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Haunted Houses & Halloween Events of the Prescott Area!

by Joe Karcie


It is that spook-tacular time of here! Halloween is just around the corner! Get in the spirit of the season at some of the amazing events planned in the Prescott area. Whether you are looking for the ultimate scare at a haunted house or want something tamer, such as a fun, Halloween themed event, check out these great activities going on all month long!  




Scream Factor

Put your fears to the test and check out this great haunted attraction! Overrun with terrifying zombies, scary monsters, and more, this haunted house will surely make you scream! Scream Factor will be open on Thursday, October 13th, and Halloween.  Doors open at 7:00 pm. Days vary per week so be sure to check the website for more information. General admission is $15 per person. Want to cut in front of the line? Purchase the fast pass for $25. This haunted site is located at Prescott Gateway Mall (3250 Gateway Boulevard, Suite 306). Enter if you dare!





9th Annual Prescott Ghost Talk

Dates: Friday, October 21st - Saturday, October 22nd

Times: 6:00 pm or 7:30 pm (Friday); 6:00 pm, 7:30 pm, or 9:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: Prescott Center for the Arts (208 North Marina, Prescott)

Cost: $12 per child, $15 per adult

Head to the Prescott Center for the Arts for the annual reenactment of ghostly folklore. Hear about famous ghouls, monsters, goblins, and ghosts from Arizona’s historic past and urban legends. The reenactments also honor the history of the theater by presenting the stories through a variety of theatrical genres. There are 5 different show times available for you to find one to enjoy!


A Night of Wine + Spirits

Date: Saturday, October 22nd

Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Location: Prescott Winery (216 North Alarcon Street, Prescott)

Cost: $50 per person

Have a night of spooky fun and spirits with Prescott Winery and A Haunting Experience Tours. Your night will entail a guided tour of Old Prescott to visit some of the city’s most haunted locations! After being on the lookout for ghosts, you will return to the Winery for a delicious wine and Halloween candy pairing. Come in your best costume for a chance to win a bottle of water. Be sure to wear comfy shoes and have your camera handy!


Halloween Bowling at Antelope Lanes


Date: Saturday, October 22nd

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Antelope Lanes (6301 East 2nd Street, Prescott Valley)

Cost: $15 per person

Hit the lane and have some Halloween fun at the bowling alley. For $15, you will enjoy 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, and fun activities. There will be a bouncy house and trunk or treat! Be sure to enter the costume contest to win fabulous prizes! All proceeds from this event will benefit Books to the Rescue! Yavapai County.


18th Annual Halloween Festival

Date: Friday, October 28th

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Prescott YMCA (750 Whipple Street, Prescott)

Cost: $5 per person

Your family will love this evening of festivities at the YMCA. Enjoy delicious food and lots of fun activities. There will be a haunted house, costume contest, Halloween themed games, face painting, and arts and crafts.


Día de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life and Death

Date: Saturday, October 29th

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: Prescott Valley Public Library (7401 East Civic Circle, Prescott Valley)

Cost: FREE!

Learn about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a holiday celebrated by many in our community. This informational event will teach participants all about the origins of the Mexican festival as well as all of the festivities that are involved.


Boo At The Zoo

Date: Monday, October 31st

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary (1403 Heritage Park, Prescott)

Cost: $4 per HPZS Members, $6 per non-members

Go trick or treating at the zoo! There will be different stations set up around the Sanctuary filled with treats. Dress in your costume and bring a flashlight to spot all the nocturnal animals that will be hanging out at the zoo with you!



Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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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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It's the Prescott Film Festival in Prescott, Arizona!

by Joe Karcie


Join us now through Sunday, July 24th, at the 7th Annual Prescott Film Festival! This amazing annual event brings unique and original films to PRESCOTT. Enjoy the opportunity to watch a variety of independent films, including documentaries, dramas, foreign, and short films, that rarely get screened in our area. Check out the work of future filmmaking stars at the festival’s Student Short Film Program on Sunday which features films by local high school students. Along with the screenings, this festival offers awesome workshops for aspiring filmmakers and movie lovers, which range in topics from film sound to screenwriting. This is truly one of the local events that make our community such a great place to live!

