Top 3 Allergen Hideaways

Most of us in Arizona suffer from allergies.  Here are some helpful tips to relax and enjoy your summer.

Itchy eyes, a runny nose, and constant sneezing can make it tough to relax and enjoy the summer, even in your own home. Here are some of the main places allergens are hiding and tips on how to get rid of them:

Carpets

Carpets are a common trap for an array of allergens like dust, pollen, and pet dander. If possible, replace carpets with tile or wood flooring. If that’s not an option, frequent vacuuming can help remove allergens. Use a vacuum with a microfilter vacuum bag, multilayer vacuum bag, or HEPA filter if possible. These variants trap more allergens than a regular vacuum.

Beds/Blankets

Fabrics like blankets and pillow covers are a haven for hidden allergens, so be sure to wash your bedding frequently. Hypoallergenic bedding is also available. Organic cotton and bamboo are two cost-effective options for sheets and pillow covers that can reduce the amount of spores, mites, and dander in your bedding.

Surfaces

Dust and pollen tend to settle on top of bookshelves, cabinets, and end tables. Frequent dusting will help cut down on these allergens. Replace the filters and clean the grates in your cooling and heating systems monthly to help minimize the amount of dust and pollen settling in your home.

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How Smart Home Devices = Potential Home Insurance Savings

If you are thinking about updating your home this summer? Discover ways you can protect your family and save time and money with smart devices. You’ll also find tips for clearing allergens out of your home and advice to help you pack your home for a stress-free move. If you’re still looking for your dream home, give me a call. I’ll help you find a home you’ll love!

Smart homes are now more accessible and powerful than ever before. You can run anything from a doorbell to a slow cooker with your phone. Surprisingly, this can do more than just save you time; it can save you money on your home insurance. These days, it’s not uncommon for insurance companies to offer discounts or premium reductions to homeowners who implement smart home devices. Some of the most common discounts go to those implementing technology that improves the safety, security, or energy management of your home.

Safety

Smart home devices can ensure your house and belongings are protected even when you’re not there. Systems and devices that monitor for burglary, flooding, carbon monoxide, or fire can limit the short and long-term risk to your house. Some insurance policies will take these smart monitoring systems into account and offer you a discount for the reduced risk.

Security

Homes with security systems in place are three times less likely to be burglarized, and many home insurance companies will offer premium credits, some up to 15 percent off your insurance rate, to those who take active steps to protect their home.

Energy Management

Smart energy-management technology can save you money in a couple different ways. First, you can lower your energy bill by remotely controlling your thermostats and lights. Second, you can use energy-management technology to provide backup power for appliances and electronics during power outages.

Let us know if we can point you in the right direction for “smart” device.

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Welcome to 2204 E Spruce Drive, Chandler

Cozy corner house! Open floor plan, tiled throughout main living areas, inside washer/dryer included, ceiling fans throughout. Enjoy your private backyard and covered patio. Large master bedroom with full bathroom and laminate wood floors. Garage shelving. Low maintenance desert landscape. Security system can transfer to buyer.

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Welcome to 1380 W Windsong St., Apache Junction

Not your standard Manufactured home. Custom-Newly Remodeled in 2013 with the Southwest feel. 2”x 6” walls with extra insulation and stucco outside walls (low utilities), and block retaining wall around entire foundation.

1296 SQFT Garage with 8 car bays, 12” concrete floor and 20′ x 20′ shop/storage, plus Carport that can be used for horse shade. Nice Kitchen with pantry, breakfast bar and Oak Cabinets.

Full length front porch added in 2017. Fenced backyard, Native landscape front, Australian trees, fruit trees, grape vines & bushes providing privacy with an Italian Garden feel. Sits on 1.25 Acres of horse property with a ”No Climb” horse fencing, no wasted land here!

Great view of Gold Field Mountains and Superstition Mountains and many more! Must see to truly appreciate!

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Welcome to 5420 E Greenway St.

Popular Alta Mesa Master Planned Golf Community – Single Level – Corner Lot – Living Room & Family Room with Fireplace. Eat-in Kitchen – Master Suite has separate shower & tub – Walk-in Closet – Large Covered Patio – Freshly Painted Interior, NEW Tile Roof, NEW Water Heater and NEW Backyard Landscaping- Community features well-manicured Golf Club with affordable individual and family plans – Enjoy winter and summer memberships as well. Cool off in the Shepherd Aquatic Complex which is also in the neighborhood and offers water slide, kids splash zone water features and many programs including both swim and dive teams. And Award winning schools in a great Northeast Mesa location.

