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Aug. 11, 2022

Simple Fixes Before You Sell Your Home


Pre-listing Home Improvements


When you're getting your house ready to sell, there are some easy fixes you can do to help it sell faster. Even the most minor details count, especially when buyers are looking to purchase a home. Lots of everyday wear and tear that you don't even notice can deter potential buyers. Here's my list of simple improvements you can do to help your home sell faster:  


Spruce Up Your Baseboards: Day-to-day wear and tear can mess up your baseboards. Repainting the baseboards after repairing scratches with putty can make the border of any room look new. Click here to view an article by Abby Lawson that gives simple steps to freshen up your baseboards.


Fill in Nail Holes: Part of interior repainting should be careful attention to nail holes from pictures, shelves, and other wall-mounted objects. Click here to learn about multiple DIY ways to fill in nail holes. 


Review the roof: Do you have missing shingles or broken tiles? Do some cleaning and spot replacement. Missing shingles could cause mold and moss to grow. 


Reinforce your gutters: To reduce staining, damage, and keep water off of the siding of the home, reinforcing your gutters is vital. Clean them out, dry them out, then caulk them to prevent leaks. 


Replace Bad Vinyl Floors: Vinyl flooring is durable and stands up to heaving foot traffic. However, when cracked or cut, it can look dingy. Along with this, a cracked vinyl floor may cause the buyer to believe that there is water damage. 


Carpet Cleaning: Unless your carpets are in total despair, cleaning your carpets can bring new life into your home rather than replacing them. While you can hire a professional for a reasonable fee, another option for carpeting cleaning is stopping by your local grocery store or hardware store and renting a machine.  


Repair Dripping Faucets: Buyers will turn faucets on and off. Therefore, before listing, you do the same. Turn on and off your faucets in the kitchen, bathroom, tubs, showers, and even outside hose bibs.  Buyers will view dripping faucets as future headaches. Call a plumber, or even consult YouTube for repair instructions. 


Reseal Wobbly Toilets: If the toilet bowl moves when you sit on it, there are rusted, or the bathroom floor is damp and discolored around the commode, replace the toilet or at the very least reseal it. 


Clean up your yard and landscaping. Pull weeds, trim bushes and trees, and add fresh mulch or flowers. First impressions matter, so make sure your yard is looking its best.


Give your front door a makeover. A new coat of paint or a new doormat can go a long way in giving your home a fresh look.


Freshen up your paint. A fresh coat of paint can brighten up any room and make it feel cleaner and inviting.


Make sure your home smells fresh and clean. Open the windows, light some candles, or bake some cookies before showings. Bad odors can turn off potential buyers, so make sure your home smells its best.


These simple tips can help your home sell faster and for a higher price. Buyers are looking for move-in-ready homes, so to be competitive make sure your home is in tip-top shape before putting it on the market.


After finishing these minor improvements, contact me to list your home to sell. These repairs are a significant step to a quick sale.


John Gorden

(928) 308-0101

Posted in Selling Your Home
July 12, 2022

Top 10 Open House Foods

Open House Food To Impress Buyers

If you're hosting an open house, you'll want to ensure you have some food available.  Here are 10 open house food ideas that will make your open house a success:


1.  Finger foods.  Finger foods are always a hit at any party, and an open house is no exception.  Consider offering some bite-sized appetizers that your guests can quickly grab and go.


2.  Fresh fruit.  Having some fresh fruit available is a great way to ensure your guests have something healthy to nibble on.


3.  Veggies and dip.  Another healthy option that your guests are sure to love is veggies and dip.  Offer a variety of chopped veggies, along with a variety of dips.


4.  Cheese and crackers.  Cheese and crackers is another classic open house food option that your guests are sure to love.  Be sure to offer a variety of cheeses, as well as some gluten-free crackers for those with dietary restrictions.


5.  Sandwiches.  Sandwiches are always a good option if you want to offer something a little more substantial.  You can either make them ahead of time or have everything set up so your guests can build their own.


6.  Soup.  Soup is another excellent option for an open house, especially if it's chilly outside.  Set up a crockpot with your favorite soup and let your guests help themselves.


