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Cactus Corridor May | June 2014

“We keep it in the Family”

ANOTHER HOME SOLD BY Z LUXURY GROUP SO LD

This seems the most appropriate reaction when Zee Arekat is asked about how they have maintained their long standing run of success in the ever changing Arizona Real Estate Market. Z Luxury Group comprised of Zee and her two sons Nick & Rashied have a combined 50 years of experience as real estate professionals. With exceptional customer service as their cornerstone, almost all of their business is derived from referrals. Rashied says, “Zee goes above and beyond anything you would ever expect from your Realtor and it’s honestly really inspiring. She leads by example and now both Nick and I pride ourselves on delivering that same type of service to our clients.” Specializing in buyer representation, the 3 of them have come to understand the emotional toll involved in buying a home and have each figured out how to provide stability in an otherwise unstable transaction. With Zee transitioning to the listing side, the 3 of them have found the perfect formula for working together on each and every transaction. With a half century of experience already in the books, there is no real estate transaction too large or too small. Always evolving and keeping up with market trends, Z Luxury Group looks to make 2014 its best year yet.

Summer Solstice

Just Minutes Away From Cactus Corridor | Paradise Valley | 4 Bed | 6 Bath | 5,097 SQFT | $1,637,000

Celebrate A Fresh Start

Z Luxury Group is proud to announce it is now a division of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

ZLuxuryGroup.com

ZEE AREKAT

602.329.6691 | Zee@ZLuxuryGroup.com

NICK AREKAT

602.321.2084 | Nick@ZLuxuryGroup.com

The announcement of our brand name change to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties signals a defining moment in real estate. It unites the strengths of industry leaders, bringing together unparalleled operational excellence, innovation, integrity and a worldwide brand. Berkshire Hathaway is the No. 1 company in Barron’s annual ranking of the world’s 100 most respected companies; it ranks at No. 8 in Fortune magazine’s 50 Most Admired Companies survey; is No. 18 in Harris Interactive ‘s reputation study of the 60 Most Visible Companies and most recently was awarded the 2014 “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” by Harris Poll EquiTrend Study a Nielsen company.

Luxury Market Solid Performance With Jumbo Loans & Stock Market Strength

RASHIED AREKAT

480.226.9429 | Rashied@ZLuxuryGroup.com

Mo Hamideh, MBA

Licensed Mortgage Professional NMLS#215468 LO#0912462 480.335.5582 Direct | mo@peoplesmortgage.com

All your mortgage answers with one call!

WANT YOUR HOME TO BE THE NEXT COVER PROPERTY? For the most effective marketing call Z Luxury Group to get your Cactus Corridor property sold.

NMLS#6274 AZBK#0904164

If your home is currently listed, this is not a solicitation for that listing.

All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. The properties on this list have been listed/sold by various members of the MLS. Produced by Desert Lifestyle Publishing • 480.460.0996 • www.DesertLifestyle.net

Cover Architecture | Candelaria Design

Z Luxury Group: A Dvision of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Cool Down With Modern Margarita’s Watermelon Honey Mix & Cilantro Vinaigrette

Z Luxury Group Sells Cactus Corridor


In Good Taste Modern Margarita 602.795.8111 | ModernMargarita.com

CILANTRO LIME VINAIGRETTE INGREDIENTS: 1/4 c Agave nectar 2 limes zested 1 c lime juice 2 Serrano peppers roasted

1 c vegetable oil 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS: In a sauté pan heat the Agave nectar over medium heat. Once the Agave begins to simmer add the zest of the 2 limes. At this point the Agave nectar is beginning to caramelize, carefully add the 1 cup of lime juice and reduce by half. Once it has reduced by half the original volume, remove and cool.

Mark your calendars! June 21st marks the summer solstice, or the longest day of the year. Not only does this day mean the most hours of sunshine all year (hurray!), but throughout time it has symbolized a period of renewal and rebirth. At the start of summer, plants are beginning to grow and mature, bees are busy pollinating, and you too may feel more energetic and filled with a desire to get things done. In today’s world, it’s a perfect time to reconnect with nature and make plans and goals for the year ahead. The summer solstice occurs when the earth’s tilt toward the sun is at a maximum. At this time, the sun is at its 

Meanwhile char the Serrano peppers on an open flame or in a toaster oven, once charred set aside to cool. Once everything has cooled to room temperature place the Agave/lime liquid in the blender puree add the Serranos with their charred skins (seeds can be removed for a milder dressing). Stream in the oil, then finish the dressing with the rough chopped cilantro. Blend for a couple seconds but leave the cilantro fairly coarse. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Chef recommends this dressing drizzled over a shrimp salad with goat cheese or a light salad with mixed greens and seasonal fruits.

