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20 Ideas for Easygoing Summer Parties |Scottsdale Real Estate

Posted by on May 27, 2015 with 0 Comments

20 Ideas for Easygoing Summer Parties | Scottsdale Real Estate

20 Ideas for Easygoing Summer Parties | Scottsdale Real Estate

20 Ideas for Easygoing Summer Parties | Scottsdale Real Estate

Summertime calls for a distinctly unfussy approach to entertaining, and thankfully so — because who wants to sweat over planning a summer soiree? Make things easier on yourself by hosting outdoors instead of in, getting guests to pitch in and embracing low-key, budget-friendly decor. From DIY flowers and quick extra tables to a beach theme outdoor bar, these 20 ideas will make your party planning easier.

  1. Whip up an extra table with sawhorses. Short on outdoor dining space? Hunt down a few sawhorses and top them with a length of board as big as you want your table to be. You can paint the board, cover it with a cloth or butcher paper, or leave it as is.
  2. Fashion a wooden crate into a drinks container. If you line it with plastic, any old crate can be a rustic-chic open-top cooler for keeping soda and beer on ice. It won’t keep it cold as long as a real cooler, but it should do the trick at a party.
  3. No crate? Use whatever you’ve got. An old wheelbarrow, a garden cart, an enamel bucket or even a toy dump truck can be lined with trash bags and filled with ice to make an impromptu drinks cooler.
  4. Give your outdoor bar a tiki makeover with a palapa roof. Search for “palm leaf thatch panels” to find a source and tack a few lengths of the grassy stuff to the roof of your outdoor bar or shed to give it some tiki bar style.
  5. Dress up candles with woodsy details. Curl a wide green leaf and drop it into a glass jar — then fill the jar with water and float a tea light on top. Or use lengths of birch bark (available at craft stores) to wrap the outside of a jar or candleholder, and fasten them with twine.
  6. Make beach theme candles with mason jars and sand. Filled partway with sand, a mason jar of any size can easily become a chic candleholder. To make hanging lanterns, wrap the mouth of the jar with flexible wire and hang the jar from the branches of a tree. For safety, use battery-operated candles for hanging.
  7. Use soda bottles as vases. A row of tall, slender soda bottles lined up in the middle of a table makes a pretty (and super easy) centerpiece. Just plunk one bloom in each vase, and you’re done! Try gerbera daisies, cosmos or sunflowers.
  8. Involve your guests. Have them help squeeze lemons for fresh lemonade, let them take a turn cranking an old-fashioned ice cream maker or send them into your garden with clippers to pick a bouquet for the table.
  9. Seat everyone at one big table. Who wouldn’t love coming into a backyard set up like this? Put two or three tables together if you have to — the dramatic effect will be worth the effort.
  10. Use old crates as trays and servers. Vintage wooden soda crates make the perfect receptacle for toting glasses, vases, napkins and other essentials out to the garden. Or use one to dole out flatware, standing utensils upright in simple mason jars.
  11. Boost ambience with lanterns and signs. Flank the entrance to your party area with a pair of big lanterns and lean a sign nearby — it can announce the menu or simply say, “Welcome!”
  12. Greet visitors with a pretty porch for the Fourth. A great big galvanized tub of red geraniums and a waving flag make a cheerful entrance to this home. Keep the patriotic spirit going with Americana -style cushions on a classic porch swing.
  13. Give guests a healthy option with fresh flavored waters. Fill a big drink dispenser with ice water, flavored with fresh ingredients for a healthy thirst quencher on hot days. Try lemon, lime or orange slices; fresh mint leaves; cucumber rounds; or berries.
  14. Place your table in the shade. There’s nothing worse than trying to enjoy a lovely meal al fresco when the sun is beating down on you! Keep your guests comfortable by pulling the tables under the shade of a tree or awning, or invest in some umbrellas.
  15. Make a plan to keep bugs at bay. If you have a water feature, make sure you regularly treat it or skim it to keep mosquitoes from breeding there. If the bugs are bad in your area, plan your event for a less buggy time of day or hold it on a screened-in porch, where your guests can enjoy a fresh breeze without getting bitten.
  16. Create activity zones to keep large parties moving. Setting up several distinct areas can help a large gathering feel more manageable, as your guests will naturally be drawn into smaller groups. For instance, you could set up a dining table, a fire pit circle, a porch lounge and an outdoor bar.
  17. Collect thrifty party supplies. Avoid last-minute stress by keeping an entertaining cupboard well stocked with mason jars, florist’s buckets, table linens, candles and serving containers. Many times you don’t even need to buy these things — save pretty old jars to use as glasses, washed-out tin cans to use as flower containers and even old bedsheets to use as outdoor tablecloths.
  18. Go wild with your arrangements. Plucking flowers and foliage from your own backyard is cheaper than buying them, and it can be more fun, too! Push yourself to look at your garden anew and clip a little something unexpected to tuck into your bouquet. Dandelions look charming in mason jars, flowering chives are utterly romantic, and an artichoke would make a dramatic centerpiece in a mixed floral bouquet.
  19. Hang flowers from a tree. Use a drill to punch two holes in a washed-out tin can and thread wire through the holes to make a hanger. Fill your cans with cut flowers and hang them from a tree around your outdoor dining table. Leave the cans plain or dress them up by tying on strips of pretty fabric.
  20. Consider the arc of your evening. Moving your guests from place to place is a great way to keep the evening moving along — and keep folks talking. Start with appetizers and drinks on the porch, move into the backyard for dinner, gather around the fire pit for dessert, and carry mugs of coffee on a post-dessert walk to the water or somewhere equally pretty.

