Green Valley, AZ Real Estate News

By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
I have always believed that dogs are furry angels because of their ability to touch our lives in ways we never could have anticipated.  In their soulful eyes is a divine love--pure and unconditional.  They possess the transcendent power to heal even the most wounded soul.  And, their undying faithfulness can transform our lives if we are willing to let them into our hearts.    How do I know?  Because of a tiny 2+ pound Golden Retriever that I rescued when he was just a few weeks old.  Not expected to survive he miraculously beat the odds, and during our six years together has taken up permanent residence in my heart.   He is MY furry angel, Cooper Monday.  Take a moment from your holiday preparations to watch this amazing video called Christmas Story--A Journey of the Angels.  It is a b...
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By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
           Search Green Valley AZ Homes For Sale --Something For Every Taste & Budget! November's cold snap in Green Valley AZ, cooled down real estate sales as well.  They dropped slightly from from 53 in October to 48 in November.   A bright spot in the market is the fact that sales in 2011 continue to outdistance 2010 with 759 sales to date as compared to 714 during the same time period in 2010.  However, the average selling price lags behind at $157,021 year to date in 2011 versus $169,387 for the same time period in 2010.  AVERAGE SELLING PRICE YTD FOR 2011: JANUARY 2011     $162,340 FEBRUARY 2011 $164,457 MARCH 2011 $161,548 APRIL 2011 $162,586 May 2011 $175,595 June 2011 $165,340 July 2011 $162,542 August 2011 $160,017 September 2011 $158,840 October 2011 $157,624 November 2011 ...
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By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
     Holiday Celebrations In Arizona       A special Tucson tradition is El Nacimiento which is on display in La Casa Cordova at the Tucson Museum of Art.  El Nacimiento means The Birth and is a traditional Mexican nativity scene.  For centuries, joyful and colorful Christmas celebrations of Mexican families have centered around Nacimiento displays in their homes. This annual exhibition is an elaborate and very special version of cultural inheritance.  An intricate arrangement of hundreds of miniature figures combines the symbolism of the Spanish Colonial Catholic Church with the simplicity and faith of everyday existence in rural Mexico. Some of the scenes are from the Christmas story in the Bible; others show traditional Mexican village life with an accuracy that extends to the tiny r...
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By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
          Holiday Celebrations In Arizona Each year during the holiday season the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ shines brightly with  thousands of luminarias lining the paths of this extraordinary desert garden to celebrate Las Noches de las Luminarias (Night Of The Luminaries).   Dispelling the myth that deserts are barren and inhospitable places, the Desert Botantical Garden offers 50 acres of the desert's greatest specimens including unexpected blooms in every color of the rainbow.  And while many of the desert plants go dormant in the winter, this desert mecca glows brightly this time of the year. One of the Valley’s best holiday events comes to life at the Garden with more than 8,000 hand-lit luminarias that you can enjoy during one of the 22 nights in December that they'l...
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By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
Arizona Celebration of Lights  in Phoenix, AZ is the area's largest Christmas light show.   It is a "drive through" experience that features more than seven million lights and hundreds of individual light displays.  A mere one mile stretch that will shine brightly in your mind long after you've driven away.   There are animated and still displays along with tunnels and arches.  After finishing the memorable drive through the brightly shining lights, visit the festive Santa's Village for a body warming cup of hot chocolate, photos with Santa, a computerized light show and much more.  Order your tickets now online.  
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By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
   Holiday Celebrations In Arizona    Savor the holiday magic of Tohono Chul Park on December 2 and 3 when 750,000 lights transform it into a winter wonderland that includes a special desert snowman.  This family event is a treasured Tucson tradition that shouldn't be missed. Stroll the Park's paths with a glass of wine or hot cider while reveling in the lights, music and holiday cheer.  It's a perfect spot to do some holiday shopping and participate in the Park's Ornament Show.  The annual ornament show represents a circle of giving that begins with regional artists who donate exquisitely unique hand-crafted ornaments and holiday decorations that are put on display and offered for sale to benefit the Park.  The funds raised through Holiday for the Park help to fulfill their mission to...
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By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
       Holiday Celebrations In Arizona     Fiesta Feliz is an educational dance and music spectacular!  Journey with  Tio Vicente, from Puppet Mukik , through holiday traditions of the United States and Mexico.   Loved by young and old alike you don't want to miss the 11th Annual production that celebrates, through music and dance, cherished holiday customs.  Be sure to make plans to attend this special event on December 2, 2011 at the Fox Theatre in downtown Tucson, Arizona.  Buy your tickets online.
