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The Sydney at McCormick Ranch

The Sydney at McCormick Ranch by Palmer Development is a mixed-use project featuring Goodsurf, The Rustic, Pickle and Social, and Hard Rock’s Reverb Hotel. Learn more here: Pickle and Social Coming to Scottsdale (KTAR) REVERB by Hard Rock to open 2026 (Hospitality.net) Groundbreaking New Entertainment Hub in Scottsdale (Phoenix Business Journal) The Rustic looks to […]

Launch Compass McCormick Ranch Broker Open

Thursday May 2, 2024 will feature a tour of three McCormick Ranch homes (one off-market, one on-market, one under construction), and the drive-by availability of two new construction homes in the planning stages. A directions link to Google Maps is at the bottom of this page, as well as PDF’s of floorplans and elevations. Need […]

Scottsdale’s Launch Real Estate joins Compass Real Estate

Big news for our small brokerage! In March, Compass Real Estate acquired Scottsdale’s Launch Real Estate (the #1 brokerage in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and Arcadia by sales volume). Compass is the #1 US brokerage by sales volume in over 70 upscale markets and, up to this point, had internal issues opening a Metro Phoenix branch. I’ve been […]

McCormick Ranch Thinking Young at 50

By David Brown, Scottsdale Progress Contributor, Sept 19, 2022 Celebrating its golden anniversary next weekend, Scottsdale’s first master-planned community is preparing for a new generation of residents who are discovering the joys of living in McCormick Ranch. The 3,116-acre community is home to 24,000 residents and comprises seven square miles from Indian Bend Road north […]

The Roots & History of McCormick Ranch

‘First master-planned community’ celebrates 50 years of Scottsdale success Posted Tuesday, August 9, 2022 10:00 am By Melissa Rosequist for the Scottsdale IndependentMail | Twitter: @mrosequist_ McCormick Ranch is celebrating its 50th anniversary this fall, marking five decades as one of Scottsdale’s most popular and sought-after areas. What some people may not know is McCormick […]

The 2022 Deceleration

Think of the fastest you’ve driven a vehicle and what it felt like to hold your top speed. Then the sudden drop on the speedometer after taking your foot off the gas – that difference from the peak and how much slower the experience felt at 90, even 80 mph. At the risk of a […]

8 of the Best Places to Live in Metro Phoenix

By Trevor Halpern, AZ Big Media Thinking of starting the next chapter of your life in Metro Phoenix? The Phoenix metropolitan area is one of the most desirable places to live, work and play. With year-round sunshine, low cost of living and excellent job opportunities, The Valley of the Sun – one of the largest […]

Inventory Insanity: America’s Housing Shortage, a Five-Part Article

Inman’s Inventory Insanity series on the current supply shortage. By Jim Dalrymple II PART 1: Why are there no homes for sale in America?PART 2: Notes from ‘exhausted’ agents on the front lines of a crazy marketPART 3: The secret economic forces fueling the housing shortagePART 4: What it’s like being a homebuyer when there […]

7 Key Trends Expected To Shape Real Estate in 2021

(By Gene Montemore with help from the staff at HomeLight) The year 2020 was an anomaly in our lives and real estate was no exception. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in 2021 you may be wondering what you can expect. The experts at HomeLight interviewed top agents in its Q4 […]

We’ve Never Seen a Market Like This Before

Today, our current MLS inventory in all of Maricopa County dipped below 3,000 single-family homes. As of 5 pm today, there were only 2,811 homes available for sale. 2,811. Buyers are having a difficult time securing property. Prices climb each month while inventory shrinks to its lowest amount seen in decades. In 85258, days on […]

Race and Metro Phoenix Real Estate History

(A Google Drive link is below that contains must-read information regarding race and Metro Phoenix real estate history.) “𝑵𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝒍𝒐𝒕𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒐𝒇 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒆 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒆𝒅, 𝒍𝒆𝒕, 𝒔𝒐𝒍𝒅, 𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒇𝒆𝒓𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐, 𝒐𝒓 𝒐𝒄𝒄𝒖𝒑𝒊𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒊𝒔, 𝒐𝒓 𝒊𝒇 𝒎𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒅 𝒘𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒊𝒔, 𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒆𝒎𝒃𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒘𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒊𝒎𝒎𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒇𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒂𝒓𝒆 […]

A Realtor husband and interior designer wife transform their McCormick Ranch home in Scottsdale

Kyle Patton, Special for The RepublicPublished 2:00 p.m. MT May 28, 2020 (Thank you to the Arizona Republic for asking us to be a part of their “Cool Home” series. My wife, Amanda, is one of the more talked-about Interior Designers in the Scottsdale area and has more talent than I could dream of having. […]

NAR’s New Clear Cooperation Policy

The National Association of Realtor’s “Clear Cooperation Policy” was quietly enacted while the Coronavirus has dominated the news cycle. This is a gigantic shift in the way I can pre-market residential property. The Clear Cooperation Policy effectively disallows any pre-market “coming soon” advertising for new listings without the property being placed in the MLS under […]

Client message during the Coronavirus crisis

I hope all is well at your home. While beginning to accept our new reality, I’m still grappling with the surreal experience. Looking out of my home office window, it sure looks beautiful and safe out there. Like real-life Talking Heads songs.  No matter how we process this event individually, we all know we just want things […]

WHY MORE CANADIANS MAY SELL U.S. PROPERTIES IN 2016

Many Canadians own residential real estate in Arizona. They are especially attracted to the desert areas of Arizona during the winter when they can soak in the sun rather than shake off the snow.

8344 E SAN ROSENDO DR MCCORMICK RANCH COMING SOON

8344 E SAN ROSENDO DR SCOTTSDALE, AZ 85258 – MCCORMICK RANCH Amazing location in the Heart of McCormick Ranch, an easy walk to A+ Cochise Elementary, Mountain View Park, and the Greenbelt. 2,817 square feet 4 bedrooms + office 3 full baths Pool & gorgeous yard Located just steps from the center of McCormick Ranch’s […]

5 HOME NORTH SCOTTSDALE OPEN HOUSE TOUR

5 HOME NORTH SCOTTSDALE OPEN HOUSE TOUR – SATURDAY, JANUARY 30TH 10AM – 2PM   Please join me and 4 other brokers for a collection of outstanding properties this Saturday January 30th from 10am to 2pm at our 5 home North Scottsdale Open House Tour. These fine homes range from 3,949 to 5,235 square feet and […]

22806 N 55TH ST PHOENIX AZ 85054 COMING SOON

COMING SOON! 22806 N 55th St, Phoenix Beautiful Edmunds-Toll Brothers home in Lockwood Estates at Desert Ridge. 3,356 square feet 4 bedrooms 3 full baths Teen / Den near secondary bedrooms Stunning home in gated Lockwood Estates, surrounded by Wildfire Golf Course near JW Marriott at Desert Ridge. Gorgeous wood floors, tall ceilings, and enormous […]

MACERICH PLANS HIGH RISES AT SCOTTSDALE FASHION SQUARE MALL

MACERICH FILES A REZONING APPLICATION AT FASHION SQUARE MALL Macerich filed a rezoning application December 21 for redevelopment of Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. Plans call to increase the building height to 150 feet and the square footage to top 3,200,000 square feet. This includes a high-rise that would take the place of the recently closed Camelview […]

WHAT IS YOUR MCCORMICK RANCH LOT WORTH?

WHAT IS YOUR MCCORMICK RANCH LOT WORTH?   “Under All is the Land.” –National Association of Realtors’ Code of Ethics, 1913   It’s easy to come with a general home value. But what if you were considering tearing down a house and going with new construction? Or if your insurance agent needs to break out land […]

EXPIRATION OF THE MORTGAGE FORGIVENESS DEBT RELIEF ACT

  (We are happy to have Kevin Hardin contribute this article. Kevin is an attorney and Director of Mortgage Mediation Group, which is a practice group at the law firm of McCarthy Law. Kevin is a 25 year veteran of the Mortgage and Real Estate industries and holds the following credentials: JD (Juris Doctorate) from Concord […]

GETTING YOUR HOME READY FOR SALE OR OPEN HOUSE

    When getting an home ready for sale, holding an open house is a great way to get potential buyers through the door. But only if you make sure your home is ready to be shown to prospects. Buyers need to envision how they’ll use the available space, and that means staging your home […]

SCOTTSDALE RESORT AND CONFERENCE CENTER IN MCCORMICK RANCH PLANS $9M RENOVATION

Major Renovation Announcement by Destination Hotels Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center will start a $9 million renovation on July 1 that will enhance and transform this wonderful McCormick Ranch resort, Destination Hotels announced today. Destination Hotels said this will be the only Phoenix-area resort in their portfolio to be renovated this year. The Scottsdale Resort […]

NINE HOME NORTH SCOTTSDALE OPEN HOUSE TOUR

  BOULDER HEIGHTS/VISTA VALLE SCOTTSDALE OPEN HOUSE TOUR On February 28, 2015 nine spectacular luxury homes will take part in the Boulder Heights/Vista Valle Open House tour. These homes, ranging in list prices of $879,900 to $1,860,000, offer completely unique experiences for prospective buyers and are grouped closely together for a fun, easy tour. Here is a video my listed […]

ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR THE FIRST TIME HOMEBUYER

HOMEOWNERSHIP IS EASY FOR THE FIRST TIME HOMEBUYER WHEN YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TOOLS The song goes, “When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Whether you’re a first time homebuyer or an experienced one, figuring out how to maintain a home, or just want to know about events […]

ENVY CONDOMINIUMS SELLS OUT PHASE 1 AND 4141 N SCOTTSDALE ROAD OFFICE SELLS FOR $34.5M

ENVY CONDOMINIUMS SELLS OUT PHASE 1 ENVY Residences in Old Town Scottsdale announced the completion of pre-sales for Phase 1 of it’s landmark condominium building. 21 luxury residences, ranging from $350,000 to $1,400,000 were purchased by buyers from Arizona, Canada, California and New York. These brisk pre-sales cements Old Town Scottsdale as a hot destination […]

FLOWER CHILD CHAPARRAL SUITES KIERLAND II

SAM FOX & FOX RESTAURANT CONCEPTS TO OPEN SECOND FLOWER CHILD LOCATION IN SCOTTSDALE Fox Restaurant Concepts, the Valley’s local restaurant juggernaut, recently announced a second Flower Child location, this one in Scottsdale at 90th Street and Shea Blvd. Flower Child is a fast-paced, health-conscious casual restaurant with a wildly successful location in Phoenix. This […]

SUPER BOWL EVENTS IN SCOTTSDALE

    Super Bowl Events in Scottsdale – January 2015 Once again, Scottsdale offers an outstanding lineup of events for Super Bowl 49. Below are links to information and contacts for some of the hottest Super Bowl Events in Scottsdale this January! For AZcentral’s Super Bowl Live Music Guide, scroll down. Fan Fest Scottsdale, Monday, Jan. […]

DECEMBER EVENTS IN OLD TOWN SCOTTSDALE

    Ride the free Scottsdale Day Tripper This free trolley service runs daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting Dec. 26 through April 1, 2015. Explore north, central, and Downtown Scottsdale with exciting dining, nightlife, shopping, resorts and entertainment options along the route. Pickup and drop off occurs every 15 minutes at each stop. […]

MCCORMICK RANCH LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE WINTER 2014

              We’re proud to be contributing writers to McCormick Ranch Lifestyle Magazine! The Winter 2014 issue features our Real Estate Market Trends report for the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2014. Follow MCR Life on Facebook and Twitter.          

