Labor Day in Prescott, AZ

Labor Day Weekend in PrescottLabor Day is upon us and Prescott Arizona has many things to do over the holiday that includes an arts and crafts show, hiking, picnicing and more.

The Faire on the Square Arts & Crafts Show will be held in historic downtown Prescott September 3rd thru the 5th. With over 125 vendors we are sure that you will find this an enjoyable experience. While your downtown experience Whiskey Row as it has a large number of Saloons, art galleries and candy shops.

Whiskey Row. Whiskey row dates back to 1864 and was visited by many well-known figures of that time, including Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers. Destroyed in the fire, but restored, today Whiskey Row stands as a monument to the past. From mining to the Indian wars of the late 1800’s, Prescott AZ was the very center of activity and commerce in the region.

Looking for an outdoor experience? Prescott offers an adventure around every corner as it borders three national forests, Coconino, Kaibab and Tonto. With nearly 450 miles of hiking trails in the 1.25 million acres of the Prescott National Forest, you may just wear out a pair of boots trying to hike them all.

After the Labor Day Weekend is over don’t forget about the Yavapai County Fair. From the 4H and FFA Exposition to Agriculture and Horticulture, the fair also includes Fine Arts and School Arts as well as Homemaking. There is something at the fari for the whole family to enjoy!

Once you’ve experienced Prescott we are sure that it will leave an indelible impression and the experience doesn’t have to end. Did you know that it’s one of the top 5 places to retire? With an abundance of historic homes from the turn of the century to modern architectural marvels tucked into a beautiful mountainside you can call Prescott home.

Once you’ve experienced the Labor Day Weekend in Prescott and you would like to learn more about making it your home, contact the Kathleen Yamauchi Real Estate Group to learn more today!
 

Utilizing a Professional Real Estate Photographer

Real Estate PhotographyAt the Kathleen Yamauchi Real Estate Group we employ the services of a professional real estate photographer. With that being said we know what you can do to help ensure that you get the best possible photos of your home for sale. After all pictures that represent the best features of your home can be the difference of thousands of dollars as well, it could mean the difference of whether your home even gets noticed at all.

In addition to vacuuming, dusting and general straightening up, below are tips to further prepare your home for a professional real estate photographer.

General

  • Make sure to open all of the blinds and drapes
  • Turn on all of the lights and replace burn out bulbs
  • Turn all ceiling fans off
  • De-personalize your home by removing family photos
  • Remove all Kleenex tissue boxes
  • Hide any remote controls you may have
  • Have your windows professionally cleaned

Kitchens

  • Make sure to remove counter clutter like bills, pen jar, phone wires
  • Put dishes, soap bottles, rags away
  • Remove everything from the outside surface of the fridge such as magnets, clips and notes
  • Remove oven handle towels
  • Put fidos dog bowl away

Bathrooms

  • Remove all personal items and clutter from countertops
  • Clean mirrors and shower doors
  • Remove little floor mats
  • Remove any towels from shower door
  • Remove the trash can

Exterior

  • Remove vehicles and trash/recycle cans from front of your home
  • Straighten and uncover outdoor furniture
  • Put cushions on outdoor furniture
  • Uncover the grill
  • Make sure to open patio umbrellas
  • Hide garden tools, hoses and childrens’ toys

By following the list above the photographs of you home will make it stand out and you may be able to sell your home for a higher price.

If you would like to learn more about how you can utilize a real estate photographer to get the most from your home, click here to contact the Kathleen Yamauchi Real Estate Group today.
 

Have you ever considered buying land for sale in Prescott to build your dream home on?

Indeed Prescott has an abundance of beautiful homes for sale however given the dramatic views of Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte and Prescott national forest choosing from wealth of beautiful land for sale in Prescott offers the opportunity to build the home of your dreams with a view to match.

From long distance views north from Granite Mountain to the San Francisco Peaks to magnificent ponderosa pine-framed views with privacy amongst majestic boulders and mature trees all located in the desirable communities, Prescott offers land for sale that ranges across the pricing spectrum.

With many home sites including electricity, city utilities and amenities such as golf courses, pools and clubhouses, building a home on land chosen by you can also give you the freedom to hike the trails in solitude all the while waking to spectacular views and the joys that nature has to share.

With popular neighborhoods such as Hassayampa, American Ranch and High Valley Ranch Prescott Arizona continues to be increasingly popular as a living destination. With an elevation of 5,400 feet and a four-season climate which includes an annual snowfall of 24 inches and rainfall of 19 inches what’s not to love.

When you want to escape the solitude you can easily access the downtown culture of Prescott AZ for a year-round experience. With an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, and entertainment Prescott provides an enjoyable experience for all and is known as Arizona’s Christmas sity.

