St George Real Estate Market Conditions Reports and Opinions

Housing market reports, news, statistics, and opinions are brought to you by Paula Smith Associate Broker RealtyPath St George. You will find all market condition reports  for Southern Utah and the St George real estate forecast.  If you would like to have Paula Smith cover particular topics, related to the Southern Utah real estate market, please use the contact information at the top or bottom of this page.  Please note, all topics are written by Paula Smith and everything is the intellectual property and opinion of Paula Smith. 

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March 19, 2018

Purchasing a St. George Vacation Home Rental

Help Understanding the Requirements on St. George Vacation Homes

Learn about rules for St. George vacation homes before you buy.Right now, a big debate in the area is St. George vacation homes and short term rentals. Online services like AirBnB and VBRO provide a platform for home owners to rent their homes, or rooms in their homes, to short term renters who are often vacationers. While the services are very convenient, local authorities cite concerns about safety, trash, parking, and property values. Currently, most cities within Washington County do not allow home owners to rent out their houses or rooms in their home for short stays of a few days or weeks. The exception is in designated zones for nightly rentals.

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March 6, 2018

St George Utah Real Estate Market Report March 2018

March 2018 St George market report

Welcome March! The Parade of Homes is now behind us and Spring is rapidly approaching, although with the strange weather pattern we seem to be having (70’s one week and 50’s and even some snow the next week) our trees and flowers, like the rest of us, are confused.  Do we put away our sweaters or not?  So back to the St George real estate housing market report, lets look at what has been going on for the first couple of months of 2018.  As of today (March 6th, 2018) we will look at the greater St George area, residential real estate.  

In a nutshell…inventory is up…sales are down.  Don’t panic!  There isn’t anything to worry about, and nothing unusual as much of the country is experiencing similar trends.  Focusing on St George specifically…our inventory spike is a relatively natural occurrence for the Parade of Homes season, and compared to the previous couple of years, we are still VERY low in inventory, so an inventory spike is welcomed, for sure.  Sales being a little lower isn’t unusual either, sales typically spike in March and then a soft reset for April.  

St George Utah Homes Sold Report

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Feb. 25, 2018

3563 E Hidden Springs Drive, Washington, UT 84780

Coral Canyon Home for Sale

3563 E. Hidden Springs Drive
Washington, UT 84780

Price: $309,500
MLS 18-192001

Bedrooms: 3
Beautiful, Private Backyard
Bathrooms: 2
Garage: 2.
Square Footage: 1,686

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Feb. 1, 2018

Sunriver Home For Sale 4586 S Siesta Dr, ST GEORGE

Sunriver Home with 1850sqft and a 2.5 Car Garage

Sunriver Home For Sale St George

4586 S. Siesta Drive
St George, UT 84790

Price: $334,000
MLS 18-191227

Bedrooms: 2
PLUS OFFICE (or Den)
Bathrooms: 2
Garage: 2.5 
Square Footage: 1,850

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Posted in Buyers, SunRiver
Jan. 25, 2018

A Brief Overview of St. George Homes and Surrounding Cities

Read up on weather and amenities around St. George homes.

When I meet with clients who are searching the area for St. George homes, they typically want to know some basic information about the weather in the city and surrounding communities, as well as cost of living.

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Jan. 11, 2018

Purchasing a New Construction Home Using a Buyer Agent

The Most Important Thing to Remember When Touring St. George New Construction Homes

Hire a Buyers AgentConstruction is booming in St. George right now.  There are many great reasons to check out St. George Utah new construction homes.  First of all, new homes are built with the latest safety and quality standards.  You have the ability to work with the builder or design center to select colors, flooring, and fixtures throughout the house, so you can decorate it exactly to your taste.  New construction also offers many different floor plans to choose from, which means you can customize your new St. George home to suit your needs and lifestyle.  Entertain a lot?  Go with a formal dining room!  Work from home?  Have a dedicated home office.  There are so many possibilities.

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Jan. 11, 2018

2018 St George Utah Parade of Homes

Find Your Dream St. George Home at the Annual Parade of Homes

Go to the Parade of Homes to find the perfect St. George homeIf you’re in the market for a St. George home, why not make time to attend the St. George Area Parade of Homes?  The annual event is hosted by the Southern Utah Home Builders Association and Zions Bank and will take place this year from February 16th through the 25th.  There will be 28 homes available to tour.  Each has been built and decorated by a different local builder.  Those who tour the St. George Parade of Homes will be able to get an idea of available homes and preview the work of several builders, this is especially helpful if you’re thinking of building and new home in St George and you need to decide on which builder to work with.  

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Jan. 5, 2018

2017 Year End St George Real Estate Market Report

Winter has set in, despite the unseasonably warmer conditions (my apologies to the east coast, I know you’re getting hit with a cold front) and 2017 has ended.  It’s not only the weather that is unseasonably warm for this time a year, the market is still on the hot side too.  While it’s typical to see a mild slow down during the holidays, our St George real estate market never stops.  Below, you’ll find an illustrative snapshot for the past two years.  You’ll notice that sales overall have remained steady.  New listings declined in December, which is typical, and we’ll expect a spike for January as well as higher prices as we come into February, when the annual St George Parade of Homes occurs (click the following link for more: Parade of Homes Info). 

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Jan. 4, 2018

St George Utah Utility Rates

Utilities in St George Utah Comparison

St George Utah Utility RatesThe cost of living is an important factor when considering a move to a new area. 

Here is a good question:

A lot of people ask about utilities. They want to know the difference in pricing for our areas. 

St George City features 2 utility areas—City of St George (which handles power, water, sewer, trash) however, some areas will fall into Dixie Power.  Dixie Power is quite desirable due to the lower cost (among the least expensive in the nation).  Dixie Power service area is anything East (to Sand Hollow Reservoir) or South of the Virgin River and including the Bloomington & Sunriver subdivision (Virgin River cuts through Bloomington).  https://www.dixiepower.com/services/service-areas/

What are the rates for Dixie Power in St George?

Dixie power rates are $25/mo plus $.059/kWh (as of Sep 2017) the remaining utilities will be provided by each city designated utility office (for water, sewer, trash etc…).

https://www.dixiepower.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Utah-Rates-for-September-2017.pdf

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Nov. 21, 2017

2155 W 1190 N St George Utah Stone Gate Seven Hills

Home For Sale with 3 Car Garage in St George Utah

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