northernmost point in the sky. In fact, the sun’s position at noon changes very little for a few days before and after the summer solstice. The word solstice comes from the Latin solstitium or sol (the sun) and –stit or -stes (standing). It’s a time of celebration after many months of colder temperatures and long, dark days. In many cultures, the summer solstice is still celebrated today. In Sweden, people dance around the maypole at festivals; in Britain, many still travel to the rocks of Stonehenge, where the ancient ruins align with the summer solstice and present magnificent viewing; and right here in the United States, people mark the day with festivals, running races, and distinct rituals. In fact, right in Sedona, the Hopi and Navajo peoples have always celebrated the mystical summer solstice and today certain groups offer retreats to teach of the day’s spiritual significance. Bonfires are another ancient ritual associated with the summer solstice. The fire is believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good fortune for the year ahead. No matter

WATERMELON HONEY MARGARITA INGREDIENTS: 3 oz tequila (ArteNOM Blanco Tequila recommended) 2 oz watermelon water 1 oz honey syrup 1 oz strained fresh lime juice Take a watermelon and cut out all the fruit. Use a juicer or blender and pulverize into a puree. Pass the puree through a fine strainer or cheese cloth, the resulting fluid is watermelon water. Next, fill a sauce pan with water and put the bottle of honey in the pot and heat it up. Once the water is hot, remove the bottle and bring the water to a simmer. Remove the pan from the heat and measure out equal parts hot water to honey. Dissolve the honey completely in the water and transfer syrup to a bottle and chill in the refrigerator before using. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice in a margarita glass. Garnish with a watermelon rind peel.

Luxury Market Update

by Mike Orr – Director of Real Estate Studies at ASU’s WP Carey School of Business and Principal of The Cromford Report The luxury home market in Maricopa County had an excellent year in 2013, easily its best in the last seven years. We saw almost $5 billion in sales of homes over $500,000 during 2013 at an average price of $223 per square foot. This was an increase of 37% over 2012’s total of $3.6 billion in sales. The annual average sales price per square foot for homes over $500,000 gained 6% between 2012 and 2013. In addition to the general recovery in the local housing market, two changes fueled this additional success in luxury homes. Firstly, jumbo loans have become very popular with lenders since 2012 and they are competing with each other to offer attractive loan terms to well-qualified borrowers. Contrary to the usual situation, the larger the loan amount, the lower the interest rates on offer, and this has helped boost activity at the very top end of the luxury market. The second factor was the strength in the US stock market in 2013 which has increased the wealth of those invested in it. Advances in the stock market tend to have a strong correlation with demand for luxury homes. Another encouraging sign is that the average number of days on market is down 5% for sales and down 14% for active listings over the last twelve months. Distressed homes are also having a negligible impact on the luxury market. When counting homes over $500,000, we see that lender

owned homes are less than 0.6% of active listings and short sales and pre-foreclosures are down from 3.8% at the start of March 2013 to just 1.5% this year. However the success during 2013 has brought many more sellers into the market in 2014. At the beginning of March 2014 we had 51% more active listings of homes for sale over $500,000 than we had a year earlier. This means sellers have a lot more competition in 2014 and buyers have more choice and something of an edge in negotiations. Mitigating the increased supply, demand has held up much better than in the rest of the market and luxury home sales increased 3% by unit and 7% by revenue when we compare the first two months of 2014 with the same period in 2013. The greatest improvement was among homes over $2 million which were up 79% in the first two months of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013. As long as the stock market continues to perform well and the Phoenix economy continues to improve, the luxury home market is likely to outperform the more general housing market in 2014.

your beliefs, it’s a fun way to celebrate the change in seasons and get outdoors to reconnect with nature and the rhythm and cycle of life, which we often are disconnected from in today’s modern computerized world. Much in the way modern day people think of New Year’s Day as a day to make positive changes and resolutions, throughout time people have considered the summer solstice as a time of growth, and a time to improve their lives and make positive changes. After all, with more daylight you probably feel more energized to get more done than you do in the cooler, darker days of winter. So whether you’re looking to make a career move, get your dream home once and for all, or find your soul mate, make June 21st a day to get outdoors and celebrate the start of something new, fresh, and full of possibilities. Maybe even light a bonfire … you never know what good fortune could be coming your way!

