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What distinguishes Cullum Homes is its focus on energy efficient construction, long before these methods were labeled “green building.” Rod and Kim have both earned the Certified Green Professional designation from the National Association of Homebuilders. Cullum Homes has received many other awards and recognition, including the National Pacesetter Award from Custom Home Magazine, Top Custom Home Builders (Phoenix Business Journal), AZ Business Magazine’s Custom Home Builder of the Year, the Residential Design + Build Magazine Business Excellence Award, and Builder Magazine’s “Niche Builder” recognition.

The Cullum’s latest project is The Village at Paradise Reserve, in the Paradise Valley/Northeast Phoenix/Scottsdale area. It has already garnered local and national recognition, including prestigious awards for environmentally sensitive site development and a Builder of the Year award in Arizona. This guard-gated and private community offers residents a choice of six carefully conceived floor plans, ranging from 3,200 to 5,165 square feet, priced from $1,550,000 with one- and two-level options available. The pace of sales has been phenomenal, with 18 of the 32 available home sites sold since the model homes opened just two years ago.

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hoenix is back! The success of Homes and Lifestyle Media (H&LM) celebrates the beauty of luxury homes and landscapes, and symbolizes the recovery of the Valley of the Sun. In a miraculous turnaround, in 2012, Phoenix boasted the largest growth in home values in the Nation. The realtors, financiers, landscapers, and other service providers in our magazine are the leaders of that resurgence. They offer our readers, not only superior craftsmanship, but outstanding customer service.

As you will see in our Market Snapshot, average listing and sales prices, price per square foot and other market health indicators are up in Arcadia, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, DC Ranch and other areas of Maricopa County. The leading realtors in Arizona will be making predictions, and giving you advice in how to take advantage of these upward trends. One aftereffect of the recession is that, rather than moving, many people, in luxury markets, are remodeling their existing homes. Kitchen remodels, like those of Downsview Kitchens, highlighted in this issue, are the most popular. H&LM will also provide readers with creative ways of transforming everything from the front door to the backyard patio. We encourage you to send us before and after photos of your own Makeover; your home may be featured in a future issue!


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With the popularity of celebrity chefs and food-related reality television shows, kitchens have become the focus of many luxury home makeovers in Arizona. Downsview Kitchens has been showcasing its mastery in kitchen remodeling since 1967.

Creating a contemporary kitchen requires careful attention to materials, design, installation and finishes, and coordination of remodeling of counters, cabinets, plumbing, islands, hardware, and appliances. It is critical to engage a company, which can efficiently coordinate all of these elements with your builder or architect, ensuring that you receive the best quality custom product. This photo shows how a homeowner can transform a kitchen, with a combination of rich, traditional Nubian brown cabinets and very popular stainless steel appliances, to achieve a bright, spacious and modern kitchen. Readers can visit the exclusive Downsview Kitchen showroom in Scottsdale, and begin their own process of creating a dream contemporary kitchen. Readers can visit the website, call Diane Thomas at 480-559-8343 , or e-mail for more information. 14 | HOMES & LIFESTYLE media

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The customer’s requests were common ones included in backyard makeovers: he wanted to enjoy the pool and spa, and to be able to barbeque and sit around a bar with some shade. He also wanted a fire pit seating area, in which to relax after a full day of fun and sun.

The state-of-the-art hardscapes included an outdoor kitchen with a travertine countertop, a custom ramada and fire pit, lots of bench seating and stonework, pavers, and an acrylic “lace” patio. Meanwhile, the beautiful softscapes included grass, plants, and queen palm, sissoo and tipu trees.

This project was a new backyard installation, which gave the designer a blank canvas with which to work. Not having to deal with removing or working around existing items makes construction easier.

Timeframe: With Unique Companies’ construction process, and utilization of in-house landscape and hardscape crews, this project took the typical time of only 60 days.

For nearly a decade, Unique Companies (consisting of Unique Landscapes and Unique Custom Pools LLC) have specialized in landscaping, outdoor kitchens, gazebos and pergolas, fire features, and stone patios. Unique Companies have received Rankings of #1 Landscape Company in the Valley (as voted on by Ranking AZ – Arizona Business Magazine in 2010) and #3 Custom Pool & Spa Company! For more information, readers can call 480-426-8340 or “friend” them and submit project photos on Facebook:

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In the “old days” we used to drink water from the faucet at our home, office and public places. Today you buy water bottles from the store and/or have it delivered to your home or office from companies like Arrowhead Water, Crystal Geyser or Dasani. The question is where is this water really coming from?

