Payson, AZ Real Estate News

By Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
(Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ)
We get many calls and emails every week from Owners of homes in the Payson area. We find ourselves answering the same questions many times. Here are a few which I answered several times this week: Can you rent my furnished home? No. We don't handle furnished rentals. Why, you ask?1) It would involve very detailed inventories and get very expensive for the Owner, as we couldn't "donate" our time, it would also invite disputes between Owner and tenant.2) A tenant is not as likely to "fly by night" and leave owing you if they have to move their furniture out.3) Most "good" tenants will have their own furniture, will WANT to use their own furniture, and won't want your things. Can you rent my house for a) weekends b) a week or two c) a month? No. We don't handle short term rentals. Why not?...
Comments 6
By Sandra Scott, REALTOR of Choice! Payson, Pine & Strawberry, AZ
(DPR Realty)
Gingerbread Houses in Payson Arizona are taking shape everywhere you look.  Mothers, grandmothers, aunts anyone who loves children are gathering in kitchens all over the Rim Country creating the most adorable gingerbread houses imaginable.  I lay awake at night going over past gingerbread houses, etc.  that I have been a part of.  I think this grandmother has more fun that anyone.  The first gingerbread house I made was with my nephew.  He was living with me and was 18 at the time.  We spend hours building a two-story house with all the furniture included for his girlfriend.  That was 20 years ago and I still have the pattern.  So when my grandsons came along that was one of the first traditions we started.  Then the next day I'd bake gingerbread cookies and cut them out in shapes of tr...
Comments 3
By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Arizona Resource Realty would really like to remind everyone to be extra careful this Holiday Season.  The roof, road or family relations may be icy. Those are situations that can easily turn into a disaster.  So wear your no-slip shoes, use snow-chains on your vehicle when necessary, and remember to use the words "I Love You" and you should make it through the Holiday Season just fine! Remember to think of the man in this picture- and if you find yourself in a predicament worse than this- Take a Picture!! Arizona Resource Realty Wishes you a very Happy Holiday Season!
Comments 0
By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
On the night of Monday December 7Th, 2009, fierce winds and heavy rain-fall battered Payson. Among road closures and downed trees there were some other problems.  At the Humane Society of Central Arizona, the wind was so fierce it tore back the metal corrugated roof of the dog runs as if it were opening a can of food.  Not only was the roof in tatters the wind was strong enough to move two swamp coolers from their bases and toss them around. Monday-nights storm was the last thing The Humane Society of Central Arizona needed.  For years, Boyle and volunteers have been campaigning for a new facility that could replace the crowded, old house that now serves as the animal shelter on McLane Road. Lisa Boyle front-woman for the shelter said. " We have been saying we just need to make it throu...
Comments 0
By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
The residents of Star Valley have been invited to the Town of Star Valley's Holiday Get-Together. This wonderful event (and the first that I know of) will be held at the Town Hall of Star Valley. From  4:00pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday, December 16th 2009. Town Hall is Located at 3632 East Highway 260 Star Valley, AZ 85541  
Comments 0
By Sandra Scott, REALTOR of Choice! Payson, Pine & Strawberry, AZ
(DPR Realty)
Payson Arizona Town Christmas Tree Lighting was held in Green Valley Park tonight.  The Town of Payson recently planted a lovely tree which will have the honor of being the Town of Payson Christmas Tree. Hundreds of Payson residents attended the lighting ceremony.  Santa Clause was gracious enough to come by  to "throw the switch".
Comments 4
By Sandra Scott, REALTOR of Choice! Payson, Pine & Strawberry, AZ
(DPR Realty)
Payson Arizona Electric Light Parade was a great success.  Hundreds of fine Payson citizens braved the chilly weather to enjoy a good 'old down-home light parade.  Little ones were wide eyed as the floats passed them by.  A good time was had by all!                                                                                                                                                                                           
Comments 2
By Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
(Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ)
Yes, it's Christmas time! It has suddenly gotten cold in Payson, and it feels more like Christmas. "Magic on the Mountain" is the phrase the town uses for Christmas celebrations- we are 5,000 ft elevation, so we are "up the mountain" from the Arizona deserts. Come join the fun! Today (Saturday, Dec. 5th) is an annual "toys for tamales" event- bring a new toy to Gerardo's Restaurant on Beeline, for a plate of tamales (10 am to 2 pm). Tonight is the Electric Light Parade. This goes down Main Street, starting from Sawmill Crossing shopping center (so named because there used to be a working sawmill on the site) at Beeline Hwy and Main Street at 6pm. It ends up at the Green Valley Lake park for a town Christmas tree lightingYes, it will be COLD, so make sure to bundle up! Tomorrow (Sunday,...
