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. Sales and Prices Surge

    October was far from the typical month in Northern Colorado, buoyed by low interest rates and continual, fierce demand for homes in the area.  In general, October is a transitional month from the end of the "busy" market to the beginning of the "slow" season. When the weather turns, kids go back to school and holidays approach, we see a drop off in available inventory.  The drop in inventory hap…Read More

  3. 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

  4. Record Home Prices in August

    Another month post-COVID and the Northern Colorado real estate market continues to scream ahead posting record home prices in August in Fort Collins and Loveland.  Not to be outdone, Greeley posted near record home prices in August as well.  The big boost was record low interest rates for purchases, providing a little bit more buying potential for those buyers who have been struggling to get a h…Read More

  5. Sales Plunge But Confidence Remains High

    May sales data was the hardest hit by the COVID pandemic as in-person showings were shut down or completely restricted from late March through April, when executed contracts would result in a May closing.  As a result, May 2020 sales figures look like a horror flim, however, low sales didn't negatively affect prices in the slightest.  Even through COVID, sellers weren't giving away properties, a…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. Prices Pop in the Pandemic

    We're finally seeing impacts from COVID-19 in the Northern Colorado real estate market, since most of the homes that were closed in April were those that went under contract in March near the beginning of shelter in place.  During that time, in person showings were only possible once the home was under contract, somewhat putting the cart before the horse.  I am certain there were hundreds of sel…Read More

  8. Safest Real Estate In Northern Colorado

    There is still plenty of fear and unknown in the Northern Colorado real estate market and we aren't entirely sure how things will play out in the region post-COVID.  What we do know is that there has been a constant demand for Northern Colorado homes in the last decade and we don't expect that demand to slow.  Every homebuyer has fears of buying at a financially unsettled time.  The best we can…Read More

  9. Before COVID-19 Hit

    By now, you're probably maxed out with COVID news, but I want to remind you a simpler time: February.  Since we have a small lag in real estate reporting, due to data getting processed and uploaded to the masses, my statistics blogs always report the previous month.  Now, deep into March, amid a stock market collapse, a worldwide pandemic and social distancing, we can see what real estate in Nor…Read More

  10. 2020 Starts Off Well

    Two of the three markets I cover started off at a much better clip than 2019, while one (Loveland) kept an equal pace with sales from the previous year.  January, traditionally a pretty slow month, was just the opposite in Fort Collins and Greeley.  It's usually a slower month because the closings we see in January are a result of homes going under contract between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a …Read More