Why people are moving from Northern California to Arizona

It’s home to California’s Redwood Empire and Wine Country. It’s got a perfect climate, not too hot and not too cold, with a little fog to make things interesting. It’s not too far from — or too close to — San Francisco.

It’s where writer Jack London chose to live out the last days of his short life, and it even has a museum dedicated to cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Linus, Lucy, Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

So what’s not to like about Sonoma County?

A lot, apparently. In 2017 alone, some 60,000 Californians pulled up stakes and moved to Arizona, according to recent Census data.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the newspaper of record for the largest city in Sonoma County, tracked down a dozen people who moved from their fair county to Arizona and asked them why.

Their responses might surprise you. Or then again, they might not, especially if you commute, pay rent or a mortgage payment, or need to stretch a dollar.

Here’s a sampling from the Press Democrat:

  • Samuel Rosales and Mark Belvedere said they moved to Arizona to escape the Northern California traffic, especially their long commutes into San Francisco.
  • Dennis Anderson paid more than half a million dollars for his small home in Santa Rosa. He got one twice as big, with a pool, for $300,000 in Tempe.
  • Tara Thompson moved for the educational opportunity. Grad school in Arizona, even with out-of-state tuition, is still way cheaper than in California.
  • Phyllis Reason lost her home in last year’s devastating wildfires. By moving to Goodyear, she’s closer to family, and as a side benefit, she notes that gas is a dollar a gallon cheaper in Arizona.

Other families echoed the same themes of affordability, and several said they were able to find jobs here that were unavailable to them in Sonoma County.

For now, all seem happy with their choices. We’ll see if they’re still singing the same tune in July.

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The Best City Ever - Scottsdale, Arizona

Why You Should Buy a Home in Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona has a reputation as a travel destination, but it’s also a city beloved by it’s residents. Scottsdale provides abundant amenities, from vibrant outdoor activities and sports to a thriving downtown and waterfront. The reasons to move to Scottsdale are countless, including the sunny, dry climate; here are a few great ones:

The Weather

It might not be the only reason, but it is one of the best to start this list with. Not only is it warm, but Arizona residents enjoy low humidity levels in winter, not to mention the rest of the year. While average humidity levels in places like Florida can skyrocket all the way to 90-percent or even higher, the daily averages in Phoenix hover around 37-percent, and can drop to 23-percent or lower in the afternoons. With temperatures all winter long that average in the mid-60s and more than 300 days of sunshine, the Valley is one of the best places to live in the United States based on weather alone. Check out all the Homes for Sale In Scottsdale.


In spite of its reputation as a city for retirees, Scottsdale has abundant Gen X and millennial residents raising young families in the area. The city’s school districts are consistently ranked among the top in the state, including charter and magnet schools, an outstanding community college and proximity to Arizona State University. Charter BASIS High School ranks among the top 10 high schools in the country, per U.S. News and World Report. Likewise, the city has plenty of activities to appeal to families, including accredited sports and recreational activities and arts and museum culture.

In 2014, Scottsdale was named the top city in the country to raise a family. Scottsdale is also home to family-friendly parks, including the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt, which connects the north side of town to the border with Tempe near Arizona State University by way of parks, splash pads, bike paths, driving ranges, and public golf courses.

Old Town

Known for nightlife, Scottsdale’s downtown has exploded with condos and urban housing for an effective mix of “live-work-play” in the area. It’s also one of the top five art markets in the country, with more than 70 galleries. It’s home to a growing tech sector. Weebly and Yelp have both opened branch offices here, among others; it’s less expensive than the Silicon Valley environment. Shopping is also a priority; Scottsdale Fashion Square sets a high standard with anchors Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Dillard’s and Barney’s New York. Residents appreciate the blend of arts and culture downtown with business, shopping and nightlife: I love the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The grounds are green with beautiful fountains and a nice selection of restaurants. Scottsdale Fashion Square is the best place for people-watching, from hipsters to dowagers. Click here for Old Town Scottsdale Homes For Sale.

