Tucson Real Estate Market Update


The Tucson, AZ real estate market continues to be a strong seller’s market. There is still an acute housing shortage, with the shortage worst at the low end of the market.  This is good news for those on the lower end as prices in that tier are rising at double the pace of those in the high end. 

Per USAToday.com,

“Nationally, home prices jumped 6.2% in September compared with September 2016, accelerating from the annual gains in previous months, according to the S&P Case-Shiller Index.

Prices have now recovered nearly 46% from the trough of the housing crash back in early 2012 and are nearly 6% higher than the peak of prices in 2006.”

A survey by Zillow.com shows the difference in home price appreciation on the high end of the market versus the low end. The high end is defined as the top third of the market by price and the low end is the bottom third by price. The supply on the high end of the market is much greater, and the supply in the middle of the market, which is where most of the home-builders target, is growing, but there is not much hope for supply on the low end. So, if you have been waiting to ride this market out, you may think differently, especially if your home is on the low end of the market. A Tucson, AZ real estate agent can give you unbiased information about how your home would fare in today’s market.

Tucson home buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale, which has driven prices up across the country as well. All of this boils down to if you are considering listing your Tucson home for sale, now is the time! Selling a home is an exciting and complex adventure. Contact a Tucson, AZ realtor to get the selling process underway!

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC
(520) 404-0207
Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Improve Your Tucson Home for Under $500


Whether you plan on staying in your Tucson home for many years to come or you plan to sell your Tucson home; its always a good idea to continually keep up with maintenance and improve your home each year. You don’t need to break the bank either to give your home a mini facelift, there are several things you can do for under $500.

Paint. Painting is one of the cheapest and easiest home improvements to make. A fresh coat of paint will make any room look as good as new which is sure to add value. You can either go with a trendy updated color or stick to the neutrals, especially if you plan to sell soon.

Borrow Ideas.  Don’t hire a designer to give your home a facelift. Do the research yourself, there are plenty of websites to borrow design ideas from. Pick a project you can do yourself to save even more money.

Energy Audit. Utility companies give out free audits to their customers. Take advantage and find out where and how you can improve your energy conservation. Being energy efficient looks great to a possible home buyer and also saves you money in the mean time.

Plant a tree. Improve your curb appeal for not much cash. If looking to sell, it helps to spruce up the exterior and updated landscaping is a great start.

Keep it Clean.  Every season change it’s a good idea to go through closets and clutter and see what you sell, donate, or throw away. This is especially important if you are going to list your Tucson home for sale.

New Fixtures. Replacing old fixtures, such as brass, updates your home immediately and for not much money. Replacing the old door knobs, faucets, and lights will really change the look of your home.

As a Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent, my services extend well beyond helping buyers and sellers through their transactions. Please contact a Tucson, AZ real estate agent if you are selling a home in the Tucson area. I look forward to hearing from you!

Florence Ejrup
Golden Sun Realty LLC
(520) 404-0207
Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Cruise Ship Living Vs. Assisted Living


During retirement, there may come a time when maintaining your current household just becomes too difficult. When the yard work and housecleaning become too much, or when you begin to struggle to get meals on the table, the obvious option many seniors consider: assisted living. Unfortunately, assisted living can be very expensive and, for some seniors, moving to an assisted living community signals a loss of independence and the end to a retirement spent traveling and enjoying life. But, assisted living isn't the only option for seniors who find living alone too burdensome. There's an alternative that could be less expensive while providing some of the same perks and benefits: life on the high seas. Many seniors are taking to cruise ships to live out their retirement. But, is it affordable?

Average costs for an assisted living facility, as of 2017, are around $3,750 per month, according to the Genworth Cost of Care survey.  This is around $45,000 annually, or $123 per night. The nightly cost of a cruise, on the other hand, averages around $100 per night or less. For example, a 12-night cruise of the Southern Caribbean, available for an average cost of $779 per person, is just $65 per night. For a senior couple traveling together, discounts of 50% for the second passenger lower combined costs dramatically. Senior discounts, points for frequent cruising, and booking with a rewards credit card keep costs down even further. USA Today offers an in-depth comparison if you want to read more.

But, what if you aren’t fully ready to commit to an assisted living situation and don’t want to live life on the high seas? Tucson, AZ has been one of the fastest growing communities in the country for a long time, and with good reason – the relaxed, western flavor and year-round outdoor life make it a wonderful place to live. It's no wonder Tucson, AZ is a top retirement city, it's warm in the winter, has sunshine year round, gorgeous surroundings, and ample space. It’s the perfect spot to live out your retirement.

As a Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent, my services extend well beyond helping buyers and sellers through their transactions. I specialize in 55+ communities in the Tucson, AZ area and would love to help you find the home of your dreams, just perfect for your retirement. Please contact a Tucson, AZ real estate agent if you are buying a home in the Tucson area. I look forward to hearing from you!

Florence Ejrup
Golden Sun Realty LLC
(520) 404-0207
Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Sell Your Tucson Home Now While the Timing is Right!


Recently released data from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey revealed that rising home prices were the catalyst behind an eight-point jump in the net percentage of respondents who say now is a good time to sell to sell your home. The index is now 21 points higher than it was this time last year and just below the all-time high in June of this year. Overall, 62% of Americans surveyed said that now is a good time to sell (up from 58%), while 26% of respondents said that now is not a good time to sell (down from 30%). The net score is the difference between the two percentages, or 36%.

As home prices have increased, more and more Tucson homeowners have realized that now is a good time to sell their homes in order to take advantage of the extra equity they now have.

Doug Duncan, Vice President & Chief Economist at Fannie Mae, had this to say,

    “In the early stages of the economic expansion, home selling sentiment trailed home buying sentiment by a significant margin. The reverse is true today. The net good time to sell share is now double the net good time to buy share, with record high percentages of consumers citing home prices as the primary reason for both perceptions. Such a sizable gap between selling and buying sentiment, if it persists, could weigh on the housing market through the rest of the year.”

Tucson home buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale, which has driven prices up across the country as well. All of this boils down to if you are considering listing your Tucson home for sale, now is the time! Selling a home is an exciting and complex adventure. Contact a Tucson, AZ realtor to get the selling process underway!

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC
(520) 404-0207
Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Tucson, AZ – Market Update and Weather Tips


The July 2017 Market Report from the Multiple Listing Service of Southern Arizona is in and the results are as we expected.  As summer winds down, so will the real estate market for a bit before we get back into the fall season which will spur the market back into action again. But does that mean you should wait for the fall season? Here are a few take-aways from the report:

  • Total Sales Volume of $318,919,230 is a decrease of 20.08% from June’s number of $399,061,482, but is an increase of 4.40% over July 2016.
  • The Average Sales Price of $226,827 is a 4.79% decrease from $238,245 last month.
  • Average List Price fell from $243,575 in June to $231,299 in July, resulting in a 5.04% decline.
  • The Median Sales Price decreased 4.14% since last month, going from $200,000 in June to $191,725 in July, but is a 5.63% increase from July 2016.
  • Average Days on Market dropped from 44 last month to 39 this month and is the lowest it has been in over 10 years
     

So, what does this mean for the average consumer? There are benefits for both Tucson, AZ buyers and Tucson, AZ sellers. For buyers, the prices are down from last month and interest rates are still historically low so now is a great time to buy, summer market or fall market.  For sellers, there isn’t much competition out there, now is a great time to list your home. The days on market are the lowest it has been in 10 years! Need to sell quick? Not a problem.

When you are ready to buy or sell your Tucson, AZ home, contact an experienced Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent. I'm committed to providing you with the highest quality service. You deserve to have all the latest market information and the very best advice, both of which I can provide you with. We’ve had some record heat this summer and our AC units are certainly being taxed. Below are some tips to help maintain your unit and keep your Tucson, AZ home nice and cool!

HOW TO MAKE YOUR AIR CONDITIONING UNIT WORK MORE EFFICIENTLY:

• Maintain it. Have an air conditioning technician come to your home every spring before it gets too hot and check your system out. The earlier you catch a problem and repair it, the smaller the problem will remain.

• Add insulation to your attic or crawlspace so hot air doesn’t get in the house. The warmer the home’s air, the harder the air conditioner has to work. The harder it works, the quicker it will wear out.

• Make sure your unit is the right size. Bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to A/C. A room air conditioner that’s too big for the room it’s supposed to cool won’t operate as efficiently as a smaller one that’s the right size.

• Install a whole-house fan. It will keep your home cool without using the air conditioner on days when the sun’s not too hot or overnight when the outside air is cooler than the inside air.

