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Gina McKinley’s… February 2013

“Insider Tips For Healthy, Wealthy & Happy Living…”

lifestyle


How To Avoid A Car Wreck… ...Page 2 What To Do If There’s A Gas Leak In Your Home………………… ……Page 6 Beat This Trivia Question and You Could Be A Winner……………...Page 6 Save On Designer Clothes….… ...Page 7 Who Do I Talk To If I’m About To Go Into Foreclosure?.......................... Page 8

Do You Have A HomeOwnership Question You Want Answered? Maybe you want to know how much your home is worth. Or maybe you just need a recommendation for a handyman, carpet cleaner or plumber… Either way, I love hearing from all of my good friends and clients. And I’m always looking to answer pressing questions you might have about anything relating to real estate or home-ownership. If you have a question, tip or idea, please feel free to call me at 480-355-8645. I’m here to help!

Avoid The 4 Most Common Reasons For Car Accidents Isn’t it scary? You’re driving along and all of a sudden you don’t have control of your vehicle. You grip the steering wheel with both hands and with one violent thrust, press down on the brake pedal as hard as you can until you come to a complete stop. You look up, then breathe a sigh of relief. No one was hurt. You were lucky…but what if there were another car around? Most people rely on luck to save them when they get in a situation that could lead to a car accident. The feeling is, accidents on the road are unavoidable. Collisions from someone making a bad decision or being distracted, like running a red light or merging into your car, can and do happen even if you’re the safest driver in the world. But there are accidents you can avoid and they’re actually the most common reasons why car accidents occur. Everyone will face one if not all four of these situations where you lose control of your vehicle. Here’s exactly what to do if, and when, they happen to you: 1. Suddenly Swerving? – Do this: If you have to swerve to avoid hitting an animal or another car, turn your car first, then press the brake pedal. 2. Tire Blowout? – Do this: If you hear a loud pop and suddenly lose control, steer the car as straight as possible and don’t turn or brake. Press the gas pedal slightly to accelerate, which helps keep the car under control. Then slowly decelerate by pressing the brake to stop your vehicle. 3. Running Off The Road? – Do this: If the side of your car drops off the edge of the road, steer straight and slow down gradually as you come to a stop on the shoulder. Then drive back onto the road. 4. Sliding On Pavement? – Do this: If the roads are wet or icy and your car starts to slide, turn in the direction of the slide and let off the gas. Don’t slam on your brakes or they could lock up, press the brake slowly.

Please Welcome New Clients And Good Friends Into Our Real Estate Family… I’d like to take a moment to personally introduce and welcome a few of my newest clients and good friends who have supported my business over the years. And special thanks for everyone who thought of me with your referrals! Moe & Lara Haddad Philip Drake Richard Rini Jake Enholm

Denise Parker Michael Peterson Melissa Lamer Michael Esquivel

The McKinley Group, Embracing All Of Your Real Estate Needs! Gina McKinley, ABR, CDPE, CIAS, CRS, SFR, Designated Broker Dan McKinley, CIAS, CARI, Buyers Representative Dorothy Hovard, Buyers Representative GinaGayanne McKinley, ABR,Client CDPE, CIAS, CRS, SFR Kristin McKinley, Buyers Representative Loring, Care Manager RE/MAX Masters Rhonda Weinstein, Property Coordinator 480-355-8645 www.LocateArizonaHomes.com Each office is independently owned & operated.


According to Metro Phoenix MLS Statistics… The average agent sells a house in 77 days, Gina’s average is 68 days!

Word of the Month… Studies have shown your income and wealth are directly related to the size and depth of your vocabulary. Here is this month’s word, so you can impress your friends (and maybe even fatten your wallet!)… Histrionics: (his-tri-on-ics) noun Meaning: Exaggerated dramatic behavior designed to attract attention Sample Sentence: By now, Susan was accustomed to her teenager’s frequent histrionics.

Three-Minute Meditation

The average agent gets their client 96.7% of list price, Gina gets her clients 97.3% of list price!

Gina sells a home every 4.1 days! Would you rather work with “Average” or “The Best”?

