Make Yourself at Home in Tucson June 2018

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While June is popular for weddings, in Tucson June is also known for the beginning of the annual Monsoon season. Last year during a big storm, the water overflowed a low place beside my house and seeped into my living room. I recently had some work done on the drainage for my home.

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installation of a French drain between me and my neighbor’s front doors, and some guttering that would direct the water off the roof to the French drain. Now I’m anxiously awaiting the first storm to see how the new drainage works. While it’s dry most of the year in Tucson, preventing water damage from storms is important, and proper grading of your yarcan make a difference.

I continue to build my business and my Senior Real Estate team of professionals to assist Seniors who are transitioning from their home of many years into another living situation. The days have been full of meeting other professionals who focus on the needs of seniors in the Tucson community.

movers-24403_1280If you or someone you know is a Senior and is thinking of selling their home, please contact me via email, phone or text. I have specialized training in the often complex process of making those kinds of moves.

The most recent Housing Report indicates that the housing inventory has continued to decline, and house prices and mortgage rates have increased. The supply is low, and the demand is high, which leads to the higher prices.

Some homeowners are hanging onto their homes to not have higher rates for the purchase of a moreexpensive home. However, if you are a Senior, it often doesn’t matter when to sell because of circumstances that require a more immediate move. The Senior’s home often becomes the funding for the new living situation.

Look for my ad in the new Fall Spotlight Seniors Guide, and for announcements of events and speaking presentations. As a Certified Senior Housing Professional I want to be your “go-to” Realtor when you have a question about Senior moves.

June Events
Hotel Congress summerSummer at the Hotel Congress . Check out these events to make your summer fun!

Father’s Day – June 17,2018 – Find some special events and places to take Dad for Father’s Day.

Summer Solstice – June 21 – Celebrate The Longest Day . “ On the summer solstice, team up with the Alzheimer’s Association and select any activity you love — or an activity loved by those affected — to help end Alzheimer’s.” For more information on Alzheimer’s, go to https://www.alz.org/ June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month .

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My Birthday! – June 22 – The longest day of the year

Make Yourself at Home in Tucson – March 2018

As I write this, it is St. Patrick’s Day. For you and your family, whether or not you have any Irish ancestors, I offer a blessing for your home.

May you be blessed with Warmth in your home, Love in your heart, Peace in your soul, and Joy in your life.”

Today is also the celebration of the completion of the 131-mile path, The Loop, where the entire community of Tucson is invited to walk, ride a bike, run, or otherwise enjoy the sights of Tucson. If you haven’t been on any portion of The Loop yet, check out the website for more information.

This is one of the times of the year when people’s thoughts turn to making changes, often in buying or selling a house. If you have been thinking of making a move, or if you know someone who is, I welcome and appreciate your referrals. CONTACT ME – 520-248-6297.

Real Estate Trends  – National and Tucson

  • Forbes predicts that in 2018, housing inventory will still be tight; mortgage rates will hover around 4%; the new tax law will affect higher priced homes, and possibly rental costs; inventory will continue to be low; sales will slow, but only a little; and the increase in prices will slow, but not stop.
  • In the Tucson main market, February 2018 active inventory was 3,704, a 4% decrease from February 2017. There were 1,187 closings in February 2018, a 7% decrease from February 2017. Year-to-date 2018 there were 2,247 closings, an 8% decrease from year-to-date 2017. Months of Inventory was 3.1, up from 3.0 in February 2017. Median price of sold homes was $205,000 for the month of February 2018, up 9% from February 2017. The Tucson Main Market area had 1,707 new properties under contract in February 2018, up 16% from February 2017.

You can find housing information for your specific area of Tucson, on my website. And did you know you can also sign up for my “In Touch with Real Estate” e-newsletter?

Coming up

  • Spring Equinox – March 20, 2018 – It’s the time when day and night are the same length. From now until the Summer Solstice we will have longer days.
  • Tres Pueblos Neighborhood Spring Festival – March 24, 2018, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Come on out and stop by my table. Plenty of family fun and food!

