Janet Naisbitt-Bagley

ERA Realty Center, Cedar City, Utah

Hot July Real Estate Newsletter Update!

Hot July 2017 Hot Real Estate Market Newsletter Update From Matt Bagley Team

Wow! Real Estate sales are sizzling! Iron County closed sales are up 13.4% and the Median Sales Price is up 19.7%. See attached Utah Association of REALTORS Local Market Updates by County for more details and for statistics from every county. Our Real Estate Market is Awesome!

What about the summer forecast? To quote Economist Ralph DeFranco from DS News June 2017, “Hot markets will remain hot, with continued bidding wars for desirable properties. Home sales overall are strong, up slightly from last year even though there are fewer homes to choose from.” He continues, “Even a modest increase in mortgage rates will not derail this strong a market.” “According to the Spring 2017 Housing and Mortgage Market Review home prices aren’t dropping anytime soon.” It is our opinion that this national forecast matches our local market.

To quote from July 2017 DS News issue, Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist CoreLogic, “We expect a modest (less than 2 percent) increase in home sales in 2017 with single-family starts up almost 10 percent. The DS Journal also stated, “Younger Generation Shifts to Buying Instead of Renting;”

Not all experts agree; however, whatever the national predictions are, our local real estate is moving and the market is fabulous! I went to a closing today where the couple is absolutely thrilled to be moving here from Alaska! It is so delightful to help our clients find their happy home! That feels good! When I got back to the office, I learned there were 2 offers on one of our listed homes and maybe a third one on its way. Homes and land are moving when priced correctly and advertised aggressively! It is fun to be part of the excitement!

What else is needed for sellers to get top dollar quickly besides our aggressive advertising online and in print and their property priced competitively for the market? The home must be prepared for success! Remember what the famous home stager, Barb Schwarz, advises in “How to Stage Your Home To Sell For Top Dollar!” “The way you live in a home and the way you sell a home are not the same.” I have attended her training at ERA Real Estate National conventions twice–once many years ago and once a few years ago. She is great and so talented. Part of our service when we list your home is to help you prepare it to win! Call today for details. Many many pictures of your home go all over the country and all over the world online, in print, and to other real estate agents. We don’t know who your buyer will call, but our advertising will be the reason they call! We all want your home to be gorgeous to attract your buyer!

More news! The July/August 2017 REALTOR Magazine reports from National Association of REALTORS (NAR) research, “The economy is hanging in there and job growth remains solid, so markets are seeing an uptick in first-time buyers…” “Inventories remain low, though, so buyers are competing for a relatively small number of properties…” “The share of home buyers coming from the ranks of renters has steadily increased over the last three years, while the percentage of move-up buyers continue to slip.”

“Get a CLUE” in the REALTOR Magazine for 1st and 2nd quarters discusses the Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange database (CLUE). “The CLUE report provides information on property insurance claims for the past seven years.” “It’s important to make sure the information in your CLUE report is accurate because an error could increase your insurance premiums or prevent you from getting coverage.” This is a good suggestion for sellers to get the report and check it out. Call your insurance agent. Buyers should also get this report to help them with their due diligence. Of course, buyers should also always have inspections also.

REMEMBER! To sell quickly at top dollar, you need our Team’s aggressive marketing that works both online and in print! You also need the right price and your home staged and prepared for success!

We want to help you turn all your realty goals into reality! Call our Matt Bagley Team at 435-865-1019 at ERA Realty Center for your free consultation on market pricing, preparing your home for sale, for our aggressive market plan that works, for answers to your problems and concerns and for help reaching all of your real estate goals! We even have a DVD that we can loan you to help you stage your home for top dollar quickly! You can text or call Matt Bagley at 435-590-8788, Janet Naisbitt-Bagley at 435-559-7772 and Jennifer Corral at 435-559-0366

UAR May 2017 Stats

June is Sizzling but not just the Temperature! June Newsletter Update!

June is Sizzling but not just the Temperature! The Real Estate Market!  June 2017 Matt Bagley Team Newsletter Update!


Up Up Up!  How far?  11.7% year to date (YTD) for 2017 Iron County closed sales as compared to 2016 according to Utah Assocation of REALTORS latest published statistics!  .The median sales price is up 22.3% YTD to $183,500.  See attached UAR Report for more details and for all counties in Utah.


For the most part, an upward trend is seen nationwide and not just in our local area!  “Consumers Harbor Optimism for Housing” is the title of a recent article in MReport May 2017 magazine. To quote, “Consumer confidence is up across the country especially in rural and middle America.  According to a new consumer survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), many people believe now is a good time to buy and sell.”  That is awesome news!  I love steady real estate markets!  However, allow me to quote Tim Rood, Chairman of the Collingwood Group, to give you the down side of this positive news, “You can’t buy what’s not for sale.  Inventory is the lowest that I have ever seen, which is reflected in the disappointing existing home sales number.”  So true!  Our local closed sales would be up much higher, in my opinion, if the inventory level matched the rise in buyers. New construction and remodeling are also on the rise according to MReport News.  All things considered, we plan the 2nd half of 2017 to be the best real estate market yet! 


