Thursday, May 11, 2017

FOR SALE: 11785 Stuart Place, Westminster


New listing in fantastic Bradburn Villagethis 2436 square foot townhome has been meticulously cared for and tastefully updated! Bright, open floorplan, end unit, three floors of easy living. Let the HOA take care of everything so you can enjoy a lock-and-leave lifestyle. Unbeatable location if you want it all; halfway between Boulder and Denver and only an hour and a half to skiing. Or stay close to home - several restaurants within walking distance including an outdoor dining patio. Take a yoga class, pick up some groceries at Whole Foods, and sip a coffee on your balcony overlooking the park.

At $474,900, this home boasts wood floors, built-in speakers on the balcony, top down bottom up blinds, sliding screen doors and mountain views from the back patio. The main living area is open and great for entertaining. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite counters and sink, 42" hickory cabinets with slide-out drawers and a gas stove. Pour a drink and enjoy a meal while delighting in the warmth from the dining room fireplace.

The front door opens to an inviting foyer and office. If you ever receive clients for your business, this is the perfect set-up. With an ADA compliant 3/4 bathroom, the first floor can be used for work but still feels comfortable and homey. The upper floor is complete with a master bedroom and 5-piece master bath, and two more bedrooms that share the main hall full bath.



The neighborhood also provides several park areas, tennis courts and a clubhouse with pool and hot tub. Bradburn Village is designed for resident comfort and socialization. Between the ice cream socials, happy hours, parades and food trucks, you'll have a hard time deciding whether you should stay in and enjoy a fire or go out and mingle with your neighbors!

Personally, I love the Bradburn neighborhood. I appreciate the look of the homes with their alley-load garages, and that no matter your location in the neighborhood there is always a green space to which it's easy to stroll. I've been keeping track of the sales history for a while - you can read past posts with useful data HERE. The appreciation for both single family homes and townhomes is stable and positive

Showings begin Friday, May 12. I'll be holding an open house on Saturday from 1-3pm if you'd like to stop by. Or feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like a private showing. Inventory is still low and buyers are circling so don't lose out!



I would love to help you with your real estate journey. 
Please contact me at 303-917-7143 or robbin@stauferteam.com

Thursday, May 4, 2017

FOR SALE: 13952 Legend Way #101


Fresh listing in The Falls at Legend Trailthis 2690 square foot townhouse-style condo looks and feels like a detached home! Light, open and immaculate with a lock-and-leave lifestyle. Only one shared wall as there are only two units per building. The HOA manages everything from the roof to the grass, and also provides an exercise room, hot tub, and indoor and outdoor pools. The Broadlands offers a golf course, and Broomfield is a great place to live - halfway between Boulder and Denver and only an hour and a half to skiing.

At $419,900, this home boasts wood floors, stainless steel appliances, granite topped island, solid wood doors, huge master bedroom, updated lighting and a south-facing driveway. Entertain in the large eat-in kitchen or enjoy a movie in the family room where the bar taps two kinds of beers - time to take up a new hobby! Barbecue on the back patio or take a luxurious bath in the newly remodeled master bath with heated floors. Everything about this home says, "Come on in and relax."

The master bedroom is on the top floor by itself, and the second bedroom on the main floor has a full bath right next door. The office is spacious with french doors to the front foyer, and the laundry is in the main floor mud room. The basement has the family room and 3/4 bath and loads of storage, including a space for your wine rack where the temperature stays nice and cool.


Showings begin Friday, May 5 at noon. Any offers will be due by Tuesday, May 9 at noon. I'll be holding an open house on Saturday from 10am-12pm if you'd like to pop in and check it out. Or feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like a private showing. Inventory is still low and buyers are circling so don't lose out!
  



I would love to help you with your real estate journey. 
Please contact me at 303-917-7143 or robbin@stauferteam.com

Saturday, April 15, 2017

You Want Anchovies on That?

I've never been good at asking for help; it's something I had to learn. When I was in my 20s, I was afraid that people would think I wasn't smart if I asked a question, and I would do just about anything to avoid that flush of embarrassment. My college roommate and I would even argue over who was going to call to order the pizza. I don't know, maybe they'd mention a topping I was unfamiliar with. The thing is, I was so wrapped up in my concerns that it took me a long time to notice that people never did act with anything other than kind assistance.

Nowadays I'll call just about anyone with any question, and bad on them if they treat me poorly for it. There is so much to explore in real estate and related industries like mortgage lending that one can't isolate and survive. I like learning and collaborating, and I've discovered that most people are relieved when you release them from their burden to be perfect by admitting that you're not, either.

