May 9, 2022

Homes Cost HOW Much in Rapid City?? 2022 Update



it's money, money, money by the pounds.

Everybody its Tristan Emond with mindful living Realty, a realtor right here in rapid city, South Dakota. Welcome back to my YouTube channel. I talk everything about moving to rapid city and the wonderful things about rapid city and the black Hills. Today's video. We're going to answer the question. So how much does it cost to buy a home in the rapid city and black Hills area?

Let's go to my website, check out the prices, check out the homes so you can get a feel what you would expect to spend on a property in the Rapid City Area. Right, So the first thing we're going to do is going to take a look at the rapid city areas, because we're gonna be talking about areas and how it relates to price point.

So let's go ahead and look at this. I've just put together this map that talks about the different areas within rapid cityand, and the black Hills, andmostly just highlighted rapid city and the areas around rapid city, rapid city, city limits in blue and the surrounding areas in the yellow.

So let's scroll in here. You can see here that. Rapid city in itself is separated in half by the series of Hills, kind of right here. You've got dinosaur park and the skyline drive right here. And then this is the Hanson Memorial park with the M hill right there. And so this area right in here is the gap taking you from west side or up city to east side, rapid city.

So you can see as we pull out a little bit here, this area here, here, this here, Northwest rapid city Up here is North this is Northeast coming down here to this side of highway of this highway right here. This is Elk Vale road. So this here it is rapid valley and it's not quite exactly my, my lines. Aren't exactly correct.

According to the way things are, but they're giving a good idea. Uh, this bigger part here is Southeast. This is city central city. And this year it was historic west Boulevard district. And that is everything from eighth street, all the way up to skyline drive here. So all the area in here and this over here is Southwest Lets go a little bit as we get outside of rapid city, this here is pine Grove area called pine Grove.

This is called black gap. Cause there's a subdivision down here it's called black back here to pine Grove and then that follows highway 16 down heart ranch. And this Arizona over here this here is down sheridan lake road, as it takes you through these developments down here when you'll see colonial pine Hills.

That's the only one, the only the Google talked about talks about being colonial pine Hills. But all these Red rock estates countryside, all these developments down here are in Sheridan lake road area. And then, and this is Southwest again, and also over here is rimrock highway. This is following following 44 out to 385.

And this up here is a Nemo road now to kind of amend my statement before these areas here, they're partially in town, partially outside of town, but they're the areas kind of still considered rapid city as you get into these yellow areas, we'll talk about other cities. So this is hermosa area. This is mount Rushmore area that takes you by Keystone in this area through.

Up here is a box elder, which is a home to Ellsworth air force base. This area up here is called elk Creek because elk Creek road right up here that follows elk Creek. And these areas up in here, everything from Blackhawk, all the way up to this Tilford area. This is called Piedmont valley and then of course you have the area on Sturgis and there's a road going from Sturgis to Deadwood-lead.

What called Boulder canyon and further out from that you've got Northern Hills, you've got Southern Hills and you've got central Hills as well as Northern Plains, Southern Plains. And then anything. Outside of the black Hills area. Whereas, so those are the areas we're talking about. We'll spend most of our time talking about the areas in the blue and maybe a little bit outside of that.

Just kind of give you an idea of the price points in rapid city and the surrounding area. But I need cover the column bunny, single book column. I even wrong with you. All right. Now let's start looking into the prices of the homes themselves. Now I'm on my website, my site was shows only the active listing.

So we're be dependent today on what is actively on the market right now, but we should get a better, real good idea of what you can find for what price and what areas to a good idea of how to start searching. Now I've got selected. We're just rapid city for now to kind of get an idea of what our first price point up to 250.

What can you get for under an under 250 in the rapid city area? My maps search here.

And this is going from those, the highest price point, all the way to the lowest price point, but you can see right off. What's the first thing you noticed is that anything west side, zero, nothing over here. It's all east side, north side. And of course it's one way out here in rapid valley. So you can see here as we let's go stroll, scroll down here and we'll get to the first page is we'll get to the bottom of this line.

And these ones here at the bottom, under a hundred thousand, all mobile homes, all with no, no land, not no permanent foundation. it's basically a big car, so you have to get cash or special loan to buy. So anything under a hundred thousand is basically going to be mobile home type scenario anything under 120.

I mean, look at this. This is going to be quite the fixer upper to say the least lots of stuff, kind of going on here. I don't look country station Flint. So, I mean a lot new siding, a lot of things going on right there, small little house on the north side of town. This actually is a mobile home here as well.

It's been redone. How about that one? Like that siding. That's pretty nice when they're in under 76, small Lakeridge, definitely a DIY 135. And this is on the south east side of town. East saint Patrick east St. Pat is one of the main areas through town. So you've got a lot of rentals in this area. You've got a lot of busy roads.

They're not, everybody wants to live on east St. Pat, but you can see smaller homes. These are north side as well. This is the Southeast side here. As you can do closer to 150 smaller home, three bedroom, one bath, I'm sorry, this Hawthorne one actually was on north side as well.

That's a manufactured home. This is an older home in west Boulevard. Could be nice. It probably needs some work is my guessing, but 2,400 square feet, four bedrooms, two baths.

And as you get into closer to 200,000, we're starting to gain some bigger properties. This one again, isn't it gonna need some work but definitely should be able to consider the fact that you're going to be spend some money to do some repairs, or you're going to need to do something to get the house, to the point where you're ready to move into it.

I've been to this house here, 130 for 250. I'm kind of surprises to at 250, because it seems like there needs to be enough work in there to really make it worth anything. Even though it says new carpet, new, this new that it actually has a lot of things that are kind of goofy in there I mean that old cabinets and stuff, it's pretty, pretty sad.

The other ones here, this is interesting. This is a smaller, new build, but its only a thousand square feet. So this area here, Brookfield subdivision they do some new constructions, but they are very, very small.

We'll get us some price reductions. I haven't seen the price reductions in awhile.


so with 200, 220, you're getting to the point where you actually can buy some property. That's a relatively decent but it's going to be smaller. It's probably not, could be as nice as you want. And the ones that are bigger efforts for under 250 probably need some considerable work. There's something that's been in the market for a long time.

There's probably a reason why we wanna make sure we take a look at that. All right. So let's go back to our search. Let's see about to my search here. We'll still say in rapid city, but we'll go from the 250 to the 500.

So we get all the quite a bit more properties and as you notice they're farther out so said you was started downtown and then it grew out. So the areas closer to downtown, those are the areas that are in the smaller homes, older homes. And of course the cheaper homes because of that, as things were developed out and out outside of town, things got to the point where you've got bigger homes and hours like new construction, like this areas and Fieldstone, new construction area.

This is a very nice neighborhood. For, for $400,000, you get this type of property is. 2800 hundred square feet probably built within the last five to 10 years. Possibly nice subdivision type property. So you can get to the inside pictures here. Yeah. Yeah. Very nicely done

for $500,000. One thing you notice here on the. On the map search here is that even here in town, there actually should be more in this area, in the west side of town. However they're getting sold. So if I had a more under contracts on it, I could probably find them on this list, but everything on the west side, under 500,000, he's either sold or there's nothing there, right?

Here's a property on, so this area here, this is that you buy a mobile home but it's on some acreage. So a lot of times when you buy in one acre in town that, that kind of gets you a workplace where you need to be, I'm not sure that 350 is quite the right price for this property, but she'll say you got some great views, that kind of thing.

We've got some new constructions for 360 out in the valley, a lot of, lot of new constructions in the valley.

More new construction.

This is a nice rapid valley neighborhood 225, 1800 square feet, four bedroom, two bath built in 2008.

So nice west Boulevard property for 300, but you know, you gotta like wallpaper and this one. How about that? So it needs some updating that. When I say proper here in Dale, drive a little bit bigger lot. It's like it used to be a duplex, but nothing fancy inside. Very basic property, 2000 square feet at Northside property on dolphin.

Tri-level Looks like they did a pretty good job updating this one. This is 275.

New construction here. Here's the west side one. It just went down $17,000. My goodness,

pretty typical west side location at the fifties bill, probably see that says here, you got your 1955. So you have kind of the older cabinets and the fifties look fifties, these original hardware floors. but you're on the west side of town. So you gotta, you got to pay for that. So that's where we get four from 250 to 500, as you kind of mentioned it.

Again Anything on the west side of town, we're starting at 300,000 just to get into something on the west side of town and who knows a condition or a quality. I looked at a property early this year for 250. And it was completely hasn't been touched since the 1970s. So everything needed to be updated carpets, wallpaper, everything.

 So that's kind of what you can expect on the west side of town. And as things continue to grow, we'll probably see the prices just keep going higher and higher. All right, let's go to the next step up from 500. Oops, 500 to 750

In the Rapid city area

We're going to start seeing some more high end properties, a little bit bigger, a little bit finer and a little bit more like for this instance this chipmunk place out Nemo road. So you get a little bit closer to properties out in the Hills and you got a little more land, a little bit acreage.

But anything that has black Hills in the title, obviously the price is going up. Anything that's within 20 to 30 minutes of rapid city is a very hotspot, very desired after neighbor neighborhood. Cause some people want to be, Hey, I want to be in the Hills, but I also want to be close to town. So I'm not far from town.

