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Tucson - Oro Valley
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(520) 808-7340
MFinchem@
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February is Open House Month.  We will be hosting open houses throughout Oro Valley throughout the month on both
weekdays and weekends.  With so many out of state home buyers it is time to showcase the best hoems that oro Valley
has to offer.  We hope to see you at one of them.

Oro Valley Homes at a Glance

Oro Valley Community Page

Besides being one of the "Top12 Best Buys in America" What else does Metro-Tucson have to offer?

The Oro Valley petroglyphs are about a 1 mile hike from the main road (Rancho Vistoso). The terrain is relatively flat but you will be walking in a wash, so the sand can add an element of difficulty to the hike. If you go during the summer, be sure to bring more water than you think you will need because the wash can get unbelievably HOT. This area contains a LOT of wildlife, so be sure to stay alert and watch where you step.  For more click
History Tour

Ventana Medical Systems, Inc, a member of the Roche Group, is a world leader and innovator of tissue-based diagnostic solutions for patients worldwide including cancer diagnosis instruments, diagnostic markers and more.  Why are American's living longer than any other time in history?  It is because of companies like Ventana and Roche.  And they choose to locate and grow their corporate headquarters here, in Oro Valley. 

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Links to Fun

Catalina State Park - Great Hiking & Family Fun
The OV Marketplace - Great Shopping & Dining
Jax Kitchen- My Personal Favorite for Dining 
Saffron Indian Bistro- The Best Lamb Masala
ReadMyRear.com- Window Banners with Sizzle
Oro Valley Business Club- Meet the Small Guys
NW Tucson Young Life- Kids Helping Kids


 

High Desert Spring
Catalina State Park



Unique View of the Sunset Back Lighting a Fizzling Thunderhead

Credit Preparation for a Purchase is a Crucial First Step ...

I can confidently recommend CRE Credit Services
"Better Credit Beter Services"

Even if you have a relatively good credit history, improving your score is vital to obtaining the best lone interest rate. The cost of borowing money (interest rate) is the biggest cost over time of buying a home; yet so many people don't take the needed steps to minimize that cost. Over a 30-year mortgage the interest paid can double the prie of the house.

Getting the home loan is the first step. Key actions include:
* Removal of inaccurate accounts
* Correct peronal information
* Elimination of unverifiable records


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Curb Appeal; A View from the Street...


There have been a growing number of reports announcing the death of American homeownership over the last two years. Some have said we are evolving into a rental society and even challenge the long standing belief that homeownership should be a part of the American Dream. They look at the falling rate of homeownership as proof of their point. Others say that the younger generations no longer see the value in owning over renting. To this is

“Nuts!” I say.

However, this past week, two news items might refute these points. First, DSNews reported the homeownership rate actually increased in the last quarter; the first quarterly increase in two years.

“After falling to a 13-year low during the second quarter, the homeownership rate posted a highly unexpected rise in the third quarter, according to a Census Bureau report.”

Then, Fannie Mae released their 2011 3rd Quarter National Housing Survey. We will cover this report in more detail on Wednesday. But we do want to mention a few findings the report highlighted. Both Generation Y (birth date mid-1970s to mid 1990s) and Generation X (birth date mid 1960s to mid 1970s) have stronger beliefs in the importance of homeownership than those of the general population.

Here are the numbers for the three major reasons to buy (as per the survey) with the percentage who believe in each reason:

1. It is a good place to raise children and provide them with a good education:

  • § Generation Y: 84%
  • § Generation X: 81%
  • § General Population: 80%

2. You have a physical structure where you and your family feel safe:

  • § Generation Y: 77%
  • § Generation X: 79%
  • § General Population: 76%

It allows you to have more space for your family:

  • § Generation Y: 76%
  • § Generation X: 77%
  • § General Population: 73%

Both generations also believe in homeownership as an investment. 70% of Generation Y and 66% of Generation X see homeownership as a safe investment while 64% of the general population believes so.

Bottom Line

This country’s belief in homeownership is anything but dead. The younger generations have the same if not a higher level of belief than earlier generations. As the economy improves, more people will make the move into a home of their own.