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Home Sales Report - Maricopa County October 2010

by Nate Martinez

Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service for Maricopa County - October 2010 Home Sales Report:

The median housing price is estimated to be $135,000 for Maricopa County Home Sales in October. There were a total of 5,845 home sales, including single family, condo, townhouses. Out of those home sales, 2,453 units were purchased as CASH sales - 1,693 sales used FHA or VA loans and 1,637 were financed with Conventional loans. Click below to see the full report provided by ARMLS.

http://www.armls.com/Libraries/Maricopa_Home_Sales/HmSalesMARICOPAOct2010.sflb.ashx

 

Thanksgiving - what does it mean to you?

by Nate Martinez

"Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow." ~ Edward Sandford Martin

In the midst of the husle and busle of planning, shopping and preparing for a bountiful feast we like to call Thanksgiving, it is important not to forget the true spirit of the holiday. I know there are plenty of us out therewho are struggling on a multitude of different levels -- with so much uncertainty in the world today, I can see how easily we could allow ourselves to be swept away by negativity, finanacial challenges, sadness or even illness. In those moments, we loose sight of how to find and embrace gratitude for our current situations. However, grace and thanksgiving are not just found in the moments of joy -- they can be found even in the eye of the heaviest challenge, if we allow gratitude an opportunity to shine through. The act of thanksgiving is what you make it and gratitude can be found in the laughter of a child, a warm hello from an old friend, a good nights rest after a long day --- or in time spent with family and friends around a table filled with a beautiful home-cooked Thanksgiving Dinner, as many of us will be doing tomorrow. 

It is unfortunate that we only celebrate Thanksgiving Day once a year as we really ought to spend a few minutes every day comtemplating even the simplest forms of joy and blessing we experience as we move through life -- perhaps some of you reading this will add "daily gratitudes" to your New Year's Resolution list! May the true spirit of Thanksgiving surround you and your loved ones, not only tomorrow but in the days, months and years to come...Happy Thanksgiving

How You Can Change the World

by Nate Martinez

Change Yourself

The very first thing that has to be changed before you can truly change the world for the better is: yourself. Most people view the world live from a perspective of "I don't have enough to be happy, so I need more". Many of the richest among us still wake up every day thinking, "What can I do to get more for myself?". What they don't realize is that the key to happiness is not in having more, but in being happy with less.

Once you decide you are happy with what you already have, an entire new world will open up to you. Instead of wanting more you'll want to give more.

Giving more instead of wanting more is a powerful message to yourself and your subconscious, it's a way of saying to yourself: "I am happy now".

All of the world's religions stress the importance of living life with a generous heart:

From the Buddha: "If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way."

Arab Proverb: "If you have much, give of your wealth; If you have little, give of your heart."

Hindu Proverb: "They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing."

Give Away Some of Your Stuff

Giving away things that you don't want or need is one of the easiest way to help. Do you have any children's books from when you were little or when your son or daughter was little? If you don't use them, why not give them to children in need instead of letting them collect dust in your attic. Perhaps you have clothes that you don't wear anymore because you outgrew them, or they're just not your style? Go out to your garage or attic or closet, and find everything you haven't used in the last year - then give it all away. Giving them to places like The Salvation Army  or Goodwill  are excellent ways to make a difference. It's the little things that matter, and it's so easy to change the life of someone in the world.

Donate Money

There are hundreds of organizations out there doing their part to save the environment, end world hunger, bring education to those who have none, and change their community for the better. Whether you give money to these organizations, or participate in a "click to donate" site, even donating the equivalent of one fast food restaurant visit per week will make a difference.

Volunteer

If you have a weekend or a day during the week you could spare to help a cause, volunteering at your local food bank, shelter, or community center can play a huge part in fighting the problems in the world. If you feel especially giving, you could travel across the world with an organization and volunteer there! If both of those methods are out of reach for you, virtual volunteering on the internet is another great way to change the world from home, taking minimal effort and time, allowing you to spend just a few minutes at your leisure to make a difference!

Change Your Spending Habits

It's been said that capitalism is in essence a voting system. What you spend your money on is what you vote to have more of. Spending your money in Walmart is a vote for more Walmarts. At the same time, spending your money on organic milk is a vote for more organically grown milk. Keep this in mind when you shop. Choosing to spend your money on greener products and using services like Dreamer is a vote for more earth-friendly products and services!

Drink Less Bottled Water

Bottled water is not eco-friendly, no matter how green the label is on your plastic water bottle. It takes oil to manufacture the plastic that's used for the bottle - not to mention how many empty bottles end up in a landfill or out in the ocean somewhere. The best alternative to this is to use a heavy plastic or eco-friendly bottle and filling it with tap water. If you live in the USA, or any other major city and first world country, the tap water has no health risks what so ever and is highly accessible. There are also new studies from Iowa State University which show drinking bottled water can be hazardous to your health! Do yourself and the world a favor, make a change and drink tap water from home or from any faucet available. And if there is something about the tap water you don't like, buy a filter!

