gain of 1 million jobs in ‘10

THE LUXURY MARKET While the overall housing market is recovering nicely, the luxury market is lagging. One of the biggest impediments to recovery is the lack of jumbo loan financing. Banks have been very limited in loan offerings at this price range and it’s continuing to affect price stability. It’s estimated that the luxury housing market will still see some price declines in early 2010 with a possible stabilization my mid-year. Already the environment is healthier. The Scottsdale $1M+ market now shows about a 24-month supply, down from a 60-month supply at the beginning of 2009. Paradise Valley has improved from a 28-month supply to just under a 13-month supply in that same time frame.

2009 SALES STATISTICS

TRADE DEFICIT Expanding to $530 billion in ‘10

HOUSING SALES 2009 was the bottom of the market

DISTRESSED PROPERTIES Homes fallen to foreclosure and pre-foreclosure short sales have been a sizeable portion of our local housing landscape. While these lender-owned and distressed sales have dragged down home values, the good news is that they are being snatched up by a hungry home-buying public. In fact, lender-owned homes made up the majority of sales in 2009. (See charts: Sales by Property Type.) By year end, short

sales had increased 2.5 times from year end 2008 and because banks are making the short sale process even easier, we can expect to see many more successful short sales in 2010. That bodes well on home values as the price per square foot for foreclosure sales tend to be lower than for a short sale.

SALES BY PRICE RANGE

GDP About 3% growth in ‘10

INFLATION About 2% in ‘10 after 2.5% in ‘09

stabilization and improvement in pricing. Home values hit a bottom-low in April of 2009 but have rallied strongly with a year-end 14.8% increase. (See chart: 2009 Sales Statistics.) According to The Cromford Report, a local real estate research firm, lender-owned sales hit their price bottom in late April 2009 and have been rising since; non-distressed “normal” sales hit their price bottom in mid-November 2009; and short sale prices are expected to have hit bottom in late 2009 or early 2010. Annual appreciation has risen to -6% from a record low of -44.5% in April 2009. The Cromford Report estimates that if pricing stays at its current level or better, the annual appreciation will turn positive in the first quarter of 2010.

Under $400K • 93.7% $400K - $1M • 5.3% $1M - $2M • .7% $2M+ • .2%

Source: ARMLS. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Data maintained by ARMLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

Source: ARMLS. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Data maintained by ARMLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

2009

SALES BY PROPERTY TYPE Single-Family 2009 Homes _______ Metro Phoenix

2008

2008

2007

2007

“Normal” Non-Distressed • 28%

“Normal” Non-Distressed • 51%

“Normal” Non-Distressed • 95%

Short Sales • 15%

Short Sales • 6%

Short Sales • 4%

Lender-Owned • 57%

Lender-Owned • 43%

Lender-Owned • 1%

Source: The Cromford Report. All residential single-family dwelling types recognized by ARMLS are included. For-sale-by-owner, auctions and other non-MLS transactions are not included. Land, commercial units and multiple dwelling units are also excluded.

“Normal” Non-Distressed • 28%

“Normal” Non-Distressed • 51%

“Normal” Non-Distressed • 95%

tax credits has created an exceptionally attractive environment for buyers. Fannie Mae’s 2010 forecast suggests that sales of existing homes should jump by another 10% with sales of new homes increasing by 26%. Dr. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors says that sometime in the first half of 2010, the housing market should reach a “self-sustaining” point where prices are moving up moderately, and that buyer demand will remain strong. According to a Barclays global survey, investors are planning to put more into real estate than what they plan to invest in stocks and bonds. Twice as many people with at least $800,000 to invest plan to increase their purchasing of real estate than those that plan to reduce it. Barclays’ survey predicts that real estate investment will rise to an average of 30% of these investors’ portfolios. And why not? Investors are seeing better rates of return on purchases in 2009 and 2010 than any year since prior to 2000. Further, real estate has outperformed the DOW, S&P 500 and NASDAQ since 1990, even after the price adjustments we’ve experienced. Bottom line? Buy now!

RECOVERY BY THE LETTER The worst of The Great Recession appears to be behind us. The question now is what type of recovery can we expect? Often, economic recoveries mimic the shape of letters. Here are four possible scenarios we may see:

U: The U-shape illustrates a bottoming out and a recovery that bumps along the floor for a while before the economy starts its upward climb again: A slow but steady recovery. V: Here we see the lowest point followed by an immediate, robust recovery. Perhaps already unlikely given the indicators showing continuing economic troubles. W: The W-shape would show a sharp decline followed by an immediate, strong recovery only to have the economy falter once again before finally normalizing. Many fear this “double-dip” recession scenario should there be a stock-market crash or a terrorist event. L: This shape shows a flat economy after the bottoming out, never really recovering to the previous levels.


