Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum

Have you visited the Phoenix Art Museum? The museum is the biggest art museum in the Southwest, and has hosted more than four hundred exhibitions since opening in 1959. The museum offers visual arts and educational programs, and now houses over 17,000 objects. Photography exhibitions are hosted in partnership with the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography. The museum also has an interactive gallery for kids, and the amazing Dorrance Sculpture Garden.

There are currently several exhibitions running:pam

The Resonance of Clay: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics -5/5/2014 -4/1/2015

Japanese contemporary ceramics are undergoing a surge in popularity. The exhibit offers samples in a variety of colors, glazes, and textures.

Paulo Bruscky: Art Is Our Last Hope - 9/6/2014 -12/28/2014

This is the first survey exhibition of the Brazilian artist’s American career. Bruscky’s art is created with the hope of inspiring change in social and political climates.

Sacred Stories and Images of Buddha: The Vessantara Jataka Scroll – 9/20/2014 -3/8/2015

The story of the Buddha is told on a rarely-seen cloth scroll from Laos. The 37-foot scroll is shown along with Thai Buddhist figures and the work of other Southeast Asian Buddhists.

Fashioned in America10/11/2014 -3/15/2015

This exhibition is about how ecology, economics, and labor ethics drive the American fashion design industry. Works by designers such as Ralph Rucci, Anna Sui, Nanette Lepore, and J. Mendel are displayed.

Don Coen: The Migrant Series10/18/2014 -2/1/2015

Large portraits by Colorado-based artist Don Coen are the focus of this exhition. The portraits are all themed around modern America’s migrant farmers.

The West Select: A Western Art Invitational Sale and Exhibition – 11/16/2014 -12/28/2014

This annual celebration brings together collectors, fans, and leading artists of the American West together. 37 accomplished artists from across the nation, Canada and England are featured in a variety of media. The exhibit includes more than 100 new works of art, including paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs that feature landscapes, still lifes, historical images, and scenes of cowboys, settlers, American Indians, wildlife and the modern, or “New West.”

Are you looking to buy or sell a home in Phoenix? Please contact me at by phone at 602-471-8299 or email me at georgina@georginaproperties.com if there is any way I can be of assistance.

10 Fresh Holiday Decorating Tips

With the holidays approaching, many of us are looking forward to spending some quality time with our loved ones and enjoying some delicious holiday food. Shopping, cooking and decorating are all traditional parts of this special time of year. When it comes to decorating, there is definitely a place for inflatable reindeer and plastic Santas, but there’s plenty of room for unique twists on holiday décor. Here are some decorating ideas you may not have seen before.

Real Estate Paper Luminaries Since we don’t have to deal with heavy snow in Arizona, our climate is perfect for these beautiful accents. If you’re hosting a holiday dinner or party, try lining your walkway with paper luminaries for a stunning look. Fruit Wreaths For a unique twist on the traditional wreath, try making a homemade wreath out of citrus fruit. Repurpose Old Ornaments Glue old or cracked ornaments into a tree or star shape on a piece of old wood or a canvas, and frame. Ice It Up Make quick accent pieces by freezing a few twigs and berries in plastic water bottles with the tops cut off. Cut the plastic away when they are frozen, and then set them out in your entryway, and accent them with candlelight. Change up The Color Scheme Red and green are everywhere, so why not go with silver and blue, bronze and white, or green and gold? Whatever you choose, keep it consistent for full effect.

Make Your Own Accent Pieces You can fill glass cylinders or wicker baskets with ornaments. Wine Glasses Turn your wine glasses upside down, and place votive candles on the flat side. Fill the cup with shiny ornaments for an effect that is simple and stunning. Spruce Up Your Exterior If you have a rock garden, spread clear aquarium rocks on the top for a fake ice effect that will beautifully set off your outdoor lights. You can also (carefully) string lights and ornaments on cactuses, aloe plants, or other vegetation. If you have a gazebo or latticed patio ceiling, hang ornaments from the top to give your yard some holiday cheer. Dress Up Your Chairs Use red ribbons and plaid or green material to give your chairs a new look for the holidays. Try A Different Gift Wrap Plain paper, grocery bags, and even newspaper can give wrapped gifts a new look. Use colorful ribbons to make them pop. Decorate Your Mailbox Give your mailman a warm welcome by wrapping garlands around your mailbox stand.

