Discover the Oro Valley Community Academy

Discover the Oro Valley Community Academy

The Town of Oro Valley will soon be starting another “Community Academy” which enables residents to better understand the functions of the Oro Valley government. This academy is a 7-week program that includes valuable information about the Town’s structure, community planning process, parks & recreation, public art, and other Town services. The classes typically take place on weekday evenings for about two hours and are an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Town & perhaps enable someone to serve as a resident on a Town committee in the future. Space is limited so if you’re interested CLICK HERE for more information & the registration link.

  • Class 1 – Welcome to Oro Valley
  • Class 2 – Approaching Build Out
  • Class 3 – Growing Commercial Opportunities
  • Class 4 – Creating Jobs & Our Town Finances
  • Class 5 – Maintaining Fun & Safety in Oro Valley
  • Class 6 – Discovering Public Art
  • Class 7 – Conserving Our Natural Environment
  • Graduation – With the Oro Valley Town Council

Get the facts about Oro Valley here.

August 2016 Housing Market in Tucson

August 2016 Housing Market in Tucson

The most frequent question we get asked by friends and those we meet out in the community is, “How’s the market?” Right now that answer is pretty simple: much improved!

The 2016 Mid-Year Housing Report provides a great graphical representation of just how much of a seller’s market it is today under $350,000. Simply put there’s a lack of supply compared with the current demand. This has continued to push prices upwards to levels that we haven’t seen since 2008.

We’re actively looking for new listings to meet this demand, so if you know of someone who might be considering selling, we’d love to talk with them. Our last two listings sold in just 2 & 14 days, both with full price offers!

You can see all of the current market statistics in Tucson here.

Maintaining Fascia & Wood Surfaces

peeling-fasciaFascia boards are usually comprised of wood that line the underside perimeter of your home’s roof. With our harsh Arizona sun, it’s not uncommon for the paint to erode here much more quickly than on the stucco itself. Maintaining a solid coat of paint on this wood will go a long way to protect its long term viability of the roof & keep your repair costs down. Typically repainting your home’s fascia should occur every 2-3 years or as needed. Those areas which are exposed to the western and southern sun often will wear more quickly. If kept up with, this process will most often involve nothing more than simply applying a coat of paint over the top of the fascia. Neglected fascia with peeling paint may require the old paint to be scraped, sanded, primed, and then the top coat of paint to be applied. Tour your home today & inspect the fascia.

Pathway to Purchase Loan Program

Pathway_to_Purchase_Lending_LogoJust when we think interest rates will finally rise to more normal levels there seems to be some piece of economic news that comes along to keep them low. Most recently the Brexit news has spurred some turmoil in the markets and interest rates have dropped again to incredibly low levels in the low 3%’s for most product types. However, this month brought not only a focus on the actual rates but also a new mortgage product coming to Tucson which might prove extremely useful to buyers. This program is called Pathway to Purchase and provides qualified buyers with an attractive 30-year fixed rate mortgage along with a five-year second mortgage equal to 10% of the purchase price that is a forgivable lien against the property at a 0% interest rate, with no required monthly payments. This down payment assistance money can be used towards closing costs as well. This program is now live in Tucson! The program is available on a first come, first served basis. If you or anyone you know is interested in this program please contact Trisha Azares at (520) 696-8959 and tell her Team Woodall sent you & of course contact us too. Here’s a link for more & qualifications: https://housing.az.gov/pathway-to-purchase.

Home Maintenance - Lubricating Vinyl Windows

Vertical WindowOnce a year it’s a good idea to perform maintenance on your windows which will save you both time and money in the long run. Vinyl windows should be lubricated along the track and frame where the sash slides. Begin by wiping the tracks with a dry cloth to remove loose dust and dirt, followed by vacuuming the area to gather any remaining dust or debris. Next you’ll want to clean the tracks with a mixture of water and vinegar. With one gallon hot water mix in 1 to 1.5 cups of vinegar and then wipe the around the window track, sash, and frame to remove any heavy dirt buildup. Finally, spray some silicone lubricant onto a dry cloth and wipe the lubricant onto the window’s track and grooves where the window slides. Make sure not to spray silicone directly onto the window itself as it can leave a greasy mess or event leave a permanent mark on the glass. That’s it! NOTE: This is for vinyl windows only.

