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5 Ways To Create A More Peaceful Home Inside and Out

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5 Ways To Create A More Peaceful Home Inside and Out

Your home and your yard should be a nice, relaxing place that you enjoy.  However, if your home does not fit that description here are 5 ways to create a more serene atmosphere.

Add a water feature

Water features come in all different sizes from affordable table top ones to custom built waterfalls in your backyard.  Either way stress levels are known to drop with the tranquil sounds of water.  Live in a home with traffic noise?  Water features will help mask the road noise and create a calming effect in your yard.  Be sure to create a sitting area around your water feature, you’ll find that the water feature is almost like a campfire - you can’t stop gazing at it.

Plant a garden

Having a garden is a great way to reduce stress, being outside and working in the garden is a stress reliver for many.  Plus, you can grow plants and herbs that will help reduce stress.

Bring plants indoors

No room for a garden, bring the outside in.  There are many “house plants” that will thrive inside with a little light and water.  Not only do indoor plants help with air quality they can also help improve your emotional state.  Also, many herbs you use in the kitchen can be grown inside as well.

Declutter

This is a big one that many people struggle with.  A cluttered home can you make you less productive and more stressed.  Try the five-minute rule if you come across something in your home that will take 5 minutes or less – do it!  Dishes pilling up in the sink, you can knock those out in 5 minutes.  Got a stack of bills to pay, you can go online and pay those in 5 minutes.  Coffee table getting a bit cluttered take 5 and put everything away.  Of course, there are things to be done that take longer than 5 minutes, but it’s a good rule of thumb.

Let in the Light

Open your shades, let the natural light come in!  When you open the blinds, it can make all the difference even making the room feel larger.  For many home buyers having “natural light” is on their list of must haves when purchasing a home.

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

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Prescott, AZ 86305

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Selling Your Home Can be Emotional and That's Okay

Selling Your Home can be Emotional And That's Okay

by Joe Karcie


It can be hard to take away the emotional attachment you have with your home.  You may have watched children grow up, celebrated birthdays, and had cocktail hours with neighbors on the back patio, but now it’s time to move on.  You’ve experienced a lot in your home, you’ve lived there, cared for it, maintained it and now it’s time to sell. 

One of the first things your emotional attachment may affect is how you price your home.  Make sure your home is priced on the sale of other homes sold in your neighborhood.  Check out recent sales and current properties on the market.  Your real estate agent will be able to show you all the comparables in your neighborhood, and help you understand what a realistic asking price will be.

Keep in mind selling your home is a business transaction, there will be contracts to review, and papers to sign.  Your home is now a product you hope the consumer will love as much as you do!  Remember though there will be buyers who view your home and find things they don’t love about it.  Be sure to take the criticism in a constructive way.  Don’t let it get you down, it isn’t personal.

Having wide-ranging feelings about selling the home you’ve lived for decades, or even a short time, is perfectly normal.  Try your best to prepare yourself for what’s ahead.  Taking the time to mentally prepare yourself will very much help you during the marketing and sale of your home.

If you’re having a tough time grasping all these emotions be sure to communicate with your real estate agent how hard this process may be for you.  It’s okay to be emotional - selling your home is a big deal, just don’t let the emotions take over.

I’d be happy to help you with the sale of your home.  I have over 15 years real estate experience.  I have the knowledge and expertise to guide you through the process.  If you’re interested in finding out more about the current market, please reach out to me anytime.

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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4 Plants to Brighten Your Landscape

4 Plants to Brighten Your Landscape

by Joe Karcie

4 Plants to Brighten Your Landscape

We all love driving by homes with a lush landscape.  There are many plants that thrive in our area and can add color and appeal to your yard.

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Butteryfly Bush - Courtsey of Pixabay.com

Butterfly Bush -  A butterfly bush adds color all summer long and into the fall.  The large blooms will attract butterflies to your yard.  Butterfly bushes can become large over 5 feet if you let it go.  Sometimes you can find miniature and dwarf versions these work well when you don’t have as much space.

