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Arizona Pool Safety Tips for the Summer

Arizona Pool Safety Tips for the Summer

Arizona Pool Safety Tips for the SummerArizona is called the Valley of the Sun for a reason and more often than not, people of all ages choose the pool as the perfect way to enjoy Arizona summers. However on average, nearly ninety people die from drowning in Arizona each year with the majority of those deaths happening between April and August. You can help prevent summer drownings by remembering these Arizona pool safety tips for the summer.

  • Never leave a child alone near water. If you must leave, take your child or children with you.
  • Enroll children over age three in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors.
  • Always use approved personal flotation devices (life jackets).
  • All gate locks and latches should be checked regularly to insure they are working properly and adhere to Arizona residential pool codes and standards. Also, a gate should never be left propped open.
  • All residential pool owners should attend water rescue and CPR/CCR classes. Otherwise CPR/CCR instructions and the 911 emergency number (or local emergency number) should be posted in the pool area.

Water play is fun, but water safety is serious business and should be a high priority this summer. Remembering these Arizona pool safety tips for the summer can keep your outdoor activities fun, and your friends and family safe for many summers to come

Roberta Voss

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Top 10 TV Dads of All Time

Top 10 TV Dads of All Time

top 10 tv dads of all timeIf you’re like most American kids, you grew up watching your favorite sitcoms on TV. And in every show, from comedies to dramas, westerns to wacky, there were some memorable television personality father’s that everyone fell in love with. Here are the Top 10 TV Dads of All Time according to a survey commissioned by TiVo.

1.) Cliff Huxtable (The Cosby Show)

2.) Sheriff Andy Taylor (The Andy Griffith Show)

3.) Pa Ingalls (Little House on the Prairie)

4.) Howard Cunningham (Happy Days)

5.) Ward Cleaver (Leave it to Beaver)

6.) Jim Anderson (Father Knows Best)

7.) Mike Brady (The Brady Bunch)

8.) Tim Taylor (Home Improvement)

9.) Reverend Eric Camden (7th Heaven)

10.) Danny Tanner (Full House)

Did your favorite TV dad make the list? Feel free to share your favorite TV Dad of all time on the Voss Team Facebook page or in the comments below. Happy Father’s Day!

Roberta Voss

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Finger on the Pulse of What’s Happening in Arizona

Finger on the Pulse of What’s Happening in Arizona

Finger on the Pulse of What’s Happening in ArizonaEvery thirty seconds a RE/MAX agent helps someone find their perfect place. True to the claim, the Voss Team has been proudly serving the Valley since 2001. The Voss Team is passionate about helping our buyers find that “perfect” property or special investment opportunity. In addition, we are proud to offer state of the art marketing methods to assure our sellers achieve the highest price for their property by gaining the maximum market exposure.

While we place a strong emphasis in the North Central Corridor, West and Northwest Valley market areas, we have considerable experience in the East Valley communities of Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert. The Voss Team proudly maintains and continually strives to provide the best real estate experience for our clients. Here’s what one of our valued clients recently shared about us:

 “It is a true pleasure to recommend Roberta Voss to anyone looking for professional real estate services. Roberta is smart, caring and has her finger on the pulse of what is happening all around the state of Arizona. Her expertise and integrity will serve her clients well.” – Nancy J.

Whether you’re ready to sell your Phoenix home or buy the Phoenix home of your dreams, the Voss Team is here to guide you through every step of the process. Contact us today for a knowledgeable and unforgettable real estate experience.

Roberta Voss

The Voss Team

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Glendale, Arizona 85308

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3 Cool Hacks for House Hunting in the Summer

3 Cool Hacks for House Hunting in the Summer

3 Cool Hacks for House Hunting in the SummerWe all know Arizona is notorious for having over three hundred days of sunshine, so it’s no surprise that at some point you may find yourself house hunting in the summer. Though summer isn’t “officially” here yet, there’s no denying that Arizona’s temperatures are on the rise. Wondering how you’re going to survive searching for a home in the heat? Here are 3 cool hacks for house hunting in the summer.

1.) Start early

Not interested in house hunting mid-day in 115 degree weather? Try to schedule your showings in the morning between 8:30 am and noon before things really start to heat up. Can’t do mornings? Ask your real estate agent if you can see homes in the early evenings between 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm. It may still be warm out, but it’ll be a lot more bearable and not as blazing hot.

2.) Plan ahead

Depending on where the homes you want to view are located, it’d be best to have your Realtor® map out homes that are close to one another. Having a clear plan of which homes you want to visit will help lessen the amount of time you’re traveling in the heat.

