St George Real Estate Market Conditions Reports and Opinions

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March 25, 2014

St. George Homes Are Near Fun Parks

Get to know parks near St. George homesPeople considering St. George homes will find lots to do in the city.  Many beautiful parks with hiking and sports facilities are maintained by the City of St. George.  Anyone wanting to learn about the plants and animals native to the area should take a trip to Tonaquint Nature Center.  There are self-guided nature walks to explore.  The center also offers classes for children and adults, and summer camp is even offered for children from four years old to fifth grade.  Each winter, Tonaquint hosts the annual St. George Winter Bird Festival.  Birdwatchers of all levels of experience come together to observe the many species of birds that stay in St. George during the winter.

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March 20, 2014

Own St. George UT Real Estate? Try Out These Great Frozen Treats

Delicious treats await near St. George real estateThere are so many great things about owning St. George UT real estate. Toward the top of the list are all the delicious frozen treats in town. Treat yourself to Nielsen Frozen Custard for a yummy, frozen dessert at the end of a hot day. If you’ve never tried a frozen custard, you’re in for a whole new level of smooth and creamy, in comparison to regular ice cream.  

If you’d like to get a hamburger and fries along with your dessert, try the Iceberg Drive Inn. It’s another famous fixture among St. George UT real estate owners. Their burgers are huge, and their fries are nice and crispy.  Save room for their thick shakes, though! It’s what they’re best known for and they have so many flavors - from chocolate to blackberry to eggnog.

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March 17, 2014

So Many Great Schools Near St. George Homes

Explore schools near St. George real estateSt. George, Utah may be best known as a great place to retire, but that doesn’t mean families shouldn’t consider St. George homes. Over the last several years, the Washington County School District has worked very hard to improve student proficiency scores.  In math and language arts, at both the elementary and high school levels, proficiency is above the state average.  At all levels, the public schools near St. George homes are performing very well on state standardized testing.  Parents and students rate their schools very highly, too.  For instance, George Washington Academy, a kindergarten through eighth grade public charter school, scores 10 out of 10 on for its great performance on state testing.  


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March 4, 2014

March 2014 St George Housing Market Stats Report

The St George real estate market is historically right on track. They say “history repeats itself” and in the case of our market, this appears to be true. The graph below does a great job with illustrating conditions over the past 3 years. You’ll notice that we tend to spike with homes listed in January to February, this is largely due to the Parade of Homes here in St George and secondly due to sellers who wanted to get through the holidays before listing their home for sale. So, the surge in new listings is very typical for this time of year though we are about 8.6% higher when compared to February 2013. This likely stems from seller confidence in the market, realizing that it is a better time to sell than it was last year. Interestingly enough, this also tends to be our two slowest months, this year falling right in line with traditions; however I would like to point out that this was our slowest February since 2011. That said, back in 2011 we did have a higher number of active homes, and the “Months in Inventory” was higher.
St George Utah real estate housing market

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Jan. 31, 2014

Moving to St George Utah

Information on St. George, Utah

If you are considering purchasing a home in St George, then you’re probably starting online with your preliminary research and/or perhaps you are in the initial stages of planning your trip to visit St George. Here is some information that may be useful to those who are in the information gathering stage and those who are planning to visit soon.

Las Vegas to St. George, Utah

First of all, watch the TIME! This typically becomes the first line of confusion when I am meeting a client for the first time. Often, those flying into Vegas will forget the time is NOT the same in St George, we are an hour LATER. From Las Vegas to St George Utah takes just under two hours to travel by car from the Vegas Airport, however with the time change; you’ll have to add the extra hour upon arrival.

