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Possible Glendale Midtown District Revitalization Underway

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Possible Glendale Midtown District Revitalization Underway

For years, the City of Glendale has invested time and money to jump-start its decaying downtown due to the closing auto businesses in the early 2000s but to no avail. Vacancy rates, population drop and unemployment rates continued to surpass the rest of Glendale. Last week, a report with recommendations to revitalize the area was unveiled to the City Council in workshop.

Urban Land Institute’s study, funded by a grant, focuses primary on what is known as the Midtown District, which runs along the Glendale Avenue corridor bounded by 43rd and 51st avenues and Myrtle Avenue and Ocotillo Road. Although Midtown is ripe for revitalization it has its challenges such as low-performing schools and a lack of a consistent vision by policymakers. Another drawback is the uncertainty if light rail will come, which is keeping landowners and developers from moving forward with developing vacant lots and filling empty buildings. 

Midtown District revitalization recommendations include:

  • Create a one-stop, business advocacy liaison in City Hall
  • Invest in downtown with branding and beautification
  • Activate underused properties with temporary uses and pop-ups
  • Focus on smaller, signature schools
  • Encourage neighborhood-oriented schools and joint-use policies
  • Leverage state and federal housing programs
  • Support business incubators and co-working spaces
  • Facility land assembly now
  • Stabilize underlying neighborhood conditions such as perceived safety issues and blight

Glendale’s Midtown District offers a competitive rent structure and housing stock and offers lower rents for start-up opportunities. Glendale’s downtown has a number of strengths, including its historic assets and availability of city-owned land, which gives it a remarkable leg-up. For more local valley news or if you are looking to buy a home in Phoenix, please contact The Russo Team today.

Frank Russo

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Be Cautious of Snakes this Spring

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Be Cautious of Snakes this Spring

March 20th is the first day of spring and easily one of the most anticipated seasons in Arizona. Everything from camping in Arizona to various outdoor festivals and events are available for everyone to enjoy valley wide. But the new season also brings something else; snake bites. In fact the spike in snake bites has become a rite of late spring, according to hospital officials at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix, the hospital in Maricopa County that specializes in treating snake bites.

Banner Hospital sees about fifty snake-bite patients a year, the most in the Southwest, according to Dr. Frank Lovecchio, co-medical director of Banner Poison and Drug Information Center. "When snakes sense a little bit of heat and humidity, they come out," Lovecchio said. "The snakes are hibernating most of the year and now they are starting to come out.”

It’s important for Arizona residents and out of town visitors to be cautious of snakes this spring when outdoors. Suggested tips include:

  • Rattlesnakes are most active in the evening and a night when they do most of their hunting. They are usually very active in the early spring after remaining inactive during the winter months.
  • It's best not to hike in wilderness areas after dark. Carry a walking stick and keep it forward to let snakes know you are approaching their area.
  • If you come across a rattlesnake, observe its beauty from a distance and let the snake go on its way.
  • If you hear the "rattle", freeze. Look carefully to locate the rattlesnake and move slowly in the opposite direction.

If you happen to see a rattlesnake on your property, call a local agency that can help remove the reptile. If you are bitten by a rattlesnake get to an emergency room right away or call the national network of poison-control centers immediately at 800-222-1222 if you are quite a distance away. Stay safe and enjoy Arizona’s beautiful spring weather!

Frank Russo

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Trendy Space Saving Stashes for Your Home

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Trendy Space Saving Stashes for Your Home

One of the number one complaints homeowners have about their homes is the lack of storage. Somehow as a society we’ve acquired a need for more stuff with no place to put it all. If you’re like most people, keeping your environment neat and organized is something you desire for your home and a necessary evil. Having ample storage cuts down on clutter and saves you time when organizing your space. Here are some trendy space saving stashes for your home you might not have considered.

Entryway

Customizing the entry way in your custom home is a great way to fight clutter. Options like shoe cubbies, dual purpose wall hooks that double as lighting, entry way tables, and built-in cabinetry alcoves to hide unsightly messes can help keep your sanity the moment you walk in.

Kitchen

Kitchens are the heart of the home and unfortunately can house tons of clutter. Fortunately there’s no shortage of clever, space saving storage options for kitchens.  Consider adding cabinetry slide out cutouts that house kitchen essentials and alleviate taking up counter space, or pull-out garbage cans and composters to help rid your kitchen of trash. Adding a dual purpose mobile kitchen island that has built-in slots for appliance garages is also a way to make your kitchen more organized and less chaotic.

