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Seeing The Grand Canyon In Winter – Scenic But Chilly
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – November 6, 2019
Winter visitors find paths less traveled throughout the park. But if you get prepared for ice and snow the Bright Angel Trail is quieter and scenic drives less congested.
Winter storms can bringing several inches of snow. Crisp air and a dusting of snow bring a new perspective to the temples and buttes of the canyon floor. It also provides a perfect backdrop to view the canyon’s flora and fauna.
Most animals in the park have developed some sort of adaptation to the cold weather. Rock squirrels, seen along the rim during summer, will be storing food for winter.
The North Rim of Grand Canyon closes to vehicle traffic during the winter. But hikers can take a multi-day canyon adventure walking from the South Rim to the North Rim. A winter camping experience in one of the most inaccessible locations in the country.
The South Rim of the park is open year round, and roads are open except in inclement weather. Weather changes at Grand Canyon occur fast and so will visibility.
A multi days visit ensures visitors will be able to experience great views of the canyon. For more on the Grand Canyon….READ ON!
Arizona Central Credit Union In Tucson, AZ
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – October 31, 2019
Some people prefer banks and others credit unions. In Tucson you have both. Big banks and smaller local banks. Big credit unions and smaller credit unions. Which is better for you? Well check this out.
Banks and credit unions are both financial institutions that offer products and services — such as checking accounts and loans — to help you manage your money. But while banks are for-profit institutions anyone can do business with, a credit union is a nonprofit that only offers services and products to its member-owners.
While these two institutions offer many similar products, there are fundamental differences in how they operate. The table below provides some insight into the difference between credit union and bank products and services.
|For-profit institutions that may be privately owned or publicly traded||Nonprofit institutions owned by members|
|No membership required||Membership required|
|Generally lower savings rates and higher fees||Often higher savings rates and lower fees|
|May be national or local||May be national or local|
|Typically offer many, varied financial products||May be more limited in the financial products offered|
|FDIC provides deposit insurance||NCUA provides deposit insurance|
If Credit Union seems a good choice for your, then Arizona Central Credit Union may be one to check out……..READ ON!
10 Moving Tips For Your Move To Tucson AZ Or Anywhere Else
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – October 26, 2019
Arizona is not only a popular place for tourists it is also a popular destination for moving. Whether you live in New York or L.A., you have to admit that Arizona is one of the best states in which to live.
If you are still unaware of this, read about why you should be moving to Arizona. There are, of course, advantages and disadvantages, but every state has those.
Arizona has many things to offer as a place to live. Which is exactly why so many people have been moving there lately. If you like hot weather almost all year long, Arizona is the place to be.
Arizona has over 320 sunny days yearly, which is the majority of the year.
And keep in mind, summertime in Arizona is the off-season if you want to move there. That means your move will be cheaper. Want to plan your move to Tucson….READ ON!
Tombstone AZ – The Perfect Day Trip From Tucson
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – October 14, 2019
It became one of the last boom towns in the American frontier. The town grew into the mid-1880s as the local mines produced $40 to $85 million in silver ore.
Tombstone was the largest productive silver district in Arizona. Its population grew from 100 to around 14,000 in less than seven years. And in the late 1800’s Tombstone was one of the most violent places in the southwest.
The booming city was only 30 miles (48 km) from the U.S.–Mexico border. And an open market for cattle stolen from ranches in Sonora, Mexico.
The Earp brothers—Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan—as well as Doc Holliday, arrived in late 1879. And with their arrival a conflict started with the “Cowboys”. The Cowboys were a loosely organized band of outlaws.
The Cowboys often threatened the Earp’s. And did so over many months until the conflict escalated into a shootout on October 26, 1881. The famous gunfight at the OK Coral.
Want to learn more? Then take a little time and …..READ ON!
Arizona – So Many Great Places To Live
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – September 29, 2019
And the Farmers Almanac suggest this winter is going to be very similar.
