Distressed Home Sales in Tucson, Arizona

There is a new emerging trend in the mix of distressed home sales versus non-distressed sales in the recent months. Distressed home sales have created an impact on the Arizona housing market.

A distressed property, or what is being marketed as “short sales”, is a home that has a mortgage which a homeowner can’t afford to maintain. Instead of foreclosing, the lender agrees to the sale of the property for less than the loan balance. Because of the lesser value selling price of distressed properties, it creates a downward pressure on properties values on surrounding areas. Purchasing a distressed home is more appealing for a home buyer’s standpoint due to the lower pricing, however the process can be more complex and longer.

Here are trends for distressed vs non-distressed residentail property sales for Tucson:

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What Does It Mean?

According to the article of longrealty.com, “the data above seems to indicate that we are seeing a shift in the Arizona marketplace with a greater percentage of residential transactions being non-distressed sales, with conditions in place for this trend to continue. If so, it would be good news for the continued improvement of local housing including price stabilization and appreciation.

When browsing for new construction homes in Tucson, look for Dorn-built homes that you can trust to be stylish, comfortable, convenient, and energy-efficient. Dorn Homes, the most reliable among home builders in Tucson, strives to provide stylish and energy-efficient custom homes in Tucson and other prime cities in Arizona at a competitive price. We will help you pick the right location for your Arizona home. As a premier Arizona Custom Home Builder, you can also expect Dorn Homes to work with you, respond to your queries, and help you out in any way we can.

GVR’s “One Can a Payday” Makes a Difference

Green Valley, AZ – Green Valley Recreation (GVR), a non-profit organization serving Green Valley’s adult retirement community – has successfully collected food for the Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Bank.

Thanks to the attendees of the (GVR) Christmas party last December, as much as 213 pounds of food were collected. Food Bank donation stations can be found at GVR centers. Food collection boxes have been on display all year round. In the past, these boxes were available only during the holidays.

Recently, GVR proposed a program known as “One Can a Payday” among its employees. Around 200 items could be collected each month and donated to the Food Bank if each employee gives just one non-perishable item every payday.

Spearheading the program is GVR’s Human Resources Director Nancy Mackel. “It’s very easy to pick up one extra item while you are doing your grocery shopping,” says Mackel. She also said that GVR employees were generous enough to donate 75 pounds of food on the first day of the program. Food boxes are always ready to be filled in GVR centers.

Indeed, the sense of community in Green Valley is alive. Residents of Green Valley are always ready to help out others who are in need. This is one of the reasons why many people continue to invest in new homes in Green Valley. If you are also interested in Green Valley real estate, contact Dorn Homes – the most reliable among Green Valley home builders. Dorn-built new homes in Green Valley are stylish, comfortable, convenient, and energy efficient. One community definitely worth checking out is Dorn Homes’s new joint venture with Fairfield Homes, Solterra.


Grand Opening in Solterra

Source: gvnews.com

Expansion plans for Tubac Center of the Arts

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According to a center official, the planned expansion of the Tubac Center of the Arts (TCA) could boost tourism when it provides a new gallery for featuring shows of well-known local painters such as Hugh Cabot, Ross Stefan and Dale Nichols.
TCA Treasurer of Board of Directors Dave Bouchein said a fundraising drive has already been started with a goal of $700,000. Thanks to one-on-one talks with donors and through bequests from two estates, $355,000 has already been raised.

“We really want it to be of the artists of this area so we can collect and present the art work of the artists who made the Santa Cruz Valley and Tubac what it is today,” Bouchein said. “We think we’re going to draw a lot of people for that. People have heard of these artists in the past and come and ask where they can see it. There is no place to see it now.”

About 3,400 square feet will be added to the present 5,800-square-foot building. The $700,000 goal will cover for the construction costs of about $560,000 and $140,000 will be added to the endowment fund to pay for operating costs. The art center already owns the land on which the expansion is planned, Bouchein said.

Since it was built in 1972, the TCA has had two additions, which include the Smith Gallery currently used for displaying art. It also has a stage for performing arts and a space in the rear of the building that is used for storage and office space.

According to Bouchein, the art center’s storage space is getting cramped. But with the expansion, the receiving and shipping for the frequently changing art shows will have more area. The small kitchen for volunteers and the aging restrooms will likewise be replaced.

Also included in the new plan are a workshop and lecture hall, meeting room, art reference library, and more office space for employees and volunteers. Handicapped access will be added outside and the front landscaping and signage will be improved.

The schedule calls for the fundraising drive to conclude at the end of May and for groundbreaking to happen in November.

Presentations to the public showing the floor plan will be shown on March 9 and March 14 at 9 a.m., or March 11 at 4 p.m. at the art center.

Tubac is known to be a haven for artists and aspiring artists. It is an ideal residential area for those who adore the arts. But even if you are not artistically inclined, there are many reasons to invest in Tubac real estate. New homes in Tubac are growing in number. The art community of Tubac has a friendly and comfy atmosphere, where anyone will feel right at home. So live in a stylish, comfortable, convenient and energy efficient Tubac custom home built only by Dorn Homes—the most reliable among home builders in Tubac.

(Source: Gvnews.com)

Trailhead named in honor of Gabe Zimmerman

Tucson AZ – A special ceremony was held on January 4th to mark the naming of the Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trail head, in honor of the January 8th shooting victim Gabe Zimmerman. The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously back in February to name the trailhead for 30-year-old Zimmerman.

Zimmerman and his mother, Emily Nottingham, were members of the Arizona Trail Association. To pay tribute to Zimmerman’s contributions, the association put in the request for the trailhead to be named after him. Family, friends and colleagues who attended the ceremony all agree that Gabe would have been honored because he adored being in the outdoors.

“This is a really special place and I think it’s a terrific idea to have trailhead named after Gabe here. Gabe was all about connecting people with one another and himself,” Emily Nottingham said.
The Arizona Trail Association said they’ve been working to add signs and other tribute areas for Zimmerman and the other January 8th victims.

The sense of community is truly alive in Tucson. Residents are assured that they can fall back on friends and family even in the face of tragedies like last year’s shooting. This is one of the reasons behind the continuous growth of the Tucson community. Many people are investing in Tucson real estate and deciding to settle down in a new home in Tucson. If you are looking to move to Tucson, you should definitely contact Dorn Homes. Dorn Homes is the most notable among home builders in Tucson, Arizona. Dorn-built new construction homes in Tucson, Green Valley, Tubac, and Prescott are stylish, comfortable, convenient, and energy efficient.

Ski Valley opens earlier than expected thanks to winter storms

Tucson, AZ – Last week’s winter storms left Mt. Lemmon covered in over two feet of snow. Thanks to the Friday winter blast, Ski Valley officially opened for business. For skiers and snowboarders like Matt Russell, the weekend started a little early.

“An epic day at Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley,” said Matt Russell.

Thirty plus inches of snow on top of a 14-inch base is not a bad way to open up Ski Valley. These conditions easily made for a busy day on the slopes. Everyone felt like a little kid in the snow—from seasoned snowboarders to first timers.

No one expected Tucson’s winter escape to open up this early in the season, but all the snow made it possible. Of course, the business owners are not complaining.

“Definitely good for business, right before holidays to open this early this year,” said area manager Graham Davies.

The Friday sun didn’t warm things up too much, but that’s the way the skiers like it. When it was time to call it a day and head back to snow-less Tucson, Tucsonans were not too disappointed. After all, Ski Valley is just an hour away and the snow’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

With the Ski Valley just an hour away, snow-loving Tucson folks definitely have a lot to be happy about. Tucson’s accessibility makes it an attractive location and it should not be surprising that more people want to own homes in Tucson. If you think a Tucson home fits your lifestyle, get in touch with the most reliable among home builders in Tucson. Dorn Homes, a notable Arizona home builder, builds Tucson new homes that are stylish, convenient, comfortable, and energy efficient.

(Source: fox11az.com)

Dorn’s Green Homes in Arizona


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Green home building in a place like Arizona is advantageous for both the homeowners and the environment. The abundance of sun and nature in Arizona has inspired green home builders like Dorn Homes to create stylish, comfortable, convenient and energy efficient homes that would make any homeowner happy.

Contrary to misconceptions, Arizona is not just dust and dirt. Its scenery is both breathtaking and awe-inspiring. Panoramic desert landscapes, clear rivers and majestic mountains abound, offering residents unique experiences, adventures, and stunning sights.

In order to help preserve the stunning environment, green home building is implemented by the best custom home builder in Arizona—Dorn Homes. Dorn’s new Arizona homes are 53-70% more energy efficient than a typical pre-existing home.

