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5/27/2018 7:35:45 PM

May 2018 weather has been a cool and pleasant in Phoenix AZ. April and May are the months when the desert is in bloom, full of bright, fascinating colors. The saguaro cactus is the state flower of Arizona. Its flowers are cream and they open in the morning till about mid-afternoon. The saguaro (pronounced sowa:ro) can be seen everywhere - in the Sonoran desert wilderness, in our front yards, along higways. It can grow about 40 ft high.   Saguaros are very heavy; they store water in them, and can weigh 3,000 - 4,000 pounds. The hole that you see on the saguaro above if probably the entrance to the home of a bird. Many birds can have their nests inside the Saguaro Hotel.  Our fascination with the saguaros is everywhere. If we don't have a real one in our homes, we tend to have it on photographs, paintings or as part of the decor.   More colorful plants seen at homes in the Dwight Park Neighborhoods in Tempe, blooming in May.    Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

5/24/2018 5:41:46 PM

New Listing in Mistwood Condominiums, Dwight Park Neighborhoods in Tempe, AZ 85282.  633 W Southern Ave. Unit 1199, Tempe AZ 85282$189,000 This is the largest floorplan (1,202 sq.ft.) in this subdivision of 104 units. It has 2 bedrooms and a loft, and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom is conveniently located downstairs.  The loft can be an office, game room or a third bedroom. This unit is located at the back of the complex, just across from the lovely Dwight Park. The parking is directly across from the patio gate, and usually there is plenty of unassigned parking. The complex has a club house, nearby is the sparkling swimming pool and the heated spa. The community offers gated parking for larger vehicles - boats, RVs.   Between the buildings in the complex there are spacious, open green areas. This patio home complex is centrally located in Tempe - 2 miles to Downtown and Arizona State University, 10 minutes to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, quick exit to Hwy 60, to 101 and 202. Grocery shopping is Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Fry's, Safeway, Albertson's. It is within walking distance to Honeymoon Sweets Bakery, to Fry's, to the gyms. To schedule a viewing of this loft, please call me at 480-966-9353, or visit my web-site: TalkToSteffy.com. Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

5/22/2018 5:56:11 PM

This lovely block costruction home in Mesa is on a large irrigated lot of about 13,809 sq.ft. It is within walking distance to the light rail, which connects Downtown Mesa with Downtown Tempe and Downtown Phoenix.The home has 3 bedrooms and one bathroom, and is approximately 1,302 square feet.1334 W. Pepper Place, Mesa AZ 85201$222,900The long, covered porch is welcoming and inviting. It goes all the way to the side entrance of the home.   When you enter, you find an open floor plan, an updated kitchen, and shining stainless steel appliances.  The back yard is huge and can be a botany experience - the Sellers showed me all the fruit trees and plants they had grown over the years. The only cactus in sight was an edible one.     Orange tree, grapefruit, persimmon, pear, apple trees and plenty of space for new ones. Irrigation water keeps this garden green and producing fruit and vegetables.  The home is centrally located, close to Highway 60, to Loop 202 and 101. The Cubs Spring Traning grounds are nearby, the RiverView Open Air Shopping Center is nearby, and an attractive destination.To view more details, please visit my web-site, or call me 480-966-9353 for a private showing. Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

5/20/2018 7:17:35 PM

This single story home in a small, gated community of 106 homes is on the market for the first time since it was purchased brand new in 1993. It has a split floor plan with an open kitchen, two bedrooms and a den, and three bathrooms. It is one of the larger floor plans, 1,644 square feet. It is an end unit with a larger back and side  yards, and views of the mountains. It is offered at $317,500.15 871 S 11th Place, Phoenix AZ 85048Miralago at the Foothills  Community amenities include sparkling swimming pool, heated spa, and a club house with a view of the lake. Miralago at the Foothills is close to grocery shopping, to Wells Fargo bank, to gyms, YMCA, to great Kyrene school district schools, and to those pretty hiking trails in the South Mountain Preserve.See more photos and detail at this property page of my website http://www.talktosteffy.com Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

