Tucson, AZ Real Estate News

By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
Continental Ranch, the master-planned community along 1-10, 20 minutes north of Downtown Tucson, is also home to the Active Adult Neighborhood of Sunflower and mostly gated neighborhoods of Continental Reserve.  Close to amenities and transportation -- the area is a real estate hotspot.Inventory is down - 38% from a year ago - and yet demand is high.  For sellers with an average home in move-in condition - this means quick sales.  There were 24 closings this past July, and currently there are only 26 homes on the market!  You can get the idea!Months of inventory - meaning how long it will take to sell the current homes for sale in the current market, average just over one month.  Median price in the area is $191,450.As a buyer, this means when homes come on the market -- you must move f...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
The housing market is swift in Continental Ranch, NW Tucson.  Just off I-10 at Cortaro or Twin Peaks, this master-planned community is a hot-spot for folks hoping to sell their home - and a challenge for buyers looking to find a home for sale in Continental Ranch Tucson.First off, inventory is down for July 2016 38% from the same time a year ago.  Inventory that IS available is flying off the shelves in just over a month.  Prices for sold inventory is rising with a median price of $191,450.  Buyer's are adamant, however, and their persistence in finding those homes for sale have resulted in sales numbers up 25% from July of 2015.What does all this mean to you?Well, as a seller - it is a very good time to be placing your home on the market.  Please contract me for a no-obligation compara...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
Thinking of moving to Tucson, AZ but worried about weather in the SWDesert? Personally speaking,  I'll take our high temps over hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes and the like.  We do get our own Desert 'brand' of weather, however, so with full disclosure, I'll include a couple of links.Here's an idea of what monsoon rain is, versus a summer rainstorm.  Great photo collection online! Ever hear of a haboob?  Ever try to drive in one?  Think "Hidalgo" and you're close:  Haboobs in Arizona What I see doing the most damage to property, trees, and affecting driving safety are the Micro bursts.  It's like a giant dumping a pail of water onto the earth, and whoosh.... But down to some serious numbers regarding the summer sun, there was a record in 1994 where Tucson had 99 days where ...
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  Contact: Shanna Day Phone: 480-415-7616     Single Family - Detached, Santa Barbara/Tuscan - Chandler, AZ Listed at 429000       Send To   Subdivision COOPER CORNERS WEST Category Homes Type Single Family Re-Sale Sq Footage 3626 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 3 Half Bathrooms 0 Lot Size 0 Short Sale No Year Built 2004 Home Address 1836 E GLACIER Place Chandler, AZ 85249   Home DescriptionThis gorgeous home features brand new wood flooring throughout the downstairs and new paint. Beautiful wrought iron staircase and upgraded light fixtures. Media niche was a special order through builder with built in glass shelves. Huge granite kitchen island, very large pantry that extends under stairs. Wine refrigerator in kitchen also included in sale. Built in BBQ island with grill and a vegetable garden c...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
Escape the Tucson Heat at Planet SmoothieWhere:   I visited the location on the northwest corner of Ina and Oracle.What: Independently owned franchise owned locally.Why: Yummy smoothies made with real fruit!  Great Mission Statement: " To make every guest’s day better by serving great-tasting products as a celebration of health and happiness." Employees: Friendly, personal!When: Now - it's hot outside!!  (see hours below)    
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
The Swamp cooler, aka Evaporative cooler, is a part of many homes built in the metropolitan area of Tucson.  However, 80% of homes currently active and for sale in Tucson do NOT have evaporative coolers.What is evaporative cooling?  Think...getting out of the pool on a hot day and feeling "cold"According to my research, Egyptians hung wet blankets across their doors and the royalty had servants fan them across jugs of water!  So...the idea has been around a long time.In order to work well, "Swamp coolers" need a dry and hot climate.  Swamps, for example, are a bad place to have a swamp cooler.  Why, you ask?  Swamp coolers add humidity to the air - great with a "dry heat"  but not so great in humid areas.Why have evaporative cooling?  Evaporative Air Systems offer an eco-friendly, healt...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
I've mentioned termites in two of my posts this past week and thought I ought to catch ya'll up on the current situation of Termites in Tucson.Fact:  They haven't gone away Fact:  They can be controlled with regular pest serviceFact:  I wrote about them back in 2011 and there are some amazing photos in this posting.Moving to Tucson and concerned about termites?  According to information provided by our local termite treatment vendors -- Tucson has two common termites, and even one of those is way more prevalent than the other. There are those that fly - and the subterranean ones that go after dry wood. Desert = dry wood, so you can quickly guess which ones pose the most problems here in Tucson.What does that mean you say? Again, most of the time, exterior damage is most commonly found, ...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
Six hundred new jobs are opening up in Downtown Tucson with the arrival of regional headquarters for Caterpillar. Many employees will be relocating and have questions about homeownership in Tucson, AZ.I thought it might be a great idea to address some of these questions within my blogging posts.Question #3: If we want to downsize from our current housing situation, what condominium options exist?Depending upon where you are located currently, names for different styles of housing take on new meaning. There are garden homes, patio homes, townhomes, condos, flats, lofts and many more. What do these terms mean in Tucson AZ and are they available?Garden homes - no personal yard, garage entry from rear of home along alley, shared front "courtyard" or sidewalk area. Common areas maintained by...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
Employees from Caterpillar will be moving to Tucson, AZ over the next five years with the opening of a Caterpillar Regional Headquarters to be located downtown Tucson.  Curious about the Tucson lifestyle, Caterpillar employees have sent questions regarding relocation to our beautiful desert pueblo.  What better opportunity for blogging than to help provide information to those contemplating moving to the metropolitan Tucson area  Question #2: What is the average square foot price for an existing home in Tucson, AZ?The City of Tucson is 227 square miles, Oro Valley, 36 square miles, Marana 121, and Vail adds another 18. All in all, metropolitan Tucson covers a very wide area! Great questions to ask yourselves when moving to Tucson are: Do I want to live in a historic district? Downtown? ...
