Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza welcomes the 36th annual Bluegrass Festival

Prescott, AZ Bluegrass FestivalThe majestic Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza known as the “Jewel” of downtown Prescott welcomes the 36th annual Bluegrass Festival this weekend. For more than 140 years the County Courthouse has served as a gathering place for celebrations, concerts, movies, and commemorations and the Bluegrass Festival is no exception. Beginning as a fiddle contest, the Festival has been a long standing tradition in Prescott.

The festival is a free event, and it remains the only bluegrass festival in the western United States of its caliber that doesn’t charge a fee. From traditional to contemporary, local, regional, and national groups, the festival is sure to have something for everyone.

Starting this Saturday at 9:45 a.m. with an opening ceremony, the bands start playing at 10:00 a.m. and performers include Sonoran Dogs, the Central Valley Boys, Blue Moon, Burnett Family Bluegrass and the Vintage Martins. The evening ends with performances by the Old Blue Band and Heidi Clare & Ron Thomason.

Sunday the event runs until 3:00 p.m. ending with a raffle prize drawing so bring your chairs and find your place in the shade as the courthouse boasts over 170 trees, including 127 American elms, gracing the plaza.

While you’re downtown meander over to Whiskey Row and experience the eclectic mix of restaurants and 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.

Once you’ve experienced the festival in downtown Prescott, we are sure that it will leave an indelible impression and the experience doesn’t have to end. With an abundance of historic homes from the turn of the century to modern architectural marvels tucked into a beautiful mountainside you too can call Prescott home.

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

Zillow’s Zestimates under fire

Real Estate market valueA Chicago home builder has filed a lawsuit against Seattle-based Zillow. According to the lawsuit, their Zestimates are misleading home buyers with lowball figures.

The Zestimates that appear on the Zillow app have been calculated since 2006 and pose as an accurate appraisal. According to the class-action complaint in Illinois, this is in violation of the legal description of a home’s value as an estimate needs to be conducted by a licensed appraiser.

According to a Zillow spokesperson, Emily Heffter, “We believe the claims, in this case, are without merit. We always say that the Zestimate is a starting point to determine a home’s value, and isn’t an official appraisal. It’s a computer-automated estimate of your home’s value.”

Zillow maintains that their home value estimates are based on public records and other data using a “proprietary formula.” They also argue that they provide a disclaimer about the accuracy of their estimates.

At Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate we have first hand knowledge of the real estate market in Prescott, and we know what it takes to sell your home or property quickly at the highest possible value.

Since 1991 we have been serving Prescott, Arizona and surrounding areas with exceptional homes and land for sale and we are proud to offer a full-service, boutique real estate service, comprised of highly experienced real estate professionals. Widely known for our superior real estate marketing knowledge, we continue to lead the way in the Prescott, AZ real estate community.

Our in-house marketing team utilizes the very latest real estate advertising technology, and because we employ the services of a professional real estate photographer, your property listing will stand out from the rest. In short, we craft and position the message of your property above all of the other noise in this market.

Open 7 days a week and located on Gurley Street in downtown Prescott, AZ, contact Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate for a professional evaluation of your residential or commercial property or call (928)771-1111 today.
 

Things To Do This Week In Prescott

 Here are a few things going on in and around Prescott AZ this weekend, June 9-11, 2017.


Events



Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity
"Golf Fore Homes"


Fri. 6/9, 7am-3pm

Prescott Golf & Country Club, Dewey

Includes full breakfast, lunch, two drink tickets, cart, green fees, golf shirt, tournament prizes. See more info for fee.
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"Turn the Page – Bob Seger Experience"
Fri. 6/9, 7pm
Elks Theatre


Performed by The Sam Morrison Band. Each song is performed exactly as you remember it and is delivered with all the passion and excitement of a Bob Seger show.

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Prescott Film Festival
Fri. 6/9-Sat. 6/17, times vary
YC Performing Arts Center

In addition to our usual line-up of fabulous films, we have a Swing Dance with Live Music, a Gourmet Dinner. Shows through 6/17.

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Arizona Craft Distillers Guild Festival
& Balloon Glow

Fri. 6/9 & Sat. 6/10 , 5-11pm
Mile High Middle School


Benefiting The Arizona Craft Distiller’s Guild with hot Air balloon rides, Night Balloon Glow Festival live music, food vendors.

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Noices Off
Fri. 6/9-Sun. 6/11, times vary
Prescott Center for the Arts


Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.

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Journey’s in Spirit 2017

Fri. 6/9-Sun. 6/11, times vary
Tis Art Gallery
Traditional and Contemporary Art by American Indian Artists.
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Prescott Historical Walking Tours 
Fri. 6/9-Sun. 6/11, 10am
Visitor Information Center
Featuring strolls through history to learn of “Prescott’s storied past,” 10 a.m., on most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, May 5 through Oct. 29.
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Territorial Days Fine Arts & Craft Show

Sat. 6/10, 9-5pm

Courthouse Square

Enjoy over 100 Arts and Craft vendor booths under the cool American Elm Trees.