Autumn Sage – Autumn sage really give you a lot of bang for your buck!  Autumn sage will start blooming in the Spring and last into the Fall.  They will attract hummingbirds and come in a variety of colors, plus the smell of sage is delightful.

Autumn Sage

Autumn Sage - Courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Abelia -  We’ve got a lot of sun here in Arizona, however if you need a flowering plant for a shaded to partially shaded area in your yard Abelia might be the way to go.  They have white and pink flowers and require minimal maintenance.

Abelia - Courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Red Tip Photinia – A versatile evergreen shrub that can be used to make a hedge.  They provide year-round color to your yard.  New growth on this plant is red as the name suggests.  And they can grow to be pretty much as big as you let them, but they handle pruning well if you need to size them down.  In the spring time they produce a white flower.

Red Tip Photinia - Courtesy of Pixabay.com

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

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Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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What to Find Out Before Buying a Home

What to Find Out Before Buying a Home

by Joe Karcie

It’s finally happening, you are ready to buy a home.  One of the most important aspects of any home you are considering, without a doubt is the area. Homes may look amazing online, but there is always the possibility that the area is less than desirable.

Before you move to any new town, subdivision, or city, it’s always a good idea to do research.  Find out as much as possible about the area that you are considering calling home. Yes, researching online is a good start, but another great place to start is with a Real Estate Agent.  Look for an agent that has been established in the community for several years.   Real estate agents can give you insight about everything from the local weather, to the HOA guidelines for that fancy subdivision you’re eyeing.   Think about all the questions you have, jot them down and speak to an agent.  Even a great agent may not know every answer, but they’ll know where to find the information you’re looking for and get back to you.

In researching a new area there are certain things that you’ll want to find out about. Start by finding out about the area itself.  Ask about demographics and the kind of atmosphere can you expect? Ask about city amenities, rec centers, libraries, community colleges, dog parks, all the smaller things that may be important to you.  Look into the employment market and the education system.   Even if you do not have children, knowing about the education system is good idea.  It’s one of the things people usually consider, and if you must move again a home in a good school district will typically demand a higher price.  Also, check the employment opportunities, who are the largest employers in the area, and what do salaries look like in your field.

Try to find out what the future holds as well. Look into if there are any development or expansion plans for the area. Things like proposed developments, both residential and commercial can affect your property values.  Contact the city or ask your Realtor about that large vacant lot and any future plans for development.  You will always be well served to stay on top of the future plans of any area that you move to.


Buyers should always investigate & explore the areas you are considering moving to.  Ask around, consult a real estate agent, talk to people in the community and find out as much as you can.  The more you can learn about the community the better, and more at ease you’ll be as you make one of the biggest investments in your life, buying a home!

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Exploring Prescott's Great Outdoors

Exploring Prescott's Great Outdoors

by Joe Karcie

A great advantage to living in Prescott Arizona is the proximity to all of Arizona’s scenic wonders, like the Grand Canyon.  However, there are numerous outdoor activities right here in the Prescott area.  Take rock climbing in the Granite Dells or bouldering out in Groom Creek, maybe a day in the kayak at Watson Lake, there is always plenty to do.  Grab a picnic and head over to Goldwater Lake, then throw a few lines in the water as well.

Hiking usually comes to mind first when talking about Prescott’s outdoor activities.  Some of the classic Prescott hiking trails are Thumb Butte Trail #33, the views go on forever at the top of Spruce Mountain Trail #307, or hike to the top of Granite Mountain via trail #261.  There are also numerous trails in the picturesque Granite Dells near Watson & Willow Lakes, a favorite being the Constellation Trails.


View of Willow Lake with the Granite Dells in Background

Up for an off-road adventure drive to the top of Spruce Mountain in Groom Creek via Spruce Mountain Road.  The Bradshaw Mountains offer many forest roads for hours of exploring.  Spend a fun Saturday driving (with a high clearance 4x4 vehicle) to the old mining town of Crown King.