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Fix It or Not? What to Ask When Prepping Your Home for Sale | Scottsdale Real Estate

Posted by on May 21, 2015 with 0 Comments
Fix It or Not? What to Ask When Prepping Your Home for Sale | Scottsdale Real Estate

Fix It or Not? What to Ask When Prepping Your Home for Sale | Scottsdale Real Estate

Fix It or Not? What to Ask When Prepping Your Home for Sale | Scottsdale Real Estate

When you make the decision to sell your home, it can be tricky to know which changes would make your home sell more quickly or boost the sale price — and which would just be a waste of your time and resources. Each home (and each homeowner) is different; that’s why we’ve come up with 8 key questions to ask yourself before making any changes to prep your home for sale.

General Questions

These first three questions will help you take the temperature of the real estate market in your area and assess the competition.

1. How hot or cold is the market in your area? Are homes being snapped up after the first open house, or are they languishing on the market for months? Are homes being sold at or near the asking price, or for much lower? Are open houses bustling with people, or is attendance sparse? Get a feel for the market in your area by talking with your real estate agent and checking local listings. If it’s a seller’s market, you may be able to get away with doing fewer repairs and modifications before selling, and still have good results — in a buyer’s market, expect to do more work to make a positive impression on buyers.

2. How fast are you looking to sell? If you need to sell your home immediately — say, because you have already committed to buying another home or need to move because of work — it is in your best interest to do everything in your power to ensure a quick sale at the highest price possible. If you have more flexibility, and you feel uncomfortable making too many pricey changes to your home before selling, it may make more sense to focus on cleaning, decluttering and making small cosmetic changes (like painting) — particularly if the market is hot and favors the seller. If you aren’t getting the offers you would like, you can always decide to spring for a few bigger changes later and relist your home.

3. What is the condition of comparable homes on the market? It can be quite helpful to know a little about the homes that buyers in your area are looking at. Examine photos of homes for sale in your area or even attend a few open houses, and make a mental note of how the other homes compare to yours. Are the kitchensupdated? Are the floors in good shape? If all of the other homes you see have a certain feature (for instance, an updated kitchen) that yours lacks, consider making that a priority. You don’t need to make your home exactly like all the other homes on the market; just make sure there isn’t a single factor that could give your home a disadvantage.

To Fix or Not to Fix: Deciding Which Repairs Are Worth Tackling

The next five questions will help you assess whether or not to make a specific repair or change before selling your home.

4. Does the faulty item give the impression the property has not been well cared for? Leaky faucets, cracked tiles, an overgrown lawn, broken appliances or anything else that doesn’t work as it should can immediately turn off buyers. At an open house, people often zip through quite quickly, and if they notice one or two things that send up red flags, they may not give your home another chance.