  • Easter – April 1, 2018 – Check your local paper or online for special events.

  • Tax Day, April 15, 2018 – If you can, don’t wait until the last minute to file!

The Month of April is Prevent Child Abuse month.

See what Prevent Child Abuse Arizona is doing to protect children. Call the Arizona state hotline to report child abuse – Hotline at 1-888-SOS-CHILD (1-888-767-2445)

Happy Spring!

Note: Banner photo taken in spring, 2011 at Tumacacori Historic Landmark

Newsletter September 2017

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Make Yourself at Home in Tucson

Hi, All! Please enjoy this edition of my newsletter. As always, I appreciate your support and feedback. Feel free to pass this along to someone you know who might be thinking about buying or selling a home. I am here to support you through any real estate transaction and answer your real estate questions. Call me!

If you were touched by the hurricanes of the past couple of weeks, I hope there was minimal upset. The fallout from the destruction will continue for some time and affect all of us in a multitude of ways, especially financially. For me the storms remind me to Keep it Simple, in terms of dreams for “more” and “better”. As the newscasters said repeatedly, “things are gone and can be replaced, but we have our lives.” It is certainly a time to think about what really matters, what we value, and how we approach life.

It’s been about four years since I planted a small fig tree in my backyard. Yesterday I had the pleasure of plucking many figs from its branches. If you like figs, they grow well here in southern Arizona, and they are easy to maintain. In the event you have, or will have a vacant yard with that new house you buy, consider planting a fig tree!

Speaking of new houses…

The September Housing Report is now available on my website. You can find out what is happening in your area of Tucson by clicking the geographic area. If you are interested in finding out how much your home might be worth in this current market, please contact me via phone or text or through my web site. If you’d like a peek at what is currently on the market, you can download the Long Realty App from my web site.

Trending in Tucson

  • Quiet restaurants – I don’t know if it is a trend, but I’d like for it to be one. Have you ever yearned to sit with your significant other or friend over a quiet meal and have a conversation where you don’t have to shout over the noise? Here is a link to a list of restaurants that are recommended for quiet meals, along with some tips for more enjoyment of those times.
  • New Home Construction – Construction of new homes continues in the Old Pueblo. If you are interested in buying a new home built “from scratch”, you can view what’s available here. And don’t forget to ask me to come along for your first visit to see some!
  • Still a Need for Affordable Homes – As home prices increase, affordable housing becomes more difficult to find. There are some programs available to low-to-middle income buyers you might want to be aware of. While the Mayor’s Home Expo event just passed, here is some information with links to programs available to buyers within the eligibility requirements.

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Long Realty Cares FoundationThe Long Realty Cares Foundation was established in 2002 to “give back” to the community. It has donated over $2.5 million to 180 different non-profit organizations in the communities where we live and work. Many sales associates voluntarily donate a portion of their commission from each real estate transaction. In addition to my personal contribution, when you complete a real estate transaction with me I will also contribute to Long Realty Cares Foundation in your name. See the currently scheduled Raffle Event here. Anyone can contribute!

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Make Yourself at Home in Tucson – May 2017

Here we are in May already, with celebrations galore! May 1 is “May Day” an ancient celebration to honor the goddess of flowers, Flora. Did you ever dance around the Maypole? In a few days is Cinco de Mayo, a favorite celebration of those with Mexican heritage, and close behind is the Kentucky Derby. Do you dress up and watch this race each year with a mint julep? Then there is Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. How will you celebrate this month?

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What I love is this time when all the trees and plants begin to leaf out and bloom. Here is a photo of the desert willow in my backyard. I planted it five years ago when it was just a “whip” about four feet high and a finger’s size in diameter. I enjoy watching the hummingbirds visit the lavender flowers all summer.

In case you would like to enhance your yard and provide some shade and a cooler place to sit outside, you can get your own trees from Tucson Clean and Beautiful. They offer a variety of indigenous trees that know how to grow in the desert, and at a reasonable cost. Many HomeOwner Associations require plants and trees that are indigenous to the area. These trees are the perfect choice. Check them out!

