| THANKSGIVING PIES AND TOY DRIVE|
|Our Third Annual Thanksgiving pie giveaway was a huge success! We gave away over 100 pies to our amazing past clients! A big shout out to Kneaders of Surprise for the most delicious pies! |
Your Annual Toys for Tots Donation Drive is going strong, but we can always use your help. We are hoping to fill 3 boxes this year and we're a little short. If you haven't already donated and want to share the spirit of the Holidays; drop off your new, unwrapped toy to our office, 14815 W Bell Rd, # 100, Surprise, Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 5 pm.
|Want to sell your house faster? Do this...|
|To some sellers, it seems perfectly natural to remain in the home when buyers view their property. After all, the seller can point out all the fabulous features and answer any questions the buyers have about the home, right? |
Wrong. This is not the time for sellers to put on their hosting hats and welcome guests into the home. If buyers are coming by to see the property, sellers should vacate the premises. Why?
When sellers are around, buyers feel less comfortable. They are likely to feel rushed and will spend less time in the home, since their visit feels like an imposition on the sellers.
This is the opposite of what needs to happen to sell a home. Buyers must be made to feel as comfortable as possible. This will encourage them to take their time and truly consider the home for purchase. They will be more likely to notice those very features the sellers were hoping to point out, since they won't be rushed.
Buyers also typically feel more comfortable asking their real estate agent rather than the owner questions about the property. They may have a concern the agent can address that the buyer would not be willing to bring up in front of the seller.
Sellers can also get more helpful feedback indirectly through the agent. For example, a bad odor in the home may be an issue, but buyers might feel rude bringing this up in front of the seller. If sellers can obtain honest feedback, they can use this to improve future showings and sell the home faster.
| DECEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS|
Events going on through December:
- Illumination Symphony of Light: Celebrate the season with what is being billed as the state’s largest drive-through holiday attraction. There are millions of LED and RGB lights that are synced to holiday tunes. There are two locations to choose from, Tempe and Phoenix. Phoenix location: Phoenix - Jomax and I-17, 6pm. Tempe - Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Dr., 6pm. $29 online per vehicle, $35 for drive-up. More for limos and buses
- Zoolights: Millions of lights comprising hundreds of displays across the grounds of the Phoenix Zoo, this year's highlight may be the actual reindeer roaming around. Visitors are encouraged to pick their favorite moniker for the as-of-yet unnamed baby reindeer. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. 5:30-10:30 p.m. nightly. $17.95-$23.95 | $15.95-$21.95 for members, free for age 2 and younger. Value nights are available; see website for details. 602-286-3800
- Desert Botanical Garden las Noches de las Luminarias: Be a part of this Southwestern holiday tradition. This year will be more vibrant in sound and light than ever. Each evening will feature more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and the pulse of Electric Desert. At almost every turn, be greeted by the sights and sounds of nine entertainment ensembles and engaging experiences. Members, $29.95-434.95, general public $34.95-$39.95. 5:30-9:30pm. Closed 12/24-12/25
- Glendale Glitters: The glittering magic of Glendale’s holiday light display remains lit nightly from 5:00–11:00 pm each evening. Historic Downtown Glendale is located at 58th and Glendale avenues. For more information on additional holiday festivals, call the Special Event Hotline at 623-930-2299.
- Westgate presents, Free horse-drawn carriage rides Friday & Saturday, 5-9pm, AMC Theatres. Hop in, take a spin on a magical & memorable carriage ride! Also, enjoy nightly snowfall at Fountain park 7:00-8:00pm
- Arizona Broadway Theater presents Miracle o 34th Street. Based on the beloved classic film. Filled with humor, spectacle, and treasured songs, this festive, heart-warming musical is a must-see for the family this holiday season. Now through Dec. 29th, visit www.azbroadway.orgfor tickets and show times
12/1: APS Electric Light Parade, more than 100,000 spectators are expected to line the streets of Phoenix for this annual parade! The parade starts at Central and Montebello avenues and ends and Seventh Street and Indian School Road, Phoenix. Free, starts at 7:00 pm
12/1: Pleasant Harbor Christmas Lanterns: Gather your friends and family and head to Lake Pleasant for a new holiday tradition of setting lanterns free on the southeastern shores of the lake. The lighting of the biodegradable lanterns after sundown is a way to mark milestones, offer up wishes and goals and share personal thoughts. There will be live music, 40 tons of snow, pics with Santa and Mrs. Claus, food trucks and more. 3:00-9:30 pm Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant, 8708 W. Harbor Blvd., Peoria. Lanterns are $30 each, parking is $10 per vehicle. Purchase tickets at pleasantharbor.com
12/1: Breakfast with Santa: Litchfield’s at Wigwam, Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet and holiday crafts with Santa! $25 adult | $12 for children ages 4 – 12. Children 3 & under are FREE
12/1: Verrado Hometown Holiday Show: Join AIM & SkyWalk Records Artists the ENTIRE evening as they kick off the holidays with AMAZING holiday music at the Annual Verrado Hometown Holiday Event. Verrado Center on Main @ 5:00pm
12/7-12/23: TheaterWorks presents, Charles Dicken’s a Christmas Carol. One of the most well-known of all Holiday classics, Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol returns. Spend your holidays experiencing this traditional and magical production that shows us the meaning of Christmas. Visit www.theaterworks.orgfor tickets and showtimes
12/14: Talking Stick Resorts presents, Daughtry. Chris Daughtry was a finalist on the 5th season of American Idol and his band Daughtry has won numerous awards including American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, nominated for the Grammy Awards and many others. They are performing their Cage to Rattle album, among many other hits.
