|Toys for Tots...a Huge Success!|
|We had a fantastic Toys for Tots delivery donation, we hit our goal of filling 3 boxes of toys this year!! |
We are so grateful to all of you who donated and contributed to a child having a good Christmas!! We wouldn't be able to have such successful drives each and every year without your help!
Thank You and Happy New Year!!
|Can You Become a Millionaire by Brown-Bagging It?|
|Eating out during the work or school day is undeniably convenient. There's no scrounging in the cupboards for something to prepare, searching for forks when you forgot yours at home or eating cold spaghetti when the office microwave is out of order.|
But what's better than convenience? Keeping money in your wallet.
The fact that packing lunch is cheaper than buying lunch isn't surprising. What is surprising is just how much money you can save by brown-bagging it. In fact, some simple math might be enough to convince you to do away with takeout lunches permanently.
Let's say your preferred takeout lunch is a deli sandwich with a drink. With taxes, your total is about $10. If that's your lunch choice five days out of seven, you're spending $50 a week, $200 a month, $2,600 each year.
What if you make that same sandwich at home? Maybe the ingredients (a loaf of bread, cheese, and sliced meat) cost you $15 up front, and they make about five sandwiches. Now your cost is $3 per sandwich, for a total of $15 a week, $60 a month, $780 a year. That's a yearly savings of $1,820!
There's another kind of savings that comes with bringing your own lunch: calories. While how many calories you can save depends on what you choose to bring, home-cooked meals are typically more healthful than takeout is.
No, this lunch switch won't make you a millionaire. Still, with fewer calories and lower cost, all these savings might make that brown bag look more enticing.
|January Calendar of Events|
1/1: Fiesta Bowl, The 48th Annual PlayStation Fiesta Bowlwill feature the first-ever matchup, as No. 11 LSU and No. 8 UCF will face off for the first time in history! State Farm Stadium, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Visit fiestabowl.org
1/4: Winter Dinner Dance, Buckeye Community Center 210 E Centre Ave, 6-9pm. Tickets $15, must be 18 or older to attend. Dinner and dancing! For tickets and more info, call 623-349-6600
1/6: Paint Nite at Winery 101, Peoria. "Winter Hang Out", painting starts at 3:00 pm. Visit paintnite.com for a discount on pricing.
1/11-13: 7th Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, Surprise Recreation Campus, 10am-5pm, admission $3.00, wine tasting ticket w/souvenir glass $10. In addition to the works of the featured artist, Ben Kinne, 80 other juried fine artists will join Thunderbird Artists to bring the city of Surprise a world-class, fine art event. The festival boasts subject matters ranging from the southwest and traditional to contemporary and abstract, figurative, floral, wildlife, European, African, Native American and much more.
Comerica Theater: 1/12: The Temptations & The Four Tops, 8pm show. 1/13: Darci Lynne and Friends Live, 3pm show. For ticket information visit Comericatheatre.com
1/17-1/27: Ghost Light Theater presents, Much Ado About Nothing. This classic Shakespeare comedy gets new life as this adaptation sets its action in the roaring '20's. visit Ghostlightaz.com for tickets and showtimes.
1/18-1/19: 26th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, 10am-5pm, admission $3.00, parking free, wine tasting ticket w/souvenir glass $10. Enjoy over 100 juried fine artisans from throughout the United States and abroad. Artists will participate displaying paintings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and ink; impressive small, medium and life-sized sculptures, sparkling hand-blown glass, clay, metal, stone, wood, bronze, one-of-kind handcrafted jewelry, beautiful photography and much more!
See Erik Myers, Quinn Dahle, Carl LaBove, Jessica Michelle Singleton, Willie Barcena, K-von, Dwayne Perkins and Brandon Vestal this month at Westgate’s Stir Crazy Comedy Club. Because we all need a little humor in our lives! Visit www.stircrazycomedyclub.com for comics, times and ticket information.
|Need a Tip on How Much You Should Tip?|
|Should you tip them or simply say thank you? Discerning when to tip and how much can be stressful. Thankfully, there are generally accepted practices you can adhere to that will make this task easier.|
Food and drink: For food delivery, tip $2-$4. For bartenders, tip them $1 per drink. Tip restaurant servers 15%-20% of the bill.