So that became something that was very. Even a number of years ago, so that all got bought up pretty quick. So if you're looking for a property close to town, with some acreage, and you'll only have 300,000 to spend, you're going to be in trouble. Now you better have above 400 above 500, probably have to get something really nice outside of town.

Maybe it was some acreage or even just on the edge of town. Sometimes in the west side of town, there's some nice properties that are kind of in the foothills that you can get into, but you probably going to need to have at least 500,000 to get him to that side of town. Here's six red rock village.

That's down in Sheridan lake road. Here's a Newer home up here. That's not wanting to load for me.

Let's go back to my map. Here we go.

Here's that property there. So this is their buildings, a few more contemporary style homes up here in Sheridan lake road you can see this kind of a newer look and you actually have some newer constructions here. This one though is probably only about, oh, this one is 3000 square feet actually. And it is a, it was new built, been been, you're buying a twin home though.

You're buying a duplex. So you're only buying half a house, basically. So new, there are some, a bunch of new construction. It's kind of up that way. As, but they're going to have to have a little bit of money to buy any of the Sheridan lake road area. And as you can see in this price point, there's only a few that are active.

Just one, it's a great glass, little home. It's got a great view, but it's sitting kind of on the edge of the hill. You don't have a lot of parking. You'll have a lot of rooms again to make sure you are okay with that. All right. Going back to my search again.

You want a 750 to no limit. Of course. Now we have the fun ones down here is. Million dollar hill, of course, in rapid city, you got skyline drive and there's some nice properties. Other than that, that's where you're going to see a lot more properties out in the Hills. Two to $3 million. These are the ones with nice acreages, big houses.

It's really tough to find a property in the black. That is a smaller house on acreage because back in the day in the eighties, when the seventies and eighties, when they were building these homes, that was the time when you were looking for a big house. We were looking for a big vacation home in the Hills.

So a lot of the properties in the Hills are pretty, they're nice size they're 30,000 square feet, whatever. So finding that 1800 square foot property with a few acres in the Hills, and it's pretty tough. Just kind of give you an idea of how things started and how things that had been built in back in the day.

Let's go back down through here. You can see here, we've got. We're at a 750.

So this one has got two and a half acres and you're, you're kind of with kind of in town, but kind of not in town, some rolling acres there. This is a newly built, a new construction house off Southeast side of town by the elk country states. And we've also got a golf course over there. So you're buying quite a bit of spearfish.

Plus you're getting a nice views of the South Dakota Prairie and the golf course. Here you're out of a property out in black, out in the black Hills, 800,000 for 300, 300, 300. Here's where we're talking 3,400 square feet on three acres, but you need eight hundred thousand dollars to make that happen.

Similarly, we got these, this property out here on white horse, which is on the road up to Custer, but you've, so you've got this big property on, I think the 16 acres, 3000 square feet. And you've got things like that to look at right. And the property, you know, the big property in rapid city, this is in red rock estates.

That's where you're gonna find a lot of your high-end properties as well. Right near the golf course there, I suppose there might be some golf course picture here. Fair, very high end construction, but you're in the subdivision. You don't have a lot of acres. You've put your 0.4, six acres, and it is a subdivision with a lot of other high end homes,

3000 square foot home here. Eight acres 875 grand. All right. So I hope this gives you a good idea, what look at those views and where you can get in rapid city and the surrounding area for over a million dollars. So we're talking about prices in rapid city, and we've also talked about properties just on the outside, in the black Hills of rapid city.

A lot of people have also asked the question, well, what about the smaller towns? Can I get something cheaper? And some of the smaller times, and generally the answer is not really. So let's take a quick look at the bottom end of the price points that some of these cities, just to kind of give you a feel for what you can or might not be able to afford in the cities of showcase what is available.

So let's start up with spearfish throughout the top. And Spearfish is a very popular area. It's become almost more popular and more expensive in rapid city, but you can see here, there are a number of properties here for sale under the 300,000.

Even some for 150. This one looks like a manufactured home here on land. That's manufactured home there for 110 75. That was manufactured home back to my map search. ,

yeah, manufacturer told them they're manufacturing on there. Here's a smaller home there in Spearfish for 300,000 7,200 square feet for 0.15 acre ranch style home.

But as you can see 300,000, isn't getting us a very much of anything, even in the Spearfish area. All right, let's go back to check out sturgis.

But you're looking at being in town in Sturgis.

The same one. There

it's 300,000. Isn't buying very much Sturgis, either back to the map we find.

Let's check out a Somerset to check out Somerset. Somerset is halfway between Rapid City and Sturgis on, I may have halfway, but it's about 20 to 25 minutes away from rapid city along I90

and that's going to be very popular neighborhood in this area. And, and there's nothing nothing for sale. I did sell it. Yeah. In the somerset earlier this year for 305,000, which is probably now at about 350 for the way things are going. But this year is a manufactured home.

Now in hot Springs, you will find some cheaper places. And maybe more of that. The problem is is that not everybody wants to live in hot Springs is an hour away from rapid city. ]not a lot going on in hot Springs at the moment. Nice little town. It's very cute. It's very. historic but there's just not enough going on to satisfy the needs of a lot of people.

You still have your grocery store, but it's definitely a smaller, slower town to live in. I had clients that were coming up from Las Vegas and looked at hot Springs and we're thinking about hot Springs because they want it to really slow down, but then decided that hot Springs was too slow when they couldn't find a cup of coffee at 2:00 PM.

So yes, home prices are going to be cheaper, hot Springs. You might get more for your money in hot Springs. Just make sure that you are interested in living in that area. Yeah, I think that's interesting to check out is lead. Cause you'll also find considerable a few more cheaper properties in lead South Dakota, but consider the fact that lead is built on the Hills.

So a lot of the properties there are built on the Hills. Sometimes you have to make sure you watch out for his foundation properties, foundation problems. Excuse me. And lead gets lead-deadwood gets 195 inches of snow a year. Hill city. There are some interesting options in hill city. However, very, very hard to find a property to buy in hill, city and Keystone, lots of commercial activity around there.

A lot of course tourist tourist area. So it gets hard to buy anything in that area. However, you can find new construction here, but these properties are small 1000 square feet for 220,000 brand new same thing here. This is probably about 700 square feet property for 205,000 property here on for 240.

And a two bedroom, one bath 816 square feet. So I'm assuming you're just going to buy a new construction here as well. As I kind of mentioned, as we were showcasing the properties on my website, home prices are up in our area 15% over last year, which is crazy unusual for our area, but that's the way things have been.

In 2021. Now many people are asking, well, you know, the market's going to crash, right? Prices are going to come down. Well, that's something that not really expecting to happen. Area considered the 2008, 2010 market crash. When the rest of the country was down 60%, we went down six. 6%, that's it. We always seem to somehow be isolated from what's happening in the rest of the country.

Be it, our remoteness, whatever it is that that happens. We usually have a pretty strong economy in the rapid city area. So I can't see how the prices are going to come down. Anytime soon. We've got lots of businesses coming into area. We've got a new mission coming from the Ellsworth air force base.

I'm talking with a lot of you that are thinking about coming into. So I'm not anticipating that things are going to slow down anytime soon, or that prices are going to come down because really the only way that prices would come down is if we get to a position where instead of being more buyers than sellers, we have more sellers than buyers, right?

We've gotta switch that market. And I can't see that happening in the near future. Homes are still selling for over asking price was multiple offers in 2021. I am seeing some price reductions. I'm seeing some things kind of slow down a little bit, but I kind of anticipate that to jump back a line. Once everybody gets back to work in January of 2022, who knows though, I could be wrong as always.

If you have any questions about the home prices in rapid city or about what it takes to get into a property in this, in this market, don't hesitate to give me a call, send me an email, make a comment below. I'll be sure to answer that as long as it's not offensive comment. Thanks so much for watching everybody have a wonderful day.

and Remember love where you live. Every little piece, every little piece. We could make a million by slicing him, dicing him for hokey. We could sell every little shell there's enough of him to go around money, money, money by the pound.

May 2, 2022

Prepare For Winter in Rapid City - The Things You Gotta Know



Winter is coming. I know it

Tristan Emond here with mindful living Realty, a realtor right here in rapid city, South Dakota. Welcome back to my YouTube channel I talk, everything about moving to rapid city and the wonderful things about rapid city and the black Hills In this video we're going to talk about preparing for winter.

Are you ready. So it's the time of year again, leaves are starting to fall off the trees, temperature getting colder. So now let's talk about the things around the yard you need to do to make sure you're protected from the cold. Now, first of all, it's November 3rd and it's 70 degrees today. I don't have a coat on it.

It's a weird year right now. You don't usually expect a November 3rd to be outside without a coat on. And look, there's still leaves on the trees. Usually all the leaves are gone. So it's pretty typical. South Dakota weather. We've already had two October snow storms. So now we're on what third fall, something like that.

Changing temperatures, changing weather always keeps you on your toes here in South Dakota . So what as you make the transition from August into September, you want to make sure that you keep your eye on the weather. Sometimes we get some really early frost in September, what it looks like it's going to get below freezing at night.

You want to make sure that you take care of your flowers outside, cover them out with a bucket or something. And honestly, if you've got a garden, putting blankets on top of that will help protect your produce from that early freeze. The other thing your going to want to do is make sure you remove your hoses from the outside spigot. Now the spigot itself.