5. Can you find a less expensive fix? Let’s say you scoped out the comparable homes on the market in your neighborhood, and they all have updated kitchens, but yours hasn’t been touched since the ’80s. Rather than spend big on a full kitchen remodel,why not give your kitchen a less costly refresh? For instance, you could paint the cabinets, swap out cabinet hardware, change the light fixtures and upgrade the appliances to something current and functional but not top-of-the-line. You will put some money into it but not nearly as much as with a full remodel — well worth it if it gets your home in the running in a competitive market.

6. How much will you realistically need to lower the price if you don’t fix it? If you have a lot of costly repairs to tackle to get your home ready to sell, you may be considering selling it as is. But keep in mind that buyers looking for a fixer-upper will also be looking to discount the selling price for the repairs plus the hassle. In other words, you won’t be able to simply estimate how much the repairs will cost and deduct that from the selling price; you’ll need to deduct even more to make it worth the buyer’s time and effort. Discuss this with your Realtor and look into other fixer-uppers for sale in your area to come up with an appropriate selling price.

7. Is it one of the first things potential buyers will see? First impressions are key, and that is true in the real estate business! If you have a repair you are unsure about tackling, use this as a litmus test: Is it something the buyer will see as he or she approaches your house and walks through the front door? If so, fix it.

8. Could it be a deal breaker? Some home repairs, like a new roof, are just so major that they will scare off all but the most determined buyers. If the market in your area is hot (see No. 1) and you have ample time (see No. 2), there’s no harm in trying to sell without making the big repair, as long as you are willing to price it accordingly (see No. 6). If it’s a buyer’s market but you don’t have time to make the repair before listing, you could offer to pay for it as part of the sales agreement — otherwise it’s probably best to make the change first and then put your home on the market.

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NFL Required Payment to Honor US Military at their Games

Posted by on May 12, 2015 with 0 Comments

NFL Required Payment to Honor US Military at their Games

NFL requires payment to honor US military

Pat Tillman, US Army Ranger – Killed in Action

NFL requires payment to honor US military at their games. They are a billion dollar industry and they allegedly require payment to honor our military? Does that make you want to watch a football game again and support their version of patriotism?

“Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is demanding answers from the Defense Department following reports that the Pentagon spent $5.4 million in federal funds to 14 NFL teams from 2011 to 2014 to honor service members during games.

“It is troubling to learn that taxpayer funds are being used to compensate these teams for honoring and recognizing U.S. military service members,” Flake said Monday to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Chief of the National Guard Bureau Gen. Frank Grass.” [As reported by The Hill’s, Martin Matishak on 5/11/2015]

Just in case it’s not clear, if this is found to be true, I’ll not support “professional football” again. You know the organization, the one that’s in the news about members beating their wife or girlfriend, having dog fighting rings, cheating at the Super bowl games, convicted of manslaughter/murder, you know, the men that are supposed to be role models for our children. I find the NFL priorities disgusting.

Yes, I know all the players are not like this and we have some mighty fine men playing the game. What I cannot stand is the incredible greed the league has for money that they have to have payment to honor our military.

Maybe that’s why Pat Tillman left professional football and joined the Army after 9/11. Pat Tillman – One a real NFL patriot.

Want to know more? Read what Senator Jeff Flake has to say:

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/241677-gop-senator-presses-dod-on-pro-sports-contracts

The views shared here are my own and come from deep sentiments as a proud veteran and citizen of these United States of America.

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May Home To Do Checklist | Scottsdale Real Estate

Posted by on May 6, 2015 with 0 Comments
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May To Do Checklist | Scottsdale Real Estate

May Home To-Do Checklist | Scottsdale Real Estate

May Home To Do Checklist: May is a month for getting outdoors, firing up the grill and celebrating. Take advantage of milder spring days and schedule some much-needed home improvements this month, so you’ll be ready to savor those barbecues and evenings on the porch.  From having your house painted to cleaning out the shed, here are 14 tips and ideas for a fabulous month.

Have your house painted. Spring, with its milder weather in many regions, is a good time to paint your house. If you’re looking to hire a house painter, ask friends and neighbors for recommendations, and, as always, check references before hiring a pro.

Check irrigation systems. It can be disastrous to find out too late that your irrigation system has a clog or leak. Turn on each hose and irrigation system and check that it is working properly.

Clean gutters and downspouts. Remove leaves and debris left by winter storms from rain gutters and make sure downspouts are clear.

