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The One Thing Homebuyers Forget to do – Talk!

by Joe Karcie

When you are thinking about buying a home there is a lot of research that goes into such a large purchase.  There are many statistical tools and information that can help.  But don’t forget one of the easiest and most useful research tools – talking!

Real estate research might start with a look online at various real estate websites, a glance at the city website, and a check on a weather website, 277 days of sun does sound pretty nice J

When you finally make the visit out to your potential new town or neighborhood, get to talking!  Talk to everyone you come across.  Talk to people at the hotel front desk, find some locals on the hiking trails, chat it up in the supermarket line, or find out the latest at a local coffee shop.  You’ll learn so much about your prospective new town from all kinds of different people.

Once you get out with your local Realtor and start looking at homes and you’ve found one you love, try talking to a few neighbors.  Maybe go for a walk in your potential new neighborhood and strike up a quick conversation with people out on an evening stroll, most people will be happy to tell all out the area. 

Talking to people is a great way to do real estate research and learn about your prospective new hometown but verify what you hear . . . people do sometimes exaggerate.

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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What to Expect in 2019 and a Look Back at 2018

What to Expect in 2019 and a Look Back at 2018

by Joe Karcie

2018 was another very good year for real estate in the Prescott area as well as the entire United States. Overall home prices continued to appreciate, which is good news for all homeowners. Interest rates did increase but remain low enough to continue to encourage new buyers entering the market. All in all: a great year for the real estate industry.

When we take a look back at 2018 we see Prescott residential properties average sale price was $408,917 (up 6.5% from 2017).   Homeowners did not have to wait too long to sell their homes as the average cumulative days on market was only 77 days. With inventory levels remaining fairly low all year, Sellers were able to obtain close to asking price, receiving on average 97.86% of their List Price.

In Prescott Valley residential properties average sale price was $291,668 (up 7.87% from 2017).   Average cumulative days on market was only 40 days in Prescott Valley with seller’s receiving on average 98.55% of their List Price.

What to expect in 2019: Up, up, up we go?  Inventory remains low which is allowing for continued appreciation in the Prescott Valley market but how much higher can home values actually go? I see our market returning to a more normal and balanced level. Prices have risen to a point where more homeowners will be able to sell without a loss, thereby allowing inventory levels to increase and balance out the market. Interest rates are predicted to increase but remain at levels where buyers can still afford to purchase and keep payments below what they would expect to pay if renting.  So, maybe this is finally the year to commit to Selling or Buying a home! 

With 2019 destined to be another positive year for real estate ownership, let’s make it great together!  Last year I sold 50 homes!  Rest assured I have the experience to help with your real estate needs. In 2019 my goal is to sell 60+ homes, I hope you will help me with that goal.  When you find yourself considering selling or buying, give me a call and let’s talk.  I would love the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your real estate needs.  Even if you’re just curious about how much your neighbor’s house sold for, give me a call and let’s talk. If you need a recommendation for your next remodeling project, give me a call and let’s talk.  Wishing you much health and happiness in 2019!

*Statistics taken from Prescott Area Association of Realtors MLS as of December 13, 2018

 

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Upcoming Christmas Festivities in the Prescott Area!

by Joe Karcie

There are still a number of days until Christmas but everyone is already getting into the holiday spirit!  We are lucky to have the city of Prescott officially named "Arizona's Christmas City"  Prescott was named Arizona's Christmas City by Governor Rose Mofford in 1989, in recognition of the community’s dedication to the Christmas spirit.  As always this time of the year there are great events and festivities throughout the Prescott area.

Prescott Events

38th Annual Prescott Christmas Parade

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time: Parade begins at 1:00pm

Location: Downtown Prescott

Cost: Free

Bring your family, friends, blankets and chairs to beautiful Downtown Prescott for the 38th Annual Prescott Chamber Christmas Parade. After the parade, eat and shop, then stay for the 64th Annual Christmas County Courthouse Lighting!

