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HELP! There is a lack of inventory in Rio Verde Foothills. I have qualified buyers waiting to purchase homes and land in the area. If you’ve been thinking about putting your property on the market, please give me a call for a complimentary Market Analysis.

Bonnie Burke, PC • RE/MAX Excalibur 8510 E. Shea Blvd. #100 Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Rio Verde Foothills September | October 2012

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Rio Verde Real Estate Recap HOMES - Currently, there are 42 active homes on the market and 30 homes under contract. LAND - Currently, there are 58 active lots on the market and 4 lots under contract. (I have taken out the lots in Vista Verde, which were previously counted.)

Rio Verde Land The following lots have closed since last publication: 30000 N. 168th St.

1.25 acres

$15,500

302XX N. 164th St.

1.00 acre

$18,500

17XXX E. Cavedale

1.00 acre

$25,000

16828 N. Rancho Laredo

1.09 acres

$26,000

XXX E. Lone Tree

1.00 acre

$29,500

14043 E. Sagebrush

1.00 acre

$29,900

333XX N. 138th St.

1.53 acres

$30,000

16632 E. Horned Owl

1.14 acres

$30,000

15130 E. Monument

1.31 acres

$45,000

15430 E. Cavedale

1.00 acre

$45,000

30360 N. 164th St.

1.15 acres

$47,000

14200 E. Desert Vista Tr

1.01 acres

$53,000

31600 N. 140th St.

5.00 acres

$150,000

174XX N. 174th St.

7.13 acres

$155,000

141 N. Carefree Hwy

10.00 acres

$190,000

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29714 N. 152nd Way (MLS 4747274) 5 Bed / 3.5 Bath / 4,273 Sq. Ft./ 4 car garage 1.06 Acres / JUST REDUCED! $534,500 TRADITIONAL SALE – NO WAITING! With its huge master suite and guest bedroom with separate entry and bath, this Tuscan-style home has so much to offer. Enter through a towering portico with custom, iron gates that open onto a private sitting area. Beyond is a large enclosed courtyard with plenty of room for a water feature. Formal dining area and living room have classy cherry-wood floors, coffered ceiling, and fireplace. Den/Family Room with built in surround sound and granite top pass through to a Gourmet Kitchen that is a cooks dream. GE Profile appliances, granite counters, large island with veggie sink, plenty of cabinets, and a generous breakfast nook with mountain views. Luxurious master suite has a fireplace, its own washer/dryer closet, and his and her walk-in-closets. Master Bath has jetted soaking tub and a shower with double shower heads. Huge back veranda and observation deck offer expansive views to Four Peaks and the Superstitions. Four car garage with lots of space for storage. House sits on a desert landscaped acre with plenty of room for a pool and spa.

