Things To Do In Flagstaff This Weekend

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“It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play”

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This Thursday-Sunday Theatrikos Theatre Company is presenting a 1940’s radio play version of the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”, a tale of losing hope and finding joy in life’s true purpose. All proceeds from Thursday’s performance are to be donated to the family of former box office manager Ginger Haviland, who was killed in a recent house fire. Even if you’re not the ‘theater’ type, please consider going and donating on Thursday to help the Havilands in this difficult time! Find tickets at Theatrikos.

Grand Menorah Lighting at City Hall

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Join Mayor Coral Evans tomorrow at City Hall to celebrate Jewish heritage by lighting a Menorah! The event features music by Mother Road Trio, hot latkes and doughnuts, holiday crafts, and much more! Visit AZ Daily Sun for details.

NACA/ First Nations Native American Festival of Arts & Culture

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Held at the DoubleTree of Flagstaff Hotel, the festival features traditional music and dance performances, over 40 Native American artists, and more. Click here for details.

Winter Wonderland Skating Rink

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Get out your ice skates for the Flagstaff Visitor Center’s FREE ice skating rink at the downtown Train Station. There will also be chances to see Santa and holiday toy drives. Learn more at Skate at the Station.

Holiday Concert: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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This Sunday the Flagstaff Community Band is hosting a Grinchy holiday concert featuring favorite holiday tunes, sing-alongs, and a post-concert showing of Dr. Seuss’s, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! There will also be a food drive benefitting Full Circle Charities People’s Pantry; admission is free with 2 non-perishable food items. Click here for details.

 

Have a great weekend and stay warm! If you ever need expert, personalized advice about buying or selling a home, don’t hesitate to contact us, we’d love to see you!

 

Tax Bills 101: What You Need to Know About the Proposed Tax Changes

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The proposed House and Senate tax reform bills have serious implications for our economy, and will affect current and future home owners. Both bills mandate that in order to access the capital gains profit from selling a home, owners must have lived there for at least five years. The National Association of Realtors® estimates that 54 percent of trade-up buyers use capital gains equity as a down payment for their new home, and 10-22 percent of owner occupied home sellers only lived at their residence for 2-5 years. Put into a broader perspective, more home owners will opt to hold out on trading up their homes, reducing real estate sales and lowering the gross national product that comes from new construction, remodeling, fees, and other associated factors. In the long run, home owners of all demographics will be hurt, including making it harder for millennials who are saving to purchase their first home. To read more, click here.

 

Things To Do In Flagstaff This Weekend

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The Nutcracker Suite in Modern Bare Feet

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Come see a version of the Nutcracker ballet as never before! This production by Canyon Movement Company features aerial dance, acro yoga, and of course, traditional renditions of the ballet danced in bare feet. Find tickets and more information at Canyon Movement Company.

Snowflake Festival

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Winter is here and the Flagstaff Visitor Center is hosting a special Snowflake Festival on Saturday, complete with ice skating at the Train Station, gingerbread man decorating, games, pictures with Santa, and several nonprofit opportunities with Toys for Tots donations and puppy adoptions from the Tuba City Humane Association. See the link above for details.

Candy Cane Concert

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Orchestra Northern Arizona has a special treat concert this Saturday. The performance features Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers, Hall of the Mountain King from Pier Gynt, and Handel’s Halleluja Chorus with Flagstaff Sings! There will also be a raffle for a chance to conduct the orchestra! Learn more at ONA.org.

 39th Annual Holiday Program at Flagstaff Library

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This Saturday the Flagstaff City Coconino County Library is hosting its 39th Annual Holiday Program, with stories, songs and crafts led by youth services staff members! Plan on bringing a camara to this FREE event for photo opts with Santa!

Christmas in the Mountains

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Join the Flagstaff Master Chorale this Sunday for an unforgetable Christmas concert! The program includes music by Flagstaff High School Choir, Flagstaff Youth Choir, Harter Handbell Choir, AZ Mountain Chorale, and a guest orchestra. Visit AZ Daily Sun for details.