Film screenings and workshops are held at the Yavapai College campus (1100 East Sheldon Street, Prescott, AZ). Tickets for the films are $12 for regular admission and $6 for students with a valid ID. They can be purchased at the box office the day of the screenings or online HERE. All workshops are free! For a list of dates and times for all screenings and workshops, check out the 2016 Program Booklet.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to see some amazing and inspiring films! We look forward to seeing you this week at the 7th Annual Prescott Film Festival! 


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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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15 Great Native Plants for Beautiful Prescott Area Gardens!

by Joe Karcie


Spruce up the landscaping of your PRESCOTT AREA HOMES with a garden! Due to the dry and hot climate, gardening in the Southwest can be a challenge. You want to use tough plants that can easily thrive without a lot of care. Turn to plants that naturally grow throughout the region to ensure a beautiful garden all year round. Here are the 15 top native plants for southwestern gardens!


WINE CUPS (Callirhoe involucrata) – From late-spring to mid-summer, a splash of red will fill your garden with this lovely ground cover plant. Make sure to place in full sun and well-drained soil.

GREEN-FLOWERED HEDGEHOG CACTUS (Echinocereus viridiflorus) – This awesome native plant looks great in desert gardens! Its green, spiny orbs add interest to your landscape and, in early spring, iridescent green flowers blossom.


SPANISH BAYONET (Yucca harrimaniae) – The Spanish Bayonet makes your garden look spectacular every season. This blue-green evergreen will grow up to 4 feet tall and sprout white bell-shaped flowers during the summer months.


TEXAS RED YUCCA (Hesperaloe parviflora) – Attract hummingbirds to your garden with this bright red floral plant. This plant thrives in the dry, hot Arizona climate.


PINELEAF PENSTEMON (Penstemon pinifolius) – Your garden will turn a brilliant orange-red during the summer with the addition of the Pineleaf Penstemon. Throughout the rest of the year, the texture of the foliage will add interest to your landscaping.


YELLOW COLUMBINE (Aquilegia chrysantha) – This delicate beauty attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. It is incredibly resilient to heat and blossoms yellow flowers throughout the year.


BUNNY EARS CACTUS (Opuntia microdasys) – An adorable cactus, the bunny ear cactus will rarely be spiny and produces bright yellow flowers starting in the spring.


CALIFORNIA FUCHSIA (Zauschneria californica) – This perennial blooms in late summer with long-lasting orange and red petals. Place this groundcover in the full sun.


PERENNIAL SUNFLOWER (Helianthus maximiliani) – Your garden will stay lovely into the fall months with spectacular golden-yellow flowers on stems that grow up to 8 feet tall.


TETRANEURIS (Tetraneuris acaulis) – Add interest to the border of your garden with this long bloomer. There will be daisy-shaped yellow flowers from spring through fall and in the winter months the blue-green foliage continues to add color.


DESERT SUNFLOWER (Geraea canescens) – Another resilient plant, the Desert Sunflower blossoms twice in the year, both spring and fall. It also adds brilliant texture to your garden with fuzzy gray foliage that resists wildlife.


INDIAN PAINTBRUSH (Castilleja integra) – Beautiful red flowers will last until the frost with this native plant. It will return to your garden every year and is drought-tolerant.


AUTUMN SAGE (Salvia greggii) – Beautiful shades of red, purple, pink, and violet will appear from late summer to fall and will attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden.


CALIFORNIA POPPY (Eschscholzia californica) – Delicate flowers will add beauty to your landscaping. In the summer, enjoy the variety of orange, yellow, cream, apricot, and pink shades of blossoms.


RED HYSSOP (Agastache rupestris) – An incredibly aromatic plant, add scent and color to your garden with the Red Hyssop. This perennial produces long-lasting orange, red, and apricot petals and thrives in dry areas.


