7 Things We Want Sellers to Know

September 10, 2018 9:30 am

7 Things We Want Sellers to Know Are you ready to sell your Gilbert or Chandler home? Here are seven things we want sellers to know before they post a for sale sign in their yard: Declutter. Moving is a lot simpler when you’re only moving things you want to keep for your next home. In addition, a decluttered home looks bigger and sells faster than a home filled with piles and stacks of paper, clothes, and other household items. Personal Photos. Along the same lines as decluttering, take down personal photos. Prospective buyers will be able to picture themselves (pun intended) in your home faster if your family vacation pictures aren’t staring them down. Dust everything. Walk through your... View Article

5 Things We Want Buyers to Know

September 7, 2018 1:42 pm

5 Things We Want Buyers to Know Are you ready to buy a home in Gilbert? You might think the process is simple but that’s not always the case. Don’t let that stop your dream of owning a home. There’s a house out there for you that’s available on your timeline and to your specifications. The team at Newman Realty is here to help you find it! Before you buy a home, here are 10 things we want buyers to know. Closing Time. It’s not as simple as finding a house, putting in an offer, and closing 30 days later. Beginning October 1, 2015, the Dodd Frank mortgage regulation means a longer closing period to as many as 45 days.... View Article

Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Home?

August 23, 2018 2:45 pm

Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Home? Whether now is a good time to buy a home depends on the real estate market, mortgage interest rates, and personal factors. As a real estate professional, I think now is a great time to buy. Mortgage interest rates are still low and housing prices haven’t risen to the point that homes in Gilbert, Chandler, and surrounding cities are unreasonably priced. If you’re not sure, give Newman Realty a call and we can help. Real Estate in the East Valley Good news for buyers is that real estate in the east valley has been a bit of a mixed bag. While there are new developments being built, there are still bargains... View Article

Places to Shop Chandler AZ

August 8, 2018 11:15 am

Places to Shop – Chandler AZ You don’t have to go far to find the perfect gift. From consignment to upscale, Chandler AZ offers some of the best shopping in the east valley. Chandler Fashion Center I’ll admit that when the Chandler Fashion Center opened in 2001, I was skeptical of a big mall opening in quiet, suburban Chandler, AZ. After all, it’s the second largest mall in the Phoenix area, hosting 180 stores that include Dillard’s, Sears, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and locally owned Harkins Theatres. While there are a lot of chain stores and restaurants, the mall has made Chandler a hot spot for real estate and tourism and that’s not bad! Downtown Chandler If you’re looking to stay away... View Article

Biotechnology Opportunities in Gilbert

July 25, 2018 7:32 am

Biotechnology Opportunities in Gilbert With 4.5 million square feet in commercial development, biotechnology opportunities in Gilbert are all around! Over the last few years, we’ve experienced growth of new residential real estate as well as sales of existing homes but it’s the commercial sector where we want to focus today. Reasons to bring your biotechnology company to Gilbert, Arizona: Unlike other Arizona towns and cities, Gilbert has not slowed its economic growth. In fact, we’re growing at faster rates than large metropolitan areas. Here’s why your biotech company should make the move to Gilbert: Skilled Labor. Of its 230,000 residents, 39% of Gilbert residents have at least a Bachelor’s degree, well above the 28.7% national rate. Workforce Numbers. 1.3 million... View Article

Is it time to sell my home?

July 7, 2018 1:25 pm

Is it time to sell my home? Factors to consider when putting your home on the market With mortgage rates still low and home values in Gilbert and surrounding cities on the rise, it may seem like a good time to sell your home. While it’s important to consider the housing market which is on a slow and steady upswing, there are other factors to consider when putting your home for sale. It’s not as simple as putting a sign in the front yard to attract buyers. Home Value vs. Mortgage The housing crisis left a lot of homeowners wondering if their homes would ever be worth the value of the mortgage. The good news is that many Arizona homes... View Article

Ways Newman Realty is Marketing Real Estate

July 6, 2018 10:36 am

Ways Newman Realty is Marketing Real Estate When it comes to marketing your Gilbert home, we want you to know when you work with us, you’re in good hands. Marketing real estate isn’t just about selling your home. At Newman Realty, we believe real estate is about building relationships with our clients and the community. We achieve this by following our tested Professional Home Selling System!   In addition to traditional real estate marketing that includes an MLS listing, sign in the yard, and open houses, we embrace online marketing and social media like Facebook and virtual tours of the inside and outside of your home hosted on the Newman Realty YouTube channel. This home in the La Aldea community sold... View Article

