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Year End Home Sales Bounce Back: National Housing Report from RE/MAX
Defying the normal trend, home sales in December rose above the number of November sales by a significant 14.4 percent. Sales were also 3.9 percent above those of last December. Although home sales have generally been lower in 2014 than 2013, three of the last four months have experienced sales higher than the same month last year. Home prices in December were also higher than one year ago, rising 5.9 percent. Inventory continues to be constrained, with 10.7 percent fewer homes for sale than last December. As a result, the Month’s Supply of inventory rose to 5.7 on a scale where 6.0 indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers.
"After a sluggish start, it's nice to see the year end on a positive note. Even though we're well into the winter months, homebuyers felt confident enough to enter the market in greater numbers than just one month ago. And with prices rising at a much slower rate than last year, sellers continue to increase their equity, while buyers don't feel priced out of the market." Dave Liniger, RE/MAX, LLC CEO, Chairman and Co-Founder
To view the full National Housing Report for January, click here. If you or someone you know is considering a move, please give me a call today. Nate
Nate's Monday Message
Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Message..... I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and had some time to spend with family and friends. We all work so hard and we are all so dedicated to our careers that sometimes we need to step back and take a look at our lives. We should focus each and every week on the little things that make a difference both at work and at home. That is the point; to make a difference at work AND at home. Let us never forget that we work to live not live to work! I also believe there is no try - you either DO or you DO NOT. We must make a commitment to our family and friends. We must make a commitment to the people we love. We must make a commitment to the people that love us. If we do not than what is it all for? Priorities are the people and things we place value on. What are yours? Decide. Commit. DO. Let us make this the year we are crazy successful at work and home! Let's make this the best week of the year!
It's Up to You
Author - unknown
One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream.
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.
One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal.
One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room.
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.
One step must start each journey,
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.
One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what's true.
One life can make the difference,
You see, IT'S UP TO YOU!
WORDS TO LIVE BY...
“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” ~Emily Dickinson
“Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.” ~Arthur Miller
“Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I am with you kid. Let's go." ~Maya Angelou
“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” ~Henry David Thoreau
“Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” ~Charles Schulz
“In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back.” ~Charlie Brown
“Life is just a series of trying to make up your mind.” ~Timothy Fuller
“Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.” ~Dennis Wholey
Let’s make this the best week of the year! Nate
Super Bowl XLIX – Just 11 Days Away!
We are just eleven days away from making history in Glendale, Arizona with Super Bowl XLIX. I am excited to be a part of this great event and hope to get out and enjoy some of the festivities happening around the big game day. As you can imagine, there is a lot that goes into planning and hosting a national event such as the Super Bowl. Our city is buzzing with fun-filled activities, not just the Super Bowl but the PGA tour that Tiger Woods is going to attend this year. What an exciting time to be in Arizona!
Here are a few of the activities happening this weekend and next week. Some are free events while others require a ticket. Be sure to check out the AZ Super Bowl website to learn more before you head out. There is expected to be 1,000,000 visitors in the city, so plan ahead and have a backup route to your travel plans.
Verizon Super Bowl Central – located downtown, this event runs from January 28th to February 1st, starting at 2:00 pm daily, and 10:00 on Sunday, February 1st. This is a free, family-friendly, outdoor event centered around a football theme.
NFL Experience – this is the most exciting event surrounding Super Bowl XLIX, on January 24th at the Phoenix Convention Center North. Admission is $35.00 for an all-day event. There will be free autograph sessions with NFL players, entertainment and other fun activities.
2015 Pro Bowl – this event is the official kick off of the Super Bowl week in Arizona! The Pro Bowl is a matchup of the NFL’s best players regardless of conference. This event will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium, for ticket information visit www.NFL.com/probowl.
Glendale Chocolate Affaire – the 20th Annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire will be held at Murphy Park in downtown Glendale on January 30/31st. Free admission to the public, plus tours of the Cerreta Candy Company.
2015 WM Phoenix Open – ever year the Waste Management Phoenix Open draws large crowds on the PGA Tour. This event is one of the fifth oldest events on the PGA Tour schedule and it is one of the most unique with the legendary “16th Hole.” This year Tiger Woods is scheduled to play at the WM Phoenix Open. Admission starts at $30.00 and this event runs from January 26th to February 1st.
