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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New Vail, Arizona School District Community Planned

New Vail, Arizona School District Community Planned

Sunbelt Holdings of Scottsdale recently announced the purchase of a 540 acre parcel of land in Southeast Tucson. Sunbelt plans to develop the site to build approximately 2,500 new homes, which will be their first Tucson area project. The project will be a Master-Planned Community, with multiple homebuilders constructing both Single Family and Townhomes. The […]

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Home Price Appreciation Declining in Tucson Area, Report Says

Home Price Appreciation Declining in Tucson Area, Report Says

The Headline above is from an article written by Zachary Ziegler that appeared in the Arizona Public Media. It certainly got my attention, so I decided to take a closer look.  Here are some excerpts from the article: Home prices are rising at lower rates in Tucson, according to a new report from real estate […]

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American Legion Post 109

American Legion Post 109

To celebrate the 4th of July, our local American Legion Post 109 hosted a delicious holiday cookout which included hamburgers, hot dogs, roasted corn, chips and desserts. A band performed and water slides provided entertainment for the kids. Although not Veterans ourselves, Rob & I both have parents who served in the military, so could […]

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Property Taxes Going Up For Pima County Homeowners

Property Taxes Going Up For Pima County Homeowners

Late Wednesday the Pima County Board of Supervisors adopted a new budget for 2015 which will result in a tax increase for Pima County homeowners. The vote was 3 to 2, with District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll & District 1 Supervisor Ally Miller providing the No votes. According to Chuck Huckleberry, Pima County Administrator, the […]

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Memorial Day History

Memorial Day History

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration […]

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April Housing Permits Strong but Lagging Overall

April Housing Permits Strong but Lagging Overall

A recent article by Hillary Davis, Inside Tucson Business, revealed that permits for new homes had a surprising jump in April of 221 homes. Compared to 2013, April’s increase puts the Tucson market about 10% ahead of 2014 revised projections; however, total starts are lower than the same period in 2013 and well below the […]

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