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Granite Oaks Neighborhood Profile

by Joe Karcie

Granite Oaks Neighborhood Profile


Granite Oaks is located on the north end of Prescott, AZ.  From Iron Springs Rd and Williamson Valley Rd head north about 7 miles and find the upscale community of Granite Oaks!  Land and homes in Granite Oaks are sought after as they are mostly level, have mature trees and feature large lot sizes from around 1.5 acres to over 3 acres, with some lots even having horse privileges.

You’ll notice a variety of architectural styles in the homes.  There is no HOA, however, there are architectural guidelines & CCRs to maintain the high quality of the neighborhood.  Homes in Granite Oaks use septic systems and water is received through a private water company.

You’ll feel a sense of country living with wide streets and beautiful homes and large oak trees.  Surrounded by State of Arizona land on 3 sides and Prescott National Forest land not far away either, the horseback riding and hiking trails are almost limitless.   One drive through the Granite Oaks neighborhood you’re sure to be impressed!

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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties
731 W Gurley Street
Prescott, AZ 86305
(928) 776-7701

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Forest Trails Neighborhood Profile

Forest Trails Neighborhood Profile

by Joe Karcie

Forest Trails Neighborhood Profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forest Trails is a 250 acre planned community in beautiful Prescott Arizona with the Prescott National Forest bordering its west end.  Homes in Forest Trails rank as some of the most sought-after properties in the Prescott area due to the beautiful setting and wonderful views throughout the neighborhood. Magnificent pine and boulder covered lots are blended with homes purposely designed with natural beauty and their surroundings in mind.  Architectural guidelines ensure the natural beauty remains in the forefront.  Take a drive through Forest Trails will show you just how well they have blended structure with nature. 

Forest Trails is located on the desirable west side of Prescott, close to classic Prescott restaurants like Labruzza’s and Iron Springs Café.  With the main entrance of the subdivision off Iron Springs Rd, Forest Trails is well situated to easily reach all the amenities Prescott has to offer. 

Homes here typically offer sweeping views of some of Prescott’s iconic landmarks such as Thumb Butte, Granite Mountain, and the Bradshaw Mountains.  There are low HOA fees in Forest Trails, and amenities include multi-use courts for tennis and pickleball.  Nearby communities include the Heritage, Enchanted Canyon, Hillcrest, and the Ridge at Iron Springs.

View Forest Trails Homeowners Association Website

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Check back as we will continue to feature other local neighborhoods!

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties
731 W Gurley Street
Prescott, AZ 86305
(928) 776-7701

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Should I Consider Building a New Home?

Should I Consider Building a New Home?

by Joe Karcie

Should I Consider Building a New Home?

When you are driving around Prescott and Prescott Valley you will notice new home construction.  Especially in the planned communities like Granville, Pronghorn Ranch, Viewpoint, Mingus West, Prescott Lakes, Walden Farms, Saddlewood and others.  So, should you even consider a new home or just stick to re-sale homes?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few traits you may have if you’re a candidate for a new home:

  • That new home smell!
  • The shiny new home in the brochures just calls to you
  • Your car automatically turns in when passing by the fluttering flags of a new subdivision
  • You love the idea of walking through model homes on the weekends
  • You don’t mind your neighbors having the same floor plan as you, because you’ll have picked the finishes, paint colors and added upgrades to make it your own

But the first question is, what is your timeline?  With most subdivision builders you are looking at a build time of 6 to 8 months and sometimes longer, do you have time?  If the answer is yes, and you like the idea that you can pick upgrades and finish it off with your color scheme - a new home is a great possibility for you! Call our office to learn about all of the communities and options available.

