golden valley az: Palo Verde Tree The Beacon of Resilience - 05/18/24 12:53 PM
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 … (7 comments)

golden valley az: Relationships Happen Quite Unexpectedly - 05/07/24 06:32 AM
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 … (17 comments)

golden valley az: The Never Ending Cycle of Quiet TImes to Chaos - 04/19/24 01:48 PM
In life we all experience the quiet times, relishing in them, playing catch up with paperwork or just enjoying a book and then suddenly out of the blue chaos happens. The phone rings and as you are speaking with one person another call happens. You are working on cleaning up emails and suddenly 10 new emails come in with at least half demanding your immediate attention. Then your smart phone receives several texts with even more requests.
"When we learn if we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change."
Wayne Dyer
Chaos allows us to learn how … (7 comments)

golden valley az: A Funny Thing Happened on a Rural Dirt Road - 04/09/24 06:52 AM
Imagine my surprise and out loud laugh when I saw this sign posted on a rural dirt road.  Golden Valley, AZ for the most part is zoned "Agricultural and Residential."  What this means is livestock is allowed.
Over a year ago I spoke with a potential rural property buyer who really loved a home  located on over an acre on a rural dirt road and in an area zoned agricultural and residential. The buyer after touring the home told me “I don’t want any horses near me.”
Again, I informed the buyer Golden Valley, AZ as well as much of Mohave County, AZ … (4 comments)

golden valley az: Motivational Monday – Be Responsive - 04/08/24 01:14 PM
Years ago, I read some research conducted by Pitney Bowes about response time respective to making initial contact with sale leads.  Those who responded quickly within 5 minutes secured a greater likelihood of converting those sales leads to  customers. Further more as the minutes clicked by or grains of sand dropped sales success diminished at a rapid rate.
The reason I share this is because a potentially new client told me yesterday she called a real estate agent recommended by a local lender (not me) and left a voice mail. This potential client called back a few days later and left another … (2 comments)

golden valley az: Out of Area Listing Agents Create Incredible Opportunities - 04/02/24 08:44 AM
Yesterday I heard a frequent comment from potential real estate buyers. That comment was this:
“I called several agents and no one wanted to show me rural properties or answer my questions. One agent gave me the directions to his listing and acknowledged he was the listing agent, but could not show me his listing.”
This comment was made during a phone call as I was returning from a brokerage meeting to the east of Kingman, AZ near the Yavapai County Line about 50 miles from my home office in Golden Valley, AZ.  Fortunately, I was only half way home and was able … (11 comments)

golden valley az: Due Diligence Is Not Just for Buyers – Part Three – Flood Plains - 03/30/24 10:58 AM
Here in the high desert of Golden Valley, we have designated flood plains.  These designations are updated on a regular basis not only by the EPA but by our local county flood officials. Professional real estate agents will secure flood plain letters confirming the existence or non-existence of flood plains.
Now some real estate agents believe this is the due diligence of the buyers and these agents take a hands off approach. For me I request this flood plain letter for all sellers and buyers here in Golden Valley, AZ, Mohave County.  This way I have it loaded into the MLS and … (3 comments)

golden valley az: Sold and Resold 327 S Higley Rd, Golden Valley, AZ - 03/16/24 06:07 AM
A couple of years ago I was the buyer’s agent for this 3 bedroom, 2 bath with inside laundry room manufactured home located at 327 S Higley Rd, Golden Valley, AZ. Being on rural water and real power this one acre plus lot was also zoned for horses or livestock. There was plenty of room at the rear of the parcel for horses, a new garage, etc.
My clients, the new owners, invested in a new roof, new laminate flooring, new windows, new AC unit and new stove. Then life changes happened, and my now clients asked me to sell this home.
After … (10 comments)

golden valley az: Motivational Monday – Tomorrow - 03/11/24 06:32 AM
Many of us have heard the song “Tomorrow” that is from the musical “Annie.”
Einstein shared his wisdom about tomorrow with these words:
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is not to questioning.”
Dr. Seuss also understood the result of the hope for tomorrow.
“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”
These words by Charles Kettering sum up the motivation of our thoughts about tomorrow:
“You can’t have a better tomorrow
if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.”
Feature Photo Courtesy of Leanne M Smith of the Sunset over the Black Mountains in Mohave County, Golden Valley, … (5 comments)

golden valley az: Reality Check, Real Estate Is NOT PART TIME - 03/10/24 06:24 AM
Yesterday, I was at a friend's family gathering and another real estate agent for Dirt Road Real Estate said she just wanted something to do part time and quickly realized real estate is not part time.  I totally agreed with her as I had the same thought when I considered becoming a real estate agent.  Fortunately, my broker at that time Judith Ritter  and my current broker, Elise Harron  both smiled at me and kindly gave me a reality check that real estate is not part time.
During the last week, I added up all of my “part time” hours and those … (7 comments)

golden valley az: Not All Sunsets or Real Estate Agents Are the Same - 03/08/24 07:57 AM
Here in Golden Valley, the sunsets over the Black Mountains change on a daily basis. Some evenings the sky is filled with bright orange and yellow colors while other evenings just blue to gray.  The lack of sameness is also prevalent among real estate agents or REALTORS®. NOTE: Not all licensed real estate agents are REALTORS®, but all REALTORS® are licensed real estate agents.
After being a licensed real estate professional for eight years and a salesperson for over five (5) decades, I once again realize the significant and rather obvious differences between real estate agents or REALTORS®. Living here in the … (10 comments)

