3 New Year’s Eve Safety Tips for Pets

3 New Year’s Eve Safety Tips for Pets

New Year’s Eve is a wonderful time to get together with friends and celebrate the coming New Year. And when you think of New Year’s Eve, you probably think of fun parties, noise, and drinks. However, all the festivities are not always grand, safe or exciting for your favorite four legged friends. Here are 3 New Year’s Eve safety tips for pets to ensure you all have a safe and Happy New Year.

1.) Watch loud noises

Loud noises, poppers, fireworks, and noisemakers can over stimulate and agitate any dogs’ senses on New Year’s Eve. Some dogs become so terrified by all the activity that they run away. That’s why it’s a good time to make sure you’ve updated your dog’s collar, tag and microchip if they have one in case they get away. Having that information will vastly increase the chances of your pet being returned to you quickly if he or she gets away.

2.) Secure gates and fences

For those who are keeping their furry friends outdoors on New Year’s Eve, be sure that your gates or fence is secure as unexpectedly loud noise can make your pet flee for safety.

3.) Keep bad food and drinks away

New Year’s Eve is often a time to indulge in drinks and champagne, but don’t forget that alcoholic beverages are very toxic to pets. Never put a cup some place your pet can access it. And while some foods are okay to feed your pet, others are also toxic (like chocolate and grapes) so it’s best if your guests simply avoid sharing with your pet. Be sure to let all guests know that alcoholic beverages and foods should be kept out of reach of your pets at all times.

This New Year’s Eve plan ahead to ensure your pet’s safety so they can enjoy ringing in the New Year too. Happy New Year!

Roberta Voss

The Voss Team

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Glendale, AZ 85308

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RE/MAX National Housing Report November 2018

RE/MAX National Housing Report November 2018

Years of shrinking inventory gave way in November to a second consecutive month of year-over-year growth in the number of homes for sale, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. The apparent reason: Home sales declined for the fourth consecutive month when compared to the same months in 2017. Even so, home prices remained strong.

Across the 53 metro areas surveyed, inventory rose 3.0 percent – the highest monthly year-over-year gain in the 10-year history of the report, following October’s 1.0 percent increase that ended a streak of 119 months of year-over-year declines dating back to November 2008. The Months Supply of Inventory rose to 3.9, the highest for any month since 4.2 in December 2016.

November home sales, meanwhile, declined 6.9 percent, which was the second-largest year-over-year decline of 2018 and the biggest year-over-year sales decline for November in five years. This year only April and July sales exceeded 2017 totals for the corresponding months.

“The road to market normalization can be bumpy,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “It’s good to see the small uptick in inventory, and the drop in November sales isn’t too surprising – given the recent trends, the mid-term elections, and the earlier-than-usual Thanksgiving holiday. As we near year-end, three main themes appear clear – buyers are grappling with affordability issues and tight inventory; sellers are unsure how to react to the cooling market; and homes priced properly are still selling rather quickly. All three underscore the fact that the guidance of a professional agent is even more critical in times like these.”

November’s Median Sales Price of $235,000 was 4.0 percent higher than November 2017 and was the highest November price in the report’s history. It marked the 32nd consecutive month of year over-year price increases. Comparing the first 11 months of 2018 to 2017, home prices are up 6.0 percent. Even with declining sales, homes sold at record speed for November. Homes spent an average of 51 Days on Market, compared to the previous November low of 54 days set last year.

Click here to download your copy of the RE/MAX National Housing Report for November 2018. If you would like to sell your Phoenix home or find the perfect home for sale in Phoenix, please contact the The Voss Team. We will be happy to provide a free market analysis of your home and are committed to helping you reach your real estate goals on step at a time!

Roberta Voss

The Voss Team

RE/MAX Professionals

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Glendale, AZ 85308

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5 Helpful Home Safety Hacks for the Holidays

5 Helpful Home Safety Hacks for the Holidays

The season of giving is here and even at a time filled with good cheer and holiday gift giving accidents still manage to be on the rise. In fact, every year U.S. fire departments respond to about 230 home fires started from Christmas trees, according to a National Fire Protection Association study. If you don’t want to stuff your stockings with Band-Aids or find yourself spending the holidays in the hospital be sure to remember these 5 helpful home safety tips for the holidays.

1.) Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S.  When cooking for holiday visitors, remember to keep an eye on the stove.

2.) Use caution with holiday decorations and, whenever possible, choose those made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant and non-combustible materials.

3.) If you plan to travel for the holidays, don’t discuss your plans with strangers. That means keep your business off social media networks at least until you get home. Why risk tainting sweet holiday memories by inviting in the possibility of a break-in.

4.) Don’t want your guests in a cast this holiday? Keep trees, gifts, and decorations out of major traffic areas and away from entryways to prevent slips, trips and falls.

5.) Hosting a party or holiday dinner at your house? Find alternative transportation for intoxicated guests or arrange for them to drive home with a designated driver. And never drink or drive, even if you just live a block away. No amount of eggnog is worth putting yourself or others in harm’s way.

Please remember and share these 5 helpful home safety tips for the holidays with friends, family, and loved ones and enjoy a safe and healthy holiday season out of the hospital. And if you or someone you know is looking to sell their home or buy a home in Phoenix for the holidays, please contact The Voss Team today!

Roberta Voss

The Voss Team

RE/MAX Professionals

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Glendale, AZ 85308

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3rd Annual Santa’s Sweet Shoppe and Free Santa Photo Event

3rd Annual Santa’s Sweet Shoppe and Free Santa Photo Event

You’re invited to our 3rd Annual Santa’s Sweet Shoppe and Free Santa Photo Event, Friday, December 7th from 4:00-6:00pm at the Old Republic Title office at 11201 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 130, Phoenix, AZ 85028. This is The Voss Team’s third year co-sponsoring and helping spreading cheer with Santa and collecting toys.  Please bring an unwrapped gift or gift cards for The OCJ One Bright Star Toy Drive to share the spirit of the holidays with children in foster care.

Youth are amazing! They hope, dream, challenge, learn and lay the groundwork for their futures and ours.  The education, experience and family values instilled in a teen will follow them for the rest of their lives.  Every day, youth in society are exposed to unhealthy and unstable futures. OCJ Kids’ mission is to equip foster and at-risk children and youth by providing them tools, resources, and positive role models to succeed and excel in every area of life.

OCJ Kids believe that no child should miss out on the fun and magic of Christmas. As a result, they partner with businesses and organizations within the community to support one One Bright Star Toy Drive. This annual event ensures that these forgotten children get to have the same exciting and joyous holiday that so many families take for granted. For more information, please visit https://www.ocjkids.org/one-bright-star-toy-drive/ or contact The Voss Team. And as always, thank you for your donations and participation in helping to make the holidays special for these incredible young people.

Roberta Voss

The Voss Team

RE/MAX Professionals

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Glendale, AZ 85308

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