• Install ceiling fans, or if you have them already, turn them on. Ceiling fans move the air so you’ll feel cooler, which will let you raise your thermostat a few degrees without noticing any difference in your comfort.

• Keep lamps and TV sets away from your air conditioning thermostat. The thermostat can “feel” the heat from appliances and will respond by running longer than necessary.

• Install a programmable thermostat and set it to automatically raise the thermostat a few degrees when you leave for work in the morning and again when you go to bed at night. You can also set it to cool the house before you get home from work or wake up in the morning.  If you like technology, you can get a wi-fi enabled thermostat (like iNest and others), so you can control the heating/cooling from your smartphone.

• Plant shrubs near your outdoor air conditioning unit to shade it. If you do, it will use up to 10 percent less electricity. A tip: Don’t plant so close to the unit that the shrubs block its air flow.

• Block the sun from shining through windows and making your room hot. Install sun screens or apply sun-blocking film on east- and west-facing windows, and close drapes or blinds on hot, sunny days.

• Replace your air conditioner filter every month. Switch to a one-inch pleated filter, which costs around $5 and will keep more dust and dirt away from your air conditioning unit than a cheaper, flat filter.

• Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs or LED lights. Incandescents give off more heat than light, and that can make your room feel warmer. CFLs are cool to the touch, use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC
(520) 404-0207
Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Your Tucson Home, Buying the Right Light Bulbs


If you haven't shopped recently for light bulbs for your Tucson home, you might feel a bit confused in the light bulb aisle at your local hardware store. There are so many different sizes, types, and specialties to choose from these days. And whomever you find at the store to help you may not be up to date on the latest information either! So, what to do when you need to change out the bulbs for your Tucson home? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

What are the choices these days?  In addition to the incandescent that you are familiar with, you'll also find halogen bulbs (the highest efficiency incandescent), those compact fluorescents or CFLs, linear fluorescent tubes, LEDs (light emitting diodes) and smart bulbs.

More regulatory changes are coming.  Classic incandescent bulbs are not gone, but are being phased out. A great option is to buy LEDs for all fixtures in your house, because LEDs save energy and are long lasting.

Lumens vs. Watts.  With incandescent lighting, you replaced bulbs based on watts, which measure how much power a bulb burns up. But with LEDs you choose bulbs based on lumens, which measure how much light bulbs produce. If you used to buy 100-watt bulbs, look for a bulb with 1600 lumens; for 75-watt bulbs, look for a bulb with 1100 lumens; for 50-watt bulbs, look for a bulb with 800 lumens.

Making a choice based on room. There is also the additional choice now of buying light bulbs according to their color rating index. CRI measures the ability of a light source to reveal the colors of various objects faithfully. Many brands will give suggestions on the box for the color rating to match your room. So, to buy the best bulbs for your money, you must know your socket type, the style of light you want as well as how bright you want the bulb to be and what color rating you want.

Prices and savings. Thankfully, prices for LEDs have dropped considerably and will continue to come down in price. Most bulbs sell for less than $5. It's estimated that a $3 LED can cost you $1 a year on your utility bill while a similar energy-efficient incandescent can cost $5.42 a year. To get the best savings on power buy bulbs with the Energy Star label.

Although this whole lighting issue has gotten more complicated, Arizona may be one of the places catching on more quickly to all the changes. A recent Nielsen Homescan study indicated that Phoenix is No. 10 among large U.S. cities where residents have purchased at least one LED in the past year.

I hope I helped straighten out some of the confusion over the new choices in lights bulbs. Are you looking for the perfect time to sell your Tucson, AZ home? Now may just be that time. When you are ready to sell your Tucson, AZ home, contact an experienced Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent. I'm committed to providing you with the highest quality service. You deserve to have all the latest market information and the very best advice, both of which I can provide you with. I hope to speak with you soon!

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC
(520) 404-0207
Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Among Friends Newsletter - Summer Edition


 

 


Spring Market Update for Tucson, AZ


The spring real estate market in Tucson, AZ is booming! Along with the rising temperatures of spring we are also seeing a rise in the Tucson, AZ real estate market! If you have been casually browsing the online listings and aren’t quite sure if you should jump in, spring and summer a great time to buy or sell a home in Tucson, AZ! Home sales in the first quarter hit their fastest pace in a decade, a sign that rising prices and slightly higher mortgage rates haven’t deterred home buyers from rushing into the market and have risen toward boom-era levels.

According to the WSJ.com, total existing-home sales climbed 1.4% in the quarter to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.62 million, the highest since the first quarter of 2007, according to the National Association of Realtors.

The national median home price, meanwhile, jumped 6.9% from the same quarter a year earlier to $232,100, the sharpest price gain in nearly two years.

Even amongst the rising prices and interest rates, it’s still a great time to get involved in the Tucson, AZ real estate market.  Interest rates are still historically low for new and seasoned homebuyers.  And if you need to sell, there isn’t much competition out there and you are likely to do well in this market.

When you are ready to sell your Tucson, AZ home, contact an experienced Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent. I'm committed to providing you with the highest quality service. You deserve to have all the latest market information and the very best advice, both of which I can provide you with. I hope to speak with you soon!

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC
(520) 404-0207
Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Your Tucson Home – Is Your TV Hard to Hear?


Mishearing the TV in your Tucson home can be a sign of hearing loss, but your ears or age aren’t the only culprit. As TVs have improved, they have also gotten harder to understand. The blame starts with TV makers who are on a quest to make TVs slimmer and slimmer. Unfortunately, speaker technology hasn’t caught up with the slim trend and to produce a decent sound you still need a bit of room to do so. In addition to the slim trend you’d be hard-pressed find a model with speakers even facing you—most TVs have speakers that point down or toward the back, where sound can get muffled. Short of cranking up the sound, there are things you can do to hear the dialogue on your Tucson home’s TV better. Here are some proven strategies—plus new options for Tucson, AZ seniors and others who might experience moderate hearing loss.

  1. Fix the TV – Try moving the TV to a different spot, depending on acoustics you may get better sound.
  2. Replace your speakers – Buy separate speakers and enjoy the surround sound. You can place some behind your seating area for better sound.
  3. Bring the sound to you – invest in a headset and bring the sound to you. Some TVs offer Bluetooth technology so you can go wireless.

As a Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent, my services extend well beyond helping buyers and sellers through their transactions, I’m here to offer you all sorts of tips, even these TV tips from The WSJ. I specialize in 55+ communities in the Tucson, AZ area and would love to help you find the home of your dreams. Please contact a Tucson, AZ real estate agent if you are buying a home in the Tucson area. I look forward to hearing from you!

Florence Ejrup
Golden Sun Realty LLC
(520) 404-0207
Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Tucson, AZ Recreation This Spring


Tucson, AZ has been one of the fastest growing communities in the country for a long time, and with good reason – the relaxed, western flavor and year-round outdoor life make it a wonderful place to live. It's no wonder Tucson, AZ is a top city for recreation, it's warm in the winter, has sunshine year round, gorgeous surroundings, and ample space. There are plenty of wonderful places to hike but one of them takes the cake, the La Milagrosa Ridge Trail. Many say that you will find a “miraculous experience” on this trail.  Maybe it’s because Milagrosa means miraculous in Spanish. This 4.5 mile trail really lives up to its name.

Offering birds eye views as you climb — sometimes gradually and sometimes steeply — the trail ascends a broad divide between La Milagrosa and Agua Caliente canyons, revealing ever-more-dramatic views into the gorges. It is the perfect time to see the diverse mix of cacti lining the route and wildflowers showing color, through March and April. Those who plan to travel the full route of the trail and come back down again should be fit, get an early start, and carry plenty of water and sun protection. Some measure this trail as 5 miles, not 4.5 miles.

As a Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent, my services extend well beyond helping buyers and sellers through their transactions. I specialize in 55+ communities in the Tucson, AZ area and would love to help you find the home of your dreams. Please contact a Tucson, AZ real estate agent if you are buying a home in the Tucson area. I look forward to hearing from you!

Florence Ejrup
Golden Sun Realty LLC
(520) 404-0207
Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


The Tucson, AZ Real Estate Market is Doing Great!


The spring real estate market in Tucson, AZ is officially here! Along with the rising temperatures of spring we are also seeing a rise in the Tucson, AZ real estate market! If you have been casually browsing the online listings and aren’t quite sure if you should jump in, spring is a great time to sell your home! The January 2017 numbers are officially in from Multiple Listing Service of Southern Arizona and the news is good! Here are a couple of prime points to take away from the report:

  • Total Sales Volume of $237,338,796 is an increase of 13.60% over January 2016.
  • Total Under Contract increased this month by 19.46%.
  • Total Unit Sales of 1,093 is down from 1,229 in December resulting in an 11.07% decrease but is up from January 2016 by 13.26%.
  • The Median Sales Price jumped 2.79% going from $179,000 in December to $184,000. This is also an increase of 8.30% over January 2016.
     

