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The border patrol Affects Real estate values in Rio Rico and Tubac

The border patrol Affects Real estate values in Rio Rico and Tubac

The border patrol Affects Real estate values in Rio Rico and Tubac. Many people who are looking to purchase a home have expressed doubts about our area.  They think that having to go through the border patrol checkpoint near Chavez Siding in Tubac is going to be too much of an annoyance. The placement of that checkpoint has, in fact, caused a great deal of loss in the local business community. Lots of people just don’t want to have to go through that so they don’t come down here all.

There are other distractions about the checkpoint they have been discussed lots: the fact that it takes so long to get so many cars through only two lanes, the fact that we’re subject to dog searches. The fact that the BP folks don’t respect our State’s Medical Marijuana laws. And there were many Friends who have been pulled over to the side for further inspection when absolutely nothing was wrong. This is pretty awful and very demeaning when it happens to you. I believe that the border patrol rethought some of this and retrained some in order to mitigate those concerns. Also consider that the U.S. Customs and Border PROTECTION reports that crimes along the border at about 35% of what they were in 2015, and evenly spread in most categories.

One of the things that you don’t hear discussed at all is the fact that, as a result of the border patrols presence in this area, the crime has gone pretty seriously down. There are areas around us, and in pretty much every City in the country have hideous crime problems. If you look at a map of violent crimes in Arizona you will see that Phoenix, Sierra Vista, tempe, scottsdale, are all on the list of most violent crimes in the state. Number one most violent crimes in Arizona is Tucson. Violent crimes in our area is pretty much diminished by the presence of the Border Patrol. We should appreciate that Federal officers are effectively acting as our private security guards.  Yes it can be annoying to have your security guards not know you are and it’s even possible you’ll be stopped. I personally have never experienced that. I don’t know anybody that has.

Difficult to find a home to buy in Tucson these days because anything under $300,000 seems to be disappearing as quickly as it comes on the market. We often hear stories about offers above the asking price. It’s very doubtful that these buyers are aware that they are purchasing a home in the highest crime district in the state. Likewise, it’s probably never pointed out to homebuyers looking around Santa Cruz County that we have among the safest violent crime stats anywhere in the state. Maybe we should be making such a case to those buyers who think it’s too dangerous to buy here.

The issue is simply this: if you are an illegal crossing the border, you do not want to be apprehended by the border patrol. You will do almost anything possible to get past the area that the BP patrols. The BP vehicles can be seen all over this state and our neighboring states, but certainly they are incredibly more present within the 20 miles between the border and the north. It is also likely that the criminal element crossing the border illegally are well more versed in where to go and how to get there, they are coached by criminal coyotes who train their runners, than the Young people who are just trying to make their way in the world. These young people are very unlikely to be the cause of any further illegal or violent behavior. I don’t know anybody that doesn’t have sympathy for those kids. But the criminal element must be stopped and we as a country don’t now have a program to discern the difference.

The Narco Cartels have an extremely well coordinated System. They’ll do anything to make money. The Mexican government does very little to stop them because the Mexican law enforcement is afraid of them. Understandable. Everyone should be. They are evil. But we all need to have the knowledge that the United States Border Patrol has our territory well under control. There may not be a safer place to live, probably anywhere except for maybe Northern Canada. Brrr!

If you are among those folks looking to buy a house to our North, make certain that you look carefully at the local crime Stats. And then think again about Tubac & Rio Rico. And here’s something new: Border Patrol Agents will respond to local matters if they’re called. It’s all about making this place as safe as it can be.

Having to have the Border Patrol here stinks. Not having them would stink worse.

https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/cbp-enforcement-statistics/criminal-alien-statistics

I’m Russell Palmer. I’d be honored to serve your real estate needs.

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The border patrol affects real estate values Rio Rico, Tubac

The border patrol Affects Real estate values in Rio Rico, Tubac

The border patrol affects real estate values in Rio Rico, Tubac. Many people who are looking to purchase a home have expressed doubts about our area.  They think that having to go through the border patrol checkpoint near Chavez Siding in Tubac is going to be too much of an annoyance. The placement of that checkpoint has, in fact, caused a great deal of loss in the local business community. Lots of people just don’t want to have to go through that so they don’t come down here all.

There are other distractions about the checkpoint they have been discussed lots: the fact that it takes so long to get so many cars through only two lanes, the fact that we’re subject to dog searches. The fact that the BP folks don’t respect our State’s Medical Marijuana laws. And there were many Friends who have been pulled over to the side for further inspection when absolutely nothing was wrong. This is pretty awful and very demeaning when it happens to you. I believe that the border patrol rethought some of this and retrained some in order to mitigate those concerns. Also consider that the U.S. Customs and Border PROTECTION reports that crimes along the border at about 35% of what they were in 2015, and evenly spread in most categories.

