tucson real estate: Streetcars & Real Estate Values - Analyzing The Effect - 07/22/15 04:28 AM
The Tucson Modern Streetcar celebrates its 1st Anniversary of operation this weekend, with ridership that has exceeded goals - averaging over 4,000 riders per month (11% over the expectation of 3,600 monthly riders).  The Sunlink Streetcar posted 1,000,000 passenger rides about 6 weeks ahead of schedule this May.  Many new businesses and tens of millions of dollars in private investment have started transforming the corridor along the route to great fanfare, but lost in the hype & hoopla was the answer to the question:  "What effect has the streetcar had on residential real estate values?"  Nobody had performed a study on … (9 comments)

tucson real estate: Are HUD "Fairness" Policies Driving Prices Down In Some Markets? - 02/24/12 02:10 AM
HUD could be causing prices to tumble further as an unintended consequence of its attempts to be fair in assigning properties to listing agents in some communities. 
While a particular community may be geographically close to another city, that city may belong to an MLS system that doesn't really serve the market area that the community belongs to.  Case in point:  Red Rock, Arizona. 
Red Rock is a master-planned community north of Tucson by about 30 minutes.  It really is a bedroom community for the Tucson region.  Residents shop in Marana & Oro Valley in the NW sector of the Tucson … (4 comments)

tucson real estate: THE Tucson Real Estate Show - Episode 3 "Ride Tucson's Trolley - w/Conductor Karen Rodack" - 07/28/10 06:10 AM

In Episode 3, THE Tucson Real Estate Show takes a break from the business side of things to ride the Historic Tucson Trolley and learn about its history from Karen Rodack, who is a volunteer conductor for the Old Pueblo Trolley organization.
Currently, the trolley runs along University Blvd. from Main Gate Square at the University of Arizona, and down 4th Avenue where it stops before going down Congress Street in downtown Tucson. This nostalgic attraction is completely volunteer operated & funded by donations. It generally runs on weekends - weather & maintenance permitting.
Work is beginning soon on … (4 comments)

tucson real estate: Introducing: THE Tucson Real Estate Show! (Episode 1 - Trail Dust Town) - 07/27/10 05:30 PM
Friends, readers and anyone interested in Tucson or Real Estate in general - I am proud to be introducing THE Tucson Real Estate Show!  In Episode 1 - we start at a Tucson "Old West" landmark, Trail Dust Town, and ask the question, "Why another real estate show?"  Hopefully you will like the answer:

Tom Heath of Sunstreet Mortgage, current President of the Southern Arizona Mortgage Lenders Association and I will be exploring different areas of Tucson, the people that make "The Old Pueblo" a special place and highlighting local businesses as well as interesting places.  One of … (2 comments)

tucson real estate: Sabino Canyon Area of Tucson - Video Snapshot - 01/12/10 04:19 PM
The Sabino Canyon area of Tucson is one of the most beautiful corners of the whole Tucson Metro area.  There is the stunning beauty of the Catalina mountains in the northeast part of the foothills, a wide variety of homes and land for sale (even commercial property too).  Perhaps I'm a little biased (of course I am - I live in the Sabino Canyon area!), but living right next to a National Park has its charms.
See what you think:
Whether you are looking for a condo, townhome, single family home or luxury gated estate - all of … (3 comments)

tucson real estate: New Year's Resolution Video from Tucson, Arizona - 01/01/10 11:11 AM
Okay - so it's New Year's Day already.  Have you made your New Year's Resolutions yet?  My team in Tucson can help!
To see the available homes for sale in the Tucson Real Estate Market, you can search from your phone or your computer. 
Text TKREAL to 87778 to download our free search app for your phone Visit EasyHomeSearch.net on your computer Simpler than most other resolutions, huh?
My relocation team is ready to help people move to the Tucson Metro Area

tucson real estate: Tucson Multi-Family Housing Looking More & More Attractive - 10/22/09 05:14 PM
I often work with people who are looking at their real estate as an investment rather than a home. 
Looking for multi-family properties where the numbers made sense last year was a challenge, to say the least.  With interest rates hovering in the mid-7% range for investment properties, crunching the numbers just didn't work with the prices sellers were asking, for the most part.  Cap rates in the 5's and 6's were predominant - and they just didn't cash flow.
Now, after the price drops, we're seeing a lot more properties with cap rates in the 8's - some even in … (2 comments)

