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Welcome to the Tucson Real Estate Blog! Tucson is a vibrant and exciting place to live. There are many events and activities going on every day along with outstanding places to visit. These great things to do in Tucson along with related news about the Tucson Real Estate market are the focus of this blog.


Thinking About Putting Solar Panels On Your Home?

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – July 11, 2018

Home solar systems are a hot topic in Arizona. No pun intended.

Arizona ranks second in the U.S. for rooftop solar. Arizona ranks first for utility-scale solar power plants.Tucson Electric Power is one of the nation’s leading solar power utilities.

Since Tucson AZ has over 350 days of sunshine each year this shouldn’t be a surprise.

Home solar power system costs have dropped 40% in a few  years. As solar power system costs have declined, residential installations have grown. But is putting solar panels on your home right for you?

Before you pull the solar trigger you need to find out …..READ ON


Tucson Real Estate Newsletter

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – July 2, 2018

Tucson Real Estate Blog PostExtra! Extra! Read all about it.

We have changed the format of our Tucson Real Estate Newsletter into Two editions. The first edition will present the events, activities and goings on in Tucson, AZ.  That is the one we have here.

The second edition will hit the “net” in the middle of the month. The second edition will present the monthly Tucson Housing Statistics from the Tucson MLS. Now named the  Multi Listing Service Of Southern Arizona – MLSSAZ.

Breaking our newsletter into two parts will bring more current information to your. We hope you like the new approach to keeping our clients, family and friends up to date on Tucson, AZ and southern Arizona. …..READ ON


EPA Mandates Phase Out Of R22 Freon Refrigerant

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – June 26, 2018

Yes, there were many reasons to settle the southwest. But without R22 Freon, central air conditioning may not have happened. NO A/C, fewer people, smaller economy, fewer jobs, etc.

R22 Freon makes summers in Arizona comfortable. But R22 refrigerant contains ozone-depleting CFC’s. Although efficient for air conditioning systems, but any leaks of R22 Freon depletes the ozone layer.

And the EPA is phasing out the manufacture of R22 Freon. But there is misinformation and myths surrounding the phase out and R-410A replacement. The facts are…..READ ON


How Tucson Celebrates The Day Of The Dead Procession

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – June 20, 2018

The All Souls Procession (also known as the Day of The Dead celebration) is 4 months away. Early November to be exact.

But put this annual Tucson event on your schedule. You don’t want to miss it. If for no other reason than people watching.

The Day of the Dead evolved from the earliest thoughts of man. Civilizations strive to understand and explain the mysteries of life and death.

Tucson, Arizona is a place with strong Mexican history. So, it’s no surprise, the Day of the Dead is celebrated annually. The celebration is held on the week end close to November 1st and 2nd each year.

It is a fun evening watching the floats and people….READ ON


Pima Air And Space Museum Is A Great Place To Spend A Day

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – June 12, 2018

Pima Air & Space Museum Tucson ArizonaTouch 100 years of aviation history! Be amazed at one of the largest aviation and space museums in the world!

With over 300 historical aircraft, from a Wright Flyer to a 787 Dreamliner, this place is amazing.

Sitting on 80 acres the museum encompasses six indoor exhibit hangars (three dedicated to WWII). FREE docent-led walking tours. Exclusive bus tours of the 2,600-acre “Aircraft Boneyard”/U.S. military Aircraft.

This is a great day outing! A massive collection of well kept aircraft.  A true treasure of history and the volunteers are knowledgeable, friendly and have many stories to share.…..READ ON


See The Latest Tucson Home Sales In Top Communities In Tucson

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – June 6, 2018

tucson real estate blog postSee the Tucson Real Estate Sales April 2018 update for a quick overview of popular community markets, condos and townhouses, and million dollar homes.

The report includes ONLY Single Family Residences (SFR).

Compare the month to month changes for prior years from the Tucson Housing Report archives.

Real Estate is a “local” market and each subdivision and community have its own unique characteristics and home values……READ ON.


Wild Garlic Grill Opens In New Location Near La Encantada

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – May 29, 2018

The Wild Garlic Grill has moved. But the food remains outstanding. A move to a new facility has not changed the creative dishes from Chef Steven Schultz.

Starting in an A & W drive in, the Wild Garlic Grill continues as one of Tucson popular upscale eateries at new location.

You can now shop till you drop and La Encantada and go across Skyline to the Wild Garlic Grill for dinner……READ ON.


The FHA 203K Renovation Loan Is The Reason You Might Want To Buy A Fixer Upper

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – May 23, 2018

tucson real estate blog postHave you been trying to buy a Tucson home, but the ones that fit you budget need repairs and upgrades?

