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BLM Offices Moving West to Grand Junction

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has a long and proud history of serving the nation by responsibly managing land and resources for the use and enjoyment of the American people.

The BLM is responsible for managing public lands for a variety of uses such as energy and mineral development, livestock grazing, recreation, and timber harvesting while ensuring natural, cultural, and historic resources are maintained for present and future generations.

Today, more than 99 percent* of those lands and programs are located in the Western half of the United States. The BLM is relocating its headquarters functions and other supporting offices to the American West. This move will benefit the public we serve as well as the bureau and our employees.  Moving the people who make critical decisions about the lands and programs we manage will help provide a greater on-the-ground understanding and will also foster better partnerships with communities and organizations there.

The BLM Headquarters move west means that most of the positions currently located in Washington, DC, will move to a new location.

Source: Headquarters Move West | Bureau of Land Management

Land Special of the Week Parcel L1A Carrow

1+ acre piece of desert beauty where the Mohave desert meets blue Sonoran skies.

Lush desert vegetation: Joshua trees, Palo Christie, beavertail, hedgehog, and a plethora of wildflowers.

Starry starry nights. Basic dirt driveway, ready for your RV or off grid home. Stunning views in all directions.

Milky Way nights, and gorgeous Spring wildflowers. Close to miles and miles of Federal Lands not only on all four sides of this subdivision, but nearby too are thousands of acres for all your off road adventures. Peace and quiet, just what the doctor ordered.

Pretty, affordable, and just waiting for you. Don’t miss this value!

Owner/Broker (I know, those darn brokers,  really I’m one of the good guys,) and it is a great price.

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Land Special of the Week 2838 Red Cloud Drive

Gorgeous Parcel in Stagecoach Trails. Value priced at just $17,000. (Update: Pending sale 5/16/2020)

Lush vegetation including Joshua Trees, Ocotillo, Barrel Cactus, and loads of wildflowers. Dark skies for astronomical pleasure, and excellent mountain views! Hualapai, Mohave, Black Mountains – lovely views.

Surveyed, staked. 100% Water & mineral rights. No flood zone, very usable property.

Nice! Get to where you’ve always wanted to be – the beautiful high desert of Northwest Arizona. Big 39.87 acres .

Near to 840 acres of State of Arizona Trust land. Private, yet has easy access to main roads. Owner may finance with decent down payment, everything is handled by the Title Company, so it’s never been easier!

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Land Special of the Week – 2694 Rimrock Drive

Excellent 40 acre parcel in exclusive homes only part of Stagecoach Trails. Right up close to the Hualapai mountains for extreme big views, and cooler summer temps. 3,000 ft elevation. Clear milky way nights, and endless views of the valley, Mohave & Black Mountain ranges, even Flattop. $59,900

Loaded with high desert vegetation: Joshua Trees, Ocotillo, Cholla, Juniper, and a million wildflowers. The perfect spot for a self sufficient home.

Located in the homes only part of Stagecoach Trails, there are already several nice homes in the neighborhood.

Surveyed, staked, corners marked. 100% water & mineral rights. Easy access via County Maintained Alamo Rd, and then a short distance to paradise on bladed roads, including historic La Cienega Ranch Rd.  Away from it all, but a stress free ride to Kingman, Lake Havasu City, or river fun.

Need space? Here it is with some of the most stunning scenery in all of the world, perfect for all of your outdoor adventures & lifestyle.

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Land Special of the Week – Stagecoach Trails Parcel 442

Gorgeous Parcel in Stagecoach Trails. Value priced. Lush vegetation including Joshua Trees, Ocotillo, Barrel Cactus, Juniper, Palo Christie, and loads of wildflowers. An out of the way location traffic wise, yet can easily get to primary roads and out to town. Very quiet & peaceful. Just $21,900!

Dark skies for astronomical pleasure, and excellent mountain vistas! Hualapai, Mohave, Black Mountains – lovely views in every direction.

Surveyed, staked 100% Water & mineral rights. Get to where you’ve always wanted to be – the beautiful high desert of Northwest Arizona. Big 40.06 acres.

Very close to hundreds of acres of State of Arizona Trust land.  One of my personal favorites. Do not miss this one!

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Rural Land More Appealing During a Pandemic, Who knew?

When pundits and analysts say our country isn’t going to come out of the coronavirus pandemic the same, they know what they’re talking about.

Already, things are different. For instance, the fact that so many Americans have been so willing to give up their basic freedoms to elected leaders with no appreciable resistance, ostensibly to ‘protect them’ from the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), is a change that future tyrants are not going to forget, of that you can be certain.

We have also discovered that our ‘just in time’ supply chain is wholly impractical and unreliable if demand ratchets up even a little bit, as we’ve seen since the pandemic began. There are still stores in areas that don’t have toilet paper yet, for example, while shortages of food, water, cleaning supplies and other commodities needed to protect ourselves from infection are long gone.

We’ve discovered that China really isn’t a reliable global partner and that the Communist leadership is willing to let tens of thousands or millions die for a mistake.

Finally, we are learning that more Americans realize our urban centers are disease-ridden death traps when pestilence and pandemics break out.

CNBC reports that the demand for rural homes and property has skyrocketed over the course of the pandemic, and as sickness and death spread throughout our largest cities, the demand grew even more intense: 

“We have seen that people are more interested in that house at the foot of the mountains by the lake,” Glenn Kelman said on CNBC’s “Closing Bell.” “Rural demand is much stronger right now than urban demand, and that’s a flip from where it’s been for the longest time, where everybody wanted to live in the city. We’ll see how it comes back, but there seems to be a profound, psychological change among consumers who are looking for houses.”

