U.S. Home Inventory Hits Record Low Since Housing Market Began Turnaround In 2012

In a Trulia press release, it was recently announced that the number of homes on the market dropped for the eighth consecutive quarter, falling 5.1% over the past year. In a seminar I recently attended, it was stated that the real estate market has it’s lowest inventory in 20 years! What does this mean for potential sellers? If you have been considering selling, now is the time, since there is little competition. If you are considering putting your home on the market, contact me for a no obligation consultation to find out your home’s potential value and tips to get top dollar. What does this mean for potential buyers? If you find a home you like and can see yourself living in for the next several years, make an offer– or someone else will!

Be a Happier Business Person: Here’s How

Happy Monday! I saw this in Forbes and thought I’d share! ~Best, Michele

Be a Happier Business Person: Here’s How

What are the keys to happiness? Research reveals how you can be happier in your personal and professional life.


Stay positive.

“Bad things happen to everyone, including happy people,” writes Travis Bradberry, co-writer of “Emotional Intelligence 2.0” and co-founder of TalentSmart. “Instead of complaining about how things could have been or should have been, happy people reflect on everything they’re grateful for.” Happy people tend to find the best solution to a problem and then move on, refusing to dwell on negative events.

Surround yourself with the right people.

You’ll build confidence and stimulate creativity by surrounding yourself with other upbeat people. Negative people, on the other hand, can zap away your energy.

Exercise more.

Even moving for as little as 10 minutes can help release a neurotransmitter that helps soothe your brain and keep you in control over your impulses. Schedule regular exercise into your daily life.

Slow down.

Don’t be so caught up in a routine that you forget to appreciate the little things in life. Enjoy a conversation or take a step outside to enjoy a fresh breath of air.

Have deep conversations.

Avoid gossip, small talk, and judging others. Have meaningful interactions by engaging with others on a deeper level and seek to build an emotional connection, Bradberry writes.

Help others.

Employees who helped others were 10 times more likely to be focused at work and 40 percent more likely to get a promotion, according to a study conducted by Harvard University. Those helping employees also were more likely to be happy during stressful times. “As long as you make certain that you aren’t overcommitting yourself, helping others is sure to have a positive influence on your mood,” Bradberry says.

Source: “10 Habits of Incredibly Happy People,” Forbes.com (Feb. 14, 2017)

What to do in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area this Weekend ~ January 1st


Fiesta Bowl Fan Fest Pregame Party
Fri. 01/01, 7:30am
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
Fans of all ages can experience pre-game traditions like pep rallies and performances by marching bands and cheerleaders. $25
more info map

Snow Week
Fri. 01/01, 10am-4pm
Science Center, Phoenix
Celebrate the season with over 60 tons of snow blanketing Heritage and Scenic Park’s grassy hill in white. Activities include Snowing Ping Pong Balls and Dinosaurs in Motion. $16-$20
more info map

Paul Rodriguez
Fri. 01/01 & Sat. 01/02, 8pm
The Laugh Factory, Scottsdale
See Paul Rodriguez, the original Latin King of Comedy, bring in the new year live on stage. $20-$30
more info map

Fri. 01/01 – Sun. 01/03, 5:30pm
The Phoenix Zoo
A magical experience guaranteed to illuminate your holiday season. $8-$18
more info map

Zoppe: Italian Family Circus
Fri. 01/01 & Sun. 01/03, times vary
Chandler Center for the Arts
Zoppe welcomes guests into their intimate 500-seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old World Italian tradition. $18-$30
more info map

Dog Friendly Happy Hour
Sat. 01/02, 4pm
32 Shea Cafe, Phoenix
You and your pooch are invited to join Puff & Fluff on the dog-friendly patio. This informal, un-hosted gathering is just for fun, laughs, great food, and drinks.
more info map

NBAZ Fiesta Bowl Parade
Sat. 01/02, 11am
Downtown Phoenix
Take in the pageantry of brilliantly colored floats, giant helium balloons, equestrian units, local celebrities and more as they make their way along the two-mile parade rout.
more info map

Music of John Williams
Sat. 01/02 & Sun. 01/03, times vary
Phoenix Symphony Hall
Best known for his iconic film scores and ceremonial music, John Williams is one of the most popular and successful American orchestral composers of the modern age. The Phoenix Symphony will perform highlights from over 60 years of John Williams scores.
more info map

After Christmas Time Workshop
Sun. 01/03, 1:30pm
Scottsdale Via Linda Senior Center
Bring your live, miniature Christmas tree, and begin experiencing the joy of growing miniature bonsai. Tools, supplies, and guidance will be provided.
more info map