I've also discovered that if you make your intentions known to the people around you, they will often help you achieve your goals. For the most part, people want to help. Especially those of us in the service fields - we'd like to feel that years of schooling and training hasn't all been for nothing. 😉

Why am I telling you this? I've been meeting a lot of younger people lately who were interested in buying a home but were hesitant to ask for help. Some, like me, felt pressure to know all of the answers going in. Some were afraid to waste my time when they didn't yet know what they wanted. Some didn't want to get a high-pressure sales pitch from an industry professional. One thing they all had in common was a lack of time.

There is so much information on real estate available these days; it can be overwhelming. Searching thousands of listings, not knowing for sure if what you are looking at is even available any more, perhaps not knowing for sure what you can afford. Reading articles on mortgages and insurance and interest rates, wondering if your resource is credible. Frustrating and time-sucking.

Like so many things in life, you don't have to do it alone. DON'T HESITATE TO CONTACT ME - it's my job and it is really no trouble. I have helped plenty of people who don't plan on moving for a few years still. It's never too early to start gathering information, and I haven't laughed at a question yet. Although I will warn you - my favorite response to, "Can I ask a stupid question?" is "Better than anyone I know!"

BUYERS:
  • Get set up on an automatic search directly from the MLS to save you time and spare you inaccurate information.
  • Receive monthly real estate email tidbits and links to help you get ready to enter the market.
  • Get the name of a lender who can give you an idea of what you can afford in just minutes on the phone, without hassling you further.
  • Ask questions about language or resources while you learn about the home buying process.

SELLERS:
  • Get set up on an automatic report of properties like yours that are selling in your area.
  • Receive an opinion of value so you can decide if selling now will meet your financial goals.
  • Get an estimate of costs and fees so you calculate the potential profit from a sale.
  • Receive a report from yours truly and a licensed stager listing suggested repairs and improvements to make your property more marketable.
  • Request names of service professionals to help you with anything from renovations to window washing - anytime.

The point is, you can't know what you don't know, and I'm happy to help you either dip your toe in the water or fling yourself off of the diving board, belly-flop style. You can even text me and say, "Look, I'm sure you're great at your job and all, but I just want to see the 1 bedroom, 1 bath condos that pop up for the next 5 years, and I don't want to be bothered all the time. If I need you, you'll know."


I would love to help you with your real estate journey. 
Please contact me at 303-917-7143 or robbin@stauferteam.com

Thursday, April 6, 2017

FOR SALE: 214 Dahlia Drive, Louisville




Brand new listing in Dutch Creek - get into this neighborhood before summer! This 1668sqft bilevel is located between Heritage Park and Louisville Community Park, giving you a ton of options to enjoy Colorado's fantastic weather. Choose between the dog park, baseball, basketball, volleyball, playground, movies in the park, or take a stroll on the Coal Creek Trail. Downtown Louisville is so close you can almost hear the music from the Steinbaugh Pavilion! Between the Streetfaire, Taste of Louisville, the farmers' market, and the shops and restaurants on Main Street you'll never get tired of visiting.

At $499,000, this home boasts bamboo floors throughout, an open floor plan with updated kitchen - sit with friends around the huge kitchen peninsula! 2 bedrooms on the upper level, 2 bedrooms on the lower level, 2 full baths, 2 car garage with workbench, tankless water heater, back patio with great entertaining space - nothing to do but hang your pictures on the walls! 

Showings will run from 2pm on Friday, April 7 until 12pm on Monday, April 10. Any offers will be reviewed Monday evening and responses prepared for Tuesday. I'll be holding an open house on Saturday from 1-3 if you'd like to pop in and check it out. Or feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like a private showing.



I would love to help you with your real estate journey. 
Please contact me at 303-917-7143 or robbin@stauferteam.com

Saturday, March 18, 2017

What's It To You?


The Federal Fair Housing Act was enacted in 1968, but do you know what it is or how it impacts your home search? As an Accredited Buyer's Representative, I am very familiar with this law and am here to help you find - not push you toward - your next home.

Click HERE to read more about the Fair Housing Act and how it affects our business relationship.


I would love to help you with your real estate journey. 
Please contact me at 303-917-7143 or robbin@stauferteam.com

Friday, February 10, 2017

Bradburn Village Update


Bradburn Village continues to grow, between new nearby businesses opening like Zoe's Kitchen and Chuck and Don's Pet Food, and Century Communities Bradburn East single family homes at the corner of 120th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard.

2016 saw the typical slower start with busy spring and summer seasons. Sales were still going strong into the fourth quarter, echoing the continuing narrative from surrounding areas - high buyer demand, low inventory. Total yearly sales made 2016 the third highest in 9 years.


