Payson, AZ Real Estate News

By Sandra Scott, REALTOR of Choice! Payson, Pine & Strawberry, AZ
(DPR Realty)
Mark your calendar -- AUGUST 11, 2009 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   Green Valley Park (bring a blanket to sit on) Scoops will be selling ice cream. Yummm.As part of Payson's 125th Annual Rodeo events, our own RIM COUNTRY LITERACY is sponsoring a FUN raiser.  The event is free to the public, but a hat will be passed because it is a fund raising event for Literacy. You'll enjoy hearing stories, listening to the lyrics of country music and enjoy the powerful mental images created by the cowboy poetry.  Expect to enjoy the best of Jinx Pyle, Carol LaValley, Noble Collins, and Ed Armer along with several musicians from Ole Sons of the Pioneer and Billie Acheta form Junction 87. Buckshot Dot will close the evening with her hilarious antics.  So don't miss a minute of it. COME    LAUGH    ENJOY!   
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By Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
(Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ)
What could be more fun than a small town Fourth of July celebration? Payson offers a great fireworks celebration down by the main Green Valley lake, family fun during the day, this year the town is adding a free-to-enter parade (more about the celebrations coming soon). Some Payson people are also starting up a Farmer's Market. beginning on the Fourth at 8 a.m. till noon, and continuing every Saturday until October. The Market will be held at Community Presbyterian Church, on West Main Street, near the lakes. Vendor fees are $5 plus 2%, and co-ops are welcome for smaller vendors. The organizers aer hoping for many local vendors, as well as vendors from other parts of Arizona; and are hoping to offer fruits and vegetables, goat cheese, fudge, jams and jellies and fruit butters, and ice c...
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This gorgeous Loghome is for sale for only $1.6 Million and is located at is located in Payson Log Home For Sale Payson, a quite little mountain city is what you hit first, trying to escape the Phoenix desert heat. Payson and it's homes for sale is a quaint, quiet little through town for people going to the white mountains in higher elevations. Payson log homes for sale are only a scenic 1.5 hour drive from Phoenix on one of the most beautiful highways you will ever see. Leave the desert and drive through the saguaro covered foothills into an elevation of around 5.000 ft . Please contact Carsten Heyer, owner of this gorgeous home at 805.350.2915 to schedule a visit of this custom Log Home built by Pioneer Log Homes, the finest log homes on earth.
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By David Greenshield
(Real Estate Brokers International)
Well, it's that time of year again when our new AQHA horse babies come into the world. The breeding season went well last year and as a result we have new babies on the ground this year. I will be posting the new arrivals as soon as they get here.  "Sharin A Stone" AQHA Mare, was the first to have her foal. Sharin's baby is a very large filly that looks like a winner. Born in February this filly has her sires" Im Impressev Redford" AQHA Stallion's, beautiful head. Here is a picture of her baby only hours old. Thank you to Jose Huerta of Rio Rico, Arizona.  Wow very nice Filly. See more pictures www.diamondpointquarterhorses.com
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By Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
(Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ)
Part one dealt with location. This post deals with climate. Payson has four distinct seasons.If you are familiar with the Arizona deserts, you'll know that the desert basically has TWO seasons, warm and hot. But Payson, at 5,000 ft. elevation, truly has FOUR. Winter: Nights get cold, with 20s, and even teens not unusual. We may get rain, sleet, hail, or snow. But there are also a LOT of sunny days. Even in the middle of Winter, if it is sunny, it isn't unusual for the daytime temperatures to be in the 50s. We are now at the end of February, and they are predicting 72 degrees, we've had an unusually warm and mild Winter so far. About Payson snow: Payson has the best snow in the world- it falls, it looks beautiful, and mostly it melts before it gets to be a problem. Most of our snow falls...
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By Sandra Scott, REALTOR of Choice! Payson, Pine & Strawberry, AZ
(DPR Realty)
Ghostly "Doings" on Main Street The old Journigan house, build in 1925 and located at 202 W. Main Street in Payson, has been investigated several times by API (Arizona Paranormal Investigators) and each time have found evidence that some "ghostly doings" go on there frequently.  After spending some time investigating, the group gave the old Journigan house a Class 6 Haunting rating which means they have at least one photo image and one recorded voice phenomena. The house was turned into a restaurant several years ago and the ghosts have been acting up by adding hot chocolate to the bills of customers who never ordered the drink, and causing A-1 Steak Sauce bottles to fly off kitchen shelves. Missouri ghost hunters, Brian and Linda Lile, did some investigations one evening and heard a lo...
