Prescott, AZ Real Estate News

By Kat DeLong, REALTOR
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
It seems that everywhere you turn there are companies who advertise buying ugly houses. These messages offer to quickly buy any house, regardless of the condition. The problem is that their offers are often significantly below market value. If you’re a seller whose home needs some attention, you might think these companies are your only option. Some of the offers sound attractive; quick sale, all cash, no commissions, and no fees. But before you do anything, it’s worth your time to call a local REALTOR® for a second opinion.   * Don't forget, I AM a REALTOR®     3 Reasons to Call a REALTOR® Now!   1. Free Advice–The REALTOR® will not charge you anything to simply come look at your home.  2. Your House Might Not Be that Ugly–You may be surprised to find that your home is quite marketabl...
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By Kat DeLong, REALTOR
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
It's easy to just crank up the air conditioning during the hottest months of summer. Sure, the energy bill may be higher, but it's worth the extra expense to keep your home cool — right? Or are there any sure-fire ways to save money and stay cool indoors? Before you reach for the thermostat, try these DIY energy-saving tips to keep your home comfortable and keep you from breaking the bank. 1. Raise the A/C Temperature — Yes, Really It's better to keep the air conditioning down, but if you want to keep it on, raise the thermostat to a comfortable temperature. When you're at home (or have buyers viewing your home), set the thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (25 Celsius). When you're away, set the thermostat to 85 Fahrenheit (29 Celsius). The trick is to find the temperature that's comfo...
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By Kat DeLong, REALTOR
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
Most homebuyers realize that they can’t expect a perfect home inspection report when buying a resale home. Cosmetic flaws and minor repairs are easily managed and shouldn’t be dealbreakers. That said, there are some issues that are more serious and should give the buyer pause if not addressed adequately. 10 Home Inspection Red Flags LeakyandRundownRoofing–watchforsignsofcurrentorpastwater damage. PoorDrainage–drainageissuescancauseseriousdamagetothehome foundation, siding, and basements. FoundationIssues–signsoffoundationproblemscanincludecracks around doors and windows or uneven floors. Foundation problems can cost thousands of dollars to correct. PlumbingProblems–majorplumbingissuesshouldbeconsideredcarefully and further explored. PestInfestations–termitesandotherwood-eatingpestscanc...
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By Kat DeLong, REALTOR
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
Recent interior design trends have focused on one primary era or design scheme. Mid-century modern furniture and accents have dominated the magazine covers and home shows as decorators have worked with their clients to bring this trend into their spaces. Yet, what to do about the beautiful antique chest from your grandma or the dining room table you inherited from your mom? These pieces of history seem to have no place in modern design and have been relegated to storage units and garages over the past decade. Well, it’s time to pull them out again as design trends are moving away from stark modern schemes to a warm, eclectic look. The main principle in merging design styles is to focus on one unifying element— like warm wood tones or the high sheen of gold accents—and then look for pie...
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By Kat DeLong, REALTOR
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
There’s no question COVID caused us to re-evaluate the way we live. Staying at home gives us time to think about what we truly value, and how we can work toward making necessary changes to keep ourselves fulfilled. Whether for convenience and walkability, or for more space and settling down in beautiful Prescott, AZ, COVID has brought renters down two distinct paths: the Urbanite and the Suburbanite. Sure, these distinctions existed long before 2020—but how has COVID changed the way you see these lifestyles? Are you an Urbanite, Suburbanite or a mix of both? Let’s break down the terms to decide: The Urbanite values new opportunities, proximity to friends, and general lifestyle conveniences such as bike trails, restaurants, shops and nearby cultural locales. They’re likely to settle in d...
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By Kat DeLong, REALTOR
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
Giddy up!   The WORLD'S OLDEST RODEO is back! And, it's right here in my town, Prescott, AZ. The rodeo was missed last year (2020) because of COVID, but that's all behind us. This amazing event is the most anticipated event of the year for Prescott. Tons of things happening this weekend, so get your rest, you'll need it. The RODEO begins June 28th and runs thru July 4th. 2021.   Check out the schedules and get your tickets ahead of time.   JULY 3RD is our PRESCOTT FRONTIER DAYS® INC. RODEO PARADEYou'll want to bring your lawn chairs and blankets, head to the Courthouse Square and get a spot EARLY. Parade starts at 9 AM, followed by Whiskey Row Boot Race.  If you're so inclined to enter the race, here's the entry form.  JULY 4TH PRESCOTT FIREWORKS SHOW will be at Watson Lake.   Enjoy you...
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By Kat DeLong, REALTOR
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
Whiskey Row is in the heart of  Prescott, AZ. If  you've never been to Whiskey Row, it is a flat out fun place to visit; cowboy honky tonks and the likes.  Its name is (you've probably guessed) because of all the saloons along Montazuma Street.  There were many more back in the "old days."  In fact, in the late 1800's, there were at least 40.  Then, a fire wiped out the entire block in 1900 and a local ordinace was put into place that halted the amount of bars being rebuilt.  Believe me, though, there are still plenty to stop in and wet your whistle. Don't get the wrong idea, though. Whiskey Row is not all about saloons. There are plenty of shops to explore if you're on the hunt for a special Arizona gift, or a colorful piece of art. Our local artist are talented folks and you won't wan...
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By Kat DeLong, REALTOR
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
 Doesn’t it feel a little funny to call your dog your pet? They’re your baby, your buddy, your best friend and your fuzziest family member (most likely). They’re also everywhere. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 67% of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet.  With such a pervasive presence in the American home, it only makes sense that pets would factor heavily into the home search. Research shows that of those families who do own a pet, most take their needs into consideration when purchasing a property. Here are a few ways you can make your house more pet-friendly—and more appealing—to animal lovers looking to settle down in Prescott, AZ.The Big Backyard.Dogs love to run. Kids love to play. People love to grill. You can’t go wrong with a beautiful an...
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By Kat DeLong, REALTOR
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
Ah, the great outdoors. Don’t you just love the soft wind rustling through your hair and the rejuvenation of a warm, summer breeze? I know it’s fun to go camping at your favorite spot or hiking your favorite trails, but you really don’t need to travel anywhere to experience the freeing calm of nature. Instead, the great outdoors can happen right in your own backyard.Here are a few ideas for creating an at-home oasis that’s as cozy as it is chic: Bring your indoor furniture outside. Yep, you read that right. Your outside space should be an extension of your home, so why shouldn’t you bring the inside out? Furniture that works well outdoors should definitely be considered, everything from wicker chairs to eclectic pillows and furniture upholstered in darker shades to avoid mud or grass st...
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By Kat DeLong, REALTOR
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
So far, 2021 is the year of the sale. It's a "seller's market." You know homes are selling faster than ever, with listings in short supply around the country, including right here in Prescott, AZ.  The equation is simple: low inventory + motivated buyers = record home prices. If you’ve been thinking about putting your home up for sale, now is the time to do it.  OK, you’re convinced. You’ll put your home on the market. But please, don’t do it alone.  In its 2020 Quick Real Estate Statistics Overview, the National Association of REALTOR® reported almost 89% of sellers were assisted by a real estate agent, with homes, on average, selling in just three weeks. There’s a reason an overwhelming majority of sellers choose to have a trusted advisor by their side, and those reasons still apply n...
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By Kat DeLong, REALTOR
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
New homebuyers often tell their agents that they are looking for their “starter home.” Several factors go into this approach. These are typically younger buyers, often without children. They may be looking for a maintenance-free home, like a condo, or they might assume that starter homes are more budget-friendly. There are plenty of good reasons to buy a home with the assumption that it’s only for a few years, but it’s usually wise to consider the fact that it might be for much longer. As 2020 demonstrated so clearly, things can change without warning. Homebuyers choosing a small condo with the intention of living in it for only a few years might later find themselves trying to carve out space for children due to employment challenges or market changes. The good news is that many times...
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By Kat DeLong, REALTOR
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
Kayaking is a BIG DEAL in Prescott, AZ.   *Full disclosure: I haven't tried it yet, but hope to. Just a tad concerned about "tipping over" getting in OR out of the kayak. Anyway, as you drive though our town, often you'll see cars with kayaks on their top, heading somewhere fun, I'm sure.  And, with our perfect weather, people have months to get out and enjoy their favorite sport (I think it's a sport).   Below are a few places to go and put your kayaking skills (or not) to the test. If you're coming to camp, hike and kayak, check out the VISIT PRESCOTT site. These folks are so friendly and helpful.  WATSON LAKE PRESCOTT WILLOW LAKE PRESCOTT LYNX LAKE PRESCOTT  
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By Kat DeLong, REALTOR
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
Summer is just around the corner and our sweet town of Prescott has plenty of exciting things to do & events to attend, that you'll never be bored.  I've listed a few highlights below. So check them out and jot down the dates.   Get out and have some fun. June 1- August 27: SUMMER CONCERT SERIES June 5: Party in Prescott SCAVENGER HUNT June 7 - 11: HERITAGE PARK ZOO KIDS CAMP June 12 - 13: Territorial Days ARTS & CRAFT SHOW June 19 - 20: HOW TO PAINT A BETTER LANDSCAPE ART CLASS June 20: TOBY KEITH Country Comes to Town June 26 - 27: 40th Annual PRESCOTT BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL June 28 - July 4: PRESCOTT FRONTIER DAYS WORLD'S OLDEST RODEO  Call, text or email with any questions you may have about the area. 