R E S I D E N T I A L R E A L E S TAT E What has 2010 brought us in the Greater Phoenix local housing market? Good news! While unemployment and distressed properties may still plague our area, the residential housing market has been picking up steam and is going strong!

G E N E R A L E C O N O M I C S N A P S H OT The last couple of years have been a rough ride for many Americans. Caught in the throes of a debilitating recession, households across the nation have been struggling with job losses, lower incomes and for many, the loss of their family home to foreclosure. 2010 brings not only a new year, but a new decade. It’s a welcome harbinger of change in which many Americans rest their hopes for a fresh start and a better economic environment. Indeed, the economy appears to be improving. WELCOME SIGNS OF A RECOVERY Most measures of economic activity have moved upward. Pending home sales saw year-over-year gains in every region of the US. Gross domestic product has turned positive after four quarters of decline. Consumer spending is rising. Industrial production and manufacturing activity are posting gains. Construction expenditure is finally increasing. The labor market shows signs of stabilization and the stock market has made significant strides over the past several months. Housing Sales of existing homes have shown encouraging growth throughout most of 2009 and into 2010. Low interest rates coupled with high affordability have aided the surge in home buying. The government’s First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit has played a large role in the housing market’s success. Near the end of 2009, the up to $8,000 tax credit for first-time buyers was extended into 2010 and an up to $6,500 provision for move-up buyers was added. Home buyers have jumped at the opportunity and some political insiders suggest that the Obama administration will extend the tax credits once again in mid-2010. Labor Market The economy has lost 7.3 million jobs since the recession began in December 2007. With an unemployment rate over 10%, there is no doubt that the end of the recession hinges upon this critical indicator. While unemployment figures aren’t expected to decrease dramatically, the number of jobs lost and planned layoffs have begun to stabilize. Steven Wood, chief economist at Insight Economics said, “The magnitude of job losses has progressively diminished over the past eight months. If this trend were to continue, the job losses would end sometime early in 2010.”

Stock Market Since the crash and panic of late 2008 and early 2009, the stock market has shown encouraging growth. While the Dow Jones gained an impressive 20% in 2009 (the best annual gain since 2003), the bigger news is the 60% increase since its March 2009 bear-market low. Americans have breathed a collective sigh of relief as retirement funds and investment portfolios have recovered some of those severe losses. REASONS FOR CAUTION While we’re seeing healthy signs of life in our economy, there are still many factors at play that bear caution. At the heart of it all lies employment. While the amount of job losses has slowed, we still cannot expect to have a “normal” economy when so many Americans are out of work. While the residential housing market has shown vast improvements, the commercial sector is experiencing continued trouble. Vacancies are well above historical averages, demand for commercial properties is down, credit conditions are tight and the amount of distressed properties continues to grow. The low mortgage interest rates we’ve seen may soon come to an end. Rates have been held down due to the purchase of mortgage-backed securities by the Federal Reserve. But the scheduled end of the Fed’s intervention in early 2010 will likely push rates up closer to 6% by the end of the year. Given that the projected level of 6% is still an extremely attractive rate, it doesn’t appear that potential home buyers will be dissuaded in making a property purchase. A “shadow inventory” of homes on the verge of foreclosure has some economists worried that our housing market may lose many of the gains it’s seen in recent months. According to First American CoreLogic, a real estate research firm, approximately 1.7 million homes are currently distressed and could hold down real estate values for the next several years. The good news is that many homeowners are now avoiding foreclosure through loan modifications and short sales. Further, First American CoreLogic estimates that nearly 30% of those 1.7 million distressed homes are actually already on the market. So while it appears that there are several factors that could impede a complete economic recovery in 2010, the fact is that the US is in a better position today than in 2008 or 2009. We’ll take it!

National Economic Forecasts

A BANNER YEAR FOR SALES 2009 turned out to be the third best year on record for overall sales. Approximately 93,000 properties closed escrow. That degree of volume only lags behind our “boom years” of 2004 and 2005. It was a huge increase over 2008 – about 55% higher than the 60,000+ properties that sold that year. Inventory levels have dropped significantly over the last year. At the end of 2009, the overall supply of homes was about 3.5 months, compared to 8.75 months at the end of 2008. The overwhelming majority of those sales have been in the lower price points, namely $400,000 and under where there are multiple offers, bidding wars and final sales prices often coming in higher than list price. (See chart: Sales by Price Range.) HOME VALUES STABILIZING The increase in sales volume has created a

Single-Family Homes | Metro Phoenix

ENERGY Crude averaging $75 a barrel in ‘10

RETAIL SALES A tepid 3% increase in ‘10 Source: kiplingerbiz.com

A BUYER’S PARADISE The current combination of affordable prices, low mortgage rates and the government home-buyer

