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Three Reasons to Sell Your Home Now!

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If you are a real estate fanatic like we are, you know that 2020 has been a record-breaking year for the market and it likely won’t be slowing down in 2021. Zillow expects home values to increase 10.3 percent from November 2020 to November 2021 despite the ongoing pandemic challenges. The sales growth continues to be affected by similar factors such as strong demographic trends and a shift in buyer preference ignited by the pandemic. If you considered selling in 2020, this year proves to be just as promising. Still not convinced? Here are three reasons why now is the perfect time to sell your home: 

Interest Rates Are Expected To Stay Low
Get excited because the 2020 below-average interest rates are here to stay! Last year, interest rates were below 4 percent and while they may slightly increase in 2021, they are predicted to remain low compared to historical averages. Let’s put these rates into perspective. According to Freddie Mac, December 10th had a record low rate of 2.71 percent for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage. Compared to a year like 2018, where the annual average was 4.54 percent, these record-breaking rates are incredibly beneficial to all homebuyers. Buyers can secure a long-term mortgage at an insanely low rate, and sellers can capitalize on high prices. It’s a win-win situation!

There Are More Buyers Than Sellers
As demand continues to rise, inventory remains low. But this isn’t necessarily a negative situation for individuals looking to sell their homes. Buyers are eager and anxious to purchase a house quickly, especially when the real estate market provides such ideal financial solutions for potential buyers. As mentioned earlier, the low interest rates provide affordable mortgages, ultimately resulting in an inadequate supply of homes to satisfy consumer demand. With such high competition to close a deal, buyers are aggressive with their purchase offers. So why not benefit from these multiple offers and rising prices?

TIP: if you are looking to sell your home, consider investing in house repairs to amp up the curb appeal and receive a higher asking price.

Seasonality of Homebuyers.
Did you know there are seasonal trends for selling and buying a home? In previous years, the spring months are historically the best time to list a home. However, with the unpredictable and uncertain living conditions that we are experiencing, the usually defined “peak of interest” in the market has become blurred. With that being said, the most desirable time to list your home is NOW, so do your homework and prepare to capitalize on the eager homebuyers.

How Kentwood Can Help
Have we convinced you? While there is no better time to sell your home than now, we understand the process can be daunting and often complex. With our local expertise and exceptional service, Kentwood is here to guide you through a pleasurable selling experience! Reach out today!

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Must-dos in Northern Colorado this Fall

Fall in Northern Colorado

It’s that time of year again – summer is coming to a close, kids are heading back to school, and it’s time to start thinking about trading in the shorts and flip flops for flannels and boots.


Northern Colorado is a wonderful place to be at any time of year, but there’s something extra special about the Fall season. The weather is perfect, the scenery is spectacular with fall foliage as far as the eye can see, and there are tons of fun events and activities throughout the region for the whole family to enjoy.


Whether you’re new to the Front Range, or simply looking for new ideas to enjoy all that the Rocky Mountain State has to offer, here are our top tips for things to do in Northern Colorado this fall.


Enjoy the fall colors.

Of course, we have to start with leaf-peeping. Colorado has, without a doubt, some of the best fall foliage in the country thanks to its many Aspen groves. The best time to see fall colors typically runs from the last week in September to the second week in October. Just a short 45-minute drive from Fort Collins is Rocky Mountain National Park, which is one of the best places to marvel at the dazzling orange, yellow and red Aspen groves as you wind your way through the mountains. Other top leaf peeping locations include:


Lory State Park

Roosevelt National Forest

Poudre Canyon

Red Feather Lakes


Go hiking and camping.

Fall is the perfect time of year to go hiking and camping in and around Northern Colorado. The weather is comfortable and dry during the day, and crisp enough at night to cozy up next to the campfire. Some of our favorite camping spots are Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain State Park and Lory State Park, among others.


Crack open a seasonal brew.

Northern Colorado is a mecca for craft beer, with more than 20 (and counting) breweries in the region. As the leaves start to change, breweries create new beers incorporating seasonal flavors, from Oktoberfest-inspired ales to pumpkin spiced lagers. Not sure where to start? New Belgium Brewery and Odell Brewing Co. are two favorites known for releasing seasonal brews in the fall, and here’s a map of additional breweries in Northern Colorado from which to choose.


