Find me something to buy!

I get that a lot these days! Right now the amount of properties for sale in Littleton is at a crazy low level. According to the graph below, the amount of properties available has dropped 30% in the past 3 years! While there are still homes available, it is slim pickings! I have been able to get my clients under contract using a variety of strategies to make their offer package stand out from the rest. I also make sure to contact the listing agent so that I can establish a great line of communication to help alleviate any questions or concerns they may have about my clients.

Low amount of homes for sale

On another note, if you have been on the fence considering whether you should sell your home, now is definitely the time. Make sure you pair up with a broker that can find you a home before you list your house for sale, otherwise you might end up homeless with an agent that doesn’t really care. I’m sorry to tell you, but with 50,000 agents in Colorado, there are some agents out there that do not consider this job their passion like I do. I also just recently moved our family and so I have recent, first-hand experience on how difficult a move can be and what I can do to help things go as smoothly as possible! Check out this video below and then call me to help you!

Down Payments for a house

What do you think you need to put down to purchase a house these days? 20%? 10%? On average people were putting down 11% in 2016 to purchase a home. That means that while several people did put down 20% or more, just as many people were putting down 5% or less! If the amount of down payment is holding you back, definitely talk to your lender about what programs are out there to help you qualify and get into a house now, so you can stop paying the mortgage for someone else!

Jonathan Smoke, realtor.com®’s chief economist writes in his latest column, “the millennial dreaming about homeownership needs to get this message: They need a FICO score of at least 639 and enough for a 5 percent down payment (that is, if they don’t qualify for the other programs with lower payment options). In that case, they’ll need to save about $3,500 to buy in the typical American town.”

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Where are all the homes for sale?

I thought I would write a quick blog post about the lack of inventory out there for my buyers. If you have ever considered selling your home and either buying something bigger or moving out of state, now is definitely the time! I have five buyers actively looking for homes all round Denver down to Colorado Springs, and we are having quite a hard time! Properties are flying off the market and getting bid up way more than they are worth. This causes problems not only for buyers, but also for the sellers when they have to deal with being inundated by buyers and real estate agents and then figuring out what to do when their house does not appraise for the agreed purchase price. I just attended a great class about how to “help” the appraiser so that all parties to the transaction can move forward confidently.

When working with my buyers, I have several strategies to help them get their offer accepted over competing offers. Working with sellers, I help ease the stress that comes with the frenzy of buyers in this market by providing a simple breakdown of the competing offers and my professional opinion backed by 10 years of experience of what the advantages and disadvantages of each offer. I prefer to work in Jefferson County as I know that area best and that is where I spend most of my time, but I have clients all the way east out to the airport and south to Colorado Springs. Please call me if you or anyone you know has talked about selling their home – I would love to meet with them, and chances are I might already have a buyer for their home (which would save them money and time!).

New Featured Listing in Coal Creek Canyon!

9657 Loomis Way – Golden, CO

Come on up and check out the million dollar views! This 2500 square foot home is located at the end of a cul-de-sac on 5.5 acres in Coal Creek Canyon. With its unique and rustic charm, this house features three heating sources (Natural Gas, Wood and Electric) and a huge deck to enjoy the amazing mountain scenery! The seller has thought of almost everything to make living in the mountains as comfortable as possible. Located on a large cul-de-sac with a 20,000 gallon water storage tank for the fire department, the well runs great, the driveway is asphalt, and the wildlife is abundant! This seller is sad to see her house go, but is ready to start a new chapter in Denver!

 

 

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Hiring a Realtor

Ask your Realtor lots of questions!

Ask your Realtor lots of questions!

Every good consumer knows that getting the best person to work for you, it is necessary to shop around. Here are some questions that you can ask when interviewing Realtors to decide who will best help you reach your goals.

  • How long have you been a Realtor?

While it helps to pick a seasoned professional, keep in mind that older is not always better. An agent that has been in the business for 20 years, may be so set in his ways, that he isn’t using new technology and may actually hinder your real estate goals. Also, don’t discount brand new agents either. New agents may offer a fresh perspective as well as having a well-qualified mentor watching their every move to make sure you are well taken care of.

