The Prescott Circle Trail

Arguably one of the greatest perks about living in Prescott, Arizona is the A-MAZING outdoor recreation that our gorgeous town has to offer.

Prescott has multiple lakes for kayaking, fishing, and hiking the trails. From Lynx Lake and Goldwater Lake with their towering pines and clear waters, to Watson Lake and Willow Lake with their striking boulder filled landscapes, you will find fun no matter which you choose. There are various hunting seasons for deer and quail, amongst other animals, for those hunting enthusiasts, as well as towns within a day’s trip for elk hunting. The many boulders and mountain ranges around the city make it ideal for the innumerable hiking trails, rock climbing routes, and bouldering expeditions. Camping is available in both campgrounds and dispersed camping, in the woods and in more open areas like near the lakes. Other activities include golfing, mountain biking, road biking, horseback riding, and so much more! You name it and Prescott can probably accommodate it. On top of all that, we are merely a day’s trip away from other fun outdoor activities like kayaking the Verde River, Out of Africa Zoo in Cottonwood, the jaw-dropping red rocks of Sedona, the busy city life of Phoenix, the cool pines in Flagstaff, and even one of the natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon. It’s easy to see why people travel and move to Prescott to enjoy the great outdoors more.

In all this outdoor recreation, one of the latest trails is the Prescott Circle Trail. For the last twenty-five years this trail has been in the making, aided by many in the city including several volunteers with whom it couldn’t have been completed without (United States Department of Agriculture)! This network of non-motorized trail is a 54 mile long trail that encircles around the entire city of Prescott – hence the name “Prescott Circle Trail.” Open to outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds, you can hike, mountain bike, horseback ride, and even backpack! Twenty-nine miles of the trail is maintained by the Prescott National Forest, while the other twenty-five is maintained by the City of Prescott, making it a group effort all around. When envisioned, the goal of the trail was to take in all of Prescott’s beauty and capture its ecological and geological diversity, which this trail accomplishes fantastically.

The track is accessible from 15 different trailhead points and is ideal for both those looking to do small sections at a time for a nice day hike, or for the very brave who want to complete the whole thing at one once, perhaps on bike or by overnight backpacking. It offers both flat and easy sections that pass by the Dells and Willow Lake, as well as mountainous and steep sections that give you fabulous views of both Granite Mountain and Thumb Butte. The overall elevation gain of the entire trail is 6000 feet, so be prepared for some good ups and downs depending on which section of the trail you decide to tackle. With our four mild seasons, the Prescott Circle Trail can be enjoyed year round, however is probably best if utilized between March and October to avoid snow and colder weather. The trail also comes within 3 miles of the downtown area for those looking to take a lunch break or experience the downtown area as well as the outdoors.

With all the outdoor activities one can enjoy here, and now the Prescott Circle Trail as well, it is no wonder National Geographic wrote an article on how Prescott is an “Adventure Town” (Article Here). Come and visit. Enjoy Prescott and our many trails, and outdoor activities, including the Prescott Circle Trail.

For more information on the Prescott Circle Trail, visit the City of Prescott’s website here for more details and an informative video.

Prescott’s Growing Pains

Like any good Real Estate Agency, we strive to always put the needs of our clients first, and that includes being truthful and honest in all we do. In that, while we LOVE our town, here are a few of the growing pains we are experiencing here in Prescott, Arizona as our town continues to expand.

Not enough laborers for building:

The first big issue with not having enough laborers in town is that with so many people moving to Prescott, the new build companies are finding it hard to keep up. There is a severe lack of trade workman to do the work on homes in a timely manner. Electrical, dry walling, plumbing, painting… you name it, and we could use more workers who specialize in it! The larger subdivisions in town with higher end homes can be as far as two years out until your home is finished. Home companies in town who are working on new more middle-ground price subdivisions in the area, such as Dorn and Mandalay, are six months to a year out in finishing a home for their buyers. The problem this presents is if you’re looking to move to Prescott and need to move into a home right away. This automatically removes this as an option for you unless you are able to get into one that is already built. If there were more laborers and tradesman in town, perhaps the speed in which these homes are built could be expedited.

