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Mohave County, AZ Real Estate News

By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
In 1954 women from six different AZ counties introduced the Palo Verde as AZ’s state tree to the AZ legislature.  The bill was approved y the House on March 23, 1943 and by the Senate on April 3, 1954. Governor John Howard Pyle signed the bill on April 9, 1954.What is interesting to note is why this tree was recognized as the State Tree of Arizona for these reasons: The Beacon of resilience  Thrives under conditions that would wilt to destroy lesser trees Impressive drought tolerance Testament to survival in the harshest climates Those early settlers of AZ also had to survive in the harshest climates from the 100 plus degrees of the summer to the constant winds to the dust storms (haboobs) to the drought to the general topography with washes, mountains and let us not forget all those ve...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
As a vacant land listing agent, a vacant land buyer’s agent and sometimes in both roles (dual consent here in AZ), sometimes demands a lot of work regardless of the listing price of the property.  Here is where sellers and buyers can as they say “separate the wheat from the chafe” or the good from the not so good. Let me share a recent story that happened in the last 48 hours.Previously, the buyer notified me as his real estate buyer's agent that he wanted a sooner close of escrow as the buyer would be in the area.  Septic inspection was already ordered and should have gone well.  Key word should.Unfortunately, the septic inspection took 3 days because the septic holding tank was dry. Water had to be pumped in the second day and the third day (24 hours later) the septic inspector had to...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Professional is the umbrella that covers all aspects of any role.  In real estate, one can have signage, know and share the directions, be accurate in the information, be local, undertake due diligence, show competency and still not demonstrate professionalism.  So what does it mean to be a professional when looking at actual behaviors? I defined being a professional as one who: Combines and applies experience with ongoing learning Committed to delivering outstanding customer service beginning promptly answering the phone  Exemplifies and applies emotional intelligence Behaves with the highest integrity and respect Demonstrates appropriate humor Builds trust  Displays a positive attitude when interacting with others Professionalism goes beyond skills and knowledge as noted above.Profess...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Fort Mohave, Arizona, stands out as a gem nestled along the scenic Colorado River. It embodies a perfect blend of tranquil small-town charm and strategic accessibility to major city amenities. This guide delves deep into the essence of Fort Mohave real estate, offering valuable insights for potential homebuyers and sellers. Whether you're a family looking to settle down or a retiree seeking a peaceful haven, Fort Mohave offers a variety of appealing features that make it a top choice for many.The Appeal of Fort Mohave Real EstateWhy Choose Fort Mohave for Your Next Home?Fort Mohave is more than just a geographical location; it's a community that promises a slower, more enriching lifestyle amidst a picturesque backdrop. Families and retirees are particularly drawn to this area for severa...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Hiring a vacant land specialist is a major undertaking. The reasons for this have been discussed in previous parts and all intersect with "protect and promote" through this one word – CompetencyPart 1 - Does the agent physically place signs on the property?Part 2 – Does the agent physically visit the property and take “on the ground” actual photos of the property?Part 3 – How accurate is the information in the MLS that feeds to other real estate websites?Part 4 – Is the real estate local meaning lives in or nearby the vacant land parcel and surrounding areas?Part 5 – What due diligence does the potential vacant land listing agent undertake prior to listing the property?The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines competency as: “The quality or state of having sufficient knowledge, judg...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Yesterday and today I am in class taking the class for real estate Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation.  What is interesting is that this class covers what a listing agent should do before actually listing a property.  The curriculum titles this area as research.  I call it due diligence.The online Cambridge Dictionary defines due diligence as “action that is considered reasonable for people to be expected to take in order to keep themselves or others and their property safe.”  From online The Economic Times has a somewhat different definition that being “the process of examining al the material facts of a contract or a deal before a legal contract is signed by both the parties.”  Another online site, Forage, suggested due diligence “is the process of investigating, resea...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Sometimes the quote from one individual will create a cascade of thoughts such as this one by Brooker T. Washington:“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”For some reading this quote, they may think of quality control or continuous improvement process In the efforts to improve a routine common action.  Others may ponder by wondering what common actions can be improved in an uncommon way, a unique way.At the end of the day, Washington’s statement is about both creative problem solving and differentiation.“Life’s like a play: it’s not the length but the excellence of acting that matters.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca“We are what we repeatedly do Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit.” Will Durant (Also attributed to Aristotle)“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase ...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
