Tag Archives: Colorado Real Estate Agents

Real Estate Tips: 4 Steps to Prep Your House for Sale

When you think about putting up your house for sale, you might think about things like determining the list price and choosing and hiring a real estate agent. Although these things are certainly very important, however, there is one other critical thing that you need to focus on — preparing the house itself. These are a few essential steps that you’ll need to take if you’re wondering how to prep a house for sale.

1. Get Rid of Clutter

First and foremost, you’ll want to get rid of clutter. Not only is this good for ensuring that your home is open house ready, but it’ll also be nice to get rid of unwanted items before you pack and move to your new home. Eliminating as much clutter as possible will help your home look neat, clean and spacious when your realtor shows the house, so donate, sell or throw away as much as possible. If there’s anything left that is making the home look cluttered but that you don’t want to get rid of, consider renting a storage unit for temporary storage until the house is sold.

2. Put Away Personal or Valuable Items

Along with decluttering, you’ll also want to eliminate personal and valuable items from your home. You don’t want to worry about sentimental items or valuable items being broken or stolen when the house is being shown, and you also don’t want the home to look too much like your family’s house when potential buyers are taking a peek. Take down personal family portraits, children’s drawings and artwork and particularly unique items that aren’t universally attractive. Then, consider putting away jewelry, expensive art or decor, breakable items that have sentimental or financial value and other similar items. You can store them in the above-mentioned storage unit if necessary.

3. Clean the Entire House…Thoroughly

Whether you consider yourself to be a slob, a neat freak or something in-between, your home is going to need a good scrubbing. Once you move out a lot of items, you might find dust and dirt that you weren’t aware of. Plus, your home is going to need to be more than just everyday clean when your real estate agent is showing the house. Your friends and relatives might not inspect your closets or your light fixtures when they come over, but potential buyers will. You don’t want the home to look messy or dirty, which could be a big turn-off. Some might even see it as a sign that you and your family have not taken good care of the home in the past, even if this isn’t true.

If you can’t bring yourself to really get scrubbing, if you don’t have enough time to do it, or if you don’t feel confident that you’ll get your home clean enough for an open house on your own, consider hiring a professional cleaning company. It can be well worth the cost when you chalk it up to the expense of selling your home.

4. Stage It

Once your home is decluttered and spotless, you’ll have one more step to take before it will be ready to put on the market — staging it. This can be simple or in-depth, depending on a few things, such as the condition of your home. Staging might involve simply rearranging your existing furniture to make the home look as spacious as possible, or it could involve painting the walls in neutral colors and investing in a few inexpensive decorative items to make it look its best. Your real estate agent can look at your home and talk to you about how to best stage it for the local market.

As you can see, there are a few critical steps to follow if you want to get your home ready for the real estate market. Then, if you need additional help with your relocation, such as finding the perfect home or apartment, and for more real estate tips contact the real estate agents at Housing Helpers.

Looking for a Colorado real estate agent?  

Check out my website at:   Stephanie Iannone 

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.

 

Colorado Real Estate Agents

Home Buying in Colorado, Housing Helpers

Five things home buyers should never do

Buying a home is stressful, and there are many things that could easily go wrong. Before you begin your house hunting, make sure to know the dos and don’ts of buying a home.

Here are five things home buyers should never do.

1) Increase Your Budget

Once you begin house hunting, you will come across some “dream homes” that send your budget soaring! Before you set off on your hunt, make sure to sit down and find a budget that works for you.

Keep in mind that additional costs and fees may be factored in during the buying process, so save room for fluctuation.

2) Settle For Less

It’s important to know what you and your family want in a new home. Make a list of features that are most important to you, and prioritize them ahead of time. This will help you understand which homes you can weave out, and which ones might be a good match.  If you find yourself really debating a purchasing decision, then don’t settle for less than what you aimed for, there are plenty of homes to choose from.

You don’t want to settle for a home that doesn’t fit well with your lifestyle.