7.  Chili.  Chili is another great option for an open house, especially if you're expecting a lot of people.  Set up a crockpot with your chili and let your guests help themselves.


8.  Dessert.  No open house is complete without some dessert!  Offer a variety of cookies, brownies, or other sweets for your guests to enjoy.


9.  Coffee and tea.  Make sure you have coffee and tea available for your guests and some sugar and milk if they want it.


10.  Water.  Don't forget the most important beverage of all: water!  Be sure to have plenty of water for your guests to stay hydrated.


By following these open house food ideas, you're sure to make your open house a success!


Selling homes is my specialty!  When you are ready to sell, give me a call, and together we can make your home sale a smooth and successful process!  John Gorden, 928-308-0101


Posted in Selling Your Home
June 15, 2022

6 Things Buyers Forget to Check During a Home Search

Homes for sale in Prescott Arizona

Home Hunting Tips

Do you think you have found the perfect home? Hold on and reevaluate; it might not be as perfect as you think.

Six little details can turn an ideal house into a purchase you may regret. Before you make your offer, take into account these six small but surprisingly essential details:

#1: Check Your Cell Reception

Does your future dream home have cell reception? Check your signal when you’re on the property and see if it has dead spots, poor/limited data connections, or flat-out “NO SERVICE” messages. Poor reception is critical if you telecommute or had planned on skipping a landline entirely. While you can try and live on VoIP connections, WiFi, and other options, the hassle of a hole-in-cell coverage can wear on you.

#2: Calculate Your Commute

It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon, and you decide to see how long the drive is from your potential dream home to your office. It doesn’t seem too bad. Now try it during rush hour on a Monday (in bad weather if you can swing it). You might be surprised how school zones, backed-up interstate ramps, new construction, and peak transit schedules extend that commute. These obstacles apply to urban commutes as well. So, even if you don’t drive to work, you’ll want to evaluate the commute in real-world conditions.

#3: Check the Delivery Zone

Did you just now find out that there’s no food delivery to your new address? Don’t assume that just because you’ve seen pizza delivery cars whipping through the neighborhood means they stop there. Restaurant delivery areas vary, so if you can, check out what the local food delivery options are ahead of time. Look up a few places, call them, and verify they deliver to your address. 

#4: Do a 24/7 Check

The home may be in a quiet and peaceful neighborhood on a Saturday afternoon, but what was it like on Friday night? What kind of traffic is there in the mornings? There may be an excessive number of children playing in the street in the afternoons after school. It is wise to do a drive-by at various times of the day and multiple days of the week to ensure you don’t have surprises pop up.

#5: Give it the Sniff Test

Do you smell sewage, gas, or anything equally unpleasant? Sewage systems in older homes can get clogged or damaged by tree roots. Luckily, some sewer or plumbing companies can send a camera through the pipes to detect any breaks or blockages. 

How does it smell outside? Some neighborhoods have distinct odors from nearby farms, landfills, water treatment plants, and industrial parks. It is vital to give it the sniff test inside and out.


Buying a house is a big step, possibly one of the biggest, and you need to know how everything works firsthand. Turn on every faucet and light switch, open every window and door, and flush the toilets. Don’t forget to taste the water. There are water treatment options, but water quality is something you will want to know before becoming a homeowner.

Markets can be super competitive, but remember that you’re planning on living in this new house for a considerable time. Perhaps your priorities don’t include these six details, but they might be important to other buyers when you’re ready to sell.

As a realtor, I truly respect the time it takes to find the best home that meets your needs. I diligently do my homework for you to find what you are looking for. Contact me at (928) 308-0101, I’d be happy to show you around homes for sale in the Prescott area.

John Gorden Prescotts Best Homes



Posted in Buying a Home
May 10, 2022

How to Budget When Buying a Home

Saving money to buy a home 


When you're buying a home, there are many things you need to consider in your budget. Many expenses can add up quickly, from the down payment to closing costs. (Tip: This is where a realtor makes life easy for you, tap into their knowledge and experience to know what to prepare for!) Being prepared with your budget is vital when buying a home.


