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Gina McKinley’s… October 2012

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

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12 Secrets To More Restful Sleep

Get More Rest And Win The Battle Against Fatigue ……..……..…….Page 2 5 Tips To Avoid Getting Ripped Off By An Auto Mechanic ...………...Page 3

If you lie awake at night thinking about all the things you have to do, you’re not alone. Polls show that a growing percentage of people are getting less than six hours of sleep and the number of people who get eight or more hours is dwindling. Here are the secrets to help you get a good night’s rest:

Who Is Giving Drugs To Kids? ...Page 6 Beat This Trivia Question and You Could Be A Winner……………...Page 6 Do You Know These Tips To Access Your Data Anywhere?… ………..Page 7

Prepare your bedroom:   

Create a sleep sanctuary by eliminating noises, TV, and computers. Limit your bed to only two things – sleep and sex. Indulge in some type of bedtime ritual. It can be a warm bath, light snack, or time on your favorite quiet hobby like reading.  Invest in a good bed. You are in it about 1/3 of your life and the cost of a good mattress is much cheaper than poor health. Prepare your body:

How Can I Sell A Home That’s Been On The Market For Several Months?.....................................… Page 8

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Avoid foods containing tyramine in the evening. Some of those are bananas, chocolate, liver, avocado, cheese, beer, and wine. Eat alkaline foods like apricots, figs, almonds, turnips, or spinach. They enhance sleep’s anabolic process. Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and limit alcohol before bedtime. Exercise, but not within two hours of bedtime. Some people like to exercise in the early evening. But a morning routine will give you the energy to work all day. You’ll then be ready to slow down to rest at night. Use aromatherapy with herbs such as lavender or valerian. Prepare your mind:

Try meditation. Focus your brain on a single thought (or nothing at all) as you listen to your body with eyes closed.  Unwind with deep breathing. Breathe in with your abdomen expanding. Hold for 3 seconds and release air slowly to expel as much air as possible. Practice for 5 minutes before retiring to sleep.  Change your expectations and empower your ability to sleep. If you’ve been struggling with sleep for some time, you may have attitudes that defeat you. Don’t let your mind worry about how long it will take to get to sleep or how tired you might feel tomorrow. Expect to sleep well.

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! Adam Owens

Roberta & Mike Garrick

Lucian Radoslovescu

Loretta & Will Curran

& Thank you to our Past Clients for your continued business!!

The McKinley Group, Embracing All Of Your Real Estate Needs! Gina McKinley, ABR, CDPE, CIAS, CRS, SFR, Designated Broker Gina McKinley, ABR, CDPE, CIAS, CRS, SFR Dan McKinley, CIAS, CARI, Buyers Representative Dorothy Hovard, Buyers Representative RE/MAX Masters Kristin McKinley, Buyers Representative Gayanne Loring, Client Care Manager Rhonda Weinstein, Property480-355-8645 Coordinator www.LocateArizonaHomes.com Each office is independently owned & operated.


Word of the Month…

The best way to find any service provider, including an auto mechanic, is based on referrals from friends and family. But automobile breakdowns rarely happen at convenient times or places, and you may need to select from repair shops within a few miles. Look for these five things to find a good mechanic: 

Certifications: Look for a plaque on the wall for ASE certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Remember that not every mechanic in the garage will be certified for your particular type of repairs. If they have the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence it means that at least 75 percent of the techs have been certified and each area of service in the shop has someone certified in that area.

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Length of time in business: Experience helps. Look for a shop that has been in the same location more than five years. If you see a shop, you can search for user reviews of their work at a site like www.yelp.com.

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Billing Rate: If you can, talk to the owner of the garage. One of the questions to ask is whether they charge a “straight hourly rate” based on the actual time spent on the repair or “book rate” that can be higher.