5/10/2018 10:24:53 PM

For Rent - $1,450 2225 E Osborne Rd., Phoenix AZ 850163 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms - Split floor planRV GateUpdated kitchen, bathrooms, flooring    The kitchen, the bedrooms and bathrooms have been recently updated. The flooring is brand new in the living room and the bedrooms. This home is in a central Phoenix location, and close to major employers and hospitals. It is close to the Biltmore Fashion Square, and to all the shopping and dining experience it offers. Within walking distance of the home are about five different restaurants - I walked to Binkley's for the photos below. Binkley's offers a real gastronomic experience with its five course menu, which starts on the patio, and then moves inside, where a full view of the chef's kitchen can be seen from all tables.    Right next to Binkley's is another restaurant, and across the street (all within walking distance) is a cozy Thai restaurant, Glai Baan.  Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

5/5/2018 7:11:40 PM

This is a report about the real estate market activity in the Dwight Park neighborhoods. I include the subdivisions which are within walking distance to the park, and refer to them as Dwight park neighborhoods. They consist of the following subdivisions, listed alphabetically: Brighton Place Casa FiestaDiamond ParkKnoell TempeLaguna EstatesMistwood CondominiumsSouthern PalmsSouthern Village EstatesWilliams - HermosaThe homes were built at different times in the sixties, seventies, eighties and the most recent, Casa Fiesta, was built in the late nineties. There is also one house on an acre lot, which was moved by the developers from its original location to its current one.Southern Palms is the largest subdivision (approx. 500 homes) - in the period between November 2017  and May 2018 there were eleven homes sold, and one is under contract now, after being on the market for five days. Prices of the sold homes ranged between $207,500 and $299,000.Southern Village Estates are attached block construction townhomes, built in the late seventies, all single story with a small patio and a grassy area between the buildings. In the period between November 2017 and May 2018 there were six sales, ranging in prices between $140,000 and $169,000. Currently there are two active listings, both are three bedrooms and two batrooms - priced between $164,900 and 167,000.Casa Fiesta was built by D.R. Horton in the late nineties. There was one sale in December 2017 - it sold for $345,000, after being 3 days on the market. Currently there are two homes under contract, and both were listed at $325,000. Laguna Estates saw five sales for the months of November 2017 and February 2018 with prices betwen $192,000 and $227,000. There is currently one updated 3 bedroom-2-bath home for sale at $199,000.Mistwood Condominiums had one sale in November 2017 of a 2-bedroom with a loft, 2-bath home for $172,500. There is another two-bedroom with a loft one coming soon on the market. Dwight park homes are quite diverse in size, lots and cosntruction; they are centrally located in Tempe, and affordable. They are close to WholeFoods and Fry's grocery stores, to many restaurants, to HoneyMoon Sweets Bakery, to L.A. Fitness.If you would like to view homes in any of those neighborhoods, please give me a call at 480-966-9353, or visit my web-site: www.mytempereport.com.       Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

5/4/2018 4:43:36 PM

Phoenix Art Museum is one of the most interactive art museums that I have visited. From the welcoming greeter at the entrance, to the interactive maps named "I am Here for the First Time", "I am Here with Kids", "I am Here on a Date", to the Object of the month tours, and the Scavenger Hunt engaging us to "Find. Observe. Start a Conversation" and the "Make-It" art creation - these are just a few of the many ways it connects with its audience.Valeska Soares: Any Minute Now is one of the art installations at the Phoenix Art Museum on display until 15 July, 2018. The artist takes seemingly ordinary everyday objects and arranges them in an interesting and unusual way that invite memories and reflections. Valeska Soares states: " I'm giving people triggers that activate memories and contexts, and they create their own narratives."   I was looking at the neatly organized books on those bookshelves, and thought of a computer defragmenting that I had to do on my computer. The graphic that comes up when performing that operation so much resembles the view of this book collection.  If you are holding a Scavenger Hunt sheet, the question from it is: " Hey bookworm, what those books all have in common? What language do you spot on the titles? If you are curious what the answer is, maybe the close-up photos will help. What do You see?  Love, relationships, intimacy, personal inspiration and gratitude, dreams, passing of time, are major themes in the exhibition, and we can all relate to them.   Any time I visit the Museum, I always stop at the view area on the south side - it's amazing to watch how the down town Phoenix skyline changes with the variety of new condo projects, new business buildings and educational institutions. Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

