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City of Surprise Banning Cellphone Use While Driving

by Lisa Bray

City of Surprise Banning Cellphone Use While Driving

According to the National Safety Council, cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes annually. Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving under the influence of alcohol is. One out of every four traffic crashes that occur in the U.S. are caused by cell phone usage. This startling data may be one of many reasons why a new law banning the use of cellphones while driving went into effect in Surprise this month, making it the latest city to attempt regulation rather than wait for a state effort.

Surprise officials put an ordinance banning talking, texting or anything involving a handheld communication device into effect last week, the Arizona Republic reported. Police will generally issue warnings only for the first thirty days of the new law, said Surprise police Sgt. Tim Klarkowski. After that, the fines will begin. The fine is $250 on the first offense. The law prohibits talking on a cellphone, sending a text message or otherwise using a hand-held communications device while driving in the city, unless the device is in hands-free mode.

City leaders were cautious when enacting the outright ban, fearing that it could make the city a target of the state Legislature, which has been enacting local pre-emption laws on many subjects. But Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott said the Arizona League of Cities and Towns believed the law could be imposed.

Lawmakers have gone back and forth on cellphone bans in cars for more than a decade. Earlier this year, legislation banning drivers’ cellphone usage was shot down gained approval in the Senate but died in the House.

The lack of a state law has led to a mishmash of different ordinances across jurisdictions. Tucson, Sedona and Oro Valley currently prohibit handheld cellphone use while behind the wheel. Meanwhile, Phoenix, Flagstaff and Fountain Hills only prohibit texting while driving.

If you’d like more information about the Surprise cell phone ban, or if you’re interested in selling or buying a home in Surprise, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and the surrounding cities, please contact Lisa Bray today!

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Cheerful Canyon Trails Home for Sale in Goodyear

by Lisa Bray

NEW LISTING!!! Cheerful Canyon Trails Home for Sale in Goodyear

Make this your home sweet home! Location, curb appeal and lifestyle are the perfect combination in this spectacular 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2-story in the awesome Canyon Trails subdivision of Goodyear!

As you make your way through the double door entry you will be welcomed by the open spacious downstairs with vaulted formal living room and formal dining that overlooks the beautifully landscaped backyard. Just off the entry is a den/office that is perfect for anyone working from home, guest, or kids play area!

The kitchen is a chef's dream with ample counter and cabinet space, stainless steel appliances, and walk-in pantry. The kitchen overlooks the family room with gas fireplace. As you make your way up the grand staircase you’ll be in awe of the loft size that overlooks the downstairs. The beautiful master retreat is enormous and features a separate shower and tub as well as huge walk-in closet. Three additional bedrooms round out the upstairs living.

The backyard oasis features a sparkling, pebble-tec pool, pergola, outdoor kitchen and firepit. The front and backyard are easy maintenance thanks to artificial turf. The 3-car garage has built-in cabinets and the shade screens throughout provide style and energy efficiency to your home. Come see this 4,166 square foot beauty and make it your home! Contact Lisa Bray today to schedule a private showing of 16527 W Roosevelt St Goodyear, AZ 85338.

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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!

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Welcome to Goodyear

by Lisa Bray

Welcome to Goodyear

If you’re looking to move to the “valley of the sun,” you’ll likely research all the different cities to find what they have to offer and how they can best suit your needs. Whether you’re relocating to the state of Arizona or just moving to a new city, you’ll find Goodyear, AZ is an ideal locale that offers a diverse community rich with cultural activities, recreation, and growth. Once the recipient of the All-America City Award in 2008 and named one of the five "Most Livable Cities" in America, it’s no wonder so many residents are falling in love with this beautiful city! So welcome to Goodyear. Here’s why you’ll want to make it your home.  

Entertainment and Shopping: Goodyear, AZ is a part of the beautiful west valley where there are plenty of options for entertainment and shopping with a growing list of top choices for dining out. You’ll find the Wigwam Resort, the perfect venue for events, pampering, dining, and more located minutes away from Goodyear. The local hotspot of the Westgate City Center on the 101 Loop freeway offers a movie theater, a stadium to see your favorite sports teams and bands as well as tons of shopping, restaurants, and bars.

