Feb. 16, 2018

Flagstaff Real Estate Professional Kelly Broaddus Brings Home National Honor in 2017

by Joselyn Uy

Phoenix, Arizona February 14, 2018

Broker Agent Advisor

Broker/Agent™ Advisor Honors Kelly Broaddus Achievement in 2017

 

Now in its 22nd year, Broker/Agent™ Advisor celebrates the success and accomplishment of the industry’s finest real estate professionals through it’s exclusive ‘Certificate of Excellence’ Program.

 

Through proprietary criteria, formulas, and other valuable considerations, Kelly Broaddus of eXp Realty has been distinguished by Broker/Agent™ Advisor as one of the best in business based on achievement, potential, leadership, ethics, community value, experience, capability, and trust for their service during the calendar year of 2017. 

 

“With over $19M in closed transactions in 2017, Kelly exemplifies the type of professional we designed this award for,” says Chad Golladay, Executive Publisher of Broker/Agent™ Advisor. “A true credit to their company, profession, and community both inside and outside of their real estate practice; one with whom the honor is truly ours in being able to share this award.”

 

There is no cost or fee required for this award, and all applicant’s credentials are verified, which makes this honor one of the most genuine in the industry towards identifying those truly worthy of special recognition and distinction.

 

Kelly Broaddus can be found in Broker/Agent™ Advisor's national online directory of award recipients here: http://brokeragentadvisor.com/brag-directory

 

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More About Broker/Agent™ Advisor

Established in 1996 Broker/Agent™ is a real estate trade publication which provides information, tools, and resources to assist the modern real estate professional in achieving greater success through their real practice. Discover more about our award program here...  http://brokeragentadvisor.com/brag

 

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About Kelly Broaddus

Kelly Broaddus, an associate broker, leads the Kelly Broaddus Real Estate Advisors Team with eXp Realty. It is a top producing real estate team based in Flagstaff, AZ offering real estate solutions to homebuyers and sellers in Flagstaff, Sedona, Cornville, Williams and nearby areas. 

 

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About eXp Realty

eXp Realty, LLC, the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America, is an agent-designed and agent-owned company. As the leading, national, cloud-based real estate brokerage, eXp Realty provides 24/7 access to collaborative tools, training, and socialization for real estate brokers and agents through its virtual campus environment. It is one of the fastest growing real estate brokerage firms in North America with more than 8,000 agents in 47 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the provinces of Alberta and Ontario, Canada. As a publicly traded company, eXp World Holdings, Inc. uniquely offers real estate professionals within its ranks opportunities to earn company stock for production and contributions to overall company growth.

For more information, please visit sevenfigureagentaskmehow.com

 

Feb. 14, 2018

How to Improve Your Home and Your Health

by Lynda Chan

How to Improve Your Home and Your Health

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How to Improve Your Home and Your Health

Ever find yourself getting so wrapped up in the little things that you forget the big picture? Take the layout of the typical Flagstaff home for example. Each room is designed with a specific activity in mind, like preparing food, eating meals, watching TV, or sleeping. But when it comes to making improvements to your home, try to consider the entire house and not just each room.

In this post, we'll offer three ideas that can help you get more satisfaction out of your home. While this may not change your life, it will help you to create healthier, more nurturing surroundings for you and your family, and that's a great start.

 

Idea #1: Air Things Out

According to ImproveNet, most homeowners spend between $211 and $6,298 nationally to address home safety concerns related to lead and asbestos removal and improved air quality. Is this wasted money? Not at all, especially when you consider that poor air quality contributes to health problems like eye irritation, scratchy/sore throats, and even some forms of cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are a few ways to make every breath you take healthier:

  • Use a quality air purifier.
  • Vacuum and dust often. 
  • Change HVAC filters at recommended intervals.
  • Remove or replace old carpeting, which can harbor all sorts of toxins, according to The New York Times.
  • Use paints and stains with low volatile organic compound (VOC) ratings.

 

Idea #2: Unhook and Unwind

Why do you work? To provide yourself with the things you want and need, of course. But sometimes we get so caught up in the buy/spend/work cycle that we forget the simple pleasures of peace and quiet. This can not only wreck our mood, it can harm our health. Here are some tips for creating a little less noise and a bit more serenity in your home surroundings:

  • Commit to a daily quiet time of at least five minutes. Don't watch TV, listen to music, or fidget with your phone. Just sit and let yourself be.
  • Convert a part of your home into a place of refreshment and reflection. Use it for activities like reading, sewing, knitting, or meditating.
  • Consider having a media-free evening each week for your family. Leave the TV off, set aside all your devices, and spend the time playing board games, working on a puzzle, or just talking.

