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Green Valley AZ November 2013 Real Estate Statistics

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

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While year to date (YTD), sales are up by more than 6% in the greater Green Valley/Sahuarita AZ area as compared to the same time period in 2012, sales were down by 5.9% November 2013 as compared to November 2012.  YTD there have been 991 sales as compared to 930 in 2012. 

At the end of November there were 896 active listings as compared to 888 last year at this time. 

The YTD average sales price is showing an improvement over 2012 of 6.16%--$162,290 as compared to $152,870.   However, a signficant portion of this can be attributed to the marked increase in sales in the higher priced homes: $300,000 to $500,000+.  There have been 72 sales in this price range as compared to 53 in 2012.

A great indicator that a market is improving can be seen in the "absorption rate" which tracks the number of months of inventory that are listed in a market at any given time.  YTD through November in 2012 there were 11.37 months of inventory on hand versus 9.74 months of inventory through November 2013, a decrease of more than 14%.     

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.  More than forty-five of my listings are currently under contract or have sold this year--I'd love to make yours the next one.  The most recent are a listing that that went under contract in 7 days and another one that was under contract on day 2 of being listed.   My extremely successful marketing plan WORKS...let me prove it to you. 

Green Valley AZ November 2013 Real Estate Statistics

Create Your Dream Green Kitchen

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

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Today’s newly remodeled kitchens boast more than just rich hues and shiny appliances – they have an eco-conscious ambiance that marries great style with respect for the environment.

Create Your Dream Green Kitchen

 

Dreaming of a fresh, modern kitchen that is also eco-friendly and strikingly beautiful? Achieving this transformation is more attainable than you may think. Environmental lifestyle expert, Danny Seo, provides these helpful tips on how to add earth-friendly updates to your kitchen:

Refrigerator

When searching for a new refrigerator, be sure to look for more than just the Energy Star label to ensure maximum energy efficiency. It is also important the new appliance fits your needs and the size of your kitchen. A larger refrigerator uses more energy. If the one you select is too big for your needs, you will be wasting energy and money.

Blocked wood countertops

With their rugged durability and timeless style, butcher block countertops are making a huge comeback. Though typically made from cherry, walnut and oak, greener options, such as high pressure laminate designs made by Wilsonart, can contribute to US Green Building Council LEED accreditation as an eco-friendly material to use in your home. For more information on their new Blocked Wood designs – Old Mill Oak and Truss Maple –visit www.wilsonart.com.

Flooring

For a more sustainable approach to kitchen flooring, there are several options available. If you love the hard, classic appeal of wood, look for reclaimed, recycled or sustainably sourced materials. Bamboo is also a beloved choice among eco-conscious remodelers for its biodegradable nature and high renewability.

“Going green at home can be overwhelming, so I always advise people to not sweat the small stuff and focus on the one room of the house where it matters the most: the kitchen,” says Seo. “Being kind to the planet in the kitchen can also be kind on your wallet over time, so it's worth it to invest in sustainable upgrades.”

Backsplash

Recycled materials are the star of the show when looking to add green touches to your backsplash. There are three main types of recycled materials: ceramic, metal and glass. Old bottles and windows make up the materials in glass tile; old plates and clay vases are recycled to become ceramic tile; and those old soda cans become aluminum metal tile. All of these materials come in a variety of shades and styles to fit the look of your dream kitchen.

Dishwasher

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, using an Energy Star labeled dishwasher is the most efficient use of energy and water, even more so than hand washing. When looking to update your dishwasher, pay close attention to the EnergyGuide labels, which include the annual estimated costs to run them. This valuable information can help you compare models to find the best fit for your family’s needs.


A dream kitchen that is both eco-friendly and chic is easier to attain than you think. With a few changes not only will you be smiling, but so too will Mother Earth.

 

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2013. All rights reserved.

Unique Traditions and Festivals Bring America's Holiday Season to Life

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

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While Green Valley, AZ obviously didn't make the Top 10 Winter Wonderlands many of our snowbirds who are making their annual trek to the great SW do hail from the areas that made the list.  And, although snow is definitely not part of the winter experience, Green Valley does find its own unqiue way to bring the holiday season to life. 

From evergreen trees to palms, homeowners across the country trim their trees and deck the halls for the winter holidays. Homes.com sought out the top 10 exciting cities with the most notable winter flair and has announced its Top 10 Winter Wonderlands. Homes.com is showcasing the towns best known for their yuletide observances and winter festivities. From the fierce winter winds nicknamed “The Hawk” in Chicago, Ill., to the hot natural pools of Lava Springs, Idaho, America’s seasonal spirit spans coast to coast with distinct holiday style in each corner.

