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Aug. 8, 2017

Why Are Millennials Buying Homes Today?

Millennials aren’t buying homes to start families like their parents did. They are buying homes so their pets have more space.

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According to Bustle, millennials are buying homes because they want more room for their dogs—not because they want children. This is a sharp contrast to the buying habits of their parents.  

 

1/3 of first-time homebuyers listed “wanting more yard space for their dog” as their No. 1 reason for wanting to buy. Many buildings and landlords don’t even allow pets, or charge a hefty deposit if they do. 

 

I used to live in a high-rise and while it had an awesome view, it wasn’t very conducive for my 16-year old lab, who has bladder issues. The extra pet deposit started to add up quickly as well. It was much smarter for me to just buy a home where I didn’t have to jump through all of these hoops. 

 

If you’re looking for a perfect home for you and your furry friend, give us a call or send us an email. We would love to help.

 

Posted in Home Buying
July 11, 2017

Erie's Craft Breweries

Brewing Up Something Great in Erie, Colorado

 

In the past, beer was widely available in cans and bottles as it is today, however; there was nowhere near the amount of diversity in flavor that we have now. Simple lagers and pilsners were mass-produced and shipped in from all over the country.

 

Luckily, the craft beer industry has provided dozens of new styles of beer, more carefully crafted and unique than in the past. The whole country has breweries that are creating beers that are full of flavor, and provide an adventure for anyone looking to enjoy locally produced beverages.

 

In Erie, Colorado, we have four breweries that are creating some fascinating beers.

 

Echo Brewing Company – Its safe to say that pizza and beer pair wonderfully. The Echo Brewing Company's Erie Brewpub & Pizzeria is an excellent spot for enjoying a deliciously hand-crafted version of both! Check out their location in Old Town! https://echobrewing.com/

 

Echo also has a second location, The Frederick Brewery and Taproom is Echo's original location and has both indoor and outdoor space to utilize when dining and enjoying a fresh brew. Echo Even hand crafts their Mozzarella!

 

Atom Brewing Company - Beer wasnt always fermented in giant stainless steel and glass tanks. It used to be prepared in oak barrels and allowed to breathe the fresh mountain air. In fact, most of the best Belgian and German beers are still open fermented.Atom Brewing has brought those traditions to Erie. Using their custom-made oak barrels, in small batches, Atom allows the beer to breathe and capture the essence of Colorados legendary air.

If you want to see how beer was crafted for millennia and then take some home in a bottle, go the Atom Brewing Company at 654 Moffat Street.

https://atombrewingcompany.com/

 

The Old Mine- The Old Mines building on 500 Briggs St. was once an old mercantile building in Old Town Erie, Colorado. They feature in-house hard cider and hand-crafted beer on 15 taps and in bottles from their beer cellar. They also offer in-house Artisan Pizza and 12 hr. smoked Jurassic Pork (both in Gluten-free options).

 

As loyal Erie residents and beer lovers, Michael and Johns vision is coming to fruition by connecting the local community through great food and craft beer. Although sitting in the dining area is quite fun, The Old Mine provides and outdoor patio if you prefer to be in the open air. They have just renovated and added new features as well! 

http://www.theoldmine.com/

 

Industrial Revolution Brewing Company - At one time, like its namesake in Pennsylvania, Erie was at the heart of the coal industry. Today, the coal is no longer flowing from the hills, but the love for beer that those miners drank never left. The Industrial Revolution Brewing Company (IRBC) offers bold and hardy beverages for anyone who loves great beer. They have designed a welcoming outdoor beer garden to relax with friends.

Located at 285 Cheesman Street, IRBC is a taste revolution. Owners Tim and Nate have worked long and hard to provide beers that are bold in flavor and rich in tradition. They have stuck to what they know, allowing food delivery and gourmet food trucks to provide the grub while they provide the beverage.

http://www.industrialrevolutionbrewingcompany.com/

 

Erie is part of a revolution that makes beer as local as a single city neighborhood. Each beer and each brewery adds to the richness of Colorados brewing history. These four locations are an extraordinary tribute to that history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Neighborhoods
July 10, 2017

Benefits of Living in Erie, CO

Erie, Colorado is where it's at!

