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Jan 13, 2010
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... And yesterday I did.  I had the pleasure of spending yesterday morning working with a crew on a home building project with Habitat for Humanity.   There are a total of 4 homes being built, near Craycroft and I-10.  My company, Long Realty Company, has long been a supporter of Habitat for Humanity.   I have volunteered and worked on builds in previous years, too. 

The homes are maybe half finished; they are framed out on the inside, and roofs are being installed now.   Yesterday I worked on installing the mesh corner reinforcing strips on all the outside edges, in preparation for the stucco application.  We also installed some "bump-outs" on the front exteriors.  It's very interesting to see how the homes are constructed. 

There were some really great people working along with me.  There were several volunteers who have been doing this for many years.  It's great to be able to give back to my community.  And being a REALTOR who makes a living selling homes, it is particularly rewarding to be able to help create housing for those in need.

Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful cause.  If you can volunteer either time or financial support to them, please contact them at www.habitattucson.org.

Patricia Paul, GRI *** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com *** (520) 548-2078


Dec 30, 2009
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            HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

                                             Here's to a great 2010!

 

Patricia Paul, GRI *** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com *** (520) 548-2078


Dec 29, 2009
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You've probably heard of the term net worth, but do you actually know what it is, and how to figure yours?  Simply put, net worth is the difference between a household's assets and liabilities.   To calculate yours, first get a piece of paper, and draw a vertical line down the center of it.

On the left hand side of the paper, begin to list any assets (things that you own); a brief description of them, and their current value.  This might be your home if you own it (or are paying a mortgage), vehicles, money in bank accounts, savings accounts, retirement accounts, stocks or bonds, and personal possessions (Be conservative; only include saleable items, and don't overestimate.)

On the right side of the paper, begin to list your liabilities (things that you owe).  This might include the balance of your home mortgage, balance of any vehicle loans, credit card debt, any outstanding personal loans, etc. 

Now total up both columns.  If the asset side is larger than the liability side (and hopefully it is), then you have a positive net worth.  If the liability side is larger than the assets, you have a negative net worth, and it's time for you to do what you can about that.

This is a good exercise to perform at least once a year.  Then compare your net worth to previous years to get a picture of your personal finances and where you're headed.

The Federal Reserve recently announced that the average net worth of households has increased by 5%.  This is probably mostly due to the fact that many stock prices rallied earlier this year.

If you'd like help estimating the current value of your home, call me.  I'd be glad to help!

Patricia Paul, GRI *** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com *** (520) 548-2078


Dec 28, 2009
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Wouldn't it feel great to get out of debt and start saving instead?  If you agree, please take a moment to read this article by Eric Tyson on RIS Media.  Eric has some good, practical ideas for doing just that.

http://rismedia.com/2009-12-29/8-ways-to-get-out-of-debt-and-start-saving-for-the-new-year/

Apparently this challenging economy has prompted people to do as the title of this posting suggests.   The Federal Reserve reports that household debt shrank by an annual rate of 2.6% in Quarter 3 of 2009.   This was the 5th consecutive decline in this number.

Patricia Paul, GRI *** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com *** (520) 548-2078


Dec 24, 2009
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It really is a special time of the year:  People reaching out to others, helping those who are less fortunate, performing acts of kindness.  It's a time for gathering around friends and family.  It's a time for traditions.  It's a time for religion or spirituality.  It's a time for children filled with joy and wonder.  It is a time for peace.

Whatever Christmas means to you, I hope you have a day filled with all that is lovely and special.  May there be warm feelings in your heart, and may they be with you long after the holiday has ended.

Merry Christmas to all!

Patricia Paul, GRI *** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com *** (520) 548-2078 

 


Dec 22, 2009
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'Twas the night before the night before Christmas.....

We just got home from taking a drive around the neighborhood to look at the Christmas lights.   Some people have put forth a whole lot of time and energy to create a winter wonderland.   Though most any home looks good with lights on it, some obviously stand out from the rest.  Maybe because of the number of lights used, or the creative way they are used in decorating, or maybe it's a theme that's carried out.

Christmas decorations have come a long way from when I was a kid.  Back then, the outdoor bulbs were huge, and the only choices were clear, or multi-colored.  Maybe ten years ago they invented the icicle lights; they became real popular.  There are also chasing lights, single colored strands, air-filled decorations, mechanical wire statues and lots more!

