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Heating Hacks to Warm Your House

by Joe Karcie

Simple Hacks for Keeping Your Home Warm During Fall

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If you want to keep your home warm during fall, there are some simple hacks you can do without the need for you to spend a huge amount of money and these include the following:

  • Use Curtains

Sun’s heat is free to make most of this. Consider opening your curtains and let sunlight in during the day to make use of the free heat. If it gets dark, shut the curtains in your home. These could serve as another insulation layer and will keep warmth in each of your rooms. You must also ensure that you do not have any gaps or leaks so that warm air could stay in and cold air stays out. It also helps reduce condensation.

  • Don’t Worry about Your House, Worry about People

At the end of the day, turtleneck sweaters, cozy socks, and hats can be good friends for this season. Who does not love enjoying a hot cocoa by the fire? Once done properly, focusing on heating your own self will give you the warm feeling that you have been missing while helping slash your expensive heating bills.

  • Re-arrange Furniture

Sitting by your window could cause radiant heat loss from the body to the glass, making you feel cold. To get rid of this, see to it that your furniture isn’t in front of a big window or pushed up against outside the walls. In addition to that, avoid placing big furniture pieces in front of the radiators, as they say, sofa or couch, would absorb the heat you like.

  • Use Timers on Central Heating

Experts recommend all homeowners that programming boiler to turn the heating on earlier like thirty minutes before getting up in the morning, yet at a lower temperature than turning this on just as you need this at a higher temperature. However, never make a mistake of leaving the heating on low the entire day as you do are just paying for the heat when you do not need this.

  • Tin Foil Away

You have to take note that wasted heat also means wasted money, yet a bit DIY can save the day. Putting the tin foil behind radiators in your home will reflect heat back into the room instead of enabling it to escape through the walls. Even if they make foil specially designed for this kind of purpose, the stuff in your kitchen would do the trick.

  • Upgrade Your Heating Unit or Furnace

If you have a heating unit that has been serving you for a decade, it might be time to get a new and much efficient model. Depending on your house and type of old heating unit, you can enjoy savings with a new heat source that uses less energy to provide the same heat amount. 

Prescott Real Estate Heating Your House Hacks

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street / Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

 

5 Major Reasons to Own a Home

by Joe Karcie

Top 5 Reasons You Should Own A Home Instead Of Renting
Top 5 Reasons to Own a Home

There are times when it is better for a person to rent, but most often homeownership has many more benefits and advantages.  

About 10 years ago a had a retired aunt and uncle who rented a condo in Las Vegas. Uncle Jim (not his real name) was a retired minister. Throughout his career, he and his wife lived in parsonages, which are homes furnished by the congregation while they ministered there.  

He and his wife told me that the biggest mistake they ever made was not to invest in buying a home.  In their retirement years, when their other retired friends were living in homes that were almost paid off and had appreciated greatly, Uncle Jim and his wife were using a huge portion of their limited retirement money to make expensive condo rent payments. They strongly cautioned me not to make the same mistake they had.

Owning a home chart
Recent studies are showing that there are many benefits for both the owners and the community for owning your own home, including increased education for children,  lower teenage pregnancy rate and a higher lifetime annual income for children. Besides these, listed below are some of the primary advantages of owning your own house.


# 1 More Stable Housing Costs

Rent payments can be unpredictable and typically rise each year, but most mortgage payments remain unchanged for the entire loan period. If the taxes go up, the increase is usually gradual. This stable housing cost especially important in times of inflation when renters lose money and owners make money.

#2 Tax Savings

Homeowners can be eligible for significant tax savings because you can deduct mortgage interest and property taxes from your federal income tax, as well as many states' income taxes. This can be a considerable amount of money at first because the first few years of mortgage payments is made up mostly of interest and taxes.

#3  Debt Consolidation

If you need to, you can refinance a mortgage loan to consolidate other debts (an opportunity you don't have if you are renting.) And the interest on this is also tax deductible. 

#4  Equity

Instead of payments disappearing into someone else's pocket, homeowners are building equity in their own home. This is often one of a person's biggest investment assets.  Each year that you own the home you pay more toward the principal, which is money you will get back when the home sells. It is like having a scheduled savings account that grows faster the longer you have it. If the property appreciates, and generally it does, it is like money in your pocket. And you are the one who gets to take advantage of that, not the landlord. You can then use this equity to plan for future goals like your child's education or your retirement.

