Category Archives: Real Estate

Land Special – 3421 Butch Cassidy

Gorgeous property, easy access on County maintained Butch Cassidy. Just reduced to $19,900, it’s hot! Update : SOLD

Nice desert vegetation. Milky Way nights. Peaceful & serene. Panoramic views of Flattop, Hualapai, Mohave & Black Mountain ranges.

Great area for off road exploring. The perfect home site or getaway!100% water and mineral rights included.

A desert paradise, yet close to civilization via county & association maintained roads. Loads of wildlife, desert wildflowers, serenity and tranquility.

Explore Kingman, Lake Havasu, Laughlin or just head off into miles of Federal and State Lands. 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.

Prices Are Bubblicious, Will the Bubble Burst?

The nation’s surging home prices don’t seem to care about the recession the country is mired in. They can’t be bothered by the deadly coronavirus pandemic or the double-digit unemployment that’s come as a result. Instead, prices are defying logic, expectations, and even belief, as they shoot up to record highs amid an unprecedented health and economic crisis.

It has all led some to wonder: Are some markets getting too hot? Could a significant correction be around the corner?

Such questions have become louder in recent weeks, in the face of some startling growth numbers, particularly in some high-priced California and less expensive Rust Belt, Midwestern, and Southern markets.

Source: Home Prices Hit Record Highs. Is It a Bubble About to Burst? | realtor.com®

With the massive migration from California, and other large metro areas, I think we’re just at the beginning of this new wave. Our biggest problem is that the builders and everyone else in the system (title people, county inspectors etc.) are overwhelmed and unable to keep up with the demand.

Meanwhile, I expect things will stay hot for the foreseeable future.

– Ben

Land Special – 3048C Ray Road

Power! Just $13,900 – Will Not Last SOLD 8/28/2020

Rare offering with grid Power to the corner & a gorgeous 10+ acre parcel in Stagecoach Trails. Priced for a quick sale, don’t wait a minute!

Nicely vegetated with a wide variety of desert flora: Joshua Trees, Ocotillo, wildflowers, and so much more. Dark skies for astronomical viewing, and exceptional mountain vistas! Hualapai, Mohave, Black Mountains – everywhere you look.

Easy to get to Yucca location off Knox Drive. Knox is a good dirt road maintained by the County.

Surveyed, staked 100% Water & mineral rights. This is it – the beautiful high desert of Northwest Arizona!

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Iconic Estes Park Colorado Dome Home Hits the Market

A dome home that everyone seems to know in Estes Park, CO, has hit the market for $650,000.

“It’s kind of an iconic house if you’ve ever been to Estes Park. It’s right at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park,” says the listing agent, Jason Kingery.

Kingery told us that the property sits right off one of the main highways into the region. “Pretty much anyone who’s ever driven up has seen that house. It’s really well known, and it’s just a neat property.”

Source: $650K Dome Home in Rocky Mountains Is a Local Landmark | realtor.com®

Worth a look… Ben

Making the Tiny Home Perfect for Living Large

On “Good Bones,” Mina Starsiak and her mother, Karen Laine, have shown themselves to be pros at making small spaces feel open and airy. In their newest Indianapolis renovation, they show how to creatively transform a grungy, run-down house into a bright and inspiring artists’ cottage. In the episode “Cottage Becomes Artistic Oasis,”

Starsiak and Laine are tasked with renovating a house that a local arts nonprofit has bought for a mere $6,000. They plan to turn it into affordable housing for artists.

The top challenges? For one, the house is tiny, just 790 square feet. The nonprofit also has a tight budget of $90,0000 to spend on renovations, which won’t go far, given all the work this place needs…

For less than $100, they build a vertical living garden inside the sunny three-season room and fill it with edible plants like basil, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, and chives. The result is a beautiful green design element that’s also functional.

This article has even more goodies. One important thing is to use neutral and lighter colors in small spaces. This makes them feel much bigger and inviting.

Since the home will someday be rented out to artists, Starsiak and Laine decide to keep the design color palette light and neutral.

