Market Statistics for August 2019

As we transition from our busy summer Real Estate season and into our slower winter season, we will start to see a decline in home sales through the next months.

Tom Ruff from ARMLS (Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service) says, “This is the time of year sales slow. It’s simply the seasonality of our market… Demand almost always subsides every year between July and January… When judging your bushels of apples, you want to view the year-over-year trend. Sales in August were 8.6% higher than a year ago, which understates the real year-over-year improvement. There was one more business day last year, which brings our real improvement closer to 13%. This August accounted for the third highest sales volume in ARMLS reporting history, surpassed only by 2004 and 2005, with only 266 fewer sales than ‘04. With 690 more sales this year than last, 2019 sales year-to-date have now surpassed 2018. Looking ahead to how the year might end, I’m willing to go out on a limb and say the prognosticators were wrong back in January (I may or may not have been one of them). 2019 sales will surpass 2018 in both sales volume and price.”

Therefore, even though the graphs below show a slowing market, it isn’t cause for concern. Not only is this normal for this time of year, as stated above, but we are still doing better than proceeding years.

Prescott Named Best Value Town in the SW by Sunset Magazine

Living in Prescott, Arizona, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t absolutely love our small town.

With the amazing outdoor living, four mild seasons of weather, beautiful nature scenery and downtown, and so much more, it’s not surprising that Prescott has been recognized on multiple occasions by numerous printing presses around the nation. From Arizona magazines to national magazines such as Times, Prescott has had more than its fair share of the spotlight.

This time, Prescott has been named the best Value town in the whole Southwest by Sunset Magazine, beating out Scottsdale, Silver City, New Mexico, and Los Alamos, New Mexico.

The article talked about Prescott’s quality of life, emphasizing outdoor recreation such as our amazing trails and lakes. With our dramatic boulder landscapes to our towering pines, there are plenty of scenic places and vistas to awe and inspire. The article also touched on our Old West heritage, mentioning the Palace and Whiskey Row.

Precott E-News said that City Manager Michael Lamar, is pleased that Prescott is earning positive recognition.  “It’s easy to see why Prescott is being recognized in so many ways,” he said. “There is so much opportunity including heritage, arts, culture, outdoor recreation, and a variety of educational opportunities.  We believe that Prescott is on the rise, and recognition like this confirms it.”

To read everything Sunset Magazine had to say, you can click here to read the article.

A growing population of over 40,000 people, homes prices and sales on the rise, and continual recognition in the press, whether we like it or not, the word is out about how great our little town is, and people want in!

Are you or someone you know looking to move to Prescott? We’d love to help you in your buying and selling needs! Give us a call at 928-771-1111, or e-mails us at info@kathleeny.com.

 

9/11

September 11th is tomorrow. It’s been eighteen years since one of the most memorable days in the history of the United States when more than 3,000 people were killed in multiple terrorist attacks on the East Coast.

When looking for the right things  to say to convey the gravity and magnitude of this horrid day, there were/are no words to encapsulate it.

Researching 9/11 for content for this blog, we came upon this video from history.com. Striking awe and unspeakable sadness in us with a small glimpse reminding us of how awful this day truly was, this video is better than anything we could say. September 11, 2001. We will never forget.

September 11th Facts from CNN.com:
  • Nineteen men hijacked four fuel-loaded US commercial airplanes bound for west coast destinations. In the attacks, people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The attack was orchestrated by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
  • At the World Trade Center (WTC) site in Lower Manhattan, 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were intentionally crashed into the north and south towers, or as a result of the crashes.
  • Of those who perished during the initial attacks and the subsequent collapses of the towers, 343 were New York City firefighters, 23 were New York City police officers and 37 were officers at the Port Authority. The victims ranged in age from two to 85 years. Approximately 75-80% of the victims were men.
  • At the Pentagon in Washington, 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
  • Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died when the plane crashed into a field. It is believed that the hijackers crashed the plane in that location, rather than their unknown target, after the passengers and crew attempted to retake control of the flight deck.
  • As of July 2019, 1,644 (60%) of 2,753 WTC victims’ remains have been positively identified, according to the medical examiner’s office.