Economist Joseph Kirchner, Ph.D., REALTOR.com, reports in DSNews May 2017 issue that interest rates and home prices will rise.  There are many factors that he discusses in his article that are causing a “dip in affordability” including the low supply of existing homes and a rise in buyers!  Even so, I believe our local market will stay steady and affordable for some time.  Prices are rising but slowly.


What should you do if your real estate hasn’t attracted your buyer yet?  Our Matt Bagley Team marketing is tops and it works!  We will continue advertising until your home or property is marked “Sold.”  Be assured that we know of no one that markets more aggressively to get your sale closed nationwide and worldwide in print and online!  We work hard to attract Buyers and REALTORS.  Advertising is not the only piece of this puzzle!  Market price and staging are still top priorities to get that quick sale at top dollar which is what you want and what we want for you!  Please contact our Team today for market value information and for tips on staging and showing your home.  Photos of your home or property go all over the world, so we want them to be superior to catch your buyer! 


For your free real estate consultation, please contact the Matt Bagley Team today at 435-865-1019 at ERA Realty Center regarding all of your real estate goals, concerns and dreams.  You can also email bagleyteam@gmail.com or text Matt Bagley at 435-590-8788, Jennifer Corral at 435-559-0366 and Janet Naisbitt-Bagley at 435-559-7772.  Our top service, experience, training, and expertise will benefit you in making your realty dreams turn into reality ASAP!

april 2017 stats

The Matt Bagley Team May Newsletter Update!

The Matt Bagley Team 2017 Lively Month of May Real Estate Newsletter Update!


Utah Real Estate is in the news, and the news is awesome!  “What is all the buzz about Utah?” To quote DeAnna Dipo, Utah Association of REALTORs President, from the REALTOR Magazine First Quarter 2017, “Business in Utah is booming, and media outlets nationwide are recognizing our state as one of the best in the country.”  She quotes from Forbes Magazine that has named Utah as “The Best State for Business and Careers,” and CNBC for awarding Utah as the “Top State for Business.”  She mentions later in the article, “We are the second-fastest growing state in the country for business.”  She says “Our unemployment rate still remains low, at 3.1 percent, and our in-migration has seen a steady increase, according to the Kem Gardner Policy Institute of the University of Utah.”  We are blessed as a Real Estate Team to have the wonderful opportunity of helping people buy and sell homes and rental or investment properties in this great corner of the world in this exciting Southern Utah real estate market.  We get to help your realty dreams become reality!


All news can’t be good, so what is the bad news according to DeAnna’s article? It is that “Interest rates may increase to 4.5 percent.  But is that really so bad?  Some may remember interest rates as high as 18 percent.  That makes 4.5 percent not seem so bad; however, every slight increase can potentially eliminate a buyer from the market.”  I remember interest rates being 18% when I started my real estate career in January 1983.  The whole office had a party when they went down to 13%!  Just imagine!  DeAnna goes on to mention the shortage of homes for sale and rentals and the need for affordable housing.  We are experiencing that shortage of inventory very strongly in our Southern Utah area Real Estate market which is causing multiple offers and buyers who sometimes pay a little more than list price.


Iron County closed sales are up 22.9% year to date (YTD) according to the latest update available from the Utah Association of REALTORS (UAR) as compared to 2016.  The Median Sales price is up 21.3% YTD to $182,000 as compared to 2016.  Please see attached UAR Local Market Updates by County for more details and for all counties in Utah.


Iron County Multiple Listing Service (MLS) graphs are attached for 01/01/2017-4/27/2017 showing homes selling in all ranges in our area.  179 homes sold between $100,000 and $199,999, and 61 sold between $200,000 and $249,999.  Only 35 homes sold below $100,000, and 105 homes sold above $250,000.  Our market is definitely improving steadily and prices are on the rise.  It is still recommended to list at market value to get top dollar quickly.  Buyers search carefully online and tour the good buys.  Then they buy the best ones, so having a show-perfect home is an excellent way to attract an offer.  If a home is overpriced, there is a chance it will not get shown in spite of aggressive advertising.


According to the Iron County MLS statistics graphs, ERA Realty Center sells more of their own listings as well as more of other office’s listings than any other office in our area.  We are happy to continue as the top producer which has been the case for many years!  We are grateful to our clients and customers for this blessing and vote of confidence!  Our excellent aggressive marketing is successful both online and in print!