tucson real estate: Historically Inspired - Contemporary Execution - Premier Tucson Home For Sale In Pima Canyon - 08/19/09 07:11 PM
Hacienda de Miguel
Nestled in one of Tucson's premier communities, this home looks directly into Pima Canyon. 
Surrounded by hundreds of saguaros and cradled in romance by the foothills of the Catalina Mountains, this historically inspired home features 3 bedrooms, 4 baths and is luxuriously appointed in every way.
Smooth curved clay walls Expertly designed and executed Granite counters Soaring domed entry Majestic views Waterfall cascades into Pebble-Tec pool Seclusion & privacy Beyond the 3 bedrooms and 4 baths in 4465 square feet, this masterpiece on 1.24 acres is a tasteful and elegant contemporary statement that highlights the best of … (1 comments)

tucson real estate: One Simple "Tweet" on Twitter Got Me A Cover Story - 07/20/09 05:14 PM

While doing some research on a property for an investor client, I ran across some interesting statistics for the neighborhood over the past few years. Really interesting statistics that ran contrary to grain of the market in general for Tucson real estate.
Excited to share this, I "Tweeted" my initial findings, which caught the eye of Joe Pangburn, a reporter for Inside Tucson Business, a local weekly journal in the area...who then tweeted me back to see if we could get together.
Long story short, I did more research, which Joe thought noteworthy...and so did his editor.  You can read … (15 comments)

tucson real estate: Want to Immigrate to The US? Invest! EB-5 Visa Might be a good option - 07/10/09 01:14 PM
Foreign nationals wishing to become permanent residents in the United States can sometimes run into maddening restrictions or quotas that can vary, depending on political swings both in Washington D.C. and in their countries of origin.
Those that have the financial means are using the “Investment Visa” more than ever before as a way to obtain their green card.  Since other options are becoming more unavailable to foreign nationals under U.S. Immigration law and the significant decrease in the value of the dollar vs other currencies, this option is making sense to a growing number of people – especially with … (3 comments)

tucson real estate: Buyer Advisory: Home Warranties - 06/22/09 05:14 PM
As my practice primarily consists of buyer representation, I regularly get questions from clients about Home Warranties and their value. 
Please know that I highly recommend that every buyer client of mine purchase one - not as a replacement for Homeowner's Insurance, but as a way to add "peace of mind" and help prevent claims on your insurance if something breaks or goes amiss in the first year of ownership.
That being said, please keep the following in mind:
No Home Warranty covers everything nor is it a “Guarantee”. Please choose your Home Warranty Plan very carefully, READ BOTH WHAT IS … (4 comments)

tucson real estate: Lots & Land For Sale On Mount Lemmon - Tucson's Summer Getaway - 05/11/09 04:17 PM
In the previous post, I wrote about Summerhaven on Mount Lemmon as a great getaway for Tucson residents - summer or winter.  In that post, only homes for sale on Mount Lemmon were mentioned.
There are several building lots for sale in Summerhaven, as well as land acreage on Mt. Lemmon too!
Should building your own mountain paradise with a desert below you suit your fancy - or perhaps investing in some acreage on Mount Lemmon be more your speed, I'm TucsonKent.  Your Tucson real estate agent.


tucson real estate: Tucson's Summer Retreat - Mt. Lemmon's Summerhaven Community! - 05/11/09 03:56 PM
As temperatures start climbing into the triple digits, people in Tucson generally head for one of three places:
Indoors To the lakes To the mountains One of the beautiful things about living in Tucson is that all three are close by!  (Okay, so indoors is always close by - whaddya want, its MY blog)
There are great getaways on the water within a short drive of 2 hours or so...and Mount Lemmon is even closer.  In fact, you've seen it countless times - its the backdrop for most of the scenic photos you've seen of Tucson.  Right in our own backyard … (5 comments)

tucson real estate: Why Get Pre-Approved For A Mortgage? - 04/21/09 05:04 AM
TucsonKent Homebuyer Video Series:  Get Pre-Approved For A Mortgage
First-time homebuyers and seasoned investors alike are taking advantage of the opportunities available in today's real estate market.  This series is designed to give helpful tips to buyers of all experience levels.  Today's video is pretty simple yet perhaps the most important part of getting ready to purchase real estate.
My specialty is buyer representation.  If you are thinking about purchasing real estate in the Tucson area, whether a single family home, condo, townhome or investment property - lets discuss your needs together.



tucson real estate: What Are YOU Learning/Doing To Work Within The Community For Economic Progress? - 04/18/09 12:15 PM
"We're In A Recession"......"Leading Economic Indicators Say"...."Promising Local News On The Economy"...."Officials Pessimistic On Recovery"...."Experts Note Economic Figures"....Blah, Blah, Blah
The Economy
                 The Economy
                                  The Economy
Question is:  What do you know about it?
                   Question 2:  What can YOU do about it?
                                      Question 3:  Why bother with it at all?
As a REALTOR®, my practice is directly affected by various factors in the economy - and I'm constantly getting questions from people about the state of it.  Am I an economist?  No.  Do I know what is going to happen with interest rates?  No.  Do I know … (4 comments)

tucson real estate: Compare Your Local Market Trend So Far With Sam Hughes Historic Neighborhood in Tucson - 04/14/09 05:59 PM
After generating the April Market Condition Report for the Sam Hughes neighborhood, I noticed some interesting trends in the past year:
Average listing price is down from the same time last year, but the actual sales price is a MUCH higher percentage than a year ago. Time on market is remarkably shorter than a year ago. Absorption rate has come back - exceeding the rate of last year, as we head into our "Summer Buying Season" Take a look:
What does it mean?  Well, comparing the national trend with the Sam Hughes market conditions, you can see a parallel:

tucson real estate: Sam Hughes Neighborhood: Single Family Home Sales Analytics 4/1/08 - 4/1/09 - 04/08/09 02:07 PM
Sam Hughes Neighborhood is located just east of the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Arizona.It is a vibrant, eclectic neighborhood favored by academics, professionals and students.  Properties are a blend of single family homes, condos, apartments and townhomes - with construction ranging from the 1920's to today.
Below are sales statistics for the past year (as of 4/1/2009):

Should you be interested in living in such a community or would like to see what some of the homes look like, please click here to see a slide show on the area.
If you are an investor and … (4 comments)

tucson real estate: Ch-Ch-Changes! TucsonKent Busts A Move - 03/19/09 03:03 PM
There is a time and place for all manner of things, business decisions too.  Over the past year I have worked with a great bunch of people and a wonderful broker at The Pepper Group Diversified Real Estate.  In this time, I have learned a lot, been given some good opportunities and grown my business in a challenging market.
One of the things about a growing business though, sometimes it comes time to move in a different direction.  The needs of my business are vastly different than they were a year ago, so I had a tough choice to make.  Paula … (6 comments)

tucson real estate: Winter Assaults Tucson With A Vengeance! (See Video) - 02/03/09 01:06 PM
Did you see Punxsatawney Phil yesterday?  Well, he saw his shadow, which means 6 more weeks of winter for everyone.  Since this winter has been brutal for many people, I thought I'd commiserate with you as we suffer in Tucson.

By the way, if you're interested in making sure your next winter is a bit more pleasant, we have plenty of new homes, luxury homes, foreclosures - you name it, we've got it.  I'll be glad to help!



tucson real estate: Wordless Wednesday - Catalina Mountains of Tucson (taken inside a home) - 01/21/09 03:27 PM


To get a view like this for yourself, please call Kent Simpson of The Pepper Group Diversified Real Estate.520.940.6951 or visit my websites:  TucsonKent1 or TucsonKent2
Whether your Tucson real estate needs are for a home, land, investment or commercial property - I have the tools and the knowledge to help you.

Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Realty One Group Mountain Desert)

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Real Estate Is About People

Tucson, AZ

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