Isn't going to freeze on you. But when you have the hose connected to the spigot and there's water still in the hose, once it gets really cold, that that water expands, and then it can break into that spigot. So make sure you remove your hose so that it's not causing issues later on down the line. The other thing you want to do is make sure that you hire some money to blow out your sprinklers.

If you've got a water sprinkler system in your yard, make sure you get that blown out because obviously water freezing and pipes makes it an explode. And that's a really hard to take care of really hard to fix. If they're, if they explode in the yard. Now, if it's just getting down to 30 degrees for a day or two, and they're bopped up to forties, fifties, you probably not going to be in too bad of a shape, but if it's getting down to the twenties for weeks and weeks on end, that's when you're going to want to make sure that those sprinklers have already been blown out.

The other, the next thing you want to do is make sure that you clean out your gutters as the leaves, fall and little branches fall in collecting the gutters. You want to make sure that you get all that cleaned out. So when the snow comes and then melt as it. There's plenty of room for the water to do its thing down in the gutter and out the downspout.

So let's talk a little bit about your lawn. So in South Dakota, in August, you're mowing once every two, maybe three weeks by the time September rolls around every so often, you're mowing the lawn just to kind of keep down the areas that grow up. But as there gets to be more and more leaves on the. What'd you do, probably what you're gonna do is you're going to grab your rake and your lawn blowers and put them on the pile.

Hopefully you jump in the pile a couple of times and cleaned it all up again before you finally get it done with it and make sure you used your composite compostable bags so that when you put it into the lawn waste area of that, that's all taken care of. But we, what we have done the past couple of years, which is kind of cheating, but it's worked really well is to use our mulching lanwmower.

And just run the lawnmower over everything. It mulches up the leaves really finely and just drops them into the ground. And of course, letting nature do its thing over the winter and in the spring. So is that the right thing to do the wrong thing to do? I don't really know, but I do know it doesn't take hours to do, and it hasn't done bad for our lawn for the past couple of years.

So get you a mulcher mulch up them leaves. Winter's coming. You were born in the long summer. You've never known anything else, but now winter is surely coming. When it comes to snow removal, invest in a good snowblower and a few shovels.

I like using the sand shovel to scrape off hard snow and ice. When it starts melting. Don't forget your bag of ice melter for your sidewalks and driveways. So the next question about the coming winter that often get asked about is about your vehicles. Do you need a fourwheel drive? Do you have to have snow tires in our area?

Generally speaking ? Not, unless you are planning on going off roading or driving up in, you know, lead really get lots of snow quite a bit. If you're just running around the cities, you generally don't need too much on your cars as far as set of tires or chains or anything like that. And then get the streets plowed off enough so that you can drive around in a typical all wheel drive car.

Like I've got behind me, my kids even drive a front wheel drive car, generally speaking, they get around. Okay. Now that being said, we do have a four wheel drive. And when it's particularly snowy outside That's probably the one I'm going to jump in the most important thing that you want to take care of on your vehicle is your tires.

When you buy that car from the dealership, a lot of times you'll have the, just a smooth summer type tires on them. And those are just going to spend, not give you any attraction, go and get a good all season, a little bit aggressive tire and put them on your vehicles. They're good for all year long. And they'll do just fine for you in the winter.

As long as again, you're not trying to climb up slopes or nothing like that. Your Ford Mustangs and muscle cars, just leaving the garage to the winter, pull them out through the summer. Also make sure y'all fit your car with ice scrapers, a roadside emergency kit that includes emergency blankets, emergency water, and other tools you might need along the road.

It's also a great idea to source some gas. So you had it if you need it.

and I didn't wash my car just for this purpose. You can see what your car looks like. After a couple of weeks, one around in the snow. Now, the city does a very good job of plowing and some of the main roads or town, some of the throat divisions, maybe not so much, but I'll get to it. They don't use straight sand or straight salt.

They have a chemical mixture that they put mostly on the crossroads. It's the stoplights, that kind of thing. So certainly not going to rust out your car like it does in Minnesota, but I certainly recommend you get that undercarriage wash a new car every, so once in awhile you can have the chemical form of they use in the roads after driving you in your car.

And there's a tendency to pock out some of your concrete so if you've got a really nice garage,Unlike me Make sure you use an epoxy coating to protect it. Protect himself. Come winter. Now let's talk about driving this. Now I grew up in Minnesota. I moved over to rapid city. I've always been in a snow climate. Of course I learned to drive in a 19 75 40 LTD.

So things are a bit different. Now, the most important thing to consider with driving in winter conditions aside from of course your tires, like I mentioned, is your speed. I don't care how great your tires are. If you're going 55 miles an hour, I expect to stop. Normally you're going to coast right on through that intersection and probably hit somebody along the way.

Keep your speed low. Be patient, make sure that there's plenty of time to get where you need to go. When you get to the intersection, sort of slowing down a long time before, and then start pumping your brakes. That'll help you slow down to the point where you can actually get stopped at the intersection.

When you get to the intersection and want to make a turn, make sure you're going slow enough and then make the turn without your foot on the brake. When you had your foot cramped on the brake, that's what causes you to skid. Of course, when it's really, really Icy, sometimes it doesn't matter what you do.

You just kind of slide all around. Go slow. Take your time, get to where you need to be.

All right. Now it's time to talk about clothing for winter. Now I know all, you know, there's like a, I would get this, but for you southerners, let's talk about winter. In South Dakota and especially winter in rapid city. So we have, as you've learned from me talking about before a vast array of climates, it can start off one day being 60 degrees.

And then by the end of that day, by the time you're going home for work, it's 20 degrees. So you to make sure that you have appropriate clothing with you or in your car or something, to make sure that you're prepared for said weird events. And since some days like today can be 70 degrees. You don't want to wear sweaters every day of your life either.

So layers is the key. Usually I have a t-shirt on underneath, and then I'll have a long sleeve. Of course on top of that. And then the good old fashioned hoodie sweatshirt, then that usually keeps me warm for up to, you know, if we're just the 60 degrees or 40 degrees now on the same token, you're probably going to want to have a bunch of different jackets because he never know.

The first one I have here is a, just a lightweight jacket. Keeps the, keeps the rain off, keeps the chill off. I really like these three in one tight coats. This one actually has. Inserts and I took the insert off and this is kind of. Not terribly cold, but not terribly warm. So we just 30, 40 degrees. We'll wear this out.

We're going walking lately in the mornings. Um, my wife actually has the insert, so she's wearing the insert and I'm wearing the outer coat and it works pretty good for those middle of the road cold days. And of course you want to make sure that you have a heavy coat, not necessarily a parka. You don't need to have.

Whole fuzzy around the head kind of thing. Also, you want to, I mean, had to see your choice, whatever, but I do like these heavy coats. This one actually is a three and one two, but I generally just keep this for my heavier Winter coat for when it gets really cold. I'm not a scarf person. So I liked the ones that have the zip up all the way up to here.

So I smuggled my nose. Right. So make sure you have a variety of coats for whatever the situation is. Okay. Now I also have for ah pants. I have a, these are basically just a warm up type pants that I wear over the top of my jeans. If it's just a little rainy, use a little chili, these work out really good for that.

And they would work out really good if I would remember to pack them. When we went to Ireland last two, two years ago. And of course there's going to be outside in the snow a lot. You probably want some kind of snow pants scenario where you are protected for, with your skiing or snowboarding, or just hanging out in the snow building snowmen with the kids or whatever.

So make sure you've got plenty of different options for your layers so that you can be prepared for no matter what. No, of course you also want to keep your hands and head warm. So same thing, lots of different options. I've got a thin. And then I've got one of these, uh, glove type ones with the fingertips come off, so you can actually do something, uh, but a glove type scenario.

Uh, and then I should have, which I can't find right now, but you know, these ski type gloves, this one, obviously isn't mine, but it's a good example. Yeah. Get one of these. Yeah. So that's what I would recommend. Your gloves. And of course in a standard stocking campus is great. Hopefully you get one that has a better team than the Vikings at the present moment.

Yeah. But we weren't talking about that. Typically, as far as forward concerned, I'm pretty good running around in my tennis shoes. Obviously you wanna make sure that you get your full other ones and not the running shoes where the water just soaks right. In, uh, like the ones I have right now that are soon to be returned.

Uh, other than that, Uh, these boots here, uh, these keep me pretty warm and they've also got this rubber, outer sole here to keep the water out. And then of course you want to make sure you have some kind of bigger, heavier, a wool type sock who was well, make sure your boots are a little bit bigger, so you can put a couple pair of socks on, on underneath.

And there are other things such as a toe warmers and glove warmers that you can just play when your boot, those things were amazing when it's, when you have to be outside for a long time. And it's really, really cold. Yeah. Try those that really. Now, I know there's plenty of other places that have some really, really good winter wear that if you're going to be outside in the winter, in the cold a long time, you ought to make sure that you get those.

So for example, if you be working outside in the, in the cold, you wanna make sure you get the Carhartt brand coveralls and jacket. Those things work really well. And if you're skiing, make sure you get the actual skiing and winter wear that, uh, you know, like Columbia. And Eddie Bauer and RER and some of these other peoples, they have really great winter clothing.

Cause they're saying always is it's not so much. The cold is a matter of just not wearing appropriate clothing. Cause when we went through really comes in and it really gets hits home and you're stuck at home. Or you feel like your second home all the time. It's important to get out and enjoy the winter.

