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Old 12-22-2009, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Make certian that you check the homes you look at to see if they are in the SFHA A ro AE flood zones. If they are you will need flood insurance, which may be very expensive. I haven't found any prices yet but if it is anything like in the hurricane areas it could mean you may not be able to afford a potential home. People that already owned a home in those areas have a much less preminum.
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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It should be noted that if you home is indeed in a flood area (you can check on FEMAs site here) then you will only need flood insurance if you get a loan from a federally regulated lender, which is pretty much any of them.

So, if you pay cash for the house or have a private lender, it isn't required.

That being said, I'd probably pay it anyway.

More info here: About Federal Flood Insurance
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Old 04-06-2010, 12:39 PM
 
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Oh,leaving 123.....thank you for leaving Arizona...but do not allow the door to hit you in the toosh.
By the way,when you move back here...buy a nice home with no pool...I love the DESERT as it should be dry,arid,healthy,heavenly and healthy!
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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For your price range I'd suggest checking out Gladden Farms, Ranch Vistoso, Dove Mountain, and maybe even Continental Reserve. The deals are everywhere!
From my experience, Michael offers good advice. I looked in Gladden Farms when I was buying and I really liked many of the home designs and floorplans. I wanted to be on the east side of I10, though, so I ended up in unincorporated Pima Co., which is the area between Marana and Oro Valley and north of the Tucson city limits.

The good thing about it is, I don't have to pay taxes to either Marana or OV (or OV's super-high water bills). The bad thing is, they are both trying to annex this area. The Omni Tucson resort, El Conquistador resort, Foothills Mall and some other shopping areas fall into this no-man's land and the potential tax income is coveted. This year even the mayor of Tucson mentioned he was assigning someone to study annexing us into the city (NO-O-O-O!!!!!!!!!!)

The Bluffs is a development that has houses within your price range, around 1,300-2,000 sq ft in size and most are one story. (Upper Bluffs is a tad pricier and those homes are bigger and have pools.) Pedregal is a small community but the houses are beautiful. North Ranch is also a good large development (a bit older) right across the street from Arthur Pack county park with public golf. I also considered some homes in Mona Lisa Village off W. Magee. Now less than $150,000 for 3/2! There are brand new homes for sale in gated Tucson National Terrace for $300,000. (Might be a pricey HOA to be within the resort.)

A great free search engine where you can check out homes by specific development is:
Create Your own Tucson Home Search

Jukesgrrl, GSP Exit 105.
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:58 PM
 
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the marana/oro valley/nw tucson is a nice area to live in. a friend of mine lives up there, north of ina, and west of oracle rd.
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Old 04-16-2010, 03:21 PM
 
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You would be leaving the rat race for the bug & dust race ! I tried what you are talking about with the same thoughts in mind. Also I am in my mid 50's and was thinking alot like you so I made the move and after four years was never so happy to leave a place! Meaning Leaving Arizona !
I wish you to have better luck than me however the grass really is not greener in AZ !
Keep in mind that Leaving123 moved to Kingman, which is 300 miles (!) from the Tucson area. I lived in that part of the state myself, and to compare to Oro Valley or Marana is apples and oranges in almost every respect--climate, natural environment (diverse Sonoran Desert in Tucson vs. scrub Mojave in NW Arizona), health care, amenities (shopping, restaurants, etc.), culture, arts, outdoor activities, etc.

I'm not sure why they posted on a Tucson forum when they never lived in this area. We've been here four years and love it.
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Old 04-16-2010, 03:24 PM
 
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Oh,leaving 123.....thank you for leaving Arizona...but do not allow the door to hit you in the toosh.
By the way,when you move back here...buy a nice home with no pool...I love the DESERT as it should be dry,arid,healthy,heavenly and healthy!
Amen to that. The funny thing is they lived in Kingman, which is a loooong way from the Tucson area. I lived there and made a lot of great friends, but was happy to move down here where there's so much more to do.
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