Saint George, UT Real Estate News

By Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS
(Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale)
Saint George Utah Carpet and Tile Cleaning - I Just closed escrow on a nice home and needed to have the carpets cleaned so that they are fresh and clean for my buyer to move in - I called Lou Baliotis who owns Mesquite Nv Carpet Cleaning.  Lou has expanded his carpet and tile cleaning business to St George, Washington, Santa Clara, Ivans, Bloomington, most of that area of southern Utah.  Lou met me at the house and told me that the carpet didn't need cleaning.... 'Virginia, don't waste your money, this carpet is already in great shape, it is already clean'. I rely on Lou to give me an honest estimate and treat my clients fairly, and he sure does! Lou ended up doing a touch up over a few places where the furniture had left indents in the carpet and that is all he needed to do to make thi...
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By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist
(Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage)
There are so many activities that occur here on a weekly basis, that I just had to share this upcoming week's schedule with you so that you could see for yourself!  I have included some great shots of an exercise class as well as the New Life Fitness club so you can get an idea of what a high quality facility SunRiver in St. George, Utah really is. Feb. 15 • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Cribbage Feb. 16 • 9:30 AM - Ladies Golf League • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Italian Class • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Computer CLASS, Beginning Excel • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Party Bridge • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Quilting • 6:00 PM - My Fair Lady • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Rock Art Class Feb. 17 • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM - Duplicate Bridge Work Shop • 9:00 AM - Hike - Butterfly Loop • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Painting 4 Fun • 12:30 PM - 2:30 ...
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By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist
(Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage)
As Utah's only active adult lifestyle community, SunRiver has much to offer for seniors who feel that the best of what life has in store still lies ahead of them.  There is a community center (shown left) for members to have social gatherings with their neighbors, family and friends or just to show up on a whim and enjoy a little comaraderie...there's never a need to feel alone here!  There are planned activities and classes so that there is something for everyone in the whole community to enjoy. There is also a NewLife Fitness center with state-of-the-art fitness equipment and staff dedicated to assessing your fitness levels and design a fitness plan that will help you maintain the active lifestyle that you will most certainly come to enjoy once arriving at Sun River. Of course, we can...
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By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist
(Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage)
St. George, Utah is the perfect place to own a vacation home.  St. George, also called Utah's "Dixie", is situated in the extreme southwestern corner of Utah, at the northernmost extension of the Mojave Desert. Its location on Interstate 15 makes it the western gateway to Zion National Park  and many other Utah national parks and monuments.    Getting to St. George may be easier than you think!  St. George, Utah is located approximately 119 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Las Vegas, Nevada has an international airport offering many discounted rates for flights from most parts of the country.  From there you can rent a car or take one of the many convenient shuttle services to St. George Utah.  St. George does have its own commuter airport and a new larger airport that can accomod...
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By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist
(Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage)
It's that time of year again, the time of year when you pile the kids into the car after dinner and drive around the various neighborhoods to look at all the beautiful holiday lights.  The kids will "ooh" and "ahhh" in the back seat as you wind around on all the streets.  This is truly a time that you will cherish with your family, and I have another family tradition to suggest that you add to your holiday season...The Annual Tuacahn Center for the Arts Christmas Festival of Lights!   Tuacahn's provides FREE admittance to the Christmas Festival of Lights every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday evenings from the day after Thanksgiving to December 22nd. A Live Nativity is presented each night in the Amphitheatre at 7:00 and 8:00 PM except on the first Friday in December (Tuacahn prese...
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By Ray Cox
(ERA Brokers Consolidated)
There are many benefits to living in Paradise (St George Utah).  One of them is the abundant outdoor activity.  Here it is early December, but 15 minutes from my front door, is a gorgeous sand dune of red dirt.  I'm taking my 2 oldest boys and my best friends (who also happen to be my Real estate partners).  From the sand dunes where we ride, we have wonderful views of world famous Zions National Park, Pine Valley mountain, and my favorite boating spot Sand Hollow Resevoir.  I'll be thinking of all you guys cramped up in some office in Manhattan or Chicago, while I marvel at God's creations here in Southern Utah.
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By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist
(Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage)
Not only do retirees here in St. George get the amazing Arizona weather and scenery, but they also get to enjoy Utah's tax advantages. Taxpayers who are 65 or older at the end of the tax year may be entitled to a retirement exemption of up to $5,700, depending on their income (married couples filing jointly can claim up to $15,000). If purchasing a primary residence, taxpayers may be eligible for an exemption of up to 45% of the fair market value on their property. In 2006, AARP magazine named St. George Utah as one of their "Dream Towns" due in large part to the affordable taxes.  Southern Utah and specifically St. George Utah continues to draw national attention as being one of the most desirable retirement spots in the United States. Many of the prospective buyers are from other stat...
