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April 16, 2023

Pima County Fair 2023

In Tucson, springtime means just one thing. It's time for the Pima County Fair! For 11 days, guests will be treated to live entertainment, carnival rides, midway games, and more. You definitely want to make this your destination of choice.

Don't miss out on any of the fun at the Pima County Fair 2023 taking place from April 20th to April 30th. Carnival rides and games during the day. A different concert every night. Purchase your tickets today!

What: Pima County Fair 2023
Where: 11300 Houghton Rd, Tucson
When: April 20th to 30th, 2023
Admission: $6 to $11 per person, Parking $7
Contact: Southwest Fair Commission (520) 762-9100 or via email

Pima County Fair 2023

Search Tucson homes for saleThe Pima County Fair includes everything you would expect at a county fair. Livestock exhibits. Carnival rides. Midway games. Fine arts exhibits. Student artwork on display. A robotics competition. And each night brings a new live musical act to keep guests entertained.

The fair brings in thousands of people every year. For your safety and the safety of others, entrance into the fair includes a bag check. If you wish to bypass the bag check line, leave your bag at home. Also, avoid long waits at the ticket booth and purchase your tickets online ahead of time. If you need to leave at any time but plan on coming back before the end of that day, make sure to get your hand stamped. Otherwise, you must pay admission again to get back in.

Concert Schedule

  • Thursday, April 20th - Lil Jon
  • Friday, April 21st - 80's Invasion (Ratt, Great White & Slaugher)
  • Saturday, April 22nd - Joe Nichols
  • Sunday, April 23rd - Ginuwine, Ying Yang Twins & Paul Wall
  • Monday, April 24th - Uncle Kracker
  • Tuesday, April 25th - Lee Greenwood
  • Wednesday, April 26th - Jeremy Camp
  • Thursday, April 27th - 24kGOLDN
  • Friday, April 28th - Dirty Heads
  • Saturday, April 29th - Jordan Davis
  • Sunday, April 30th - Laberinto

Ticket Info

General admission tickets cost $11 per person aged 11+. Seniors, members of the military, and children aged six to ten cost just $6 per person. Kids under the age of six get in for free with a paid adult. However, if you bring three cans of food on Sunday, you get in for free before noon. On Monday, April 24th, admission costs just $6 for everyone (kids under six still get in for free). If you want to see one of the concerts, you must pay an additional $20 per person per concert. Purchase a wristband for $20 to either play carnival games or ride on the carnival rides during the week. Parking costs $7 per vehicle. 

Rebecca Schulte, Schulte Real Estate Group, Your Source for Tucson Real Estate

Posted in Tucson Events
April 2, 2023

Pathway to Homeownership Helps First-time Home Buyers

Becoming a first-time homeowner may stir up a lot of emotions in you. But the thought of all of the out-of-pocket expenses involved may stress you out the most. Sure, you know you can afford the monthly payment. And you've worked on your credit score to make sure you qualify for a home loan. But coming up with a decent down payment AND closing costs seems a little overwhelming. Thankfully, you are not alone. New American Funding offers a program called Pathway to Homeownership that gives qualified homebuyers as much as $8000 to cover some of these costs.

New American Funding's Pathway to Homeownership program can provide qualified first-time homebuyers with as much as $8000 to help cover their costs.

Pathway to Homeownership Helps First-time Home Buyers

What is It?

Search Tucson homes for saleThe Pathway to Homeownership program is specifically for first-time home buyers only. If you have not owned a home within the last three years, lenders consider you a first-time home buyer. The money received through this program is not a loan and does not need to be paid back. Also, you may use this program in conjunction with any other downpayment assistance programs when purchasing a Tucson home.

Who Qualifies?

If you wish to utilize this program to purchase a home, you must:

  • be a first-time home buyer
  • have a 620 minimum credit score
  • purchase a single-unit, single-family home

Loan Options

With the Pathway to Homeownership program, buyers may choose from three different loan options to finance their purchase. The first (and most popular) option is the 30-year fixed-rate loan. With that option, buyers pay a fixed rate for the life of the loan. The second option is the Seller-Paid 2-1 Buydown. With this option, the buyer pays 2% below the note rate for the first year and 1% below the note rate during the second year of their loan. Finally, the third option is called the Seller-Paid 3-2-1 Buydown. This option allows buyers to pay 3% below the note rate the first year, 2% below the second year, and 1% below the third before going to the full rate. Each of these options offers pros and cons for choosing them. Talk to your New American Funding loan officer to determine which loan works best for your situation.

