Paradise Valley Real Estate
Fall is a favorite season for many of us. Who can resist the beauty of the orange glow of pumpkins, the falling leaves and the much anticipated cool weather?
Fall means the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays and delightful nights in front of the fireplace with your family.
The change of a season is a wonderful opportunity to launch a major house cleaning. It is a great time to brush away the remnants of summer and prepare the home for that cozy and homey feel.
Here are the few fall season cleaning ideas to follow now that the new season is upon us.
What feels better than freshening up the house after the hot summer and give it a more refreshing start. As summer is almost over, everyone is looking forward to crisp mornings, cool weather and the leaves turning into beautiful autumn colors!
This Arizona festival is one that everyone looks forward to. If you love good food, this is the best way to satisfy your gastronomic desires as Arizona brings back Arizona Restaurant Week 2013. Whatever types of cuisine you enjoy; there is something for your most discriminating tastes.
The most exciting part of this event is the variety of cuisine that is available from a number of participating restaurants. This festival of food encompasses the central and southern parts of the state. In the Phoenix metropolitan area alone, there are at least 140 restaurants you can choose from. There are also restaurants that offer vegetarian and gluten free cuisines.
Several Arizona restaurants will showcase their most famous menus by offering amazing foods at an amazing price. This festival is a great way to showcase local and international cuisines and this is a great opportunity for customers to get to experience local dining.
This year’s nine-day Festival of Food, Arizona Restaurant Week 2013 celebration will run from September 21st to the 29th. This is a 9 day celebration of tasting of a diverse selection of cuisine from Arizona’s finest restaurants. There will be a fusion of flavor and taste from all over the world. Each of the participating restaurants will offer a special three-course meal from the prix-fixe menu. The cost of the prix-fixe dinner is $30 to $40 per person and depending on the participating restaurant; the amount excludes beverages, tax, and tips.
Tickets will not be needed during the Arizona Restaurant Week and therefore a reservation is highly recommended as restaurants will surely be busy during this event. For a list of the participating restaurants and their corresponding reservation contact details, click here.
If you have not had a chance to visit these fine restaurants, now is your chance.
Bring along your family and friends and have a good time tasting the most pleasurable and exciting cuisines during Arizona Restaurant Week 2013. Enjoy and make those reservations early!
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Pets are a part of our lives and most of the time they are considered a family member. They are an important part of our lives that they deserve the best care possible. We want to live comfortably in our home but also making sure that our home is pet-friendly for the new addition. That is why oftentimes, families are remodeling their homes not only for themselves but also for the pets.
Creating a pet friendly home for our four-legged friends is very much like making a home safe for the children. There are toxic chemicals, fall hazards and other household items scattered around the house that pose a threat to the pets. If there is such thing as child-proofing, there is definitely a pet counterpart. Thus, creating our home a pet-friendly environment.
It takes a lot of commitment for the pet owners to be responsible in making sure that pets are happy, healthy and safe. Recognizing the things that are deemed hazardous to the pets is the most crucial in determining how pet-friendly a home is and this keeps us away from unnecessary trips to the vets.
Here are some of the ideas on how we can create a pet friendly home for our four-legged friends.
Determine which food items are allowed to be feed to your pets. There are certain food items such as chocolate that might be detrimental to your pets health if consumed in a large amount. Much like humans, pet can develop allergies too that can lead to gastrointestinal problems, seizures, even death so it is best to keep foods away from your pets reach. Check here for the list of foods that are toxic to dogs and cats.
Many household chemicals are very dangerous and toxic to animals. Some of the common toxins that pets can come in contact with are cleaning materials, medicines, insecticides and alcohol. Pets can chew through plastic bottles so keep these chemicals away from the pets. Latches can be useful when your pets are fascinated with drinking or playing in the toilets or getting into the cupboards.
Many common plants can be toxic to your pets and were reported as having intense gastrointestinal effects. Lilies are specifically toxic to cats if bitten or eaten so you need to remove them from your flower arrangement. Others such as carnation, azalea, daisy, baby’s breath and crabapples are included in the list.
Remember that cats and dogs like to chew on electrical cords and puppies in particular when teething are at high risk of electrocution. Dangling cords also a danger since pets might tangle and this might cause a heavy object to fall. So tuck the cords away or unplug them when not in use.
