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The Earth has a finite amount of natural resources available for our use and consumption. If future generations are to enjoy the same standards of living that we do, then we need to start going green. What does going green mean? To “go green” is to start taking the environment into consideration when building, living, and using the Earth’s natural resources.

According to The Green Resource Council, buildings and homes in the U.S. alone use over 15 billion gallons of water and over 3 billion tons of raw materials each year. A staggering figure, this excessive usage of resources has caused many to rethink the way they live. Not only does going green help the environment, but also your health and finances. Green living saves energy; therefore, green

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We are pleased to announce that Stacia Meeker has won the 2017 Five Star Real Estate Agent award! By earning this exclusive honor, Stacia has proven her commitment to her profession and to her clients.

Five Star Professional partnered with PHOENIX magazine to recognize a select group of Phoenix-area professionals who provide exceptional service to their clients. This group of outstanding Phoenix Real Estate Agents represents fewer than 7 percent of all professionals in the market and is featured in the October issue. Professionals are measured using an objective, in-depth research methodology with significant focus on customer feedback and overall satisfaction.

Congratulations once again to Stacia and all of our 2017 Five Star Real

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Low inventory squeezes June resales

Affordable listings are being 'scooped up rapidly,' according to NAR Chief Economist Lawerence Yun BY MARIAN MCPHERSON Staff Writer, Inman News
Key Takeaways June existing-home sales declined 1.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 5.52 million -- down from 5.62 million in May.

In May, “consumer resilience” was enough to keep existing-home sales afloat, but sheer willpower failed to offset the effect of low inventory on the market in June.

The National Association of Realtors’ existing-home sales dipped 1.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 5.52 million in June — down from 5.62 million in May.

This month’s sales pace is 0.7

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  Your Opportunity to Achieve the American Dream Keeps Getting Better! | MyKCM recently released the latest results of their American Dream Index, in which they measure “the prosperity of the middle class, and…examine which states best support the American Dream.”

The monthly index measures several different economic factors, including goods-producing employment, personal and commercial bankruptcies, building permits, startup activity, unemployment insurance claims, labor force participation, and layoffs.

The national index score was rounded out to 100.0 in January as a baseline for comparison and it rose the fourth straight month in a row to 101.8.

Alaska, coming in at 89.4, represented the lowest score on the index due in part to the recent collapse in oil prices. In contrast, Wyoming

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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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