10 Reasons to Sell Your House This Holiday

Waiting for spring to think about selling your house?

You might want to think twice… Check out this video to discover 10 reasons to sell your house this holiday season!

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 7:16 pm
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8 Simple Tasks to Complete Before Showing a Home

2018 selling season is upon us! If you have clients getting ready to put their home on the market, the list of to-dos can seem endless. You may wonder if it’s all worth it, but the fact is, a well-cared-for house shows better. Plus, small issues like flaking paint or a dripping faucet can make buyers wonder what bigger problems await them down the road. Don’t let easily-fixed issues derail your selling process.

Here is a list of 8 things you can do right now to ensure a great first impression:

Keep up yard maintenance

It can be tempting to ignore the lawn and walkways, especially if the client has already vacated the property, but this is the first thing a potential buyer will see. Grass, weeds, and overgrown shrubs can create a sloppy, unkempt appearance before the buyer even looks at the inside of the home. Keep things neat and tidy for a good impression up front.

Clean the gutters

Overflowing gutters can lead to cracked walls and damage to the foundation, in addition to just looking messy. The last thing you want a potential buyer to see is water pooling around the outside of the house, or worse – in the basement. Routinely check for leaves, pine needles and other debris that can lead to unsightly – and dangerous – leaks.

Service the heating/cooling system

If the HVAC system hasn’t been used in a while, it can smell funky when you first turn it on, make frightening sounds, or just straight-up not work – none of which leave a great impression. Before showing a home, have the heating/cooling system serviced, clean the ductwork and filters, and make sure everything is in good working order.

In addition, if there is a working fireplace, take care of that at the same time. Clean the chimney to remove any dirt or debris, and block off the flue to avoid and unwanted houseguests (squirrels and bats just love to come in uninvited!).

Replace all the lightbulbs

This is one of those things that is so super simple to do but often overlooked. Imagine taking a client for a showing after dark, flipping on the switch in the master bedroom … and nothing. For a very minimal investment, all light bulbs in the house could be replaced and any embarrassing incidents avoided.

Wash the windows

Dirty windows and screens can be quite unappealing and leave a bad impression on anyone looking at your house. Cleaning all the windows, sills, and treatments will not only make the house look neat and tidy but will allow in the best possible natural light.

Fix up any interior cosmetic imperfections

Chipped paint, dents in the drywall, and scratches in hardwood are easily fixed but can make a poor impression. A buyer doesn’t want to see a lot of little problems that they’ll have to fix down the road. It is not only an inconvenience for them, but makes them wonder about what larger issues may lie hidden in the house.

Deep clean and declutter

The difference between showing a home that has been cleaned and staged and one that has not is night and day. Clean the floors, polish the furniture, put clean linens on the beds – and, most of all, make sure the kitchen and the bathrooms are immaculate. These two areas, more than anything else, are scrutinized by buyers, and they will judge. After all, would you want to bathe in a moldy tub?

Appearance is everything when it comes to selling a home, and with just a little time and effort, you can make sure you get the most out of every single listing.

Posted on May 27, 2018 at 6:57 pm
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8 Tips To Impress Buyers Who Tour Your Home ~ Windermere Metro Denver Real Estate

One of homeowners concerns when selling their home are the tours. Here’s a snapshot of what you’ll need to do when we let you know that buyers are popping by!

Interested in learning more about the selling process?
Learn how we can help you at our website.
Or talk with us today about your real estate needs.

Metro Denver Office
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Source: http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2015/05/21/14-steps-to-a-flawless-open-house

Posted on September 26, 2016 at 4:56 pm
Metro Denver Office | Category: Selling Your Home, WMDRE Blog

How Serious Are Cracks in Your Home?

cracks in walls


What should you do if your home or the home you want to buy has cracks? Well, keep in mind that not all cracks are created equal.  Some are caused by structural movement and others are just facade in nature.

You should contact a repeatable structural engineer to give you an expert opinion. Don't trust the observation of the physical inspector.  

In general, hairline cracks—which are extremely common—are from shrinkage. One way to be sure, though, is to note the crack’s size and revisit the crack each season to determine whether it has gotten bigger.


