Down Again

Mortgage rates dropped again for the fourth week in a row.

 

The average 30-year rate is now 4.06% which is the lowest it has been all year.

Rates today are actually the lowest they have been since early 2018.

The main factor driving rates down is the trade war with China.

Investors are shifting money from stocks into bonds which causes the yield on the 10-year Treasury to drop.

Mortgage rates are closely aligned with the 10-year Treasury.

At the beginning of the year, most experts believed that 2019 would have a trend of increasing mortgage rates eventually reaching 5.5%.

Instead, the opposite has happened which is good news for real estate.


Posted on May 30, 2019 at 3:30 am
Kyle Basnar | Posted in For Buyers, Northern Colorado Realtor | Tagged , , , , , ,

Wonderful Home with Mountain Views!

738 Campfire Drive is located in a great neighborhood minutes to old town and fast access to I-25! Brand new city of Fort Collins park to be built in 2019. HOA covered amenities include trash and non-potable water for lawns. Large bonus rec room upstairs. Wonderful mountain views and large lush green belt behind the home. Well-lit walkout basement! Call for your private showing at (970) 481-5689 for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/95501154


Posted on May 17, 2019 at 8:03 pm
Kyle Basnar | Posted in Fort Collins Real Estate, Virtual Tour | Tagged , , , , , ,

Beautifully Updated Home in Fort Collins!

2121 Bock Street is just 5 minutes to Old Town this home is an entertainers delight with custom modern landscaping, open floor plan, granite counters and island, full tile back splash, stainless steel appliances, gas stove with canopy hood, built-in microwave and walkin pantry. Plank floors on the main level, large master with an over-sized shower and walk-in closet, built in bench/cubbies in the mud room, and tankless H2O. Call for your private showing at (970) 481-5689 for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/94488177


Posted on April 19, 2019 at 9:00 pm
Kyle Basnar | Posted in Fort Collins Real Estate, Virtual Tour | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Loft Living in the Heart of Midtown Fort Collins!

Designer Loft living without breaking the bank. 2450 Windrow Dr E-204 is a top floor, end unit with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with private staircase! So many cool features here! In desirable Sidehill neighborhood, across from the King Soopers shopping center and right next to Bucking Horse…the perfect spot in town for anyone. Stainless appliances included, bright and open floor plan, parking designated covered spot #192 or street. Covered Deck overlooking open space. Mid-town living at it finest. Call for your private showing at (970) 481-5689 for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/93583659


Posted on April 5, 2019 at 10:16 pm
Kyle Basnar | Posted in Fort Collins Real Estate, Virtual Tour | Tagged , , , , ,

Stylish Ranch Home in Fort Collins!

This stylish brick ranch home at 512 Columbia Road in the desirable South College Heights area is completely remodeled and updated. New A/C, furnace, hot water heater, and roof! Stainless steel appliances, tiled splash in kitchen, separate dining area, and beautiful tiled bathrooms. Fresh paint in and out with a new concrete patio, driveway, and freshly landscaped front yard. Sprawling backyard with several fruit trees and plenty of room for a garden and entertaining. Call for your private showing at (970) 481-5689 for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/93584492


Posted on April 5, 2019 at 5:10 pm
Kyle Basnar | Posted in Fort Collins Real Estate, Virtual Tour | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

It’s Tax Time

You probably don’t need a reminder that this is tax season.

Not only because tax returns are due in two weeks but also because you will soon receive your property tax notification in the mail.

Every two years your County re-assesses the value of your property and then sends that new value to you.

When this happens, many of our clients:

  • Don’t agree with the new assessed value
  • Aren’t sure what to do
  • Are confused by the process
  • Want to save money on property taxes

Good news! We have a webinar that will help you. On the webinar we will show you:

  • How to read the information from the County
  • What it means for you
  • How to protest the valuation if you want
  • How to get an accurate estimate of your property’s value

You can listen to the webinar live or get the recording. In any case, you can sign up at www.WindermereWorkshop.com

The webinar is April 17th at 10:00. If you can’t join live, go ahead and register so you can automatically receive the recording.

