golden girls with sw desert homes: Integrity - What it Means when Choosing a REALTOR® - 05/03/24 11:41 AM
What are the attributes you want with your Real Estate Agent? The first entry of the Business Dictionary defines integrity as the “Strict adherence to a moral code, reflected in transparent honesty and complete harmony in what one thinks, says, and does.” 
Integrity is all about doing the right thing, even when nobody's watching. In real estate, it's like the golden rule—treat others how you'd want to be treated.  You can take that one step further and expect to be treated they way YOU would like to be treated. When you're honest, ethical, and upfront in everything you do, it builds trust. … (6 comments)

golden girls with sw desert homes: Continuing Education and Your Real Estate Agent - 04/18/24 08:15 AM
Continuing education is crucial in the real estate field for several reasons. As a designated broker for the Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes, I have a duty not only to my own clients and sphere, but to the agents that work under our banner. Every two years, I am required by the state of Arizona to take 30 hours of continuing education, and a Code of Ethics class every 3 years marking me as a REALTOR® belonging to the National Association of Realtors®. Then there are the classes, webinars and zoom meetings one attends just to stay current in the … (5 comments)

golden girls with sw desert homes: What Exactly Does "Low Inventory" Mean with Real Estate - 03/19/24 06:56 PM
You’ve heard the words “Low Inventory” for over a year now, but what exactly does that mean?
Picture this: Tucson's real estate market is like a game of musical chairs, but with houses. Now, when there's low inventory, it's like there are way fewer chairs than people playing.
So, what happens? Well, first off, everyone starts scrambling. Buyers are looking for homes, but there just aren't enough to go around.  With fewer options, buyers get competitive. They start bidding higher and higher to snag one of the few available homes. That means prices shoot up, which is great news for sellers, but not … (7 comments)

golden girls with sw desert homes: 7580 N Sonoma, Tucson AZ Home for Sale w/2 Primary Suites - 03/18/24 10:53 AM
Listed by the Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes, Cara Mancuso, 520-909-2988
Welcome to your new home!
Step into this beautifully updated, split floor plan featuring not one, but two spacious primary suites. Wake up to breathtaking sunrise and mountain views streaming in through the expansive east-facing windows.
Your inner chef will rejoice in the cook's kitchen complete with extended, solid wood cabinetry providing ample storage, lazy Susan, and a charming coffee bar area. Hosting friends and family is a breeze with under cabinet lighting, a gas stove and oven, newer appliances, quartz countertops, and a generously sized kitchen island.

You'll find fresh updates, … (7 comments)

golden girls with sw desert homes: New Construction In Tucson Along I-10 and Wilmot Streets - 03/01/24 09:07 AM
New Construction Opportunities near SE Tucson
Blackhawk, situated along the I-10 corridor southeast of Tucson at the southwest intersection of Wilmot and I-10, is a growing community with two planned Phases for construction. Forestar (USA) Real Estate Group, Inc. is currently developing 87 acres of land, and lots are now available for purchase.
In January, D.R. Horton acquired 60 single-family residential (SFR) lots in Blackhawk. More recently, Richmond American secured 51 SFR lots at a noteworthy price of $4.641 million ($91,000 per lot), marking a new high for lot prices in this Tucson area.
Upon completion, the community will feature a total of 310 … (3 comments)

golden girls with sw desert homes: 10 Tips for Optimizing Space in a Smaller Bedroom - 02/26/24 08:08 AM
Whether you are a homeowner looking to make the most of your space, or a home-seller wanting to show your home in its best light, employ tips to maximize your area.
There are numerous visual techniques you can employ to create the illusion of a more spacious environment. Smart placement of furniture, optimal lighting, and directing attention upward are some simple ways to enhance the space you have.
Here are some tips:
1.    Hang window curtains high to help elongate the walls visually.
2.    Choose light-colored bedding and a painting palette to enhance brightness.
3.    Opt for a tall headboard to add vertical … (7 comments)

golden girls with sw desert homes: Taking the Time to Find the Right Real Estate Agent for You - 02/16/24 01:13 PM
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 … (5 comments)

golden girls with sw desert homes: What's going on with the Tucson Real Estate Market? - 02/15/24 10:28 AM
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 … (0 comments)

golden girls with sw desert homes: 7900 N Hopdown Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85741 For Sale - 01/28/24 07:36 AM
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 … (7 comments)

golden girls with sw desert homes: Gated Preserve Home for Sale in Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - 01/20/24 11:10 AM
Gated Preserve Home available for sale by The Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes, Leslie Gilpatrick, listing agent.  520-444-9946
Wonderful 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 … (4 comments)

golden girls with sw desert homes: Continental Reserve 3 Bed Home for Sale with Pool - 01/17/24 08:13 AM
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 … (6 comments)

golden girls with sw desert homes: Understanding Upfront Costs When Purchasing a Home in Tucson, Arizona - 01/17/24 08:07 AM
Understanding Upfront Costs When Purchasing a Home in Tucson, Arizona
Are 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 … (3 comments)

