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    Friday, October 19, 2018   /   by Traci Roberts Jones

    The 8 Best Biking Trails in Arizona

    With dramatic landscapes, varied terrain, and remote regions to explore, Arizona is a haven for mountain bikers. There are rugged and technical trails for experienced bikers, as well as easy trails that let beginners get some exercise and enjoy the scenery. These are 8 epic mountain biking trails in Arizona to check out for yourself!



    50-Year Trail/Golder Ranch, Tucson 
    The Tucson area also has some excellent mountain biking opportunities, especially if you head over to the 50-Year Trail/Golder Ranch area. This is probably the best trail that this region has to offer because it has something for everyone. Beginners, intermediate riders, and advanced riders can all find something to enjoy and challenge themselves on this route. If you are just visiting the area, you can also stop by a local bike shop for a rental bike and get dropped off and picked up at the trail. Keep an eye out for sandy spots, snakes on night rides, and unexpected ruts. The trail is sometimes compared to ...

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    Wednesday, October 17, 2018   /   by Traci Roberts Jones

    This Weekend in Tucson 10/19 - 10/21

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    Monday, October 15, 2018   /   by Traci Roberts Jones

    Pre-Approval: Your 1st Step in Buying a Home

    In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.


    Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing if your dream home is within your reach.


    Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of pre-approval in the ‘My Home’ section of their website:




    “It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets.”



    One of the many advantages of working ...

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    Wednesday, October 10, 2018   /   by Traci Roberts Jones

    This Weekend in Tucson 10/12 - 10/14

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    Monday, October 8, 2018   /   by Traci Roberts Jones

    2 Factors to Watch in Today’s Real Estate Market Whether Buying or Selling

    When it comes to buying or selling a home there are many factors you should consider. Where you want to live, why you want to buy or sell, and who will help you along your journey are just some of those factors. When it comes to today’s real estate market, though, the top two factors to consider are what’s happening with interest rates & inventory.
    Interest Rates
    Mortgage interest rates have been on the rise and are now over three-quarters of a percentage point higher than they were at the beginning of the year. According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates climbed to 4.72% for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage last week.
    The interest rate you secure when buying a home not only greatly impacts your monthly housing costs, but also impacts your purchasing power.
    Purchasing power, simply put, is the amount of home you can afford to buy for the budget you have available to spend. As rates increase, the pr ...

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