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  • Buyer Turn Off's When Viewing a Property

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Tucson, Home Selling in Tucson, Property Q&A in Tucson  |  April 14, 2014 7:32 AM  |  583 views  |  No comments

    Home sellers in hot real-estate markets , where there’s not enough for-sale inventory for the number of people who want to buy, may not feel compelled to go all out in preparing their home before listing. And they may not need to, given the reduced competition.   In 2012 Tucson was named by Forbes Magazine the #1 place to buy an investment property.   

    But they still should do the minimum: Keep the house free of common issues that send prospective buyers running for the doors, said Brendon DeSimone, a real-estate agent licensed in New York and California. In his book, Next Generation Real Estate, he lists some of the most common buyer turnoffs — and how to handle them, which often takes daily discipline.

    “Bidding wars happen for perfectly-located homes that show like museums,” he said. “When your house is on the market, you have to be living on egg shells — you have a month or two of being tidy.”

    The payoff of an always-neat home: You’re more likely to get a higher price, he said.

    It’s always best to declutter, depersonalize and add a fresh, neutral-colored coat of paint before listing. But if you do nothing else to prepare your home for sale, steer clear of the following buyer turnoffs before allowing a prospective buyer to walk through your home.

    Pets and their things

    Nobody wants to see a dirty kitty litter box or a dog bone on the sofa, DeSimone said. And as best you can, get rid of lingering pet smells. (Cat urine on the carpet, DeSimone said, is one of the hardest smells to remove. Even worse, sometimes it can seep into the hardwood floors below.)

    “The most offensive odor is animals, and you can plug in, light up and spray all you want,” but it won’t completely cover up the smell, said real-estate agent Heather Lamp, based in Fort Mill, S.C. She recently wrote a blog post about issues that most annoy buyers when walking through homes.

    Pets should be out of the house during showings. If possible, it’s easier to have a friend or relative watch your dog or cat during the entire time your home is on the market, Lamp said.

    Toys and baby supplies

    Other parents will understand how difficult it is to keep a home tidy with children in the house. But not all potential buyers will be parents. Make sure all toys have a home in a toy chest or closet.

    If you have a newborn, dirty diapers need to be taken out and breast pumps should be out of sight. Dirty bottles and breast milk shouldn’t be left out; buyers may get the impression that the home isn’t sanitary, DeSimone said. In fact, store the clean bottles, too, and don’t leave them on a drying rack near the sink. Give yourself a good 20 minutes to pack up baby items before a showing, he said.

    Cooking smells

    The second most offensive smell, in Lamp’s book: Cooking smells.

    Strong spices, bacon, onions — they all tend to linger long after the meal is over, she said. To diffuse them, leave a window slightly cracked while cooking. After you’re done with the meal, boil some cinnamon in water to freshen up the house. Plug-ins and sprays can make the problem even worse for people who are sensitive to smells — or allergic to the fresheners, she said.

    One buyer Lamp was working with didn’t get two feet in the door before she turned around, due to the smell of strong spices. Another time, the buyer left after smelling incense burning.

    Cigarette smoke

    For many, the smell of cigarette smoke throughout a home is a deal breaker, and a reason to hasten a walk through, DeSimone said. “If you’re a smoker, seriously, get the whole house painted,” he said.

    Dirty dishes, cluttered counters

    No buyer will want to see last night’s spaghetti stuck to plates in the sink. That’s a given. But clutter on the counters, from the coffee maker to the toaster oven, also will be a distraction, making counter space look smaller and your kitchen, in general, looking messy.

    DeSimone’s advice: Create a special drawer or cabinet for things that you use on a regular basis, but need to be stashed away. That will help you quickly find a place for them each day.

    Messy bathrooms

    Women, in particular, clutter bathrooms with makeup, perfumes and other grooming items, Lamp said. Store everything under the counter. And make sure hair is out of the tub and toothpaste smears are wiped out of the sink, Lamp said.

    “I don’t know how people live like this,” or “I thought I was a mess, and now I feel like I have obsessive compulsive disorder,” are a couple of comments Lamp has heard clients utter when walking through messy bathrooms. Sometimes, through body language with their significant others, such as a nod or a raise of the eyebrows, she can sense their disapproval.

