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Jun 09, 2013
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Are you looking for something fun for the whole family to do and for free?  Then why don't you plan to go to Reid Park, the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center tonight at 7 p.m. for the final concert by the Tucson Pops Orchestra.  It's a fun event; people bring blankets or lawn chairs and sit out and enjoy the evening with wonderful music.   The program tonight includes a diverse mix of music, including popular pieces such as "Cat's In The Cradle", Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" which starts quietly and then works its way to an explosive finale complete with cannons, and finally concluding with "America The Beautiful", sure to bring a tear to your eyes and a warm feeling in your heart. 

I hope you can make it to this fine event tonight.  Enjoy!

http://www.tucsonpops.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=156&Itemid=110  

 

Patricia Paul, Broker  *** This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   ***  520-548-2078


Jun 07, 2013
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Today I read a quick article on aol.com.  As we are just beginning our hot season, it might be worth your while to take a look. 

Tucsonans already know it's a good idea to have a towel handy in your car to throw over the steering wheel when you park; especially if there happens to be any metal on it.   Also, by July most residents have mastered handling the steering wheel with only two fingers to avoid unnecessary burns to your entire hands.  Windshield sun screens can make a difference in the temperature in your car.

Here's the article from www.dailyfinance.com:

 http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/06/06/prepare-your-car-for-summer-savings-experiment/?ncid=webmail5

Happy trails to you.  An oh, don't forget an emergency supply of water in the event of a break down. 

 

Patricia Paul, Broker, GRI  ***  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   ***  520-548-2078


Dec 30, 2012
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2012  ...

The end of a year is an appropriate time to look back and reflect on some of the memorable happenings and events, and to plan for the next year.  2012 has been a busy but good year for me, with the opening of my own company, Patricia Paul Properties.  I became a small business owner and sole proprietor of my company.  

I searched for ways to improve my efficiency and to work smarter.  I invested in a software package for the Property Management side of my business, and will begin with the streamlined process with January's rent cycle.

I took on a number of new clients and began learning about them, their properties, and their needs.  I took on several new Tenants, and retained a number of repeat Tenants.  I started working with a number of new Buyers.  I worked on several Short Sales, representing Sellers and Buyers.  

I attended a number of Continuing Education classes to keep me current with the latest changes in the law, new procedures, new forms, new requirements, etc.  I began attending Tucson Association of REALTORS Small Broker Network monthly meetings.

I became involved in my health and took measures to become healthier.  I lost some weight and began to feel and look better.

So what will 2013 hold in store?  Of course, we never know, but if we set goals and take steps to achieve them we will be on the right track.  It's important to remain flexible and react to external changes.

Some of my goals include: Continue getting organized, reducing the amount of paperwork by using electronic files, purging old files, make strategic plans to grow my business, increase my number of Listings for sale, and continue to work at getting healthier.  

Of course, if I really want these things to happen, I need to set realistic, achievable goals to get there.  Goals should be fairly specific including what you want to accomplish, and how, and by what time frame.  Then the progress will begin.  I won't get discouraged if I don't see immediate results.  I will not lose sight of my goals, and will try to consistently work at them.  

Have you reflected on your past year?  Are there things you hope to accomplish in 2013?  Will you take the time to sit down and think about these things?  I'm pretty sure if you do, you'll find your year will be more productive, more satisfying, and happier.  

Hoping your 2013 will be all you want it to be!

 

Patricia Paul, Broker  ***  Patricia Paul Properties  ***  520-548-2078

 

 


Feb 15, 2010
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Available mid-March:

Cute and colorful!  This lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home has 1,495 square feet of living space.  Bright, cheerful colors in living areas.  Nice open floor plan, formal living room plus family room.  Kitchen features gas stove, pantry, breakfast bar.  Ceiling fans, window coverings included.  Covered rear patio and enclosed back yard.  2-car garage.

Conveniently located near Kolb and Escalante.  Shopping, services, restaurants, and bus line nearby.  Close to DMAFB, Border Patrol, and other major employers.

Rent:  $1,100   *    Security Deposit:  $1,100

For more information, please contact:

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

 


Feb 12, 2010
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The number of applications for home loans and refinance loans reached a six-week high as interest rates slipped slightly lower.  Many buyers expect the rates to start rising in the spring of 2010, and want to complete their purchases before then.

