Fort Collins Charmer!

It’s the midtown Fort Collins charmer you’ve been looking for! 220 Annabel Lane is a beautifully updated 1968 home features a gorgeous kitchen with separate dining and living areas. Two large bedrooms and a full bath round out the main level, while the finished basement boasts a rec room, bath and flex space easily used for a third non-conforming bedroom. Classy French doors lead to the large back yard, perfect for relaxing and entertaining. New roof, new paint inside and out, new high-end laminate flooring, new carpet, light fixtures and hardware. One car garage. Close to the MAX Line and any service the Choice City has to offer. NO HOA! Call for your private showing (970) 237-2752  for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/120137259

 


Posted on November 23, 2020 at 6:21 pm
Jon Holsten | Posted in Blog, Fort Collins Real Estate, Virtual Tours | Tagged , , , , , ,

55+ Community!

You found it! 4424 Espirit Dr is a terrific two-bedroom home in a lively 55+ community with everything you need. Just moments from Old Town Fort Collins, your new home features a large kitchen with plenty of natural light, a pantry and lots of cupboard space. The wide-open floorplan includes separate living and dining areas, plus an office/study with classy French doors; perfect for enjoying a book or getting a little work done. Spread out in the huge master suite with its own private deck overlooking community open space, and don’t forget the large outdoor patio just outside the dining area. Covered front porch and oversized two-car garage! A great home in a superb community! ** PLEASE NOTE ** This is a land lease property. The Buyer will own the home, but lease the lot. The lease fee is $870/month with an additional $144.71/month community fee. Call for your private showing (970) 237-2752  for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/119974881


Posted on November 17, 2020 at 8:23 pm
Jon Holsten | Posted in Blog, Fort Collins Real Estate, Virtual Tours | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Fabulous Farmhouse!

It’s all about the lifestyle! 2425 W Belvins St is a fabulous five-bedroom farmhouse sits on 41 acres just north of Fort Collins! With incredible, unobstructed views of the foothills and Colorado high country, THIS is rural living at its finest. Bring your horses, livestock and chickens. Heck, bring any creature you like! Enjoy amazing sunrises, spectacular sunsets and starlit night skies. Surrounded by over 300 trees and shrubs, the fantastic home features a great kitchen, sprawling open floor plan, large bedrooms and a mostly finished basement with large kitchenette and underground wine cellar. Back outside, you’ll find several storage sheds with plenty of room for your toys and a small underground building you can use for workspace, or better yet… socializing with friends. This is a rare find and a great value. NO HOA! Call for your private showing (970) 237-2752 for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/119974878


Posted on November 16, 2020 at 10:00 am
Jon Holsten | Posted in Blog, Fort Collins Real Estate, Virtual Tours | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Re Bubble

Bubble

The activity in the Front Range market is causing us to hear the bubble question again.

People are curious to know, based on recent growth in price appreciation, if we are in a housing bubble.

This question seems to crop up when prices go up.

While we do not believe that the current double-digit price appreciation is sustainable, we firmly believe we will not see prices crash or see any kind of a bubble bursting.

Here’s why we think that…

This past Tuesday we hosted a private online event for our clients which featured our Chief Economist Matthew Gardner.

Matthew is well-known and well-respected in the industry.  He is often quoted in leading real estate publications.

He sees four reasons why there is no real estate bubble that is about to pop in Colorado.

  1. Inventory is (incredibly) low.  The number of homes for sale is down over 40% compared to last year.  The market is drastically under-supplied.  Based on simple economic principles of supply and demand, inventory would need to grow significantly for prices to drop.
  2. Buyers’ credit scores are very high.  The average credit score for buyers last month, for example was 759.  So, by definition, average buyers today have excellent credit which means there is low risk of them walking away from their mortgage and causing a foreclosure crisis.
  3. Buyers have high down payments.  On average, buyers are putting 18% down on their purchases.  This means that prices would need to fall by a considerable amount in order for the average buyer to be ‘upside down’ on their mortgage.
  4. Owners are equity rich.  Well over a third of property owners along the Front Range have more than 50% equity in their homes.  This means that a severe economic downturn causing a slew of distressed properties to hit the market is highly unlikely.

Bottom line, as Matthew Gardner reminded us, what we are experiencing in the economy today is a health crisis not a housing crisis.

If you would like a recording of the private webinar we would be happy to send it to you.  Just reach out and let us know.


Posted on October 30, 2020 at 2:36 pm
Jon Holsten | Posted in Buying, Housing Trends, Northern Colorado Real Estate, Selling, Windermere Real Estate | Tagged , , , ,

Protecting Your Home’s Air Quality

Pollution

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Most of us tend to think of air pollution as something that occurs outdoors where car exhaust and factory fumes proliferate, but there’s such a thing as indoor air pollution, too. Since the 1950s, the number of synthetic chemicals used in home products have increased drastically, while homes have become much tighter and better insulated. As a result, the EPA estimates that Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often two to five times higher than typical outdoor concentrations. 

Luckily, there are many ways to reduce indoor air pollution. We all know that buying organic and natural home materials and cleaning supplies can improve the air quality in our homes, but there are several other measures you can take as well. 

