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4th of July Events

by Nate Martinez

4th of July Events

In case you haven’t planned your upcoming holiday weekend, here is a list of local events in and around the Valley of the Sun. My team and I would like to wish all of you a very happy and safe 4th of July!

Freedom Wireless Fabulous Phoenix Fourth
Located at Steele Indian Park
300 E Indian School Road, Phoenix
Monday July 4th starting at 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Patriotic Program will include an F-16 flyover, local musical entertainers, water spray zone, inflatable rides, three stages of entertainment and a Classic Car exhibit. The fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. * Admission is free

Ahwatukee Star Spangled Bicycle Parade
Located at Ahwatukee Park
4700 E Warner Rd, Phoenix
Sunday, July 3rd starting at 5:30pm, parade will begin at 6:00pm
Come enjoy patriotic decorated bicycles, strollers, wagons, skateboards or anything else with wheels (non-motorized). *Admission is free

Light Up the Sky
Located at Maryvale Baseball Park
3600 N 51st Ave, Phoenix
Friday, July 1st starting at 6:30pm, fireworks will begin at 9:10pm
Celebrating for over 20 years, Light Up the Sky offers live mariachis band performances, food and games for the kidos.

Independence Day Fireworks Show and Car Show
Located at Victory Lane Sports Park
22603 N 43rd Ave, Phoenix
Saturday, July 2nd starting at 7:00pm, fireworks will begin at 9:00pm
Art of Noize car show will feature late-model cars and drop-down pickup trucks. Food and beer will be available. Chairs and blankets are welcome. A deck with misters is available at the sports bar. *$4.00 admission

Celebration of Freedom
Located at Heritage Lane
58 W Main St, Mesa
Saturday & Sunday, July 2nd & 3rd starting at 6:00pm
This festival is jam packed with all kind of great ways to celebrate from beer gardens to music to an art walk, games and family activities. Heritage Lane will be filled with inflatable replicas of America's greatest monuments, a 35-foot replica of the USS Arizona, the Veterans Honor Walk and Fallen Heroes Memorial. Saturday the events will include Motorcycles on Main and East Valley Tribute to America. Sunday events include the American Iron (pre-1975) Classic Car Show, Salt River Brass Band performance and the Missing Man Ceremony. The weekend festival will end with a Salute to America program and fireworks display. *Admission is free

Anthem Independence Day Celebration
Located at Anthem Community Park
41703 N Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem
Saturday, July 2nd starting at 6:00pm, fireworks at 9:30pm
Live music including a performance by the “Anthem Idol” Mr. Dave Hatley! Food and beverages available. *Admission is free

Cave Creek’s Third of July Fireworks
Located at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral
6895 E Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek
Sunday, July 3rd starting at 5:00pm
Cave Creek celebration starts with a BBQ followed by live music with 2 bands, EastonAshe playing outdoors and Young Country playing indoors. Drink specials, prizes, face painting and the Games2UMobile Video Theater. Call for Reservations, 480-488-1906. *Admission is free

Lake Pleasant Fireworks Show
Located at Pleasant Harbor RV Resort
8708 W Harbor Blvd., Peoria
Sunday, July 3rd starting at 5:00pm, fireworks at 9:00pm
Lots of family friendly activities including trackless train rides, bounce houses, water slides and live DJ music. The Perfect Poise Car Club will show off its hot rods and “chopped down” trucks. Food and beverages available. Coolers and lawn chairs are welcome. *Admission is free, parking $10.00

All American Festival
Located at Peoria Sports Complex
16101 N 83rd Ave, Peoria
Monday, July 4th starting at 5:00pm, fireworks 9:15pm
Celebration includes live music, kids zone, water zone, hot-dog eating contest, family activities and an F16 flyover. *Free admission for children under 12 are free and $5.00 for adults.

Fourth of Zoo-Ly
Located at the Phoenix Zoo
455 N Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
Monday, July 4th starting at 6:00pm, fireworks at 9:00pm
Reservations required. Celebration includes a BBQ dinner at the zoo’s lakeside lawn, free carousel rides and access to Stingray Bay. Other fun activities are face painting, bounce houses and music. Tempe Town Lake fireworks start at 9:00pm. Beer and wine available. *Admission free for age 2 and under, $35.00 for ages 3 to 12 and $40.00 for all others

Surprise Fourth of July Celebration
Located at Surprise Stadium
15850 N Bullard Ave, Surprise
Monday, July 4th starting at 5:30pm, fireworks approximately 8:30pm
What says American more then a baseball game? Come watch a Rookie League Baseball game featuring the Texas Rangers vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Stadium gates will open at 4:30pm and the game starts at 5:30pm. Food and beverages will be available at the concession stands. Enjoy a firework show with patriotic music following the game at approximately 8:30pm. Tickets are required, with a limit of 6 per family. Early pick up at the Community & Recreations Services Office is recommended. *Admission is free