4/30/2018 10:03:20 PM

One of the beautiful mid-century homes in the Daley Park neighborhood is now for sale.The home has many original features well-preserved - it was built in 1951. The kitchen cabinets are solid wood, and the original tiles colors on the kitchen counters look modern today, too. The floor plan is open with a defined spaces - dining area, living room. The laundry is inside.  1719 S El Camino Drive, Tempe AZ 85281$347,000  The back yard is spacious with lots of natural shade, with a huge pine tree, with a picturesque pomegranate, with raised beds for an organic garden.  The nearby Daley park is within walking distance, and it's a host to many activities, Yoga in the Park being one of them. The distance from the home to Arizona State University is walkable, there are also bike lanes and a free Orbit bus.    Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

4/26/2018 9:32:45 PM

It was a pleasure to sell this immaculate and attractive condo in Gilbert's Ikon Hayfield subdivision, a complex close to down town with easy access to Highway 60, and about 20 min away from Phoenix sky Harbor Airport.Resort-like atmosphere - with an updated club house, sparkling pool and spa.   2 bedroom/ 2 bath947 sq.ft.$159,9001295 N. Ash Street Unit 711Gilbert AZ 85233  The complex has also play structures for kids and shares with the neighboring subdivision a green belt with ramadas and grills. Within walking distance there are several shopping plazas with a variety of cafes, restaurants and grocery stores.   Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

4/14/2018 10:00:14 AM

April is a favorite month in our climate in Arizona. Temperatures are inviting for outdoors activities - hiking, biking, visits to the Botanical Garden. The various cactus plants are starting to bloom and add magenta, yellow, orange, cream colors to the scenery. The picture above is a Palo Verde tree - in its yellow bloom colors and pretty green bark. Underneath the tree is a solid yellow carpet, too. The green bark is not only beautiful, but functional, too - it allows photosynthesis to take place and to feed the plant, even after the green leaves have fallen off in the fall.        Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

4/12/2018 6:51:18 PM

I have become so accustomed to looking at all the homes on the listing photos in MLS and I had almost forgotten how much insight and knowledge I usually gain by attending the Broker tours.I took a few hours yesterday off to attend the Gilbert-Queen Creek-Higley Broker Tour of Homes for Sale. I am so grateful to the organizers who had prepared a route that guided us along the homes included on the tour. They had also invited professionals from related trades to introduce their business. In a very competitive market, when we try reduce the days for inspections, it was useful to learn about the Home Inspection company that does inspections on week-ends, too.The painter, who knows how effectively to re-surface and paint cabinets, will come soon handy, too. 1401 N Cliffside Dr. Gilbert AZ 85234 - for sale $ 598,000 The roof tile and exterior colors of this custom home in Val Vista Lakes are particularly welcome in our Arizona climate and weather. Queen Creek homes from the tour ranged from above average construction Fulton Homes in Cortina to one of the last vacant lots in the San Tan Lakeside Estates.    If you would like to discuss different neighborhoods and lifestyles in the Gilbert or Queen Creek Arizona area, I would invite you to reach out to me at 480-966-9353. Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

4/10/2018 2:19:33 PM

Quartiere, Great Italian Food in Tempe 85282Where: 2700 S Mill Ave. Tempe, AZ 85282             Hours:  Sat 10am-11pm              Sun 10am-10pm              M-Thu 11am-10pm,              Fri 11am-11pmWhat:   Neighborhood Italian Food RestaurantCost:     $10+ (See full list of Quartere menu prices)Contact: Geryol FamilyPhone:   480-731-9464 Specializing in Italian Food Quartiere, Italian Food for the people, Restaurant opened in 2017 in a location that is conveniently close to the residential neighborhood, yet visible on Mill Ave. The new, festively lit patio immeadiately attracted attention. And with the ample, spacious parking, you felt drawn to check out the new place. Once you are inside, you feel: "Oh, that's the place" - it's lovely.I visited with a friend for lunch. Since I'm trying to lose some weight, there were some items for a diet like mine - the kale and quinoa worked very well for me; you can add some blackened salmon, too. Well, we did not miss the opportunity to have some bruscheta, too. We enjoyed the food, the environment and the friendly service. You can also follow Quartiere Tempe on Facebook where they will occassionally share some special discounts.--Steffy Hristova, MBA, Realtor®Real Estate Sales ConsultantHomeSmart Elite Group(480) 966-9353Are you looking to Buy or Sell a Home in the Tempe area? Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