Bedroom

The bedroom is your sanctuary, but clothes everywhere, messy closets, and other assorted clutter can make it your least favorite place in your home. Again, there’s no shortage of storage options from beds with built-in storage drawers and headboards with shelving to creative dual purpose wall-mount lighting and storage options.

Trendy space saving stashes for your home are really only limited by your imagination. Effective and clever space saving built-ins and furniture pieces can help rid your space of clutter and give you more peace of mind. If you’d like more space saving storage ideas or if you’d like information about buying a home in Phoenix please contact The Russo Team.

Frank Russo

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The Russo Team Newsletter March 2017

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Please enjoy the Russo Team Newsletter for March 2017

 

 

 

 

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Frank Russo

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February 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

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February 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

Home sales in January set a record pace according to the February 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. With the tug-of-war between rising home sales and shrinking inventory intensifying, last month topped all other Januarys in the report’s nine-year history with the most sales, highest sales price and fewest days on market.

Over two-thirds of the fifty-three metro areas experienced an increase in sales year-over-year, with twelve experiencing double-digit increases. Based on the rate of home sales in January, the Months Supply of Inventory was 3.8, compared to December 2016 at 4.2 and January 2016 at 4.6. A 6.0-month supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers.

In the 53 metro areas surveyed, total sales were up 4.5 percent over January 2016, which was previously the January with the most sales. The Median Sales Price of $208,500 was up 4.3 percent and marked the tenth consecutive month of year-over-year price increases. The new January low of sixty-six Days on Market underscores the fact that inventory has declined year-over-year for ninety-nine consecutive months dating back to October 2008.

“January may have set the tone for the coming home-buying season with homes selling faster and at higher prices. Home-buyer demand is strong, and not enough sellers are listing to keep up with the demand, despite rising prices. At any rate, the beginning of 2017 continued the strong pace of 2016.” - Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder.

Over two-thirds of the fifty-three metro areas experienced an increase in sales year-over-year, with twelve experiencing double-digit increases. Based on the rate of home sales in January, the Months Supply of Inventory was 3.8, compared to December 2016 at 4.2 and January 2016 at 4.6. A 6.0-month supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers.

Looking to sell your Phoenix home or buy a home in Phoenix? Contact the RussoTeam 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 Russo

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3 Space Saving Hacks for Any Home

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3 Space Saving Hacks for Any Home

If you’re like most homeowners, you want to make the most of the space in your home. But after years of accumulating furniture, knick knacks, and clutter it’s no wonder so many homes feel unorganized, cramped, and cluttered. Try these 3 space saving hacks for any home, and you’ll find the extra space and sanity you’ve been looking for in your home.

1.) Think small: That grandiose china cabinet. Your massive California King bed. The dining room table that seats twelve even though only four people live at home. Don’t be afraid to scale back and incorporate smaller furniture pieces so you can to open up your rooms and get your space back.

2.) Built-in Storage: These days, it’s easy to find stylish furniture and accessories with built-in storage that saves you space. Think comfy ottomans with storage inside, coffee tables with niches for magazines and coasters, and dining room tables with built-in drawers.  Even books with hollow cores are making a comeback on shelves serving as stylish organizers for odds and ends that don’t have a place.

3.) Bedroom boosters: The bedroom is one of the top places where homeowners complain about not having enough space. But thinking outside the box and adding dual purpose pieces will give you even more space. The space under your bed can make the perfect little nook for plastic storage containers for out of season clothes or shoes. Creating a headboard out of shallow shelves is a modern look that buys you extra space.

Which of these 3 space saving hacks for any home can best benefit your home? If you’re looking for more space saving tips for your home or ready to buy or sell your Phoenix home, please contact the Russo team today!

Frank Russo

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4 Successful Staging Hacks to Sell Your Home Today

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4 Successful Staging Hacks to Sell Your Home Today

If you’re like most homeowners trying to sell your Phoenix home you’ll find you’re competing with lots of other listings, sometimes even in your own neighborhood. One of the best moves you can make before you show your home is to implement home staging. For those who don’t know, staging is the art of making your home look more appealing to potential buyers and can be the beneficial extra touch that moves buyers to strike now. Here are 4 successful staging hacks to sell your home today.