 

How pollutants get into our homes 

Potentially toxic ingredients are found in many materials throughout the home, and they leach out into the air as Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs. If you open a can of paint, you can probably smell those VOCs. Mold is a VOC that can build up in the dampest parts of your home like the laundry room or crawl spaces. Another example is the “new car smell” that seems to dissipate after a while, but VOCs can “off-gas” for a long time, even after a noticeable smell is gone. 

Many materials used to build a home contain chemicals like formaldehydetoluene, xylene, ethanol, and acetone, and even lead. VOCs can also be in the form of pet dander or dust. Fortunately, VOCs from building materials dissipate over time. For that reason, the highest levels of VOCs are usually found in new homes or remodels. If you are concerned about VOCs, there are several products you can buy that are either low- or no-VOC. You can also have your home professionally tested. 

 

How to reduce VOCs in your home 

Choose your building materials wisely  

  • – Use tile or solid wood for flooring—hardwood, bamboo, or cork
  • – Choose solid wood or outdoor-quality plywood that uses a less toxic form of formaldehyde. 
  • – Choose low-VOC or VOC-free paints and finishes 

Purify the air  

  • – Make sure your rooms have adequate ventilation, air out newly renovated areas for at least a week 
  • – Clean ductwork and furnace filters regularly 
  • – Install air cleaners if needed 
  • – Use only environmentally responsible cleaning chemicals 
  • – Plants are a natural solution to help clean the air 
  • – Air out freshly dry-cleaned clothes or choose a “green” cleaner 

Pick the right carpet 

  • – Choose “Green Label” carpeting or a natural fiber such as wool or sisal
  • – Use nails instead of glue to secure carpet 
  • – Install carpet LAST after completing painting projects or wall coverings
  • – Air out newly carpeted areas before using  
  • – Use a HEPA vacuum or a central vac system that vents outdoors
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Prevent mold  

  • – Clean up water leaks fast 
  • – Keep humidity below 60 percent, using dehumidifiers if necessary 
  • – Refrain from carpeting rooms that stay damp 
  • – Insulate pipes, crawl spaces, and windows to eliminate condensation 
  • – Use one-half cup of bleach per gallon of water to kill mold in its early stages 

If you would like to learn more about VOCs and indoor air quality, please visit http://www.epa.gov/iaq/ 


Posted on October 28, 2020 at 2:33 pm
Jon Holsten | Posted in Fort Collins Real Estate, Home Maintenance, Living, Northern Colorado Real Estate, Timnath Real Estate, Wellington Real Estate, Windermere Real Estate, Windsor Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Million Plussing

Luxury

The luxury market is very active right now.  Buyers in the high-end are taking advantage of low interest rates and the equity they have built in their prior homes.

Closings of million-plus single family homes are up significantly along the Front Range.

When compared to this same time last year, sales of properties in this price range are up:

  • 87% in Metro Denver
  • 150% in Larimer County
  • 67% in Weld County

Windermere Real Estate in Colorado recently hosted a private online event for our clients with our very own Chief Economist Matthew Gardner.  We would be happy to send you the recording if you would like.


Posted on October 26, 2020 at 2:32 pm
Jon Holsten | Posted in Buying, Housing Trends, Northern Colorado Real Estate, Selling, Windermere Real Estate | Tagged , , , , ,

The Remote Worker’s Home Buying Process

Home Office

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The pandemic’s influences on home life are far-ranging, prompting buyers to look at homeownership through a new lens. Remote work has created a paradigm shift in the wants and needs of homebuyers. Here’s what the remote worker should keep in mind when looking to buy.

Location

The location, location, location cliché has taken on new meaning for homebuyers who work from home. Because remote work gives us the opportunity to work from anywhere, home searches are expanding. Work commute times typically play a significant role in the home buying process; however, many buyers now have the option to view homes further away from their places of work.

Those who previously dreamed of the quiet life, but didn’t want the commute that came with it, are now able to make a move toward a more suburban environment. If you prefer to be away from the hustle and bustle of a downtown area but don’t want to feel isolated, search for properties in the suburbs with active town centers.

The proper space

When COVID-19 began sending workers home in the early months of 2020, homeowners worldwide discovered their varied level of preparedness for remote work. Some had spacious home offices and were able to make the transition easily. Others had to create makeshift workspaces out of living rooms or bedrooms. What we have learned is that a dedicated workspace is paramount to productive remote work, its importance emphasized by the unknown timeline of a return to working in-person in many parts of the country.

Before you buy: 
  • When searching for homes, understand that a home office situated in an open floor plan is more prone to distraction.
  • Look for features such as an additional bedroom, finished basement, or bonus room that offer ample space to create your remote work environment.
  • Having a designated space you can associate solely with work will not only drive your focus but helps to balance your home and work life. It allows you to wrap up the workday, leave your home office, and easily transition back into the goings-on of your household.
After you buy: 
  • Light it up: You’ll want plenty of light in your home office to stay fresh throughout the workweek. If you are next to a window, let in as much natural light as possible. Add in desk and floor lamps to brighten your space.
  • Work comfortably: While working at home, it’s easy to sit in one place for hours on end. Shop for comfortable desk chairs that provide proper lumbar support. Explore alternatives to desk chairs like yoga balls and standing desks.
  • Personalize: Adding personal touches will help to make your home office feel comfortable. Inspirational quotes, your favorite artwork, and pictures of loved ones are all types of décor that will keep you inspired in your remote work.

