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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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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

Hampshire Pond

[ 0 ] October 24, 2016 |

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If you’re considering a move to Fort Collins, or even a move within Fort Collins, and if you like the outdoors, we suggest you take a peek at Hampshire Pond

Consisting of just three square blocks, Hampshire Pond, located immediately south of Drake Rd and just to the west of Taft Hill Rd, is, at first glance, nondescript. Zoom out just a bit, though, and you’ll quickly realize what makes this little subdivision so special. If you were to explore Hampshire Pond you would find, at the south edge, two little paths. These innocuous paths, in this seemingly average little neighborhood, lead to Spring Creek Trail. This may not seem like much until you spend even a few minutes exploring the trail. Along the trail you will find parks, open space, beautiful trees, multiple creek crossings, lovely views, and yes, Dairy Queen. If you’re considering a move to Fort Collins, or even a move within Fort Collins, and if you like the outdoors, we suggest you take a peek at Hampshire Pond — it really is a wonderful little neighborhood.

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Siena

[ 0 ] October 14, 2016 |

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“This neighborhood has undoubtedly one of the best block parties every August. Most of the residents of Siena join in or at least wander over to see what all the fun is about!”  -AS

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  • Siena is located in west Fort Collins – just east of the foothills, directly north of Overland Park, less than 2 miles to CSU and within biking distance (or a short car ride) to Old Town.
  • Specifically, Siena is west of Taft Hill Rd, east of Overland Trl, south of Elizabeth St and north of Prospect Rd.

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Indian Hills

[ 0 ] October 14, 2016 |

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  • Indian Hills is centrally located in Fort Collins – within walking distance to Spring Park, Spring Creek Trail & Whole Foods, just about a mile to CSU, and a short drive or leisurely bike ride to Old Town.
  • Specifically, Indian Hills is west of Lemay Ave, east of College Ave, north of Drake Rd and south of Prospect Rd.

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Lexington Green & Village West

[ 0 ] October 10, 2016 |

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“We moved to this neighborhood because of the proximity to Spring Creek Trail. Our family loves to ride bikes and having the trail just two blocks away was just too good to pass up. Our kids have grown/are growing up riding their bikes to school along this trail, I have enjoyed the easy access along the trail to the foothills, where I can mountain bike, and as a family we love riding along Spring Creek Trail through the CSU campus to Old Town. We’ve also spent countless hours playing tennis, volleyball, etc., etc. in Rolland Moore Park. Yes, we moved here because we loved the idea of having Spring Creek Trail, and all that it accesses, so close, but what we have come to love, and what will keep us here, are our neighbors. Our kids look at the people on our block as extended family and they would be heartbroken if we ever moved. We love our neighborhood.” -DM

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  • Lexington Green and Village West are adjacent subdivisions situated immediately to the west of Rolland Moore Park and Spring Creek Trail. 
  • You’ll find these neighborhoods east of Taft Hill Rd, west of Shields St, south of Stuart St and north of Drake Rd

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What is a ‘Backup’ Offer?

[ 0 ] September 23, 2016 |

So, what is a “backup” offer? A backup offer, simply stated, is when a second buyer comes along and likes your home enough to bet on the possibility that the first contract falls through. If the second buyer writes a backup offer, and if you accept it, and if the first contract does fall through, the backup offer will immediately take effect as the active contract. If the second buyer does write an offer, we go through the negotiation process just like we did with the first contract. You evaluate the dates and deadlines, and the price, and you decide if you want to accept, counter, or deny the offer outright.

Frankly, it isn’t likely you will receive a backup offer — however, even given their infrequency, it is our opinion that leaving the door open for such an offer can’t hurt. Being open to a backup offer also means maintaining your home as available for showings (making beds, wiping crumbs off of kitchen counters, keeping clutter to a minimum, etc.).

Once your home goes under contract, we are obligated to change the “status” of your home. That is, we have to let potential buyers and agents know that your home is under contract. How we do this is up to you, and what you decide will determine whether or not you have the possibility of receiving a backup offer. You will decide whether you want the status of your home to change to Under Contract/Backup or to Pending. By changing the status to Pending, you are effectively telling buyers and agents that you want no more showings. You may decide to go this direction because it’s too much work to get your home ready, or maybe because you are tired of leaving every time someone wants to see your home; by identifying the contract as Pending, we will receive no requests for showings, and as a result, you will have no potential for receiving backup offers. If, however, we identify your listing as Under Contract/Backup, we are effectively telling agents and potential buyers that you are still willing to show your home and that you would consider a backup offer. These are the only two options available to us — it is not an option to leave the home listed as it was before; that is, once your home goes under contract, we are obligated to change the status, letting buyers know your home is under contract.

Risk vs. Reward

[ 0 ] September 22, 2016 |

 

Every real estate transaction comes with some amount of risk and potential reward. For example, you may love the house that backs up to the four lane road, with a 45 mph speed limit, and the reward for you may be a home you love. But we might suggest a couple of potential risks. We would tell you that, 1) that home is always going to be more difficult to sell — because at least half of the people that look will rule it out because of the road, and 2) you may love the home now, and you may love it if you are the type of people to spend most of your time inside, but if you enjoy outdoor living, you may grow to hate the hum of the road. Read More

One thought when buying an investment property

[ 0 ] September 16, 2016 |

To the extent possible, buy based on the worst of times, not the best.

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Rental properties are a hot topic right now in Fort Collins.  Rents are up, vacancies are down, and interest rates are very, very low.  At this point in time, there would appear to be very little risk; it’s difficult for investors not to find renters, and current rental rates are at a premium.  I contend, however, that this is a potentially dangerous and shortsighted view to take.  When I work with investors, my goal is to help them buy a property that is not only easy to rent now, but will be easy to rent when vacancy rates are higher (and they will, eventually, be higher).  Before writing an offer, I would urge you to consider this: Is this the type of property that is going to be appealing to a quality renter when vacancy rates are up?  That is, there will come a time when renters have multiple options, and aren’t desperate to find just anything; when this day comes, will they pick your rental, or the one down the street?  To the extent possible, buy based on the worst of times, not the best.

 

Tracks & Trails

[ 0 ] September 10, 2016 |

If you’ve lived in Northern Colorado for even a short time you have likely seen a copy of The Recreator (http://www.fcgov.com/recreator/) at one place or another. In their own words, the City of Fort Collins website calls The Recreator a “comprehensive community resource that includes information on City of Fort Collins recreation facilities, programs, events and activities.” Yes, most of us are familiar with this local resource, but did you know the City of Fort Collins, through their Natural Areas Department, has also developed a guide to free events and activities, on City of Fort Collins Natural Areas, called Tracks & Trails?

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Thumbing through a copy of Tracks & Trails you’ll find calendars from June through October filled with various activities for younger kids, older kids, really old kids (i.e., adults) and  families. For example, if you have a teen between 13-18 years of age, sign her/him up for the Nature Photography for Teens activity, to take place on October 5th. Or, if you want the entire family involved, take part in the Family Nature Club on October 15th. And if you want to leave the kids behind, sign up for one of the Science Behind the Scenery adult programs. Read More