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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

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Join Us for the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Event at Hobby Lobby

Join Us for the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Event at Hobby Lobby

In what has become a holiday tradition, Hobby Lobby is once again partnering with the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. Bell ringers are greeting customers at Hobby Lobby locations across the nation through Christmas Eve.

During the holidays, 3.3 million people rely on the Salvation Army to provide their families with a warm meal or toys for children. Also, donations to the red kettles help the Army provide more than 10 million nights of shelter, nearly 57 million meals, substance abuse recovery programs, after-school programs and emergency shelter for needy children and families year-round.

“The Salvation Army’s commitment to serving the needy at Christmas, and throughout the year, is admirable and their efforts give hope to millions,” stated Mart Green, Chief Strategy Officer for Hobby Lobby. “We are pleased to once again partner with this outstanding organization.”

Please join The Voss Team on Wednesday, November 28th at the Hobby Lobby at 4643 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ from 11am-1pm with Nancy Bengoechea from Old Republic Title. We will be ringing the bell for real estate. This will be our fifth year raising money together for the Salvation Army!

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has supported those in need, without discrimination, for more than 130 years in the United States. Approximately 30 million Americans receive assistance from the Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Learn more about the Salvation Army at salvationarmyusa.org.

If you’d like more information about this event or if you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Phoenix, please contact the Voss Team today. And thank you for helping support those in need this holiday season!

Roberta Voss

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What Dog Owners Can Expect When Moving to Phoenix

What Dog Owners Can Expect When Moving to Phoenix

Many residents of the state of Arizona came to the area as a result of the military or a convention or relatives. So they get the great idea to join our community and enjoy our lifestyle. But rarely do our newcomers think ahead to what it will be like for their dog! Our canine companions have the common need of shelter, but they also have special concerns their humans should also think about such as recreation and how the desert and it’s temperature can affect your four-legged friends.

Yes, it is hot in Arizona. We’ve mastered temperatures as high as 125 degrees! As a result, dog owners must be aware and take into consideration the extreme temperatures on canine paws. New homeowners and residents to Arizona should consider where the dog parks are located, what is the terrain of the backyard, where your pup will spend most of the time, and what is it like getting your pup in and out of the car to go to his favorite restaurant or to the veterinarian.

Protect their paws: Owners with active dogs in Phoenix routinely place boots on their dog paws so the pups can join them hiking or out to dinner at a pet friendly restaurant. The boots serve as a protective barrier against the heat of the desert or asphalt as well as any vegetation needles or dangerous bugs. Before you take your pet out on a walk on a hot day-and by hot I mean greater than 80 degrees-step outside in your own bare feet or place your hand on the cement or asphalt and see if you can hold it there for five to ten seconds. The typical rule of thumb is: if you can stand it so can your dog. Don’t be a tough guy on this one, if it’s hot, it’s hot!

Keep pups hydrated: Water is also a key component to our lifestyle. Our canine partners must have plenty of clean, fresh water all day and all night. Naturally, when they are active outside exercising and playing, they will need more water to offset the heat. But your pups must have an extraordinary quantity of water available to them at all times. If you are out and about, be sure to take a couple of extra water bottles and a flexible bowl with you so that you are not searching for water when your dog needs it. We suggest freezing your water bottles so that by the time you need them they have melted and are still cool for consumption.

Carry a flashlight: Believe it or not, many of us play with our dogs well after sundown and even close to the midnight hour. It’s at these times that the glaring sun has gone away and allows us to play at dog parks or go for walks with less concern for heat exhaustion. Be sure to carry a flashlight so you can see obstructions on your walk. Also, be aware of nocturnal critters that roam the streets in the evening hours. It’s important as the human to protect your canine from coyotes or javelina that may be out on the hunt during your walk.

Don’t leave pets in hot cars: Remember, you cannot leave your pets in the car; not even for a moment. Arizona has enacted laws which allow other citizens to break into your car to rescue a trapped animal. So think before you leave them.

Here’s the bottom line; it’s hot year-round in Arizona. We love our pets and the pets of others. So, we pay close attention to their needs. If you have more questions about adjusting to proper pet care in Phoenix or if you’re looking for the perfect Phoenix home for you and your four-legged friend(s) please contact The Voss Team today!

