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In My Neighborhood in Tucson : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Jun 16, 2017
Skhamou2 answered:
I live in 85048 just brought the house but got no info on my management company yet how do I find out who they are?
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Sat Nov 19, 2016
Haysa answered:
As a non golfer I find the community has been mismanaged by the HOA board, is out of compliance with several laws, is cliquish. There are beautiful views, it is safe and other than fireworks and parties quiet. ... more
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Sun Jan 18, 2015
Rob & Catherine Hallberg answered:
The Pima County Sherrif' Department's website also contains a crime map which is color coded by type of crime. You can also filter by type of crime or date range. ... more
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Thu Jan 8, 2015
Michael Lamonge answered:
There are many web sites to get free crime stats Is just one. is a nice view and historical information. Please feel free to call if I can assist further. 520-331-0414 ... more
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Wed Dec 3, 2014
Benjamin Schutt answered:
I know exactly what you're looking for and can give you those printouts. Send me your email and I'll send them over -
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Fri Jan 31, 2014
Beth Barth answered:
Short sale specialist are key. They know the intricacies of the different lenders and how to approach. If the Realtor you are working with does not have this designation I'd ask them to get help from their broker or associate that has short sale experience. Many large real estate companies now have their own short sale resource group, which is great.

Patience is a virtue in short sales. If you need to get into a home fairly soon, a short sale may not be the direction for you. I had a short sale that took 7 months. Luckily the home was an investment property and the Buyer had all the time in the world.

If you cannot do inspections, if I were your Realtor I would STRONGLY advise to the potential problems. I do believe though you can still do a well pump and water quality test along with a septic inspection even with the piping issues. With the other systems - where there is a will there is a way on inspections - and I'd find a way.

Good Luck!
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Wed Nov 20, 2013
Kat Tyree answered:
I have lived here most of my life, and have seen blowing dust on the highway on occasion, but what we get are called "dust devils". They are very small isolated dust activity that look like a whirlwind dancing across the desert. Usually about the size of a person, to give you scale.

Thinking of buying in Tucson?

I can help!

Kat Tyree, Associate Broker
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Mon Aug 26, 2013
Kat Tyree answered:
You can't go wrong with central for location and convenience, and if you love the bungalows like I do, there aren't other options for location. Central brings a mix of good and bad features, like any other area. It is very personal choice. I lived close to Jerrie when I was single, and loved it. I rent my former home to women now, and they chose location over areas that required more driving. If you are informed you will know what decision is right for you. Crime stats are helpful, and if you aren't already working with an exlusive buyer's agent to provide information for you, please don't hesitate to call.

Kat Tyree, Associate Broker
Tierra Antigua
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Tue Aug 13, 2013
Hi Mary Helen, as indicated below, it may be less expensive to buy than rent. But it depends on your situation which makes sense. If you have reasonable credit, and a mortgage person can check for you, and consistent income, there are programs available that may make the down payment requirement a non-issue. Many mortgage companies in the Tucson area can offer you this. It is very general, and there are several other aspects of your life that we would consider, but based on the monthly payment you indicated you may be able to buy a home in the $90,000-$110,000 range. Please give a call to get more detail and information.

This information is not intended to be an indication of loan qualification, loan approval or commitment to lend. Other limitations may apply.
Minette Goldsmith-Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. 5401 N. Oracle Road Tucson AZ 85704
520 975-3909
L.O. NMLS# 261487 AZ L.O. License #0912618, FIMC # 2289, AZ BK #0904162 Equal Housing Lender
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Wed May 1, 2013
Mark Stuble answered:
This is a great place to start.. City of Tucson is progressive on information.
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Mon Dec 3, 2012
Ric Mills answered:
It was just vacant land up to 2003.
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Tue Sep 11, 2012
karagonez answered:
There is a section within Civano dedicated to commercial. TMC had plans to build the Rincon Campus there. There surrounding properties would attact businesses that would support the hospital. Within Civano are mixed use areas that allow for commercial and residential to occupy certain districts designated by the Planned Area Development (PAD). The PAD can be viewed at the City of Tucson Planning & Development Services Dept. ... more
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Wed Jun 6, 2012
Ric Mills answered:
Tim, as everyone wants to know; we need the address of the development to see if it is gated. Also, why rent? It is probably cheaper to buy. Let me know if we can help further.
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Mon Mar 19, 2012
Voices Member answered:
Pro - Good schools - Flowing Wells District-(Award Winning), Univ of AZ and Pima College nearby
Pro - Close in, Tsn Mall, shopping, resturants, bus line, hospitals nearby.
Pro - Lower prices, but may need to spend additional $$ to renovate/update to modern times.
Pro - Pre frame-stucco/T1-11 era so many homes are masonry contruction (have good bones).
Pro - Many homes have larger lot size.
Pro - Homes have character and distinction of days past.

