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Top 5 Sun Smart Tips for the Summer

by Lisa Bray

Top 5 Sun Smart Tips for the Summer

We all know Arizona summers can be extremely hot and extended exposure to the sun can be damaging to our bodies. Anyone who has ever endured an Arizona sunburn in triple digit weather, understands how painful and dangerous this can be! More than 1 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented. Check out these top 5 sun smart tips for the summer to keep you and your family protected.

1.) Limit direct sun exposure during midday - UV rays are most intense during the 10am to 4pm hours. You should plan your outdoor activities before or after these hours.

2.) Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps - Tanning gives our UVA and frequently UVB rays which can cause serious long-term skin damage and both contribute to skin cancer.

3.) Ware shades and a hat - You should purchase sunglasses with at least a 99% UV absorption. And why not invest in a fun summer hat while you are at it!

4.) Use sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher - The SPF number represents the level of protection against UVB rays, which are the type of rays responsible for the majority of skin cancers. A higher number means more protection. You should apply generous amounts of sunblock every 2 hours if you are out in the direct sun for a long period of time.

5.) Check your skin - Check your own skin for unusual changes, new growths or changes in skin color. If you notice any moles that have changed size, shape or color, contact your doctor right away. Skin cancer is most easily treated if found early.

Please share these top 5 sun smart tips for the summer to help have a safe and enjoyable season. And If you or someone you know is looking to buy a home this summer, please contact Lisa Bray today!

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3 Wonderful Ways to Give Back to Your Mom

by Lisa Bray

3 Wonderful Ways to Give Back to Your Mom

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day and for those of you who are looking for the perfect gift, why not go the unconventional route this year by helping repair and improve her home? Here are 3 wonderful ways you can give back to your mom and her home for Mother’s Day.

1.) Plant a Garden: Rather than give the typical bouquet of flowers, plant her a garden she can fall in love with. You can plant a nice assortment of flowers in decorative containers and pots for the entry way or line the driveway and walkways with rows of budding beauties.

2.) Add some art: Has mom been complaining about her drab walls for years? You can’t go wrong with art, especially if it’s family pictures. Pick up some nice frames or some fun vintage style ones from a thrift store and add your best captured family memories. Bonus points if you hang them for her.

3.) Update the comfort zones: Update a living room with lovely accent pillows or a nice new slipcover for the sofa, or go above and beyond and get her a whole new bedding set for her room. Dressing up the spaces she spends the most time in comfort is a wonderfully considerate gift. Imagine her surprise to come home and see a refreshed new space to enjoy?

Can’t decide what to do for your mom and her home? Listen to her concerns about her space. If there’s a nagging home improvement task that’s been bugging her for a while like a broken mailbox, rusty light fixtures, or snags in the rug making those types of repairs are a heartwarming gift to her that shows that you care and that you listen.

No matter what you decide to do for your mom this Mother’s Day, if it comes from the heart she’ll love it regardless. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Spring Housing Report Reflects Rising Prices and Fewer Sales

Spring has sprung and according to the April 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report, home prices continued to climb year-over-year for the twenty-fourth consecutive month in March, while home sales continued to decline for a fourth consecutive month, making it a seller’s market in most regions of the country.

“Homebuyers shouldn’t be discouraged by the record-breaking numbers — even with higher prices and closed transactions, this March marks the second-highest in sales in the history of the RE/MAX National Housing Report,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “It’s more important than ever to work with an experienced RE/MAX agent who is invested and involved in their community. They are dialed into the nuances of a neighborhood, making your home search or sale easier and quicker.”

When the Months Supply of Inventory falls below six months, it’s a seller’s market, and all 54 metro areas surveyed for the monthly housing reported under six months of inventory. Of the fifty-four metro areas surveyed in March 2018, the overall average number of home sales increased +36.6 percent compared to February 2018 and decreased -5.3 percent compared to March 2017. In March 2018, the median of all fifty-four metro Median Sales Prices was $236,000, up +3.2 percent from February 2018 and up +4.9 percent from March 2017. The average Days on Market for homes sold in March 2018 was sixty, down two days from the average in February 2018, and down four days from the March 2017 average. Days on Market is the number of days between when a home is first listed in an MLS and a sales contract is signed.