Dining & Shopping

Scottsdale’s burgeoning downtown benefits from entrepreneurism in the restaurant scene as well, with more than 790 restaurants in the city. Each year, Scottsdale hosts Restaurant Week, which had nearly 80 participants at all price points in Fall 2017.

There is no shortage of high-end shopping and dining in Scottsdale. From the Pavilions at Talking Stick to the Kierland Commons, the city is perfect for shoppers of all tastes. Scottsdale is home to unique storefronts like Calvin Klein Performance—the Scottsdale Quarter location is one of only five in the continental United States—and the Nordstrom at Scottsdale Fashion Square, is the department store’s only location in the Valley. The ultra-exclusive shopping found at the Biltmore Fashion Park is only a short drive west, while there are smaller boutiques and shopping centers scattered at all ends of town.

Spring Training

Major League Baseball Spring Training, also known as The Cactus League, has been a Valley tradition since 1947. Through the end of February to late March, 15 teams make Arizona its home in the spring, including the hometown Diamondbacks, the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, California rivals in the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, and San Francisco Giants, and many more. The 15 teams play in 10 stadiums around the Talley, two of which are located in Scottsdale: Scottsdale Stadium (the Giants’ “home” stadium), which is located near the amenities in Old Town and the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (“home” to both the Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies), which is a stone’s throw from the Pavilions at Talking Stick and the Talking Stick Casino and Resort. Three more stadiums are located nearby in Tempe (Tempe Diablo Stadium, “home” of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) and Mesa (Sloan Park, “home” of the Chicago Cubs, and HoHoKam Stadium, “home” of the Oakland Athletics), while five more stadiums are scattered a short drive west.

Fun Yearly Events

Scottsdale plays host to events like the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, the world-famous Barrett-Jackson Collector Car events, Arizona Bike Week at Westworld, The Bentley Polo Party, Scottsdale Culinary Festival, Scottsdale Fashion week, and much more.

However, the unofficial start to the party season begins when Scottsdale plays host to one of the top golf tournaments on the PGA Tour, the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Competed at the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale, 2017 was a record year for the Phoenix Open with more than 655,000 attendees and $10 million dollars raised for local charities. The most popular part of the tournament is the 16th hole, nicknamed “The Coliseum”. Though it is one of the shortest holes on the course, it is surrounded by a 20,000-seat grandstand, and is described as “one big party”. Gone are the traditional golf rules of quiet, stately observance. Instead, fans boo poor shots and cheer loudly for the best, which include Tiger Woods’ hole-in-one in 1997.


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Scottsdale’s Most Popular Home Styles Tour

Top 10 Scottsdale Home Styles

People often associate Scottsdale Arizona with the typical suburban sprawl: rows of cookie-cutter homes decked out in the same neutral color palette as the next. But Scottsdale’s lineup of home types is actually much more diverse than you may think.

The area is home to a regional haven of midcentury architecture, and there’s also a sweeping collection of Spanish, Mediterranean, and even Tudor Revival designs. No matter your style or budget, you’re bound to find the perfect home in Scottsdale to fit your personality.

scottsdale contemporary homes for sale

1. Contemporary

Clean, stark lines and a neutral color palette with minimalist forms – these are the makings of a contemporary home in Scottsdale. These designs take inspiration from some of the country’s top architects, like Frank Lloyd Wright, Will Bruder and Jack DeBartolo. Packed with the latest technology, the homes are typically built with simple and straightforward materials: Wood, steel and glass. Find these homes in pockets of Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and all around Phoenix.

scottsdale Midcentury Modern home for sale

2. Midcentury Modern

From Al Beadle to Ralph Haver and Frank Lloyd Wright (again), many of the most prominent post-WWII architects designed homes in the Scottsdale area. And now, a grassroots revival is breathing new life into these old homes while also building new houses to reflect a style of architecture that celebrates connection to the environment, open design concepts and open space.