 

64th Annual Courthouse Lighting

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time:  Events start at 5:00 PM - Lighting begins at 6:00 PM

Location: Downtown Courthouse Plaza

Cost: Free

Some consider this the event in Arizona’s Christmas City!  The spectacular holiday light displays will light up the Courthouse Plaza.  Come enjoy live music and performances starting at 5pm.

 

30th Annual Acker Music Night

Date: Friday, December 7, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, opening ceremony 5:00 PM

Location: Downtown Prescott

Cost: Free to attend

Visit downtown store fronts and enjoy the sounds of local musicians while you shop.  This annual tradition combines participating downtown businesses with the support of hardworking musicians who donate their time and talents. Funds raised on Acker Night provide scholarships for music lessons, instruments and local youth performing arts programs.

 

Gingerbread Village Display

Date:     11/24/2018 - 1/1/2019

Time:     Open 24/7

Location: Prescott Resort & Conference Center (1500 E. State Route 69, Prescott)

Cost: Free

View hundreds of gingerbread villages located in the lobby of the Prescott Resort.

 

Enchanted Christmas Indoor Tour of Lights

Event:  11/30/2018 - 12/30/2018

Time: Sun: 12-8pm, Mon: 2-8pm, Tues: Closed, Weds: 2-8pm, Thurs: 2-8pm, Fri: 12-9pm, Sat: 12-9pm

Location: Depot Marketplace (377 N. Montezuma Street, Suite 101, Prescott)

Cost: $5, kids under 5 are free

Amazing Indoor Holiday Light Attraction.  Experience the magic of Christmas as you journey through themed rooms adorned with over 1/2 million lights.  Perfect for all ages, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Prescott Valley Events

Holiday Festival of Lights & Parade

Date: November 30, 2018

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: Civic Center (7501 Civic Circle, Prescott Valley)

Cost: Free

Holiday light parade along with holiday events to kick off the holiday season

 

Valley of Lights

Date: November 22, 2018 - December 30, 2018

Time: Daily 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: Fain Park (2200 N 5th St, Prescott Valley)

Cost: Free, donations accepted

Annual tradition of many in the Quad-Cities!  Take a spectacular one-mile drive in your vehicle through the holiday light displays.

 

 

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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It's Okay to Just Talk to a Real Estate Agent

It’s Okay to Just Talk to a Real Estate Agent

by Joe Karcie

Every once in a while, I’ll be in a public place such as a restaurant and I’ll casually overhear people talking about the real estate market.  Usually, their conversations end with “but I don’t really know.”  Here’s the thing as real estate agents: we are okay just talking about the market.  If you’re curious about what’s going on in our local market, I’m always happy to talk about the latest in Prescott area real estate.  It’s what I do all day, every day.  No, I will not continually send you properties telling you should buy, and no I will not hound you telling you to sell. 

Many people shy away from talking to real estate professionals because they think they may talk you into something you do not want to do.  A true real estate professional just wants to provide you with the information you ask for and offer some perspective based on their experience.  If you don’t talk to a real estate agent about real estate who are you going to ask?

Next time you see me in my RE/MAX polo, feel free to stop and introduce yourself and ask what’s happening in the market today.  One thing I will always do is tell you what I know, and not what you want to hear. 

If you'd like to keep up with the latest trends, check out my online Market Reports:

PRESCOTT       PRESCOTT VALLEY      CHINO VALLEY       DEWEY-HUMBOLDT

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Halloween Trick or Treating in the Prescott Area

by Joe Karcie

Halloween is just around the corner! It's time to dress up your little ones as ghosts or goblins, princesses or witches, superheroes or monsters! Be sure to mark your calendar with the Trick-Or-Treating hours for the Quad Cities!

The Great Prescott Pumpkin Patch event will happen on Saturday, October 27th at Mile High Middle School in downtown Prescott from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  There is a $5 entry fee, safe candy, scream and costume contests, pumpkin carving station, carnival games, crafts, and food vendors.  Bring the whole family and enjoy this day time event put on by Prescott Events. 