Put on your coat, put on your, your hats, get your boots on. Go take some winter walks, go skiing, do something out in the outside, even just going for a walk. So you don't get that crazy cabin feel right. So be prepared, make sure you get the right clothing for what fits for you and your style.

The other question I get asked a lot is, well, what about when your power goes out? What happens then? So I've lived in rapid city since 1990, and there was never a time when the power went out for a long enough period of time that maybe you actually think about survival and food and warmth until Atlas Atlas was a snowstorm that came by October 3rd.

2013. And we were without power for about a day and a half. I think it might've been, might've been two days, which really wasn't bad compared to some other properties out miles out from town where the power lines were above ground. All of those power lines broke. And so they were out without power for a week.

So after that point, we got to thinking, well, what should we do? Because what we ended up doing was bringing the propane grill. Inside and using that for a little bit of heat, uh, that, that kind of thing. So we live in all electric house. We do not have a fireplace. And so it was a matter of, okay, what can we do if we need to, if we have to provide some warmth, if we're out without power for awhile, what do we, what do we get?

So here's kind of what we put together. And this is just a few items to, for you to get to thinking about what you might want to provide to make sure that you have in your house as well. So we did get these propane bottles. Propane heaters now. Yes, I know the label says, make sure you use these inside and have air flow.

I understand that, but at the time, we're just, we're looking about a little bit of warmth. You know, we can crack open a window, but these things should provide some warmth for all in one room if we need it. And we've got three or four of these laying around, and of course, then we also got a Coleman camping stove so that we can actually cook if we needed to.

And of course, if you have these things, then you need to make sure you have plenty of power of bottles, fulfilling few bottles on hand to power, said things to include. Matches. And these little things are some Firestarter pucks. I'm not sure if we'd ever actually use these in our scenario, but they came with the package.

I think that we bought. And of course you would want to make sure that you have candles, flashlights and different kinds of flashlight. This is a head flashlight. And of course the batteries to power said, flashlights. And you also make sure that you have a way to power your phones. So get some of these emergency power things for your phones as well.

Obviously, first aid kit, obviously it should have some of that. And then we got to thinking about, okay, food. So we've been stocking up on some food, go to Sam's club, get your case of decibels, get some cases of, of meat and that kind of thing. Make sure you have. Some kind of food in the house, so that if you did there for a couple of days, you've got something to eat.

And of course, with that eating, make sure you have something to drink. So we've got a couple of gallons of water downstairs. We also have four or five gallon water containers, uh, that we have also that will store some water if we need to. And then finally, if you want and go and buy eight emergency supplies.

So that you can feed your people. If you could use a kind of like your meals, ready to eat scenario, you do have to use water, sure again, you need more water to use these as well. Now, this isn't going to, this is a 30 day kit for one person. We figured a couple of days for us, four to six people. We should be able to get by.

That's really, all we were looking to do is what's going to take, to get by a couple of days if we need to now. I mean, if there's a, you know, nationwide EMP blasts, it knocks out systems, this isn't, you know, we're all going to be dead anyway. So this isn't real. Concerning that it's just a matter of how can we get by in a couple of days, if we need to, if the power does go out in Atlas, like it did a couple of years ago.

The other question I get last along this note is how come there aren't that many fireplaces ups up there. I think I've seen more fireplaces in Texas homes than I have up here. It's really quite bizarre, but I think a lot of it had to do with the style of building and the affordability of the building, that kind of thing.

And so of course, back in the day when we started talking about energy efficiency and the way the fireplaces. Originally weren't very, very efficient. And so they got replaced with gas fireplaces, which are great, but again, they're fired by electricity as well. Now, if you wanted to add a fireplace to your property, there are some different wood-burning stove options that should work for you.

Even ones that have, and that pipe out beside, uh, outside the side of the house of the side of a wall, instead of going all the way through the roof, there are a couple of fireplace installation centers in town that can help you do the whole. And help you get set up. If you need that fireplace security for you and your family.

I certainly love the ambiance of a fireplace. I love the. But I really don't want to go around and find and cut blood all the time

to answer your questions for you about preparing for winter. Keep watching my channel for more videos of a rapid city. And now there's not gonna be many days like this. So I'm out of here. Love where you live.

April 25, 2022

Fishing Near Rapid City and the Black Hills

Something's a bit fishy in rapid city, South Dakota. That's right. We're going to talk about fishing in rapid city.

Hi everybody. This is Tristan Emond with mindful living realty, a realtor right here in rapid city, South Dakota. Welcome back to my YouTube channel. I talk everything but moving to rapid city and the wonderful things about rapid city and the black hills. Today's video comes at a personal request by one of you ask a specificly:

what about fishing near rapid city? I'm going to show you some places to go fishing in rapid city, South Dakota. Canyon lake is rapid city's premier lake

fish off the fishing bridges along the paths or off the fishing bridge.

we're using the boat dock for your canoe or kayak and go fishing in the lake, then go and check out Canyon lake park with its built-in ponds and streams.

and then throw your line in at the waterfalls after the spillway

on the west side of Canyon lake is the Rushmore lion's park that has a walking path going right next to rapid Creek.

Well on this path, you can find many unique and cool places.

one of my favorite spots is a wooden bench at the end of the path, where you can sit and watch the Creek.

Rapid Creek runs all the way through downtown, rapid city from the west side, all the way to the east.

find your favorite fishing spot somewhere along the Creek.

That goes from west

to east

Alright so, confession time I don't fish, even though I grew up in the land of 10,000 lakes, you would think that fishing would be part of my past, but all I remember from fishing is standing up the shore, throwing out a rod, bringing it back in and never getting anything. We would rather be on the boat, skiing and tubing, having fun.

Than fishing near downtown rapid city is Memorial park with a fishing pond located just in front of the monument civic center.

this dock pond is a perfect place to throw in your line and see what happens.

and if nothing is biting there just walked down to rapid Creek. Outside of rapid city are many black Hills lakes. There's Iron Creek lake way up by spearfish,

Angostura reservoir down in my hot Springs Pactola and Sheridan in the middle of the Hills and bear view lake, just north of Sturgis. And there are so many other lakes in the black Hills already be sure to catch some fish. And what do you think about ice? Fishing? Fishing is very popular at Pactola and Sheridan lake would, you can catch some fish.

If you're going to be out fishing, you need the place to make sure you get your fishing supplies. Scheels. It's a good place to start.

Of course there's other places you might have heard of. It's called Cabela's

other popular fishing supplie stores are the rooster in the gap.

Dakota angler and outfitter for your fly fishing supplies,

and stores such as fleet farm, runnings. And of course, Walmarts can also check out used gear at played against sports. To learn more about the fishing rules and licenses in of South Dakota, go to the South Dakota game fish and parks website. If you click on the fish link, you can take them to the page where you can purchase your license.

Check out weekly fish, dockings, and even check out the, the various fish species in the black Hills. By clicking on the game species link for South Dakota residents, your annual fishing license is $28. You could also buy a one day fishing license for $8. No, license required for those under 18. And it's only $12 for annual license over age 65, ah, fishing in rapid city.

It's kind of a big deal. I hope this helped give you some great information, showcase some great areas. And there's probably a lot of places that I didn't know about. Thanks for watching. Have a wonderful day to remember love where you live. .


April 18, 2022

The 8 Secrets to Winning an Offer



Are you searching for a home and couldn't quite get that perfect place for yourself with this busy real estate market. Well, today, today's your lucky day. I'm here to talk to you about the secrets of winning an offer on the house for you today in this market. This is a special offer for today for you and your family.

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That's the way it's kind of way its been seeming right. I'm here to tell you there is no secret, but today we are going to talk about the eight steps to a winning offer.

Hey Everybody its Tristan Emond with mindful living realty, a realtor right here in rapid city, South Dakota, Welcome back to my our YouTube channel where I talk everything about moving to rapid city. And the wonderful things, rapid city and the black Hills. So I'm sure you've seen many of the national articles, real estate bubble is going to collapse.

That's going to have another real estate market collapse, like 2008 and maybe that's true. And in my last real estate market video, I talked about things slowing down a little bit here locally, but I also said, I wonder if it's going to pick back up and guess what? In the past few months I put together a number of offers where all of a sudden.

People were out buying again and quickly. I lost one offer to a cash buyer for $25,000 over asking price. Multiple offers my buyers one, one last week for $15,000 over asking price with six offers on the table. I went to show a property on the Southwest side of town around $458,000. And there was showing after showing, after showing, after showing scheduled,that evening for that property.

So all things might not be selling as quickly as they were earlier in 2021. There's still a lot of buyers out there. Inventory is getting a little bit better, but it's still. And buyers are out there purchasing property. So you gotta be prepared for that multiple offer situation and what you need to know about getting ready for that, doing your homework, and then making that, the offer that best suits your needs, the needs of the seller, and hopefully gets you accepted.

All right. So here we go. Step one is of course the homework phase. Doesn't do any good to go out. Look at properties. If you don't have your approval in place or a bank letter from. Financial institution, Saying Yes. I got cash. We need to have something ready to go. When you're ready to make that offer so that you can just present it and say, Hey, here we are.

We don't need to be waiting a day or two for a preapproval. That's just going to ruin the whole thing. Make sure you got your homework in place. That preapproval needs to be in place. The cashflow needs to be in place. We need to have proof that you can buy the property, however you plan on buying said property.