#5 It is Yours!

When you own a home you are in control. You the freedom to decorate it and landscape it any way you wish. You can have a pet or two. No one can pop in and inspect your home and threaten to evict you. 

Even young people, like college students out on their own, can often benefit from home ownership. It puts them ahead of other young people their age financially by helping with their credit and giving them what is often an excellent investment. Often a college student buying a home will rent the rooms out, and his or her roommates end up making the payments for the house. When the student is ready to move on, he or she can sell the home (hopefully making a profit) or keep it as an investment and continue to rent it.

Buying a home is an important decision. It is often the largest purchase a person makes in his or her life. Homeownership also comes with some increased responsibilities and isn't for everyone. There are some disadvantages to homeownership that you should take into account. 

Instances Where Renting Is Better Than Owning

1) Increased Expenses

Your monthly expenses may increase, depending on your situation. Even if the monthly payments are the same, homeowners still have to pay property taxes, all the utilities, and all the maintenance and upkeep costs for the home.  Often you need to supply appliances that were furnished with a rental.

2) Decreased Freedom of Mobility

Homeowners can't move as easily as a renter who just has to give notice to the landlord. Selling a house can be a complex and time-consuming process.  

3) Risk of Depreciation

In some areas with overinflated prices, there may be a risk that the house will depreciate instead of an increase in value if the prices go down. If you then sell the house, you may not get enough money from the home to pay back your mortgage, and you will still owe the mortgage company money. 

4) Possibility of Foreclosure 

If for some reason you are unable to make your payments, you risk having the lender foreclose on your property. This can result in the loss of your home, any equity you have earned, and the loss of your good credit rating. 


When considering home ownership, you need to weigh the advantages and disadvantages for yourself.  If you are like most people, you will find that homeownership is worth the risks and disadvantages.

Call me today to see about getting qualified and starting your Prescott real estate home search.

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street / Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

 

Hiring a Professional Moving Company

by Joe Karcie

Hire a Prescott Moving Company

How to Choose a Prescott Moving Company the Right Way

Hiring a Prescott moving company to move you is something that you may want to consider if you've got enough money to do so, and can't afford the time to do it yourself, or its impossible for you to pack and move.
 
Moving companies offer several great reasons to hire them - with different levels of service. From companies who will show up and move you and your belongings to companies who will pack, clean and move your belongings from place to place. 

There are also more and more 'complete' package companies springing up, designed especially professionals - allowing them to move to their job, without the hassle of it all. These companies do it all - from finding a suitable house within your price range and requirements to packing you and moving you in. Some even unpack at the other end for you. 

You'll need to check any company out thoroughly before hiring them - each company should be vetted to your satisfaction, with viable references, if possible. You should also search for any complaints or comments about them online, and see what comes up. These recommendations should also contain information on whether they were prompt, priced fairly, or added additional costs. 

You may also want to ask the company themselves for references, and information on when their cheapest and most expensive times are to move. You may find moving midweek to be far more cost-effective, as weekends always carry a premium. 

Take the information you’ve gathered and get back online. First, make sure they’re incorporated in your state and confirm how long they’ve been in business, by checking your secretary of state’s office. Some have searchable databases of businesses online; if not, call the number in the government pages of the phone book.

The company you eventually choose to move you will want to come out and inspect your home, to work out what they will be moving, and to provide you with a quotation, so you may want to de-clutter before they arrive - they will take an inventory, in some cases, with you and decide what your quotation will be. These companies will also provide you with a complete overview of their insurance - review it carefully so you're sure of what they cover and what you're liable for, should the worst happen.

You should feel confident about any company you’ve run through the checks above. Confirm the dates and details of your move, and make sure you get a signed order for service and a bill of lading.

If you're ever selling your Prescott home and need a list of reputable local movers, please feel free to give me a call for my short-list of wonderful local businesses I have helped clients move with over the years.

 

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street / Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

Prescott Quick Home Selling Tips

by Joe Karcie

Prescott Real Estate for Sale

Selling Your Prescott Home Fast

 
Often wonder why some houses can have a number of showings after its first week on the market, and similar ones seem to be left with no attention? A quick sale of a house is common enough to be expected by some home sellers but rare enough to remain a phenomenon in the market. It really comes down to pricing your home and readiness – the houses being sold quickly are priced properly and better prepared to move on with de-cluttering and making the home attractive to buyers. Surely price and location is the major reason a Prescott house can appeal to home buyers, but there’s also more than meets the buyer’s eye. Here are some quick sell tips to make sure your house reaches that contract as soon as possible.
 

