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Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty is Tops in Sedona

Tue, Jan 19th 2021 10:22 pm by Wally Reule Sedona Real Estate Market News

We moved to Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty over seven years ago, and have never looked back. We felt it would be a great move for our business, and it has exceeded our expectations. At the beginning of each year, we review the past year, and congratulate ourselves for making that move. Once again, Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty is at the top of the heap. The following three graphs show the rankings of the top ten firms in total sales, sales of listings and current active listings. We are number one in all three categories.Total Sales

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2020 Was a Record Breaking Year for Sedona Real Estate

Thu, Jan 14th 2021 2:23 pm by Wally Reule Sedona Real Estate Market News

The year end numbers are in and they are nothing short of remarkable. Sales of single family homes under $1,000,000 ended the year at 632. That is an increase of 27% over what was a very good year in 2019. Also amazing is the fact that 120 homes sold for over $1,000,000, which more than doubled the number of 54 sold in 2019. Not to be outdone, vacant land sales rose from 142 to 192, and the median price rose by 18%. For more information visit our Market Statistics Page.

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New Hilton in the Village of Oak Creek?

Mon, Jan 11th 2021 10:39 am by Wally Reule Events

Sedona's natural beauty attracts millions of visitors every year, and depending on your point of view, that can be either a blessing or a curse. On the one hand, tourism supports local business and government, and the red rock views should be available to everyone. On the other hand, the sheer volume of guests can overwhelm the infrastructure and degrade the pristine beauty of our environment. The current debate over the proposal to build a new hotel in the Village of Oak Creek is a perfect example of trying to navigate a course that honors both needs. For more information, click here to read a recent article in the Red Rock News.

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Welcome to the New Year in Sedona Real Estate

Mon, Jan 4th 2021 9:55 pm by Wally Reule Sedona Real Estate Market News

Last year was one for the record books. Inventory has never been lower, and well priced homes under $1,000,000 are still flying off the shelves as soon as they come on the market. The result of that is that the median list price for a home in Sedona is still over $1,200,000, and that explains why sales of vacant lots are increasing. Follow this link for detailed market statistics.

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Vacant Lot with Great Red Rock Views

Wed, Dec 9th 2020 12:41 pm by Wally Reule Sedona Real Estate Market News

Our newest vacant land listing is a real winner. The views are incredible and unblockable. And if you're looking for land without and HOA, this is it.


310 Cathedral Rock Tr
Sedona, AZ

MLS# 524824 - Land

What does everyone want when they are building in Sedona - ?? -- Big Red Rock Views, of course - - and this .60 of an acre lot showcases spectacular panoramic views as well as in -your-face views of Elephant Rock. Located in the heart of Sedona and at the end of a cul de sac, this gently sloped lot has unlimited potential for your architectural preferences. The property parallels national forest and has no HOA . Mature vegetation on all sides of the lot highlights the beauty of ...

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The Real Estate Market is Hot, But Where is Everybody Moving?

Mon, Oct 12th 2020 2:31 pm by Wally Reule Sedona Real Estate Market News

Our local real estate market continues to be very active, and it's clearly a sellers' market. Much of this has been driven by people wanting to make different lifestyle choices as we slog our way through the pandemic. I recently read an interesting article in Forbes that suggests that many of these changes may be permanent. To read the full article, click here.

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Sedona Market Statistics

Mon, Oct 5th 2020 1:00 pm by Wally Reule Sedona Real Estate Market News

The Sedona real estate market continues to be slowed only by the lack of inventory. All of our recent listings have been under contract within three days, and all received multiple offers. Because anything under $800,000 goes so quickly, the median price of homes listed for sale in Sedona now exceeds $1,000,000, according to a report from Yavapai Titile Company. Click here to see that report.

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Another New Listing that Flew off the Shelf

Mon, Oct 5th 2020 12:39 pm by Wally Reule Sedona Real Estate Market News

Here is another one of our listings that had multiple offers and was under contract within two days of coming on the market.