To learn more about land for sale in Prescott, click here to contact the Kathleen Yamauchi Real Estate Group today!
 

The Kathleen Yamauchi Real Estate Group, more than a high end brokerage firm

Find the home of your dreamsThe goal of the Kathleen Yamauchi Real Estate Group is to make your real estate transaction a smooth and pleasant experience. With a dynamic and creative team of highly skilled Real Estate Professionals who are also proud to call Prescott home, our knowledge of the Prescott AZ real estate industry is next to none.

Perceived as a "high-end" brokerage because of the level of real estate marketing we provide we work with clients at every range of the home scale. From 600 square foot $100,000 bungalows to expansive multi-million dollar estates your goals and needs are our first and only priorities regardless of price point.

Drawing from our specific strengths and unique real estate training, we provide our clients with services and results that you will not get from a single real estate agent, or simple real estate partnership. With that being said our full-service, boutique real estate service includes all of our exclusive services at the same price as hiring a single agent and another brokerage.

Although we carry an expansive list of homes and land for sale in Prescott we are not limited to showing you only the listings that we have. Any property that is listed in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) as well as newly constructed homes in new home subdivisions and for sale by owner properties (FSBO) can be shown by our real estate professionals as well. At the Kathleen Yamauchi Real Estate Group you get all of the resources you will need to find that special property that was meant just for you.

Open 7 days a week and located on Gurley Street in downtown Prescott, AZ, the Kathleen Yamauchi Group is with you every day – every step of the way!

Click here to contact us or call (928)771-1111 to get started on your journey to find the right property at the right price in Prescott, AZ.
 

What you need to know about Real Estate Agents, Brokers and Dual Agencies

 Real Estate Agents, Brokers and Dual AgentsWith so many real estate agencies in Prescott bearing different titles I thought I would share with you the differences. With a better understanding of the roles that agents, brokers and dual agencies have you can make better informed decision when selling or buying your home.

Real Estate Agent vs. Real Estate Broker

The main difference between a real estate agent and a broker lies in the amount of education and experience each has in the real estate market. While both a real estate agent and a broker may list and sell real estate, the broker is required to have additional education and experience.

The real estate broker is authorized to operate a private real estate firm, and supervises the transactions conducted by the salespeople, to ensure the ethical and legal standards established by the Arizona Association of REALTORS® are upheld.

A real estate agent on the other hand is tested and licensed by the state of Arizona and is considered an independent contractor. A Real Estate Agent must also work under a licensed broker.

What is dual agency?

A Dual Agency occurs when a real estate broker represents both the buyer and seller in the same transaction. Dual agency is legal in Arizona provided that it is fully disclosed and consented to by all parties involved.

If you find yourself involved in a dual agency relationship, before you receive an offer both you and the other party will be asked to consent in writing to this new limited agency relationship.

Since the broker has promised a duty of confidentiality, loyalty and full disclosure to both parties simultaneously, it is necessary to limit these duties in this situation, if both parties consent.

Dual Agency relationship limitations:

  • The Agent will deal with the Buyer and the Seller impartially
     
  • The Agent will have a duty of disclosure to both the Buyer and the Seller

Dual Agency relationship exceptions:

  • The Agent will not disclose that the Buyer is willing to pay a price or agree to terms other than those contained in the Offer or that the Seller is willing to accept a price or terms other than those contained in the Listing.
     
  • The Agent will not disclose the motivation of the Buyer or the Seller to sell unless authorized by the Buyer or the Seller.
     
  • The Agent will not disclose personal information about either the Buyer or the Seller unless authorized in writing.
     
  • The Agent will disclose to the Buyer the defects about the physical condition of the Property known to the Agent.

To learn more or have questions about what agency would work best for you click here to contact the Kathleen Yamauchi Real Estate Group today!

 

Prescott Arizona Sellers questions, answered!

Selling you homeIf you are thinking of selling your home in Prescott I’m sure that you are overwhelmed with questions. I have compiled a list of common questions below to help ease the anxiety associated with selling.

What is a comparable otherwise known as a comp?

Comparables or comps for short, is a list of recently sold properties that are similar in size, age, location and they offer similar amenities that your house contains. Comparables are used by appraisers and real estate agents to determine the fair market value of your home. 

I have a realtor however, someone showed up at my house unannounced for a tour, should I let them in?

As always you should never let anyone into your home unannounced. Your realtor follows a set of protocols for making appointments and serious clients will contact a professional real estate agent to view a home. I caution you to be leery of the person who unexpectedly knocks appears at your doorstep expecting to be let into your home. If this ever should occur simply have them wait outside and contact your realtor immediately.

