Real Producers Magazine features Bizzy Orr

(Published on - 12/3/2018 9:51:13 PM)

Bizzy Orr - Seizing Every Moment

By Kylea Bitoka

Photos by Joey Ambrose


If there is one thing Elizabeth “Bizzy” Orr has learned as a military spouse it's make the most of your time. “You learn to grow where you are planted. It opens your eyes to opportunity and teaches you to make the most of what is around you.”

That is exactly what Bizzy has done. She’s made the most of every opportunity as their family has moved around the United States and the world. Bizzy never expected to pursue a career in real estate or be in the top 1 percent of REALTOR®s in Tucson, however, 11 years into her career, she is still going strong with no plans of stopping. The awards and recognition for her achievements continue to add up. When you experience Bizzy’s can-do attitude, fun-loving spirit, and passion for helping people transition, it makes sense.


One of Bizzy’s first introductions to real estate was a foreclosure flip. “My husband and I have been buying and selling houses since 1999. Our first foreclosure was in Indiana; we remodeled it, then sold it. Both of us enjoyed what we could do with real estate, how we could improve homes and improve communities.” Before they got involved in buying and selling real estate, Bizzy and her husband, Jeff, were frequently on the move with his career in the Air Force. While they lived in Missouri, Mississippi and Arizona, Bizzy worked in promotions and marketing for TV stations. Then her husband got stationed at Misawa Airbase in Japan. Bizzy retired from the TV industry. “I did a lot of fun things in Japan. I worked in an art gallery, I taught English, and I volunteered. Our son, Erik, was born in Japan. It was great to be able to stay home with him.” Bizzy laughs as she shares a funny story about Erik. “For the longest time, he thought he was Asian American because he was born in Asia and he is American.”

While stationed in Misawa, Bizzy and her family savored all the sights and sounds of the area. “We were in the northern part of the main island; it’s a lot like Colorado or Oregon. There are mountains, rivers and hot springs. It’s very beautiful. We traveled a lot. We loved to go camping and skiing.” After 10 years as an active-duty pilot, Bizzy’s husband transitioned into the Air National Guard. It’s a move that allowed them to put down roots and opened the door for Bizzy’s real estate career. “When we moved to Tucson, we decided to invest more in real estate. The timing worked out for me to get my license in 2007. At first, I wasn’t sure if I would use the license. I just thought it would help us with our rentals and buying or selling different properties. But it ended up that I had this network of people that knew me and trusted me. One client at a time it turned into a career. I sort of accidentally became successful.”

In addition to becoming a licensed REALTOR®, Bizzy was a full- time mom, coordinator for her son’s swim team, and stroke and turn judge for swim competitions. Like Bizzy always does, she made the most of the opportunities that were in front of her, not missing a moment. “A lot of the swim families became clients of mine. Our family still shares a special bond over swimming. In fact, we just got back from Denver; we went to watch Erik’s last swim meet of the season. He’s on the Air Force men’s swim team.”

Jeff graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1992. Now Erik is following in his father’s footsteps – he will in graduate in 2021. It’s a proud moment for Bizzy and Jeff who both come from families with a strong tradition of military service. “I couldn’t be prouder. My dad is retired Navy. Jeff’s father is a former Army pilot. I’m really excited for Erik and the opportunities ahead of him.” It’s an Air Force tradition for the families of pilots to take a picture in front of the jet, this time both father and son were in flight suits, a truly special moment for their family.

Bizzy’s own experience in military moves has given her a passion for helping other military families relocate. “I’ve been where they are, and I can help them. It’s very rewarding.” Every year Bizzy helps many military families relocate to Tucson. Sometimes, it even reunites her with old friends. “In Japan, I worked with the wife of a military flight doctor. When he retired, they moved to Tucson, and we reconnected. I was able to help them buy a home.”

Even in their spare time, Bizzy and her family like to be active. “We love to get outside for hikes in Sabino Canyon and Tumamoc.” Whether it’s a triathlon or a CrossFit workout, Bizzy is always up for the challenge. Both Bizzy and Jeff have completed triathlons. Investing in fitness is a priority in her personal life as well as her business life. Bizzy’s real estate team shares her passion for an active, healthy lifestyle and is currently sponsoring the Tucson Tri Girls. Founded in 2003, Tucson Tri Girls is a nonprofit that provides support, training, and events for women triathletes of all levels and abilities.                                                                                                                                 


For all the hard work she puts in, Bizzy also knows how to have fun. She’s found a creative outlet in modeling for a stock photography company in Tucson. The images are available for purchase and are used nationwide. Her photos have been spotted on greeting cards, ads, and gift bags in Hawaii, Illinois and Maine. “We did a '50s housewives series, and those photos have been very popular. They show up on social media all the time. One of my images was actually used by The Loft for selling popcorn. BRAVO TV even used one of my images on ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.’ You never know where they will turn up next.”