Homes continue as the big seller in our area.  We would be selling many more multiple units and rental properties to investors if our inventory wasn’t so low.  We do have lot sales and new construction.  Development land and commercial properties are selling but slowly and not many.


How do sellers make the most money when they sell?  1.  Price at market value!  2.  Make your home sparkle!  3.  Update, repair and fix up in advance!  Call  your Matt Bagley Team today for top service, expertise, experience and knowledge in pricing, staging and for names of inspectors and contractors.


Contact Matt Bagley 435-590-8788, Janet Naisbitt-Bagley 435-559-7772, and Jennifer Corral 435-559-0366, your Matt Bagley Team, at 435-865-1019 for your free real estate consultation at ERA Realty Center today or email bagleyteam@gmail.com.  We would love to help you reach all your real estate goals and to answer all your questions and concerns.  This newsletter is written by Janet Naisbitt-Bagley.

UAR March 2017

Spring Forward to Our Sunny April 2017 Matt Bagley Team Real Estate Newsletter and Enjoy It Now!

*Is our real estate market healthy? Southern Utah Real Estate market is strong and getting stronger! Iron County closed sales are up 25.2% year-to-date (YTD) February 2017 as compared to that same month 2016 according to the latest Market Updates available from the Utah Association of REALTORS (UAR). Iron County median price is up 28.9% YTD to $188,000. Wow! Typically, our market picks up in spring and summer, so 2017 is going to be one of our best years yet! We need more inventory; but with our still affordable prices and low interest rates, this is an awesome month to buy or sell! Please see more details and all counties in attached UAR Local Market Updates.

*What do current buyers want in their home? According to The Residential Specialist March/April 2017 magazine, 44 percent want homes with more than two bathrooms; 45 percent want a completely open kitchen-dining area; 32 percent want a home with a completely open kitchen-family room. This article titled “Getting Cozy” reports that 30 percent want a home under 1600 square feet and 15 percent want a home greater than 3000 square feet. Even if your home doesn’t quite match the above criteria, now is a good time to sell since home inventory is low and multi-offers are coming.

*What about lenders? In “Cutting Close” in the same magazine we learn, “Some lenders are now shooting for a 21-day turnaround to close home loans. That would be a major reduction from the current time-to-close, which hovers around six weeks.” That would be awesome if they do that. We shall see! Interest rates are still low, but they are rising. Lenders in our market are working hard and giving our buyers top service.

*What about service and advertising? Advanced technology is very important in today’s real estate world. The Matt Bagley Team and ERA Realty Center are keeping ahead of the game. I know of no one that advertises more aggressively online and in print. Your Team has top experience and expertise. Your highly trained Team gives top service and uses the latest tools of the trade! Please call for our market plan. It works! Our homes and properties sell!

*What about preparing the home to show? The article “Turned Off” in March/April Residential Specialist Magazine states that buyers hate foul odors, filth, clutter, personal taste, and shabbiness both inside and out. It is important that homes have fresh neutral paint inside and out and that they are deep cleaned and in top repair. Trading laminate counter tops for granite and adding new light fixtures really adds to the home’s appeal. New flooring is important. Trimming and cleaning up the yard and adding flowers can really beautify the home. Remember first impressions are of utmost importance. Call our Team for suggestions on staging and how to make the home attractive to buyers. We even have DVDs you can borrow! We want buyers to choose your property! If you have a lot or land, it is important to have it looking nice, cleared of weeds, etc.

*What about investors? They are looking for 2 to 4 unit properties, but those are difficult to find. They do purchase single family and twin homes sometimes when multi-units that they like are not available. There is some need for commercial and land, but not so much. New construction is an option.

*What about underwater properties? Foreclosures and short sales are very few and becoming rare. They are almost an item of the past–not quite.

“Is your sales price competitive with current market? If your home has been on the market for 30 days or more, it is time to call your Team and request a market overview. We can show you what homes buyers have chosen instead of yours and help you decide what to do to be more competitive to attract the next buyer. With so much information available on-line, it is rare that a buyer will pay more than the current value of the home. You wouldn’t pay more for a car in one lot than you could get it for on another lot either. They can look on line and compare all the home prices and see pictures too. Pricing your land or lot correctly is just as important as homes. We can give you information on what other similar properties have sold for and also show you other properties for sale competing with yours.

*What can your Team do to help you? Call your Matt Bagley Team at 435-865-1019 or email bagleyteam@gmail.com for your free real estate consultation. We are happy to answer all of your questions, concerns and give you updates. You can also call or text your Team at ERA Realty Center: Matt Bagley 435-590-8788, Janet Naisbitt-Bagley 435-559-7772, and Jennifer Corral 435-559-0366. We would love to hear from you. We are known as the top real estate team who cares and we would love to help you turn your realty dreams into reality! Please contact us today.UAR February 2017

Hurray! Spring is officially here and so is your Matt Bagley Team Newsletter!

