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How to Quickly Get Involved in Your Community

We have a lot of snowbirds down in the Mesa Arizona area and when you only stay in a community for 4 to 6 months you want to make the most of that time. Getting involved quickly and early is the key to really enjoying your retirement years or even just a few months...

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Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Children's Museum of Phoenix The Children's Museum of Phoenix is an ever-popular attraction for families, and for good reason. Designed especially for kids from 1-10, this museum is jam-packed with child-friendly activities that will help small ones learn through...

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Why the Price You Set to Sell your Home is Critical

Why the Price You Set to Sell your Home is Critical Selling your home is a big deal.  You want to get top dollar.  You understand that the more you sell for, the more money you will make....basic math.  The price you set for your home will determine many things thru...

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Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ For more than 70 years, the Desert Botanical Garden has been teaching and inspiring visitors from the local community and around the world, providing research, exhibits and more designed to help the people understand, protect and...

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House Hunting Tips

House Hunting Tips House hunting is exciting.  These house hunting tips will help keep you on track.  There is lots to consider when you are house hunting.  Once you start looking online you can easily be drawn into premature jubilation. A process is actually...

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Wants vs Needs?

Wants vs Needs? Buyers who try to get everything may end up not getting a home at all! Dividing your desires into the two lists (wants vs needs) will force you to reveal to yourself what is truly the most important quality in a home. This allows you to start your home...

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Improve Your Credit Score

Everyone wants a quick credit score fix.  Google--fix bad credit---3,200,000 results!  Unfortunately it takes time to fix a credit score.  In fact, out of all of the ways to improve a credit score, quick-fix efforts are the most likely to backfire, so beware of any...

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Painting Mistakes That’ll Show

  But homeowners can also make a lot of mistakes with this common DIY job. Realtor.com® recently spoke with staging and color experts to find out some of the most obvious mistakes that they see most often. 1. Choosing the wrong finish. Homeowners need to select a...

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5 Ways to Make Your Home Look Bigger

  5 Ways to Make Your Home Look Bigger What can you do to make your home look bigger? Bigger is better.  Ask anyone from Texas.  Compare 2 meals that are the same price. Everyonee wants more from their dollar! This hold true in homes. BUT the feeling of more space can...

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Leaving California for Affordable Phoenix

Just not affordable! Leaving California for affordable areas Residents of coastal Southern California are increasingly making the decision to move away to find affordable housing — a trend many economists blame on a housing shortage driving rents and home prices...

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How cheap is it to Rent in Phoenix

  We know living in Phoenix is a lot cheaper than other big U.S. cities such as New York and San Francisco. A new analysis by SmartAsset — a New York-based personal finance technology firm — shows just how much. SmartAsset analyzed data from the U.S. Department of...

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DIY or Professional

To DIY or not to DIY? That’s the question on many homeowners’ minds when there’s a repair or home improvement project on their to-do lists. The good news is that you can do plenty of things on your own. But for other projects, you’re better off hiring a licensed...

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More Foreclosures

Homeowners associations, the enforcers of neighborhood paint colors, holiday decorations and trash bins, are leading the latest surge in Phoenix-area foreclosures. HOAs foreclosing on hundreds of Phoenix-area homeowners for as little as $1,200 HOAs are foreclosing on...

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Is it Time to Reduce The Price of Your Home

Sellers always want to get top dollar.  They push for that.  But there are signs that it is time to reduce the price of your home.  I know you don't ant to hear it, but it is true. There are not many showings – If agents are not scheduling showings there is a...

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Bad Habits Buyers Have

You want to buy a house.  You are committed to the process.  You want to be successful in your quest.  And yet many buyers are their own worst enemy.  Here are some bad habits to avoid. Too secretive: You should think of yourself and your Realtor as a team, but the...

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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is Blooming

According to a 2013 Arizona State University study, the airport has a $1.3 billion annual impact and supports more than 10,000 jobs in the region. In just the past few months, the airport announced a major employment project expected to bring 200 high-wage jobs and...

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Do you really want to sell your home?

Do you really want to sell your home? When a home listed for sale expires off of the market without so much as an offer there are a number of common reasons as to why that happened.  Some of the causes of having an unsold home are the responsibility of the real estate...

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Home Buying Tips

  Home shoppers are increasingly facing steep competition for the limited number of homes for sale.  Follow these buying tips.   1. Stick to a budget. Have buyers get preapproved by one or more lenders to ensure eligibility. Be sure to also take into account extra...

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Community amenities

The Community amenities can increase the value of your home. Sure home upgrades — the kitchen and master bathroom in particular — will increase the value of your home. But some community features are so attractive to buyers that they can increase your home’s value...

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What is APR vs Interest Rate

Understanding the difference between annual percentage rate, or APR, and interest rate could save you thousands of dollars on your mortgage. But if you're like most homebuyers, you probably don't know that the interest rate and the APR measure 2 important, but...

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Why Don’t We Build Energy Efficient Houses?

Although we know how to build energy efficient, healthy, comfortable, durable homes, mostly we don’t ...but not because it’s too expensive.  So why is that? A lot of work has been done in the past 20 years to improve the way we build houses. Thanks to the EPA’s Energy...

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Quick Fix Credit Repair

Try this google search--quick fix credit repair (599,000 results) or fast credit repair ( 17,000,000 results)...you get the idea.  People want to fix their credit and they want to do it fast, now, today.  That's why you are here...right?  You messed it up fast so you...

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Prepare to buy a house

So you want to buy a house! As everyone knows, a house is not an impulse purchase; you can't just waltz in and declare "I'll take it!" Preparation is important.  Here is a list of things you can do to prepare. Find a real estate agent There's no reason to go it...

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