Anyone who has visited Colorado will have to agree that this state is magical! This is mainly because of the mountains, sunshine, nature, physical activities, adventure, beer and its history; together with exploration. With all the beauty to behold in Colorado, theres never a shortage of things to do here. Erie, Colorado stands out for many reasons, arguably most impressive is because its unemployment rate stands at 4.2% and in addition to that, jobs have increased by a total of 1.96%.

Living in Erie, Colorado will offer you employee benefits which promote financial security, peace of mind, as well as the maintenance your health and life/work balance. These benefits include;

  • Medical
  • Vision
  • Dental
  • Long-term disability
  • Short-term disability
  • Employee assistance program
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Optional life and accidental death with dismemberment insurance
  • Flex savings
  • Paid time off with holiday pay

The dynamic and diverse community, along with the contemporary pace of life has appealed to people of all ages. Calling Erie home is a prideful statement for all who have settled there. The majestic mountain views offer awestriking sunsets and peace comparable to no other. The following are reasons as to why you should move to Erie, Colorado immediately.

Access to Skiing

In as little as an hours travel, Erie residents have the luxury to go skiing! Eldora Mountain Resort is a family-friendly ski resort. If youre a ski lover, then you will absolutely fall in love with the 4,200 meters and 54 peaks of ski terrain. In addition to skiing, there are many great restaurants and bars you can visit, not only at Eldora, but at any of the dozens of Ski Resorts in the beautiful rocky mountains.

Delicious Craft Beer

Established breweries are found here and popular brands such as The Industrial Revolution, The Old Mine, Echo Brewing Company and Atom Brewery have settled in Erie. They all come out to participate in the Great American Beer Festival, which is known to feature 1,800 different brews and 400 craft brewers from all over Colorado!



Wildlife

Erie, as well as many other places in Colorado, offers a great probability to spot wildlife. Beautiful birds of prey, graceful deer and elk, as well as some of the more common creatures like rabbits, foxes, and other small mammals are a very common sight.



Affordability

In Erie, Colorado folks can find a single family home in a great neighborhood starting at $325,000. Some of these homes are located in communities that offer amenities such as a pool, workout facility, golf course, tennis courts and even a clubhouse for those special events you may want to plan.



A Sense of Community

Although Erie has some historical neighborhoods such as Old Town Erie, many of the newer neighborhoods are formed by folks who’ve relocated from another state. Whether relocating because of a change of jobs or to find a more affordable place to reside; Erie, Colorado is very welcoming to all its transplants. The welcoming comes from the diverse activities that it offers for families as well as seniors. Erie highlights an impressive Balloon Fest each year in May and attracts people from all over Colorado and from other states.



It’s no wonder Money Magazine named Erie, Colorado as one of its BEST PLACES TO LIVE in 2015! http://time.com/money/collection-post/3984422/erie-colorado-best-places-to-live-2015/

 

Check out the ERIE homepage for detailed information and Drone Footage of all Neighborhoods in Erie!



 



Posted in Neighborhoods
June 19, 2017

Our New Virtual Staging & Renovation Services

We have two amazing new services to offer you. Virtual staging and virtual renovation help you see your home’s full potential.

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We have two amazing new services that we are excited to offer: virtual staging and renovation.

 

These services are available for clients with high-end listings.

 

Any experienced agent knows that the majority of the population has a hard time visualizing potential improvements to a home the way an expert with a trained eye can.

 


This technology helps you see
your home’s full potential.

 

 

That’s why HGTV shows like “Property Brothers” use advanced design software to show a home’s potential after a renovation project, color change, or proper staging.

 

This technology can show your tired kitchen with modern cabinets and stainless appliances. It can also show your empty house staged with designer furniture for a fraction of the cost of traditional staging.

 

If you would like to learn more about our amazing new services, just give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!

