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Sundays Thought...Life.... - 07/31/11 02:02 PM
Sunday is always a good day to sit and comtemplate life, it's purpose and your particular purpose in life. I think that this is an exercise that many of us find ourselves in from time to time. Life is a great thing, it is a precious thing, I don't wish anyone to misinterpret that in any way. Often people are dissatisfied with the way that things are working out for them. I found this quote to remind me that it is up to me if I am in that situation it is up to me to fix it. "For a long (21 comments)
Cedar City Localism Post....Days Gone By.... - 07/31/11 02:55 AM
At one point Cedar City had a lot of agriculture, there are still a lot of farms and ranches in the area, but many of the old barns have long since been removed in the name of progress. This photo is taken at an old saw mill site on the West side of Cedar City along Highway 56. I will have to remember to seek out some of the barns that we have left in our community to share with you!
It is a reminder of days that have gone by and will probably never pass our way again!
Cedar City Localism Post...Cedar Breaks Star Party.... - 07/30/11 07:25 PM
Cedar Break National Monument is hosting a Star Party beginning at 9:30 PM and going until 11:30 PM at Pointe Supreme. There will be telescopes available to look through to really get up close to the stars. The cost to enter Cedar Breaks is $4 per persons over 16. If you have forgotten what stars look like or have never seen the Milky Way, (not the candy bar, the celestial one), this is a great location to get up out of the lights of the city and really see what the night sky has to offer. It is an amazing sight (9 comments)
Cedar City Localism Post...Christmas in July - 07/30/11 12:50 PM
The Utah Shakespeare Festival is in full swing. One of the really fun events is going on today, it is the Christmas in July Arts and Crafts Faire. This is taking place on the Randall Jones Theater lawn. It is a great opportunity to get that perfect, out of the ordinary gift for that special person! There will also be the opportunity to buy food items, The proceeds from with go to the Guild of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. It is schedule to go from 10 AM to 8 PM tonight, so if you're in the area, this is a (6 comments)
Secret Agent or Our Own Cheerleader???? - 07/30/11 11:58 AM
This is a question that I have been thinking about for a few days. We have had a lot of blogs about not being a "Secret" Real Estate Agent. We need to let everyone that we know and come in contact with that we are Real Estate Agents. All of the trainers and coaches will tell you that, as will any of the top producers in any market. Some Agents do an exceptional job of marketing themselves to everybody. What I have been thinking about is how to become my (in our case our) best cheerleader without being obnoxious or tacky. (9 comments)
Cedar City Area Subdivisions...Westview Estates...Market Update - 07/29/11 11:17 PM
In the Cedar City Real Estate Market one of the newer great subdivisions is West View Estates. By writing about it, I am staying in the county on the South West side of town. These homes are all on at least 1/2 acre lots. There is a good mix of homes in the Subdivision, some that would be considered upscale starter homes to larger more executive styled homes. There are currently 3 homes listed for sale in the MLS ranging from $185,000 to $190,00. If you wish to build your dream home, there are still many building lots available. Update 7/29/2011: (3 comments)
Cedar City Area Subdivisions...Spring Creek Market Update - 07/28/11 11:58 PM
Darcy and I thought that it would be a good idea to highlight some of the subdivisions in the Cedar City Real Estate Market. We are starting with those subdivisions in and around Cedar City. We will work into the other cities and towns. This is an evolving idea, I hope that you like it! The first subdivision that we are highlighting is Spring Creek. It is actually in the county just outside of Cedar City limits. This is an older subdivision and is a mix of "stick built" and manufactured homes. This subdivision has large 1 acre lots which makes (10 comments)
Southern Utah History...The Mormon Battalion.... - 07/28/11 12:12 AM
The Mormon Battalion is still the only religiously based unit in the history of the United States Military. They were a group of between 534 and 559 men that marched from Council Bluffs, Iowa, ending some 1900 miles later in San Diego, California. The march took place from July 1846 to January 1847, although their service lasted until July 1847. Some of their achievements were establishing a Southern Route to California, they also by their presence helped to quell the mutiny that John C Fremont had going in California, some of it's members escorted him back East for his court (16 comments)