Each city in the Homes.com list of Top 10 Winter Wonderlands has its own unique traditions, making each winter experience an unforgettable one for locals and visitors alike. Check out the list of Top 10 Winter Wonderlands that have America buckling up their snow boots for a jolly ride this season. 

1. Atlanta, Ga.

Atlanta sparkles with traditional and thrilling holiday events, filling the air with anticipation and excitement for the season. Residents and visitors can enjoy the magical lighting of Macy’s Great Tree at Lenox Square or take a ride on the store’s “Pink Pig” train. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra delights with a series of holiday concerts, and the annual Children’s Christmas Parade makes its way through downtown Atlanta on famed Peachtree Street. Tour festive homes, especially one at Peachtree & Dunwoody that takes an over-the-top approach to lawn décor with more than 50 inflatables, including a giant spinning dreidel.

2. Saranac Lake, N.Y.

When you live in the woodsy timberlands of New York’s Adirondacks, you don’t have to venture far to be inspired by the season’s magic and allure. Besides the abundant natural beauty, this former logging town just up the road from Lake Placid plays host to an annual winter carnival dating back to 1897. Crowning the town is the massive Ice Palace, made from ice bricks cut from local Lake Flower and lighted at night. This beautiful icy facade sets the scene for a snowy paradise, picture-perfect for winter enthusiasts.

3. Chicago, Ill.

Even with temperatures dropping well below freezing, Chicagoans know how to shake off the winter blues. From gift shopping on swanky Michigan Avenue to checking out the twinkling lights of Lincoln Park Zoo, there’s something for everyone. Experience a German holiday celebration at the Christkindlmarket by enjoying authentic German foods, shopping and entertainment. The holiday spirit abounds as residents enjoy bundling up and taking in everything that makes living in the Windy City so fantastic.

4. Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

If living near hot springs and only two hours north of Salt Lake City’s ski slopes is not thrilling enough…Lava Springs offers a jaw-dropping winter tradition. Each year, locals run the snowy streets stripped down to bikinis and boots during the annual Fire & Ice Festival on Main Street. The race ends at the Idaho State Hot Springs, which stay toasty year-round at 112 degrees.

5. Boston, Mass.

With more than 58 colleges in the area, this city is renowned for its plethora of higher education options. Bostonians can take advantage of their proximity to these college campuses and enjoy many university choral concerts and holiday showcases throughout the season. Residents can also hop on down to Frog Pond in Boston Commons, the nation’s oldest public park, to ice skate or pick up a sled and ride down the snowy banks.

6. Nashville, Tenn.

The holiday season in cultured Nashville is filled with lots of carol crooning and jingle bell rockin’. The city’s southern belle homes of yesteryear get decked out in grandiose style. These wonderful old homes are decorated with authentic holiday antiques and showcase everything from trees trimmed antebellum style to historic holiday dress. To see some modern-day homes really put on a show, take a joy ride down Sunnyside Drive in the Brentwood community, known for its opulent light displays. As part of this annual tradition, the neighborhood collects donations from holiday lights spectators to raise money for local charities.

7. Baltimore, Md.

For 66 years in Baltimore’s Hampden section, the neighborhood light display has been a holiday spectacle that now garners national recognition. Every year, residents of 34th Street adorn their homes with lights in every nook and cranny for a sensational display. This fantastic showcase coincidentally shares its name with the iconic New York City street in the holiday film, Miracle on 34th Street. The out-of-this-world exhibition in one of the best cities to celebrate this holiday season has become so big that many residents argue it can be seen from space.

8. Grapevine, Texas

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the holiday fun. Branded the Christmas Capital of Texas®, Grapevine has a wide range of excitement to offer every member of the family. With more than 1,400 events taking place over a span of 40 days, even Scrooge would get into the holiday spirit in this city. Music lovers can check out performances at the Grapevine Opry, take a break from the traditional celebrations at the indoor water park, or visit the International Christmas Market to purchase unique holiday gifts.   

9. Denver, Co.

There is no need to search high and low for unique inspiration in the Mile High City. Locals head to historic lower downtown Denver, nicknamed LoDo, for holiday fun with artistic flair. Each year, art students compete in the LoDo Aglow Window design contest, decorating store windows for the season. A walking tour of the district gives residents an up-close and personal look at the designs before they are judged by city officials, business owners and art enthusiasts.

10. Park City, Utah

With neighbors including U.S. Ski Team Olympians, Park City residents know how to take advantage of all the fun that comes with cold weather. Park City is a winter sports enthusiast’s heaven, receiving more than 500 inches of powdery snow each winter. Adventure abounds on over 100 slopes and trails. The historic Park City District also hosts a number of events, including a gingerbread house competition and the number one rated winter sports special, the Deer Valley Celebrity Ski Fest. The premiere network celebrity ski weekend takes place each December and draws stars from the Olympic Games, film and television, all participating to raise funds for a good cause.

