Scottsdale and Gilbert, Arizona on Top 5 Safest Cities List

Scottsdale and Gilbert rank among the top five safest cities in America according to a recent survey by Law Street Media.

Law Street Media, a web site focused on legal and public policy issues, compiled data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report Statistics.

It found Gilbert has the second lowest violent crime rate among cities with a population greater than 200,000.Law Street Media attributed the East Valley town’s low crime rate to “efficient policing system.”

There is only one officer for every 965 people in Gilbert, according to Law Street Media. But their police force does “a lot with a little,” said Dana Berchman, Chief Digital Officer of Gilbert.

“We have less, but then we have less crime so it’s a great source of pride. When people are looking to move or create new businesses, safety is definitely a factor so this is an honor,” she said.

Scottsdale came in at number five on the list. Law Street Media credited Scottsdale’s high police-to-population ratio and its “vibrant economy” for the city’s safety.

However, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane saw a flaw in the latter sentiment.

“The economy was in trouble the past five years but we actually got safer during that time,” he said. “It’s because Scottsdale is a tight community that sees themselves as allies with the police.”

Lane said Scottsdale police have continuously shown an eagerness to work with the community as opposed to simply being overseers. He said that relationship is why Scottsdale has, for many years, been a safe community.

Officials with the town of Gilbert did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Irvine, Calif., was ranked number one on the list. Other cities in the top 10 were Henderson, Nev., Garland, Texas, and Virginia Beach, Va.

The cities were ranked using a standard measure of violent crimes per 100,000 people, according to Law Street Media. The FBI’s four major violent crime categories were used which include murder, robberies, aggravated assault, and forcible rape.

Law Street Media is a website founded this year by New York Times Magazine writer, John Jenkins. The site works to inform readers about law and public policy.

Jenkins said the site will continue collecting and publishing city crime data so that readers can “dig into the rankings and see not only how safe their city is, but how the resources devoted to policing compare to other cities.”

A complete list of the top ten safest cities can be found at: http://lawstreetmedia.com/crime-in-america-top-10-safest-cities-over-200000/.

Courtesy of AZ Republic Nov 26th, 2013

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Scottdale & Phoenix home remodeling ROI (return on investment)

Scottdale & Phoenix home remodeling ROI (return on investment)

If you are considering an update to your Arizona home have a look at the attached statistics. If you remodel key parts of your home the ROI is pretty good. Of course if you plan to live in the home long term making it fit your needs is most important.
1- Kitchen Remodel (Minor) 94%
2- Kitchen Remodel (Major) 81%
3- Bathroom remodel (Major) 81%

If you are interested in the return on investment regarding a remodel project give us a call at the Scottsdale Coldwell Banker Office 602-761-7814

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Arizona Real Estate Statistics for November 2013

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Tracking metro Phoenix’s housing market is a fun hobby for many homeowners again.

Here’s a rundown of new numbers from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service’s latest STAT report for October, plus a forecast for November.

6,041: Number of home sales.

13.9 percent: The drop in home sales through October compared with 2012’s pace.

10,695: New properties listed for sale.

14.1 percent: The percentage increase in the number of homes for sale compared with October 2012.

$213,000: Median price of homes listed for sale.

21.8 percent: Increase in median listing price from October 2012.

6,199: Number of all pending foreclosures.

53.9 percent: The drop in pending foreclosures during the past year.

65 days: The average time it takes to sell a home.

5 days: How much faster a home sold a year ago.

“Looking ahead to November, the pending price index predicts the median sales price will remain flat,” said Tom Ruff, analysts for ARMLS and author of the report.

“As the holiday season begins, the combination of fewer properties under contract and fewer business days in November means sales volume will fall again this month.”

