Wednesday, March 26, 2014

5 Ways to Keep your Credit Score High

While there are many ways, which can be quite complicated, to improve your credit score, this image illustrates the 5 easy ways you can maintain a high credit score. The key points are to pay your bills on time, keep your balances low, be careful what accounts you open, limit soft credit inquiries and handle your credit responsibly.
5 ways to keep your credit score high

Monday, May 14, 2012

Home Prices to Rise 4% Per Year

Home Prices to Rise 4% Per Year?

Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Have home prices finally hit bottom? Many analysts think so. According to the latest forecast by Fiserv, the market watcher sees a big boost to home prices on the horizon, projecting that home prices will rise nearly 4 percent per year for the next five years. The real estate markets expected to see the biggest increases in home prices will likely be those hardest hit the last few years by foreclosures, such as in Phoenix and Las Vegas, and areas where prices have fallen the most, according to Fiserv’s forecast. Housings rising affordability mixed with falling inventories of for-sale homes are the main factors driving the expected price increases, according to Fiserv. Initially, investors are expected to help drive most of this price increase, and then followed by first-time and trade-up buyers as they re-emerge in bigger numbers to the market.

 Original Article: USA TODAY Survey Shows More Reasons to Buy Than Rent

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Best Cities to Buy a Home in NOW...Tucson!

Realtor.com culled through housing and jobs data in 146 Metropolitan Areas and Metropolitan Divisions across the U.S. and recommended the top 5 cities to buy a home right now. Buying a home is not a decision to take lightly, thus the site looked at the following data:
  • Listing Price Data
  • Sales Data
  • Inventory Trends
  • Number of Days on Market
  • 5 Year Home Price Decline
  • Employment Rates
As per their analysis: “In the case of Tucson, you are looking at foreclosures dropping back quite a bit coupled with a stable employment market,” says Berkowitz. The area has a 7.8% unemployment rate, a tad lower than the national average of 8.2%, helped by the presence of sizable employers in the recession-resistant education and government sectors, including the University of Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the U.S. Army Intelligence Center. All of this suggests Tucson’s housing market may be bottoming." You can read the entire article here.

Tucson Recreation & Useful Links



TUCSON ENTERTAINMENT:
Arizona Historical Society
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Arizona State Museum
Bear Essential News for Kids
Biosphere 2
Bedroxx Bowling & Arcade
Breaker's Water Park
Casino Del Sol
Center for Creative Photography
Colossal Cave Mountain Park
Desert Diamond Casino
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
Flandrau Science Center
Fort Lowell Museum
Fourth Avenue Street Fair Funtastics: GoKarts, Mini Golf, Batting Cages Gaslight Theater
Gates Pass Greater Oro Valley Arts Council
Green Valley
International Wildlife Museum
Kartchner Cavern Kitt Peak Observatory
Libraries Mt. Lemmon
Old Tucson Studios
Pima Air & Space Museum
Pools Reid Park Zoo
Rodeo
Sabino Canyon
Salt River Tubing
San Xavier Mission
Sonoran Glass Art Academy
Southern AZ Arts Council
Titan Missile Museum
Tohono Chul Park Tombstone
Traildust Adventures
Tubac Tucson Children's Museum
Tucson Botanical Gardens
Tucson Gem Show
Tucson Hiking Trails
Tucson Hiking Trails (more)
Tucson Museum of Art
Tucson Parks & Recreation
Tucson Fishing



TUCSON DINING & RESTAURANTS:
Tucson Restaurants Main Page
Tucson Restaurants La Encantada
Tucson Originals Restaurants
Amarsi Restorante: Oro Valley
Beyond Bread
Cafe Poca Cosa
Eegees
El Molinitos
El Taco Tote
Fleming's in Tucson
Hacienda del Sol
Harvest Restaurant
Oreganos Ra Sushi
Sullivan's Steakhouse
The Hub Restaurant & Creamery
Teresa's Mosaic Cafe
Wildflower
Zin Burger


SHOPPING:
Foothills Mall
La Encantada Mall
Park Place Mall
Tucson Mall
AJ's Fine Foods
American Antique Mall
Cach's Cactus Nursery
Tucson RodeoCalifornia Design Center
Casas Adobes Center
Cuisine Calssique
Farmers Markets
Golden Goose Thrift Store
House and Garden Arizona
Lost Barrio Pueblo Galleria
Table Talk
Tanque Verde Swap Meet
Trader Joe's
Tubac (artist colony south of Tucson)

PERFORMING ARTS:
Broadway in Tucson
Gaslight Theater
U.A. Presents
Southern AZ Arts Council
Tucson Museum of Arts
Tucson Museum of Modern Art

SPORTS:
Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Diamondbacks
Arizona Wildcats
El Tour de Tucson
Tucson Bike Trails Map
Tucson Marathon
Tucson Spring Training

FUR-FRIENDS:
Humane Society of Southern Arizona
Pet Finder
Kennel Comfort Pet Motel
Happy Trails Pet Travel, Inc.
Twin Peaks Veterinary Center
Paws & Claws

TUCSON GOLF:
Click here.


TUCSON MEDICAL FACILITIES:
Dr. Indu Partha: Internist
La Paloma Urgent Care: NW Hospital
Northwest Urgent Care-Rancho Vistoso
N.W. Medical Center-La Cholla/Orange Grove
Orange Grove Pediatrics: Dr. Eve Shapiro, MD.
Oro Valley Hospital
Southern AZ V.A. Hospital
Tucson Heart Hospital
Tucson Medical Center
University Medical Center

TUCSON EVENTS SCHEDULE:
Tucson Community Events Schedule

HELPFUL LINKS:
Click here.


TUCSON UTILITIES: Click here. . . .

Monday, April 16, 2012

Golf Courses in Tucson

Tucson has some of the best golf courses in not only Arizona, but the country. With our incredible weather, golfing is a year round sport! 



TUCSON PRIVATE GOLF COURSES: 
  
TUCSON MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSES:
  
TUCSON RETIREMENT COMMUNITY GOLF: 

 TUCSON SEMI-PRIVATE GOLF COURSES: 

TUCSON PUBLIC GOLF COURSES: 

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The Best Cities to Buy a Home: Tucson

Realtor.com culled through housing and jobs data in 146 Metropolitan Areas and Metropolitan Divisions across the U.S. and recommended the top 5 cities to buy a home right now. Buying a home is not a decision to take lightly, thus the site looked at the following data:
  • Listing Price Data
  • Sales Data
  • Inventory Trends
  • Number of Days on Market
  • 5 Year Home Price Decline
  • Employment Rates
As per their analysis: “In the case of Tucson, you are looking at foreclosures dropping back quite a bit coupled with a stable employment market,” says Berkowitz. The area has a 7.8% unemployment rate, a tad lower than the national average of 8.2%, helped by the presence of sizable employers in the recession-resistant education and government sectors, including the University of Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the U.S. Army Intelligence Center. All of this suggests Tucson’s housing market may be bottoming."

 You can read the entire article here.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

12 Cities Project: Tucson!

Tucson is one of the cities being studied in the 12 Cities Project that looks at what makes people decide to move here.  Today's young find a city they want to move to first, and then they find a job. There are three criteria that have been studied: Entrepreneurial Ability, Social Connectivity & Quality of Opportunity.

You can read more about the project here.