Make Yourself at Home in Tucson December 2016

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There is a seasonal ebb and flow to the Real Estate market, and the holiday season seems to experience a slowing down. Special parties and events fill the month of December with excitement, which doesn’t leave much room for house hunting or preparing to sell. But remember…it’s always a good time to consider buying or selling your home. Have you been to an open house decorated for the holiday?

Tucson Events:

As a volunteer for the past five years at Tumacacori National Historical Park, I must bring your attention to a special event that takes place at the park every December.

On the first weekend, December 3-4, 2016 the park will celebrate its Fiesta de Tumacacori, recognizing the many cultures of the Santa Cruz Valley, with food and entertainment associated with the area. Best of all, it’s FREE! For more information, visit the park’s site.

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Winterhaven Festival of Lights, December 10-26: Ride through this special neighborhood decorated to the hilt in holiday lights. You can drive through, walk through, or ride a hay wagon (I think that sounds like fun!). Tickets sell fast, so be sure to get yours early!

Zoo Lights at Reid Park Zoo, December 7-23: Twinkling lights, hot chocolate and family – it’s the most wonderful time of the year at Zoo Lights, presented by Tucson Electric Power. Thousands of twinkling lights, light displays and animal-themed light sculptures help make Zoo Lights a part of your Tucson holiday tradition. AND the Tucson Harmony Chorus will be singing on December 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Fourth Avenue Street Fair, December 9-11, 2016: Do your holiday shopping here! So many booths of artisan wares and food vendors. Spend a day enjoying the street party!

These are just a few of the many celebrations happening in Tucson in December. In addition to these you will find concerts, religious celebrations, charity events, and family enjoyment throughout the area.

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Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year!

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.