Creating a pet friendly home is more than just taking care of the pet’s basic needs and showing them the love and care. It’s more about taking the necessary steps to make sure that the environment is safe so pets can live a healthy and happy lives. Our pets are our most loyal friends, they give us unconditional love and faithfulness. Giving them a safe and healthy environment is what they truly deserve.
Need help finding a house you can call home? A home that is perfect for you and your pets? The Luxury Valley Homes team has numerous beautiful properties to offer in the Valley of the Sun. For more information, visit the Luxury Valley Homes.
Accenting your home with colorful furniture and home accessories can brighten up a room, adding life and color in ways you never thought possible. Gone are the days where neutral-colored furniture is scattered around the house. This is the perfect time to paint your home a new color and give your home a new style.
With the various colors, making a theme-based room and designing a furniture along with it, seems easy. However, there is a need to be careful in selecting the correct color combination since colors that do not complement each other can disrupt the total look of the home.
Here are a few ideas you can start with:
Yellow– Painted in the color of sunshine, daises and butter, this color will give warmth to any room. A bright yellow accent chair in the corner of the living room makes everyone smile. Yellow creates a sunny disposition.
Pink and Brown – The color combination of pink and brown is cute and feminine with a grown up feel. Bright pink in particular will work in any style and work in any space. This color works for a dresser with a mirror giving a young sophisticated look. Not too bulky and not too small, this dresser will fit right into any girl’s dream room.
Olympian Blue – This color is an appealing and a vibrant shade of blue. It is perfectly suited to a seaside cottage or a sleek loft as it offers lots of personality to a space.
Orange – A less popular color choice, but offers twice the fun, tangerine items are perfect if you want a color that will stand out. Orange-colored wallpapers , chairs or a writing desk is best as the popularity of this color continues.
Candles and Candle Holders – There is nothing like a unique candle holder to brighten up your dining room. Who says special occasion is needed to light some candles? Useful in romantic dinners, these candle holders are a modest decorative item.
Plants and Pots – Plants inside a home creates a feeling of calmness and peace. Even when it’s cold outside, a few beautiful plants and pots will always mean spring and summer at home. Further, it makes a home happier.
Children’s Decorative Lighting – Suitable for a child’s room, these pleasant and child-friendly lights add color and fun to the spaces around any home, the designs paving child’s imagination to grow, learn and develop.
Pictures and Frames – What a better way to hang the fondest memories on the wall. Frame your children’s artworks, favorite pictures or any smile-inducing mementos. Whatever decorations you choose, let your personality lead the way.
It’s a lot more fun to decorate your home while playing with your imagination with colors and designs. Opt for those that catch your attention and give off an instant good feeling.
Buying a house is a tiring and rewarding process but that doesn’t stop there. The greatest effort is making your house into a home. For some, adding a pool or a garden makes an ordinary house a home sweet home because of the bond shared among the family members. Others, find having pets is an essential necessity of home living.
Homes are places where love and memories are made and its great to make wonderful memories at home with pets. The Luxury Valley Homes team will bring to you some of the best that will surely make any house a home.
Cats : Cats are very loving and snugly, but also independent so you don’t have to provide them all your attention all the time like you do with dogs. When they are out of their kitten stage, they are perfectly okay with sleeping the whole day. These felines can tolerate being left alone for several hours and would still love to cuddle then their owner get’s home. Aside from that, cats are also very intelligent animals. They will be able to understand and adjust to your daily routine making sure that they would not disrupt your daily activities. Cats are also clean creatures and do not need a high degree of grooming since they can do it themselves. As an owner, all you have to do is feed and keep the litter box clean.
Love Birds: Birds are much more cost-effective and easy to take care of in comparison to what they offer. Well socialized and playful, these birds can also be man’s best friend. Peach faced love birds posses colors that are pleasing to the eyes. Peach-faced lovebirds like to turn any activity into a game, and they stay active much of the time, but when the time comes to settle down and rest, they enjoy snuggling with their owners. When hand-trained you need not worry about them flying away because they can trust you enough to stay in your pocket or on your collar. Like parrots, love birds can also utter a few phrases.
Rats: While most people think rats as a house pest, they can really make a good house pet. Rats are not demanding creatures. It will be contented being confined in a cage slightly bigger than them as long as you add some bedding, a spot for them to hide and sleep, food and drink and a toy to keep them entertained. They eat rat food which is readily available in the pet shop. Fruits, vegetables, and nuts can also be added to their diet.
