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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
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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.

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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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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.

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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! 

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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. 

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

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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Labor Day Weekend Events

by Joe Karcie

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

 

Faire on the Square Arts and Crafts Show

Event Date: 9/1/2018 – 9/3/2018

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

Location: Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza – Downtown

120 S. Cortez Street

Prescott, AZ 86303

Cost: FREE admission!

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

 

Mortimer Farms Barn Dances

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

Event Date:  8/31/2018

Event Time: 6pm-10pm

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

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

 

Harvest Festival at Granite Creek Vineyards

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

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

Event Time: Sat & Sun 12pm-5pm

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

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

 

Have a Happy & Safe Labor Day Weekend!

 

 

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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5 Ways to Create a More Peaceful Home Inside and Out

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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Exploring Prescott's Great Outdoors

Exploring Prescott's Great Outdoors

by Joe Karcie

A great advantage to living in Prescott Arizona is the proximity to all of Arizona’s scenic wonders, like the Grand Canyon.  However, there are numerous outdoor activities right here in the Prescott area.  Take rock climbing in the Granite Dells or bouldering out in Groom Creek, maybe a day in the kayak at Watson Lake, there is always plenty to do.  Grab a picnic and head over to Goldwater Lake, then throw a few lines in the water as well.

Hiking usually comes to mind first when talking about Prescott’s outdoor activities.  Some of the classic Prescott hiking trails are Thumb Butte Trail #33, the views go on forever at the top of Spruce Mountain Trail #307, or hike to the top of Granite Mountain via trail #261.  There are also numerous trails in the picturesque Granite Dells near Watson & Willow Lakes, a favorite being the Constellation Trails.


View of Willow Lake with the Granite Dells in Background

Up for an off-road adventure drive to the top of Spruce Mountain in Groom Creek via Spruce Mountain Road.  The Bradshaw Mountains offer many forest roads for hours of exploring.  Spend a fun Saturday driving (with a high clearance 4x4 vehicle) to the old mining town of Crown King.

The Peavine Trail and Iron King Trail are excellent for walking and biking.   The trails are wide and are from an old railroad bed, so the grade is minimal, great for a nice flat ride through the scenic Granite Dells and Watson Lake.

Bike Riders Enjoy the Peavine Trail

If you’re looking for a more adventurous bike trail, try the Homestead Trail near Lynx Lake.  There is also a very nice campground at Lynx Lake.  There are numerous other bike friendly trails all throughout the Prescott National Forest.  Prescott is even home to an annual mountain bike race called the Whiskey Off Road.

The Prescott area also offers several good areas for birdwatching.  One of these is the Watson Woods, which you can access from the same parking lot as the Peavine Trail.  An ideal place for birds with large cottonwood trees, a wildlife pond and the seasonal Granite Creek which flows into nearby Watson Lake.

If you’re up for camping with a view, drive up the top of Mingus Mountain, there are campsites on the edge the mountain that overlook the Verde Valley, very spectacular views!   While you are there check out Mingus Lake for some fishing and the Woodchute Wilderness for hiking or horseback riding.

Hiking in the Prescott National Forest

This really is just scratching the surface of all the outdoor adventures that await you here in the Prescott area.  There always seems to be a new trail to explore, a forest road not yet travelled, or family and friends to show your favorite places.

There are a wide variety of outdoor adventures that await you, right here in Prescott.  Those of us who call Prescott home are pretty spoiled to have all this right at our doorstep.  Prescott truly is an amazing place to live!

What did we miss?  Where are your favorite places to explore in the Prescott area?

View from the top of Spruce Mountain

 

 

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