Rocky Point News June 2018 - Cheers to the men that light our way...


 
Cheers to the men that light our way...
 
Happy Father’s day to all our Rocky Point family, friends and clients. Hope everyone has an amazing day. It’s a great day to remember our special Fathers and let them know the difference they’ve made in our lives. Say it now; while you can. Every Dad has taught us something in one way or another and we’re better because of them.
No regrets, just do it: “I love you Dad”, we’re better parents because of YOU.
 
Grant & Judy
 
"The real heroes of the world are the men who take the time to make a difference in the life of a child."- Anonymous.
 
Market Analysis May & 2018 Year to Date
 
Year to Date sales volume, versus the same period last year.
  • Las Conchas:                        A 72% increase.
  • East Beach communities: A 83% increase.
  • Sandy Beach:                       A 1% increase.
 
Contact me if you considering listing your property for a current “Value Estimation".
 
If you have a specific need or interest, let us know and we will provide you with customized information. For more details click on the following report. 
 
 
World Oceans Day
 
"Everyone needs to play a part. You can make a difference today — and every day — by doing simple things like carrying your own water bottle, coffee cup and shopping bags, recycling the plastic you buy, avoiding products that contain microplastics and volunteering for a local clean-up." - Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
 
Navy Day in Rocky Point
 
Every June 1st Mexicans throughout the nation celebrate Navy Day or as it’s known in  Mexico , Dia de la Marina! Though commemorated throughout the country, Navy Day is particularly celebrated in the nation’s port towns like Puerto Peñasco.
Homage and recognition were given to 21 fishermen and their families.
To commemorate the day of the Navy in Mexico, the municipal government headed by Mayor Kiko Munro in coordination with authorities of the naval sector of Puerto Peñasco.
distinguished on this occasion 21 Fishermen who gave their life and origin to this noble activity.
 
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June
14 Flag Day.
15 Tiburones vs. Rojos de Caborca.
16 Margaritas & Masterpieces.
16 Painting Exhibition by Ariel Salazar.
16 "Caperucita" Marathon.
17 Father's Day .
17 Father's Day BBQ Potluck.
21 Summer Solstice.
21 World Music Day.
22-24 Tiburones vs. Algodoneros.
30 Nature Talks.
 
July
02-04 Tiburones vs. Indios.
04 Independence Day.
11 World Population Day.
14 Bastille Day.
17 Nature Talks.
18 Nelson Mandela Day .
21 Nature Talks.
24 National Tequila Day.
24-26 Tiburones vs. Marineros.
30 International Day of Friendship.


Click here to see details and even more events in RP.
 
RE/MAX Platinum Living Arizona
 
For all your Phoenix and Scottsdale Real Estate needs contact someone you can trust.
 
Grant N. MacKenzie Jr.
RE/MAX Platinum & RE/MAX Legacy
480.710.5094
 
 
Our Clients Say It The Best!
 
Grant Mackenzie found us our dream home in Las Conchas and walked us through the process of purchasing the home , which went smoothly. We appreciated his responsiveness to our many inquiries, and the generous time he spent helping us acclimate to the "way of life" in Puerto Penasco.  Grant and the team at RE/MAX Legacy are wonderful!
 
Sincerely,
 
Marilee Laurila Dal Pra
 
Click here for more clients testimonials.
 
"Being out there in the ocean, God's creation, it's like a gift he has given us to enjoy." - Bethany Hamilton.
 
Happy Father’s Day again. Having children is the gift that keeps on giving. Our 4 sons have given us more than words could ever say. The adventures we’ve had, the laughter we’ve shared and the love that grows with every year makes the difference in our lives. We hope everyone has the time to reflect on special memories this Father’s Day and treasure them just a little bit more.
Look forward to seeing you on the beach this summer where new memories await. We’re here to assist you in finding your piece of paradise and appreciate each and every opportunity you’ve given us and continue to give us.
 
Grant & Judy
 
 
Grant MacKenzie Sr.
Luxury Home Specialist
Owner/Agent
RE/MAX Legacy
US Cell 480-459-0855
US Office 602-334-4359
Office Mexico 638-383-1425
 
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Rocky Point News May 2018 - Let's Celebrate Mom's Love!


 
 
Let's Celebrate Mom's Love!
 
 
 
Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful Mother’s and all who have a Mother to
honor or a women in their life to honor this Mother’s Day and always! Where would we be without these special women? The women who have made and continue to make a difference in our lives and give us strength, wisdom, love and joy to pass on to our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and cherished friends are a forever blessing in our lives. Is there one little thing that stands out to you in what you’ve learned from these amazing women? How can you pass it on? It’s the gift that keeps on giving. My Mother’s gone almost 10 years and I still see her beautiful blue eyes and hear her voice: “don’t worry… I’ll be alright, have a good week” as she peaked out her bedroom door to say good-bye one morning when I was leaving.
Her wisdom “don’t worry”, strength recovering from a major stroke to speak, walk, drive her car and the love she gave so freely to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will live on through me forever as I honor her this Mother’s Day and every day of my life. To be a Mother is a gift beyond words.
 
Judy
 
"The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother."- St. Therese of Lisieux
 
Market Analysis April & 2018 Year to Date
 
Out showing property! Spring season’s upon us and it’s booming with activity. Now’s the time to add to your real estate portfolio in Rocky Point. Living the good life one amazing client at a time. 
 
