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Monday Morning Coffee with Alejandro Gutierrez

Sedona AZ (December 4, 2017)Join real estate insider Alejandro Gutierrez, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, as he shares his Monday Morning Coffee with you from Sedona, Arizona:


Mortgage rates are holding steady and Sedona sales are booming. Recent economic events have had little impact and Sedona’s residential homes sold volume from Jan-Nov 2017 was +19.5% vs. year ago, while new listings were down -32.0% vs. year ago.

The unemployment rate, which is based on a separate survey, unexpectedly declined from 4.2% to 4.1%, which was the lowest level since December 2000. However, since the drop was due to a large number of people choosing to leave the labor force rather than more people finding jobs, this was not viewed as a sign of strength.

Fed related events caused no surprises, and future monetary policy will probably resemble past monetary policy.

All in all, no real effect on your mortgage rates and it is a great time to sell.


A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~ Tenneva Jordan

I knew I was not supposed to be quite so excited. I was too old for that. At age eleven, the oldest and my mom’s “grown up” girl, I had to keep my cool.

I was in middle school after all. But every chance I got, when I was alone, I checked each present under the tree. I read every tag and felt every package, guessing at the contents within.

I had examined each gift so often that I could tell which present went to which person without even looking at the tags.

It had been a tough year for my family. Whenever my mom looked over at the tree and scattered presents, she would sigh and warn us, “There won’t be as much for Christmas this year. Try not to be disappointed.”

Christmas had traditionally been a time for my parents to spoil us. In years past, the presents would pile up and spill out from under the tree, taking over the living room.

I had heard the phrase “giving is better than receiving,” but thought that whoever had said that must have been out of their mind.

Getting presents was the whole point! It was the reason I couldn’t get to sleep on Christmas Eve.

On Christmas morning, we eagerly waited in the hallway until Dad told us everything was ready. We rushed into the living room and let the wrapping paper fly.

We made weak attempts to wait and watch while other family members opened their presents, but as the time passed we lost our self-control.

“Here’s another one for you,” said Mom as she handed me a package. I looked at it, confused. Having spent so much time examining the presents before Christmas, I recognized this one.

But it had not been mine. It was my mom’s. A new label had been put on it, with my name written in my mother’s handwriting.

“Mom, I can’t…”

I was stopped by my mother’s eager, joyful look—a look I could not really understand. “Let’s see what it is, honey. Hurry and open it.”

It was a blow dryer. Though this may seem but a simple gift, to me it was so much more.

Being an eleven-year-old girl, I was stunned. In my world, where receiving outweighed giving by light years, my mom’s act of selflessness was incomprehensible.

It was a huge act. Tears filled my eyes and I thought in disbelief about how much my mom must love me to give up her Christmas so I could have a few more presents.

I have always remembered that Christmas fondly. It had such an impact on me. As an adult with children in my life whom I adore, I can now understand my mom’s actions.

I see how she was not “giving up her Christmas” as I had thought, but was finding an even greater joy in her Christmas because giving truly is better than receiving.

My mom’s simple act meant the world to me. ~ Jennifer Yardley Barney

It has been a pleasure sharing Monday Morning Coffee with you. Selling a home is always difficult because it’s like leaving a part of you behind and buyers don’t always appreciate aspects of it in the same way you do. Buying the right home is also difficult because if the Realtor did not really understand your needs, or was in a hurry for his commission, you may end up in the wrong house.

So, if you are looking for a Realtor that can empathize with you and help you navigate through the entire process, without rushing you to decisions, then you should consider calling Alejandro Gutierrez at 928-821-8552. He has lived in Sedona since 2007 buying, remodeling, and selling many properties as well as representing many clients under the prestigious Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty brokerage, 20 Roadrunner Drive, Sedona, Arizona 86336.

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  1. Jon Simon says:

    read several of your columns this morning, insightful

  2. Kelly Press says:


    Wake up Sedona. You ALREADY have affordable housing even at above average cost of living…stop trying to drag your city down and making a few realtors and builders richer by doing the California Thing, the Thing that is making Sedona popular without advertising. There’s plenty of AFFORDABLE housing but there isn’t plenty of exclusivity. Guess you ought to stop electing city councils and hiring staff who grew up in places that didn’t understand or appreciate lifestyle Quality v Cheap.

  3. Linda says:

    couldn’t sell my place bc fire station tower ugly view they said, ck it out w real estate agents !!!!!

  4. Steve Segner says:

    Kelly Press says:here’s plenty of AFFORDABLE housing but there isn’t plenty of exclusivity.
    says it all NIMBY close the door….. people serve me clean my home, serve me food but go home at night.

  5. @linda says:

    Please tell us the address I may Be interested….
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  6. Kelly Press says:

    NIMBY? That’s your reply? Name calling? Who are you to bully me? Who are you to trash me? Nothing personal but let me tell you, in all modesty, you are too stupid to get in on this conversation. This isn’t about yes or no or some or none or highrise or lowrise, this is about good-better-best for Sedona and Sedona deserves the best, not your excuse for processing decisions that are poor.

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