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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

Spring Park

[ 0 ] October 16, 2016 |

Located along Spring Creek Trail, Spring Park, established in 1965, is one of the older parks in Fort Collins. At the park you’ll find the obligatory playground equipment, as well as two youth baseball fields, but you’ll also find a large green space filled with trees. Don’t get us wrong, if you’d like to take the kids somewhere to play, the playground is certainly nice, but what we really like about Spring Park is the serenity that comes from so much green space. Read More

Overland Park

[ 0 ] October 16, 2016 |

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Tucked between the Siena, Overland Trail Farm and Peak View subdivisions you’ll find Overland Park – something of a hidden gem in Fort Collins. This great little park may not be the biggest around, and many may not have heard of it, but it has everything you’d want. Read More

Maple Hill

[ 0 ] October 12, 2016 |

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  • Located in NE Fort Collins, the Maple Hill subdivision is located just 1.5 miles west of I-25 and just 1 mile west of Budweiser.
  • You’ll find this neighborhood east of Turnberry Rd, south of Richards Lake Rd, north of Mountain Vista Dr and west of I-25

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Your Home Should Not Be a Commodity

[ 0 ] October 11, 2016 |

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Your home should not be like corn. Corn is a commodity; a commodity is an economic good whose value is NOT based on any sort of qualitative measure. The buyer of corn is not looking for better corn and doesn’t think about worse corn; corn is corn to this buyer. Because of this, because corn is all the same, the buyer will determine value based solely on price.
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Country Club Estates & Nedrah Acres

[ 0 ] September 23, 2016 |


Country Club Estates and Nedrah Acres are two of the most sought after neighborhoods in north Fort Collins. The homes in this area, built in the 50s, 60s & 70s, are some of the coolest and most unique around. If you’re looking for a mid-century modern home, for example, you may just find it in one of these neighborhoods. Read More

Before your home is listed

[ 0 ] June 23, 2016 |

When listing your home, we break down our job into three sections; this post is concerned with the first section. In this post, we will share a few of the things we do/consider before your home officially hits the market.

First, we assume you want to maximize the market value. As such, it is our job to lay out everything that can be done to achieve this goal. For example, If we think new carpet would help maximize market value, we’ll obtain estimates and will then let you know if it is worth the cost; new carpet might support a higher sales price, but if the cost exceeds the estimated increase the value, it may not be worth it. We’ll gather any needed information/estimates and will ultimately have a plan that, we believe, maximizes the market value.

We’ll also let you know exactly what we think your home should look like when showings begin. We’ll talk you through, often room by room, what we feel should be done. This could include removing or adding furniture, or it may mean rearranging furniture. We might also suggest removing some photos but adding others. Or, we might suggest that removing everything from a given room/area is the best plan. We’ll offer suggestions related to not just the inside of the home, but also the outside. Depending on the home/neighborhood, the outside of the home is often as important as the inside.

We’ll make suggestions based on these (and other) factors, but you’re the boss, so it will ultimately be up to you to decide what is completed. Stopping 

short of completing all suggested changes might affect the market value a little, or it could affect value a lot — it will depend on what you decide not to do. We will share with you what is most important, and what is least important — you’ll have to decide how far you can/are willing to go.