On Taking My Own Advice

All the things I learned about real estate services to Seniors, I am now finding I need to apply to myself. That includes slowing down, doing one thing at a time, taking naps, and eating well.

After moving to Florida my life as a Senior caught up with me to the point that I was feeling exhausted. Well, I am now facing all those things I learned about for helping Seniors as a Realtor. In December I had my first appointment with my new Primary Care Physician – as a new resident in Florida I had to change my Medicare insurance to a Florida plan and get all new doctors. That first appointment was on December 11, at which time I was informed that I have Atrial Fibrillation and would need to begin taking a blood thinner so I didn’t have a stroke from any clots that could develop as a result of the AFib. The doctor wanted to see me two days later.

On December 13 I learned that my AFib had gotten worse and the doctor told me to get to the ER stat.  That afternoon I was admitted to the hospital where I received IVs with medications to help settle down my racing heart. I was treated for three days, and also had a cardioversion to help get my heart rate on a regular, steady pace, without arrhythmia. Unfortunately, while the procedure initially helped, the arrhythmia returned. Another cardiac appointment was scheduled later in the month to see about further treatment. And so it goes!

I was sent home with new oral meds and a doctor’s order for home health nursing and physical therapy. I was surprised at that! Inside of me I am not that woman who has been around the Sun 75 times! I’m still that young girl looking forward to life and new adventures. Well, acceptance is a visitor with its own timing.

Being in a new community where I haven’t made many contacts so far, it’s helpful to know that home health is available. And I have to say the doctors and their staffs have been very kind. I completed the term recommended for home health care, receiving advice and guidance for creating a calmer, less anxious being, along with exercises to strengthen both my heart and my spine. I even found that I needed a walker and a shower chair – aargh!!!

You see, I began the “doctor” thing with seeing an orthopedist about my back – I have severe spinal stenosis. The orthopedist referred me for a spinal injection for the pain, but before I could get there I had the heart thing. The spinal injection is counter-indicated when taking blood thinner because of possible hemorrhaging. So the spine thing has gone away until further notice.

I also had set up an appointment with a pulmonologist – I’ve had asthma all my life, and I felt my meds weren’t doing the trick for controlling it. On our first visit, only a few days before the heart thing, I went for a pulmonary function test and blood draw for allergies, and was given a follow-up appointment. I have asthma and had been experiencing shortness of breath. Well, turns out, the shortness of breath is also part of the AFib, too. And, well, I don’t have great lung capacity, either.

Finally, at the follow-up with the pulmonologist, he recommended a sleep study for sleep apnea and injections for allergic asthma (per the results of the allergy blood test.)

I have to say that all of this is not conducive to lessening stress, although I think that that needs to happen. I’m sure the stress of the move brought forward the medical issues in a way that I had to address quickly.  Also those issues of downsizing, financial planning, the right Medicare plan, finding new ways to get things done – part of the process of moving Seniors along their path of quality of life while facing what I call “The Inevitable” – were right in my face. That also includes considering my legacy to the world. What is important to me to pass on; what wisdom do I have that someone coming behind me might need or want? I’m in that position now to offer it or let it die.

NOTE: If you ARE considering a move and you need a realtor, please contact me for a referral to my excellent resources, wherever you plan to go.  520-248-6297.

New Directions

Life has a way of moving us into new directions and this past year it has done just that for me! Last winter my spouse announced that he wanted to move from Arizona and return to Florida where he had lived previously. That surprised me and caused me to deal with my feelings about working in Real Estate. I hated giving up all I’d worked for to assist Seniors in making new life decisions for their future years.


I did notice, however, that my energy was not keeping up with my vision. I felt tired and sluggish, and at the end of the day, I would just collapse in front of the television. I noticed that my health complaints were getting louder as well. As a Senior myself, I became aware that I needed to follow my own advice.

My spouse and I each had our own home and did not live together until I began moving my things to his house after the first of the year. This past spring I put my house on the market and initiated the move of my belongings to a new location. UGH! As I moved into my spouse’s home, we also began sorting through the things in that house, and in early summer made a trip to Florida to explore the potential for a new life there.