Roberta Voss

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Cape Cod Style Gilbert Home Featured as 61st Annual Christmas House

Cape Cod Style Gilbert Home Featured as 61st Annual Christmas House

Desert Club’s 2018 Christmas Idea House will be showcased in Gilbert, Arizona, near Lindsay and Pecos Roads. The 6,000 square foot, custom home, which is also listed for sale on The Voss Team website, is situated on one acre of beautifully landscaped property.   The stunning estate will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland, open for the public to tour and purchase thousands of unique holiday gifts and décor artfully displayed. All proceeds from this event will provide need-based scholarships to deserving young students and benefit local charities.

The Christmas Idea House has become a holiday tradition and lures thousands of visitors each year. It is the primary fundraiser for Desert Club, a 72-year-old, all-volunteer women’s service organization. The event is held at a different luxury home each year in locations throughout the East Valley. Desert Club members decorate the home from top to bottom with holiday décor, unique and handcrafted gifts and gourmet goodies, all for sale and ranging in price from $12 to several hundred dollars each. One hundred percent of the proceeds are given back to the community in the form of scholarships to in-state college students and grants to local charities. To date, Desert Club has awarded almost $2.7 million.

Be the first to tour and shop at this year’s Christmas Idea House before it is open to the public! Join us Thursday, Nov. 29th for the 2018 Holiday Soiree and Preview Party, a festive evening filled with music, cocktails and a wide array of gourmet hot hors d’oeuvres. Doors open at 5:30 pm with the Idea House remaining open for viewing, shopping and socializing until 9:00 pm.

Kick off your 2018 holiday season with our Holiday Soiree Brunch or Lunch on Friday, Nov. 30! Enjoy a festive beverage of your choosing, along with delicious quiche, gourmet croissant pastries, and a variety of salads. Join us and share this joyful event with your friends or family. Socialize and shop as you tour this year’s home before it is open to the public!

The home will be open for Public Tours and shopping on Friday, Nov. 30 from 4 – 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased at the door, from a Desert Club member or at www.christmasideahouse.org. Guests may receive a $2 discount by bringing at least one canned food item, which will be donated to a local food bank.

If you’d like more information about the  61st Annual Christmas House Idea event or if you’d like to schedule a private showing of this picture-perfect Cape Cod style home for sale in Gilbert located at 885 E Elgin St, Gilbert, AZ 85295 then please contact The Voss Team today!

Roberta Voss

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3 Wonderful Ways to Give Back After Halloween

3 Wonderful Ways to Give Back After Halloween

Most kids look forward to dressing up and enjoying candy on Halloween every year, but many adults wish there was something more to it than the costly costumes and indulgent treat consumption. And even though most don’t associate October as a season for giving, it turns out this holiday is the perfect time to make charitable efforts. Here are 3 wonderful ways to give back after Halloween.

1.) Give candy to the troops: Send candy to the troops. Many dental offices in the Valley participate in post-Halloween candy buybacks. Donated sweets are sent to organizations such as Operation Gratitude or Operation Shoebox and the candy is sent in care packages for U.S. soldiers in harm’s way.

2.) Donate your costumes: Purchase or donate your gently-used Halloween costumes to a local to Goodwill or Salvation Army. A portion of their costume sales help fund job training programs and other community-based programs.

3.) Halloween candy buy back: Dentist offices around the valley buy back kids’ Halloween candy at a scheduled event with cash, xylitol products, coupons, toothbrushes, creative exchanges – They can partner with local businesses to give away coupons for food, services, goods, etc. They can give away hygiene kits or coupons for their office as well! To find a participating buyback in your area, click here.

Why should Thanksgiving and Christmas get all the attention as the holidays of giving back? There are lots of creative ways to give back this Halloween so get into the “spirit” of the season and look for fun ways you can give back to your community and local charities.

Roberta Voss

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What the New Mortgage Interest Rate Mean for Home Buyers

What the New Mortgage Interest Rate Mean for Home Buyers

The average rate on the 30-year fixed sat just below 4 percent a year ago, after dropping below 3.5 percent in 2016. It just crossed the 5 percent mark, according to Mortgage News Daily. The benchmark 30-year mortgage rate spiked fifteen basis points to 5.04 percent from 4.89 percent in the previous week, according to Bankrate.com’s weekly survey of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders. Meanwhile, the average 15-year fixed mortgage rate surged 15 basis points to 4.41 percent and the average rate for a 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage rose 7 basis points to 4.42 percent.