4/10/2018 12:30:32 PM

Karen Schimpf information about a conventional loan for commercial properties cc: by: https://flic.kr/p/5n2WxeHOT New Conventional Loan-NON -SBA!We have been given the green light to start offering this HOT owner occupied promotion. 5% fixed rate for 5 yearsAmortization 15 to 20 years    ***ability to go 25 years with credit approval 80% LTV                                       ***85% LTV with credit approval Bank will pay up to $7,500 in closing costs Limited to these loan types:Owner occupied commercial real estate Farm land AG   ***non FSA guaranteed C & I loans Nationwide Purchase OR Refinance!***No limit on dollar amount of loan or revenue size of company This IS A high LTV, NON SBA product with an awesome fixed rate. Great for all sorts of property types and business owners. Give me a call at 512-650-8630 to see if your business or your clients business qualifies. I don't know how long this promotion will last, so make the call today! Call me today at 512-650-8630 to see if this promotion will work for you! Or e-mail me your scenario at karenschimpf at gmail.com .Karenp.s. Remember, this is a SHORT term promotion that WON'T LAST LONG! Call Karen Schimpf today at 512-650-8630 to see if you can qualify or e-mail me the scenario at karenschimpf at gmail.com. Be blessed! Give me a call today to discuss your deal at 512-650-8630 Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

4/7/2018 5:24:10 PM

19603 S 189th StreetQueen Creek AZ 85142CortinaOffered at $325,000 Fantastic Fulton Home with a split floor plan - 2,391 square feet.      Interior FeaturesFreshly painted - an architect selected the colors from Dunn Edwards.New hardwood-like flooring.Neutral Tile in kitchen and hallways.Beautifully designed kitchen with ample granite countertops, maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances, kitchen island with seating area and  walk-in pantry.  The fire-place in the family room is gas-powered - easy and clean to operate.  Master bedroom has large walk-in closet, separate shower and tub, and a private exit to the backyard patio. Exterior Features Large Porch overlooking a desert-landscaped front yardExtended Two car garage with sparkling-clean epoxy flooringSide Yard is accessed from the garage and the front yard gate.Covered Back Patio with access to the family room and master bedroom.Grassy area and mature trees for shade.  NeighborhoodCortina subdivision has a community pool, lots of green belt area, play structures, community events at least twice a year.The closest elementary school Cortina Elementary is within walking distance. Close by is also Heritage Academy.Less than a half-mile away is Power Shopping center in Germann and Power Rd., anchored by Home Depot Store.  Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

4/6/2018 5:00:13 PM

EDGEWATER HAYDEN FERRY LAKESIDE CONDO AMD are a group of40 luxury condominum homes, built in 2006, located by Tempe Town Lake. On the picture above, Edgewater is the building to the right. There are several different floor plans, ranging from 1,137 sq.ft to 3,163 sq.ft.Currently, there are three condos for sale of different sizes -one is around 1,500 sq., the others are about 1,700 sq.ft and 1,960 sq.ft.Current asking prices range from $500,000 to $800,000.in 2017 there were three sales: the largest floor plan (3,163 sq.ft.) sold for just under a million dollars,the mid-size units of 1,660 sq.ft. and 1,700 sq.ft sold for $565,000 and $625,000 respectively.As of the time of writing this post, 16 units are owner-occupied,19 units are second homes and 5 units are rentals.The location of Edgewater Condominiums is offering views of the beautiful Tempe Town Lake, of Papago Park, Camelback Mountain, of the festively-lit Mill Avenue Bridge. It is walking distance to the vibrant down town Tempe Mill Avenue, to major employers - Silicon Valley Bank, State Farm, ADP, MorganStanley, Microsoft, Fidelity, Arizona State University.      Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

4/5/2018 8:52:56 PM

Desert Botanical Garden is always relaxing, entertaining and educational.We like to stroll there in every season and there is always something new that surprises us.While walking in the Arizona Wild Flower section today, we learned that the reason we see so many humming birds on our patio is because there are so many around here. There are 15 hummingbird species recorded. Some species stay year round, others come for the spring and summer.   The Wild flower section of the garden was all in bloom. My camera was very happy to meet many species and colors.   Desert Botanical Garden is open from 8am till 8pm daily.    Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