Newman’s Picks for Places to Eat in Queen Creek

June 25, 2018 12:42 pm

Newman’s Picks for Places to Eat in Queen Creek When you think of Queen Creek, you don’t think food but they’ve got some of the best fare in the east valley! Here are Newman’s picks for places to eat in Queen Creek: Babbo Italian Food: Amazing Italian food, casual dining, catering, and locations across the valley make Babbo Italian Food a great pick for lunch, happy hour, or dinner. Diamond Dot Market: Don’t let the exterior fool you, this is some of the best Mexican-American food around. Moreno’s Mexican Grill: With locations across the east valley, this family owned and operated restaurant serves an award-winning Sonoran hot dog along with traditional Mexican fare. We recommend the mini chimis. Queen Creek... View Article

Places to Enjoy the Outdoors in Gilbert

June 20, 2017 7:50 am

Places to Enjoy the Outdoors in Gilbert Arizona is a great place to live. In addition to the growing economy and family-friendly neighborhoods, the weather is pretty close to perfect especially this time of year! Before the summer heat really begins, here are places to enjoy the outdoors in Gilbert. Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch – If you’re looking for a nature walk, a bird watching spot, or just a little time to soak up the sun, the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch is the place for you. With more than 4.5 miles of trails and 200+ birds to spot, this park offers an oasis in the middle of the busy town. Cosmo Dog Park – If you’re looking for... View Article

Newman’s Picks for Places to Eat in Chandler AZ

April 12, 2017 7:30 am

Newman’s Picks for Places to Eat in Chandler AZ If there’s one thing living in the East Valley offers, it’s delicious food with a great atmosphere. From breweries to the finest Mexican and New Mexican food, there are many places to eat in Chandler AZ for singles, couples, and families. Here are just a few of my picks: La Casa Blanca serving Mexican food for the whole family. It’s worth a visit for the patio atmosphere, margaritas, and food. Si Senor offers authentic New Mexican food and more than 100 tequilas. Get there early on the weekend or you may be waiting for a table. It’s THAT good. El Zocalo is located in the heart of downtown Chandler in the... View Article

Best Shopping in Gilbert AZ

August 25, 2016 6:00 am

Best Shopping in Gilbert AZ When it comes to the best shopping in Gilbert, there are a number of places including specialty, antique, and locally owned shops as well as regional and big box stores. Whether you’re looking for a place to park the car and walk around shopping or a small, local place to find a special gift, Gilbert is a great place to shop! San Tan Village – If you’re looking for a place to park and shop for something for everyone in your family, San Tan Village is among the best shopping in Gilbert. Crossroads Town Square – Located in the 202 corridor just off the 202 and Gilbert, this shopping center is another great place to... View Article

Best Arizona Day Trips from Gilbert

July 3, 2016 9:30 am

Best Arizona Daytrips from Gilbert While there are a number of places to enjoy the outdoors in Gilbert, there are also a number of destinations tucked in the desert where you can enjoy local fare, arts and entertainment, and learn a bit about Arizona history. Here are the best Arizona day trips from Gilbert: Jerome – Located between Prescott and Sedona, Jerome is a former copper mining town turned artist retreat and local getaway. It’s also known as Arizona’s largest ghost town but I’ll let you decide if it’s haunted or not. Prescott – Arizona’s original state capital, Prescott offers arts and theatre, hotels, bed and breakfasts, shopping, and nightlife including live music along the famed Whiskey Row. Sedona –... View Article

10 Summer Activities for Kids in the East Valley

June 20, 2016 7:32 am

10 Summer Activities for Kids in the East Valley With the temperatures heating up, many of us are heading indoors, especially those with school-age kids. It’s just too hot outside or we’re looking for places to cool off. Grab your bottle of water and enjoy summer activities for kids in the east valley! Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley offers Summer Day Camp at 12 east valley locations including Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, and Queen Creek. Arizona Water Parks offer pools, slides, and rides to keep the family cool. Locations include Golfland Sunsplash, Big Surf, and Wet ‘N Wild. Pack the sunscreen because you will need it! Harkins Summer Movie Pass includes 10 movies in 10 weeks for less... View Article