 

Have a great weekend enjoying holiday festivities in Flagstaff! If you ever want personalized, expert advice on Flagstaff real estate don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

 

 

 

Join Our Holiday Heroes Blood Drive!

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The holidays are always a peak time for blood shortages, and you can help keep patients in critical need healthy through the season by donating at our Holiday Heroes Blood Drive! We hope to see you there!

Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun Comes to Flagstaff

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Yesterday the Northern Arizona Association of Realtors® had the pleasure of hosting the National Association of Realtors® chief economist, Lawrence Yun, to Flagstaff.  Dr. Yun gave us an overview of what the Tax Reform could do to real estate sales.  The way the current tax bill reads there are many things that could hurt your real estate investment.  Homeowners may not be able to write off the interest and property taxes on their homes.  There is also a chance that Capital Gains tax will have to be paid unless a seller has lived in the home 5 years or longer.  Currently it is 2 years.  We will all have to wait and see how this all pans out.

Dr. Yun gave us a very positive outlook for the next few years when it comes to real estate on the national and local levels.  We have heard many people and clients say that they fear we are entering into another real estate bubble like we did in the early 2000’s.  Dr. Yun gave a lot of great examples about how the market is so much different now than it was then.  He believes that we are not in a bubble.  A couple reasons why he feels this way is because the lending agencies have been more strict in giving loans, and, therefore, lending to more qualified buyers who are less likely to default.  He also stated that our rate of price increase is very healthy economically compared to before.  In the early 2000’s prices increased way too rapidly.

It was a wonderful presentation and a lot of positive perspective.  You can see his slides by clicking here.

We, of course, are always happy to discuss what is happening in real estate here in Flagstaff and on the national level.  Give us a call and we can grab coffee!

Things To Do In Flagstaff This Weekend

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The Nutcracker Ballet

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This Friday and Saturday the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and NAU Community Music and Dance Academy Ballet Troupe are performing Tchaikovsky’s famous Nutcracker ballet. Ticket details are at flagstaffsymphony.org.

Fine Craft Sale 2017

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Come browse artwork and crafts from local artisens this weekend at Flagstaff Arts Council’s Fine Craft Sale! Held at the Coconino Center for the Arts, there will be pieces from 20 different artists at affordable prices, with music, art demonstrations, and hot apple cider and cookies completing the event!

NAU Annual Holiday Dinner

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Each year NAU hosts a lavish three course dinner with performances by music/choir students, open to the entire community. All proceeds from the event help fund scholarships and travel expenses for undergraduate students in vocal performance and choir education. This is a highly popular event, and tickets are available only via  mail order. To order a brochure, contact NAU Central Ticketing at http://nau.edu/CTO or call 928-523-5661.

Winter Wonderland and Tree Lighting

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This Saturday is the Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance’s Winter Wonderland and Tree Lighting event, held at Heritage Square. There will be hot cocoa, s’mores, caroling, and free photo ops with Santa from 6-8pm! Visit the link above for details.

 

Christmas Tours at Riordan Mansion

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Journey back to holidays in 1904 at the Riordan Mansion Christmas Tours, starting tomorrow and going through December 6th. Ticket information is at the link above!

 

Stay warm this weekend and enjoy the beginning of December! As always, if you have questions regarding buying or selling a home here, contact us.

 

Work for the City of Flagstaff and Want Down Payment Assistance?

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The City of Flagstaff has implemented a new program for its employees to help them to purchase a home.  The City of Flagstaff will offer up to $10,000 for eligible city employees to be used for down payment and/or closing costs on the purchase of a home.  These funds are matching funds, so The City will match dollar for dollar what the employee contributes up to $10,000.  There are some eligibility requirements that the employee needs to meet, and there are eligibility requirements for the homes as well.  There are many other details about the program that we would love to share with you.

If you work for the city or know someone who does, please contact us  and we can give you all of the details.  We also recommend calling a great local lender, Erin Moore at Prime Lending who also knows a lot about this program.  Erin and her team can be reached at (928) 864-5846.

