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3 Halloween Home Safety Hacks

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3 Halloween Home Safety Hacks

 

Halloween is a time for little ghosts and goblins to rule the night seeking tricks and treats throughout the neighborhood. It’s even a time that adults can enjoy as well. Because of this increase of traffic on October 31st it’s important to take precautions so that you and yours can enjoy the evening without anyone getting hurt. Here are 3 Halloween home safety hacks for a fun and safe night.

1.) Lit Path: Passing out candy this year? Be sure your front yard and walkway are free and clear to avoid tripping hazards. Having your porch light on or well-lit decorations will help it so that every little boy and ghoul can make it to your front door hazard free. And if you’re planning n using real candles inside a jack-o-lantern or to light your walk-way consider safer options. The National Fire Protection Association warns this type of lighting causes a fire hazard to your home. Instead of real candles, opt for LED tea lights or wind a string of orange lights around your front porch.

2.) Protect your pets: Got a furry friend who normally loves company? On a night filled with masked arrivers and excessive doorbell ringing, all the noise and activity could frighten your favorite feline or Fido and causing them to get underfoot or worse, accidently bite a trick or treater. It’s best to keep your pets safely locked up to keep them and your guests safe.

3.) Safety indoors: If you’re hosting a party or an open haunted house, be sure to check your fire alarms to make sure they’re operating effectively. Also, keep decorations like crepe paper away from carved pumpkins and open flames. The U.S. Fire Administration also recommends making sure any decorative lights you plan to use have sockets, wires and connectors that are in good working order before use.

Have more safety tips? Please feel free to share them on our Facebook page. The Russo Team wishes you a safe and Happy Halloween! – Frank

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The Arizona State Fair Returns to Phoenix

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The Arizona State Fair Returns to Phoenix

Calling all lovers of roller coaster rides, concerts and deep fried Twinkies! The Arizona State Fair Returns to Phoenix and residents Valley wide are flocking to one of the most anticipated events of the fall season.

The Arizona State Fair is the state's largest festival, attracting over one million guests annually to rank as the third highest attended state fair in the country and in the top fifteen of North American Fairs. Featuring professional midway rides and games by Ray Cammack Shows, unique Fair foods, livestock and animal attractions, national headline and local entertainment, special shopping vendors, and various contests, the Arizona State Fair has something for everyone! The Fair is a showcase of Arizona talent, community, and spirit all in one location.

Located on the Arizona State Fair Grounds at 1826 W. McDowell Rd, Phoenix this year’s concert series features big acts like Rick Springfield, 38 Special, Snoop Dog and the Gin Blossoms just to name a few. Concert line up and tickets can be purchased online here. Discounted admission tickets and discount days are also available throughout the month of October thanks to generous sponsors such as SRP, Fry’s Food and Drug, and Sanderson Ford here.

Making memories for Arizona families is what the State Fair is about. Whether it’s your first date on the Sky Ride, at a Coliseum Concert, indulging in a funnel cake or winning a giant stuffed panda, the Arizona State Fair brings the community together. So come out and enjoy the State Fair now until October 29th! For more fun things to do in Phoenix or if you’re looking to buy or sell your Phoenix home, please contact The Russo Team today. 

Frank Russo

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The Russo Team October 2017 Newsletter

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Please enjoy The Russo Team October 2017 Newsletter 

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How The Russo Team Referrals Benefits You

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How The Russo Team Referrals Benefits You

With over thirty years of experience in the real estate industry, The Russo Team has helped over 5,000 people buy and sell homes in the Valley of the Sun. How have we been able to keep up this stellar track record? Many real estate agents take a transactional approach to sales – identifying clients, closing the deal, and then moving on to the next one. The Russo Team chooses not to work that way because we believe you deserve more from the professionals you decide to work with; that’s why we work by referral. Here’s how The Russo Team referrals benefits you.

Since our primary source of new business is referrals from people who know and trust us, we don’t have to spend time looking for new clients and promoting ourselves. We can dedicate ourselves fully to the activities that benefit you most and always deliver truly exceptional service.

