3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest

Carve for cash!

Have you ever carved a pumpkin into a really scary jack-o-lantern or super unique design and thought it would win an award? This year could be your year to get recognized! Just submit a picture of your carved pumpkin

Amazon gift cards

Pumpkin Carving Contest Prize

to Justin’s Facebook page as a comment to this thread: Facebook Page Post. This year’s contest is awarding $25 gift cards for most creative/original and for scariest.

Make sure to get your pumpkins entered into the contest by midnight on Halloween. I will announce the winners the week after Halloween!

This contest started out as a client appreciation event but this year I’m opening it up to all people that connect with me on social media! With my architecture background, I like to put my creative talents to the test and carve some pretty sweet jack-o-lanterns. This year I am going to be carving one pumpkin in the spirit of our cousin that lost her battle to cancer a few years ago on my birthday. She posted a picture of a pumpkin she carved with a wooded scene and I am excited to replicate that in my one of my carvings. I’m hoping to do a time lapse video of the carving! Stay tuned! Here is a video with some more details on the contest:

Denver market is shifting

It’s true! As temps drop, so do prices!

The Denver market is seeing it’s typical seasonal slow down a little earlier this year. This is thanks in part to the 1,000’s of buyers that were extremely frustrated this summer and for the past 3 years with rising prices, bidding wars and lack of homes to buy. Usually Denver sees a slow down in home purchases in mid to late November, but this year, the slow down started in July! After dealing with bidding wars and waived contingencies, buyers were so frustrated that a lot of them decided to stay put and possibly remodel or improve their current residence. Craigs Menear, chairman, CEO and president of Home Depot stated, “We were pleased with our results this (2nd) quarter as our customers rewarded us with the highest quarterly sales in company history.” A lot of my buyers contributed as they hung up their “house buying” hat and put on their “house updating” hat. Sellers, of course, reaped the benefits by getting higher prices for their homes, buyers waiving contingencies, and being flexible on the closing date so the sellers could make their moving plans. That historic market has definitely affected today’s real estate in Denver.

For the past 3 weeks, the Denver Metro MLS has shown 1100-1500 price reductions on available properties for sale! This means that sellers (and their agents) have not gotten the message yet about the cooler market. They are listing their homes with summer prices and expecting a bidding war in a very short time, and that is simply not happening. Sellers are also counting on desperate buyers that will do anything just to buy their house, such as waiving their rights to inspection, covering low appraisal values and letting the sellers stay in the house rent-free after closing! Those times are on hold for the moment!

Don’t get me wrong, prices are still going up and all signs point to continuing price increases for the next couple of years. Denver still has a super-low unemployment rate with several companies moving their businesses to Denver and the Front Range in the coming years. We also have an insane amount of activities, concerts and sporting events as well as an awesome view of the Rockies. Our weather is super desirable by those that love sunshine while still experiencing all 4 seasons (sometimes all in one day!).

So what does all this mean to home buyers and sellers? Now is an awesome time to move up in house value! Properties priced under $400,000 are still in pretty high demand, but overall around Denver, buyers can expect to purchase a home at or slightly under the list price. There are always exceptions: for instance, if it is in a highly desirable neighborhood or priced lower than market value. Since their are still some buyers out there trying to get into their first home, selling your home and buying a home at a higher price point where there is less competition, means you can maximize the value of your home and the bargain you can get on a more-expensive home! People looking to downsize will experience the opposite effect and so I don’t recommend doing that this winter! The other factor driving buyers to act now instead of waiting until next spring/summer is the fact that the FED is going to slow down their purchases of mortgage backed securities thus making the interest rates finally start rising as promised.

Historically, Denver has always seen an increase in prices on average. Waiting until next year to purchase your home only means you will have to pay more and may not be able to afford the house that you want to buy this year. This fall and winter will be the ideal time to sell your starter home and buy a more expensive home! If you are thinking about building a home, lock in the price now so that you will close when the market is hot and gain instant equity! I personally have done that and it is a great feeling when you close on a house and know that it is worth more than you are paying! Check out my YouTube Channel to find out more about building a home as that is my speciality!

If you want to get in touch with me to run some numbers, fill out the form below and I will get in touch with you ASAP!