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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 – Pending 7/ 24/2020

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

August Real Estate Update

It’s the dog days of August, we can see the two dogs in the morning skies, that is Canis Major & Canus Minor. Canis Major has the brightest star visible from earth, Sirius.

This month we would normally be shuffling papers, and trying to get chores done before the heat gets too oppressive, like say by 8:00 am. Surprisingly, this year the calls and emails have continued through the summer, which has been mercifully nicer temperature wise too. We’ll see if sales follow; one can always hope. We have had a noticeably better year  overall with a good positive trend that we’ve needed here.

The monsoon rains are very late this year. We had rain for about a minute one night last week, but that’s been about it. The humidity is higher now though. We had been 6-10% humidity most of June and early July, but now it’s more typically 25-35%. This weekend will see temperatures a high as 111 degrees in Yucca. We’ll be a precious few degrees cooler where we are, but it’s hot!

I believe that Yucca is the last great bargain in the West. We’re relatively close to smaller, but centrally located small cities, and those (Kingman, Lake Havasu City, and Bullhead City) are becoming pricier as we see an influx of new residents. While it’s 2-2 1/2 hours to Las Vegas, that leaves many possibilities for visits from family and friends. California is just 20 miles from Santa Fe Ranch Rd., and one can be at the beaches in a little over 5 hours (avoid rush hour!)

The opportunity today I believe is in trying to extend infrastructure (as in grid power,) or by finding good property and adding septic, well and even a home.

There is a need, but many don’t have the wherewithal or physical capability to take on a home building project. To me it’s a young man’s dream, but the builders do work very hard, and are often subject to the whims of the market as we’ve seen over the years.

Considerable electric and phone infrastructure already exists around Yucca, and one can easily envision more development. Sun City, Yucca? Don’t laugh. We have water, power, rail, interstate, and thousands of acres of inexpensive (relatively) land.

Meanwhile, as we’re more than 20 miles out, I don’t think we’ll have a Circle K at the corner any time soon.

 

Land Special of the Week- 129 Hillside

Wow! I love this one… Update: SOLD!

Parcel 129, Hillside Dr. – Stagecoach Trails – $55,000 with Well!

Rare prime 40 acre piece at 3,200 foot elevation, east of Alamo where the desert is at its’ prettiest. With a well!

What a sweet 40 acre parcel at Stagecoach Trails. A true desert gem, loaded with giant Joshua Trees, Saguaros, Juniper and so much more. Very private, secluded, literally next to miles and miles and miles of government lands. Big views.

A wash along the western border is full of interesting places to explore, rock boulders, and I saw a variety of animal tracks. It’s so fun to roam this property.

Lush with all kinds of vegetation, rich in wildflowers; it’s like a desert forest. Has a well (not too common here,) so water is no problem.

The well was recently tested um, well, but will need a new pump/piping etc. though, not yet installed, only cased. I have a quote for new pump etc from A1 Well in Kingman, call me for details. Static water level is 375 ft, total well depth 530 foot (cased.) 5 inch diameter casing. Good water here, tastes delicious.

Land has a basic dirt driveway (rough) gets you off the road and back to your desert hideaway.

Please don’t come to see it unless ready to buy, as you’re guaranteed to fall in love. It could be dangerous. (You have been warned!)

Glorious starry nights & wide open spaces splendid with Hualapai, McCracken & Mohave mountain views*Professionally surveyed, staked* 100% water and mineral rights included.

Dirt roads are association maintained, so it’s heavenly for off road enthusiasts.

Check out the nearby Peace Trail for a true back road Arizona adventure. See Alamo Lake for great bass fishing, just down the road on the quiet side of the Lake.

Come and join the wonderful community of Yucca, Arizona where the Grand Mohave desert meets blue Sonoran sky.

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Land Special of the Week -Stagecoach Trails 2396 – 80 Acres

Stagecoach Trails Parcel 2396 – 80.3 Acres

$94,900 & Owner May Finance!

Rare find, an 80.3 acre parcel bordering literally thousands of acres of Federal Land at Stagecoach Tails. Right up close and in the Hualapai mountains for extreme big views, and cooler summer temps*Rock boulders, 3,200+ ft elevation. Don’t come and look unless you’re ready, because this one is too nice to pass by.

Clear milky way nights, and endless views of the valley, Hualapai, Mohave, and McCracken Mountain ranges. Loaded with high desert vegetation: So many Saguaros, Juniper, Palo Christie trees, Joshua Trees, Ocotillo, Cholla, Beavertail, Century Plants, Red Barrel Cactus, and a zillion wildflowers. Rock boulders, magnificent views, and all of the things that make this one a true dream parcel.

The perfect spot for a secluded self sufficient home. Amazingly private and beautiful. Rolling, sloping in spots, with so many wonderful places to explore. Your own piece of the Hualapai Mountains right there*In an area of producing wells.100% Water/Mineral rights*

Can be accessed from the north or the south. A good part of the property is mountainous and rolling, but with 80+ acres there are plenty of great locations and hidden meadows for building your dream solar home, or your personal getaway. The northern access is easiest. Professionally surveyed and staked, all corners marked.

The owner will finance with a minimum of 20% down. Call for details.

Definitely check this beauty out!

Directions:

From Kingman: I40 Exit 25 (Alamo Rd.) Alamo to Mile Marker 23 left on Coyote which quickly turn right to Yucca to Appaloosa, right 1/4 mi to the NW corner, where Appaloosa ends. Note survey stake. Property is 1/2 mile to the South, and 1/4 mile to the East. (Big!) Lake Havasu City/California Exit 20 Santa Fe Ranch Rd. to Alamo first.

Looking up the hill. Property is 1/2 mile ahead and 1/4 mile to the left in this shot. This is looking down approximately the western line.

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Real Estate Update July 2019

The days are getting hotter, but June was nicer than most. Calls and emails have continued at a brisk pace, and we’re seeing many residential sales in Kingman, Lake Havasu City, and all of Mohave Valley/Bullhead City. It’s become a sellers market for homes, as we’re seeing an influx of new residents.

Meanwhile, land sales have picked up. The prices are still extremely attractive, but little by little the values are disappearing, and we’re seeing the beginnings of price appreciation in the Yucca area. The sellers here could sure use some relief.

It’s a mixed blessing though. We love our solitude & the remoteness, but it is welcome to see so many new faces. Shhh, don’t tell too many people!

 

 

Real Estate Update June 2019

We’ve had an extraordinary year, both in terms of rainfall, and also in terms of just nice weather. Instead of suffering through days of 100 plus degrees, it’s been pleasant 80s & low 90s. Everything is so green and beautiful this year.

People have discovered that Yucca is not only an inexpensive destination, but a high quality of life place too.

It’s all meant a big uptick in interest in the Yucca area. We’re putting in long days answering questions ranging from costs of solar systems to wells and septic systems. Between showings, emails, and a steady stream of calls, our days are fully occupied.

Blah blah blah, the travails of a land guy. Anyways, back to work…

Have a great June!