July 2018 News

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As we approach the middle of July, with our Nation’s Birthday behind us, I can hardly believe it’s time to look forward to our kids going back to school already! Only a few weeks left for play!

For some folks it’s also time to think about moving to a new area with children attending a new school. The purchase of a new home now should be able to close escrow by the end of August, or sooner.

Planning is always the key for a successful move. Whether you are moving across town or across the nation, planning the details, and being flexible for the surprises will make the transition easier.

Senior Real Estate

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As you may know, at the end of June I received acknowledgement for my commitment to the Senior population in Tucson in the form of two credentials – Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP). What does this mean to you? It means that when it’s time for a Senior to move to a more manageable or desired living situation, and sell their home, I have specialized training, education, resources, and skills to “shepherd” that move.

If you have a Senior family member, neighbor, or friend who is wondering about moving to a Senior living community, or who is not sure how to proceed, contact me. I offer a no-obligation consultation, and I am a very good listener! Email, text, or call to make an appointment – 520-248-6297.

SeniorRealEstateTucson.com – is my new website for Senior Real Estate. If you’d like to know more about how I assist Seniors make the transition from selling their home to a new living experience, read about it here. Let me know if there is something you’d like to see there, or something more you’d like to know about.

Last month I had the opportunity to speak about Senior Real Estate at the Spotlight networking event at The Fountains Senior Living Community. With a bit of knee-shaking nerves I spoke to about 100 attendees who also work with Seniors in many varied capacities. If you don’t know about Spotlight, it is a printed and digital guide – Spotlight Senior Services & Living Options . You can find it online at http://www.spotlightseniorservices.com/Tucson/digitaledition.html.  (Look for my ad on page 55!)

Just Thinking About Buying or Selling?

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If you’re not a Senior, and you’ve been thinking you might want to sell or buy a home, and you wonder what your current home’s value is, let me know about that, too. I have the tools to help you assess the right direction for your real estate goals. You can get an idea of the market overall by going to my Long Realty website and getting a Housing Report. Let’s start the conversation about your future home! You can arrange a no-obligation consultation by email, text, or phone – 520-248-6297

The Tucson market continues to have a low inventory of homes to purchase, which is helping home prices to increase. Sellers have been reluctant to sell and buy another property because interest rates have been inching up. I have to say, though, 4.5 – 5.5 percent interest on a home is not bad! My first home, years ago, was at 7 percent and we thought it was great! Since then we’ve seen interest rates go a lot higher than that.

Long Realty’s CEO Rosey Koberlein puts it this way, “If you’re in the market to buy a home, do it now. You’ll avoid further cost increases, and you’ll benefit more as your home’s value grows. And if you’re a seller, list your property now, while demand is high. It is, after all, a seller’s market.”

Tucson in July

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Check out Tucson Happenings for July 19 – a complete summary of the day’s activities and events. You can also see what’s happening for the week. Post your own events for free.

July 21 – The Science of Bubbles, a Facebook Event at the Joel D. Valdez Library downtown. Enjoy learning about bubbles and making some for yourself!

Enjoy Free Summer Jazz Concert Series, Fridays, from July 13 – August 10 – Main Gate Square

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

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.

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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 Home in Tucson – March/April 2017

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Today is the Spring Equinox. What more fitting way to celebrate than to enjoy this Amaryllis that finished blooming today? The bulb was a Christmas gift, and I’m drinking in the color!!!

This month I’m focusing on Trends in Southside Tucson. This area of Tucson is showing much economic growth. To see homes in the area get My Free Mobile App. I also invite you to visit my Real Estate Blog, where I post articles about aspects of Real Estate, including architecture, design, urban and rural planning issues, historic preservation, landscaping, gardening, and more.

  • With the expansion of Tucson Marketplace, residents can enjoy the new Century movie theater, restaurants, Starbuck’s, Planet Fitness, Dave and Buster’s, as well as Walmart and Costco. Located between S. Park and S. Kino (Campbell) it is convenient from two areas in Southside.
  • According to the February Ward 5 Newsletter, Southside has a total of 7,000 jobs that have been created within the last few years. Tucson Marketplace alone has created approximately 1,100 jobs.

  • The Mexican bakery Suspiros added its flavors to Tucson with its grand opening on February 17. Located at 5327 S. 12th Ave it offers gourmet cakes and pies, with wedding and quinceañeras catering coming soon. Check out their website.
  • Nearby, in Southwest, in the Midvale area, a new Fry’s opened in December 2016. It’s a huge store with everything a customer could want!

  • Remodeling of Tucson International Airport began last year and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. For construction updates visit flytucson.com. And you can find a report of the Tucson Airport Authority’s achievements in the past year here. The influx of passengers to this area will increase the need for more services in Southside.
  • For more information about Southside Tucson, see VisitTucson.

Real Estate, Southside Tucson: Each month Long Realty provides a housing report for each section of the city of Tucson, as well as other communities. You can find information about housing trends in your area by going to my website and requesting the Housing Report.

To see homes in the area get My Free Mobile App. I also invite you to visit my Real Estate Blog, where I post articles about aspects of Real Estate, including architecture, design, urban and rural planning issues, historic preservation, landscaping, gardening, and more.

For Southside Tucson, distressed properties dropped from 20% to 13% of all properties, which means that more people are no longer “upside-down” or “underwater” with their loans. Properties for sale are in a “seller’s market” as buyers are many and properties for sale are fewer. The inventory of homes available dropped by 4% from this time in 2016. The market is HOT and sellers are getting 100% or more of their asking price.

Loan rates for real estate in Tucson are ascending, slowly but surely. They vary according to loan type, such as VA, FHA, or Conventional. But 4.3% to 5% are good rates in my book. My first house was bought at 7% a long time ago!

Upcoming Events:

  • Happening Now – March 19-24: Escapees Rally at Pima County Fairgrounds -The Escapade RV Rally is a fun, five-day event focused on the RV way of life. The schedule includes an extensive line-up of educational seminars, workshops, panels and discussions on topics relevant to the RV lifestyle.
  • SAHBA Annual Spring Home & Patio Show April 7,2017 – For over 45 years, the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) has been producing one of the largest home shows in the United States. Featuring more than 300 exhibitors, see what’s new in home improvement trends, remodeling ideas, and gardens.

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  • Easter Sunday – April 16: Check online for local celebrations and events.

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.