Price Reduced

Some fascinating research from the Denver Metro Association of Realtors…

37% of properties that sold last month along the Front Range had a price reduction at some point during the listing period.

Property owners who have to reduce their price take an average of 58 days to receive an offer.

Those who don’t have to reduce their price only take 13 days.

This stat obviously speaks to the importance of pricing your property right on day one.

Posted on October 4, 2019 at 3:13 pm
Meagan Griesel | Category: Blog, Fort Collins Real Estate, Fun Facts, Loveland Real Estate, Northern Colorado Real Estate, Real Estate Tips | Tagged , ,

Prepping Your Home for Sale: The Rooms That Matter Most

 

When you’re selling your home, one of the most important jobs you have is to make your home more attractive to prospective buyers. According to MoneyWise, some of the biggest turnoffs for buyers are a messy, dirty, or smelly home. Thankfully, this is an area that you have complete control over, and with some helpful tips you can clean and stage your home to show off it’s beauty. All your spaces will be inspected during a showing, but there are a couple key rooms that are especially important to focus on to impress the buyers.

 

Kitchen: Clean and Free of Clutter

 

The kitchen in every home is a source of love and congregation, where food is prepared for the family and loved ones tend to gather. First, you want to thoroughly clean and organize the entire kitchen, including drawers, cabinets, and pantry. Don’t forget the appliances – clean all the refrigerator shelves, wipe out the microwave, and deep clean your oven. Next, you will need to stage your kitchen. Staging is decorating with the intention to increase attractiveness to the strangers surveying your home. The less you have on your counters the better, so put away all the small appliances and containers. Keep only a pretty bowl full of lemons or limes to add a pop of color. The kitchen can be a difficult area to keep clean while selling your home because you are still using it several times a day. In the coming weeks, take the time to completely clean up after every meal, even when you are in a hurry.

 

Living Room: Staged to Perfection

 

Your living room is likely the focal point of your home, as it is often the largest space and the one where most time is spent. According to House Beautiful, the living room will help you sell your home more than any other room in the house. As with all the other spaces in your home, you will need to deep clean thoroughly and keep it tidy as the home sits on the market. Most important for this particular room is flawless staging. Living rooms tend to be a home for beloved knick-knacks, family photos, and cozy collections of favorite blanket and pillows. All this personalization needs to go. If staging feels impossible to you, consider hiring a professional home stager to help out. A beautifully staged home will sell faster and at a higher cost than a home left in its original state.

 

Master Bedroom: Peaceful Retreat

 

Lastly, the master bedroom needs your attention. This is the place in your home that signals rest, a peaceful retreat from the busyness of life. In addition to a deep clean, you need to declutter and organize the space well. Take advantage of storage space underneath your bed, out of sight from prospective buyers. Utilize functional furniture like decorative trunks and storage ottomans to store your belongings and clear off surfaces. A decluttered space is the first step to creating a peaceful retreat. Next, paint your walls a calming neutral color like soft gray or pale blue, and replace heavy curtains with light sheer panels to allow natural light to shine through. With a few simple touches, your bedroom will be showroom-ready.

 

Of course, not everyone has time in their busy schedules to devote to cleaning on a regular basis. If you discover you’re having a difficult time making it all come together, look into hiring a housekeeping service, one that can help you keep your kitchen spotless, your bedrooms tidy, and your house ready for any potential last-minute showings.

 

By focusing on these three main rooms – your kitchen, living room, and master bedroom – you will have an easier time getting your home cleaned and staged. It is a stressful time putting your house on the market, but remember that it’s only temporary. In no time, your beautiful home will sell to the perfect buyer, and you will be able to move on to your next adventure.

 

Kris Louis is mom to two rambunctious boys. Her oldest is 10 and her youngest is 7. A former advertising copywriter, she recently created parentingwithkris.com, where she puts her skills to work writing about the trials and tribulations of parenting. Kris, her husband, and two boys live in Durham, NC.

Photo Credit: Pixabay

Posted on August 26, 2019 at 1:46 pm
Meagan Griesel | Category: Colorado Real Estate, Loveland Real Estate, Northern Colorado Real Estate, Real Estate Tips | Tagged , , , ,

How’s the Market in NOCO?

Here are some observations we have about the market right now:

  • Inventory is up, price reductions are up, the length of time to sell a home is up
  • Seller concessions are more prevalent
  • Sellers are more willing to accept contingent offers (especially in higher price ranges)
  • If a home doesn’t sell within a week, it often becomes stigmatized by the market and potential buyers assume there must be something wrong with it
  • Homes that likely would have sold within hours a year ago, are now sitting on the market
  • Condition is super-important as buyers become even more picky
  • Pricing a property correctly on day one is paramount
  • Sellers who over-price their property are finding themselves chasing the market

 

Posted on August 5, 2019 at 4:22 pm
Meagan Griesel | Category: Colorado Real Estate, Colorado Real Estate Market Update, Fun Facts, Northern Colorado Real Estate | Tagged , ,

More homes for sale!