I want to wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season! I look forward to serving all of your real estate needs in the coming year. Please contact me at by phone at 602-471-8299 or email me at georgina@georginaproperties.com if there is any way I can be of assistance.

 

Housing Market In Phoenix Continues to Slow

The housing market in Phoenix is continuing to slow down. September saw slight decreases in both sales and prices. Data included in the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service’s latest Stat report, showed that there were 6252 homes sold across the Valley in September. That represents a 2.7 percent drop when compared to last September, and a 3 percent decrease from August.phoenix

There was also a decrease in the region’s median home price, which fell from $195,000 in September down to $194,000. That figure is still 5 percent higher than September 2013’s number.

ARMLS’ pending-sales index forecast predicts that the median sales will fall again in October. The estimated new figure will be $191,000, though of course, only time will tell whether that estimate proves accurate.

There are still positive signs in the market, despite the drops.

For one thing, homes are moving more quickly. Home sales tended to happen faster in September than they did in August. In September, it took an average of 84 days for a home to sell. In August, it was 88 days.

There was also a drop in the number of homes for sale. September saw 23, 555 homes on the market. In August, that figure was 24, 220. Supply and demand are falling together, which is a sign of a balanced market.

According to the ARMLS, home prices are stable. There are some declines anticipated for October, but these can be chalked up to seasonal patterns as well as modest, downward pricing. The holidays are typically slow in the real estate world, so it won’t be unusual if the numbers drop again in November and December.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Phoenix or Flagstaff areas, please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance. You can reach me by phone at 602-471-8299 or email me at georgina@georginaproperties.com

 

 

Desert Botanical Gardens

Have you been to the Desert Botanical Gardens? This beautiful 140-acre park has been dedicated to helping locals understand, appreciate, and protect the natural beauty of our desert for over 70 years. A bastion for both teaching and understanding desert botany, the garden features 50,000 outdoor plant exhibits set on 55 cultivated acres. The displays are set up on five different trails, each of which highlight a different subject, such as conservation, desert living, plants and people of the Sonoran Desert, and desert wildflowers. Desert Botanical Gardens is one of only 24 gardens that have been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Garden aims to become the world’s premier center for displaying, studying, and understanding desert plants, both those of the Sonoran Desert and the world’s other deserts.

If you’ve never been to this beautiful garden, definitely put it on your to-do list. For those desert botanical gardensconsidering a visit in the near future, here are some upcoming events.

Great Pumpkin Festival

10/23/2014 -10/26/2014

This annual festival features authentic hayrides to the Garden’s very own pumpkin patch. Children under 12 can pick out their own pumpkin for free! There’s also a hay bale maze, carnival style games, and country-western themed entertainment.

Chiles and Chocolate

11/7/2014 -11/9/2014

Spicy food lovers will enjoy both the garden and the food samples. Gourmet chocolates, zesty salsas and other unique Southwestern treats will be available from local vendors. DJ Miguel will be providing the soundtrack to this food lovers’ event.

Las Noches de las Luminarias

11/28 – 11/29; 12/5 & 12/6; 12/12 & 12/13; 12 19 & 12/20; 12/26 – 12/30

This is the 37th year of this annual celebration, one of Arizona’s best holiday events. For 16 nights the Garden will come alive with the glow of over 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags, and thousands of twinkling white lights. Enjoy a cup of cider or cocoa and the sound of 10 different entertainment groups while you stroll down the various paths.

