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So here we are, December, again. As I get older it certainly seems to get here faster every year. I feel like I was just chatting with folks about what may happen in real estate in 2013. It turned out we had some interesting things happen here in our market. The year started off strong with lots of appreciation and a great demand from buyers. The buying frenzy continued through June until it sort of fell off a cliff in the summer. When we usually see the October pick up, the government shut down for three weeks and that changed the typical cycle for that time of year. We had a nice increase in buyer interest towards the end of the year and from what we can see now the spring season will be typical for our area.
About 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, according to a survey from the University of Scranton. But the same survey shows that only 8 percent of us actually keep our resolutions. Perhaps this low success rate isn’t such a tragedy when our resolutions involve things like losing a little weight or learning a foreign language. But when we make financial resolutions — resolutions that, if achieved, could significantly help us in our pursuit of our important long-term goals — it’s clearly worthwhile to make every effort to follow through.
It’s hard to imagine anyone not liking Disney. Sure, many of us go through a phase where we think we’re too old and sophisticated for Mickey Mouse. This typically leads to our pretentious cynic phase in which our college professors open our eyes to all the stereotypes and “hurtful ethics” Disney has endorsed over the years. Films like “Escape from Tomorrow” haven’t exactly helped the company’s image either. At the end of the day, though, nobody can outrun the magic, good will, and sheer lovability attached to Disney. There isn’t a cold-hearted soul that can’t be completely won over by the mouse house … except maybe P.L. Travers, the author of “Mary Poppins.”
To better assist with student learning, Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School has been seeking student volunteering from its neighboring middle school, Kyrene Akimel A-al, to help out during morning lessons.
Calling the findings legally unjustified, the state Forestry Division on Thursday is challenging the findings of liability and $559,000 in fines by state safety officials in the deaths of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots.
The ending of one year and the beginning of another allows us to reflect on where we have been, where we are and where we hope to be. It is also a time to reflect on the many gifts that we have been given.
Making clients feel beautiful in a clean environment is the focus for the new owners of AZ Tips and Toes Nail Spa in Ahwatukee Foothills.
This is a simple yet delicious meal and one of my favorites. A cast iron skillet is my preference, however, it works well in any oven-safe pan. I like to add root vegetables to the pan, including carrots and potatoes, seven ingredients, 1 1/2 hours later, dinner is served.
The Desert Vista soccer programs were unable to pull off the dual celebration this time around.
The Associated Press music writers Chris Talbott and Mesfin Fekadu pick their top five songs of the year.
This time of year employees at Synergy HomeCare aren’t just following daily routines of the seniors in their care, they’re often going above and beyond to work as elves for the senior citizens they take care of daily.
It’s all fun and games until it gets technical – as in foul.
ASU’s Project Humanities stepped into the national spotlight again and was recognized recently by a leading higher education organization for its innovative effort to engage communities with the arts and sciences.
Breaking from the traditional teaching mold, Kyrene de la Estella Elementary School recently introduced iPads into three of its kindergarten class as tools for exceeding classroom activities and furthering the Kyrene Teaches with Technology Plan (KTTP) 2.0.
Once upon a time, people who craved a tablet computer bought an iPad.
A long-standing tradition in Mesa, the community is asked to once again participate in a sing-along of Handel’s “Messiah” to increase the East Valley holiday spirit.
Ahwatukee Foothills Montessori will be hosting its 18th annual Holiday Sing-A-Long at the school for neighboring businesses and the community to enjoy holiday caroling.
Gov. Jan Brewer is willing to give Clarence Carter the benefit of the doubt about his culpability in more than 6,500 complaints of child abuse going uninvestigated — at least for the time being.
(L-R) George Garvy and Kieli Hauber work on iPads in their kindergarten class at Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.
Teacher Natalie Havens helps Naomi Ronning with her iPad work while Brock Baltzerin (front) works on his own in their kindergarten class at Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.
Kate Phan, co-owner of Az Tips and Toes works on a client Wednesday, Dec. 11. Phan took over ownership of the salon with her husband in May.
There’s a new place to shop for original gifts in the East Valley, and it’s only going to be open about three weeks.
Changing the culture of a program is never easy, so Hosea Graham is attempting to do it three minutes at a time.
Having a true season of joy is a tall order for some people during the holidays, who may envision a time filled with too much to do, interactions with unpleasant family members and a season focused on things rather than experiences.