9/11 Remembrance in Prescott, Arizona:

If you’re looking for a way to further remember this day, don’t forget about Healing Fields going on at the Prescott Valley Civic Center Lawn this week. Stop by to see each life lost on 9/11 represented by an American flag, including a short bio of their life. For more information about this week long event, check out our blog about it here.

 

Healing Fields 2019!

Tomorrow, Friday, September 6th, is the beginning of Patriot Week. From September sixth at 10AM to September thirteenth at the Prescott Valley Civic Center Theater on the Green, there will be the 9th annual Healing Fields event.

Healing fields is special and awing event held every year over Patriots Week to remember the event of 9/11, and the lives lost that day.

Healingfield.org says:

“Commemorating the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001, Prescott Valley will continue its proud 8-year tradition as Northern Arizona residents come together to experience this awe-inspiring display of the Stars and Stripes. 3,000 U.S. flags flying at the Civic Center will again create an unforgettable panorama of optimism and healing. Area residents may visit the display at the Prescott Valley Town Center from Friday, September 6th through Friday, September 13th of 2019. The Prescott Valley Healing Field display is a gift to the community made possible through donations, sponsorships and the efforts of many dedicated volunteers. You can show your support and gratitude by sponsoring a flag or making a donation. We invite all to visit the Prescott Valley’s display and walk with us among the posted flags. The display is open to all without charge. The North Arizona Healing Field is a not to be missed event.”

The 3,000 flags are for those who lost their lives on 9/11 and each flag represents a person who perished on that day and is accompanied by a short bio and display set up on the flag.

Along with the display of flags, there will also be various events going on throughout the week to participate in and bring your friends and family to:

September 6 – September 13th: Healing Field flags on display around the clock.

Saturday, September 7th at 7AM: 2019 Patriot Run

Saturday, September 7th at 9:30AM: Blessing of the Fields

Saturday, September 7th at 6PM: Patriotic Youth Concert

Tuesday, September 10th at 6PM: FREE Community Concert High Desert Brass

Wednesday, September 11th, at 6PM: Ceremony honoring those who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001.

*All concerts and programs are at Theater on the Green at the Prescott Valley Civic Center.

Proceeds from these events go to benefit the Central Arizona Honor Guard travel fund to pay respects to fallen firefighters.

If you’d like to be involved in this beautiful event, you can still sign up to volunteer by contacting Molly at healingfieldpv@gmail.com. Volunteers are needed to help set up flags, work the information booth, and assist in taking down flags after the display is over.

 

The History of Labor Day!

Today is Labor Day and, ironically, we celebrate it by not laboring. That’s right, for the majority of American’s today, we celebrate Labor Day by getting an extended three-day weekend to vacation, relax, or do whatever else our hearts desire.

In case you didn’t know, this year is the 125th anniversary of Labor Day being celebrated as a national holiday and what it is, is the celebration of the American worker. The U.S. Department of Labor defines Labor Day as this: “Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

The first time the government recognized Labor Day was when municipal ordinances passed in 1885 and 1886. From these ordinances, a movement was developed to secure state legislation. After this, the first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but it was actually Oregon who became the first to pass it into law on February 21, 1887. More states followed suite in the years to come, but it wasn’t until June 28, 1894 that Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

It wasn’t an easy fight though to get this holiday passed, which came about by those fighting to start getting more fair working conditions and wages in this time. According to history.com, Labor Day “…originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters. In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages. People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks. As manufacturing increasingly supplanted agriculture as the wellspring of American employment, labor unions, which had first appeared in the late 18th century, grew more prominent and vocal. They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay.”

There is far more to this historical time than can fit into one small blog, but read the history channels full article here to get all the details.

This Labor Day, while we’re grilling, relaxing, and spending time with our loved ones, let’s try to remember those who’ve gone before us to fight for many of the freedoms and rights we have today within in the workplace. AND, thanks to them, we get a long holiday weekend!

Labor Day Weekend Events in Prescott!

