Prescott Pronghorn Relocation

This week on Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Facebook page, they posted a video about the capturing and relocating of some of the Pronghorn that roam the grasslands around the Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Chino Valley areas.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department partnered with the Arizona Antelope Foundation and local private landowners,  creating a structure in which to heard and trap the Pronghorn in, using the help from a helicopter in order to do this.

They reduced the size of a herd of Pronghorn by about forty-five, relocating them to a habitat in Southern Arizona near Wilcox, where they’ve built corridors and water areas for the Pronghorn to thrive. If they did not do this, the Pronghorn would be in danger of becoming non-existent in our area due to their habitat growing smaller.

The main reason these groups partnered together in order to do this was the ever growing development of homes, which have been encroaching onto the Pronghorn’s habitat for many years, and is only getting worse. Their hopes in relocating some of the Pronghorn is that it “will increase their long-term chances of survival while boosting and adding genetic diversity to existing populations in the southeast portion of the state.”

This will be a controversial issue in the Prescott area considering the Pronghorn have been around here for a very long time. Many people do not like the growing suburban areas, while others welcome the growth of the town.  It is issues like these – building on the habitat of beloved animals in the area and then having to relocate those animals – that were bound to come up with SO MUCH growth in our town.

For Prescottonians who have been here for a very long time, this may be a sad sight to see, the Pronghorns feeling like a little piece of our town. Others will be happy they have come up with a solution to help preserve the Pronghorns and give them a better place to live where their home isn’t being slowly eaten away by encroaching development.

To see the full video, you can visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Facebook page here, or visit their website at www.azgfd.com.

What are your thoughts on the topic?

Today’s Smart Home

In conjunction with the blog we posted earlier this week titled “Senior Smart Homes,” we wanted to take a look at smart homes in general and what that means for homeowners today.

In years passed, technology in our homes has advanced far more than we think to give it credit for. Garage doors used to have to be opened manually, now we press a button and it opens electronically for us. Homes went from using open windows and fireplaces for heating and cooling, to having central systems that do that for you. Even windows advanced from single pane to dual panes that help keep in your hot or cold air.

Fast forward to today, and those technological improvements seem very basic compared to what we have now.

In a blog post by Michelle Lind of Arizona REALTORS, she wrote, “In the past five years, we’ve seen a surge in home tech, with builders starting to integrate technology like smart thermostats and doorbells into new home construction. Devices such as Alexa and Google Home are becoming commonplace, and even appliances are getting connected through mobile apps and voice controls. In the near future, these home systems and entertainment devices will be fully integrated through a single control panel or app.”

These smart home technologies include things like being able to open your garage door from your phone… while you aren’t even home! Nest thermostats, which can be adjusted from your Smartphone as well, turning off when you aren’t home and turning back on when you return. That means, for example, you could be at work when it starts snowing and go on your phone to turn the heat up in your home so it’s warm when you arrive.

There are also smart home locks, with key code entry and motion detecting cameras. These locks allow you to see who is at your front door whether you are home or not, open you door by mobile device to let the UPS guy in to drop off packages so they don’t get stolen, or allow you into your home should you accidentally lock yourself out. The possibilities with these locks are endless.

These few things mentioned are possibly the most popular in today’s homes, but are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how vastly our technology within the home is expanding.

Smart refrigerators with touch screens. Lights that turn on and off as you enter and leave rooms. Smart shower heads that allow you to manage pressure, play music, and answer phone calls.

According to Statista.com, in 2019, 33.2% of households will be using some sort of smart home technology. That number is expected to hit 53.9% by 2023!

Our world and our homes are changing! What are some smart home technologies you use in your home? We would love to hear about them in the comment section below!

Senior Smart Homes

 

For this article, we’ve partnered with our friends over at allconnect.com who’ve outlined all the ways a home can be made into a smart home for seniors today. Not only will this make your home more up to date, but it will also make living easier and more convenient for those of us who need a little extra help. Read the article below by Allison Robins, Communications Coordinator at Allconnect, or visit the Allconnect Smart Home Page to get some very helpful tips and tricks!

 

Senior Smart Homes:

For many families, the idea of an assisted living can serve as an appealing solution for their loved ones; but with the rise of smart home technology independent living for seniors is a more realistic and budget friendly idea to explore.

From everything to automatic stove turn-off devices and medication dispensers to health monitoring sensors there is technology to help your loved one in every stage of independent living, making the aging in place process a more comfortable and less invasive possibility.

Door Locks and Security Systems: A smart security system allows your family to monitor entrance activity to your home, so they’ll always know you’re safe. Smart door locks let you lock your door no matter your location.

Smart Doorbell: Communicate with visitors from anywhere inside of your home; smart doorbells come with video surveillance, speakers, and microphones for added home protection.

Wi-Fi Enabled Refrigerators: Your smart refrigerator keeps track of your grocery list and delivers it to a participating grocery store near you. You can even view the inside of your refrigerator from an app on your smartphone.

Automatic Stove Turn-Off Devices: Automatic stove turn-off devices come with a timer, motion sensors and an automatic shut-off feature to ensure that your kitchen equipment powers down when you want it to.

