April Newsletter and Calendar of Events

    On the Road Again: The Return of the RV Lifestyle
    North Americans are traveling the highways and byways again. And doing it in style. After the halcyon days of RVing in the 70s, the industry declined. The 2008 financial crisis practically destroyed it, but now vehicles ranging from small trailers to high-end products (like the $400,000 Winnebago camper “that looks like a fancy, spacious apartment,” according to an NPR report) are once again “on the road.”

    As RV sales rep Renèe Hinson told NPR: “Having seen the business since the ’70s forward, it’s back to like the ’70s. … We’ve seen astounding growth.” Why the popularity? Seems there’s a new wave of RV fans: millennials.

    Traditionally the largest group of RV enthusiasts has been retirees, staking out a place in the sun or just traveling the country. But according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, the average age of an RV owner is now under 50. And Hinson says she’s selling campers to 30-year-olds “like never before.”

    As a CBS News report from last summer says: “Images of millennials on RV road trips and outdoor adventures have filled social media all summer long, and #Camping posts on Instagram are now over 14 million.” As Allison Lago Leonard, general manager of the KOA campsite in Mystic, Connecticut, notes in the CBS article: “There are 75 million campers out there, and one third, 38%, of us are millennials. So, I mean, we’re catching up and we’re catching on.”

    Concludes CBS’s report: “… you can live just about anywhere. And for the millennials now driving RV sales, that’s the point.

    April Calendar of Events

    April 1st: Wigwam – Easter Brunch Buffet10am-2pm, $52 adults/$22 children (4-12), under 3 free. Wigwam Ballroom, reservations required – 623-935-3811.

    WHAM Art in Surprise: WHAM is a non-profit offering art classes and a place where artists create, collaborate and display art serving the West Valley. ~ April 2nd–30thRecycle Art Showfrom 10am-4pm. ~ April 14th: Recycle Fashion Show & Art Festival from 10am-7pm.

    April 6th-7thIndycar Weekend – Phoenix Grand Prix. Visit www.ismraceway.com for ticket and times.

    April 7thTaste of Surprise! Featuring some of the West Valley’s best restaurants and eateries, beer, wine, vendors and over 10 live performances! This is a fundraising event organized by the Rotary Club of Surprise Community Foundation to support projects and charitable services in the local community! General admission tickets are $40 until 4/6 and $50 at the gate on 4/7. Unlimited food samples and a drawing for an Australian vacation for 2. Visit www.tasteofsurprise.com for more info.

    April 8th: Last Sunday in the Park” before summer hits. Come out to Surprise at 8-acre park for 20+ food trucks, live music, and more. Free parking & entrance, 4-8pm.

    April 12thDesert Night Cinema at Desert Botanical Garden. Roll-out your picnic blanket and enjoy silver screen hits under the desert night sky. Before the movie starts, watch live or next to a stranger, she relies on a first-day trainee repairman to free her. Visit www.ghoastlightaz.com for show times and tickets.

    Theater Works, Peoria:

    • April 1st – 15thForever Plaid – This deliciously fun revue I chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies!
    • April 17thTres Tenors – An exciting program featuring Italian Neapolitan favorites, Mexican mariachi Masterpieces, Spanish Zarzuela arias, some of the most-loved ballads from Broadway, plus a taste of the Grand Opera! visit www.theaterworks.org for tickets and show times.

    April 17th – 22nd: ASU Gammage presents, The Color Purple. Don’t miss the stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. Visit www.asugammage.com for ticket prices and show times.

    April 21stEarth Day – Papago Park, Phoenix, 9am-12pm. Volunteers will help to preserve the native desert habitat by trimming back overgrown native trees and removing trash, and will also support the restoration of the park’s facilities by painting and sanding historic ramada’s.

    April 21st: Buckeye Valley Museum is hosting the 8th Annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social. This fun social event will feature mingling, actives and home-made ice cream in a bag. From 11am-1pm, call 623-349-6300 or email clarson@buckeyeaz.gov for more info.

    April 28th: FOODstock, 12pm-10pm at the Peoria Sports Complex. 2nd Annual FOODstock with over 75 local food trucks. $5 entry for adults, kids, and parking FREE. Ticket proceeds donated to nonprofit to feed the hungry. Enjoy $3 samples from every truck! Kids actives, music and fun for the whole family!

    Featured Listing: 20465 W Hamilton St, Buckeye
    3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2,727 sq. ft., $350,000
    This stunning, split master bedroom, energy efficient home is situated on Verrado’s Hamiltons Run Park!
    Active Listings:
    17831 N 102nd Dr, Sun City – 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,658 sq. ft., $199,900
    16485 W Bonita Park Dr, Surprise – 2 bed, 2 baths, 2,334 sq. ft., $369,900

    Wondering How Much Your Home Is Worth?
    How has the price of your home changed in today’s market? How much are other homes in your neighborhood selling for?