 

Posted in Home Buying
May 26, 2017

Broomfield in the Fall

Broomfield in the fall

As someone who's enjoyed the small-town friendly feel of Broomfield for the last 12 years, I feel I should share some of it's great treats for our fall season.  
While the leaves are changing all over town and the streets are splattered with reds, oranges, and brilliant golds...the town  bustles with the anticipation of cooler days and Halloween.
Just up 287 (Wadsworth) just north of Broomfield is our famous pumpkin patch.  The family-owned farm provides thousands upon thousands of pumpkins to pick directly from the fields in which they grow.  There are hay bale mazes, jump castles, farm animals to pet, and delicious treats to purchase after a long trek through the vast pumpkin patch to get that perfect orange gourd to carve.  Bring your camera because this is the perfect spot to take family pics of everyone gathering their treasures. http://www.rockcreekfarm.com
Broomfield is a health-minded community and we are thankful for all the trails that wind their way through our neighborhoods.  We have everything from walk-ways behind our homes, to long winding trails up the backs of the hills behind Miramonte and Lac Amora  that give us breath-taking views of the Front Range.  The fall is the best time to take advantage of these trails-with the weather cooling enough to take the edge of the mid-day sun,  the trails are fun to take everywhere. 
If shopping is something you enjoy then you can take your time at one of the 2 amazing malls near us.  
  Flatirons mall, which is just off of HWY 36 in Broomfield, boasts many great shops, dining, and a movie theater with lounge-style seating and adult beverages!   This mall is indoors and is a great escape when the weather doesn't cooperate.  
The other mall is the Orchard Town mall.  This is an outdoor mall just off of 144th and I-25.  Though this is technically considered Westminster, it is just on the border of Broomfield and we residents take full advantage of it.  There's an outdoor play area, a miniature train for kids to ride around in, many great restaurants, lots of shopping, and an amazing movie theater. There are many spots to sit outside during our amazing Indian Summer weather evenings and have your meal or take advantage of the center of the mall and sit by the fireplace.  Each Halloween the mall stores participate in a trick-or-treat parade where kids can come during the day and show off their costumes for candy!
We have a library next to a park in the heart of Broomfield and it houses a very special memorial.  I encourage everyone to take the time to visit this spot.  Our 9/11 memorial is truly historical and really gives you a space and the time to reflect, remember, and pay homage to those whose lives were ended on that fateful day.  This memorial is peaceful, tasteful, and I feel very grateful that our town chose to put it up.  On September 11 each year there is a flag put in the ground near the memorial that commemorates each and every life that was lost that day.  The display is breath-taking and very honoring.
We have a unique place to live here nestled up against the mountains.  Amazing sunsets, less traffic than down south, easy access to highways for shopping, dining, and taking an adventure.  Broomfield is the small town you have been looking for and we have some fantastic places here to enjoy.
Please visit our website for homes available in and around Broomfield.                 
Posted in Neighborhoods
May 4, 2017

3 Reasons Why Every Homebuyer Should Order an Inspection

Buying a home without an inspection is risky because there are certain things you need to know about the house before it’s all yours.

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If you’re thinking about buying a home, there are three main reasons you should order an inspection for that home.

 

The first is so you know what’s going on with the house. The good news is you can choose whoever you like to do the inspection. Your agent will most likely have someone to recommend as well.

 

Make sure whoever you pick is certified through InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors) or ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors). This is important because these inspectors are required to keep up their education courses, certifications, and general ongoing knowledge of the inspection process so they can service you the best they can.

 

The second reason to order an inspection is in case you ever get caught in a court dispute and need to back up your claim. A certified home inspector is admissible in court—your neighbor who dabbles in home inspections isn’t.

 


You’re allowed to pick your own inspector.

 

With home inspections, there is no “pass” or “fail.” It’s simply a snapshot of the home that day. An inspector can’t tell you if an appliance or a major item will fail. They can only inspect it and give you their opinion on its condition. They also can’t move any of the current homeowner’s personal effects. For example, they can’t look under a rug or behind a curtain. If they miss something that’s being purposely hidden, that’s something they can’t control.