To learn more about the other scheduled events happening around the valley, click here. I hope to see you out and about this coming week! Nate
Nate's Monday Morning Message
Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend filled with fun and relaxation. This week is a great week to work on our focus. We have spent weeks and months working on coming up with the things we desire and a plan to achieve our goals. Now, we must zoom in to the tasks we will need to accomplish to achieve those desires and goals and that will require complete Focus. Most of us are good at focusing on tasks at hand when we do them one by one and if they don't take very long. We run into a challenge when the tasks must be done over and over again and for a long time. This is where our focus must be strengthened and our true desires must be solid.
If you desire to have better relationships - focus on being more present in the moment with those people. If you desire more confidence - focus on your self image and the great things you have to share. If you desire more money - focus on continually doing the tasks you identified that will produce revenue and not the mundane nonsense of running your business. Focus is differentiators. Lots and lots of people can come up with a plan. Lots and lots of people have desires. The challenge for many is the focus needed to do what is needed day after day without getting thrown off track.
Where we place our focus, the rest of our mind and emotions will follow. So how do we learn how to do this focus stuff? One of the quickest ways to begin to strengthen your focus muscles is to practice the 5%/95% rule. That means to focus no more than 5% on what you don't want and 95% on what you do want.
Focus 5% on what you fear 95 % on getting educated and skilled to face it.
Focus 5% on the problem 95% on the healthiest solution.
Focus 5% on the mistake 95 % on learning from it.
Focus 5% on who to blame 95% on making sure to heal.
Focus 5% on what you must do 95% on enjoying the process of it.
Focus 5% on the conflict 95% on the win-win-win resolution.
Focus 5% on what you can't control 95% on what you do have control over.
Focus 5% on what others say 95% on what you believe.
Focus 5% on what you have 95% on what you want to have.
Focus 5% on reading this 95% on applying it.
WORDS TO LIVE BY
“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” Tony Robbins
“You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” - Mark Twain
“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” - Alexander Graham Bell
“Aim at the sun and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if you had aimed at an object on a level with yourself.” - F. Hawes
“Concentration is the secret of strength.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
“My success, part of it certainly, is that I have focused in on a few things.” - Bill Gates
“What matters is where you want to go. Focus in the right direction!” - Donald Trump
“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.” - President Barack Obama
Let’s make this last week the best week of the year! Nate
"Casa del Caballero" Luxury For Sale in Peoria
Tucked away in the rolling hills of north Peoria is a private, gated community where you will find “Casa del Caballero” - an appropriate name for a home of this stature, which in English means “The House of the Knight.”
Infused with a dynamic twist of old-world Spain and rustic Santa Fe, this unique design boasts over 7,600 square feet in the main house. With $4.9 million spent in construction, you won’t find anything like this for sale in the luxury market, especially if you are a modern-day knight who needs his trusty steed nearby. The 3.5 acre grounds include an equestrian facility with a stable large enough to accommodate up to four horses. Each stable has its own fenced pen, as well as a barn and tack room, bathroom and an exercise arena.
Once inside the home, you could find yourself lost in the beautiful archways that gracefully outline the curve of the wood encased windows or simply lost in the sprawling floor plan that seems to never end. To one side of the home is what we could easily call the “master wing.” In addition to the master bedroom and luxurious bath, here you will also find a private office, with floor-to-ceiling Adler wood, Canterra stone fireplace and a secret safe-room that leads to one of the two master closets.
The gourmet kitchen is remint of something you might find which visiting a charming B&B in the southwest. Classic wood beams accent the ceiling with multiple woods used for the cabinetry and island – and of course only top-of-the-line appliances will do, including an indoor grill, deep fryer and the AGA Cooker – a professional grade stove that is continuously burning so it is ready for use at any time. Unique to this custom home is the built-in dinner table. Nestled in a nook just off the kitchen is a huge table with extended bench seating, large enough to accommodate ten or more people.
Down the long corridor on the east side of the home are four generous bedrooms, each with walk-in closets and en suite baths plus an oversized game room with built-in seating and wet bar, large utility room and an additional office area with a cabinets and storage galore. From this wing of the house, you can also access the guest casita; nearly 800 square feet with one bedroom, kitchenette and a private two car covered parking space.
