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Jerome Arizona

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Arizona's Centennial Celebration

#2 of 100 Things To See & Do In Arizona

Jerome is a funky and friendly town that was precariously built on the side and top of Cleopatra Hill (5,200 feet) during the copper boom in territorial days.  Today this quaint town, known as America's Most Vertical City,  is a great place to shop, relax and enjoy life at a different beat. 

Tourists flock to this photographer's paradise to soak up the historical vide of this once thriving mining camp.  Now Jerome is an artists colony that boasts a population of 450 "counterculture" individuals, each with "unique" visions that are on display in the community's 40 galleries and studios.

Make a night of it with a stay at the Jerome Grand Hotel, which was built as a Miner's Hospital in the roaring 20s.  As the highest public building in the entire Verde Valley, you'll enjoy breathtaking views and perhaps a few unexpected "ghostly" visitors.  The hotel was featured on the Zak Bagans Paranormal Challenge where paranormal investigators compete against each other to find the most compelling evidence.  

You'll definitely want to add this modern day ghost town to your list of things to see and do in Arizona. 

           JUDI MONDAY, CRS         

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Green Valley Arizona Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteers

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Pima County Sheriff Auxiliary VolunteersThe Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteers (SAV) division of the Pima County Sheriff's department has logged nearly a million hours since its inception in 1978 to make Green Valley a better place to enjoy life.   Comprised entirely of volunteers, they are a nationally recognized, award-winning organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community.

In 1978, the Pima County Sheriff's Department introduced the Citizen Bear to Green Valley.  Its purpose was to facilitate the use of Citizen Band radios for communication in search operations and home visits.  Although volunteerism was in its infancy at that time, the Pima County Sheriff's Department was recognized as a national leader for its effort. 

Capitalizing on the success of this program, Sheriff Dupnik decided to take volunteerism even further, commissioning a group of individuals to develop a larger and more comprehensive group of volunteers.  The goal was to develop a program which would model the Citizen Bear group while serving all of unincorporated Pima County.

What became quickly apparent to the Sheriff's Department was that the talent of the volunteers far exceeded their expectations and as a result Citizen Bear evolved in today's SAV.  With the evolution came a vastly expanded set of responsibilites including:

  • Patrol Division:  Provides patrol support in various Pima County Parks and Neighborhood Watch areas; assist Search and Rescue respond to calls for service; and look for signs of graffiti, suspicious or illegal activity and damage to county property.  They also manage and assist Neighborhood Watch Organizations as well as provide training to neighborhood leaders on running a successful program and provide patrols in these highly organized neighborhoods. 

  • Crime Prevention Division:  SAV's are responsible for a number of tasks that include teaching safety classes and doing home security checks. 

  • Field Operations Division:  Provides non-law enforcement at major incidents such as traffic control at accident scenes, natural disasters and crime scenes. 

  • Other divisions include Special Activities and Administrative.  

If you are looking for a meaningful way to give back to your community, consider joining this dynamic organization.  Click here to learn about qualifying for the Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteers and the 3 week mandatory training program, as well as the optional training that is available.   

Before You Say YES To A House

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Two of the buyers that I am currently working with are clients of mine who each bought a house though me less than a year ago.  This is the first time in my relatively short real estate career I have had anyone come back and say they bought the wrong house...and it has happened twice in the last month. It has made me wonder how such a costly mistake could be made and what advice I should give to buyers to help prevent it from happening again. 

First and foremost I would tell anyone thinking about purchasing a home to sit down and create a list of must haves in their new home.  Secondly,  prioritize that list in two ways--things that are cosmetic and therefore can be changed and those items that cannot be changed or "fixed'. 

For instance, you "must" have granite counter tops.  Of course, the best case scenario would be to find that perfect home with granite counters.  But, let's say you find a home that fits all the criteria on your list except for the granite counters.  Given that this is something that CAN be fixed, and, if there isn't another home that fits so perfectly with what want in a home, then the lack of granite counters shouldn't be a deal breaker.

However, let's say a quiet setting is high on your list because you are sensitive to noise.  You find find a home that has granite counters and everything else on your list EXCEPT it is close to a busy highway.  Then this is a house that no matter how perfect it may be otherwise, is one that you should most likely walk away from or risk living each day regretting your decision to buy it.  Perhaps the noise is at a level that can be masked to some degree with a water feature -- then you need to consider if the noise will grow louder over time as the community continues to grow.  Is this a risk you are willing to take?

Lastly I would advise a buyer to make several visits to the home at different times of the day and to use all of their senses each time to evaluate whether this is really the right home.  How do you feel when you are in the home; what noises do you hear; what do you see as you walk around the inside and outside of the home; and what do you smell inside and outside the home? 

In summary, as you begin your home buying adventure, come armed with a list of everything you MUST have in your new home.  Understand which items on the list are cosmetic in nature and therefore could be changed, if necessary, as opposed to those that cannot not be changed or "fixed".  By NOT compromising on the items that can't be changed, chances are you will live happily ever after in the home of your dreams. 

   JUDI MONDAY, CRS         

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