Grant
 
Contact me if you considering listing your property for a current “Value Estimation".
 
If you have a specific need or interest, let us know and we will provide you with customized information. For more details click on the following report. 
 
 
Noses On to Help End Child Poverty
 
 
See how your contributions are helping to end child poverty, one nose at a time.
Walgreens | Striking Out Poverty (Full)
 
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Champagne Macarons
 
Bring a little French flavor to your Mother's Day celebration. Made with Champagne-infused buttercream, these macarons are a decadent treat Mom definitely deserves
 
 
Yield: 40 macarons
 
Ingredients
For the cookies.
  • 1 batch of plain macaron shells.
 
For the filling.
  • 1 cup champagne.
  • 2½ large (75 g) egg whites.
  • ½ cup sugar.
  • pinch of salt.
  • 16 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature.
 
Instructions
  1. Prepare the macaron shells and let cool. Set aside.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, bring the champagne to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes, or until reduced to ¼ cup. Set aside and let cool.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or other heat-resistant bowl), combine the egg whites, sugar, and salt. Set over a small pot of simmering water, whisking constantly. Bring to 160F and then remove from the heat. Beat on medium-high speed with the whisk attachment until cooled to room temperature and stiff peaks have formed, about 8 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium and then add the butter, 2 tbsp at a time, only adding more after the rest has been incorporated. The frosting may start to look soupy or curdled, but just keep beating and it will eventually become fluffy again.
  4. With the mixer on low, add the reduced champagne one tbsp at a time, allowing each to be incorporated before adding the next. If the frosting starts to separate, keep beating and it will eventually come back together.
  5. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag and pipe onto the flat side of half of the macaron shells. Top with a second shell and gently press together so that the frosting reaches the edges. Refrigerate overnight before serving.
 
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Memorial Day
Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action.
 
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. From 1971, Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May.
 
 
 
May
10 Mother's Day in Mexico.
10-12 CBSC 63rd Annual Fishing Derby.
11-13 12th Anniversary Las Palomas Golf Tournament.
11-13 American Legion Yard Sale.
12 Boxing Match.
13 Mother's Day in USA.
13 Horse Races.
18 The Friday Seashell Museum.
19 Armed Forces Day.
19 Ultimate Driving Experience.
24-27 CBSC 63rd Annual Fishing Derby.
27 Charity Silent Auction.
28 US Memorial Day.
 
June
07-10 RCPM Circus Mexicus.
08 World Oceans Day.
14 Flag Day.
17 Father's Day.
21 Summer Solstice.
30 Nature Talks.

Click here to see details and even more events in RP.
 
RE/MAX Platinum Living Arizona
 
For all your Phoenix and Scottsdale Real Estate needs contact someone you can trust.
 
Grant N. MacKenzie Jr.
RE/MAX Platinum & RE/MAX Legacy
480.710.5094
 
 
 
YOU'RE INVITED!
 
 
Our Clients Say It The Best!
 
Grant Mackenzie found us our dream home in Las Conchas and walked us through the process of purchasing the home, which went smoothly. We appreciated his responsiveness to our many inquiries, and the generous time he spent helping us acclimate to the "way of life" in Puerto Penasco. Grant and the team at RE/MAX Legacy are wonderful!
 
Sincerely,
 
Marilee Laurila Dal Pra
 
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"A Hundred Years From Now” It will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove... But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."
 
As Memorial Day approaches let’s all remember to honor the men and women who served and are serving our country, put themselves in harm’s way for us and stand tall for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Thank you Branden for the service you gave, the fight you fought and the honor we have to call you OUR SON.
Until next month: may your days be full of gratitude for the journey called life we’re traveling. AND, oh by the way we’re here to serve you, your family and friends.
 
Grant & Judy
 
 
 
Grant MacKenzie Sr.
Luxury Home Specialist
Owner/Agent
RE/MAX Legacy
US Cell 480-459-0855
US Office 602-334-4359
Office Mexico 638-383-1425
 
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Rocky Point News April 2018 - Let's Pamper the Earth!


 
Let's Pamper the Earth!
 
 
Spring’s upon us, flowers are blooming, water’s pristine and the opportunity for adventure with family and friends exists everywhere. Come to our community by the sea and find your treasures to last a lifetime. While you’re here we hope you have a little quiet time to think about “the difference” you can make in the world one thought at a time that is backed with action is all it takes. 
 
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi
 
"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."- George Bernard Shaw
 
Market Analysis March & 2018 Year to Date
 
Sales activity through March 2018 has been very active. The beach communities are experiencing significant Sales increases over the same period last year.
 
  • Las Conchas sales volume up 73% over last year.
  • East Beach* Communities up 51% over last year.
*Playa La Jolla, Playa Encanto, Playa Dorada & Playa Miramar.
 
Contact me if you considering listing your property for a current “Value Estimation".
 
If you have a specific need or interest, let us know and we will provide you with customized information. For more details click on the following report. 
 
 
Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution.
 
Close to 48 years ago, on 22 April 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development.
 
In the US and around the world, smog was becoming deadly and evidence was growing that pollution led to developmental delays in children. Biodiversity was in decline as a result of the heavy use of pesticides and other pollutants.
 
