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Random Acts Of Kindness Go A Long Way

Random acts of kindness. Here are some ways to put good Karma out into the world and to just do something nice for the sake of being nice. Hold open the door for someone, especially mother’s with small children. Even if they don’t say thank you, you have been helpful to someone.

Thank a service man/women or police officer for their service. They are out there risking their lives to keep you safe and secure. My assistant carries around $5 Starbucks cards and when the opportunity presents itself, she will give them to a service man/women or police officer to thank them for their service. She has even purchased lunch for a policeman who was standing behind her in line at Chipotle. Little things let these people know you appreciate the sacrifices they make for the general public.

Let someone in traffic go in front of you. They probably won’t say thank you but again, you have done made a nice gesture. You have no idea what their day is like and maybe this will help them to get where they need to be and it’s less than a second of time you lost to get where you need to be. 

Let someone in the grocery store who has 1 or 2 items go ahead of you if you are not in a hurry and have a full cart. It always is received with gratitude. 

Always use the name of your server or service person. If they don’t give you their name, ask for it and say thank you “Tom”. Remember their name and use it if you should need something or if they ask if there is anything else you need, you can then say, thank you, “Tom” we are all good here. People like to know they are recognized as a person, not just a server or service person.

Compliment someone’s on their accessories, men on their ties and women on their shoes. “I like your tie” or “Cute shoes” . Both are safe observations to make. Men usually pick out their own ties and most women love their shoes. It will probably make them smile and that always feels good. 

If you have any other ideas or things you do as random acts of kindness, replay and let me know. It may be something I haven’t thought of or someone else may have not thought of either. Have a good Karma day today.

When is the best time to sell my home?

This question does not have a simple answer. Every real estate market is different and it varies across the country. Therefore, the best time to sell a home will be different from real estate community to real estate community. For instance, in the Arizona real estate market, an excellent time to sell a home would be in the fall through spring. This time frame in Arizona is October through April. Especially in Scottsdale, Mesa and Sun City Arizona because we have lots of visitors from back east who come and visit during those months and may decide to look for a winter home. So fall, winter and spring would be the best time to sell a home in those areas.

For families with younger children looking to purchase a home, the best time might be in the spring because their children will be out of school soon and they can move their families without too much disruption to the school year.

There are a lot of different factors that go into finding the best time to sell your home.

  1. Time of year.

  2. Homes sales in your community.

  3. The location of your home depending on the type of buyer whether its a winter visitor, young family, or young couples.

  4. Inventory is low for a specific price point or inventory is high for a different price point.

  5. Interest rates are low or interest rates are high.

But regardless of any of those factors, there are always serious home buyer's out there looking for a home. No matter what time of year or what the housing market is doing in your community.

The chart below shows the Total dollar volume of North Scottsdale Luxury home market as of May 2019.


The most straightforward answer to "when is the best time to sell or buy a home?" is to find an experienced real estate agent to work with, because they know what the market is doing in your area to determine when the right time to sell is. It is best to consult with them before deciding to sell your home, that way you are sure to sell your home at the right time and get the best price.

5 Benefits of Moving From California to Arizona in 2019


Got a job lined up in Arizona or thinking about starting a new life in the desert? Both California and Arizona are close-knit neighbors, but there’s a ton that differentiates the two western states. Famous for its expansive desert landscapes, colorful sunsets, yearlong sunshine, and explosive growth, Arizona has attracted residents from all over the country.

Why move from California to Arizona in 2019?

Swapping the Golden State for the Grand Canyon State comes with a long list of benefits. Other than trading in smog-filled skies for clear blue stretches, where else does Arizona beat out California? Read on!

Cost of Living

Since receiving statehood nearly 100 years ago, Arizona’s population has grown 3,400%! Much of this growth has happened since the 1970s, when air conditioning became more common. A large part of Arizona’s attraction is due to a well known low cost of living.

Compared to California, average rents and daily costs in Arizona are a steal. In fact, CNN’s Cost of Living Calculator estimates that a salary of $100,000 in San Francisco will buy you the same as $50,000 in Phoenix. The same $100k salary in San Diego amounts to $65,000 in Phoenix. This is because the cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care are significantly less in Arizona.