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Man in Black
Music of Johnny Cash

Sat. 6/10, 7pm
Elks Theatre


Starring Robert Shaw and the Lonely Street Band playing your favorite Cash hits.

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Starlight Train Ride

Sat. 6/10, 5:30-9:30pm

Verde Canyon Railroad, Clarkdale

The Starlight Ride serves up a wide ranging mix of light, color and shadow as the Canyon transforms into a moonlit dreamscape.

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3rd Annual Gala For Children

Sat. 6/10, 5:30-9:30pm

Centennial Center
Will include dinner, silent auction, a raffle, wine pull and lots of fun. Come support foster children  in Yavapai County at this amazing event.
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StoneRidge Summer Concert Series
Sun. 6/11, 57-pm
Prescott Club, StoneRidge


Performing: Dueling Pianos Band, "Two Pianos, Four Hands". Free for StoneRidge residence, active military veterans,  police & firefighters and their families.

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The Rice Brothers in Concert

Sun. 6/11, 3-5pm

American Lutheran Church

The Rice Brothers feature a unique blend of classical music, Gospel, jazz, ragtime and boogie-woogie.
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Things To Do This Week In Prescott

Here are just a few of the things going on in and around Prescott AZ this weekend, June 2 – 4, 2017!

 Events



Prescott Historical Walking Tours 
Fri. 6/2Sun. 6/4, 10am
Visitor Information Center
Featuring strolls through history to learn of “Prescott’s storied past,” 10 a.m., on most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, May 5 through Oct. 29.
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Grand Opening James Family
Discovery Garden

Sat. 6/3, 9am-4pm

Highlands Center for Natural History

Offers accessible demonstration gardens, interactive ‘Learning Circles’, naturalist-led nature programs, a Forest Play Area, ‘Lens on Learning’ guides, and a beautiful outdoor event venue.

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Party in the Pines
Sat. 6/34-10pm

300 S Granite St Prescott

The years biggest and funnest festival bringing you craft brew, food and music! Tickets on line and at door.

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6th Annual Female Playwrites on Stage
Sat. 6/3, 7pm


Prescott Center For The Arts

Free staged reading of seven of the 34 semi-finalist plays being presented before audiences in five cities across the country.   more info   map



Candice Devine
Sat. 6/3, 7pm
Elks Theatre


Prescott’s own Grammy nominated, singer and songwriter Candace Devine. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the development of the Chino Valley Equestrian Park.

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Swing & Country Dance Party
Sat. 6/3, 7:30pm
Adult Center of Prescott


Learn Swing and Country dancing with Ronnie D, Cost for Dance & Lesson:  $10.00
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Woof Down Lunch
Sat. 6/3, 10am-3pm
Courthouse Plaza

The family friendly event features vendors; music by The Gurley Girls and Prescott Ukulele Guild; demonstrations by dog obedience and agility trainers and local K-9 Units; raffles; dog contests; kid activities; adoptable dog introductions.

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Square Dance and Line Dance
on the Courthouse Plaza

Sat. 6/36-9pm

Courthouse Plaza

Come dance with caller Lee Hailey. Square and Line Dancing. Bring a chair and water and enjoy watching or dancing. 

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Folk Arts Fair
Sat. 6/3 & Sun. 6/4, 10am


Sharlot Hall Museum

44th Annual Folk Arts Fair! Arts, crafts, demonstrations, games, and music from yesteryear captivate audiences young and old.

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Chaparral Chamber Music Workshop
Sun. 6/4, 12pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church


Musicians play several pieces of different instrumentation and leave with repertoire ideas to explore over the coming year. Scholarships available for all ages. Coached by Seventh Roadrunner Ensemble. Tuition $205.00; Yavapai County residents "Bring a Friend" rate- 2 attend for $205.

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Antiques on the Square
Sun. 6/4, 9am-4pm

Courthouse Plaza

Vendors will showcase art, glass, jewelry, pottery, furniture and primitives and unique surprises. Proceeds go to regional historic preservation and restoration projects.

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Prescott International Folk Dancers
Sun. 6/43-5pm

First Congregational Church

We will help you learn dances from several different countries.  A $3 donation is asked. For information: Dick Weston – 928-925-8995 or Noelle Elliott – 928-445-7804.

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Things To Do This Week In Prescott

Here are just a few of the things going on in and around Precott AZ this Weekend, May 26-29, 2017.

