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Brittany Knolls

[ 0 ] August 16, 2018 |

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  • Located in south Fort Collins, Brittany Knolls is just down the street from Southridge Golf Course, only a few miles from Front Range Village, and about 4 miles west of I-25.
  • You’ll find Brittany Knolls west of Lemay Ave, north of Trilby Rd, east of College Ave, and just to the south of Fossil Creek Park.

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How I clear up space on my desktop

[ 0 ] June 22, 2018 |

I don’t like clutter — especially on my desk. So it logically follows that I attach as much under my desk as possible (doesn’t everybody?). Using Scotch Extreme Fasteners, one of my work computers (a Mac mini) and a backup hard drive are securely attached to the underside of my desk. I can’t attach everything to the bottom of my desk, but it works for a few things — which makes brain happy.

 

 

 

Our Favorite Life Hacks

[ 0 ] June 20, 2018 |

5. I try to burn 1000 active calories a day. This would be impossible if not for my DeskCycle 2. This small machine fits under my desk and allows me to passively pedal (and still get my work done) for hours at a time.

4. I have used DayOne as a family diary for years, but I’ve recently expanded its use. I now have journals for things like yard work, dog records, and receipts. If I need to know the last time I fertilized my lawn I look in DayOne.

3. With 5 in our family, we have a lot of shoes. We’ve tried many different ways to keep them organized, but nothing stuck until I created my ‘wall of shoes’ in our garage.

2. I hate clutter. This compulsion leads me to find/create order where I can, which in turn led to using velcro to store my computer at work (a Mac Mini) and external hard drive under my desk.

1. There are many practical ways to use the Amazon Echo, but using it to add items to the grocery list is by far the most useful in my family. Combine this with grocery delivery, and we have to save hundreds of hours/year.

Our Stabilizing Market

[ 0 ] September 20, 2017 |

In Northern Colorado, anyone paying attention knows the real estate market of the past few years has been booming for sellers. Based upon firsthand experience, without looking at a single stat, we would tell you homes are much more attainable now as compared to 2014-2016. In the three previous years, it was very difficult for a buyer to have an offer accepted on any home priced under $400k — even if they offered more money, and even if they removed some (or all) of the contract contingencies. While the current Northern Colorado real estate market is still skewed toward sellers, it’s no longer ONLY a sellers market.

This is our experience, but what do the stats say? We looked at the past three years’ sales in the Brown Farm neighborhood in Fort Collins, during the months of June 15 to August 15. We chose this neighborhood because it’s large (which means there would be plenty of data), and because the price range is generally average for Fort Collins.

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Larimer County Property Valuations

[ 0 ] May 9, 2017 |

Superficial vs. Enduring

[ 0 ] March 27, 2017 |

As we see it, there are two types of improvements you can make to your home — we’ll call them “Superficial” and “Enduring.” A “superficial” change/improvement could be new paint, new countertops, or maybe new floor coverings. What we’re calling an “enduring” improvement might be a change to the floorplan, an addition to the home, or even the planting of trees in the yard.

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Fossil Creek Park

[ 0 ] March 16, 2017 |

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One of the largest parks in south Fort Collins, Fossil Creek Park has something for everyone. Kids love the modern play equipment (including the climbable wooly mammoth), the rock wall, giant slide and skate park. Fossil Creek’s design not only provides a great space for children of all ages but also allows parents to efficiently keep an eye on their busy, moving kids. Not in the mood for the playground? Take your dogs to the dog park or for a walk around Fossil Creek Lake. Or, just bring a blanket and hike to the top of the grassy hill overlooking the playground and lake, and take in the beautiful mountain view. Or bring your bike and take Fossil Creek Trail west until it connects with Spring Creek Trail! Fossil Creek Park is yet another fantastic Fort Collins recreation destination!

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New Construction – Part 1

[ 0 ] November 15, 2016 |
Nobody owned it before you, and you get a hand in the creation.

Buying a new home can be and should be an exciting process. You get to pick out the cabinets, the flooring and paint colors – not to mention lighting and appliances. You will often have a say in the choice of lot, and if you start the process early enough, you’ll even have the opportunity to choose from a handful of different floor plans. The home will be yours; nobody owned it before you, and you get a hand in the creation. For most people, this really is a fun process. Read More

Quail Hollow

[ 0 ] November 14, 2016 |
There seems to always be a strong market for Quail Hollow

When it comes to real estate, it’s not accurate to say I’ve seen it “all.” For example, I was an aloof elementary school kid when, in the early-to-mid 80s, interest rates crept up to nearly 20%. But in my nearly 19 years in real estate I have experienced better markets (as measured by how quickly, and for how much of a premium, residential real estate is selling), and worse markets (as measured by how long, and for how much of a discount, that same real estate is selling). In my time, and in my experience, the Quail Hollow subdivision has remained a constant. No matter what is happening in the market at large, there seems to always be a strong market for Quail Hollow.

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The homes themselves in Quail Hollow are just fine, but not objectively noteworthy. You’ll find traditional two story floorplans, you’ll also find two story floorplans that are a bit more “funky” (kind of a two story home mixed with a split level), and you’ll find ranch style homes. Some (not all) of these floorplans leave a bit to be desired, and the quality of construction would largely be considered average. 
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Kids & Moving – Part 1

[ 1 ] November 7, 2016 |
What to consider in your next home (if you have young kids – like I do)

As I write, I am a working mom and wife in her mid-30s. I have two sons (or three, if you count my truly wonderful husband?) – one in elementary school and one in preschool, and a career in real estate that started nearly 13 years ago. Because I’m a mother, I know the incredible joy our children can bring; and, because I’m a mother, I know the incredible challenges that can result from those same children. If you happen to be in a similar situation/stage of life, it’s likely you, like me, are looking for ways to make your life just a bit easier. If so, and if you’ve been considering a move – this is for you!

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