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Home, Smart Home with Wireless Technology

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

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How smart is your home? You can make your home smarter and safer, and make your life easier, with these five simple switch-outs that make the most of emerging home technology, courtesy of Jack Thomasson, HGTV Smart Home House Planner.

• Entry level. You needn't throw away your key, but save it as a backup, and install a keypad at your front door instead. The latest keypads
Lockey E-DIGITAL E985R Electronic Lever Door Lock with REMOTE Optionprovide not only security, but also remote access via your smartphone. You'll never again have to wonder whether you locked the door; your smartphone, tablet or other Internet device will tell you if you did, and let you lock it if you didn't. Need to open the door for someone when you're not there? Keypads allow for that option as well.

• Perfect temperature. Want to come home to a cozy warm or comfortably cool house? Make the switch to a WiFi-accessible thermostat, and adjust the temperature of your home remotely.

• Guess-free garage. With wireless technology and your smartphone, you can check the status of your garage door and open or close it as needed.

• Who's there? Security cameras accessible from your smartphone let your house tell you who's making a delivery. In addition to viewing camera feeds, remote home monitoring systems allow you to arm or disarm your home security system and to receive specific notification by text, email or phone in case of emergency.

• Smart cookies. Preheat your oven while you're still at the grocery store. Certain apps and appliances will let you adjust and monitor your oven and other appliances remotely via your smartphone. You can adjust cooking temperature and set a timer, too.

Source: HGTV

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How Much Is Your Green Valley AZ Home Worth?

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Are you thinking about selling your Green Valley, AZ home?  Click on the picture below to get a free, instant market evaluation for your Green Valley AZ area home. 

How Much Is Your Green Valley AZ Home Worth?

If you are thinking about selling your Green Valley AZ home give me a call, I'd love to hang an Another SOLD By Judi in front of YOUR house.  Another Sold By Judi MondayWith more than forty-five of my listings selling in 2013--and 20 are already under contract or sold in 2014, including 2 that were on the market less than a week--I'd love to make yours the next one.  My extremely successful marketing plan WORKS...let me prove it to you.  Click here for a free, no obligation and instant market evaluation of your Green Valley AZ home.

Top 5 Apps to Take the Stress Out of the Home-Selling Process

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By Keith Loria

Another Sold By Judi MondayWith hundreds of new apps being introduced on a consistent basis, it’s often difficult to stay on top of the latest and greatest to ensure you’re getting the most out of your mobile device. While there have always been great apps available for house hunters, more recently, some wonderful apps for sellers have come to fruition.

Here are five apps that will make your life easier if you’re in the process of selling your home.

1. Handyman Calculator. Before putting your home on the market, you’re most likely going to want to fix up a few things around the house, and this app is the perfect tool to make sure your home improvement is done right. Whether you’re repainting the walls, retiling the bathroom or hanging photos, this app will help you figure out the proper measurements and material you’ll need to get the job done. Not only will the Handyman Calculator calculate the proper square footage of a project, it will get you one step closer to becoming a home repair expert.

2. DecorPad. If you’re looking to catch the eye of a potential buyer, this interior design app is the way to go. Browse photos from top designers to inspire your own home decorating and create a look even a stager would be jealous of. DecorPad can be used for any room in the house, and also offers a “steals and deals” section where sellers can find furniture and other home décor on sale.

Breathe2Relax 3. Breathe2Relax. Selling a home can be a stressful time with house hunters coming and going, bids falling through or just the agonizing waiting that often accompanies the process. Breathe2Relax is the perfect stress management tool, providing numerous ideas on how to relax. Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s stress response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management—all things that can come into play during a home sale.

4. Remember The Milk. The list of things you need to accomplish when selling a house is myriad. There’s decluttering, making small repairs, doing paint touchups, tending to the yard and making sure the house is always presentable. Staying organized can be tough, but thanks to this handy app, you can create lists and schedules that will get everyone in your family on the same page so everyone knows what their responsibilities are. Users can set tasks, organize them into lists, and get reminders via email and text when something is due.