So here's what I can talk about. Local lending. So rapid city, we're not big, we're small, we're local we're person to person. So your offer is going to be stronger with a local lender attached to it than a national rocket mortgage or lending tree, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Now I've worked with some companies that have worked out okay.

But when I have a local lender involved, I know as a listing agent. I know where I can go find this person. Right. We know what we can get ahold of these people. If the national lending company decides to not do their job, we don't have phone calls and emails and they don't respond to them. We're we're just, we're stuck.

We can't do anything about that, but a local person because of our small local community also wants to do good by us because we send them referrals back and forth. The national company. We're probably a dime a dozen. I strongly encourage you to consider using a local lender for your approval for your mortgage, because when it comes to six offers on the table, although your mind's yours might be the highest offer.

If it's a rocket mortgage type corporation. That might sink a few places down. If this offer over here is just, just a few thousand less, but we know it's going to get done because there's a local lender. So in this first homework step, not only do you have your pre-approval, you also have know what you want and know what you don't want at a property that we're not wasting time and things you don't want to look at, but in some cases that know what you want to don't want, might just simply be a house in my price point, right.

That might simply be the criteria. Enough just to get into something that you can live in and make your own. From that point thereafter, the third part of this is having realistic expectations. Consider the fact that prices had gone up considerably in the past year, even in the past six months, I'm seeing properties where I'm like, that's that much really?

So make sure that you understand that, that great kitchen that you think you're going to buy for $300,000 might not be reality in this market. So check those real expectations at the door. So when you move forward with that price point, watever price point. You can say, okay, I understand not going to quite get what I want, but at least wise I'm getting into something I'm getting to that property in the rapid city area in a tight market.

You have to make fast decisions. You have to move forward quickly. And I know it's tough when I'm saying, okay, wait, when do you go to find out right now? What do you want to do? You're doing right now. So here's where you need to trust your gut. This is where you need to make a decision based less upon what's up here and more upon what's down here.

Ask yourself the question. Well, how does this property make me feel when I'm walking in the door and my smiling, am I? Yep. I can make this work or at least wise have the potentiality of saying, yep. This is, this is property. I think we could make this happen. I'm happy with this. And we're making an offer on this property.

Ask yourself this question. If you were to sell for $5,000 more, would you have. Yeah, I had paid $5,000 more. Or would you have said no five? That was it. $5,000. That's it? That is the question to ask yourself before making that offer, if the extra $5,000 it was worth it or not, what does it feel like? How would it feel when I come back to you and say, Hey, sorry, you lost by five grand.

What's that going to be? What are you going to think? What do you think about that? So when we're looking at properties, not only do we need to make sure that the boxes are checked, square footage needed, bedrooms, bathrooms, price, point, all those kinds of things. We also make sure we trust the gut and say, Hey, how does this make me feel?

How do I feel about buying this property? How I feel if I lost this property, or those are good questions to ask yourself, to find out. Yes or no, I'm moving forward on the property that we're looking at and we're in front of us. All right. We've got a pre-approval in place. We've trusted our gut. And we're going to say, yep, this is the property we want.

Now let's tend to write the offer here in South Dakota. That's a three page form that we filled out. We talk about earnest funding. You talked about purchase price. You talk about home inspections, all of these different things that we want to put together. And obviously we're going to try and make this.

As clean as possible. Now, obviously the most important thing here is to put your money where your mouth is in this environment, asking price is basically a low ball offer. So we've got to present your offer in such a way that'll be stronger than the others without being crazy, stupid in the process as well.

For instance Earnest Money, A couple years ago on a $300,000 property, I may have considered $500 being okay for earnest money. Now, maybe you should make that a thousand, $2,000. Give it a little more umph to make sure that your offer stands out a little more. Now, what about home inspection contingency personally, I haven't done a lot of offers without that home inspection contingency.

I know what other places have talked about, just getting rid of that and moving forward, buying the property. Of course, that's a conversation we can have, but generally. The home inspections are pretty, still normal around here and are included in the said offers. Now sometimes timeframes are a little shorter or whatever, and maybe the seller like, well, it's a seller's market and I'm not going to do a whole lot, but you can have your contingency, that kind of thing.

Now, if you have a home to sell, obviously that creates a challenge on multiple offers scenarios, but sometimes you just got to put it in. Submit it and see what happens. It's really important that your home is already under contract. Before we start putting offers in for properties, because least wise, then we know it.

Hopefully it will close versus maybe it will close someday. So having the home sale contingency in place is better. If your home is under contract where you're at in whatever state you're in. So reallym there's no secret here on the general offer itself. Keep it. Don't add any stupid, goofy stuff in there.

If a few of his contingencies as possible and put your money out there, you would have to pay the piper for what you want. All right. Now I wanna talk about the escalation clause, which is a piece of the offer, which I usually like to include when there's a potentiality of multiple offers or when there definitely is multiple offers.

So most of the time, right with this escalation clause is, is it says that you're willing to pay an X amount of money above the highest net offer that the seller has received not to exceed whatever that number is. So if the vs price is $400,000 and you want to offer $400,000 as asking price plus $500 more than the highest net offer not to exceed $425,000.

So if an offer comes in at 410, you're paying for ten five hundred. If we're offering comes in at 420, you're paying for 420,500. So now if it comes in at 425 your done. And as we've mentioned before, if that becomes in at 425, you're like, yep. That's okay. It's as much, I'm going to feel like paying. I'm okay with that.

Then that's good. If it comes in at 430 and you said gah maybe we shoulda offered the 430 is your max right? Now. Not everybody loves these. Sometimes it causes confusion back and forth, but it's a great way though, of being able to find out the spot between the asking price and your top dollar without actually just throwing money at it.

You know, if you just throw an offer, went home was at 400 and you just throw a 425 at it. Well, what if you could have got it for 410 as the highest offer? 405. Right? And of course we can tweak this escalation clause to, to give it more power where we can say, you know, Hey, we'll pay $5,000 a above.

The highest offer up to X or $1,000 above this up to X, all those kinds of things. We can work that based upon your comfort level and how we can make, make it best work for everybody involved. But I always recommend an escalation clause, even if we had the chance of having a multiple offer, just to make sure that.

You could protect it in this whole, present an offer scenario. Now of course, consider the fact that in most mulitple offer situation, the seller pretty much can do whatever they want. So they might just completely ignore that escalation clause and say, Hey, I'll give you a counter and here's your counter for 423.

And it's up to you to say yes or no, or where do we want to do? All right. So that's what I'm talking about. When I'm talking about an escalation clause, it helps you to get a property for the highest amount that you're willing to spend without just throwing it out there and leaving money on the table. All right.

Another addition to writing the offer is the appraisal gap. The appraisal gap is the difference between the actual. And because we're paying over listing price, usually the actual purchase price. So a lot of times there's a 10, 15, 20, whatever that gap is that we're not going to know until the appraiser gets out there and takes a look at the property.

So we want to make sure that we let the seller know, Hey, we understand that we're offering more than appraisal value. And if that appraisal comes in lower, we're willing to pay cash. Between the difference here and here that gives us a clear indication that yes, you understand that if the, if the home does not appraise for the total purchase price, the whole thing is over with.

So if you got five, six offers in a row, the one that does not mention any kind of appraisal gap coverage, maybe the one that one is set aside, because if the appraisal doesn't come in to that full purchase price, you guys might be having an argument about purchase price. And that's not something you want to do at the end of the transaction.

Let's say we're working on buying a property at $400,000. We've escalated that up to 420 and we get accepted at 420. The appraisal comes in at 400. No problem. We'll pay cash above. Everything's fine. But what happens if that appraisal comes in at 350, suddenly the 20,000. Appraisal gap is now 70,000.

Well, that's a bit different than just 20. So we like to define that bottom end, even if it's a little bit lower than asking price to give the Sellers a little breathing room, least wise, we say, Hey, that appraisal contingency is it effect here's the bottom end, but we understand that we're paying from appraisal value to purchase price.

That then gives the seller clear indication about what they can expect. And there's no arguments later on and they understand, okay, these guys got a feel for how things are going. They got cash support. If we need to, this is a clear and concise. We understand this. So that is appraisal gap. Making sure that you're protected on the bottom end as well.

And making sure that you guys aren't paying too much on that appraisal gap, if that appraisal should settle to come in way lower than expected and suddenly everybody's in a tizzy. All right. I think we're on point number six of our eight tips to winning your offer. And that's suppose the question is cash still king.

Does this still roll sometimes? But sometimes it doesn't don't expect that because your offer is all cash, no contingencies, blah, blah, blah. Then it's going to rule the day in every situation, sellers? They like money too. I've seen situations where I said, we'll take another offer. That's higher than a cash offer to get that extra money.

Even as low as $5,000, even though there are other offers, a quick close, no home inspections, et cetera, et cetera. So if you have. And you want to buy the property with cash. You still have to play the game. So you have to play the market. You wasted. So consider an escalation clause, understand you probably won't have the appraisal part of it, but you might want to consider adding that escalation clause maybe to get above that other cash offer or to make sure that your offer is the highest up to a certain point, whatever you're willing to spend, but don't automatically assume because you have cash.

You're the one that's going to get that offer. All right. So let's talk a little bit about buyer love letters. I know you've heard this about the practice of sending a letter with the offer, talking about how you love the property, make it all emotional and everything. And that's how I would tell you to do it, to make it real, make it about how you feel about the property, et cetera.