Word of the Month:  Listing – In the Real Estate world this word means that a property (building or land) has been placed on the real estate market for sale. This month I have two listings, one in Avra Valley with four bedrooms and three baths on one acre, and one in the Tres Pueblos neighborhood of Tucson, a townhouse with two bedrooms and two baths. If you or someone you know is looking for a home in either of these areas, please contact me.

News About Tucson and the Region:

  • If you live in the Rita Ranch or Vail areas, or if you would like to live here, visit this new park that is opening on May 3. This park provides a wonderful amenity to the residents of these communities.

Pima County Park

This Pima County park located on the southeast side of Tucson and named for a historic Southern Pacific Railroad stop opens on Wednesday, May 3. The 274-acre Esmond Station Regional Park will serve Vail and Rita Ranch area residents, offering a walking trail, five separate fitness stations with exercise equipment, and a ramada. For more information, visit the link.

  • A Reminder to Tucson residents and visitors:  Beginning May 1, 2017 it is against the law to use a hand-held device while driving. The Mayor and Tucson City Council voted in March to approve the ban. Violation of the new ordinance will be considered a secondary offense, meaning you must be pulled over for another reason before police can cite you. Texting while driving already is banned in the city, but the new rules expand that ban to phone calls and the use of other hand-held mobile communication and electronic devices. See this link for more information.
  • Historic Preservation Awards – Individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to historic preservation in Tucson and Pima County will be recognized at the annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony hosted by the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission (T-PCHC). The ceremony will be held Saturday, May 13, from 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott Ave. The Commission’s purpose is to foster awareness and preservation of historic sites, structures, districts, and character in our community. The Mayor and Tucson City Council, City of South Tucson, and Pima County Board of Supervisors appoint its members.

I am here to walk you or anyone you may know through the real estate process, even if you just need a few questions answered. Please contact me or visit my website. Remember, I’m never too busy for your referrals and I’d love to hear from you.

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You can locate homes for sale, open houses, find commute times, and more from my Long Realty App. Visit http://longrealtyapp.com/suswanne from your mobile device. Updated every 15 minutes.

Make Yourself at Home in Tucson – February 2017

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This month is a month full of images of Love. From the phrase at the top of this post, to the care of a woman’s heart health, to the romantic aspects of Valentine’s Day, to the quotes of U.S Presidents and revered leaders, we give tribute to something we know deeply inside ourselves. We “cross our heart and hope to die” to say the truth, and we meditate at the hearth of our inner fire. Where we live, both inside ourselves, and within our community, our homes are truly where our hearts are.

Trending

  • Housing inventory is down both in Tucson and nationwide. In the Tucson main market the inventory is at 2.5 months, which means if no other homes come on the market, all the housing stock will be gone in 2.5 months.

If you have been considering selling your home, but you’ve been unsure, NOW IS a good time to sell. There are buyers out there, waiting for your home. It is currently a seller’s market for price points below 450K with most homes selling for near 100% listing price, or more.

For buyers who qualify, the lending rates are quite good, generally between 3 and 5 percent.

  • If you are a homeowner wanting to rent short-term, such as with Airbnb, any concerns about collecting sales taxes have been taken care of by the Arizona legislature. Now the rental companies will be collecting the sales taxes. There also is no limit to the number of properties a person can own and rent out as a vacation property. For owners who want to rent to the annual influx of snowbirds, that is good news.

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  • The Arizona Association of Realtors has published a revised Residential Resale Real Estate Purchase Contract, effective February 1, 2017, along with ancillary documents pertinent to the Purchase Contract. One of the major changes to the Purchase Contract is the removal of Warranty Items. Now all residential properties will be sold “As Is”, which is in line with most of the other states in the U. S.

