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Nov 27, 2009
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Our homes suffer months of baking in 100+ temperatures every summer, but then eventually the heat subsides, and we jump into the fall.   We all appreciate the cooler weather when it arrives, and that is a good time to take a look around your home.  Look for any areas on the exterior that are damaged or need touch-up.  Check for holes or defects that might be unwanted havens for bees or other insects.  Look around the base of your home for any evidence of termites.  You might see a mud-like trail coming up from the ground.  If so, have a professional come out and treat and consider placing your home under a termite warranty.

If your home has a pitched roof and gutters, check to see they are clean and obstruction-free.   Carefully take a look at the roof if you are able.  Are tiles or shingles missing?   On a built-up reflective roof,  look for areas where the coating is deteriorating or determine when to schedule the next recoating.   If you have and use a fireplace, you might consider having it inspected or the chimney swept.

Make sure you cover and protect your exterior hose bibs and piping to prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting.  You might consider wrapping them in a sleeve or foam covering.   Yes, even Tucson has nights of hard freeze!  Check the weather stripping around the house and garage doors, and replace if necessary.

Inside your home, you might want to make sure your home is properly insulated.   Take a look in the attic or crawlspace of your home if you have access.   Are there areas that have insulation missing?  You should also check the windows, checking for gaps or drafts around the window frames.  Back in the midwest, homes had storm windows.  Here in Tucson it's rare to see them, but a lot of homes have dual-pane windows.  They help insulate, too.  If you see condensation inside the windows, the gas seal between the panes of the glass may be broken.  This is also a good time to replace the batteries in any smoke detectors and alarms.

Have your furnace serviced.  Having a professional keep an eye on your heating/cooling system can prevent troubles down the road.  One of the best things you can do is be faithful about replacing or cleaning (washing off) your filters, whichever your system calls for.  This helps the system run more effiiciently and saves you money in the long run.  Check the furnace vents and how they are aimed.  Are there rooms or areas you never use that you are heating unnecessarily?

These simple steps should get you through the colder months and help keep your home in tip-top shape.

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

 

 


Nov 27, 2009
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Sorry about my absence this month.  I experienced some technical difficulties with my website, but it appears we have it back up and running now.  I discovered that I missed blogging when I was unable to.

I hope you all had a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving holiday.  Whether you celebrated with family or friends, or even by yourself, I hope you had a good meal and were able to find reasons to give thanks.

During this holiday season the good organizations that provide for the needy in our city (Community Food Bank, Salvation Army, Gospel Rescue Mission, etc.) are finding the number of people needing assistance going way up, while their donations are going down.  With the tough financial conditions out there, I urge anyone who is able to contribute.   And if you can't spare some food for the hungry, perhaps you can donate some of your time. 

You can either contact the charitable foundation of your choice, or contact the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona at (520) 881-3300, or online at www.volunteersoaz.org .  It is good to give back to our community!

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


Oct 29, 2009
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 Happy Halloween to all you ghouls and goblins!  Hope you have fun this weekend whatever you do.  There are lots of parties and events scheduled around town. 

Send me photos of the best costumes you see out there!   Neat pumpkin carvings are also welcome.

Be safe out there!  If you are trick-or-treating, make sure you wear something reflective and watch out for cars.

Oh, and........... don't eat too much candy!!!!

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


Oct 25, 2009
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With the change of seasons, now would be a good time to change the air filter in your air conditioner/furnace.  During our long, hot summers, the heating/cooling system takes a lot of abuse.  Soon we'll be ready to turn our heaters on.   The whole system runs a lot more efficiently when the filters are changed regularly.  It is usually recommended that you replace them monthly.   Some systems use a washable metal filter instead of cardboard disposable ones.  You simply take it out, hose it off, then replace it.  Mark it on your calendar to help you remember to perform this necessary bit of maintenance.  You could start next week on November 1st.

What happens when you don't change them?  I see it frequently:  the filter gets clogged with dust and dirt, the system struggles to run, the condensate line clogs and freezes up, the system backs up and overflows, leaving you with no A/C and a big pool of water, usually in the hottest of times.   People who live with pets in the house have their filters get dirtier and clogged quicker than those who don't.

Keeping up with your air filter can make the heating/cooling system run more efficiently, and save you money in operating costs. 

