This Old House

Was it the sagging beam on my front porch?

Is that what drove you away?

Was it my flimsy windows? My unruly yard?

What about my fading paint convinced you that I was unworthy of a fresh coat?

When did all the trudging about up and down my stairs become too much of an annoyance? The groaning treads of the third and fifth risers no longer an amusing quirk of my personality, but an affront. A harbinger of imminent collapse.

Did you tire of my air conditioner running all day long to keep pace with your demands? Of the hard to change lights of my ceiling fans?

My pool? Its sparkling blue waters gone varying shades of green throughout your disinterested watch?

It was my citrus trees, wasn’t it? The ones you once admired so? The reality of fallen, rotting fruit replacing the visions of freshly squeezed juice and cocktail parties.

Was it my picket fence? Oh, the picket fence. Its sagging posts and missing planks no longer capable of keeping the world out and the warmth in. My once benevolent grin now a snarling menace.

I offered safe haven. You made me a prison.

But don’t worry about me. I’ll be fine. There will be others. In fact, here comes a nice looking couple now. They look excited. The boy wants to climb my walls. I bet he’d even sneak out onto my patio roof to watch the fireworks as yours once did. Did I ever tell you about that time?

Well, it doesn’t matter now.

They see me.

Not my flaws. Not the features I lack. Not the promises I never made.


As you once did.

I will be happy.

And you will forever be the one who got away.


Goodbye, old friend,

– The Blue House

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COMING SOON: 3127 N. 60th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018

COMING SOON: 3127 N. 60th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Are you ready?

One of the finest contemporary remodels you will ever see is coming to the market. Abutting the Arizona Country Club in the lower Arcadia area, this Francis Shultz home was completely re-imagined by the current owners in 2008. No expense was spared transforming this home from one of inherent potential to a fully realized masterpiece. From the new, exposed HVAC ductwork to the redesigned kitchen and bathrooms, quality is evident in every single touch. Custom dual pane, low E Heritage windows and doors, expanded dining area and master bathroom. High efficiency HVAC, home re-plumbed with Pex, all new (2008) wiring includes a new panel, stained concrete flooring, ecofriendly green features throughout … this is one of the rare instances where there truly is too much to list.

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Watch this space for further details. Scheduled to hit the market on Thursday, April 23rd.

Want to get in before then for an advanced sneak peak? Contact us today at (480) 220-2337.

Equal Housing Opportunity

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8613 E. Clarendon Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Coming Soon!

Looking for a home in South Scottsdale that has some room to roam? Tired of teeny tiny yards that just barely hold a pool and nothing else?

You’ll want to get in on our upcoming listing at 8613 E. Clarendon Ave. The quality built, 2360 sq foot, 4 bed/3.5 bath tri-level Hallcraft home with numerous structural improvements (newer roof, A/C, pool pebble-tec, dual pane windows, etc) sits on one of the largest culdesac lots in all of South Scottsdale. Boasting over 17,000 sq ft, there is plenty of room for the oversized pool, generous lawn area, citrus trees, and other gorgeous desert vegetation.

Targeting a market entry date of 4/8/15, watch this space for all of the particulars.

Until then, feast your eyes …

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Call us today for additional information!

Paul Slaybaugh | 480-220-2337

Ray Slaybaugh | 602-509-5805

Realty Executives

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407 E. Fillmore St, Tempe, AZ 85281

407 E. Fillmore St, Tempe, AZ 85281


Looking for a first time home, investment property, place to park the ASU student(s) in your life, or just an all around great little starter home in North Tempe? This little 3/2 single family gem is just the ticket! With all the heavy lifting done (newer roof, A/C, kitchen, baths, windows, flooring, etc), the only thing missing … is you!

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Check out the full property details below, then contact me today to schedule a viewing.

Oh, and you’ll want to bring your checkbook. Trust me. 


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Moving Day – A Realtor’s Pledge

Moving Day

Moving day is never easy. Keepsakes overwhelm boxes. Boxes overwhelm trunks. Memories overwhelm hearts.

Leaving a house is simple. Leaving a home is sacred. It is something that demands reflection and resolve, whether the circumstances surrounding the upheaval are chosen or forced. Happy or sad. Not everything fits neatly into a box. Not everything is meant to. Hopes, dreams, smiles and tears stay behind, etching one’s passage just as clearly as the jagged initials carved into an old ash tree in the front yard. As deliberately as the carefully penciled height marks that chase each other up a kitchen door frame. Though you leave, you are never entirely gone. Your footfalls never forgotten.

Moving day comes for us all. And it is hard.

As your agent, I understand this. It is my distinct honor and privilege to guide you through this momentous transition. It is also a great responsibility. I thank you for your trust and vow not to squander it.

This is my pledge to you.

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