Ten Things to Do in the Summer in the Valley

lake photoAre you looking for something to get out and do during the summertime? Would you like to plan a staycation in the area or figure out some nice day trips to take with the whole family? There are a lot of exciting places to visit and things to do in summer in the Valley, if you just know where to look!  Here are some ideas beyond the usual  movie theater visits:


  • Ice Skating – If you’re looking for something to help beat the summer heat, why not go to an indoor ice rink and do some skating? There are several indoor rinks in the Valley, but Scottsdale is home to Ice Den, which is a very popular choice.
  • McDowell Sonoran Preserve – This is a great place to take an early morning or evening walk and keep your eyes peeled for local plant and animal life, too. Bring the whole family for an outing that’s as educational as it is fun.  Remember to bring your sunscreen and water!


  • Cerreta Candy Company – Take a tour and see how candy is made at this production facility. You might even get a free sample or find something you can’t live without in the gift shop afterward.
  • Drive-In Movie – There aren’t a lot of drive-in movie theaters left these days, but the Glendale 9 boasts about being one of them. Take in a move from the comfort of your car for a trip back in time.


  • Challenger Space Center – Check out this technology center and learn all about space and how we interact with it from here on Earth. There are plenty of exhibits to check out as well hands-on experiences for kids and adults both.
  • New River Trail – Take an early morning hike on the New River Trail or bring your bike and enjoy over 10 miles of paved trail equipped with water stations.
  • Kayaking and Paddle Boarding – With Go Paddle AZ, located in Peoria, you can take a day-long adventure on the water and experience kayaking, canoeing, and Paddle Boarding alone or with a group of friends.


  • Children’s Museum – If you have little ones, you can’t miss a chance to go to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. This is a fun hands-on experience that’s sure to keep your little one happy and entertained all day long.
  • Arizona Science Center – Learn all about science and discover things you didn’t even know about when you visit the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. This is a great activity that’s sure to please the whole family.
  • Phoenix Zoo – No list of sightseeing in the Valley would be complete without mentioning the Phoenix Zoo.  From June through August, the zoo opens at 7am (6am for members). Take it in for a morning visit to learn more about the animals that live there and then let your kids cool off at the Leapin’ Lagoon, the zoo’s splash pad.

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What Marketing Can I Expect My Realtor to Do?

Glendale Real Esatate photoWhen you’re selling your home, you’ve probably heard that it’s better to work with a realtor. After all, potential buyers are a lot more likely to look at a home that’s being sold by a realtor instead of one that’s just for sale by the owner. However, what can you really expect your realtor to do other than bring strangers to your home and walk with them through it? Did you know that your realtor has some marketing strategies to help you improve your chances of selling your home in a timely manner?

The MLS:  The MLS is basically a listings engine that realtors use to locate homes for sale in the area. They can search based on all sorts of parameters to help you find the perfect home to fit your needs, budget, and more. When your home is added to the MLS, that makes it much more accessible to other realtors throughout the region, and not just to yours. This means that even people who have never heard of your realtor will be told about your house for sale by their own realtor, and exposure to your home will increase significantly. This is the most important marketing task of any seller’s realtor.

Photos and Staging:  Not every realtor will do this for a seller, but many will. One of the most important marketing strategies your realtor can help you with professional photos of the inside and outside of your home. When a house has photos that are poorly lit or don’t show the key elements of a room, even the best and most impressive MLS listing isn’t going to get potential buyers interested in looking at the home. If your realtor doesn’t offer to help you with photos and staging, it never hurts to be up front and ask about it.

Pricing:  One key aspect of your realtor’s job is to help you set a fair and acceptable price for your home. Your realtor has access to a lot of information about the prices that homes in the area have been selling for, and he or she will know what the market trends are doing at any given time. Choosing a reasonable price for your home is a crucial part of marketing it to the right target pool of potential buyers and ensuring that it gets a lot of attention, too. If you insist on going with a higher price than the one your realtor suggests, don’t be surprised if you soon need to lower it back to what you were quoted in the first place.

Sibbach Team utilizes the most innovative marketing strategies.  We use professional photographers and our on staff stager who will help to show off your home’s best features.  But that’s not all!  We take drone aerial shots, list your home on most visited real estate websites  (trulia, zillow, redfin, realtor.com etc.) and strategically utilize social media to showcase your home.  Open House events are still very effective and we know how to drive visitors to view your home.

Are you considering selling your home?  Get started with a free, no obligation home value estimate or contact me at  602-329-7782