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Soley Maria | Featured Agent

Soley Maria

SoleyMaria

 

Hometown:

Reykjavík, Iceland

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

There are so many! It can be a magical place in many ways. The summers there are incredible when the sun doesn’t set.

How Many Years Have You Been in Real Estate?

7 Years

Hobbies:

Snowboarding, skiing, hiking, cycling, running…all things nature!! Going to concerts, spending time with friends and family, great culinary experiences, interior design

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Compassionate, observant, diligent, reliable, personable

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

Snowboarding, skiing, hiking and red rocks concerts

One Unusual Thing About You:

I’m a Viking

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I’m a member of the young professionals associate board for the Colorado Symphony, recently joined the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce to support other women in business as well as learn from them, and am always looking for other ways to be involved in the local community.

Who Inspires You?

My family and the need/wish to do better and be better and constantly grow

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

In short, never giving up.

How Do You Define Success?

By doing the best I can to be happy and a good person, taking care of myself, those I love, and having a positive impact on my environment and society.

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

Once upon a time I wanted to be an investment banker, and I have degrees in finance and economics. Now I use those skills in my real estate career.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

A better understanding of people and society and markets, I.e behavioral economics, because I’m fascinated by people, and how decision making is executed and how that affects society and the economy. I’d love to learn a new language, be proficient in CAD, and be able to ski black runs again (snowboarding no problem, this year was my first time skiing again in 19 years).

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

That depends on a persons definition of adventurous! Moving to the US to go to college could be one, riding dirt bikes (used to do that frequently), doing the royal gorge swing and other adrenaline type stuff. Either I’m not very adventurous, have a bad memory, or ??

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

All the people I knew that died to young because I’d like to see them again. All of The Rolling Stones and Metallica because they’re my favorite bands, Coco Chanel because she unapologetically changed fashion, Steve Jobs and Elon Musk because I want to try to understand the minds of tech obsessed successes, all the representatives of the members of the UN, and most importantly my friends and family because those are the people who have my back every day and I love them all.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

Not a lot of traditions there but NYE is fun in Iceland as everyone can buy fireworks and the amount everywhere you look is just insane.

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

Andrea Boccelli because he’s my grandmas favorite and she came from Iceland to see him with me.

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

I read so much that I couldn’t possibly pick one. I think for me, I read a lot and many different genres, because there are many different sides to me, so each book might reflect or connect with one of them. Same with TV shows.

 

Contact Soley

Cell: 970-401-0304

Email: Soley@kentwood.com

Website: SoleyMaria.com

Facebook.com/soleymariarealestate

Instagram.com/soleym

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Downtown Fort Collins: Favorites From A Locals Perspective

Downtown Fort Collins FavoritesFort Collins is known for its stunning natural surroundings and endless outdoor recreation opportunities, but this bustling town offers much more than meets the eye. From its thriving farm-to-table restaurant scene and swanky cocktail bars, to craft breweries and local artisan shops, it’s easy to see why Fort Collins is known as the cultural capital of Northern Colorado.

 

With so many fun and exciting things to do in Northern Colorado, many visitors and new residents have the same question in mind: How to experience Ft. Collins like a local? To help answer that question, we’ve compiled our favorite places to eat, drink, and shop from a local’s perspective:

 

Favorite Places to Eat:

Located well off the beaten path of Old Town Fort Collins, Chimney Park is nestled in historic downtown Windsor, just a short drive southeast of Fort Collins. A local favorite for fine dining and special occasions, Chimney Park has received regional, state-wide and national recognition as a top dining destination in Northern Colorado and sources seasonal and organic products from local Colorado farms and the surrounding region.

 

For a true farm-to-table experience, the Farmhouse at Jessup Farm certainly lives up to its name. Located on a 133-year-old farm in southeast Fort Collins, the Farmhouse is open for brunch, lunch and dinner, and offers a locally sourced take on home-style comfort food. While you’re there, spend a few hours wandering the rest of the Jessup Farm Artisan Village, a sustainable residential and retail community with a mix of artisan small businesses, residences, and an on-site working farm.

 

Newly opened in Fort Collins’ Old Town district, The Exchange offers something for everyone. With an eclectic mix of different establishments all under one roof– from tacos to ice cream, and everything in between– it’s a great place for patrons of all ages and palates. Another charmer in Old Town is Ginger and Baker, a great place for brunch, cooking lessons, a cute gift market with space for corporate events.

 

Favorite Places to Drink:

If you’re looking for a swanky night on the town, look no further than Social in Old Town Fort Collins. Known for its craft cocktails and unique, speakeasy setting, Social also features a food menu of small plates and charcuterie boards that rival some of Fort Collins’ best restaurants.

 

With over 200 options on their wine list, even the most discerning wine lover is sure to find a favorite at Café Vino. Paired with a diverse European-inspired menu created by local chefs, Café Vino is a great option for those looking for a casual-yet-classy place to wine and dine.

