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Welcome to the latest edition of our 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.

Our Tucson Blog Post provides updates on the many things to do in Tucson along with related news about the Tucson Real Estate market are the focus of this blog. Enjoy…


PIMA County Best Place To Retire In Arizona

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – January 17, 2019

tucson real estate blog post PIMA County ArizonaU.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
• Est. 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

tucson real estate blog postToday’s interest in mid century modern home styles appears rooted in nostalgia. Baby boomers remember growing up in a home built during the mid century modern home period.

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


The Latest News On November Tucson Home Sales

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – December 26, 2018

Our November 2018 report shows strong gains in average sales price, median sales price and average list price.

November’s Median Sales Price is up a strong 6.8% from December 2017. With a low inventory of homes and winter visitors and snowbirds in Tucson, demand might be strong.

Winter weather across the northern portion of the United States is making people think about where they want to live. And Tucson, Arizona is a top pick for planning for their retirement years or a winter get away.

Warm weather, 320+ days sunshine and the beauty of the great Southwest beats the cold, snow and wet winters hands down.

While others just want to be able to play golf the year around or swim, play tennis or hike on any given day. Check out the November Tucson homes sales. Get a quick update…..HERE


Tucson Makes Fodor’s List Of 52 Places To Visit In 2019

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – December 14, 2018

Since its been a couple of weeks since our last post, we have a holiday special. As residents of Tucson we know its a great place to live.

And its is a wonderful place to visit if you don’t live here.

Why would I say that? Well, Fodor’s list of places to visit in 2019 includes Tucson. Fodor is a recognized publisher of travel information around the world.

Yes, there are other U. S. cities on the list. Along with some unbelievable locations world wide.

Some we have been to, most we have not. But we are pleased to see Tucson being recognized as a place to visit. And if you do, you may just decide to move here.

To read more about Tucson and the other “places to visit in 2019” on Fodor’s list……READ ON!


Want To Quickly Compare Tucson Home Prices?

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – November 29, 2018

tucosn real estate blog post - compare home pricesAre you considering a move to Southern Arizona? Considering the Greater Tucson Area?

If you are, a big question for you might be – “How Do Home Prices Compare To Where I Live Now?” Or “How Much Home Can I Get In Tucson For My Money?”

Here is a quick way to answer those questions. Our easy to use Tucson MLS portal. Or MLSSAZ. That’s short for “Multiple Listing Service Of Southern Arizona.

Yea, that’s a lot of words. But our MLSSAZ portal covers a big area.

You can approach your home search in one of two ways.

First, if you are familiar with the greater Tucson, use one of the first three home searches.

Second, if you not know much about the Tucson area, use the “bedrooms” and “price” home search.

All these searches will give you a good idea of how much home you can buy for your money. Start your Tucson home search here.  GET STARTED!


The 203 Loan For Buying A Home OR Renovating Your Existing Home

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – November 20, 2018

tucson real estate blog post 203K loansHome buyers looking for a “fixer upper” should call their mortgage lender to explore a 203K Renovation loan.

Using a 203K renovation loan means there is ONE loan. One loan to buy and renovate a home. The FHA 203K loan is useful when refinancing an existing Tucson home that needs updating.

And it is also a great way to finance a home renovation on your present home. Yes, a renovation on the home you are living in today. For more details on the 203 Renovation Loan READ ON!


Our List Of “Things To Do In Tucson” for 2019

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – November 14, 2018

With just 6 more weeks to go in 2018, its time to start planning for the 2019 Events, Attractions and “Things To Do” in Tucson, AZ.

One of the great pleasures of living in Tucson is the endless array of annual events. And they begin in late January.

The Gem and Mineral show is the first major event of the year. And it a doozie! The largest in the world. But there are dozens more to follow.

For instance, the 4th Avenue Spring/Winter street fair. The 4th Avenue street fair is held in March and December each year. They are both good fun, but the March event is the biggie.  There are over 400 booths of crafts, art, food and entertainment. There are usually over 200,000 visitors to the street fair each year

So be ready for things to come in 2019 with our list of “Things To Do In Tucson”. Get ready, get set – READ ON!


Answers To Mortgage Questions – 10 Steps To Get A Mortgage

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – November 6, 2018

tucson real estate blog postsWith all paperwork and time, getting a mortgage can feel like an obstacle course. But its not a problem if you take the time to understand the home buying process.

Here’s a quick video showing you how to get a mortgage, step by step.

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions most people make. And a mortgage makes it possible. No mortgage, no home.

Unless you have a lot of cash. Want to know more? READ ON!


Tucson Golf Communities And More

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – October 29, 2018

tucson real estate blog post tucson golf communitiesGolf in Tucson dates back to the early 1930’s. El Rio was Tucson’s first full service country club. Today, El Rio is one of five city-run courses. The others are Fred Enke, Silverbell, Dell Urich and Randolph North.

As Tucson has grown so has the number of golf courses and golf communities. Interested in an active adult community with a golf course? Tucson has it!

Considering a quiet subdivision with a public golf course nearby? Tucson has it.

Want a luxury home in a gated golf course community? Tucson has it!