Selling a home in Tucson, AZ can be quite an adventure and you will benefit from the help of a real estate professional. Think you can go this adventure alone? Think again. There are plenty of resources out there to help during your purchase, the most useful being a Tucson, AZ real estate agent.

When you are ready to sell your Tucson, AZ home, contact an experienced Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent. I'm committed to providing you with the highest quality service. You deserve to have all the latest market information and the very best advice, both of which I can provide you with. I hope to speak with you soon!

 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC
(520) 404-0207
Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Tucson, AZ Housing Market to Strengthen in 2017


Spring is just around the corner and all signs point to the 2017 housing market strengthening in 2017. If you are looking to sell your Tucson, AZ home you are going to want to get the best price and the quickest sale possible. Is there an optimal time during the year when your Tucson, AZ home will sell the fastest and for the best price? Spring has always been a busy time for real estate and 2017 will be no exception.  A recent article at Kiplinger.com highlights why 2017 will see gains in strength.  Below are some of the main talking points.

Single-family construction is up 9.6% and residential construction remains at a level that shows steady demand for housing. Building permits indicate that further growth is in store for residential construction in early 2017.  Inventory is likely to remain low next year, but it could increase by year-end, but, the rise in mortgage rates and prices is likely to prompt more homeowners to put their homes on the market, which would lead to an increase in overall inventory later in 2017.  These low inventories and modest economic growth should push up price growth in 2017 so this is good news for Tucson, AZ home-sellers.

Are you looking for the perfect time to sell your Tucson, AZ home? Now may just be that time. When you are ready to sell your Tucson, AZ home, contact an experienced Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent. I'm committed to providing you with the highest quality service. You deserve to have all the latest market information and the very best advice, both of which I can provide you with. I hope to speak with you soon!

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC
(520) 404-0207
Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Tucson, AZ – Rates are Rising but Market is Still Strong


Mortgage rates in Tucson, AZ have risen about a half percent since the election but the real estate market is still going strong despite the rise. Rates are higher and inventory is down 4.3% lower than a year ago, if you are thinking about selling a home in Tucson, AZ you can benefit from the lower inventory that we are currently experiencing.  Because of this lowered inventory and therefore higher demand, price growth is going to stay strong even with the increase in borrowing costs. Per the above graphic from Realtor.org, the Median Home Price in Tucson, AZ was $193,300 in the third quarter of 2016, up 5.3% in the last year.

With the recent increase in mortgage rates, a modest decline in sales volume is likely to occur in the next few months. Sales of existing homes rose 2%, to 5.6 million seasonally adjusted annual units in October – the fastest pace since February 2007. This was the second straight monthly gain and the sixth in the past eight months. The West had the largest year-over-year increase in recorded sales. The pickup in the pace of residential construction this year is a good sign that overall supply of homes will steadily increase, providing more choices for buyers and encouraging homeowners who want to trade up but have been worried about finding a new place to put their property on the market. Read more on the latest Tucson, AZ market stats at Kiplinger.com.

Are you looking for the perfect time to sell your Tucson, AZ home? Now may just be that time. When you are ready to sell your Tucson, AZ home, contact an experienced Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent. I'm committed to providing you with the highest quality service. You deserve to have all the latest market information and the very best advice, both of which I can provide you with. I hope to speak with you soon!

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC
(520) 404-0207
Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com

 


Tucson, AZ Retirement Mistakes


It is no wonder that Tucson, AZ is a top retirement city, it's warm in the winter, has sunshine year-round, gorgeous surroundings, and ample space. If you are nearing the end of your working days, how prepared are you?  Long before you punch out for the last time there are many concerns you should address about your future Tucson, AZ retirement. Nasdaq.com has a breakdown of financial decisions you will regret in retirement and it’s worth the read for any soon to be retiree.  Here is a breakdown of the main points.

  1. Relocating on a whim. Well before your retirement date, spend extended vacation time in Tucson, AZ to get a feel for the people and lifestyle.
  2. Too good to be true offers. There are no shortcuts when it comes to retirement. Hard work and careful planning is the only way to get there, not quick money schemes.
  3. Working indefinitely. It is best to set up a reasonable retirement goal date and stick to it. Another piece of sound advice is to “assume the worst, save early and often”.
  4. Don’t wait to save.  Putting off your retirement savings until later in life is not recommended.  The magic number, per Nasdaq.com, is $1 Million saved by age 65.
  5. Putting your kids first.  We all want the best for our children but that should not come at the expense of our own retirement. 
  6. Avoiding the stock market. Avoiding stocks because they are risky is one of the biggest mistakes you can make in your Tucson, AZ retirement. Sure, there are ups and downs, but, on average stocks return about 10% a year.
     

As a Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent, my services extend well beyond helping buyers and sellers through their transactions. I specialize in 55+ communities in the Tucson, AZ area and would love to help you find the home of your dreams. Please contact a Tucson, AZ real estate agent if you are buying a home in the Tucson area. I look forward to hearing from you!

Florence Ejrup
Golden Sun Realty LLC
(520) 404-0207
Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Retire in Tucson, AZ Comfortably


Tucson, AZ has been one of the fastest growing communities in the country for a long time, and with good reason – the relaxed, western flavor and year-round outdoor life make it a wonderful place to live. It's no wonder Tucson, AZ is a top retirement city, it's warm in the winter, has sunshine year round, gorgeous surroundings, and ample space.

If you are newly retired there are some financial mishaps to avoid so you can continue to live a comfortable life, even when retired.  Us News has a list of 6 Big Mistakes to Avoid for the Newly Retired and it’s worth a read should you be thinking of retiring or are recently retired. Here is a breakdown of the 6 Major Mistakes you can make after retirement.

  1. Changing your lifestyle in a rush. It’s best to live the retirement life for a year before any major changes, such as buying new real estate or major travel.  Live on the presumably lessened retirement income for a bit before making large purchases.
  2. Not planning for the unexpected. Make sure your retirement plan also plans for the unexpected such as sickness, injury, or any other life-changing circumstances.
  3. Loaning money to your kids.  Of course most parents would help out their children financially, should they be able to, but it may not be in the best interest of the newly retired.  Should you need to depend on that money down the road it will impact your retirement financial stability. And while we would hope the loan would someday be paid back in interest, it rarely is the case and you may find you aren’t as prepared for your years of retirement as you expected.
  4. Not planning with your spouse.  Good communication is key between you and your spouse when it comes to retirement.  Both how you will manage your money and how you manage your new time off should be discussed.
  5. Taking Social Security benefits too early.  If at all possible you should wait until your full retirement age to take the benefits.  You can take them at 62, but, they will be reduced benefits, by approximately 30%. Depending on when you were born your full retirement age is 65-67.
  6. Being too conservative with your investments.  It is wise to be conservative and not take too many risks with your investments once you are retired. But, you can be too conservative. There is a fine line to walk between stocks, bonds, and cash.
     

As a Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent, my services extend well beyond helping buyers and sellers through their transactions. I specialize in 55+ communities in the Tucson, AZ area and would love to help you find the home of your dreams. Please contact a Tucson, AZ real estate agent if you are buying a home in the Tucson area. I look forward to hearing from you!

Florence Ejrup
Golden Sun Realty LLC
(520) 404-0207
Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Get the Biggest Bang for your Buck on a Tucson Kitchen Reno


Whether you plan on staying in your Tucson home for many years to come or you plan to sell your Tucson home; the idea of a kitchen renovation is intriguing to many.  With the popularity of the HGTV reno shows many dream of having a bigger, better kitchen. If you are going to pay the type of investment that a kitchen redo requires, you want to make sure you do it right and get the most for your hard earned dollars. Those countertops might be gorgeous, but you'll probably love them even more if they bring in good return on your investment. 

In a recent article by Realty Times, ”Mosaik Design reports that the national average of an 83% ROI, and the best way to achieve the max is to ‘focus on kitchen upgrades that are energy-efficient, reasonably priced, and low-maintenance.’ That's especially important if you're looking to sell your home sometime soon.”  

If a buyer walks into your Tucson home and sees a dated kitchen they likely will assume it takes approximately $50,000 to update it, but, the nationwide average is actually closer to $20,000.  Either way, this is a lot of money that a buyer may not want to invest on top of the price of your Tucson home. Even if you have no plans of selling soon, or ever, choosing the kitchen upgrades that can have the biggest impact on the look and function of your space while providing the best return on your investment is key. Put your money in the following areas to give you the best shot at both.