Event Calendar MAY | JUNE 2014 Rock-N Glow 5K Westgate Entertainment District | May 18 872.216.4569 | RocknGlow5k.com Rock-N-Glow 5K fun run/walk is energized by continuous bursts of music along the course with participants covered in glow-in-the-dark swag. Come light the night for a great cause.  Add your own creative glow by dressing up in costumes that rock and glow! Carnival of Illusion: An Evening of Old-World Magic Arizona Biltmore Resort | May 24 480.359.7469 | CarnivalOfIllusion.com Step right up and get ready to laugh, have fun, and celebrate a magical night out with Carnival of Illusion! This top-rated attraction is “Revitalizing Magic” by blending their international travel theme with all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. Carnival of Illusion is a night of magic, mystery and oooh la la! Les Misérables Phoenix Theatre | Now through May 25 602.254.2151 | PhoenixTheatre.com Les Misérables has thrilled audiences all over the world; now, the timeless classic returns for Phoenix Theatre’s 93rd season. Experiencing this musical on stage will touch your heart and soul in a way no film can. The tale of Jean Valjean’s unjust imprisonment and quest for redemption is set against the highly volatile political backdrop of a revolutionary period in France. The stunning score features beautiful orchestrations and instantly recognizable melodies including On My Own, Bring Him Home and I Dreamed a Dream. This sweeping epic of love, loss, rebellion and rebirth is delivered with heartbreaking poignancy. At Phoenix Theatre, you’ll be closer to the barricade than ever before! The 99th Annual Southwestern Amateur Cochise Course at the Desert Mountain Club | June 4-7 480.595.4090 | SWGA.net As the highest-ranked amateur golf tournament in the Southwest, the championship attracts the world’s best amateur golfers. This 7,019-yard course which Jack Nicklaus has called “one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world” will provide the players with a true test of their skills. With origins dating back as early as 1908, the tournament was formally organized into a regional competition in 1915.  Since then the championship has grown to many more players and a stepping stone for many great future PGA Tour stars. Hollywood Costume Phoenix Art Museum | Now through July 6 602.257.1222 | PHXArt.org A ground breaking exhibition that celebrates and explores costume design as a key component of cinema storytelling. Arriving in Phoenix from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, this major multimedia exhibition explores the essentials of costume design and illuminates  the costume designer’s creative process, bringing together more than 100 of the world’s most iconic costumes from a century of filmmaking.


In Good Taste Modern Margarita 602.795.8111 | ModernMargarita.com

CILANTRO LIME VINAIGRETTE INGREDIENTS: 1/4 c Agave nectar 2 limes zested 1 c lime juice 2 Serrano peppers roasted

1 c vegetable oil 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS: In a sauté pan heat the Agave nectar over medium heat. Once the Agave begins to simmer add the zest of the 2 limes. At this point the Agave nectar is beginning to caramelize, carefully add the 1 cup of lime juice and reduce by half. Once it has reduced by half the original volume, remove and cool.

Mark your calendars! June 21st marks the summer solstice, or the longest day of the year. Not only does this day mean the most hours of sunshine all year (hurray!), but throughout time it has symbolized a period of renewal and rebirth. At the start of summer, plants are beginning to grow and mature, bees are busy pollinating, and you too may feel more energetic and filled with a desire to get things done. In today’s world, it’s a perfect time to reconnect with nature and make plans and goals for the year ahead. The summer solstice occurs when the earth’s tilt toward the sun is at a maximum. At this time, the sun is at its 

Meanwhile char the Serrano peppers on an open flame or in a toaster oven, once charred set aside to cool. Once everything has cooled to room temperature place the Agave/lime liquid in the blender puree add the Serranos with their charred skins (seeds can be removed for a milder dressing). Stream in the oil, then finish the dressing with the rough chopped cilantro. Blend for a couple seconds but leave the cilantro fairly coarse. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Chef recommends this dressing drizzled over a shrimp salad with goat cheese or a light salad with mixed greens and seasonal fruits.

northernmost point in the sky. In fact, the sun’s position at noon changes very little for a few days before and after the summer solstice. The word solstice comes from the Latin solstitium or sol (the sun) and –stit or -stes (standing). It’s a time of celebration after many months of colder temperatures and long, dark days. In many cultures, the summer solstice is still celebrated today. In Sweden, people dance around the maypole at festivals; in Britain, many still travel to the rocks of Stonehenge, where the ancient ruins align with the summer solstice and present magnificent viewing; and right here in the United States, people mark the day with festivals, running races, and distinct rituals. In fact, right in Sedona, the Hopi and Navajo peoples have always celebrated the mystical summer solstice and today certain groups offer retreats to teach of the day’s spiritual significance. Bonfires are another ancient ritual associated with the summer solstice. The fire is believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good fortune for the year ahead. No matter

