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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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Staying Active and Involved this Holiday Season

by Lisa Bray

Staying Active and Involved this Holiday Season

It’s important to stay active and involved in your community all year round, but it’s especially important during the holiday season to help combat stress, improve health and help welcome in the New Year with optimism. I’ve had the pleasure of participating in two community 5K’s in the month of December that were fantastic experiences. The first was the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k in Scottsdale, an officially timed event that had mugs filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and tasty dippable treats waiting for the racers at the finish line. Coined as “America’s Sweetest Race,” the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K proceeds benefitted the Make-A-Wish® charity and was truly a delight to be a part of.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, I ran in the Run Run Rudolph Quarter Marathon Run at Rio Vista Park in Peoria. This event included a half marathon, quarter marathon, four mile and a Reindeer Kids’ Dash. This race was fun and festive with many participants donning their best holiday gear. It was impossible not to smile, and by the end I was filled with holiday spirit as I joined the other race participants of all ages, shape and sizes from the community at the finish line. This was very memorable run!

I invite you to join me for the next community racing event, Are You Faster Than a Boy Scout which takes place Saturday, March 18, 2018 in scenic Litchfield Park. 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. If you’d like more information about this event or if you’d like to join me, you can register by clicking here.

Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays and a very Merry Christmas! –Lisa

Lisa Bray

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Holiday Safety Shopping Hacks

by Lisa Bray

Holiday Safety Shopping Hacks

In the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and sales, it’s easy to get a little lax with our personal security. Besides; who’d ever try to steal from us during such a wonderful time of giving? But unfortunately, this is the time of year where criminals are at their peak. According to the Arizona Division of Public Safety report, November has the highest rate of "pick pocketing" of any month of the year, while shoplifting crimes are highest in December. That being said, here are some essential holiday safety shopping hacks.

  • Stay alert to your surroundings when you’re out and about shopping. Thieves typically target people who look lost in thought or are struggling to carry shopping bags and seem distracted so avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Never leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car, even if you’ll only be away for a minute. A quick thief needs a mere sixty seconds to make off with your car.
  • Always protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad or pin pad inside the store from anyone who is standing near you. All it takes is a peak, a quick distraction, and sleight of hand before your wallet is gone and your bank account has been drained.
  • Obviously if you’re traveling and away from home over the holidays you should lock your doors and windows. But also take additional precautions by having a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail. Want an extra level of safety? Leave your lights on an automatic timer.

Don’t be a target for dishonest criminals this holiday season, and don’t be afraid of being paranoid. You can never be too safe while you’re shopping for the season, and you can’t afford to be careless. Please share these tips with your loved ones and shop safe this holiday season.

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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.

Lisa Bray

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Should You Rent or Buy a Home this Summer?

by Lisa Bray

Should You Rent or Buy a Home this Summer?

It’s the eternal question; an on-going internal battle that’s progressed for years. Rent or buy? There are many factors to consider when it comes to renting or buying an Arizona home. And though renting is typically viewed as having fewer risks, home ownership has potential for greater gains if you purchase smartly. So it’s time to start planning. Should you rent or buy a home this summer? Here are some advantages of both to consider before making a move.

Advantages of Buying a Home

  • Home ownership provides tax benefits that renting does not such as declaring interest costs against taxes and equity building.
  • With FHA, VA and USDA loans and down-payment assistance programs, it can be cheaper to buy a home than it is to rent one.
  • You can decorate or make alterations to your home as you please.

Advantages of Renting a Home

  • Renting allows you the opportunity to avoid home ownership costs, seen and unforeseen, maintain liquidity and build credit.
  • Renting allows you mobility in lieu of being tied to a mortgage.
  • Maintenance of major systems such as plumbing, electric, heating and air-conditioning is taken care of by the landlord versus the renter.

When you rent a home you don’t have the tax benefits or write offs home ownership affords you and you are limited when it comes to making design upgrades to your home. However renting does allow you more mobility should you need to move. It’s important to make a well informed decision before making a commitment to a mortgage. If you’ve determined buying is right for you and you’re looking are looking to buy a home in the West Valley, please contact Lisa Bray today for a professional yet personal experience you can trust.

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First Half of 2017 Ends with Record Sales and Prices

by Lisa Bray

First Half of 2017 Ends with Record Sales and Prices

The first half of 2017 ends with record sales and prices according to the July 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. The U.S. housing market is on pace for another record year as four of the last six months have topped same month sales from 2016. June home sales were 1.4 percent higher than June 2016, which was previously the month with the most home sales in the nine-year history of the report.

The combination of increased sales and a record low inventory that slipped further to 2.8 months resulted in higher sales prices. June’s median sales price of $245,000, up 7.5 percent over last June, also set a RE/MAX National Housing report record. In fact, prices increased in fifty of the report’s fifty-three markets. The average number of Days on Market dropped to a report-record low of 47, while inventory dropped year-over-year in 87 percent of the markets.

