Arizona Living | Colorado River Real Estate

Arizona Homes for Sale | Colorado River Real Estate

A dose of sunshine may just be what the doctor has ordered for you. I'm here to share with you that there's no sunshine drought along the shore lines of the Colorado River. With nearly 300+ days of sunshine a year, the Colorado River is the ideal destination spot for sun seekers, and out-door enthusiasts alike this side of the Mississippi. 

The Colorado River offers it's residents and visitors the best of both worlds with the excitement of Las Vegas style casino gaming and entertainment of Laughlin, NV to the west, and the small town feeling of Bullhead City, AZ to the east of the river. Both communities are located on the banks of the Colorado River and are only a stones throw away from one another.

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Unsurprisingly, the Colorado River's most popular outdoor activities are focused on "the River" and Lake Mohave. Residents and visitors alike enjoy boat rentals, fishing, kayaking, diving, golf, casino gaming, and jet skiing. The water is always warm enough for pleasant swimming.

With the wide variety of vacation-like pursuits, it’s no wonder there’s so many great real estate opportunities in the river cities. From casinos and river walks to tubing and beaches, it’s plain to see that at the Colorado River cities, there really is something for everyone – so don’t just visit.

There is a wide variety of housing options available; whether you’re looking for a Colorado Riverfront, privacy in one of the area's 55+ Communities, or an Executive Style Golf Course Home in Laughlin Ranch, our real estate experts have you covered. With superior knowledge of the area and the housing market, you can trust us to help you find the home of your dreams. Make your experience of this incredible area permanent and start searching the amazing 

To schedule a viewing of a home at the river, Call Richard Lerma at (951)264-5690.

 

July 18, 2017

Laughlin - A Little About Laughlin, NV

Laughlin, Nevada | Get the Know!

Laughlin, Nevada | Colorado River Real Estate Resource

Laughlin, Nevada is a rustic resort and gambling town located on the Colorado River at the very southern point of Nevada. Laughlin was a very small rural town from the late 1800s through the Great Depression, until its first casino opened in the 1960s. Since then it has thrived as one of the top three gambling destinations in the country (next to Las Vegas and Reno) and is a very popular landing for RV travelers, Winter "Snowbirds," and retiree's looking to purchase a home in one of the area's premiere Active Adult 55+ Communities.

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The prominent gambling atmosphere may sound like Laughlin is ‘adults only,’ but the town is actually a popular haven for families as well due to the impressive variety of outdoor activities. Like other desert towns in the area, residents of Laughlin enjoy scenic rugged landscapes and access to the Colorado River. Like the neighboring Bullhead City, Arizona Laughlin has nearly year-round sunshine, making it a very popular destination for retirees and anyone else looking to outrun the colder, drearier parts of the country. The area has a desert climate and only receives a few inches of precipitation annually. The folks who call these desert cities home like it hot. Really hot. It’s not unusual to have temperatures over 100?F during the summer months. Fortunately, the Colorado River and Lake Mohave provide plenty of aquatic recreation to help cool off.

Unsurprisingly, Laughlin’s most popular outdoor activities are focused on the Colorado River and Lake Mohave. Residents and visitors alikeLaughlin, NV | Colorado River Real Estate Resource enjoy boat rentals, fishing, kayaking, diving, and jet skiing. The water is always warm enough for pleasant swimming. With the wide variety of vacation-like pursuits, it’s no wonder there’s so many great Real Estate Opportunities in Laughlin.  Many retirees looking for a town with festive nightlife choose Laughlin as their retirement destination because of its lively atmosphere of gambling, water recreation, shopping, and entertainment. With almost 365 cloudless days a year, you’re virtually guaranteed a great desert sunset to end your days.

Laughlin, NV | Colorado River Real Estate ResourceResidents of Laughlin enjoy community parks, fishing, strolls along the river walk, hiking, golfing, and more. The city hosts many local music and sporting events year-round, as well as a holiday light show around Christmas time. There are ghost towns nearby to explore, and you can even tour the dam. You’ll be hard-pressed to run out of things to do, but in that unlikely scenario, Las Vegas is a 90 minutes drive northwest as well as Arizona's world famous Lake Havasu City an hour to the south (driving through the unique desert landscape is a journey in and of itself). 

