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Arizona Real Estate Blog Archives: April 2006

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Friday, April 21, 2006

City of Mesa Urges Residents to Recycle Trash

The City of Mesa is conducting neighborhood campaigns to remind Mesa residents to sort their trash properly.  They will be conducting inspections of black trash barrels to see if they contain items that could be recycled in the blue recyclable barrel.  They will also be checking to see if your trash is properly bagged and sealed.  Your barrel will be tagged to let you know what they found during their inspection of your trash!

According to the City of Mesa, approximately 25% of trash collected in Mesa's black trash barrels could be recycled in the blue barrels instead.  Not only could these items be kept out of the landfills, but they could be recycled into new products.

For more information on what should or should not be recycled in Mesa, visit the City of Mesa website.

Visit Shannon Hubbard's Home Page     Written By: Shannon Hubbard
Realtor®-Investor

Great American Realty, Inc.

Cell: (480) 695-6672
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Posted by Shannon Hubbard, AZ Realtor & Computer Guru on April 21, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Both Arizona Senators Make 'America's 10 Best Senators' List

Both of Arizona's Senators made the list of "America's 10 Best Senators" this year.  Senator Jon Kyl made the list at number 5, and Senator John McCain is listed as the nation's 8th best Senator.  First on the list was Senator Thad Cochran from Mississippi, with Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania coming in at number 10.  Arizona is the only state where both Senators made the top 10 list.

As for the worst U.S. Senators, Senator Daniel Akaka from Hawaii topped the list.  He was joined by Senator Wayne Allard from Colorado and Senator Jim Bunning from Kentucky, among others.  For more information, you can read the complete article at TIME.com.

Visit Shannon Hubbard's Home Page     Written By: Shannon Hubbard
Realtor®-Investor

Great American Realty, Inc.

Cell: (480) 695-6672
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Posted by Shannon Hubbard, AZ Realtor & Computer Guru on April 19, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

New FSBO Just Listed - Scottsdale, AZ Luxury Condo!

Be the first to check out this new For Sale By Owner listing...a Scottsdale, Arizona luxury condo.

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Mesa Adds Several New Traffic Cameras

The City of Mesa is adding several new traffic cameras in an effort to catch red-light runners.  The total number of red-light cameras will increase from from 13 to 30.  Here are all 30 Mesa locations that will have red-light cameras:

  • Power Rd. & Broadway
  • Power Rd. & Baseline Rd.
  • Power Rd. & McKellips
  • Power Rd. & Main
  • Power Rd. & Hampton Ave.
  • Power Rd. & Southern Ave.
  • Higley Rd. & Southern Ave.
  • Higley Rd. & McKellips
  • Higley Rd. & Brown Rd.
  • Val Vista Dr. & Southern Ave.
  • Gilbert Rd. & Southern Ave.
  • Country Club Dr. & Southern Ave.
  • Dobson & Southern Ave.
  • Alma School & Southern Ave.
  • Stapley Rd. & Southern Ave.
  • Mesa Dr. & Southern Ave.
  • University Dr. & Stapley Rd.
  • Gilbert Rd. & McKellips
  • Ellsworth & Baseline
  • University Dr. & Country Club Dr.
  • University Dr. & Lindsay Rd.
  • Mesa Dr. & Broadway
  • University Dr. & Mesa Dr.
  • Stapley & Main St.
  • Alma School & Guadalupe
  • Gilbert Rd. & Baseline
  • Greenfield & Main St.
  • Mesa Dr. & Brown Rd.
  • Broadway Rd. & Stapley
  • Broadway Rd. & Dobson

Visit Shannon Hubbard's Home Page     Written By: Shannon Hubbard
Realtor®-Investor

Great American Realty, Inc.

Cell: (480) 695-6672
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Posted by Shannon Hubbard, AZ Realtor & Computer Guru on April 18, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Monday, April 17, 2006

New Arizona Law Allows Sale of Special Fuel in the Valley

A law signed by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano last Tuesday will allow Valley drivers to fuel up with E85 - an ethanol blend that produces much lower quantities of pollutants than other fuels.  E85 is made up of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline.  Prior to this new law, E85 was already permitted in most of Arizona, except the Phoenix-metro area where specially blended fuels are required due to air pollution problems.  This new law, which altered technical definitions to allow the sale of E85 in the Valley, goes into effect this summer.  That may be just in time, as fuel prices in the Valley are expected to exceed $3 per gallon this summer.

It may be good for air quality, but E85 has its drawbacks too.  First, it can only be used in specially designed "flex-vehicles".  Putting E85 in a regular vehicle could void your warranty and destroy your engine, so don't try it!  And it's unlikely that Arizonans will buy these flex-vehicles unless gas stations are selling E85 to fill them up.  Currently, there are only four stations in the entire state of Arizona that sell E85 - one in Sierra Vista and three in Tucson.  Another disadvantage is that ethanol produces less energy than the same amount of gas.  In fact, it takes 1.3 gallons of E85 to get the same mileage as a gallon of gas.