Con - Most homes pre-1985 era. Will need renov/updates if not already done.
Con - Older floor plans, smaller sq. footage, smaller closets/storage.
Con - Some home will have extra sq footage added by enclosing carports/garage, leaving exposed to weather parking only.
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Mon Mar 7, 2011
Ric Mills answered:
To get a real feel for the neighborhood, is to be able to drive it and see all around it. Google The adress you are intersted in and it gives you a street and area view. These are not great in detail and that is why an experienced Realtor is so important in finding exactly what you want. Our Team can do that and has over 40 years of experience in the Arizona Market. You can click on our Team and go to our web site and search the area for free. If you need anything just contact us at Not sure of an area, just ask us. ... more
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Thu Feb 17, 2011
Lindsay Daley answered:
Luis Paz,

Great question! I agree with my fellow agents, always check with the local authorities: county and city. These days it is as easy as typing it into "google."

Here is a fun site if you're curious to know a little more about the area you may be moving into.

Hope this is Helpful, Best of Luck on Your Search!

-Lindsay A. Daley
Chartered Real Estate Consultant
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Wed Feb 2, 2011
Ric Mills answered:
Terrific question. I was just there with a client that is considering building the exact home they want. This is a very unique neighborhood. There are appox. 50-60 lots that are left with two builders to choose from. The builders believe they will be sold out by the end of 2011 or early 2012. I would highly recommend that you have a licensed Realtor go with you as we know what incentives they will or won't give, know how to negotiate your deal, look over the contract and documents for you, and give you advise and it costs you nothing out of your pocket! That is a good deal for you. We can also look for other homes that will help you decide what is best for you to buy. Let us know if we can help you in any way. Ric Mills, The Dan Adler Team, ... more
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Tue Oct 26, 2010
Tammy Hayes answered:
Let FHA Loans Help You
FHA loans have been helping people become homeowners since 1934. How do we do it? The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) � which is part of HUD � insures the loan, so your lender can offer you a better deal.
• Low down payments
• Low closing costs
• Easy credit qualifying
What does FHA have for you?
Buying your first home?
FHA might be just what you need. Your down payment can be as low as 3.5% of the purchase price, and most of your closing costs and fees can be included in the loan. Available on 1-4 unit properties.
Want a fixer-upper?
FHA has a loan that allows you to buy a home, fix it up, and include all the costs in one loan. Or, if you own a home that you want to re-model or repair, you can refinance what you owe and add the cost of repairs - all in one loan.
Financial help for seniors
Are you 62 or older? Do you live in your home? Do you own it outright or have a low loan balance? If you can answer "yes" to all of these questions, then the FHA Reverse Mortgage might be right for you. It lets you convert a portion of your equity into cash.
Want to make your home more energy efficient?
You can include the costs of energy improvements into an FHA Energy-Efficient Mortgage.
How about manufactured housing and mobile homes?
Yes, FHA has financing for mobile homes and factory-built housing. We have two loan products � one for those who own the land that the home is on and another for mobile homes that are - or will be - located in mobile home parks.
Ask an FHA lender to tell you more about FHA loan products.
Find an FHA lender
Need advice? Contact a HUD-approved housing counselor or call
(800) 569-4287.
Need help with your downpayment? State and local governments offer programs that can help. Find a program near you.
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Sun Oct 3, 2010
Stephanie Weiss answered:
Find a Realtor that works in your neighborhood and ask them. If you're a Seller & Buyer, then they can help with both and may cut you a deal on the buy side since you'd be using them for both transactions. Good Luck! ... more
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