Some properties are almost perfect. Good location, lots of potential, but significant improvements need to be made.

Without those repairs, the home might not be suitable for living, and lenders might be unwilling to fund loans on a property with problems.

Well, consider this. A FHA 203K Renovation Loan.

FHA 203k makes it possible for you to turn that “Fixer Upper” property into a home. Your home that is……READ ON.


Everything You Need To Know About Home Insurance

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – May 16, 2018

A Tucson Home Buyer will need Arizona home insurance and Evidence of Insurance (EOI) before buying a home with a mortgage.

Lenders require it to be in force before Close of Escrow. It protects them and you from loosing one of your biggest investments.

But what insurance coverage do you need?

Here is what you need to know about Arizona home insurance. And some valuable  tips on coverage options you might consider when …..READ ON.


A Lot Has Change When Getting A Mortgage – Here We Dispel 5 Mortgage Myths

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – May 9, 2018

Tucson Real Estate Blog PostToday’s mortgage lenders face conditions that can easily deliver challenges to them and you – the borrower. While they all must use your FICO score, they are not all alike

Buying a house in Arizona with a mortgage has changed a lot since 2008. The changes have also destroyed a number of long time home buying myths.

Prepare yourself to be surprised as we destroy 5 popular myths about buying a house in Arizona with a mortgage……READ ON.


The Sonoran Hot Dog – Its Not Just For Breakfast Any More

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – May 2, 2018

tucson real estate blog post May 2 2018The Sonoran hot dog.

“It’s not your ordinary hot dog with a little bit of ketchup and mustard.

This baby is an all new experience. With the first bite you, you know you’re biting into something pretty unique and damn tasty.”

The Sonoran hot dog is like no other. Wrapped in bacon and grilled until it’s crispy. Then stuffed into a roll called a bolillo (pronouced boh-lee-yoh).

And now the good stuff. Its topped with pinto beans, chopped tomatoes, grilled and raw onions. And if you like mayonnaise, mustard and jalapeño salsa.

A roasted chile güero served on the side. This beauty could not be considered just another hot dog, but…. READ ON.


We Can Guess You Know Trader Joe’s Is In Tucson – But Where?

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – April 25, 2018

The whole town was talking about the first Trader Joe’s opening in Tucson. One could characterize them as “a general store with a unique flare”.

Big stores with cedar planks and staff members wearing Hawaiian shirts.

What gives?

But the unique store interiors are home to a huge offering of grocery items, produce, wines and other stuff.


And pricing is competitive. As Trader Joe’s states “great everyday prices” on great products.

With 4 Tucson locations there is likely to be a Trader Joes’s near you. And if you have never been in a Trader Joe’s, you are in for a treat……READ ON.


Oro Valley Market Place Theater – 12 Screens With Great Movies

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – April 18, 2018

Tucson real estate blog postDid you ever stop to think about how many movies are made every year?

The number is staggering. According to the Motion Picture Association of America, the number fluctuates, but the average seems to be around 600 movies created in the US every year.

And if you add foreign films dubbed in english or english sub-titles, the number is even higher.

This means movie goers have a lot to choose from. And if you live in the Oro Valley, AZ area, the Oro Valley Marketplace Theater is the place to go. With 12 screens…….READ ON.


What Are You Doing This Weekend – Tanque Verde Swap Meet

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – April 12, 2018

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post April 12 18As they say, “One persons trash is another person treasure”.

And if you enjoy watching the “American Pickers” series head out to the Tanque Verde Swap Meet.

No, you don’t have to crawl over piles of stuff to find your treasure. Walking through the exhibits is much easier. And that special “something” may be waiting just around the corner.

The Tanque Verde Swap Meet boasts a wide variety of items from countless sellers every weekend. There is lots of stuff to look at. No weekend is ever the same, so stop by over and over again……READ ON.


Tucson AZ Offers Modern Lifestyles In The Heart Of The Old West

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – April 4, 2018

Tucson AZ at nightTucson is a city in southern Arizona’s Sonora Desert. Five mountain ranges around the city create a stunning backdrop to the desert landscape.

2500 years before Spanish soldiers first walk the land, Hohokam tribes farmed here. Spanish priests and missionaries built missions and worked to convert local peoples to Christianity.

Tucson embraces its history and culture. And the architecture blends its 19th-century beginnings with modern structures that…… READ ON.


Bottega Michelangelo – New Name, New Look, Bigger Menu, Same Location

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – March 28, 2018

Bottega MichelangeloIf you have been in Tucson and Oro Valley for any period of time, you have heard about Michangelos.

