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Thursday, August 21, 2014

PhoenixMart Casa Grande

PhoenixMart News

New “city” being built in Casa Grande

 By Christina Myers. CREATED Aug 15, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – Work has started on the North American Logistics, Trade and E-Commerce City (NALTEC) in Casa Grande.
When it is complete, it will be a 585 acre “city within a city” including apartments, hotels, offices, houses and even a resort. It will all be centered around PhoenixMart, a shopping center that will be the first-of-its-kind in the Western Hemisphere.
It is meant to simplify distribution for thousands of American manufacturers by putting all options in one place.
“When a retail buyer, or a buyer for a retail chain for instance or department store, goes to market to source the products they’re going to offer their customers, they’re still doing it in a way that’s been done for decades,” said Vice President Mike Harris.
PhoenixMart is expected to be ready by the end of 2015. It will have space for 1,740 manufacturers.
The construction of PhoenixMart is phase one of the NALTEC project, and work on the entranceway has begun. Phase two will add buildings for bigger manufacturers.
PhoenixMart alone is projected to create 3,500 jobs in the building and more than 10,000 jobs across the country.
PhoenixMart will be a 1.6 million-square-foot building that will cost $150 million to complete. It is all paid for by 300 private, foreign investors through the U.S. government program called the Immigrant Investor Program or “EB-5″.
This program allows people in other countries to invest $500,000 in businesses in areas like Casa Grande, as long as it creates at least 10 new American jobs, in exchange for a temporary green card.
Harris said they already have manufacturers lines up for when PhoenixMart opens, but he could not tell 9 On Your Side which ones yet.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Vacation Rental The Village At Grande Valley Ranch 3809 W. Fairway Drive, Eloy, AZ

Vacation Rental Eloy AZ The Village At Grande Valley Ranch 3809 W. Fairway Drive

You will fall in love with the quiet, relaxing community of The Village at Grande Valley Ranch, located at San Miguel Golf Course in Eloy, AZ.

The moment you arrive you will know you have made the right choice. The office space offers a full sized desk and will be a quiet getaway to
catch up with friends and family on your laptop or tablet.
Wireless internet and satellite TV are included. The dining area offers plenty of seating for guests. The kitchen is well appointed and filtered drinking water and soft water are an extra bonus. The 47 inch TV in the living room with Blue Ray and a DVD player will entertain you when you come home from a full day of fun. Head to the king sized bed in the master in the evening with a 37 inch TV also including a DVD player. Your guests will enjoy their own space with queen sized bed and separate bath. Step out to the patio to enjoy your coffee in the morning or enjoy the sun during the day. It offers a private wall with a south exposure. This gated community is only 12 minutes from Casa Grande and the community swimming pool, hot tub, fitness machines, horseshoes, and pickleball court will become a great place to make new friends and enjoy the Arizona winter. The Village at Grande Valley will be a secret you will want to keep and come back to year after year.

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 Kathi Buckner

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Casa Grande Home of the Week 294 S San Marino Loop

Furnished Home in Mission Royale Family Subdivision

Bring your suitcase, cause that's all you need to move into this Furnished One of A Kind in the popular Mission Royale Family Subdivision with Private Water Park! 3 Bedroom 2 Bath plus a Den, features beautiful Foyer with magnificent tile work, large great room with gas fireplace, spacious bedrooms, wood flooring in Den, ceiling fans, reverse osmosis, large master suite with separate shower and tub, dual sinks and walk-in closet, 2 back patios, fully landscaped backyard with propane built-in BBQ, small putting green, propane gas fireplace.  This one has it all. 

Call today for your private showing.

(520) 560-4203

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Swimming Pools: Alternatives to Chlorine

Swimming Pools: Alternatives to Chlorine

Published: March 25, 2010    By:

Pool Chlorine Alternatives Safe Chlorine For Pools 
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Chlorine can be an irritant to some swimmers; consider bromine, ionizers, ozonators, or PHMB as alternatives.

Chlorine keeps swimming pools safe and clean, but there are alternatives to chlorine if you’re willing to pay the price.

What it is: Pool suppliers sometimes suggest bromine as a substitute for chlorine. It can be an acceptable alternative for those with allergic reactions to chlorine, although that’s not guaranteed since bromine is also in the same halogen chemical family. Aquatic specialist Alison Osinski believes 5% of the population has an allergy to chlorine.

How it works: Bromine does a fine job as a sanitizer, but it doesn’t oxidize as well as chlorine. Most homeowners rely on a hybrid version known as BCDMH tablets that are typically 66% bromine and 27% chlorine to tackle that job. Some people opt for a two-step process of combining bromine salt extracted from seawater with potassium peroxymonosulfate (a.k.a. oxygen shock) in the pool to create that same sanitizing/oxidizing power.

Pros/Cons: Bromine remains stable at high temperatures, which is why many technicians recommend it for spas more than swimming pools. It’s less irritating on mucus membranes than its chlorine cousin, although it still produces an odor. And if you use just bromine in the pool (not the BCDMH compound), it leaves the water a dull green color that foams up when you swim in it, because the oxidation process is weaker.

Cost: It’s more expensive to operate a pool with bromine. Figure you could spend up to twice as much as you would if you use chlorine only.
What it is: Ionizers rely on two dissimilar metals—often copper (an algaecide) and silver (a sanitizer)—sent charged into the water as the sanitizer. The oxidizer is missing, so you’ll need a small amount of chlorine or bromine in the water to handle this cleaning aspect.

How it works: An ionizer is a device that uses a low-voltage DC current to send these two metals into the water. The positive charge attracts bacteria, germs, and algae, and the new, larger compounds they form are carried out in the filtration system.

Pros/Cons: Like bromine, an ionizer doesn’t irritate swimmers’ eyes and noses. It can substantially reduce the amount of chlorine required. Chlorine and an ionizer work together better than chlorine alone, says Osinski.

Yet, she still considers ionizers a poor choice. For starters, you only reduce the chlorine amount significantly if just a few people use the pool on a regular basis, there are few plants and landscaping in the area, and your air isn’t heavily polluted. High dirt levels are beyond what an ionizer can fight on the sanitation side.

Also, ionizers depend on moving water, so you must run the pool pump continuously to keep the sanitizing action in place. And the increased levels of metal in the water can stain the pool and turn swimmers’ hair and fingernail beds green.

Cost: About $300 for an ionizer that handles up to 40,000 gallons of water. Homeowners may need to replace the metals in the system as often as once a swimming season, at an average cost of $129. Also factor in the energy cost of running the pool pump around the clock.
What it is: An ozonator is a machine that attaches to the filtration plumbing line. It inserts ozone gas (an active form of oxygen) into the pool to react with impurities in the water.

How it works: There are two types of ozone generators: ultraviolet light and corona discharge. In a UV light system, special low-pressure vapor lamps installed on the water return line create ozone to kill pathogens as they float by. Corona discharge generators rely on an electrical arc to create ozone inside the generator. Again, this ozone kills pathogens in the filtration system.

Pros/Cons: Ozone generators can reduce chlorine usage up to 90%, and they use the same amount of electricity as a 60-watt light bulb when the filter pump is turned on, so the added energy demand is tiny.

Aquatic consultants say ozonators combined with chlorine are extremely effective as long as you circulate the water 24/7. One caveat: Ozonators run best on dry air, so if you live in a humid climate, expect performance to decline.

Cost: A typical ozone generator starts at $600 to handle 7,000 gallons of water; $1,200 to cover 25,000 gallons. Take into account the expense of the pool pump running continuously.
What it is: There’s only one way to eliminate the use of chlorine completely: Switch your pool to the chemical compound PHMB, short for polyhexamethylene biguanide. Homeowners commonly know PHMB by the Baquacil and SoftSwim brand names.

How it works: PHMB disinfects by penetrating bacteria cell walls, causing them to burst from within. It then wraps those particles in a heavy gel, which sinks to the bottom of the pool, where the vacuum system sucks it up.

Pros/Cons: PHMB doesn’t oxidize, so you’ll need to use hydrogen peroxide for this. You’ll also need to use a separate algaecide and clean pool filters—yes, even the sand ones—every four to six weeks.

PHMB is kinder on swimmers’ skin and hair, easy on vinyl pool liners, and doesn’t require as much attention as other chemicals to keep in balance. However, because PHMB is incompatible with chlorine, you’ll need to first drain the pool.

Once you’re back up and running, make sure every bathing suit has been washed. Even traces of chlorine in suit fibers will react with PHMB. The result of the reaction: a yellowish vapor that’ll radiate from your bathing suit.

Cost: The cost for PHMB chemicals to maintain a 10,000-gallon pool for a 16-week summer season is about $725.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Casa Grande Home of the Week Features Pool with Hot Tub

1121 E Racine Drive, Casa Grande, Arizona

Cottonwood Ranch

1121 E Racine Drive, Casa Grande, AZ Cottonwood Ranch

This home has it all!

Spacious Single Story 4 Bedroom 2 Bath home plus a Den. Beautiful Sunstone Home features 2' x 6' construction, engineered hard wood flooring, upgraded carpet, upgraded lighting, gas fireplace, upgraded kitchen cabinetry with pullouts, kitchen pantry, granite countertops, reverse osmosis, water softener, surround sound throughout, central vac, ceiling fans, exterior landscaped with flagstone and gorgeous pool with hot tub, built-in BBQ, backing up to a common area.

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 Elite Real Estate Pros

(520) 560-4203

Thursday, July 24, 2014

HouseLogic | REALTOR® Content Resource | 7 Tips for Staging Your Home

7 Tips for Staging Your Home

Published: March 19, 2010

Make your home warm and inviting to boost your home’s value and speed up the sale process. The first step to getting buyers to make an offer on your home is to impress them with its appearance so they begin to envision themselves living there. Here are seven tips for making your home look bigger, brighter, and more desirable.

1. Start with a clean slate.

Before you can worry about where to place furniture and which wall hanging should go where, each room in your home must be spotless. Do a thorough cleaning right down to the nitpicky details like wiping down light switch covers. Deep clean and deodorize carpets and window coverings.

2. Stow away your clutter.

It’s harder for buyers to picture themselves in your home when they’re looking at your family photos, collectibles, and knickknacks. Pack up all your personal decorations. However, don’t make spaces like mantles and coffee and end tables barren. Leave three items of varying heights on each surface, suggests  Barb Schwarz of Staged Homes in Concord, Pa. For example, place a lamp, a small plant, and a book on an end table.

3. Scale back on your furniture.

When a room is packed with furniture, it looks smaller, which will make buyers think your home is less valuable than it is. Make sure buyers appreciate the size of each room by removing one or two pieces of furniture. If you have an eat-in dining area, using a small table and chair set makes the area seem bigger.

4. Rethink your furniture placement.

Highlight the flow of your rooms by arranging the furniture to guide buyers from one room to another. In each room, create a focal point on the farthest wall from the doorway and arrange the other pieces of furniture in a triangle around the focal point, advises Schwarz. In the bedroom, the bed should be the focal point. In the living room, it may be the fireplace, and your couch and sofa can form the triangle in front of it.

5. Add color to brighten your rooms.

Brush on a fresh coat of warm, neutral-color paint in each room. Ask your real estate agent for help choosing the right shade. Then accessorize. Adding a vibrant afghan, throw, or accent pillows for the couch will jazz up a muted living room, as will a healthy plant or a bright vase on your mantle. High-wattage bulbs in your light fixtures will also brighten up rooms and basements.

6. Set the scene.

Lay logs in the fireplace, and set your dining room table with dishes and a centerpiece of fresh fruit or flowers. Create other vignettes throughout the home — such as a chess game in progress — to help buyers envision living there. Replace heavy curtains with sheer ones that let in more light.

Make your bathrooms feel luxurious by adding a new shower curtain, towels, and fancy guest soaps (after you put all your personal toiletry items are out of sight). Judiciously add subtle potpourri, scented candles, or boil water with a bit of vanilla mixed in. If you have pets, clean bedding frequently and spray an odor remover before each showing.

7. Make the entrance grand.

Mow your lawn and trim your hedges, and turn on the sprinklers for 30 minutes before showings to make your lawn sparkle. If flowers or plants don’t surround your home’s entrance, add a pot of bright flowers. Top it all off by buying a new doormat and adding a seasonal wreath to your front door.

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G.M. Filisko is an attorney and award-winning writer who occasionally rearranges her furniture to find the best placement—and keep her dog on his toes. A frequent contributor to many national publications including, REALTOR® Magazine, and the American Bar Association Journal, she specializes in real estate, business, personal finance, and legal topics.

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