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Delicious Summer Tomato Gratin

June 16th, 2015|

Summer Tomato Gratin
For more delicious recipes, check out my recipe blog!

With the abundance of fresh, ripe tomatoes this time of year, many of us are looking for a flavorful tomato dish that uses a […]

Sweet Dreams – A Bedtime Story

June 5th, 2015|

Bedroom Ideas
For more articles on home decorating, check out my Home Decor Blog!

Decorating a bedroom in your house takes a lot of work, because you want it to look great while at the same […]

Desert Ridge Area Poised for Growth

May 11th, 2015|

Desert Ridge Area Poised for Growth

The Aviano and Fireside communities are part of the 5,700-acre Desert Ridge development, which is home to several major employers, including American Express, and plenty of wonderful restaurants and […]

How Is Your Indoor Air Quality?

May 11th, 2015|

Indoor Air Quality Is Nothing To Sneeze About!
Cleaners, cosmetics, personal care products, disinfectants, air fresheners, paints, solvents, pesticides, nicotine, glue: The list of chemicals in many homes is extensive. Heavy concentrations of these chemicals […]

How is Your Indoor Air Quality?

May 11th, 2015|

Indoor Air Quality Is Nothing To Sneeze About!
I receive several calls monthly from prospective clients who would like to find homes with healthy indoor air quality due to their having chemical sensitivities, health issues, […]

Phoenix Biltmore Area Has It All!

May 3rd, 2015|

Energy-Efficient Mortgages

April 28th, 2015|

Energy-Efficient Mortgages
Energy-efficient mortgages are one of the most beneficial and under-utilized programs the consumer can find and capitalize upon in today’s real estate market. An energy-efficient mortgage may add up to an additional 15% […]

Clean Eating – Snack Ideas!

April 15th, 2015|

Clean Eating – Snack Ideas!

Snacking. We all do it! There is a huge difference, thug,h between good snacking and bad snacking. It’s so important to remember clean eating in between meals, so that you […]

How to Get Any Type of Curl!

April 2nd, 2015|

How to Get Any Type of Curl!
Calling all ladies! This is definitely the best guide I’ve seen when it comes to curling hair. I was always curious what hair tool is used to get […]

Beautiful Backyard Barbecue

March 24th, 2015|

In Arizona, it is basically summer all year long! We enjoy a lot of our time outside, except from June through August when it is unbearably hot. Having a great backyard is a must, […]

Love Those Boyfriend Jeans!

March 17th, 2015|

Boyfriend jeans are very in-style right now, and I love how they’re paired in this trendy outfit! The olive green shirt with the super light-wash jeans is a great combo for spring, summer, and […]

SRP Approves Monthly Solar Fee

March 15th, 2015|

SRP Approves Monthly Solar Fee
This information may be helpful to pass on your clients who are serviced by SRP and who have recently installed solar panels or may be considering installing them in the […]

SRP Approves Monthly Solar Fee

March 15th, 2015|

SRP Approves Monthly Solar Fee
This information may be helpful for those who are serviced by SRP and who have recently installed solar panels or may be considering installing them in the future.

Last month SRP approved […]

Phoenix Housing Market Snapshot 3/2/15

March 3rd, 2015|

Phoenix Real Estate Snapshot for March 2, 2015
February was an excellent month for the optimists with improvements for sellers across the majority of price ranges and geographic areas. The main exception was the luxury […]

Six Steps to Heart-Healthy Eating!

March 2nd, 2015|

Did you know that up to 80% of heart disease is preventable? The month of February was Heart Health Awareness month, but it’s important to be taking care of your heart each and every day. Cardiovascular […]

Consider These 6 Steps Before Listing Your Home

March 2nd, 2015|

First impressions are important when it comes to selling a home. Many buyers decide within the first few minutes whether or not they like a property. There are easy and inexpensive ways to clearly […]

Puron® to Replace Freon

February 27th, 2015|

We’ve all heard of Freon (Freon®22), a refrigerant that’s been around since 1930. But it looks like its days are numbered. Instead, a refrigerant called Puron® will be a replacement for Freon®22.

According to the […]

Roasted Carrots and Onions

February 27th, 2015|

I still have oodles of carrots in my backyard garden, even though it’s time to harvest all the winter plants and prepare for spring planting. This roasted carrot and onion dish is absolutely delicious […]

Is an Alternative Fuel Vehicle for You?

