Southern Utah's Dixie Springs

Southern Utah Open House Directory: Dixie Springs Has Three!

Well, that was a blustery and wet 24 hours. Fortunately for all, the rain has gone, the winds have died down, and there are four southern Utah real estate listings scheduled as “Open” for today.

It’s Saturday, December 17, just seven short days before Christmas 2016; as the 30-year fixed rate mortgage starts its long climb back to a slightly more normal range, a slowdown in new home construction threatens to make an already tight market tighter. And, for those new homebuyers hoping to move in sooner rather than later, The National Association of Realtors is reporting the average successful escrow is now taking just under 41 days to close on average.

Where or what is Dixie Springs?

Just north of St. George, Utah lies the beautiful PUD subdivision of Dixie Springs. Ideally located at the base of Sand Hollow Reservoir, Dixie Springs encompasses a total of approximately 1400 lots, of which many are still available. Framed by the breathtaking vistas of Pine Mountain and Snow Canyon, Dixie Springs is centrally located for your convenience. Close to southern Utah’s best water activities, hiking, biking, golf, and shopping – Dixie Springs offers close access to some of Southern Utah’s best activities on a fiscally responsible budget.

Southern Utah Open House Directory

Price | Status | MLS #List PriceSold PriceSold DateDays On MarketList/Sold Price Sqft

1

$284,995
2511 S BOWLER Street
Hurricane, UT 84737
Active / 16-175979  

Scheduled Time:Saturday, December 17, 2016 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM
284,995214147.97 / NA

2

$320,000
2586 S Gritton Street Lot B-94
Hurricane, UT 84737
Active / 16-177118  

Scheduled Time:Saturday, December 17, 2016 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM
320,000172152.74 / NA

3

$369,000
2726 S 3440 W Lot E-207
Hurricane, UT 84737
Active / 16-176592  

Scheduled Time:Saturday, December 17, 2016 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM
369,000192165.47 / NA

4

$215,000
288 E Old Mill Lane
Washington, UT 84780
Active / 16-180789  

Scheduled Time:Saturday, December 17, 2016 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
215,00019156.14 / NA

The above information is presented as a courtesy of Alex Yeager @ 435MLS.com: Your southern Utah real estate expert for St. George and its surrounding communities. Specializing in southern Utah luxury real estate, new construction, gated communities and southern Utah’s many golf communities.

(All photos provided by the WCBR, FlexMLS, and the listing Realtor)

* Information is deemed to be reliable but is not guaranteed. © 2016 MLS and FBS. Prepared by ALEXANDER YEAGER, 435MLS on Saturday, December 17, 2016

Open House Directory

St. George Open House Directory: October 1, 2016

St. George, Utah – it Saturday, October 1 and there is currently a total of five Open Houses scheduled on the Washington County Board of Realtors Flex MLS system for today.

While Fortune.com reported last week, the Beehive State (a.k.a. Utah) currently has four high-tech startup companies in state valued at over $1 billion each, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Utah leads the nation in personal income growth. Unrelated news, I don’t think so. As more would be “Silicon Valley” startups discover the intrinsic value of relocating to the “Silicon Slopes,” thanks to its plethora of highly educated students, improved quality of life, and reduced cost of living – individual personal income grew by 1.4% in State between the first and second quarter of 2016.

Regardless of the rationale for relocating to the great state of Utah, these five St. George Utah real estate listings are scheduled as Open Houses for today in Washington County, and can be found in the following subdivisions: Mulberry Estates – St. George, Red Butte – St. George, and Meadow Creek Estates – St. George

St. George Open House Directory:  October 1, 2016

Price | Status | MLS #List PriceSold PriceSold DateDays On MarketList/Sold Price Sqft

1

$459,900
3105 S 2980 E
St George, UT 84790
Active / 16-176270  

Scheduled Time:Saturday, October 1, 2016 10:00 AM to 02:00 PM
459,900121106.41 / NA

2

$431,143
2496 S 2310 EAST Circle
St George, UT 84790
Active / 16-179168  

Price Reduced
Scheduled Time:Saturday, October 1, 2016 11:00 AM to 02:00 PM
431,14316100.34 / NA