Idea #3: Practice Sound Stewardship

Our lives are richer when we spend some time giving back to the earth that sustains and nurtures us. Here are some steps you can take: 

  • When you landscape your Flagstaff property, consider using plants with low water requirements. Oleander, poppy, and sage are all excellent varieties.
  • Turn food wastes like uneaten vegetables, coffee grounds, and potato peelings into valuable fertilizer by composting.
  • Look for ways to reduce your carbon footprint by recycling and buying in bulk to avoid needless packaging.
  • Cultivate the love for nature, both in yourself and your family members, by going for a walk, visiting your local park, and looking up at the stars on a clear night.

 

You work hard to put a roof over your head. Now use these ideas to get the best possible return on your investment. Every part of your life will be richer as a result.

 

About our Blog Contributor Lydia Chan

After her Mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Lydia Chan struggled to balance the responsibilities of caregiving and her own life.  She founded AlzheimersCaregiver.net as an online resource for fellow caregivers and seniors.  In her spare time, Lydia writes articles about a range of caregiving topics.

Jan. 30, 2018

2806 N Frontier Trail, Williams, AZ 86046

Kelly Broaddus  |  eXp Realty  |  888.446.5602  | Contact Kelly

 2806 N Frontier Trl, Williams, AZ 86046

Beautiful Home on 36 Acres Near Grand Canyon

4 Beds | 3 Baths | $339,800

Beautifully maintained Palm Harbor triple wide home on 36 maintained acres! If you are looking for peace and quiet where the moon and stars are bright, this is your home! Located in South Rim Ranches only 30 minutes from the Grand Canyon with views in all directions. Perfect horse property, unlimited riding or off roading. This spacious home has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. Large living room with wood fireplace, vaulted ceilings, formal dining room, large kitchen with plenty of cabinets and family room. Enjoy the family sitting on the front porch drinking in the views.  

Photos and more information here: http://www.northernarizonafinehomes.com/property/172295/

Take a Virtual tour: http://www.tourfactory.com/1927429

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Location

2806 North Frontier Trail

Car-Dependent

More information on Walk Score

Dining Nearby

If in Williams, you must visit them Red Raven! Highly recommend eating at this upscale yet casual restaurant in the heart of Williams Arizona. Looking for good down home cooking, very reasonable prices, and good service? Pine Country Restaurant is located along Route 66, right off the freeway so it's not completely out of your way to enjoy real food in a cute little town. If you're hanging out getting your kicks on Route 66, make sure you stop at Station 66 for a delicious dinner. Top notch service, the interior is spacious and cool, there's an outdoor patio with music, and most importantly the food and drinks were great.

 

Attractions & Recreation

  • Grand Canyon Railway Station - Refurbished train cars have been restored to their 1920s grandeur and air conditioning has been added. Comfortable seating and the great views make for a pleasant journey through an ancient landscape.
  • Bearizona Wildlife Park  - The best of all off the road entertainment anyone could want or desire. It contains both a car and petting experience. Located just 10 minutes north of Williams AZ center of town, on Route 66.

 

Schools

Children in this community typically go to the following nearby schools:

  • Williams Elementary PK-5
  • Williams Middle School 6-8
  • Williams High School 9-12

 

Williams Neighborhood Information 

Williams , also known as the "Gateway to the Grand Canyon", is surprisingly varied for a town with such a small population (3,023 at the 2010 census). Just an hour south of the Grand Canyon and located on historic Route 66, it thrives on tourism, and is home to several attractions, including the Grand Canyon Railway, which, among other things, boasts a train ride to the heart of the Grand Canyon.

Contact Kelly Broaddus at kelly.broaddus@exprealty.com  or call 888-4465602 to see other houses for sale in Williams.

 

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Jan. 25, 2018

Flagstaff AZ Real Estate Market Update- December 2017

Flagstaff AZ Real Estate Market Data Provided by The Kelly Broaddus Real Estate Advisors Team / by Joselyn Uy

 December 2017 Flagstaff Home Sales

 

 The 2017 Flagstaff Housing Market In Review

 

Happy New Year! First, we would like to share our exciting news. We started 2018 with a new brokerage, eXp Realty, and we hope to provide our clients an even better service. Flagstaff's December 2017 housing numbers are in and it's that time of the year for our annual review. Let's take a look how December 2017 figures wrapped up Flagstaff housing stats for the year 2017!

 

FLAGSTAFF SINGLE-FAMILY HOME SALES

 

The US single-family home sales declined 2.6% for the month of December but in the Greater Flagstaff region, we have set a new record with 91 single-family homes sold, up 17% vs last year. 

The Flagstaff total single-family home sales for the year came in at 1157 up 2% from the previous year. We are at the highest level in more than a decade. The record was 1210 sales set back in 2005 when prices were quite a bit lower. US total 2017 existing home sales posted a 1% growth vs 2016. 