Labor Day is almost here! A three-day weekend away from work and to have a little extra time to relax, or get some extra things done around the house, or even go out of town for a quick getaway.

If you’re planning on staying in Prescott this weekend for the Holiday and are looking for some things to do – or perhaps you have family and friends coming to you for Labor Day for their getaway and you’re looking for some things to do together for entertainment – here are some events going on in town this weekend to keep you occupied.

Edible Landscape with Trees and Berries

When: Saturday, August 31st from 9:30AM – 10:30AM

Where: Watters Garden Center, 1815 W Iron Springs Rd, Prescott, AZ 86305

What: “Have your landscape and eat it, too! We’ll share the tips, tricks, and recipes that make for a better, healthier and tastier landscape. Plant experts will be on hand after the class that specializes in fruiting designs that can be eaten after planting.

Cost: FREE

Water Lantern Festival

When: Saturday, August 31st from 4:30PM – 930PM

Where: Watson Lake, 3101 N AZ-89, Prescott, AZ 86301

What: “Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven’t met can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience. Enjoy Food Trucks, music, and fun, and design your own lantern.

Sugar and The Mint Performance

When: Saturday, August 31st from 7PM – 9:30PM

Where: Elks Theater & Performing Arts Center, 117 E Gurley St, Prescott, AZ 86301

What: “All Elks Theatre net proceeds benefit the Community Outreach and Scholarship Program! Sugar and the Mint’s spirited take on folk and bluegrass excites audiences across the country. The band synthesizes genres into a sparkling repertoire of original songs, balancing first-time singalong hooks with robust musicality. Sugar and the Mint’s unique vocal approach features complex, ethereal harmonies supporting accessible melodies. Informed by everything from bluegrass to baroque to current pop and country, the traditional blend of guitar, violins, mandolin and bass instrumentation is anything but standard-fare acoustic music.”

Vintage Baseball

When: Saturday, August 31st from 7PM – 10PM

Where: Ken Lindley Field, 702 E Gurley St, Prescott, AZ 86301

What: “Two vintage baseball teams from the Valley will be combining to play a match of 1860-rules baseball against the hometown Prescott Champions. You will definitely recognize this early play as baseball and will surely enjoy the quirky rules and customs. You’ll learn about the original Champions of the 1870s, some of the terms and language of the era, as well as getting to cheer on both clubs as they score their “aces” or make spectacular plays in the field. There will be baseball trivia questions (win baseball cards!!!!), chances to handle century + old bats and mitts, and who knows, perhaps a chance to actually hit (using our authentic reproduction bats) against 19th century, underhand pitching!! And, with all this going on, you’ll probably work up an appetite, so walk across Washington St. to a food truck we’ll have available. Although night games were not played in the 1860s, we’re bending the authenticity rules a bit to allow for a chance to watch some fun baseball without worrying about the heat. Should you have questions please contact Ace at mradrian06@yahoo.com. Our website is currently being created!”

Cost: FREE

Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers Labor Day Weekend Concert

When: Monday, September 2nd from 1PM – 8PM

Where: Grand Highland Courtyard, 154 S. Montezuma St, Prescott, AZ 86303

What: Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers play Rock, Americana, Southwest Rock, and Alt-Country. They will also have special guest Kaileena Martin.

Cost: $25.

Prescott

If none of these things sound like something you’re interested in, don’t forget we live in a gorgeous town! Take a hike on one of the innumerable trails that make up our recreational areas. Rent some kayaks at Watson or Goldwater Lake and relax in the sun. Walk around downtown and enjoy the thrift stores, art galleries, great food and drink, and beautiful square. Though the weekend will be a little warm as far as weather goes, it’s a great time to soak up the last rays of summer. Fall will be here before we know it!

It’s Election Day in Prescott, Arizona!

It’s Election Day! Don’t forget to vote today if you haven’t already.

The Mayor, Greg Mengarelli – husband to the Kathleen Yamauchi Group’s very own agent Sheila Mengarelli – is running unopposed, and then there are three candidates running for City Council.

Here is everything you need to know about voting from the City of Prescott’s website.