Clean and repair screen doors and windows. A mosquito can sneak in through even the tiniest tear in a window screen. Keep bugs out by carefully checking each screen (including doors) as you clean them, and patch up holes and tears.

Check your yard for fire hazards. If you live in a dry climate, or one that is experiencing a drought (hello, California) it is vital that you do your part to protect your home in case of a fire in your area. Keeping landscaping away from the sides of your home is a good first step; check with your local fire officials for recommendations specific to your area.

Check safety devices. Test the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home and replace batteries as needed. Check fire extinguishers.

Maintain heating and cooling systems. Change the filters on window air conditioning units. If you have central air, have a pro come out to service the system. Schedule a cleaning for your heating system.

Refresh bedrooms. Rotate mattresses and flip them if possible. Swap heavy winter bedding for lighter quilts and blankets; have winter bedding laundered before storing. Clear clutter from under the bed, in and around bedside tables and atop the dresser.

Give your bath a mini-makeover. Treat your bathroom to a fresh shower curtain, fluffy new towels and a fancy soap or two. Want to go a step further? Swap out an old medicine cabinet for a stylish mirror, change the light fixture and paint the walls.

Touch up interior paint. Do a walk-through of your home, paying attention to walls, trim, ceilings and doors, and make note of any spots where the paint is stained or chipped. Use leftover matching paint to touch up those areas. Sand chipped areas lightly and apply primer before covering with color; small marks can be touched up without priming. If you have moisture spots on your ceiling, that could be a sign of a leak, so be sure to investigate.

Have furniture reupholstered (or slip-covered) as needed. If your favorite old sofa or chair has seen better days, consider having a local upholsterer give it a fresh look with new fabric, or have a washable fitted slipcover made for it.

Clean out your shed or garage. You’ll probably find yourself digging around in your storage shed or garage as you hunt for lawn tools and beach umbrellas, so why not make things tidier while you’re at it? If tackling the entire space in one go sounds daunting, sort through a small section each time you get something out. Once there is a bit more breathing space, set aside a few hours on a weekend to get through the rest.

Clean grill and set up outdoor kitchen. Give your grill a good scrubbing, test that everything is in working order and stock up on fuel for the grilling season.

Book a summer vacation. If you are planning to take a trip to a popular destination this summer, book now to reserve a spot before rooms and rentals start filling up. It wouldn’t hurt to also begin considering who will watch your home and pets while you are away, and get that favorite house- or pet-sitter lined up.

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33176 N 72nd Pl Scottsdale, AZ 85266 | ScottsdaleRealEstateArizona.com

Posted by on April 29, 2015 with 0 Comments

33176 N 72nd Pl Scottsdale, AZ 85266 | ScottsdaleRealEstateArizona.com finds this 1734 square foot Townhome single level open floor plan home, it has 2 bedrooms and 2.0 bathrooms, office, and two-car garage. The address is 33176 N 72nd Pl Scottsdale, AZ 85266. This home is in the guard-gated community of Winfield that is on the Carefree side of Scottsdale. It features amenities such as the beach entry pool, community center, tennis, and is in the 093 Cave Creek Unified District School District. The nearest schools are Black Mountain Elementary School, Sonoran Trails Middle School and Cactus Shadows High School. Read on for more details.

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33176 N 72nd PL Scottsdale AZ 85266 | ScottsdaleRealEstateArizona.com

33176 N 72nd Pl Scottsdale, AZ 85266

Great Room

This townhome features the Moondance  floor plan.

Perfect for entertaining, the angled, island kitchen is light and bright and opens to both the great room and patio. A particularly nice feature is the oversized den which enjoys a lot of natural light. Several art niches enhance the path to the master bedroom, which boasts a luxurious master bath. This beautifully maintained Moondance home is located in the guard-gated community of Winfield in north Scottsdale.

It’s an exquisite, private location, backing up to Natural Area Open Space (NAOS) with views of Black Mountain from your private back yard. When you step out the backdoor to your flagstone patio it contains a standalone LP gas BBQ.

The interior looks fresh, and has a floor plan made for the easy movement of the homeowner, be it for living or entertaining. It has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, office and 2 car garage.

