Home Buyer Repair Requests: Cash in Lieu of Making Repairs

Home Buyer Repair Requests: Cash in Lieu of Making Repairs

The first step after a Contract Offer is accepted on a home is to schedule Home Inspections. Once Inspections are completed, a Buyer “shall submit a signed notice of any items disapproved”.  That is contract language for “list of repairs”. The Buyer may either elect to cancel the purchase at this point or “provide the […]

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Buying & Selling a Home in 2015-Pt. 2

Buying & Selling a Home in 2015-Pt. 2

While continuing my read of “Zillow Talk” by Spencer Rascoff & Stan Humphries I came upon a couple more interesting facts which Zillow’s analysts have uncovered. Street names and suffixes can tell you about the value of homes in a city. For instance homes on Main Street are worth less than those on Lake Street. […]

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Home Buyers: What is a “Pre-Closing Walkthrough”?

Home Buyers: What is a “Pre-Closing Walkthrough”?

One of the last steps in purchasing a home is for the Buyer to perform a “Pre-Closing Walkthrough”. What is it and what is it for? The Walkthrough is similar to a Home Inspection and is usually conducted by the Buyer or their Home Inspector. The purpose is two-fold: To make sure the property is […]

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Buying and Selling a Home in 2015

Buying and Selling a Home in 2015

Whether you are a first time buyer, repeat buyer or investor, deciding which area and which home to select can be confusing. I’ve been reading a book called “Zillow Talk” written by the CEO, Spencer Rascoff and Chief Economist, Stan Humphries, of Zillow.  As Realtors we rely heavily on the Multiple Listing Service plus our […]

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Solar Leasing: Impact on Selling Your Home

Solar Leasing: Impact on Selling Your Home

This article is about how a leased solar panel system can affect the sale of your home. I am not going to address the cost benefit of leasing solar panels as opposed to purchasing them or not converting to solar at all.  Each homeowner has their own unique living situation which can change the results […]

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Good Photos are Essential when Selling your Home

Good Photos are Essential when Selling your Home

Have you ever pulled up a listing on any of the internet sites, read the marketing remarks and thought “this could be the one”, only to look at the photos and either not be able to tell what a room looks like or be turned off by the dark photos? In this age of technology, […]

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Home Inspections: A Primer for Buyers

Home Inspections: A Primer for Buyers

For Home Buyers, I believe the most important step in Buying a Home is the Property Inspection.   This is when the Buyer will learn more about the actual condition of the home and make a more informed decision on whether or not to purchase the home. The Home Inspection is a process that is defined […]

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Are you receiving the Vail or Tucson Monthly Housing Reports?

Are you receiving the Vail or Tucson Monthly Housing Reports?

In the Vail area, March 2015 active inventory was 274, a 15% increase from March 2014. There were 36 closings in March 2015, a 29% increase from March 2014. Year-to-date 2015 there were 88 closings, a 2% increase from year-to-date 2014. Months of Inventory  was   7.6, down from 8.5 in March 2014. Median price of […]

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Sell Your Home…Perfectly

Sell Your Home…Perfectly

What is a “Perfect” Sale of your home? If asked, most Sellers will usually respond, “highest price” first and “quickest sale” second.  And I am going to tell you how to do both. The first step to a Perfect Sale is to understand what Buyers want and then show it to them.  Of course, every […]

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Colossal Cave Mountain Park

Colossal Cave Mountain Park

This week Rob & I were treated to a tour of Colossal Cave Mountain Park by Martie Maierhauser. She and her husband Joe have been sole proprietors of the sub-lease from Pima County since 1956. Comprised of Colossal Cave and La Posta Quemada  ( Burnt Station)Ranch, this 2700 acre park has a long history. As […]

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Meet Nandi at the Reid Park Zoo

Meet Nandi at the Reid Park Zoo

This week Rob & I visited Reid Park Zoo’s newest arrival, Nandi, a baby female African Elephant.  Born at 10:55pm on August 20, 2014, she’s the first African Elephant born in Arizona and is she ever cute! While we were there, her parents were schooling her in the art of eating bark off a branch.  […]

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Working For Vail: The Vail Chamber of Commerce

Working For Vail: The Vail Chamber of Commerce

Catherine & I recently joined the Vail Chamber of Commerce, representing our business as Long Realty Associate Brokers.  I attended my first meeting today and I have a few observations and comments: Attendance: I was very impressed with the number of attendees. There must have been at least 60 members at the meeting. Commitment: The […]

