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Monday Morning Coffee with Alejandro Gutierrez

Sedona AZ (March 19, 2018) – Join real estate insider Alejandro Gutierrez, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, as he shares his Monday Morning Coffee with you from Sedona, Arizona:


As you probably know Sedona inventory is still low.

There are lots of buyers, but because of the lack of availability, the number of home sales is not as high as it could be.

Nationwide, home prices continue to increase, with the median price increasing 41% over the last 5 years.

Comparatively, wages have increased only about 12% over the same period.

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.  Napoleon Hill

Jack Andraka enjoys mountain biking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and science. According to his Facebook page, he’s a fan of Beavis and ButtheadFamily Guy and The Simpsons.

Oh yeah—when Jack was 15-years-old he also created a new diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer.

Jack Andraka’s test is 28 times faster, 26,000 times less expensive and over 100 times more sensitive than the current diagnostic tests.

And, in case that’s not impressive enough, the test also works for ovarian and lung cancer.

His diagnostic test earned him first prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college science research competition.

I love Jack’s modesty. Interviewed before the fair, he said, “I’m incredibly excited. It’s like the Olympics of science fairs. It’s just amazing to be here—even if I don’t get a prize.”

Well, Jack Andraka did win, receiving about $100,000 in prize money ($75,000 from the grand prize and over $25,000 from other smaller prizes).  The high schooler said he will put the money toward college tuition.

It was after a close family friend died of pancreatic cancer that Jack Andraka became interested in finding a better early-detection diagnostic test. Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer is usually detected too late to save the patient.

Jack said the solution came to him during his high school biology class. He was secretly reading an article about nanotubes while the teacher was talking about antibodies. Jack said the two ideas came together in his head, and he thought he could combine what the teacher was saying with what he knew about nanotubes to create an early detection test for Pancreatic cancer.

Jack Andraka used what he found through Google searches and free online science journals to develop a plan and a budget.

Jack contacted about 200 people including researches at Johns Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health with a proposal to work in their labs.

He got 199 rejections before he finally got an acceptance from Dr. Anirban Maitra, Professor of Pathology, Oncology and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Jack worked after school every day, on weekends and over holidays at Maitra’s lab until he developed his test.

Why did a 15-year-old beat out billion dollar pharmaceutical companies with his diagnostic test?

Perhaps as a young person with no experience, he hadn’t yet learned what everyone else in the industry “knew couldn’t be done.”

Certainly, it was in no small part because Anirban Maitra gave him a chance. Not to mention that Jack had an idea and went out and gave it a try.

Think about Jack Andraka the next time you hear that something can’t be done or someone asks you to help out with his project.

Or, if you receive numerous rejections (close to 200 in Jack Andraka’s case) or you’re simply hesitating to give one of your ideas a shot.

Also, keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need a giant team, billions of dollars in resources or even more than 15 years of life experience to do something amazing.

The results of Jack Andraka’s diagnostic test were published on the Society for Science and the Public web site, and Jack has patented his discovery.

If you’re interested in hearing Jack Andraka talk about his pancreatic cancer diagnostic test breakthrough, he did a TED talk in 2012. ~ Brad Aronson



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. Eva Isaacs, Idaho says:

    Enjoyed your article. Brought back memories when my husband and I looked at several Sedona homes and lots. We looked in Sedona and in Page Springs. Maybe more inventory would have helped. My friend (name deleted by editor) was involved in your film festival and we subscribed then and keep check on Sedona when can here. Happy springtime Arizona.

  2. Barbara says:

    If you buy a blanket at $10 in Sedona city limit stores located in Coconino County (think Uptown/Tlaquepaque etc), you will pay 10.4 % tax.

    Buy that exact $10 blanket in Sedona city limit stores located in Yavapai County, you’ll pay 9.85%.

    The Mayor would like you to think Camp Verde is much more expensive than Sedona, yet that $10 blanket in Camp Verde town limits is taxed at 10.0%.

    Buy that same blanket at Tuzigoot or Montezuma’s Castle and pay no taxes.

    Buy that $10 blanket in Cottonwood and pay 9.35%.

    Now you see why Sedona is expensive and people drive to Cottonwood or the VOC to shop? The round trip from Sedona to Cottonwood costs $1.03 using gas priced at $2.48 gallon using real time Beta data. It costs less to drive to VOC.

  3. Doug says:

    @Barbara Easy chart. I work in a Village office, what’s rate for that $10 blanket in VOC? Appreciate it.

  4. Barbara says:

    @Doug A $10 blanket purchased in the VOC 86351 is taxed 6.35%.

  5. Clarkson says:

    Sir, your city is being sued by the state for a law that disallows Air B&Bs.

    Seems your city passed a law that the state says takes away owner’s property rights.

    Your city is fighting to keep its law that will fine a property owner and send them to jail.

    What’s the status and what do you think the outcome will be for property owners who buy in litigious Sedona? I’ve been in dinners lately with prospective property owners who aren’t interested here unless they can do what they want with their properties. I’m guessing your reasons for no inventory or desire to purchase has more to do with this lawsuit. Realtors disclose adverse impact. This is one. Why aren’t you discussing that lawsuit in your comments above?