February 20th, 2015|

Thinking of Buying an Eco-Friendly Car?
Being eco-conscious can go to an entirely new and different level when you purchase your first green car. Green driving options allow you to literally take your eco-friendly beliefs […]

Phoenix Housing Market Snapshot 2/19/15

February 20th, 2015|

Phoenix Real Estate Snapshot for February 19, 2015
February 19 – For most locations in the Valley there are fewer active listings (excluding homes under contract) and more listings under contract than on February 19, 2014. […]

Traveling to Canada? Visit Beautiful Lake Louise in Alberta!

February 18th, 2015|

Don’t Miss Beautiful Lake Louise If You’re Traveling to Canada
What a beautiful hidden gem! This is Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. When I think “vacation,” Canada is definitely not the first thing that comes […]

20-Minute Flat-Belly Workout!

February 16th, 2015|

 

Click here for Bikini Body Mommy — Lose the Pooch!

The first day of Spring is just around the corner on March 20, with summer close behind! Getting in shape while it’s still winter is […]

Intriguing Energy-Saving Structures

February 13th, 2015|

Energy-Saving Structures

In the past, building an energy-efficient home didn’t offer a variety of options. You could add solar panels, sky lights and special appliances to make your home green, but the outside appearance was […]

Perfect Master Suite!

February 13th, 2015|

Perfect Master Suite
This master suite is so perfectly designed. I love the simplicity of the neutral color theme, but there is still enough going on so it does not look plain. The chairs at […]

Big Changes Coming for the Metro Phoenix Housing Market

February 9th, 2015|

There are big changes coming to Phoenix’s housing market in 2015, or at least that’s what Realtor.com says. Even though the Phoenix Metro area experienced many disappointments in 2014 and showed sluggish numbers overall, […]

Are you Ready for Millennial Clients?

February 3rd, 2015|

It’s the Millennials, Gen Y (born 1982-2002), who are going to be key to turning the current real estate market around. And there’s more and more data coming out about their home buying preferences. All the […]

Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

February 1st, 2015|

First impressions are important when it comes to selling a home. Many buyers decide within the first few minutes whether or not they like a property. There are easy and inexpensive ways to clearly […]

Beautiful Bathroom Storage!

January 27th, 2015|

For more home decor ideas, click here! The key element to a good bathroom is keeping it clean and inviting. Nobody is impressed with a bathroom that has a medicine cabinet overflowing with products, […]

10 Green Projects for under $500

January 21st, 2015|

If you are interested in greening your home on a budget, consider these ten green projects, each for under $500.

Build a clothesline. Next to a refrigerator, a clothes dryer is the biggest energy-guzzling appliance in the […]

20 Snacks that will Curb Your Appetite!

January 21st, 2015|

Snacking is human nature, but that doesn’t mean you get a free pass for a side of french fries! It is actually healthier to snack more throughout the day and eat smaller meals than […]

Beautiful Wild Horses

January 16th, 2015|

Wow, wouldn’t you love to wake up one morning and just watch this live from your porch? I know I would! If I had to sum this picture up in one word, it would […]

Marketing a Home with a Real Twist!

January 14th, 2015|

Click here to see more stories about unusual real estate!

If you ask typical home buyers what intrigued them when visiting an open house, you wouldn’t expect them to say “the roller-coaster.” Although this may […]

Consider Obtaining NAR’s GREEN Designation

January 13th, 2015|

Are you prepared for the future of real estate? Builder and consumer adoption of sustainability is rapidly growing….will you be ready to guide your clients? To learn about issues of energy efficiency and sustainability […]

10 Cleaning Tips Using Everyday Items

January 1st, 2015|

If you’re tired of reaching for cleaning products with ingredients you can’t even pronounce, then head to your local grocery store for a few basic supplies, and make your own using everyday items. These […]

Could 2015 be the year for new home buyers?

December 30th, 2014|

Did you know that currently one in four new home buyers is turned down for mortgage loans? Well, that is about to change! Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are making major changes as to how […]

Organize Your Life with IKEA!

December 30th, 2014|

Looking for something? I’m sure IKEA has it, and if they don’t I am sure you can DIY with a product they offer! People have come up with some seriously brilliant ways to use IKEA products […]

Cherry Tomatoes with Fresh Basil Pesto

December 26th, 2014|

Basil is plentiful in backyard gardens this time of year. If you’re fortunate to have basil growing in pots or a vegetable garden, you can make this pesto filling and freeze it in batches […]

Fun and fashionable outfit!