 

There are also items and systems that are outside of their control or expertise. Just because an inspector became an inspector because they had experience in construction or plumbing doesn’t mean they have the same level of knowledge regarding electrical wiring. If this is the case and they see something they think isn’t up to code, they’ll advise you to seek out legal expertise in that area.

 

The third reason to order a home inspection is so you can get a radon test and a sewer scope recommendation done. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. This is outside the scope of regular inspections, so don’t forget to ask for one. Radon can happen in a home no matter its age. If you’d like to know more about it, visit www.epa.gov/radon.

 

We don’t usually recommend a sewer scope unless the home is older and might have clay piping or there are big trees growing around the house that might have roots interfering with the plumbing system. As with a radon test, this sometimes falls outside the regular duties of a home inspection, so you may have to request it separately as well.

 

If you have any questions about this topic, please feel free to call, text, or email us anytime. We would be happy to help you.

Posted in Home Buying
April 18, 2017

Why Work With an Agent for a New Build? Part 3

Working with an agent on a new build: Part 3

Today we're wrapping up the final four items in our series about why it's important to work with a real estate agent when buying a new construction home.

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Today we'll wrap up the third installment of our series on why it's important to have an agent accompany you when you buy a new construction home from a builder.

 

You can watch Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Now, let's pick up where we left off:

 

7. Soil surveys and engineering reports. When you buy a new build, these two things are a crucial part of the process. The builder will have the soil survey on hand for each lot. Here in Colorado, we have a problem with expansive soils, which can lead to foundation problems and heaving of sidewalks, driveways, and basement floors. When they start excavating, they'll test a sample of the soil for expansiveness.

 

The engineering report looks at the overall properties of the lot itself. These reports are available when you pick your lot, but for most consumers, it's like reading Greek thanks to all the confusing engineering lingo. A good agent can interpret these for you and help you make sure you don't buy a lot with expansive soil. Even if you choose a lot with expansive soil, it's not a deal killer. You just want to be sure the builder has the proper type of basement for that particular lot.

 

8. Considering which options are better to buy from a builder from the beginning versus buying later on. This is especially true when taking budget concerns into consideration. Many buyers have to keep their budget under a certain dollar amount and it can be easy to go crazy with the builder in the design center with things like the layout.

 

As agents, some of the things we look at that can't or shouldn't be done after the build include: high or coffered ceilings, a covered porch, choosing a wall oven over a stove, or an extra deep basement excavation. Things that are OK to do down the road include: tile floors and backsplashes, granite countertops over Formica, and stainless steel appliances over basic black appliances. An agent will help you examine each item or feature you’re considering.

 

9. Parts of town. In Denver, we definitely have east and west parts of town that are divided by Interstate 25. The west of town is on the mountain side and the east side is on the plains side. Historically when we see downturns, the east side sees the downturn faster and recovers slower while property closer to the mountains is more stable. A good agent will help you determine which part of town will be a more stable investment in terms of building a home.

 


All builders will tell you their materials
and techniques are the best, but an agent will help you
sort out who’s telling the truth.

 

10. Different builders in general. It's funny—every time you walk into a builder's office, they tell you about how their builders are the latest and greatest and use the best materials and best methods. I hear it from every one of them, but quite frankly, I have to call BS on it because there are big differences between builders. Some of the more high-end builders definitely build to a higher efficiency standard and use better materials. For example, some builders will use concrete window wells as opposed to corrugated steel window wells that will eventually rust out. Some might use a tile roof that will last up to 60 years versus regular shingles that will wear out in 10 to 12 years. Builders will never give you the straight story, but an agent can help you sort it out.

 

If you have any questions about buying a new construction home or you'd like me to expand on any of these 10 points, just give us a call or send us an email soon. We look forward to helping you!

 

Posted in Home Buying
April 3, 2017

Why Work With an Agent for a New Build? Part 2

We're back with three more reasons why you should always work with a real estate agent even when buying a new construction home from a builder.