What is a lockbox?

A lockbox holds the key to your home and is only available to members of the local Prescott Az MLS. The lockboxes have a tiny microprocessor inside and can only be opened with an electronic key. A hollow metal box that attaches to either the front doorknob or some other secure place nearby, inside the hollow area of the box is another matchbox-sized box that contains a key to the house. When an agent opens the lockbox, that smaller container slides out, revealing the key.

All of the electronic keys that have been assigned to your home have a unique identifier. When a Real Estate agent opens the box, the microprocessors inside "registers" who the agent is who opened it. In addition to the Realtors name, the date and time that the home was access is also identified.

Once someone has accessed the lockbox the information is stored in the electronic key and an email is sent automatically to the listing agent, usually within the hour of the accessing the lockbox.

How much will it cost to sell my home?

Many of the fees associated with selling a home in Prescott are based on several factors. The factors include the purchase price. In short a definitive answer is hard to come by; however, I have provided the following items as a general list of expenses a seller can expect to pay.

Please note that some items are negotiable between the buyer and seller. If you have an agreement with the seller make sure that it’s written into the purchase contract

  • Home inspection
  • Pest inspection
  • One half of the escrow fees (Fee is split with the buyer)
  • Recording fees (Fee is split with the buyer)
  • Payoff of Seller mortgage
  • HOA transfer fee (If applicable)
  • Assessments
  • Real estate commission
  • Title insurance
  • Septic inspection
  • Survey, well inspection, home warranty (This is negotiable with the buyer)

Should I leave when my home is being shown?

You should leave your home when it’s being shown to allow potential buyers the ability to be free to envision your home as their own and to feel comfortable to talk openly about the features of your home that they like or dislike.

With you being present during the showing the potential buyers may feel like they are intruding causing them to hurry through your home which could result in a lost buyer.

It’s best to let the prospective buyer’s agent walk them through as they know their client’s likes and dislikes and can point out the features of your home and answer their questions during the showing.

Once I sell my home can I turn off the utilities?

The utilities must remain on in the home the entire time it remains a listing and during the escrow period so that showings, inspections, and the final walk-through can be completed.

Still have questions about selling your home in Prescott? Click here to contact the Kathleen Yamauchi Real Estate Group to learn more!

 

What is the difference between prequalification and preapproval?

Pre-approvedBuying a home whether it’s your first home purchase or you’re a seasoned veteran, it’s to your advantage to get either pre-qualified or pre-approved for a loan. The difference between the two are often not fully understood and I would like to provide you with an understanding between the two so that you can enjoy your house hunting experience.

Pre-qualification in short is a quick and simple process that can be done either on the phone or at your initial meeting with a loan officer. Pre-qualification is based on housing and debt ratios. By getting pre-qualified you will have an idea of how much house you can afford and what loan program options will fit your particular situation.

Benefits to getting pre-qualified

  • Getting pre-qualified for a given loan amount allows you to shop for a home with the comfort of knowing your price range.
     
  • Once you have found the home of your dreams being pre-qualified can also speed the process of obtaining a mortgage.
     
  • Pre-qualification gives you an advantage with agents and sellers when you submit an offer over those who aren’t as you have demonstrated that you are a determined and qualified buyer.
     
  • Proof of pre-qualificaiton is required with the submission of the Arizona Residential Purchase Contract. A residential purchase contract is simply your offer for the home and again, prior credit approvals can expedite the closing of your loan.

On the other hand getting pre-approved to buy a home requires more detailed information from both you and outside sources which is necessary to complete your loan. Once the information has been gathered it is then submitted to an underwriter for review of all of the documentation. An underwriter checks over the figures and makes sure that all of the documentation is in order before deciding on an approval.

If the Underwriter issues an approval of your loan with additional conditions to be met, it is considered approved; however, the outstanding conditions will need to be satisfied before your loan is considered fully approved. Once the pre-approval process is complete, you will be given a letter that is typically valid for 60 days stating that you have been pre-approved and the lender is willing to give you a loan.

Want to learn more about getting started on getting pre-qualified or pre-approved? Click here to Contact Kathleen Yamauchi Real Estate Group or call 928-771-1111 today!
 

 

Are people rude where you live? Come to Prescott for some friendly relief!

Welcome to PrescottTravel + Leisure magazine recently came out with a list of the rudest cities in the U.S. and Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ made the list. The list was based on reader’s response when asked about their trips to U.S. cities and how well they were treated by locals during their visit.

Phoenix was actually voted as the second rudest in the U.S. with New York and Philadelphia following close behind.