So for those who have a choice where they can live, spend the winter or have a winter get away, consider Arizona.
When you do, you will be able to choose from many great places to live. From the warmth of Southern and Central Arizona to the colder cities in Northern Arizona. Northern Arizona is not an escape from winter, but skies can be blue and sunshine prevails.
Want more information on popular cities in Arizona where you can escape winter or live it differently? Well, …..READ ON!
Tips ON DOWNSIZING
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – September 17, 2019
Consider the numbers! Today, single family homes average a bit over 2,600 square feet. That’s according to the United States Census Bureau.
You may not think that’s all too big until you look back at history.
The National Association of Realtors data shows the average home size in 1950 was 1,000 square feet or less. And families were bigger back then.
By those standards, today’s homeowners are living large!
Is moving into a smaller home may feel like a step down? It shouldn’t. And the upsides may outweigh the smaller space.
Smaller homes will save you money, time and reduce the clutter in your life.
Downsizing could be the fresh start you and your family need!
Want to learn more?…….READ ON!
How To Boost Air Quality In Your Home
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – September 5, 2019
CNN reported “The ambient air quality in Tucson and the surrounding areas are ranked high by the EPA. There are few pollutants in the air, keeping allergies low.
The hot, dry climate is one of the contributors to the excellent air quality. If you’re looking for an alternative to a big city, like Phoenix or Los Angeles, Tucson is a good choice.”
But if you want to boost air quality in your home, even if you live in Tucson….. READ ON!
Southwest Architecture Is Everywhere In Tucson
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – August 28, 2019
Southwest Architecture comes out of the Pueblo Revival or Santa Fe style homes. It draws upon the homes built by the Native American of the southwest. And influenced by Spanish settlers of the territory from Mexico to California.
The regional architecture from which the Pueblo style draws its inspiration is primarily found in New Mexico and Arizona, but also Colorado.
The architectural styles in the Southwest come with the cultures that lived there. And the environment in which they had to adapt to.
Native American groups integrated their spiritual beliefs and social needs into their homes. Southwestern-style work often integrates Native American graphics and designs into ornamentation and architecture.
To learn more about Southwest Architecture just …… GO HERE!
The Latest Edition Or Our Tucson Real Estate Newsletter
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – August 19, 2019
For those of us who live in Tucson all year, things are more quiet. Relaxed and maybe, just lazy. But if you are ready to get out and do some things in cool places, this edition of our newsletter is for you.
Get going, right now, right…..HERE
Decoding The Home Inspection Report
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – August 14, 2019
The home inspection report is an important document in the home buying process.
Simple, it gives the buyer the facts on the condition of the home they are about to buy. And what items aren’t functioning as they should.
The inspection exposes hidden health and safety issues of the home. Both inside and around the home.
Every home inspectors provides a written “inspection report” on what they found.
The home inspection report covers all major systems in a home and appliances. Major systems include, foundation, electrical, roof, A/C, heating, and plumbing.
The home inspection also checks the operation of the stove, oven, and dishwasher. And make observations on the condition of the homes structure and foundation or slab.
Most Tucson Home inspectors take photos of any items they identify as needing repair. They will describe the condition and actions to repair the item.
To better understand a home inspection report …….GO HERE!
Easiest Tucson Home Search On The Web
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – August 6, 2019
We have been Tucson Realtors since 2002. We know Tucson and the Tucson Real Estate market.
As a top Realtor duo, we invest the time to understand your home buying interests and desires.
That’s why we created a quick and easy home search to jump start the process for buyers considering Tucson, AZ. Its aimed at everyone from those familiar to others who may not even know where Tucson is.
Here are 4 fast and easy Tucson home searches to get you started. Our website – which you already found – has many more. Just CLICK the “Buyer” tab and dive in. But to get you started FAST…. GO HERE!
Creating Curb Appeal Will Help Sell Your Home – FAST!
