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2/12/2020 6:31:39 PM

 Spring Baseball is back in the Valley of the Sun. Every year baseball fans from all over the world travel to Phoenix, AZ to enjoy the sunshine while watching their favorite stars and promising new prospects prepare for the major league season.This year the Cactus League will commence on February 21 with a meeting between the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals in Surprise, AZ. The spring baseball season is a month long party with the teams playing over 200 games in front of nearly 2 million happy fans.With 10 different ballparks hosting 15 teams, the Phoenix metropolitan area holds claim to the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, and the Texas Rangers all call Arizona their spring training home. While the rest of the nation is still feeling the effects of a long winter, Arizona will be enjoying 70 degree temperatures and clear sunny days. But don't forget to bring your sunblock. The sun in Arizona can be intense.Coming to Arizona from another city? Enjoy some of the regional cuisine from different areas of the country such as Chicago style Italian Beef, bratwurst fromWisconsin, Kansas City barbeque, and Sonoran hot dogs from Arizona. Feel free to enjoy yourself.Here is another great tip. Arrive at the game early, or go to the practice fields on an off day and you may get a chance to see your favorite player up close and personal.Want to save a few dollars? Most ballparks have lawn seats which will save you money. Bring a blanket and relax.Remember, “You can’t beat fun at the old ballpark.” © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

1/31/2020 6:45:11 PM

 Looking for a place to visit and learn about the beauty and history of the Sonoran Desert? Then look no further than Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve.Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a place where you can hike, ride horseback or pedal a trail bike. Today, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve maintains an area of over 30,000 acres. It is protected from future development and provides residents and visitors a unique recreation area unlike any in the world.The group of parks is accessible through eleven trailheads and 135 miles of trails. The trails which provide for non-motorized public use allow walking or hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, bird watching, photography or simply learning about nature.The Preserve is home to over 25 different mammals ranging from mule deer and javelina to coyotes, bobcats and even mountain lions.There are more than 35 species of reptile and amphibian life, such as rattlesnakes, Gila monsters, king snakes, desert tortoises and more.Birds abound within the preserve with over 128 identified types, such as roadrunners, Gambel’s quail, cactus wrens, cardinals, mourning doves, Harris’s hawks, prairie falcons, vultures, and great horned owls.Native Cacti, such as the mighty saguaro, cholla, green and red prickly pear, golden barrel and hedgehog thrive within the park. Trees such as acacia, mesquite, ironwood, and palo verde trees provide a home for the birds.It is a place where humans can observe and enjoy mountain peaks that soar to 4,000 feet.You can travel along deep canyons and wind-swept passes, marvel at distinctive boulder outcroppings, and photograph red and gray weathered granite mountains and quartz hills.Look closely and you will find a host of Archaeological sites with petroglyphs, projectile points, pottery sherds and other evidence of ancient peoples that came before the farmers and ranchers.All of this under an umbrella of majestic blue skies. Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is another of Scottsdale’s not so hidden treasures. © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

1/1/2020 1:00:00 AM

I can’t believe it is 2020. Welcoming a new year can be a great time to look ahead toward a bright future. But looking ahead may not be enough to ensure we see clearly.For a long time, people have used the term 20/20 vision to describe perfect eyesight. The ability to see clearly. But when it comes to eyesight the term vision is incorrectly used. When describing eyesight we should say we have 20/20 Visual Acuity.We can be successful with less than perfect Visual Acuity. There many ways to correct Visual Acuity. Glasses, contact lenses, a variety of surgical procedures, and other types of visual aids.Vision, on the other hand, can be defined as: “the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come”. Yet there is only one way to improve our vision. By opening our minds to new ideas and new possibilities.Despite medical advances, clear vision is something that seems to be lacking in modern society. It seems that people are more interested in looking back. When we close our minds to new ideas and end up thinking “That is the way is supposed to be.” Or “We tried it before, it didn’t work.”. We begin to lose our vision. Instead, we choose to see things as we wish them to be rather than the possibility of what can be.While a New Year may not do anything to help our 20/20 Visual Acuity. For the New Year, we should pledge to open our minds, open our hearts and make 2020 the year of clear vision.   © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

12/24/2019 11:55:29 AM

Merry Christmas to one and all!   © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

12/17/2019 11:46:52 AM

If you stay in this business long enough you will experience some crazy things. A couple of them came to mind when I read this contest.I remember one time when I met a young couple looking to rent a home. They had just moved to Phoenix and their current home in another state was being sold short. I usually try to meet my clients in my office to interview them. We talked at length about their needs and just as we were getting ready to go out to a few homes the young woman announced that she needs to feed the baby. “Would it be alright?”The office is a public place, but fortunately it wasn’t crowded that day. I found a conference room that she could use. We pulled the blinds and the husband, and I stood guard outside. In a little while we were on our way to their new rental home.Back when I was a relatively new agent, I sold quite a few of vacant parcels of land to buyers building new custom homes. The market in one area was very hot and nice buildable sites were in demand. We found one parcel that appeared to be a good deal. It was a recent split of a 5-acre parcel that now consisted of four 1.25-acre homesites. The lots were freshly graded and ready to build.As we walked the property, we noticed a new, nearly complete, home under construction on an adjacent lot. But something didn’t look right. The back yard was full of junk. Piles of scrap metal, wood and all types of building material. On top of the pile was a bright red, old fashioned, coke machine.I called the builder of the new home to inquire. He said yes, we were digging for a new septic and found that the previous owner had buried tons of junk prior to grading the lots. Buried all around the property were cars, scrap metal, even an old manufactured home. He stated, “Don’t be surprised if there is junk all over your parcel as well.”Needless to say. My buyer opted out of the purchase. Eventually buying an already built spec home.But my most surprising transaction still shocks me today. I had a buyer make an offer of a nice 3BD/2BA/2CG in N. Phoenix. In a rare turn of events, the seller requested that we present the offer in person. This was rarely done anymore. I just assumed that they were old school. Figuring we had nothing to hide, it was a good offer, I agreed. We met in a conference room at one of the local title companies. We all introduced ourselves and sat down to present the offer. To my amazement the seller pulled out a gun and laid it on the table. It was reminiscent of an old western movie where the poker players were put on notice not to cheat. It was Intimidation 101.In all honesty, I was more nervous than the buyer was. We presented the offer. The buyer and seller agreed, and the seller accepted the offer. Afterward the buyer said “I wasn’t worried, I have been around guns all my life. He wasn’t going to shoot anybody.” After that, the sale went through without a hitch. I haven’t had the chance to present an offer in person since that day. I am not sure I want too.In Real Estate, truth can be stranger than fiction. © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved