Posted On: November 11th, 2021 12:55AM
Are you thinking about living in Littleton, Colorado, and want to know what it's really like? In this episode of Own It!, I’m going to give you the good, the bad, and the ugly of living right here in Littleton. We’ll look at everything from outdoor activities to the cost of living so you know exactly what to expect.
While every area has its pros and cons, we're going to start off by looking at the top three reasons people love calling Littleton, Colorado home.
The very first and most important reason people like living in Littleton, Colorado is its location. If you're unfamiliar with the area, it's on the far west side of the Denver Metro area. Littleton is also about 45 to 60 minutes away from the airport, depending on traffic.
If you want to go to downtown Denver, it's about 30 to 45 minutes depending on traffic. One of the things that residents like about Littleton is that you are very close to the mountains. A lot of the residents are into outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, and more. These activities are all within an hour or so of Littleton, Colorado.
Many people who live in Littleton like it because it's away from the busyness and craziness of the big city—but close enough that, if you want to get there, you can within 30 to 45 minutes. The uniqueness of Littleton is that it's a big umbrella city with a lot of little towns within it. For example, Highlands Ranch is a very sought out area that’s a great place to live. You can also find the community of Lone Tree within Littleton, another neighborhood you can call home.
The second reason people love Littleton, Colorado is the lifestyle. You get a smaller town feel in this city, which residents love. One of the places that you can really experience the culture here is in downtown Littleton.
Downtown Littleton is a great place to go hang out on the weekend. It has tons of restaurants and bars and little shops. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, you'll see people out walking around and enjoying the area. It's just a fun place to go. One of my favorite places to go with my daughters—and you may have been there before—is The Melting Pot, located in Littleton right outside of downtown. Who doesn't like cheese?
One of the other really cool places in Littleton, Colorado is Hudson Gardens and Event Center. They have over 30 acres of gorgeous flowers that make for great photography backdrops or just hang out. At the Event Center at the Hudson Gardens, they have a live music concert series in the summer. They have wedding venues there, and guests can do receptions and all kinds of corporate events. It's a really cool place to host a party or gathering.
The third—and my most favorite—reason why people love living in Littleton, Colorado, is Red Rocks. Technically, Red Rocks is in Morrison, Colorado, though that’s right around the corner from Littleton. It’s one of the best places to see a concert in the world.
Even if you don't like music or the specific genre of music that's playing that night, you still have to go see Red Rocks. It is an amazing, gorgeous place. You can work out there, go for a hike, and visit the museum to see all the different artists that have played there. It’s a must-see in Colorado and Littleton.
Those are a few of the pros of living in Littleton, Colorado, though we do need to talk about the cons. There aren't many, but if you're considering moving to Littleton, Colorado, I want to tell you about the cons.
Cost Of Living
The first con is that Littleton, Colorado has a slightly higher cost of living, especially when it comes to real estate. To live close to the mountains, you're going to pay a little bit more money. What you're going to see in Littleton, Colorado is a lot of mid-century homes that are remodeled and absolutely beautiful.
Because a lot of those homes were built in the 50s, 60s, and 70, you're going to see plenty of cool architecture from the mid-century. They just don't make those kinds of homes anymore—and that's why this area attracts a lot of homebuyers that are into that mid-century architecture. If you haven't been to Littleton, Colorado, I highly recommend going to check it out. There's are a lot of ranch homes that were built in the 60s and 70s that are very cool to look at.
One thing I'm not a fan of in Littleton, Colorado, is the traffic if you don't like heavy traffic, you're going to have to take a minute to get used to that over the years. Many people have moved here, and it's become very popular. With that popularity comes congestion.
It's just the way it is. It’s gotten very crowded and congested. There are definitely some slower times, though, and there are ways to navigate around traffic if you have the opportunity. You're living in Colorado, so you just have to figure out a way around it.
Because Littleton is so large, we do have many stops with the light rail through the city. You can get downtown by taking the light rail, so this makes traffic not so bad.
