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Purchasing A Second Home In Colorado

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Be honest. How nice does a vacation sound right about now? You can’t deny that after all of these months cooped up in our homes, a change of scenery sounds irresistible. Let’s swap those one-time plane tickets and fancy dinners for the fresh Colorado air and a reason for adventure. Maybe you are looking to purchase a second home for pure enjoyment? Possibly for some additional income? A worthwhile investment? Or it could even be all three, but all in all, there are some undeniable short term and long-term benefits of purchasing a second home in Colorado. 

A second home provides the perfect reason to escape. Whether it’s for personal leisure or family bonding, the memories you create are invaluable, and you can’t put a price tag on memories. Not only will you bond with your loved ones, but a sense of community will also form as you explore your new neighborhood. Creating a sense of belonging as you discover new restaurants and meet the local grocery store owner is the perfect way to become a local. However, since this is a second home, you may not be a permanent local. But do not fret! With such high tourism rates in mountain towns like Telluride and Vail, wannabe locals will be knocking at your door for a little staycation of their own. 

As the real estate market continues to skyrocket, this is the perfect time to consider purchasing a second home in Colorado. Let’s look at Telluride, for example. There was $125 million in sales in August alone, which shattered their December 2019 one-month sales record of $96.9 million. In fact, Telluride is on track to beat the all-time annual sales record of $760 million, which was set in 2007. Not only are mortgage rates low, but purchasing an additional home, particularly in a mountain town, turns your disposable income into financial safety. The National Ski Areas Association reported a record-breaking 24 million visits in the 2018-19 year, further proving a desire for the mountains. While purchasing an additional home is an investment, it has its benefits. For instance, a second home is considered a personal residence. This means when tax day comes around, you can deduct both property taxes and mortgage interests from your taxes. I am not a qualified tax professional, but that sure sounds enticing.

Acquiring another home is a big commitment and a purchase that would benefit from a professional’s advice. Finding a Realtor® whom you trust is crucial in the success of your second home. Our brokers at Kentwood will provide you with the expertise and insights into the Colorado real estate market to assure you that you made a rewarding investment. Feel free to contact our Kentwood professionals today and take your first step in creating priceless memories.

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Why 4th Quarter is a Great Season for Real Estate

Written by Kentwood Real Estate President and CEO Gretchen Rosenberg

The seasons are changing and it’s time to finish raking leaves; time to make sure you enjoy the great Colorado Outdoors while it’s still semi-summer and time to consider making a move.

Before stepping into management, I spent 22 years in real estate sales. It never failed that September through November were among my best months every year.

Odds of Selling

As a homeowner considering putting your house on the market or up for lease, your “odds of selling” are among the highest at this moment. It’s not typical to see a jump in inventory during the final quarter of the year and home buyers are left to sift through what little inventory there is. Anything new on the market is usually hotly contested. By choosing to get your house on the market soon, you know the buyer pool is at the highest it’s been in years.

Buying Power

Mortgage rates remain historically, breathtakingly low. The current odds of selling your home in Metro Denver rests at 73.4%. The ratio of buyers to sellers is out of balance in the Colorado real estate market. Those are some great odds! The pool of buyers has maximum affordability at current prices because of low mortgage rates.

In the Northern Colorado market, affordability is greater, with more to choose from in mid-tier price ranges. With similar inventory issues in the communities surrounding Fort Collins, buyers are left struggling to win the day among competitive bids. Having an experienced real estate broker in your corner can help you wade through a complex and sometimes frustrating process.

Craving Space 

Buyers are craving space with another COVID winter in our future. Many people are hoping that a move to a larger property will afford them the ability to weather the storm, literally. If you are thinking of listing your home for sale, consider your location’s appeal and price carefully. The odds of selling are high, but buyers are looking for updated and move-in-ready in most cases.

It’s the season for selling! Contact any Kentwood Real Estate broker for more information on listing or buying residential or commercial property in Metro Denver, the foothills, up the I-25 corridor, and areas surrounding Fort Collins in Northern Colorado. We’re here to provide you the information you need to make an informed decision. Tis the season!

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Why Pricing Your House Right Is Essential

In today’s real estate market, setting the right price for your house is one of the most valuable things you can do.

According to the U.S. Economic Outlook by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing home prices nationwide are forecasted to increase 4.7% in 2020 and 4.1% in 2021. This means experts anticipate home values will continue climbing into next year. Today, low inventory is largely keeping prices from depreciating. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com, notes:

“Looking at the sheer number of buyers, low mortgage rates, and limited sellers, the strength of home prices–which are now growing at the highest pace since January 2018–makes sense.”

When it comes to pricing your home, the goal is to increase visibility and drive more buyers your way. Instead of trying to win the negotiation with one buyer, you should price your house so that demand is maximized and more buyers want to take a look.