As I write this I sit at my new desk in my new Florida home, with the desire to catch up with my friends and contacts I left behind. I continue to hold a real estate license in Arizona and will be assisting folks in finding and selecting just the right Realtor for the sale or purchase of a new home, across the street or across the country. It’s a way I can keep my finger on the pulse of Real Estate and help others find their way as they take a new direction.

If you are contemplating a change of direction in where you want to live, get in touch with me. I can help you find a Realtor who has your best interests in mind. Call or Text 520-248-6297.

Say “Hello” to Autumn! Real Estate Update – September 2018


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This month we shift our attention from the end of Summer to the official Beginning of Autumn, on September 21. It feels to me like crossing a bridge. What is your view as you move into Autumn? What are you anticipating as the days grow shorter and (finally) cooler?

A couple of months ago I mentioned that I had a water leak problem that resulted in the installation of a French drain and gutter. Apparently, that wasn’t the right solution, as the monsoon rains brought a lot of water through my wall into a puddle in my living room. I contacted a roofer about the leak possibly coming from insufficient flashing on a small gable roof. He informed me that the storm a couple of days before that included hail, had severely damaged my roof. So now I’m anticipating a new roof installation next week, with more rain forecast before they get here. I hope those drops don’t make it to my house!!!

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A Word About Tucson Real Estate

The market slowed down a bit during the summer, still with a seller’s market, as housing inventory remained low. The Fall seems to bring a bit more activity. Are you thinking about making a change – Selling, or Buying? If you are, then also Think of Me! Who do you know who might be wanting make a change? Thank you for passing my name along. Referrals are always welcome and appreciated.

If you want to see more definitive information, such as housing statistics for Tucson, visit my website to get the latest information for your neighborhood.

According to Realtor.com, the median listing price in Tucson is $240,000, with the median closing price at $216,000.  Sellers are receiving 99% and more of their asking price. So if you’ve thought of selling, know that the market is there for you to receive a great price for your home.

Mortgage loans remain stable at 4.5 to 5.5 percent interest. Now is a good time to “cross that bridge”!

In addition, the Pathway to Purchase program is available again for home buyers, offering up to 10% of the loan amount to a maximum of $20,000 towards your down payment and/or closing costs. Income limitations and debt ratio limitations apply. You do not need to be a First-Time Homebuyer but must meet minimum FICO score and conventional guideline requirements. Maximum purchase price cannot exceed $371,936. See your lender for details. Don’t have a lender? I can recommend one! Contact me!

Visit My Updated Website

Long Realty Company has recently upgraded all the agent websites, making it easier, and more fun to search for properties. Stop by to see what I’ve added to my website.

A Word About Seniors

More Seniors are considering making their homes more adaptive, so they might “age in place”. Here are some of the modifications suggested for Seniors, to help them live more safely in their homes. While making home alterations for Senior living can help for a while, Seniors should also think about, and plan for, the time when they may no longer be able to manage their home.


When considering making modifications to their home, Seniors might also consider using a Reverse Mortgage to pay for the modifications, or even downsizing to a new home. For more information about reverse mortgages, contact your lender. If you don’t have one, I can recommend one. Contact me!


Happening in September/October

Autumn Equinox (First Day of Autumn) – September 21, 2018 – Do you have a special ceremony to mark the day?

Tucson Greek FestivalSeptember 27 – 30, 20181145 E Fort Lowell Rd

Tucson Meet Yourself October 12-14, 2018 – Downtown Tucson

Happy Autumn!

July 2018 News

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As we approach the middle of July, with our Nation’s Birthday behind us, I can hardly believe it’s time to look forward to our kids going back to school already! Only a few weeks left for play!

For some folks it’s also time to think about moving to a new area with children attending a new school. The purchase of a new home now should be able to close escrow by the end of August, or sooner.

Planning is always the key for a successful move. Whether you are moving across town or across the nation, planning the details, and being flexible for the surprises will make the transition easier.