Nobody Does It Better! Top 1% of All REALTORS® in all of Maricopa and Pinal County!

Each office is independently owned & operated.

One extremely refreshing getaway is meditation – and best of all, you don't have to pack for it. Research from the University of California, Davis, suggests that regular mindfulness meditation may slow the rate of cellular aging – potentially giving you more precious time than you ever dreamed of. Here’s how to mediate in 3-minutes: 1. Find a peaceful place where you won’t be interrupted. 2. Gently rest your palm over your heart. Concentrate on a person, place, song, or memory you cherish. The idea is to feel love and to concentrate it as energy in your mid-chest. 3. Visualize any thoughts as clouds drifting in the sky. Let them float by and out of your awareness. 4. Observe the sensations in your heart area: heat, coolness, bliss, compassion, release of pressure, vibration. Over time and with practice, you’ll feel the positive energy in your chest that will flow into your body.

Quotes To Live By… Do, or do not. There is no “try.” –Yoda from Star Wars If you can count your money, you don’t have a billion dollars. –J. Paul Getty You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there. –Yogi Berra

Gina McKinley, ABR, CDPE, CIAS, CRS, SFR RE/MAX Masters 480-355-8645 www.LocateArizonaHomes.com


JANUARY 2013 SOLD ACTIVITY

COMMUNITY CORNER

SUBDIVISION

ADDRESS

BED

BATH CAR

SQ FT

PRICE

Ashley Park

992 N. John Way

4

2

2

2,356

$275,000

281 N. Velero St.

3

3

3

2,321

$276,000

Tradition/ Tradition East

1602 E. Detroit St.

3

2

2

1,600

$193,000

The Trails

2791 E. Azalea Dr.

4

2.5

3

2,478

$285,000

2795 E. Honeysuckle Pl

5

3.5

4

3,567

$315,000

2551 E. Balsam Ct.

4

2.5

3

2,609

$315,000

3106 E. Comstock Dr.

3

2.5

3

2,714

$305,000

3158 E. Marlene Dr.

5

4.5

3

3,751

$435,000

5

4

2

2,367

$295,000

3721 S. Ashley Pl

4

2

2

2,289

$305,000

1456 E. Carob Pl.

4

2

3

3

$220,000

3771 S. Senate Pl

3

2

3

2,126

$275,000

Peterson Farms

3062 E. Bluebird Pl.

4

2

2

2,171

$256,000

Pinelake Estates/ Pinelake Village

451 E. Canyon Way

5

4.5

3

5,489

$775,000

Arden Park

No Solds

Whitewing at Krueger

2780 E. Jade Pl.

4

3.5

3

3,810

$600,000

2677 E. Locust Dr.

5

4

4

4,159

$720,000

Rockwood Estates

744 E. Wood Dr.

3

2

3

2,248

$249,900

Redwood Estates

2105 E. Ebony Dr.

3

2

2

1,871

$243,500

2321 E. Aloe Pl

4

3

2

2,154

$280,000

930 E. Leo Pl

3

2.5

2.5

2,074

$228,000

965 E. Virgo Pl

4

2.5

3

2,897

$347,500

2573 S. Rincon Dr.

3

2

3

2,176

$250,000

3286 E. Raven Ct.

4

3.5

3

2,628

$330,000

3368 E. Goldfinch Way

4

4.5

3

3,917

$445,000

1352 E. Geronimo St.

3

2

2

1,488

$170,000

1405 E. Morelos St.

3

2

2

1,918

$224,000

970 S. Hudson Dr.

4

3

2

2,742

$269,000

McQueen Lakes

893 E. Stoneman Pl

5

4

3

3,485

$446,200

Dobson Place

261 N. Nash Way

4

3

2

1,892

$223,445

303 N. Danielson Way

3

2

2

2,366

$267,500

2804 E. Cobalt St.

4

2.5

2

2,899

$320,000

Higley Estates

Creekwood Ranch

No Solds

2188 E. Wisteria Dr. Markwood/ Markwood North

Lantana Ranch

Paseo Crossing

Paseo Trail

Willis Ranch