  1. Appliances: Stainless steel is recommended
  2. Cabinets: If they are in good shape paint them or consider refacing over full replacement
  3. New hardware: Swap out the standard for something trendy
  4. Countertops: Make your decision with thriftiness in mind, especially if you plan to sell
  5. Backsplash: Add a splash of color or go with classic subway tile
  6. New lighting: Look for stylish yet affordable options
     

When you are ready to buy or sell your Tucson, AZ home, contact an experienced Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent. I'm committed to providing you with the highest quality service. You deserve to have all the latest market information and the very best advice, both of which I can provide you with. I hope to speak with you soon!
 

Florence Ejrup
Golden Sun Realty LLC
(520) 404-0207
Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Tucson, AZ – How “Green” is that Home?


The trend to go green has spilled over into our homes and many Tucson, AZ homebuyers are looking for green features in their future homes. Who wouldn’t want to save on utilities, right? But, according to the Washington Post, Tucson, AZ homebuyers should be wary of houses that are marked as green or energy efficient.  Unfortunately, the practice of “greenwashing” is alive and well in real estate.  Greenwashing means a house is being marketed as environmentally friendly and energy-saving when it doesn’t deserve that description. Just about everybody likes the concept of green and some real estate agents may use the term as a sales come-on or just plain old don’t know what constitutes a truly green home. Experts say that, too often, what’s marketed as green isn’t what it claims to be when you take a closer look.

So how can Tucson, AZ homebuyers recognize a bona fide green house? Sandra Adomatis, an appraiser in Punta Gorda, Florida, who is nationally known for her expertise in valuing green properties, says look for six essential elements:

●Site planning for the house that is sensitive to the immediate environment, minimizes tree destruction and is strong on managing water runoff.

●Energy efficiency throughout, including high-performance HVAC, lighting, insulation and appliances.

●Exceptional interior air quality through the use of advanced air filtration and exchange systems.

●Extensive use of nontoxic building materials.

●Water conservation efficiencies, such as water-saving toilets and shower fixtures and possibly some reuse of waste water.

●Ease of long-term operation and management.

The “house should work for you” thanks to the combination of green features and products, she says, “rather than you having to work for the house.”

When you are ready to buy your Tucson, AZ home, green or not, contact an experienced Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent. I'm committed to providing you with the highest quality service. You deserve to have all the latest market information and the very best advice, both of which I can provide you with. I hope to speak with you soon!

Florence Ejrup
Golden Sun Realty LLC
(520) 404-0207
Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Homebuyer Resources in Tucson, AZ


Summer is in full effect here in Tucson, AZ and the temperature isn’t the only thing heating up right now, so is the Tucson, AZ real estate market! If you have been casually browsing the online listings and aren’t quite sure if you should jump in, summer is a great time!

 

Buying a home in Tucson, AZ can be quite an adventure and you will benefit from the help of a real estate professional. Think you can go this adventure alone? Think again. There are plenty of resources out there to help during your purchase, the most useful being a Tucson, AZ real estate agent. Another useful tool comes from the Arizona Association of REALTORS. Before you decide to purchase your dream home in Tucson, AZ, you might want to check out the Buyer Advisory, a resource for real estate consumers, by the Arizona Association of REALTORS, you can download a PDF by clicking the image to the left. There are lots of links for you to click and do research on. You can never have too much information about a certain neighborhood and area.

When you are ready to buy your Tucson, AZ home, contact an experienced Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent. I'm committed to providing you with the highest quality service. You deserve to have all the latest market information and the very best advice, both of which I can provide you with. I hope to speak with you soon!

 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com

 


Buy a Home in Tucson, AZ While Selling Your Home


As if buying a home in Tucson, AZ doesn't come with enough challenges, it gets even trickier when you have a home to sell at the same time. There are about 86 million homeowners in America. If you’re one of them, and you need to move, there’s a reasonable chance you’ll find yourself facing this challenge. If you sell your Tucson, AZ home before you find a new home the clock is ticking and it may rush you into a new home that isn't ideal. If you buy a home in Tucson, AZ before you sell your home, you may end up with two mortgages. So, what are your options?

 

Should you use a contingency? Some people in this situation will put a contingent offer on a house — the purchase depends on selling your current home. But that can make an offer less attractive and your offer might be passed up for a more solid offer from another homebuyer.

 

Bridge Loan or HELOC? A bridge loan, which allows you to tap the equity in your current home may be attractive to some would-be buyers. With this short-term financing, you can buy a new home before you sell your house. You’re essentially financing two homes at once, temporarily. After you sell your Tucson, AZ home you can pay off the bridge loan. An alternative is to tap into a home equity line of credit that you've opened previously. Either way, you’ll need pristine credit and plenty of equity in your current home.

 

Buy and sell at the same time? It is certainly possible to get through selling your home and buying another at the same time – with minimal stress. So how does one do that?

 

  1. Use an experienced, efficient Tucson, AZ real estate agent.

  2. Be aware of the market.

  3. Prepare as much as you can in advance.

  4. Keep the big picture in mind.

 

When you are ready to buy or sell your Tucson, AZ home, contact an experienced Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent. I'm committed to providing you with the highest quality service. You deserve to have all the latest market information and the very best advice, both of which I can provide you with. I hope to speak with you soon!

 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Tucson, AZ – Common Real Estate Myths


If you are thinking about purchasing a home in Tucson, AZ you are likely getting a lot of advice from all sorts of sources: friends, family, and the internet. Although your friends and family have your best interest at heart they may not be fully aware of the current Tucson, AZ market or your exact real estate needs. Along with the well-meaning advice, there are a number of myths that circulate about how real estate actually works. Here are several common real estate myths that trip up many would-be homebuyers and sellers.

 

  1. Set your home price higher than what you expect to get. Unfortunately pricing too high can cause your home to sit on the market longer and could look suspicious to potential buyers.

  2. You can get a better deal as a buyer if you don't use a real estate agent. This is completely false as the commission is paid by the seller. Not using a Tucson, AZ buyers agent will not save you any money.

  3. You can save money selling the home yourself. While some may successfully sell their own home, they need the skills to market the home effectively and negotiate the contract. Not everyone is up to this task.

  4. The market will only go up. Historically the market adjusts and decreasing home values are normal during this time.

  5. You should renovate your kitchen and bathroom before you sell. Many homebuyers would rather renovate to their own tastes so an adjustment in price of the home is more effective than renovating and listing at a higher price.

  6. You'll earn back what you spend on renovations. There are very few renovations that actually get you back your money at the closing table, specifically a new front door.

  7. All the properties listed in the multiple listing service (MLS) show up online. This is a choice that your agent must select when listing your property. Ensure your agent makes this selection when you list your home.

  8. Open houses sell properties. While it never hurts to have one, a broker's open house tends to be more useful than a public open house.

 

When you are ready to buy or sell your Tucson, AZ home, contact an experienced Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent. I'm committed to providing you with the highest quality service. You deserve to have all the latest market information and the very best advice, both of which I can provide you with. I hope to speak with you soon!
 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Tucson, AZ – Mortgage Interest Overcharges


Tucson, AZ mortgagesAre you one of the lucky ones who had the opportunity to pay off their Tucson, AZ mortgage in full? Did you notice any additional charges at the closing of your Tucson, AZ mortgage? For years it was widely considered a massive, government-sanctioned rip-off of home mortgage borrowers. Then it was banned by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. And now it’s the subject of class-action suits that accuse four large banks of illegally collecting millions of dollars in excess mortgage interest payments from their customers.

 

What was the controvery? Interest Overcharges. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) had a long-time policy of allowing banks to charge homeowners a full month’s worth of interest when they went to pay off their FHA-insured loans — even after they had paid back all the principal they owed. Imagine going to the pump for 3 gallons of gas and being charged for a full tank. This is akin to what was going on at the pay-off of these Tucson, AZ loans.

 

Last year, after the CFPB ruled that FHA’s policy amounted to a prepayment penalty prohibited by federal law, FHA rescinded the policy for new borrowers taking out loans on or after Jan. 21, 2015, but kept it in place for an estimated 7.8 million homeowners who had FHA loans dating to previous years. In a series of legal moves last week, attorneys representing FHA borrowers sued Bank of America, Wells Fargo Mortgage, U.S. Bank and SunTrust Mortgage for allegedly failing to properly disclose the extra-interest policy to clients paying off loans originated before the deadline. Read more at the Arizona Daily Star to follow along with this legal matter.