From casinos and river walks to tubing and beaches, it’s plain to see that in Laughlin, there really is something forLaughlin, NV | Colorado River Real Estate Resource everyone! There is a wide variety of housing options available; whether you’re looking for a modest Colorado Riverfront Home or a luxury hideout in Laughlin Ranch, our real estate experts have you covered. With superior knowledge of the area and the housing market, you can trust us to help you find the home of your dreams.

Make your experience of this incredible area permanent and start searching the amazing real estate available in Laughlin, Nevada by calling Richard Lerma at (951)264-5690 to schedule a showing.

July 17, 2017

Arizona Houses for Sale | Colorado River | Bullhead City Real Estate

Bullhead City, AZ Real Estate

Arizona Houses for Sale | Colorado River Real Estate | Bullhead City

Bullhead City, Arizona is a beautiful desert oasis near the banks of Lake Mohave, a reservoir on the Colorado River. 90 miles south of Las Vegas, Bullhead City was originally founded in the 1940s as a result of the construction on the Davis Dam. Visitors and residents today are glad that this old construction town was recognized for its stunning beauty and transformed over the years into a thriving vacation and residential community.

Arizona Houses for Sale | Colorado River | Bullhead City Real EstateAs the largest city in Mohave County, there is plenty of room to stretch out and find the activities that appeal most to you and your family. But Bullhead prides itself on maintaining that friendly, small-town feel you won’t find just anywhere. This city has an energetically casual lifestyle and hosts fun local events like barbecues, cooking competitions, sports tournaments, and even a massive innertube float down the Colorado River once a year.

Bullhead City has nearly year-round sunshine, making it a very popular destination for retirees and anyone else looking to outrun the colder, drearier parts of the country. The area has a desert climate and only receives a few inches of precipitation annually. The folks who call Bullhead home like it hot. Really hot. It’s not unusual to have temperatures over 100 F during the summer months. Fortunately, the crystal blue waters of the Colorado River and Lake Mohave provides plenty of aquatic recreation to help cool off.

Popular water-based activities include boat rentals, fishing, kayaking, diving, and jet skiing. Sun-seekers will enjoy the sandy beaches and pleasant swimming. With the wide variety of vacation-like pursuits, it’s no wonder that the real estate in Bullhead City has become increasingly desirable.  

Many retirees with active lifestyles choose Bullhead City as their retirement destination because of its lively atmosphere ofLaughlin, Nevada | Houses for Sale | Colorado River Real Estate gambling, water recreation, and entertainment. Dreamy desert sunsets are the perfect end to fun-filled days in Bullhead. Residents of Bullhead enjoy a number of amazing community parks, boat ramps, fishing locations, and a state-of-the-art sports complex that plays host to a number of large-scale tournaments and competitions. You’ll be hard-pressed to run out of things to do, but in that unlikely scenario, Las Vegas is an hour and a half drive northwest and world famous Lake Havasu City to the south. Plus, the gambling town of Laughlin is right across the river. Families looking for real estate in Bullhead will be pleased to know that the city boasts a number of accredited schools, including Mohave Community College.

Arizona Houses for Sale | Colorado River Real Estate | Bullhead CityFrom casinos and skate parks to tubing and beaches, it’s plain to see that in Bullhead City, there really is something for everyone – so don’t just visit. There is a wide variety of housing options available; whether you’re looking for a Riverfront Home or a sprawling luxury hideout, our real estate experts have you covered. With superior knowledge of the area and the housing market, you can trust us to help you find the home of your dreams. Make your experience of this incredible area permanent and start searching the amazing real estate available in Bullhead City, Arizona!

For more information about buying or selling a home at the Colorado River, contact Richard Lerma at (951)264-5690. 

 

July 14, 2017

Arizona Living | Colorado River

Arizona's Colorado River

Arizona Houses for Sale | Colorado River Real Estate

The mighty Colorado River is one of the longest rivers in the continental United States. It passes through seven total U.S. states, but the most beautiful passage occurs in Arizona. This has made Arizona an increasingly popular destination for many Americans, from those looking for riverfront homes to those looking to retire in golf course communities. Lake and riverfront living has become more and more attractive option for homeowners, and it doesn’t get much better than the Colorado River. 