Bonus: Arizona’s income tax is nearly half that of California’s.

Natural Disasters

From north to south, California is known as a magnet for natural disasters. Moving from California to Arizona, you can rest assured that you won’t be struck by damaging earthquakes or forest fires.

Arizona is buffered from the Pacific coast by both Mexico and California. The state is also firmly situated on bedrock, safe from earthquakes you can actually feel. Most of the population lives in the Phoenix valley, where there isn’t much vegetation to burn in wildfires. All these safeguards mean Arizona rarely attracts natural disasters, having only had three since 1953. In comparison, California has had 50 in the same period, making it the most disaster prone state in the USA.


California is famous for its warm southern beaches, celebrity culture, and diverse metropolises. However, California also takes best in show for crazy, long commutes and traffic congestion.

Out of all cities in the United States, Los Angeles and San Francisco take top place as the most congested cities for traffic. San Jose follows at number five. The first Arizona city doesn’t appear on the list until Tucson, which takes #26. The most populous Arizona city, Phoenix, enjoys freed up highways and short drives at 47th place in the traffic list.

If you dream of affordable housing only a few blocks from work, Arizona is definitely a good place to check out.

Job Growth

Moving from California to Arizona also comes with plenty of job opportunities. The state ranks third in the country for job growth, with a rate of double the national average. While still ahead of the national curve, California’s job growth rate is slightly behind at 16th place.

Sectors, such as financial servicestechnology, and healthcare, have been booming in recent years, drawing talent from around the country.

If you can bear a few months of heat, low living costs, short drives, and photogenic mountains, Arizona has much to offer. You’ll also be just a quick drive or flight from California, so you can still enjoy the beautiful state, minus the notorious I-5 traffic every day.

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What Arizona Counties are most Appealing to Californians?


Cromford Daily Observation - Trying to determine how many buyers in Maricopa County come from California is slightly complicated. We need to exclude many banks and companies like Opendoor who are headquartered in CA.

If we look only at the people who buy as individuals or couples, then we see significant growth over the last year. The annual purchase rate for people with Californian addresses is up 23% to 4,391. It is also up 43% from 2 years ago.

A similar (and slightly more pronounced) situation exists in Pinal County, where purchases by Californian couples or individuals are up 30% from last year and up 47% from 2 years ago. The absolute numbers are smaller however with the annual rate at 655. This is in line with the relative sizes of the Maricopa and Pinal markets.

We conclude there is a lot of truth in the rumor that more people are moving sideways from California to Central Arizona. In doing so they can often get 2 to 3 times as much home for the same money or release equity while same-sizing. Their property taxes will also be significantly lower.

The favorite locations for 2018's Californian buyers to originate are as follows:

  1. San Diego

  2. San Jose

  3. Los Angeles

  4. San Francisco

  5. Irvine

  6. Huntingdon Beach

  7. Corona

  8. Riverside

  9. Fremont

  10. Sacramento

  11. Anaheim

  12. Long Beach

  13. Temecula

  14. Mission Viejo

  15. Rancho Cucamonga

  16. Chula Vista

  17. Carlsbad

  18. Oceanside

  19. Murietta

  20. Simi Valley

The potential inter-state movement here from California is vast and the current numbers represent only a trickle, given the total size of the Californian population.

Shared by Mike Balzotti, Russ Lyon International Realty

Paradise Valley Home With Camelback Mountain Views

6399 N 38th St, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

4 BEDS 4 BATHS 4,067 SQ FT.


Lovely 4 bedroom Paradise Valley home with views of Phoenix Preserve & Camelback Mt. from the pool area. This home is close to Biltmore Shopping, Phoenix airport, top local restaurants, hiking trails, Phoenix Country Day School and HWY 51. The private 1 acre lot has a beautiful pool and putting green. This updated home with 3.5 baths may be the best value in the entire PV area. Move in ready with 3 car garage, circle driveway and RV gate. The large family room over looks the pool and offers captivating sunsets.