    Dirty toilets

    Keep a clean (and flushed!) toilet and always keep the lid down. Enough said.

    The flip side of all of the above: If you’re a buyer and can overlook some of these seller faux pas in a home, you might get a better deal, DeSimone said. So while some buyers will be disgusted enough to cross a problematic home off their list, others will see opportunity and potential. 
      
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    Spirit Messingham, PLLC

    3rd Generation Full-Time Realtor®

    Tierra Antigua Realty

    Direct (520) 471-6900

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  • Downtown Living: Ice House Lofts

    Posted Under: Entertainment & Nightlife in Tucson, Home Buying in Tucson, Property Q&A in Tucson  |  April 14, 2014 7:21 AM  |  553 views  |  No comments

    The Ice House Lofts are an urban style community similar in fashion to the neighborhoods in lower Manhattan.  Located close to the 17th street market, a great place for your grocery needs.Tucson Real Estate Ice House Lofts Realtor Green



    They are open, stylish spaces with double-height ceilings and some have incredible views of the city lights and three of the mountain ranges that surround Tucson.

    The photo on the right was taken at the Ice House Lofts which are located about four minutes from downtown and the University of Arizona.

    Green Features:

    The Ice House Lofts are built in the authentic Arizona Ice and Cold Storage Company building which was built sometime around 1923.

    They have the Comfort Guarantee from Tucson Electric Power which guarantees lower heating and cooling cost.

    Some of the unused materials from the Ice House Lofts were used to build another Loft project called Barrio Metalica (single family units with lofts and many green building features). 
     
    Some of the lofts at the Ice house are side by side and would probably be considered more like a town home.  Other lofts in the Ice House are more like condos, as they are side by side and above or below each other. 

    There are currently three lofts available for sale in The Ice House link here:

    http://www.flexmls.com/link.html?12eknqafvkdw,12,1

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    Spirit Messingham, PLLC

    3rd Generation Full-Time Realtor®

    Tierra Antigua Realty

    Direct (520) 471-6900

    SpiritRealty@cox.net

    www.TierraAntigua.com


  • Home Owners Over Estimate Cost of Going "Solar"

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Tucson, Property Q&A in Tucson, Home Ownership in Tucson  |  April 10, 2014 1:04 PM  |  776 views  |  No comments

    Homeowners across the country are making more environmentally-conscious shopping decisions, but when it comes to powering their homes, many overestimate the cost of solar energy, according to a recent survey from a company that sells solar energy systems.

    More than half of American homeowners are more likely to take consider a product's environmental sustainability into consideration than they were three years ago when making a purchasing decision, according to a survey commissioned by SolarCity and conducted by Zogby Analytics. About 62 percent said that they want solar power for their homes.

    "We think people just don't realize how affordable solar has become. Less than half homeowners surveyed said that they realize that solar power is less expensive today than it was three years ago, when in reality the costs have fallen dramatically," said Jonathan Bass, vice president of communications at SolarCity.

    About 29 percent of those surveyed said that they could be convinced to start using solar power at home if solar panel installation and equipment were free. Free solar panel installations are available in 14 states, Bass said.

    Approximately 70 percent of all homeowners consider or investigate the sustainability of big-ticket items when making purchasing decisions, and more than half are more likely to take sustainability considerations into account today than they were three years ago, according to the data from SolarCity.

    But homeowners seem to be starting small.   The most popular planned clean-energy purchases in the next year are LED light bulbs (31 percent of homeowners), followed by smart thermostats, double- or triple-pane windows, hybrid cars, and Energy-Star rated hot water heaters, according to SolarCity, whose biggest U.S. competitors include Verengo Solar, Vivint Solar, REC Solar and Sungevity.

