Discounts for Teachers, Military and First Responder

Growing up in a military family has given me deep respect for those who enlist and serve.  My Dad and one brother were in the Air Force, two other brothers in the Marines,  and my fourth brother in the Army.  I’ll never forget the first time one of my brothers was deployed, the feeling of anxiety, the rock in my stomach and so many prayers that they would return safely.

One of those brothers went on to become a police officer.  One day we received a call that he had been shot, and my world stopped while I tried hard not to let the tears fall, wanting to ask the questions no one could answer.  Looking  back, I’m incredibly grateful that he was able to recover from his injuries.

Several years ago, when I was in Human Resources, a group I was with witnessed a bad car accident and called 911.  When the paramedics arrived, I saw one of my employees hop out of the truck.  He was far too busy to notice I was there as he worked diligently to save the person’s life.  When he arrived early the next morning at our workplace, I realized that his wages for saving lives wasn’t enough to live on and required him to work a second job.

Over the years I’ve become friends with many nurses and teachers.  I admit to being surprised at how hard and long they work, using their own money to purchase class supplies for children whose parents couldn’t afford them.  All this while their own pay and benefits decreased and their workload increased.

This is a very small sampling of experiences, but they’ve burned into me a deep gratitude for those who give so much for so little in return.

As a REALTOR® I’ve found a way that I can say ‘thank you’ and give back to those who serve their country or community: First Responders; active, retired and veteran Military personnel; Teachers; Nurses; Police and Firefighters.  To show my appreciation, I gratefully give a 25% rebate from my commission to you at close of escrow.  This amount will often pay for closing costs, home warranties and more.  Typically, a $275,000 home will result in a rebate of over $2,000.

Thank you for serving our communities and nation!

 

 

 

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a Toda Madre!

One of our favorite and more recent finds is Barrio Queen in the Heritage District of Gilbert.  Barrio Queen has a long standing location in Scottsdale in addition to their new location in Gilbert.  Barrio Queen is not your average Mexican restaurant.  Gordon Ramsey showed up at the opening, if that tells you anything.  The atmosphere is casual sophistication so you can wear everything from shorts to dresses and feel perfectly comfortable dining there.

Dana Bentley Black Real Estate Gilbert Arizona Final Barrio Queen sign 

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Recently we had friends in town that are looking to relocate from the Midwest.  They desperately missed the type of good Mexican food they couldn’t find at home but remembered from their youth.  They were a little dubious that we were taking them to an “upscale” rather than “traditional” Mexican restaurant.

When we ordered the guacamole, our friend Jim said he didn’t really like ‘guac’ but it was fine if everyone else wanted it.  It only took one bite and we had a convert to the ‘guac’ loving side of life.  Why didn’t anyone ever tell me about putting craisins in guacamole?!?  Granted I would’ve thought that sounded weird but as it turns out, weird tastes good.  Really good.
Then there’s the queso fundido….seriously, who can resist hot and gooey Oaxaca cheese topped with chorizo??  Christine spent the remainder of the evening raving about it and wondering if she could get this cheese in Iowa.  Needless to say, we ate far too much, loved every bite and took home fewer leftovers than we should have.

Dana Bentley Black Real Estate Gilbert Arizona Barrio Queen with Jim and Christine

 I think they liked it!

From previous dinners there, my husband has decided that the elote (corn) appetizer is one of his favorite items.  It tastes like a salsa infused corn and very flavorful.  Speaking of salsa – theirs has spice without being hot, just the way we prefer it. The carne asada has a mild citrus flavor and is tender and tasty.  The pulled chicken suiza enchiladas are topped with chorizo which adds a pleasant spice to the meal.

Let’s talk margaritas for a moment, because really, what’s Mexican food without a margarita?  Barrio Queen does not serve what we consider a traditional margarita.  In fact, the margarita they call traditional is not blended and (for me), quite strong!  If you’re looking for traditional, you might be disappointed.

The bar is always hopping.  Unfortunately, their water is not filtered but the iced teas are not hampered by this.  They serve both black and passion fruit tea, agua frescas, coke fountain drinks, bottled Panna and Pellegrino and Mexican coffee in addition to a full bar menu.

If you’re in the area before 6pm, stop by for Margarita Mondays, Taco Tuesdays or just plain ol’ Happy Hour from 2-6 weekdays.  You won’t get $1 tacos on Tuesday but you will get $2.50 tacos.  The quality of the food, flavors and atmosphere are totally worth the extra buck fifty to us.

What’s Happening at Greasewood Flats?

Plans are progressing for Taylor Morrison’s proposed 79-lot single family residential development on the site of the former Greasewood Flats following the Scottsdale City’s Council’s consent approval of the final plat.

The proposed Cavalliere Flat subdivision features 55 townhouses and 24 free-standing homes on approximately 46 acres at the southeast corner of N. Alma School Parkway and E. Pinnacle Vista Drive. The city’s Development Review Board approved the preliminary plat in February.

The developer will dedicate rights of way widths on Alma School and create a private trail within the subdivision, as well as public trail easements on both Alma School and Pinnacle Vista. 17.7 acres will be dedicated as open space.

Site work is planned to begin in October, with models open by Fall of next year.

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange