1. How to Hire the Right Contractor

    Spring selling season is right around the corner, so as a service to my loyal and strategic followers, I wanted to provide some guidance on selecting a contractor to do your projects, just in time to list your home for top dollar in the spring or summer.  (Full disclosure: My wife and I carefully selected a contractor to remodel our guest bath, master bath and master bedroom in the 4th quarter of…Read More

  2. Northern Colorado Real Estate Remains Strong Through the Pandemic

    What a year, what a year.  2020 was certainly a rollercoaster for many reasons, and while most of the world was uncertain throughout the year, the world I know best (Northern Colorado real estate) was nothing but healthy and exciting.  Demand was continually robust, buyers want to be here and will pay a premium to be here.  While working with very low inventory throughout the year, smart and sa…Read More

  3. How Homes Will Look After the Pandemic

    With the pandemic heading into its third wave, many homeowners have been spending much more time around their home throughout 2020.  This added time at home, along with the added burdens of work and school at home, is forcing homeowners and homebuyers to take a second look at what they value in a home.  With a cold, confined winter looming, homeowners and buyers are doing their best to make thei…Read More

  4. Highest Values on Record

    September is usually a sleepier month in Northern Colorado real estate, but September 2020 was anything but.  Maybe parents were busy hatching real estate dreams while their kids were still doing school from home.  Maybe they have felt the squeeze while working from home themselves and needed a bigger space to accommodate new office needs. Whatever the case, across Northern Colorado, we saw the …Read More

  5. June Sales Soar, Prices Hold Steady

    June sales data represents the beginning of the post-COVID real estate market in Northern Colorado.  And good gracious, did real estate come back with force after the shelter at home restrictions were eased.  Across the board, sales were up double digits, and prices even grew in most markets - these sales were the result of contracts written in the late April/Early May timeframe.  As showing re…Read More

  6. Upgrades That Add Value

    In talking with contractors, landscapers and interior designers, they've all noted a huge uptick in work and activity.  It seems that while most people were quarantined indoors through most of March and April, they decided to tackle all the projects they could during this unique "break" in work and life. With nearly every buyer and seller I work with, I get the question: "What are the best upgrad…Read More

  7. Downtime Hacks For a Better Future

    The new buzzword this week is "social distancing" as a state of emergency was declared nationwide to combat the spread of the COVID19 pandemic.  Most schools are taking an extended spring break, some workers are being told to work remotely, all sports have been suspended and social gatherings of 250 or more people are frowned upon.  Chances are, you're avoiding most social engagements, staying i…Read More

  8. Homeowner Tenure Increases

    According to the National Association of Realtors, most homeowners are sticking in their current home longer than ever before.  In fact, nationwide we have seen homeowner tenure increases of 3 years since 2008.  With the most recent national data available, in 2018, homeowner tenure reached a median value of 13 years.  13 years without a move sounds like an incredibly long time without a move, …Read More

  9. Fort Collins State of the City

    In case you missed last month's Fort Collins State of the City address from both Mayor Wade Troxell and City Manager Darin Atteberry, you missed a very informative and meaningful look at our city.  Held in the first few weeks of the year, the state of the city address gives local leadership an opportunity to showcase the improvements the city has made over the past year along with providing a vis…Read More

  10. It Just Takes One

    In a hugely connected world full of gurus, Chip and JoJo’s, multi-level marketing businesses and social media influencers, there are plenty of people that have the appearance of getting rich quickly. Every generation has had their different schemes and fads in gaining wealth. Truth be told, there are plenty of people who work very hard, do the right things, and make it to the top. But the storie…Read More