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Yelp Reviews For The Holm Group AZ

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New Portal Launched Today

New Portal Launched Today

New Portal

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The new portal has more than just a sleek, user-friendly design upgrade. Portal 2.0 offers the following benefits:

  • You’re in control, move to the new portal when you’re ready
  • Clients can now complete their own searches
  • Portals now feature a one-page display
  • Updated messaging feature
  • Always visible interactive map

7 Easy Tricks to Handle Your Pet When Your House is for Sale

7 Easy Tricks to Handle Your Pet When Your House is for Sale

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Everyone who has ever tried putting their house on sale knows that it can be a stressful endeavor. You’ll have to do a lot of repairs, organizing items, and general cleaning up. It can bring stress and anxiety to homeowners and can leave them exhausted. Not even pets are immune to the difficulties of all that activity at home. In most cases, it can even be more stressful for them. For pets, it means strangers going in and out of a place they consider safe and comfortable. It can leave them feeling vulnerable and scared and might lead to tantrums or worse running away. This is a delicate moment in their lives that should be handled carefully but there are steps you can do to help your fur babies feel at ease and adjusted to this change.

1. Plan Ahead

Putting your house up for sale entails preparation not just for your home but for your pets as well. Pets are attuned to their human’s emotions so getting stressed out during this time will only add to their feelings of anxiety. Being organized helps you to stay on top of things and will provide a great example to your pets to stay calm and relaxed during the process. It also helps to pace the repairs and cleaning over a few days. This will signal to your pets that an inevitable change is about to happen and will give them time to adjust.

2. Seek Vet Advice

Vets are your pets‘ second parent. They care for them as much as you do so they only have their best interest at heart. They could also be a good source of information about managing pets during the sale. They can offer prescription medications to help calm pets down and certain techniques to help them adjust to the inevitable move. It helps to talk to vets about your plan and anticipate the problems you might encounter. Special attention should be given to adult pets that generally have a harder time adjusting to changes in their environment.

3. Consider using a Pet Sitter

House showings and repairs are usually the most stressful part of selling a house. This means a lot of foot traffic going in and out of the house and most of these people are strangers to your pets. This could trigger from them a need to defend their territory and cause them to lash out or attack. It helps to consider giving them a break from all these and letting them stay at a pet sitter’s home or letting them stay at a friend or family’s house. This will also put them out of harm’s way as people move about the house while repair work is being done.

4. Get Them Used to a Crate

Some pets are used to being in a crate and actually feel comfortable staying in one. For pets not trained to stay in crates, it is best to start getting them comfortable and familiar staying in one. This could be an alternative to relocating them while the process of selling the house is ongoing. You can put the crate in an empty room away from the usual foot traffic, somewhere quiet so they don’t feel agitated with all the activities. Normally, crate training starts when pets are still small. Start by introducing them to the crate without forcing them inside. Let them explore it on their own. It helps to put some treats or place some of their favorite toys inside.

5. Repair Damages

As pet owners, it is normal to have a few furniture damages or scratched up doors and walls. These are the downside of having pets. But if you plan to sell your house, needed repairs must be undertaken to increase its appeal. Hardwood floors, carpets, furniture, and doors need to be mended. The animal smell also lingers inside the home of pet owners and this must be removed together with stains on furniture.

6. Don’t Advertise

As much as you love showing off your pets, this could be a bad idea when you are showing your house to potential buyers. Not everyone loves pets and advertising the house as being shared by animals could affect its appeal. Many realtors suggest removing photos of pets from the house as well as dog beds, litter box, and toys.

7. Clean up the Yard

Since the yard is where most pets, especially dogs, go out and play, this is where signs of pets are most evident. Pet toys are usually found scattered about the place or bald patches of grass where dogs have been digging. Getting it fixed up and looking new will not only increase the property’s appeal but will also hide the fact that you have a pet sharing the house. Fences should be mended from scratches and flower beds repaired to remove any signs that it’s been tampered by dogs.

Author Bio: Kerry Brooks is a passionate blogger who loves to write about home designs, home
renovation ideas and home improvement. She is currently working for 123Closedhouse, which
offers easy solution for distressed property owners who are facing personal or financial
hardship, to sell their home fast.