As far as the future goes, Bizzy and Jeff are getting ready for another adventure. Jeff is starting a new job as a pilot for Southwest Airlines. “Opportunity knocks; you’ve got to take advantage of the new things coming your way. As my husband starts flying, there will be more chances to travel. Being in the military, we have friends all over the States and all over the world; it’s a great opportunity to reconnect with these special people in our life. I can see in the next five years still having a great real estate team but me being more mobile.” It’s an exciting new chapter, and Bizzy is ready to seize every moment of it.

Can You Pass This Home Maintenance Quiz?

(Published on - 9/10/2018 3:40:29 PM)

Your home may be the biggest investment you will ever make. Taking good care of it with regular maintenance is necessary to maintain its value and ensure it will provide a comfortable, safe shelter for you and your family for a long time.

Here is a home maintenance quiz that will test your maintenance knowledge. While this quiz does not address every home maintenance project, it does provide helpful tips and reminders for chores you may have overlooked.

1. What part of the faucet usually needs to be replaced when you have a water leak?
The washer.

2. How often should the moving parts of garage doors be oiled?
Every three months.

3. What faucet part needs to be cleaned every three to four months?
Aerator — the screen inside the end of the faucet.

4. What will prevent soot and add color to the fire in your fireplace?
Throw in a handful of salt.

5. What should you use to clean unpainted concrete floors?
A solution of 4 to 6 tablespoons of washing soda in a gallon of hot water. Mix scouring powder to the solution for tough jobs.

6. Do hardwood floors need to be waxed?
Hardwood floors that do not have a polyurethane finish probably will need to be waxed periodically. Use liquid or paste “spirit” wax.

7. Why should frozen pipes be thawed slowly?
Frozen pipes should be thawed slowly to prevent the formation of steam, which could cause the pipe to burst.

8. What is the white powdery substance that develops on masonry walls?
Efflorescence sometimes appears on masonry walls. It is crystallized soluble salts that can be removed by scrubbing with water and a stiff brush.

9. At what temperature should your water heater be set?
120 degrees Fahrenheit

10. What is a simple solution you can use to wash extremely dirty exterior windows?
A solution of equal parts vinegar and water or 3 tablespoons of denatured alcohol per quart of warm water. Use a piece of crumpled newspaper to wash the glass to avoid lint left behind by paper towels.

How did you do?? If you have any questions about home maintenance or need some help with repairs, give us a call! We have some great people we can refer to you!

All information courtesy of National Association of Home Builders.

Pathway to Purchase

(Published on - 9/10/2018 3:38:48 PM)
Are you familiar with the "Pathway to Purchase"? If you meet program criteria, the Bizzy Orr Team will help you find a home in eligible zip codes. We currently have two listings (see below) that are located in these eligible zip codes!
The Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH), in partnership with the Arizona Home Foreclosure Prevention Funding Corporation (AHFPFC), provides down payment assistance to qualified homebuyers purchasing a primary residence in 26 targeted zip codes in 12 Arizona Cities. The assistance is an incentive to purchase in targeted housing markets that have been hardest-hit by foreclosures.

The Pathway to Purchase (P2P) Down Payment Assistance Program provides an attractive 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a Down Payment Assistance (DPA) second mortgage equal to * 10% of the purchase price. The DPA second mortgage is a five–year forgivable lien against the subject property at a 0% interest rate and no required monthly payments. The down payment assistance (DPA) can be used toward the down payment and / or closing costs. DPA is only available in conjunction with a P2P first mortgage and is funded by the AHFPFC at the mortgage loan closing.

Program Highlights:

  • Mortgage for the purchase of an Owner occupied, Primary Residences in targeted areas.
  • Borrower(s) Income not to exceed $92,984.00.
  • Purchase Price limit not to exceed $371,936.00.
  • Existing, previously occupied properties only, new construction, including spec homes are not allowed.
  • The DPA provided is 10% of the purchase price * up to a maximum of $20,000.
  • Freddie Mac HFA Advantage mortgage only.
  • The P2P Program is strictly limited to the targeted zip codes in the following cities: (see target area table for specific zip codes).
    • Bull Head City, Casa Grande, Glendale, Green Valley, Kingman, Phoenix, Rio Rico, Sahuarita, Sierra Vista, Tucson, Vail, Yuma.
  • Each borrower must complete a homebuyer education course before closing.

All information is courtesy of Arizona Department of Housing and more information about the Pathway to Purchase Program can be found here. Call us with any questions! 520.820.1801

Staying Safe During Summer Monsoons

(Published on - 7/19/2018 8:39:01 PM)


In 2008 the National Weather Service decided to declare a monsoon season from June 15 to Sept. 30. The change, at least in part, allows the Weather Service an opportunity to consistently promote its safety messages connected to the monsoon.

The word “monsoon” is derived from the Arabic word “mausim,” which means season. It doesn't refer to individual storms, but to a season.

The monsoon is essentially a change in the weather pattern. Dry winds that typically blow from the west and southwest tend to shift to the south and southeast, bringing up moisture from the Gulf of California.

That moisture, coupled with the heat of summer, fuels the storms.

Through 2007, the start of the monsoon was determined by three consecutive days of average dewpoint temperatures of 55 degrees or higher.

Be prepared

We can’t do anything to prevent the monsoon, but we can prepare.


Sandbags are the best way to divert water from doorways and help to protect your home from flooding during a monsoon storm..

Read the City of Tucson's "Flood and Erosion Hazard Protection" for more information that provides valuable tips should a summer monsoon turn into a more serious flooding situation.

Flood waters on the roads

According to the National Weather Service, nearly half of all flood fatalities are vehicle-related.

Never drive into a flooded roadway. It is extremely difficult to estimate the depth of running water or the strength of a current.

Never drive around barricades. They are there for a reason, usually because flooding is anticipated or has already happened. In addition, the road could be damaged and unsafe for drivers.

Never allow children to play around floodwaters or washes. They can be swept away.

It only takes 1 to 2 feet of water to float most vehicles, including SUVs.

Thunderstorms and lightning

If you can hear thunder, then you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

Take shelter in a sturdy building or a hard-topped vehicle. You should remain in this shelter 30 minutes after hearing the last rumble of thunder.

Telephone lines conduct electricity, so avoid using landline phones during a storm.

Metal pipes also conduct electricity, so avoid taking showers and baths or using running water during a storm.

Bring pets indoors.

High winds

Arizona thunderstorm winds often exceed 40 mph and straight-line winds can exceed 100 mph.

Move into a central interior room away from windows to avoid blowing debris that could shatter glass.

If you are driving in high winds, slow down and anticipate steering correction when moving from protected to unprotected wind areas or when encountering large passing vehicles.

Be aware of high-profile vehicles — trucks, semis, buses, campers, or those towing a trailer — because they can be unpredictable during high winds.

Before the monsoon storm hits, evaluate large trees close to your home for potential hazards.

Dust storms

If you are caught in a dust storm while driving, pull off the roadway as far as safely possible. Turn off headlights and taillights, put the vehicle in park, and take your foot off the brake.

With reduced visibility, other drivers behind you could see the brake lights and assume you are driving on the road and follow your lights.

When severe dust storms occur, consider cleaning your smoke detectors. Dust can clog detectors and cause false alarms.

Downed power lines

Across a roadway:

Consider any downed power line to be energized and dangerous. Never touch a downed power line or anything close to it. High voltage can travel through the ground. Stay at least 100 feet away from any downed lines.

Across a vehicle:

If the vehicle is occupied, stay in the vehicle until professional help arrives. Avoid contact with metal surfaces both inside and outside the vehicle. If there is a fire in the vehicle, jump from the vehicle landing on both feet. Hop away, keeping both feet in contact with each other until you are at least 100 feet from the vehicle.

Seller's Market

(Published on - 7/19/2018 8:37:25 PM)
For the first time ever, the median sales price for new construction homes in Tucson hit the $300,000 mark. Increases in materials, mortgage rates and regulatory costs, coupled with labor shortages, has led to the increase.
The cost of resale homes is also rising. The median resale price has increased from $200,000 to $216,500. Lack of inventory has led to homes in certain price ranges receiving multiple offers.
For a recent story about the changes in the housing market, check out this article in the Daily Star.
Our Team is ready to help you in any way that we can. We’re never too busy for you, or someone you would refer to us. 520.820.1801