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Thursday 06/30/2016
Chefs weigh in on what a gourmet kitchen needs
Posted: June 30, 2016

Liz Alterman of realtor.com recently interviewed three top chefs to get their take on what a gourmet kitchen should include.

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Monday 06/27/2016
A healthy home helps the planet, you and your wallet
Posted: June 27, 2016

If you ask a person who’s in the market for a new home to name their favorite color, chances are good they’ll answer “green.”

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Saturday 06/25/2016
3 Ways to Maximize Social Media for Small Business
Posted: June 25, 2016

While using social media is a no-brainer for most people looking to promote their small businesses, few understand how to use it correctly.  There is an art to posting, tweeting, and pinning that will attract new customers while ensuring loyalty to old ones.

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Monday 06/20/2016
Single, female homebuyers poised to return to housing market
Posted: June 20, 2016

Before the housing crisis, single women purchased homes at nearly double the rate of their male counterparts, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). In fact, single, female buyers are the second-most influential group of homebuyers in the U.S. housing market, ranking only behind married couples. 

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Sunday 06/19/2016
Use the deny, deny, rely method to repel pests at home
Posted: June 19, 2016

Homeowners may feel they’re in an undeclared war with ants, roaches, mice, scorpions, roof rats and the many other pests that want to pay an unwelcomed visit.

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Friday 06/17/2016
Painting, other sprucing up can make your house more attractive on the market
Posted: June 17, 2016

Ready to Sell?  Home improvements can add value to your home.

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Thursday 06/16/2016
Interior Design: Beige gets boring — bring color back!
Posted: June 16, 2016

Does this sound familiar? 

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Monday 05/30/2016
What’s happening in the Ahwatukee/Foothills marketplace?
Posted: May 30, 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Market Action Real Estate Report for the Ahwatukee/Foothills market for April of 2016. According to the Arizona Regional MLS, April property sales in the 85044, 85045 and 85048 ZIP codes reached 164 sales, down 14.6 percent from April of 2015 and 5.7 percent lower than the 174 sales in March of 2016. The median sales price in April was $280,350, up 1.6 percent from April of 2015 and up .7 percent from $278,450 last month.  The average sales price of $312,478 was down .9 percent from last April and down 2.4 percent from last month. The market has been fluctuating up and down for the past few months.

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Saturday 05/28/2016
Ahwatukee rental market: The good, the bad and the ugly
Posted: May 28, 2016

If you are looking to rent in Ahwatukee right now, you better wait in line. The rental market is going crazy here in what we all call, “The World’s Biggest Cul-de-sac.” Many reasons for the shortage and high demand for rentals are evident. First, our community is relatively safe, close to the airport and Interstate 10, and is home to award-winning schools. However, we still have a few other factors that come into play. Many folks are recovering from the hit they took during the real estate crash and their credit is still suffering from foreclosures, short sales and bankruptcies. Instead of homeownership, they are forced to rent and wait it out a few more years. Lastly, millennials are entering the market and are not financially ready or are simply unwilling to take on a mortgage.

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Tuesday 05/17/2016
Local Luxury Market lacks luster so far this year
Updated: May 18, 2016 - 10:00 am

Here in the Valley we consider the true Luxury Market to be properties valued at $1,000,000-plus.

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Monday 05/16/2016
How to obtain the American Dream
Updated: May 17, 2016 - 1:30 pm

Owning a home is the American Dream. The process begins with obtaining a pre-approval letter from your loan officer. The pre-approval letter is your “golden ticket” to begin shopping for a home. 

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What is a down payment on a home?
Updated: May 18, 2016 - 10:04 am

Let’s clear up what a down payment is, who it goes to, and where it comes from.

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Sunday 05/15/2016
New vs. resale: Which home is best for you?
Posted: May 15, 2016

Now that Arizona’s employment rate has officially recovered to its pre-recession level, many individuals are ready to launch themselves back into the housing market. And as they consider the many options available, they’re asking themselves a very important question: “Which type of home is right for me — resale or new?”

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Tuesday 05/03/2016
Is a HARP refinance right for you?
Posted: May 03, 2016

HARP expires at the end of 2016. Refinancing your mortgage and locking in a lower interest rate is a great way to lower your monthly mortgage payment. However, in the past, homeowners who had little to no equity in their home were out of luck when it came to refinancing. In an attempt to make loans more affordable for these homeowners and curb the rate of foreclosures, the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) was introduced in 2009. Although the program eliminated some traditional refinancing requirements, many eligible homeowners haven’t taken advantage of this hugely beneficial program. HARP will be in place until the end of 2016, making now the perfect time to take advantage of this “free” money and refinance your mortgage. 

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Monday 05/02/2016
What’s happening in the Ahwatukee/Foothills marketplace?
Posted: May 02, 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Market Action Real Estate Report for the Ahwatukee/Foothills market for March 2016.  According to the Arizona Regional MLS, March property sales in the 85044, 85045 and 85048 ZIP codes reached 174 sales, up 16 percent from March of 2015 and 87.1 percent higher than the 93 sales in March 2016. The median sales price in March was $279,450, up 2.7 percent from March of 2015 and up 6.7 percent from $262,000 last month. The average sales price of $321,235 was up 2.9 percent from last March and up 13.5 percent from last month. These are significantly positive numbers!

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Saturday 04/30/2016
Gardening in Ahwatukee Foothills during late spring
Posted: April 30, 2016

Did you know that the official Arizona state tree produces delicious beans that taste like fresh peas?

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Friday 04/29/2016
School highlight
Posted: April 29, 2016

Inspire Kids Montessori • 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 11

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Thursday 04/28/2016
National Pest Management Month: A time to honor pest control professionals
Posted: April 28, 2016

It’s easy for us to take people for granted, only to then remember their importance in our lives when we suddenly need them — like pest control managers. 

