Friday, December 7, 2018

Beautiful Oro Valley Home for Sale

Beautiful Oro Valley home for sale new on the market tomorrow December 08, 2018

This 3-year new home was built in 2015... 3 Bedroom 2 1/2 Bath, Mountain views, lots of curb appeal and an immaculate and gorgeous interior are just the start of attributes. Truly ready for a turn-key new owner, Mrs. Clean lives here. Gourmet kitchen with granite, dual ovens, stainless appliances, staggered cabinets and cook's island. Spacious master suite includes upgraded tile in tub, shower, bath. Open living room with lots of windows and light. Buyers will
appreciate the upgraded tile, custom interior paint, and high ceilings. 3-car tandem garage, welcoming front courtyard and paver driveway plus landscaped yard and blinds throughout. 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Find a Real Estate Agent - Oro Valley NW Tucson, AZ

How to Find and Hire the Best Realtor in Oro Valley, AZ

How to Hire a Real Estate Agent - OroValley NW

From agents who work "part time" to those who never answer their phone, finding a great agent is as simple as verifying a few key things:

1. Do they know the area? I am a local resident and I know the Oro Valley real estate market

2. Do they work full-time in real estate? Yes, I do.

3. Do the have a team in place? From home repairs to the best marketing and transaction coordinator, I have the team that will make the process as smooth as possible.

4. Are they great at negotiating? They don't call me Rodger, the Negotiator for nothing!

5. Will I stick with you? Some agents will show you a few homes and then move on if you don't jump. Not me...I stick until we find you the home of your dreams.

6. Quick sale? Many agents will jump on a low-ball  price only to get the deal. I will work the contract so it benefits you, even if that means it takes a bit longer.

You are the boss. I am here to answer your questions, help you through the process, show you your options and fill in the gaps with the best team in real estate in Oro Valley, Arizona.

Call me today!

Rodger Garner 520-870-5114 Tucson, AZ

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Outdoor Fire Pits & Fireplaces - Living Tucson Oro Valley Lifestyle

Outdoor Fire Pits & Fireplaces - Living Tucson Oro Valley Lifestyle

Homes in Tucson - Oro Valley, AZ

Having an outdoor entertaining area is a key factor in homes in Arizona. Buyers love to see a nice firepit or fireplace on the patio.  It really embodies the indoor/outdoor lifestyle so many people are looking for when they move to Southern Arizona.

Cooler Temps = Outdoor Fun

Cooler temps keeping you inside? Just because the temperatures are cooler doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy being outdoors. Consider fire pits and outdoor fireplaces; they are a great way to enjoy the beauty of the cooler season.

Fall is such a beautiful blend of warm and cool and firepits enable you to enjoy the season fully. They make it easy to balance between theheat of summer and the (possibly coming) bitter cold of winter. Whether entertaining family and friends or just enjoying the peace serenity of your own backyard, these fire pits and outdoor fireplaces can keep you warm and toasty.

Sunken pits, moveable fire pits and small outdoor fireplaces are also popular. 


If you want a larger, more permanent source of outdoor heat, consider building a fireplace to create warmth and beauty. Whereas fire pits have a low profile, fireplaces can be built to any height. As a result, they can provide privacy and add detail to the exterior of your home.

Some consumers opt for a ventless fireplace. Ventless fireplaces use alcohol-based cartridges composed of a clean-burning mixture of alcohol and water. Ventless give you the crackle of real fire without the smoke and hassle of building one.

Fire Safety

While enjoying the beauty of a fire pit or fireplace, don’t forget to exercise caution. 
Keep your children and pets away from the fire. This is a good rule of thumb for any open flame or heating source in your home to protect your children and pets from burns or greater accidents caused by a fire. Generally, about three feet is a safe distance to keep between the fire and all family members.

Avoid burning anything damp, which will create smoke. To avoid excess smoke inhalation while sitting around a fire, burn only dry material and use vents to direct the smoke upwards, not outwards. Smoke can cause irritation to eyes and throat.