“Closings scaled back in most areas last month... Affordability pressures persisted, and the pool of interested buyers at the end of the year significantly outweighed what was available for sale," Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist.

 

Flagstaff Single Family Home Sales

 

FLAGSTAFF MEDIAN HOME PRICE

2017 saw both sales and prices of single-family residences rise in the greater Flagstaff region. The median sales price rose to $375,000 up 7% from 2016, just missing the record of $379,000 set in 2006. Median price, the value where half sold for more, while the other half sold for less, more accurately reflects market conditions compared to the average sales price. 

 Flagstaff Single Family Home Median Home Price

 

A COOL TOP AND A SMOKING BOTTOM

InventoryThis is an apt description of the Flagstaff housing market for the whole of 2017. Strong buyer demand for affordable homes under $500,000 and extremely low supply set the Flagstaff real market smoking hot in the lower price range.  Rapid price appreciation ensued and market conditions favored sellers. A balanced market would have a full six-month supply of homes for sale. Currently, there is less than a two-month supply of homes for sale under $500,000. Inventory tend to drop in winter, expect to see more homes as we move closer to spring.

By contrast, conditions continue to favor buyers for homes priced above $500,000. Buyers with budgets above $1.1 M have a lot of homes to choose from. We finished 2017 off very strongly, and I believe 2018’s going to be a great year.

 

December 2017 Flagstaff Market Watch Summary 

 

Flagstaff Real EstateTotal Home Sales- 91 homes, up 17% vs 2016. This represents a new record. 

Median Home Price- $375,000, second highest in more than a decade

Mortgage rates are about a 1/4th of a point higher from a month ago. A 30 year fixed rate mortgage with 5% down and very good credit is now at 4%. 

Days on Market (Flagstaff): Over 45% of homes that closed in December was on the market for less than 90 days while three-quarters sold within 6 months. Longest days on market: 403 days 

Days on market indicates the period of time when a property goes active on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) to when it goes under contract. US luxury homes sold slower in December with national average days on market up to 183 days from 176 days in November. Phoenix AZ luxury homes stay 182 days on market on the average. See the December 2017 Luxury Market Report.

 

DECEMBER 2017 HIGHLIGHTS:

 

The Most Expensive Flagstaff Single Family Home Sold in December 2017 Sold for $1,707,000 This fantastic 5 bedroom Pine Canyon custom luxury home located on the 12th fairway of Pine Canyon's award-winning golf course boasts additional 3 guests suites and a massage room! 

December 2017's Most Expensive Flagstaff Townhome Sold for $804,000. It's a 3 bedroom new mountain retreat in one of Flagstaff's premier golf community, Pine Canyon. 

The Most Affordable Flagstaff Homes Sold in December 2017 are:

  • $160,000- 3 bedroom Banked owned home located east of Flagstaff. This house tops the list of the most affordable single family home in Flagstaff
  • $165,000-  This 1 bedroom unit with 622 sq ft of living space located in Tanglewood claim last month's most affordable condo spot. 
  • $144,000 - December 2017's most affordable Flagstaff townhouse is a one bedroom townhouse in the Christmas Tree area in the northeast side of Flagstaff.

 

Flagstaff Home Seller and Buyer Advice 

What impact will the new tax code have on Flagstaff home values? Data released by Corelogic & NAR show that Arizona home values will increase by 5.6% to 5.7% by the end of 2018 considering the impact of the new tax law. The consensus is the effect of the new tax law is much less significant than originally thought.

Generally, high prices, limited availability, and quick sales of those homes that do come up for sale make the Flagstaff real estate market a favorable environment for sellers of "affordable homes".

First-time home buyers and recent arrivals to the Flagstaff area find themselves at a disadvantage in the current environment. Many turn to renting or to buying condominiums or townhomes for their first residential purchase. Buyers with a larger budget ($500K and up) have a surfeit of homes to choose from. 

We are your Flagstaff home experts! Check out our 5 Star Zillow reviews for our happy client testimonials. Please contact us at 888.446.5602 or email kelly.broaddus@exprealty.com if you are looking for a Northern Arizona realtor to  help you purchase or sell in Flagstaff/Sedona real estate and the surrounding areas.

 Download the full Flagstaff Market Report here

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 November 2017 Flagstaff Market Statistics

 

Jan. 25, 2018

17035 Alder Place Munds Park, AZ 86017

Kelly Broaddus  |  eXp Realty  |  888.446.5602  | Contact Kelly

 17035 Alder Place Munds Park, AZ 86017

Beautiful 4 Bedroom Cul-de-sac Home in Munds Park

4 Beds | 3 Baths | $359,000

Built in 2007, this 4B/3B home with 3 car garage is close to Forest Service access. The open and bright home features a great room with stone fireplace, dining room and large kitchen with brand new cabinets. Also on the main floor is a small office area, spacious master suite, guest bedroom and guest bathroom. Upstairs are 2 more bedrooms and a full bathroom. How about a VRBO? The 3 car garage is amazing and a large front covered Trex deck is perfect for enjoying the beauty of Munds Park. This will not last!!   

