Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Why hire a pro?

Thinking of Selling Your Home? Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner

With home prices on the rise and buyer demand strong, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their homes on their own (FSBO) without using the services of a real estate professional.
Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation and, in most cases, the seller is not. Sellers must realize that their ability to negotiate will determine whether or not they get the best deal for themselves and their families.

Here is a list of some of the people with whom the seller must be prepared to negotiate if they decide to FSBO:

  • The buyer who wants the best deal possible
  • The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
  • The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house
  • The termite company if there are challenges
  • The buyer’s lender if the structure of the mortgage requires the sellers’ participation
  • The appraiser if there is a question of value
  • The title company if there are challenges with certificates of occupancy (CO) or other permits
  • The town or municipality if you need to get the CO permits mentioned above
  • The buyer’s buyer in case there are challenges with the house your buyer is selling
  • Your bank in the case of a short sale

Bottom Line

The percentage of sellers who have hired real estate agents to sell their homes has increased steadily over the last 20 years. Let’s get together and discuss all we can do to make the process easier for you.

Have an old rug? Read this before you toss it

How to Use an Old Rug to Upholster a Bench

Have you ever found a beautiful, old rug that was ready for a new life? I found the most gorgeous, tattered rug and I just new it would be amazing on a bench. Use this how-to to get the steps for how to upholster a bench with an old rug. 

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Before you get started, make sure you are working with a clean rug. It's much easier to clean a rug or piece of fabric when it's not upholstered. I did something crazy with my rug to clean it, see what I did HERE! It totally worked and I'll definitely be doing it again. 

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So, first things first. Gather your supplies.

I had a plain bench that needed love. You could use one that's similar or find one at your local thrift store. Or, maybe you have one already that needs some love.


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Place the rug facedown and then place the bench on top of the rug. Put the bench on the rug where you want the design on the rug to be.

Give yourself a few inches of extra fabric when you cut, but start trimming so that you don't have as much fabric to deal with.

*See more pictures of these steps on my blog.

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After you have cut the rug to size (with a few inches extra on all sides), grab your stapler. At this point, it's helpful to have heavy-duty staples and a few brads (that the stapler can shoot).

Start with staples in the stapler. Personally, I like to start in the middle of each side. I shoot a staple in on all four sides and then like to come back to each side and go out about 8 inches with staples.

At that point, I like to flip the bench over to check my pattern and make sure everything is looking good.

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If it's looking good, keep stapling (puling the fabric tight but not too tight). Work until you get to the corners. Give yourself about 2" on both sides of each corner.

For the corners, you will do a bit of tucking in and then folding so that the crease is on the underside of the bench. I like to use the brads for the corners. I think they go in better than the staples.

Finish all four corners and you are finished. Flip the bench over and admire your handiwork. 

I love how this bench turned out. It would look pretty good in all rooms of our house but looks great in our master bedroom. Hop over and see our Mid-Century Eclectic Master bedroom that was just revealed on my blog.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Low inventory. No worries Fusco Realty is here !

Happy Spring. If you or anyone you know are looking to move, don’t get discouraged with a minimal amount of listings on the MLS. There are plenty of new builds. HOWEVER, do not go unrepresented. You need your own representation. Call us we can go with you and negotiate for you. Please call or PM me if you are interested in a new build. If you should go alone on a whim, let them know you have a Realtor. Thank you for remembering us.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Things to do this weekend please share 4 19 18


The Color Purple: National Tour
Thu. 04/19 - Sun. 0/22, times vary
ASU Gammage, Tempe
"The Color Purple" is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman, who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. $20-$150
more info   map

Whoopee Daze
Fri. 04/20 - Sun. 04/22, times vary
Veterans Park, Tolleson
The City of Tolleson presents its annual Whoopee Daze festival. This event includes a parade, corn hole tournament, 16" softball tournament, carnival, live entertainment, and more.
more info   map

10th Anniversary Decades Bash & Car Show
Fri. 04/20, 6pm-8pm
The Shops at Norterra, Phoenix
The free activities will include a special decades themed car show on Main Street, a decades dance party and costume contest, a fun photo booth with props, live music, free food samples, plus giveaways, prizes and some big surprises.
more info   map

