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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
I read a great article on landscaping this past week and it had me reflecting on "gardens" here in Tucson, AZ.When I first moved to our desert environment back in 2000, I have to admit it took more than a few months to get used to seeing folks rake their rocks rather than break out a lawn mower. Over time, I learned the value of water conservation, heat-loving plants and something called Xeriscaping.Xeriscaping is a landscaping approach that focuses on creating beautiful outdoor spaces while conserving water and reducing maintenance requirements. The term "xeriscape" originates from the Greek word "xeros," meaning dry, and "scape," referring to a view or scene. Xeriscaping is particularly popular in arid and drought-prone regions where water conservation is essential, like Tucson, AZ.Wi...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
What are the attributes you want with your Real Estate Agent? The first entry of the Business Dictionary defines integrity as the “Strict adherence to a moral code, reflected in transparent honesty and complete harmony in what one thinks, says, and does.” Integrity is all about doing the right thing, even when nobody's watching. In real estate, it's like the golden rule—treat others how you'd want to be treated.  You can take that one step further and expect to be treated they way YOU would like to be treated. When you're honest, ethical, and upfront in everything you do, it builds trust. And trust is huge when it comes to buying or selling a home—it's probably one of the biggest decisions you will ever make!Think about it this way: would you want someone handling your home sale who's s...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
You may have read my earlier blog posting about Cinco de Mayo celebrations here in Tucson.  Within it, I promised more information about where to go, what to do, and most importantly - WHAT TO EAT, within our historic city of Tucson, AZ.Tucson metropolitan area consists of Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, Vail and other outlying communities such as Sahuarita, Catalina, and even Saddle Brooke. We all sort of meld together in a homey, homogenous community centered in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.The Tucson area is known for great eating!  Follow the links for more information about selected events.Celebrating the diversity of Mexican tastes, enjoy this link to discover some of the local great eateries here in Marana, AZ. Click the link to read more aboutLa Olla Mexican CafeNana's KitchenAlejan...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Here in Tucson, we're all gearing up for Cinco de Mayo this weekend.  Margaritas, great food, friends... but what exactly is Cinco de Mayo - many don't know.Cinco de Mayo is a yearly celebration held on May 5 to celebrate Mexico's victory over the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza.The Battle of Puebla occurred during the Franco-Mexican War, a conflict between the Mexican government led by President Benito Juárez and the French forces of Napoleon III. Despite being outnumbered and outgunned, the Mexican army, achieved a surprising and decisive victory over the French forces at Puebla.While Cinco de Mayo is primarily observed in Mexico, in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a vibrant cultural celebration of Mexican heritage, featur...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Yes, I admit it.I have a lonely house.I'm not sure why - it beckons near the cul-de-sac of a lovely, gated community in Oro Valley, surrounded by views and mountains and all the things that make our area special.It's not too big - not too small.  Clocking in at just over 3000 square feet, it offers versatility in floor plan.  There's a formal dining area, should you choose to make it so.  The current owners enjoy their Baby Grand piano versus another eating area when there's one attached to the open kitchen and island plan.  In addition, there's an extra study, media room, kids' playroom (whatever you wish to make it) adjoining three bedrooms and a bath.  Heck, it would even work as a multi-gen!It keeps up with it's neighbors - the same floor plan sold across the street for 1.1M.  This ...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Want to save some cash around the house? Here are a few easy fixes that can keep some extra bucks in your pocket, both now and in the long run:Get Smart with a Thermostat: Invest in a programmable thermostat—it's a game-changer! You'll save big bucks by not heating or cooling an empty house.  Change Your Filters: Don't overlook this simple task! Swap out your air filters every month to keep your furnace running smoothly and your indoor air quality fresh.   We were always told to buy the cheap ones, and change them often.  Breath deep!Fix Leaks ASAP: That drip-drip-drip adds up! Replace worn washers in leaky faucets and consider installing faucet aerators to save water and money on your bill. I personally like the tap and touch faucets…no reason to leave it running.Dim the Lights: Bright...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Let's talk today about the Baby Boomer generation, those folks born between 1946 and 1964.  With a population of over 71 million here in the US, owning more real estate than any other generation; it's a pretty big deal in the real estate world. As they're (we) are getting older, let's talk about how that may affect the real estate market – sooner rather than later!First off, many are retiring or getting close to it. And you know what often comes with retirement? Downsizing. You might want to swap your big family home for something smaller and easier to manage. Maybe it’s a cozy condo or a place in a sunny retirement community. (like Tucson, AZ!)Then there are the empty nesters. Kids grow up, move out, and suddenly mom and dad are rattling around in a house that feels way too big. Downsi...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