For all these considerations and more, talk with your Windermere agent about how your remote work is shifting where you’re looking for a home and what you’re looking for when it’s time to move there.


Posted on October 23, 2020 at 2:31 pm
Jon Holsten | Posted in Buying, Fort Collins Real Estate, Housing Trends, Living, Northern Colorado Real Estate, Windermere Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Remodeled Beauty!

3324 Terry Lake Rd is a gorgeous 4-bedroom home on nearly one acre in north Fort Collins! This home is completely remodeled and boasts beautiful wood floors, refinished kitchen cabinets, granite and new paint. Awesome functional floor plan with separate living and dining areas, and a garden-level family room with fireplace. The large covered patio is the perfect setting for entertaining guests or enjoying the private back yard with large trees and occasional visits from wildlife. Newer roof and exterior stucco and paint. Large secure storage building and a second covered storage spot. Just moments from Old Town Fort Collins and almost everything this amazing community has to offer! No HOA! Call for your private showing at (970) 237-2752 for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/117400907


Posted on October 21, 2020 at 7:15 pm
Jon Holsten | Posted in Blog, Fort Collins Real Estate, Virtual Tours | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Timnath Ranch Beauty

5960 Quarry St is a stunning four-bedroom ranch-style home on green space in the coveted Summerfields at Timnath Ranch neighborhood! Featuring a wide-open floor plan with tons of natural light – your new home boasts hardwood floors and classy finishes throughout, to include custom bookshelves and a decorative fireplace. Sprawling kitchen with granite countertops, stainless appliances and plenty of storage. Large 5-piece master suite with walk-in closet and direct access to the laundry room. The beautifully finished basement includes additional bedrooms, office, theatre room (currently used as a play space), a wet bar and more storage. New exterior paint with warranty. Great outdoor living space with patio and free-standing fireplace. Close to the community pool, clubhouse and exercise facility. Poudre School District. An amazing home and terrific value! Call for your private showing at (970) 237-2752 for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/116021212


Posted on October 2, 2020 at 10:00 am
Jon Holsten | Posted in Blog, Timnath Real Estate, Virtual Tours | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Buying with Your Pets in Mind!

Buying for your Pet!

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For many of us, pets play a central role in our home life, so taking into account what is best for them when buying a home is important for both their happiness and that of your entire household.

Your neighborhood

When looking for homes that are well suited to both you and your furry companion, consider the area surrounding the home. If your pet is an indoor/outdoor animal, it’s important to examine the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood. If your pet spends time outside, a busy neighborhood could be dangerous, and depending on the level of traffic, he or she may need to be on a leash at all times.

How conducive is the neighborhood for taking your pet on walks? If you frequently walk your pet, look for neighborhoods with sidewalks. If your pet enjoys being off-leash, consider prioritizing homes with green belts, parks, trails, or designated off-leash areas nearby. It’s also a good idea to identify where the local emergency pet centers and veterinarian clinics are to insure there is sufficient medical care for your pet in proximity to where you live.

Your House

  • Size: Is the house big enough? Depending on the type of pet, or breed of animal, space may be the most important factor in picking a pet-friendly home. If you are moving into a bigger space than you were in previously, understand your pet will likely take to the additional room differently. On the flip side, if you are downsizing, be mindful of how it might impact your pet.
  • Yard: If you have a pet that spends time outside, it’s important to pay particular attention to the yard. Is it large enough? Does it have a secure fence? Is there easy access between the home and the yard?
  • Flooring: Pet-friendly flooring can be tough. Surfaces that can be repaired or refinished when scratched are typically the best options for homes with pets. Sealing additional layers will build up the resistance to damage from paws, claws, and general pet wear and tear.
  • Carpet: Cats are notorious for clawing and scratching at carpet, and dogs are infamous for bringing the outdoors in with them. Consider carpeting of a lesser quality in the area where your pets spend most of the time, or search for carpets that are stain-resistant and easy to clean.
  • Stairs: Older pets and multileveled homes are at odds. Consider the age of your pet and how active you expect them to be so that you don’t find yourself in a position where you’re having to carry your pet between floors.

HOA?

When looking at a home, ask whether or not it is a part of a Homeowners Association and what restrictions may apply to the property. For instance, certain HOA developments limit the number and/or type of pets per household.

Most pet owners take the needs of their pets seriously. In fact, in a recent Realtor.com survey, 75 percent of the respondents said they would not accept an otherwise perfect home if it didn’t meet the needs of their pet. When it comes down to it, prioritizing your pet when buying a home not only insures your pet’s well-being, but that of your household, as well.


Posted on September 15, 2020 at 2:48 pm
Jon Holsten | Posted in Buying, Housing Trends, Living, Northern Colorado Real Estate, Windermere Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,