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Some Heading to Arizona, What States People Are Leaving

Living on a fixed income, retirees are looking for ways to make their budgets stretch—and New Jersey’s high home prices and property taxes don’t make it an attractive place to stay.

The Garden State’s median home list price of $389,050 in November was about 21% more than the national list price of $309,000. It’s also a lot more than Arizona’s median price of $350,050 and Florida’s median price of $335,050.

But the high cost of living isn’t dissuading millennials from moving in. The state offers plenty of high-paying jobs, as well as many towns within commuting distance to New York City that are attractive to those just starting out and establishing their careers. There were still more folks aged 34 and under moving into New Jersey than out of the state, according to United.

Top states folks are fleeing

  1. New Jersey

2. Illinois

3. New York

4. Connecticut

5. Kansas

6. Ohio

7. California

8. Michigan

9. North Dakota

10. Iowa

Source: The State That Americans Are Fleeing—and Where They’re Winding Up | realtor.com®

The article says that Arizona is the #3 destination overall. Anecdotally, many Californians are buying residential in Mohave County. According to the Title Company, the vast majority are from California.

January Real Estate Update

This year is off to a good start. Activity has picked up after a somewhat slower fall season. Like clockwork, our sales are best in the first quarter of the year. I’m not sure if it’s end of year bonuses, New Years’ resolutions, snowbirds or what, but it’s always welcome to be busy again.

The discouraging part is the sales prices. We’re still seeing what I consider “vulture pricing.” The sales today are often at depressed prices. The hope is that these will finally sell, (and the truth is that there are less in the basement price-wise now,) and we’ll be able to see an uptick.

Meanwhile, in the cities, the prices have continued to rise in Mohave County as we experience an exodus from California. At some point, the purchase of raw land will make more and more economic sense and the prices should rise. One can always hope anyway…

Be Careful Out There!

Officials from the Arizona Game and Fish Department say that multiple mountain lions have been killed after they ate human remains, KGUN-TV reports.

Officials say that three mountain lions were killed by the department after they reportedly ate human remains in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

The remains were found on the Pima Canyon Trail and had shown signs of being disturbed by wildlife. The mountain lions involved had also reportedly showed signs of “interacting with humans” in the area.

Officials say that the animals were killed due to their proximity to residences and an apparent lack of fear of humans

Source: Multiple Mountain Lions Killed by Game and Fish Officials After They Were Observed Eating Human Remains Near Tucson, Arizona – News Breaking LIVE

Wintry Blast Today

Brrr… It’s cold! It was just a couple of weeks ago that we were basking in above normal temperatures in the mid-80s. This morning, it was only 34F degrees here.

Above is a picture of yesterday’s lingering storm including snow in the mountains. We even heard thunder once!

Today dawned mostly clear. We need the power after several mostly cloudy days. It should get up into the low 50s.

 

 

Land Special of the Week

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 private location, yet not too far off County maintained Alamo Rd.

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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Check Out the Kingman Visitor Center Website for Everything Kingman

Kingman, the Heart of Historic Route 66 & one of the hidden treasures of Arizona, is conveniently located on Interstate 40 and is the perfect launching point for “Route 66 and Beyond.” Scenic hiking, historic charm, great cafes and restaurants, and the allure of Route 66 combine to make Kingman a remarkable destination.

Source: Kingman AZ Visitor Center

We like Kingman Arizona. I first fell in love with this area in 1995, and moved just a short year later. We still get mail in Kingman, and our official address is there, but we reside way out where Grand Mohave desert meets blue Sonoran skies.

Check them out for upcoming events & activities. Then come and get your kicks!

Land Special of the Week

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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Short Term Vacation Rentals Divide Sedona Residents

Julieanna Bottorff has lived in her quiet Sedona neighborhood for 20 years. A deer path that runs behind her house and across the street was regularly trafficked by wildlife.

Then a developer moved in across the street and ripped up the path, she says. The developer plans to build as many as five 6,000-square-foot homes to be used as short-term rentals, neighbors say.

The once quiet street is now punctuated with the steady noise of construction. The move comes as residents of the tourist hotspot grapple with the consequences of a two-year-old state law that restricts how cities and towns can regulate short-term home rentals advertised on websites such as Airbnb or VRBO.

On Wednesday, more than 150 people attended a city meeting. The Sedona residents grilled state Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff, about how the state plans to address the law’s consequences.

Among them: investors moving into neighborhoods to buy up multiple homes, vacation renters driving up housing costs and the changing neighborhood dynamics.

Several homeowners supported the recent law that allowed vacation rentals to flourish in Arizona. They spoke about how the short-term rentals made it possible for them to pay their mortgages.

Source: ‘They killed our city’: Locals feel helpless as vacation rentals overrun Sedona, Arizona

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We have had an Airbnb, and have also used them. The problem is in the popular areas many can become just modern day flophouses.

Personally, I feel that the property owners’ rights to full use and enjoyment should never be infringed, but rather any control of property use is best left to the individual, or past that,  a small carefully supervised HOA or better yet neighborhood council.

Once we get to the municipal level, the rules get more ridiculous, and the monies wasted in trying to enforce the new laws just end up creating more bureaucracy (which taxpayers have to fund, defeating the whole exercise.) Continue reading Short Term Vacation Rentals Divide Sedona Residents