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Arizona Buyer Advisory

by Joe Karcie

A great resource we give to all buyers is the Arizona Association of REALTORS Buyer Advisory.  The Buyer Advisory is provided by the Arizona Association of REALTORS® and the Arizona Department of Real Estate as a resource for real estate consumers.  Take a moment and read through this document.  Be sure to check for the latest version online, or ask your REALTOR.


Prescott, AZ 86305
(928) 776-7701

Signs it’s Time to Sell Your Home

by Joe Karcie

Signs it’s Time to Sell Your Home

I’ve meet with hundreds of homeowners over the years and heard many reasons why they’re ready to sell their home.  Usually they are moving closer to family or for health reasons.  Some of my latest clients have decided to move to Hawaii.  Others have listed their home and decided to hit the road in their RV.  More than likely there will come a time when you need to sell.  Here are some signs it might be time to put your home on the market.

Too much living space - Empty nesters are the ones who typically have this problem.  You’re paying to heat, cool and maintain a 2,800 sqft home when don’t need all that space now.  If this is the case, it may be time to list your home and find a more efficient, smaller home. 

Too little living space - A growing family, for example, would require more living space as the children grow.  Or maybe you have an elderly family member that is now living with you.  All this can make for cramped living.  Check with an experienced agent and find out what your home is worth today and if now is time to sell and get into a larger home.

Needs have changed - Things have changed in your life and so has what you need in your home.  The two-story home you love is becoming too much for your aching knees.  Or maybe your little condo was perfect when it was just you, but now you have a family and a single-family home with a yard and a flat driveway for basketball is what you really need.  You should discuss life’s changes with your family and make sure selling is the right step for you.

Mortgage payments are too much - Maybe a change in income has affected your ability to make your mortgage payments.  Depending on how the market has changed since you purchased the home, you make even make a profit.  Although the goal should be to downsize to a comfortable level.

Vacation home – There may come a time when you just don’t have enough time to spend at your second home and it just makes sense to put it on the market and sell.  Today you’ll find many nice vacation rentals to rent without the hassle of maintaining the home yourself.

Equity – Some homeowners and investors with rental properties will want to sell their home to take advantage of the appreciation in home values.  If you can't stand the fact that your place is worth so much and you like the idea of “cashing out” you might want to consider selling your home and put some money in your pockets. 

Many times selling your home can mean simultaneously buying a new one.  This may be a scary thought to try and sell and buy at the same time.  It can be a bit stressful, but I’ve seen it done many times.  In fact, last year I helped 5 families do exactly this.

Obviously, there are many other reasons you may need to sell your home or property.  Whatever your reason for selling your home, it’s best to consult with a real estate professional like myself.  With over 15 years working in real estate I have the experience and the knowledge to successfully list and sell your home.  And then you’re ready to move on to whatever big plans you have next!


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