Lake Havasu Home Buyers Checklist

One of the most important things you can do as a buyer is to make a checklist as you search for, find and buy a home in Lake Havasu. By keeping on top of your game-plan at all times you will greatly increase your chances of success. Follow the links, print out this checklist and let it increase your house buying effectiveness. Or, Just call Lew! 😉

 

  • Familiarize yourself with the mortgage process.

lake havasu real estate Begin the application process by getting pre qualified and pre approved from a Mortgage Lender. Do this first. Your Agent will need your mortgage qualification, and it will significantly strengthen your offer when you find a home.
lake havasu foreclosures Get your financial picture in focus as soon as possible. Since it is an important component, be aware of your credit situation. You can get a free copy of your credit report or, see the credit center for additional resources for getting your credit report.
lake havasu mls The best time to work on your budget is before you move.
hmes in lake havasu Wondering about how much time is needed to buy a home? See the sample home buying timeline.
lake havasu realtors Determine your housing needs and wants to determine what types of houses you should be considering.
lake havasu reo Familiarize yourself with the various types of housing available: Single family, townhouse, and condo.
lake havasu condos Still have a question about a Real Estate term or its definition? See our Real Estate Glossary. A question on a mortgage term? See the Mortgage Glossary.
lake havasu land Familiarize yourself with how to set a value on a house. This can save you a great deal of time and helps to avoid disappointment.
lake havasu lots When you find an acceptable house, write an offer. Familiarize yourself with how offers become contracts.
lake havasu for sale If you haven’t already done so, apply for a mortgage loan.
lake havasu Learn about home warranties and what they cover.
lake havasu golf Compare and secure homeowners insurance. Since homeowners insurance is a long term expense, getting the best deal here brings savings that continue.
lake havasu luxury Make moving plans. If you plan to use a moving company, make comparisons and reserve time now.
golf course homes lake havasu Secure final loan approval and commitment from the lending institution. If you have done your “up-front” work, this should be one of your easiest steps.
lake havasu mls Do a final walk through of the house.
lake havasu real estate agents Final closing and settlement.
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Golf Courses in Lake Havasu

London Bridge Golf Course

The club provides membership opportunities for beginners, adults and professionals and is also open to the public. There are two courses, a East and West course and houses an 18-hole golf course, which spreads across an area of more than 6,600 yards. The Courses at London Bridge Golf Club organizes a variety of tournaments and events. The club includes a restaurant, Lakeview Grill, which offers breakfast and lunch options. The Courses at London Bridge Golf Club operates an online pro shop that provides gift cards of several denominations. The club also offers catering solutions for parties. Call 928.855.2719 to set up a tee-time or for more info. – Maps & Directions

Island Golf Club At The Nautical Inn

Located on the Island in Lake Havasu City at the Nautical Inn. It features a 18 hole, par 61 executive course that is very fun to play and has spectacular views of the lake and mountains. Call 928.855.5585 to set up a tee-time or for more information. – Maps & Directions

Bridgewater Links Golf Course

A nice little 9 hole course that is part of the London Bridge Resort and situated right next the Rotary park and the lake. Call (928) 855-4777 for more information. – Maps & Directions

Refuge Golf Course

This private club course challenges and interests golfers of all capabilities. With undulant terrain throughout all 18 holes, the course design requires the use of all the clubs in your bag. Our practice areas provide members with opportunities to improve their game by taking a lesson from our pro or practicing on their own. Memorable golf holes combined with gorgeous lake and serene mountain views create an experience that members and guests never grow tired of at the Refuge Golf Course in Lake Havasu City. Call 928.764.1404 for more information. – Maps & Directions

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Surrounding Attractions in Lake Havasu

There is a lot to do and see in Lake Havasu, but if you find yourself wanting to get out of town, there are many places where you can go to see the sights and have some fun! Below are just a few places to go.

Laughlin Nevada

In the heart of the Desert Southwest, Laughlin is only 90 miles South east of Las Vegas, just a few hours from Southern California and short drive from Lake Havasu City.

Laughlin’s current location was established in the 1940’s. The settlement consisted of a motel and bar that catered to gold and silver miners who dotted the map, and to the many construction workers who built Davis Dam.

