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Dry Heat Comedy Nights in Goodyear

by Lisa Bray

Dry Heat Comedy Nights in Goodyear

Ah, aren’t Arizona summer nights just the best? 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 in Goodyear. The family-oriented comedy performances take place Saturday, June 7th 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.

Best of all, this entire event is free with free parking! For more information you may call the good people at the Goodyear at 623-932-3910 or visit to the City of Goodyear’s website at http://www.ci.goodyear.az.us.

For more information on special events in Goodyear and other local valley events happening in your neighborhood, please call Lisa Bray.

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May National Housing Report Reflects Spring Stability

by Lisa Bray

May National Housing Report Reflects Spring Stability

Good news! The RE/MAX May National Housing Report is sprouting signs of stabilizing this spring. April proved to be an optimistic, proving to be the first time in twelve months that there was an inventory increase from March. April home sales boasted 10.9 percent higher sales and displayed higher sales than March for the second month in a row.

Fifty out of fifty-two metropolitan areas surveyed in the MLS data reported higher sales with the Median Sales Price of all homes sold in April to be $190,000. The average Days on Market for the month was seventy-four, just three days lower than the average of seventy-seven seen in March.

“After the disruptions to the market at the beginning of the year, it’s a good sign that sales have picked up and have now increased for two months in a row. While sales and prices aren’t growing at the rate they did last year, we still remain in a recovery with the market settling into a more sustainable growth pattern.” RE/MAX CEO, Margaret Kelly

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Give Mom the Gift of Home Healing

by Lisa Bray

Give Mom the Gift of Home Healing

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 11th and for those of you who are looking for the perfect gift, why not go the unconventional route this year?  If you’re handy or know someone who is, why not give your Mom the gift of home healing by helping repair and improve her home ailments? Here are some wonderful ways you can really give back to mom and her abode.

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.

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.

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! –Lisa

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Top 3 Faux Pas That Can Scare Off Buyers

by Lisa Bray

Top 3 Faux Pas That Can Scare Off Buyers

So, you’re finally ready to get your home on the market and sell your property. Great! But before you put up that open house sign, make sure your house is not guilty of displaying the top 3 faux pas that can scare off buyers.

1.) Do you smell what I smell? There’s an old adage in the real estate industry. “If you can smell it, you can’t sell it.” Potential buyers don’t want to walk into you home and be assaulted by the smells of pets, mold, stale cigarette smoke, or unpleasant odors. I’ve shown many homes, and I can’t tell you the number of buyers I’ve had not even finish a home tour because of bad smells. Buyers want to envision themselves in your property. Don’t give them a reason to turn and run. Be sure to change your air filters and rid your space of nasty odors. Not sure if your home can pass the smell test? Your real estate agent or an honest, trusted friend can help you make sure your home comes out smelling like a rose.

2.) Clean up clutter. Time and time again, I see countertops and tables covered with dishes or figurines, refrigerators hidden behind clunky magnets, walls plastered with photos, and so much furniture in one room buyers can barely scoot by without knocking something over. The key to attracting buyers is to, whenever possible, keep it simple. Because they want to visualize their own items in your house, the less of your stuff they see the better. Removing clutter opens up a room and makes it more spacious, something most everyone is looking for. So clear off those counter tops, file away that stack of untidy mail, and pack extra furniture, books, and space stealers away.

3.) Take care of your space. Ripped up screen doors. Broken gates. Overgrown weeds. Stained carpets. Wear and tear of a home is normal, especially if you’ve lived there for a long time. But items that show your home is in desperate need of maintenance can scare potential buyers away. It’s in your best interest to make cost efficient repairs to your home so that buyers won’t be deterred by the possible cost of fixing things themselves. Keeping your home well-maintained and staying on top of repairs can mean the difference between a sale and a fail.

If you need help getting your home ready to sell and want to avoid faux pas that could scare off buyers, please contact me today. -Lisa

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3 Fresh Kitchen Trends for Spring 2014

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3 Fresh Kitchen Trends for Spring 2014

Spring is finally here and with it usually comes an urge to clean and refresh the home. Seeing how the kitchen is where most of us spend the most time entertaining our families, it’s only natural that would be the first place we’d like to update. There’s a reason the kitchen is the heart of the home, and when you see these 3 fresh kitchen trends for spring, you’ll see why!

1.) Go Natural

Long gone are your parents’ days of stark white kitchens. This year, we’re seeing an ushering of more natural tones and materials in kitchens. If it comes from the earth, it’s finding its way into kitchens. From walls to countertops, designers and homeowners are infusing looks that have a more textured, natural feel such as real brick wall veneers and authentic soaring wood beams. The headline in the latest issue of Essential Kitchen and Bathroom Business Magazine states, ‘Ikea looks to revolutionize the kitchen industry’. This invites the look of natural wood and stone counter tops and warmer copper accessories in lieu of stainless steel.

2.) Go Open

Cupboards are now becoming art statements, as kitchen trends are moving towards open shelving. Now, instead of hiding dishes, glasses, and accessories behind closed cabinetry, designers and homeowners are opting to show off that good china. There’s definitely a rise in manufactures implementing open shelving in their 2014 kitchen designs according to freshhome.com.

3.) Go Outside

Since kitchens are trending for more open and natural themes, it’s no surprise that there’d be a rise in creating outdoor kitchens as well. Why not take the party outside? Sure, our hot Arizona summers can limit the appeal of enjoying an outdoor kitchen, but employing a good fan and mister system with the addition of an ice cold mini bar can allow even the most heat sensitive guests a break. These days, nothing complements a nice patio set or grill more than an outside kitchen to gather family and friends around. Got a pool? An outdoor kitchen with versatile easy to clean finishes is an added bonus.

