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Mohave County, AZ Real Estate News

By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Earlier this week, the temperatures cooled, and I took care of a should do that turned into a must do. I need to have my truck washed and before I could take that action I had to sweep off the all the dust on the truck’s bed and then wash down the bed (The now must do.)Even though the bed of the truck is covered with a "tonneau," dust seeps into every creak and crevice especially living and driving on dirt roads almost every day.  Later in that day, I drove the truck to the car wash. NOTE: We are on water haul and it pays to have the vehicle washed off site.As I was undertaking this chore, once again I realized the ongoing dilemmas of Must Do and Should Do.  The last two weeks have been very busy and my goal of writing articles for Active Rain has taken a back seat to the other must do ...
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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)
When wanting vacant land in Mohave County, AZ, there are many aspects to be considered such as water,  electricity (power), gas and road accessibility, flood plains and zoning.  Another serious due diligence area to be explored is ordinances. These are the details underneath the zoning .For example, zoning may show the vacant land parcel is zoned AR-RES (Agricultural and Residential) use.  Within that zoning, the ordinances detail what can or cannot be done. Here in unincorporated Mohave County, if a buyer stays 14 consecutive days on a property or 30 days in any calendar year, a septic system must be installed. This ordinance is not contrary to State of AZ law and therefore has legal standing. Additionally, agricultural land ordinance allows for livestock provided the lot is usually on...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Here is my entry to the 2024 June Challenge. My thanks to Kathy Streib and Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!  for bringing forward this monthly challenge. I believe we will learn of many family favorite recipes.Both of my parents came from farming communities.  I learned at an early age to enjoy simple foods with often a Midwest, German of Swedish flavor. One of the recipes from my childhood that I still continue to make today is  Homemade Potato Salad. This was my mother’s grandmother’s recipe which I have only altered just a little. 4 Large Idaho or Russet Potatoes par boiled, peeled and cut into bite size pieces 5 Hard boiled eggs (preferably large to extra large) of which 4 are chopped into small pieces and one is sliced to be placed on top of the final mixture 4-6 stalks of celery, l...
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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)
Mac Anderson founder of Simple Truths authored this book You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School: And Other Simple Truths of Leadership. In under 125 pages, the reader learns about these other simple truths beginning with “Leadership Would Be Easy if it Wasn’t for People”  and ends with these two chapters, “Identify Your Core Values” and "Walk the Talk."One of my favorite chapters is “Wisdom is Knowing the Right Path to Take…Integrity is Taking it.” In this chapter Anderson shares the poem “Myself” by Edgar Guest. I had never read it or even heard about it until I read this book. This poem begins with “I have to live with myself, and so…" and ends with “Whatever happens, I want to be Self-respecting and conscience free.”Yesterday, I was having a discussion with some fellow citizens about ...
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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)
Today, I heard an incredible voice from my home state of IN.  Richard Goodall, a 50 plus year young janitor showed how none of us can't stop believing in ourselves, our lives, our futures. By the way, Mr. Goodall share that he had never been on a plane in his entire life before traveling to Los Angeles.If his rendition of "Don't Stop Believing," doesn't bring a tear to you, I would be greatly surprised.We all have incredible possibilities in front of us provided we "don't stop believing."Also the kindness demonstrated by Simon when speaking with Richard was also special. This clip is more than an year old.P.S. Yes we grow more than corn in Indiana!Photo Courtesy of Pixabay.com
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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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Nestled along the vibrant, sun-drenched banks of the Colorado River, Bullhead City, Arizona, is a haven for those seeking a blend of outdoor adventure and serene living. Among its various residential areas, Clearwater Hills stands out as a particularly enticing option for potential homebuyers. This blog post delves deep into what makes Clearwater Hills homes for sale not just a choice, but a lifestyle statement for those moving to or investing in Bullhead City.Clearwater Hills offers a unique living experience combining modern amenities with natural beauty, making it an ideal location for families, retirees, and everyone in between. In this article, we explore the various facets of living in Clearwater Hills, from the types of homes available to the lifestyle you can expect, providing y...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Nestled along the eastern shores of the Colorado River, Mohave Valley, AZ, Homes for Sale offers a unique blend of tranquil rural living and convenient access to urban amenities. Known historically as the home of the Pipa Aha Macav, or "People by the River," this region has evolved from its rich indigenous roots into a peaceful community ideal for those seeking a quieter life. The valley's strategic location in northwest Arizona combines the serene landscapes of vast deserts and vibrant river scenes, making it a sought-after destination for homebuyers.Why Choose Mohave Valley, AZ, for Your Next Home?Mohave Valley is not just a place to live; it's a lifestyle choice. The community's distinct character is marked by its integration of natural beauty with modern living conveniences. It's a ...
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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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