WATERMELON HONEY MARGARITA INGREDIENTS: 3 oz tequila (ArteNOM Blanco Tequila recommended) 2 oz watermelon water 1 oz honey syrup 1 oz strained fresh lime juice Take a watermelon and cut out all the fruit. Use a juicer or blender and pulverize into a puree. Pass the puree through a fine strainer or cheese cloth, the resulting fluid is watermelon water. Next, fill a sauce pan with water and put the bottle of honey in the pot and heat it up. Once the water is hot, remove the bottle and bring the water to a simmer. Remove the pan from the heat and measure out equal parts hot water to honey. Dissolve the honey completely in the water and transfer syrup to a bottle and chill in the refrigerator before using. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice in a margarita glass. Garnish with a watermelon rind peel.

Luxury Market Update

by Mike Orr – Director of Real Estate Studies at ASU’s WP Carey School of Business and Principal of The Cromford Report The luxury home market in Maricopa County had an excellent year in 2013, easily its best in the last seven years. We saw almost $5 billion in sales of homes over $500,000 during 2013 at an average price of $223 per square foot. This was an increase of 37% over 2012’s total of $3.6 billion in sales. The annual average sales price per square foot for homes over $500,000 gained 6% between 2012 and 2013. In addition to the general recovery in the local housing market, two changes fueled this additional success in luxury homes. Firstly, jumbo loans have become very popular with lenders since 2012 and they are competing with each other to offer attractive loan terms to well-qualified borrowers. Contrary to the usual situation, the larger the loan amount, the lower the interest rates on offer, and this has helped boost activity at the very top end of the luxury market. The second factor was the strength in the US stock market in 2013 which has increased the wealth of those invested in it. Advances in the stock market tend to have a strong correlation with demand for luxury homes. Another encouraging sign is that the average number of days on market is down 5% for sales and down 14% for active listings over the last twelve months. Distressed homes are also having a negligible impact on the luxury market. When counting homes over $500,000, we see that lender

owned homes are less than 0.6% of active listings and short sales and pre-foreclosures are down from 3.8% at the start of March 2013 to just 1.5% this year. However the success during 2013 has brought many more sellers into the market in 2014. At the beginning of March 2014 we had 51% more active listings of homes for sale over $500,000 than we had a year earlier. This means sellers have a lot more competition in 2014 and buyers have more choice and something of an edge in negotiations. Mitigating the increased supply, demand has held up much better than in the rest of the market and luxury home sales increased 3% by unit and 7% by revenue when we compare the first two months of 2014 with the same period in 2013. The greatest improvement was among homes over $2 million which were up 79% in the first two months of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013. As long as the stock market continues to perform well and the Phoenix economy continues to improve, the luxury home market is likely to outperform the more general housing market in 2014.

your beliefs, it’s a fun way to celebrate the change in seasons and get outdoors to reconnect with nature and the rhythm and cycle of life, which we often are disconnected from in today’s modern computerized world. Much in the way modern day people think of New Year’s Day as a day to make positive changes and resolutions, throughout time people have considered the summer solstice as a time of growth, and a time to improve their lives and make positive changes. After all, with more daylight you probably feel more energized to get more done than you do in the cooler, darker days of winter. So whether you’re looking to make a career move, get your dream home once and for all, or find your soul mate, make June 21st a day to get outdoors and celebrate the start of something new, fresh, and full of possibilities. Maybe even light a bonfire … you never know what good fortune could be coming your way!