Waste Less & Recycle More

Most of our lives revolve around a disposable living. Packaging, batteries, paper towels, and more are all made to be used once, then tossed away as trash. Try consuming less in your daily life, or make it a point to recycle everything you can recycle - this will make a huge impact! Also, if your workplace doesn't have a recycling program, don't complain about it or use it as an excuse not to recycle... start one!

Inspire Others

Spreading the word about any of these issues and doing anything to help at the same time is a great way to change other peoples' thoughts on the struggles of the world. It's as simple as telling your friends and family the difference you're making or the steps you're taking to help. With each new seed of influence planted in a person's head, the more likely that person is to one day take action themselves. You may not see results immediately but keep at it - stay positive, and stay happy, and stick to your beliefs - Over time, people will begin to see the kind of joy you live your life with and they'll want to be like you. Your efforts will have an impact even with people you never thought you could persuade!

How Successfully Carve a Turkey

by Nate Martinez

How to Succesfully Carve a Turkey

Whether you are roasting, deep-frying or smoking a turkey, a successful carving is very important. To begin, make sure your turkey is placed on a sturdy, stable surface. Then you want to make sure you have the proper tools - a sharp carving knife will give you the best results when carving a whole turkey. While slicing keep the turkey from moving by holding it in place with a meat fork. Cutting a turkey is easier if it is allowed to stand for about 15 minutes after the cooking is done. To carve a turkey, place the turkey breast up with its legs to the right if you are right handed, or to the left if you are left handed. Grasp the drumstick and place the knife between the thigh and the body of the turkey. Cut through the entire turkey. Remove the leg by pulling out and back using the point of the knife to disjoint. Separate the thigh and the drumstick. Make sure you use straight cuts with an even stroke beginning halfway up the breast. Continue slicing until all desired meat has been removed from the turkey bone. Serve immediately -- and enjoy!

RE/MAX Glows in Sports Illustrated World Series Photo

by Nate Martinez

There is no way baseball fans missed the 19 x 13 foot glowing RE/MAX balloon during the World Series games at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. As a result of the prominent display of the most recognized logo in real estate today, the REMAX balloon was featured in a 2-page spread in the November 8th issue of Sport Illustrated Magazine.

RE/MAX was a 2010 season sponsor of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, and the partnership benefits extended into the postseason. As fans filled AT&T Park for games one and two, they passed dozens of RE/MAX banners all along the Embarcadero waterfront roadway. And the some 40,000 in attendance each day plus countless TV viewers saw the REMAX balloon when they looked to the scoreboard.

Congratulations to RE/MAX – it is moments like these that me proud to be an agent and an owner of 4 RE/MAX offices!

Happy Veterans Day!

by Nate Martinez

In the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, World War I came to an end when an Armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect. Around the world today, we celebrate "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace" - a day of remembrance most commonly known as "Veterans Day."

To everyone who has served or who is currently serving in the military, locally or abroad - we THANK YOU for your dedication and passion to the great responsibility of protecting not only our Country but many others along the way.

To our very own Mr. Jesse Abarca, former Marine, we thank you for your years of service and for what you bring to our team today - it is an honor to work beside you in the Real Estate world!

Have a healthy and safe holiday - happy Veterans Day!

 

Jesse Abarca, 2004 while deployed to Al-Qaim, Iraq

The Power of Many to Make a Difference

by Nate Martinez

Spring Ahead, Fall Behind?

by Nate Martinez

Sunday, November 7th begins another day light savings season. Most people in Arizona give little attention to the change in time, because Arizona does not actually change time...however, we really do!

Daylight savings time changes happen twice a year - the 2nd Sunday in March and the 1st Sunday in November. The reason we implement DST is in hopes to make better use of the daylight in the evenings, as well as some believe that it could be linked to reducing the amount of road accidents and injuries. The extra hour of daylight in the evening is said to give children more social time with friends and family and can even boost the tourism industry because it increases the amount of outdoor activies. DST is also considered as a means to save energy due to less artificial light needed during the evening hours. The clock moves ahead, loosing one hour when DST starts, in the spring and then falls back one hour, gaining the lost time when DST ends in the fall. This where the saying, "spring ahead, fall behind" comes from.

In Arizona, although our actual time does not change, we do change time zones. In the summer months Arizona is on Pacific time, which means we are the same time with the northwest states, like California, Nevada, Oregon, etc. In the winter months, we are on Mountain time, which means we are the same time as states like Colorado, New Mexico, Utah.

Here are the US time zones for the winter day light savings:

* Pacific time zone - 1 hour behind Arizona

* Mountain time zone - same time as Arizona

* Central time zone - 1 hours ahead of Arizona

* Eastern time zone - 2 hours ahead of Arizona

Arizona triva question: Do you know the one place in Arizona that is an hour ahead of us during the winter months? The Navajo Nation located in the northeast part of Arizona is the one place that does change times and during the winter months is 1 hour ahead of the Phoenix metro area.

 

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