Events

4th Friday Art Walk
Fri. 5/26, 5-8pm
Arts Prescott Gallery-Whiskey Row
Join the 24 Artist/Owners of Arts Prescott Gallery on Whiskey Row for the next 4th Friday Art Walk.
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Free Compression Only CPR Class
Fri. 5/26, 2-7pm
Dutch Brothers
Join in the 2017 World CPR Challenge, led by American Medical Response/Life Line Ambulance Service in celebration of National EMS Week.
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Friday Night Movie
Fri. 5/26, 4:30pm
Adult Center of Prescott
Free showing: “Keeping Up With the Joneses,” Rated PG-13, Action-Comedy.
Information: 928-778-3000.
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Dance Party
Fri. 5/26, 7:30-10 p.m
Adult Center of Prescott
Rumba Dance lesson before the Ballroom Dance, with Phillip Ledesma from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  
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Prescott Historical Walking Tours
Fri. 5/26-Sun. 5/28, 10am
Visitor Information Center
Featuring strolls through history to learn of “Prescott’s storied past,” 10 a.m., on most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, May 5 through Oct. 29.
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2017 Off-Street Festival
Fri. 5/26-Mon. 5/29, 9am-varies
117 West Goodwin St, Prescott
The annual Off-Street Arts and Crafts Festival held in lot behind Prescott Chamber of Commerce. Over 100 Arts and Craft Vendor Booths.
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43rd Annual Phippen Western Art
Show & Sale

Sat. 5/27-Mon. 5/29, 9am-3pm
Courthouse plaza
For more than 40 years, this popular event has attracted art enthusiasts, collectors and visitors, along with some of the nation’s most talented Western artists.
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Monica Rizzo Concert
Sat. 5/27, 7:30pm
Prescott Center for the Arts
Her debut album, aptly named, “Washashore Cowgirl”, is completely autobiographical, often times delivered in a fictional approach, sometimes with humor, and sometimes so strikingly honest.
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Annual Open House
and Bronze Sculpture Sale

Sat. 5/27, 9am-2pm
7331 E. Second St., Prescott Valley
Learn the bronze casting process with special pours scheduled at 10 a.m. and noon. Local artists Carl Wolf and Deb Gessner will be featured.
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Led Zepagain
Sun. 5/28, 7pm
Elks Theatre
takes their audience to a place that not only replicates a Led Zeppelin concert, but captures the heart and soul of the world’s greatest band.
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Memorial Day Observation & Picnic
Mon. 5/29, 9-10am
Citizens Cemetery, Prescott
Patriotic speeches; music by the Veterans Memorial Pipers, High Country Chordsmen and Prescott Brass Ensemble; presentation of flags by Camp Verde Cavalry and Arizona Rough Riders; flag raising, volley and “Taps” by American Legion Post 6

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Introducing Molly Hohrein, Office Manager for Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate

Prescott, AZ Realtor Molly HohreinWhen it comes to balancing our office Molly Hohrein is the one I trust. Molly joined Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate in February of 2002. In fact 2002 was the year that we opened our doors.

Molly came to Prescott in 1996 with the intention of “temporarily” staying as her husband was attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She married her husband on a Saturday and was off to Prescott the next day. With the intent of moving back to the Northwest, 9/11 occurred and stalled the flying industry and she’s been here ever since.

Molly and her husband have two daughters, three cats and a dog. An avid dancer, Molly attends both tap and jazz classes. Prescott feeds her love of spending time outdoors as she loves to hike. A “wannabe” crafter she is currently helping her husband “fix-up” their home.

Molly is my chief strategist and oversees the actions that keep our office well-balanced. Having the critical eye of an art major with a focus on marketing, she acts as the general liaison for agents and clients alike. Working hand-in-hand with me overseeing and implementing the advertising our inventory of homes and land she manages each Seller’s property up to the contract and oversees the closing process.

Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate focuses on your goals and needs and Molly is a testament to our dedication. 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. 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.

Contact Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate for a well-balanced real estate experience that is second to none thanks to the efforts of our Office Manager, Molly Hohrein!
 

The happy and healthy results are in from Time Magazine

Helathy and Happy Prescott, ArizonaTime Magazine recently rated the happiest and healthiest cities in America and Prescott made the list at number 13. Overall 350,000 interviews were conducted in 2015 and 2016 to rank 189 communities.

We certainly don’t offer sandy beaches, however, “Everybody’s Hometown” offers something for everyone with an appetite for healthy living. From hiking in the Prescott National Forest to mountain biking and an abundance of majestic golf courses keeping healthy is a cinch.

Combine the physical activity for healthy living with the rich historical heritage of beautiful downtown Prescott that boasts a year-round experience with an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, and entertainment and you’ve closed the circle with happiness.

Prescott just keeps on giving with a four-season climate, annual rainfall of 19 inches and snowfall of 24 inches. Nestled in the Bradshaw Mountains and an elevation of 5,400 feet it’s an ideal place to call home.

