Native American Week at Sounds of Summer Series Page AZ

The Page Lake Powell Tourism Board’s Sounds of Summer series presents Native American Week, August 3rd -8th! This looks Wonderful!

Tomas Hunt headlines August 3rd, 5th and 8th!

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Tomas Hunt, a championship dancer, will be demonstrating ceremonial dances from various tribes as he performs for Sounds of Summer this week. Featured will be the grass dance and hoop dance. And Tomas typically includes family members in the shows as well.

Performances are Monday and Wednesday, at 7pm – 7:30pm in Page Memorial City Park. Also, he will perform Saturday night in Page Memorial Plaza from 7pm – 8pm. All are free to the public.

The City Park entertainment location faces N. Lake Powell Blvd. and Memorial Plaza is located in Page City Hall parking lot, 697 Vista Ave. Express Public Transit’s shuttle will be available to transport to and from the venues with a route stopping at most hotels in town, for a fee.

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A Lake Powell Fridays Post courtesy of the City of Page Tourism Department!
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Page AZ Movies in The Park 2015

Once again we will have Page Summer Movies in the Park starting on June 2nd. This is a fun activity for families, teens, kids, and our visitors alike. Sponsored by the Page Public Library this event has proven to be a success in years past and we are so pleased it is starting again. Movies start at Dusk at Page City Park across from the High School on South Navajo Drive.

PG-13 movies will be shown on Tuesdays, and PG/G movies on Thursdays!

You can download this copy of the schedule by clicking on the right mouse button and selecting save!

Printable list of Page Movies in the Park

Printable list of Page Movies in the Park

We would like to thank the folks at the Page Public Library for putting this event on through the summer and appreciate the hard work!

This post is part of our Lake Powell Fridays series featuring fun things to do at Lake Powell and the surrounding areas.

Heather Rankin is a Realtor and Owner/Broker of Rankin Realty at Lake Powell specializing in the Lake Powell areas of Page, AZ and Greenehaven, AZ as well as Big Water, UT The only local real estate blog written by a local Realtor since 2008
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Bristol’s Adventures: “The Moon”

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I’m Ashley, a new voice here on the Lake Powell Real Estate Guide. I am Heather’s daughter, next door neighbor, and assistant to name a few. My half black lab, half german shepherd 1 year old pooch Bristol is my best friend and hiking partner. Together, we will be your guides for exploration of the Lake Powell Region in the latest series to the Lake Powell Real Estate Guide: Bristol’s Adventures. In this series, I will share my life long passions for the local landscapes and photography of them. Bristol will share her photo modeling talents.

John CarterAlmost every day, I take Bristol for a quick breath of fresh air and freedom on a run to the Moon. “The Moon?” You just asked yourself as a slightly puzzled expression crossed your face and the thought entered your mind that I might be crazy. Yes! The Moon. We load in our space ship and go land on a moon of Mars known as Barsoom. At least, that’s what John Carter did in the Disney film “John Carter of Mars”. One of the privileges of residing in this region is that I just load into my Chevy Lumina and cruise down there in roughly one minute.
“The Moon” isn’t really a planet circling Mars. It’s a stretch of tropic shale at the foot of the Kaiparowits Plateau, which towers over Big Water, Utah. It garnered the title “The Moon” from locals some time ago for the appearance of the shale: a grayish-blue powder, partnered with it’s speckled-craters look. (Hence it’s being chosen as the location to film John Carter of Mars). The shale spans miles and miles.

bristol2“What is tropic shale?” You’re now asking. Sometime in the Cretacious period, this region was once beneath a very large ocean. Who-knows-how-many-million years later, that ocean is quite obviously gone. The tropic shale is the several million year old version of what was once the ocean’s floor. The neat thing about this is that the ancient, dead (thankfully), dinosaurs (monsters) that once roamed the ocean are now fossils within that shale. Not only does The Moon attract film makers, tourists, off-road enthusiasts and hyper puppies; but paleontologists and scientists also.

 

My brother, David Rankin, has made several dinosaur discoveries in the shale, including a few Plesiosaurs: basically the lochness monster of the Cretacious ocean.

plio2Large, scary dinosaur with flippers. One of his finds is pictured here. If you hunt around long enough, you might just find some ancient shark teeth sitting on the ground, or maybe an ancient snail: an ammonite. The point being, as a resident of Big Water, Utah this is my backyard and you should be jealous, then remedy that jealousy by making it your backyard also (I know a great realtor if you need one). Furthermore, this is my dog’s backyard, and I think she might love it more than I do.
So today, we loaded up and drove down the “Creek Hill” behind Big Water. At the bottom of the Creek Hill is guess what: a Creek, Wahweap Creek, which drains into Lake Powell at Warm Creek bay. We drive across the creek, which can be done easily in most any vehicle if it is not flooding. If it is flooded: don’t try to drive across it! Take my word for it, as a traumatized passenger who has experienced it. After crossing the creek, one more short uphill, and we have arrived at The Moon.
This photo was taken right after crossing the creek, looking back at the Creek Hill we drove down to get here. And here’s Bristol enjoying Wahweap Creek.

bristol7bristol1Onward, the road that crosses the Moon is many miles long, and the Moon area is a gateway to many amazing exploration opportunities, such as The Wahweap Hoodoo’s and Alstrom Point on Lake Powell. Here’s John Carter enjoying reduced gravity on “Barsoom”, taking a leap over the Hoodoo’s.
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Bristol and I don’t have that luxury though. We like to cruise about a mile down the road before pulling off into the shoulder and setting loose.

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After enjoying some time running around the Moon, we head back for Big Water and the Creek Hill, stopping to take a break for Bristol to get hydrated in Wahweap Creek.

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If you’d like more information on The Moon, finding it when you get here, or any of the hikes it serves as a gateway to, you can stop in to the Big Water Visitor Center on Highway 89. Please also feel free to ask in the comments.

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Page AZ Real Estate Market Report March 26, 2015 – Part 2 Manufactured Homes

Big changes this year from last year in the manufactured home market in Page.

Part 1 of this market report dealt with single family, site built homes, in the Page AZ real estate market. In this part we will look at the numbers for manufactured housing in Page.

Manufactured housing accounts for about 50% of the inventory in the Page Lake Powell area so it is important to keep a good eye on the numbers.

Listings

2015 – End of March
6 Manufactured Homes with 3 more in Greenehaven for a total of 9
Median Price: $99,000
Median Days on the Market: 144
Median Square Feet: 1152

2014 – End of March
15 Manufactured Homes
Median Price: $132,000
Median Days on the Market: 133
Median Square Feet: 1568

Lake Powell in March
The inventory has decreased about 40% over last year, from 15 on the market to 9.

The median price has dropped however the currently listings are smaller, meaning the price per square foot is just about on par from last year.

Days on market is very similar to last year.

Homes Sold

Here is where the story changes. Homes sold.

By then end of March in 2014 there had been 4 manufactured homes sell in the Page Lake Powell MLS
Median Price $74,900
Median Square Feet: 1232

So far in 2015 here is how it is shaping up.

8 manufactured homes have closed
Median Price $72,500
Median Square feet: 1,304
Median Days on the Market: 130

There are also 8 manufactured homes in pending status meaning there is an accepted contract on the property and the buyers are working through the loan process.

The median price for the 8 pending is higher than the recently sold properties or the other listings at $144,950.

Summary

Bottom line. If you are thinking of listing your home now is a great time to do so. Call one of the professionals at Rankin Realty at Lake Powell and get a free market analysis for your home. The amount of buyers ready and willing to purchase a home is at the highest level in years.

With interest rates still under 4%, new programs available for down payments as low as 3%, two more reasons it is an attractive market for buyers. Read also Mortgage Rates Drop, Lower Downpayment, and Lower Mortgage Insurance = Great Time to Buy!

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Heather Rankin is a Realtor and Owner/Broker of Rankin Realty at Lake Powell specializing in the Lake Powell areas of Page, AZ and Greenehaven, AZ as well as Big Water, UT The only local real estate blog written by a local Realtor since 2008
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Page AZ Real Estate Market Report March 26, 2015 – Part 1 Single Family Homes

2015: The late winter, early spring, real estate trends in the Page, Arizona market are staying solidly in place. This report will be given in two parts, this first one dealing with single family, stick built, homes in Page. The second part will cover the manufactured home market in Page. See Page AZ Real Estate Market Report March 26, 2015 – Part 2 Manufactured Homes

Year over year, from 2014 to 2015, the Page Lake Powell real estate market is staying strong. Available homes in the Page market, not including Greenehaven, has shrunk significantly. In real estate jargon “inventory” or “months of inventory” reflects an estimate of the amount of time it would take to sell all of the current listings in a given area if no new listings became available.