 

You might be a candidate for a pre-owned home, if you find yourself doing some of these things:

  • Detouring the car through mature neighborhoods
  • Admiring a street where every home is different
  • Tuning in to home improvement shows
  • Looking for open house signs on the weekends in your favorite neighborhoods

When you buy a previously owned home, your priority is often different than those looking at new homes.  You may be looking for a property with mature landscaping and trees, a larger lot, or proximity to a certain school or hospital.  Existing homes often have an established feeling of neighborhood.  Many here in the Prescott area have the charm of older architectural elements and many are custom or semi-custom built homes.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re drawn to an existing home that offers you the excitement of taking something old and remaking it into your perfect vision. Or a new build that you’ve had a hand in from the ground up, we’re here to help you find the right home.  Before you decide which is best for you, let your real estate professional show you the homes available in both categories, so that you can make a truly informed decision.

 

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Would You Please Bother Me!

Would You Please BOTHER Me!

by Joe Karcie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So, it occurred to me that it would probably help if I just told you that you can and should call me. Anytime. For any real estate need or question.  I am here to be bothered!
 
Curious about a home on the market, and want to take a look . . . bother me. 
 
Curious about your home's value  . . . bother me.
 
Curious about refinancing or need some lender recommendations . . . bother me. 
 
No matter what you're curious about . . . bother me!
 
So when you have some questions about home values in your area, or want to go see a house that is on the market … please call me, email me and bother me!  It's no bother, it's what we do!
 
Even if you aren’t serious about buying or selling, I won’t be pushing you to buy or sell.  Just know we're available and ready to be bothered!
 
So, would you please "bother" me? It will only bother me if you don’t!
 
 
 

Your Home Isn’t Selling Because . . .

by Joe Karcie

Your Home Isn’t Selling Because . . . 

Your home is finally on the market, but where are all the buyers!  Chances are you may have overlooked what buyers really want. Let’s look in more detail at some of those issues you might have overlooked.

• Priced too high: This is the number one reason your house isn’t selling.  Sure, you are attached, and you’ve had wonderful memories in your home.  However, today’s buyers are more savvy than partial to your emotions, most won’t even want to waste their time viewing an over-priced property.  If your home has been on the market for more than 30 days, and you’ve received only a handful of showings it’s time to review and adjust your price.

• Poor location or poorly planned home: There’s not a lot you can do about this; a view of the landfill, a super steep driveway, lots of stairs, or a busy road nearby.  No matter how magnificent your home may be on the inside, outside factors can keep buyers from crossing the threshold to take a look. Sometimes the only way to overcome these obstacles is to lower the price until a buyer bites.

• Insufficient marketing: Your real estate agent should do more than just list your home with the local multiple listing service (MLS), and then sit back and wait for agents to beat a path to your door.  When you choose a real estate agent, inquire about the agent’s plans for marketing. Ask about things like online presence, their database of current buyers, and what kind of photos will be used? Smartphone photos of your home aren’t smart.

• Inflexible: Be ready to show your home at almost a moment’s notice.  If you can’t show it, you can’t sell it.  Having your home show ready at all times is just part of having your home on the market.    

• Too personal: Besides decluttering your home, you will want to remove “you” from the house.  All the trinkets on your fireplace mantel should come down and replace them with a nice mirror and few neutral décor items.  Neutralize. Don’t fill those beautiful built-in bookcases with family photos and dog figurines, buyers want to see your home not your stuff.  If you have really boldly painted rooms, you may consider repainting with a neutral color. 

• Deferred maintenance: That big water stain under the deer antler chandelier? You may have fixed the source of the stain but make sure you’ve removed the old stain.  Savvy home buyers will zero in on stains, blemishes and discolorations. Give the carpets a good cleaning too. You don’t want to turn off a potential buyer because they think they’ll have to repair or replace something right away.    

Keep these points in mind and plan accordingly, and you should not have to worry about the reasons your house isn’t selling.  If you’d like more information or have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.  

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties
731 W Gurley Street
Prescott, AZ 86305
(928) 776-7701

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Numbers to Know When Selling Your Home

Numbers to Know When Selling Your Home

by Joe Karcie

When you first start the process of selling your home, you’re going to need a crash course in your local real estate market. This will help with setting or maybe even raising your expectations. Here are some of the numbers you’ll want to know.

