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Monday, January 9, 2017

Thank You for Helping Us Support River’s Promise

Jimmy Lakey founded River’s Promise to help children in Africa go to school and to fund other basic needs for African orphans. Today, we’re sitting down with Jimmy to learn a bit more about his organization.

Today we’re visiting Jimmy Lakey, the founder of River’s Promise, to donate some of our profits. River’s Promise is a foundation in Africa that helps send children to school and funds other basic needs for African orphans. If you have bought or sold a home with us, you have helped us donate $10,000 to River’s Promise. It takes $3,000 to build a house, and $35 a month helps send a child to school and funds other amenities. Whenever we buy or sell a house, a portion of that transaction goes back to help the community. River’s Promise has one paid employee who actually lives in Africa; everyone who works for the organization in the U.S. does so on a volunteer basis. Jimmy and his wife are true humanitarians. They adopted their son, River, from Rwanda. Although the Lakeys wanted to adopt more than one child, the adoption process took a very long time. “I thought, I can’t leave them behind,” says Jimmy. Not only that, Jimmy wanted to make sure that he had an answer for the day when his son would ask about what happened to his friends at the orphanage, so he and his wife started their foundation. You can read their full story here. Jimmy and I have both been to Africa; I went to Guinea in West Africa back in 1995. I saw the conditions there firsthand, and I believe that some money in the right hands will make a huge difference. That’s why the Kittle Team makes donations to foundations like River’s Promise. If you are interested in helping River’s Promise, Jimmy has a few tips. “I stopped taking things back with me [from the U.S.],” Jimmy says. “I can have a shoe drive here or I can buy shoes from a vendor [in Africa] and keep him in business.” From school supplies to clothes, Jimmy can use your donations to help children as well as their local economy. At Kittle Cares, we are honored to help organizations like River’s Promise improve people’s lives. If you have any questions about River’s Promise or Kittle Cares, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would be happy to help you!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Become Debt-Free in Less Than a Decade

What would your life look like if you were totally debt free? I have a special guest today with a product that can help you make that vision become a reality.

Ed is a financial planner who has been a great help to me and my clients, and he has a great offer for you today.

With this proprietary product, Ed wants to help you get all your debts (including your house) paid off in seven to 10 years. Take a moment to close your eyes and envision what a debt-free life would be like. What would you do? 

What would you do if you were totally debt-free?

If you have a $250,000 house, for example, and you can eliminate that cost in addition to all your other costs, you can save about $100,000 to $200,000 on average that you won't have to pay toward debt or interest. You could use this money for early retirement or to turn your life around or take on any other goals you have in your life.

This product really does change lives, and Ed wants to offer it to you as my client. If you want to learn more, you can email him at or you can call him at 970-685-8732.

This is an offer you don't want to miss out on. Ed took me through this and ran me through all the software, and let me tell you, it is phenomenal. Reach out today!

In the meantime, if you have any questions about real estate in Northern Colorado, don't hesitate to give me a call or send me an email.

What Does the Market Look Like in Fort Collins?

We wanted to share a quick update with you today. It concerns the health of our market and whether buyers or sellers have an advantage.

A lot of our clients have been asking us about what’s going on with the market. I pulled some statistics today that I would love to share with you. 

In Fort Collins right now, there are 60 active listings and 325 properties that have gone under contract or sold in the last three months in the $300,000 to $400,000 range. Basically, the market is absorbing about 108 properties per month, and we only have a two-week supply of inventory right now.

Studies from the National Association of Realtors show that if the number of homes that are on the market is equal to the number that have sold in a six- month period, that indicates a balanced market. It keeps the appreciation at an equilibrium, which is good.

With just a two-week supply of homes, we are in a heavy seller’s market in this price range in Fort Collins. There is significant upward pressure on prices in this market.

There is significant upward pressure on pricing in this market.

In Loveland, Windsor, and Greeley, we saw pretty much the same situation in the $300,000 to $400,000 price range. We have a two-week supply of homes in Loveland and Greeley, and a three-week supply in Windsor.

Obviously, these numbers will change depending on the price point you are in. If you have any questions for us or would like to know the specific numbers for your price range, give us a call or send us an email. We would love to hear from you!