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Phoenix Real Estate Market Report

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Everyone is talking about the Valley real estate market.  So what are the facts? Let’s look at sales from June 1, 2013, compared to June 1, 2012, using Michael Orr’s Cromford Report and data taken from ARMLS.


July 19-21: Maricopa County Home & Garden Show



You know you’ve been swooning over Pinterest home decor, design, and gardening boards for months, but now you have the opportunity to stop fantasizing and actually make those pin boards a reality. Discover an endless amount of ideas to turn your house into a home at this year’s Maricopa County Home & Garden Show at the University of Phoenix Stadium July 19-21. Luckily, you can beat the heat in the air conditioned stadium while you see what the largest locally produced show has to offer. Hundreds of home improvement, design, and landscaping companies will be featured and they will be showcasing design ideas, techniques, and seminars.


You can bring the whole family because there will be a number of special show attractions to choose from. Learn how to plant a vegetable garden, prune citrus trees, compost and more at the University of Arizona Master Gardeners Seminars. Get inspired to spruce up your dwelling by checking out the “Wall of Possibilities” for before and after pictures of the newest ideas and trends in home improvement. Discover how to get more sleep at the Mattress Firm’s “Sleep Center” with their new sleep technology products. Let the kids get creative at the Kids Coloring Station where kids between 3-12 can win a $25 gift card to Toys R Us by entering the Coloring Contest. The Community Village will also allow you to explore fun things to do around the valley.


There will also be enticing “Home Show Only” deals, sales, and giveaways exclusive to those attending the show.


The show goes from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 daily for adults; kids ages 3-12; are $2 and children 2 and under are free. For more information call 602.485.1691 or visit www.mchomeshows.com.


Home Improvement: Hot Colors for Summer






As much as we may daydream about tropical sands, it’s not always possible to escape to an exotic destination over the summer. If you can’t find the time to hightail it out of the desert, try experimenting with paint trends to liven up your home instead.




Dunn-Edwards color expert Sara McClean offers her insight on some trends and hot colors for summer 2013.



McClean says emerald is the color of the year. “We will see this hue stand out in a range of designs, including wall color. DE5676 Vegetation is a nature-inspired, modern green to try in almost any room in your home.”





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According to McClean, softened, tinted whites reflect a rural inspiration, celebrating nostalgia and romantic notions. “As Downton Abby takes the American television audience by storm, we will see more of these restrained contemplative colors within fashion and interiors.”


DEW302 Romantic, DE5393 Poetic Yellow, DE5176 Peaceful Peach, and DE5088 Apple Valley are hues with these historical, impressionistic painting qualities.



Summer is the time of year to get creative and wild. McClean notes that the season provides a canvas for your imagination to run free. “We draw inspiration from our desire to escape to far-off lands as our vacations are booked. These colors reflect a multicultural mix within any urban environment and at the same time, inspire dreams of bohemia and gypsy life.”


DE5195 Bright Mango, DE5580 Parakeet, DE5780 Waterbaby, DE5410 Golden Glitter all show the optimistic side of summer living.


PHX Architecture Receives Three Gold Nugget Awards of Merit

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A trio of PHX Architecture projects- two residential and one commercial remodel- walked away with three honors at the 50th Anniversary of the Gold Nugget Awards.


Buying in Today's Seller's Market


Are you a buyer in the current seller's market? Allison Cahill, realtor for Keller Williams Integrity First, has some tips to help you in your search for the perfect home.

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