5 Tips For A Quick Real Estate Sale

 
1. Get a top-quality, state-of-the-art real estate agent. Sounds obvious, but the better qualified your agent is, the more experienced they are and the more guarantee that your house can be a quick sale.
 
2.  Play the role of a buyer. Observe your house in the eye of a potential customer. Is there anything you see that makes you think “This is good, but it looks like they’re still working on that...”? Ask your friends or neighbors to do the same if necessary. 
 
3. There’s one sure-fire tip to get your house quickly noticed, and that’s putting out the heaviest advertising campaign you can manage. So many houses are being sold daily, how do you make sure the buyers would even see your home? Quick selling houses are results of excellent marketing skills.
 
4.  Offer incentives. When it’s time to take any means necessary, start negotiating extra perks to your buyers to lure them even more. A closing-cost help, for example, would motivate the buyers to speed up the decision to buy your house. 
 
5. When all else fails, and you’re starting to get really desperate, you might want to try renting your house. Afraid of never getting it off your back? Discuss with the renters that your initial need is to sell the house. A rented house with an option to buy is also a good idea.
 
Some people will tell you that quick sells are by means of luck. Though this is inevitably true, waiting for luck will do nothing to speed up the process. Preparation, preparation, and preparation are the three things you most need to ensure a quick sale.
 

Selling Prescott real estate with a Realtor

 

Understanding The Purchase Contract

When it’s time to finally seal the deal on your home selling, it’s time to take out the contract. Since it’s the document that will supposedly end the process, it’s very important for homeowners to understand the components of a real estate contract (even more if you’re selling the house on your own).
 
Remember that even the contents of a contract are negotiable, so getting to know home selling contracts would put you in a better position for further discussion. You would also have less risk of being scammed by random contracts offered. 
 
Real Estate Tips and Questions
 
Although not all home selling contracts follow the same standard, most of them should answer the following questions:
 
· What’s being sold? A description of the property on hand
 
· How much is it? 
 
· How is the contingency of mortgage? An amount or a mortgage rate is needed.
 
· How much will the deposit be and whom will it be given to?
 
· When and where is the closing?
 
· What is the exact scope of the selling? A home selling contract, in its essence, should give a firm limit of what’s being sold and what’s not.
 
· Will the seller be able to do further home inspections?
 
· What kind of inspections (wellness, hygiene, termite inspection) will be done?
 
· Is there any insurance covering the house?
 
Once again, there are a number of important variables you don't want to miss and end up paying more or losing out on a deal. I would highly recommend getting a real estate professional for anyone selling his or her house. Your home is probably the biggest investment you'll make in your entire life. It only makes sense to hire an experienced Realtor to ensure you are properly protected. 
 
Preparation and real estate sales
 
The tough job is, even after you understand the main elements of a home selling contracts, you might experience difficulty in designing one for your transaction. Once again, it's important to hire experiences Prescott real estate agent to make sure nothing goes wrong and get you the most from the sale of your home.
 
RE/MAX Mountain Properties
731 W Gurley Street / Prescott, AZ 86305
(928) 776-7701
 
 

Preparing Your House To Sell

by Joe Karcie

Getting Your Prescott Home Ready To Sell

Prescott real estate for sale

When you want to sell your house, there are a lot of things you have to think about. It can be a grueling process without the right pieces of information. Here are some of the essentials, so that your house is ready to sell.

Choosing a Real Estate Professional

The first thing you might want to do when you want to sell your house is to choose a realtor. You don't need to have a realtor, but a realtor can do a lot of the marketing work that you can't-do, or don't have time for. A realtor can be a solid partner when it comes to selling your home if you pick the right realtor.

Choosing a Prescott Realtor

Choosing the right realtor does not have to be a challenge. You just have to do a little research first, and that is simple now that the Internet has made it easy to find almost anyone. Most realtors have a website up, so you can learn a little about them and their track record.

After you get a realtor, what you have to do is to know that your house may not sell in a week, and that is ok. Your realtor will likely have information about how long other houses have sat on the market so that you don't start to worry right away.

Organizing and Cleaning Your Home

Cleaning and De-cluttering Your Home

Clean out your house. Your home will soon belong to someone else, and when they come to an open house, they will want to imagine themselves in the home. That is easier for them to do when your things aren't cluttering up the house! Move whatever you can move to your new home or a storage unit.

