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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 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! 

Jun 07, 2009
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This lovely home is located near Pima Community College West Campus, near Starr Pass and Greasewood.   Situated on a generous corner lot this home features central air conditioning, 2-car garage, enclosed back yard, covered rear patio, storage room.  

The interior is in a neutral palette, mostly tiled some beige carpet.  Includes all window coverings.  Includes refrigerator, washer and dryer!

Convenient to PCC, Hospitals, Downtown, UofA, and many major employers.

Rent:  $1,000 per month

Security Deposit:  $1,000

Lease:  1 year


Jun 07, 2009
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Why is it that my closet that I have always complained about being so small, now seems interminably huge when I have decided to tackle it?   Could it be that there are literally years worth of clothing jam-packed within the walls?  Suits, dresses, and blouses I can't ever recall seeing before, along with some that I remember but would rather forget.

And the shoes!  I have never been a footwear fanatic.  So how have I managed to accumulate so darn many shoes?  I feel like I should wear a different pair every day.   But I don't;  I wear my tried and true favorites that are all broken in.   And the others sit in the closet gathering dust. 

How can it be that I have already removed three garbage bags full of clothing to be donated to charitable organizations, and yet there seems to be no appreciable difference in the over-crowding situation?

Laundry baskets seem to multiply in there.  The stack keeps getting taller.  Know what else I found in there?  All those missing socks whose mates have been lonely and waiting. 

I am pledging to myself and to you that I will continue thinning out this closet until I am finished.   Who knows what else I'll find!

06/14/09   Closet Update: 

I'm pleased to report that on Friday night I got to the bottom of the closet.   I was actually able to vacuum in there.  Oh, the dust was flying, all right!  But maybe if I got in there sooner, it wouldn't have been such a big job.  I did generate 6 or 7 bags of clothing and shoes to donate to a charitable organization.  And I feel better for having it cleaned and organized.  Maybe now I'll try to keep it that way!


Jun 05, 2009
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Does anyone know what those beautiful purple flowering bushes are called, that are right in the height of their blooming right now?   They're not quite Texas Rangers, but sort of similar.  This plant's flowers are a much darker color, and the branches are longer and fairly symmetrical.    You frequently see them in commercial landscaping and boulevard medians.   They sure are stunning when they're in bloom!

I'll try to photograph one to add to this website.

If you can identify this bush, please write me!

Jun 03, 2009
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2983 S. Foster Drive     (Near Wilmot/Golf Links) 

A very nice 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom rental home just hit the market.  This home will be available for rent by mid-July or August 1.  To find out more aout this lovely home, please click on the tab marked "Home Rentals". 

May 26, 2009
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Hope you all had a fun Memorial Day weekend.  I hope you took some time to think about all the service men and women who gave their lives for their country, and about those currently serving in the Armed Forces.   They perform a necessary and dangerous job that many of us couldn't or wouldn't do.  I'm sure all Americans would join me in thanking them.

Memorial Day heralds the beginning of the summer season.  School is out, people are making plans for vacations,  it stays lighter longer, and the days have become warm.  I was thinking back to the family vacations we took when I was a kid.   Sometimes we took road trips.  We'd pack the family into the old station wagon and hit the road.  We grew up in Michigan, and we usually headed up north.  I remember playing games in the car during the drive; either looking for  different state license plates, or searching for a list of items to see how many we could find.  

I also remember waiting for it to get warm enough for us to run through the sprinklers.  We all had lawns back in Michigan, and it was fun.   I didn't know that it was the poor man's swimming pool, and frankly, I wouldn't have cared.  We had a good time, and that's all that mattered. 

For the past thirty years or so, I have lived in Tucson and love the desert.  But it sure gets hot, and I admit it's nice to escape to someplace cooler when I have the chance.  Now we head to the White Mountains in northern Arizona.  I hope to make it up there several times over the course of the summer.  Not only is the cooler weather pleasant, but the beautiful scenery and slower pace are also very attractive. 

Do you have a favorite memory of a summer vacation?  I encourage you to share it. 



May 14, 2009
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Have you noticed?  The saguaros around the Old Pueblo have begun to bloom.   The saguaro cacti we planted around our yard 25 years ago are developing flower buds at the top of the plant.    The saguaro blossom has white  waxy flowers with white or yellow centers.  It blooms at night, though you may see some open flower buds during daytime hours, too.    The bees like them.  The Saguaro Blossom is the State Flower of Arizona.  The flowers that get pollinated later produce red fruit.  It is sometimes used in making jelly or syup.  Local birds and critters also like to feast on them.   

Enjoy the display;  it should be going on for several more weeks.    Oh, by the way, how did you like the flowering Palo Verde trees?   Those lovely yellow trees put on such a display!  Springime in the desert is so beautiful!

Now would be a great time to take a drive through either one of the Saguaro National Parks. 



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