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Southern Arizona’s National Parks and Forests: Treasures of the Desert (Part One)

The days are long, the air is warm, and the outdoors are calling to us all once again. There is no better time of year to take advantage of the astounding landscapes that surround us here in Southern Arizona than to pull on our best hiking boots, fill our water bottles, and don our hats and sunscreen for a fantastic outdoor adventure at one of our fabulous national parks and forests. 
 
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5 Excellent Reasons to Invest in Land in Southern Arizona

Everyone is talking about the rise in property values, up-and-coming cities that are experiencing a sudden boom in real estate, and of course, the optimum time to buy, sell, and invest in property all across the United States. 
What is harder to hear amidst the hubbub of home sales and cities that are best for commercial investments are mentions of all the amazing opportunities that are coming to the land market over the next few years. 
 
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Hillside Development Overlay Zone: Part Two

The purpose of the Hillside Development Overlay Zone (HDZ) ordinance was initially promulgated to prevent Tucson's beautiful lower foothills and slopes ringing the perimeter of our valley from becoming densely populated with homes, driveways, and scarring, thus creating a natural and visual nightmare for us all as we enjoy the natural desert and mountain setting that we love. At the same time there was a recognition of some resident's desire to live as close as possible to the naturally beautiful, rugged, and remote areas that drew many of us to want to live in Tucson. HDZ regulations was a way of accommodating and planning to meet these diverse interests.

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Hillside Development Overlay Zone - Part One

One of the first questions I ask a prospective client is their preference for a flat or sloped lot. The majority of buyers seem to want a perfectly level site on which to build. It's quicker, easier, certainly less costly to develop, allows for greater flexibility of home design, is more conducive to larger outdoor decks and yard areas, allows for easier access and driveways, allows for a "step free" environment which appeals to an older purchaser - the list goes on and on. 
 
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The Moving-Ins and Outs of Your Home

Congratulations! Your new construction home is almost move-in ready, and all that hard work, planning, and effort have finally been completed. You probably can’t wait to move into your new space and take advantage of all those special details and upgrades that make this home uniquely yours. But before you can officially call your new construction ‘home,’ you must first get your old home sold. 
 
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In the Know: The Language of Building a House

You had binders of research ready for your building loan interview. You designed a thorough checklist of questions and needs before committing to the perfect piece of land. Your home building Pinterest board is the stuff of legends. You created a neat space in your home to store all your building communications and materials, and you have your builder on speed dial. You are on top of your game from the moment you decided to build your house.
 
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Vacant Land Market Recovery Continues as Foreclosures Dip

What a welcome headline last week in the Business Section of the Arizona Daily Star, " County Foreclosures Lowest Since '07". The article by Gabrielo Rico quotes data from the Pima County Recorders Office showing there were 372 home foreclosures in the first three months of 2017, the lowest since 2007 when 251 homes were sold in the same period. From 2007  that number rose steadily to a peak of 2052 foreclosures sold in the first three months of 2011.  These trends are being seen in other markets nationwide the article states. "Analysts say the lower foreclosure rates are consistent with lower unemployment rates and lower inventory. That is causing home prices to rise across the country."

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5 Things About Buying Land You Should Know (Before You Buy)

You’ve been in the market for a new home, but for one reason or another, none of the homes on the market match your vision of the right home for yourself and your family. Rather than settle for something that is less than what you need or wants in a home, many people in this position opt to skip buying the existing homes altogether and instead start the process of finding the perfect piece of land to build the home of their choosing. 
 
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