Hurray!  Spring is officially here and so is your Matt Bagley Team Real Estate Newsletter!


“Rising Rates, Rising Sales” according to National Association of REALTORS (NAR) Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun.”  He goes on to explain, “…If rising interest rates are accompanied by a strengthening labor market with higher wages, the economy will be fine.  At least 2 million net new jobs are forecast for this year, and that is the reason we anticipate home sales will squeak out a modest gain over 2016.  If mortgage underwriting standards normalize even modestly from the excessively stringent conditions of the past few years, such as through reduced FHA insurance premiums or lower guarantee fees on loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, then sales could be even better.”  Yun is quoted from the March/April 2017 REALTOR Magazine.


DS News reported in January 2017: “Low Inventory Becoming Problematic.”  This is still true in March 2017.  We need more homes and other properties on the market!


We have buyers who need something to buy!  Is there any other real estate that you would like us to provide a buyer for?  Homes and other properties are selling quickly when priced right and are attractive!


Another article, “Housing Market Health Exemplified by Low Foreclosure and Delinquency,” discusses the exciting news, “Foreclosure starts from October 2016 have fallen to their lowest level since January 2005, according to the month-end mortgage performance report curated by Black Knight Financial Services, Inc.”

We are also seeing fewer short sales as our economy continues its steady recovery.


The Southern Utah real estate market is steady and climbing at a reasonable rate.  However, Iron County closed sales jumped an amazing 83.8% higher in January of 2017 than in that same month 2016.  The Median Sales Price in Iron County has risen $16.5% to $193,000 during that same period of time.  Please see the latest report available from the Utah Association of REALTORS attached for more details and for every county in Utah.


You ask, “How’s the real estate market?”  It is awesome for both buyers and sellers!


Please contact your Matt Bagley Team at 435-865-1019 at ERA Realty Center or email bagleyteam@gmail.com for your free consultation to find out how we can better help you reach all of your real estate goals!  We would love to discuss your buying and selling questions, your concerns, as well as your wants and needs!  We would love our top service, experience, training and expertise to help turn your realty dreams into reality!


january 2017 stats

Time to Enjoy Your February 2017 Naisbitt- Bagley Team Newsletter

Time to enjoy Your February 2017 Naisbitt-Bagley Team Real Estate Newsletter Update!


Our hearts are warm this month of valentines in spite of the snow and ice.  Our beautiful Cedar City area is friendly, cozy, and wonderful no matter what the temperature.  This is the weather for serious real estate shopping, so don’t think your buyers are staying home!  Buyers need a place to live every season of the year.

Everywhere we go; people ask real estate questions.  Following are the answers to a few of them:


*What is our local real estate market doing?  It is steady, doing well, and slowly moving upward!  According to the Utah Association of REALTORS (UAR) Market Updates by County, Iron County closed sales were up the end of 2016 by 0.2% year to date (YTD) as compared to 2015.  If you just look at the month of December, then 2016 was less than in 2015 however.  The median sales price was up YTD by 10.7% to $166,000.  These December statistics are the latest available since it takes the UAR approximately 2 months to gather data for the report.  For more details and for information on every county in Utah, see attached report.


*How is our local economy?  I will quote from an article in the February 22, 2017 issue of Iron County Today in order to answer, “Many leaders shared enthusiasm about the economic growth in Cedar City among new and existing business.  Those thoughts were shared at a Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Breakfast last week.”  Matt from your Naisbitt-Bagley Team attended the meeting and was very pleased with what is happening in Cedar City.  Several companies are succeeding and expanding and quite a number of employees are being hired.  New company openings and growth in tourism were discussed. Of course, it is very exciting that there will be an open house for the public in the LDS Temple in October and it will be dedicated Dec. 10.  Our Mayor Maile Wilson said, “There are a lot of really new and diverse jobs,” and “If you grew up here you can stay here . . . ”  That is great news to me because when I moved here in 1983 and became a REALTOR in 1984, many of the clients I worked with were very sad that their children had to move elsewhere to find employment.  That was the case for years.  Chris McCormick, president of the Chamber of Commerce, said that success is happening in Cedar City!  I truly believe this is true.


Looking back to the Spectrum & Daily News January 22, 2017, there is a statement by Danny Stewart that I believe is worth mentioning.  He is the Cedar City Director of Economic Development and he said, “Cedar City is getting a lot more interest and I think a lot of it is due to the quality of the workforce in Iron County.”  Stewart said that the list of companies looking to relocate or expand has kept him busy recently.  This is all good news for Cedar City!  We have absolutely wonderful and friendly people and an awesome place to live.  What a great place to attract new business!


