Real Estate Trends in Tucson


 

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Tucson, AZ – The average cost of real estate property in Tucson, AZ dropped to $84 per square foot, a decrease of 9.7% compared to the same period last year. The median sales prices for homes in Tucson, AZ for December 2011 to February 2012 was $112,000 based on 2,579 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price decreased by 11% ($13,900) and the number of home sales decreased by 13.3%.

There are currently 6,090 resale and new construction homes in Tucson on Trulia, including 52 open houses, as well as 5,325 homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process. The average listing price of homes for sale in Tucson, AZ was $256,374 for the week ending in March 14, which was unchaged compared to the prior week.

When browsing for new 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 premiere 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.

 

Source: trulia.com

 

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Prescott Valley on General Plan 2025


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Prescott, AZ – The Planning and Zoning Commission has recently discussed four chapters or fundamentals of the General Plan 2025. The meeting began at 5:30 PM, Monday at the library auditorium, 7401 E. Civic Circle.

The council, composed of six members who act as advisory body to the Town Council, furthers that The General Plan would consist of community goals and development policies for the next 10 to 20 years. These will include texts, maps, and diagrams. Likewise, the commission has already conducted public hearings on chapters 3 through 6 which cover Growth Area Element, Land Use, Housing, and Circulation.

Chapter 3 aims to provide guidance for growth in Prescott Valley that is “logical and healthy”, and will improve the quality of life in the entire community.

Meanwhile, Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 emphasize Land Use and Housing, respectively. Although the latter was reported not to exist in the previous update, it emphasized “the availability and affordability of a variety of housing options [that are] critical for the continued growth and success of any community”.

Chapter 6 tackles Circulation and “focuses on the movement of vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles and other forms of transportation through the existing and future roads and trail system”.

The update has a total of 12 chapters while the rest are yet to be reviewed before the commission.

The news seems favorable to property developers especially that it tackled the establishment of affordable homes in Prescott.

When browsing for sturdy, stylish, and energy-efficient homes, look for Dorn Homes, one of the leading home builders in Prescott. With over 35 years of experience, Dorn Homes has built and designed new homes in Prescott that are both elegant and affordable.

Source: Prescott Valley Tribune

Dorn Homes – Creativity, Quality and Commitment


Discover why Dorn Homes remains to be the leading custom and luxury home builder in Arizona.

Dave Grounds, Dorn Homes President and CEO, believes that Dorn Homes rises above other AZ new home builders because our homes “have a soul.” We construct new homes in Tucson, Prescott, Tubac, Green Valley and other parts of South Arizona with their future owners in mind. Yes, that means YOU.

I love people and I love creating things. It (home building) is a great mixcture where we get to serve people and we get to create branad new Arizona homes. – Dave Grounds, Dorn Homes President and CEO.

As a luxury home builder in Arizona, we want customers like you to be truly involved in making their dream home. The design layouts and fixtures in new construction homes in Tucson, new homes in South Arizona and other prime locations are easy to customize to fit your needs and budget. We want the construction process to be a pleasurable experience for you. The Dorn Homes customer service is unmatched by other home builders in Tucson. You can reach us anytime as we make sure that our communication lines are always open. You can even monitor the progress of your home construction through our website.

Our business is more than just about constructing properties. Dorn Homes is also about establishing a strong builder-customer relationship and together we can build your dream home.

February Prescott AZ Real Estate Overview


Prescott, AZ – The average price per square foot in Prescott AZ is now $110, which decreased by 6% compared to the same period last year.

The median sales price for homes in Prescott AZ for Nov 2011 to Jan 2012 was $200,250 based on 350 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price decreased by 5.8% ($12,323) and the number of home sales increased by 2%.

There are currently 1,999 resale and new homes in Prescott, including 274 Prescott homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process. The average listing price of homes for sale in Prescott AZ was $397,848 for the week ending in Feb 15, which represents a decrease of 0.1% ($497) compared to the prior week.

When browsing for new homes in Prescott, look for Dorn-built homes that you can trust to be stylish, comfortable, convenient, and energy efficient. Dorn Homes is the most reliable and efficient among home builders in Prescott.

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Prescott, AZ – The average price per square foot in Prescott AZ is now $110, which decreased by 6% compared to the same period last year.

The median sales price for homes in Prescott AZ for Nov 2011 to Jan 2012 was $200,250 based on 350 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price decreased by 5.8% ($12,323) and the number of home sales increased by 2%.

There are currently 1,999 resale and new homes in Prescott, including 274 Prescott homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process. The average listing price of homes for sale in Prescott AZ was $397,848 for the week ending in Feb 15, which represents a decrease of 0.1% ($497) compared to the prior week.

When browsing for new homes in Prescott, look for Dorn-built homes that you can trust to be stylish, comfortable, convenient, and energy efficient. Dorn Homes is the most reliable and efficient among home builders in Prescott.

(Source: trulia.com/real_estate/Prescott-Arizona/)

Strong Bond for Girl and Dog with Type 1 Diabetes


Tucson, AZ – Eight year-old Madalaine Hembraugh and her foster dog, Petey are living proof that the unconditional love of a dog can be an amazing source of strength and resilience for its owner. They each have Type 1 diabetes and have formed a bond that is helping to heal both.

The one-year-old Terrier-mix Petey came to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona as a stray dog. Petey was very skinny, and was barely alive with a severely injured back leg that had to be removed.

After months of treatment at the HSSA Spay & Neuter Clinic, Petey went home with Madalaine and her mom Dr. Karter Neal, veterinarian and Medical Director of the HSSA, to recover in foster care.

Madalaine and Petey test blood sugar levels each night together. Madalaine uses an insulin pump and gives Petey her excess insulin.

“It has really helped. It’s nice to have someone else who has diabetes living here,” says Madalaine.

When Madalaine was diagnosed five years ago, she was the only one in her school with diabetes. Today, six in her school have it.

“She is teaching Petey that you can live a normal life with diabetes, says Dr. Neal. “It’s amazing to see how they have responded to each other.”

Dr. Neal cautions to look out for the following signs in your pet as symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, which is most common in canines: increased urination, drinking of excessive amounts of water or sudden weight loss.

Founded in 1944, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) is a nonprofit charitable organization, funded solely by donations and the services they offer to the public. It does not receive government funding. It stands on its own and saves the lives of thousands more animals than all other agencies in southern Arizona combined.

The active and concerned Tucson community among new Arizona homes is the reason why home builders in Tucson invest in this flourishing state and city. Many newcomers arrive to live in the area where the weather and people are warm and accommodating. Dorn Homes, the most reliable Arizona home builder, builds quality new construction homes in Tucson that contribute to the overall living experience.

(Source: Tucsoncitizen.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)