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By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist
(Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage)
This post is a tribute to a real estate show that I enjoy on HGTV called, "My House is Worth WHAT?".   There is something for everyone in the St. George Utah real estate market.  From the very affordable to the very luxurious...you will find something here that is perfect for you.  And on with the show!228 N 2040, St George $175,000 will get you this cute 3 bedroom, 2 bath, double car garage home within walking distance of several schools and shopping.  It has a fully fenced backyard with a private gate that opens up to the elementary school playground and  walking track.  This home was built in 1993 and has 1243 sq. feet.  The locals refer to the area this home is in as The Red Cliffs because of the breathtaking views of St. George's signature red cliffs.   1283 BANEBERRY Drive, St Geo...
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By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist
(Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage)
Here's a handy 10-step checklist for finding a second home      Determine how you will you use your second home. Do you want a second home for vacation, investment or retirement purposes? When researching locations consider climate, cost of living, recreational activities and proximity to your family or primary home. Choose a location with features that interest you. Do you golf or ski? Do you like hiking and nature trails? Do you enjoy the theatre and the arts? St. George Utah offers all of these amenities and many more! Determine your ideal travel distance. Can you drive there? Can you afford to fly every time? How close will you be to family and friends? Purchase your property through a real estate professional that has experience with second homes. The right agent or broker will ma...
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By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist
(Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage)
If you're looking for the best place in the country to retire, head to sunny St. George Utah! This friendly diverse community is tucked away in the southwestern corner of Utah. There are many advantages to choosing St. George Utah for retirement, one of them being four-season golfing. There are 12 golf courses in the St. George area which are known for their challenging designs, affordable green fees and their spectacular scenic features. The St. George golf lifestyle is like no other, with mild winter weather and other nearby recreational areas combining to make  St. George the place to be in your retirement years. Considered one of the fastest growing retirement areas in the country, St. George, Utah is acquiring a reputation as "the" place to retire in Utah. AARP Magazine (July/Augu...
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By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist
(Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage)
I moved to St. George Utah in 1997 and I absolutely love living in Southern Utah. My husband has had several opportunities to relocate and I just won't hear of it. I've dug my heels in and I'm not moving!  I love the climate, no smog, 4 National Parks within a days drive, low crime rate, great healthcare and friendly people that live here in St. George.  Did I mention it only takes me 5 minutes to drive home, even in "rush hour" traffic? Let me tell you a little about St. George.  It sits in the middle of the greatest outdoor recreation area in the United States. Drive two hours in any direction from St. George and you will find such attractions as: The Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce National Parks, Lake Mead, Lake Powell and over 40 more national and state parks, recreation areas, monume...
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By Ray Cox
(ERA Brokers Consolidated)
This market is a difficult trial to those closely associated with it, i.e. Builders, Lenders, Appraisers, Title Co's and Realtors. IMO, professionals in each of those groups would be wise to exercise CAUTIOUS optimism, and find the exceptional opportunities that exist in times of irrational panic. I am personally buying properties, and will continue buying. I expect, and intend to look back in the next few years and be grateful for the opportunities that existed in the "doom and gloom" of 2008. I believe that intelligent buying now, will be rewarded. My advice, find the opportunities that exist in YOUR market, and take the lead. The public will regain confidence gradually, as they see industry professionals who recognize opportunity. Ray Cox ERA Brokers Consolidated raycoxrealestate@hot...
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By Paula Smith, Paula Smith Associate Broker RealtyPath St George
(RealtyPath St. George)
Bloomington Hills is a neighborhood within St. George Utah. It is located to the east (and slightly north) of Bloomington (which are at the southern end of St George). In the early 80's, Bloomington was considered "the place to be" by residents. Bloomington Hills was considered more of an affordable second choice option. Now, Bloomington Hills is a beautiful, equally desired neighborhood. Bloomington Hills is built around the city golf course, St George Golf Club, which the city took over in 1983. This course features a par 73, 18 hole course and is approximately 7,200 yards. The par 3's are said to be the most difficult in Washington County, with at least 190 yards on average. Like neighboring Bloomington, homes can be purchased (and a few lots remain) directly on the course, or you ca...
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By Jeremy Larkin
(Larkin Group @ Keller Williams Realty)
While this post was written with Washington County / St. George, Utah Real Estate in mind, I think the general concepts are true for 90% of the country. I work on a regular basis with a large volume of "expired listings."  25% of the Larkin Group's total sales volume is directly with this group.  These people have been on the market a LONG time and they're NOT happy about it.  However, can I share with you the absolute #1 thing I hear from that group, bar-none? "We are just going to wait for the market to come back...and besides nothing is selling anyway!" Why do they think the market will magically bounce back say, next year? Two reasons:1. Because it would financially benefit them if there were a quick recovery and... 2. because the market has never done this in Washington County befo...
