February and March were slow months for all realtors in Northern Colorado. Well, at least a little slower than the summer last year which saw record numbers jump off the chart. We were fortunate to still have a couple sales, but now that May has hit, we are seeing those record numbers again, and a bunch of bidding wars between buyers for just about every single home.
We have had a couple closings in the last couple days, and have a few more lined up for the rest of the month, and wanted to highlight some of the recent movement.
1. We just closed a cozy little bungalow in Old Town at 1008 Sycamore St. This cute little home was sold for $280,000, and is just a short walk from Old Town shopping, City Park, and Lee Martinez Park.
2. Another great home will sell tomorrow, May 10th and directly into the hands of a great family at 8075 Lighthouse Lane in Windsor, CO. This home, at over 3500 square feet, is close to Ptarmigan Country Club, Highland Meadows Park, and just a couple minutes from I-25 for easy access to Northern Colorado and Denver. We're so happy to get a great family into this fantastic home.
3. We have a house under contract after just one day on the market at 557 Clubhouse Drive in Loveland. We received a cash offer for $395,000, which is $40,000 over the most recent sale in the neighborhood. Our seller was ecstatic, and is so happy to receive such a great offer for their home.
Do you need some tips to price your home right?
We have been helping homeowners price their home right to sell for the past 15 years, and can speak with you about what we think you should sell your home for to get it moving quickly. Quite a few homeowners in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor try to over price their homes, and they sit on the market for much longer than either expected, or much longer than the homeowner needs it to.
First, consult an experienced real estate agent to have them walk through your home, and suggest any updates you might need to make. Your home might be sale ready, or it may need some minor adjustments. Having a realtor walk through your home is the absolute best thing you can do for the sake of your sale.
Second, think about how quickly you need to sell. If you are strapped for cash, and have some equity to work with, the pricing of your home will be a big decision in you selling your home fast. In the current market, you can receive multiple offers over your asking price, and you can pick and choose between buyers.
Lastly, make sure that you have a plan of attack, and consult with your realtor about what's going to happen during closing and after.
We want to be with you every single step of the way, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask by calling Brad at 970-342-3568 today.
I've had the privilege to work with some great kids over the course of my life in the athletic realm. Outside of Real Estate, I own a company called Strength and Motivation, and we work with athletes aged anywhere from 12-25 on their conditioning, strength, agility, and most importantly, their explosiveness to translate to their chosen sport. For me, this is my true passion, because there's absolutely nothing better than seeing young kids get better at something they truly love.
For the past 15 years, I've had the opportunity to work with quite a few kids in the Berthoud area. From football players to baseball players, to softball and more, young adults from Berthoud have either travelled up to train with me in Fort Collins, or I have travelled to them.
Every year, the Berthoud Sports Hall of Fame honors some of these kids, and this year we will be sponsoring the banquet. This is a great opportunity not only to see some great student athletes get recognized, but the ceremony is a fantastic evening with great hosts and great people in Berthoud.
To learn more about this special night, visit this link: http://www.berthoudsportshof.com/
And to learn more about the Berthoud Hall of Fame, click here:
This new article from The Coloradoan shows how Fort Collins, Greeley, and Boulder hit new highs in home prices in March, and how the market is so hot that the average home sale price is $90,000 over what those specific homes were previously purchased for. For Sellers, this is fantastic for paying off loans or getting into a bigger home by being able to apply a bigger down payment. For buyers this is just more of the norm, seeing home prices in Northern Colorado skyrocket to never seen before highs.
Here's the article: Fort Collins Homes Setting Records.
What does all of this mean? For Sellers, if you're looking to get out of your current situation, there is leverage to sell your home and either pay off debt, get out from under a bad mortgage, or think about using your equity to, like we mentioned above, buy a more expensive home. For buyers, the time to act is now, as the market will only get leaner and more expensive.
Clearly, we know that Fort Collins is a great place to live, but now that Greeley's home prices are seeing an uptick, are most cities in Northern Colorado headed for the same as Fort Collins? Only time will tell, but we think that Greeley, Windsor, Loveland, and cities as far south as Longmont are all going to stay on the rise, and buyers and sellers are going to have the same experience as we are currently seeing.
Many of the homes we have helped buyers get into or sold in the past year have been in Loveland because the surplus is higher in our southern sister city. The fact that Loveland is growing, and giving Fort Collins a run for it's money in terms of things to do certainly helps that cause.
As usual, we will keep our ear to the ground, and find great deals for our buyers in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor. If you are looking for a realtor to help with your purchase or sale in Northern Colorado, please give me a call, I would love to help!
With spring in the Rockies right around the corner, and the weather turning warm here in Fort Collins, the Northern Colorado Real Estate market is going to heat up quickly. We have a few listings coming up on the market in the next few days, and those will most likely go fast because of the demand for quality homes in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, and throughout Nortthern Colorado.
