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The kids are out of school, and you've found the perfect home in a new neighborhood making summertime the perfect time for relocation. If you plan on moving during the hot summer months however, please consider some of the following suggestions in order to ensure a smooth and safe move into your new home.

-  Regardless of whether your move is across town or across the country, it is imperative that you hydrate! Your body sweats and loses moisture while packing and lifting boxes. While you may not notice it at the time due to all of the commotion around you, your body can dehydrate quickly in the Arizona sun. Replace fluids that your body loses throughout the day by being mindful to drink water as you work. Don't forget to stop for a lunch break too, or

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5 Reasons You Should Sell This Summer | MyKCM  

Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this summer makes sense.

1. Demand Is Strong

The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase… and are in the market right now! More often than not, multiple buyers are competing with each other to buy a home.

Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.

2. There Is Less Competition Now

Housing inventory is currently at a 4.2-month supply, well under the 6-months needed for a normal housing market. This means, in the majority of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to

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If you live in the Phoenix West Valley, you don’t need to go far to have fun this summer. As the West Valley grows, there are more things to do here, and bigger and better events to attend. Read below, and you will see why the West Valley is a great place to live.

Don’t let the heat beat you, there are plenty of things you can do in the summertime to cool off. Visit Lake Pleasant, for example, and enjoy a water cruise. You can also rent a boat or kayak at Pleasant Harbor. Or visit Wet ‘N Wild in Glendale for additional watery fun. Also, many hotel resorts have water slides and beautiful pools, and they tend to offer deep discounts in the summer to stay and play. Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park has live music and activities for the kids most days of

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Your Tax Return: Bring it Home | Simplifying The Market

Your Tax Return: Bring it Home

Down Payments, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers  

This time of year, many people eagerly check their mailboxes looking for their tax return check from the IRS. But, what do most people plan to do with the money? GO Banking Rates recently surveyed Americans and asked the question - “What do you plan on doing with your tax refund?”

The results of the survey were interesting. Here is what they plan to do with their money:

  • 41% - Put it into savings
  • 38% - Pay off debt
  • 11% - Go on a vacation
  • 5% - Make a major purchase (car, home, etc.)
  • 5% - Splurge on a purchase

Upon seeing the research, The National Association of Realtors (NAR) wondered if this could help with a constant

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4th Annual Shred-A-Thon and Hope's Closet Fundraiser

 

 

Hope's Closet Spring Time Wish List

The following list are items that are in constant rotation and must be purchased on a weekly basis. Items donated help offset costs which allow us to focus funding on other valuable resources. If you can partner with New Life Center to provide any of these items, please contact the Community Development Department at (623) 932-4404.

Campus Needs
Alarm clocks, Mops & Brooms, Deodorant, Twin sized Sheets, Bottled Water & Bottle Juice, Laundry detergent & bleach, Razors, Toothbrushes/Toothpaste, Paper products (Toilet Paper, Kleenex), Shower Curtains, Hair Products & accessories, African American hair products, Feminine hygiene products, Cleaning

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When it comes to golf in the Phoenix West Valley, it always seems to be compared to golf on the East side of town, namely Scottsdale. Across the United States, and around the world for that matter, people know some of the best golf can be found in Scottsdale, AZ.

With that being said, there are many popular courses on the West side of town that are just as worthy as their East-side companions.  The good thing about West Valley golf courses is that there are options where you can get the quality of those in Scottsdale, but at a fraction of the cost. Many of them were designed by some of the big names in golf, so you can trust you are going to get a good experience. If you happen to live in this area, or you are planning a visit, it may be worth giving

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Tips for Preparing Your House For Sale [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Highlights:

  • When listing your house for sale your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible!
  • There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens!
  • Contact us for a list of specific suggestions for getting your house ready for market and for finding local contractors who can help!
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Market Summary for the Beginning of 2017

Let us start with the basic ARMLS numbers for January 1, 2017 and compared with January 1, 2016 for all areas & types:

  • Active Listings (excluding UCB): 19,397 versus 20,073 last year - down 3.4% - and down 7.3% from 20,928 last month
  • Active Listings (including UCB): 22,313 versus 22,883 last year - down 2.5% - and down 9.0% compared with 24,514 last month
  • Pending Listings: 4,885 versus 4,865 last year - up 0.4% - but down 15.5% from 5,782 last month
  • Under Contract Listings (including Pending, CCBS & UCB): 7,801 versus 7,675 last year - up 1.6% - but down 16.7% from 9,368 last month
  • Monthly Sales: 7,183 versus 6,770 last year - up 6.1% - and up 4.0% from 6,906 last month
  • Monthly Average Sales
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Gingerbread House  

The gingerbread house has been a popular culinary treat for centuries, but it didn’t become wildly popular until it was incorporated into a certain Grimm’s fairy tale in the 1800s.

For the past few centuries, however, it has become a resource for holiday creativity for young and old alike. Much like selling a real home, the challenge becomes: How can you stage yours so it stands out from the crowd? With these seven sensational tips, using common edible foods, you can make your house the talk of the town!

Put Up Walls
Make the walls out of something unique, like graham crackers or pretzel logs. (Or, if you want to save time, start with a premade gingerbread house kit.)

Raise the Roof
As you know, roofs have to be made to last,

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