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Dec. 18, 2018

Drybar Scottsdale Quarter

Wanna know where to get the best blowout girls?💇 Drybar at Scottsdale Quarter is where I go! The best blowout, ever. Their philosophy is simple, and they work to be the best at it. Check out Drybar at Scottsdale Quarter and see for yourself how gorgeous their blowout can make you feel.

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Posted in Neighborhood Info
Dec. 13, 2018

Phoenix Holiday Lights

Grab the family👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 and hot coco and head out🚗 to view thousands of Christmas lights around you! Make this your new Christmas🎄tradition. An annual drive to look at over-the-top holiday lights is a tradition for many families in Greater Phoenix. Who doesn't love to see twinkling Christmas lights?

Grab a map below and plan out your holiday light parade!

View map of Holiday Lights here.

 

Posted in local events
Dec. 11, 2018

ZooLights Phoenix Zoo - Phoenix, AZ

The Valley's most anticipated holiday tradition, ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo!

Glimmering displays light the way through the Phoenix Zoo this holiday season!  On display are millions of lights, a three-story-high holiday tree, hundreds of glimmering light displays and lakeside music-in-motion shows. You can also swing by the Stingray Bay, hitch a ride on a camel, snap a picture with Santa or experience nightly snowfall in the desert. New this year — live reindeer, Stingray Bay and 4-D Theater included with admission.

Grab a cup of cocoa and stroll through the Valley's biggest light show after the animals tuck in for the night. 

Phoenix Zoo 455 N. Galvin Pkwy.

Phoenix, AZ 85008

Daily from 5:30 Pm - 10:30 Pm

 

View more about Zoolights here.

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Posted in local events
Dec. 4, 2018

Holiday Wine and Dine - Scottsdale, AZ

Kick off the holiday season with the SHOPS Gainey Village on Thursday, December 6th from 5:00pm-8:00pm during their third annual Holiday Wine and Dine Christmas event! Guests will enjoy acoustic music by Melanie Yarger, Miguel Rodriguez, the He Said She Said band and Marty & Natalie performing festive tunes, horse and carriage rides by Scottsdale Horse and Carriage around the shopping center, cookies, baked goods, coffee and hot chocolate by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, wine tastings at Pomo Pizzeria, Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery and The Living Room.  Other event offerings include wine and hors d'oeuvres at Kreiss; charcuterie and wine at Babylux, and champagne at White Sun.

The event is free to attend.

THE SHOPS GAINEY VILLAGE

8787 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
ADMISSION
The event is free to attend.

 

Posted in local events
Nov. 24, 2018

9 Tips for Developing Better Habits

More than half of adults make New Year's resolutions each year. Unfortunately, many give up after a few weeks because they haven't turned their goals into habits. Whether you want to lose weight, save for a home or eat more vegetables, adopting good habits is sure to help you reach your goals. Here are a few tips to help keep you on track this year. 

Why do you want to adopt the habit? How will your life improve once you develop this habit? What will happen if you don't? These three questions will help you streamline your goal and maintain motivation when you need it the most. If you're a visual person, write down your answers and post them where you'll read them daily. 

Lasting habits take time to develop. Start by setting small goals that will eventually lead you to accomplishing your end result. By focusing on manageable changes at the beginning of your transformation, habits are more likely to become automatic.

It's easy to fall off track when you're in the process of adopting a new habit. Consistency is key, and setting a reminder will help you build good habits. 

If you want to kick a bad habit, it helps to replace it with a better one. Trying to quit eating sugary snacks? Keep carrot sticks or nuts nearby so when the urge to snack hits, you're less tempted to reach for candy or other sugary treats. 

Tell people about the habit you're trying to adopt. The more people you tell, the more accountable you'll feel. And who knows? They may even become inspired to adopt a new habit themselves. 

Changes don't happen overnight - they happen over several weeks and months of consistent action. Remember that achieving results only comes when you create consistency. 

Studies show that it takes 30 days to form a habit. Stay committed to your habit for a full 30 days. If it hasn't become automatic by then try to pinpoint the challenges you're experiencing so you can try again.

 

Although you may feel motivated to revamp your life and change several habits at once, doing so may prevent you from adopting any of them. Focus on one good habit at a time. Once it becomes routine, take on another new habit.

A small reward will keep you motivated, especially on days when it's tough to stay on track. Think about how you'll reward yourself ahead of time so you have something to look forward to. 

Posted in Blog
Nov. 24, 2018

Christmas at the Princess - Scottsdale, AZ

The Princess is the perfect destination to create holiday traditions and make holiday memories your family will cherish for years to come!

