Buying with Your Pets in Mind!

Pets

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For many of us, pets play a central role in our home life, so taking into account what is best for them when buying a home is important for both their happiness and that of your entire household.

Your neighborhood

When looking for homes that are well suited to both you and your furry companion, consider the area surrounding the home. If your pet is an indoor/outdoor animal, it’s important to examine the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood. If your pet spends time outside, a busy neighborhood could be dangerous, and depending on the level of traffic, he or she may need to be on a leash at all times.

How conducive is the neighborhood for taking your pet on walks? If you frequently walk your pet, look for neighborhoods with sidewalks. If your pet enjoys being off-leash, consider prioritizing homes with green belts, parks, trails, or designated off-leash areas nearby. It’s also a good idea to identify where the local emergency pet centers and veterinarian clinics are to insure there is sufficient medical care for your pet in proximity to where you live.

Your House

  • Size: Is the house big enough? Depending on the type of pet, or breed of animal, space may be the most important factor in picking a pet-friendly home. If you are moving into a bigger space than you were in previously, understand your pet will likely take to the additional room differently. On the flip side, if you are downsizing, be mindful of how it might impact your pet.
  • Yard: If you have a pet that spends time outside, it’s important to pay particular attention to the yard. Is it large enough? Does it have a secure fence? Is there easy access between the home and the yard?
  • Flooring: Pet-friendly flooring can be tough. Surfaces that can be repaired or refinished when scratched are typically the best options for homes with pets. Sealing additional layers will build up the resistance to damage from paws, claws, and general pet wear and tear.
  • Carpet: Cats are notorious for clawing and scratching at carpet, and dogs are infamous for bringing the outdoors in with them. Consider carpeting of a lesser quality in the area where your pets spend most of the time, or search for carpets that are stain-resistant and easy to clean.
  • Stairs: Older pets and multileveled homes are at odds. Consider the age of your pet and how active you expect them to be so that you don’t find yourself in a position where you’re having to carry your pet between floors.

HOA?

When looking at a home, ask whether or not it is a part of a Homeowners Association and what restrictions may apply to the property. For instance, certain HOA developments limit the number and/or type of pets per household.

Most pet owners take the needs of their pets seriously. In fact, in a recent Realtor.com survey, 75 percent of the respondents said they would not accept an otherwise perfect home if it didn’t meet the needs of their pet. When it comes down to it, prioritizing your pet when buying a home not only insures your pet’s well-being, but that of your household, as well.


Posted on September 16, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Meaghan Nicholl | Posted in Colorado Housing, For Buyers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Empty Nesters: Remodel or Sell?

Empty Nesters

Your kids have moved out and now you’re living in a big house with way more space than you need. You have two choices – remodel your existing home or move. Here are some things to consider about each option.

Choice No. 1: Remodel your existing home to better fit your current needs.

  • Remodeling gives you lots of options, but some choices can reduce the value of your home. You can combine two bedrooms into a master suite or change another bedroom into a spa area. But reducing the number of bedrooms can dramatically decrease the value of your house when you go to sell, making it much less desirable to a typical buyer with a family.
  • The ROI on remodeling is generally poor. You should remodel because it’s something that makes your home more appealing for you, not because you want to increase the value of your home. According to a recent study, on average you’ll recoup just 64 percent of a remodeling project’s investment when you go to sell.
  • Remodeling is stressful. Living in a construction zone is no fun, and an extensive remodel may mean that you have to move out of your home for a while. Staying on budget is also challenging. Remodels often end up taking much more time and much more money than homeowners expect.

Choice No. 2: Sell your existing home and buy your empty nest dream home.

