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Friday, October 11, 2013

Stat of the Week: Average Tucson Sale Price Down for Second Month in a Row

The Tucson real estate market continues to show remarkable balance, compared to the mini-bubbles we are seeing in Phoenix and some other areas of the country.  The just-released statistics for September 2013 shows the average Tucson home sale price was actually down for the second month in a row.  The September average sale price was $189,042 which, while down 1.17% from August, was still up 3.85% from the September 2012. 

The total unit sales for September was 1051, down 12.78% from August, but still up 12.05% from a year ago.  The number of active listings in September was 4,717, up 11.01% from August, and also up 22.68% from September 2012.

For a link to a pdf file of the full September report, click:  Tucson MLS September 2013 Market Statistics

So what is selling in Tucson?  As always, single family homes predominate with townhomes and condos bringing up second and third place.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hear Me Play!! Tucson Concert Band's Fall Concert This Sunday

Yes, that will be me in the middle of the trombone section.  Join us on Sunday for the Tucson Concert 's Fall Concert, under the direction of Lorelei Conrad and Arno Dittrich.  We will be playing a lively concert featuring band classics, marches, show tunes and movie themes. And a clarinet solo by our own Bob Sagar on John Williams' Viktor's Tale.

Admission is free!, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Cholla Magnet High School is located at 2001 West Starr Pass Boulevard (just two miles west of I-10)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

New Winter Hours at the Santa Cruz Farmers Market This Thursday

It may still feel like summer, but the Thursday Santa Cruz Farmers Market has now changed to its 3pm to 6pm Winter hours.   And I am seeing a change in the produce available, with the summer holdovers of tomatoes, peppers and squash starting to yield space to greens, herbs, apples and winter squash.

This week is also the fall seed exchange so bring any extra seeds you may have gathered and saved, and you never know what new and exciting ones you will go home with.

The Santa Cruz Farmers Market is located at the Mercado San Agustin on Congress Street just west of I-10 and downtown. 

Santa Cruz Farmers Market Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Selling that Smoke Scented House

Whooey!  One of the first things a potential buyer will comment on when walking into a listing is odor...whether it is from the garlic fish dinner the sellers enjoyed the night before, the frequent kitty "incidents" on the carpet, or the most enduring odor...cigarette smoke. 

But where the fish dinner scent will eventually go away, and even the kitty accidents can be scrubbed out, the smell of cigarette smoke can be enduring.  Years of cigarette smoke tend to be absorbed into the carpet, drapes, paint and especially in those delightful popcorn ceilings so popular in the 1970's and early '80s.  And that scent does NOT want to come out.  Replacing carpet and repainting the interior of the house helps, but good luck with that popcorn ceiling.  

And no, I am not judging those who smoke.  I come from a long line of tobacco farmers (and many smokers), so who am I to judge?.  But if there are smokers in the house, just be prepared to make an honest assessment of what needs to be done when it is time to put your Tucson home on the market.  And if you own rental property, by all means do your best to have non-smoking tenants.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Stat of the Week: Building Permits for Tucson Homes Rebound

The number of permits issued for single family homes in the Tucson area has rebounded smartly from the low
we saw in 2011 of 1438 permits. I heard Will White of the Land Advisors Organization here in Tucson speak at the Fall Real Estate Summit hosted yesterday by First American Title at the TCC. 

He said that we should be seeing a sharp increase in permit activity over the next couple of years as both local and out of town builders reassert themselves in the local homes market.  Will projects that the number of permits issued this year will reach 2500, followed by 3200 in 2014. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Fun Things in Tucson: Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley Oktoberfest

There are a lot of Oktoberfest celebrations around Tucson, but only one that is set in a real alpine setting.   The cool forest setting, the really good German food (and beer!) and of course the incomparable music of the John Prokop band make this 30-year tradition the must-do Oktoberfest in Tucson.  I like going up early and taking a short hike to work up my appetite in the cool pine-scented air for the good food.

The Mount Lemmon Ski Valley Oktoberfest runs Saturdays and Sundays through October 13, from 11:45am to 5pm.  Parking is $5 but admission is free.  Just drive up the Mt. Lemmon highway from Tucson, and watch for the signs to Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Wealthy Buyers Come Down to Earth?

I work with all sorts of clients including some who want and can afford some pretty nice Tucson homes.  But in the end, most of my Tucson home buyers, whatever their income, are looking for the same thing...a nice home in good condition, often an open floor plan, nice neighborhood, and sometimes an extra amenity such as a pool, home theatre or a home pre-wired for security and entertainment.

And a recent survey seems to confirm that for wealthier folks around the country.  OK, so a lot of them also wanted outdoor kitchens (also fun to have in Tucson), and gyms.  But what the wealthier now count as "less important", includes separate catering kitchen (does the cook convey?), wine cellar, guest house, and my personal un-favorites...staff quarters (how Downton Abbey!) and a safe room (safe from the kids?)

So take a look at the linked article and think about what amenities you will go for when your Powerball ticket comes in and you are ready to buy your next Tucson house:     What Wealthy Buyers Want