This is a complimentary online workshop for all of our clients. We hope you can join!


Posted on March 29, 2019 at 5:19 pm
Kyle Basnar | Posted in Fort Collins Real Estate, Northern Colorado Real estate | Tagged , , , ,

Condo Cyclone

 

 

While the “Bomb Cyclone” closed roads and schools over the last two days, the “Condo Cyclone” is opening new opportunities for first-time buyers.

 

What’s the “Condo Cyclone” you ask. It’s the proliferation of multi-family inventory that has come on the market up and down the Front Range.

Compared to last year, multi-family inventory which includes town-homes and condominiums, has increased…

 

• 79% in Metro Denver
• 34% in Larimer County
• 45% in Weld County

 

This is terrific news for the market overall, as inventory has been unusually low for several months. It’s especially terrific news for first-time buyers who need this type of product as a stepping stone to home ownership.

 

What we notice is a $170,000 to $130,000 difference in average price between a single-family home and a multi-family home in Front Range markets.

 

Specifically, here’s the spread between multi-family and single-family average price:

• $349,801 vs. $512,312 in Metro Denver
• $312,493 vs. $469,294 in Larimer County
• $237,645 vs. $370,027 in Weld County

 

So as we dig out from the “Bomb Cyclone” we can be happy for the “Condo Cyclone” which brings more affordability and opportunity to our markets!

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Posted on March 15, 2019 at 8:28 pm
Kyle Basnar | Posted in First Time Home Buyer, For Buyers, Fort Collins Real Estate, Northern Colorado Real estate, Northern Colorado Realtor | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Enchanting Home in Fort Collins!

Enchanting luxury home situated on 1.08 acres of mature landscaping at 7513 Blue Water Court in Fort Collins. Escape to the lavish master suite, complete with a gas fireplace, 5- piece bath with jetted tub, steam-shower and walk-in closet. The gourmet kitchen is complimented by the 750-bottle wine cellar. Surrounded by a beautiful backdrop of trees for added privacy. At the end of the day, enjoy your evenings with a gorgeous view of the Colorado sunset. Call for your private showing at (970) 481-5689 for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/92245959


Posted on March 7, 2019 at 6:18 pm
Kyle Basnar | Posted in Fort Collins Real Estate, Virtual Tour | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

More Than a Yard: Finding the Right Home for Your Pooch

For many house hunters, a dream home isn’t complete without being a good fit for the family dog. Some might see the fenced in yard, and consider the box checked. However, if you are looking for your next home, you may want to look a little deeper to be sure the fit is right before signing on the dotted line.

It’s worth taking a little extra time to consider your pooch in a little more depth. Here is a quick checklist of considerations to be sure you find the right fit for your canine companion:

What’s in a Yard?

A fenced yard is, of course, ideal for many dog owners. It gives you the ability for off-leash play, a must for meeting the exercise needs of active breeds such as Border Collies or Labradors. But not all yards are the same. Here’s a quick checklist of what to look for:

  • Check the fencing to be sure it is secure. Factor in any repair costs into the cost of the home since they will need to be addressed right away.
  • Are there flower beds with potentially toxic plants that will need to be moved outside of the fenced area? Examples include many spring bulb favorites such as daffodils, tulips, and crocus, as well as some bushes such as azaleas.
  • Is there a nice shady spot so your pooch can find shelter from the heat on a hot summer day?
  • Is there access to water for an outdoor bath?
  • Will delivery people be able to access your main entrance when the dog is outside without entering the fenced part of your yard? It is easy to overlook, but this can become a major annoyance if you do a lot of online shopping.

Indoor Space Considerations

It won’t always be a beautiful sunny day, even in your dream home. Make sure your new home will have enough space for a little indoor play on rainy days and during colder winter months. A long hallway can make a great runway for a game of fetch when getting outside just isn’t practical.