    • Oil, Gas, & Consumable Fuels
    • Nature & Environment
    • environmental sustainability
    • solar power
    • SolarCity
    • solar energy


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    Spirit Messingham, PLLC
    3rd Generation Full-Time Realtor®
    Tierra Antigua Realty
    Direct (520) 471-6900
    SpiritRealty@cox.net
    www.TierraAntigua.com

  • Examples of "Warranted Item" on Buyer's Inspection Report, Tucson AZ

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Tucson, Home Selling in Tucson, Property Q&A in Tucson  |  January 28, 2014 1:47 PM  |  869 views  |  No comments

    There seems to be a lot of questions regarding "What is a warranted item" when reviewing the Buyers Inspection Report.  While this list is not all inclusive, it is a great reference. Also, remember that per lines 255 - 257 of the purchase contract regarding notice of non-working warranted items:

    "Buyer shall provide Seller with notice of any non-working warranted item(s) of which Buyer becomes aware during the Inspection Period or the Seller warranty for that item(s) shall be waived.

    Delivery of such notice shall not affect Seller’s obligation to maintain or repair the warranted item(s)." Check out the list below and remember if you have questions about whether a specific item in a transaction is a warranted item, contact your Realtor, of if agents have questions contact your Broker. 

    "The Seller Warranties Section of the AAR Residential Resale Real Estate Purchase Contract requires that all heating, cooling, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems (including swimming pool and/or spa, motors, filter systems, cleaning systems and heaters, if any) be in working condition. If there is a dispute, the determination of whether an item is in "working condition," generally presents a question of fact for a jury at trial.

    Warranted

    ï‚· leaking faucet

    ï‚· leaking landscape features

    ï‚· outdoor sprinkler leak

    ï‚· leaking tub diverter valve

    ï‚· air conditioner below manufacturers specs on splits

     windows don’t open/don’t stay up/don’t lock

    ï‚· malfunctioning pool light

    ï‚· non-working GFI outlet

    ï‚· ceiling fan will not operate

    ï‚· water osmosis system not functioning

    Non-Warranted

    ï‚· structural pool leaks

    ï‚· loose or rocking toilet

    ï‚· ungrounded outlets

    ï‚· missing GFI outlet

    ï‚· hot and cold water outlets reversed

    ï‚· cracked window

    ï‚· small hole in window

      vacuum seal leaking on dual pane window(s)


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    Spirit Messingham, PLLC

    3rd Generation Full-Time Realtor®

    Tierra Antigua Realty

    Direct (520) 471-6900

    Fax (866) 365-5208

    SpiritRealty@cox.net

    www.TierraAntigua.com

  • Top 5 Benefits of Running Pool Pump at Lower Speeds

    Posted Under: Agent2Agent in Tucson, Property Q&A in Tucson, Home Ownership in Tucson  |  November 22, 2013 12:32 PM  |  753 views  |  2 comments


    Couple of tips for pool owners out there:

    1. Energy savings – a variable- or two-speed pump running longer, at a lower speed, uses less energy

    2. Cleaner water – you’ll capture smaller particles and is less susceptible to algae since the water is being circulated more often

    3. Better distribution of chemicals since you are running for a longer period of time

    4. Reduces wear and tear on equipment

    5. The pump is quieter at lower speeds


     

    Spirit Messingham, PLLC

    3rd Generation Full-Time Realtor®

    Tierra Antigua Realty

    Direct (520) 471-6900

    Fax (866) 365-5208

    SpiritRealty@cox.net

    www.TierraAntigua.com

  • All KNOWN MATERIAL FACTS MUST BE DISCLOSED EVEN IN AN "AS-IS" TRANSACTION

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Tucson, Home Selling in Tucson, Property Q&A in Tucson  |  November 15, 2013 3:05 PM  |  502 views  |  No comments

    FACTS:

    The seller is selling a property on an "as-is" basis. The buyer understands that the property is being sold "as-is" and has agreed to waive the Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement (SPDS). Both the seller and the listing broker are aware that the property has several major issues, including a broken air-conditioner.

    ISSUE:

    Must the seller and the broker disclose the major issues with the property, even though the property is being sold on an "as-is" basis and without a SPDS?

    ANSWER:

    Yes. Both the seller and the broker must disclose known latent material defects with the property. An As-Is Addendum does not excuse this common law duty. See e.g., S. Development Co. v. Pima Capital Mgmt. Co., 201 Ariz. 10, 31 P.3d 123 (App. 2001). Similarly, the As-Is Addendum does not relieve the seller or the listing broker of the legal obligation to disclose all known material latent defects.