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By Mark Organek, It's not a game, it's your life.
(And the United States of America)
I would like to voice my praise to my competion.Laura Mance is a competing agent working at a competing company in a market that I sell houses in.  Still, she deserves this:Recently, I was thrown in the middle of a dispute that was going on in a transaction.  I was basically invited to list a house by an investor and it was already under contract and pending.  Kind of a sticky situation. In doing some digging, I found out there was a dispute going on and that the buyers issued a cure notice to cancel the contract if the seller didn't correct something they felt needed correcting. To have a transaction at the finish line with agents in disagreement would only hurt the buyers' impression of the REALTOR industry so I asked permission to reach out to the buyers' broker to see if I could hel...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
Caterpillar employees will be moving to Tucson over the new five years or so, with the new opening of a Caterpillar Regional Headquarters to be located here in Tucson. Over 600 jobs are being advertised. Employees from Caterpillar are curious about the Tucson lifestyle, and have sent questions regarding life and living in our desert pueblo. I thought it might be a great idea to address some of these questions within my blogging posts.  #1: Why live downtown? What amenities exist for families, nightlife, etc.? The first word that comes to mind is, "Walkability". No other area of Tucson is so diverse, so accessible as downtown Tucson. You may notice street signs letting you know about the different “Downtown Destinations” Tucson has to offer: Congress Street, Sentinel, The Presidio, Conve...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
Bianchi's Italian is a family-owned restaurant that has been in business with their first location on the corner of Speedway and Silverbell since 1980. A year ago, Bianchi's North was born. Bianchi's north is located at Tangerine and Thornydale. Bianchi’s features rustic, “Down-Home” Italian food with the family’s philosophy of "combining great customer service with delicious Italian food to give their customers a unique dining experience". Online Ordering is now available at both locations. You will also find Delivery Area maps online. At the north location, you will be welcomed to a very large dining area, an outside patio with a large fireplace and a full bar with plenty of seating. There is also a large private dining area for any special events and soon to follow an arcade room. We...
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By Mark Organek, It's not a game, it's your life.
(And the United States of America)
1041 S. Brighton Ave. is for sale UNDER THE TAPSS Down payment assistant program getting you 10% credit under the Tucson al Pastor Silent Second ProgramListing Details:Completely remodeled home for sale available with ZERO OUT OF POCKET in TUCSON AZ under the T.A.P.S.S. silent second program.1041 S. Brighton Ave., Tucson, AZ  85711Price: $130,000 but zero down under T.A.P.S.S. downpayment assistance program makes it less.MLS number: 21612703Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 1.5Square Footage: 1257Call Mark Organek at 520-477-TACO to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing or to get help qualifying for the T.A.P.S.S. program. You Will Love Owning a complete Tucson AZ remodel on a spacious walking distance to el Guero Canelo and Taco Giro.There are so many features to enjoy on t...
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By Mark Organek, It's not a game, it's your life.
(And the United States of America)
Tucson property for sale UNDER THE TAPSS Down payment assistant program getting you 10% credit under the Tucson al Pastor Silent Second ProgramListing Details: Four bedroom homes for sale in Tucson Near Davis-Monthan A.F.B.6110 E. 30th St., Tucson, AZ  85711Price: $150,000 but zero down under T.A.P.S.S. downpayment assistance program makes it less.MLS number: 21612698Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 1.75Square Footage: 1580Call Mark Organek at 520-477-TACO to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing or to get help qualifying for the T.A.P.S.S. program. You Will Love Owning Such a Well Appointed HomeThere are so many features to enjoy on this beautiful remodel.  The neighbors on both sides of the house are very nice.  One just moved here recently from the east coast and the oth...