Mortgage borrowers are taking note of soaring rates. Total mortgage applications fell 1.7 percent from the previous week, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s weekly applications survey for the week ending Oct. 5. That’s down nearly 15 percent from a year ago.

Refinances, which are more sensitive to rate changes, dipped 3 percent from a week ago, the MBA reported. Overall, refinance activity sank to 39 percent of total applications from 39.4 percent the previous week and is down about 32 percent from a year ago.

Rising home prices and tight inventories for starter homes won’t abate in the year ahead, says Joel Kan, an MBA economist. And although year-over-year growth in purchase applications is expected, the movement will be gradual, Kan says.  “With the economy doing well and job market still strong, we’re starting to see the fruits of that and opportunities will be there,” Kan says of home buying demand.

So, what does the new mortgage interest rate mean for home buyers? Higher mortgage rates mean now is a good time to buy a home as higher home prices are likely to become more affordable and home buyers will have a better chance of finding a home in their price range and more likely to have an offer accepted. Its important to note that while higher rates may drive prices down, a higher interest rate does impact your buying power. What does buying power mean? Simple put, what you can afford to buy at an interest rate of 5 percent will be less than what you can afford to buy at an interest rate of 3 percent.

So, if you’re in the market to buy a home, now is the perfect time take advantage before rates go up more, and your buying power goes down. Contact The Voss Team today for more information about the new mortgage rates and get pre-qualified to buy a home in Phoenix.

Roberta Voss

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This communication is provided to you for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon by you. RE/MAX Professionals or The Regal Team are not a mortgage lender and so you should contact a qualified mortgage broker directly to learn more about its mortgage products and your eligibility for such products.

RE/MAX National Housing Report September 2018

RE/MAX National Housing Report September 2018

The RE/MAX National Housing Report for September 2018 showed the trends of fewer closings and stabilizing inventory continued through September, punctuated by a surprisingly big 11.6 percent year-over-year drop in home sales. At the same time, the RE/MAX National Housing Report for September 2018 posted a Median Sales Price of $241,000 that marked the 30th consecutive month of year-over-year price increases. It is the highest September price in the 10-year history of the report. To access the housing report infographic, visit: https://rem.ax/2phKHWT.

The decline in home sales year-over-year was the largest since May of 2011, as September became the seventh month of 2018 to record lower sales than 2017. Even so, year-to-date 2018 home sales resemble 2017’s.

“The big drop in September closings catches your attention. The market is clearly rebalancing as buyers and sellers continue to process the increasing interest rate environment and what that means to them,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “The slower drop in inventory – a visible trend for nearly half a year – further illustrates the ongoing shift toward market equilibrium, and that’s healthy in the long-term.”

Active inventory dropped for the 119th consecutive month, the decline of 4.7 percent from September 2017 was the smallest year-over-year decrease since August 2014. In addition, the September year-over-year inventory drop was the fifth consecutive month in 2018 to post single-digit percent declines rather than the double-digit monthly drops consistently seen over the previous three years.

“It’s a little surprising to see prices staying so strong, but it’s hardly shocking in such a tight market,” said Contos. “The headwinds of rising prices and interest rates amid already tight inventory levels have been crimping affordability and slowing sales for most of the year, but it varies by geography.  In circumstances like these, where the market is tricky to navigate, both buyers and sellers can benefit by aligning themselves with a professional agent – a local expert who can cut through the noise and advocate on their behalf.”

Home prices rose by 5.6 percent over September 2017, more than twice the year-over-year price increase of 2.3 percent from September 2016 to September 2017. That reversed a trend seen in the previous three months, when year-over-year price increases trailed 2017’s rate of growth.

Months Supply of Inventory totaled 3.7, which is the second-lowest for September in report history, second only to 3.6 months in September 2017. Days on Market of 46 was a September record for the report – three days less than September 2017. Of the 54 metro areas surveyed in September 2018, the overall average number of home sales is down 1.1percent compared to August 2018, and down 11.6 percent compared to September 2017.

Click here to download your copy of the RE/MAX National Housing Report for September 2018. Looking to sell your Phoenix home or buy a home in Phoenix? Contact the VossTeam today! We offer unparalleled service to all clients in the Phoenix real estate market. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority!