How to Price Your Home

As a seller, you might be thinking about pricing your house on the high end while so many of today’s buyers are searching harder than ever just to find a home to purchase. You’re thinking, higher price, greater profit, right? But here’s the thing – a high price tag does not mean you’re going to cash in big on the sale. It’s actually more likely to deter buyers and have them looking at the houses your neighbors are selling instead.

Even today, when the advantage tips toward sellers because there are so few houses for sale, your house is more likely to sit on the market longer or require a price drop that can send buyers running in the other direction if it isn’t priced just right.

Our Trusted Real Estate Professionals Will Help

It’s important to make sure your house is priced correctly by working in partnership with a trusted real estate professional. When you price it competitively, you won’t be negotiating with one buyer over the price. Instead, you’ll have multiple buyers competing for the home, and that’s what ultimately increases the final sale price.

The key is making sure your house is priced to sell immediately. That way, it will be seen by the most buyers. More than one of them may be interested, and your house will be more likely to sell at a competitive price.

Bottom Line

If you’re thinking about listing your house this fall, connect with a Kentwood broker, to discuss how to price it right so you can maximize your exposure and your return. Find a broker at www.Kentwood.com

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Top 5 Reasons Why Real Estate Won’t “Fall Back” in 2020

Written by Kentwood Real Estate President and CEO Gretchen Rosenberg

2020 has been a year like no other. At Kentwood Real Estate, our hearts go out to the families impacted by COVID-19 due to the loss of a loved one, a personal illness, or the loss of employment or housing.

An unexpected outcome from this massive disruption is the roaring housing market. Who could have predicted in March, when we fell off a cliff and couldn’t show homes or safely put new listings on the market, that we’d be booming in September? Now that we’ve figured out how to safely work in this environment, we’re helping countless consumers find a home or sell their current one. We’ve also been helping landlords re-lease their properties and tenants find a place to rest their head. Kentwood Commercial closed the largest office lease since COVID-19 began at the end of August.

Why is all of this happening and how long will it last?

Here are 5 reasons I believe Fall 2020 will continue to be a robust market:

  1. Homeschooling. Families with school-age children are coping with working from home and learning from home. Some homeowners need to relocate closer to daycare or family so the parents can go to work while the children are still at home. Others want more space.
  2. Financing. Mortgage rates are insanely low and are projected to stay this way through at least the first quarter of 2021. Currently, a 30-year fixed rate is bouncing between the high 2%’s and low 3%’s.
  3. Pent up demand. We have a lot of buyers living in Colorado and coming to Colorado, and not enough inventory. Universally in every price point except the very high end, we’re selling around 50% of new listings in 7 days or less.
  4. First-time home-buyers. The millennials are of home buying age. Those that aren’t laden with student debt and have a bit of savings or help from family are launching into home-ownership. They understand what a boon to their futures home-ownership at 3% means.
  5. Spring delay. We got a late start this year. In Colorado, we like to say the spring home sales market starts in early January unless the Broncos are in the playoffs. Then it starts in early February and lasts through the end of May or mid-June. This year, our spring market was delayed until early May. We still have a large number of buyers hoping to find their next home by year-end. We’ll have a shorter gap between the selling season lull in 2020 and the spring market in 2021. We may not even see much of a lull at all this year.

What does this mean for you if you’re considering buying or selling a home? That you should proceed with the help of an experienced broker who can help you wade through the myriad complexities of the housing market, or the commercial real estate market, in this day and age. Buyers may be able to find more deals in the coming months, but there’s every likelihood that in many price ranges bidding wars will continue. Homeowners who are thinking of selling will need to carefully assess pricing, marketing plans, and whether to stage the property.

We’ll be “falling back” to standard time on November 1st, but these times are anything but standard.

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Real Estate Market Trends

Record-home Sales in July in Metro Denver

Homebuyers in metro Denver were not slowed by the pandemic in July as June’s record number of pending sales converted to an all-time high in the number of closings in any month on record.

Average Single-family Home Price Catapulted to Over $600,000

While record-home sales was predicted, no one could have predicted the significant jump in prices. Pent-up demand from the COVID-19 home-showing shutdown and the continued lack of choices forced homebuyers to bid against each other. Many sellers collected multiple offers at or above asking price. That competition catapulted the average single-family home price to $601,863, which is 7.7% higher than June and 10% percent higher than July 2019. The median closed price was also a record high for any month at $460,140.

One of the Strongest Months for Single-family Luxury Home Market

In the luxury housing market, there were two different perspectives depending on if you had single-family or condo homes.

