Tucson, AZ Real Estate News

By Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner
(KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate)
CLOSED!  That word has good meaning for a real estate agent - but for others, it can be a disappointing word at other times. Tucson seems to be a "now you see it, now you don't" kind of town with smaller business and, especially with restaurants, that open and then close sometimes without any notice at all! Years ago I wrote a post about popular cyling paths in Tucson - and with the El Tour de Tucson just a month away, cyclists are back out in full force training on a few of these spots. Having just decided to do my 19th El Tour, I pumped my bike tires full of air and headed out "to the store" (also known as the Rincon Country Store).  The great thing about riding out to the store, I don't have to carry a lot of food because I can buy a snacks half way on the ride! How disappointed to r...
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By Dale Dresel, Professional Realtor Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear AZ)
Maricopa Cute 3Bedroom Home for Rent in Senita   18367 N WILSON ST MARICOPA AZ 85138 $875 | 3 BEDROOMS | 2 BATHROOMS | 2 CAR PARKING | 1816 SQUARE FEET | MLS: 5179828 Maricopa Cute 3Bedroom Home for Rent in Senita   This cute 3-bedroom, 2-bath home has new paint, new carpet in the bedrooms, there is tile in the main living areas, new black kitchen appliances, living room, dining room plus an eat-in kitchen, laundry room, ceiling fans in all the bedrooms. The garage has a water softener and a garage door opener, This house is just waiting for you to make it your home! The City of Maricopa offers so much to its residents: Salsa Festival, Fishing Derby, Multi-entertainment Center with activities for everyone (laser tag, bowling, dining, and much more) and Ak-Chin Casino for the adults, St...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
3 Bedroom Home for Sale in Established East Tucson Neighborhood   Looking for a place to call home? Mountain views? Sparkling pool? Room for a couple of cars and perhaps an RV? How about updates...what's important to you?  (Insert Bob Eubanks here...) How about a brand new kitchen!!!  All wood cabinets, new counters, new appliances... How do you feel about wall-to-wall bamboo hardwood flooring or ceramic tile? Are all new windows, low-e, dual pane important to you? The features go on and on in this affordable home, priced under $200,000 with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, huge eat-in kitchen, expansive living room, full laundry room and more.  Call or email today for more information.  You can also check out the link here for more photos and details.  
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By Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner
(KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate)
Tucson has a lot of open space and a lot of farms on the outskirts of the city - there are four top Tucson Pumpkin Picks - with Corn Maze fun that will make you crazy trying to find your way out!   APPLE ANNIE'S Fall Pumpkin Celebration 2014 Sept. 27-28; Oct. 4 - 5; 11 - 12; 18 - 19; 25 - 26; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. There is a corn maze, with three levels of difficulty cut into 20 acres of corn with six different mazes to choose from.  Definitely a family outing - try one or try them all!Apple Annie's Pumpkin Patch is located at 6405 W. Williams Road, Willcox 85643   BUCKELEW FARMS - Terror in the Corn. Last 4 weekends in Oct. 3 - 4; 11 - 12; 17 - 18; 24 - 25 and Flashlight Nights Oct. 3 -4; 11 -12; 18 - 19; 25 - 26; from 6 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and 5 p.m. to midnight on S...
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     One thing as an Investing Realtor®/Broker in Tucson, Arizona I am frequently asked is "How do you find cheap property?".   In eighteen years of representing clients, investing on my own account and flipping property I have discovered one thing.   The money, is made on the BUY.   Now, if you are a seasoned investor or repeat buyer, this is NOTHING new to you!   The problem is, HOW do you find a cheap home for sale before everone else?  If I am looking through the Internet, there are plenty of resources of how to buy a house, but very few resources on how to buy a CHEAP house!   So where do you go to find cheap homes in Tucson, or anywhere in the United States for that matter? Do you stick to HUD Homes that are for sale?  Maybe Bank Owned?  While those traditionally are thought of as...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
A Mountain or a Sunset View I work with a lot of folks who move to Tucson from out of state, and those that KNOW, always seem to have Views high on their priority list.  There's mountain views, sunset views, golf views, city views, and combo views! Views are high on my priority list as well!   There's something magical about living in the Tucson area and enjoying the mountains that ring our metropolitan area on all sides.  And the sunsets -- they've got to be world class.  :)   Whether you're moving TO Tucson, or moving WITHIN Tucson, if you want a view, please give me a call.  We have a running joke here:  Every home has a mountain view.  (Maybe outside the back bathroom window, stretching out about four feet, and looking between all the neighbor's houses) But, there's views, and there...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Things to do in Tucson:  RIPE; Farm to Table Fundraising Dinner Coming up next week – the first ever Farm to Table Fundraising Dinner called RIPE.  Thanks to Zona 78 and Edible Baja Arizona, this event will be held September 17 and 18, 2014.  Reservations can be made at Zona 78 on River Road, 5pm to 10pm. Kevin Fink is the featured chef at this year’s RIPE. Patrons can enjoy mouthwatering  plates paired with local wines/spirits. Tapas-sized dishes will be offered for $10-$18, and a five-course meal for $60 Also on hand, pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph will be satisfying our sweet tooth!  Harvest ingredients are sourced from Tucson area farms that sell their produce at Heirloom Farmers Markets. RIPE also features a silent auction. Net proceeds from the dinner and auction will directly ...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Working with Tom Heath, Bancapital Home Loans in Tucson I recently had a SEAMLESS transaction regarding the purchase of one of my listings, and the finance officer the buyer used.  Communication was spot on, expectations were met, and we were comfortably in front of the 8-ball for a timely close. Yesterday, I had the pleasure to have lunch compliments of Tom Heath, of Bancapital Home Loans.  I wanted to hear a bit more about his business practices and philosophy, and of course, wanted to share mine. First off - lunch was DELICIOUS at PF Changs.  Tom had the lunch salmon and I had Moo Goo Gai Pan. YUM!  Eric was our attentive server and everything was timely, hot, and satisfying.  Thanks PF Changs! We had an interesting talk that included appraisers, Code of Ethics for Finance officers (...