Tell people, tell the seller how much you love their property. Some people have done videos. They've done music videos it's gone. It's just gone crazy in the country lately. Now they're having some arguments about whether or not that is legal and ethical, etc. On the realtor side of things as realtors, we, of course can't discriminate because of sex nationality, et cetera, et cetera.

But as realtors, we have a code of ethics, which also has rules about discrimination. Gender familial status and marital status amongst some others. So if I'm looking at five offers on the table and one's a single guy, and one is a family, uh, with a, with 10 kids and one is a single mother. Now I really can't discriminate against any one of these and maybe you as a family person, like the big family.

So you want to give it to the family person. And maybe we've got buyer letters from all three of these people talking about who they are and how they want to buy your property. Now, if the seller decides to choose one offer over the other in this scenario, and the single guy decides that he feels discriminated against because they, well, he's a single guy.

And you are discriminated against him. All of a sudden we've got a little lawsuit kind of thing going on. Hence the question continues. Should you, or should you not present a buyer's letter? There are some states that have made it illegal and ban 'em. Buyer letters. So should you present a buyer letter? I'm not going to say no that you shouldn't, because sometimes it may be the thing that takes you over the edge.

I did have one buyer where the seller specifically, he was selling his family home, that he raised his kids and who he was selling it to. And so I had my buyer write them a letter to talk about. They had some kids and they were going to have more kids and how it was going to be a family home moving forward.

And I do think that that helped buy that property. I truly believe that your offer is just down in the black and white or the paper that we present. And a lot of times, as a listing agent, I'm going to say, Hey, look, here's your buyers. Here's your buyer. Let us not cool. Comp it up and throw, okay, here's our offers, right?

That's what I would do as the listing agent. But it was a buyer's agent. I've done it before. It'll probably be done again. And it's probably something I may recommend. If it warrents it based upon the situation, what's it going to take to make your offer more appealing to the seller in every phase of the transaction?

Number eight does simple. One more money still wins nine out of 10 times. That's just the way it is. All right, everybody, the secrets out without paying $, Is that what I said whatever. Thanks for watching these eight steps to winning offer here in rapid city, South Dakota. If you like what you've been seeing, please don't hesitate.

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April 11, 2022

Country Up at the Central States Fair!


Welcome to the central states fair.

This is Tristan Emond with mindful living realty, a realtor right here in the rapid city, South Dakota. Welcome back to my YouTube channel where I talk, everything while moving to rapid city the wonderful things and things to do rapid city and the black kills. And yes, let's talk about the elephant in the room. I did cut myself shaving and it's still there.

I should probably do an advertisement for that sharp razor I wasn't paying attention to. Kids, be careful with your razors. The Central States Fair is a regional fair that showcases the true country of our area that highlights the agriculture of our region with animals, shows country pop stars, and four nights of PRCA rodeo.

The Central States fairgrounds are located on the Southeast part of rapid city with lacrosse streets of the west center street to the north Campbell street to the east and San Francisco street to the south. Parking for the fair is on various fields and lots around fair grounds. So make sure you get there early. If you have a scheduled event,

the slushie station, slushie station.

so close.

Go here too early for bingo. Wasn't Thinking.

Misty. August is a busy month for us here in the black. The first full weekend in August starts the sturgis motorcylce rally, which runs the entire next week. Then after a few days of rest, the chaps go off, the Cowboy hats come on and the central states fair comes to town. There's tractors, South Dakota royalty.

mutton bustin' and a whole lot of animals

You got a cup, must be some food in there. Kangaroos are asleep. They've done their boxing. I've done my job for today. Thank you very much.

Rabbit's here. Check out security. It's going to break everybody out.

Along with that, are arts and crafts, I can do that.

displays diorama's.

And SDSU pie and ice cream. And of course what's a fair without a carnival.

Fair Food

And Rides

I can do next is dying to be fair

Get your grand stand pass to attend events such as motor cross racing, demolition Derby, country artists, such as Josh Turner, Kip Moore, and big and rich the extreme Brock finals and range days. PRCA.

Thanks better. It's coming along with me. Talk to you next time, and remember love where you live.

April 4, 2022

The Top 5 Leash-Free Parks to Take Your Dog in Rapid City


In this episode of Tristan about town, it's going to the dogs. Car rides. You like car rides? Yeah. Car Rides. A walk? Ooh, That worked.

Hey, everybody It's Tristan Emond with mindful living realty, a realtor right here in rapid city, South Dakota. Welcome back to my YouTube channel, talking everything about moving to rapid city and the wonderful things about rapid city and the black Hills today. I'm with my sister Chantelle. And her two dogs; Izzy.

And we're Sasha? Sasha? Today we're checking out a few leash free dog parks and a few of the dog services in around rapid city. The first part we're going to explore as Robinsdale. Robinsdale Is in the Southeast part of Rapid City. It's right next to Robbinsdale park. So you'll find plenty of parking.

This park has plenty of space with a one-mile path going all the way around it.

However, because it is open, you'll find it's windier than you would imagine

there's little shade.

No water

and no fence between the park in Fairmont Boulevard.

The second park we'll explore is Vickie powers park, which is on the north side of rapid city, north of the mall. It's also close to a playground. So you want to make sure you keep your dogs. Until you get to the least free park beyond playground. There's plenty of room for your dogs to run and jump with parking, bathrooms, and no busy road nearby.

But similar Robinsdale park, there's no water, little shade and can be considerably windy.

Now, perhaps you're thinking of yourself interested. What do you have to have your sister's dogs? Why don't you have a dog? Well, I got four kids and I decided a long time ago. We don't need anything more to take care of. The next stop is wilderness park in the Northwest corner of rapid city. Here's there's two parking lots, bathrooms for your convenience,

a little stream running through the property.

but it's also a narrower space with no fence along city Springs road.

And the playground along one side

the most popular part is Braeburn park, just on the other side of canyon lake park in, Southwest rapid city.

Braeburn park is chock full of trees.

The dogs can run and play in rapid Creek.

You also see old foundations and stairs from when the park was the housing development before the 1972 flood

Because this park is the most popular park, you'll definitely have more dogs and more people to deal with

when it's busy, the parking is limited

and there's only a port-a-potty for a bathroom

it's not too far from the bike path. If you want to incorporate that into your adventure.

FInally, we go to an indoor dog park. What could we be better than beer and dogs. Welcome to bar K-9 in the Rushmore mall. When you've let your dogs run and play while you enjoy a cold beer and snack.

The ramps, tunnels and hoops, make it a fun place for dogs and owners alike. But what about other services for your dog? Starting again in the Southeast part of rapid city, you've got the black Hills animal hospital, Paw tenders, pet care center and safe Haven pet resort, daycare boarding, and grooming services on the Northeast side of town.

There's 4 paws grooming and doggy day. And Petco in Rushmore crossing near Rushmore mall on the north central part of town. There's PetSmart and TLC pet hospital close to downtown is pet pantry and wags to whiskers, pet grooming along with little struts, pet salon and shampooch pet, grooming and bakery in the bakery park area is yuppie puppy mountain view animal hospital.

And all creatures veterinary hospital. As you go on the Northwest side of town, down county lake drive minors, animal clinic with boarding and daycare, barks and bubble, and Canyon Lake Veterinary hospital for those in the Southwest area, autumn Hills veterinary clinic is right next to D-Tails Pet Sallon.

Now, of course all these goods and services, I can't actually recommend since I don't have pets. However, I wanted you to showcase to you all the different services around rapid city, all over the place. You'll find plenty of dog friendly in rapid city. Hope you enjoyed our dog video today. Don't forget to watch this video or this playlist.

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March 7, 2022

The Wildlife, Animals, and BUGS of the Black Hills - Are There Bears? ????




It's time to answer the question. Are there  Wookilars in the black Hills?  "There's no such thing as a Wookilar.  You know they said someone down at Auburn cars came face to face with one Ugliest thing he ever saw.  Said they had a face of a pig, big snoot and tusks coming up like that."

I love that Movie.

Hey everybody it's Tristan Emond with mindful living realty a realtor right here in rapid city, South Dakota. Welcome back to my YouTube channel. We'll talk everything about moving to rapid city and the black Hills. So today we're gonna answer some of your questions about the animals, the wildlife, what you can expect in the black Hills.

So let's answer the question. Are there bears in the black Hills? But before we talk about some of the potentially dangerous animals in the black Hills, let's talk about some of the wildlife you may or may not see during your visit to the black Hills. The first one is very common and that is deer.

You'll see Muley, you'll see white tails you'll see little Bambi's you'll see bucks with great antlers. Just be careful driving across the black Hills road. Oh. Especially in that evening hour. Cause they like to cross the road. So make sure you keep an eye out for those deer. During those times, some of the black Hills residents consider these.

And nuisance. So if you happened to buy a property in the black Hills or in the foothills of rapid city, you'll need to make sure, especially if you're a gardener that you put lots of high fences up around your gardens, because if you don't those, do you like to come in and they help themselves? A lot of the deer in rapid city are so used to people.

When you drive by six feet away from them, they'll just look up at you. Wink, kinda, go back to eating. The other end we see quite a bit in the black Hills is wild turkeys. You'll see them going together in their groups. So I'm get pretty big and you'll get a chance to see them and hear them as they're watering through the black Hills, some black hills residents even feed the turkeys and the deer, and they show up to their yard every day.

