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Blog Rate Heading   Rate Heading Where are interest rates headed? This question was one of many which were addressed during our annual Market Forecast yesterday. Our Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, provided insight on rates, prices, inventory and many other fascinating topics. Matthew’s prediction is for rates to creep up to 3.07% by the end of 2021.  They […]
Blog Million Plussing The luxury market is very active right now.  Buyers in the high-end are taking advantage of low interest rates and the equity they have built in their prior homes. Closings of million-plus single family homes are up significantly along the Front Range. When compared to this same time last year, sales of properties in this […]
Colorado Housing Buying with Your Pets in Mind! Image source: Canva 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 […]
Community Coronavirus Protections for Home Sellers   Before you decide to sell, be sure to seriously consider the risks of putting your home on the market right now. Talk with your Windermere agent to discuss your options. ❱ While open houses generate interest and traffic, groups are hard to control, and we want to practice “social distancing” when we can. We […]
Community Coronavirus Protections for Home Buyers   As the situation develops with the COVID-19 pandemic, Windermere Real Estate is dedicated to taking steps to reduce the spread of the virus while continuing to work with home buyers. To help with this process, here are some ways you as a home buyer can keep yourself and others safe during the buying process. […]
For Buyers How to Handle a Home Inspection For many people, a home inspection is a hurdle that every homeowner must overcome during the process of selling a home, but it’s a useful tool for sellers looking to get the greatest possible value from their home.   Finding Issues When you’re selling a house, a pre-sale inspection can be particularly useful. By uncovering […]
Colorado Housing Finding Your New Home in Four Steps Image Source: G-Stock Studio Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or you currently own and are looking for a new home, the ideas below will help you better navigate that all-important first step: Finding a property that is both appealing and affordable.   The search for a new home always starts out with a lot of excitement. […]
For Buyers Vacation Home or Income-Producing Investment Whether you’re a skier who loves the mountain slopes of Colorado, a lover of the beaches of Southern California, or a potential retiree seeking to escape the snow-laden Northeast for the wide-open, sunny lands of Arizona, there are homes available to meet a wide range of budgets. The biggest decision a potential second homeowner must […]
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For Buyers Affordability Housing affordability is a hot topic especially after the strong price appreciation that has occurred in our market over the last 7 years. Here’s some interesting research on affordability… Each quarter the National Association of Home Builders measures affordability in hundreds of markets across the Country. Their method is to count the number of homes in […]
For Buyers So you bought an investment property, now what? Investing in a home is a great way to build passive income but earning from your investment will take a little groundwork to become a well-oiled machine. This is your beginner’s guide to owning an investment property so you can set up that foundation properly to avoid future headaches.   Make sure it’s livable It’s […]
Blog Is the Condominium Lifestyle Right for You?   Condominium homes are a great, low-maintenance choice for a primary residence, second home, or investment property. This alternative to the traditional single-family home has unique issues to consider before buying, as well as unique benefits. Increasingly, condos are not just for first-time homebuyers looking for a less expensive entry into the housing market. Empty-nesters […]
Blog How to Cover Unexpected Costs with a Personal Loan \ Owning a home comes with its rewards — it’s an investment, a cozy haven to kick-up your feet after a long day of work, and a welcoming place to bring family and friends together. Although all of this makes homeownership fulfilling, owning a home also opens the door for unexpected (but necessary) expenses. If […]
Blog All Time High   Home Builder’s confidence in Baby Boomer buyers is at an all time high. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) surveys their members each quarter to discover what they expect of future sales. The builders base a large part of their answer on how many people are visiting their sales centers and model homes versus […]
Blog Your Beginner’s Guide to Home Appraisals   Appraisals are used as a reliable, independent valuation of a tract of land and the structure on it, whether it’s a house or a skyscraper. Designed to protect buyers, sellers, and lending institutions, appraisals are an important part of the buying/selling process. Below, you will find information about the appraisal process, what goes into […]
Buyers & Sellers The Impact of Staging Your Home For more than 20 years, the benefits of staging a home have been well documented. Numerous studies show that staging helps sell a home faster and for a higher price. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 88 percent of home buyers start their search online, forming impressions within three seconds of viewing a listing. When a […]
Blog On Sale With interest rates so low, one could argue that money is essentially on sale. It’s actually half off. 30-year mortgage rates hit 3.75% which is exactly half of their long term average. Rates have averaged 7.5% over the last 40 years so today buyers are getting half of that rate. The “sale” on mortgage rates […]
Blog What We Notice Here are some observations we have about the market right now: Inventory is up, price reductions are up, the length of time to sell a home is up Seller concessions are more prevalent Sellers are more willing to accept contingent offers (especially in higher price ranges) If a home doesn’t sell within a week, it […]
Blog To Buy New or Old, That is the Question We are often asked, “Which is the better buy, a newer or older home?” Our answer: It all depends on your needs and personal preferences. We decided to put together a list of the six biggest differences between newer and older homes:   The neighborhood Surprisingly, one of the biggest factors in choosing a new […]
Colorado Real Estate Ten Qualities to Look For in Your Real Estate Agent Buying a home is one of the most significant financial and emotional purchases of a person’s life. That’s why it is so important to find an agent that can not only help you navigate the home search process but one who can also answer your questions and represent your needs from start to finish. Most […]
Economics 101 Mortgage Rate Forecast Geopolitical uncertainty is causing mortgage rates to drop. Windermere Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, explains why this is and what you can expect to see mortgage rates do in the coming year.   Over the past few months we’ve seen a fairly significant drop in mortgage rates that has been essentially driven by geopolitical uncertainty – […]