Empty Nesters: Remodel or Sell?

Empty Nesters

Your kids have moved out and now you’re living in a big house with way more space than you need. You have two choices – remodel your existing home or move. Here are some things to consider about each option.

Choice No. 1: Remodel your existing home to better fit your current needs.

  • Remodeling gives you lots of options, but some choices can reduce the value of your home. You can combine two bedrooms into a master suite or change another bedroom into a spa area. But reducing the number of bedrooms can dramatically decrease the value of your house when you go to sell, making it much less desirable to a typical buyer with a family.
  • The ROI on remodeling is generally poor. You should remodel because it’s something that makes your home more appealing for you, not because you want to increase the value of your home. According to a recent study, on average you’ll recoup just 64 percent of a remodeling project’s investment when you go to sell.
  • Remodeling is stressful. Living in a construction zone is no fun, and an extensive remodel may mean that you have to move out of your home for a while. Staying on budget is also challenging. Remodels often end up taking much more time and much more money than homeowners expect.

Choice No. 2: Sell your existing home and buy your empty nest dream home.

  • You can downsize to a single-level residence and upsize your lifestyle. Many people planning for their later years prefer a home that is all on one level and has less square footage. But downsizing doesn’t mean scrimping. You may be able to funnel the proceeds of the sale of your existing home into a great view or high-end amenities.
  • A “lock-and-leave” home offers more freedom. As your time becomes more flexible, you may want to travel more. Or maybe you’d like to spend winters in a sunnier climate. You may want to trade your existing home for the security and low maintenance of condominium living.
  • There has never been a better time to sell. Our area is one of the top in the country for sellers to get the greatest return on investment. Real estate is cyclical, so the current boom is bound to moderate at some point. If you’re thinking about selling, take advantage of this strong seller’s market and do it now.

Bottom Line

If your current home no longer works for you, consider looking at homes that would meet your lifestyle needs before taking on the cost and hassle of remodeling. Get in touch with a Windermere Real Estate broker to discuss the best option for you.


Posted on August 20, 2020 at 11:00 am
Windermere Windsor | Posted in Buyers & Sellers, Colorado Housing | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Bright, Open & Spacious

Welcome to 858 Shirttail Peak Drive in Windsor! This beautifully maintained 2017 ranch-style home in the desirable Winter Farm neighborhood. Just like a new construction model home w/out the price! Back landscaping complete with window well covers and all window coverings included. This home boasts an open, bright floor plan w/ 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, oversize 3 car garage, and an expanded back patio perfect for hosting BBQs in the backyard abutting a peaceful greenbelt. Upgraded finishes throughout including hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and tile floors and granite countertops in bathrooms.  The fully finished basement features a huge family/rec room with plenty of natural light from the oversize windows and a great amount of storage. Enjoy being just minutes from downtown Windsor and Windsor Lake, the park down the street, walking trails and open spaces throughout the neighborhood this home offers year-round enjoyment! Contact Meaghan Nicholl at (970) 497-9045 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerewindsor.com/listing/112924222


Posted on August 19, 2020 at 3:43 pm
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How to Improve Your Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal

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When it comes time to sell your home, first impressions are crucial. Improving your curb appeal helps to make the most of a buyer’s first glance and sets the stage for their interest in purchasing your home. The following projects are simple and inexpensive ways to enhance both your home’s first impression and its value.

Landscaping

  • Lawn: A healthy, well-tended lawn goes a long way towards improving your curb appeal. Clean up all weeds, leaves and debris, and consistently water your lawn to give it that fresh green look. If you live in an arid climate, consider grass alternatives like artificial turf for the best lawn aesthetic.
  • Plant colorfully: Adding color variety to your front yard will grab buyers’ attention. Align smaller plants, like groundcover and flowers, neatly within your flower beds, aiming for symmetry when possible. Use larger plants and trees to frame in your entryway or walkup. If your front yard doesn’t have flower beds, try adding hanging planters or window boxes.
  • Lighting: Landscaping lighting boosts your curb appeal during nighttime, accentuates your shrubbery, and adds a welcoming touch for visitors as potential buyers, lighting the way to your door.