Today, there are 11 hotel/casinos in Laughlin providing over 10,000 rooms, 125,000 SqFt of meeting space, 60 restaurants, 2 museums, a 34 lane bowling center and a variety of boutiques, spas and salons. More than 14,000 casino workers cross the Colorado River by shuttle boat or the Laughlin Bridge daily from Bullhead City and Fort Mohave.

Laughlin now attracts nearly 5 million visitors a year who like to gamble, enjoy water sports on the Colorado River and attend many high-profile special events hosted by the community.

The resort destination boasts a multitude of unspoiled attractions, abundant golf, spas and year round near perfect weather. – Maps & Directions

Lake Mead Recreation Area

Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers a wealth of things to do and places to go all year long. It’s huge lakes cater to boaters, swimmers, sunbathers and fishermen while its desert rewards hikers, wildlife photographers, off-roaders and roadside sightseers. Three of Americas four desert ecosystems; the Mohave, the Great Basin, and the Sonoran Deserts, meet in Lake Mead. As a result, this seemingly barren area contains a surprising variety of plants and animals, some of which may be found nowhere else on the planet. – Maps & Directions

Katherine Landing

A complete lakeside resort with marina, sandy beach are where you can picnic and BBQ. Campground spots with and without RV hookups are also available. There is also a motel, boat storage yard, boat repair shop, store, restaurant, and lounge. – Maps & Directions

Katherine Mine

A once booming late 19th Century gold mine, the ruins are located near the Katherine Landing area along a ridge running east of the turn-off to the Telephone Cove area. The Katherine Mine is only one of the many such mines dotting the area. – Maps & Directions

Oatman

Situated on the craggy rocks of the Black Mountains at an elevation of 3,000 ft. is the living ghost town of Oatman. This former mining town, 26 miles from Kingman, on Historic Route 66 is as untamed and original as it was in its heyday in mid to late 1800’s. Oatman was once the last stop on Route 66 before entering the dreaded Mojave Desert.

The town and its 300 or so residents include artists, writers and musicians along with a colony of wild burros (descendants of old miners burros) who roam the streets during the day, seeking handouts, then disappearing into their desert home at night.

Oatman’s Main Street on Route 66 has been featured in several movies over the years. It’s three saloons, with their wooden floors and outside walkways are as they were in the 1800’s.

Remnants of mining shafts, tailings and old equipment are scattered among the hillsides. Gifts and artistic items are for sale in shops lining main street. Actors stage gun fights during the weekends for tourists. Oatman celebrates Gold Camp Days on Labor Day weekend. – Maps & Directions

The Mojave Desert

The transition from the hot Sonoran Desert to the cooler and higher Great Basin is called the Mojave Desert. This arid region of Southeastern California and portions of Nevada, Arizona and Utah, occupies more than 25,000 Sq miles.

The Mojave consists of mountain and basin topography. Sand and gravel basin brain to central salt flats from which borax, potash and salt are extracted, Silver, tungsten, gold, and iron are mined in the Mojave.

This deserts climate is characterized by extreme variation in daily temperature and an annual precipitation of less than 5 inches of rain a year on average. Almost all of the moisture arrives in winter. Freezing can occur in winter, while summers are hot, dry and windy.

Although desert climate can be harsh, they are soft-ended by the beauty of spring vegetation. Wildflowers, various flowering cacti and the unusual Joshua Tree blossoms make the desert come alive at this time of year. A spring hike through the desert will arouse all your senses.

Buckskin Mountains and the Desert Bar

The “Nellie E Saloon”, also know as the Desert Bar, is situated in the Buckskin Mountains in Parker AZ. People come from all over to visit this most unusual attraction located in the middle of nowhere. Stock vehicles will find this dirt trail quite challenging. Several rocky sections require careful tire placement and navigation… and the help of a good spotter.

The name “Nellie E” originates from the old mining claim. They used to mine copper then take it to the smelter and get gold. This unique solar powered saloon has windows that are old glass refrigerator doors. the bar is brass, and the ceiling is made of stamped tin. Across from the saloon is an outside bar, cooking area and stage for live music.

There is also a covered foot bridge that leads to the Church. The church is made of solid steel and the walls and ceiling are made of the same stamped tin used inside the bar and the roof is made or copper. The church is a unique place for weddings and a great photo spot. There are no services held in the church and all religions are welcome.

