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Helpful Tips to Make Your Home Inspection a Breeze

by Joe Karcie


Congrats on finding your dream home in the Prescott area. You know ready to start closing on the home. Before you take this final step in the home buying process, there is one more thing to do…..a Home Inspection. Here are helpful tips to make your home inspection a breeze.


Steps to Find a Home Inspector

  • Contact an Experienced Realtor in the area for a list of recommended home inspectors.

  • Interview potential inspectors to ask about training, experience, and areas of expertise.

  • Review past home inspection reports they have completed to check for detailed reviews and recommendations.

  • Hire the best candidate!


What to Expect During the Home Inspection

  • A detailed walkthrough of the home lasting 2 to 3 hours.

  • A review of the home’s physical structure, including roof, ceilings, walls, doors, windows, and floors. This will include all areas of the home, including the attic and basement.

  • A review of the home’s electrical system.

  • A review of the home’s mechanical systems, including major appliances, plumbing, and heating and air-conditioning.

  • An objective opinion and written and photographic evidence of issues found within the home.

Now that you have reviewed your home inspection report, meet with your realtor to discuss the findings. If nothing of concern was found in the home, continue with your closing. If there were several issues or a major issue found, determine whether you should renegotiate with the seller to cover the costs or if you need to continue the search for your new home elsewhere.

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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Great Valentine's Day Weekend Event in Chino Valley!

by Joe Karcie


Looking for the event for you and your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Come to Valentine's Celebration at Granite Creek Vineyards the weekend before the holiday. This romantic, fun event is the perfect way to celebrate your love in the Chino Valley area. Here is all the information you need to make the most of your Valentine’s Celebration on February 11th-12th!




Spend the afternoon tasting the award-winning wine of Granite Creek Vineyards. They offer a wide variety of wines sure to please any palate. The weekend will also feature their special new release, Harvest Red, a Sangiovese with cherry and fig flavors. Snuggle up with your sweetheart and your glass of wine near a cozy fireplace in the log cabin.



Complimentary desserts will be provided throughout the celebration! If you are looking for a heartier meal, delicious lunch and dinner entrees will be available for purchase from Block Six Catering. Choose from Cabernet Braised Short Ribs, Four Cheese Baked Ziti, Smoked Salmon Cakes, or an Artisanal Cheese Plate.


Live Music!


Each day will feature great live music from 12:00-4:00 pm. On Saturday, February 11th, the great flamenco duo Drew Hall and Anton Teschner will be performing. Kenny James will be performing his classic and original vocals and acoustic guitar on Sunday, February 12th.


Valentine's Celebration

Dates: Saturday, February 11th - Sunday, February 12th

Time: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Granite Creek Vineyard (2515 North Road 1 East, Chino Valley)

Cost: $14 per person; $7 for Case Club Members

*No reservations needed


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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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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 !   


Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Prescott: A Great Place to Call Home in 2017!

by Joe Karcie


Prescott truly is a great place to live! This community boasts a warm climate year round, thriving local economy, great facilities, and so much more. There is always something fun to do around town. Home buyers looking for a great Arizona city to relocate to in the new year should look no further than Prescott!


Here are the 5 top reasons why Prescott is the perfect city to call home in 2017!


The City Promotes Economic growth!

Prescott is continually striving for economic development into the future. The city makes a concerted effort to attract new companies and promote growth amongst local businesses. This allows for a thriving job market. Prescott was named one of the country's best performing small cities of 2016 by the Milken Institute!  The institute looks at wages, job availability, and technology growth in metropolitan areas.



It’s a True Western Town!  


History is alive every day in Prescott! There are over 800 buildings and locations on the National Register of Historic Places! Whiskey Row is a cannot miss the spot in town. Be sure to stop by the Palace Saloon to grab a drink in the same place where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday filmed the Gunfight at the OK Corral. Along with these great historic spots in Whiskey Row, you can find awesome boutique shops, antique stores, art galleries, and restaurants. Sharlot Hall Museum is also home to the oldest building in the Arizona Territory. There are other great museums in Prescott that celebrate the rich past of the area, including the Smoki Museum and Phippen Art Museum. True West Magazine named it one of the Top 10 True Western Towns of 2016!



Ample Places to Spend Time in the Great Outdoors!

The weather in Prescott is beautiful all year round. There are great recreational facilities to spend time outside. Enjoy the great system of parks as well as trails for hiking and biking throughout the town. Prescott offers something for everyone that likes to have an active lifestyle. If you love to hit the links, be sure to check out the awesome golf courses located in and around Prescott. Arizona is filled with stunning natural spaces and topography to explore and Prescott is no exception! Explore Bradshaw Mountains, located just south of the city. In addition, Prescott National Forest offers 1.25 million acres of space for camping, hiking, horsebacking riding, and more!



Fun Community Events Occur Year Round!

There are awesome family-friendly events throughout the year in Prescott. According to Yahoo Travel, the #1 can't miss event in Arizona is the World's Oldest Rodeo that occurs annually around July 4th during Prescott Frontier Days. During the holidays, Prescott becomes a winter wonderland. The state of Arizona has named the community "Arizona's Christmas City"! Enjoy the stunning holiday light ceremony, gingerbread village, holiday parade, and so much more. There are also great art festivals and historic events in Prescott.



Great City for All Ages!


With all the cultural attractions, job opportunities, entertainment venues, natural spaces, and more, Prescott is a great community for millenials, retirees, and all residents in between. Prescott was named the 3rd best community out of 100 best places to retire by! There are many affordable housing options and great active adult communities.  


Interested in Buying your dream home in “Everybody’s Hometown”?! Joe Karcie is here to help! Give me a call today or visit my website at  

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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by Joe Karcie


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