 

Are you still looking to purchase your dream Tucson, AZ home? When you are ready to buy your Tucson, AZ home, contact an experienced Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent. I'm committed to providing you with the highest quality service. You deserve to have all the latest market information and the very best advice, both of which I can provide you with. I hope to speak with you soon!
 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Tucson, AZ – When is the Best Time to Sell Your Home?


Spring is in the air and the 2016 real estate market is really beginning to ramp up. If you are looking to sell your Tucson, AZ home you are going to want to get the best price and the quickest sale possible. Is there an optimal time during the year when your Tucson, AZ home will sell the fastest and for the best price? One group of researchers at Zillow says yes.

 

After searching through sales of more than 20 million homes between 2008 and 2015, Zillow concluded that listing time does indeed make a difference. Researchers found that “homes listed in the late spring (May 1 through May 15) sell around 18.5 days faster and for 1 percent more than the average listing.”

 

This is great news for Tucson, AZ home-sellers as May is just around the corner! I’d be happy to work with you to give you a comparative market analysis of your home and speak about timing your sale just right. A Tucson, AZ real estate agent will have their finger on the pulse of the market and know the best way to proceed. I hope to hear from you soon. Contact a Tucson, AZ real estate agent today!

 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Tucson, AZ Rodeo Event


Tucson, AZ is a wonderful place to visit during the winter months with warm temperatures and tons of sunshine. Winter is well-known as one of the best times to visit because of this gorgeous weather. During the winter there are many outdoor events, among them is the annual rodeo event, Tucson Rodeo, which starts this Thursday, February 18th with a parade. Each year, more than 200,000 people enjoy the western-themed floats and buggies, historic horse-drawn coaches, festive Mexican folk dancers, marching bands and outfitted riders. The route begins at Park Avenue and Ajo Way, continues south to Irvington Road, then heads west on Irvington Road to South 6th Avenue.

 

A favorite among Tucson, AZ locals and visitors, the Tucson Rodeo Opening Day is at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds on Saturday, February 20th. The rodeo fun continues all through the following week, with a full schedule, and ends with the rodeo finals on Sunday, February 28th. There is also an Rodeo Museum, which is well worth a visit. To learn more about the history of the Tucson Rodeo, visit the Tucson Rodeo Website.

 

If you are visiting us in hopes of buying a Tucson, AZ home and need a local expert to help show you around please contact a Tucson, AZ real estate agent. I'd be happy to assist you in any way possible. I hope to hear from you soon!

 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Tucson, AZ – Subjective Appraisals


for sale signCongratulations, your Tucson, AZ home has an offer on it and you've made it all the way through pricing negotiation and on to the appraisal. You and your Tucson, AZ real estate agent have compared similar homes in your neighborhood and assume the appraisal will go through without a hitch. Unfortunately what you thought was a done deal has been held up with an unmatched appraisal and it looks like your deal might fall through. This scenario seems pretty far fetched but it has been happening more often due to subjective decisions made by home appraisers.

 

According to research provided by the National Association of Realtors, more than 1 out of 5 home real estate contracts are delayed because of disagreement over the appraisal. As reported by The Washington Post, a massive first-of-its-kind study followed 1.3 million individual appraisal reports from 2012 through 2015. They suggest when challenging an appraiser's number to look at adjustments involving relatively subjective estimations – such as the appraiser's opinion on the overall quality level of your house, its condition and location, and more. These subjective adjustments may lead to a much different appraisal on your Tucson, AZ home than you were expecting.

 

According to the study, adjustments were made in 99.8 percent of all appraisals. Adjustments on objective features, such as living area, rooms, or car storage tended to not amount to much difference in pricing. However, adjustments involving more subjective matters triggered much bigger dollar changes, with an average adjustment of $15,000. That $15,000 could make or break your Tucson, AZ home sale so it is definitely something to be aware of.

 

So, what to do if you receive bad news from the appraiser? Have your Tucson, AZ real estate agent take a look at the adjustments made on the subjective factors such as condition and quality. When you are ready to sell your Tucson, AZ home, contact an experienced Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent. I can help you navigate the tricky waters of your home sale, including any appraisal issues. I hope to speak with you soon!

 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Tucson, AZ Homes – Home Equity Surged


As we finish out 2015, the Tucson, AZ real estate market has something to cheer about. There has been steady growth in your home's equity, according to new data from the Federal Reserve. Home equity is the difference between the market resale value of your Tucson, AZ home and the mortgage debt you have against it.

 

Between the third quarter of 2014 and the same period in 2015, American's home-equity holdings grew by nearly $1.3 trillion, due mainly to rising home prices. Tucson, AZ shared in this wealth and has seen tremendous growth over the last year.

 

This growth has helped many homeowners crawl out from being underwater on their home. Underwater means you are upside down – with mortgage balances that exceed your property value. As more homeowners come out of upside down mortgages this brings more good news to the Tucson, AZ real estate market. Why? Because negative equity stops up the housing system and the economy as a whole. Read more at The Washington Post, with any luck 2016 will be just as fruitful for Tucson, AZ homeowners.

 

When you are ready to sell your Tucson, AZ home, contact an experienced Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent. I'm committed to providing you with the highest quality service. You deserve to have all the latest market information and the very best advice, both of which I can provide you with. I hope to speak with you soon!

 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Tucson, AZ – Changes in the Mortgage Process


The process of buying a home in Tucson, AZ can seem overwhelming and complicated. When it comes time to go to the closing table the closing can often feel rushed. Due to some changes in the mortgage process made on October 3, 2015, the stress of shopping for a Tucson, AZ mortgage will be reduced, as a new mortgage disclosure rule took effect. The new rule and disclosures ease the process of taking out a mortgage, helping you save money, and ensuring you are fully informed prior to getting to the closing table.

 

Here is a summary of the changes in the mortgage process, from ConsumerFinance.gov.

 

Here’s what will change:

  • Four overlapping disclosure forms will be streamlined into two forms, the Loan Estimate and the Closing Disclosure.

  • You’ll have more time to review your closing documents. Instead of only 24 hours review time for the HUD-1 Settlement Statement, you will now receive the Closing Disclosure three business days before the closing.

Here’s how these changes will improve the mortgage process:

  • The new forms will make it easier to understand complicated mortgage terms.

  • The Loan Estimate makes it easier to shop around and compare loan offers from multiple lenders. Consider applying for your Tucson, AZ loan from at least three lenders before choosing a mortgage so you can find the best deal for you.
     

The three days required between getting your Closing Disclosure and signing on the dotted line allow you to make sure there aren’t major changes from the deal you were offered on your Loan Estimate. It also gives you time to ask your lender all the questions you might have about the terms of your mortgage and consult with a lawyer or housing counselor.

I hope that these recent changes will give you some relief while shopping for your loan. When you are ready to buy your Tucson, AZ home, contact an experienced Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent. I'm committed to providing you with the highest quality service. You deserve to have all the latest market information and the very best advice, both of which I can provide you with. I hope to speak with you soon!

 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Tucson, AZ – Leased Solar Panels and Your Home Sale


The trend to go green has many Tucson, AZ homeowners installing solar panels on their roof in hopes of reducing their monthly electric bills and reducing their carbon footprint. The most recent trend in solar energy is to lease your panels from one of several companies that have popped up over the last few years. Nationwide, residential solar installations are booming — up by 50 percent per year since 2012, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. More than 600,000 homes and businesses now have on-site solar, with the fastest growth rates occurring in Maryland, Massachusetts and New York.

 

But, when it comes time to sell your Tucson, AZ home will those leased panels boost or hamper your sale? Everybody is trying to go green so it should help, right? Think again. According to real estate industry experts those panels are more likely to hamper your sale and cause headaches at the negotiation table. Some would-be buyers balk at the idea of taking on the remaining lease or worry that the lease negotiated wasn't a good deal. If you have plans of selling your Tucson, AZ home during the duration of your lease you should be aware of the potential complexities that may occur. When it does come time to sell, make sure to contact your solar panel leasing company well in advance to learn about transfer and buyout options. That way you will be prepared come negotiation time. The Washington Post has further information about leased solar panels and how it may affect your Tucson, AZ home sale.

 

When you are ready to sell your Tucson, AZ home, contact an experienced Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent. I'm committed to providing you with the highest quality service. You deserve to have all the latest market information and the very best advice, both of which I can provide you with. I hope to speak with you soon!

 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Tucson, AZ – What is a Contingency Clause?


Are you wondering what a contingency clause is? I like to think of a contingency clause as insurance. Once you find a Tucson, AZ home and make an offer, you hope everything will go smoothly; but in case it doesn’t, you have a contingency clause in place that allows you to back out of the contract without losing money.