Celebrate the splendor of the season at the AAA Five Diamond award-winning Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Witness the resort transform into an enchanting winter wonderland during our Ninth Annual Christmas at the Princess festival. Its the most wonderful time of the year! 

Activities include:

A desert ice-skating rink made with real ice, recognized as one of the "Top Ten Holiday Ice Rinks in the World" by the Vancouver Sun.

A Build-A-Bear Workshop where fans can find the brand’s one-of-a-kind holiday experience.

Enchanted plaza shows. Don't miss this five-minute, one-of-a-kind HD video show projected against the resort's facade. The resort's Christmas tree has 70,000 LED lights that twinkle and dance to 17 classic holiday songs in the Enchanted Plaza. 

An opportunity to join Santa inside his secre headquarters, where the young and young-at-heart can have family photos taken with Kris Kringle himself while meeting a few of his favorite friends along the way. 

S'Mores Land, Lagoon Lights and the Princess Express Trains, holiday character appearances and much more!

 

 

View more about Christmas at the Princess here.

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Nov. 20, 2018

The Santa Social 2018

The Santa Social at Scottsdale Quarter -

Enjoy kids entertainment, photos with Santa, FREE caricature artist, FREE face painters, our annual tree lighting ceremony, puppy adoptions, special Christmas character appearances, concluding with a featured film! 

The day's schedule of events: November 24


10am-2pm: Puppy adoptions with Arizona Animal Welfare League
10am-4pm: Caricature artists
10am-6pm: Face painting
11am: Santa arrives!
11am-8pm: Photos with Santa (cost will apply)
4pm-6pm: Kids entertainment
6pm: Official Holiday Tree Lighting
* Our feature presentation Home Alone will show after the holiday tree lighting. *

Special appearances throughout the day by The Grinch, Frosty the Snowman and Mrs. Claus!

View more about The Santa Social here.

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Nov. 7, 2018

Arizona Property Taxes

What You Need To Know About Arizona Property Taxes


So your are researching if Arizona is a great place to purchase your next home. We have great weather, affordable housing and a long list of outdoor activities and entertainment available. There is one other reason why you want to consider Arizona, property taxes.

Arizona ranks 7th lowest state for property taxes in the nation. The effective property tax rate in Arizona is 0.87 so that means if your home is worth $100,000 your property taxes would be $870. The national average tax rate would mean the same $100,000 would bring the property tax amount to $1,190! 

Arizona residents are taxed based on Assessed Value, NOT Market Value. You can View A sample Arizona Property Tax Bill Here.

 

Posted in For Buyers
Oct. 5, 2018

Fur children (our dogs) and dog parks...

Today I decided to take Tucker and Sunny to Paradise Valley dog park. As I got them ready putting their leashes on my 14 year old fur child Sassy just wimpered and layed by my husbands feet. She loves to go to the park with us but not the dog park. She is getting old and can’t run around like she used to. But the other two are raring to go! We are fortunate to have quite a few dog parks in the Phoenix Metro Area to choose from. My last count shows 36 dog parks!

I recommend finding several dog parks close by and going and checking them out. Many now have two fenced dog parks. One for the little dogs and one for big dogs. Check to see if there is water available Many have double water fountain-one for pups and one for humans! Some parks just have a water spiggot to fill bowls. Check to see if the area is well maintained-make sure it has grass and not a dust bowl or mud bath. Look for a shade structure and trees.

New to the area or thinking about making the move to the Phoenix area? For information on the 36 dog parks contact me at jackie@jackiestoweknowhomes.com

Click here to see map of the 36 dog parks in Phoenix Metro Area…

Sept. 27, 2018

More home buyers looking for multi-generation homes...

The last buyer I worked with to help find a multi-gen home I met at an Open House in Queen Creek. They were being relocated from South Carolina and were bringing their parents with them and wanted to live under one roof… the search began. After two months looking at eight different properties we found the ideal floor plan by Lennar Homes.

Multigenerational living continues to trend upward. As baby boomers retire, many are choosing to live with their adult children. A recent survey by Pew Research Centershowed that 19% of US population is living in multigenerational homes. The survey showed 44 percent of respondents said they would like to accommodate their elderly parents in their next home, while 42 percent said they plan to accommodate their adult children. Many builders have responded to this trend and are now building muligenerational homes.

In Arizona, specifically the Phoenix Metro area it has become difficult to find affordable homes that meet this growing sector. Especially for families moving from other area’s of the country where housing cost are significantly lower. As the Valley of the Sun continues to build further out increasing it’s footprint it has created some affordable opportunities to meet our growing population.

There are several housing options that will accomodate this sector one being two story homes offering a bedroom with full bath downstairs. The other option is one and two story homes with a separate/private suite offering private living and bedroom/bath. Some properties even have separate entrances and garages.