Things To Do In Flagstaff This Weekend

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Turkey Predictor Run

turkThis no rules, no watches run hosted by the Northern Arizona Trail Runners Association is sure to get your Thanksgiving day off right! The event is great for the entire family, and costumes are encouraged. Visit Flagstaff 365 for details.

Native American Heritage at Museum of Northern Arizona

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To celebrate Native American Heritage month, Museum of Northern Arizona is having two special performances this weekend; on Friday the Jones Benally Dancers are performing Navajo dance, and on Saturday Hopi-Tewa singer-songwriter and MNA artist-in-residence Ed Kabotie is playing a concert. Learn more at Musnaz.org.

Annual Turkey Dinner

pieNo one is left out this Thanksgiving day, with Flagstaff Family Food Center’s Annual Turkey Dinner from 4pm-5:30pm.  There will be turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce. See the link above for details.

Flagstaff Community Annual Thanksgiving Blood Drive

bloCome be a hero on Friday at the American Legion’s Thanksgiving Blood Drive. Now is a more urgent time than ever to have a good supply of blood on hand at hospitals, and this is a chance to help critically ill patients remain healthy through the holidays. As usual, all donors receive a free slice of Fratelli pizza, and a free beverage card from Dutch Bros. Coffee!

Opt Outside with REI and Arizona State Parks and Trails

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This black Friday REI stores are encouraging people to get outdoors and have fun by partnering with Arizona State Parks & Trails for an #OptOutside! campaign. Just visit any Arizona State Park, snap a picture, and share online via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @AZStateParks with the hashtag #OptOutside. The top 10 most liked photos will receive a free Arizona State Parks pass (good for a year). Learn more at AZ Daily Sun

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend! As always, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you have about buying or selling a home. We’re here to help!

Monthly Flagstaff Homes Sales Report – October 2017 Flagstaff Homes Sales

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The market for single family homes in October remained strong with 97 sales for the month.  Compare this to the 82 sales in October of 2016 and it is even more impressive. It is also important to note there are now 140 single family homes currently under contract and in escrow. Inventory remains low with less than 75 homes for sale under $400,000.

While interest rates remain historically low, many believe this will be changing in the months to come.  There is also a growing concern with how the proposed new tax legislation, if passed, will affect home ownership.  The National Association of REALTORS® is strongly opposed to The Tax Cut and Jobs Act and has issued a call to action for all its members to reach out to their Senators asking them to reform the plan. It is anticipated that the housing market will react negatively should the changes pass into law.

The average sales price for single family homes for August was $468,040 and the median price was $399,500. The average price per square foot was $209.65.

Due to lack of inventory there were only 3 condo sales for the month.  Townhomes faired a little better with 29 townhome sales in the Flagstaff area for October.

Single Family Flagstaff Home Sales – October 2017

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NOTE: ACR = ACTIVE CONTINGENCY REMOVAL, PBK = PENDING TAKING BACKUP. THE DATA REPORTED HERE ARE BASED ON HOME SALES IN THE FLAGSTAFF METRO AREA (THE CITY OF FLAGSTAFF AND IMMEDIATELY SURROUNDING COUNTY AREAS) AS REPORTED IN THE MULTIPLE-LISTING-SERVICE MAINTAINED BY THE NORTHERN ARIZONA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.® THE DATA MAY NOT REFLECT ALL SALES (BUT IT SURELY REFLECTS MOST OF THEM).

To buy or sell a Flagstaff home, you need more than the general advice in this blog.  That is where we can help. Contact The Elite Team at RE/MAX Peak Properties – Give us a call at 928-714-0001 or send an email to info@bestflagstaffhomes.com for experienced, professional advice on purchasing or selling a home in Flagstaff.

Things To Do In Flagstaff This Weekend

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Holiday of Lights at Little America

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This Thursday at Little America Hotel, United Way of Northern Arizona is hosting a Holiday of Lights event that is FREE to the public. The event features Christmas carols, a beautiful lighting ceremony, and even an early visit from Santa, with a raffle that benefits United Way.

Lumberjack Diving Invitational

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The NAU Diving Team is hosting a two day invitational event this Friday-Saturday! Come support and watch our local athletes compete! Details are at NAU Athletics.