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


Oct 25, 2009
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There has been a huge increase in the number of Tucson properties going under contract in past several weeks (1,317 properties in the last four weeks).   Some of this might be attributed to first time home buyers rushing to get in under the tax credit deadline.

There are also a lot fewer home on the market right now (active inventory):  A 23% decrease in inventory in September 2009 compared to September 2008.

With the market showing signs of improvement for the last several months, now might be a good time to put your property on the market, if you've been thinking about it.

Call me if you'd like to discuss the possibility of selling or buying.   I'd be happy to meet with you and answer any of your questions.

For more details, visit:   http://azhousingstats.longrealtyblogs.com

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


Oct 20, 2009
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My order of 2010 Arizona Wall Calendars has just arrived.  If you would like to receive one, please drop me an e-mail with your name and address and I will send one to you while supplies last.

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


Oct 14, 2009
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Forbes Traveler just put out their list of which countries Americans have visited most in 2009.   It's no huge surprise that in this economy the most popular trips are a little closer to home.

#1   Mexico

#2   Canada

#3   United Kingdom

#4   France

#5   Italy

#6   Tie:     Germany

         Tie:     Japan

#8   Jamaica

#9   Peoples Republic of China

#10   Spain

To read the entire article:    http://www.forbestraveler.com/best-lists/countries-americans-visit-2009-slide-1.html?thisSpeed=25000

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

 


Oct 13, 2009
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 What a great home!  You can live here!  This beautiful home is located in Midvale Park, near Midvale Park Road, south of Irvington.  It offers 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  It has a 2-car garage with remote.  The home has just had a brand new central air conditioner installed.  It also has  beautiful all new carpeting.  The home also features vaulted ceilings, ceiling fans, plant ledges, covered and tiled rear patio, and a very pleasant enclosed back yard.  Even nicer because there is no rear neighbor right behind you.  Nice shade available from 2 mature mesquite trees.

Convenient to the freeways, major employers, shopping, hospitals.

Call now to schedule your showing.  This is a beautiful home!

++  Rent:  $1,000 per month        ++ Security deposit:   $1,000

** Equal Housing Opportunity **

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


Oct 11, 2009
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It's only the 12th of October, and already the performing arts season in Tucson is in full gear.   We've already had Broadway in Tucson with Monty Python's SpamALot, the Tucson Symphony kicked off their season opener with a resounding version of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, and the Arizona Opera opens this weekend with Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte.  Ballet Arizona will be performing the popular Swan Lake.  There are also several great theatre groups in town.   U-A Presents offers a wide range of performances, from classic to cutting edge.  For those who enjoy more light-hearted fare, the ever popular Gaslight Theatre offers fun melodrama musicals for families and out-of-town visitors.   Have a good time booing the villain and cheering for the hero!

Last weekend I attended for the first time, Live at the Met HD, at one of our local movie theatres (I went to the movies at Park Place Mall).  It was a live simulcast in HD of a performance at the Metroplitan Opera in New York.   The program was Puccini's Tosca, and it was fabulous!  Seeing close-ups in HD on the big screen as they occur live is great.  You actually get better views on the screen than from any seat in the opera house.  During the intermissions, they showed all the back stage action as the crews took down and put up the new sets for the various acts.   It's a work of choreography in itself!  The hostess of the program also interviewed some of the singers and staff.   What a great opportunity this is to see the big stars, and some of the best opera productions, right here from the comfort of good old Tucson.  There will be 8 more live performances this season.

So get out there and find something interesting to experience.   There's certainly lots to choose from!

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

 


Oct 08, 2009
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Have you noticed everyone's in a better mood the last few days?  Know why?  I think it's because it finally cooled off around here.  Heck, it was still 104 degrees at the end of September.  That's difficult to take after months of the hot stuff.  But now it's pleasant as could be outside.  The mornings and evenings are crisp and refreshing.  Even in the desert you can feel the change of the seasons.  The other day I was sitting on a outside patio having coffee with some clients, and I actually got goosebumps! 

Now we're headed into the good season.  If you're new to Tucson, you're in for a treat!  Where else can you sit out at the pool in the dead of winter, wear shorts in February, and smirk as you watch the weather reports for most of the rest of the snow-filled country. 

This, my friends, is a little slice of heaven!  Enjoy it!

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

 


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