Never leave a fire unattended in your outdoor fireplace. Supervision is key - at all times!
Do not use an outdoor fireplace or fire pit that has experienced significant rust or damage. 

Keep several buckets of water or sand or a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency. A fire extinguisher will also work. Be sure it is in working order and you know how to use it...before starting a fire.

To buy a home with an outdoor fireplace or firepit, call Rodger P.  Garner, HomeSmart Advantage Group, 520-870-5114

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Safest City in Arizona Oro Valley | What's it Like to Live in Oro Valley

Safest City in Arizona Oro Valley | What's it Like to Live in Oro Valley
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Saturday, October 27, 2018

What color should your bathrooms be to sell home for more money? - Oro Valley Real Estate Update -

Paint your bathrooms this color to sell for more money: 

Calm blues can bring in more money on your house sale.

Studies show that blues in the bathroom result in a higher sold price!

Calming, serene blues added to a clean, sparkling bathroom

will help bring more money in the final sale.

Palette of blues/colors for example:

Shades Of Blue Color Names - just a few!

Navy Blue

Sky Blue
Cobalt Blue - bright, vivid

 Ink Blue

Copper Sulphate Blue
Royal Blue
Turquoise Blue - soft
Baby Blue - light

 Cyan Blue

Azure Blue Color - sky blue
Shade of Cerulean Color
Blue Sapphire Color
Indigo - deep blue
Periwinkle Blue Color
Shades of Iris Blue Color
 Blue Color Aquamarine

 Shades of Purple can be blue:

 Blue Violet
 Persian Blue
 Midnight Blue

 Shades of Teal -  blue/green

 Cornflower Blue

 Air Force Blue
 Blue Gray
Sea Blue - coastal blue
Oxford Blue
Alice Blue

 Powder Blue - soft, light

 Dark Blue

 Maya Blue
 Bondi Blue
 Steel Blue

 What's for sale in Oro Valley, Arizona right now?

Get a list of homes on the market in your price range

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Pool / Gated / Guest House / Condo / Golf Course / Views

or call/text me at 520-870-5114

More TOP SELLING paint info for selling your
home faster and for more money:

New Decor Paint Color for 2019 - What is it?

Full article from BEHR paint: BEHR BLUEPRINT 

Blueprint is a rich and relaxing color that is suitable for any room in your home. The simplicity of this paint color means that it can be introduced into any room without making a lot of decorating or color changes. See it now: BEHR BLUEPRINT 

Other colors:

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Open House this Saturday 10-27-2018
from 10 - 1pm at 13737 N. Carlynn Cliff Drive in Oro Valley, AZ 85755
Give me a call! 520.870.5114

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

SELLING A HOME in Oro Valley - Average time to sell a home

SELLING A HOME in Oro Valley

68 days

At least that’s the average time on the market according to Zillow. This time span is from listing to close. Generally, expect a home to be on the market at least 30 days before accepting an offer (adding the additional time for offers, inspections, financing, closing, etc.).

This is far better than 2010 when the average DOM (days on market) time was 140 days!

3 Bedroom=Faster Sales

This is the national average:
  • A 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom house with 1,800 square feet selling ask of $200,000 is the typical home sold.
  • Single family homes make up to 80% of homes on the market
  • The remaining 20 percent are townhouses (7 percent), mobile homes (7 percent), condos or co-ops (5 percent), and duplexes or triplexes (2 percent).

Selling a house quickly depends on the market – contact me to find out the average DOM for Oro Valley

Avoid these mistakes to help your home sell faster

Some homes sell quickly and some linger on the market for months…or even years. Why? For every house that sells in 68 days, there are some that sell much faster and some that sell much slower. Follow the tried-and-true advice to help your home sell faster.
  • Too many days on the market: OLD=TIRED or SOMETHING WRONG If a house lingers for too long, or goes pending and then back on the market, there is usually a reason: Price, difficult sellers, odd situations or problems with the home. Buyers are savvy and will notice if your homes sits too long so be real about pricing, make you home a showplace from the very first day and make sure all problems are dealt with before you list it.

