Popular Farmers’ Markets Around The Northeast Valley

Carefree Farmers market banner photoIf you live in the Northeast Valley or in any of the neighboring areas, maybe you are wondering where you can go to find the best farmers’ markets in the area. After all, farmer’s markets are a great opportunity to find locally-grown high-quality fruit and vegetables as well as cuts of meat, eggs, and homemade goods that are created and sold by your neighbors. Buying from a farmer’s market gives you the chance to support local merchants and help give back to your community by keeping your spending local. But it’s hard to do all that if you don’t know where the best markets are! Take a look at our list of the best farmer’s markets in the Northeast Valley to help you plan your next shopping day.


  • Old Town Farmers’ Market: If you’re looking for the true farmers’ market experience in Scottsdale, Old Town Farmer’s Market is the way to go. This is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. It’s a large market packed full of all sorts of different types of food for sale from local vendors.  Even the parking is easy at this one, but make sure to arrive early so the vendors don’t run out of high-quality organic produce!
  • Singh Farms: Stop by on Saturdays during the open farmer’s market season to visit Singh Farms in Scottsdale. Here, you can find all sorts of fruit and veggies as well as locally-made dips, spreads, cheeses and more. Be sure to keep your eyes open for homemade bread and pick up some excellent jams or jellies to eat with it while you’re there. Take note, however, that dogs aren’t allowed in this market.

North Phoenix

  • Uptown Farmers’ Market: The Uptown Farmers’ Market in North Phoenix is another favorite among the locals, and it’s picking up a lot of steam with visitors to the area, too. You can find a variety of different ethnic foods at this market as well as plenty of your favorite locally-grown vegetables too. Be sure to check out the vendors that sell lunch and snacks on the go if you get hungry while exploring everything this market has to offer!
  • Open Air Market: The Open Air Market is a year-round farmers’ market that takes place every Saturday at the Phoenix Public Market in North Phoenix. This is a smaller market than the others listed here, but it’s still worth checking out if you’re looking for somewhere to buy sustainable and locally-sourced food from the region. Be sure to check out the café next door if you get hungry while you’re there, too!

Paradise Valley

  • Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market: The Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market doesn’t have as many arts and crafts vendors as some of the others listed here might have, but if you’re looking for a great selection of food from the area, be sure to check it out. You can find lots of breakfast and lunch options among the quality fruit and vegetables, too.

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Stages Of The Home Buying Process

Central Scottsdale home photoBuying a home, whether it’s your first time or your fifth, is a complicated process with a lot of different stages to keep in mind. When you go shopping for a house, it’s not as easy as just looking at a few, picking the one you want and then purchasing it. There are things you need to do before you can ever look at a house in the first place, and there are stages that take place after you pick the house you want to buy, too. If you find yourself confused about these stages or wondering where you are on your own personal homebuying journey, check out the information below.

Qualifying for a Loan:  The first thing you have to do before you can buy your home is to qualify for a loan. And in order to do this, you need to speak with your bank or a lending company. The place where you go to get your loan depends entirely on your needs as well as which lenders will offer you a loan at a reasonable rate. While it’s okay to check around with a couple of different lenders for mortgage loan quotes, make sure you don’t do this too much, or it will reflect negatively on your credit report. (If you get a few quotes in a short amount of time and then apply for a loan, the lender will usually forgive the flag on your credit report because it is clear you’re shopping around.)

Finding a Realtor and a Home:  Once you know how much you’ll be able to spend on your home, you should find a realtor you can work with. It’s okay to try a few realtors before you find someone you get along well with and someone who is really focused on helping you find what you need. With your realtor, you’ll check out several homes before you find the one that’s right for you. Don’t be afraid to take your time with this process!

Making an Offer:  Next, you’ll make an offer on the home. The realtor you’re working with will help you negotiate with the seller and will make sure you include specifics in your offer, such as a home inspection. There may be a lot of back-and-forth during this time, and it’s important to remember that the first home you offer on may not be the home you end up purchasing.

Signing:  When the offer is accepted, you’ll meet with your realtor, the seller, their realtor, and any lenders who need to be present. Everyone will sign all the appropriate documents and the homebuying process will be complete. You will receive the keys after signing.