December 24th, 2014|

How cute is this outfit? Classy and comfortable with an urban twist. I have been looking for a hunter green jacket like this because it really is so perfect for layering. Jeans ripped at […]

Would you choose to buy your next home during the holidays?

December 23rd, 2014|

While you’re on my site, search for properties for free!

Buying a new home requires a large time investment, which can be stressful any time of year. But with that in mind, would you choose […]

Would you like to own a house on one of the merriest blocks in the country?

December 21st, 2014|

Imagine buying the perfect home, only to find out later that there’s a requirement to put up Christmas decorations, and LOTS of them! In Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood, that’s exactly what you’ll find. From Thanksgiving […]

Cute Girl’s Bedroom!

December 21st, 2014|

While you’re on my website, check out my other Home Decor blog posts!

Trying to find the perfect balance between cute and mature for your teenage daughter’s bedroom can sometimes be difficult, but this picture […]

LEASED SOLAR PANELS

December 16th, 2014|

Installing solar panels on a house to generate electricity often costs $20,000 or more, and many homeowners have turned to leasing programs to avoid those upfront costs. In fact, 95% of solar panels in […]

ASK FOR A GREEN-QUALIFIED APPRAISER

December 16th, 2014|

 

If you’re involved in a transaction where a home has solar panels and/or other energy-efficient features—and an appraisal is going to be done—make sure you request an appraiser who is green qualified. A green-qualified […]

Fresh Salad Greens with Citrus Vinaigrette

December 9th, 2014|

This is a great time of year in Phoenix for growing backyard vegetables, especially garden lettuces. And there’s nothing like starting a meal with delicious homegrown salad greens dressed in a tasty light citrus […]

Give Back With Toms Cute Ballet Flats!

December 5th, 2014|

What is a green home?

December 3rd, 2014|

Whether you are considering selling your home, in the market for a new home, or making home improvements, you may be wondering what it is that makes a home green. According to the Arizona […]

Tasty Slow-Cooker Barbecued Chicken

November 25th, 2014|

While you’re here, check out a couple of my other recipes: Veggie Pasta Skillet and Roasted Tomato Soup!

I can’t believe there are only six ingredients to this delicious BBQ chicken recipe! And so easy […]

Realtor-to-Realtor – Home Energy Rating System (HERS)

November 20th, 2014|

In Part 1 and Part 2 of my Consider an Energy Audit blog posts, I talked about steps a certified energy auditor takes during an audit to determine how much energy a home consumes […]

Realtor-to-Realtor – Consider an Energy Audit for Your Clients, Part 1

November 20th, 2014|

Energy Audit – Part 1

The best way to determine the energy efficiency of a client’s home is to have an energy audit performed. In Arizona, energy audits that are performed by certified energy auditors […]

Realtor-to-Realtor – Consider an Energy Audit, Part 2

November 20th, 2014|

In “Consider an Energy Audit, Part 1,” I talked about an energy audit being the best way of determining the energy efficiency of a client’s home. In Arizona, an energy audit that is performed […]

Realtor-to-Realtor – Green Seller Tips

November 20th, 2014|

Listing and marketing a high-performance, energy-efficient home requires more than a standard approach. That’s the edge agents who are knowledgeable about green features can offer to sellers of energy-efficient homes.

For example, a sample brochure […]

Home Office Design and Layout

November 8th, 2014|

Need an office for more than one person?  Use a dining table as a desk and place it perpendicular to a wall, so that several people can sit at the table at once.  This […]

Paint Alternatives: Low- and No-VOC Paints

November 7th, 2014|

As we become more conscious of how our environment affects our health, we are beginning to see a shift in consumer choices when it comes to a home’s materials, paints and finishes. Did you know that […]

Gorgeous White Country Kitchen

November 7th, 2014|

I am particularly drawn to this kitchen because I have a country kitchen myself, and I’m looking for ideas for new countertops and a backsplash. My cabinets are currently off-white, and the countertops are […]

Understanding Energy Efficient Windows

November 3rd, 2014|

As awareness of green homes and energy efficiency is heightened, one of the items homeowners may have questions about is the efficiency of their home’s windows.

Windows provide homes with light, warmth, and ventilation, but […]

Energy Audit Can Be a Seller Advantage

October 23rd, 2014|

In today’s real estate market, sellers need all the advantages they can get. One way to be heads above other sellers—and get your home sold quickly and for more money—is to tout your home’s […]

I guess I am a LOCALIST!

