Tiny Houses May Soon Be Coming to Vail

Tiny houses are homes less than 400sf which may or may not be movable. Due mainly to zoning regulations, you had to jump through a lot of hoops to own one. Now Pima County has released new permitting regulations for these homes. Tiny homes with a permanent foundation will be permitted in any area where […]

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Rancho Del Lago: A Master Planned Community

Rancho Del Lago: A Master Planned Community

Rancho Del Lago is a “Master Planned Community” located in Vail, AZ.  A Master Planned Community (MPC) is one in which there are multiple subdivisions created by several Builders.    Rancho Del Lago is the only MPC in Vail; however, Rita Ranch, which is in the Vail School District, is also a Master Planned Community. Other […]

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Arizona Purchase Contract in a Nutshell-Part I

Many people buying or selling a home for the first time find the Arizona Purchase Contract to be bewildering and complex. My video is designed to help you better understand it by breaking it down into sections. Today’s video discusses Sections 1-5.  Contact Rob or I if you have questions about the material covered or […]

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Make Your Refrigerator Smart

Make Your Refrigerator Smart

Today’s refrigerators can be programmed to do all sorts of things, but these “smart refrigerators” can cost a lot of money.  If you don’t want to spend the big bucks, here are a couple ways to make your current one smarter. Some new models have a WI-FI enable touch screen which turns into a tablet. […]

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Showing a Home with Pets

Showing a Home with Pets

Sixty-eight percent of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet, according to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey. This means that lots of homes for sale will have some sort of pet in residence. Most homeowners are concerned about what to do with their pet, especially dogs or cats, when their home […]

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Buying a Home Video

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What do Sellers have to Disclose about Crime or Death ?

What do Sellers have to Disclose about Crime or Death ?

My mother passed away in her home. Do I have to disclose this to potential buyers when I sell her home? According to the Arizona Stigmatized Property Law, you do not. In fact, neither a Seller, Landlord nor Real Estate Agent is required to disclose that a natural death, homicide or suicide or crime classified […]

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Annual Sewer Bill Recalculation

Annual Sewer Bill Recalculation

Did you know that every July your sewer bill is recalculated? Your annual bill is based off the water usage during the WQA (Winter Quarter Average) which is the months of December, January and February of the previous fiscal year. These months should the lowest usage for the year. If your average usage during those […]

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How to Sell Your Home FAST!

How to Sell Your Home FAST!

How to sell your home quickly is a very common question with a very simple answer. Give Buyers what they want! 90% of home buyers want to purchase a home that is “move-in ready”. They don’t want to have to make any repairs, change carpet, paint or landscape the home.  Here is what goes through […]

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Tucson MLS: Major Changes

Tucson MLS: Major Changes

The Tucson MLS recently merged with the Green Valley and Santa Cruz MLS’s and became the MLS of Southern Arizona. As the MLS data fields did not match exactly, and Green Valley and Santa Cruz had a number of fields not used in Tucson, the combined database contains many more search options. But this is […]

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Competition: Buying a Home in Today’s Market

Competition: Buying a Home in Today’s Market

If you have started your search for homes, you may be wondering where all of the homes are. The number of homes on the market is low which means there are often few to choose from. And if you have already tried to purchase a home, you may have found that the Seller received multiple […]

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Why Kilometers Used on I-19?

Why Kilometers Used on I-19?

I was driving on I-19 this weekend and, even though it is no surprise to me, I wondered about the origin of the “Mileage” signs on the route. The “Mileage” signs, as most of you are aware, are actually in Kilometers. Why were Kilometers used? Are there other US roads that use Kilometers? Will they […]

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A Colossal Fourth in Vail

A Colossal Fourth in Vail

  Thanks to the hard work of the Vail Preservation Society and its sponsors, Vail will celebrate the 4th of July with a variety of events culminating with a parade on Tuesday July 4th. Friday was National Corvette Day at Rancho Del Lago with food, drink and lots of Corvettes to see. The Christ Lutheran Vail […]

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Selling Your Home: The “WOW” Factor