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I grew up in Yuma, AZ. If you don't know where Yuma is, it's 20 miles from Mexico, and right on the California border. Think HOT, and DRY! If it rained 2 or 3 times a year we were lucky. I always hated the climate (even though "snow bird"  Winter visitors come from Canada and Northern US states to winter there), and I always said "I want to live where it snows". My Dad, who grew up in Northern Arkansas, would always reply "No, you just THINK you want to live where it snows". In the early 1990s, when our children were quite small, my husband and I decided to take a big leap, and move from Yuma. We went to Williams, AZ. Pine trees, fresh air, small town, SNOW. LOTS and lots of snow. That year was a record snow fall year- 90some inches. By the time the winter was over, I understood what Da...
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By Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
(Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ)
Payson is just so convenient! It is an hour to two hours drive to various parts of the Phoenix metro area. That means one can drive down to shop, for business, for entertainment, or anything else available , and can drive back to Payson when finished. Imagine a shopping or business trip when the temperature in Phoenix is 110 and traffic is awful- that road back to Payson looks extremely good. It is about the same driving time to ski areas at either Snowbowl or Sunrise. If you ski (or snowboard) you can drive up for the day and still be home that evening. The picture is looking out over the town from a new homesite off Airport Road. Payson is not as hot as the Phoenix area and not as cold as Flagstaff or Pinetop, so we can enjoy both areas without suffering the temperature extremes, brea...
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By Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
(Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ)
We tell Owners that rentals in Payson are really NOT seasonal except for the holidays. Thanksgiving through Christmas is always slow. This year the rentals have been FROZEN! I've been telling people that it was too early to tell if it was just the season, or if it was the economy. Well, it seems that most of it was the season. We have signed four leases in the last week, we have a bunch of applications to process, and we're back to showing houses several times a day, every day. We HAVE had several tenants give notice to move, as well. They are either looking for something less expensive, or in some cases looking to move out of Payson completely. This isn't unusual in January- people make moves with the new year. We find the increase in activity heartening. The picture to the right is a ...
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By Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
(Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ)
Today, in Payson, it is 60 degrees! In January! It is SO warm that it has me thinking garden, even though I know that Spring has NOT sprung, we WILL have snow, the temperatures won't stay reliably warm until at LEAST April, and probably May. Payson has rather unpredictable weather. I have, several times, seen a foot or two of snow in April, but I have NEVER seen it this warm in January. I wanted a White CHristmas- but the closest I got was the pictures, below.     This is the view, in December, from the hill near the airport in Payson. Several times before Christmas we had rain all day, turning to snow in the evening. Rain again, in the night, melted it off before morning.                 The trees looked flocked, the wind was blowing, and it was COLD! Note the pieces of snow on the cam...
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By Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
(Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ)
We think Payson is just a great place to live, and we're SURE that there are still a lot of people who want to move here. Unfortunately, the number of them who actually DID move here last year was fairly small These statistics are for the city of Payson, not any outlying areas. It is for properties which were listed through our MLS system. In Payson, FOR ALL OF 2008, only 186 site-built houses sold. The majority of these (131) were in Payson NE or NW. Sales prices ranged from $45,000 to over 2 million. Average Days on the Market was 182 (but varied considerably), and the selling price was generally lower than the asking price by 10% to 20% or more. There were also 37 manufactureds homes sold in Payson, as well as a few mobiles (9), kit homes (3), condos (12), and new construction (11). ...
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By Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
(Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ)
We DO get snow in the mountains in Arizona. Honest! Here's a picture to prove it. The picture is not, however, from this year. The forecast has predicted a little snow several times, lately, but all we have gotten is rain. Once in a great while we get a white Christmas, but most of our snow falls in the Spring. I've seen 2 feet of snow over Easter break. Update:It snowed very prettily all day Monday, but didn't stick until evening. them=n, in the night, it turned to rain and melted it allFriday, Dec. 19th- we've gotten a little snow over night, twice more this week, but it melted  off quickly. They are predicting more snow next Tuesday, so I'm still hoping. The Rim is really white to the Northest this morning.Tuesday, Dec. 23rd- Drove home last evening in rain in town, but when I headed...
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By Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
(Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ)
"Magic on the Mountain" is the name given to Payson's Holiday festivities. Swiss Village Shopping Center, in Payson, has their annual Christmas Lighting tonight (Friday, November 28th) starting about 5:30 pm. There will be caroling, a live Nativity scene, Santa, and various "open house" touches in stores. The festivities continue Saturday and Sunday. "Magic on the Mountain" is the official name for the holiday festivities in Payson, I'll add more about what's coming soon. Gotta go get out our Christmas wreath for the office! We went to the above event, but it was kind of a "bust". It had rained all day, and not too many people showed up. The following events are predicted for NICE weather. BUT COMING: Payson's  Electric Light Parade is Saturday, Dec. 6th (this weekend!) on Main Street. ...