Comments 7
By Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
(Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ)
Since we manage many rentals, we find that this comes up all the time. What constitutes "proper notice"? People have gotten the idea of 30 DAYS. They figure that if they give 30 days, they are OK. But in Arizona, that is NOT the law. If you rent, if you manage rentals, if you are dealing with any clients who rent, please educate them- you may save them money, trouble, or a court appearance.  The law in our state says give notice at least 30 days from the periodic rent date. What's the periodic rent date? The day your rent is due! So, if your rent is due on the 1st of each month, that means you give notice by the 1st to be out at the end of that month. That notice needs to be in writing. And unless your contract states other wise, you must pay that last month. But you've got a security d...
Comments 6
By Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
(Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ)
I LOVE Holiday events! This one is a handmade crafts show. The Community Presbyterian Church sponsors it every year. This year it will be held at the Julia Randall Elementary School Gym, 8am to 2pm, Saturday the 14th. There are all kinds of handmade items, everything  from the church ladies with tea towels and aprons to beautiful dried arrangements, jams and jellies, soaps, jewelry, and who knows what. Come see what's new, come to the bake sale, lunch is usually available, Santa will come. Get yourself in the Holiday Spirit! Here is a link to the craft show web site- pretty graphics. And look for me, I'll be there selling a few candles. I still make some when I have a little time to spare from Real Estate!           
Comments 5
By Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
(Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ)
We've been in real estate in Payson for near 20 years, and we get a lot of people who call us for information. We don't mind, we feel part of our job is educating people.We DO get a lot of repeat questions, which we answer over and over again. I got a rare one the other day, however. A woman called up and asked how much sales tax she should write into a rental agreement with a tenant. It took me by surprise, because VERY few people even know there IS sales tax on rentals in Payson. Since there are many rentals in the area, I'm surprised that the town of Payson doesn't make it more widely known.Sales tax on rentals is set by the cities or towns. So if you own rentals elsewhere in AZ, contact your town and ask, or contact a good property management company.   For years, Payson said "no sa...
Comments 3
By Sandra Scott, REALTOR of Choice! Payson, Pine & Strawberry, AZ
(DPR Realty)
Those Vicious Pansy Eating Pigs! What do Pansies and Javelina Pigs have to do with each other? Nothing, I wish.  Every fall I plant lovely pots of Pansies to adorn my front yard.  They are the only flower that I know of that can withstand the freezing and thaw of winter.  You can sometimes find the flowers sticking out of the snow just blooming like crazy all winter long. That is until the javelina pigs come through my yard in the dark of night searching for some tasty morsel of food.  The first year I planted lots of purple, blue and some yellow flowers.  Their grunts would awaken me  as they  moved  among the flower pots outside my bedroom window on cold winter nights. I'd rub the sleep from my eyes and just cringe as I heard the clatter of clay pots as they nibbled their way through ...
Comments 2
By Sandra Scott, REALTOR of Choice! Payson, Pine & Strawberry, AZ
(DPR Realty)
  The Mogollon Rim is Payson's Backdrop.   Driving from Scottsdale on Highway 87 North, you'll find yourself right in the geographic center of the state, 4000 feet higher than Phoenix, and fifteen to twenty degrees cooler...no matter what time of year.You're in the "Rim Country," a four-season vacation getaway that's well off the beaten path. Before you is a spectacular geological formation known as The Mogollon Rim (pronounced Muggy-own). Once inhabited by the ancient Anasazi, this gargantuan 7000 foot high escarpment bisects the state from west to east for almost two hundred miles, and towers above the communities of Payson, Pine, Strawberry, Kohl's Ranch and Christopher Creek. The Mogollon Rim marks the Southern edge of the Colorado Plateau.  The plateau extends North and East into U...
