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Tips on Staying Safe This Halloween in Flagstaff!

by Gary Nelson

Halloween. A time of treats, inventive costumes for the kids and scary good times. It’s also a time to remember a little caution and safety preparation can go a long way for our tricksters of the night. Let us share some fun ways to stay safe for this year’s Halloween in Flagstaff.

The chance of a car accident for a child goes up an unpleasant amount this night more than any other, so we have a few ideas on how to keep the children as safe as possible.

One good way is to try integrating reflective tape or stickers into costumes and bags, as well as using face paint, non-toxic of course, as an alternative to masks that can be visually obstructive for young ones. Besides, kids love getting to their faces painted! Also give the kids some glow sticks, glow bracelets and whatever other glowing things you can find for them. Not only will that be added fun for their costumes, but it will help with added visual for drivers.

Younger ones, 12 and under should never be out alone without any adult supervision. Also remind the older kids to stay in areas that they are familiar with, are well lit and maybe suggest to them that going trick-or-treating with friends would be more entertaining. They’re sure to like that!

Check out this link for more tips on safety this Halloween. Most importantly, don’t let them forget to have a scary great time this Halloween in Flagstaff, Arizona!

Best Things to Do at the Grand Canyon

by Gary Nelson

The Grand Canyon. The largest and deepest canyon in the continental U.S. If you like to be inspired or simply amazed, the Grand Canyon in Arizona is the place to go. There’s even a tourist village there. It’s called Grand Canyon Village. If you’re Looking for fun or thrilling activities, there’s more than plenty to do.

First there’s Grand Canyon Village to visit. There we have great places to stay so you are close to Grand Canyon lookout points while still having that touristy feel.

Now if you’re not into the touristy thing, then there is hiking. The North Rim is a nice secluded place if you’re looking for peace and quiet. Starting with a nice 21-mile hike, starting from the South Rim, that takes you to a beautiful rustic lodge with some fine restaurants and shops.

Or if you’re looking for something enchantingly beautiful, try the Havasu Falls. What a beautiful treat! It is called an oasis in the desert with it’s clear blue waters with gorgeous waterfalls as the backdrop. Of course, first you must hike around 10 miles. Not a simple endeavor, but completely worth it!

For more challenging or fun things to do check out this link.

Find the Luxury Golfing Lifestyle You've Always Wanted in Flagstaff

by Gary Nelson

​​When you think of the perfect location in America to play golf, what comes to mind? Most golfers want more than just a challenging course.  They want ideal weather and stunning scenery.  That is precisely what you get in the golf courses of Flagstaff.  And better yet, the golf course communities of Flagstaff offer amazing homes to be the focal point of your golfing lifestyle.

The Gary Nelson Group is committed to helping you find the perfect golf course community home.  If you want to learn more about the golf courses and communities in Flagstaff, as well as search for the perfect home in each community, visit our Flagstaff Golf Course Communities page today.

Here's a sample of some of the amazing golf course community homes available in Flagstaff now.

Home Buyers – Protect Yourself From Equifax Breech

by Gary Nelson

If you’ve been watching the news, by now you’re certainly aware of the massive data theft of 143 million consumer’s personal data from national credit bureau Equifax.  This is a situation that will affect a lot of lives.  It could especially affect home buyers and mortgage applicants.

Most American with a credit history could be affected. Addresses, Social Security numbers, driver’s license and credit card numbers could all be at risk.  These could be made available to the highest bidders on the Dark Web. 

Home buyers and mortgage applicants may be the most at risk, since they have a significant amount of information on file at the credit bureaus. This could cause serious problems down the road, especially during the buying process.

There’s no need to panic, as steps can be taken to protect yourself.  You can lock down your credit files with fraud alerts or credit file freezes, which will prevent people from opening accounts in your name and will prevent them from getting credit reports.

The FTC has helpful information on identify-theft countermeasures at And if you’re thinking of doing a freeze, a good site is You can also get free, three-bureau credit monitoring service being offered by Equifax at The most important first step is to check your three credit reports for free at and see whether anyone has been tampering with your accounts.

September Home Maintenance Tips

by Gary Nelson

​Summer is coming to an end in Flagstaff, and it's time to make sure your home is ready for fall and winter. If you perform just a few chores, you can make sure you're ready for the colder months and have fewer issues during the winter season. Here's a few tasks that are fairly easy, and will help you avoid major repair costs when you least expect them.

Check Walkways For Cracks

Before the walkways around your home get covered in the winter with debris, it's a good idea to fix any cracks that could create a tripping or slipping hazard. You can always fix small cracks with epoxy.  For serious cracks, you may need to call in a professional.

Clean and Repair Siding

Make sure the siding doesn't have mold or mildew, and check for rotten and warped areas.  You can even use a cell phone or drone to inspect higher areas instead of using a ladder. Inspect the joints for cracks.