4/1/2018 5:45:48 PM

All five beautiful colors - I can see Oceanside is already on the wall. The 2018 Paint Colors Of The Year For Your Home from the major paint companies Each year professionals in creative trades wait with bated breath for the color of the year to be announced. This announcement, much like the groundhog's shadow, is looked to as a prediction of the design landscape ahead. But unlike the shadow, these decisions truly affect what the future holds. So if you're tired of millennial pink, burgundy or turquoise, all who have held the title of Color of the Year 2018 has a fresh palette for you. And this year is a palette that really pop Pantone’s Color of the year - UltravioletUltraviolet steps onto the scene to shake things up. Living up to its namesake this is a vivid color that will turn heads. Dip your toes into this trend by using it as an accent. Think throw pillows, curtains or even an armchair. Or make a more bold statement with an accent wall or luxe velvet couch in the hue. Paired with grays and blacks ultraviolet amps up the drama creating a rich, esoteric room. Alternatively, brighten up the mood by pairing it with light shades of purple, blue and pink to tone down the hue and create a more peaceful, homey effect Benjamin Moore - Caliente; Rich, almost velvety redCaliente is another choice this year that brings the heat (pun intended). This color is sure to bring energy and warmth to enliven any space. When paired with crisp white baseboards and curtains it feels luxe and refined. While painted onto shiplap it adds an updated touch to the traditional country home. Caliente pairs well with natural and peach tones which you may find you already have plenty of in your current decor from past trends Glidden - Deep onyx; classic blackGlidden’s choice of deep onyx might just surprise you. While it’s most likely to be the last choice for most when pairedwith shades of gray and white it feels classic and chic.This color really shines in a room with plenty of natural light by adding balance to an otherwise monochromatic style. Of course, you can always use deep onyx as an accent color but chances are you already have. Think big picture and you’ll see exactly why it topped Glidden’s list. Sherwin Williams - Oceanside; sea-blue with green undertonesThis beautiful jewel tone takes center stage when paired with a deep navy, denim blue, or even a bright fuschia pop. If you’re looking for ambiance, taupes, light grays and light blues team up with Oceanside to create a soothing spa-like retreat. A bit of a chameleon in a room with little light will this shade deepens for a moody, reflective feel. Yet it brightens up in a room with plenty of natural light bringing out it’s more energetic quality. Behr - In The Moment; a blue-green pine Calm and refreshing, when paired with crisp whites and neutral tones In The Moment leaves your home feeling like a sanctuaryBehr’s choice is by far the most “safe” color this year that many homeowners won’t el as shy to reach for. In The Moment, inspired by mindfulness, is the perfect addition to the Scandinavian inspired decor trend we’ve seen cropping up everywhere. Corinne A Fitzgerald AHWD, CBR, CHMS, CIPS, CRS, GRI, PMNFITZGERALD Real Estate116 Federal StreetGreenfield, MA 01301413-320-9509  cell/text413-376-4433 direct office line Corinne@Realtor.com 2015 President - Massachusetts Association REALTORS®         2012 President – REALTOR® Association of the Pioneer Valley                     Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

3/29/2018 9:38:03 PM

March in Phoenix AZ is warm and inviting eevrybody to enjoy the outside. I like to take photos of the creosote bush yellow blooms.  Chaparral is the creosote medical herb name - now when you see streets in the Phoenix area named Chaparral, you know.Sunsets have all kinds of colors which many people in flip-flops and with cameras try to capture.   Everybody welcomes spring training and baseball fans from all states.  And when we go to the Phoenix Symphony, we still like to have our sports jerseys on. It's March.   March is  a very busy month in real estate, too.  Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

3/25/2018 7:26:10 PM

During this past week I attended the monthly mixer of a local organization, which has made it their business to highlight the small businesses in the area where we live.Since some of my specialties include live/work places and small office/commercial real estate, I like to attend as often as I can. I am always satisfied with the return on my time investment for the event.  The mixers are held either at a locally-owned restaurant, or at a Phoenix Point of Pride location, or at a Museum - all places I would have liked to visit if I could take time of my work. The photo above is from the Pueblo Grande Museum, where the mixer was hosted - I promised myself to come back and walk the 2/3 mile trail of this 1,500 year old archeological site. During the times I attended the events I met with service and product providers, whom I had not even suspected that they exist at all, or were so close to me. Since it's hard to talk to all attendees within the short period time, the organizer emails after the event their names and web-sites.   Some business cards remind me right away about the nature of the business, others I have entered in my database for future reference. It was fun to learn that I just have to go to the Saturday's Farmer's market at Clark Park and find some of my favorite bakery items like Buchty, or kozunak.          Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