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Welcome to 2830 E Bridgeport Court, Gilbert

WELCOME TO VILLA DELLE FONTANI, The Villa of Fountains. Exuding timeless elegance, this welcoming Gilbert home is like nothing else you’ll see today. Old world classic styling with a stately exterior! This magnificent home welcomes you upon entering the circular drive with a Mediterranean feel of warmth with the enticing fountain and custom wrought iron doors and Juliet balconies. The grand foyer opens to the dual staircase and all that this fabulous home has to offer. The formal living spaces combine designer details and function for a handsome ambiance. The enticing floorplan impresses with chef’s island kitchen, stately dining room, resplendent family room, Hollywood media room, an entertainer’s dream game room with professional media center, and a luxurious master suite.

The resort yard features an Urn fountain pebble-tec pool, spa, secluded heart shaped grotto with matching custom imported Cantera heart shaped fire pit, sunken Mediterranean garden with waterfall, and expansive patios with misting system. Savor the sunsets and mountain views from the full balcony overlooking the lush gardens and pool. 4 Bedrooms / 5 Bathrooms, 5,957 square feet of Living Space built by Edmunds Toll. Sprawling .60 acre lot with preferred North/South exposure, Low-E Dual-Pane Windows, Control 4 home automation, Alder doors, custom tiered ceilings, central vac, plus a 7 channel Surround system that will convey. Private Master retreat features sitting room, stone fireplace, jetted soaking tub, and an oversized four headed shower with his/her walk in closets. Gourmet kitchen featuring Kohler cabinets, dual dishwashers, multiple ovens and wine fridges, warming tray, truly La Vita e Bella. Library is finished with dual Alder French doors, built in bookcase, and ample space for your home office desk space. Art Deco style home theater, designed after a Hollywood screening room, offers seating for 12 and a full bath. Game room features 4 TV’s and projection theater system, and is large enough for all your entertainment and home gym wants; the custom couch will convey. Romance guest suite is attached to a jack/jill bath, designed in old world style with enchanting Irish poem drapes. Second guest suite features full bath, and opens to the balcony. Extended garage is insulated, features, built in cabinets, water-softener and Kinetico charcoal filter system.

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Are you overlooking your Recordkeeping?

There is great opportunity for  Home owners! Especially with the appreciation we have experienced over the last 5 years. When the tax laws changed last year I know I was excited that this part of the law did not change and that means we can keep our equity, tax free. Then you must ask, what is the cost of waiting? So as we have had  appreciation for 3 years that means your property is worth more today, and that may be tax free for a principle residence.   But read on about the tax law…

Homeowners are familiar that they can deduct the interest and property taxes from their income tax returns. They also understand that there is a substantial capital gains exclusion for qualified sales of up to $250,000 if single and $500,000 for married filing jointly. However, ongoing record keeping tends to be overlooked.

New homeowners should get in the habit of keeping all receipts and paperwork for any improvements or repairs to the home. Existing homeowners need to be reminded as well, in case they have become lax in doing so.

These expenditures won’t necessarily benefit in the annual tax filing but may become valuable when it is time to sell the home because it raises the basis or cost of the home.

For instance, let’s say a single person buys a $350,000 home that appreciates at 6% a year. Twelve years from now, the home will be worth $700,000. $250,000 of the gain will be exempt with no taxes due but the other $100,000 will be taxed at long-term capital gains rate. At 15%, that would be $15,000 in taxes due.

Assume during the time the home was owned that a variety of improvements totaling $100,000 had been made. The adjusted basis in the home would be $450,000 and the gain would only be $250,000. No capital gains tax would be due.

Some repairs may not qualify as improvements but if the homeowner has receipts for all the money spent on the home, the tax preparer can decide at the time of sale. Small dollar items can really add up to substantial amounts over many years of home-ownership.

You can download a Homeowner’s Tax Worksheet (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p530.pdf)  that can help you with this record keeping. The important thing is to establish a habit of putting receipts for home expenditures in an envelope, so you’ll have it when you are ready to sell.

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Welcome to 22167 E Via Del Palo

Adorable move in ready home backing to the golf course with fabulous panoramic views! Home features great room style floor plan and a light and bright eat in kitchen with island for plenty of counter space. Low maintenance desert landscaping allows you time to enjoy the beautiful view of the golf course with the serene San Tan Mountains backdrop. The exterior was painted in 2015 and Low E windows for energy efficiency. Great subdivision in the heart of Queen Creek with community pool and planned activities. Festive events are just minutes away at QC Olive Mill and Schnepf Farms. Close to shopping and great schools, too.

 

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