MOMS Club Chandler: A support group for moms. We get together for playgroups, fun and enrichment activities for both kids and moms. Please check out our website at www.moms-club.org. Contact our Membership VP at momsclubne@yahoo.com. Escalera Lawn & Garden Maintenance: Weekly & Bi-weekly, Tree Trim & removal * Sprinkler Installation & Repair * One Time Clean-up * Gravel Installation & Removal * Debris & Junk Removal Call for Free Estimate 480-797-0206. Nanny’s Daycare: CPR & 1st Aid Certified! 22 Years Experience! Newborn To 5 Years! Meals Made From Scratch! I Prepare 2-5 Year Olds For Kindergarten! Crafts & Lots Of Activities! Call Ileana At 480-205-7103 For More Information! Mary Kay: 15% off. Call Lynne at 480-390-4063. Free facials and makeovers! SEACRET DIRECT - Love free facials? Have a fun spa party or become an associate if you could use extra cash. Fantastic body and facial products. Call 480-821-4961 or email Crossroads5@cox.net Just Ask Brian—For all of your handyman needs. Call Brian Markowitz at 480-203-5904. In Home Therapeutic Massage– accepting new patients in your area specializing in Rehab, Pain Management, and Sr. Wellness in the comfort of your home. Save $40 of our reg. $120 in home rate. Visit www.inhometherapeuticmassage.massageplanet.com for more info or call (480) 620-2883 & leave message for return call. RLC Services - Personal Home & Pet Sitting - Complete Home caretaker when away. Long & short term pet sitting for all types of pets. Licensed & insured, references available. Free quotes, offering valley wide service 24 hrs/day & 365 days/year. Call 480-220-9167 or email to rlcservices1@yahoo.com Alterations - Embroidering, Crafts, Home Decorating.. Reasonable Prices. Call Bernice 602-717-4243 or 480-345-2355. Advertised Daycare - Call Isayadet Aguayo 480-813-9473 Pet Rewards - Give the gift of security for your pet. Visit www.mypetreward.com for personalized, stainless steel tags. Phil Magnuson Handyman - No job is too big or small. Call Phil 480-993-7129 or philmagnusonconstruction@yahoo.com I Like Furniture - Shop online for the best discount prices on furniture, home accessories, & much more! Free shipping & no sales tax! www.ILikeFurniture.com. Follow us on Facebook & Pinterest! Pool Repair - Call BOB 480-899-8440 Glass & Shower Doors - We can help you with any residential glass or mirror needs. Call 480-306-5113 or visit www.wesleysglass.com Free Estimates: Handy Men Can Do - Family owned & operated business. One call does it all 480-232-0000 or Mobile 480-217-9626 Big Byte Computers - Fast & Reliable Computer Service. Desktop & Laptop Sales, TV Repair, and Free Recycling! 3245 N. Arizona Ave. Chandler 480-686-9309 www.bigbytepc.net Santan Landscape & Maintenance: Sprinkler Repair, Timers, Tree Trimming & Removal, Concrete, Pavers, Maintenance & Clean Up! Contact Mark at 480-882-2480 or santanlandscape@cox.net. *To place an ad, please email me at Gina@LocateArizonaHomes.com. Gina McKinley does not endorse any advertiser. Please investigate all offers thoroughly!


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44109 W. Palo Teca Rd, Maricopa — 3 BD, 2.5 BA, 2,055 SQFT. Great Location Right Next to the New Entertainment District! Fireplace in Living Room, Corian Counters in Kitchen, Neutral Carpet & Tile T/O! Code: 1045

2271 E. Azalea Dr, Chandler— 3 BD, 3 BA, 2,922 SQFT. Incredible Custom Features Including State of the Art Home Theater! Home Smart Electrical System Allows You To Control Your Home At the Push of A Button! Truly Gorgeous Home! Code: 1075

883 W. Calle Del Norte, Chandler— 3 BD, 2 BA, 1,920 SQFT. Beautifully Updated Chandler Home! Eat In Kitchen Features Island, Pantry, & Faux Leaded Glass Windows Surrounding Breakfast Nook! Code: 1025

