Happy New Year 2020!

Get ready to ring in the New Year at one of the celebrations across the valley! As 2019 comes to end, take the time to take time to reflect on the past year and celebrate the future in 2020!

Dave & Buster’s 
Dave & Buster’s at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale and Tempe Marketplace will both be open on New Year’s Eve with arcade games, redemption games, an appetizer buffet. Both locations will have a family-friendly party and an adults-only party. For more information, visit: https://www.daveandbusters.com/

Hindsight is 2020 Royal Palms
The Royal Palms Resort & Spa near Paradise Valley will be celebrating every decade from 1920 to 2020. A live bank will play the music of the first 50 years, then a DJ will take over to spin tracks from the next 50 years. Tickets are $175 and include two drinks, a raw bar, appetizers, and a champagne toast. For more information, visit: eventbrite.com/e/hindsight-is-2020

Glow All Out – Topgolf
“Swing-in” the New Year from 9pm to 1am with a glow-in-the-dark party at Topgolf in Gilbert, Glendale, and Scottsdale with four hours of Topgolf play, party favors, and a midnight fireworks show. Reservations are required. Each bay can hold up to six people. A “general” reservation is $240-$270, depending on the location, and includes golf and party favors. Drinks, food are additional costs. VIP is $420-$450 and includes access to buffet, unlimited fountain drinks, a sparkling bottle of wine, party favors, and golf. For more information, visit: topgolf.com

Medieval Times New Year’s Eve Show
Medieval Times will have a special late-night New Year’s Eve show at 9:45pm at its Scottsdale-area castle with pre-show hors d’oeuvres, party favors, a four-course dinner, champagne toast at midnight, balloon drop, a DJ, dancing, and admission to the Museum of Torture. For more information, visit: medievaltimes.com

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort New Year’s Eve Party
The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix will have a family New Year’s Eve party from 6pm to 10pm with a dinner buffet, crafts, games, dancing, a photo booth, champagne toast, and a “mocktail” bar for the kids. The cost is $35 for kids and $75 for adults. For more information, visit: squawpeakhilton.com

Is one of your 2020 New Year’s resolutions to move? Let Good Glendale Homes for Sale make your real estate resolutions a reality, call me at 602-329-7782 to get started!

 

Glendale Glitters

snowmenGlendale Glitters has become an annual family tradition across the Valley and Arizona! The stunning display of 1.6 million LED lights illuminates sixteen blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale, located at 58th and Glendale avenues. The glittering magic of Glendale’s 26th annual holiday light display will remain lit nightly through January 11th, 2020, from 5 – 10pm.

Traditional festival favorites, including holiday entertainment, food, seasonal gifts, a children’s snowfield, holiday storytelling will be at Glendale Glitters, as well as a Home Depot Kids Workshop and Santa Claus!

Parking is availalbe at City Hall, at 59th Avenue and Glenn Drive, and the Bank of America Building, at 58th and Glenn Drives. Surface street parking will also be availalbe. For more information about Glendale Glitters, call the special event hotline at 623-930-2299.

Our mild winter temperatures make events like Glendale Glitters an enjoyable evening to be spent outside. Do you know of someone who is planning to relocate to the Valley of the Sun? I’m a local area expert and I can help find new residents a home that meets their needs and lifestyle. 602-329-7782

 

Hosting Thanksgiving Tips

Thanksgiving TableRegardless of whether you want to try cooking a new Thanksgiving dish or sticking to your reliable menu, hosting Thanksgiving dinner is an overwhelming event that rarely goes without unavoidable hiccups.

The Turkey Won’t Thaw

Defrosting a turkey takes quite a while. Regardless of whether you neglected to remove the turkey from the freezer in time, or still have a half frozen bird, place it in a sink loaded with cold water, changing the water at regular intervals until it is defrosted. The turkey will take around 30 minutes for each pound to defrost in the sink.

The Turkey Is Undercooked

Grill it, roast it, deep-fry it, smoke it or brine it, cooking a turkey is at the center of Thanksgiving meal preparation. Most cooks fear slicing into a Thanksgiving turkey to find it still uncooked! You can rescue the circumstance via cutting off and serving the parts that are cooked, and putting the rest back in the broiler while everybody eats.

The Turkey Is Overcooked

Well, at least it’s done! Unless you’re facing a National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation kind of situation, you can salvage the overcooked turkey by smothering it in gravy.

Your Table is Not Big Enough

If hosting Thanksgiving dinner pushes the limits of your home’s ability to accommodate guests, then it’s time to get creative. Once all the seats at the dining room table and folding card tables are taken, start putting people around the coffee table, or seat children on a blanket on the floor, picnic-style.

There Isn’t Enough Food

A key part of your Thanksgiving dinner should be making sure you have plenty of food. In the event you have more guests than expected, whip up some extra mashed potatoes, soup, stuffing, rice or pasta!

You Have Bottles of Wine or Beer, but No Bottle Opener

It’s the one day of the year when you most need an alcoholic beverage, so what do you do when you can’t find the bottle opener? Thankfully, you can utilize the edge of a counter, or a belt clasp to open most bottles. Need to open wine without a corkscrew? On the off chance that you finish the bottle, drive the plug in.