5. iMoving. This innovative app will help a seller through the moving process once a bid is finally accepted and it’s time to move out. Not only can the app gauge how much stuff you have in each room, it can also provide tips on the best way to pack. This handy app offers a room by room guide so you don’t forget anything in your packing details, and it can also calculate the approximate price it’ll cost to move by providing estimates in weight and cubic feet. It’s the perfect way to make moving hassle-free.

If you are thinking about selling your Green Valley AZ home give me a call, I'd love to hang an Another SOLD By Judi in front of YOUR house. Click here to find out how much your Green Valley, AZ house is worth.

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Five Myths of Spring Cleaning

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Spring Blooms In The Desert

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Spring has definitely sprung with the lovely sonoran desert in full bloom.  With its arrival, many of us begin the annual chore of a deep spring cleaning.  Go easy on yourself with these 5 easy cleaning tips.  

 "A little effort up front can make everything you do feel effortless," said Patrick Coleman, spokesman for Hoover vacuums. "It's not about finding short cuts. It's about finding easier ways to do the job right."

Here are five myths, and the best ways to actually tackle the challenges.

Cleaning Every Spring is Enough - When it comes to your hardwood floors, putting off cleaning until spring may mean you have to replace them more often. Walking on dirt and debris can wear down the floors over time. So while it may be tempting to just sweep unless there's a spill, it's best to clean the floors at least once a week.

Do this instead: You don't need to scrub on your hands and knees every week. Let a machine do it for you. The Hoover FloorMate Deluxe has a set of brushes that spin while they gently wash and scrub hard floors. You'll be surprised how much less you'll mind cleaning the floor.

Vinegar is a Miracle Cleaner - Natural cleaning can be a more environmentally friendly way to tackle the mess, but you need to make the right choice for the right job. Vinegar will do a great job on glass, plastic and ceramic. However, it can actually damage porous surfaces like the grout between tiles or stone.

Do this instead: Mix 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, 3 drops of dish detergent and 1 cup of water. Make it smell divine with essential oils.

More Dirt = More Soap Needed - When something is absolutely filthy, it's natural to grab the soap and go to town. But that can actually make it dirtier. While soap is helpful in removing dirt and grime, if you don't get it all rinsed and removed, the residue acts like a magnet for more dirt.

Do this instead: Use less than you think you need. You can always add more if needed.

Newspapers Can Replace Paper Towels - You can certainly save money and a tree or two by reusing newspapers instead of buying paper towels to clean windows and other surfaces. But the ink on newsprint can smear—so you need a backup plan.

Do this instead: Keep a few extra towels or torn garments for when the newspaper is not cutting it.

Hairspray Is the Best Way to Get Out Ink Stains - Yes, hairspray does work. But why add glue and other chemicals to the mess?

Do this instead: The alcohol in hairspray is what's actually doing the heavy lifting. So go straight to the source and use alcohol to lightly blot out the stain.

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Green Valley AZ March 2014 Real Estate Statistics

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5619 Acacia Canyon Green Valley AZ

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Real Estate sales in March 2014 continue to trail behind 2013 with 101 sales as compared to 145 in March 2013, a 30% drop.  Year to date (YTD) there have been 251 sales as compared to 324 for the same time period last year. 

The slow sales are definitely having an impact on the "absorption rate" which has to do with demand.  It is the rate at which the market absorbs the inventory of homes that are for sale--in other words how fast are homebuyers buying the homes that are available.  In March the absorption rate was 12.3 and 11.71 for YTD. According to the National Association of Realtors, a Seller's market occurs when there are less than 6 months of inventory on the market and a Buyer's market when there are more than 6 months of inventory on on the market.  In other words the greater Green Valley AZ real estate market is very much a Buyer's market. 