3.) Hydrate often

House hunting while dehydrated could seriously dampen the joy of the experience as well as cloud your judgement. Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated is extremely important in dry climates like Arizona and especially during the hottest months of the year. Pack a few bottles of water with you while you work up a sweat shopping for your new Arizona home.

Don’t let fear of heat stroke keep you from house hunting this summer, because summer is the perfect time to buy! If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in the Phoenix area, please contact The Voss team regarding any real estate need, whether large or small.  We will help you with the entire home selling and buying process, and be sure to make your experience a positive memorable one every step of the way.

Roberta Voss

The Voss Team

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Glendale, Arizona 85308

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Enjoy Memorial Day weekend at Lake Pleasant

Enjoy Memorial Day weekend at Lake Pleasant

Enjoy Memorial Day weekend at Lake PleasantMemorial Day weekend at Lake Pleasant is viewed by many as the kick-off to summer. Pleasant Harbor Marina and RV Resort will have camping and a club house with a pool, in addition to a full-service marina all weekend.  Guests can rent boats, jet skis, kayaks and more to soak in the sun. Memorial Day weekend activities include a daily boat cruise, dive-in movie, a sunset music cruise, live entertainment, a farmers market, a bonfire, and a cornhole tournament. A Memorial Day breakfast will be served at Dillon’s Bayou Restaurant and Bar on Monday, May 29th.

Pleasant Harbor is conveniently located on the beautiful southeastern shores of Lake Pleasant in Peoria, Arizona, just outside of the Phoenix Metro area. They are open to the public and offer facilities to go boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, sailing, hiking, kayaking and flyboarding. For more details please call 602-269-0077 or visit pleasantharbor.com. The Voss Team wishes you and your family a safe and Happy Memorial Day!

Roberta Voss

The Voss Team

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April Home Sales Cooler Than Typical Spring Season

April Home Sales Cooler Than Typical Spring Season

April Home Sales Cooler Than Typical Spring SeasonThe brisk start to the 2017 home-selling season slowed down in April with home sales dropping 4.1 percent below March and 4.5 percent below the previous April, according to this month’s RE/MAX National Housing Report.

More than three quarters of the report’s fifty-three metro areas saw April home sales decline year-over-year. By contrast, March posted a 6.6 percent year-over-year spike in sales. Even so, April saw homes sell for more than they did in March in 81 percent of the markets, while 92 percent of the markets saw higher year-over-year sale prices.

Yet the narrative of the ever-tightening inventory coupled with increased prices persisted, as the fifty-three metro area report saw the trends of a seller’s market continuing:

  • The average number of Days on Market declined for the third consecutive month and April’s fifty-seven days set a new low for April in the report’s nine-year history.
  • The Median Sales Price of $226,000 was the highest price for any April and marked the 13th consecutive month of year-over-year price increases.
  • Months Supply of Inventory, which dropped below three months in March for the first time in the report’s history, was 2.8. A months supply of less than 6.0 is considered a seller’s market.
  • Inventory was down 17.6 percent from April 2016.

“We may be seeing some frustration from buyers,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder“Inventory is tighter than ever, while strong demand keeps driving up home prices. At the same time, many potential sellers may also be reluctant to list their homes because the tight inventory might impact them as buyers. Home buyers and sellers will need to work with experienced real estate agents to navigate this tough market.”

Want to know more about the current real estate market? Click here to download your copy of the May2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. If you are looking to sell your Arizona home or are ready to buy a Phoenix home, please contact The Voss Team today.

Roberta Voss

The Voss Team

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Glendale, Arizona 85308

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3 wonderful ways to give back to your mom

3 wonderful ways to give back to your mom

3 wonderful ways to give back to your momToday is Mother’s Day and for those of you who are looking for the perfect gift, why not go the unconventional route this year?  If you’re handy or know someone who is, why not give your Mom the gift of home healing by helping repair and improve her home ailments? Here are 3 wonderful ways you can give back to your mom and her abode.

1.) Plant a Garden: Rather than give the typical bouquet of flowers, plant her a garden she can fall in love with. You can plant a nice assortment of flowers in decorative containers and pots for the entry way or line the driveway and walkways with rows of budding beauties.

2.) Add some art: Has mom been complaining about her drab walls for years? You can’t go wrong with art, especially if it’s family pictures. Pick up some nice frames or some fun vintage style ones from a thrift store and add your best captured family memories. Bonus points if you hang them for her.

