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, July 30, 2014

Quote of the Week: Real Estate, Home and Life

"It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared." - Whitney Young, Jr.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Free rides! The Opening Weekend of Tucson's Modern Streetcar Continues

Tucson's new Modern Streetcar gliding past the Epic Cafe.  Monsoon storms building in the distance.
This is the last day for your free ride on the new Tucson modern streetcar. There are lots of activities going along along the entire route through this beautiful Sunday. So just head on down there, hop the streetcar and jump on and off as your whimsy dictates.  Lots of good food and music!

I have so many clients and friends excited about the streetcar and the new restaurants, shopping and living opportunities it has created. It will be fun to work with them to find their cool Tucson home near all of this.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Arizona Law Allows Political Signs in HOA Communities...with Limitations

A slew of new Arizona laws take effect today and one in particular affects homeowners in HOA communities. The new law bans home owners associations from prohibiting indoor (I presume in your window) or outdoor political signs.  The new law is subject to certain restrictions...signs cannot go up more than 71 days before an election and must be removed four days after the election.  And of course, you should consult with your own Tucson HOA for details before taking advantage of this new law letting you promote your favorite lawmaker or lawmaker wannabe. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Quote of the Week: Real Estate, Home and Life

“Don’t live in a box” – Mother Jefferson (90 year old mother-in-law of a coworker from my Washington DC days)   In other words...get out there and enjoy life.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's a Fact! Tucson Scientifically Proven More Exciting than Scottdale and Marana!

Having apparently given up on curing the common cold, scientists have turned to rating the excitability of Arizona cities and towns.  I consider it a badge of honor that Tucson is considered less "exciting" than Tempe (ASU!) and Flagstaff (brrrrrrr!)   And, based again on this scientific method, Tucson is proven more exciting than Scottsdale and Marana. 

Tucson Scientifically Proven More Exciting

Monday, July 21, 2014

Featured Home: 8024 W Greensleeves Way

Energy efficiency, your own solar generation and great views too. This 2 bedroom/2 bath home in Continental Ranch Sunflower is move-in ready!  The den/office has a closet with lots of shelves and could also be used as a third bedroom. This Tucson 55 and over community features a community center with spa and pool.  All this for only $185,000.

For more information, click the link:
8024 W Greensleeves Way

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fun Things in Tucson for the Weekend of July 11-13: Odyssey Storytelling, Mooning and Movies in the A/C

Monsoon watching tops my list of fun things in Tucson right now. You just can't beat sitting on the porch and watching the build-up of the clouds over the mountains, the dramatic lightning shows and and sheets of rain driving across the mountain ridges. But if you insist on dragging yourself out of the hammock for something a little more active, here is my list for this weekend:

Santa Cruz Farmers Market

Stock up on some good fresh food for the weekend at the Santa Cruz Farmers Market starting at 4pm on Thursday. Summer veggies including heirloom tomatoes are in full swing this week.  And wonderful music from Entre Peruanos in the courtyard of the Mercado San Agustin.   Located off West Congress just west of I-10 and downtown. 

Odyssey Storytelling - Friday at Fluxx off Fourth Avenue

Met on the Net is the topic at this month's Odyssey Storytelling show and I am sure that topic will draw some good tales.  Starting at 7pm at the Fluxx Studios and Gallery, 416 E. 9th St.  Go early for dinner on 4th Avenue (great food at Delectables!  Tell them I sent you.) and stay after for drinks with the storytellers at The Shanty.

Odyssey's Met on the Net Show

Arizona Sonora Desert Museums Cool Summer Saturday Nights - Get Mooned!

If you missed the lightning presentation at Tucson's Desert Museum last Saturday, you can go and get mooned this Saturday night starting at 6pm.  The light from a full moon offers a distinctive perspective from an artistic point of view. Tonight the Arts take center stage with a complimentary photography workshop and a unique art class, Drawing by the Light of the Moon, hosted by the Museum's Art Institute. Kids will enjoy black light art activities designed just for them. Then infuse the evening with music from the Tucson Pops Orchestra and original music by the Tucson Young Musicians.

