Greetings everyone. I hope you’ve enjoyed the rain and cooler temperatures that the first week of October has brought us here in AZ. Halloween is just a couple of weeks away. Be safe and have fun.
Last month I sent out a letter regarding the “cash offer” real estate companies that are popping up all over the place. If I assisted you in buying or selling a home, and you didn’t receive my recent letter, let me know and I’ll resend. Please keep me in mind if you or anyone you know is thinking of selling a home. I’d love to give a free home valuation and show you how I can save a seller on costs and fees.
Look for our Annual Thanksgiving Pie Giveaway next month. An Evite will be sent out soon!
I sometimes am asked this question when people hear I’m a Realtor, so thought I’d share my answer. Buying a home is not within everyone’s reach. And even if it is within reach, there are reasons a person might not want to buy. Perhaps they can only afford a home in a location that doesn’t work, or they never felt income-stable enough to buy and didn’t want to risk losing their house. Often there’s a personal financial collapse at just the wrong moment.
Interestingly, many people can afford to buy, but never “get around to it,” and then home prices eventually outpace their income. Even financially secure retirees can find themselves on a fixed income that doesn’t keep pace with rents, much less home prices.
If you or someone you know is renting, it might be worth having a conversation with me about the possibilities of owning a property that could provide some security for later. Please call for a confidential appointment or referral.
-from Becky’s Bulletin-Sept. 2018
An electric anticipation fills the air. Within days it will arrive, deeply satisfying and redolent of cinnamon and clove: the pumpkin spice latte. But first, let’s tackle the rest of your to-do list.
- THANK YOUR NEIGHBOR
National Good Neighbor Day is Sept. 28th, but you can observe it anytime. Send around freshly baked cookies to lift neighbor-hood morale-and you’ll boost your chances of borrowing a power drill or finding a cat sitter when you need one.
- LIGHT YOUR NIGHT
Help keep the kids in your life safe while trick-or-treating this Halloween by adding strips of retroreflective tape to costumes and candy totes. It’s sold at most hardware and office supply stores. Glow necklaces and flashing tags also improve visibility.
- BOOK YOUR TRIP
Now is the time to snag discounted Caribbean cruise tickets. While prices drop during hurricane season, cruise lines pay close attention to weather and safety, so you can relax and enjoy the tropical sunshine.
- CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES
Twice-annual battery replacement is recommended for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Devices hardwired to your building’s electrical circuit or security system aren’t exempt: They have backup batteries.
- GET YOUR PSL
Starbucks spent three months testing recipes for the original pumpkin spice latte. Save a trip and a few bucks by making your own version at home. Find our recipe here https://www.viamagazine.com/food-and-drink/pumpkin-spice-latte-recipe?zip=85207&stateprov=az&city=mesa&devicecd=PC
his article was first published in Fall 2018-AAA magazine
This Market Update is courtesy of the Cromford Report.
Supply between $200K-$250K has Risen 8.1% since May
Seller Price Reductions Up 7% in Popular Price Range
If you have a home listed between $200,000 and $400,000, then you make up 48% of everything that’s listed in the MLS. Listings under contract in this price range, have averaged 7.4% higher in volume than 2017 all year, until now. Over the last two weeks,including the end of July through the first week in August, listings in escrow have dropped to 2.2% below last year’s level. Buyeractivity is expected to slow seasonally from the peak in April through the end of the year; however open contracts have dropped 26% sincethe 2018. April peak compared to a lower 20% drop in 2017 over the same time frame; all while corresponding supply has been rising. Sellers haven’t seemed to notice this sharper decline as their average asking price per square foot has soared from just 3% higher than last year in March to as high as 7% higher in July. The average sales price per square foot was up 5.9% in July, compared to 4.6%in June. However, price is a lagging responder to shifts in supply and demand. We will have to wait andsee if buyers accommodate sellers’ price expectations given that they have more to choose from in the marketplace right now.
Skis. Bikes. Sports balls of all sorts. A lawnmower. Old toys.
It’s easy for a garage to turn into a catchall storage unit. For most items that’s fine, but some things simply don’t belong in a garage, and they can even become a home hazard without proper storage protection. This list of common red-flag items can help identify what doesn’t belong in the garage.
Extra fuel. Stashing portable gas cans and propane tanks in the garage can be dangerous: Highly flammable fuel poses a leaking risk. If you store any fuel in the garage, do so only in dedicated, leak-proof containers out of the reach of children and pets and away from potential sources of ignition such as water heaters or power tools. A shed away from your home is a better storage spot.
Paint or home-improvement chemicals. Some liquids, such as latex, freeze at the same temperature as water. Others may need a temperature-controlled environment. Check the manufacturer’s directions for guidance.
Furniture. Unless your garage is climate-controlled, its interior is subject to wild swings in heat and humidity. This, in turn, can warp wood, and pests such as rodents may root (and ruin) upholstery, fabric or mattresses. If the garage offers your only option for furniture storage, find a clean, dry spot that’s elevated off the floor. Then thoroughly clean and take apart furniture before wrapping or covering.
Clothing. A better spot for out-of-season clothing is a sealed container in an attic, basement or the back of a closet. In a garage, clothing may soak up fumes and dust and be at risk of insect or pest damage.
Food. This means any food — food for birds, for pets and for humans. Perishable items are far too tempting for rodents and vermin, and canned food may spoil more quickly in temperature extremes. And think twice about that extra fridge in an unheated and un-air-conditioned garage: The appliance may struggle to operate efficiently as temperatures fluctuate.
Anything fragile or valuable. Photographs, artwork and electronics: These are just a few of the items that need the stability of climate control so expensive or delicate elements aren’t damaged. Remember: If you couldn’t bear to see it lost or destroyed, then it probably shouldn’t be in the garage.
Items safe to keep in the garage:
Lawn care tools and equipment
Plastic storage bins (rather than cardboard boxes)
Hoses (after draining)
Cars, of course
State Farm September 2018
For 98 years, the AAA School Safety Patrol program has taught kids how to help other students stay safe on their way to and from school. Now the program has been adapted to educate children about bullies, intruders, and natural disasters.
“The AAA School Safety Lesson Plan adapts the original foundations-awareness, teamwork, responsibility, respect, and leadership-to assist students in playing a more active role in bringing safety to the classroom and beyond, ” says Casey Brennan, director of community impact AAA.
The AAA School Safety Patrol has long been organizing and training kids to monitor crosswalks and drop-off zones, helping students get across the street or to embark and disembark safely from their rides. In addition, AAA offers free training materials to classrooms along with brightly colored belts, caps, and other equipment.
Geared toward fourth, fifth, and sixth graders, the new classroom-based lesson plan leads children through role-playing to teach them how to make the right decisions when presented with a variety of unsafe situations. But the principle remains the same: Peer-to-peer leadership is a great way to teacher kids about safety.
Interested in adopting the program at your school? The first step is to go to AAA.com/schoolsafety. There, you’ll find information about how to access the free materials and equipment to get started.
article by Josh Sent
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