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Environmentally Safe Pool Options

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Environmentally Safe Pool Options 

Enjoying some pool time in the Arizona summer heat is a welcome respite from the hot cars and pavements that we all deal with on a daily basis, but not all pools are created equal. And not all are good for the environment either. In fact, most pools have some degree of contamination from bacteria, algae and organic materials from swimmer’s wastes. (Did you know that an active bather produces up to two pints of perspiration per hour?) Add dust and dirt, and you get plenty of ways for a pool to go bad.

That’s why it pays to do some homework before you commit to a new pool. Here are some eco-friendly alternatives to create a safe environment and keep your costs down.

While not a type of pool, enviro-friendly heating methods can lower your bills and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.  Using alternative heating methods like solar blankets and energy-efficient heat pumps will keep your pool warm. Heating options are a simple way to help your pool remain environmentally friendly without breaking the bank. In fact, efficient condensing boilers can help to cut down your pool heating costs by almost 20 percent.

An ozone sterilization system will reduce your pool maintenance costs and help keep the environment clean by using electricity to convert oxygen into bacteria-destroying ozone.

You might want to consider these types of pool before you commit to a conventional pool:

Saltwater pools Reducing chlorine usage helps to minimize overall chemical consumption and, like the ocean, saltwater pools use a saline composition to keep water clean without chemicals.  Plus, the mixture of chlorine and table salt creates electrolysis, which gets rid of algae and bacteria.

Natural pools Natural pools are made of gravel and clay and are an affordable alternative to conventional pools, plus they’re chemical-free and low-tech. Plants can be added and are a natural purification system that introduces oxygen and good bacteria into the water so that you won’t need clorine.

Moss-filtered pools:  According to statistics moss systems reduce chemical usage by 40 percent, water consumption by 75 percent, and save about $6,700 annually in bills. Plus they reduce water use, reduce the need to backwash the pool for cleaning and cut down on the need for chemicals like chlorine.

It’s always a great idea to reduce your pool maintenance expenses, help keep the environment clean and create the perfect backyard swimming hole, but above all be safe, always watch your kids in the pool and appreciate the fabulous pool weather we have here in the Valley of the Sun!  Best wishes for a safe and fun summer from The Russo Team.   

Frank Russo
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Getting Ready for Back To School

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Getting Ready for Back to School

All good things will eventually come to end and summer is no exception. While Mom and Dad might be doing high-fives because they’ve made it through the summer, little Johnny could be dragging his feet and wondering how he can get out of going back to school.  For him it might mean the end of fun and free time and worry could replace the carefree attitude that he's had all summer.  

If you have a first-timer, the prospect of walking into class that first day can cause anxiety and irritability.  But if you prepare, things can go smoothly and tears can be replaced by smiles. Here are some helpful tips to help you and your child get ready for the first day of school:

1) Talk about what to expect, how his/her day will probably go, and how long they’ll be away each day.

2) If possible, visit the school before the first day of class and introduce your child to their new teacher.

3) Ask around to see if any neighborhood kids can walk to school with your child or ride the bus with him/her that first day. Having a pal can relieve some of the first day jitters.

 4) If they can read, pack a loving and cute message in their lunchbox so that they’ll know you’re thinking of them.

Older kids might have the Back to School Blues and if so you’ll want to put on your salesman suit and really pitch the benefits of new adventures at school every day.

1) Remind them of all the fun they had the previous year and the new friends they're sure to make.

2) Encourage them to get involved with after school activities or sports teams.

3) Keep it positive. Even when your child says, “School is boring and I never have fun,” challenge that negativity with reminders of the previous year’s highlights.

4) Before the Big Day, reconnect with friends that they haven’t seen all summer and organize play dates, sleep-overs, picnics etc. Suggest that Johnny calls them to plan a meeting place the first day of school so he won’t feel all alone when walking into the classroom that first time.

5) Create a plan of action and role-play scenarios that might make your child uncomfortable if he’s anticipating trouble. Discuss how to act if your child’s being bullied, how you can help with math concerns and how to fit in if they are feeling left out. Planning ahead of time how to react can alleviate a lot of stress.

6) Take them shopping. Let them have that backpack or special outfit! Once there’s something to look forward to using or wearing, things can magically shift from bad to good and suddenly they’re ready to start school tomorrow. 

Kids aren't the only ones nervous about starting school. Are you feeling overwhelmed, too? Getting organized and setting priorities will help that immensely so that you feel you have things under control. 

1)  Begin slowly. Ease (yourself and) the kids back into a school year routine gradually. During the last two weeks of summer, re-introduce a school year bedtime. Begin waking late sleepers earlier and earlier, closer to the hour they'll need to rise when school begins.

2)  Make a checklist of all that needs to be done before school starts and feel really good when you check off each item, knowing you're closer to being ready.

