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This is the Amy Jones Group's weekly newsletter, detailing local events, recent real estate news, and open houses.
This week, we're bringing you four fun-filled events happening around the Valley!
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Reflecting on the year that we’ve had, the year that was 2020, I’d like to permanently replace the previously nominated buzz words of zoom, pivot, silver lining, and rapid with the themes that I think have really shown through for our friends and family in the Valley - resilience, tenacity, grit, community, philanthropy, empathy, growth and ultimately change.
Acknowledging that 2020 was hard and that we CAN do hard things. There were more headlines in 2020 that seemed unbelievable at best and horrific at worst. Every family’s loss was magnified by the inability to be with their loved ones as they passed. The loneliness that our children and our elderly felt in isolation was overwhelming and the anxiety that our parents felt between struggling to make ends meet and confusion and fear over school closures and exposure was damaging. Our food pantries were empty and our nonprofit organizations begged for volunteer support. This only scrapes the surface of the challenges, the curve balls, the plot twists that COVID-19 presented us with in 2020 and you have persevered.
There’s no way that we could have predicted where our economy, our community or our housing market would be as we close out the year and predictions for next year are tempered by the humility that comes with a year like we’ve had. We went into 2020 with low inventory and healthy interest in purchasing homes throughout the valley and are exiting the year with historically low inventory, historically low interest rates, and historically high appetites for taking advantage of both. You see, the records we hit this year were not all lows and I could not be more grateful that the housing market has continued to pull through because losing your home, whether owned or rented, can be the most devastating experience that many will ever experience - even after a year like 2020.
We are currently sitting with less than a months inventory on the market valley-wide meaning that if we didn’t list another house after today, a situation we expect to get even more dire as we near the New Year and many wait to list their home until their holiday decorations have been removed - we would not have a single home to sell by mid-January. In fact, once you remove the new construction communities, many of which you see a higher concentration of in outlying cities like Coolidge, Wittmann, Laveen, and Arizona City - you are left with less houses on the market than we had in all of Scottsdale in 2009. While those cities are likely to become real estate hot spots in 2021, many are committed to staying closer to home.
For our buyers, the primary driver of taking advantage of the market is stabilization. If you are a renter, you are at risk of having your home sold by a landlord looking to capitalize on the market, losing your home due to an unaffordable rental price increase, or being evicted due to a late payment on your rent - all creating a difficult situation that necessitates moving often with little notice in the middle of a global pandemic with or without the added issues of working from home, having kids at home from school, and maybe quarantining. Purchasing a home takes work in this market, those same skills its taken you to get through one of our country’s most challenging years by putting your best foot forward with offers, working with trusted professionals to ensure you are educated and armed with the knowledge to succeed, have the ability to move quickly and the patience to see it through - but it is worth it. Moving up into more space with an affordable payment, moving down into less space with a more affordable payment, or setting yourself and your family up to thrive when this is all over by building wealth through real estate and turning your primary home with equity into an investment home or investment fund can literally change the course of your life.
For our sellers, the competition is fierce and the reward is high. The concern is that you’ll sell high and have to buy high but when you are buying with a low interest rate and in an appreciating market - you’ll sell high, and buy as low you can as both interest rates and prices will likely only go up from here. It’s a great time to get what you need to make your move possible and for some price ranges, new construction is providing an unbeatable solution with many of our families breaking ground with more than $50,000 in equity already in their proverbial pocket. We’ll continue to see gridlock as families seek out solutions to buy before selling as they fear not having anywhere to go which will continue to inflate the prices of AirBnBs and VRBOs as stop gap solutions which will continue to drive the desire for investors to purchase these homes and many to use their primary residences in this way as they cash flow to help with other life challenges. We’ll see some Canadians who put their homes on the market as they have continued challenges getting over the border and we’ll have Californians continue to scoop them up as our prices remain affordable in comparison - so how do we shore up the gap?
We don’t know how and we don’t know when but we know that the market will change. We also know that prices only decline when there is an excess of supply and not just because we have jobs lost or even because of a global pandemic. In fact, in many ways - the housing market has been thriving because of the global pandemic (and years of sheer population growth and under-building) and without the intervention in our interest rates, an increase by a half percent or percent could certainly dampen demand as sellers simultaneously try to take advantage of the post-vaccine market which could set us down that path, it just won’t happen overnight. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again - if you are challenged to make your monthly payment on your rental or the home that you own, seek the guidance of a real estate professional who can help you evaluate your options for qualifying to stabilize your monthly payments or releasing the equity in your home to avoid a foreclosure. If you are feeling cramped with more people at home or want to be more conservative with your monthly payment as you feel the uncertainty of the world around you - your prescription is the same.