3/7/2018 2:28:27 PM

I am always surprised how many home features can fit in 400 sq.ft. - today's visit to the SouthWest MicroLiving show at the Shemer Art Center was no different. There were 12 micro housing and garden structures on display. I was able to speak with the builders and artists and to learn more about how one can own a home like the exhibits.The picture above is the first home I visited. The stairs felt so comfortable and inviting to test them - so I did. And took photos from above - of the living room, kitchen, bedroom.  The focus on this year's show were the building materials for the tiny homes. Some of the exhibits showed steel frames and styrofoam, others - wood frame, shipping container shells.     Kitchen and view of the bathroom, finished with corrugated steel panels. The shell is a shipping container, insulated with a special type of surface paint.Structures ranged from 153 sq.ft. to almost 400 sq.ft., and I saw prices starting at about $17,500 and going up to $79,500. This MicroLiving Show is open till March 11, Saturdays and Sundays | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.5005 E Camelback Rd. Phoenix AZ 85018www.shemerartcenter.org   Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

3/5/2018 5:38:16 PM

This lovely block costruction home was purchased by owner-occupants, first-time home buyers. Theirs was the lucky accepted offer among the multiple offers presented after the home was for 5 days on the market. Multiple offers are prevalent in our hot Tempe real estate market.Clean lines, spacious living room and kitchen, three-bedrooms and two bathrooms - 1,380 sq.ft. home with a separate laundry/ storage room and a carport.  The lot is larger than the average for the neighborhood - approx. 9,958 sq.ft. - in a cul-de-sack near an elementary school, near a Tempe City park, and near a delightful shopping plaza anchored by a Sprouts Store,  with at least 7 different types of restaurants, a yoga school and studio, varoius banks and offices.    3323 S. Pine Street, Tempe AZ 85282Just Sold - $239,900 If you are looking for a home in Tempe, please visit my web-site for a list of newest listings. I will be happy to guide you in your search!    Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

2/26/2018 8:10:11 PM

2018 February in Arizona is a warm and cozy month, with temperatures between 41 - 67 degrees Fahrenheit.On my walk along Tempe Town Lake this evening, we passed passed by people walking to the Concert at Tempe Center for the Arts,by people with professional cameras capturing the lights,by a group of rowing sportsmen,by youngsters learning to bike on the new card-activated bikes that are easily accessible anywhere you look. Impressions from Tempe Arizona in February 2018.     Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

1/31/2018 5:58:52 PM

This is a market activity report on patio homes in Tempe, AZ. Our definition of Patio home is an attached home with one or more side common walls and a small patio.  The term 'Patio home' is often used interchangeably with the terms 'Townhome' or 'Condominium' or 'Apartment'. In Arizona Regional MLS data-base we can do a search of stacked homes versus non-stacked. The patio homes will fall in the category of non-stacked.Patio homes are a very popular option for owners who would like to have a life style with minimal yard care and home maintenance, as most of the green areas, pool and common areas are responsibility of the Home-Owners Association.Patio Homes can have fee simple or condominium ownership. To see all patio homes for sale now in Tempe AZ, click on this link. For sale - 42 Patio Homes  - ranging in prices between $90,000 and $509,470Under Contract, Accepting Back-ups  - 27 homes Under Contract, Pending  - 20 HomesSold since 7/31/2017 - 270 homes, average 45 homes per month The lowest sales price was for a one-bedroom patio home, sold for $86,000. The highest priced one was a three-bedroom, 3.5 bath townhome, 2,270 sq.ft. in the Clarendon Townhomes, which sold for $499,900.  The highest per sq.ft. patio homes were in subdivisions Pueblo Grande ($276.35 p/ sq.ft.) and in 525 Town Lake ($256.52 p/sq.ft.)Names of  Patio home communities in Tempe AZ: The Cottonwoods, Rio Ventana, Los Brisas, Clarendon Townhomes, Mistwood Condominiums, Alameda Park, Pueblo Grande, Villagio.       Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