Selling Your Home: The “WOW” Factor

When selling your home, keep in mind that most Buyers make an emotional decision when choosing a home.  They search for homes to see based on their specific requirements (Bedrooms, Baths, Location, Price Range, etc.) but their emotions take over when making their choice. Since emotions have a big impact on a Buyer’s decision, you […]

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Extreme Heat: The Dangers

Extreme Heat: The Dangers

The records say it hit 114° last June but I don’t remember it being this bad. We all know (I hope) of the **devastating effects of too much heat on humans but I was curious as to what else is affected. Extreme heat can affect air transportation as it reduces airplane “lift”.  Twenty planes could […]

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South Wilmot Road is Open!

South Wilmot Road is Open!

Pima County has completed the extension of Wilmot Road from I-10 to Sahuarita Road. The entire 10 ½ miles have now been paved! This extension is a much-needed boon to the residents in South Vail and Sahuarita. Before this change, the only access to I-10 from Sahuarita Road was either Nogales Highway or Houghton Road, […]

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Do I Need Professional Photos When Selling My Home?

Do I Need Professional Photos When Selling My Home?

As a Real Estate Professional, I am constantly appalled at the quality of photos on some of the listings in the Multiple Listing Service. Many years ago, it was common practice for a Realtor to take his/her own pictures when listing a home for sale. Especially at the height of the market in 2006, homes […]

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Underwriting a Loan

Underwriting a Loan

Towards the end of loan processing during a home purchase you will be informed that your loan has gone into underwriting. What does that mean? Mortgage underwriting  is the process a lender uses to determine if the risk of offering a mortgage loan to a particular borrower under certain parameters is acceptable. Banks and lenders create guidelines  that analyze the […]

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The Truth About Home Mortgage Rates and Downpayments

The Truth About Home Mortgage Rates and Downpayments

 There has been a lot of coverage in the news lately on interest rates, factors that cause an increase or decrease and how movement will affect the overall housing market. A more important topic that has gone unnoticed is the fact that mortgage credit policies have eased up a bit in the last few years, making it […]

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Seller Disclosure of Past Repairs

Seller Disclosure of Past Repairs

Do we have to disclose something that used to be a problem, but that is no longer a problem? Sellers are sometimes reluctant to disclose things that, in their minds, have been “taken care of.” Perhaps there was some minor water damage which wasn’t great enough to file an insurance claim. You could have hired […]

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Should I Leave Utilities On When My Home is Listed?

Should I Leave Utilities On When My Home is Listed?

Many times a homeowner will want to discontinue the water, gas and electricity on their home if they aren’t living there. As that’s an added expense, it makes sense. However, there are good reasons to keep everything running. Prospective buyers may want to see the home in the evening or on an overcast day. They […]

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Repairs: Getting Your Requests Accepted by the Seller

Repairs: Getting Your Requests Accepted by the Seller

Buyers and agents alike struggle with what repairs to ask for during the inspection period. Home inspection reports are quite detailed and include maintenance items as well as those which actually need attention. Striking a balance between not addressing the important items and asking for too many can be challenging. Scott Drucker, General Counsel for […]

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Dining in Marana, AZ

Dining in Marana, AZ

Marana has been a major farming and agricultural area in Tucson for many years.  It’s known for specialty agriculture and craft beer. Made from white Sonoran wheat, their beer is being carried by many local restaurants. In addition, the home-grown barley is used in alcoholic beverages such as Whiskey Del Bac. The Catalina Brewing Co. […]

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Dude Ranches in Marana, AZ

Dude Ranches in Marana, AZ

Throughout the years, dude ranches have been an integral part of Arizona history. Silver Screen stars such as John Wayne, Gary Cooper and Paul Newman utilized these ranches as a tool to learn their parts. Not that it was all work. Even then, dude ranches were a great place to kick back and relax.’ While […]

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Marana, AZ – Birdwatching

Marana, AZ – Birdwatching

The Town of Marana  extends along Interstate 10 from the line between Pinal and Pima County to the Tucson city line, except the area around the  community of Rillito. The town has a history of farming and ranching. The Tucson Mountains and the western half of Saguaro National Park are located to the south. Phoenix is approximately 90 minutes north via Interstate 10. Population is over 38,000 Though relatively small, you […]