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Friday 04/15/2016
Homes Sold
Posted: April 15, 2016

85048

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Interior Design: Pick your paint, lift your mood
Posted: April 15, 2016

Walk into any room — at a home, store or restaurant — and what catches your eye? Chances are, it’s color. Pay attention to what speaks to you most. Often color can affect our frame of mind. Do you want to create a mood that’s low-key or lively? Painting the walls is one surefire (and low budget) way to add a brand new vibe to your living space. If picking paint color seems like staring at the cereal aisle at the grocery store, check out a few helpful hints.

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How to determine the right size home
Posted: April 15, 2016

When I think about the home-buying process and all of the options that are available, I can’t help but recall the popular fairy tale, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” While Goldilocks went about things in an unorthodox way, her desire to find the right fit was a lot like a home buyer’s need to find a home that fits perfectly into his or her life – not too big or too small, but just right.

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Hiring a REAL human when buying or selling REAL estate
Posted: April 15, 2016

Everybody has seen those cool blue “Opendoor” signs coming up more often in neighborhoods all over Phoenix. It’s a great concept for home sellers that necessarily don’t want to wait for a real estate agent to find a buyer and go through the 30- to 45-day escrow process. Instead, sellers would rather just hand over the keys to a company willing to give them a fair price enabling them to streamline the process and get out quickly. 

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Termite population up this time of year
Posted: April 15, 2016

To say termites have been around for a while is an understatement. The wood-eating pest has been found in 55 million-year-old fossils. According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cause an estimated $5 billion in property damage annually in the U.S. That makes this silent destroyer a bigger threat to wood-based structures than fire and flood. Unfortunately, most homeowners’ insurance plans won’t cover the extreme damage that termites can cause. Being proactive about protecting your home against termites is crucial. 

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Tuesday 01/26/2016
Taming termites: The year-round problem
Posted: January 26, 2016

The holiday season is past, but there may still be one guest not wanting to leave your home. We know that pest well: the Desert Subterranean Termite. Winter has only just begun but contrary to popular belief, termites remain prevalent throughout Arizona 365 days a year due to our less-harsh regional climate.

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Real estate: Keeping it small and simple
Posted: January 26, 2016

It was the summer of 2000 and I had just moved from my little 1,600-square-foot “cookie cutter” home in southern California to my “dream home” in the Club West area of Ahwatukee.

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HERS ratings: It pays to know the score
Posted: January 26, 2016

In sports, if you want to know how well your team is playing, you check the scoreboard. That simple concept has made its way into the housing industry where homebuyers can now check a home’s energy-efficiency score before they buy — possibly saving themselves thousands of dollars in energy costs annually.

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Real estate forecast for 2016 nation-wide predictions
Posted: January 26, 2016

Seven years since one of the worst recessions of the American economy, the U.S. housing market appears to be stabilizing. Despite a few a bumps along the way it is most likely that this will continue into 2016. In the fall of 2015 an index of home builder confidence at the National Association of Home Builders reached a 10-year high. Single-family home sales surged in the final quarter of 2015.

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Gardening in Ahwatukee Foothills
Posted: January 26, 2016

February is a great month to plant vegetables for the spring and early summer. The danger of frost damage is reaching its end and the days are lengthening, which encourages rapid plant growth. It’s also a time to prune deciduous fruit trees and grapes, and fertilize those plants and citrus. Sudden warm spells during the month of February can cause many of your winter vegetables to bolt into flowering such as cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, spinach, and bok choy. Harvest these vegetables before flowering, as many of these vegetables may become bitter and inedible when flowering starts.

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Thursday 01/14/2016
Make it a white winter after all
Posted: January 14, 2016

You know the feeling. Gazing outside the window, snowflakes gently float. It’s serene, lush, calming, clean, and so, so beautiful. Ah, winter. But wait. You live in Arizona! A white winter with all the trimmings isn’t exactly likely. But you can still create an inspiring atmosphere of frosty winter wonderland that leaves you and your guests warm from inside out.

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3 things every homebuyer should know
Updated: January 26, 2016 - 3:04 pm

A house is many things. It’s a home to call your own. A conduit for plugging into a new community and a place where you and your family will build traditions. It’s also a financial decision that represents one of the largest – if not the largest – purchases you may ever make.

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Keystone Montessori

[David Jolkovski/AFN]
Teacher Pily Pantoja helps Sarah Wang, 4, with the addition snake game at Keystone Montessori on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Keystone Montessori has come a long way since its founding in 1995. Back then it was operated out of the founder’s home before eventually moving on to rent rooms from Horizon Presbyterian Church. It was only in 2000 that they had gained a strong enough enrollment to move into the facility where they currently reside on Liberty Lane, just off Desert Foothills Parkway and across from the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA.

The school services students as young as 18 years old, as part of their toddler program, and as old as ninth-graders. The current enrollment is around 320 students, who all have access to Spanish, music and arts programs in addition to the full Montessori curriculum.

“We provide an authentic Montessori education which focuses on the independence and whole development of the child, including academic as well as social and emotional growth,” said head of school Cindy Maschoff. “We want our students to become independent citizens of the world.”

The school will be taking the time to present the concept of Montessori education to the public Jan. 29 and 30. At the presentations the school will provide a clear understanding of what Montessori education looks like at each level of education. Those wanting to attend should plan on going to both meetings, with the Jan. 29 meeting going from 6-7 p.m. and the Jan. 30 meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings require attendees to RSVP, which can be done by emailing laura@keystonemontessori.com.

For more information, visit keystonemontessori.com.

• Compiled by James Gingerich.

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