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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
When stepping into this home, the first thoughts are cheerful and bright. Much of this cheerfulness is due to the upgraded, water resistant flooring that reminds one of the old pine flooring. Then add in the light neutral wall colors, and you notice this home is 100% move in ready.Two of the best interior features of this home are the den with the wood burning fire place and the front AZ sun room. The exterior has 4 outbuildings including a detached 2 car garage and a RV Storage garage.Earlier morning coffee can be enjoyed on the back or front porch. Come evening, the rear porch afford the opportunities for grilling. Both porches offer 360 mountain views.The current sellers invested over $70,000 in upgrades from the formerly mentioned laminate floors, Green features such as new energy e...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Wanting a feeling of neighborhood yet still wishing to live in a rural area? Maybe it is worth a drive to see this half acre residential lot in the Crystal Springs subdivision. Here is a subdivision that provides the amenities found in many cities such as paved streets and underground utilities of electricity, water and telephone. This vacant land parcel is large enough for your custom-built home, a garage for your vehicles and still has room for a boat or other toys. Being on the far west side of Golden Valley, AZ,  Bullhead City, AZ and Laughlin, NV with their many Colorado River recreational activities are just 20 minutes away and other amenities. Kingman is less than 30 minutes away. Then add in the 360 mountain views, what's not to love?  When checking out this residential lot for ...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
On April 6, 2021, AZ the Grand Canyon State became a  Second Amendment Sanctuary State with the result of barring State of AZ law enforcement agencies from enforcing federal gun control measures. This law reinforced the AZ State Constitutional Open Carry Law except for those locations under state law that prohibit carrying firearms.For those deciding to move to AZ, seeing local residents walking into grocery stores or in other public areas may prove unsettling.  Many real estate agents and REALTORS® also subscribed to open carry and are armed especially those working in the rural areas.Additionally, being a Second Amendment Sanctuary State reflects the strong beliefs by rural residents of the Bill of Rights, the US Constitution and the AZ Constitution.  When driving the dirt roads, trav...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Imagine during the day driving down the road and coming across one to several 800 to 1,000 pound cattle crossing the road or just grazing along the road’s shoulder.  You don’t see any fences and wonder if these cattle escaped from a local ranch?Welcome to the Wild West with its Open Range and to Arizona with nine separate statutes on Open Range within the AZ Revised Statutes (ARS Title 3, Chapter 11, Article 8. One of these statutes defines a Lawful Fence (ARS, 3-1426).Driving at night can be even more dangerous because there are no street lights, no lights from the cities also known as “sky glow,” and most of the cattle are black or dark brown. This is why speed limits are reduced and drivers are encouraged to drive with "high beams" or "bright lights."Often, newcomers to Mohave County...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
The life of a local professional real estate agent is varied. Out here in Mohave County, AZ a real estate agent sometimes drives many miles in a single day.This week one of my listing clients who is older than myself had a real estate transaction closing.  The client has some minor health issues so I drove approximately 90 miles to pick up the client and then drove another 30 miles back to the title firm in a nearby city.After signing all the closing documents, we went out for lunch. The client and I had a very enjoyable lunch at a local Chinese restaurant.  I then drove the now happy client back home (another 30 miles) and returned home (another 90 miles). Looking at the mileage on my 4x4 Ford Ranger, I logged 240 miles.Now this wasn’t a terribly expensive piece of property. Possibly s...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
One of the most common questions I receive from those wanting vacant land is “What are CCR’s?”This acronym stands for Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions. CCRs are a set of rules governing the use of certain piece of real estate property within a given geographic area or community. The enforcement of these CCRs are either by the local government or by a Home Owners Association.  With that enforcement also comes monthly or annual fees. These fees are to support amenities within the given area such as swimming pools, golf courses, tennis courts, parks, etc. Additionally, there are Property Owners Associations (POAs) also have monthly or annual fees. POAs are often formed for road maintenance and may not be as restrictive as HOAs.Both HOAs and POAs have By-Laws and annual meetings. Buye...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Imagine if we would embrace these words by Lucille Ball how much better our lives and world would be? “One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself."Napoleon Hill somewhat echoed Ball’s experience with these words:“Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.”Staying discouraged is a choice. Moving forward is a choice as well. At the end of the day, we must all choose wisely.