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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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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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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. 

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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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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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Flipping Homes in Prescott AZ

by Joe Karcie

Prescott, AZ investment properties & and flipping homes. 

If you want to maximize your profits off of a property, then the way to do it is to flip properties.  Flipping properties is a term that is commonly used in real estate.  It is where someone will walk into a property, put in some small changes, and resell the property for more profit.  If you want to invest little and make more, then this is a great way to get into the real estate business.  

Finding the Perfect Home to Flip in Prescott & Prescott Valley

Usually, you will begin flipping a property by finding a home that is under-priced for the current real estate market.  These are usually called 'fixer-upper' homes and are available all the time on the market.  Any type of foreclosure, home at an auction, or home that has been neglected can be bought at a lower price.  Flipping properties will most likely be done by dealers or retailers, but it is possible for anyone to take part in the art of flipping properties.  

After you have found a home that needs some fixing, you will buy it like you would any other home.  Usually, you will be liable for going through the mortgage process and will sign a deed of trust for the property.  When you do this, you will want to make sure that you do it as a business instead of an individual.  As soon as the paperwork is done, you can move into the home, make some changes, and put it back on the market for a higher price.  

Renovating and reselling is the major art behind flipping Prescott and Prescott Valley properties.  If you want to stay ahead in the market and begin to profit, then understanding the basics of this and how to work as a business with real estate is one of the potential ways to make a living.  There are several who have worked with real estate and flipping properties that have had the ability to make a large amount of money off of the investments.  

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. 

Prescott Real Estate Heating Your House Hacks

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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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.

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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

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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

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