  • You can downsize to a single-level residence and upsize your lifestyle. Many people planning for their later years prefer a home that is all on one level and has less square footage. But downsizing doesn’t mean scrimping. You may be able to funnel the proceeds of the sale of your existing home into a great view or high-end amenities.
  • A “lock-and-leave” home offers more freedom. As your time becomes more flexible, you may want to travel more. Or maybe you’d like to spend winters in a sunnier climate. You may want to trade your existing home for the security and low maintenance of condominium living.
  • There has never been a better time to sell. Our area is one of the top in the country for sellers to get the greatest return on investment. Real estate is cyclical, so the current boom is bound to moderate at some point. If you’re thinking about selling, take advantage of this strong seller’s market and do it now.

Bottom Line

If your current home no longer works for you, consider looking at homes that would meet your lifestyle needs before taking on the cost and hassle of remodeling. Get in touch with a Windermere Real Estate broker to discuss the best option for you.


Posted on September 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Meaghan Nicholl | Posted in Buyers & Sellers, Colorado Housing | Tagged , , , , , , ,

How to Improve Your Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal

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When it comes time to sell your home, first impressions are crucial. Improving your curb appeal helps to make the most of a buyer’s first glance and sets the stage for their interest in purchasing your home. The following projects are simple and inexpensive ways to enhance both your home’s first impression and its value.

Landscaping

  • Lawn: A healthy, well-tended lawn goes a long way towards improving your curb appeal. Clean up all weeds, leaves and debris, and consistently water your lawn to give it that fresh green look. If you live in an arid climate, consider grass alternatives like artificial turf for the best lawn aesthetic.
  • Plant colorfully: Adding color variety to your front yard will grab buyers’ attention. Align smaller plants, like groundcover and flowers, neatly within your flower beds, aiming for symmetry when possible. Use larger plants and trees to frame in your entryway or walkup. If your front yard doesn’t have flower beds, try adding hanging planters or window boxes.
  • Lighting: Landscaping lighting boosts your curb appeal during nighttime, accentuates your shrubbery, and adds a welcoming touch for visitors as potential buyers, lighting the way to your door.

Flower Box

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Porch

Front porches set the stage for all your home has to offer. Improvements here will play a significant role in how comfortable potential buyers feel about the property and how inspired they are to explore the inside of the house.

  • Door: Your front door is an opportunity to make a tasteful statement. Look at bold color choices that are within or slightly stretch your home’s exterior color palette. Take time to prepare the surface for a fresh coat of paint to make the color pop as much as possible. Try stylish doorknob options that accentuate the aesthetic to give your door some added flair.
  • House numbers: New and stylish house numbers are an easy, eye-catching touch to the look of your porch. Look for styles that match with your exterior color palette and any exterior lighting fixtures.
  • Go for comfort: Incorporating classic front porch elements like a porch swing, sitting bench, and other outdoor furniture gives a welcoming aura to the front of your home and creates a sense of comfort for prospective buyers.
  • Shutters: Windows are the gateway to the inside of your home. Shutters of delicate fabric will bring elegance to your front porch, while wooden shutters deliver a solid, cozy vibe.

Other

These miscellaneous projects will add the finishing touches to your home’s curb appeal and get it in prime selling condition.

  • Quick maintenance: Small chores and minor fixes like cleaning gutters, repairing chipped paint, and cleaning windows are important for buyers with a detailed eye.
  • Staining: Instead of replacing fences or garage doors, look into applying a fresh stain. This brings a refreshed look and is much cheaper than a full renovation or replacement.
  • Power wash: Power washing your walkways and driveways makes a significant difference in curb appeal. If buying a power washer is outside your budget, explore rental options from the big-name hardware stores.

Posted on September 9, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Meaghan Nicholl | Posted in For Sellers, Home Improvement, Housing Trends | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Governor’s Farm Ranch!