The bottom line is that for anyone that enjoys golf, Tucson should be on your list of places to live or retire too.

Golf courses in Tucson and the surrounding communities grew along with the population. Courses include Public/Daily Fee, Semi Private and Private Golf courses. Is there a golf course community for you? The answer is …..READ ON!


The Day Of The Dead Celebration – One More Reason To Live In Tucson, AZ

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – October 22, 2018

tucosn real estate blog post day of the deayThe Day Of The Dead and All Souls Procession is one of the most authentic public ceremonies in North America. From its humble beginnings as a person celebration of a fathers life, it continues today.

It is bigger, bolder and provides a creative vibrance in downtown Tucson.

With over 150,000 participants, Dia De Los Muertos Or Day Of The Dead is an annual event. Preparation begin in October and conclude with the All Souls Procession in November. The first week in November to be specific.

A two-mile long wave of people dressed in macabre garb winds its way down 4th Avenue into the City. The procession ends with a ceremonial burning of a huge Urn filled with wishes for those who have passed.

The Day Of The Dead All Souls Procession is a great annual event in Tucson……READ ON!


Tucson AZ Makes New York Times “36 Hours In..”

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – October 9, 2018

Tucson Real Estate Blog PostFor those of us that are full time residents in Tucson, AZ, we have seen a increditable rejuveination. Over the last decade, downtown Tucson and undergone major changes.

But instead of adding strip malls and high-rises, old buildings were reborn. Some became movie houses. Others museumes.

Tucson has shed its image as a place retirees and snowbirds go to get a tan. Not any more my friend, not any more.

The City of Tucson has morphed into a youthful and multicultural urban landscape. And the five mountain ranges surrounding the city are a stunning backdrop to it all.

There are dozens of annual events and attractions happening in Tucson every year. Come to the “Old Pueblo” for a visit or find that perfect home and make it your next place to be.

The changes have reached out to Tucson’s surrounding communities. Oro Valley and Marana grew and along the way came first class amenities. Shopping, restaurants and community facilities. Even a Ritz-Carlton in Dove Mountain.

Even the New York Times took note. It recently made Tucson the focus of its popular “36 Hours In…” segment. To read how they view Tucson…..READ ON!


Find The Latest Home Sales INFO On The Popular Tucson Communities And More

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – October 2, 2018

All Real Estate is a “local” market. Each subdivision and community has its own unique characteristics and home values.

The reasons for owning a home in Arizona is different for each Arizona home buyer. For many buyers, it is the warm weather, 320+ days sunshine or the beauty of the great Southwest.

While others just want to be able to play golf the year around or swim, play tennis or hike on any given day. Check out the Tucson homes sales data in 9 of Tucson Real Estate markets. GET A QUICK UPDATE NOW…..


How Does Light Affect Your Sleep?

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – October 1, 2018

Tucson real estate blog postAre you tired? Could you put your head down on a desk right now and fall asleep?.

Did you go to bed late last night, but had trouble falling asleep. And then woke up too early. And let’s not kid ourselves, it may be the light you have in your bedroom.

Living in Southern Arizona means one thing. Lots of sunshine! Over 320 days a year. And while the bright blue skies are beautiful, the sun light may be affecting your sleep.

Would you believe that

  • Lack of sleep causes people to exercise less
  • When you sleep less, you eat more the next day
  • Even if you eat well AND exercise, you lose less fat when you’re not getting enough sleep

So, how does light affect your sleep? You may be surprised… READ ON


Find The Latest Home Sales INFO On The Popular Tucson Communities And More

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – October 2, 2018

All Real Estate is a “local” market. Each subdivision and community has its own unique characteristics and home values.

The reasons for owning a home in Arizona is different for each Arizona home buyer. For many buyers, it is the warm weather, 320+ days sunshine or the beauty of the great Southwest.

While others just want to be able to play golf the year around or swim, play tennis or hike on any given day. Check out the Tucson homes sales data in 9 of Tucson Real Estate markets. GET A QUICK UPDATE NOW…..


Home Staging – A Key Step In Getting A Home Sold

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – September 28, 2018

Home staging is about illusions. It’s how David Copperfield would sell a house. With the right amount of magic everything changes. It’s beyond decorating and cleaning. It’s about perfecting the art of creating moods.

Staging makes a house look bigger, brighter, cleaner and warmer. Best of all, it makes home buyers want to buy it. And make it their home.

Contrary to what you might think, staging is NOT the first step to prepare your home for sale. Staging comes after the cleaning, decluttering, paint, and made minor repairs. It’s all about dressing the house for sale.

It’s about adding the small details. The lipstick, mascara and a simple strand of pearls. But there is even more READ ON…..


Oro Valley Is Rushing To Develop Land At Tangerine and Thornydale

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – September 17, 2018

The Town of Oro Valley is moving forward to develop 885 acres of at Tangerine and Thornydale. Now state land, Oro Valley is proposing to buy and develop it.

High-density Condo, Apartment (up to five stories high) and Townhome parcels. Upwards of 1500+ units and the potential for over 1500+ single-family homes on small 5500 sq ft lots. In all, there will be 3000+ units and commercial sites all on 885 acres.

