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Financial Should You Refinance or Sell Your Home? Homeowners can often reach a financial fork in the road when they must decide to either refinance their existing mortgage or sell their home. Each route has its respective advantages depending on your financial health, the mortgage rate market, and the future needs of your household. Refinancing vs. Selling When working to ease the financial burden […]
Colorado Housing Q1 2022 Colorado Real Estate Market Update The following analysis of select counties of the Colorado real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact your Windermere Real Estate […]
Financial Selling Your Home: Capital Gains Tax When you sell your home, you stand to receive an influx of cash. Though there are several costs associated with a home sale, you can likely still bank on the fact that you’ll be depositing a lump sum in the near future. But before you start planning how you’ll use the money or start looking for […]
Financial Interest-ing The recent increase in mortgage rates has started some home buyers to look at programs that have fixed rates for 7 years or 10 years instead of 30 years. If a buyer believes it is likely they will move or even refinance within this timeframe, these types of programs can be a good option. The […]
Colorado Housing No Foolin’ This is not an April Fool’s joke. Average prices in Metro Denver just exceeded $700,000 in Metro Denver.  Larimer County isn’t far behind. For the month of March, the average residential sales price in the 5-county Metro Area was $704,000.  This does not include Boulder County. Larimer County was $691,000 and we expect to see […]
Economy Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrencies in Real Estate Hello there, I’m Windermere Real Estate’s chief economist, Matthew Gardner, and welcome to the latest episode of Mondays with Matthew. This month we’re going to take a look at Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies themselves and how both may impact home buyers and sellers in the future. But before we dive into the potential impacts of cryptocurrency […]
Financial Rate Perspective Given the recent increase in mortgage interest rates, we think a little perspective is in order. The average 30-year rate for the last 40+ years is 7.5% Rates are now back within the range where they were between April 2018 and February 2019 Between January 2000 and December 2009, the high was 8.15% and the […]
Financial Buy Before 5 30-year mortgage rates just exceeded 4% for the first time in three years according to Freddie Mac. We have new advice for anyone considering a home purchase in the next couple of years. Buy before 5.  This means buy before rates go to 5%. Even though rates have been ticking up over the last several […]
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Buyers & Sellers Common Real Estate Contingencies Contingencies help to spell out the specifics of a real estate transaction by dictating what must happen so the contract becomes legally binding. If certain conditions aren’t met, the applicable contingency gives the buyer and the seller the right to back out of the contract per their agreed-upon terms. When selling your home, a buyer […]
Appreciation Rate 3.2 Trillion The new CoreLogic Homeowner Equity Insights report shows that homeowners in the U.S. have seen their equity increase by a total of $3.2 trillion over the last 12 months. Their data shows that 63% of all homes have a mortgage. On average, U.S. homeowners gained $55,000 while the average increase in Colorado was higher at […]
Financial A Guide to Understanding Escrow The process of buying a home is made up of several stages. After preliminary stages like getting pre-approved, searching for homes, and finding a buyer’s agent, various contracts and buyer-seller agreements will enter the fold as the purchase of a home is finalized. Escrow is a pivotal point in the buying process that will ultimately lead to […]
Appreciation Rate War and Interest Rates Our clients are curious to know what the conflict in Ukraine will mean for mortgage rates. The short answer is down in the near term and up in the long term. Generally speaking, economic and political uncertainty drive people to invest in bonds rather than stocks, which puts downward pressure on interest rates. So, in […]
Colorado Housing The Different Types of Home Loans for Buyers Financing terms are the nuts and bolts of a successful home purchase. Once you’ve decided you’re ready to buy a house, it’s a matter of making the numbers work. So, which home loan is the right one for you? Knowing the different types of mortgage loans available to you will allow you to pinpoint the […]
Financial 7 Signs You’re Ready to Buy a Home Making the leap from renter to homeowner doesn’t happen overnight; it requires steady planning to put yourself in a good position to buy your first home. Prospective first-time home buyers can often feel like they’re waiting for a sign to indicate they’re ready to start making offers, when really, it’s a combination of factors. Here […]
Appreciation Rate 2022 Forecast Yesterday we held the annual Real Estate Market Forecast with our Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner. To get the recording of the full presentation, please reach out to your Windermere real estate broker. Here are some of the big takeaways from Matthew: The national economy is very strong and the rate of inflation is expected to […]
Buyers & Sellers Hiring A Contractor for Your Remodel Much has been said about the benefits of taking a DIY approach to home remodeling projects. It instills pride of ownership, builds the sweat equity you’ve put into your home, and can be more affordable than hiring a professional. The reality is, however, that sometimes, projects simply require a pro to be done right. Whether […]
Buyers & Sellers 5 Ways to Create a Sustainable Kitchen In many ways, the kitchen is the heart of a home. All the time spent making delicious food, sharing recipes, and enjoying meals with loved ones gives it a central role in home life. A consequence of the time spent in the kitchen is the creation of waste. But by adopting more sustainable practices in […]
Buyers & Sellers What are Closing Costs? The closing process in a real estate transaction finalizes the terms of an agreement between the buyer and seller, leading to the transfer of the property’s title. This step of the buying/selling process comes with its own set of costs. Before a buyer can hold the keys to their new home, and before a seller […]
Blog Net Worth It’s no surprise that for just about every homeowner, their real estate represents the largest portion of their net worth. Check out these numbers from the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances: Median Net Worth in the U.S. = $97,300 Median Net Worth of a Renter = $5,200 Median Net Worth of a Homeowner = $231,400 […]
Blog How to Cover Unexpected Costs with a Personal Loan Posted in Buying and Living by Guest Author  By Jennifer Calonia 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 […]