The global ecological awareness was growing, and the US Congress and President Nixon responded quickly. In July of the same year, they created the Environmental Protection Agency, and robust environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, among many.
 
Earth Day 2018
 
From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.
 
In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.
 
Click here for more information.
 
AMC Binational Committees Working Strengthen Region Through Collaboration.
The Arizona-Mexico Commission’s (AMC) binational committees have been hard at work this month, working for collaborative ideas and solutions that will strengthen our region. Governor Ducey has set an ambitious vision for the committees in partnership with Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich - a vision that is producing real results with lasting impacts.
 
Just last week, the Arizona and Sonora leadership of our committees came together at the AMC Inter-Plenary Session to set goals and develop their work plans leading into the June 2018 AMC Summit.
 
More than 120 Arizona and Sonora leaders attended the meeting, continuing their work to increase competitiveness and quality of life across the region by strengthen the ties between our states and countries.
 
This kind of collaborative cross-border work is what has fueled the AMC’s proven legacy for nearly 60-years and it’s what continues to strengthen the business and cultural ties between our states.
 
Learn more about some of the recent committee activity here
 
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Carbon Footprint Calculator
Many of our daily activities - such as using electricity, driving a car, or disposing of waste - cause greenhouse gas emissions. Together these emissions make up a household's carbon footprint.
 
The calculator estimates your footprint in three areas: home energy, transportation and waste. Everyone's carbon footprint is different depending on their location, habits, and personal choices.
 
Click here to calculate yours.
 
Eco Friendly Travel
 
Whether you are a diver, angler or just love the beach, by following these tips you can help protect our coastlines and marine environment.
 
  • Ask local authorities or your dive shop how to protect coral reefs, seagrass meadows, beaches, and other marine habitats.
  • Don't put rubbish or human waste in rivers or the sea.
  • Don't leave waste on the beach.
  • Don't buy products made from any endangered species, including tortoise-shell or coral - they could be illegal.
  • Don't collect shells, corals, or other natural items.
 
Click here for more tips.
 
 
April
14 Beach Volleyball "Color my world".
14 3rd. Charanga Soap Derby for Casa Hogar.
15 Cabalgata Costera.
20-22 CBSC 63rd Annual Fishing Derby.
21 Funkalicius Volleyball.
21-22 Rocky Point Battle 2018.
22 Earth Day.
27-29 Cornhole Tourney Weekend.
29 Day of the Child Fundraiser.
30 Day of the Child in Mexico.
 
May
05 Cinco de Mayo.
05 Bacanora Fest.
05 Rocky Point Triathlon.
10 Mother's Day in Mexico.
11-13 12th Anniversary Las Palomas Golf Tournament.
13 Mother's Day in USA.
19 Armed Forces Day
28 Memorial Day
24-27 CBSC 63rd Annual Fishing Derby.

Click here to see details and even more events in RP.
 
RE/MAX Platinum Living Arizona
 
For all your Phoenix and Scottsdale Real Estate needs contact someone you can trust.
 
Grant N. MacKenzie Jr.
RE/MAX Platinum & RE/MAX Legacy
480.710.5094
 
 
Our Clients Say It The Best!
 
Hi there,
 
I know that we have thanked you in advance for your  outstanding professionalism and the pride you take in treating your clients with the utmost respect, kindness and your prompt courteous service.  
 
You and your team have made our Retirement home purchase in Las Conchas a very stress free and enjoyable experience. Your knowledge and expertise of the Puerto Penasco area is vast and we appreciate how patient you were in answering our many many questions.  We are so happy and excited with our new home and we look forward to making many happy memories with our family and friends.  We also look forward to meeting new friends in the area and enjoying the beach bum life. (So to speak ... lol)
 
Looking forward to getting together with you and Judy and enjoying a nice lunch or dinner in early April.   
 
Thanks again Grant for all your help we truly appreciate it!  See you soon!  
 
Sincerely,
 
Veronica and Warren Skromeda
 
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"As I walk with beauty. As I walk, as I walk, The universe is walking with me. In beauty it walks before me. In beauty it walks behind me. In beauty it walks below me. In beauty it walks above me; Beauty is on every side." - Traditional Navajo Prayer
 
It’s a perfect time of year to take a “beautiful” walk on the beach. From every view there’s beauty; even more when you share it with family and friends. Our weather’s “beautiful” from sunrise to sunset. Come to our “beautiful” beaches and enjoy the gifts they give for all ages. Look forward to seeing you on the beach. We’re grateful for every moment we have on our pristine Playa Encanto beach and we’re grateful for you our valued clients.
 
For those of you who missed our March newsletter please know the convictions we live by: “because your time is valuable” we want to give you the best service possible, “service with integrity” from start to finish.
REMAX Legacy is your partner in pursuing the opportunity to build your real estate portfolio and live your dream one property at a time.
 
Thank you for the opportunity to be of service. Today, tomorrow and always we appreciate YOU.
 
Grant & Judy
 
 
Grant MacKenzie Sr.
Luxury Home Specialist
Owner/Agent
RE/MAX Legacy
US Cell 480-459-0855
US Office 602-334-4359
Office Mexico 638-383-1425
 
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Rocky Point News March 2018 - Spring is finally here!


 
Spring is finally here!
 
 
Spring’s Arrived!
 