Given how active our market is today and has been over the last few years, many people assume that virtually every home with a “For Sale” sign in the front yard is already under contract.

 

They are surprised to learn that, in most cases, the “For Sale” sign does indeed represent a home that is actively for sale.

 

For example, today in Fort Collins there are 655 single-family homes on the market. 290 of these are under contract and will be closing soon. 365 of these are still active. So, 56% of the signs in Fort Collins are in front of homes that are still available.

 


Here are the specific numbers for each of our Northern Colorado markets:
• Fort Collins = 56%
• Loveland = 57%
• Windsor = 58%
• Greeley = 41%

Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:48 pm
Meagan Griesel | Category: Colorado Real Estate Market Update, Fun Facts, Northern Colorado Real Estate | Tagged ,

Property tax assessments 2019

As we are helping people understand their new property assessments and putting together information so that they may protest their new valuation, here is the most common question we hear…

Did my property really go up that much?

Here are some stats that will help you answer that question.

First, you need to know that property assessments are done by the County every two years. So, as you look at how much your property increased in value according to the County, keep in mind that this increase is over a two-year period.

 

Next, it will help you to know how much our markets increased, on average, over the last two years. This data comes from our most trusted source, the Federal Housing Finance Authority.

Two Year Appreciation:

• Metro Denver = 18.65%
• Larimer County = 17.60%
• Weld County = 22.31%
• Boulder County = 16.28%


If you have questions about your new valuation or how to protest your property’s assessment, we would be happy to help. Just reach out and let me know.

Posted on May 17, 2019 at 6:33 pm
Meagan Griesel | Category: Colorado Real Estate, Colorado Real Estate Market Update, Fort Collins Real Estate, Fun Facts, Loveland Real Estate, Northern Colorado Real Estate | Tagged , ,

Who’s market is it?

So, which is it? A buyer’s market or a seller’s market?

Well, it depends!

First, let’s define each market. According to research, a buyer’s market exists when there is more than 4-6 months of inventory on the market.

If it would take longer than 4-6 months to sell out all of the inventory currently for sale, then it is a buyer’s market.

This calculation is obviously a function of the amount of inventory on the market and the current pace of sales.

A seller’s market exists if it would take shorter than 4-6 months.

So, which is it?

It depends very much on the price range.

Here are the numbers for Northern Colorado:

• $300,000 to $400,000 = 0.9 months
• $400,000 to $500,000 = 1.9 months
• $500,000 to $750,000 = 2.3 months
• $750,000 and over = 5.8 months

So, most price ranges are a clear seller’s market. It’s not until $750,000 and over that the market starts to approach a more balanced state.


Here’s one more thing that might help you…

You probably don’t need a reminder that this is tax season.

Not only because tax returns are due in two weeks but also because you will soon receive your property tax notification in the mail.

Every two years your County re-assesses the value of your property and then sends that new value to you.

When this happens, many of our clients:

  • Don’t agree with the new assessed value
  • Aren’t sure what to do
  • Are confused by the process
  • Want to save money on property taxes

Good news! We have a webinar that will help you. On the webinar we will show you:

  • How to read the information from the County
  • What it means for you
  • How to protest the valuation if you want
  • How to get an accurate estimate of your property’s value

You can listen to the webinar live or get the recording. In any case, you can sign up at www.WindermereWorkshop.com

The webinar is April 17th at 10:00. If you can’t join live, go ahead and register so you can automatically receive the recording.

This is a complimentary online workshop for all of our clients. We hope you can join!

Posted on April 12, 2019 at 6:47 pm
Meagan Griesel | Category: Colorado Real Estate, Fun Facts, Northern Colorado Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , ,

Friday Fun Facts. How’s the Market?

We’ve seen some headlines recently that suggest home prices along the Front Range have peaked and are starting to decline.

When we dig in and do the research, this is what we find…

Home prices are still going up, just not as fast as they have been.

We’ve known that the double-digit appreciation that we’ve seen for the last several years could not be sustained and we expected the pace of appreciation to slow down.

So far in 2019, this is the case.  Prices still going up, just not as fast.

It’s like running up stairs.  Eventually you will get tired and you will need to start walking (but you’re still going up).

Headlines that suggest that prices have peaked and are falling create unrealistic expectations for buyers and give sellers a skewed perspective on the market.