Address Sq. Ft. / Bed / Bath / Acre Days On Market ACTIVE SINCE LAST PUBLICATION: 29610 N 145th Pl 2,100 / 4 / 2.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 15 13932 E Windstone Trl 2,179 / 3 / 2 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 29 26807 N 160th St 3,104 / 4 / 3.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 19 13633 E Montgomery Rd 3,743 / 6 / 4 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 17 30307 N 162nd Way 3,356 / 5 / 4 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 18 29122 N 149th St 2,600 / 5 / 3.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 63 30403 N 170th St 3,519 / 4 / 3.5 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 39 16127 E Bobwhite Way 3,307 / 5 / 4 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 20 28207 N 154th St 3,250 / 3 / 2.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 31 16506 E Desert Vista Trl 4,269 / 6 / 4.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 19 14434 E Monument Dr 2,901 / 4 / 2.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 8 27127 N 137th St 2,765 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 6 14906 E Chaparosa Way 4,493 / 3 / 3.5 / 5 - 9.9 Acres 22 13739 E Monument Dr 3,204 / 4 / 3.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 15 17039 E Montgomery Rd 985 / 0 / 1 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 24 PENDING SALES SINCE LAST PUBLICATION: 17421 E Quail Track Rd 2,971 / 3 / 2 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 98 14226 E Melanie Dr 2,037 / 3 / 2 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 69 34011 N 139th Way 2,292 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 42 31515 N 160th St 2,381 / 3 / 2 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 53 14610 E Peak View Rd 2,650 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 61 14905 E Morning Vista Ln 3,187 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 88 16831 E Via Dona Rd 3,045 / 5 / 3 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 55 13941 E Quail Track Rd 2,499 / 4 / 2 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 39 31604 N 144th St 2,371 / 3 / 2 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 34 13941 E Rancho Del Oro Dr 3,023 / 3 / 2 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 103 15413 E Lomas Verde Ln 2,684 / 3 / 2.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 112 13825 E Villa Cassandra Dr 3,818 / 5 / 3.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 425 27828 N 143rd St 6,400 /4 / 4.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 369 34008 N 141st Pl 3,024 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 35 14015 E Desert Vista Trl 3,583 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 7 29208 N 148th St 2,750 / 4 / 2 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 225 27219 N 163rd St 3,499 / 4 / 3 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 4 SOLD SINCE LAST PUBLICATION: DOM List Price 29810 N 163 St 1,344 / 3 / 1.75 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 30 $138,000 27206 N 176th St 2,837 / 4 / 2 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 163 $254,900 14325 E Cavedale Dr 2,080 / 3 / 2 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 85 $270,000 14723 E Mark Ln 2,656 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 62 $300,000 30023 N 160th St 3,229 / 5 / 3 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 212 $330,648 28404 N 148th St 2,622 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 151 $354,995 31707 N 142nd St 3,372 / 4 / 3 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 10 $357,000 32912 N 144 St 2,772 / 4 / 2 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 10 $380,000 16705 E Calle De Las Estrellas Rd 4,016 / 5 / 4 / 5 - 9.9 Acres 508 $399,000 14612 E Desert Vista Trl 2,130 / 3 / 2 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 108 $398,000 30507 N 164 St 4,315 / 4 / 3.5 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 38 $381,900 14843 E Roy Rogers Rd 2,780 / 4 / 2.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 108 $399,900 29521 N 145th Pl 2,360 / 3 / 2.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 21 $419,000 28813 N 152nd St 2,608 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 9 $425,000 29618 N 144th Way 4,249 / 5 / 4 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 84 $489,000 30634 N 152nd St 3,392 / 4 / 4 / 5 - 9.9 Acres 97 $499,000 33314 N 142nd Way 3,623 / 4 / 3.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 69 $469,900 27107 N 141st Pl 3,136 / 4 / 2.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 4 $559,000 27505 N 130th Pl 4,095 / 3 / 4.5 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 26 $619,900 27627 N 168th St 3,410 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 214 $699,000 13857 E Hawknest Rd 5,980 / 4 / 4.5 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 161 $900,000

List Price $315,000 $415,000 $419,900 $450,000 $479,000 $499,000 $499,900 $525,000 $539,000 $549,000 $550,000 $599,900 $998,000 $620,000 $669,900 $275,000 $295,000 $300,000 $335,000 $335,000 $340,000 $385,000 $379,000 $397,500 $400,000 $440,000 $444,900 $475,000 $499,000 $500,000 $525,000 $525,000 Sold Price $122,000 $205,000 $280,000 $295,000 $330,000 $335,000 $345,000 $350,000 $350,000 $365,000 $385,000 $387,500 $406,000 $425,000 $475,000 $480,000 $494,131 $520,000 $550,000 $650,000 $855,000

All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. The properties on this list have been listed/sold by various participants in the MLS. If your home is currently listed, this is not a solicitation for that listing.

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SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2012 Gentlemen’s Lunch Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Sept. 21st 602.263.3589 | WomenOfScottsdale.org The Women of Scottsdale networking group invites you to their annual Gentlemen’s Lunch. The organization endeavors to promote professional women who desire to be successful and connect with the community. Members and guests are encouraged to bring a gentleman who loves, inspires or supports them.

