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St. Mary's Food Donation Drive

Our food drive is underway!  We've started to collect some food items, however, we're still in need of:
  • PROTEIN: Peanut butter, canned light chicken, canned ravioli
  • FRUITS: No sugar added or packed in 100% fruit juice
  • VEGETABLES & BEANS: Low or no sodium 
  • GRAINS: Whole grain or 100% whole wheat boxed cereal (low sugar)
Drop off your donation weekdays between 9am-5pm thru March 29th. If you can't make it into the office, visit our donation page at

Home Seller's Guide: Top Do's & Don'ts for a Quick Sale
You want to sell your home quickly and for the best possible price, right? What's the secret to achieving this goal? There are several. Use these do's and don'ts to guide your home sale process.


Get out of Dodge: When potential buyers view your home, they want to see your property, not you. Always leave the premises. The buyers will feel more comfortable and are likely to spend more time looking at your home and fully considering it if you are not there.

Put out the welcome mat: Go the extra mile to make your home show well. Declutter. Clean. Turn on all lights and open all window treatments before showings to create a bright, airy atmosphere.

Partner with a pro: A real estate agent knows what works best in your market. He or she can provide invaluable input to make your home stand out among the competition.


Take it personally: A home filled with personalized décor can turn buyers off. Neutralize your home to make it appealing to the maximum number of buyers. This might mean removing family photos or repainting your bright orange bathroom.

Crowd the skeletons: When you declutter your home, don't simply throw everything in the closets. Your storage spaces need to look large, useful, and inviting.

Overinflate: While you want to get the biggest bang for your buck, overpricing your home only delays your sale. Consult with a real estate agent who can help you determine the right price for your home based on features, location, and current market trends.

March Calendar of Events

March 1-3: The 24th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival. Over 155 juried fine artisans will participate in displaying paintings, sculpture, glass, clay, metal, stone, photography and so much more. For $10, patrons will receive an engraved souvenir wine glass with six tasting tickets. The festival will take place in downtown Carefree. Hours are 10am to 5pm each day, admission is $3.00, parking is free! Visit for more info.

March 2 & 3: Glendale's Folk & Heritage Festival - 30 Anniversary Celebration. This is a 2-day event will bring together folk music and the rich heritage of Saguaro Ranch Park Historical Area. This is a FREE event to the public with nominal charges for merchandise and food.  10am-5pm each day

March 2: Dog Days of Buckeye is back, a day of furry, family fun! This event features local vendors & activities for all dog lovers. Competitions will include longest ears, longest tail, small dog races & musical chairs!  9am2pm at Sundance Park, 22865 W Lower Buckeye Rd.

March 10: Surprise's Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival. Meet at Mark Coronado Park on March 10 from 4-8pm for a fun Sunday! Free admission, visit for more info.

March 15: Mamma Mia comes to The Arizona Broadway Theater. This Broadway-blockbuster international sensation is an unforgettable show filled with love, laughter, and friendship that will leave you dancing in the aisles! Visit for tickets and show times.

March 16: Phoenix’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire will take place on Saturday. The parade will begin at 10:00 am at 3rd & Sheridan and head south. The Faire will follow at the Irish Cultural Center at Hance Park. Enjoy music, bagpipers, dancing, food, crafts and much more. Tickets are $12, $10 for Seniors & Military, children 12 and under are Free!

March 16 & 17: Desert Botanical Garden’s Annual Plant Sale. Don’t let 30,000 plants intimidate you! Our on-site horticulture experts will help you find the perfect cactus, agave or ornamental to plant in your own garden. 7am-5pm, free admission to sale. (member’s day is 3/15) Questions, call 480-941-1225.

March 17: The legendary Earth, Wind & Fire perform at the Comerica Theater. Tickets starting at $39.

March 19-24: The Play That Goes Wrong at ASU Gammage. What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You'd get THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Broadway & London's award-winning smash comedy! Tickets start at $20, visit for show times.

See Bobby Slayton, Josh Sneed, Joe Zimmerman, Don Friesen, and Dave Landau this month at Westgate’s Stir Crazy Comedy Club. Because we all need a little humor in our lives! Visit for comics, times and ticket information.

17027 N Del Webb Blvd, Sun City

1 bedroom, 1 bath, 744 sq. ft. $125,000
Bright, upgraded, and a prime location!