The Peavine Trail and Iron King Trail are excellent for walking and biking.   The trails are wide and are from an old railroad bed, so the grade is minimal, great for a nice flat ride through the scenic Granite Dells and Watson Lake.

Bike Riders Enjoy the Peavine Trail

If you’re looking for a more adventurous bike trail, try the Homestead Trail near Lynx Lake.  There is also a very nice campground at Lynx Lake.  There are numerous other bike friendly trails all throughout the Prescott National Forest.  Prescott is even home to an annual mountain bike race called the Whiskey Off Road.

The Prescott area also offers several good areas for birdwatching.  One of these is the Watson Woods, which you can access from the same parking lot as the Peavine Trail.  An ideal place for birds with large cottonwood trees, a wildlife pond and the seasonal Granite Creek which flows into nearby Watson Lake.

If you’re up for camping with a view, drive up the top of Mingus Mountain, there are campsites on the edge the mountain that overlook the Verde Valley, very spectacular views!   While you are there check out Mingus Lake for some fishing and the Woodchute Wilderness for hiking or horseback riding.

Hiking in the Prescott National Forest

This really is just scratching the surface of all the outdoor adventures that await you here in the Prescott area.  There always seems to be a new trail to explore, a forest road not yet travelled, or family and friends to show your favorite places.

There are a wide variety of outdoor adventures that await you, right here in Prescott.  Those of us who call Prescott home are pretty spoiled to have all this right at our doorstep.  Prescott truly is an amazing place to live!

What did we miss?  Where are your favorite places to explore in the Prescott area?

View from the top of Spruce Mountain

 

 

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Tired of Renting, Think About Buying

Tired of Renting, Think About Buying

by Joe Karcie

Tired of renting . . . consider buying.  Have you spent years renting homes or apartments and have you grown tired of paying all that rent money to someone else!? If so, then it might be your time to consider purchasing a home in the Prescott area. However, you do need to ensure that you are prepared and ready on more than one level before jumping into the home owner role.

Get your financials in order.  The process of home buying can be a little overwhelming for a first time buyer. So, what to do?  Speaking to a lender is typically the first step to help determine if the time is right.  There are many financial considerations to make note of before you start looking for a home. But, if you can arrange your finances into a sensible plan and secure a mortgage then this can ultimately be the most rewarding purchase you have ever made.

Finance plays a huge role in the decision to purchase your first home. If you are purchasing your first home you will not likely have a few hundred thousand dollars cash just sitting around.  You will have to find a mortgage of some sort.

You should really make sure that you are prepared for the application for a mortgage as it will involve a thorough investigation of your past credit history.  If there are no issues with your credit then that will only make the process easier.  If there are any issues that you know of with your credit then you should take care of them before you apply for the mortgage.  Feel free to consult with a lender they can help you get going in the right direction.  Sometimes this is a simple case of oversight, some things have been taken care of and not recorded as such, and sometimes there can be some debts that you will need to address. Once any credit issues are taken care of, be sure to get a letter of release that you can show to the mortgage broker or company if necessary.

There is no stronger device in the home buying process than having all your financing in line before you start shopping for a new home. This is a great attraction for sellers, as they want their homes to sell quickly and without incident or trouble in the money phase.  A buyer with ready-to-go financing's offers will hold greater favor with almost any seller. If you are mindful of these things then when the time comes to make your offer, the whole process of buying a home in the Prescott area will go much more smoothly.  Then you’ll be able to dedicate your time to what is important, how to decorate your new home!

Here's a link to my Home Buyers Guide for even more information.

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street / Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Curb Appeal is a Big Deal

Curb Appeal is a Big Deal

by Joe Karcie


The Importance of Curb Appeal in Today's Market

To sell a property in today's real estate market, you should make the home as attractive as possible, and a large part of that is making a first great impression. Make sure that your property makes a great impression from the curb by cleaning, repairing, and using good color contrast. 