Not only does this help make the tiny home feel bigger, but it also creates a blank slate for the future tenants. They’ll be able to add their own colors and decor to match their style.

Source: ‘Good Bones’ Reveals Top Tricks To Make a Tiny Home Feel Huge | realtor.com®

Lots of interesting ideas for those on a tight budget or just anyone who wants new things to try.

There’s quite a few smaller homes in Kingman dating back to when it was a sleepier mining town. Good bones homes, but in desperate need of a renovation. Many investors have already caught on to this idea as it’s a great way to build instant equity. Many folks will pay top dollar for a mint move-in condition home.

Moreover, these inspirations can translate to your new tiny home in the beautiful northwest high desert of Arizona.

Enjoy…Ben

Good News Again – Housing Starts Soar 22.6% in July

The numbers: Home-building activity has staged a significant turnaround from the coronavirus-related slowdown.

U.S. home builders began construction on homes at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.496 million in July, up 22.6% from the previous month and 23.4% from a year ago, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday. The pace of home building is now 7% down from the pre-coronavirus high.

Permitting activity occurred at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.495 million, up 18.8% from June and 9.4% from July 2019.

Source: Housing Starts Soar 22.6% in July as Americans Reenter the Housing Market in Droves | realtor.com®

It’s wild here as we are clearly in a “boom.” Sadly, land prices are just beginning to move up, primarily because the market is being driven by California and other big city refugees looking for immediate housing. Still, there are encouraging signs: same day land sales (we haven’t seen that for a long time,) multiple offers, and shrinking inventories are all contributing to somewhat more solid prices.

The lack of ready infrastructure is holding many folks back. Some would be more than willing to live temporarily in an RV, but just don’t want to start completely from scratch. Having a septic, or even a basic driveway are all helpful. A well  or utility power are hot sellers these days.

Meanwhile, it’s just startling to see how active the market is in the residential world. At least 50% of sales in Kingman are on the very first day of the listing. – Ben

(Photo: Realtor.com)

Record Low Interest Rates and Improving Economic Numbers

The already scalding-hot housing market is likely to heat up even more.

Mortgage interest rates continued their downward descent, hitting yet another record—largely thanks to the pandemic, and the resulting economic downturn, dragging on. Rates fell to just 2.88% for 30-year, fixed-rate loans in the week ending Aug. 6, according to Freddie Mac.

That’s the lowest rates have ever been since Freddie Mac began tracking them in 1971. They fell from 2.99% last week and are down from a higher 3.6% at the same time last year. “The mortgage rates are really fueling the [housing] market this summer,” says George Ratiu, realtor.com®’s senior economist.

Source: Mortgage Rates Fall to New Record Low ,Adding Fuel to Housing Market | realtor.com®

Land Special – Stagecoach Trails 710 Billy the Kid

Just $18,900 – Possible Owner Financing, Call Now  Pending!

Lovely Parcel in easy to get to location in Stagecoach Trails near primary road, Jesse James.

Nice vegetation: Joshua Trees, Ocotillo, Barrel Cactus, and loads of wildflowers. Wide panoramic views of the Hualapai, Mohave & Black Mountains. Crystal clear night skies for your stargazing pleasure, and truly dark skies!

Get to where you’ve always wanted to be – the beautiful high desert of Northwest Arizona. Big 40 acres Surveyed, staked. 100% Water & mineral rights.

Come join the growing community of Yucca Arizona, where Grand Mohave desert meets blue Sonoran skies. Close for visitors from California, and nearby Lake Havasu City and Kingman are a low stress drive away. What are you waiting for?

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Suddenly the Country Life Isn’t So Bad

It could be LA, San Francisco, or maybe the riotously fun time cities of Seattle, Minneapolis, & Portland, but suddenly everyone loves sunny Yucca, Arizona.

It’s 111 degrees Fahrenheit (872 C)  yet I have multiple appointments for the next few days. The phone calls and emails are steady every single day. Is it the beginning of another Yucca land boom? I wouldn’t have believed it possible, but now it wouldn’t surprise me either.

What a long, strange year…

(Meme via wilderwealthywise) One of the best…