Thursday, March 29, 2018

How to Turn a Home Renovation into a Vacation

If you're going to be spending a lot of money on a home renovation, consider charging it to a credit card that gives generous airline miles or cash rebates. The key is to be able to pay the cards off before high interest rates accrue. An article in the New York Times has lots of resources.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Old Friends Get a New Home

I must tell as many people as I can who are interested in purchasing a home in and around Tucson, AZ.  I just had the best experience with what I call the "Power Team" of Donna Moulton and Catherine Ellinwood.  I contacted Donna first, as a long time and trusted friend who I knew was a realtor in town.  I know a lot of other realtors, but without a moment's hesitation I chose Donna. 

So we went house hunting. After we went to houses for about three days, we honed in on a perfect house for us.  She went ahead and called her chosen loan officer from People's Mortgage, who she's been working with for over 15 years.  Catherine worked absolute miracles.  She knew about all of the types of loans we could get out there.  She checked each one and came up with an amazing deal for us with a great low interest rate.  The entire process has been seamless, from returning calls, prompt emails, to just basically being there every step of the way.  We have now signed at Title Security Company, which also went very well. Everything there (Donna was there of course) was explained to us. 

Donna brought over our keys even two hours ahead of the time she said.  I highly recommend getting your house with the "Power Team" of Donna & Catherine!


Joan Vernon

Saturday, January 20, 2018

What To Do If You and Your Dog Encounter a Coyote

Conflicts between dogs on a leash and coyotes shouldn't happen. Coyotes should be afraid of people, but if people feed coyotes or other wildlife, the animals can become aggressive. This is bad for wildlife, people and pets, so let the wildlife be wild!

When walking a dog in coyote territory, use a six-foot, non retractable leash. Avoid sunrise and sunset. Be prepared to act threatening toward the coyote. More tips are here

Javelina can and have caused serious damage to people and pets with their sharp tusks. It's best to stay away from javelina, because their eyesight is poor, they can't tell the difference between dogs and the coyotes that kill their young, and they could perceive an innocent dog and his human companion as threats. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Three Budways

My fabulous client Kathy Budway's new CD is reviewed by another of my fabulous clients, Jim Lipson, on page 39 of the December issue of Zocalo. I have wonderful CDs by Kathy and each of her siblings, Maureen and David, but haven't heard all three together. I need to get this CD. These are three talented musicians.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Menlo Park Townhouse

Terrific end unit town home in desirable Menlo Park. Cul-de-sac location next to guest parking with locked gate to Safeway Plaza. Inviting courtyard leads along the side of the house to the back yard. 
Soaring great room ceiling gives a light, airy feel. Tiled fireplace. 
Kitchen has a pantry & is open to the dining area & great room, with direct access to two car garage. Laundry & lots of storage adjacent to kitchen. Two bedrooms & full bath downstairs.
Covered patio with view of Tumamoc Hill, popular with family walkers and fitness runners. Tile or wood floors through out. 
Master bedroom suite upstairs has spacious bathroom, two clothing closets, plus under-eave cubbyhole storage. Clerestory windows. Under 10 minutes to UofA & PCC. Closer to Tumamoc Hill, All Souls Procession, July 4 fireworks & the farmer's market at Mercado San Agustin. Your urban hideaway.

Reduced price. Offered at $147,500.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

All Souls Procession Has New Route

The All Souls Procession is an amazing event, with thousands of people walking through the streets of Tucson remembering their dearly departed, be they grandparents, pets, the planet Pluto, migrants, jaguars, scientific inquiry or civil discourse. It's a folk art extravaganza where people wear home-made costumes and ride floats out of bicycles or carts. Some people wear giant paper mache heads carried high above the crowd on back pack frames. Others work together to create a multi-bodied creature. There are bands, bagpipes, stilt walkers and a wonderful feeling of community. 

The Procession will begin around 6:00 PM Sunday, November 5. It used to begin on Fourth Avenue, but this year the start of the route will be on Grande south of Speedway. But don't go there. It will be way too crowded. Find a place along the route, and after it has passed, follow it to the Convento for a concert by the Tucson Symphony and the burning of the prayers and hopes you put in the beautiful big urn. You can't miss this. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Sellers' Market Now

Here are the sales statistics from the Multiple Listing Service of Southern Arizona.

Median sale price in Southern Arizona increased 7.77% in one month from August to September 2017, and increased 17% from September 2016 to 2017.

There were 3,587 active listings for sale in September, which is very low supply. There were 1,212 home sales, which is high for September, but September sales have been higher than average for the past three years. The ratio of active listings to sales is 3,587 divided by 1,212 = 2.96 to 1. Anything under a 6 to 1 ratio is considered a sellers' market. The average sale price of a single family house was $271,000.