Lake Havasu City, AZ Real Estate News

By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
The first major hurdle in buying a home is finding the right one.  Next, there's waiting for your offer to be accepted.  Then, you might stress over the appraisal.  Finally, you wait for the home inspection to pass.  So much stress!  These Lake Havasu home inspection no-nos help make this part of the home buying process a little easier.Lake Havasu Home Inspection No-NosPrice vs ExperienceOne of the first Lake Havasu home inspection no-nos involves procuring the inspector.  Your first instinct may be to choose the cheapest one you can find.  After all, you've already put so much money into the purchase of your property.  That's not always in your best interest.  Instead, look at their reputation and experience.  You want someone who utilizes the latest tools and technology as well.  Talk...
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By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Word's definitely going around.  Lake Havasu is THE place to be for fun in the sun!  First, Trip Advisor put Lake Havasu on its "Best Budget Spring Vacations Across America" list.  Then, our Lake Havasu community received over $2 million when Frontier Communications named it as one of "America's Best Communities".  Now, our Lake Havasu Lifestyle receives even more accolades with CarRental.com's "15 Waterfront Towns You Absolutely Must Visit" list.Why Our Lake Havasu Lifestyle is TopsResidents of Lake Havasu already know how great it is to live here.  More than 300 days of sunshine means lots of time on the lake.  But, when you need a break from the water, thousands of acres of vacant desert land surround our fair town.  That means hours of hiking, offroading, dirt bike riding and dry ca...
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By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
One of the great things about the Lake Havasu lifestyle involves the lake itself.  We can go boating almost any time of the year.  Living in the desert has its privileges.  Safety needs to be a concern.  Our local police partnered up with the Arizona Game and Fish Department for their Lake Havasu Life Jacket Exchange Program 2017.  This helps keep safety at the top of mind for everyone.What: Lake Havasu Life Jacket Exchange Program 2017 Where: London Bridge Beach Stage When: Saturday, May 20th, 9am to 12pm Contact: Sergeant Tom Gray, Public Information Officer (928) 855-1171Lake Havasu Life Jacket Exchange Program 2017In Lake Havasu, every craft on the water must include at least one appropriately-sized life jacket for everyone aboard.  That includes jet skis, Ski Doos, party barges, po...
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By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
The Lake Havasu lifestyle means more than just boating and offroading.  Some of the most interesting Lake Havasu real estate can be found underneath the water.  That's because we have a lake filled with carp, bass, catfish and sunfish.  This weekend, it's bass that we're after.  If you love to fish, you need to sign up for the 2017 Havasu Striper Derby.  Game on!What: 2017 Havasu Striper Derby Where: London Bridge Resort When: May 13 & 14, 5:30am Admission: $175 to $375 per team Contact: Bill Egan, Western Outdoor News (WON), (949) 366-0248 or via email2017 Havasu Striper DerbyWestern Outdoor News hosts the 2017 Havasu Striper Derby on May 13th and 14th.  Participants cast off from London Bridge Resort beginning at 5:30am on both days.  The popular blind bogey contest costs $40 per day....
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By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Just last month, Lake Havasu officials and residents received some very welcome news.  It was announced that the Havasu Vision 20/20 team won $2 million in the America's Best Communities contest held by Frontier Communications.  Of the eight finalists in this nationwide competition, only Huntington, West Virginia beat our little Lake Havasu community.Havasu Vision 20/20The idea behind the America's Best Communities contest was to inspire small towns across the USA to come up with ideas about improving their communities.  The contest encourages leaders of each community to find ways of improving the lives of its residents to help build a stronger future.  The money received by the winners of the contest helps make these ideas a reality.Havasu Vision 20/20 features a five tiered plan (cal...
