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Tips on Improving Your Credit Score to Prepare for Home Ownership

If you are currently renting and are considering purchasing a home you may need to check a few things before you begin your search.  One of the most important things to know before you venture into home ownership is what your credit score is.

Your credit score will tell you everything about your credit history and this is what lenders will be looking at when deciding whether to approve you for a home loan.  You may have thought you were doing everything right but your credit score will be the deciding factor.  Read more

Spring Training 2020

baseballWelcome, Spring Training 2020! With more than 100 Cactus League baseball games scheduled between February 21st and March 24th, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a game!  View complete Cactus League game schedule here.

Who plays at each stadium?

American Family Fields of Phoenix (formerly Maryvale Stadium), 3805 N. 53rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85031 (Milwaukee Brewers)

Camelback Ranch – Glendale, 10710 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85037 (Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers)

Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, AZ 85338 (Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds)

Hohokam Stadium, 1235 N. Center Street, Mesa, AZ 85201 (Oakland Athletics)

Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382 (Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres)

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies)

Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn Road., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (San Francisco Giants)

Sloan Park, 2330 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85201 (Chicago Cubs)

Surprise Stadium, 15850 N. Bullard Ave. Surprise AZ, 85374 (Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals)

Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282 (Los Angeles Angels)

You can’t go wrong with a hot dog and peanuts at a baseball game, but the these West Valley fields also have plenty of new eats to try this year:

American Family Fields of Phoenix: New concessions this year include: The Bernie Brat, a Johnsonville Bratwurst double-dipped in secret stadium sauce and topped with bacon crumbles and onion straws; Wisconsin Curd Burger, a classic beef patty topped with Wisconsin cheese curds and hot sauce; and Buffalo Chicken Nachos, tortilla chips topped with chicken and buffalo sauce.

Goodyear Ballpark: New concession items include Loaded Corn Dog Nuggets, Garlic Parmesan waffle fries, Desert Tenders Sandwich, a buffalo chicken tenders on slider buns, Nacho Helmet, nachos served in a souvenir team helmet, and The Cheesy Changeup, a half-pound cheeseburger surrounded by two grilled cheese sandwiches.

Hohokam Stadium: New concession items and businesses this year include Impossible burgers, Black Rock Coffee bar, and Corndog Company. All A’s Access members and Spring Training pass holders can receive 50% off concessions.
Peoria Sports Complex: New food offerings this year include a street taco cart, a spicy version of the Ruthian Foot-Long Hot Dog, which is wrapped in Jalapeno bacon; the Mac Attack Dog; and family-sized nachos or French fries served in a choice of Mariners or Padres souvenir helmets.

Surprise Stadium: This year, Surprise Stadium has added a “value menu” offering $3 hot dogs, popcorn, soda, or chips and cheese. Also new is the Sam Adams Upper Deck with flights of Sam Adams beer; the Huss Backyard and Container Bar with Huss Brewing beers on draft; and a hot dog cart with four signature hot dog creations. Saigon Kitchen, a Vietnamese restaurant in Surprise, will also serve their garlic noodles and lemongrass chicken at the stadium.

Once you find your new favorite ballpark snack, let’s find your new favorite home. Begin your Home Search today!

Glendale Chocolate Experience

chocolate cake popsThe City of Glendale presents The Chocolate Experience this weekend, February 8th & 9th. The tasty event will be held at the Glendale Civic Center. There will be select chocolatiers and confectioners, craft artisans, artistic performances, wine and chocolate pairings and live music on the fountain terrace. Cerreta Candy Company will offer free tours of the candy factory, as well as its popular chocolate-pizza making booth!

The event offers FREE admission and parking, plus FREE shuttle rides to and from Cerreta’s!

The Chocolate Experience will be held from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, and noon to 5pm on Sunday. The Glendale Civic Center is nestled in the heart of Historic Downtown Glendale at 5750 W. Glenn Dr. For more information, visit www.glendaleaz.com/events.

I’m a Glendale resident and local area expert, when you’re ready to buy or sell your next house, call me at 602-329-7782!

Happy Hauntings!

halloweenPick up some brave friends and head on over to one of the Valley’s haunted houses if you dare!

AZ Field of Screams

Decaying ghouls, masked slashers and chainsaw-wielding lunatics are among the dangers that might be lurking in this haunted corn maze at Tolmachoff Farms!
Details: Last day to scream – October 31st, 2019. 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale. $15-$20.