Real Estate Lessons from Car Restorers..... - 07/26/11 07:14 PM
I like to watch the Desert Car Kings show on the Discovery network. They take an old junk car and turn it into a classic in a matter of weeks. What can we do to create something beautiful out of something that may have been discarded as nothing more that a pile of trash? I realize that there is some advantage to owning your own automobile junk yard so that you have a huge supply of parts to help make this transformation complete. I do believe that in Real Estate this is possible as well. It doesn't matter what it is (12 comments)
Tuesday's Thoughts...Obstacles.... - 07/26/11 12:18 PM
I came across this quote today by Og Mandino, and I thought that it was really appropriate to me in my business and life. I tend to think that I am pretty ordinary in most things, so it might help someone else as well. There are times when life is tough, this business is tough, and you know what that may be a good thing! We have all, at least I am pretty sure that all of us have had days when it doesn't matter what we do, it is wrong. No matter how much we try to serve someone else's (6 comments)
Another Shot of Scenic Southern Utah near Torrey, UT
Scenic Southern Utah Cedar City Utah
Scenic Southern Utah Near Cedar City
Scenic Southern Utah Near New Harmony, Utah (14 comments)
Something to Think About.... - 07/24/11 07:44 PM
I came across an interesting quote today, I wanted to share it with you. Here is the quote: "A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough. Joys are found in it, not pleasure. What is pleasant belongs to dreams."~ Simone Weil I really thought that this was an interesting take on life. I really believe that there is a lot of truth here. We find joy in hard work, hard work isn't necessarily very pleasant, but it can bring joy. I don't know if it is a life altering concept, but I did find it interesting! (7 comments)
Utah History...Pioneer Day... - 07/24/11 11:13 AM
The 24th of July is a Holiday in the State of Utah, it is the day that the Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. After leaving Winter Quarters, Nebraska 111 days earlier. It is the State's Founders day, complete with parades, fireworks and other festivities. It is interesting in that although the main party of pioneers arrived on July 24th, they immediated planted crops and were able to harvest enough from their gardens to get through the following winter. Salt Lake City was the first area settled, followed by Bountiful, about 5 miles to the north. Many of (12 comments)
Saturday's Thought...Working While not Working..... - 07/23/11 05:33 PM
Darcy and I just got back from the office. Last night the Broker had the carpets cleaned so we had picked everything possible up off the floor. Darcy and I used this opportunity to re arrange our office. We also took the opportunity to clean some junk out of the closet. In doing this I realize just how much I need to get out from behind the desk and do some serious exercising! I had a pretty good sweat going, and I forgot just how heavy filing cabinets can be! Anyway, it is now a finished project. There is still some (9 comments)
A Great Future Addition to Cedar City.... - 07/21/11 01:10 PM
The Cedar City Real Estate Market is always effected by local business. The addition of any new business is good news to the real estate market, the ripple effect of jobs on all aspects of the economy is undisputed. The Cedar City Council did a great thing that will in my opinion, really create a lot of positive ripples in our economy. The approved the application for a winery and boutique winery here in Cedar City. This is huge! Utah's liquor laws are different than any other state in the Country. The State runs the liquor industry in the State, it (14 comments)
Disaster Preparedness....Are You Ready?? - 07/21/11 11:50 AM
This year we have seen many devastating events across the Country. Yesterday I went to class that talked about Emergency Preparedness, I know one thing, I hope that a disaster doesn't strike us here any time soon, I have some work to do! Some disasters you may be able to have a few minutes or even a few days warning (storm related disasters), others, you have no warning. One of the things that the instructor taught the class is that the majority of the relief and aide that victims initially recieve in a disaster comes from their neighbors, whether it's coming (10 comments)