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Referrals and opinions from the web: If you have a smart phone, get other opinions by searching an online forum about your issue. A good place to start is at www.edmunds.com/forums. For another viewpoint, ask a mechanic from another auto shop who does not work on your type of vehicle. The shop specializing in European cars can probably tell you the best mechanic for a Japanese vehicle.

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Getting the right thing fixed: Once you find a shop, don’t be fooled into fixes you may not need. You can find tools for diagnosing symptoms and estimating repair costs at www.automd.com. You’ll also find quick online advice at www.repairpal.com, which has a useful question and answer tool.

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!)… Querulous: (kwer-uh-luhs) adj Meaning: Having the tendency to complain or whine Sample Sentence: Mom took away my laptop computer just because of my querulous opinion about dinner.

Addicted To Overspending? When an occasional budget-busting expenditure turns into devastating debt, it may be time to take drastic measures to get your money under control. Here are two tips to curb your urge to spend: Beware Of Bargains: Many over-spenders use the excuse of the discounted price as the reason for creating debt. When the cost of carrying that debt is calculated into the “bargain,” most of the time those savings evaporate. This is true at the department store, warehouse stores and on Internet sites like eBay. Replace Indulgences: The pleasure of “retail therapy” may be real for you. But you can find alternative methods of nurturing your soul. Indulge in things that satisfy at the soul level instead of the quick rush of a purchase. Visit a museum. Go to a festival. Get together with friends.

Quotes To Live By…

Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him. –John Locke

Do You Have A Home-Ownership 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!

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Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing. –Dodie Smith Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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


SEPTEMBER 2012 SOLD ACTIVITY

COMMUNITY CORNER

SUBDIVISION

ADDRESS

BED

BATH CAR

SQ FT

PRICE

Ashley Park

1954 E. Monterey St

4

2.5

3

2,537

$320,000

1500 E. Laredo St.

3

2

3

2,052

$250,000

1713 E. San Tan St

3

2

2

1,208

$120,000

1482 E. Detroit St.

3

2

2

1,438

$124,000

1456 E. Binner Dr

3

2

2

1,639

$125,000

The Trails

2775 E. Honeysuckle Pl.

5

3.5

3

3,824

$425,000

Higley Estates

2961 E. Comstock Dr.

4

2.5

3

2,880

$315,000

3

3

2

2,531

$270,000

2471 E. Honeysuckle Pl.

3

2

2

2,155

$295,000

2377 E. Balsam Dr.

3

3

2

2,531

$304,100

3130 S. Salt Cedar Pl.

4

3

3

2,922

$361,900

Tradition/ Tradition East

2328 E. Wisteria Dr. Markwood/ Markwood North

Creekwood Ranch

No Solds

Arden Park

291 W. Flamingo Dr.

4

2.5

3

3,136

$370,000

Peterson Farms

2326 S. Whetstone Pl.

4

2

2

2,379

$284,500

Pinelake Estates/ Pinelake Village

4740 S. Nevada St.

5

4.5

4

4,844

$585,000

Lantana Ranch

1365 E. Locust Dr

3

2

3

2,126

$238,000

1343 E. Jade Dr.

5

2.5

3

3,119

$330,000

5170 S. Monte Vista St

3

2.5

3

2,330

$295,000

839 E. Cherrywood Pl

4

3

4

2,565

$295,000

959 E. Teakwood Dr.

4

2.5

3

2,878

$355,000

Willis Ranch

1392 E. Geronimo St.

4

2

2.5

1,817

$200,311

Paseo Trail

3347 E. Bluejay Dr.

3

2

2

1,919

$184,900

3294 E. Hawk Pl.

4

2

2

2,040

$244,000

3370 E. Canary Way

3

2

2

1,919

$245,000

2890 S. Miller Dr.

4

2.5

3

2,512

$261,000

Whitewing at Krueger

3721 S. Neuman Pl.

5

3.5

3

3,710

$568,000

Redwood Estates

2222 E. Redwood Dr.

4

2

2

2,154

$260,000

Paseo Crossing

907 E. Scorpio Pl.

5

3

3

2,935

$266,000

Sun Groves

4252 E. Colonial Dr.

3

2

2

1,764

$210,000

6910 S. Turquoise Pl.

3

2

2

2,082

$214,000

4262 E. La Costa Dr.

4

2.75

3

2,753

$271,000

Rockwood Estates

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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

