downtown prescott: BACKYARD SAFETY - SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT! - 05/16/12 06:14 AM
 
There are many potential outdoor safety hazards around your home that we may not normally think about. Here is a list of some items to be aware of:
 
1) Playground Equipment -
 
Checking for rusted, rotted, loose or damaged areas or sharp edges is very important to prevent injuries. Playground Equipment should be age appropriate and be well supervised when being used. The area around the playground equipment should be hazard free and extend out at least 6 feet and be at least 9 inches thick. Check for any gapping or areas where clothing can be caught … (0 comments)

downtown prescott: AGING PARENTS - HOW CAN YOU HELP? - 05/08/12 04:18 AM
 
10 Home Improvements That May Help Your Parents Age In Place
 
The home is often a symbol of comfort and freedom for older adults, but as people age, hazards around the house can lead to accidental injury and even death.
 
 
 - Widen doorways to 32-36 inches and hallways to 36-42 inches to improve accessibility for parents using mobility aids such as walkers or wheelchairs.
 - Decorate with contrasting colors and finishes to help improve depth perception for seniors with poor vision.
 - Replace a standard toilet with a taller model that's 16-18 inches in height.
- Reinforce … (2 comments)

downtown prescott: IS THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME IMPORTANT? - 04/13/12 05:12 AM
 
A home’s exterior is the first impression that can beckon buyers to the front door. Attractiveness aside, the siding materials used also can serve as an important detail in judging upkeep and extra costs down the road. Here are some of the most common home exteriors and the pros and cons associated with each.
 
Stucco Siding
 
Stucco siding can be spotted on Spanish- and Mediterranean-style homes. You can identify it by its flat, smooth, concrete look. It’s composed of cement, water, and materials such as sand and lime. Many homes built after the 1950s use a lighter synthetic … (4 comments)

downtown prescott: KIDS ARE NOT THE ENEMY - ARE THEY? - 04/03/12 07:22 AM
WAYS TO GET THE KIDS ON YOUR SIDE WHEN BUYING A HOUSE
Engaging the children in the home-purchase process should be an important part of any real estate sales strategy.  It should not be underestimated the buying influence of a younger member of the family.  Get the kids on your side and they will be a welcomed assistant when getting the parents to commit.  It is good if the kids like you and trust you.   Ask the kids how they would decorate their room or does the pool look fun.  Why not?  They have to live there too. 
Here are … (0 comments)

downtown prescott: WHAT DOES YOUR HOUSE SMELL LIKE? YIKES! - 03/29/12 05:55 AM
 
Research shows that the smell of a home can affect the person’s mood as well as create an impression of a home when it is being shown by prospective buyer.
 
A light floral fragrance can put people in a more pleasant mood.  A citrus scent such as lemon can have an energizing effect.  Vanilla is one scent that is universal and people around the globe find it comforting and relaxing.
 
When adding smells to your home it can be enjoyable but it could also be viewed as an attempt to cover up a bad odor.  However; if you … (3 comments)

downtown prescott: WHAT’S ON YOUR ROOF? - 03/14/12 08:33 AM
The overall look of your home including the roofs pitch and shape is important.  What is just as important is what is ON your roof.  Roofing materials can attribute to your homes character but it can also dictate how long your roof will last.  When purchasing a home it is important to have the roof checked by a professional roofing company.  They will be able to help you with condition, how long the roof will last, what materials are best for your home and of course the cost of repair or replacement if needed.
Let’s take a look at some roofing … (0 comments)

downtown prescott: SAFETY FIRST - IT JUST MIGHT SAVE YOUR LIFE! - 03/02/12 03:15 AM
 
As Realtors, we are placed in situations that could end up being harmful.  About 42% of female and about 18% male professionals have been in situations that make them feel uncomfortable.    Showing vacant properties and holding open houses are upon the top concerns among real estate professionals.
 
