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The Center of the West

Mon, Sep 24th 2018 1:00 pm by Leah Kolb Events

Did you know that Sedona is in the center of the west? Many great destinations are within a day’s drive.

We recently visited Taos, New Mexico. It's only a 7 ½ hour drive, where you can visit the last working Pueblo with buildings that are over 1,000 years old. After the Pueblo check out Bandelier National Monument. We met two old (dear) friends and rented a house in Taos where we watched the Big Horn sheep as they came to the creek to camp out for the night. What a treat! Don’t forget your binoculars!

https://www.nps.gov/band/index.htm



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We love monsoon season

Thu, Sep 20th 2018 1:00 pm by Leah Kolb Miscellaneous

This has been a great season of afternoon rain!

Turn up the volume!



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The Land of the Golden Sun

Mon, Sep 17th 2018 1:00 pm by Leah Kolb Miscellaneous


It’s a “dry heat” but gorgeous!

Check out this beautiful video

Click here to view



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Fun in the Verde Valley

Thu, Sep 13th 2018 1:00 pm by Leah Kolb Events

Friendship is as important to our well-being as eating right and exercising. What’s more, friendships help us grow! One of the best parts about being a realtor is the lifelong friendships with clients, contractors and other partners. We had a terrific time at the Constant Evolution Escape Room in Cottonwood.

https://www.constantevolutionescaperooms.com

Escape Room



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Snoopy Rock

Mon, Sep 10th 2018 1:00 pm by Leah Kolb Miscellaneous


Huh, you learn something every day.

Click to learn more about Snoopy Rock



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Cherokee music

Thu, Sep 6th 2018 1:00 pm by Leah Kolb Miscellaneous

More of beautiful Sedona with peaceful Cherokee whistles...this music will stay in your head all day.

Thank you for sharing your talents with us, Bearlora Lee.

Click to view Bearnlora Lee



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Won't you join us?

Mon, Sep 3rd 2018 1:00 pm by Leah Kolb Miscellaneous

Enjoy this beautiful video from Travel & Leisure Magazine.

Come and join us in Sedona! We’ll help you find a place.

Click to view:

 Travel & Leisure Magazine Video - Sedona



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A fun new listing in Cottonwood!

Fri, Aug 31st 2018 7:12 pm by Leah Kolb Sedona Real Estate Market News

Check out this great listing! The views from this home are amazing and it has many improvements and upgrades.

http://www.tourfactory.com/idxr2061060



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Another great review

Thu, Aug 30th 2018 1:00 pm by Leah Kolb Sedona Real Estate Market News

We get to work with the BEST Clients! Are you ready to sell your home? Give us a call and let's get your home on the market.

"We can't say enough great things about Wally. Wally is professional and approachable. He worked hard for us and kept us informed through the whole process. Though our property was worth nowhere near a million or even half a million dollars, he treated us as if it was. We are very pleased” blkelly19

Zillow Review



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Is purchasing vacant land a good idea?

Mon, Aug 27th 2018 1:15 pm by Leah Kolb Sedona Real Estate Market News

With so few homes on the market, many are looking to build their own and land in Sedona and the Verde Valley is still affordable.

This beautiful property near the creek, in a gated community, had an offer in just over 30 days!

Contact us today and let's find you the perfect spot to build your dream home!Cross Creek Ranch



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Just Sold!

Thu, Aug 23rd 2018 3:20 pm by Leah Kolb Sedona Real Estate Market News

This active couple purchased this little getaway spot 3 years ago. It was a great place to take all of their toys and enjoy a mini-staycation. They bought another terrific place out near Show Low and realized that two getaway places were one too many, so they decided to sell the Rimrock property. Some wonderful empty nesters moved in from Cottonwood where they could have more space and get out of the big city ;) It’s been great working with the Kelly’s and we wish them many happy staycations!

Great viewsWide open spaces



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First Time Home Buyer?

Fri, May 18th 2018 11:10 am by Cynde Haan Miscellaneous

Are you thinking about buying your first home? Feeling excited and very motivated, but unsure about your first steps?
 
It’s true. Before you can unlock the door to homeownership, there are some important steps you have to take. The process of finding and buying your first home has challenges that go beyond finding a home in a great location with a cool interior. And for most people, a home is the most expensive purchase they will make in their lifetime. It can be a very emotional experience!
 
Jan and Wally have supported and positioned many first-time home buyers. They start by providing a list of questions that you would consider together, so that you are fully aware of your options and yo...



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From Cape Cod to Sedona!

Tue, May 15th 2018 2:04 pm by Cynde Haan Events

From one paradise to another...
 
Jan and Wally were an integral part of helping these Easterners find a warm place in the sun here in Sedona. Their new Spanish style vacation home has the feeling of living in a Hacienda with first class appointments and finishes.
 
With some of the most incredible views of Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte and Box Canyon we imagine they will be spending quite a lot of time here.
 
Wouldn’t you love this view?



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More Happy Clients!