Rebecca Schulte, Schulte Real Estate Group, Your Source for Tucson Real Estate

Posted in Buying a Home
March 28, 2023

Yume Tucson Anniversary Festival 2023

Shinto priests created the first Japanese gardens to help them communicate better with the gods. Over time, regular Japanese citizens incorporated these gardens into their own homes. Today, these gardens have become an important part of Japanese culture, helping them commune with nature and obtain tranquility in their day-to-day lives. Come celebrate this beautiful part of the Japanese culture at the Yume Tucson Anniversary Festival 2023 this Saturday, April 1st.

Come celebrate the beauty, joy, and everything Japanese at the Yume Tucson Anniversary Festival on April 1st.

What: Yume Tucson Anniversary Festival 2023
Where: Yume Japanese Gardens (2130 N Alvernon)
When: Saturday, April 1st from 10 am to 3 pm
Admission: $6 to $18
Contact: Yume Japanese Gardens (520) 303-3945 or via email

Yume Tucson Anniversary Festival 2023 

Search Tucson homes for saleTaiko drummers entertain all visitors at the Yume Japanese Gardens festival. Plus, you will be treated to the art of kamishibai storytelling. This uses colorful picture cards to tell traditional Japanese stories. Learn the art of ikebana flower arranging and Japanese crafts. And that's just the beginning.

Another important part of Japanese culture is its food. Try something from the Takoyaki Balls food truck. Or purchase a snack and drink from the gardens as well.

Ticket Info

Tickets cost $18 per adult. If you are a Yume member, you pay the discounted price of $10 per adult. It costs $6 per child. But kids ages 5 and under get in for FREE. Reserve your tickets today!

Tucson Eggstravaganza 2023

Don't forget. The International Wildlife Museum also hosts its Tucson Eggstravagana on April 1st. The Easter Bunny plans on attending as well. So, plenty of priceless photo-ops present themselves at the event. Just make sure you bring your basket with you to store all of the eggs you find.

Rebecca Schulte, Schulte Real Estate Group, Your Source for Tucson Real Estate

Posted in Tucson Events
March 19, 2023

Tucson Eggstravaganza 2023

Easter Sunday takes place on April 9th. But who wants to wait until then to search for colorful Easter eggs? Fortunately, you don't have to wait. Because the Tucson Eggstravaganza 2023 happens the weekend before Easter!

Looking for a little early Easter fun this year? Head to the International Wildlife Museum on April 1st for their Tucson Eggstravaganza.

What: Tucson Eggstravaganza 2023
Where: International Wildlife Museum (4800 W Gates Pass Rd)
When: Saturday, April 1st, 10 am to 12 pm
Admission: $10 ages 12 to 61, $7 military & seniors (ages 62+), $5 ages 4 to 12, FREE under 4 yrs & museum members

Tucson Eggstravaganza 2023

Search Tucson homes for saleThe Easter Bunny wants to make a trial run before his big official day. So, he plans on being at the International Wildlife Museum on Saturday, April 1st. No. That's no joke. He's really going to be there to hide sweet treats for all the boys and girls who attend. Take a photo with Mr. Bunny between 10:15 am and 11:15 am. Play fun Easter-themed games and create crafts, too. Get your face painted for spring. Then hunt for candy begins at 11:45 am. Just make sure you bring a basket with you from home. And remind Mom and Dad to get their camera ready for lots of fun photos.

Photos with the Bunny in Sahuarita

If the Tucson Eggstravaganza just isn't enough Easter fun for you, then you'll be happy to hear that the Easter Bunny plans on being in Sahuarita on April 2nd for an egg hunt and free photos. Meritage Homes hosts its Easter event from 11 am to 2 pm at their Sonora at Entrada del Pueblo offices (812 W Calle Las Varitas). They separated the egg hunt into age groups to allow a more even "competition". Bunny photos take place from 12 pm to 2 pm. Throughout the afternoon, all guests get to enjoy music along with candy and raffle drawings for fun prizes. The only cost of admission is one or more non-perishable food items. All donated items will be donated to Reach for the Stars. While the event is free, you will need to present a ticket when you arrive. Download your free ticket here.

Rebecca Schulte, Schulte Real Estate Group, Your Source for Tucson Real Estate

Posted in Tucson Events
March 14, 2023

4th Ave Spring Street Fair 2023 in Tucson

The first day of spring officially takes place on March 20th. Can you feel the temperature start to rise outside? If it's springtime in Tucson, that means just one thing. It's time to celebrate with the annual 4th Ave Spring Street Fair!

