• Deborah Van De Putte, Special to Tucson Local Media
  • 0

Ever since the boom from 2004 to the crash of 2008, homeowners and potential buyers are interested in knowing what the real estate market is like today.  At every open house I hold, the most consistent question I get asked is, “What is the real estate market doing?”  I explain, based on my o…

We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

  • Andy Warren, Special to The Explorer
  • 0

Throughout history, the baby boom generation has redefined popular culture – and true to form, it’s doing the same for the housing market. Boomers are reaching retirement age (65) at a record pace, but are not necessarily ready for retirement. They’re more active than their predecessors, wit…

  • Andy Warren, Special to The Explorer
  • 0

Convential wisdom says to wait until spring – the housing industry’s unofficial selling season — to list your home. Recently, however, industry experts have begun to turn this idea on its head, with many agreeing there are a number of reasons to list sooner rather than later. In fact, recent…

  • Andy Warren, Special to The Explorer
  • 0

Twenty years ago, most people started their home-buying journey equipped with the newspaper’s real estate section, a vehicle to drive from listing to listing, and a real estate agent who communicated primarily through phone calls. These days, the newspaper most likely has been replaced by a …

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, The Explorer
  • 0

The family of Christina-Taylor Green, the youngest victim of the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting, was joined by a crowd of supporters from throughout the community to unveil a new memorial sign at a park named in her honor.

  • Andy Warren, Special to The Explorer
  • 0

We begin 2016 on the heels of a remarkable year for the housing market. According to Realtor.com, 2015 was the healthiest year the industry has seen since 2007. Experts predict even further improvement this year, anticipating that robust job creation will provide more people with disposable …

  • Andy Warren, Special to The Explorer
  • 0

In sports, if you want to know how well your team is playing, you check the scoreboard. That simple concept has made its way into the housing industry where homebuyers can now check a home’s energy-efficiency score before they buy — possibly saving themselves thousands of dollars in energy c…

  • Andy Warren, Special to The Explorer
  • 0

A house is many things. It’s a home to call your own. A conduit for plugging into a new community and a place where you and your family will build traditions. It’s also a financial decision that represents one of the largest – if not the largest – purchases you may ever make.

  • Andy Warren, Special to The Explorer
  • 0

Buying a house that’s located in a good school district is a smart move, even if you don’t have school-age children, real estate experts say. 

  • Andy Warren, Special to The Explorer
  • 0

To own or to rent: It’s a question that continues to weigh on the minds of homebuyers everywhere. While the price gap may have narrowed over the past few years, buying is still a better bargain than renting in most communities across the country – including Phoenix and Tucson – according to …

  • Andy Warren, Special to The Explorer
  • 0

Thinking about selling your home? If so, you’re in good company. Rising home values and shrinking supply are prompting many existing homeowners to consider their next move.  

  • Andy Warren, Special to The Explorer
  • 0

Whether you’re looking to buy or have already settled into the home of your dreams, choosing the right design elements can go a long way – especially when it comes to helping you and your family feel right at home.

  • Andy Warren, Special to the Explorer
  • 0

Every day, technology further integrates into our lives, influencing our behaviors, shaping industries and propelling us toward new frontiers. That notion is especially evident in today’s housing industry, where consumers are showing up in the digital world to search for listings, calculate …

  • Andy Warren, Special to The Explorer
  • 0

Anyone who’s ever moved can identify with the feeling of being the new kid on the block. Equal parts exhilarating and nerve-wracking, the newcomer role carries with it the thrill of exploring a new set of surroundings, and the very-human feeling of trepidation when faced with the task of nav…

  • Andy Warren, Special to The Explorer
  • 0

Both first-time and move-up homebuyers were much closer to attaining the American dream of homeownership during the first quarter of this year, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Opportunity Index (HOI).

  • Andy Warren, Special to The Explorer
  • 0

Americans are ambitious dreamers. In fact, we’re well known for our never-ending desire for the bigger and better. Not surprisingly, our healthy appetite for all things grand also seems to apply to the home.

  • Andy Warren, Special to The Explorer
  • 0

Summer is just around the corner, and contrary to what one might think, home-shopping traffic doesn’t necessarily cool off as the weather heats up. According to real estate agents and online realty sites, such as Trulia, much of the “heat” in the market can be found between March and Septemb…

  • Andy Warren, Special to The Explorer
  • 0

If you’ve been wondering if now is the time leave the ranks of renters and enter the world of homeownership, here’s some news to consider. According to a new study released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), owning a home, as opposed to renting one, may actually provide some insu…

  • Hilary Backlund & Jay Lotoski, Special to Tucson Local Media
  • 0

According to checkers at local grocery stores in the Northwest Tucson area, the snowbirds are cleaning out their pantries and heading out. Although the winter season/early spring season is generally much more frenetic than the summer months with the visitors in town, properties will continue…

  • Hilary Backlund & Jay Lotoski Special to Tucson Local Media
  • 0

Rebellion. Infighting. Power plays and overthrowing dictatorships. No, this isn’t a synopsis of an upcoming Game of Thrones episode – it is what life is like for some homeowners living in an HOA. There are pros and cons to buying a home in a community governed by a homeowner’s association – …

  • Andy Warren Special to The Explorer
  • 0

Housing trends are like a time capsule. Each decade has its own hallmarks that serve as signs of the times. Remember the gold shag carpet and avocado-colored appliances of the ’70s? The teal and salmon Southwest color palette of the ’80s? How about the minimalist décor of the ’90s?

  • Hilary Backlund & Jay Lotoski Special to Tucson Local Media
  • 0

Paying off a mortgage has been a dream for people all over the globe for the literally thousands of years that loans for real estate have been in existence. Yes, that’s right- there are even scripts dating back to at least 5th century, B.C. denouncing shady mortgage practices. In Scotland, p…

  • Andy Warren, Special to The Explorer
  • 0

Universal Design is a term you may not yet be familiar with, but probably will hear more about in the future. 

  • Jay Lotoski & Hilary Backlund, Special to Tucson Local Media
  • 0

This is the week when the FTD and jewelry commercials are in overdrive, I couldn’t resist the pink and white heart sprinkled cupcakes next to me at the checkout line, and restaurants will be more packed than the Golden Goose is on a Tuesday morning. 

  • Andy Warren Special to The Explorer
  • 1

The calendar reads January 2015, and that can mean only one thing: it’s prime-time predictions season. Everyone, it seems, is clamoring to know what the future holds for the national housing market. It’s easy to understand why. 

  • Jay Lotoski & Hilary Backlund Special to Tucson Local Media
  • 0

Selling property today requires close attention to facts and not overlooking the details, and savvy sellers will want to don their “buyer’s hat” when preparing to list their home. 

  • Andy Warren Special to The Explorer
  • 0

Aging is inevitable and wonderful. As baby boomers race into their Golden Years, the nation – and our housing industry – face big changes. According to a Census Bureau figures, about 38 percent of U.S. households presently are headed by someone over the age of 55. The National Association of…

  • Andy Warren
  • 0

If buying a new home is on your 2015 agenda, it may be to your advantage to sell your present home during the holiday season.  Whatever a buyer’s motivation, a holiday sales strategy means one thing for sellers: Demand for homes can increase at a time when inventory is traditionally low. Her…