Fun facts Vegas Baby!   The results are in from FHFA.gov’s latest ranking of the top performing markets in the U.S. Each quarter they track 245 cities across the country and rank their real estate markets by home price appreciation.   What’s the highest performing city the the U.S. Vegas!  Their prices have gone up 17.63% in the last year.   […]
Buyers Are You Better Off Paying Your Mortgage Earlier or Investing Your Money? Photo Credit: Rawpixel via Unsplash Few topics cause more division among economists than the age-old debate of whether you’re better off paying off your mortgage earlier, or investing that money instead. And there’s a good reason why that debate continues; both sides make compelling arguments. For many people, their mortgage is the largest expense they […]
Blog The First Decade The other day I was searching for my daughter’s cell phone number – which I haven’t memorized because I simply speed-dial it – and I realized it’s been years since I memorized anyone’s phone number. And this was just after I’d booked a flight online and selected my seat, and downloaded some new music into my iPod. […]
Sellers Sellers: Making the Most of your First Impressions As the old saying goes, you only have one chance to make a first impression. If you’re selling your home, it’s true, except that there are several impressions to be made, and each one might have its own effect on the unique tastes of a prospective buyer. I’ve worked with scores of buyers, witnessed hundreds […]
For Buyers & Sellers Investing In a Green Home Will Pay Dividends In 2019 As we step forward into 2019, eco-friendly “green homes” are more popular than ever. Upgrading your home’s sustainability improves quality of life for those residing in it, but it is also a savvy long-term investment. As green homes become more popular, properties boasting sustainable features have become increasingly desirable targets for homebuyers. Whether designing a […]
Blog Five Ways to Incorporate Pantone’s ‘Living Coral’ Into Your Home Photo Credit: Pantone Color Institute Design inspiration comes in many forms, but few carry the cache of the Pantone Color of the Year. For two decades, the Pantone Color Institute has convened to debate and determine an appropriate color that represents the current times. In a tradition harkening to the pageantry and mystique of secret societies, […]
For Buyers & Sellers 10 Steps to Get Your Home Clean and Ready for Spring Warmer months are ahead, so now is the time to plan for spring cleaning and maintenance. A clean home offers a fresh start for the year, and a checklist of tasks guides your efforts towards efficiency. For many homeowners, spring cleaning can be a personal challenge. It can also be one accomplished with the help […]
Fun facts Misery Index Last week at our Market Forecast events, Chief Economist Matthew Gardner shared, among many stats, his famous “Misery Index.” A valuable statistic with a funny title. The Misery Index simply measures inflation plus unemployment. It’s an effective way to look at our Nation’s economy. Today’s Index sits just below 6%. Back in October 2011, it […]
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Windermere Tips for Moving Into a Smaller Home as a Senior By Michael Longsdon For many seniors, there comes a time when the expense and upkeep of a big home no longer seem realistic. All of your kids have moved out, and suddenly, your multi-bedroom house feels excessively large and empty. Plus, it may be difficult to keep up with mortgage payments if you’re expecting a […]
Windermere Colorado Real Estate Market Update The following analysis of the Metro Denver & Northern Colorado real estate market (which now includes Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Park Counties) 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 […]
Housing Trends A Beginner’s Guide to Managing a Remodel Browsing photos and ideas can be a fun part of creating your dream room. But making your designs a reality also takes smart planning and organization. Project management is an essential part of remodeling, and there’s nothing like the feeling of implementing a plan to create something new and beautiful. These tips can help you […]
For Buyers & Sellers What’s in a Condo? The In-Between Style of Home That Might Be the Right Fit 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. Here’s some background information to help you decide whether purchasing a condo is a good match for you. Increasingly, condos […]
Buyers The Whole Story Metro Denver has 2.1 months of inventory on the market. This means that, at the current pace of sales, it would take just over 2 months to sell every single-family home currently listed for sale. But that’s not the whole story because inventory levels vary drastically depending upon the price of the home. When we […]
Sellers Staging Your Home – Pink Flamingos not included It can sometimes be tough to hear an agent asking you to hide your prize possessions when preparing your home for sale. I overheard two agents giving each other advice about how to politely help their sellers relocate their pink flamingo display and car collection off the front yard before putting the homes on the […]
Buyers Good Loan News Here are two recently-announced pieces of really good news for home buyers. • The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority recently raised the income limit for their down payment assistance program to $115,600. Now more people can get help with a down payment. • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac raised their conforming loan limits so that […]
For Buyers & Sellers Selling Your Home: The Impact of Staging How can you make your home more attractive to potential buyers? The answer is with some “home staging”. According to the Wall Street Journal, implementing some basic interior design techniques can not only speed up the sale of your home but also increase your final selling price. It all comes down to highlighting your home’s strengths, […]
For Buyers & Sellers A Quick Guide to Understanding Real Estate Designations What do those letters and acronyms mean at the end of your real estate agent’s name? We’re here to answer that question and explain why it might matter to you. Like other professionals, real estate agents have the ability to specialize in certain areas of the business by earning designations. Those acronyms signify that they […]
Sellers Six Key Factors That Affect the Sales Price of Your Home Pricing a home for sale is not nearly as simple as most people think. You can’t base the price on what the house down the street sold for. You can’t depend on tax assessments. Even automatic valuation methods (AVMs), while useful for a rough estimate of value, are unreliable for purposes of pricing a home […]
First Time Home Buyer The Value of Homeowners Insurance Can’t Be Overstated In addition to providing shelter and comfort, our home is often our single greatest asset. It’s important that we protect that precious investment. Most homeowners realize the importance of homeowners insurance in safeguarding the value of a home. However, what they may not know is that about two-thirds of all homeowners are under-insured. According to […]
Buyers 5 Deal Breakers that can blindside home buyers   Purchasing a home can be a complex endeavor for even the most well-prepared home buyer.  You’ve diligently saved for your down payment, followed the market, researched agents and now you are ready to make an offer on your dream home.  Don’t let these 5 “Deal Breakers” come between you and your new home. Big […]