Weather’s awesome on our beautiful beach. Sure hope you’re coming to the beach soon. Here are some tips for while you’re here. Focus on someone else’s thoughts and feelings. Really listen when people share their stories. Make people laugh.
When you’re interested in people people will be interested in you …….especially when you’re soaking up the sunshine on the beach in Rocky Point.
 
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say & what you do are in harmony."- Mahatma Gandhi
 
Market Analysis February & 2018 Year to Date
 
2018 continues to confirm Puerto Penasco’ s recovery.
 
The news that the Cruise Ship Port construction is starting up again within the next couple of months, significant evidence of residential and Commercial construction almost everywhere you look, I believe that we are in for a “growth” 2018.  
 
The “Year to Date” sales figures show strong sales volume and the that the average sales price continues to increase.
 
If you have a specific need or interest, let us know and we will provide you with customized information. For more details click on the following report. 
 
 
Arizona & Sonora - Creating a safer trip to RP.
 
ADOT representatives visited Mexico recently to train first responders, the military and government officials on Traffic Incident Management, which promotes quickly clearing incident scenes when appropriate as well as safeguards for motorists and emergency workers. Traffic Incident Management techniques have been shown to reduce secondary crashes that often are more serious than the initial incidents.
 
The next step of this binational partnership is Sonora creating a safety corridor before spring break season along the 63 miles of Mexico Route 8, which many Arizonans take south from Lukeville.
 
Puerto Peñasco, also known as Rocky Point, is a popular destination for Arizonans. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 910,000 people entered Arizona at Lukeville during the first 10 months of 2017, many of them Arizonans returning from visits to Rocky Point.
 
Click here for the full article.
 
Welcoming Spring
 
Here are some ideas how you can celebrate Ostara (spring equinox).
 
  1. Take a walk. Notice the birds twittering. Take a moment to study a budding flower. Take your shoes off and feel the sand. (And while you’re at it, take a moment to ground yourself) Let the breeze dance in your hair. 
  2. Meditate outside. Find a quiet spot, wherever you feel most comfortable. Take a seat, close your eyes, and just breathe.
  3. Plant something. Whether it’s a single seed or full blown tree is totally up to you.
  4. Lay under a tree and just be. Lie under a tree and watch the way the sun illuminates the leaves.
  5. Bird watch. You can always sit quietly in your yard and watch the birds, but if you’re really in the mood for a gaggle throw a handful of seed onto the grass and wait for the party.
  6. Have a picnic. You can plan a special Ostara meal filled with Ostara foods (anything fresh and vibrant is appropriate!).
  7. Smudge yourself. Just as the earth sheds its icy cloak, it’s time for you to shed that funky energy! Grab yourself a smudge stick, a twig of rosemary, or a handful of sage leaves and get rid of the stagnant energy of winter! And while you're at it, spring clean your home's energy!
 
Most importantly enjoy the nature, connect and care about it and yourself.
 
Holy week & Easter in Mexico
 
Semana Santa (Holy Week in English) is the week leading up to Easter. This is a very important religious holiday in Mexico. Religious celebrations are at the forefront, but, since Mexican schools have two weeks vacation period at this time (the week of Semana Santa, and the following week, which is referred to as Semana de Pascua, which means "Easter Week"), it's also a time when Mexican families head to the beaches and tourist attractions.
 
Religious Celebrations
The religious observances of Semana Santa do not take a back seat to beach fun, however. Processions and passion plays take place all through the country, though different areas celebrate in different ways and certain communities have more effusive celebrations.
Jesus' final days are evoked in the rituals that take place during the week.
  • Palm Sunday - Domingo de Ramos
  • Maundy Thursday - Jueves Santo
  • Good Friday - Viernes Santo
  • Holy Saturday - Sabado de Gloria
  • Easter Sunday - Domingo de Pascua
 
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Fuzzy Leprechaun Cocktail
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 oz Curacao Blue.
  • 1 oz Peach schnapps.
  • 1 oz Vodka.
  • 1/2 oz Orange juice.
  • 1/2 oz Pineapple juice.
  • 1 Garnish with an orange and cherry.

Directions.
  1. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake.
  2. Strain into glass and garnish with orange and cherry.
 
ENJOY!
 
Healthy Habits - Daily Countdown
 
 
March
16 The "Friday" Seashell Museum.
16-18 "Los Caminos de Kino" Expo.
17-18 2018 Mayan Palace Member Weekend.
17 Skate Fest 2018.
17 St. Patrick's Day.
18-24 NAU Spring Break.
20 International Day of Happiness.
22-26 South of the Border Festival.
25-01 Holly Week.
 
April
06 Ultimate Driving Experience.
07 CBSC Annual Horseshoe & Cornhole Tournament.
07 Young Life Fundraiser.
14 Beach Volleyball "Color my world".
14 3rd. Charanga Soap Derby for Casa Hogar.
15 Cabalgata Costera.
20 Earth Day.
21 Funkalicius Volleyball.
27-29 Cornhole Tourney Weekend.

Click here to see details and even more events in RP.
 
RE/MAX Platinum Living Arizona
 
For all your Phoenix and Scottsdale Real Estate needs contact someone you can trust.
 
Grant N. MacKenzie Jr.
RE/MAX Platinum & RE/MAX Legacy
480.710.5094
 
 
Judy & Grant's Favorites
 
Our Clients Say It The Best!
 