The single-family Luxury Market, homes priced $1 million+, had one of its strongest months in almost every statistical category. Compared to last year, there was a 53% increase in new listings, pending transactions jumped 105% from 195 to 399, the amount of closed deals in July increased 61% and both the median and average days in MLS decreased from the previous year.

The lack of housing inventory puts the advantage in the sellers’ hands in all price ranges except for condos priced above $1 million. Even though the number of closed sales of luxury condos was up 50% month over month, it is still the softest segment of the market and homebuyers have the upper hand in negotiating.

While the luxury condo market had a relatively strong month compared to that of the previous year, it is clear that the demand for condos was not nearly as strong in July. People have spent more time in their homes than they are accustomed and there is a growing trend of wanting more space.

*Written August 7, 2020. Updates may be available after this date.

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Transformation and Resilience: U.S. Real Estate Markets Thriving Despite Pandemic

Click here to read the article by Bristol Global

Jason Exley, the Director of Relocation at Kentwood Real Estate, discusses the current state of the real estate market during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the article on Bristol Global to learn more about how real estate is thriving and the resilience of many major markets in the last several months.

Jason discusses how real estate continually adapted, and what the future of conducting business may look like in this new virtual landscape.

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5 Things to Know When Buying a House in 2018

Buying A House in 2018Buying a house in 2018 is a big commitment. Knowing when to dive into the real estate market can be intimidating, especially when there is low inventory, high prices, and it feels like the rules keep changing. Even if you have purchased a home before and think you know the process, what worked back then might not be what works now. To help prepare you for what may come, here are a few things to know before diving head first into the 2018 real estate market.

Learn How the Tax Code Will Effect You

The recent tax reforms have caused some concern that they will put home-ownership even further out of reach for many Americans, while also decreasing the tax benefits for owning a home. But that shouldn’t be reason to deter you from making your move. For example – starting this year, home-owners can deduct mortgage interest on loans up to $750,000, that’s down from $1 million. This change is expect to affect 1.3% – 2% of mortgages. The bottom line is to educate yourself on this new tax plan and how it will effect you.

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Mortgage Rates Are on The Rise

For the past several years, homeowners have benefited from historically low interest rates – around 3% – 3.90%. But the Fed has recently begun to make some noticeable increases. Last year, the rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage broke 4%. With economic growth gaining momentum, we could see between two to four more rate hikes this year. Rates could end up closing out the year at 5%. First time home buyers should keep an eye on these trends and forecasts.

Buying A House in 2018

Debt Limits Have Increased

In mid-2017, Frannie Mae announced that they would now be purchasing loans with borrowers who have debt-to-income ratios up to 50%. That’s up from their previous limit of 45%. This is a good bit of information for first time home buyers to know because it could make mortgage loans easier to obtain, especially for those who have a higher level of debt.

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Home Prices Are Rising More Slowly

Home prices have soared over the last few years, forcing other-wise qualified buyers out of high priced areas. But in 2018, price increases are expected to slow and become more moderate. Economists expect prices to rise by 3.5% – 5% nationwide this year. But it all depends on where you live. Some cities, where economic momentum has been steady, could see larger gains. While red-hot markets are predicted to finally lose a little steam.

Buying A House in 2018

Prepare for Competition

Housing inventory continues to be at a record low across the country, meaning that the days of multiple offers won’t be subsiding anytime soon. Because of this we have seen the all cash buyer willing to pay full price or more. According to the National Association of Realtors, 23% of all homes purchased in January of last year were cash buyers. And some experts believe that number will rise this year.

Since these types of buyers don’t need to secure financing, they not only have an edge on the competition but they’re also more appealing to the seller. That doesn’t mean all hope is lost. There are plenty of creative ways to appeal to a seller, such as writing a letter about yourself, your family, and your situation. Learn more about surviving a seller’s market.

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Denver Real Estate Market Continues Rebound

 

For much of the spring and summer, the Denver-area housing market was frenzied with multiple offers made on many homes – especially in high-demand neighborhoods. While that was good news for home sellers, it was frustrating for buyers who lost out.

The market is now experiencing a typical seasonal slowdown which may be a silver lining if you didn’t buy a home earlier this year. Not only are there fewer people competing for each home, but there are more homes on the market, with 8,959 active listings in the Denver Metro area in September, and new listings coming on the market daily. With the added supply, buyers no longer have to make a decision on signing on the dotted line as soon as a home hits the market.

This comes as good news to many, as a home purchase is one of the biggest purchases of your life, and not a decision comfortably made as soon as you walk through the door. As an added bonus, mortgage rates are actually slightly lower than they were during the summer, according to Freddie Mac, and almost a half-percentage lower than they were a year ago.

While it was frustrating to repeatedly be out-bid on a home, with more supply and lower interest rates, losing out earlier in the year may have worked to your benefit.