Buying

Buying Managing Expectations as a First-Time Home Buyer There’s a first time for everything. As a first-time home buyer, navigating the uncharted territory of the home buying process can be challenging to say the least. Although every home purchase is unique, there are certain knowns that can help you manage your expectations. Once you’re ready to buy, knowing a bit more about how to […]
Buying Homebuilder Headaches The National Association of Home Builders recently surveyed their members to ask them about the challenges they currently face and the challenges they expect to face.   Far and away, the biggest headache for homebuilders right now is the rising cost of building materials.   96% of the survey respondents cited this as a significant […]
Buying Your Beginner’s Guide to Home Appraisals   Appraisals are used as a reliable, independent valuation of a tract of land and the structure on it, whether it’s a house or a skyscraper. Designed to protect buyers, sellers, and lending institutions, appraisals are an important part of the buying/selling process. Below, you will find information about the appraisal process, what goes into […]
Buying What to Consider Before Buying an Equestrian Property Buying a horse property is a very different experience from a conventional home purchase. The first and most important step is to work with an experienced equestrian specialist, but there are some additional items you should also consider before buying. Location, Location, Location When looking at equestrian properties, one of the most important things to […]
Buying Simple Tips to Make Your Move Easier Your needs as a homeowner change over time, and you need the right home to fit those needs. Accordingly, it’s highly likely that at some point in your future you will experience another moving day. While moving can be challenging, there are resources to make it easier. If you are remaining in your current area, […]
Buying Must-Haves and Nice-To-Haves Lists Finding your dream home may not be easy, but there are things you can do to make it easier, like creating a “Must-Haves” list and a “Nice-To-Haves” list. These lists allow serious home buyers to save time, energy, and ultimately, money as they prepare to buy a home. A Must-Have List is exactly what it […]
Buying Enormous Equity Hot off the press is the Core Logic Homeowner Equity Report.  This is their quarterly look at what is happening with homeowners’ equity across the country. Here are the staggering numbers coming out of their research: Collectively, U.S. homeowners with mortgages have realized a $1.5 Trillion gain in equity over the last 12 months. Only […]
Buying Bubble Talk A hot topic of conversation these days is the prospect of another real estate bubble.  People wonder if prices can continue at their current pace and some fear a repeat of 2008.   Because we get asked about this topic so often from our clients, we thought it would make sense to ask our in-house […]
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Buying Re 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 […]
Buying Million Plussing 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 […]
Buying The Remote Worker’s Home Buying Process Image Source: Getty Images 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 […]
Buying Buying with Your Pets in Mind! Image source: Canva 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 […]
Buying At Least List Periodically we track a stat which we find to be quite interesting.   It answers this question – how many properties are selling for at least list price (asking price or higher)?   This stat tells us how active the market is and helps our buyers to realize that, in some cases, they will be in a […]
Buying Questions to Ask During Your Virtual Home Tour Thanks to COVID-19, the new reality is that many open houses and home tours are being conducted virtually. For prospective home buyers, this new territory brings an added element to prepare for in the home buying process. Some of the questions that should be asked in a virtual home tour parallel those of in-person tours, […]
Buying Faster Here’s something true about today’s market.  Properties are selling fast. Compared to one year ago, the number of days it takes for a property to sell is significantly lower. The industry term is “Days on Market” or DOM. DOM is way down. Here is the comparison of May 2020 versus May 2019: Metro Denver down 22% […]
Buying On Sale Money is on sale (again). 30-year mortgage rates now sit at 3.3%. This is less than half of the long-term, 40-year average. This is also almost a full percentage point lower than they were one year ago (which was still very low). Let’s put this in real numbers. A $300,000 loan at today’s rates has […]
Buying Prices Still Up Prices Still Up It seems that COVID-19 did not cause prices to decrease and certainly didn’t cause them to crash. Average prices are up compared to last year: ·         2.8% in Larimer County ·         5.4% in Weld County ·         3.3% in Metro Denver Low supply, sustained demand, and incredibly low interest rates are all fueling the […]
Buying Matthew Gardner Weekly COVID-19 Housing & Economic Update: 5/11/2020 Job growth is critical to the health of the housing market, so on this week’s episode of “Mondays with Matthew,”  Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner analyzes the effect of COVID-19 on employment and what we can expect for the duration of the year.
Buying Pent Up Demand We notice a very interesting dynamic in the market right now. There was clearly a pent-up real estate demand created during the recent time when in-person showings were not allowed.  The numbers back it up. First, a little background.  During a portion of “Shelter in Place,” all in-person viewing of properties ceased.  Instead, buyers spent […]
Buying Headwind vs. Tailwind So far the tailwind of historically-low mortgage rates are prevailing over Wall Street and COVID-19 concerns. Buyers are still active.  Properties are still closing.  Moving trucks are still showing up at people’s homes. Open house traffic has declined, but we notice plenty of buyers looking for property.  (one of our open houses last weekend had […]