Pinal Energy is building an ethanol plant near Maricopa that will be able to produce 55 million gallons per year.  By the way, Pinal Energy also played a big role in pushing this legistlation to allow E85 in the Valley...go figure!  But only time will tell if E85 will be accepted by drivers in Phoenix and surrounding Valley cities.

Visit Shannon Hubbard's Home Page     Written By: Shannon Hubbard
Realtor®-Investor

Great American Realty, Inc.

Cell: (480) 695-6672
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Posted by Shannon Hubbard, AZ Realtor & Computer Guru on April 17, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Replacing Light Bulbs May Reduce Electric Bills

According to SRP, replacing the five most frequently used light bulbs in your home with ENERGY STAR-labeled compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) may reduce your electric bill by up to $60 per year.  Not only do CFLs last 6-10 times longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs, but they also use 2/3 less energy.  As an added bonus, CFLs can also reduce cooling costs during the summer because they do not create heat like traditional bulbs.

Visit Shannon Hubbard's Home Page     Written By: Shannon Hubbard
Realtor®-Investor

Great American Realty, Inc.

Cell: (480) 695-6672
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Posted by Shannon Hubbard, AZ Realtor & Computer Guru on April 16, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Tax Payers Get Later Due Date & Longer Extension This Year

Both federal and Arizona individual income tax returns are almost due for tax year 2005!  Most individual income tax returns will be due on Monday, April 17th this year since April 15th is a Saturday.  You can request an automatic 6-month extension for your federal income tax return by filing Form 4868.  In past years, individuals could only get a 4-month automatic extension, so Uncle Sam is being extra nice this year I guess!  But you are still required to pay any tax due by the original due date of the return, or late penalties and interest can apply.  So estimate your tax amount due very carefully if you file an extension!

You can also request a 4-month or 6-month extension from the State of Arizona for your state tax return.  However, you do not need to do so if you have a valid federal extension.  Arizona will accept your federal extension for the period covered by the federal extension.  If you only need an Arizona extension, you will use Arizona Form 204.  Be sure to read the instructions carefully and good luck with your taxes!

Visit Shannon Hubbard's Home Page     Written By: Shannon Hubbard
Realtor®-Investor

Great American Realty, Inc.

Cell: (480) 695-6672
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Posted by Shannon Hubbard, AZ Realtor & Computer Guru on April 15, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Monday, April 10, 2006

Warmer Arizona Weather Means More Swimming Pool Accidents

Temperatures in the Phoenix-metro area are expected to hit 100 degrees this Thursday.  As the weather gets warmer here in Arizona, many children and adults will head to the swimming pool for relief!  While the family pool can provide hours of fun during a hot Arizona summer, it can also be deadly.  As the summer goes by, we will unfortunately, but inevitably hear news of child drownings and other water-related incidents.  This past weekend was proof positive that the accidents have already begun.  Just last weekend alone, there were at least four water-related incidents in the Valley.  Luckily, I don't think any of the four resulted in a fatality.

But it will happen soon enough.  So take the necessary steps to check your pool fence now.  Even if you don't have small children, it's still extremely important that your pool be secured in a manner that a wandering neighbor kid cannot gain access to the water.  If you do have small children, be sure you don't rely on the fence alone.  You must know where your children are at all times, and never leave them alone around water!

Visit Shannon Hubbard's Home Page     Written By: Shannon Hubbard
Realtor®-Investor

Great American Realty, Inc.

Cell: (480) 695-6672
Email me

Posted by Shannon Hubbard, AZ Realtor & Computer Guru on April 10, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Real Estate Professionals & Small Business Owners - Can You Afford to Print in Color?

For the past ten years, the copier industry has made an incredible metamorphosis as technology has changed.  Just as cell phones have made the change from analog to digital, so has technology within the copier industry.  Now office documents can be printed directly to the copier, while still reducing the overall operating costs of the company.  Within the next three years, all major copier manufacturers will only be producing copiers that print in both color and black/white.  No longer will your company be able to buy a brand new black and white copier.

Currently, many office decision-makers are replacing their old black/white copiers with new systems that can print/copy/scan in color.  Not only is the quality better than the color laser printers, but the new color systems are more cost effective.  Markets such as Real Estate and Graphic Design have already seen the benefits of using color copiers.  However, many small businesses have also benefited from systems that can print, copy and scan in color.  This functionality allows the end user to produce vibrant color marketing brochures, color catalogs or simply color scan information to their clients.

The average cost per page printing from a color laser printer is $0.30 based on a 5% toner yield.  Most color documents produced are between 10% and 30% toner yield.  However, the cost per page on most new color copiers is between $0.10 and $0.12 per page, regardless of how much toner is utilized.  Recently, I saved a Tempe graphics company over $1,200.00 per month by replacing their two color laser printers with a new color copier.  Not only was the new color system faster, but they also benefited from several features that did not exist on their previous color printers.  As you can see, the benefits of this new technology makes it very affordable for the majority of the business community.

Contributed By: Steve Duffy
Formerly a Document Management Consultant

with Hughes-Calihan
Phoenix, AZ

Posted by Steve Duffy on April 5, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

       

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