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Cigarette Smoke Eradication

Cigarette Smoke Eradication

Getting rid of lingering smoke odor can be a challenge. Even if no one has smoked inside the house for quite a while, the smell can remain. It gets into carpets, air ducts and even the paint on the walls. There are various levels of eradication. If the smoke smell is faint, try setting bowls […]

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Horse Racing at Rillito Park

Horse Racing at Rillito Park

Recently, Rob & I attended the horse races at Tucson’s Rillito Park. A historic racetrack which is the birthplace of Quarter Horse racing, Rillito’s season runs from February through April 12 with Simulcasting Weekends extending to June 6. Founded in 1943 by 4 horsemen- Bob Locke, Jake Meyer, Mel Haskell and J. Rukin Jelks on […]

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Fountain Hills Great Fair

Fountain Hills Great Fair

One of the benefits of living in Tucson is its proximity to Phoenix. From Vail, which is in SE Tucson, you can hop on I-10 and be in Phoenix in 2-2 ½ hrs. This past weekend Rob & I attended the Fountains Hills Great Fair. This suburb is about 20 minutes Northeast of Scottsdale, off […]

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Home Loans: What is Pre-Qualifying and Why?

Home Loans: What is Pre-Qualifying and Why?

If you have ever purchased a home with a loan, then you probably had to obtain a Prequalifying Form or Letter from your Mortgage Broker (Lender). What is a Prequalifying Form or Letter and why are they important? A Prequalifying Form or Letter contains a statement that the Buyer, in the opinion of the Lender, […]

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Home Buyers: A Perfect Storm

Home Buyers: A Perfect Storm

For those of you that remember the movie, “The Perfect Storm”, then you probably recall that it was the simultaneous collision of three events: two storm systems and a hurricane. The fishing captain and crew made a decision to ignore the storm warning to get back to dock while the fish was still fresh. By […]

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IMPACT of Southern Arizona-Vail Location

IMPACT of Southern Arizona-Vail Location

Many people are unaware that Vail has its own food bank. It is one of two food bank programs of IMPACT of Southern Arizona, with the other in Northwest Tucson. IMPACT of Southern Arizona is a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 and provides assistance to families and seniors in need in the Greater Vail community […]

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Home Sellers: The Future Is Now

Home Sellers: The Future Is Now

For those of you old enough to recognize the motto, “The Future Is Now”, then you know the meaning and how old I must be.  “The Future is Now” was the Washington Redskin Football Team’s motto in the early 1970’s. The Redskins had a history of being one of the worst teams in the NFL […]

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The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show

The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show

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. In fact, the Gem Show is the reason Rob & I became familiar with Tucson and ended up […]

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America’s Boneyard: Davis-Monthan AFB

America’s Boneyard: Davis-Monthan AFB

If you live in the Tucson area, you are probably no stranger to the Aircraft “Boneyard” on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.  “Boneyard”, of course, refers to the large number of aircraft that sit in storage at Davis-Monthan. The “Boneyard” is under the command of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) , which is […]

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Sharing Home Inspection and Appraisal Information

Sharing Home Inspection and Appraisal Information

When you are selling your home legal issues may arise that aren’t easily answered. The Arizona Association of Realtors features a legal hotline to help with some of the more common ones. Today I’ve included two common situations which may arise. The first concerns a deal which falls through after inspections have been completed. The […]

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Fannie Mae Financing Changes

Fannie Mae Financing Changes

Greg Kisiel, a mortgage officer with Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, passed along this informative e-mail about the new 97% LTV program now in effect. I especially like the succinct presentation as it makes it very concise and easy to understand. I thought I’d share it as many of you are looking for affordable financing and this […]

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Pools & Garages: What are they worth?

Pools & Garages: What are they worth?

One question which Sellers ask us a lot is how much value does a 3 car garage or pool add to the home. That depends… Three car garages are popular in Tucson as we typically don’t see homes with attics or basements. Basements especially are costly to build as our caliche makes it difficult to […]

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The Gaslight Theatre

The Gaslight Theatre

Whether you’ve  just moved to Tucson or are a long-time resident, a night at the Gaslight Theatre is something you won’t want to miss! Entering their 35th year of operation, the Gaslight Theatre appeals to people from all ages and backgrounds. Surprisingly it originated in Skagway, Alaska in 1977 as the brainchild of a U […]

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J D Ranch: A Popular Vail, Arizona Community

J D Ranch: A Popular Vail, Arizona Community

Nestled among the Rincon and Santa Rita Mountains, this  gated Vail, Arizona community offers quality homes in a neighborhood where pride of ownership is evident. It’s located off I-10 at the Hwy 83/Sonoita Exit. Drive one-half mile to Mokes Mile, take a right then your next right on Davidson and you’re there! Opened in 2004, […]

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Double Pane Windows: Are they worth the money?