If you're not sure where to start, here are a few tips from experts:


1. A Down Payment


The first and most apparent expense you'll need to budget for when buying a home is a down payment. How much you'll need to save will depend on the price of the home you're interested in and the type of mortgage you qualify for, but typically, you can expect to need at least 3-5% of the purchase price.


The National Association of Realtors (NAR) says:


"One of the biggest misconceptions among housing consumers is what the typical down payment is and what amount is needed to enter homeownership. Having this knowledge is critical to know what to save . . ."


2. Earnest Money


Earnest Money are funds you pay as a show of good faith when you make an offer on a house. This deposit works like a credit. You're using some of the money you already saved for your purchase to show the seller you're committed and serious about their house. It's not an added expense, it's just paying some of your down payment up front. 


2. Closing Costs


In addition to your down payment, you'll also need to budget for closing costs. Closing costs are the fees associated with finalizing your mortgage and purchasing your home. These can vary depending on the lender you use and the state you're buying in, but they typically range from 2-5% of the purchase price.


3. Moving Expenses


Once you've purchased your home, you'll need to budget for the cost of actually moving into it! This can include hiring professional movers, renting a truck, and buying packing supplies. Depending on the distance you're moving and the size of your home, this can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.


4. Home Repair and Maintenance


Finally, you'll need to budget for ongoing home maintenance and repairs. Your home may be move-in ready, or it may need some TLC. Saving money for things like painting, landscaping, and cleaning are important.


Buying a home is a big financial decision, but if you budget carefully, it can be a very rewarding one! Knowing what to budget for in the homebuying process is essential. By taking the time to save for a down payment, closing costs, moving expenses, and repairs and maintenance, you'll be in good shape to become a homeowner. To make sure you understand these and any other expenses that may come up, give me a call and I can help you on what to expect when you buy a home.


John Gorden
(928) 308-0101

Posted in Buying a Home
April 19, 2022

Horses Love Living in Prescott

Horse properties in Prescott

Prescott is Great For Horses

Prescott offers miles and miles of trails for you and your horse to enjoy, but it also provides an incredible variety of equestrian communities and properties to give them a place to call home. Prescott takes loving horses to a new level. 

Below is information on some of the equestrian communities in the Prescott area. Although this isn’t an exhaustive list, there are numerous areas in the quad cities of Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Dewey-Humboldt that offer spectacular horse properties.  

See this list of available horse properties in the Quad Cities here.

Prescott Prairie, Prescott Valley

Prescott Prairie in Prescott Valley, Arizona, is located on the north side of the Coyote Springs community near the base of Mingus Mountain. Prescott Prairie offers a peaceful country lifestyle with all the amenities of city life. This upscale community provides newer custom site-built homes in a private neighborhood. The minimum acreage in this community is 2 acres, so you have lots of room for horses, gardening, or a guest home.  This rural community is conveniently located only a few miles from schools, shopping, and dining in Prescott Valley.  

There are still multiple lots left to choose from for you to build your dream home. The tremendous surrounding mountain views, paved streets, and underground utilities are just a few reasons people fall in love with this community.

Prescott Prairie Properties For Sale


Prescott Ridge, Prescott Valley

One of the premier locations in the Prescott Valley area is the gated community of Prescott Ridge. This beautiful development is surrounded by spectacular daytime vistas and nighttime starlit skies that take one’s breath away. Featuring 10 to 54-acre parcels, which are covered by juniper trees and pinon pines, you can choose between open spaces of land for sale as well as secluded/private lots.

Prescott Ridge is a fantastic location for horse owners or someone searching for that little piece of paradise for their new home. This upscale gated community also offers underground utilities, paved roads, value protecting CC&R’s, and horse privileges.

Prescott Ridge Properties For Sale


American Ranch, Prescott

American Ranch is a prestigious community located just a few miles north of Prescott in the Williamson Valley corridor. This popular World Class Master Planned Equestrian Community neighbors the Prescott National Forest. There are approximately 240 homesites in the American Ranch community. 

