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“Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.” – Mark Twain

             GreenTucson                                                     December,  2017

Greetings, All! 

In search of the ultimate burger, my current favorite is 47 Scott and Scott & Co.  We also loved ‘grazing’ on their appetizers and sides.  Secret tip: I have found with different restaurants that there can be more availability for your choice of reservation time when you call the restaurant directly than is shown through Open Table.  Be merry, and I wish you all a healthy, happy and inspiring holiday season!There is so much to do in our fair city such as:The Winterhaven Festival of Lights  a wonderful free Tucson tradition for 68 years! Tucson Symphony Orchestra Holiday SuperPops! Special and Every Saturday 8a-12p Artisan Farmers’ Market.

The US economy exceeded expectations, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employers report of 228,000 jobs added in November.  Unemployment at 4.1% represents the lowest rate since December 2000. Wage growth performance, increasing by 2.5 % from a year earlier, has lagged behind the recovery in the jobs market since the Great Recession.  Christopher Rugaber with the Associated Press reported,The US job market is benefiting from an unlikely source: other countries.  The global economy is showing renewed strength, with Europe, Japan, and many developing nations growing in tandem for the first time in a decade. The brightening international picture is encouraging more hiring in the United States — even among manufacturers, which have been hurt in the past by global competition.”  It’s gratifying to hear that we benefit most when it is a win for all.

Here at home, George Hammond, Director of the UA Eller Business Research Center, gave us some economic optimism with “…stronger job growth in Tucson through March 2017 than previously thought. That’s good news and it fits better with the buzz about the local economy…. I think we’ll see the local economy add at least 3,000 net new jobs this year, with stronger gains in 2018 of 4,400 new jobs. I think we’ll continue to see strong job gains in service-providing sectors, especially health care, tourism, manufacturing, and professional and business services.

The Tucson Luxury market for homes $800,000 and higher has shown some real strength. November 2017 active inventory was 326, a 16% increase from November 2016 and there was a 36% increase in closings during that period.  The Median price of sold homes was $1,200,000 for the month of November 2017.For the Tucson overall market spanning those 12 months, active inventory dropped 2%, closings decreased 9% and impressively, the Median price of sold homes was up 12%. 

Check out all the latest Housing Reports:  North, CentralNortheast, Northwest, West, and Tucson Luxury.  Check other areas at: Housing Reports.  Get notified automatically when new properties meeting your criteria get on the market.    If you are curious about the value of your home in today’s market and wondering if now is a good time to list,  Click: 3 instant, automated estimates of your home’s current value. Then contact me and I can share with you a full and complete evaluation after seeing your home.

My Mobile App has great new features. Now search neighborhood lifestyle points of interest for each property, view properties using an integrated satellite with driving directions and Google street view.  Searching has been made easier with updated “For Sale” map icons to help differentiate new listings and price changes.  With Commute Time searching, you can enter any address, specify how long a commute you want and typical time of day. Download or update my app and start your search!

Set up your saved search on myPropertyAlerts to save your search and get listing updates emailed to you as they happen. Get the most accurate property information, sourced directly from the MLS, updated every 15 minutes with Email Alerts as fast as hourly or at intervals of your choice, such as weekly. In addition, data for Pending Sales and Recently Sold Properties are made available to you.