Election Information

Prescott’s legislative body consists of one Mayor and six City Council members who are elected at large. The Mayor serves a two-year term and Council members serve overlapping four-year terms.

Questions regarding Prescott city elections should be directed to Maureen Scott, Prescott City Clerk, at 777-1272 or email.

2019 Primary Election Day – August 27, 2019

Important Dates

  • July 29, 2019 – Last Day to Register to Vote
  • July 31, 2019 – Ballots Mailed to City of Prescott Registered Voters
  • July 31, 2019 – Early Voting Begins at Yavapai County Elections Department at Fair Street.
  • August 16, 2019 – Last day to Request an Early Ballot by Mail
  • November 5, 2019 – 2019 General Election (If Needed)

Positions up for Re-Election

Mayor:

  • Greg Mengarelli

Council members:

  • Jim Lamerson
  • Billie Orr
  • Steve Sischka

Citizens interested in running for Mayor or Council may contact the City Clerk’s Office at 928-777-1272 for more information.

Register to vote online at:

To be eligible to vote in a City of Prescott Election:

      • You must be a Prescott resident
      • You must be registered to vote twenty-nine days prior to the election

Service Dogs: Here’s the 411

When we think of service dogs, many of us tend to first think of guide dogs for the blind. While that may very well be the main type of service dog, there are actually eight different types of service dogs!

Contrary to what some may think, this number does not include emotional support animals, which are growing in popularity and are not always truly support animals. Many times, people get their animals certified as an emotional support animal so that they can get tenancy in places that normally have a no pet policy (under the Fair Housing Act, they cannot be denied tenancy because of an emotional support animal). This is why emotional support animals are not considered service animals, or more specifically here, service dogs. These animals also do not have any formal training, which is another reason they are not considered service dogs.

What, then, is considered a service dog and how many are there out there in the world?

According to servicedogcentral.org, The University of Arizona found that “0.9% of persons with disabilities are partnered with service dogs. Congress found that there were 43 million Americans with disabilities, suggesting there are approximately 387,000 service dogs across the US.” That doesn’t seem like very many service dogs, which is probably why we don’t normally see them in our every day lives. To make that number even smaller, servicedogcentral.org went on to say, “… the University of Arizona figure probably includes emotional support animals which are sometimes grouped with service animals, such as under the Fair Housing Act or Air Carrier Access Act. A more reasonable estimate of the number of public access (task trained) service dogs in the US might be 100,000 to 200,000.”

Of that small number of actual certified service dogs that help those with disabilities, what are their capabilities? What are these eight different types of service dogs?

Check out this amazing article by petpetbuy.com for a comprehensive guide to help you better understand these amazing animals, their extraordinary skills, as well as anything else you might want to know about service dogs.

Below is a list of the eight different types of service dogs petpetbuy.com mentions. Their article also includes a more in depth description of these dogs, what to look for in a service dog, how you can get a service dog, and so much more!

Eight Types of Service Dogs:

Number One: Guide Dogs for the Blind: Obviously, the first type of service dog on our list is a guide dog for the blind or visually impaired. They are the most commonly known service dog and have a long history of providing their owners with independence, security and freedom. In public, the guide dog helps navigate the world around their owner while providing them with safety from unseen hazards. The dogs work closely with their owners and need to be able to make quick decisions for the benefit of their owner.

Number Two: Mobility Assistance Dogs: With mobility assistance dogs, there are several different sub-categories but the primary task of a mobility dog is to assist their owner with mobility. This can be by providing them with stability and balance, turning on lights or even answering the phone.

Number Three: Mental Health Service Dogs: Also known as psychiatric service dogs or PSD’s, mental health service dogs are difficult to describe. The main reason for this is because their roles vary greatly depending on the diagnosis of their owners. They can perform tasks from things such as pulling back blankets, turning on lights, to opening curtains and answering phones. In addition, they can be trained to identify when an anxiety attack is about to occur and they will use calming tasks such as deep pressure stimulation to help calm their owners. The scope of their training will range but they are trained to work with people who have an emotional or psychiatric disability such as PTSD, anxiety or ADHD to name a few.

