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Natural Wonders & Inspiring Attractions: Living in Mesa, Arizona

March 27, 2019
Mesa, AZ

Living in Mesa, Arizona, means it’s always easy to find adventure. The Mesa area is packed with excitement, entertainment and inspiration, all just 30 minutes from Phoenix. If you’re considering a move to Mesa, keep reading—by the time you’re done, you’ll probably be ready to pack! Outdoor activities From incredible parks to countless trails, living in Mesa puts natural wonders right outside your door. Usery Mountain Regional Park offers 3,500 acres of beautiful landscape, including the Wind Cave Trail and the hanging gardens at Rock…

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Selling a Home

Lighting Tips to Help Sell Your Home

March 22, 2019
Unique light fixture

You’ve found the right real estate agent. You’ve repaired or replaced everything that needed fixing. You’ve covered the three D’s of home staging—Decluttering, Depersonalization and Deep cleaning. Finally, it’s time to put your home on the market. But, wait! There’s one often-overlooked detail that could sabotage all your hard work: the lighting. In the game of First Impressions, a poorly lit home is at an automatic disadvantage. Darkness can make a home feel small, uninviting and dirty, even when it isn’t. Worse, a potential buyer…

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Selling a Home

Checklist: Knowing When it’s Time to Sell

March 19, 2019
Home and For Sale sign

There are many factors involved with selling a home, and knowing when to sell is chief among them. With the aim of simplifying your decision, we’ve created the following checklist, outlining various motivators people have to sell their home. If you can check off any of the boxes below, you might be ready to put your home on the market and find something more suitable to your wish list and lifestyle needs! You need or want more space Maybe you’ve got a new bundle of…

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Packing & Moving

Senior Moving Tips

March 15, 2019
Seniors moving

Seniors remain an influential part of the real estate market, purchasing everything from standard single-family homes to larger multi-generational options that can accommodate additional family members. As a senior, your considerations for how to handle a move will likely differ somewhat from younger buyers. Check out these tips to help make your move as smooth as possible—or pass this article along if you’re a relative of a senior homebuyer! Transportation options If you rely on transportation services, such as the bus or paratransit, you may…

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Life at Home

Pi Day Pie Recipes

March 14, 2019

If you plan to celebrate Pi Day by indulging in a slice or two (or 3.14…) of delicious pie, we’ve got you covered! At least one of the following recipes is sure to become a constant (pun intended!) in your kitchen. Best Apple Pie. Is it the buttery crust? Or perhaps the sweet apple filling? It’s hard to pinpoint what makes this dessert so delicious, but it’s a far cry from your run-of-the-mill apple pie! Black-Bottom Banana Cream Pie. Crushed Oreo cookies, fresh banana slices,…

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