Washington County, UT Real Estate News

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Ode to the Curly TailsSeven tiny piglets born,Early one Saturday morn.T’was the result of swine romance,Oinks and squeals, they do entrance.Daily, relaxing mud baths for all,On warm spring days, well into fall.Immediately getting our apt attention,Plus love and affection, not to mention!~Wanda Kubat-NerdinReminiscing and missing our pet pigs today, so I thought a little poem in honor of them was appropriate. Hope you enjoy it. Happy Sunday all!
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Don't Do's & Do Do's Successful people, without question, understand what it takes to become and remain relevant in their industry. Getting up every day, dressing up, then showing up to work, becomes a honed reflex. They continuously evolve with changes, especially when the market cycles through, creating a new set of challenges.  Successful people: Don't waste anyone's time. Instead, they DO put priorities in order. More time is then spent appreciating and enjoying the results of their work ethic. Wanting to be their best, matters greatly and determines forward progress. Don't put off growing.They DO build self-confidence, often boosting their business, filling the pipeline now and for the future. Knowing every satisfied client can produce another one, especially when clients happily r...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Happy Monday all (or nothing)! This day would have been perfect had it landed on yesterday, rather than today! National Nothing Day encourages people to take a break from life's hustle and bustle - for a day of pure relaxation and rest. The world will not fall apart if this day is celebrated but some people think an entire day spent away from busyness, errands or business dealings is pure laziness. When was the last day you took a vacation day? Because Monday officially starts my work week, a follow-up list needs tended to, especially coming up with an idea for the next quarterly mailing, getting a Comparable Market Analysis finished for a listing... So, after I finish working, I plan to take a little time to celebrate doing nothing...or maybe get a much needed pedicure, or call a frien...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
High Points and Low Lights Life can be an emotional journey. One day, you're celebrating a happy occasion and the next day, are entrenched in grief because a loved one left everyone else behind, suddenly passing away. Remember to appreciate the calms before the storms and be present for all the in-between high point and low light events. Wishing you a bright weekend ahead!
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
"Replying in-writing is a waste of time", she said. Buyer clients were interested in purchasing a single family home in need of work. After walking through, noticeable maintenance problems were present, they would take them into consideration. A fairly new property, the landscape needed to be completely re-done, the carpets replaced, all interior walls & stucco patched, baseboards replaced, new front and back doors, new paint all around. Days on market were 90+ days, two price reductions, which told me it was indeed overpriced. This seller missed the opportunity to sell high in the last, brisk selling cycle and was perhaps, unrealistic. An offer was made, taking everything into consideration and submitted. The phone rang fairly quickly afterwards, the caller asking if the buyers would b...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
For FREE? For REALS?!  Ever get reeled in with a slick sales spiel, offering shiny, pie-in-the-sky promises that turned out to be a vacuous exaggeration, lacking viable results? In other words, it was a 'too good to be true' scenario. I have, and received an email from a national real estate-driven web site offering services for *FREE! Can you believe that? I didn't either, which is why I reported it as spam and blocked their messages. Early in my career, in a down market, peddlers came out of nowhere. Sketchy sales tactics were commonplace, demanding attention, pushing an agenda to be sure they remained in business, at whatever cost. It pays to be careful when being sold on something that screams:💥 YOUR LAST CHANCE !!! 💥 ‼️ MUST ACT NOW ‼️ ⏰ FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!!! ⏰ These are consi...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
No Time for BS...Unless it's Buyers and Sellers! At the first of every new year, lofty resolutions are set that will never be met. I prefer to use true, common sense, doing what has brought success year after year. Tried and true methods are always at the forefront. Qualification from a reputable lender is necessary to begin, remaining within the set budget plays a huge part in buyer success. Drama-free meetings with good communication between parties is essential. Buyers must be sincere and serious in their efforts when looking at homes that fulfill their Wants and Needs List. I refuse to ride the merry-go-round, going in circles because someone becomes unrealistic. This industry is not an amusement park. Setting expectations up front is extremely important and then getting everything ...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Looking FORE a challenging southern Utah golf course? Winter is in full swing here in southern Utah and still an optimum time for house hunting or a enjoying a round of challenging golf! Gorgeous scenery at every turn, try one golf course or two or play them all! Southern Utah Golf Courses: SunRiver Golf Course St. George - 18 holes - Public Bloomington Country Club Golf Course - St. George - 18 holes - Private Green Spring Golf Course  - Washington City - 18 holes - Public Coral Canyon Golf Course  - Washington City - 18 holes - Public Dixie Red Hills Golf Course - St. George - 9 holes - Public Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club - St. George - 18 holes - Private Sand Hollow Golf Course - Hurricane - 27 holes - Public Sky Mountain Golf Course - Hurricane - 18 holes - Public Southgate G...