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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. This is what we found: 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.