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Night at the Museum Parlor Games Speakeasy
This Saturday the Pioneer Museum is changing into a prohibition-era speakeasy where all are welcome but only those with the secret password will be let in! Come in your best 20’s clothing and enjoy finger food, adult beverages, games, music, and prizes for the best dressed! Get the password at 928-774-6272 / Jhough@azhs.gov. Learn more at Flagstaff 365.
FMC National Blood Donor Month Blood Drive
Be a ‘First Blood Responder’ this Friday and help save lives! Flagstaff Medical Center is hosting a blood drive from 9am-3:10pm, and all donars will receive a free ticket to the Waste Management Phoenix Open game, courtesy of The Thunderbirds. Visit AZ Daily Sun for details.
STEAM Second Saturdays: Batty for Bats
This Saturday the Museum of Northern Arizona is going a little batty with a workshop from the NAU Bat Ecology and Genetics lab! Kids and their families can come learn about these amazing creatures with fun games and activities. For more information, go to musnaz.org.
Ballroom Dancing at Canyon Dance
This Sunday Canyon Dance Academy is hosting a community ballroom dance lesson and open dance session. Dancers of all levels are welcome, and social ballroom, swing, and Latin dances will all be covered. No need to come with a partner. Click here for details.
Basics of Wildlife Tracking
The Arboretum at Flagstaff and Willow Bend Environmental Education Center are hosting this fun workshop that teaches the basics of animal tracking with a presentation and hike through Sawmill Park, Rio de Flag, and the FUTS trail. Register soon to save a spot at willowbendcenter.org.
Stay warm and have a wonderful weekend enjoying winter in Flagstaff! Remember, if you ever run into questions about buying or selling a home here, we’re more than happy to help! Just contact us.
The amazing home at 2800 W. Hogan has been reduced to $689,000! This home offers mountain living MINUTES from Downtown Flagstaff in the unique neighborhood of Westridge! Privacy awaits on this fully fenced 4.97 acre lot. This 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom cabin has it all. Entertaining is a breeze with the open floorplan and expansive decks. Move right in as all furnishings are included with the sale. There is ample storage space for all of your outdoor gear. 2 SEPARATE 2 car garages gives room for your cars AND your toys. The downstairs has its own kitchen and can be the perfect mother in law quarters or rental opportunity. It is hard to find a better location than this. Observatory Mesa is literally STEPS from this property. Within minutes you can be Downtown or to Thorpe Park. Take the back way to Snowbowl avoiding lots of traffic. Hike, snowshoe, ski right out your front door! Possibilities are endless here. Give us a call today at (928) 714-0001 so that we can give you a private tour!
And remember if you or someone you know are buying or selling a home, please pass along our number and we will be happy to help! We are NEVER too busy for your referrals!
Winter Carnival on Ice
To celebrate National Skating Month, the Flagstaff Figure Skating Club, Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association, and Jay Lively Activity Center are hosting a festival this Saturday! Featuring FREE open public skating time, carnival games on ice, hockey drills, and free refreshments, this is one event the winter/ice skating lover can’t miss! Visit Flagstaff365 for details.
USASA Rail Jam
Come down to the Orpheum Theater this Saturday for a USASA Rail Jam party, hosted by the USASA Grand Canyon Series and Orpheum Theater. Watch winter sports movies on the large screen, and cheer on live performances and shop vendor booths. Learn more at Snowbowl.ski.
Taoist Tai Chi Society Open House
Interested in Tai Chi, or perhaps just a way to relax and regain health? This Saturday Marshall Elementary School is holding an open house for the Taoist Tai Chi Society, featuring information, the chance to practice beginning moves, and free refreshments. Visit AZ Daily Sun for event details.
TheatriKids Fundraiser (Reserve Tickets Now)
Even though it’s a few weeks away, now is the time to reserve your tickets for Theatrikos’ annual fundraiser at Black Bart’s Steakhouse! This evening on January 27 features dinner performances by members of TheatriKids along with Black Bart’s staff, with proceeds helping Theatriko’s summer scholarship program. Visit Theatrikos.com for details.
Explore Hispanic culture and experience in Flagstaff’s history this week at the Pioneer Museum’s Todos Unidos exhibit. Featuring items and stories from the 1880s to 1950s, this is a must-see exhibit! Learn more at AZ Historical Society.
Enjoy this first weekend of 2018! With the temperatures changing and Spring coming up, now’s the perfect time to contact us with any questions you have about buying or selling a home in Flagstaff. . . we’re here to help!
Flagstaff area single family homes sales came in strong for November with 63 sales. This was just off last November’s 69 sales. The hottest markets continue to be in all ranges under $500,000 and we anticipate a continued hot market as we head into 2018. Limited inventory will continue into the new year and will keep sellers encouraged with higher prices. Buyers in this market need to act quickly or they will miss out on the limited opportunities.
There were 5 condos and 20 townhomes sold in November. Limited condo and townhome listings will keep the sales down in the first quarter of 2018.
While there were some concerns about what the new tax laws might bring to the real estate world, it appears the short-term impact on the housing market in our area will be minimal. Interest rates remain historically low and we have new higher loan limits for 2018.
We will be publishing our 4th quarter newsletter at the end of January and will break down the Flagstaff sales for 2017 and our thoughts for 2018.
Single Family Flagstaff Home Sales – November 2017
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).
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The Twelve Dates of Christmas
The Christmas season isn’t always so perfect, and this hilarious play features relationships unraveling, absurd and comical dates, and unexpected outlooks that change our views of family and love. You won’t want to miss this fun play by Theatrikos Theatre Company! Visit Theatrikos.com for details.
Rez Dog Biographies
If you’ve ever been interested in the estimated 150,000-350,000 abandoned and/or wild dogs stuggling to survive in the Four Corners region, this documentary at Museum of Northern Arizona is for you. Documented by writer/photographer Steve Sable, the story gives a never before seen look into the dogs in the Colorado Plateau. Click here for details.
Christmas Party for Kids
This Saturday the American Legion (Mark A Moore Unit 3 auxiliary) is hosting a special Christmas party just for kids! The event features face painting, crafts, yummy food and chances to meet Santa. Learn more at AZ Daily Sun.
North Pole Experience
Get the whole family together and take a ride through the forest to Santa’s workshop, where you can work on crafts side by side with elves, make toys, and even attend “elf university.” Tickets tend to sell out fast, so visit North Pole Experience for reservations!
Bearizona has a ‘berry’ fun event to celebrate the holidays, complete with a meet and greet with some of the animals, a storytime with Mrs. Claus, and a light show. Learn more at AZ Daily Sun.
Have a merry Christmas! As always, helping you find your dream home in Flagstaff (or sell one) is our top priority, so don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at bestflagstaffhomes.com.
“It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play”
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
The Nutcracker Suite in Modern Bare Feet
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.
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
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
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
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.
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!
The Nutcracker Ballet
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
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
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
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
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.
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.