If you are thinking about selling your Green Valley AZ home give me a call, I'd love to hang an Another SOLD By Judi in front of YOUR house.  With more than forty-five of my listings selling in 2013--and 20 are already under contract or sold in 2014, including 2 that were on the market less than a week--I'd love to make yours the next one.  My extremely successful marketing plan WORKS...let me prove it to you. 

Green Valley AZ March 2014 Real Estate Statistics

Tubac AZ Garden Tour

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Are you planning a garden and looking for inspiration?  Mark your calendars for the Tubac Garden Tour on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  You'll have the opportunity to visit 5 amazing properties in Tubac, AZ on this self guided tour with talks and demonstrations by experts and garden owners at each site.

Garden Tour tic
kets are $20 for members and $25 for guests. Your ticket purchase benefits the Tubac Center of the Arts, and entitles you to free admission to a presentation on "The Art of Bonsai" by Ray Noseck, President of the Tucson Bonsai Society.  The presentation will take place at the Tubac Center of the Arts on Saturday, April 12th from 2-4pm.

You can call the Tubac Center of the Arts at 520-398-2371 to purchase your tickets.  For more information and to purchase online, click here

Tubac, AZ--The Next Big Thing?

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Tubac, AZ--The Next Big Thing?

Tubac, Arizona has made Conde Nast Traveler's list of: Where To Go in 2014: The Destinations You Don't Want To Miss Out On.  This is the magazine's list of the hottest, most up-and-coming must-visit destinations for 2014. For those of us who call Southern AZ home, this comes as no surprise. 

The charming spirit of this quaint town, surrounded by scenic high desert vistas, has transformed it into a unique artists' colony whose whose streets are lined with art galleries and one of a kind stores.  

Established in 1752 as a Spanish presidio (fort), today working artists' studios surround the grounds which once served as the home for a Spanish military garrison.  Its origins are not forgotten as evidenced by the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park located in the village's Old Town. 

The town's motto of "Where Art and History Meet" can be experienced through the more than 100 businesses that populate the meandering streets of the village, giving it a walk-able and friendly feel.   If you are an art lover you'll want to be sure to make the Tubac Center of the Arts a favorite for frequent visits.  It offers a full array of programming including a Summers Arts Program for Children and an array of workshops on all aspects of the arts, as well as seasonal exhibits that are not to be missed.

Tubac--up and coming?  For those of us who call it home we think it has already arrived as a must see destination.  Come out and see for yourself why this special place deserves its honorable mention in Conde Nast Traveler.

Home Design Trends: Value and Unique Style Trump Conformity in 2014

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert


Unique Style Trump Conformity In 2014The Interior Redecorators Network® (IRN) is observing a sea change in the way Americans are approaching home design in 2014. Rather than maxing out credit cards with purchases of ubiquitous furniture pieces from major retail chains, the majority of homeowners and renters are using their existing furnishings to redecorate, save money and reflect their individuality.

Gone are the days of keeping up with the proverbial Jones' and copying the same design style that everyone in the neighborhood has adopted. In 2014, Americans are interested in making the most of what they already own, or are inheriting, and in having their rooms appear to have been curated over time. In addition, mixing high-end pieces with inexpensive global-inspired accents – "Hi-Low Design" – is allowing for more uncommon approaches to interior decor.

One-of-a-kind furnishings are becoming the most sought-after home design category as budget-minded consumers seek out artwork and accessories that reflect individual interests and lifestyle. Using their existing furnishings and then incorporating family heirlooms, antique and vintage store treasures, pieces from Etsy dealers; consignment stores, flea markets and Craigslist, there are more sources for distinctive looking interiors than ever before.

"No matter where they live, regardless of how big or small their homes are, and whatever their stage of life, people across the U.S. are searching for great value and creating a unique home that reflects their personality," says Lauri Ward, best-selling author and co-founder of the IRN. "The trend started during the Great Recession and has continued to grow even as the economy and real estate markets have improved."

