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New Listing- 921 Stage Coach Ave in Lochbuie

3 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bathroom

1694 Sqft, Two-Story house built in 2010!

Light, Bright and Beautiful 2-story home built in 2010!  Backs to PANORAMIC mountain views!  No neighbors behind!  Large backyard enclosed by 6-ft privacy fence!  9-ft ceilings with recessed lighting, built-in surround sound! Ideal location– in quiet cul-de-sac, low traffic street! Laminate flooring throughout the main level. Open floor plan! Master bedroom with 5-pc bath & walk-in closet!  Appliances included– all stainless steel in kitchen! Tall kitchen cabinets!  Guest bathroom on main level!  Energy Efficient Home!  Clean, like new, & move in ready!  Only 35 minutes to downtown Denver! Quick closing possible– Normal sale!  Move in by Christmas!

CLICK ON PHOTO BELOW TO SEE SLIDESHOW OF ADDITIONAL PHOTOS!

Front view, 921 Stagecoach Ave

For more information or to request a showing- Please contact Joan @ 720-201-3049 or submit the request form below.

How to Automatically be Notified of Home Sales Activity in Your Neighborhood!

*** THE PROBLEM ***

We’ve all done it.  You see a “For Sale” sign in the neighbor’s yard and rather than directly asking the neighbor what they want for their home, we reach for the flyer instead (and hope they are not watching us from the front window).  Why not just ask?  Well, I think most people find it a little awkward to talk about anything related to money.  Either that, or they are afraid they will look like the nosey neighbor, Mrs. Kravitz, from the old “Bewitched” TV show (maybe you are too young to remember that).

Anyway- the next thing you know, you see the “sold” sign and the moving van in the driveway.  Is that the right time to knock on the door and ask what it sold for?  Or do you just “stake out” their front yard to casually run into them when they come out to pick up their mail or put the next box in the van.  That may be even more awkward…  as sellers rarely want to tell people if they didn’t get their full asking price.

Then, you wake up one morning and the moving van and the For Sale sign are gone- and so is your chance of getting all the details on the house.  Sound familiar?  If you are like most people, you may know what your neighbor originally asked for the house- but what did they actually get for it?  Did they drop the price a few times after you took that first peek at the flyer?

When I interview sellers about listing their homes, this seems to be the experience most people have.  They know the asking price, but not the final sold price.  They do not know whether the seller gave any concessions to the buyer.  And, unless they were friends with the seller or attended an open house, most of the time they do not know what the neighbor’s house even looked like inside.

That makes it hard to get a good feel for what your own home may be worth at any given time.  Home values rise and fall like stock price values.  Your home’s value is based on what your neighbors’ homes sold for- and only those sales that closed in the most recent 3-6 months count in that valuation.  Moreover,  “value adjustments” are usually made for any significant differences when comparing  sold homes to yours (like square footage, the number and configuration of bedrooms & bathrooms, views, finishes, updates, recent maintenance items replaced, energy efficiency features, etc).  That is why it is important to know more than what the sold property looked like from the front yard.   If you have never seen the inside of comparable homes in your neighborhood, and don’t know what they ultimately sold for, how are you to know how your home compares?

*** THE SOLUTION ***

The obvious answer would be to ask a real estate agent (like me) when you are ready to sell.  But assuming you are not ready for that yet, and you just want to keep an eye on property values, maybe I can still help you out.   I have a quick and easy way for you to be automatically notified when a home in your neighborhood goes up for sale, when it gets sold, what’s its asking price is, and what it ultimately sells for.  The notification also sends you website links to see any interior photos and virtual tours available for the property.  No need to ask the awkward questions of your neighbor, and no need to hope a realtor will send out a postcard to tell you what’s going on in your neighborhood.  Best of all, the service is FREE!

HERE IS HOW TO SIGN UP TO GET THE NOTIFICATION!

Use the contact form below to let me know which area you would like to monitor (by neighborhood name and city, or street boundaries).  Or, leave your street address and I will look up your neighborhood for you.  Let me know if you would like to be more specific about the kinds of homes you want to be notified about (like- “I only want to be notified of detached homes that are 2,000 sqft or larger and that have at least 4 bedrooms, in The Ranch Reserve neighborhood”, etc).   Once set up, you will receive an email each time a home in your area of interest is listed in the MLS, has a price change, goes under contract, comes back on the market or is sold or withdrawn.  You can view the photos & virtual tours and read the descriptions of the properties’ features for as long as the properties remain on the market!   This is a great tool for staying informed on the market in your neighborhood!  It is easy to sign up and the service is FREE-  no strings attached!  This service works for any home along the front range in the Denver Metro area and Northern Colorado!

Just fill out the form below to sign up today, or to contact me with any questions you may have about the real estate market.

The “Honey Do” List for Fall is Here!

Fall has officially arrived, and now is the time to tuck in your landscaping and prepare your home for the cooler weather ahead.  I have never really made a study of how to take care of the “green things” that live outside my house.  That job is delegated to someone else in my household.  However, I do believe that it is important to know what should be done this time of year, even if you hire someone else to do it for you.

Good landscaping adds value to your home (maybe as high as 10-15% according to some industry estimates).  And as a realtor, I have seen many a buyer pull up to the curb of the seller’s home and just keeping driving- ruling out the house without ever going inside!  When you are selling, curb appeal means a faster sale and more money in your pocket!

Here are some very good articles that will give you some tips on how to take care of things outside so that you can protect the value of your home!  

