Rattlesnake Safety

snakeDid you know that from April through October, rattlesnakes can be found anywhere from hiking trails to city streets? There are 13 different types of rattlesnakes slithering throughout Arizona, so it’s important for everyone to know what to do when crossing paths with a snake. While snakes aren’t looking to cause trouble, people still must use extreme caution when they come across a rattlesnake. A snakebite has enough venom to cause serious injury or even death. Most snakebite victims have to spend at least two to three days in a hospital and spend weeks rehabilitating the area around the bite in order to regain full range of motion and muscle functionality.

Valley fire departments offer these tips for making your property less hospitable to snakes:

-Eliminate rodents (a snake’s preferred food) from around your home.
-Remove wood piles and junk from your yard to eliminate potential homes for snakes and their prey.
-Walls deter snakes from entering your yard. Solid walls 4 feet high with a four-inch lip angling outward will discourage most snakes. Sink the bottom of the wall well into the ground.
-Install gates snugly against the ground.
-Keep walkways clear of brush.
-Light pathways around your home.

Tips to keep safe when rattlesnake activity is at its peak:

-Stay on the trails. Rattlesnakes are more likely to be found in places with better opportunity to hunt, hide, and stay out of trouble.
-Be aware of your surroundings. Watch your step. Texting while walking has resulted in at least one bite that we know of, and head phones will keep the natural warning system from working.
-If you have a dog, keep it on a leash. Have the dog vaccinated for rattlesnake bites, and have it trained if it’s available in your area.
-If you encounter a snake, take a step (or two or three!) back. Snakes can only strike at a distance of one-third of their full body length, thus a three-foot snake has an effective strike range of 12 inches. The average human stride is 36 inches, so a step back will quickly put you out of harms way. If those seem to be obvious, it’s because they absolutely are. Rattlesnakes are simply not a threat to those who don’t go looking for it. Staying safe is just a matter of knowing better, and if you didn’t before, now you do.

For more information or to speak to a snakebite expert, call the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center’s free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

Memorial Day Events 2019

American FlagEven though summer may not officially begin until June 21st, Memorial Day weekend traditionally signifies the start of that season. Memorial Day has become a day for picnics, pool parties and the start of summer vacations, but it’s important to remember the holiday has somber roots. Memorial Day was first held on May 30th, 1868, to honor those lost during the Civil War.  After the United States’ involvement in World War I, the holiday was expanded to honor all killed in any US war. Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968, this moved the observance of Memorial Day from May 30th to the last Monday in May. That law took effect in 1971. Here are some events and activities in Phoenix dedicated to honoring those who we have lost.

Day of Remembrance in Anthem
The Daisy Mountain Veterans and Anthem Community Council host this ceremony at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. Ceremony includes speakers, music and a POW/MIA ceremony. Roses will be placed on the pavers of those who were killed in action. Ceremony concludes with playing of “Taps.”

Details: 9am Monday, May 27th. Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway. Free. onlineatanthem.com

Memorial Day with Pioneers’ Cemetery Association
The Pioneers’ Cemetery Association presents its annual Memorial Day observance with Marty Manning as master of ceremonies. Free public parking available at Wesley Bolin Plaza. After the ceremony, tour the cemeteries and visit the historic Smurthwaite House.

Details: 9am Monday, May 27th. Pioneer and Military Memorial Park, 14th Avenue and Jefferson Street, Phoenix. Free. azhistcemeteries.org

Blue Star Museums Initiative
The Heard Museum is part of this program which offers free admission for active-duty military personnel and their families from May 27th through Labor Day, September 2nd. That includes active-duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve members and up to five immediate family members.

Details: 9:30am-5pm Mondays-Saturdays; 11am-5pm Sundays. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Free to those eligible members; $7.50-$18 for others. heard.org

Best of Zillow

I’m so excited to share that I have achieved the Best of Zillow status! It’s the highest mark of distinction they award. The Best of Zillow badge is awarded to realtors who are among the top 10% of all Zillow Premier Agents. These ratings come directly from customer, so I want to say “thank you” to all my customers who have rated me 5-Stars!

Best of Zillow

Easter Brunch

Easter BasketWith so many Easter brunches around the valley, how do you choose? Here are a few of my favorite restaurants for brunch!

Southern Rail
 – 300 West Camelback Road, Phoenix

Devour chef Justin Beckett’s beloved brunch at Southern Rail from 10am to 3pm on Easter Sunday. Go for the fried green tomato Benedict with tomato jam, sweet potato hash with a soft-boiled egg, or bread pudding French toast with bourbon sauce. Bottles of Arizona wine will be half-price all day. Call 602-200-0085 to make a reservation.