This traditiona Italian Restaurant has been in business since 1989. A family owned business serving classic Italian dishes just west of Oracle on Magee Road.

In the fall of 2017, Michelanglos completed a major renovation to the restaurant and the menu. The decor is now a bright contempory setting. Bigger bar area and lots of lighting. The menu was updated and, the hard to have just one, array of deserts is fantastic.

The new name is Bottega Michangelo. And the menu reflects more of the southern Italian cuisine. A bit more spice and bold flavors.

Reopening in November 2017, this mainstay Italian restaurant in Oro Valley has people standing in line. Oh, the happy hour is a great place to gather before dinner. Or just make it dinner………READ ON.


Tucson AZ Real Estate Market For 2017

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – March 19, 2018

tucson real estate blog2017 proved to be a great year for Tucson AZ real estate. Tucson recorded the highest Total Sales Volume in the last ten years.

Driven by listing prices and sales prices levels not seen since the crash in 2007. And prices continue to recover.

The Tucson MLS shows the median sales price of a Tucson home stands at 91.1% of the peak in June 2007. But even with strong growth, home values remain attractive….READ ON.


Meteor Crater – Arizona’s Other BIG Hole In The Ground

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – March 8, 2018

Arizona has two huge holes in the ground in the northern part of the state. The famous Grand Canyon and Meteor Crater.

Meteor Crater is the most well preserved meteorite impact site on earth. The interesting feature of the crater is square outline.

Scientists determined the meteor impact crater resulted from an asteroid hitting the earth. To make the crater, the asteroid was traveling at a speed of 26,000 miles per hour.

Oh, did I mention this took place around 50,000 years ago……..READ ON.


Prep & Pastry – More Than Breakfast

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – February 27, 2018

Prep & Pastry opened in 2014. It became the go to place for a great breakfast. As well as brunch and lunch.

With strong ratings and long waits for a table, a second location opened on Grant Road in 2016. Many believe Prep & Pastry serves the best breakfast in Tucson.

But wait. Prep & Pastry is more than breakfast. Its breakfast, brunch and lunch. And to make it more unique, they serve booze.

Give Prep & Pastry a try. Find out if it meets your expectations……READ ON.


Closing Costs When Buying Or Selling A Tucson Home

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – February 19, 2018

mls statistics chart tucson housing marketThe housing market in Arizona is once again one of the hottest in the country. After suffering through a difficult five years the median home price has continued to increase since September 2011. The median price of a Tucson home is once again over over $200,000.

Closing costs in Arizona can vary across the state and by lender. For most properties, home buyers can expect to pay between 2 and 5% of their home’s sale price in closing costs. These are typical of the closing costs they see on their good faith estimate provided by the lender.

To better understand what closing cost you should expect and how much money will you need to pay them…..READ ON.


Tucson Rodeo And Rodeo Parade February 17 to 25, 2018

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – February 7, 2018

tucson real estate blog postFebruary in Tucson, AZ is packed with events and activities. As curtain descends on the Tucson GEM and Mineral Show, another go up on The Tucson Rodeo.

The Tucson Rodeo, or LA FIESTA DE LOS VAQUEROS, started in 1925. It celebrated the cowboys of the day. In 1925, Tucson was a sleepy town of 10,000. And most of them showed up for the rodeo.

Rodeo activities kickoff on February 17 and run through February 25. With the Rodeo Parade on February 22nd.

This annual event celebrates the history of Tucson and the Old West with ….. READ ON.


Tucson GEM And Mineral Show Underway

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – February 1, 2018

tucson real estate blog postJust in case you haven’t noticed, the Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase opened this week. January 27th to be exact. This is the largest Gem and Mineral trading, collecting, and treasure hunting show in the world. Shoppers from around the world come to hunt for jewelry, jewelry-making supplies, collectibles and treasures.

While this event brings serious collectors from around the world, it’s the “cool” factor that makes it one of the biggest and best events of its kind. Thousands of people from all walks of life come to gawk at gold, oooh over opals, and dig dinosaur fossils.

Tucson’s gem show includes more than 40 different shows at dozens of locations around town. From exhibit halls to hotels and sprawling camps of roadside exhibit tents. The mix of shows is slightly different every yea. And most shows are open to the public with ….. READ ON.


The Coronet Brings Old World European Cuisine To Tucson, AZ

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – January 25, 2018

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post - the coronetTucson has always been a city of gastronomy. Today, it was designated a World City of Gastronomy by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), becoming the first city in the United States to receive such a designation.

And The Coronet Cafe At the Historic Coronado Hotel is one of the reasons why.