golden valley az: Going the Extra Mile Makes a Difference in Real Estate - 03/07/24 06:03 PM
Yesterday I traveled nearly 100 miles drove over some questionable roads (thank heavens no flat tries), walked four (4) different parcels ranging in size from 1.18 acres to 20 acres,  snapped over 125 photos, noted specifics to each property and then begin developing a competitive analysis for each of the four properties here in Golden Valley, AZ that I physically visited. There was only one, 20 acres vacant land parcel that I could not find more than one  property marker. This vacant land parcel was on a hill and the terrain was quite rocky.  
As my real estate life became crazy, … (5 comments)

golden valley az: Going Beyond the Top Two Reasons to Buy A Home - 03/07/24 08:57 AM
For many moving to NW AZ, Mohave County especially Golden Valley there are 5 other major reasons for buying a home:
Building wealth because owning a home and even vacant land is an investment Hankering to have elbow room and not see into your neighbor’s bedroom window Needing to have less government restrictions and policies Desiring warmer weather and without all that white stuff aka snow Having lower taxes allowing limited incomes (usually retirement) to go farther For Veterans being around other military retirees and veterans especially Vietnam Veterans Moving to NW AZ is becoming more and more popular for citizens … (5 comments)

golden valley az: Who Do You Love in What You Do - 03/03/24 07:38 AM
In any business, the customers or clients differ.  This difference is called demographics.  In real estate there are a plethora of “WHO's.” There are real estate certifications and designations that address the specific "WHO" do real estate agents love.
For example, retiring or relocating military personnel are one “WHO.” I have a Military Relocation Specialist (MRS) designation because here in Golden Valley, AZ we have a very large population of retired military personnel as well as veterans. Many of these veterans including my husband served during the Vietnam conflict. (Officially, the military effort in Vietnam was never declared a war.)
With many individuals … (2 comments)

golden valley az: Dreams Continue to Change and Evolve - 02/29/24 07:16 AM
This month's Active Rain Challenge by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!  was to share one's dreams, one's vision of the future via a Dream Board or Vision Board.
What I now to be true after all these years on this year,  when one is much closer to the end of life’s path, dreams continue change and evolve.
My first dream and vision is to have my incredible husband with me for as long as possible. We have just shared 33 years of married life without one loud, very vocal fight. Of course, we have had our differences but those differences were discussed … (12 comments)

golden valley az: Where Do You Do What You Love to Do? - 02/28/24 10:34 AM
Licensed by each state, real estate agents can practice their craft in any area of the state. However, for REALTORS® this would violate Article 11 of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.  In Article 11, the following is written:
“REALTORS® shall not undertake to provide specialized professional services concerning a type of property or service that is outside their field of competence unless they engage the assistance of one who is competent on such types of property or service or unless the facts are fully disclosed to the client.”
My area of competence is “I love selling dirt” in Mohave County, … (7 comments)

golden valley az: Motivational Monday – It’s Just Another Day - 02/26/24 06:46 AM
How often do we think of Monday or any day as “It’s Just Another Day?” Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney wrote these lyrics, Another Day, which Paul sang.
The meaning of this song by the songwriters is about the drudgery and sadness of a single women’s life.
Yet these four words, “It’s Just Another Day,”  are relevant to most of us because that day could be Monday or any other day of the week. How we approach just another day is 100% in our control.
"When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all days."
Ella Woodward
"Creativity is a  highfalutin word for … (7 comments)

golden valley az: The Six Words that Are Music to My Ears - 02/22/24 05:11 AM
In sales and especially in real estate, the goal is to have the potential clients aka as sales leads to pull you to them. Using the often-witnessed push sales behaviors does not really work very well. Hence, the often heard comment "He was a pushy salesman" or "She was a pushy salesperson."
Yesterday, I scheduled a tour of five vacant land parcels here in Golden Valley, AZ with a potential cash buyer client. Until I actually invest some time with a potential client, I do not know if I want the individual as a client.  Not all individuals who want to list … (2 comments)

golden valley az: The Standard of Practice or Lack Thereof Surfaces Again - 02/21/24 05:45 AM
Another real estate copycat suit emerged with this comment in the filing:
The complaint alleges that “most” buyer agents will steer clients away from listings that offer a lower commission.
My brain thought “really, most agent will?”  Did those who filed the complaint actually survey real estate agents? My sense is this is an assumption about human nature. And we all know about what happens with assumptions.
In my now eight years in selling real estate as well as listing mostly vacant land (Remember, I love to sell dirt), I know of a few real estate agents who may look first at the cooperating … (0 comments)

golden valley az: Motivational Monday – Brand New Day - 02/19/24 02:11 PM
Monday is a new day for a new week. Some of us may embrace this day with enthusiasm, others with not so much enthusiasm and some just glad the weekend guests have left.
There is a song by Asoredee that is truly motivational. Maybe this is how we should approach each new day?
Wake up it's a brand new day
Make a brand new way
It's a really nice morning
Don't stress chase the pain away
Hear the little birds say it's a really nice morning
This the day that everything change
And u never gon say I hate it in the morning
Wake up it's a brand new day … (11 comments)