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By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
It's that time of year again, folks.  Time for the 2017 Lake Havasu Desert Storm Poker Run!  If you only go to one event this year, make it the Desert Storm Poker Run.  There's a reason why Performance Boats Magazine placed it on their Top Five Poker Runs in the Nation. What: 2017 Lake Havasu Desert Storm Poker Run Where: Various Locations Around Lake Havasu When: May 3rd to 6th (times vary) Contact: Jim Nichols, Lake Racer (602) 578-5975 or via email2017 Lake Havasu Desert Storm Poker RunThe buzzing you hear above and below the lake next week will be coming from the 2017 Lake Havasu Desert Storm Poker Run.  That's because some of the teams employ the help of a helicopter overhead to watch their progress.  While it costs $500 per team to participate, spectators watch the action for FREE...
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By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Congratulations on your decision to buy a Lake Havasu home.  Our city offers so much for both visitors and residents.  Whether this will be your permanent home or a vacation getaway, Lake Havasu real estate makes a great investment.  When it comes to qualifying for a home, though, what do banks look for in Lake Havasu Buyers?What Banks Look for in Lake Havasu BuyersFinancial, Work and Home StabilityBanks take several factors into consideration when deciding whether Lake Havasu Buyers qualify for a mortgage.  First of all, you need to be show stability.  A strong work history with at least two years on your current job helps.  They also want to see that you have lived in one place for a significant amount of time.  Two years at your current address shows that you aren't hopping around fr...
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By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Everyone loves watching boats race out on our beautiful Lake Havasu.  But did you know they can race on land, too?  It's true!  Come to SARA Park on April 22nd for the 2017 Havasu Speedway Waterless Boat Race & Monster Truck Show.  You've got to see it to believe it!What: 2017 Havasu Speedway Waterless Boat Race & Monster Truck Show Where: Havasu 95 Speedway at SARA Park (7260 S Sara Pkwy) When: Saturday, April 22nd, 7pm Admission: $12 General, $10 Seniors, Military & Handicapped, $6 Kids Contact: Shelly Keirns, Havasu 95 Speedway (928) 230-5215 or via email2017 Havasu Speedway Waterless Boat Race & Monster Truck ShowThe Lake Havasu lifestyle involves embracing everything about the outdoors.  Whether by land or by lake, you always have something to do.  With a theme like "Night of Destr...
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By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
You've decided to sell your Lake Havasu home.  You want to upgrade to a larger property.  Or, you're an "empty nester" wishing to downsize.  You've listed your property and have already received an offer.  This could raise some questions in your mind.  Is my price too low?  Will there be other, higher offers coming in?  Should I take the first offer or should I wait?  Sometimes, the first offer IS the best offer.Seller Tips: Should I Take the First Offer or Should I Wait?When an offer comes in on their Lake Havasu home right away, even if it's for right at or just below asking, some Sellers doubt themselves.  The haste of a Buyer's offer has them asking themselves "have I listed it too low?  Should I take the first offer or should I wait?"  I want to alleviate these doubts.  Instead of ...
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By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
For the last 25 years, one boat show stood out above the rest.  And it's coming back to Havasu for its 26th year.  The Lake Havasu Boat Show 2017 hits Havasu State Park from April 7th to the 9th.  That's right!  For three days, find out what's new in pontoons, runabouts, wakeboards, jet skis, Ski Doos and much, MUCH more!What: Lake Havasu Boat Show 2017 Where: Havasu State Park When: April 7th to 9th, Fri - 12pm to 6pm, Sat - 9am to 6pm, Sun - 9am to 3pm Admission: $5 per person per day, Kids 6 & under FREE Contact: Bob Brown, Lake Havasu Boat Show (951) 501-0210 or via emailLake Havasu Boat Show 2017Looking for a new toy to play with on the water this summer?  Then you definitely want to visit the Lake Havasu Boat Show 2017.  Whether it's a fishing boat or day cruiser, jet ski or deck ...
