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Friday, December 14, 2018   /   by Traci Roberts Jones

Top 10 Unique Holiday Cookies

From chocolate-mint cookies to ginger-studded sugar cookies, here are superb holiday cookies.

Chocolate-Mint Cookies

These crisp, ultra-chocolaty cookies have a creamy mint filling. They're especially good drizzled with melted dark and/or white chocolate.


In this version of these traditional German spice cookies, the edges are slightly crisp and the middles, soft and chewy. They're topped with a confectioners' sugar icing that is thicker than the classic see-through glaze. It's important to freeze the soft batter until very firm, so it can be easily scooped onto the baking sheets.

Ginger-Studded Sugar Cookies

This sweet, candied-ginger dough can be rolled out and cut into any shape or formed into logs and refrigerated for simple slice-and-bake cookies.

Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies

These marvelous Christmas cookies combine chocolate with spicy gingerbread. An added benefit of these cookies: The supple dough is very easy to work wi ...

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Thursday, December 13, 2018   /   by Traci Roberts Jones

What If I Wait A Year to Buy a Home?

National home prices have increased by 5.4% since this time last year. Over that same time period, interest rates have remained near historic lows which has allowed many buyers to enter the market and lock in low rates.

As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about ‘short-term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As a buyer, however, you must not be concerned about price but instead about the ‘long-term cost’ of the home.

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae all project that mortgage interest rates will increase by this time next year. According to CoreLogic’s most recent Home Price Insights Report, home prices will appreciate by 4.8% over the next 12 months.

What Does This Mean as a Buyer?

If home prices appreciate by 4.8% over the next twelve months as predicted by CoreLo ...

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Thursday, December 13, 2018   /   by Traci Roberts Jones

This Weekend In Tucson 12/14 - 12/16

Friday, December 14, 2018
Jazz Band Concert & Silent Auction 6:30PM
$5/Rincon University High School Jazz Band has been invited to perform in December in Chicago, IL at The Midwest Clinic, the oldest and largest conference in the world for band and orchestra educators/It is an honor to be selected and we are the first group from Tucson to be given this distinction since it started in 1946! This concert is a fundraiser to help cover the cost for the students/Auction begins at 6:30PM and the concert begins at 7:30PM/Rincon University High School Auditorium 421 N Arcadia Blvd. (Band office 232-5834)
A Christmas Carol and Dickens Festival 7:00PM
$20 General/$15 Senior (65+) Students & Military/$10 Children (12 & under) Ticket Prices Increase by $5 at the Door/Presented by Arts Express’/This celebrated musical theatre production of the timeless classic captivates audiences with its brilliant cast, dynamic live orchestra and dazzling costumes/Expl ...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018   /   by Traci Roberts Jones

Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019

Every year around this time, we take time to reflect and plan for next year. If you are renting your current home but have dreams of homeownership, your plan for the new year may include buying, and you wouldn’t be alone!

According to the 2018 Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report, 74% of renters plan on buying in the next 5 years, with 38% planning to buy in the next 2 years!

When those same renters were asked why they disliked renting, 52% said that rising rental costs were their top reason, and 42% of renters believe that their rent will rise every year. The full results of the survey can be seen below:

It’s no wonder that rising rental costs came in as the top answer! The median asking rent price has risen steadily over the last 30 years, as you can see below!

There is a long-standing rule that a household should not spend more than 28% of its income on housing expenses. With nearly half of renters (48%) surve ...

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Monday, December 10, 2018   /   by Traci Roberts Jones

Holiday Tipping Guide