Hi Grant,
 
Thanks for the great service on our recent sales transaction in Mexico. Your advice and team of professionals made what can be frustrating, complicated and confusing pretty simple for us, and we appreciate it. 
 
Thanks!
 
Steve
 
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"May your troubles be less & your blessings be more & nothing but happiness come through your door." - Irish blessing.
 
Convictions we live by: “because your time is valuable” we want to give you the best service possible, “service with integrity” from start to finish.
REMAX Legacy is your partner in pursuing the opportunity to build your real estate portfolio and live your dream one property at a time.
 
Thank you for the opportunity to be of service. Today, tomorrow and always we appreciate YOU.
 
Grant & Team
 
 
Grant MacKenzie Sr.
Luxury Home Specialist
Owner/Agent
RE/MAX Legacy
US Cell 480-459-0855
US Office 602-334-4359
Office Mexico 638-383-1425
 
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Rocky Point News February 2018 - Spread the love!


 
Spread the love!
 
 
Happy Valentine’s Day! Why not make it the whole month? Who can we care about just a little extra this month or on Valentine’s? Whose dreams do we want to come true? Who needs a little pick me up message? Who can we bring a little laughter to their lives? It only takes a few minutes to light up someone’s day (young or old) and this is a perfect month to do it. If not now when? To all of you we thank you for being our valued clients, for your support and friendship. We wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!  
 
Leave someone “happier” and feel awesome for doing it
 
Judy
 
"Kindness is the most important tool to spread love among humanity"- RAKtivist
 
Market Analysis January & 2018 Year to Date
 
Las Conchas and the East Beach communities experienced strong January Sales which I am hopeful is an indication of a strong 2018.
If you are considering investing in your Puerto Penasco family and fun experience….this is your time to put your toes in the Sand.  
 
If you have a specific need or interest, let us know and we will provide you with customized information. For more details click on the following report. 
 
 
Happy Valentine's Day
 
Valentine's Day is a celebration of love and friendship. The idea of Valentine's Day seems to have originated during the Middle Ages, somewhere around the 14th or 15th century. The holiday derived its name from two Roman martyrs for love, both named Valentine.  
 
The first Valentine was beheaded on February 14th, but not before leaving a note signed from your Valentine for his lady. The second Valentine was supposedly a bishop who secretly married young couples, an act that was forbidden by the Roman Emperor who wanted young men to first serve as soldiers before marrying. Valentine ignored the law and was beheaded on February 14. An ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia, a celebration for which young men randomly chose the name of a young girl to escort to the festivities, has also been linked to the origins of Valentine's Day. Since then, the custom of selecting a sweetheart on February 14th has spread through Europe and its colonies and transformed itself into the celebration of love and friendship that we know today.
 
Here are some ideas for things to do on this day:
 
  • Send someone you care for a Valentine's Day card. Take the time to write a small note or love poem inside. Sign it, from your Valentine.
  • Go to a special romantic dinner with your sweetheart. Tip: Book early as this is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants. (It can also be on the beach, just saying...)
  • Watch a romantic movie after dinner.
  • Send a Secret Valentine to someone several days before, and then reveal your identity on February 14th.
  • Remember other important people in your life, such as your parents, grandparents and old friends. Send them a small card or gift to remind them of how much you care.
  •  
 
"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend." - Martin Luther King Jr.
 
President's Day
President's Day, or Washington's Birthday as it is still legally known, was originally designed as a celebration of George Washington's birth date. 
 
In 1880, Congress voted to make this the first national holiday which honored an individual. In 1968, Congress enacted the Uniform Monday Bill, to give workers as many long weekends as possible. This moved as many holidays to a standard Monday each year.
 
Many states were already honoring Abraham Lincoln's birthday, February 12th, and this celebration was combined with George Washington's birthday, for one federal holiday. 
 
It is observed on the third Monday in February each year.
 
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National Margarita Day
 
Classic Lime Margarita on the Rocks
 
Ingredients:
  • 2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 2 oz Triple Sec
  • 4 oz silver tequila
  • Lime wedges for garnish
 
Instructions:
  1. In a measuring cup combine lime juice, simple syrup, triple sec, and tequila.
  2. Fill 2 glasses with ice. Pour margarita evenly between the 2 glasses. Garnish with extra lime wedges.
 
*For a salted rim - Rub the rim of 2 glasses with a lime wedge to moisten. Pour 3 Tbls salt onto a small plate. Dip wet edge of glass into salt.
 
The Morning Rituals Four Health Experts Swear By
 
Mornings are a perfect time to set a positive tone for the rest of the day. But that's hard when we're in a rush and mornings are a blur of shower steam, crummy coffee and a brisk breakfast.
 
Those extra five snoozes are undeniably tempting, but there's a few great reasons to get up earlier to extend your mornings and fit in some you-time, whether that's in the form of breakfast, exercise or a quiet moment drinking coffee in bed.
 
"I'm a real fan of having a routine because it helps set the day up in a really positive way," accredited practising dietitian Chloe McLeod told HuffPost Australia.
 
"Something as simple as making the bed or having a shower at a slower pace can work really nicely to help centre you and go into the day feeling much more calm and energised."
 
Beyond that day, having a set routine every morning is also great for the long-term.
 
Take a moment for yourself before getting stuck into work.
 