Homes are custom built, and they take advantage of the breathtaking mountain views and sit on 1 to 5-acre parcels. Residents enjoy a $3 million Equestrian Center, fitness/exercise center, outdoor heated pool, spa, tennis, basketball, and a catch and release bass fishing lake!

American Ranch Properties For Sale


Coyote Springs, Prescott Valley

Coyote Springs is on the north side of 89A, north of Prescott Valley. Coyote Springs is a rural community with a minimum of 10 acre homesites. Homes in the Coyote Springs Corridor are within minutes of schools, shopping, the Prescott Valley Event Center, and the new Yavapai Regional Medical Center East Campus.  


Coyote Spring Properties For Sale


If you need more info, tap into my experience. If you would like more information, let me know, I would love to help you out! I love Prescott and all it has to offer.

John Gorden

(928) 308-0101


Posted in Prescott, AZ
March 16, 2022

Growing Prescott Valley Subdivision

Granville Subdivision

Granville, Prescott Valley, AZ


Granville is a thriving community on Glassford Hills Road in Prescott Valley, Arizona. This growing community has large homesites and incredible amenities, including a fabulous clubhouse, meeting rooms, total gym, parks, tennis, basketball, pool and spa, and trails. Granville is just a couple of miles from the new Yavapai Regional Medical Center East Campus, schools, shopping, and dining. The Granville Elementary School is located in Granville. Hikers are lucky; the Iron King Trailhead is located in this popular subdivision.



>>View Homes For Sale in Granville








About Prescott Valley


Prescott Valley, Arizona, is a family-oriented community that sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet and is located 85 miles north of Phoenix.


Strong in economic development, the community attracts retailers and restaurants such as Kohl's, Dick's Sporting Goods, T.J. Maxx, Sprouts, Culvers, Chick-fil-A, Buffalo Wild Wings, and a host of independent food and shopping choices.


There is no shortage of places to spend your leisure time. Attractions such as Fain Park, Mountain Valley Splash Pool, and special events such as Prescott Valley Days, Balloon Glow, or the Christmas Valley of Lights will keep you entertained all year long.


Families and retirees have chosen to buy homes and relocate to Prescott Valley because of its strong work ethic, quality educational system, family values, and great year-round weather. Can you tell that we love Prescott Valley?


About BloomTree Realty


When you hire a BHGRE Agent, you are not hiring just one agent; you are hiring a company with a committed group of professionals who support each other. You are hiring a dedicated leadership team committed to attracting and training the best agents and supporting the community in which we all live.


About John Gorden


John’s Real Estate education has taken him through both Residential and Commercial Real Estate transactions. Trained as an Accredited Buyers Representative with the National Association of Realtors, this ABR designation lets him share positive insights with Buyers regarding the potential purchase of Real Estate. In addition, John holds a CNE which is a Certified Negotiation Expert by the National Association of Realtors. On the commercial side, John holds a CCSS “Certified Commercial Sales Specialist” awarded by the commercial Real Estate Institute.


John Gorden

(928) 308-0101

Posted in Buying a Home
Feb. 17, 2022

History of Prescott Valley

Prescott Valley Arizona History


Prescott Valley, Arizona, is a thriving family-oriented community that sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet and is located 85 miles north of Phoenix and a few minutes east of historic downtown Prescott. Prescott Valley was the seventh fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona between 1990 and 2000 and presently has approximately 48,000 people calling it home. 

Strong in economic development, the community attracts retailers and restaurants such as Kohl's, Dick's Sporting Goods, T.J. Maxx, Chick-Fil-A, Sprouts, Hobby Lobby, Culvers, Popeyes, Buffalo Wild Wings, and a host of independent food and shopping choices.   

There is no shortage of places to spend your leisure time in this vibrant town. Visit Fain Park for a picnic and fishing, enjoy the Mountain Valley Splash Pool, and take in special events such as Prescott Valley Days, Balloon Glow, as well as the Christmas Valley of Lights.  

Many people have chosen to buy homes and relocate to Prescott Valley because of its strong work ethic, solid educational system, family values, and positive outlook under sunny Arizona skies. The mild climate, convenient location, and surrounding lakes, fishing, and hiking trails make this popular community attractive for families and retirees.