I hope this gave you a good idea of some of the pros and cons of living in Littleton, Colorado. Life here is amazing, and if you can live with those couple of cons, you'll be happy Littleton. If you would like to know anything any more about Littleton, Colorado—whether living here or visiting—feel free to reach out to me and I’d be happy to connect.
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Posted On: October 28th, 2021 7:06PM
Are you thinking of moving to Castle Rock, Colorado, and want to know what it's like? In this episode of Own It!, I'm going to give you the pros and the cons of living in Castle Rock, Colorado. We’ll look at everything from location and the outdoors to public transportation so you know exactly what to expect.
The number one reason that people love living in Castle Rock is its location. This city is located between Denver and Colorado Springs, just 30 to 45 minutes to downtown Denver with access to shows, restaurants, bars, festivals, and live music. Colorado Springs is only 45 minutes away, depending on traffic, and features lots of outdoor activities like biking, hiking, and Garden of the Gods in Manitou Springs.
Another reason people love living in Castle Rock is that you can access the city life and the mountain life easily, as you’re kind of wedged right into the middle. This easy access to all the outdoor activities and outdoor lifestyle includes the most popular attraction here, Castle Rock. You can hike the 1.4 miles up Castle Rock, which can be a little bumpy and rocky. After about an hour’s hike, you can get a great view from the top with a view that goes for miles.
Additionally, the incline of Castle Rock is about 0.5 to 0.6 miles up to the top, or a few hundred steps. It's called The Challenge and only takes about 30 minutes. There are also many parks, trails, and all kinds of other hikes that you can do—including zip lining. This is what the lifestyle is like in Castle Rock.
One of the other really cool reasons people love living in Castle Rock is downtown Castle Rock and the outlet mall. While I’m not a big shopper, my girlfriends love the over 100 brand-name stores there. People come from all around the Denver Metro area to go to that outlet mall.
The downtown Castle Rock area also features lots of restaurants, bars, and little boutique shops. If you haven't been downtown, I would highly recommend it. There's been a lot of capital brought in to help with the infrastructure of the area, improving it and making it what it is today. It's a fun place to go hang out.
Now that we know about some of the pros to living in Castle Rock, Colorado, I want to tell you a couple of the cons. Like in any city, some things aren't so appealing. The very first con is that, even though downtown Castle Rock is a cool place to hang out, the parking sucks. If you're on a time crunch and are trying to get there for dinner reservations or a show, you're probably going to want to take an Uber or Lyft. Otherwise, you're going to be driving around forever looking for parking, and missing your dinner reservation is not a good start to a date.
The next con of living in Castle Rock, Colorado is that there's not much access to public transportation. You won’t find a light rail station down here, and there's no bus system. Sometimes you can't even get it Uber or Lyft in Castle Rock. To put this into context, the closest light rail station is in Lone Tree, which is probably about 7 miles away.
The third con to living in Castle Rock, Colorado—and the Denver Metro in general—is that the cost of living is going up. Over the past few years, a lot of people have been moving to Denver, Colorado. It’s because of this that the house prices are going up, including in Castle Rock. The demand for real estate is also going up, and there is not a lot of inventory. Houses on the market don't last very long.
I hope this gave you a good idea of the pros and cons of living in Castle Rock, Colorado. If you have any questions or want more information on real estate, feel free to reach out to me and I’ll be happy to help.
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Posted On: October 14th, 2021 2:53AM
Are you looking to buy a house but are worried about getting the best deal? In this video, I’m going to show you how to get a good deal on the purchase of your property, especially in this market. We’ll look at three specific situations where the right timing can get you the home of your dreams.
Buying a house is very exciting, but it's also scary. One of the things you might be worried about is if you’re getting a good deal. Are you overpaying? Are you buying in the right location? And how much do you need for a downpayment?
Buying a house is a place to live, but it's also an investment. To make the right investment in this busy market, the first thing to know is there are good deals in every market. However, timing is everything. People are always asking me, when is the right time to buy a house? The answer is it's always the right time to buy a house.