The second issue that comes up with not having enough laborers in town is when people opt to buy an older home. Many people decide to buy an older home in Prescott due to location, or being able to move in faster, and plan to renovate once they move in. However, if you are looking to do this, get ready for a waiting list depending on who you choose to do the work. Some of the more well known renovators in town (i.e. they have good reputations and do good work) are booked out solid for months at a time. There are a decent amount of older homes being sold in the Prescott market that need work. They are homes with character and potential, but homes that need some updating nonetheless. While the HGTV channel romanticizes finding a fixer upper and makes the process look smooth, the time it takes to get those home renovations started and completed in Prescott might be a speed bump you hit right off the bat here.

Lack of jobs for families that try to relocate here:

As alluring as Prescott is with the amazing things it has to offer – beautiful scenery, four mild seasons, great outdoor living, and that cute small-town feel – the reality is it can be hard on the job market front. According to the City of Prescott’s website, the top four industries in Prescott are Healthcare, Education, Tradesman, and Accommodation and Food Industry (Link here). Within the education industry, you can work at one of the many schools in Prescott, both at the grade school level, and collegiate level. There are multiple grade schools to choose from, both private and public, as well as two colleges and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, all of whom take good care of their employees. There are two hospitals, Yavapai Regional Medical centers in Prescott and Prescott Valley, as well as many doctors’ offices and specialty doctors in town for those in healthcare. As stated above, the need for tradesman is great, causing that industry to grown here and the pay to be good. And then of course, with the many restaurants we have here and the constant events (the world’s oldest rodeo, summer art shows, Christmas events, and more), the accommodation and food industry is doing well. Aside from those industries, the job market can be tough and not the most accommodating for those relocating here with careers that don’t fall under any of those categories.

Higher living expenses:

The biggest way we have seen living expenses rise is in the housing market. Home values have skyrocketed across the board and rental prices right along with them. This is an obvious way that living expense have gone up – in mortgages and rental rates. With the higher values of homes comes the higher price tag on them when they go up for sale. With mortgages going up in price, that often means that rentals are going up as well. This is because people maybe bought the home to use as an investment property and they need to charge more than the mortgage in order to make a profit, which often times makes buying a home cheaper than renting because your mortgage will be cheaper than paying rent depending on the price of the home you buy. Rents have also risen for this reason because those who’ve had rentals for a while can now charge more because the market is in such high demand.

Roads and Parking

It’s not a secret that our town has grown exponentially in the last decade and continues to do so today (for more information on why we are growing, read our previous article on the topic here). The problem with so much growth is that originally, we were a small town. What does that mean? It means that our roads are small and our parking is limited, and there isn’t a ton of room for expansion in that. Though many of our roads are two lanes each direction, with so many stop lights, they seem to back up in an instant. It can take 30 minutes to drive the 8 miles to and from Prescott to Prescott Valley. If you’re commuting to work in the morning or evening, or going out to eat on your lunch hour, prepare for the roads to be busy. While it hasn’t reached the point where it takes time of your day in order to get places (most of the time), the roads feel packed and a bit hectic at these peak times – just like any other city or town – we just never had an issue with this before our population began rising. An issue that accompanies high traffic count is limited parking. While the downtown area doesn’t have the most abundant parking spaces to begin with, the problem is magnified with more people moving here and therefore more cars that need to be parked so that residents can enjoy downtown for a bite to eat, a cup of coffee, or one of the many other things to do downtown. 

These are just a few of the growing pains that we have noticed in Prescott as our population expands and our town along with it. While all these things can be frustrating and irritating, we still wouldn’t want to live anywhere else! Prescott is full of charm and character, beauty and vitality. The weather is mild and gorgeous, the scenery and landscape is jaw-dropping like no other, and the community is friendly and caring. It is a true gem and we feel blessed to get to live here. For more information on why Prescott is so great, read our article about it here.  

10 Frequently Asked Questions in Regards to Buying a Home

1. What’s the first step in buying a home – Get Pre-Qualified. Though the answer seems obvious, it’s not always the first thing that people think of. They get excited about their decision to buy a home and want to go straight to the fun – house hunting. However, the first step in getting ready to look for a home to buy is getting pre-qualified so you know what you can afford. This way you know what your budget is, in what price range you should be looking, and the kind of homes that are available in that price range.

2. How many homes should I view? – There is no right or wrong answer here. Some people find their dream home on day one, while others house hunt for months before finding their future home. The problem with where we live – Prescott, Arizona – is the hot market right now. If a home is good (in a desirable area, in good shape, and reasonably priced), then it will not last long. This is also where it helps and is very beneficial to you as the buyer to already be pre-qualified – so that when a good home comes on the market, you are ready and able to jump on it.