Gold in Prescott Valley: The Walker party discovered gold along Lynx Creek in 1863. In the 1930s, a gold dredging operation, the Doodle Bug Diggings, was farther east in Lynx Creek Canyon. The Lynx Creek placers produced a recorded 29,000 troy ounces of gold. Estimates of actual production range up to 80,000 troy ounces, which would be worth about $85 million at today's prices. 

Name Change: Prescott Valley was formerly known as Lonesome Valley. The area was settled by ranchers in the 1880s, raising beef to supply the miners and new settlers. The Fain family still ranch in the valley. 

Fain Park: Thomas Gibson Barlow-Massicks arrived in the area in the early 1890s and built the historic "castle" that still stands in Fain Park. Messick's had a hydraulic gold mining operation in Lynx Creek Canyon and built the company mining camp of Massicks, Arizona just east of his Victorian home, the Castle. The fireplace with chimney just inside the Castle's fence is all that remains of the Massicks's store. 

Incorporation: In the mid-1960s, a real-estate company from Phoenix purchased land 10 miles east of Prescott, known as Lonesome Valley. In 1966, representatives from Prescott Valley Inc. began traveling to the Midwest to sell home lots. By 1978, more than 1,500 residents lived in the unincorporated area now known as Prescott Valley. In 1978, 80% of the voters of Prescott Valley voted for incorporation as a town.


If you would like information on the real estate market in Prescott Valley, let me know, I would love to help!  John Gorden (928) 308-0101.

>>  See Homes For Sale in Prescott Valley <<


Posted in Prescott News
Jan. 20, 2022

What are the Risks of Earnest Money?

What is earnest money

What is earnest money?

Earnest money is a deposit from a buyer to a seller representing a buyer's 'good faith.' The deposit allows the buyer to receive extra time to secure financing and conduct the title search, property appraisal, and inspections before closing. Earnest money is a great way to let the sellers know that you're serious about the offer you're making on their home.

A deposit demonstrates your commitment to the purchase and that you plan to follow through on the contract. But there's a real risk involved: If you withdraw your offer or change your mind, you might lose your deposit and be out of a chunk of cash.

Here are some ways to avoid losing your earnest money:

  1. Make sure it's the home you want. This advice may seem obvious, but it's easy to get swept up in the emotion of the moment. Recognize that you're about to enter into a legally binding contract and that the earnest money is at risk if you change your mind. While circumstances may not allow you to drag your feet on the decision, double-check that you don't have any reservations before you commit.
  2. Don't sacrifice contract contingencies. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement, but don't let your desire for a home cause you to blindly remove contingencies that are built into contracts to protect buyers. Typical contingencies include loan, title search issues, appraisal, and insurance obstacles. Make sure you consult your realtor before you waive these. 
  3. Avoid committing to a home "as is." If you're putting earnest money on an offer for a foreclosed home, don't be too eager to accept any home problem. Take the time to understand the home's issues before writing the offer.
  4. Read the contract timelines. It is imperative to look at closing dates and other dates related to the process leading up to closing. Violating the timeline could also cost you your earnest money.
  5. Ensure you have recourse to get some or all of your earnest money back. If the sale doesn't finalize, you and the buyer must sign a document voiding the agreement. Before you sign, make sure you understand how it will impact your earnest money refund. If you don't sign off, the seller's title can be negatively impacted, so keep your leverage handy until you are satisfied that you have been treated fairly.


In the end, it is vital to protect yourself and your down payment by playing smart with your earnest money. If you have questions or concerns, get in touch with me to help you understand everything in plain language!

If you are ready to buy a home, let me help you find the right home and protect your interests along the way! 

John Gorden


Posted in Buying a Home
Dec. 21, 2021

The Final Walkthrough: What You Need to Know

selling a home in prescott

The final walkthrough is a crucial step in buying your home. It's when you get to go through the property with the sellers and make sure everything is up-to-par. You'll need to be mindful of any damages or problems. The final walkthrough is the last opportunity you have to make requests before closing. Please don't waste it; it's essential to take this opportunity seriously. 