The key is jumping on the right opportunity when it becomes available, regardless of where you're looking or the price range you're looking in. The best deals always come up in one of the following three situations.
The first situation is when the property just gets listed on the market. You see, good deals come and go on the market all the time. You have to be ready to jump on those deals when they come because everybody else is ready to jump on them, too. The key is being ready, willing, and able at any given time to make an offer—sometimes without seeing the property or leaving work early to view it as soon as possible.
Another strategy we like to use without involving all the competition is identifying a property that is about to have a price drop. There are many properties out there that are priced too high, and the sellers are getting ready to drop the price because they've been on the market too long. The key is to get to those properties before the price drop happens. The longer the property sits on the market, sellers get a little antsy and are willing to negotiate on price.
A strategy I like to use is to look at properties that have had an extended market time with a price a little bit out of your budget. For example, let's say you're looking at properties up to $600,000. I would suggest we look at properties that have been on the market longer that are up to maybe $650,000. Chances are there's a seller in that price range that’s about to make a price drop and would be willing to entertain your $600,000 offer.
When you don't have any competition like you would with a brand new property just coming onto the market, you win.
The last strategy is to find a property that hasn't hit the market yet. If you know of a neighborhood that you're interested in moving into, this strategy might work for you. We can actually door knock or even send out a piece of mail asking people if they are wanting to sell their homes. While this may seem like a far-fetched idea, it actually works.
Did you know that roughly 10 to 15% of the population moves every year? If we're looking in a neighborhood of 300 homes, roughly 30 to 45 homes are going to turn over this year. The key is not theory; it's mathematical.
I hope this helped you understand the three ways to get a great deal on a home. When you have the right agent willing to do the work for you, this is how you're going to find your dream home. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me and I’ll be happy to help.
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Posted On: August 19th, 2021 10:25PM
Are you thinking of buying or selling a property and wonder if you even need to hire a realtor? In this video, I’m going to walk you through the roles that a realtor plays when you're buying or selling a home. I’ll explain the many different hats your agent puts on and how they help you have a successful transaction.
Consultant And Teacher
These days, people think that realtors are only there to open and close doors for you. The truth is that realtors wear many hats and have many roles. By understanding the different roles a realtor plays, you can decide if you need to hire one.
The first hat that a realtor wears is that of a consultant and teacher. Have you considered whether you’re making the right move? Have you considered all aspects of this investment? Where does the home process of buying or selling a home even begin? While we already know the answers, it’s our job to make sure you are fully educated on the process so you know exactly what you're getting into before you sign on the dotted line.
Home Designer And Tour Guide
The next hat that a realtor wears is that of a home designer. If you’re selling a property and want to get top dollar, you really need to make it look great. That means getting rid of all the junk and clutter so you can make it look pristine and be ready to show.
Did you also know that your realtor is your tour guide? Selling or buying a home has everything to do with knowing what's going on in the community. This means knowing everything about the neighborhood including schools, shopping, lifestyle, and development. This will allow you to know what's going on in the area.
Therapist And WWF Wrestler
When we eventually find the property you want to purchase or find a buyer who wants to purchase your property, my next hat gets put on and I become your therapist. Every transaction has bumps in the road; it just happens. But don't worry about it. I've got you, and I'll be right here. It’s going to be okay.
And when those bumps in the road happen, I become my next role: the WWF wrestler. The reason you need a realtor is that you need somebody to advocate for you. You need a negotiator to make sure that, when these hiccups happen, somebody makes them go away. And as your realtor, I will be the one that puts them in a headlock for you so you get what you want. Otherwise, we won't move forward with the deal.
Is Working With An Agent Right For You?
As you can see, opening doors and letting buyers see houses is only a small part of a realtor’s job. There are a lot of other moving parts and a lot of things that need to happen that the realtor needs to keep in line. Buying and selling real estate does not need to be stressful, and it does not need to be time-consuming. This is why you need to hire a realtor.