Return your house to its default look. If your walls are painted, consider repainting them white, for example. Your preferences may not match the preferences of the eventual buyers, so think twice before leaving shag carpeting or the glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling. 


Exterior of Granville Home Prescott Valley

Curb Appeal

Work on the exterior of your house. The first thing people will see when they roll up to your door is the condition of the yard and the exterior of the house. That's why it's a great idea for you to take care of any landscaping issues if that is possible.


Home Appraisal

Pricing Your Home 

This step is optional but has its advantages. Get your home appraised, so that you can set a fair price. Your realtor can tell you what similar Prescott homes are selling for in your neighborhood, but an appraiser is an independent source who can offer you a better idea of how much your home is truly worth. Then, you can set your price accordingly.

Ask your realtor for anything that you may have forgotten. Your real estate agent is in business to sell homes. They will likely have some more ideas and suggestions for you that are not in this article. That's why you need to ask them if there is anything further you can do to make your home more attractive.

Now that you have some ideas in place, you can start preparing your home to be sold. Use the information here to help you make your house look better to buyers. Soon you will have your very own "sold" sign to put in your yard.

 

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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley St, Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

Home Maintenance Tasks to Complete in September

by Joe Karcie

Many things change throughout the month of September. Kids start going back to school. The weather starts to transition from those hot, summer days to cooler, fall days. September is the perfect time to prepare your Prescott home for the colder months ahead as well as complete those tasks that you kept putting off in order to enjoy your summer. Here are our recommendations for simple, necessary home maintenance tasks for you to complete this month.


  1. Inspect home safety features. Since you and your family will be spending more times indoors during the upcoming months, you want to make sure that you are always protected. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are functioning properly. Ensure that your home’s fire extinguisher has not expired. Make any replacements or adjustments as needed.

  2. Take out your window AC units. Since the weather is starting to cool down, now is the perfect time to take out your window AC unit, if you use one. This allows you to keep your home warmer by closing that window.

  3. Weatherstrip windows. This task is especially important if your home has older windows. Check all windows for drafts. Add new weatherstripping or replace worn out stripping as needed.

  4. Initially clear out the gutters. This is a task you will likely have to complete again once the leaves start to fall, but it isn’t a terrible idea to do an initial cleaning of your gutters. This can help reduce any excess buildup. While taking care of your gutters, take a moment to inspect your roof. This gives you time to schedule repairs before winter if you notice any areas of concern.

  5. Take care of your furnace and chimney. Keep your family safe and warm this winter by hiring professionals to inspect, clean, and maintain your furnace and chimney.

  6. Clean your washer and dryer. Eliminate any fire risks and keep your appliances running properly by cleaning out the vents and hoses on your washer and dryer. These can be simple tasks to complete on your own or you can hire a professional.


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Prescott Valley's Patriot Week

by Joe Karcie

As the anniversary of September 11th, 2001 approaches, we must never forget the tragic events that occurred on those days. In order to honor those individuals who lost their lives on that day, Prescott Valley will once again be holding their annual PATRIOT WEEK.  Join the community from Saturday, September 8th, through Friday, September 15th, at the Prescott Valley Civic Center lawns for the Prescott Valley Healing Field of Northern Arizona. This healing field will be filled with 3,000 American flags to remember those we lost. Pay your respects to our fallen countrymen and women by visiting this beautiful memorial and do not miss any of the special events occurring throughout Patriot Week.

 

Patriot Week Schedule

Saturday, September 9th

7:00 am | 3rd Annual Patriot Run

  • 10k, 5k, and 1 mile Fun Run

  • Register in advance HERE or on the day of starting at 6:00 am

  • All proceeds benefit the Central Arizona Honor Guard

9:30 am | Prescott Valley Healing Field of Northern Arizona Opening Ceremony

6:00 pm | Patriotic Concert

Monday, September 11th

6:00 pm | Remembrance Ceremony

  • Ceremony to honor those who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001

  • Features National Anthem, bagpipers, honor guards, lowering of the flag, Taps, and keynote speaker CAFMA Fire Chief, Scott Freitag


We remember those who tragically lost their lives on September 11th, 2001 and honor and thank those that continue to fight everyday to protect our freedoms and this great nation.


 

Image Credit: PV Patriot Week

Labor Day Weekend Events in Prescott!