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By Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
(Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ)
This year I just can't get it together enough to be in a craft show. I'm getting calls from people wanting my candles, and I hate to disappoint, but we do what we have to do. We are managing almost 100 rentals this year, and we are BUSY! Maybe I'll make some cinnamon roll candles and sell them at the office! Anyway- there are shows galore coming up in Payson.     The show I often participate in is the Presbyterian Church Show. It will be held this year at the Payson Senior Center, on W. Main Street. Saturday, November 8th, from 8am to 2 pm. There will be lots of homemade goodies,Food, Santa, Music. COME AND ENJOY! I will be adding more shows in the next day or two, so check back!   Xmas tree is from a large compilation graphics site:http://www.hellasmultimedia.com
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By Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
(Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ)
When we first moved to the Payson area, we lived in mobile home about two miles South of Star Valley (a small town four miles East of Payson). Now this put us OUT IN THE COUNTRY! we had all kinds of wildlife around. One morning a woodpecker woke us early banging on the metal roof. We had an owl perched near and calling one evening. And one night, in the Fall, I woke up and heard what sounded like a SCREAM. It was down at the end of the valley and I wasn't sure I heard right, but as I lay awake listening it moved closer, and then passed our house. It scared me half to death at first. I swear, it sounded like a woman screaming. I wondered if I should wake my husband, should we get up and see about it, should we call 911? But the way the sound was moving up the valley, with no other noises...
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By Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
(Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ)
  OK, I'm cheating just a little with this photo. The leaves aren't changing JUST YET in Payson. The photo is from another year. But the nights are getting cooler, and it won't be long! If you live in the hot part of the state, come visit us in Northern Arizona. we're low 80s now in the day, low 50s at night. Beautiful weather! And the leaves will be turning soon!
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It's the long weekend and I've been working more hours that exist in a day, or at least I thought.  So we're packing up the ole Coleman Tent Trailer and heading on out to the Mogollon Rim up outside of Payson Arizona for a weekend of great views, hikes, fishing and just plain old relaxing. The Mogollon Rim is like a mini Grand Canyon, where the cliff sometimes is 2,000 above a MASSIVE view.  Lakes and great hiking up on the plateau area. This workaholic will be bringing his laptop though... :) Next blog post will most likely be....The Fishing Report! Cheers Paul DunnArizona FHA Mortgage LoansArizona USDA Rural Home LoansMortgage Marketing Community
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By Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
(Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ)
The Northern Gila County Fair will be held this year on September 5th through 7th, with the fun starting at 9:00 in the morning.   The Fair had been a longtime event for the area, but after the retirement of Walt and Wilene Smith as the coordinators there was a two year hiatus. The Fair was revived in 2005. This is an old-fashioned County Fair which draws participaption from adults in the community as well as from schoolchildren and 4-H and FHA members in the area. Among the attractions which are entered and judged are quilting and sewing, cooking, flowers and produce, crafts, fine art, photographs, and even livestock. Something for everyone!  The livestock events will be at the Payson Event Center, across the Beeline Hwy from the Mazatzal Casino (South of Payson), while the exhibits wi...
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By Sandra Scott, REALTOR of Choice! Payson, Pine & Strawberry, AZ
(DPR Realty)
On Saturday, August 16, 2008, Payson will host it's 124th continuous rodeo! Opening the festivities is the Rodeo Parade which begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday.  The Parade will begin on Main Street at Green Valley Park and proceed east to the Sawmill Crossing.  The Rodeo gates will open at 5 p.m. and the professional rodeo performance will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, August 15.  Saturday evening's performance begins at 7 p.m. with the gates opening at 5 p.m.  For complete information on the event, go to http://www.paysonrimcountry.com/augustdoins Bring the kids and let's have some family fun in Payson. Ya'll Come!   Sandra Scott, GRI Four Seasons Realty email:  MyRealtorSandra@hotmail.com http://www.paysonhomesmls.com
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By Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
(Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ)
I posted last week about Payson Schools beginning the year EARLY. Payson public schools began last Wednesday. If you are a parent in (or may be moving to) the Payson area I'm sure the schools are of concern to you. Payson has a unified public School District, consisting of Julia Randall Elementary, Payson Elementary, and Frontier Elementary (K-5th grade); Rim Country Middle School (6th - 8th grades); Payson High School, and Payson Center for Success (a high school for 16 to 21 year olds who want/need an alternative to traditional HS). Julia Randall and the Middle School are currently undergoing construction/renovation. Here is a link  to the schools' calendar. Payson Schools have already begun for the year. They take longer than usual breaks between the 9 week grading periods. According...
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