Women in Sedona Move Mountains – and sell Real Estate

Of the top 100 agents in the Sedona area, 70 percent are women. Women lead in key roles in the real estate industry, from brokers to lenders to escrow & title officers, and interior home designers & stagers. In a once male-dominated arena, women have found their mission by bringing a strong feminine presence to what can be an overly-analytical process of selling and buying real estate. They add balance to their male counterparts, creating an equilibrium of Ying and Yang. It’s wonderful to have a woman’s touch in the midst of the myriad details and decisions one encounters in the world of real estate transactions.

Women also buy real estate. According to National Association of Realtors, they represent the largest home-buying group behind married couples. They out-buy single men at a rate of 2 to 1. The report states that women have a maternal need and instinct for creating their home as a haven. And, they value property as a financial asset. The median age, by the way, for the single female buyer is 54 years old.

Our community is blessed with powerful, inspiring women who constantly ascend to greater heights. They have created success in their own lives and serve as mentors and guiding lights to lift others along the way. Sedona is full of strong women who are committed to elevating the Sedona lifestyle for us all.

Women in Sedona – they rock.

And, so does the Sedona real estate market. A bit of a rocky 1st Quarter in 2019. By mid-March, Single-family Residence sales were off their 2018 pace by 14 percent. On the other hand, solid Pending Sales figures indicate a spirited spring ahead. The Median Recorded Selling Price remained constant at roughly $560,000 – the same as in September and at the end of 2018. Time on market for those sales dropped to 129 days, the lowest since 2005.
The Luxury Home market remains robust. By mid-March sales equaled those of 2018. Their Price Per Square Foot – $356 – also mirrored 2018. The twenty Pending Sales, though, bode well for another record-breaking year for that sector.

Condos and Townhomes are off to another superlative year – already 36 percent ahead of a record-breaking 2018. With hardly any inventory to match demand, expect prices to continue to accelerate in that sector.

Against all odds, however, the long-suffering Vacant Land market continues to lag way behind housing. After a nice jump in 2018, land sales have started off 2019 slowly – 36 percent below the 1st Quarter of 2018. Prices, though, moved up strongly, for the first time in living memory, from $148,500 to a Median Recorded Selling Price of $185,000 – at least for the time being.
Stay tuned.

About the Author

After a gratifying twenty-five year career in education, Roy turned his talents to real estate in 1997 and has been remarkably successful in helping his clients purchase and sell homes and land, happily, in the Sedona Area. A perennial top agent in Sedona and the Verde Valley, he’s earned such certifications as: Master Negotiation Expert, Harvard Program on Negotiation; International Property Specialist; Resort & Second Home Specialist; Master Certified Buyer’s Agent; Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. 

Roy is an ex-college professor, school headmaster, past President of the Arizona Association of Independent Schools, and former-Marine captain. He initially committed himself to working solely with buyers, establishing his own real estate firm, Buyers’ Brokers of Sedona. For over fifteen years, Roy claimed the title of the number one Buyer’s Agent in the Sedona area. In 2014 he broadened the scope of his business to include listing and selling property.  Roy was the Sedona’s #1 overall agent in 2017 and in the Top 3 for the past five years. 

In 2019 Roy & Michelle welcomed two extraordinary real estate pros, Coco and Drew Clark, as business partners. Together they form a truly dynamic team that is destined to be one of the dominant forces in the Sedona market.

One of the early leaders in Sedona luxury real estate, Roy was a founding member and past President of the Sedona Luxury Real Estate Professionals and is recognized by Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate.A native Arizonan who, in his characteristic contrarian fashion, grew up in New York, Roy moved to Sedona from Boulder, Colorado in 1991. He truly loves the aesthetic, cultural, and spiritual qualities of Sedona as well as its wild natural beauty. He and his faithful Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Sophia, and American Eskimo, Gracie, are often found hiking the extensive trails of the area and swimming in Oak Creek.  

A dedicated lover and patron of the arts, Roy is a past board member of The Arizona Opera, Chamber Music Sedona, and the Canyon Moon Theater. As a member and officer of the local chapter of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, an international food and wine society, he enjoys introducing his clients to the gastronomic delights found in Sedona.


Roy’s Certifications:

MCNE – Master Certified Negotiation Expert

CRS – Certified Residential Specialist

ABR – Accredited Buyer Representative

RSPS – Resort & Second Home Specialist

GRI – Graduate Real Estate Institute

CIPS – Certified International Property Specialist

CCSS – Certified Commercial Sales Specialist

CLHS – Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

Roy’s Degrees: 

B.S. – Cornell University (History/Economics)

M.A. – Syracuse University (History)

Ph.D. – University of Colorado, Boulder (History & Philosophy of Education)

Roy’s community activities have included:

- Sedona Luxury Real Estate Professionals (Past-President) 

- The Sedona Mid-Day Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow)

- The Sedona Chapter of La Chaine des Rotisseurs (Charge de Mission)

- Sedona Arts Center (Sponsor)

- Sedona Cultural Park (Patron)

- Verde Valley Sinfonietta (Founding Corporate Underwriter)

- Chamber Music Society of Sedona (Advisory Council)

- Arizona Opera (Board of Trustees)