With the polls complete why not consider Prescott Arizona home? Prescott’s weather alone makes it an inviting city and if you combine that with friendly locals it’s not surprising that Prescott AZ has been dubbed “Everyone’s Hometown.”

The downtown culture of Prescott AZ offers an enjoyable year-round experience with an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, and year-round entertainment providing an enjoyable experience for all, especially during the Christmas season. Located 96 miles northwest of the not so friendly Phoenix in the Bradshaw Mountains of central Arizona and an elevation of 5,400 feet, and an area population of roughly 40,000, Prescott AZ is an ideal, friendly place to live.

Prescott Arizona also has an abundance of beautiful homes for sale. We offer historic homes from the turn of the century to modern architectural marvels tucked into a beautiful mountainside. In addition to the wide selection of beautiful homes, many of the homes have views of our scenic mountains including Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte, and the Bradshaw and Mingus Mountain ranges.

Does downtown living fit your lifestyle? Prescott offers homes near the famous Whiskey Row and Courthouse Square within walking distance from these historic landmarks.

Wherever you choose to live, you will experience pleasant locals and be close to the many natural wonders in the area from National Forest lands to one of the many lakes in the area. Perfect for hiking, biking or simply relaxing.

Come to Prescott to experience a welcoming environment. Click here to contact Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate to learn more today!
 

Brexit may not be such a bad thing for Homebuyers

Home buyingAlthough the full repercussions of Brexit (British Exit) remains to be seen, there was a bit of sunshine for homebuyers as the average rate for a 30 year fixed mortgage dropped .6% from last year. The decline came in the wake of the United Kingdom exiting the European Union.

In 2015 the average mortgage rate was 4.08%. The rate recently dropped to 3.48% and 15 year mortgages also fell from 2.83% to 2.78%.

So what does this mean to a homebuyer? According to CNN Money this is a great time for those in the market to buy a home and even for those who have considered refinancing their current home. With rent prices continuing their climb, perhaps now is the time for you to consider buying a home.

Curiously enough I recently read an article on realtor.com and Arizona made the list as one of the cities across the country with some of the smallest rental units. In Tucson, Arizona a studio apartments can be as small as 398 square feet with one and two bedrooms averaging 595 square feet to 907 square feet. Although I do realize that not everyone in Arizona is calling such a small space home the fact of the matter is that rent prices continue to soar and your hard earned money only benefits the property owner. With the national average of rent coming in at $1204 a month as reported in May by rentcafe.com, Brexit could be your exit from the rental market and a new beginning as a homeowner in Prescott.

Prescott Arizona is just 96 miles northwest of Phoenix in the Bradshaw Mountains of central Arizona. With an elevation of 5,400 feet, the weather here is generally mild, with a four-season climate, annual snowfall of 24 inches, and annual rainfall of 19 inches. What better place to call home!

If you would like to learn more about home mortgage rates in Prescott and the home buying opportunities it presents, click here to contact the Kathleen Yamauchi Real Estate Group today!
 

Celebrate July the 4th in Prescott Arizona!

Monsoon Moutainside SunsetSummer is here and beautiful Prescott Arizona is in full swing! Prescott is just 96 miles northwest of Phoenix in the Bradshaw Mountains of central Arizona.

Start your summer adventure by attending the Prescott Frontier Days ® Parade. Afterwards meander over to the “World’s Oldest Rodeo” which will be held from June 28th thru July the 4th and while your there don’t forget to check out the Plaza Arts & Crafts show.

When you get hungry for more check out Whiskey Row as it has a large number of Saloons, art galleries and candy shops. Whiskey Row, dates back to 1864 and was visited by many well-known figures of that time, including Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers.  Destroyed in the fire, but restored, today Whiskey Row stands as a monument to the past. From mining to the Indian wars of the late 1800’s, Prescott AZ was the very center of activity and commerce in the region. Click here to learn more about Prescott’s history.

Once you are feeling the old west fever check out Lynx Lake Recreation Area for some good old-fashioned gold panning. Lynx Lake also offers hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, boating and picnicking.

Prescott offers an adventure around every corner as it borders three national forests, Coconino, Kaibab and Tonto. With nearly 450 miles of hiking trails in the 1.25 million acres of the Prescott National Forest, you may just wear out a pair of boots trying to hike them all.

Once you’ve experienced Prescott we are sure that it will leave an indelible impression and the experience doesn’t have to end. Did you know that it’s one of the top 5 places to retire? With an abundance of historic homes from the turn of the century to modern architectural marvels tucked into a beautiful mountainside you can call Prescott home.

Once you’ve experienced summer fun in Prescott and you would like to learn more about making it your home, contact the Kathleen Yamauchi Real Estate Group to learn more today!