 

It’s no secret that Fort Collins is a mecca for craft beer lovers, and if you’re looking for the perfect place to imbibe, Tap and Handle in Old Town Fort Collins is not to be missed. Recently named in Draft Magazine’s Top 100 Best Beer Bars in the Country list, Tap and Handle offers 74 beers on tap for you to enjoy on their outdoor patio, buzzing front bar, or quiet upstairs area.

 

Favorite Places to Shop:

Great shopping is one of the many reasons why Fort Collins is one of the best places to live, and Curiosities is a unique local favorite just north of the Old Town Square. Never knowing what you’re going to find is one of the reasons why Curiosities is such a fun place to shop. You can find anything from children’s novelty toys to eclectic home décor.

 

If you’re looking for handcrafted goods inspired by Colorado’s outdoor lifestyle, look no further than Akinz. In the flagship Fort Collins store you’ll find hand-printed goods and apparel highlighting the mountains, wildlife, Colorado pride and local brews. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out what they’re working on that day, or order something custom-made just for you.

 

As far as local boutiques go, you can’t go wrong at Lemons and Lace. Lemons and Lace offers everything from women’s clothing, footwear, gifts, jewelry and accessories, as well as specialty home décor items. Founded by a Colorado State University alumni and Fort Collins native, you’ll find one-of-a-kind pieces perfect for Colorado living in every season.

 

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Where to Watch the Broncos

Broncos StadiumAfter a long hot summer, the temperatures are finally starting to simmer down. With the start of Fall come many of our favorite things, including, of course, the colors! On the streets, in restaurants, at the malls — everywhere you look — there are vibrant oranges and boisterous blues. Blues? We’re talking about Broncos colors. What did you think we were talking about, Aspen?

 

Green Bay might have its Packers and Dallas has their Cowboys, but there is arguably no marriage in all of football more monogamous than the Denver Broncos Football Club and its loyal fans.

 

Admittedly, it’s been a few years since over a million of us lined the streets of downtown and roared as Von and Emanuel lifted that shining Super Bowl trophy. Well, word around training camps league-wide is the Broncos have weathered their years out in the cold and John Elway has assembled a squad that’s ready for prime time again. With new coach Vic Fangio at the helm, these Broncos could be more lethal than ‘Bluecifer’ out at the airport.

 

Here’s the thing, unless you’re ready to plunk down your Platinum Card on SeatGeek.com, or perhaps you married into a Broncos family for ulterior motives, getting to watch a game in the stadium might be next to impossible. And with roughly 84,000 people in line for season seats, we thought we’d offer up a few other ideas for watching your boys romp over those pathetic Chargers, Raiders and Chiefs.

 

For those who are new in town (and boy are there a lot of you!), any list like this starts with the Cherry Cricket in Cherry Creek. Yes, there are like a zillion toppings for your burger. Stoney’s is another favorite. We’re partial to the one in Uptown, although if you hang out at Stoney’s South in Golden Triangle after the game you might be able to catch some great live blues after the game.

 

In LoDo, you can never go wrong with Society Sports and Spirits. Whisky Tango Foxtrot down the block from Coors serves up a mean burger on an English Muffin. Down on South Broadway there’s the one and only Brutal Poodle. Come on, admit it, just saying the name puts a smile on your face; so, will the fried chicken. On East Colfax you’ve got the Elm and on West Colfax, the Original Brooklyn. If you’re near Wash Park and/or something a little less nutty is what you have in mind, especially if you’ve got the kiddos in tow, try out Homegrown Tap & Dough. Yes, it was an intentional rhyme, we stand accused.

 

If something farther south is what you’re looking for, check out the View House in Greenwood Village. It’s so rocking you’ll feel like you’re at the game. Did we mention Finn McCool’s in Centennial has wings that are to die for? You may have heard Lodo’s Bar & Grill is a good spot, and you’re right. But please note, it isn’t in LoDo, it’s in Highlands Ranch. Not to be confused with the Highlands.

 

There were easily another thirty spots we could have mentioned, so, after you’ve watched a few seasons worth of games at these spots, check back in and maybe we’ll have whipped up the energy to write another blog. Oh, and don’t forget the new name of the Bronco’s home field is now “Empower Field at Mile High,” and will continue to be so for the next 21 years until 2039.

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Real Estate Market Trends

Real Estate Market Trends

Explaining economic uncertainty

Uncertainty categorizes the nation’s overall economic climate. But what does it mean for Realtors® and their clients in Denver-area’s housing market? Global growth and business confidence are down while consumer spending remains up. Low interest rates and rising family income are improving affordability and offsetting the effects of the continued lack of – albeit steadily rising – housing inventory.

Generally speaking, real estate conditions are good for both homebuyers and sellers alike as we enter into a more balanced market.

 

Conditions favoring buyers

In August, homes under contract were up compared to July and year over year. So, why were the number of homes sold month-over-month and year-over-year down? Homebuyers are becoming more discerning and sense the approaching market shift to be in their favor. While we are technically still in a seller’s market with 1.81 months of inventory, the increase in inventory is giving buyers more choices and more time to choose – as evident in that the median days on market jumped up 27.27% from July to August and up a significant 57.14% year to date compared to last year.