JAPANESE MISOYAKI BUTTERFISH WITH SIZZLING SOY VINAIGRETTE INGREDIENTS: 4 pieces of black cod, 7 oz. each 1 qt. misoyaki marinade (see recipe below) 16 oz. sizzling soy vinaigrette (see recipe below) Misoyaki Marinade: 3 cups sake 3 cups mirin (sweet rice wine) 8 oz. Shiro Miso (white miso) 8 oz. white sugar Sizzling Soy Vinaigrette: 1 red bell pepper, diced very small 1 yellow bell pepper, diced very small 1 green bell pepper, diced very small 1 bunch green onion, finely chopped 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped 2 oz. daikon root, grated 2 oz. Maui onion, grated 1 oz. ginger, minced 1/2 cup peanut oil 1 cup soy sauce 2 oz. rice wine vinegar 2 lemons, juice salt & pepper to taste PROCEDURE: To make the misoyaki marinade, bring sake and mirin to a boil for 5 minutes. Reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Whisk in remaining ingredients until well incorporated. Simmer on low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool. Generously marinate black cod in misoyaki marinade for 24 hours. To make the sizzling soy vinaigrette, heat the peanut oil in a pan until it reaches a smoke point. Place the bell peppers, onions, daikon, and ginger in a mixing bowl. Ladle hot oil over the vegetable mixture in 2 oz. increments. Whisk in rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, and lemon juice. Set aside. In a cast iron pan, sear fish over medium heat until golden brown (about 3 minutes per side). Transfer cooked fish to serving plates. Ladle sizzling soy vinaigrette over fish. Serves 4

As the temperature begins to dip a bit, why not consider tweaking your home décor to be in sync with the seasons? Especially at this time of year—and again in springtime— something inside us yearns for change as we find comfort in embracing the weather changes and traditions that harken in a new season. Surrounding ourselves with fresh items that reflect the ever-changing elements of the seasons promotes a feeling of progress and comfort which can be uplifting and inspiring to the soul. Changing your surroundings to mirror the seasons can also be good for you, as studies have shown that one’s environment directly influences one’s mood and productivity. Welcoming in a new season with décor changes to your home can do wonders for your creativity and inspiration, as the human psyche is directly affected by nature and the elements. How to get started? In the spring, we’re inspired with growth and renewal and can reflect this in our home by lightening up our interiors, making rooms airier and open as the heat outside intensifies. This could mean simply altering your furniture arrangement to improve traffic and air flow. Reducing clutter will also help create a clean, spring vibe conducive to relaxing in the summertime. In the fall, we tend to want to make our spaces cozier, textural and den-like. Try creating an intimate reading or conversation nook in the fall and winter to encourage cuddling up with a blanket and a mug of coffee to be a daily indulgence. A dramatic change can be felt by simply changing out linens, curtains, and throw

pillows. Think breezy and light window treatments and bare floors in the spring and more dramatic, heavier curtains and plush area rugs in the fall to give your space seasonal appeal. Add comfy throws and decorative accent pillows which can be eliminated or transformed with different pillow cases in the spring. Your room’s color scheme can also give your home a seasonal lift. This can be done easily by changing out lighter accent colors in the spring and summer (whites, blues, lavenders and yellows) with darker, warmer colors (reds, oranges, browns and greens) that echo the changing hues outside. A room’s accessories can also add much to a seasonal interior design scheme, with the backdrop remaining consistent all year long. For warmer months, add seashells, nautical and beachthemed items, colorful floral arrangements and wicker and glass elements which all lend a relaxed summery feel. In the fall, replace these accents with heavy wood frames, stoneware, and fall-inspired florals to help your interior space reflect the natural passage of time. Finally, don’t forget the importance of smell. Think all-natural, light floral and citrus candle scents in the spring and summer and fragrant, spicy smells in fall and winter to give your home a true seasonal feel. These small details and minor tweaks give your home meaning and individuality and allow you to feel a part of nature’s cycle. And, as a bonus, these simple changes to your environment may also help boost your mood throughout the year as you turn back the pages of your calendar.

Most buyers will have an inspection on the property that they plan to purchase. Typical inspections include a general home inspection, pool inspection and other more specific inspections depending on the situation. For example, homes with a stucco exterior may require a stucco inspection to ensure the quality and condition of the stucco. Roof inspections are also common especially when the general inspector has raised a concern about the condition of the roof. Buyers can request that everything, nothing, or a list of specific items that were found in the inspection be fixed. The seller, along with their real estate agent, should assess the situation and determine what they are willing to repair.

be inferior electrical wiring that could cause a fire. • Has building code changed such that the item needs to be brought up to current standards? • Is the item cosmetic in nature? Sellers are not usually responsible for cosmetic items. An example may be a crack in the stone NAVIGA flooring. As long as the crack does not indicate a structural issue or a safety concern, the seller can opt to not repair this item. How should the repairs be made? Many sellers want to do the repairs themselves or get their brother-in-law who is “handy” to fix the requested items. Instead, sellers should have