3. How do I search for homes? – You can search for homes by viewing the MLS listing system, which is available on Prescott Area Association of Realtors website here, or you can look on other real estate websites such as Realtor.com and Zillow.com, though these aren’t always the most up to date. Working with your Real Estate agent is also a great way to search for homes and stay on top of new homes that hit the market within your criteria (price, number of bedrooms, number of stories, garage spaces, lot size, etc).

4. How much do Real Estate Agents charge?Typically, as the buyer, you aren’t paying a real estate agent to help you find your future home. The seller of the home you choose to purchase pays their real estate agent a percentage of the home’s sale price. That agent then pays the buyer’s real estate agent (your agent) for bringing in the buyer. A standard commission might be 6 percent of the home’s sale price, which is split between the seller’s agent and the buyer’s agent, but this may vary from state to state and even agency to agency.

5. How much should my down payment be? – This depends on the type of loans you qualify for and which one you choose. Most lenders will require at least a 3% down payment, but this will be accompanied by a certain loan program. FHA loans require a minimum of 3-5% down. The percentage you are required to put down will depend on your credit history, the type of property, and several other factors, so it isn’t just one set number for everyone. In 2014, the average down payment was 14 percent, though again, this varies on each real estate transaction.

6. How long does the Home Buying Process Take? – This depends entirely on what has been agreed upon between you and the seller, and also what the loan and title companies can accommodate. We have seen Escrows as short as 10 days for those buyers and sellers looking to close very quickly. However, we have also seen Escrows last nearly three months in cases where the buyer needed to sell their home before buying this new home, or the seller needed to find another home to live in before closing on the sale of this home – and other reasons such as these. It really just depends on the situation and what is agreed upon, though typically the average Escrow lasts 36 days.

7. What does my credit score need to be? – Most loan programs require a FICO score of at least 620. Some few loan companies will accept a lower credit score, maybe in the mid 500s, but the higher your credit score the better. This way you are seen as less risky by the lender (aka you will pay your mortgage every month) and will be given more advantages (allowed a lower down payment, a better interest rate, etc).

8. What is a seller’s market? What is a buyer’s market? – The market being one for sellers or buyers is categorized as such depending on whom it favors. In a seller’s market there is a high demand for homes, which then drives the market up, therefore favoring the seller who is able to sell their home for more money. This is the type of market that Prescott is currently in (for information on that and why Prescott is in a seller’s market, click here to read our previous blog about it). A buyer’s market is one where home prices are declining and the demand has been reduced, therefore favoring the buyer who can buy a nicer home for less money. This can happen due to increased inventory (having built more homes to accommodate the low inventory, which then reverses the problem), or for a number of other reasons.

9. Should I sell my current home before buying my new home? – This all depends on your situation and what the lender will allow. If you need the built-up equity in your current home to help with the down payment on the new home, obviously the former will need to be sold first. Some home buyers decide to turn their current home into an investment property, making it a rental home or something like a VRBO. In that case, the current home will not need to be sold. However, you will need to check with your lender to see if you are able to do this. They will still need to evaluate your risk profile and credit history to determine whether making a loan on a new home is feasible while retaining title to the old home. In other words, are you financially able to carry two home mortgages if you cannot get your old home rented or sold in a timely manner?

10. What is Earnest Money? – Earnest money is a check you deposit with a trust or Escrow company after you have an accepted offer on a home. This is typically 1-2% of the sale price of the home and is made in good faith to demonstrate your intent is genuine. The home will then be marked “pending”, which means there is a contract being processed for the home’s purchase, and it is reserved for you. The earnest money is commonly applied to the down payment and closing costs, or is returned to the buyer if the deal falls through. Sometimes, however, depending on the agreement made, the seller retains the earnest money if the buyer backs out.

Sources:

https://www.homes.com/blog/2015/11/10-common-questions/

https://www.rubyhome.com/home-buying/common-real-estate-questions/

Sports in Prescott, Arizona.

In our small town of Prescott, Arizona, we like our sports. Though we don’t have any big pro-teams to boast of, that only makes us more passionate about the teams we do have. Unlike other places, we love our high school and adult league sports because we love our community, supporting our friends and family, and we love to be involved. From the bigger sports such as football and soccer, to the “littler” sports like badminton and corn hole, odds are we’ve got something for you and your family to enjoy watching, or to participate in.