I came across an article this morning regarding the benefits of living in a 55+ community.  Their bullet points included:Decreased noise levelsLower property taxesAccess to amenitiesCheaper cost of livingReduced maintenance responsibilitiesEnhanced safety and securityMy mind today had to "go there" as I contemplated the several "Active Adult Communities" we have here in Tucson.Decreased noise levels - I know many senior-ish citizens that own some mighty fine motorbikes, love loud music, and can throw a backyard bash like nobody else....but most of us DO have an earlier bedtime hour!Lower property taxes - Can they ever be low enough???Access to amenities - I think amenities are everywhere if you are not too rural - but often between the walls of these communities are some of the best clu...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Does this form heading look familiar?The Arizona Buyer Advisory is a document provided by the Arizona Association of Realtors (AAR) that offers guidance and information to homebuyers in Arizona. It's designed to educate buyers about various aspects of the homebuying process and to help them make informed decisions.As your buyer's agent, I like to go through this handbook with you as a resource to help you towards making one of life's biggest financial decisions - buying a house. Within this document are LIVE LINKS to help you find the information you seek.Here are some key features and topics covered in the Arizona Buyer Advisory: Property Condition: The advisory includes information about the condition of the property, including potential hazards, structural issues, and environmental c...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Contemplating a new look with paint? It's important to know the gloss level for optimum results!Interior paint finishes, also known as sheens or paint gloss levels, vary in their level of shine and durability. Here are the most common interior paint finishes and their ideal uses:Flat/Matte Finish:Characteristics: Flat finishes have a low or no shine, providing a non-reflective appearance.Best for: Walls and ceilings in low-traffic areas such as bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms. Flat finishes help to conceal surface imperfections and offer a smooth, velvety appearance.Eggshell Finish: Characteristics: Eggshell finishes have a slight sheen, offering more durability and washability than flat paints while still maintaining a soft appearance.Best for: Living rooms, bedrooms, and hall...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Nestled just a 20-minute drive south of downtown Tucson, Sahuarita, Arizona, is a vibrant community that offers a rich blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and recreational activities. As one of the fastest-growing areas in the state, Sahuarita boasts a strategic location near major transportation hubs like Tucson International Airport. This makes it an easily accessible area for both residents and visitors. Whether you're a nature lover, history enthusiast, or culinary explorer, Sahuarita provides diverse activities that cater to all ages and interests. This guide will explore the top things to do in Sahuarita, AZ, each promising unique experience and lasting memories.What Makes Sahuarita Unique?Strategic Location and Economic PotentialSahuarita's location is a cornerstone of it...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
If you’re a birder, you won’t want to miss this lovely bi-annual event! The hummingbird migration through the Tucson area is a remarkable natural phenomenon that occurs primarily in the fall and spring. Tucson, Arizona, sits along one of the major migration routes for several species of hummingbirds, including the Anna's Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, and Broad-billed Hummingbird.(Black chinned Hummingbird)Fortunately, one of my clients’ is an avid watcher and shares his photos, so I can share with you!  All information is deemed reliable, but name under each photo came from client) (Peacock Hummingbird)During their migration, hummingbirds travel thousands of miles between their breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Mexico and Cent...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Discover the tranquil setting of Sunflower Community, nestled in the rolling foothills of the Tucson Mountains near majestic Saguaro National Park. With a legacy of over 950 homes tailored for active adults, Sunflower beckons you with ten unique floor models to choose from.As a cherished subdivision within the master-planned community of Continental Ranch, Sunflower has flourished alongside the remarkable growth and progress of the past decade. Experience the convenience of a sprawling community park, a welcoming library, and a bustling shopping complex complete with a cinema just moments from your doorstep. Amidst the comforts of Continental Ranch, you'll find numerous amenities including grocery stores, an Urgent Care center, office spaces, and a variety of restaurants. And for those ...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
You’ve heard the words “Low Inventory” for over a year now, but what exactly does that mean?Picture this: Tucson's real estate market is like a game of musical chairs, but with houses. Now, when there's low inventory, it's like there are way fewer chairs than people playing.So, what happens? Well, first off, everyone starts scrambling. Buyers are looking for homes, but there just aren't enough to go around.  With fewer options, buyers get competitive. They start bidding higher and higher to snag one of the few available homes. That means prices shoot up, which is great news for sellers, but not so much for buyers trying to snag a deal.  HOWEVER, sellers can and have overpriced their homes in this kind of market and here’s what happens.  With the higher interest rates, today’s buyers are...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
In honor of World Poetry Day (March 21), I thought I’d share my love of Tucson and the surrounding area.  I've used different photos, but they help illustrate the meaning of the words.The desert speaks to us in quiet ways;Purple mountainsDazzling SunsetsA society of cacti where we can visit our ancestors(photo by Mike Jones)…if your ears are open to the voice of the Saguaro.(photo by Mike Jones)Riotous blooms and colorCreate their own beguiling melody within your mindThere’s a danger here, a power, and yet it whispers to the soul(photo by Mike Jones)Inviting solaceContemplationAnd reverenceCome.Be.Tucson.
