Thursday, June 24, 2010

3101 Almeria Way, Longmont CO 80503

New listing in The Shores.  3101 Almeria Way is a former model home and offers many upgraded features.  This home has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and a full basement. Hardwood flooring,gas  fireplace,  in a wonderful open floor plan that will delight you!  Main floor hosts 2 bedrooms, living room, family room and main floor laundry. Upstairs has an open loft area that has many uses and also the Master Suite.  The Master Suite has a huge walk in closet and private bath is separate shower and tub.  The basement is nearly finished and has a set up perfect for another kitchen and a spa!! Just step from the large, heated pool, tennis courts and Macintosh lake.  Macintosh lake has a 4 mile trail around it with amazing Mountain Views and offers many recreational opportunities!!

This home is priced at $249,900

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Interesting interactive map to see the movement of people across the USA

More than 10 million Americans moved from one county to another during 2008. The map below visualizes those moves. Click on any county to see comings and goings: black lines indicate net inward movement, red lines net outward movement.

Click here to view this interactive map

Monday, June 14, 2010

Denver is 'most improved' U.S. housing market, Businessweek says - Denver Business Journal

Denver is 'most improved' U.S. housing market, Businessweek says - Denver Business Journal

Great news.....As our area never saw the intense highs live other areas, and with some great business's coming to the area, our outlook is great! If you are thinking of making a move...either buying that first home, or moving to a home more suitable for your lifestyle, now is the time. Interest rates are great and prices are still good. Yes, you may have to take a hit when you sell, but you have advantages of being a buyer in this market to make that change you have been wanting to. Contact Kathy if you would like to discuss your situation in detail. 22 years of experience selling real estate in the  Longmont area is an asset and will help guide you in your real estate transaction.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Longmont Real Estate Market Update

Here are the statistics for the real estate market in Longmont for the last 6 months.  This includes single family homes and attached dwellings.  As you can see, inventory (home on the market for sale) is up 15%.  The amount of properties that are under-contract is up 45%!!  Look at the properties that have sold, up 128%!!  Of course, this is based on the last 6 months, so is taking data from December on.  The winter months were not stellar for real estate sales, but this is a great indicator that the market is improving.  A big swing was the home buyer tax credit, which has expired, but interest rates are low and home prices appear to have bottomed out.  Now is the time....if you are a first time home buyer, or looking to move up, down or sideways...take advantage of the great prices and great interest rates!
Contact me if you would like more information.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

How to sell your home in today's market

Want to sell your home in today’s real estate market? Let me give you some advice on how to do that, in a timely manner netting you the best price. First of all, find a good experienced Realtor who understands today’s market. (Yes, this would be me!!)

It’s important to have your home show the best it can. This means some good old cleaning….cleaning closets, getting rid or boxing up any extra items that are not essential. You are going to be moving anyway, so pack it up. This also mean going through the kitchen cabinets and organizing. Wash the windows; make the bathrooms sparkle and shine. Don’t forget the garage and basement.

Look at your home from the buyer’s eye. Make it sparkle and shine. Start with the entry way. Buyers need to find the home appealing from the first look, so clean the patio, weed, mow and make the yard look good. If buyers see weeds and a yard that needs cared for, they think of the work it will take. If buyers are interested in a fix up project, then they will be looking at distressed properties and you don’t want that to be your competition.

Here are some good links for staging ideas.

Price it right….it does not matter what the neighbor’s house is on the market for…what matters is what has SOLD. In today’s market, getting a buyer to write an offer on your house is one part of the sale, the other is making sure it will appraise. Appraisers only use the most resent sales….and it must appraise or the buyer will not be able to get their financing.

Look at homes you are in competition with…spend a few hours with your Realtor and preview these homes. This is your competition and in this market….you must want to stand out.

Remember, Realtors do not get paid until the house is sold and closed. Any Realtor that is willing to negotiate their fee will have the same negotiation skills when negotiating for you!

If you are considering making a move, contact me and I will be happy to provide you with all the information you will need to understand what the market is in your neighborhood.