8 Interesting Facts About Easter You Probably Didn’t Know
No matter how old you are or where you are in the world, Easter is a fun family tradition that never gets old. But how much do you really know about this fun holiday? Here are 8 interesting facts about Easter you probably didn’t know.
1.) The tallest Easter egg chocolate was made in Italy in 2011. It stood at thirty four feet and weighed an astounding 15,873 pounds!
2.) The art of painting eggs is called pysanka, which originated in Ukraine. It involves using wax and dyes to color the egg.
3.) The term Easter gets its name from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolizes the hare and the egg.
4.) The exchange or giving of Easter eggs actually dates back to before Easter and the giving of eggs is actually considered a symbol of rebirth in many cultures.
5.) The Easter egg is said to symbolize and represent joy, celebration and new life.
6.) Americans buy more than 700 million marshmallow Peeps during Easter? This makes Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.
7.) Americans consume more than 16 million jelly beans during this holiday. That is enough jelly beans to circle the globe three times.
8.) The White House of tradition of the Easter Egg Roll started back in 1878, with President Rutherford B. Hayes!
How many of these are 8 interesting facts about Easter you probably didn’t know did you actually know? Share in the comments below! The Voss Team wishes you and yours a safe and Happy Easter!
One word sums up February home sales across the country – inventory. The lack of homes for sale continues to be the key factor as February marks the third consecutive month of year-over-year declines in home sales, coupled with quick sales and record prices.
According to the March RE/MAX National Housing Report, home sales dropped 0.2 percent from February 2017, while the Days on Market average of sixty-two days was the lowest of any February in the report’s nine-year history.
“We shared our outlook of the real estate market in the new year and it seems that even two months into 2018 we’re already seeing records break,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “The February 2018 median sales price of $228,700 marks the 22nd consecutive month of year-over-year price increases.”
The Months Supply of Inventory was 3.1 – also a RE/MAX National Housing Report February record – and underscored an average decline in inventory of 13.7 percent among the fifty-two markets reporting.
“While the hot markets like Denver and San Francisco continue to see low supplies of inventory, we’re also watching more homebuyers migrate into unexpected markets,” added Contos. “In one year, Billings, Montana, saw a 59 percent increase in home sales, along with Boise, Idaho, with a 25 percent increase in sales.”
To access the March National Housing Report infographic, visit: https://rem.ax/2phKHWT.Looking to sell your Phoenix home or buy a home in Phoenix? Contact TheVoss 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!
Spring is just around the corner and with it usually comes an urge to refresh the home. Because the kitchen is where most of us spend the most time, it’s only natural that room would be the first place we’d like to update. There’s a reason the kitchen is the heart of the home, and when you see these 3 fresh kitchen trends for spring, you’ll see why!
1.) Open Up: Cupboards are now becoming art statements, as kitchen trends are moving towards open shelving. Now, instead of hiding dishes, glasses, and accessories behind closed cabinetry, designers and homeowners are opting to show off that good china. There’s definitely a rise in manufactures implementing open shelving in their kitchen designs.
2.) Hello Earth: Long gone are the stark white kitchens of yesteryear. This year, we’re seeing an ushering of more natural tones and materials in kitchens. If it comes from the earth, it’s finding its way into kitchens. From walls to counter tops, designers and homeowners are infusing looks that have a more textured, natural feel such as real brick wall veneers and authentic soaring wood beams. This also invites the look of natural wood and stone counter tops and warmer copper accessories in lieu of stainless steel.
3.) Get Out: Since kitchens are trending for more open and natural themes, it’s no surprise that there’d be a rise in creating outdoor kitchens as well. Why not take the party outside? Sure, our hot Phoenix summers can limit the appeal of enjoying an outdoor kitchen, but employing a good fan and mister system with the addition of an ice cold mini bar can allow even the most heat sensitive guests a break. These days, nothing complements a nice patio set or grill more than an outside kitchen to gather family and friends around. Got a pool? An outdoor kitchen with versatile easy to clean finishes is an added bonus.
Which of these 3 fresh kitchen trends for spring would you like to try? If you’re looking for some additional ideas on refreshing your home or if you’re ready to sell or buy a home in the greater Phoenix area, please contact The Voss Team today.
Top 5 Hacks to Boost Your Credit Score for Home Buying
Ready to buy a home this year but know your credit score needs work? You’re not alone. The average credit score in the U.S. is 695 according to the AAA Credit Guide, which is considered to be fair on a scale of 300 to 850. Because your credit score affects everything from qualifying for a car loan to, in some cases, qualifying you for employment, it makes since that having the best score will help you obtain your real estate goals. Here are the top 5 hacks to boost your credit score for home buying.
If you have any collections or judgments against you, pay them off as quickly as possible.
Pay all your bills on time by utilizing payment reminders or automatic bill pay options.
Don’t close your credit card accounts because then you’ll be using a higher percentage of your overall credit limit.
Try to reduce your credit card debt to twenty-five percent or less of your credit line on each card.
Pull your credit report at least once a year to review any discrepancies
The sooner you begin implementing these top 5 hacks to boost your credit score for home buying, the easier it will be when it’s time qualify for a home loan. If you’re ready to buy a Phoenix home, please contact The Voss Team today to assist you with your home buying needs.
Speed of Winter Home Sales Felt More Like Spring Selling Season
Despite home sales being down 2.8 percent year-over-year, the February RE/MAX National Housing Report shows homes sold in a mere sixty days last month, marking the fewest Days on Market of any January in the nine-year history of the report. The record speed of January home sales may signal that buyers aren’t waiting around for the typical spring selling season to begin.
Days on Market typically decline each month leading into the heart of the spring and summer buying season in July and start increasing monthly as fall progresses into winter. The number of homes for sale in January 2018 was down 4.8 percent from December 2017, and down 14.8 percent from January 2017. Based on the rate of home sales in December, the Months Supply of Inventory decreased to 3.4 from December 2017 at 3.7, as well as decreased compared to January 2017 at 3.8.
A 6.0-months supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. In January 2018, 49 of the 53 metro areas surveyed reported a months supply at or less than 6.0, which is typically considered a seller’s market. The Median Sales Price of $224,000 also set a January record — up 6.7 percent year-over-year. Out of fifty-three markets, fifty-one posted gains, marking January as the 22nd consecutive month of year-over-year price increases dating back to April 2016.
“We recently saw the groundhog predict six more weeks of winter, but January housing numbers are telling a different story,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “It looks like the spring selling season may have arrived early because home buyers are not slowing down. The speed of this market is on pace with what we saw in the prime of the 2017 selling season.”
Want to know more about real estate market trends? Click here to download a copy of the February 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report. If you are looking to sell your Phoenix home or are ready to buy a Phoenix home, please contact The Voss Team today. The Voss Team has the reputation, experience and local knowledge you need to find the right property, or successfully sell a property for top-dollar. Please feel free to browse our website or let us guide you every step of the way, by calling or e-mailing to set up an appointment today!