Winfield Communities Amenities include:

33176 N 72nd Pl Scottsdale, AZ 85266

Winfield Community Pool

  • Guard-gated community
  • 13,500 square foot community center plus an activity center.
  • Winfield Community Pool Olympic size beach entry pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Aerobics room
  • Social programs
  • Whirlpool
  • Steam rooms
  • Men & Women’s locker rooms
  • Standing Rock Cafe
  • Eight lighted Tennis Courts with 2 clay courts.
  • Tennis pro
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Meeting rooms
  • Media and billiard room 
  • Ping Pong 
  • Patio’s w/fireplaces
  • BBQ’s 
  • Eight miles of hiking trails and more. 
33176 N 72nd Pl Scottsdale, AZ 85266

View from back Patio

FACTS

  • Built in 2000
  • HOA Fee: $320/mo
  • Property Tax $1,584 annually
  • Cooling Refrigeration
  • Heating is Gas Forced Air
  • Energy Efficient Home

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Deep Spring Cleaning

Posted by on April 20, 2015 with 0 Comments
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Deep Spring Cleaning: 20 Little and Big Things You Might Be Forgetting | Scottsdale Real Estate

Deep Spring  Cleaning : 20 Little and Big Things You Might Be Forgetting | Scottsdale Real Estate

With the sun finally peeking out after a long, cold winter, freshening your house with a deep spring cleaning can feel really good. If you’re ready to go beyond the basic vacuum-and-mop weekly clean, pick and choose from these 20 deep-cleaning tasks, and get ready to enjoy your sparkling clean house.

1. Light fixtures and lamps. Ceiling-mounted light fixtures, fans and table lamps can accumulate an amazing amount of dust over time — which can dull the surface and block light. Get your light fixtures gleaming with a soft microfiber cloth or duster.

2. Doors, knobs and handles. It should take only a few minutes to go around the house giving knobs and handles a quick swipe with the cleaning product of your choice, but this little task can really make your space look cleaner. Give the front door some extra love by cleaning it inside and out with warm, soapy water on a well-wrung-out soft sponge, and dry it with a soft cloth.

3. Wall scuffs and dings. Using a damp, soft cloth and a bit of dish soap, or a product (like Magic Eraser), swipe off scuff marks. Fill any dings in the wall and touch up with paint.

4. Tops of window frames. The baseboards are more likely to get cleaned during a cleaning spree, but what about the higher spots? Get out the stepladder and (carefully) get to work wiping away built-up dust and grime from the tops of window frames and upper moldings.

5 . Bookshelves. Shelves full of books and decorative objects can become quite dusty. Working shelf by shelf, remove the objects from one section, dust and return them. For bonus points, de-clutter your book (and decor) collection as you go.

6. Underneath area rugs. Move the furniture aside, roll up the rug and rug pad, and vacuum underneath. It sounds like a lot of work, but when you see what’s under there, you might be inspired to do this more frequently!

7. Picture frames and mirrors. Clean the glass fronts of picture frames and mirrors, and wipe away dust from the frames. Don’t spray picture frames, since liquid can potentially get in and damage the photo or artwork; use a barely dampened glass-cleaning cloth instead.

8. Upholstered furniture. Get out the vacuum attachments and vacuum upholstered furniture, including under and between cushions. Rotate sofa cushions when possible for more even wear. .

 9. Oven and range hood. If you are want to avoid nasty oven cleaners, a thick paste of baking soda and water applied and left on overnight can do the trick — wipe it off with hot water the next day. Grease and dust tend to accumulate on the range hood. Stand on a step stool so you can see what you’re doing, and clear away the gunk using warm, soapy water.

10. Small appliances. Spiffing up your microwave, toaster, blender and mixer doesn’t take long at all, but the cumulative effect of gleaming small appliances will make your kitchen really shine.

11. Grout. Light-colored grout looking icky?  Remove grout stains by scrubbing with oxygenated bleach.

12. Inside kitchen drawers. Never mind how the crumbs got in there; the important thing is to give your drawers a fresh start now. Remove everything, wipe out the drawers and return the items.

13. Food storage jars. Storing dry goods in sealed storage jars can help them stay fresh longer and prevent bug problems. But that does not mean the stuff in your jars will never go bad. Inspect the contents of your canisters for freshness, check expiration dates and toss old or stale food. In the future remove the last bits of food (for instance, flour) before filling the canister with fresh food, then put the old bit back on top where it will get used up first.