  6. Richard D. says:

    @Clarkson, what are you talking about? Sedona repealed their ordinance regarding restrictions to residential vacation rentals after the State passed the law to make them legal. Unless those property owners unaffiliated with management companies such as Airbnb don’t register with the city, it’s difficult to track them but the city is going to hire a firm to do so in order to enforce appropriate registration and collection of taxes as required under that new State Law. Suggest you do better research prior to making inaccurate accusations.

  7. steve Segner says:

    Clarkson says:
    March 23, 2018 at 9:40 am
    Sir, your city is being sued by the state for a law that disallows Air B&Bs.
    no true…. just wrong ,, sedona is following the state law. Richard is correct.
    Sedona will go after people that do not collect sales and bed tax as they should .

  8. Clarkson says:

    Friend Hector found this on the web and author’s name is below. He received it as a forward and doesn’t know where or when it was printed. Take it for what’s it worth to you.

    (Forward) Just six years ago, Arizonans enacted one of the nation’s strongest protections for property rights. That measure is Proposition 207, and it says the government must compensate you when regulations reduce your property value.

    But that protection is under attack. Now that the state and cities can’t pass the buck to individuals and families, governments are realizing just how expensive their regulations can be. So it is unsurprising that they’re doing their best to avoid paying the high price.

    The latest attempt comes from Sedona, which made it a crime to rent residential property for fewer than 30 days, and the city defines “rent” very broadly. This means property owners are subject to punishments of up to 6 months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine for engaging in a wide range of activities, including purchasing a time share, contracting for home improvements, and even hiring a babysitter!

    Attempting to avoid Prop 207 liability, the city of Sedona tried to masquerade the ordinance as a “health and safety” regulation, which is exempted from Prop 207. But the court of appeals saw through the façade and ruled that the city can’t avoid Prop 207 by merely claiming to advance public health without offering any evidence that the regulation actually does so.

    On the taxpayers’ dime, Sedona is challenging that decision in the Arizona Supreme Court. The Goldwater Institute, which has long defended property owners from government attempts to dilute or evade Prop. 207, is supporting Sedona property owners in that case. In 2006, Arizonans demanded genuine protections for their property. Cities should stop wasting taxpayer resources trying to skirt the rules and start respecting their citizens’ rights.


    Christina Sandefur

  9. George says:

    OK what amount of that budget now and years past gone to this lawsuit? Mayor and Council let’s hear the numbers here. I never heard about this. Why wasn’t it presented at Council meetings? Where’s transparency?

  10. Richard D. says:

    Because it’s true that enforcing the no-vacation rentals in single-family residential neighborhoods was still legal at the time the state made it a law to allow them, my recollection is the Sedona City Attorney (Mike Goimarac) appealed the case and prevailed. At any rate, why bring up the way it was, and legitimately back then, something that existed in 2006. It’s been changed and Sedona is in compliance with State law, at least on this issue. Too bad about the many other questionable practices that are constantly being challenged at the present time. Perhaps the biggest thorn is the millions of dollars issued by contract to the “regional” Chamber of Commerce. Now that might be something for your Christina Sandefur to crow about @Clarkson.

  11. steve Segner says:

    George, you are all up set on a post on the WEB? (Really) Friend Hector found this on the web and author’s name is below .
    George just call and ask, simple this is how fake news works someone post something and now it is news!
    City Attorney (928) 204-7200

  12. @Clarkson says:

    Boy, you should be a fiction writer when you grow up. There’s not one word of truth to anything that you wrote. If you watched the city meetings like I do, you would be more informed with facts.

  13. DB, Sedona AZ says:

    Mexico won’t allow 4 yr olds to be accepted in country and neither should US. A nonstarter with Democrats or Republicans, no DACA brush strokes that makes us swallow our laws. Democrats aren’t going to stand for it either. Remember that Kirkpatrick and O’Hallerhan. Break US law & we don’t vote for you. SIMPLE MATH. AZ Independents and nonpartisans and Greens stand together on this. And I’m 36.

  14. @Steve segner and Sedona residents says:

    Arizona Proposition 207, a 2006 ballot initiative officially titled the “Private Property Rights Protection Act”, requires the government to reimburse land owners when regulations result in a decrease in the property’s value, and also prevents government from exercising eminent domain on behalf of a private party.

    Reference: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arizona_Proposition_207_(2006)

  15. DB loves Lisa says:

    Check this out. Lisa checked comment and look what we saw!!!!!!! Sedona corrupt?

    Prop 207
    955,533 Yes
    519,161 No

    ‘Private Property Rights Protection Act’ proposing to establish additional rights for individuals whose property is taken through eminent domain; also prohibiting the taking of property for economic development.

    Prop 300
    1,060,444 Yes
    423,994 No

    Referendum on a proposal to require citizenship for eligibility for various subsidized services such as in-state tuition and financial assistance.

    Included Prop 300 for Sedona Council, McCain, Kirkpatrick and O’Hallerhan. Less than 30% of Arizonans believe illegals should have in-state tuition and financial assistance, no sanctuary cities. Get it? Citizens first. Lawbreakers no.

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