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One-of-a-Kind Modern Designed Home in Scottsdale

One-of-a-Kind Modern Designed Home in Scottsdale

Come see this one- of-a kind design three-bedroom, three bath home in the lovely Las Haciendas subdivision in Scottsdale! The focal point of this contemporary modern home is the central courtyard patio with a relaxing pool. Most rooms in this home feature a view of the pool through the newly installed, floor-to-ceiling, dual pane energy efficient windows and sliders.

This 2,800+ square foot home was certainly designed for entertaining, so you will not want to miss the sleek kitchen that was completed in 2017. Upgrades in this stellar kitchen include Bosch ovens, granite counters, gas cook top, walk-in pantry and so much more!

Each bedroom is situated in its own wing of the home with a bathroom and outdoor access to a patio. Additional features include numerous living spaces inside and out with fireplaces, a wet bar, patios, a formal horseshoe pit, a putting green, and recreation room ready for all sorts of games!

Contact the Voss Team today to schedule a private showing of this one-of-a-kind modern designed home in Scottsdale located at 5201 E Oakhurst Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

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The Arizona State Fair is Back!

The Arizona State Fair is Back!

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Calling all lovers of roller coaster rides, concerts and deep-fried Twinkies! The Arizona State Fair is back and residents across the Valley of the Sun are flocking to one of the most anticipated events of the fall season!

The Arizona State Fair is the state’s largest festival, attracting over one million guests annually to rank as the third highest attended state fair in the country and in the top fifteen of North American Fairs. Featuring professional midway rides and games by Ray Cammack Shows, unique fair foods, livestock and animal attractions, national headline and local entertainment, special shopping vendors, and various contests, the Arizona State Fair has something for everyone! The Fair is a showcase of Arizona talent, community, and spirit all in one location.

Located on the Arizona State Fair Grounds at 1826 W. McDowell Rd, Phoenix this year’s concert series features big acts like 38 Special, Pitbull, Paulino Rubio and The Wallflowers just to name a few. Concert line up and tickets can be purchased online here. Discounted admission tickets and discount days are also available throughout the month of October thanks to generous sponsors such as SRP, Fry’s Food and Drug, and Sanderson Ford here.

Making memories for Arizona families is what the Arizona State Fair is about. Whether it’s your first date on the Sky Ride, at a coliseum concert, indulging in a funnel cake or winning a giant stuffed panda, the Arizona State Fair brings our community together. So come out and enjoy the fair now until October 28th! For more fun things to do in Phoenix or if you’re looking to buy or sell your Phoenix home, please contact The Voss Team today!

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RE/MAX National Housing Report for August 2018

RE/MAX National Housing Report for August 2018

The RE/MAX National Housing Report for August 2018 shows increasing home prices, low inventory and a reduction in days on market. These combined factors made August 2018 the sixth time this year that home sales lagged behind last year’s pace—but only slightly at -1.1 percent. To access the housing report infographic, visit: https://rem.ax/2phKHWT.

Home prices rose by 3.7 percent over August 2017, much lower than the year-over-year price increase of 5.4 percent from August 2016 to August 2017. In fact, the past three months of 2018 have trailed 2017’s rate of price growth year-over-year—compare that to four of the first five months of 2018 when year-over-year price increases easily topped those posted in 2017.

The Median Sales Price of $248,500 marked the twenty-ninth consecutive month of year-over-year price increases.

Even though active inventory dropped for the 118th consecutive month, the decline of 5.4 percent from August 2017 marked the smallest year-over-year decrease since August 2014. In addition, the August 2018 inventory drop marked the fourth consecutive month in 2018 to post single-digit percent declines, rather than the double-digit monthly drops consistently seen in early 2018 and over the previous three years.

“It varies by market, but we’re hearing that buyers are being more selective and sellers are becoming more pragmatic,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “That dynamic could bring inventory levels up, especially in the most overheated markets, where we expect to see the clearest signs of equilibrium returning. The economy is strong and potential buyers are out there—they just need more listings, at the right price points, to consider. We believe that balance will return, which will be good for everyone in the long run. It’s just a matter of when.”

Contos added that although the lack of inventory continues to be a challenge, the trends suggest that the market finally appears to be rebalancing.

“The moderation we are experiencing seems to be a bit more than the normal seasonal lull we’d expect this time of year,” said Contos.

Want to know more? Click here to download your copy of the August 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report. If you would like to sell your Arizona home or find the perfect home for sale in Phoenix, please contact 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!

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