New Communities In Scottsdale

New Communities In Scottsdale

New Communities In Scottsdale

Scottsdale is the perfect place to start a new life. This sunny desert town is perfect for both families and retirees and has a ton of excellent communities filled with luxury, spacious homes perfect for every taste. Take a look at these upcoming new communities in Scottsdale to find your new home.

Boulder Ranch Estates By Toll Brothers

Just off of Jomax and Happy Valley, the Toll Brothers Constructions Co. are assembling an 80+ acre, 51-lot gated luxury community slated to open in July 2019 called Boulder Ranch Estates.

These homes vary in size, ranging from 3,500 to 6,000 square feet and have tentative pricing around the $1.1 million to $1.5 million range.

 

Each one of these homes will rest on a one-acre lot and offer sweeping views of the Sonoran desert landscape, including mountains and local greenery. Residents can choose from a selection of exteriors, including Contemporary, Modern, Prairie, Mission, and Craftsmen exteriors styles. The houses will come with 3-7 bedrooms, 3.5-7 baths, and 3-5 car garages.

Storyrock

Storyrock offers beautiful new homes for those looking to connect with the surrounding desert. This 443-home subdivision located at 128th St. and Ranch Gate Road will include: 

  • Varying lot sizes ranging from ⅓ to 1 acre
  • Vast areas dedicated to natural areas and open spaces
  • Projects HOA fees of $120-$250 a month

 This community covers 462 acres and sits next to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, just at the head of Tom’s Thumb Trailhead. Each of these large, single-family home designs have anticipated prices around the low $900s and are in the works to be available in early 2019.

White Horse

Award-winning and family owned Camelot Homes has brought a new luxury gated community to Scottsdale. White Horse boasts 5 single-story, bright and modern floorplans on 50 half-acre lots that feature contemporary architecture and range from 4,000-6,000 square feet.

 Located off of Pima Road and Los Gatos Drive next to DC Ranch, each of the homes in White Horse offer an aesthetic unlike any other. The styles boast courtyards, water features, fireplaces, and manicured lawns and greenery on every corner.

Summit at Silverstone

Summit at Silverstone, located in North Scottsdale, is one of the area’s most popular new gated communities. Just a few minutes away from the Desert Ridge Shopping Center, surrounded by  gorgeous golf courses, and conveniently just off the Loop 101, this 76-lot community is perfect for those looking for open, spacious, luxurious homes.

 

The cost of these houses ranges from $579,990-$689,042 and range from 2,109-3,802 square feet. The community also offers residents use of a pool, a fitness center complete with sauna, and a picnic ramada. For those looking for a game of golf, the Pinnacle Peak Country Club and Golf Course are to the east.

Gated Communities In Scottsdale

Gated Communities In Scottsdale

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Thinking about leaving your humid coastal city and trading up for a subtropical life in Arizona’s saguaro-plotted desert? Not only will you be transported to an entirely different landscape, but you’ll also be able to stretch out as you move from a cramped and drafty apartment to living in one of Arizona’s beautiful, upscale, spacious homes. Check out these premier gated communities of Scottsdale.

Desert Highlands

Gated Communities In Scottsdale

If you’re looking for sweeping desert views that align with your outlook and lifestyle, Desert Highlands’ 850-acres of Sonoran desert landscape are sure to meet your standards.

With four grass, six clay, and three hard tennis courts, an 18-hole, par 72 signature golf course designed by legendary Hall of Fame golfer Jack Nicklaus, and an award-winning, state-of-the-art, 7,000 square foot fitness center, residents are well cared for in this exclusive–but not isolated–private, gated community. Nearby amenities include the La Mirada Shopping Center, Desert Village Shopping Center, the HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center, Scottsdale Stadium, and more.

It’s also just a 35-minute drive away from the Arizona State Capitol in the heart of Phoenix, so no matter where you work, your commute will never be too long and held up by traffic.