Outdoor Recreation: If you love to get outside, you’ll find the 300 plus days of sunshine in Goodyear to your liking…as long as you don’t mind a little sweat and sunscreen. You can enjoy the many beautiful public parks, golf courses, and trails available throughout Goodyear and the west valley. Outdoor enthusiasts will fall in love with the hiking trails, such as the ones located at Estrella Mountain Regional Park. If you love to play, the popular 55-acre Friendship Park houses soccer and baseball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, ramadas, a dog park, and even a charming Japanese Garden.

Community Services: Residents who love being a part of the community will love the communal spirit that radiates in Goodyear. Whether you’re looking for a cause to volunteer for or services for you and your family to enjoy, there’s something for everyone. Goodyear and the west valley offers the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium, performing arts sponsored by the West Valley Council, and air shows hosted by Luke Air Force Base just to name a few of the many available things to do. Sports lovers will appreciate the Goodyear Ball Park where they can watch games see their favorite players during spring training in addition to the many fun events hosted there.

Does Goodyear sound like the kind of place you want to call home? Contact Lisa Bray for real-time west valley listings and a complementary market analysis of your home.

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RE/MAX Professionals Celebrates 25 Years of Miracles

by Lisa Bray

RE/MAX Professionals Celebrates 25 Years of Miracles 

Every minute, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment; every 30 seconds, a RE/MAX agent helps someone find their perfect place. Since 1992, RE/MAX agents and brokers have invested in the well-being of their local communities by raising more than $150 million for 170 CMN Hospitals.

We are excited to announce that our offices will be participating in our third annual “Month of Miracles” throughout the month of August. This is a month-long fundraising event is designed to raise much-need money to support our local Phoenix Children’s Hospital as well as raise awareness in our community.

In 2016, RE/MAX Affiliates in the U.S. and Canada donated over $10 million to 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the Miracle Home and Miracle Property programs. Here at RE/MAX Professionals, myself and our agents donated over $40,000 to our local Phoenix Children’s Hospital last year. We were recognized by RE/MAX LLC for being the highest contributing office in the Southwest Region (Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico) to the Children’s Miracle Network, and our local Phoenix Children's Hospital!

Please help us reach out goal of ONE MILLION PENNIES for the “Month of Miracles” in August, 2017. You can drop by any one of our five offices to participate in our fundraising efforts, or contact me and I will be happy to pick up your donation.

On behalf of all the kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, I thank you in advance for your support in helping us achieve this goal for our community!

Sincerely,

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12th Annual Heart and Sole 5K Returns to Goodyear

by Lisa Bray

12th Annual Heart and Sole 5K Returns to Goodyear

February is National Heart Health Month so it’s only fitting that the 12th Annual Heart and Sole 5K returns to Goodyear this month. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. About 610,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that's one in every four deaths. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing about 365,000 people in 2014. So if you’re looking for a great way to get exercise and spread awareness, then the 12th Annual Heart and Sole 5K is for you!

The family friendly event takes place Saturday, February 11th at 9:00 a.m. at the Goodyear Ballpark located at 1933 S. Ballpark Way. The 12th Annual Heart and Sole 5K race is sure to be a great time for serious and recreational runners alike! The Heart and Sole Race also features a one Mile Family Fun Run/Walk for those of you who would like to introduce your little ones to the benefits of running! Vendors will also be on hand to help educate and show runners and walkers the best way to take care of themselves from head to toe.

Want to know more? Visit goodyearaz.gov for more details and registration information. For more fun things to do in Goodyear and other local west valley events happening in your neighborhood this spring, please contact Lisa Bray today.

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Goodyear building Water Conservation Committee

by Lisa Bray

Goodyear building Water Conservation Committee

Did you know? About 95 percent of the water entering our homes goes down the drain according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Just in time for Earth Day, the City of Goodyear is now recruiting members to establish a water conservation committee to find ways for everyone to use water more efficiently. The City Council approved the formation of the committee in February. Its goal will be to generate ideas to reduce outdoor water use by one percent each year. The committee will be composed of eleven members and two alternates selected by the City Council and will meet eight to ten times a year according to the City of Goodyear press release. Applications to be on the Goodyear Water Conservation Committee are due by Friday, April 22nd which is coincidentally Earth Day.

Mark Holmes, water resources manager for Goodyear, said irrigation consumes about twenty-nine percent of the city’s total water use. Single family outdoor uses another thirty-five percent of the total water. Sandra Rode, water conservation specialist for Goodyear, said the committee would look at making recommendations into the future five years and also review the city’s existing water conservation plan. She said the ultimate goal of conservation is to protect the quality of life in Goodyear.