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By Kat DeLong, REALTOR
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
I love learning the history of a town! Whenever we're traveling, bumping down the road to the our next destination, we quite often will just hit an off-ramp to an out-of-the-way place that has caught our eye. Maybe it's an old cemertary (which I have to visit). Maybe we'd been reading the signs along the road; "Best Breakfast in Town" or "Biggist Little Museum" in The US."  Doesn't matter, we're intriqued.  Speaking of, we're always up for checking out museums!  And speaking of...In our sweet town of Prescott, there is one of the coolest museum's I've ever visited; The Sharlot Hall Museum.  Even before we moved to Prescott in August 2020, we had traveled through Prescott and had  visiting Sharlot Hall Museum on our "Must See" list. But it wasn't until we settled here that I craved even ...
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By Kat DeLong, REALTOR
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
From sunsets to sunrises, I love them all. But, something about the sunrise that just screams "Good Morning" brings such a sense of gratitude for earth and waking up to a new day.  They say that sunrises are so beautiful because in the middle of the day, when the sun is overhead, the light from the sun has its shortest path through the atmosphere to reach us. Blue waves are shorter and scatter - that helps make the sky look blue. ... Now at sunrise and sunset, the sun is at a much lower angle to earth. Spiritually it is said that the sunrise is a symbol of birth and rebirth or " awakening ". It's an act of transformation and renewed passion. This makes total sense to me since we get to wake up each day with a renewed spirit and through our own mindfulness can create an amazing day. A ch...
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By Kat DeLong, REALTOR
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
I'm learning there is so much to do here in Prescott, AZ. This Sunday, October 18th is the Prescott Historic Trolley Tour and Picnic. Tickets range from $50 to $60 per person. This event combines the best of history, hiking, food, music and lakes. Experience all that Prescott, AZ has to offer!  A three hour experience that you will never forget. Start the day with a 1 hour historic tour of Prescott led by Precottonian Historian and Docent. Trolley leaves at 3 pm (at the Granite St. Parking Garage). After the downtown tour, as the trolley drives to Watson Lake, guests will learn about the interesting facts and history of the Granite Dells and the lakes of Prescott. Upon arriving you will find a plentiful healthy picnic lunch provided by Prescott's locally owned " Goods from the Garden". ...
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By Kat DeLong, REALTOR
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
When hanging out in Prescott, Arizona I stumbled across this tree that I now know as a Ponderosa Pine. I've been told that Prescott has more of these trees than anywhere else in the USA. I love nature and love the maturity of this tree. After some research I have found out that the Ponderosa Pine has several distinct scents that no one ever really seems to agree on. Some people will smell butterscotch or vanilla and another person can smell coconut or cinnamon. Scientists don't know why a closely sniffed Ponderosa smells like baking cookies, but nevertheless it does. Some scientists believe it may be from a chemical in the sap that is warmed by the sun.  Arizona is actually home to the largest contiguous tract of Ponderosa pine forest in the world. This pine forest stretched from the Ne...
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By Kat DeLong, REALTOR
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
When hanging out in Prescott, Arizona I stumbled across this tree that I now know as a Ponderosa Pine. I've been told that Prescott has more of these trees than anywhere else in the USA. I love nature and love the maturity of this tree. After some research I have found out that the Ponderosa Pine has several distinct scents that no one ever really seems to agree on. Some people will smell butterscotch or vanilla and another person can smell coconut or cinnamon. Scientists don't know why a closely sniffed Ponderosa smells like baking cookies, but nevertheless it does. Some scientists believe it may be from a chemical in the sap that is warmed by the sun.  Arizona is actually home to the largest contiguous tract of Ponderosa pine forest in the world. This pine forest stretched from the Ne...
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