Fear Farm

Fear Farm is Phoenix’s largest outdoor haunted house. There are six themed attractions, including “Bunker: The Arrival”, “Slaughterhouse”, “Pumpkin Witch”, “Fallout”, “The Plague” and “Haunted Corn Maze: The Reaping.” Extras this year: carnival games and mini escape rooms.
Details: Last day to be fearful – November 2nd, 2019. 2209 N. 99th Ave., Phoenix. $24.99-$32.99 in advance, $1 more on the day of, $3 more at the door. Add $10 for fast pass, $20 to skip the line.

13th Floor Haunted House

This may be the most intricate haunted house in Phoenix, and it gets a fresh look every year, but some rooms stay the same, including the surprisingly disorienting “tilt room” and a haunted mansion that was preserved from a legendary haunted house in Utah. This year’s attractions are “Rise of the Dead” and “Creature Feature,” an homage to classic movie monsters.
Details: Last day to be haunted – November 2nd, 2019. 2814 W. Bell Road, Phoenix. $24.99-$32.99 in advance, $1 more on the day of, $3 more at the door. Add $10 for fast pass, $20 to skip the line.

When you’re ready to buy or sell your next house (hopefully not haunted!), call me at 602-329-7782!

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!

Second Annual Fall Festival Recap

Why Glendale is Arizona’s “Antique Capital”

Glendale AZ sign photoAre you a fan of antiques shopping? Are you the kind of person who is willing to drive out of your way to get the best deals on antiques in your area? Did you know Glendale is widely considered Arizona’s antique capital? The next time you find yourself in the Glendale area, you may want to set aside a few hours (or even a few days!) to go peruse the antiques shops that give this town its unofficial title. You never know what you might find when you give yourself a chance to shop and treat yourself to some of the best antiques around!

Why the Antique Capital?
Downtown Glendale is a historic district that is packed with over 70 antique vendors to choose from. If you love to buy and browse for antiques, this is the place to be. In the Catlin Court Historic District, you can even check out antique shops that are located in converted bungalows that were once used as residences in the area. Overall, the antique shopping district is made up of ten blocks of walkable, safe roads and includes a free parking lot, a public library, and a city park. This is a great way to spend a day or several in Glendale either treating yourself or enjoying the experience with friends and family.

Historic Downtown Glendale
Start your antiques experience by parking in the covered lot and exploring the historic downtown area. Pick up a walking map from the Visitor’s Bureau or print one from the city’s web site before you venture out for your day of antiquing. It’s a good idea to have some idea of the direction you want to take when you start walking, but remember that all the streets are laid out in a simple grid pattern, so it’s very hard to get lost in this area. There’s more in the downtown district than just antiquing, of course, so don’t forget to take some time to pamper yourself at a nail salon, grab a cup of coffee, or enjoy a bite of lunch or brunch with friends while you’re exploring.

Glendale Glitters
Want to check out a fun local event while also browsing the antique shops? Stop by during December to enjoy Glendale Glitters, a popular holiday event that includes plenty of sparkling lights, food trucks, live music and more to keep you entertained all day and all night without having to leave downtown Glendale.

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What’s Happening in Glendale in September

Glendale AZ sign photoDo you live in the Glendale area or will you be visiting during the month of September? If you’re looking for something fun and exciting to do in Glendale and Peoria, we’ve recommend some activities for you and anyone else in your family who might want to tag along! Check out our top picks below for the next time you want to get out and about in the Glendale area.

13th Annual Teddy Bear Day

Do you love teddy bears? Are you looking for some wholesome family fun in the Glendale area? If so, check out the 13th Annual Teddy Bear Day on September 9! This event will be held at Murphy Park in Glendale from 10am to 4pm. Walk around town and check out special deals and discounts that will be going on during the teddy bear festivities and don’t forget to stop by the Visitor Center for more information about all the excitement! Kids in the family can enjoy arts and crafts activities at many locations throughout the area during Teddy Bear Day, too.

Movies by Moonlight

As part of Glendale’s Fall Family Movie Series, you can bring yourself and the whole family to the Sahuaro Ranch Sports Park for a fun night filled with movie magic! This is a recurring event that takes place on a monthly basis so don’t forget to check back again in October and see what’s happening next time, too. For September, the movie is Moana. Bring along your picnic blanket and snacks to enjoy a comfortable night outdoors on the grass at the park. Don’t forget to arrive an hour early so the younger members of the family can enjoy some fun activities before the show starts! Admission is free to this event.

U2 at University of Phoenix Stadium

If you prefer an activity that’s a little more grown-up, don’t forget about U2 in concert at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on September 19! This exciting event is sure to draw big crowds, so get your tickets ahead of time if you want to enjoy the show. Tickets are still available!