You won’t want to miss your chance to see this incredible ranch home on a large corner lot in Governors Farm. NO HOA, no metro district and within walking distance to schools, restaurants, Windsor Library, Eastman Park and so much more! 609 Meadow Drive Winsdor, CO features a finished basement, a large covered back patio and a beautifully maintained backyard that’s perfect for BBQ’s and sunsets, this home is in great condition and surely won’t last long in this hot market! Main floor master with a private master 3/4 bath. Beautiful main floor hallway bathroom redone in 2020. All new stainless steel kitchen appliances and new CertainTeed Class 4 Impact Resistant Shingles roof replaced in 2019! Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity and get in a showing as soon as possible! Call for your private showing at (970) 497-9045  for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerewindsor.com/listing/113632857


Posted on September 8, 2020 at 9:39 pm
Meaghan Nicholl | Posted in Blog, Virtual Tours, Windsor Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

New Home Surge

The annualized rate of single-family new construction homes is now at 901,000 according to the new Census Bureau report.

This means that across the U.S., at the current pace of sales, there will be almost 1,000,000 new homes built and sold over the next 12 months.

This pace is 36% higher than one year ago and the highest it has been since the end of 2006.

Given the low inventory levels of previously-owned homes that most of the Country is experiencing, this uptick in new home activity is welcome news.

new home

At Windermere Real Estate we are taking Safer at Home and Social Distancing very seriously.  Our people are following our Safe Showings protocol, staying connected to their clients, and providing help wherever needed.


Posted on September 8, 2020 at 4:38 pm
Meaghan Nicholl | Posted in Blog, Fun Facts, Windermere Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Preparing for the School Year at Home

Virtual Learning

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For those whose children will be taking classes online or participating in remote learning this school year, keeping the following tips in mind will help create an at-home learning environment that prioritizes health and learning, while being able to adjust to this year’s unknowns.

A home cannot fully replace all that a formal school classroom has to offer. However, what it lacks in traditional classroom appeal it makes up for in comfort and familiarity. Prepping your home to take on this additional role will help set your child up for success during what will be a unique academic year for many.

Set the tone

One of the best ways to set your children up for success this school year is to get them excited. It is important to communicate that this school year, even with all its unknowns, is an exciting opportunity for new and creative ways to learn and grow. Helping your child understand the unique learning possibilities your home provides will get the school year off to an enthusiastic start.

Create a space 

Establishing a designated space for school at home is important for a child’s ability to focus and to associate a space with learning. How you create a classroom environment will depend on your home and your needs. If your child is most comfortable in their room, try incorporating their classroom setup there. Depending on your child’s age, it may help to have toys or familiar room objects nearby. However, if your child is distracted by their own room, it may be better to set up elsewhere to help them focus, such as a nook or office.

Allowing your child the freedom to make the space their own will help stimulate their imagination, which is vital to their learning and enjoyment of school.

Wherever the home classroom is, be sure that area has minimal distractions, maintains a strong internet connection, and is well-stocked with school supplies within reach at all times.

Back to school

To maintain a sense of normalcy, keep your family’s back-to-school traditions intact this year, such as picking out school supplies, back to school clothes shopping, and everyone’s favorite first day of school photo. These ceremonies of preparation for the school year will build excitement while bringing some familiarity to those final days of summer.

Establish a routine

Just as adults have discovered new routines to parallel the shift to remote work, children need a shift in their daily flow to mirror the change to remote learning. The rigor of their school schedule will determine how much flexibility you have in putting together a routine.

Stay active, incorporating movement breaks throughout the day to make up for the lack of physical activity. Plan out times away from their computer screens to differentiate between work and playtime.  It’s recommended that children move at least 60 minutes a day, so prioritize exercise and movement, going outside when possible. This change of scenery is a helpful intermission for children. It gives their eyes a rest from their screens and returns them to their learning space feeling refreshed and revitalized.

Granted, your ability to facilitate your child/children’s preparedness and monitor their continued learning is based on various factors like your work schedule and what resources your school district is providing for at-home learning. No matter your household’s situation, taking these factors into consideration where possible will help set your student(s) up for success.


Posted on September 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Meaghan Nicholl | Posted in Blog, Living | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

At Least List

 

It answers this question – how many properties are selling for at least list price (asking price or higher)?

 

This stat tells us how active the market is and helps our buyers to realize that, in some cases, they will be in a competitive situation.

