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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Merging From Two Lanes to One

Merging From Two Lanes to One

Have you struggled with the dilemma of when to merge from two lanes of traffic into one? There’s been a lot of road rage over this situation and I’ve always wondered what the rule is. Now we have it from none other than that fountain of knowledge, Marilyn vos Savant.  Taking turns merging into the […]

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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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Del Webb Home Sales 2018 vs 2019

Del Webb Home Sales 2018 vs 2019

Del Webb At Rancho De Lago is the only Active Adult Community located in Vail. As with all Adult communities, sales pick up during the Winter months and drop during the hot Summers. Home prices in the Tucson area are up about 4% higher than a year ago but how have Del Webb prices compared? […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tucson, Vail Home Sales: It’s a Seller’s Market

Tucson, Vail Home Sales: It’s a Seller’s Market

In Tucson and Vail, Arizona, the current housing market is considered favorable to Home Sellers; what makes it a “Seller’s Market”?  Let’s take a trip back down memory lane and discuss Supply and Demand, Economics 101. When Demand exceeds Supply, the market is favorable to those providing the Supply, whether it be iPhones, cars or […]

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Selling Higher-Priced Homes Quickly in Vail, AZ

Selling Higher-Priced Homes Quickly in Vail, AZ

Average or median home prices in Vail are much different than in other areas of Tucson so a “Higher Priced Home” in Vail would likely be at the bottom pricing tier for homes in the Foothills. So let’s first define what a higher priced home is in Vail, AZ. The median price for homes sold […]

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Where to Eat in Vail, AZ?

Where to Eat in Vail, AZ?

One complaint I hear about the Vail area is the lack of stores and restaurants. Vail has one main shopping center on Colossal Cave Road in “downtown” Vail. There is also a “planned” Shopping Center at the corner of Colossal Cave and Mary Anne Cleveland which has not materialized. Of course, I am often asked, […]

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Working For Vail: The Vail Chamber of Commerce

Working For Vail: The Vail Chamber of Commerce

Catherine & I recently joined the Vail Chamber of Commerce, representing our business as Long Realty Associate Brokers.  I attended my first meeting today and I have a few observations and comments: Attendance: I was very impressed with the number of attendees. There must have been at least 60 members at the meeting. Commitment: The […]

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IMPACT of Southern Arizona-Vail Location

IMPACT of Southern Arizona-Vail Location

Many people are unaware that Vail has its own food bank. It is one of two food bank programs of IMPACT of Southern Arizona, with the other in Northwest Tucson. IMPACT of Southern Arizona is a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 and provides assistance to families and seniors in need in the Greater Vail community […]

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J D Ranch: A Popular Vail, Arizona Community

J D Ranch: A Popular Vail, Arizona Community

Nestled among the Rincon and Santa Rita Mountains, this  gated Vail, Arizona community offers quality homes in a neighborhood where pride of ownership is evident. It’s located off I-10 at the Hwy 83/Sonoita Exit. Drive one-half mile to Mokes Mile, take a right then your next right on Davidson and you’re there! Opened in 2004, […]

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Vail Art Fair and Tubac Arts & Crafts Festival

Vail Art Fair and Tubac Arts & Crafts Festival

One of the most entertaining aspects of living in Tucson is the abundance of arts and crafts shows. Today I attended two of my favorites. The Vail Craft Fair is held at the Pima County Fairgrounds. It’s a local event where you are likely to see your neighbors and co- workers.  The bulk of the […]

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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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