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Family is the Foundation of this Successful Stone Business By Denise Meridith

Jorge Papagno has been working in the stone industry for 39 years. Since 1998, Papagno’s has been a family affair. His wife Maria, daughters Ariadna and Jessica, and son Leandro all contribute to the outstanding, state-of-the-art customized service for which Papagno’s Marble and Granite, Inc. is known. Many homeowners know it is past time to update their kitchen or bathroom counters, but do not know how or where to start. Papagno’s provides an efficient, one-stop shopping experience, helping the homeowner with every task from selection through fabrication and installation. Customers are welcomed into a beautiful showroom, conveniently located in the Scottsdale Airpark, which provides a vast array of options in granite, marble, onyx, limestone and many other stones. Much of their stone is imported from Brazil; but the company also works closely with other local sources. Papagno’s use of modern technology allows the customer to preview their dream countertops, and to, then receive a top quality product in a reduced delivery time. This photo demonstrates how a marble or granite makeover can change the appearance of the entire room, and add beauty and value to any home. The

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Travertine is the Passion of this Internationally Recognized Local Stone Master By Denise Meridith

For over 22 years, Frank Cunningham has been producing the “finest travertine stone in the world”. Cunningham’s personal odyssey with stone began in 1972. At the urging of a client to visit Carrera, Italy, to retrieve a white marble not available in the U.S., he fell in love with Italian stone, and a new American industry was born. Weary of travelling to Italy—the birthplace of the modern stone industry to find quality stone, the longtime Phoenix resident, located a source of high quality stone in Durango, Mexico, in 1988. Durango, a city built 400 years ago, is, itself, a beautiful example of colonial Mexican architecture. Today, Durango Stone, which is owned by the parent company World Wide Stone Corporation, operates three Italian factories and five quarries, under American management in Mexico. Cunningham considers his stonework projects works of art, as well as stateof-the art. All of the factory and quarry associates take great personal pride and responsibility in producing the finest quality and value natural stone products. Top quality stone is hard, dense and free of fractures blocks. As readers can see in this dramatic staircase photo, stone can be used to enhance the beauty of any house, inside or out. Durango Stone can handle projects of varying degrees, from exquisite to economical, provide advice and work with your existing stone or design professional. 22 | HOMES & LIFESTYLE media

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Tips to Protect Your Home from Water Leaks By Rod Cullum with Denise Meridith

Denise: This is the wettest winter I remember in the 18 years I have lived in the Valley. What precautions should readers take to protect their homes from water damage? Rod: Phoenicians are surprised to learn what a threat water can be to their homes here in the desert. For example, the kick out flashing, which collects water running off the roof, can easily become clogged, leading to standing water and leaks in the roof. Homeowners should keep the roof and flashing clear of leaves, fruit, pine needles, bird nesting and other debris. Photo Provided by Cullum Homes

Denise: What about leaks around windows and sliding glass doors? Rod: In the desert, the caulking around the glass can easily dry out and fail. It is important to recaulk windows every two years to keep windows and doors watertight. Denise: How often should a flat roof be replaced? Rod: A flat foam roof, a flat asphalt shingle roof or a tile roof can last 30-40 years. It is the maintenance that is critical to avoiding leaks. Foam roofs should be resealed and asphalt ones re-emulsified every five years.

standing, all roofs will leak. The key to staying dry in the desert is to clear the path for water to easily and continuously run off the roof; to keep gutters clean, vines and gravel clear of drains; and to be sure landscaping along the base of stucco homes is sloped below the weep screed and away from the house. Phoenicians should enjoy our occasional rains, not be worried about water damage to their homes. A B O U T R O D C U L LU M Rod Cullum graduated from ASU with a business management degree. He started his real estate company—Cullum Homes in 1985. Today Cullum Homes is a family affair, with his wife, Kim, and both his daughter and son working for the company. Readers can learn more about Cullum Homes by visiting their website at or contacting Rod at 602.635.3248 or

Denise: It took me several years to find out that it was a small hole under the air conditioner that was causing my roof to leak. What is the most common cause of leaky roofs? Rod: It is usually not the roof that is causing the leak. Often it is the air conditioner or swamp cooler or what’s under the tile that is the problem. If water backs up or is left


Short Sale, Foreclosure or Bankrupcy… No Problem! New Lending Programs Offer Consumers Affordable Options By John Conklin with Denise Meridith In 2012, home prices rose faster in Phoenix than in any other major US city. But many Phoenicians are still anxious and uncertain about their personal home value and their future investments. I asked John Conklin, a Loan Officer with The Legacy Group, and one of the foremost local experts in residential and commercial homes, to share some advice for our readers about trends in home mortgages.