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Wasting away or spending time wisely? Some real estate agents think that sitting in a classroom or attending an in-person seminar as fruitless activities. They'd rather satisfy education requirements with a faceless, online educator or zoom meeting. When pursuing my license, was lucky to be in an actual classroom while taking real estate classes and had excellent instructors. Guest speakers gave valuable, real-life experiences and discussed actual scenarios. Online RE schools lack proper training, offering the basics. More reasons that newbies make big mistakes or bad decisions, finding themselves out of the industry fairly quickly without getting a proper foothold. As humans, we are meant to be social. The last three years separated everyone in one form or another, many people are stil...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
My 2023 Expense Budget - Less is More! This year, in an effort to avoid being over-taxed on time, resources and energy, necessary business changes must be made. Less stress means gaining more positive steps toward the set goals that matter. Things I plan to avoid:🚫 Emotional bankruptcy:People tend to make mistakes or rash decisions when allowing feelings to override objectivity. A calm approach is necessary for buyers and sellers, otherwise it interferes with desired end results. 🚫 Wishy washy wasters:Unrealistic measures bring disappointment. Home buyers need to be engaged, realistic and decisive when searching for a home that will serve their needs well. Sellers must also be on board and available. 🚫 Over-burdened client expectation:Serious buyers understand the process, are willing t...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Consulting with the Cosmos... This post is for anyone who may need a little cheer at this very moment. Challenging life situations are temporary. Remembering that will help guide you back to the light, from the darkest of places.  In today's digital world, snapping and sending them costs nothing but a few moments and the results are ahhhh-mazing and so appreciated. Flowers often hold the power to lift my spirits when feeling down.  The feature photo is of Cosmos flowers that come in white, yellow, pale & bright pink, orange, purple and red colors. They are daisy-like in appearance, easily grown, even in poor soil conditions and are annuals. They add a pop of color to any landscape and are one of my favorites! The flower that follows the sun, does so even in cloudy days. ~ Robert Leighton
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Empty Promises Taste Salty Prior to the first time clients signed real estate documents, it was ingrained to provide the best service possible. That still stands today. When telling them I am going to do something, it is done! Getting to the task quickly is most appreciated, especially when timelines become tight with deadlines straight ahead. If something temporarily gets in the way, communicate that with the client. Why is it so hard for some to follow through? It often leads to niggling doubt, the inevitable breakdown of business (and personal) relationships, creating troubles down the road. This can be prevented with sincere effort to get to the job at hand. My simple advice for new agents coming into the industry: Be consistent with following up and through. Consumers wish to work ...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Reality check. Please! Hey you! Wake up, stop dreaming! It's time to let go of that last brisk, up-market mentality. Gone are the days where everything sold quickly, over asking price with zero contingencies and multiple offers! Price adjustments have saturated the Multiple Listing Service as sellers realize that demand has weaned. The property may sit with few feet through the door and less days on market depends on motivation! Real estate agents are key to bringing buyers into the area when thinking of building. Fairly soon, premiums on build lots will become a thing of the past as well because consumers refuse to pay them. For Sale By Owners also need to be realistic on price and in-line with current comparable's. When a client can buy a brand new home with more square feet, on a lar...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Getting LOADED in 2023! Please be sure to remember past buyers and sellers when searching out clientele for the New Year. They trust, though need nurturing and will provide more business if you remain in touch.  Ignore past success stories and the people who played an integral part in them or seem to fall off the earth like so many agents reportedly do, then you get what you deserve...A BIG NOTHING! Appreciate people who continue to send clients in your direction. If you fail to do that, someone else will step as your replacement. Your loss, their gain! Make a quick call, meet for morning coffee, send a personalized card or send dog or kitty treats for those animal lovers. Whatever the method, it's up to you. Even a small gesture or effort may be appreciated and keep you Top of Mind. So...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
I Pressed On! When figuring a way to send out a Thinking of You message to someone who may be in the throes of depression or feeling alone, take a photo of something beautiful, then text it or email it to them. Flowers, a quick sunrise or sunset, a funny cartoon gif or a sweet message of love and friendship will do. In today's digital world it only costs a few moments time and the results are ahhhh-mazing!  When moving the letters of ‘depression’ around, the phrase ' I Pressed On' emerges and that is what I prefer to do. No depression here, only cheer!
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Southern Utah: Mild Winter Wandaland! Because our half of the globe is inclined away from the Sun, we will be entering into winter with longer days and shorter nights. The Southern Hemisphere will be experiencing the opposite, in the form of summer.  A large number of Snow Birds stay here in southern Utah during the winter months to escape cold conditions in the form of freezing temperatures, ice storms, heavy snow fall. They come from other states and Canada. Occasionally, an arctic front shows up, dropping snow, driving temperatures down but winters are generally mild. People get outside and enjoy running, hiking the local parks, bike riding and golfing year 'round!  Palm trees are common on city streets, in residential landscapes and on many of Washington County's  13 local golf cour...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Getting Real in the St. George, Utah Market! It's understandable why National Geographic has named St. George Utah as one of "50 BEST PLACES TO LIVE AND PLAY." It was also named the FASTEST GROWING CITY by the Census Bureau a few times. From the towering red rock bluffs, sandstone cliffs, hiking / biking trails, golfing, some of the best rock climbing in the world with sunshine-filled days, offering much to visitors and residents alike.  Most people think of St. George when moving to southern Utah, though several smaller cities surround the metropolitan area. This graph shows the largest percentage of sales at 54% for November 2022.  As you can see by the following graph for year-to-year sales, from December 2021 to November 2022, St. George continues to be in the forefront as most desi...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
A Jingled Jangled Dangled Christmas! Redux for 2022After an extremely difficult year, wrought with high inflation, rising food costs and unaffordable rent expenses, Santa's reindeer decided to set out on their own to make a better living. Simple desires suddenly went beyond playing reindeer games and guiding the sleigh on Christmas Eve! Each reindeer left, forging a different path:🦌 Dasher - was hired on as a Shopping Cart Wrangler at the mall because he was ultra-light on his hooves.🦌 Dancer - took a job at the local Gentledeer's Club, specializing in pole dancing, twirling and swirling, with bells on.🦌 Prancer - dreamed of being a Barista at Starbuck's. He sure liked his skinny, frothy, vanilla, caramel, frappe latte's!🦌 Vixen - became an Administrator Communications Mediator, setting...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Have a Bright, Hanukkah Holiday! May the Lord hear all of your silent prayers and grant all of your wishes. Let peace, joy, light, and kindness be at the core these eight days. Forget all worries, enjoy making precious memories with family and friends. The gift of Hanukkah is a reminder that everyone is loved. Happy Hanukkah to all who practice this traditional, Jewish holiday!
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
FOOD for THOUGHT: Chew Carefully!   Sincerity matters, especially when someone gives selflessly, so does learning how to gracefully accept a nice gesture. Remember to ingest positive affirmations and compliments from others, a little at a time. Mull slowly and most thoughtfully. Avoid getting too full of yourself, chew carefully, enjoy the energy, do not attempt to swallow them whole! If you happen to choke, there may be no one around to help when needed. Or anyone willing. Just a little tidbit for future usage.  This post comes from sage advice given to me as a young teen by my mother. She told me, one time, that I was getting 'too big for my britches' and that she would learn me, durn me. I quickly settled down! And how...
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