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Sellers Market Is Officially Over 

Since my last email about 2 weeks ago, another 2000 homes have come on the market in the greater Phoenix area. This means we have now reached a "balanced market".  The days of sellers "dumping their junk" has come to a hault- as competition for sales has now heated up. Smart sellers may want to consider offering a good buyer a seller concession.  Buyers can use this an opportunity to "buy" their interest rate down- which will save hundreds of dollars a month on mortgage payment.  

Summer in Arizona typically offers a market  slowdown anyway, but this year with interest rates rising so quickly, a few would be buyers may be taking a bit of a wait and see attitude.  

The stock market isn't too many people's friend right now either... so there will be people choosing to buy real estate in lieu and have a firm asset.  


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Strawberry Icebox Cake 


Ingredients

8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature

1 c. powdered sugar

3 c. heavy cream, divided

1 tbsp. vanilla bean paste or extract

1 tbsp. lemon zest

40 graham cracker squares

2 lb. strawberries, sliced about 1/4-inch thick (about 6 cups)

3/4 c. sliced almonds (optional)



INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Beat cream cheese in a large bowl using a hand mixer or a stand mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar; beat until smooth.
  2. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add 1 cup of the heavy cream and beat at low speed until smooth. Add the remaining 2 cups of cream; beat at medium to medium-high speed until soft peaks form, increasing speed as the mixture begins to thicken. Fold in the vanilla and lemon zest.
  3. Spoon 1/4 cup of the cream mixture into the bottom of a 9-by-9-inch pan or baking dish; spread into a thin, even layer.
  4. Top with graham crackers in a single, even layer, breaking them as needed to fit. Spread about 1 1/2 cups of the cream mixture over the graham crackers, smoothing into an even layer using a spoon or offset spatula. Top the cream mixture with an even layer of berries (about 1 1/2 cups). Sprinkle evenly with 1/4 cup almonds, if using.
  5. Repeat two more times with the remaining graham crackers, cream mixture, berries, and almonds.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least four hours and up to overnight.