Moving to Maricopa AZ

Relocating to Maricopa Arizona

Have you been searching homes for sale in the Phoenix area and saw that Maricopa has a lot more house for your money?  You may be wondering what the deal is with this city. Well, this site will let you know everything there is to know about Maricopa and what it’s like to live there.

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I’m a realtor who lives and works in Maricopa so if you’re thinking about moving to Maricopa AZ I would love to assist.  Whatever it is you’re looking for… buying a home with your family, relocating for a job, purchasing a vacation home… Maricopa is a great place to be.  It’s expanding at a fast pace, provides attractive home prices, and is still within commuting distance to Phoenix.  However, if you decide against this city and would like another town in the Phoenix area I’d love to help with that as well.

Related: 5 reasons to move to Maricopa, Pros and Cons of Living in MaricopaIs Maricopa Safe?, Where to Live When Moving to Phoenix, Search all Homes for Sale in Maricopa from the MLSVideo Tour of Maricopa

This site has everything you need to know about Maricopa so browse around!  And when you’re ready…

I can help with your moving to Maricopa AZ…

To Buy or Sell a Home in Maricopa Contact:
Jason Bechtold, Realtor
The Maricopa Real Estate Company
Call or Text: (732) 306-7971
JasonBechtoldRealtor@gmail.com

Moving to Maricopa AZ Checklist

Checklist of Everything You’ll Need to Move to Maricopa, AZ

Moving to Maricopa AZ Checklist

So you have decided to move to Maricopa, AZ and the many fine details of moving are scrambled in your mind.  If you are under contract to purchase a home the clock has started ticking.  You usually have 30-60 days before the house is yours.  Where do you even start?  Well, this article is a great starting point!  I’m a real estate agent who lives, loves and works Maricopa and I would love to help you relocate to the city of Maricopa.  My contact information is below so please reach out.

Moving to Maricopa AZ Checklist

Once You’re Under Contract

❒  Research Maricopa.  This website is a great place to start.  Where will you live?  Where are the schools?  Where can you find childcare?

❒  Medical Records.  Start accumulating your doctor and dentist records for easy transfer to a new medical provider.

❒  Create a moving file.  Accumulate legal and financial documents and moving quotes.  Start a file to keep everything together.

❒  Create a budget.  You will want to write down all costs associated with your move.

Related: Why Move to Maricopa, AZ and Pros and Cons of Living in Maricopa, AZ

Six Weeks Prior to Your Move

❒  Scale Down.  There are probably lots of items that you no longer need.  Hold a yard sale and start scaling down on your possession to make your move lighter.  What doesn’t sell you can donate.

❒  Moving Out of the Ordinary Items.  Think about how you will move your plants, food, and pets.

❒  Begin Packing.  Start to box up your things that you don’t use often.  Make sure to label each box and where it will go in your new home.  This will save on a lot of frustration later.

One Month Before

❒  Make Your Reservations.  This is a good time to make appointments with moving companies.

❒  Call the utility companies.  You will want to notify your current utility companies and the new ones for when service should be transferred over.  Remember there is water and sewer (Global Water), electric (Electrical District 3), gas (Southwest Gas), trash (Waste Management), cable, internet, and phone.

Two Weeks Before

❒  Change Address.  Set up the date you’d like to change your address with the post office.  You can also do this online.

❒  Update Address.  Call or update your address everywhere you can think of.  This should include credit card companies, DMV, IRS, social security, auto insurance, magazines, monthly memberships, etc.

❒  Arrange to be off work.  Let your employer know you will be out a day or so to dedicate to moving.  And get some friends to help out that day if needed.

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One Week Before

❒  Pack a box for essentials.  When you move there are things you will need right to get to right away.  Think of this as packing a suitcase for small trip.

❒  Do a final walkthrough.  Check the home you’re leaving for anything you may have forgotten or left behind.  Also, check the new home to make sure it’s still in satisfactory condition.

❒  Talk to your Real Estate Agent.  Ask your realtor if there is a mailbox key and which mailbox number it is if the mail comes in cluster boxes.  Are there garage and ceiling fan remotes left at the home?  Any extra keys you may need?