Whether selling or buying, it's important to understand how the local market is behaving. Days to offer and percentage off listing price are two characteristics that can clue you into buyer demand for particular types of housing in specific neighborhoods. Bradburn townhouses were on the market for an average of 5 days before going under contract, while detached homes were averaging 47 days (not including new construction). Rising home values have forced some new homeowners to seek out condos and townhouses rather than detached homes, driving that market faster than in decades past. Sellers have also contributed more to the buyers' closing costs in the fourth quarter than the rest of the year, which can be more common in the higher price tranches than the entry level homes. Closing cost credits should be taken into consideration when examining the percentage off listing price; credits can make the final home value appear higher than it actually is.

You can see in the chart below that, although a few sales this way or that way can really change the $/sqft average in any quarter, the trend lines for both attached and detached dwellings are on a healthy upward run.


2017 is still going to be a busy seller year, but appreciation is expected to slow down a bit. The current administration recently rolled back legislation designed to help buyers qualify for FHA backed loans, and if interest rates go up it will decrease the amount of potential buyers. If you'd like a no-obligation Comparative Market Analysis for your home, don't hesitate to contact me!


I would love to help you with your real estate journey. 
Please contact me at 303-917-7143 or robbin@stauferteam.com

Friday, February 3, 2017

Focus on Bradburn Village: The Exchange


Several years ago, I was looking for somewhere new to go and I came across The Exchange Tavern. I settled into a chair next to the fireplace on the back patio with a nice stout. One bite of Irish Nachos and I was hooked.

Gary and Teddi Davis proudly call the Exchange their "baby." Gary is a Broomfield native and Teddi moved here when she was very young. Together, with their children, they still call the city home.

"Broomfield has continued to grow but still has retained its hometown feel," Teddi remarks. "It's a good community to be from and a great place to raise kids."

Technically, the Tavern is in Westminster but serves many Broomfield residents, as well. Back in 2005, there was no such thing as a non-smoking bar in either city. Not smokers themselves, Gary and Teddi decided to fill the gap in the marketplace. They wanted to create a space where people could come, have a drink and linger.

"The name 'Exchange Tavern' is about a place where people can meet to exchange ideas," Teddi explains. "Everything about the pub was designed to create an intimacy that allows you to stay and talk." Batting was placed in some of the walls to absorb sound. The bar was designed to have more corners for easier conversation. The chairs are comfortable and no "table turns" are mandated (table turns are the number of parties that come and go, and the way some restaurants gauge their success).

For the Davises, success is measured, in part, by their growth through the recession. In 2008, they took over the adjacent coffee shop but soon decided that the space was better used to expand the pub. They added a flatbread oven and the back patio and fireplace. Restaurants have the highest failure rate of new business endeavors, and need to bring together all aspects of running a business, from supply chain to hospitality to technology. It's not as easy as just whipping up some great recipes, although the Tavern has those, too. The rustic Irish fare is created by two degreed chefs, using regionally sourced ingredients, organic whenever possible, with gluten-free and dairy-free options.

With Teddi's marketing experience and Gary's engineering background, they've intentionally designed the pub for maximum comfort and efficiency. "Constant reinvention is the key," remarks Teddi. "We've done great things but we've also made mistakes. You have to be adaptable." Wherever she goes she is always on the lookout for ideas to bring back to the pub. The Tavern was the first in the area to offer live music. They've hosted performers such as Wendy Woo, Big Paddy and John Weiss, in addition to their popular trivia nights.

Over the years, about a dozen family members have worked at the Tavern. The team enjoys a camaraderie that enables them to work seamlessly as they serve their guests. Some employees have been there since the Tavern opened, which says a lot about the culture. "I love my job, it doesn't feel like work," says Teddi.

Even better? How the "family" has grown. Teddi says she never expected to become so close with her employees and guests, and get to celebrate important life events with them. The Tavern has seen birthday parties, wedding proposals, books written, campaign announcements, even babies being born (well, labor pains, anyway). HGTV and Discovery Channel have even filmed on location there. The flags hanging over the bar have all been donated by guests and each has a story to go with it.

"This is where life happens," Teddi says with a warm smile. "We've always said, 'We are inviting people into our home.' They become a part of your life - it's pretty special."

The Tavern's location is special, too. Bradburn Village is a mixed-use neighborhood, designed to be pedestrian oriented. Restaurants, shops and parks are only a few minutes away. "The community relationships of Bradburn were why we chose here. We say on the curb and said, 'This is going to be amazing'."

And it is.



I would love to help you with your real estate journey. 
Please contact me at 303-917-7143 or robbin@stauferteam.com