scottsdale Spanish Mission homes for sale

3. Spanish Mission

North Scottsdale is brimming with Spanish Mission homes–an architectural style made popular in the 1890s in California. Stucco, adobe brick, enclosed courtyards and a hip roof are all characteristics of this design type. Even many newly built homes in suburbs like Chandler, Gilbert, and Mesa use this look as their inspiration.

scottsdale Ranch style homes for sale

4. Ranch

This is the type of home that most non-residents associate with Scottsdale. Single-story and open concept, ranch homes in the area are inspired by the casual lifestyle of the Old and New West. They’re built for function, but many come with charming details like brightly colored front doors and facades. Many of Scottsdale’s historic homes are ranch concepts, but it’s also a popular architectural style for new construction.

scottsdale Mediterranean Revival style homes for sale

5. Mediterranean Revival

This is one of the most prominent architectural styles in Phoenix…maybe it’s the similarity in climate between Phoenix and the Mediterranean region where this style began? Again, many of the newly constructed, master-planned communities reflect this look. Mediterranean Revival homes feature a rectangular floor plan that’s typically topped with a red-tiled roof and accented by arches, circles and wrought iron.

scottsdale Hacienda style homes for sale

6. Hacienda-Style (aka Spanish Revival)

Hacienda homes can be antique or contemporary, but they typically come with a few key attributes: Iron and tile are among the main materials and pottery plays an important role, but in design and décor. The exteriors are typically made from stucco and clay while interior attributes include exposed beams, wrought-iron details and repeated arches. Hacienda homes dot the landscape all over the Scottsdale area.

scottsdale Pueblo Revival style homes for sale

7. Pueblo Revival

This is a quintessential Southwestern design. Popularized in Arizona and New Mexico around the turn of the 20th century, the architecture is reflective of the dwellings built by Pueblo Indians as far back as 750 A.D. You can spot a Pueblo Revival home by its flat or sloping roof, but other key elements include the use of earthy materials (i.e. adobe), heavy wooden accents and rounded exteriors with contrasting square windows.

scottsdale Santa Fe Style homes for sale

8. Santa Fe Style (aka Phoenix Territorial)

Santa Fe (or Phoenix Territorial) homes are similar to the Pueblo Revival look. These homes feature flat roofs and neutral desert-inspired tones. Typically, a low hallway ceiling will open into a spacious, vaulted-ceiling living room or kitchen. Houses in this style are warm, earthy and classically Southwestern. You can find a good mix of them all over Scottsdale and Phoenix.

scottsdale Territorial Style homes for sale

9. Territorial Style

Yes, believe it or not, this style is different than the previous one. Though its origins are the same as Santa Fe or Phoenix Territorial, the general Territorial Style is more “folksy.” It blends Greek Revival and Gothic details with Pueblo and Spanish Mission architecture. Territorial homes in Scottsdale are typically trimmed with colorful shutters, brick tile work, repeating columns and the occasional pitched roof.

scottsdale Tuscan Style homes for sale

10. Tuscan Style

Tuscan architecture tends to be favored by the mountainous neighborhoods of Greater Phoenix, in and around Scottsdale and northern Mesa, in particular. In Arizona, though, the homes are actually a blend of Italian and desert style: Warm, yellow-tinted paint colors, stone walkways, arches and plenty of terra-cotta accents.

There are plenty of home styles to fall in love with in Scottsdale — especially if you love clean lines, desert hues, and Southwestern vibes.

Think you might be ready to buy? Bemo Homes will work hard to find you the right home for the best price.

Please contact us today and we will begin the journey to discovering your dream home.

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Is Your Scottsdale Dream Home Out of Your Price Range?