Move In Day

❒  Cleaning.  You should prepare to clean up your new home while it’s still vacant to make things easier on yourself.  If it’s in move-in condition you may want to just do a quick floor mopping and wipe down.

❒  Unpack.  Begin organizing your home and unpacking your boxes.

❒  Settle In.  Check with the post office for any held mail.  Get a new driver’s license, license plate if needed and registration.  Tie up any loose ends.

To Buy or Sell a Home in Maricopa Contact:
Jason Bechtold, Realtor
The Maricopa Real Estate Company
Cell: (732) 306-7971
jasonbechtoldrealtor@gmail.com

What to Think About Before Making an Offer in Maricopa AZ

The Basics: 9 Things to Consider When Making an Offer on a Home in Maricopa, Arizona

What to Think About Before Making an Offer in Maricopa AZ

The Arizona Purchase Contract is what is used to make an offer on a house in Maricopa, AZ.  It is a 10 page document full of details and information.  Although there are many different situations, negotiations, and circumstances that can make an offer very complicated, I would like to discuss the basic items you should think about when making an offer.

Related: Pros and Cons of Living in Maricopa and Search Homes for Sale from the MLS

  • Offer Price:  This is the biggest item to think about.  How much do you want to offer on the home.  This number can change in many ways.  For example, perhaps you do not have the funds to pay your closing costs.  You may want to have the seller pay them for you.  This is called seller concessions.  Since this weakens your offer a bit, you may consider raising your offer price about 3% to make up for the difference.  Also, talk with your real estate agent about this number.  Check some recently sold comps and see if your amount is over or under and why.  Make sure you confirm with your mortgage lender that you are pre-qualified up to the amount needed unless you are paying in cash.
  • Earnest Money:  How much earnest money will you be paying?  Earnest money is a promise you are serious about your offer.  If for some reason you have to back out of the contract outside the legal boundaries, you may lose your earnest money to the seller.  To figure out an estimate of what earnest money should be, you can use 1% of the offered price as a guideline.  But consult with your realtor about this.
  • Close of Escrow Date:  When do you need to close or settle on the house?  Is there a contingency on getting your current home sold?  Typically, 30-45 days is an average closing time frame.  Make sure you check with your mortgage lender about this to make sure they have enough time to set up your financing.
  • Appraisal Fee:  Many times when you are under contract on a home your mortgage lender will require an appraisal to be done on the property.  If so, will you pay the appraisal fee or do you want the seller to pay it?  Something to think about is if your appraisal comes in under the price you offered you may need to pay the difference in cash to make the deal work.  You will want to hope the appraisal is higher than your offer price so things can move forward.
  • Title and Escrow Company:  The choice of who to use for the title and escrow company is yours.  If you have a preference, tell your real estate agent to include it on the offer.  Most of us don’t really know a title and escrow company, and in that case, your realtor can provide a recommendation.
  • Assessment Liens:  If there is a lien due to non-payment of HOA dues, do you want the seller to pay them in full prior to closing?  Or should they be prorated and assumed by the buyer?  Remember that any assessment that becomes a lien after close of escrow will be the buyers responsibility.
  • Home Warranty:  Would you like to obtain a home warranty on the property?  Do you want to pay for it or would you like to see if the seller will pay?  And who would you like to use as your home warranty company?  If you don’t know who to use your real estate agent can also make a recommendation on that.
  • Additional Terms and Conditions:  Is there anything else you would want to note in the offer?  Are there any contingencies?  Is anything uncommon to the purchase contract that you would like to include?  This is where you would do it.
  • Terms of Acceptance:  When would you like to have an answer from the seller about your offer?  Today?  Tomorrow by 5 p.m.?  Or perhaps several days from now?  It’s your choice.  Just remember that if you wait too long other offers might come in that are stronger than yours and you could get rejected.

There is a lot to consider when making an offer on a home.  And this is just the tip of the iceberg regarding the Arizona Purchase Contract.  If you need a real estate agent, I’d love to work with you.  Please contact me at the information below.  Thank you!