Home showtimes and tickets In Theaters Rated
Sisters R
The Hateful Eight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens PG-13

New DVD Releases


Critics Say
Heist R
Hitman: Agent 47 R
He Named Me Malala PG-13


Phoenix Suns

@ Sacramento Kings
@ 3:00pm
@ LA Lakers
01/03 @ 7:30pm
Arizona Sun Devils

Men’s Basketball
@ Creighton
01/02 @ 7:00pm
Arizona Cardinals

vs Seattle Seahawks
@ 2:25pm
Arizona Wildcats
Women’s Basketball
vs New Mexico State
@ 7:00pm
Arizona Coyotes

@ Predators
@ 6:00pm
@ Red Wings
@ 5:30pm

Resumes next week Golf Network



What to do in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area this Weekend 12/11


25: A Christmas Market
Fri. 12/11 & Sat. 12/12, 9am-4pm
Peoria Sports Complex
A one-stop shopping showcase featuring seasonal decor, festive eats and treats, and an unmatched assortment of rare, and one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. $2-$10
more info   map

Phoenix Festival of Arts
Fri. 12/11Sun. 12/13, times vary
Margaret Hance Park, Phoenix
More than one hundred art vendors and cultural organizations are scheduled to participate in this year’s Festival. It’s a perfect time to connect with the community and shop for holiday gifts.
more info   map

Rawhide Snowy Christmas
Fri. 12/11Sun. 12/13, 5pm
Rawhide Western Town & Event Center, Chandler
Stroll through Rawhide, watch the snow fall, and get your shopping done while marveling at the holiday lights,
more info   map

Ballet Arizona: The Nutcracker
Fri. 12/11, 7:30pm
Phoenix Symphony Hall
Ballet Arizona is proud to announce its 30th year of the Nutcracker performances, choreographed by renowned artist director Ib Anderson. $15-$164
more info   map

The Ten Tenors: Home for the Holidays
Fri. 12/11, 8pm
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Home for the Holidays is a magical experience for the whole family that will dazzle, delight, and captivate audiences. $49-$79
more info   map

12k’s of Christmas
Sat. 12/12, 8am
Freestone District Park, Gilbert
There is a 12k run, 6k run/walk, and 12k family run/walk with Christmas Carolers at every “K.” Participants receive a pair of Christmas stockings and a collectible finishers medal. $10-$50
more info   map

Festival of Cheer
Sat. 12/12, 10am-3pm
Centennial Plaza Park, Peoria
The Beneville Festival of Cheer is a wonderful family friendly event. Countries and cultures will have different stations set-up throughout the park complex.
more info   map

Fantasy of Light Boat Parade
Sat. 12/12, 5pm
Tempe Beach Park
The Boat Parade will feature as many as 50 festively lit boats of all shapes and sizes. After dark, more than a thousand lights will illuminate the sidewalks and paths of Tempe Beach Park.
more info   map

Symphony of the Southwest Holiday Concert
Sat. 12/12, 7:30pm
Ikeda Theater, Mesa Arts Center
Join Maestro Cal Stewart Kellogg and the Symphony of the Southwest in a festive evening of traditional Christmas carols and music from Tchalkowsky’s beloved Nutcrackers. $20
more info   map

Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon 5k
Sun. 12/13, 6pm
Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza
As one of Arizona’s finest and oldest distance events, the Runner’s Den/Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon is pleased to return for its 28th edition.
more info   map

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Home showtimes and tickets In Theaters  Rated

In the Heart of the Sea

The Big Short
Legend         R

New DVD Releases

   Critics Say
Ant-Man  PG-13      
Minions PG           
Knock Knock R           


Phoenix Suns
vs Portland Trail Blazers
@ 7:30pm
vs Minnesota Timberwolves
 @ 1:30pm
Arizona Sun Devils


Men’s Basketball
@ Kentucky
 @ 1:15pm
Women’s Basketball
@ Syracruse
 @ 11:00am
Ice Hockey
@ Rensselaer Poly
12/11 @ 5:00pm
12/12 @ 5;00pm
Arizona Cardinals

vs Minnesota Vikings
@ 6:25pm
Arizona Wildcats
Men’s Basketball
vs Missouri

12/13 @ 6:00pm
Women’s Basketball
vs Louisiana Tech
@ 7:00pm
Arizona Coyotes

vs Minnesota Wild
@ 7:00pm
vs Carolina Hurricanes
 @ 7:00pm

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              Naples, FL
              @ times vary           
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