Mistakes to avoid when House-hunting in Prescott

House-hunting in Prescott, AZSo you’ve decided to buy a house in Prescott, and now you’re ready to dive in and start looking at homes. House-hunting is far more than visiting a few homes and picking the one you like best. There are some things you can do to save time, money and most of all your sanity.

Mortgage pre-approval

In a competitive buyer’s real estate market it is more important than ever to get pre-approved for a mortgage before searching for a home. A pre-approval shows sellers that you are indeed a serious buyer and it lets you know just exactly what you can afford. We have a list of preferred lenders to make your offer more appealing to a seller.

Making a wish list

Buying a home is an exciting time and to save precious time make sure to sit down and make a wish list before you start booking your weekends viewing homes.

A wish list helps you sort out just exactly what you are looking for, providing a clear vision that will save you time and money in the end. Just remember, no home will have everything on your list. Be ready to prioritize.

Don’t wait too long to view a house for sale

In a real estate market where homes for sale are here today and gone tomorrow, it is imperative that you do whatever it takes to view a home for sale as quickly as possible when your real estate agent calls. Waiting even a day can result in a lost opportunity

Avoid outspoken and sometimes uneducated advisers

From friends to family members everyone will have an opinion, too many opinions can cloud a sunny day.

Hire an experienced Real Estate Agent

Although generally, the thought is that you will save money buying a home on your own, the seller is thinking the same thing. We recommend that you hire a Prescott Real Estate agent to represent you. Our buyer representatives specialize in helping you locate the right home or property, at the right price, right away.

At Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate combined we have over 100 years of real estate experience ensuring that you will find the home that fits your needs and avoid costly mistakes when it comes time to negotiate on offer.

Contact Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate or call (928)771-1111 to get started on your journey to find the right home at the right price in Prescott, AZ.
 

Things to do this Weekend in Prescott, Arizona!

Here are just a few of the things going on in and around Prescott, Arizona this weekend January 26 – 28, 2018!

Events

Prescott Area Artists Exhibit
Thu. 01/25 – Sun. 01/28, times vary
‘Tis Art Gallery
In the Main Gallery: "A Piece and a Poem 2018" featuring art and words by Prescott area artists.
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Lost in Yonkers
Thu. 01/25 – Sun. 01/28, times vary
Prescott Center for the Arts
Two brothers are sent to live with their formidable German grandmother, their childlike aunt and their gangster uncle in Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning semi-autobiographical play. $12-$20
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Things We Carry an Exhibition by Joe Castle
Fri. 01/26 , 5-7:30pm
Yavapai College Prescott Art Gallery
Things We Carry an Exhibition by Joe Castle features transformational works that range from the human form to configurations of animal remnants collected and rearranged, illustrating the journey of the hero.
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Prescott’s 4th Friday Art Walk
Fri. 01/26, 5-7pm
Downtown Prescott
The Art Walk showcases regional & international photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry & wearable art !  Meander our streets & courtyards.
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Diamond Rocks
Fri. 01/26, 7pm
Elks Theatre
Diamond Rocks celebrates one of the most influential American artists of our time – the one and only Neil Diamond. $22+ 
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Wildflowers: Ready, Set, Grow
Sat. 01/27, 9:30am
Watters Garden Center
Learn about the best seeds, soils, food, and techniques to bring on the color this spring. 
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LOVE THAT CLASSICAL!
Prescott Chamber Orchestra Concert

Sat. 01/27, 2:30pm
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
The PCO brings you music from both the Romantic and Contemporary eras of classical music, all under the direction of Associate Conductor, Peter Mueller. 
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Contra Dancing
Sat. 01/27, 7pm-10pm
First Congregational Church
Contra dancing is a social dance of long lines of couples number 1 and 2 and a band playing Celtic music. Caller teaches and calls each individual dance, about 15 minutes long, repeating 5 or more figures over and over. $4-$9
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Prescott Farmers Market
Sat. 01/27, 10am-1pm
YRMC Pendleton Center
The mission of Prescott Farmers Market is to support and expand local agriculture, cultivate a healthy community and increase access to affordable local food.
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YCPAC Satellite Series: The MET’s
Sat. 01/27, 10:55am
Yavapai College Performing Arts Center
YCPAC Satellite Series presents The Metropolitan Opera’s production of "Tosca." This is a live-stream broadcast of Puccini’s classic love triangle. $12-$24
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Living History at The Palace –
Benefiting the Sharlot Hall Museum