Dogs : Man’s best friend! Dogs will always be there for you, eager to obey, loving and loyal. If you want a pet to be a part of the family, no other animal can take the dog’s place. Labrador retrievers are believed to be the perfect family dog. They are loyal and very attached to their owners. They love to impress their owners with tricks and stunts because they aim to please. Relatively easy to train, Labrador retrievers do not tire easily and are a great camping and travel companion. To top it all, Labradors are great with children because they are gentle and affectionate. My personal favorite is the German Shepherd who is easy to train and a great family dog.
Ferrets : Ferrets are like the combination of cats and dogs, only better. They are agile and playful and can be trained to come, or do tricks. Ferrets are crepuscular, meaning they spend 14-18 hours a day asleep and are most active around the hours of dawn and dusk. When excited, they may perform a routine known as the weasel war dance, characterized by sideways hops and bumping into things. Overall, ferrets are a beautiful creature, playful and energetic.
Condominium living is gaining in popularity these days and this is especially true with Paradise Valley real estate. The idea of living in a desirable location with desirable attributes, such as affordable housing and low maintenance along with the enhanced security features is appealing to those buyers that opt to invest in a condominium.
However, investing in a Paradise Valley condominium is not an easy matter. There are a lot of tasks that need to be considered before decisions are made. If you are thinking of investing in a condominium here’s a checklist of questions to ask before investing a condominium.
Are you planning on living in a condominium, rent it out, or re-sell it? How many units are you going to invest and how many rooms? These things are worth looking into in choosing the condo that is right for you or your family. It is also important to decide on whether you are going to live in high rise or low rise building. Beyond the amazing city view, determine if there is a family member that has fear of heights so you’ll be guided appropriately.
How much will you be willing to invest in a condominium? What other fees will be incorporated in the ownership of a condominium? Most developers have association fees to maintain and other recurring costs. Make sure you understand you tax obligation on your unit and how it is computed. Most importantly is to understand the current financials of the Home Owner Association (HOA) as moving into a condo that is about to demand assessments for maintenance, etc., is a surprise you don’t need.
How accessible is the condo to schools, offices and other conveniences? Nowadays, people are opting to invest in a condominium for proximity to these conveniences, so it is important to choose a condo that is close to the places you frequently want to frequent. There are also mixed-use condominiums that are partially residential and commercial providing many of the wants and needs you may need in the same building.
Every condominium is governed by its rules and restrictions set for its residents. These may be very strict or relaxed. These are necessary to ensure that condominiums are properly operated and maintained. How are repairs and renovations processed? Or is alteration of the unit space and appearance allowed? Are pets allowed? How many occupants are allowed in your unit? Know all the covenants and restrictions of your HOA because this is what you’re signing up for and what you’re going to live with for the duration of your ownership of your unit.
Condominiums can be a complete community within one complex offering a wide range of social and recreational activities. Before choosing the right condo for you, consider the target market of the condominium. Many condominiums are especially suited for a certain lifestyle, such as young professionals and families with young children and some are age restricted. Some of the condominiums have commercial establishments on the ground floor and it may not be suitable to your lifestyle.
What are the amenities offered by the condominium? Will they be of use to you? Most condominiums offer a variety of amenities so pick one with amenities that are of use to you such as parking space, concierge service or a gym that may compliment your lifestyle. For those with kids, one with a swimming pool and playground is a good pick.
You also need to consider the track record of the real estate developer. Further, there are many real estate agents and other professionals available that will be able to assist you along the way. A skilled and trustworthy real estate agent that understands condominiums and HOA’s can help you save time, energy, and money. Once you have answered the questions you need to consider in investing in a condominium and your REALTOR® has answered your questions you can pursue your purchase with peace of mind and enjoy your new abode.
If your choice in Paradise Valley real estate includes a condominium or a luxury valley home, give us a call or email us. Paradise Valley real estate is our full time business and our Luxury Valley Homes team is here to help you with your real estate requirements.
While it’s true most buyers will personalize the homes they buy, they still look for a clean slate on which to plan their creative ideas. Most people don’t have the time, imagination or money to cope with a run-down, untidy property. Don’t know where to start on your home fix-up? Painting is an inexpensive way to freshen up your home’s look and give it a “neutral palette” that buyers can create on. We would be happy to walk through your home with you, identifying areas that can be improved upon.