2009 Maricopa County

Median Sales Price Number of Sales January...................................$130,000................................4,234 February..................................$127,780................................4,848 March......................................$120,000................................6,832 April........................................$117,500................................7,604 Under $400K • 93.7% May.........................................$121,500................................8,172 $400K - $1M • 5.3% $1M - $2M • .7% June........................................$130,000................................8,178 July.........................................$130,000................................7,887 $2M+ • .2% August....................................$130,000................................6,943 September..............................$135,527................................6,790 October...................................$134,900................................6,936 November...............................$136,000................................6,439 December...............................$134,900................................5,971

INTEREST RATES Prime at 3.25% to mid-’10 10-Year T-notes rising to 4%

UNEMPLOYMENT Peaking around 10.5% in early ‘10 Net yearly gain of 1 million jobs in ‘10

THE LUXURY MARKET While the overall housing market is recovering nicely, the luxury market is lagging. One of the biggest impediments to recovery is the lack of jumbo loan financing. Banks have been very limited in loan offerings at this price range and it’s continuing to affect price stability. It’s estimated that the luxury housing market will still see some price declines in early 2010 with a possible stabilization my mid-year. Already the environment is healthier. The Scottsdale $1M+ market now shows about a 24-month supply, down from a 60-month supply at the beginning of 2009. Paradise Valley has improved from a 28-month supply to just under a 13-month supply in that same time frame.

2009 SALES STATISTICS

TRADE DEFICIT Expanding to $530 billion in ‘10

HOUSING SALES 2009 was the bottom of the market

DISTRESSED PROPERTIES Homes fallen to foreclosure and pre-foreclosure short sales have been a sizeable portion of our local housing landscape. While these lender-owned and distressed sales have dragged down home values, the good news is that they are being snatched up by a hungry home-buying public. In fact, lender-owned homes made up the majority of sales in 2009. (See charts: Sales by Property Type.) By year end, short

sales had increased 2.5 times from year end 2008 and because banks are making the short sale process even easier, we can expect to see many more successful short sales in 2010. That bodes well on home values as the price per square foot for foreclosure sales tend to be lower than for a short sale.

SALES BY PRICE RANGE

GDP About 3% growth in ‘10

INFLATION About 2% in ‘10 after 2.5% in ‘09

stabilization and improvement in pricing. Home values hit a bottom-low in April of 2009 but have rallied strongly with a year-end 14.8% increase. (See chart: 2009 Sales Statistics.) According to The Cromford Report, a local real estate research firm, lender-owned sales hit their price bottom in late April 2009 and have been rising since; non-distressed “normal” sales hit their price bottom in mid-November 2009; and short sale prices are expected to have hit bottom in late 2009 or early 2010. Annual appreciation has risen to -6% from a record low of -44.5% in April 2009. The Cromford Report estimates that if pricing stays at its current level or better, the annual appreciation will turn positive in the first quarter of 2010.

Under $400K • 93.7% $400K - $1M • 5.3% $1M - $2M • .7% $2M+ • .2%

Source: ARMLS. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Data maintained by ARMLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

Source: ARMLS. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Data maintained by ARMLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

2009

SALES BY PROPERTY TYPE Single-Family 2009 Homes _______ Metro Phoenix

2008

2008

2007

2007

“Normal” Non-Distressed • 28%

“Normal” Non-Distressed • 51%

“Normal” Non-Distressed • 95%

Short Sales • 15%

Short Sales • 6%

Short Sales • 4%

Lender-Owned • 57%

Lender-Owned • 43%

Lender-Owned • 1%

Source: The Cromford Report. All residential single-family dwelling types recognized by ARMLS are included. For-sale-by-owner, auctions and other non-MLS transactions are not included. Land, commercial units and multiple dwelling units are also excluded.

“Normal” Non-Distressed • 28%

“Normal” Non-Distressed • 51%

“Normal” Non-Distressed • 95%

tax credits has created an exceptionally attractive environment for buyers. Fannie Mae’s 2010 forecast suggests that sales of existing homes should jump by another 10% with sales of new homes increasing by 26%. Dr. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors says that sometime in the first half of 2010, the housing market should reach a “self-sustaining” point where prices are moving up moderately, and that buyer demand will remain strong. According to a Barclays global survey, investors are planning to put more into real estate than what they plan to invest in stocks and bonds. Twice as many people with at least $800,000 to invest plan to increase their purchasing of real estate than those that plan to reduce it. Barclays’ survey predicts that real estate investment will rise to an average of 30% of these investors’ portfolios. And why not? Investors are seeing better rates of return on purchases in 2009 and 2010 than any year since prior to 2000. Further, real estate has outperformed the DOW, S&P 500 and NASDAQ since 1990, even after the price adjustments we’ve experienced. Bottom line? Buy now!