One of the things that you don’t hear discussed at all is the fact that, as a result of the border patrols presence in this area, the crime has gone pretty seriously down. There are areas around us, and in pretty much every City in the country have hideous crime problems. If you look at a map of violent crimes in Arizona you will see that Phoenix, Sierra Vista, tempe, scottsdale, are all on the list of most violent crimes in the state. Number one most violent crimes in Arizona is Tucson. Violent crimes in our area is pretty much diminished by the presence of the Border Patrol. We should appreciate that Federal officers are effectively acting as our private security guards.  Yes it can be annoying to have your security guards not know you are and it’s even possible you’ll be stopped. I personally have never experienced that. I don’t know anybody that has.

Difficult to find a home to buy in Tucson these days because anything under $300,000 seems to be disappearing as quickly as it comes on the market. We often hear stories about offers above the asking price. It’s very doubtful that these buyers are aware that they are purchasing a home in the highest crime district in the state. Likewise, it’s probably never pointed out to homebuyers looking around Santa Cruz County that we have among the safest violent crime stats anywhere in the state. Maybe we should be making such a case to those buyers who think it’s too dangerous to buy here.

The issue is simply this: if you are an illegal crossing the border, you do not want to be apprehended by the border patrol. You will do almost anything possible to get past the area that the BP patrols. The BP vehicles can be seen all over this state and our neighboring states, but certainly they are incredibly more present within the 20 miles between the border and the north. It is also likely that the criminal element crossing the border illegally are well more versed in where to go and how to get there, they are coached by criminal coyotes who train their runners, than the Young people who are just trying to make their way in the world. These young people are very unlikely to be the cause of any further illegal or violent behavior. I don’t know anybody that doesn’t have sympathy for those kids. But the criminal element must be stopped and we as a country don’t now have a program to discern the difference.

The Narco Cartels have an extremely well coordinated System. They’ll do anything to make money. The Mexican government does very little to stop them because the Mexican law enforcement is afraid of them. Understandable. Everyone should be. They are evil. But we all need to have the knowledge that the United States Border Patrol has our territory well under control. There may not be a safer place to live, probably anywhere except for maybe Northern Canada. Brrr!

If you are among those folks looking to buy a house to our North, make certain that you look carefully at the local crime Stats. And then think again about Tubac & Rio Rico. Because the border patrol affects Real estate values in Rio Rico and Tubac.

Having to have the Border Patrol here stinks. Not having them would stink worse.

I’m Russell Palmer. I’d be honored to serve your real estate needs. 520.275.5454

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Your Risk of Identity Theft

10 Steps To Reduce Your Risk of Identity Theft

Real Estate agents go to continuing education classes, and courses and discussions. This morning Dana Coyle, a Credit Consultant and CEO of Complete Credit Services, came and spoke at Realty Executives office in Green Valley.  We all think that we know how Credit companies formulate our scores. But we actually don’t. Nobody does. Those companies keep that data formula as closely guarded as Coca-Cola, or Colonel Sanders. And the formulas change all the time and they’re all different. That’s why your credit goes up and down… that and a host of other credit issues can be found on the Complete Credit Services website. Lot’s of helpful, useful information there. One of the issues that we can do something about is following these 10 steps to reduce Your Risk of Identity Theft. Take this seriously. Lots of identity thieves out there.  You need to be proactive in REDUCING your risk of Identity Theft. Follow these 10 steps:

1. Guard your Social Security number (SSN). It is the key to your credit report and banking accounts and is the prime target of criminals. Do not print your SSN on your checks or your driver license.   Do not give it out in public or over a cell phone.  When asked for it, request to use a different form of security or verification using other personal information.  Remember that not every company that asks for your SSN actually needs it.  The pizza place or library may still give you the discount or membership card with other information you provide.

2. Do NOT carry your Social Security card or ALL of your credit cards in your wallet or purse.  Leave the SSN card at home locked in a safe place.  If you must have a credit card with you, only carry one.  You probably will not need to use every single one of your credit cards while you are out for the day.

3. Do NOT loan out your credit cards, Social Security card or Driver License.  No matter how close the friend or relative is, it is YOUR personal information that is at risk.  And it will be YOUR responsibility and your time spent in the event of lost information that results in increased risk of identity theft.

4. Monitor and safeguard the information on your credit report.  It contains your SSN, present and prior employers, and a listing of all account numbers – including those that have been closed. After applying for a loan, credit card, rental or anything else requiring a credit report, request that your SSN on the application be truncated or completely obliterated and your original credit report shredded before your eyes or returned to you once a decision has been made. A lender or rental manager needs only to keep your name and credit score to justify their decision.