To access the housing report infographic, visit: https://rem.ax/2phKHWT or click here to download a copy of the RE/MAX April 2018 National Housing Report.  If you’re ready to buy a home in the West Valley or sell your Goodyear, Litchfield Park or Avondale home, please contact  Lisa Bray today!

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4 Fantastic Advantages of Energy Efficient Windows

by Lisa Bray

4 Fantastic Advantages of Energy Efficient Windows

With Earth Day just around the corner, it makes sense that many homeowners would consider adding more eco-friendly upgrades to their home this spring. One of the top energy efficient upgrades in most homes is the windows, because they lower HVAC costs and protect the home against leaks, drafts and condensation. When it comes to upgrading your home with energy efficient windows, you’ll find that there are a lot of design choices to fit your needs. Some selections include double pane, triple pane, leaded glass, low "e" glass, and tempered glass. So which one is right for your home? Here are 4 fantastic advantages of these different kinds of energy efficient windows.

1.) Double Pane Windows -Between the glass panes is a small space to provide insulation. The small space between window panes is filled with insulating gas to further increase insulation. Just as double-paned windows insulate against outdoor temperatures, they also provide noise insulation.

2.) Triple Pane Windows - Triple-pane windows work like a more effective double pane window and are typically around fifty percent better at insulating your home than single-pane glass, and up to twenty-five percent more efficient than double-pane windows.

3.) Low E Glass Windows - The Low-E coating featured on these windows reflects heat back to its source so it helps your home stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The coating won't scratch off because it is applied to the inside of the glass. It help protects against UV fading of any nearby furniture.

4.) Tempered Glass Windows -Tempered glass reduces the risk of injury due to its nature of breaking into small, circular pieces instead of sharp, jagged shards. Another benefit of tempered glass windows is ease of clean-up if they ever do break.

If you’d like more information about making energy efficient upgrades to your home or if you’re looking to sell or buy a home in the West Valley, please contact Lisa Bray today.

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5 "Egg-straordinarily" Useful Hacks for Easter

by Lisa Bray
5 "Egg-straordinarily" Useful Hacks for Easter
 
Easter is this Sunday and we all know how time consuming planning for Easter can be when you’re a busy parent. Everything from coordinating Easter egg hunts, planning arts and crafts activities, and meals can be a bit overwhelming, especially when you work or your kids are on spring break. So, here are 5 egg-straordinarily” useful hacks for Easter to make your life a little easier!
 
1.) Easy Egg Shell Removal: Add baking soda to your water when boiling eggs to make the shells easy to remove. When the water with baking soda passes through the eggshell, it helps the albumen to separate from the shell.
 
2.) Clean Dyeing: Use a whisk to hold eggs while coloring them to save you getting your fingers dyed. Just move a couple of the wires apart to insert and remove the egg.
 
3.) Use Koolaid Dye: Don’t want to use messy egg dyes to color your eggs this year? Use koolaid! Pour one envelope of each Kool-Aid color and 2/3 cup water into separate glasses, stirring to dissolve the drink mix. Use a spoon or whisk to place a hard-boiled egg into each cup. Keep eggs submerged until the desired color is reached.
 
4.) Quick Craft: Want to decorate eggs but have no time to dye eggs? Stick clear adhesive dots onto eggs and dip in sprinkles or glitter for easy decorating.
 
5.) Reuse Eggs: Wondering what to do with all those plastic eggs after the Easter egg hunt is over and the goodies have been removed? Reuse plastic eggs as mini lunch containers filled with little healthy bites of goodies like raisins, carrot sticks and trail mix.
Which of these 5 egg-straordinarily” useful hacks for Easter will you try? No matter how you spend your spring holiday, have a safe and Happy Easter!
 
