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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Listing Strategy: Price Home Close to Actual Market Value

Listing Strategy: Price Home Close to Actual Market Value

Home buyers who want to test the market by listing their home for a higher price may want to rethink that strategy. Homes get 3.4 times more online views the day they are listed than they do the day the seller drops the price, a new analysis from the real estate brokerage Redfin finds. “It’s […]

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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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Do I Sell First or Buy First?

Do I Sell First or Buy First?

Co-ordinating the sale of your current home with the purchase of a new one can be tricky. The ideal situation is to purchase a new home and then place yours on the market and begin moving into your new digs. Many homeowners need the cash from their current house to purchase a new place creating […]

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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- Price Per Square Foot

Pricing Your Home- Price Per Square Foot

You want to get the optimum value for your home, but prices are all over the place in your community. What to do? One way to set price is using price per square foot. There are real estate principles at work here: Principle of Conformity: The principle of conformity states that maximum value is realized […]

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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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Death in a Home- Insurance Claims History

Death in a Home- Insurance Claims History

This question was posed to the AARONLINE HOTLINE and it demonstrates how convoluted real estate transactions can get: FACTS: The previous owner of the property passed away in the master bedroom.  The son inherited the home shortly thereafter. Apparently, the deceased was not discovered until eight days after he passed away.  Consequently, the son filed […]

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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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Arizona Purchase Contract in a Nutshell-Part I

Arizona Purchase Contract in a Nutshell-Part I

Many people buying or selling a home for the first time find the Arizona Purchase Contract to be bewildering and complex. My video is designed to help you better understand it by breaking it down into sections. Today’s video discusses Sections 1-5.  Contact Rob or I if you have questions about the material covered or […]

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Make Your Refrigerator Smart

Make Your Refrigerator Smart

Today’s refrigerators can be programmed to do all sorts of things, but these “smart refrigerators” can cost a lot of money.  If you don’t want to spend the big bucks, here are a couple ways to make your current one smarter. Some new models have a WI-FI enable touch screen which turns into a tablet. […]

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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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How to Sell Your Home FAST!

How to Sell Your Home FAST!

How to sell your home quickly is a very common question with a very simple answer. Give Buyers what they want! 90% of home buyers want to purchase a home that is “move-in ready”. They don’t want to have to make any repairs, change carpet, paint or landscape the home.  Here is what goes through […]

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Tucson MLS: Major Changes

Tucson MLS: Major Changes

The Tucson MLS recently merged with the Green Valley and Santa Cruz MLS’s and became the MLS of Southern Arizona. As the MLS data fields did not match exactly, and Green Valley and Santa Cruz had a number of fields not used in Tucson, the combined database contains many more search options. But this is […]

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Competition: Buying a Home in Today’s Market

Competition: Buying a Home in Today’s Market

If you have started your search for homes, you may be wondering where all of the homes are. The number of homes on the market is low which means there are often few to choose from. And if you have already tried to purchase a home, you may have found that the Seller received multiple […]

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Underwriting a Loan

Underwriting a Loan

Towards the end of loan processing during a home purchase you will be informed that your loan has gone into underwriting. What does that mean? Mortgage underwriting  is the process a lender uses to determine if the risk of offering a mortgage loan to a particular borrower under certain parameters is acceptable. Banks and lenders create guidelines  that analyze the […]

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The Truth About Home Mortgage Rates and Downpayments

The Truth About Home Mortgage Rates and Downpayments

 There has been a lot of coverage in the news lately on interest rates, factors that cause an increase or decrease and how movement will affect the overall housing market. A more important topic that has gone unnoticed is the fact that mortgage credit policies have eased up a bit in the last few years, making it […]

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Repairs: Getting Your Requests Accepted by the Seller

Repairs: Getting Your Requests Accepted by the Seller

Buyers and agents alike struggle with what repairs to ask for during the inspection period. Home inspection reports are quite detailed and include maintenance items as well as those which actually need attention. Striking a balance between not addressing the important items and asking for too many can be challenging. Scott Drucker, General Counsel for […]

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Purchasing a Home with Solar Panels

Purchasing a Home with Solar Panels

Solar panels are great for electrical savings and the environment, but you must be careful when buying a home with them. Your first question should be, “Is the system owned or leased”? If the system is owned then your primary concerns are with the condition, maintenance and output of the system. Your home and roof […]

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Big Changes in the AZ Purchase Contract

Big Changes in the AZ Purchase Contract

Arizona has one of the best written purchase contracts in the nation as far as protecting both the homeowner and the buyer. However, there were a couple key areas which required some tweaking. As of 2/1/2017, we have a new version of the purchase contract. Here are some key differences: Section 1: Asks for a […]

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A Quality Real Estate Experience

A Quality Real Estate Experience

For my birthday this year I received a Brahmin purse. As a person who typically buys bags at Ross Dress for Less, this was a real treat. From day one, I’ve loved this bag. It made me consider what it is about this product that justifies its price tag. First of all, it’s all genuine […]

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Pathway to Purchase Program

Pathway to Purchase Program

FREE MONEY! I thought that would grab your attention but the money is/can be “free”. There is a new program for Tucson Homebuyers  for help with down payments and/or closing costs in which the city will provide  an interest free loan equal to 10% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of $20,000.  Buyers […]

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How your Roof Affects your Insurance Rate

How your Roof Affects your Insurance Rate

If you’re thinking of changing the type of roof on your home, you may want to consider how it could impact your homeowner’s insurance. The age and type of roof is taken into consideration when assessing potential risk. Insurance rates are based on soundness of construction and replacement costs.  The information below is from Long […]

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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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Disclosure of Death in a Home for Sale

Disclosure of Death in a Home for Sale

  Homes go on the market for a variety of reasons. Death of the owner is one. This brings up the question of whether the heirs who are now in charge of selling the home are required to disclose that someone died there. Here is what the Arizona Department of Real Estate has to say: […]

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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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