Thu, May 10th 2018 11:14 am by Cynde Haan Events

We so appreciate when buyers take the time to review our services because it means they're happy! Today I’d like to share some reviews that Jan Bigelow has received on Zillow… All five-star reviews! Remember, if you, your friends, or family members are considering either buying or selling in the Sedona area, working with Jan and Wally will be a great experience from start to finish.

The first is from Ms. Matousek, a home shopper from California, looking to relocate. She recently spent a couple days touring homes throughout Sedona and the Village…

"Jan is great. She showed us about 15 houses throughout Sedona and some nearby ranches. She obviously knows the market and the real estate bus...



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Selling your Home: Goals Determine Your Strategy

Tue, May 8th 2018 2:02 pm by Cynde Haan Events

Along with your realtor, you’ll develop a strategy to sell your house. You’ll have to determine the price, what you need to do to prepare, and how to market it.
 
Your priorities, as well as how well you can tolerate risk, will impact this strategy. Some people are comfortable with risk-taking: others, not so much.
 
Ask yourself the following questions to help you build a strategy with your agent that you’ll be comfortable with…
 
Timing…
Why are you selling your home now?
Do you have time pressures?
What’s your timeframe for closing and moving? Is it flexible?
 
Budget…
What is your budget for preparing your home for sale? Remember we talked last week about curb appeal, freshening paint, etc.
 
Marke...



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Happy Buyers!

Fri, May 4th 2018 11:46 am by Cynde Haan Events

Bill and Aurora Spuhler had been renting their home in Vista Montana for over 10 years when the landlord decided it was finally time to sell…
 
The Spuhlers are very happy purchasers! They are now experiencing the joys of home ownership, including new, fresh paint colors of their choice and some really nice finishes. The home is finally, uniquely, theirs.
 
Here’s the happy couple on a recent Pink Jeep Tour.
 
If you’ve been on the fence about either selling or buying in Sedona, Jan and Wally work with both sellers and buyers. Give them a call or send an email through this site.



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What do you think of this weather???

Thu, May 3rd 2018 10:48 am by Cynde Haan Miscellaneous

Yesterday I had to drive to Flag for a dentist appointment, and went through the worst rain storm I can remember. I almost had to pull off the road. Then, when I closer to Flag, it was snowing like crazy, and cars were slowed to 65 MPH. And you know, usually when you drive this stretch on the 17, people are zooming past you even if you’re going 75.
 
But apparently, snow in May is not all that unusual for Flagstaff. Flagstaff is easily the snowiest big city in the state. It averages 101.7 inches of snow per year, according to National Weather Service statistics. Flagstaff's snowiest winter was in 1972-73, when it recorded 210 inches.
 
According to AZ Central, Flagstaff has had snow this late...



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Closing the Deal!

Wed, May 2nd 2018 12:59 pm by Cynde Haan Miscellaneous

Closing the Deal
 
Imagine that all your hard work in getting your house ready to sell has paid off, and you’re getting an offer from a buyer.
 
What are some of the things you need to consider at this stage of selling your home?
 
To start, you’ll have to closely examine the offer. Offers contain the sales price, closing date, conditions (like closing costs or a home warranty), earnest money, and the inspection period.
 
In the current Sedona housing market, there’s a good chance that you’ll receive multiple offers. It’s important to meet with your agent so you understand all the terms of the offers, so you can determine which offer is best. Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions!
 
Here are so...



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Another positive review!

Wed, May 2nd 2018 2:54 am by Leah Kolb Miscellaneous

Home shoppers from California, looking to relocate, had a great time touring homes throughout Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek. Thanks for the review!

"Jan is great. She showed us about 15 houses throughout Sedona and some nearby ranches. She obviously knows the market and the real estate business really well, being able to provide perspective on relative prices, pros, and cons of each house and neighborhood, trends in the market over time, etc. It became very clear that she is someone who is very empathic and understands what we are looking for and quickly adjusts what she showed us to reflect that understanding. She also has a great attention to detail (e.g., providing us maps with ...



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Prices Going up in Sedona!

Mon, Apr 30th 2018 10:50 am by Cynde Haan Sedona Real Estate Market News

Happy Monday!
 
The latest S&P Case-Shiller® Home Price Index® was published yesterday and includes sales between December 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018.
 
Nationally, Phoenix is in 8th place at .92%, moving from 12th last month, but not quite joined the upper echelons. It is well ahead of the national average of 0.42%.
 
Here are the year-over-year changes:
Seattle 12.7%
Las Vegas 11.6%
San Francisco 10.1%
Detroit 8.4%
Denver 8.4%
Los Angeles 8.3%
San Diego 7.6%
Tampa 7.1%
Portland 6.7%
Atlanta 6.5%
Charlotte 6.4%
Phoenix 6.4%
Dallas 6.4%
New York 6.0%
Minneapolis 5.8%
Boston 5.7%
Miami 4.6%
Cleveland 4.1%
Chicago 2.6%
Washington 2.4%

Phoenix is still in the middle of the pack, moving up from 14th place last mon...



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