Silverleaf

Silverleaf Golf Course Homes

Neighboring Desert Highlands and sandwiched between the communities of DC Ranch and Desert Ridge, the gated community of Silverleaf perfectly balances premium privacy, exclusive elegance, and veritable views, with the amenities of a mid-sized city, access to Phoenix’s downtown, and the twinkling city lights.

At just 2,000 acres, Silverleaf provides residents with an 18-hole, world-class, Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course, as well as a sizable, 50,000 square-foot clubhouse decked in authentic antique furnishings, the pristine Silverleaf Spa facility, fine dining, and regular events that include art and photography courses.

And if you ever feel like heading out for retail shopping, restaurant browsing, hiking, or to see the Diamondbacks or Cardinals training, you’re a short commute from the downtown area, Scottsdale’s over 600 restaurants, shopping at Kierland Commons, Biltmore Fashion Park, or the Shops at Gainey Village.

Estancia

Estancia Real Estate

Located in sight of Pinnacle Peak Park and just outside the award-winning Troon North Golf Club, few communities offer the kind of custom lots and distinct estate homes that Estancia does. Their design guidelines are posted on their website, so you can check them out in advance of any planning.

This 640-acre desert community uses every acre to give its residents the most, including community services like a dog park, onsite car detailing, home monitoring, and an 18-hole championship golf course designed by internationally-renowned golf course architect, Tom Fazio. Supplementing Estancia’s breathtaking course are its active caddy program and a clubhouse with fine dining, tennis courts, basketball courts, meeting rooms, a swimming pool, steam room, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Scottsdale Mountain

Scottsdale Mountain Homes For Sale

If clear and proactive communication is important to you in a community, you’ll love Scottsdale Mountain. With a comprehensive website detailing everything from trash pick up and visitor parking to assessment due dates and community contacts, you’ll be in good hands if you decide to live here.

 

Marry its excellent community management with its wonderful views, open-air tennis courts, first-come, first-serve basketball court, immaculate spa, and signature Southwestern style homes, and it’s a puzzle why you aren’t already on your way here.

Gainey Ranch

Gainey Ranch Golf

To the east of Paradise Valley lays Gainey Ranch, an upscale community built on the land that originally housed an Arabian horse ranch. However, this luxurious community is far from its humble western roots.

 Surrounded by green landscaped and palm trees, this oasis in the desert is perfect for those looking for a resort-style home. The Daniel C. Gainey Estate Club provides residents with a lap pool, a spa, a number of state-of-the-art tennis courts, fitness center, and community center. And, of course, the Gainey Ranch Golf Club boasts 3 championship level 9-hole golf courses.

For an even further escape from reality, Gainey Ranch is also home to the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa. This 27-acre resort is perfect for relaxing with the whole family or as a solo day of pampering thanks to the indulgent spa, pristine golf course, and unique and exciting activities.

Property listings, especially in newer and smaller communities, can go fast, so you’ll need to get in contact with a realtor agent so you’ll be first in line. Call Andrew w/ The Holm Group today at 480-206-4265…

 

A few other gated communities in Scottsdale that are worth checking out:

Sprucing Up Your Outdoor Space as Preparation to Sell

 

Sprucing Up Your Outdoor Space as Preparation to Sell

Sprucing Up Your Outdoor Space as Preparation to Sell

 

Enjoying time in the backyard is one of the greatest joys of owning a home. That’s why so many homeowners looking to sell take on landscaping and backyard design projects before putting their home on the market in order to increase value.

While some are content to simply trim the grass with an electric lawn mower, add a few plants, and carefully place a couple of lawn chairs, you might be the type of person with more ambitious plans for your outdoor spaces.

The following tips offer some ideas to consider when designing your lawn for selling your home. Keep them in mind to truly create the backyard of buyers’ dreams.

 

Add an Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen can help a home achieve 100-200% ROI when you sell. However, this doesn’t just mean installing a new grill and calling it a day. While a quality grill is certainly an essential component of any outdoor kitchen, it’s only one part of the equation.

Be conscious of the fact that many people who take on this project decide to install appliances like the grill into a bench structure that mimics the workstation found in the typical indoor kitchen. That’s why it’s very important to invest in durable appliances. If they break down, it could be difficult to find a new one that fits the space perfectly.