3

$374,900
2222 E 2540 S
St George, UT 84790
Active / 16-179369  

New Listing
Scheduled Time:Saturday, October 1, 2016 12:00 PM to 12:00 PM
374,900396.92 / NA

4

$234,900
487 PLAYA DELLA ROSITA
Washington, UT 84780
Active / 16-179052  

Scheduled Time:Saturday, October 1, 2016 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM
234,90016114.59 / NA

5

$223,000
805 S River Road #38
St George, UT 84790
Active / 16-179337  

New Listing
Scheduled Time:Saturday, October 1, 2016 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
223,0004140.96 / NA

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The above information is presented as a courtesy of Alex Yeager @ 435MLS.com: Your southern Utah real estate expert for St. George and its surrounding communities. Specializing in southern Utah luxury real estate, new construction, gated communities and southern Utah’s many golf communities.

(All photos provided by the WCBR, FlexMLS, and the listing Realtor)

* Information is deemed to be reliable but is not guaranteed. © 2016 MLS and FBS. Prepared by ALEXANDER YEAGER, 435MLS on Saturday, October 1, 2016 

St. George Open House Directory

Southern Utah Open House Directory: Saturday, September 24

St. George, Utah – it Saturday, September 24, and there are currently only 5 Open Houses scheduled on the Washington County Board of Realtors Flex MLS system.

Despite the fact “the Donald” still has a tall hill to climb to become POTUS, some in the political arena are already clamoring for Donald J Trump’s impeachment – primarily thanks to his questionable business ethics. Meanwhile, back in the real world, Chinese investors sank $4.37 billion into US commercial real estate market during 2015, while Washington County closed 39 transactions last week (view them in my weekly real estate report next Monday), with just the top five-closed escrow’s totaling more than $3,906,000. As Janet Yellin and the Federal Reserve announced their penchant to raise interest rates before the ball drops on 2016, homebuyers are trying to lock in their rates as soon as possible.

With that extraneous verbiage expelled – the five Open Houses scheduled for today in southern Utah can be found in the following subdivisions: Sienna Hills at Coral Canyon – Washington City, Winchester Hills – St. George, Washington Vista – Washington City, The Legacy at Southgate – St. George, and last but not least Las Palmas Resort – St. George.

Southern Utah Open House Directory: Saturday, September 24

Price | Status | MLS #List PriceSold PriceSold DateDays On MarketList/Sold Price Sqft

1

$419,000
1845 N Vista Park Way Boulevard N
Washington, UT 84780
Active / 16-178929  

Scheduled Time:Saturday, September 24, 2016 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
419,00013180.22 / NA

2

$370,000
5372 N 1530 W
St George, UT 84770
Active / 16-178496  

Scheduled Time:Saturday, September 24, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
370,00032110.68 / NA

3

$359,900
265 N Sage Crest Drive
Washington, UT 84780
Active / 16-177652  

Scheduled Time:Saturday, September 24, 2016 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Price Reduced

359,90067143.44 / NA

4

$260,000
1845 W Canyon View Drive 905
St George, UT 84770
Active / 16-176497  

Scheduled Time:Saturday, September 24, 2016 1:00 AM to 4:00 PM
260,000102193.6 / NA

5

$228,000
2235 S Legacy Drive
St George, UT 84770
Active / 16-174836  

Scheduled Time:Saturday, September 24, 2016 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Price Reduced

228,000163124.66 / NA

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The above information is presented as a courtesy of Alex Yeager @ 435MLS.com: Your southern Utah real estate expert for St. George and its surrounding communities. Specializing in southern Utah luxury real estate, new construction, gated communities and southern Utah’s many golf communities.

