Specialties and certifications Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS); works with buyers and sellers; focus is properties in downtown, central and east Tucson and the Catalina Foothills In real estate, no two days are the same, and REALTORS® need to be ready for anything. That’s why experience and seasoning are so important, and an interesting life story is a plus. I’ve owned and operated my own music studio and played accordion at national-level events. For four decades I’ve run my own decorating business. And I’ve built quite a few bocce-ball courts to bring people into my favorite sport. But it hasn’t been all fun and games. My professional résumé begins with a management career with Sears, Roebuck & Co. (I helped open the Park Mall store before transferring to California.) In 1975 I returned to the Old Pueblo as a decorating consultant with Montgomery Ward, and in 1977 I launched my own decorating company. Minchella Home Decorators is still in business, serving residential and commercial clients. I started as a REALTOR® in 1981. That background has helped me negotiate some very large contracts. My proudest moment as a REALTOR® was when we closed on a $1.61 million contract I’d negotiated. Other big transactions were for $1.6 million, $1.425 million, and $1.42 million. But for me, a $52,000 contract is just as important. I give every transaction the same attention to detail and careful negotiation. Watching the details sometimes goes beyond accurate paperwork. Once I had a new listing with an unsafe drop-off in the garage. A railing was needed, so I had one installed. The clients—who lived in Canada—were very appreciative, and the house sold for a good price. So how do accordions, bocce ball, Sears, and interior decorating add up to success in real estate? To every transaction I bring the experience and versatility to deal with the unexpected and to make things happen. What can I make happen for you?

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