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Old 02-22-2007, 10:00 PM
 
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My family and I are on our way to the Boulder/Lafayette/Louisville area in March - to relocate. We'll be renting for a couple months while we look for a house. Just wondering if anyone has anything to share about the real estate market - are houses selling quickly or sitting for a while? Does there seem to be a lot on the market? Are people willing to negotiate?

If anyone has recently moved to the area I'd love to hear any input on your househunting/buying experience.

Thanks so much.
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Old 02-22-2007, 11:50 PM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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Three things a good real estate broker adds to a transaction are:

Market Analysis
Trends
Absorbtion Rate

What's *funny* is that there is no perfect/right/one answer to your question. What price range are you in? How many beds, bath, lot size...

Your answer is "It depends."

Overall, the market is stable.

The absorbtion rate for that area could determine buyer/stable/sellers market.

The Market Analysis will tell you what other buyers willing paid other sellers.

A Trends report will let you know what's popular, and what's not.

PM me if you need a referral to a local professional. I do not get paid to make referrals, and you can humiliate me on this forum if I screw up.
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Old 08-08-2007, 11:55 AM
 
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I agree with 2bindenver. It really all depends. A lot of people borrowed against their house when the market was really good, so now they can not afford to sell it for less than what they have it listed for. If a house is priced right and in good condition they still are selling really fast. There is quite a bit of inventory out there right now so you will have plenty to choose from. It is really a great time to buy, and you can take your time doing it.
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Old 08-08-2007, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Montrose
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Default I agree ..

Take your time ...the supply is good ..

HM
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Old 08-08-2007, 04:53 PM
 
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Smart move to rent for a while, that gives you a chance to look around and see what is really happening and where you really want to settle. Lots of good deals out there and I think there will be more in the next year.
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Old 08-09-2007, 01:07 PM
 
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Smart move to rent for a while, that gives you a chance to look around and see what is really happening and where you really want to settle. Lots of good deals out there and I think there will be more in the next year.
Agreed.

Visit the tourist areas, walk the neighborhoods, preview the schools (if you have children), read the paper to get a feel for the different communities, and drive around at all times of the day & night to get to know the traffic patterns. All your research will give you a leg up when you begin your search in earnest.

And, last but not least, save every dime you can in preparation for purchasing your dream house.
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Old 08-10-2007, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Larkspur, Colorado
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My family and I are on our way to the Boulder/Lafayette/Louisville area in March - to relocate. We'll be renting for a couple months while we look for a house. Just wondering if anyone has anything to share about the real estate market - are houses selling quickly or sitting for a while? Does there seem to be a lot on the market? Are people willing to negotiate?

If anyone has recently moved to the area I'd love to hear any input on your househunting/buying experience.

Thanks so much.
The media love to talk about the Real Estate Market on a National or a state wide level, but in actuality the market will vary drastically from one neighborhood to another. If one particular part of town is more desirable it is only logical that homes will sell more quickly and for closer to asking price in that area. The most important thing you can do is work with a good full time agent who lives and specializes in that area. If you start working with an agent and you don't feel that they are looking out for your best interest you should fire them.

This is an article that I have on my website that you may find to be beneficial:

If you are buying or selling a home it is generally recommended that you interview at least 3 agents. One way to ensure that youíre hiring a top-quality agent is to spend some time asking the agent a lot of questions; then listening carefully to the answers. If someone has an outgoing personality (as most agents do), theyíre "talkers." They like to talk and explain things, and if youíre quiet, theyíll tell you a lot of information about who they are, how they work with clients and how they handle transactions.

If you interview two, three or four different agents, youíll begin to get a sense of who might be a good match of intellect, temperament and interests.

First, youíve got to get together your short list of agent possibilities. Start by talking to friends, family members and colleagues who live relatively close to where you live (if youíre selling) or close to where you intend to buy a home. Focus on Agents who specialise in your area. If you are buying or selling a home in Larkspur and use a Realtor who lives in Thorton it is unlikely that agent will perform at the same level as an agent who specializes in Larkspur.

Once you develop your agent list, start making your calls. Here is a list of eleven questions to ask, along with some follow up questions.

