Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What's Brewing in Real Estate?

How To Sell Your Home With Pets
While you probably find your pets rather fetching, potential buyers of your home might disagree. Even if they like dogs and want one of their own, they might be offput by the potential damages and smells inflicted on a home by its furry, four-legged inhabitants. In some cases, owning a pet can significantly reduce the value of your home. In one case noted by TIME, a condo’s sale price sunk by up to $30,000 because of the owners’ cats. Your best course of action? Bury the evidence. To prevent the presence of pets from impacting the purchase, follow these tips.

  1. Pet-Free Showings
Make sure your pets aren’t around during property tours and showings. Aside from potential issues with your dog getting territorial or your cat being sassy, the buyer might just have a personal pet peeve and be uncomfortable around them. Perhaps more importantly, they could have an allergy that would require them to leave. Whether it’s a preference or a necessity causing them to flee a pet-ridden area, the last thing you want is a buyer in a rush to leave. 

  1. Clean the Carpets
Accidents happen, but potential buyers shouldn’t have to be privy to them. Regardless of how much you paid for your vacuum, or whether it says “Perfect for Pet Stains!” on the box, it’s better to be safe than sorry. For the sake of real estate agents and potential buyers, nothing beats a deep clean by a professional. Let the experts do their job.

  1. Hide the Accoutrement
Even a clean litter box emits an unpleasant smell, so while you’re carrying out the cat, take the box along with. Similarly soggy rawhide bones, fraying tennis balls, and destroyed scratching posts probably don’t send the right message about the condition and cleanliness of your home either. It’s a good idea to designate a particular storage place — a box or closet — for these kinds of toys, and also keep an inventory, so you can be sure you’ve found and removed every last stuffed mouse and squeaky toy before the showing begins. 

  1. And Cover the Tracks
Chances are, your beloved dog or cat is so well-behaved that it has never caused any damage at all. But on the off chance your doorframes are a bit scratched up, your dog’s territory has been firmly marked, and your cat’s favorite face-rubbing corner is showing its wear, you want to clean it up before a buyer visits. Touch up the paint, fill in the scrapes, and for goodness sakes, get to work in that yard. No one should have to check their shoes after walking across your lawn. 

You pet enriches your life, but it could also suck the money out of a home sale. But if you take the proper precautions to fix any damages and cover up any lingering smells, potential buyers won’t be any the wiser and will be more willing to purchase a clean, well-maintained home.

Sam Radbil is a contributing member of the marketing and communications team at ABODO, an online apartment marketplace. ABODO was founded in 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. And in just three years, the company has grown to more than 30 employees, raised over $8M in outside funding and helps more than half a million renters find a new home each month.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Things to do this weekend for families 2/11/17

Weekend things to do for familes
real families | real stories | real life
Saturday, February 11, 2017


The i.d.e.a. Museum’s new exhibit “Caped Crusaders & Everyday Heroes” debuts this weekend. Artist Credit: Greg Gossel, Minneapolis, MN.

See a Mad Hatter tea party, visit a medieval amusement park, or suit up for a new superhero exhibit. Our list of weekend events will have you skipping out on chores and begging for more hours in the day, just so you can take the family to see it all.

Want even more ideas? Explore our full “Family Time!” calendar.

Caped Crusaders and Everyday Heroes (Feb 10-May 28). Unmask the history and science behind pop culture and real-life heroes through art and hands-on activities. Discover famous comic book, TV/movie, cultural and mythological heroes from around the world. 9am-4pm Tue-Sat, noon-4pm Sun. $8; free for babies younger than 1 year. i.d.e.a Museum, 150 W. Pepper Place, Mesa. 480-644-2468 or

City Lights Movie Nights (Fri Feb 10). Bring your blankets and chairs to watch DreamWorks Entertainment’s animated film “Home” on the outdoor big-screen theater. 6:30-9:30pm. Free. Patriots Park, CityScape, 1 E Washington St, Phoenix.