If you are interested in real estate investing for handsome profits, you need to consider the curb appeal of any property you wish to rent or sell. A big part of the real estate game is buyer and tenant psychology. One thing that researchers have found about tenants and home buyers alike is that emotional response accounts for a great deal of investor success. In other words, the investors who can appeal to a tenant or buyer’s emotions -- and make the tenant or buyer imagine themselves in the property -- has the greatest chances of success. Curb appeal means improving the first impression that your property makes. Studies have shown that when the first impression of a property is positive, it is easier to convince a tenant or buyer to invest.

There are many ways that you can increase the curb appeal of your properties without a great deal of time and money:

1) Clean. A very tidy appearance is paramount to good curb appeal. Therefore, be sure to scrub the sidewalk, flagstones, walkway, windows, and siding. Mow the lawn, rake the leaves, clear the snow, and do everything you can to create the neatest possible appearance. You can do much of this yourself, although you may want to hire professionals or at least rent a high-pressure cleaning system for taking care of the exterior tiles or brickwork of a home. If the sidewalk outside your rental property or home is crumbled and in poor shape, you can generally contact the municipality to fix the problem.

2) Choose great colors. The color of your property goes a long way towards asserting good appeal. In general, you want to consider the colors of the properties around your property. If you are selling a suburban home, for example, located in a lot surrounded by pastel-colored homes, you do not want to paint your property a right color. It would stand out too much. The right color blends well with the properties on either side of it. Make sure that the colors are fresh by applying a new coat of paint. Don't forget the colors around the property, either. A bright green lawn or even crisp white snow contrasted with the few pine trees create visual appeal as well. If you're interested in real estate investing, learn which colors to select, or hire a professional to select the right colors for you.

3) Repair. It should go without saying that you should help ensure that everything outside is in good working order and looks attractive. This means that any broken walkways, bare patches on the lawn, and rickety shutters should be fixed up at once. You'll find more success in real estate investing if you are selling a property that people want to buy.

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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street / Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

Flipping Homes in Prescott AZ

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Flipping Homes in Prescott AZ

by Joe Karcie

Prescott, AZ investment properties & and flipping homes. 

If you want to maximize your profits off of a property, then the way to do it is to flip properties.  Flipping properties is a term that is commonly used in real estate.  It is where someone will walk into a property, put in some small changes, and resell the property for more profit.  If you want to invest little and make more, then this is a great way to get into the real estate business.  

Finding the Perfect Home to Flip in Prescott & Prescott Valley

Usually, you will begin flipping a property by finding a home that is under-priced for the current real estate market.  These are usually called 'fixer-upper' homes and are available all the time on the market.  Any type of foreclosure, home at an auction, or home that has been neglected can be bought at a lower price.  Flipping properties will most likely be done by dealers or retailers, but it is possible for anyone to take part in the art of flipping properties.  

After you have found a home that needs some fixing, you will buy it like you would any other home.  Usually, you will be liable for going through the mortgage process and will sign a deed of trust for the property.  When you do this, you will want to make sure that you do it as a business instead of an individual.  As soon as the paperwork is done, you can move into the home, make some changes, and put it back on the market for a higher price.  

Renovating and reselling is the major art behind flipping Prescott and Prescott Valley properties.  If you want to stay ahead in the market and begin to profit, then understanding the basics of this and how to work as a business with real estate is one of the potential ways to make a living.  There are several who have worked with real estate and flipping properties that have had the ability to make a large amount of money off of the investments.  


Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W. Gurley Street / Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

Get Your Home Selling Checklist Here

Home Selling Checklist

by Joe Karcie

Prescott Home Selling Checklist

It’s not an easy job of selling a house. It’s a process. You just don’t publish your house, meet a buyer, negotiate and sell it, but there is a checklist to sell your house. The home selling checklists include some procedures you must do in the correlation of home selling.