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – July 31, 2019
Creating curb appeal frames your home and creates an indelible “first impression”.
It provides a distinctive look that says the owner takes pride in their home.
Great curb appeal gets the attention of potential buyers. And, better yet, it helps convert potential buyers into proud new owners.
For helpful tips on what to do …. Start HERE!
Ready To Move To Arizona? Big Question – What City?
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – July 24, 2019
Others want to be able to play golf, swim, play tennis or hike any time they choose throughout the year.
For retirees, a top consideration is cost of living. For year around residents jobs and careers are at the top of the list.
The problem is how can you decide where to live in Arizona? The answer?
Compare Arizona cities on your list and discover which one will be best for you!
You can do that right….. HERE!
How To Create A Southwest Flair In Your Home
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – July 17, 2019
When you think of southwest style decorating, places throughout the western United States such as Colorado, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico come to mind.
Southwestern decor is warm and full of energy with a hint of rugged appeal. The style uses unique geometric patterns, artisan-made pottery, and rough-yet-cozy aesthetics.
Colors are key. Rich colors. Turquoise and terracotta accents make solid wood furniture stand out. Utilized patina iron, distressed leather or weathered wood for that “perfect” southwest feel.
Common motifs are Native American and ranch-inspired, including lassos, animal hides, and dream catchers. For tip on how to bring a “Southwest Flair” to your home, giddy up and head……..HERE!
Featured New Listing In Marana, AZ
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – July 12, 2019
New interior paint, tile floors and 3 car garage. 3 bedrooms – 2 full baths. Priced at $259,900.
Close to community pools, tennis, skateboard, basketball courts, baseball and toddler parks, plus jogging/walking trails.
ALL appliances stay. Want more on this home. Well head ……HERE!
Give Your Outdoor Kitchen A Southwest Design
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – July 6, 2019
We who live in Arizona and the surrounding US Southwest have ample opportunity to take advantage of outdoor kitchens.
You’ll want access to any number of modern appliances and conveniences. However, since it’s going to be outdoors, how might you incorporate a southwestern flair into the design?
Here are three themes that will make your outdoor southwest kitchen design feel like it belongs…. — HERE!
Tips For A Successful Kitchen Remodel
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – July 5, 2019
More than any room in the house, the kitchen needs to be practical and functional. To start think about how you use your current kitchen. Identify your priorities for the remodeled space.
And be sure to understand where the lighting needs to be. No matter your age, lighting needs to be bright and in the right places. For seniors this is especially important.
With age, the eyes may not see things as well. And lights become a big help.
So before you start bashing down walls consider these important tips — HERE!
There Is Over 5,000 Subdivisions/Neighborhoods In Tucson – See Homes For Sale In Each One
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – June 6, 2019
Search for homes by Tucson AZ neighborhoods/subdivisions by area of Tucson. The areas are set by the Tucson MLS service. Tucson covers about 600 square miles when you include all the communities, towns and cities.
And the topography varies dramatically as you travel throughout the area. Home styles, topography, lifestyles and amenities also change.
Tucson home lot sizes vary by area and neighborhood. New neighborhoods tend to have smaller lots. Older neighborhoods out of the Central Area will have larger lots. Many options and choices are available. ……HERE!
Looking For A Golf Community In Tucson? Well Here They Are!
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – May 29, 2019
But back to El Rio. El Rio is a typical of desert golf courses designed before the 1980s. Flat terrain, tight tree-lined fairways and postage stamp greens. El Rio operated as a private club for over 30 years. But it didn’t survive.
The City of Tucson purchased it and opened it to the public in 1968.
As with the population of Tucson, the number of golf courses have also grown. Courses include Public/Daily Fee, Semi Private and Private Golf courses. Most, but not all, 55+ communities have a golf course.
So if you are looking for a home in a Tucson golf community, start your search here. Select any Area Map of interest. And “click” the price range of interest. Wala, Homes for sale by price range or Tucson AZ Neighborhoods ……HERE!
