Saturday, September 22, 2012

Lock and Leave Lifestyle

A condo or townhouse is an attractive option for some folks.  The ability to turn off the lights, lock the front door and leave for extended periods of time without worrying about property maintenance is ideal for some lifestyles.

A great property with this advantage was put on the market yesterday.  It's a 2 bedroom, 4 bath, 2-story townhouse in The Summit at Rock Creek.  Drive by 2855 Rock Creek Circle #177 and check out the area.  It's Superior location gives the neighborhood some great views, it's down the road from a ton or restaurants and the Flatiron Crossing mall, and the unit itself is just steps away from a park.

Brand new carpeting was just installed throughout
The rooms are large, with two master bedrooms upstairs and over 2600 square feet total.  The walk-out basement is finished, wired for media, with a fenced patio area that already has a deck wired and reinforced for a hot tub.  One of the comments people usually make when they check it out is all of the unexpected storage.  There are several large closets on every floor, including two walk-ins upstairs.  The two-car attached garage has a high ceiling and shelving already installed above the garage door.

Spacious feel with expansive views
One of the issues some people have with an attached dwelling is having people so close that they are looking into your windows.  This particular unit has a great location within the development - it's back deck faces east, at the edge of the neighborhood, with no neighbors behind and city views.  It's also one of the few units with a driveway, which gives it two additional parking spaces.

The seller is meticulous about maintenance, so the unit has been well-cared for.  She is the first and only owner, and was on site every day while it was being built, checking on progress and holding the builder to a high level of service.  The water heater is only a couple of years old with a transferable warranty, and there's already a sump pump and radon-mitigation system installed.  The HOA has a great reputation and takes care of all exterior grounds and building maintenance consistently and responsibly.

If you'd like to get a peek inside the unit for yourself, give me a call, I'd be happy to take you on the tour!

I would love to help you with your real estate journey. 
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

100 Posts Later

Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying, "If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing."

I aspire to do both, although no doubt my effort falls short from time to time.  One of the reasons I enjoy my job are the times when it all comes together, when I find the right solution for my client and it makes them really happy.  The blog is a way to reach more people than I can actually meet, sharing some knowledge and experience along the way, to perhaps help others find what makes them happy.  

100 posts later and there is still so much to learn, explore and write about.  Although some days it feels more like Steven Wright:  "I"m writing a book.  I've got the page numbers done."

image:  Alan Cleaver

I would love to help you with your real estate journey. 
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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Redleaf Neighborhood, Broomfield

Normally, I limit showings to 6 per day; it's more tiring than clients think!  You are driving and walking for hours, all the while your brain is working trying to notice and remember and compare, usually accompanied by the excitement and adrenalin of the decisions ahead.  After a while, the properties and rooms start to get mixed up in your head and the process becomes much less productive.

For out of town clients, exceptions have to be made.  I like to start with listing alerts - automatic searches set up in the MLS with specific criteria given to me by the client.  From the listings generated, we narrow down the possibilities and then I'll preview the properties and take additional pictures and notes.  By the time the client is ready to get on a plane to see things in person, we have eliminated houses most likely to waste our time.  Even so, we often have to cram as many showings into our limited time as possible.

My most recent whirlwind took us through a dozen homes in Superior, Louisville, Lafayette and Broomfield in one day.  The last home was IT, and we went back for a second showing the next morning after doing research on the competition, property history and sales data.  The chosen property was in the Redleaf neighborhood in Broomfield, located just north of the Broomfield County Commons Park and the Paul Derda Recreation Center, where detached homes can go for as little as $225,000 and as much as $575,000.

Building began in 2005, so sales data is still a bit light, but below you can see the numbers for the past 5 years.  Keep in mind that there could be some builder sales or FSBOs not reflected in the MLS data.
You can see the slowdown in the market from 2008 to 2010, but the area is rebounding.  The number of properties sold in 2011 was almost double the number in 2010, and so far this year sales are up 70% over the same time period last year.

If you'd like to view a home in Redleaf, or need more information about any of the Broomfield neighborhoods, give me a call or email.  I'd be happy to give you the guided tour.

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