Tempe Town Lake Festival
Located at Tempe Town Lake
80 W Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
Monday, July 4th starting at 4:00pm
Live music from a variety of bands including rock, folk, pop and country. Lots of kid friendly activities, including bounce houses, rock walls, face painting and relay races. VIP packages include misted seats, BBQ dinner and 2 drink tickets. Enjoy fireworks choreographed to patriotic music! Food and beverages available. Tickets are available at Fry’s Food Stores and various Tempe locations. *Admission is free for ages 12 and under and those with current miliarty ID. Call for all other pricing, 480-350-5189

Local RE/MAX Brokerages Merge

by Nate Martinez


PROFESSIONALS

Local RE/MAX Brokerages Merge, Creating a Win-Win for Agents and Clients

RE/MAX Professionals is excited to announce a merger with RE/MAX Integrity, which will pair elite agents and strong leadership to create one of the most successful and productive real estate brokerages in the area. The two firms combined will remain RE/MAX Professionals and will service all areas of the Valley.

RE/MAX Professionals was founded in 2001 by Owners Nate Martinez and Frank Russo, while RE/MAX Integrity has been in operation since 1992. The two combined will have over 200 professional and experienced real estate agents.

In addition to an increase in market share, this merger furthers the outstanding reputations of two premier groups offering world class service to Arizona homebuyers and sellers. Both Martinez and Russo previously worked with RE/MAX Integrity prior to founding RE/MAX Professionals 10 years ago. RE/MAX Integrity Broker/Owner Ed McCloud is a mentor and friend to both Nate and Frank, and all parties are excited for this opportunity.

“We took a long look and saw that a merger of these brokerages would create a win-win situation for all parties involved,” said Russo. “Our offices share similar philosophies and creating an even stronger alliance is in everyone’s best interest. The RE/MAX agents in both firms have provided outstanding service to their clients for years and with even more resources, we’re confident we’ll continue to build on our current success in this market.”

Martinez added, “This is a great day for both groups. We respect Ed (McCloud) and we have worked with the many outstanding Integrity agents over the years. We’re excited to merge the talent from both sides and serve an even greater population of homebuyers and sellers in Arizona.”

In 2010, agents from the two offices participated in a total of 4,528 closed which ranked them No. 8 nationally and No. 1 in Arizona, among all RE/MAX Affiliates, for closed transactions sides, according to the recently released Real Trends 500 report.

The new RE/MAX Professionals will consist of seven offices located in Surprise, Avondale, Glendale (2), Sun City West, Anthem, and Central Phoenix. To learn more about joining REMAX Professionals, please call or email me today!

What Famous Person Lived in This House?

by Nate Martinez

What Famous Person Lived in This House?

Close to 4,000 square feet located in the lovely subdivision of Cobblestone Farms in Maricopa, Arizona, this gorgeous home was once occupied by Bristol Palin.

Now up for rent at $1,400 a month and move-in ready with 5 large bedrooms, 2.5 baths, formal living and dining rooms plus a huge family room. Cobblestone Farms features amenities such as a community pool, basketball court, water front BBQ Ramada's, parks and play grounds.

If you are interested in learning how you can be the next one to live in Bristol Palin's house, please email me today - ready for immediate move-in with approved rental application.

Click here to take a virtual tour!

Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale, AZ

by Nate Martinez

Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale, AZ

MIM was founded by Robert Ulrich, former CEO and chairman emeritus of Target Corporations. The idea for MIM came about after Mr. Ulrich and his friend Marc Felix visted the Musical Instruments Museum in Brussels, Belguim. They had a vision for a unique museum that offered a collecton of musical instruments from all over the world. Using state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, they are able to show musical instruments being play in their original cultural context and deliver the sounds of these instruments through high-quality headphones.

Located right here in Scottsdale, AZ the Musical Instrument Museum hosts educational programs, films, concerts, private parties and daily admissions to tour the museum. MIM is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas days - they have a full calendar of performances and events to pick from as well.

4725 E Mayo Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ
480-478-6000

MIM Orientation Video from Musical Instrument Museum on Vimeo.

Sign of Recovery?

by Nate Martinez

Sign Of Recovery?

The number of home owners who were put on notice for defaulting on their mortgage payments dropped last month to the lowest level since 2006, according to RealtyTrac reports. Additionally, foreclosure filing were down by 33% in May, making this the eighth month consistently that foreclosure filing have been down. Lenders took back fewer homes in May, the second straight month of declines. And bank repossessions were down in May too — down nearly 30 percent over the last 12 months.

Could this be a sign of recovery in the real estate market?

