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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Average home loan is higher

The average amount of mortgages being approved by lenders has grown in the last three months from $215,000 to $235,000 — a possible sign of increased buyer and lender confidence, according to analysts at Capital Economics. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Denver shifting toward a seller's Market

Denver Realtor's say homes, especially in the $200,000 to $350,000 price range are hard to come by. If you are looking to sell your home, contact me for information about your area. waltgrande@yourcastle.org

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Vacation Home Sales Surge

The developer I work with in Summit County, Colorado, home to 4 ski areas, including Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, and Arapahoe Basin, is developing a multi-family project in Wildernest and several spec homes in Whispering Pines Ranch, a newer development located near Keystone Ski Area. 

Based on the data provided by the National Association of Realtors, his timing couldn't be better. Click above to read the article.
Contact me at waltgrande@yourcastle.org to find out more on these new projects.

His last project, The Village At Treehouse, sold out even in a down economy.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Top Ten Signs for an Improving Housing Market

The time to buy is when a positive movement is established.  I've been through a few down markets and have found those buyers who tried to "time the market at the very bottom" to be disappointed when they wait and then look at current prices and say to me "I could have bought a house just like this 6 months ago for much less than today's price.  Unless you are thinking about a very short term ownership, which I don't recommend, buy today and be glad in a few years.

Do you think the housing market is improving?
  1. The Job Market Recovers
  2.  For Sale Signs in the Neighborhood Vanish
  3.  Median Sales Prices Stop Falling
  4.  Starter Homes Sell Faster
  5.  Closed Businesses Reopen
  6.  Distressed Sales Disappear
  7.  Real Estate Companies Hire Agents
  8.  Interest Rates are Attractive
  9.  More Buyers are in the Market
  10.  Sellers Buy Move-Up Homes

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Record High Housing Affordability

Low mortgage rates and falling home values have brought housing within reach to more families than ever before, according to the latest National Association of REALTORS® housing affordability index. 
Is the time right for you to buy property?  Inventory is low, interest rates are low, why wait.  I specialize in Real Estate in the Denver Metro Area and in the Summit County Area, if you think you are ready to start looking for a home, contact me, I can help.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Still Funny After All These Years

The Summit Daily News, Summit County's daily newspaper,  is the  best when it comes to April Fool's pranking.  I remember their very first April Fools issue back in the early 90's, when the daily was the new guy in town, many townsfolks thought it was for real.  Every year I look forward to this issue and this year it didn't disappoint.   I have some connection to the Summit Daily News, as my wife, AJ, worked there for many years.  Kudos to the Staff of the SDN for yet another great April 1st edition.  

The Summit Daily is  published 365 days a year with an average free distribution of 12,000 papers daily, serving the towns of Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne, Dillon and our four world-class ski resorts of Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin