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How to Beat the Summer Heat in Tucson

When people visit Southern Arizona in the summer, they often wonder just how it can be that people could live in this heat year-round. The question is often answered with a colloquial desert saying: It's a dry heat.

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Determining A Building Site on Vacant Land

When I walk through a vacant parcel of land for the first time, like most people, I am impressed by the ease and ambiance of the entryway, the vegetation, the topography, the views and the physical attributes of the parcel and its surroundings. As my clients may continue to concentrate on these, I begin to shift myfocus to identifying the potential buildable areas and thus the actual building location(s) on the site. If the parcel is in a subdivision, the answer will come more quickly as we can look to the subdivision’s recorded, final plat for information.

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Reading Topography

As I discussed in my last blog, reading topography can be a bit of an art. Those who deal with it regularly gain the capability to see the contours literally come into focus as a three dimensional pattern. For example, I can look at a topographic map and tell whether the contours are forming the side of a hill or defining the sides of a wash.

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Relief from Topography

My father, ‘Sut’ Settlemeyer was a surveyor for the United States Geological Survey (USGS). He referred to the maps they produced as quad, or relief maps. The universal geologic language of relief mapping is contour topography. Now what exactly is a contour? Simply, nothing more than a step. Just as a flight of stairs is comprised of risers and treads, topographic contours consist of elevations and resolution.
 
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Shopping for Land on the Internet : Getting the Whole Picture

Homes Vs. Lots

Home buyers and land buyers are equally particular about the properties they choose to invest in. The internet has made the search for a new home an easy and engaging process, with tons of information and pictures available for a buyer’s perusal. However, a virtual search for land can be a bit more challenging.

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The Allure of Land

I have been involved in land sales as a Real Estate Broker since 1983, when from an office in Chicago, I became a General Partner in a land syndicate that purchased 40 acres of desert land in a remote, undeveloped area of northwest Tucson. From that day to this, I recognized an uncanny desire on many investors’ parts to own land versus other forms of real estate. I call it the allure of land.

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