The Russo Team knows that we must earn your future referrals, so we aim to exceed your expectations. We have a vested interest in making sure that you are completely satisfied at the end of our transaction together. We want you to be so “fired up” that you can’t wait to tell your friends and family about us and the fantastic service you received.

We devote ourselves to serving the needs of our clients before, during, and after each sale. Instead of disappearing after the closing, you can expect us to keep in touch. The Russo Team will send valuable information each month and will also call from time to time to just check in and see if you need anything.

When it comes down to it, working by referral is all about trust. And, let’s face it, when we’re seeking a service, we look for someone we can trust – someone proven, who comes highly recommended, and is already on our side. If you know someone who could benefit from working with The Russo Team to buy or sell their Phoenix home or if you’ve been referred to us and are ready to make your move, please contact The Russo Team today! We have the expertise, proven track record, and resources to help you achieve your goals for purchasing, selling, and investing in real estate!

Frank Russo

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September 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

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September 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

The September 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report shows August sales topping July by 2.8 percent, but finishing 0.84 percent below August 2016 which remains the best August in the report’s nine year history. Houston, where Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, already experienced a 21.3 percent drop in sales from July and a 27.5 percent decline year-over-year.

U.S. home sales in August extended a summer of strong demand and weak inventory that once again resulted in listings with short shelf lives. In addition to the normal late summer real estate trends, a primary focus during the next month will be on housing in specific markets affected by natural disasters like devastating wildfires and hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Inventory in the report’s fifty-four markets declined 3.9 percent from July and 13.7 percent from a year ago, driving Days on Market to drop to forty-seven – the fastest listing-to-sale average for any August. The Months Supply of Inventory, while continuing to rebound from a May low of 2.6, settled at 3.1 months and set another report record for August.

“Overall, we’re still seeing home prices rise year-over-year at just above historical averages -- even with slightly declining nationwide prices in August, which is an expected annual pattern,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “The data shows that home hunters continue to experience very limited inventory and increased competition, and home sellers are benefiting from quick sales for top dollar.”

After hitting $239,950 in July, the median sales price dipped to $236,475 in August but still finished 5.4 percent higher year-over-year. Download your copy of the September 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report here. Looking to sell your Phoenix home or buy a home in Phoenix? 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!

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The Russo Team September Newsletter

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Please enjoy The Russo Team Newsletter for September.

Download your copy here: http://www.russoteam.com/agent_files/170830_RussoNewsletter_Sept17_4UP_v1.pdf

 

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Tips for an Injury Free Labor Day

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Tips for an Injury Free Labor Day

Labor Day safety is the most important and most overlooked part of any end of summer bash. But the combination of crowds, alcohol, increased travel and being around water can add an element of danger to your holiday plans. By thinking about safety and taking the necessary precautions, your Labor Day can be as safe as it is fun. Here are some essential tips for an injury free Labor Day courtesy of the American Red Cross.

Tips for Safe Travel

• Take emergency supplies such as food and water, a flashlight and a first aid kit.

• Tell your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive.

• Buckle up and obey traffic signs.

• Avoid texting and talking on the phone while driving.

• Don’t drink and drive.

Tips for Safe Swimming

• Check weather and beach conditions throughout the day.

• Always swim in an area supervised by a lifeguard and obey all warnings.

• Provide close attention to children in or near the water.

• Stay within an arm’s reach of young children and inexperienced swimmers while they are in the water.

• Young children, inexperienced swimmers, and boaters should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

Tips for Safe Grilling

• Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

• Keep children and pets away from the grill.

• Never add charcoal starter fluid after coals have been ignited.

• Use long-handled utensils.

• Don’t leave the grill unattended while in use.

Please remember these tips for an injury free Labor Day and have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

Frank Russo

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“Way Beyond the Call of Duty”

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“Way Beyond the Call of Duty”

The Russo Team offers unparalleled service to all clients in the Greater Phoenix, Arizona real estate market. Most real estate agents spend seventy-five percent of their time looking for new clients; this is not the highest and best use of our time. Instead, we put our heads down and go to work for our clients; we spend seventy-five percent of our time working for our clients to make everything as stress-free as possible because we run our business almost exclusively by referral.