What’s your favorite kitchen trend of the year? If you’re looking for some additional ideas on refreshing your kitchen and home, please contact me.  -Lisa

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FanFest 2014 Returns to Goodyear Community Ballpark

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FanFest 2014 Returns to Goodyear Community Ballpark

Calling all baseball lovers, young and old! If you’re looking for a fun community event this weekend, you’ll love the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds Annual Spring Training FanFest this Saturday, March 22 from 5:30pm to 8:00 pm at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, AZ.

FanFest 2014 is an exciting opportunity for fans to meet their favorite Indians and Reds players, coaches and alumni, participate in on-field activities, enjoy ballpark fare food and get behind the scenes tours of Goodyear Ballpark. Come celebrate the excitement of Spring Training with plenty of activities for both kids and adults alike, as fans will have the opportunity to play catch on the field, hit in the batting cage and run the bases just like the Major Leaguers! Fans will be also able to interact with and receive autographs from Tribe and Cincinnati Reds players and coaches at the event.

The family-friendly festival will also feature other fun activities including ballpark tours, on-field contests and giveaways, on-field/dugout photos, and Kid Zone activities and face painters.

Tickets for adults are $40, with Goodyear Ballpark Spring Training Season Ticket Holders and active and retired Military members receiving a discounted $30 rate by purchasing their tickets at the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce. Kids ages 3-12 are $10 and kids 2 and under can enter for FREE. Admission prices include access to all on-field activities, autograph sessions, food stations and non-alcoholic drinks.

For more information about this event, visit http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/spring_training/y2014/goodyear.jsp.

If you’d like more information on local Goodyear, AZ events in your neighborhood, please contact Lisa Bray.

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Daylight Savings Starts Sunday

by Lisa Bray

Daylight Savings Starts Sunday 

Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, March 9th at 2:00 am which means the clocks will spring forward one hour.

Daylight Savings doesn’t impact Arizona’s time on a physical clock however we actually do change time – zones that is. In the winter months the state of Arizona follows the Mountain Time Zone and when Daylight Savings springs forward, the state follows the Pacific Time Zone.

Daylight Savings was designed to give an extra hour of daylight in the afternoon instead of the daylight hours in the morning. Some studies have found that Daylight Savings conserves energy during the hours when people are most active.

Make sure you check your cell phones and any apps you use for scheduling appointments. Even though we do not change time, there could be a change in your technology due to the Daylight Savings change.

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Fit To Sell- Why a Home Doesn’t Sell

by Lisa Bray

Fit To Sell- Why a Home Doesn’t Sell

If your west valley home is lingering on the market without any offers, there could be a few reasons why. As RE/MAX explains in this video, condition, price and location are the three key factors buyers are looking for in a potential property. Find out what you can do differently to ensure your home is fit to sell.

 

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3 Hot Home Design Trends for 2014

by Lisa Bray

3 Hot Home Design Trends for 2014

Now that we are settling into the New Year, it’s a great time to redecorate and renovate your space. Making new updates to your home can help increase your comfort and refresh your perspective for the New Year. Here are 3 hot home design trends for 2014 that you can add to your pad.

1.) Love the stylish classics? Going glam is one of the hottest home design trends of the year so far according to an article from Realty Times. Spicing up your space with glamorous, lush pieces adds a fun twist to your décor and can make even the humblest of homeowners feel like a star. Not ready to give your whole home a glitzy makeover? Adding an eye-catching crystal chandelier to your favorite room is a great place to start.

2.) These days, more and more homeowners want the feeling of a spa in their bathrooms, so it’s no surprise that creating a spa-like environment is the hip new style. Serenity is key in this rejuvenating design so think clean lines, modern fixtures, and luxurious textures like fluffy new towels in a cooling hue. Futuristic trends like glass mosaic tiles, towel warmers, and lighted hydrotherapeutic tubs are just a few ways to complete the lavish spa experience.

3.) Looking to add a zesty punch of color in your home, but not sure what color to incorporate? Try Radiant Orchid, the Pantone color of the year. It’s like lilac got a jolt of electricity and it’s a fun, energetic hue that pairs well with a variety of design schemes. Start with some beautiful textured throw pillows and lampshades, and work your way to sheer window coverings and dining room cushions. Navy blue is another cool shade you’ll see more of in 2014 according to designer Mark D. Sikes of House Beautiful.

It’s an exciting new year so why not integrate some of that excitement in your home?  If you’d like more information about 2014 home design trends, or if you’re looking to find an exciting new place to call home, please contact me today.  Lisa

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Home Prices, Sales End Year Higher - National Housing Report

by Lisa Bray

Home Prices, Sales End Year Higher - National Housing Report

According to the National Housing Report provided by RE/MAX, home prices and sales inched higher in December, despite the typical winter slow down. Median home prices for December were 11.9 percent higher than December 2012 – giving us an estimated National home value of $185,400.

“It’s great that improving market fundamentals continued through the normally slower winter months, and we ended the year on a strong positive note.” Margaret Kelly, RE/MAX CEO. Click here to read the full National Housing Report for January 2014.

The national average “days on market” were reported to be 73 days, according to the National Housing Report. This is five days higher than the average reported in November, but still lower than the averages when compared to last year. December marks the 19th consecutive month with an average days on market have been below 90.

If you would like to know what your home is valued at in today’s market conditions, please give me a call today. I specialize in the West Valley, including Goodyear, Avondale, Litchfield Park and surrounding communities. With over ten years of experience selling real estate in the West Valley, I have the local knowledge and expertise to help you sell your home for top dollar. Call me today. Lisa

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