As our economy gets tighter and medical expenses soar, families are faced with the possibility that their parents are moving in permanently. The latest numbers reveal that close to 50 million people in America live in a situation where extended family, such as a Mother In Law, is living together. And, those numbers are bound to rise over the coming decade.
If you’re in the position of having to make room for a parent or other relative to move in with you, you may be in luck. One home builder in Lake Havasu City has designed a solution to the problem. Lennar Homes of Lake Havasu has introduced the Next Gen Casita option in many of its communities here in Maricopa County.
So, don’t be surprised if you see many other home builders attempt to copy this idea. A few of the features of the Lennar Next Gen Casita is a large kitchenette with dishwasher, oversized fridge, very large sinks and microwaves, a private patio with plenty of room for a BBQ. These homes also include a bedroom with full bath, living room and private porch.
The Next Gen Casita home provides a unique solution to an increasingly common occurrence. To learn more about your home buying options and to see what it takes to get qualified to buy a home for you and extended family visit me, Liz Miller, Lake Havasu City Realtor®.
Lake Havasu City Winterfest: 2/11/12 and 2/12/12 starting at 10am.
The 27th Annual Winterfest will soon begin in Lake Havasu City and everyone is invited. There will be over 200 vendors coming from around the nation. So, bring your family and friends to shop, browse, relax, and enjoy this year’s events. For two eventful days you will be able to enjoy arts, crafts, merchandise, food, a beer garden, children’s activities, and live entertainment.
You can find free and easily accessible parking along Swanson and Mesquite Avenues. Bring your camera to catch many memorable moments.
Venue: McCulloch Blvd (Main St) between Acoma & Smoketree
Address: 2144 McCulloch Boulevard North
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Winter Blast, Western Pyrotechnics: 2/17/12 through 2/19/12 starting 7pm.
Come see what new products the Western Pyrotechnic Association will be bringing to Lake Havasu City this year. Spectators from all around the world will be here to watch the desert sky becomes a beautiful light show. There will be a sporadic display of fireworks from sundown up until the show begins. If you’re looking for the best place to watch, go to Sara Park. The show is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Parking at Sara Park is $5 each night, and motor-coach parking is available for $25 per day. Sara Park can be found at 7260 S Sara Park Way in Lake Havasu.
For more information about the event, contact Sandi Nagel at 928-0208-2093 or email her at email@example.com.
It can be a daunting task trying to figure out if you are ready to become a homeowner this year. However, there are some signs that you can look for that will help you know, for sure, that you’re ready to buy a home in 2012.
Signs that you may be ready to buy a home:
√You can pay a down payment and closing costs: Your down payment will be determined by a percentage of the mortgage you qualify for. Down payments can range from 3% up to 20% of the property’s value. Your closing costs will include mortgage points, title insurance, financing costs, taxes, and other prepaid items.
√You have become familiar with the real estate market: When buying a home, you need to be somewhat familiar with the current real estate market and have a realistic view about what you need and want in a home. A Realtor® can help the more difficult aspects of buying a home.
√Know what you can afford: For knowing exactly how much mortgage you can afford, there is a general guide to go by. Your monthly mortgage payment should equal to or be less than one-quarter of your gross monthly income. This will allow your finances to go to other debts as well without putting you in a financial bind.
√You have good credit: Having your credit in good shape is a plus when buying a home. Lenders will look at your credit history to see if you are credit worthy for a home loan. If you do not know what your credit score is, you can get a report from all three credit reporting companies simply by requesting one. The top three companies that lenders will view include Equifax, Trans Union and Experian.
√Know that extra expenses will come: Extra expenses will come when you purchase a home. This is much different than renting because you will now have to pay for all maintenance and repairs out of your own pocket.
If you have all the signs that you’re ready to become a homeowner in 2012, contact a Realtor® who can help you find your dream home this New Year.
When you’re looking for big fun on the first day of the New Year in Lake Havasu City, look no further than Rotary Community Park. The park will be hosting the Tinnell Memorial Sports Park’s “New Year Jam 2012”. This is a huge competition where you will see people competing against one another on bikes, skates, skateboards, and scooters.
Skaters from all ages and skill levels are invited to compete at the south end of Rotary Community Park in the Tinnell Memorial Sports Park. Anyone can sign up to compete; helmets are mandatory. All riders under the age of 18 will need a parents signature to compete. Registration is free and you will have the opportunity to win cash prizes, trophies, and other awards for competing in the event.
Last year’s event was huge with over 100 participants and 300+ spectators. This year is estimated to be even bigger and better. So, bring your family and friends to watch, or come out to ride. Registration will begin at 10am, January 1, 2012. You can find a registration form at www.tinnellmemorialsportspark.com. The main competition starts at 11:00am.
The final stages of construction on Heart of Havasu Park has finally begun, which means it won’t be long before it’s complete. The landscaping company started moving dirt on Heart of Havasu Park on Monday. So, now the dreams of the 2011 leadership and development team can come to light. They had fundraisers to help execute the big project and make it a reality. Now, as it nears the finish, they will replace 21,000 square feet of sod in front of the Lake Havasu City Police Department and Xeriscaping it with the use of native rocks and plants to help conserve water.
In the park makeover you will find three heart shaped landscape areas that will stand out beautifully with the removal of the Bermuda grass that is being replaced by beautiful natural rock and plants that are native to the region. Plants that will require very little water is what is needed. Instead of using the thousands of gallons of water, which has been a big expense for the city over the years.
All of the funding for this project has been through donations, selling stepping stones that are individually engraved, raffles, hosting various fundraising events and dinners along with sponsorships.
The park was unveiled this past May. However, funds were still needed for the finishing touches. The total of the project is about $30,000. And, the final touches will include a third ring with additional pathways.
The Heart of Havasu Park is located at 2360 McCulloch Blvd S., Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403. You get more information on the projects or how to donate by calling the Lake Havasu City Chamber of Commerce at (928) 855-4115.