*What can be expected on the National level? The 2017 Jan + Feb Residential Specialist Magazine article titled, “Look Ahead,” states the following, “Existing home sales will continue to climb, . . . ” “Mortgage rates will increase … at least a little.” “Home values will grow.” “Some markets may see price corrections.” “The homeownership rate will stabilize at 63.5 percent.” “However, inventory woes aren’t likely to change.”

Even though it is true that our local inventory is also low, all things considered, it sounds like we are looking forward to an awesome real estate market for both buyers and sellers in 2017!


It will be interesting to see if the following statement reported in the January 2017 MReport comes to pass and I quote from the article by Brian Montgomery, “With a trailblazing real estate mogul entering the Oval Office on January 20, 2017, a sharper focus on the U. S. housing delivery system is possible, if not likely.”  We shall see what happens.  What do you think?


*How do we mark our real estate sold?  Technology is advancing, and your Naisbitt-Bagley Team and ERA Realty Center are staying ahead of the game.  Aggressive global marketing both online and in print are of utmost importance, and I don’t know of anyone that markets more than we do!  Our marketing is tops!  Experience and knowledge are a must in our real estate world, and your Naisbitt-Bagley team has over 50 years combined experience.  Our combined knowledge is in the top 3% in the nation including valuable national designations such as ABR, CRS, GRI and more.  Our expertise and top service benefit both sellers and buyers on all levels of the transaction from advertising all over the world to negotiating, following up, and closing your sale.


It is extremely important to price real estate with the market.  A huge percentage of buyers shop square footage and price online to decide which homes they want to see before they call us with a list of what they want to tour.  It is most unlikely that they will even look at a home that is overpriced.  Your Naisbitt-Bagley Team is happy to provide you with comparable sold properties and active listing competition in case a market reduction in price is needed.  Please call today if you would appreciate that service.


Keeping the home and yard in picture-perfect condition is a must since your videos and slide shows show up in our ads all over the country and world.  Having the home in good repair will attract a better offer and help keep the sale together when the buyer’s inspector finds nothing that needs to be done!  Please call us for suggestions in showcasing your real estate.


*What is selling in our area?  Single family homes in all price ranges are attracting buyers with more buyers under $200,000.  Lots are selling and there is new construction in the area.  Commercial and development land are slow moving but expected to pick up speed.  We definitely need more multi-units especially duplexes and 4-plexes for our investors.


*Now back to the original question–how’s the real estate market?  I would definitely say it is alive, well and moving forward with your Naisbitt-Bagley Team at ERA Realty Center.  For all of your real estate needs, questions and concerns, please contact your Naisbitt-Bagley Team at 435-865-1019 or email bagleyteam@gmail.com today.  Please text and call Matt Bagley, 435-590-8788, Jennifer Corral, 435-559-0366 and Janet Naisbitt-Bagley, 435-559-7772, and we will help you turn your realty dreams into reality!


Our First 2017 Naisbitt-Bagley Team Newsletter!

Can it really be this icy cold for our first 2017 Naisbitt-Bagley Team Real Estate Seller Newsletter?  YES!

It certainly is a beautiful winter wonderland here in Cedar City and surrounding areas!  Scrunching snow and crackling ice are two of my favorite things!  If you see me out experiencing the sounds my stepping feet are making, go ahead and laugh.  However, the freezing temperatures may be a little more difficult for me to enjoy!

Real estate is always one of my favorite subjects at any time of year.  I remember in grade school, my art teacher asked my mom why I always had a home and landscaping in each of my pictures!  I grew up with a real estate broker dad who developed subdivisions, drew plans, and  built houses for my friends and neighbors!   He multi-tasked and even sold them their insurance!  Helping clients successfully buy and sell real estate is just “doing what comes naturally” to me!  No wonder I enjoy seeing home-drawn pictures!

It seems whatever setting I find myself, people realize that I know and love real estate.  I am more often than not asked, how is the market?  I never grow tired of answering that it is awesome here in our beautiful Southern Utah!

According to the attached latest Utah Association of REALTORS (UAR) statistics released, now is a steady market with increased closings and prices slowly rising.  Our inventory needs an infusion, so give us a call if now is a good time for you to sell your property; and also, please contact us if you too want to add to your own inventory of real estate investments.

The Iron County Board of REALTORS graphs for 2016 are also attached for your review including all offices.  Once again, ERA Realty Center sold more houses than any other office.  We sold more of our own listings as well as more of other office’s listings.  We want to give a special thank you to all of our clients and customers for giving us the opportunity of helping them make their realty dreams turn into reality in 2016.  Homes remained the big sellers with 1181 sold along with 257 condo/townhouses sold.  Nearly 500 lots, acreage and other land parcels sold.  Nearly 1000 homes sold under $200,000 and 249 sold between $200,000 and $249,999.  362 homes sold above $250,000 including 72 that sold above $400,000.  2017 is on its way to being another great year!