Before you begin your home search, make sure that you are qualified for the mortgage that you are comfortable with. Being qualified is so important as to not slow up the Real Estate transaction process. If you are not yet qualified for a good mortgage, we can point you in the right direction of a mortgage professional to help you get there.
After you are qualified, now it's time to decide what kind of home you are looking for. Are you looking for new construction in some of the new developments such as Bucking Horse, Pelican Ridge, Timber Vine or any other new construction developments in Fort Collins, Loveland, or Windsor? We can help you find that perfect new starter or dream home to suit your needs.
Conversely, we can help you find a nice, quaint home in Old Town or nearby. For older homes, the competition might be a bit more fierce, but you can capitalize by having a competitive offer ready, and be ready to overbid when the bidding war begins! We will advise you along the way according to your desires, and want to make sure that you are getting into the home that you want.
Do you have your home buying plan ready? If not, we're happy to help you decide on a plan of action, and make sure that you are ready for competition to find your dream home!
For all your Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, and Northern Colorado Real Estate Service needs, give me a call today at 970-342-3568. I look forward to serving you!
Larry Kendall, Fort Collins Real Estate Guru of The Group, Inc. recently came out with his predictions for the 2016 year in Northern Colorado Real Estate. He's normally spot on with all things Real Estate, and all the Fort Collins and Loveland Agents know to listen when he speaks.
Here's a link to some of what he said:
There you have it. Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor Real Estate is going to continue to boom in 2016 and beyond. If you're a current homeowner, and want to sell, it's a great time to do so, but it's an even better time to buy to get in to a quality home before the prices start to skyrocket in the spring and early summer.
Competition for homes in Northern Colorado is going to continue to be very high, and homes are going to be continually bid up to higher than asking price, so before you look at homes, ask yourself what your highest price is, and make sure to stick to it.
We want to help people get into homes so that you can become homeowners in 2016! Give Brad and Colorado Real Estate Pros a call today at 970-342-3568 or visit our website here at www.coloradorepros.com to get in touch with us.
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Thanks, and as always, we look forward to working with you!
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Your Fort Collins Real Estate Agent
As a Fort Collins Realtor, I hear some pretty good stories from people who are either buying or selling their homes. They tell me about how their house is haunted, or they saw a ghost, or other things that I smile and laugh at. I personally have never seen a ghost so I don't have the personal experience in the matter, but I've heard plenty of stories from friends and clients alike.
If you want to hear a good ghost story, then you should read about the Fort Collins Haunted Garage that is entering it's last days as a Fort Collins building. The garage is going to be torn down sometime after Halloween because a new Old Town hotel is going to be built in it's place.
The Haunted garage, which sits next to where the old Armadillo restaurant has been home to many things over the years. A Hay Loft, a Carriage House. It's even been rumored to have been used as the storage for some wreckage from a United Airlines flight that killed 50 people back in 1951. The City used to allow ghost tours in there before the deterioration of the building led them to stop those tours recently. I had been in there a couple of times on a tour, and there were some noises that definitely spooked everyone on the tour.
The building is said to have been the home of James and Ewa Howe. The story is that James, while drunk, slit Ewa's throat out in front of the garage. Later that night, an angry mob of Fort Collins residents broke James out of jail and hung him in the only public lynching in Fort Collins history. No wonder the garage has some pretty interesting noises coming from it!
We encourage everyone to go down to the Haunted Garage before it gets torn down to check it out a bit further. Once the hotel goes up, there might be a little haunting going on there as well, so perhaps the history will stick around a bit even though the foundation will be forever changed.
With Halloween coming up, we hope that everyone has some plans to take in either a haunted house, take their kids out trick or treating, or have some fun in Fort Collins.
And as always, give me a call for all your Fort Collins Real Estate needs.
If you didn't know, Penny Flats is adding more condos to their already large complex on the corner of Mason and Cherry on the northern end of Old Town. More condos equals more Fort Collins Real Estate for sale, and more people to help find a nice home. 22 more condos will be built on the 3 acres that Penny Flats is buying. We love the growth in the city, and love the creative ways that builders are finding to add more property. As long as it's not too overcrowded, we're just fine with it!
Not much going on outside as far as showings today because of the rain, so we're just catching up on paperwork from the busy year. I can't believe that it's already almost November, and we'll be into 2016 before we know it.
Next time, we'll discuss the Haunted Garage's history in Old Town Fort Collins.
If you're looking for a Fort Collins realtor, give me a call to help you buy or sell your home!
As a Realtor in Fort Collins, I like to help people get their homes ready for winter. There’s nothing worse than not having your home winterized, and paying huge utility bills all winter because your heater is constantly working overtime. With that in mind, here are ten tips that may help you this winter to prepare early for the cold that is coming our way!
