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Flagstaff Housing, What's Happening? and some about Wildflowers

(Published on - 6/25/2020 4:58:03 PM)

To our Local Flagstaff Market.
What is really happening in our market?
Today, the housing market is about as active as we have seen in years.
     As of the end of May

  • We had 16% fewer homes on the market then the year before
  • Mortgage interest rates are hovering in the 3.5% range and expected to stay that way through the end of the year
  • Our Absorption Rate, the number of months it will take to sell all the homes on the market is siting at 3.4 months, down from 4.5 months in 2019.
  • Experts in Real Estate say 6 months is a good figure, any more and we are in a Buyer’s Market, any less and in a Seller’s Market.
  • We are Strongly entrenched in a Seller’s Market

So Today,
Fewer homes on the market, not enough for the current number of buyers out looking.
Many homes priced within the market value they are located  in are getting multiple offers. 
Next month will be the end of the 1st half of 2020, at that time I will give a more detailed look into our market. 
Until then, please never hesitate to reach out,

 Wild Flower Garden

As mentioned last month, I got some Native WildFlower seeds from 'The Arboretum at Flagstaff' and planted those on May 10th.
Things are progressing, but interesting to know that my friends Megan and Chads garden is way ahead of mine and they planted theirs just a week before mine. This does show how the micro-climates and daily sun levels affect plant growth around Flagstaff.

Here are the Native Plants that sometime in the future will mature.
I did talk to a friend who has gone though the Master Garden program, she planted seeds last year, and then this year. Those that were planted last year are up and almost blooming and those planted this year are about where mine are, out of the ground an inch or so, she said patience:) is the key, the time will come.


As you look at the two pictures, the top section gets slightly less sun and those are head of the bottom section that gets more sun. Though neither get much sun until 1:00'ish each day.

Also at least at this point, there are slight different seeds maturing and sprouting in the area that gets more intense sun?

Below is the list of seeds that were in the packets.
I was going to do close-ups of  the different sprouts coming up, but just a little early for that, maybe next month.

Common yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Spreading fleabane (Erigeron divergens), Winged buckwheat (Eriogonum alatum), Redroot buckwheat (Eriogonum racemosum), Sulfur-flower buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum), Red dome blanketflower (Gaillardia pinnatifida), Scarlet gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata), Rocky Mountain iris (Iris missouriensis), Hoary tansyaster (Machaeranthera canescens), Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), Sunset Crater penstemon (Penstemon clutei), Palmer’s penstemon (Penstemon palmeri), Mexcian hat (Ratibida columnifera), Cut-leaf coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata), Fendler’s globemallow (Sphaeralcea fendleri), MacDougal verbena (Verbena macdougalii)

 This years Plant Sale at the Arboretum may be online, and is scheduled for July 18 from 9  to 2, check out the link.
Also here is the link for the Summer Gardening Tips the Arboretum puts out.

The Wildflower garden is progressing and will keep you up to date throughout the summer with this little experiment.

 One last picture,

Been out riding a lot this summer.  This was a ride that we did on the Arizona Trail from Goose Springs just past Mormon Lake to Happy Jack. Super ride, little over 20 miles passing through some great back country.

This was a small tank we stopped at in the middle of the ride.
I would say to enjoy the sights and smell the flowers, but the Rocky Mountain Iris (Iris missouriensis)  had just bloomed the weeks before and were done for the season.
This was a great ride that I would highly recommend.
Next adventure, from Happy Jack to ? well someplace south east, maybe to Clint's Well

Until next month,
Please never hesitate to reach out with any questions you have or topics you want to discuss.
Heck, there are a lot, Real Estate, WildFlowers, Hiking, Mt Biking, and Golf.

Best wishes



Predicting Your Future Housing Needs

What will your housing needs be in three to five years? If you can figure that out, you can watch the market, target areas and neighborhoods you might like to live in, and reap the benefits of planning ahead.

To begin the process, start by asking yourself the following questions:

  • What will my family look like in three to five years? Will there be a new addition (or two) to your family? Will you have kids that are grown up and about to move out? What is the possibility that an elderly relative (Mom, Dad or grandparent) will be living with you?
  • What will change regarding work and school? Will a teenager be off to college? Will you or your spouse be retired? Will someone in your household be starting a home business?
  • How will your lifestyle be different? Will you take up a hobby that you’d like to be able to reach easily (such as golf)? Do you see yourself wanting to live closer to shopping, theatre, walks in the woods, etc.? Will you eventually be traveling more often and, therefore, not be at home as much?
  • How is the neighborhood changing? Where is it heading relative to your future needs in terms of residents, noise, sense of community, local developments, etc.? Do you see yourself wanting to live in a quieter community, or a more urban center?
  • Will the type of home you need change? In three to five years, can you see yourself wanting a larger home? Smaller home? More bedrooms? Larger kitchen?
  • What are your dreams? Do you dream of living in a particular area or neighborhood? Would you love to have a big backyard with a garden someday? Do you sometimes think, “It would be great to have a wooded park with walking trails just a few minutes away.”

By looking three to five years into the future, you will be able to predict your housing needs and make plans - today - to ensure you get what you want in the future.


Whole-Home Security Systems Continue to Evolve

Until recently, even the latest home security system could become obsolete overnight. But, newer whole-home integration systems are much more compatible with interchangeable parts and innovative add-ons.

As a result, it’s now possible to have a multi-faceted security system that watches over many of the functions and activities in and around your home. For example, you can organize and control your home’s exterior cameras, motion detectors, door locks, window coverings, lighting, entertainment, appliances and HVAC with one system.

If you’re buying an entirely new system, there are many established and emerging brands available, so consider their functions, cost, convenience and reliability. But, if you want the whole-home system to manage existing utilities and appliances, things can become challenging. You will need to ensure that your specific devices can communicate with your new hub, which means you need to identify the protocol under which they can share information. Because their compatibility is not certain, it’s advisable to identify the make and model of your existing equipment and check for compatibility before you purchase a new security hub or system.


Lists to Make When Selling Your Home

When you put your property up for sale, you want to make sure that potential buyers get all the information they need on the features of your home and its surrounding area. If, for example, a buyer doesn’t realize there is a great school just a couple of blocks away, he might cross your property off his shortlist.

An effective way to make sure something like that doesn’t happen is to create three lists. 

#1: The “I’ll miss it” list.
Chances are, there are things about your home that you’re really going to miss when you move. It may be the spacious living room, ideal for entertaining. Or maybe it’s the nearby park with scenic trails, perfect for walking and biking, or the large deck that has just the right combination of shade and sun to make spending time on it so pleasant. Whatever you’ll miss, put it on the list! Those are features that will probably interest buyers too.

#2: The “Just the facts” list.
What are the facts about your property that a buyer needs to know in order to consider purchasing it? This may be a very long list including such items as total square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, property taxes, size of the lot, and more. This list should also include special features such as upgraded kitchen features and the nearby golf course.

#3: The “repairs and improvements” list.
Buyers are interested in the state of repair of your home, and in any improvements you have made to it. On this list, include all repairs you have done during the past three years and, if possible, attach receipts. It’s especially important to include anything that has been replaced, such as a furnace or roof. If you’ve done any major remodelling or renovations, include the details on those too.

Want more tips on selling your home? Call today.

About the Author:

Jeff Ross
Realty Executives of Flagstaff
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