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

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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

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Weekly Review


The stock market recorded moderate gains with the S&P 500 notching another all-time record high on Friday, the first time since January 26th of this year. Bonds also fared well with U.S. Treasury yields decreasing modestly during the week. President Trump's publicly pronounced unhappiness with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell for raising interest rates in addition to voicing his desire for Fed policymakers to keep interest rates low may have helped boost buying demand for Treasuries, sending yields lower. Because U.S. Treasury yields are substantially higher than many other industrialized nations, U.S. Treasuries remain attractive investments for foreign buyers.


President Trump also publicly blamed both the European Union and China of manipulating their currencies to weaken them relative to the U.S. dollar in an effort to boost their exports to the U.S. Although low-level trade talks between the U.S. and China took place in Washington, D.C. during the week, no real progress was made on tariffs and trade. In fact, last Thursday the U.S. began to enforce an additional 25% in tariffs on Chinese imports ranging from machinery to motorcycles while China retaliated with corresponding tariffs on U.S. products from coal to trucks. Trade resolutions may not be realized until later in the year when higher-level negotiations are scheduled to take place.


Meanwhile, the minutes from the Fed's July 31-August 1 monetary policy meeting indicated the Fed expects to next raise rates at its September meeting. Fed officials stated in the minutes that it would likely "soon" be appropriate to raise rates. There currently is a 96.0% probability rates will be bumped up another 25 basis points on September 26. Friday, in a speech at the Kansas City Fed's annual economic symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Fed Chair Powell defended the gradual pace of the Fed's rate hikes saying that the "slow increases are appropriate given current levels of inflation and unemployment."

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

HOW TO GET MORE FOR YOUR HOME – What to put in your listing to get higher/faster sales

What to put in your listing to get higher/faster sales
 Selling Homes in 2016 and 2017 all had a few “key” items that they highlighted in their listing.

What were they?

STEAM SHOWER - those mentioning “steam shower” in their listing descriptions brought their sellers a 29% higher selling price than listings that didn’t mention it! Do you have a steam shower? Be sure to mention it in your seller listing to help bring buyers and get a higher sales price. It has one of highest premiums among more than 100 listing terms*.

More than just a stress reliever, a steam shower is something buyers zone in on when reviewing listings and giving priority to homes to buy. The online listing description can also expect it to help them net a nicer bottom line price when it comes time to sell your home.

GOURMET KITCHENS – Professional appliances

Gourmet kitchens with the term “Professional appliance” also rank high, giving sellers and up to 29% premium over listings that didn’t mention that feature.

Third for overall interest was the term “Pizza oven,” netting sellers a 26 % premium. Definitely mention this in your listing and highlight it as a selling point.


However, buyers look for different things and what’s important to one buyer may not be to another. Since all homes aren’t created equal, and sellers looking at different price points are attracted to – and willing to pay extra for – different conveniences.


Have you gone solar? Those homes priced in the bottom one-third of all homes, having “solar panels” was a very profitable feature to advertise in listing descriptions, getting sellers of these homes an extra 40% over other, more similarly-priced listing without them.


Shed and the term “garage studio” were both big draws boosting sales premiums 24% for sellers with those homes/listing advertising those terms.

Again, gourmet kitchen offerings can bring in big profits. (Among) higher-end homes priced in the top-third of the market, a “sub-zero fridge” brought in higher prices, netting a 38% premium over similar high-end listings with standard refrigerators.


To some sellers, selling faster is paramount over the profit. One term that brought in a faster sale was “exposed brick” in the property listing. Similarly, advertising “open shelving,” “dual flush” and “mid-century” features also shortened-by more than 10 days-the time spent on market among all homes sold in the last two years. Another sought-after item was “subway tile,” in kitchens/baths.


The term “open shelving” in a lower-third listing led to a sale 14 days faster than entry-level home listings that didn’t advertise that feature.  

*Analyzed by Zillow
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I am working on a new video marketing campaign here in Oro Valley, AZ
I will be providing videos of the local shopping, restaurants and golf courses.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Week in Review
The stock market turned in a "mixed" performance while mortgage bonds and treasuries traded essentially flat on the week. Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 were able to advance while the technology-heavy NASDAQ Composite Index posted a modest loss.

Equity markets were influenced by continuing volatility in emerging market currencies, the Turkish Lira in particular. Other factors included news of renewed trade negotiations between the U.S. and China and economic news of solid retail sales.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Friday, August 10, 2018

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Buying or Selling a home here in Tucson, AZ...
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Buying or Selling a home here in Tucson, AZ...
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Buying or Selling a home here in Tucson, AZ... Give me a call!

Buying or Selling a home here in Tucson, AZ... Give me a call!

Monday, July 30, 2018

The 2018 monsoons have arrived! The plants are loving it!

Median new home prices shoot above $300K for first time in Tucson market!

Mortgage bond prices slipped lower and the 10-year Treasury yield moved modestly higher this past week while the major stock market indices put in a mixed performance. While the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 saw some decent gains, the technology-heavy NASDAQ Composite Index took it on the chin following social media giant Facebook's 19% plunge on Thursday. Facebook's dive marked the largest-ever one-day drop in market value for a U.S.-listed company to the tune of -$119.1 billion.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Cactus are blooming again... Hot and sunny here in Tucson, AZ.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

While out for a walk.... I saw some beautiful desert cactus flowers.
Here in Oro Valley, AZ

Friday, March 30, 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Spring is here and the cactus have begun to flower here in Tucson, AZ.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

While out for a walk in the desert I found a lost door.... Here in Oro Valley, AZ

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Here are a few images of splitting the 2nd bedroom to create a 3rd bedroom.....

Looking to buy or sell your home?

Give me a call!  Rodger P. Garner at (520) 870-5114