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Gene Thiel CRS, GRI, RIS
Long Realty
3777 E. Broadway, #100
Tucson, Arizona 85716
Office: (520) 918-5158
Cell phone: (520) 906-0168
Toll free: 1-800-279-2211
Web: www.tucsonishome.com
e-mail: gene@tucsonishome.com



January/February 2016

Greetings!

I hope you have a wonderful 2016. Thank you for all your support. I was fortunate to serve many people and I am grateful for that opportunity!
This coming year will see many changes. The mortgage industry is adapting to new Federal Disclosure requirements. While the Feds have raised the interest rates, the banks have been hesitant to do so. That is good news for everyone that is thinking of buying or selling.
Tucson market prices remain relatively stable. That is of course good news for people who are thinking of purchasing a home this year. The lack of substantial appreciation has created a negative impact for people selling. There are still many sellers that have little equity in their homes.
There are mixed forecasts as to where home values are going to go. As for Tucson, there probably will not be much change. For people that are renting, many forecasters predict that we will see rents increase nationwide. That has not necessarily been the case in Tucson. Many surveys show that a high percent of people renting would like to own a home in the next year.

Gardening?
I had a nice garden last year and it is time to start considering my options this year:

Cool Season Vegetable Germination Soil Temp Planting Date
Arugula 40-75 Jan 1—Feb 15
Beet 55-75 Jan 1—Mar 15
Bok Choy 50-80 Jan 1—Mar 15
Broccoli 55-75 Jan 1—Feb 15
Brussels Sprouts 65-75 Jan 1—Mar 15
Cabbages 50-80 Jan 1—Mar 15
Carrot 50-90 Jan 1—Mar 15
Cauliflower 50-80 Jan 1—Feb 15
Onions, Bulb 40-75 Jan 15—Mar 31
Onions, Scallions 40-75 Jan 15—Mar 31
Pea 40-90 Jan 1—Mar 15
Potato 60-70 Feb 15—Mar 15
Radish 50-65 Jan 1—Mar 31

Protect plants from occasional frost. Temperatures are stated for 75% or better germination rates...

Date Avg. Sales Price Days on Market # Sold
Dec 2015 211,709 59 1247
Nov 2015 $209,485 60 909
Oct 2015 $211,566 63 1188
 
Dec 2014 205,015 61 1076
Nov 2014 $206,882 58 917
Oct 2014 $211,566 64 1060

Statistics gathered from Tucson Multiple Listing Service

News, Notes, Upcoming Events…

  • Second Annual Tucson Jazz Festival! World class event from January 14-January 24, 2016. January 18 is a free day of Jazz downtown partly sponsored by Long Realty. For more information and tickets visit: tucsonjazzfestival.org
  • The original Zona 78 Italian restaurant on East River Road and North Stone Avenue closed its doors Dec. 30, and will reopen as a new concept called Stray Dogs. The new restaurant will serve gourmet American faire like burgers and small pizzas, at an affordable price point.

Did You Know…

  • Is it time to upgrade your phone? The first mobile phones were produced by Bell System for use in cars only, introduced in 1946 on their Mobile Telephone Service in St. Louis, Missouri. The first call on a handheld mobile phone was made on April, 3 1973 by Motorola’s Martin Cooper to his rival, Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs. Nicknamed “the brick” the first mobile phones weighed 2 lb (0,9kg) and cost $3,995.
  • Is caffeine your “fix”...A cup of drip brewed coffee has about 115 milligrams of caffeine, an espresso (and percolated coffee) about 80mg, while instant coffee has about 65mg of caffeine. Decaffeinated coffee is not totally caffeine free, containing about 3mg of caffeine. A 8oz can of Coca-Cola has about 23mg of caffeine, Pepsi Cola 25mg, Mountain Dew 36mg, and TAB 31mg. Tea has about 40mg of caffeine, while an ounce of chocolate contains about 20mg.
Do you know a buyer for these homes?

802 E Linden
$148,900

Great location near U of A! Remarkable! Ready to move into. Nicely tiled! Nicely set up! Situated on NR2 lot.

5051 N Sabino Canyon, 1104
$129,900

Easy! Affordable! Convenient! 3 bedroom, new carpet, fireplace, all the amenities..pool..etc

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(This Newsletter is for information only and is not an attempt to solicit other Broker's listings.)

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