AZ Purchase Contract: Seller Responsibilities

AZ Purchase Contract: Seller Responsibilities

As REALTORS®, our job is to make the sale of your home as easy and stress-free as possible. Not only do we handle marketing and negotiations, but also set up inspections, co-ordinate with title companies, HOA’s, your lender and solve a multitude of other problems which can derail your sale. We’re happy to do this […]

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Buying A Home? Consider the Future

Buying A Home? Consider the Future

When purchasing a home, Buyers often do consider the future – at least so far as allowing for family growth, especially if it is a growing family. Unfortunately, Buyers often do not consider how easily the home will sell when the time comes. There are certain “deal killer” defects that some Buyers will not compromise on, […]

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Why We Love Tucson

Why We Love Tucson

There is no place quite like Tucson, Arizona. With some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, unbeatable weather, endless activities, and a great selection of restaurants for every palate, it is easy for anyone to fall in love with the Old Pueblo. The home of the University of Arizona, Tucson is a great […]

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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 is an MPC located in Tucson but is also part of the Vail School […]

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Rancho Del Lago: In the Beginning

Rancho Del Lago: In the Beginning

Arizona Springs I In 2001, KB Homes built the first home in Rancho Del Lago. It was located in Arizona Springs I, which is near the main entrance. From Rancho Del Lago Boulevard, take a left onto Oxmoor Valley Road or Diablo Creek Drive.  There are about 193 homes in Arizona Springs I. By 2003, […]

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Rancho Del Lago Goes West!

Rancho Del Lago Goes West!

After the successful sale of the homes in Arizona Springs I and The Oasis, builders followed the advice of Horace Greely and went West (Horace actually said, “Go West, Young Man, Go West…”). Development of the lots to the West of the Pantano Wash began in 2004. Overlook At Rancho Del Lago DR Horton built […]

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Rancho Del Lago Adds Luxury Homes

Rancho Del Lago Adds Luxury Homes

As reviewed in our last post, the initial development of Rancho Del Lago started in 2001, near the existing Clubhouse and west of the Pantano Wash. In late 2002, homes were started in Wingview, a Luxury, Gated community and in 2003, the Rancho Del Rincon subdivision opened with acre lots and Luxury homes. Wingview Wingview […]

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Rancho Del Lago: The Later Years

Rancho Del Lago: The Later Years

In 2005 and 2006, three new Builders entered the Rancho Del Lago Market; Lennar, KHovnanian & AF Sterling.  Lennar & AF Sterling opened new subdivisions in 2005 and KHovanian opened one in 2006. High Plains Ranch AF Sterling was the first on the scene developing a community called High Plains Ranch. AF Sterling is a […]

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UA Tech Park : Helping Vail, AZ Prosper

UA Tech Park : Helping Vail, AZ Prosper

As one of the backbones of the Vail, AZ community, the UA Tech Park, located at 7762 E. Science Park Drive, houses 40 companies with a total of approximately 6,500 employees including such notables as IBM and Raytheon. The Vail Academy and High School resides there and Tech Parks Arizona has worked with the district […]

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Rancho Del Lago: Final Developments and Today

Rancho Del Lago: Final Developments and Today

A new community, The Bluffs, was opened in 2008 despite the poor real estate market. As one neighborhood expands, the Four Seasons Active Adult Community languishes and the Builder pulled out of Rancho Del Lago in 2008. The Bluffs AF Sterling actually opened their sales office in 2007 and building commenced in 2008. The Bluffs […]

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The Sun Link is Up & Running!

The Sun Link is Up & Running!

This weekend Rob & I took a ride on the new Tucson Sunlink Streetcar which runs from the Mercado area to the University of Arizona. It has been in the works since it was approved by Pima County in 2006. The Sun Link streetcars, manufactured by Oregon Iron Works/United Streetcar, are among the first batch […]

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El Tour De Tucson: A Tucson Tradition Since 1983

El Tour De Tucson: A Tucson Tradition Since 1983

With its abundant sunshine and miles of biking trails, Tucson is a natural choice for people who love to race and ride their bicycles. If you’re a cyclist, you probably already know about El Tour De Tucson, an annual cycling event that attracts novice, advanced, and professional riders alike. Even if you haven’t pulled the […]

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Buying a HUD home: Perks & Perils

Buying a HUD home: Perks & Perils

Many savvy buyers look for foreclosures (bank-owned properties) as they are generally priced below the current market and can be a way of getting more home for your money. While this is true, they can also be in need of costly repairs and you must follow the bank’s guidelines and deadlines or your earnest money […]

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Mary Ann Cleveland Way

Mary Ann Cleveland Way

Ever wonder why the road joining Houghton and Colossal Cave has such a long name? That road exists thanks to the efforts of a woman who still lives in nearby Rita Ranch. For over 3 years she campaigned and met with Tucson officials to gain permission to join these two roads. Prior to 2005, the […]

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Why Does My Loan Take So Long to Process?