Colorado River Scenery 

Arizona Homes for SaleDue to the increase in demand for this amazing real estate, the supply has grown to meet it. Finding a Colorado River home has never been easier or more affordable. The river itself is incredibly beautiful, and dams interspersed along its course have also created a number of lakes. These lakes have facilitated the growth of various towns such as world famous Laughlin, NV., Bullhead City, and Lake Havasu City that are focused on water recreation and tourism. The banks of the Colorado River itself is home to a variety of wonderful plants such as blooming Ocotillo's, the iconic saguaro cactus, yellow-flowered creosote bush, and exotic-looking Joshua tree.

Colorado River Recreation

The Colorado River is a very popular destination for world-class power boating, kayaking, as well as fishing. The riverArizona Houses for Sale | Colorado River Real Estate offers refreshing blue waters, and outstanding boating conditions ideal for skiing, rafting, and swimming. Fishermen are drawn by the rich biodiversity of fish that reside there, including brown trout and Colorado pikeminnow. Even for folks looking to live on the river and not take part in the water recreation can enjoy watching the nearby adventure taking place right in their backyard.

Real Estate Along the Colorado River

Arizona Houses for Sale | 55 Plus CommunitiesNo matter what you’re looking for, there are houses for sale along the Colorado River in Arizona that are perfect for you, and they’re more affordable than you might think.

55 or older? Visit our listings just for you! 55-Plus communities, and Golf Course Communities waiting to be discovered.  You’re guaranteed to find current properties and accurate information about houses for sale, as well as property photos that give you ‘the big picture.’ We’re confident that you’ll find a house that peaks your interest; with the incredible landscape and recreational elements that only the mighty Colorado River can provide, there’s a home for everyone in Arizona. 

We can help you find your Colorado River dreamArizona Houses for Sale | Laughlin Ranch | Golf Course Homes home: private beaches, private docks, balconies, river views, and any other amenities you  could hope for. Not to mention, the golf courses in Arizona near the Colorado River are some of the most stunning in the country. Many of these golf courses are spectacular desert oases that make for both a great living community as well as a great round of golf. Check out Laughlin Ranch, the Colorado Rivers premiere master planned golf course community and thousands of real estate listings along the Colorado River. Our team of experienced realtors are happy to help you and answer any questions about finding your dream home.

 

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April 27, 2017

Best Golf at The Colorado River & Laughlin. Here's where to play.

Colorado River | Golf | Arizona Real Estate

Best Golf Courses To Play At The Colorado River, Arizona and Laughlin, Nevada. Browse our selection of the best golf courses to play along the Colorado River. While reviewing our list of the best Colorado River golf courses, we wouldn't be surprised if you discover you'd like to Buy a House at one of your favorite golf course communities.  

Laughlin Ranch Golf Club

Laughlin Ranch Golf Course is a spectacular desert oasis located at the foothills of the scenic Black Mountains, with amazing views of the entire Colorado River Valley, and Laughlin, NV Strip. This challenging public course extends over 7,000 yards with outstanding elevations, generous fairways and pristine greens. Designed by David Druzisky, Laughlin Ranch is a full service course with a pro shop, clubhouse, restaurant, sports bar, and full service day spa. To schedule your next tee time, Call 1+866-684-4653.

Chaparral Golf and Country Club

Golf | Bullhead City | Arizona Homes for SaleChaparral Golf Club is the original golf course in Bullhead City, Arizona. Here you'll enjoy a relaxed feeling when playing this serene 9 or 18 hole course. Chaparral boasts a friendly environment with it's local and part- time resident players from all over the country, as well as the courses generous tree lined fairways and open greens. This beautiful course can be played with two-split tee boxes for each hole, on the first nine you play off the blue tee box and on the back nine you play off the red tee box.  To schedule a tee time, Call 1+928-758-3939.

Riverview RV Resort & Golf Club

Golf | Arizona | Colorado RiverRiverview RV Resort & Golf Club is a Colorado River hidden gem of a course. This little 9 hole, par 3 public course on the Colorado River offers challenging rolling terrain, water hazards, bunkers, sumptuous greens. Located in a friendly 55 + resort community with houses lining the fairways, your round of golf will be filled with many smiles and waves from the area residents. Book your next tee time by calling 1+928-758-5950.