1411 E. Orangewood Ave #140, Phoenix— 2 BD, 2 BA, 1,042 SQ FT. Beautiful Home Features Wood Laminate Flooring, Corner Fireplace, Two Tone Paint & Open Floor Plan! French Door Entry to Master Oasis! Code: 1195

23015 N. 23rd St, Phoenix— 3 BD, 2.5 BA, 2,021 SQ FT. Elegant Home w/ Mountain Views on Huge Col-de-Sac Lot! Upgraded Home Features Granite Counters T/O, Plantation Shutters, Surround Sound, Two-Tone Décor Paint, & More! Code: 1185

2528 W. Brookhart Way, Phoenix— 4 BD, 2 BA, 2,294 SQ FT. Former Model Home Features Designer Finishes Including Slate Tiled Pool & Patio! Kitchen Features Upgraded Cabinets & Island! Code: 1065

1440 N. Orlando, Mesa — 5 BD, 3 BA, 2,611 SQFT. Sensational Home Features Updated Kitchen w/ Granite Counters, Stainless Appliances, Center Island & Gas Range! Walk Out Balcony in Master Overlooks Heated Pool & Spa! Code: 1015

1612 E. Tulsa St, Chandler — 4 BD, 2 BA, 1,825 SQFT. One of a Kind Home in Fantastic Location! N/S Exposure, Two Tone Paint, Ceiling Fans T/O, & Tile in All the Right Places! Backyard Features Extended Patio & Workshop! Code: 1145

1126 N. Melody Cir, Chandler — 3 BD, 2 BA, 2,120 SQFT. Gorgeously Updated Home Features Tile Enclosed Glass Shower & Corner Tub in Master w/ Custom Closet! Lush Backyard Features Citrus Trees, Pebble Tec Pool & More! Code: 1085


Do You Have a Gas Leak?

Brain Teaser… A mile-long train is moving at sixty miles an hour when it reaches a mile-long tunnel. How long does it take the entire train to pass through the tunnel? (See back cover for the answer.)

Use these senses to recognize a gas leak: 

SMELLING – If your house smells like rotten eggs, you may be in serious trouble. Natural gas suppliers add the scent to the gas as a warning that harmful vapors are leaking into the air.

HEARING – a leak may make a hissing sound or a loud roar.

SEEING – a leak may cause dust or debris to fly, create bubbling movement in water, or cause discoloration in green vegetation.

What’s My Home Worth? If you want to know your home’s current value, I will gladly conduct a Maximum Value Home Audit. Request this “no charge” in-depth analysis by calling me at: 480-355-8645.

Rock’ And Roll’ Muscles You should stretch before you work out, right? Most people say yes, but it’s not good to stretch cold muscles. First, you should release the muscles by using a foam roller (or anything round) to roll your calves, thighs and upper back. If you can’t roll, warm up your muscles with some gentle cardio or a light jog.

Here’s how to respond to this deadly danger: 

Get everyone out of the house, move a safe distance away, call 911 and your local gas company for help.

To prevent electric sparks that could ignite an explosion, follow these tips: 

Don’t turn on or off electrical switches.

Don’t start your car in the garage or use garage door openers.

Don’t strike a match.

Are You Playing These Games? More people are playing games on mobile devices than ever before. Here are some top games for family fun:  Hanging With Friends  Words With Friends  Chess Time  Super Stickman Golf  Draw Something

But Who Counted Them? Astronomers have put together a 9-gigapixel picture that includes 173 million different objects, including 84 million that could be confirmed as stars. If printed with the resolution of a book, the image would measure 30 feet long by 23 feet tall.

Medication Warning Researchers are finding that medications and supplements may contain or be coated with plasticizing chemicals (called phthalates) that can lead to health problems. Keep an eye out for delivery systems that are most likely to use phthalates, such as “delayed-release,” “time-release,” and “enteric coatings.” Best advice: Ask your pharmacist if a phthalate-free version of your medication is available.