Newman’s Picks for Places to Eat in Gilbert

April 15, 2016 2:30 pm

Newman’s Picks for Places to Eat in Gilbert If you’re looking for delicious food for date night or for a family dinner, there’s no shortage of places to eat in Gilbert! Morning Meeting Spots Bergie’s Coffee Roast House – Located in The Heritage District, this is the little house with a lot of coffee! Bergie’s roasts their own coffee beans, offering the freshest coffee and baked goods and a relaxing outdoor atmosphere. It’s perfect for a business meeting or a weekend cup of joe with friends. Higher Grounds Roastery & Cafe – Located in Val Vista just south of Williams Field Road, HG Roastery offers the best of coffee, food, and atmosphere. A great addition to the area! Places to Eat... View Article

What does the Dodd Frank mortgage regulation mean for buyers and sellers?

August 24, 2015 2:08 pm

What does the Dodd Frank mortgage regulation mean for buyers and sellers? Signed into effect in July 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is the result of the Great Recession and an effort by lawmakers to protect consumers by regulating banks and other financial institutions. What does the Dodd Frank mortgage regulation mean for buyers and sellers? Simply stated, it means longer escrow periods. If you’re planning on buying or selling a home after October 1, 2015, your escrow may be 45 instead of 30 days due to regulations that go into effect for real estate transactions that involve a home loan. If you’re planning to buy or sell a home, we recommend allowing for the... View Article

Back to School Tips for Commuters

July 22, 2015 1:17 pm

Back to School Tips for Commuters Before you speed through a school zone, keep in mind some Arizona public schools are already in session. July is back to school time for Chandler Public Schools. Seems early but they’re on a modified year round schedule. If you’re driving to work or client appointments, keep these back to school tips for commuters in mind: Watch for children. As a driver, it’s important to watch for children of all ages running to catch a bus or beat the bell to get to school on time. They don’t always look or stop so we need to be stopping and looking both ways to prevent an accident. Be aware of school zones. Not only are... View Article

Newman’s Picks for Places to Eat in Tempe

July 20, 2015 11:31 am

Newman’s Picks for Places to Eat in Tempe If you’re a foodie looking for a variety of food and drink, Tempe is a great place for lunch or dinner out with colleagues, friends, and family. Tempe Marketplace offers a variety of coffee shops and lunch spots to dinner and nightlife. Mill Avenue and surrounding areas never disappoint and then there are the neighborhood favorite places to eat in Tempe. Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen – If you’re looking for live music and 50+ beers on tap, Cooper Blues in Tempe is the place for you! Whether you’re wanting lunch with colleagues or a night out with friends, you can enjoy live music seven days a week. Relax and enjoy!... View Article

Housing and Employment in East Valley AZ

July 17, 2015 10:21 am

Housing and Employment in East Valley AZ There’s good news for housing and employment in east valley AZ. We’re trending upward at rates not seen in a year. New home sales and existing home sales are increasing with one Mesa master-planned community being named to the national Top 20 top-selling communities. Job fairs and employment numbers indicate a strengthening economy. The news couldn’t be better! Housing Market News According to the Phoenix Business Journal, new home sales increased from 856 in March 2014 to 954 in March 2015 with a median price of $300,466. During the same period existing home sales increased 28.9% from 6,636 in March 2014 to 8,552 in March 2015 with a median price of $194,000. That’s... View Article

Real Estate Housing Market in the East Valley

June 24, 2015 12:12 pm

Real Estate Housing Market in the East Valley I am pleased to tell you the real estate housing market in the East Valley is making a comeback from historic lows. Since 2013, we’ve been experiencing a slow but steady rebound to home values. If you’ve bought a home in the last 15 months, you know you’ve got to scramble to submit the contract. It’s a nice change from where we were in 2008-2010 that’s for sure! Real Estate Rebound The first time we saw real growth in the market since the recession was in 2013 when there were double-digit percentage increases in home values. It was a buyers market for sure! By October of that year, the market slowed which... View Article