11238 N. Balboa St, Sun City— 2 BD, 2 BA, 1,757 SQFT. Enjoy Fantastic Golf Course Views From Light & Bright Arizona Room! Updated Kitchen Features Corian Counters and Light Wood Cabinets. New Carpet & Neutral Paint. Code: 1055

2338 E. Pecan Rd, Phoenix— 3 BD, 2.5 BA, 1,932 SQFT. Fabulous Location Close to South Mountain Offers Miles of Hiking Trails, Fine Dining, & More! Features Granite Slab Counters, Stainless Appliances, & Wraparound Patio! Code: 1025

18188 W. Las Palmaritas Dr, Waddell— 3 BD, 2 BA, 2,144 SQ FT. Open Kitchen Features Stainless Steel Appliances, Panty, Large Island, Breakfast Bar, & Crown Molding Along Cabinets! Mountain Views! Code: 1165

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

1122 E Butler Dr, Chandler— 3 BD, 2 BA, 1,444 SQ FT. Ideal Location on Large Corner Lot! Features Gas Fireplace in Living Room, Vaulted Ceilings & Diagonal Tile in Traffic Areas! Garage Has Built-In Cabinets & Utility Sink! Code: 1135

8637 E. Turney Ave, Scottsdale — 4 BD, 3 BA, 3,204 SQFT. Fully Updated Modern Home w/ Bamboo Flooring T/O & Travertine Tile Medallion In Entry! Dual Master Bedrooms Features Snail Shower & Closet Organizers! Code: 1145

4545 E Peach Tree Dr, Chandler — 4 BD, 2.5 BA, 2,554 SQFT. Gorgeous Kitchen Features Maple Cabinets, Island, & A Breakfast Nook! Backyard Oasis Includes Salt Water Pool w/ Waterfall, Extended Covered Patio, & Built-in BBQ! Code: 1075

1530 W. Loughlin Dr, Chandler — 2 BD, 2 BA, 1,067 SQFT. Adorable, Updated Home Has Décor Paint, Vinyl, Tile Flooring, Horseshoe Pit, Built-in BBQ, & Salt Water Pool! Kitchen Has Granite Counters, Stainless Appliances, & More! Code: 1035


Who’s Giving Drugs To Kids?

Brain Teaser… What lives without a body; hears without ears; and speaks without a mouth? (See page 8 for the answer.)

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

Cruise Ship Scams Avoid these frequently offered scams: The prize cruise. You’re a winner! But you need to provide a credit card or social security number to prove your identity. The long-distance scam. To claim your cruise, you’re told to call a 900 number or one with an area code of 876, 868, 809, 758, 784, 664, 473, 441, 284, or 246. Those codes are actually for foreign countries, and the charge may run $5.00 a minute or more. Guess what? There’s no cruise, only a high phone bill.

Recent studies reveal that many times drug use in kids begins at home, while under the care and guidance of parents. Starting as young as 12, kids are more likely to get prescription or over-thecounter drugs and alcohol at home than to use “street” drugs. They get these household drugs in the medicine and liquor cabinets. Here’s how to approach this situation if your child, or one of their friends, acts suspicious: 

Know the facts. This isn’t just an urban problem. Suburban kids are just as likely to abuse. Plus, the teenage brain is much more prone to addiction and susceptible to peer pressure.

Have the drug conversation with your kids. You can find good information for the discussion at www.theantidrug.com.

To be on the safe side. Consider locking up the liquor cabinet and keeping all prescription drugs in a lockbox. Ask your friends and family members to safeguard their prescription drugs and alcohol as well.

Properly dispose of old medicines. Don’t just toss them in the waste can.

