Buying a Home Can Make You Happier

Buying a Home Can Make You Happier

Most Americans have no regrets about buying a home. In fact, it’s made them happier, a new survey shows. Ninety-three percent of Americans say they are happier after buying a home, and 83% would never go back to renting, according to Bank of America’s latest Homebuyer Insights Report, based on a survey of nearly 2,000 […]

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Update on Houghton Road Corridor Construction

Update on Houghton Road Corridor Construction

Houghton Road Corridor Construction Update – June 28, 2019 Houghton Road: Valencia Road to Mary Ann Cleveland Way Utility relocation work is being conducted along South Houghton Road between Valencia Road and Mary Ann Cleveland Way in advance of the City of Tucson roadway improvement project in that segment. Crews for both Century Link and […]

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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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Vail Home, Sales Price Trends

Vail Home, Sales Price Trends

I researched home sales in Vail over the last 180 days and compared prices for the first 3 months to the last 3 months. For Single Story homes, prices have increased about 1.3% in the March 11th to June 10th time period as compared to December 11th to March 10th. This is consistent with most […]

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US Home Prices Rise at Slowest Pace in 6½ Years

I found this article which is about all US homes but what about Tucson? My analysis follows the article. WASHINGTON – U.S. home prices rose at the slowest pace in more than six years in March, a sign weaker sales are keeping a lid on price increases. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index climbed […]

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Rancho Del Lago – The Bluffs

Rancho Del Lago – The Bluffs

The Bluffs of Rancho Del Lago In 2007, AF Sterling opened a sales office in a new community, The Bluffs, and building commenced in 2008. The Bluffs is located directly across Rancho Del Lago Boulevard from Highland Ranch, another AF Sterling Community. AF Sterling planned to build the entire community but the real estate market […]

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See Tucson’s Sights with a Free Culture Pass

See Tucson’s Sights with a Free Culture Pass

 If you want to see some of our popular museums, parks or gardens, one cool way to do it is to check out a Culture Pass . These are tickets for 2 which are on a first-come, first-serve basis at many of Tucson’s libraries. They are good for up to 1 week after checkout.You’ll get […]

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New development on Tucson’s Eastside

New development on Tucson’s Eastside

New construction is booming in SE Tucson. Mattamy Homes is opening Saguaro Trails at Houghton and Drexel. Models will be available for viewing February 7, and reps will begin selling lots and taking orders for new homes. With 600 homes planned, this will be a massive subdivision. Expect more traffic on the already overburdened Houghton […]

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Del Webb At Rancho Del Lago: Where are the Home Sales?

Del Webb At Rancho Del Lago: Where are the Home Sales?

Del Webb At Rancho Del Lago: Where are the Home Sales? Del Webb At Rancho Del Lago is a very popular Active Adult community located in Vail. But sales have slipped dramatically over the past three months. At the beginning of July, there were 19 homes listed for sale. Eight new homes came on the […]

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Pricing Your Home- Single vs Two Stories

Pricing Your Home- Single vs Two Stories

The other day I saw a question posted on a popular housing site as to why single story homes are more costly than two story homes of the same square footage.  I was surprised at the range of answers offered by Real Estate Professsionals, many of them wrong. Here’s the simple answer. When building a […]

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Tucson According to the New York Times

Tucson According to the New York Times

“Tucson is a City that encourages you to Explore. The food is delicious. The access to beauty is even better. ” are the opening lines of a column in the New York Times entitled, “Frugal Traveler”. This is a great article and here is a link to it: Tucson According to the NY Times Rob […]

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Rancho Rustico Restaurant opens at Houghton Town Center

Rancho Rustico Restaurant opens at Houghton Town Center

Rob & I have been eating at Rancho Rustico since it opened and love the Mexican Cuisine. Now it has a new location and look. Outdoor seating, happy hours, breakfast on weekends. Just a couple minutes North off the Houghton Exit of I-10 at the new Houghton Town Center. Try it !  You’ll love it!! […]

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Rancho Del Lago Builds Luxury Homes and on Large Lots

Rancho Del Lago Builds Luxury Homes and on Large Lots

As reviewed in our last post, the initial development of Rancho Del Lago started in 2001, near the existing Clubhouse and east 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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Tiny Houses May Soon Be Coming to Vail

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: In the Beginning

Rancho Del Lago: In the Beginning

The first Builder to strike ground in Rancho Del Lago was KB Homes, followed soon after by Richmond American. Here is an overview of these two “first” communities in Rancho Del Lago: Arizona Springs I In 2001, KB Homes built the first home in Rancho Del Lago. It was located in Arizona Springs I, which […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Colossal Cave Road Project

As Vail, AZ grows, we are experiencing increased congestion between Acacia Elementary and Old Vail Middle School on Colossal Cave Road. Pima County is in the midst of an $8 million project to widen some areas and improve visibility. Adjustments to grade elevation are being made to improve the visibility and a two way left […]

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Tucson Happenings : August 26-28

Tucson Happenings : August 26-28

Events, Festivals, and Fundraisers Friday Night Live Main Gate Square August 26th, 7pm Night Wings Pima Air & Space Museum August 27th, 5pm Magdelena Bash Harvest Festival Kief-Joshua Vineyards August 27th, 11-5pm Apple Harvest Celebration Apple Annie’s, Willcox August 26th & 27th S.T.E.A.M Sundays Children’s Museum Tucson August 28th Teacher Appreciation Night Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum […]

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Wilmot / Sahuarita Road Project

Wilmot / Sahuarita Road Project

The Pima County Department of Transportation (PCDOT) is designing and reconstructing 7.1 miles of Wilmot Road between Sahuarita Road and where the pavement begins, about 3 miles south of Interstate-10. This is a Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) project which was approved by the voters in 2006. It begins at Sahuarita Road and ends approximately 3 […]

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Four New Listings!

Four New Listings!

Within the past 30 days we have been very busy with both Buyers and Sellers and today we activated our fourth listing. Here is a quick overview of each home: 845 S Eynon Place: Located in Vail, this 4 Bedroom, Lennar-built home is one of its most popular models, the Everest.  With granite counters, extended […]

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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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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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