Sun. 01/28, 2pm
The Palace Restaurant and Saloon
General George Crook Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Presents its 1st Annual Historic Preservation Fundraiser, ‘Living History at The Palace.’ A Wine, appetizer, and live auction event on the famous Whiskey Row. $45-$80
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Central Arizona Concert Band In Concert
Sun. 01/28, 3pm
Embry-Riddle University
The program includes a wide variety of music ranging from the beautifully melodic Marinarella Overture by Julius Fucik, the Symphonic Dance No. 3 by Clifton Williams, the Gold and Silver Waltz by Franz Lehar to the playful Teddy Bears Picnic and a tribute to Irving Berlin and Willie Nelson. $5-$12
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The Texas Tenors
Sun. 01/28, 7pm
Yavapai College Performing Arts Center
With breathtaking vocals, humor and cowboy charm, it is easy to see why TTT has become Americas favorite new tenors! Hear their patriotic program, "Let Freedom Sing." $32+
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Things to do this Weekend in Prescott, Arizona!

 Here are just a few of the things going on in and around Prescott, Arizona this weekend January 19 – 21, 2018!

Events

Art Show
Thu. 01/18 – Sun. 01/21, times vary
‘Tis Art Gallery
View "I’ve Been Framed" Paintings by Annette Olson and Glass works by Cindi Shaffer.
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The Price is Right Live
Fri. 01/19, 7:30pm
Yavapai College Performing Arts Center
Everyones favorite game show is going local and live. Randomly selected contestants will play Plinko, spin The Big Wheel, bid on the fabulous Showcase, and even win prizes from their seats. $29
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Third Friday Chamber Music Series
Fri. 01/19, 3:30pm
Prescott Public Library
Hear music by local chamber players and special guests every month during the Third Friday Chamber Music Series. 
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AZ Speaks Lecture: Hellraising, Heroic and Hidden Women of the Old West
Fri. 01/19, 1pm
Prescott Valley Public Library’s auditorium 
One of Arizona’s most honored and respected journalists, Jana Bommersbach, will take you on a verbal tour discussing some of the amazing women who came to the West in 1800s.
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Winterscapes Colored Pencil Drawing Series
Fri. 01/19, 9am
Highlands Center for Natural History
This winter, join local artist and illustrator Diane Iverson as she leads students through techniques of capturing the drama of the Arizona Highlands winter landscapes with colored pencils. $25-$132
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Prescott Farmers Market Winter Season
Sat. 01/20, 10am-1pm
YRMC Pendleton Center parking lot
The market is more than just a place to buy groceries. It’s a gathering space where you can see your community, meet the people who grow your food and support more than 20 local businesses all in one place. 
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Best and Most Beautiful Houseplants
Sat. 01/20, 9:30am
Watters Garden Center
Learn the best practices for watering, light placement, and how to treat and prevent pests and diseases that can affect your indoor garden. 
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Country Dance Party
Sat. 01/20, 6:30pm-10pm
Adult Center of Prescott
A Dance Party that is open to the public featuring music by Rhythm ‘N’ Boots, and Two Step/Swing Lessons before the dance. $10
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Caldecott Books and Art for Kids
Sat. 01/20, 11am
Prescott Public Library
Blending art with award-winning children’s books, this program introduces budding young artists to the wonderful world of illustrations. 
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VIRGIL EARP: TOUGHEST OF THE EARPS
Sat. 01/20, 2pm
Sharlot Hall Museum
Many are familiar with the shootout at the OK Corral, but unaware that Virgil’s law enforcement career began on the streets of Prescott, or that his favorite western town was Prescott.
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Winter Concert, Prescott Chamber Players Society
Sun. 01/21, 2pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church
The selection of chamber music will appeal to everyone who enjoys classical music. 
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Sunset Boulevard
Sun. 01/21, 3pm
Elks Performing Arts Center
A classic black comedy/drama about "behind the scenes" Hollywood, self-deceit, spiritual and spatial emptiness, and the price of fame, greed, narcissism, and ambition.
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January is National Radon Action Month

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated January as Radon action month in 1999 to raise awareness of radon. Although radon levels in Arizona are in general low, there are areas throughout the state where levels are higher.

Radon testing in Prescott, AZ

Why should I test for radon in my home?

Radon is a result of the natural radioactive decay of uranium in rock, soil, and water. Radon can be found in all 50 states and low levels occur widely in the Earth’s crust.

Radon rises through the Earth’s crust and can enter a home or workplace through items such as a water heater, sinks, showers, as well as microscopic cracks in a building´s foundation. Homes and commercial buildings are often well insulated, and windows are typically kept closed which can allow radon to build up. Radon is more commonly seen in areas of boulders or deep rock fissures.

Free test radon test kits

Testing for Radon is easy and inexpensive. Free kits are available in Prescott.

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810 E. Sheldon St.
Prescott, AZ

Thinking of selling your home in Prescott?

Competing for buyers has made it more critical than ever to have your home pre-inspected before putting it on the market.

A pre-inspection can give you peace of mind, more importantly, it will reduce the chance that a buyer will be turned off by a weak inspection report and walk away. Failure to have a pre-inspection performed on your home can also result in your home being pulled off the market to fix repairs.

Full-Service Boutique Real Estate Services

At Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate we know what it takes to sell your home or land quickly at the highest possible value. With over 100 years of combined real estate experience, we truly understand this unique marketplace better than most.

Kathleen Yamauchi spearheads a team of creative, highly skilled Real Estate Professionals sharing a common goal; to make your real estate transaction a smooth and pleasant experience.

Kathleen is passionate about people and real estate. A creative thinker, she concentrates her energy on one thing, and that is being the very best at selling real estate in Prescott and achieving results that exceed her client’s expectations.

Kathleen is a licensed Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, and e-PRO. Contact Kathleen Yamauchi today to experience her motto, “It has never been our intention to be the biggest . . . only the best!”

Contact Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate to learn more today or call (928)771-1111.
 

 

Things to do this Weekend in Prescott, Arizona!

 Here are just a few of the things going on in and around Prescott, Arizona this weekend January 12 – 14, 2018!

Events

2018 Winter Fine Art Photography Exhibit
Thu. 01/11 – Sun. 01/14, times vary
‘Tis Art Gallery
Fine Art Photographic Works by Prescott area photographers are on display.
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Winterscapes Colored Pencil Drawing Center
Fri. 01/12, 9am-12pm
Highlands Center for the Performing Arts
Join artist and illustrator Diane Iverson as she leads students through the techniques of capturing the Arizona Highland Winter landscapes with colored pencils. $25-$132
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Meditation Circle
Fri. 01/12, 1pm 
Prescott Valley Public Library
Actively practice moment-to-moment mindfulness with other interested individuals.
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Preschool Storytime
Fri. 01/12, 10:30am
Prescott Public Library
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays especially for children ages 3-5, and their grownups.
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Good Rockin’ Live – A Salute to Sun Records
Fri. 01/12, 7pm
Elks Theatre
This live concert event pays tribute to the birth of rock and roll and the music legends that Sun Records helped propel to change the course of music history. $22-$25
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December 63′ – Frankie Valli and the
Four Seasons Concert

Sat  01/13, 7pm
Elks Theatre
The Music of Frankie Valli comes to life in this one-of-a-kind concert experience. $22-$25
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Yavapai Flute Circle
Sat. 01/13, 12-2:30pm
Prescott Valley Public Library
The purpose of the flute circle is for like-minded people to meet and enjoy each other’s company while playing and listening to Native American Flutes.
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Acoustic Eidolon in Concert
Sat. 01/13, 7:30pm
Prescott Center for the Arts
This internationally acclaimed duo featuring cello and Gitjo, captivate audiences throughout the world, blending Celtic, Folk, World, and Latin music influences. $22
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Volunteer Fair
Sat. 01/13, 9am-12pm
Highlands Center for Natural History
Meet with current volunteers and staff to learn how your interests and talents can support the mission to bring the wonders of nature to children and adults.
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Prescott Farmers Market Winter Season
Sun. 01/14, 10am-1pm
YRMC Pendleton Center
Customers can find a variety of cold-hardy vegetables, including leeks, potatoes, beats, radishes, carrots, salad mix, parsnips, spinach, and kale.
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Phoenix Symphony in Prescott
Sun. 01/14, 3pm
Yavapai College Performing Arts
The Phoenix Symphony will be performing Brahms Symphony No. 1, Bernstein: Symphony No. 1, and Jeremiah Mahler Adagio from Symphony No. 10. $29-$42
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Western Dance and Country Musicians Gathering
Sun. 01/14, 12pm-4pm
C.A.S.A. Community Center
Dance two step line dances to award winning musicians. $3-$5
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Things to do this Weekend in Prescott, Arizona!

