Winter Camp, Football, and a Complicated Lease Purchase

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Zion Realty

Many of you know that my husband and I volunteer as High School mentors and leaders with our home church here in Gilbert, Arizona. We've attended Redemption Church since 2005 and have been working with our High School groups for the past two years now. Our annual Winter Camp is at Lost Canyon in Williams, Arizona which is just to the West of Flagstaff. This year it fell over the weekend of January 22nd - January 24th. There is not usually a lot of snow on the ground at Lost Canyon around this time, however, this year was very different.

A large rain and snow storm had made it's way through Arizona a few weeks prior to our arrival leaving several inches of snow blanketing the entire area. It was a fun and exhausting weekend. I had twelve girls make it up to Winter Camp this year and Josh had 7 boys in his group attend. The days and nights were full of meetings, free time, snowball fights, hiking, and plenty of other activities for the kids to enjoy. Here is a picture of Josh and I at the summit of a small mountain just behind the camp that we hike as a group each year:


Coming back down to the Valley last Sunday only to watch my home football team, the Cardinals, be crushed in the NFC Championship game was bitter sweet to say the least. Monday arrived all too quickly and found me working all week long on a very complicated lease/purchase contract in which the buyer is using an unconventional financing option. On top of all that, I had two new agents sign on to my brokerage(which I'll be blogging about soon), and I taught three classes at the Arizona Academy of Real Estate. It's been a long, busy, productive week. The Spring buying season will be upon us before we know it and it will soon seem like there aren't enough hours in the day!


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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Spring is just around the corner.  When there is 12 hours between sunrise and sunset here I begin to get happier. I don't do well in winter.

Jan 31, 2016 06:59 AM #1
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Tammy - I'm all about fashion so I can't wait to break out my Spring and Summer heels with all my dresses again! 

Jan 31, 2016 07:20 AM #2
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Love the photo Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert and your post! We have had snow on the ground for a week and a half ....but it was 60 some today! I'm ready for beach weather ...You all do a great job in your area!

Jan 31, 2016 08:18 AM #3
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Nicole, That area of the country is among my favorite places I've visited.  Beautiful landscape with the snow!  Glad you and Josh had a good turnout for the retreat.  Bill

Jan 31, 2016 09:00 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nicole- I admire what you and Josh do for your community.  And, I was rooting for your Cardinals to win over the Panthers. 

Jan 31, 2016 09:42 AM #5
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


You have had a busy week . . . . Let the new week be a productive week

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 31, 2016 11:35 AM #6
Joy Bender
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

Hi Nicole beautiful photo.  I've visited Flagstaff but never lost canyon in Williams

Jan 31, 2016 12:20 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Nicole.  It is a good thing you are so busy.  It sure beats the opposite.  Hand in there it will all work out

Jan 31, 2016 07:07 PM #8
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

You didn't let a little snow get in the way of an enjoyable weekend for the kids.....great photo of you and Josh.

Jan 31, 2016 09:12 PM #9
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Rob - It's been nice and sunny down here in Gilbert but up in Williams it was freezing!

Bliz - Williams and the surrounding area is gorgeous!

Kathy - They got smoked. What a terrible game that was.

Lou - Good morning Lou. I'm up and at em early meeting one of my new agents then off to the gym.

Joy - Lost Canyon is a retreat specifically for big corporate get-a-ways. It's really neat. 

James - I hope it gets even busier!

Roger - The snow was knee deep in some places going up that hill. It's quite the hike. It took us almost an hour to get to the top. 


Jan 31, 2016 11:06 PM #10
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Nicole -- I agree that this is a great photo of you and your husband.  If only I had more hours in the day, the things I could accomplish -- of course, I don't want others to have it -- just   

Jan 31, 2016 11:42 PM #11
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Nicole. We had our own problems with the AFC playoff game that same day, there is always next year.

Thank for sharing the photo.

Feb 01, 2016 12:03 AM #12
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I love the photo and it looks like a perfect day. You sound busy - and busy is good. 

Feb 01, 2016 01:10 AM #13
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Top of the afternoon Nicole.  Geez girl...End of January is all and you are already sluffing off.  Taking the easy road.  You need a couple more projects to keep you busy.    I like the pic.  Looks like it was a perfect setting for the yearly hike.  Mark

Feb 01, 2016 04:34 AM #14
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Nicole ... sounds fun, great photo and I have been playing in the snow covered mountains of Alaska for 2 months now.

I love it up here and your post has been featured to the group:


Feb 01, 2016 11:45 AM #15
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Proof to the entire world that Arizona has heat and snow, mountains and valleys, etc. It has been colder than normal in Arizona though. Actual seasons- that's something new.

So cool that you both had great attendance at your Winter Camp.

Feb 02, 2016 11:29 AM #16
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