 

When we look at single-family home sales so far this month, this is what we find:

  • 57% of properties in Larimer County sell for at least list price
  • 62% of properties in Weld County sell for at least list price

So, in well over half of the transactions, buyers need to offer list price or higher to acquire the property.

 

The data gets even more interesting when this information is broken out by price range.

 

To no one’s surprise, the percentage increases for properties priced under $400,000:

  • 81% in Larimer County
  • 70% in Weld County

We find that for properties over $400,000 the percentages still tell a story of a very active market:

  • 47% in Larimer County
  • 56% in Weld County

Bottom line, in most locations and price ranges we see a strong sellers’ market where buyers need to be prepared to make a strong offer and to also compete.

tug of war

At Windermere Real Estate we are taking Safer at Home and Social Distancing very seriously.  Our people are following our Safe Showings protocol, staying connected to their clients, and providing help wherever needed.


Posted on September 7, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Meaghan Nicholl | Posted in Blog, Fun Facts, Windsor Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Rebound

The Case-Shiller Home Price Index tracks appreciation in the 20 largest real estate markets across the U.S.

Their most recent quarterly report was just released this week.

Metro Denver prices are up over last year by 3.89% which is just slightly higher than the average of the 20 markets.

It is interesting to see how the 20 locations have performed since the pre-Great Recession housing peak.

Turns out that Denver has done the best out of all the markets.

Since 2008, Denver home prices have appreciated 64.9%.  Second-best is Dallas at 55.5% and Seattle is third at 41.2%.

Believe it or not, there are markets where average home prices have still not returned to their 2008 levels.

Las Vegas is 14.5% below 2008 and Chicago is 12.8% below.

These numbers are another indicator of the long-term health and performance of the Front Range market.

Basketball

At Windermere Real Estate we are taking Safer at Home and Social Distancing very seriously.  Our people are following our Safe Showings protocol, staying connected to their clients, and providing help wherever needed.


Posted on September 3, 2020 at 7:47 pm
Meaghan Nicholl | Posted in Blog, Fun Facts, Windsor Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Bright, Open & Spacious

Welcome to 858 Shirttail Peak Drive in Windsor! This beautifully maintained 2017 ranch-style home in the desirable Winter Farm neighborhood. Just like a new construction model home w/out the price! Back landscaping complete with window well covers and all window coverings included. This home boasts an open, bright floor plan w/ 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, oversize 3 car garage, and an expanded back patio perfect for hosting BBQs in the backyard abutting a peaceful greenbelt. Upgraded finishes throughout including hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and tile floors and granite countertops in bathrooms.  The fully finished basement features a huge family/rec room with plenty of natural light from the oversize windows and a great amount of storage. Enjoy being just minutes from downtown Windsor and Windsor Lake, the park down the street, walking trails and open spaces throughout the neighborhood this home offers year-round enjoyment! Call for your private showing at (970) 497-9045 and for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerewindsor.com/listing/112924222


Posted on August 19, 2020 at 3:49 pm
Meaghan Nicholl | Posted in Blog, Virtual Tours, Windsor Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Beautiful Home in the Heart of Windsor!

Welcome home to this wonderful tri-level house in the heart of Windsor! This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home sits on a large lot with NO HOA, no metro district, and is within walking distance of Windsor Lake, schools, local restaurants, parks, the library and so much more. Enjoy the open floor plan highlighted by the natural light, vaulted ceilings, and a beautiful brick wood-burning fireplace! Brand new stainless steel dishwasher just installed in July 2020. A two-car garage, additional space on the side of the driveway with fresh gravel, an expansive backyard with endless opportunity and a large deck, can guarantee you will have plenty of space! Providing charming curb appeal, a welcoming front porch, and easy access to major highways. Call (970) 497-9045 for your private showing or click the link below for more details!

CLICK HERE FOR PROPERTY DETAILS


Posted on August 4, 2020 at 5:08 pm
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