Tuesday Rain on Piknik.... - 07/19/11 06:26 PM
I spent a few minutes goofing off on Piknik. I have been trying to make some changes to some of the pictures that I have been using in my blogs. It amazing just how easy it is to use this software, and the thing that I love is that it gives you control over what you are doing. For example on this black and white photo, I controlled the level of color, being able to stop it prior to going completely into a gray scale:
You can still see a trace of green in the plats and red stripes on (15 comments)
Southern Utah History...The Spanish Trail.... - 07/18/11 01:33 PM
The Spanish Trail was a trade route from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Los Angeles, California. It seems strange with today's highway system that The Spanish Trail would have come as far North as Southern Utah, but it did. The Spanish Trail saw most of it's usage between 1829 and 1848. Much of the Spanish Trail follow the trails of the Prehistoric Native tribes. The Spanish Trail entered what is now Utah near Monticello Utah in Southeastern Utah, continued up through the area of Moab then on to Green River Utah. From there it followed what is now I70 continued was (11 comments)
Good Sunday with some Good Friends..... - 07/17/11 12:07 PM
I wanted to write a post about two of our best friends, they are our dogs. There is something about dogs that bring out the best in you. They just love you, and protect you. We have had Moira as part of our family for 10 years. She is getting older now and isn't as active as she used to be. She still rules the roost and our protector.
We have had Kobi in our family for 6 years. He thinks that he is part cat, it is not at all unusual to see him walking along the back (16 comments)
This Year and the Midway Point Compared to Last Year....... - 07/16/11 03:37 PM
Darcy did some quick figuring on some mid year numbers in the Cedar City Real Estate Market. Last year for the entire year there were 665 residential units sold. The average days on market for those sales was 202. As of June 30, 2011 there have been 353 homes sold in the Cedar City Real Estate Market since January 1st. The other encouraging sign is that our days on market have reduced to an average of 139 for units sold. Again these are just residential units. Another encouraging sign is that we have shaved just over 2 months off of our (10 comments)
Friday's Post...Something to Think About For the Coming Week.... - 07/15/11 12:58 PM
I began the week writing about goals and the book on CD by Brian Tracy that Darcy and I listened to. I should say began listening to, we still need to finish listening to it. The good thing is that it has started me thinking about the importance of reviewing your major long and medium goals on a daily basis. He suggests that it be done in the morning first thing to plan your day accordingly. I have even taken to writing them down in one of those pocket notebooks each night just before I go to bed, then I will (12 comments)
Spamming on Active Rain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 07/14/11 05:07 PM
I was surprised this afternoon when I opened Active Rain and noticed that a woman with the last name of David or Davis had contacted me, not once, but twice! It was not a pleasant surprise when I opened it expecting it to be a Realtor that wanted to network, or even better a potential client! No, it was someone trying to come on to me. This isn't even a little funny! Darcy and I work as a team, but more than that she is the love of my life. I don't understand how this person thought that it would okay (19 comments)
Cedar City Localism Post...Neil Simon Festival - 07/13/11 10:52 PM
Tonight also kicks off the 9th Annual Neil Simon Festival. Wow, I can't believe that it has been 9 years since this festival started! Anyway the festival is held in the Heritage Center Theater (105 North 100 East, Cedar City). This year the plays that they are doing are: Barefoot in the Park, The Nerd and Rumors. This should be a great festival which runs until Mid August. So you have time if you're busy this week! For ticket and any other information: http://www.simonfest.org
This Thunderbird has nothing really to do with this post, but I just thought that it (8 comments)
Cedar City Localism Post the Renaissance Faire.... - 07/13/11 06:35 PM
Today kicks off the 29th Annual Mid Summer Renaissance Faire in Cedar City. This is a huge event, in the past it has been held in conjunction with the Cedar City Street Fair and Cruise In classic car show. This year it is not, and that's okay! This is a great event held at the Cedar City Main Street Park and will feature booths with an old world feel. It will run from today through Saturday and is free to the public, so go on over and check it out! For more information check out: http://www.umrf.net