“Alice in Wonderland” (Fri-Sun Feb 10-26). Follow Alice down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, where she meets a number of strange creatures. 7pm Fri, noon and 3pm Sat-Sun. $18. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N 1st St, Phoenix. 602-253-8188 or

“Hotel Saguaro” (Wed-Sun Feb 8-26). Meet Sammy Saguaro, his wise Grandpa and all their desert-dwelling friends. 10am Wed-Sat, 2pm Sat-Sun. $10 adults, $7 ages 12 & under. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W Latham St. 602-262-2050 or

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show (Thur-Sun Feb 9-12). Gem and mineral displays, door prizes, seminars and a junior education area. 10am-6pm Thur-Sat, 10am-5pm Sun. $13, free for ages 14 and younger with paying adult. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S Church Ave, Tucson. 520-322-5773 or

Gold Rush Days (Thur-Sun Feb 10-12). Western-themed events, rodeo, carnival, arts and crafts, parade, food and more. Times, locations and costs vary, some events are free. Throughout Wickenburg. 800-942-5242 or

Chinese Culture and Cuisine Festival (Fri-Sun Feb 10-12). Celebrate the year of the rooster. Live entertainment, dragon and lion dances, martial arts demonstrations, Koi exhibit, children’s activities and more. 9am-3pm Fri, 10am-6pm Sat and Sun. Free. Margaret T Hance Park, 1202 N 3rd St.

Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade & Trail’s End Festival (Sat Feb 11). World’s largest horse-drawn parade followed by a huge block party that includes a children’s Western village and more. Parade starts at 10am and proceeds down Scottsdale Road from Drinkwater to 2nd Street. Trail’s End block party follows in Old Town Scottsdale, 1st Ave & Main St. Free. 602-320-1483 or

Photo courtesy Taylor Peterson/Heard Museum.
The World Champion Hoop Dance Contest, featuring the world’s best native hoop dancers of all ages, is at the Heard Museum this weekend. Photo courtesy Taylor Peterson/Heard Museum.

World Championship Hoop Dance Contest (Sat-Sun Feb 11-12). The world’s best dancers perform with hoops to create designs including animals, butterflies and globes. 9:30am-5pm. $18 adults, $12 American Indians/museum members, $7.50 ages 4-12, under 4 free; includes event and museum admission. Heard Museum, 2301 N Central Ave. 602-252-8840 or

Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace (Sat-Sun through Apr 2). Medieval amusement park featuring a 13-stage theater, 30-acre festival village, arts & crafts fair, jousting tournament and food. 10am-6pm. $24 adults, $14 ages 5-12, under 5 free (discount tickets available online and at Fry’s Food Stores). East of Apache Junction on U.S. 60 520-463-2600 or

Art from the Heart (Sat Feb 11). OdySea in the Desert is getting ready for Valentine’s Day. Join Rachel’s Young Art Studio for an arts and crafts station, live music, and a complimentary treat provided by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. 10am-4pm. Free. OdySea in the Desert Entertainment Destination Courtyard, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale. 480-291-8000 or

Street Eats Food Truck Festival (Sat-Sun Fri 11-12). More than 50 food trucks, Kids Zone, live entertainment, family fun and cooking demonstrations. 11am-6pm. $12/person admission, ages 12 & under free. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale. 480-270-5000 or

Super Saturday (Sat Feb 11). The biggest day in Arizona horse racing featuring some of the best thoroughbred horses in the Southwest. Family fun park with inflatables, pony rides, live music and face painting. Gates open at 11am. $3 adults; free for ages 16 and younger. Turf Paradise, 1501 W Bell Rd, Phoenix. 602-942-1101 or

Discount Tire Free Family Weekend (Sat-Sun Feb 11-12). Free access to the Phoenix Art Museum on the second weekend of each month. Activities include educational programming, scavenger hunts, live performances, storytime and more. 10am-5pm Sat and Noon-5pm Sun. Free. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix. 602-257-1880 or

Free Philharmonic Concert (Sun Feb 12). Enjoy a night of Mozart, Wagner and Respighi. 4pm. $15 donation. Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd, Scottsdale. 480-951-6077 or

“Romeo & Juliet” (Thur-Sun Feb 9-12). The classic love story is performed by Ballet Arizona and features The Phoenix Symphony. 7pm Thur, 7:30pm Fri, 2 & 7:30pm Sat, 1 & 5:30pm Sun. $25 & up. Symphony Hall, 75 N 2nd St. 602- 381-0184 or

Thanksgiving visitors Scottsdale
This Robert Indiana sculpture in Scottsdale Civic Center Park is a great backdrop for family photos. Photo courtesy of the City of Scottsdale.

Sunday A’Fair (Sundays). Free concerts in the park featuring the Valley’s top musicians, an arts and crafts market and fun activities for children, and free admission to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Noon-4pm. Free. Scottsdale Civic Center Park, 3939 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale. 480-499-8587 or

Peoria Greekfest (Fri-Sun Feb 10-12). Three days of folk dancing, live music, Greek foods and pastries. 5-10pm Fri, 11am-10pm Sat and noon-8pm Sun. $3, ages 12 & under free. St Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 7950 W Pinnacle Peak Rd, Peoria. 623-486-8665 or

6th Street Market (Sundays). A one-stop market that includes local shopping, works of arts, live music and interactive art projects. 10am-4pm. Free. 6th Street Park in Downtown Tempe, 24 E 6th St, Tempe.