If you're lucky driving out along highway 44 into the black Hills, you may see some big horn sheep along the road. If you're even lying. Right on Mount Rushmore is a lot of the where these guys are hanging out is the mountain goats. You'll see the white goats hanging out on the cliffs, just hanging out there.

Stand on this little tiny ledge, right near the rocks of Mount Rushmore. If you're in the Southern Hills, you might see the herd of elk that are known to cross through the Southern Hills at times. Again, that's if you're lucky, one of the more popular animals you'll see in custer state park's wildlife loop is the buroughs.

These cute little for animals. They'll come to your window that put your head in your window, looking for things to eat. Great moments for pictures and just enjoying the boroughs, playing in Custer state park. The other animals you'll see in Custer state park and wind cave, national park are the Prairie dogs.

It's amazing to watch them communicate and run in their holes and pop up here, there, and everywhere stand up at attention, Prairie dogs. In the black Hills, you also see a lot of prarie dogs at devil's tower, which is about two and a half hours away from us in Wyoming. And as you're traveling around the black Hills, especially in the prairies surrounding the black Hills, you'll see a lot of pronghorn antelope running and hopping and skipping.

Finally, you'll see a lot of smaller, rodent type animals around the black Hills. And in rapid city, we've seen beavers at Canyon lake park, little marmots and Sylvan lake. Rabbits in our backyard. And of course, chipmunks and squirrels all over the place. Now what about dangerous animals in the black Hills?

I know a lot of you, you asked the question. Okay. If I go for a hike, if I go for a camping trip, do I need to have bear spray? Do you want me to pack up all my food in the container? What do I need to do in that scenario? What am I concerned about as far as hiking and being out into the black Hills? No, if you are camping in the black Hills, we don't usually put away all of our stuff, but make sure of course that you put.

Food in the car or at least wise habit it's tightly covered because if you don't, you will probably attract the raccoons, the possums, the squirrels it's kind of creatures. That'll come a night and take advantage of the food that you had for everybody else, because Hey, they're hungry. So let's talk about one of the most dangerous animals in the black Hills that is believe it or not

the Buffalo. Now I know when you're driving down wildlife loop, you see them, they're just hanging out in the field. They're crossing the road. They're pretty much seeming to ignore you, but they move fast and they are big. Last year, we had lady get off the back of the bike to approach the Buffalo, to try to get that closer picture that buffalo charged her.

Ended up catching her in her pants, swung her around for awhile and dropped her unconscious as he took off. So make sure you stay in your vehicles. You'll see signs all over the place. And a us local people really give tourists a bad time when they get away from the vehicle and, uh, looked to approach the Buffalo.

The Buffalo were amazing to watch the great to take pictures of, but just don't approach them because there are still wild and they're in their atmosphere you also see a few Buffalo herds that are being raised by ranchers in the, in the black Hills area, the second animal to be watching out for. And this is probably the most poisonous in our area is the rattlesnake.

This will be the, the only snake that actually is poisonous. If we have garter snakes, we've had bullsnakes those aren't poisonous by any means. They'll definitely scare you when you see them along the way, but rattlesnakes are the ones to be watching out for. And they're mostly going to hang out in really warm dry.

Places along the trail or up on top of rocks in all my exploring of the black Hills, I've actually never come across one, but I have seen posts where people have said, Hey, watch out for rattlesnakes. They'd been in the grass they'd been over here. So be aware of the rattlesnakes because those are the ones.

That are really poisonous in the black Hills to be concerned about the third animal we should discuss is mountain lions. Yes, there are mountain lions in the Hills. You probably aren't going to see them. In fact, probably aren't even going to make themselves known to you unless they're really, really hungry.

Generally speaking, they're hanging out by themselves, away from the crowds and away from the people. So your more popular tourist attractions, you probably won't have, have a chance to see them, but if you're hiking by yourself, in the wilderness, all by yourself, just keep an eye out for him. So now we answer the question.

Are there bears in the black kids? And a couple of years ago, I would've said, Nope, no bears in the black Hills. Unless of course you go through bear country, which we'll talk about that later. But lately there have been sightings of some black bears running around the black Hills. Definitely more than a few, according to the experts, but they're not in a stage right now where they're causing any danger right now.

They're on the, just finding food, the playful type stage right now. So they're nothing to really worry about. But if, yeah, if you happen to see a bear in the middle of the woods somewhere, yeah. Don't approach it. Don't go play with it cub. Be smart people. And finally off the distance, you may hear some coyotes again, I've never seen one.

I've never been approached by one. So they are there, but chances are, they're not going to be bothering you because they're off keeping away from you. Yes. My lawyer wife just told me, you know what? You probably should say something in regarding all the information you just put out there about the dangerous animals and what they do and don't do and what their attack you don't, you know, you should do your own research, but this is about from my experience.

Disclaimer, noted. Right right now, let's talk about their birdies of the black Hills. I love the songbirds. You've seen a lot of them in the, in the black Hills area, especially Robbins. We've had some Redwing blackbirds lately. Bluebirds. I've also seen that the little yellow finches Crow, doves, sparrows, all sorts of different kinds of birds.

Flying through the air. If you're around water, you'll definitely see a good collection of ducks and geese. It's fun to watch the little ducklings of the little geese during the spring, follow their mother around. You'll see a lot of these birds at canyon lake. And even when we were boating on Pactola lake, they liked to hang around the boats.

Cause I know, well, you know, these kids and these families they'll probably throw some food out. So you definitely see a lot of water foul in the lakes. You also see plenty of Raptor type birds flying around Falcons Hawks. And if you're lucky, you'll see bald Eagles. We've seen bald Eagles around Nemo road, on Pactola lake.

If you're in the right spot, you can get a chance to see him at the right moment. We've also seen a crane or two hanging out and Canyon lake Pactola Lake and other waterways in the black Hills. And of course, South Dakota is an agricultural state so you're going to see a lot of livestock in and around the black Hills area, cows horses, sheep, goats, even see some alpacas every once in a while.

Of course, then also you have your love of cats and dogs in our area. You'll see plenty of domesticated animals and farm animals in your touring around black Hills and the areas around this seemed like the perfect thing to talk about the bugs. I mean, not really animals, but know. Let's just talk about the books in the rapid city and black Hills area.

First one I know is on your mind is, Hey, what about them? Damn mosquitoes. So fortunately our mosquitoes aren't as bad as other places. So as I mentioned before, I grew up in Southwest corner of Minnesota. It's very humid over there. The mosquitoes were crazy and my parents were from Malta, Montana, and the mosquitoes up there were legendary.

Now here in rapid city in the black house. We have less humidity. So our mosquito population isn't as bad. The past few evenings, I've been able to sit out on my deck without any bug spray, without any candles blowing. And haven't had too many problems with any mosquitoes. Now they are there, they're around and some years are worse than other, for example, 2019, we had all the water, we had standing water everywhere.

So of course the mosquito population then was a lot worse than it is in this year when it's considerably dryer here. And of course, if you go walking by rapid Creek, you'll definitely find more mosquitoes there than you will possibly in your backyard. So they're different out there, but they're just not as bad as other places talking to you, Eastern South Dakota.

The other thing that we've noticed, especially more this year is wasps. You know, they'll come up and they'll put the nest in the softener. Of your house and there'll be flying around. We haven't had any wants bites. It hasn't been too bad, just really more of an annoyance of all the wasps flying around the property.

What about spiders? And there's not a good reason to live in the cold north. We don't have a lot of big nasty, poisonous spiders. Our worst spider that I'm aware of is called is the black widow. But as long as you're not crawling underneath homes and in crawl spaces all the time, you're probably not going to see a whole lot of spiders running around or be meeting up with them.

A lot of people have the homes, bug bomb for spiders. And when you're walking through the Hills and through some trails, sometimes you'll have to go through some spiders webs. But nothing to the extent of being concerned about huge spiders crawling up your skin and biting you to death. And then of course we have our general bugs that are just kind of annoying Millers crickets, grasshoppers, bookseller, elder bugs in each year seems to be a little different when you had a really bad box Elder bug plague, shall we call it.

In September where it seemed like the buildings were kind of half covered with box elder bugs. This year, we seem to have a lot of Millers wandering around every year is usually a little bit different about what bugs we have kind of flying around or being around. But in general, it's the annoyance thing of course, unless you're a farmer in the black Hills and you know, those grasshoppers are eating up your crops.

And what about fish? Fishing is very popular in the black Hills, on the lake streams and rivers here in the back Hills. You find a lot of trout walleye perch Northern and some crappies if fish and  fishing is your thing. There are a number fish and fry campgrounds plus go up to Spearfish to the DC booth historic fish hatchery.

There you can not only feed the fish from above, but also see them below in their underwater tank. You can also check out the fish hatchery museum fish, hatchery boat, number 39, the real car and the beautiful grounds and the free attraction and the DC booth fish hatchery, and Spearfish. The other place to check out is outdoor campus west in rapid city.

This is an educational facility operated by the South Dakota game fish and parks department. It has numerous displays of Western South Dakota habitats and why life and a 4,600 gallon aquarium where you can go underneath and watch the fish through the glass. Where are the best places to go. If you're wanting to see animals and wildlife in the black Hills?

Well, of course you can start. Bear country. This is a drive-through wildlife park. That includes not only bears, but also a lot of different animals and wildlife. It's the major made feature is the end where you see the babies. We, you see the baby bears playing the baby otters a lot of fun at the end, walk around and see all the baby animals playing in their habitats.