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By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Word is getting out there, folks.  Havasu isn't just for spring break anymore.  In fact, Lake Havasu ranks #3 on top travel site TripAdvisor.com for budget-friendly vacation destinations.  The popular travel site recently released their list of Best Budget Spring Vacations Across America.  And Lake Havasu made the top three.Lake Havasu Ranks #3 on Top Travel SiteOur Havasu lifestyle resonates with others around the country.  Lake Havasu ranks #3 on top travel site TripAdvisor.com because of its low rental prices (average $589 per week), lots of sunshine and ample access to water or land activities.  Do you love classic cars?  You'll find car shows going on somewhere in the City at any time of the year.  Do you like to gamble?  Laughlin is just an hour's drive away on land or a quick jau...
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By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
The weather plays a huge factor in the Havasu lifestyle.  While we hear about the downpour of rain in California, twisters in tornado alley and winter storms back east, Lake Havasu City offers sunshine and 80F weather.  When the 2017 Havasu Triathlon and Toughman Half Arizona takes place this Saturday, they expect to see it reach as high as 95F.  That's why people surge in droves to live and play here!What: 2017 Havasu Triathlon and Toughman Half Arizona Where: Lake Havasu State Park (Windsor 4) When: Saturday, March 18, 7:30am Cost: FREE to Watch Contact: Race Director, Tucson Racing, via email racedirector@tucsonracing.com2017 Havasu Triathlon and Toughman Half ArizonaMaybe you aren't ready to participate in the 2017 Havasu Triathlon and Toughman Half Arizona yourself.  That's OK.  Yo...
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By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
You're a first time Havasu homeowner.  Congratulations!  That's quite an accomplishment.  What happens now?  If you've never owned a home before, you could come up against some unexpected expenses that you never had to face as a renter.  The following first time Havasu homeowner tips will help you be prepared.First Time Havasu Homeowner Tips (or What to Expect When You're Not Expecting It)In their Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report for 2017, the National Association of REALTORS@ says that Millennials (born after 1980) make up 34% of the home buying public.  This puts them firmly in the majority, followed closely by Baby Boomers.  For Millennials, a first time Havasu homeowner also means a first time homeowner period.  Home ownership does come with a learning curve.  The do...
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By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Nature plays a key factor in the Lake Havasu lifestyle.  We enjoy our 300+ days of annual sunshine in a variety of ways.  While the lake may still be a little chilly to play in, you can find plenty of other fun things to do.  For example, fill your tummy with yumminess at the 2017 Lake Havasu Brews and Brats Festival this weekend.What: 2017 Lake Havasu Brews and Brats Festival Where: Springberg-McAndrew Park (Querio Dr & McCulloch Blvd) When: Saturday, March 4th, 12pm to 4pm Admission: $25 per person Contact: Wayne LeGrand, Lake Havasu City Sunrise Rotary (928) 486-9050 or via email2017 Lake Havasu Brews and Brats FestivalWhy wait until October?  Enjoy a mini-Oktoberfest here in our own Lake Havasu community right now at the Lake Havasu Brews and Brats Festival.  Guests will have the op...
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By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Reports show that Millennials will make up the majority of home buyers in 2017.  The higher cost of rent partnered with low interest rates make the prospect of buying much more attractive for all demographics.  Don't be scared about where you'll get the money to buy a home.  That's because saving up for a Lake Havasu home is as easy as 1-2-3.Saving Up for a Lake Havasu HomeStep 1The first step in saving up for a Lake Havasu home is to pay down your debt.  Then, clean up your credit.  Your credit score weighs heavily in a bank's decision on whether or not to approve you for a mortgage.  It also helps determine your interest rate.  Lowering your debt increases your credit score.  However, you may still have mistakes on your credit report.  You can request your free credit report from all ...