John: There are other lenders that do offer similar loans, but have certain restrictions on credit; how much of a down payment is needed; or even where the down payment may be coming from. We develop a tailored solution that is compatible with each client’s long-term financial picture. Unlike most lenders, we can also now provide assistance for those interested in spec construction projects.

Denise: Since 2007, most people, even those who are or were in the luxury home market, feel it is still almost impossible to get a new loan. Is 2013 a more promising time to seek a home loan?

I recommend that people listen to the Friday show I co-host with Jason Mitchell on Radio 1510—Real Estate Roundup—for updates on real estate issues. I believe this type of knowledge empowers my clients.

John: I think now is a great time to refinance or buy a new home. Rates are still at historic lows, and bank guidelines are loosening up. There is more confidence in the secondary market; so lenders are more willing to take on more risk. The jumbo finance market has made a recovery, and the interest rates for jumbo financing are now extremely low.

Denise: What should be the next step someone who is thinking about getting a home loan or refinancing?

Denise: There are people who have gone through bankruptcies, short sales, or foreclosures, who want to re-enter the single home market. What are the latest lending programs for these applicants?

John: I think this year will be a good year to take action. If someone hesitated or missed out last year, now would be the time to take advantage of our increasing property values. While interest rates are still low and inventory is available, I welcome your readers to contact me to learn how to get pre-qualified to buy a new home. A B O U T J O H N CO N K L I N

John: There are new opportunities for these loan seekers. For example, The Legacy Group has raised $50,000,000.00 to lend to people who have experienced a short sale or foreclosure, with no waiting period, and six-month waiting period for people who have had a bankruptcy. So if a person completes a short sale today, and has a 25% down payment we can qualify them tomorrow for a new home loan.

John Conklin is a Westchester, New York, native, who received his degree in business and economics from ASU. He has been in the business since 2001, opened his own company—Altus Mortgage in 2006, and sold it to The Legacy Group in 2008. Call John Conklin at (602) 748-4095 or e-mail

Denise: There are many lenders advertising on radio that they can get anyone a loan, regardless of credit. What should the consumer beware of before selecting a lender?

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Denise: The recession has put a lot of stress on marriages; many have not survived. Some people feel that divorce will “set them free” from credit issues they had during marriage. Is that true? Stephanie: It is a myth that a divorce ruling will release you of your credit obligations. Going through a divorce is difficult enough without having to worry about separating credit debts. Unfortunately, it’s certainly one of the most important items to focus on as you are navigating through a divorce. Denise: What can a couple expect when going through divorce proceedings? Stephanie: Generally part of the process is separating the credit debts. Here the judge will decree that one or the other spouse will be liable for making payments on car loans, mortgages, credit cards and other credit obligations. That’s fine but the judge’s decree doesn’t override the agreement that you signed with your creditors. So, if you and your spouse both signed to take out a mortgage or a car loan and it stops being paid by the newly liable party then both of you will suffer. The lender will almost certainly report the late payments on both of your credit reports and if the account goes seriously delinquent or even into the dreaded “collection” or “charge off” status then your scores will suffer for years despite what the judge said.

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Technology is also helping innovative realtors, like myself, run our businesses more efficiently, and provide superior customer service.

We use online advertising,

While Scottsdale is better known internationally, locals recognize that Paradise Valley

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is the hidden diamond in the desert. This small, exclusive 15.5 square mile commu-

market trends, happenings in the neighborhood, and enhance opportunities for both

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high-end shopping, sophisticated nightlife, and twelve resorts. It is one of the premier tourist areas in Arizona. Yet its 13,000 residents, also, enjoy the privacy of lots of an acre or more, spectacular views of Camelback Mountain, and the option of

I see IT and real estate becoming more and more symbiotic, making our lives and care of our homes easier and more efficient.

gating their own residences. Paradise Valley the first choice of many business executives, doctors, attorneys, professional athletes, and celebrities.

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Scott Grigg, a 34-year-old Arizona native with a business degree from ASU and a passion for technology, is uniquely qualified to

The average sales price has risen from $1.5 to $1.7 million in the past year, and can be

use modern modes of communication to the benefit of his clients.

expected to continue to rise during the next five years. As the price per square foot will climb, now is an excellent time to move into Paradise Valley and take advantage of the current pricing.

Instead of feeling challenged, Scott saw the recession as an opportunity for his small and efficient team to gain market share, and doubled his efforts to stay in front of people. His enthusiasm and positive attitude have resulted in his

Inventory does not last long in Paradise Valley. The Grigg’s Group recently sold a

becoming one of the top agents in Paradise Valley, and has won him the respect of his

property located at 60th and Lincoln, putting the home under contract before it even

peers and customers.

hit the MLS. The Groups fast start (it already has 5.8 million dollars in escrow for 2013)

Scott appreciates the importance of people within his life, as well as his customers.

is reflective of the recovery of the Valley.