(Courtesy of AZ Republic-By Catherine Reagor The Republic | azcentral.com Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:17 PM)

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Arizona NE Valley High Schools and College Grads

High schools and their college grads

Many of the high schools that produce the most college graduates are in the Northeast Valley, according to data from the state Board of Regents. Here are the top high schools, the number of graduates in the Class of 2006 and the percentage of those who graduated from a four-year college within six years:

1. University High School, Tucson Unified District: 154, 72 percent.

2. Tempe Prep charter: 45, 71 percent.

3. Catalina Foothills High School, Catalina Foothills School District: 417, 58 percent.

4. Chaparral High School, Scottsdale Unified School District: 411, 55 percent.

5. Basis Tucson charter: 13, 54 percent.

6. Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale Unified School District: 524, 54 percent.

7. Arizona School for the Arts charter, Phoenix: 34, 53 percent.

8. Foothills Academy charter, Scottsdale: 28, 50 percent.

9. Arizona Academy of Science and Technology charter, Phoenix: 6, 50 percent.

10. Saguaro High School, Scottsdale Unified School District: 342, 46 percent.

11. Northland Prep charter, Flagstaff: 26, 46 percent.

12. Desert Vista High School, Tempe Union High School District: 652, 45 percent.

13. Fountain Hills High School, Fountain Hills Unified School District: 174, 44 percent.

14. Horizon High School, Paradise Valley Unified School District: 523, 44 percent.

15. Corona del Sol, Tempe Union High School District: 665, 44 percent.

16. James Madison Prep charter, Tempe: 14, 43 percent.

17. Cactus Shadows High School, Cave Creek Unified School District: 286, 40 percent.

18. Arcadia High School, Scottsdale Unified School District: 236, 39 percent.

19. Ironwood Ridge, Amphitheater School District: 379, 38 percent.

20. Pinnacle High School, Paradise Valley Unified School District: 383, 38 percent.

This list doesn’t include White Cone High School in the Cedar Unified School District, which had two graduates in 2006, one of whom graduated from a four-year institution. The school is now closed.

(thanks to AZ Republic Nov 2013)

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Elevation- Angle Eve

Not sure what the term “Mid-Century Modern” means?

Come visit this new listing located at 32nd Street and Shea. 3 bedroom, 2 baths, complete contemporary remodel. Call for a private showing 602-761-7814 http://www.coldwellbankerhomestore.com.

Priced at $439,000

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Palm Lane Condo

Palm Lane Condo

Looking for an ultra-low maintenance home? Look no further than this 2 bedroom plus a den, ground level condo. Located at Central Avenue and Palm Lane there is no better location. Call for a private showing 602-761-7814 http://www.coldwellbankerhomestore.com

Priced at $310,000

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McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale AZ

We have a brand new listing located at 8743 E San Marino Drive in Scottsdale. This is a 3 bedroom plus a den patio home in the heart of the Hayden corridor close the shopping. 2,100 SF priced at $388,900 this home is a great value. Please call to setup a private showing at 602-761-7814 www.scottsdalecoldwellbanker.com

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Home just listed in Chandler

New listing just hit the market and is a must see. Located in the beautiful and gated lake community of Ocotillo Lakes in Chandler. This 4 bedroom with 3 baths is the complete package and is priced right at $514,900. Call for a private showing at 602-761-7814 or visit our website at www.scottsdalecoldwellbanker.com

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Scottsdale Real Estate Costs

The August statistics reveal that the average cost per square foot for homes sold in Scottsdale reached $190.00. This is up from $160.00 just a year ago and $142.00 two years ago. So for sellers the market is sure moving in the right diection. For a complete report send a request to info@scottsdalecoldwellbanker.com or call 602-761-7814 for the Scottsdale Coldwell Banker office.

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Scottsdale Real Estate Market Update

The residential real estate market data for August is now available. The highlights include:
1- The average sale price was $484,000 which is the highest in 3 years with the exception of May 2013. There were 2,374 homes listed for sale and 579 were actually sold. This is also off of the peak which occured in May which had 854 closings. Most of this slowing is a fairly common occurance due to the hot weather, traveling and back to school. There were only 46 new listings in August which is about half the normal. For a complete report send a request to info@scottsdalecoldwellbanker.com or call 602-761-7814 for the Scottsdale Coldwell Banker office.

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