Tucson Real Estate Newsletter – Premier Tucson Homes
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – May 20, 2019
LOTS OF PARKING SPACES!
LESS TRAFFIC – A LOT LESS!
And of course, lots of summer events and things to do in Tucson.
Catch the late May and June events right here. And for anyone looking to buy a home in Tucson check out our featured homes. Get going, right now, right…..HERE
Latest Updates On Tucson Schools
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – May 15, 2019
While public schools abound, there are also a large number of “charter” schools. BASIS being the most notable.
Tucson students ready for post high school education have the University of Arizona. The U of A and Pima Community College provide a broad range of programs and degree options.
To find out more on school district and post high school options, Start …..HERE
Premier Tucson Homes Featured Homes – May 2019
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – May 9, 2019
To jump start your process we provide “our” list of featured homes in Tucson, AZ.
We review all active listings on the Tucson MLS and select our favorites. These homes showcase what is available in the Tucson Real Estate market. And with the home inventory levels so low, one of these may be what you are looking for.
We hope you find our featured listings of interest. And don’t hesitate to call to ask questions about any home on our list OR to discuss the details of what you want. Start your Tucson home search …..HERE
Are All Tucson Arizona Realtors Alike – Hell NO!
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – April 30, 2019
Most Realtors have a website showing Tucson homes for sale. The website will show the company they work for and how to contact them.
On the surface, all Tucson realtors look alike. But are they?
What makes some realtors good and others great? What’s the secret sauce to delivering the highest level of service to each and every client? How do some realtors put the PRO in professional and others don’t?
Choosing a Realtor to work with is one of the single most important steps in buying or selling a home. To learn more…GO HERE
The Answer To The Question “What’s A Casita?”
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – April 23, 2019
The casita is a growing real estate staple in the American Southwest. This is especially true for home buyers looking to downsize. The utility of the “casita” is makes a smaller home more livable when the quests arrive.
Casista in Spanish, the word means “small house”. A casita will have it’s own plumbing and electrical systems. Rooms include a bedroom and bathroom. The more grand casitas may even have a small kitchen. For more on homes with casitas…… GO HERE
Answers To Frequently Ask Questions From Home Buyers
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – April 19, 2019
You have cash for the down payment and ready to make an offer.
But before you pull the trigger there are some very important questions you’ll want to ask first.
Here are some questions and answer many buyers have as they get ready to “sign on the bottom line”….. You have questions – we have answers — HERE
Ever Wonder The Risk Of Natural Disasters In Arizona?
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – April 7, 2019
Tornadoes are rare. But haboobs do occur in the Phoenix area. Some are unbelievable.
Hurricanes get shredded before they can reach us. Some from the Gulf will push heavy rain into the State.
Summer “monsoons” bring rain and wind. Some times they do create damage. But now where near a tornado.
Mid westerners find it laughable and weak after they move to Arizona.
But wild fires due occur. Lighting or humans are the usual cause. The good news is they occur in rural areas and wild lands not cities and urban areas.
So if you want natural disasters on an apocalyptic scale you need to go east or west a state or two. Texas, Oklahoma, and California.
For more ….GO HERE!
THE Tucson Mountains – Majestic and Magical
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – March 27, 2019
Although small in size, this range dominates the western area of Tucson.
The Tucson Mountain Park is almost 20,000 acres and one of the largest owned by a local government.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a major Tucson attraction in the west area of Tucson. Saguaro National Park, and Old Tucson Studios are at the southern end of the Tucson Mountain.
For more on this scenic mountain range in Tucson….GO HERE!
The Lost Barrio – Hard To Find – But A Unique Place To Shop
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – March 22, 2019
“The Lost Barrio Tucson” Warehouse Shopping District is three blocks filled with quaint shops and galleries. Located in a historic warehouse district of Tucson known as the Barrio San Antonio.
