1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Who’s Selling?

    We actually have a little bit of data to help us understand just how the market is reacting in the wake of the most strict COVID restrictions.  I've had a handful of clients and friends reach out and ask, "Who's selling in the pandemic?" - Interestingly enough, quite a few people are, and some at surprising price points, too. The graph below shows the home values for both active and sold homes du…Read More

  4. Markets Stay Steady During COVID

    Well, it's been a wild month since all of Colorado has essentially been sheltered in place.  You would think that real estate in the area would have slowly ground to a halt, however, people still need to both buy and sell real estate.  As an industry, we have been unallowed to physically show property unless there was a contract on a home.  That had buyers making decisions based off of virtual …Read More

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 2019 Real Estate Wrap Up

    Real estate 2019 finished strong in Northern Colorado, and while it is still considered a record breaking year, 2019 was finally the year we saw an end to the 6/7/8% gains in median value.  Anecdotally, the market as a whole throughout Northern Colorado seemed to be as busy as ever, but prices just didn't creep up as fast as they have in the last 4 years.  Sales held steady throughout the region…Read More

  9. August Sales Hold Steady

    Coming off of another very hot summer, sales across the Northern Colorado region (including the Fort Collins area, Loveland/Berthoud area and Greeley/Evans area) have largely remained consistent with the strong numbers hit in August of 2018.  Just like we are often wading into the unknown in February and March, unsure how strong or weak the spring and summer season will be, in August and Septembe…Read More

  10. Record Home Prices In Fort Collins

    We're at the peak of the selling season and it's certainly a busy one.  The homes closing in June and early July are the result of contracts written in May when the market begins to really cook.  Typically, after school lets out, we see a fury of buy/sell activity and this year is no different.  Every month, at least one area of the regions is hitting a new record value (Loveland/Berthoud &…Read More