Desert Museum's Cool Saturday Nights

Cool Flicks at the Loft Cinema

And if you want a cool inside activity, there are some good flicks as always at the Loft Cinema this weekend. Among the usual assortment of foreign films and documentaries are the cool Close Encounters of the Third Kind Thursday night at 7pm and Raiders of the Lost Ark at 10pm on Saturday night. 

The Loft Cinema

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Quote of the Week: Real Estate, Home and Life

"If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money can’t buy." - Ron Bailey, Kentucky Philosopher 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Where's Henry? Why You Won't See My Dogs in My Marketing

Actual Tucson goat from a recent sale
This article was a little too funny not to include on my blog.  We have all seen those Tucson real estate ads with the agent and their dogs or cats. Very cute and fun.  But do we really need to see the agent's poodle on their business card? 

I love my dogs (and kitty too) but haven't yet figured out how I can get them to enhance my real estate business. But I have frequently used photos (where appropriate) of clients' dogs, horses and even goats when they can add humor to the listing information or even help demonstrate the pet friendliness of the Tucson property. And in some cases, the clients dog just insists on following me around the house to get in the listing photos.   But stay Henry or Blanca or even the cat could be making a future appearance. 

How Much Is That Doggy Worth in Your Marketing?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Interest Rates Hold Steady This Week

Freddie Mac's weekly survey of mortgage interest rates show that both 30 and 15 year rates were essentially unchanged this week.  30-year fixed rate loans edged down slightly to 4.12% and 15-year fixed rate loans were unchanged at 3.22%. 
That leaves rates about 1/8th of a percentage point lower than a year ago — a surprise to many economists, who had expected they would increase as the economy strengthened, and welcome news for borrowers encountering slightly higher Tucson home prices.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fun Things in Tucson: 4th of July Weekend

Mt Lemmon 4th of July Concert and Parade

If you are feeling the Tucson heat, head up to the cool pines of Mt. Lemmon for their annual 4th of July parade in Summerhaven.  And of course the Tucson Concert Band will be there to add a musical bent to the fun. The Tucson Concert Band starts playing at 10:45am along the parade route and the parade starts at noon.
Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists Lead Marshall Saddle Hike on July 4 at 9am

And if you want a little more activity in the pines, there is a guided hike to Marshall Saddle at 9am on July 4 Friday, weather permitting.  Bring lunch. No pets, they say and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  This is a 5.6 mile hike up to Marshall Saddle, starting out along the Sunset Trail, crossing Sabino creek along the way and following along a nice unnamed stream for awhile. Elevation gain of 900' requires good physical condition. Bring your lunch.  Bad weather may change or cancel hike so call 749-8700 and for more information.  Or click the link for more information:  Marshall Gulch Hike

Summer Saturday Nights at the Desert Museum: Lightning!

Summer Saturday Nights continue at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum starting at 7pm.  And with the onset of our monsoon season, this weekend's theme is lightning!  There will be presentations on how how you can take dramatic lightning photos and a special show with (don't try this at home) electrified performers!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Quote of the Week: Real Estate, Home and Life (and this week, Independence Day...)

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." - Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Buyer Asks: Just What is a Fixture?

Aunt Violet's Chandelier
The question of just what is or is not a "fixture" often leads to conflict in the purchase of a Tucson home. Is the  item part of the real estate or is it personal property?  Is the shelving in the garage attached or just sitting there?  Is that Murphy bed,or desk and bookshelf set attached?  Does that gorgeous antique chandelier stay with the house?

In general, a fixture is anything attached as part of the property..think light fixtures, sink faucets, towel and curtain rods and similar items. But yes, if those garage shelves and desk set are affixed to the walls, then yes they are fixtures as well.  But the Sellers may not understand that if their agent has not had that talk with them.    

Our Arizona AAR contract includes a specific list of items that are considered fixtures. I recommend that both Buyers and Sellers review that list. We can add or delete any of those items elsewhere in the contract but both sides should have a clear understanding of fixtures to stay at time of contract agreement.

But if there is any question, to be clear, always put it in writing.  I always talk with my Tucson
Sellers before we put the home on the market about what they want to take or leave. Are they planning to take that beautiful chandelier that was a gift from Aunt Violet?  That needs to be in the contract with the buyers.

And if there are anything questionable items that my Buyers really do want left at their new Tucson house?  We put that in the contract as well.