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Caulking a Shower

Caulking a Shower

Last weekend, Rob & I decided to tackle a task we’d put off too long: caulking the shower pan in our walk-in shower. As two unhandy people, the task seemed daunting, but we were able to complete it. Here are some tips for you do-it-yourselfers: Thoroughly remove old caulk. Caulking over it will not be […]

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Purchasing a Home with Solar Panels

Purchasing a Home with Solar Panels

Solar panels are great for electrical savings and the environment, but you must be careful when buying a home with them. Your first question should be, “Is the system owned or leased”? If the system is owned then your primary concerns are with the condition, maintenance and output of the system. Your home and roof […]

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Big Changes in the AZ Purchase Contract

Big Changes in the AZ Purchase Contract

Arizona has one of the best written purchase contracts in the nation as far as protecting both the homeowner and the buyer. However, there were a couple key areas which required some tweaking. As of 2/1/2017, we have a new version of the purchase contract. Here are some key differences: Section 1: Asks for a […]

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Traffic Update for Sunday January 29th- I-10

Traffic Update for Sunday January 29th- I-10

I-10 DELAYS SUNDAY JANUARY 29TH Motorists who use Interstate 10 southeast of downtown Tucson Sunday morning, Jan. 29, may encounter brief delays due to overhead utility work between Kolb and Rita roads I-10 traffic will be closed intermittently in both directions for up to 15 minutes between 6 a.m. and noon Sunday. Drivers should allow […]

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What Happens to Your Mortgage When You Die?

What Happens to Your Mortgage When You Die?

Many folks designate who inherits their home should they pass away, but few consider the ramifications of the decision should they die before the mortgage is paid. If you have a co-signer or co-borrower, the home and mortgage responsibility would automatically pass to them. They can either maintain the home and continue payments or sell […]

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Cleaning Out Your Garage

Cleaning Out Your Garage

Can’t park your car in the garage? Time to clean it out. What’s the best way to do this without moving? First of all, enlist the aid of as many family members as possible. Set a date and keep it. Get some pegboards for tools, cabinets from Home Depot or clip-together shelving, overhead shelving to […]

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A Quality Real Estate Experience

A Quality Real Estate Experience

For my birthday this year I received a Brahmin purse. As a person who typically buys bags at Ross Dress for Less, this was a real treat. From day one, I’ve loved this bag. It made me consider what it is about this product that justifies its price tag. First of all, it’s all genuine […]

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Vail Theatre of the Arts

Vail Theatre of the Arts

If you’d like to see a quality production of the Nutcracker Ballet, but don’t relish fighting the crowds downtown, consider viewing it at our very own Vail Theater of the Arts. Located next to Empire High School this theater offers a variety of entertainment, both amateur and professional. Most performances come from the students of […]

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Raytheon to Bring 2000 Jobs to Tucson

Raytheon to Bring 2000 Jobs to Tucson

Raytheon Company announced that it will add nearly 2000 jobs at the Missile Systems business headquarters over the next 5 years. The positions will be at all skill levels, with emphasis on higher level technical and engineering positions. Raytheon is Southern AZ’s largest private employer with a workforce of over 10,000 workers and 500 suppliers. […]

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Getting Rid of Weeds on Hardscape

Getting Rid of Weeds on Hardscape

  Many of us rejoiced when we moved from homes with lawns to those featuring rock landscaping. No more mowing or pulling weeds, or so we thought. Those nasty little critters find their way up through the rocks in dismaying abundance. What to do? Pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides are widely employed to keep weeds at […]

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Reid Park Chili Cookoff

Reid Park Chili Cookoff

On Saturday, Rob & I attended the annual Chili Cook-Off hosted by the Tucson Firefighters. It’s a yearly fall event and a great place to check out a variety of chili concoctions. Rob & I sampled, Beef & Bacon Chili, Smoked Pork Chili, Chicken Chili, Chili with beans and without beans. Fortunately, you can buy […]

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