We also have an abundance of beautiful homes for sale. From historic homes from the turn of the century to modern architectural marvels tucked into a beautiful mountainside. Does downtown living fit your lifestyle? Prescott offers homes near the famous Whiskey Row and Courthouse Square within walking distance from these historic landmarks.

With scenic views of Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte, and the Bradshaw and Mingus Mountain ranges living in Prescott offers tranquil living that’s second to none.

Long known as a popular retirement destination we certainly offer something for everyone at any age. According to Forbes magazine the job’s and economic growth over the next five years is among the best in the United States as we ranked #5 in 2016 nationally in terms of prospective growth over the next several years.

Contact Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate today to get started on a healthy, happy adventure of a lifetime!
 

Feds hike the interest rates and it comes with benefits

Buying a home in Prescott, AZIf you’re thinking of calling Prescott home now’s the time. The Federal Reserve raised the interest rates .25% recently after a strong jobs report. The hike is a sign that the Federal Reserve is confident about the speed of growth in the U.S. economy. According to Bankrate.com rising interest rates does come with some surprising benefits for homebuyers.

Benefits of higher interest rates

  • Lending has resumed as banks have an incentive to loan out reserves at higher interest rates
     
  • If you apply for a mortgage today your offer will be more competitive than for those who haven’t sought preapproval yet
     
  • Savings accounts have long been in a drought, however, if you’re saving for a home a welcome improvement in interest rates, although modest can help you get to the home of your dreams a little bit earlier

Overall interest rates remain historically low, and better yet Prescott continues to be an attractive destination to call home and comes with benefits too!

Benefits of calling Prescott home

Nestled in the Prescott National Forest, Prescott also boasts a classic downtown complete with a historical setting that includes Victorian homes and an entire block dedicated to the old frontier known as Whiskey Row.

Many homes in Prescott have views of our scenic mountains including Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte, and the Bradshaw and Mingus Mountain ranges. Wherever you choose to live, you’ll be close to the many natural wonders in the area from National Forest lands to one of the many lakes in the area that you can enjoy year round.

Whether you are looking for a country estate with property for your horses, a gated community with a golf course or perhaps you prefer living downtown, Prescott indeed has something for everyone.

Contact Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate or call (928)771-1111 to learn more about calling Prescott home today!

 

Retirees are continuing to call Arizona home!

Retiring in Prescott, AZAccording to United Van Lines 40th annual national movers study, retirees continue to trek to the Mountain and Pacific West with Arizona making the top 10 list.

United Van Lines has tracked migration patterns since 1977 on a state by state basis.  Based on household moves within the 48 states including Washington D.C., states were ranked by both the total inbound and outbound moves.

According to the study, the reasons movers gave for relocating to Arizona included retirement, health, family, lifestyle and job opportunities. The number of new residents coming into Arizona exceeded the outbound movers. With 57% of movers coming into Arizona, only 43% of residents chose to leave the state in 2016.

Arizona has long been a retirement destination. However, a new trend seems to be emerging as retirees are leaving the once traditional move to sunny beaches.

Prescott alone offers mild weather and a four-season climate with an annual snowfall of 24 inches, and rainfall of 19 inches. Located 96 miles northwest of Phoenix in the Bradshaw Mountains at an elevation of 5,400 feet it is an ideal place to call home.

Prescott also has a variety of homes for sale in popular neighborhoods such as High Valley Ranch, Rancho Diamante, American Ranch, and Hassayampa. From gated golf communities to horse properties complete with riding trails and over 10,000 acres of Prescott National Forest there truly is something for everyone.

At Kathleen Yamauchi Group we have a great deal of knowledge about the Prescott area and if you would like to learn more about calling Prescott Arizona home, to contact Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate or call (928)771-1111 today!
 

VA home mortgage loans in Prescott are easier than you think

Veterans guranteed home loanHome loans for veterans have been on the rise in Prescott over the last couple of years and according to Jeff Wilson, a VA loan officer for the Phoenix VA regional loan center that number is predicted to triple in 2017.

The VA loan is a mortgage loan guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans affairs (VA). Originally known as the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act which passed in 1944 it extended a variety of benefits to Veterans including guaranteed home loans. To date over 20 million Veterans have been insured for a home loan by the U.S. Government.

The VA loan program was initially available only to those who had served in active duty during specified times. In1992 it was expanded to Reservists and National Guard who served at least six years honorably.

A home loan for Veterans is easier than you would expect, as a matter of fact Veterans can often skip the minimum 60 day process and be prequalified in a short amount of time as well as approved for a loan in as little at 20 days according to Jeff Wilson.

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-qualification 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

Home loan pre-approval

Pre-approval 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 pre-qualified or pre-approved for a VA loan in Prescott? Contact Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate or call 928-771-1111  to get started today!