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What to Find Out Before Buying a Home

by Joe Karcie

It’s finally happening, you are ready to buy a home.  One of the most important aspects of any home you are considering, without a doubt is the area. Homes may look amazing online, but there is always the possibility that the area is less than desirable.

Before you move to any new town, subdivision, or city, it’s always a good idea to do research.  Find out as much as possible about the area that you are considering calling home. Yes, researching online is a good start, but another great place to start is with a Real Estate Agent.  Look for an agent that has been established in the community for several years.   Real estate agents can give you insight about everything from the local weather, to the HOA guidelines for that fancy subdivision you’re eyeing.   Think about all the questions you have, jot them down and speak to an agent.  Even a great agent may not know every answer, but they’ll know where to find the information you’re looking for and get back to you.

In researching a new area there are certain things that you’ll want to find out about. Start by finding out about the area itself.  Ask about demographics and the kind of atmosphere can you expect? Ask about city amenities, rec centers, libraries, community colleges, dog parks, all the smaller things that may be important to you.  Look into the employment market and the education system.   Even if you do not have children, knowing about the education system is good idea.  It’s one of the things people usually consider, and if you must move again a home in a good school district will typically demand a higher price.  Also, check the employment opportunities, who are the largest employers in the area, and what do salaries look like in your field.

Try to find out what the future holds as well. Look into if there are any development or expansion plans for the area. Things like proposed developments, both residential and commercial can affect your property values.  Contact the city or ask your Realtor about that large vacant lot and any future plans for development.  You will always be well served to stay on top of the future plans of any area that you move to.


Buyers should always investigate & explore the areas you are considering moving to.  Ask around, consult a real estate agent, talk to people in the community and find out as much as you can.  The more you can learn about the community the better, and more at ease you’ll be as you make one of the biggest investments in your life, buying a home!

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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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. 

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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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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 outstripping as needed.

  4. Initially, clear out the gutters. This is a task you will likely have to compete 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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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

 

 

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/.



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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

Data Credit: Prescott Area Association of Realtors (PAAR)

Back to School for the Quad Cities!

by Joe Karcie

 

Backpacks are packed, yellow buses are loaded, and school bells are ringing. The first day of school has arrived throughout the Quad Cities. It's time to head back to school! Students in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey-Humboldt, and Chino Valley are ready to start the new school year. Here is a list of some of the important upcoming dates for our area’s school districts.   

Prescott Unified School District | 146 South Granite Street, Prescott

First Day of School: Thursday, August 3rd

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

 

Humboldt Unified School District | 6411 North Robert Road, Prescott Valley

(Serving Prescott Valley and Dewey-Humboldt communities)

First Day of School: Monday, August 7th

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

 

Chino Valley Unified School District | 650 East Center Street, Chino Valley

First Day of School: Tuesday, August 8th  

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

 

For more information on upcoming dates and events, check out the web pages for each of the school districts!

 

We hope all of the students in the Quad Cities have a fun and successful 2017-2018 school year!!!

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

 

What to Know if Buying or Selling this Spring!

by Joe Karcie

 

Spring is almost upon us. Besides warmer weather, spring means that the real estate market is ready to amp up throughout the Quad Cities. With a more intense housing market, you need to be prepared whether you are a buyer or a seller. Here are helpful tips for this spring if you are looking to list or sell your house in the area.

 

If you are a Buyer this spring!

The most important thing as a buyer is to know your local market. It is essential that you know the housing options out there as well as what homes are currently going for. When you are ready to seriously start looking, make yourself a competitive buyer by setting up your Financing ahead of time. When you enter into potential negotiations with a seller, you will be a step above the rest by knowing the mortgage you can afford and having your loan information. Make your offer stand out by writing a personal letter to the seller. Since there will be more competition in the market this spring, a letter will help you stand out from the crowd and allow the seller to know that you are serious about making their home your own. Be prepared to remain flexible throughout the buying process to ensure that you get the home of your dreams!

 

If you are a Seller this spring!

To enter the market this spring, it is important to start by knowing Your Home's Value. This will allow you to list your home appropriately and make it competitive in the market. Selling your home does require some investment. Make sure that you have the perfect curb appeal, improve your landscaping, de-clutter and stage your home, and complete any home improvement tasks that allow your home to look its very best. Working with the area’s Top Realtor will ensure that your home sells quickly and for top dollar.  

 

If you are interested in Buying or Selling this spring, Joe Karcie is here to help every step of the way. Give me a call today or visit my website at http://www.joekarcie.com/ to get started today.

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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Arizona Named Top State for Well-Being!

by Joe Karcie

 

Arizona is the perfect state to move to if you are looking for a happy and healthy lifestyle! In fact, it was ranked as the #7 state with the best well-being for 2016, according to a report by Gallup-Healthways.

 

This report examined well-being across the country and looked at how each of the individual states ranked in terms of its residents’ well-being. Five key elements were examined to determine the overall index score. These elements included Purpose (how happy residents were with what they did in their daily lives), Social (residents have supportive relationships and love in their life), Financial (residents feel financial security and low economic stress), Community (residents like where they live and feel safe), and Physical (residents are in good health) As part of the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series, the study looked at well-being across the nation and examined how well-being differed between the states.

 

To determine these results, 177,192 adults were polled via telephone by Gallup. They were given a 0 to 100 scale to measure their well-being within each of the elements.