  • High priced: This is the number one issue to selling a home. Sellers tend to want to ask a certain price “to see if they can get it” and then want to lower it if they don’t. Unfortunately, this adds to time on the market (see #1). Be realistic about what the market is for homes like yours. Don’t think yours is better or worse…stay in the average pricing for the most offers right off the bat.

  • Location not so great?: Noise from a road? Less-than-clean neighbors? Buyers will notice so if you want to sell, you’ll have to make some concessions…usually in the price. Make sure your home is priced accordingly.

  • Poor condition of the home: If a new roof, new heater and new landscaping all required…beware that buyers will certainly want to knock off money in order to pay for these updates themselves. Some buyers won’t even bother; they will by-pass your home as uncared for or too much work. If you’ve deferred maintenance (especially on big ticket items), be prepared to price lower than your average homes in the area.

  • No curb appeal: Next time you are out, drive home and instead of driving right up to your door, just drive by slowly and really assess how buyers might see your home. A bunch of bikes/toys/kid stuff outside? That makes it look cluttered. No bright flowers/plants or dead one? Not a good sign. A walk that needs a good sweep or cobwebs that need removing. Get on it and clear out all exterior clutter before your showings.

  • Off-season: In the vast majority of the country, late spring is the top time to list, because the most buyers are looking. However, here in Tucson and Oro Valley, early fall, winter and early spring are best. We get the most visitors when the other parts of the country are iced over…so take advantage of these seasons for listing and the most potential buyers.

Buying or selling in ORO VALLEY?

Rodger P. Garner

Realtor, HomeSmart Advantage Group

Home for Sale Oro Valley - Just Listed - Rancho Vistoso Real Estate

Home for Sale Oro Valley - Just Listed - Rancho Vistoso Real Estate

Just Listed!... Give me a call to see this move-in ready 3 bed/2 bath home

Oro Valley Home for Sale with Pool - Gated Rancho Vistoso Real Estate

New Oro Valley Home for Sale with Pool
Listing in Ranch Vistoso Oro Valley, Arizona

PRICE: 367,500.00
Coming Soon!

Property Description


BEAUTIFUL Catalina Mtn views from this 1 story, 3BR + den (or 4 BR), 2 bath home in the GATED Rancho Vistoso neighborhood.

New low-care maintenance landscaping and sparkling pool! Wrought iron fence separates the yard from greenbelt.
Outdoor living at its finest.  
Great room features a fireplace, kitchen, eating area + breakfast bar, SS appliances & 8' doors opening to full covered patio.

The spacious master has door wall to patio, massive walk-in shower, dual vanities + a large closet. The 2nd bath has dual vanities & tub/shower combination.

Formal living/dining room. A 2 1/2 car garage completes this home!  A must see…

Give me a call! … Rodger P. Garner @ 520.870.5114

Monday, September 10, 2018

Important Information on Marana Water

There will be an important meeting today at 12:30pm at Boston's on 5825 Arizona Pavilions Dr, Tucson, AZ 85743 called by Mayor Ed Honea regarding the Marana water contamination issue.  He will be delivering information and updates on this topic and invites anyone with concerns or questions to attend.  This may be a good opportunity to get more information that can be relayed to your clients.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Arizona’s 20 Safest Cities of 2018

Arizona’s 20 Safest Cities of 2018


State to state crime rates vary. Even region to region rates differ. Based on the most recent FBI crime report, the Western region of the US had a higher violent crime rate than many other areas of the country, including the Northeast, Midwest, and Middle Atlantic.

With that in mind, we were impressed to find the violent crime rate in Arizona (considered a Western state for FBI reporting purposes) was less than the national rate.

The twenty safest cities in Arizona cited just 1.7 violent crimes per 1,000 people—that’s approximately 63% less than the national rate of 4.64.

