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Wine Country in Arizona? You Better Believe It!

All across the world Arizona is known for the Grand Canyon, saguaro cactus, great winter weather, retirement communities, deserts, golf, and… wine?  Yep!  Arizona produces wine!  Don’t you just love that?  Next time you leave your cold weather for the Valley of the Sun, you can tell your friends you are spending the winter in wine country.  You may be asking yourself if I have been partaking of that particular beverage.  Not until the article is over!  The powers that be (wife) would not appreciate it.  So, you have decided to buy your winter home in Arizona.  What do you do while you are here?  Let’s go on a wine tour!  First, a little history lesson…

Way back in the 1700′s (cue historical music) the Spanish missionaries were planting wine in Arizona and New Mexico.  Those friars knew how to party. Continue reading

Buying a Second Home? How About a New Home?

If you’re looking to make that 2nd home purchase, why not consider a new home?  Yes you can find great deals on foreclosures and short sales, but new homes offer some things that neither of those can.  The first thing may not be too obvious…  THEY’RE NEW!!  You get to build your home the way you want it built.  You get to pick out all the interior touches.  It’s yours, and it’s never been lived in by anybody!  Isn’t that great?  You also get to take advantage of all of the full warranties that the builders offer.  Now, the homebuilding industry has been hurt worse than almost any other industry over the last few years, but a deep plunge in both home foreclosures and pre-foreclosure notices in the second quarter ultimately could lead to a boost in business for Phoenix-area homebuilders.

However, builders and analysts said there were several other hurdles to be negotiated before the homebuilding industry could experience anything resembling a recovery. Continue reading

Which State is Best for Your 2nd Home Purchase?

When considering where to purchase your second home, there are a few things to consider.  Are you escaping cold weather?  Hot weather?  Cold in-laws?  The majority of the people who own their 2nd home in Arizona are looking for warm weather in the winter.  Most of our winter visitors come from cold weather areas like Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, New England, and the Pacific Northwest.  When winter sets in in Canada and the UK, they flock to our warm desert clime as well.  They love the dry warm weather and the recreational activities that are available in the winter months.  Now there are other states that have great weather in the winter months, but do they even hold a candle to Arizona?  Nope…

Now I understand that you can play on the beach in Miami in the winter.  And, you can water-ski in Austin in the winter (with a wet-suit).  But, did you know that you can do that and much more in Arizona? Continue reading

Buying Winter homes in Arizona for Canadian's

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