Holiday Block Party at Aspen Place

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Come out this Saturday to Aspen Place (at the Sawmill) for a special holiday block party! There will be live music, raffles, and plenty of samples, prizes, and sidewalk sales from the area’s stores. Get even more cheer by bringing some canned food for the Flagstaff Family Food Center! Learn more at aspenplace.com.

FoxyKoshka Trio with Paul Jones

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Tomorrow Annette Morrison and Vincent Z of Foxy Koshka are pairing with drummer Paul Jones for a concert you won’t want to stop dancing at! Foxy Koshka plays an infectious blend of Latin blues and world music, and the event takes place at Hops on Birch. Visit reverbnation.com for details.

FCF and Du Boise Holiday Craft Fairs

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This weekend has two holiday craft fairs going on, one at Flagstaff Christian Fellowship Church and the other at NAU’s Du Bois Center (benefiting United Way of Northern Arizona). If you’re stuck on ideas for holiday gifts, this may be the perfect solution!

 

Enjoy a beautiful weekend, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any real estate questions! Give us a call at (928) 714-0001 or email us at info@bestflagstaffhomes.com.

New lower price on this ready to build lot in Mt Elden Foothills!

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certhiaThis buildable lot is located in a cul-de-sac at the base of Mt Elden in the desirable Mt Elden Foothills neighborhood. Come build your dream home and enjoy all the hiking trails in your own backyard! Featured at a new lower price of $142,500. Click here for more details.

Call us at 928-714-0001 or email us at info@bestflagstaffhomes.com

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Price reduction on this Timberline Place condo!

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Price reduction on this move in ready condo in Timberline Place. This two bedroom, two bath split floor plan condo has tons of possibilities.  There is a great open feel to the living area with vaulted ceilings and a gas fire place. The kitchen has lots of cabinets and counter space. Both rooms are a great size and have great storage. A nice patio off the living room and bedroom has great views of Mount Elden. Reserved covered parking spot HOA maintains exterior building & landscaping. Monthly HOA fees include water, trash and internet. With ammenities such as a pool, hot tub, and indoor basketball court, you won’t want to leave home! Now at $215,000!

If you would like to see this property, give us a call at 928-714-0001 or email us at info@bestflagstaffhomes.com.

Things To Do In Flagstaff This Weekend

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Girls on the Run 5K

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This Saturday is the annual 5k event for Girls on the Run Northern Arizona!  There’s still time to register to run, volunteer, or just come cheer the girls (and community members on)! The event takes place at Fort Tuthill, and registration details are at the link above.

Veterans Day Celebration

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On Friday Flagstaff Medical Center and Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation is hosting a celebration to honor our veterans. If you are a military veteran, active member, or the immediate family of one, you are invited to a special breakfast at the medical center’s Flag Cafe. Learn more at Flagstaff 365.

Meisner Acting Workshop

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This weekend Theatrikos Theatre Company is hosting a Meisner acting workshop led by Patricia McKee (director of The Graduate and recently played Lane in The Clean House). All skill levels are welcome, and workshop tuition is $20. Click here for details.

Indigenous Short Film Screenings

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The Museum of Northern Arizona is hosting a screening of two indigenous-made films, Metal Road and The Mayors of Shiprock. Since November is also Nativer American Heritage Month, there are other events planned at the museum throughout the following weekends. View a full schedule at musnaz.org.

Disney’s Mulan Jr. – Theatrical Performance

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Come support Alpine Community Theater (ACT) for their performance of Disney’s Mulan, Jr. This stage adaption of the classic story set in ancient China is bound to be special in the hands of our young actors! Visit actflagstaff.org.

As always, enjoy the weekend and stay warm! If you ever are wondering about selling or buying a home in Flagstaff, give us a call at (928)714-0001 or visit bestflagstaffhomes.com.

 

Price Reduction on a Beautiful Country Club Townhome!

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This Country Club Townhome was just reduced to $265,000.  Great opportunity, don’t miss out, call today at (928) 714-0001 or visit bestflagstaffhomes.com.