3.) Update the comfort zones: Update a living room with lovely accent pillows or a nice new slipcover for the sofa, or go above and beyond and get her a whole new bedding set for her room. Dressing up the spaces she spends the most time in comfort is a wonderfully considerate gift. Imagine her surprise to come home and see a refreshed new space to enjoy?

Can’t decide what to do for your mom and her home? Listen to her concerns about her space. If there’s a nagging home improvement task that’s been bugging her for a while like a broken mailbox, rusty light fixtures, or snags in the rug making those types of repairs are a heartwarming gift to her that shows that you care and that you listen.

No matter what you decide to do for your mom this Mother’s Day, if it comes from the heart she’ll love it regardless. Happy Mother’s Day from the Voss Team.

Roberta Voss

The Voss Team

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Glendale, Arizona 85308

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Arizona Restaurant Week Springing Up in the Valley

Arizona Restaurant Week Springing Up in the Valley

Arizona Restaurant Week Springing Up in the ValleyDo you consider yourself a foodie? Are you a lover of good eats? Then you’ll definitely want to mark your calendars, because Arizona Restaurant Week is springing up in the Valley the week of May 19th to May 28th at various delectable eateries all over Phoenix!

Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to channel their inner food lover and make reservations at Arizona’s premiere restaurants. It’s the perfect opportunity to grab a bite, plan a romantic evening out, schedule a long over-due get together, or finally try that restaurant you’ve had on your wish list.

Participating restaurants are not only known for their exceptional cuisine, they also spare no expense to give diners an extraordinary atmosphere for a special night on the town. More than 120 restaurants will be offering three-course prix fixe menus for either $33 or $44. Check the Arizona Restaurant Week website for a list of participating restaurants.

From sizzling Southwestern and soothing comfort foods to five-star dining and international fare – it’s all on the table during Arizona Restaurant Week. So prepare your taste buds and dig in. For more fun things to do in Phoenix or if you’d like to buy or sell a home in Phoenix please contact The Voss Team.

Roberta Voss

The Voss Team

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7111 West Bell Road Ste 101

Glendale, Arizona 85308

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5 Quick Tips to Reduce your A/C Bills this Summer

5 Quick Tips to Reduce your A/C Bills this Summer

5 tips for how to reduce your ac billSummer is just around the corner and summertime energy demand can be higher with weather responsible for up to seventy percent of your electric bill according to Arizona Public Service (APS) department. In fact, cooling accounts for forty percent of the energy consumption in the average Phoenix home. So if you’re looking to keep your monthly cooling bill costs from rivaling the heats triple digits, here are 5 quick tips to reduce your A/C bills this summer.

  1. Replace disposable air filters at least once a month to save energy and increase the life of your cooling system.
  2. Leave your air vents open to help improve the effectiveness of your cooling system.
  3. Check windows for any hot air leaking in and seal them with caulk or weather stripping.
  4. Add window treatments. Sunscreens can block as much as sixty to eighty percent of the sun’s heat from reaching the glass.
  5. Install a programmable thermostat to save time and energy costs.

Implement one or more of these tips to reduce your A/C bills this summer, and the heat will be the only thing that will have you sweating this summer!

Roberta Voss

The Voss Team

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Glendale, Arizona 85308

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RE/MAX Professionals Proudly Celebrates 25 Years of Miracles

RE/MAX Professionals Proudly Celebrates 25 Years of Miracles

REMAX Professionals Proudly Celebrates 25 Years of MiraclesEvery minute, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment; every 30 seconds, a RE/MAX agent helps someone find their perfect place. Since 1992, RE/MAX agents and brokers have invested in the well-being of their local communities by raising more than $150 million for 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

In 2016, RE/MAX Affiliates in the U.S. and Canada donated over $10 million to 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the Miracle Home and Miracle Property programs. Here at RE/MAX Professionals, our agents donated over $40,000 to our local Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 2016.

“Each year I am more inspired by RE/MAX associates who support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” said John Lauck, the organization’s president and CEO. “They provide much-needed donations to help hospitals care for sick and injured kids in their own communities. August’s Month of Miracles is a time for us to celebrate RE/MAX associates for 23 years of miracles. We are grateful for all they do.”

As you know, The Voss Team is an active contributor to CMN and we look forward to participating in the Month of Miracles One Million Penny challenge, golf tournaments and other activities that raise money for PCH. We are very proud to have been a part of the overall contribution in 2016, and we have our wonderful clients to thank for this prestigious recognition. Thank you for helping us support the children in our community. Here is to celebrating another twenty-five years of miracles!

Roberta L. Voss, JD, e-Pro, CNE, SFR, CDPE
The Voss Team
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