Word of the Month

Landscaping: The appearance of the plantings and upkeep of the yard areas around a house are important when considering whether to buy a property. How much work will the new property owner have in order to enjoy the environment? In many neighborhoods, these days Home Owner Associations (HOAs) require a fee to manage common areas, and they have rules about how a homeowner keeps appearances, in addition to the kinds of plants that are allowed. Keep this in mind when you consider the property you buy.

Things to Do

  • February is national Go Red for Women month, to raise awareness for heart health for women. National Wear Red Day was February 3rd this year. On February 9 WATCH the live Facebook presentation of Macy’s Red Dress Collection in support of women’s heart health through the American Heart Association (#RedDressCollection).

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  • The Tucson Gem Show continues through February 12. If you haven’t found your treasures yet, you have only a few more days!
  • Commemorative Air Force AirPower History Tour – February 23 – 26 at Executive Terminal, 7081 S. Plumer Avenue in Tucson. Open 9 am to 5 pm daily. Find more information at AirPowerTour.org/

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  • And don’t forget about the annual Tucson Rodeo, “La Fiesta de Las Vaqueros” that runs from February 18 – 26. The historic Tucson Rodeo Parade is scheduled fro February 23 at 9:00 a.m.

Make Yourself at Home in Tucson November 2016

Tucson is thriving with growth in jobs, new construction, and things to do. Check out some of the links. And drop me a line if you find something you want to share. Please feel free to share my newsletter with friends and family, and as always, if you know of friends or family who might be wanting to buy or sell a home, referrals are always welcome and appreciated!

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News about Tucson

According to the TREND report the “Five Cs” of Arizona’s economy – copper, cotton, cattle, citrus and climate – have been transformed into the “Five Ts” of Tucson – technology, trade, transportation, tourism, and teaching. Tucson has been identified as a top city for millennials, and a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Employment opportunities are on the rise with new businesses hiring hundreds of employees – Caterpillar, C3, Samsung, and World View. New construction in Downtown and expansion of Banner UMC highlight new growth for Tucson. More jobs means more need for housing.

Residential Real Estate Trends

The Long Realty monthly Housing Report indicates that housing inventory is low which is creating multiple offers from buyers on existing listings. This is resulting in sales at or near asking price. For properties listed in the $100,000-350,000 price points it is currently a seller’s market. For a copy of the Housing Report please email me at SuSwanne@TheRealEstatePage.House.

The Word of the Month is Inventory

In the residential Real Estate industry Inventory is the number of housing units available for purchase. If the housing inventory is stated as 2.5 months that means that with no other listings coming on the market all inventory would be gone in 2.5 months. Low inventory creates demand and causes prices to rise.

Things to Do in November

All Souls Procession – Dia de los Muertos:  All Souls Procession weekend is November 5 and 6. View the calendar of events here.

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  • Veterans Day – November 11, 2016:  Attend the 97th annual Veterans Day Parade starting at 11:00 a.m. For more information about the route and where to park go here.
  • Tucson Desert Harmony Chorus Show – “Let Freedom Ring – A Military Salute”, honoring Veterans – Saturday, November 12, 2016, 3:00 p.m., St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Tickets $18. The Tucson Desert Harmony Chorus is a chapter of the Sweet Adelines International Learn more about the chorus here. To listen to them visit YouTube at this link.

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  • Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 24, 2016. Please check local listings for events happening on this National Holiday of gratitude.
  • Frida Kahlo Exhibit at Tucson Botanical Garden – Now until May 30, 2106. This exhibit examines Kahlo’s work through the lens of the plants and nature in her paintings and her personal gardens. Tucson Botanical Gardens was selected as the only institution to receive this extraordinary exhibition designed by one of the world’s premier botanical gardens, the New York Botanical Garden. (NYBG)

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  • Minerals, Mud and Fiber: Explorations of Desert Architecture at MOCA – Tucson’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) celebrates the work of Aranda/Lasch with their exhibition “Minerals, Mud and Fiber:  Explorations of Desert Architecture”.  The exhibition is organized around three materials from the Sonoran Desert and objects that are made from them: fiber expressed as baskets, adobe mud as a desert building block, and architectural structures drawn from the crystalline organization of minerals. Now until January 29, 2017. For more about the exhibition visit their website.