This is the checklist you must pay more attention to sell your house:

- Decide whether you pay an agent to sell your house or you just do it by yourself. Pay a realty agent gives you a little effort for you to sell your house. An agent will carry out all of the business in a correlation of your home selling checklist. You just hire an agent and pay him. But it will spend costs of course. So, it’s up to you to pay a little effort or bigger one.
- Be a communicative and informed seller. It is correlated with your promotion strategy. You can use media to promote your homes, such as newspaper, pamphlet, DVD, or websites. Don’t forget to put the reasonable and proper price for your house.
- Get your house ready to sell by doing some preparations for your house exterior, interior, and appliances.
- Decide whether you pay a professional to do pre-listing house inspection or not.
- Doing some sales of your unnecessary furniture and appliances.
- Get familiar with financing terms, such as mortgage financing (fixed, adjustable, seller financing, assumable loans), pre-qualified, pre-approved, commitment
- Get familiar with negotiation and it stuffs, such as contract, offer, deal, etc. You should learn to do some offer approaching and all correlated with a legal transaction process.
- Know what you can improve or not in your house, what you can improve such as interior, exterior and what you can not improve such as location, style, etc.
- Decide whether you will put a home warranty on your house or not.
- Find some tips to buy a new house while you have sold your old one.
- Decide for closing and settlement to a buyer.
- Making moving plans.
 
The home selling checklist above shows us that there are some involvements to sell a house. You should pay attention to home selling checklist and do the steps rightly. But if you decide to pay a realty agent to organize your home selling business, just let them carry out the points above. And your involvements in-home selling will be decreased.
 
 

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Heating Hacks to Warm Your House

by Joe Karcie

Simple Hacks for Keeping Your Home Warm During Fall

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If you want to keep your home warm during fall, there are some simple hacks you can do without the need for you to spend a huge amount of money and these include the following:

  • Use Curtains

Sun’s heat is free to make most of this. Consider opening your curtains and let sunlight in during the day to make use of the free heat. If it gets dark, shut the curtains in your home. These could serve as another insulation layer and will keep warmth in each of your rooms. You must also ensure that you do not have any gaps or leaks so that warm air could stay in and cold air stays out. It also helps reduce condensation.

  • Don’t Worry about Your House, Worry about People

At the end of the day, turtleneck sweaters, cozy socks, and hats can be good friends for this season. Who does not love enjoying a hot cocoa by the fire? Once done properly, focusing on heating your own self will give you the warm feeling that you have been missing while helping slash your expensive heating bills.

  • Re-arrange Furniture

Sitting by your window could cause radiant heat loss from the body to the glass, making you feel cold. To get rid of this, see to it that your furniture isn’t in front of a big window or pushed up against outside the walls. In addition to that, avoid placing big furniture pieces in front of the radiators, as they say, sofa or couch, would absorb the heat you like.

  • Use Timers on Central Heating

Experts recommend all homeowners that programming boiler to turn the heating on earlier like thirty minutes before getting up in the morning, yet at a lower temperature than turning this on just as you need this at a higher temperature. However, never make a mistake of leaving the heating on low the entire day as you do are just paying for the heat when you do not need this.

  • Tin Foil Away

You have to take note that wasted heat also means wasted money, yet a bit DIY can save the day. Putting the tin foil behind radiators in your home will reflect heat back into the room instead of enabling it to escape through the walls. Even if they make foil specially designed for this kind of purpose, the stuff in your kitchen would do the trick.

  • Upgrade Your Heating Unit or Furnace

If you have a heating unit that has been serving you for a decade, it might be time to get a new and much efficient model. Depending on your house and type of old heating unit, you can enjoy savings with a new heat source that uses less energy to provide the same heat amount. 

Prescott Real Estate Heating Your House Hacks

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
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