"Routines become habits, so if our daily routine incorporates habits that are good for us, it will go a long way towards helping us to feel healthier and happier," nutritionist Fiona Tuck said.
 
Rushing and stressing in the morning not only makes the rest of the day more challenging, but it can affect our digestion, energy and cortisol levels.
 
Click here for the full article.
 
 
February
13 Mardi Gras.
13-14 Satisfied Frog Anniversary.
14 Ash Wednesday.
14 Valentine's Day.
14 "Night for two" RP Medical Clinic Annual Fundraiser.
15-18 Nightmares Circus.
17 10th Annual Cholla Bay Sportsmen's Club Golf Tournament.
19 President's Day.
22 National Margarita Day.
23-24 SADR Sandstorm 300.
23-25 Hot Air Balloon Festival.
25 Las Conchas Yard Sale.
 
March
01-04 "Viva Peñasco" Carnaval 2018.
02 Michael Jackson Tribute Show.
03 World Wildlife Day.
03 Skullyz 3rd Anniversary.
03 Annual Game Night CBSC.
04-10 ASU Spring Break.
08 International Women's Day.
17 Skate Fest 2018.
17 St. Patrick's Day.
18-24 NAU Spring Break.
20 International Day of Happiness
25-26 South of the Border Festival.
26-01 Holly Week.

Click here to see details and even more events in RP.
 
RE/MAX Platinum Living Arizona
 
 
For all your Phoenix and Scottsdale Real Estate needs contact someone you can trust.
 
Grant N. MacKenzie Jr.
RE/MAX Platinum & RE/MAX Legacy
480.710.5094
 
 
The tans will fade but the memories will last forever...
 
Our Clients Say It The Best!
 
Dear Grant,
 
We just want to say thank you for hanging in there with us until the very end of our sale of our Las Conchas home. You handled the challenges like a pro! If you didn’t know the answer, you would find the answer and get right back to us. We never felt like we were being ignored or put on the back burner. We truly felt like you had our best interests in mind. 
 
You always kept us in the loop and told us how many people went to tour our home. We also asked for their comments and you would share them with us. We would then adjust the price, furnishings, landscape, etc. to improve our chances of a successful sale. Thank you for the tips!
 
Your expertise, professionalism and top-notch service showed from the moment we met you. We also would like to commend your office staff, Alexa and Reyna, as they were extremely helpful in getting emails sent out, paperwork together etc. 
 
Thank you for your time and efforts in getting our home sold. We would not hesitate to use you again in any real estate transaction.
 
Sending our best wishes for you and your team,
 
Tina Warren & Michael Torrez
 
Click here for more clients testimonials.
 
"Friends are like seashells we collect along the way." - Anonymous
 
Hope you enjoyed our February newsletter. Did one of the Valentine’s tips work for you? Did you try the margarita recipe? Like one of the properties? 
We’d appreciate hearing from you as to what you’d like to see more of in our newsletter and what you do like in our monthly communication. 
Just send me an e-mail: judymac.remax@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to create an even better newsletter next month. 
Until then Happy Valentine’s Day; we care about YOU. 
 
 
Grant & Judy
 
 
Grant MacKenzie Sr.
Luxury Home Specialist
Owner/Agent
RE/MAX Legacy
US Cell 480-459-0855
US Office 602-334-4359
Office Mexico 638-383-1425
 
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January 2018 Newsletter


 
Cheers for an exciting new year!
 
What does exciting mean to you as you start a brand new year. Where does it take you? Who are you with and why? Imagine you’re seeing everything for the first time! Squint your eyes real tight, smile; better yet laugh out loud and be overwhelmed with the joy of your imagination! Remember: “Every day’s a second chance.” What are we going to do with ours in 2018?
 
The MacKenzie Team
 
"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man."- Benjamin Franklin
 
Market Analysis December & 2017 Year to Date
 
2017 showed strong growth in sales for the Sandy Beach Condo market and I see that trend continuing.
While the beach communities experienced some growth, it fell short of what I had anticipated, my “optimistic” outlook is that 2018 will be a considerably stronger year.  
If you have a specific need or interest, let us know and we will provide you with customized information. For more details click on the following report.  
 
 
7 Reasons Your Body Wants You To Plan A Beach Trip Right Now
 
Ah, the beach. Is there anything better? There’s just no place quite as relaxing, beautiful or pleasant, and no place that combines the simple pleasures of unplugging and enjoying nature in our otherwise tech-heavy and work-driven realities. The beach helps us recharge — and we need to be making A LOT more use of it.
 
We know most jobs already offer vacation time, but considering these specific health benefits of the beach, maybe it’s time they carved out days for their employees to spend in the sun and sand.
 
  1. Sunshine is a great source of vitamin D.
  2. Sand is a natural exfoliant.
  3. It could help rheumatoid arthritis patients feel better.
  4. Also, sunlight has been shown to decrease depression.
  5. Seawater preserves elasticity of skin.
  6. A day at the beach gets you moving without even trying.
  7. And perhaps most importantly, the beach decreases your stress level by helping you unplug.
 
Click Here to read the full article.
 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
 
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.
 
We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words, because his voice and his vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles. Yet, Dr. King knew that it wasn’t enough just to talk the talk, that he had to walk the walk for his words to be credible. And so we commemorate on this holiday the man of action, who put his life on the line for freedom and justice every day, the man who braved threats and jail and beatings and who ultimately paid the highest price to make democracy a reality for all Americans.
 