Another View of Cedar (7 comments)
Buying VS. Renting.... - 07/13/11 11:57 AM
There have been several articles in the news lately about the astronomical costs of renting. Our own Utah Association of Realtors magazine even did an article in the 2nd Quarter Edition about the rising costs of renting in the Salt Lake City area. So the question for me becomes, if you can, why not buy now? Interest rates are still amazingly low, in the Cedar City Real Estate Market home prices are nearing the 1998 levels, so why pay someone else's mortgage and build equity for them? I realize that the down turn in the economy has forced many former homeowners (24 comments)
Tuesday's Thoughts and Musings...... - 07/12/11 12:52 PM
Last night Darcy and I made one of our Costco trips. The Costco is in Saint George, so it is a trip for us, and we don't make them all that often. While we were riding in the car, we were listening to Brian Tracy's Book on Goal Setting. It is a great book at least as far as we have listened. One of the interesting things that I got from the first part of the book is that we need to make goals in all aspects of our lives, not just in business. I have not done a great job (14 comments)
Southern Utah History Follow up....Robber's Roost..... - 07/11/11 01:38 PM
I posted an article last week on Butch Cassidy and the Robber's Roost Country of Southern Utah. I described it as a vast area of broken canyons and little water. When I said vast, I probably should have said huge. Russel Ray in his comments, said that he didn't realize that Butch Cassidy spent much time in Utah. The area of the Robber's Roost basically followed the "Outlaw Trail." This is a trail or series of trails that went from Montana to Mexico, that were used by outlaws and rustlers.
The Robbers Roost of Butch Cassidy's gang depended on where (13 comments)
More Classic Autos from the Street Fair... - 07/10/11 09:49 PM
I downloaded all the car photos that I took at the Street Fair yesterday. I know that I shared some in an earlier blog this morning, but I took over 70 photos so I have more to share! I know it's a guy thing, all of the pictures that I took are of cars. I hope that you enjoy them!
1965 Ford Pickup
Great Street Rod!
Love the Suicide Doors! (12 comments)
Clasic Cars from the Cedar City Street Fair...... - 07/10/11 11:32 AM
Darcy did amazing work getting prospect from the booth at the Street Fair! It was a lot of fun meeting new people and seeing a few friends. It was also fun to see the booths and what people were selling, there was live music and latos of people. I was mainly attracted to the old cars, I did my best to crop people out of the pictures, but there were several that I couldn't get them completely out of.
Classic Ford with the original Tool Kit
A couple more classic (3 comments)
Spending the Day in New Harmony.... - 07/09/11 02:30 PM
It seems that we are spending a lot of time in New Harmony lately. This is not a bad thing, just something that is a little unusual for us to do. ERA Realty Center purchased Red Ledge Realty, and it has now become the ERA Realty Center New Harmony Office. Darcy and I are sitting this office today, then we are going to sit the ERA booth at the Street Fair in Cedar City a little later. New Harmony is a beautiful area nestled between the Kolob Section of Zion National Park and Pine Valley Mountain. It is a small in (10 comments)
Cedar City Localism Post..The 14th Annual July Jamboree and Street Fair.... - 07/08/11 10:22 PM
This event actually started tonight on Main Street in Cedar City with the Classic Car Cruise In and car show. It rained so I hope that it wasn't rained out! Tomorrow from 3 to 9 PM The July Jamboree will be in full swing, Main Street between 200 North and University Avenue (Center Street), the street will be blocked off and vendor booths will be set up along with the classic car show.
There will be food booths and all sorts of other gadget booths, even an ERA Realty Center booth, which coincidentely will be manned by The C Team (6 comments)
Southern Utah's History...Butch Cassidy... - 07/07/11 11:59 PM
One of the advantages to being born to parents who are older is that you have a quicker link to history. The negative is that you're usually lose your parents long before you run out of the need for their advice! Such is my life, as I have mentioned in earlier my father was born and raised in Torrey, Utah. The thing about Torrey is that it is on the edge of the Robbers Roost Country. That was Butch Cassidy's hide out.