3) Find The Cheapest Inspector

The inspection is a vital part of the home buying process.  If you don’t invest in someone who will take the job seriously, or who might not have the best experience, then you might find yourself stuck with a home that has a lot of problems that your inspector failed to find in the first place.

Finding the right inspector who will check every nook and cranny of your soon-to-be home could save you money in the long run.

4) One Realtor

Not all realtors are perfect. If you are having a difficult time with your realtor, whether they don’t work with your schedule, aren’t finding ideal homes, etc., then don’t be afraid to move on to someone new. Remember, this is a home that you will be living in for quite some time, you don’t want to miss out on opportunities because your realtor was not a good match.

A good realtor should make you feel that your searches were worth it, and if you find yourself clashing with them, then it’s ok to get help elsewhere

5) Make Large Purchases

During your home buying process, your credit score will be viewed. Make sure to hold off on making large purchases, such as a car, boat, or flat screen TV, until your new home is a done deal and you have the keys in your hand.

Your credit score can fluctuate depending on what you buy, and you don’t want to ruin it right before you close on the perfect home!

If you need more help with buying a home in Colorado, please feel free to contact Housing Helpers Colorado real estate agents.

 

Boulder Real Estate Agents          Homes For Sale in Boulder

Marijuana and Colorado Real Estate Market

What’s Behind the Colorado Real Estate Market Boom?

If you’ve looked at the Colorado real estate market lately, you know that home prices have been growing at a steady pace for many months now. If you thought of buying a home last year, and waited to see what the market would do, you may be regretting your decision now.

Every passing month brings higher appraisals, and you may find yourself waffling between buying a home now, so you can get in on some of the incredible appreciation Colorado homeowners are enjoying, or waiting it out to see if these high prices are just a bubble that is going to burst, leaving you on the hook for a higher mortgage than you can sell your home for. It’s times like these you may wish you had a crystal ball.

However, if you understand what’s behind the booming real estate market in Colorado, fortune-telling skills may not be necessary.  Some have speculated the increased demand for homes in the Colorado real estate market has more to do with more people being drawn to move to Colorado for alternative reasons we haven’t seen before.

There has been a correlation between the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and the increasing cost of homes. The state of Washington has seen a very similar housing boom lately. More people are moving into these two states to legally enjoy marijuana, and so there is more demand for housing than there are available houses.  As long as supply exceeds demand, housing costs will continue to rise.

According to the CNN Money article,  “How Legal Marijuana Biz is Boosting Denver’s Housing Market”

“In a normal market, Denver typically has around 24,000 listings, according to Moye. But right now, she said, there are only around 4,000. But there is a nagging question of just how long the real estate buzz will last. Moye said the market has room to run for five to seven years barring any major economic disasters.”

This means that even though we’re seeing high prices in homes today, the prices could easily continue to get higher. You can still buy real estate in Colorado today and possibly sell in four or five years and turn a profit.  But ultimately there is no guarantee on how long the Colorado real estate market boom will last – as long as people are drawn here it will provide a strong stable pool of buyers and renters.  There are many reasons that people are drawn to Colorado, legal marijuana is just one more reason the Colorado real estate market remains strong.

Colorado real estate agents             Colorado Rentals

Colorado Relocation Services

 

 

Colorado Real Estate Housing Helpers

One Simple Tip to Buy Colorado Real Estate in a Seller’s Market

You don’t have to spend much time in Boulder to realize that the Colorado real estate market is going a little crazy!  Houses are appreciating at unheard of rates, which is great news for homeowners, but it can be more than a little frustrating for anyone trying to buy a home.

Buyers are having to be pretty patient, putting in offers well above the asking price, and brushing off rejection when their offer isn’t accepted and the house they love is sold to someone else. Most homes in Colorado are selling quickly with homeowners receiving many competitive offers. So the vast majority of buyers will put offers in on several homes before they have an offer accepted.