Places to stay in St. George

If you are looking for a St George hotel, here are a few that my clients have used (as well as popular choices for visitors)
• Best Western Abby Inn 435-652-1234
• Courtyard Marriott 435-986-0555
• Comfort Suites 435-673-7000
• Ambassador Inn 435-634-7930

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Jan. 30, 2014

1571 W SONGBIRD Drive St George Home For Sale

Home For Sale in SunRiver St George

SunRiver St George Aspirations floor plan for sale

1571 W SONGBIRD Drive
St George, UT 84790


Price: $339,900
MLS 13-151243

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Garage: 3 Car
Square Footage: 1,916

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Posted in Buyers
Jan. 30, 2014

St George Utah Market Report Including SunRiver January 2014

This article will include information for St George sales statistics (including Sunriver), a year over year comparison, 2014 St George Parade of Homes information, as well as opinions on Southern Utah Market conditions.

Active Homes Listed In St George and SunRiver

As of today, there are 1,205 residential homes ACTIVE for sale in the greater St George area (including: St George, Santa Clara, Washington, Ivins, and surrounding subdivisions). Of these active homes there are 60 homes ACTIVE in SunRiver

Sold Homes in SunRiver and St George Utah

In the past 30 days there have been 115 homes SOLD in greater St George (with 264 pending), and of this number only 7 closed in Sunriver (with 23 pending).

Of course, the most popular price range still remains at: $150,000 to $200,000. Here is an interesting chart which illustrates price range for sold homes in the past 3 months. 

Sold Homes in Sunriver and St George

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Dec. 18, 2013

SunRiver St George 55+ Market Conditions December 2013

SunRiver St George 55+ Market Conditions

SunRiver St George UtahHere is a Sunriver St George 55+ adult community market conditions and resale homes for sale report for December 2013. Sunriver is a premier active adult community located in southern Utah within St George city limits.

Homes For Sale in Sunriver St George

Currently there are 47 resale homes for sale in Sunriver, which is statistically much lower when compared to years past. In the past 3 months a total of 39 homes have sold in Sunriver with 17 of them being resale homes (note, not all new construction homes are reported to the MLS). In the previous 3 months a total of 49 had sold, so the number sold has declined a bit recently however, this is not uncommon for the holiday season.

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Oct. 24, 2013

St George Utah Real Estate Market Update October 2013

St George Utah Real Estate Market ReportLet’s take a look at the St George real estate statistics for October 2013. In this report I’ll focus on the Greater St George area, which includes St George, Santa Clara, Ivins, and Washington and this will be for residential sales, with a separate glimpse into land and lots that sold in St George (and greater St George).

Current St George Housing Market Conditions

As of today here are the conditions:
1,148 ACTIVE homes for sale
       **Of the ACTIVE homes for sale, 44 are Short Sales (yes, there are a few of those still around…but not many) and 22 are Foreclosures. This results in only 5.7% of the ACTIVE inventory being of distressed status.

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Sept. 12, 2013

St George Utah Real Estate - Buyers Agent

What’s a St George Utah buyers agent and why will I need one? This question is sometimes best answered by another question, what is a listing agent? Most people understand that a listing agent is an individual hired by the seller to not only market and sell their home, but also offer representation to the seller during the negotiation and escrow period. The listing agent has the sellers’ best interest in mind, and their MAIN goal is to assist the seller and obtain the MOST MONEY possible for the SELLER.

Why is a St George Utah Buyers Agent important?

In the St George Utah real estate market, when a seller lists their home with the listing agent, they have worked out the commission which pays for the listing agent services AND the BUYERS AGENT services (A BUYERS AGENT WILL NOT COST THE BUYER ANY MONEY in a typical transaction). Back to the question, what’s a buyer’s agent? A buyer’s agent in St George has one goal in mind as well, to achieve the best possible price for the BUYER, keeping the BUYERS best interest in mind. A well trained buyers’ agent will be savvy to the current market conditions and understand comparable homes that have sold, which they can analyze and offer a range to assist the buyer in making an informed offer based on these market conditions. Buyers agents will also be aware of inclusions the buyer is able to ask for, a listing agent will usually not point out all of these inclusions as this will affect the sellers’ bottom line.

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