He loves spending time with family and enjoys hobbies, like golf, snowboarding, tennis, and Harley riding. He is also concerned about the community. His Grigg’s

R O LE O F T ECH N O LO GY While we have not quite achieved the goal of a paperless closing, technology plays an increasingly important role in the luxury home market. Grigg represents a Paradise Valley community featuring the new Savant System. Apple has changed the world of computers, music, and animation; now it is changing the world of luxury home ownership. IPads and iTouch units allow homeowners to control everything from thermostats to Jacuzzis to garage doors remotely. 26 | HOMES & LIFESTYLE media

Group avidly supports charities such as the Susan G. Komen and Fresh Start Women’s Foundations. You can contact Scott and learn more about the Paradise Reserve (the fastest selling Paradise Valley new home subdivision) at 480-540-5479 or by e-mail at, or by visiting the website Realty Executives - The Grigg’s Group 3950 Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253


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The Sense of Community: It’s Like Nowhere Else! By Jason Mitchell Host of Money Radio’s The Real Estate Roundup NBC 12 Market Expert M AR K E T S NAPS H OT * Homes For Sale New Listings Homes under contract Appreciation in 2012

159 21 124 22%

Average List Price


Average Days on Mkt Closed Sales Last 30 Days Projected Appreciation in 2013

130 82 16%

*Single Family Detached. These figures were compiled on January 31, 2013. Note: The “Under Contract” price is the List Price not the actual Contract Price. The Contract Price is not disclosed until after the transaction closes.

W H Y ARC AD IA? There are many reasons why Money Magazine named Arcadia a Best Place to Live. From large estates with blossoming orange trees to quaint shops, Arcadia residents enjoy proximity to both large, exclusive shopping and dining malls, like Scottsdale

This beautiful 2013 custom remodel in the Heart of Arcadia is priced $70,000 under appraised value! You will

Fashion Fair, or intimate neighborhood coffee shops, like La Grande Orange.

find luxury high-end finishes throughout this 4 bedroom home which also includes a loft/guest casita. This

But what appeals most to families is its sense of community. The homes have large

property features stunning views and a sparkling pool and is walking distance to Hopi. 4101 N 52nd Place • Phoenix, AZ 85018

yards with pools and sports courts. The schools, including Brophy and Xavier Prepara-

Listed for $924,900

tory Academies, are outstanding. The whole family can enjoy the safe bike paths along the Arizona Canal. If you are 35-50 years old with children, and in the market for a luxury home, you should consider Arcadia.


ABO U T JA SO N M I TCH E LL Realtor | Radio host | Real Estate Expert

Like the rest of Arizona, average prices in Arcadia rose over 22% in 2012. Sales are

Jason Mitchell’s story is one of ingenuity, drive and persistence

increasing as lending restrictions are loosening (e.g., jumbo loans now require only

overcoming adversity. Jason attended Central Michigan

10% down), interest rates have fallen, and more people are getting pre-qualified. As

University, where he earned a double major in marketing and

lending guidelines loosen due to market appreciation, more buyers will qualify for

finance in 2003. Over the past decade, Jason has sold over

loans, as these trends are symbiotic.

$225 million in real estate. He is ranked in the top 1% of real estate agents in the

Furthermore, jumbo products require a two-year history of tax returns. Statistically, for most individuals, 2012 was a better income year, as was 2011 was compared to 2010. For most, 2013 will be the first year consumers can demonstrate two years of good, consistent employment when filing their 1040’s. Couple that with the fact that 2013 will be the first year those, who filed bankruptcy in 2009, can once again qualify

nation. He is the co-host of the Valley’s real estate and mortgage talk show—The Real Estate Roundup — which can be heard Friday’s on Money Radio 1510am. Jason also appears as a guest market expert for Arcadia and Paradise Valley on NBC 12’s Arizona Mid-Day. To see what Jason and his team can do for your real estate needs, contact his offices today.

for a conventional mortgage. Also, pricing will continue to rise in this already











frighteningly low-inventory market. So, if you are considering buying or selling in, and contact Jason directly at 480-540-8591 or

Arcadia, let our offices guide you down the right path.




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Are you looking for a GREAT DEAL on a beautiful remodeled home in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale or Arcadia? If so please call 480-540-8591 or email me today at so I can learn more about your exact criteria. Since I am very active in this niche I come across excellent pre-market opportunities daily. Let me leverage my expertise and network to find you the home you really want and deserve.

