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Two East Valley real estate groups come together to create informational website

June 4th, 2017 development
Two East Valley real estate groups come together to create informational website

By Meghann Finn Sepulveda

If you’re planning on purchasing a new home in the East Valley, chances are you’re considering Chandler and Gilbert, both highly desirable cities, each having unique offerings.

To help make that decision easier for future homeowners, community-minded Realtors Mindy Jones Nevarez, owner of Amy Jones Group at Keller Williams Integrity First Realty, and Merrill and Kristi Jencks from Big Helper Real Estate Group at Revelation Realty, launched, an informative website that breaks down the specific amenities of each city.

Concept motivation

About a year ago, Mindy Jones Nevarez and husband-and-wife team Merrill and Kristi Jencks came up with the idea to develop the joint website to help prospective buyers learn more about Chandler and Gilbert.

“While it was a natural fit, it took a while to develop the concept because we wanted the website to be valuable,” Jones Nevarez said. “It was a hot topic among our clients that came up often.”

The website, which launched in March with a special community event that featured vendors, food trucks and a city vs. city tug-of-war game, includes major categories in real estate, dining, amenities, schools and businesses. It also includes fun facts for both cities such as the number of playgrounds, movie theaters and shopping malls, along with a comprehensive breakdown of top industries, employers, education options and classroom sizes.

“Both of our teams are focused on putting out a quality, professional product,” Merrill Jencks said. “This is the type of marketing we do for our clients.”

Useful tool

The website has proved to be helpful for clients, especially those relocating to the Valley from out of state.

“Clients can see houses online but they really want to know more about the area and what type of community in which they will be living,” Jencks said. “There was never one place for people to go and gather all of that information.”

The easily navigable website – which is continuously developing – also helps people articulate the unique amenities that make their city special.

“It provides a tremendous amount of value for both buyers and sellers,” Jones Nevarez said.

A healthy real estate market

Both real estate agencies know firsthand that homes in Chandler and Gilbert are in high demand, which comes as good news for current homeowners.

“There is an extreme inventory shortage of first-time homebuyer homes,” Jones Nevarez said. “Anything under $250,000 is considered hot property.”

Realtors like Jones Nevarez and Jencks are encouraging move-up buyers to do just that.

“We want people to know that it’s okay to list your home and purchase something bigger,” Jones Nevarez said. “The market is balanced and leaning towards the seller because there simply aren’t enough homes in the most popular price ranges.”

Real estate experts say home values have increased since 2010 and continue to go up and appreciation ranges from approximately 4 to 8 percent.

“There are a lot of big and small companies moving into the Southeast Valley offering high-paying job opportunities,” Jencks said. “More people are confident about buying a home in this area.”

In addition to corporate growth, both Chandler and Gilbert are seeing an influx of restaurants and shopping.

“People feel they are part of a new and exciting trend,” Jones Nevarez said. “This keeps the community vibrant.”
To learn more about the Chandler and Gilbert real estate markets, visit


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