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By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Since 2014, Hospice of Havasu has hosted a truly one-of-a-kind event.  At the Hospice of Havasu 2017 Reinvention Project and Auction, "reinventors" re-purpose different materials to create wonderful works of art.  Some art you look at.  Other pieces, you wear.  All of it is amazing.  And all money raised benefits Hospice of Havasu programs.What: Hospice of Havasu 2017 Reinvention Project and Auction Where: Nautical Beachfront Resort Convention Center When: Saturday, February 25th, 2pm to 4pm Admission: $10/person Contact: Kelly Parks, Hospice of Havasu (928) 453-2111 or via emailHospice of Havasu 2017 Reinvention Project and AuctionIf you've ever known a terminally ill loved one, you understand how hard this can be for them as well as yourself.  Hospice of Havasu helps make this final t...
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By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Remember back when rock-n-roll was king? Our Lake Havasu community brings the '50s back. All the cool cats bring their rockin' chicks to the Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion 2017 later this month. You're not going to want to miss it!What: Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion 2017 Where: Lake Havasu State Park Lot 4 When: February 17th to 19th, 12pm to 10pm Fri, 10am to 10pm Sat, 10am to 8pm Sun Admission: $12-$45 Contact: Kennie Cuppetelli, Events All Around (928) 846-0335 or via emailLake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion 2017Beginning at noon on February 17th, the Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion 2017 takes you back in time to when Elvis ruled the airwaves. Men...slick back your hair and roll up those shirt sleeves. Ladies...break out the red lipstick and your best pin-up style. Over 150 vendors sell t...
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By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Fireworks?  In February?  Yes!  There's more to our Lake Havasu lifestyle than the lake.  We enjoy the great outdoors by land, by water AND by air.  At the Lake Havasu 2017 Winter Blast Pyrotechnics Show, the fun takes to the skies with a beautiful display of fireworks.What: Lake Havasu 2017 Winter Blast Pyrotechnics Show Where: SARA Park (1799 Sara Pkwy) When: February 16th to 19th, Gates open at 3pm daily Admission: $5 per person (kids 5 & under are FREE) Parking: $5 per vehicle (no RVs allowed in parking area) Contact: Lake Havasu Convention & Visitors Bureau (928) 453-3444Lake Havasu 2017 Winter Blast Pyrotechnics ShowThe Lake Havasu 2017 Winter Blast Pyrotechnics Show allows professionals to show off their skills.  Members of the Western Pyrotechnic Association made our desert city...
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By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Do you want to know why people envy our Lake Havasu lifestyle?  While other parts of the country dig themselves out of the snow, we in the Lake Havasu community get to enjoy mild temps and sunny skies.  That's why we can celebrate 2017 Lake Havasu Winterfest outdoors...in February!What: 2017 Lake Havasu Winterfest Where: Main St (McCulloch Blvd between Acoma and Smoketreee) When: Feb 11, 9am to 5pm, Feb 12, 9am to 4pm Cost: FREE admission, FREE parking Contact: Amanda, Havasu Chamber of Commerce (928) 855-4115 or via email2017 Lake Havasu WinterfestOn the weekend of February 11th and 12th, more than 200 vendors showcase their wares at the 2017 Lake Havasu Winterfest.  Need a gift for a birthday, anniversary or Valentine's Day?  Visit one of the 400+ vendor booths.  Here, you'll find eve...
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By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Did you ever go to a rodeo when you were a kid?  Eight seconds feels much longer when it's spent on the back of a bull.  Relive these fond childhood memories.  Lake Havasu City welcomes cowboys one and all to the 2017 Grand Canyon Rodeo and Little Delbert Days.  This two day event serves up a healthy helping of rodeo fun with a side of old time country fair.What: 2017 Grand Canyon Rodeo and Little Delbert Days Where: SARA Park Rodeo Grounds When: January 28th & 29th, 10am to 4pm Admission: $15/adult, FREE/kids 15 & under Contact: Sandi Nagel, Friends of the Fair, email: sandi@campbellredimix.com2017 Grand Canyon Rodeo and Little Delbert DaysThe Friends of the Fair hosts the 2017 Grand Canyon Rodeo and Little Delbert Days specifically to promote family-friendly fun through equestrian eve...
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