The Robbers Roost is a vast area of canyons and broken country that is easy to get lost (15 comments)
Cedar City Subdivisions...Cedar Highlands.... - 07/07/11 01:32 PM
I have been lazy in writing about subdivisions in the Cedar City Real Estate Market. So, today, I want to focus on Cedar Highlands, it is a subdivision that sits on the Mountain on the Southeast side of Cedar City. This is a great subdivision that is situated about 1500 feet higher in elevation than Cedar City. Cedar Highlands is a year round subdivision, there are some weekend homes up there, but many of the homes are year round. It is the best of Mountain Living, beautiful homes in a breathtaking setting. The roads are well maintained in the Winter so (2 comments)
Wednesday's Thoughts..... - 07/06/11 02:50 PM
As a lifelong Baseball fan I am watching with more than a little interest in Derek Jeter's quest to 3000 hits. He is currently 4 hits shy of attaining that mark. I know that there are many out there that hate the Yankees, but I find it hard to hate players regardless of what team they play on. You can tell that I am not from Boston! I respect the achievements of great players. So I have to respect the acheivements of greatness regardless of which team they play for. Ted Williams may have been the greatest hitter of all time, (15 comments)
Tuesday's Thoughts and Musings.......Back to Work.... - 07/05/11 11:20 AM
Ah, It is nice to get back into the swing of things after the Holiday Weekend! I will admit that we worked Saturday for a large part of the the day and then again yesterday for a few hours, after walking in the parade. The afternoon yesterday was spent doing one of my favorite things watching Baseball while eating Darcy's cooking. I know that the baseball watching isn't one of Darcy's things to do, so she took a nap. Sometimes it is good to take some time off to just relax, the ballgame was a pretty good one, the Indians and (15 comments)
Brian Head also has some great activities planned for the 4th of July, beginning with the Fire Department’s Annual pancake breakfast at the Giant Steps Lodge from 7 to 10:30 AM. At 2 PM enjoy the Red, White and Blue Concert at the Town Park. At 8 PM enjoy the bonfire and s’mores at the fire station. Around 10 PM enjoy the Fireworks! For more information on any of these events (888)677-2810
Cedar City’s 4th of July events begin at 9:30 AM with (8 comments)
Cedar City Localism Post...Patriotic Concert.... - 07/03/11 01:40 PM
Tonight the Cedar City Interfaith Choir Concert will be held tonight at the Presbyterian Chuch at 7:30 PM. The address is 2279 North Wedgewood Lane in Cedar City. The concert will feature Patriotic Songs for the 4th of July. For more information contact Alan Hoppes at (435) 867-6266 This is a wonderful event to get you ready for the 4th of July festivities of tomorrow. It is also a great way to go and be uplifted by music. There are a few things that we can experience in life that really lifts us up, music is one of those things, it (7 comments)
Scenic Saturday... - 07/02/11 01:22 PM
I know that most of you have heard that you can't get blood from a turnip. But can you get a shrub from a rock? I would say apparently:
Shrub growing out of a rock. Darcy and I came across this the other day in our travels. It isn't uncommon out here to find trees growing out of the sandstone rocks, but this shrub is growing through what looks to me like a pieces of granite. It was strange enough that I thought that I would share! (18 comments)
Who Would Like to Live Here??? - 07/01/11 02:15 PM
Yesterday while doing a Broker’s Price Opinion in New Harmony, Darcy and I took some photographs from the house that was the subject of the BPO. It put me to thinking that I would really like to live in a neighborhood like this one. So this morning as we have been to Brian Head to do another BPO and check on a listing of ours, I was thinking that I am most likely not the only one who would like to live in a neighborhood like this:
New Harmony Views This photo was taken from the top of a (8 comments)
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