Things to consider are: • Does the item needing repair cause a safety concern? It behooves the seller to fix any safety-related issues so that they are not liable post sale for a safety problem. An example may

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Cozy Up Your Casa For Fall & Winter Transform your abode with these easy changes for a perfect fall feel. • Add faux-fur pillows and blankets to seating areas. • Rearrange furnishings to set the scene for snuggling by the fireside. • Replace clear glass vases, pitchers, and accessories with heavier, more substantial materials such as wood, leather and wrought iron. Update your tableware and tablecloths to darker, more dramatic pieces. • Make your bedroom a tranquil retreat with inviting bedding such as a down-filled duvet, suede throw blanket, and accent pillows with brocade fabrics and rich textures. Swap out window treatments made from cool cotton and breezy linen for heavier and more luxurious fabrics (think rich velvets, chenilles and sumptuous silks). • Stash summer silk or dried floral arrangements out of sight and replace with natural fall and winter harbingers—think pine cones, acorns, nuts, pumpkins or dramatic tree branches in large urns. Adding tiny white lights to these helps the fall/winter season further resonate throughout your home. • Change out sisal and cotton jute area rugs for thicker, cushier shag or wool carpets to keep your rooms looking and feeling toasty warm. • Add groupings of candles, lanterns, and candelabras as daylight begins to fade earlier. • Fall and winter to many is synonymous with family gatherings and the holidays. Bring out your most cherished photos from past celebrations and replace artwork with these special memories.

repairs that require a professional, be done by a professional that is bonded or certified for their industry – such as plumbing, electrical and HVAC. Receipts should be provided to the buyer showing when and who did the work. The seller may prefer to offer a lump sum to I N G T H E the buyer so that the buyer can select their own repairmen and can oversee the repairs themselves. The downside to this approach is that the repairs are completed after closing and the buyer has taken possession of the home. Some buyers may want to move into the home and have everything in perfect working order, so

Repair Process

this approach may not be agreeable in all cases. Many real estate agents recommend that the seller purchase a home warranty for the buyer that will cover repairs during the first year for major appliances and systems (plumbing, heating, etc.) in the home. Purchasing a home warranty does not circumvent repairing items that were identified as malfunctioning during the home inspection, however. Negotiating repairs is usually a crucial step in the sales transaction. As with any negotiation, it is a give-and-take process. Emotions often run high and it’s not uncommon for the entire deal to fall apart due to a disagreement on a simple repair. Your real estate agent is invaluable with helping you navigate through the process successfully.

Arizona Honey Festival El Pedregal at The Boulders, Sept. 29th – 30th 480.595.3508 | ElPedregal.com This first annual event is a new take on foodie fests – all about honey! Enjoy live bluegrass music while tasting Arizona honey delights, cooking with honey seminars, enjoying honey-inspired spa treatments, sipping honey cocktails, and browsing bee-inspired merchandise and crafts. Don’t miss the five-course gourmet “honey” dinner with wines paired by Benziger Winery. You’ll be buzzing about it to all your friends! Dine Out with the Chefs Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Oct. 7th 480.499.8587 | ScottsdalePerformingArts.org Guests will mingle with some of the Valley’s top culinary masters as they sample signature dishes – all from appetizers and entrees, to decadent desserts. Live entertainment, cooking demos, book signings and wine tastings round out the festive evening. Tour de Paradise Moon Valley Park, Oct. 20th 602.274.5022 | TourDeParadise.org This fundraiser for the Duet foundation – which helps homebound seniors and disabled individuals with such things as getting groceries, rides to the doctor, etc. – has three different bike routes to choose from. Challenge yourself with the 62-mile ride, take the intermediate 30-mile ride or the easier 8-mile fun ride appropriate for all members of the family. Kokopelli Krush Kokopelli Winery & Bistro, Oct. 26th 480.792.6927 | KokopelliWinery.net Kokopelli Krush has been selected as the About.com 2012 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Food/Wine/Beer Festival in the Greater Phoenix area. Teams of two can compete in the grape stomping “krush kompetition”! The tasty event also includes wine samplings, live entertainment and a kid’s zone. Santé!