Comments 2
By Sandra Scott, REALTOR of Choice! Payson, Pine & Strawberry, AZ
(DPR Realty)
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park reopens after being closed seven months for park repairs. Beginning November 15, 2009 the park will transition to a five-day-per-week schedule and will be open Thursday thru Monday, 9-5 p.m.   The bridge is a geological 183-foot-high bridge which is made of travertine.  The spectacular waterfall that drips from the bridge drops down into a 400-ft.-long-tunnel created by Pine Creek.  Tonto National Bridge is located 10 miles north of Payson, AZ, on Hwy 87.  Park entrance fee is only $4 per person.  Children 7-13 are charged $1.  
Comments 1
By Sandra Scott, REALTOR of Choice! Payson, Pine & Strawberry, AZ
(DPR Realty)
First snow in 2009 in Payson, Arizona left much to be desired.  I heard it was coming! I got out my down jacket, snow boots, gloves and knitted cap.  Then I went to Wal-Mart shopping.  When I started to exit, the Greeter announced "It's snowing in Payson, Arizona!" I ran out like a fool, looking at the sky and dragging my groceries behind. Such a sight!  At least 3 snow flakes streaked across the glow from the parking lot lights as my eager eyes looked for the mass of white stuff that dream are made of.  Where is the snowman material? But NO!  Only a few flakes swirled in the night air as I ran to my car clutching my light jacket close to my body.  #%$*&!  Foiled again.  No collection of snow to ensure that school will be dismissed tomorrow, no collection of snow to drape across our Mog...
Comments 2
By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
This picture was taken this morning off of Rancho Road here in Payson, Az. I think it depicts an absolutley wonderful side of Payson with colorful landscape, sidewalk around the school yard, black top road (no pot holes, Haha), low traffic, beautiful blue sky, and a breath taking view of the Mazatzal Mountain Range.  When I pulled this picture up I thought to myself that this picture looks like it is out of a movie! Thought I would share.
Comments 3
By Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
(Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ)
  Payson (AZ) was predicted to get its first snow last night or today. I LOVE SNOW, AND I CAN'T WAIT! It rained a little last night at our house, but when we woke up- clear blue sky with not a cloud in sight! Now it's clouding up again, and the weather report still says chance of snow. We'll see... I took this picture last Spring, in our backyard.
Comments 6
By Sandra Scott, REALTOR of Choice! Payson, Pine & Strawberry, AZ
(DPR Realty)
Homes for sale in East Verde Estates, Payson, Arizona are selling well.    Go North through Payson on Hwy. 87.   Drive about 6 miles and look for the East Verde Estates directional sign on your right.  Turn West and cross the bridge over the East Verde River.  The community is about 1/10 mile further.  Home prices range from the high $150,000 to $500,000. This seemingly remote community of only a hundred or so homes is such a wonderful place to live full time, or purchase for a second home.  East Verde Estates is a place where you can live & play, enjoying nature's bounty and the association of friends and neighbors. East Verde Estates is nestled in the Tonto National Forest 5 miles north of Payson, Arizona. One reason people buy in East Verde is their love of animals and the forest. Li...
Comments 1
By Sandra Scott, REALTOR of Choice! Payson, Pine & Strawberry, AZ
(DPR Realty)
Rim Country Literacy Annual Book Sale was held on Saturday, October 17, 2009.  Piles of gently used books of every description and topic have been pouring into our local office for the past 12 months in anticipation of Saturday's event.  The funds raised are used to further Rim Literacy's outreach to the citizens of Payson who would benefit from tapping into the great wealth of knowledge and experience our volunteers freely share.  Two of our current prograns include tutoring for GED and one-on-one help in learning English as a second language.  We are currently helping students with Tonga, Russian, Italian, German, Korean, and Spanish. Quite a diverse collection of needs for a small town of only 15,000 fine, upstanding citizens. Literacy also has an outreach program in the local elemen...
Comments 0
By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Many Real Estate Professionals are seeing a change in this market. Some are following the trends and some are not. Buyer agents are looking at making money and providing fiduciary to their clients by providing the most sought after property listings to their clients by researching the REO properties... yet many do not have clue how the process works. After all... when in History did most all the buyers flock to REO properties like they do today? I write this for two important reasons. One for the agents and one for the consumers. When it comes to purchasing bank owned homes there are a few important things to consider. The seller although being a bank... trying to recover from the loss of foreclosure is not necessary going to give their valuable assets away for 50 cents on the dollar. S...
Comments 2