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Don’t enjoy the epic Thanksgiving meal prep? Not interested in hosting? No problem. There are many ways to celebrate the holiday—including making a reservation or grabbing amazing takeout. Here, we spotlight some fresh ways to mark this special holiday in and around Scottsdale. 

AJ’s Fine Foods - Make this year’s holiday meal a true no-fail—call in chef-prepared dishes from AJ’s Fine Foods. Pick up a fully cooked spread that feeds six to 10 people at one of their locations (they’re in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Chandler and Mesa). Want to mix up the meat offering? Choose ham, pork roast, ribeye, or leg of lamb. And take comfort in the side dishes, too—they’re all crowd-pleasers, from the scalloped potatoes to the green beans almandine. Just heat, serve


The Thanksgiving holiday is a few weeks away—and whether you’re a seasoned host or a total newbie, these tips will help you have a holiday meal that is memorable and (maybe, somewhat) stress-free.

Greet Guests with a Self-Serve Bar - Stock a table or desk with all the home bar essentials— seltzers, wine, beer and a spill-resistant spigoted jug with a cider or mixed drink—and let guests serve themselves when they arrive. This breaks the ice a bit, allows for attendees to settle in and it makes serving drinks one less thing you have to do. 

Never Turn Down Help - Thanksgiving is often a potluck event, so why not lean into it? Online magazine The Kitchn advises first-time hosts to let friends and family bring substantial side dishes, desserts and beverages.


Frank Lloyd Wright’s last residential design, the Norman Lykes’ House at 6836 N. 36th Street—which was represented by Jack Luciano, Raul Siqueiros and Roxanne Johnson—sold for $1,677,500 at a live, public auction held in Phoenix by Heritage Auctions last month. 

The auction took place inside the iconic, 3,095-square-foot, curvilinear, two-story home. Bidding opened at $750,000 and the response from the 19 registered bidders on-site was swift. Offers quickly jumped to $1.5 million before the hammer came down at $1.67 million. 

“It’s one of only 14 circular homes Wright designed,” Jack told Mansion Global prior to the sale. “And it’s only had two owners, which is unheard of with Frank Lloyd Wright homes.”

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The Agency is proud to congratulate Marilyn Cavanaugh, who was recently honored at the 5th Annual Scottsdale Women's Council of Realtors Top Women in Real Estate event. This yearly ceremony recognizes the top ten women in the Scottsdale area’s real estate industry based on their overall sales volume. Marilyn was awarded for top units sold during a ceremony at The Clayton House in Scottsdale last month, which featured guest speaker Dr. Erin Oskol, a psychologist and business success coach. 

“I am honored to be recognized alongside the most successful and hardworking women in real estate today,” says Marilyn. “I am looking forward to the new year ahead and continuing to deliver the best service to my clients in the Arizona market.”

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The Agency in Arizona has been making big moves since their launch in 2017. Earlier this month, the team moved into a sleek new office to make room for their growing team and The Agency family was on-hand to celebrate the new space in style. More than 150 agents, clients, friends and local members of the Scottsdale real estate community gathered to toast the new locale. Also in attendance was The Agency founder and CEO Mauricio Umansky, who joined the festivities with The Agency team including Jack Luciano and Raul Siqueiros, partners at the Arizona office. 

“This event was the perfect way to welcome all our new agents and introduce them to our community,” says Raul. “But it was also an opportunity to celebrate the amazing couple years of business


There are many ways for each of us to reduce our impact on the environment—and the majority are remarkably easy. Here, we highlight five ways to go green. Your planet (and wallet) will thank you.   

MAKE A COMPOST BIN - Cut down on landfill waste by starting your own composting bin. Lots of items that typically fall into the trash can be used to fertilize your plants and lawn—like food waste, grass clippings, coffee grounds and filters. To fashion your own compost bin, simply take a standard trash can with a lid and drill in a few holes for oxygenation. Put the bin outside and maintain a smaller bin in your kitchen (where most compostable items will come from). 

STOP BUYING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES - With their upsettingly long lifespan, plastic


In Arizona—where the weather is consistently warm and sunny— catching glimpses of the seasons can be a rare delight. Here, we highlight four places in Arizona that capture a touch of fall. 

Sedona - Located just two hours north of Phoenix, Sedona is an easy weekend getaway that offers an unforgettable desertscape filled with stunning red rock formations, as well as 1.8 million acres of national forest land. Come November, temps dip to the mild high 60s, comfortable weather for hiking and biking along the area’s miles of trails.

Lockett Meadow - Surrounded by aspen trees, Lockett Meadow campground just north of Flagstaff is one of the state’s most popular spots to watch the leaves change. Its expansive fields also turn from green to gold in the fall. Plus, a


Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Arizona.

GET TOASTY HERE - The Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake October 11-13 is an awesome autumnal celebration with lederhosen-wearing attendees, live music, carnival rides, wiener dog races and plenty of bratwurst and beer—it comes highly recommended by Scottsdale office agent Jamie Harvey.

HAVE A HAPPY HALLOWEEN HERE - This is a unique Halloween celebration perfect for the whole family. Stop by the Salt River Fields on Friday, October 25 where, from 5:00pm to 9:30pm, more than 20 hot air balloons are on display—tethered rides will be offered too. Plus, there will be live music, a costume contest and a free kids play area with dozens of inflatable slides.

Backed by a team of devoted animal-lovers, one of The Agency’s own hosted a happy hour fundraiser and donation drive to support local Scottsdale shelter, Foothills Animal Rescue. Founded in 1995, the shelter works to find foster and permanent homes for abandoned and surrendered cats and dogs.

“I am so inspired by the work of Foothills Animal Rescue,” says Yvonne Matejka, who spearheaded the event. “I know how much love animals bring to people’s lives—adopting my dog, Disko, was such a special moment in my life. The dogs and cats at Foothills Animal Rescue need our support, and I wanted to harness the power of our team and our local network of friends, clients and family to bring attention to this great organization.” 

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The Agency joined forces with Giveback Homes in Park City, Utah and Culver City, California to help construct residences for two families in need. Giveback Homes is an organization comprised of real estate professionals who help fund and build homes for families and individuals around the globe, from Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago and Houston to villages in Nicaragua. Since its founding in 2013, the organization has mobilized teams of volunteer homebuilders and spearheaded fundraising events to support the construction of permanent housing for those in need. 

In Park City, Utah, local agents and CEO and Founder Mauricio Umansky grabbed saws, nails and hammers and helped raise the framework for an all-new home for a mother of two. The home is one of