High School Sports:

Let’s start with Prescott’s main high school, Prescott High School, also known as PHS, home of the Badgers. Prescott High School offers a wide variety of sports and teams for your kids to join, and for the parents and community to watch. Basketball, Wrestling, Soccer, Baseball, Tennis, Softball, Baseball, Track, Boy’s Volleyball, Dance, and Cheer. This is just a list of sports that happen after Fall! Sports that are currently going on are Girl’s Volleyball, Girl’s Badminton, Football, Mountain Biking, Golf, Swim, and Cross County.

Friday night at PHS, the home Football game is packed with town people and students cheering on their team. They love to support their Badgers! It also doesn’t hurt that the school stadium is beautiful. Stands face gorgeous Thumb Butte that peaks out above the mountain ranges, back dropped  with a painted sunset sky of oranges and yellows. Come to a game all year round – whether it be football, soccer, or track – come support your Prescott Badgers and cheer them on along with the whole community! For more information on Badgers sports, click here.

Along with Prescott High School’s many sports, we also have Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley, another big high school in the Prescott area. Bradshaw Mountain is known as the Bears and they are just as fierce! Currently they are having a good season in sports, their Varsity Football team with a 5-0 record thus far this year. Sports going on right now include Cross County, Football, Swim, girls Volleyball, Golf, and Mountain Biking. Other sports that will come up later in the year include Soccer, Wrestling, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Track, Tennis, and Cheer. Come out to any home game or event and support your local Prescott Valley Bears! For more information on Bears sports, click here.

Adult Sports:

Whether you’re an old high school athlete or a beginner, a parent with kids or an individual looking to meet some new people, and are looking for a sport to do, Prescott has options for you! As much as we love our high school sports and even younger age sports for parents, we also love to participate ourselves! Sometimes watching on the sidelines just isn’t enough. We want to be in the action! We want to play the sport again that we once loved at a younger age.

For those of us so inclined to get out on the “field” ourselves, here is a list of different organizations in town that run adult sports leagues and how to get in contact with them/ sign up.

YMCA Sports:

Sports include Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, and Pickleball. All sports are offered with a competitive league and more relaxed co-ed league. Also, if you have a membership at the YMCA, you pay a discounted price to join a sports team. For more information, click here.

   

City of Prescott Adult Sports:

Sports include Men’s summer and winter Basketball, spring and fall Volleyball (men’s, women’s, and co-ed teams offered), summer softball (men’s, women’s, and co-ed teams offered), and a men’s fast pitch softball league. For more information, click here.

City of Prescott Valley Adult Sports:

Sports include: Softball (offered in both men’s and co-ed teams), Volleyball (offered in both women’s and co-ed teams), Men’s Basketball, co-ed Kickball, and corn toss for teams of two. For more information, click here.

These sports teams and programs are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to sporting activities available to the residents of Prescott, Arizona. For more information on events, sports, and generally everything going on in Prescott, visit the City of Prescott’s Website by clicking here.

Fall Festivities in Prescott, Arizona!

We don’t know about anyone else, but we’re sitting here thinking, “How is it already September?!”

In the blink of an eye summer has come and gone, taking Prescott’s most event-filled months along with it. From the art shows and showcases that went on every weekend, to the many festivals and Fourth of July week-long bash, our little town will become a little less busy as we settle down into these Fall and Winter months… or so one might think!

Though we might be sad to see the warm summer months and cooling monsoons come to an end (and what a great monsoon season it was!), the city of Prescott does not skip a beat as we jump straight into the autumn festivities, and the months that many call “the most wonderful time of the year!”

“Arizona’s Christmas City,” a title we have more than earned with our surplus of events, decorations, and Christmas feel. However, we don’t just do Christmas well; we take the entire seasons of Fall and winter, making them a celebration for everyone! When do we start off this amazingly festive and fun season? THIS WEEKEND! Below is a list of just a few of the major events going on in Prescott, Arizona from now till 2019 and we cannot wait!

Oktoberfest: September 22, 2018

This Saturday, September 22, from 5pm to 10pm, enjoy this 21 and up event at Mile High Middle School.

120 beers on tap, a fireworks show, Hensley select German beer and craft beers, craft breweries, wineries, live music by Zeitz Sister City Oom Pah Pah Band and Funk Frequency, food vendors (including JJ’s Louisiana BBQ, Safari Samosas, Smokehouse BBQ, Round-Up Mini-Donut Truck, Gringo Taco Truck, and Zeitz Sister City Pretzels), brauts, Prescott Brewing Company, a toast by the Mayor, and so much more!

This is an event for adults you don’t want to miss!

Buy Tickets Here while they are on Pre-Sale, or buy them at the event the day off.

Online Pre-Sale: $30 for 10 Sample Tickets

Day of Event: $40 for 10 Sample Tickets

Non-Drinkers: $5

VIP (Online Only Limited to 300 Tickets): $50

Includes 20 Sample Tickets, Early Entry from 4pm-5pm

 

Mortimer Farms Pumpkin Festival (Dewey, AZ): September 28 – October 28th, 2018

“Get excited for the fall season with us as we celebrate our annual Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze Sept. 28th – Oct.28th in Dewey, AZ. This huge festival’s centerpiece is a 15-acre Pumpkin Patch & 15-acre Corn Maze! Fun for the whole family includes ‘A-MAIZE-ing’ attractions, games, farm activities, live entertainment, barn dance, and much more!”

For more information and an in depth look at the festivities, you can visit Mortimer Farms website by clicking here.

Event Hours are September 28th – October 28th, 2018:

Friday noon-9pm

Saturday 9am-9pm

Sunday 9am t0 6pm

Columbus Day 9am t0 6pm

 

FallFest In The Park Arts and Crafts Show: October 6-7, 2018

Starting October 6th at 9am, enjoy Prescott’s LAST show of the season with over 100 vendors under the fall canopy of American Elm trees at Prescott’s Historic Courthouse Plaza. The event will end October 7th at 5pm.

The Great Prescott Pumpkin Patch October 27th

For an entry fee of just $5, you and your family can enjoy this in-town pumpkin patch!

With loads of pumpkins, candy, scream and costume contests, pumpkin carving stations, carnival games, crafts, food vendors, and more, you will all have a blast at this Halloween festival. Also, a portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the Boy Scouts of America.

Saturday, October 27th, from 11-2pm at Mile High Middle School.

Time of Events

11:00am   Opening of Event

11:30am   4 and under Costume Contest

12:00pm   5-8 years old Costume Contest

12:30pm   9-12 years old Costume Contest

1:00pm   Scream Contest

1:30pm   Family Costume Contest & Pumpkin Carving Contest

2:00pm   Closing

Halloween: October 31st

Now, obviously this isn’t a city run Holiday, but everyone in Prescott knows that on Halloween, Mount Vernon is the place to be!

On Halloween, the most historic street in Prescott closes down and becomes a river of costumes, candy, and all around fun. People are handing out hot cocoa and apple cider, kids are running around dressed as princess and ninjas and the latest costumes, and it is family fun for all ages. You won’t want to miss out on this Prescott tradition!

Veterans Day Parade: November 10, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018 10:30-2:00

10:30am Opening Ceremony

11:00am Parade begins

The 2018 Veterans Day parade will be held in Downtown Prescott on Saturday, November 10, 2018. This year’s theme is Honoring Hometown Heroes: Remembering World War 1.

Opening ceremonies will take place on the main stage at the intersection of Cortez St and Union St. The parade route will be Cortez St to Goodwin St, west to Montezuma (Whiskey Row) and end at Willis St

Participation is free to all participants.

To apply, click here.

For more information, please call Michelle Stacy-Schroeder, City of Prescott Recreation Services at 928-777-1552 or email at michelle.stacy-schroeder@prescott-az.gov

Thanksgiving: November 22, 2018

Though there’s not really a celebration or event surrounding Thanksgiving in our town, it always deserves to be mentioned.

A time for family and friends, eating good food and being thankful for everything we have been blessed with, it’s a time for us to pause from our busy lives and just be. Be in the moment, be with our loved ones, enjoy each other’s company, and be grateful for all we have. In advance, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

36th Annual Prescott Chamber Christmas Parade: December 1, 2018

Join us as we kick off the holiday season with Prescott’s annual Christmas parade! Bring your blankets and chairs, family and friends, and enjoy!

After the parade, stick around for shopping, eating, and a picture with Santa & Mrs. Claus.