Experts are still cautious. Lingering delays in banks’ foreclosure process may be the reason for the declining numbers, they say, and not an overall improving picture of the number of home owners facing foreclosure.

"Foreclosure processing delays continue to mask the true face of the foreclosure situation," says James Saccacio, the CEO of RealtyTrac. "Lenders are somewhat unevenly pushing batches of bad loans through foreclosure as they overhaul their paperwork and documentation procedures."

Overall, banks hold 2 million homes in some stage of foreclosure. Banks are on track to repossess about 200,000 fewer homes this year than in 2010; the projection is 800,000 this year compared to 1 million last year.

Nevada continues to lead with the highest rate of foreclosures — one in every 103 households received a foreclosure notice there in May. Here are the top 10 states with the highest foreclosure rate in May:
1. Nevada
2. Arizona
3. California
4. Michigan
5. Utah
6. Georgia
7. Idaho
8. Florida
9. Illinois
10. Colorado

Source: Associated Press & CNN Money

Happy Father's Day

by Nate Martinez


"Any man can be a Father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad."

On behalf of my team and myself, we would like to extend a warm wish for a very happy, healthy and safe Father's Day weekend. To all the great Dads out there, may you have a day filled with relaxation, great food, good company and above of all, that you be surrounded by the ones you love the most!

Happy Father's Day - Nate

RE/MAX National Housing Report

by Nate Martinez
JUST RELEASED - Home sales and prices were both nearly the same as April in the May 2011 RE/MAX National Housing Report when compared to the same time last year. The month-to-month price change has seen a three month trend to the upside, up 3.7% in May, with closed transactions rising 3.3% higher in May over April. 



Current Inventory of Homes For Sale in Maricopa County

by Nate Martinez

About a month ago I shared with you the current inventory of homes for sale in Maricopa County, based on the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data. If you remember I was shocked to report roughly 25,000 homes available for sale. Well, as of today we have dropped down even lower to a staggering 22,750 available inventory!

As I predicted in the previous blog we are now seeing multiple offers on properties that are newly listed on the market. As we all know, the basic rules of supply and demand, multiple offers will drive the sales price up – which results in an overall improvement to property values and hopefully bring some much needed stabilization to our market.

Interest rates are still holding steady around 4.5% for a 30 year fixed loan. If you have been waiting to buy – think again. Based on an $80,000 purchase, using the purchase price as the loan amount on an FHA loan, the principle and interest payment is $405.00 a month. Even if we calculated in the additional monthly expenses for mortgage insurance, property taxes and hazard insurance we will still be at a far lower dollar amount than you can rent for in today’s market.

If you have been waiting to see what the market is going to do before you make a move, you may want to consider now before you miss out on the best pricing we’ve seen in 10 years. Call me today to get started!

10 Unique Gift Ideas for Dad

by Nate Martinez

10 Unique Gift Ideas for Dad
With Father's Day just around the corner, I thought I would share a few of the top gift ideas for the Dad's in your life. No one wants to get the same old boring gift, so check out these 10 unique gift ideas for Dad to help you get started!

Anything Golf:
If your Dad is a golfer, you almost can't go wrong by purchasing a golf-related gift of any kind. The options are not only endless, but they run the gamut in terms of price. If you aren’t sure what he might need or like, you may consider a gift certificate to his favorite pro shop.

A Day at the Ballpark:
If your Dad is a baseball fan, then this gift is an absolute home run (pun intended). Tickets to a game are always a winner, but accompanying him to the game is a something your Dad will appreciate even more!

A Car Wash:

I don’t know a Dad who doesn’t loves a clean car. If your budget is a little tight, wash and wax Dad's car yourself. If time is an issue but money isn't, consider paying for a mobile detail service.

Personalized Pop Art Portrait: (pix)
If you are looking for something truly personalized, an Andy Warhol style portrait might just be it! Create a portrait with just a photo of your Dad!

Clean out the Garage:
If your Dad loves to spend time in the garage, then chances are he'll love a garage that's clean and organized. See if you can get Dad out of the house for the day to make this happen. It's an inexpensive way to show how much you love him.

A Night on the Town:
When was the last time Dad and Mom had a great night out without the kids in tow? Dinner, tickets to a movie or a concert would be a great gift idea. However, if your budget is limited, you go with dinner in and you do all the cooking and cleaning!

Tools:
All Dad’s appreciate a new tool they can use around the house or on the car, especially power tools! There are a variety of great tools available for in a range of affordable prices. If you are not sure what your Dad might like or need, get him a gift certificate and then take him shopping. You’ll both enjoy the time spent together!