After a full day of house hunting, even the hardiest shopper has difficulty remembering each home visited. A selling display featuring your property’s benefits is a great way to be sure your home stands out in the shopper’s memory. We’ve used the following marketing strategies to successfully sell many homes. They could work for you too!
Your home’s memory points can be mounted attractively on a poster or in a loose leaf binder or photo album and displayed on your dining table or near the front door.
Home shoppers appreciate a memory-jogging take-home flyer, summarizing the display information for later study. The flyer should always include the property address, price, brief description and agent’s name and phone number.
Each home will have its own outstanding features. When we talk about a marketing strategy for your home, we will consider what to include in your display and on the flyer. Here are some worthwhile ideas
Include project description, year completed and your investment in the improvements.
List new appliances, paint, wallpaper, attic fan — anything you’ve accomplished that buyers won’t have to do after move-in. Mention special features and benefits. For example: “Easy-care kitchen range with self-cleaning oven, sealed burners, electronic ignition, digital controls; 1992.”
Cite money-saving extra insulation, high-efficiency heating/cooling system, thermal double-pane windows, etc.
Also mention affordable property taxes. Buyers want to know!
Show room arrangement and dimensions. New-home builders and renovators can often provide floor plans, or one can be drawn for your home.
Picture your home in your display and on the flyer. Architect’s renderings may be available from the original builder.
Sketch the landscaping plan to show the work you’ve done. Identify trees and plants, especially if you have unusual ones. Provide photos of bushes and flowers in full bloom, if you’re selling off-season.
Impress buyers with proof of your home’s excellent condition. Show receipts for correcting any problems the inspector noted.
Highlight nearby schools, convenient transportation, shopping, parks, libraries, hospitals, and any other amenities or points of interest. Your kids can help color the map!
Feature excellent schools. Mention honors and awards, good student-teacher ratios, sports and athletics, drama presentations, and special programs (i.e. for learning disabilities or English as a second language).
List neighborhood association dues (if any), annual community events, Neighborhood Watch programs, and the like. If yours is a friendly, quiet neighborhood, be sure buyers know it!
Include helpful information such as days for recyclable-material and bulk trash pick-ups, availability of swimming pools, children’s summer day-camps, adult education, and so on.
In a word, Yes. Improving your curb appeal will get prospective buyers out of their car and up to your door. That foyer or entryway that has ooh’s and ahh’s associated with the visual experience will set the stage in viewing the rest of the home. A little paint and attention to staging your home doesn’t cost a lot and it will pay dividends on the sale of your home.
Flowers are in its full bloom and the fragrance waft in the air. Summer is the best time to play in the sun and on the beach of course, and this is the season where everyone seems to feel happier than any time of the year. For some, going to the beach or pool is the best destination to escape the summer heat and to cool off.
However, for those who would rather stay at home, things can get sweaty especially in the Arizona heat. And most of the household’s concerns during this time of the year is the higher electrical bills. But there are time-tested tips you can use to cool off this summer within your home and reduce your cost.
Shut off Heat Sources
Incandescent light bulbs are a mini-heaters in disguise. During the day, keep the majority of your lights since it produces energy and heat. You should also turn off the TV since it gives a lot of heat.
Insulate your Attic
This should be on your things-to-do list. In the summertime your attic is really hot and the heat is always trying to transfer to a cooler space. The right insulation can decrease the heat that is transferred from the sun to your house. Another bonus is that there may be government grants to help offset the cost for this kind of upgrade.
Close and Open the Windows Strategically
Closing the windows and blinds in the daylight will help block the sun’s heat. Do this even before the sun hits your home and keep it closed until the night falls and it’s cool enough to open the windows for the night.
Cool Down your House with Fans
Position a ceiling fan, an upstairs window fan or an attic fan to draw off the heat collected in upper rooms and push the heat outdoors. Set up your portable fan so that the fan sucks up cooler air from the floor below, and blows hot air upwards towards the ceiling.