Everything is unique at the shops and galleries in the Lost Barrio. Antiques, home accessories, gift items, handcrafted furniture, fine art, rugs, tribal and folk art, Asian art, architectural elements, and Mexican imports.
And look for Tooley’s. A small cafe with a casual breakfast and lunch menu. The Lost Barrio world importers and artisans have created an exciting and colorful interior design and gift shopping destination with something for everyone.
For more on this unique place to shop in Tucson, AZ …. GO HERE!
El Conquistador Golf Club – Oro Valley Community Center
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – March 18, 2019
The Town of Oro Valley purchased the El Conquistador Country Club in December 2014.
The facilities including the golf course are now the Oro Valley Community & Recreation Center. The facility expands the amenities of Oro Valley.
The El Conquistador Golf Club remains as it was. Two 18 hole courses at the community center and 9 holes at the Hilton Resort.
The Oro Valley Community & Recreation Center has 15 lighted tennis courts. With 16 more at the Hilton Resort. The facility also has 2 pickleball courts, 2 racquetball courts and 2 swimming pools. Fitness classes including Pilates, yoga, aqua, Tai Chi, boot camps, and interval classes.
The fitness center offers a full range of equipment. Cardio equipment, Life Fitness treadmills; Precor and Life Fitness upright and recumbent bikes. And there is more. Precor and Life Fitness elliptical machines, Concept rower, and weight and exercise room.
The bottom line is there is a lot to do at the Oro Valley Community and Recreational Center. Learn more ….HERE!
Our March Tucson Newsletter Is Here!
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – March 15, 2019
If you are a resident of visitor don’t miss these events coming in April. And don’t miss the gardening tip! Find out what is happening in Tucson in April— HERE!
Getting Answers To The Question – Where To Retire?
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – March 12, 2019
If you are in that group, you are a baby boomer. Born between 1946 and 1964. Over 24 “boomers” have already retired. And 54 million more will.
Want some insight on the states and cities boomers are headed for? Start— HERE!
New Listing In Vail, AZ
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – March 1, 2019
16917 S. Orchid Flower Trail Vail, AZ – 2,595 SF – 5 Bedroom – 4 Bath – Casita in gated Sycamore Canyon.
The front courtyard and fountain draws you into this “architectural digest” decorated home. The main home has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. A 282 SF casita is perfect as an office or guests that just won’t leave.
A large foyer and great room creates open space and great views. And the kitchen is a cooks dream. Stainless steal appliances, a breakfast bar & nook plus its own patio access.
A split bedroom floor plan gives the owners privacy when guests arrive. And real cherry hardwood floors make everyone feel warm and comfortable. The master bedroom has a two-way fireplace to enjoy your master bath retreat.
Call us to arrange a showing – 520-940-4541
Just Listed In Oro Valley, AZ
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – February 25, 2019
The great room floor plan is an entertainers delight. The large kitchen is open to the great room and dining area. Guests can visit and stroll out to the patio to enjoy the pool, spa and BBQ. Oh, and the views of course!
Frequent block parties, so be ready to meet your neighbors. Take a look — HERE!
Call us to arrange a showing – 520-940-4541
Ventana Canyon Golf And Luxury Homes
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – February 12, 2019
The Ventana Canyon Golf Courses are located in Ventana Canyon. It is one of the most beautiful canyons in the Santa Catalina front range. And one of the least visited. To find out why read the rest of the article.
The two 18 hole courses created by Tom Fazio wind through the foothills canyons and arroyos. Both courses, Mountain and Canyon, have received awards and accolades.
These courses are a “must play” for any golfer visiting Tucson, AZ.
Each of the Ventana Canyon golf courses challenge a players ball striking accuracy. If you are a golfer, the Mountain and Canyon courses need to be experienced when in Tucson, AZ. Get a quick read on each course – HERE…..
Home Sales Update On The Popular Tucson Communities And More
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – February 6, 2019
And those uniqueness’s mean home values and sales trends will be different.