Abilities United Music Festival
Fri. 04/20 & Sat. 04/21, 6:30pm-9pm
Theater Works at Peoria Center
This event provides an opportunity for performers with intellectual disability to share their creative works and talent with their community. $15-$40
more info   map

Fri. 04/20, 6pm
Scottsdale Stadium
Enjoy stadium tours, food trucks, wine, and beer---then cap off the night with a movie on the field.
more info   map

Annual SAC Spring Public Star Party
Sat. 04/21, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Thunderbird Conservation Park, Glendale
See and learn about astronomical objects like the moon, planets, stars and galaxies. Volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions visitors might have.
more info   map

Wildflower Walks at Ten O’clock
Sat. 04/21 & Sun. 04/22, 10am
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Superior
Learn to identify Penstemons, poppies and primrose with Angie Dale and Barb Vender Meulen as your guides. $5-$12.50
more info   map

Bubble Bash
Sat. 04/21, 11am-1pm
Desert Ridge Marketplace, Phoenix
Create your masterpiece at the bubble art station, wave your bubble wand and find giant bubbles float throughout the air, enjoy discovery stations, live entertainment, giveaways and more.
more info   map

12 Angry Jurors
Sat. 04/21, 2pm
Zao Theatre, Apache Junction
Twelve Angry Jurors is a heightened courtroom thriller that puts you on the edge of your seat while powerfully exploring what it means to live in a democracy. $14-$22
more info   map

Moonlit Drive-In Movies This Spring
Sat. 04/21, 6:30pm
The Promenade, Scottsdale
The Promenade hosts their annual Moonlit Drive-In Movie series this April. This weekends featured film is Cars 3.
more info   map

Rachel Feinstein
Sat. 04/21, 9:30pm
Tempe Improv
Rachel is a nationally touring comedian and actress, and has had three Comedy Central specials. $20
more info   map

Great Southwest Cajun Fest
Sat, 04/21, 12pm-9pm
Dr. AJ Chandler Park
The Southwest Cajun Fest showcases the heart and soul of New Orleans paired with Arizona fusion and flavor for a full day packed with cultural festivities, food, and entertainment. $10-$65
more info   map

Renew Artisan Fair
Sat. 04/21, 9am-1pm
Red Mountain, Mesa
Attendees will be able to find unique products and gifts created in Arizona, and meet the makers of them. Enjoy delicious food/coffee trucks, artisan ice cream, fun activities related to Earth Month, and more.
more info   FB   map

SCA Earth Day in Phoenix
Sat. 04/21,9am-12pm
Papago Park, Phoenix
Volunteers will help to preserve the native desert habitat by trimming back overgrown native trees and removing trash, plus painting and sanding historic ramadas. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.
more info   map

Earth Day Saxophone Concert –
French Riviera Sax Orchestra

Sun. 04/22, 11:30am
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Superior
Live music outdoors is a peaceful way to enjoy the scenic gardens when Earth Day brings a unique sound to the Picnic Area: a group of musicians from France, performing saxophone arrangements. $5-$12.50
more info   map

                             More To Do               

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I Feel Pretty     PG-13

Super Troopers 2

The Riot of the Dance        PG

New DVD Release


  Critics Say
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The Commuter PG-13 3_Stars3bf232.jpg
The Only Living
Boy in New York
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Pro Sports


vs Green Bay Blizzard
04/21 @ 6:05pm
vs Swope Park
04/21 @ 7:00pm

Toyota Owners 400
04/21 @ 3:30pm
Richmond Raceway
FOX Sports

Valero Texas Open
, times vary
San Antonio, TX
Golf Network

College Sports


vs Stanford
 @ 7:00pm
04/21 @ 7:00pm
04/22 @ 12:00pm
@ Arizona State
 @ 5:00pm
04/21 @ 2:00pm

04/22 @ 5:00pm
Men's Tennis
vs Arizona State
 @ 1:00pm
Women's Tennis
vs Arizona State
 @ 1:00pm


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