Dorn Homes is proud to say that as a great luxury home builder, it scores between 48 to 61 on the Home Energy Rating System or HERS. HERS is a scoring system by the Residential Energy Services Network to measure a home’s energy efficiency and determine if it meets Energy Star guidelines. The lower the HERS index, the more energy efficient the home is. An older pre-existing home averages with a HERS score of 130.

Dorn’s green homes are energy efficient because of these features:

  • Natural insulation – A Dorn home has a sealed envelope that reduces heating and cooling costs. This insulation extends up to the roof deck, allowing the ductwork to be inside the heated and cooled space.
  • Solar hot water system – This includes an 80 gallon hot water heater, with a closed loop system and a 95% efficient electric backup to ensure a consistent stream of fresh hot water. Water conserving toilets, faucets, and shower heads are included. PEX plumbing waterlines that reduce the amount of heat loss from water in the piping are also used.
  • Fresh air intake and full home ventilation system – This creates an environment with healthy fresh air, less dust, fewer odors, and remarkably comfortable and consistent temperatures.
  • Special oversized windows – These are incorporated not just for a better view of the scenic surroundings of Arizona, but also to allow light to come in minus the ultraviolet rays. High performance windows help reduce energy loss by 30-50% by helping keep the home cooler during summer and warmer during winter. They also reduce noise transfer.
  • SEER AC units and programmable thermostats – These reduce energy by adjusting the temperature according to a series of programmed settings that take effect at different times of the day.
  • Highly efficient appliances – Compact fluorescent light bulbs and Energy Star dishwasher are included to create truly green homes from Dorn Homes.

Jobs and Training for Unemployed at Prescott Community Café

Chino Valley High School student Rebecca Eltringham, 17, and Chef Bryan Nowicki prep for a catering event later in the day Friday afternoon at Open Door in Prescott. Nowicki is working with several charitable organizations to open a Community Cafe Training Center in downtown Prescott.

Prescott AZ – Thanks to Chef Bryan Nowicki and a group of local charitable organizations, out-of-work individuals can have temporary jobs and a place to learn useful skills at the “Community Cafe.” Nowicki currently serves as executive chef and director of the food program at the Open Door in Prescott.

Nowicki believes it might lead to a number of good things in the community. Not only would the previously unemployed be able to find jobs of their own, but they also would add to a pool of culinary employees for other restaurants in town.

Jean Littlehale, senior program director for Catholic Charities, agrees with Nowicki. She believes that the Community Café could lead to lots of benefits. She points out that people who have long been unemployed often have “life skill” problems that keep them from keeping a steady job. In addition to teaching the necessary culinary skills, the Community Café would work on those life issues, Littlehale said.

For instance, she said: “How do you problem-solve without losing your job?” The training will delve into issues such as what employees should do if they encounter car trouble or if their babysitter quits suddenly.

“It may seem slight, but it is those slight things that make a difference between having a job or not having a job,” Littlehale said. “We asked, ‘what would make a difference in our town?'” Littlehale said. “Everyone said what we really need are jobs.”

That led to the idea for the Community Café. Along with Catholic Charities and Nowicki, also on board are Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, the Arizona Women’s Education and Employment (AWEE), and the Coalition for Compassion and Justice.

Nowicki, or known simply as Chef Bryan in the community, already provides a version of the training at Open Door. He explained that he brings on volunteers who are out of work for a variety of reasons. The volunteers help with the cooking for the free meals that Open Door serves four times a week at its West Gurley Street location, along with the catering that Nowicki does through his Chef Bryan catering.

“Guys were coming through, and they were out of jobs,” Nowicki explained Friday as he prepared the food for a catered party later that night. He mentors them, and helps them find permanent jobs elsewhere.

The project is a good example of the efforts that the active and helpful community in Prescott exerts. It is this sense of community that attracts many homeowners who are in search of a good Arizona community. If you are still looking for that place you’ll call home, contact Dorn Homes, the number one custom home builder in Arizona. Dorn-built new Arizona homes are comfortable, convenient, energy efficient, and are situated in homey Prescott communities.

(Source: prescottaz.com)



Dorn Homes RoseWater Community

RoseWater Tucson Community Home

Living the good life usually involves a great location and a great home. This is why Dorn Homes, a notable Arizona home builder, offers quality Tucson community homes that would enable individuals, couples, families, and retirees to live life to the fullest.