Celebrate the changing of the seasons at the 4th Ave Spring Street Fair 2023 in Tucson the weekend of March 24th to 26th.

What: 4th Ave Spring Street Fair 2023
Where: N 4th Ave, Tucson
When: March 24th (10 am to 6 pm), March 25th (10 am to 6 pm) & March 26th (10 am to 5 pm)

4th Ave Spring Street Fair 2023

Search Tucson homes for saleTweeting birds. Sunshine on your face. Flowers in bloom. All of this points to the gloriousness known as spring. Artists from all over the world come out of hibernation to celebrate the season in Tucson each year. Dozens of food vendors keep everyone's spirits (and energy) up as well. Plus, local artists entertain the masses over this three-day event.

You cannot have a street fair without music. And the talent lined up for the 4th Ave Spring Street Fair is too big for just one stage. Instead, visitors can choose between the 5th St Stage and the 7th St Stage for live music all day, every day. 

More than 350,000 people crowd onto 4th Ave for this event each year. So, as you can imagine, parking can be a problem. Fortunately, organizers offer a free shuttle service to get you back and forth starting at 9:30 am each day until the close of the fair. Just make sure you wear good walking shoes to stay comfortable.

The 4th Ave Merchants Association hosts two street fairs each year: spring (in March) and winter (in December). This nonprofit organization uses funds they raise to invest in local Tucson businesses and infrastructure. They also promote local artists and programs essential to help nurture the entrepreneurial and artistic spirit in us all. 2023 marks the 54th year that they have hosted the street fair here in Tucson.

Rebecca Schulte, Schulte Real Estate Group, Your Source for Tucson Real Estate

Posted in Community News
March 7, 2023

Marana Desert Bluegrass Festival 2023

A while ago, ole Johnny defeated the devil in Georgia with some mighty good fiddle-playin'. But the devil's also got some talented opponents here in Arizona as well. And you'll find them all playing at the 2023 Marana Desert Bluegrass Festival.

For some great music and good times with family and friends, get your tickets for the Marana Desert Bluegrass Festival 2023 online today!

What: Marana Desert Bluegrass Festival 2023
Where: Gladden Farms Community Park (12205 N Tangerine Farms Rd, Marana)
When: March 11th to 13th (3 pm to 7 pm Fri, 10 am to 6 pm Sat & 9 am to 4 pm Sun)
Admission: $20 to $30/adult, FREE for ages 15 & under

Marana Desert Bluegrass Festival 2023

Search Tucson homes for saleBluegrass music got its name from The Blue Grass Boys who performed in the 1940s. But the music itself derived from English, Scottish, and Irish immigrants who settled in the south (primarily the Appalachian area) in the early 1900s. It became what we know as bluegrass today thanks to the early American musicians who took these influences and made the music their own. 

But at the Marana Desert Bluegrass Festival, guests enjoy more than just great music. Organizers want families to enjoy this event together. So, they included a Kids Zone for the little ones to play in. And there are several free workshops for all skill levels...whether you're a seasoned pro or someone who is just learning to pick a tune out on their guitar. Plus, you might want to put your bid in on some truly amazing items at the silent auction. Also, purchase a raffle ticket for fun prizes given away throughout the weekend. Lots and lots of fun is sure to be had by everyone at the festival!

Concert Line-up

Friday's free concert starts with Band Scramble at 3 pm and Monsoon sky at 5 pm. Saturday's festivities begin with the national anthem at 9:45 am. Then, starting at 10 am a new band comes to the stage every hour. Performers include Jam Pak, The Cross-Eyed Possum, Buck Jumpers, The Sonoran Dogs, North of Lonesome, the Arizona Wildflowers, and Sierra Sweethearts, with The Central Valley Boys closing out Saturday night. On Sunday, Jam Pak returns at 11 am, followed by Hamilton Beech, The Sonoran Dogs, Sierra Sweethearts, and another great concert by The Central Valley Boys finishing off the rest of the weekend.

Ticket Info

Admission to Friday's concerts comes absolutely free of charge for all ages. However, you need to pay to attend the festival on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $20 per day for adults ages 16 and older. But if you plan on attending both Saturday and Sunday, I highly recommend purchasing the weekend pass. It saves you $10 per person on admission. Kids ages 15 and younger get in free all weekend long. You must purchase your tickets online ahead of time. This is a ticketless event (ie, no paper tickets will be created). 