Things You Need to Know

Here are five things you need to know on your final walkthrough when buying a home.

Request repairs, updates or replacements. Inspect the property for damages. Inspect the property for any new damages that may have occurred since you started the purchase process. Request repairs, updates, or replacements for any damage that the seller did not already fix. If any items in the home are not working properly, ask to have them repaired or replaced. Make sure all of your final requests are written down and signed by you and the seller to avoid any confusion or problems after the sale.

Inspect Appliances. When you do your final walkthrough of the home before purchasing it, be sure to inspect all appliances. Ensure they are all in working order and that there are no damages. If any of the appliances are not in good condition, you may want to ask for a discount on the home price or have them replaced before moving in. Having to deal with broken appliances after you've already moved in can be a hassle, so it's best to take care of them beforehand. 

Check Doors and Windows. When you're doing a final walkthrough of your home before it sells, it's important to check the windows and doors for any damage. Make sure that all of the windows open and close properly, and look for any cracks or chips in the glass. If there are any problems with the windows or doors, be sure to get them fixed before the final walkthrough. 

Check the lights. ​Ensure that all light fixtures are working correctly and have no damages. If you notice anything wrong with any of the lighting within your home, ask for a discount on your purchase price or have them repaired before closing day.

Check the plumbing. On the final walkthrough, be sure to check all of the faucets and toilets for any leaks or damages. If there are any problems with either the faucets or toilets, ask that they be repaired before finalizing the purchase. Dealing with plumbing issues after buying a home can be a huge hassle, so it's best to take care of them beforehand.

The main thing you need to remember, if there are any problems, be sure to get them fixed before the closing date. The move-in process will be much easier by taking care of these small details!

If you have questions on things you should know about a final walkthrough, I would love to help. Give me a call at (928) 308-0101.


Posted in Buying a Home
Nov. 18, 2021

Golf Course Living in Prescott Valley

Stoneridge Homes for sale Prescott Valley Arizona

It is an understatement when I say how much I enjoy golfing in the Prescott area.  In addition to the numerous courses in the Quad-cities, the climate and views are incredible!

About StoneRidge

StoneRidge is a popular golfing community in Prescott Valley.  The subdivision is set in a diverse terrain with Panoramic Mountain, Valley, and Golf Course elevations. StoneRidge community offers direct access to Highway 69, yet it is set back in the hills so that residents can enjoy the peaceful surroundings and star gaze the beautiful night sky.  Residents of Stoneridge enjoy a Golf Course, two Clubhouses (Golf and Fitness), Meeting Rooms, Gym, Parks, Playground, Hiking, Walking Trails, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Sand Volleyball, Horseshoe Pits, Locker Rooms, Indoor and Outdoor Pools, and Indoor Spa.

Families and retirees love to call StoneRidge home!

See Homes for Sale in StoneRidge


About Prescott Valley

Located 85 miles north of Phoenix, you will find Prescott Valley, Arizona, is a family-oriented community that sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet. 

Strong in economic development, the community attracts retailers and restaurants such as Kohl’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, T.J. Maxx, Sprouts, Culvers, Buffalo Wild Wings, and a host of independent food and shopping choices. 

There is no shortage of places to spend your leisure time at Fain Park, Mountain Valley Splash Pool, and special events such as Prescott Valley Days, Balloon Glow, or the Christmas Valley of Lights twinkling joyfully for kids of all ages. 

Many people have chosen to buy homes and relocate here because of its strong work ethic, solid educational system, family values, and positive outlook.  The Arizona sky is bright in Prescott Valley.  

See Homes for Sale in Prescott Valley


About John Gorden

John Gorden with Better Homes and Garden BloomTree Realty is your Realtor (and ex-Southern Californian). John has specialized knowledge of the diverse communities in the greater Prescott area which has lead him to develop a comprehensive tour of Prescott Subdivision and Neighborhoods that suit your Lifestyle and Budget.

Call John Gorden (928) 308-0101


Posted in Buying a Home