The Coronet had long been a bar/restaurant, but didn’t serve food. But the transformation by owners Sally Kane and Gregor Kretschmann. put it on the list of notable Tucson restaurants. And a people watchers paradise.

Inside, The Coronet is a bit cramped room with a few tables hugging the walls. But the patio area is ….READ ON.


The Stunning Tucson Mountain Reveal The Secrets Of Pre-Historic Times

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – January 17, 2018

Tucson MountainsThe Tucson Mountains are one of the mountain ranges surrounding the Tucson Basin. This majestic mountain range is where you will find the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

The Saguaro National Park – west and Old Tucson Studios are on the west side of the Tucson Mountains.

Tucson Mountain Park has approximately 62 miles of non-motorized shared-use trails. The area is popular with hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.

To learn more about the creation of the Tucson Mountains and things to see….READ ON.


TEP Sponsors New Bike Share Program In Downtown Tucson, AZ

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – January 11, 2018

tucson real estate blog post - tep tugo bike shareA new bike share program in downtown Tucson, AZ strives to encourage people to explore the city’s urban area. The Tugo Bike Share program is sponsored by Tucson Electric Power.

TEP has a long standing commitment to the community and theTugo program fits the objectives. The Tugo Bike Share program makes 330 bikes available at 36 self service stations throughout Tucson.

The stations are in areas around the downtown area and the University of Arizona.

For bike station locations and bike rental costs…. READ ON.


Where To Put The Winter Visitors? Think CASITA!

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – January 5, 2018

Tucson real estate blog post CasitaIf you are relocating to Tucson AZ, from a cold winter climate there is one thing you can count on! Family, friends and other visitors interested in spending a few days with you in winter.

And a question we are asked by many of our clients is “Where are we going to put all out guests?”.

The Holiday Inn is always an answer. But for those wanting to be a bit more friendly, a home with a casita OR guest house may be the answer.

In the early days, Casitas were for the servants of the house. But today, they function as guest quarters. Some are free standing structures. Others have an entrance from the home to the guest house. Casitas can be simple or luxurious. It all depends on your budget.

But remember! The more luxurous, the longer your guests are likely to stay.

Is a home with a casita right for you? Learn more about this popular Tucson home amenity…HERE.


Winter Brings Snowbirds To 55+ Communities In Tucson, AZ

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – December 28, 2017

As the cold reality of winter sets in across the Northern United States, many people head for the southwest. Arizona to be exact. And for many, Tucson AZ is at the top of their list for a winter retreat or year round home.

Arizona and Florida have built 55+ communities for retired “boomers” and future retirees. Florida boasts over three hundred 55+ communities. Florida has more to meet the demand from the megalopolis in the Northeast.

Arizona has over one hundred 55+ communities. And almost half of those are in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Check them out. There may just be a perfect home for you in Tucson AZ – HERE.


There Are Lots Of Reasons To Be Living In Arizona

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – December 19, 2017

Tucson real estate blog postAs winter approaches, or arrived, thoughts turn to “Why in the “h..l” am I living in this place. In most cases the answer is “JOB”.

But if your are getting near that time when planning for retirement is on your mind, you might want to start looking at Arizona. No, Arizona isn’t Florida. You know how we know?

No Hurricanes! Actually few natural disasters at all.

Living in Arizona is at the top of many peoples “where to” list. Especially if you have been yearning to get away from from cold winter days?

Living in Arizona is more than a great place to retire. It is a great place to find a job, go to school or start a career. And the weather isn’t bad either.

Got your attention? Here are some good reasons Arizona might be for you….. FIND OUT MORE.


A 203K Mortgage May Be Right For You!

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – December 13, 2017

tucson real estate blog poast - 203K loanA 203k Loan is a cost-effective loan that allows a buyer to finance home repairs and improvements with only a 3.5% down payment.

Home buyers looking for a “fixer upper” should call their mortgage lender about this type of loan. A 203k loan creates just one mortgage that includes the home purchase and renovation. The 203k fha loan can also be used when refinancing an existing Tucson home.

Find out if a 203K mortgage loan will help you buy your dream home in Tucson, AZ- HERE.


Tucson Homes Key Market Updates – October 2017

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – December 7, 2017

Tucson Real Estate Blog PostAlthough October home sales prices were off from the prior month, year over year the averge sales price and median sales price where up over 8% and 12% respectively. Key markets showed similiar mixed results.

Oro Valley saw gains in units sold, but median sales price was down. Tucson home sales in the Catalina Foothills followed the same patern. Unit sales increased, but median sales price declined. Slightly!.

Find more on the top markets in Tucson Real Estate HERE.


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