Decades ago, the book Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) was a popular fictional tale set in the far future of 1984. By 1984 we were cautioned, we could be watched by Big Brother, but hoped it wouldn’t be a reality, and doubted it, right?

In the mid 90s I began working in television in California, and was sent across country to learn about current and soon-to-be more updated information gathering. I was shocked to learn that many average television viewers were already being watched, and it would become even more prevalent and gather more information on many of us, than we knew and would likely approve.

Here we are at the last months of 2016 and every action and word we say can be gathered by complete strangers and put on view for all to see. Watch yourself.

Saturday, October 8 from 9 am to 3 pm

Have you upgraded to the latest iPhone? Are you looking to improve your iPhoneography? Well, it’s that time again! I’m teaching another iPhoneography Workshop at Sedona Arts Center on Saturday, October 8th from 9 am to 3pm. Join me at the arts center for a fun day, learning tips and tricks to help you take your photography to the next level! Haven't upgrade, but still own an iPhone? No Problem! I cover it all...

Why settle for a snapshot, when you can create a masterpiece? In my one-day workshop, you will learn how to take amazing photos using only your iPhone, iPad or iPad Mini. You’ll learn how to shoot, edit and share remarkable landscapes, portraits and the macro world around you all from your iPhone. Explore amazing new tools of the trade such as an external zoom, macro, wide-angle, fish-eye lenses (currently for iPhone 6–6s/Plus), explore using mini-tripods (that you will get free by taking this class) and so much more. Learn to use basic framing techniques and editing tools to move beyond the ‘snapshot’ and into the realm of stunning photography.

 

As we find ourselves in the middle of the busy fall season, it should be noted that it's on target with annual averages.  There are currently 392 residential units on the market (includes homes, condos, townhomes, manufactured) and approximately 20% of the available homes are tied up with buyers.  There are 85 homes in escrow, which leaves true available inventory at 307 units.  If you look closely at the homes in the process of being purchased - the median price is approximately $500k.  Of these 85 homes the average market time is 148 days on market - which is about a month shorter than the average market time to sell.  This solidifies what I have been telling clients for the last year or so - "If it's priced well when it comes on the market it's often sold in a matter of days."

Inventory of available homes in the lower price ranges is shrinking rapidly - under $300k there are only 3 available homes and an additional 12 condos and townhomes.  This is a major decrease in availability over the last year - and there's no end in sight for the upward movement of the lower end of our marketplace.  There's a fair bit of interest in the mid range homes ($500k-$750k) with 26 homes currently tied up with buyers, 11 homes in escrow between $750k-$1M, and 4 homes over $1M.  Most of the numbers are as expected, but the suprise is the $500k-$750k range coming in much healthier than it has been for the last few years.

The wildcard in the current Sedona real estate market is the January 1st rollout of the short term vacation rentals (see a prior RRN article here).  I'm not sure of how this will play out - but there's already an increase in the number of vacation rentals available in Sedona as of January 1!  There was also a recent article that showed that an apartment complex has posted eviction notices to tenants and were told that the complex will be rented out as short term rentals.  I'm sure that we'll see more about this in the coming months, but a quick look at the inventory of rental homes shows that demand is very high.  I'm predicting a rise in sales in the next few months as owners prepare to rent out for both short term and long term.  Stay tuned...

Wow, Everyone wants to know what has been going on?  The Pisces Lunar Eclipse is today Sept. 16 at 12:05 pm pacific, 3:05 pm eastern time, and karma has been erupting. Buried secrets have been, and are being exposed.

 

Pisces is the sign of the hidden, the spirit, the ethers; what is bubbling in the mysterious world of the unseen, where God’s record-keeping of us all is located.

 

When people are drawn to me for Readings, I look at who you created yourself to be; thereby your character traits, talents, and can see what your yesterdays were like; I see who you are now, based on how many years you’ve lived, i.e. your birth planets’ zodiac sign traits advanced in movement through the zodiac, changing your personality and motivations; and see how things look in life now, and what the various horizons look like for your tomorrows.

Many think you are just your sun sign and nothing changes.  Oooh, you are so much more than your sun sign, and it all Does change!   Often!

Last month I commented on the amount of new construction I saw on my summer vacation to Colorado, Seattle and San Francisco. While Sedona does not have the same vibrant real estate market as those two large metropolitan areas, there’s still a lot happening in our little town.

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