You’ve Forgotten a Key Ingredient

Google “substitute for” and whatever it is you’re short of and recipe substitutions will be your new best friend on Thanksgiving.

Your Garbage Disposal Is Clogged

Uh oh! How will you deal with cleanup now? More often than not, you can probably fix a clogged disposal by sticking a hex key in the six-sided hole on the bottom of the motor, and wiggling it to free to blockage.

Thankfully, the most important part of Thanksgiving is the time spent with loved ones. Year from now, your kitchen incidents will be only an amusing story to tell at the next Thanksgiving dinner!

Holiday Events And Activities Around The Valley

We may not have snow to build snowmen and go on sleigh rides, but there are plenty of valley holiday events that will get you in the Christmas spirit and a few even have some snow! Kids are on winter break or you may have family and friends in town.  Here are some fun holiday events to check out around the valley :

Glendale Glitters
November 23rd-January12th
Glendale’s award-winning holiday lighting event has become a tradition for families across the valley. Visitors of all ages will delight in Glendale Glitter’s holiday entertainment, delectable food, hand-crafted holiday gifts, a children’s snow field and
petting zoo, shopping and visits from Santa! It is the largest free holiday light display in Arizona. The stunning display of over 1.6 million LED lights illuminate sixteen blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale.

Christmas At The Princess
November 20th-December 31st
This AAA Five Diamond award-winning North Scottsdale Resort goes all out for locals and hotel guests offering and enchanting winter wonderland for all ages.  Activities include open door ice skating rink, train rides, nativity garden, Santa’s Secret Headquarters and more! Special packages are offered with room bookings and restaurant dining.

Las Noches de las Luminarias
December 1-23rd & 26-31st
The Las Noches de las Luminaria has over 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags each year at the Desert Botanical Garden. In addition, there are thousands of white twinkling lights. Everyone is welcome to join in this holiday tradition, a treasure of the Southwest, with nine entertainment ensembles that offer holiday feel, sights, and sounds for your enjoyment.

CitySkate Holiday Ice Rink
November 23rd-January 6th
Surprise, even in the valley of Phoenix, we have real ice rinks! If your holiday spirit can’t get started without ice skating, head to Central Avenue, the center of downtown. A massive tree is loaded with twinkling lights and other decorations.

Christmas in the Rainforest at Butterfly Wonderland
Select dates November 23rd-December 28th
Families have come here to kick off holiday celebration in a “Rainforest-style” for a few years now. The inside temperature is warm, the environment is enchanting, and the beautiful rainforest is filled with 3,000 colorful butterflies that flutter freely inside a glass atrium.

This is why I love living here. With our mild winter temperatures, we can almost always plan our outdoor activities without having to worry about winter snow storms. Do you know of someone who is planning to relocate to the Valley of the Sun? I’m a local area expert and I can help find new residents a home that meets their needs and lifestyle.

Staging & Selling Before the Holidays

Staging & Selling Before the Holidays

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Staging & selling your home before the holidays can help save stress and give you time to focus on family and holiday festivities. Getting your home sold before year end is ideal so you can start the new year fresh. There are a few tips to help the process started and assist in running smoothly and effectively.

Take advantage of the tax write-offs. Often, part of staging a home includes purging. If you have a large amount of items you’re having trouble parting with, consider the tax credits for donating. Add up the value of the items you might be willing to donate and look at the tax savings using a Goodwill or Salvation Army calculator. This might be the perfect motivation to help let go of the items you don’t really need.

If you’re relocating or downsizing and won’t be able to take all your items, consider using home listing photos with a list of contents you’re looking to get rid of on Craigslist or other goods selling site as an alternative to donation. Selling before the Holidays is an effective idea especially, because people might be in the market for some gently used or vintage gifts.

Use Online Coupons. By now, we’ve all heard of sites like Groupon, Deal Chicken, Living Social, Amazon Local, etc. These sites offer local goods and services a a discounted price. The cost and effort of staging can be a hurdle for sellers. Search these sites for offers for cleaning services, painting, etc. Affordable ways to get these jobs done may get your home ready to show more quickly and with a lot less effort on your part. Especially during the holiday season, the last thing you want to be doing is a lot of work on the house. Let the professionals help make the staging a success at a discounted price.

Shop Ahead. If you’re selling to move into another property, you likely have either already found that property or at least have a solid idea of housing and new furnishings to make the place your own. If you have the budget, shop ahead for the furnishings. Things like furniture, non permanent lighting, decor, etc. for your new place might help stage the space you’re selling in the mean time.

No matter your situation, staging & selling before the holidays is a great idea and, with a little help from Elise Fay & Associates, you can get a smooth process started right away. Just give us a call!

Glendale’s Glitter and Glow Rocks Downtown

Wondering what to do on Saturday night?  Come on down to Glendale’s Glitter and Glow Rockin’ downtown party January 12th 4-10pm in Glendale’s Historic District.  This is a great event for the whole family. Along with the over 1 million lights that adorn the trees in the park, there will be more than 20 hot air balloons in all shapes and sizes adding to the special glow of the season. Read more