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By Emmary Simpson, Serving Las Cruces, NM
(Las Cruces Homes and Land)
After many years of planning, months and months of construction, Tucson's modern streetcar kicked off a month ago with a fun 3-day weekend event - complete with free rides for all.  Suffice to say, we've been waiting a very long time for it. In the days of construction, there were the usual naysayers who found every message board they could online to complain about the money being spent on this "boondoggle". "Only drunk college kids are going to ride it!" they exclaimed.  "There is no economic value to this money pit!!! FIX OUR ROADS!!" (which is a different topic all together.) The naysayers have died down a little, but the most vocal are still out there. Let me give you a rundown of what the streetcar has meant to the areas around the route, and Tucson as a whole.The first 2nd Saturda...
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By Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner
(KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate)
Not something to admit, but I am not much of a reader.  I loved to read when I was younger - but over the years - it seems that either life got in the way or when I had free time - I chose to be outside doing something more active.  In fact, the last known book I bought was, "What to Expect When You Are Expecting."  I got halfway through it, tossed it aside and decided to just "live it and see what happens." When possible, I also try and support "local" things - finding a balance between chain stores vs. local ones. I suppose finding a balance between reading and not reading wouldn't be a bad thing either! So, 14 years after buying my last book, a Tucson Police Captain, who worked with my husband, went to high school with him many years ago, and who is also a good friend, surprised me w...
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By Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People
(Realty One Group Mountain Desert)
Yesterday, I co-hosted a class on Downtown Growth Trends (poolside at a condo complex I have the exclusive on).  Tucson's Downtown is undergoing a huge surge of interest due to the new streetcar connecting it with the University of Arizona - between public & private investment, upwards of $900 Million has been spent in the past 3 years, rivitalizing & invigorating the area.   For part of the class, I presented research compiled over the past 3 years, comparing the trends in residential real estate with other areas & the Tucson Metro itself to illustrate the growth, not only in interest, but in property values. A couple of agents came up to me afterwards to thank me for sharing the info - and saying something that made me think of Scooby Doo & his "HUH?" sound: "I don't have time for res...
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The Top 15 Negotiation Secrets of The Most Successful Investors   In the past 18 years, I have represented Banks, Investors, first time homebuyers,  myself, and others when buying property. Over those exhausting years, I have learned quite a few tips on how to maximize your offer potential to get your deal done, when everyone else around you is getting their deal killed!     When it counts, you want to make sure you have every advantage.  So I have taken the liberty of collecting the best thoughts, ideas, and tactics use when negotiating for your next investment property!    Of course, negotiations are a vital part of an investors tool kit! If you are uncertain on how to negotiate on your own, feel free to contact me for advice!   (Get notified of the Top Five HOTTEST Deals In Tucson, A...
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8002 N ISCHIA PLACE TUCSON AZ 85741 $425,000 | 4 BEDROOMS | 3 BATHROOMS | 3 CAR PARKING | 3,076 SQUARE FEET | MLS: 21420271 A RARE TUCSON GEM~Your own Private Hilltop Hideaway with VIEWS, VIEWS, VIEWS!! Privacy like this is hard to come by~ this home is located in the Casas Adobes area of Northwest Tucson. This is a Gorgeous 4 Bedroom Home For Sale w/ Mountain Views in Casas Adobes Tucson AZ 85741. This ranch retreat features 360 degree panoramic views, over 3000 sq ft, pool with waterfall, 3 car garage AND completely remodeled!! New custom kitchen boasts staggered cabinets, double stainless steel ovens, cook top, gorgeous crown molding. Additional features include staggered 20x20 inch ceramic tile floors, new carpet, fresh paint throughout , updated bathrooms, new light fixtures, ceil...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Quick Snapshot: June Residential Sales Statistics - Greater Tucson, AZ   Analyzing the June residential sales statistics for the *Greater Tucson, AZ area for June 2014, here is some information you might find useful if you are looking to sell your home, or hoping to buy a home in the near future. Total Sales Volume is up since May to June, a 10.42% increase.  In that same time period, the average sales price increased almost 3.5% as well. Homes are being listed slightly higher this June over May as well, with a 3.78% rise in ACTIVE list prices. Sales are up in June as well, with totals up 6.75% from May to June. From June 2013 to June 2014, there is almost a 34% increase in the number of listings.  Average days on the market continue to drop in June to 62 for the greater Tucson area. Of...