    If you’re wondering what’s happening to prices in your area, or you’re thinking about selling your house, I’ll be able to help.

    Just give my office a call for a no-fuss, professional evaluation.

    I’ll also give you the “inside scoop” on what’s happening in the housing market near where you live!

    Standing Strong: Paints That Reflect Our Reality
    If you have the urge to remodel this spring, don’t start tearing down walls. 
    Consider updating with paint.This year, you can find just the color to suit your mood; the very influential paint manufacturers have chosen palettes ranging from peaceful shades to vibrant colors.

    Turn inward but stand strong

    According to Martha Uniacke Breen in The National Post, paint colors reflect the way we see the world. “[This year] in both a décor and a psychological sense, it’s hard to be neutral,” Breen suggests. “There’s both a turning inwards towards peace and refuge and a sense of standing strong, even defiance.”

    For example, Benjamin Moore’s color of the year for 2018 is a spicy red called “Caliente” (“Hot” in Spanish), and red, generally, is showing up in everything from appliances to cars. But for the shy among us, Benjamin Moore offers a variation: deep rich pinks.

    Dark colors are also on trend. Paint manufacturer PPG’s Black Flame is best as a wall color; it highlights the room’s architecture, furniture, and lighting. That said, dark colors can be unforgiving and may highlight those less-than-perfect walls.

    Challenging “Ultra Violet”

    Pantone has challenged décoristas with its 2018 color of the year, UltraViolet. It has a tendency to take over, designers say, and so must be handled with care. Some are using softer shades (even extending to lavender), and others are pairing it with partners such as celadon green or camel. But be aware: this bold color should be used judiciously.

    Another trend is bringing the outside in with colors such as Beauti-Tone’s Green Peace. “It’s peaceful and almost neutral, but it has attitude,” says company representative Bev Bell.

    Fortunately, the 2018 color palette is generally easy to use. Says Breen: “…all of these shades are amazingly versatile. They can be either dramatic or quietly enveloping, depending on what else you choose to put with them.”

    Jay & Lynn Otlewski
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    Pay it Forward
    One of our Core Values is to Pay it Forward and we’ve partnered with Abigail Reniker, an 11-year-old from Surprise. She started her charity; Give A Heart to Kids (GAH) in conjunction with Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH), to collect stuffed animal and toys for children.

    In February, Abigail’s 15-month old sister had a procedure at PCH and she was sad to learn that there was nothing to help comfort her baby sister during the procedure. So, she started her mission for GAH, “to hopefully put a smile on each child’s face that goes for an appointment, so they too may have a bit of comfort.” Abigail is collecting stuffed animals and small toys each month to donate to PCH.

    As with food donations, stuffed animals donations drop off drastically after the holidays. So, please consider dropping off a stuffed animal at our office during the month of April!
    Please visit her Facebook page Give a Heart to Kids-GAH and read more about her story.

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    Easter Carrot Cake
    Serves: 10-12
    2 cup white sugar
    1 cup vegetable oil
    2 eggs
    2 cups white flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 cups grated carrots
    butter & flour for pan
    1 stick butter, softened
    1 package (8oz.) cream cheese, softened
    1 lb. powdered sugar
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 cup finely chopped pecans
    Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugar, oil & eggs together in a large bowl, until well combined. In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and combine. Then add the carrots and mix well. Pour the batter into a greased and floured bundt pan and bake until done about 50 minutes. Leave to cool completely.
    Icing: Cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and blend. Mix in pecans. Spread the icing on the cooled carrot cake and enjoy!
    (Ree Drummond Cookbook)

    Ask the Agent: This Month’s Question
    What Can Sellers Do Before a Home Inspection?

    Buyers want to know they’re purchasing a property not only that they love, but that’s safe and well-maintained. A home inspection is designed to reveal any potential problems with the property. So sellers should try to make the buyer’s inspection as smooth as possible to avoid red flags that might scrap the purchase.

    Clean, then tackle tasks you might overlook in your day-to-day life. Change the furnace filter. Replace light bulbs. If you haven’t yet, replace smoke detector batteries. Review major home features for potential concerns. Check windows for cracks, and replace any damaged panes or screens. Check outlets and replace if needed. Remove any clutter around HVAC systems to provide easy access. Some inspectors are more thorough than others, and some buyers are pickier. Completing these steps proactively may bring you and your buyer to the closing table – faster and happier.

    This newsletter and any information contained herein are intended for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal, financial or medical advice. The publisher takes great efforts to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this newsletter. However, we will not be responsible at any time for any errors or omissions or any damages, howsoever caused, that result from its use. Seek competent professional advice and/or legal counsel with respect to any matter discussed or published in this newsletter. This newsletter is not intended to solicit properties currently for sale.

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