Here are some ways to take proactive steps to make safety a priority:
 
SPEAK UP!  If you have been involved in an incident that was scary, report it.  You can contact the local authorities or even your Realtor Association so they can post warnings to other agents.  Most likely, you have … (3 comments)

downtown prescott: Historic home at 226 N. Pleasant Street in Downtown Prescott - dated back to 1898 - 02/01/12 08:24 AM
This house can be traced back to 1898 at the Sharlot Museum and noted built in 1925 by the County.  This home has a ton of character. Offered a reduced price of $349,999.  Very well done remodel in 2008 with amazing detail.  This home boasts 3 bedrooms + library/study.  2 master suites - (potential 4th bedroom). More details include Granite counters, stainless steel appliances. There is a formal dining room, plus a kitchen nook that is set up as a greenhouse with an exhaust fan and built in copper topped counters. Claw foot tubs, fir (wood) floors, finished attics, sprinkler system, … (0 comments)

downtown prescott: ARE THE KIDS ON YOUR SIDE? - 12/12/11 08:05 AM
Engaging the children in the home-purchase process should be an important part of any real estate sales strategy.  It should not be underestimated the buying influence of a younger member of the family.  Get the kids on your side and they will be a welcomed assistant when getting the parents to commit.  It is good if the kids like you and trust you.   Ask the kids how they would decorate their room or does the pool look fun.  Why not?  They have to live there too. 
Here are some tips for working with children of buyers and sellers and ensuring … (0 comments)

downtown prescott: Historic Home in Downtown Prescott, Arizona - 11/28/11 09:04 AM
This house was built in 1924 and has tons of character. Offered at a reduced price of $359,999. Very well done remodel in 2008.  This home boasts 3 bedrooms + library/study.  2 master suites - (potential 4th bedroom). More details include:  Granite counters, stainless steel appliances. There is a formal dining room, plus a kitchen nook that is set up as a greenhouse with an exhaust fan and built in copper topped counters. Claw foot tubs, fir (wood) floors, finished attics, sprinkler system, roll out pantry, picture hanging molding gas fireplace in the master with 2 walk-in closets, whole-house fan, 10 … (0 comments)

downtown prescott: SHOWING TIPS FOR SELLERS - 11/08/11 03:34 AM
Upon listing a home for sale some agent take for granted that the Sellers know what to do when it comes to getting the home ready for showings.  Here are some helpful tips on staging the home for showings:
1)       LIGHTEN THINGS UP!  Open the shades and drapes, let the natural light in.  This could have a great reflection to the Buyer that if the home is light without using electricity, they will save money.  It makes the home appear more cheery and not depressing as if it was dark in the home.
2)      CHECK OUT THE COMPETITION!  Who doesn’t love … (1 comments)

downtown prescott: BENEFITS OF HOMEOWNERSHIP - 10/24/11 09:28 AM
Can we agree being a homeowner makes you happy?  In a survey done it was found that homeowners are happier and healthier than non-owners.  Homeowners are also more satisified with their personal situation when compared to renters; and studies have discovered that daughters of homeowners have a lower rate of teenage pregnancy.
The report relates stable housing to the fact that homeowners will move less often than renters.  This in turn creates a sense of responsiblity and care for their home and community.  Homeowners tend to have more social ties than renters and will create lasting relationships.  They become more involved … (0 comments)

downtown prescott: TOO BUSY TO GO TO THE GYM? - 09/22/11 09:37 AM
 
We live in a world of hurriedness….is that a word?  Every day zooms by as we dash through the drive through window for our meals, on our computers all day for great efficiency and handle all the kids activities as well.  Rush, Rush, Rush!  When we do this we can’t be feeling our best.
 
We have some tips that will help in keeping fit while on the go!
 
