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Sue R, Both Buyer and Seller in Deer Park, NY

It amazes me how many homes in the Tucson/ Vail area's DON'T have pools!!! Any particular reason why?

Asked by Sue R, Deer Park, NY Mon Apr 6, 2009

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Hi Sue! While many out of town buyers come to Arizona looking for pools, a home with a pool reduces the amount of buyers who will purchase it. Those who don't have extra funds or time for pool maintenance, those with small children safety concerns, etc, rule those listings out before they look. Savvy sellers know this, but it is only one reason that they aren't installed more. Primarily, A seller that installs a pool will only return a portion of their investment on appraisal, and it is a big ticket item.

If you want to stay in a home long term, a pool may be a wonderful item you can install once you buy, and have it built exactly as you want it.

Kat Tyree, Associate Broker
Long Realty Co
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 13, 2013
Pools are in about 50% 0nly of Tucson area homes. Many people don't want the upkeep and maintenance. When you have a pool installed, it should be because you personally want the pool. They only add about half their value to the resale. For example, a $20,000 pool will only add about 10,000 in resale value, so only have a pool if it is something YOU want.

Realty Executives Associate Broker 520-312-3106 realtyexecutives.com/roncourtney
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 30, 2011
I would say the main reason is this: The vast majority of Vail homes were built in the mid-2000's in the over-heated market run-up. Many of the these homes were sold at sky-high prices that allowed little room for luxury additions, such as pools. Before people could make major after-market upgrades, such as adding pools, extensive landscaping, etc, the market collapsed and most people do not make further investment in an asset that is losing value. As we stabilize the market and prices begin to creep back up, you will see lots of new investment in homes that are being purchased for rock-bottom prices now.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 19, 2010
Pools are not cheap to have. They do require cleaning daily and if heating the electric bill can be sy high.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 28, 2009
Because we live in the desert and there's not enough water to go around.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 4, 2009
Hi Sue,

I would venture to say that having a pool in your back yard is definitely a personal choice; they can be very expensive, and if you do have one installed, you may not get all your money out of it when you sell. Also, some people love them, some people hate them, and if you do have a pool in your backyard and go to sell your house, the people who hate them will not even look at your house. If you are looking to buy in Tucson/Vail, and you want a pool, look for a house you love even if it doesn't have a pool but with enough room to have one put in! Contact me if you would like help finding a home here in Tucson and/or Vail. (I do know of a nice property in central Tucson, it's a short sale, 2858 sq. ft. approx., beautiful yard with a wonderful pool, was purchased by the current owner back in 2005 for $750,000, it's currently listed at $449,000.) Let me know if I can help you!
Mary Clark, Realtor, ABR
Long Realty
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