I hope this helps you get ready for winter in Northern Colorado. There is much more you could do for your home, but the above ten tips are either quick and easy, or some things that you should think about for this winter or the future.
For your Fort Collins and Loveland Real Estate needs, give me a call at 970-342-3568, and enjoy the last few days of this great 70 degree weather!
Fall Sports Season up in Fort Collins is looking pretty good for some local teams, and I'm pretty fired up about it. Although Rocky Mountain, Fossil Ridge, and Poudre all have some work to do to make the 5A football state playoffs, all three teams have been fighting hard to get the tough wins that are needed to compete in the playoffs. In 4A, Fort Collins just pulled out a tough win over Mountain View this past week, and looks poised to make a run at the Class 4A Northern League title. With a few tough matchups still looming against Silver Creek and Broomfield, the Lambkins will need to make it through conference play unscathed to get a decent seed and make the state tournament a good one for the school’s football program. After the promise of a year ago, the Fort Collins program has rebounded nicely after losing a bunch of key starters. Look for them to fight well into the finish of the season, and try to make some noise in state.
On the Softball diamond, we were so happy to see three out of four local Fort Collins teams advance past the regionals into the round of 16 in the state tournament. Of course I’m partial to Fossil Ridge (I coach Strength & Conditioning there), but love to see when all four schools advance to the next round, as that’s a rarity. Strong representation coming from Northern Colorado! It’s anyone’s ballgame, and with the offenses that each team possesses, along with good starting pitching, any school in Fort Collins can make a run at the state title. We’ll be rooting for our SaberCats this coming weekend, but will be keeping an eye on the Lambkins, Lobos, and Windsor. Kudos to all the teams and coaches for making it this far!
Outside of the Gridiron and diamond, we haven’t paid much attention to other sports this fall expect from what we read in the Coloradoan. I’ve got my hands full with training the SaberCat girls!!
Next weekend will be a tense one as we take the diamond, that’s for sure.
Contact me at 970-342-3568 if you are looking for a Fort Collins Realtor. I would be happy to help you look for property in Loveland, Windsor, or Fort Collins.
This weekend marks homecoming weekend here in Fort Collins for Colorado State University. That means many Alumni will be coming back to Fort Collins to partake in the festivities.
CSU puts on a heck of a Homecoming show every year, starting with the parade that begins in Old Town and ends at the newly renovated Lory Student Center. If you haven’t been to the new Lory Student Center on campus, do yourself a favor and get over there to see it. I checked it out a few weeks ago, and they did an incredible job making it look like new again. Pretty much the same with the rest of campus, but we’ll leave that discussion for another post.
The parade is always a great time, and brings out not only students and their families, but Alumni and other families who didn’t attend CSU from all over Fort Collins. We love seeing so much support for the Green and Gold on Friday of Homecoming weekend, as it signifies that the weekend is going to be a great one. Before heading over to the parade, make sure you hop online to the Colorado State University site, and see what roads are closed. It can be difficult to drive to Old Town, or around campus because of all the road closures, so know your route before setting off.
We think the best part of Homecoming weekend is seeing all of the love that is shared when professors and students see each other after so long. There are ‘Hugging booths’ that are set up for retiring deans of departments such as Ann Gill of the Speech Department (just read about that one), meetups for the Business school Alumni to see their former professors (current students and their families are welcome too), and so many other activities on campus that you pretty much have your pick of the litter.
Of course tomorrow is the football game at Hughes Stadium, when CSU takes on Air Force. This is always a great matchup, and even though CSU is currently 2-4, and coming off a tough loss to Boise State, there’s always hope around Ram country that CSU can pull off an upset win (even at home), against Air Force. Mike Bobo, in his first season as CSU coach, has had a rough ride with their 2-4 record, but these Rams still fight hard, and hopefully we can get the win tomorrow.
Saturday night you will find that Old Town is extremely busy with revelers from the football game, and families looking for a nice dinner and a good little stroll around Old Town Square. The weather should cooperate for most of the day tomorrow, and give you a little bit of sunshine with a high of 75, but it’s gonna be cool at night, so make sure you bundle up if you’re going to be outside.
Regardless of the temperature, the festive weekend will surely bring many families and Alumni back to Fort Collins. Most of them will fall back in love with the area, or just love being here for the weekend. We’ve run into many old friends during homecoming weekend who say they are looking for Real Estate in Fort Collins because they want to move back to Northern Colorado. If you are looking for a Fort Collins Realtor, give me a call at 970-342-3568, I would love to help you find your perfect home! We have a few great listings in Fort Collins and Loveland, and you can search our Our Listings page to give them a look.
I'm Brad, owner of Colorado Real Estate Pros. This blog will talk more about my day-to-day as a Fort Collins Realtor, and my life as well. Enjoy!