Along with a grill, you should consider adding a refrigerator, storage cabinets, and ample countertop space for meal preparation. The appliances you install will need to be connected to the house via electrical wires and gas lines.

Odds are good that you’ll want these to be as concealed as possible. That’s why it’s a smart idea to work with a contractor on this project. Once you draw up your initial design, find a contractor in your area who has installed outdoor kitchens before. Working with a professionals makes it easier to get the job done properly from the start.

That’s why you can also consider including the real estate agent you plan on listing with in the design plans. They’ll have expert insight into what outdoor appliance features make a home even more valuable, and what’s trending in the neighborhood.

Here’s another tip. To ensure your outdoor kitchen design is safe and feasible, refer to the design guidelines established by the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

 

Construct a Patio

If your home already boasts a patio or deck, then you’re in luck. Just doing repairs or renovations on an existing patio can cost $1,300, but add over $6,500 to the listing price when selling.  

When curating your patio space, consider adding light and outdoor furniture for more comfort and ambience. That being said, avoid taking up too much space with your deck, so as to leave plenty of room for the benefits of an open yard. Buyers generally prefer a large yard to a large deck, so keep this in mind as you either begin deck construction or take on renovating an existing one.

 

Build a Fire Pit

Constructing a fire pit is one of the easiest ways to add value to your home without adding significantly to your costs. Upwards of 78% of the costs of building a fire pit are recouped when a home is sold. ROI can even reach in excess of 80% when you implement time- and cost-saving features in the creation process.

Make sure that as you build a fire pit, you create an actual structure for it. Just digging into the ground and calling that a fire pit is neither safe nor adequate. Build a stable structure away from other fixtures and in an open space.

Consider these points as you plan your next backyard project in advance of selling your home. Both an outdoor kitchen and a garden that’s easy to maintain and edit add a degree of beauty and comfort to your backyard that will make the space more desirable for potential buyers. Best of all, tackling these projects can be a genuinely enjoyable experience.

Kierland Market Update – September 2018

 

Kierland Market Update – September 2018

Kierland Real Estate

Simply put NOW is the time to sell if you live in the Kierland Area.

Prices are at an all time high, so call The Holm Group today at 480-206-4265.

 

  • Currently there are 1567 single family homes available in Scottsdale through the MLS
  • 7 UDC homes in Kierland is on the market and there are 8 condos for sale in Kierland Greens and Kierand Heritage
  • Average days on market in Kierland is about 40 days on market with one home on the market for 120 days which was a condo in Kierland Greens
  • The average price per square foot for a UDC Home that is on the MLS is $245 per sqft
  • The highest recorded price for a UDC Home is $835k, the highest currently listed is $825k

With interest rates on the rise, as well as our prime buying season in full swing, now is the time make the move!  Below are a few examples of homes that have sold and/or that are currently on the market. So far in September Kierland has: 1 MLS Listings has gone under contract and it was listed for an all time high of $774k for a two story home.

  • 6639 E. Gelding Dr. 3391 sqft (Listed for $774k and is currently pending)
  • 6502 E Gelding Dr 2883 sqft (Listed for $825k – An All Time High)
  • 15240 N. Clubgate Dr. #165 2333 sqft (Listed for $579k and just reduced to $559k)
  • 14847 N. 67th Place 1945 sqft (Listed for $545k and sold for 535k – Contract in 3 days)
  • 6472 E. Gelding Dr 2944 sqft (Listed for $589k and sold for $757 – Closed in 60 days)
  • 6437 E. Marilyn Rd 2769 sqft (Listed for $600k and sold for $590k)
  • 6421 E Gelding Dr 2364 sqft (Listed for $499k and Sold for $495k)

For those of you who I have met while working in Kierland for the past seventeen years, I look forward to speaking with you again.  For those of you who I haven’t met and/or we’re unable to stop by my latest listings over on: Gelding, Waltann, and LeMarche, here are some of the reasons to work with our team:

  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is one of the largest real estate companies in the country with over 290,000 transactions in 2017 and $29 Billion in gross income.
  • The Holm Group has the web covered with multiple top rated websites as well as exclusive relationships with: Google, Yahoo, Zillow, Trulia, Overstock.com real estate and HomeFinder.com
  • The Holm Group has closed over $120 million in transactions and counting
  • No other single agent represented more buyers/sellers in Kierland than I have!!
  • If you are looking at doing any home improvements give me a call as I have access to a variety of qualified contractors that can assist you in achieving top dollar for your home.