5 Budget Tips to get your Scottsdale Dream Home

From the moment you walked in, the house was calling to you. That chef’s kitchen! The ballroom-size playroom! Wait a second, is that a fireplace in the master? Done and done. This is your perfect Scottsdale home…

That is, until you recheck the price and discover it’s just a bit out of your price range. Cruel, cruel world!

There are precious few things in life more exciting than finding your true Scottsdale dream home—and not many things more soul-crushing than realizing you can’t afford it. Or, can you? If you’re determined to stretch your budget the way certain presidential candidates stretch the concept of “sarcasm,” there are ways to pull off this monetary magic without becoming completely house poor.

We’ll show you how to make your budget mesh with your fantasy. For real. Check out our 5 Budget Tips to get your Scottsdale Dream Home.

Budget Tip No. 1: Negotiate the price

“Everything is always negotiable,” says Brian Bemo with Bemo Homes in Scottsdale. “You’d be surprised at what sellers, agents, and buyers alike will compromise on.”

You might not get what you want, but you never know—the seller may be extremely motivated because of a move, work relocation, or divorce, for example.

“They may just be looking for a fair offer and would be willing to sell to you for a little less if they can close faster as a result.”

You’d be amazed by how many people make no effort to parley on price. Smart haggling can get you far! Do it.

Budget saver No. 2: Work the programs

There are a wide variety of programs, particularly down payment assistance programs, that help people achieve their dream of homeownership. And contrary to popular belief, you don’t necessarily have to be low-income to quality.

“You may discover a first-time home buyers program that can make your home of choice more affordable by providing assistance with the closing costs or the down payment,” says Bemo. Check with our lender Johnny Alo. He is a Mortgage Loan Officer who has been providing clients with superior mortgage service since 1997. At Academy Mortgage Corp. they offer conventional, FHA, VA and USDA; and non-conforming jumbo mortgages.

What’s that you say? The home is a dream in terms of neighborhood and square footage, but a nightmare on the inside?

If you’re considering a fixer-upper, you can look into financing it with a renovation loan. This will enable you to make desired improvements and have them financed into the mortgage.

Budget saver No. 3: Massage that mortgage

“The biggest mistake I see a majority of people make is blindly asking for a 30-year fixed mortgage,” Bemo says. Many home buyers, especially millennials, would be better off if they considered other options such as a five-, seven-, or 10-year adjustable-rate mortgage.

“We live in a much more transient society than we did 20 years ago, and people all too often pay for the ‘security’ of a 30-year fixed loan when, in fact, they will likely be selling or refinancing in less than 10 years”. Looking into a different loan type can translate into lower payments upfront.

Scottsdale home buyers can also look into creative options for their private mortgage insurance (e.g., having it paid by the lender or seller), which can help you achieve a lower monthly payment.

Budget saver No. 4: Check for ways this Scottsdale home itself could save you money

Sometimes that more expensive house payment will allow you to save in other areas. For example, maybe it makes your commute shorter and less expensive, or it’s in a better school district so you no longer have to foot expensive private school tuition.

Another possibility: The energy efficiency of a newer Scottsdale home can reduce your utility bills and might make up some of the cost difference of an older home.

“Sometimes a higher-priced home can actually cost the same as a lower-priced one when you do the math on other factors”.

Budget saver No. 5: Put the decision into perspective

On the one hand, you don’t want to be dumb. “If a Scottsdale home is truly out of my clients’ budget, I would emphatically advise them to continue looking,” Bemo says. However, while it is never advisable to buy more than you can afford, it is important to consider all factors before passing on a dream home.

Buying a home is not something to take lightly. You will likely live there for quite some time, so it is important not to just settle, especially if there are ways to get creative and make it work.

If your Scottsdale dream house is, say, $25,000 over your ideal budget, it may seem like a huge chunk of money. However, the sting is lessened when you imagine that amount spread over the life of the mortgage.

When you do that math on a 30-year mortgage, it ends up being only roughly a $70 monthly increase, and often my clients find they can make adjustments to accommodate the difference.