14. Underneath beds and behind furniture. Instead of sticking with the easy-to-reach spots when you vacuum this time, really get in there and hit the hidden, tucked-away places where dust goes to hide. Any allergy sufferers in your household will be grateful for the extra effort!

 15. Laundry room dust. What is it about the laundry room? The areas on top of and around the washer and dryer tend to be some of the dustiest in the house. Vacuum around the appliances and wipe down the surfaces.

16. Vents and hoses. If you don’t want to get in there and clean out your dryer hose yourself, hire a pro (HVAC pros may offer this service) to do it for you. Whichever method you choose, it is important to get it done, because lint buildup inside your dryer and hose can potentially cause a fire.

17. Kids’ toys. Little ones — especially toddlers who are still exploring the world by putting things in their mouths — can benefit from regular cleaning of toys, particularly when colds are going around. Hard plastic toys can get dunked in warm, soapy water (kids usually enjoy helping with this); most soft toys can handle a gentle wash in the machine (but be sure to check labels first). “Loveys” and special stuffed animals should be hand washed and air dried, just to be on the safe side.

18. Shower and tub walls. It’s natural to focus more on the tub floor when doing a light cleaning of the bathroom, but the walls can get just as much soap scum buildup. To maximize the cleaning power of whatever product you like to use, leave it on for at least 10 minutes before scrubbing.

19. Bathroom shelves. Shampoo, lotions and soaps can leak onto shelves in the medicine cabinet and beneath the sink. Give your bathroom a fresh start by removing all products, wiping down the shelves and returning only the items you use.

20. Tech. Computer screens and flat-screen TVs can get spotty. Pick up a cleaning spray or wipes designed specifically for monitors, and give all of your screens a cleaning. Use a can of compressed air to clean crumbs out of your keyboard.

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Home-Buying Checklist: 20 Things to Consider Beyond the Inspection | Scottsdale Real Estate

Posted by on April 9, 2015 with 0 Comments
Home-Buying Checklist: 20 Things to Consider Beyond the Inspection

Home-Buying Checklist: 20 Things to Consider Beyond the Inspection | Scottsdale Real Estate

Home-Buying Checklist: 20 Things to Consider Beyond the Inspection | Scottsdale Real Estate

If you are in the market for a house, you’ll likely want to make sure you have a roof that won’t leak, a solid foundation, proper wiring and so on. But what about the things not covered by the inspection? Sometimes it’s these less obvious factors that end up making the biggest impact on your day-to-day experience of a house — things like the quality of light, flow from room to room and the amount of time it takes to shovel the driveway. Here are 20 things to look for — and happy house hunting!

1. Indoor-outdoor flow. The ease with which you can move from indoor to outdoor living areas and back again can make a huge difference in your day-to-day experience of living in a home. If this is important to you, look for French, sliding or accordion or “lanai” glass doors leading from the main living spaces to the outdoors.

2. Size of rooms. Not too big, not too small. Channel your inner Goldilocks to nail the just-right room size for your lifestyle. Imagine setting up your own furniture in the rooms as you walk through — bring measurements if you can.

3. Interior layout. Like indoor-outdoor flow, the interior layout, or floor plan, can have a big effect on your daily life. Walk through the rooms, imagining your typical day. Are there sharp corners and narrow passages to navigate, or is there an easy, natural flow from one room to the next?

4. Lot grade. The steepness of a lot is in some ways even more important than its size. After all, what good is an acre if it’s too steep to walk on?  Think about not just what you want today but what you might want in the future. If down the road you were to decide you wanted to add a deck, an extra room or a backyard studio, would that be possible on your lot?

5. Window size and placement. You can of course can add and modify windows, but it’s not the cheapest change to make to a house. Ideally, look for a home with ample, well-placed windows.

6. Amount of natural light. This is a big one, yet it’s surprisingly easy to overlook when attending open houses. Once you have a few homes on your list that are strong contenders, make appointments to give them a second look at a different time of day. This will give you a fuller picture of what the light is like in the home.

7. Regional weather considerations. Live somewhere with cold winters? You may want to put an attached garage, covered entrances and an easy-to-shovel driveway on your checklist. Those in warm climates may want to focus on shaded walkways and cooling trees.