I look forward to earning your business not only for today, but in the years to come.  No gimmicks here, just trying to make it as easy and cost effective as possible for you to sell your home and for someone to purchase their next home in Kierland.

Representing more Buyers and Sellers in Kierland than any other agent, all I ask is for the opportunity to earn your business.

Please feel free to take a look at our Kierland Page which ranks number #1 in Google and Yahoo.

https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/kierland-homes-for-sale-2/

 

Andrew Holm, ABR – CDPE – EPro

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

The Holm Group

Office: 480-767-2738  Cell: 480-206-4265

Email: [email protected]

Scottsdale Golf News – Press Release

Scottsdale Golf News – Press Release

Scottsdale Golf News

The Holm Group Is Now An Affiliate

Scottsdale Golf News is proud to announce that The Holm Group Scottsdale a nationally recognized team of real estate specialist and a valued member of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices have agreed to become an affiliate and offer real estate services to our Scottsdale Golf News visitors.

 Scottsdale Golf News

Link: https://www.scottsdalegolfnews.com/

 

Scottsdale Golf News 2

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                        Press Release September 20, 2018

Scottsdale Golf News is proud to announce that The Holm Group Scottsdale a nationally recognized team of real estate specialist and a valued member of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices have agreed to become an affiliate and offer real estate services to our Scottsdale Golf News visitors.

Home Buyer Tips: Questions to Ask During the Inspection

Home Buyer Tips: Questions to Ask During the Inspection

Home Buyer Tips: Questions to Ask During the Inspection

 

It’s in an ideal neighborhood, and the asking price fits comfortably within your budget. The house offers everything on your wants list plus more. However, there’s one more important step before signing on the dotted line: the home inspection. To make sure you’re getting the right home and avoid any unexpected issues, you should be present during the inspection, observe, and ask your inspector questions about the condition of the home.

How Long Will the HVAC System Last?
The inspector should look for a heating, ventilation and air conditioner system (HVAC) maintenance sticker. It could indicate how long the pieces of the HVAC system might last. Most furnaces are good for around 15 years, while water heaters typically last 8 to 12. Air conditioning units often have a shorter life span. Spotting greasy, old-looking equipment could suggest the need for immediate replacement or emphasize the importance of a home warranty.

What Would It Take to Fix That?
The answer to this question should tell you the extent of work necessary to rehab a problem and who would be able to do it. If you feel up to painting a bathroom, the solution is paint and tools from a local home improvement or big box store. However, rewiring is probably best left to an electrician. The inspector might also be able to estimate how much a repair or replacement would cost. This will help you determine whether the property might put you over budget or what your budget should be to perform the work if you go through with the purchase. Estimates are also helpful when prioritizing any work that you decide to do and serve as a clue to future maintenance needs.

Is Mold a Concern Here?
Some homes may have a bit of mold that the owners have not dealt with yet (or might not even be aware of). In some cases, this may be a quick and easy fix. In others, this may be indicative of a bigger problem. Lack of air circulation and the presence of mold creates problems for the home’s inhabitants, appliances, carpet and walls. A home inspector can verify whether there is sufficient air exchange to permit proper air circulation, which discourages the growth of mold, and any changes required to get stale air out of the residence.

How Exactly Does That Work?
If you don’t know how a system or a part works, this is the time to ask. Home inspectors are usually eager to share what they know and act as a teacher. For example, many buyers have little knowledge of the parts of an air conditioning system or how to maintain them. If the inspector doesn’t know the names of system parts, that should be a sign for concern.

Can You Show Me the Problems?
Absent
digital photos in the inspector’s report, it’s a good idea to ask for a walk-through to point out each item listed as requiring additional inspection, repair, or maintenance. This is a real time saver when it’s time to negotiate or schedule the work.