Los Lagos Golf Club

Los Lagos Golf | Arizona Homes for SaleThe Colorado River Valley area's newest championship 18 hole public course is an absolutely stunning desert masterpiece sculpted from natural desert landscape with incredible mountain views from one of four sets of tees. Designed by Ted Robinson, Los Lagos Golf Club is a pleasure to play, and at the same time challenging enough for all player levels. Features include a pro shop, practice facility, and a breathtaking residential community that compliments this picturesque desert resort.

Huukan Golf Club

Huukan Golf Course | Arizona Homes for SaleFormerly Desert Lakes Golf Course, Huukan GC has quickly regained it's reputation as one of the more challenging 18 hole public courses in the Colorado River Valley area for it's strategic water hazards, and well-placed sand bunkers. This medium length par 72 course features 6,569 yards is ideal for the average golfer looking to enjoy a beautiful day on the course.

It would be our pleasure to help you Buy or Sell your next Colorado River house, condominium or vacant land. For more information, Call 1-951-264-5690.

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Nov. 30, 2016

Laughlin Ranch | Bullhead City, AZ

Laughlin Ranch | Golf & Spa | Colorado River, AZ Real EstateExperience the beauty and grandeur of Laughlin Ranch located in Bullhead City, Arizona. A 10,000 acre master planned community is set within the majestic desert landscape of the Mohave Deserts Black Mountains. Considered by many to be the future of the Colorado River, this amazing desert community offers unparalleled scenery coupled with breath taking views of surrounding Black Mountains, Laughlin Casino Row and the Colorado River Valley.

Enjoy the award winning golf course at Laughlin Ranch which is "public friendly" and is the finest golfing experience along the Colorado River.  Designed by David Druzisky, Laughlin Ranch offers a challenging design with nearly 80 sand traps, 3 lakes, strategically placed streams, and outstanding conditioned fairways enveloped by natural desert settings. Laughlin Ranch is ideal for all golfing levels and with it's multiple elevation changes through out the course, even experienced golfers will find the course challenging.

For the ultimate pampering experience, try Laughlin Ranches full-service spa, and salon offering state of the art treatments, massages, facials, hair styling and much more.  Just a short trip from Laughlin's Casino Row, The Clubhouse offers an outstanding dining experience in a relaxed and tranquil setting.

When you think you've seen it all, be sure to explore each of Laughlin Ranches privately gated communities that are nestled within its award winning champion golf course.  Here you'll find a variety of superior desert lifestyle homes suited for all of your living needs. With home prices starting in the low $200's and extending beyond $1M, your sure to find the perfect home to suit your lifestyle.

Call Richard at (951)-264-5690 for information about Buying or Selling.

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July 11, 2015

864 Country Club Drive

Kingman, Arizona Home for Sale

864 Country Club Drive, Kingman, Arizona 86401

Pre-Auction Property Listing for Sale - Cerbat Cliff's Golf Course Community

Offered for Sale by Richard Lerma with Realty One Group Mountain Desert. This mini- estate is a bank owned property being offered for sale at an upcoming on-line auction. 864 Country Club Drive is a well appointed home located in one of Kingman's most desirable golf course communities, "Cerbat Cliffs".  Just minutes from historic Route 66, Interstate 40, and a few hours from Phoenix and Los Angeles.

An excellent opportunity to own an amazing single story home in one of Kingman, Arizona's most scenic golf course communities. This home is for sale and offers a spacious 2,690 square foot split floor plan with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, a great room, dining area, breakfast nook and 3 car attached garage. Enjoy this sprawling single story home with a beautifully designed layout perfect for entertaining as well as large gatherings. Amenities include a gourmet kitchen, formal dining room, and office/ den area off the master suite.

This split floor plan has two bedrooms on one side of the home divided by a full bath with tiled bath area. The master suite comes included with a spacious master bath with garden tub and separate walk in shower, full vanity and walk in closet with organizers. The in suite bedroom off the master bedroom is perfect for additional guests or extended family members.  