I recently spoke to a delightful woman in the beauty shop who believed it wasn’t even worth trying to sell a home in the $400,000 range here.  The above statistics definitely put that myth to rest.  It is important to price homes with the market no matter what range your home is in, but expect it to sell if it shows well and if the price is right because homes are selling in all ranges.  Please discuss with our team prices of sold homes and homes for sale to determine market price.

One home owner asked if it matters how the home looks.  It surely does!  Buyers search square footage and price and then they tour the homes they choose to determine the best condition.  They love lots of pictures!  Our team is trained to help your home reach the level of showcasing worthy of the many pictures, videos and slide shows we send around the nation and the world to attract your buyer.

What about marketing?  I know of no other agent who markets more aggressively than our Naisbitt-Bagley Team worldwide online and print.  Our commitment to you is to work hard to get your home or property sold quickly at top dollar.  Isn’t that what you want?

What about 2017?  According to some of the business leaders quoted in DSNEWS December 2016, “The tremendous boom the rental market has showcased is anticipated to continue into 2017,” says Bill Green.  Charles Tassell says, “Assumng decent GDP growth, the Fed will increase rates, which will have mixed effects for investors.”  According to Bryan Lysikowski, “As the economy continues to recover and regulations loosen up, so will the ability to obtain a home loan.”  Brian Mingham says, “In 2017 we should see continued price appreciation.  We will continue to see historic low inventory levels of SFR properties.”  Please call our Team if you would like to hear all of the predictions for real estate in 2017.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the world of real estate with Donald Trump as president with his heavy involvement in real estate.

Please contact our Naisbitt-Bagley Team today for your free real estate consultation and for any questions and concerns at 435-865-1019 at ERA Realty Center or email bagleyteam@gmail.com.  We are known as the experienced team who cares about you and who gives top trained service to help you make all of your real estate dreams come true.  You can text or call Matt Bagley at 435-590-8788, Janet Naisbitt-Bagley at 435-559-7772, and Jennifer Corral at 435-559-0366.  The above real estate update was happily provided for you today by Janet.


December 2016 Naisbitt-Bagley Team Winter Wonderland Newsletter!

December 2016 Naisbitt-Bagley Team Winter Wonderland Exciting Real Estate Newsletter!

First and most important of all, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!  Happy Holidays!  and the best New Year yet!

Who wants to know about what is going on in the real estate world–just about everyone!  Everywhere we go the questions come quickly!  Answers are:


In case you are wondering, the market is steady and moving upward at a healthy pace!  It is awesome!  Utah is actually #5 in the top 10 states that have the lowest foreclosure inventory with only 0.3% according to DS Journal December 2016. Our closed sales are up and so is our median price as you can see in the attached report.  There would be even more sales if the inventory increased.  We do need more homes on the market!  People are employed and our economy is positive.  Also, according to the “Spectrum and Daily News” on December 9, 2016, both Washington County and Iron County have added new people to their fine communities.  Washington County’s population is now 160,359, and Iron County’s is 50,742; both follow the “statewide trend of accelerating growth.” The front page article informs, “The state continues to experience annual population growth that serves as further evidence of relative economic strength of the state” according to director of demographic research director at U of U Pamela Perlich.  It is obvious to me that our real estate market and economy will continue to grow and improve!  2017 looks great!


What about local real estate?  According to the Utah Association of REALTORs (UAR) most recent county statistics available, Iron County closed sales are up 0.9% and the median sales price is up 10.3% to $165,000.  Beaver closed sales are up 10.8% and median sales price is up 7.4% to $131,000.  Washington County closed sales are up 7% and median price is up 6.7% to $239,900.  See attached report for more details and for every county. Southern Utah’s upward trend is following the state’s success.


Another question we REALTORS get as we join just about any crowd is whether or not winter is a good time to sell?  The answer is a resounding YES!  It is true that there are fewer buyers, but there are also not as many homes on the market which means less competition for homes for sale.  We have noted that people rarely just look this time of year.  If a buyer wants to brave the weather, cold, storm and ice, they seriously want to find a home ASAP!  It is an exciting time of year to acquire real estate as buyers are moving into warm and cozy homes even while the weather outside is frightful!  Our favorite is when our buyers really love their homes, and I believe owning a home when it is freezing outside is especially wonderful.  I was so icy cold when I came home last night that I couldn’t help but be extremely grateful to feel the delightful blast of cozy heated air of my own home!


