Empower Your Move to Tucson Arizona with Long Realty Services

Su Swanne, Realtor – GRI, CSHP, SRES

Graduate, Realtor Institute
Certified Senior Housing Professional
Senior Real Estate Specialist

Empower Your Move!

March and April in the desert bring forth an abundance of flowers when there’s been enough rain. The photo banner this month was taken near Three Points – orange Globe Mallow as far as the eye can see. This is a property that I’ve had listed for a while, and although I’ve been there many times, the earth seemed barren, just a lot of sand. I was so surprised to see these beautiful flowers in all those previously barren places.

A Word About Real Estate in Tucson
Click here to see the latest MLS statistics. The median price is at $219,000. This number had been relatively flat for about 5 months. It is still a seller’s market up to $500,000. It becomes a buyer’s market above $700,000. If you or someone you know would like more specific information, please contact me at

I closed two transactions this month! (And one at the very end of March.) I LOVE referrals!

A Word About Child Abuse Prevention Month
April has been designated Child Abuse Prevention Month. As a former social worker involved in child protection, foster care, and adoption, I like to bring attention to this important issue in our society. Sometimes it seems that there is no prevention of child abuse because we are always hearing stories in the news about children who have suffered at the hands of their parents or other caretakers. I sometimes wonder how it is that these abusers haven’t been reached about protecting the children. Learn about what you can do to help the children in your community by visiting this website.

A Word About Seniors
I recently attended a presentation for Realtors about Reverse Mortgages, sponsored by Fairway Mortgage. While this kind of home mortgage is not for every Senior, it is an option in financial planning for the years nearer to the end of one’s life. Only available to people over 62 who have equity in a primary residence, or cash, this mortgage can help Seniors buy a new home or age in place without a lot of stress about expenses. Insured by FHA, this mortgage does not conclude until the owner(s) die or the home is sold. Be aware, though, that there are requirements associated with a reverse mortgage loan – the owner MUST continue to pay the insurance and taxes on the home, and these payments are discussed when you make an application for a reverse mortgage. Do your research in advance! Here is a good article on reverse mortgages.

If you think you might be qualified and you want to know more, please get in touch with me, and I can refer you to some excellent professional lenders who specialize in reverse mortgages.

A Word About Me
I am pleased to have been a speaker at the March 2019 Spotlight breakfast at Tucson Place, a community for Assisted Living and Memory Care. I offered my thoughts about making plans in advance for needed care, medical emergencies, and end of life issues, BEFORE the need arises. We don’t know when an emergency will arise, so it’s always good to have a plan, and be prepared by having a will, advance directives, and power of attorney decisions already made. Also, if you are planning a move, see my ad in the Winter/Spring edition of Spotlight Senior Services guide.

My involvement with the Eyeopeners Club of Toastmasters has provided me with skills for speaking in public. If you might be interested in learning how to feel comfortable speaking before groups, check out the many club options in Tucson. If you like being up before the sun, please accept my invitation to attend the Eyeopeners Club that meets at 6:15 a.m. every Wednesday. Call me for location.

A Word About Events in Tucson

Pima County Fair – April 18-26  

Do you like Mariachi? Here are some upcoming events!

April 24-26 – Tucson International Mariachi Conference, Casino Del Sol – Get your tickets here.

Through May 5 – Trailblazing Women of Mariachi Music Exhibit – Sosa Carrillo House, Museum of Mexican-American Heritage and History – 151 S Granada Avenue – 10 a.m – 4 p.m., Mon., Thurs., Sat.

May 4Mariachi Women’s Festival – Leo Rich Theater, Tucson Community Center

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius