Making your life easier with Smart Home Automation

Smart Home AutomationWith the fast pace of our everyday life forgetting to turn off lights, close garage doors or turn on your security system when you leave your home can be a nuisance. Smart home automation can make your life a little easier by giving you the power to control your home when your away.

Smart home refers to those items in your home that can be programmed to function automatically either with the push of a button or, more recently, a voice command.

The Internet of Things allows you to automate a variety of items in your home including windows and shades, lighting, appliances and security systems and we wanted to share the best smart home devices of 2017 from PC Magazine.

Top Smart Home Devices of 2017

  • Piper NV by Amazon is an indoor only surveillance camera that allows you to keep an eye on your home, Fido and even your kids. It also allows you to control any household item from any location.
  • Nest Cam is an outdoor weatherproof camera that monitors what’s going on outside of your house. Using Wi-Fi,  you can monitor activity at any time no matter where you are using the web or mobile apps.
  • Smart Lock is an Apple HomeKit that mounts over your existing deadbolt to provide connectivity to your door. Using Bluetooth, it talks to your smartphone, and you can easily give guests quick entrance to your home.
  • Vivint Sky expands the security of your home and allows you to be connected to your home all of the time.
  • For the DIYer, SimpliSafe lets you customize your home security with packages you can customize according to your needs.
  • For those that would like control over their thermostat, there’s the Nest Learning Thermostat that is easily controlled remotely using your phone, tablet or PC.

Beyond the comfort of knowing you can control your home when you’re away, smart home automation gives you the ability to enjoy all that Prescott, Arizona has to offer. Even if you get excited on the way to Thumb Butte for your hike and forget to lock your doors with smart home automation there’s no need to make the drive back home.

If you would like to learn about real estate in Prescott, Arizona, click here to contact Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate today!

The importance of a pre-inspection when selling your home

Home Pre-InspectionCompeting for buyers has made it more important than ever to have your home pre-inspected prior to putting it on the market. With a buyers’ market in full swing, failure to do so can result in your home being pulled off the market to fix repairs that could have been remedied prior to listing your home.

A recent report from Trulia revealed a trend in 2016 of listed homes that moved from "for sale" to "pending" and "back-on-the-market", nearly doubling the rate of those in 2015. Many might have been avoided by having the home professionally inspected prior to putting it on the market.

Don’t give the potential home buyer a reason to walk away

Defects that go beyond those that are considered common issues during a potential buyers inspection such as the discovery of a cracked foundation or a roof issue may send a “don’t buy me” signal. A pre-inspection can give you peace of mind and more importantly reduce the chance that your buyer will be turned off by a poor inspection report and walk away.

How eager are you to sell?

So you’ve decided to sell your home, how eager are you to make the move? Preparing your home to sell of course goes far beyond curb appeal and paint. In the end, taking control of your listing with a pre-inspection is a cost-effective way to keep money in your pocket. The expense of paying a licensed contractor hired by a buyer as opposed to taking the first step to find and repair potential issues prior to putting your home on the market may be significant even if it does not result in the loss of a sale.

Trulia’s report also pointed out other factors that caused the failure of contracted sales, one of which you have very little control over – the potential buyer’s ability to acquire a mortgage. With that being said, a pre-inspection is a smart decision that only you have the power to control.

To learn more about how you can get started with your pre-inspection, click here to contact us or call (928)771-1111.


Prescott, Arizona continues to be a popular destination to call home

Rowing Watson LakePrescott Arizona continues to be a popular destination and it’s not just for retirees. With an unemployment rate of 4.5% in November of 2016, we actually beat the national unemployment rate of 4.6%.

Recently announced, Sprouts Farmers Market will be opening in March of this year offering 100 full and part time career opportunities and according to Forbes the job’s and economic growth over the next five years is among the best in the United States as we ranked #5 in 2016 nationally in terms of prospective growth over the next several years.

Combine the upbeat jobs environment with a comfortable year around climate what’s not to love about Prescott? With an abundance of outdoor activities to enjoy, “Everybody’s Hometown,” boasts a mild four-season climate, annual snowfall of 24 inches, annual rainfall of 19 inches and on average 277 sunny days per year.

Nestled in the Prescott National Forest, there are over 400 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horse trails, we are sure there is an adventure waiting to satisfy all of those who call Prescott home.

Prescott also has an abundance of beautiful homes for sale. From historic homes to modern architectural marvels tucked into a beautiful mountainside with panoramic views that include Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte, and the Bradshaw and Mingus Mountain ranges, we are sure you can find the home of your dreams in Prescott.

If you would you prefer living downtown there are great homes in walking distance from historic landmarks such as Whiskey Row and the Courthouse Square. Perhaps a secluded cabin tucked away in one of the many forested sub-divisions in the area is more your style, you can also find in beautiful Prescott. Popular neighborhoods in Prescott include Hassayampa, American Ranch, Prescott Lakes and the Heritage.

At Kathleen Yamauchi Group we have a great deal of knowledge about the Prescott area and if you would like to learn more about calling Prescott Arizona home, click here to contact us or call (928)771-1111 today!