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Today marks the second installment of our three-part series about why you should work with an agent when buying a new construction home from a builder.

 

You can see the first installment and the first three reasons here.


Now, for the next three reasons to work with an agent when buying a home from a builder:

 

  1. You will have someone on your side. Going to a home builder's office is a lot like going to a car dealership. The salespeople at the office knows that they have one chance to sell you a home in a particular area, and if they miss that opportunity, they may not get another chance. Unfortunately, they'll use a lot of tactics car dealerships would to try to break your spirit a bit and get you to sign on the dotted line while you're there. An agent will act as a buffer and give you someone to fight back. You should have someone there with you to push back and level the playing field with the sales rep and their manager. An agent knows the material and won't be intimidated by all the lingo thrown at them.

  2. Agents know what to ask for. Builders will have varying guidelines to approach contingencies, like if you need to sell your current house before buying the new home. Some builders allow contingencies and some don't, and some will only allow it for certain stages in construction. These policies will vary from builder to builder. An agent knows which questions to ask and how to counsel you properly so you don't sign anything to obligate yourself in a way where you can't hold up your end of the deal and lose your earnest money deposit. Sadly, a lot of people lose their earnest money to builders.

  3. We know what the other builders in the area have to offer. A good agent is familiar with all five or six builders in an area; we've been to their sales offices, we know what incentives they have, and we have an idea of their inventory and time frames. Every builder will tell you that they have the best materials and construction techniques, but a good agent will help you differentiate them. We know their reputations and which ones have the actual best materials and construction techniques. We'll basically act as a BS filter to tell you whether they're being truthful or giving you a sales pitch.

 

Be sure to tune in for part three of our series about working with an agent when buying a home from a builder. In the meantime, give me a call or send me an email if you're thinking about buying or selling a home here in Denver. I'd be glad to help!

 

Today marks the second installment of our three-part series about why you should take an agent when buying a new construction home from a builder.

 

Posted in Home Buying
March 15, 2017

10 Reasons to Use an Agent When Buying New-Construction

Welcome to part one of “10 Reasons to Use an Agent When Buying New Construction.” Today I’ll go over the first three reasons you need to have representation when purchasing a new build.

 

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When buying new construction, there are 10 reasons you need to use an agent. Today, in part one of a three-part series, I’ll go over the first three reasons you should always have representation when purchasing a new build.

 

  1. You pay to have an agent whether you use one or not. The builder always works 3% for commission into the sales price to make sure they are covered in the event a buyer brings an agent. Right now in Colorado, builders are selling homes as fast as they can build them, so it would be highly unlikely that you could negotiate that 3% off the price if you didn’t use an agent. Overall, it’s worth it financially to go ahead and use an agent.

 

  1. Protect your earnest money. The contract is written by the builder’s attorneys, so it doesn't have to adhere to the same rules as a real estate contract. In fact, I have heard of people losing up to $15,000 because someone who wasn’t using an agent missed a deadline in the contract or backed out and the builder kept the money. We make sure we understand all your deadlines and everything you are signing.



We make sure you understand all your
deadlines and everything you are singing.


 

  1. Better odds of getting a premium lot. I have great relationships with many of the builders in the areas that we specialize in. They know me, I bring them clients, and in turn when I bring a buyer to their property, they know it’s a serious buyer who wants a great spot. You’re going to be taken more seriously with an agent, and you might score a lot with special features like a water feature of space for a walk-out basement. Also, if you’re busy when an important call comes in about a property, I can be there to make sure whatever needs to be taken care of is taken care of.

 

Stay tuned for parts two and three of “10 Reasons to Use an Agent When Buying New Construction.” In the meantime, if you have any other questions, please feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I’m happy to help!

 

Posted in Home Buying
Feb. 28, 2017

4 Things to know before buying new construction in Erie CO.

4 things to know before buying new construction or touring model homes.


1) Exercise your right to bring a buyer's agent.

