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Jul 21, 2009
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Tucson's sure got a lot going for it.   I know I could create a long list of things that I like.  How about if I start a list, and you all add to it?  I'd like to hear some of your favorite things about Tucson. 

Here goes.....

  •      The Tucson climate (especially in the winter)
  •      The beautiful mountains that surround us
  •      Tucson International Gem & Mineral Show in February

August 23, 2009....  Here are a few more:

  •     The Arizona Opera, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, UA Presents
  •     Fantastic locally owned restaurants
  •     The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
  •     Palo Verde trees when they bloom in the Spring
  •     The smell of the desert just before it rains

Okay, now it's your turn!  Please leave a comment here on my blog telling me your favorite things about Tucson.  Thanks!


Patricia Paul, GRI  *  * (520) 548-2078

Jul 20, 2009
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Here are a few more pictures from my vacation earlier this summer.  I had some technical difficulties earlier with my website, and thanks to my friend and designer, Kent Benson, I am now back in business and can include photos.  (Thanks, Kent, for all your help with my website!)



This is my husband, Max, and our dogs, at an overlook at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.



What a thrill to see a herd of buffalo grazing on the meadows of the Kaibab National Forest, south of Jacob Lake.


This was our campsite in the Kaibab National Forest, north of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon; lots of beautiful tall pines and quaking aspens.  In the morning I saw deer nearby.


The Vermilion Cliffs in northern Arizona are a huge escarpment of pinkish, reddish hued mountains that go on for miles.  The California condor nests nearby, and has made a comeback due to the nursing by environmentalists.



This is a view looking south to the San Francisco Peaks.  These mountains are located just north of Flagstaff. 


Arizona is such an incredibly beautiful state!  Such diverse climates and habitats.  So many awesome sights.  If you haven't gone out and seen it for yourself, I suggest you do.  You will be in for a real treat!  I've had the good fortune to see most of our state.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.  Or, if you have a favorite place in Arizona you'd like to recommend, please do so!   Just leave a comment on this blog.

Patricia Paul, GRI     *    (520) 548-2078   *














Jul 19, 2009
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Here's a good one I read:  According to the Pew Research Center, the average American thinks one becomes an old person at the age of 68. 

I guess everything really is relative, because among those who were already 65, the thought was that old age began at 74.

For those under 30, the thought was that 60 was elderly. 

I still say..... being old is far better than the alternative!     :-)


Jul 10, 2009
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If you haven't already heard, I've got good news for you!  The huge I-10 expansion project from 29th Street up to Prince Road, that has been going on for the past couple years in Tucson, is making great progress.   As it stands now, unless the monsoons significantly interrupt their work, they should be finished approximately 8 months ahead of schedule.  Yippee!!!   That freeway and the poor highly used service drive  have been torn up for so long this will be a welcome accomplishment for Tucson and her visitors.  Have you taken a look at the work they have done?  I'm glad to see they are including some appealing designs, textures, and colors to the concrete work.  I imagine when the job is completed and landscaped it will look fabulous!

I recently drove home from Phoenix on I-10 and was surprised to see how much work had been done between the two cities.  They've added lanes and it is much more pleasant  now to make that drive.

There will be an official grand opening of the new 4th Avenue Underpass to take place on August 20.  This underpass links the downtown area with the eclectic 4th Avenue shopping district.   I can't wait to check it out.

Happy driving around Tucson!  Be kind to each other out there.

Patricia Paul, GRI       (520) 548-2078


Jul 07, 2009
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Make sure you're ready for the hot week ahead.  It starts off with a high of 103 tomorrow, escalating to 110 by Saturday, finally cooling off to a mere 106 by Monday.

Drink plenty of fluids, look for shade wherever you can.  Keep extra jugs of water in your car, in case of emergency.  Just keep telling yourself, "it's a dry heat!....".    And ponder how awesome Tucson will be in a few months!

 My own personal rule of thumb:  Anything over 105 is darn hot!!  Stay indoors if you can.     :-)


Patricia Paul, GRI    *   (520) 548-2078    *

Jun 28, 2009
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  3 BR/2 BA,  $1,050/month

      2 BR/1 BA,  $925/month

      1 BR/1 BA Furnished,   $750/month


I currently have several rental homes available in the Tucson area.  They are all fine properties.  To make arrangements to see any of these properties, please call me:  (520) 548-2078.  Here are some details:

3 BR/2 BA near Wilmot & Golf Links .....  $1,050/month

3 BR/2 BA near Starr Pass & Greasewood .....  $1,000/month

2 BR/1 BA near Tucson Blvd  & Glenn .....  $925/month

1 BR/1 BA Condo, Furnished, near Broadway & Randolph .....  $750/month

Security deposit is equal to one month's rent.

For more information, click on the menu tab:  "Home Rentals", or call me!

Don't miss out..... these should go fast!



Jun 22, 2009
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Today I had the good fortune to visit for the first time Antelope Canyon, in northern Arizona.  It's located near Page, on the Navajo Indian Reservation.  You must enter the canyon with a native American tour guide.   It's really quite an enchanted place.  The "Slot Canyons",  as they are called, have tall sandstone walls that have been weathered by flowing water over the years.  Light barely filters down to the canyon floors, and when it does, it's almost a spiritual experience. 