Senior Real Estate


As you may know, at the end of June I received acknowledgement for my commitment to the Senior population in Tucson in the form of two credentials – Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP). What does this mean to you? It means that when it’s time for a Senior to move to a more manageable or desired living situation, and sell their home, I have specialized training, education, resources, and skills to “shepherd” that move.

If you have a Senior family member, neighbor, or friend who is wondering about moving to a Senior living community, or who is not sure how to proceed, contact me. I offer a no-obligation consultation, and I am a very good listener! Email, text, or call to make an appointment – 520-248-6297.

SeniorRealEstateTucson.com – is my new website for Senior Real Estate. If you’d like to know more about how I assist Seniors make the transition from selling their home to a new living experience, read about it here. Let me know if there is something you’d like to see there, or something more you’d like to know about.

Last month I had the opportunity to speak about Senior Real Estate at the Spotlight networking event at The Fountains Senior Living Community. With a bit of knee-shaking nerves I spoke to about 100 attendees who also work with Seniors in many varied capacities. If you don’t know about Spotlight, it is a printed and digital guide – Spotlight Senior Services & Living Options . You can find it online at http://www.spotlightseniorservices.com/Tucson/digitaledition.html.  (Look for my ad on page 55!)

Just Thinking About Buying or Selling?


If you’re not a Senior, and you’ve been thinking you might want to sell or buy a home, and you wonder what your current home’s value is, let me know about that, too. I have the tools to help you assess the right direction for your real estate goals. You can get an idea of the market overall by going to my Long Realty website and getting a Housing Report. Let’s start the conversation about your future home! You can arrange a no-obligation consultation by email, text, or phone – 520-248-6297

The Tucson market continues to have a low inventory of homes to purchase, which is helping home prices to increase. Sellers have been reluctant to sell and buy another property because interest rates have been inching up. I have to say, though, 4.5 – 5.5 percent interest on a home is not bad! My first home, years ago, was at 7 percent and we thought it was great! Since then we’ve seen interest rates go a lot higher than that.

Long Realty’s CEO Rosey Koberlein puts it this way, “If you’re in the market to buy a home, do it now. You’ll avoid further cost increases, and you’ll benefit more as your home’s value grows. And if you’re a seller, list your property now, while demand is high. It is, after all, a seller’s market.”

Tucson in July


Check out Tucson Happenings for July 19 – a complete summary of the day’s activities and events. You can also see what’s happening for the week. Post your own events for free.

July 21 – The Science of Bubbles, a Facebook Event at the Joel D. Valdez Library downtown. Enjoy learning about bubbles and making some for yourself!

Enjoy Free Summer Jazz Concert Series, Fridays, from July 13 – August 10 – Main Gate Square

Make Yourself at Home in Tucson June 2018

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While June is popular for weddings, in Tucson June is also known for the beginning of the annual Monsoon season. Last year during a big storm, the water overflowed a low place beside my house and seeped into my living room. I recently had some work done on the drainage for my home.

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installation of a French drain between me and my neighbor’s front doors, and some guttering that would direct the water off the roof to the French drain. Now I’m anxiously awaiting the first storm to see how the new drainage works. While it’s dry most of the year in Tucson, preventing water damage from storms is important, and proper grading of your yarcan make a difference.

I continue to build my business and my Senior Real Estate team of professionals to assist Seniors who are transitioning from their home of many years into another living situation. The days have been full of meeting other professionals who focus on the needs of seniors in the Tucson community.

movers-24403_1280If you or someone you know is a Senior and is thinking of selling their home, please contact me via email, phone or text. I have specialized training in the often complex process of making those kinds of moves.

The most recent Housing Report indicates that the housing inventory has continued to decline, and house prices and mortgage rates have increased. The supply is low, and the demand is high, which leads to the higher prices.

Some homeowners are hanging onto their homes to not have higher rates for the purchase of a moreexpensive home. However, if you are a Senior, it often doesn’t matter when to sell because of circumstances that require a more immediate move. The Senior’s home often becomes the funding for the new living situation.

Look for my ad in the new Fall Spotlight Seniors Guide, and for announcements of events and speaking presentations. As a Certified Senior Housing Professional I want to be your “go-to” Realtor when you have a question about Senior moves.