Number Four: Diabetes Assistance Dogs: Also known as diabetic alert dog guides, these are dogs that are specially trained to work with diabetics, especially those who are insulin dependant and are hypoglycemic unaware. They can work with anyone 10 years or older and will help them monitor their blood sugar levels.

Number Five: Hearing Guide Dogs: Although we are often very familiar with guide dogs for the blind, fewer people are aware of guide dogs for the deaf or hearing guide dogs. However, they are a very important service dog that has allowed many to live independently without worry… The main role of the hearing guide dog is to alert their owner, though physical contact, to a sound. They will aid their owner both at home and in public.

Number Six: Seizure Response Dogs: Although many people think of a seizure response dog working to identify when a seizure is about to take place, seizure response dogs offer much more than that to their owners. Like many other service dogs, they work to make life easier for their owners by doing things such as retrieving medication. In addition, if a seizure hits, they are trained to perform deep pressure stimulation to help reduce the length of a seizure. Furthermore, they can be trained to fetch help in the event that their own has a strong seizure.

Number Seven: Allergy Dogs: Similar to other alert service dogs such as diabetes assistance dogs, allergy dogs offer companionship for their owners while they provide a service. They offer allergy sufferers, especially those with anaphylactic allergies, a sense of security when they are out with potential allergens in their environment. Allergy dogs, or allergy alert dogs, are trained to scent specific allergies that the owner has. When they scent the allergen, they alert the owner to the potential allergen. This helps them avoid eating the food or interacting with the allergen.

Number Eight: Autism Support Dogs: This is an exciting time for service dogs and I remember being part of the initial breeding programs when autism dog training started to become very successful. Unlike most service dogs, autism support dogs work with people of all ages, including children as young as 6 years old. Autism support dogs are trained to work with people with autism or sensory processing disorders found within the autism umbrella. They provide security for parents as they are trained to maintain boundaries as well as find their handlers if they’ve run.

Monsoon Season May Be Over Already

When we wrote a few weeks ago about Monsoons, weather reporters and scientists still had a somewhat hopeful outlook for potential monsoon storms to come. With ideals that storms were just delayed due to a wetter than normal winter and a dryer summer that was prohibiting moisture, many hoped the rains would still be on their way, we just needed to be patient.

However, we all know the weather is a fickle thing, and here we sit just two weeks later with a much more bleak prediction – our monsoon season being called a “Non-soon” season.

Azfamily.com says, “as we look to September, we don’t have great news. The new 30-day outlook issued by the Climate Prediction Center puts Arizona in a category of ‘equal chances.’ That means we have equal chances to have more rain than average, or less. Flip a coin.”

With wildfires burning statewide and things getting dryer by the day, that isn’t a very reassuring statement. We need rain, not ‘flip a coin and hope for the best.’

The article went on to state, “So far, we’ve only had 0.27” of rain at Sky Harbor Airport. We’re more than 80% behind normal summer rainfall… If for some strange reason we get no more rain before Sept. 30, the end of the monsoon, it will go down as the driest monsoon on record.”

We don’t know about you, but seeing the words “driest monsoon on record” are both depressing and scary. We live in the desert! We need water! The animals and vegetation need water! Otherwise the plants dry up and make for quick tinder, and the animals start moving inland in search of water. Not only that, but we love our summer monsoons with their crazy flashes and cracks of lightning, gusting winds, and torrential downpours. We’d hate to think that they’re over before they even really begun. However, as much as we might want to, we can’t control the weather, and a lack-luster monsoon season might just be something we’ll have to deal with should the rains never come.

Holding out for winter rains and snows might have been promising, only those aren’t having the best predicted outlooks either… “We’re much more dependent on the winter snow. But, there’s more potential bad news. The latest winter outlook for January, February and March 2020 shows, again, just ‘equal’ chances of more or less precipitation.”

In short, our moisture outlook for the remainder of the monsoon season, and into the winter season, is a gamble. With a 50/50 chance of rain through the end of the year and into winter, I guess we will just have to stay hopeful and take what we can get!