Be the first to see this home before it's offered for sale to the general public at the upcoming on-line auction. Simply contact Richard Lerma at (951)264-5690 to arrange a private showing of this mini estate.

 

June 24, 2015

Tropical Paradise 2888 Desert Vista Dr

Colorado River Home for Sale

Just Listed in Desert Foothills Estates "The Highlands"

 

Desert Oasis Home for sale at 2888 Desert Vista Drive - Bullhead City, AZ 86442

Your Colorado River Tropical Paradise is ready for you, 2888 Desert Vista Drive is being offered at the incredible price of $369,999.  2888 Desert Vista Drive located in Desert Foothills Estates in the private gated neighborhood of "The Highlands", just minutes from the excitement of Laughlin, Nevada casino's and the crystal blue waters of the Colorado River.

Oasis in the desert. One of a kind tropical retreat with pool/ spa, multiple water falls and mature palm trees. Located in Desirable Desert Foothills Estates in the gated community of The Highlands. Enjoy this spacious single story home with great room and large open kitchen. Property amenities include a spacious master retreat, 2 full sized bedrooms, office/ den, in-door laundry, 3 car extended garage, and RV parking. Enjoy amazing views from the comfort of your own paradise of the Colorado River, dazzling Laughlin casino lights and Lake Mohave. Property comes furnished, all you need to bring with you is your swim suit and your margarita glass. This home is an exceptional value for all of the amazing amenities that are being offered.

The seller would like to sell this home completely furnished and will accommodate a quick closing. Be sure to check out the video of this home. Thank you for visiting our real estate blog.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Richard Lerma with Lerma Real Estate Service-Realty One Group Mountain Desert by email at richard.lerma@gmail.com or direct at 951-264-5690.

Feb. 3, 2015

Best OHV Trails | Bullhead City - Lake Havasu, AZ

Off Road Trails | Arizona | Colorado River & Lake Havasu City

1. Eagle Pass Trail

Colorado River Real EstateEagle Pass is an easy loop trail from Needles that can be done in half a day. The loop follows part of the long East Mojave Heritage Trail, the full length of which is no longer open to vehicle travel. The trail leaves from the center of Needles and almost immediately travels along a loose, gravelly trail toward the Sacramento Mountains. It enters a canyon that climbs gently toward Eagle Pass. The towering bulk of Eagle Peak is immediately to the north. The vegetation is a mixture of sage, smoke trees, Mojave yuccas, chollas, and barrel cacti. Special Attractions: Rockhounding for jasper; Trail is part of the East Mojave Heritage Trail; Remote trail traveling along desert washes. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.

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2. Moss Mine Trail

This short spur trail leads along a rutty trail to the remains of the Moss Mine. The major attraction is the mine, which has some interesting ruins of stone buildings, many adits and shafts, and a steel headframe. The ruins make an excellent subject for photographers. There are many side trails leading from Moss Mine and along some of the washes, and a keen explorer will be able to find one of several different routes through to Mossback Wash Trail. However, these un-mapped trails can be confusing to follow and it is easy to get bushed. Make sure you are carrying at least a topographic map and compass if you are planning to attempt any of these routes. Special Attractions: Extensive remains of Moss Mine; Access to a network of other 4WD trails; Can be combined with Mossback Wash Trail and Thumb Butte Trail to make a full day tour. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.

3. Oatman Warm Springs Trail

This trail combines a long, interesting drive, a short walk, and wide-ranging views. It leaves from the community ofColorado River Real Estate Golden Shores along a wide, graded (though often washboardy) road. The turnoff for the trail proper is 6.4 miles along this road. The turn is well used but very narrow, and with no marker it is easy to miss. If you come to a windmill, a stone tower, and a dwelling on the graded road, you have gone 1 mile too far. Special Attractions: Oatman Warm Springs; Trail running along the edge of the Warm Springs Wilderness; Far-reaching views of the Black and Mohave Mountains; Wildflower-viewing in spring. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.