If you are looking to buy or sell your home in the Phoenix or Flagstaff areas, please feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance. You can reach me at 602-471-8299 or georgina@georginaproperties.com

Increasing Your Curb Appeal

One of the most common terms we hear in the real estate world is curb appeal. Your home’s curb appeal can make a huge difference in how attractive it appears to buyers, which can in turn directly translate into how likely it is to sell. Curb appeal can be a bit of a tricky realm for some homeowners, simply because people tend to get so used to how their home looks that they become oblivious to small flaws.
Here are a few tips on increasing your home’s curb appeal:house graphic
Snazz Up Your Entryway Your front door area is kind of like the ‘face’ of your home. A bright coat of paint can really make an entrance pop. Clean The Driveway Make sure your drive is well swept, and that there are no weeds coming in through cracks in the asphalt. Maintain Vegetation Remove any dead brush or branches, and remove any weeds or overgrowth. Yard Care Whatever material you have in your yard, make sure there are no piles of debris or overgrowth. Paint the Fence If you have a fence, slap a fresh coat of paint on it to freshen up the look of your yard. Add Solar Lights Solar lights lining a drive or walkway can really dress up the outside of your home.
Replace Hardware The numbers on your door or mailbox can really take a beating from wind and sun, and can get quite beat-up before you even notice it. Replace any old, rusted, or worn house numbers. The same goes for door handles and knockers. Minimize Yard Art Everyone has different taste, and the funky statue you love may make a potential buyer cringe. Declutter Decluttering the inside of your home is rule number one in staging, and the same applies to your yard’s exterior. Toys, bicycles, portable grills, and any other random items you may have in your yard should be brought inside and stored. If you have a nice patio set, you may be able to leave that out, but only if it’s in great condition and not mismatched.
If you are looking to buy or sell your home in the Phoenix or Flagstaff areas, please feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance. You can reach me at 602-471-8299 or georgina@georginaproperties.com .

Bearizona!

Bearizona has lots of fun events planned for October as part of their Howly Growly Owly Festival. The festival is part of the award winning Alpine Harvest Festival, which also includes Grand Canyon Railway’s Pumpkin Patch Train and the City of Williams Scarecrow Contest.

1280px-Bearizona_Arizona_animal_parkBearizona showcases animals that are conservation success stories, and allows visitors to see them in their natural habitats. The park hopes to facilitate meaningful connections between visitors and indigenous species for the sake of continued preservation. Some of the animals one may see at Bearizona include bison, Black Bears, Arctic Wolves, Dall Sheep, Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goats, and Gray Wolves.
Even though the park is not entirely complete yet, and has only been open three years, it is already the recipient of The Tourism Champion of the Year” award from the Arizona Office of Tourism.

Here are the highlights of the festival:

Howl-O-Ween Express: Tour the entire driveable portion of the park in a windowless bus. The tour departs from the Fort Bearizona parking lot every Saturday and Sunday in October at 10:00 a.m., 12:00, 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Growly Bear Cave: Are you brave enough to enter a haunted cave? The Growly Bear Cave is a great chance for some spooky adventure.

Owly Raptor Show: Get up close to hawks, owls, and raptors, and watch a stunning free-flight demonstration. Show times are 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

While at Bearizona, stop by the Barnyard Petting Zoo and get some cute pics of the park’s resident goats, pigs, miniature horses, peacocks, and other animals. The park will also feature professional jugglers, balloon twisters, and face painters from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October. There will also be lots of chances for photo ops with the park’s spooktacular seasonal décor.

Bearizona opens at 9 a.m., and allows entry until 4:00 p.m. The admission rates are normally $20 for adults, and $10 for children ages 4-12.

Expect to spend about two hours visiting the park’s drive-through and walk-through areas. You can explore at your own pace, and drive through as many times as you like.

Are you looking to buy or sell a home in Flagstaff? I am here to help! Please contact me with any questions at 602-471-8299 or georgina@georginaproperties.com

A Taste Of Cave Creek

Foodies, pay attention!fork and spoon

A Taste of Cave Creek 2014 will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, and
Thursday, October 16, at Stagecoach Village. This is one of Cave Creek’s premier tasting events. Entry tickets are only $10, while food and drink tickets vary from $2 to $55. Children under 12 are admitted for free.

This may be Cave Creek’s most popular foodie event. Proceeds from the event will help go to the preservation of open space in Cave Creek. Though the popular culinary festival had, for a short time last year, an uncertain future, its popularity helped secure its fate, and the festival will go on.