16218 W Woodlands Ave, Goodyear - Wildflower Ranch
3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,62 sq. ft., $210,000

19257 N  Ridge Dr, Sun City West
1 Bed, 1 Bath, 1,139 sq. ft., $147,00

Peoria - single family home close to Arrowhead mall
3 Beds, 2 Baths, almost 1,500 sq ft, large backyard, $239,900

NW Phoenix - Sonoran Foothills family home
4 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,253 sq ft, freshly painted, and on a private wash lot, $399,900

Wondering How Much Your Home Is Worth?
How has the price of your home changed in today's market? How much are other homes in your neighborhood selling for?

If you're wondering what's happening to prices in your area, or you're thinking about selling your house, I'll be able to help.

I'll give you the honest facts about your home and its value, I'll also give you the "inside scoop" on what's happening in the housing market near where you live!

Just give my office a call or visit

'Dear Seller' Letters Offer Unique Negotiation Strategy
You're probably familiar with letters to Santa. You've most likely heard of letters to the editor.

But have you heard of a homebuyer letter? In some areas, buyers are including these communications when they submit offers to purchase a home. If the trend grows, these messages could become common documents among real estate paperwork. Here's the scoop.

What is a homebuyer letter?
These notes are designed to make a buyer's offer more personal and appealing. The goal is to encourage the seller to choose the writer of the letter over another buyer.

In hot markets, a seller may receive multiple offers at once and must then choose which offer to negotiate or accept. To make their offer stand out, buyers are using these letters. They are written to sellers to plead the buyer's case, offering reasons the seller should accept this offer over others.

What is included in the letter?
The exact details vary from letter to letter, but many contain similar details. Buyers often mention the features of the home that they love, discuss how they plan to use the house or reassure the sellers that they don't plan to make significant changes to the home. This can prove helpful in situations where the seller has lived in the home for a long time or the property has been in the family for generations. Buyers may also include personal information such as hobbies and professions to try to further connect with the seller.

Does it work?
Apparently, it can. Real estate agents have reported instances when sellers did not choose the highest bid because of a letter included with a lower offer.

Of course, this tactic is not guaranteed to work. For many sellers, the price is all that matters. And to others, the letters can come across as corny or inappropriate.

Is this a good strategy to use for your next offer? Should you polish up your writing skills and submit a homebuyer letter? Maybe.

Consult with your real estate agent to determine what's best for your situation.


Stanley & Diane Kaczor, Sun Village
Shanda Logsdon, Surprise Farms
Chuck & Joyce Voss, Sun City

Patrick & Jeanne Phillips, Sun City West
John & Nancy Kukulka, Sun City West
Kevin & Jan Benjamin, Sun City West
Alan & Dawn Schulz, Sun City West
Stefanie Goldin, Surprise
Richard & Angelita Swain, Sun City Grand

Bonnie Sparks, Sun City

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Chicken, Artichoke & Lemon Braise
Instead of the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage for St. Patrick's Day, try this instead!
Serves 4
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup chicken broth
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon each dried oregano, rosemary, thyme
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4.5 pounds skinless, bone-in chicken thighs
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups artichoke hearts, drained and halved
1 onion, chopped
1 lemon, sliced
Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley for garnish
Preheat oven to 400°.

Whisk together oil, vinegar, broth, garlic, mustard, herbs, and pepper flakes. Place chicken in a rimmed 13 x 9 baking dish, season generously with salt and pepper, then pour the oil mixture over it. Marinate it here for up to 1 day or cook immediately. When ready to cook, arrange onions, artichokes, and lemon around chicken.

Bake uncovered for 1 hour or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from oven, sprinkle with fresh parsley if using, and serve.

Ask the Agent: This Month's Question
Should I order a home inspection for the home I am purchasing?

The short answer is yes. The longer answer is why.
Buying a home is likely one of the most significant investments you'll ever make. You want to make sure it's a good one. A home inspection can help with this. The inspection can reveal home defects that you would otherwise remain unaware of until after you move into the property. Then, it's too late. By using a home inspection to discover issues up front, you can either walk away from a potential money pit or negotiate with the sellers to make the repairs or for the price of repairs to come off the purchase price.

Considering the amount of money and time you'll be pouring into your home, a little extra of both up front, are well worth your while. And if the inspection reveals no concerns? That's great too. You can then have peace of mind knowing you are buying a property with no hidden issues. It's a win-win.
This newsletter and any information contained herein are intended for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal, financial or medical advice. The publisher takes great efforts to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this newsletter. However, we will not be responsible at any time for any errors or omissions or any damages, howsoever caused, that result from its use. Seek competent professional advice and/or legal counsel with respect to any matter discussed or published in this newsletter. This newsletter is not intended to solicit properties currently for sale.
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