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Friday, November 30, 2012

Case-Shiller Index Predicts Tucson Home Prices to Rise in Late 2013...After a Dip - Arizona Daily Star

Tucson home prices are predicted to begin an upward trend beginning in mid-2013, according to the Case-Shiller Index people, who track home-price trends in more than 380 real estate markets in the U.S.   But in the meantime, they are predicting a bit more of a dip between now and then...around 2.5% between now and the second quarter of 2013 in Tucson home prices.  Sale prices of Tucson homes have been relatively stable through 2012, though the October Tucson MLS statistics showed slight declines in both average and median sale prices from September.   November stats should be out in just a few days, so check back here for an update. 

Tucson home prices forecast, and other news

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Get out of town to La Fiesta de Tumacacori this weekend

La Fiesta de Tumacacori, celebrating the history and cultures of the Santa Cruz Valley, kicks off Saturday morning December 1 with the traditional blessing of the fiesta followed by two days of music, dancing, food and crafts. 

Established in 1691 by Father Kino, the Tumacacori Mission is the often overlooked sister to the White Dove of the Desert, the San Xavier Mission closer to Tucson.  But the quiet and relative isolation of the preserved ruins at Tumacacori have always made me feel a little closer to the older history of Southern Arizona and the Spanish missions.  A special attraction to me is the restored mission gardens and orchard.  The Mission Orchard 

The Tumacacori Mission is located on the banks of the Santa Cruz River 50 miles south of Tucson.  Go south on I-19 and take exit 29.  Click the link for more information on La Fiesta de Tumacacori.

  2012 La Fiesta de Tumacacori

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sold! 1010 N Camino Miraflores

This was a wonderful Tucson Mountains home with views, pool and a terrific house.   So it was no surprise that it went under contract in less than a week after it went on the market.  With four bedrooms and three baths, this west side Tucson house featured a lot of custom touches and  upgrades.  Sold for $342,500.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Santa Cruz Farmers Market Today from 3pm to 6pm

Thanksgiving is only a week away, so today is the day to stock up on fresh locally grown produce at the Santa Cruz Farmers Market.  Bread and baked goods are also available.   And if you collected your mesquite pods this year, Desert Harvesters will be there to mill your collection into mesquite flour.

Winter hours are 3 to 6pm.  The Santa Cruz Farmers Market is located at the Mercado San Agustin off Congress just West of I-10.  Click the link below for directions and more details.

Santa Cruz Farmers Market

Monday, November 12, 2012

October Tucson Homes Market Statistics

Both average and median Tucson home sale prices dipped just a bit in October but to levels still in line with the averages of the past six months or so.  The lesson to remember is to not read too much into monthly figures but instead to look at six months or more of statistics to determine any real change or movement in the market.  One trend that has reversed itself is the long drop in number of homes on the market, which started in early 2011 and continued through mid 2012.  The number of homes on the market is now at the highest level since February 2012.  Total home sales for October were up a bit from September but still below the averages of the past six months.  The bottom line...we are still bumping along a plateau in terms of both prices and number of sales. 

For the full report go to Tucson MLS October Sales Statistics

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Preparing Your Tucson Plants for Winter Cold

With a projected low tonight of 34 degrees in Tucson, it is a good time to prepare to protect the plants at your Tucson home for tonight and more cold nights to come.   While our native plants can handle our normal cold nights well enough, our imported annuals and perennials, as well as citrus, are quite sensitive to the cold.  So get out the old bedsheets and check the forecast.  Click the following link for a Tucson Weekly article from Tucson's own  container gardening expert, Marylee Pangman.
Preparing Your Potted Plants for Winter Cold