August Newsletter & Calendar of Event

    Pay it Forward!
    We have an on-going donation drive for Give-a-Heart to Kids (GAH). This monthly toy drive was started by Abigail, an 11-years-old from Surprise. She collects new toys and stuffed animals for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She wants to “put a smile on each child’s face that goes in for appointments, so they too may have a bit of comfort”.

    Here’s a photo of toys that we previously donated to GAH!
    Look for the donation box in our office and drop some toys in it!

    Climbing the Branches of the Family Tree

    Curious about your ancestry? Sorting out your family tree can require some tricky digging. Fortunately, resources are available to help you trace your roots. There are many online genealogy sites, although many of them charge for their services. Still, it is entirely possible to build a family tree by investing nothing more than time. Family tree software and online chat rooms can help you get started. The website My Heritage offers a family tree template at

    There are many online genealogy sites, although many of them charge for their services. Still, it is entirely possible to build a family tree by investing nothing more than time – and help is close at hand. Family tree software and online chat rooms can help you get started. Google offers a family tree template at You can click on YouTube for easy how-to explanations.

    Once you’ve decided to dig into your roots, begin with what you know – your family. Ask questions to discover names, spellings, and birthplaces. Go through family albums. Visit graves and scour religious records. If a relative has done any research, use this as a starting point. Trace your ancestry lines as far back as you can, adding relevant details such as birthdays, marriages, and death dates. Here are a few tips as you work your way up the family tree.

    Begin with a direct route, starting with yourself; then add your parents and grandparents, and add branches from there. A simple web search may help with details.

    Search the census records. Since names and their spellings may have changed along the way, be diligent. Find your most recent ancestors on each census, and then work your way into the past.

    Use documents and physical records such as naturalization papers and marriage and birth certificates. And remember, if you get stuck, you can always try a genealogy service.

    August Calendar of Events
    Aug 1–12: Arizona Broadway Theater present: Catch Me If You Can, this high-flying musical comedy tells the true story of a con man. This show is packed full of 1960’s Pan Am glamour! Visit for pricing and show times.

    Aug 4: Escape the heat and head to Prescott for their annual Woof Down Lunch. This family-friendly fundraiser features vendors; music by The Gurley Girls and Prescott Ukulele Guild; demonstrations by dog obedience instructor, dog trick trainer, and local K9 Units; a dog agility course; dog contests; kid activities; and adoptable dog introductions. This event is free to attend and a $20 ticket includes a picnic lunch from Crossroads Café and choice of a handcrafted pet bowl or ten raffle tickets for chances to win gift baskets. Tickets are available in advance at for information, visit or call 928-778-2924. All proceeds benefit animals in need. 10 am – 3 pm.

    Aug 12 – Paint Night: “One Cool Flower” at Mimi’s Café, Goodyear, 5:00 pm visit: for ticket pricing and booking.

    Aug 17-26: Stage Left Productions presents – Five Women Wearing The Same Dress. This comedy will be performing at Paradise Resort.

    Aug 17: Poetry Slam at WHAM – Open mic night for poetry. This is a free event and open to the public, 6-8 pm.

    Aug 18: Ghostlight Theatre presents – The Salty Dawgs, an evening of Folk Music! Tickets are only $10.

    Aug 20 Paint Night: “Morning Cactus Blooms” at Mimi’s Café, Glendale, 6:30 pm.visit for ticket pricing and booking.

    Aug 24: Talking Stick Resort, Salt River Grand Ballroom presents – Terry Fator, 2007 America’s Got Talent winner will be performing his Las Vegas act. Visit for ticket information.

    Butch Bradley, Todd Glass, Laurie Kilmartin, Andy Hendrickson and Jason Collings this month at Westgate’s Stir Crazy Comedy Club. Because we all need a little humor in our lives! Visit for comics, times and ticket information.

    Is Good Health Part of Your Genetic Makeup?
    The growing cultural interest in unearthing family histories could be good for your health. Your family’s medical history can help reveal what diseases you may be at risk for developing and help you plan a good lifestyle to prevent them.

    Ailments including asthma, heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, and cancer can run in families. To determine whether these might be in your genes, research your family’s medical history. Read death certificates and medical records, if available. Pay attention to the ages of death and the causes of death. Notice whether more than one close family member has the same disease and whether family members develop diseases at a younger-than-usual age. Some combinations of diseases in the same family can also be dangerous: heart disease and diabetes, or breast and ovarian cancer.

    Genes can also impact your mental health. Bipolar disease can run in families. Researchers are investigating whether depression can also be hereditary. If a close family member has or had Alzheimer’s, your risk increases. Research into the genetic links of dementia and Alzheimer’s is fairly new, but it’s important information to know.

    Genetics can be a factor in non-life-threatening diseases as well. Glaucoma, for example, can run in families. If you have a family history of glaucoma, make sure you get your eyes tested regularly, including for glaucoma.

    Your family history can help you determine what genetic tests you want to pursue and can help guide a strategic healthy lifestyle. You can’t change your genes, but you can control your diet and exercise.

    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 our area, or you’re thinking about selling your home, 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!

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    Such a great night catching up with our amazing clients at our 4th of July Ice Cream Social & Fireworks Event!

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    2-Ingredient Strawberry Sorbet
    Perfect to cool off during the Dog Days of Summer
    Serves 4
    16 oz. strawberries, hulled and halved
    1/4 cup, plus 1-3 TBLS maple syrup or agave nectar, depending on how sweet you like it
    Freeze the strawberries in a parchment-lined container for about an hour, or until they’re very firm/borderline hard. If you let them freeze overnight, thaw them in the microwave for just a few seconds before blending.

    Combine the frozen berries and 1/4 cup sweetener in a food processor or powerful blender and process until smooth and creamy. Taste and add more sweetener if desired, process after each addition.

    Enjoy soft, or transfer to a freezer safe container and let it firm up for about an hour to make lovely scoops.

    Agent Question of the Month:
    How Can I Quickly Boost My Home’s Curb Appeal?

    Every seller wants a great offer ASAP, but some are in a bigger hurry than others. If you need to get your home on the market quickly, and you know it needs some exterior TLC, try these tips.

    1) Create an inviting entry. Your front door makes a first, and lasting, impression. If you don’t have time to repaint the entire house, at least paint the front door. If they’re worn, replace the kickplate and doorknob (or shine them to like-new condition).
    2) Replace tired welcome mats.
    3) Spruce up your landscaping. Keep your lawn well-manicured. Add seasonal flowers to your walkway and porch.
    4) Ensure all fixtures have working light bulbs and provide sufficient illumination.

    Take the same stroll a buyer would, from your parking area to your front door. Does anything stand out (negatively)? If so, do what needs to be done to make it more appealing.

    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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