In real estate, many agents receive last minute showing requests.  Potential buyers decide to drive around on a nice sunny day, usually a weekend, and suddenly find a home for sale. From the outside appears to meet all their needs. Then there are those buyers who have been looking and searching on the Internet for a while. Now these buyers have some free time to physically look at homes.In either instance, often a last-minute call by these potential buyers to a real estate agent is made.Today, those last-minute showing requests or property tours calls are becoming as extinct as the DoDo Bird.  This extinction is due to all the lawsuits against the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), numerous national brokerages and Multiple Listing Services (MLS).With the forthcoming negotiated set...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Years ago there was an ad in print and on television for the Yellow Pages with these words “Let your fingers do the walking.” These words are probably not a good strategy when hiring a vacant land listing agent.Licensed real estate agents may work any place in the state in which they are licensed. Some agents carry real estate licenses in multiple states.  Often for residential properties within the city limits, this may not be as detrimental to the seller; however, with rural vacant land a non-local agent can be very detrimental.A potential seller who is considering hiring a vacant land listing and beginning the initial research might ask this question first:"Do you live, reside, in this area?"The next question might be:"How long have you lived in this area?"Here in Mohave County, the ...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Accuracy in listing any real estate property, especially vacant land, is essential not only to promoting the seller, but protecting the seller as well as the general public.  For example, parcel numbers should be accurate and if two or more parcels are being sold together all parcel numbers should be listed.Then there are the driving directions. I could write volumes about all the bad, inaccurate driving directions I have read from wrong north, south, east and west directions to presuming roads actually go to the property. Reading directions is usually the first clue the real estate agent has never been to the property.Here in Mohave County AZ, many roads show on the county map from which GPS takes its information but the road has never been cut in. I have taken clients to properties vi...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
A picture is worth a thousands words. With vacant land, photos of the property can be worth thousands of dollars.When viewing vacant land listings on the various Multiple Listing Services (MLS) or websites such as Land.com, REALTOR.com, Zillow.com, etc., a potential vacant land buyer often sees only one or two photos of county maps.  Possibly, there may be just one photo of the actual property.Local professional real estate agents in their efforts to protect and promote their sellers will take multiple photos.  For example, I attempt to take photos of at least two of the property corners (markers) and numerous photos inside the property showing different views. Additionally, I will take photos of the frontage road going in both directions.  If possible, I will walk all four corners.Some...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Signage is important especially in rural lands where one vacant parcel looks like the next. Unless the parcel is landlocked and is noted in the multiple service listing (MLS), to promote the seller, a sign on the property makes absolute sense.In many rural areas, potential buyers drive around looking for signs. More often than not these potential buyers do not call listing agents or other real estate agents or REALTORS® until they find a vacant land parcel they have interest in learning more about. Sometimes the sign may be a directional sign off a major street with an arrow pointing toward the actual property that has been listed.Now sometimes listing agents will farm for vacant land listings. These real estate agents may be successful in securing the listing. Unfortunately, often only...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Life is truly about the ability, skill set or better yet attitude specific to this word:“Discipline”How disciplined are we as individuals?  When looking at some of the health data as well as financial data, there appears to be a lack of discipline.  There are plenty statistics that reveal New Year’s Resolutions quickly disappear within 30 days.Making a commitment be it to lose weight, save money, buy a home or vacant land for that retirement home does require one to have discipline. After viewing much of the media reports regarding vandalism of private and government property, discipline for many is in short supply.Discipline yourself, and others won’t need to. John WoodenDiscipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. Jim RohnThe discipline of desire is the background of cha...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Deed fraud can happen to you as the rightful owner of real estate property and you may not even know the fraud happened until it is too late. Unfortunately, there are no national statistics on deed fraud or what is also known as title theft.  