Buyers

Blog Drastically Different Recently it seems there are many attempted comparisons being made between today’s real estate market and the 2006-2007 market. It seems that people fear a repeat of what happened to the market in 2008 and 2009. Buyers, understandably, want to make smart decisions and don’t want to buy in advance of any downturn. The reality is […]
Blog Future of Work This week we had the opportunity to hear a presentation by Ed McMahon who is the Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute.   He is a leading expert on the future of housing and development in the United States.   He sees that Colorado is positioned to massively benefit from the […]
Blog New Rate Prediction Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner has made his new mortgage interest rate prediction for 2021.   You can see his breakdown of interest rates and other economic factors by clicking on the image below and watching his newest video.   By the end of the year he predicts rates will rise to 3.63%.  By the […]
Blog 96 Weeks Mortgage rates have been below 4% for 96 weeks in a row.   Today, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate sits at 3.17%.   This is 0.5% lower than January and exactly 1.0% lower than March 2020.   Rates recently ended a 31-week streak of being under 3%.   Over the last 5 years, rates […]
Blog Working with a Buyer’s Agent What is a Buyer’s Agent? A typical real estate transaction involves a buyer’s agent representing the buyer and a listing agent representing the seller. A buyer’s agent helps the buyer identify potential homes to pursue, advises them on negotiations, and helps navigate any hurdles during the buying process. Once they are under contract, the buyer’s […]
Advice For Sellers The Benefits of a Pre-Listing Inspection Pre-listing inspections can help sellers better understand the condition of their home before putting it on the market. They can also strengthen a home’s appeal to potential buyers and help to streamline the offer process, which is especially important in competitive markets. However, pre-listing inspections can also open sellers up to added liability. Talk to […]
Blog 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 […]
Blog 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 […]
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Blog 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 […]
Blog Days of Inventory In the residential real estate industry, inventory is typically measured in months.   For example, the definition of a “sellers’ market” is when there is less than 4 months of inventory on the market.  Meaning, at the current pace of sales, it would take less than four months to sell all the homes currently for […]
Blog The Importance of Pre-Approval To set yourself up for a smooth and successful home purchase, getting pre-approved is perhaps the most productive first step you can take. It strengthens your buying credibility, informs your home search, and speeds up the closing process. The Pre-Approval Process  There is an important distinction to made between two important steps of your mortgage application process: pre-qualification […]
Blog Double Lumber The price of lumber has doubled in three months.   Lumber is just one of several examples of skyrocketing materials costs which are impacting both home builders and home buyers.   The cost of lumber is now at a record-level $1000 per 1000 board feet.   These rising costs not only add to the sales […]
Blog Yes is the Answer It turns out that ‘yes’ is the answer to the most common questions we hear right now about the market… Do you think more properties will come on the market this Spring?  Yes, the normal pattern in our market is for new listings to be 40% to 70% higher in April versus January.  The peak month […]
Blog Latest Ranking CoreLogic produces one of the most respected and widely-used home price index reports in the United States. They track home price appreciation in the largest markets across the Country. Here are the highlights from their most recent report: Home prices are up 9.2% Nationally This is the highest increase since February, 2014 Denver ranks fourth […]
Blog A Guide to VA Loans Image source: Shutterstock VA loans provide a path toward homeownership for active service and veteran personnel and their families. The following serves as a guide to understanding what they are, who they are available to, and what types of loans are available to them. VA loans can be confusing, so talk with your Windermere agent as […]
Blog The Votes Are In   Real estate buyers made their voices heard last month and made a clear choice for…  higher-end properties! One of the interesting dynamics of our current market is the significantly- increased activity in higher price ranges. The combination of high equity and low-interest rates is clearly causing people to move up.  They are able to purchase […]
Blog Buyer Beware: Is That House For Sale Haunted? Image Source: Canva A trope as old as horror movies: a family moves into a beautiful house that they bought for well under market value. They’ve put all their savings into the move, and they’re looking for a fresh start. When they meet the neighbors and other townsfolk, they quickly learn that there’s a history […]
Blog 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 […]
Buyers 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 […]
Buyers 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, […]