1)       DO YARD WORK - Mow your lawn, clean out the garden, rake leaves or pull those nasty weeds.   Before you hire someone else do these things, think about … (2 comments)

downtown prescott: 14 WAYS TO GET THE KIDS ON YOUR SIDE WHEN BUYING OR SELLING A HOUSE - 09/20/11 08:35 AM
Engaging the children in the home-purchase process should be an important part of any real estate sales strategy.  It should not be underestimated the buying influence of a younger member of the family.  Get the kids on your side and they will be a welcomed assistant when getting the parents to commit.  It is good if the kids like you and trust you.   Ask the kids how they would decorate their room or does the pool look fun.  Why not?  They have to live there too. 
Here are some tips for working with children of buyers and sellers and ensuring … (2 comments)

downtown prescott: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION…. Is this true? - 09/19/11 07:59 AM
 
Is it true that location, location, location helps sell a home?  There are many factors that can determine if, in fact, the location of a home is desirable.
 
1)      Traffic conditions – are the roads of good quality?  How much congestion is there? 
 
2)      Good exterior features – is your landscaping well-maintained and/or well-designed?  Is the design of your home attractive?
 
3)      What about your area or neighborhood?  Do you have good water?  Are there schools, libraries, and parks in your area?
 
4)      The product itself – how many bedrooms & bathrooms are there?  … (0 comments)

downtown prescott: PICTURE THIS? Did you get it all? - 09/09/11 10:31 AM
Buyers love to look at photos on line of prospective homes they are looking to buy.  However; sometimes the photos do not do the home justice and they may skip over that listing.    Here are some camera tips to capture a room’s size.
1)       Remove area rugs:  They tend to make the room look smaller.  Keep the floor area as clear as possible.
2)      Use wide-angle camera:  When used for interior shots it will magnify the distance between objects and will show case the room’s depth.  Ultra-wide and fisheye lenses may make the room look wider and can be misleading so … (1 comments)

downtown prescott: WHY DO YOU WANT TO DO BUSINESS WITH US? - 09/06/11 07:28 AM
There was a poll done in 2009 showing what professional qualities that make customers want to do business with you again and again.
Here is what most of them had to say:
1)       YOU REPRESENT THEIR BEST INTEREST!  When your clients are pinned against a situation where other parties in the transaction are difficult to deal with, people want to know you have their best interest in mind.  They want someone who will go to bat for them when necessary. 
2)      LOVE YOUR JOB?  SHOW IT!   Presenting yourself as if you love what you are doing tells a big tale.  … (0 comments)

downtown prescott: Ok, Arizonians….How well do you know your state? - 08/31/11 07:56 AM
Here are some firsts, facts and trivia about Arizona.  This was a great update from when we learned it in school.    Enjoy!
State Colors - Blue and Gold
State Song – “Arizona”
State official neck wear – The bola tie
State Tree – Palo Verde (AKA… Green Stick)
State Flower – Saguaro Cactus Bloom
State Mineral – Copper
State Bird – Cactus Wren
State Fish – Apache Trout
State Mammal – Ring Tail Cat
State Reptile – Arizona Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake
State Fossil – Petrified Wood
State Butterfly – Two-tailed Swallowtail
State Amphibian – Noble Arizona Tree Frog
State Gem – Turquoise
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downtown prescott: BEAT THE “NEW-KID” BLUES....WHEN MOVING! - 08/30/11 05:04 AM
When families move, whether just down the street or to a new community, children all ask the same questions:
Will there be any kids my age at our new house?  What will they be like? Will they like me? Will I have any friends?
Here are a few tips to help your child through that tough time of being the “new-kid” on the block:
1)      If you are moving into a home previously occupied by a family with children, ask if they would leave a list of the favorite neighborhood play areas.
2)      Take short family walks as a way … (1 comments)

downtown prescott: REMODELING? DO YOU NEED A PERMIT? - 08/26/11 11:56 AM
 
Sometimes when homeowners are busy remodeling and choosing the perfect tile, the fact that they need a permit is swept to the way side.   Commonly forgotten permits can certainly rare their ugly heads when it come to selling the home.   Why risk losing a sale due to local requirements not being addressed until you have a sale?  There is a possibility of safety or legal problems that may derail an otherwise smooth sale. 
 
Typically when a homeowner uses a licensed-contract they will not be involved in the involvement of getting any necessary permits as the contractor will do … (5 comments)

 
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