1/30/2018 9:47:01 PM

The excerpts below are from the Community Guidelines, which I re-read after so many years now. Being a member of the Active Rain community is very intuitive, you feel right away that you fit in somewhere - as a member of a group, as a reader, or as a commentator on blogs. "ActiveRain is a place where real estate professionals can network with their peers and discuss industry insider topics. It is also a public forum where consumers can pull back the curtain and see what the real estate industry is really about.Because of this level of transparency and openness, ActiveRain members must remain zealous in their quest to represent our industry in as true and professional of a light as possible, for both their fellow professionals, and the consumers who access this platform.""ActiveRain is built for CommunityWe built ActiveRain as a place for real estate professionals to network and create a sense of community. This is your community! It is our members that make ActiveRain such a special place. Have fun with the site. Don't be afraid to dig in! There's a lot to do and learn here."If you only go through the number of groups that exist, you will find immeadiately that group which will have content on the areas that interest you. There are 7,420 groups - from Facebook Fridays, to YouTubeThursdays, to VBlogers, to Serendipity Sundays, to Photos, to Banatudes, to Old Farts Group, Travellers in the Rain. You can be a leader of a group and if the content is interesting other members will join and will enrich the knowledge of the group, or will inspire and entertain the group. "Get connected. At first ActiveRain may seem so big that you could never be heard, and so small and cliquish that you will never find your place. Everyone experiences this phenomenon! Our suggestion is to start off slow; read blogs, then start commenting on posts that interest you, and once you feel ready, blog away!"I started slow by reading blogs that were interesting and inspiring to me, then I thought I would write a few blogs, answer questions in the Q&A section, ask questions, get answers. Getting started section helped me structure the first posts and made the writing easier and faster. When I need to refer real estate professionals in other states, I can quickly go to my profile page and look up by state the people that are following me, or I am following. Initially, I did not realize there were points, and then after reading comments about them, I realized that I have actually acrued some for just logging in. There is a lot of entertainment on the site, together with execellent content that helps professionals from the industry, as well as consumers.   Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com

1/28/2018 7:05:16 PM

Every year I read Lynn Friedman's challenge and think  it's too complicated but interesting, and I may participate. Well, I never did before - I had read the Weltanschauung for the first time, thanks to this contest, though. That alone is a participation of sorts. I am glad Lynn Friedman has this challenge every year, as it invites us to feel why we like this community so much. My post will be about the second principle:  "We believe that real estate professionals will thrive if they demonstrate their local market expertise. With ever greater access to listings, local knowledge is now the key differentiator."I like preparing speadsheets with market numbers for subdivisions in the areas where I work. After I do all the data sorts, I enjoy looking at the summaries and translating what the numbers are saying. I subscribe to the Cromford Report - the most in-depth analysis of the real estate market in the Phoenix area. I like reading Active Rainer's market reports from around the country. Over the years I learned how to better visualize the data, how to present it in an easier to read format - with graphs, illustrations and photos.  I share it with the readers of my blog, or mail it to neighbors and clients.  To deepen my local area knowledge, I also attend Tempe Character Area meetings. These studies about each of Tempe's eight character areas last for about a year and involve local residents and organizations, as well as City officials. Topics range from sense of place, to walkability, bikeability, connectivity, types of neighborhoods, aging-in-place, livability, neighborhood grants programs, public art. The scope of work of a Character area plan involves elements not addressed in the Tempe General Plan2040, such as: "What makes this area unique and what sets it apart from other area in the city?", "Does this area include the types of places, businesses and infrastructure, people look for when deciding where to live or invest?".  Results of the year-long studies are very visual and available for viewing online, too.Once or twice a season, I walk the areas where I work and take photos of public or private art on display in local parks, in beautiful front yards or streets. I have discovered many neighborhood gems that way. I publish my trips and events on my Facebook page and on my blog.     Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor® HomeSmart Elite GroupTel:  (480) 966-9353 10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100Scottsdale AZ 85260 http://www.talktosteffy.com Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin Type your home address and see immeadiately market activity in your neighborhood: http://www.mytempereport.com