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Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 3:34 pm

Selling season is upon us — does your home have its best foot forward? Or, do you still need to be convinced that now is finally the time to place your home on the market?

You’ve probably heard and read that Arizona is leading the way in the recovery of the housing industry, which is good news for us here at home, and also a positive indicator for the overall health of our economy. Here in Ahwatukee we’re performing especially well. According to our managing broker at Keller Williams, Mike Salyer, the average median home sale price in Ahwatukee is $218,000 a 21 percent increase over last year. Plus, interest rates are at their lowest in decades.

Spring has always been Arizona’s hottest selling season. There’s plenty of time for families to get settled before the next school year, and moving in the blistering heat isn’t ideal. If you’ve been waiting for the perfect timing before you place the sign in your yard — it’s arrived.

From Curb to Scents appeal: Tips for making your home stand out from the crowd

We tend to live with those little imperfections of wear and tear, but now is the time to make your home sparkle. It’s time to identify what needs to be cleaned, repaired and painted. An attractive home sends an important message: I’m worth the asking price! So get ready:

1. Purge, pack and de-clutter. A prospective buyer needs to identify your home, so eliminate extraneous and loose items, and personal pictures. Ensure the counter tops, floor spaces and walls are as clear and as spacious as possible.

2. Create an inviting curb appeal. First impressions count and can cost sales — so take care to ensure the front yard is manicured and clutter-free. Add some décor to your (spit and polished) front door.

3. Create a pleasant aroma. Every home has a distinct aroma, so make the association with yours warm and inviting. According to REALTOR magazine, the following scents were most popular among buyers: lemon, green tea, cedar, pine, basil and vanilla.

Timing and preparation is everything; and with a bit of extra effort, your home can deliver on its asking price in no time at all.

• Bonny Holland is with Keller Williams, Sonoran Living in Ahwatukee Foothills. Reach her at (602) 369-1085, www.leadingluxuryexperts.com or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Keystone Montessori

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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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