For more information about America’s Top 10 Winter Wonderlands, visit the Homes.com blog at blog.homes.com.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2013. All rights reserved.

Create Inviting Entrances to Welcome Holiday Guests

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

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Don't you love the feel of the holiday spirit throughout Green Valley, AZ this time of the year? Holiday lights, window displays and the entrances to the different communities throughout the area each with their own unique holiday display. 

Holiday season guests will soon come knocking at your front door. What's the first impression your home's entryway creates? Is it a warm, friendly welcome, or is the cold hard truth that your home's entryway could use some improvement?

If the latter is true, try these handy holiday entryway-decorating tips from Pella Windows and Doors to create an inviting entryway and make everyone feel right at home.

Tips for creating a positive first impression with an inviting entry into your home:

  • Clean fingerprints or pet nose prints from doors, sidelights and visible window glass surfaces.
  • Appeal to the senses by placing fragrant arrangements nearby or light a candle just before guests arrive. For safety purposes, never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Make sure your entryway is well lit. Place groupings of festive battery-operated lanterns on tables or in corners to illuminate darker areas.
  • Designate space for guests to put coats, boots, bags and gifts when they first walk in.
  • Before guests arrive, do a walk-through to eliminate potential tripping or fall hazards, especially if you're hosting elderly guests or those with limited vision or mobility.
  • Immediately wipe up any spills or melting ice or snow from shoes to help prevent slips or falls.

Tips for festive outdoor decor to accent your front door:

  • Hang small wreaths, bells or seasonal signs from doorknobs or door hardware.
  • When hanging larger wreaths on the door exterior, use removable, temporary outdoor hooks to help prevent door damage. Magnetic hooks work well on steel doors.
  • Add ribbon for a more dramatic look and add an extra pop of color. Try burlap ribbon for a rustic touch, or smooth satin and modern metallic textures for additional holiday sparkle.
  • Frame your doorway with a natural or artificial pine garland, accented with pine cones and shatterproof ornaments. Use temporary outdoor hooks to hang garland around the doorway. Avoid placing nails into windows or doors, which could hamper the product's performance, or even void the manufacturer's warranty.
  • Fill planters with festive arrangements of evergreens, silk poinsettias, branches, ornaments and outdoor lights.
  • Hang wreaths, ribbons and baubles from outdoor arbors, fences or sconces.
  • Consider colored spotlights or solar-powered lights to illuminate your home's exterior doorways and walkways.

Source: www.pella.com/news.

Tips for Buying Safe Toys

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

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It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere we go!  If there are children on your Christmas list take a moment to read this important information about making sure their gifts are safe and age appropriate.

Before you go shopping, check a list of recalled toys. These are toys that don't meet the safety standards published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Check this online list of recalled toys at www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/ or call 1-800- 638- 2772 to get the list.

Consider the child's age

When buying toys for children, remember to consider their age and abilities.

• Make sure to buy a toy that's age appropriate. Generally, the recommended age range is printed on the package or in the instruction manual like this: 5-6 years or +5 years.
• If the child you're shopping for is under 8 years old, avoid buying toys with sharp points or toys that shoot. These types of toys can cause serious injuries.
• Separate toys that belong to older children and store them where small children can't reach them.

Take additional safety measures

• Read product labels to make sure toys or items around the house do not contain lead. This harmful substance can affect a child's health, even if only a small amount is inhaled or swallowed.
• Don't buy toys with parts that can be removed, like a doll's eyes, buttons, coins, etc. A child can choke if they swallow these small toy parts.
• When buying a battery-operated toy, make sure the battery compartment can't be opened by a child. Avoid toys that have to be plugged in or that use electrical wires.
• When a child opens a toy, immediately throw away packaging, including plastic wrappers, boxes, string or other packaging. Children can accidentally choke or harm themselves if they play with them.

To learn more about safety issues see USA.gov, the U.S. Government's official web portals in English and Spanish, and part of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

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Give Your Home A Facelift The Easy Way

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Redecorating a room can be stressful but it doesn't have to be.  If you have a room that needs to be "freshened" watch this video for some fast and easy tips on how to tackle it in a stress free way. 

If you are thinking about listing your Green Valley, AZ home and want an honest assessment of what you need to do to get top dollar for your house, give me a call at 520-241-7780.

Most Cost Effective Home Upgrades

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

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Are you thinking about a home make-over?  There are 3 rooms that will give you the biggest bank for your buck:  bathroom, kitchen AND a sleek, modern make-over for the living room (or any other room of the house).  The best news?  They don't have to be costly to deliver a high return. 

