Wednesday, February 27, 2013
You should take a look at the full-cash value listed on your notification and also make note of the property characteristics and classification. If you note anything that may be incorrect, or if you believe the value given your home does not accurately reflect recent sale values of similar homes in your neighborhood, you may want to talk with the Assessor's office about an appeal.
But first, take a look at the following link to see more information on how the valuation of your Tucson property is set by the Pima County Assessor: Pima County Property Assessment Process
If you think you have grounds for an appeal, here is the link which will give you more information on that process: How to Appeal Your Pima County Property Assessment Keep in mind that an appeal petition filed with the County Assessor's Office must be filed no later than 60 days after the mail date on your "Notice of Valuation" or the deadline date indicated on the notice.
And keep in mind that the County Assessor does not set the tax rates on our Tucson homes, only the valuation on which the individual taxes are calculated.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The expansive front lawn of the Arizona State Museum on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson is the site of the annual Southwest Indian Arts Fair beginning this Saturday, February 23. You will find artists, beautiful Native American jewelry, native foods and wonderful music throughout this two day event. We ended our day last year sitting under a tree with some delicious fry bread while tapping our toes to the music of a Tohono O'odham band. And you will likely find us there again this weekend.
It all happens this Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10am. The Southwest Indian Arts Fair is held at the Arizona State Museum, located near the University of Arizona's Main Gate.
Southwest Indian Arts Fair at the University of Arizona
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Most of the activity continues to be in the lower price ranges, but homes even in the 200,000 - 350,000 range are moving faster in some areas of town. Cash continues to be king, with 36.7% of January Tucson home sales being cash transactions. The number of homes under contract was up 19% in January, so we will watch to see if that does foretell an increase in actual closings in the next month or two.
To see the full report on January Tucson home sales, click the link below.
January 2013 Tucson Home Sale Statistics
Saturday, February 16, 2013
I spotted them while driving home and just finished up a great spicy paprika bratwurst with sauerkraut from the German Food Station. But there is quite an assortment of trucks, including Serial Grillers, Jackie's Food Court, Mafooco, You Sly Dog, Mike's Roadside Cafe, and of course, the German Food Station. They are there until 4pm, so head on over.
|Spicy Paprika Bratwurst...oh my!|
Saturday, February 9, 2013
While the sheer size is a bit overwhelming, I find it best to take it in small bites. Just pick a location, park the car and start walking from vendor to vendor. You will be amazed at the array of beautiful minerals, fossils, gems and art from all over the world. I guarantee that something will catch your eye, and you won’t go back to your Tucson home empty handed.
To help decide where to start your experience, go to www.tucsonshowguide.com and click on “All Shows.” Note that some shows are open for dealers only, but there are plenty open to the public.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Tucson's Santa Cruz Farmers' Market
Mercado San Agustin
Friday, February 1, 2013
It has been a great run of low mortgage rates but the trend may now be towards slightly higher rates due to the improving economy.
30-year fixed rate mortgages averaged 3.53% this week, up from last week's average of 3.42%. 15-year rates averaged 2.81% this week, up from last week's 2.71%. The good news is that these slightly elevated rates are still near historic lows and are still considerably lower than one year ago when 30-year rates averaged 3.87%.
Here is what the chief economist for Freddie Mack, Frank Nothaft had to say about it all: "Mortgage rates continued to trend upwards this week amid a growing economy led in part by the recovering housing market." Citing several positive growth trends in home sales, Mr. Nothaft added "All of these factors helped residential fixed investment to add nearly 0.4 percentage points to real GDP growth in the fourth quarter alone."