 Here are just a few of the things going on in and around Prescott, Arizona this weekend January 5 – 7, 2018!

Events

Contemporary Eclecticism at ‘Tis Gallery
Thu. 01/04 – Sun. 01/07, times vary
‘Tis Art Center and Gallery
View contemporary eclectic works in various media and style by Prescott area artists.
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Wine Tasting
Thu. 01/04 – Sun. 01/07, times vary
Prescott Winery
Set in a small, charming house, visitors can sample wines in a comfortable environment.
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A New Years State of Mind
Fri. 01/05, 7pm-10pm
Anytime Fitness
Participate in a mini workshop to help you strategize your new year, have professional photos taken, enjoy small bites, and more. $50
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Coloring Class for Adults
Fri. 01/05, 1pm-3pm
Prescott Valley Public Library
Enjoy a relaxing time coloring with other adults. Bring your favorite coloring book and supplies, or choose from those that are available.
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Saturday Night Fever – 
Ultimate Tribute to The Bee Gees
Sat. 01/06, 7pm
Elks Theatre
Saturday Night Fever is a sensational production featuring massive dance hits along with iconic Bee Gees ballads. $22-$25
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Polar Bear Splash
Sat. 01/06, 10am-12pm
Mountain Valley Park
This fun winter event includes a pancake breakfast, ice cream eating contest, Ice Princess Pageant, Duck Slide Race, games, prizes, and the Polar Bear Splash.
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Reception with the Young Artists at ‘Tis
Sat. 01/06, 12pm-2pm
‘Tis Art Center & Gallery
In the Mezzanine Gallery: "STEPS An Education Program Student Exhibit" features work from the fall 2017 class series for ages 5-16, and you get to meet the artists as well as enjoy their work.
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Prescott Farmers Market
Sat. 01/06, 10am-1pm
Prescott Chamber of Commerce
This market hosts 30 local farmers, ranchers, and food and craft vendors each week.
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Prescott Origami Fanatics
Sun. 01/07, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Prescott Public Library
Learn easy to medium levels of paper folding, led by an experienced paper folder.
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Open Mic Night
Sun. 01/07, 3pm-6pm
Thumb Butte Distillery
Singers and musicians are invited to strut their stuff at this open mic night. You can be your own solo act or be backed up by your favorite musician.
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The Wizard of Oz
Sun. 01/07, 3pm
Elks Theatre
Enjoy a showing of The Wizard of Oz as this classic tale comes to Technicolor life for one night at Elks Theatre.
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2018 Real Estate trends in the U.S.

2018 Real Estate trendsRealtor.com recently revealed their take on the real estate market in 2018, and after three years of a shortage of homes for sale they are suggesting a light at the end of the tunnel.

Homes for sale predicted to increase

According to Danielle Hale, chief economist for realtor.com “The majority of the year should be challenging for most buyers, but we do expect growth in inventory starting in the fall.” If the available homes for sale increase as predicted it will be the first gain in inventory since 2015.

Here come the millennials!

As Millennials start to see their income grow and they turn toward settling down and starting a family. By the end of 2018 it is estimated that they could make up 43% of home buyers in the U.S. That would be gain of 3% over the estimated 40% in 2017
In short, a more significant share of the market will more than likely be comprised of first time home buyers in the latter part of 2018 as the supply of homes for sale increase..

What’s the bottom line?

Overall, based on the report the real estate market in 2018 could see quite a substantial shift in housing inventory and new home buyers.

Are you looking to buy a home in Prescott in 2018?

At Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate we have over 100 years of combined real estate experience. Combine that with our watchful eyes continually on the real estate market and we truly understand this unique marketplace better than most.

Our staff of expertly trained negotiators is always working on your behalf. Whether you are looking for a million dollar Prescott Arizona horse property or your first starter home, your goals and needs are our first and only priorities.

Please feel free to look through our current homes and land for sale, but remember, for us to best serve your needs; we must learn what those needs are. Once we understand your real estate goals, we will move mountains to help you achieve them.

Contact Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate or call (928)771-1111 for a new home buying experience in Prescott.