The “Nellie E Saloon” is located 5 miles off the Cienega Springs Rd exit on Hwy-95, approximately 5 miles north of Parker, AZ. Its open only from high noon until sunset, Labor Day weekend through Memorial Day weekend. – Maps & Directions

Quartzsite

Quartzsite was established in 1867 on the sire of Old Fort Tyson. 20 miles east of the Colorado River on I-10, it has been a rock-hound paradise since the 1960’s. Today well over one million people visit each year, mostly in RV’s during January and February. About 2,000 vendors or rocks, gems, minerals, fossils, etc. form one of the worlds largest flea markets.

The Kofa Mountains are south off US 95. Historic and scenic areas include Crystal Hill, Tyson Tanks, Tyson Wells Museum and the Hi Jolly Monument. South is the Kofa Mountains is Palm Canyon, home of Arizona’s only native palms, reached by a very steep climb. Farther south is Castle Dome Peak at an elevation of 3,793 ft. – Maps & Directions

Parker Dam

Parker Dam is located on the Colorado River, approximately 16 miles north of Parker, Arizona and 155 miles downstream from Hover Dam, in a short section of gorge cut through low-lying hills. It is the deepest dam in the world with a structural height of 320 ft with only about 85 ft visible, and provides water storage and power production. The reservoir formed by the dam, Lake Havasu, stores water for municipal and industrial use by southern California and by the Central Arizona Project. – Maps & Directions

Historic Route 66

Running from Chicago to LA, more than two thousand miles all the way, was the boasting lyrics to the famous song “Get Your Kicks on Route 66”. Kingman is at the heart of the longest stretch of this famed highway still in existence and intact.

The foundation for both the community of Kingman and the “highway” was laid hundreds of years ago.

Native Americans who lived in the surrounding deserts and mountains, originally forged the path that was to become Route 66 as a trade route to the Pacific.

In the mid 1800’s, the path became a trail (under the guidance of a military surveyor) that would eventually carry a nation westward. The “National Old Trail Highway” was the result and with continued improvement, it was renamed “Route 66” in 1926. With the unprecedented prosperity of the postwar years, Route 66 became one long neon avenue from Chicago to LA. Through the years, the highway has had many names; “The Main Street of America”, “The Wire Road”, “The Will Rogers Highway”, and “The Mother Road” to name a few. Songs and television shows immortalized it and Kingman was at the heart of it all. By the 1950’s, with the increase in traffic cane the :National Interstate Highway System”. One of the new interstates was to be I-40, which would parallel Route 66 in many places and cover it in others. So ended a way of life for many of the communities along Route 66.

in 1987, the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona was formed promoting interest in the historic highway, thus increasing tourism along the Arizona portion of the old route in communities such as Williams, Seligman, Hackberry, Valle Vista, Topock, Golden Shores and Oatman.

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Lake Havasu History

Ever wonder what the word “Havasu” means? Havasu is the Mohave Indian word for “blue water”.

In the early 1800’s beaver and bear trappers set up camps along the river where Lake Havasu City stands today. By 1830 these trappers had been chased away by the Mojave Indians. The Indians were unhappy with the way the trappers would kill animals, skin them and leave their carcasses. Later, Spaniards replaced these camps with mining camps. With the great need for water, the Parker Dam was constructed in 1938, flooding these camps forever. Fishing camps were soon to follow.

During World War II the Army Air Corps used this area as a testing site known as Site Six. The camp areas were used as barracks and the nearby peninsula as a recreation area for the airmen. By the early 1960’s the airmen were gone and the fishermen were back. Industrialist and entrepreneur Robert McCulloch Sr., while flying over the area, thought it would be the perfect place for testing his companies outboard motors.

McCulloch purchased 3500 acres in the peninsula area and had a 100 unit mobile home park build for the workers. In 1963 he bought a 26 mile area for under $75 an acre. McCulloch then turned his interests into making Lake Havasu a retirement community. The Lake Havasu Hotel was built, McCullouh International Airlines was formed, real estate agents were put in place and 40 white jeeps were purchased, all in anticipation of prospective buyers and investors. The 11 airplanes that made up McCulloch International Airlines were used to fly in prospective buyers for free. Then the jeeps were used by the real estate agents to show them around the area. McCulloch then decided to start a chainsaw manufacturing plant to stimulate the economy. There were 3 factories built with 400 employees.