If you want to increase your odds of having your offer accepted, there is one simple thing you can do. In addition to submitting the strongest offer you can submit, you can write a personal letter to the seller.

A personal letter should introduce yourself and your family. It should explain why you are buying a house now, and why you are specifically excited about this particular house.

Homeowners get attached to the homes they have live in, and they want to know that the new owner will love and appreciate their home as much as they have. It may seem silly, but often times the personal touch of a letter makes all the difference to a seller who can have their pick of buyers.

We would be happy to help you find your perfect home in Colorado, and we can share our expertise on putting together offers that are appealing to sellers in this hectic Colorado real estate market.

Call our Real Estate Agents at (303) 545-6000.

 

Colorado Real Estate

 

Colorado Real Estate Market

Buying A Home In Colorado’s Red-Hot Real Estate Market

Are you considering buying a home in Colorado? If so, you’ll want to act fast. Colorado has one of the hottest housing markets in the country. A growing job market, coupled with other factors, such as low numbers of new homes being built, have made the state’s real estate market go red-hot.

For instance, in Denver, home prices are up 11 percent since last year, according to data from Live Urban. Meanwhile, the number of homes available, however, has dropped 15 percent. What does that mean for a prospective buyer? Good credit and available funds may not be enough to get you into the home you want.

Here are a few things to expect:

Rising Prices

Prices are climbing quickly throughout the state, and this isn’t expected to slow down any time soon. What that means for buyers is that waiting can prove costly.

Fast Sales

Are you debating on a home you recently viewed? Don’t wait too long, or the house may no longer be available. Some houses are selling after just days on the market.

Bidding Wars

With Colorado’s current market conditions, demand for houses is very high, but the number of available houses is very low. This translates into heavy competition for sellers. If you’re looking for a home, that means you’ll need to be prepared to face bidding wars.

Pre-Approval

With a red-hot market, you’ll want to get pre-approved for a mortgage before you even view a home. You may have to make an offer on the spot, and if so, you’ll want to be sure that you are ready and able to complete the purchase. Otherwise, there’s a good chance that a home will sell to another buyer while you’re going through the approval process.

When beginning your search for homes in Colorado you will want to be prepared for this market.  In addition to these tips, the real estate agents here at Housing Helpers are tapped into this fast paced market on a daily basis.  Utilize our experience and expertise to help guide you through this challenging real estate market.

 

Colorado Real Estate Agents

 

 

More Money Budgeted to Promote Tourism in Colorado

Tourism is big business for Colorado. However, according to Gov. John Hickenlooper, as quoted in a recent article from the Denver Post, tourism is also an industry, and like any other industry, it requires maintaining and growing your investments.

This year, the state legislature’s Joint Budget Committee approved an increase in the tourism promotion budget to $19 million — up from $17 million last year. It’s the most money budgeted for tourism since 2006, the year that the state’s tourism office was created.

It seems like a lot of money until you see the amount that tourism pours into the state. 2013 — the most recent year for which data has been compiled — set records, with 64.6 million people visiting the state and spending $17.3 billion, the article stated. According to the state tourism office, the 2013 tourism ad campaign provided $344 in travel spending for every $1 invested. It was a sharp increase from the $228 per every dollar invested the year before.

The tourism office gets $15 million a year from gaming taxes in order to promote tourism in the state. This year, they requested an extra $5 million in order to bolster their ad campaign, promote international travel, and support their agritourism initiative.

Although there was some question as to whether or not increasing the budget in recent years was the catalyst for increased tourism or if it was simply a sign of an improving economy, the committee approved the request. One representative said that tourism is one of the easiest budget items to identify.

If you love Colorado, why just be a visitor here? This is a state rich in economic opportunities that allow you the chance to live and work here. Housing Helpers is ready to assist you in finding the perfect Colorado home for yourself and your family. For more information about Colorado Real Estate, Rentals, Corporate Housing, or Relocation Services, contact us.