What about the question we often hear, “Is it better to rent or buy?”  According to the article titled, “The Great Housing Debate…,” Trulia recently did a study and found that the “long term financial benefit of purchasing a home significantly outweighs renting.”  According to December DS Journal, “Trulia compared the total monthly costs of owning and renting, including mortgage payments, maintenance, insurance, and taxes.  It also factored in one-time closing costs and payments, sale proceeds, and security deposits.”  I hope this puts the question to rest.  I have always strongly believed that real estate is the best investment there is.  A place to live is a basic need, so it seems it is the most logical investment you can make since real estate goes up over time.  I have certainly been blessed as a result of making real estate my primary investment.  I have purchased rentals and my tenants are so nice to buy the buildings for me!  What could be better?


And the big question, “How do we sell our real estate this time of year?”  Answer:  Top advertising is a must, so be assured our Naisbitt-Bagley Team advertises aggressively all over the world to sell your real estate both on line and in print.  That is our job. and I don’t know of anyone that advertises more!  The rest of the answer is the owner’s job and just as important:  Homes must be warm and comfortable, in show condition, and priced correctly!  We would love to help you!


Please call our Team at 435-865-1019 at ERA Realty Center or email bagleyteam@gmail.com for your free consultation as to pricing with the market and for hints on staging your property to attract your buyer quickly.


For all your real estate questions and concerns, please call our Naisbitt-Bagley Team at ERA Realty Center, 435-865-1019.  You can also text or call Matt Bagley at 435-590-8788, Janet Naisbitt-Bagley at 435-559-7772, and Jennifer Corral at 435-559-0366. We are known as the real estate team that “cares.”  Enjoy your holidays!


The Nasbitt-Bagley Team Gratitude Attitude Fall Real Estate Newsletter

The Naisbitt-Bagley Team Gratitude Attitude Fall 2016 Real Estate Newsletter from ERA Realty Center

We have thoroughly enjoyed a beautiful fall, but those freezing temperatures are upon us. We hope owners have winterized vacant properties, sprinkler systems, evaporated coolers and etc. because the weather outside is ice cold!  Brrrr!

We always hear the question, how’s the market?  2016 has been a very successful year for real estate for buyers and sellers, and we expect it to continue through the holidays and into 2017.  The market is steady and slowly moving upward.  The inventory is low and interest rates are down, so home mortgages are often lower than rent. 


Showing homes is a delight over the holidays because they are often warm, cozy and decorated with festive trees and ornaments.  The aroma of baked goodies fills the air!  


Some sellers erroneously believe there is no chance to sell homes in the winter, but we have found that serious buyers look for homes even when it is icy and snowy outside!  In fact, Looky Lous rarely venture out in the winter!  Many sellers wait until spring to list their homes.  It is true that there are usually more buyers in spring and summer, but there are more houses on the market for sale too!  We recommend selling when you want to sell whatever the season!  There are compensating factors in both. 


We have both Utah Association of REALTORS (UAR) county statistics and Iron County Board of REALTORS Multiple Listing Service (MLS) graphs included in this important update:

According to most current UAR report attached, Iron County Median sales price is up 11.7% to $164,500 as compared to $147,500 in 2015.  Beaver County is $128,400 which is up 14.1%.  Washington County is up 6.3% to $239,000.  See attached for more details and for all Utah counties  


According to attached MLS graphs for all offices in the Board of REALTORS, ERA Realty Center sold more homes than any other office in 2016 as they have for many years.  We very much appreciate our clients and customers and send heartfelt thanks to all for their business!  We are grateful for loyal clients. 


According to the July 1 to October 31, 2016 MLS statistics, 319 homes sold under $199,999 and 223 homes sold above $200,000 up to infinity.  Homes are selling in all ranges when priced at market.  


For a free market value overview, please call our Naisbitt-Bagley Team today.  We advertise aggressively in print and all over the globe for buyers and for realtors!  Therefore, it is imperative that the price is right on homes and properties to entice buyers who see our ads to set up a tour and see your home or property! 


Current Market Analysis shows that more single family homes have sold than any other type of property during those months. 436 homes sold and there are 530 active home listings.  There are 1413 parcels of land and lots currently on the market, but only 180 sold in this period of time.  91 condos and townhomes sold and there are currently 98 on the market for sale.  Commercial properties are not selling quickly, but we do see some sales.

It is incredibly important to make sure homes and properties are ready to sell in order to attract your offer. An article in the November/December issue of the Residential Specialist magazine, instructs sellers to fix the following: 


“Things that are simple and easy to fix, but not too expensive, such as doors not hanging properly, condensation leaks in the furnace, broken cabinets, plumbing leaks, (like a pail under a sink), landscaping, painting, replacing internal and external light fixtures, simple hardware updates Electrical issues Items that are a clear safety risk or environmental issue, such as broken steps, loose or missing handrails or guard rails, buried or abandoned oil tanks”


The article continues and suggests that sellers “Take steps to appeal to buyers to get the best price for the home, without overspending on items that might not jibe with a buyer’s personal taste.”