In Good Taste

Event Calendar

Featuring Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine 480.705.7697 Chandler | 480.419.7697 Desert Ridge RoysRestaurant.com

SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2012 Gentlemen’s Lunch Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Sept. 21st 602.263.3589 | WomenOfScottsdale.org The Women of Scottsdale networking group invites you to their annual Gentlemen’s Lunch. The organization endeavors to promote professional women who desire to be successful and connect with the community. Members and guests are encouraged to bring a gentleman who loves, inspires or supports them.

JAPANESE MISOYAKI BUTTERFISH WITH SIZZLING SOY VINAIGRETTE INGREDIENTS: 4 pieces of black cod, 7 oz. each 1 qt. misoyaki marinade (see recipe below) 16 oz. sizzling soy vinaigrette (see recipe below) Misoyaki Marinade: 3 cups sake 3 cups mirin (sweet rice wine) 8 oz. Shiro Miso (white miso) 8 oz. white sugar Sizzling Soy Vinaigrette: 1 red bell pepper, diced very small 1 yellow bell pepper, diced very small 1 green bell pepper, diced very small 1 bunch green onion, finely chopped 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped 2 oz. daikon root, grated 2 oz. Maui onion, grated 1 oz. ginger, minced 1/2 cup peanut oil 1 cup soy sauce 2 oz. rice wine vinegar 2 lemons, juice salt & pepper to taste PROCEDURE: To make the misoyaki marinade, bring sake and mirin to a boil for 5 minutes. Reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Whisk in remaining ingredients until well incorporated. Simmer on low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool. Generously marinate black cod in misoyaki marinade for 24 hours. To make the sizzling soy vinaigrette, heat the peanut oil in a pan until it reaches a smoke point. Place the bell peppers, onions, daikon, and ginger in a mixing bowl. Ladle hot oil over the vegetable mixture in 2 oz. increments. Whisk in rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, and lemon juice. Set aside. In a cast iron pan, sear fish over medium heat until golden brown (about 3 minutes per side). Transfer cooked fish to serving plates. Ladle sizzling soy vinaigrette over fish. Serves 4

As the temperature begins to dip a bit, why not consider tweaking your home décor to be in sync with the seasons? Especially at this time of year—and again in springtime— something inside us yearns for change as we find comfort in embracing the weather changes and traditions that harken in a new season. Surrounding ourselves with fresh items that reflect the ever-changing elements of the seasons promotes a feeling of progress and comfort which can be uplifting and inspiring to the soul. Changing your surroundings to mirror the seasons can also be good for you, as studies have shown that one’s environment directly influences one’s mood and productivity. Welcoming in a new season with décor changes to your home can do wonders for your creativity and inspiration, as the human psyche is directly affected by nature and the elements. How to get started? In the spring, we’re inspired with growth and renewal and can reflect this in our home by lightening up our interiors, making rooms airier and open as the heat outside intensifies. This could mean simply altering your furniture arrangement to improve traffic and air flow. Reducing clutter will also help create a clean, spring vibe conducive to relaxing in the summertime. In the fall, we tend to want to make our spaces cozier, textural and den-like. Try creating an intimate reading or conversation nook in the fall and winter to encourage cuddling up with a blanket and a mug of coffee to be a daily indulgence. A dramatic change can be felt by simply changing out linens, curtains, and throw

pillows. Think breezy and light window treatments and bare floors in the spring and more dramatic, heavier curtains and plush area rugs in the fall to give your space seasonal appeal. Add comfy throws and decorative accent pillows which can be eliminated or transformed with different pillow cases in the spring. Your room’s color scheme can also give your home a seasonal lift. This can be done easily by changing out lighter accent colors in the spring and summer (whites, blues, lavenders and yellows) with darker, warmer colors (reds, oranges, browns and greens) that echo the changing hues outside. A room’s accessories can also add much to a seasonal interior design scheme, with the backdrop remaining consistent all year long. For warmer months, add seashells, nautical and beachthemed items, colorful floral arrangements and wicker and glass elements which all lend a relaxed summery feel. In the fall, replace these accents with heavy wood frames, stoneware, and fall-inspired florals to help your interior space reflect the natural passage of time. Finally, don’t forget the importance of smell. Think all-natural, light floral and citrus candle scents in the spring and summer and fragrant, spicy smells in fall and winter to give your home a true seasonal feel. These small details and minor tweaks give your home meaning and individuality and allow you to feel a part of nature’s cycle. And, as a bonus, these simple changes to your environment may also help boost your mood throughout the year as you turn back the pages of your calendar.