  • What is your average List-Price to Sales-Price ratio?

A real estate agent should know his market well enough to be able to negotiate down the price for his buyers while negotiating up the price for his sellers.

  • What is your best marketing plan for selling my home or what strategies do you have to help me buy a home?

A strong marketing plan for a seller will help them sell their home faster and for the most money. Sellers should ask:

  1. What sets you apart from other listing agents?
  2. What is your online marketing strategy?
  3. What printed advertisements do you use?
  4. How many listings do you have typically?
  5. What is your availability for showings, open houses and answering my questions?

Buyers should ask:

  1. How will you search for my new home?
  2. What is the process for purchasing a home?
  3. What strategies do you have for submitting offers?
  4. How competitive is the market and how do you handle multiple offers?
  • Do you have any references?

Make sure those references aren’t related to the broker and that you can contact them.

  • What are the top three things that set you apart from your competition?

This should be an easy question for the broker, but make sure their answers are qualities that you value most in a Realtor.

  • Will you help with the contracts?

There are a lot of contracts and agreements in real estate and it really helps when your agent knows the contracts inside and out. It helps also if your broker can send you the contracts before you need to sign them.

  • How is your referral network?

There are a lot of people involved during a real estate transaction as well. Ask your Realtor if they have a good referral network and trusted professionals they choose to work with the most and why.

  • How much do you charge?

All fees are negotiable in real estate. Ask how much the real estate agent charges for their services and who pays them. In Colorado, the seller typically pays both brokers in a transaction.

  • What kind of guarantee do you offer:

If you sign an agreement to hire a broker, and then find that it is not a good fit, can you cancel the agreement? You need to make sure your broker will provide you the best service they promised or you should part ways. Has the broker ever had a client cancel an agreement before?

  • What else do I need to know that I haven’t asked?

Buying or selling a home is a very big event in your life. Make sure your broker is taking the time to educate you and really listen to your needs so they can better help you.

La Fondue – downtown Denver

We had the opportunity to go out to dinner in downtown Denver for my daughter’s birthday on New Year’s Day. My daughter wanted to go to a fondue restaurant, and since her first choice (The Melting Pot) was closed on New Year’s Day we easily made reservations at La Fondue. We had seven in our party and the place was not overly crowded because it had apparently been quite the party spot the night before. All of the staff seemed to be still recovering! The food was excellent and we had a plentiful amount of Lobster and Steak for our fondue. The only thing lacking was the clearing of the dirty dishes and glasses. Overall we had a great time and will go back in the future.

Starbucks of Ken Caryl

PSL-Starbucks

Pumpkin Spice Latte (my favorite)

Starbucks: You either love them or hate them. I have had the opportunity to visit many during my real estate career in Colorado, and this one is pretty good. I have not been to a Starbucks yet that has really wowed me, but what else can you expect from a huge chain like Starbucks? I like the ability to sit down and hear myself think. I also like the fact that I can have a meeting with one or two clients or real estate agents that I’m training and am able to easily connect to the internet and enjoy the smells and tastes of some really great coffee. Of the nearby Starbucks I have been to, this one on Ken Caryl near C-470 has a great amount of space to sit. Not as much as the one on Wadsworth just south of Bowles, but definitely more than one right by my house on Chatfield and Wadsworth and the really small one on Broadway & Quincy. I also really appreciate the friendly staff at this location, who informed me I just got the last Pumpkin Spice Latta of the season! Perhaps in 2014 I’ll try out some other coffee shops to see how they stack up to the big elephant that is Starbucks!

New Featured Listing in Lakewood!

674 South Youngfield Court

Come and check out this remodeled town home! This home is move in ready! The great neighborhood is quiet with great views of the mountains! This home also has it’s own detached 2-car garage and maintenance-free living! The HOA covers the water/sewer, building and grounds maintenance and removal of trash and snow! With a smaller comp right around the corner at a similar price, this one has great value!

 

 

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