Why Does My Loan Take So Long to Process?

In the not so distant past, a buyer would meet with his lender, fill out an application, provide some financial information and within 30 days have a fully approved home loan. These days the process seems more cumbersome. Not only is your credit run at the beginning of the process but some lenders will run […]

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“Freeze-Proof” Your Pipes

“Freeze-Proof” Your Pipes

Tucson, AZ doesn’t get the constant freezing temperatures that beleaguer much of the US during the winter months. However, we do experience the occasional cold snap. As short-lived as these are, they can wreak havoc on your outdoor pipes and faucets. A little preventive maintenance can keep your pipes toasty. Most people tend to their […]

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What to Look for in a New Home

What to Look for in a New Home

Buying a home can be an overwhelming process. There are many homes for sale, so it’s important to have an idea of what you’re looking for before you even start your search. Families with children might have nearby schools at the top of their priority lists, while retired couples might be looking for communities where […]

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Should Sellers Attend the Home Inspection? NO!

Should Sellers Attend the Home Inspection? NO!

I do not recommend that the Seller be present during the Buyer’s Inspection of the home. Why? It may seem like a good idea as the Seller could provide information and possibly mitigate any problems that are found; however, what typically happens is the Seller’s comments are not considered as the Inspector must report what […]

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Reasons to Consider Relocating to Vail, Arizona

Reasons to Consider Relocating to Vail, Arizona

If you are considering moving, whether it’s across the country or from a different part of Arizona, there are many reasons to add Vail, Arizona to your search. If you’re in search of a place with fantastic weather, excellent schools, and a variety of cultural and entertainment options, start looking at real estate in the […]

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Digitize Your Memories! Scan Photos, Negatives, etc.

Digitize Your Memories! Scan Photos, Negatives, etc.

When I first decided to digitize our home photos I looked at the scanners available on the market. The better ones can auto-feed your pictures to reduce your time. One of the best appeared to be an Epson with a 50-page Feeder – might be a little less with photos as they are on thicker paper. […]

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Tucson Economic Forecast

Tucson Economic Forecast

I was fortunate last week to attend a seminar, “Economic Outlook 2015 – 2016” sponsored by our own prestigious Eller College of the University of Arizona.  Over 500 Tucson Business, Government & Education Leaders attended the event, which was held at the Westin La Paloma. The first speaker was Anthony Chan, Chief Economist for Chase […]

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Freezing Cold Showers? Hot Water Fast!

Freezing Cold Showers? Hot Water Fast!

Does the picture to the left remind you of times when you stepped into the tub or shower and the water was so cold you had to jump back out? Tired of waiting minutes for the water to reach a temperature you can stand? Tankless Water Heaters, of course, are one solution to obtaining Hot […]

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Oasis Sanctuary – A Great Southern Arizona Day Trip!

Oasis Sanctuary – A Great Southern Arizona Day Trip!

Catherine & I and an animal-loving client toured the incredible Oasis (Bird) Sanctuary on Sunday (http://the-oasis.org/).  They care for over 700 Parrots on their 71 acres! Located in Cascabel, about 26 miles North of Benson, our tour guide was Janet Trumble, Executive Director of Operations. We started in the Female Cockatoo cage and were instantly […]

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Multi-Generational Homes: A Sign of the Times

Multi-Generational Homes: A Sign of the Times

Aging parents and Boomerang kids present challenges for many families. As the Baby Boomers grow older their kids must find a way to help take care of them, yet maintain their own independent family unit. In the past, this meant moving them into assisted living, purchasing or helping to buy a second home nearby, or […]

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Esmond Station Regional Park

Esmond Station Regional Park

I attended an open house in late May whose purpose was to unveil the proposed Master Plan for the Esmond Station Regional Park which will be located near the intersection of Houghton Road and Mary Ann Cleveland Way, adjacent to Empire High School. This 274 acre park site will be constructed near the original Esmond […]

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Urgent! Parrots Need Help!