Photos and more information here: http://www.northernarizonafinehomes.com/property/172292/

See all homes for sale in Munds Park/Pinewood

Location

Dining Nearby

Pinewood Restaurant is located in a small mountain community and is a great place to eat.  The menu is typical good old home style country cooking. Looking for a mouthwatering hand sliced Texas brisket? Whether you are staying in Munds or just driving thru don't miss this place, Agee's Barbecue Market.

 

Attractions & Recreation

  • Stoneman Lake - one of the few natural lakes in Arizona, sometimes dry lake is surrounded by pine trees, beautiful meadows, and a small camping area. Perfect nearby get away.
  • American Offroad Adventures - offer UTV rentals, gear rentals for outdoor activities

Schools

Children in this community typically go to the following nearby schools:

  • Lura Kinsey Elementary School PK-5
  • Mount Elden Middle School 6-8
  • Flagstaff High School 9-12

 

Munds Park/Pinewood Neighborhood Information 

Munds Park/Pinewood is just over 20 minutes drive, south of Flagstaff on I-17.  This community surrounds a semi-private golf course, Pinewood golf course. Many residents are summer-only retirees so expect more quiet during the winter season.

Looking for a beautiful summer home? Schedule your appointment to view this home today! Contact Kelly Broaddus at kelly.broaddus@exprealty.com or call 888-4465602 to see other houses for sale in Munds Park.

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Jan. 22, 2018

1255 E Big Bear Trl, Munds Park, AZ 86017

Kelly Broaddus  |  eXp Realty  |  888.446.5602  | Contact Kelly

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 1255 E Big Bear Trl, Munds Park, AZ 86017

3 Bedroom Pinewood Chalet

3 Beds | 3 Baths | $399,800

Quaint mountain chalet nestled in the pines, currently successfully used as a VRBO, but is turn key for a second home or family. New decks circle the home on two levels. Quiet street in Munds Park perfect for the person looking for seclusion. 3 bedrooms and 3 baths with a wonderful loft looking out to the pines.  

Photos and more information here: http://www.northernarizonafinehomes.com/property/172237/

Take a Virtual tour: http://www.tourfactory.com/1923314

Location

1255 Big Bear Trail

Car-Dependent

More information on Walk Score

Dining Nearby

Pinewood Restaurant is located in a small mountain community and is a great place to eat.  The menu is typical good old home style country cooking. Looking for a mouthwatering hand sliced Texas brisket? Whether you are staying in Munds or just driving thru don't miss this place, Agee's Barbecue Market.

Attractions & Recreation

  • Stoneman Lake - one of the few natural lakes in Arizona, sometimes dry lake is surrounded by pine trees, beautiful meadows, and a small camping area. Perfect nearby get away.
  • American Offroad Adventures - offer UTV rentals, gear rentals for outdoor activities

 

Schools

Children in this community typically go to the following nearby schools:

  • Lura Kinsey Elementary School PK-5
  • Mount Elden Middle School 6-8
  • Flagstaff High School 9-12

 

Munds Park/Pinewood Neighborhood Information 

Munds Park/Pinewood is just over 20 minutes drive, south of Flagstaff on I-17.  This community surrounds a semi-private golf course, Pinewood golf course. Many residents are summer-only retirees so expect more quiet during the winter season.

Looking for a beautiful summer home in Pinewood? Schedule your appointment to view this Munds Park home today! Contact Kelly Broaddus at kelly.broaddus@exprealty.com or call 888-4465602 to see other houses for sale in Flagstaff.

 

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Dec. 20, 2017

Flagstaff AZ Real Estate Market Update- November 2017

Flagstaff Real Estate Market Data, AZ Provided by The Kelly Broaddus Team of REMAX Fine Living / by Joselyn Uy

 November 2017 Flagstaff Home Sales

 

 Flagstaff Home Sales Slump in November 2017 

Two weeks ago, we reconnected with over a thousand home buyers on our database to check of they are still in the market to purchase a home in Flagstaff, Sedona or the nearby areas. Many people are putting their home search on hiatus and most will resume either in spring or summer. Buyers still on the market tend to be more serious and transactions are carried to completion from contract to close. We are now in the slow season which are the months of December, January and February, so expect more softening in the Flagstaff market during the holidays. Here is our latest market stats.

