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April 18, 2020

The BEST Lemon Pound Cake

1 cup (2 sticks) butter at room temperature         

2 cups Sugar

3 eggs

3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted.

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

2 tightly packed tablespoons grated lemon zest

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Lemon Icing (recipe follows)

     1.  Pre-heat the oven to 325˚F.  Grease a 10 inch tube pan.

     2.  Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, blending well after each addition.

     3. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.  Add the lemon zest and juice.

     4.  Pour the batter into the greased pan.  Set the pan on the center rack of the oven and back until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan and the tester inserted into he center comes out clean.  1 hour and 5 minutes.

     5.  Cool the cake in the pan, set on a rack for 10 minutes.  Remove the cake from the pan and spread on the icing at once while the cake is still hot.

Lemon Icing

     1 pound powdered sugar

     1 stick of butter at room temperature

     3 tightly packed tablespoons grated lemon zest

     1/2 cut fresh lemon juice

   Cream the sugar and butter in a mixing bowl.  Mix in the lemon zest and juice; spread on the warm cake.

From the Silver Palate Cookbook

Posted in Food
April 17, 2020

Market Update

How's the Market-April 18, 2020

 

The virus is starting to show it's effects on the residential resale market.  However, it's not really that bad.  We have fewer homes coming onto the market and fewer contracts BUT demand is still high.  Properly priced homes are still going under contract quickly and anyone who is moving forward with a purchase is SERIOUS.

 

If you want to more about the market or understand the value of your home, fill out the form below.
Posted in Market Updates
Nov. 20, 2019

Waterston by Maracay Homes

Waterston by Maracay Homes

If you live south of the 202 and use Val Vista, then you have watched the old Hamstra Dairy transform into what is the early stages of a very unique community.  Many of us miss the silos and Maracay has a surprise for us!

It will consist of 3 collections, Avocet at Waterston, Brighton at Waterston and Domaine at Waterston.  All 3 are anchored by Central Park.

 

 

     Avocet at Waterston

           Located at the southern portion of the community, Avocet has 120 homesites that will be roughly 8,450 square feet.  The homes will have between 2,631-4,454 square feet of living space.  Floor plans will have Maracay's signature Flex Design which will allows for plenty of customization.

     Brighton at Waterston

          Located at the northern portion of the community, Brighton has 82 homesites that are over 1/4 an acre and the  homes will be between 3,382-3,982 square feet.  Some of Brighton's plans will allow for a game room, generation suit or dual master.  There will be single and two level plans.

     Domaine at Waterston

          Located at the western portion of the community, along Veteran's Oasis Park, Domaine has the largest homes and homesites.  The 130 homesites are 1/3 of an acre or more.  The homes will be up to 5,125 square feet and will all be single level.  Design options will offer 6 bedrooms, an RV Garage and generations suites.  Domaine is the only collection that is gated and will have it's own private parks and central lawn.

All homes will have HomeSmart technology and have the goal of a high level of energy efficiency.

Waterston is located between Brooks Farms Road and Chandler Heights on Val Vista and is in the Chandler Unified School District.  Models open Spring 2020.

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Posted in New Construction
Nov. 4, 2019

Why NOW is the Best Time to Sell Your House

We've all heard it a million times - spring time is the selling season ...  🏠 🏠 

 

 

But is it?  Here are 10 reasons that may have you changing your mind and considering selling before the new year. #7 is my favorite 😊

❄️   Why NOW is the Best Time to Sell Your House  ❄️

 

1. There are motivated buyers in the market who must buy for tax reasons.

 

2. During the Holiday Season there are typically fewer homes on the market. Less supply means less competition. Less competition means more money in your pocket.

 

3. Many people have time off during the Holidays, which increases their availability to see homes. Buyers who buy during the Holiday Season tend to be serious buyers. 

 

4. Buying is an emotional purchase and emotions tend to run high during the Holiday season. Strategically, having the opportunity to work off the buyers emotion is in your favor ... they tend to offer a higher price when emotions are involved.

 

5. The Holiday season reminds many people of family. The home is the foundation of the family unit. More people become motivated to buy during the Holidays more than other times of the year.

 

6. The interest rates stay historically low, which allows a buyer to afford more in the market. When rates are low, buyers tend to present higher purchase offers. 

 

7. Many sellers will wait and list after the 1st of the year, which causes a lot of new inventory in January. The longer you wait the more competition you create for yourself.  You can expect a flood of new inventory in the 1st quarter of 2020.  As supply increases, your likelihood of getting an offer at an acceptable price decreases. 

 

8. Since most people do not want to move during the Holidays, you can secure a selling contract now while your opportunity is high, and arrange for a delayed close or rent back with the buyers. 

 

9. Companies typically bring new talent in starting at the beginning of the year.  These new hires are looking at property now. You must be on the market to take advantage of these buyers.

 

10. Selling now can give you more buying power later. By selling your home now, you can buy in January when the market becomes saturated with listings as a non - contingent buyer - you have negotiating power.  And that's what you want, right?

 

Click here to find the value of your home or contact me directly at 480-387-4722.

 

Posted in Commentary
Oct. 16, 2019

Arizona 2020

Posted in Market Updates
June 11, 2019

Places to Cool Down This Summer

It's HOT but there are lots of places to cool off. 

Here is a great list of places to hide from the heat.  My favorite is a trip down the Salt River.  What's yours?

Groupon has lots of great deals at some of these locations.

Posted in Things to Do
June 5, 2019

#HouseCrush: 17933 E. Avendia Del Valle Dr

17933 E. Avendia Del Valle Dr | Gilbert, AZ | 85298

5 🛏 3 🛁 🏊‍♀️Pool 🐴1 Acre

My #housecrush is a gorgeous, remodeled, modern farmhouse.  It has a beautiful kitchen, quartz counters with high-end finishes, ceramic, wood-plank tile, and wrap around porch.  The master suite is on the main floor with tiled shower, claw foot tub, marble topped vanities and walk-in closet.  Sitting on an acre, this horse property is walk-able to Auxier Elementary School and with stunning views of the San Tans.  

 

See Full Listing Here

Posted in House Crush
June 3, 2019

Local Events June 2019

 

The temperatures are rising and there are plenty of fun things do do around Phoenix like movie nights, food trucks, Big Surf's 50th Birthday and more.  Check it out!

Posted in Things to Do
April 30, 2019

Bellaza II by Taylor Morrison

Live Tour of Residence 2 and Residence 3 at Bellaza II.

I recently toured one of Chandler's newest Taylor Morrison Communities, Bellaza II.  It has 3 customizable floorpans ranging form 2,911 to 3,509 square feet.  Additional structural options include additional suited bedrooms, multi-genrational suites and bedrooms in lieu is garage space.

In the videos I mention a Bellaza I.  That community is actually named Whispering Rock and is located on Germann, east of Val Vista.  That community is selling out of Bellaza II.

Pricing Starts at $500,900 at Whispering Rock and $520,990 at Bellaza.

Take a look at my live walk through of these smart floorpans.

Residence 2

Residence 3

There are a lot of incredible included features:

H.E.R.S Rating 57 or Higher

WIFI Capable, Programable Thermostat

Spacious Covered Patios

Coach Lights

12' Ceilings

Two-Tone Interior Paint

Charging Zones

42" Cabinets

Granite Counter Tops

GE Profile Appliances with Double Ovens and 36" Cook Top

Contact me for current pricing at both communities and let's go take a look!

Posted in New Construction
April 16, 2019

How to Declutter When Your Family Isn't on Board

Posted in Commentary