Urban Margarita – 6685 West Beardsley Road, #180, Glendale

Celebrate Easter with festivities at Urban Margarita. In addition to regular brunch items like enchiladas and eggs ($13.89) and Frosted Flakes French toast ($10.89), the restaurant is featuring crab and lobster Benedict ($15) and bananas foster french toast ($12). Treat yourself to a Bellini in flavors like peach, mango, and raspberry, or go for a tried-and-true mimosa; either drink will run you $4. Call 623-561-6674 to make a reservation.

Wright’s at the Biltmore – 
2400 East Missouri Avenue, Phoenix

Enjoy an extravagant Easter brunch buffet at Wright’s at the Biltmore from from 9am to 2:30pm. Standout menu items include wild berry-ginger pancakes, prickly pear barbecue-glazed ham, and a sweet-glazed doughnut wall. Chef-manned stations offer up everything from made-to-order omelettes to vanilla waffle ice cream. Arrive at the resort early to join in the annual Easter egg hunt at 8:30am on the Squaw Peak Lawn, with plenty of festivities for children. Brunch costs $105 for adults and $45 for children ages 5 to 12. Call 602-954-2507 make a reservation.

Once you have finished your Easter Egg hunt and you are ready to hunt for your next home, give me a call! 602-329-7762

4 Ways to Dispose of Old Appliances

kitchenWhen preparing your home for sale, I may recommend to replace your old appliances with new ones to increase the selling value of your home. Or you may have just bought a home with old appliances and you replaced them, but what’s the best way to dispose of your old appliances?

Recycle
Many cites offer quarterly electronic recycling events for smaller appliances. Look for announcements of these events in your monthly water bill.

Donate
Check with local charities to see what their policies are regarding used appliances donations. Charities that accept appliance donations will often offer free curbside pick-up service. You may also be able to write your donation off on your taxes.

Sell Them
Are your old appliances still running? Post them on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace to sell them. There is a growing market of shoppers looking for a bargain. Fielding offers from bargain shoppers can be a more time consuming option, but with a little effort, you could earn some extra cash!

Hauled Away
You may decide you just want the appliances out of your home as soon as possible. When that happens, you can call services for responsible appliance removal. There will be a fee, so you might want to go through your house and find any additional items in need of being hauled away to make the call worth the time and money.

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Spring Training Baseball

baseballIt’s the best time of year in Arizona-baseball Spring Training time! Camelback Ranch in Glendale is the spring training home of two of baseball’s most storied franchises, the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. They have enjoyed record-setting attendance and national recognition since its inaugural Cactus League season in 2009.

The 141-acre sun-kissed baseball center of award-winning architecture is wrapped around a five-acre lake on the Glendale-Phoenix border in the West Valley of metropolitan Phoenix. The lake separates the Dodgers and White Sox training facilities and offers aesthetic beauty and irrigation to complex landscaping and playing fields. The stadium has 10,000-plus seats plus seating for 3,000 on the bermed grass area. There are also 8 full suites, 4 mini-suites, a press box, a suite-level party deck, and a series of outfield terraces that create party areas. View the Camelback Ranch 2019 spring training schedule here!

When it’s not spring training season, the stadium is used for league rookie baseball, amateur baseball tournaments, corporate hospitality, concerts, festivals and other community events.

Want to view homes for sale in Glendale before or after a game? Give me a call at 602-329-7782!

Buckeye Is One of The Country’s Fastest Growing Cities

West Valley View wrote an article recently about Buckeye being one of the United States fastest growing cities in 2017. According to the Federal Census Bureau’s report about cities with a population of 50,000 or more, Buckeye had the fifth fastest growing population in 2017. And we’re not surprised! There are so many reasons to call Buckeye home. 

Affordable Housing 

Buckeye is just a short commute to Phoenix, making it an ideal spot to raise a family. Choosing to live in Buckeye means lower cost land and bigger homes than what’s available closer to the city. 

New Business

It’s not only families that have noticed Buckeye’s growth. New businesses have opened in the area, bringing more amenities, money and jobs to the community. Recent new businesses include an Aldi grocery store, a fitness center and Nikola Motor Company. 

Outdoor Fun and Adventure

No matter what outdoor activity you enjoy, there’s plenty to do in Buckeye. Hike one of the many trails and enjoy breathtaking views of the Sonoran Desert. Or enjoy a day with the family at one of Buckeye’s six large parks! 

Community Charm

The city of Buckeye is known for it’s small town charm. There’s no shortage of great community festivals and events throughout the year. Popular events include the Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration, Pioneer Days Festival, and Helzapoppin Days!

The word is out! Buckeye is a great place to live. Why not see for yourself?