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4.  Mossback Wash Trail

This narrow, winding single track meanders through some spectacular Black Mountains scenery before dropping into Mossback Wash. It leaves from Thumb Butte Trail along a wash, before climbing out and winding its way over ridges, dropping often to cross through narrow gully washes. After 2.6 miles, the trail passes Mossback Mine, another of John Moss’s claims. The mine has large tailings heaps and adits. Nearby are caves reputed to be the hideout of some German prisoners of war from World War II who escaped from the camp in Kingman. Special Attractions: Viewing wild burros and bighorn sheep; Spectacular scenery in the Black Mountains; Mossback Mine and German Soldiers Caves. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.

5. Thumb Butte Trail

This extremely pretty route takes the back country traveler along the western side of the Black Mountains, through rugged terrain, gravelly washes, and remnants of the mining era. The trail leaves Arizona 68 to the west of Union Pass on an unmarked but well-used gravel road, 19.5 miles west of Kingman. A series of turns leads to increasingly smaller and less traveled roads, passing around the distinctive rock spire of Thumb Butte. Special Attractions: Spectacular scenery in the Black Mountains; Old mine remains; Thumb Butte; Wild burros. High-clearance 4WDs are required. This trail has either a rough, rutted surface, rocks up to 9 inches, mud and deep sand that may be impassable for inexperienced drivers, or stream crossings up to 18 inches deep. Certain sections may be steep enough to cause traction problems, and you may encounter very narrow shelf roads with steep drop-offs and tight clearance between rocks or trees.

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6. Backway to Oatman

Colorado River Real Estate Search This route roughly follows the original bed of the old Mohave and Milltown Railroad. A hiking trail follows the railroad route, while the four-wheel-drive route weaves back and forth across it. Look at the trail markers carefully to see whether they are for hikers or Jeeps. Most of this road is fairly flat and can be driven in a high-clearance two-wheel-drive vehicle. Four-wheel drive may be needed occasionally after heavy rains when ruts and washouts occur. The road is sometimes faint and difficult to find, especially at the west end. Use Boundary Cone as a directional landmark. The trail can also be driven in the opposite direction.

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The next time that you visit the Colorado River communities, be sure to get out on one of your favorite off-road trails and explore the beauty of Western Arizona.  We encourage you to practice safety at all times and have fun! 

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Jan. 28, 2015

7 - Buck Saving Household Tricks

7 - Buck Saving Household Tricks

Little ideas that help you keep a few more dollars in your pocket.

By Richard Lerma

 

Money Saving IdeasCould you use a few extra dollars this year to purchase some new patio furniture, spruce up your kitchen, upgrade your garden or maybe take a mini getaway?  Try these 7 buck saving household tricks and begin saving a few extra dollars this year that you would normally pay out to your favorite electric or gas company.  Saving money has never been easier when you start making these little changes in your household habits and the way that you maintain important components.  Your pocket book will benefit this year when you implement all 7 ideas and so will your friends and family when you take a minute to share with them.   

1. Reduce the size of your dryer ventilation hose.  This small idea is "free" and will save you $25 to $30 a year on your gas (natural & LP) or electric bill for your home.  Would you like for your clothes to dry a little sooner? Simply start by trimming your hose enough to pull it away from the wall, and eliminate any obstructions.  That simple! Start saving time and money.

2. Sorry folks!!! Save nearly a couple of hundred dollars a year by running only one refrigerator.  If it's more than a decade old, it's probably not energy efficient and is using up more electricity to power your home than you probably would like to. Here you'll gain more interior garage space at the same time, you'll enjoy fresher food and beverages.

3. When running your air-conditioner and heater, be sure to close all open cabinets, closet doors, and pet doors to lower the amount of home you're cooling and heating. This little exercise of making sure these doors are secure could realize as much as a $5.00 savings per month...do the math.

4. Lower the temperature on your water heater. If it's set at 130 degrees F or higher to get hot water a little faster to the sink or shower, be aware that even lowering 10 or 20 degrees could save you $30 to $40 a year.  The benefit to lowering the temperature could also save you from potential scalds.

5. Replace your central air-conditioning filters each month during the summer to keep air flowing freely through the system, ducts and help keep the the blower motor running efficiently.  Purchase a 3-pack of filters for as little as $10-$12 and begin saving as much as $60.00 a year.  In addition, prolong the life of your unit, which in the long run will save you thousands of dollars by not having to replace expensive fan motors parts.