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By Mark Organek, It's not a game, it's your life.
(And the United States of America)
TAPSS - Tucson al Pastor Silent Second gives 10% for downpayment - Buyers with 640 fico score and meeting other requirements qualify for Tucson al Pastor Silent Second downpayment and closing funds of 10% of purchase price up to $20,000.00If you are a buyer looking to purchase a home in Tucson and you don't have downpayment or closing cost funds, you can qualify for the TAPSS program and get a contribution equal to 10% of the sales price up to $20,000.00.  This program will help Tucson move their statistics from a market where over half of the residential properties are rentals.How the TAPSS Tucson al Pastor Silent Second downpayment assistance program works:Potential buyers that currently do not own a house will be able to use part of the money to meet the downpayment requirement and p...
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By Mark Organek, It's not a game, it's your life.
(And the United States of America)
Tucson al Pastor silent second program makes home ownership easy - Tucson al Pastor Silent Second TAPSS renters for easy home ownershipAl Pastor literally means, "In the style of the shepherd" in Spanish.  With the new Al Pastor Silent Second program for Tucson, a.k.a. TAPSS, a shift can be made in #Tucsonrealestate so as to improve the current situation of rentals vs. owner-occupied properties.TAPSS is making an effort to help reverse the imbalance of rent vs. own numbers.  On May 3, 2016, this report showed that there are:Houses: 209,792 (192,946 occupied: 97,890 owner occupied, 109,725 renter occupied) % of renters here: 53% State: 38% Read more: http://www.city-data.com/housing/houses-Tucson-Arizona.html#ixzz47cIX3tsI  Since this is such an alarming statistic, TAPSS al Pastor Silent...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
My husband and I were enchanted to visit the El Presidio Inn, Bed and Breakfast near downtown Tucson in early June. We had decided to share a "staycation" since I'm pretty busy at work, and this way we could get away and relax, while further discovering our own backyard.  It was immediately apparent why this B&B would belong to Trip Advisor's Hall of Fame.  Before we even arrived, we received this lovely email confirmation:   Dear Rocco and Cara, Thank you very much for your 2-night reservation in the Gate House, arriving April 1st,Friday, and departing April 3rd.  I hope you will feel completely at home here, and will enjoy downtown Tucson.  I look forward to hosting you. Warmest regards, Pattil Patti Toci El Presidio Bed & Breakfast Inn 297 N. Main Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701 (800) 349-6151...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
A couple of tidbits from our March report of the Multiple Listing Service of Southern Arizona. Total Sales Volume has increased almost 18.5% since one year ago with the average sales price up 3.33% since last month. The Average Sales Price this month was $212,988 from $206,128 in February, a 3.33% increase. There has been a significant increase in total sales units, from 1,055 in February to 1,480 in March, over 40% from the month before and a 16.08% increase over March 2015 New Listings are up slightly, have increased 2.31% from February. However, the total ACTIVE listings is down 5.44% from a month ago. Times on the market have also continued to drop, 57 in March from 65 in February . Want to know how the market will impact your home sale?  Please give me a call at 520-909-2988!
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
I read an interesting article in REALTOR MAG this morning.  It wasn’t quite what I was thinking when I read the title, “Answer the Call”At first thought, I imagined it was another reminder to answer our phones, because lack of communication/availability can be a big turn off for our clients.But, no….this article was about engagement.I found it amazing that according to their statistics, one in every 220 adults is a REALTOR.  WOW!  That’s a lot of competition, and I went back to thinking the article was going to be about communication again.The article stressed the importance of working as a team.  Team, you say?  After all, our fellow REALTORS are our competition!  I read on to discover that by working as a team, we have the ability to shape our industry when we combine our voices.  Goo...
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By Dale Dresel, Professional Realtor Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear AZ)
*ARIZONA WINTER HOMES SPECIAL* Arizona 4 Beds Corner Lot Bungalow for Sale in Acacia Crossings  44701 W PARAISO LaneMaricopa, Arizona $148,900   Beds: 4 Bath: 2 Type: Single Family - Detached Sq Ft: 1754 Built: 2004 MLS: 5366178    Arizona 4 Beds Corner Lot Bungalow for Sale in Acacia CrossingsGreat single level bungalow in Acacia Crossings!!Stone Accents on front of Home Corner lot. Do not miss this wonderful single level light and bright home in Maricopa. Interior features include 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Walk In shower in Owners Suite, Private toliet, big walk in closet. A spacious eat-in-kitchen with a bay window and vaulted ceilings. Great room has a tv niche. Neutral window treatments throughout. Blinds and Curtains Convey Accent lighting. All appliances convey. new water heater, ...
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