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You win some and you lose some!

Last month I shared with you a few bills that the East Valley Chamber of Commerce was following: HCR 2005, SCR 1023, SB1451 and SB1085.

I’m sorry to say that HCR 2005 and SCR 1023 did not make it but SB1451 and SB 1085 are making it through the process and will more than likely make it to the Governor’s desk.

If you recall from my last article HCR 2005, SCR 1023 and SB1451 were bills asking for procedural changes to how signature gatherers for statewide ballot measures collected signatures, where they should be collecting signatures and called for signature gatherers to be registered and undergo a background check. 

We won with SB1451 that will require a signature gatherer to undergo a background check. We didn’t win with where signatures should be gathered. We would have liked to see a certain percentage of signatures to come from every voting district in Arizona. To us it seemed like the current process of signature gatherers hanging out in populated areas like professional sporting events to collect the required number of signatures needed was unfair to rural parts of Arizona. 

Alas, you win some and you lose some! We are happy that the state of Arizona will take a step towards initiative reform with SB 1451.
Sonoran Arts League - 7100 E Cave Creek Rd #144

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This month is hosted by three amazing community organizations!

50/50 cash prize and many chances to win!
$5 for members; $15 for Non-members. Raffle Tickets only $1 each!
Bring a door prize for an opportunity to connect with your Chamber Members!
Desert Treasures             32 years
Spirit in the Desert         25 years
Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary         17 years
Kendrick Wealth Management 13 years
Foothills Food Bank        11 years
First church of Christ, Scientist  9 years
Blue Ribbon Awards       7 years
Farm Bureau Financial- Leslie Jensen      7 years
Roadhouse        7 years
Scully Learning Center Foundation          6 years
Coyote House Design    4 years
Sonoran Properties Associates  3 years
Brashear Team at Keller Williams              2 years
Liberty Station Terravita                               2 years
Local Perks        2 years
Mathnasium of Cave Creek         2 years
Morris Hall, PLLC             2 years
State Farm – Steve Fair 1 year

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From the Cave Creek Museum
Kraig Nelson, historian
  Spanish Village, a commercial project in Carefree has been home to several successful culinary operations (think former Carefree Station, and now the exceptional Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse). The colorful commercial center was built by one of the founders of Carefree, Kenyon Turner (K.T.) Palmer and Carefree resident Rex Howard in 1968. While Spanish Village was under construction, a physician from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Levy (first name unknown), found the owners on the busy site and asked if he could purchase the future enterprise. The Carefree entrepreneurs really didn’t want to sell so they came up with an outrageous sales price well above market. Dr. Levy accepted the bloated sales price without a counter offer. Dr. Levy’s son managed the distinctive center and owned the Spanish Galleon and Cantina. In 1969, the other founder of Carefree, Tom Darlington, was having dinner with friends when he suddenly collapsed and died in the Spanish Village restaurant. Kenyon Turner Palmer died in 1976 near his Carefree home while climbing steps he had built ascending Black Mountain; an important chapter in Arizona history had passed.
Saturday, April 6, 2–7p.m. 
The Town of Carefree is excited to announce its   SECOND annual community block party, happening in downtown Carefree along Easy Street and the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion.
Carefree residents, nearby neighbors in the Foothills area, businesses, non-profit volunteers and all partners of the Town are invited to join us for an afternoon of food, friendship, music and fun! FREE ADMISSION!
  • DUNK TANK Sponsored by Carefree Water Company
  • BEER & WINE GARDEN Courtesy of Foothills Food Bank
  • LEMONADE STAND Courtesy of Desert Foothills YMCA
  • KIWANIS SPLASH PAD will be open for the kids!
PLUS: music, cornhole tossing, mini golf, games, carnival-style treats, raffle prize giveaways and more!
Questions? Email  

April Already? As usual Cave Creek will be a Hopping Place. There is Live Music somewhere in Town 7 Days a week.

The first weekend will have "Bike Week" so if you're into that, come on up. Some folks in Town don't really care for this event because of the traffic congestion associated with it. There is not enough parking to handle all of the motorcycles so that the east end of Town ends up looking like Sturgis. Even if there were not Vendors in the Parking Lots, because of the popularity of Bike Week, the situation would still be the same. If we didn't plan, the event would be utter chaos, like the situation on the border.

Speaking of which, ICE is now dropping off illegal immigrants on street corners in Phoenix randomly because there are just too many and there are no provisions to handle the volume. This just adds to the Homeless issue that our Country has. It is just getting worse and it won't get better until something is done about illegal immigration!

The views represented in the articles published in this newsletter do not necessarily represent the views of the  Carefree Cave Creek Chamber or it’s Board of Directors.    
Realty Reality
April 2019
Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) data published March 2019
Kraig R. Nelson, Associate Broker
Carefree- Sold volume (dollar amount) was 67.44% higher; active listings [95] were 13.64% lower; and the median sold price [$645,000] was 12.24% lower, compared to one year ago. 
Average days on market were 186. 17 residential units closed escrow.
Cave Creek- Sold volume (dollar amount) was 8.14% lower; active listings [279] were 8.22% lower; and the median sold price [$450,250] was 5.77% higher, compared to one year ago. 
Average days on market were 106  44 residential units closed escrow.
Scottsdale- Sold volume (dollar amount) was 0.28% higher; active listings [2,717] were 1.31% lower; and the median sold price [$447,500] was 3.11% higher, compared to one year ago.
Average days on market were 99.    614 residential units closed escrow.
Phoenix (city only) -
Sold volume (dollar amount) was 7.70% lower; active listings [4,094] were 17.85% higher; and the median sold price [$248,725] was 5.09% higher, compared to one year ago.
Average days on market were 69.   1,,514 residential units closed escrow.

Kraig’s Comments-
·       Distressed sales (short sales and lender owned) represent 1.30% of the total sales volume.
·       There is a 3.63-month supply of residential inventory in the Phoenix Metro Area. Generally, a balanced market for buyers and sellers is about 6 months; however, all accurate statistics are neighborhood specific.
·       Total residential inventory is 6.90% higher [23,271 units] than one year ago.
·        Entire Phoenix Metro Area : median sold price is $264,000; 4,60% higher than one year ago . Average days on market were 73.
·       Average sold price compared to original list price is 96.60% in the Phoenix Metro Area. This means a home listed for $400,000 sells for about $386,400.
·       Production new-home “spec” (or speculation) count is 2,392 (same as last month); 221 more than 6 months ago. New-home subdivisions: 603; 40 more than six months ago. (from Ultimate New Homes Newsletter )
·        Total Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed last month: 6,409 This is 7.30% lower than one year ago.
·        Total dollar amount for Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed: $2,089,767,279. ( that’s 2 billion, 90 million - rounded for conversation). This is 1.51% higher than one year ago.
748 Easy St., P.O. Box 734
Carefree, AZ 85377