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Why You Should Reconsider For Sale By Owner

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Update Your Prescott Home to Sell With These Hot Kitchen Trends

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5 Fall Home Staging Ideas for your Prescott Listing!

by Joe Karcie

 

 

Fall Home Buying in Prescott AZ!

by Joe Karcie

 

Spring and Summer are seen as the peak home buying seasons…..but FALL might truly be the ultimate season to buy. With many families settled into their new homes at the end of summer, there are amazing opportunities to find your dream home in a market with less competition and stress. Looking to buy a home in the Prescott area?  Use the season to your advantage! Here are the top reasons why you should purchase your new home this fall.

 

Fall Real Estate puts the Buyer in the Driver’s Seat

 

Since fall is considered an off-season for real estate, there tends to be far less competition. The decrease in demand on the buying side does not translate to less inventory, however. There are still plenty of homes on the market and fewer buyers vying for them! Whether it is new inventory or homes that have been on the market all summer long, buyers in the fall have a ton to choose from and are able to be more aggressive with their negotiations. Fall puts buyers in a great position of power to get exactly what you want! There are some many amazing homes currently on the market. Check out our Current Featured Properties to start the search for your home!

 

It’s Prime Time to Buy that Vacation Home

You fell in love with the community you spent your vacation in and now you want to purchase a home there. Fall is a great time to look for a vacation home. Arizona is a popular spot for people looking to escape the cold weather in their home states and spend the winter in the sun. You can enjoy that vacation home you find this fall yourself or potentially rent it out to other vacationers and see immediate returns on your investment.

 

Sellers Lower Home Prices

After having their homes listed all spring and summer, many sellers are worn out. Their homes might still be on the market because their asking price was too high during the warmer months. Now, they are looking to make a deal and are often more willing to lower their price in order to do so. As a buyer, use this to your advantage. You will likely have more success offering a lower price on a home in the fall than you would have previously.

 

You Have Flexibility with Your Move In Date

If you aren’t moving to a particular neighborhood in order to have your child start the school year or immediately starting a new job in a new town, you do not have a deadline for when you have to move in by. Even if you want to ensure that you are settled by the holidays, there is still plenty of flexibility on your end. This allows you more time to search for your dream home and find a great deal.

 

Fall is the perfect time to Buy your dream home in Prescott and the surrounding communities!! Call Me 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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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)…..it’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…..you’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 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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7 Top Upgrades or Repairs to Make Before Selling Your Home!

by Joe Karcie

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