October 23rd, 2014|

There are networking events, and then there are worthwhile networking events. Last week I attended a schmoozing cocktail affair and left after the first half hour. It just wasn’t my scene.

The next day, Dorie […]

Smokey Eye + Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

October 13th, 2014|

While you’re here, check out my Victoria’s Secret Eye Makeup Tutorial! And feel free to contact me for any of your real estate needs!

Who doesn’t love a great cat eye?  It is a simple eyeliner trick to […]

Within Walking Distance

October 7th, 2014|

Written by Kathy Maguire for the October issue of Natural Awakenings magazine

For decades, metropolitan Phoenix epitomized urban sprawl. Prior to the housing crash, builders were putting up 60,000 new homes annually at the desert’s […]

How Much Energy Do Your Electronics Consume?

September 23rd, 2014|

The energy use of electronic equipment often goes unnoticed. But as it turns out, an estimated 10% to 15% of all electricity used in American homes can be attributed to the buzz of electronic […]

Realtor-to-Realtor – Green Buyer Tips

September 19th, 2014|

In addition to the usual questions agents ask to determine motivations, needs and wants, neighborhood, and price range, counseling a buyer who wants to go green should include questions such as:

What is the buyer’s […]

Back-to-School Green Tips

September 14th, 2014|

Depending on where you live, either your children have just started back to school or, like here in Arizona, have already been back to school for a few weeks. Either way, you may be […]

Realtor-to-Realtor – What is “Green” Real Estate? It’s More Than Just Solar Panels.

September 14th, 2014|

REALTOR-TO-REALTOR

It would be nice to think that the primary motivation behind homeowners wanting eco-friendly features in their homes is to save our planet. In actuality, the number-one reason homeowners want green features is economical—how […]

Fabulous Eye Makeup Tutorials!

August 26th, 2014|

How to Do Winged Eyeliner

 There’s really nothing more classic than a winged eyeliner look, commonly referred to as the “cat eye.” It’s such a sleek, clean look, but it can be difficult to achieve […]

List Your Home With Me and Get a FREE Energy Audit and Score!

August 17th, 2014|

Did you know that energy-efficient homes sell faster and for more money? Energy-efficiency translates into saving homeowners money, and that is huge when marketing a home for sale. Buyers today are concerned about the cost […]

Vibrant Orange and White Bedding

August 15th, 2014|

Dress your bed in this lovely coverlet, accented with vibrant orange bedding accessories to instantly create a romantic look in your bedroom. With its soft creamy color and tiny ruffled trim, this charming coverlet is the […]

Veggie Pasta Skillet

August 15th, 2014|

Also check out my blog post on delicious Roasted Tomato Soup!

Total prep and cook time for this yummy Veggie Pasta dish is 50 minutes. Not too bad considering the amazing dinner that serves 4.

But […]

What Do Appraisers Look At For A Real Estate Appraisal?

August 14th, 2014|

Interested in selling your house?  No matter what, getting your house appraised is a necessary part of selling your home.  This is a very informative article written by renowned real estate agent, Bill Gassett, […]

Green Living AZ – August Issue

August 13th, 2014|

This wonderful magazine, with Dorie Morales as its publisher, is chock full of useful information and resources for those who are eco-conscious, care about sustainability, or choose to live a healthy lifestyle.

A highlight of this […]

Earth-Sheltered Homes

July 30th, 2014|

These earth-sheltered homes are amazing!

Evidently, there are two types of earth-sheltered buildings: Earth-Sheltered, which is where dirt covers three exterior sides and the roof  (the walls are usually concrete); and Earth-Bermed, where dirt is pushed up […]

Trendy Hairstyles for Kids

July 18th, 2014|

I really like #5, the little girl’s floral chignon! It has more going on than a regular ballet bun and would be great for school, fancy events, and of course dance practice! I also […]

My New Tesla!

July 10th, 2014|

My real estate clients LOVE looking at homes in my new Tesla. Viewing homes all day can be tiring, but after a thoroughly enjoyable ride in my Tesla, even an all-day real estate outing […]

Roasted Tomato Soup

July 3rd, 2014|

This is THE most delicious tomato soup I’ve ever tasted! I am fortunate to have fresh, home-grown organic tomatoes from my garden, but if you don’t have access to farm fresh, use tomatoes from […]