Listing Feature – 6235 Almosta Ranch

You have to see this amazing new listing in The Reserve At The Ranch in Prescott!

This is an amazingly luxurious contemporary, single level home.

With jaw dropping, sweeping long distance views of the surrounding mountain ranges, this home gives the feel of being surrounded by nature, but still sits in the town of Prescott.

Located in the gated upscale community of the Preserve at The Ranch, this property boasts over four private acres and sits on a knoll with beautiful serene views from its many walls of windows.

With 4445 square feet and having been extensively remodeled to create a more open and livable space, you will have plenty of room to make this home your own and entertain guests.

The renovations include a temperature controlled wine cellar, an inviting wet bar with gorgeous three dimensional bluestone tiles, and an all new dream kitchen with four ovens, an 8-burner Viking gas range, and a 48” Subzero. A portion of the home that was once a portion of screened in porch is now the new family room, inviting and spacious for all to enjoy the amazing views.

This home also has a lot of outdoor living space that truly puts the icing on top of the cake of this immaculate house, allowing you to enjoy the remarkable views from both the outdoors and from the comfort within your own home.

The outdoor living includes a lower flagstone patio with a fireplace surrounded by a seating area, an outdoor BBQ kitchen area, and an inviting sunken spa surrounded by decking and that rests on a peninsula jutting from the patio to allow you to take in all your incredible views.

Whether you are looking for some peace and quiet or a beautiful home to bring your friends and family for get-togethers, or maybe both, this home has it all!

Call for you showing appointment today at 928-771-1111.

Agent Feature – Chris Wilson!

Buyer and Seller representative, Chris is one amazing agent!

Chris was born and raised in Prescott, Arizona – a true native of our amazing town! Her and her husband Gary have been married for over twenty years, and are still going strong. They have two children, Carl and Carlie, the former a student at NAU studying Engineering and the later a high school student at Prescott High School.

For the last many years, Chris has been the force behind the success of her husband’s business, a local painting company called Advanced Coatings Incorporated. Advanced Coatings services the Prescott area in both interior and exterior painting.

Chris is truly someone who does it all. She helps her husband run their painting business, has raised and continues to raise their two wonderful children, she volunteers weekly with their Church Prescott Christian Church and with the youth program called Young Life, and on top of all that, is an incredible and beloved real estate agent.

To our team here at the Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate, Chris brings her organizational skills and her passion for helping people, making her a strong and irreplaceable addition to our team. An exuberant personality, Chris brings joy and fun into every transaction she handles, making the process less stressful and more enjoyable for her clients. She also has a knowledge of Prescott unlike any other – along with almost ten years of real estate experience – and will help make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible in your next real estate venture.

Here are some things Chris’ clients have had to say about her:

“My husband and I have both owned previous homes and this was by far the best experience we have had purchasing a home. We felt Chris genuinely had our best interest in mind the entire time. I would highly recommend Chris and this agency!” – Ashley R.

“Chris Wilson excelled in every way!” – Ron and Marilyn B.

“We enjoyed working with Chris – Great Realtor!” – Steve and Clair G.

“Great real estate agency. Chris was honest, hardworking, and professional. She is outstanding!” – Andy and Robin A.

And the praise could go on and on! We love Chris Wilson and are blessed to call her one of our own here at KYG.

A Letter From Our Broker Molly Hohrein

Below is a letter from our broker Molly Hohrein to all our past, present, and future clients. And also to all the Mortgage, Escrow, and the various other types of companies we have the honor of working with every single day.

Looking back and moving forward…

As we begin this New Year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support and the relationships we have built with you over the years. We really wouldn’t be where we are today without you. We are always grateful for the opportunity to work with you and for you, and to help any loved ones you can refer who may be needing to sell or buy a home. Our passion is to help all our clients as we have hopefully helped you and help them have the best real estate experience possible!

This past year has been filled with a multitude of both challenges and victories. Every year is different, but this one has been filled with more change than normal. The passing of Kathleen in March 2018 was a huge hit to all of us. We still miss her and remember her daily, but we have persevered, and we owe it all to our clients and those who came along side us in our time of mourning. As we move forward, our desire is to continue to do business as Kathleen would – with quality, class and style.

Kathleen would often remind us of what we have printed on our business cards, “It has never been our intention to be the biggest… only the best!” This is a motto we have lived by as her team and a motto we still live by today.

We know there will be many challenges ahead, but we are excited to see what 2019 has in store for us. We go into the New Year with enthusiasm and anticipation, seeking to build new opportunities and even more relationships, and persistently strive to be better every day. We can’t thank you enough for continuing to believe in us and spreading the word that we are still here living in the legacy of Kathleen. We look forward to working with you again soon! Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Molly Hohrein

Designated Broker Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate

Moving Into A New Home Checklist

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in 2019, then you’ve got some moving to do in your near future. With moving can come a lot of unwanted stress and anxiety as all the things in your home seem to expand and multiply. However, this process doesn’t need to be a dreaded one. With the proper preparation and help, packing and moving will become far easier than you ever thought it could be. To help you out, here is a checklist from our friends over at A&C Brothers Moving and Storage by Amanda Schultz. Hopefully their knowledge and experience on the subject will allow you to breathe a little easier as you apply their tips in your next home move.

Moving Into A New Home Checklist:

Mentally keeping track of all the things you have to do when relocating can be tough. When transferring to a new place, forgetting anything can spell the difference between a smooth move and a stressful one. That’s why drawing up a checklist is one of the smartest things you can do when you’re about to move to a new home.

A good moving into a new home checklist should contain the following:

A list of moving companies

Write down the names of at least three moving companies, because it’s not wise to hire one on the spot, without any research or comparison with other movers.

A detailed budget

It’s easy to go overboard on packing materials, various fees, and other expenses when you have no budget to follow. So always have a budget prepared so you won’t spend more than is appropriate.

Your new home’s measurements

If you’ve already been to the house you’re moving into, make sure you take measurements of its interior. That way, you’d know which things of yours would fit right in, and which ones won’t.

A list of moving supplies to buy

The moving supplies you need may vary, so it’s best to take stock of your things and list down the moving supplies that you have to buy. Bubble wrap, for example, is a must if you have lots of fragile stuff. And while it’s alright to recycle old boxes, newer boxes are typically sturdier and therefore will protect your things better while in transit.

A list of essentials

You need toothbrushes, a clean change of clothes, things for a baby if you have one, and medications for your bag of essentials, which you must prepare if you don’t want to end up digging into various packed boxes once you need any of them.

These are just some of the various things that your checklist must contain before getting the services of a moving company. While moving can be stressful, having a checklist to follow should at least reduce the stress that comes with it.

Using a Real Estate Agent VS. For Sale By Owner

When looking to sell real estate, one of the first questions one asks is, “Should I use a real estate agent?”

While it might be tempting to forgo an agent in order to save money, and people often think “How much do they really do anyway?”- using a real estate agent could be one of the best choices you make in your future home sales, and we aren’t just being biased.

Statistics show that selling your home with the help of a real estate professional will get you a higher profit in the end – enough to cover the commission as well as put more money in your pocket. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), in 2017, “for sale by owner” (also known as FSBO) homes accounted for only 7% of home sales. On top of that, the average FSBO home sold for $200,000, compared to $265,500 for agent assisted home sales (www.nar.realtor). That’s a $65,500 difference!

Though marketing and selling your home may seem like a breeze, there is actually a lot of work and thought that go into what real estate professionals do. Here are three main points to consider when debating on whether you should sell your home FSBO or use a real estate agent:

  • First off there is setting a price for your home. When you do this yourself, you run the danger of either 1) setting the price to low, therefore cutting the earnings you could have potentially made, or 2) setting the price too high and having your home sit on the market for FAR too long, which makes the home look bad and will make buyers hesitant about it when you drop the price later on.

These two things often happen because those who put their homes on the market as FSBO try to use an online assessment tool to gage their home price, which are not reliable, or go off what neighbors claim they were offered. The real estate market varies and changes constantly, and when you use an agent to sell your home, you are getting someone who works in the fluctuating market on a daily basis. They will have the best knowledge and experience to price your home at just the right spot to ensure you get the most for your home.

  • Another issue with doing a FSBO is that marketing your home is not as easy as it looks. You may have it on a few social media sites and listing websites, however, your home is unlikely to get the amount of exposure it needs – the amount it gets with a real estate agency – without using an agent.

For example, as opposed to a few websites when listing a home FSBO, when a seller lists their home with the Kathleen Yamauchi Group, we market their home in all of the following ways: professional photography, distinctive signage, short message service (SMS) sign riders, our website kathleeny.com, matterport 3D video tours, print in Homes and Land Magazine, print in Prescott Woman Magazine, realtor.com, zillow.com, trulia.com, tourfactory.com, homesandland.com, listhub.com, point2.com, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and the multiple listing services (MLS) in both Prescott and Phoenix.

When it comes to people marketing their home on their own, or with us, there is no comparison. We want your home to be exposed and viewable in as many places as possible to ensure we find a buyer, and we do everything we can to do that because we want to help you!

  • Lastly, one of the main reasons to use a real estate agent over listing your home as FSBO is the paperwork. Unless you have a background in contracts or law, this part of the transaction tends to get tricky. While every transaction has a contract, there can also be counter offers, the HOA Addendum, Lead Based Paint Disclosure, Seller Disclosures, any Addendums to change contract terms, Solar Lease Addendum, Buyer Contingency Addendum, Additional Clause Addendum, and more. Every transaction is different and you never know what you might need, but you will want to make sure that you are covered legally on every aspect of selling your home. If you use an agent, they will take care of everything for you, explain everything to you, and all you have to do is sign when you’re ready. This will help you avoid any liability and makes sure you will not open yourself up to any future lawsuits.