6. When you're finished using your computer and monitor, set it to sleep mode.  Adjust your computers settings to "sleep mode" after 10 minutes or so.  This an easy fix, but one that will help you save at least $75.00 a year on your electric bill.  Your computer will appreciate the extra time off and will help prolong the life of the monitor and hard drive.

7. Install ceiling fans. In the winter, run it at low speed in a clockwise direction to re-circulate the warm air that rises to the ceiling. This will allow you to lower the thermostat a couple of degrees. Cost of fan is normally a couple of hundred dollars with about $100 per year off your heating bills.  In the summer, reverse the fan direction and the airflow creates a windchill effect, making you feel cooler.

Lerma Real Estate Services thanks you for taking the time to read and share our blog article.  It's our pleasure to help you save money on the maintenance of your biggest investment...your home or investment property.  Our pledge to our customers is to provide you with the highest level of trust, loyalty, and service when helping you buy or sell a home.  Please visit and share our easy to use MLS property search website at www.Homesalesbullheadlaughlin.com to view the newest homes, land, foreclosures and short sale listing in Bullhead City, Laughlin, NV., and All Colorado River communities.

 

 

 

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Jan. 8, 2015

"Six Time Tested Homebuyer Tips"

"Six Time Tested Homebuyer Tips"

By Richard Lerma-Lerma Real Estate Services, LLC.

 

Bullhead City Buying a home Real EstateBuying a home is most likely the single largest investment someone will make in their lifetime.  Like any major decision in life, you'll want to educate yourself first and get all of the facts before diving in with both feet.  Read "Six Time Tested Homebuyer Tips" before you take the plunge into the real estate pool and insure your buying success. 

We have 25 years of real estate experience and have successfully helped hundreds of buyers achieve the dream of home ownership.  During our time in real estate, we've certainly see our share of successful transactions and not so successful ones. Let us share with you what we believe to be valuable time tested tips that will help you save thousands of dollars when buying a home and help you sleep better at night about your investment.

1. Select a real estate agent to represent you. The sellers agent represents the seller and owes certain duties to the seller. You'll want someone in your corner to negotiate and work hard for you. Ask a trusted source for a referral to a reputable real estate agent that they or someone they have used in the past to buy or sell a home.

2. Get pre-approved with a mortgage specialist. Know how much home you can afford before you start looking for a homes. A strong pre-approval is like money in the bank, it strengthens your negotiating position with the seller. Keep in mind that there's nothing more dis-heartening than finding the perfect home, than finding out that you're not qualified to purchase it. Get pre-approved!

3. Now the fun starts. Take the time upfront to communicate your buying needs with your REALTOR. Let them know the type of home that you're looking for, i.e. price, neighborhood, size, bedrooms, features, etc.  A smart agent will take the time upfront to consult with you before wasting your time showing you homes that don't meet your buying criteria. There's nothing more frustrating than looking at homes that don't match your needs.

4. Once you've identified where you want to live and the details of the type of home your interested in, have your agent sign you up for a detailed property search that alerts you by email of the newest listings and price changes in the neighborhood you've chosen, example (www.homesalesbullheadlaughlin.com). Be aggressive and stay abreast of the newest listings in your area, as you don't want to miss out on the right home.

5. You've located the perfect home...Make an offer based on the sellers motivation, condition of home, and comparable closed sales in the neighborhood. If you're in a multiple offer situation, you may want to make a strong offer so, that you don't lose the deal to another party. Your agent can help you identify an potential weaknesses in the seller's position to help you negotiate the best possible deal. Once again, buyer representation is critical. 

6. Negotiations are complete. You're going to make sure that you do your due diligence and have the home inspected by a licensed home inspector. Your real estate agent can refer you to three reputable inspectors in town that you can call and interview. The cost typically ranges from $300 and up depending on the size of the home, this may be the best money ever spent. You're going to want to be concerned about the condition of the roof, plumbing, electrical, hvac, and most major mechanical items of the home. If any of the mentioned items are not working, don't be afraid to ask the seller to fix them or give you a credit to fix them at close of escrow.

In our opinion, these are important steps to insuring a positive buying experience. Buying a home doesn't have to be hard or stressful, follow these buying tips and make your dream of homeownership one that will keep you smiling. Thank you for allowing us to share this with you!

 

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