In recent years, the event has spread to include restaurants from surrounding area as well as those from Cave Creek. The participating restaurants cover a wide variety of cuisines, from BBQ to Italian. Some of the participating restaurants include Brugo Award Winning Gourmet Pizza, Chef Sara Raw Vegan Cuisine, and It’s A Divine Bakery, to name a few. For a full list of participating restaurants, please click here.

More than 25 of the area’s restaurants will be participating in this outdoor, open-air event, which also features an art exhibit and sale by the Sonoran Arts League. The event will also include a Tequila tasting, wine and beer tastings, and a Margarita challenge. There will be live music as well. The Ryan Sims band will be playing in the gazebo, and the Jake Dean Band will perform in the beer garden, on Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

There will be parking for the event on School House Road, just north of Cave Creek Post Office. Shuttles will go back and forth from the event, starting at 4:30 pm.

A Taste of Cave Creek will take place at Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, Arizona 85331.

Come out and show your support for our local Cave Creek businesses! Comfortable walking shoes, and a light lunch, are highly recommended.

Are you looking to buy or sell a home in Cave Creek? I am here to help. Please contact me with any questions at 602-471-8299 or georgina@georginaproperties.com

Real Estate Market Slow in Phoenix

Here in Phoenix, the real estate market is in a bit of a slump. According to data from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, there has been a dramatic slowdown in price increases.

The median price of a single family home has gone up 11 percent since June 2013, but single-family home sales have gone down 11 percent.

The Phoenix real estate market has been on a bit of a roller-coaster ride in recent years, perhaps even more so than the rest of the country. The plethora of new home construction, driven by investors, between 2001 and 2006 drove the median price up nearly 50 percent. The average income and population numbers stayed stable, and when the bubble burst, Phoenix was hit hard. Prices fell a whopping 56 percent, and the investors fled the market. Now, years later, after a slow but steady period of recovery, prices in Phoenix are fluctuating. bg

Home prices in the Phoenix area rose steadily from September 2011 to last summer, when they began to slow down, then, earlier in 2014, dropped. In June 2014, the median price of a single family home rose to $211,000. This represents an increase of 11 percent when compared to June 2013’s numbers. But, according to the W.P. Carey report, prices are not expected to increase again anytime soon.

Buyers now face tougher credit standards. Indecision may also be a factor in the slower market. Luxury home sales are stable, but luxury home buyers are often unaffected by factors which drive the rest of the market, such as mortgage rates and rising prices.

Investors are losing interest in Phoenix, since other markets now offer better prices. Between July 2012 and June 2013, there was a 39.7 percent drop in the number of homes purchased by investors in Phoenix. The number currently stands at 14.4 percent, which is close to average.

Phoenix currently has a low inventory of homes for sale. There was a five percent drop in the number of active listings in June. Homes that were recently foreclosed on are coming onto the market slowly, so they aren’t having much effect on inventory. The number of completed foreclosures fell 35 percent between June 2013 and June 2014.

There are some positive indications for 2015, but with real estate, change can take some time.

Are you looking to buy or sell a home in Phoenix or Flagstaff? I am here to help. Please contact me with any questions at 602-471-8299 or georgina@georginaproperties.com

A Little Flagstaff Getaway

A Little Flagstaff Getaway

Looking to buy a Flagstaff Getaway under $200K, know the details that make the difference in a successful purchase of your home.

Keeping up with Romney?

If Mitt wants to build a beautiful discrete million dollar hideaway in the mountains of Flagstaff, AZ I know a REALTOR who wants a chance to shine and couple of great custom home builders…  call me ;)

Mit Romney Infographic

Infographic Transcription

How many average American homes can fit in 1 Romney mansion?

Last August, Romney submitted plans to quadruple the size of his $112 million oceanfront home in La Jolla, California. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Romney plans to knockdown a 3,009-square-foot beachfront house and replace it with a 11,062-square-foot structure.

So the question is, How many average American homes can fit in 1 Romney Mansion?

About 6.5!

A fun interactive comparison by Movoto Blog that does the lighter side of Real Estate.

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