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When Disneyland opened in 1955 it was met with all sorts of issues. From sticky pavement, 100 degree temperatures, broken rides and almost double the anticipated attendance, the press called the park a complete failure. While I am sure no one today would dream of calling Disneyland a failure, we ...
01/28/2017
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We all use the phrase "Don't nickel and dime me" and I am here to tell you that those nickels can really add up in a remodel project. SET A BUDGET. Set a construction budget for a remodel, try to think of every piece you will need. If you are doing the work yourself, make a list of everything dow...
01/28/2017
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Sometimes it takes a little effort and creativity to get a job done. A few years back I had a listing which would not sell. The home was a modest property in a working class area in Phoenix. For the most part the homes were well kept and family oriented, however there was one home that was somewh...
01/28/2017
When Walt Disney set out to build Disneyland he was to nearly as successful as would be. Walt Disney Studio's was doing well but did not have the kind of capital it takes to build something like Disneyland. To raise money, Walt did what most of us would do, he went to banks, many, many banks who ...
01/28/2017
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Many years back, a family stayed at the Disneyland Hotel. Like most parents they had purchased their children plush toy souvenirs. The first morning, when the family set out for their adventure at Disneyland the children left their toys on the bed (most likely to catch some extra sleep).After a l...
01/28/2017
So I had an employee who embezzled $4,500 from me by forging checks. At the time she worked for me she was pregnant and when arrested she had meth in her car, that was almost exactly two years ago.Yesterday, I was contacted by the county attorney and asked if I was still willing to press charges ...
01/27/2017
I have heard all the excuses, none better than "Millennials do not want to own homes" however I find that not to be true. When did you buy your first house? Where you 18, 20, 25? The average first time US home buyer is age 29.  The Millennials are currently between 13 and 32 years old. The fact i...
01/27/2017
Your home is the key to retirement.  A few months back I wrote about the three legged stool. It was mainly about how the 401K has almost eliminated the pension plan when it was designed to be a third leg to a retirement stool. Ted Benna had envisioned that retirement would be comprised of social ...
01/26/2017
In Arizona, our contracting laws are fairly strict. The Arizona Registrar of Contractors requires anyone who performs work in excess of $1,500 (materials, labor and tax included) to be licensed.In addition to avoiding the legal ramifications of hiring (or aiding and abetting) an unlicensed contra...
01/26/2017
I am often asked a quick, cheap way to drastically improve the look of a kitchen, my first response in a back splash.A back splash is a cost effective way to change the entire look of a kitchen. The work is very easy to do and can make an okay kitchen into a must have kitchen. Installing a back s...
01/25/2017
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