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Friday, March 30, 2012

What are you doing this weekend?

My wife and I took a drive over to the Aurora Reservoir the other night and were surprised to see lots of folks enjoying the beach.  With all the warm weather we have been experiencing time to  take advantage of the upcoming weekend .  All you need to do is throw in some swimsuits, towels, maybe a picnic, and enjoy the day.   Located just a few miles east of E-470 and Quincy Ave.   
Aurora....the all American City.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Denver Area in a Healthy Housing Market

Denver is moving in the right direction for a healthy housing market.  In fact, Denver was rated number 3 in  a year-over-year basis in January 2012, according to S&P/Case-Shiller Price Indices.
Independent broker Gary Bauer said that the Case-Shiller report “is very positive news. For lack of a better phrase, ‘spring has sprung in the Denver market.”  He said there is a shortage of homes on the market and buyers are buying off the top.
If you are ready to list your property for sale, this is the time.  Inventory is low on existing homes, and interest rates are still low.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Use Curb Appeal To Sell Your Home

How Curb Appeal Can Help Sell Your Home
In today's market putting your best "foot" forward is essential to sell your home.  This article gives you tips on sprucing up your exterior, grounds, and landscaping   Spring is in the air, and buyers are looking.  Make sure your home stands out above the rest. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

4 Reasons Every Buyer Needs a Pre-approved Home Loan


Great article by:  PETER FLETCHER

  1. You get a better choice of properties. 
  2. You get a better deal.
  3. You won’t waste time looking at homes you can’t afford. 
  4. You won’t have your heart broken

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thinking of selling your Home?


Now is the time
Spring is here and existing home prices are improving, but at the same time mortgage rates are moving slightly upward.
February Existing-Home Sales Slip But Up Strongly From a Year Ago
Existing-home sales in the West declined 3.2 percent to an annual pace of 1.22 million in February but are 6.1 percent above February 2011. The median price in the West was $195,300, up 3.1 percent from a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Seniors, Young Adults Will Influence Housing




A report released by the Bipartisan Policy Center, “Demographic Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Housing Markets, that over the next two decades, the aging baby boomer generation will swell the nation’s senior population by 30 million. That demographic shift will likely help increase the supply of housing, since people over age 65 typically release much more housing than they absorb. The Echo Boom generation includes nearly 65 million people born between 1981 and 1995. NAR’s analysis illustrates the potential impact of economic and housing policy on this generation’s demand for homes as they come of age.
“The Northeast and Midwest are most likely to see a large number of older home owners selling their homes to younger home owners as the baby boomers age,” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “This increased supply could mean additional buying opportunities for Echo Boomers. That generation will absorb 75-80 percent of the available inventory of owner-occupied housing by 2020.” 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Prepare your Home to SALE

Today,  the of selling your home is more then just getting potential buyers through the door, today you need to Make your home stand out.  



A recent article at U.S. News & World Report offers some of the following tips for sellers in enhancing their home’s appeal. 

Add curb appeal 
Declutter 
Be careful not to offend
Consider staging
Complete routine maintenance

Read more information about this at 5 ways for Sellers to lure more buyers

Saturday, March 10, 2012

What's your opinion on the merger of Sunflower and Sprouts?

This is news that could potentially provide the consumer with better and more cost effective organic food options. 


Sunflower Farmers Market to merge with Sprouts 

Sprouts and Sunflower stores are similar in size and layout, so combining the companies is a logical move, said Bennett Bertoli, vice president of real estate and legal for Sunflower.
"This gives us tremendous power as one company in terms of pricing and buying power, as well as managerial power," Bertoli said. "It should be a very strong company."
 By Margaret Jackson
The Denver Post

There are currently 10 Sunflower Markets in Colorado and 10 Sprouts Stores. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Moment I Knew I was a Coloradoan



The Huffintong post is kicking off a new project called "the moment I knew" .  The one that caught my eye, was "the moment I knew I was a Coloradoan".  Click the link to find out how to submit a video for this project, also many folks are posting comments.  

 The moment I knew I was a Coloradoan was when I hiked 3 miles into a little place called "The Meadows" in Conejos County with my future Father-in law for a little fly fishing.  I haven't looked back since. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Denver Metro Housing Market Showing Signs of Life


GREATER METROPOLITAN DENVER HOME MARKET
STATISTICS
FEBRUARY, 2012



The momentum started January 1, 2012 and the release of pent up demand continued through the month of February, 2012.

The most significant numbers are Sales volume is up for both Residential and condos and days on market or down.  Is this another sign that the Real Estate Market is climbing out of the hole?  I hope so.


YTD 02/2012 to YTD 02/2011

Residential
This Year
Last year
%↓/↑
Units for sale
3,971
3,494
(14%)
Median Price
$219,000
$220,000
() 87
Average Price
$271,577
$271,516
(↔)
Sale Volume
$1.0B

$949M
(14%)
Days on Market
105
121
(13%)

Condo
This Year
Last year
%↓/↑
Units for sale
1,469
1,373
(7%)
Median Price
$118,000

$120,475
(2%)
Average Price
$154,137
$152,955
(1%)
Sale Volume
153M

$136M
(12%)
Days on Market
104  
126
(↓17%)



The above representation may or may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.  By definition, Single Family equals Residential plus Condo.
Source: Metrolist, Inc.                                               
©2012 Garold D Bauer, All Rights Reserved, Information Deemed Reliable But Not
Guaranteed


Saturday, March 3, 2012

Why Some Houses Sit While Other Houses Sell


Great information on competitively pricing your home.  In today's market it is necessary to find that competitive price and to make sure the condition of your home is top notch.  
Your buyers will determine if your home is "in" the market or just "on" the market.  If you are not getting showings or offers, then your home is not "in" the market.  Look at your location and see how your price and condition compares to other homes in your area.  Listen to your Realtor.
If you are thinking of listing your home and need a comprehensive market analysis, please email me with all the particulars at waltgrande@yourcastle.org,  I primarily focus on North Aurora, Co, and the mountain resorts in Summit County, Colorado.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Put Your Best Features Forward


According to the RISMedia, More sellers are realizing the importance of competitive pricing and staging their home in order to appeal to buyers.
"Depersonalizing and making it easy for a buyer to imagine him or herself living in the property is crucial, especially when there are many homes on the market," says Jessica Edwards, consumer specialist for Coldwell Banker Real Estate. 
With housing inventory lower in some areas, and interest rates starting to inch up, this is great advise if you are looking to sell your home.  
My wife and I took this advise seriously when we sold our home in the mountains.  We priced our home competitively and staged our home by removing personalized items and moving many items to storage to "declutter".  It worked, we sold our home in less then 60 days.
If you need assistance with a comprehensive  market analysis on your home, please email me at waltgrande@yourcastle.org.  I focus on Real Estate in the Dillon/Keystone, and Aurora, Colorado markets.