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Important Questions Every Home Buyer Should Ask

by Gary Nelson

Buying a home can be such an exciting time, so it can be easy to get carried away with all the emotions.  So that means that now is the time to think carefully about your decisions.  Most likely you’ll find the ideal home.  And when that happens, people sometimes will let their emotions take over and not ask the important questions that need to be asked. Not asking the right questions can lead to a great deal of buyer remorse.

What are the most important questions to ask when buying a home? Here’s a few to consider.

Are There Any Major Issues?

Sometimes we want to overlook things that get in the way of something we love otherwise.  Yet those little things can add up to big problems down the road.  Finding out potential issues is a critical step that can’t be skimmed over.  Make sure you get an unbiased inspection of the home before making any decisions.

What Is the Home’s Market Value?

Finding out the market value of the home is the biggest step in determining how much of an offer to make.  Even though there’s no magic formula for making an offer, the market value is certainly the biggest factor in making a decision.

How Much Did the Seller Pay For the Home?

Did the current owner buy the home as a residence or to flip it?  Even if they made improvements to the house, it doesn’t mean that will increase the value. Knowing how much the previous owner paid will give insight into whether or not the home is overpriced.

How Long Has the Home Been on the Market?

The motivation level of a seller can sometimes be determined by how long the home has been listed. Sure, the agent can affect this factor.  But you can have your agent can look to see how many times the home has been relisted and the pricing history.

Click here to find more important questions to ask when buying a home.  And always feel free to call me for expert advice.

How to Sell Your Home Faster to a Younger Buyer

by Gary Nelson

With more and more younger buyers hitting the market, it's a good idea to think about how to appeal to the younger buyers. When you're staging your home to sell, you need to think less about what you want in a home and think about what the buyer will want. Here's a few tips that will help you sell your house more quickly.

Warm Neutral Colors

Young professionals and families tend to lean toward neutral grays and lets them envision using colors and furnishings that will complement the walls.

White Cabinets

White and off-white cabinets appeal to people under 40.  The older darker cabinets remind younger ones of their parent's home, which usually can be a turn-off.

Updated Appliances

Stainless steel appliances are all the rage now, and many young buyers won't buy a home without them. Almond is out!

Open Showers

You don't have to be young to appreciate open glass showers.  

Keep it Simple

Young buyers aren't looking for fixer-uppers usually.  If they have children, they especially want a home they can move right into with minimal fuss. Make sure your home doesn't have any unfinished projects remaining and fix things that need to be fixed.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

by Gary Nelson

Today is the time when we can all come together and show our thanks for what we have.  It's also a time when we can give others a reason to be thankful as well.  Do you have some time to help others who don't have as much to have a better Thanksgiving holiday this week in Flagstaff?  If you do, there's a number of ways you can help. Here's a couple of organizations dedicated to helping those in need.

Flagstaff Family Food Center

Sunshine Rescue Mission

Have a happy Thanksgiving Day!

Relive the History of Flagstaff

by Gary Nelson

Are you in the mood to learn more about the history of Flagstaff, or even the history of the universe?  The great thing about living in Flagstaff is that there are a number of outstanding museums and a world famous observatory, all waiting for you to explore.  Why not spend some quality time with your family, or engage in your own personal journey, at one of these great places of learning.

Lowell Observatory

For the past 100 years, the Lowell Observatory has stood out as one of the finest telescopes in the world, and is the home of major astronomical discoveries, including Pluto. You can not only learn about the history of the observatory and modern astronomy, but also explore the wonders of the universe. You can also learn about early computing, as the Million computer, a mechanical computer used to help find Pluto, is still located here.

Museum of Northern Arizona

If Native American history and artifacts are your thing, then this is the perfect museum for you to marvel at ancient pottery and ceramic art. The civility contains a research lab, exhibit building, and more.  Established in 1928, the museum itself has a history of its own.

Pioneer Museum

Built in 1908 and serving as a hospital until 1938, this museum now serves to display the history of Flagstaff and Northern Arizona.  You can learn all about the local history of the area in ranching, logging, transportation and life in pioneer Flagstaff.

Explore the Wonder and History of Flagstaff Monuments

by Gary Nelson

The Southwest is known around the world for its stunning and rugged beauty. And Flagstaff is also known for historic importance in America. Not only has the area been inhabited by native tribes for thousands of years, the area also was important in the westward expansion.  When you bring all of these elements together, you get what’s offered in the National Monuments of the Flagstaff area. Have visited these amazing places lately?  If not, here are some of the best monuments in Flagstaff to explore and enjoy.

Walnut Canyon National Monument

If Native American history peaks your interest, then Walnut Canyon will certainly captivate you.  You’ll be able to see how the ancient inhabitants of this gorgeous landscape, called the Sinagua, lived from 600-1400 A.D.  You can also enjoy the rich array of wildlife in the canyon, including coyotes, jack rabbits, mule deer, mountain lions, elk, black bears, and more. The local geology, terrain, and weather create a remarkable variety of environments, which you can see as you explore the park.

Wupatki National Monument

Another extraordinary place to enjoy the stunning scenery and discover the history of the people who once thrived in this dessert. Marvel at the huge 800 year old stone pueblo that was the tallest and largest of such structures around that served as a focal point for a community of Native Americans that made full use of this land.

And don’t forget the other outstanding monuments in and near Flagstaff, including Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and Riordan Mansion State Historic Park. Get out there and explore the wonder and history that is Flagstaff monuments.