3)  Get organized by making or buying a wipe-off frig calendar for school functions, lunch menus, meetings, sports activities, music lessons and play dates. Just seeing it up and ready will reassure yourself that you can handle any stress that comes your way in the coming weeks. 

4)  If you have a large family you might want to have an School Contact List also posted on the refrigerator for last minute phone calls, emails or absence reporting. 

Finally, try to remember that in the end all will fall into place just as it does each year about this time and that life is all about learning to adapt to change and embrace it. Your kids are stronger and more resilient than you could ever imagine and even though it isn’t always pretty it’s how we grow and learn to succeed in life. As Ms. Frizzle from The Magic Schoolbus once said, "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!"  

Enjoy the rest of your summer break and best wishes from The Russo Team!

Frank Russo
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The Russo Team Newsletter July 2016

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The Russo Team Newsletter July 2016

Frank Russo
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Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July

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Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

We all know that there are a multitude of festivities in Phoenix to celebrate the 4th of July and our hope is that yours is just right, safe and another great memory-making day.

It's always good to remind our friends and family to take extra precautions to make it a great time for all, so here are a few good tips to keep in mind:

CHILD SAFETY

Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as “safe fireworks” for kids. To prevent any firework accidents, here are a few safety tips: 

1) Create a "safety zone," Don't trust your kids to stay away; keep them far back behind a fence or roped-off area.
2) Or, simply have them watch at-home fireworks from inside the house.
3) Sparklers can still burn a child when the wire remains hot after all the sparks are gone. Never leave your child unattended while burning sparklers.
4) The American Academy of Pediatrics urges caution when using sparklers because they burn at 2,000 degrees. That's equal to a blow torch, and you wouldn't let your child play with a blow torch! If your kids are very young you might want to just have them watch this year.
5) Hands off! Don’t ever attempt re-lighting a fizzled firework and don’t let your kids pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully or seem to be dead.

PET SAFETY 

The safest and best bet for celebrating this 4th of July with your pets is to exclude them from 4th of July festivities. The American Humane Association reports that July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters.  

Unlike people, pets don’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebrations.  

1) Keep them home and inside when you’re gone or celebrating outside.
2) Make sure they're wearing a collar with an ID tag in case they run off when the noise starts.
3) Keep doors and windows shut to minimize anxiety and escape attempts.
4) Provide a safe place for your pet to hide and/or relax.
5) Anxiety can cause excessive thirst so be sure to leave lots of water for your pet.  

Are you thinking about skipping the huge crowds on the 4th of July but still want to see fireworks? Here are some great places to watch them before the big night:

Friday, July 1st:

Ahwatukee’s Red, White and Boom Fireworks Festival at Pecos Park. The fun includes fireworks, live entertainment, food, drinks and patriotic games for a $5 admission price.

Sunday, July 3rd:

Firework Fest at Westgate at Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale. Free admission! Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and relax at Westgate Entertainment District to celebrate with two music stages, fun activities and great eats from more than 20 restaurants. 

Harold's Cave Creek Corral Fireworks in Cave Creek. Free admission or reserved seating available. Festivities include an outside BBQ, face painting, game truck, live music, fireworks at dark. 

Whatever you plan to do to celebrate the 4th of July, we hope you enjoy your time with family and friends - and remember that the 4th of July is truly a day to celebrate this great country that we live in! 

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July from your friends at The Russo Team! 

Frank Russo
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June 2016 RE/MAX National Housing Report

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June 2016 RE/MAX National Housing Report 

Summer is heating up and so is homebuyer demand according to the June 2016 RE/MAX National Housing Report. May saw a 10.3 percent jump in sales over April and a 5.1 percent increase over May last year. The Median Sales Price in May was $222,475, a 4.2 percent rise from price levels one year ago and 3.5 percent above the median price in April. The inventory of homes for sale remains very tight in many markets across the country, with the May inventory 14.8 percent lower than May 2015. At the rate of home sales in May, the national Months Supply of Inventory was 3.0, down from 3.2 in April.

“May home sales increased at a rate that’s slightly higher than the average monthly increase. This is despite the fact that inventory in many markets remains very low. At the same time, interest rates appear to have stabilized, which helps encourage potential homebuyers. Price increases continue to moderate and are rising at a more sustainable rate. This market is offering current homeowners more incentive to sell, which could have a positive impact on overall inventory levels,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder.

Like previous months this year, home sales continued to be strong in the Northeast. Across the nation in May, 34 of the 52 metro areas surveyed reported home sales higher than one year ago.  Among the 52 metro areas surveyed in May, only five had a year-over-year drop in prices. The average Days on Market for all homes sold in May was 58, down six days from the average of 64 in both April 2016 and May 2015. Click here to download a copy of the RE/MAX June 2016 National Housing Report.