Flower Box

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Porch

Front porches set the stage for all your home has to offer. Improvements here will play a significant role in how comfortable potential buyers feel about the property and how inspired they are to explore the inside of the house.

  • Door: Your front door is an opportunity to make a tasteful statement. Look at bold color choices that are within or slightly stretch your home’s exterior color palette. Take time to prepare the surface for a fresh coat of paint to make the color pop as much as possible. Try stylish doorknob options that accentuate the aesthetic to give your door some added flair.
  • House numbers: New and stylish house numbers are an easy, eye-catching touch to the look of your porch. Look for styles that match with your exterior color palette and any exterior lighting fixtures.
  • Go for comfort: Incorporating classic front porch elements like a porch swing, sitting bench, and other outdoor furniture gives a welcoming aura to the front of your home and creates a sense of comfort for prospective buyers.
  • Shutters: Windows are the gateway to the inside of your home. Shutters of delicate fabric will bring elegance to your front porch, while wooden shutters deliver a solid, cozy vibe.

Other

These miscellaneous projects will add the finishing touches to your home’s curb appeal and get it in prime selling condition.

  • Quick maintenance: Small chores and minor fixes like cleaning gutters, repairing chipped paint, and cleaning windows are important for buyers with a detailed eye.
  • Staining: Instead of replacing fences or garage doors, look into applying a fresh stain. This brings a refreshed look and is much cheaper than a full renovation or replacement.
  • Power wash: Power washing your walkways and driveways makes a significant difference in curb appeal. If buying a power washer is outside your budget, explore rental options from the big-name hardware stores.

Posted on August 18, 2020 at 5:15 pm
Windermere Windsor | Posted in Home Improvement, Housing Trends, SELLER | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

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 competitive situation.

 

When we look at single-family home sales so far this month, this is what we find:

  • 57% of properties in Larimer County sell for at least list price
  • 62% of properties in Weld County sell for at least list price

So, in well over half of the transactions, buyers need to offer list price or higher to acquire the property.

 

The data gets even more interesting when this information is broken out by price range.

 

To no one’s surprise, the percentage increases for properties priced under $400,000:

  • 81% in Larimer County
  • 70% in Weld County

We find that for properties over $400,000 the percentages still tell a story of a very active market:

  • 47% in Larimer County
  • 56% in Weld County

Bottom line, in most locations and price ranges we see a strong sellers’ market where buyers need to be prepared to make a strong offer and to also compete.

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Posted on August 14, 2020 at 3:46 pm
Windermere Windsor | Posted in Blog, Fun Facts, Windermere Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Rebound

The Case-Shiller Home Price Index tracks appreciation in the 20 largest real estate markets across the U.S.

 

Their most recent quarterly report was just released this week.

 

Metro Denver prices are up over last year by 3.89% which is just slightly higher than the average of the 20 markets.

 

It is interesting to see how the 20 locations have performed since the pre-Great Recession housing peak.

 

Turns out that Denver has done the best out of all the markets.

 

Since 2008, Denver home prices have appreciated 64.9%.  Second-best is Dallas at 55.5% and Seattle is third at 41.2%.

 

Believe it or not, there are markets where average home prices have still not returned to their 2008 levels.

 

Las Vegas is 14.5% below 2008 and Chicago is 12.8% below.

 

These numbers are another indicator of the long-term health and performance of the Front Range market.

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Posted on August 7, 2020 at 2:49 pm
Windermere Windsor | Posted in Blog, Fun Facts, Windermere Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Amazing House in the Heart of Windsor!