If birds and reptiles are your thing. Definitely check out reptile gardens, even at birds and reptiles. Aren't your thing. Check it out. It's got an amazing display of crocodiles. Reptiles, beautiful birds. There's even the giant old Torrise you can pet and take pictures next to if you're looking for the petting zoo experience old McDonald's farm on highway 16, it takes care of that for you here, you can see and pet the majority of your farm animals with the main feature of being in the goats, running cross the bridge from one spot to.

And finally the wildlife loop, Custer state park, which I mentioned before. It's always better to go in the morning or in that little bit late in the afternoon when the animals are a little more prone to be up and about and walking out there, you'll see the buffaloes in the road. You'll see the buroughs

you'll see deer. You'll see antelope. You'll see, might even see some elk down there. It was one of the best wildlife drives here in the black Hills. Now I know I've just touched the surface of the moon. That are hanging around in the black Hills that are fun to watch, wants to be wary of, wants to take pictures of ones to listen to.

I did find this brochure in online, South Dakota wildlife put out by the South Dakota department of game fish and parks. I'll put that link below so you can check this out. It's a cooler brochure talking about the different animals around South Dakota was even a little tiny picture. So you can kind of identify.

I love the wildlife and animals in the black Hills. I love to see when Ryan walking and walking and camping, and I'm sure that you will too. Thanks for what you're watching. Everybody have an amazing day. And remember love where you live.


Feb. 28, 2022

Best Rapid City Parks - Sioux Park





A sundail. Welcome to Sioux park, where you can do almost anything with the dinosaur looking over your shoulder.

Hi everybody. I'm Tristan Emond mindful living Realty a realtor right here in rapid city, South Dakota. Welcome to my YouTube channel. I'll talk everything about moving to rapid city and the wonderful things of rapid city and the black Hills, and this was about town adventure. We're showcasing one of my favorite parks; Sioux park.

Sioux park is located on the west side of rapid city, just south canyon link drive and east of Sheridan lake road.

One of the main features of Sioux park is the full-sized track and football fields. Here the local schools play some of their football games, soccer games, track, and field meets. And this past year final marching band performances.

Plus it's a favorite spot for walkers, joggers and runners.

Located in the Mural walls are four Racquetball courts.

Plus there's multiple tennis courts and a number of soccer fields.

Just on the edge of the park is the Jimmy Hilton pool with waterslides lots of fun stuff, places for the kids. With plenty of parking,

there are plenty of basketball courts for your pickup game. With your friends, horse shoes, anyone just gotta bring your own horse shoes.

And playground equipment for kids of all ages.

Even those big kids.

Yeah, right. I can do this. No problem go. Nope.

Nope. Throughout the park, you'll see a bunch of these green slackline poles. This park was created in memory of Nehemiah Larimer a senior at Stevens high school who passed away on March 28th, 2015. Nehemiah was passionate about slacklining highlining and rock climbing, and he loved to introduce others to these sports.

This park honors his legacy to pursue new challenges and adventures and to celebrate a life of love and balance. There are picnic shelters

and beautiful green spaces for your picnic lunches,

climb trees.

Look up at the clouds, moving by.

listen to the breeze in the cottonwoods

and smile at the songs of the birds. If you're lucky, you might even see the albino squirrels.

Yes, of course, a sundail because why not?

I see a burn behind me that was built after the 1972 flood, when the rapid Creek flooded all the way through the town, creating a lot of these parks, a lot of these green spaces. And so this was part of the work that was done to make sure that doesn't happen. And again,

Another interesting feature nearby. Sioux park is the tree Arboretum, which is just over these stairs. Over the hill. We can check out different species of trees and walk on a little park. One of my all time, favorite things about Sue park is the bike path right next to rapid Creek. The lake path follows rapidCreek, about 10 miles all the way across the city.

From west side to east side, this concrete paths is perfect to run Jog. Bike unicycle or whatever suits your fancy. There are even some bike repair stations along the way.

I love the beautiful views and listening of the sound of the water rushing by at rapid Creek.

Hot out here today had to put my feet in the water

Just across the street from Sioux park is a legendary storybook island and American Legion baseball fields, ofta shade. Hey Everybody I hope you  enjoyed our park tour today? If you liked this video, be sure to give me a thumbs up and if we can to watch this video or this video, thanks again for watching everyone have a wonderful day to remember.

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Feb. 21, 2022

Best Rapid City Neighborhoods - Countryside Subdivision





Hey everybody welcome back to Tristan about town neighborhood edition. We're back off sheridan lake road today. And one of my favorite and subdivisions countryside.

Hi everybody. I'm Tristan Emond with mindful living Realty or realtor right here in rapid city, South Dakota. Welcome to my YouTube channel where I talk everything about moving to the rapid city. and all the amazing things about rapid city and the black Hills and these neighborhood editions of Tristan about town.

We drive to the neighborhoods and talk about what's nearby. Let's do it. Countryside is a neighborhood just outside of rapid city, along Sheridan lake road. The foundries are Sheridan lake road on the south canyon J drive on the west metal lawn drive on the north and Tanager drive on the east. But first we got to get there.

It's about a five minute drive from the light at catron Boulevard to the subdivision.

Countryside subdivision has a majority of split and multilevel homes that were built in the 1980s and 90s.

Most will have garages with over 2000 square feet. and very few townhomes.

Your elementary school, children will go to Corral drive elementary, which is about seven minutes away. Right next to corral drive elementary is Southwest middle school and high schools. We'll go to Stevens high school, about 15 minutes.

In 2020 only five homes sold in this area. The average sold price was 345,000 with an average days on market 11.

It's 13 minutes because a grocery store in Baken park, 20 minutes to Rushmore mall, you'll be downtown in 15 minutes. South side, Walmart is 12 minutes. Shopping at Rushmore crossing with target to Sam's club and other stores. It's 20 minutes away. The nearest dog park is 11 minutes away. The medical community is about 12 minutes away.

And for the military members ellsworth air force space is about 28 minutes.

Just a minute or two from countryside  subdivision is cornerston pantry gas station, and convenience store, along with subway sandwich shop.

In that area  is also a green house. and landscaping business, storage units. Athletic club and red Rocks golf course, once construction is done, you'll be a few minutes away from Sheridan lake popular trails, such as the flume trail and other black Hills scenery

just in town or a couple of retail plazas. They include restaurants, workout, facilities, and the ever important drive-through wine store. There's also banking carwash, just down catron Boulevard is the super Walmart center. Complete with grocery pickup retail stores, big D gas station and rapid wash carwash baken park will be your nearest grocery stores drugstore with postal center.

urgent care, hardware store

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Feb. 14, 2022

Best Rapid City Neighborhoods - Meadowbrook and Arrowhead



Hey everybody. I'm Tristan Emond with mindful living Realty, a realtor right here in rapid city, South Dakota. Welcome to my YouTube channel, where I talk everything about moving to the rapid city area and all the wonderful things about rapid city and the black Hills in these tristan about town, neighborhood editions.

We go roll them through the subdivisions. Let's go check it out. Welcome to the area bordering the meadowbrook golf course and Arrowhead country club. The borders of this area begin with west florrman street on the north Sheridan lake road on the east. The corner of stockade drive and Nicholas drive on the south and just around the frontier drive culdesac on the west.

In this area, you'll find a variety of home styles from ranch to splits to three level homes.

you won't find very many town homes in this area, but you will find majority of the homes have garages.

Most of these homes were built between 1960 and 1980 and just square footage around anywhere from 1500 to 2,500.

For your school age children. Your elementary students will go to Meadowbrook right in the same neighborhood, just a few minutes away. Your middle schoolers, go to Southwest middle school, about five minutes away. And your high schoolers would go to Stevens high school, seven minutes away.

In 2020, the average sold price in this area was $264,000 with an average days of market of 31. However, in the entirety of 2020 only 21 homes sold this area.

So how far are you away from your nearby services? Grocery and Baken park is about six minutes away. Rushmore mall, 14 minutes. You'll be downtown in about nine minutes, south side Walmart. You'll be there in about 13 minutes, Rushmore crossing, including target Sam's club and other stores about 15 minutes away.

The nearest dog park is seven minutes away. And the medical community, 13 minutes for our military members. You're about 23 minutes from the front gate.

At baken park shopping center, you'll find your family fare, grocery store Boyd's drug store and pharmacy along with post office and shopping center to include an urgent care and restaurants across the street from baken park. It's Safeway and another shopping center, including hardware store fitness center, and other shops in this area is also Walgreens O'Riley's auto parts and the goods and services of west main street.

Don't forget to get your ice cream cake at Coldstone Creamery. The south side, Walmart complex includes your super Walmart with grocery pickup. And shopping center, including your Verizon store in dollar tree near by walmart is also your carwash and gas station. Just north on park drive is the poular Canyon lake park complete with its open spaces, picnic areas, and beautiful trees, kayak and fish on the lake and walk through the park on the bike path.

Other nearby futures include the Meadowbrook golf course with its beautiful greens next to rapid Creek dairy queen,

amazing pizza and sandwiches at piazanos. And barks and bubbles for your four legged friends. Thanks for watching this video. We hoped you enjoyed it. Please give us that coming to thumbs up. Don't forget to hit that subscribe button and nail the notification bell to see all our rapid city and black whose videos love what you see.

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