Most agreements already have a few key contingency clauses in place to protect against the bigger things—such as a lower appraisal than expected for your Tucson, AZ homebut there are contingencies that go beyond the norm. If you’re about to make an offer, consider all of your options.

Some contingency clauses are common when making an offer, such as:

  • Home inspection: This gives the Tucson, AZ home buyer the right to order a professional home inspection and back out of the sale if major unreported damage is found.

  • Appraisal: The buyer won’t be obligated to buy the home if the appraisal value is lower than the asking price.

  • Mortgage availability: This gives the buyer time to find financing for the home. If the buyer can’t find financing, either party can cancel the deal.

You don’t have to stick with the standard contingency clauses. Depending on your situation, it may make sense to add additional clauses to the agreement. Some examples of atypical clauses are:

  • Selling your current home: If you’re trying to sell your home before you buy another one, you may want to put a selling contingency in place. If you’re unable to sell your current home within a certain time frame, this contingency allows you to cancel your offer.

  • Moving furniture early: With this contingency, you and the seller agree to allow you to move personal property in (or move in entirely) earlier than the seller anticipated. You may have to agree to pay the seller rent if you move in before closing, but it will spare you from putting your belongings in storage and finding temporary lodging.

A basic offer won’t automatically contain any contingency clauses. While many Tucson, AZ real estate agents include some standard clauses in every offer, you should work with your agent to make sure you’re including contingencies for everything specific to your circumstances. Once you’ve submitted the offer, keep in mind that the seller may submit a counteroffer with his or her own contingency clauses as well.

I can help walk you through your offer and any contingencies to ensure you are covered with Tucson, AZ home purchase. Please contact a Tucson, AZ real estate agent when you decide to start your home search. I'd be happy to help!

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Tucson, AZ – Keep Energy Costs Down


Summer and its scorching hot days are here in Tucson, AZ. If you’re like most homeowners, you notice your pocketbook tends to get thinner as the temperatures rise and energy costs peak during June, July and August. However, there are some simple ways to keep your utility bills low and your bank account happy. You’ll also be doing your part to help save the environment, as it is estimated that half of the energy used in your Tucson, AZ home goes towards maintaining a comfortable temperature. Ready to save money on your cooling costs? Here are some tips and tricks to try.

Keep the cool air inside. If cool air is escaping your home, you are throwing money out the window – quite literally! Make sure your window-unit air conditioners fit tightly so that cold air cannot leak back outside. If you have central air, be sure to insulate any drafty windows.

Keep your filters clean. To keep your air conditioning performing at its peak, it is advised that you change your air filters once per month.

Program your thermostat. If you have central air and a programmable thermostat, you can save up to 30% on your energy costs annually. Set the temperature a few degrees higher while you’re gone during the day and program the air conditioning to kick on just before you get home.

Avoid using the oven. Finally, the perfect excuse not to cook tonight! Turning on the oven heats up your entire Tucson, AZ home forcing your air conditioner to work harder than it needs to. It’s time to fire up the grill and do your cooking outdoors.

Turn off and unplug electronics. Even when your television or devices are in the off position, they are still sucking power out of the outlet. Unplug your electronics when you’re not using them and you’ll be surprised at the savings on your energy bill.

Take these steps to lower your energy costs as the temperatures start rising and you’ll find that you have some extra cash to spend on all of the fun festivals and events going on in and around Tucson, AZ this fall. If you’re planning to buy or sell a Tucson, AZ home this fall, please let me know!

 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


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Tucson, AZ – Is a Condo a Good Fit for You?


The American Dream for many is to own their own home. Similar to the effort needed to make any dream come true, being a Tucson, AZ homeowner takes a lot of work. Buying a home in Tucson, AZ means committing to making any repairs needed along the way, complete with a commitment to maintenance and landscaping chores as needed.

If these kinds of chores give you pause, why not consider living in a condominium instead? For some people, a condo purchase represents a stage prior to buying a traditional home; for others it is the best fit for their lives over the long term. Here are a few benefits to condo living in Tucson, AZ.

Be Near the “Action”. The condominium market in the United States is growing in popularity. In bustling, artistic, urban settings condo life is ideal. Living in the midst of a city gives you access to public transportation and puts you within walking distance of shopping and dining. In a city like Tucson, AZ this means being in the beating heart of the city’s art, music and entertainment 24/7. Even in areas outside the center of the city, many buyers enjoy the security – matched with the elimination of maintenance and yard work – that condos offer.

Community. The sense of community one gets from condo living attracts many buyers. Since all the residents have a vested interest in keeping the building clean, safe and quiet, condos are the ideal environment for people who value an extra level of protection and community spirit.

More Organized. Another advantage to condo life that might not occur to everyone is that condos typically have less square footage than similarly priced single family homes. For many condo buyers, this means making a commitment to using space wisely. For single family homeowners, it can be easy to fill room upon room of a house with items, including many that lack even sentimental value. Soon, you’re not even able to park your car in the garage anymore. But the compact coziness of some condos makes it imperative to budget your space in your Tucson, AZ condo. When you’re not filling up empty rooms, you are bound to live a cleaner, more organized life.

Being a homeowner is a big decision. It’s also not for everyone. If you want fewer home maintenance tasks, or if you just prefer a simpler, more organized life, perhaps condo ownership is for you. If you are still searching for that perfect Tucson, AZ condo, let a local expert help you out. Buying a condominium is an exciting and complex adventure. I pride myself in being a local expert and would love to help you get acquainted with the city. Contact a Tucson, AZ real estate agent when you are ready!

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


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Tucson, AZ – Get your Home Sold


house and dollar signWhen a home lingers on the market too long, the home may be perceived by buyers as flawed or overpriced. If you tried to sell your Tucson, AZ home last season and it just sat on the market you may need to take a different approach the next time around. Starting over fresh as a “new” listing on the market, along with some other key changes, may be just what you need to get your Tucson, AZ home sold.

 

Photos are crucial. Professional photos are a must for any home listing, not just the higher bracket. Prior to the photos being taken make sure you de-personalize and de-clutter, and stage your home to look like a blank slate for the photos and the soon to be flood of prospective buyers viewing your home.

 

Pricing. It may be time to reevaluate the price that you previously listed your home. It may be that times have changed and due to recent sales your home price just isn't current anymore. You may also want to get strategic about your pricing to make sure your home is seen by as many as possible. For example, instead of pricing at $355,000 price your home at $349,900 to ensure you are catching prospective buyers with property search parameters below $350,000.

 

Whether it's staging, new photos, or a new price, avoiding the dreaded rep of a lingering listing is something every seller must consider. If you’re planning to sell your Tucson, AZ home, I’d be happy to help! Please contact an experienced Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent to find out how to get your home sold, this time around. I look forward to hearing from you and hope to earn your business!

 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


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Tucson, AZ – Retirement at it's Finest


Tucson, AZ has been one of the fastest growing communities in the country for a long time, and with good reason – the relaxed, western flavor and year-round outdoor life make it a wonderful place to live. It's no wonder Tucson, AZ is a top retirement city, it's warm in the winter, has sunshine year round, gorgeous surroundings, and ample space. Also rated as one of America's best affordable places to retire, it is a smart move.

 

Tucson, AZ and the surrounding communities boast a number of 55+ Communities such as the favorite, Sunflower, easily Tucson's best kept secret. Sunflower is in a stunning setting with Sombrero Peak as the backdrop. With plenty of other 55+ communities to choose from Tucson, AZ is sure to please every retiree!

 

Why should you consider a retirement community?

 

  • It's a great place to belong to a community of those with similar age and varied life experiences to share.

  • Many Active Adult Communities have amenities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, fitness rooms, golf, and more.

  • Depending on the community it can feel like living at a resort!

  • It's a great place to meet new friends and build long lasting relationships.

     

 

As a Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent, my services extend well beyond helping buyers and sellers through their transactions. I specialize in 55+ communities in the Tucson, AZ area and would love to help you find the home of your dreams. Please contact a Tucson, AZ real estate agent if you are buying a home in the Tucson area. I look forward to hearing from you!

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Tucson, AZ – Holiday Events 2014


 

'Tis the season for holiday lights, parades, and all around holiday fun. Looking for something fun to do in Tucson, AZ with friends and family in the upcoming weeks? There is way too many to list them all, but, here is a sampling of some local favorites to help keep your days merry and bright.

 

The Nutcracker Ballet. This weekend, December 19th - 20th visit the Vail Theatre of the Arts for the 13th Annual production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Ballet. Come experience this family tradition with Ballet Ricon and featured guest artists Mark Nichols and Christer Everly. 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way, Tucson, AZ.