At the Kathleen Yamauchi Group, we seek to do all of the above for you and more! We want to make your real estate transaction as easy, stress-free, and painless as possible. We put your needs first, seek your best interest, and strive to remain a level of professionalism above reproach. With over fifty years of collective real estate experience, hearts that seek to help our client’s dreams come true and to continually improve ourselves, and a kindness and character that far outweigh the rest, you will not be disappointed with us.

If you’re interested in selling your home or looking to buy, check out our website at kathleeny.com, or give us a call at 928-771-1111. You could even stop by our office at 600 E. Gurley St, Suite A. We are open Mon-Sat from 9AM-5PM and Sunday from 11AM-3PM. We would love to talk to you, get to know you, and see how we can help you with your next real estate adventure!

 

 

 

January Events 2019

Here are all of the events going on in the Prescott and Tri-City area for our very first month of 2019! Brought to you by our friends over at Lawyer’s Title. Come to Prescott and enjoy one of the many festivities to partake in during the month of January!

New Year’s Eve Boot Drop

Tonight we say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019! The year has flown by in a blurr and now on our last day of 2018 we get our first snow that’s sticking!

Finally!

If you’re looking for something fun to do tonight to ring in the new year, check out downtown Prescott’s traditional Boot Drop. It’s the last event of the year for our beloved small town and the entire downtown area becomes a giant street party. The Boot sits atop whiskey row and is lit up in neon fluorescent lights. People from all over come to watch as the boot drops, once at 10PM for those of us looking to go to bed a little earlier, and one more at the traditional time of 12PM.

This year you’ll want to bundle up with the temperature dropping below twenty degrees after 10PM, though thankfully, the snow is SUPPOSED to stop.

As always, be careful driving around tonight with all the people out and about to celebrate their new year, and also with the roads which are sure to be icy.

We hope you have fun, have safe travels, and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

For more information on the Boot Drop downtown, click here!

Tips to Winterize Your Home in Prescott

As the temperatures drop and we patiently await our first snow – not just the flurries, but the kind that sticks – now is a good time to look at precautions to take in order to winterize your home in Prescott.

While don’t get as much snow as other places such as Flagstaff just north of us, or Colorado’s white winters, we still get some chilling temperatures and blizzards that can wreak havoc on unprepared homes. Burst pipes, inadequate insulation to keep in heat and save energy, a furnace that cannot keep up with the freeze, and many other things.

Below is a blog from Talking Rock Ranch Realty featuring our agencies very own Sheila Mengarelli on how to winterize your home this season. Take a look at her tips and tricks, and make sure your home is properly equipped for the cold months – and hopefully snows – still to come!

 

Realtor Series: Winterize your Home

December 13, 2018

Tips to Winterize your Prescott Home

By Sheila Mengarelli, realtor at Kathleen Yamauchi group

As part of our ongoing Realtor Tips series, we asked one of our expert realtors, Sheila Mengarelli, to share some tips about living in Prescott. She lives right around the corner from Talking Rock.

Keep your family snug and warm while saving on energy bills during the winter months by following the winterizing tips below. Prescott experiences freezing temperatures from November through March, so be prepared. With a forecast of a wetter-than-normal winter predicted, these tips will help protect your home from damage that can lead to costly repairs.

  • Service your Furnace– Have your furnace serviced fall and spring by a local HVAC company to keep you high and dry.

 

  • Change the filters— Don’t forget to change the filter in your furnace. When you put the first furnace filter of the season in, don’t forget to set your digital calendar to remind you to replace it at monthly intervals throughout the cold season.

 

  • Inspect your Gutters– Clogged gutters can cause water that is blocked to freeze and seep into your home. Take the time to clean them out and make sure that your downspouts are carrying the water away and not toward your house.

 

  • Repair drafts– Electrical outlets, door frames, windows, and recessed lighting areas typically tend to be drafty. Sealing up these areas can save on your energy bill. Simply use a wet hand, or incense, to move over the areas to spot potential leaks.

 

  • Check your insulation– Attics require 12 inches of insulation. Moisture problems can occur if your insulation has backing paper, so take the time to do an inspection.

 

  • Check for any exposed pipes outside– Pipes must be insulated from the cold too. Not only does it keep the pipes from freezing, it will prevent condensation from freezing on them, helping to save on energy bills. Make sure any drip systems are drained and water spickets are off.

 

  • Vacation — Will you be away for an extended period of time? Never turn your furnace off. Set it at 50 degrees. This will keep your home at a steady temperature no matter what the weather brings. It’s also a good idea to set your water heater to vacation or away mode

 

  • Check your smokealarm – While you are inspecting so many other aspects of your home, don’t forget to make sure that your smoke alarms are all functioning, and replace the batteries as needed. Also, make sure that you have a functioning fire extinguisher as well.