Click Here for more information about this holiday.
 
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Martin Luther King Jr.
 
Featured Listings
 
If I don't answer, please leave a message at the sound of the ocean!
 
 
January
12-14 RCPM Jan Jam 2018.
15 Martin Luther King Jr.
16 Tuesday Night Art Flick.
20 Mermaid's Art Market.
25 Connection Club.
27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust.
30 Nature Talks.
 
February
03 "Fish Bowl" Seafood Fest.
04 Superbowl.
05 2018 BooBar Poker Run.
10 Nature Talks.
13 Mardi Grass.
14 Ash Wednesday.
14 Valentine's Day.
17 Mermaid's Arts Market.
19 Presidents Day.
22 Connection Club.
23-24 SADR Sandstorm 300.

Click here to see details and even more events in RP.
 
RE/MAX Platinum Living Arizona
 
 
For all your Phoenix and Scottsdale Real Estate needs contact someone you can trust.
 
Grant N. MacKenzie Jr.
RE/MAX Platinum & RE/MAX Legacy
480.710.5094
 
 
Our Clients Say It The Best!
 
Dear Grant,
 
We just want to say thank you for hanging in there with us until the very end of our sale of our Las Conchas home. You handled the challenges like a pro! If you didn’t know the answer, you would find the answer and get right back to us. We never felt like we were being ignored or put on the back burner. We truly felt like you had our best interests in mind. 
 
You always kept us in the loop and told us how many people went to tour our home. We also asked for their comments and you would share them with us. We would then adjust the price, furnishings, landscape, etc. to improve our chances of a successful sale. Thank you for the tips!
 
Your expertise, professionalism and top-notch service showed from the moment we met you. We also would like to commend your office staff, Alexa and Reyna, as they were extremely helpful in getting emails sent out, paperwork together etc. 
 
Thank you for your time and efforts in getting our home sold. We would not hesitate to use you again in any real estate transaction.
 
Sending our best wishes for you and your team,
 
Tina Warren & Michael Torrez
 
Click here for more clients testimonials.
 
"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties." - Helen Keller
 
Every thought we think creates our futures. Thank you for thinking of our MacKenzie team at REMAX Legacy. We hope we’ve helped you create a special part of your lives and we appreciate the opportunity you’ve given us to be your realtors of choice in Rocky Point.  
With action anything is possible! May 2018 be filled with limitless possibilities for you, your family and friends. See you by the sea.
 
Grant & Team
 
 
Grant MacKenzie Sr.
Luxury Home Specialist
Owner/Agent
RE / MAX Legacy
US Cell 480-459-0855
US Office 602-334-4359
Office Mexico 638-383-1425
 
See our/your listings on the following...
 

December 2017 Newsletter


 
It's the most wonderful time of the year!
 
May the spirit of the holiday season fill your homes with warmth, wonder and love. The warmth of a fire, the wonder in a child’s eyes and the love we share with family and friends is the forever gift of Christmas. It’s a magical time of year!
 
The MacKenzie Team
 
"One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don't clean it up too quickly." - Andy Rooney
 
Market Analysis November & 2017 Year to Date
 
Beach community sales and listing activity remains consistent, reflecting a moderate recovery. Keep in mind that Beach Front sales can “greatly” influence the overall volume numbers and the average sales price.
Sandy Beach condo sales continue to dominate the market with growth in the number of sales and a 12% increase in the average sales price.
If you have a specific need or interest, let us know and we will provide you with customized information. For more details click on the following report.  
 
 
New Year's Celebration in Mexico
 
New Year’s Eve, otherwise known as noche vieja or año nuevo, is a big deal in Mexico; from the more recent celebrations that have begun to catch on with younger generations to the traditional and ritualistic efforts many revellers will indulge in to guarantee good luck, good fortune and good health, amongst other things, there are tons of ways to ring in the new year like a local. Here’s everything you need to know about año nuevo in Mexico.
 
  • Leave lentils outside your door.
  • Wear red (or yellow!) underwear.
  • Eat 12 grapes in 60 seconds.
  • Have a late dinner.
  • Toast at midnight and put a gold ring in your drink.
  • Go out to celebrate and watch the fireworks.
  • Burn your negative thoughts.
  • Put money in your shoes.
  • Sweep the house.
  • Pack your bags.
 
Click Here to learn all about the rituals.
 
The Gingerbread Man
 
What a better way to watch this story that with some gingerbread man cookies, so here's a recipe to make in family.
 
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Frosting of choice
 
Click Here for full recipe.
 
The RE / MAX Quality
 
The quality of RE / MAX agents is on display once again.
 
Featured Listings
 
 
December
16 Mermaid's Art Market
17 Peddling for Smiles
18 Christmas Concert
21 Winter Solstice
25 Christmas Day
28 Mexico's Fool's Day
31 Wrecked New Year's Eve B&W
31 Masquerade Ball
 
January
06 Dia de los Reyes Magos
06 Mermaid's Art Market
11 Human Trafficking Awareness
12-14 RCPM Jan Jam 2018
15 Martin Luther King
27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust

Click here to see details and even more events in RP.
 
RE/MAX Platinum Living Arizona
 
 
For all your Phoenix and Scottsdale Real Estate needs contact someone you can trust.
 