Automatic Medication Dispenser: Automatic medication dispensers can ensure all your medications are taken on schedule and according to the doctor’s orders. Your dispenser alerts you or your family of missed medications and even provides your physician with detailed reports regarding your medication activity.

Health Monitoring Sensors: Wearable health monitoring sensors communicate physiological data directly to your healthcare providers in real-time. Monitoring sensors can be worn in a variety of accessories to track heart health, exercise activity, chronic conditions and more.

Smart Light Switch: Control the lights in your home using timers or voice command with the help of your smart home assistant or via an app on your smartphone.

The Slowing Market and Warning Against Overpricing Your Home

For the past few years now, the housing market has been at the top of its game! Prices continually rose without fail, homes lasted only a few days on the market and had multiple competing offers, and the market began to come back to its former glory of the pre-crash market with how well it was doing (without the scare of faulty lending habits and the scare of another crash).

At that time, wise sellers saw their opportunity to sell and sell their home for top of the market value, if not more than what it would actually appraise for. With homes going faster than people could keep up, can you really blame them? By the time you saw a newly listed home, it already had three offers on it. That’s how red hot the market had become!

Reviewing the market today, it is still doing well, but has definitely begun to cool down. In an article by marketplace.org, they stated, “Average home prices in the 20 biggest U.S. cities grew at the slowest pace in nearly two years in September, according to new figures from the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index. Prices are still rising but so are mortgage interest rates, making houses even less affordable, as sales of existing homes continue to decline.”

Gone are the days of homes only lasting a few days on the market before getting an offer – for now at least. Currently, homes are lasting a month, 2 months, 3 months, and so on. When taking on new sellers who are still looking to “strike it big” by listing their homes with an ambitious sales price, this slowing down of the market is something to keep in mind and something to inform them of.

One realtor in the same article mentioned above said that he comes prepared to inform prospective sellers of this new market. He goes to appointments ready with data showing how homes have been staying on the market for longer now and even shows them news stories about the slowing of the market. This is to help his sellers be more realistic about what price they are willing to list their home at and to ensure it doesn’t get listed too high. If the home is listed too high, it will sit on the market for longer and become harder to sell. If the home is listed at a more reasonable price, it will help it sell more quickly and easily.

If sellers are having this conversation with their real estate agent, it is best to keep in mind that their agent only has their best interest in mind. Remember, realtors work on commission, which is how you really know they are truly thinking of what is best for you – when they are encouraging you to not go too high on sales price.

We here at the Kathleen Yamauchi Group as well as realtors everywhere, adhere to a code of ethics in which we pledge to do what is best for our clients. We will work hard for you and to the best of our abilities to ensure you have as smooth of a transaction as possible!

So, those of you out there thinking of selling your home, keep this slowing market in mind. If you’re in the Prescott area, give us a call, we’d love to talk to you more about this and do a comparative market analysis on your home.

Forbes Magazine’s Take on the Rising Housing Market

With home prices rising every year, a question on many people’s minds has been, “Are we headed for another housing market crash?” For anyone who was affected by the last crash, or nearly escaped its clutches, this is a very real concern and question to be asking when we see prices rising the way they are.

However, while from the outside looking in it may appear as though things are escalating in a very similar fashion as they did ten years ago, when you look at the numbers and statistics comparatively, they are a lot different. The overall housing market is actually in a much better state than it has been in awhile and it is far better than it was when the crash occurred last time.

Recently we came across an article in Forbes magazine that will help explain the current housing situation further and perhaps ease some of the concerns we’ve all been having with this rising housing market.

Click here to read the article on forbes.com titled “Mortgage Debt Nears A Pre-Crash High, But That’s No Cause For Concern.”

Should Flood Insurance be government funded?

On the list of interesting articles this week on Prescott Area Association of Realtors news was an article on The Hill, a blog that talks about recent news and things going on around the world. This particular article titled, “Reauthorization of National Flood Insurance Program should be priority during the lame duck,” posed the question of whether or not National Flood Insurance should get reauthorized as it expires at the end of this month.

The term used in the article’s title, “lame duck,” is a called lame duck session in regards to the Congress and it is when Congress meets after its successor is elected, but before the successor’s term actually begins. What the National Association of Realtors and many individual Realtors across that nation believe should happen during this meeting is for the National Flood Insurance to get reauthorized.

The article goes on to point out that flooding is one of the most common disasters in the United States. Every year flooding effects people nationwide in both coastal and inland locations, adding up to about 22,000 communities across the country.

However, does this mean that flood insurance should be a government funded endeavor? While there are arguments for both sides – flooding is something you cannot control and it is the government’s duty to help those whose lives are ripped apart by it VS. many people knowingly buy/build in a flood plain area or a place known to be prone to flooding and it is their responsibility to therefore pay for their own flood insurance – it is certainly not an issue to get brushed aside lightly as there would be repercussions in either decision.

CLICK HERE to read the article and comment below to share your thoughts. We’d love to know how you feel about whether or not flood insurance is a government responsibility, or an individual one.