While the interior of this home is no doubt impressive, the surrounding 3.5 acre grounds are lush with mature native landscaping and amenities that every Southwestern Knight would approve of, including an incredible mountain view, which can be enjoyed while relaxing in the pool/spa or while cooking your favorite backyard fair from the outdoor kitchen. If you prefer a little more action, there is also a sports court for basketball and volleyball. Or if your type of action requires a big engine, you won’t have to worry about space because the garage is large enough for up to ten cars including a double RV garage.
Noble is often a word associated with a knight. Ironically, if we were to describe “Casa del Caballero” in just one word, noble would be fitting: “Casa del Caballero” a Southwestern home built for a noble knight. For a private tour of 8350 W La Caille, Peoria contact Nate Martinez at 602-430-5226.
Nate's Monday Morning Message
Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message. I hope you all had a great weekend and a wonderful Christmas holiday. I hope these last few days you had an opportunity to relax with friends and family and remind yourself why you work so hard.
As we enter the last week of 2014, I am reminded of all the great success we have had over the last year. We faced truly daunting challenges and we faced each and every one head on. Your hard work and dedication is much appreciated. Together 2015 will be the best year so far for each and every one of us. We must make the commitment today for that to come true.
Let us spend that last few days of the year thinking back on all our accomplishments; thinking back on all the things we need to work on; thinking back on all the people we had the wonderful opportunity to meet, and, hopefully, make a positive difference in their lives. Let us also spend the last few days of the year thinking about all the success we would like to have going forward. Let us think about all of the things we should work harder at. Let us think about all of the things we should learn to earn more and be better at our businesses. Let us think about all the lives we can make just a little better by doing things for others.
I would ask each and every one of you to challenge yourself like you have never done before. No, I don't mean start going to the gym in January and stay until February. I mean a true commitment to success in all areas of your life. Let us make a commitment to be a better spouse, parent, or friend. Let us make a commitment to be more patient and understanding. Let us make a commitment to make a positive difference in someone’s life each and ever day. Let us make a commitment when the waves of challenge and obstacle come crashing in we do not get knocked down, but we ride that wave to a better and brighter place.
I wish each and every one of you a wonderful and happy New Year!
Happy New Year Wish By Joanna Fuchs
My Happy New Year wish for you
Is for your best year yet,
A year where life is peaceful,
And what you want, you get.
A year in which you cherish
The past year's memories,
And live your life each new day,
Full of bright expectancies.
I wish for you a holiday
With happiness galore;
And when it's done, I wish you
Happy New Year, and many more.
WORDS TO LIVE BY...
“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” - Bill Vaughn
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” - Oprah Winfrey
“For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” - T.S. Eliot
“Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.” - Henry Ward Beecher
“I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the years.” - Henry Moore
“It wouldn't be New Year's if I didn't have regrets.” - William Thomas
“I never worry about action, but only about inaction.” - Winston Churchill
“Don't bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.” - David Ogilvy
Let’s make this last week the best week of the year!
The Giving Season
I recently read an article by motivational speaker and teacher, Darren Hardy that has inspired me this holiday season. Every year during the holidays, we get into the “giving season.” We see a rush on donations for toys, food and other worthy causes, which is great but what if we were in the “giving season” every day – not just the last few weeks of the year? What if we applied the “giving season” to more than just donations and holiday gifts?
“Want courage? Give encouragement. Want hope? Give hope. Want love? Give love. Want success? Help someone else become successful.” – Darren Hardy
We are presented with little opportunities on a daily basis to make a difference, just by giving whatever you can in that moment. Giving isn’t about money or fancy gifts; the simple gesture of a kind smile to a stranger can be the best gift of all. And the gifts we give that come from the heart, are what the Holiday Season is truly about. My wish for you, this year and throughout the New Year is to be in the “giving season” every day.
Happy Holidays – Nate
Nate's Monday Morning Message
Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message. I hope you all had a fantastic weekend filled with fun and enjoyment. I know many of you spent some time doing last minute shopping or even dealing with the snowfall, but I hope you made the most of it.