Microbrew of the Month:
If your Dad likes beer, then he’ll definitely appreciate a Microbrew of the Month subscription! For 12 months, your Dad will receive different bottles of premium microbrew beers from award-winning breweries nationwide. Club prices vary depending on who you order through. You can also try different wines, chocolates or hot sauces, if that is more your Dad’s style.

Personalized Apron for Cooking:
For the ultimate cook or grill master, a personalized apron is a must have! You can have an apron made with your Dad’s name or favorite sports team or whatever you think your Dad would love. Apron sets come with other accessories, like a customized oven mitts and towels. Your Dad will think of you every time he fires up the grill!

Custom Bobblehead for the Sports Fan:
A custom sculpted bobblehead is the perfect gift for the Dad with everything! You can customize just the face or design the body from scratch to match your Dad. Customized bobbleheads are not limited to sports only – so if your Dad is more of a Superhero kind of guy or a fisherman, you can order a bobblehead that fits him best. This gift idea is a hit for any Dad!

Exclusive Blackstone Country Club Listing

by Nate Martinez

Exclusive Blackstone Country Club Listing
Priced to sell at $1,000,000

Just a short drive from downtown Phoenix lies the secluded sanctuary known as Blackstone Country Club located in North Peoria. Once inside this prestigious guard-gated community, you’ll discover a picturesque landscape only found in the Sonoran desert. The name “Blackstone” comes from the volcanic rock that is indigenous to the desert of Arizona. The natural surroundings are the perfect backdrop for Jim Engh’s award winning18-hole championship golf course.

Beyond the gates and the awe of Blackstone, is an opportunity to own a semi-custom Cachet home with nearly $800,000 in upgrades. Sprawling over 3,984 square feet (not including the detached 457 square foot casita) you will appreciate the cornucopia of delicious amenities that appeal to both your sense of style and taste for luxury.

As you approach the front door you’ll be greeted by the calming sounds of the bubbling fountain in the Spanish tiled courtyard.  Come inside and let the spacious, open floor plan guide you on a tour, starting with the kitchen.

If you enjoy cooking this kitchen has what you have been looking for. The Alder wood cabinets please the eye as they blend naturally with the cool tones of the gorgeous granite counters, and they are practical, offering plenty of room for all your gourmet gadgets. The Kitchen Aid stainless steel appliance package boasts a 42” built-in refrigerator, 30” convection oven with a microwave and a Wolf 5-burner gas stove top. As if that is not enough, there are also two pantries – one in the kitchen and the butler’s pantry is located just off the wet bar area, which includes a stainless steel U Line Wine Captain refrigerator capable of holding 32 bottles of your favorite wines.

Next we’ll move along to the master suite where you can escape to your own private oasis away from the hustle and bustle of life. Fitted for optimum organization, the matching his-and-her closets have extensive closet storage systems and large built-in dressers. The bathroom is a classic combination of design and elegance with beautiful upgraded tile to highlight the rich hues of the Old English Finish to the cabinets. Functionality is obvious in the layout of this bathroom with separate sink vanities plus a personal lady’s vanity and a large oval tub perfect for relaxing after a long day.

Although the master’s chambers might have you thinking you’ve hit the jackpot, we’ve only just begun the journey. Let’s head outside to explore the 14,000 square foot premium lot so we can bask in the panoramic golf course views and perhaps take a dip in the saltwater pool/spa with 4 waterfall spillways.

Now there are some backyards that claim to be great for entertaining but when it comes to this backyard, there is no denying the endless possibilities for creating memories which will last a lifetime.  Starting with an extensive travertine patio with a built-in gas barbeque unique in design as it includes an attached eating area. When dinner is over you can kick back with your favorite Jimmy Buffet tunes streaming from the surround sound system, while you enjoy a gorgeous Arizona evening in comfort relaxing around the built-in gas fire pit.

In the main house there are 4 bedrooms plus 3 full baths and a powder room for your guests, unless they are guests that plan to stay a little longer then just dinner. The detached casita’s large cozy sitting room opens to the Spanish tiled courtyard, perfect for those guests who want to really experience the Arizona lifestyle. The separate bedroom has a walk-in closet equipped with a built-in 4-drawer dresser and upper shelves, plus a private bath.

If you are worried about your need for electronic gizmos, don’t worry this home has all that covered too.  From timer controlled sunscreens to the remote controlled 10’x 30’ motorized patio awning to the hot water recycling system, you’ll be impressed by the efficiency in which this well-crafted estate operates.

As the tour concludes, you should know there are many other options, amenities and upgrades not listed in this brief description. I guess some things you just have to see for yourself – to schedule your private tour or to learn more about this home, please call me today - 602-430-5226. Please click here to take a virtual tour.

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20241 North 67th Avenue, Suite A1
Glendale AZ 85308
623-643-1010
602-430-5226
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