Source: Urban dwellers are scrambling to buy homes in rural America to escape the coronavirus death traps

We’re seeing a lot more activity than we have seen in quite some time out here in the Yucca, Arizona area. Some are already country folks and adapt easily, but for long time city dwellers, the off grid lifestyle is a little intimidating, and of course costly as well.

Many can’t seem to believe the low land prices here, but it’s raw land, and any improvements are on your dime. It’s far to get supplies, yet not so far as to be overwhelming. We do get UPS & Fedex so for now, everything is mostly just a few clicks away. One just plans trips to town with more care as to be sure to get everything. “Honey, I forgot the milk,” means no milk for a while.

The questions are the same: how much is a septic system? How much is solar? What about water? None are short answers, and one is advised to begin now to understand all of the many things that make one off grid, and more importantly self sufficient.

There are always lots of questions, just call me the answer guy – Ben

Land Special of the Week Stagecoach Trails Parcel 408D

This weeks’ gem is Stagecoach Trails parcel 408D  for 10.04 big acres. Update: SOLD

Nicely vegetated with a wide variety of desert flora.

It has a rustic cattle chute & corral area with old water tank. Dark skies for astronomical viewing, and exceptional mountain vistas! Hualapai, Mohave, Black Mountains – lovely views in every direction. Surveyed, staked 100% Water & mineral rights.

408C is also available if you’d like another 10 acre piece. Call for details. Get to where you’ve always wanted to be – the beautiful high desert of Northwest Arizona.

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News – April 8, 2020

It’s been a busy time here at the ranch. Not surprisingly, everyone who has been on the fence about buying land feels more motivated. I have clients who would love to come to their property and get away from the madness of the city, but they are locked down in Socal, and can’t leave. I believe that we’ll have a big uptick once the lockdown is lifted.

Some days, I feel a little depressed about it all. The anxiety of not knowing the future is disconcerting, and I feel a bit of unease in every waking moment.

Thankfully, I have our garden. Though it probably wouldn’t be enough to keep us from being a bit leaner later on, it’s relaxing, and I always leave the phone up at the house so as to have a brief moment of calm in the flurry. Having 40 acres means I don’t have to sit in the house, and that helps I think.

I’m also thankful of my career as a land broker. I have helped many people to move to this beautiful area. The solar off grid life is not the easiest, but there are many rewards that make the lack of convenience worth it.

Real estate sales are not easy. I’m reminded of the old adage that we in real estate just work half days, you know, 12 hours a day. It’s true!

For the buyers today, my job is just to know what’s best out there for the money. Stagecoach Trails being over 130,000 acres offers a variety of terrains and locations. Zeroing in on what the needs of the buyer are long term seems to be the most important thing.

Educating buyers on costs to do a well, septic, solar etc. may have prevented some financial mishaps (and cost a few sales.) Truth is that it really does cost more than you realize to get it all set up. If I can keep folks grounded in reality as to what it takes to live off grid, I feel it’s best for all of us in the long run.

For sellers the key is pricing. What one wants is not always what the market will bear. We’d all have loved to sold any stock investments in February, ah but it’s too late.

We have an abundance of inventory, but for the first time since the market started dropping in earnest in 2009, we are seeing some slight appreciation upward. There are fewer and fewer “bargains.” Buyers take note!

To all of you reading, please leave a comment or two. Thanks for stopping by! -Ben

 

Land Special of the Week – Stagecoach Trails 3529

Update – Reduced $19,00 (Wow!!)

This week’s gem is Stagecoach Trails Parcel 3529 located on Arroyo Rd. not too far off Alamo via Calamity Jane.

Another luscious beauty at Stagecoach Trails. A lovely parcel with stunning views of the Hualapai mountains and up close Flattop too.

Starry nights, and beautiful vistas Great convenient location, yet not too far off County maintained Alamo Rd. Feel the need for privacy? Here it is. Among the fields of wildflowers, and the awe inspiring views you’ll find peace and beauty.

Loaded with Joshua trees, Ocotillo, Red Barrel cactus, & a wide variety of desert flora including amazing Spring displays of wildflowers. Really nice!

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Would you pay top dollar for your own property?

Great article about the importance of viewing your home or other property through the eyes of your buyers. It’s so easy to ignore the little cosmetic things that over time we take for granted.

It’s also very important to use lighting to your advantage, and neutral colors often influence buying decisions in residential sales. Clean, neat, and smelling good are vital to sales.

With vacant land, there are many factors that go into pricing, but any property that at least has a small driveway leading to a parking/camping area already has a leg up on the competition, and it can be accomplished with just a few hundred dollars.

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Most sellers realize they are expected to do a few things to “spruce up” their home before they sell.

Do you understand exactly what you need to do and why? This information is vital to understand to positively position your house to sell.

This is just one part of the larger “total home transition”, but a critical part that will directly affect the list price, DOM (days on market) and ultimate sales price of your house.

The biggest mistake sellers make is not looking at their house through the eyes of the BUYER and not making the necessary visual and cosmetic updates in order to meet BUYER expectations.

Ask yourself, would you pay top dollar for your own house? If not, you need to understand why not and what to do about it.

We strongly encourage sellers to do a thorough (buyer-based) interior and exterior assessment of the house and property, in order to determine what “negative” issues need to be addressed to entice todays buyers.

Be objective and non-emotional when you do the assessment to create a task list and remain in control of the process. Gather the estimates to make a decision on which items will create the most positive impression and ensure the highest ROI (rate of return) on your investment.

Don’t get overwhelmed or be discouraged, it’s just a list. You have control of what you will ultimately decide what you will do and what you are willing to spend to do it. Understanding the financial impact of the decisions you will make is part of the process.

Source: Would You Pay Top Dollar for Your Own House? – Realty Times