Would You Recommend any Specialty Inspections?
A home inspection is a general look at a home’s structure and systems. At times, there may be parts of a home that warrant their own inspection to make sure everything is functioning as intended. Uncommon property structures such as a swimming pool require the services of specialized inspectors. With possible electrical issues, home inspectors often recommend bringing in a specialist as well. For help getting the right inspections on the home you’re considering, don’t hesitate to ask your inspector as well as your real estate professional.

Best Communities in Scottsdale & Phoenix

Best Communities in Scottsdale & Phoenix

Best Communities In Scottsdale & Phoenix

 

Scottsdale is the sprawling suburb of the relatively urban Phoenix metropolitan area. It provides a quiet, cozy and upscale living for the residents who wish to settle down away hustle and bustle yet still have an urban feel.

Originally founded as a resort city, Phoenix and its many suburbs, including Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert, and Chandler, have grown rapidly in the past 40 years. They have developed into the full-scale urban center with diverse economic and vibrant cultural scene unique to each city.

Scottsdale, like the rest of the metropolitan area, has been built on a grid system and is often separated by hills, mountains, and desert landscapes. Downtown Scottsdale is filled with historic sites, boutique shopping, and a lively entertainment district.

Scottsdale is one of Arizona’s most prosperous suburbs. The average income in Scottsdale is $51,564 a year, while the US national average is $28,555 a year. Homes run an average of $642,000 and rent for roughly $3,200 a month for two bedrooms. Scottsdale is also one of the most connected satellite cities in the valley, the average commute from here is 17 minutes, with the national average of 26 minutes. Scottsdale offers a wide range of living arrangements including loft and urban living, family-oriented communities, and exclusive golf-courses and retirement communities. Whether you’re looking for buy a new home or rent an apartment, Scottsdale has something for everyone.

Desert Ridge

Desert Ridge Homes For Sale

 

This master-planned community on the north-east of Scottsdale offers access to the most prestigious entertainment venues in town. The community hosts the largest Marriott Resort with an enormous spa center and two championship golf courses.

Desert Ridge is well-connected to the city center and the rest of the Phoenix area via the Loop 101. Every year the neighborhood continues to grow, rapidly adding new properties and communities to the inventory. One of the most promising developments is Desert Ridge Town Center, which will add over 1 million square feet of commercial and residential property. T

he abundance of green lawns and paved trails, and small parks makes Desert Ridge the perfect spot for joggers and pet-owners. The local school district has excellent elementary, middle and high schools. Housing in the area consists of small single-family homes and large exclusive family-homes.

Kierland

Kierland Real Estate

The Kierland neighborhood is located near a local retail and entertainment hub. It offers upscale shopping in the Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter. Each mall is filled with well-known chain stores, such as Gap, Nike, Apple, and Pottery Barn.

Kierland is also a hot tourists destination. Vacationers from all around the country flock the area in the winter month attracted to the city’s year-round sun. The Westin resort has one of the largest convention centers that host business conferences and political rallies. Kierland Golf Club provide sunny green lawns for golfers of any level.

The area is also home to the Scottsdale Airport, which provides custom solutions and unique travel arrangements for residents with private aircraft. Housing options are lush and diverse. From large family homes to cozy condominiums, Kierland has just the home for you.

DC Ranch

DC Ranch Golf Scottsdale 2018

 

DC Ranch is located in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. This community is located on the historic Desert Camp, a site where Scottsdale pioneers set up their first ranches. The architecture and the landscape of the district are specifically tailored to mirror this heritage, and adds an extra layer of appeal to the historically minded.

The neighborhoods entertainment infrastructure includes shopping centers, cafes, tennis courses, indoor and outdoor pools. The community also offers world-class golf courses for members and residents. Housing options include luxury townhomes, patio homes, upscale apartments and mansion properties.

Scottsdale is a perfect place for the middle-level professionals to settle down and start a family. It is safe, prosperous and cultured. Your kids will have an opportunity to enroll in the best public and private schools. And, of course, crowds of snowbirds choose this destination for a reason. It offers a unique architectural style, exquisite quality of services and the great choice for leisure and entertainment.

Article provided by Lexi Carr.