380 Oak Ridge Lane
Sedona, AZ

MLS# 524330 - Residential

Nestled at the end of a cul de sac, and surrounded by towering evergreens & mature desert vegetation, sits a charming southwest home offering panoramic red rock views from every room. Architecture resembles the Santa Fe/Pueblo designs. This single level home features Saltillo tile, custom cabinetry, wood floors and a gas Kiva fireplace. Walls of glass at the front entry display the intimacy of the front courtyard. 3rd Bedroom (on-suite) has it's own private entry off garage. Be sure to park at the en...

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Sedona Real Estate Business is Booming

Tue, Sep 15th 2020 3:38 pm by Wally Reule Sedona Real Estate Market News

Just when we think we can't get any busier, somehow we do. All of our recent listings have had multiple offers because there are so few homes on the market. For a breakdown of sales through the end of August, visit our Market Statistics page.

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Another New Listing in Sedona

Mon, Aug 24th 2020 2:46 pm by Wally Reule Sedona Real Estate Market News

This real estate market is on fire! The new listing that I introduced in my last blog had several offers and is now under contract. This listing went live this morning and we have already had at least a half dozen calls.


350 Northview Rd
Sedona, AZ

MLS# 523965 - Residential

Nestled in the heart of Sedona, this 3 bdrm, 2 bath , 1819 sq ft, single level home, is move-in ready & looking for a very special new owner. The new owner will enjoy updating the bathrooms, and delight in selecting their favorite colors to paint the interior. The kitchen has been remodeled, deck was recently stained & sealed, interior has been professionally cleaned...even the garage cleaned & painted. Disp...

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New Sedona Listing with Incredible Views

Tue, Aug 18th 2020 3:30 pm by Wally Reule Sedona Real Estate Market News

You can see forever from this one, and it's been getting a lot of interest since the day that it came on the market. My bold prediction is that it will be under contract this week.


100 Pine Knolls Drive
Sedona, AZ

MLS# 523873 - Residential

If miles of hiking/biking trails, no HOA, & HUGE red rock views, top your ''must have'' list - - search no longer. This exceptional hilltop sanctuary with its long sweeping driveway & luxurious indoor swimming pool boasts a private, ''resort like'' energy. 3 Kiva fireplaces, towering walls of glass, & colorful Mexican tile throughout highlight this quality Santa Fe build by John Griffin. Cabinetry & doors have authentic Ocotillo cactus insert...

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Another Happy Seller

Fri, Aug 7th 2020 5:14 pm by Wally Reule Sedona Real Estate Market News

Here is another testimonial from a happy client. We listed their home for nearly $1,200,000 and had an accepted offer in less than 24 hours. This was posted on Zillow.

"It was a delight working with Jan Bigelow from the very moment we talked about selling our house until the day we sold our house. Jan was always a step ahead, thinking of our questions and our needs, and always responded quickly to our calls or emails. She was extremely professional, knowledgeable, efficient, and kind. We are grateful for her help in selling our home and would highly recommend Jan to anyone selling or buying a home. Jan is beyond exceptional!"

120 Highland Dr N, Sedona, AZ 86351

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Meet Abby, Our Real Estate Dawg

Sat, Jul 18th 2020 4:38 pm by Wally Reule Miscellaneous

Our new neighbor and friend Michelle gifted us with a watercolor portrait of our beloved Abby. We were blown away by how she captured Abby's perpetual smile and personality through her eyes. It turns out that Michelle is a working artist who does personal portraits of pets, and we are clearly big fans. If you want to see more, go to her website at 


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New Listing That"s Getting a Lot of Attention

Thu, Jul 16th 2020 5:59 pm by Wally Reule Sedona Real Estate Market News

This one has a successful track record as a vacation rental, and has a casita with a long term renter. The first showings will be Saturday, July 18, and we are already fully booked with appointments for that day.