I hope this helped you understand most of the roles of a realtor. So if you're looking for a realtor who wears many hats and can get you the results that you want with your real estate transaction, give me a call and I’d be happy to help. Don’t forget to also subscribe to my channel so you never miss an episode of my show. Stay tuned to see what I feature next!
Posted On: August 16th, 2021 6:10PM
Did you know that overpricing your house for sale can result in less profit? In this video, I’m going to show you how positioning your home correctly can get you top dollar on your sale. We’ll also examine the importance of market time so you don’t leave any money on the closing table.
What Is Positioning?
Everyone wants to sell their house for top dollar—but you don't do it by overpricing your house. You do it by positioning your house correctly. As a listing agent, one of the top questions I get from sellers is, “Why don't we test out the market and price it high to start?” The truth is that this can actually hurt you.
If you want to make top dollar on your house, you don't price it super high. Rather, you want to position it strategically. But what is positioning? When you're selling a house, you want to position it to attract the most ideal buyer. While you can do this in several ways, the key is to emotionally connect with the ideal buyer for your house while creating some urgency around it.
The Importance Of Market Time
One of the most important ways of marketing your home for sale is the way you price it. Your pricing is very strategic and is part of your overall marketing plan. When you price your home right, you will ensure you don’t accumulate too much market time and avoid lowball offers.
When your home first comes on the market, everyone wants to see it; it's a popular commodity. But the longer it sits on the market, the less urgency there is. It’s in the first two weeks that you can create the most buzz around your property. The longer it sits on the market, however, the lower the buzz.
This is because people will start wondering why someone else hasn’t bought the property yet. What is wrong with it? Is it priced too high? Maybe it's not worth what they're asking for it. Maybe there's some sort of structural problems or inspection issues.
At the end of the day, nobody wants to buy the house that nobody else wanted to buy. Rather, they want to buy the one that everybody wants to buy. It’s sort of like a new restaurant. When a restaurant first opens, everybody's there waiting in line for hours to get into that restaurant. After a couple of years, that buzz kind of dies down. It’s similar to a new house on the market.
Have you ever wanted something more, especially when it's not available anymore? The longer your house sits on the market, the more negotiating power buyers think they have. Which house do you think has more negotiating room: the one that was just listed, or the one that's been sitting on the market for six months? It’s for these reasons that pricing your house too high at the very beginning can hurt you in the long run.
My best advice is to price it right at or slightly below market value. I don't create the market, but you have to listen to it. As long as you listen to it, you will make good pricing decisions. Another thing you need to know about pricing properties is how people search for properties online. Pricing is the number one search criteria buyers use when searching online, and these prices tend to be grouped in $25,000 to $50,000 increments.
For example, houses will be listed at $525,000, $550,000, $575,000, and so on. It's extremely important to consider this when determining your list price. If your house is worth $500,000, it would be to your benefit to price it at $499,000 or $500,000 rather than $509,000. By doing so, you'll reach a higher pool of buyers.
Listing Description And Marketing
Another important way to position your house for sale is in the description. Who does your house appeal to? Who is the most ideal buyer? The words you use to market your property are essential, and you want them to speak directly to the ideal buyer.
For example, if you're selling an investment property, the remarks should be focused on numbers, cash on cash return, cap rates, net operating income, and gross operating income. If you're selling a single-family home, your remarks are going to be focused on school districts, countertops, local parks, and the lifestyle.
Lastly, an excellent way to position your house for sale is in the marketing. You want to advertise your home in places where your ideal buyers are going to hang out. An aggressive agent will go out and find your buyer, rather than waiting for the buyer to come to you because they listed it on the MLS. With tools like social media, it’s our job to go out and find them before they come to us. So when you're searching for the ideal agent, it’s crucial to find an agent that is actively promoting on social media and out there looking for your buyer.
Getting Top Dollar On Your Sale
I hope this helped you realize the importance of properly positioning your home to get top dollar on your sale. If you're thinking of selling your home anytime soon, please feel free to reach out to me. I would love to sit down with you and come up with a marketing plan for you that targets your ideal buyer.
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