Source: www.InteriorRedecorators.com

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Green Valley AZ February 2014 Real Estate Statistics

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150 Paseo Recortado Green Valley Az

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Real Estate in the greater Green Valley, AZ has definitely gotten off to a slow start this "high" season with 69 sales in February 2014 as compared to 102 in February 2013, a 32.4% decrease.  Year to date (YTD) there have been 148 sales as compared to 179 for the same time period last year.  Active listings on the market were 1039 at the end of February 2014 as compared to 1035 in February 2013.  

The slow sales are definitely having an impact on the "absorption rate" which has to do with demand.  It is the rate at which the market absorbs the inventory of homes that are for sale--in other words how fast are homebuyers buying the homes that are available.  In February the absorption rate was 11.74 and 11.52 for YTD. According to the National Association of Realtors, a Seller's market occurs when there are less than 6 months of inventory on the market and a Buyer's market when there are more than 6 months of inventory on on the market.  In other words the greater Green Valley AZ real estate market is very much a Buyer's market. 

If you are thinking about selling your Green Valley AZ home give me a call, I'd love to hang an Another SOLD By Judi in front of YOUR house.  With more than forty-five of my listings selling in 2013--and 16 are already under contract or sold in 2014, including 2 that were on the market less than a week--I'd love to make yours the next one.  My extremely successful marketing plan WORKS...let me prove it to you. 

Green Valley AZ February 2014 Real Estate Statistics

Six Hot Home Design Trends for Spring 2014

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

2285 Coyote Wash Green Valley AZ

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(BPT)—Does the change of seasons have you itching to refresh a tired, lackluster room? Or maybe you're looking for some small ways to make a big impact on your home's style? Whatever the case, here are some of this season's most buzzed-about trends and how you can incorporate them into your next project.

* Wood is the new neutral. This season's strong trend toward wood textures pairs the warmth, richness and texture of real wood with limitless design flexibility. Think wood-textured textiles, tree-printed wallpapers and embossed soaps that look like wood. Installing engineered wood ceilings and wainscoting can bring the unique look of reclaimed wood into any environment - an easy do-it-yourself project with striking results. -

* Ode to the elements. Mother Nature is inspiring design in a big way this year and homeowners are finding unique ways to incorporate rocks, minerals and other natural elements into their home's design. Try replacing a common-place item like an alarm clock with one encased within a multi-colored agate. Bring this look to the kitchen with a stainless steel backsplash, or swap out run-of-the-mill hardware with mineral-inspired drawer pulls and knobs.-

* Shore thing. Homeowners, inspired by the calm, care-free attitude of coastal living are all about bringing the beach inside this season. Beach-inspired design elements are popping up throughout the home. Weathered and white-washed wood ceilings are a subtle but stunning on-trend addition - especially when finished with interior accents like decorative shells, drift wood furniture and marine-themed prints.

* Contrast in texture. Step aside Pantone, texture is spring's hottest new color. Homeowners are putting down their paintbrushes and adding interest with texture through high-gloss finishes, metallics, sequins and mirrors. A textured tile wall brings visual and tactile interest, especially when paired with contrasting high-gloss lacquer or low-gloss matte accessories.

* Visual punch. Reawaken the senses this spring by incorporating a striking visual element to the home. Multi-dimensional surface treatments in pearl, metallic and gold/silver combinations add panache as a coating used for hardwood, or can be applied to wallpaper, furniture or decorative accessories. And don't forget to look up - coffered ceilings bring a striking je ne sais quoi to any room.

* Manipulated metals. The versatility of manipulated metal makes it a great addition to any style home - from hand-crafted artisan to contemporary high gloss. Copper, pewter and nickel are getting in on the action and can be styled in a variety of ways, including hammered metal sink basins, tin-look ceiling tiles, antiqued copper light fixtures and brushed stainless steel cabinet hardware.

Source: http://www.armstrong.com/residential-ceilings.

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