While he respects the initial budget that his clients have set, he says, he can relate to his clients who have fallen in love with their dream home but find it unaffordable.

“My family and I found a home we adored, but it was slightly over our budget”. “We didn’t hesitate, made it work, and got our dream home. The best decision we have ever made. It’s something we still think about from time to time, and I share this experience with the people I help.”

Think you might be ready to buy or rent? Bemo Homes will work hard to find you the right home for the best price.

Please contact us today and we will begin the journey to discovering your dream home.

Go to our Advanced Home Search, that will automatically email you daily updates as new properties hit the market. Or call Brian at (480) 600-2477, and we’ll set a MLS search for you.

Ready to Buy a Home in Scottsdale, Arizona?

Whether you’re becoming a homeowner in Scottsdale, Arizona for the first time or you’re a repeat buyer, buying a home is a financial and emotional decision that requires the experience and support of a team of reliable professionals. Bemo Homes can help you with all your real estate needs. Below are a few questions to see if you are Ready to Buy a Home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Why do you want to buy a home?

The emotional part of the decision comes into play when you think about why you want to move. If you’re a first-time buyer, you need stability in your career and the desire to commit to living in the same community for five to seven years. You should want to establish roots in an area like the park scottsdale neighborhood and look forward to decorating as you please without requiring a landlord’s permission.

Purchasing a home is a lifestyle choice that requires you to think about how you like to spend your time and the type of community where you want to live—such as a rural area without nearby neighbors, a high-rise building in a city or a home within a planned community with recreational amenities.

The more you understand your priorities for a home, the easier it will be for you to narrow your real estate decisions.

Homeownership can also be a powerful way to increase your personal wealth for you and your family, since you’ll be building equity in your home as you pay off your mortgage.

Are your finances ready for homeownership?

While your dream home in Scottsdale may not be within your reach right away, you can take steps to become a homeowner the moment you earn your first paycheck.

In order to qualify for a mortgage to buy a home, you’ll need good credit, a pattern of paying your bills on time while still saving money and a maximum debt-to-income ratio—your gross monthly income compared to the minimum payments on all recurring debts—of 43% or less. Some lenders have stricter guidelines, so the lower your debt-to-income ratio, the better your chances of a loan approval.

While loan programs are available with low down payments of 3.5% to 5%—and a few programs offer no down payment at all—you’ll still need some savings to pay for closing costs, moving expenses and an earnest money deposit on a home. It also is very wise to have cash reserves on hand after you buy.

Saving money and preserving or improving your credit history are essential elements to homeownership.

What can you afford to buy?

Scottsdale, Arizona housing prices and rents vary from one area to another, but you can use realtor.com®’s Rent vs. Buy calculator to estimate the difference between your current rent and buying a home. Sometimes, buying a home can cost the same or even less than renting.

Remember, when you’re a homeowner, you also need to include homeowners insurance, property taxes and homeowners association dues in your housing costs. You should use realtor.com®’s home affordability calculator to help you estimate what you can pay for a home.

In addition, you should think about your plans for the future and how you spend your money—along with your comfort level with a mortgage payment. A lender will tell you how much you can borrow, but that lender won’t know how much you spend on travel or golf or your plans for potentially reducing your work hours when you have a family.

Once you’ve thought through the emotional and financial aspects of becoming a homeowner, your next steps should be to find a reliable, experienced REALTOR® to become your partner in the home-buying process and talk to a reputable lender who can discuss your options for financing.

Think you might be ready to buy or rent? Bemo Homes will work hard to find you the right home for the best price.

Please contact us today and we will begin the journey to discovering your dream home.

Go to our Advanced Home Search, that will automatically email you daily updates as new properties hit the market. Or call Brian at (480) 600-2477, and we’ll set a MLS search for you.