Unleash your inner child (or real-life child) at a pumpkin patch or corn maze.

Kids of all ages will love going to one of Northern Colorado’s local farms to pick out their own pumpkin to carve this Halloween. The Bartel’s Farm and Jack Lantern’s Corn Maze are two local favorites offering a huge selection of pumpkins, along with corn mazes and hay rides.


Get spooky at Colorado’s most haunted house.

Along with Fall comes Halloween, and one of the best places to get in the Halloween spirit is at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. Known as one of Colorado’s most haunted places, The Stanley Hotel is more than 100 years old, and was the source of inspiration behind Stephen King’s “The Shining.” And if you’re feeling especially brave, the hotel offers nighttime ‘Spirit Tours’ that will take you to some of the property’s most haunted areas.


Attend a fall festival.

There are several can’t-miss Fall events in Northern Colorado. FORToberfest is a fall festival in Fort Collins that takes place in September, and showcases the city’s dynamic music scene, vibrant brewing industry, and love for biking. Sip on a seasonal brew while you listen to live music in Old Town, and enjoy local art, food, and bike vendors throughout the day.

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Northern Colorado is Among the Country’s Top Destinations to Call Home

And we have the top team at Kentwood Northern Properties to find the home of your dreams


With the nation’s top ski resorts and national parks to the west, rolling plains to the east, and just an hour’s drive from the Denver International Airport, it comes as no surprise that Northern Colorado is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States. As if the great quality of life, active outdoor lifestyle and picturesque backdrop weren’t enough to convince you, Northern Colorado also boasts one of the most stable housing markets in the country. In fact, according to a recent study by SmartAsset, Boulder was ranked No. 1 and Fort Collins was ranked No. 4 out of 358 metro areas in the United States for overall home price growth, as well as stability.


If the next steps in your life journey lead you to experience the incredible lifestyle that Northern Colorado has to offer, our team at Kentwood Northern Properties are just the people to get you there. This team of Realtors® have deep roots in the Northern Colorado community, and local expertise that creates a market advantage for clients that is second-to-none.


Shirley Watson – Simply put, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who knows and understands Northern Colorado better than Shirley. She’s raised her family in Fort Collins and has more than 30 years of professional experience in Northern Colorado real estate. Shirley has been named one of the 25 most powerful sales people in the state by ColoradoBiz Magazine and has been recognized as a top relocation specialist and local expert in residential and new construction home sales. She ranks among Kentwood’s top 5 individual Brokers.


Catherine Rodgers A resident of Northern Colorado for nearly 30 years, Catherine treasures all that the community has to offer. With her extensive background in residential sales throughout the Front Range, Catherine has sold into the thousands, property-wise, and is also recognized amongst the one-percent of Realtors® nationally who consistently receive top recognition for salesmanship and production. She ranks among Kentwood’s top 10 individual Brokers.


Andrea Stull – Andrea has been involved in residential real estate for the last 15 years, and much of that experience came from owning a successful custom homebuilding company. Being on the front lines of building homes provided Andrea with insight into the market, market trends and a seller’s perspective that few agents can offer, and she has earned numerous national awards for her sales volume. She ranks among Kentwood’s top individual Brokers.


Matt & Paula King – This mother-and-son team delivers a powerhouse package of services to buyers and sellers of homes in and around the Denver and Boulder regions. The King Team has successful real estate sales experience in every conceivable market condition for over 30 years, and comprehensive knowledge of trends, values and communities from South Denver to North Boulder County. They rank among Kentwood’s top teams.


Sarah Tyler – To say Sarah’s roots run deep in the Northern Colorado community would be a massive understatement. She is a Colorado native, Colorado State University Alumna, a successful business owner in Northern Colorado, and is a member of the Fort Collins Board of REALTORS®. Sarah specializes in both listing and selling homes and prides herself on making the experience enjoyable for her clients, while keeping in mind their preferences and the climate of the current market. She’s doubled her sales volume since moving to Kentwood in 2018.


Kris Laine – With over 20 years of diverse real estate experience, Kris brings passion, drive and determination to the Northern Colorado real estate market. She and her family relocated to Fort Collins in 2006, and her extensive knowledge of the community has earned her a loyal following from both residential and commercial clients.  Kris’ ability to combine her residential and commercial practices has afforded her the ability to bring a varied perspective to real estate solutions.