On Tuesday, October 30th from 10:00 am to 10:30 am, head to the Prescott Public Library (215 East Goodwin Street) for Trick-or-Treat for Little Ones.  Come to enjoy stories and songs followed by trick-or-treating inside the library. Costumes are encouraged! For children, ages 0-5.  Then on Halloween Day, October 31st, come back to the library for Halloween Wheel O' Treats and Costume Parade from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm show off your Halloween costume in a library parade, then spin the wheel for a special treat!
 
Check out the Safe Trick-or-Treat at the Prescott Valley Event Center (3201 North Main Street) from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Halloween October 31st. This FREE event providing a safe place for kids in the community to trick or treat
 
The Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary (1403 Heritage Park Road) in Prescott hosts their annual Boo at the Zoo on Wednesday, October 31st. Show up in your costume from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm and enjoy trick or treating at different stations around the park and bring a flashlight to see all the nocturnal animals. Admission to this event is $4 for members and $6 for non-members.
 
On October 31st head over to Chino Valley for Trick or Treating in Memory Park (1020 Palomino Road). This FREE annual event will take place from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Stock up on candy and allergy-free treats along with countless other activities, such as live entertainment, a Halloween maze, and scary stories. 


 
It's important to make sure that everyone stays safe this Halloween! Follow these safety tips during trick-or-treating:
 
•    All trick-or-treaters should walk in groups and not alone.
•    Young children should always be accompanied by their parents or another adult.
•    If you are going to be out after dark, make sure that everyone is visible in your group. Be sure to carry a flashlight. Wear light-colored costumes or add reflective tape generously to costumes.
•    Costumes should fit properly to avoid any tripping hazards. Costumes should also not restrict vision.
•    Only walk while trick-or-treating. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible and only cross streets at designated crosswalks or intersections. Leave bicycles or skateboards at home.
•    Review with your children the importance of watching for traffic. If you are a motorist on Halloween night, be on the lookout for children.

Have a Fun and Treat Filled Halloween!

 

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Tips for a Quicker and Simpler Sale of Your Home

Tips For a Quicker and Simpler Sale of Your Home

by Joe Karcie

Fall is here, and the temperatures are starting to cool down.  Just like the temperature the inventory levels tend to start dropping in the fall.  Here’s what home sellers need to do to maximize their chances of a quick sale this fall.

No Clutter! Throw out old newspapers, magazines and organize the mail that has been stacking up. Pack away most of your small items like figurines and other trinkets. Even take some time to spruce up the garage.   

Storage Unit   Sometimes renting a storage unit could be the answer.  Buyers like to visualize their items in the house and that’s hard to do when the home is full of clutter.  If you chose a portable unit, it will be all ready to transport to you new home, making moving a bit easier.

Brighten it Up   Wash your windows and screens. This lets more light into the interior plus dirty windows are a turn off.   Also, replace any burnt-out bulbs, you want the home to feel light and bright. Turn all the lights on before buyers come to view the home.

Keep Everything Extra Clean   A sparkling clean house makes a great first impression and tells buyers that the home has been well cared for. Look for small things like fingerprints and dirt around light switch plates and door handles.

Make Minor Repairs   Everything you don’t repair now will most likely show up on the home inspection and could create a bad impression. Small problems such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, cracked receptacle covers or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they'll give some buyers the impression that the house isn't well maintained.

Bump Up the Curb Appeal   Even in fall and winter months this is important. Rake up the leaves, trim the bushes, and sweep the walkways.  Add a nice welcome mat to the front entry and place some potted flowers near the entryway to cheer things up and get the buyers attention, check with the local nursery to see what’s in season.

Get Rid of Smells   Have the carpets and rugs professionally cleaned, and wash the drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Open the windows, let the house breathe. The number one turn off to a potential buyer is an unpleasant odor.

I realize every home is different and has its unique attributes.  I am always happy to discuss the best ways to maximize the potential value of your home.  Please feel free to reach out to me anytime.

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Remove Road Blocks to Help Sell Your Home

by Joe Karcie

Every seller has a common goal in mind: sell the home quickly and for the most money. Yet when it comes time to sell the home not every seller is prepared. Many forget or don’t know how to remove road blocks that can stall the sales process or kill it completely. If you’re getting ready to list your home for sale, pay close attention: what you do before you list it can help or hurt the process.