Find the right home for you in Scottsdale or the Phoenix Area

For first-time buyers and repeat buyers alike, the decision to make an offer on a home is both exciting and a little scary. If your offer is accepted, the place you’ve chosen will be your home for the next several years. Not only should you feel emotionally satisfied by your choice, but you should also feel financially comfortable that you’re buying a home that you can afford and that you feel confident will hold onto its value or hopefully increase in value over the years.

While no one can know for sure what will happen to housing values, if you make the choice to buy a home that meets your needs and priorities you’ll be happy to live in it for years to come.

Neighborhood or Home Amenities
For some homebuyers, living in a particular neighborhood takes precedence over all other priorities, but for others, the home itself matters more. Ideally, you’ll find the perfect home in the neighborhood you love at a price that’s below your budget, but realistically, most people have to make some compromises.

You (and your spouse, partner or family) should make a list of what features you want in a home, such as the number of bedrooms, a fenced yard, granite counters in the kitchen, and then rank them in terms of priorities. Think about whether the house or the community matter more to you, and whether it’s worth it to you to make a longer commute in order to live in a home with a larger lot.

  • Look for a different home type within the community, such as a smaller single family home, a town home or condominium. Decide if you can live with one less bedroom or other features on your list.
  • Consult with a lender or a financial planner to discuss your options for increasing your budget. While no one should overspend on a home, you should recognize that going $10,000 above your price range when you’re financing your purchase with a 30-year fixed-rate loan will actually add only about $30 to your monthly payment.
  • Lower your expectations about the condition of the home. While everyone prefers a move-in ready home, you can often get a better deal on a home that needs some cosmetic repairs. Be careful, though, to have a home inspection and to evaluate the structure of the home to see that it meets your needs. Moving walls and adding a bathroom are costly renovations, while painting and replacing appliances are more reasonable.

If you have your heart set on a specific home style or a home with a larger yard for your children or to garden, your compromise is more likely to be in the location. If you’re willing to commute farther or perhaps choose a home in a community next to the ‘hot’ neighborhood, you can often find a more affordable home that fulfills your wish list.

Bemo Homes can help you determine when and how to compromise and we will take the time to show you a variety of alternatives so you can make an informed decision about when to make an offer.

Think you might be ready to buy or rent? Bemo Homes will work hard to find you the right home for the best price.

Please contact us today and we will begin the journey to discovering your dream home.

Go to our Advanced Home Search, that will automatically email you daily updates as new properties hit the market. Or call Brian at (480) 600-2477, and we’ll set a MLS search for you.

Beautiful Park Scottsdale

Located just north and east of Old Town Scottsdale, this perfectly located Park Scottsdale neighborhood allows you to enjoy the perks of the vibrant restaurant and nightlife offerings while still being about to step away from the bustle. This area allows easy access to Camelback mountain, recreational trails and several parks. Another unique landmark in this area is the Talking Stick Resort and Casino, which also features a Top Golf venue. Enjoy the close proximity to the Salt River Fields, Spring training home to the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. You can’t go wrong in this area perfect for the active and relaxed lifestyles alike.

If you are interested in seeing Park Scottsdale 85250 homes for sale, they are listed below. We highly recommend that you create a Advanced Home Search that will automatically alert you when new homes come up for sale in Park Scottsdale 85250. We can also prepare a free report for you that provides all the statistics you want to know about Park Scottsdale neighborhood including historical data, projections, recent sale prices, and information about Park Scottsdale’s surrounding neighborhood.

We would love the opportunity to show you any of this Park Scottsdale real estate. Please call us at (480) 600-2477 or fill out our Contact Form and we will be in contact with you soon.

Think you might be ready to buy or rent? Bemo Homes will work hard to find you the right home for the best price.

Please contact us today and we will begin the journey to discovering your dream home.

Go to our Advanced Home Search, that will automatically email you daily updates as new properties hit the market. Or call Brian at (480) 600-2477, and we’ll set a MLS search for you.