Archive for November, 2016

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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Real Estate Bubble

[ 0 ] November 7, 2016 |

bubbleAs home prices continue to rise in Northern Colorado, I hear this familiar refrain with increasing frequency: “are we in a real estate bubble, and when is it going to burst?” My response is, I don’t know – only time will tell. Yes, I don’t know, but I do have an opinion. Let’s consider the Fort Collins market.

What better way to form this opinion than to look back at/compare the national real estate markets that collapsed in the late 2000s and the Fort Collins market at that time. In 2008, when multiple markets around the country began to collapse (e.g., parts of California, Las Vegas, parts of Florida, etc.), Fort Collins’ market remained largely stable. Some of the higher priced neighborhoods did come down in value, and even a few moderately priced neighborhoods experienced a slight downtick. But for the most part, Fort Collins experienced a stabilization of, rather than a downward trend in, home values. Read More

A tribute to a honey locust

[ 2 ] November 4, 2016 |

We have tried to move in the past, but there was an uprising; the children rebelled. Our kids love our neighborhood and they adore our neighbors; they like being near Rolland Moore Park, and they love riding their bikes on Spring Creek Trail. But with no basement, only three bedrooms, and only one living space, our wonderful little home seemed to be getting smaller and smaller (especially as our girls get bigger and bigger). My wife and I really didn’t want to move, either, but we did think the girls might like their own rooms and more room to spread out with friends. Yes, they said, these things would be great, but no, not one of the three wanted to move. No way, no how. Read More