For details on how to apply, go to goodyearaz.gov. If you’d like to be more involved with the Goodyear community or if you’d like to buy a home in Goodyear, please contact Lisa Bray today. Happy Earth Day!

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Goodyear ranked among Top 10 Best U.S. cities to live

by Lisa Bray

Goodyear ranked among Top 10 Best U.S. cities to live

Have you heard the West Valley news? The City of Goodyear has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Best U.S. Cities to live in, according to a poll released in early November by 24/7 WallSt.com. 24/7 WallSt is a New York-based corporation which operates a financial news and opinion company with content delivered over the Internet. The company’s articles are republished in many national media outlets including MSN Money, Yahoo!, Finance, Time.com, USA Today and Huffington Post.

To determine America's best cities to live in, 24/7 Wall St.com reviewed data on the 550 areas measured by the U.S. Census Bureau with populations of 65,000 or more. City rankings were based on a range of variables, including:

  • Crime rates (132 per 100,000 residents annually, less than half of the whole state.)
  • Employment growth
  • Educational attainment (percentage with at least a bachelor’s degree: 24.8 percent)
  • Housing affordability (Median home value: $243,000)

“We’re more than excited to be named among the Top 10 Best cities to live in,” said Goodyear Mayor, Georgia Lord. “Our last citizen satisfaction survey showed that ninety-six percent of the respondents like living in Goodyear and would recommend it to others as a place to live. Clearly the word is spreading.” Goodyear was the only Arizona city ranked in the Top 50, and as a proud resident of Goodyear, I’m not surprised we made the list. I love this community!

So if you’d like to buy a home in Goodyear, one of the top 10 Best U.S. cities to live, please contact Lisa Bray today!

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Annual G.A.I.N. Event Returns to Goodyear

by Lisa Bray

Annual G.A.I.N. Event Returns to Goodyear 

Did you know? In 2014 Goodyear was voted as one of the twenty most improved cities in Arizona that has really put in the hard work to bring down their overall crime rate according to Safe Choice Security. That’s just one of the many reasons why Goodyear residents are excitedly planning the annual G.A.I.N. events return to Goodyear.

G.A.I.N., or Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods, is the state’s answer to National Night Out — an “annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, better places to live.” G.A.I.N. is a “statewide day of celebration for the success of crime prevention through community involvement.”

Basically, G.A.I.N. is about getting to know your neighbors, recognizing who lives in your neighborhood and who doesn’t, keeping an eye on each other’s homes, organizing a Block Watch or Neighborhood Watch. Community involvement to make the community a safer place to live. And this year, the City of Goodyear is returning the event to its roots and encouraging neighborhoods to hold individual G.A.I.N. events to promote a better way for neighbors to get to know each other.

Goodyear’s G.A.I.N. event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. November 7th and neighborhoods can register now through September 20th by visiting http://goodyearaz.gov/residents/neighborhood-services/g-a-i-n-. Registered neighborhoods will get an involvement kit with brochures, fliers and goodies to give to attendees; visits from city officials such as the mayor, council members, police officers and firefighters; and static displays such as police cars and fire trucks.

So spread the word to your West Valley neighbors and Goodyear neighborhood home owner associations to get involved in this wonderful event to promote safer neighborhoods in our community. As Neighborhood Watch puts it, the best crime prevention tool ever invented is a good neighbor. 

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Dry Heat Comedy Nights Return to Goodyear

by Lisa Bray

Dry Heat Comedy Nights Return to Goodyear

Got the summer blues? Laughter is the best medicine! And you’ll be happy to know that Dry Heat Comedy Nights return to Goodyear this weekend. You and your family and friends can enjoy a summer night and get a chuckle or two as well at the Dry Heat Comedy Night, a free comedy concert in the park that’s fun for the whole family.

The family-oriented comedy performances take place Saturday, August 1st from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Goodyear Community Park located at 3151 N. Litchfield Rd.

Hear some of the funniest comedians in the Valley perform clean, adult humor and relax at this fun show. Leave glass containers at home, but feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and flashlights as well as your favorite food and beverages or purchase goodies from the on-site food vendor. Unable to make it to all the fun this weekend? Don’t despair! The next Dry Heat Comedy Night is scheduled for Sunday, August 9th at the same time and location.

For more information you may call the City of Goodyear at 623-932-3910 or visit to the City of Goodyear’s website at http://www.ci.goodyear.az.us.

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