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<p style=”letter-spacing:normal!important;font-family:Arial,sans-serif!important;margin:0;float:left;width:373px;”>Don’t let badly designed or maintained landscaping wreck your home’s curb appeal. Here are pitfalls to avoid. <a target=”_blank” style=”color:#16a8d3!important; text-decoration:none!important;” href=”http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/landscaping-gardening/landscaping-mistakes-wreck-curb-appeal/”>Read</a></p>
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 When you are ready to sell your home, give me a call!   I can give you a more personalized curb appeal plan for your home, so that we can get it sold quickly!

Are You Thinking About Getting Flood Insurance?

With the recent flooding here in Colorado, you may be wondering if you should have flood insurance on your home.  Below are links to some articles on flood insurance that may help you decide:

 

Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this.

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Brand New Homes for Low-Income Buyers!

I have recently taken two listings with the Adams County Housing Authority!

The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) is winding down and now Adams County only has two remaining homes available.  They are set aside for low income homebuyers- meaning the annual household income for the buyers for these properties, cannot exceed the limits listed below (based on household size):

Household Size Maximum Annual Income

1 person- $26,400         2 people-  $30,200          3 people- $33,950

4 people- $37,700         5 people- $40,750           6 people-  $43,750

The properties are two sides of a brand new duplex in Commerce City.  The addresses are:  6694 E 72nd Pl and 6698 E 72nd Place. Each property is a two-story home with 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, open floor plan with pergo floors throughout the main level, fully fenced yard with sprinklers & storage shed.  The floor plans for each are mirror images of each other and they are done in neutral finishes.  Both homes are Energy Star rated so utility bills will be lower than comparably-sized homes.

They are priced and advertised at their appraised value ($162,000).  However, the seller expects to provide assistance to prospective buyers to help make the homes more affordable.  For example- the NSP Assistance amount could be used to buy down loan principal and/or interest rates to make the payment much lower than it would normally be for a home at the $162,000 price point.  The Assistance amount can also cover the Buyer’s closing costs.

Buyer must be an owner occupant.  Also, the buyer is required to have their own minimum down payment for their loan type through some other non-NSP source (personal savings, down-payment assistance program, etc..) and must have at least $1,000 of their own money into the purchase.  In exchange for the assistance, the buyer would sign a Deed of Trust and Promissory Note for the amount of the assistance.  There are no payments on the Note, no interest accrues on the balance, and the balance is forgiven on a prorated basis at 5% forgiven each year of the first 20 years the buyer occupies the home as their primary residence.

Photos of the properties can be found on this website under the tab for each property address (6694 or 6698 E 72nd Pl).

Adams County Housing Authority has further information about the NSP program on their website at www.AdamsCountyHousing.com .  Interested parties can also look up the properties by their MLS numbers on public home search sites (like  http://www.recolorado.com).  MLS numbers for each property are:  #1226695 and #1226765.

Thank you for your help in getting the word out on these properties!  I am sure some lucky buyers out there are going to love these homes!

Please contact me if you have any questions!

OPEN HOUSE- Sunday 09/01/13!

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You are invited to an open house this Sunday for 8265 Acoma St (See the page for this property above for property details and photo slide show).

The open house will be Sunday, Sept 1, 2013 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm!  Guess the price at which the property sells, and win a $50 Visa gift card (must attend the open house to enter)!  See you there!

Westminster Public Art Project- Are You Artistic?

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Looking for a creative outlet? This Saturday could be just the chance you have been looking for to let your “inner artist” come out to play!  The Members of the Paletteers Art Club are inviting members of the community to paint rocks!  Yes, you heard right- paint rocks!  The painting project will take place on Saturday, July 27th from 10 am to 4:00 pm at the Aar River Gallery at 3707 W 73rd Ave in Historic Westminster, Colorado.

The painted rocks will be placed throughout Adams County in parks, trails, and landscaping around public buildings. Take a look at the photo above to see examples of the rock paintings!  Now’s your chance to help make our county an even more beautiful place to live!  And it is fun for “artists” of all ages.  All supplies will be provided at the event- but you do have to give the rock to the Art Rocks Project (can’t take it home).  Who knows- maybe your friends will be seeing one of your “masterpieces” the next time they take a walk in the park!

Call 303-426-4114 to participate!

Photo and Information Source:  Art Rocks- A Public Art Project flyer.

June 2013: Denver Metro Real Estate Stats

There were almost 12% more homes for sale in June 2013 than the previous month of May. Perhaps this is in response to the shortage of homes for sale compared to last year (number of home available this June was 16% less than June of 2012). But even with more inventory this month, we are still seeing homes “flying off the market” compared to last year (the number of days on market is about 43 days- which is 40% less time than last year in June). And good news for sellers- the average sold price of a home in the Denver Metro Area is still on the rise. The average sold price of homes sold in June was $349,339 for Residential Dwellings (Detached & Townhomes)- that’s up 7.66% over this time last year! For Condos- the average sold price in June was $198,040- an increase of 9.07% over last June!

 

Source: Denver Metrolist, 06/01/2013-06/30/2013.

June 2013: Sales in The Ranch & Ranch Reserve

Attached Dwelling Listings

Type Price Status SqFt Style Beds Address Office
ATD $233,000 S 2178 2 Story 3 2367 RANCH Dr CBR54
 

Total Number of Attached Dwelling   Listings: 1

Residential-Detached Listings

Type Price Status SqFt Style Beds Address Office  
RES      $320,000 S 3542 2 Story 4 11240 QUIVAS Loop BC001  
RES      $325,000 S 5312 1 Story/Ranch 4 11482 Quivas Way MBD2X  
RES      $765,000 S 5807 2 Story 5 2877 W 115TH Cir REM12  
 

Total Number of   Residential-Detached Listings: 3

 

Total Listings Reported (All Types): 4

 

Source:  IRES data 06/01/13- 06/30/13.  Properties above were listed or sold by the real estate brokerage offices shown.  Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.