Likewise, people buy homes in Arizona for different reasons. For many buyers, it is the warm weather, 320+ days sunshine or the beauty of the great Southwest.
While others want to be able to play golf the year around. Or swim, play tennis or hike on any given day.
Check out the latest Tucson “local market” homes sales data in 9 of Tucson top Real Estate markets. GET A QUICK UPDATE NOW…..
How To Decorate Or NOT Decorate Your Southwest Home
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – January 29, 2019
For many Tucson home buyers decorating their new is a new adventure. They’ve relocated with the excitement of living in their new southwest home.
The native American and Spanish believe that colors can protect against evil spirit. The proof is in the colors used in most of Southwestern interior designs.
One reoccurring question is “Why are the Southwestern interior paint colors very warm?” The answer is pretty simple. Bright and bold colors resembles the colors of the Mother Earth.
Turquoise and blue-green colors reflect the sky. Orange and yellows reflect the desert. Learn more about… HERE
Top 5 Home Improvement Projects Buyers Want
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – January 24, 2019
But some projects can add significant value to your home.
With housing prices increasing, now is the time to invest in your home and increase its value. But recognize, not all projects will return their full investment.
Some of the simple upgrades actually return more than the bigger ones. And buyers aren’t as interested in starting projects after they move in.
A bathroom renovation may not return its full investment, but it will help sell your home.
So which home improvement projects should you invest in?
Lets find out….. HERE
PIMA County Best Place To Retire In Arizona
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – January 17, 2019
U.S.A Today published the finding of a survey by 24/7 Wall St. on the best places to retire in every state. In Arizona, PIMA County is identified as the best place to retire. And guess what! Tucson is in PIMA County.
It comes as no surprise that Baby Boomers – people born from 1946 to 1964 – started turning 65 in 2011 and are today entering retirement in unprecedented numbers. According to the National Institute on Aging, this generation is retiring at a rate of 10,000 people per day.
And by 2030, 20 percent of the U.S. population will be comprised of elderly Americans, climbing from 15 percent in 2015.
The 24/7 Wall St. survey created an index of 17 health and economic factors in U.S. counties and areas considered equivalent to counties by the U.S. Census Bureau. These included parishes and boroughs.
Only counties where the 65-and-over population grew at least as fast as the nation and was larger than the national average were considered. The key data for PIMA County included
- Population: 1,007,257
- 65 and older population: 18.1 percent (7th of 15 counties)
- Primary care physicians: 82.5 per 100,000
- Estimated monthly living expenses for family of 2: $3,876.65 (14th out of 15 counties)
- Median home value: $166,300
Modern Living In The Old Southwest
Along with available healthcare services, the Median home value is a big factor in selecting PIMA County and its biggest city – Tucson. Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona. It is a vibrant city with lots of events, activities and things to do.
Although Tucson’s is higher then the PIMA county average, the median price of a home in Tucson in $205,000. Below that in many other states considered as a retirement destination.
So if you are considering where to live after you retire, consider Tucson, AZ in PIMA County. Want to compare the cost of living for cities in Arizona? Start HERE!
What’s A Mid Century Modern Home And Where Can You Find One
Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – January 8, 2019
Perhaps bringing back strong childhood memories and seeking to recreate them today.
The notable characteristics of the mid century homes include their flat lines, rectangular shape, large glass windows and open floor plan space.
Homes had simple lines and large windows that attempted to blend the inside of the home with nature.
Tucson AZ had been a significant location for military personal during the war years. Thousands of Army Air Force and Navy pilots were trained at Ryan Field and what is now the Marana Airport.
Many of these people returned to the Tucson area to live after the war and purchase a home in a new subdivision – a mid century modern home – for their families.
Some of the most beautiful mid century homes in the west!
For more on Tucson’s Mid Century Modern homes and where to find one…..HERE
Past Tucson Real Estate Blog Posts can be found – HERE!