The parade begins at 1pm and ends around 3pm.

64th Annual Yavapai County Courthouse Christmas Lighting: December 1, 2018

Join us for “Arizona’s Christmas City’s” premiere event, the 64th Annual Yavapai County Courthouse Christmas Lighting Ceremony!

Musical groups perform at 5pm and the lighting ceremony begins at 6pm

30th Annual Acker Music Night 12/7

Date: Friday, December 7, 2018

Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm

One of our absolute favorite events in Prescott is Acker Night! This long standing family tradition combines participating downtown businesses with the support of hardworking musicians who donate their time and talents. Walk around from building to building and enjoy the beautiful downtown area lit up by Christmas lights, the amazing bands and singers, the hot cocoa and treats at nearly every corner and shop, the dancing, and the overall cheer on this night in our little Christmas community.

The goal of the musicians and volunteers involved is to keep the music alive and thriving for the youth of Prescott. Funds raised on Acker Night provide scholarships for music lessons, instruments and local youth performing arts programs.

For more information on this and how this tradition came to be, click here.

Christmas 12/25

We pray you have a very Merry Christmas with your friends and family this year, cherishing each other and the reason for the holiday season!

New Years Eve 12/31

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Goodbye 2018 and hello 2019!

For more information on all of these events and more, visit City of Prescott events page here:

http://www.prescott-az.gov/events/

Why Is Prescott Growing?

As residents of Prescott, Arizona, it doesn’t take one in the Real Estate industry to tell you how much our town has grown over the last few years. Prescott’s current annual growth rate in population is 2% per year. Alongside the growth rate of our town, is the growth rate of the housing market here. If you’re a homeowner, looking to buy or sell a home, or even a renter, you know how booming the market is in our “small” town right now.

According to the realtor app Zillow, In May of 2011, the median listing price on a home in Prescott was $295,000. In May of 2018, the median listing price on a home in Prescott was $443,000 (zillow.com).That’s a jump in median sold home prices of 34% in just seven short years, which goes to show just how much we are growing!

Though there are a few articles on Prescott’s growth and the housing market growth, as a company with over 50 years of collective Real Estate experience and knowledge under our belts, here are some of the reasons we believe to be driving our expansion:

  • The number one reason the market has grown so much and so fast, in our opinion, is the mass exodus of California. Many people are leaving California to escape the congestion, property prices, and politics. This has caused the market to grow rapidly because buyers sell their home’s in California and can then afford to pay cash for a home here in Prescott, or are willing to pay more because the houses here are still a lot cheaper than in California. On top of Californians relocating here, we also have people from Phoenix and even Vegas moving here to escape the heat and congestion of city life.
  • In March of 2018, Prescott ranked number 9 on Time Magazine’s “Happiest and Healthiest Cities” (time.com). This isn’t the first time Prescott has been mentioned in a major magazine as an amazing place to live. What does this mean? That Prescott is becoming more well known and more publicized as a great place to move to, live, and retire. This brings in more tourists and more new residents every year.
  • Four mild seasons is yet another reason people are attracted to Prescott. We get warm summers, good rains, an orange and yellow picturesque fall, a mild winter with moderate snowfall, and a beautiful spring. Coming from places with harsh winters or summers, or not very much seasonal change at all, this is a huge draw for people looking to relocate.
  • Lastly, Prescott has appeal! We have that quaint small town feel while still being large enough to have good places to eat and entertainment in the town such as live music, theaters, and fun events. We have an open, spacious feel with the national forests surrounding us, numerous lakes and trails to enjoy, and a sprawling city not gridlocked by overpopulation.

While it’s hard for those who’ve lived in Prescott for years to see their home changing with the influx of new resident’s – more shopping centers and homes, higher costs of living, more traffic and less available parking, and a once small town that doesn’t feel quite so small anymore – can we really blame those moving here? Amazing outdoor living, festive and fun summer months and holidays, low crime rates, good schools, great retirement communities, and so much more. Like it or not, Prescott is captivating! What brought so many of us here years ago is continuing to bring people here today, and as far as we can tell, it’s not going to stop any time soon.

Today’s Home Renovation Trends

If you’re a fan of the surplus of home renovation shows on HGTV these days, you aren’t blind to what today’s hottest trends are in home renovation. With things feeling fresh and clean, it’s almost hard to remember the dark and dusty trends over the past decades that would make us cringe now.  

