Friday, July 8, 2016

The Things Sellers Leave Behind

Unfortunately, I have found live creatures in vacant houses. I'm not sure if I've ever encountered any dead creatures, but I have certainly crossed paths with the bad juju of former residents.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

1415 E Seneca St

For sale or rent, whichever happens first. I have owned this adorable Jefferson Park home since 1995. I have invested almost $25,000 in recent months in flooring, new kitchen, plumbing, electrical, fence, HVAC and painting.
Only four blocks to University Medical Center. This little two bedroom, one bath house is like a mountain cabin with its high, open beamed ceilings and wood paneling.
Ceramic Saltillo look-alike tile throughout. The floor plan is here. Its desirable Jefferson Park location can't be beat. You've probably heard that it's better to own the least expensive house in a neighborhood, rather than the most expensive. Here's your chance to be on the winning side of that strategy.

I really got carried away with the bathroom. Adorable hand painted Talavera tile in the shower. Beautiful calla lily ceramic mirror. Too cute.
The sweet new kitchen has a dishwasher, gas stove, microwave and refrigerator. 14 SEER air conditioner and gas furnace was installed June 2016.
There are hookups for your washer plus gas or electric drier on the back patio. Grey water goes to the gorgeous mesquite. New corrugated metal fence on west side of the fully enclosed back yard.
Gigantic yard and enormous 12' x 26' storage shed. You might want to turn the shed into a garage and laundry.
I am the owner/agent. Offered for sale at $167,000.

Also offered for rent through May 31 or June 30, 2017 at $925 per month. If you pay the rent early, you can pay $915. Deposit is $925. Utilities at your expense. To rent it, you must be self-supporting, and have good credit and landlord references. No smoking and no pets. Equal opportunity housing. You snooze, you lose.

3014 N Cherry Ave

This was my first home in Tucson. It is my best rental. The tenants love it, take good care of it and stay for years. Three of my tenants could only be lured away by home ownership. At least I got to help them buy their new homes.

In 2008, I installed 16" ceramic throughout, and it looks great. I also installed counter tops, a garbage disposal and a dishwasher. This home is 1,045 square feet and has two bedrooms and one bath. The ceilings are high and the windows are large. The floor plan is here. The walled back yard has a storage shed, mature native trees, and a patio where you will spend many relaxing hours. You can put your washer and dryer in the carport shed.

Two miles north of the U of A near the Mountain Avenue bike path. A few blocks from Albertson's, Raging Sage, Beyond Bread, Opa!, Lovin' Spoonful, Yoshimatsu, Blue Willow, The Folk Shop and lots of other cool stuff on Tucson's real main street, Campbell Avenue.

Rent is $900 per month, but if you pay before the first of the month, you can pay $890. Deposit is $900. Utilities at your expense. Electric stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, central air conditioning and gas furnace. Equal Housing Opportunity.

You must be self supporting, have good credit and good landlord references. No smoking and no pets. This house is rented through June 30, 2017. I am the owner/agent and property manager.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

You Won't See One Like This Again Anytime Soon!

 Extremely rare to find this quality and character in Central Tucson for such a low price. Extensive remodel since 2011 includes kitchen cabinets and appliances; custom bath tile in both bathrooms, new vanities & high efficiency toilets.
I helped the seller buy this house a few years ago. As he described it, it was a "junk heap". He is a professional home renovator, and the transformation he accomplished here is astounding.
Tile floors through out; standing seam metal roof; fully insulated walls & attic; dual pane windows; 200 amp service; AC; new water line, and gorgeous hand-crafted hall doors & cabinet faces.

Spacious country kitchen is open to living room, where French doors lead you to the side yard.

Ceiling fans in living room and each of the three bedrooms. Desert landscaping with rain water collection basins. Gardening beds with well-amended soil. Productive lemon and grapefruit trees sustained by gray water from washing machine.

One car carport. Laundry shed and solar dryer. Close to the concerts, plays, festivals, sports, zoo, golf and dog park in Reid Park. Four miles to downtown & UofA on Aviation Bike Path/Highway. See floor plan here. Under contract on the second day on the market. Sold May 20, 2016 for full price, $115,000.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

What Does "As Is" Mean?

Sometimes my buyers become alarmed when the seller says they want to sell their house "As Is". Many people assume this means the seller has something to hide. Not necessarily.

Sometimes a seller wants to sell a house "As Is" because they don't have money to make repairs or they don't want to be bothered making repairs. If the sale is a short sale or foreclosure, "As Is" is frequently a requirement of the seller's lender in the case of a short sale, or the owner/mortgage company in the case of a foreclosure.

When the buyer and seller agree that the house will be sold "As Is", they both sign the Arizona Association of Realtors "As Is" Addendum. Lines 23 to 24 of the "As Is" Addendum state the seller still has to tell the buyer about known problems with the property. This is required by Arizona law. However, lines 8 to 14 of the "As Is" Addendum state that the seller does not have to fix even the "Warranted Items" mentioned on lines 172 to 177 of the Purchase Contract. "Warranted Items" are heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems, plus pool equipment, stove and built-in appliances. Without the "As Is" Addendum, the seller is obligated to fix "Warranted Items". With the "As Is" Addendum, the seller is not obligated to fix "Warranted Items". That is the only difference between "As Is" and "Not As Is". 

Lines 15 to 18 of the "As Is" Addendum state that the buyer is still allowed to do a home inspection, and the buyer retains the rights in Section 6j of the Purchase Contract. In other words, the buyer can cancel the Purchase Contract for any reason during the inspection period, and the buyer can even ask the seller to make repairs, but with the "As Is" Addendum, the seller is under no obligation to fix anything, even if the buyer's lender requires repairs such termite treatment or replacement of a broken water heater or window. If the buyer's lender requires repairs that the seller can't or won't make, usually the Purchase Contract has to be cancelled and the buyer gets his earnest money refunded.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Will Open House Signs Become a Thing of the Past?

 The Tucson Association of Realtors announced today:

The City of Prescott has banned all signs, including Open House signs, within the city limits in the public right of ways. This decision was made as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Gilbert v. Reed. Cities all across the country are looking at their sign codes and we could be dramatically impacted.

There are many people in Prescott who are working to change the situation and the final story on this has been written; however, it is a reminder for us just how much we can be impacted by decisions made every day in local town halls.

This pertains to the temporary, 18” x 24” signs that realtors put on public rights of way during an open house. The smaller, 9” x 12” signs that some realtors still drive into the ground on stakes in public rights of way are already illegal.