MCCORMICK RANCH LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION

    Hello Neighbors! It is finally time to start REGISTRATION for the 54th spring season of McCormick Ranch Little League baseball.  We are accepting registration for boys and girls ages 4-15 with the youngest birth date accepted this season being January 1, 2010. MRLL is a completely volunteer organization and we need you to step in and help us with […]

HAYDEN FLOUR MILL PROJECT AND 2015 CAMELBACK ESPLANADE RENOVATIONS

  McCormick Ranch Area eBay and PayPal Buildings Sold for $34.6 Million Los Angeles-based Regent Properties closed escrow on the 183,700 square foot office complex home to eBay and Paypal at 90th Street and Mountain View Roads. More can be found here.   Tempe Names Developer for Hayden Flour Mill Project The City of Tempe […]

HAYDEN HOUSE MIXED USE PROJECT AT MONTIS AND SCOTTSDALE GREEN BUILDING WORKSHOP

HAYDEN HOUSE SELLS FOR ALMOST $17,000,000 Another amazing Tempe development is in the works. In one of the most significant sales of a historic building, Hayden House, or better known as the long-standing Tempe restaurant Monti’s La Casa Vieja, was sold along with it’s highly-coveted 2.51 acres for $16,875,000. Hayden House is the oldest, continuously-occupied building […]

STERLING COLLECTION AT SILVERLEAF AND SCOTTSDALE EXTERIOR PRESERVATION PROGRAM

The Sterling Collection at Silverleaf One of the largest luxury condominium projects in the Southwestern United States is set to launch sales in November. The Sterling Collection at Silverleaf will be an ultra-high end community using LEED-certified building techniques, concierge services, and luxury amenities and finishes. The development price tag is slated at $350 million. […]

STANDARD PACIFIC IN MCCORMICK RANCH AND OPTIMA KIERLAND

A couple of noteworthy events from the past couple of weeks in the red-hot multi-family development market in Scottsdale. 91 San Victor will make a big splash in McCormick Ranch, while the Optima at Kierland continues the strong Optima brand in Scottsdale.   “91 San Victor” breaks ground in McCormick Ranch A while back we […]

SCOTTSDALE PLANNING AND ZONING CASES SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

New City of Scottsdale Planning and Zoning cases were announced yesterday, including a rezoning & general plan amendment request to accommodate the 78-unit Bahia Work/Live/Play project at 92nd Street & Bahia Drive. Other requests include a 30-unit multi-family project at Hayden Road & Wilshire Drive, as well as public art approval at Scottsdale Quarter’s new […]

SCOTTSDALE QUARTER BLOCK M AND PINAL PARTNERSHIP MEETING

GLIMCHER BREAKS GROUND ON BLOCK M at SCOTTSDALE QUARTER Glimcher Realty Trust has broken ground on Block M at Scottsdale Quarter, a six-story, ±170,000 SF Class-A, mixed-use building in Scottsdale’s acclaimed shopping mecca . Located at the southeast corner of the high-end lifestyle center, the new tower will feature premier office space, above ground-floor retail […]

SCOTTSDALE PLANNING AND ZONING CASES AUGUST 15, 2015

    New City of Scottsdale Planning and Zoning cases were presented this week, one being a high-visibility multifamily project, the other a unique suburban infill project near the Central Scottsdale / North Scottsdale border. The Enclave at Borgota is a proposed 90-unit, 4 story project with an incredible location – walking distance to restaurants at […]

SCOTTSDALE DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD MEETING 8/7/2014

MEETING LOCATION AND TIME: City Hall Kiva Forum 3939 N Drinkwater Blvd Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (map it) 1:00 PM Notable cases on the Scottsdale Development Review Board Consent Agenda for Thursday, August 7, 2014 that affect the Scottsdale Real Estate marketplace include those listed below. Sonoran Sky and Whisper Ridge potentially add 98 new homes along […]

MCDOWELL CORRIDOR UPDATES

  Scottsdale’s once-booming McDowell Corridor, also known at the time as the “Motor Mile,” is experiencing a renaissance. Through efforts by the City of Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Gateway Alliance, and over $400 million in private investment, the area is entering a robust new life cycle. The McDowell Corridor was once plagued by the aging Los […]

8424 E VIA DE ENCANTO SCOTTSDALE

We’re proud to offer a tremendous “Coming Soon” opportunity in Sands Scottsdale at 8424 E Via de Encanto. This expansive, remodeled home is perfectly placed on a corner lot, and only a baseball toss away from Zuni Park and a Cruiser bike ride from Paseo Village. 5 bedrooms are rare for the area, and this […]

8068 E DEL ACERO DRIVE MCCORMICK RANCH

    When all of the ideal features of a family home in McCormick Ranch come together, it’s a beautiful thing. Culdesac. Half acre. Walk to the Lake. 5 bedrooms. Open floorplan. 8068 E Del Acero Drive, in the Vista de la Tierra subdivision of McCormick Ranch, is one of those select few homes where […]

8032 E DEL LATON DR

COMING SOON!   We proudly announce the pre-marketing of a great opportunity in Tierra Feliz 3, one of McCormick Ranch’s most desirable neighborhoods. 8032 E Del Laton Dr in Scottsdale, Arizona offers a light fix-up opportunity for Buyers looking to purchase in a hot McCormick Ranch neighborhood at the lower end of the pricing spectrum. […]

LOCAL BUSINESSES IN CENTRAL SCOTTSDALE

    Vital to any neighborhood’s quality of life, and to a lesser extent, real estate values, are the local businesses who serve its residents. The vibe, the friendliness, the willingness of a developer or business owner to be bold and match changing demographics creates an unmistakable identity. 10 years ago, McCormick Ranch was not […]

CACTUS LEAGUE SPRING TRAINING

    In 1947, the Cleveland Indians and New York Giants decided to avoid practicing in the winter cold and ascend on Phoenix for some valuable training time. Under the warm Arizona sun, 15 teams now call Metro Phoenix “home” for 8 weeks as they prepare for the long 162-game season. Cactus League Spring Training […]

RYLAND HOMES GRANITE REEF PLACE

  New construction at $200 per square foot in the heart of Scottsdale?  Yes, please. Today I took a drive over to Ryland Homes’ newest community, Granite Reef Place. A quintessential infill project, Ryland Homes Granite Reef Place features 13 lots on a former church site just north of Osborn Road. The location is fantastic, […]

8802 N 86TH PLACE

  The Playa del Sur subdivision at McCormick Ranch is one of the most coveted locations in Central Scottsdale. The neighborhood features four culdesacs that join Camelback Walk, part of the Greenbelt system that connects Mountain View Park, “A” rated Cochise Elementary, the Lakes, and restaurants. This sharp 4 bedroom, 3 bath home features approximately […]

MCCORMICK RANCH LITTLE LEAGUE SPONSORSHIP

  From Scottsdale, AZ to Williamsport, PA and beyond, Little League organizations all around the world are gearing up for another season of great memories for young kids and their families. Oiling up the glove. A new jersey. First pitch. Nothing says “Spring is here” in your community like Opening Day. Our own McCormick Ranch […]

HOW A SMARTHOMEPRICE POSTCARD CAN INCREASE YOUR HOME VALUE

We have been consistently sending out unique, full-color postcards in McCormick Ranch now for well over 2 years. These aren’t your average postcards; they contain a special keycode for each homeowner to obtain an automated home value. Many McCormick Ranch homeowners have logged in to the SmartHomePrice website, a partnership we have with a California […]

NEW APPLE FACILITY IN MESA

    Huge news hit Metro Phoenix this week when it was announced a new Apple facility in Mesa had been finalized. No doubt this is massive news for the Valley, but it also is a huge boon for anyone in residential, commercial, or land development or investment in the East Valley’s “Eastmark” area. An […]

NOVEMBER EVENTS IN SCOTTSDALE

Let the good times in Metro Phoenix and Scottsdale begin! November is a great time – the weather cools off, visitors flow into town, and the calendar fills up with great events. Here is a brief rundown of some of the November events in Scottsdale and Metro Phoenix: Music in the Garden Through November at […]

Arizona Restaurant Week

Foodies: You know what defines Arizona. Saguaro cacti, wide open skies, Southwestern culture, and an endless supply of tremendous local eateries. To celebrate our many fantastic local establishments, over 150 restaurants will by pay tribute to one of Metro Phoenix and Tucson’s favorite pastimes during Arizona Restaurant Week. Try hot names such as Beckett’s Table, […]

3 HOMES FOR SALE IN MCCORMICK RANCH

When I think of McCormick Ranch, I think of the mature landscaping, and extensive walking trails that connect to the main Greenbelt, or Camelback Walk. The Playa del Sur subdivision is a Camelback Walk community and has been one of the most sought-after but stable McCormick Ranch neighborhoods over the past 10 years. What’s unique […]

SEARCH THE REAL ARIZONA MLS

    If there is one thing that has changed in the past 7 years, it’s that consumers have gotten search crazy. And when a consumer comes across inaccurate data, which is often, they get the search crazy blues. Within the past week Gary and I set up a great new search tool for buyers. […]

PRESCOTT FIREFIGHTERS CHARITIES

(This is a copy-and-paste from our Nextdoor McCormick Ranch AZ site for the Prescott Firefighters Charities) Hello Neighbors, we are having a fundraising event tomorrow from 2-5pm at the Cold Stone Corporate office located at the 101 and Via de Ventura in the office complex behind the Chevron Station. We will be giving away free […]

EPROPERTYWATCH AND BRIGHTNEST FOR HOMEOWNERS

    We like to joke around and say that while other Realtors still send postcards with the name of their favorite handyman or carpet cleaner, we would rather provide our clients and customers with information they can really use. As a homeowner, I want to know two things: what’s going on around me, and […]

BEST VACATION APPS

 Summer’s here. Vacations, fun places to be and visit, and stuff to capture on your camera phone. I wanted to share a few of the best vacation apps, available on both iPhone and Android that are both fun and useful, and you can put to use prior to leaving town.   GOOGLE NOW Google Now […]

STATE FARM TAKES TEMPE

State Farm Insurance is entering the Metro Phoenix office market in massive fashion. After announcing they will be creating a regional headquarters at Tempe Town Lake, State Farm Tempe dropped the gaudy numbers on us: A $600,000,000 facility to be built out by Ryan Companies and Sunbelt Holdings, good for 2 million square feet. It […]

EXISTING HOME SALES UP AND FORECLOSURES DOWN

Everyone with an eye on real estate has been searching the last few months for a definitive trend in the housing market. Was good news during the past few months an anomaly or a true indicator of things finally heading in the right direction? Interesting news today came from the National Association of Realtors who […]

NEXTDOOR ONLINE COMMUNITY

Social media is finally shrinking. Facebook allowed us to connect with people we grew up with, local friends, family who lives out of town, and “like” national and international brands to stay informed of their products and services. Twitter keeps us on top of international news, specific subjects, and people from all genres of interest. […]

Scottsdale Signature Events April 2013

Spring is in full swing in Scottsdale! Of course there is world-glass golf, the best resorts in the Southwestern US, and the see-and-be-seen scene that is normal to the area. There are plenty of Scottsdale Signature Events April 2013, including Arizona Bike Week, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, ArtBites Artwalk, and the Region 7 Championship Horse […]

Smart Asset

Many of our clients have jumped on to mortgage rate websites like bankrate.com, and consumer real estate sites like Realtor.com to use “rent vs buy” calculators. They are great for the short term outlook, or what costs are to rent vs buy for numbers on immediate, month-month expenses. Enter Smart Asset. This is not your […]

ZILLOW ANNOUNCES UNDERWATER MORTGAGE STATS

Zillow announces underwater mortgage stats for Arizona, noting that 135,000 homeowners have gotten ride-side-up in their mortgage over the past year.  This article also mentions that Metro Phoenix still has the 8th highest rate of underwater mortgages, still in the 40% range. Although this is great news for homeowners, we probably won’t see the 20%+ […]

LAST MCCORMICK RANCH LAND PARCEL SOLD

This week it was announced that the last remaining piece of vacant land in McCormick Ranch was sold. The 6.5 acre piece, located adjacent to Ajo Al’s and Sentry Insurance at San Victor and 91st St, is slated for apartments to be built by Standard Pacific Homes. The irony here is that Mark Taylor Residential, […]

SCOTTSDALE EVENTS FEBRUARY 2013

With the weather peaking at perfection and the visitor season in high gear, Scottsdale’s events during the month of February are something for everyone. With the month starting with the final rounds of the Waste Management Open, Scottsdale also welcomes the Native Trails Celebration, the Celebration of Fine Art, the Spring Training Festival and start […]

Post-Fiscal Cliff, Mortgage Markets Turn Attention To Jobs Data

Mortgage rates moved higher Wednesday up congressional leaders voted to avoid the “Fiscal Cliff”. Mortgage-backed securities (MBS) fell as investors bid up stock prices. Confidence among investors and consumers typically causes mortgage rates to rise. That’s what happened Wednesday. For Thursday and Friday, expect jobs data to dictate where Scottsdale mortgage rates are headed. The […]

Fiscal Cliff and Real Estate

It’s January 2 and our “Fiscal Cliff” crisis has been averted. I’m not going to pretend I know everything there is about the fiscal cliff (who names this stuff anyway?!), but I am going to highlight what it means to the world of Real Estate. (Disclaimer: We are not licensed CPA’s and are merely passing […]

How To Make An Emergency Preparedness Kit For Your Home

Some natural disasters can be forecast — hurricanes, snow storms and, in some cases, flooding. Other disasters occur unexpectedly, such as tornadoes and earthquakes. As a homeowner or renter in Scottsdale , it’s a safe idea to prepare for disaster or unexpected emergency. Every home should maintain a ready, working emergency kit for such a […]

Fixing Up An Historic Home : The Three Rs

If you enjoy both history and fixing things, then you may have trouble driving by historic homes for sale in Scottsdale without feeling the urge to buy and fix one up. Before you do, however, you should know the three R’s of fixing historic homes — Restoration, Renovation, and Repair. Restoration “Restoration” is the process […]

Case-Shiller Index Posts 4% Annual Home Price Gain

The U.S. housing market continues to make home price gains. Earlier this week, the S&P/Case-Shiller Index showed home prices gaining 4.3 percent during the 12-month period ending October 2012, marking the largest one-year gain in home prices since May 2010. The Case-Shiller Index measures changes in home prices by tracking same-home sales throughout 20 housing […]

How To Install A Water Heater Jacket

A simple way to save money is to improve your home’s energy efficiency rating.  For example, Scottsdale homeowners can save up to 9 percent per year on water heating costs simply by installing a water heater jacket. Water heater jackets are easy to install. Here’s how you do it : First, before you go shopping, […]

Housing Starts, Building Permits Rising Into 2013

Single-family housing starts took a small step back in November. According to the monthly Housing Starts report from the U.S. Department of Commerce, single-family housing starts tallied 565,000 in November 2012 on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis. This marks a 4 percent decline from October, but is more than 100,000 higher than the count from 12 […]

3 Ways To Purchase Foreclosed Properties

The process of buying a foreclosed home is slightly different from the process of buying a non-foreclosure home.  If you want to invest in Scottsdale foreclosures, therefore, it is important to understand the different ways by which to purchase a foreclosed home. There are three main ways to buy a foreclosed home. Buying before the […]

Homebuilder Confidence Rises For 9th Straight Month

<!– This material is non-exclusively licensed to Gary May and may not be copied, reproduced, or sold in any form whatsoever.–><p><img style=”float: right;margin-left: 10px;margin-right: 10px” title=”Housing Market Index December 2012″ src=”http://bringtheblog.com/i/nahb-hmi-201212.png” alt=”Housing Market Index December 2012″ width=”216″ height=”302″ />The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released its Housing Market Index (HMI), showing another monthly gain […]

Short Sales Outnumber Foreclosure Sales For Third Straight Quarter

Foreclosure-tracker RealtyTrac reports falling foreclosure sales nationwide as banks get better at selling homes via short sale. In its Q3 2012 report, RealtyTrac says that 193,059 homes in some stage of foreclosure were sold, accounting for 19% of all residential home sales. In addition, pre-foreclosure sales — also known as “short sales” — climbed 22% […]

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week : December 17, 2012

Mortgage bonds worsened last week, moving mortgage rates higher.