From big cities such as Chandler and Scottsdale to smaller ones like Nogales and Sahuarita, the Grand Canyon State offers many safe places.

Whether you live in Arizona or you’re thinking of moving there, you’ll have several cities to choose from…including ORO VALLY, which was chosen #2!

LIST: 20 Safest Cities in Arizona

1. Buckeye

Population: 64,563
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.54
Property crimes per 1,000: 15.88
Total crime: 3.40% violent, 96.60% property

2. Oro Valley

Population: 44,089
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.66
Property crimes per 1,000: 14.81
Total crime: 4.46% violent, 95.54% property



Moving to Oro Valley…or around town?

Buying or selling your home is a big decision with many factors to consider:

Agents with experience

Agents who know the area (and live in it)

Agents will stellar testimonials

Agents with business experience

Agents who understand real estate contracts…really well

Agents who are amazing negotiatiors

Agents who answer their phone (and get back to you promptly!)


A professional who will serve YOUR needs…if I do say so myself. But don’t take my word for it…
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Moving in Tucson, Oro Valley, AZ - New Business Makes it Easier to Move

Moving to Tucson or Oro Valley?

Most movers are packing the “old standby” cardboard boxes to move and haul items to the sunny Southwest.

But this, as with many things, is changing and a new business to Tucson is hoping to discourage using cardboard boxes by using a new reusable option instead.

A new business in Tucson can help those moving around the city by offering reusable moving boxes. This business is now open in Tucson.

BungoBox Arizona delivers and picks up plastic reusable boxes for packing and moving to both residential and commercial customers.

No more trolling the back of stores to find boxes or buying boxes at the hardware store (pricey!!) or borrowing boxes from friends.

Use and return. How ingenious is that?

Founded in Florida, the dealership agreement is similar to a franchise but more flexible in letting the owners tailor the business to the local market.

The new Tucson location is1,400 square feet of space at 3893 N. Oracle Road.

The mostly warehouse space will be used to store the boxes and sanitize them after use.

The boxes come in various sizes, including some on wheels, and can be rented by the week. Costs range from $56 a week for boxes and labels to pack a space up to 500 square feet to $168.50 for enough boxes to pack a space of up to 2,000 square feet.

While this isn’t a brand new trend, as there are reusable boxes on amazon and other online retailers, what makes this special is that you can use the boxes and return them. No more storing numerous boxes in your garage or trying to break them down to store them—a rough job!

A few things to know about this reusable box company:

Are boxes cleaned between uses? According to their website:

Yes! Between each rental the boxes are cleaned in a two-step process. First, we remove any loose debris by blowing the boxes out with high pressure compressed air. Next, the boxes are thoroughly hand cleaned and sanitized after each use using eco-friendly biodegradeable cleaners.

Does BungoBox service long distance or out of area moves?

Currently we only provide FREE delivery to the Tucson and Oro Valley areas. We can deliver to Sahuarita/Green Valley, Vail, Three Points, and other areas in Arizona for a custom delivery charge. Please contact us at 520.441.4020 for a quote.

How do I pay?

We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover and PayPal. Full payment is required prior to delivery of your BungoBoxes.

How much does it cost?

A 3-bedroom house supply of reusable boxes starts at $154; a 2-bedroom apartment set starts at$116.00. You can rent them for multiple weeks.

Those who are moving around Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, Green Valley.

A few advantages:

These boxes are stackable and won’t crush like traditional cardboard boxes.
The are convenient to use. The company is deliver and pick them up when you are done with them.
They are sustainable. No more waste with cardboard that breaks down and are only good for a few uses.

More protective of contents. It goes without saying that a hard-side plastic box will protect your fine china better than cardboard!

To learn more, visit for more information.

Moving to Oro Valley? Let me help you find the best home for your family.

Rodger P. Garner, HomeSmart Advantage Group
Call me for a list of properties on the market right now in your price range: 520-870-5114