Friday, June 16, 2017

Happy Father's Day!

So your kid is out there looking to buy a house. You think to yourself, "I know she's not a 'kid' anymore..." But...she's still your kid. It's hard to just stand by and watch. You want to step in and make sure she doesn't make a mistake, or spend too much. You can't believe the prices of houses she's looking at. You felt like the prices were high when you bought your first home, and now...now they're just crazy. Who can afford these prices? Everything she's looking at are absolute money-pits. You feel like most of these houses are basically tear-downs. And you're pretty sure the agent she's working with is just in it for the money... Pushing her to make a quick decision. Pushing her to go to the highest price she can afford. Pushing her to make a decision before you chime in. Pushing you away...so you can't chime in and stop your daughter from making a mistake.

You have every right to feel this way

You're a dad. You're there for your kids, even once they're an adult. You're there to help pick up the pieces if they fall. But, better yet...you're there to help avoid pieces ever falling, and needing to be picked up. And you're right... Real estate prices are higher than when you bought your first home. (And, yes, prices were high back then. It's all relative.) Many of the homes your kid has to choose from probably do need lots of work. Even the best of them might not be as nice as what you're able to own and afford. And, maybe the real estate agent is being "pushy" with your kid. Annnnd...maybe the agent is pushing you away. Keeping you at arm's length...

They have a right to feel this way

You aren't the real estate agent's client. Their duty is not to you. Your child is their adult client. And they also have a duty to protect them. Even from you (harsh as that may sound)... Unfortunately, many dads (and, to be fair, many moms, too) have set the precedent. Dads can be deal-killers. And not in the heroic you-saved-the-day kinda way. Sometimes agents come across as being pushy, but are just expressing a need for urgency in a fast-moving market. Sometimes agents seem to be "pushing the price up". It would seem to be for their own benefit from the outsider's point of view. But it could just be a reality their client needs to deal with. If they don't go higher in price (even over asking at times), they won't get the house they are going after. Or any house at all, for that matter. Sometimes an agent may seem to be ignoring how much work a house needs. That might be because the house is a good deal as-is, or it's the best location, or just as good as a buyer in that range can expect to find and afford. Dads tend to swoop in during the moments of decision...coming to see a house their child is about to make an offer on...the house their kid fell in love with. Dads don't tend to be around for the entire process, and see every house their child saw along the way. Nor are they privy to every conversation they had about the market.

Buying a house is a process

Finding a house to buy is a lot of sifting through houses you don't end up buying. It's a process of getting to know the inventory. Getting a feel for how the market is moving. How quickly other buys scoop things up. Making tentative low offers, and being beaten out by higher ones. Watching prices go above asking...or not. Seeing how few great houses there are to choose from, and being ready to pounce when you come across the "perfect" one (warts and all). And often enough, buyers want to swing their dad by the "perfect" house to get dad's opinion, blessing, and approval. (Plus, they're also just excited to show dad the house they found and want to buy!) That's when dads often swoop in, without benefit of the entire process, and cast judgment down upon the house, the neighborhood, the market, and the agent(s)...and put the brakes on. Hard. It's usually with all the best intentions. And it's undoubtedly meant to be good advice. As a dad, you want to make sure your kid doesn't make a mistake they regret. And the easiest way to do that is to give riskless advice... "I wouldn't buy this house. It needs too much work. It's way overpriced. Wait. Wait for the market to get better. Wait for a better one to come along. Wait and save some money so you can afford a better house." Basically any advice but, "Buy this house! And buy it now!" Because, advising your child not to buy a particular house, can never be proven as bad advice. It's riskless. No mistake can be made. No pieces need to be picked up. They can't get hurt if they don't buy it. Or can they!?!?!

Don't get in the way

As much as you may not believe it at times, kids listen to their fathers. Especially adult kids. Especially on big decisions. Even more so if dad has some skin in the game...like help with the down payment or closing costs. (Which is pretty common.) Sometimes kids listen simply because they don't want to make a decision and risk hearing, "I toldja so! Shoulda listened to me!", the minute there's an issue with the house. And listening to dad's advice can sometimes get in the way of getting the best house they could have, because someone else scoops it up while they hem and haw. And now they have to wait for the next needle in a haystack of a house to come along. If ever. Or, eventually they have to settle for a house they like less when their back is against the wall of time, because they're at the end of their lease, or they're closing on the house they're selling. Once time is against them, all hope of negotiating the best deal is pretty much out the window.