November 2017 Flagstaff Market Watch Summary 

Flagstaff Real Estate Total Home Sales- 78 homes. This represents a 9% decline over sales in November 2016. Conditions continue to favor buyers for homes priced above $500,000 and sellers prevail for homes priced under $500,000.   

Median Home Price- $368,000 , up 3% vs last year. This is the first time median home price fell below $370k since June 2017 as inventory climbs and buyers cool off.

Mortgage rates continue in the 3.75% range for a 30 year fixed-rate with 5% down and very good credit. 

Days on Market (Flagstaff): Fifty three percent of homes that closed in November were on the market for less than 3 months. 84% of homes sold within 6 months. Longest days on market: 448 days 

Days on market indicates the period of time when a property goes active on the MLS to when it goes under contract. Luxury homes sold slower in October with national average days on market up to 172 days from 167 days in September. Phoenix AZ luxury homes stay 194 days on market (average). See the November 2017 Luxury Market Report.

Here are some of the highlights in November:

The Most Expensive Flagstaff Single Family Home Sold in November 2017 Sold for $1,050,000 This 4 bedroom Pine Canyon custom luxury home with floor to ceiling windows and 4 fireplaces has one of the best mountain views in the area.

November 2017's Most Expensive Flagstaff Townhome Sold for $598,069. It's a 3 bedroom new construction in one of Flagstaff's premier golf community, Flagstaff Ranch. 

The Most Affordable Flagstaff Homes Sold in November 2017 are:

  • $180,000- Located in the Leupp/Winona area, this is a 2 bedroom home, water haul, solar power. This house tops the list of the most affordable single family home in Flagstaff
  • $157,000-  This 1 bedroom unit with 528 sqft of living space located in University Meadows claim last month's most affordable condo spot. 
  • $205,000 - November 2017's most affordable Flagstaff townhouse is a 2 bedroom multilevel home in the Noho area in the northwest region of Flagstaff.

Flagstaff Home Seller and Buyer Advice 

Generally high prices, limited availability, and quick sales of those homes that do come up for sale make the Flagstaff real estate market a favorable environment for sellers of "affordable homes".

First-time home buyers and recent arrivals to the Flagstaff area find themselves at a disadvantage in the current environment. Many turn to renting or to buying condominiums or town homes for their first residential purchase. Buyers with a larger budget ($500K and up) have a surfeit of homes to choose from. 

Download the full Flagstaff Market Report here

We are your Flagstaff home experts!  Please contact us at 888.446.5602 or email kellyathow2az@gmail.com if you are looking to buy or sell in Flagstaff/Sedona and the surrounding areas.

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays, Flagstaff! 

It's the most wonderful time of the year, when we get to celebrate time with families and friends. A home for the holidays sounds perfect to us. May your festivities be filled with warmth, comfort, and good cheer. 

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 October 2017 Flagstaff Market Statistics

 

Dec. 20, 2017

20 Home Gadget Gift Ideas to Fit Any Budget

20 Home Gadget Gift Ideas to Fit Any Budget

Looking for the perfect present for a loved one this holiday season? We’ve rounded up 20 of our favorite gift ideas. And since we work in Flagstaff real estate, we focused on items that add enjoyment, comfort and, in some cases, major value to your home. Download The FREE Printable Report: 20 Home Gadget Gift Ideas to Fit Any Budget

 

From music lovers to home chefs, we’ve got something for everyone. And we’ve included a range of price points to suit any budget, from under $50 to major splurge … in case you’re feeling extra generous this year. We hope you find this list useful in identifying gifts your friends and family will love. And maybe some of these items will make your wish list this year, too!

 

Approximate Price Ranges

$ - under $50

$$ - $51 to $200

$$$ - $201 to $500

$$$$ - Splurge

 

 

LET IT SNOW

 

Heat things up this holiday season! Keep your loved ones cozy all winter with these gifts that add warmth and a touch of luxury.

 

Tabletop Fireplace - $

On cold nights, nothing beats the comfort and glow of a fire. Whether you’re looking to cozy up on the couch with a good book, or enjoy a relaxing night in the backyard with family and friends, a tabletop fireplace is an easy way to light up your evening. The Regal Flame Black Utopia Tabletop Fireplace can be used indoors or outdoors, no vent required. It runs on ethanol, which can be mixed with citronella to double as a mosquito repellent for outdoor use.

 

Towel Warmer - $$

Who wouldn’t love to wrap themselves in a warm towel when they step out of the shower on a cold Flagtstaff morning? While heated towel racks are available in a variety of styles and price points, the Anzzi Glow 4-Bar Electric Towel Warmer in Polished Chrome is an entry level version that gets good reviews. Modern and elegant, this model plugs into a nearby outlet for easy installation and is made of rust-resistant stainless steel. Turn your daily shower into a spa-like experience!