For example

Current Listings for Sale Page AZ

Last week of March 2014
Page Arizona
49 Single family homes
Median Price: $239,000
Median Days on the Market: 187
Median Square Feet: 2039

and for this week 2015:
36 Single family homes
Median price: $297,000
Median Days on the Market: 128
Median Square Feet: 2,137

There are also 5 Townhomes for sale in Page
Median Price $149,900
Median Days on the Market: 65
Median Square Feet: 1,329

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Median Price differs from Average Price in that there are as many homes above the median as below, so it is right in the middle. The median price is higher this year with the addition of several custom, luxury, homes that could be used not only as a dream space for a family, but a Vacation Home rental or corporate get-away.

Page Homes Sold

One of the biggest changes is the available homes “inventory” dropping from 49 to 36 and that is down from the high of 63 several years ago. Also note the drop in “Days on the Market” from 187 to 128.

Single Family Homes Sold:
6 homes have closed so far in 2015:
Average Price: 192,900
Median Days on the Market: 281
Median Square feet: 1,341

Single Family Home Pending Sales:
Pending sales mean there is a contract on the home and the buyers are working through the loan process.
Sales actively currently pending in our Page Lake Powell MLS
11 Sales Pending
Median Price: $169,000
Median Days on the Market: 138
Median Square Feet: 1,769

Days on the market for the current single family homes in Pending status is 138 which is right in line with what we are seeing for the current listings.

Market Summary

With 11 sales currently pending, 6 closed, and inventory dropping, our market is strong. The Lake Powell area has a draw to it like almost nowhere else in the world. Pick up a magazine and read which hikes are hot this summer, and you’ll find our area usually right on top!

Housing inventory is dropping across the country and this is one time Page Arizona is following the trend. Page has historically been insulated from huge up and downs in the market in no small part due to our location.

Be sure to ask me about USDA zero down loans for our site built homes and FHA. VA and Conventional financing for our manufactured housing as well as our site built homes.

Remember to stop by Rankin Realty at Lake Powell‘s new MLS search site at www.lakepowellhome.com and search both the Arizona and Utah sides of Lake Powell real estate.

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Heather Rankin is a Realtor and Owner/Broker of Rankin Realty at Lake Powell specializing in the Lake Powell areas of Page, AZ and Greenehaven, AZ as well as Big Water, UT The only local real estate blog written by a local Realtor since 2008
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Amangiri 5 Minute Video by SteelBlue

Amangiri – the crown jewel of our Lake Powell area resorts has been a consistent hit in the world wide travel media arena. Guests from around the world, some famous, some not, rave about the landscape, architecture, and service.

How fortunate for us who get to call this area home. Amangiri is located in Crown Pointe, Utah about 59 miles from Kanab, Utah, 13 from Page, AZ, and next to Big Water, Utah. What lies just off the main highway, 89, are spectacular visual experiences like no place else. From “The Wave” and “The Moon” to Tower Butte by Helicopter, swinging canyon bridges, day hikes, horse back rides, natural arches, boat rides, four wheeling, quiet hiking, it is all so visual. Hollywood has been coming here for years to make movies with our stunning scenery as their backdrops.

As I was looking around this evening I found this almost 5 minute video by SteelBlue which goes a long way to capture some of the magic of our “homeland” and of the Aman Resort, Amangiri. Enjoy!


Architecture and landscapes.
Amangiri, at Canyon Point, Utah.
A Canyon Land Development, Larkspur, California.
An Adrian Zecha Inspired Design
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Audio from Twisted Media, Inc.; Publisher: Dynamedion Publishing; Writer: Pierre Gerwig Langer

Heather Rankin is a Realtor and Owner/Broker of Rankin Realty at Lake Powell specializing in the Lake Powell areas of Page, AZ and Greenehaven, AZ as well as Big Water, UT The only local real estate blog written by a local Realtor since 2008
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Lake Powell Business for Sale in Big Water – All Water Craft Storage

As spring approaches we have a great Lake Powell area business for sale in Big Water, UT, – All Water Craft Storage

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This 100% leased Class A boat / marine storage facility in superb condition and just waiting for the right owner. The greatest earning potential has not been realized due to health concerns of the current owner. With the 2 storage buildings, work shop and home there is a total of 17,896 finished space.

