Pima County, AZ Real Estate News

By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Get ready to mark your calendars because something exciting is coming to Marana – the annual Founders' Day Parade & Festivities,  March 16, 2024!It's a little bit of History & a whole lot of fun!Imagine this: 47 years ago, a group of farmers set the stage for history, and Marana officially became a town on March 21, 1977. Fast forward to today, and Marana is not just a town; it's the fastest-growing community in Southern Arizona! Now, that's something worth celebrating, don't you think?So, what's the plan? Join Marana for the "Biggest Little Parade in Arizona" with  the 2024 theme "Growing Together." It's not just a parade; it's a whole day of festivities that kick off at 10:00 a.m. and wrap up at 3:00 p.m.Grab your lawn chairs, blankets, and maybe a sun hat because you won't want to mi...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Tucson is known as America's first city of gastronomy.Tucson's food scene is like a delicious journey through time and culture. We've got an incredible mix of flavors thanks to our rich cultural history, a melting pot of heritage food ingredients, and a dedication to keeping it real with traditional cooking techniques. It's not just food; it's a tasty tale of Tucson's awesome gastronomic evolution! In Tucson, you'll find Mexican restaurants scattered throughout the city, but there's a particular hotspot boasting over 50 eateries. Recognizing this tasty treasure, the Tucson City Council officially declared an area in South Tucson as the premier 23-mile stretch of Mexican food in the entire country. So without delay, let's spill the beans about Tucson's fantastic 23-mile stretch of Mexica...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Finding the right real estate agent is crucial when navigating the myriad details of buying or selling your home, often one of the largest transactions in your life. You'll want a REALTOR who not only possesses the necessary education but also exudes compassion and excellent communication skills.It's essential to recognize that not all real estate agents are cut from the same cloth. If you're a type A personality, your ideal match might differ from someone with a right-brained, creative disposition. Likewise, if you're a dreamer seeking a connection on a spiritual level, a strictly analytical, by-the-book agent might not be the right fit. The perfect match exists for every home-seller and buyer; it just takes a bit of time to find it.Consider key aspects in your search for the right age...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Looking at Purchasing an Active Adult Community Home in Tucson, AZ? Active Adult communities in Tucson, AZ, generally cater to individuals aged 55 and older and are designed to provide a lifestyle tailored to the needs and preferences of active retirees. These communities typically offer amenities such as golf courses, fitness centers, social clubs, and low-maintenance living options. If you're interested in purchasing a home in one of these communities, here are some steps to guide you:Start by researching the various Active Adult communities in Tucson. Some popular ones include Sun City Vistoso, (Oro Valley, AZ) SaddleBrooke, (SaddleBrooke, AZ) and The Highlands at Dove Mountain, (Marana, AZ). There are many other communities scattered about metropolitan Tucson. Each community has its...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
The Allure of Purchasing a Discriminating Home in Tucson, AZNestled against the backdrop of the stunning Sonoran Desert, Tucson, Arizona, is not just a city; it's a lifestyle. For those seeking a residence that transcends the ordinary, discriminating homes in Tucson offer a unique blend of luxury, exclusivity, and the desert's natural beauty. Let's delve into the allure of purchasing singular homes in Tucson, exploring the features that make these residences stand out in a city already renowned for its charm.Location, Location, Location:Tucson boasts a diverse range of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct personality. Exceptional homes are strategically located in exclusive enclaves, providing residents with a sense of privacy while remaining within reach of the city's vibrant cult...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
What's going on with the Tucson real estate market?Looking back on January 2024, sales were down in January by 3.4%, with only 984 sales.  A year ago, sales were closer to 1500.  The average sales price has slipped just a bit as well, down by 1.66%  It's still well above 2024 high in May of of apx 355K however!Days on market are averaging 26 days, so homes are still moving quickly.  Of interest - new homes for sale are flooding the market since December, up over 54%  (we're moving into our peak market season - I can help with that!!)Need help navigating buying or selling your home in Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley or Vail?  The Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes can help with that.Here's a quick link to available single family homes available in Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley and Vail, priced $3...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Listed by Leslie Gilpatrick, Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes, 520-444-9946. This remarkable property, located at 7900 N Hopdown Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85741, with two bedrooms and two baths, encompasses over 0.75 acres with a "double" lot.Take in breathtaking views of three mountain ranges and city lights. While the house dates back to 1980, it has undergone extensive remodeling. Updates include new tile flooring, modernized bathrooms and showers, fresh paint, and the installation of brand-new appliances in both the laundry room and kitchen. An Arizona Sunroom has been seamlessly added to the back of the house, providing additional space to savor the panoramic views. This exceptionally distinctive property boasts a Ramada situated at the highest point, enhancing the overall allure.Afforda...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