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Buying a second home in Tucson can be an excellent idea for those seeking a vacation-like getaway, expressly tailored to your lifestyle and preferences: Winter Retreat: Tucson's mild winters and sunny skies make it an ideal winter retreat for folks looking to escape colder climates. The pleasant weather allows for outdoor activities like golfing, hiking, and biking during the winter months, providing an active and healthy lifestyle. Affordable Living: Tucson offers a lower cost of living compared to many other popular retirement destinations. This affordability means one can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle without breaking the bank, both in terms of purchasing the second home and day-to-day expenses. Health and Wellness: Tucson is known for its focus on health and wellness, with numerous ...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Thinking about purchasing a new construction home in order to take advantage of lower interest rates?  For a limited time, Meritage is offering lower monthly payments with rates as low as 3.99% on some of their popular floorplans. (click link to see)Very important --  Don't forget to take buyer representation along with you on your first visit.  Site agents work for the seller.  You do not get a "deal" or a discounted rate on your home purchase if you show up without an agent.  Negotiation skills, “add-ons and upgrades” guidance, impartial inspection coverage, another eye on the Builder Contract and addenda -- There's really no reason why you wouldn't want an experienced agent working for you with your new construction home project.As of March 18, 2024, Meritage Homes has over 170 homes...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Listed by the Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes, Cara Mancuso, 520-909-2988Welcome to your new home! Step into this beautifully updated, split floor plan featuring not one, but two spacious primary suites. Wake up to breathtaking sunrise and mountain views streaming in through the expansive east-facing windows.Your inner chef will rejoice in the cook's kitchen complete with extended, solid wood cabinetry providing ample storage, lazy Susan, and a charming coffee bar area. Hosting friends and family is a breeze with under cabinet lighting, a gas stove and oven, newer appliances, quartz countertops, and a generously sized kitchen island.You'll find fresh updates, including newer interior paint and hardscape ceramic tile flooring throughout. The bathrooms have been tastefully renovated wit...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Stop Before You Drop! 10 Things Not to Put in Your Garbage DisposalDiscover the surprising culprits that could be wreaking havoc on your pipes.Plumbers emphasize the importance of recognizing that drainpipes are designed for specific types of waste, primarily from toilets, dishwashers, and washing machines. Pouring the wrong substances down the drain, even with a garbage disposal, can lead to plumbing issues and even environmental harm. While preventing every clog might be challenging, there are proactive steps you can take, starting with what you allow down the drain.Here's a rundown of items you should steer clear of sending down the drain:Coffee Grounds:Shift the morning routine and toss coffee grounds in the garbage or compost. Have a garden?  Research which plants love the acidity....
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
New Construction Opportunities near SE TucsonBlackhawk, situated along the I-10 corridor southeast of Tucson at the southwest intersection of Wilmot and I-10, is a growing community with two planned Phases for construction. Forestar (USA) Real Estate Group, Inc. is currently developing 87 acres of land, and lots are now available for purchase.In January, D.R. Horton acquired 60 single-family residential (SFR) lots in Blackhawk. More recently, Richmond American secured 51 SFR lots at a noteworthy price of $4.641 million ($91,000 per lot), marking a new high for lot prices in this Tucson area.Upon completion, the community will feature a total of 310 homes, divided into two phases—phase 1 with 157 lots and phase 2 with 153 lots.   Notably, this marks Richmond American's 13th community dev...
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