 

Smart Thermostat - $$$

Now you can wake up to a warm house, even if you like it cool while you sleep. After using the Nest Learning Thermostat for a week, it will start to recognize your patterns and adjust the temperature automatically to your preferences. In its third-generation, Nest claims to pay for itself over time in energy savings. It uses sensors and your phone’s location to check if you’ve left the house, then sets itself to an Eco Temperature. And this smart-thermostat knows when you typically get home from work and can heat things up before you return. If your schedule changes, you can even adjust the temperature remotely from your smartphone.

 

Radiant Floor Heating - $$$$

Radiant heating has been a popular alternative in Flagstaff new construction to traditional forced-air heating systems. And new technology has made it easier and less expensive to retrofit existing homes with radiant heating. According to BobVila.com, “radiant floors are heated either with electric resistance cables or hot water flowing inside tubing” beneath the floor. It’s energy-efficient, effective, and doesn’t blow dust and allergens around the way forced-air systems do. Not only will you love stepping onto a heated floor on a cool morning, you’ll be adding value to your home, as this is an appealing upgrade to buyers when it comes time to sell.

 

 

ROCK AROUND THE TREE

 

It’s holiday music time! Music lovers are sure to appreciate these gifts guaranteed to enhance their listening experience throughout the home.

 

Showerhead Speaker - $

Whether you enjoy singing in the shower, or listening to your favorite podcast, the H2oVibe Rain Showerhead Jet with Wireless Bluetooth Speaker syncs with any bluetooth-enabled device so you can stream your favorite music or other audio directly into the shower. The waterproof speaker easily detaches from the showerhead so you can bring it with you from room to room while you get dressed. And the showerhead itself features jets with three times more spray power than the average showerhead, creating a spa-like experience.

 

Voice Controlled Smart Speaker - $$

Smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home not only stream music on demand via voice control, they can also serve as a central hub for numerous other smart-home devices. Now you can change the channel on your TV, make a phone call, turn on your lights, set your thermostat and lock your front door, all without lifting a finger.

 

High-End Wireless Speaker - $$$

If you prefer a premium speaker, the Sonos Play:3 is the mid-range option in the brand’s line of wireless speakers. It delivers rich and robust sound with a sleek design that can placed horizontally or vertically to fit almost any space. Sonos speakers sync with Amazon Echo and Alexa, which enable you to control the speaker with voice commands. And you can easily add additional speakers from the Sonos line for an enhanced, surround-sound experience.

 

Whole Home Audio System - $$$$

The sky’s the limit when it comes to whole-home audio systems, and for a premium sound system you can expect to make a significant investment. Companies like Yamaha offer a wide variety of components, all designed to work in conjunction to give you a customized whole-home audio and home theater system to suit your needs.

 

 

ADD SOME SIZZLE TO THE SEASON

 

Home chefs will love these gifts, perfect for holiday entertaining and home cooking all year long. Not only will they bring excitement to the recipient, everyone in the family will benefit from the delicious dishes these gifts are sure to inspire!

 

Bread Maker - $

Warm, fresh bread can make any meal feel special. With a bread machine like this one from Hamilton Beach, you can enjoy fresh rolls, pizza dough, cakes, jams, flatbreads and croissants with minimal effort. Plus, there’s a gluten-free setting, which makes this a perfect gift for anyone avoiding gluten in their diet.

 

Electric Smoker - $$

If you love to barbecue, the Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker gives you the tenderness and flavor of smoking meat, without the hassle. The integrated meat probe alerts you when the meat reaches a predetermined internal temperature, and when it’s done cooking the “warming” feature keeps your food hot until it’s ready to be served.

 

Smart Sous-Vide Machine - $$$

Sous vide is a method of cooking in which food is vacuum-sealed in a plastic pouch and then placed in a water bath to cook at a precise temperature. The new Mellow Smart Sous Vide Appliance hits the market this holiday season and promises to make sous vide as easy and foolproof as a slow cooker. Its built-in cooling system keeps your food cold until it’s ready to be cooked … so you can stick a piece of salmon in before you leave for work, choose the time you want it to be ready, and dinner will be done when you get home.

 

High-End Oven Range - $$$$

To really heat things up in the kitchen, any home chef would love a new high-end range, like this 36” Dual Fuel Range with Six Burners from Sub-Zero Wolf. With ten custom cooking modes—including one for proofing dough and one for dehydrating—and a temperature probe alert, this oven makes cooking almost foolproof. And the timeless stainless steel design will enhance the beauty of any kitchen. Investing in a high-end range not only adds enjoyment to meal preparation, it’s highly-desired by home buyers … something to consider if you plan to list your home within the next few years.

 

 

SPARKLE AND SHINE

 

Holiday lights aren’t the only way to make a home sparkle. These cleaning gadgets and appliances will keep your Flagstaff home clean and shiny all year long … and hopefully bring some joy to the cleaning process!

