Local Stories

Best Places to Live: The Sunbelt

April 1, 2013

Is it time to hang up the snow shovel? If you’re planning to retire this year, or just looking for a second home somewhere sunny, this could be your last winter scraping windshields. Here are our four picks for escaping the frozen north: Tucson, AZ. Named one of the best (and sunniest) places to retire by CNN Money, Forbes, MSN Money, and US News & World Reports, Tucson is a natural choice. 350 days of sunshine a year, acres of golf courses, miles of trails…

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Buying a Home

5 Steps to Get Out of the Rental Market (and Into Your Dream Home!)

March 13, 2013

With rent skyrocketing in many areas, renters are asking themselves “Would it be cheaper to buy a home?” In many cases the answer is yes! Research the rental market in your city and weigh your options. If you’re ready to stop renting and start building equity, here are some quick tips to get you into a home sooner: 1. Save, save, save If you’re planning to stop renting and buy a home, you’ll need to save for a down payment. The amount of the down…

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Financing & Insuring

How Much House Can I Afford?

February 25, 2013

Attractive interest rates, news of rising home values and tight rental markets have many Americans daydreaming about a new home. If you’re one of them, you may be surprised by how much home you can afford—and how easy it can be to find out. Step 1: Review your budget. If you don’t already have a budget, write down all of your regular expenses and determine what kind of payment you feel comfortable making every month. Need a budget worksheet to help you get started? There’s…

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Local Stories

More Buyers Seeking New Homes at Rancho Sahuarita

February 14, 2013

More and more homebuyers are making their way south of Tucson to a master-planned community called Rancho Sahuarita—and it’s easy to see why. A great location in Sahuarita, a variety of well-designed floor plans and exceptional amenities are making this community a great lifestyle choice. More to do within the neighborhood Homebuyers today are looking for more than a plot of land, four walls and a tree out front. With fuel prices ever rising, the modern buyer wants more amenities a shorter distance from their…

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Choosing a Las Vegas Community: Where Do You Start?

January 28, 2013

Even if you’re a local, house hunting in the Las Vegas valley can be an adventure. Luckily, there are a variety of tools homebuyers can use to navigate their way through the city’s varied neighborhoods. Visit real estate websites—yes, more than one! Most web-savvy shoppers are familiar with real estate websites like Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow, Homes.com, Zip Realty and FrontDoor Real Estate. These searchable sites are great for finding homes that fit your budget and space requirements, but they may not be as good at giving…

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