My husband and daughter were in surgery this week at the Banner Main Hospital Campus, located on Campbell and Elm Streets in Tucson.  (Banner - University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ)We all wanted to give a shout out to the staff, doctors and residents, students, nurses, aides, cleaners... that took great PERSONAL care of my daughter, the kidney donor, as well as my husband, (her step-dad) the recipient.Truly amazing, after 2 days, his kidneys were working at 72% capacity as opposed to 13% when he entered.  Grateful for the new kidney!Again, amazing care and professionalism (we even got updates DURING surgeries via phone calls) for our family.Kudos to Dr. Harlan, Dr. Turner,  Ale, Candice, Brittney (Brittni?) Monique, Lupita, Kelsy, Diva, Khadiza, and Andrew.  We know there were others...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
15 Must-Try Things to Do in Green Valley, AZGreen Valley, Arizona, nestled in the scenic Santa Cruz Valley, is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Situated just south of Tucson, the neighborhood offers many attractions that cater to diverse interests, including its stunning natural landscapes, lively arts community, and intriguing historical heritage. In this article, we'll delve into 15 unique things to do in Green Valley, AZ, that will make your visit unforgettable.1. Bird Watching ParadiseGreen Valley is a paradise for birdwatching enthusiasts, with the Santa Cruz River and its surrounding areas serving as a habitat for more than 300 bird species. The Anza Trail and Madera Canyon, both nearby, offer excellent birding opportunities. 2. Titan II Missile MuseumGreen Valley is home to t...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
New Listing by the Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes, Cara Mancuso, Listing Agent:  882 E Strada Patania Oro Valley 4 bed 3 bath + den w/3 car GarageWhat's not to love? Discover the unparalleled beauty of this energy-efficient Meritage-built Patagonia floor plan nestled in the charming Villages at Silverhawke. Revel in the awe-inspiring mountain vistas that surround both the interior and exterior of this remarkable home, perfectly positioned on one of the most desirable lots in the neighborhood.Spanning over 3000 square feet, this residence is bathed in natural light streaming through expansive windows, doors, and a blend of recessed canned and pendant lighting. As you enter, you'll be greeted by neutral brick-set ceramic tile throughout the home, with plush carpeting gracing the bedroo...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Discover Effective Measures to Guard Against Rattlesnakes in Tucson, AZ Rattlesnakes are often a topic of conversation when relocating folks are thinking about purchasing a home in the Tucson, AZ region. Here's some quick tips to help you avoid that dangerous desert dweller!   (this probably isn't a rattlesnake, but I'm using my own photos!) 1. Maintain a snake-free zone around your property by trimming brush and removing items that may provide hiding spots for rodents. Stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings. 2. Be cautious when outdoors on sunny days, as snakes may seek shade under rocks. Avoid lifting rocks that could harbor hidden snakes. 3. Stick to designated pathways, wear sturdy high-top hiking shoes, and carry a walking stick for added protection. 4. If you encounter rattl...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Gated Preserve Home available for sale by The Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes, Leslie Gilpatrick, listing agent.  520-444-9946Wonderful Dove Mountain, Marana location with this contemporary Pulte Home.Need room to grow?  Want the privacy of a gated community?This lovely 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom Pulte Home in the gated Preserves III is among one of the larger homes in The Preserves.A charming courtyard welcomes you through a decorative gate into the home.Upon entering, you'll find a spacious living area with a gas fireplace, surrounded by a wall of stacked stone, a built-in entertainment center, a separate dining space, and windows overlooking the natural preserve in the backyard.The kitchen is a chef's delight, featuring cabinets along the entire wall, a five-burner gas cooktop beneath...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Yes, to some of the tekkies out there, ChatGPT has been out there a while.Are there a lot of you using the tool?  Taken a class regarding the tool?AI means more than ChatGPT.  A quick Google search will net you this:"What is artificial intelligence in the workplace? Artificial intelligence refers to computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence. Companies can use artificial intelligence in the workplace to improve the productivity of their employees."I enjoyed a business luncheon yesterday and came away with a quote."Don't let AI replace what you know as a person"  It makes way more sense when you think of AI as mathmatical.One of the things that's fun, is that you can manipulate text in a snap.  See the possibilities?I'll use the above paragraph as an ...