#realestateagent #property #makememove #realestatebuyers #realestateforsale #locationhighdesertFeature Photo Courtesy of Leanne M Smith, the sunrise over the Hualapais Mountains in Golden Valley, AZ, Mohave CountyAny reproduction of ...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Funny thing about being in sales, one often can see want other folks want with greater clarity than possibly in other professions. This thought came to me after reading this quote by Joseph Addison:A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants.How often do we want something and fail to remember what we have? The other day I was shopping in the local Cracker Barrel store and saw a beautiful blue dress that would be perfect with my blue cowgirl boots.  Then I asked myself where would I wear this as what I have (existing clothes) already is more than sufficient. Given I wear jeans to most events here in Mohave County, Golden Valley, AZ, buying this dress means it may be worn once or twice a year. In life, we sometimes take for granted what we have. Being older I appreciat...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Wanting vacant land in Mohave County is a desirable goal. One of the often requests by listing real estate agents or REALTORS® is for the real estate buyers or buyer's agent to undertake their due diligence regarding property zoning. For those individuals from the cities and suburbs where zoning is rarely an issue, this request surprises many.Here in Mohave County, the public has online access to the Assessor’s Department.  Within that website, real estate property buyers can learn the current zoning of almost any property that lies within the unincorporated areas of Mohave County and even within the cities’ limit.Possibly it is prudent to understand how land parcels are determined. First, some may have heard of a township which is comprised of 36 sections each section is a mile square ...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Traveling through the high desert of NW AZ one can easily read signs about if the road is flooded do not cross.  Rural vacant land, especially in Golden Valley, has many washes and some of those washes are in a flood plain.Flood plain zones are maintained and updated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as well as by local Mohave County, AZ employees. Per the FEMA, any area with a 1% chance or higher of experiencing a flood each year is considered to have a high risk.Within the local MLS, REALTORS® can indicate if the property Is in a flood zone plain. However, this information is not mandated. Also, sometimes real estate agents believe that determining if the vacant land property is in a flood plain is part of the due diligence on behalf of the buyer(s) or buyer’s agent.As...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
"All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.”Earl Nightingale when he shared this quote probably never traveled the numerous rural dirt roads here in Mohave County, AZ. If the plan is to use GPS or read the road map, that may be a good intention, but may not be necessarily accurate. First, the GPS programs secure its data from Mohave County. Second at least here in Mohave County, the data may show a road plotted, but the actual physical road was never cut in. Third the map may not show washes or the dirt road is more like a cow trail with rocks, dips and areas of sand instead of hard dirt. Fourth, the road may start off good and driveable and then quickly end. There is no notification that the road “dead ends" to a gully or even a hill. Fifth...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Sometimes when reading the public remarks, listing agents will indicate “gas” (natural) is available.  Yet in most of rural Mohave County including Golden Valley, there is no natural “gas.”  If the listing indicates just "gas," then the "gas" is more than likely propane which is different in its distribution, pricing and source. Propane is a byproduct of natural gas processing and crude oil refining.There is a least one relatively new subdivision just north of the city limits of Kingman that provides natural gas to the property owners. Additionally, those subdivisions that share boundaries with the City of Kingman may also have natural gas.Propane must be stored in an external either bought or rented tank. The key difference is if the tank is rented, the propane company is responsible f...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
When thinking of relocating and building a future home, mini-ranch or weekend camping retreat on vacant land, having electricity (power) is important. In rural Mohave County, there are two public companies that deliver electricity. Often rural vacant land listings public remarks on real estate websites including the local multiple listing service (MLS) will note “electricity is available,” “electricity in the street,” or “electricity to the property line.” Again, these declarations may not be accurate.First, when a vacant land listing states electricity is available, the nearest electric power pole may be anywhere from 100 feet to 5,280 feet.  At an estimated $25.00 per foot here in Golden Valley foot to run electricity, the actual cost may be quite expensive.Second, a utility company m...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