(All photos provided by the WCBR, FlexMLS, and the listing Realtor)

* Information is deemed to be reliable but is not guaranteed. © 2016 MLS and FBS. Prepared by ALEXANDER YEAGER, 435MLS on Saturday, September 24, 2016 

Self-Help Homes and a Strong Economic Forecast Benefit Southern Utah’s Residents

St. George – it’s Friday, January 22 here in sunny southern Utah, and for those would-be homeowners that have more energy than cash, Self-Help Homes, a government-backed agency within the US Department of Agriculture, is looking for a few families in southern Utah that would like to earn their chunk of the American Dream. And as I stated a few days back when summarizing the Washington County Economic Summit, Utah’s economy for 2016 looks robust – at least according to the governor’s economic report.

Those are two of your Friday St. George headlines… at least the ones I care about, now let’s flesh out some facts.

Self-Help Homes and a Strong Economic Forecast Benefit Southern Utah’s Residence
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Self-Help Homes and a Strong Economic Forecast Benefit Southern Utah’s Residents

Toquerville’s Self-Help Homes:

Self-Help Homes, a government-funded nonprofit organization is seeking families in southern Utah who would like to trade their sweat equity for a chance to earn a little piece of the American dream – homeownership… but lack the necessary financial backing to qualify for a traditional mortgage. While these low-interest loans are available for those who qualify, there is one other ingredient necessary – lots of hard work. By pulling up their bootstraps and putting in some sweat equity, i.e. doing the lions share of the work required to build a modern home, Washington County residents can now qualify for a low-interest loan via the Self-Help Homes program administered by the US Department of Agriculture. New home, new friends: not only will participants in the Self-Help Homes program build their own new home, participants cultivate long-lasting friendships with other families and form a solid sense of community. Self-Help Homes is currently looking for at least six families to build on lots in Toquerville and LaVerkin.

 

 2016 economic forecast Utah

Self-Help Homes and a Strong Economic Forecast Benefit Southern Utah’s Residence

 

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Self-Help Homes and a Strong Economic Forecast Benefit Southern Utah’s Residents

Utah’s 2016 Economic Forecast:

Utah’s financial might that characterized fiscal 2015 is anticipated to continue its winning streak throughout 2016, according to the Gov.’s office of economic development. The new report prepared for Gov. Herbert, by the Utah Economic Council, anticipated vigorous economic growth, featuring a strong labor market and an ever-increasing influx of new residents moving into the Beehive State during 2016. Released Wednesday, the 2016 economic forecast was presented to Gov. Herbert during the SLC Chamber’s annual Utah Economic Review. Ignoring global variables, state analysts are predicting another stellar economic performance in 2016. Fingers crossed!

 

 

 

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St. George Utah News: Huntsman Games Kick Off, Ivins College of Osteopathic Medicine Gets Good Bill Of Health, And Confucius Comes To SUU

It’s October 8, 2015, day three of the Huntsman World Senior Games. As the visiting athletes prepare to take aim and fire on the golf course, archery range, basketball court, pickle ball court, and shotgun range – potential future medical students will be eyeballing the new College of Osteopathic Medicine located in Ivins, slated for opening by August 2017. Meanwhile up in Cedar City, Southern Utah University has announced an interesting new partnership with the Confucius Institute, part of the prestigious Hunan University in China.

Those are your Thursday morning headlines for southern Utah; let’s inspect the facts!

St. George Huntsman World Senior Games

St. George Huntsman World Senior Games

Huntsman World Senior Games Underway

What to expect? Including such sports as badminton, bowling, and tennis, the St. George Huntsman World Senior Games (HWSG) is an annual two-week event that generally occurs during the first two weeks of October. The HWSG offers an incredible opportunity aimed at active seniors looking to participate in any number of the event’s 27 athletic competitions. Headquartered in St. George Utah, the Huntsman World Senior Games draws athletes over the age of 50 from Australia to Alaska, and everywhere in between. Not only is this a wonderful chance for social interaction on a global scale, the HWSG promotes health by providing life-saving screenings for breast & prostate cancer. Additionally, the Game’s in-depth screenings provide insight into potentially life-threatening health issues; like decreased bone density, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, glaucoma, and diabetes. Making the event of a lifetime a potential lifesaver!