Remove or limit the areas where your home is lacking. Study your neighborhood and the homes that are for sale. If your home is consistently coming up short in comparison, maybe it’s not landscaped enough, or it hasn’t had any upgrades in 20 years. Maybe it’s time for some renovations or, at the very least, repairs to clean it up.

Get your home “show ready” so that it isn’t lacking or appearing deficient compared to other homes in your neighborhood. Placing a home on the market that isn’t ready can cause the home to receive very little foot traffic and very little buyer interest.

Remove YOU from the home. Yes, it’s tricky to remove your personality from the home, especially when you’re still living it. But it could be necessary. This doesn’t just mean taking down personal photos and putting away private items like medicines. This means that if you’ve turned a room into a particular “you” room - your style, your personality, and your unique use of the room – consider re-doing the room to make it more neutral, versatile, and appealing to buyers. For instance, if one of the bedrooms in a two-bedroom house was converted into a meditation room, it’s wise, when listing the home for sale, to show it with both rooms as bedrooms rather than one bedroom and one room that is uniquely decorated for a specific use other than sleeping. Talk to an agent, see what they recommend before you invest too much time taking “you” out the home. Buyers can sometimes imagine how else they’d use a room but if it looks like too much work to make changes, they’ll keep hunting for a house that is better suited to their needs.

Remove strong odors from your home. Of course, I’m talking about foul smelling odors but sometimes too much of a good thing can also be a turn off. Gather up pet toys, pet beds, pet food, and make sure the house is pristine. If you’re using fragrances in your home from sprays, candles, potpourri or even real flowers, make sure that the odor isn’t overwhelming. Subtle is good... overbearing can make people think you’re trying to cover up something bad in the home.

Ultimately, the goal is to make the home have mass appeal with as few road blocks as possible to sell it. Think like a buyer and see your home the way you’ll be looking at your own next home purchase. Then maybe you’ll understand the importance of making some changes before you list your home for sale. I’d be more than happy to discuss this further or answer any questions you may have about real estate.

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Labor Day Weekend Events

by Joe Karcie

Labor Day Weekend is here! That means a long weekend to enjoy grilling out, spending time outdoors, family gatherings, and so much more. Looking for something unique to do? Make this a Labor Day weekend you will never forget in beautiful Prescott and surround areas! There are fantastic community events for the whole family to enjoy this holiday weekend.

 

Faire on the Square Arts and Crafts Show

Event Date: 9/1/2018 – 9/3/2018

Event Time: Sat & Sun 9am-5pm/ Labor Day Monday 9am-3pm

Location: Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza – Downtown

120 S. Cortez Street

Prescott, AZ 86303

Cost: FREE admission!

Enjoy over 130 vendors, including 20 new vendors under the cool American Elm trees in historic downtown Prescott.  Find incredible jewelry, metalwork, sculpture, clothing, paintings, home goods, and so much more. With all the talent on hand, this truly is one of Prescott's cannot miss events of the year!  Live music on Monday Noon-2pm by Blues Band Clause and Effect.

 

Mortimer Farms Barn Dances

Enjoy a great dinner, a fun show & dance!  Every Friday night from 6pm-10pm is the Barn Dance at Mortimer Farms! The Weather is perfect, the real country music is amazing, the dancing is fun, the Farm meal is wonderful, the backdrop is to die for, and the evening is one of the best in town!  All ages are welcome - it is all about having a good time!  Every Friday 6pm-10pm

Event Date:  8/31/2018

Event Time: 6pm-10pm

Location: Mortimer Farms, 12907 East State Route 169, Dewey, AZ 86327

Cost: Dancing and Farm Fresh Dinner - $20,  Just The Dance - $10

 

Harvest Festival at Granite Creek Vineyards

The grapes are changing color, their aromas are filling the air and it’s time to celebrate the fruits of our Labor! Kick off the start of Harvest season with an amazing two-day event! Featuring the release of the newest wines, and art fair with talented local artists, great live music, free face painting for the kids, and delicious lunch available for purchase from Block Six Catering.  Plus live music both Saturday and Sunday.

