Monthly Archives: January 2013

National Level Home Price Index Released by Case Shiller


Case Shiller released their latest Home Price Index yesterday. The headlines that followed were true but, in our opinion, a little misleading. Here are some of the highlights of the report that have dominated major media coverage: Home prices rose 5.5% in … Continue reading

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Northwest Medical Center Begins $46 Million Expansion


Last week Northwest Medical Center, which primarily serves northwest Tucson, Marana and even Oro Valley, has broken ground on an expansion that will add a new surgery wing and will add 4 minimally invasive operating room suites.  The Surgery Center … Continue reading

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Why Should You Want an Internet Savvy Agent?


WASHINGTON (January 7, 2013) – Real estate-related searches on Google.com have grown 253 percent over the past four years, according to a joint study from the National Association of Realtors® and Google. “These results parallel the trends shown in NAR’s economic research … Continue reading

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Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey


Mortgage applications increased 15.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 11, 2013. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, … Continue reading

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Will 20% Soon Be the Minimum Down Payment on a Home?


Several government agencies are reviewing data to determine what will be the minimum down payment required under the new Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) guidelines scheduled to be revealed in the next few months. In the original Mortgage Market Note issued by the FHFA, it was … Continue reading

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Securaplane expands into Oro Valley, Arizona in 2013


Mayor Satish Hirremath, DDS and the Oro Valley Town Council are making a lot of very good decisions and it shows.  Smaller government that is closer to the people is more efficient, more productive and will ultimately cost less. Securaplane … Continue reading

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Like It Or Not Politics Impact Home Values


My neighbor stopped by the other day, a young fellow who while a homeowner is not yet savvy to the web of money and real estate and what I call the myth of appreciation.  I know, it sounds like sacrilege for … Continue reading

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