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?

Prescott Events Both Big and Small

In Prescott, Arizona, we are known for our town events.

The amount of parades we have shows our town’s festive spirit and love for being a part of our amazing little community. From parades that celebrate the seasons like Christmas, to parades on memorial day and veterans day to honor those who’ve served.

We host our very own long distance bike race and marathon, named after the historic Whiskey Row. It’s a race that travels all around the Prescott area, showing off its stunning beauty, glorious pines, and timeless neighborhoods.

In the first week of July, Prescott becomes one huge celebration. With the world’s oldest rodeo in town all week, dances going on, fireworks on the fourth of July, and so much more, your week will not be boring!

For Halloween, nearly the entire street of Mtn. Vernon closes down for people to walk around in their costumes, trick-or-treat, and enjoy the spooky holiday.

Christmas is another story in itself! Prescott is, after all, Arizona’s Christmas city. There’s the Holiday Light Parade, the Lighting of the Courthouse, Acker Night, and all the little events in between.

With all those big events going on throughout the year, one might think that in between those events the town is dead, but that is not the case at all! From book clubs, story times, orchestras, basketball games, various groups who meet with others about their common interests, farmers markets, and so much more, there is ALWAYS something going on in Prescott to join, meet new people, and enjoy the town.

Events both big and small are one of the many reasons we love our town so much. There is always something to do, always people meeting and connecting about the things they love, always a community within our community to join.

Here are some of the “smaller” events taking place in Prescott just in the month of February to come:

  • Story time at the Prescott Public Library multiple times a month
  • Conversational Spanish: Brush up on your Spanish as you work on your speaking skills and get to know others.
  • It’s a Mystery Book Group
  • NAZ Suns vs. LAK
  • Prescott Chamber Orchestra “If it’s not Baroque…” Concert
  • Secrets of a Soccer Mom
  • Advanced Landscape Pruning for Garden Success
  • Prescott Origami Fanatics: Origami Hearts
  • Make the Most of Your Meeting: Equipment Training for Meeting Room Users
  • 2019 Community Nature Study Series
  • Technology Help Hour
  • Teen Books and Bites

Believe us when we say that is a VERY few of the things going on, but you will notice how there is something for every interest and every age! We hope you can find something you like!

For more information on any of the above mentioned events, or to see all the other events going on this month, you can visit the City of Prescott’s event page by clicking here.

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.

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!