“Sellers continue to benefit from limited inventory, getting top-dollar for their homes, and as a result, overall sales are at a record high,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “But buyers shouldn’t be discouraged. Mortgage rates are still relatively low and the market may be taking a positive turn, albeit subtle, as recent Labor Department data showed a decline in open construction jobs which could mean more workers focused on new home builds.”

In June 2017, the median of all 53 metro Median Sales Prices was $245,000, up 5.6 percent from May 2017 and up 7.5 percent from June 2016. In June 2017, 52 of the 53 metro areas surveyed reported a months supply of less than 6.0, which is typically considered a seller’s market. Please click here to download a copy of the July 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report.

If you would like to sell your Phoenix home or find the perfect home for sale in the West Valley, please contact Lisa Bray. I will be happy to provide a free market analysis of your home, and I am deeply committed to helping you reach your real estate goals on step at a time!

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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,

Lisa Bray

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Brisk Home Sales Set Post-Recession Records

by Lisa Bray

Brisk Home Sales Set Post-Recession Records

After a brief dip in April home sales, the U.S. housing market returned to seasonally high sales in May, increasing 20.6% from the previous month and 4.3% from May 2016, according to the June RE/MAX National Housing Report. In fact, it was the strongest May in terms of home sales in the nine-year history of the report.

The average Days on Market for homes sold in May 2017 was fifty-one, down six days from the average in April 2017, and down seven days from the May 2016 average. The number of homes for sale in May 2017 was down 0.6 percent from April 2017, and down 16.2 percent from May 2016.

Based on the rate of home sales in May, the Months Supply of Inventory was 2.6, compared to April 2017 at 2.8 and May 2016 at 3.0. This is the third month in a row months supply has been below 3.0. A 6.0-months supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. In May 2017, fifty-two of the fifty-three metro areas surveyed reported a months supply of less than 6.0, which is typically considered a seller’s market.

Want to know more about the current real estate market? Click here to download your copy of the June 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. If you would like to sell your Arizona home or find the perfect home for sale in the West Valley, please contact Lisa Bray. I will be happy to provide a free market analysis of your home, and I am deeply committed to helping you reach your real estate goals on step at a time.

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Proud to be a Certified Residential Specialist

by Lisa Bray

Proud to be a Certified Residential Specialist

I’ve got great news! I’ve just recently earned my CRS Designation, and I am now a Certified Residential Specialist. The CRS designation is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers, and brokers from the esteemed Council of Residential Specialists.

As a proud member of the National Association of REALTORS®, I have the unique opportunity utilize their wide-range of programs and services to help me increase my skills, proficiency, and knowledge so that I can be of better service to my community and to my wonderful clients.  Education and experience is the foundation of being a Certified Residential Specialists, and I am proud to have earned this honor.  

Less than four percent of the more than one million REALTORS® in business today hold the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation, the highest professional designation awarded to REALTORS® in the residential sales field. That's because just one in twenty-five has the experience, the commitment and the hours of advanced training necessary to call themselves a Certified Residential Specialist.

And as new CRS designation recipient, I promise to continue to provide the expert level of service you’ve come to expect from me over the years and more. So whether you’re looking to sell your Arizona home or buy an Arizona home, let a newly Certified Residential Specialist with a proven track record of success guide you every step of the way!

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What it Means to be a Mother

by Lisa Bray

What it Means to be a Mother

What is motherhood? What does it mean to be a mother? These questions are as challenging to answer as they are simple. Yes, to give birth; yes, to adopt children; yes, to have a family. But being a mother is also about much more than that. There’s some large, overwhelming, and beautiful piece at the center of motherhood that is so hard to put words to. It’s a feeling, not an explanation. Maybe that piece is best called love. If so, it is truly a unique love reserved for the mother/child relationship. And when you’ve felt it, you know it. In honor of Mother’s Day, these three moms share what it means to be a mother.

“For me, motherhood is seeing the profound value in learning about who your children are, and then encouraging and teaching them to be the best versions of themselves. It is my greatest hope that this acceptance and unconditional love will empower and strengthen my children as well as foster self-confidence and kindness!”—Courtney Westlake, blogger, Blessed By Brenna

“Motherhood is truly a remarkable gift and a privilege that I hold very close to my heart. To me, being a mother means to be fearless2, to be a positive role model, to be a continuous cheerleader for every milestone my children will experience, to demonstrate the abundance of unconditional love that has no end and to cherish the countless memories that is truly priceless.”—Eluka Moore, Co-Founder & Author, Kitchen Club Kids

“To me, being a mother is the greatest job in the world. Helping my girls through all the things life throws them, while also lifting them up so they can reach for the stars and grab one! That’s what being a mom is all about—always being there—the shoulder to cry on, the cheerleader to never give up, the one that gives the standing ovation, the familiar hand to hold.”—Bobbie Rhoads, Founder & President, FunBites LLC

Motherhood means different things to everyone, but one thing is for certain. The love of a mother is a unifying love that can be felt by many for generations from family to family. Thank you to all the wonderful mother’s out there. Happy Mother’s Day!

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