If you’re hot, cool off your core temperature by immersing yourself in cold water. Take a cold shower or go swimming but don’t stay in sun-exposed water for too long. For quick relief, wet your wrists and other pulse points with cold water, and then keep those spots cool by holding an ice cube wrapped in a face cloth against them. It cools the blood in your veins, and instantly makes you feel cooler. You could also run your pulse under some cold water or just splash some cold water on your face to stay at a desirable temperature. The relief is immediate, and this method will cool down your entire body.
Wear summer clothing. Lightweight, loose-fitting clothing in natural fabrics like linen and cotton will help to keep you cooler. Also, wear light colors. Darker colors will absorb the sun’s heat and stay warmer longer than light or white clothing, which reflects light and heat.
Drink Plenty of Water
During summer you sweat more and you have to replenish the lost water in your body. Drink a glass of cold water and keep a bottle with you always. The last thing you want to do is to pass out from dehydration so don’t risk dehydration.
In Arizona the electric companies offer incentives to help reduce your cost of electricity in your home.
The following are retrofit improvement services that AZEEH provides with their corresponding APS rebate amounts:
In places like Arizona where there is no shortage of sunshine every day feels like a great day, however, when it gets warmer enjoy the cool while reducing your cost – It’s the green thing to do.
The Fourth of July is upon us and once again a great time to commemorate our national day of Independence. Celebrating the Fourth of July is one of the best parts of a summer. The holiday, as we know it, goes hand in hand with fireworks, barbeques, parades picnics and never ending fun. Spending your Fourth of July in the Valley of the Sun, you’ll get to join the fun and festivities of the day.
One major reason why we celebrate the Fourth of July is because it’s the Independence Day: a holiday commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
The Continental Congress appointed a committee of five men to work on a draft of the declaration known today as The Committee of Five. The committee consisted of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston. Thomas Jefferson was delegated by the committee to singularly write the Declaration, although Adams and Benjamin Franklin made many revisions before it was finally submitted to Congress on June 28, 1776.
On July 8, 1776, the Liberty Bell sounded from the tower of Independence Hall summoning citizens to gather for the public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.
Here are some fun facts about the Fourth of July:
Have you ever wondered why fireworks are always present during the Fourth? Fireworks have been used for some time even during the American Revolution. In a famous letter John Adams wrote to his wife, he states how the holiday deserves to be celebrated with “illuminations” or fireworks. Nowadays, from the fireworks, the succeeding generations solemnized the celebration with merrymaking, and thus, a big celebration.
In the Valley of the Sun, there are various Fourth of July events for you and for family. Come take a look at some of these events.
July 4, 2013 – Celebrate the Fourth at Salt River Fields! Music Festival featuring country music superstar Brantley Gilbert and the largest firework show in the valley.
July 4, 2013 – Several activities will be happening in the Phoenix Zoo such as All American BBQ dinner at Lakeside lawn, Endangered Species Carousel, beer and wine and much more.
July 4, 2013 – Celebrate your Independence Day in a Western Style at Rawhide. This is a party you’re looking for as we’ve got you covered with cowboys, gunfights, foods, family and fireworks.
July 4 – 7, 2013 – Celebrate in a star-spangled style as the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is unfurling its third annual “Fourth of July Freedom Fest” – a four day event with concerts, fireworks, and poolside fun.
So let’s go ahead and have some fun on the Fourth of July in the Valley of the Sun. Let us all have a meaningful celebration in the presence of our friends and families showing patriotism and thankfulness for the wonderful gift of independence. Happy Fourth of July!
Would it not be nice to walk into your new home with a soft, warm and fluffy carpet?. It’s such a great feeling when your feet sink into that clean and plush new carpet. A clean and fresh carpet for your new home could be just what you need. However clean the carpet is, it is a reality that over time it will get dirty and will wear down.
Investing in a good quality carpet can be expensive so it is only fair that we take necessary precautions in protecting the carpet. There is several carpet cleaning tips we can use to maintain and keep our carpets as clean as possible for a long period of time.
Keep in mind, however, that there are certain things we cannot control such as the normal wear and tear, or accidental spills on the carpet. If things like this happen, do not get discouraged, instead, follow these tips to get the best result. One important thing to keep in mind is that before you start cleaning, you should know the type of the carpet and the materials used in the carpet because each type needs a different approach for cleaning.
The cleanliness reflect the personality of the home owner. People almost always get the impression the moment they enter your home. So get rid of those unsightly carpets.