June Events
Hotel Congress summerSummer at the Hotel Congress . Check out these events to make your summer fun!

Father’s Day – June 17,2018 – Find some special events and places to take Dad for Father’s Day.

Summer Solstice – June 21 – Celebrate The Longest Day . “ On the summer solstice, team up with the Alzheimer’s Association and select any activity you love — or an activity loved by those affected — to help end Alzheimer’s.” For more information on Alzheimer’s, go to https://www.alz.org/ June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month .



My Birthday! – June 22 – The longest day of the year

Make Yourself at Home in Tucson – April/May 2018


May is Older Americans Month. Perhaps you have an older adult friend, neighbor or family member who would enjoy a special activity with you during the month. Please visit the OAM website for ideas.

You may have received a separate notice about my forthcoming designation as a Certified Senior Housing Professional. I want to take this opportunity to highlight the need for real estate professionals who are specifically trained to conduct Senior real estate transactions

Statistics indicate that aging seniors are projected to move out of 11.3 million housing units between 2010 and 2020. In the next decade, that number is projected to jump to 15 million.

Chances are, you, your parents or someone whom you care about a great deal will be among these millions, and I trust that you will want to seek out the best educated, most caring, and most connected real estate and senior housing professional in your market to help navigate the entire transition process.

I am very proud that I have recently completed the classroom requirements to achieve the prestigious Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) designation awarded by the Seniors Real Estate Institute.  CSHPs are held to very high standards of professionalism, service and expertise.

As you probably know, the process of selling a cherished family home and deciding where to live late in life can often span a few years. Wherever you or others you care about may be in that process, it would be my privilege to start the conversation. Please contact me anytime at 520-248-6297.


Real Estate Trends in Tucson:

Click here to see the latest MLS statistics. The median price increased to $207,000. Active listings are down 3.3% from last year as inventory continues to remain tight. New listings are down 14%. If you are thinking about selling, this spring promises to be a good time to do so. If you or someone you know would like more specific information, please contact me at 520-248-6297.

In this month’s real estate news:

Local Events this month:

Mother’s Day is May 13. Do you remember the traditional expression for flowers on Mother’s Day? If your mother is still living, give her or wear a red carnation. If she has passed away, wear a white carnation, or place white carnations on her grave site. A red carnation is the official flower for Mother’s Day.


Make Yourself at Home in Tucson – March 2018

As I write this, it is St. Patrick’s Day. For you and your family, whether or not you have any Irish ancestors, I offer a blessing for your home.

May you be blessed with Warmth in your home, Love in your heart, Peace in your soul, and Joy in your life.”

Today is also the celebration of the completion of the 131-mile path, The Loop, where the entire community of Tucson is invited to walk, ride a bike, run, or otherwise enjoy the sights of Tucson. If you haven’t been on any portion of The Loop yet, check out the website for more information.

This is one of the times of the year when people’s thoughts turn to making changes, often in buying or selling a house. If you have been thinking of making a move, or if you know someone who is, I welcome and appreciate your referrals. CONTACT ME – 520-248-6297.

Real Estate Trends  – National and Tucson

  • Forbes predicts that in 2018, housing inventory will still be tight; mortgage rates will hover around 4%; the new tax law will affect higher priced homes, and possibly rental costs; inventory will continue to be low; sales will slow, but only a little; and the increase in prices will slow, but not stop.
  • In the Tucson main market, February 2018 active inventory was 3,704, a 4% decrease from February 2017. There were 1,187 closings in February 2018, a 7% decrease from February 2017. Year-to-date 2018 there were 2,247 closings, an 8% decrease from year-to-date 2017. Months of Inventory was 3.1, up from 3.0 in February 2017. Median price of sold homes was $205,000 for the month of February 2018, up 9% from February 2017. The Tucson Main Market area had 1,707 new properties under contract in February 2018, up 16% from February 2017.

You can find housing information for your specific area of Tucson, on my website. And did you know you can also sign up for my “In Touch with Real Estate” e-newsletter?