In the 70’s it was shag carpets, colors of browns and yellows, and furniture that is now considered “retro” – think of wood panelled walls and enclosed living spaces, and you’re on the right track. The 80’s livened things up a bit with its funky shapes and checkered patterns, bright neon colors, and being generally a bit over the top (just like the hair). However, those trends quickly died along with perms and leg warmers.The 90’s consisted of white walls, wood cabinets, laminate counters, and tile floors – all varying shades of wood or neutral tans (a.k.a. boring). The last trends to kick the bucket in the 00’s were brown and black speckled granite countertops, wood cabinets, leather couches, and large tile floors, those these still linger slightly today.

Today is a new day! We’ve torn out the shag carpet, gotten rid of the wacky shapes and bright colors, and we’ve even painted over those boring wood cabinets. The hottest homes of 2018 are the ones that feel open and clean, and rustic. Grays and blues have taken hold of our homes by storm, whether it be our walls, couches, or decorations. We also like white and light colors as they make things feel more open, and bright. White counters, white cabinets, white walls – really a lot of white, which used to be considered plain – are desirable now. Airy and bright is the way we like things now,  with small pops of color in decorations or paint. Counter tops are carrara marble or dark soap stone, though granite is still desirable in lighter colors, as well as cheaper options such as butcher block and concrete countertops. Floors are wood of varying shades, which even finds its way onto walls as an accent to add depth and a pop of change from the sea of whites and grays. Tiles also vary, but are mainly confined as backsplash. White subway tiles, pattern concrete tiles, and even hexagon or different shaped tiles being popular choices. As for decorations, people want their home to look rustic and like a farmhouse.  This means they’re decked with vintage or antique pieces, mason jars, huge wooden farmhouse tables, industrial looking metal pieces, beamed ceilings, and so much more.

The list could go on and on. Black spouts and handles rather than silver, long cabinet handles rather than knobs, rustic exposed looking lighting rather than covered, curtains long and hung high rather than fitting to the window… And now, even the latest trends seem to already be shifting toward more modern looking styles in furniture and decor.

All one has to do to get ideas on how to renovate their home with the latest trends is watch a show on HGTV, or search the internet. You will be bombarded with ideas on how to change your home so it is more up-to-date for your family and guests, or for re-selling in the future.

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Happy renovating!

A Brief History of Prescott, Arizona!

Prescott, Arizona.

A town that, if you have ever been so fortunate as to live in or visit, you know is special in its own right. “Welcome to Everybody’s Hometown,” is our slogan, a name earned by our friendly community, small-town feel, and vibrant atmosphere.

When you travel into Prescott, no matter which direction you are coming from, you are bombarded with jaw dropping scenery. Rolling grass fields, dramatic boulders, statuesque Thumb Butte, towering Granite Mountain, expansive lakes, pine covered mountain ranges, and so much more. This – paired with our quaint downtown that sprawls with small businesses, good food, boutique stores, and beautiful mature trees – one can’t help but feel instantly at home.

We truly are a town for all generations with a thriving retirement community that grows every year, our family friendly neighborhoods and gorgeous four mild seasons for kids to play outside, and entertainment that ranges from art shows to parades.

However, Prescott wasn’t always the booming community it is today. Every town has a beginning and with Prescott being founded in 1864 in the midst of the “Wild West,” our town is chalk full of interesting history! But, who better to inform you than our very own City! Click on the link below to read a “History in Brief” from the City of Prescott’s website. Learn how Prescott got its name, how it was once the state capital – twice(!), the ups and downs faced since the mid 1800’s, and how today, Prescott is doing better than ever!

Click here for a brief history of Prescott, Arizona.

KYG Agent Feature – Molly Hohrein

Meet Molly Hohrein, our Designated Broker. Before the passing of Kathleen, our dear friend and Designated Broker / Owner for over 16 years, Molly was the office manager of The Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate from the very first time its doors opened. She worked alongside Kathleen, quickly becoming her number two, her eyes and ears, and essentially her second brain. Often times Kathleen would start speaking a sentence only to have Molly finish it for her. It drove Kathleen mad and eventually became something we all laughed, and joked about.

