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Have You Explored the Roosevelt Row Arts District?

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Have You Explored the Roosevelt Row Arts District?

Have you explored the Roosevelt Row Arts District? If you want to support local art and culture in the historical downtown Phoenix area, then you’ll definitely want to add that to your to-do list this summer. Also known as RoRo by the locals, the Roosevelt Row Arts District is a walkable, creative district in the urban core of downtown Phoenix that is nationally known for its arts and cultural events, award-winning restaurants, galleries, boutiques and live music. Roosevelt Row begins at 7th Avenue and extends east to 16th Street. On the north side it begins at Interstate 10 and extends south to Fillmore Street.

Once a run-down area filled with abandoned buildings and former crack houses, talented local artists begin utilizing the space for affordable studio and gallery space. And thanks to the arts becoming a major factor in the revitalization of the area, the Roosevelt Row Arts District has since re-emerged as one of the most dynamic areas in downtown Phoenix.

This fantastic district is fostering an urban renewal with rehabilitated bungalows and new infill projects, and connects downtown Phoenix to historic neighborhoods including F.Q. Story, Willow, Roosevelt, Historic Roosevelt and Grand Avenue just to name a few.

Even if you’ve been here before, there’s always a variety of activities, artists, and festivals to entertain even the most seasoned signs of downtown Phoenix visitors and natives. For more info and upcoming events happening in the Roosevelt Row Arts District, visit http://www.rooseveltrow.org. And for more local events happening in the signs of downtown Phoenix area, please contact the Russo Team today.

Frank Russo

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The Russo Team Newsletter July 2018

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The Russo Team Newsletter July 2018

Please enjoy The Russo Team Newsletter for July 2018.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the full newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/42115616a014/the-russo-team-july-2018-newsletter

Frank Russo

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4 Fun Phoenix Fourth of July Events to Enjoy!

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4 Fun Phoenix Fourth of July Events to Enjoy!

Independence Day falls on a Wednesday this year, so there are many celebrations leading up to the holiday and on the holiday itself. Here's 4 fun Phoenix Fourth of July events to enjoy!

1.) After Dark In The Park: This free event features live entertainment, an inflatable fun zone, dinner from the local food truck row, and valuable information from community resource booths. The highlight of the evening is a spectacular fireworks display. For more information, call 602-495-3735 or click here

When: Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. with fireworks starting at 8:45 p.m.

Where: Deer Valley Park - 19602 N. 19th Ave in Phoenix

2.) Fabulous Phoenix 4th: The 33rd annual Fabulous Phoenix 4th will feature one of the largest fireworks displays in the Southwest. The free and non-alcoholic family event annually attracts 100,000-plus participants. Included in this year's event will be two stages featuring international recording artists, a variety of vendors offering festival-style food and beverage, arts and crafts, interactive exhibits and a classic car display. Youth activities, rides and inflatables, and a water spray zone will be part of Kids' World. For more information, click here, or call 602-534-3378.

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. 

Where: Steele Indian School Park - 300 E. Indian School Rd in Phoenix

3.) Arizona Diamondbacks Fireworks Spectacular: The D-backs take on the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at 7:10 p.m. Enjoy the baseball game inside air-conditioned Chase Field. Afterward, the retractable roof will open for a firework spectacular, set to patriotic music. Tickets are $19 at dbacks.com.

When:  Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at 7:10 p.m.

Where: Chase Field - 401 E Jefferson St in Phoenix

4.) 4th of Zoo-ly: The Phoenix Zoo will be serving up a classic summer BBQ and topping off the evening with a very special viewing of the Tempe Town Lake Fireworks Spectacular show at a "VIP" seating area in the back of the Zoo. There will be free carousel rides and free entrance to Stingray Bay along with some special animal viewing. Tickets are $45 for kids and adults age 13 and over, tickets for kids age 3-12 are $35 and kids 2 and under get in free. For more information, click here

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9 p.m.

Where: Phoenix Zoo455 N Galvin Pkwy in Phoenix

However you choose to celebrate Independence Day this year, The Russo Team hopes you have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Frank Russo

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May 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report

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May 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report

Have you heard? Homes sold faster in May than at virtually any other time in the past decade, according to the latest RE/MAX National Housing Report. Low inventory and high demand in May cut Days on Market to 46, the second-lowest monthly number in the nearly 10-year history of the report.

May home sales topped April sales by 14.5 percent, and were down by 2.8 percent from May 2017. The median sales price of $251,673 was up 7.8%. To access the housing report infographic, visit: https://rem.ax/2phKHWT.  By comparison, homes averaged five more days on the market (51) in May 2017, 12 more days (58) in May 2016 and 18 more days (64) in 2015.