 Ivins Utah: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Ivins Utah: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Southern Utah’s Second Medical School: It’s Alive

Out in the City of Ivins things are changing quick. No later than summer of 2017, the once redheaded stepchild to St. George will be seriously contributing to the local economy, becoming the home of the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic medicine. Expected to open and be accepting enrollment by August of 2017. According to Ivins Mayor Chris Hart, the tentative plans for the educational medical facility, which had kept city officials tightlipped due to a nondisclosure agreement, were open for discussion in a special joint session of the Ivins City Council and Planning Commission earlier this week. Provided all goes well, Rocky Vista University should enroll approximately 125 to 150 students as part of its first graduating class, with the same number expected the following year.

 

 

 

 Southern Utah University: Hanban/Confucius Institute Comes to Utah

Southern Utah University: Hanban/Confucius Institute Comes to Utah

Confucius Institute Say, We like SUU

Up in Cedar City, SUU (Southern Utah University for the uninformed) just announced an interesting partnership between the Confucius Institute and Southern Utah University, partnering up with the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters and Hunan Normal University in China. When officially up and running, the Confucius Institute will deliver educational courses for student immersion within the Chinese language, history, culture and literature. Providing insights and potential job opportunities in our rapidly expanding global economy going forward, SUU students will enjoy the cultural exchange of Chinese centric concerts, performances, workshops and seminars – these events will be open to the public as well.

(Main Photo Courtesy of Rocky Vista University)

For those potential homebuyers looking to gain greater insight on southern Utah’s real estate market,  please feel free to contact me at 435.619.2206 – or just shoot me an email at 435MLS@Gmail.com.

The SunRiver Group Takes Over Bloomington Country Club: Offers New Opportunities, Better Facilities, and Upgraded Amenities

According to SunRiver’s Developer Darcy Stewart, Bloomington Country Club (BCC) is about to under go some rather extensive and expensive renovations.

As more than 150 people sat, stood, and rummaged about at last Thursdays meeting at Bloomington Elementary School, SunRiver’s newly outlined plan to rejuvenate and redevelop St. George’s oldest private golf course was unveiled to the packed auditorium.

Homeowners and equity members of BCC listened intently as Stewart explained the existing plans for remodeling the facility’s amenities and increasing Bloomington Country Club’s residential footprint.

The SunRiver Group Takes Over Bloomington Country Club:

BCC’s current plans call for a renovated bar zone, a new fitness area and modernized clubrooms in a freshly remodeled clubhouse. Obviously, the golf course will also get a bit of a face-lift and will be redesigned during this period.

The SunRiver Group Takes Over Bloomington Country Club

The SunRiver Group Takes Over Bloomington Country Club

Per a recent interview, Stewart’s SunRiver Group is predicting a nearly $8 million price tag for the many upgrades to the facilities and surrounding community. The needed funds for Bloomington’s enhancements will come from an amalgamation of private investors, equity membership dues, as well as the addition of new condominium/townhomes and single-family residential units.

While the crowd was overwhelming supportive of the plan, it had a few lingering questions for Stewart: How many homes/condominiums are going to be built — and what about the potential for traffic issues?

According to online reports

 “Stewart took over management of the club in June after board members told him they would be forced to close the club’s doors in July due to a lack of funds. He told the crowd he was reluctant to take on the project but when no other options were available he felt he had no choice.”

In reflecting on the historical significance of Bloomington’s iconic golf course for the greater St. George area, Stewart emphasized the fact that, “SunRiver was concerned about the club’s survival.”

While the spending has already begun in earnest, dropping nearly $1 million of Green to repair the club’s ancient infrastructure and rejuvenate the course. With play scheduled to restart on Oct. 12, a critical set of blunt meetings will be held between residents and equity members over the next few weeks as the SunRiver Group works to finalize its plan and obtain city approval.

“If the timeline moves quickly, Stewart said, clubhouse renovations should be complete by the end of 2015 and residential construction could begin as soon as the second quarter of 2016.”