Coming up

  • Spring Equinox – March 20, 2018 – It’s the time when day and night are the same length. From now until the Summer Solstice we will have longer days.
  • Tres Pueblos Neighborhood Spring Festival – March 24, 2018, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Come on out and stop by my table. Plenty of family fun and food!

  • Easter – April 1, 2018 – Check your local paper or online for special events.

  • Tax Day, April 15, 2018 – If you can, don’t wait until the last minute to file!

The Month of April is Prevent Child Abuse month.

See what Prevent Child Abuse Arizona is doing to protect children. Call the Arizona state hotline to report child abuse – Hotline at 1-888-SOS-CHILD (1-888-767-2445)

Happy Spring!

Note: Banner photo taken in spring, 2011 at Tumacacori Historic Landmark

Make Yourself at Home in Tucson – February 2018


To some, the month of February denotes Love and maybe some time off for President’s Day. As I write this, today is the opening game of the University of Arizona baseball season. And I’ll be there!

  • Several months ago I removed the carpet in my living room to create a painted concrete floor. It’s almost done! Are you making any changes to your home? Are you thinking about moving out of your home or remodeling? If it’s a move you’re contemplating, give me a call or text me. I’d love to help you find the next place you’ll love!
  • Did you know that there is a shortage of homes for the buyers who are looking? Your home is in demand, and right now it is a Seller’s Market. If you have been thinking about selling, this is a good time! Take a look at February’s Housing Report on my website. It will show you statistics for the Metro area in comparison to the previous month.
  • New Home Construction is on the rise in the Tucson Metro Area. If you are considering a brand new home, take a look at this information about what is being built. CONTACT ME first if you are interested in any of these new homes!


  • Chinese New Year began on February 16 and traditional celebrations can last for a couple of weeks. 2018 is the Year of the Dog. If you would like to know more about Chinese New Year, read this article from the UK Sun. Tucson is a great place to live, having such diversity.

Chinese New Year

  • How about a Joke?  ~ Ms. Potato Head had three daughters. One day Daughter #1 came to her mother and announced she was getting married. Mother asked who she was marrying, and Daughter #1 answered Irish Red. Then Daughter #2 announced she was getting married – to Idaho Gold. Lastly, Daughter #3 announced that she, too, was getting married. Mother asked who she was marrying, and she said, “Dan Rather”….he’s a common tater.
  • With the recent rain and mild temperatures for our winter months, Spring will soon be here. I will be working in my yard and looking forward to some beautiful blooms in the garden. Remember, landscaping can make a big difference when you are either buying or selling a home. Curb appeal is important.



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Make Yourself at Home in Tucson – January 2018

It seems that when New Year comes around we start thinking about changes and starting something new. The important thing to me is to decide, and begin, and don’t look back. What is it you are starting this year?


  • Are you thinking about a new home this year? Have your family circumstances changed? Do you need more space or want to downsize? Are you planning a long-distance move? I have the tools to help you make it a reality. START NOW and MESSAGE ME!  (520-248-6297)
  • Are you wondering how the real estate market in Tucson is doing? Take a look at January’s Housing Report on my website. It will show you statistics for the Metro area in comparison to the previous month.While you’re there find out what your house might be worth if you sell it. Then call me!
  • The new tax law may affect your decisions about whether to buy or sell a home. Ask me about it.
  • Did you know that El Guero Canelo, with three restaurants in Tucson, won the prestigious James Baird award for their Sonoran hotdogs? They were one out of only five national awards this year from the James Baird Foundation “America’s Classics”. Find one near you.


  • I recently went camping at Picacho Peak State Park and enjoyed views like this each day. If you like to camp this is a great place to visit that’s not too far from home.

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  • One year ago I joined the Eyeopeners Toastmasters Club of  Toastmasters International. The club meets at 6:15 every Wednesday morning until 7:30. This club has been going for 60 years, and on January 20 it celebrated with a brunch meeting at the Tucson YWCA. Do you have fear of public speaking, or even speaking with a small group? This is the place to learn new skills in communicating. There are many other clubs in Tucson. Visit the Toastmasters International website for more information.

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Welcome to the New Year!