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5 Most Common Mistakes When Shopping for a House

Scottsdale house photoWhen you’re looking for a new home, it’s easy to fall into some of the mistakes many other homebuyers just like you have made countless times before. If it’s your first time buying a home, the risk of making a mistake is a lot higher, but even old pros who have been through the routine a few times already may hit a pitfall without even realizing it. It’s important to know what you’re up against when you’re going shopping for a house, and it’s especially a good idea to familiarize yourself with the most common mistakes made by people in your position.

Unrealistic Budget:  This is probably the worst and most common mistake made by homebuyers. If you don’t know how much you can spend on your home, you’re going to be in a bad situation from the very beginning.  Start with getting pre-qualified with a lender and communicate with your realtor clearly that you cannot go over this price. In a best-case scenario, you’ll have to find another home when you try to qualify for a loan you can’t afford. And in a worst-case scenario, you’ll end up buying a home you can’t pay for and will have a lot of financial trouble down the line.

Forgetting Expenses:  Don’t forget that the cost of the home isn’t the only expense you’ll have at closing. Closing costs, taxes, and a host of other expenses will come your way. If this is your first home, you’ll also need to factor in home insurance; if you’ve already been owning a home, this may be an expense you’re used to.

Pickiness:  Being too picky may mean you’ll never find the right home. If you have a specific budget, you can’t be so choosy that you turn down every home that doesn’t meet every item on your checklist. Prioritize a few items that are most important to you (no major renovations needed, big backyard, located in town) and leave off the ones that you can live without (updated bathroom, fence around the yard, already landscaped).

Emotional Investment:  It’s hard not to get attached to a home you feel is perfect for you, but the truth is that you’re probably not going to get the first home you fall in love with. Try not to get emotionally attached to a home until you’ve signed the contract.

Ignoring Home Inspections:  Some buyers just ignore what the home inspection says and only have one done because it’s required, either by the law in their state or by the contract they have. It’s always a good idea to pay close attention to what the inspection tells you so you can decide whether or not to progress with the purchase.

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Phoenix/Scottsdale Real Estate Market November Update- October 2017 Stats

Here is the Phoenix/Scottsdale area Monthly Real Estate Market Report for November 2017, which shows 7,410 homes sold in the month of October compared to 7,104 homes in October 2016. This is a 4.2% increase for the number homes sold year over year. And the average sale price is up 4.3% year over year. The amount of listed homes is down by 8.9% to 19,235 from 21,093 in October 2016. Inventory of listed homes is starting to rise as it does this time of year, but is still well below last year at this time. And demand continues to remain strong going into the Fall/Winter. The average days on market is down 12.2% from October 2016 to 65 days. (Click on the link below or the image to view the full Market Report)

Click here to see the full October 2017 Market Report & Statistics

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Storage Tips for Small Kitchens

small kitchen photoDo you have a small kitchen? Are you looking for ways to spruce up your space and make the most of what you have to work with? Whether you live in an older home with a more old-fashioned kitchen design or you live in an apartment without a lot of space to work with, don’t worry. You have options when it comes to figuring out the best way to put your kitchen storage to work for you. Check our tips below to help you find the best options for your needs.

Tall cabinets

There’s no reason why you can’t stack cabinets or install tall ones that go all the way to the ceiling. Although this may be a unique design option, it’s sure to give you plenty of space to store everything you need in your kitchen. Just make sure you put the items you don’t use as frequently up on those high shelves, and don’t forget to keep a stepstool or ladder close by so you can reach the higher items as needed.

Hanging Pots

Hang up your pots and pans suspended from the ceiling to maximize the storage space you have in your cabinets. This will help you keep everything much more organized and will give you plenty of room to store other items, such as your dishes or your slow cooker.

Drawer organization

Purchase some low-cost draw organizers to help you keep your utensils in the right place at all times. Don’t waste a drawer in your kitchen on a “junk drawer,” and try to maximize the amount of drawer space you have to work with.

Wall-mounted shelves

Hang shelves on the wall and use them for storing things like mugs, dishes you use frequently, and other items you’ll want to reach on a regular basis. This is also a good place to keep spices if you don’t have a specific spice cabinet, but take care not to let it look too cluttered or end up overflowing with spices, either.

Try an island

Some kitchens are too small for an island, and if that’s true of your kitchen, there’s no need to try to squeeze one in. However, if you have enough room for it, put in a small island and be sure to choose one that has built-in shelves, drawers, or both. This will give you a chance to store even more using the new space you’ve created. Try a rolling island that you can move out of the way as needed if you’re having trouble finding space for a stationary one.

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