 

Arizona was in the top half of the country for all five of the elements! It scored its highest in the areas of purpose and social well-being.

 

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Why not enjoy a feeling of well-being by living in the wonderful state of Arizona! Although there are many fantastic communities to settle down in, the Prescott area is truly the best. Residents enjoy a tight-knit community with year-round family-friendly events, great cultural and historic attractions, beautiful homes, and so much more. Plus, it is close to all the wonders of the Arizona natural landscape and the amenities of the Phoenix metropolitan area.  

 

 

If you are interested in moving to Prescott, give Joe Karcie a call today or visit his website at http://www.joekarcie.com/.

 

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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Source: Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being

Top Home Buying and Selling Fears & How to Combat Them!

by Joe Karcie

 

There are many fears that go into buying or selling your home. It is an exciting time, but one that can cause some unease due to all of the unknown variables that come into play on the real estate market. Regardless of what side of the market you are on, you are likely experiencing similar fears as you start out the process. What are the top fears experienced by home buyers and home sellers? AND, what is the best way to combat those fears? Read more to find out!

 

Top Home Buying Fears

1. Will I buy my new home for a fair price?

2. Are there unknown issues that will be unearthed during a home inspection? Will these be major costly issues?

3. What if the neighborhood and neighbors are not what they seemed upon viewing the house?

4. With the fluctuating interest rates lately, what if the interest rates increase dramatically before I purchase, increasing my monthly payments?

5. What if I didn't look at the house objectively, and now upon moving in, I realize that it is not a good fit for my family's daily needs?

 

 

Top Home Seller Fears

1. Is the offer I accepted too low? Should I have waited longer for a higher offer?

2. What if my home sits on the market for a long time?

3. What do I do if my buyer has to back out during the deal due to personal or financial issues?

4. Will there be any issues discovered during the home inspection that will be costly to me or cause a buyer to back out?

5. What if I do not receive any offers despite showing my home multiple times?

 

 

All of these fears are very valid for both buyers and sellers. While it is impossible to answer all of these questions, there is a simple solution to combat your fears when you enter the real estate market......Work with an Experienced Realtor! My knowledge of the local market, experience with market trends at the regional and national level, and ability to connect you to any additional resources you might need can help make all these fears be a thing of the past. Whether you are Buying or Selling, I am dedicated to helping you on your journey to buying your dream home or selling your current home. Give me a call today or visit my website at http://www.joekarcie.com/ !   

 

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Happy Holidays to the All in the Quad Cities

by Joe Karcie

 

 

Christmas is finally here! Homes throughout Prescott and the Quad Cities will be filled with festive spirit and good cheer all weekend long. There is much to be thankful for this holiday season.

 

 

I would like to say THANK YOU to all of my past and current clients for blessing me with the opportunity to help you with all of your real estate needs in the Quad Cities.

 

 

I love working and living in the Quad Cities and helping families discover why it is such a great place to call home! The holidays and the new year mean its time to start fulfilling your future goals. If you are interested in buying or selling your home in 2017, work with the Quad Cities' experienced realtor. Contact me after the holidays and I will be happy to assist you in every way I can!

 

I hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas in your Prescott home this year! Wishing you a happy and prosperous new year!

 

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street / Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Election Day Vote Centers for the Quad Cities!

by Joe Karcie

 

Election Day, November 8th, is here! No matter which candidates you are voting for this year it is important to have your voice heard! It is one of the great freedoms that we get to enjoy in this country. There is still plenty of time to get to the polls today. All polls in Arizona will be open until 7:00 pm. As long as you are in line by that time, you will be allowed to vote. Make sure to bring a valid form of identification.

 

Looking for your local polling place? Here is a list of all vote centers for the Quad Cities:

 

Prescott

• Yavapai County Administration Building (1015 Fair Street)

• Prescott Gateway Mall, Community Center Room (3250 Gateway Boulevard)

• Central Yavapai Fire Station #57 (4125 Outer Loop Road)

• Yavapai College, Community Room (1100 East Sheldon Street, Building 19)

• Prescott Community Center (1280 East Rosser Street)

• Trinity Presbyterian Church (630 Park Avenue)

 

Prescott Valley

• Prescott Valley Event Center (3201 North Main Street)

• Robert Road Baptist Church (5100 North Robert Road)

• Central Yavapai Regional Training Center (9601 East Valley Road)

 

Dewey-Humboldt

• Gateway Baptist Church (12900 Prescott Dells Ranch Road)

 

Chino Valley

• Chino Valley United Methodist Church (735 East Road 1 South)

• Chino Valley First Southern Baptist Church (1524 North Highway 89)

 

 

If you have an Early Ballot to drop off, make sure to get it in today no later than 7:00 pm. No late ballots will be tabulated. The ballots can be dropped off at the Yavapai County Recorder’s Office, any Vote Center, or at one of the following Ballot Drop Box locations:

locations. Late ballots will not be tabulated. Ballot Drop Box locations:

 

• Chino Valley - Town Hall (202 North State Route 89)

• Dewey-Humboldt - Town Hall (2735 South State Route 69)

• Prescott - County Administration Building (1015 Fair Street)

• Prescott Valley - Town Hall (7501 East Civic Circle)

 

We look forward to seeing everyone in the Quad Cities at the polls today!

Prescott Realtor

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