Check Leaky Faucets

If you check leaky faucets and pipes now, you can avoid costly repairs if a pipe breaks during the winter.

Want some more tips for maintaining your home? Check out the full list of September maintenance tips here.

Have Fun This Labor Day Weekend In Flagstaff

by Gary Nelson

The Labor Day Weekend is almost here, and it's time to plan to get the most out of the weekend in Flagstaff.  Here's a few fun ideas that will help you have fun this Labor Day Weekend.

Grand Canyon Sightseeing Tour

Wagon Ride Through Coconino National Forest

Horseback Trail Ride in Coconino National Forest

Grand Canyon Railroad Excursion, Scenic Guided Rim Tour & Navajo Reservation Full Day Tour

Monument Valley Tribal Park & Navajo Indian Reservation Full Day Tour

Have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!

Top Things to Do in Flagstaff

by Gary Nelson

To say that Flagstaff is an outdoor lover's paradise is an understatement. With so many famous landmarks, monuments, and places to see, you'll never run out of exciting things to do in Flagstaff. has rated the top things to do in Flagstaff. Here's the top 3 from the list.

Walnut Canyon National Monument

This is the perfect place to see both geological wonders and ancient history.  You can walk back in time on The Island Trail as you view actual cliff dwellings of the ancient Sinagua. Or gaze at the amazing scenery from the Rim Trail.

Wupatki National Monument

If you enjoy Native American ruins, this is an amazing place to see them.  The main dwelling is a multistory Sinagua pueblo building, featuring over 100 rooms, a community room and ball court! You can also drive through the park to see other ruin sites.

Lowell Observatory

Flagstaff not only has natural wonders on the ground, but it's the perfect place to see the ones in the sky. It's one of the oldest observatories in the US and is considered a historic landmark. The original telescope is still being used today for education, along with several other telescopes.

Our Top Featured Listings in Flagstaff

by Gary Nelson

Looking for a great home in Flagstaff with plenty of room for the whole family and great features? Look no further than these two top featured homes!

2353 N Ricke Lane, Flagstaff

This home is back on the market, so do let it slip away this time! Located in Walnut Ridge Estates, this lovely home is set on a .39 acre lot with amazing views of Mt Elden.  With tons of room, updated kitchen and huge deck, you're family will have plenty of room to live and entertain.

Check out all the details and photos!

36 W Quartz Road, Flagstaff

With 5 beds and 4 baths, there's plenty of space for your family and friends.  The soaring vaulted ceilings adds to the spaciousness. Add to that an outstanding kitchen with great cabinets and stainless steel appliances, along with a huge back yard, and you have a deal you can't miss!

Check out all the details and photos!

Enjoy the Space and Views In Doney Park

by Gary Nelson

One of the great attractions of living in Arizona is it's wide open spaces and rugged beauty.  And that is exactly what you get when you buy a home in Doney Park.  Located just outside of Flagstaff to the northeast, this residential area of 5000 people is just the place to find your next home if you want to be near the city, but want the space to breath.  You also get to enjoy amazing views of the San Francisco Peaks and Sunset Crater Volcano.

Being located near Flagstaff gives you easy access to outstanding shopping and great food. And if you want to go the other direction and get further out in to nature, you won't have any problem with Wupatki National Monument, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Walnut Canyon National Monument, and Barringer Crater ​being located nearby.

Visit our Doney Park Real Estate & Community Information page to learn more and search for your dream home today.

Here are some fine homes for sale right now in Doney Park!


Are all the kids moved out and you have the house to yourself? Are you planning on retiring where you are or do you want to move somewhere more desirable? Are you living in a home that's beyond what you can care for?

Is there a way for you to match your current needs with your future goals?  The answer for you might be the equity you have in your house.

CoreLogic states in their Equity Report that the average homeowner has gained $14,000 in equity over the past year.  And the farther west you go, the higher it can be! So the question is, do you know how much your home has appreciated?

If your someone who's looking to find a smaller place to live, you could sell your home and use the profit to buy a smaller home or condo, while eliminating some of the maintenance of a larger home.

If you want to buy a vacation home, you could use the additional cash from the sale of your home to make a down payment on a vacation home in a place where you want to retire. If you can't afford to live there full-time, then you can rent it out during peak vacation times and pay off the mortgage faster.

Purchasing your retirement home now will allow you to take full advantage of today’s seller’s market, allow you to cash in on the equity you have already built, and take comfort in knowing that a plan is in place for a smooth transition into retirement.

There are many reasons to relocate in retirement, including a change in climate, proximity to family and grandchildren, and so much more. What are the reasons you want to move? Are the reasons to stay more important? Meet with a local real estate professional who can perform an equity evaluation to determine your options, today!

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The Gary Nelson Group
Realty Executives of Flagsaff
15 E. Cherry Ave. Suite 101
Flagstaff AZ 86001
Direct: 928-225-3510
Office: 928-773-9300
Fax: 928-774-1102