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By Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495
(SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) )
~ Old Tucson Studios ~ There's a picture of John Wayne on a movie set in my first ever blog post on Active Rain.  It's a frame from a John Wayne western filmed right here at Old Tucson Studios. Originally built in 1938, Old Tucson Studios has seen the likes of Bing Crosby, William Holden, Ingrid Bergman, Gene Autry, James Stewart and Ronald Regan, to name just a few. You'll recognize some of the television series filmed here: the High Chaparral, Little House On The Prairie, and Father Murphy.  Remember Three Amigos?  Tombstone?  The Quick and the Dead?  Click this link for a full listing of the movies shot here at Old Tucson Studios.  Not all of them were westerns! If you're wondering what's going on today at Old Tucson, click this link to see their website.  And if you're coming to vi...
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202 E 31ST ST TUCSON ARIZONA 85713 $59,995 | | MLS: 5144167 Ultimate opportunity for multifamily uses, property can be changed from 2-plex to 5-plex. This is a Great Investment Property For Sale in Tucson Arizona 85713. Property in need of full rehab due to fire damage contained in mostly one unit. Property currently set up for 4 studios and one 1 bedroom, can easily be massaged to allow for two 1 bedrooms and 2 studios or any other combinations however you choose, easy flip with profit to be made! Fix it up and rent it, sell it and make a profit! This Great Investment Property For Sale in Tucson Arizona 85713 will not last- Please contact to tour!  CONTACT Stuart Gethner Dobson Property Management M: 480-443-4500 FEATURES Investment Opprotunity Remodel Needed Fix-up & Rent Multiplex U...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Gila Monsters – What the Heck Are They? There are only two types of venomous lizards in the world, and one of them, the Gila Monster, is located right here in SWDesert, in and around Tucson, AZ. If you are unlucky enough to be bitten, know that instead of injecting venom through hollow fangs like a rattlesnake, Gila Monsters have large, grooved teeth in their lower jaw and when they bite, the powerful jaws chew the venom in.  Sounds scary, huh.  Also of note, their venom is considered as toxic as our unfriendly Western Diamondback rattlesnakes.  So…avoid both if you can. Fortunately, Gila Monsters are rather slow moving. These colorful monsters are black and pink/orange, or more muted shades depending on their exact species.  They can measure up to about 22 inches long, although there i...
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By Christina Swanson, SA of Mortgage Lending
(Guaranteed Rate)
3 Cheap, Easy Ways To Make Your Home For Sale More Inviting   Many putting up their home for sale on the Tucson market don’t have a lot of available cash to spruce it up.  While staging houses is a definite plus, it costs, as does many of the other suggested “to-dos."  Here are a few cheap, easy ways to make your home look more inviting to buyers:  1. Put Up Your Personal Stuff Not every buyer looking at a home for sale in Tucson appreciates the fact that someone still lives there.  Putting away the following things can help the buyers’ see themselves in the home:   your pet’s things (toys, litter box, bowls) your medications, toothbrushes and toilet accessories any toys knick-knacks and personal pictures   2. Create More Space Small, closed in spaces are major turnoffs for buyers.  Cr...
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By Emmary Simpson, Serving Las Cruces, NM
(Las Cruces Homes and Land)
I am a huge - HUGE - supporter of our local businesses here in Tucson. Today - local saved me from a literal headache. So, there I was, in my downtown office, getting ready to start working on the offer paperwork for my first time homebuyers. I had some gunk on my glasses so I took them off and cleaned them up. The next thing I know, they're in two pieces. The nose bridge thingy (I'm sure there's an official name for it) snapped off from one side of the frame. Now, my eyesight isn't horrific but it's uneven with my right eye being worse than my left. Yes - panic set in.  I tried typing with one side on - no dice. I pulled out my clip on sunglasses and it kind of worked but the glasses kept slipping down/up/to the side. With no super glue around, I headed to the website of my favorite LO...
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By Don Vallee, Real Estate "From Gold To Sold"
(Long Realty "A Berkshire Hathaway Company")
http://www.valleegoldteam.com/homes/4651-W-Daphne-Lane/Tucson/AZ/85742/40560452 Swim, Spa, and play ball! All with in a short walk to the Community Center & Park. Upgraded with modern style, 3 BDRM, 2 BA., 1410 sqft. of open living features ceramic 18 inch tile, French doors to covered patio, designer paint, an exceptional lot orientation. A beautiful kitchen with stainless steel appliances, pendants lights over the breakfast bar, formal dining with a bay window. A large master suite with a walk-in closet, double vanity sink, garden tub, and walk-in shower. Laundry room with storage leads to the two car garage. Backyard outdoor living at its best with mature trees and low care landscape. Easy access to schools, shopping, interstate, and community park. This Property at ValleeGoldTeam -...
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