5. Shred bank statements, credit statements and “junk mail” credit card offers before throwing them away. Rather than tearing them by hand, use a crosscut shredder.   This is especially important for any unsolicited credit card offers you receive and the so-called “convenience” checks that your  credit card company sends to you.  Identity thieves DO check trash cans and dumpsters for these pre-approved credit offers.

6. Remove your name from the marketing lists of the three credit reporting bureaus to reduce the number of pre-approved credit offers you receive.   You can Opt Out with the three major credit bureaus to be excluded from pre-approved, unsolicited offers.

7. Once a year place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Copy both sides of your license and credit cards so you have all the account numbers, expiration dates and phone numbers if your wallet or purse is stolen.  Keep this paper locked in a safe place at home.  Remember to update it annaully, perhaps on your birthday or other significant date.

8. Do not mail any payments from an unsecured mailbox.  Send mail that includes account numbers and/or checks from the post office, a U.S. Postal Service official blue mailbox, a secure mail service facility or a locked mailbox.  And do not leave your incoming mail unattended.  Consider a locking secure mailbox at your home or renting one from a local store with mailbox services.

9. Always use a secured website when shopping online.  Look for the https: at the beginning of the web address; the “s” indicates a secure site.  Other icons may be present such as the padlock in Internet Explorer, VeriSign and other certifications.

10. Set up a Credit Monitoring Plan.  Checking your own credit report does NOT count against your scores and is an effective way to look for signs of mixed identity or identity theft.  Mark your calendar or planner to check one every four months for year round monitoring.

Thanks to Dana Coyle for the great suggestions on reducing your risk of Identity Theft. There’s a bunch more info on her company’s website.

 

—  Russell Palmer

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Bruce Bracker on the Wall and Border #3

Bruce Bracker on the Wall and Border Interview #3

Bruce Bracker on the Wall and Border Interview.  This is the 3rd part in a series.  Bruce is our Supervisor for District 3.  He is an outstanding addition to the Board of Supervisors and we have someone in Nogales listing to us. Listen carefully to how thoughtful and practical his answers are. He’s a very thoughtful man.

If you have any questions for him for future conversations, please write to me: rptubac@gmail.com

Russell Palmer

520.275.5454

 

 

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District 3 Supervisor, Bruce Bracker Interviewed Part 2

District 3 Supervisor, Bruce Bracker Interviewed Part 2

Our District 3 Supervisor, Bruce Bracker is back for part 2 in a series.  There are a series of short interviews that I’m sharing over the next two or three weeks.

If you have any suggestions for questions that you’d like me to pose to Supervisor Bracker, send them to me at rptubac@gmail.com.  Feel free to share your comments.

Russell Palmer

520.275.5454

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District 3 Supervisor, Bruce Bracker Interviewed

District 3 Supervisor, Bruce Bracker Interviewed.

Our District 3 Supervisor, Bruce Bracker is a very nice man.  We were dining one evening and I suggested that we do a series of interviews to keep us (you and me, those of us that want to know what’s going on but don’t have time to attend all of the Supervisor’s meetings) informed on what kind of direction we’re going in the County.  Bruce agreed. Most of the questions that I ask Bruce are not hardball. They don’t need to be. We haven’t had this kind of information previously, unless it’s through the Nogales newspaper, which is, in my opinion, completely biased about nearly everything. Bruce is excited with his new job. His background is Retail management. His family has owned and operated the Bracker Department Stores in Nogales for three generations. Most Recently he served as President of the local Port Authority, which was very successful in their bid to coordinate Trucking needs (mostly for the produce industry) with the Customs Department and ADOT, among several state and federal agencies.

There are a series of short interviews that I’m going to share with you over the next couple of weeks. This is the first of those.

(Just prior to this first video I attempted to introduce Bruce as the 3rd District Supervisor. He corrected me, I didn’t immediately get it. He isn’t the 3rd Supervisor, as might be the title of a fellow who manages a crew picking up trash. No, indeed, he is the Supervisor of District 3 in Santa Cruz County Arizona. And even as he was explaining this to me I said it incorrectly a couple of times. This was what i was referring to in my opening introduction.  I’m not and never have been good with remembering names or titles. I blame my parents for the genetics that inevitably make me forget such things. Oh well… )

If you have any suggestions for questions that you’d like me to pose to Supervisor Bracker, send them to me at rptubac@gmail.com.  Feel free to share your comments.

Russell Palmer

520.275.5454