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Why Retire in Tucson, Arizona?

April 26, 2016
golf in Tucson

When it comes to retirement hotspots, Tucson, Arizona, is at the top of the list—literally. The charming city in the Sonoran Desert was recently ranked fourth among “America’s 10 best cities for retirement,” according to Bankrate.com. Active adults are hitting the big 6-5, exiting the workforce and flocking to Tucson in droves. And those who aren’t should seriously consider doing so. Here’s why: The weather. By the time many people reach retirement age, they long for warm weather. And Tucson doesn’t disappoint. The city’s climate…

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Buying a Home, Financing & Insuring

The Benefits of Pre-qualifying for a Mortgage

April 19, 2016

If you’re about to begin your new home search, you may want to consider getting pre-qualified—or even pre-approved—for a home loan. Although pre-qualification isn’t a mandatory step on your journey to homeownership, it does offer several benefits. Following are just a few advantages of pre-qualifying for a mortgage before you begin your house hunt.   It helps to establish a budget. Not sure how much home you can afford? Getting pre-qualified for a home loan is a wonderful way to find out! Not to be…

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Buying a Home, Selling a Home

4 Things a Real Estate Agent Can Do for You (Other Than Show Homes!)

April 13, 2016
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If asked to describe the role of a real estate agent, most people would probably say that it’s to help clients rent, buy and/or sell property. Although technically accurate, this description fails to convey the breadth of a typical agent’s responsibilities. From initial consultation to final transaction, real estate agents often perform countless tasks on behalf of their clients. Following are four things an effective real estate agent can do for you (so you won’t have to!): Research. It’s always wise to do a little…

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Life at Home

5 Easy Weeknight Meals

April 5, 2016

In this day and age, getting a healthful, flavorful dinner on the table during the week can be a challenge. But just because you’re short on time doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality or taste. Following are five easy, healthy—and above all else, tasty—weeknight dinners that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Bon appétit! 20-minute Lemon Pesto Penne. Searching for a quick and easy meatless dinner option? Look no further! This simple, savory vegetarian dish features baby broccoli, oven roasted potatoes,…

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Buying a Home

3 Reasons to Buy a New Home Now

March 29, 2016

Trying to decide whether or not to buy a new home this year? Let us help simplify your decision! Following are just a few of the many reasons why now is a great time to buy. Happy house hunting!   Rent is on the rise. Rental inventory is the lowest it’s been in many years, and fewer vacancies equals more competition among renters. This means landlords generally have the upper hand when it comes to pricing, leaving hopeful occupants out in the (literal) cold, with…

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