We have the expertise, proven track record, and resources to help you achieve your goals for purchasing, selling, and investing in real estate. With over thirty years of experience in the real estate industry, The Russo Team has helped over 5,000 people buy and sell homes in the Valley of the Sun. And with every home bought or sold, we give a $25 contribution on your behalf to the Children’s Miracle Network, which benefits Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The Russo Team has built a foundation of success with repeat and referral business. We greatly appreciate all your support over the years, whether you have bought or sold a home with us – or referred someone who did! Check out what one of our clients are saying about their home buying or selling experience with us:

"If you are looking for a FABULOUS TEAM to sell your house or buy a new one....look no further!  Frank and Lianne  work so well together and work  so hard for YOU!! We had them sell our house AND buy "the house of our dreams". We are OTR Drivers and weren't around often enough to get some things done; Lianne stepped right up to the plate and filled in for us without any hesitation---Way beyond the call of duty!!!! (as well as Frank).  I will definitely be calling on The Russo Team again and definitely recommend them to all our friends and family." -Rhonda & Darvin H.

To read more reviews, please visit our Zillow page here. If you would like to send a client review, please email TheTeam@RussoTeam.com.  If you’re looking for a reputable real estate team to sell your Phoenix home, or if you’re ready to buy a home in Phoenix, please contact The Russo Team today. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is always our number one priority!

Frank Russo

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August 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

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August 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

While July home sales decreased slightly, homes sold at a faster rate than any month in nearly a decade, according to the August RE/MAX National Housing Report that analyzes housing data in fifty-four metro areas. July home sales declined 0.8 percent year-over-year, and the Median Sales Price of $239,950 – while slightly lower than June’s – was 7.4 percent higher year-over-year. Homes sold quickly in July, with an average forty-five Days on Market, a record low for the report.

Other notable numbers from this month’s RE/MAX National Housing Report include:

  • Sales increased in nineteen metro areas even as home sales declined 0.8 percent compared to July 2016.
  • The Median Sales Price of $239,950 was the highest for any July in the nine-year history of the report.
  • Inventory dropped 14.1 percent year-over-year, with forty-six metro areas seeing fewer homes for sale or remaining unchanged. Year-over-year, inventory has declined every month since November 2008.
  • Months Supply of Inventory hovered at 3.1 months, a new July low in the report. 

“After a jump in home sales in May and June, it’s not unusual to see a dip in sales in July,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “This summertime slowdown is a national trend that we sometimes see this time of year, even though this month’s decrease was razor thin. Low inventory continues to constrain the market. Successful buyers will have to be prepped and ready to act fast to purchase listings that, on average, are selling in record time.”

Click here to download a copy of the August 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. Looking to sell your Phoenix home or buy a home in Phoenix? 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!

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Enjoy Free Summer Sundays at the Heard Museum

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Enjoy Free Summer Sundays at the Heard Museum

Looking for something fun to do with the family next weekend? Escape the heat of summer and enjoy free Summer Sundays at the Heard Museum on Sunday, August 27th. This returning annual series allows participants to enjoy free performances, artist demonstrations, family activities and more, every fourth Sunday of the summer. And this is the last one of the season!

Free Summer Sundays at the Heard Museum is one of the most popular seasonal activities for Valley families. Whether you’ve been to the Heard Museum once, twice or dozens of times, there’s always something new to experience, especially on Free Summer Sundays! Each month brings new performances and artistic demonstrations, the latter of which gives everyone a shot at creating their own personal art.

As you’re touring the museum, be sure to check out the limited-time “Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera” exhibit. On display now through August 20, 2017, the exhibit gives Phoenicians the unique and rare experience of seeing thirty of the couple’s most recognizable masterpieces all in one place. Admission to this exclusive exhibit is only $7, so don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Admission to the museum’s galleries is free all day from 11 am to 5pm so gather the whole family and come to the Heard Museum at 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix for cool fun that kids of all ages will enjoy. To learn more about Free Summer Sundays, including directions, hours and more, visit the Heard Museum online. For more fun things to do in downtown Phoenix, or if you’re looking to buy or sell your Phoenix home, please contact The Russo Team today!

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