 

Portable Deep Carpet Cleaner - $

Anyone who has pets or young children will love the convenience of a cordless and portable spot cleaner like the BISSELL SpotLifter 2X Portable Deep Carpet Cleaner. Its cleaning brush agitates soiled spots while simultaneously sucking up debris. Use it to remove small spills and stains from carpet, furniture, rugs, drapes, car seats, and other upholstered items.

 

Robotic Vacuum Cleaner - $$

Robotic vacuum cleaners have been around for years, but new technology has made them more effective and lowered the cost significantly. The ECOVACS DEEBOT N79 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner provides a good mix of features and value. It offers several cleaning modes and moves easily from rugs to tile to carpet. You can also control it with your smartphone using the ECOVACS App.

 

Dishwasher - $$$

While a high-end dishwasher with all the bells and whistles can certainly be a good investment, there are some great values on the market for those with a more modest budget. For example, the Maytag Front Control Dishwasher gets consistently great reviews for its powerful motor that disintegrates bits of food to deliver sparkling clean dishes, even without rinsing. And its elegant exterior will upgrade the look of your kitchen … all without breaking the bank.

 

New Washer/Dryer - $$$$

If anything can make laundry exciting, it’s a new washer and dryer with smart-technology like the Kenmore Elite Smart Washer and Dryer. Now you can start a load of laundry remotely from your smartphone to time it with your arrival home. You can also customize washer and dryer cycles and receive an alert when a cycle is complete. And with the Express cycle, you can wash and dry a small load in 45 minutes, saving you time and energy.

 

 

KEEP THE GRINCH AWAY

 

Nothing is more important than the safety of you and your family. Protect your loved ones—and deter intruders—with gifts that keep you and your home in Northern Arizona safe and secure.

 

Smart Light Bulbs - $

The Philips Hue White Smart Bulb Starter Kit is a good entry-level investment in smart lighting technology. Now you can automate your lighting and control your lights from your smartphone using the Philips Hue App. Deter burglars by making it look like someone’s home when you turn your lights on remotely. And stay safer by never entering a dark house again. Plus, it has several options to enhance the look and ambiance of your home lighting.

 

Video Doorbell - $$

Watch over your home and greet visitors from your computer or smartphone with a video-enabled doorbell, like the Ring Video Doorbell 2.  Adjustable motion sensors alert you when someone is approaching your door, and live video and audio allow you to see and talk to visitors without opening the door, even if you’re away from home. The best part is, they’ll never know you’re not home if you don’t tell them.

 

Smart Lock - $$$

Control and monitor your locks from anywhere with a smart lock like the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect. Now there’s no need to leave a key under the doormat or give a copy to the housekeeper. You can activate keyless access remotely, and even lock up when they leave, all from your computer or smartphone. And no more fumbling around for your keys in the dark. Similar to keyless entry for your car, Smart Lock Pro automatically unlocks your door when you approach.

 

Security System - $$$$

An in-home security system is still one of the best ways to protect your home and family from intruders and alert you to the presence of smoke or carbon monoxide. Some companies, like Vivint, can integrate your security system with video monitoring, a doorbell camera, smart locks, garage doors and even your thermostat. Prices vary depending on the options you select, and a monthly monitoring service is required, but a home security system can bring peace of mind knowing your family and home are protected.

 

 

WE’RE HERE TO HELP

 

As Flagstaff real estate professionals, we get to visit people’s homes every day and talk to buyers and sellers about their favorite features. So we have a unique insight into the elements that truly make a house special, bring joy to homeowners and add value to a home.  Did we miss your favorite home-related gift? If so, we’d love to hear about it. Please share in the comments below!

 

If you do decide to “splurge” on a home upgrade, contact us for recommendations on the best options for your particular home. Flagstaff home buyer expectations and preferences vary depending on price point, style of home and neighborhood. We can run a comparative market analysis to find out how the upgrade you're considering will impact the value of your home, before you make the investment. 

Call/Text Kelly Broaddus at 928.606.6749.

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Happy Thanksgiving, Flagstaff!

Nov. 22, 2017

Flagstaff AZ Real Estate Market Update- October 2017

Flagstaff Real Estate Market Data, AZ Provided by The Kelly Broaddus Team of REMAX Fine Living / by Joselyn Uy

 October 2017 Flagstaff Home Sales

 

 Flagstaff Home Sales & Prices Climb in October 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you spend time enjoying the holidays with the persons who matter to you most. We are thankful to our wonderful clients who put their trust on us  to help them with one of the most important decisions in their lives- buying or selling your Flagstaff home. Here is our latest market stats.

