Tucson’s Amazing Sky

Tucson’s Amazing Sky

Since our move here over 11 years ago, I have become more and more interested in Astronomy. A few months ago I joined the Tucson Association of Amateur Astronomers (TAAA) to see what it was all about. Since that time I have been to several meetings and completed a 3 day class on the Fundamentals […]

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Rural Living at its Best!

Rural Living at its Best!

We have a new listing in Sahuarita at 18038 S. Mann Avenue. Situated on 4.75 acres of natural desert, this is the perfect place for people who don’t want their neighbors breathing down their necks. The owners of this 2144 sf home put a lot of thought into its construction. Using quality materials, this stucco […]

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New Listing on 1.28 Acres

New Listing on 1.28 Acres

This weekend we listed the home at 8051 S. Avenida Ana, located off of Old Spanish Trail in Southeast Tucson. The home is in a small, acre lot subdivision called Rincon Valley Estates. The home is a Palace, with high ceilings, a very open floor plan (2,805 sf) and curved windows framing a panoramic view of the […]

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The Houghton Corridor is Expanding!

You may know Civano as a picturesque environmentally conscious neighborhood located on the East side of Tucson between Irvington and Valencia Roads. Not only does it boast tree-lined streets, colorful homes and friendly neighbors, but it has its own club house, pool, coffeehouse and yoga studio. Now a new community will be built on the […]

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Understanding Appraisals

Understanding Appraisals

I recently took a class, “Understanding Appraisals”, which was my 4th one on the subject. No, I am not a slow learner; Appraisal requirements have changed and I need to be current on them. I also get a lot out of each class as each Appraiser is different. Appraisals are, after all, an Opinion of […]

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Board of Directors; Tucson Association of REALTORS®

Board of Directors; Tucson Association of REALTORS®

Earlier today I attended a meeting of the Tucson Association of REALTORS®. It was my second meeting as a Board Member and my first impression is how dedicated the Board is to its members and the Tucson Community. Most of the discussion is focused on how we can better serve both constituents. One of the […]

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Hiring the Right Contractor

Hiring the Right Contractor

Spring is a great time to do projects around the house. Some of the larger ones such as adding a room may require a permit and a licensed contractor to do the work. If you plan on doing the project yourself, you can’t sell or rent your home for at least a year after completion. […]

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Worldview coming to Tucson!

Worldview coming to Tucson!

Our first tenant of Aerospace, Defense and Technology Business & Research Park is slated to be Worldview Experience. Located South of Tucson International Airport it will be a welcome addition to the Sonoran Corridor. Headed by CEO Jane Poynter, this high altitude space balloon technology has been used to develop and fly devices for communications, […]

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Buying a Home, Step 6: Signing and Closing

Buying a Home, Step 6: Signing and Closing

The big day is here! It is time to sign your closing documents which will result in the transfer of ownership to you. So what are the closing documents and what is involved in the signing and closing process? First, signing takes place at an Escrow company. What is an Escrow company? They are an […]

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Tucson Gem & Mineral Show 2016

One of Tucson’s longest and most enduring events is our annual Gem & Mineral Show. For a nearly 2 week period, our city is taken over by gem dealers, buyers and aficionados from all over the world. This year there will be 43 venues with 3990 vendors. In fact, the Gem Show is the reason […]

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Buying a Home, Step 5: Appraisals and Loan Approval

Buying a Home, Step 5: Appraisals and Loan Approval

Whenever you are obtaining a loan to purchase a home, the Lender will request a Home Appraisal be performed.  A Home Appraisal is an opinion of the home’s value and is prepared by a licensed, professional Home Appraiser. The cost of the Appraisal is a Buyer’s expense and they typically run between $400 and $500. […]

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Fantasy Island Update

Fantasy Island Update

For those of you unfamiliar with this popular biking trail, Fantasy Island is located at the intersection of Harrison and Irvington Roads in Southeast Tucson. It’s on about 3 square miles of State Trust Land, , but the actual trails comprise about 18 miles. The area runs between Irvington and Valencia and is easily recognizable […]

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Buying a Home, Step 4: Home Inspections

