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Flagstaff is an Antique Collector's Dream Come True

by Gary Nelson

When a city is located on such a historic road as Route 66, as well as being located in a section of America so rich in cultural history, there's one thing you should expect to find - great antiques.  And Flagstaff certainly lives up to that expectation. All of the antiques dealers in Flagstaff get rave reviews as well, especially since the have some competition with each other.  So you can expect to find that treasure you never knew you needed at a fair price. If you plan on buying a home in Flagstaff and thrill to the thought of decorating your new home with treasures from the past, then welcome home! Here’s some of the great antique shops and dealers you can look forward to dealing with in Flagstaff.

Flagstaff Antiques

You’ll find a wide range of items at this antique mall, with some of the best dealers in Flagstaff. They offer other specialties such as paintings, Native American crafts, books, contemporary furniture and just about anything else you can think of.

Old Highway Trading Post

Old Highways specializes in higher quality antiques.  You’ll also discover antiques in categories such as militaria, mid-century, aviation, nautical, musical instruments, and even vintage cars & motorcycles!

Aunt Maude's Antique Mall

Aunt Maude’s features a little bit of everything, along with occasional sales and a very knowledgeable staff.

Jack's Antique LLC

Another store to find high quality antiques. They have items that are ideal for decorating your new home in Flagstaff, such as furniture, vases, glassware, paintings, statues, and more.

Flagstaff is an antique collector’s haven.  If you plan on buying a home in Flagstaff, you can find the perfect home with our home search tool. You can also receive free email alerts of new homes as they hit the Flagstaff market. And always feel free to call us at 928-225-3510 to help you find your dream home today.


5 Reasons to Use a Real Estate Agent When Buying or Selling

by Gary Nelson

Real Estate Agent

Whether you are buying or selling a home in Flagstaff, it can be quite an adventure. What you need is someone to guide you through this complex process so that you have success on this adventure. Some home buyers and sellers are tempted by instant gratification, so they may turn to selling or buying a home on their own.  This is called FSBO, or "for sale by owner." You've no doubt seen a few lawn signs around the Flagstaff area that say this. But is going it alone the best route?

The reasons you need to hire a Flagstaff real estate professional hasn't changed over the years. In fact, projections of higher mortgage interest rates and home prices has made it even more crucial to have help when buying or selling a home. Here are 5 of the top reasons you need help when buying or selling a home.

1. Do you want to deal with all the paperwork?

Arizona has regulations regarding the contracts required for a successful sale, and these regulations are constantly changing. A true real estate professional is an expert in the Flagstaff and Arizona markets.  They know what paperwork needs to be completed and know how to do it. Save yourself that headache and let a pro take care of it.

2. What do you do when you find your dream home?

Many people don't realize that there are over 180 possible steps that need to take place during every successful real estate transaction. Do you know what they are? A real estate professional does. Let them take care of the process.

3. Are you a good negotiator?

Real estate transactions require negotiations with a number of parties. Most people are not familiar with this process or practiced in negotiation tactics. You need to negotiate with buyers (who want the best deals possible), home inspection companies, all the way to the appraisers.  There are at least 11 different people who you will need to be knowledgeable of, and answer to, during the process.

4. What is the home you’re buying/selling really worth?

Do you know what your home that you're selling in Flagstaff is really worth? Do you know what the home you're buying is worth? It is important for your home to be priced correctly from the start to attract the right buyers and shorten the amount of time that it’s on the market. You need someone who is not emotionally connected to your home to give you the truth as to your home’s value. According to a study by Collateral Analytics, FSBOs achieve prices significantly lower than those from similar properties sold by real estate agents:

“FSBOs tend to sell for lower prices than comparable home sales, and in many cases below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate.”

To get the most from your transaction, you need someone who's familiar with the Flagstaff market and can set the optimal price.  And if you're buying, you need someone who can tell if a home is set at the right price and can negotiate the best price.

5. Do you know what’s really going on in the Flagstaff, Arizona market?

There is so much information out there on the news and on the internet about home sales, prices, and mortgage rates; how do you know what’s going on in the Flagstaff area? Who do you turn to in order to competitively and correctly price your home at the beginning of the selling process? How do you know what to offer on your dream home without paying too much, or offending the seller with a lowball offer?

Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, advises:

“When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”

Hiring a local agent in Flagstaff who has his or her finger on the pulse of the market will make your buying or selling experience an educated one. You need someone who is going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear.

If you're buying or selling a home in Flagstaff, you can count on The Gary Nelson Group to help you through the process. You can search for the perfect home on our website using our powerful home search tools. And you can always feel free to call us at 928-225-3510 to talk to an experienced agent today to start you on your journey of buying or selling your home in Flagstaff.

Get Your Home Ready to Sell For Spring

by Gary Nelson

The Spring home selling season is fast approaching in Flagstaff, so now is the time to get your home spruced up if you plan on listing it this Spring. Spring is one of the best times of the year for the real estate market.  You need to make sure your home is ready to compete with the competition. You can use Spring decor elements with fresh bursts of colors and patterns to make your home more appealing and take advantage of the Spring fever in the air. Here's a few ideas that will help you stay ahead of the game.


Display locally picked flowers, blooming branches, or twigs.  The natural elements of the Southwest can create a relaxing atmosphere and add to the flavor of the area. Display them in pots or vases made in the Southwest for added cultural appeal.  Make sure you don't go overboard and make the arrangements too fragrant or distracting.  Tasteful placement makes all the difference.

Update Paint Colors

Paint can transform any room.  Using spring colors like soft violet, dusk blue, emerald, or lemon zest on an entire room or an accent wall can really make a room come alive. Or you can add a subtle decal if you don't want to paint.  Also think about the colors of pillows, bedding, etc. Make sure that the colors compliment the rest of your home's colors.

Add a Wreath

Usually wreaths are displayed later in the year, but in Spring, they can really add an inviting feel to your entrance. And you don't need to make one yourself as most craft stores sell them.  If you do buy one, maybe add some natural elements or a pastel ribbon.  You can also add subtle fragrance with dried lavender.

Clean Up

It's about time for Spring cleaning anyway, so why not get a head start? Put items you're not using ins storage and get rid of as much clutter as you can. Many people use the 6-month or 1-year rule - if they haven't used something during the last 6 months to a year and it's not sentimental, they donate or sell it. And make sure you focus on the outside of the home.  First impressions are everything. Make sure the yard is cleaned and trimmed, and the house exterior is clean, including windows.  Pressure wash the driveways and walkways if needed.

Make sure to check back each week on our blog for more real estate tips, along with great reasons to call Flagstaff and the surrounding communities home.


Spend the Perfect Flagstaff Valentine's Day

by Gary Nelson

Valentine's Day is just a week away.  Have you made plans with that special someone yet? If not, don;t worry.  There's plenty of romantic ways to spend the day in Flagstaff. From the traditional flowers and treats to the un-traditional, Flagstaff has what you need to spend the perfect Valentine's Day with your loved one.  Here's a few local business in Flagstaff to help you out.


Of course, if you're going the traditional route this Valentine's Day, flowers are a must.  Flagstaff has some great local florists to chose from.  Robynn's Nest Flowers & Gifts Family owned and run, they​ feature a great selection of Valentine's arrangements on their website starting at only $40. Sutcliffe Floral is also locally owned and has a large range of floral and gift options.


Equally sought after on Valentine's Day is the perfect confection.  And why settle for the department store boxes when you can find something special at one of Flagstaff's locally owned shops? The Flagstaff Chocolate Walk is the ideal way to find the most tempting treats made in the area. For just $8, you get a pass to explore the downtown area tasting chocolates and treats from local vendors, while collecting points toward a grand prize drawing, along with getting discounts from some of the businesses.


You really can't go wrong treating your special someone to a fancy dinner. Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar offers contemporary American food made with local ingredients, paired with the perfect wine or mixed drinks. Josephine's Modern American Bistro is located in the historic downtown area and offers a romantic setting with two wood fireplaces to set the perfect mood.

Whatever you do to celebrate your love, have a great Valentine's Day in Flagstaff!

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Contact Information

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