“Forever Plaid” (Fri-Sun through –Feb 12). Follow four friends who share a love for music. Show features favorite songs from the 1950s. 7:30pm Thur-Sat, 2pm Sun. $22-28. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-483-1664 or

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

What's Brewing in Real Estate Things to do

Things to do this weekend. Enjoy, feel free to share 2 9 17


Phoenix Chinese Week
Culture and Cuisine Festival
Fri. 02/10-Sun. 02/12, times vary
Margaret Hance Park East
Enjoy continuous entertainment including the famous dragon and lion dances, martial arts demonstrations, folk and traditional dances, musical performances and more.
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Kudo: Dadan 2017
Fri. 02/10 & Sat. 02/11, 8pm
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale
Kodo’s exhilarating, virtuoso performances feature thundering drums, vocals and dance.
more info map

Fri. 02/10 - Sun. 02/12, times vary
Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria
The majestic story of the Legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table is brought to life with pageantry, splendor, and a magical story of love.
more info map

Romeo & Juliet
Fri. 02/10 - Sun. 02/12, times vary
Phoenix Symphony Hall
A romance that’s sure to set your heart astir, the most famous love story of all time is performed just in time for Valentine’s Day.
more info map

Matilda the Musical
Fri. 02/10 - Sun. 02/12, times vary
ASU Gammage, Tempe
The story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.
more info map

EAA B-17 Aluminum Overcast Tour
Fri. 02/10 - Sun. 02/12, 10am-5pm
Deer Valley Airport, Phoenix
You can see and tour this historic airplane - and actually fly a mission. Daily Ground Tours will be held after flight operations have stopped.
more info map

Peter and the Starcatcher
Fri. 02/10 - Sun. 02/12, times vary
The Brelby Playhouse, Glendale
A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff.
more info map

Arizona Americana Showcase
Sat. 02/11, 8pm (doors 7:30pm)
Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix
Presents an evening of the finest Americana & Roots music that PHX has to offer!
more info map

Scottsdale Parada del Sol &
Trail End Festival
Sat. 02/11, 10am
Old Town Scottsdale
A parade celebration of Western heritage with horse-drawn carriages, bands, wagons, stagecoaches and more. The Trails End Festival follows with entertainment on three stages featuring Western entertainers, Native American dancers and Hispanic dancers. Musical entertainment.
more info map

Arizona Renaissance Festival
Sat. 02/11-Sun. 02/12, 10am-6pm
12601 E. US Highway 60, Gold Canyon
There will be 13 stages of entertainment with comedy, music, circus performers, dancing, jousting knights on horseback and other mischievous antics. Runs through 04/02.
more info map

6th Street Market
Sun. 02/12, 10am-4pm
24 E. Sixth St. Park, Tempe
This new market has just about everything -- local shopping, works of art, live music, fantastic brunch offers nearby and interactive art projects all blended with community yoga, food vendors and more.
more info map

Sunday A'Fair
Sun. 02/12, 12pm-4pm
Scottsdale Civic Center Park
Sunday A’Fair features free outdoor concerts by blues, country, jazz. R&B, rock and soul musicians, an arts-and-crafts market.
more info map

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In Theaters Rated
The Lego Batman Movie PG
John Wick: Chapter 2
Fifty Shades Darker R
New DVD Releases Rated Critics Say
The Eagle Huntress PG
Justice League Dark NR
The 9th Life of Louis Drax R
Pro Sports
vs Pittsburg
02/11 @ 5pm
vs Chicago
02/10 @ 8:30pm
@ Houston
02/11 @ 7pm

AT&T Pebble Beach
02/09-02/12, times vary
Pebble Beach, CA
Golf Network

Resumes 2/18

College Sports

Men's Basketball
vs Stanford
02/11 @ 6pm
Women's Basketball
@ Washington State
02/10 @ 8pm
@ Washington
02/12 @ 6pm
Ice Hockey
vs Simon Fraser
02/10 @ 7:05pm
02/11 @ 7:05pm

Men's Basketball
vs California
02/11 @ 8pm
Women's Basketball
@ Washington
02/10 @ 9pm
@ Washington State
02/12 @ 12pm
Mostly Cloudy
84º/61º Saturday
Partly Cloudy
75º/52º Sunday
Partly Cloudy

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