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Monday, November 30, 2015

Under Contract! Views and Acreage in the Tucson Mountains

Gorgeous mountain and city views, citrus trees, raised bed gardens, solar system, water harvesting plus a guest casita welcome you to this unique tri-level home set on 3.3 acres in the Gates Pass area of the Tucson Mountains.  With all of this and only minutes to downtown and UA, this great home did not last long. 

1951 N El Moraga Drive, Tucson AZ 85745

1951 N El Moraga Drive

Friday, November 27, 2015

Stat of the Week: Cash No Longer King in the Tucson Homes Market

It seems just a short time ago that investors were picking up distressed properties at the bottom of the Tucson homes market and plopping down a lot of cash.  But these days, most of my cash buyers are retirees from back east or "near-retirees" picking up a warm Tucson home for their future retirement.

Even so, a healthy 28% of real estate transactions reported in the October 2015 Tucson MLS statistics were cash transactions.  That is about the same level as one year ago.  Conventional financing was down just a bit to 36% of transactions and FHA/VA loans popped up to 34% of October transactions.

All in all, a nice healthy balanced market for Tucson home financing.
Tucson MLS October Stats

Shop Tucson Local and Ride the Streetcar for FREE this Saturday!!

A big shout-out and thanks to Tucson Medical Center for sponsoring free Sun Link streetcar rides on Shop Local Saturday tomorrow, November 28. 

It is that time of the year for holiday shopping and there are so many great local businesses along the streetcar line.  4th Avenue in particular has always been one of my favorites, but there are also shops at the UA Main Gate, downtown and the wonderful Mercado San Agustin. 

The streetcar runs from 8am to 2am on Saturdays.  For more information, check out Sunlink Streetcar

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Quote of the Week for Thanksgiving

"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” - Marcel Proust

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thanksgiving Shopping at Santa Cruz Farmers Market Today

One week to go before Thanksgiving and this afternoon will be a good time to stock up on locally grown greens, squash, pumpkins and more for your feast.  I recently found my great-grandmother Howland's recipe for fresh pumpkin pie and am looking forward to seeing how much better a locally grown pie pumpkin tastes over the canned stuff.

The market will also feature lots of other good stuff to grace your table including locally produced honey, baked goods, eggs and meat. 

So come on down this afternoon. The market is open from 3pm to 6pm in the Tucson's Mercado San Agustin.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Quote of the Week: Real Estate, Home, and Life

"This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.” - Polonious in Shakespeare's Hamlet

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tucson Tuesday: Clouds over Tucson

Does Your Listing Have Enough Walls? | Realtor Magazine

This is a great article and confirms some of what I have been hearing from some Tucson buyers. While the open floor plan is still quite desirable and people want that open flow feeling for living, eating and entertainment, I am also hearing of the need for some privacy. With so many people working at least part time from home, kids needing some homework space, and just the occasional need to sneak away from the family with a good book, that private space is important.

And some people are finding that with fewer walls and rooms, where do you put stuff?!  Having just inherited some wonderful old family furniture, we are finding a serious lack of walls to place them against in our open floor plan house.  Who knew?

Does Your Listing Have Enough Walls? | Realtor Magazine

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Stat of the Week: Tucson Visitors Plan to Return

A whopping 75% of Tucson visitors plan to revisit sometime in the future.  This from a study by Visit Tucson.  I think we need to give nature a little credit for this but our good food and genuine southwest culture (as opposed to that big city to the north) have a lot to do with it.