Rebecca Schulte, Schulte Real Estate Group, Your Source for Tucson Real Estate

Posted in Community News
Feb. 28, 2023

Tucson St Patrick's Day Crawl 2023

In just over two weeks, we celebrate St Patrick's Day. It's the one day of the year when everyone's Irish. If you feel like celebrating responsibly with other grown-ups, you might want to think about signing up for the Tucson St Patrick's Day Crawl 2023.

Looking for a fun way to celebrate March 17th with your buddies? Sign up for the Tucson St Patrick's Day Crawl. Two days to choose from. Six bars on the crawl. Tons of entertainment to be had. Slainte!

What: Tucson St Patrick's Day Crawl 2023
Where: Several Tucson Bars
When: March 17th & 18th, 4 pm to 10 pm (after-party til 12 am)
Contact: Crawl With Us Tucson (612) 460-0094

Tucson St Patrick's Day Crawl 2023

Search Tucson homes for saleThe crawl begins with a check-in at O'Malleys Bar & Grill on 4th Ave between 4 pm and 7 pm. Your admission ticket allows you to waive the cover charge at all of the bars along the crawl. (That, in and of itself, could save you $5 to $15 a pop!) The venues selected to appear on the crawl include:

  • O'Malleys (247 N 4th Ave)
  • Cobra Arcade Bar (63 E Congress)
  • Funky Monk (350 E Congress)
  • Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails (345 E Congress)
  • John Henry's (117 N 6th Ave)
  • The Neighborhood DWTN (61 E Congress)

Each location features its own drink specials for the night. Your admission fee gives you one or two drink shots as well as food specials at participating venues along the way. After you finish your crawl, head over to the Neighborhood DWTN for the 10 pm after-party. 

Ticket Info

For the best price, reserve your tickets online by March 4th. Individual tickets cost $20 per person. Save $5 per person when you buy in groups of four. After March 4th, ticket prices go up. Just don't wait until the night of the event or you might miss out. These tend to sell out rather quickly. You must be at least 21 years old to participate. Anyone without a valid ID on them may get turned away at the door.

Remember that you can enjoy the Tucson St Patrick's Day Crawl 2023 while still being responsible. Grab an Uber or bring along a designated driver to ensure that you and your group get home safely. Slainte!

Rebecca Schulte, Schulte Real Estate Group, Your Source for Tucson Real Estate

Posted in Community News
Feb. 21, 2023

Pricing Strategies for the Home Seller

As of January 2023, year-over-year sale prices in the Tucson real estate market rose by 5.1%. But total sales decreased by more than 40%. After many months of experiencing a seller's market where homes sold for above asking and in a matter of days, it has now become more of a balanced market. However, sellers should not despair. Buyers are still out there looking for a Tucson home to purchase. But they expect to pay an appropriate price for it. Here are a few pricing strategies you may want to consider before you list your home.

Your list price may mean the difference between selling your Tucson home quickly and letting it languish on the market for a while. Discuss pricing strategies with your real estate agent before listing your property to sell.

Pricing Strategies for the Home Seller

Market Value

Search Tucson homes for saleThis is why you need a great Tucson REALTOR® on your side. They can find out the current market value of your home. Many real estate experts suggest that you list your property for that amount to draw in potential buyers.

Below Market Value

Another one of the pricing strategies that home sellers employ is listing it slightly below market value. Why? Well, most people look for a bargain, right? By listing even $5,000 below market value, you may receive an offer quickly. Sometimes, you might receive multiple offers and drive your final sale price up. However, that is risky in today's market. You might end up with only one offer at the lower list price or maybe even slightly lower than that. 

Above Market Value

Finally, you might want to try listing your Tucson home above market value. In a seller's market, we see buyers paying higher than market value for homes. But today, it might mean sitting on the market for a while and eventually reducing your price anyway. Plus, even if you receive an offer for the above market price, anyone who needs to finance their purchase must get an appraisal for the property. If your property does not appraise for the sale price, the lender will not approve the buyer's loan. That means that your buyer may end up walking away. And, unless you lower your price, you face the possibility of this happening over and over again.

Discuss pricing strategies with your REALTOR® before settling on an initial list price. They know the market. They have the experience. Trust them to steer you in the right direction. If you don't trust them, you might want to look for another one.