For rural buyers seeking to purchase vacant land here in Mohave County, these individuals often see these words on real estate websites “water available,” “water in the street" or “rural water to the property line.”  Unfortunately, these words can be misleading; may fail to adequately describe the true availability of water and may fail to provide unseen potential costs.First, in Golden Valley, AZ and other unincorporated areas here in Mohave County, AZ, there are privately owned to shareholder owned to government improvement districts.  Each of these entities has their own pricing and policies.  Here in Golden Valley, there are four water firms of which one is currently an improvement district.Second, rural water is different from city water in that often city water may add fluoride to...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
In 1954 women from six different AZ counties introduced the Palo Verde as AZ’s state tree to the AZ legislature.  The bill was approved y the House on March 23, 1943 and by the Senate on April 3, 1954. Governor John Howard Pyle signed the bill on April 9, 1954.What is interesting to note is why this tree was recognized as the State Tree of Arizona for these reasons: The Beacon of resilience  Thrives under conditions that would wilt to destroy lesser trees Impressive drought tolerance Testament to survival in the harshest climates Those early settlers of AZ also had to survive in the harshest climates from the 100 plus degrees of the summer to the constant winds to the dust storms (haboobs) to the drought to the general topography with washes, mountains and let us not forget all those ve...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Professional is the umbrella that covers all aspects of any role.  In real estate, one can have signage, know and share the directions, be accurate in the information, be local, undertake due diligence, show competency and still not demonstrate professionalism.  So what does it mean to be a professional when looking at actual behaviors? I defined being a professional as one who: Combines and applies experience with ongoing learning Committed to delivering outstanding customer service beginning promptly answering the phone  Exemplifies and applies emotional intelligence Behaves with the highest integrity and respect Demonstrates appropriate humor Builds trust  Displays a positive attitude when interacting with others Professionalism goes beyond skills and knowledge as noted above.Profess...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
In one of the Indiana Jones adventure movies, Indy made this rebuttal remark to Marion (Karen Allen), “It’s not the years, honey. It’s the mileage.”This is only part of the truth about selling real estate because both the years and the mileage count when working with a professional real estate agent or REALTOR®.Years do count because no real estate transaction is the same.  Yes, some real estate offers and purchasers are easier than others, however most will have at least one glitch as the transaction moves through escrow until the final close of escrow day.  Then, as in any industry, there is always change in real estate.  This is why embracing as much continuous education (knowledge) is essential to both the real estate agent and her or his customers and clients. Each year one of my p...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
In NW AZ, real estate agents are currently as plentiful as the blooming poppy fields here in Golden Valley, Mohave County, AZ. Finding a true licensed professional real estate agent or REALTOR® is often like “pulling hen’s teeth.”Yet. there are still a few professional real estate agents who understand rural property be it a residential home either stick built (site built) or manufactured home along with vacant land (think dirt).  I will share why to A.S.K. for Leanne Smith the Grit and Gratitude Agent.Selling real estate requires “Attitudes.”  Zig Ziglar stated “Attitudes are habits of thought.” I would revise Zig’s definition to include “and Actions.”  My goal is to always have a positive attitude, a "can do attitude" along with the actions to “get it done.” Of course, if I am unable ...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Often the words of others interact with our most recent experiences and hence provide even more meaning and relevance.This morning in confirming a home property tour with another professional local agent and REALTOR™ I learned she had broken her ankle which prevented her from being present at a home inspection. After asking other agents in the office to take her place, one agent volunteered with the stipulation of being paid to the tune of $200.00.Yes, I know that time is money. However I also believe in the wisdom of Henry David Thoreau who wrote:         Goodness is the only investment that never fails.My experience at Dirt Road Real Estate is we help each other out. I have invested my time to be present at inspections for other agents who have had emergencies. I don’t expect payment ...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
In life we all experience the quiet times, relishing in them, playing catch up with paperwork or just enjoying a book and then suddenly out of the blue chaos happens. The phone rings and as you are speaking with one person another call happens. You are working on cleaning up emails and suddenly 10 new emails come in with at least half demanding your immediate attention. Then your smart phone receives several texts with even more requests.Yikes!"When we learn if we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change." Wayne DyerChaos allows us to learn how to better manage what we can control. To have processes and systems in place to respond both efficiently and effectively to all those requests.Today started out quiet. There was a mild breeze through the office window. I hea...
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