St George Real Estate Market Conditions Reports and Opinions

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Sept. 10, 2013

Buying Direct From a Listing Agent

Those of you who have read my numerous articles in the past, understand my stance on real estate buyer agents. I am a firm believer that a buyer will not only receive better representation, but will also achieve a better deal when utilizing the services of a buyers agent; as opposed to buying direct through the listing agent. I was inspired again to reiterate this feeling when I received an inquiry on a property today from a buyer. Once the buyer realized I was not the listing agent, they (respectfully) told me that they have been working on their own, doing all of the legwork to find their next home. They feel that they will be able to negotiate a better deal working direct with any given listing agent. While I respect and appreciate their honesty, I have to shake my head in disagreement.

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Posted in Buyers
Sept. 10, 2013

For Sale By Owner St George Utah

For Sale by Owner (or FSBO) signs are popping up throughout the St George Utah area. Seems the homeowners are becoming more determined to compete with, or eliminate the real estate Agent. Each FSBO has their reason for not using an agent. Some have had a less than pleasant past experiences with agents and feel they can do a better job at getting their property sold. Others must sell their home on their own, simply due to property values, they can not afford to pay an agent. Also there is the "experienced" home seller; they have purchased and sold before therefore they do not feel the need to share proceeds with an Agent. What ever the reason, St George home sellers are determined to act as their own agent. Here are a few tips for you FSBO sellers to consider when selling your St George home.

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Posted in Sellers
Sept. 10, 2013

Bloomington Hills St George Utah

BLOOMINGTON HILLS, St. George

Bloomington Hills is a neighborhood within St. George Utah. It is located to the east (and slightly north) of Bloomington. In the early 80's, Bloomington was considered "the place to be" by residents. Bloomington Hills was considered more of an affordable second choice option. Now, Bloomington Hills is a beautiful, equally desired neighborhood.

Bloomington Hills is built around the city golf course, St George Golf Club, which the city took over in 1983. This course features a par 73, 18 hole course and is approximately 7,200 yards. The par 3's are said to be the most difficult in Washington County, with at least 190 yards on average. Like neighboring Bloomington, homes can be purchased (and a few lots remain) directly on the course, or you can purchase away from the golf course. Bloomington Hills has many neighborhood amenities such as parks and trails.

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Posted in Buyers, Sellers
Sept. 10, 2013

Bloomington St George Utah

Bloomington, St George Utah Neighborhood Information

Bloomington is a neighborhood within the St. George, Utah city limits. Because the neighborhood is so large, locals refer to the area simply as "Bloomington." Those who are not residents or new visitors to St. George may believe Bloomington is a town, or a city however, it is only a neighborhood. It's located on the south side of St. George, bordering the SunRiver area close to Interstate 15.

Bloomington is one of the oldest, more established neighborhoods, offering historical attributes. The area was formerly known as the Town of Atkinville, however in the 1960's, due to the town's inability to incorporate itself, it became part of St. George. The neighborhood is built in a circular pattern, which surrounds the beautiful Bloomington Country Club Golf Course. There are, however, streets and cul-de-sacs located away from the golf course. This creates a very diverse neighborhood, as you can have a home on the golf course, or perhaps you will prefer to be a distance away from it. Most lot sizes are fairly large at .25 of an acre. There are lot sizes that are over half an acre and there is also the "Bloomington Ranches" area which offers beautiful homes on lots at or above a full acre. Horse privileges are available in some areas of Bloomington.

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Posted in Buyers, Sellers
June 22, 2013

St George Utah Property Tax Information

St George Property Tax InformationWhen purchasing property in St George, real estate property tax questions always become a question buyers want information about. 

How Much Are Property Taxes in St George Utah?

The exact amount of the taxes varies depending on exactly where you purchase (school district fees and exact rates will vary in different areas). However, as a rule of thumb, you can estimate the taxes at about 1% of the assessed value LESS any exemptions (more on that in a moment). The assessment comes from the county and it is NOT based on your purchase price, however should YOU disclose that price to the assessor they may take that into consideration (Utah is a non-disclosure state so the purchase price does not become public record—this is why venues such as Zillow’s “Zestimate” is typically inaccurate, do not use Zillow Zestimate for property in St George). The assessor will monitor area values and if the values should rise or fall, your property value will be assessed accordingly and you will be sent a summary each year.

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Posted in Buyers, Sellers
May 21, 2013

St George Real Estate Market Report May 2013

Seemingly overnight the inventory of homes for sale in St George Utah has jumped up dramatically. Take a look at the chart below showing the number of active single family homes for sale in the greater St George area:

St George Utah Real Estate Market Report

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Posted in Buyers, Sellers, Statistics
April 9, 2013

SunRiver St George Home For Sale

SunRiver St George Home For Sale UNDER $170,000

Sunriver St George resale homeLISITING DETAILS:

1377 W COUNTRY CLUB Drive St George, UT 84790
MLS # 13-145055
Price: $169,900
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Garage: 2 Car (extra deep)
Square Footage: 1,128

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Posted in Buyers, SunRiver
April 9, 2013

St George Home For Sale in Legacy Subdivision

Home For Sale in Legacy St George

Legacy Home For SaleLISTING DETAILS:

661 WINDSOR Drive St George, UT 84770
Price: $243,900
MLS # 13-145275
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Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Garage: 2.5 Car
Square Footage: 1,954

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April 9, 2013

Home for Sale in Sunriver Reflections 55+ Gated Community

SunRiver Home For Sale in Reflections Gated Community

SunRiver Reflections gated 55+ communityLISTING DETAILS:

2152 RIVER OF FORTUNE Drive St George, UT 84790
REDUCED!! Price: $599,000
MLS # 13-143719
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Garage: 4 Car
Square Footage: 3.082

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Posted in Buyers, SunRiver
April 9, 2013

St George Housing Market Update April 2013

St George Real Estate Market Conditions

The St George Utah real estate market is moving full steam ahead. It’s time to take a look at the market report and I’ll offer real estate statistics, news, and opinions for the Southern Utah housing market. Currently (4-9-2013) there are 1,014 ACTIVE homes listed for sale in Greater St George (this includes St George, Washington, Ivins, and Santa Clara) this number is comparable to last year. There are 412 homes pending, which is very high and more proof in the rebounding housing market in St George. In SunRiver there are currently 59 homes for sale, which is a bit lower than typical (last year at the same time there were 74 homes for sale). There are 13 pending homes in SunRiver.

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