Buying a Home, Step 4: Home Inspections

So you now have an Accepted Offer! Both Buyer and Seller have agreed to the terms in the contract, along with any terms in Counter Offers, if any. The day the offer is accepted is the first day of the Inspection Period. Buying a home is often the largest financial investment a family makes, so […]

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Condensation on Windows: Causes & Remedies

Condensation on Windows: Causes & Remedies

You open the blinds to savor the wonderful Arizona skies and mountains only to have your view blocked by a foggy window. How did this happen and what do you do now? Condensation occurs when there’s a big difference in temperature between the cold glass in the window and the warmer indoor air. Add high […]

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Buying a Home, Step 3: Making An Offer

Buying a Home, Step 3: Making An Offer

So you have completed your home search and have found your dream home! You are now ready to go through the process of purchasing this home and it is time to Make an Offer. I assume that at this point you are working with a REALTOR® that has shown you homes and you will need […]

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Buying a Home, Step 2: Search for Homes

Buying a Home, Step 2: Search for Homes

Once you have met with a Lender and know how much you would like to pay for a home, you  are ready to start finding your dream home. If you do not know what area you would like to live in, I strongly recommend you contact a Realtor for help.  They should be able to […]

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Should I Sell My Home on My Own?

Should I Sell My Home on My Own?

The popularity and convenience of Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com have many homeowners wondering if it is worth the added cost to hire a Realtor to sell their home. Here are some things to consider: Can I accurately price my house? Most homeowners have poured their hearts and money into their homes to personalize it to […]

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Buying a Home, Step 1: Meet with a Lender

Buying a Home, Step 1: Meet with a Lender

This is the first in a series of articles designed to provide quick, easy to follow advice on purchasing a home. Most REALTORS® will suggest that you first meet with them which is a good idea as they can help you get started; however, it is not necessary that you start there. The goal of […]

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Smart Devices Save Time & Money

Smart Devices Save Time & Money

  When we think of smart devices we usually are referring to phones. In this techno age, there are many devices geared to operate remotely. For instance the Nubryte touchpad allows you to program lighting in your home and has an app to control it remotely as well. You can set it to wake you […]

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First Time Buying a Home? Are You Sure?

First Time Buying a Home? Are You Sure?

Initially I had planned on launching my new series on Buying a Home with the usual recommendations on contacting a Lender, etc.,  but the process actually starts with making the decision. As REALTORS® we always ask new clients what their objectives are in purchasing a home but this is often after they have made that […]

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Return to Fountain Hills Fair

Return to Fountain Hills Fair

  Last weekend marked the second arts and crafts festival held twice a year by the park at Fountain Hills, AZ.  Only 2 hours from Tucson, it’s an easy day trip, but Rob & I opted to spend the night. It’s a lot of fun to sample the food in Phoenix and we are definitely […]

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Tucson, Vail Home Sales: It’s a Seller’s Market

Tucson, Vail Home Sales: It’s a Seller’s Market

In Tucson and Vail, Arizona, the current housing market is considered favorable to Home Sellers; what makes it a “Seller’s Market”?  Let’s take a trip back down memory lane and discuss Supply and Demand, Economics 101. When Demand exceeds Supply, the market is favorable to those providing the Supply, whether it be iPhones, cars or […]

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Local Entertainment and Events Calendar

Local Entertainment and Events Calendar

With the holidays at hand, you don’t want to miss any shopping or entertainment event opportunities. Below is an easy way to check in and see what’s happening in Vail and the Tucson area. Vail & Tucson Events   Check in and you won’t miss out!!   Rob and Catherine Hallberg are Associate Brokers with […]

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Polybutylene Plumbing: A Home Buyer’s Primer

Polybutylene Plumbing: A Home Buyer’s Primer

Polybutylene was a type of plumbing pipe used in residential homes from 1978 to 1995. It was very popular due to its low cost and easier, faster installation than copper pipes. But homes built using polybutylene pipes started to have leaks, primarily around the connections and fittings.  The plumbing industry responded by switching to copper or […]

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Don’t Go UP in Smoke: Inspect your Chimney

Don’t Go UP in Smoke: Inspect your Chimney

One of the most neglected home maintenance items is the fireplace and chimney. There are 2 types of chimneys. A masonry chimney is built on its own footing and foundation with brick or concrete block on the exterior. As exhaust gas moisture can cause the structure to flake, the cap should be maintained in a […]

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Do you have Proper Insurance on your Home?

