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Three Emerging Real Estate Trends Roll On in 2016

As predicted by many experts and analysts, the first quarter for the real estate industry was a steady and consistent move in a positive direction.

One never knows the impact of a Presidential race and what a new Commander in Chief will have on the following year, but for now pay attention and grab a hold of these three emerging trends that are rolling on in 2016:

1. Outside The Box … Or in it? Once seen as a fad approximately 18 months ago, the idea of non-traditional housing is really gaining some steam. Ever watch the show, “Tiny House, Big Living” on HGTV?

The concept of micro-housing takes center stage on this program where couples or even small families live in an area that accommodates all of their living quarters in one approximately 220-400 square foot living space. Claustrophobics need not apply …

Anyway, this idea is really gaining in popularity with more and more people hesitant to dive into a mortgage that they may not be able to afford if companies like Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase ever decide to throw away everybody’s money again and cause another major recession or worse. 

2. Common Sense Risk Management  High level computations and complex data analysis are great, but they too have limitations.

Sometimes, the human touch provides something when assessing risk that computers can’t, which is good intuition based on previous experience and even strong hunches.

Humans really have a unique skill set when looking at trends and attempting to predict tomorrow’s ups and downs because they this intuition lends itself well to anticipating smart investment choices.

3. Second City Mania  Why is everybody is talking about smaller cities like Louisville Colorado and Austin, TX?   Known as second cities or 18-hour cities, these locations are developing at a rapid pace and the time to get in is now.

More than just Austin, start thinking about Nashville, Portland, and San Antonio among others. The cost of living is lower than in places like New York and Chicago obviously, but there is also plenty to do with an air of hipness that purveys home ownership or rental residents in these areas.

In addition to national real estate trends we are always tracking the Colorado Real Estate Market.  As areas like Boulder and Denver continue to explode with high demand and rising prices its hard to know where to invest in real estate right now.  We like some of the lesser known and less publicized communities in between that don’t get as much press.   To find out which ones we like you’ll need to give us a call!

 

Contact Stephanie Iannone          About Stephanie Iannone, Realtor

 

Selling your home in Colorado winter

Tips for Selling Your Colorado Home in Winter

It is no secret that spring and summer are the prime seasons for selling and buying homes in Colorado, but there’s no rule that says you can’t sell your home in the winter and be really pleased with the outcome.  In fact this year the pace of home sales in Colorado hasn’t slowed down much with the start of winter.

While there are typically less buyers looking for homes in the winter months, there are also fewer homes on the Colorado real estate market, so that means that your home will have less competition for the interested buyers that aren’t worried about waiting for the spring or summer.

Plus, while Colorado is known for having snowy winters, we also have plenty of days of sunshine and warm temperatures throughout the fall and winter months.  We don’t see the lull in interest due to snowy conditions that other states experience. Sure it may snow, but the sun melts it quickly and since when do we let a little snow stop us from doing anything, let alone buying a house?

If you do want to put your house on the market for sale right away, here are our tips for selling homes in the winter.

  • Stage your home with some potted evergreen plants on the porch.  A little life is important, even in the winter months.   A splash of evergreen at the entry way of a home give is that warm inviting touch and special curb appeal that makes the home stand out from the others on the block.  It’s easy to find potted evergreens this time of year at your local home improvement stores and they are fairly inexpensive.

 

  • If it does snow, even a half-inch or less, make sure that the driveway and all the sidewalks are completely shoveled.  You never know when that perfect buyer will want to view your home.  Keeping the driveway and walkway neatly shoveled not only makes it easier for them to access your home, it also is a sign to the buyers that you care for and maintain your home.

 

  • Use the magic of the holiday season to add ambiance to your home. Tasteful holiday decor paired with a cider on the stove or in the crockpot will create the sights and smells that bring back happy memories to any perspective buyers.   This is an easy an inexpensive way to make your home stand out from the rest.

These are just some basic tips for selling your home in the winter.  For more ideas and an expert opinion on what your home might sell for please call Housing Helpers real estate at 303-545-6000.

 

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