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units at all water craft storage in big water

The personal water craft (PWC) rental business is huge in the Lake Powell area, more so since the NPS stopped all 2 stroke engines from going on the Lake. Not only tourists but also locals are looking to rent the allowed 4 stroke PWC’s.

Boat Rentals. That is a wide open field with great potential

Launch and Retrieval services of rental boats and PWC’s.

Boat and PWC sales, as well as water toys and other sundry lake items.

On the service side, fiberglassing services, substantial maintenance including repair, or replacement, of engines could be done as well as boat detailing. Currently the shop handles basic maintenance such as winterizations and de-winterizations, battery replacements, etc, but all other work gets sent out. The shop is set up for a full time mechanic to be working and that has never been utilized.

For more information call Heather at 928-691-6444 and click through to the listing
All Water Craft Storage For Sale

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5 Quick, Inexpensive, Ways to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

With the Lake Powell real estate market picking up for spring already, and the warm, warm, February we are having now is a great time to do a few projects.

These five items can spruce up your home and make it stand out on the market. If you are looking for good ROI, or return on investment, take a few minutes to look over these ideas.

Home Staging Ideas

Home Staging Ideas

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Mortgage Rates Drop, Lower Downpayment, and Lower Mortgage Insurance = Great Time to Buy!

Thinking about buying a home in the Page Lake Powell area? Now may be just about the perfect time. Four mortgage items of interest in the past couple of months mean home buying just got less expensive.

If you are one that follows mortgage news there have been bits and pieces coming together. If you are not a follower of mortgage news… then read on.

Start: October 2014

In the end of October 2014 the Fed issued a statement saying there were going to stay the course with the current interest rates.

On January 22nd on Realtor.com

Fixed mortgage rates inched down again for the fourth consecutive week, bringing them to new lows in early 2015.

Averaging 3.63%, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is at its lowest level since the week ending May 23, 2013, according to the latest survey from mortgage buyer Freddie Mac.

Last week at this time, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.66%. A year ago, it was trending at 4.39%.

Lets read that again…. averaging 3.63%. Amazing!

And Today: FHA lowered the mortgage insurance rate.

From Realtor.org

The Federal Housing Administration is reducing its annual mortgage insurance premiums by 0.5 percentage points in a move “to expand responsible lending to creditworthy borrowers,” the White House said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

FHA also said it would take added steps over the next few months to “cut red tape and clarify lending standards” in reducing mortgage costs for hundreds of thousands of creditworthy borrowers, according to the White House.

When you add this to news from December of 14 that new, lower, downpayments are on the way for many this is a great time to buy.

From Realtor.org

Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced Monday that first-time home buyers can now qualify for loans with down payments as low as 3 percent. That will expand credit for qualified home shoppers who may have been sidelined the last few years because of higher down-payment requirements, housing analysts say.

Freddie Mac launched Home Possible Advantage, a conventional mortgage with a 3 percent down-payment requirement geared to low- and moderate-income borrowers

If you are interested in viewing what we have for sale in the Page Lake Powell area and Big Water, give me a call.

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Highway 89 Rebuilding a Highway

The rebuilding of Highway 89 in Arizona between Page and Flagstaff is going along well. Many will remember when the Highway became impassable after a landslide in the early morning hours of February 20, 2013. The ADOT, Federal Government and the Navajo Nation came to angreement and the N-20 road has been paved leaving access between Page and Flagstaff open.

Work is continuing to rebuild the Highway 89 and this ADOT clip of the progress is great. Moving 1 Million cubic yards of material is a huge job…..

And another in time lapse form

From ADOT

In order to reconstruct the landslide-damaged roadway on US 89 between Bitter Springs and Page, ADOT contractors will move nearly one million cubic yards of rock down slope to build a stabilizing buttress.

This video offers a different perspective on moving that much material.

More information about the US 89 landslide at: www.azdot.gov/us89.

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