To Buy or Sell a Home Contact:
Jason Bechtold, Realtor
The Maricopa Real Estate Company
Cell: (732) 306-7971
jasonbechtoldrealtor@gmail.com

 

What's it Like Living in Maricopa AZ

What’s it like Living in Maricopa AZ

What’s it like living in Maricopa AZ?

What’s it like living in Maricopa AZ?  I can tell you first hand.  I’ve lived here since 2011.  I moved from New Jersey to Arizona, basically because Maricopa was pretty well known during the housing crash of 2008.

My sister lived in Maricopa and bought her home before the home prices took a nose dive.  She told me that all these newer houses were incredibly inexpensive.  So I took advantage and moved across the country to start my life in Maricopa.

To buy or sell a home in Maricopa, AZ contact me:
Jason Bechtold, Realtor.  Call or text (732) 306-7971
jasonbechtoldrealtor@gmail.com

What's it Like Living in Maricopa AZ

I felt like New Jersey was squeezing me out of the state with how expensive everything was.   Property taxes were sky high and I had a mortgage payment I could barely manage to pay.  I knew that Arizona wasn’t so expensive.

What's it Like Living in Maricopa AZ

Related: Pros and Cons of Living in Maricopa,  5 Reasons to Relocate to Maricopa, Is Maricopa Safe? and Search Maricopa Homes for Sale

So what’s it like living in Maricopa AZ?  There are plenty of articles about living in Arizona so I’ll try to keep this specific to the city.  See the map below.  Maricopa is at the bottom.  Check out where it is compared to the Phoenix valley area.

What's it Like Living in Maricopa AZ

Maricopa is in commuting distance to the valley if you work in the Phoenix area.  I don’t have to worry about that though.  I’m a real estate agent in Maricopa so I don’t leave the city too often.  I live, love and work in Maricopa.

What do I do during the week while living in Maricopa, AZ?  Well, in the morning I walk my daughter to school.  She’s in elementary school and the school is within walking distance.  They give out free breakfast to kindergarteners so we sit together before the bell rings and she eats.  Most areas where you live are close to a school.

What’s it like Living in Maricopa AZ continued…

After that I prepare for my day.  Since my schedule as a realtor is flexible it can consist of showings, office time, handing out flyers, writing up contacts, etc.  But sometimes my wife has some chores for me!

For food shopping I usually go to Fry’s or Bashas.  They are two supermarkets that are right across the street from each other on John Wayne Pkwy (this is the main road that cuts through town and has a lot of businesses). They have everything you need.  You can also try Walmart on Maricopa-Casa Grande highway for food shopping.

I remember in New Jersey I always dreaded having to deal with huge lines in the market.  However, here, there is usually no more than one person in front of you in line, if any.  It’s very nice.  They also rent out Rug Doctor’s there if you want to steam clean your carpet.

If I just need to pick up one or two items like cold medicine or a birthday card I usually go to CVS or Walgreens.  If I need a bunch of variable things to buy I’ll go to Walmart on Maricopa-Casa Grande highway.

Sometimes I need to fix something in the house like a toilet handle or a door knob.  That’s when I’ll go to Ace Hardware to pick up what I need.  They have all of your basics to make some repairs or for your DIY home projects.

What’s it like Living in Maricopa AZ continued…

I like to keep our cars clean so when I have take care of that I head over to the car wash on John Wayne Pkwy.  They have plenty of free vacuums to use and the car wash itself is state of the art.  I’ve made a youtube video going through the car wash so if you want to see it.  I have lots of videos of different things to see in Maricopa.

After a day of work and chores I walk back to the school and pick up my daughter and we play until mom gets home.  The nights are very dark.  There aren’t many street lights.  The city likes to keep it that way to make stargazing a better experience.  If you go to a real dark spot on a clear night you won’t believe how many stars you can see.  It’s amazing.

One thing to think about while asking what’s it like living in Maricopa AZ is that I rarely ever use my sweaters and winter jackets that I used so often on the east coast.  They just take up extra space in my closet.  The only time I use them is when I go up to Flagstaff, AZ to see snow.  Flagstaff is a nice place to make a day trip.  It’s only about 3 hours away from Maricopa and offers skiing, snow at times, and a great downtown area.