Inventory levels – You will want to know about inventory levels, this helps determine if the conditions are considered a seller’s market or a buyer’s market. As you can see from the Market Report at the bottom of this page there are currently 632 active homes for sale. Inventory levels have increased over the past several months, but there is still a lack of inventory in the Prescott area.

Avg days on market – For the Prescott area homes sit on the market on average 64 days. Homes in your area may sell a bit faster or slower.

Avg sale price/ft – What are the comparable sales in your neighborhood. This is key! When trying to determine what a home will sell for, take a look specifically at price/ft in your neighborhood, not what homes your size sold for on the other end of town. The average sales price in Prescott right now is $419,780, while the average price per foot is $200. In Prescott it is important to realize the price/foot will vary considerably neighborhood to neighborhood. Obviously, every home will have attributes that make it unique: the views, a gourmet chef’s kitchen, the pristine condition, or the custom landscaping with wandering walkways and waterfall. These features all add value as well and are taken into account when determining what price your home may sell for.

After sitting down with a local real estate professional and looking at all the numbers in your neighborhood and factoring in all the features of your home, your real estate agent will be able to give you an idea of what price, and how long it may take for your home to sell. One thing to remember in real estate, it only takes 1 . . . 1 person to love your home, and hopefully they come on the first day with a full price cash offer!

 

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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2019 Prescott Area Memorial Day Weekend Events

by Joe Karcie



2019 Memorial Day Weekend!  Here are are some fun events going on this holiday weekend in Prescott and Prescott Valley.
 

45th Annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show & Sale
When: May 25th, 26th & 27th, 2019
Where: Historic Courthouse Plaza in Prescott, 120 S. Cortez Street, Prescott
A Memorial Day weekend tradition! The Phippen Museum is presenting this very popular art event at Prescott’s historic courthouse plaza!
Click here for additional details.

 

The OffStreet Festival
When: May 25 @ 9:00 am - Monday, May 27 @ 3:00 pm
Where: Prescott Chamber of Commerce Parking Lot, 117 W. Goodwin Street Prescott
Arts Crafts and More – 60 exhibitors offering food, fine art and resale items. Saturday 9-5, Sunday 9-5, Monday 9-3.

 

Memorial Day Observance- Citizens Cemetery
When: Monday, May 27 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Where: Historic Citizens Cemetery, 815 E. Sheldon St, Prescott
On Memorial Day we remember and honor those who have fallen in service to their country and pay respect to those that are still with us.  Bring a chair as seating is limited.

Click here for additional details.

 

Mountain Valley Splash!  Pool Season Opens
When: Saturday, May 25th
Where: Mountain Valley Splash, 8600 E. Nace Lane, Prescott Valley
Prescott Valley's outdoor aquatic center features a zero-depth entry pool with a mushroom fountain that cascades water from above, 6 lanes for lap swimming, 75-foot spiral slide, interactive splash pad, concession stand, corporate picnic area, multiple shade structures.

 

Prescott Valley Grand Prix
When: Saturday, May 25 & Sunday, May 26
Where: Findlay Toyota Center, 3201 N, Main St, Prescott Valley
2 days of Bike, ATV & UTV racing outside the Findlay Toyota Center! 

Click here for additional details.




While this long holiday weekend most often signifies the beginning of summer. Be sure to enjoy your BBQ and picnic, but remember Memorial Day is here for us to remember the sacrifice made by men and women who have served our country. Take a moment to thank our veterans this weekend and every day.
 

Happy Memorial Day from the Joe Karcie Team!


Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Arizona Buyer Advisory

 

Arizona Buyer Advisory

by Joe Karcie

A great resource we give to all buyers is the Arizona Association of REALTORS Buyer Advisory.  The Buyer Advisory is provided by the Arizona Association of REALTORS® and the Arizona Department of Real Estate as a resource for real estate consumers.  Take a moment and read through this document.  Be sure to check for the latest version online, or ask your REALTOR.