Improving Market Index : Up To 201 Cities For December 2012

The Improving Market Index added 76 metropolitan areas in December as compared to the month prior.

Metro Phoenix Upgraded from Declining Market

Great news! Our contacts we have at Chase and Bank of America let us know over the past week that the Metro Phoenix market has been upgraded from a “declining market.” What does this mean to you? For starters, it means the largest mortgage lenders now acknowledge that the housing recovery is well under way. […]

Simple Explanation Of The Federal Reserve Statement (December 12 , 2012)

The Federal Open Market Committee voted to leave the Fed Funds Rate unchanged within its current target range of 0.000-0.250 percent Wednesday.

Mortgage Rates Rising On 26 Straight Months Of Jobs Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and its November 2012 Non-Farm Payrolls report, the U.S. economy added 146,000 net new jobs last month.

The Federal Reserve Begins A 2-Day Meeting Today

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) begins a 2-day meeting today, its last of 8 scheduled meetings this year.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week : December 10, 2012

Mortgage bonds worsened last week as Fiscal Cliff talks moved closer to resolution and as the U.S. economy showed continued signs of growth.

Energy-Saving Tips For The Holiday Season

The holiday season can be full of excesses. Don’t let your energy bill be one of them.

November 2012 Non-Farm Payrolls Report May Show Hurricane Sandy Effects

If you are currently in the market for, or are undecided about a mortgage, consider locking your mortgage rate today. Friday’s Non-Farm Payrolls report represents mortgage rate risk.

Short Sale : Writing A Letter Of Hardship

The short sale process starts with a letter of hardship.

How To Maintain Adequate Homeowners Insurance Coverage

Whether you’re buying a home, or own one already, revisit your hazard insurance regularly.

A Look At This Week’s Mortgage Rates : December 3, 2012

This week, there is little on the U.S. economic calendar, save for Friday’s Non-Farm Payrolls report. Wall Street is expecting to see 80,000 net new jobs created in November, and a rise in the national Unemployment Rate to 8.0%.

McCormick Ranch Little League

That time of the year is upon us again! Christmas? Nope, better (at least for us adults)! Signups for McCormick Ranch Little League are now open! Please visit www.MRLLbaseball.org for complete details, and to sign up for early registration. There is a $15 discount for registering by December 31. The first sign up date is […]

Rancho Antigua Condominiums at McCormick Ranch

Looking for an affordable, convenient condominium complex in McCormick Ranch? Rancho Antigua Condominiums were constructed in 1985 and converted and remodeled in 2005-2006 for sale. The location is outstanding – Camelback Walk, part of Scottsdale’s famous Greenbelt system, borders Rancho Antigua to the south. Just a short walk west on Mountain View Road lands you […]

Pending Home Sales Index Leaps To Multi-Year High

According the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), the Pending Home Sales Index rose 5.2 percent in October, crossing the benchmark 100 reading, and moving to 104.8.

New Home Sales Remain Elevated Into Q4 2012

According to the Commerce Department, New Home Sales slipped 1,000 units last month, falling to 368,000 units on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis.

Case-Shiller Index Verifies Home Value Gains Through Q3 2012

According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Index, which was released earlier this week, U.S. home prices rose in September for the sixth straight month, climbing 0.3% as compared to the month prior.

Which Is Better : 15-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage Or 30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage?

Which suits you best? The 15-year fixed rate mortgage or the 30-year one? These tips may help you decide.

Simple, Inexpensive Ways To Prep Your Home For Sale

Here are four inexpensive, yet highly effective, ways to prepare your home for sale.

8325 E San Salvador Drive Scottsdale AZ 85258

Gary and Gene are pleased to market their latest listing at 8325 E San Salvador Drive, Scottsdale AZ 85258 at $325,000. This home is located in the Heart of McCormick Ranch is within walking distance to Excelling Cochise Elementary, Mountain View Park, Camelback Walk, Lake Marguerite and restaurants such as Grassroots, Coffee Roastery, Butters, The […]

More Bullish Data : Housing Starts Climb 3.6%

According to a joint release from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Housing Starts rose 3.6% in October 2012, climbing to a seasonally-adjusted, annualized rate of 894,000 units.

Existing Home Sales Move Higher In October

After a small decline in September, Existing Home Sales rebounded in October, increasing a modest 2.1%.

Homebuilder Confidence Spikes To 6-Year High

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released its Housing Market Index (HMI) Tuesday, which showed sharp, 5-point increase to 46 for November 2012,

Federal Reserve : New Economic Stimulus May Be Warranted

The Federal Reserve released its October Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes last week.

Bank Repossessions Slip For 24th Consecutive Month

According to data from RealtyTrac, a national foreclosure-tracking firm, the number of foreclosure filings increased 3 percent in October as compared to September 2012, climbing to 186,455 U.S. properties.

Your November Gardening Task List

For homeowners who keep a garden, with the change of seasons comes a task list.

Mortgage Approvals : Documents You’ll Need For Your Lender

According to the Federal Reserve’s quarterly Senior Loan Officer Survey, it’s getting easier to get approved for a home loan.

When It Pays To Refinance Your Mortgage — Literally

There are many reasons why homeowners opt to refinance, from obtaining a lower interest rate, to shortening the term of the loan, to switching mortgage loan types, to tapping into home equity.

For November : Home Maintenance To-Do List

With less sunlight, colder temperatures, and shorter days ahead, it’s a good time to cross those last-minute maintenance items off your homeowner to-do list.

ePropertyWatch lien fraud

A few weeks back we did a short video and explanation on a fantastic monitoring service called ePropertyWatch. This free service monitors documents that are recorded at your local recorder’s office. Users are sent alerts if there is a sale in the immediate neighborhood, a notice of foreclosure filed close by, or when a lien […]

Questions First-Time Home Buyers Should Ask

Buying your first home can be exciting, but you should also do your research to make sure that you ask the right questions.

Improving Market Index Swells To 125 In November

The NAHB released its Improving Market Index for November 2012. The index is up four-fold in just 12 months.

October Jobs Report Blows Away Estimates; Mortgage Rates Falling

Mortgage rates are performing surprisingly well after Friday’s release of the October 2012 Non-Farm Payrolls report.

HOA : The Role Of Homeowners Associations In Housing Communities

For homes governed by an HOA, membership in the homeowners association is a condition of purchase; buyer are not permitted to opt-out.

How Choosing Kitchen Colors Can Affect Your Eating Habits

Have you ever walked into your kitchen and instantly felt hungry?

Find A Mortgage Rate Strategy Ahead Of Friday’s Job Report

Friday morning, the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its Non-Farm Payrolls report.

19 of 20 Case-Shiller Index Markets Improve In August

Home value rose to close out the summer, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Index, an oft-cited home-valuation tracker.

Pending Home Sales Index Suggests Housing Momentum Into 2013

In September, for the fifth straight month, the Pending Home Sales Index hovered near its benchmark value of 100, registering 99.5.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week : October 29, 2012

Pricing for both conforming and FHA mortgage rates improved between Monday and Friday, with the majority of gains occurring late in the week.

New Home Supply Remains Firmly In “Seller’s Market” Territory

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of new homes sold jumped to 389,000 units in September 2012 on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis.

8738 E Bonnie Rose Ave Scottsdale AZ 85250

New to market, only $209,900! Cute 4 bedroom all brick Hallcraft home in well-located Park Scottsdale. Expanded, updated kitchen with large island. Large secondary bedrooms and private master. Updated flooring. Portions of roof replaced. Trademark Hallcraft exterior woodwork in good shape, needs some TLC and can be a winner. Close to Mohave Middle School, Scottsdale […]

Who Pays For The Well And Septic System?

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How Do I Determine A Fair Building Trade?

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Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Home Featured in Movie ‘Argo’

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How to Buy a Home Below Current Real Estate Value

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1637 E Coronado Rd Phoenix AZ 85006

New to market, only $69,900! 1637 E Coronado Rd in Phoenix AZ, 85006 is a +/- 900 square foot, 2 bedroom 1 bath charmer that is bank-owned. Home was built in 1943 and boasts a remodeled kitchen and wood / tile floors throughout. On a large lot conveniently located near Downtown Phoenix & the I-10, […]

Mortgage rates at record low!

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Simple Explanation Of The Federal Reserve Statement (October 24 , 2012)

The Federal Open Market Committee voted to leave the Fed Funds Rate unchanged within its current target range of 0.000-0.250 percent Wednesday.

Home Supplies Drop To Multi-Year Low

The National Association of REALTORS® reports Existing Home Sales at 4.75 million units in September 2012 on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis, an 11 percent increase from one year ago.

The Most Expensive U.S. ZIP Codes (2012 Edition)

Using data compiled by real estate market data firm Altos Research, Forbes Magazine recently presented America’s most expensive ZIP codes for 2012.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week : October 22, 2012

Mortgage markets worsened last week, taking mortgage rates higher. The Federal Open Market Committee meets this week.

Pechin Ranch McNeal Arizona 11,500 acres

Anyone who has done business with us knows that we have done a lot of work in the land and lots market in Arizona. We approach our residential sales with a “bottom up” approach as well, meaning we look at the dirt first. I am pleased to offer Pechin Ranch, an assemblage of 11,500+ acres […]

How To Improve Your FICO Score

The credit score average for approved mortgage applicant was 750 last month. From The Today Show from NBC, here are basic tips to maximize your FICO.

Single-Family Housing Starts Rise To 4-Year High

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis, Single-Family Housing Starts rose to 603,000 last month, an 11 percent increase from the month prior and the highest reading in more than 4 years.

Home Builder Confidence Moves To 6-Year High

Tuesday, the National Association of Homebuilders reported its monthly Housing Market Index (HMI) at 41, a one-tick improvement from September and the highest HMI value since June 2006 — a span of 77 months.

Buyers Win 6.6 Percent Increase In Purchasing Power

Home purchasing power is up 6.6% since the start of the year.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week : October 15, 2012

Mortgage markets improved slightly last week. With a dearth of new U.S. economic data due for release, investors turned their collective attention to the Europe, China, and the Middle East. U.S. mortgage rates fell slightly in the holiday-shortened week.

6837 E Montreal Pl, Scottsdale AZ 85254

Extremely rare opportunity to own one of 17 homes along the north side of the Kierland Golf Course. The Reserve at Kierland was designed for the those desiring outstanding views, a great location near Kierland Commons & Scottsdale Quarter, privacy & security. This Calvis Wyant soft contemporary features a 2 story great room overlooked by […]

Florida Takes Top Foreclosure Slot For September 2012

According to foreclosure-tracking firm RealtyTrac, in September, the number of foreclosure filings nationwide fell 7 percent from the month prior, and fell 16 percent from September 2011.

6501 E Marilyn Rd Scottsdale AZ 85254

Just listed at $525,000! Creampuff home in perfect Kierland setting. Imagine coming home each day passing the lush Kierland Golf Course from either direction. Pristine, desirable neighborhood close enough to walk for morning coffee or bike ride to Kierland Commons or Scottsdale Quarter. Fantastic floorplan features 2 story great room ceiling, large open kitchen with […]

Tips To Close Your Home Loan Faster, With Fewer Hassles

Mortgage volume is expected to remain high through the end of 2012 and into 2013. Follow these steps to help close your loan on time, and with few headaches.

103 Metro Areas On The “Improving” U.S. Markets List

The number of U.S. metropolitan area showing “measurable and sustained growth” climbed to 103 this month.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week : October 9, 2012

Mortgage markets worsened last week for the first time in a month last week.

8738 E Bonnie Rose Ave Scottsdale AZ

Coming soon! Bank-owned, 1,740 sq ft home with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, located in the desirable Park Scottsdale neighborhood. Close to Mohave, 101 freeway, Fashion Square Mall and Old Town Scottsdale. Charming brick home with large living room, spacious kitchen and large bedrooms. Oversized 2 car garage on a well-kept street. Contact Gene Montemore […]

Fed Minutes Detail QE3 Discussion; Mortgage Rates Down

The minutes from the Federal Reserve’s September Federal Open Market Committee meeting were released Thursday.

With Tomorrow’s Job Report Due, Mortgage Rates May Finally Rise

Friday morning, at 8:30 AM ET, the government releases its Non-Farm Payrolls report for September. Mortgage rates may rise if job growth was strong.