If you’re ready to buy a Phoenix home or sell your Arizona home, contact the Russo Team today and receive a complimentary analysis of your home’s approximate present value on the market today. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is always our number one priority! -Frank

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Just Listed in Surprise, Arizona

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Just Listed in Surprise, Arizona 

JUST LISTED!!!! This is a beautiful home is located in fantastic Surprise neighborhood, with no neighbors in the back! Enjoy the low maintenance desert front landscaping, as well as the green grass and trees in the backyard. The extended patio features brick pavers are perfect for outdoor entertaining!

  

Built by Sivage Thomas Homes, the nearly 1,300 square foot design is open and inviting. The kitchen features a cozy eat-in nook with oak cabinetry, built-in microwave and a smooth top range. Neutral flooring and pain throughout!

Spacious great room concept includes a built-in entertainment niche and there are three bedrooms, including the master bedroom with a private en suite bath and a large walk-in closet. Conveniently located near shopping and the best dining choices in Surprise!

Contact The Russo Team today, to schedule an appointment to view 15132 N 154th Lane, Surprise, AZ 85379.

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We Are Turning Our Commissions into Kindness!

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We Are Turning Our Commissions into Kindness! 

In March 1987, Frank Russo witnessed the very premature birth of his only child, Lianne Russo. She weighed only 1.5 pounds. After several months of receiving care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the Phoenix Children’s Hospital wing of Banner Good Samaritan Hospital, Lianne was finally healthy enough to go home! Without the care, knowledge and support of the then very small Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Lianne would not have survived to become the fantastic woman and valuable Russo Team member that she is today. We support Children’s Miracle Network because it has directly impacted our lives, and we want to share that gratitude with other families and children going through difficult medical situations. That’s why we are turning our commissions into kindness!

Since 1992, RE/MAX associates and offices across the globe have donated more than $147 million to Children's Miracle Network. The commitment of the RE/MAX family to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals demonstrates "the power of many makes a difference." The individual donations of thousands of associates and offices amount to millions of dollars each year for children's hospitals, with over $9 million raised in 2015.

Wondering how our Commissions into Kindness Program works? For every fifth buyer or seller that you, your co-workers or your company sends to the Russo Team that closes escrow, we will donate our entire commission to Children's Miracle Network. That's it - plain and simple. This program is valid through December 31, 2017. However, if you would like us to support a particular charity of your choice, please let us know and we will be happy to support it. To participate, please visit russoteam.com/charity. And thank you for your support!

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Russo Team Newsletter June 2016

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Russo Team Newsletter June 2016

Frank Russo
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Downtown Phoenix Caribbean Carnival

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Downtown Phoenix Caribbean Carnival 

Looking something fun to do this Memorial Day weekend? Then pack your masquerade mask and don your brightest colors for the Phoenix Caribbean Carnival in downtown Phoenix this weekend!

The Phoenix Caribbean Carnival is a celebration of Caribbean culture that takes Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 27th through May 29th at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.

A variety of parties and performance will take place at various Phoenix venues with the event starting with a "Flag Party" on Friday night, followed by an "All White Affair" Party on Saturday night followed by the cornerstone of the event being Sunday’s festive parade and “Carnival Village.” This vibrant event features Caribbean entertainment, food, dance, arts, crafts and more.

Hosted by nonprofit organization the Caribbean American Phoenix Carnival Cultural Association (CAPAZ), the organization’s goal is to invite all to embrace experience and enjoy the rich cultural heritage and history of the Caribbean through their social events which in turn supports their philanthropic, educational and mentoring programs.

For prices and event times, please visit phoenixcarnival.com or call 480-525-4627. If you’re looking for more fun things to do in downtown Phoenix or want to buy a home in the Signs of Downtown Phoenix area, please contact the Russo Team today. Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!

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RE/MAX May 2016 National Housing Report

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RE/MAX May 2016 National Housing Report 

The 2016 home-buying season is just beginning and the real estate market is already off to a good start! April sales saw a 7.5 percent increase over March and a 3.2 percent rise over April last year according to the RE/MAX May 2016 National Housing Report. The Median Sales Price in April was $215,000, which was 5.4 percent higher than one year ago.

The inventory of homes for sale remains very tight in many markets across the country, with the April inventory 15.2 percent lower than April 2015. At the rate of home sales in April, the national Months Supply of Inventory was 3.2, down from 3.7 in March. While inventory remains much lower than last year, there are signs of stabilization month-to-month. Based on the rate of home sales in April, the Month’s Supply of Inventory was 3.2, which is nearly identical to last month and last year, 3.7 and 3.6 respectively.
 
“Even though inventory remained tight, April still saw a demand for homes at a level higher than one year ago. Homebuyers realize that interest rates are historically low and mortgage accessibility appears to be improving along with the overall economy. Price increases make it possible for homeowners to feel comfortable selling, but they aren’t at a level that keeps first-time buyers out of the market,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder.
 
Click here to download a copy of the RE/MAX May 2016 National Housing Report. If you’re ready to buy a Phoenix home or sell your Arizona home, contact the Russo Team today and receive a complimentary analysis of your home’s approximate present value on the market today. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is always our number one priority! -Frank

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