If you are thinking about listing your Green Valley, AZ home and want an honest assessment of what you need to do to get top dollar for your house, give me a call at 520-241-7780. 

Natural Ways To Freshen Up Your Home

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

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Fresh Lavender For A Fresh Home The Natural WayWith all that goes on inside the home, it can be hard to keep it smelling fresh. Last night’s dinner, the kid’s dirty soccer jersey sitting in the laundry, and Fluffy’s litter box—well, they all can create lingering odors.


When it comes to ensuring the home looks, feels and smells clean, 64 percent of homeowners have even gone to extreme measures to rid their homes of pungent odors, such as replacing a rug or carpet (34 percent), purchasing a new trash can (26 percent) or replacing a couch or another piece of furniture (17 percent), according to a survey commissioned by Filtrete Filters from 3M.

But if you've become accustomed to the scents of your own home, how can you really know if it's odor free? Healthy living expert, Building Biologist and author Lisa Beres shares these simple solutions to naturally create and maintain a fresh home:

Kitchen refrigerator: Remove foul odors and stains from leftovers in the fridge by cleaning the drawers and shelves with a homemade cleaning solution. Simply add a few drops of natural dish soap to a bowl of baking soda and stir until it creates a thick paste. Also, store an open box of baking soda inside the fridge to help eliminate odors before they start. Replace it with a fresh box at least every three months.

Candles and air fresheners: Store-bought air fresheners can contain synthetic chemicals, such as formaldehyde, which can irritate eyes, skin and throats, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Instead, create your own air freshener by combining 10 drops of an essential oil -- such as lavender or eucalyptus -- with two cups of water.

Pests and repellants: Pesky ants and other insects can make their way into your kitchen pantry when they're on a mission to find food, but dousing them and your kitchen's surfaces in toxic repellent isn't a healthy solution for the home or the family. Instead, set a line of coffee grounds, lemon juice, cinnamon or cayenne pepper around doors and windows to create an effective barrier they won't cross.

Damp towels: Wet towels from a shower, a trip to the gym or a day at the pool can be a breeding ground for mildew to develop if they sit too long without drying. To rid towels of the mildew smell, first wash them once in hot water with a cup or two of white vinegar. Then wash them again with a natural or eco-friendly laundry detergent. Finally, dry the towels in the dryer on high heat. To avoid mildew and associated smells in the future, hang towels up right away to ensure they dry thoroughly.

Source: www.Filtrete.com.

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Phoenix ZooLights Is Making Spirits Merry & Bright 2013

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Holiday Celebrations In Arizona

Take a walk on the wild side through the Phoenix Zoo that has been transformed into Wildlife In Wild Lights.   This magical event features 3.7 million twinkling, dancing lights making it one of the largest holiday lights shows in the country.  You can enjoy this unique holiday celebration from 6 p.m.-10 p.m Sunday-Thursday, and 6 p.m. -midnight on Friday & Saturday, until January 12, 2014.

ZooLights has more than 700 glimmering light sculptures.  New this year--enjoy TWO different Music in Motion shows in Phoenix Zoolights 2013and around the lake – a dazzling light show like no other in the Valley! The new show will take you down the yellow brick road with music from the Wizard of Oz and due to popularity we are bringing back “Wizards in Winter” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Music in Motion combines a dozen 12-foot tall floating light tubes, a 24-foot in diameter shimmering sphere and 52 trees all dancing to the beat of the music!

Although animal viewing is limited as most of the animals are sleeping, you will see zebra, otter, flamingos, watusi cattle and others in the animal kingdom that have more nocturnal habits.   As for the rest, you'll definitely see many of their likenesses lit up for your viewing enjoyment. 

 

ZooLights features this year include:

  • Look for the Wizard of Oz’s tin man, cowardly lion, scarecrow and more than 20 flying monkeys hidden throughout the Zoo.
  • Luka, our playful Andean bear cub, makes a lighted appearance this year.
  • Alcoholic beverages available for purchase on Friday and Saturday nights!
  • 3.7 million total lights and more than 700 light displays
  • Jengo the talking giraffe
  • The Polar Slide* and Zip Line*
  • Stingray Bay*
  • Carousel*, camel rides*, wagon rides* and more!

Jengo the giraffe is one of the animals that likes staying up late and can't wait to see his many friends enjoying Wildlife in Wild Lights.  Each ticket purchase for ZooLights helps the Phoenix Zoo fund their educational programs, conservation projects and feed the animals.

You can purchase your tickets online for this memorable holiday event.

 

 

 

 

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