Double Pane Windows: Are they worth the money?

Nearly 25% of home heating and cooling costs are related to windows says the Dept. of Energy.  Making your house more energy efficient is to your advantage both economically and environmentally. Steve Poitz, a member of the Canadian Window Standards Subcommittee and an engineer who specializes in energy-efficient windows has found that vinyl or wood-framed […]

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Appraisals: Do it Now, Before the Home Inspection

Appraisals: Do it Now, Before the Home Inspection

The title of my December 1st post was, “Appraisals: Wait Until After the Home Inspection”, and this article is about when it might be better to conduct the Appraisal first.  This comes up in only a few cases, but it can save a Buyer’s money and a Seller’s time, and may also be used to […]

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Appraisals: Wait Until After the Home Inspection

Appraisals: Wait Until After the Home Inspection

Appraisals in Real Estate are simply “Opinions of Market Value” rendered by a Professional, Licensed Appraiser. Appraisals are required in all property sales when the Buyer is obtaining a Loan. The Bank or Mortgage Company is basing their approval of the loan on a property’s Market Value. As payment for the Appraisal ($400 – $600) […]

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How Not to Fry a Turkey

How Not to Fry a Turkey

Thanksgiving  is  Rob’s favorite holiday as it involves food and lots of it. We want everyone to enjoy this special meal with their friends and family. A little common sense will make it a success and not a reason to call your insurance company or the fire department. Use caution around oven, stoves and fryers. […]

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Warranted Items – What Sellers Are Required to Repair

Warranted Items – What Sellers Are Required to Repair

One of the least understood areas in selling a home in Tucson is “Seller Warranties”. Seller Warranties may be found on Lines 166 through 171, Page 4 of the Purchase Contract. Here is an excerpt from that paragraph: “Seller warrants and shall maintain and repair the Premises so that at the earlier of possession or […]

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The Housing Market: Some Challenges in 2015

The Housing Market: Some Challenges in 2015

It’s a new year and interest rates and gas prices are low. Some housing market watchers are predicting a rise in prices which would be great for homeowners looking to sell. However, there are some obstacles which could upset the recovery according to CNN. Investors, especially institutional ones, purchased many properties while prices were low […]

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Divorce, Death & Trust Agreements

Divorce, Death & Trust Agreements

Nothing is worse than getting to the closing table, only to discover your paperwork is not in order. Your closing can be delayed or even worse, cancelled if you don’t have the necessary documentation to transfer the title. This nightmare can be avoided if you take some simple steps when listing your home for sale. […]

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Vail Art Fair and Tubac Arts & Crafts Festival

Vail Art Fair and Tubac Arts & Crafts Festival

One of the most entertaining aspects of living in Tucson is the abundance of arts and crafts shows. Today I attended two of my favorites. The Vail Craft Fair is held at the Pima County Fairgrounds. It’s a local event where you are likely to see your neighbors and co- workers.  The bulk of the […]

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Jumping Out of a Perfectly Good Airplane…

Jumping Out of a Perfectly Good Airplane…

This past weekend I took my first parachute jump at SkyDive Arizona, in Eloy Arizona.  The reactions I have gotten when they learn about my jump fall into three categories. “Why would you jump out of a perfectly good airplane (Are you crazy)?” About 75% of the comments. “I jumped last year when my (Husband, […]

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Dishwashers: Over Half Installed Incorrectly

Dishwashers: Over Half Installed Incorrectly

Most Homeowners are not experts in installing Dishwashers; they rely on the professionals that install them. Yet over half of them seem to be installed incorrectly. My estimate is based on our experience with hundreds of Home Inspections in Tucson and Vail, Arizona. It is easily the most common defect found in Home Inspections.  It […]

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Should I Get a Home Warranty?

Should I Get a Home Warranty?

Both the Arizona Purchase Contract and most Listing Agreements have a place to request a home warranty. Sellers and Buyers alike are often in a quandary as to whether the added protection is worth the cost. For Sellers, a home warranty can be added at the time your home goes on the market. This can […]

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