If you're new to Tucson, or even if you're not, you should check out the Winterhaven Festival of Lights (entry from Ft. Lowell or Prince, west of Country Club).    This whole neighborhood decorates for the holidays and puts on quite a show.  Some nights are open only to pedestrians, other nights cars and hay rides are allowed.   To see the schedule, go to the following link:

http://www.winterhavenfestival.org/festival.html

And now, I'm off to go watch "La Boheme" the movie, on PBS.  It stars two of the most popular and attractive young opera stars, Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon.   This opera by Puccini is probably one of the most recognized in the world.  It's an incredible love story that takes place in Paris.   Act 1 opens on Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter.   Hope you see it and enjoy it.  I know I will!

Patricia Paul, GRI *** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com *** (520) 548-2078

 


Dec 18, 2009
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Today I went to The Loft Cinema on Speedway to see "The Nutcracker".  It was recorded in St. Petersburg, Russia at the Mariinsky Theatre.   This is the same theatre where The Nutcracker mades its original debut back in 1892.

Most everyone is familiar with the beautiful music, and loves this work by Tchaikovsky.  It is associated with the Christmas season.

This version of the ballet was recorded in High-Def and was really quite a spectacle.   The stage sets and costumes were a remarkably creative and fantastic.   Part of the fun was watching shots of the interior of the theatre.    Like many of the opera houses and theatres of Europe, it is beautiful, luxurious, and elegant; a multi-storied building surrounded with private viewing boxes.   And the public dresses up for the events, much more so than we do here in the United States.

The Loft also shows many art films and foreign films.

Ballet Arizona usually puts on a live performance of  The Nutcracker each year.   And if you haven't been fortunate enough to see A Southwest Nutcracker, you should make it a point to.   It's a fabulous version with the characters revised to fit in with the desert southwest.  The costumes also reflect our region.  We are fortunate to have so many opportunities!

Patricia Paul, GRI *** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com *** (520) 548-2078


Dec 11, 2009
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Human Goodies!

Dog Goodies!

 

Okay, so Martha Stewart I am not!  But I think I did a fair job of baking this past week.   It's a lot more than I usually do.  But I was going to a party at my girlfriend Marilyn's house, and I wanted to  bring something home made.   It was a fun party!  Guess I should have taken a picture of the photo at the end;  there wasn't much left!   (Will send recipes upon request.)

Patricia Paul, GRI *** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com *** (520) 548-2078

 


Dec 06, 2009
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I've wanted to write for a few days now, but at the beginning of each month I get bogged down for the better part of a week taking care of paperwork.  I'm still working at it, but should be freed up within another day or two. 

Did you happen to catch on Saturday Night Live ........  the skit on the State Dinner party crasher couple?  It was hysterical!  What is with these people? 

You know, if there were never ever another reality TV program, I think I could be perfectly happy.   And if the media would ignore the Octomoms, the Balloon Boys, the Kate + 8's, and the Party Crashers of this world, we'd all be a lot happier.  At least I know I would!

But maybe I should be grateful for the comic relief they provide, without even trying!   You never know what numbskull thing they're going to pull next.

I'll be back at you as soon as I can.  Stay tuned....

Patricia Paul, GRI ** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com ** (520) 548-2078

 


Nov 30, 2009
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I baked this afternoon, but it wasn't pies or holiday cookies, as you might think.  No, I concocted a batch of canine confection.  Otherwise known as dog biscuits.    Similar to making cookies, you make a thick dough.  Then you roll it out on a flat working surface, cut out the shapes (I have some cute dog bone cookie cutters I use), then bake them.   The rolling and cutting part takes the longest.

The ingredients are simple and wholesome.  This recipe called for whole wheat flour, broth, margarine, water, powdered milk, and egg.  Other recipes I have use dried oats, meat, wheat germ, corn meal, and peanut butter.

It's kind of fun making your own doggie treats.  You probably don't  save any money doing it, but it's a labor of love.  Your pets will love them!   I wrapped several of the large biscuits together and tied them up with a cute fabric ribbon with a printed bone and paw-print design.  They'll make cute little gifts to my friends' pets.

Contact me if you'd like the recipe.  Bon appetit to the pooches!

Patricia Paul, GRI ** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com ** (520) 548-2078


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