1. Retiring or Downsizing Soon? Start Here.

    If you’re nearing retirement, or working towards downsizing, there are strategies that you can use NOW to help save money, create wealth, and give you flexibility if your plans change.  Let’s face it - real estate isn’t getting cheaper. Every month that passes, real estate prices continue their upward appreciation.  Wouldn't it to be nice to have your retirement home now? With a little ext…Read More

  2. Home Prices Trend Upward at Full Steam

    Can you believe it?  Another month with nearly 20% year over year increases across the board for home values in Northern Colorado.  It's hard not to sound like a broken record with my monthly updates: low inventory, high buyer demand, waived contingencies, above list price offers - it goes on and on.  Although we did see a slight uptick in the amount of homes for sale in June and July, it looks…Read More

  3. Want A Higher Net Worth? Buy a Home

    It's no secret that homeownership has its perks - stability, security, personalization and much more.  By far the biggest perk of homeownership is the combination of both forced savings (by paying down your mortgage loan) and appreciation of home values.  This one-two punch helps homeowners grow their net worth much faster and larger than renters.  Net worth is defined as all your assets (real …Read More

  4. Home Prices Jump 20% Across The Region

    It's rare that you see 20%+ jumps in median value across the entire region, but because of high, high demand and further constrained inventory, the huge price jumps are here to stay.  The homes that closed in July were the result of contracts written in May and early June when abundant, eager homebuyers flooded the market and were met with only about 250 available homes to see across the entire F…Read More

  5. The 5 P’s of Selling Your Home

    Just because the low inventory market heavily favors sellers does not mean that selling your home is "easy".  In fact, it's much harder to expertly prepare your house for a sale, especially when you might expect 20-30 showings and a dozen offers.  If that's what you're expecting, then you need to be perfectly prepared and ready to take advantage of the demand.  If not, you'll be overlooked for …Read More

  6. Tips For Offering Over List Price

    It's no secret that the real estate market along the front range is accelerating at a feverish pace.  Depressed levels of inventory coupled with huge demand from both local and out of state buyers is driving prices up across the board, in all price points.  2021 is the hottest and most frustrating market for many buyers who could be competing with 10-20 offers. While I've covered, in length, wha…Read More

  7. Bonus: Renovation, Update, and Major Project Plan

    If you're like thousands of other homeowners in Northern Colorado, you're deciding to stay put and let your equity grow while home prices go up, up and up!  If you're looking to add value or function to your home through renovations, upgrades or major projects - give me a call to help you get it planned!  Here's how I can help... Project Planning Some projects can be downright overwhelming.  Ad…Read More

  8. A Market Unlike Any Other

    2021 is coming in like a lion across the Northern Colorado market with prices popping.  I've been doing this a while, and although 2015 had a very similar feel to this year, 2021 is just something completely different.  2015 ended up having a few months, at least in the Fort Collins market, of 20%+ gains year over year because of a drastic decrease in the amount of homes for sale.  In March 201…Read More

  9. Craft Broker Core Value: Respect

    We're lucky in Northern Colorado.  We have hundreds of dedicated real estate professionals helping clients buy, sell and invest in real estate. In most cases, we all play nice in the sandbox.  But with a deeply competitive market, often times respect, fairness and decency are thrown out the window in favor of greed and self serving pursuits.  One core value I hold true: I will, at all times, re…Read More

  10. All About Appraisal Gaps

    Because of the competition within the market for a limited number of homes, buyers and their agents are coming up with all kinds of unique and creative ways to make their offer stand up against other buyers.  Late 2020 and early 2021 has been the most competitive market I've ever witnessed, and short of offering a first born child, there have been plenty of interesting contract provisions.  Buye…Read More