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Northern Arizona Suns Names Tyrone Ellis as Head Coach

by Joe Karcie


Prescott Valley is the new home of the Northern Arizona Suns, a NBA Development League Team affiliated with the Phoenix Suns!! The Prescott Valley Event Center (3201 North Main Street) will be abuzz this basketball season as we watch our local team take to the court. And in the most recent news regarding this exciting new team…..Tyrone Ellis was named the first head coach for the Northern Arizona Suns!



Moving with the team to Prescott Valley, Tyrone Ellis worked as the lead assistant for the Phoenix Suns affiliate team the Bakersfield Jam during the 2015-2016 season. He had spent the previous 3 seasons as an assistant coach at other D-League teams around the country. He is recognized for his excellent player development and has earned a well-deserved reputation as a top coach in the league.



Prior to coaching, Ellis enjoyed a successful basketball career. He played at Southern Nazarene University during his college years. He then went on to play basketball for 11 years at various teams in the NBA D-League and for countries around the world, such as Spain, Turkey, Germany, and Georgia. Ellis helped lead several of these teams to victory while playing for them.


Come celebrate the new coach when he is formally introduced at a special event at Prescott Valley Event Center on this Thursday, August 18th. Doors will open at Noon and the event will start at 12:30 pm. It is open to the public!

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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Strong Local Schools Increase Home Values by 77 Percent!

by Joe Karcie

Good schools help home buyers determine where they want to focus their property searches. Families want neighborhoods with an excellent quality of life where they can ensure their children receive the best education possible….BUT good schools are not just a benefit to those homeowners with young children! According to the recently released ATTOM Data Solutions 2016 Schools and Housing Report, homes in zip codes that contain at least one highly ranked elementary school have home values 77 percent higher than homes in zip codes without one!!!


To find these results, ATTOM Data Solutions examined almost 19,000 elementary schools across the nation in 4,435 zip codes. Elementary schools were defined as “good” if their 2015 average test scores were at least one-third above the respective state average. This data was then analyzed alongside the 2016 home values and price appreciation in the local area.  


As of July 2016, the average estimated home value was $427,402 in 1,661 zip codes with at least one good school. This is compared to the average estimated home value of $241,096 in the 2,774 zip codes without a good school. That’s a difference of 77%!


Homes in zip codes with good schools also provide a good long-term investment for owners. The study found that homeowners residing in such zip codes had...on average...a 32 percent return on their investment! Over the past decade, home appreciation values have been far more volatile in those zip codes without any good schools.


Looking for a home in a neighborhood with a great school in the Prescott area?! With several local districts ranking within the best 100 school districts in Arizona (according to website Niche)…’s incredibly easy to do!! All of these districts are recognized for their academic excellence, high graduation rates, top-notch teaching staff, and access to a variety of clubs & activities:


Humboldt Unified School District is ranked #58 in Arizona. Current Homes for Sale in Prescott Valley.


Prescott Unified School District is #65. Current Homes for Sale in Prescott.   



Chino Valley Unified School District is ranked #85. Current Homes for Sale in Chino Valley.



Let me help you find your dream home in one of these great school districts! Give me a call today or visit my website at Prescott Real Estate.


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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 makes the Top 15 States to Retire!

by Joe Karcie


Congrats…’ve retired!!! Now it’s time to decide where you want to lay down roots for those days of freedom ahead of you. Finding a community to retire to is a major decision that involves a lot of factors. Affordability, access to amenities, the closeness of friends and family members, and whether all come into play when looking for the perfect place to retire. The best states for retirement are those where you can have a high quality of life while maintaining a lower cost of living. Arizona was recently named one of the Top 15 States for Retirees…..and it’s no wonder why!!


Finance website WalletHub ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on several key factors to determine which were the best states to call home in retirement. Their rankings are based on 3 areas, including affordability, quality of life, and healthcare. Within each of these broader categories were metrics that helped determine the overall score. When the results came in, Arizona was ranked #11 in the country! With an affordability rank of 19, quality of life rank of 13, and healthcare rank of 19, the state is a fantastic option for retirees!


There are so many amazing communities to choose from in the Quad Cities area when you are looking for a new place to call home during your retirement. With a stunning natural environment and temperate weather, the following cities are an amazing spot for retirees.


Prescott: With 33 percent of the population 65 and older, Prescott has become a thriving retirement community. This historic town has many cultural and entertainment institutions to keep residents occupied. There is a thriving art scene in the community. The several institutions of higher education allow the unique opportunity to participate in lifelong learning programs. Access to healthcare is excellent in Prescott, with the Yavapai Regional Medical Center-West and Northern Arizona VA Health Care system, located in town. Prescott Homes for Sale.



Prescott Valley: This city has affordable home prices, perfect for those looking to save money during retirement. There is also easy access to amenities within Prescott Valley itself and the surronding communities. Those retirees wanting to spend their days on the green will love the 5-star championship golf course Stoneridge Golf.  Prescott Valley Homes for Sale.


Chino Valley: Chino Valley is a great option for those individuals who want to move to the area but live in a quieter community. 23 percent of the city's population is of retirement age. This city is perfect for those that want to maintain an active lifestyle with easy access to the amazing natural environment that surrounds the town. Chino Valley Homes for Sale.


Let me help you retire to Arizona by finding your dream home today!!! Give me a call today or visit my website at

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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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The Quad Cities will be Starting School!

by Joe Karcie

The first school bell of the year is about to ring throughout the Quad Cities. It's time to gather your school supplies, pack your backpack, and head back to school! Over the next three weeks, students in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey-Humboldt, and Chino Valley will be starting 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

First Day of School: Thursday, August 4th

Granite Mountain School 5th Grade Orientation: Monday, August 1st

Granite Mountain School 6th Grade Orientation: Tuesday, August 2nd

Prescott Mile High Middle School Meet Mile High: Wednesday, August 3rd

Prescott Mile High Middle School Back to School Night: Thursday, August 11th

Prescott High School Badger Day (for incoming freshman and new students): Tuesday, August 2nd

Prescott High School Open House: Thursday, August 18th


Humboldt Unified School District

(Serving Prescott Valley and Dewey-Humboldt communities)

First Day of School: Monday, August 8th

Liberty Traditional School Kinder-4th Back 2 School Night: Thursday, August 4th



Liberty Traditional School 5th-8th Back 2 School Night: Friday, August 5th


Glassford Hill Middle School Schedule Pickup: Tuesday, August 2nd

Glassford Hill Middle School Open House and Meet the Teachers Night: Thursday, August 25th



Chino Valley Unified School District

First Day of School: Monday, August 15th  


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 2016-2017 school year!!!

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street / Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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