Some other tips include knowing the types of cracks that exist—and the type of foundation on which your house is built. Homes in located in warmer, drier climates often have a foundation made up of a layer of concrete that is poured down directly on the soil.  This is called “slab on grade.” Another type of home foundation is a perimeter concrete beam that supports the outer frame of the house, and the mid-section of the house is supported by piers in a crawl space. This is referred to as "pier and grade beam." There is also the foundation that uses piers that are drilled down about 20 feet, with the house resting atop them.

measuring crackSoil expansion and contraction is the cause of most foundation issues, including in the Denver area. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that 25 percent of U.S. homes have been damaged by expanding soil.

Inside The Home

Drywall: Take a look at the walls inside the house. Cracks in drywall that are jagged and at a 45-degree angle could be a sign that the foundation is shifting.

Doors & Windows: Shut doors and windows, looking for any that stick—not because of paint or humidity—or where there are gaps. This could be another indication there has been foundation movement.

Floors: If your foundation is slab-on-grade, check the floor. A straight edge can help you gauge the seriousness of any cracks you might see. If it’s pretty level, it’s probably not serious. But if one side is higher or lower than the other, the crack could be an indicator that the foundation of your home has dropped.

Crawl Space: Take a look at your crawl space, if the home has one. If there is exposed dirt, check for moisture. If the dirt is moist, that could be a sign of water intrusion. Also, a musty smell could mean there is excessive moisture. But even if the dirt is dry, if there are cracks in the dirt, this could mean that it was once moist and has now dried—and this could mean that the ground has lots its ability to carry a heavy load.

Outside The Home

cracks in brickBelow The Roof: It sounds counter-intuitive, but if you want to check for foundation damage, take a look up rather than down. In a two-story home, for instance, damage would be worse on the second floor if there were foundation issues. You want to be on the lookout for cracks above any doors or windows, separation of frieze board (the board below the overhand on homes), and stairstep cracks on brick.

Horizontal vs. Vertical Cracks

Watch for horizontal cracks; these can be especially bad because they can indicate too much water behind your foundation. This could mean too much water pressure because of poor drainage. Vertical cracks could mean there is a serious settling problem, and can mean that soil expansion is pushing up the foundation.


The bottom line is that if you notice cracks, keep an eye on them—and call in a professional if you notice changes from season to season.

Check out our blog for more tips.


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Windermere Metro Denver Real Estate

(720) 643-4411


Posted on April 17, 2016 at 4:59 pm
Metro Denver Office | Category: Selling Your Home, WMDRE Blog

7 Tips for First-Time Home Sellers

Planning to sell your home? Fantastic!! The Denver metro market is HOT! Here are seven tips to help:

#1 Prepare for your own purchase: Where you will live next? A new home or rental? Save time and money by not moving multiple times.

#2 Get your home ready for showings: Prepare your home to become “a house” again. Fix minor breaks, update the landscaping and etc.

#3 Start looking for a real estate agent: Get referrals and research them online. Check out their stats, recent solds and reviews.

#4 Price your property right: Avoid overpricing! It can hurt your return. Ask your agent for a market comparison.

#5 Market the home appropriately: Your real estate agent will list your home…. On dozens of sites, including Metrolist (our MLS).

#6 Make the house available: Be ready to leave the house for showings. They can happen at all daylight hours.

#7 Plan your negotiation: Know what you will & won’t give to close the sale. Compromise on minor items to help your home close.

Our team can help you prepare to sell!

Check out our blog for more tips or contact us for advice:

Windermere Metro Denver Real Estate

(720) 643-4411




Source: http://www.realtor.com/advice/7-tips-first-time-home-sellers/

Posted on February 25, 2016 at 8:32 am
Metro Denver Office | Category: Selling Your Home, WMDRE Blog

7 Surprising Predictors for Denver Metro Housing Prices

colorado marijuana

With 2016 upon us, home buyers and owners want to know which way prices are headed. In Denver metro neighborhoods, will valuations continue going up or have they peaked and are on their way down? To read the tea leaves, you can check out the latest jobs reports, compare other markets, or read economists’ predictions. But insights can also be found in the most unusual places (courtesy of Realtor.com).

We’ve rounded up seven surprising indicators of change in home prices:

Gas Prices

When gas prices fall, home prices go up and sell faster! That’s because spending less at the pump increases consumers’ confidence as they have more disposable income. Plus it cuts the listing broker’s travel expenses to properties, so they can market more aggressively and will have more showings. Studies show for every $1 decrease in gas prices, home prices spike by roughly $4,000!

Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods

The two great foodie superstores are the affordable gourmet market Trader Joe’s and the pricey, environmentally-conscious Whole Foods. Living near either market, your home will significantly trump the national average home value. However, homes near Trader Joe’s are actually worth 5% more than those by Whole Foods (according to RealtyTrac).

Sports Facilities

Living in walking distance to the big game is a definite property score. Studies show a residential housing unit that’s just one mile closer to a professional sports facility will go up by $793. But within a four mile radius, prices remain the same high level.

Marijuana Legalization

Since Colorado opened doors for recreational sales in January 2014, housing prices have climbed by 20.4% (compared to the 15.2% across the nation). The legalization has triggered people to relocate to Denver, which may have pushed up real estate values.

Temperature change

Global warming affects not only nature, but also our the real estate market. The National Association of Realtors® discovered over the past four years and found when temperature rose by 3 degrees, home prices did not significantly gain. Colorado has some climate change concerns, as you can read from this article in the Boulder Weekly.

Highway Proximity

Living near a freeway can be a boost to home values. A case study done with an Arizona highway showed average sales prices appreciated for properties within 5 miles was higher than the whole metropolitan area. Of course single-family homes that were too close to the freeway (within 0.5 miles) did not have a higher valuations.

Trees-Lined Streets

Naturally neighborhoods with more stately, mature trees have an additional charm and usually more expensive homes. A recent study found properties on these kinds of tree-lined streets fetched an average $7,130 more.


Are you planning to buy or sell in 2016?

Check out our blog for more tips or contact us for advice:

Windermere Metro Denver Real Estate

(720) 643-4411



Source: http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/eight-surprising-things-that-impact-property-values/

Posted on December 17, 2015 at 6:16 am
Metro Denver Office | Category: Buying A Home, Selling Your Home, WMDRE Blog

Should I replace my carpet before selling my house?

Should I replace my carpet before selling my house

A sellers' secret: yes, you really do need new carpet.

If you want to sell your house for a better price, then replace your old, worn out carpet. Sure you could clean instead of replace it. However take it from a broker, when your house is staged and looking pristine, the tracks created over years of foot traffic will stick out like a sore thumb. It's a greater benefit for you to show your house in its best light than to provide buyers an allowance to replace it themselves.

7 tips for carpet buyers

(courtesy of the Denver Post)

  1. Conquer your resistance. The benefits definitely outweigh the inconvenience of replacing your carpet. Besides nobody wants to move in onto your old carpet.
  2. Don't rush your selection. Do not wing it by quickly picking a color. Bring several swatches home to see which color or style looks best.
  3. Stay neutral. Play safe. Pick a light, neutral color that goes with your walls.
  4. Expect to pay for furniture moving. On top of the cost of carpet, pad and installation, furniture moving will cost you extra.
  5. There's no need for top of the line. Brand new lower-end carpet looks almost as fabulous as high-end carpet.
  6. Get what's in stock. Look for the less expensive lines (sometimes called builder grade). They are immediately available, which makes the project easier.
  7. Brace yourself for the brief upheaval. But remember that it's all worth it.

The fewer points a buyer can make against the price of your house, the more likely you'll get the best return on your investment!

Check out our blog for more tips or contact us for advice:

Windermere Metro Denver Real Estate

(720) 643-4411




Source: http://www.denverpost.com/homegarden/ci_28125510/home-selling-secrets-yes-you-really-do-need

Posted on May 15, 2015 at 5:09 am
Metro Denver Office | Category: Selling Your Home, WMDRE Blog

Record-breaking Snow Can’t Slow Down the Denver Metro Market!

home stats

While heavy snows seemed to bury our city, home sales in February stayed HOT. Properties continued flying off the shelves, showing buyers will brave the weather and higher mortgage rates to find the right home in our seller’s market.

According to REColorado.com (our state's largest multiple listing service) 4,537 new listings hit the market last month. That’s 14 percent more than January’s inventory. Buyers pounced on the opportunity as February sales also increased by 13 percent (2,832 homes) while 5,177 properties went under contract (up by 15 percent from January). In total 5,087 homes were for sale (a 1 percent decrease from January). Compared to February of 2014, there was 25 percent less inventory this year.

While our team listed more homes and could show more options to our buyers, the market’s lack of inventory remained a challenge. Undoubtedly it is contributed to rising average home prices and the lowering average days on the market.