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THINKING ABOUT SELLING? Now Could Be the Perfect Time. By James Wexler (480) 221-8080 Associate Broker

W H Y D C R AN CH , G R AY HAW K O R T R O O N DC Ranch, Grayhawk and Troon offer an outstanding quality of life, beautiful landscapes, access to great golf, freedom from commercial or industrial development, top class shopping and restaurants, and excellent schools. These neighbor-


hoods appeal to a variety of homeowners, whether they are a family, empty-nester or

Active Listings (under $2M)

seasonal homeowner; there is a lot to offer for everyone.

Sold Listings YTD Active Listings (s/f price)


Average Sold (s/f price)


Average Price Sold 2013


$243 $787,000

*Last 30 days, single family homes

M AR K E T T R E N DS As in the rest of the Valley, home values and sales prices are increasing in DC Ranch, Silverleaf , Grayhawk and Troon. Although the trend in home prices is moving upward, I am still finding great opportunities for buyers who have the conviction and financial wherewithal to make a timely buying decision. If you read the market statistics, you will see that in many luxury home areas in North Scottsdale inventory is

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Average Sold (s/f price)

Sold Listings YTD


Average Price Sold 2013

Active Listings (s/f price)


$199 $605,000

*Last 30 days, single family homes

very low. So now is the time for those interested in selling to take advantage of premium pricing with homes selling in just days on market. Call me if you want to know more.

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Sold Listings YTD Active Listings (s/f price)


Average Sold (s/f price)


Average Price Sold 2013


$197 $729,000

*Last 30 days, single family homes

North area of Scottsdale began selling 11 new homes this January, starting in the mid-$300s. Nestled in the foothills of North Scottsdale, Pinnacle Pointe offers luxury living with convenient access to all the shopping, golf, and amenities that make this resort area famous. This high-end, gated community offers the very best location, plus fine living all at an outstanding price.

S E LLI N G T I P – Ask your Realtor how they advertise your home online When choosing a listing agent, I encourage sellers to ask where the Realtor is going to advertise the client’s home for sale. Maximum exposure of your ‘New Listing’ is the key to finding a buyer quickly and getting the best price. Sellers often choose an agent due to colorful magazine advertising and overlook powerful & effective

home to buyers. In contrast, Internet advertising is live online the moment you list! Ask your agent what they do to advertise online. Are they spending their marketing budget on sites like Zillow, Trulia, and own key search phrases like ‘Scottsdale Real Estate’, ‘DC Ranch homes for sale’, etc? If they are not doing this for your house, you could be missing out on optimum exposure of your home.

ABO U T JA M E S W E XLE R James Wexler has been one of the top agents in the Valley for many years and has built a reputation for client satisfaction. He is devoted to making the process as easy as possible. He notes, “listing your

internet marketing. A common misconception is that print media alone is the most

home for sale or finding the right property is only the beginning. I will

effective tool to advertise your home; the reason is that there is as much as a 30-day

assist you every step of the way to ensure your interests are protected

lag time for the magazine to print and be mailed. Thus, sellers are missing the most

throughout the entire process.” If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to

crucial first two weeks on market where they now have only the MLS to expose your

contact James Wexler at (480) 221-8080 or

JUST LISTED Fully remodeled home in 85255 is an entertainers dream! Enter through a charming front courtyard into an open, versatile �loorplan. New Travertine �loors throughout! The kitchen boasts granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and intricate stone work. An elegant dining area and separate living area with soaring ceilings adjoin the kitchen. Relax in the expansive master suite with a cozy �ireplace! The guest room has a separate entrance making it perfect for visitors. Enjoy the large backyard oasis with a full length covered patio, pebble tech pool, lush landscaping and views of Pinnacle Peak!!

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Luxury Custom Estate in North Scottsdale on premium 1.25 Acre lot with resort backyard including gas �ire pit, built-in barbecue with swim-up bar from a large pebble-tec pool and large grassy play area for the kids. Custom home includes Grand master suite, 3 additional bedrooms, all ensuite, 13x20 playroom/poolroom, of�ice, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen and full bar all opening to a magni�icent chef’s kitchen. The expansive 4,000+ sq foot home has every upgrade imaginable including imported wide plank wood �loors, custom stone inlay, custom cabinetry, knotty alder doors, granite counters, surround sound and 3 HVAC units to keep the home energy ef�icient.

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chef's kitchen opening to the family room all of which overlooks the lush back yard, water feature, built-in barbeque and peaceful sitting area with outdoor �ireplace. Model Home perfection makes this a must-see!

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