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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Is There a Risk to Buying a Home Right Now?

Our market is seasonal, so if you’re a homebuyer, you’re likely better off buying sooner rather than later.

Is there a risk in buying a home right now? Is our market going to crash?

Based on the statistics and the supply and demand ratios I’ve been seeing, the answer is absolutely 
not. Our market is still hot, even as we approach winter.

You don’t have to take my word for it, though. If you’d like to know the risk of buying a home you’re 
interested in, visit and enter the property’s address into the site’s 
“Risk-O-Meter” tool. This will give you a prediction as to what that home’s value will be anywhere 
from one year to a few years from now.

We entered the addresses of properties from out of state into the Risk-O-Meter, and their return wasn’t 
as high as the properties here in northern Colorado. We can also put together a custom market 
analysis for you if you need further peace of mind.

"Our Market is still hot, even as we approach winter."

Our market is seasonal, so if you are thinking of buying a home, try to do so within the next 
60 to 90 days. Our annual spring market boom usually starts in early February. Once this boom 
happens and multiple offer situations become more common, demand shoots up. When supply is low 
and demand is high, prices skyrocket.

If you get something under contract within the next 60 to 90 days, you’ll put that equity and appreciation 
into your pocket instead of waiting and letting it go into the seller’s pocket. If you wait until spring, you’re 
more likely to be a contingent buyer, which will make things much more difficult for you. When sellers 
have to choose between a contingent offer and a non-contingent offer, they usually pick the 
non-contingent offer.

If you have any more questions about our market or you want to buy or sell a home, don’t hesitate to 
reach out to us. We’d be glad to help you.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Home Staging Helps Maximize Your Price

Today’s topic is all about staging. Our friend Pam Sunderman joined us recently to discuss.

I get a lot of questions about home staging. A lot of people want to know if it will still make a difference, even in a strong seller’s market like we have here in Fort Collins.

Although there are some things you can’t change about your home, like its location, there are a few things that you do have control over that can lead you to the most profitable sale possible.

You have control over the condition of your home, its price, and who you hire to help you prepare it. That’s what you should focus on. To go a little bit deeper on the topic of staging, we were joined by our friend Pam Sunderman of Pam Sunderman Design. She’s a professional staging consultant, and we offer a complimentary one-hour consultation to the sellers who choose to work with us. Pam’s job is to help buyers fall in love with your home by getting the condition to a 10, and then we capture that perfect condition with great photos.

Pam says that even in a hot market, it’s important to focus on the staging. The goal is to have buyers feeling like they can make your home their own. When you’ve been living in your home for years, you become a little blind to what it looks like from a buyer’s perspective. The fresh set of eyes that Pam provides can really help the home sparkle when buyers come to see it.

Our goal with all of our home sellers is to sell their home for top dollar. Staging doesn’t have to be expensive. Sometimes all you need are a few cans of paint. It’s all about minimizing and neutralizing what you already have. You don’t need to get new furniture, but you might need to take some out and put it in a storage container.

"It’s all about minimizing and neutralizing."

If you plan on selling your home, you’re going to have to do all the heavy lifting eventually. Getting it done up front will make your move so much easier.

We’re not here to tell you what to do, we’re just here to help. In our experience, a staged home will sell faster and for more money every single time. If you have any questions for us in the meantime or would like to learn more about how we can help you make sure your home is in tip-top condition, give us a call or send us an email today. We look forward to hearing from you.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Let Us Add Something Sweet to Your Table This Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, let us take care of dessert. That’s right, our Great Pie Giveaway is just around the corner and we hope you’ll take advantage.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so we’ve got a special offer for you. This year, the pie is on us.

That’s right. Our Great Pie Giveaway is coming up soon, and you won’t want to miss it. Who doesn’t love free pie?

Taking advantage of this opportunity is simple. All you have to do to get yours is to register with your choice of apple or pumpkin by Wednesday, November 15th at 5:00 p.m. You can find the form to register right here.

Then, after you’ve registered, your pie will be ready for you to pick up on November 20 or 21 between noon and 6:00 p.m. You can pick up your free Thanksgiving pie at our Old Town office at 300 S. Howes, Old Town Fort Collins, or at the Sheffield Homes sales office in West Greeley, at 10309 W. 11th Street.

In the spirit of the holiday, we want to let you know how thankful we are for all of you. We appreciate your loyalty, friendship, and referrals, which is why we’re so happy to help you with your own Thanksgiving feast.

We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity, and once again: Thank you.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to call Cheryl at 970-670-4200 or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.