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Sharing some recipes

I recently saw a recipe for a New York Cheesecake, Grilled Scallops with Bacon and Chives, and Maryland Crab Cakes. Disclaimer. I have not tried these recipes yet, but they recently caught my eye. I'll be trying them soon. If you try them first, please drop me a note and let me know if you liked them..…

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Housing market back to normal

Some good news for the metro Phoenix housing market. We're normal! Normal is a relief after the boom and bust more in keeping …

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The right landscaping will increase your curb appeal and market value

The right landscaping will increase your home's market value; so say real estate professionals. You want ...

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Star Wars Land in development at Disneyland

At the recent D23 Expo 2016 in Anaheim, CA, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that a Star Wars ...

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Phoenix real estate market rankings

About 15% of metro Phoenix homes are "underwater" according to recently released databy RealtyTrac. Markets with a population...

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Tips from Mike Holmes

A nice interview of Mike Holmes in the AZ Republic recently. He pointed out a few tips for home buyers...

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New TRID rules will affect real estate transactions

New disclosure rules are on the way, thanks to the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform Act. TRID is the TILA-RESPA Integrated ...

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Does solar add value to your home? Some things to consider.

Solar is biginning to become commonplace in Arizona. Typical system can cost around $18,000 ...

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Some tips for getting ready to sell your home

First impressions are very important to buyers. So what can you do to help make your home stand out compared to ...

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Are your ready to purchase a home? Some tips to get you ready.

Before you start looking to purchase a home, you need to have realistic expectations. Do you have an ...

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24-hour event at Disneyland

My husband and sons attended the 24-hour event at Disneyland May 22nd and 23rd. Although exhausted, they had an amazing time. In ...

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Changes coming due to TRID. What the heck is it?

Whether or not you've heard of TRID, it's coming, and it will impact buyers. TRID, also known as the ...

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West Valley market trend

What is the outlook for the West Valley for the next six month? Well the starter home market is currently a sellers market ...

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Thinking of building a backyard pool? Read this first.

At our previous house, my husband and I built an in-ground pool in our backyard. We did not go through ...

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Investigate licensed contractors before you hire them

>If a contractor knocks on your door, or leaves an advertisement in your driveway or on your door, it's very...

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150+ Zip Codes for and in-depth look at local real estate

Check out this interactive map of the valley from the Arizona Republic. The map...

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Solar leases could pose a hurdle when selling

Here in Arizona, it's hard to listen to the radio for very long or to read the newspaper and not see an ad for a solar panel installation company. These installation companies lease the panels to you by promising you the lease payment will be lower than your electric bills. Not a bad deal, right? Not so fast says the.…

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Residential housing permits on the rise

Residential housing permits on the rise - A recent report by the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona showed that residential…

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Investing in a home? A local Starbucks may boost values

It's no secret that, after a blistering market for sellers in 2012 and 2013, things cooled off in 2014. Last...

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Key features Gen X'ers look for when they buy a house

1. Larger layouts with flexibility. 2. Some outdoor space. 3. Not necessarily a newer neighborhood...

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Sales volume, foreclosures down while prices, rents up

ASU housing expert Michael Orr has some springtime optimism about Phoenix's real estate market...

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How the real estate market looks in the Phoenix area

It's no secret that, after a blistering market for sellers in 2012 and 2013, things cooled off in 2014. Last...

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Welcome to the new HomesByBillie.com

Welcome to the redesigned HomesByBillie.com website. I'm glad you are here. A lot of work has gone into this redesign; which...

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