Art, Business, Education, Entertainment, General

Successful Tips for Holiday Shopping

Don’t limit yourself to one type of shopping: About 7 in 10 consumers plan on shopping in-store for their holiday gifts, with the average person planning to visit about six stores in total. Instead, you may be able to score awesome prices from the comfort of your couch.

Don’t pay full price: There are lots of ways to save around the holiday season. This can come in a variety of forms, from free shipping codes, promo codes, coupon codes to cashback offers. 

Do your research: Some stores will price match during Black Friday season, so it’s worth looking into the policies if you’re debating between several stores.

Check online deals: Many retailers will offer the same Black Friday deals online as they do in stores. AmazonSmile 

Follow brands on social media: Sometimes, especially around Black Friday Week, you will find door buster codes. These are promotions that promise additional discounts.

Download apps and extensions: Consider downloading some apps for your smartphone and browser extensions that plug into your internet browser and alert you to cheaper prices and deals.

Shop after the sale days end: Only about a third of Americans plan to shop on Black Friday. In fact, over half say they will wait until the week after to complete their holiday shopping. You may be able to find better deals on certain items after Black Friday and Cyber Monday end.

Use credit cards: Credit card can give extra protection compared to debit cards; such as the right to dispute charges and a limit on liability. 

Monitor: Check your credit card and bank accounts before, during, and after the holiday shopping season. 

Business, Real Estate

Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Kate Kistner

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest level of service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor, Katie Kistner, to the Camelback Tower office. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents strive to deliver real estate experiences beyond expectations to enhance lifestyles for their clients, expanding their reputation as the most respected name in real estate. 

Katie Kistner is committed to offering her clients the highest quality representation and excellent client service. Her professional character, friendly attitude, and commitment to consistent communication allow her to build and maintain solid relationships.

A Massachusetts native, Katie also lived in New York City for six years in the fast-paced fashion and home décor industries. She worked in production and product development for three companies- her keen eye for design and her negotiation skills are now valuable assets to her real estate clients. With a background in management at a leading financial firm, Katie is able to draw professionalism, integrity, and sincerity from that experience.

According to Katie, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty allows her to provide clients with leading-edge market insight, innovative marketing techniques specific to luxury residential homes, and an advanced local and global network.

Katie’s positive outlook and energy were evident upon meeting her. The genuine, caring attitude made her an obvious fit for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

Sherri Monteith
Business, Real Estate

Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Liz Kistner

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest level of service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor, Liz Kistner, to the Camelback Tower office. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents strive to deliver real estate experiences beyond expectations to enhance lifestyles for their clients, expanding their reputation as the most respected name in real estate. 

Real estate and renovating properties have always been a passion of Liz Kistner’s, a natural fit to transition into a real estate professional.  Her keen eye for design has been instrumental in creating the most basic home and transforming them into highly desirable properties with profitable results. Her love of decorating and staging properties has been very beneficial to the needs of her clientele. This, as well as her ability to negotiate and communicate with all parties involved, is her highest priority.

Liz Kistner began her real estate career in the greater Boston area in 2015. Her prior background in healthcare included Oncology Nursing and other specialties as a registered nurse at a leading hospital in Boston. Her endless commitment to families facing life-altering diagnoses has built Liz’s empathetic commitment to families in time of need.  Liz’s education also includes a BA in Psychology from the University of Arizona. When representing the buyer or seller, Liz has the ability to understand and navigate the needs of her clients.  Her meticulous organizational, time management skills, and empathetic patient nature are her greatest asset.

Liz comes from a real estate background, east coast versus west coast changes the process a bit. However, her knowledge of the business and obvious quest for excellence, make her an ideal candidate for success in any market!

Sherri Monteith, Managing Broker
Architecture, Business, Real Estate

Dan Wolski, Troy Gillenwater, Jack O’Keefe and Linda Simone Represent Seller and Buyer of a $3.495M Scotsdale Home

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty (Russ Lyon SIR) is proud to announce the sale for a $3,495,000 Scottsdale home. Dan Wolski, Troy Gillenwater and Jack O’keefe of the Desert Mountain office represented the seller while Linda Simone of the Carefree office represented the seller.

 The 6,038 SF home is located inside the gates of Desert Mountain, was built by Red Moon Homes and has 5 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms and a 5-car garage.

Art, Business, Entertainment, Inspiration

Arizona Lights Up the Holidays

The holidays will look and feel a bit different this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but that does not mean those holiday traditions have to stop. Some of the best Christmas and holiday light displays around Arizona have already opened for the season, while others are preparing to open in the next few weeks. Here is our list of fun, festive light shows and experiences to check out!