St. George News: St. George Airport Goes Regional; NBA Taps Utah Graphics Artist; The 2015 Huntsman World Senior Games Are Almost Here

St. George, Utah – it’s Thursday, October 1, 2015. Apparently the St. George airport has outgrown its old “regional” name, the NBA has hired a Utah man after the graphic artist redesigned the Utah Jazz logo as a “fun side project,” and the 2015 Huntsman World Senior Games prepares to kick off October 5th through the 17th.

 

Those are your early Thursday morning headlines, time for a little due diligence.

 

St. George Airport Goes Regional

St. George recently changed its name from “municipal” to “regional” and recent data shows why.  The Federal Aviation Administration found that the St. George Regional Airport had 59, 321 passengers fly out of St. George in 2014, a reported 8.7% increase in the number of travelers from last year. According to Rich Stehmeier the current airport manager, “It was unexpected. We actually expected the number to go down,” Stehmeier said. Most of the uptick in activity is thanks to the airport’s new daily flights between St. George, Utah, and Denver, Colorado.

Viral Logo Sends Utah Graphic Artist to the NBA

According to KSL.com, a St. George Utah man has a new job after his redesigned logo for the Utah Jazz caught the attention of the NBA. Addison Foote, from St. George Utah was hired him to create some innovative graphics for the NBA. Addison noted he’s long been fascinated with the graphic arts, and the idea of becoming an artist. With a degree from Southern Utah’s Dixie State University in visual technology, Foote thought it would be a great idea to combine his love of graphic arts and the NBA – allowing him to update and modernize the Jazz team logo. “I’ve always loved basketball and followed the NBA my whole life so I love doing side projects with that,” he said. “I love logo design a lot. … I kind of just happened one day to click and think, ‘Hey, I want to try redesigning an NBA logo.’ So I did.”

The 2015 Huntsman World Senior Game

The annual Huntsman World Senior Games are preparing kickoff the 2015 event starting October 5th and running through the 17th. For St. George, Utah, the Huntsman World Senior Games is one of the biggest fiscal draws for their rapidly expanding economic base. Those individuals over the ripe young age of 55, gather in southern Utah for a little social interaction and some serious competition. Initially kicking off in 1987, The Huntsman World Senior Games began has been an economic force in southern Utah ever since. The visionaries behind the founding of these games were John and Daisy Morgan, helping to promote a healthy active life through social interaction and vigorous activity.

The above information is presented as a courtesy of Alex Yeager @ 435MLS.com: Your southern Utah real estate expert for St. George and its surrounding communities. Specializing in southern Utah luxury real estate, new construction, gated communities and southern Utah’s many golf communities.

St. George BLM Offers Plan Affecting 600,000 Acres in Washington County

Attention: I’ve just received this critical letter from the Washington County Board of Realtors (WCBR). Apparently, the St. George BLM Field Office is proposing a new Management Plan that will affect 600,000 acres in Washington County.

Among other things, it shuts down ATV areas, gives the BLM water rights, does not require collaboration with local government, and requires the introduction of California Condors. In general, it further restricts and closes public lands in the eastern part of Washington County. Here’ s a link to an article in the Spectrum:

Additionally, the WBCR has included an OPEN LETTER to all residents from the Washington County Commissioners:

Letter From Washington County Commissioners:

On March 30, 2009 President Barack Obama signed into law the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. Title I, Subtitle O of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act specifically addresses public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Washington County, Utah. When the law was signed, it was championed by both sides and was considered a great compromise between wilderness, recreational, environmental, and agricultural needs.

The Act required the BLM to prepare a Management Plan for the land balancing the recreational, environmental, and agricultural needs. Federal law required the BLM to coordinate with local governments and with the general public when preparing The Plan. However, the BLM only had transient meetings with Washington County, no contact with any cities, no public meetings, or other input in preparing The Plan. Despite the BLM’s lack of public involvement, in July 2015, the BLM released the draft Resource Management Plan. The Plan is over 1114 pages and covers over 108,339 acres of land in Washington County.