Make Yourself at Home in Tucson October 2016

September 22 marked the Autumn Equinox, and following close behind the weather has had a cooling trend. Soon we will be wearing sweaters and jackets, at least in the evenings. The days are getting shorter, reminding me that I must not wait to do things while I have daylight.

It’s also a great time for you to be thinking about buying a home, and making preparations, such as making sure finances are in order, finding a lender and qualifying for a loan. It could take a few months before you are “ready”, and Spring is another great time to be looking for that perfect home.

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Real Estate Trends

  • From Long Realty September 2016 Housing Report – In the Tucson Main Market area, August 2016 active inventory was 3,902, a 19% decrease from August 2015. There were 1,391 closings in August 2016, an 11% increase from August 2015. Year-to-date 2016 there were 11,379 closings, a 9% increase from year-to-date 2015. Months of Inventory was 2.8, down from 3.8 in August 2015. Median price of sold homes was $185,000 for the month of August 2016, up 6% from August 2015. The Tucson Main Market area had1,633 new properties under contract in August 2016, up 11% from August 2015.
  • In most parts of the U.S., prices are still regaining ground lost in the bust; they remain nearly 19% below their peak, on average. Read more here.
  • Tucson.com reports that ,”Fueled by better-than-expected job growth, falling foreclosures and rising new-home sales, the first half of 2016 produced a long-unseen stability in the local housing market.”

The Word of the MonthEscrow

When a buyer submits a contract proposal to a seller, the deal is ‘sealed’ with something of value, usually a check known as “earnest” money. When the parties are in agreement there is actually a contract, so the contract with the earnest money is delivered to an escrow company. From that point on, all changes and communication among all the parties (agents, lenders, appraisers, buyer and seller, etc.) are filtered through the escrow company. The primary purpose of an escrow for a real estate title transfer or closing settlement is to have a trusted, neutral stakeholder hold the seller’s deed to the property, which will be delivered to the buyer upon payment of the sales price and fulfillment of other sale conditions, known as “closing”.

Another meaning of escrow refers to an escrow account, which is used by mortgage lenders. Escrow accounts hold money for property taxes and homeowners insurance, which the lender pays on your behalf. The taxes and insurance premiums need to be paid on time to avert a tax lien or foreclosure and to ensure a policy is in place to pay for damages to your home. Paying into an escrow account ensures the lender these bills will be current. Certain lenders require their borrowers to maintain an escrow account, especially if they have less than 20 percent for a down payment.  Source:

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Chili Update – Our final chili cook off for the season, before the Annual CASI Cook Off in Terlingua, TX, was held on Saturday, September 25. We made it into the top ten cooks, and took first place in “Show”. That gave us enough points to enter the CASI event in Terlingua and we hope to attend the  50th Annual Championship in Terlingua on the first Saturday in November.

Tucson Events

  • Tucson Modernism Week begins September 30 and runs until October 8. If you love Mid-Century Modern Architecture and the work of Tom Gist, you are going love the 2016 Tucson Modern Week Home Tour. This tour is rare opportunity to visit some of our regions best modernist gems. Tickets for this and other modernism week events are available at tucsonmod.com. Get your tickets before they sell out.
  • Tucson Meet Yourself dates are October 7, 8, and 9. This “folklife” festival focuses on presenting artists and communities that carry on living traditions rooted in a group’s own definition of identity, artistry, and cultural significance. Come downtown to enjoy Tucson’s diversity.
  • Valley of the Moon – During the month of October Valley of the Moon will present The Case of Sleepy Hollow, to get in the mood for Halloween. The Case of Sleepy Hollow is a 45 minute walking adventure through Valley of the Moon where you become part of the story! Visiting Valley of the Moon in October is a Tucson Tradition!
  • Pumpkin Festival – The first time I came to Tucson I visited Buckelew Farm and got my first Tucson pumpkin. The pumpkins are ready to be selected, so go visit the Pumpkin Patch and get your Jack-O-Lantern ready!

