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Hiking in Arizona the Perfect Time of Year

by Melissa Dierks

Hiking in Arizona: the Perfect Time of Year 

Now that the fall temperatures are finally here, it is the perfect time of year to hike in Arizona. If you have been waiting for the cooler weather to hit the trails, here are 6 tips you need to consider before you head out.

1.) Know Your Route: no doubt there are some fantastic places to hike in Arizona, and some of them are just minutes from your front door. It is important to study a map and know where the trail head begins and ends, and approximately how long it will take you to get through it. Most state parks and designated trails will rate the level of difficulty and how long you can expect it to take. If you want to learn more about the trails in Arizona, here is a great link to visit: http://www.arizona-leisure.com/arizona-hiking.html.

2.) Use the Buddy System: being out in the open desert can be a relaxing and a much needed recharge for the soul, and we may not want to share it with someone else. However, safety is priority even on the easiest of hiking trails in Arizona. And having a trusted hiking buddy is a smart idea, in the event of an emergency.

3.) Let People Know: whether you decide to commit to hiking with a buddy or go at it alone, at the very least you should alert your family and friends of your hiking plans. Let them know what trail you intend to hike, when you are leaving and when they can expect to hear from you when the hike is done. These days’ cell phones can even share the GPS location. An ounce of prevention can go a long way in keeping you safe!

4.) Dress Appropriately: even though the temperatures are cooler, doesn’t mean that the sun is any less powerful. Sunblock, hats and light clothing are important hiking essentials in Arizona, year-round. The natural desert surroundings on the Arizona hiking trails are full of potential dangers, so be sure to wear appropriate hiking shoes to protect your feet and help you navigate the terrain. While you may want to escape your technology while you are on the trail, it is still a great idea to carry your cell phone with you, in the event you need to call for help.

5.) Leave NO Trace: in order to protect our beautiful Arizona desert, hikers are asked to leave no trace. This means whatever you pack in, you need to pack out including water bottles, trash and anything that Fido leaves behind. And never, ever leave the designated trail! The trails are there for you to enjoy and to keep you safe. Leaving the designate trail can put your life in serious danger, as well as cause harm to the surrounding desert. Respect the trail, and leave no evidence that you were ever there!

6.) Snakes, Critters and Desert Dwellers: the daytime weather is perfect for snakes, critters and other desert dwellers to enjoy as well as us hikers. Be sure to use caution when hiking, and stay vigilant and avoid walking in areas that you don’t have a clear view of what is in front of you.

This time of year is why we tolerate the triple digits, and we hope you will consider getting out and enjoying the beautiful weather and the beautiful Arizona hiking! See you on the trail – Melissa

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals
7111 W Bell Road, Suite 101
Glendale, AZ 85308
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REMAX National Housing Report for September 2016

by Melissa Dierks

RE/MAX National Housing Report for September 2016


The RE/MAX National Housing Report for September 2016 was published this week, and according to the 53 metro areas surveyed, the average number of home sales increased by 5.8 percent in August, compared to one year ago. To date, August 2016 was the seventh month with a year-over-year increase in sales. Good news for the housing market, indeed!

“August’s nearly 6 percent sales increase over last year is providing a strong finish for the summer home selling and buying season. While July saw a decline, August built upon the trends in the spring and early summer. Coupled with moderating price increases, the sales growth we’re seeing represents a market that’s very sustainable," said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. 

My team and I have had a record-setting year so far for 2016, and we would love to help you or anyone you know. Inventory is still low in Maricopa County which can mean top-dollar for your home. Give me a call today, and let us help you with your real estate needs! Melissa

Melissa Dierks
The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals
7111 W Bell Road, Suite 101
Glendale, AZ 85308
(623) 229-0154

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5 Home Buying Tips You Should Know

by Melissa Dierks

5 Home Buying Tips You Should Know 

Owning a home can be one of the most rewarding experiences, both emotionally as well as financially. However, buying a home can be a daunting process if you don’t plan ahead and know what to expect. If you are considering a home purchase, here are 5 home buying tips you should know:

1. Have a Plan: before you start home shopping, it is important to be honest with yourself and anyone who is involved in the decision-making process. What do you want in a home, verse what you really need? Would something low maintenance be better for your busy lifestyle? Or do you want a big yard with lots of room to play? Are schools important in your decision? How far are you willing to commute for work? Be sure to explore your options when it comes to a new home or a resale home. Have an open, honest conversation and then create a vision of what your new home will look like.

2. Do Your Homework: now that you know what you want and need, you will need to do your homework, meaning research what it out there and how much it is going to cost. There are plenty of online search options that you can use to start the process, but when it comes time to get serious about home buying, don’t rely on Zillow or other search engines to find your perfect home. Many of those sites provide outdated or inaccurate information on a home prices and availability.

3. You Know Budget: once you have decided that buying home is the right decision, you will want to consult with a qualified loan officer, unless you will be paying cash. It is important that you have a written budget that is accurate to your personal expenses and lifestyle. Just because you may qualify on paper for a specific loan amount doesn’t mean that you are comfortable spending that much every month on a mortgage payment. Know your budget and be honest about what is important to you and your spending, before committing to a mortgage payment.

4. Think Bigger: by this we mean, think about the bigger picture and where you may be in five or ten years. Is it better to buy a slightly bigger home now so you don’t have to move in a few years and you can make a long-term financial commitment that will yield a higher return? Or will this purchase make a good income property when you are ready to buy up in a few years? In the event of an unforeseen change, how easy will it be to sell? None of us have a crystal ball to predict the future however it is wise to weigh out all your options and possibilities before making a big decision, like buying a home.

5. Hire a REALTOR®: don’t go at it alone. Hiring an experienced, reputable REALTOR® to help you navigate the process from start to finish is a must. This is likely the biggest financial decision of your life and not only do you want to make a smart decision, you want to make sure you are protected along the way. REALTORS® have access to industry specialists who can help you with home inspections, lending and can help you understand all the legal documents and disclosures. Plus only licensed REALTORS® have direct access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) which is the only real-time feed of homes that are for sale in your area.

If you or someone you know is considering buying a home, please give The Regal Team a call today. We have the local experience to help you navigate the home buying process with ease and success! Melissa

Melissa Dierks
The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals
7111 W Bell Road, Suite 101
Glendale, AZ 85308
(623) 229-0154
www.theregalteam.com

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5 Designer Tips to Help You Sell Your Home

by Melissa Dierks

5 Designer Tips to Help You Sell Your Home 

Let’s face it everyone has their own taste when it comes to decorating the inside of our homes. But professional interior designers know more about styles and trends that can help when it comes to selling your home. First impressions are everything, especially when showing your home to potential buyers. Here are 5 designer tips from the professionals on simple staging ideas that make a difference.

1. Furniture placement: in a large room, interior designers will avoid placing the sofa directly against the wall. You can create a completely different feel in a living room by moving the sofa away from the wall. Depending on the layout of the room, a floating sofa can create walls to separate rooms and create a clear walking path to direct the flow of traffic in your home.

2. Flowers go a long way: whether they are fresh cut or a beautiful silk arrangement, flowers can go a long way in creating a warm and welcoming vibe in your home, especially at the entryway or front door.

3. Throws and pillows: we all love a fluffy blanket to cuddle with during our favorite Friday night flick, but there is more to those blankets than just comfort. A few throws draped on your sofa is considered a cozy look to designers. And don’t be afraid to buy that extra decorative pillow! According to the professionals, you should have more than two pillows on your sofa for the extra touch.

4. What’s that smell? No one wants a smelly home, but be careful that you aren’t using too many candles or a fragrances that might be offensive to people with sensitive noses or allergies. Not only will it cause a physical discomfort, you might also lead a potential buyer to wonder what you are trying to cover up.  

5. Bathroom Etiquette: a clean bathroom is a must when showing your home, and so are the supplies you provide. Hand soap, and clean towels are important for two reasons: hygiene and elegance. Why not use beautiful soaps and hand towels to add to the functionality of your bathroom? It’s a little touch that will impress any buyer!

If you are considering a home move but not sure where to start with staging ideas, give me a call today. I am happy to meet with you to discuss your personal needs, and create marketing plan that will get you top dollar for your home! Melissa

Melissa Dierks
The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals
7111 W Bell Road, Suite 101
Glendale, AZ 85308
(623) 229-0154
www.theregalteam.com

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Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

by Melissa Dierks

Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day? 

In the late 1800s at the peak of the Industrial Revolution here in the U.S. it was not uncommon for the average person to work 12-hour days, seven days a week and that was just enough to get by with their basic living needs met. In some states children as young as five or six years old would work in mills and factories earning a fraction of what the adults would be paid. The working conditions were unsafe, with poor air quality, sanitary facilities and no breaks were given during working hours.

In the 18th century we began to see labor unions standing up for the hard-working Americans. They organize strikes and rallies to protest the unacceptable conditions that employers kept. On September 5th, 1882 history was made when 10,000 works took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, which was the very first Labor Day parade in U.S. history.

The first Monday in September honors the contribution and achievement to the American Worker, and began an official federal holiday in 1894. We have come a long way since the days of labor strikes and rallies, but we are proud of our history and even more proud of the legacy of our fellow American’s who paved the way for our future.

On September 5th when you are enjoying your hard-earned day off, please take a moment to remember why we celebrate Labor Day, and those who made this day possible. Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy and safe holiday celebration! Melissa Dierks

Melissa Dierks
The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals
7111 W Bell Road, Suite 101
Glendale, AZ 85308
(623) 229-0154
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