 

Winterhaven Festival of Lights. Now through December 27th, enjoy the Winterhaven Festival of Lights, in its 62nd year. Celebrate and also contribute to a good cause with the Community Food Bank in Tucson, AZ. Bring a can of food as a donation. Entrance off of Ft. Lowell and Prince, Winterhaven neighborhood.

 

20th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights. In it's 20th year, the Downtown Parade of Lights is sure to delight all ages. Make a day out of it with visiting Santa, shopping in downtown Tucson, AZ, and enjoying a holiday meal or treat from one of the downtown restaurants. December 20th, 17th Street/Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ.

 

Tucson Jazz Festival: New Year's Eve Gala. Ring in the new year at the spectacular JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa with world-renowned jazz headliners. 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson, AZ.

 

I hope your holidays are merry and bright and that you get to experience all that Tucson has to offer this time of year. If you are visiting us in hopes of buying a Tucson, AZ home and need a local expert to help show you around please contact a Tucson, AZ real estate agent. I'd be happy to assist you in any way possible. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

 

 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


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Selling in Tucson, AZ – Tips for your Home


Are you planning on putting your Tucson, AZ home on the market? Many would think that once your home is listed and the for-sale sign is up that your home is all ready for would-be-buyers. But is it? Your home needs to look it's best when it comes time for showings. First impressions are everything, especially for a home on today's market. As a Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent I have seen homes in various condition and have learned what does and doesn't help a home out during a showing. Here are some of my tips for making sure that the first impression is a good one.

 

Front landscaping and decor: Stay on top of any lawn mowing and tidy up the front landscaping. This is the first thing a potential buyer will see! A new colorful welcome mat and a potted plant outside the front door will also help spruce things up. Make sure your windows are sparkling and give your front door a fresh coat of paint.

 

Think of it as preparing for a formal dinner party: Pretend you have guests coming over and walk through your house from room to room, removing all the clutter, ensuring that all kitchen and bathroom counter-tops and dressers are as clear as possible. Keep all closets and toys organized and remove any other excess clutter. Thoroughly clean all of your appliances, including the inside of your oven and microwave, and make sure the rest of your Tucson, AZ home has been dusted and polished. In the dining room add a beautiful centerpiece to the dining room table to add elegance to your home. Fresh flowers in the kitchen are always a beautiful touch too.

 

Touch up: Touch up your interior paint, if necessary, and get a new coat of white on the baseboards, if needed. If you have any carpets consider getting them professionally cleaned before any buyers view your home. Also make sure that you tackle any small projects like leaky faucets or non-functioning light bulbs.

 

Basically, use common sense when preparing your home. Your job as a home seller is to present a simple, clean, attractive home that potential buyers can picture themselves in.

 

When you are ready to sell your Tucson, AZ home, contact an experienced Tucson, AZ Real Estate agent. I'm committed to providing you with the highest quality service. You deserve to have all the latest market information and the very best advice, both of which I can provide you with. I hope to speak with you soon!

 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Among Friends September - October



How to Pick a Tucson Real Estate Agent


Whether you’ve accepted a job offer in another city or have decided to relocate, or if you are planning on retiring in Tucson, AZ, you may not know it, but, you have a need for a Tucson Real Estate agent!


I understand the temptation to sell your home “For Sale By Owner.” If the sale is successful and the homeowner sells for a fair price, thousands of dollars can be saved on a real estate agent’s commission fee. However, entering the Tucson real estate market without the knowledge and negotiation skills of a professional is a task very few are prepared for! Most homebuyers will enlist the help of a buyer’s agent to negotiate and represent their best interests. While it is possible to face an army of homebuyers and their agents on your own, I always advise sellers to at least consult a professional before deciding to take full responsibility for selling your home on your own. More often than not, hiring a Tucson Real Estate agent with a deep knowledge of the local market actually saves homeowners time, money, and a major headache when all is said and done after the closing process.

 

The same can be said for homebuyers. You need a trusted adviser to not only have a hand on the top of the market to guide you to the newest and most appropriate listings, but, you also need their expert negotiation skills when it comes to the deal.

When picking a Tucson Real Estate agent to buy or sell your home there are several things to consider. I've highlighted three major points

 

Referrals. Ask your family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors if they can recommend an agent. Your circle of influence will be honest with you and steer you in the right direction.

Technology. Today’s top agents are constantly connected on the go whether they’re reachable by smartphone or tablet. When considering a Tucson Real Estate agent to sell your home, make sure you select a professional who embraces the latest technologies. He or she will be more likely to be quick in responding to your needs and answering important questions at a moment’s notice.

Personality. While referrals and constant connectivity are important in today’s market, the fundamentals still apply. Be sure the Tucson Real Estate agent you choose to work with is someone you can get along with -- and even laugh with! Buying or selling a home can be stressful and tumultuous, but, having an agent with strong interpersonal skills will make the process enjoyable.

If you need any assistance with buying or selling in the Tucson, AZ area, please contact me! My proven home selling strategy has helped countless homeowners achieve successful sales, and I would love the opportunity to do the same for you. As an accomplished buyers agent I also welcome the chance to find you your dream home!

 

 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Among Friends July - August


 


Tips for your Tucson Retirement


Are you retired and wondering if your retirement savings is going to last? Even if you are lucky enough to have a comfortable retirement nest egg for your Tucson Retirement you may worry it might not last you the next 30 or so years of retirement. It only takes one financial disaster or medical crisis to devastate your life savings. Don't worry though, I've researched several tips to help keep your Tucson Retirement protected and hopefully help it to grow along the way.

 

Rainy Day Fund. Some retirement planners say retirees should have from six months to a year of living expenses outside of your regular retirement account. This will give you a safety net and keep you from drawing from longer-term investment savings. Having this rainy day fund completely insulated from the stock market will help ensure it's longevity, no matter what the market may bring. Make sure your rainy day fund is not completely in cash though as there is no return after taxes and inflation on cash.

 

Plan for Healthcare. Even if you are relatively healthy you need to plan for possibilities of catastrophic illness. If you are still working and planning to retire soon, make sure to take advantage of any health savings account. It's completely tax free – it goes in tax free, grows that way, AND is tax free when you withdraw.

 

Downsize and Consider Relocating. Reduce your living expenses and possibly gain enough from your current home sale to add your savings. If the area you currently live in is quite expensive consider a more affordable place to retire, such as Tucson, AZ.

 

Consider the Taxes. In every financial move you make, make sure you are considering the tax implications. Many retirees plan on living off of the interest income on their investments. The problem with that school of thought is that interest income is all taxable. You end up losing plenty of your income to taxes. Many retirees wait too long to make withdrawals from their retirement accounts to avoid the taxes. That isn't the smartest move though. Experts recommend at 60 years old to start regular withdrawals, pay the taxes, and put it in a Roth IRA. The result of that is the money growth is in the tax-free Roth and there are far less required minimum distributions starting at 70.

 

Consider an Annuity. Turn part of your savings into lifetime stream of income with an immediate annuity. The monthly payments can offer peace of mind and also shelter you from longevity risk. The annuity will ensure a constant stream of income throughout your entire retirement.

 

As a Tucson Real Estate agent, my services extend well beyond helping buyers and sellers through their transactions, I can also help connect you with a investment professional who can help you implement some of these above tips for your Tucson Retirement. I also specialize in 55+ communities in the Tucson, AZ area and would love to help you find home of your dreams. Please contact me if you are buying a home in the Tucson area or have if you have Tucson real estate to sell. I look forward to hearing from you!

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Among Friends May - June



Things to Do in Tucson, AZ this Spring


Tucson, AZ offers various entertainment this Spring for all to enjoy. From Earth Day celebrations to wine and food festivals, there is something for everyone. I couldn't possibly list them all but here are some local favorites for you to check out, whether you are a local or visiting our fine city.