WIN A RESTAURANT GIFT CARD Your Chances To Win Could Be Better Than You Think! Guess who won last month’s Trivia Question? I’m pleased to announce the lucky winner of last month’s quiz. And the winner is…drum roll please: Lesilie P. of Tradition East! Where can you stand in both the east and west at the same time? a) The International Date Line b) China c) The Prime Meridian d) Equator The answer is c) The Prime Meridian. The line, which passes through Greenwich, England, is Longitude Zero, and every place on Earth is measured east to west from it. In the Greenwich Royal Observatory, you can have your picture taken straddling the line. So, let’s move on to this month’s trivia question.

Each office is independently owned & operated.

What do the letters in Einstein’s formula E=mc2 stand for? a) E:energy, M:matter, C:calories c) E:energy, M:mass, C:speed of light

b) E:electricity, M:matter, C:time d) E:energy, M:mass, C:celsius

Email Me Your Name & Mailing Address At Info@LocateArizonaHomes.com with ‘Trivia Contest’ for the subject line And You Could Be One Of My Next Winners

Gina McKinley, ABR, CDPE, CIAS, CRS, SFR RE/MAX Masters 480-355-8645 www.LocateArizonaHomes.com


Save $$$ On Designer Clothes Men have been renting tuxedoes for decades, so why can’t women rent a dress for a wedding or party? It’s easy with online dress rental services like RentTheRunway.com. Simply pick the dress you want from over 25,000 available and have it delivered the next day. Then keep it for 4 or 8 days, and mail it back when you’re done. The rental cost is usually 10% of the cost to buy a designer dress, with rentals from $50 to $350. Not to be left out, guys now have more options for neckwear with tie rental services. TieSociety.com lets you rent 3 ties with no return date for $20 a month, and you can exchange any of your designer ties at any time.


CALL

The McKinley Group FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS

Real Estate Corner… Q. What experts should I talk to if my home is about to go into foreclosure?

Thanks For Thinking of Me! Did you know I can help you or any of your friends or family save time and money when buying or selling a home? Thanks for keeping me in mind with your referrals…and spreading the word about my services.

A. Avoid scammers, and talk to one or more of these professionals: 

Your REALTOR® will help you review your options.

A Foreclosure Counselor will help you evaluate your current financial situation and serve as an advocate with your bank, free of charge.

Two minutes! (The back of the train would be at the beginning of the tunnel after 1 minute, and would leave the end of the tunnel at the 2-minute mark.)

A Tax Expert will advise you if you do a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure since forgiveness of debt may be considered taxable income.

A Credit Counselor can help you develop a plan to avoid future financial difficulty as well as help you repair your credit score.

Why You Shouldn’t Only Drink Bottled Water

An Attorney can help you if your lender has filed a foreclosure lawsuit.

Bottled water is fine but it contains no fluoride, which can lead to tooth decay. You can fill your glass with tap water (which contains fluoride) but use a Brita or PUR water filtration system to keep out other impurities.

For more information on avoiding foreclosure, call and ask for my Free Consumer Report called “Options To Avoid Foreclosure.” I’ll be glad to send a copy right over to you.

Witty Wisdom

Do you have a real estate question you want answered? Feel free to call me at 480-355-8645. Perhaps I’ll feature your question in my next issue!

Brain Teaser Answer:

Evening news is where they begin with “Good evening,” and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.

Hospitality is making your guests feel like they’re at home, even if you wish they were.

The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble.

Proudly Distributed By: Gina McKinley ABR, CDPE, CIAS, CRS, SFR® Designated Broker RE/MAX Masters 2390 W. Ray Rd #3 Chandler, AZ 85224 480-355-8645 Gina@LocateArizonaHomes.com www.LocateArizonaHomes.com Disclaimer: The information contained in this letter is intended for informational purposes. It should not substitute as legal, accounting, investment, medical and other professional services advice. Always seek a competent professional for answers to your specific questions. This letter is not intended to solicit real estate properties currently for sale.


East Valley Lifestyle – February 2013  

East Valley Lifestyle is a monthly publication where you'll find lots of real estate advice, home tips, entertaining jokes, words of the mon...

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