After Kathleen passed, Molly reluctantly stepped up to fill in as Designated Broker. The word “reluctantly” is used because how does one work on moving on while still deeply mourning the loss of their friend who mentored them like a daughter for so many years? However, the business needed her, her team needed her, and Molly did not hesitate to step up to the plate. She did not and does not want Kathleen’s dream – her legacy – to die out.

An abundance of knowledge and experience, Molly was more than qualified. After a month of Broker’s classes to get her license, she passed the test and officially became Designated Broker. Though this has been a strange and hard transition for Molly, she has done it effortlessly, always seeking to support her team and do her job just as Kathleen used to – with class, kindness, respect, and professionalism. We don’t know where we would be without her and are so grateful for her caring heart, Real Estate smarts, and devotion to do what’s best for the business and our clients.

Pictured above is Molly’s family. Daughter Sophie on the left, daughter Maddy on the right, and her husband of twenty-two years, Brian, beside her. Brian is a recently retired Army National Guard First Sergeant and currently works for the Prescott Valley Police Department. Her daughters both attend school locally, Sophie enjoying dance, while Maddy is a fan of art. The Hohrein family is active in their Church and community, always volunteering and looking for ways to give back. They are true assets to our business and to Prescott as a whole!

Why Prescott?

When making the decision to relocate many factors can come into play. Reasons can range from community resources, better school systems, lower costs of living, environmental or health issues, a change in scenery, a job relocation, and so much more. Regardless of the reason for the relocation, Prescott has become a growing community for relocation for a variety of ages and stages in life. With its beautiful environment, small-town feel, clean air, and reasonable living expenses, who could blame people for seeing what Prescottonians have known for years – Prescott is amazing!

Food

Between fine dining options and fast, easy restaurants, everyone is sure to find a place to enjoy a bite to eat. Many restaurants are locally sourced and even go the extra mile to acquire organic ingredients. There are American classics and ethnic favorites from all areas imaginable. Popular chain restaurants and local restaurants alike have found the thriving community of Prescott to bring continual business from both local residents and out of town visitors. Some restaurants have been around longer than most community members. Others bring a new style to old favorites. Many restaurants also offer nights of live music, local bands, game nights, or movie nights to their patrons. Whatever kind of food or atmosphere you are looking for, there is a dining location in Prescott that suits your wants and needs.

Outdoor Enthusiasts

Prescott boasts a plethora of activities for outdoor enthusiasts of all varieties. Single track mountain biking trails, 80+ miles of trails associated with the Mile High Trail System, rock climbing for both sport and trad climbers of all levels, multiple lakes that allow kayaking and fishing, camping- both dispersed and in campgrounds, and horseback riding only begin to touch the surface of the outdoor activities available in the area. Access to the Prescott National Forest provides a quick getaway for those that have a short amount of time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. For those that have a bit more time on their hands, places like Sedona, the majestic Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, and the city life of Phoenix are no more than a day trip away.

Community

During the summer, Prescott’s downtown plaza is a buzz of constant activity. The activities vary greatly and there is something to be found for all ages and interests. Art festivals, a Bluegrass festival, food and clothing vendors, live music events, movie nights, and so much more! The city makes efforts to draw people together and build community and relationships. Closing down streets and opening up areas for people to gather together fosters the building of relationships for which so many are searching. If art activities aren’t a draw, the community also comes together for Christmas caroling, bike rides, marathons, Big Brothers Big Sisters, “The World’s Oldest Rodeo”, and an Independence Day parade that lasts for hours and puts most to shame.

Climate

Prescott’s high desert and moderate climate is a draw for those looking to get out of the high heat of Phoenix, or enjoy the beauty of four mild seasons. As fall sets in around September, one can stand in wonder at the trees changing a kaleidoscope of colors from orange, yellow, and red! With a moderate snowfall in the winter, the snow is manageable and usually disappears in short order, but not before one can marvel at the white capped town, or enjoy a quick day of sledding. In the heat of the summer when the temperatures rise, monsoon weather kicks into high gear. These storms are a breathtaking site with thunder and lightning that thrill greater than any firework show. When these monsoon rains come in the hot afternoon, the temperature drops, bringing a refreshing rain that breathes life into this high desert life. Hills become green, streams and lakes fill, and life flourishes again.  

Whether it’s relocating your family or needing a second home with a different environment, the community of Prescott has a unique appeal like none other! Come visit and tell us what you think. Eat our food, walk on our trails, explore the quaint shops downtown. We’re sure you’ll find something to pique your interest.