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3 Ways to Brighten Up Your Home with Natural Light

by Lisa Bray

3 Ways to Brighten Up Your Home with Natural Light

Did you know? About forty-seven percent of the energy used in a home is for space conditioning like lighting and temperature control. So utilizing more natural lighting in your home can help you cut down on energy costs. However, the benefits of having lots of natural light in your home go far beyond energy savings. Research has proven that being exposed to natural lighting actually helps people be more productive, happier, healthier, and calmer. Natural light has also proven to regulate some disorders including SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Here are 3 ways to brighten up your home with natural light.

1.) Go with Glass: Using glass in your doors is a great way to get more natural light further into your home. French doors are a beautiful and decorative way to let the sunshine in.  You can use frosted or tinted glass for privacy or you can use frosted film that is translucent and allows filtered light in. This look is a great decorating hack for internal rooms as well as outdoor windows.

2.) Get Reflective: The more shiny surfaces you can add to your rooms, the more light you will reflect back into the room. Using objects like chandeliers or brass lighting, gold door knobs or silver photo frames, brass candlesticks, mirrors or acrylic clear furniture should become part of your decorating strategy. Large wall mirrors are also a perfect decorating touch to help add more natural light into your space.

3.) Watch Window Coverings: Thick window treatments and curtains often absorb precious natural light. Removing heavy or dark curtains will instantly add light into your dark rooms. Light colors and light weight fabrics all help to preserve your natural light. If you need curtains for privacy, use sheer, light fabrics.

Additionally, adding a skylight is another great option for brightening your home with natural light, but they can be rather costly and must be done carefully so as not to take away from your existing architecture. Want more tips for your home? Or are you seeking to buy a home in Goodyear to light up your life? Contact Lisa Bray today!

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Join Me for the Are You Faster than a Boy Scout Run

by Lisa Bray

Join Me for the Are You Faster than a Boy Scout Run

As an Arizona native and Goodyear resident, I’ve been proudly serving the West Valley real estate market since 2003. In addition to working as full-time agent helping clients achieve their real estate goals throughout the Valley, I love participating in local community events. Especially the charity 5Ks! Back in December I had the pleasure of running in the Run Run Rudolph Quarter Marathon Run at Rio Vista Park in Peoria. This month, I invite you to join me for the upcoming community walk/run event, Are you Faster than a Boy Scout on Saturday, March 17th.

This is a fun, family-friendly event that you will want to return to year after year. The race is a flat and fast, chip timed event and is staffed by the Boy Scouts with support from adult volunteers. Best of all 100 percent of the proceeds for this race go to fund Scouting activities including, summer camps and high adventure camps for the active Scouts in the local Troop. Troop 99, based in Litchfield Park, was chartered by the Goodyear Aircraft Corp. in 1943 and has been developing young boys into leaders in the community ever since.

The run will take place at 7:00 am at the City of Litchfield Park located at 100 S. Old Litchfield Rd., Litchfield. There will be a 5k and 10k course available to either walk or run and participants will receive a race shirt, Boy Scout themed finisher medal, and assorted discounts. The top three male and female finishers in each age group will receive awards and there will be a special division for Scouts. If you’d like more information about the first annual Are You Faster than a Boy Scout Run or if you’d like to join me, you can register by clicking here.

For more fun things to do in the West Valley or if you’re ready to buy or sell a home in the communities of Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Avondale, please contact me today!

Lisa Bray

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5 Pet-Friendly Design Updates for Your Home

by Lisa Bray

5 Pet-Friendly Design Updates for Your Home

Do you have a four-legged best friend that you love? You’re not alone. It's estimated that 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats are owned in the United States. And 81 percent of respondents in a National Association of Realtors (NAR) survey said they’d take their pets’ needs into account in choosing their next living situation. So it makes sense that making space for your pet or pets in your home is important. And if you’re selling your home, pet-friendly amenities could help attract potential homebuyers who are also pet parents. Here are 5 pet-friendly design updates for your home to consider adding.

1. Pet washing station: Fences, dog doors and laminate flooring are the most common pet-friendly improvements Americans make to homes, shares the NAR. But some are even going so far as to modify their floor plans to add pet-washing station in the laundry room to make bath time just that much more comfortable for Fido.

2. Built-in Food Storage: Food storage cupboards and built-in storage space for supplies and equipment to the kitchen are becoming a hot new craze. Think food-storage cabinets similar to trash-can pull-outs.