How To Help Your Home Appraise At Its Fair Market Value

Home appraisals thwart 33 percent of home purchase contracts nationwide. Here are steps you can take to help your home appraise at value.

Case-Shiller index Shows Home Values Rising Nationwide, Too

Nearly five-and-one-half years after April 2007 — the housing market’s national peak — prices are finally beginning to rebound.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week : October 1, 2012

For the third straight week, mortgage rates improved. This week’s jobs report threatens those gains, however.

ARMLS Distressed Property Report September 27 2012

Here is a video report of the latest ARMLS Distressed Property Report. Although this map shows the entire Metro Phoenix area, we concentrated on the Central Scottsdale and Paradise Valley areas. The market in general is still tight with inventory, and the Central Scottsdale and Paradise Valley markets boast some of the healthiest numbers in […]

Pending Home Sales Index Continues To Show Strength

According to the real estate trade association, the Pending Home Sales Index read 99.2 for August — the fourth straight month in which the index hovered near its benchmark value of 100.

New Home Supply Remains Firmly In “Seller’s Market” Territory

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of new homes sold slipped 0.3 percent in August 2012 to a seasonally-adjusted, annualized 373,000 units sold.

Scottsdale Museum of the West

“Scottsdale Museum of the West” is a bit closer as a non-profit group submitted new concepts for an attraction that would anchor the Downtown Arts Area. The arts area struggled for a while, and then received a boost when the Scottsdale Waterfront was developed. I love the idea of the museum as it not only […]

Home Price Index Shows Values Rising 3.7% From One Year Ago

Home values have not dropped month-to-month since January of this year — a span of 6 months.

Existing Home Sales Leap To 2-Year High

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 4.82 million “existing homes” sold on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis in August, representing a near 8 percent improvement from the month prior and a nine percent jump from August 2011.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week : September 24, 2012

Mortgage markets improved for the second consecutive week last week as demand for U.S. mortgage-backed bonds remained high.

30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage Drops To 3.49% — An All-Time Low

For the first time in 9 weeks, mortgage rates have made new lows.

Housing Starts Move To 2-Year High

Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Housing Starts for single-family homes up 5.5 percent in August to a seasonally-adjusted, annualized count of 535,000 units nationwide.

Homebuilder Confidence Rises Again; Tops 40

As reported by the National Association of Home Builders, the Housing Market Index, a measure of builder confidence, rose to a reading of 40 in September — its highest mark since June 2006.

Foreclosures Remain Concentrated In Just A Few States

According to foreclosure data firm RealtyTrac, foreclosure activity increased 1 percent in August as compared to the month prior, climbing to just above 193,500 units nationwide.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week : September 17, 2012

Mortgage markets improved last week as the Federal Reserve introduced new economic stimulus.

Simple Explanation Of The Federal Reserve Statement (September 13 , 2012)

The Federal Open Market Committee voted to leave the Fed Funds Rate unchanged within its current target range of 0.000-0.250 percent Thursday, while adding new market stimulus.

FOMC Expected To Announce New Stimulus Today

The FOMC adjourns from a 2-day meeting today. Mortgage rates are expected to change — perhaps by a lot.

Improving Market Index Climbs To 99

The number of U.S. housing markets showing “measurable and sustained growth” has increased by 19 this month, according to the National Association of Homebuilders’ Improving Market Index.

Simple Tips To Keep Your FICO High

For today’s home buyers and refinancing households, the value of “good credit” has never been higher.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week : September 10, 2012

Mortgage rates rose slightly in last week’s holiday-shortened week.

Coming Next Week : New, Mandatory Loan Fees For All Conforming Mortgages

Beginning as soon as next week, new, mandatory mortgage fees will push conforming mortgage rates higher nationwide.

August 2012 Distressed Property Map

Here is a screencast we made of the August 2012 Distressed Property Map provided by ARMLS. This data provides us with the ability to visually show you distressed property heat maps (short sales, foreclosures and a combination map) and their respective numbers and percentages of active listings. For more detailed reports, contact Gary May and […]

Case-Shiller Index Shows Huge Home Price Gain

According to the Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller Index, home prices rose 6.9% between the first and second quarter of 2012, the largest quarter-to-quarter gain since the home-value tracker’s 1987 inception.

Just Sold in Desert Mountain

This lot at 10160 E Groundcherry Lane, and another at 10498 E Scopa Trail, both just sold together in a package deal in Desert Mountain. I represented the seller, M&I / BMO Harris Bank in the transaction. The photo below is of the Groundcherry Lane lot, .85 acres with golf and mountain views in the […]

Making Coupon-Free Savings At The Supermarket

With grocery bills rising, use these money-saving tips to get through the supermarket faster and with less money spent.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week : September 4, 2012

Mortgage markets improved last week for the second consecutive week.

Mortgage Rates Drop For The First Time In 4 Weeks

After 4 weeks of increases, mortgage rates finally recede nationwide.

Pending Home Sales Index Makes New High For 2012

In July, the third time this year, the Pending Home Sales Index crossed its benchmark value of 100, moving to 101.7.

New Home Sales Reach Multi-Year High

As reported by the U.S. Department of Commerce, 372,000 new homes were sold in July on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis.

Government : Home Prices Up 3.0% In Last 12 Months Nationwide

According to the Federal Home Finance Agency’s Home Price Index, home prices rose by a seasonally-adjusted 0.7 percent between May and June 2012. The index is now up 3.0% over the past 12 months, and made its biggest quarterly gain since 2005 last quarter.

For Sale 8602 E Mitchell Dr Scottsdale

We have a new pocket listing for sale in Park Scottsdale at 8602 E Mitchell Drive, Scottsdale for $375,000. This remodeled Hallcraft tri-level home features 4 bedrooms / 3 baths and a pool. Tenants rights – a 2 year lease at $1,950 per month just signed, making this a great opportunity to buy now while […]

Carmel, Indiana Rated Top Mid-Sized U.S. City For 2012

From a list of 744 eligible towns nationwide, Carmel, Indiana ranked first in CNNMoney’s Top Places To Live 2012.

Using Valuation Models and Appraisals to Determine Value

Today I’m discussing using valuation models and appraisals to determine value of property. In today’s Real Estate market over 93% of the buyers and sellers are turning to the internet to start their home search. Additionally they are also using the internet to determine the value of their current home or a home they may […]

Mortgage Rates Dropping After Release Of Fed Minutes

Eariler this week, the Federal Reserve released the minutes from its 2-day meeting which ended August 1, 2012. Since the release, mortgage rates have dropped.

Former Phoenix Fire Station for sale

Aside from working Central Scottsdale residential and the general land markets, I’ve always been a sucker for historic neighborhoods and infill development opportunities. While researching some vacant lots owned by the City of Phoenix in the Garfield Historic District, a contact of mine at the city’s real estate acquisitions division let me know that a […]

Existing Home Sales Rise To 4.47 Million

Home resales climbed 2% last month as the housing market continues its slow, steady recovery.

States With The Highest And Lowest Closing Costs, 2012

Mortgage rates are lower this year, and closing costs are, too.

Single-Family Housing Starts Remain Strong

Single-family housing starts were above 500,000 for the fourth straight month in July, a mark not met since the federal home buyer tax credit of 2010.

How To Repair Water-Damaged Hardwood Floors

Over prolonged periods of time, water can warp, buckle, and/or cup hardwood flooring, leading to an expensive and time-consuming repair process.

Distressed Properties and Foreclosures in Metro Phoenix Visualized

I found these amazing heat maps showing the height of the distressed properties and foreclosure market in 2010, and the same maps as the market stabilizes.  When you visually see how bad the market was in terms of the markings in red, it’s really eye-popping.  At the height of the distressed market there were over […]

Mortgage Rates Rise For Third Straight Week

Mortgage rates rose for the third straight week this week. Could this be the end of rock-bottom mortgage rates?

Homebuilder Confidence Rises To 5-Year High

For August 2012, the National Association of Homebuilders reports the monthly Housing Market Index at 37 — an increase of more than 100% from one year ago and the highest HMI value since February 2007.

Home Affordability Sinks For The First Time In 12 Months

Rising home prices are taking a toll on today’s home buyers. For the first time in 4 quarters — and despite falling mortgage rates — home affordability is sinking.

Real Estate Market Report for 85258 zip code

This visual market report for 85258 shows the tremendously low amount of distressed properties and extremely low inventory is creating a boon for sellers, and high confidence for buyers looking to move into a stable area. Make sure to check all 3 indicators!

Just Sold 13040 N Hidden Valley Rd, Maricopa, AZ

We just sold 13040 N Hidden Valley in Maricopa, AZ on August 8, 2012.  The home is perched high on top of Peed Mountain with incomparable 360 degree views.  Sale price – $1,050,000. Click on the icons within the photo below for more information on this one-of-a-kind property.

5 States Home To 50% Of Foreclosure Activity Nationwide

According to data from RealtyTrac, a national foreclosure-tracking firm, the number of foreclosure filings dipped below 192,000 in July 2012, a 3 percent decrease from the month prior.

Improving Market Index Spans 32 States, District Of Columbia

80 U.S. metropolitan markets are showing “measurable and sustained growth” this month, according to the National Association of Homebuilders’ Improving Market Index.

Mortgage Standards Stop Tightening; Lending Soon To Loosen?

As another signal of an improving U.S. economy, the nation’s biggest banks have started to loosen mortgage lending standards.

Closing At The End Of August? Plan Ahead For Labor Day Weekend.

Planning to make a late-August purchase closing? Keep an eye on your calendar. The last Friday of the month coincides with Labor Day Weekend, which may make for a complicated, end-of-month closing.

Clever Ways To Reduce Household Water Usage

The average family of four uses 146,000 gallons of water per year, at a cost of $700. With just a few small changes, however, that cost could drop by as much as 28%.

Freddie Mac 30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage Rates Rises To 3.55%

This week, for the first time since mid-June, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage rate climbed on a week-over-week basis, moving 6 basis points to 3.55%, on average.

Simple Explanation Of The Federal Reserve Statement (August 1 , 2012)

Breaking down the FOMC’s August 1 statement.

Case-Shiller Index Shows Home Values Rising Nationwide

All 20 Case-Shiller Index markets improved between April and May 2012.

Planning Ahead For The Federal Reserve’s Next Move

The FOMC meets today for the fifth time this year. Mortgage rates will be volatile for the next few days. Make sure to have a plan.

How To Beat The Bacteria In Your Kitchen

Along with bathrooms, kitchens are the most bacteria-heavy rooms in a home. Here’s how to keep yours clean.

Pending Home Sales Index Falls Just Short Of 100

The Pending Home Sales Index is on a 14-month winning streak.

New Home Sales Slow After Fast Start To 2012

Sales of new homes slipped 8 percent in June.

Home Values Rise 0.8% In May 2012

The housing market’s bottom is 9 months behind us. Home values continue to climb nationwide.

Mortgage Rates Down 1 Percent In One Year

30-year fixed rate mortgage rates have now dropped through 5 consecutive weeks, and in 11 of the last 12 weeks.

How To Clean A Water Aerator

Homes with aerated faucets use up to 50% less water than homes without. Here’s how to clean them.

Existing Home Supply Ticks Higher To 6.6 Months Nationwide

Home resales slipped more than 5 percent last month, putting a damper recent housing market enthusiasm.

Singe-Family Housing Starts Rise For 4th Straight Month

New construction housing is in a post-recession rally.

Homebuilder Confidence Doubles In 12 Months

For the second time in three months, the National Association of Homebuilders reports that the Housing Market Index made sizable gains.

Foreclosure Starts Rise For Second Straight Month

The number of U.S. homes receiving foreclosure notices topped one million through the first six months of 2012, according to RealtyTrac.

How To Revive A “Brown Lawn”

You may not have stopped your lawn from turning brown, but, generally, you can nurse it back to being green.

Revisiting Housing Market Predictions For 2012

Analysts made bold calls at the start of the year about the housing and mortgage markets. How good were their predictions?

84 U.S. Markets Improving In July

84 U.S. metropolitan areas are showing “measurable and sustained growth” this month.

Home Purchasing Power Jumps To New Highs

With mortgage rates down to all-time lows, you can buy a lot more home for your money these days. Home affordability is at an all-time high.

Top 10 U.S. Cities For Public Parks

Parks help cities to attract home buyers, to retain retired homeowners, and to raise home values. And now, with the creation of ParkScore, it’s easy to compare park systems between cities.

How to Reduce Your Expenses During Retirement

You have worked hard for most of your adult life and the day has come that you will retire and enjoy the freedom of your golden years.

You might take up a hobby, volunteer, or just enjoy working in your garden and socializing with your friends.

If you have been planning ahead and contributing to your retirement fund, you will likely have a nest egg built up which will help you support yourself once you leave your job.

However, it is important to keep your expenses down when you are retired so that your spending won’t outgrow your savings.

If you can reduce your outgoing costs during your retirement years, you can stretch out your savings fund for longer and not have to worry about running out of money.

Here are a few ways that you can reduce your expenses during your retirement:

Tips for the Best Fourth of July Picnic Ever

The Fourth of July, otherwise known as Independence Day, is the federal holiday in the USA which celebrates the Declaration of Independence.

On July 4th, 1776 this was the document which declared America as independent from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Traditionally Independence Day is commemorates with fireworks, parades, carnivals, outdoor concerts, ceremonies and of course, family picnics.