We recommend that roofs and flooring are in good repair and that your home is decluttered and shows well enough to be in pictures because it will be–all over the world! Call our Team to answer questions regarding staging your home. 


For your free real estate consultation, please call our Naisbitt-Bagley Team today at ERA Realty Center at 435-865-1019 or email bagleyteam@gmail.com regarding staging, market pricing, questions, concerns, problems, and regarding our aggressive global market plan. We would love our expertise and top service to benefit you in helping you make your realty dreams become reality.  You can text or call Matt Bagley at 435-590-8788, Janet Naisbitt-Bagley at 435-559-7772, and Jennifer Corral at 435-559-0366.


Autumn/Halloween Naisbitt- Bagley Team Newsletter

Autumn/Halloween Naisbitt-Bagley Team Newsletter 2016 is Here for You from ERA Realty Center!


The leaves have been beautiful this year!  Fall is one of my favorite seasons!  We hope you are enjoying it and that all is well!


Everywhere we go, people want to know, how’s the real estate market?  We love to report that it is great!  It is on the rise, and we believe it is going to get even better!


Our real estate market is steady and successful!  The Utah Association of REALTORS (UAR) Local Market Update Report for August 2016 is attached.  It is the latest available since it takes the UAR approximately 2 months to compile all county statistics.   Utah’s closed sales and Median Sales prices are both up so far this year. Beaver county’s closed sales are up 4.2% year to date (YTD) and the Median Sales price is up 18.9% to $129,600.  Iron County Closed sales are up 12.5% for August 2016 as compared to August 2015; however, YTD closed sales are down 4.9%.  Iron County’s Median Sales Price is $161,000 which is up 11% YTD.  Washington County closed sales are up 7.8% YTD and the Median Sales Price is up 6.1% to $238,500.  Please see report for all counties and for details.


We would be reporting more closed sales in Southern Utah if we had more market-priced inventory.  We are seeing multiple offers because we have more buyers looking for homes than we have homes for sale.  Only one offer gets accepted by the seller, so the remaining buyers have to start their search again and may end up in still another multiple offer situation.


From MReport October 2016 issue, Lawrence Yun, NAR, is quoted, “With homebuilding activity still failing to keep up with demand and not enough current homeowners putting their home up for sale, prices continued their strong ascent.” Home ownership is down.  According to another article in this same magazine, more homes are being built to rent than average for past years.  Another article talks about buyers needing to know what it takes to buy.  Buying does require a good credit score and a good job.  While the economy is improving overall, some still have not recovered their losses from the past.  There is also an article talking about the high rents in the market “Creating First-Time Home buyers,’  It seems like a see-saw.  I believe owning your own home will emerge victorious! With low mortgage rates, buyers can still buy often for less than rent in spite of the rising of the Median Price.  This is a market where buyers and sellers are both coming out ahead in my opinion.


How do you sell a home in this real estate market?  Our Team does high quality and aggressive advertising for our sellers both online and in print ads.  People come to beautiful Southern Utah for diverse reasons such as the arts, drama, National Parks, sunsets, views, friendly people, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, summer games and more.  Many decide it might be fun to buy a home where most people come to play!  While more than 90% of buyers go online to find their homes, some buyers pick up the ad magazines and call later regarding what they see!  We advertise wherever we believe a buyer or REALTOR might be!  Our advertising is worldwide and very effective!


What do the sellers do to sell while we aggressively advertise all over the world?  Real estate must be priced at market in order to attract showings.  Then it must be beautiful and show well in order to attract an offer!  Please call our Team today for market pricing information and for staging hints.


According to Sept/Oct 2016 issue of The Residential Specialist magazine, Autumn is a great time to take inventory of your home!  The article suggests checking the interior, heating and cooling, electrical, doors and windows, plumbing, roof, foundation and exterior!  It is important to make sure that homes on the market have been properly maintained to avoid “surprise issues as colder weather arrives.”  I would like to add to that list to WINTERIZE and leave heat on if your home is vacant!  Also, this is a reminder to all owners to WINTERIZE evaporative coolers, sprinkler systems and more.  Our freezing temperatures are upon us!  Let’s be prepared.


For your free real estate consultation, please call our Naisbitt-Bagley Team at 435-865-1019 at ERA Realty Center or email bagleyteam@gmail.com.  You can text or call Mathew Bagley at 435-590-8788, Janet Naisbitt-Bagley at 435-559-7772 and Jennifer Corral at 435-559-0366. Please let us answer all of your questions and concerns.  We want our top experience, training and service to benefit you and help you to turn all of your realty dreams into reality.

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