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Witty Word Play    

The thoughtless are rarely wordless. Patience is a virtue that carries a lot of “Wait.” The best place to look for a helping hand is at the end of your own arm. The darkest hour is only 60 minutes long.

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: Michelle C. of Lagos Vistoso! Who is the only man to play in both the Super Bowl and the World Series?

Home Repair Tip DIY! Go to www.youtube.com and type in “askthebuilder” for how-to videos on simple procedures, like replacing a faucet or a light fixture and many more.

Have A Laugh With Ellen DeGeneres

a) Bo Jackson

b) Jim Thorpe c) Deion Sanders

d) Danny Ainge

The answer is c) Deion Sanders. He played in both the 1992 World Series with the Atlanta Braves and Super Bowl XXIX in 1995 with the San Francisco 49ers. He also played in Super Bowl XXX in 1996 for the Dallas Cowboys. So, let’s move on to this month’s trivia question.

“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”

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What was basketball player Michael Jordan’s major in college? a) English

b) Geography

c) Math

d) Physiology

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


Smart Technology Tips Do you need to access information on your home computer when you’re not at home? You could carry your laptop with you everywhere, but here are two other convenient ways to access your files on the go: 

Get a smart phone or tablet, such as an iPad. These devices are for more than just fun and games. You’ll love the immediate access to email, address books, photos, calendars and the Internet, not to mention thousands of apps (web applications). Depending on your budget, consider buying a refurbished version of one of these devices, and then upgrade to a new model after you learn the ropes.

Back up your data. An online backup service protects you if your laptop gets stolen or lost. Install the software and your data will be backed up to the “cloud” (basically the Internet). Easily restore everything from music to spreadsheets for a flat annual fee. For a free backup service that makes it easy to share photos and documents with friends and family, try www.dropbox.com. You can also download dropbox to a mobile device. Or, check out www.carbonite.com.

In today’s challenging real estate market, nothing brings a wider smile than the sign that says “SOLD.” And thanks to the experience and productivity of RE/MAX Sales Associates, that sign is appearing more frequently than you might think. RE/MAX agents average more sales than other agents. They know their markets, and they care

enough to get to know you, too. So if you’re looking to sell, or buy, or both, look to the name that means success. Look to RE/MAX. Stop by our RE/MAX office today! Or give us a call at 480-355-8645. Nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX.


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Brain Teaser Answer: Rhythms!

The Dress Of Love A mom goes to visit her married daughter and rings the doorbell. The daughter opens the door and stands there completely nude. Shocked by what she sees, the mother asks why. The answer was “I thought you were my husband and this is the dress of love.” The mother headed home and a couple days later greeted her husband nude. He asked what she was doing and she answered, “This is the dress of love.” He replied, “I think you need to iron it.”

Traveling With Disabilities The Air Carrier Access Act has made it easier for those with disabilities to travel. But how do you get through airport security? For info, go to the Transportation Security Administration site at www.tsa.gov and click on “Travelers With Disabilities And Medical Conditions.” (on right side)

Real Estate Corner… Q. How do I get the best home for the lowest price? A. Price is only one of several factors to consider when you purchase a home. Preferences: Make two lists with one outlining your needs and the other a list of your wants. Compare lists with other members of your family so you are agree on what’s important before you start looking. Budget: Get pre-approved by a qualified loan officer before your search to find out what monthly mortgage payment is possible given your debt and income. Location: The “best” price is usually not the cheapest price. Desirable locations demand higher prices. But communities with higher prices also often retain their value the best. Negotiation: Inexperienced buyers sometimes want to “lowball” their initial offer. Too often they end up disappointed for a variety of reasons such as competition with other buyers, a negative reaction from the seller, and the need to start all over again if negotiations fail. If you want to learn more, ask about my free consumer report titled, “8 Secrets For Saving Thousands When Buying Your Next Home.” This guide will save you time and money even if you’re not planning to buy soon. 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!

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.


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