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Listed by the Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes, Michael Joseph, 520-275-4201.Welcome to this exquisite contemporary home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, making its debut on the MLS in Featherstone @ Continental Reserve! Nestled on a coveted corner lot, this residence guarantees privacy with no rear neighbors. Step into the backyard oasis, featuring a dazzling pool – perfect for cooling off during warm days, complemented by mature citrus trees that not only add natural beauty but also the joy of homegrown fruits.A standout feature of this home is the recently renovated primary bathroom, presenting a stylish retreat with modern fixtures and a sophisticated ambiance. This thoughtful upgrade brings a touch of luxury to your daily routine.The interior boasts a living area with 12-foot ceil...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Understanding Upfront Costs When Purchasing a Home in Tucson, ArizonaAre you considering buying a new home in Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, or Vail? It's essential to be aware of the various upfront expenses associated with the home-buying process. While your agent can assist in negotiating certain costs, others are solely the responsibility of the buyer.Here's a breakdown of some of the anticipated expenses during the escrow process and their approximate costs this January, 2024 when purchasing a new home in Tucson.Earnest Money:Definition: A good faith offer demonstrating your seriousness as a buyer, typically 1-3% of the home price.Process: Deposited into an escrow account by a third party.Outcome: Credited toward the home purchase or returned if the offer is not accepted.Home Inspecti...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
When shopping for a new home, a typical homebuyer tends to put a lot of value on an updated kitchen.Nothing quite dates a home like trends from yester-year, outdated appliances, and dark, crowded interiors.Attached is a list of several homes located in Metropolitan Tucson (which includes Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, Vail and more) that have remodeled or updated their kitchen in some way.  A slightly different search shows "remodeled kitchens" in Tucson Homes.  Whether your criteria includes quartz countertops, expansive windows with views, top of the line appliances, or a sumptuous walk-in pantry, this list might start you on your way to a brand new dream kitchen.Southern Living Magazine recently discussed upcoming trends for the 2024 kitchen, to include everything from mixed fixtures, f...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Are you looking to downsize your Tucson area home?  Do you want something easy to maintain, clean, and help omit the clutter of your life?Maybe you’re thinking of traveling more, or just yearn for a simpler day to day.Check out these “tiny” homes available in the metropolitan Tucson area at the link below. All of them are single family homes (not a townhome or condo) 1200 square feet or smaller.These are available now in Metropolitan Tucson.  (January 2024)If you’re looking to escape a large home and need an answer, we’re just a phone call, email or text away.If you’d like this search sent to you in a more tailored level, just let us know.  Things like lot size, a pool, views, year built, no carpeting, and so much more can be made-to-match your priorities.We can help you sell your curre...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
The Circus in in Tucson!Get ready to be swept away by the magic of Carnevale di Venezia right here in Tucson's Mercado District!  The Zoppé Family Circus, in operation since the 1800’s (!),  is bringing its captivating show to town until January 21, 2024. Set up under the Big Top at the corner of Congress and Avenida del Convento, this marks the thirteenth year the circus has graced Tucson with its presence.See the list below for show times, including special Friday morning shows and three performances on MLK Day, Monday, January 15.Thu Jan 11: 7:00 pmFri Jan 12: 10:00 am (special short program), 7:00 pmSat Jan 13: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 pmSun Jan 14: 1:00, 4:00 pmMon Jan 15 (MLK Day): 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 pmThur Jan 18: 7:00 pmFri Jan 19: 10:00 am (special short program), 7:00 pmSat Jan 20: 1:00...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Looking in the Tucson area for your large dream home?  Look no further than scenic Oro Valley, located just to the north in the sprawling metropolitan area of Tucson, AZ.Attached at this link are currently the top ten largest homes for sale within Oro Valley, starting at 4270 square feet in size.Gated homes, homes with views, up to 4.5 garage stalls, detached casitas or guest quarters, pools, spas, acreage - these are just some of the amenities waiting for your discovery within the city limits of Oro Valley, AZ.Happy to be your guide, I'm Cara Mancuso, Designated Broker of the Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes, LLC.  A member of my team or I would be elated to help with your Oro Valley Home Search.Meanwhile, check out this link for your own sneak peak at the current top ten largest home...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Whatever your reasons, perhaps you are looking for a larger home in the vicinity of Tucson, AZ.  Attached to this link are the current top ten largest homes available within Tucson city limits.Square footage starts at over 6000 and goes on up to 25,000 plus!Need a guest house or quarters?  Many of these have that option, as well as up to 7 bedrooms, multiple garage stalls, owned solar panels, amazing pool and spa areas, and killer views.Please contact me today and together we'll make an appointment to view these gorgeous homes with plenty of space.Need more information on the Tucson lifestyle?  Happy to answer your questions regarding Tucson's future growth, amenities, lifestyles, school districts and more.  Call, email, or text today.  Cara Mancuso, Designated Broker for Golden Girls w...
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