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Home Maintenance Tasks to Complete in September

by Joe Karcie

 

Many things change throughout the month of September. Kids start going back to school. The weather starts to transition from those hot, summer days to cooler, fall days. September is the perfect time to prepare your Prescott home for the colder months ahead as well as complete those tasks that you kept putting off in order to enjoy your summer. Here are our recommendations for simple, necessary home maintenance tasks for you to complete this month.

 

  1. Inspect home safety features. Since you and your family will be spending more times indoors during the upcoming months, you want to make sure that you are always protected. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are functioning properly. Ensure that your home’s fire extinguisher has not expired. Make any replacements or adjustments as needed.

  2. Take out your window AC units. Since the weather is starting to cool down, now is the perfect time to take out your window AC unit, if you use one. This allows you to keep your home warmer by closing that window.

  3. Weatherstrip windows. This task is especially important if your home has older windows. Check all windows for drafts. Add new weatherstripping or replace worn outstripping as needed.

  4. Initially, clear out the gutters. This is a task you will likely have to compete again once the leaves start to fall, but it isn’t a terrible idea to do an initial cleaning of your gutters. This can help reduce any excess buildup. While taking care of your gutters, take a moment to inspect your roof. This gives you time to schedule repairs before winter if you notice any areas of concern.

  5. Take care of your furnace and chimney. Keep your family safe and warm this winter by hiring professionals to inspect, clean, and maintain your furnace and chimney.

  6. Clean your washer and dryer. Eliminate any fire risks and keep your appliances running properly by cleaning out the vents and hoses on your washer and dryer. These can be simple tasks to complete on your own or you can hire a professional.

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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

 

 

High Profits for Home Sellers in the Prescott Area!

by Joe Karcie

 

Home sellers in the Prescott area are seeing high profits! According to ATTOM Data Solutions’s 2nd Quarter 2017 US Homes Sales Report, the Prescott area, which includes the communities of Prescott, Prescott Valley,  Chino Valley, and Dewey-Humboldt, was the 19th most profitable area in the country for home sellers! That’s out of 118 metropolitan areas with at least 1,000 home sales during the second quarter (April, May, and June).

 

 

There were 1,142 homes sold in the Prescott area during the 2nd quarter. Home sellers saw an average ROI of 47%! Homes were sold within 98% of their listing price. During the quarter, 12.7 homes sold every day! That’s incredible news for sellers!

 

Take advantage of this incredible Seller housing market! If you have been looking to put your home on the market, do not delay! Buyer demand is still high in the beautiful Quad Cities. Get top dollar for your home and sell it quickly by working with the Prescott area’s Top Realtor! Give Joe Karcie a call or visit our website at http://www.joekarcie.com/.



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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

Data Credit: Prescott Area Association of Realtors (PAAR)

What to Know if Buying or Selling this Spring!

by Joe Karcie

 

Spring is almost upon us. Besides warmer weather, spring means that the real estate market is ready to amp up throughout the Quad Cities. With a more intense housing market, you need to be prepared whether you are a buyer or a seller. Here are helpful tips for this spring if you are looking to list or sell your house in the area.

 

If you are a Buyer this spring!

The most important thing as a buyer is to know your local market. It is essential that you know the housing options out there as well as what homes are currently going for. When you are ready to seriously start looking, make yourself a competitive buyer by setting up your Financing ahead of time. When you enter into potential negotiations with a seller, you will be a step above the rest by knowing the mortgage you can afford and having your loan information. Make your offer stand out by writing a personal letter to the seller. Since there will be more competition in the market this spring, a letter will help you stand out from the crowd and allow the seller to know that you are serious about making their home your own. Be prepared to remain flexible throughout the buying process to ensure that you get the home of your dreams!

 

If you are a Seller this spring!

To enter the market this spring, it is important to start by knowing Your Home's Value. This will allow you to list your home appropriately and make it competitive in the market. Selling your home does require some investment. Make sure that you have the perfect curb appeal, improve your landscaping, de-clutter and stage your home, and complete any home improvement tasks that allow your home to look its very best. Working with the area’s Top Realtor will ensure that your home sells quickly and for top dollar.  

 

If you are interested in Buying or Selling this spring, Joe Karcie is here to help every step of the way. Give me a call today or visit my website at http://www.joekarcie.com/ to get started today.

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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 http://www.joekarcie.com/ !   

 

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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If your home is on the market this December, you can attract potential buyers with smart holiday decor. The winter is not the most popular time of year for home buying but the buyers that are out there are highly motivated to find their new home. With smart staging, you can make your home look its best this season.  Follow these decorating tips for selling your Prescott home this holiday!

 

 

 

The first step is to Clean and Stage your home as you would at any time of year when selling your home. Make sure that everything is sparkling clean. Stage rooms in your home to best display the size and functionality of spaces.

 

Store nonessential items. Clutter can be distracting for potential buyers. Pack up and store items that you do not immediately need. Make sure that countertops are cleared off. Also, try to depersonalize your home in order to make it easier for potential buyers to visualize themselves in your home.

 

When you start decorating for the holidays, you should look at your home’s Paint Colors in order to accept it. Choose decorations that are complementary to a room’s wall color. Rich tones, such as red, look great with neutral tones or try silver in rooms with soothing colors, such as blue.

 

Although decorating for the holidays is fun, remember that less is more. Do not fill your house to the brim with the decor. As with clutter, this will be too distracting for buyers. Use decor sparingly and in places that best accentuate your home’s features.

 

Pick a Christmas tree that fits the space of your house. If you have a grand family room, you can use a larger tree but make sure that it does not occupy too much floor space. Also, avoid using your personalized ornaments on the tree this year. Focus on a cohesive color scheme or theme instead.

 

Be mindful that buyers that view your home might celebrate a different holiday than you. This does not mean that you should not decorate for the season. Just keep your larger religious decor in storage when you show your home.

 

It may be colder outside but you want potential buyers to feel warm and cozy in your home. Use festive scents, such as evergreen or cinnamon, to create a homey feeling.

 

Now that the inside of your home is ready to go, it’s time to think about curb appeal. As you did inside, keep it simple with your outdoor decor. Leave the inflatable snowman off the lawn this year. Use simple Christmas lights on your house or landscaping to draw attention to the best features.

 

 

If you are interested in Selling your home this December, give Joe Karcie a call today or visit my website at http://www.joekarcie.com/.

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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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You've made the big decision...you've decided to put your Prescott Area home on the market! BRAVO! It's a fantastic time to take advantage of the incredible Arizona housing market. Now you have a few key decisions to make; what do I need to fix and what do I negotiate the sale of the home, before actually finding the BEST Real Estate Agent to list my home?

First of all, it's easy to miss the everyday wear and tear that a home takes over the years, so don't think you're alone in having to do some work on the cleaning and repairs before putting your home on the market. You're going to want to walk through your home with a critical eye...room by room...with a notepad, taking down detailed notes from floor to ceiling. I would also recommend finding that "awesome Real Estate Agent" on the front end. Simply because a great Real Estate Agent is extremely helpful in guiding you through this process and knowing what are the critical elements that need to be upgraded or repaired, and what may just need to be negotiated later. After all, we all have a budget we must stay within so having a trained eye as a partner is a huge plus at the START of this process!

Keep in mind, the repairs or upgrades I am going to suggest here WILL put money in your pocket at the close of the sale of your home!  Here are the Top 7 Recommended Repairs to Make Before Selling Your Prescott Arizona Area Home:

A Fresh Coat of Paint- This is by far one of the cheapest and easiest ways to update, refresh and even change the look of your home or room before you sell...and you don't even have to hire a professional! Just remember a few basics;  choose lighter, neutral tones so that your new buyer can make the home their own, it's not important to paint every room- just the ones that really need it. Lastly, if you do have wallpaper in your home- REMOVE it! You may love how it looks, but do your new homeowners a favor and give them a clean slate to create their own look.

The Kitchen- You've heard it a hundred times..."The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home". It's true in many ways. Most people are looking for the 'ideal' kitchen- spacious counter space with lots of cabinets and state-of-the-art appliances. If you don't have all of this, don't fret, most of us don't. But don't go for a major kitchen overhaul either! A few tweaks here and there can make major differences. For instance; swap out your hardware on your cabinets. Paint outdated cabinets put in new faucets or fixtures. If you have a little money to spend, put in granite countertops. And by all means, make sure you have cleared your counters completely before you ever show your home!

Bathroom Remodel- The throne, that's right. It's still a major draw and always will be. So what can be done here? Deep cleaning for starters! Scrub that grout, make sure tubs, sinks, and toilets look brand new! Then check for leaky faucets and replace if necessary. This is one room that lighting is critical. If lighting is dull, replace immediately. Have a little extra cash? Again, go for a good countertop- granite or even marble are a great choice for the bath!  Side Note- When staging your bathroom, try using white or light neutral colored towels. It reminds people of a spa and looks crisp and clean.

Nail Holes & Spackling- I know it sounds like common sense but it really does need repeating...you need to go room by room and fill your nail holes, cracks, etc. Spackle, sand, and paint. Every room should look like it's brand new. A potential buyer should not walk into a room and think "wow...we've got a lot of work to do in here!" If that happens, your sales price goes down.

Adequate Lighting- When showing your home you want each room to show like a 'showroom'. However, poor lighting can often ruin a home's potential sale. Make sure that each room has adequate lighting so potential buyers can see what each room has to offer. This should include the natural lighting each room invites as well. Since it's summertime, make sure your window dressings are appropriate for the season. If you have a heavy drape, ditch them for a cotton one or just a blind for the season. Make sure your closets have adequate lighting too!

Hardwood Floors- So many of our homes have gorgeous hardwood floors today. These can be a blessing or a curse depending on where you live if you have pets, children, high traffic areas and more. If you have hardwood and they are looking very distressed, it's definitely in your best interest to get those floors refinished...or at the very least buffed and polished. Nothing looks better than entering a home and seeing gleaming hardwood floors!  That is a CLOSER right then and there! 

Functional Appliances- Lastly, go through your home and make sure all your appliances are working properly and you have all your warranties pulled together for your realtor. Nothing is more embarrassing...or shows a lack of maintenance of the home to your potential buyer, as when appliances or any item around the home is NOT in working order.

For more Home Selling Tips contact the Joe Karcie Team at 928-776-7701 or visit our website at www.joekarcie.com


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