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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Seller Asks: Should We Put Our Tucson House on the Market over the Holidays?

I am occasionally asked by Sellers about the wisdom of putting their Tucson house on the market around the holidays. And my answer is that, particularly in the Tucson market, it is a great time to have your home on the market. 

First of all, the snowbirds and holiday visitors are here! I have known so many people who were inspired to begin their Tucson home search while here on a visit to Tucson. 

Second, while there may be fewer buyers out there over the holidays, the ones that are looking tend to be very serious buyers. They are real buyers who need to find their Tucson home!

Third, a lot of Sellers follow your instinct and take their houses off the market over the holidays or delay listing it, so there is suddenly less competition for you.

And finally...when does your home look and smell better than over the holidays! 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

"Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments." - Alexander Hamilton

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Surveys Show! First Time Buyers will be back in 2017

First time buyers have been huddled on the sideline for much of the housing recovery. In 2016, only 33% of homebuyers are expected to be first time buyers.  But a new survey predicts that up to 52% of homebuyers in 2017 will be purchasing their first home. That bodes well for Tucson home sellers, especially those who may be ready to move up to their next level Tucson

Monday, November 7, 2016

SOLD! 7850 E Chauncey

Charming is quite the over-used word in real estate, but it certainly applies to this nice Tucson townhome that we just sold on the east side.  With beautiful tile and wood-laminate floors, beehive fireplace, Catalina Mountain views from the kitchen, and private backyard with covered patio, this Tucson home was perfect for the new owner.  Great for entertaining with the community pool just a short distance away.  Sold for $135,500.  7850 E Chauncey Street, Tucson AZ

Sunday, November 6, 2016

We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another - until we speak quietly enough that our words can be heard as well as our voices. - Richard M Nixon

 heard as well as our voices. Richard M. Nixon
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We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another - until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices. Richard M. Nixon
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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Do Open Floor Plans in Tucson Homes Make You Fat?

I was casting about for a Tucson real estate tidbit to post and came up with this doozie.

Actual research (from the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame) claims that homes with open floorplans may make you eat 10% more per kitchen visit than a home with a closed floorplan. And that 10% translated into 170 more calories consumed per kitchen visit. The study authors speculate that the "direct view and access to the serving area..." were generally responsible for this additional gluttony. And one caveat...this study was done with 57 college students.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Now you can easily check out your prospective Tucson home contractors

I have talked before about the importance of using licensed contractors to work on your Tucson home, especially for important repairs and work such as plumbing, electrical, remodeling, solar, and your roof.  Now the Arizona Registrar of Contractors has made it much easier to check out your prospective contractors, their records and yes, to confirm that they actually have a current license! And with over 36,000 licensed contractors in the state (and a lot more unlicensed ones...), it pays to check them out. Arizona Registrar of Contractors

And among the tips the Registrar gives are:
  • Review a contractor's license at Arizona Registar of Contractors website (hey, I already told you that.
  • Ask for references and check them out
  • Obtain written estimates from at least three contractors
  • Work with the contractor to obtain proper permits (you will be glad when it comes to sell your house)