RECOVERY BY THE LETTER The worst of The Great Recession appears to be behind us. The question now is what type of recovery can we expect? Often, economic recoveries mimic the shape of letters. Here are four possible scenarios we may see:

U: The U-shape illustrates a bottoming out and a recovery that bumps along the floor for a while before the economy starts its upward climb again: A slow but steady recovery. V: Here we see the lowest point followed by an immediate, robust recovery. Perhaps already unlikely given the indicators showing continuing economic troubles. W: The W-shape would show a sharp decline followed by an immediate, strong recovery only to have the economy falter once again before finally normalizing. Many fear this “double-dip” recession scenario should there be a stock-market crash or a terrorist event. L: This shape shows a flat economy after the bottoming out, never really recovering to the previous levels.


M E T R O FACTOIDS – DID YOU KNOW? 1. McCormick Ranch was land originally owned by Aetna – and when developed represented the largest planned community / subdivision in the world! 2. Durant’s Restaurant originally served vanilla custard as their only dessert choice (served in Dixie cups). 3. In Phoenix early days, the E/W streets were named after presidents, and the N/S streets had Indian names. Now the N/S streets are numbered. (Note: When looking for addresses, odd numbers are either on the south sides or the east sides of streets, depending on which way you are traveling, and even numbers are on the north sides or west sides of streets.) 4. An Ironwood Tree can live up to 800 years. 5. 14.4% of all mortgage loans in the United States are either in delinquency or foreclosure; Florida, California, Arizona and Nevada accounted for 43% of all foreclosure actions initiated in the United States. 6. In 1855 President Jefferson Davis dispatched Major Henry Wayne to Europe and the Middle East to learn about camels and purchase some for use in Arizona. Major Wayne returned home with 33 camels, which were used to create the U.S. Army Camel Corps. “Making it Happen” is more than just a tagline. Jan and Mary put those words into ACTION everyday! As Realtors with extensive expertise and experience, Jan and Mary know how to make real estate transactions smooth and successful for each and every client. Selling Valley homes since 1976, Jan and Mary not only have a clear understanding of how to navigate in today’s marketplace, they appreciate the unique needs and desires of their clients. Considering buying or selling? Might real estate be a component of your investment strategy? Put us to work for you … we provide a standard of care unsurpassed in the industry today.

Featured Listings

Lincoln Place • Scottsdale’s Best Kept Secret 7451 E. Cactus Wren Rd. 4,521 Sq. Ft. including 1,100 sq. ft. basement, 3 bedrooms + office + bonus room, 3.5 baths, 14’ ceilings, limestone floors, custom lighting, wrap-around library, hand-painted tile inserts, chef’s kitchen, custom lighting, custom cabinetry, oversized granite island. Audio Tour @ 1.800.478.9524 x 3611. MLS #4290291. Offered at $1,300,000

Paradise Valley • Up-Close & Personal Views of Camelback Mountain

It’s okay to be a “nosy neighbor”, check out homes for sale in your neighborhood using our mapping feature! Or call us to design a custom portal to fit your real estate needs.

The Metro Phoenix Housing Market Encouraging Facts & Figures

Economic Alphabet Soup

If you’re ready for Buyer and Seller representation with a standard of care unsurpassed in the industry today, give Jan and Mary a call!

Please visit our NEW website www.YouMakeItHome.net

P H O E N I X

What Will Be The Shape Of Our Recovery?

6215 N. 51st Pl. 3,083 Sq. Ft., 4 bedroom, 3 bath, nearly acre lot, updated kitchen/baths/flooring, paint and light fixtures. Total square footage includes casita. NOT A SHORT SALE! SELLERS WILL BRING NEEDED CASH TO CLOSE. Sold “As-Is.” Audio Tour @ 1.800.478.9524 x 4111. MLS #4121703. Offered at $950,000

Scottsdale’s Santa Fe at McCormick Ranch

MARY SWENSON

ABR, CRS, e-PRO Board Member & Co-Chair, Luxury Home Tour Past Chair, Premier Marketing Group

602.708.2700

Mary@YouMakeItHome.net

JAN ROSS

Associate Broker, ABR, CRS, GRI Board Member & Past Chair, Luxury Home Tour

602.228.8821

Jan@YouMakeItHome.net

If your home is currently listed, this is not a solicitation for that listing.

8117 E. Via de Viva Remodeled top to bottom: Updated kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances, granite, breakfast bar and open dining/great room. Private patio with southern exposure and access from living, dining & master BR areas, with private gate to the greenbelt. Guest BR and master BR are separate with a small, but very functional office space. Updates include designer paint, lighting and plumbing fixtures, new bath accents & 18’’ Travertine flooring. This is truly a turn-key home with furnishings available by separate Bill of Sale. Audio Tour @ 1.800.478.9524 x 3311. MLS#4313763. Offered at $549,000

Produced by Desert Lifestyle Publishing • 480.460.0996 • www.DesertLifestyle.net

Eight National Economic Forecasts


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