However, the FBI’s 2023 Internet Crime report tracked 9,521 complaints of cyber related real estate and rental fraud with losses exceeding more than $145 million. (Source New York Post) Per an October 2023 survey conducted by CertifID, 54% of real estate professionals reported having experienced at least one seller impersonation fraud attempt within the last six months. Additionally, 77% of those same professional indicated to have seen an increase in seller impersonation fraud attempts within the past six months. (Source: American Land Title Assoc...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Life continues to provide unexpected relationships. Last week I stopped by my favorite local restaurant, Red Cellar  & Bistro to deliver a birthday present to a young friend who is the cook at this establishment. She had admired my purse so I bought one for her forthcoming birthday.Then I stayed for an adult beverage as I knew another couple also enjoying this small business.  As we were talking, another couple came in and a conversation started.A comment by this new couple was that the three of us at the bar knew each other. We all smiled and conversation flowed now between the five of us. I learned this couple was visiting from Arkansas. During the conversation, we learned: Both the wives of the two couples and myself were born near or in Chicago, IL. The husbands had connections to C...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Even though the funds have been received to the seller’s bank account or the buyers have the deed, there is still another table hidden little behind the curtain.The Source of the SourceProfessional real estate agents are said to be the “source of the source.”  Questions will arise from asking for a contact for a local vendor to even asking about specific local small businesses.Time for ReflectionOften real estate agents and REALTORS® will ask for written recommendations specific to the services the agents provided. These recommendations provide insight to others who may be selling or buying properties.From these recommendations, possibly you as the seller or buyer recognized part of the actions your real estate agent undertook on your behalf to ensure a successful close of escrow. Maybe...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Years ago when I joined an organization, Resource Associates Corporation now known as the Trusted Advisors Network, I relearned the importance of measuring my efforts.  One of the words of wisdom I learned was:If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Manage itBeing always goal driven, sometimes I often failed to include a measurement (excluding dollars), a number, a goal post, a mile marker whatever one wishes to call it.From that day forward, I have always made sure to include a measurement.  Here in Active Rain, I have monthly points as well as benchmarks (measurements).  Each month I measure my success including blogging points, features, standing in AZ, etc. One of my colleagues provided an Excel spread sheet that allows me to measure my real estate sales leads.  Even with a very good CRM...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
This past week I drove through dust, dirt, running washes and climbed questionable roads all in the search of real estate for my clients.  My 2020 4x4 Ford Ranger added another 500 plus miles in 5 days. Selling real estate either as a listing agent or a buyer’s agent or sometimes both is different here in the high desert of Mohave County, AZ. There are so many common features that are not so common in the cities and suburbs.Take for example a shared well agreement?  Then how about water haul or wind power? Add in legal fences, open range (cattle have rights), wild burros, wild horses and all those other high desert creatures and one earns an entirely different appreciation of Mother Nature.In showing rural properties, many have gates for privacy, security and to keep out open range catt...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
In one of the Indiana Jones adventure movies, Indy made this rebuttal remark to Marion (Karen Allen), “It’s not the years, honey. It’s the mileage.”This is only part of the truth about selling real estate because both the years and the mileage count when working with a professional real estate agent or REALTOR®.Years do count because no real estate transaction is the same.  Yes, some real estate offers and purchasers are easier than others, however most will have at least one glitch as the transaction moves through escrow until the final close of escrow day.  Then, as in any industry, there is always change in real estate.  This is why embracing as much continuous education (knowledge) is essential to both the real estate agent and her or his customers and clients. Each year one of my p...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
In NW AZ, real estate agents are currently as plentiful as the blooming poppy fields here in Golden Valley, Mohave County, AZ. Finding a true licensed professional real estate agent or REALTOR® is often like “pulling hen’s teeth.”Yet. there are still a few professional real estate agents who understand rural property be it a residential home either stick built (site built) or manufactured home along with vacant land (think dirt).  I will share why to A.S.K. for Leanne Smith the Grit and Gratitude Agent.Selling real estate requires “Attitudes.”  Zig Ziglar stated “Attitudes are habits of thought.” I would revise Zig’s definition to include “and Actions.”  My goal is to always have a positive attitude, a "can do attitude" along with the actions to “get it done.” Of course, if I am unable ...
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