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Hello,
 
It is time again for our Semi-Annual FREE Shred-A-Thon!
 
When:                  9 AM - 11 AM on April 11, 2015
Where                  Monte Vista Elementary School Parking Lot
Cost:                     FREE   We are asking for a Food Donation for the Kyrene Resource Center (please limit 4 boxes of shred per person- if you have more please call me directly. We suggest one food item for each box or bag of paper to shred)
 
Don't forget to register for 4 FREE tickets to a Diamond Back's Game!!
 
The Free community Shred a Thon held October 27, 2014 at Monte Vista Elementary school, sponsored by Shirley Coomer and Greg Stainton with Keller Williams Realty was a huge success.

The shredding Truck service was donated by ASDD Document Destruction of Tempe.   ASSD Documentation Destruction of Tempe is owned by the Tempe Center for Habilitation (TCH).  Their truck shred 5,758 pounds of paper, which the truck operator said was unusually high for a two hour event.  This equates to saving 72 trees, not to mention paper that does not go into a land fill.  The shred from the event equates to $430 worth of donation for the Tempe Center for Habilitation.

The great news is we collected over 700 pounds of food for the Kyrene Resource Center and your donations made a difference for a great many families!  For this event our food goal is 1000 pounds of food!


 
New-Home Sales Up Nearly 25% as Builders Respond to Buyer Demand
By: Chrystal Caruthers
 
Depending on what part of the country you live in, a new-construction home may be your best way to avoid the bidding wars of the existing-home market. Home builders are taking orders. They are responding to market demand, driving new-home sales up 7.8% in February from January of this year, according to the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In fact, new-home sales increased nearly 25% from February 2014.

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Existing home sales up, but limited supply drives up prices
By Kent Hoover
 
Despite bad weather, existing home sales increased 1.2 percent in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.88 million.
 
That’s according to the National Association of Realtors, which reports February’s sales rate is 4.7 percent higher than it was a year earlier.
 
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Heads Up—This Might Be the ‘Last Call’ for Low Mortgage Rates
By Chrystal Caruthers
 
Consider this a gift to home buyers: Mortgage interest rates dipped to 3.78% this week, just in time for the spring housing market.  For people who are in the process of buying a house, our best advice is to lock in your rate now. “This is the last call before the bar closes at these historically low levels,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at realtor.com®.
 
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An Economist’s 3 Tips for Spring Home Buying in a Seller’s Market
By Jonathan Smoke
 
In many parts of the country (OK, not Boston), the busy spring home-buying season is already underway—March typically ushers in a significant increase in home searches online. This year, even more people than last year are jumping into the search process as a result of improving financial circumstances, like a new job, or life events, like a new baby.
 
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7 Home Maintenance Problems That Could Cost You Big Bucks
By Lars Peterson
 
Owning a home sometimes feels like owning a never-ending to-do list: Fix this, replace that. When does it end? For responsible homeowners, it never does. But overlooking the small stuff can add up to big repair bills later.
 
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Down payments for Phoenix homebuyers cheaper than in other Western, U.S. big cities
By Mike Sunnucks
 
The average down payment for a house in Phoenix is among the lowest in U.S. big cities and is significantly less than what homebuyers have to put down in California.
 
The average down payment for a house in the Phoenix area is 14.2 percent of the purchase price, according to new data from the RealtyTrac real estate research firm.
 
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Phoenix real estate: Sales volume, foreclosures down while prices, rents up
By Mike Sunnucks
 
Arizona State University housing expert Michael Orr has some springtime optimism about Phoenix’s real estate market despite January declines in sales volumes for new and existing homes.
 
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Green Cleaning Products That Really Get the Job Done
By: Craig Donofrio
 
It’s officially spring, which means it’s time to get cleaning. But with rising concern about the chemicals in conventional cleaning products, many people are turning to “green” alternatives. But where do you start?
 
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With Inventory Low, Bidding Wars Are Back In The Phoenix Housing Market, Baby!
By Josh Feinberg
 
Given that things were pretty quiet in January, the housing market in and around Phoenix has started to heat up. Several of the most inexpensive and mid-range areas are already starting to experience buying frenzy due to low supply.
 
Read more, click HERE!


 
Hip Bathroom Tile Trends and Styles (Video)
 


Are you in need of a bathroom make-over?

Watch this video as a couple considers several stone and tile options for their bathroom redecoration.

Watch it, click HERE!
2 Arizona cities named among top 20 hardest working in U.S.
By Carina Dominguez
 
A recent survey indicates some Arizonans may be among the hardest working people in the country.
 
Seven Arizona cities and towns appeared on WalletHub's list of "Hardest Working Cities in America" for 2015. But only two ranked in the Top 20.
 
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Social Sharing Habits: New Research Reveals What People Like to Share
By Suzanne Delzio
 
Are you curious about which type of social content gets the most shares? Are social shares part of how you measure social marketing return on investment (ROI)?
 
Read more, click HERE!
Kick Back in One of These Affordable Homes in the 25 Best Cities for Retirement
By Rachel Stults
 
When it comes to places to spend your golden years, Pittsburgh, PA, Fargo, ND, and Lincoln, NE, may not be the first cities that come to mind. But they’re just a few of the hot spots on Forbes’ annual list of top places for retirement—in large part due to their affordable cost of living, low crime rates, and availability of medical care.
 
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Letting Go of Expectations and Pursuing What You Really Want
By Lindsey Haug
 
I grew up with a lot of expectations—from other people in my life and from myself. I had to finish school, do my best, finish college, get married, have children, and be a success in everything I did.
 
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Street workout app Madbarz helps you get fit without a gym
By Stan Schroeder
 
Street workout is a simple — not easy, but simple — way to get fit. You don't need a gym membership or fancy machines; all you need is a couple of bars in a park somewhere, and you're good to go, if you're ready for a challenge.
 
Madbarz, a Zagreb, Croatia-based startup founded by street workout enthusiasts, recognized the potential of this niche ...
 
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Pear and Pomegranate Salad
 
A fall and winter favorite--I am always eager for pomegranates to come in season so I can make this again. I make my own pomegranate juice by pressing the seeds against a metal sieve."

Make it, click HERE!
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