It's all here! News on the Tucson real estate market, tips and information for your Tucson real estate needs, and my occasional "likes" about Tucson and all the things we love about it. Read on!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Quote of the Week: Real Estate and Life

"Don't be afraid to go out on a limb, it's where all the fruit is." -- Shirley MacLaine, actress and author

Friday, April 25, 2014

Fun Things in Tucson: Fiesta Grande in Barrio Hollywood April 26th and 27th

There will be dancing in the streets this weekend at the 12th Annual Fiesta Grande in Barrio Hollywood.  You will find the fun on Tucson's great West Side on Grande Avenue between Speedway and St. Mary's.  There will be food vendors lining the street, live music, a beer garden and yes...dancing in the streets.  And entrance is free!

Click the link for more details:  Fiesta Grande

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Quote of the Week: Real Estate and Life

"A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost."- Marshal Ferdinand Foch, French soldier and renowned military theorist.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fun Things in Tucson: A busy weekend ahead April 12-13

There are so many things to do this beautiful Tucson weekend, I could not narrow it down to one thing.  So here goes:

Tucson Artists' Open Studios
Tucson artists will open their studios to the public on Saturday and Sunday so you can see the creative process at work. Artists will talk with you about their work, present demonstrations and offer work for sale. You can visit your favorites, or meet new artists and see studios in your neighborhood you haven't visited before. Link to Open Studios Tour

Cowboy Music at Old Tucson
Sometimes Tucson seems to be losing some its old west feel, but it all comes back this weekend with the Cowboy Music Festival at Old Tucson Studios. The music starts at 10am both Saturday and Sunday. And if you haven't been to Old Tucson for a few years, it is a great opportunity to walk around and relive those memories of our earlier visits. 
Link to Old Tucson's Cowboy Music Festival

Tucson Presidio Living History
Travel back in time and experience Tucson history as the Presidio comes alive Saturday from 10m to 3pm. See soldiers at drill, and the people weaving, cooking, blacksmithing and selling their wares.
Link to Tucson Presido calendar of history events and activities 

Oliver at the Fox
Tucson's gorgeously restored Fox Theatre celebrates its 84th birthday this weekend with a Sunday screening of the musical Oliver.  The toe-tapping fun starts at 2pm and stick around for the birthday cake!
Link to the Fox Theatre and tickets to Oliver

Davis-Monthan Thunder and Lightning Air Show
Gates open at 9am this Saturday and Sunday for a weekend of aircraft displays and aerial shows.  The US Air Force Thunderbirds will perform their aerial routines at 2pm both days.  Get their early and wear your walking shoes. 
Link to Davis Monthan Thunder and Lightning Air Show
Southeast Arizona Wine Festival
And if you want to get out of Tucson for a short drive, head out to the Sonoita/Elgin area for some great wine tasting.  There will be food vendors, a chili cook-off and of course, tastings of good wines from a number of Arizona wineries.
Link to Southeast Arizona Wine Festival

Stat of the Week: First-quarter foreclosure mark in Pima County is lowest in 6 years

Continued good news for the Tucson homes market.  But while the rate of foreclosures is down, there are still a lot of foreclosed lender-owned homes to work their way through the system and still good opportunities for buyers. Ginger Kneup, a Tucson housing analyst hopes to see the percentage of the home resale market that is made up of lender-owned homes to drop below 15% later this year.

First-quarter foreclosure mark in Pima County is lowest in 6 years

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Quote of the Week: Real Estate and Life

"Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest." - Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What Everyone Should Know About Equal Opportunity in Housing

The Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 and subsequent amendments attempt to codify what should be an unspoken requirement in everyday real estate transactions: fairness and respect.  I just completed a three-hour class on Fair Housing as a continuing education requirement for my broker re-licensure.  This is good stuff and both real estate professionals and their clients cannot be reminded of it too often.

For the Home Seller
As a home seller or landlord you have a responsibility and a requirement under the law not to discriminate in the sale, rental and financing of property on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. You cannot instruct the licensed broker or salesperson acting as your agent to convey for you any limitations in the sale or rental because the real estate professional is also bound by law not to discriminate. Under the law, a home seller or landlord cannot establish discriminatory terms or conditions in the purchase or rental; deny that housing is available, or advertise that the property is available only to persons of a certain race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. 
For the Home Seeker
You have the right to expect that housing will be available to you without discrimination or other limitations based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.
This includes the right to expect:
  • housing in your price range made available to you without discrimination
  • equal professional service
  • the opportunity to consider a broad range of housing choices
  • no discriminatory limitations on communities or locations of housing
  • no discrimination in the financing, appraising, or insuring of housing
  • reasonable accommodations in rules, practices and procedures for persons with disabilities
  • non-discriminatory terms and conditions for the sale, rental, financing, or insuring of a dwelling
  • to be free from harassment or intimidation for exercising your fair housing rights.
For your Real Estate Professional
Agents in a real estate transaction are prohibited by law from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. A request from the home seller or landlord to act in a discriminatory manner in the sale, lease or rental cannot legally be fulfilled by the real estate professional.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Just Sold! Townhome Living at 2858 W Sheryl Drive

The townhome community of Park West is a hidden gem on Tucson's west side.  Nestled in the Tucson Mountains near the Starr Pass Resort and Tucson Mountain Park, this neighborhood is so convenient to Downtown, UA, Pima Community College and great recreation and hiking in the Tucson Mountains. This nice 2 bedroom, 2 bath, end-unit townhome features a mesquite-shaded back patio, large laundry room with skylight and is a short walk to the community pool and park.  Sold last week for $91,529.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lots of Greens for Your Green at Tucson's West Side Santa Cruz Farmers Market Today

Tucson's Santa Cruz Farmers Market opens at 3pm this afternoon featuring a wide variety of winter and spring greens, herbs and even plants to get your own spring garden started.  Locally raised, grass-fed lamb, poultry, and beef is on hand to round out your locally grown menu for the weekend.  And stop by the market demonstration tent to learn how to harvest and cook the tasty flower buds from our native cholla cactus.  The Santa Cruz Farmers Market is set up at the Mercado San Agustin on Congress just west of downtown.

Santa Cruz Farmers Market

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Quote of the Week: Real Estate and Life

"Without prosperous local economies, the people have no power and the land no voice." - Wendell Berry, Kentucky farmer/philosopher/writer