How we will we get through this you ask? With the same dignity, respect, creativity, and sheer will to move forward that you showed up with in 2020. What can you as one person, one family, one business, and one town do to make 2021 better for all of us?
Winter Wonderland - Scottsdale
Saturday, December 19th at 9:00 am
Experience Winter Waterland and see SeaTREK Santa like you never have before! The SeaTREK Santa VIP Experience is the perfect way for you and your family to celebrate the holidays in a safe environment! Guests will have private use of OdySea Aquarium’s posh VIP Room, with comfortable seating and a spectacular backdrop of our Deep Ocean Exhibit, featuring sharks, stingrays, and more! SeaTREK Santa will join the fun, underwater of course, and pose for pictures with you and the family.
The SeaTREK Santa VIP Experience can accommodate up to 8 family members or others from your safety bubble. Limited number of reservations available, so you better not wait, these will sell out!
Lights at The Farm - Vertuccio Farms
Saturday, December 19th at 6:00 pm
Celebrate the season with this unique and dazzling 1.2-mile drive-thru light show experience! With more than 5 million lights, this treasured family holiday tradition is ready to dazzle with music instead of just traditional still displays. We invite you to load up your family and friends to watch the action of lights dancing to music all from the warmth of your car or one of our electric carriages!
Yuletide revelers will experience magical displays filled with spectacular lights and sounds at every turn along the holiday light route all while holiday songs are simulcast into vehicles on a designated FM radio signal.
Photos with Santa - Gilbert San Tan Village
Saturday, December 19th at 12:00 pm
Santa wouldn't miss this visit for anything! Santa will be here starting December 4 and is located inside of a retail space next to Thirsty Lion. Rest assured, he and his elves have made every effort to provide a memorable - and contact free - experience. A visit with Santa is always free and available without a reservation as social distancing requirements allow.
What to Expect During Your Visit with Santa
Masks are required to be worn by Santa, the team, and guests ages 2 and above or by local mandate.
Hand sanitizer available upon entering and exiting.
Social distancing between Santa and guests at all times.
Deep cleaning of the set for the health and well-being of guests.
Reservations are recommended to help ensure social distancing.
Come join these gals for our OCTOBER Sunday Funday Yoga Party Sunday October 18 at 8:30am. The yoga party will be at Postino!!! Playlist will be HIP HOP! It is going to be blast! Sign up ASAP to get your spot. OPEN TO ALL. PLEASE INVITE YOUR FRIENDS. Let's YOGA PARTY!!
Location: POSTINO in Gilbert
All mats will be spaced out 6 ft from each other. Mats are provided along with sanitary wipes. We will have a fun (ALL- LEVELS) yoga party with our sound system in full effect. Space is limited.
Party Passes and Account Credits may be used. Please text Donna if you have any questions: 480-213-2909.
24 HOUR Cancellation is in effect. Please feel free to cancel up to 24 hours before our event. You are also welcome to send a replacement.
Arctic Adventure - World Of Illumination
Sunday, December 19th at 6:00 pm
THE WORLD'S LARGEST DRIVE-THRU ANIMATED LIGHT SHOW
Explore World of Illumination’s Arctic Adventure at Tempe Diablo Stadium, where you’ll meet 32-foot tall Sunny the Snowman and all of his tundra-bound friends. In this mile-long drive-through extravaganza featuring nearly two million lights, you’ll be delighted by surfing penguins, snow-mobile riding polar bears, beluga whales, igloos and Eskimos — all reminding you that you’re not in the desert anymore. Your favorite holiday music and beloved Christmas characters are on full display in the world’s largest animated drive-through light show, so buckle up and prepare for epic snowball fights, the Polar Express and snow angels galore. It’s a storybook adventure for kids of all ages — larger than life and in radiant living color.
Local Business Mixer - Parlay Kitchen in Chandler
Thursday, January 7th from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Join the Amy Jones Real Estate for our quarterly business mixer!
As one of the top real estate groups in the Valley, we are always looking for new businesses to share with our clients.
Come by Parlay Kitchen to meet our team of fantastic agents, as well as other local businesses!
This event is being sponsored by our friends at Fidelity National Title Agency - Copper Point.
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