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 […]

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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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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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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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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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Showing a Home with Pets

Showing a Home with Pets

Sixty-eight percent of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet, according to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey. This means that lots of homes for sale will have some sort of pet in residence. Most homeowners are concerned about what to do with their pet, especially dogs or cats, when their home […]

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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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Selling Your Home: The “WOW” Factor

Selling Your Home: The “WOW” Factor

When selling your home, keep in mind that most Buyers make an emotional decision when choosing a home.  They search for homes to see based on their specific requirements (Bedrooms, Baths, Location, Price Range, etc.) but their emotions take over when making their choice. Since emotions have a big impact on a Buyer’s decision, you […]

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Do I Need Professional Photos When Selling My Home?

Do I Need Professional Photos When Selling My Home?

As a Real Estate Professional, I am constantly appalled at the quality of photos on some of the listings in the Multiple Listing Service. Many years ago, it was common practice for a Realtor to take his/her own pictures when listing a home for sale. Especially at the height of the market in 2006, homes […]

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Seller Disclosure of Past Repairs

Seller Disclosure of Past Repairs

Do we have to disclose something that used to be a problem, but that is no longer a problem? Sellers are sometimes reluctant to disclose things that, in their minds, have been “taken care of.” Perhaps there was some minor water damage which wasn’t great enough to file an insurance claim. You could have hired […]

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Should I Leave Utilities On When My Home is Listed?

Should I Leave Utilities On When My Home is Listed?

Many times a homeowner will want to discontinue the water, gas and electricity on their home if they aren’t living there. As that’s an added expense, it makes sense. However, there are good reasons to keep everything running. Prospective buyers may want to see the home in the evening or on an overcast day. They […]

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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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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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What Not to Do When Pricing Your Home

What Not to Do When Pricing Your Home

I came across a really good article written by Margaret Heidenry. She calls it “The Very Worst Home-Pricing Advice You’ll Ever Hear (and Why)”. Here are some mistakes to avoid making: Price the house based on what you feel is right:  Don’t look to the stars for that magical price. Look at square footage and […]

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Home Inspection Before Selling

Home Inspection Before Selling

Many Sellers ask us if it’s worth hiring a home inspector prior to placing their home on the market. It’s a great question and can certainly be beneficial in some cases. Here’s the upside: Discover deferred maintenance or unknown repair issues ahead of time. Why is this a benefit? Your Buyer’s inspector will most likely […]

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