Tucson Pops Orchestra

Tucson PopsLong Realty is once again partnering with the Tucson Pops Orchestra to bring a free concert series to Reid Park this Spring. The remaining dates are May 22nd, 29th, and June 5th. All of the concerts begin at 7:00pm and again admission is FREE! The Tucson Pops Orchestra is led by Musical Director/Conductor Laszlo Veres, a graduate of the University of Arizona who originally hails from Hungary. Retired after 30 years of teaching in public schools, Mr. Veres currently is the conductor of not only the Tucson Pops but also the Foothills Phil and the Arizona Symphonic Winds. Enjoying music under the stars is a great experience for families and music enthusiasts alike. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this relaxing night of musical entertainment. This Sunday will feature vocalist Katherine Byrnes.

Household Tips – Landscape Maintenance

Trees Over RoofKeeping your landscape trimmed up has additional benefits beyond just the aesthetic appeal. Spring and summer are the times when we see the most growth in most plants & trees with the warmer weather. Here are a few notable spots to make sure you keep tidied up.

1. Trees – Two common spots to focus on are trees that overhang your roof and trees that overhang a sidewalk. Unkempt trees can damage a roof and lead to HOA violation letters if it encroaches a sidewalk.

2. Bushes should be kept trimmed up and several feet away from the side of your house to eliminate moisture & house contact that leads to ideal conditions for termites to thrive.

3. Create a clear buffer area around your landscaped yard to keep pack rats from creating nests.

Household Tip – Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon Monoxide Detector PictureCarbon monoxide is a dangerous, and potentially even deadly, odorless gas. Because it’s colorless and tasteless too it’s often been dubbed the silent killer. The gas inhibits the blood’s capacity to carry oxygen and symptoms of exposure to carbon monoxide include dizziness, severe headaches, nausea, sleepiness, fatigue or weakness, and disorientation. Within our homes this gas can be produced by any fuel-burning appliance. This includes a gas water heater, stove/oven, dryer, fireplace, furnace, or portable heater. It’s also possible for vehicles or generators in a garage to generate carbon monoxide. The best way to identify carbon monoxide in your home is to purchase a carbon monoxide alarm. Check your home today as most homes don’t have any installed. Also, check all gas appliances annually for leaks.

Tangerine Road Expansion

Continued growth throughout the Marana & Oro Valley communities in neighborhoods like Maracay’s Center Pointe Vistoso and Pulte’s Casa Sevilla do bring along with it increased traffic volume. One stretch of road in particular which has become increasingly crowded is Tangerine Road. While Oro Valley had previously expanded much of its portion between Oracle & La Canada many years ago, the corridor further west all the way to the freeway has remained only two lanes. Thankfully expansion of this section is finally coming and is funded as part of the 2006 Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) plan approved by voters. Final design work has concluded for the initial improvements between Twin Peaks/Dove Mountain and La Canada & construction has now officially begun. The remaining section out to I-10 is set for some time between 2022 – 2026. This project is unique in that it’s a collaborative effort between multiple jurisdictions including the RTA, Town of Marana, Pima County & Oro Valley.

Among the many benefits this project brings are: four lanes of travel, wide bike lanes, wildlife corridors, pedestrian paths, turn lanes, and eliminating road dips. All of these facets provide for safer travel and the elimination of the roadway dips means there will be no road closures during storms. Of course the expansion of the pedestrian paths will also be exciting for runners, walkers, and bikers who now can link to existing paths on Dove Mountain & Twin Peaks on the west side to the Tangerine paths that stop currently at La Canada. Most of the road improvements will be curbed desert parkway style like the existing Tangerine corridor in Oro Valley. For more detailed information you can visit the informational website for the project set up at: http://tangerineroad.info

5th Annual Move Across 2 Ranges

MOVE+event+logoOne of the greatest draws to Arizona for many people is the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy nature throughout so much of the year. The Move Across 2 Ranges event coming up in Marana & Oro Valley on Saturday, March 26th gives residents just that chance. This is the 5th Annual year of the hiking challenge which offers four different distances that participants can sign up for ranging from 5.5 total miles to 21.5 miles. Each challenge consists of a hike in the Tortolita Mountains at the Wild Burro Trailhead in Dove Mountain and a hike beginning at Catalina State Park in the Catalina Mountains. Pre-Register before February 1st and the price is only $25 per participant and includes: event day support, snacks, trail passport, raffle entry, access to trailheads, and a ticket to the packet pick-up party at Summit Hut the night before (free beer included) and the “Managed the Move” party at the completion. Visit http://www.maranaaz.gov/move for more info!