Arizona Overnight Trips from the East Valley

June 23, 2015 6:00 am

Arizona Overnight Trips from the East Valley Picking just a few Arizona overnight trips from the east valley is challenging because there is so much to experience! From natural beauties like the Grand Canyon and El Morro National Monument to hiking, resorts, and desert jeep tours, the southwest has something for everyone. Arizona day trips from Gilbert include Prescott, Jerome, and Sedona which can also be a weekend (or longer) getaway. Pink Jeep Tours in Jerome is a great way to see the desert flora and fauna in ways you couldn’t if you were hiking. Choose from Touch-the-Earth Sedona Vortex Tour, the Scenic Rim Tour, Coyote Canyons Tour, and more. Prescott, Jerome, and Sedona offer a variety of hotels, motels,... View Article

Newman’s Picks for Places to Eat Mesa AZ

June 18, 2015 6:30 am

Newman’s Picks for Places to Eat Mesa AZ If you’re a novice foodie like I am, look no further than places to eat Mesa AZ for delish fare and engaging atmospheres for your next business meeting or date night. Coffee Talk in Mesa AZ Gill’s Grounds is a veteran owned coffee shop located next to the Power Road Farmers Market. They offer espresso, coffee, smoothies, iced drinks offered at their double drive-up window so you don’t have to wait. LoFi Coffee in downtown Mesa AZ offers more space and a cool vibe that you won’t experience at a chain coffee shop. Whether you’re in need of a business meeting spot or an evening out, LoFi offers coffee, tea, pastries, snacks... View Article

Gilbert Community News: Why it Makes Sense to Develop the 202 Corridor

May 15, 2015 7:00 am

Gilbert Community News: Why it Makes Sense to Develop the 202 Corridor If you’re looking for a boring place where nothing is happening, Gilbert, AZ is NOT the place for you! Businesses and residential communities are bursting with the growth of restaurants, office space, and mixed-use developments happening from the Heritage District to Rivulon to the borders of Queen Creek and beyond. Gilbert community news includes pushes to shop local and develop the 202 corridor. While there is existing retail and residential along the 202 corridor, there is a lot of land ready for development. This includes the 250-acre mixed-use Rivulon property at Gilbert Road and the 202 and yet-to-be-named projects. The Town of Gilbert supports development because it helps... View Article

Gilbert is Welcoming Businesses and Education

May 1, 2015 2:00 am

Gilbert is Welcoming Businesses and Education As a longtime resident of Gilbert, I am excited to see growth not only in residential real estate, but in the local economy as a whole. This is due in large part to the support of local and state government, encouragement of economic expansion, and growth of the Gilbert community. Gilbert is welcoming business and education in new and innovative ways that make it a great place for singles, couples, and families. Support of Town of Gilbert and State of Arizona If you’ve been to a ribbon cutting for a local business recently, you’ve probably met Gilbert Mayor John Lewis or members of the Town Council. They are active in the community at the... View Article

State of the Economy in Gilbert

April 6, 2015 10:48 pm

If you’re looking to live in a growing community focused on building business relationships and fostering families, Gilbert is the place for you! The Gilbert Office of Economic Development reports the average age of 31.4 years old and median income of $76,574, make this young community ready for growth. The State of the Economy of Gilbert includes: St. Xavier University, Gilbert’s first institute of higher education located in the popular Heritage District on Gilbert Road between Guadalupe and Elliot Roads. The planned expansion of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. A skilled workforce of over a million people within a 45-minute commute. The growth of companies technology-based companies like Orbital ATK who just signed a deal with NASA for the building of... View Article

Newman Realty Blog – Welcome!

February 18, 2015 4:34 pm

Welcome to the Newman Realty blog where we will be talking about Gilbert, AZ real estate and community news.  Anyone who knows me – and some who don’t – know that I am a passionate advocate for Gilbert. It only makes sense. I live here. I am raising my children here and educating them in Gilbert schools. I chose to start my business, Newman Realty, here. I belong to the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. Gilbert is great place to live but I am not the only one who thinks that. In 1980, Gilbert was a small village of a mere 5,187 on the outskirts of Phoenix. Just 34 short years later, it had grown to over 218,000 residents. It is... View Article

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