3. Custom Feeding Stations: Tired of constantly knocking over your pets food or water bowl? Some homeowners have a special feeding spot with a built-in feeding station located in the Arizona room, under the stairs or in the laundry room made especially for their favorite fur ball.

4. Special Potty Areas: More and more homeowners are adding outdoor potty areas just off the pet door “planted” with antimicrobial artificial grass for easier clean up and comfort.

5. Built-in Pet Cubby: In the same vein as the built-in feeding station, some homeowners create aesthetically pleasing built-in pet-bed cubbies. Bye-bye boring old pet bed, hello custom pet cubby in the den!

Are you a pet lover looking to buy a Goodyear home that’s perfect for your family and fur babies? Contact Lisa Bray today! I can help you and your four legged friend find a community in the West Valley to call your own. 

Lisa Bray

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January 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report

by Lisa Bray

January 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report

The January RE/MAX National Housing Report shows the median home price rose 8.1 percent year-over-year, with fifty of the report’s fifty-four markets posting increases. At the same time, December sales dropped 3.3 percent from December 2016, with thirty-nine markets reporting fewer transactions. Making sales harder was a Months Supply of Inventory of 3.7 which is the lowest December figure in the nine-year history of the report. That corresponds with a 14.6 percent decline in inventory, lengthening a streak of monthly declines that began in November 2008.

Also setting a report record for December was the speed of home sales: Fifty-seven days. That figured into an overall 2017 median for Days on Market of 52.5 — nearly a week less than the 2016 median of 58.5 days.

Home buyers paid record prices in 2017, led by June’s Median Price Sold of $245,000. Prices increased year-over-year in every month of 2017, with December marking the 21st consecutive month of year-over-year price increases dating back to April 2016.

“We see the median sales price of homes across the country rising every month, year-over-year, but the days on market and the supply of homes for sale hit record lows in December,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “If inventory keeps getting tighter across the country it’ll be interesting to see how it might affect sales.”

While sales dropped slightly from a year ago, December capped off a 2017 of record home prices, speedy sales and low inventory. Of the 54 metro areas surveyed in December 2017, the overall average number of home sales decreased 2.5 percent compared to November 2017. For more information, download your copy of the January 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report here.

Whether you are considering buying a home, selling a home or both, Lisa Bray has the experience and skill you need to make an educated, informed decision. Contact Lisa today and receive a complimentary analysis of your home’s approximate present value on the market today.

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Top 3 Home Tax Deductions to Remember Before You File

by Lisa Bray

Top 3 Home Tax Deductions to Remember Before You File


The beginning of tax filing season, and homeowners everywhere are gathering their important tax documents, and keeping their fingers crossed for some great deductions. Whether you’re a new homeowner or you’ve been in your home for years, here are the top 3 tax deductions to remember before you file.

1.) Mortgage Interest: The biggest tax break you have as a homeowner is your mortgage interest. A home mortgage interest deduction allows you to reduce your taxable income by the amount of interest paid on the loan which is secured by your principal residence. This deduction can also apply if you refinanced or own multiple properties. Visit the IRS site to learn more.

2.) Property Taxes: Because a large part of your monthly loan payment is contributed to property taxes, you’re allowed an annual deduction if you’re a taxpaying homeowner. The deduction amount is the amount you’ve paid and includes any payments made through an escrow account. Check out the IRS site for all the property tax guidelines. 

3.) Energy Efficiency Repairs: If you made green energy saving improvements, you could see more green on your taxes. Eco-friendly home improvements can allow you to qualify for an energy credit of 10 percent. These enhancements can include adding more efficient windows, energy saving heaters, adding Energy Star Appliances, and more. There are also extra credits for solar panels. You can find a complete list of green home enrichments and the tax credit criteria on the IRS site for more details.

Tax deductions and credits are just some of the bonuses of being a homeowner. I recommend that you consult a professional tax planner before you file this year. If you’re interested in buying a home in Goodyear or selling your West Valley home this tax season, please contact Lisa Bray today.

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