Event Calendar MAY | JUNE 2014 Rock-N Glow 5K Westgate Entertainment District | May 18 872.216.4569 | RocknGlow5k.com Rock-N-Glow 5K fun run/walk is energized by continuous bursts of music along the course with participants covered in glow-in-the-dark swag. Come light the night for a great cause.  Add your own creative glow by dressing up in costumes that rock and glow! Carnival of Illusion: An Evening of Old-World Magic Arizona Biltmore Resort | May 24 480.359.7469 | CarnivalOfIllusion.com Step right up and get ready to laugh, have fun, and celebrate a magical night out with Carnival of Illusion! This top-rated attraction is “Revitalizing Magic” by blending their international travel theme with all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. Carnival of Illusion is a night of magic, mystery and oooh la la! Les Misérables Phoenix Theatre | Now through May 25 602.254.2151 | PhoenixTheatre.com Les Misérables has thrilled audiences all over the world; now, the timeless classic returns for Phoenix Theatre’s 93rd season. Experiencing this musical on stage will touch your heart and soul in a way no film can. The tale of Jean Valjean’s unjust imprisonment and quest for redemption is set against the highly volatile political backdrop of a revolutionary period in France. The stunning score features beautiful orchestrations and instantly recognizable melodies including On My Own, Bring Him Home and I Dreamed a Dream. This sweeping epic of love, loss, rebellion and rebirth is delivered with heartbreaking poignancy. At Phoenix Theatre, you’ll be closer to the barricade than ever before! The 99th Annual Southwestern Amateur Cochise Course at the Desert Mountain Club | June 4-7 480.595.4090 | SWGA.net As the highest-ranked amateur golf tournament in the Southwest, the championship attracts the world’s best amateur golfers. This 7,019-yard course which Jack Nicklaus has called “one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world” will provide the players with a true test of their skills. With origins dating back as early as 1908, the tournament was formally organized into a regional competition in 1915.  Since then the championship has grown to many more players and a stepping stone for many great future PGA Tour stars. Hollywood Costume Phoenix Art Museum | Now through July 6 602.257.1222 | PHXArt.org A ground breaking exhibition that celebrates and explores costume design as a key component of cinema storytelling. Arriving in Phoenix from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, this major multimedia exhibition explores the essentials of costume design and illuminates  the costume designer’s creative process, bringing together more than 100 of the world’s most iconic costumes from a century of filmmaking.


Cactus Corridor May | June 2014

“We keep it in the Family”

ANOTHER HOME SOLD BY Z LUXURY GROUP SO LD

This seems the most appropriate reaction when Zee Arekat is asked about how they have maintained their long standing run of success in the ever changing Arizona Real Estate Market. Z Luxury Group comprised of Zee and her two sons Nick & Rashied have a combined 50 years of experience as real estate professionals. With exceptional customer service as their cornerstone, almost all of their business is derived from referrals. Rashied says, “Zee goes above and beyond anything you would ever expect from your Realtor and it’s honestly really inspiring. She leads by example and now both Nick and I pride ourselves on delivering that same type of service to our clients.” Specializing in buyer representation, the 3 of them have come to understand the emotional toll involved in buying a home and have each figured out how to provide stability in an otherwise unstable transaction. With Zee transitioning to the listing side, the 3 of them have found the perfect formula for working together on each and every transaction. With a half century of experience already in the books, there is no real estate transaction too large or too small. Always evolving and keeping up with market trends, Z Luxury Group looks to make 2014 its best year yet.

Summer Solstice

Just Minutes Away From Cactus Corridor | Paradise Valley | 4 Bed | 6 Bath | 5,097 SQFT | $1,637,000

Celebrate A Fresh Start

Z Luxury Group is proud to announce it is now a division of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

ZLuxuryGroup.com

ZEE AREKAT

602.329.6691 | Zee@ZLuxuryGroup.com

NICK AREKAT

602.321.2084 | Nick@ZLuxuryGroup.com

The announcement of our brand name change to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties signals a defining moment in real estate. It unites the strengths of industry leaders, bringing together unparalleled operational excellence, innovation, integrity and a worldwide brand. Berkshire Hathaway is the No. 1 company in Barron’s annual ranking of the world’s 100 most respected companies; it ranks at No. 8 in Fortune magazine’s 50 Most Admired Companies survey; is No. 18 in Harris Interactive ‘s reputation study of the 60 Most Visible Companies and most recently was awarded the 2014 “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” by Harris Poll EquiTrend Study a Nielsen company.

Luxury Market Solid Performance With Jumbo Loans & Stock Market Strength

RASHIED AREKAT

480.226.9429 | Rashied@ZLuxuryGroup.com

Mo Hamideh, MBA

Licensed Mortgage Professional NMLS#215468 LO#0912462 480.335.5582 Direct | mo@peoplesmortgage.com

All your mortgage answers with one call!

WANT YOUR HOME TO BE THE NEXT COVER PROPERTY? For the most effective marketing call Z Luxury Group to get your Cactus Corridor property sold.

NMLS#6274 AZBK#0904164

If your home is currently listed, this is not a solicitation for that listing.

All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. The properties on this list have been listed/sold by various members of the MLS. Produced by Desert Lifestyle Publishing • 480.460.0996 • www.DesertLifestyle.net

Cover Architecture | Candelaria Design

Z Luxury Group: A Dvision of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Cool Down With Modern Margarita’s Watermelon Honey Mix & Cilantro Vinaigrette

Z Luxury Group Sells Cactus Corridor


Cactus Corridor Lifestyle