If you are planning a picnic for this Independence Day, here are some tips for making it the best outdoor feast ever!

What Your Dog Can Teach You About Being Healthy

There is a lot that man’s best friend can teach you about leading a long and healthy life, namely in their enthusiasm for exercise and their loyalty to others.

Weird and Wonderful Holidays in the Month of July

Independence Day might be the most well known holiday in July, but did you know that this month also contains many other fun and quirky celebrations?

Here are some of the strangest holidays in the month of July:

Smart Tips for Beginning Investors

So you have reached the point where you have some money in savings that you want to keep for the long term future.

However, you realize that putting it in your run of the mill savings account will likely result in its compound interest rates barely keeping up with inflation.

You are willing to accept a little bit more risk in return for a higher reward and you are interested in investing in the stock market.

Investing can be intimidating for the beginner and there is a lot to learn about the world of stocks and bonds.

Here are a few things to remember when you are first starting out:

The Best Summer Camping Spots in the USA

Summer is on its way and the warm weather means that thousands of families across the USA will be bringing out their tents, tarps, folding chairs, camping stoves, fishing rods, and sleeping bags.

The summer camping holiday is somewhat of an American family tradition which is celebrated on every long weekend and school break of the year.

There is nothing quite like the experience of eating hot dogs roasted over an open fire, making smores, telling ghost stories and falling asleep in the peaceful silence of the forest.

Camping is a great way to spend a holiday with your family. Camping sites are cheaper than motels, you can cook your own food and the kids will love playing in the forest and swimming in the lake.

Camping can also be a romantic way to spend a getaway with your sweetheart, as you take scenic walks together and cuddle by a roaring fire.

If you are planning on taking a camping trip this year, here are some of the very best camping spots in the USA where you can enjoy the best of the outdoors:

How to Travel Cheaply in Your Retirement Years

If you are nearing retirement age there are many things to look forward to in your future, such as the chance to take time for yourself, pursue your hobbies and of course travel the world.

This is the chance to see some of the places you have always wanted to see, which you postponed in the name of career and raising a family. Now that the kids have flown the nest you can pack your bags and take off on an adventure.

More Money Than Month? How to Stick to Your Budget

So you’ve gone through the hard work of making a budget, written down your expenses and your income and made a plan for your spending.

However, sometimes the hardest part of budgeting is sticking to your plan. You might have the intention of cutting down your spending and putting money in your savings, but if you don’t stick to this plan it will not happen.

Here are a few tips that will help you stick to your budget and meet your goals:

Juneteenth: Celebrating the End of Slavery

What are your plans to celebrate Juneteenth this year?

If you haven’t heard of this holiday before, Juneteenth is celebrated on the 19th of June and it is the oldest recorded celebration to commemorate when slavery came to an end in the USA.

It was established in 1865 when the Union Soldiers arrived at Galveston, Texas and Major General Gordon Granger announced that those who were enslaved were now free.

This festival is held every year, especially in the Southern states of America, to celebrate the emancipation of the slaves.

In early years due to deeply ingrained racism the holiday was banned from being publicly celebrated, however the Civil Rights Movement brought with it a resurgence of Juneteenth celebrations and in 1980 it became an official state holiday.

School’s Out for Summer: How to Encourage Your Kids to Learn Over the Holidays

Summer vacation is finally here and your kids have permanently implanted themselves in the couch, eyes glued to the television, with no sign of moving for the next three months.

When kids do absolutely nothing over the holidays, they not only forget what they have learned in school but they get out of the habit of learning and find it difficult to start their schoolwork again in the fall.

Tips for Celebrating Flag Day This June 14th

The Star Spangled Banner. Old Glory. Big Red White and Blue. Stars and Stripes.

The American flag has a lot of nicknames and plenty of history behind it and in June millions of Americans will celebrate Flag Day by waving these thirteen stars and stripes outside of their houses and businesses.

In the USA, Flag Day is celebrated on the 14th of June every year. This was the date that the flag of the United States was adopted.

In fact, the week surrounding June the 14th is known as “National Flag Week” and during this week the President will issue a proclamation which encourages Americans to fly a flag outside of their homes throughout the week.

All government buildings in the country will also display the flag during this special week of the year.

Common Credit Card Myths Debunked

Although credit cards have been used since the 1960s, there are several untrue myths which still persist about them in society.

Understanding the truth behind these common myths will help you to use your credit card more effectively.

Clever Ways to Cut Your Food Bill Down

When it comes to saving money, there are a few things that you can’t cut back on too much because you need them to survive, such as clothing, shelter and food.

You can take the bus to work and not buy a big screen TV, but you will not live very long if you don’t eat!

However, buying food doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think.

If you wince in horror everything you take out your wallet at the supermarket, there are many ways that you can cut down your food bill while still eating healthy and tasty meals.

Show Your Love for the Earth on World Environment Day

World Environment Day was created to raise awareness of environmental concerns and enhance political and public action.

It is held every year on June 5th and it is intended to be the most widely celebrated international event for positive environmental action.

The health of the environmental is crucial to our existence and we have the responsibility to make sure that our actions are sustainable and environmentally conscious.

This annual event provides an opportunity to get the conversation started about important environmental issues.

Celebrating Great Outdoors Month This June

From sandy beaches to dense forests to towering mountains to arid deserts, the United States has a lot of diverse and beautiful outdoors to discover.

President Obama has declared that June is Great Outdoors Month and this month is a fantastic opportunity to explore the fresh air and the natural beauty that can be found in your own backyard.

There is so much to see and do just outside your door and as the summer sun starts to warm the air you can spend many fun days in the great outdoors.

Here are some ideas of how you and your family can celebrate great outdoors month:

How to Still Be Social Even When You Are Saving

Many people have the idea that being frugal and saving your money means that you have to lead a boring life of sitting at home making budgets, counting pennies and staring at the wall.

However, this is absolutely not true. If you are saving for a financial goal or to pay off debt it doesn’t mean that you need to cut out your social life completely!

Although going out for drinks, meals and shopping with your friends is very expensive, there are other ways to spend time with the people you love without needing to splurge.

What Does Memorial Day Mean?

Memorial Day falls on the last Monday in May every year and for most people it means that they will be able to enjoy a long weekend away from school or work and probably take a trip out of town.

However, Memorial Day means a lot more than just a holiday.

This day has special historical significance and it is important to know where the origins of Memorial Day come from.

How to Not Become a Slave to Notifications

Sometimes with all of the buzzing, dinging, ringing, and beeping of all the separate devices in your life you can feel like you are living within a video arcade with hundreds of overactive pinball machines.

Your phone jingles whenever you get a text message, your laptop dings when a new email arrives, and your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media websites also join in the buzzing chaos.

We have gotten in the habit of checking these notifications every few minutes, no matter if they are important or not.

It can be incredibly difficult to focus when you are constantly being distracted by a host of jangling devices, so how can you manage your notifications so that they don’t interrupt your work flow?

How to Make Your Retirement Savings Grow As Fast as Possible

Have you started saving for your retirement? When you are young it might seem like a long way away, but in order to save enough money to stop working the earlier you start, the better.

But what if you want to make your retirement savings grow faster and perhaps retire a few years earlier?

Here are some tips that will help you accelerate towards your goal:

Doh! The Biggest Job Interview Mistakes

The job interview is one of the most important parts of applying for a job and the first impression that you make in this interaction is mostly what the employer will be basing their decision on.

That is why it is very important that you present yourself professionally in your job interview so that you can really impress the employer.

However, there are a few major mistakes that many people make in job interviews that can really damage their chances of getting hired.

If you have ever not been called back after a job interview you might want to ask yourself if you have committed any of these blunders and how you can avoid them in the future:

Celebrating Armed Forces Day

What have you got planned to celebrate Armed Forces Day this year?

This year’s Armed Forces Day falls on Saturday, May 19th.
What is Armed Forces Day?

Armed Forces Day is a holiday which celebrates the service and sacrifice of members of the military.

In the USA, Armed Forces Day is always held on the 3rd Saturday of the month of May.

It usually falls at the end of Armed Forces Week which occurs between the second Saturday and the third Sunday in May.

Don’t Make These Financial Mistakes When Buying a Home

Owning a home is a very important milestone in life and for most people it is the largest purchase that they will ever make.

Many first time home buyers are so eager to move into their new property that they overlook the fine print and details and make some mistakes.

Buying a home is a complicated process and there are many things to keep in mind when you are making these important decisions.

Here are a few financial mistakes to avoid when buying your home:

House on Fire! Easy Tips to Save You Money on Home Insurance

Earthquakes, windstorms, rain damage, flooding, falling trees, vandalism, burglary… there are many things which could possibly happen to cause damage to your home.

This is why homeowner’s insurance is important, so that you can be protected in these unfortunate events.

However, home insurance doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think.

There are a few ways that you can reduce the cost of this insurance and protect your home for less.

The Most Beautiful Travel Destinations in the USA

From jagged mountains to sandy beaches to farmland as flat as the horizon, the United States has a huge variety of landscapes within its borders.

There are many places in the USA which will cause your jaw to drop in awe when beholding a particularly stunning landscape.

Here are a few examples of truly gorgeous places in the USA:

Looking Good? How to Find Your Personal Style

Have you ever felt like some people just look stylish and put together all of the time, whereas you never quite know what to wear to look good?

How do chic and fashionable people make themselves look so good every day when you feel so frumpy and awkward?

Whether you are male or female, if you are slightly fashion clueless don’t despair!

Style doesn’t come naturally to everyone but it is still possible to learn how to put outfits together so that you look on trend and polished.

Stylish people don’t wake up looking that good; they have put time and effort into thinking about their personal look and creating a certain effect.

The trick is to find your personal style and identify which colors, patterns and cuts look the best on your particular body.

When you know what these things are you can mix them up to create stylish outfits that are guaranteed to look good!

Tips for Saving Money on Life Insurance

If you were to die tomorrow, would your spouse and your children have enough money to take care of themselves?

Life insurance is designed to help provide financial security to your loved ones after you pass away. The policy will cover your funeral costs, as well as setting aside money for your family to support them after you are gone.

Life insurance is especially important if you are the main breadwinner for the family.

The History of Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up on the second Sunday in May and this is the day when we thank our mothers for all of the hard work they have done for us.

On this special day Mother’s are lavished with presents, cards and attention from their families and loved ones and usually treated to flowers, chocolates, spa treatments, gifts and more.

Have you ever wondered where this tradition of honoring our mothers came from? You might be surprised to know that Mother’s Day has older origins than you might think.

Cheaper Alternatives to Big City Breaks in the USA

Many people who live in smaller towns or in the countryside love to spend their holidays in a major city. During a “city break” they can enjoy the cultural events, nightlife, fine dining, shopping and impressive architecture that only a decent sized city can provide.

However, the USA’s biggest and most famous city destinations, such as New York and LA are notorious for their astronomical prices. Although these huge mega-cities are very exciting to spend time in, they can also make a small travel budget disappear very quickly.

The good news is that there are many other alternative city break destinations which will offer plenty of culture, shopping, food and nightlife for a much cheaper price.

In these cities you will find better hotel rates, lower prices of gas, and more affordable food so that you can enjoy the excitement of the city for less.

Are You Sabotaging Your Own Budget?

You’ve tried to make a budget and stick to it, recording your expenses and income on a spreadsheet and keeping track of your spending. However, you still seem to always end up with more month than money.

Where does it all go and what are you missing?

Budgets are not easy to keep and there are many things that you could be doing which are unintentionally ruining your best laid plans. Here are a few of the top things which can get in the way of your goal to save money:

How to Never Lose Your Car Keys…Or Anything Else Again!

Scientists have reported that Americans spend approximately 16 minutes on average per day searching for lost items, which adds up to a full year of our lives.

That means that over the course of your lifetime you will spend one full year in frustration, searching desperately around your house for your car keys, remote control, cell phone, or other important belonging.

Is there any way that you can reduce the amount of time that you spend looking around for your stuff?

Strange and Quirky Facts about Mexico

Are you heading south of the border for your next holiday?

Mexico is a unique and fascinating country, with a diverse range of inhabitants and a long and complex history. There is a lot to know about Mexico, and learning a bit about this country can make your holiday a lot more interesting.

Here are some facts about the country, some strange, some funny, and some intriguing. Perhaps they will spark your interest and get you curious to learn more about Mexico during your travels:

How to Stay Fit Without a Gym Membership

Do you want to get in better physical shape, but hate the high costs of a gym membership and the intimidating atmosphere of big sweaty guys grunting over weights?

Don’t worry; belonging to a gym is not the only way that you can get your exercise fix.

There are many ways that you can get in great shape without ever having to set foot in a gym.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Branching Out – How to Celebrate Arbor Day

Trees are amazing living things.

They can live for hundreds of years, they can grow under all kinds of extreme conditions and they quietly cleanse CO2 from our atmosphere and provide us with oxygen.

They sway in the breeze, freeze in the winter and offer us welcome shade on a hot summer’s day. Trees give us everything from a perch for our childhood clubhouse to the wood in our pencils to the heat in our fireplace.

We should celebrate trees every day of the year, but the official holiday to honor these leafy wonders is Arbor Day.

The name Arbor Day comes from the Latin word “arbor” which means tree.

This holiday is dedicated to the planting and care of trees and it originated in Nebraska in 1872.