Here are the numbers…

Average Price:

  • Up 1.53% in Metro Denver
  • Up 6.1% in Larimer County
  • Up 5.1% in Weld County

Months of Inventory:

  • 1.5 Months in Metro Denver
  • 1.5 Months in Larimer County
  • 1.4 Months in Weld County
  • (Remember that 4-6 months of inventory represents a balanced market)

There has been an increase in Days on Market which means that homes are taking longer to sell.  But the increase is measured in days, not months.

Here are those numbers…

Days on Market:

  • Up 4 Days in Metro Denver
  • Up 11 Days in Larimer County
  • Up 3 Days in Weld County

So, be mindful of headlines that can be sensationalized and might suggest that the market is falling.

Bottom line, the market is going up, just not as fast as it was.

Speaking of prices, here’s something that can help you…

You probably don’t need a reminder that this is tax season.

Not only because tax returns are due in two weeks but also because you will soon receive your property tax notification in the mail.

Every two years your County re-assesses the value of your property and then sends that new value to you.

When this happens, many of our clients:

Don’t agree with the new assessed value

Aren’t sure what to do

Are confused by the process

Want to save money on property taxes

Good news!  We have a webinar that will help you.  On the webinar we will show you:

How to read the information from the County

What it means for you

How to protest the valuation if you want

How to get an accurate estimate of your property’s value

You can listen to the webinar live or get the recording.  In any case, you can sign up at www.WindermereWorkshop.com

The webinar is April 17th at 10:00.  If you can’t join live, go ahead and register so you can automatically receive the recording.

This is a complimentary online workshop for all of our clients.  We hope you can join!

Posted on April 5, 2019 at 1:57 pm
Meagan Griesel | Category: Colorado Real Estate, Fort Collins Real Estate, Fun Facts, Loveland Real Estate, Northern Colorado Real Estate | Tagged , , ,

Property Tax Notification coming soon!

You probably don’t need a reminder that this is tax season.

Not only because tax returns are due in two weeks but also because you will soon receive your property tax notification in the mail.

Every two years your County re-assesses the value of your property and then sends that new value to you.

When this happens, many of our clients:

  • Don’t agree with the new assessed value
  • Aren’t sure what to do
  • Are confused by the process
  • Want to save money on property taxes

Good news! We have a webinar that will help you. On the webinar we will show you:

  • How to read the information from the County
  • What it means for you
  • How to protest the valuation if you want
  • How to get an accurate estimate of your property’s value

You can listen to the webinar live or get the recording. In any case, you can sign up at www.WindermereWorkshop.com

The webinar is April 17th at 10:00. If you can’t join live, go ahead and register so you can automatically receive the recording.

This is a complimentary online workshop for all of our clients. We hope you can join!

Posted on March 29, 2019 at 4:38 pm
Meagan Griesel | Category: Colorado Real Estate, Fort Collins Real Estate, Fun Facts, Loveland Real Estate, Northern Colorado Real Estate, Uncategorized | Tagged , , ,

Real Estate Rankings by City… #1 is Vegas

Vegas Baby!

The results are in from FHFA.gov’s latest ranking of the top performing markets in the U.S.

Each quarter they track 245 cities across the country and rank their real estate markets by home price appreciation.

 

What’s the highest performing city the the U.S.

Vegas!  Their prices have gone up 17.63% in the last year.

 

How about the worst?

Bloomington, Illinois sits in dead last where prices went down 3.58%

 

Here’s how Colorado cities are ranked:

• #10 Colo. Springs = 11.41%
• #16 Greeley = 10.68%
• #59 Fort Collins = 8.29%
• #64 Denver = 8.15%
• #97 Boulder = 6.85%

Posted on March 1, 2019 at 5:18 pm
Meagan Griesel | Category: Colorado Real Estate, Fun Facts, Northern Colorado Real Estate | Tagged ,

Home prices rarely go negative in Larimer County

Did you know, according to FHFA, home prices in Larimer County have dropped more than 1% only 4 times in the last 40 years?

FHFA stands for the Federal Housing Finance Authority. We are one of 261 markets that they track. Since 1978 they have been measuring home price appreciation here.
If you look at the appreciation numbers for each individual year, you will notice that most years the prices go up and some years the prices go down.
But there have only been 4 times in those 40 years where prices decreased more than 1%
Here’s what happened those 4 times:
• 1982 = -3.99%
• 1987 = -1.86%
• 2008 = -2.29%
• 2010 = -1.12%
Sometimes we hear buyers say that they would like to wait for the “prices to come crashing down.” The reality is that the price drops don’t happen all that often and when they do, they don’t drop by that much at all.
If you would like to see a short video with a recap of our annual Market Forecast presentation, watch the video below.
Posted on February 25, 2019 at 3:46 pm
Meagan Griesel | Category: Fort Collins Real Estate, Fun Facts, Loveland Real Estate, Northern Colorado Real Estate | Tagged , ,