I had seen photographs of Antelope Canyon over the years and wanted to visit the place in person.   My sister, Fran, always loved photos of this place, too.  She wanted to see it in person, and unfortunately never will.   Fran passed away unexpectedly in February.  She was certainly in my thoughts today as I explored the canyon.  For those of you who have one of my personalized wall calendars, there is a photo of Antelope Canyon in there.  For those of you who do not, drop me an e-mail and I'll send you one.

I hope someday you will also be able to visit this special place.


Jun 21, 2009
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Aren't vacations wonderful?  This year, we packed up our motorhome, and hit the road.  It had been a grueling six months leading up to this, and we both decided we needed time to get away, relax, and deal with some of our recent issues. 

We headed north through Salt River Canyon up to the White Mountains.   After spending a couple days in Overgaard (west of Show Low), we headed up to Navajo country, passing through the ancient Hopi lands on the way.  

We made it to Page, Arizona, on the Arizona-Utah border and crossed over the Glen Canyon Dam.   We camped for a few nights at the Wahweep campground on Lake Powell.   Our two puppies had their first experience with a lake.  Jacob loved it, and ran with abandon.  Mimi, on the other hand, wasn't so sure.   She liked the cooling off part, but wasn't so sure about the water bit.  Oreo, the older dalmatian, is a water pro, and will happily swim after any Frisbee or tennis ball thrown for him.

We explored one of the southwest's most famous Slot Canyons,  Antelope Canyon, and tooks lots of photographs (for another blog entry).  It's a truly special place.

From here, the plan is to head to the north rim of the Grand Canyon.  We've been there before, but not for many years.  Something tells me it will not have changed at all; that maybe only I have.   I will keep you posted with blog entries as I have internet access.  Some of  these areas are pretty remote, but I'll be on the lookout for it. 

Hope you are having a good first part of summer.  Take time out to relax and take care of yourself. 


Jun 13, 2009
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If you want to sell your home, there are certain things you should do to prepare for it.  First, take a look at it with a critical eye, starting with the exterior and working your way inside the home.  Look for clutter or things that distract the eye of the beholder.  Ideally, all should look neat and tidy, and well cared for.  A buyer wants to buy a house that has been well maintained.

Outside, you want to create curb appeal.  Add some attractive plants or flowers to "prettify" the entrance.    Remove all weeds, trim any bushes or hedges, or here in Tucson, rake your gravel or dirt and freshen it up.  Any touch-up paint needed at the doorway?

Inside, a vase with fresh cut flowers can add a lot, too.  Clean is good.  Make the windows sparkle and the floors shine.  One trick is to reduce the amount of your possessions that you have been trying to display for years.  You don't want buyers to waste time looking at your life-long collections.  Instead, you want them to visualize their own things in your space. 

My rule here is:   Less is more!  By getting your rooms pared down to the bare minimum, they will appear larger.   It may require you removing some excess pieces of furniture, or boxing up some books or collectibles.  Take down personal photos or religious artwork.  Art work should be kept to a minimum, and should have wide appeal.  Hey, consider it a head start on the packing and moving phase.

You may want to have a home inspector come out and look at your home.  He can make a list of things in need of repair. (Cost: approximately $350.)  When a buyer decides they want to buy your home, they will pay to have an inspector examine it.  Isn't it better to know in advance what is wrong?  Most repairs can be performed inexpensively.  Or, if there is something seriously wrong, you can budget for it, or price your home accordingly.  Some contractors will perform work and wait to take their payment at the close of escrow.  Of course, if the sale falls through for any reason, you are still liable to pay!

You will also need a fabulous REALTOR (hint, hint).  I go out to my clients' homes and evaluate them, making suggestions as I go.  My experience allows me to see things that they might overlook.  I also explain the whole process to them, and let them know what to expect.  I also do the research to help determine the value of the home and to discuss pricing strategies.  I let my clients see how their home compares to competitive homes on the market.   And, I show my clients how I will market their property.  With more than 85% of all home buyers starting their search on the internet, it's important to capture that audience. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or issues you'd like to discuss.   Or, if you are ready to sell your home, I'd love to come talk to you about it.  Just give me a call.

Patricia Paul   *   (520) 548-2078


Jun 10, 2009
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Have you been thinking about selling your home in Tucson?    I have some information you might find interesting.   It's getting to be a better time to sell.  The active inventory in May 2009 has decreased 27% since May 2008. 

The number of months worth of inventory in May 2009 is down to 6.8 months average, from 8.5 months in May 2008.

The number of new properties under contract is up 34% from May 2008.

The median price of homes sold in May 2009 is $170,000, down 16% from May 2008.   (That means you can buy lower, too, after you sell.)

There is great variance even within Tucson based on the location of the home, as well as the price range.  For example, in the $200,00 - $225,000 price range,  there are only 4.5 months worth of inventory.   But in the $500,000 - $750,000 price range, there are 23.9 months worth of inventory. 

If you send me a note I'd be happy to give you information specific to your zip code,  or your price range.   Just ask! 

Patricia Paul

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