Rebecca Schulte, Schulte Real Estate Group, Your Source for Tucson Real Estate

Posted in Selling Your Home
Feb. 14, 2023

Tucson Food Tour: Get to Know the Neighborhood

Tucson is well known for its diverse culture and fantastic fare. I mean, Sonoran food. Need I say more? If you love eating and want to learn more about our local cuisine, sign up for a Tucson food tour.

Find out why we were the first US city to make UNESCO's City of Gastronomy list by taking a Tucson food tour.

Tucson Food Tour

Search Tucson homes for saleIn December 2015, Tucson became the first official UNESCO-designated City of Gastronomy in the United States through its Creative Cities Network (UCCN). Cities only receive this special designation when they exhibit extraordinary measures to utilize their cultural heritage and creativity to develop a sustainable environment. Currently, San Antonio is the only other US city designated as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. So, if you are interested in finding out why Tucson made this exclusive list, you have three options for a Tucson food tour to choose from.

Downtown Tucson Tour

The Downtown Tucson tours happen every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. They last for about four hours each and cost $69 per person to attend. For your price of admission, you visit six local vendors, see three unique restaurants in the downtown area, learn all about the history of Tucson and its cultural significance, and, of course, enjoy samples of fine dining along the way. (No one leaves here hungry!) Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and slather on the sunscreen. Spaces are limited and tours sell out weeks in advance (especially on the weekends). So, make your reservation today

Main Gate/4th Tour

Here's your chance to find out more about the city's historic 4th Ave District and Main Gate Square. This tour also lasts for four hours and costs $69 per person. These usually take place on Fridays. Guests of the Main Gate/4th Tour get a peek behind the curtain of five local area restaurants, some of which have been seen on the Food Network. It's a fun way to learn about Tucson's gastro-history and more about how it became a UNESCO site. You can make a reservation for you and your friends or family online here.

Brewery Tour

Finally, while not technically a Tuscon food tour, the Brewery tour caters to the 21+ crowd. These last three and a half hours and cost $85 per person. Visit three local breweries and two local distilleries in the Tucson area. Go behind the scenes to find out how these delicious libations are made in our fine city. Enjoy beer flights and spirit samples. But make sure you grab lunch before you go because food is not included here. Visit Tucson's Brewstillery Tour website here to make your reservation today.

Rebecca Schulte, Schulte Real Estate Group, Your Source for Tucson Real Estate

Posted in Tucson Area Events
Feb. 7, 2023

Tucson Cruise, BBQ, and Blues Festival 2023

Do you love classic cars? Does your mouth water at the thought of a juicy barbecue? Do you feel the blues from the top of your head to the tips of your toes? Then you absolutely must go to the Tucson Cruise, BBQ, and Blues Festival 2023 this weekend!

If you love classic cars, good food, and great music, make plans to attend the Tucson Cruise, BBQ, and Blues Festival on February 11th, 2023.

What: Tucson Cruise, BBQ, and Blues Festival 2023
Where: Oro Valley Marketplace (12155 N Oracle)
When: Saturday, February 11th, 10 am to 3 pm
Admission: $5 per person
Contact: Oro Valley Marketplace (520) 797-3959

Tucson Cruise, BBQ, and Blues Festival 2023

Cars

Search Tucson homes for saleSouthern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliances (SAACA) hosts its annual Tucson Cruise, BBQ, and Blues Festival this Saturday at the Oro Valley Marketplace. Dozens of classic car owners compete for prizes in 30 different categories, including Best Engine, Best Paint, People's Choice, and, of course, Best in Show. If you love classic automobiles, this is the place to be. Plus, you get to help decide the People's Choice award winner. How cool is that?!

Food

Several food vendors make sure to keep festival guests fed right. Pick up some amazing BBQ from Fork & Fire, Fresco, Dante's Fire, or Zio Peppe. Even the Greater Faith Word Church offers up delicious barbecue. BlackJack Infusions and Gus Gyros also provide fantastic fare. For dessert or a lighter snack, try a FruitShack smoothie.

Music

This year's musical line-up for the festival features some of the best artists around. The day starts off with Missy Andersen. Then, The Tirebiters take to the stage. Finally, the duo Sugar Thieves closes out the day's events.

It looks like the weather is going to be bright and sunny this weekend. Looks like a perfect day to spend outdoors. So if you love beautiful cars, fantastic food, and amazing music, then make time to visit the Tucson Cruise, BBQ, and Blues Festival. 

Rebecca Schulte, Schulte Real Estate Group, Your Source for Tucson Real Estate

Posted in Community News