“Even with low inventory and the Federal Reserve raising interest rates, homes are going from ‘for sale’ to sold 28 percent faster than three years ago,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos.

With eleven metro areas increasing the median sales price year-over-year by double digits, May is still a seller’s market, and homebuyers should expect to compete with other buyers when they are ready to make an offer on a home.

“Be prepared — that’s my message to potential homebuyers in this summer selling season,” added Contos. “Make sure you are pre-approved with a lender, try to make a clean offer with no contingencies and, if possible, consider offering favorable concessions to the seller such as a flexible closing date. Pairing today’s real estate technology with the guidance of a professional RE/MAX agent, can help you find the right home.”

 The average Days on Market for homes sold in May 2018 was 46, down six days from the average in April 2018, and down five days from the May 2017 average. The number of homes for sale in May 2018 was up 4 percent from April 2018, and down 9.5 percent from May 2017.

Based on the rate of home sales in May, the Months Supply of Inventory remained unchanged from April 2018 at 2.5, and slightly decreased compared to 2.6 in May 2017. A 6.0-months supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. In May 2018, all 54 metro areas surveyed reported a months supply at or less than 6.0, which is typically considered a seller’s market. For more information or to download a copy of the  May 2018 National Housing Report click here.

Looking to sell your Phoenix home or buy a home in Phoenix this summer? 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

Frank Russo

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3 Hacks to Lower Your A/C Bill This Summer

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3 Hacks to Lower Your A/C Bill This Summer

Did you know that cooling accounts for forty percent of the energy consumption in the average Arizona home? It’s not uncommon to see bills ranging from $200 to $400 and up when the temperature starts creeping up on the thermometer. In summer energy demand can be higher with weather responsible for up to seventy percent of your electric bill according to Arizona Public Service (APS) department. Here are 3 hacks to lower your A/C bill this summer.

1.) Air Filters: Replace disposable air filters or clean permanent ones at least once a month. A dirty filter forces your equipment to work harder, causing higher energy bills. Replacing your air filter at least once a month helps to save energy and increase the life of your cooling system. Additionally, experts also suggest leaving most of the air vents open in your home. Closing air vents in more than ten percent of your total air conditioned space creates a pressure imbalance and reduces the effectiveness of your cooling system.

2.) Windows: Believe it or not, windows account for half of a home’s summer temperature increase. So first, be sure to check windows for any hot air leaking in and seal them with caulk or weather stripping. If you have curtains close them on windows that receive direct sunlight. Looking for more protection? Consider installing sunscreens on the exterior of windows that receive direct sunlight to block sun from reaching the glass. Sunscreens can block as much as sixty to eighty percent of the sun’s heat from reaching the glass. Not crazy about the look of sun screens? Installing mini-blinds or shutters can reduce solar gain by forty to fifty percent.

3.) Thermostat: If you don’t already have one, installing a programmable thermostat will not only save you time, but energy costs as well. Programmable thermostats allow you to program the temperature in your home to increase by five to ten degrees while you're away and to return to a comfortable level an hour before you return. For every degree you set your thermostat above eighty degrees, you can save approximately two to three percent on cooling costs. The rule of thumb is to set the thermostat between seventy-eight to eighty degrees when you are home and up to eighty-five degrees when you are away.

Just because the temperature is in the triple digits doesn’t mean your air conditioning bill has to too. Utilize these 3 hacks to lower your A/C bill this summer and stay cool!

Frank Russo

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The Russo Team Newsletter June 2018

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The Russo Team Newsletter June 2018 

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If you want to get to know more about The Russo Team or are thinking of moving up to your dream home, give us a call today!

Frank Russo

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5 Sun Safe Tips for Arizona Heat Awareness Week

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5 Sun Safe Tips for Arizona Heat Awareness Week

Summer is on its way and temperatures are already on the rise in Phoenix. That’s why the National Weather Service and state officials have teamed up for Arizona Heat Awareness Week, a way to remind Arizonans to stay safe and hydrated during our periods of extreme heat.  Being careful in the heat is extremely important. Last year alone 219 people died from heat related illnesses. Here are 5 sun safe tips for Arizona Heat Awareness Week to keep you and your family safe all summer long!

  1. The hottest parts of the day are usually between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., so try to do any outdoor activity outside of those hours. 
  2. Planning to hike? Don’t forget that it’s illegal to take your dog on the hiking trail if the temperature is over 100 degrees and you could be fined $2,500.
  3. When the temperature outside reaches 99 degrees, your car can heat up to 120 degrees in just one hour so please, never leave kids or pets in the car for an extended amount of time.
  4. The human body is 60% water hence why it’s so easy to get dehydrated in the summer. While drinking 8-10 glasses of water is the usual rule of thumb, it is advisable to drink 12 to 15 glasses of fluids during the summer, especially if you’re doing any strenuous activity outside.
  5. Arizona has the second highest skin cancer rate in the world. There are nearly 1,500 cases of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, diagnosed each year. So please protect yourself from direct sun exposure by covering up with light clothing, wearing a broad-brimmed hat, utilizing UV-blocking sunglasses and wearing sf 15 or higher sunblock daily.

The lack of rainfall in the state also contributes to the heat as Phoenix has not had any measurable rainfall since March 11th according to the National Weather Service. Please be safe and share these 5 sun safe tips for Arizona Awareness Week with friends and family. For additional tips to survive the summer or if you’re searching for a home in Phoenix this summer, please contact the Russo Team today!

Frank Russo

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Spring 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report Reflects Home Sale Increase

Home sales increased 2.3 percent year-over-year in April 2018 in the face of record low inventory and the second-highest median sales price in the nine-year history of the RE/MAX National Housing Report. To access the housing report infographic, visit: https://rem.ax/2phKHWT.   

“If 2018 is like recent years, we’re only two months away from home prices peaking — we’re already seeing some impressive prices moving up in markets throughout the U.S.,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “As we head into summer, we’ll watch several housing markers like home starts, mortgage applications and sales price to gauge the effect they’ll have on inventory across the country — the good news is that the rate of sales helps accommodate a shrinking inventory and buyers can still find opportunities.”

The $243,000 Median Sales Price was a record for April and was second only in report history to $245,000 in June 2017. In each of the last five years, June has produced the year’s highest Median Sales Price, with July or August posting the second-highest monthly price each year.

Thirty-eight of the fifty-three markets in the report posted more sales than in April 2017, while the 2.5 months supply of inventory tied March as the lowest ever, in the history of the report. The average Days on Market in April was fifty-two — that’s five days less than April 2017 and a RE/MAX National Housing Report record for the month.

In April 2018, the median of all 53 metro Median Sales Prices was $243,000, up 3.0 percent from March 2018 and up 7.5 percent from April 2017. The number of homes for sale in April 2018 was up 3.4 percent from March 2018, and down 11.3 percent from April 2017. Based on the rate of home sales in April, the Months Supply of Inventory remained at 2.5 from March 2018, and decreased compared to April 2017 at 2.8. A 6.0-months supply historically indicates a market that’s balanced equally between buyers and sellers. In April 2018, all 53 metro areas surveyed reported a months supply at or less than 6.0, which is typically considered a seller’s market. Please click here to download a copy of the most recent 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!

Frank Russo

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The Russo Team May 2018 Newsletter

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The Russo Team May 2018 Newsletter

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Frank Russo

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10 Hilarious Mother’s Day Quotes to Brighten Any Mom’s Day  

Mother’s Day is tomorrow and giving yourself or your mom a good laugh is the best gift of all! Being a mom is best done with a measure of humor, so here are 10 hilarious Mother’s Day quotes to brighten any mom’s day!   

1.) “It’d be cool if my kids could make something I actually want, like a bottle of wine, out of macaroni and glue.” - Stephanie McMaster

2.) “It’s not easy being a mom. If it were easy, fathers would do it.” – Betty White

3.) “Did you know, when kids go to bed, you can hear yourself think again? I sound fabulous.” – Paige Kellerman

4.) “I want my kids to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” - Phyllis Diller

5.) “Being a mom has made me really tired and so happy.” – Tina Fey

6.) “You may not have candy for breakfast. Now finish your Pop tart.” – Laney Griner

7.) “Waking your kids up for school the first day after a break is almost as much fun as birthing them.” – Jenny McCartney

8.) “Sometimes being a good parent means hiding in the pantry and eating all the Fudgsicles over the course of a day so the kids don’t have to.” – Kelly Oxford

9.) The singular sign of a parent who is doing their job is their unwillingness to let their children watch the Star Wars prequels.” – Heather Armstrong

10.) Happy Mother’s Day, mom! (And while I have you, quick apologies for ages 13-21.) – Anonymous

Happy Mother’s Day from The Russo Team!

Frank Russo

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