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Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 11:47 am

Right now Ahwatukee has a sellers market, according to real estate professionals, but to make sure your home sells quickly there are some quick tips that don’t take a lot of money.

The biggest thing is cleaning and organizing your home, said Suzie Stewart, real estate agent with Realty Executives of Ahwatukee. Cleaning includes ridding your home of any personal touches in photos or excessive furniture. Stewart recommends getting a storage unit for all those items and not trying to hide them elsewhere in the house.

“You’ll get your money back when you get a storage unit,” she said. “Women like the kitchen and men like the garage. If you walk into that garage and it’s cluttered you can see what they did.”

Paint and lighting are quick fixes that can really transform and update a space. Stewart recommends a nice khaki color since it typically goes with any décor, and new lights from any home improvement store.

“A lot of homes in Ahwatukee still have the original builder’s lights,” Stewart said. “Lighting changes all the time and it isn’t real expensive. You can go to Home Depot or Lowe’s and get nice lighting for not a lot of money. Or you can just buy some canister lighting and plug it in behind plants or the couch. Put it on the floor, the lighting shines upward on the walls and creates a different lighting effect and softens the room. That’s very inexpensive. When you show your house you want to leave that light on.”

A nice smell around the house can also make a good impression. Plug-in air fresheners around the house can have a calming effect.

For a final touch, Stewart recommends adding a pop of color with flowers. Potted flowers at the door step or on the patio and fresh bouquets inside the house can make it beautiful.

While an upgraded kitchen and spacious rooms will really sell a house there are inexpensive ways to make your home look great, Stewart said. When the home is clean and looks fresh and inviting a buyer may overlook some undesirable qualities.

“It’s really all about what they see when they come into the home,” Stewart said. “They may not like that it’s close to a busy road, but if the inside is beautiful it could change their mind.”

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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

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• Compiled by James Gingerich.

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