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Is Your Home Ready To Sell?

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Is Your Home Ready To Sell? I've seen countless homes both as a listing agent and a Buyers agent, and have to say that many, if not most, homes are not ready to be on the market.  If they were, I can assure you they wouldn't be on it for long.    How do you know if yours is ready for a quick sale?

First and foremost Buyers want a move-in ready home.   This is especially true in the Green Valley, Arizona market where active seniors come to enjoy the endless days of sunshine and activities not to spend their days fixing up a home. 

Offering a $5,000 allowance because you think Buyers want to choose their own carpet and paint colors may backfire.  The moment they walk into your house and see dirty, dingy walls and worn, torn carpet their first thought will be, 'what other things have the homeowners let go in the home?'  Plus if they decide to make an offer,  chances are high it will be a low one because in their minds they expect there are other areas of deferred maintenance, and their offer will be based on that assumption. 

Before you put your house on the market, take the time to spruce up your home and Is Your Home Ready To Sell?make it Buyer ready.  The time and effort you put into making it move-in ready will be reflected in the offers you'll receive and the amount of time it will take to sell.  If your house needs carpet and paint, choose beautiful neutral colors and get the work done before that first Buyer walks through your door. 

After you are done making it move-in ready be sure it also staged to sell with 5 Real Estate Selling Tips to WOW Buyers.  One of the best staging tips won't cost you a dime...especially here in Green Valley where the sun always shines:

Are you thinking about selling your Green Valley, AZ home?  Begin with a free, no obligation comparative market analysis.  Or give me a call at 520-241-7780.  In addition to a Free Market Analysis, I will walk through your home and tell you exactly what should be done to make it Buyer ready. 

Your first and most important question to every agent you interview to list your home should be: "how will you leverage today's technology to sell my home?"  Find out if they have the advanced skills  necessary to market in today's digital age--including Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and ePRO designations.  Check out their website--does it invite you to spend time on it or turn you off?

I would love to show you the power of my proven marketing plan that heavily focuses on leveraging today's digital age to successfully sell homes as well as tell you how to make your home Buyer ready. 

         JUDI MONDAY, CRS         

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Old Tucson Studios

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Known as Arizona's Hollywood in the Desert, Old Tucson Studios was voted "Best Western Movie Set" by True West magazine, and is listed among five one-of-a-kind Tucson sites by USA Today.  The site for more than 300 film and television projects since 1939, it is one of the most active filming locations for Western-themed movies, television, cable shows and commercials in the United States.

Arizona Filmed At Old Tucson StudiosOld Tucson Studios came to life in 1939 when Columbia Pictures chose a Pima County-owned property on which to build a replica of 1860's Tucson the movie Arizona.  The $2.5 million film, starring William Holden and Jean Arthur, set a new standard of realism for Hollywood westerns, initiating the move away from studio backdrop movies to outdoor epics.

More than 50 buildings were erected from scratch in 40 days by local technicians and carpenters.  Descendants of the Tohono O’odham, Arizona’s first inhabitants formerly known as the Papago, assisted in the set production. Without the convenience of running water, they made more than 350,000 adobe bricks from the desert dirt to create authentic structures for the film. Many of those structures still stand today.

After the filming of Arizona, Old Tucson Studios lay dormant baking under the desert sun.  The studio was revived briefly for the film The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945), starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman. Hollywood then began taking notice of Old Tucson Studios, and it became a favorite filming location.

Passing through the gates of this old frontier town, visitors from around the globe are transported back to a time when fearless men with six shooters ruled the Old West. Saunter down the streets of Hollywood's most famous movies; walk in the footsteps of movie legends like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and hundreds more.

There is something for everyone to do in this legendary town.  From cowboy gunfights and daring stunts to rip-roarin’ musical revues and comedies, Old Tucson Studios offers exciting Old West entertainment. Take a guided tour of this historic Tucson attraction and you’ll be amazed by its rich film history. You can get all gussied up in some old-fashioned duds for an old-time photo or take a miniature train ride into the beautiful desert surrounding the park. 

          JUDI MONDAY, CRS         

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Green Valley, AZ November 2010 Real Estate Statistics

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Active listings hit 946 in the month of November as compared to 918 in November 2009.  The number of sales climbed to 50 as compared to 40 in October and the average list price rose slightly from $224,795 in October to $226,757 in November.

While the average selling price continued its slow recovery since January, it still is lagging behind this time last year when the average selling price was $177,671.     