There’s even more going on in the Glendale area during September and in the months ahead, so don’t forget to check out the local events calendar to find out more. You never know when you might come across something you’d love to go do with your friends and family the next time you want to plan for something exciting!

Mark your calendar for a family fall event in October that will include complimentary photos and pumpkins!  Click here for more info.

Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015

Arizona Restaurant Week

Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015 is September 18-27. This affair offers foodies and those looking to expand their Arizona restaurant experiences a plethora of dining options they might not typically choose, often in different neighborhoods, providing a great opportunity to experience something new. Options are endless, ranging in cuisine type, all offering special pre-fixe menus and pricing during restaurant week, so it’s the perfect time to try new fare. The goal of Arizona Restaurant Week is to position Arizona as one of the nation’s top culinary destinations by increasing awareness of the available dining experiences while stimulating business for the restaurants. Prepare your palates for some of the best food in the Valley!

Having been to more than half of the some 200 restaurants participating in Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015, here, I outline some of my favorite participating places. Be sure to check out the Arizona Restaurant Week website for all participating restaurants. Click on any of the restaurant names below to visit their website.

My favorite restaurant:

The Gladly: Contemporary American; Don’t miss the chimichurri chicken or the whiskey list, I’m a whiskey snob & the list here is phenomenal

My favorite fine-dining:

T. Cook’s; Contemporary Mediterranean; At this AAA four diamond & Zagat #1 rated restaurant in Phoenix, located in The Royal Palms Resort, anything you order will not disappoint

My favorite appetizer:

Barrio Queen; Mexican; Don’t miss the signature guacamole app, it’s borderline life changing. Also, a beverage is included with the pre-fixe deal. Margarita? Yes, please!

My favorite entree on a participating pre-fixe menu:

The Arrogant Butcher; Gastro Pub; Don’t miss the Short Rib Stew, one of my favorite entrees in the Valley

My favorite Latin cuisine:

Ticoz Latin Kitchen: Many delicious options here, but the pork chile verde mac n cheese is a definite winner. And, the pre-fixe comes with a beverage. You will not be disappointed with a glass of the Sangria; it’s my favorite in The Valley.

Some of my other recommendations not to miss during Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015: Central Bistro, Chelsea’s Kitchen, Nook, The Henry, The House Brasserie

Especially great deals: This fall, several restaurants are offering a pre-fixe menu priced at just $44/couple. If you are looking for a foodie experience to get the most bang for your buck, check out one of these options:

5th and Wine, as expected they offer a great wine selection and it’s a great casual atmosphere for a fun group dinner; Blanco Tacos & Tequila, the legit cuisine at all Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC) restaurants make this a solid option, my go to here are any of the seafood taco options; Culinary Dropout, also a FRC restaurant, the expected modern cuisine and atmosphere deliver, order the 36 hour pork ribs and bourbon black bottom pie, you’re welcome; Porkopolis, I don’t often venture to Chandler for dining, so this is the only restaurant with the couple pre-fixe option I can’t personally recommend.

If you’re looking to dine out near home, there are a few Arrowhead Ranch area restaurants participating in Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015. If you have to get home to a babysitter and don’t want to spend time driving to Scottsdale or Downtown, spend an evening at Arrowhead Grill, Firebirds or The Melting Pot. They all deliver great cuisine a stone’s throw away from the Arrowhead area.

Bon Appetit!

Businesses Love Glendale AZ

Glendale AZBusinesses LOVE Glendale AZ.

Doing Business in Glendale:  Yes once again Glendale will be host to the 2015 Superbowl.  The first one in Glendale in 2008 put the city on the map as it was recognized as one of the most successful Superbowls in history. As Glendale prepares for this Super Event, there are other projects which have been set in motion; again helping to make Glendale a destination city.

St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center broke ground in Jan 2013 on its new 35-acre Glendale medical campus. Glendale’s 3rd hospital they will be investing more than 44 million for the new 24 bed location in 2014.  This year Midwestern University will also debut its new veterinary school.

In other big news, Luke AFB will have more F-35As assigned to its base in Glendale, more than any other in the Air Force. They will have 6 squadrons totaling 144 jets when the base fully transitions to an F-35A training center.

Glendale Glitters award-winning festival has been recognized by CBSnews.com as one of the top five holiday light displays in the country. This free event which just completed its 20th year typically attracts tens of thousands of people each year. The award also recognized the neighborhood and business participation throughout the city. So who were the other cities on this list? San Diego, Portland Oregon, Arlington Texas, and Somerville Massachusetts.  Yeah for Glendale!