The holiday is observed in the springtime and the date changes according to the suitable planting conditions. In 2012, Arbor Day will be held on April 27th.

Here are a few ideas of what you can do on Arbor Day:

How to Write Tweets That Get Attention

You might think that tweets are easy to write. They’re only 140 characters, how hard can it be?

However, because tweets are such small tidbits it is even more important that we pay attention to how they are written.

There are only so few words that can go into a tweet, so it’s crucial that you make sure these words are the right ones!

When your tweets are well written, Twitter can be a great tool to drive more traffic, gain followers, make contacts, and spread the word about you and what you do.

Here are some tips for writing attention-getting tweets:

Get Some Sunshine For Cheaper: Budget Beach Destinations

Although winter snow can be lovely, there comes a point after your hands have gone numb from scraping the ice from your windshield and your back is sore from shoveling, when you wish that you could just lie back on a hammock under a palm tree and soak up some sun for a change.

If your budget is a bit tight this year you might be thinking that a beach holiday to a warmer climate is outside of your price range.

However, there are many cheap and hot travel destinations that can be reached from the USA for a lot less than you might think.

Here are a few ideas:

It’s Time for Spring Cleaning!

The snow is starting to melt, the sun is starting to come out of hiding and the birds are starting to sing in the trees.

Soon the flower buds will begin to open and the grass will transform into a lush carpet of green.

Spring is on the way and this time of rebirth and renewal is a great time to give a “spring cleaning” to all aspects of your life. You might do a spring cleaning on your home every year, getting rid of clutter and brushing away the cobwebs.

However, have you ever thought about giving a metaphorical spring clean to your lifestyle?

Taking some time to spring clean your life can help you eliminate old stresses, set new goals and approach the summer feeling fresh and energized.

Celebrating National Volunteer Month

Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month?

Volunteering is the art of giving your labor or expertise for free and many charities and local programs could not exist without the help of volunteers.

This month is the time to think about how you can give some of your time and efforts away to help your community.

How to Keep Your Car Organized

Your car is your important mode of transport between point A and B, but if you are like many people you might also be in the habit of using it as a trash can on wheels.

Are you embarrassed when you offer someone else a ride in your vehicle because of the detritus of empty bottles, pieces of paper and food wrappers that litter the floor?

If you have children, do you have to clear an entire army of toys and stuffed animals from the back seat before anyone can sit down?

If your car is becoming a disaster zone, here are some tips for regaining control of the clutter.

Exploring the Historical Sites of Puerto Rico

The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico has a long and fascinating history. Because it is located right in the middle of the “New World” it has been a target of conquest for many centuries.

Christopher Columbus landed on the island in 1493, on his second voyage of discovery. It was later settled by the Spanish explorer known as Ponce de Leon and was under possession by the Spanish for over 400 years.

At the end of the Spanish American war, the island of Puerto Rico became United States territory due to the Treaty of Paris.

There are many battlements and fortifications throughout Puerto Rico, built to protect the island from its many invaders.

These are very interesting places on the island that reveal fascinating stories about the past. Here are some of the best historical sites:

How to Avoid the Awkward Moment When You Forget Someone’s Name

Dale Carnegie, author of “How to Win Friends and Influence People” said that a person’s name is the “sweetest and most important sound in any language.”

Whether in a business networking situation or a friendly party, being able to remember people’s names is an important skill for your career and your social life.

Here are a few tips for cementing those names in your memory so that you never have to be embarrassed again:

Smart Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

If you are expecting a large tax refund this year, what will you do with it?

It might be tempting to spend this large windfall on shopping, eating out and other fun things.

However, a tax refund is also an opportunity to gain some financial headway and set you up in a better situation for the future.

Here are a few smart ways to use your tax refund this year:

How to Simplify Your Inbox When You Suffer From Email Overload

Have you ever came back to work on Monday only to spend your entire morning answering the huge onslaught of emails that are clogging up your inbox?

Are you tired of having 46 unread messages and after reading through them all realizing that only two are important?

Do your co-workers complain that you never respond to their messages?

If you need to improve your email system, here are some tips that will help:

How to Study Smarter, Not Harder

Throughout your life you will always have time where you need to study to pass a course to progress forward to your goals.

Whether it is high school, university, an apprenticeship, or a training course required for your career, you will need to show that you can learn the material and demonstrate your knowledge.

Studying can be hard work, and you might be saying to yourself “I’m terrible at taking tests; I’m not going to do well in this course.”

However, don’t give up just yet.

No matter how academic you might be; here are some clever studying hacks which will help you make the most of your study time and nail that exam:

How to Host an Easter Egg Hunt

Do you remember the excitement of hunting for chocolate eggs on Easter when you were a child?

Now that you have a family of your own you can create an Easter egg hunt for your little ones so that they can enjoy searching for hidden treats.

Here are some tips on how to create the best Easter egg hunt ever:

Finding Time to Accomplish Your Goals

Have you ever thought that you would love to write a novel, learn to speak French, or perfect your drawing technique? Do you have other unfinished goals that you are thinking of right now?

It is interesting how we all have passions and desires that we would like to accomplish in our lives; a legacy that we would like to leave that impacts others in a positive way.

If you are like a lot of people, every time you think about these goals you tell yourself that you just don’t have the time to accomplish them at this stage in your life.

Guess what? If you don’t make time to focus on these dreams, they will never happen.

The Importance of Paying Yourself First

If you are like most other average Americans you will have a list of bills that you have to pay every month, such as rent, cable, internet, cell phone, water, electricity and much more. If you were to list each of these monthly expenses in order of importance, which would be number one?

The answer is none, because there is one payment you need to make which is even more important than all of these and that is to yourself. The bill of “You” should be the first payment you make before you make any of your other payments. You can pay this bill by contributing a certain amount of your paycheck into your savings account.

Will You Turn Your Lights Off For Earth Hour?

On March 31, 2012 at 8:30pm, cities all over the world will be plunged into darkness for one hour as they celebrate Earth Hour, a world-wide event which is organized by the World Wildlife Fund.

Business and households will turn off their lights all at the same time for sixty minutes in order to reduce electricity and to raise awareness about the need to take action regarding climate change.

The Best April Fools Hoaxes

Do you have any pranks or tricks planned for upcoming April Fool’s Day?
The first of April is known as a day of playfulness and trickery in many countries around the world. It is not an official national holiday, but it is recognized by many people who play jokes and pranks on their family members, friends, coworkers, teachers, schoolmates and neighbors. Also, many news networks and websites post silly and ridiculous materials on April Fools in order to prank their readers. Here are a few of the most outrageous April Fools hoaxes in recent history:

Do You Want to Live a Long and Healthy Life?

Do you want to live a long and healthy life?

Here are five tips that will help to extend your lifespan:

Enjoy Time With Your Friends

Many studies have shown that having a strong network of friends, acquaintances and community can help you live a longer and happier life.

Having companions around you will help reduce your stress and give you a sense of belonging. This powerful feeling has numerous effects on your health and mood.

Workaholic Much? How to Leave Your Work at the Office

Do you find yourself sitting at the dinner table, lying in bed, or trying to relax on vacation while stressing out about your responsibilities at work?

Is it hard to chill out and enjoy your hobbies without the stress of the workplace and your responsibilities in the back of your mind?

In our culture the workplace is becoming even more important and with how email, cell phones, and other devices have made us more connected it is even harder to leave it behind at the end of the day.

How to Deal With an Angry Person

In a perfect world we would all deal with our issues by calmly discussing them with each other and using logic and understanding to come to a fair conclusion.

However, unfortunately this is not a perfect world and throughout your life you will encounter many people who will take out their anger and frustration on you.

Perhaps it’s your landlord insisting that he has the right to change your rental agreement even when he doesn’t, maybe it’s your boss getting frustrated when something goes wrong at work, or it might even be a total stranger who you accidentally bump into while driving your car.

How to Boost Your Energy Level

Are you feeling lethargic and tired? Having low energy levels can make even the most basic tasks seem daunting and can really negatively affect your productivity.

When we are at work and we feel our energy levels start to drop we are more likely to get distracted and be lead off task, or make errors and mistakes in our work.

How can you lift your energy levels so that you can get more done and take on life?

Did You Know Your Friends Can Make You Sick?

We all know how having a frustrating friend or negative roommate can be annoying, but did you know that it can actually be bad for your health?
Bad Interactions Increase Inflammation

A study from the University of California in Los Angeles has linked negative social interactions with increased inflammation, an immune system response to fighting infections.

Are You Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick was born in the 4th century, to parents who were the deacons of the Church. He was kidnapped as a teenager by Irish raiders and made a slave.

He claims that he was visited by God in a dream, who told him to run away from captivity and head towards the coast, where he would find a ship that would take him back to Britain. He later joined the church and became a priest.

Many years later he was called back to Ireland once he had become a Bishop, to convert the Irish people from their native beliefs of polytheism to Christianity.

Want Beautiful Skin? Foods to Eat to Make Your Skin Glow

Have you ever heard the expression “you are what you eat?”

When it comes to beautiful skin, it couldn’t be truer. The healthier your diet is, the more your skin will look firm, even, clear and healthy.

If you have a poor diet it can leave your skin looking blemished, sallow, dry, red, irritated or otherwise unattractive.

No matter how many expensive face creams and cleansers you spend your money on, changing your diet will have a much greater effect of the overall look of your skin.

Here are a few delicious and healthy foods that will give you glowing and beautiful skin:

How to Make Your House Look Clean When Last Minute Visitors Drop By

The phone rings. It’s your relatives.

They are in the area and they thought they would drop by to say hello.

Is it OK if they come to visit in about 15 minutes?

You say that is fine and hang up the phone, and then look around in horror at the state of your house. How will you ever make it presentable for guests at such short notice?

What The Heck Is South by Southwest?

Have you been noticing a number of people on Twitter writing hash tags for #SXSW and wondering what these letters stand for?

SXSW refers to South by Southwest, which is a huge festival which takes place every spring in Austin, Texas.

This conference lasts for ten days, is one of the biggest events of the year in Austin and includes trade shows, music, film and interactive networking opportunities for innovative and creative people from all over the world.

Spring Break Travel Ideas for Families

Spring break can be a great opportunity to spend quality family time with your little ones and enjoy the sunshine.

There are many great destinations to visit during this week off from school and you and your family can enjoy many great activities and attractions.

If you are planning a spring getaway with your family, here are some great ideas of where to go and what to see:

Bike Week Revs Up in Daytona Beach

Hundreds of thousands of bikers are making their way to Daytona Beach this month to soak up the warm Florida sunshine and celebrate Daytona Bike Week.

This huge motorcycle rally is held every year on the first week of March in Daytona Beach, Florida and the festivities include motorcycle races, parties, live music and street festivals. It is one of the most popular motorcycle events in the United States.

The 2012 Bike Week will be held on March 9-18th.

Want to Know How to Get More Battery Life from Your Smartphone?

You love your smart phone and you can’t live without it. It’s your little beeping companion who follows you everywhere and updates you whenever you have an email, Facebook post, or reply on Twitter.

However, you sometimes become frustrated because you can’t seem make it through a day without needing to charge your phone.

If you want to make the battery life of your smart phones last longer, here are some tips:

Is Your Weight Loss Plan Sustainable?

It’s a never ending cycle.

You start to feel a bit chubby and unhappy with what you see in the mirror. So you throw away all of the junk food in your kitchen and head to the supermarket and buy nothing but lettuce and lean chicken breast.

You strictly deny yourself all donuts and forgo your morning late for green tea instead. You buy a gym membership and brand new yoga pants and start sweating it out on the treadmill every single day.

Who Needs a Little Dose of Humility?

You know you are intelligent, gorgeous, talented, hilarious and generally amazing. However, if you go around reminding everyone who you interact with how fantastic you are, you run the risk of sounding conceited and vain.

Being a bit too proud can really be irritating, and it can cause people to respond in a negative way to you. In the contrary, if you can conduct your behavior with a little bit of humility you will become a lot more likeable and find getting along with others much easier.

Pride is boasting about your skills and achievements, and humility is the art of gracefully letting your amazing qualities speak for themselves. Here are some tips for being more humble in your day to day life which still having good self esteem:

So What Really Happened On Leap Year?

So What Has Happened on Leap Years Past?

Well, quite a few interesting things, actually:

1288 – Scotland’s Queen Margaret declared that a woman had the right to pop the question to any man she wished and if rebuffed, the man would be forced to pay a fine to the fair lady.

1504 – Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies.

1704 – Queen Anne’s War: French forces and Native Americans stage a raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts, killing 56 villagers and taking more than 100 captive.

Did You See This Granny Dance?

A YouTube video which features a frail 90 year old woman busting a move to “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” has gone viral, reaching over 800,000 views since Feb 12th. The video is a tribute to singer Whitney Houston who recently passed away.

Houston, a legendary pop diva, was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room on Feb 11th of unknown causes. She was one of the best-selling music artists in the world, and has sold over 170 million albums to date.

What to Do on a Long Bus Ride?

Perhaps you have a long commute on the bus, train or subway to where you work, or maybe you are planning a long journey to visit friends or family. Whatever the reason, there are times in your life where you will be stuck in transit and bored for a while.

Rather than sitting there staring out the window or trying to avoid eye contact with strangers, there are many things that you can do with your time.