|Five Things Under $5 That Can Improve Your Day Fivefold|
|As you make last-minute dashes to the store this holiday season, keep in mind that some small impulse buys can be guilt free. In fact, some inexpensive items purchased on the fly can give you something truly priceless: peace of mind. |
First, get yourself a decent pen. Too much time spent using screens and other digital technology can leave you tired and drained. Nonelectronic writing devices can rejuvenate you. Purchase good-quality pens that will make writing feel good. You may love writing so much that you'll revive the holiday tradition of sending cards and letters to friends and relatives.
Second, double the happiness with a good notebook or a paper day planner. Some planners even force you to carve out time for reflection and quiet.
The holidays, with mounds of wrapping paper and packaging, may give you a great opportunity to test out a third simple pleasure: a high-quality pair of scissors. Scissors that can quickly and cleanly cut through layers of tape, packaging, and the odd cardboard box can make opening tightly wrapped presents enjoyable and painless. They also come in bright colors, making holiday cheer last all year long.
For those not fond of returning to older technologies, there are still simple delights. Wireless earbuds are one such item. Listen to your playlist without cumbersome wires.
Last, if you're struggling to stay on budget this shopping season, try a simple budgeting tool. A free budgeting app can help keep your bank account in the black, both now and year-round.
|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 my office a call or reply to this email to arrange an appointment.
|Attention Sellers: What Buyers Want|
|Today's television lineup is packed with shows about property ownership. From remodeling to purchasing to flipping homes, HGTV and other similar channels have inundated homeowners with ideas about real estate. |
As a result, many buyers now have high expectations as they search for a potential home. They've seen the magazine-worthy houses on TV and that's what they want to find when they view a home. Things should be picture perfect to grab their attention. Fresh paint, new kitchens and bathrooms, neutral décor, and modern conveniences top the lists of many buyers.
It's important for sellers to keep these standards in mind as they prepare to place their homes on the market. To get that coveted buyer, sellers must give buyers what they want. If they are looking for a picturesque setting, then give them one.
Invest in upgrades for outdated interiors. Allow a professional to stage the home. Take the time to boost curb appeal. Ask a real estate agent for recommendations to decide what changes would make the best investment.
As sellers make these changes, one concept is essential to keep in mind: location. While upgrades can help sell a home, it's important that sellers not price themselves out of their neighborhood. Remodeling and redecorating should be appropriate for the location.
If a seller builds an addition and updates a kitchen with all the bells and whistles, the home might be beautiful, but also overpriced. The seller may have created a $250,000 home in a $150,000 neighborhood.
Again, it's important to consult with a local real estate agent who is familiar with the area. He or she can determine what projects should be completed to properly prep the home for the market.
With the right upgrades at the right budget, sellers are more likely to sell the home quickly and get top dollar for their property.
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|•||1/8 teaspoon peppermint oil|
|Heat oven to 325°. Grease a 9x9 baking pan and line the bottom with parchment paper, allowing some to hang over the sides.|
Heat the oil in the microwave until warm, then add the cocoa powder and whisk until combined. Set aside. Place the flour, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
In a larger bowl, beat the eggs and both sugars until light and airy. Stir in the peppermint oil. Add the cocoa mixture and dry ingredients, alternating in two to three additions until all ingredients are fully combined and the mixture is smooth.
Transfer to the prepared baking pan and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top, then bake for another 10 minutes, until the brownies start to pull away from the edges. (FYI: A knife inserted in the middle will not come out clean.)
|Ask the Agent: This Month's Question|
|What is a "buyer's market" and what is a "seller's market"?|
These terms are often thrown around in conversations about real estate, but they are often misunderstood.
In a seller's market, there is high demand for homes, which drives up property prices.
This demand is often caused by an influx of new residents, downward-trending interest rates, and low inventory/lack of new construction. A seller's market may also be created by a quick spike in interest rates. This can cause waffling buyers to take the plunge due to a fear that the upward trend will continue and they will lose their window of opportunity to buy.
On the flip side, reduced demand and declining home prices create a buyer's market.
A decline in demand can be caused by high unemployment, climbing interest rates, high inventory/new construction, and natural disasters.