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By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
     Holiday Celebrations In Arizona Take a walk on the wild side through the Phoenix Zoo that has been transformed into Wildlife In Wild Lights.   This magical event features 3.5 million twinkling, dancing lights making it one of the largest holiday lights shows in the country.  ZooLights has are more than 600 glimmering light sculptures.  Although animal viewing is limited as most of the animals are sleeping, you will see zebra, otter, flamingos, watusi cattle and others in the animal kingdom that have more nocturnal habits.   As for the rest, you'll definitely see many of their likenesses lit up for your viewing enjoyment.  ZooLights has gone green using LED (light-emitting diode) lights that consume far less energy than standard light bulbs.  They also require less energy to manufac...
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By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
     Holiday Celebrations In Arizona       What is synonymous with holiday fun on Thanksgiving weekend in the Valley of the Sun?  It is the Glendale Glitters Spectacular.  More than 1.5 million light illuminate the 16 block Historic Downtown area of Glendale during this FREE event that attracts thousands of visitors.  Named Critics' Choice for the Best Festival in the Valley in 2008 by azcentral.com, this well loved celebration features hand-crafted holiday gifts, entertainment, horse drawn carriages, a children's winter wonderland and much, much more. Arizona is a mecca for the very best holiday celebrations with events planned throughout the State between now and early January.  Check back to this website often for detailed information on the many celebrations and festivals or click h...
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By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
     Holiday Celebrations In Arizona       A cherished tradition that I shared with my family was bundling up in hats, gloves and coats and heading out to find our very own "perfect" Christmas Tree growing in the wild.  Of course those were the days when we were less conscious about our ecological footprint.  Today things are done a bit differently to protect our natural resources but that doesn't mean you can't be one of the lucky ones to enjoy what for many of us, is a family tradition of harvesting your own Christmas Tree.  In Arizona you must have a permit to cut a Christmas Tree.  Permits went on sale beginning on October 15 at the Big Five Sporting Goods stores for a cost of $15.  Additionally some Forest Service offices will sell over-the-counter Christmas Tree permits beginning ...
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By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
   Holiday Celebrations In Arizona     A unique holiday experience you don't want to miss is Tubac, Arizona's annual Luminaria Nights~Fiesta de Navidad on December 2 and 3.   Hundred of visitors flock to this quaint artists' colony during the 2 night event to bask in the flickering light of  hundreds of candle-fueled luminarias that line the village streets.  This event honors the tradition of giving with free entertainment that includes caroling, roving musicians, live reindeer and refreshments at many of the shops.  Enjoy Christmas shopping in a non traditional environment and the special feeling that comes with giving family and friends one of a kind gifts, many of which can't be found anywhere else.  Tubac, Arizona named by American Style Magazine as a Top 25 Arts Destination for U...
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By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
     Arizona's Centennial Celebration   #6 of 100 Things To See & Do In Arizona     Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument celebrates the raw, unspoiled Sonoran Desert.   The park is the only place in the United States where the Organ Pipe Cactus grows wild. Along with Organ Pipe, many other types of cacti, as well as other desert flora native to the Yuma Desert section of the Sonoran Desert region grow here. You'll definitely want to put this National Park on your list of things to see and do in Arizona as it is a beautiful preservation of the American Southwest.   Within the 500 square miles of desert wilderness, filled with plants; animals; dramatic mountains; and plains scenery, are three unique desert habitats.  Among the extraordinary collection of plants of the Sonoran Desert, is th...
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By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
  Dorn Homes is re-engineering the American Dream in Green Valley, Arizona.  Their revolutionary approach to constructing homes will change the way you shop for your next Green Valley, Arizona real estate purchase.    You'll not only save tens of thousands of dollars in utility bills but you'll be living in a healthier environment.  Called the Building Science method of home design and construction, Dorn Homes uses a holistic approach to maximize four key components:  Energy Savings, Performance, Health and Comfort. Energy savings comes with "Building Science By The Numbers".  Each Dorn built home must meet the stringent HERS (Home Energy Rating System) standards set by the Residential Energy Services Network.  HERS is a scoring system that measures a home's energy efficiency and determ...
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By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
    Arizona's Centennial Celebration   #5 of 100 Things To See & Do In Arizona       Deep within the bowels of the earth in the Whetstone Mountains is a magical place 200,000 years in the making--a pristine limestone cave.  Here you will be able tour underground rooms filled with brawny stalactites, delicate soda straw formations and jewel like rocks in multi-colors.   Discovered in November 1974 by two young cavers, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts, when they found a narrow crack at the bottom of a sinkhole leading into the hillside. The warm moist air that flowed from the crack signaled the existence of a cave. Curious, they crawled deeper and after several hours found the "live" limestone cave.  This underground wonder is home to a wide variety of unique minerals and formations, including:...
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By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
  Arizona's Centennial Celebration   #4 of 100 Things To See & Do In Arizona     Navajo National Monument features three of the most intact cliff dwellings of the ancestral people (Hisatsinom).  The Navajo people who live here today call these ancient ones, Anasazi.  The dwellings are nestled in the cliffs high on the Shonto plateau, overlooking the Tsegi Canyon system in the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona.   These ruins are villages left behind in 1300 by prehistoric pueblo Indians--the Kayenta Anazi.  Built and occupied for only 50 years, the ruins represent the final settlement farmers who adapted to the area's scarce rainfall to grow crops, build houses and raise families, then mysteriously moved on.  As you'll see by the video below, the half day round trip hike with a Ranger t...
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By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
    Arizona's Centennial Celebration #3 of 100 Things To See & Do In Arizona   Humphrey's Peak is the highest natural point in Arizona, with an elevation of 12,637 feet.  For the outdoor enthusiast it offers a lung-searing, heart-pounding hike with panoramic vistas that shouldn't be missed.  However, if you consider the 4.5 mile course to the top to be merely a means to the end, you'll definitely miss the many reasons to take on this steep and challenging mountain trail.  Along the way to the top you'll be treated to a thriving alpine forest streaked with rock slides and avalanche tracks as well as the scenic Hart Prairie stretched out at the base of the incline and a whole new perspective on the Grand Canyon that is easily visible on the horizon.  As you near the upper reaches the trai...
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By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
  Arizona's Centennial Celebration #2 of 100 Things To See & Do In Arizona Jerome is a funky and friendly town that was precariously built on the side and top of Cleopatra Hill (5,200 feet) during the copper boom in territorial days.  Today this quaint town, known as America's Most Vertical City,  is a great place to shop, relax and enjoy life at a different beat.  Tourists flock to this photographer's paradise to soak up the historical vide of this once thriving mining camp.  Now Jerome is an artists colony that boasts a population of 450 "counterculture" individuals, each with "unique" visions that are on display in the community's 40 galleries and studios. Make a night of it with a stay at the Jerome Grand Hotel, which was built as a Miner's Hospital in the roaring 20s.  As the highe...
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By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
  Arizona's Centennial Celebration   #1 of 100 Things To See & Do In Arizona   In the land of the Navajo Nation near Page, Arizona is a place called Antelope Canyon.  In this spiritual sanctuary ethereal light rains upon mystical shapes and patterns in natural shades that only Mother earth could create to such splendid perfection.   Antelope Canyon is located about 3 miles Southeast of Page, and has two separate slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack and Lower Antelope Canyon or the Corkscrew.   The Upper Canyon is called:  Tsé bighánílíní, "the place where water runs through rocks" by the Navajo.   Lower Antelope Canyon, called called Hazdistazí, or "spiral rock arches" by the Navajo, is located a short distance away.  There is no better w...
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By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
  Can you feel the centennial excitement building?  In 2012 Arizona will celebrate its 100 year statehood birthday and I decided the best way to celebrate this memorable event is with a special blog series focused on all things Arizona.   The centerpiece of the blog series will be 100 places to see and things to do around the state.  The hard part will be narrowing it down to just 100 since this amazing State of ours could be the world's 8th wonder with its diverse eco systems, array of natural wonders and the raw beauty of the Sonoran Desert all set in the splendor of the great Southwest.  My goal is to make it a collection of places that inspire, motivate, educate, thrill and delight.  As many of you know who follow my blog, I have shared a number of my favorite spots with you in my s...
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By Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R
(RE/MAX Valley Properties)
  Green Valley AZ October 2011 Real Estate Statistics   Canoa Ranch Golf club in Green Valley, AZ--The Golf Course Capital! With 53 homes sold in October, 2011 continues to out distance sales in 2010 with 708 homes sold year to date, as compared to 662 in the same time period last year.  However, the average selling price is lagging behind 2010 at $157,524 as compared to $168,547.   AVERAGE SELLING PRICE YTD FOR 2011: JANUARY 2011     $162,340 FEBRUARY 2011 $164,457 MARCH 2011 $161,548 APRIL 2011 $162,586 May 2011 $175,595 June 2011 $165,340 July 2011 $162,542 August 2011 $160,017 September 2011 $158,840 October 2001 $157,624 AVERAGE SELLING PRICE YTD FOR 2010: JANUARY 2010 $157,727 FEBRUARY 2010 $163,604 MARCH 2010 $158,559 APRIL 2010 $162,666 MAY 2010 $178,462 JUNE 2010 $165,693 JULY ...
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