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And if you like the scary stuff, visit the “Terror in the Corn” corn maze at Buckelew Farm, beginning September 30 and running through the month of October. Watch out for the zombies!

  • Cyclovia Tucson – Sunday, October 30, 10-3 – Ride your bike or trike on the new route through the city – from Tucson Botanical Gardens to Miramonte.  A great way to see  Tucson with your family.

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Make Yourself at Home in Tucson – September 2016

Another month is about to roll out, bringing somewhat cooling temperatures to the Sonoran Desert. Here is the September edition of my newsletter. Hope you can make it to some of the fun events coming up!

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Trending in Tucson

  • For current trends in the Tucson housing market, go to my website and download the Housing Report for your area.
  • Development and building activity in Downtown – “Downtown Tucson continues to be a hub of activity and redevelopment as 22 new residential projects, which could bring more than 1,500 multi-family housing units, are being built or planned.” http://www.biztucson.com/features/no-slow-downtown/

More About Chili:  Looking for a day trip out of Tucson or possibly an overnight for Labor Day Weekend? Visit the CASI chili cook off at Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus, NM, just across the border from Palomas, MX. The date is September 3, and my partner will once again be cooking! This cook off benefits the Friends of  Pancho Villa State Park.

Pancho VillaIf you can’t make it, maybe you can try the First Ever Last Chance Chili Cook-off in Benson, AZ at the Mescal Bar and Grill on September 24. It’s bound to be fun! This cook off benefits Rocky Point Animal Rescue.

Word of the Month: Disclosure – One of the most important facets of a real estate transaction for purchase of a residence is Disclosure. The seller of a property is required by law to disclose all material facts related to the property he/she is selling. That means that the crack in the concrete covered by an area rug needs to be disclosed. It means that holes in a wall covered by a large piece of furniture needs to be disclosed. Consequences for not disclosing can be serious and cause a deal to fall through. Real Estate agents are also required by law to disclose material facts that come to their attention, whether the seller disclosed it or not.

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Holiday Fun: Join the the Tucson Desert Harmony Chorus and share the joy of singing during the Holiday season. Rehearsals start September 6 from 6 – 8 p.m. No audition required. If you love to sing four-part harmony with other women, join up at the Jewish Community Center, 3800 E River Rd. Learn more on the web site or call 520-790-1813.

Special Events:

  • September 3 @ 5:00 pm – October 29 @ 8:00 pm -Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and Tucson Premium Outlets present a series of free, family-friendly concerts. Enjoy the sounds of some of Southern Arizona’s finest local musicians at Tucson Premium Outlets. The signature free concert series, held every Saturday evening, will feature a variety of weekly performances from local musicians and bands. http://www.emol.org/calendar/event/saturdays-tucson-premium-outlets/
  • Sunday, September 11, 2016 Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block is pleased to announce the launch of Second SundAZe @ TMA presented by The Stonewall Foundation. Beginning September 11, residents of Arizona and Sonora, Mexico will receive free admission to the Museum on the second Sunday of each month.
  • Saturday, September 17 Arizona Zipline Adventures present the“Peppersauce Roundup”, Arizona Zipline Adventures includes the Mt. Lemmon Grinder bike race (40-50 miles), 10 mile run on the AZ Trail, and 5K, Bluegrass & County Music Festival, Kids Zone for play, 2 Beer Gardens, vendors, ziplining, food, camping available. http://www.ziparizona.com/peppersauce-roundup.html

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June 2016 Newsletter

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Now begins the summer season, when thoughts turn to vacations and staying cool. When I moved into my home four years ago there was not one plant in my backyard. A few dead weeds, but nothing else to moderate the temperature of the gravel yard. I began immediately to plant things. I bought two desert willows from Tucson Clean and Beautiful and took various clippings from a friend’s garden. Today I have shade in my yard, and a cooler place to enjoy. So if you have some bare hot spots in your yard, think about planting some indigenous trees. Make a cool spot to watch the hummingbirds and lizards!