Some people love taking the bus to work and to the university, because it is a time for to be relaxed and contemplative.

Feel the Burn: How to Get the Most from Your Workout

So you have signed up for a gym membership, bought yourself some new running shoes, and you are ready to get in shape.

Here are some tips that will help you get the most out of each visit to the gym and will have you seeing results much quicker:

Fuel Up

Your body is like an engine, it needs fuel in order to perform to full capacity. If you do to the gym on an empty stomach you will become tired and hungry quicker and you will not be able to push yourself to your full potential.

Before going to the gym, you should eat a small meal with workout-friendly foods such as whole grains, fruit, and protein.

Desk Makeover: Create the Optimum Working Environment

Has your desk become a cluttered ruin filled with half-empty coffee mugs, teetering stacks of books, dusty piles of paper, and crumbs from your breakfast bagel?

Does your working environment make you feel refreshed, energized, and inspired or do you feel cramped, tired and overwhelmed?

Did you know that by changing the features of your working environment you can actually help yourself focus better, work more efficiently, and be more creative?

Whether you work at home or at an office, there are many ways that you can improve your desk space so that you can work to your maximum potential.

How to Deal With Coworkers Who Drive You Crazy

Every office has at least one; the person who makes you want to curl up under your desk and cry, or beat them senseless with a stapler.

You can’t choose your co-workers, and sometimes it can be incredibly frustrating to work in an environment with someone like this.

When they don’t deliver work when promised, refuse to collaborate, and fail to listen to feedback they make your job difficult and increase the stress level for everyone else.

Bored With Your Workout — How to Spice Up Your Fitness Routine

Do you find that after a few weeks of going to the gym at the same time and doing the exact same exercises you become bored?

If your workout gets in a rut, you can feel unmotivated to go to the gym and this can get in the way of accomplishing your fitness goals.

Also, if you always do the same exercise each time you work out, you won’t enjoy the benefit of strengthening all of your muscles. Just sticking to one exercise routine is not the best way to achieve overall fitness and better health.

So what can you do to keep your fitness routine varied and interesting and keep yourself motivated?

Here are some tips:

How to Get Great Customer Service Almost All the Time

I’m sure you’ve experienced excellent customer service before, and know how good it feels.

Whether you called up to complain about a faulty product and hung up the phone smiling, or had a sales person help you find the perfect laptop for your needs at a great price, you know that good customer services makes you feel listened to and valued and solves your problems.

Did you know that there are things that you can do to ensure that you get good customer service like this almost all of the time? There are ways that you can “help people help you” with your questions, quandaries and problems which will make them treat you better.

It Is Easier to Spend Less Than Make More

No matter how much or how little you’re paid, you’ll never get ahead if you spend more than you earn.

This little piece of wisdom is incredibly common sense when you think about it, yet with so many Americans in debt it’s clear that not everyone follows it in practice.

Living within your means is one of the best ways that you can save your money and set yourself up for financial freedom and prosperity.

Living within your means is very simple, it means that you are spending less money than you are making.

You’re an Idot! How to Argue Your Point Respectfully…

Every so often you will be on an internet forum, sitting around the dinner table, or at a cocktail party, and someone else will utter an observation or an opinion which will be so completely misguided and wrong that it will make you want to smash your head against the table and weep for the future of humanity.

How to Stay in Shape When You Work From Home

Whether you own your own business, work remotely, or freelance, working from home is fantastic. You don’t have to worry about morning traffic, you can work in your pajamas if you so desire, and you can create your own work environment.

However, one of the downsides of working at home is that it can make it harder to get motivated with a fitness regime. It’s easier to make yourself go to the gym on your way to and from the office, or ride your bike to work, but how can you stay fit when your only exercise is walking downstairs to your computer chair?

Staying fit and active is very important and will help you be more productive and successful in your work. Here are a few things you can do to stay in shape when you work from home:

Things You Just Do Not Need to Spend Money On

Are you spending your money on things which are completely unnecessary? If you are looking to save money and help your finances go further in these tough economic times, examine your spending habits and see if there are any needless expenses you can cut from your budget.

Here are some examples of things that you really don’t need to spend money on:

Clever Ways to Save Money on Hotel Rooms

Do you love to travel but hate paying full price for a hotel room? If you do a lot of traveling, the costs of staying in hotels can really add up after a while. However, there are some ways that you can get the same hotel room for a lot less money.

You just have to know a few clever money saving tricks.

How to Get Your Partner to Help Out More

Taking care of all the chores around the house can be a full time job, especially when you have children. Cooking, cleaning, buying groceries, and taking care of the household can get quite overwhelming, especially if you are saddled with most of the burden.

If you feel that you are struggling to get everything done on your own and you need a bit more help from your partner, it’s important to ask them in the right way. Nagging or guilt tripping can only create negative feelings and make both parties feel bad.

You want to speak to your husband or wife in a way that encourages them to help you share the responsibilities and work together as a family.

How to Start a Conversation with a Stranger

Have you ever seen someone who looks attractive, nice or interesting and thought you would love to have a chat with them? Perhaps you would like to get to know them more, or you think that they would be fun to talk to?

Unfortunately, in our society it is deemed “weird and creepy” to start talking to random strangers, and most people don’t strike up a conversation with others in public places for fear of rejection or being invasive.

Here are some ways that you can start a conversation with a stranger at a party, on a bus, or in any public space without making the situation uncomfortable:

How to Defeat a Chaotic Laundry Pile

Have you forgotten what the floor of your bedroom looks like because it is constantly under a carpet of discarded clothing? Do you let your laundry pile up until sorting, washing and folding it becomes a full day job? Here are a few tips to tame your laundry chaos and make cleaning your clothes much easier:

How to Deal With Coworkers Who Drive You Crazy

Every office has at least one; the person who makes you want to curl up under your desk and cry, or beat them senseless with a stapler.

You can’t choose your co-workers, and sometimes it can be incredibly frustrating to work in an environment with someone like this. When they don’t deliver work when promised, refuse to collaborate, and fail to listen to feedback they make your job difficult and increase the stress level for everyone else.

Sick and Tired….Escaping the Golden Handcuffs

The term Golden Handcuffs is often used to describe a financial incentive that keeps an employee from leaving a company. The employee is locked into such a sweet high paying position that they simply can’t afford to leave.

However, this term can be applied to your position in life as well.

Feeling Overwhelmed? How to Make a To-Do List That Gets Done

Making a to-do list is a great way to see at a glance what you need to get accomplished in a day.

However, some to-to lists help productivity more than others, and a bad to-do list might do more harm than good. If you can invest a little bit of time planning out your tasks for the day in a clear and achievable list you will be able to accomplish things much more smoothly.

Here are a few ways that you can make the best to-do list possible:

Trying to Lose Weight? Eating to Get the Most Out of Your Workout

Did you know that the food you eat before and after working out can have an impact on how effective your exercise regime is? Strawberry Smoothie

Working out takes energy, and the food that you use to fuel that energy makes a big difference. When you fuel up on the right nutrients you can superpower your workout and make the most of your time in the gym.

Say What? I Wanna Talk About Me!

Have you ever had the experience of realizing that the person you were speaking with was simply not listening?

They might have looked like they were paying attention, but your words were simply going in one ear and out the other. Chances are this left you feeling frustrated and unappreciated, especially if what you were saying was very important.

Listening is a very important communication skill that not everyone has mastered.

Home Decor Tips for Designing a Childs Bedroom

Designing a child’s bedroom can be one of the most exciting tasks of decorating your home. You can create a fun and flexible space that your children will love to spend time in and enjoy throughout their life.

Here are some tips for parents to help with the project of decorating a room for a young child:

In Remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American minister and leader in the civil rights movement taking place most publicly in the 1960’s. Mr. King was a great leader of people and became known as one of the greatest speakers in all of American history.

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most famous speech took place on August 28, 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Over 200,000 citizens gathered that day to hear many speakers. Dr. King’s speech was considered the highlight of the event and was later called the “top American public address in the 20th century” by a group of respected scholars.

Tips for Breaking the Junk Food Habit

Do you find yourself struggling to lose weight and constantly craving sweets, desserts and salty snacks? Have you ever said to yourself, “After this last bucket of fried chicken I am going to eat healthy” only to order the same meal the very next week?

Studies are showing that junk food is so hard to give up because it actually becomes a Junk Food psychological and physiological addiction in the body. The cravings for these foods which are high in sugar, salt and fat become deeply ingrained and it is hard to break the habit.

Productivity Tips for Working from Home

If you have your own business and you work from home, it can be challenging to form the right habits that you need to be productive.

Working from home provides its own unique challenges, and it is very easy to get distracted by many things around you in the house.

You might start tidying your desk and then decide you should also do the laundry and end up several hours later with a perfectly clean house but no work done.

How to Stay Happy When Stuck Indoors This Winter

For those of us living in colder climates, the winter season means shorter days, freezing weather, and being stuck inside the house for long periods of time. It is easy to get depressed with the lack of sunshine and time spent outdoors, especially if you are the type of person who loves the summer.

If you live in a chilly climate and can’t afford to spend six months in the Bahamas instead, here are a few tips that will help you enjoy the winter season:

How to Follow Up After a Job Interview

Do you ever wonder what the best way is to follow up after a job interview? Is email to impersonal? Is snail-mail too slow? Will the interviewer even notice or care?

Well, one thing is for certain. If you don’t follow up at all, you’re quite sure that they won’t notice at all. In fact, so few people follow up in any way you might just set yourself apart and make the difference in being considered for the position.

How to Make Cleaning the House More Fun

The dust bunnies in the corners are starting to stare back at you, and you need to take a running jump onto your bed to make it over the mountain of dirty clothes. You forget what color the floor in the kitchen was originally under all of the dirt, and you have gotten into the habit of eating dinner straight out of the pan because all of the plates have caked on grime. You know that you need to clean the house, but you never get to the task because cleaning is so boring!

Fear of Failure? Tips for Keeping Your New Years Resolutions

Have you made yourself a New Year’s resolution?

The turning over of the calendar usually inspires us to resolve to make positive changes in our lives, but more often than not we fail to follow through on our promises to ourselves.

If you struggle to keep your New Year’s resolutions, perhaps these tips will help you stay on track:

The Most Popular New Years Resolutions in North America

What are the most common things that North Americans make goals to accomplish in the coming year when New Year’s comes around? Here are some of the most common New Year’s resolutions, and tips for making them happen.

Celebrating New Years Eve with Your Kids

If you have young kids and you cannot get a babysitter on New Year’s Eve, you will likely not be hitting the nightclubs and dancing until the break of dawn.

If you are planning a quiet evening in with your little ones, you can put together a great New Year’s Eve party that the whole family will enjoy! Here are some tips for celebrating New Year’s Eve with your kids:

What Color Are Your Underwear? Strange New Years Eve Traditions from Around the World

Your family might have an unusual or funny tradition that you enjoy every New Year’s Eve, such as cooking a certain dish or watching a particular movie, or perhaps you like to go to a party with your friends and tie one on until the sun comes up.

However, how do your local festivities compare to these strange New Year’s traditions from around the world?

Tips for Hosting a Fantastic New Years Party on a Budget

New Year’s Eve is a time to party and celebrate with friends, and you want to plan your own evening get-together so that you can count down to midnight in style. However, after the expenses of the holiday season you don’t have much left over to spend on throwing a big bash!

Don’t worry; you can still ring in the New Year with a great party on a low budget.

Here are some tips for cutting down the costs of your celebration:

Creating a Holiday Savings Fund

Do you find that every January, you stare at your credit card bill and your bank balance in horror, shocked at how much money you spent in December on presents, holiday treats, decorations, special outings and more?

The holidays can be a very expensive time of year, and many people tend to get carried away and sentence themselves to a January of barely scraping by. However, if you plan ahead for next Christmas, you will be able to buy all of the presents you need without even batting an eye or seeing your bank balance dip even once. How can you do this?

How to Stay Sane During the Holidays

The holiday season can be a stressful time! With so many presents to buy, meals to prepare, and guests to host, it’s easy to get burnt out holiday stress during this time of year.

All of the pressure from all sides to create the perfect day can leave you feel like you are rushing around like a crazy elf trying to run Santa’s entire workshop by yourself.

However, the holiday season doesn’t have to leave you exhausted and stressed out. Here are some tips for staying sane and relaxed during the holidays:

Where to Hide Presents From Your Sneaky Kids

When your children know that there are Christmas presents in the house, they turn into little detectives leaving no stone unturned in their quest to figure out what they are getting this year.

However, you don’t want their curious prying eyes to ruin the surprise that you have planned for that special morning, so how can you hide the presents from your kids so that they will never find them?

How Not to Gain Weight Over the Holidays

Peppermint candy canes, slices of home-baked apple pie, cookies shaped like Santa Claus, rich cups of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, and boxes of chocolates and candies stacked under the tree… it’s hard not to be tempted to indulge at Christmas!

However, if you are dedicated to staying healthy over the holidays and not greeting the New Year having packed on a few extra pounds, here are some tips to avoid gaining weight during the festive season:

Got More Month Than Money? A Few Clever Ways to Save Money This Christmas

If you are short on funds this holiday season, there is no reason why your festivities have to be any less merry! You can still have a great time enjoying the season without having to spend a fortune. Here are some tips that will help you save money this holiday season:

You’re Killing Yourself! Avoid These Common Unhealthy Eating Habits

Are you guilty of any of these common unhealthy eating habits? Read on to find out more information and tips on how to avoid them.