8. House orientation on lot. The way a house is positioned on its lot affects how much natural light it gets and can influence heating and cooling bills as well. A south-facing home will maximize natural light — though a north-facing home can be just as bright if the main living space is in the back of the home and there are ample windows all around. In hot climates a north-facing home with deep eaves may be preferable to keep your house cooler.

 9. Driveway length and width. It seems silly to even consider this — until you buy a house and realize your car won’t fit in the ridiculously narrow driveway, or you have to shovel that extra-long driveway after a mega snow storm.

10. Street parking. Though street parking is not usually an issue in the suburbs or rural areas, some towns and cities have strange rules and regulations regarding it.

11. Staircase steepness and length. You may not have the slightest problem with stairs — but this is one of those times it’s helpful to think about the future. If you think you might ever want or need to take in an elderly relative, or you plan to age in place, a long, steep staircase may not be the best feature.

12. Architectural details. Great architectural details, like exposed beams, beautiful molding and mantels, will make everything else you do to your home look even better. Start with good bones.

13. Heating and cooling systems. While not as big an issue in temperate climates, if you live somewhere that gets very hot in summer or cold in winter (or both), good heating and cooling systems will make life much more pleasant. And because putting in central air conditioning or heating can cost a fair amount and the work is disruptive, finding a home where it’s already in place will save money and hassle.

14. Laundry room location. Is the laundry in a convenient spot, or is it hidden away in a dingy corner of the basement? Since this is a chore that usually needs to be done frequently, having a laundry near a main living area can make life easier.

15. Kitchen features. Ask whoever does most of the cooking in your household to make a wish list for the kitchen. Does he or she prefer to work on a gas stove? If so, be sure to check for one, and failing that, ask if the house is connected to a gas line so that you can add your own gas stove. Other things to consider in the kitchen could include its shape or layout, natural light, number of sinks, storage area and overall size.

16Number of bathrooms. Adding a bathroom is expensive, so choose a home with enough baths to meet your family’s needs. Even if you are a household of only one or two people, an extra powder room on the main floor can be a big boon.

17. Ceiling height. Some basement and attic rooms have less than adequate ceiling heights. If someone in your household is tall, bring them along to the house to make sure the fit in all the rooms is comfortable.

18. Zoning and town ordinances for animals. Have a notion that you may one day want backyard chickens or another unconventional pet? Check local ordinances before committing to a house, or you may never get the pets you have your heart set on.

19. Closeness of neighbors. Though the general area (city versus suburb) has much to do with how close your neighbors are, there can still be a big difference between how private one house feels over another. If privacy is important to you, be sure to check the views from every window and walk the perimeter of the property to get an idea of how close you will be to your next-door neighbors.

20. The neighborhood. This may be where you started your search, but have you really considered all aspects of your potential new neighborhood? School districts are of course important for families with kids, and proximity to work and family closely follows on many folks’ wish lists. But you may also want to look into how walkable (or bike friendly) your neighborhood is, what community amenities (libraries, parks) are nearby and what public transportation is available.

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Pebble Beach Golf Beach Front Property $37.5 Million

Posted by on March 4, 2015 with 0 Comments

Pebble Beach Golf Beach Front Property $37.5 Million

10 Carmel Way, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, 93921

Pebble Beach Golf Beach Front Property $37.5 Million  is situated on the largest beachfront parcel in Carmel, this extraordinary property with panoramic ocean views is the only one that borders both Carmel Beach and the Pebble Beach Golf Links. This property has five baths, four bedrooms and rests on 2.37 acres with all the amenities you would expect in a luxury property.

Pebble Beach Golf Beach Front Property $37.5 Million


10 Carmel Way, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, 93921

Offering the ultimate in quality, character, location, views and privacy, this estate and its magnificent stone Chateau are simply unparalleled. The stunning main and guest house are accessed via a quiet lane and are minutes to both the shops and restaurants of Carmel and all of the amenities at The Lodge at Pebble Beach. With gated access opening directly onto the sands of Carmel Beach, this extraordinary property is certain to be treasured for generations by the next fortunate owner.