 

To view the full article, you can visit Talking Rock Ranch’s blog by clicking here.

 

 

Final events for Prescott in 2018

Now that Christmas is over with all of its celebrations here in Arizona’s Christmas city, life will slowly go back to normal. However, in Prescott, we love our events, and there are still a few more things to enjoy before we ring in the New Year. Below is a list of festivities on the City of Prescott’s website that are still to happen in 2018 for you to partake in before we hit 2019:

Tis Art Gallery (105 S. Cortez St):

December 27th – Winter Fine Art Photography Exhibit, 5pm-7pm.

“Prescott’s 4th Friday Art Walk at ‘Tis! Reception for Joan Knight and Barb Wills of “Adorn Yourself 2018” and the photographers of the “Winter Fine Art Photography” exhibits Appetizers, Libations and All Around Fun 5:00 – 7:00 PM.”

December 28th – Prescott’s 4th Friday Art Walk 5pm – 7pm

“Join us for our 4th Friday Art Walk reception for Barb Wills and Friends of “Adorn Yourself 2018” wearable art and the photographers from our “1st 2019 Photography” exhibit that runs through January 22, 2019.”

New Year’s Eve Jackpot Arizona Premier at Buckey’s and Yavapai Casino:

1505 HWY 69, Prescott, AZ 86301

December 31st from 2pm to 1am

Fireworks show at 9pm, live music until 1am, free appetizers between 10:30pm and 11:30pm, and a champagne toast and cash prize drawing all night long.

New Year’s Eve Boot Drop:

December 31st from 8pm to 12:30am in downtown Prescott

We’ve all heard of the ball drop in New York City. Well, here in Prescott we do the boot drop!

“Historic Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott, Arizona will ring in the New Year with its 8th Annual Whiskey Row Boot Drop. A 6-foot illuminated boot will be lowered from the Palace building’s flagpole at 10PM and midnight. Fireworks will also occur 10PM and midnight! There will be live music, giveaways and food.”

Prescott Woman Magazine Kathleen Yamauchi Group Article

If you didn’t get a chance to pick up a copy of this month’s issue of Prescott Woman Magazine, or visit their website at prescottwomanmagazine.com to see it, here is the article we published titled, “The Kathleen Yamauchi Group: Rising Up to Carry on a Business Legacy Built on Family, Faith, and Fortitude,” written by Prescott Woman Magazine’s Tara Fort:

The Kathleen Yamauchi Group has been a pillar in the Prescott community for over 25 years. From the start, natural leader Kathleen Yamauchi excelled in management, marketing and creative vision. She started her agency with a team of highly-skilled professionals and over the years her efforts paid off. In 2016, she made Real Estate Executive Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential Real Estate Agents. Kathleen’s passion for people allowed her to focus on being the very best at developing relationships. In Spring 2018 with retirement on the horizon, Kathleen and her husband, Shoyei, began grooming their son Dan to take over the family business. But, life takes some strange and unexpected turns, leaving those who remain tasked with sifting through the foundation of what was built, and ultimately carrying on discovering what lies ahead.

Sadly, Kathleen passed away in March after a nine-year battle with cancer. Those who knew her continue to feel her spirit of dedication and uncompromising excellence. Dan Yamauchi says, “My mom earnestly loved those around her and made every effort to serve their needs above her own. We hear stories of how her kindness and joy touched this community and the ways her life positively impacted others. We’re learning to deal with the pain and sadness of her absence, but there’s comfort in knowing she’s remembered for demonstrating the values she cherished.”

Moving forward will be both exciting and bittersweet. While some companies fold or experience massive reorganization after the loss of a founder, the Kathleen Yamauchi Group is just the opposite. Designated Broker Molly Hohrein who has been with the agency since 2002 says, “As far as what is next for us, the answer is simple. We’re here to continue Kathleen’s legacy. As a team, we are driven to maintain what she started, and to continue to grow. Kathleen used to say, ‘It has never been our intention to be the biggest—only the best.’ We will continue to serve the business community and support the volunteer organizations that she selflessly represented.” The team knows there will be challenges along the way and finds inspiration in serving organizations Kathleen supported such as foster care and adoption, the community pregnancy center, youth and military families, and most recently Global Fingerprints—an organization Kathleen chose while in the hospital earlier this year.

As impactful as Kathleen was in the community, it’s not difficult to witness the inspiration she gained from those around her. The broad and diverse group will continue to move forward. Dan states, “Our doors are still open at and we’re keeping her name on the sign. She built a solid team of professionals who will continue offering the best real estate services in town. She was irreplaceable, but we’re very excited to follow her vision and grow this business.”