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! There are fantastic community events for the whole family to enjoy this holiday weekend.

30th Annual Faire on the Square

Dates: Saturday, September 2nd - Monday, September 4th

Times: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Saturday & Sunday) | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Monday)

Location: Courthouse Plaza (120 South Cortez Street)

Cost: FREE admission!

Cool off in the safe of American Elm trees as you walk throughout one of the southwest's finest arts and crafts shows. Check out the incredible work created by 130+ vendors. Find incredible jewelry, metal work, sculpture, clothing, paintings, homegoods, and so much more. With all the talent on hand, this truly is one of Prescott's cannot miss events of the year!

 

 

Food Truck Festival

Date: Saturday, September 2nd

Time: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Mile High Middle School (300 South Granite Street)

Cost: $5 Admission | $5 Food Items | $2 Food Samples

**A portion of proceeds help benefit Meals on Wheels Prescott

Fill your bellies with delectable food from some of the finest food trucks in the area. Enjoy some craft beer or margaritas with your tasty treats. From bouncey castles to dancing, there are activities for the whole family to love. Do not miss a high energy live performance by Funk Frequency from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm!

 

Participating Food Trucks

White Eyes

Gringodillas

JJ’s Louisiana BBQ

Jamburritos Cajun Grille

Tukeestamale

Cheesy Javalina

Aurelia’s Mexican

Hot Bamboo

Safari Samosas

Granite Mountain Smokehouse

 

 

Joe Karcie wishes everyone a Happy & Safe Labor Day Weekend!


 

High Profits for Home Sellers in the Prescott Area!

by Joe Karcie

Home sellers in the Prescott area are seeing high profits! According to ATTOM Data Solutions’s 2nd Quarter 2017 US Homes Sales Report, the Prescott area, which includes the communities of Prescott, Prescott Valley,  Chino Valley, and Dewey-Humboldt, was the 19th most profitable area in the country for home sellers! That’s out of 118 metropolitan areas with at least 1,000 home sales during the second quarter (April, May, and June).


 

There were 1,142 homes sold in the Prescott area during the 2nd quarter. Home sellers saw an average ROI of 47%! Homes were sold within 98% of their listing price. During the quarter, 12.7 homes sold every day! That’s incredible news for sellers!


 

Take advantage of this incredible Seller housing market! If you have been looking to put your home on the market, do not delay! Buyer demand is still high in the beautiful Quad Cities. Get top dollar for your home and sell it quickly by working with the Prescott area’s Top Realtor! Give Joe Karcie a call or visit our website at http://www.joekarcie.com/.



Data Credit: Prescott Area Association of Realtors (PAAR)

Things to Do this Saturday in Prescott!

by Joe Karcie

Not sure what to do this Saturday? Spend the day exploring your very own hometown! There are incredible events occurring throughout the day! We’ve made the planning easy for you! Follow the schedule below to have a Saturday filled with fun in Prescott!


Start your day at the Pippen Museum (4701 Highway 89 North) for the 4th Annual Hold Your Horses! Exhibition & Sale. This favorite annual exhibition and sale pays tribute to the horse, one of mankind’s most trusted companions. Enjoy the beautiful works of equine art by the 30+ participating artists. There are also 100+ pieces of art for sale for you to decorate your Prescott home. The museum is open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on Saturday. Admission costs $7 per adult, $5 per student with valid ID, and is FREE for children 12 and under as well as Museum members.


After the Hold Your Horses! exhibit, head to Prescott’s other favorite museum, the Sharlot Hall Museum (415 West Gurley Street), for the 5th Annual Sharlot's WineFest. From 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm, enjoy delicious wines and tasty hors d’oeuvres from Prescott’s most beloved restaurants. Tickets are $55 per person and $100 per couple. All proceeds benefit the Museum. Please visit the Museum store or call (928) 445-3122,  extension 10.


Finish your evening at the Prescott Center for the Arts (208 North Marina Street) for The 24 Hour Plays. This fun night is filled with original, unique short theatrical performances that have been written, directed, rehearsed, and performed all within 24 hours! Support the incredible talent in Prescott at this favorite annual event. Tickets cost only $10 per person and can be purchased HERE!



There is always something to do Prescott! Find your Dream Home in this great city. Give Joe Karcie a call today or visit our website at http://www.joekarcie.com/.  

 

Image Credits: Pippen Museum, Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott Center for the Arts

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