With growing home values, a thriving economy, exceptional schools, easy access to outdoor recreation and a great quality of life, Northern Colorado truly is one of the best places in the country to call home. Contact our Northern Properties office today and let us help you #PutDownRoots.


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Kentwood Northern Properties Office Joins Exclusive International Real Estate Networks


Kentwood Real Estate is pleased to announce its northern Colorado office has been accepted to esteemed international real estate networks, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) and Luxury Portfolio International®.  The Kentwood Northern Properties office provides first-class relocation services to Fort Collins, Timnath, Windsor and Johnstown.

“Being part of the world’s most esteemed, leading international network of top real estate agents affords our clients great advantages in our global reach combined with our local expertise,” states Gretchen Rosenberg, Kentwood Real Estate President & CEO. “Our Northern Properties office of top brokers embodies the highest-caliber experience and professionalism in servicing homebuyers and sellers in Northern Colorado, a top destination for its picturesque backdrop and active outdoor lifestyle.”

LeadingRE is an invitation-only network spanning over 70 countries and 565 firms with a focus on high-performance and trusted relationships between clients and their real estate team. Luxury Portfolio International is the luxury marketing division of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Kentwood’s involvement with the two provides a global reach while retaining local, more specialized expertise.

Kentwood Real Estate Relocation is led by Director of Relocation and Business Development, Jason Exley and Relocation Manager, Heather Albrechtson.

Kentwood Real Estate is an elite team of Realtors® whose exceptional service, local expertise and deep community roots create a market advantage for clients. From the beginning, Kentwood has been built on the foundation of broker excellence. Only the most professional, ethical and knowledgeable top-producing real estate agents are selected to be affiliated with the esteemed brand. To contact Kentwood Northern Properties, located at 2510 East Harmony Road, #202, Fort Collins, Colorado, call 970.300.1985.

About Kentwood Real Estate

Kentwood Real Estate is dedicated to building on its legacy of being “Colorado’s Premier Real Estate Company” through the highest producing, most knowledgeable, caring and experienced brokers in the country who offer the highest-quality customer service experience. Kentwood produces more sales volume per agent than 99 percent of the real estate companies in the U.S. Kentwood Real Estate is comprised of Kentwood Real Estate DTC, Kentwood Real Estate Cherry Creek, Kentwood City Properties in downtown Denver and Kentwood Northern Properties in Fort Collins. For more information, visit Kentwood Real Estate online at

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Kentwood Northern Properties

Kentwood Northern PropertiesWith abundant recreational opportunities, flourishing cultural scenes, and world-class communities, Northern Colorado boasts a quality of life that is hard to replicate.

Kentwood Northern Properties’ premier location enables our leading real estate professionals to deliver exceptional service to the Fort Collins community and beyond. Our seasoned brokers not only specialize in Fort Collins’ charming neighborhoods, they also possess a broad depth of knowledge of the entire Northern Colorado area. An area characterized by a thriving economy, educated workforce, and recreational opportunities.

At Kentwood, we recognize that location, opportunity, and culture are all vital factors in deciding where to put down roots. Northern Colorado communities consistently rank as some of the best locations in the country for business, lifestyle, and craft beer. In fact, Northern Colorado has one of the highest performing economies nationwide. The area also offers access to high-quality, award-winning educational institutions. Among them are Colorado State University, the University of Northern Colorado, and two community colleges that are both nationally accredited.

If all that weren’t enough, Northern Colorado boasts more than 330 miles of scenic trails for biking, running, and hiking. There are more than 125 parks with amenities such as tennis courts, skate parks, picnic facilities, and illuminated athletic fields. Northern Colorado also offers endless opportunities for remarkable hiking, mountain biking, camping, kayaking, and world-class white-water rafting. It is truly an ideal location for those seeking outdoor adventure and natural beauty at their fingertips.

From Fort Collins’ eclectic enclaves and Loveland’s urban streets to Windsor’s small-town charm and Erie’s bustling communities, Kentwood Northern Properties provides you with the most dependable and effective residential real estate service possible. Because of Kentwood’s strong national and international connections, we work with buyers and sellers in all areas of Northern Colorado and beyond.