March Edition 2020
Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is happy and HEALTHY, as you read this months newsletter. If you are on lockdown then I guess this is giving you something to read to keep your mind busy. As you can see the transformation to my new logo and color scheme is starting to roll out. If you have topics, tips or something share you know I'm always interested so please send me a note to mimiller0515@gmail.com.

This month we will talk about home surveillance and the laws surrounding it when selling your home. In addition I've included 5 other tips on prepping your home for sale. Since most of us won't be spending time commuting for awhile take a little extra time to prep a great meal, like the recipe I have this month - I think you'll like it. As always a few other tidbits for your reading pleasure :)

As always, thank you for taking time to read this newsletter.

Sincerely,

Michelle
Home Security & Selling Your Home

You probably can't go a day without seeing an advertisement for a home security system, a ring doorbell etc... If your home security involves the use of any indoor cameras or recording devices AND you are planning to sell your home then you need to know about wire tapping laws in your state.

5 Steps To Prepare Your Home For Sale

Preparing your home to sell can feel like such an overwhelming and daunting task! What needs to be refreshed? Cleaned? Painted? Updated? The three item list quickly becomes a 10, 15, 20 item list and you don't know where to begin! First, take a deep breath! Second, I'm here to help. I created this simple five step list to help you tackle the simple things first and you'll feel back on track in no time.


1. Have Your Home Pre-Inspected
Many people will opt to skip this step but it can really save you time and money in the long run. Why are pre-inspections so important? Let's say you skip this step, and you accept an offer for your home but during the buyers inspection, they find a major repair that needs to be completed. At this point, the buyer will either walk away as they are afraid of the problem, which happens often, or you are now going to fix the problem and reduce your profit.

Don't let the buyer tell you what's wrong with your property, be proactive! It's a small cost up-front, but it can save your deal from falling apart over repair items. An added bonus of doing a pre-inspection and making repairs before selling is the advantage of factoring in those added costs into the for sale price - allowing you, as the seller, to potentially make up the money spent!

Lemon Garlic Orzo with Roasted Vegetables
This yummy dish comes from my friend Linda, who made it when she came out for a visit. We added more roasted vegetables than what appears in the recipe below, so make it your own. The lemon in it adds a fresh spring flavor, perfect for this time of year.

Ingredients

Orzo:
  • 3 bell peppers (color of preference), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 lb asparagus, woody ends trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 12 oz cherry tomatoes
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ⅓ cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ½ cup feta, crumbled
  • ½ cup basil, chiffonade

Dressing:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place bell peppers and onion on one baking sheet and asparagus and tomatoes on the second. Drizzle each with half the garlic, 1 tablespoons olive oil and ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper; toss well. Roast for 30-35 minutes; remove asparagus and tomatoes after 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place pine nuts in a large, dry skillet over medium-low heat. Toast until just fragrant; remove to a plate.
  4. Return skillet to stove, increase heat to medium-high, and add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Once hot, add orzo and stir to coat in oil. Stir often until orzo is slightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Add the wine and cook 2-3 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Add the vegetable broth and stir. Turn down the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until well-combined. Set aside.
  6. Once the liquid is absorbed into the orzo, add the roasted vegetables (and accumulated juices) and dressing; stir well. Top with feta and basil before serving.


Recipe source Preventionrd.com. This site has a lot of healthy recipes that sound and look good.
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Benefits of Vitamin D

The information in this blog is not to replace information you receive from a hospital or physician. If you have concerns about your health, please contact a primary care physician.

Do You Know the Benefits of Vitamin D?
I was listening to Dr. Oz on the Today Show talking about ways to boost your immune system, with all of the concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). One of his suggestions was to try and boost your Vitamin D level. Vitamin D not only helps boost your immunity to the flu virus, but it also offers other benefits such as:

1. It Helps Inhibit the Growth of Cancer:

According to Michael F. Holick, Ph.D., MD with the Bone Research Laboratory at Boston University School of Medicine, activated Vitamin D is one of the most potent inhibitors of cancer cell growth and it also stimulates your pancreas to make insulin.

A New Hotel Coming Soon to Sedona
If you are looking for a new place to try, this hotel, called Ambiente, looks like it's going to be pretty cool. They are calling it a "landscape hotel." It will be a luxury hotel with 40 guest atriums not rooms...interesting.

The concept drawing shows guest atriums with a modern design aesthetic and floor to ceiling windows. Each atrium is to be set on a platform so they didn't need to grade the land below. They wanted to build around the natural vegetation and topography.


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To Cook or Not to Cook...that is the Question

Personal health has never become more important than it is right now. Eating well is the first line of defense to keeping your body running at peak performance; which means plenty of vegetables. People often think that getting the most nutrition from their vegetables is to eat them raw but that isn't always the case.

I found a good reference guide, from Health Magazine, that I thought you'd find helpful. Here are some popular vegetables that we eat every day and the best way to prepare them, to achieve the most nutrition from each one (according to the article).

Nationwide Insurance is Coming To North Scottsdale
Nationwide Realty Financial specialists reported that its 134-section of land in Scottsdale, Arizona will be named Cavasson.

The project, that started construction in 2019, will incorporate several commercial office buildings including the new 460,000-square-foot regional headquarters building for Nationwide Insurance, multifamily apartments, a six-story parking structure, retail and restaurants, two hotel sites, and significant infrastructure improvements. Nationwide Realty Investors President and COO Brian J. Ellis made the announcement.

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Don't You Want to Live Here??
27971 N. 91st Street, Scottsdale 85262

There is no need to go on vacation when you have a backyard like this one! My gorgeous listing in North Scottsdale provides all of the amenities of a luxury estate yet the home conveys a warm homey feel that I don't always see in estate style homes.

Here are just a few of the amazing features in this home:

  • 6 all en-suite guest rooms (2 masters)
  • 6.5 baths
  • Mostly single level living, only 1 bedroom upstairs
  • Separate 1 bedroom casita fully equipped with kitchen, laundry, living area and garage
  • 600+ chilled wine storage
  • Home theater with comfy recliner seating for 6
  • Billiards room with full wet bar
  • 4.2 private acres of land
  • Mountain, Sunset and City Light Views
  • So much more....get your popcorn and watch the video

Contact Information

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If you have information you'd like to share in this newsletter, or comments. please drop me a note at mimiller0515@gmail.com I love to hear from you!!