90 Country Lane
Sedona, AZ

MLS# 523577 - Residential

This well designed contemporary southwest home with detached guesthouse (GH) has sweeping panoramic forest & Bear Mt views through wall-to-ceiling glass. The spacious great room, open kitchen, & split floor plan is perfect for gatherings. Gallery lights illuminate the professional photographic landscapes gracing the walls. Main home used as short term rental since late 2017 (Income #s available--often ranked #1 short...

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Latest Sedona Real Estate Sales Activity

Fri, Jul 10th 2020 7:08 pm by Wally Reule Sedona Real Estate Market News

Here is the three letter word that I would use to describe our Sedona real estate market: HOT!. Notice the caps and exclamation point for emphasis. We have never seen the number of homes under contract this high and the number of homes for sale so low. One year ago we were complaining that there were only 179 active listings, and now there are 139. But why, in this economy, is this happening? What we're hearing from buyers from all around the country is that the pandemic is making them rethink their priorities, and that when the next lock down comes, they would rather do it in Sedona. For full market statistics for the first half of 2020, click here.

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Sedona Real Estate Market Statistics Through May

Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 11:41 pm by Wally Reule Sedona Real Estate Market News

Here are market statistics for sales of homes and land in Sedona for the first five months of 2020. Each category is also compared to the same time period the year before. Sales declined for homes priced under $1,000,000, with 178 sales compared to 191 last year, a decrease of 6.8%. Considering that the market was nearly shut down for a couple of months, that's a surprisingly small decline. However, the median sales price increased to $575,000 from a year ago when it was $555.000, but average price per square foot is virtually unchanged.. Sales of luxury homes experienced a similar decrease with 21 closed compared to 25 in 2019, but the median sales price grew a whopping 38% to $1,555,000...

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Low Interest Rates Compensate for Higher Home Prices

Thu, Jun 11th 2020 8:27 pm by Wally Reule Sedona Real Estate Market News

I read an interesting blurb today about how low interest rates are keeping housing affordable for many buyers. Here's what it said. "the bottom line being that even though average prices are back to where they were at the market peak in April of 2006, the mortgage payment is 30% less! That's because interest rates are over 3% less. Put another way, today's buyer has 30% more buying power for the same cash outlay." I'm betting that interest rates are going to go up before home prices fall,, so it's a good time to buy.

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Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation Makes a Difference

Fri, Jun 5th 2020 4:37 pm by Wally Reule Miscellaneous

One of the things that makes us proud of our affiliation with Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty is the generosity of the company, the agents and the staff. In addition to raising funds for good causes, we have volunteered our time for everything from cleaning up the water shed, to giving books and school supplies to needy students, to ringing the salvation army bells at Christmas. We just got the blurb below. For a feel good moment, visit the website at 

"Since the Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation began in 2014, over $207,293 in donations have gone to close to 70 501c3 charitable organizations through direct donations, sponsorships, matching funds, and fundra...

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Stay at Home Fitness Tip Number 3

Thu, Jun 4th 2020 11:17 am by Wally Reule Miscellaneous

Here is the third in our series of five

.Fitness Tip

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Real Estate Sales in Sedona Remain Strong

Tue, Jun 2nd 2020 12:31 am by Wally Reule Sedona Real Estate Market News

Here is our most recent listing. It's a beautiful home in the Village of Oak Creek, and we had an accepted offer within 24 hours.


120 N Highland Drive
Sedona, AZ

MLS# 523222 - Residential

This Paul Cate custom, ''green'' home design raises the bar when it comes to capturing big views in a gated community. Cathedral Rock & 7 Sisters encircle the entire main living area. 3 Patios, built in exterior kitchen, & 360 views from the observation deck with firepit. Thoughtfully designed, this 3586 sq ft, 3 bdrm & a den home on 1.03 acres boasts geothermal heating & cooling, solar hot water, Low E windows, central vac, stereo system, & motorized exterior window shades. Travertine floors,...

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