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  Are you looking for an outdoor activity this weekend?  The Desert Botanical Garden offers the world’s finest collection of arid-land plants from deserts of the world in a unique outdoor setting. The Garden has more than 50,000 desert plants on display throughout five thematic trails that illustrate topics such as conservation, desert living, plants […]

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An energy audit will tell you where your home is wasting energy and what improvements you need to make to lower your energy bills by 5% to 30% annually. Luckily there are different types of energy audits that range from free to a few hundred dollars.

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Deducting mortgage interest is a great tax benefit that can make home ownership more affordable. Your first mortgage isn’t the only loan that qualifies, either. In many cases, you can also deduct interest on home equity loans, second mortgages, and home equity lines of credit, or HELOCs. If you want to deduct all of your […]

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  In an article this week on CNN Money they explained how home sales rebounded to the strongest level in five years in 2012.  Home building bounced back to levels not seen since early in the recession. Near record low mortgage rates, rising home prices and a drop in foreclosures have combined to bring buyers […]

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(This report has been generated by taking the number of active listings and dividing it by SALES for the past month) December of 2012 saw an increase of 4/10 of a month in the months of housing inventory.   We ended the month with 2.75 months – the highest this number has been since January of […]

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In Maricopa County the month of December showed an increase in the average sales price from $211,852 to $218,945; this is the highest average in the 36-month reporting period. Sellers should be careful and continue to watch this trend as they are pricing homes in today’s market. Just because the average sales price has shown […]

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  As you calculate your tax returns, consider each home tax deduction and credit you are — and are not — entitled to. Running afoul of any of these 9 home-related tax mistakes — which tax pros say are especially common — can cost you money or draw the IRS to your doorstep. Sin #1: […]

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1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shut­ters, or delivering your new refrigerator. 2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a […]

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Your level of success is predetermined by the words you use every day. Avoid these five “failure” words. The words that people use every day determine whether they will achieve failure or success. There are five words that, in my observation, frequently show up in the conversation of losers, much more so than in that […]

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The color emerald green is being unveiled today as the next Pantone color of the year. The annual color proclamation is closely followed by the design industry, and emerald is al­ready starting to show up across a wide swath of products—clothes, dishes, furniture and even cars. Deep greens took off on fashion runways in the […]

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