After reading The Plan, the Washington County Commission is extremely concerned that the proposed Plan substantially deviates from the Public Lands Act, and fails to balance conservation, recreational, environmental, and agricultural uses. Specifically, the plan severely limits hiking, biking, camping, rock hounding, rock climbing, geocaching, grazing, horseback riding, paintball, hunting, shooting, ATV, and even remote control planes.

In addition to recreation, The Plan limits the cities’ ability to maintain and develop utilities, which includes the construction of power lines, natural gas pipelines, and water development. Specifically, the plan will stop access to several key aquifers where the cities acquire approximately 10% to 20% of their water. The Plan also prevents the chance to use the land for green development such as solar panels or geothermal.

You can read The Plan here . We are asking that you contact the BLM with your concerns. Ask the BLM to adopt the least restrictive option (Alternative A) that allows for greater use of the land. You may e-mail your response to utsgrmp@blm.gov, below is a template asking for the least restrictive option. Or you may send a general comment asking the BLM to choose the least restrictive option, here.

Please forward this email to anyone that you believe would be interested.

Washington County Commission: Allen Gardner, Victor Iverson, and Zachary Renstrom.

And finally .. here are a few comments from Hurricane Mayor John Bramall on the topic:

St. George BLM Offers Plan Affecting 600,000 Acres in Washington County

Of the 800 page document, here are some salient points that your people should be aware of:

  1. California condors are recognized and would be under the full endangered species act protection which can shut down and prevent developments in the area.
  2. Alternatives B, C, and D make the Bull Mountains a Multi Species Management Area (MSMA) This plan will cut out the largest ATV access area left in the United States, 87,000 acres.
  3. The BLM proposes an SRMA (Special Recreation Management Area) to replace the ERMA (Extensive Recreation Management Area). If you like recreating the ERMA which is currently in place, remains in place under option A.
  4. BLM directly and indirectly reduces grazing plans by A) retiring grazing permits. B) reducing utilization to 40% of available forage which increases fire danger and fire suppression costs. They also propose reducing grazing to 20 year averages rather than the agreed upon amounts. This punishes those who have been good stewards of the land.
  5. The new plans allow the BLM to obtain all water rights in the NCA’S (surface ground water and point source) and prohibit water from leaving the NCA. This would virtually shut down any and all future growth.
  6. Plan B, C, and D all eliminate the language requiring the BLM to work with state, county, and local governments. All comments should say that they support the requirement for the BLM to work with state, county, and local governments.
  7. Only one alternative plan for a northern corridor is considered. They show three alternatives but seem to be only amenable to one which really doesn’t move us forward into future years. The Omnibus Public Lands Management Agreement (OPLMA) requires a northern corridor and it has not been addressed to the level required.
  8. The BLM proposes three new ACECs (Areas of Critical Environmental Concern). These areas can be used as backdoor wilderness areas and can shut down development in those areas.
  9. The management plan expands the old Spanish Trail corridor from a trail to 12,500 acres of undevelopable land. This can impede and stop future right of ways, especially on old highway 81 and other corridors.
  10. Prior agreements and county and federal work with the BLM have already been addressed for wilderness characteristics and wilderness designations. why are we expanding and redoing that which has previously been done?
  11. Recreational uses that are eliminated in the resource management plan are collection of fossils and petrified wood, competitive equestrian and motorized events. This would shut down ATV Jamboree and Color Country horseman competitions. It also shuts down metal detecting and geocaching which is a hobby for many locals and visitors. It also outlaws take off and landing of remote control hobby airplanes. It also further restricts camping and OHV use.
  12. The BLM DRMP also recommends 1) closing grazing allotments 2) no new rights of way 3) only native seed planting 4) no wildland fire used for management of inappropriate grasses and trees.

As I said in the meeting, the only reasonable alternative I see in the draft plan is going with plan A which continues with what I call multiple land practices and use by humans of the areas. I hope this is helpful. You can get the full 800 page document from the BLM office. Remember the deadline for comments is October 15, 2015.

Thank you for all you do.

John Bramall

Hurricane City Mayor

Won’t you please take a second and click on this BLM link and tell them just how you feel about THE PLAN.

(Photo Courtesy of FoxNews)