Event Date: 9/1/2018 and 9/2/2018

Event Time: Sat & Sun 12pm-5pm

Location: Granite Creek Vineyards, 2515 N Road 1 East, Chino Valley, AZ 86323

Cost: Admission $10 General Public, $7 Case Club Members

 

Have a Happy & Safe Labor Day Weekend!

 

 

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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5 Ways to Create a More Peaceful Home Inside and Out

5 Ways To Create A More Peaceful Home Inside and Out

by Joe Karcie

5 Ways To Create A More Peaceful Home Inside and Out

Your home and your yard should be a nice, relaxing place that you enjoy.  However, if your home does not fit that description here are 5 ways to create a more serene atmosphere.

Add a water feature

Water features come in all different sizes from affordable table top ones to custom built waterfalls in your backyard.  Either way stress levels are known to drop with the tranquil sounds of water.  Live in a home with traffic noise?  Water features will help mask the road noise and create a calming effect in your yard.  Be sure to create a sitting area around your water feature, you’ll find that the water feature is almost like a campfire - you can’t stop gazing at it.

Plant a garden

Having a garden is a great way to reduce stress, being outside and working in the garden is a stress reliver for many.  Plus, you can grow plants and herbs that will help reduce stress.

Bring plants indoors

No room for a garden, bring the outside in.  There are many “house plants” that will thrive inside with a little light and water.  Not only do indoor plants help with air quality they can also help improve your emotional state.  Also, many herbs you use in the kitchen can be grown inside as well.

Declutter

This is a big one that many people struggle with.  A cluttered home can you make you less productive and more stressed.  Try the five-minute rule if you come across something in your home that will take 5 minutes or less – do it!  Dishes pilling up in the sink, you can knock those out in 5 minutes.  Got a stack of bills to pay, you can go online and pay those in 5 minutes.  Coffee table getting a bit cluttered take 5 and put everything away.  Of course, there are things to be done that take longer than 5 minutes, but it’s a good rule of thumb.

Let in the Light

Open your shades, let the natural light come in!  When you open the blinds, it can make all the difference even making the room feel larger.  For many home buyers having “natural light” is on their list of must haves when purchasing a home.

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Selling Your Home Can be Emotional and That's Okay

Selling Your Home can be Emotional And That's Okay

by Joe Karcie


It can be hard to take away the emotional attachment you have with your home.  You may have watched children grow up, celebrated birthdays, and had cocktail hours with neighbors on the back patio, but now it’s time to move on.  You’ve experienced a lot in your home, you’ve lived there, cared for it, maintained it and now it’s time to sell. 

One of the first things your emotional attachment may affect is how you price your home.  Make sure your home is priced on the sale of other homes sold in your neighborhood.  Check out recent sales and current properties on the market.  Your real estate agent will be able to show you all the comparables in your neighborhood, and help you understand what a realistic asking price will be.

Keep in mind selling your home is a business transaction, there will be contracts to review, and papers to sign.  Your home is now a product you hope the consumer will love as much as you do!  Remember though there will be buyers who view your home and find things they don’t love about it.  Be sure to take the criticism in a constructive way.  Don’t let it get you down, it isn’t personal.

Having wide-ranging feelings about selling the home you’ve lived for decades, or even a short time, is perfectly normal.  Try your best to prepare yourself for what’s ahead.  Taking the time to mentally prepare yourself will very much help you during the marketing and sale of your home.

If you’re having a tough time grasping all these emotions be sure to communicate with your real estate agent how hard this process may be for you.  It’s okay to be emotional - selling your home is a big deal, just don’t let the emotions take over.

I’d be happy to help you with the sale of your home.  I have over 15 years real estate experience.  I have the knowledge and expertise to guide you through the process.  If you’re interested in finding out more about the current market, please reach out to me anytime.

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Joe Karcie
RE/MAX Mountain Properties
731 West Gurley St.
Prescott AZ 86305
928-776-7701
Fax: 928-441-9331