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Sunday, July 31, 2016

"An ant on the move does more than the dozing ox." - Lao Tzu

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Quotes: Real Estate, Home, and Life

Sydney Smith
“Heat, ma’am! it was so dreadful here, that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones.” » Sydney Smith, Lady Holland’s Memoir

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Fun Things in Tucson: Free Streetcar, Music and Dance at the Rogue Theatre, and Prickly Pears at the Park

Free Streetcar Rides!
Celebrate the second anniversary of Tucson's SunLink streetcar with free streetcar rides today.  SunLink Streetcar  There is free music at the UA Main Gate.

Rogue Theatre's Last Performances of Tales from the Jazz Age
Oh, Jelly Bean, we feel for you. F Scott Fitzgerald's short stories are the inspiration for this performance of story, dance and music.   Click here for more information and tickets at the Rogue Theatre

Prickly Pear Cooking at Saguaro National Park
We certainly love the sight of those beautiful red prickly pear cactus fruit in the summer.  Now bring them into your kitchen with the help of Saguaro National Park and their prickly pear cooking class today.  Click here to learn more: Saguaro National Park brings you prickly pear cooking.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Local Transit Draws Buyers...Nationally and in Tucson

A new national survey shows that 51% of Americans agree that the availability of good public transportation increases the likelihood that they would want to move to a particular area.  And we are seeing that in Tucson as well, as buyers increasingly cite proximity to transit, particularly the new Tucson Sunlink streetcar system, as a criteria for their new home.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Sold! Willard Court Apartments in Central Tucson

3445 E Willard Street
This delightful six-unit midtown apartment complex has so much Tucson charm. Each roomy unit has one bedroom, one bath and a covered front porch. The six units share a walled courtyard. This central Tucson location is near UA, shopping, and restaurants. Sold for $242,250.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Quotes: Real Estate, Home, and Life

"It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living." - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Fun Things in Tucson: The Rogue Theatre's Tales of the Jazz Age

Just when we are starting to miss the arts and culture of Tucson's winter season, along comes The Rogue Theatre with a delightful adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's tale of Jelly Bean from Tales of the Jazz Age. I saw it last night and it was a beautiful production. Told as much through dance (a wonderful collaboration with Artifact Dance Project Studios) as words, the Rogue continues to delight and surprise.

This is a short run, now through July 24 and tickets are going fast.  So click Tales of the Jazz Age for more information and tickets.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tucson Home Prices and Unit Sales Up in June

The Tucson homes market took a nice leap forward in June, with both prices and the number of homes sold moving higher.  1,638 homes sold in June, the highest number since June of 2006.  Average sale price in June was $234,752 which is up a whopping 9.55% from May and 7.01% from June a year ago. That is the highest average monthly sale price since. August 2008.  Click  Tucson Residential Housing Market Monthly Statistics June 2016 to see the full monthly report.

Monday, July 11, 2016

SOLD! 3683 N Banner Mine Drive

This is a great home in the wonderful neighborhood of Rancho Agua Dulce in the Tucson Mountains.  I have sold several homes in here and everyone loves the gated community, beautiful street landscaping, walking/jogging trail, and  community pool.  And this home backs up to a scenic wash and has a nice backyard view of the sunsets over the Tucson Mountains. With four bedrooms, a formal dining room, tile roof, water softener and all appliances staying, this spacious A.F. Sterling home was move-in ready for the new owners!
 3683 N Banner Mine Drive Tucson AZ 85745


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Quotes: Real Estate, Home, and Life

"Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need." - Julia Child

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Fun Things in Tucson: Cool Mountain Hikes and Cool (relatively) Summer Evenings at the Desert Museum

It is hot!  Here are some ideas to get outside and be cool:

Mt. Lemmon Hikes

We headed up Mt. Lemmon on July 4th for the annual Summerhaven parade (my band played!) and for a fun hike afterwards. We did the Mint Springs trail from Summerhaven which connected to the Marshall Gulch trail. The regrowth since the 2003 forest fire is impressive but it will be another generation or two before it is back to the way we remember it. But it was nice to be out of the desert heat and there are a lot of good trails to choose from, many of which still are shaded by those towering pines. So if you want a cool outdoor experience, head up the Mt. Lemmon highway and check out a trail. Here is a link to the National Forest website: Hikes in the Catalinas

Cool Summer Nights at the Desert Museum

Tonight's Cool Summer Nights program at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum features a hot topic that we don't think about too much here in Tucson, but they are nearby. Volcanoes! Also on the program are Vaquitas...the rare, yet adorable, species of porpoise endemic to the northern part of the Gulf of California.  The fun starts at the Desert Museum at 5:00 pm. 

Cool Summer Nights at the Desert Museum

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Mortgage Rates Back to Near Record Lows

4 or 5 years ago, we were passionately urging prospective home buyers to get out and find their new homes before the record-low mortgage interest rates started zooming up with the improving economy. 

Well, the economy has improved somewhat, but rates this week are back down near record lows. Blame the Brexit or the Fed, but 30 year rates averaging 3.41% make this a great time to start looking for a new home.