Most buyers will have an inspection on the property that they plan to purchase. Typical inspections include a general home inspection, pool inspection and other more specific inspections depending on the situation. For example, homes with a stucco exterior may require a stucco inspection to ensure the quality and condition of the stucco. Roof inspections are also common especially when the general inspector has raised a concern about the condition of the roof. Buyers can request that everything, nothing, or a list of specific items that were found in the inspection be fixed. The seller, along with their real estate agent, should assess the situation and determine what they are willing to repair.

be inferior electrical wiring that could cause a fire. • Has building code changed such that the item needs to be brought up to current standards? • Is the item cosmetic in nature? Sellers are not usually responsible for cosmetic items. An example may be a crack in the stone NAVIGA flooring. As long as the crack does not indicate a structural issue or a safety concern, the seller can opt to not repair this item. How should the repairs be made? Many sellers want to do the repairs themselves or get their brother-in-law who is “handy” to fix the requested items. Instead, sellers should have

Things to consider are: • Does the item needing repair cause a safety concern? It behooves the seller to fix any safety-related issues so that they are not liable post sale for a safety problem. An example may

T

Cozy Up Your Casa For Fall & Winter Transform your abode with these easy changes for a perfect fall feel. • Add faux-fur pillows and blankets to seating areas. • Rearrange furnishings to set the scene for snuggling by the fireside. • Replace clear glass vases, pitchers, and accessories with heavier, more substantial materials such as wood, leather and wrought iron. Update your tableware and tablecloths to darker, more dramatic pieces. • Make your bedroom a tranquil retreat with inviting bedding such as a down-filled duvet, suede throw blanket, and accent pillows with brocade fabrics and rich textures. Swap out window treatments made from cool cotton and breezy linen for heavier and more luxurious fabrics (think rich velvets, chenilles and sumptuous silks). • Stash summer silk or dried floral arrangements out of sight and replace with natural fall and winter harbingers—think pine cones, acorns, nuts, pumpkins or dramatic tree branches in large urns. Adding tiny white lights to these helps the fall/winter season further resonate throughout your home. • Change out sisal and cotton jute area rugs for thicker, cushier shag or wool carpets to keep your rooms looking and feeling toasty warm. • Add groupings of candles, lanterns, and candelabras as daylight begins to fade earlier. • Fall and winter to many is synonymous with family gatherings and the holidays. Bring out your most cherished photos from past celebrations and replace artwork with these special memories.

repairs that require a professional, be done by a professional that is bonded or certified for their industry – such as plumbing, electrical and HVAC. Receipts should be provided to the buyer showing when and who did the work. The seller may prefer to offer a lump sum to I N G T H E the buyer so that the buyer can select their own repairmen and can oversee the repairs themselves. The downside to this approach is that the repairs are completed after closing and the buyer has taken possession of the home. Some buyers may want to move into the home and have everything in perfect working order, so

Repair Process

this approach may not be agreeable in all cases. Many real estate agents recommend that the seller purchase a home warranty for the buyer that will cover repairs during the first year for major appliances and systems (plumbing, heating, etc.) in the home. Purchasing a home warranty does not circumvent repairing items that were identified as malfunctioning during the home inspection, however. Negotiating repairs is usually a crucial step in the sales transaction. As with any negotiation, it is a give-and-take process. Emotions often run high and it’s not uncommon for the entire deal to fall apart due to a disagreement on a simple repair. Your real estate agent is invaluable with helping you navigate through the process successfully.

