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, November 26, 2014

Quote of the Week for Thanksgiving

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” - Epictetus

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fun Things in Tucson for the Weekend of November 22-23

There is a chill in the air this late Friday afternoon and a bit of cloudiness over Tucson, but the forecast is for low 70s and beautiful sunshine this weekend.  El Tour de Tucson encircles the town with sweaty cyclists on Saturday, so check the map when planning your weekend outings.

Holiday Artisans Market at the Tucson Museum of Art

Over 140 of the Southwest's finest artisans display their wares and help you find the perfect holiday gifts on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.  Food trucks too!  Admission to the market and museum is free this weekend.   More information is at Tucson Museum of Art Holiday Artisans Market

El Tour de Tucson 

If you aren't riding in this year's event, you can still turn out to cheer your favorite Tucson bicyclists.  Click the link for the map so you can see the passing cyclists (or just avoid the street closures and traffic.) 

The Rogue Theatre's Last Weekend of Jerusalem

This is the last weekend of Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem at The Rogue Theatre in the History Y.  So hop the new streetcar and head down for an entertaining evening of fine theatre.  More info and tickets at The Rogue Theatre

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Westside Tucson's Agustin Kitchen Featured on Arizona Highways Television

I have lived on Tucson's beautiful Westside for many years and we now have our first upscale restaurant since the closing of the original Scordato family restaurant out towards Gates Pass. Our newest wonderful Westside restaurant is Agustin Kitchen, located in the Mercado on West Congress. 

Arizona Highways Television (and I thought it was just a magazine) recently featured Agustin Kitchen in the video link above. Located at the western terminus of the new Modern Streetcar line, Agustin is the home of Tucson's award winning chef Ryan Clark. It is a great place to start an evening with an early dinner, then hop the streetcar to concerts or games at the UA or a wonderful play at the The Rogue Theatre just off 4th Avenue.

Quote of the Week: Real Estate, Home and Life

"Anger is one letter away from danger."- Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, November 17, 2014

University Area Duplex at 1727 E 8th Street

Great rental opportunity or put your University of Arizona student in one unit and rent out the other. Just two blocks to the UA stadium and rec center, this great solid masonry rental duplex features off street parking and private outdoor space for each unit.  Each unit has two bedrooms, large kitchen and washer/dryer.  Front unit is leased through July 31, 2015.  If you drive by to take a look, please do not disturb tenants. Shown by appointment only.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fun Things in Tucson for the Weekend of November 15-16

Another morning in paradise with the morning paper and a good cup of hot coffee out in the hammock.  Hummingbirds hovering around the feeders. But I need to get to work now and let you all know what is going on in Tucson and environs this weekend.

 Ironwood National Monument "Meet the Monument" Event

Did you know that just a few miles west of Tucson lies one of the newer national monuments in this country?  Taking its name from one of the longest living trees in the Arizona desert, the 129,000-acre Ironwood Forest National Monument is a true Sonoran Desert showcase, with ironwood trees (of course) but also a lush desert landscape of beautiful mesquite, palo verde, creosote, and saguaro, blanketing the monument floor beneath rugged mountain ranges named Silver Bell, Waterman and Sawtooth.

Come out today to Meet the Monument at a series of events including hiking and talks on the archaeology of the area as well as the Tohono O’odham culture and traditions as related to the Ironwood Forest.

Where is the Monument? Click the link to find out:  Ironwood Forest Map and Directions

Tucson's Award Winning Rogue Theatre presents Jerusalem

Set in modern day England, the Rogue's lively production of Jerusalem draws on themes, traditions and mythology as "Rooster" Byron presides over his retinue of modern day nymphs and faeries while girding for battle with a developer determined to take his trailer home in the woods for development. This is another wonderful play by Jez Butterworth (The Rogue did his The Night Heron two seasons ago.) We have already bought our tickets to see it a second time.  Go see this!  Tickets and info are at the Rogue Theatre presents Jerusalem.

Viva La Local Food Festival at Rillito Raceway Park

The horses may not be running but the local food will be plentiful at Rillito Raceway Park on Sunday Nov 16. With more than 80 farmers market vendors, 25 locally owned restaurants and several microbreweries and wineries setting up shop, you will have no excuse to go away hungry.  And music too with several local bands.  The fun starts at 9am and goes until 5pm.  The farmers market goes until 3pm.

Viva La Local Food Festival

Friday, November 14, 2014

Mortgage Rates Still Near Yearly Lows

Who would have thought?  With the economy improving and unemployment down, mortgage interest rates are still really really low.  30 year rates are averaging 4.01% this week!

Mortgage Rates Still Near Yearly Lows

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Quote of the Week: Real Estate, Home and Life

"I will speak ill of no one, and speak all the good I know of everybody." -Andrew Jackson

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Real Estate: It must be in writing or it means...well...diddly...

I often have Tucson home clients who want to start with verbal offers or counter offers. And that can be fine, though I will add another thought on that later. But I remind my clients that anything we get by phone or email or carrier pigeon for that matter, is meaningless in terms of a legal real estate transaction in Arizona. A proper real estate contract must include all of the terms in writing and bear the signatures of the parties.

And any verbal discussions and agreements between the buyers and sellers either at the home showing, the home inspection or even a chance meeting at Safeway mean...well...diddly unless the issue is reduced to writing in the contract between both parties.
Oh, and that other thought I mentioned earlier on verbal offers and counter offers?  I have found that it is quite easy for a party in an offer/counter offer situation to give a quick "NO!" to a verbally offered price or condition. I am a firm believer in putting offers and counter offers in writing for presentation to the other party. That gives the party on the other side a chance to look, think, and talk with their agent before giving a rash answer in what is often an emotional situation for that party. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sold!: 3620 E 27th Street in Tucson

The new owners will enjoy their weekend walks to the zoo and Reid Park from this light and bright home in midtown.  With a new roof, newer heat and hot water and well maintained over the years, this was a great little home that easily passed on an FHA loan appraisal.  Three bedrooms, a spacious family room/living area and low-care cactus filled yard complete the picture.  Sold for $86,000.