Can Mini-SkirtsTeach You About Writing A Resume?

Did you know that you can learn a lot about writing a resume from that sexy, saucy little fashion item, the mini-skirt?

Whether you have worn one of these short skirts before, or have simply been an admirer, here are the tips that mini-skirts can give you about writing the most effective resume possible:

Want a Great Holiday Survival Strategy? How to Take Criticism like a Champion

One of the hardest things in the world can be to receive negative criticism on something we have done. No one wants to feel like they have done something wrong and hearing someone talk about our faults and mistakes can make us very frustrated and discouraged.

However, criticism doesn’t have to be so bad when you approach it with the right attitude. In fact, when you think of it in the following way, it can actually benefit you positively and help you improve.

Make Your House Look like a Million Bucks on a Miniscule Budget

What can you do if your home is looking tired and drab, but you can’t afford to give it a full makeover?

Sprucing up your home can be expensive, especially if you are buying all new furniture and décor. However, it doesn’t have to be.

When you can get beautiful items for cheap, and use your own creativity and hard work, it is possible to create a beautiful home that looks like a million dollars but doesn’t cost it!

Need to Exercise? Use These Quick Tips to Fit Exercise into Your Busy Workday

Do you get frustrated because you want to live a healthier lifestyle but your job keeps you sitting at a desk all day?

Sedentary work can cause us to gain weight and suffer from eye strain, back pain, and lack of energy. However, it is a lot easier than you think to add physical activity to your workday, even if you are chained to a desk.

Adding in small bursts of exercise to your daily routine will not only help you keep fit, slim and healthy, it will also give you more energy to take on the day and boost your mood.

How to Create a Luxury Spa in Your Own Bathroom

Imagine yourself relaxing into a hot aromatherapy bath at a luxurious spa center at a resort. Surrounded by flickering candles and peaceful music, you can allow the healing power of the essential oils calm your mind and forget all of your worries. It is a truly wonderful experience.

However, going to a luxury spa can be very expensive, so what if you can’t afford to treat yourself to this indulgence

Why Do We Never Do the Things We Enjoy?

You might be watching a film about an artist, and your friend will say, “I used to love making pottery when I was in school. I wish I could do it again.”

Or perhaps you will be walking along the beach and you will pass someone on roller blades and your partner will say, “I love rollerblading! I used to do it all the time when I was younger.”

Or maybe you will treat yourself to an ice cream once in a blue moon, and think about how much you love ice cream but you can’t remember the last time you had it.

When we are younger, we don’t have a problem doing the things we love. They seem to come naturally, and the focus of our day is centered on play and fun.

What Are You Waiting For? Effective Cures for Procrastination

Is your motto, “why do today what I can put off until tomorrow?”

Procrastination is an easy habit to slip into, as it is incredibly tempting to avoid doing something that is not urgent. When a project is due, the house needs cleaning, or a form needs filling out, we often decide that we will get away with doing it another day.

However, procrastination can really come back to bite us when the deadline looms near and we realize that we have left way too much work for ourselves. Every college student who has gotten in trouble for snoring in class after pulling an all-nighter finishing a term paper will tell you that procrastination seems like a good idea at the time but isn’t a healthy or productive way to manage your life.

Three Tips for Becoming More Aware of Your Spending Habits

It’s not how much money you earn that will make you rich; rather it is your spending habits. How aware are you of what you spend on a daily basis? Do you ever think you have a certain amount of money in your account and then realize that you have a lot less? Noticing how much you spend can be the first step to learning how to manage your money better.

Here are three useful tips for becoming more aware of what you are spending:

The Five Minute Tidy: How to Keep Your House Clean in a Few Stolen Moments per Day

The weekend is finally here and you are exhausted from a busy week. You are looking forward to sleeping late and lounging around the house, enjoying your day off. However, the sink-full of dirty dishes is staring you in the face, the shower is in desperate need of a scrub, and the dust creatures under the couch are starting to growl at you. Oh well, looks like another Sunday will be spent cleaning the house again!

Do You Do These? Three Unhealthy Habits You Might Not Be Aware Of and How to Kick Them

How many times have you been eating while watching TV and thought that you had another few bites left but then realize you have devoured the whole thing? Not watching television while eating will actually help you lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

Since your mind is so entranced by the television, cramming the food into your mouth becomes automatic and it is hard to notice when you have eaten too much.

Got Junk? How to Tame an Unruly Cluttered Garage

Your garage seemed innocent enough when you first moved in to your home, but now it has grown into a cluttered jungle of junk which haunts your dreams.

It begins as a covered space to park your car, but your garage soon becomes a dumping ground for any odd objects and a place to store the odd few tools and things that didn’t fit in the house.

Got a New Bundle of Joy? Health Tips for First-Time Parents

Being a new parent is a very exciting time!

It can also be exhausting, because many new parents are so caught up in caring for their child as best they can, that they forget to also look after themselves!

However, it is very important to look after your own health as well when you have a new baby. If you are well-rested and healthy you will be much more able to be a loving and effective parent to your little bundle of joy.

I’ve Gotta Get Outta Here! Will it Hurt Your Career to Go Traveling for a While?

Perhaps you dream of renting a tiny cheap apartment in the Marais district of Paris and spending your days strolling along the Seine, sipping coffee in quaint cafes, and reading poetry in the Jardin de Luxembourg?

Or maybe you have always wanted to go hiking in Peru, and watch the sunrise over the holy ancient ruins of Macchu Picu?

Tips for Learning a New Language

Whether you want to go traveling, move abroad, or just impress your sexy foreign neighbor, learning a new language can be a very advantageous skill to have. Learning to speak another language is not only a great way to open up many more opportunities for yourself, it can also be a fun challenge.

Got Student Loans? Tips for Graduating Debt Free

Going to a university or college can be a great opportunity to obtain the education and qualifications you need to pursue the career of your dreams. However, many students find themselves under huge mountains of student debt after graduating, which will take years to pay back.

Ten Strange Facts You Didn’t Know About Sleep and Dreams

The human brain is fascinating and bizarre, and even the most advanced scientists still don’t understand exactly how it works. One of the strangest phenomena that the brain produces is dreams. What are these sleeping hallucinations and why do we have them? There are many theories as to why we dream, but no one really fully understands the science of sleep and dreaming.

Ka-Ching! Simple Tips for Trimming Down Your Grocery Bill

Do you gulp with fear every time you approach the checkout at the supermarket?

Do you end up spending a huge amount on grocery shopping every week, yet only coming home with a few bags of items?

It is possible to cut down your grocery bill drastically; you just need to know how to outsmart the supermarket and get more for your dollar.

Can You Get Sick On An Airplane? Health Tips for Air Travel

When you are traveling by plane, you will be within small spaces with many people which increases the potential for catching an airborne illness. You don’t want feeling sick to ruin your holiday, so here are some ways that you can keep yourself healthy on your next plane ride:

You Need More Sleep! Do You Have A Bedtime Ritual?

Everyone has a habit of what they do before bed, but some of these habits are better than others. If you find yourself squinting at the computer answering work emails late at night, watching disturbing events on the news, or eating large amounts of food right before bed and then wondering why you are tossing and turning, your bedtime routine might be the culprit. Statistics show that 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia, and seven out of ten people in the USA report frequent problems getting to sleep.

Bad Day? Here Are A Few Simple Ways to Turn a Bad Day Around

Your alarm didn’t go off, and you woke up horribly late for work. You smashed your toe on the table, spilled coffee on your coat, andspent ages finding somewhere to park. When you arrive, you are tired, scatterbrained, and faced with an overwhelming list of tasks, demands and complaints when all you want to do is go back to bed. You sigh to yourself, “What a bad day.”

Got a Horrible Job and a Worse Boss? What to Do With a Job You Hate

Perhaps you once loved the job and now your enthusiasm has waned, perhaps you are realizing that the position is different than you imagined, or maybe you never even liked it in the first place. Either way, this is what to do if your 9-5 is more pain than pleasure.

How Diverse Streams of Work Can Help You Keep Your Cash Flowing

Imagine a full time job is like a large flowing river of income. With this one source, you have all of the financial flow that you could possibly need, and your expenses are covered in comfort. However, what about when something happens and the river ceases to flow? Your industry could experience a drought, or you could lose your job, causing the flow of that river of income to be dammed up forever.

Clever Organization Tips that Will Make a Small Apartment Look Bigger

Organization is very important, and it becomes even more crucial when you live in a small space. If you are a single person or a couple, living in a tiny apartment can be a great option, it just requires a bit more work to ensure that your space is organized well.

Five Things to Do With a Windfall Other Than Spend It Right Away!

Perhaps you have won the lottery, received an inheritance, or cashed in one of your investments, and now you have a large sum of money you don’t know what to do with. Although it is tempting to cruise around town in a brand new sports car it is important to think carefully about how to spend your new found cash.

Five Things You Can Clean With Simple Baking Soda

Using baking soda to clean will also save you a lot of money, because it is much less expensive than brand name cleaning products especially when purchased in bulk. It is also non-toxic and so is a lot healthier for your family and your environment.

How to Make Your Own Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

Many cleaning products that you buy in the store are made with harsh chemicals, which are hard on your skin as well as the environment. Did you know that you can make your own homemade versions of essential cleaning products which will be completely non-toxic and environmentally friendly?

How to Write a Resume that Gets You Hired

Your resume is the first impression that your potential employer will have of you, and you want it to knock their socks off so that they have no choice but to invite you for an interview! Writing a killer resume that gets you in the door at your dream position is challenging, but completely worth the extra effort.

Healthy Tricks to Wake Up Your Body on Tired Mornings

The best way to avoid feeling tired in the mornings is of course to get a good night’s sleep the night before, but sometimes life keeps us up late for whatever reason and we just don’t get the rest that we need. On these mornings we need to jump start our brains so that we can manage to function and make it through the day.

Sometimes the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Health is to Learn to Say No

Sometimes in life we feel ourselves overwhelmed by demands on us from all sides. Our bosses and coworkers expect a lot at work, our friends expect us always to go out and have fun, and our families need us to support them. Eager to please and to avoid disappointing anyone we care about, we push ourselves to the limit to say “yes” to every request. However, being a superhero and meeting everyone else’s needs is an exhausting task that can only be kept up for so long.

Inspiring Lessons You Can Learn From a Wad of Silly Putty

We have all rolled a squishy lump of Silly Putty in our hands as a child and remember the strange feeling of this one-of-a-kind substance. It is bouncy, yet flows like a liquid, and will even break from a sharp blow. It is one of those toys that you spent hours playing with as a child, but did you know that the same brightly coloured wad of Silly Putty can also teach you many lessons for success as an adult?

How Your Business Can Benefit from a Blog

In the 21st Century information age of Google, Facebook, Twitter and iPhones being connected and having a web presence is a must.  If you have a business whether it be in its infancy or well established opportunities for growth exist online. Every business especially those that provide services to the public, Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, Lawyers […]

Enhance Social Media Presence with Facebook

Most people have a personal Facebook page set up which allows them to communicate and interact with their friends and family.  However, many businesses are not taking advantage of this marketing tool and setting up a Facebook fan page for their business.  Having a Facebook fan page allows a business to advertise current promotions or […]

How To Screen For A Good Home Contractor

In this 4-minute piece from NBC’s The Today Show, you learn tips for picking a good home contractor. The advice is mostly common sense, but definitely worth heeding.

How Real Estate Agents can Achieve Success with Twitter

Research reveals that people under the age of 40 solely utilize the Web to research information, look up local business information and connect with others.  As a result, real estate agents, mortgage brokers and business owners are advertising through online media sources versus traditional print advertising.  Social media marketing is a term that describes use […]

Wash Your Windows The Eco-Friendly Way

Washing windows can be a drag on the environment. Most homeowners use multiple rolls of paper towels to finish the job, and many commercial window cleaners are chemical-loaded. Fortunately, there’s a way to wash your windows, be environmentally conscious, and still get great results. Here’s how to do it.

How Real Estate Agents and Mortgage Brokers are Getting Results with Social Media

With the rise in social media technology, real estate agents, mortgage brokers, financial planners and insurance agents are discovering how social media can help them generate new business. These professionals have found success in lead generation and sales through the use of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. With the drop the home […]

How To Make More Space In Your Garage

Finishing a garage creates “space” and enhances a home’s appeal to prospective buyers.

Which Is Better : Fresh Produce Or Frozen Produce?

There’s a long-standing myth that freezer-section produce is “worse for you” than fresh produce from a farm. The truth, however, is often the opposite.

How Healthy Is Your Bedroom?

Most people spend about one-third of their life in the bedroom. So, how healthy is yours?

How Does Your Real Estate Tax Bill Compare To Other Parts Of The Country?

Compiling data from the 2009 American Community Survey, the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan educational organization in Washington D.C., published property taxes paid by owner-occupied households, county-by-county.

How To Clean A Gas Grill

Cleaning a gas grill is simple and should be performed at least once every 12 months for light use, and once every 6 months for heavy use. Here’s how you do it.

How Does Your Work Commute Compare To Other Cities?

Whether you live in a “long commute” town like Richmond, NY (40 minutes), or a “short commute” town like King, TX (3.4 minutes), rising gas prices have made commute times and distances relevant to everyone. See commute times for every county in the country.