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How to Plan an Elegant Holiday Dinner Party

It’s finally your turn to host the elegant holiday dinner party that your friends have been eagerly waiting for for months. But before you dive in, make sure you’re well-prepared. The Realtors at Walt Danley are here to help guide you through an effortless gathering this holiday season, guaranteed to leave your guests with a lasting impression. read more

Gardening in Phoenix

Winter Gardening in Phoenix: What You Should Know Before You Start

Adding a new garden to your home can be an expensive and time-consuming operation. The good news is that it could pay off! Attractive landscaping can boost the desirability of a luxury home, according to the Realtors at Walt Danley; as long as plantings look appealing and require relatively low maintenance. If you’re thinking about installing a new garden in your yard this season, here are some tips to get you started. read more

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Should I Include Holiday Décor When Staging My Home?

Should I take down my holiday decorations if I’m trying to sell my home? At Walt Danley Realty, we get asked this question a lot. As we approach the holiday season, more clients reach out to us to inquire if wreaths or menorahs will affect their home’s appeal. While seasonal décor might not make a difference to some buyers, it could be a huge turn off to others. We’ll explain why. read more

Sell Your Arizona Home

4 Reasons Why Winter is the Best Time to Sell Your Arizona Home

Convinced that spring is the best time to sell your home? Think again. According to a national study, homes listed in winter have a 9% greater likelihood of selling, and sell one week faster on average for 1.2 percent more (relative to list price) than homes listed in any other season. In fact, during the winter months, Phoenix tops the charts for selling a home within six months of the listing date. read more

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5 Ways to Bring Your Family Together in a Large Home

If you own a luxury home, you know it’s almost impossible to get everyone together in the same room at one time. From dad working on his computer in the home office to the kids playing video games in the entertainment room downstairs, everyone is busy doing their own thing – especially on weeknights. If you’re determined to spend a little more quality time with your family, here are five activities you can arrange to encourage everyone’s involvement. read more

Luxury Homes

7 Desirable Outdoor Water Features for Luxury Homes

For luxury homeowners, backyard design is just as important as indoor design. Phoenix residents spend a lot of time outdoors, especially near water. Because the area is so warm, water features such as pools, waterfalls, and fountains are at the top of many local homebuyers’ “must have” lists. read more

Outdoor Fireplace

Outdoor Fireplace versus a Fire Pit – Which Should You Choose?

With the recent luxury trend of incorporating indoor features outside, fireplaces and fire pits have seen a spike in popularity since 2016. HGTV’s design expert Kate Campbell says fire features “not only add ambiance to an outdoor space but also provide heat and light that allows you to use your deck later into the evening and into the year.” Whether you’re looking to cozy up for a romantic evening or gather with friends by the fire, we’re here to help you determine if a fireplace or fire pit is right for you. read more

High–Tech Landscaping Ideas

6 High–Tech Landscaping Ideas

With smart devices becoming so prevalent inside the home nowadays, why not bring smart technology to your backyard? “The outdoor entertaining trend has been gaining momentum over the past several years, and this year has seen a further desire to bring the indoors out,” says Missy Henriksen, Vice President of Public Affairs for the National Association of Landscape Professionals. We’ve come up with a list of high-tech landscaping ideas for anyone who wishes to enhance their outdoor space. read more

Modern Alternatives to A Formal Dining Room

Modern Alternatives to A Formal Dining Room

Think about the last time you and your family had dinner in the formal dining room. If you’re like the majority of modern families, you end up eating at the kitchen island, the couch, or your home office space. Because of this, formal dining rooms are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Instead of wasting space, why not transform the extra room into something you’ll use? We’ve come up with a few alternatives to convert your formal dining room into a more productive living space. read more

Holiday Home Décor

Luxury Trends in Holiday Home Décor

As the trees begin to change colors and the smell of pumpkin spice lattes fill the air, it could only mean one thing: Autumn is right around the corner. Is your house ready for the seasonal change? Here’s what’s trending in luxury holiday home décor. read more