AVERAGE SELLING PRICE BY MONTH FOR 2010:

JANUARY 2010 $160,589
FEBRUARY 2010 $164,601
MARCH 2010 $158,559
APRIL 2010 $164,599
MAY 2010 $162,135
JUNE 2010 $165,334
JULY 2010 $167,056
AUGUST 2010 $167,884
SEPTEMBER 2010 $167,543
OCTOBER 2010
$168,547
NOVEMBER 2010 $169,476

The breakdown for the active residential listings as of November 30, 2010 were as follows:

Green Valley

(includes Quail Creek & surrounding subdivisions)

746

SAHUARITA

(includes subdivisions N of Duval Mine Road & Duval Mine Rd.

  100

AREAS S & SE & SW OF GREEN VALLEY

(includes Elephant Head, Amado, Aravaca, Montana Vista & Lakewood)

  13

AREAS N & NE & NW OF SAHUARITA

(includes Vail, Curley, Horn Ranch, Ocotillo Ranch, etc)

    4

TUBAC & TUMACACORI

  61
   
RIO RICO   17

OTHER

(includes Tucson, Nogales, etc)

    5
   

50 homes were sold in the month of November which was an increase over the 40 homes sold in October.  The breakdown by area for those sales were as follows:

GREEN VALLEY                                                41
SAHUARITA

  7

TUBAC
  1
VAIL, NOGALES, RIO RICO, ARIVACA/AMADO   1

Following is the 2009 to 2010 year-to-date comparison for the time period of January 1 through November 30,, 2010:

  2009 2010
Houses Sold 678 712
Days On Market 165 170
Average Selling Price $177,671 $169,476
Median Price $160,000 $150,000

          JUDI MONDAY, CRS         

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Believe

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

If you think you can't, you won't.

If you think you can, you might. 

If you BELIEVE you can, you will!

Santa on Sleigh

Do you remember when you believed in Santa Claus?  That is the kind of belief that is needed to move mountains and make whatever your heart desires come true.  It is the child like wonder that you had when you knew that Santa would not only deliver gifts to every boy and girl in the world but he would bring YOU what you wanted most. 

Then the day came when someone laughed at you when you told them that you still believed in Santa Claus.  In that single moment Christmas became a little less magical and you became more "realistic" about the things you believed. 

As one year draws to a close our thoughts move toward New Year's resolutions, and the things we want to accomplish in the coming year.   My wish for you is that you will dream big, and go after what your heart desires most...whether it is "realistic" or not.   I hope you will approach your resolutions and goals with the confidence and unshakable belief that you had as a child when Christmas was full of magic thanks to the man in the red suit who rode through the night on a sleigh full of gifts pulled by eight reindeer.  

Garden Of Gethsemane Tucson, AZ

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

The Spirit of Arizona Blog Series:                                     Garden Of Gethsemane In Tucson, AZ

It seems fitting, with the holiday season upon us, to focus this installment of the Spirit of Arizona on what can only be described as a spiritual oasis in the midst of bustling Tucson Arizona.  Situated on the West bank of the Santa Cruz River across from the central business district and interstate, this serene site has provided a peaceful respite from the growing city surrounding it for over half a century. 

Walled off from the noise and filled with lush plants and trees, this unique garden has an immediate calming effect on its visitors.  The name, Garden of Gethsemane refers to the garden where Jesus prayed before being arrested and crucified.  Dominating this peaceful spot are life size concrete statues of Christ, his Apostles and his mother and father.  Maintained and supported by a partnership between the Catholic Knights of Columbus and the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, the park is a gift to God from a grateful artist.

Felix Lucero, a Native American from Trinidad, Colorado was drafted into the army and sent off to the trenches of France to fight in World War I.  Following a bloody battle, Felix found himself laying among the dead and near-dead who had been abandoned and left to die on the now silent battle ground.  Critically injured, and very much alone and scared, he prayed to God for life, promising that in return he would devote his life to building statues of Christ wherever he went in his life. 

His prayer was answered and true to that promise he made to God in exchange for his life, he returned home and with no formal training in art, devoted his life to creating sculptures of Christ.  His figures speak to those who seek refuge in this garden of the love and unshakable bond that Lucero felt with God.   It has became a shrine where people from all over came to pray and meditate. 

All the more remarkable, when you consider that the artist was living under the Congress Street Bridge in a cardboard and plywood shack when he began sculpting the Christian statues.  They were originally molded from damp sand, reinforced with debris recovered from the Santa Cruz riverbed, and covered with plaster.  According to a plaque in the garden, "heartbreak and pain walked with the artist during his sacred efforts."

Today, the secret it out, and while the faithful still come to pray, it has also become a popular spot for weddings and quinceaneras.  Despite its fame, there remains an abiding spiritual feeling that envelopes visitors as they enter.  Open daily from dawn to dusk, there is no charge to visit this serene space located at 602 W Congress Street.  Felix Lucero died in 1951, but his beautiful legacy and monument of one man's fulfilled promise to God lives on in the heart of Tucson.  

       JUDI MONDAY, CRS         

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