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!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Hunter S Thompson
"Who is the happier man: He who has braved the storm of life and lived, or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?" - Hunter S Thompson

Friday, October 28, 2016

Fun Things in Tucson: Hop on your Bike! Cyclovia Comes to Tucson

"Cyc˙lo˙via (/ˌsklɵˈv.ə/) n.
A Spanish word signifying the temporary closure of a network of streets to cars so that they become “open” to  people."

Whatever the origin, this is a fun day in Tucson to hop on your bike and explore some new neighborhoods.  The fun starts Sunday at 10am.   For more details, check out Cyclovia Tucson

The Route

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Let's Stay Home!

Sixty-one percent of home owners over the age of 55 surveyed say they plan to stay in their homes indefinitely. - Home Advisors’ 2016 Aging in Place Report

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tucson Tuesday: Good Eats at the new Welcome Diner

Another fine addition to Tucson's well deserved designation as a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy

Monday, October 24, 2016

Sold! 1950's Adobe Bungalow

1220 S 11th Avenue
"Great bones!" is such a trite and overused word in real estate, but this Tucson house sure has them. This is a great property for George and Wayne who are throwing their creativity and energy into turning this into a wonderful home, while preserving its original character.
I will repost this one in a few months with the "after" pictures.   

Sunday, October 23, 2016

"If each of us would only sweep our own doorstep, the whole world would be clean." - Mother Theresa

Friday, October 21, 2016

Fun Things in Tucson: Open Studios in West-Northwest Tucson

Art Trails is the first in the Open Studio Season, hosted by visual artists in the West-Northwest part of Tucson-Pima County. Art Trails artists will open their studios to the public, present a variety of unique, one-of-a-kind artwork, works in progress, and artworks for sale October 22-23, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m each day. 

And I am happy to see at least two of my artist-neighbors, Carolyn Leigh and Glory Tacheenie-Campoy are participating. This is a free event.  Click the link for a map and list of artists.   Art Trails Open Studio 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Tucson Homes Market: Ups and Downs

The Tucson homes market continued to bump along in September as it has all year. The number of homes sold was 1331, down 5.8% from August, but it is normal to see a slight drop from summer. For the year so far, we are still slightly ahead of 2015. The average sale price in September was almost unchanged from August at $220,538 but is still up 6.6% from one year ago.   For the full September Tucson MLS home sales report, go to September Tucson MLS Homes Sales Report

Monday, October 17, 2016

New on the Market: 5281 W Camino Del Desierto

The magnificent Gates Pass/Trails End area of the Tucson Mountains is the setting for this beautiful Santa Fe home. You will have your own resort with solar-heated pool and spa, covered patio with gorgeous mountain views and outdoor kitchen. Step out into your pool area from the magnificent master suite, with build-in speakers, bedroom views both west and east, spacious master bath with spa tub and walk in shower, and two huge walk-in closets with custom built-in storage. With a billiard/family room, formal dining room, den/office, 3-car garage, central vacuum and so so much more. Priced at $550,000. Check the pictures, click on the listing and call me for a visit. 5281 W Camino Del Desierto


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Ice Cube
"The best thing I have done with my money is buy a house for my family. You wake up to a house you love and you feel like somebody." - Ice Cube

Friday, October 14, 2016

Fun Things in Tucson: Tohono Chul Plant Sale and the Quince Fest at Mission Gardens

It is a great weekend to get outside and check out some new and different plants for your desert landscape. You can even eat some of them!

Fall Plant Sale at Tohono Chul Park 

Saturday and Sunday, you can pick up some beautiful desert and desert friendly plants, from agaves to Zauschneria and everything in-between, at the Tohono Chul Park's fall plant sale.
Tohono Chul Park Plant Sale & Other Events

Mission Gardens 4th Annual Membrillo Fest
Taste and learn to make traditional cajeta de membrillo and quince jam by the hand of Josefina Lizárraga at the West Side Mission Gardens on Saturday afternoon. There will be orchard tours and sales of edible trees.     Mission Gardens 4th Annual Membrillo Fest

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Ah Fannie Mae...I Beg to Differ

Fannie Mae's Home Purchase Sentiment Index for September claims a 5% drop in the number of consumers who say it is a good time to buy a house. And there was a 6% drop in the number of people who believe mortgage interest rates will go down over the next year. 

Picking those two apart, I can't speak for the nation as a whole, but it is a great time to buy a house in Tucson. While Tucson home prices have recovered from the bottoms of several years ago, we are nowhere near full recovery prices and definitely behind the market recoveries of Phoenix, Las Vegas and Southern California. 

And interest rates? I agree that there is a good chance that interest rates will not go lower over the next year. Why should they? Mortgage interest rates are already at near record lows and the economy continues to improve.

So my take on this is to ignore the national stats and focus on our Tucson market. There are a lot of great homes on the market at great prices and a lot of them are selling fast. So if you are considering your first home or a move-up home, take advantage of these still-low interest rates and our still good prices and give me a call. Let's get looking!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Advice to Tucson Home Buyers: Keep your offer simple

Now that the Tucson homes market has picked up a bit, it is not unusual for homes to sell quickly, often with multiple offers for homes in certain price ranges.  So what can buyers do to make their offers stand out in the crowd?  My strongest recommendation is to keep it simple and realistic.

Sellers are looking at three things in the current Tucson homes market: Is it a good price?  Is it a fairly quick closing date?  Is the Buyer pre-qualified with a lender, preferably a local one.

In the past few years of the down market, it was common for Buyers to ask for lots of extras (such as the sellers paying the buyer's closing costs, lengthy closing periods because the Buyer's lease is not up until much later, etc.)  And these requests were often on top of a low-ball offer.   

But now that we are in a more balanced market, and one that in some price ranges even favors the Sellers, I suggest that Buyers go in with a strong, clean offer to start.  Make a realistically priced offer (or at least in the realm of reality) based on comparable sales, have a strong Pre-qualification from your lender, and don't load your offer up with distracting requests.

So while you don't want to neglect what is truly important for you in the offer, do make an effort to keep it simple and straightforward.  Remember, in this market you may well not be the only offer sitting in front of the Sellers.

Monday, October 10, 2016

We have a Winner! 5281 W Camino Del Desierto

I love it when my client's beautiful home wins the Best House on the Tucson Association of Realtor's Home Tour!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Nathaniel Hawthorne
"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October." - Nathaniel Hawthorne