This is the largest rezoning and annexation in Oro Valley in over a decade. And there is concern the project is being rushed through the process before new leadership takes office…….READ ON (Note – you will need to scroll down 7 articles for the full details)


The Future Of Solar Power Dims In Tucson, AZ

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – September 12, 2018

The future of Solar Power in Tucson and Southern Arizona dimmed yesterday. Why?

Under the direction of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), TEP and other utilities are reducing subsidizes for new users of rooftop power systems.

And the plans proposed by TEP were approved on September 11, 2018. TEP was granted permission to remove the Net-Metering program for new customers. The decision goes into effect in 10 days.

So, what now? READ ON


Home Inspection – Don’t Buy A Home Without One!

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – September 5, 2018

Tucson Home InspectionA Tucson home inspection gives a home Buyer the details on the condition of the home they are about to buy. And even more inportant, the home inspection report identifies things that need to be repaired.

Also, a home inspection can expose hidden health and safety issues that exist within the home.

The home inspection report will cover all major systems in a home and appliances. Major systems include, foundation, electrical, roof, A/C, heating, and plumbing……READ ON


Dove Mountain Golf At The Highlands Golf club

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – August 22, 2018

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post Highlands At Dove Mountain GolfThe Highlands at Dove Mountain is an 18-hole championship course designed by renowned golf course architect, Arthur Hills.

The golf course is the heart of the 55+ community – the Highlands At Dove Mountain. An active adult community with around 1,500 homes.

Opened in 1997, The Highlands at Dove Mountain course offers diverse playing environments. The front nine holes play through the flats. It offers suttle undulations and unforgettable character.

The back nine is an interesting and challenging change of pace. It plays through hilly terrain, wrapping around mountains and meandering by lakes.

The course creates risk/reward opportunities to test each player’s skills. Whether novice or seasoned golfer……READ ON


What You Need To Know To Find The Best Realtor

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – August 15, 2018

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post - Find The Best RealtorIt should come as no surprise that the internet is the place home buyers start their home buying process. The “net” has information on states, cities, homes for sale, and realtors.

Selling a home is also made easier. One can compare home prices in an area and get an estimate of what their home might sell for.

Does “Zillow” come to mind? But how good are the “Zestimate“?

The internet is a great tool, but at the end of the day most people will use a Realtor to buy or sell a home.

Once again the internet is a valuable tool to find a Realtor. But with all the Realtor websites, what do you need to know to find the best Realtor. Best for you anyway.

And despite the high stakes, many buyers and sellers give little thought to choosing an agent. Whether they’re buying or selling.

To choose the best Realtor for you, you will need to do some work. Invest some time to interview agents. How many? Well that depends on you.

Some people go with a friends recommendation. Others want to make a careful and critical examination. In either case here are some valuable tips to consider that will save you time and money…..READ ON


Xeriscape – Landscapes That Make Sense In Tucson, AZ

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – August 7, 2018

Tucson real estate blog postHave you ever heard the word Xeriscape? Do you know what is is? Although it is popular in the southwest, it can be found in most regions of the United States.

Need a hint? The word “Xeriscape” is derived from a combination of two Greek words: “xeros” (dry) and “scape” (view). So if you are connecting the dots and are thinking “dry scape” you are getting close. But not quite there.

So if you want to know what “Xeriscape” is and the 7 principles behind it…….  READ ON


Tucson Real Estate Market – 2018 Mid Year Review

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – July 30, 2018

tucson real estate blog post - 2018 mid reay reviewOur 2018 Mid Year Review sees Arizona’s economy growing faster than the nation. In both 2017 and 2018.

That is what the University Of Arizona Eller School of Business reported on June 7, 2018.

Arizona added jobs, population, and income at solid rates last year. Population growth hit 1.5% and personal income rose 4.3% before inflation.

The Phoenix Metropolitan Area (MSA) leads of growth in Arizona. But the Tucson MSA improved its growth during the last two years. The forecast of continued national growth sets the stage for continued….. READ ON


Tucson Historic Homes Are Sought After And Treasured

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – July 25, 2018

tucson real estate blog post - historic tucson homesHistoric Tucson homes are a coveted segment of the Tucson Real Estate market.

But why would such these older home be sought after? The answer is simple. There aren’t many homes that offer the location, charm, character, and craftsmanship of a historic Tucson home.

When looking for a historic Tucson home the neighborhood is everything. The more notable the historic Tucson neighborhood the higher the price and …..   READ ON


Can You Guess The Hottest State In The US?

Tucson Real Estate Blog Post – July 18, 2018

tucson real estate blog postEver wonder which state was the hottest state in the United States?

Probably not. Why would you?

But if you have an inquiring mind and like trivia, here is an interesting bit of information.

Now if you live in Southern Arizona, you know it gets hot during the summer. But is it hot enough to make Arizona the hottest state in the U.S. during the summer? Maybe-Maybe Not!

24/7 Wall St. studied this question and released their findings in May, 2018.

The study examined the average temperatures in each states for June, July, and August. The hottest months of the year. Then they ranked the hottest states.

And guess which state is the hottest…..READ ON


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


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