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Pat Lairson

Pat Lairson is a top, local real estate agent who lives and works in Maricopa. She has a heart for this city and is involved in many community projects and the people of Maricopa.


Hometown: Long Beach, California
Maricopan since: 2009
Occupation: Realtor
Family: Wonderful husband!
Cars: RAV 4 and Prius
Hobbies: We are foodies, all foodie festivals, symphony, MIM, art, books and growing my own food.
Pet peeve: Speedy drivers on the 347
Dream vacation: One month traveling Europe
Like most about Maricopa: The wonderful people that are from everywhere!
Like least about Maricopa: Dust storms


Favorite …
Charity: Individual people in need
Book: Bible
Movie: So many!
Actor: Bradley Cooper (big crush)
Song: Love so many!
Musician: From Bach to Justin Timberlake
Food: Fish, Italian,
Drink: Water
Meal: Start with a salad then move on from there.
Restaurant: Anything Sam Fox
Getaway: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Website:  www.PatLairsonRealtor.com
Quote: “The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength” Nehemiah 8:10
Words to live by: To every problem there is a solution!
Joke: Knock knock!
Anything else we should know? I love helping people buy and sell homes. I live in Glennwilde and work for the largest real estate company in Maricopa, The Maricopa Real Estate Company. I can be trusted and will work hard for you. I enjoy Maricopa and love the small community. We all play a big part in its growth and vision. If I can be of any help to you email or call me at Patlairsonrealtor@gmail.com or 520-280-5862.

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Will the upturn in real estate in 2015 carry forward into 2016?

After years of dipping sales, 2015 provided positive results for many Realtors in Maricopa and the surrounding regions.

Despite the positive uptick in sales, the 2015 real estate market was still considered a buyer’s market. Property values increased, but the seven-year economic downturn left buyers with plenty of options to pick from.

As local Realtors look to 2016 to keep the positive sales trend going, we asked a few to reflect on the year that was and offer their projections for the year to come.

How would you summarize 2015?

“It was a great year for me, about the same as 2014. But overall it was a good year for Real Estate in Maricopa. The market was relatively stable and there was about a 6 percent increase in the Median home price.” – Dayv Morgan, HomeSmart Success

“2015 will finish with double digit increases in home sales and a modest and sustainable increase in appreciation rates, so it was a good year. 2014 marked a seven-year low in terms of sales, so getting back on a positive trajectory is a good thing for our community.” – Jay Shaver, Maricopa Real Estate Company

What’s your outlook for 2016?

“I think that 2016 is going to be even better. There are lots of signs that the economy is strengthening, and I believe that the increased interest rate may actually help the market by bolstering consumer confidence and creating some urgency to buy now while rates are still relatively low.” – Dayv Morgan, HomeSmart Success

“I think 2016 will bring more of the same. Year over year home sales will increase once again by approximately 10 percent, and appreciation rates will remain modest and sustainable.” – Jay Shaver, Maricopa Real Estate Company

Will the increased interest rate affect the market?

“Rate increases can affect the market in a negative way but mostly for the buyer that is on the edge of qualifying anyway. If the rate hikes are slow they should have a nominal effect for buyers. I think the key to not having another “bubble” is slow and steady growth along with good overall economic growth.” – Pat Lairson, Coldwell Banker

“Mortgage interest rates are tied to the yields of 10 year treasuries, so the action the Fed took last week does not translate to an automatic increase in 30 year notes. However, the tightening of economic policy has begun so it is possible mortgage rates could increase by the end of 2016, albeit slightly which won’t negatively impact many buyers.” – Jay Shaver, Maricopa Real Estate Company

The collection drive at F.O.R. Maricopa for the Pena family met some but not all needs. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

The fund-raising effort from the Maricopa Real Estate Company and F.O.R. Maricopa brought new furniture, clothing and home repairs to Vivian and Manuel Peña.

The Peña family has been raising 12 of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren for the last 13 years. Currently, 10 children still live in their home, but two are young (ages 5 and 7) and require upgraded conditions in order to accommodate stipulations set forth by the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

In order to ensure the Peñas can keep their great-grandchildren, F.O.R. Maricopa and Maricopa Real Estate Company hosted a donation drive.

“I would say it went well on furniture and clothing,” F.O.R. Maricopa Chief Executive Officer Wendy Webb said. “We remain hopeful we can get more cash in for the repairs and the other trailer.  Flooring is going in and the paint is on the walls. We are working on plumbing and air conditioning.”

The housing rehabilitation was spearheaded by MREC Associate Broker Jay Shaver. He and his associates have been working to bring their current home up-to-date, as well as bring another trailer onto the property.

“We are on track to finish the rehab this weekend with the goal to move in all the newly donated items and stage the home for the Pena’s return on Tuesday,” Shaver said.

The funding hasn’t come in for a new trailer yet, but the food bank and Maricopa Real Estate Company will be accepting donations through the holidays.

“We will need to work hard again to get a separate trailer,” Webb said. “This will take longer to accomplish.”

