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Thursday, July 13, 2017

What You Can Do to Find Your Dream Home

If you want to find and secure your dream home in our market, here are a few tips that will help you.

I get a lot of questions from people asking me how they can get into their dream home. Oftentimes, buyers in our market find their dream home online. But, before they can even access the property it’s already under contract. Here are a few key tips you can use to make sure this doesn’t happen to you. 

First, know that there is other inventory out there that you don’t have access to—but your agent does. Real estate agents have access to homes that aren’t on the market, and finding a home that’s not on the market is advantageous because you don’t have to compete for it.

"Getting a pre-approval letter will make your offer stand out."

Another great tip is to remove contingencies from your offer. If you have a home you need to sell first before you buy your next one, for example, there are certain strategies you can apply to your offer in order to do so. 

Lastly, get a pre-approval letter instead of just a pre-qualification letter. This will greatly enhance your stature as a buyer. If you work with us and get a pre-approval letter, our lending partner will call the listing agent representing the home you’re interested in and explain to them how strong of an offer yours is because the loan is essentially fully approved. 

If you have any questions about how to find your dream home in our market, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Rob Kittle & the Kittle Team was Named to the 2017 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Teams in the US for the 4th Consecutive Year!

(Fort Collins, CO – July 7, 2017) Rob Kittle & The Kittle Team at Kittle Real Estate was named one of America’s most productive sales teams as a part of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents, the newly issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends and sponsored by Zillow Group.  The Kittle Team is now a member of the “America’s Best Real Estate Agents,” and ranked #1 in Northern Colorado AND number 216 in the entire US.

REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents ranks over 12,600 residential real estate professionals solely based on their excellence in real estate sales during calendar year 2016. All production numbers are independently verified by a third-party to ensure accuracy and report integrity. “This group of highly successful real estate sales agents represents less than 1 percent of all real estate practitioners in the entire United States,” says Steve Murray, publisher of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents and president of REAL Trends.

To qualify for inclusion, an individual agent must have closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume in 2016. For real estate agent teams, the minimum is 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume. The individuals ranked in America’s Best Real Estate Agents had an average of 73 transaction sides and an average sales volume of almost $37 million. Teams ranked in America’s Best Real Estate Agents had an average of 144 sides and an average sales volume of almost $61 million. This ensures that only the best of the best is included on this prestigious list.  The Kittle Team had 306 transaction sides last year.

“The average residential real estate agent in the United States closed 8.6 transaction in 2016 and had less than $1.3 million in sales,” said Murray. “To say that Rob Kittle & The Kittle Team are exceptional sales professionals is an understatement. To attain this level of sales is truly outstanding.”

“We are also pleased that two of the nation’s most prominent online real estate websites, Trulia® and Zillow®, have partnered with REAL Trends to bring a superior level of customer exposure of these sales agents’ performance,” Murray added.

 “We are thrilled and honored to be ranked on this ranking of the country’s top residential real estate teams,” said Rob Kittle. “It represents the time and effort that we put into each customer that we serve and how much work it takes to build a successful real estate career. The level of sales it takes to qualify makes it a truly special recognition and to receive this honor now for the past four consecutive years makes it even sweeter,” adds Kittle.

Information on those receiving this recognition can be found online at


REAL Trends is a privately-held, Colorado-based publishing, consulting and communications company specializing in the residential brokerage and housing industries. Recognized as the leading source of trends in the industry, REAL Trends, The Trusted Source, also publishes the REAL Trends The Thousand, as advertised in The Wall Street Journal and the REAL Trends 500, which ranks the top brokerage firms in the United States. Visit REAL Trends at  Zillow is a registered trademark of Zillow, Inc. Trulia is a registered trademark of Trulia, LLC. These marks are used with permission.

Rob Kittle and the Kittle Team’ has been named the # 1 Real Estate team in Northern Colorado for the 4th consecutive year by The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends. The team is now members of “The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals,” a prestigious national award ranking sponsored annually by the two respected publications. The Kittle Team sold over 300 homes last year – more than 43x the national average and are set to exceed this goal this year! Learn more at

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Why Do You Have to Update Your Home Before Putting It on the Market?

Just because the market is hot doesn’t automatically mean your home will sell for top dollar. Prepare your home for the market by preemptively eliminating buyer objections.

When someone plans on selling their home, I often hear them say things like, “Well, I know the carpet should be updated, but we’ll just offer a carpet allowance. We’ll still get multiple offers on our home because the market is so hot.” 

That’s not exactly the case. When it comes to selling your home for top dollar, multiple offers are important. However, the best way to get top dollar for your home is to eliminate objections before the buyer comes up with any. In fact, 70% of negotiations happen before you put your home on the market. 

That means people won’t ask you to repair the hole in the wall; they expect that they will have to take care of it themselves. 

Home sellers always say, “Well, of course I would replace the brass light fixtures, the polka dot wallpaper, and the avocado-green appliances!” The problem is that when a buyer comes into your home, they think that what they see is what they’ll get. They will have to figure out what smells and they will have to update the light fixtures. In fact, the No. 1 reason homes don’t sell is because of a strange smell in the home. 

Deferred maintenance items also discourage buyers from making an offer on your property. Buyers don’t want to move in and start fixing your home; they want to move in and start living in it. 99% of the time a buyer walks into a home that is completely done, they will fall in love with it. That turnkey property is the one they are willing to pay top dollar for. 

"70% of negotiations take place before your home is even on the market."

In order to get multiple offers on your home, you want 100% of the people who walk into it to say that they love it. If people drop off because of deferred maintenance, then you’re left with a small pool of buyers who won’t even consider making an offer on the home unless you significantly reduce the price. 

Again, you need to eliminate buyer objections before they come up. 

If you know that there is deferred maintenance on your home or some other item that the inspector will ding you for, let’s take care of those items before your home is on the market. That way, the buyer won’t see something and say, “Oh my gosh, if that is an issue, what else is wrong with this home?” You want the buyer to think that your home is loved and well cared for. 

Ultimately, the carpet allowance doesn’t work. If you’re going to spend $5,000 on a new carpet, you might as well get the carpet, enjoy it now, and impress prospective buyers once your home is on the market. 

We also pay for a stager to come in and make your home look its best. Why? Condition is an incredibly important factor when it comes to getting top dollar for your home. 

If you have any other questions about preparing your home for the market, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!