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By Paula Smith, Paula Smith Associate Broker RealtyPath St George
(RealtyPath St. George)
As a real estate agent in St George, Utah I have realized that it is easy to fall into the real estate only mentality. Agents spend a lot of time previewing property and answering typical questions: "How much?" "What the square footage?" "Where is this located?" Recently I found myself stumped when an out of town client asked me the most basic question of all... "What is there to do in St. George?".  Derailed from the almost scripted question and answer session I had to repeat the question, in an effort to buy some thinking time. I suppose I take for granted that anyone familiar with St. George would surely realize all of the wonderful amenities and attractions the St George Utah area has to offer. Snow Canyon State Park is located only a few miles from the center of St George. There ar...
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By Debbie Estes
(Split Rock Fine Homes)
It's been very interesting this last few weeks.  I started to have more showing on my listings, I mean a lot more traffic.  I have a few properties that are getting a least 4 to 5 showing a week.  I put a house into escrow for one of my buyers and had interesting conversations with my appraiser and inspector.  They both said that business has pick up by 25% - 30% since January.  What good indicators these two professional are, after all they are the first we call for our need to get escrow closed.What is wrong with this picture......the buyers are still waiting for prices to fall further.  I had 4 agents tell me when I called for feedback that the buyers loved the homes they seen but wanted to wait to see if prices would come down further.  Well if we had a crystal ball we would know wh...
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By Debbie Estes
(Split Rock Fine Homes)
It has been a long and cold winter and you might be thinking about relocating to a warmer climate but just don't know where to start.  You might want to consider St George UT.  The winters are pretty mild here and you could be out on one of our many golf courses enjoying 1 of 300 days a year of sunshine. We have many outdoor activities here to enjoy, like several stocked reservoirs for fishing and don't forgot about those of you who wake board and ski.  Zions National Park & The Grand Canyon are day trips from St George, UT.  If you like house-boating you have Lake Powell and Lake Mead both just 2 hours away.  We also have many open trail for the ATV riders along with sand dunes within 1/2 hour drive.  So come up and vist with us and I'd be happy to provide you with more information you...
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By W.T. Craig
(Craig Financial)
WHERE TO BEGIN......I AM SO GLAD I STUMBLED ACROSS THIS SITE. I AM NOT AN INVESTOR OF ANY OF THE COMPANIES MENTIONED HERE (THANK GOODNESS) BUT, I HAVE SEVERAL FRIENDS WHO ARE. OF EVERYTHING I'VE READ, THERE IS SELDOM ANYTHING WRITTEN ABOUT ENGENUITY, VALUE CAPITAL, RAYHAR, AND MIWI. AS I UNDERSTAND IT, ST. GEORGE ENGENUITY IS SET UP LIKE THIS.....VALUE CAPITAL (KURT VANDERSLICE, MARTY WILKINSON) AND RAYHAR (MIKE ISOM) RAISED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM ACCREDITED AND NON ACCREDITED INVESTORS. AN INTERESTING FACT IS THAT ALL THREE OF MY FRIENDS WERE SIGNED UP AS ACCREDITED INVESTORS. AN ACCREDITED INVESTOR HAS A NET WORTH OF $1,000,000 OR A PERSON WITH AN ANNUAL INCOME FOR THE TWO MOST RECENT YEARS OF $200,000. WELL, NONE OF THEM MEET THAT CRITERIA. IN FACT, IF THEY PUT ALL THEIR RESOURCES ...
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By Paula Smith, Paula Smith Associate Broker RealtyPath St George
(RealtyPath St. George)
Who says it doesn't snow in St. George, Utah?  Well, me...that's who. I am always correcting my friends and family from out of state when they tell me they could never live in SNOW! "It NEVER snows in St. George!" That's my reply. Well here I am with wet feet (I do not own snow shoes...I live in St George) having to make a public apology to everyone I have debated the subject with. It DID snow in St George. Last night created a beautiful winter wonderland for the City of St George Utah. We all awoke with icy driveways and walk ways.  They Don't Call it "Snow Canyon" for Nothing!  I have to say, it's the most beautiful time I have been wrong. It actually does snow in St. George; usually we receive 1 or 2 dustings per year. Normally, when it falls, it only sticks to elevated surfaces (gra...
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By Paula Smith, Paula Smith Associate Broker RealtyPath St George
(RealtyPath St. George)
Talks of St George Utah opening a larger Airport have been circulating for over 20 years. In the past few years the rumors are finally becoming a reality. Currently, the city is in the process of final land acquisition which is on schedule for completion by the end of February. The airport should be open in 2011. The current St George Utah Airport has 110,000 available seats per year and the new airport will provide approximately 200,000 seats. The new airport will include regional passenger jets and the potential for additional flights to more locations such as Seattle, Dallas, Denver and Phoenix. The new, larger facility will accommodate more passenger traffic which will keep up with the population increase the St George Utah area is experiencing. For additional St George Utah Airport...
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