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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Jan. 7, 2019

Overpricing Homes in St George Utah

Sellers who jumped on the caboose of this fast moving housing train, who are pricing homes at top dollar (and who are being the most stubborn) are likely to be the sellers that will yield the least return.  Why?

Now is NOT the time to be overpricing your home in St George Utah. 

Overpriced home St GeorgeWe are heading into the Parade of Homes (in February) so any seller who has been thinking of listing their home, will likely do so in the next 30 days.  Builders are finishing up their new construction spec homes like Hershey Kisses on a production line. Your competition is about to be insane and keep in mind while sales DO increase in February (during the Parade) your overpriced home is going to be tossed into the listing abyss because there are too many other homes to see that are well priced and ready.  Buyers don’t have the patience to sift through overpriced homes that may be inclined to reduce if they make a reasonable offer (especially when there are many other choices).

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Dec. 14, 2018

December 2018 St George Real Estate Market Forecast Report

December arrived seemingly unannounced.  Is it just me or did another year slip by at record speed?  I’ve been heavily involved in organizing my business, so I’ve been reaching out to many of my website users to determine if you’d still like to be on the mailing list.  I’m hoping to reach out to buyers and sellers I’ve allowed to slip through the cracks, or those who weren’t ready a few years back, maybe now you’re ready?  I’m also starting a direct mail newsletter, it will automatically go out to all of my past and current clients, but if you’d have an interest in receiving that, simply reply to this email and send me your mailing address.  Clients…watch your mailbox and let me know if you do not receive the newsletter in January.   

Okay, back to the St George real estate market report!  This report will look at the December, greater St George market conditions (this will actually review November data since we are not through December yet).  I’ll be reporting on the Greater St George area (including Ivins, Santa Clara, St George, and Washington).  Sunriver is included within St George, but I may review some numbers specific to Sunriver since many of you have an interest in that community.  If you’d like to see other information—just ask (reply, call, or text)  Paula Smith 435-773-3751

St George Utah Real Estate Market Report

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Posted in Buyers, Sellers, Statistics
Dec. 10, 2018

Hotels In St George Utah

My Place Hotel Recommendation and Information

Pet Friendly Hotels in St George UtahAre you planning a trip to St George Utah?  St. George is a great place to visit with many new restaurants and great activities for the whole family. Selecting a hotel isn't always easy, especially when trying to find one to fit all of your needs. Even more difficult, is finding a hotel that allows the family dog to come along. St George pet-friendly hotels aren't as readily available. Finding a pet-friendly hotel just got a whole lot easier, the new hotel chain "My Place Hotel" is the perfect place and has a lot to offer.

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Nov. 16, 2018

Through The Tears We Can Still Be Grateful

2018 has been an incredibly difficult year. No, not for real estate.  2018 has been difficult for me, personally. Probably the most challenging year that I can recall in my 40 (something) years. 

Mike funeralJanuary set the tone for a seemingly dark year.  In January, I received a text from my husband (after inquiring how his day was going).  “Not good, I don’t think Mike is going to make it”.  He was right.  Mike was a young, amazing soul on the earth.  He was my husband’s co-worker, friend, and a former client of mine.  He was involved in a horrific accident doing a job my husband still performs, and tragically Mike lost his life.  My husband suffered a lot that day, a lot of people did.  

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Posted in Personal Stories
Oct. 26, 2018

92 S Avallon Drive St George, UT 84770

4 Bedrooms with a POOL and NO HOA

THIS HOME IS NOW SOLD as of 2/2019

$368,000

1963sqft, built in 2010

4 Bedroom, 2 Bath

2 Car Garage

Larger Lot with Pool

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Oct. 23, 2018

October 2018 St George Utah Real Estate market report

Sellers in St George, Utah have been enjoying a firm “sellers market” for quite some time, but is there a shake up on the horizon?  Housing trends across the board have been signaling a slowdown or softening of the real estate market.  Today, we can begin to see this, here in Southern Utah.  These are similar trends as those we witnessed around 2007, when the housing market began to tumble.  Take a look at this past 2 years graphic.

 St George Utah Real Estate Market Conditions 2018

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Oct. 11, 2018

1736 Wide River Dr. St George, Utah 84790 SunRiver

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 Car Garage Sunriver Home For Sale

THIS HOME IS NOW SOLD as of 1/2019

Paula Smith SunRiver home for sale

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath

1740sqft Built in 1999

2Car Garage

$295,000

Listed by Paula Smith RealtyPath

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Oct. 2, 2018

The Best Schools In St George Utah

If you’re considering moving to St George, Utah a common question among buyers is “what is the best school in St George?”.  For families with school-aged children, schools are critical.  There are school rating websites available, such as "Great Schools School Rating St George" and some buyers make decisions specifically based on these ratings.  The purpose of this article is not to tell you “which school in St George is the best” but more of an informational guide to the different schools around the area.  We have lived out here since 2006, and we have school-aged children. I’ve personally been involved with (and children enrolled in) several schools around the area (private, charter, and public) so I do feel like I can speak from experience. 

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July 26, 2018

St George Utah Housing Market Report July 2018

Our St George Utah real estate market is already half way through the year.  We’ve had some rather hot, dry, and even humid conditions to contend with this year.  While July (and August) is typically among the warmest of our desert months, it did seem to start a little sooner this year.  Combined with the monsoons bringing (much needed) rain, monsoons also add to the humidity which we are not accustomed to experiencing in this usually dry climate.  No complaints however, it’s a small price to pay to live in such a beautiful piece of the country.  The real estate market continues to stay hot, and the summer heat only seem to add some sizzle to the market.  

Our inventory is about the lowest we’ve seen in since January 2016.  Our sales are trending upward (although we do have months that jump around a bit).  Below, is a snapshot of our greater St George real estate market sales and inventory (this includes St George as well as surrounding areas: Santa Clara, Ivins, and Washington):

July 2018 St George Utah Real Estate Conditions

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July 18, 2018

1583 W Songbird Drive Sunriver St George Home For Sale

Immaculate LIKE NEW Sunriver Home For Sale

THIS HOME IS NOW SOLD! SOLD IN 24 HOURS!!

$365,000

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath

3 Car Garage

Larger Lot

If you’re looking for a fantastic home in Sunriver, you don’t want to miss this new listing.  The owners had this home custom built with every detail well planned. As you enter the home, you’ll instantly notice the beautiful wood floors and cabinetry, the attention to detail throughout the home is neutral, yet sophisticated.   This is a modified Transitions floor plan, which was enlarged from the original floor plan giving this a generously sized greatroom and an already larger master bedroom.  This modification makes it very comparable to the popular Aspirations (or Windsong) floor plan….only better!  Why is this plan better? Because the master is a split floor plan, so the owners bedroom is located on the opposite side of the home from the guest and office (or den).  The walk-in closet is much larger, and there is a dedicated laundry room (no passing through the laundry room to get to the garage).  Speaking of garage, you will appreciate the spacious 3 car garage.  There is a whole-house humidifier as well as an instant hot water loop, upgraded (high efficiency) A/C (heatpump), water softener, and reverse osmosis. 

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