Other nice day trips from Maricopa are Tucson, Sedona, Tombstone, Prescott, Jerome, Lake Havasu, and the grand canyon… just to name a few.  And some weekend trips or longer trips can be Las Vegas, San Diego, or Los Angeles.

Regarding entertainment, when asking what’s it like living in Maricopa AZ there are fun things to do… movies, bowling, pool, bars, Harrah’s casino, carnivals, community events and restaurants.  Yard sales are very big here.  Every weekend there are signs all over pointing you to a yard sale.

But the Phoenix valley area is always just 20 minutes away if you can’t find what you’re looking for in ‘Copa.  Plus you may see the wild horses by the side of SR 347 as you head up that way.

On occasion I’ve seen scorpions, rattlesnakes and coyotes, oh my!  Check out my articles about them as well.  Do you have more questions about what’s it like living in Maricopa AZ?  Just ask me 🙂

What’s it like living in Maricopa AZ?  Just ask me…

To Buy or Sell a Home in Maricopa Contact:
Jason Bechtold, Realtor
The Maricopa Real Estate Company
Cell: (732) 306-7971
jasonbechtoldrealtor@gmail.com

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The Pros and Cons of Living in Maricopa AZ

Should I Move to Maricopa Arizona?

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Are you thinking about relocating to Maricopa, AZ?  There are some advantages and disadvantages to living in Maricopa.  Below are the pros and cons of living in Maricopa AZ.  Enjoy and contact me at the info below for all your real estate needs…

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Before I begin, I’d like to let you know that if you’re considering moving to Maricopa I have a page of essentials to look at prior to your move.  It is packed with information about utilities, is it safe, schools, things to do in Maricopa, 5 reasons to relocate, homes for sale, and much more!

I live in Maricopa and love it!  There is a lot of commercial development going on.  They recently built a new shopping center at 21423 N. John Wayne Pkwy called Maricopa Station that includes a Starbucks, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Sports Clips and Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.  They are also adding a Ross and Goodwill.

We are also supposed to be getting a Denny’s, an expansion to the Ak Chin Harrah’s casino, and a highway that will be a straight line directly into Phoenix, instead of everyone having to use SR 347.  This will cut down on commuting time if you work in the Phoenix area.  They are also planning on building a Ross, Burger King, Goodwill, Planet Fitness, Brakes Plus, Dunkin Donuts and possibly a Denny’s.  Maricopa continues to develop at a rapid speed!

If you will be commuting into the Phoenix area, depending on how far, buying a home on the north side of Maricopa can help cut down on your commute.  The Amtrak Train can add some time to your commute if you get stuck waiting for it at the station.  However, on a positive note, there are plans in the works to build an overpass so traffic will no longer be affected by the train.

If commuting isn’t an issue for you there are great homes for sale in subdivisions south of the tracks… Maricopa Meadows, Alterra, Palo Brea, Santa Rosa Springs, and Desert Cedars.  Plus these subdivisions are closer to Copper Sky Recreation Complex, Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center, and Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino.  Try searching homes for sale by subdivision.

To me, Maricopa is all pro’s and no cons.  So the answer is clear when looking at the pros and cons of living in Maricopa AZ.  I raise my family here, work here, and have lots of fun here.  No complaints from me.  There’s opportunity in Maricopa to grow towards the future along with the city itself.  You should definitely consider planting your roots here.

Related: What subdivision in Maricopa should I live in?What’s it like living in Maricopa?, Is Maricopa Safe?, All Maricopa Homes for Sale

The Pros and Cons of Living in  Maricopa AZ

Pros:

  • More house for your money – attractive prices!
  • Beautiful winter weather
  • Small town feel
  • Quiet
  • Young and expanding
  • Has everything you need
  • Great schools

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Cons:

  • Sometimes you smell cows from nearby farms
  • Some say utility bills are higher than in the valley
  • May be a bit too far of a commuting distance for some if you work in Phoenix or further north and there are complaints of the traffic and safety on SR 347.
  •  Has a bad wrap from the housing crash where it was saturated with foreclosures.
  • Some folks only know of Maricopa as a vast empty desert wasteland in the middle of nowhere.  Boy, have things changed since pre-2000’s!