In the early 1960’s, it was discovered that 130 year-old London Bridge was slowly sinking into the Thames River. Not wanting to demolish the bridge, London decided to hold an auction for the bridge. Always the great promoter, McCulloch thought it would be the perfect attraction for his growing city. His bid of $2,460,000 was the winning bid. It then took 3 years to transport it across the ocean and through the Panama Canal to it present location. At a cost of approximately $8 million, it was reconstructed brick by brick and open for business on October 10,1971.

Lake Havasu was established as a master planned community, meant to be self supporting. The economy was based on a ratio of 40% light industrial, 40% resort and recreational, and 20% commercial services. By 1975 the population had reached 15,000. The free flights were discontinued in 1978. It was estimated that at least 137,000 prospective buyers had made this flight.

London Bridge History

The wooden Roman and Saxton London Bridges were vulnerable to fire and flood, so Peter de Colechurch determined to build a lasting bridge of stone. During the 30 years that is took to build, the bridge cost the lives of an estimated 150 workmen.

The stone London Bridge was began around 1176, and completed in the early years of the 13th century. The first “London Bridge” was Roman, and probably built of timber. However, the earliest written reference to a London Bridge can be found in the section in the Saxton Chronicles that deal with the later 10th century.

As historical drawings show, its silhouette changed constantly – with building frequently being demolished and replaced. Throughout its history, the bridge has been a busy thoroughfare, and was once lined with shops.

In 1666, the houses on London Bridge were saved from the Great Fire of London, thanks to as earlier fire in 1633, which had destroyed the houses near to the north bank, so there was nothing for the fires to get a hold of. In the mid 1700s, the houses on the bridge were removed completely, and a larger middle arch was created, by removing on of the piers.

In the 1820s a new London Bridge was built, north of the old one, and this opened in 1831. In the same year, the destruction of the old bridge began, after it had been in place some 622 years. In the 1960s, the London Bridge of 1831 was transported, stone by stone, to Lake Havasu City, where it sits today.

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Lake Havasu Community Profile

Lake Havasu City is home for many successful businesses large and small. While tourism remains a major contributor to our economy, there is an ever growing and diversified business base comprised of hundreds of thriving recreation, light manufacturing, information, communication and service oriented companies.

High-performance boat and leisure craft manufacturers, service and call centers and many light manufactures have found success in Lake Havasu City.

The London Bridge and its adjacent English Village are the focal points of a resort complex of shops, restaurants and lodging facilities in Lake Havasu. Almost a million visitors bring nearly $75 million annually to the economy of Lake Havasu. Lake Havasu City is a Master Planned community with a strong, willing and affordable work force, in a right-to-work state. We have a safe, pollution-free family oriented environment that is free of the daily big city stress. Lake Havasu is situated within easy reach of Southern California, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Mexico.

Lake Havasu City, located right in the heart of the Colorado River, is the destination for millions of visitors each your who come to see the historic London Bridge and enjoy our mild winters. Lake Havasu’s strong infrastructure continues to experience strong growth. Lake Havasu is also the fastest growing city in Mohave County.

Lake Havasu City also offers favorable retail sales tax rates, real and personal property tax rates, as well as business incentives for new or relocating companies. Our beautiful desert surroundings help make Lake Havasu the Sunbelt’s favorite place to invest, work, play and raise a family. Lake Havasu City boasts a higher quality of life and old fashioned values very much welcomed in the American Home today. With our low crime rate, excellent schools, including Mohave Community College and a new Arizona State University satellite school about to open, outstanding medical facilities, beautifully maintained parks, world-class Aquatic and Community Center and year-round fun for everyone, Lake Havasu is the place to be!


Lake Havasu City Facts

Population in 2012 – 56,603
Average Household Income – $59,415
Median Household Income – $43,989
Square Miles – 43.1
Population Density – 1,363
Median Age – 47
Cost of Living Index – 99%

Democrat: 35.4%
Republican: 63.5%
Independent & Other: 1%

Sales Tax Information

State – 6.60%
Mohave County – 0.25%
Lake Havasu City – 2%
Transient Bed – 3%
Restaurant & Bar – 1%

Lake Havasu Education Statistics

Expenditures per Pupil – $3,183
Pupil / Teacher Ration – 20
Students / Librarian Ratio – 1,118
Students / Counselor Ratio – 805

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