If you're looking to put your Prescott, AZ area home up for sale, adding any of these beautiful plants, along with stones, trees, and other accents will drive up the value of your home! Not to mention add terrific curb appeal...and that's the first impression that a potential buyer has of your home!


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Resource: Better Homes & Garden July 2016

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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'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 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 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

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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4th of July Events in and Around Prescott, AZ!

by Joe Karcie

The Fourth of July is almost here! There are exciting family-friendly events going on this holiday throughout the PRESCOTT area that we wanted to share with you! Spend the holiday with live entertainment, kids activities, delicious food, and, of course, spectacular fireworks displays!


Prescott Downtown Fireworks

When: Monday, July 4th | 12:00 – 10:00 pm

Where: Mile High Middle School Football Field (100 Goodwin St.)

Cost: $5 general admission, $10 unlimited rides wristband

Bring the whole family down for this fun-filled event. Eat delicious treats from the food trucks and enjoy a beverage from the beer garden. The kids will love the inflatables and obstacle courses. Dance the evening away to the numerous bands performing and end the night with a spectacular fireworks show.



Freedom Festival

When: Saturday, July 2nd | 3:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: StoneRidge

Cost: Free admission for StoneRidge Residents, $10 general admission for non-residents, $25 VIP tickets

Start the holiday weekend off with a celebration at StoneRidge in Prescott Valley. Dine on some delicious barbecue, jam to Eagles tribute band One of these Nights, and have fun playing the carnival games.


20th Annual 4th of July Celebration

When: Monday, July 4th

Where: Mountain Valley Park (8600 E. Nace Ln.)

Cost: FREE event but $19.95 per person for the 4th Fun Zone

Enjoy food and music all day at Prescott Valley’s annual celebration. For more fun, buy a ticket to the 4th Fun Zone which will be filled with great activities for the kids, including games, crafts, a rock wall, inflatables, and much more. Take in one of the best fireworks shows northern Arizona has to offer at the end of the night.



July 4th Fireworks & Fun

When: Monday, July 4th | 2:00 pm

Where: Chino Valley Community Center Park (1615 N Road 1 East)

Cost: FREE!

Spend the day with family eating food, listening to music, playing games, and watching the fireworks.


Celebrate America’s 240th birthday at one of these amazing events in the Prescott area!

The Joe Karcie Team wishes you and your family a very Happy and Safe Independence Day!


Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Upcoming Community Events in the Prescott AZ Area!

by Joe Karcie

Looking for something fun to do in PRESCOTT? There are several fun events coming up throughout the rest of June for you and your family to enjoy! Whether its music, nature or the rodeo, these summertime events offer something for everyone!


June 17th

Moon Walk: 7:00 pm at Highlands Center for Natural History in Prescott. This free family event offers a nature walk at night to learn about the stars and the moon.


June 18th

Frontier Arizona Experience: Living History: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Fort Whipple Museum in Prescott. Step back into history and see the Arizona of the past through the eyes of an Old West foot soldier. Admission is free.


June 25th 

Shakespeare in the Pines: 6:00 pm at the Highlands Center for Natural History in Prescott. Enjoy an outdoor performance of William Shakespeare’s comedy “All’s Well that Ends Well”. Along with the performance, catered appetizers and beverages will be provided. This fun event raises funds for the center’s science-based youth and adult programming. Purchase Tickets Here ($60).


June 26th – June 27th

Prescott Blues Festival: Located in downtown Prescott. The 35th annual Prescott Blues Festival is a free music event that features traditional and contemporary artists from around the country. Enjoy food for purchase or bring your own picnic. 


June 28th – July 4th

123rd Annual World's Oldest Rodeo: Located at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds. Occurring since 1888, this event features eight performances and is the premier community event for the Prescott area! Enjoy several days of rodeos, parades, an arts & crafts show, dance, wild horse race and much more! Purchase Tickets Here. 


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