What are the Maricopa crime statistics?  Is Maricopa safe?  Safewise.com ranked Maricopa #5 safest cities in Arizona for 2017.  Check out the stats here.

Maricopa is a quiet city, nestled outside of the Phoenix area about 15 minutes through the desert via State Road 347… away from the hustle and bustle of the valley.  It’s a great place to live or purchase an investment or vacation home.  Maricopa is young and expanding at a fast pace so we can expect to see a lot of exciting developments in the next few years.  It’s a great time to buy!

After seeing the pros and cons of living in Maricopa AZ you may decide you’d like to purchase a home there.  Let’s get started.  Contact me below to begin your home search in Maricopa…

To Buy or Sell a Home in Maricopa Contact:
Jason Bechtold, Realtor
The Maricopa Real Estate Company
Call or Text: (732) 306-7971
JasonBechtoldRealtor@gmail.com

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Moving to Maricopa AZ? 5 Reasons to Move

Thinking about Moving to Maricopa AZ?

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Thinking about moving to Maricopa AZ?  There are many reasons why you should.  I moved here in 2011 and have loved every minute of it.  I’ve watched it go through many changes and grow.  I made a great choice by relocating here.  So, why should you relocate?  Here are 5 reasons to move to Maricopa AZ:

1.  You get more house for your money.  Search for homes here.  First of all, try searching different towns using one price range.  Then search that price range in Maricopa and see the results.  Sure, the prices aren’t as low as they were a few years ago but it still is a great time to buy.  It’s still a great time for moving to Maricopa AZ.

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2.  Maricopa is young and expanding.  In looking at the 5 reasons to move to Maricopa AZ you will want to know about the future of the city.  The city of Maricopa was established in 1857 but it was incorporated in 2003.  2003 is when they began to build all of the centrally located subdivision homes.  So you know you will be getting a newer house.  There is also lots of great places that have been built here… Harrahs Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino (currently expanding), Ultrastar Multitainment Center (movies, bowling, arcade, laser tag, sports bar, and restaurants), a new city hall, a Central Arizona College campus, Maricopa Station shopping center, and the list goes on.  We are also supposed to get a Denny’s, Ross, Goodwill, Burger King and Dunkin Donuts. 🙂

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3.  Commuting distance to Phoenix.  Many people live in Maricopa but work in the valley area.  The drive to East Phoenix is about 25 minutes.  The distance from Maricopa to central Phoenix is 34 miles.  There are plans in the works to make a highway in a straight line from Maricopa to Phoenix which will be a great short cut.

Related: Pros and Cons of Living in Maricopa, AZWhat’s it like living in Maricopa, Is Maricopa Safe?

4.  Maricopa has that small town feel.  Do you like carnivals, festivals, live music and community events?  Fortunately, Maricopa has its share of events annually.   Check out the city’s events calendar.  It’s also likely you will run into people you know at the supermarket.  The people are friendly and care about the community and each other.  However, the valley is right around the corner if you are seeking something Copa doesn’t have to offer.  Moving to Maricopa AZ is a good choice!

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5.  It has everything you need.  There are two supermarkets, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Restaurants, Starbucks, Entertainment, Urgent Care, Doctors, Pharmacies, a Community College (Central Arizona College), Salons, Golfing, Real Estate Agents (hehe)… the list goes on.

So, there are the 5 reasons to move to Maricopa AZ.  I do think Moving to Maricopa AZ is a great idea.  I don’t hear many complaints and overall it’s a great place to live.  If you have considered moving to Maricopa, let me know.  In conclusion, I can help with anything you need.  I am a Maricopa, AZ realtor who lives, loves and works in Maricopa.

To Buy or Sell a Home Contact:
Jason Bechtold, Realtor
The Maricopa Real Estate Company
Call or Text: (732) 306-7971
JasonBechtoldRealtor@gmail.com


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