Urgent! Parrots Need Help!

About a month ago Catherine posted a Blog titled, “Oasis Sanctuary: A Great Southern AZ Day Trip”. It has been our most popular Blog ever, but Oasis now needs help! The Oasis Sanctuary is a non-profit charitable organization that provides for Parrots that have lost their homes. Many of the Parrots were family pets but […]

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Home Buyers: Requesting Seller Repairs

Home Buyers: Requesting Seller Repairs

When purchasing a home, Buyers will have the Home Inspected for defects and submit a repair request to the Seller.  At a minimum, we recommend a complete home inspection and a termite inspection by a licensed company. Although the Home Inspector does check the Roof, we often recommend a Roof Inspection as well. Once you […]

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How to Remove a Gila Monster

How to Remove a Gila Monster

The other night, Rob went into our garage on an errand and was greeted by a psychedelic pink and black 18” Gila Monster. Aware they are venomous and can deliver a painful bite, he decided to crack the garage door and allow him to leave. Next morning we looked under shelves and cars and decided […]

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Home Sellers: Saving on the Cost of Repairs

Home Sellers: Saving on the Cost of Repairs

Once a Seller has accepted an offer to purchase their home, Buyer will have it inspected by licensed Home and Termite professionals.  Buyers use the results of these inspections to submit a repair request to the Seller. As a Seller you may not be aware of this, but you have already agreed to make certain […]

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Catherine’s Prairie Dog Re-Location Program

Catherine’s Prairie Dog Re-Location Program

One of the benefits of living in Tucson is our abundance and variety of wildlife. While most of these creatures are merely passing through, a few may decide to take up residence on your property. One of the cutest and most destructive is the black-tailed prairie dog. You can tell they are prairie dogs by their […]

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VA Home Loans: 5 Benefits and Rules that may Surprise You!

VA Home Loans: 5 Benefits and Rules that may Surprise You!

I attended a course earlier this week on VA Home Loans. Not my first class, of course; Catherine & I have represented many VA Buyers in Tucson and Vail, AZ and have also attained the certification, “Military Relocation Professional (MRP). But there were some interesting topics covered, and it reminded me of some of the […]

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Home Buyers: What to Expect at Closing

Home Buyers: What to Expect at Closing

The final step before completing the purchase of a home is the signing of the closing documents. Signing the closing documents usually takes place at the Escrow’s Company’s office. If a home loan is involved, there are a number of documents the buyer must sign, including the HUD-1. HUD-1 The HUD-1 details all financial aspects […]

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A Checklist for Putting Your Home on the Market

A Checklist for Putting Your Home on the Market

As you may expect, a polished house will have more buyer appeal, meaning it will sell faster and for a higher price. In general, buyers are more comfortable purchasing a well-cared-for home, as it signals less maintenance issues. If you’re getting ready to put your house on a market, then there are some essential steps to […]

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You Have TERMITES!  Now What?

You Have TERMITES! Now What?

The first time I heard that, it was our personal home and I was both disgusted and frightened. Disgusted, because the vision of termites running through our walls made me feel violated – like a burglar in our home. I was frightened of the unknown; how much damage has been done and what will the […]

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Academy Village Update

Academy Village Update

Over 55, but not over the hill?  With its continued education lectures, varied activities and resort-style setting, this Tucson active adult community could be well worth considering. Nestled in the gorgeous Rincon Mountains, these upscale Southwest homes are easy to maintain and most are within walking distance of the Community Center. Founded by Henry Koffler, […]

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Gyms & Exercise Facilities Near Vail, Arizona

Gyms & Exercise Facilities Near Vail, Arizona

When temperatures skyrocket, many seeking exercise move indoors. Vail offers some options to suit every fitness buff’s needs and level. Here are some to consider: SNAP Fitness: 7545 S. Houghton Rd, Ste. #3 Tucson, AZ 85747 520-572-8788 http://www.snapfitness.com/gyms/tucson-az-85747/324 This is a 24hr. gym which is great if you work odd hours or can’t go on […]

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What to See and Do In Vail, Arizona

What to See and Do In Vail, Arizona

Originally established as a station and water stop on the Southern Pacific Railroad, Vail, AZ, now encompasses just over 18 square miles. Located in Pima County just to the southeast of Tucson, Vail offers a variety of popular attractions that highlight the beauty and diversity of the Sonoran Desert. If you are looking for a […]

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