Grant N. MacKenzie Jr.
RE/MAX Platinum & RE/MAX Legacy
480.710.5094
 
 
Our Clients Say It The Best!
 
Dear Grant,
 
Just a note to let you know how much we enjoyed working with you in the sale of our house in Las Conchas.  You were always professional and upbeat . You seemed to really care about us and the sale of our house. When the offer finally came in you handled all the legal/escrow work with extreme professionalism . We did not have to worry about how to do this transaction in Mexico.  It was very smooth and stress free.
 
We would certainly recommend you to anyone who is looking to buy or sell real estate in Mexico.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Jim & Charmaine McKaskle
 
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" My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others."
- Bob Hope
 
Thank you for your friendship, support and trust. We value the relationship we share. YOU make the difference in our days, past, present and future.
 
Grant & Judy
 
 
Grant MacKenzie Sr.
Luxury Home Specialist
Owner/Agent
RE / MAX Legacy
US Cell 480-459-0855
US Office 602-334-4359
Office Mexico 638-383-1425
 
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November 2017 Newsletter


 
Choose to be grateful!
 
“Light tomorrow with today.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning
 
Thank you for lighting so many of our days in Rocky Point. Were grateful for you, our valued clients, this month of Thanksgiving and always. 
 
We’ll have our Thanksgiving feast with our family looking out to the beach we love. A family tradition we have on Thanksgiving is for each of us to share (from the youngest to the oldest) what we’re thankful for. Yes, we have some tears before we’ve finished and great joy, laughter and love. What’s your tradition? Is this the year to create one? Savor the moments... Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Grant & Judy
 
" Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings ." - William Arthur Ward
 
Market Analysis October & 2017 Year to Date
 
October saw lots of visitors to Rocky Point and increased interest in “on” and “off” beach homes and condos. Inventory in the beach communities and Sandy beach condos continues to shrink.
  • Las Conchas inventory is misleading and influenced by the addition of about 20 condos on the market at Corona Del Sol
  • Sandy Beach is enjoying growth and declining inventory.
The Rocky Point home and condo market continues to strengthen at a moderate and healthy pace.
If you have a specific need or interest, let us know and we will provide you with customized information. For more details click on the following report.  
 
 
Veterans Day
 
A veteran is a person who served in the active military, naval or air service.
 
Veterans Day is a federal holiday, it is a time to honor veterans who fought in war to defend the United States.
 
The day is celebrated with speeches and parades across the country.
 
Thank you to our son, Branden, for his service in the Army and fighting for our country. “Freedom isn’t free, it’s fought for.” We honor you and all the men and women who have served our country and put themselves in harms way this Veteran’s Day and everyday.
Mom and Dad 
 
Thanksgiving Day
 
Thanksgiving Day is a celebration of giving thanks for the harvest and blessings of the past year. It is a day of giving thanks to God for his many blessings and expressing our gratitude to friends and family members. It is celebrated in the United States. Thanksgiving Day dates back to the Reformation Period and is accompanied by prayers, special ceremonies, and feasts. Thanksgiving is observed on the fourth Thursday in November each year.
 
Facts:
  • The first Thanksgiving Day feast was held in 1621 between the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians.
  • In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
  • According to the US Government Census, in 2014, 242 million turkeys were raised in the United States.
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the fourth Thursday in November as the official Thanksgiving Day in 1941.
 
Featured Listings
 
 
November
09-12 17th Rocky Point Rally
11 Veterans Day
12 National Pizza Day
13 World Kindness Day
17-18 D-Backs Charity Golf Tournament
23 Thanksgiving Day
25 Patti Springer Art in the Park
28 Cornhole Tournament
30 Mojito & Karaoke Night
 
December
01- 02 Point to Point - SADR
02 International Day for Abolition of Slavery
07  Mojito & Karaoke Night
10 Human Rights Day
16 Mermaid's Art Market
21 Winter Solstice
25 Christmas Day
28 Mexico's Fool's Day
31 Wrecked New Year's Eve B&W

Click here to see details and even more events in RP.
 
RE/MAX Platinum Living Arizona
 
 
For all your Phoenix and Scottsdale Real Estate needs contact someone you can trust.
 
Grant N. MacKenzie Jr.
RE/MAX Platinum & RE/MAX Legacy
480.710.5094
 
 
Our Clients Say It The Best!
 
Dear Grant,
 
Will recommend you anytime friend. Put this mail in your book and have a great many years selling the hell out of property in Las Conchas. No one is better than you that is a good friend, trusted person and knows how to get things done to sell a home in Las Conchas.  There is no reason to use any other person to sell a home in Las Conchas than our friend, Grant McKenzie.
 
Thanks again
 
Dennis
 
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" As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
- John F. Kennedy
 
 
A parting thought: How will you celebrate World Kindness Day November 13th? Who can we share some kindness with? How can we be kinder? When? Where? You never know when giving just the smallest act of kindness will make a difference in someone’s day.  
 
Hope you enjoyed our newsletter. Until next month have a very Happy Thanksgiving
 
Grant, Judy & Alexa
 
 
Grant MacKenzie Sr.
Luxury Home Specialist
Owner/Agent
RE / MAX Legacy
US Cell 480-459-0855
US Office 602-334-4359
Office Mexico 638-383-1425
 
See our/your listings on the following...
 

October 2017 Newsletter