 

Earth Day/Bat Day at Kartchner Caverns, April 19
Kartchner Caverns State Park
celebrates the earth and all things bat-related with the return of the Myotis velifer bat colony. The day includes family activities and presentations in the theater starting at 10:00 a.m. plus children's activities throughout the day. 2980 Route South 90, Benson, AZ 85602

 

Earth Month 2014 at Biosphere 2, April 26 - April 27
Celebrate Earth Month 2014 at Biosphere 2 with four weekend programs focusing on different facets of our lives on planet Earth, and on the related scientific research at Biosphere 2. Weekend 4 celebrates Earth Day with a new Manzo Elementary art exhibition. Also, learn how insects work for you. Enjoy ladybugs released inside Biosphere 2! Experience a Gila monster, king snake and other species up close and personal. 32540 S. Biosphere Rd., Oracle, AZ 85623

 

Local Food, Beer & Wine Tasting, April 27
Southern Arizona has high-quality locally brewed beers and wines as well as some of the finest locally owned and operated restaurants in the state and country. Experience the best of the best at this second annual Local Food, Beer and Wine Tasting event, hosted by the Augustin Kitchen in the Mercado San Agustin off Congress just west of I-10. You will be entertained with live music, t-shirt giveaways, grand prize raffles and tastings from some of the best local supporters in Southern Arizona. 100 South Avenida Del Convento Ste. 150, Tucson, AZ 85701

 

Kief-Joshua Vineyards Summer Concert Series, starting May 24
At Kief-Joshua Vineyard, musicians will be performing every Saturday, from 1-4! 370 Elgin Road, Elgin, AZ 85611, very close to Tucson, AZ.

 

As a Tucson Real Estate agent, my services extend well beyond helping buyers and sellers through their transactions. I thoroughly enjoy getting prospective residents familiar with their surroundings and exposing them to the best that Tucson, AZ has to offer. Please contact me if you are buying a home in the Tucson area or have if you have Tucson real estate to sell. I look forward to hearing from you!

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Among Friends March - April


 


Tips for Selling your Tucson, AZ Home


 

Selling your Tucson, AZ home is a big decision involving what is likely your biggest investment. Once it is time to take that plunge to sell there are several things that many homeowners overlook. I've compiled a list to-do's and must-do's that can help you as you prepare to sell your investment.

 

Price it Right

A qualified Tucson Real Estate Professional can help you decide what your Tucson, AZ home is worth via a Comparative Market Analysis. What you have in mind might not be what today's market will bring. You might find that pricing your home a bit lower will bring excess buyer activity and keep it from sitting on the market too long and possibly even get you several offers. The longer a home sits the less likely you will get your asking price so time is of the essence.

 

Conceal Your Clutter

To maximize your closet space remove most of your items and neatly organize what remains. Buyers want closet space and it's hard to tell how much there is with a full closet. Clutter throughout the house should be removed as well. What a homeowner might overlook on a daily basis will stand out to a potential buyer. If you have large furniture consider putting some of it in storage to make your room sizes appear larger.

 

Light up the House

Do what you can to maximize light in your home by doing simple steps like taking down drapes, cleaning the windows, and increasing wattage on your light bulbs. Do whatever you can to make your Tucson, AZ home look as bright and cheery as possible.

 

Get Rid of the Critters

Not everyone is a dog or a cat lover, so do what you can to remove traces of your animals by concealing/hiding the pet bowls and/or litter boxes. When it comes time for a showing make sure your pet is no where to be seen and that the home has been cleaned of all pet fur.

 

Remove Your Personality from the House

Where possible de-personalize your home. Take a third of your stuff or more and put it in storage. Remove family photos, collections, and other personal items. This will allow the buyer to better picture themselves living there.

 

Curb Appeal, Curb Appeal, Curb Appeal

The first impression is the only impression that matters to your prospective buyers. Before they reach the fantastic interior of your home they've already judged your home by how it looks on the outside. Spruce up your exterior with new paint or simple landscaping. Your entryway is also important. Make it welcoming to those who come through it and keep that impression positive as they walk into your beautiful home.

 

Call a Professional

When you are ready to sell your Tucson, AZ home, look for a professional. A qualified professional is a home seller's best asset. Don't sell your home without the help of a local specialist. Contact me when you are ready. I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com


Among Friends January - February



Tucson, AZ Holiday Events


'Tis the season for holiday lights, tree-lighting ceremonies, and all around holiday fun. Looking for something fun to do with friends and family in the upcoming weeks around Tucson, AZ? There is way too many to list them all, but, here is a sampling of some local favorites to help keep your days merry and bright.

 

Winterhaven Festival of Lights. The 63rd Annual Festival of Lights takes places now through December 28th. Drive through nights are December 17th, 27th, and 28th. Join in the yearly tradition with hayrides, trolleys, and more. Entrances into the neighborhood during the Festival are off of Ft. Lowell and Prince. This free event is a fundraiser for the Tucson Community Food Bank. Please consider bringing canned food or making a donation.

 

Parade of Lights. The Downtown Tucson Partnership along with St. Mary's Hospital proudly presents the 19th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights this Saturday, December 21st. Enjoy the day downtown with a visit to Santa Claus, shopping, or enjoying a local treat. Horse-drawn carriage tours will also be available with Santa Claus! At 5:30pm join in the fun with the Holiday Tree Lighting at Armory Park just before the parade at 6:30pm.

 

Zoo Lights. Reid Park Zoo is having it's annual Zoo Lights event, now through December 23rd. Jingle bells, 1000s of sparkling bulbs, snow, and Santa are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

 

I hope your holidays are merry and bright and that you get to experience all that Tucson has to offer this time of year. If you are visiting Tucson, AZ in hopes of buying a Tucson home and need a local expert to help show you around please contact me. I'd be happy to assist you in any way possible. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

 

 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com

 


Picking the Perfect Paint for your Tucson Home


Have you already found your perfect Tucson Home? Chances are your new home doesn't have wall colors that you love or might need some fresh paint on the walls. If you're not sure where to start with this project, then read on.

 

Start Small. Pick an accent wall or a small space such as a bathroom and add a splash of color. For inspiration look at your belongings, what color speaks to you? Select a favorite color and go with it. Since it's a small space if you don't love it, its quick to change. Hopefully you will love it and can move on personalizing your home.

 

Mood. When selecting a color for a particular room think about mood. Do you want your bedroom to be soft and soothing or do you want some drama? Pick a cool neutral for a soothing place to rest or go for a stronger color to lay on some drama in your Tucson Home.

 

Consider the Lighting. Depending on the lighting in the room your paint color can change in hue. Consider the lighting in your Tucson Home before committing to a new color. Many paint stores have light boxes so you can visualize the color in either natural daylight, incandescent light, or fluorescent lighting.

 

Keep Colors Coordinated

When you are in one room you usually can see a peek of the next room over. Make sure that rooms that are adjacent to each other flow nicely from color to color. Don't pick colors that clash or create too much of an eyesore when together.

 

If you feel challenged and can’t quite nail a color palette that works with your taste and preferences, enlist the help of a professional. As a Tucson real estate agent, I can recommend some interior decorators in the area who can give you their professional opinions on how to make each room in your home sophisticated and livable. Along the same lines, an interior decorator comes in handy if you’re planning to sell your Tucson home and want to make it as appealing as possible to potential buyers. Please reach out if you need any assistance!

 

Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com

 


Among Friends October



Local Events in and around Tucson, AZ


Apple Annie's

Apple Annie's has several Fall activities for great fun. Coming up this weekend is the Apple Harvest Celebration, September 14th-15th from 7:30am-5:00pm. Celebrate the peak of apple season with pick your own apples, “All you can eat” pancake breakfasts, apple-smoked burger lunches, and wagon rides. The following weekend, September 21st-22nd from 7:30am-5:00pm is the My-Oh-My Apple Pie Weekend and Country Craft Fair, a celebration of all things Apple Pie! You can also pick your own apples and enjoy the wagon rides. Pumpkin picking also starts that same weekend and continues through October. Located at 2081 W. Hardy Road, Willcox, AZ 85643, not too far from Tucson, AZ.

 

Kief-Joshua Vineyards

Kief-Joshua Vineyards is open daily for tastings from 11am-5pm. Enjoy the beautiful view of the mountain ranges of Sonita while sipping delicious wines. Located at 370 Elgin Road, Elgin, AZ 85611

 

Music at the Vineyard

Kief-Joshua Vineyards is featuring, Chris Jamison, a contemporary-folk singer/songwriter from Austin Texas on November 17th, 1pm-4pm. Sip some delicious wine and enjoy the music along with that spectacular view.

 

Willcox Wine Country Festival

Coming up in October is the Willcox Wine Country Festival, Oct. 19th-20th, featuring Kief-Joshua Vineyards wine and several other local wineries. A two day fun filled event at historic Railroad Park in downtown Willcox, just an hour's drive east of Tucson, AZ. The perfect weekend getaway!

 

As a Tucson Real Estate agent, my services extend well beyond helping buyers and sellers through their transactions. I thoroughly enjoy getting prospective residents familiar with their surroundings and exposing them to the best that Tucson, AZ has to offer. Please contact me if you are buying a home in the Tucson area or have if you have Tucson real estate to sell. I look forward to hearing from you!



Florence Ejrup

Golden Sun Realty LLC

(520) 404-0207

Florence@GoldenSunRealtyAZ.com

 


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