1.) Spruce up Curb Appeal: The outside of your property is the first thing buyers will see, so it’s important to make a good first impression. You’ll want to make certain your walkways are well lit and free of debris and spider webs.  Spraying for weeds is also important, especially if your home features a desert landscape or a nicely maintained lawn. If you don’t have time to focus on the outdoors, don’t be afraid to enlist the help of an affordable landscaper.

2.) Wonderful Windows: Nothing opens up a room more than beautiful, natural lighting. If you take the time to clean the windows in your home, you’ll allow more light in which makes rooms seem brighter and more open. As an added bonus, clean windows can show off a beautiful desert or mountain view.

3.) Declutter: Clutter is a home’s worst enemy. It makes a space seem smaller and can distract homebuyers from nice features. Anything from too many pictures on the wall to stacks of mail can turn potential buyers off. Start small by going room to room removing unnecessary items from view and storing them away. A tidy, de-cluttered home can help a potential buyer better visualize their own furniture in the space.

6.) Powerful Paint: If these walls could talk, they should definitely have good things to say about your home. Patching, repairing, and touching up scrapes is crucial, and a fresh coat of paint can make the difference between your home selling or sitting on the market. Peeling paint outdoors should absolutely be addressed. Want to make a statement the moment a buyer pull ups to the curb? Try adding a new coat of paint to the front door and adding a new welcome mat to invite would be buyers into their new prospective home.

Implementing these 4 successful staging hacks to sell your home today can help give you a great edge over other listings. If you are looking to sell your Phoenix home or would like more information about what it takes to sell your property, contact the Russo Team today.

Frank Russo

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The Russo Team Newsletter February 2017

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Frank Russo
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Coming Soon: Entertainer’s Dream in Crown Point

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Coming Soon: Entertainer’s Dream in Crown Point 

Located in the prestigious Crown Point community in Peoria, Arizona this entertainer’s dream home is highly upgraded and move-in ready. Over 3,400 square feet sitting on a premium sized lot that is surrounded by desert oasis landscaping. The floor plan features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a work out room or office with a separate exit. The interior design includes formal living areas, large family room and a well-appointed gourmet kitchen.

For the chef-inspired this kitchen is elegant, as well as functional. Multi-leveled cabinetry with roll-out shelving, granite countertops, and a huge island with counter seating. A cozy breakfast nook and a wet bar with a convenient wine rack complete this space. Stainless appliance package includes double wall ovens, built-in sub-zero refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher.

The entertainer’s dream continues outside where there are all the amenities one would hope to find in a desert paradise of this quality. Accented with brick pavers on the driveway and sidewalks, the grounds include Marbella limestone decking, a built-in BBQ, outdoor fireplace, pool, and low maintenance artificial grass. There is plenty of room in the 3-car garage that has built-in cabinets and an epoxy treated floor.

This home has not been listed in the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS), however if you or someone you know is interested in a scheduling a private tour, please contact the Russo Team at 602-864-1200. Don’t miss this opportunity to own one of Crown Point’s rare jewels. Call us today.

Frank Russo
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Wealth Building for Everyone: Seminar Coming Soon

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Wealth Building for Everyone: Seminar Coming Soon


Don't think of real estate investing as a one-time transaction; think of it as part of your long-term wealth building strategy. We are hosting a seminar, were we will teach you the principles of investing in real estate to build your wealth based on the book HOLD: How to Find, Buy, and Rent Houses for Wealth. The easy-to-follow five-step process we will be discussing:

1) FIND the right property for the right terms and the right price

2) ANALYZE a property to make sure the numbers and the terms make sense

3) BUY an investment property where you make money going in

4) MANAGE your tenants and property like a pro

5) GROW your way to wealth and financial freedom

  • Date and Time: Saturday, January 28th from 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Location: 7121 W. Bell Road in the Basement Training Room

All attendees will receive a free copy of the book. There is NOTHING to purchase at this wealth building seminar! We give you ALL of the tools & strategies you need. Don't bring your checkbook! 

Please RSVP to lrusso@russoteam.com or click here to register on Facebook event by Thursday, January 26th, 2017. This event is coming soon and space is limited so don’t wait to reserve your spot!

Frank Russo
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