Welcome home to this wonderful tri-level house in the heart of Windsor! This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home sits on a large lot with NO HOA, no metro district, and is within walking distance of Windsor Lake, schools, local restaurants, parks, the library and so much more. Enjoy the open floor plan highlighted by the natural light, vaulted ceilings, and a beautiful brick wood-burning fireplace! Brand new stainless steel dishwasher just installed in July 2020. A two-car garage, additional space on the side of the driveway with fresh gravel, an expansive backyard with endless opportunity and a large deck, can guarantee you will have plenty of space! Providing charming curb appeal, a welcoming front porch, and easy access to major highways. Contact Meaghan Nicholl at (970) 497-9045 for your private showing.

CLICK HERE FOR PROPERTY DETAILS


Posted on August 4, 2020 at 5:02 pm
Windermere Windsor | Posted in Blog, Virtual Tour, Windsor Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Spring in Summer

This year the Spring market is occurring in the Summer.

 

Typically the busiest months for real estate along the Front Range are April, May and June.

 

This year, because showing activity was restricted in the Spring months, we are seeing robust activity this Summer.

 

Here’s an indicator.  Sales through July 2020 versus July 2019 are up:

  • 12.6% in Metro Denver
  • 17% in Northern Colorado

To see double-digit increases in sales despite was is occurring in the National economy, is nothing short of remarkable.

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Posted on July 31, 2020 at 3:37 pm
Windermere Windsor | Posted in Blog, Fun Facts, Windermere Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Buyer Contemplation

New research from the National Association of Home Builders:

 

The number of Americans contemplating purchasing a home in the second quarter of 2020 is nearly the same as 2019’s second quarter, according to NAHB’s Housing Trends Report.

 

At this time last year, 12% of Americans considered buying a home. Today the number stands at 11%.

 

The same goes for first-time prospective buyers, where 58% considered buying a home in the second quarter of 2019 and 59% are considering it in 2020’s second quarter.

 

In the second quarter of 2020, Millennials are the generation most likely to want to buy a home (19%), even slightly higher than a year earlier (17%).

 

Boomers, on the other hand, are the least likely, with the share planning a home purchase falling from 7% to 5%.

 

Across regions, the share of respondents who are prospective home buyers is unchanged in the Northeast (10%) and South (12%), essentially flat in the West (13%), and just slightly lower in the Midwest (down from 11% to 9%

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Posted on July 24, 2020 at 9:43 pm
Windermere Windsor | Posted in Blog, Fun Facts, Windermere Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , ,

Housing Math

It’s interesting to look at what population growth means for housing.

 

On average, along the Front Range, 2.5 people live in each housing unit.

 

What that means is 4 housing units are needed for every 10 people who live here.

 

So, for every 1000 new people moving to our area, 400 new housing units are required.

 

The population of Metro Denver is just under 3,000,000 and the population of Northern Colorado is just over 650,000.

 

Assuming the Front Range grows in population at 2% per year, that means 60,000 new people in Metro Denver and 13,000 new people in Northern Colorado each year.

 

To house those people, 24,000 new housing units need to be built per year in Metro Denver and 5,200 in Northern Colorado

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Posted on July 17, 2020 at 6:27 pm
Windermere Windsor | Posted in Blog, Fun Facts, Windermere Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , ,

Charming Ranch Style Home in Ault!

Country Living! This home at 50994 County Road 57 in Ault, is perfect if you are looking for a place to get away from it all.  Bring your animals and all of your toys.  With 3.5 acres, you will have plenty of room to play.  Enjoy refreshing water with the installed reverse osmosis system, This home is also 100% electric!!  No hassle of having propane delivered frequently.  Walk into the spacious front living room and make your way to the  HUGE master suite!  You will then head into the large kitchen/dining area where you will find updated contemporary cabinets and finishes.  On the other side of the home is a second living area along with two identical bedrooms and a full bathroom.   Sellers are in the process of installing a crushed asphalt circle driveway and a small front porch. Contact Brooke Kern at (970) 980-8349 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerewindsor.com/listing/111479085


Posted on July 13, 2020 at 9:29 pm
Windermere Windsor | Posted in Ault Real Estate, Blog, Virtual Tour | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,