 

Prescott, AZ 86305
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Signs it’s Time to Sell Your Home

by Joe Karcie

Signs it’s Time to Sell Your Home


I’ve meet with hundreds of homeowners over the years and heard many reasons why they’re ready to sell their home.  Usually they are moving closer to family or for health reasons.  Some of my latest clients have decided to move to Hawaii.  Others have listed their home and decided to hit the road in their RV.  More than likely there will come a time when you need to sell.  Here are some signs it might be time to put your home on the market.

Too much living space - Empty nesters are the ones who typically have this problem.  You’re paying to heat, cool and maintain a 2,800 sqft home when don’t need all that space now.  If this is the case, it may be time to list your home and find a more efficient, smaller home. 

Too little living space - A growing family, for example, would require more living space as the children grow.  Or maybe you have an elderly family member that is now living with you.  All this can make for cramped living.  Check with an experienced agent and find out what your home is worth today and if now is time to sell and get into a larger home.

Needs have changed - Things have changed in your life and so has what you need in your home.  The two-story home you love is becoming too much for your aching knees.  Or maybe your little condo was perfect when it was just you, but now you have a family and a single-family home with a yard and a flat driveway for basketball is what you really need.  You should discuss life’s changes with your family and make sure selling is the right step for you.

Mortgage payments are too much - Maybe a change in income has affected your ability to make your mortgage payments.  Depending on how the market has changed since you purchased the home, you make even make a profit.  Although the goal should be to downsize to a comfortable level.

Vacation home – There may come a time when you just don’t have enough time to spend at your second home and it just makes sense to put it on the market and sell.  Today you’ll find many nice vacation rentals to rent without the hassle of maintaining the home yourself.

Equity – Some homeowners and investors with rental properties will want to sell their home to take advantage of the appreciation in home values.  If you can't stand the fact that your place is worth so much and you like the idea of “cashing out” you might want to consider selling your home and put some money in your pockets. 

Many times selling your home can mean simultaneously buying a new one.  This may be a scary thought to try and sell and buy at the same time.  It can be a bit stressful, but I’ve seen it done many times.  In fact, last year I helped 5 families do exactly this.

Obviously, there are many other reasons you may need to sell your home or property.  Whatever your reason for selling your home, it’s best to consult with a real estate professional like myself.  With over 15 years working in real estate I have the experience and the knowledge to successfully list and sell your home.  And then you’re ready to move on to whatever big plans you have next!

 

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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How Many REALTORS Are There in Prescott?  What to Look for in a Real Estate Agent

You’re probably a bit overwhelmed by the number of real estate agents claiming to be experts in the Prescott area. So how many real estate agents worked last year as a member of the Prescott Area Association of Realtors?  Quite a few!

In the last 12 months there were over 1,339 different agents* that worked with a buyer or seller to close a residential, vacant land or multi-family sale.  1,339 that is a lot of agents!  There are so many kinds of agents out there, ones who simply transact for their own investments, ones who are partially retired and keep their license just to help close family and friends, the non-member agent from Phoenix that comes up, the part-time agent, the full-time agent, and the power teams with support staff & multiple agents.

There are a lot of great agents out there that are dedicated to their profession and are delivering real value to their clients.  There are many out there who work part-time, closing just a few transactions a year.  Then there are the full-time agents that literally eat, sleep and breathes real estate.  They’ll tell you Prescott area housing statistics without even having to look.  They’ve already seen that hot new listing down the street and know that it’s got 2 offers on the table.

So, when looking for an agent to represent you it is important to ask questions and so if they’re a good fit you.  Ask how long they’ve been licensed and practicing, and if they’re full-time or part-time, what their background is, and how many transactions do they do a year.  And don’t be shy about asking for referrals, and if you come across a questionable online review, ask about it.   Real estate agents are applying for job to work for you, it is okay to ask questions and make sure the agent fits your needs.


As a consumer you’re going to have a lot of choices when selecting an agent to work with.  By taking the time to reach out and speak to multiple agents you’ll definitely be able to find someone with the style of service you’re looking for.

*as reported by the Prescott Area Association on Realtors MLS system on March 13th, 2019.  All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

 

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