Additionally, buyers have been able to do some negotiating as the close-to-list-price ratio dropped to 99.36% year to date, compared to above 100% at this point in the past few years. The lower interest rates also improved their buying power allowing some to move up in price.

 

Home sellers still selling at peak prices

While home sellers may not be selling their homes as quickly, they are still getting more money than they would have last year. Average and median sold prices dropped a bit month over month but were up 2.22% and 1.45% respectively year to date compared to 2018.

The Luxury Market (homes priced $1 million+) remains strong. The number of luxury homes sold continues to grow, average price has held strong since 2015 at around $1.5 million, and average days on market is down four days to 59 from 62 at this time last year.

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Questions To Ask Your Realtor When Relocating To Colorado

 

Whether it’s the 300 days of sunshine per year, close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, the thriving economy, or the vibrant arts and entertainment culture, it’s easy to see why Denver, Colorado has been one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States for the last several years.  To boot, just a short drive from this bustling city center are beautiful communities like Boulder, Erie, Niwot, Fort Collins and more throughout northern Colorado. Colorado Mountains

If you’re ready to make Colorado your home, it’s important to

go into the relocation process with as much information and support as possible, as moving to a new area and navigating the ever-changing real estate landscape can quickly become overwhelming.

Choosing a trusted Realtor® with extensive local knowledge and relocation experience will help make the transition for you and your family as easy as possible. Here are five questions you should ask your Realtor® to ensure a seamless relocation process to Colorado:

1. Which moving company should I use?

The making or breaking point, quite literally, of any successful move is selecting a reputable moving company to transport all your possessions. Kentwood Real Estate is affiliated with two of the top moving companies in Denver, both of which have been through an intense screening process and must maintain stringent standards set by our management. Click here to learn more about our moving partners.

2. What relocation-specific services are offered?

Kentwood Real Estate’s first-class relocation services assist with all components of the relocation process, from buying and selling a home, moving household goods, to finding temporary housing and rental services. We support our clients throughout the entire transition and transaction process.

3. Will you help me choose the right school district?

Colorado public schools are highly regarded, and therefore most children attend public school. However, there are many private school options available as well. From prestigious preparatory schools to private religious-affiliated schools, Denver has it all, and our Relocation department can compile a personalized school report custom-tailored to your family’s needs.

4. Can you help me sell my current house?

Kentwood Real Estate includes our offices, Denver Tech Center, Cherry Creek, City Properties and Northern Properties, all of which have been accepted to the esteemed International Real Estate Network, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) and Luxury Portfolio International®. Being part of this invitation-only network means we have access to trusted real estate partners in over 70 countries and 565 firms to help you sell your current home, and make the entire process as seamless as possible.

5. What does Kentwood’s RELO Quality Certificate mean for me?

Developed to identify the top relocation departments in the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® network, this program recognizes outstanding efforts by those who go beyond expected quality service, and instead choose to excel in their field.

The standards for the certification are built upon a foundation of core values: company commitment, leadership, customer and results focus, education and resource allocation. Using a rigorous set of criteria, all aspects of a relocation department are carefully considered. From business plans and website design to service evaluations and workplace environment, the thoroughness of the screening process guarantees that those approved have truly earned the designation, “best of the best.” Reviews ensure that these high standards are maintained, making the certification a legitimate industry benchmark. Look for the symbol of relocation excellence; it’s the only guarantee you’ll ever need.

Kentwood Real Estate provides first-class relocation services for families who are looking to relocate to the Mile High City and its surrounding areas, as well as beautiful communities throughout Northern Colorado like Fort Collins, Tinmath, Windsor and Johnstown. As a member of the world’s most esteemed Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (Leading RE) and Luxury Portfolio International® networks, our clients can be confident that they have access to our global reach and local expertise. Click here to contact one of our relocation specialists today.

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Jennifer Markus | Featured Agent

Jennifer Markus

Jennifer Markus

Hometown:

Waterloo, Ontario Canada

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

Small town feel with friendly people who take care of each other

How Many Years Have You Been in Real Estate?

23 Years!

Hobbies: 

Gardening & renovating homes

Describe Yourself In 5 Words: 

High energy, Compassionate, Adventurous, Spontaneous, Emotional

Favorite Colorado Past-time: 

Thrift, consignment and estate shopping

One Unusual Thing About You: 

I am a vintage car enthusiast

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I give to the homeless and collect bedding for local animal shelters

Who Inspires You?

My mother. She raised my sister and I alone on a hairdressers income after my dad died.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why? 

Being married to my husband of 26 years

How Do You Define Success?

By my happiness level

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Realtor?

Nursing! I love to help people in need

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

Speak a second language fluently

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?  

Ski in Switzerland

What is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

Summer barbecue with entire extended family

What is the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been to? What Made it so Special?

INXS because it was a very small intimate venue

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

Sopranos because I love danger.

 

Contact Jennifer

Cell: 303-817-0192

Email: Jennifer@MarkusDreamHomes.com

Website: MarkusDreamHomes.com

Facebook.com/JenniferMarkus

Instagram.com/jennifer_markus_re