Northern Arizona

The Valley

Southern Arizona

Canceled for 2020

  • Rawhide’s Snowy Christmas
  • Phoenix Raceway’s ZoomTown Lights
  • Lights of the World at Arizona State Fairgrounds
  • Bearizona’s Wild Wonderland
  • APS Light Parade
  • Downtown Tempe’s Fantasy of Lights parade and boat parade
  • Hometown Christmas Parade
  • Sedona – The Festival of Lights
  • Tucson- Winterhaven Festival of Lights, Tucson
  • Tohono Chul’s Holiday Nights
  • Oro Valley Holiday Festival of the Arts & Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
  • Winterhaven Festival of Light
  • Christmas on the farm – Tucson 
  • Tucson Lights – Tucson 
  • Holiday of Lights – Flagstaff
  • Tumbleweed Tree – Chandler
Business, Real Estate

Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Colton Farnsworth

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest level of service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor, Colton Farnsworth , to the Camelback Tower Office. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents strive to deliver real estate experiences beyond expectations to enhance lifestyles for their clients, expanding their reputation as the most respected name in real estate. 

Colton Farnsworth enjoys creating relationships that go far beyond the transaction itself. His special talents shine forth as he is getting to know people and helping them feel right at home – pun intended. As a collegiate athlete, his drive to help his team/clients win and competitive motivation is unmatched in this industry. Colton has over 10 years of sales experience that help give him a competitive edge when it comes to negotiating on his client’s behalf. 

Colton is one of those people that you can just tell, he will be successful with whatever he puts his mind to. We are fortunate he put it on real estate and we are ecstatic he chose to partner with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

Sherri Monteith, Managing Broker
Architecture, Business, Real Estate

The Luckys Represent the Seller and Buyer of a $3.2M Scottsdale Home

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty (Russ Lyon SIR) is proud to announce that Lisa Lucky and Laura Lucky of the Russ Lyon SIR Pinnacle Peak office have represented the seller of a $3,200,000 Troon Village home in Scottsdale.

Built by RS Homes, the 6,975 SF home located in the gated community of Troon Ridge Estates at Troon Village embraces world-class luxury. Featuring 5-bedrooms and 4.5-bathrooms, the home sits on three and a half hillside acres backing to Troon Mountain. Materials and additional accents with the extensive home upgrade and renovation include fine stonework, wide-plank wood and slate stone floors, wood beam ceilings, custom millwork and cabinetry. The soaring ceilings highlight the Tuscan styling and timeless architecture with views from every room. 

A true resort-style yard with ample space for entertaining features multiple patio and balcony spaces, artificial turf putting green, a Whisper Rock Club inspired fireplace setting, negative edge pool, spa, bar with built-in barbecue, lush desert landscaping and a dramatic natural boulder and saguaro cacti backdrop.

Architecture, Business, Real Estate

Johnathon De Young Represents the Seller of a $3.1M Phoenix Home

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty (Russ Lyon SIR) is proud to announce that Johnathon De Young of the Russ Lyon SIR Camelback Tower office has represented the seller of a $3,100,000 Arcadia home in Phoenix.

The 6,236 SF home has been meticulously maintained and is located within the highly coveted Arcadia Neighborhood of Phoenix and has 5-bedrooms and 5-bathrooms. The property features a 3-car garage and outdoor living made to entertain with a barbeque area, pool, firepit and lounge area.

Architecture, Business, Real Estate

Tim Floor and Shawn Rimer Represent the Seller and Buyer of a $3,025,000 Carefree Home

(Carefree, Arizona) – Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty (Russ Lyon SIR) is proud to announce that Tim Floor and Shawn Rimer of the Russ Lyon SIR Pinnacle Peak office have represented the seller and buyer of a $3,025,000 hillside home in Carefree.Architect Lee Hutchison designed the home to incorporate the mountain’s natural boulders into the home.

Built by Phil Smith Custom Homes, the quality-built 6,093 SF home has panoramic northeast, east and southeast views of the Valley. The home features 3-bedrooms, 3.5-bathrooms, retractable doors, hand-carved cabinetry, a wine room, elevator and entertainment room. The outdoor backyard serves as a personal oasis, boasting a negative edge pool, dog run, kitchen with pizza oven, large patios, fireplace and sweeping views in every direction.

Architecture, Business, Real Estate

Luxury Property Group Represent the Seller and Buyer of a $3.95M Scottsdale Home

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty (Russ Lyon SIR) is proud to announce that Jay Pennypacker, Debbie Negrin and Will Foote of the Russ Lyon SIR Pinnacle Peak office have represented the seller and buyer of a $3,950,000 Estancia home in Scottsdale. 

Designed by Tate Studios, built by Marbella and interiors by Ownby Design, this architectural masterpiece includes an elegant blend of glass, steel and natural stone. The 5,240 SF home features 5-bedrooms, 5.5-bathrooms, an open floor plan, 4-car garage and it’s main level has no interior steps. The south-facing lot provides winter sun on the pool and outdoor living area plus Pinnacle Peak views. The outdoor living area includes a large covered patio, outdoor kitchen, bar area, fireplace and professional landscaping.