Also driving some of the recent mortgage activity is the extended first-time homebuyers tax credit of up to $8,000, and a move-up tax credit of up to $6,500.  In order to qualify for these credits, home purchases must be under contract by April 30, 2010.

Buying a home still makes good sense now:  Mortgage interest rates are still at historic lows, home prices have fallen between 25-30% from the highs in 2005 and 2006, depending upon the location.  There is still a good amount of inventory out there to choose from. 

If you'd like to get pre-qualified for a mortgage, please contact me for a list of reputable, ethical lenders.  If you've been thinking about purchasing a home, please contact me for a free no-obligation consultation. 

If you've even been thinking about it, now is a great time to check it out!

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


Feb 06, 2010
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Well, today was a special day.  As some of you know, lampwork beadmaking is my latest hobby and passion.  For the last few weeks I have been putting together my own glass beadmaking studio at home. 

Today it all came together and I was able to turn on my torch and create my first bead in my home studio.  The torch uses a mix of propane and oxygen.  It was all very exciting!   Once you create a bead then is has to be fired in a kiln to anneal it.  I'll include some photos later, when the beads come out of the kiln.

And now.....  I've got some creating to do!

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


Feb 02, 2010
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           3 BR Near Pima & Swan                                 3 BR Near Midvale Park

                       $950/month                                                        $850/month

Both of these single family homes feature 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2-car garages, central air conditioning, ceiling fans, window coverings, and other extras.  For more information, please click on the menu tab marked "Home Rentals".   Call today to see these great homes in person!

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

 

 


Jan 29, 2010
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 Stop by on Sunday January 31 from 1:00 - 4:00 for my Open House located at 10315 E. Cowhead Saddle Lane, near Broadway and Houghton.  This beautiful home in Barrio Rincon was built in 2004 and features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

Directions:  From Broadway, take Houghton Road south to Cowhead Saddle Lane.  Go east to #10315.

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


Jan 26, 2010
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Have you been thinking about selling your Tucson home, but have been holding off because of the depressed real estate market?   It's true, the past couple of years have been a buyer's market, and it was fairly brutal to sellers.  Home values dropped significantly, yet sellers still had to do even more to stand out from the crowd of other homes for sale.

But the real estate market has been improving slowly over the past year, at the same time that the inventory has been shrinking.   The federal First-Time Homebuyers tax credit of up to $8,000 was extended for the 1st quarter or so of 2010, along with the program being expanded to offer a tax credit of up to $6,500 to qualifying existing homeowners who purchase a primary residence.  The tax credits have time deadlines; buyers must have their home purchase under contract by April 30, 2010, so they should start looking now.  This will create a larger pool of buyers out there in the first quarter of 2010 to make their qualifying purchase.   Now's the time to get in on the action!

Call me now for a free consultation.  We can discuss the value of your home, how to prepare it to put on the market, and potential marketing plans to get it sold.

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


Jan 24, 2010
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The very popular FHA insured home loans will be increasing some of their costs.  The first change will entail an increase to the up-front mortgage insurance premium paid at closing.  It is scheduled to increase to 2.25% of the loan amount in the spring. (It is currently at 1.75%).  So on a home loan of $100,000, the up-front fee would go from $1,750 to $2,250, or a $500 increase.  The FHA also intends to ask Congress to allow an increase in the annual premium (think higher monthly payments). 

The Agency will also be limiting the amount of sellers concessions allowed to apply to buyers closing costs.  Currently it can be up to 6% of the purchase price, but will be decreasing to a maximum of 3%.

Also, buyers with lower FICO credit scores may have to come up with larger down payments.  

These changes are being implemented to try to offset some of the losses the FHA has recently sustained.   The FHA (Federal Housing Authority) does not make the loans, they only insure them.  Currently more than 30% of home loans are FHA backed.  They are especially popular because they require far less down payment than conventional mortgages do.

What does this all mean?   If you are thinking about purchasing a home, the time to do it is now, before the changes.  And if you are thinking of selling a home, you might want to do that before costs increase for the buyers.  Their increased costs mean that much less is available to them for their purchase.

Please contact me if I can clarify any of this for you, or if you would like me to put you in touch with quality lenders.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


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