Do you have Proper Insurance on your Home?

Many homeowners assume the  hazard insurance they have on their homes covers everything. It may not. “Dwelling coverage” protects the physical structure of your residence, like the walls and the roof. “Other structures coverage” can help protect other structures on your property, like a shed or detached garage, but neither policy will protect your belongings. […]

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Tucson: The Best Retirement Destination

Tucson: The Best Retirement Destination

In most of the US, when one talks about Retirement destinations, Florida is always the first answer. But if you compare Arizona and Tucson to Florida, Tucson wins, in my opinion. I have a little knowledge of Florida as a retirement destination as I lived there for 10 years. We are approaching our 11th year […]

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St. Demetrios Greek Festival

St. Demetrios Greek Festival

Last weekend marked the 37th celebration of the Greek Festival held by the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church at 1145 E. Fort Lowell Road in Tucson. Rob & I usually attend together, but this year I went with my Red Hat sisters which made for a more festive experience. They are a fun group and […]

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How Cloud Road Got Its Name

How Cloud Road Got Its Name

Those of you who’ve traversed Sabino Canyon Road between Tanque Verde and River Road are sure to have crossed Cloud Road. This relatively short East-West road runs from E Calle de Amigos to N. Elena Maria just East of Sabino Creek. Its whimsical name led me to wonder if it fell from the sky or […]

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Selling a Vacant Home: Insurance is Critical!

Selling a Vacant Home: Insurance is Critical!

Sellers usually have a million things to take care of when selling a home and moving to a new location. You are often working with two agents, one that helps you sell your home and the other may be representing you on a purchase and it can get confusing. One item that should be high […]

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Thunderstorm Safety

Thunderstorm Safety

Living in Tucson, you are certain to encounter a thunderstorm, especially during the monsoons. If you happen to be outdoors, the first thing you should do is seek shelter. Small structures such as sheds or outhouses provide almost no protection as they lack, plumbing, wiring or other grounding mechanisms from the roof to the ground. […]

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Jobs for Tucson? Look to Buffalo for Answers

Jobs for Tucson? Look to Buffalo for Answers

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Buffalo? Freezing weather and lots of snow are what comes to my mind, followed quickly by “Rust Belt”.  Buffalo is one of the Northeast & Midwest cities that suffered greatly when their manufacturing base left town. So how does a city with […]

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Selling Higher-Priced Homes Quickly in Vail, AZ

Selling Higher-Priced Homes Quickly in Vail, AZ

Average or median home prices in Vail are much different than in other areas of Tucson so a “Higher Priced Home” in Vail would likely be at the bottom pricing tier for homes in the Foothills. So let’s first define what a higher priced home is in Vail, AZ. The median price for homes sold […]

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Buying a Home: Lender Requirements

Buying a Home: Lender Requirements

Whether you’re a first time buyer or an old pro, applying for a loan can be daunting. In an effort to prevent another market crash, both lenders and the federal government have enacted new guidelines to ensure that buyers who want to purchase a home can truly qualify for a loan. Thus you will encounter […]

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Where to Eat in Vail, AZ?

Where to Eat in Vail, AZ?

One complaint I hear about the Vail area is the lack of stores and restaurants. Vail has one main shopping center on Colossal Cave Road in “downtown” Vail. There is also a “planned” Shopping Center at the corner of Colossal Cave and Mary Anne Cleveland which has not materialized. Of course, I am often asked, […]

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The 6th Annual Dragoon Garlic Festival

The 6th Annual Dragoon Garlic Festival

Today, Rob & I attended one of our favorite yearly events, the Dragoon Garlic Festival. Located off exit 318 of I-10 just East of Benson, what this show lacks in size, it more than makes up for in quality. Local vendors come to sell home-made goods ranging from pasta to soap to artwork to specialty […]

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The Perils of Paint Touch-Ups

The Perils of Paint Touch-Ups

It had been a little over a year since we had our home interior painted.  Like most homeowners, we’re not as careful as we should be about bumping corners with vacuum cleaners and rubbing furniture against the walls. Thus it was time for touch-ups. As we had a partial can of paint in the garage […]

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