Likewise, consider the needs of aging or injured dogs. Does the layout of the home require going up and down stairs to get to the most used areas of the home? This can be a major problem for some special needs dogs, and a deal breaker for some pet owners.

Finally, most dog trainers recommend that every dog has a little space to call their own during times of stress. This may be as simple as a corner of the living room with a comfy dog bed or crate. If you have a puppy, however, a space that can be puppy-proofed and cordoned off (with appropriate flooring for potential accidents during potty training) is in order.

 

Go for a Walk

It may be impractical to include a dog walk for every home you look at while searching for your dream house. However, once you are down to a short list, it is time to actually take your dog on what is likely to be the daily walk route. Make sure this is a walk you would feel comfortable making every day, or even letting the kids take.

Be on the lookout for hazards: A dangerous intersection, a portion of the walk that requires walking in the road, or a neighbor who lets their dog run right up to the curb with invisible fencing (a recipe for territorial fights with leashed dogs passing by). A drive through is unlikely to reveal these walk spoiling annoyances. In addition, look for evidence of good lighting for evening or early morning walks.

Nearby Canine Amenities

If you are moving to a new part of town or relocating to a new state altogether, it is worth doing some research to find out where the pet services are located. Depending on the services you tend to use, it can make a big difference in your quality of life to be able to take advantage of nearby conveniences.

Think about what services you are likely to use most, and check on Google Maps to locate:

  • Veterinarians
  • Dog boutiques (particularly important if you buy specialty food)
  • Grooming services
  • Doggy daycare and boarding
  • Pet sitting and dog walking services
  • Dog-friendly restaurants (BringFido.comis a great research tool for this)
  • Dog parks and dog-friendly paths for long walks

Flooring

Although luxurious hardwood flooring adds a great deal of ambiance to a home, it will have the opposite effect if it gets scratched up from the nails of a rambunctious canine. Large and even medium sized dogs can easily create unsightly scars in hardwood floors that can only be fixed by a professional who will need to sand away the wood then stain and refinish it. It’s a costly fix!

Modern carpets can generally hold up to doggy traffic. However, think about where you will be coming in and out of the house with your pooch to be sure you have a place to wipe muddy paws first on rainy days. A mudroom or garage entrance can easily stow a few extra towels for the job.

Tile and high-quality laminate flooring are the most durable as both will resist scratching and are easy to clean.

Consider Pet-Friendly Condos and Planned Communities

If you have a truly pampered pooch, one way to go the extra mile is to ask your realtor about dog-friendly communities in your area. Many condominium complexes, for example, have pet services right on site. Pet grooming, pet-sitting, dog walking services, and even a fenced in dog park and/or pool is available in some areas.

Work with a Knowledgeable Realtor

Make sure to let your agent know upfront that you have a canine member of your family to consider during the house hunt. If there are certain “musts” such as a fenced yard, or proximity to veterinary services, be sure to put that on the table upfront to help your realtor find a home that works for you and your furry friend.

Sharon is the lead author at wileypup.com. She received her M.S. in Science & Technology Studies from Virginia Tech and has worked as a professional dog trainer for over 10 years.


Posted on February 26, 2019 at 8:57 pm
Kyle Basnar | Posted in Fort Collins Real Estate, Housing Trends | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Stunning Ranch Home with High End Upgrades!

This stunning and stylish ranch home at 4491 Ketchum Dr comes with high end upgrades and is energy efficient. Huge kitchen with island and walk in pantry. Additional features include scraped Acacia solid wood floors, A/C, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and a gas range oven. Covered back patio, fenced backyard and a sprinkler system. Great open layout with modern finishes. Could easily be 5 bedrooms if needed! Call for your private showing at (970) 481-5689 for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://bornandraisedfoco.com/listing/91616257


Posted on February 21, 2019 at 5:38 pm
Kyle Basnar | Posted in Virtual Tour | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,