 

Pebble Beach Golf Beach Front Property $37.5 Million

Master Suite

 

 

Pebble Beach Golf Beach Front Property $37.5 Million

Deck with a Ocean View

 

 

Pebble Beach Golf Beach Front Property $37.5 Million

Access to Beach Area

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33120 N 72nd Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85266 – Scottsdale Real Estate

Posted by on March 3, 2015 with 0 Comments

33120 N 72nd Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85266 – Scottsdale Real Estate

33120 N 72nd Way Scottsdale AZ 85266

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33120 N 72nd Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85266 is a Townhome located at 33120 North 72nd Way, Scottsdale AZ, 85266. 33120 N 72nd Way has 3 baths and approximately 2,128 square feet. The property was built in 2000 has 7 rooms that was updated by a decorator, and it has a 2 car garage . 33120 N 72nd Way is in the 85266 ZIP code in Scottsdale, AZ. The average list price for ZIPcode 85266 is $1,117,478.

33120 N 72nd Way Scottsdale AZ 85266

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Professionally decorated Evening Star villa located in gated community of Winfield in north Scottsdale. Private cul-de-sac location with backyard backing to Natural Area Open Space, views of Black Mountain, a lovely water feature and BBQ grill for year round outdoor enjoyment! Interior of home is tastefully designed featuring a great room concept wired for surround-sound and has a gas fireplace. There is a separate dining room, eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar. Elegant master bedroom suite with professionally organized closet, master bathroom recently remodeled with finest finishes and a private, accessible shower, new counter tops and tile flooring. Guest bedroom is adjacent to secondary bathroom and office/den is beautifully furnished with built in bookcases and desk.

33120 N 72nd Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85266 – Video

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The  community of Winfield offers hiking trails, a heated community pool and spa, clubhouse with Standing Rock Café , fitness center, men’s and women’s locker rooms, meeting rooms, 8 Lighted tennis courts and social and tennis programs for all interests! Close to restaurants and shopping. It is all here for luxury living!

Winfield Community

Winfield is a guard gated community with a 13,500 square foot community center plus an activity center.

Winfield Communities Amenities include:

Olympic size beach entry pool
Fitness Center
Aerobics room
Social programs
Whirlpool
Steam rooms
Men & Women’s locker rooms
Standing Rock Cafe
Eight lighted Tennis Courts w/2 clay courts
Tennis pro
Fitness Instructor
Meeting rooms
Media and billiard room
Ping Pong
Patio w/fireplaces and BBQ’s
Eight miles of hiking trails
and more.

Want To See Your Credit Score For Free? Look Here

Posted by on February 25, 2015 with 0 Comments

Want to see your credit score for Free? Look here – A growing number of credit card issuers are betting you’ll open an account if they offer to show you your credit score. Consumers can always buy a copy of their FICO credit score. It costs about $60 to purchase your FICO credit score and a copy of your full credit report from the three credit bureaus.

Want to see your credit score for Free? Look here

Want to see your credit score for Free? Look here

Free Credit Reports

You can get a free copy of your credit report from each of the three bureaus once a year. To order, visit annualcreditreport.com. Type carefully. Impostor sites set up on similar sounding and misspelled versions of that website. You can instead call (877) 322-8228 (877) 322-8228 FREE, or complete the Annual Credit Report Request Form and mail it to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.

A credit score is a number that sums up all the information in your credit histories. It isn’t included in the once-a-year free copy of your credit report that you can order from the bureaus.

Where To Get Free Credit Score

Several credit card issuers, including Discover, Barclaycard US and First Bankcard, now include free access to your credit score. Several more lenders say they will do the same:

  • Bank of America (credit card customers)
  • USAA (credit card customers)
  • JPMorgan Chase (Slate credit card)
  • Citigroup
  • Ally Financial (auto-loan customers)

Some of those lenders will restrict who gets the free score. Ally, for example, will only share a free credit score with its online customers and those who use its apps.

You don’t have to open a new credit card account to see your credit score.

Credit.com, CreditSesame.com and CreditKarma.com will give you a credit score (without making you pay for credit monitoring services as some other sites do). CreditKarma offers Equifax credit scores and reports from two of the three bureaus.

The score you get on those sites can be different from your FICO score and from the credit scores used by mortgage companies, auto dealers and other types of lenders.

Need help boosting your credit score so you can buy a home or refinance your current mortgage at the best possible rate? Contact me and I’ll refer you to an excellent loan officer who can help.

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