golden girls with sw desert homes: Reduce, Re-Use, Re-Cycle for the New Year! - 01/11/24 01:39 PM
REALTORS and real estate agents are constantly being asked about Green Features when their clients are looking for a new home, and Green Features are searchable within our MLS Searches.  As an Earth-conscious consumer, be sure to ask your agent about GREEN features. You can search for homes that have solar panels, solar water heaters, multi- paned windows, ceiling fans, sun screens, energy star appliances, and so forth.
Want to bring sustainability closer to home?  Apply the Reduce, Re-Use, Re-Cycle mantra to your daily living and you, too, can start “saving the planet” right in your very own home. 
Here’s a few tips:
Use … (2 comments)

golden girls with sw desert homes: Top Ten Largest Homes for Sale in Oro Valley, AZ - 01/04/24 08:04 AM
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 … (2 comments)

golden girls with sw desert homes: Looking for a Large Home In Marana, AZ? - 01/02/24 01:51 PM
Need space for growing family, multi-gen, just want something BIG? 
Here are the ten largest homes currently for sale in Marana, AZ.
Marana is located both west and Northwest of Tucson, AZ along Interstate 10 and includes gated homes near the Ritz Carlton as well as rural, ranch-type properties to the North and West.
There's something for everyone looking for a large home in Marana, AZ.
There are also homes available in Tucson that are within the Marana School District as well, should that be a priority.
Whatever your needs, please contact me today for help with your Marana Home Search.  
Questions about Marana?  Their official website … (1 comments)

golden girls with sw desert homes: Looking for your New Home in Rita Ranch? - 08/23/23 11:03 AM
Looking for a new home in the vibrant community of Rita Ranch, Vail AZ?
Follow the search link here to see currently ACTIVE homes for sale in Rita Ranch, Vail AZ.
Rita Ranch, located just off Houghton Road in SE Tucson, AZ is a master-planned community bordering the small towns of Vail and Corona de Tucson.  For a map of the area, click here.  
Currently, there are 17 homes for sale in the area, serviced by the Vail School District.
Today we'll feature the newest listing, 10239 E Calle Pueblo Estrella, Tucson, AZ 85747
This immaculate home is listed by The Golden Girls with SW Desert … (1 comments)

golden girls with sw desert homes: Your Search for a Tucson AZ Horse Property or Ranch - 08/17/23 12:15 PM

Are you looking to purchase a horse property or ranch in the Tucson area?  
Ranch-style living in Arizona makes up a great deal of our local culture:  Think of Tucson and towering saguaros, brilliant sunsets, and rodeo cowboys come to mind.
For the purposes of a search, I looked for horse ranches consisting of 2 acres or more, and stayed within a radius search of Metro Tucson.  If you're looking farther afield, I can help with a customized search as well. (link in bold and large font)
Pricing varies - facilities, amount of land, access to community amenities,  size, age, and condition of … (2 comments)

golden girls with sw desert homes: Moving Sale - Downtown Tucson, AZ 7/15-7/16 - 07/12/23 12:06 PM
This weekend, clients of mine are having an estate sale.  They will be selling interior and exterior furniture, dishes, tools, garden equipment, and so much more.
Downsizing is hard work!
You can visit the sale after 7 am this Saturday and Sunday, July 15, 2023 and July 16, 2023.  I believe the sale will run from 7a.m. to 12 p.m.
Here's a few photos of some of the larger pieces.

Estate sale located at 645 S 3rd Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701
Gate will be unlocked at 7 a.m.
Cash and carry.

golden girls with sw desert homes: Horse Property with Facilities Available in Oro Valley/Tucson AZ - 05/29/23 09:07 AM
Listed by Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes
Cara Mancuso, Listing agent 520-909-2988
Main features of the home: 
2645 Square feet home on 3.3 acre property zoned for horses
2 x 6 construction frame stucco with dual pane windows, 4th bedroom works as den, guest quarters or Work from home office with private exterior entry
Three car garage with built in storage, additional bonus workroom space
All new SS kitchen appliances, fresh paint, professionally treated grout
Valuable crystal chandeliers convey with home
Outside features include:
Huge covered front porch, with Walled Front courtyard plus Rooftop balcony with full staircase access
Exterior Paint 2021  - Interior Paint including cabinets 2023
Inviting pool … (6 comments)

golden girls with sw desert homes: Oro Valley Homes in 85737 and 85755 - 05/15/23 01:27 PM
Looking at properties in Oro Valley for sale?
Or, perhaps you own a home in Oro Valley and are wondering if NOW is the right time to list.
This past week, the median list price was $684,900 in the zip code of 85737.  In 85755, the median list price was $800,000.  First American title reports show a strong sellers' market when comparing sales versus inventory.  Because there are relatively fewer listings than demand warrants, sellers have a bit of an edge over buyers struggling with less homes from which to choose.
The more expensive homes are averaging approximately 49 -77 days on the market, … (1 comments)

Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!   (Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)

Cara Marcelle Mancuso

Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

Tucson, AZ

More about me…

Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes

Address: 12080 N Dove Mountain Blvd, #100, Marana, AZ , 85658

Mobile: (520) 909-2988

Author Bio: I have been a Realtor since 2005, and love finding homes for new people moving to the area. There is nothing like matching folks up with their hopes and dreams. If you are looking for a new home in the Tucson area, Marana, Oro Valley and Vail area, or wanting to sell your home, I'd love to help.




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