For Buyers

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 […]
Appreciation Rate 107 Straight According to research from the National Association of Realtors, home prices have appreciated for 107 straight months.   The median price in the U.S. is now $309,000.   The U.S. region with the highest median price is the West at $461,800. The lowest is in the South at $263,300.   All regions showed double-digit price […]
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 Relocating for Remote Work As the ubiquity of working from home continues, many homeowners are making the decision to move. Whether the motivation for relocating is to lower the cost of living, to be closer to family, or simply a fresh start, there are various factors to keep in mind when relocating for remote work. Before You Relocate Before you […]
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 […]
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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 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 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 The Remote Worker’s Home Buying Process Image Source: Getty Images The pandemic’s influences on home life are far-ranging, prompting buyers to look at homeownership through a new lens. Remote work has created a paradigm shift in the wants and needs of homebuyers. Here’s what the remote worker should keep in mind when looking to buy. Location The location, location, location cliché has […]
Community Coronavirus Protections for Home Sellers   Before you decide to sell, be sure to seriously consider the risks of putting your home on the market right now. Talk with your Windermere agent to discuss your options.   ❱ While open houses generate interest and traffic, groups are hard to control, and we want to practice “social distancing” when we can. […]
Community Coronavirus Protections for Home Buyers   As the situation develops with the COVID-19 pandemic, Windermere Real Estate is dedicated to taking steps to reduce the spread of the virus while continuing to work with home buyers. To help with this process, here are some ways you as a home buyer can keep yourself and others safe during the buying process. […]
Colorado Housing Finding Your New Home in Four Steps Image Source: G-Stock Studio Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or you currently own and are looking for a new home, the ideas below will help you better navigate that all-important first step: Finding a property that is both appealing and affordable.   The search for a new home always starts out with a lot of excitement. […]
For Buyers Affordability Housing affordability is a hot topic especially after the strong price appreciation that has occurred in our market over the last 7 years. Here’s some interesting research on affordability… Each quarter the National Association of Home Builders measures affordability in hundreds of markets across the Country. Their method is to count the number of homes in […]
For Buyers So you bought an investment property, now what? Investing in a home is a great way to build passive income but earning from your investment will take a little groundwork to become a well-oiled machine. This is your beginner’s guide to owning an investment property so you can set up that foundation properly to avoid future headaches.   Make sure it’s livable It’s […]
Blog Is the Condominium Lifestyle Right for You? Image Source:  Grand Warszawski via Shutterstock Condominium homes are a great, low-maintenance choice for a primary residence, second home, or investment property. This alternative to the traditional single-family home has unique issues to consider before buying, as well as unique benefits. Increasingly, condos are not just for first-time homebuyers looking for a less expensive entry into the […]