Dorn Homes is a family—and we want you to be part of it. We strive to understand your desires more than any other Tucson home builder. We know how buying a home can make a big impact to your family life, so we work hard to make sure you have all the support and information you need to make the very best choices, every step of the way. Now, Dorn Homes presents another new and exciting Tucson community—the community in RoseWater.

Ideal for nature lovers and outdoor adventurists, the RoseWater community is located near national forests, mountain trails, parks, and country clubs. What better way to enjoy Arizona’s Tucson than with a bit of outdoor fun that enables families to have a great time together? Picnicking, hiking, biking, and camping are just some of the fun activities that families can enjoy.

Located right at the heart of Tucson, RoseWater community homes have easy access to schools, convenience stores, and farmer’s markets. So why live in inconvenient locations when you can have everything you need right here? So choose RoseWater, choose Dorn Homes. Dorn is the dependable choice for a home builder in RoseWater. Expect that a Dorn-built house is stylish, convenient, comfortable, and energy efficient. Trust only the most reliable so that you will make the wise investment that you and your family can truly enjoy.

Dorn Homes Pantano Community

When it comes to living in comfort and convenience, Dorn Homes encourages everyone to check out Pantano Homes. An ideal community that is perfectly nestled at the heart of Tucson, Dorn Homes’s Pantano Community is the right choice for first-time homeowners, military personnel of the nearby Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and anyone who seeks a comfy yet stylish single-family home.

Anyone would love living in a Pantano community home because it is just a short drive away from schools and the market. As an added bonus, an amazing backdrop of mountains with miles of trails and nature is practically in your backyard.

Fun recreation is accessible, too. The Pantano Riding Stables is a popular destination for trail rides, wagon rides, and summer horse camp. Western riding adventure is guaranteed to be a blast. Holiday events are also held at the Pantano Riding Stables.

Pantano Community Home in Arizona

Arizona’s second largest city, Tucson, is one of North America’s oldest continuously inhabited areas. Tucson has a gorgeous city skyline with an amazing backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Rincon Mountains, and Tucson Mountains. The warm climate makes it an ideal place to seek outdoor activities and discover the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Golf, a mainstream sport in Arizona, is accessible in Tucson as well with world-class courses that would delight any golfer.

As the oldest incorporated city in Arizona (Tucson was incorporated in 1877), Tucson boasts of a metropolitan lifestyle, but with homely neighborhoods. Over 150 companies in Tucson are involved in the design and manufacture of optics and optoelectronic systems, earning it the nickname Optics Valley. But this “Old Pueblo” remains grounded and remembers its culture and heritage through their festivities, cultural shows/events, cuisine, and preservation of museums and historical sites. Alongside these traditional features are more modern offerings like luxurious spas, amazing golf courses, and lively shopping districts. It’s no surprise that every Tucsonan is a satisfied resident of a Tucson community home.

Dorn Homes, a great choice as a new Pantano community home builder, only builds tasteful, comfortable, convenient, and energy efficient homes that would surely wow anyone as it had wowed past and current clients. This premier Arizona home builder guides homeowners in every step of the home building process.




Dorn Homes Riverbend Community

When it comes to lavish living spaces, you can count on Dorn Homes. From brilliant semi-custom homes to building in your own lot, trust that Dorn Homes will build you the quality home you deserve.

For many years, Dorn Homes has been dreaming abput that mement when our customers will be proud of their home, that they will build life-long relationships with neighbors, and that their lives will be filled with happiness. We are happy to say that these dreams have been repeatedly realized when customers come to us for their home building needs.

Now, Dorn Homes will realize these dreams once again through Riverbend Homes. A new premier location, the Riverbend Community is located at the very heart of Tucson, Arizona. We have decided to become a new Riverbend Community home builder because of the strategic location and homey atmosphere found in the Riverbend Community.

Living in a Riverbend Community home allows individuals, couples, families, or retirees to gain easy access to stores, markets, parks, and schools. With its central location at the heart of Tucson, residing here will also allow anyone to be just a few minutes’ drive away from hiking trails, country clubs, golf courses, the downtown area, and more. So if you’re investing in a premier location like this, make sure you get only a premier Arizona home builder like Dorn Homes.

Only stylish, convenient, comfortable, and energy efficient homes are offered by Dorn Homes. Recognized as Southern Arizona’s leading luxury home builder, Dorn Homes has exceeded the high standards of home buyers with its strong commitment to superb design, careful planning, quality construction and warranty after the sale.