Arizona Honey Festival El Pedregal at The Boulders, Sept. 29th – 30th 480.595.3508 | ElPedregal.com This first annual event is a new take on foodie fests – all about honey! Enjoy live bluegrass music while tasting Arizona honey delights, cooking with honey seminars, enjoying honey-inspired spa treatments, sipping honey cocktails, and browsing bee-inspired merchandise and crafts. Don’t miss the five-course gourmet “honey” dinner with wines paired by Benziger Winery. You’ll be buzzing about it to all your friends! Dine Out with the Chefs Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Oct. 7th 480.499.8587 | ScottsdalePerformingArts.org Guests will mingle with some of the Valley’s top culinary masters as they sample signature dishes – all from appetizers and entrees, to decadent desserts. Live entertainment, cooking demos, book signings and wine tastings round out the festive evening. Tour de Paradise Moon Valley Park, Oct. 20th 602.274.5022 | TourDeParadise.org This fundraiser for the Duet foundation – which helps homebound seniors and disabled individuals with such things as getting groceries, rides to the doctor, etc. – has three different bike routes to choose from. Challenge yourself with the 62-mile ride, take the intermediate 30-mile ride or the easier 8-mile fun ride appropriate for all members of the family. Kokopelli Krush Kokopelli Winery & Bistro, Oct. 26th 480.792.6927 | KokopelliWinery.net Kokopelli Krush has been selected as the About.com 2012 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Food/Wine/Beer Festival in the Greater Phoenix area. Teams of two can compete in the grape stomping “krush kompetition”! The tasty event also includes wine samplings, live entertainment and a kid’s zone. Santé!


HELP! There is a lack of inventory in Rio Verde Foothills. I have qualified buyers waiting to purchase homes and land in the area. If you’ve been thinking about putting your property on the market, please give me a call for a complimentary Market Analysis.

Bonnie Burke, PC • RE/MAX Excalibur 8510 E. Shea Blvd. #100 Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Rio Verde Foothills September | October 2012

RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED

Rio Verde Real Estate Recap HOMES - Currently, there are 42 active homes on the market and 30 homes under contract. LAND - Currently, there are 58 active lots on the market and 4 lots under contract. (I have taken out the lots in Vista Verde, which were previously counted.)

Rio Verde Land The following lots have closed since last publication: 30000 N. 168th St.

1.25 acres

$15,500

302XX N. 164th St.

1.00 acre

$18,500

17XXX E. Cavedale

1.00 acre

$25,000

16828 N. Rancho Laredo

1.09 acres

$26,000

XXX E. Lone Tree

1.00 acre

$29,500

14043 E. Sagebrush

1.00 acre

$29,900

333XX N. 138th St.

1.53 acres

$30,000

16632 E. Horned Owl

1.14 acres

$30,000

15130 E. Monument

1.31 acres

$45,000

15430 E. Cavedale

1.00 acre

$45,000

30360 N. 164th St.

1.15 acres

$47,000

14200 E. Desert Vista Tr

1.01 acres

$53,000

31600 N. 140th St.

5.00 acres

$150,000

174XX N. 174th St.

7.13 acres

$155,000

141 N. Carefree Hwy

10.00 acres

$190,000

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29714 N. 152nd Way (MLS 4747274) 5 Bed / 3.5 Bath / 4,273 Sq. Ft./ 4 car garage 1.06 Acres / JUST REDUCED! $534,500 TRADITIONAL SALE – NO WAITING! With its huge master suite and guest bedroom with separate entry and bath, this Tuscan-style home has so much to offer. Enter through a towering portico with custom, iron gates that open onto a private sitting area. Beyond is a large enclosed courtyard with plenty of room for a water feature. Formal dining area and living room have classy cherry-wood floors, coffered ceiling, and fireplace. Den/Family Room with built in surround sound and granite top pass through to a Gourmet Kitchen that is a cooks dream. GE Profile appliances, granite counters, large island with veggie sink, plenty of cabinets, and a generous breakfast nook with mountain views. Luxurious master suite has a fireplace, its own washer/dryer closet, and his and her walk-in-closets. Master Bath has jetted soaking tub and a shower with double shower heads. Huge back veranda and observation deck offer expansive views to Four Peaks and the Superstitions. Four car garage with lots of space for storage. House sits on a desert landscaped acre with plenty of room for a pool and spa.