October 2017 Flagstaff Home Sales & Prices

Great news! This year was the busiest October in more than a decade of Flagstaff home sales.  The median sale price this October came in at $376,000 up 9% from a year ago. The average price paid per-square-foot was $206 up 8% and the highest since 2007 when the average was $221 per square foot. There were 119 houses to have sold which is up 13%, making it the busiest October in 13 years.

Flagstaff Home Sales 2015 to 2017 

We are  moving into the slow season which are the months of December, January and February, so expect more softening in the Flagstaff market during the holidays.

Advice to Flagstaff Home Buyers

Home Affordability Today

  1.   Buy now. There are prospective buyers who think that it may not be a great move to buy a Flagstaff home right  now because it makes no sense from an affordability standpoint. Data gathered by the Mortgage Monitor says otherwise. The percentage of median income needed to buy a medium-priced home in Arizona today is less in comparison to almost anytime in history except during the housing bubble and bust. 
  2. Hire an amazing Flagstaff real estate agent.  It’s tempting for a first-time buyer to start shopping for a home without the help of a real estate professional, especially with the abundance of online information. But why would a first-time home buyer go at it alone, when the seller usually pays the commission to the buyer’s agent from sale proceeds? While commissions are always negotiable, a buyer doesn’t pay anything extra. The vast majority of people who have bought several homes and are familiar with the process still rely on a real estate agent, because they know that if something unexpected happens, they won’t have to fix it themselves.

Mortgage rates A 30 year fixed rate mortgage with 5% down is still around 3.75% with no points. Rates have risen from 2016's near-all-time lows, however lenders have increasingly eased guidelines to allow more access to credit for potential homeowners. 

Advice to Flagstaff Home Sellers

Seasonally, we are approaching the slowest months of the year for Flagstaff housing sales which is December, January, February and March. If you’ve been thinking about selling your home, you probably have tons of questions. Is this the right time to sell? Check out 7 Reasons to List Your Home This Holiday Season and find out why waiting to list probably does not make sense.

Your home is your biggest asset and you have a lot invested in it, both financially and emotionally. Here are 5 steps to ensure the success of your home sale: 

  1. Read your CMA: To understand how to price your home, an agent-provided Comparative Market Analysis will show homes similar to yours, both ones that have recently sold and ones listed for sale. Call Kelly at 888.446.5602 to get your FREE personalized home analysis.
  2. Understand the costs: Every seller has to do the hard math. You need to determine how much equity you have in your home, understand the closing costs involved, and determine how much you expect to net from the sale.
  3. Be ready for surprises: A flawless home sale is rare. Talk to your agent about what surprises you might encounter so you will be better prepared.
  4. Stage it: To make the best first impression, professionally staging a home makes rooms look bigger and brighter, downplays the negative, and accentuates the positive.
  5. Price it right: 45 percent of home sellers had to reduce their asking price at least once, which delayed the sale of their home, according to the National Association of Realtors. While your agent can share their pricing expertise, you set the price.

October 2017 Flagstaff Market Watch Summary

We are still a buyer's market for homes priced above $500,000 and a seller's market for homes priced under $500,000. 

Flagstaff Real Estate Total Home Sales- 119 homes, ^13% vs last year 

Median Home Price- $376,000 , up 9% vs last year 

The Most Expensive Flagstaff Single Family Home Sold in October 2017 Sold for $1,700,000 This 4 bedroom Forest Highlands luxury home is located on the Meadows golf course with views of the fairway, greens and ponds

October 2017's Most Expensive Flagstaff Townhome Sold for $850,000. It's a 3 bedroom Elk Pass townhome in Pine Canyon featuring beautiful views and luxurious finishes. 

The Most Affordable Flagstaff Homes Sold in October 2017: 

  • $205,000 - A 3 bedroom home backing 5.67 acres Kachina Parkway open space and across Raymond Park.  This house tops the list of the most affordable single family home
  • $170,000 -  This 2 bedroom unit with 900 sqft of living space located in The Village claim last month's most affordable condo spot. 
  • $204,900 - A 3 bedroom Swiss Manor home with great views of Mount Elden was October 2017's most affordable townhouse 

Days on Market (Flagstaff): More than 50 percent of homes that closed in October were on the market for 3 months or less. Longest days on market: 582 days Low mortgage rates help pick up the pace of home sales in the Flagstaff area.

Days on market indicates the period of time when a property goes active on the MLS to when it goes under contract. Luxury homes sold slower in October with national average days on market up to 172 days from 167 days in September. Phoenix AZ luxury homes stay 194 days on market (average). See the October 2017 Luxury Market Report.

We are your Flagstaff home experts!  Please contact us at 888.446.5602 or email kellybroaddus@remax.net if you are looking to buy or sell in Flagstaff/Sedona and the surrounding areas.

Download the full Flagstaff Market Report here

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