The Denver Metro Association of Realtors’ own report, which covered a smaller area than REColorado.com, had similar findings: February had a record low of 4,079 active listings despite the 13 percent boost in our inventory. DMAR reported:

  • 4,240 homes entered the market
  • 4,077 went under contract (a 16 percent increase from January)
  • 2,667 homes closed at an average sales price of $295,900.

So as you can see it is not too early in the year to list your home! One of our brokers will expertly navigate you through the process of marketing, negotiating, handling multiple bids and etc. If you are looking to buy, our team can help you save time searching for the right home and location. And in such a competitive market, you will want a successful agent by your side!

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Source: http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_27652304/heavy-snows-didnt-bury-metro-denver-home-sales?source=infinite

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 5:42 pm
Metro Denver Office | Category: Buying A Home, Denver Real Estate Market, Selling Your Home, WMDRE Blog

Beware of Over-remodeling Your Home! Part Two

Another THREE FACTORS That Can Sabotage YOUR Plan To Boost The HOME'S VALUE!

photo of male hand on metal shovel on groundAs we shared in part one: when it comes to renovations, never expect to get 100% in return for your investments. But with the wrong home improvements, owners can unknowingly hurt their chances for a great return come listing-time. Here's how:

4. Too much yard will be lost.

Of course if you decide to add square footage, that can be a smart choice. However if it drastically shrinks your yard, it could be more difficult to sell. Our advice is to check out your neighbors' yards and compare size. If your green space will still be comparable to their's, this shouldn't be an issue for the next home owners.

5. The home has too many bedrooms.

Considering Americans are having less children, it's important the number of bedrooms stay relative to the size of families throughout the neighborhood. While it may seem like a great idea to convert a large walk-in closet into a bedroom, consider the loss of that closet could drop the value of your home instead. So do diligent research before you decide to knock out or move a wall for the sake of another room.

6. The new features are too custom.

Indulging in a little luxury like a steam room may be worth the maintenance in your eyes, but future buyers may see it as a burden (even a liability). So if you plan to add some special amenities, think through the potential risks they may cause when it is time to sell.

So remember to ensure you make a smart renovation:

  • Complete it while you still have years left to enjoy the home.
  • Do a comparison within your neighborhood.
  • Research if it may be too personalized.

And of course if you need an expert's opinion, contact us for advice or a consultation!


Check out our blog for more tips or contact us for advice:

Windermere Metro Denver Real Estate

(720) 643-4411



Source: http://rismedia.com/2014-12-03/six-cautions-about-over-improving-your-home/2/

Posted on December 14, 2014 at 6:43 am
Metro Denver Office | Category: Selling Your Home, WMDRE Blog

Beware of Over-remodeling Your Home! Part One

These three factors may not boost your home's value!

Abstract of New Home Construction Site Framing.Our team has dealt with this scenario time and again: during our first tour of a potential seller's home, the owners brag about their over-the-top improvements. Then it is our responsibility to let them know the upgrades have actually done little to boost the price (or may have dropped it)!

When it comes to renovations, you rarely get 100% back in your investments. So be sure you contact one of our brokers before you sink money into your home. You may end up using up most of the equity of your home! Here's how:

1. You're not improving the home for yourself.

Remodeling should be for your benefit, not for the next home owner. That's because you cannot guarantee the project will suit their needs! We recommend doing major projects with the intent of spending extra time or more years on your property. How much time? A good five years or more.


2. Major investments don't mean great returns.

It's all about comparing your home to others in the neighborhood. For example if you decide to invest thousands into master suite upgrades, this maybe a wonderful splurge for you. However if your home is still the same square footage as your neighbors, buyers may not care. If you really want to improve your home's value, research the neighborhood and see what buyers were willing to pay extra for. It may not even be a more upgraded kitchen!


3. Expensive improvements can scare buyers.

If the home has become the most expensive one on the block, buyers tend to shy away. That's because potential home owners are considering the future resale of the home. Depending on the market when it's their time to list, they may not be able to get as great of a return.


And of course if you need an expert's opinion, contact us for advice or a consultation!


Check out our blog for more tips or contact us for advice:

Windermere Metro Denver Real Estate

(720) 643-4411



Source: http://rismedia.com/2014-12-03/six-cautions-about-over-improving-your-home/2/

Posted on December 7, 2014 at 5:39 am
Metro Denver Office | Category: Selling Your Home, WMDRE Blog