With the upcoming holiday at the end of this week, I know many of us will be busy doing lots and lots of things to prepare. You have worked extremely hard this year and you truly deserve to enjoy this season. I have seen many of you succeed and struggle over the year and I want each one of you to know that I hope you are as proud of yourself as I am of you.
The character, passion, determination, and will to succeed were on display in 2014. This past year, through all of you, I was reminded that great things can be accomplished at all times regardless of current circumstance. It was not easy, but great successes never are. We do not ask for the easy road. We do not pick the short-term gain. We do not rise while holding everyone else down. Success has been achieved by all of you.
Think about your accomplishments, large or small. Be thankful for them. Be proud of them. Be prepared for more. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do.
Wishing you all and your families a very happy holiday!
I wanted to share a word with you that I think is very fitting at this time of year - Believe. I hope that all of you still do, in many things large and small. I hope that all of you share this wonderful concept with all the people you care about. I hope you all never lose this magical idea - Believe.
I Believe we have not come this far to fail or give up now.
I Believe we are meant to go through storms before we see the beautiful sun.
I Believe the kingdom we live in is unshakable.
I Believe family become friends and friends become family.
I Believe all my hard work will pay off.
I Believe 2015 will be the best year of my life so far.
I Believe I have the power to change anything I do not like.
I Believe collectively we are stronger than we are apart.
I Believe love is the solution to all problems.
I Believe time brings about opportunity and thought.
I Believe I have been put on this earth and in this position for a purpose.
I Believe I am capable of anything as long as I have the desire to do it.
I Believe I am who I am because of all the people in my life.
What do you Believe?
WORDS TO LIVE BY...
“I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.” Thomas Jefferson
“You'll see it when you believe it.” - Wayne Dyer
“I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.”- Vince Lombardi
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary.” - Lou Holtz
“I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night.” - Henry Ford
“I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.” - John D Rockefeller
“If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.” - Dale Carnegie
Let’s make this the best week of the year! Nate
Exquisite living in Montecina at Vistancia
Built by TW Lewis, this gorgeous home is nearly 3,200 square feet, located the gated community known as Montecina at Vistancia, in north Peoria. Within this intimate community, you will only find sixty home sites – all of which are single story, to preserve the views of the Sonoran desert terrain and neighboring mountain ranges. The seller has spared no expense, both inside and out with thousands spent on upgrades, which make this home energy efficient and oozing with tasteful amenities you just don’t find in every home.
The structural design includes a traditional formal living area, large family room overlooking the kitchen and three bedrooms plus a den. You’ll be greeted by a gated courtyard complete with rustic brick pavers and a cozy fireplace. From here you’ll enter through the foyer of the home where you’ll appreciate the $35,000 spent in just the tile flooring alone.
Situated on a 1/4 acre lot, the home is facing north/south which provides optimal protection from the Arizona sun and privacy is one of the primary focal points. The backyard opens to a desert wash area with incredible views of the serene desert and the seclusion one might desire in outdoor living found only in the southwest. The seller spent over $100,000 in landscaping, to include a free form pool with a rock waterfall, fire pit and extended patio with access to the above-ground spa ramada.
At the gourmet kitchen you will find more of the same tasteful amenities that make every day living a pleasure, especially if you are the culinary type. To start there is a generous walk-in pantry, perfect for storing all your cooking gadgets and ingredients. Upgraded Woodcase cabinetry line the walls of the kitchen, providing additional storage and plenty of granite counter space. Convenient kitchen island, double ovens and a gas cooktop complete this gourmet kitchen.
If cleaning air and energy efficiency are at the top of your “must-have” list, then you can stop your search here. The seller spent over $20,000 in HVAC upgrades, to insure the best indoor air quality possible. The house brings in fresh air at a rate of 150 CFM, and the pure air system incorporates a HEPA filter, UV lamps to stop bacteria and a catalyst to remove any VOC's in the air. The solar system was sized to essentially offset the need for peak power and is guaranteed to provide at least 90 percent of the designed output.
Exquisite living in Montecina at Vistancia can be yours today. Open house on Sunday, December 21st starting at 12:00noon. Click here for more information about 30730 N 126th Lane, Peoria Arizona.