Address Sq. Ft. / Bed / Bath / Acre Days On Market ACTIVE SINCE LAST PUBLICATION: 29610 N 145th Pl 2,100 / 4 / 2.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 15 13932 E Windstone Trl 2,179 / 3 / 2 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 29 26807 N 160th St 3,104 / 4 / 3.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 19 13633 E Montgomery Rd 3,743 / 6 / 4 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 17 30307 N 162nd Way 3,356 / 5 / 4 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 18 29122 N 149th St 2,600 / 5 / 3.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 63 30403 N 170th St 3,519 / 4 / 3.5 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 39 16127 E Bobwhite Way 3,307 / 5 / 4 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 20 28207 N 154th St 3,250 / 3 / 2.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 31 16506 E Desert Vista Trl 4,269 / 6 / 4.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 19 14434 E Monument Dr 2,901 / 4 / 2.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 8 27127 N 137th St 2,765 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 6 14906 E Chaparosa Way 4,493 / 3 / 3.5 / 5 - 9.9 Acres 22 13739 E Monument Dr 3,204 / 4 / 3.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 15 17039 E Montgomery Rd 985 / 0 / 1 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 24 PENDING SALES SINCE LAST PUBLICATION: 17421 E Quail Track Rd 2,971 / 3 / 2 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 98 14226 E Melanie Dr 2,037 / 3 / 2 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 69 34011 N 139th Way 2,292 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 42 31515 N 160th St 2,381 / 3 / 2 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 53 14610 E Peak View Rd 2,650 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 61 14905 E Morning Vista Ln 3,187 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 88 16831 E Via Dona Rd 3,045 / 5 / 3 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 55 13941 E Quail Track Rd 2,499 / 4 / 2 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 39 31604 N 144th St 2,371 / 3 / 2 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 34 13941 E Rancho Del Oro Dr 3,023 / 3 / 2 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 103 15413 E Lomas Verde Ln 2,684 / 3 / 2.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 112 13825 E Villa Cassandra Dr 3,818 / 5 / 3.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 425 27828 N 143rd St 6,400 /4 / 4.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 369 34008 N 141st Pl 3,024 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 35 14015 E Desert Vista Trl 3,583 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 7 29208 N 148th St 2,750 / 4 / 2 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 225 27219 N 163rd St 3,499 / 4 / 3 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 4 SOLD SINCE LAST PUBLICATION: DOM List Price 29810 N 163 St 1,344 / 3 / 1.75 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 30 $138,000 27206 N 176th St 2,837 / 4 / 2 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 163 $254,900 14325 E Cavedale Dr 2,080 / 3 / 2 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 85 $270,000 14723 E Mark Ln 2,656 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 62 $300,000 30023 N 160th St 3,229 / 5 / 3 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 212 $330,648 28404 N 148th St 2,622 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 151 $354,995 31707 N 142nd St 3,372 / 4 / 3 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 10 $357,000 32912 N 144 St 2,772 / 4 / 2 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 10 $380,000 16705 E Calle De Las Estrellas Rd 4,016 / 5 / 4 / 5 - 9.9 Acres 508 $399,000 14612 E Desert Vista Trl 2,130 / 3 / 2 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 108 $398,000 30507 N 164 St 4,315 / 4 / 3.5 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 38 $381,900 14843 E Roy Rogers Rd 2,780 / 4 / 2.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 108 $399,900 29521 N 145th Pl 2,360 / 3 / 2.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 21 $419,000 28813 N 152nd St 2,608 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 9 $425,000 29618 N 144th Way 4,249 / 5 / 4 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 84 $489,000 30634 N 152nd St 3,392 / 4 / 4 / 5 - 9.9 Acres 97 $499,000 33314 N 142nd Way 3,623 / 4 / 3.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 69 $469,900 27107 N 141st Pl 3,136 / 4 / 2.5 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 4 $559,000 27505 N 130th Pl 4,095 / 3 / 4.5 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 26 $619,900 27627 N 168th St 3,410 / 4 / 3 / 1 - 1.9 Acres 214 $699,000 13857 E Hawknest Rd 5,980 / 4 / 4.5 / 2 - 4.9 Acres 161 $900,000

List Price $315,000 $415,000 $419,900 $450,000 $479,000 $499,000 $499,900 $525,000 $539,000 $549,000 $550,000 $599,900 $998,000 $620,000 $669,900 $275,000 $295,000 $300,000 $335,000 $335,000 $340,000 $385,000 $379,000 $397,500 $400,000 $440,000 $444,900 $475,000 $499,000 $500,000 $525,000 $525,000 Sold Price $122,000 $205,000 $280,000 $295,000 $330,000 $335,000 $345,000 $350,000 $350,000 $365,000 $385,000 $387,500 $406,000 $425,000 $475,000 $480,000 $494,131 $520,000 $550,000 $650,000 $855,000

All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. The properties on this list have been listed/sold by various participants in the MLS. If your home is currently listed, this is not a solicitation for that listing.

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