Colorado Relocation Services      Colorado Real Estate Agents

Colorado Real Estate Market Housing Helpers

Indicators that Could Signal a Boost in the Real Estate Market

It’s no secret that the real estate market has slowly recovered from the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008. Between the inability of would-be home buyers to save for an adequate down payment, and the higher qualification standards for mortgages, many first-time buyers have been priced out of the market. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place.

The Rock

There were a number of factors that led to people’s inability to save for an adequate down payment. Most significant was an unemployment rate in the high single digits (7.5% or higher) for four-and-a-half years (January, 2009 thru June, 2013). Add to that increasing rents and higher student loan debt, and you get a decline in first-time home buyers from 47% in 2009 to just 33% this year.

The Hard Place

As if the rock wasn’t bad enough, the Federal Government enacted sweeping reforms to the mortgage lending industry in response to the underlying cause of the financial crisis – sub-prime mortgages and related securities. Many argue that they overcompensated. But that’s a topic for another day. Suffice it to say that a lot of people, even those who actually could afford mortgages, were frozen out of the housing market because they couldn’t qualify for a loan under the revised standards.

Better Days Ahead

It’s beginning to look like there are better days ahead. The space between the rock and hard place that would-be home buyers have been squeezed between over the past five years is beginning to open up.

Since July, 2009 the unemployment rate has been on a downward trajectory through the mid single digits (between 5.0% and 7.5%). In addition to that, inflation has been below 3% two of the last six years, below 2% four of the last six years, and is on track to be below 2% for 2014. So, with more and more people working and inflation tracking very low, people are better able to save.

But the good news doesn’t end there. There are signs to indicate that qualifying for a mortgage is going to start getting a little bit easier. In a speech delivered by Mel Watt, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, to the annual conference of The Mortgage Bankers Association, he signaled that they could loosen their mortgage underwriting standards, and that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will still purchase the loans, without much recourse if the loans turn sour.

This is all good news for home buyers in general, and first-time home buyers in particular because it opens up the real estate market to them. As a result, we should begin to see an increase in the percentage of first timers.

Colorado Real Estate

4 Amazing Apps your Real Estate Company Should Be Using

Real estate company’s have their hands full with homebuyers. The real estate market in Colorado is in an upward swing and people are in the market to buy houses. With that, realtors need to be ready to help their clients at any time and mobile apps are a critical to keeping buyers and sellers informed on the fly. Here are a few great apps to help your real estate firm keep moving, even when your staff is on the move.

Realtor.com

Most home buyers are familiar with Zillow and Trulia – but what they may not know is Realtor.com has much more accurate information on comps and neighborhood information. It’s a great way to show buyers information on the surrounding area while they’re right on site.  Real estate agents can’t stand when their clients get inaccurate information from websites, we like Realtor.com for providing the most accurate information.

Magic Plan

You know those great floor plans that so many listings have? Your real estate agents can easily create one just by taking strategic photos around the property. The app takes the photos and creates a floor plan just like that!

DocuSign

One thing that no one can ignore is the amount of paperwork required to buy and sell a home. Sign and send documents on the fly with this app version of the popular document signing company.   A real estate company that use DocuSign for executing real estate contracts and rental leases will save you time and money! 

Open House Manager

Import a list of all the people who visit your open houses and stay in contact with active buyers using the list. It makes managing real estate leads that much easier!

There are a great number of real estate apps available for real estate companies and real estate agents so that they can do their job. By using these 4, your clients and agents can both reap the sales and productivity benefits that these apps provide.

Housing Helpers is a Colorado real estate company with offices in Boulder and Denver.  We specialize in the Boulder real estate market, Broomfield real estate, and Denver metro area real estate.   Our award winning Colorado real estate agents have years of experience with corporate relocations, investment properties, and real estate brokerage from first time home buyers to multi-million dollar listings and everything in between.  Please contact us for more Real Estate tips and specific information about your particular situation.

 

Colorado Real Estate Agents        Colorado Real Estate  

By at .