You'll almost always benefit from an experienced professional in your corner.  An experienced buyer's agent knows all the right questions to ask the builder, on topics like contingencies, crucial deadlines, and warranty coverage. Quality agents are also adept at interpreting the provided engineering reports and soil surveys, to help ensure that you pick a lot that is less likely to develop foundation problems, down the road.   An agent will also make sure that you understand your contractual rights with the builder. The Colorado Real Estate Commission requires that all agents use an approved, standardized contract when selling re-sale homes. This approved contract, is written by the State's attorneys to heavily favor the rights of the buyers. However, builders are not required to use this standardized contract. Instead, they have lobbied the legislature for the right to use their own contracts. These proprietary contracts are skewed to heavily favor the rights of the builder, with little regard for the buyers rights. Furthermore, most builder contracts are well over 50 pages long. Most are loaded with "legalese" and seemingly endless pages of complex construction terminology. To most buyers, these contracts might as well be written in Greek. A good agent, will make sure you understand exactly what you're signing.


2) Contrary to popular misconception... you won't get a better deal by engaging the builders directly, without an agent.

Builders add an additional 3% into the price of every home they sell, in the event that there's an agent to pay.  In Erie (and many other parts of Colorado too), the builders simply can't build homes fast enough to keep up with the present demand.  Therefore, they currently have no need to discount their prices for anyone. They realize that if you won't pay full price for it, the next person through their door will. Of course there are some exceptions to every rule. There are certain circumstances were an agent can help you "work" the builder for better pricing, lot placement, landscaping, or incentives. A good agent will recognize these instances, and make sure you're in a position to capitalize on them if they present themselves. Bottom line, the price you pay a builder entitles you to bring representation. You're essentially paying for an agent, whether you choose to bring one or not... so its foolish not to.


3) Builders can be somewhat ruthless, and they won't hesitate to keep your earnest money.

Earnest money on a typical re-sale home in Colorado usually averages around 1% of the purchase price, or about $4,500 on a typical re-sale home in the Erie area. However builders on the other hand, typically require a much larger deposit of around $10,000-$15,000. Additionally, some builders may require additional deposits of 50% of the cost of your upgrades in their design center. So, many buyers end up with $30,000 to $50,000 of their hard earned savings being held by (and exposed to) the builder prior to closing. This is where the builder-slanted language in their proprietary contracts really comes into play. Much of that language in their purchase contract revolves around their recourse, in the event that the buyer fails to close on the home. The majority of this builder slanted language, grants the builder to right to keep all of your deposit money if the deal gets derailed and fails to close for some reason. However, the contract will also contain a few clauses that grant the buyer the ability to back out of the deal with a full return of their earnest money. Of course the builder's salesperson won't always point these out, because they are more likely to lose a sale if the buyer knows their rights. Once again, an agent in your corner will make sure you fully understand all of these rights. An agent will work hard to make sure your earnest money is at as little risk, as possible.


4. Be careful about filling out the builder's "Info card" if you visit the model homes.

Even though the builders pack an extra 3% into the price of every home, they'll still do everything in their power to avoid paying it, whenever they possibly can. This is why they push so hard for everyone visiting their models, to fill out that pesky little white information card. Those info cards allow them to track the first time anyone visits their sales office. If you fill out that card, but don't check the box stating that you have an agent, they will never let you come back with an agent again. This is understandable, because they offer agents commission for bringing them buyers that otherwise might not have considered looking at new-construction. They don't want to pay an agent that didn't actually play a part in bringing them a customer. Several times a year, we speak with buyers that toured a model several months earlier in the year, when they were just in the early, curious phase. They innocently filled out the builders card without declaring an agent, and now that they are serious and ready to buy... the builder won't pay their agent because they didn't check the box declaring an agent. So, the lesson here is that you should simply politely decline to fill out their card, or check the Realtor/Agent box on the card if you do fill one out. Even if you are far from getting serious, checking the "represented by an agent" box on the card can save you a huge headache when you are finally ready to take the plunge on that new home!

Posted in Home Buying