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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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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