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News for second home buyers/investors in Arizona

News for second home buyers and investors in AZ

 
Second homes: Rain, rain stays away almost every day in Scottsdale, Ariz., an article from USAToday.com, has Scottsdale enjoying the national spotlight. The article covers the many benefits that Scottsdale has to offer and examines three neighborhoods: North Scottsdale, Downtown/South Scottsdale and East of Scottsdale. While North Scottsdale was the last part of the city to be developed, it is home to the most upscale golf communities. In Downtown/South Scottsdale, second homes have gained in popularity. “There are 10-plus story high-rises with luxury services and concierges, while a greatly increased number of stores and restaurants (around Old Town) has made it much more livable,” said broker Mary Maxie. The lowest second-home prices can be found in golf communities just east of Scottsdale, including Gilbert, Ocotillo, Queen Creek, Mesa and Fountain Hills. See the full article http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/housing/2009-03-12-scottsdale-arizona_N.htm
 
 Want to know more about the Phoenix Scottsdale home scene? Call or email mary@marymaxie.com for free info on the following:

*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home

*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying

*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report,ArizonaLiving

*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597

Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty

Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

Scottsdale Scene: bugs, bugs, everywhere

Bugs, bugs everywhere– how not to sell a house in Arizona:
Mary’s funny Real Estate Stories: 3 houses, same subdivision, full of crawling bugs. My bug expert said they were either flying ants, or termites. In either case, couldn’t wait to get out. Funny part was when listing agent called to get feedback on the houses, WOULD NOT believe HER houses had bugs! Told me I must be mistaken, or that I didn’t have the right address of HER listings. I suggested that if she checked her listings once a week, she might see the bugs herself.
Same subdivision also had 2 houses, which were being treated for Africanized or Killer Bees! Would you want to show a house where the MLS listing said there were Killer Bees present? Neither would I. My bug expert says that 65% of bees they treat in Arizona nowadays are Africanized Killer Bee hybrids, as the original Killer bees have now mated with the regular bees.
The swarms love all the abandoned or bank owned houses, where they can live unmolested for months. They get inside the walls of houses, and you have to tear the drywall off, and sometimes the outside siding or stucco to get at the hives & honeycombs. Some banks just send in someone to smoke bomb the bees, which kills them, but leaves the hives/homeycombs intact. Other bees can smell the honey from up to 4 miles away, and new bees will just head on over and take over the hives/homeycombs left behind. To truly get rid of them you have to get rid of all traces of the hives.
And it’s cricket season here in Arizona. Mostly crickets are harmless. They don’t bite, birds like them for food, and a monthly spray of the house & yard keeps them down. But they do eat holes in clothing, just like moths. And if you’ve ever tried to get to sleep when one of them is ‘singing’ in your bedroom, they are very annoying!
We get lots of other kinds of bugs, but these are the ones I ran into this week!
Maxiemize Lifestyle in Arizona, but Minimize Bugs!
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Mary’s Funny Real Estate Stories

Mary’s Funny Real Estate Stories

 
This is from a realtor with 30+ years of experience. She says this is the first time she has been truly speechless in all that time. She had a referral from an old client that a lady wanted to sell her rental condo. Realtor picked up the owner & they went to look at the condo, which was supposed to be vacant. When they opened the door, they heard noises, & found the lady’s husband naked with his secretary! The realtor & the lady backed out of the door, as the husband was saying the classic words, “But Honey, I can explain…”. Realtor didn’t get the listing, because now the husband is living in the condo as part of the divorce settlement!

 

Canadians: Want to know more about buying a home in Arizona? Call or email mary@marymaxie.com for free info on the following:

*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home

*180 day rule for foreign nationals

*FIRPTA tax rules for selling your home in theUSA

*Difference between using Escrow and a lawyer for conveyancing

*Disclosure issues

*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report,ArizonaLiving

*Market News from www.ArizonasRealEstate.com

*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597

*Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty mary@marymaxie.com

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Scottsdale Source: Save $200/year on doing laundry

Do your laundry for $200 less!

Stop hundreds of dollars from being washed away in your laundry room every year! Simply follow these super-easy tricks that’ll cut your energy bill, reduce water use and save you money—while still getting your clothes sparkling fresh and clean!

1. Save $100 a year by halving your detergent.
Surprise! Laundry detergent may help remove stains and scent your clothes, but it’s not the main reason they get clean. The actual cleaning is done by your washer’s agitator and by the clothes rubbing against each other, which loosens dirt. That’s why experts say you can use half the detergent and still get fresh, clean clothes.

2.Save $40 a year by using cool water.
It’s a fact: Warm water doesn’t make clothes any cleaner than cool water. But there is a big difference when it comes to our energy bill—around 90% of the energy used by your washer goes to heat the water! Skip the heat, and you’ll snag cool savings.

3. Save $30 a year with full loads.
The average home uses 3,400 fewer gallons of water a year when they wash full loads instead of smaller ones, says the U.S. Department of Energy.

4.Save $40 a year by cleaning the lint.
Cleaning the lint trap after every use reduces your electric bill by cutting 15 minutes off your dryer time! This improves air circulation so your clothes are exposed to more heat, making them dry faster.

 

Scottsdale Scene: More Feng Shui Ideas

Scottsdale Scene:More Feng Shui Ideas

 

 

 Scottsdale Scene: More Feng Shui Ideas

Manipulate your surroundings to create spaces where people want to be, attract positive energy and create a better first impression. Here are a few simple changes to try.

  Clear the “chi”.
You know it better as clutter! It blocks the energy flow.Put something red…
in the middle of the back of your house to “fire up” your fame.

Put a mirror…
in the middle of the front of your home to help your career flow.

Dump old dried flowers.
Replace them with healthy plants that help prosperity “grow.”

Place paired items…
like two candlesticks or figurines in your bedroom to
enhance love.

Courtesy Pillar To Post Postnotes

  Want to know more about the Phoenix Scottsdale home scene? Call or email mary@marymaxie.com for free info on the following:

*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home

*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying

*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report,ArizonaLiving

*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              602-738-6597      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty