arizona: Has your roof done its job this monsoon season? - 09/03/09 11:19 AM
The high winds that we see every year during the monsoon season can damage your roof so it is important to visually inspect your roof after every storm. Some roofs will lose shingles and others may lose tiles. The result of this kind of damage is likely to be water getting into your attic which may or may not be evident inside of your house. When a roof leak becomes evident inside your home it is possible that your roof has been leaking for some time. There may be extensive damage by then. This is why it is so important to … (2 comments)

arizona: Get your pool ready for summer! - 04/30/09 06:54 PM
We asked pool care expert Billy Whitmore, owner of Summer Breeze Pool & Spa Services, LLC, in Surprise, Arizona, for some tips on getting swimming pools ready for summer. He offered the following F.A.C.T.S: Filtration Clean filters and cartridges. Suntan lotion, baby oils, and dirt clog filters. If the filter is dirty, the water will not circulate enough and algae will form. Summer Breeze recommends annual cleaning of D.E. and card cartridge filters by taking apart and cleaning the internal filter elements. Dirty filter = dirty water! Adequate Agua (Water) Check your water level! Dry, hot days and splashing cause water … (3 comments)

arizona: Only 2 weeks left to appeal 2010 Maricopa County property valuation - 04/06/09 03:51 PM
The 2010 Maricopa County Property Valuation notices went out on February 20, 2009. If you feel your home was improperly valued, you can appeal, but must do so by April 21, 2009.
You can obtain a “Petition for Review of Valuation” along with filing instructions from the Assessor's office via:
Phone – (602) 506-3406 – have your parcel ID number ready Internet – www.maricopa.gov/Assessor/PropertyValueAppeals.aspx Mail – the request form is on the back of your 2010 Property Valuation statement In person – 301 W. Jefferson, #120, Phoenix, 85003
It's important to remember the Assessor's cover letter states that even though … (1 comments)

arizona: Arizona Propositions 100 and 201 - protect our homes and prevent lawsuit abuse - 11/01/08 10:12 AM
Vote Yes on 100-Protect Our Homes
Proposition 100 not only collected enough signatures to get on the Arizona ballot, it also broke the previous initiative record by more than 70,000 signatures!  Over 375,000 signatures were turned in-and only 230,000 were needed.  Proposition 100 proposes an amendment to the Arizona Constitution which will forbid the imposition of a transfer tax at the sale of a property.
A home is often a person's most important asset and a transfer tax amounts to double taxation and punishes the homeowner by decreasing overall equity.  No wonder it has such strong support.
To find additional information, … (5 comments)

arizona: Agave Branch of the Phoenix Public Library - Construction Update - 09/30/08 09:46 AM
The final branch of the Phoenix Public Library resulting from the 2001 Citizen's Bond Program funding is projected to open late this year. Here are some photos of the construction progress as of today:

 

 
Located on 36th Avenue, north of Pinnacle Peak Road, the 25,000 square foot branch is expected to circulate 900,000 books annually.  For more information, including architectural highlights and a couple of artist renderings of the exterior visit:
http://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/bonds.jsp?lwbid=8154&view=bonds
Grand opening details will be posted when available!
 
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