The Pena family needs help keeping 10 children. A donation drive is set up for Saturday. Photo by Adam Wolfe

The Maricopa Real Estate Company and the F.O.R. Maricopa will join forces on Saturday to host a donation drive for Vivian and Manuel Peña.

For the last 13 years, the elderly couple has brought 12 of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren into their four-bedroom home. Currently, 10 children still live in their home. They have used every penny they made and receive from social security to keep the children with food in their stomachs, clothes on their backs and a roof over their head.


In an effort to provide assistance to the Peña family, as well as delay any decision by Department of Child Safety to remove the youngest children, the F.O.R. Maricopa and the Maricopa Real Estate Company have teamed up help.

On Saturday, the food bank will accept donations of clothes, furniture, money and goods at their location at 44625 W. Garvey Ave. from 9 a.m. to noon. The Maricopa Real Estate Company will also host a donation drive for small goods and monetary donations at their location at 21300 N. John Wayne Parkway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

According to F.O.R. Maricopa, the Peña family needs:

Money to help fix their current home and find another trailer to put on their property for their daughter and her children to live in.
–    4 twin beds
–    Kitchen table
–    Kitchen island
–    Couches
–    Dressers
–    5T shirts and size 10 shoes
–    Size 7 or 8 pants and shirts, and size 13 shoes
–    Size 10 to 12 shirts and pants, and size 5 shoes
–    Large shirt and 28×30 pants, and size 7.5 shoes
–    Medium shirt and 28×32 pants, and size 8.5 shoes
–    Medium shirts and 30×30 pants
Girls Clothes:
–    Small, medium and large shirts
–    Size 6, 6.5, 7.5, 8 and 8.5 shoes
–    Size 16 pants and 14 to 16 shirts
Household items:
–    8 sets of twin sheets
–    3 sets of queen sheets
–    10 to 15 bath towels
–    Kitchen towels
–    Wash clothes
–    10 blankets or twin comforters
–    3 queen comforters
–    7 sets of 58 inch by 45.5 inch curtains (blackout to hold out heat is best)
–    4 sets of 58 inch by 29 inch curtains (blackout to hold out heat is best)
–    1 set of 25 inch by 28 inch curtains (blackout to hold out heat is best)

Peña family simply wants to keep the children at home with family.

“Anything helps,” Vivian Peña said.


Vivian Peña shows some of the sleeping situations for a family of 12 in a small home south of Maricopa. Photo by Adam Wolfe.

Vivian and Manuel Peña gave up their golden years to raise a total of 13 grandchildren and great-grandchildren after tragedy struck their family.

Vivian and Manuel were born and raised in Arizona. They met while working in the fields and were married as teenagers. They worked hard to build a comfortable life for themselves, and planned to retire in peace. However, due to tragic circumstances, they now raise 10 of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their four-bedroom home.

Nearly 13 years ago, the Peña family one of their five daughters to a stroke. Since the father of her children had taken his own life a year before, Vivian and Manuel didn’t hesitate to take their grandchildren into their home.

Four years after the sudden loss of their daughter, they had another daughter run into legal issues, and her seven children needed a place to stay. Once again, Vivian and Manuel opened up their home.

“I’ve had them for 13 years now,” Vivian Pena said. “They’re like my kids. Not my grandkids or my great-grandkids, but my kids. I don’t think they’d be happy anywhere else.”

Just as the grandchildren were starting to grow up and leave the house, one of the Pena’s grandchildren ran into legal troubles of her own, and her six children also needed a place to stay. However, Vivian and Manuel were only able to bring two of the children into their home. Their niece was able to take in two more, but sadly, two of the children were sent into the foster care system.

“It broke my heart to only be able to get two, but at least I can see two of the other children as well,” Vivian Pena said.

Due to the young age (5 and 7) of the two great-grandchildren, the Arizona Department of Child Safety has monitored their living conditions closely. DCS determined changes would need to be made to the Pena’s home if the young boys were going to live there.

“My house is too small for all of us,” Vivian Peña said. “They want my daughter to move and take her (six) kids and for us to stay with our four kids.”

After hearing about the situation, Maricopa Real Estate Company associate broker Jay Shaver decided to put together an action plan to help the family. His initial plan is to bring another home onto the property for the Peña’s daughter and her children to live in. This would provide the needed space, but the cost and bringing in new water and sewage lines could be too much.

In an effort to raise awareness about the Peña family among the community, Maricopa Real Estate Company and  F.O.R. Maricopa have teamed up. On Oct. 10, the Maricopa Real Estate Company will be hosting a fund-raiser at their offices from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for members of the community to drop off goods, clothes or money to help the Pena family. The F.O.R. Maricopa will serve as a drop off for large items such as beds or dressers, while also accepting monetary donations into their Wells Fargo account (#9738586511) online through Pay Pal. Since the account is linked to the food bank, all donations will be tax deductible.

“Anything helps,” Vivian Peña said. “We hope the community can help any way they can. With clothing, cleaning the yard, with food or money; anything they can help with helps us.”

For more details on the Vivian and Manuel Peña’s story, look for the October edition of InMaricopa News, available Thursday.