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Buyers Is the Shifting Market a Challenge or an Opportunity for Homebuyers? If you tried to buy a home during the pandemic, you know the limited supply of homes for sale was a considerable challenge. It created intense bidding wars which drove home prices up as buyers competed with one another to be the winning offer. But what was once your greatest challenge may now be your greatest opportunity. Today, data […]
Buyers What Does the Rest of the Year Hold for Home Prices? Whether you’re a potential homebuyer, seller, or both, you probably want to know: will home prices fall this year? Let’s break down what’s happening with home prices, where experts say they’re headed, and why this matters for your homeownership goals. Last Year’s Rapid Home Price Growth Wasn’t the Norm In 2021, home prices appreciated quickly. One reason why is that record-low […]
Buyers The U.S. Homeownership Rate Is Growing The desire to own a home is still strong today. In fact, according to the Census, the U.S. homeownership rate is on the rise. To illustrate the increase, the graph below shows the homeownership rate over the last year: That data shows more than half of the U.S. population live in a home they own, and the percentage […]
Blog What Gives?   “I thought the market was cooling off, so why are prices still going up?” This is a frequent question we hear from our clients. They are understandably confused by the fact that average prices have continued to rise at a rapid pace even though sales activity is slower than what it was 6 months […]
Blog Two Week Snapshot Here is a quick snapshot of our markets two weeks into July versus the same time last year… Larimer & Weld Counties: Inventory up 61% Transaction count down 44% Prices up 17% Metro Denver: Inventory up 62% Transaction count down 31% Prices up 12%
Blog Weeks to Months For the first time in almost two years, there is more than a month’s worth of inventory on the market. This means that at the current pace of sales, it would take more than a month to sell all of the homes currently for sale. This is certainly welcome news for buyers who have been […]
Blog The Best News The best news in a long time has finally arrived for buyers. Inventory is up, frenzy is down. Buyers who were frustrated, confused and disappointed by the market a few months ago are now coming back to find a much more reasonable environment. Demand is still high for sure.  However, the intense, frenzied competition has […]
Buyers & Sellers Landscaping Tips That Can Increase Your Home’s Value When you own a home, there’s a natural desire to invest in landscaping projects that help beautify your yard. But for those who are preparing to sell, the emphasis should be on specific projects that boost your home’s curb appeal and add to its value. The following landscaping tips can help you position your home to […]
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Blog Rate Perspective MARCH 25, 2022 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 […]
Buyers What are Closing Costs? March 23, 2022 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 […]
Blog 3.2 Trillion March 17, 2022 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 […]
Buyers What Is a Bridge Loan? March 16, 2022 With so much in flux during the period between selling a home and buying a new one, short-term financing can provide some calm among the storm. With the fate of two properties up in the air, those who are selling a home will often look to secure a bridge loan to bridge the […]
Buyers Will Colorado Feel the Next Recession? Before we get into the nitty-gritty of a recession, let’s start with the definition of a recession. A recession is two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth as measured by a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). So, this means that if a country’s GDP is in the negatives for two consecutive quarters then they are […]
Buyers & Sellers Where is the Colorado Real Estate Market Headed? The Colorado real estate market has had quite the year — leaving us all eager to see exactly where it’s headed. The Big Picture What’s happening right now in the national economy? Naturally and as expected with the rollout of the vaccine, now over 50% of the adult population has received at least one dose […]
Buyers Make Your Move • DECEMBER 1, 2021 by Windermere Staff Moving is stressful, whether it is across town or cross-country.  Once you have closed on your house, the reality of packing, moving, and setting up a new home can become overwhelming. While no list can make a move “stress-free,” planning ahead and staying organized can help make your […]
Blog Why List Now Why does it make sense to list a home now?  Shouldn’t I wait until the Spring? These are legitimate questions we hear occasionally from our clients. It turns out there are several good reasons to list a home in December or January instead of waiting for April or May. The first reason is low competition.  […]
Buyers & Sellers Working with a Listing Agent What is a Listing Agent? Generally, a real estate transaction involves a listing agent representing the seller and a buyer’s agent representing the buyer. Listing agents will conduct a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA)—which uses recent housing market data to compare the seller’s home to other listings in their area—to accurately price the property. The agent will list the […]
Buyers Record Increase Home builders have experienced their largest-ever increase in building costs so far in 2021. This is according to the latest Producer Price Index report. Year to date, building costs are up 14.5%.  This amount tops the previous record of 7.1% which occurred in 2008. Specific materials which have seen significant increases include lumber, drywall and […]
Buyers & Sellers Price Matters Almost twice as many sellers now have to drop their list price before a sale compared to July. In October, 19% of all sales were forced to drop the list price before receiving an offer.  In July it was 10%. These properties that start out priced too high end up taking four times as long […]
Buyers & Sellers The Difference Between a Comparative Market Analysis and an Appraisal   It can be difficult for sellers to distinguish between two methods of finding the value of their home: a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) and a home appraisal. Though they share many similarities, there are key differences in how the two approaches ultimately arrive at a listing price for your home. The Difference Between a Comparative […]