The Monthly Word: The word/term for the month is Due Diligence. This is a term that relates to doing research on information received about a property you are interested in buying, before you buy. You, as a home buyer need to pursue inspections of the property that could reveal defects, regardless of what you are told about the property. Yes, sellers are required to disclose all material facts about the property they are selling; however, they sometimes don’t, and as a buyer you could end up with something less than what you thought you were buying.

As an example, I have a friend who bought an investment property in another state that he was assured was completely move-in ready and managed by a competent property management company. What he later learned was that necessary repairs to heating and cooling systems had not been done. In the middle of winter a new tenant had no heat. In addition, the management company was uncooperative in seeking repairs versus installing new equipment. My friend did not do due diligence, and believed/trusted that the information he was given was true. He lost a lot of money as a result.

As a Realtor I also need to do due diligence when listing a property, to make sure that the information that is presented on the MLS is complete and true.

Tucson Housing Report:

Visit my web site to get the latest information on the Tucson housing market for your area.

In This Month’s Real Estate News:

Down Payment Assistance to home buyers with an annual income under $89,088 – Now home buyers in Arizona with lower income, and a credit score of at least 640 can participate in the Pathway to Purchase Down Payment Assistance program. Get up to 10%/$20,000 on a 30-year fixed rate loan for either down payment or closing costs.

The Caterpillar company is moving 600 jobs to Tucson over the next five years. Housing will be a priority, and this summer will see many employees searching for new homes. If you have been considering selling your home this might be a great time to make the decision to list your home. I would be pleased to assist you. Give me a call today!

Do It Yourself Fire-pits and Ponds – Check out this website for ideas to make your yard more hospitable for family and friend gatherings.

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News for May

Happy May Day! May 1 has been venerated throughout the centuries as a specific time for celebration of new growth. I remember that as an elementary student I participated in a May Pole dance, with streamers around the pole. This custom is not very prevalent now in the United States, but is still a part of other global cultures.

Below, please find the May edition of my monthly newsletter. If you would like to receive the newsletter via email, please send me your contact information through my website.

The Loop Blooms

Have you ever been on “The Loop”, Tucson’s multiple urban pathway (MUP)? I spotted these blooms while on a ride on the Julian Wash segment of the 131-mile riding and walking path around Tucson. As a recumbent tricycle rider it is a wonderful way for me to easily and safely enjoy the many aspects of the city.

There are many homes adjacent to The Loop which is easily accessible for enjoying the outdoors and city views, as well as watching the birds and wildlife. While on a ride on the Santa Cruz River I once witnessed a bobcat catching its morning meal. So if you like the kind of lifestyle Tucson affords cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts, you might want to investigate the possibilities.

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Here is a great tool for your search! (http://longrealtyapp.com/suswanne)

Because I love words, this month begins a regular installment of The Monthly Word. This month’s word is REALTOR®. It is pronounced “reel –ter”, not “reel-uh-ter”. The definition of a REALTOR® is a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and who subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. You might notice the symbol after the word realtor. You can read about the history of the REALTOR® trademark here.

In this month’s real estate news;

  • Beware of scams that take advantage of buyers’ and sellers’ ignorance about the real estate business. Realtors can be scammed too, even when they are knowledgeable about real estate transactions. For example, phishing emails contain phony documents that look like the real thing, requesting the person to sign, and therefore divulge personal information, or worse, wire money to the thief rather than the escrow company. So beware!
  • Real Estate trends for 2016 include continuing rise in home prices and sales, and higher rents and mortgage rates.
  • Do you know how much house you need for your lifestyle? Find out by taking this quiz.

Local Events this month;

  • Everyone loves to eat, and here are some places where you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Tucson.
  • National Public Gardens Day is held on the Friday before Mother’s Day to promote awareness of how gardens and green spaces support life. In Tucson visit Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Reid Park Rose Garden, Tohono Chul Park, Tucson Botanical Gardens, and Yume Japanese Gardens.

If you have an event you’d like listed here, let me know.

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