5 Reason Why Owning a Home in Flagstaff Makes Sense

by Gary Nelson

The dream of owning a home in Flagstaff has never been more attainable.  Recent reports show that the number of people who own a home has rebounded from recent lows and is headed in the right direction.  The reasons to own a home may differ from person to person, but there are also many basic similarities.

Here are 5 basic reasons you should own your own home.

  1. It’s a way to save – When you pay your mortgage, you build equity in your home that can be used later in life.  You can use it to pay off credit card debt, put a child through college, or renovations.  If you pay rent, your landlord is the one with that equity.
  2. Tax savings – You can save on taxes by owning your own home.  You can deduct mortgage interest, property taxes, and profits from selling your home, but make sure to always check with your accountant first to find out which tax advantages apply to you in the Flagstaff area.
  3. Lock in monthly costs – When you get a fixed rate mortgage, you will lock in your monthly costs for up to 30 years.  Even when your home value increases, your monthly costs won’t.
  4. Cheaper than renting - According to the latest report from Trulia, it is now 37.4% less expensive to buy a home of your own than to rent in the US. That number varies throughout the country but ranges from 6% cheaper in San Jose, CA to 57% cheaper in Detroit, MI.
  5. No other investment lets you live inside of it – You can invest your money in gold or the stock market, but you will still need somewhere to live. In a home that you own, you can wake up every morning knowing that your investment is gaining value while providing you a safe place to live.

Before you sign another lease, why not sit down with to better understand all your options.

Unwind In a Relaxing Flagstaff B&B

by Gary Nelson

The holiday season can be a stressful time.  So why not get away for a couple of days? But if you live in Flagstaff or the surrounding area, you don’t have to go far. Flagstaff has the perfect bed and breakfast just waiting for you to relax and unwind in.  And if you don’t live in Flagstaff, then you’ll appreciate what these fine inns offer for the weary traveler.  You can relax in a private setting, all while breathing in the cool mountain air of the southwest.

Here’s a few of the best bed and breakfasts in Flagstaff and the surrounding are that will be sure to take your stress levels down a few pegs.

Elden Trails Bed and Breakfast

Located at the foot of Mt. Elden, the natural setting complements the simplicity of this comfortable B&B.  This eco-tourist inn features locally sourced and home-grown food grown in their own greenhouse.  This bed and breakfast sets a great example of sustainable living and is sure to take the weight off your busy life.

Starlight Pines Bed & Breakfast

Rated one of the top 10 bed and breakfasts by Phoenix Magazine, this is the only B&B in all of Arizona to receive the “Best of the Road” award, along with being mentioned in a number of other magazines.  You’ll see what all the fuss is about when you relax in this historic Victorian home. You can relive the old days with a warm crackling fire and clawfoot bathtubs. The antique filled rooms and old-fashioned hospitality complete the picture.

Want to find other great B&B’s in Flagstaff?  Here’s a few more that may be the perfect remedy to a stressful life.


We're excited to present an all-new home search tool to our website! You can now more easily find the perfect home in Flagstaff.  If you've used our previous search feature, you'll notice similarities.  But this new search page makes it easier to refine your property search so that you only view the homes that meet your specific criteria.  Plus, it's mobile friendly, so you can use it on the road as you're searching the Flagstaff area for homes.

There's two great ways to search for your next home in Flagstaff:

Search by Location

You can search for homes in Flagstaff using a number of easily defined criteria.  Looking for recently listed homes? Just click the "New (Within 7 Days)" box.  You can select a specific location, a property type, specific home features, garage spaces, square feet, acres and more. And of course you can define your search by price range.

Draw on a Map - NEW FEATURE!

Don't quite know the name of the exact location you want to find a home in? If you can find it on a map, then you can search for it on our search tool.  This powerful feature lest you draw a shape around the area that you want to search in.  The, just like the Search by Location tab, you can refine your search using the same parameters.

Searching for the perfect home in the Flagstaff area has never been easier! Visit our new home search page today to start your journey to finding your new home.  And feel free to contact us any time at 928-225-3510 if you need help.

Staging Your Home For a Faster Sell

by Gary Nelson

Are you getting ready to sell your home in Flagstaff? If so, you've no doubt realized already that there's a lot of things you need to do to get your home ready.  Getting your home ready to sell is called "staging."  You need to make sure that your home is staged so that it appeals to potential buyers. Think of it as if you were going to perform on stage.  Of course you would want to dazzle the crowd.  Staging your home for selling is no different.  You want to dazzle the buyers so that your home sells faster, as well as getting the most money.

As noted already, there's a wide range of items that can be spruced up in a home to improve it's selling points.  Here's a list of 30 items you can work on in your home for a more effective staging.

Here's a few highlights from that list:

Get rid of grime on bathroom walls.  You can easily get rid of surface mold by spraying one part water and one part bleach. A fresh coat of paint also helps.

Paint Dated Tile. That brown and orange tiles from the 70's may have been hip then, but not now. There's an easy fix though without replacing it.  Fist coat them with a high-adhesion primer, then a​ special ceramic epoxy covering. This will cost far less than replacing the tile and will bring you bath up to current styles.

Update the Fireplace.  Pain also works wonders on a fireplace that sticks out too much or has an old screen.  You can use a rag or brush to rub a light coat of paint on the bricks.  Make sure not to cover them completely.  You just want to change the color.  Use the same color as the surrounding walls.  If the screen is old, you can clean it off and paint it with heat-resistant spray paint. Just doing these two things to your fireplace will take it from old and ugly to spectacular.

Make sure to check out the full list above for more great ideas. Remember that a little really goes a long ways when it comes to effectively staging your home.


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!

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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