1. What neighborhoods do you work in? You want to find an agent who is really plugged into your neighborhood: they know the gossip, they know the agents who work there, and theyíve seen the housing stock turn over time and time again.

2. How many real estate transactions did you complete last year? How many of these transactions were located in your neighborhood? How many on the buy side, and how many on the sell side? How many did you complete in each of the last four or five years? Youíre looking for someone with experience, and closed transactions are a good indicator of how active the agent is. Keep in mind if the agent with the most active listings in not always the best choice. If an agent has 20 active listings you run the risk of getting lost in the crowd.

3. What type of Internet advertising do you conduct? In the latest National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, based on a survey of 7,500 home buyers and sellers, 80 percent of home buyers used the Internet in searching for a home. And the 2006 survey found that 24 percent of buyers learned about the home they ultimately purchased from the Internet. Meanwhile, a 2006 survey by media research firm Borrell Associates Inc. found that 61 percent of real estate agents do not advertise on the Internet and 87 percent of agents do not buy keyword advertising from the Google or Yahoo search-engine companies.

4. What are the age and demographics of most of your clients? Do they have special needs? While some agents can work with twenty somethings to seniors, other agents specialize. If you have special needs or are looking for a house featuring universal design, it helps to have someone working on your behalf who understands what that is and where you can find it.

5. What type of home do you most frequently help your clients buy or sell? If youíre working with an agent who mostly sells single-family homes and you want to buy a condo, the agent may not have as much knowledge about the condo market or understand the intricacies of how condos work. Likewise, if the agent mostly works in an urban area selling high-priced condominiums, he or she may not be the best choice to help you buy a single-family home in an outlying area of the city.

6. Do you work full time or part time? Many people get their real estate license and dabble in real estate while maintaining a different full time job. When you are buying or selling a home you want an agent who is committed to you and your needs. You also want an agent who can work around your schedule, if they have another full time job they may have very limited time available for you and your needs. You are hiring someone to perform a very important task, you want to hire a pro not a part-timer.

7. How frequently will I hear from you? Do you use e-mail? Do you have a Blackberry? How can I reach you? Are you planning any extended vacations? Whom will I be working with if youíre on vacation? While you donít want to stalk the agent, you do want to stay in touch and not feel abandoned. Try to find a middle ground that works for each of you.

8. Do you work with an assistant? Many top agents have full-time assistants who are licensed agents in their own right. But if youíre going to be working with the assistant more than the agent youíve hired, make sure you like the assistant.

9. Are you a smoker or a nonsmoker? If youíre a nonsmoker and you are allergic to smoke, even being in the car of a smoker can make your throat start to tickle. Make sure to ask the question if this is something thatís important to you.

10. Can I see your letters of recommendations? Most good agents will have a collection of thank you cards and feedback reports from past clients. If they become evasive or canít produce a significant number of them the agent obviously has not left many positive impressions in their clientís minds. My feeling is if agents donít volunteer letters of recommendations in the initial interview, cross them off the list.

11. Can I see your resume? Some agents donít like to share their resumes because they either donít have them or they are afraid if you see that they spent the first 20 years of their career in, say, marketing, you wonít hire them to help you buy or sell a home. My feeling is if agents donít share their work history, cross them off the list. Youíve got to know their strengths and weaknesses, and not sharing a resume is cause for concern. If they donít have a resume (and many agents wonít), they should at least be willing to tell you their past experience in business in detail.

When youíre buying or selling a home, finding a partner you can trust to help guide you is extremely important. If you find yourself wondering who this person really is, or if they are more concerned with their commission check than you then this agent isnít for you.
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Old 08-10-2007, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Woodland Park
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My husband and I moved to Colorado from Texas 1.5 years ago. We decided to rent for awhile until we could get adjusted to the environment etc. We also wanted more seclusion to keep to ourselves during our search. Did not want to get too attached.

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Old 06-02-2008, 06:54 PM
 
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Default re: Real Estate Market

Houses sell in about 60-90 days.

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I recommend you start looking in Boulder and slowly move north or east until you find a house that meets your budget and needs.

Good luck

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