    Arizona REALTOR® Magazine – November 2013 | Disclosure

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    3rd Generation Full-Time Realtor®

    Tierra Antigua Realty

    Direct (520) 471-6900

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  • Tucson Airport Boundary Maps

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Tucson, Home Selling in Tucson, Property Q&A in Tucson  |  July 13, 2013 1:16 PM  |  571 views  |  2 comments

    If you are considering buying a property in Tucson, AZ a buyer should consider if the property is in the defined airport map. 

    Territory in the Vicinity of a Military Airport

    Disclosure requirements for property which is within "territory in the vicinity of a military airport" or "territory in the vicinity of an ancillary military facility" as defined in A.R.S. 28-8461, or under a "military training route" as delineated in the military training route map prepared pursuant to section 37-102.

    Using Arizona Revised Statute 28-8461 definitions for the purpose of this section:

    • "Territory in the vicinity" means any property located in the following zones:
      1. For Luke Air Force Base in Maricopa county, the zone is ten miles to the north, south and west and four miles to the east parallel from the center of the main runway of the military airport.

      2. For Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Pima county, the zone is five miles to the northwest along a line extending from the end of the northwest runway, one and one-half miles to the southwest, six and one-half miles to the northeast and perpendicular to the runway centerline and ten miles to the southeast along a line extending from the end of the southeast runway of the military airport.

      3. For Yuma Marine Corps Air Station and Laguna Army Airfield in Yuma county and Libby Army Airfield in Cochise county, the zone is five miles to the north, south and west and ten miles to the east of the center of the main runway of the military airport.

      4. For an ancillary military facility described in paragraph 7, subdivision (a) of this section, the land area designated as the territory in the vicinity on the map described in paragraph 7, subdivision (a) of this section.

      5. For the ancillary military facilities described in paragraph 7, subdivisions (b) and (c) of this section, the land areas designated as the territory in the vicinity on the map of each ancillary military facility described in paragraph 7, subdivisions (b) and (c) of this section.

    • "Ancillary military facility" means:
      1. For political subdivisions described in paragraph 9, subdivision (a) of this section, the military auxiliary airfield that is identified on the map that is designated as Luke Air Force Base Auxiliary Airfield #1, that is dated March 1, 2004 and that is on file in printed format at the state land department on the effective date of this amendment to this section pursuant to section 37-102.

      2. For Luke Air Force Base in Maricopa county, the military auxiliary field that is located in the town of Gila Bend, that is used to train specific military aircraft maneuvers or to perform a specific military airport function, that may or may not have a paved runway from which aircraft may or may not land, that is recognized by the military airport and political subdivisions in Maricopa county or the report of a cooperative land use planning effort among affected political subdivisions and the military airport in Maricopa county and that is identified on a map that is prepared by the State Land Department and kept on file with the State Land Department and the State Real Estate Department pursuant to section 37-102.

      3. For Yuma Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma county, the military auxiliary field that is recognized by the military airport and political subdivisions in Yuma County or the report of a cooperative land use planning effort among affected political subdivisions and the military airport in Yuma county and that is identified on a map that is prepared by the State Land Department and kept on file with the State Land Department and the State Real Estate Department pursuant to section 37-102.

    • "Military training route" means a low level military route that allows Department of Defense aircraft to conduct flights that may be as low as one hundred feet above the ground at speeds in excess of two hundred fifty knots indicated air speed as delineated in the military training route map pursuant to section 37-102.

    MILITARY AIRPORT MAPS
    Davis-Monthan Air Force Base link:  http://www.re.state.az.us/AirportMaps/Military_Airports/Davis-Monthan_Air_Force_Base.pdf


    Fort Huachuca - Libby Airfield
    Luke Air Force Base
    Yuma Marine Corps Air Station
    Yuma Proving Grounds - Laguna Army Airfield

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    Spirit Messingham, PLLC

    3rd Generation Full-Time Realtor®

    Tierra Antigua Realty

    Direct (520) 471-6900

    Fax (866) 365-5208

    SpiritRealty@cox.net

    www.TierraAntigua.com


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