Travel: Expect to give those who carry your bags, whether porters at airports or bellhops, $1 or $2 for each item. At hotels, pay special attention to the housekeeping staff. Your tip should reflect the quality of the hotel; the more expensive the accommodations, the greater the tip. Also, tip each day. The housekeeping staff may change during your time there. Lastly, read bills for room service carefully before tipping. Additional "service charges" don't cover the tip, but a "gratuity" does.
Holidays: If you have a nanny or housekeeper, an appropriate holiday bonus is equivalent to one week's pay. Be especially generous to the person who delivers newspapers. Keep in mind that adults, not children, are doing that job now.
Optional tip: There are times when tipping is optional. It doesn't hurt to give a barista some spare change as a tip, but it's not required. You don't need to tip someone who wraps your gifts, but it might be a nice gesture.
No tip: Not every service requires a tip. House sitters, grocery store baggers, cable installers, sports instructors, and Fed Ex delivery personnel are among the individuals who are exempt from tips.
|SAVE THE DATE|
February: St. Mary’s Food Drive
April: Client Appreciation Party
May: Water Bottle Drive
July: 4th of July Fireworks/Ice Cream Event and Back to School Drive
August: Beat the Heat Movie Event
November: Annual Thanksgiving Pie Giveaway and Toys for Tots Drive
|Wondering How Much Your Home Is Worth?|
|How has the price of your home changed in today's market? How much are other homes in your neighborhood selling for?|
If you're wondering what's happening to prices in your area, or you're thinking about selling your house, I'll be able to help.
I'll also give you the "inside scoop" on what's happening in the housing market near where you live!
Just give our office a call or reply to this email to arrange an appointment.
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Stephen & Sylvia Wills - Trilogy at Vistancia
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14815 W Bell Rd. #100
Surprise AZ 85374
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We celebrated the end of another wonderful year at DHP with a team Christmas party, hosted by Lynn & Jay! There were lots of laughs, good conversations, and great food and drink!
We welcome Heather Hockney
to our team. Heather has been an agent for over a year and has sold 6 homes. We look forward to her success with us at DHP!
|Because of great clients like you, business is good...we could always use your help! Who do you know that needs our help buying or selling a home in 2019?|
|Apricot Rosemary Pork Chops|
|The holidays were frantic. Here's something simple for post-holiday meals.|
|•||4 8-ounce, bone-in pork chops|
|•||Salt and pepper to taste|
|•||1 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs|
|•||1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary|
|Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet.|
Season pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides and place them on a prepared baking sheet. Spread one teaspoon of jam on one side of each chop.
Combine breadcrumbs, rosemary, and olive oil, and sprinkle mixture over chops, gently pressing into the jam.
Bake until crust is golden and internal temperature reaches 150 degrees - about 15 minutes.
Drizzle with more olive oil and sea salt before serving.
|Ask the Agent: This Month's Question|
As a buyer, how much will an agent charge me to find my dream home?
As a buyer, your agent will ask you for details regarding the type of home, price, and location you desire. The agent will then partner with you to find your perfect home.
You may fall in love with the first one you see, or your agent may take you on multiple home visits.
Once you find that dream home, your agent will work with you to write up an offer, negotiate the sale, and walk you through all the final details of closing.
How much does this detailed service cost you? As a buyer: $0.00.
When sellers list a home with a real estate agent, they agree to pay that agent a commission of the sales price. If another agent supplies the buyer, the two real estate agents split that commission.
Therefore, the seller pays for your agent's time and efforts. You simply get to benefit from them...and enjoy your new dream home.