That doesn't mean don't be involved

You should care. And if your child wants you involved, you should be involved. Your perspective and advice can be helpful. Believe it or not, most real estate agents will welcome your involvement. If your help, involvement and opinion are along for the ride, for the entire ride. It's best to be involved from the get-go. Go through the entire process with your child and their agent. You may not want to go see alllllll of the houses they see in-person, or on-screen, but it's important. If you don't, you lack a full picture and handle on the market that they build over time. You don't have to, of course...but then, you can't just swoop in with your Superdad cape without feeling like you're fighting your archenemy Superagent. And it's a silly fight because you're both trying to protect the same person. You should both be protecting your child from potential pitfalls...not from each other.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WHAT AFFECTS PROPERTY VALUE


Some the features that increase property values are obvious—like a remodeled bathroom, a modern kitchen, or a sought-after neighborhood. But here are a few features and circumstances you have not have realized can affect property values. 

 1. The neighbors: Not every neighborhood or community has an HOA that can keep the neighbors from going overboard with decorations or neglecting to care for their home. Homes adjacent to crazy neighbors can potentially be undervalued.

 2. Trendy groceries and coffee: Recent statistics suggest that if your home is a short walk from popular grocery stores like Whole Foods or coffee chains like Starbucks, it can actually appreciate faster than the national average.

 3. Mature trees: A big beautiful tree in the front yard is enviable, and it’s not something that can be easily added to any home. Homes with mature trees tend to get a little boost in value.

 4. Parking: This isn’t too much of an issue if you live in the suburbs or in a rural area, but residents in dense cities can have real problems with parking, and homeowners might need to rent a spot just to guarantee a place to park each night. That’s why having guaranteed parking in urban areas will raise property values.

 5. The front entrance: First impressions matter to buyers—many will cross a home off their list within 10 seconds of stepping through the front door. An appealing front door, a friendly entryway, and a functioning doorbell are all necessities for getting top dollar.

Monday, June 12, 2017

My Girls!

Thought I'd share something personal today. 

These are my Girls! They are my reasons for working so hard! I love them all dearly. 

This is Sheba. Her actual name is Mexican Seashore and she is a retired racing Greyhound that we adopted a few years ago from Friends Of Retired Greyhounds. She, along with my boy, Cash...who passed a few years ago, are the namesakes for GREYHOUND REAL ESTATE. She will turn 11 in a few days and loves her lazy life as a grumpy old woman! Her favorite things are "cookies" and short car rides.

This is Narah, aka "Fluff." She is also a sighthound, but of a different breed called a Saluki.  Today is he GOTCHA day! Two years ago today we picked her up at the Houston, TX airport all the way from Dubai and ASCOD. (Her picture is the second one on the slideshow!) She was found with her 7 siblings in VERY sad condition....all tied together at the neck in a crate that they had never left in their first 4 months of living. Unfortunately 1 of them did not survive, but the rest are all now happy and healthy in new loving homes! Narah is still very skittish about leaving the house, but she is the queen of her home and backyard! She loves to snuggle and laying in the sun!

And my little girl who is not so little anymore! My Heather is now 14 years old and an amazing young woman! Extremely smart but yet a typical teenager! She loves animals and is an exceptional athlete. She played competitive hockey with the boys for a few years and now is setting her sights on a pro boxing career. She's even considering the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo! Her life goal is to go pro with Boxing and make a lot of money to then retire and open up a Sighthound Rescue! (We just need to get through High School first!) She is also a talented fiction writer and artist.

So, just a little glimpse into my life and my "girls." Thanks for letting me share!


Thursday, June 8, 2017

A LITTLE EXTRA PREPARATION AND INGENUITY GOES A LONG WAY TOWARD A BETTER PAINT JOB


Painting is one of the most inexpensive ways to give your home a makeover. Whether it’s updating an old bathroom paint scheme or adding a bold accent wall, painting can totally transform a room. But painting can be a big hassle and come with tons of prep work and clean up. Here are a few top tips to make your painting experience more enjoyable and lead to a more professional finish.
Prep beyond tape and drop cloths
A drop cloth will protect your floors, but a thick and durable drop cloth is also a little clumsy to maneuver. For smaller, awkward items that are in danger of paint splatter, use plastic wrap. It’ll make it much less frustrating to protect a toilet or bathroom sink.
Be ready for spills and splatters
At the very least, a few drops of paint are going to end up where you don’t want them. Have a rag and some Q-Tips ready for the inevitable paint splatter, so that you can quickly wipe them off before they dry and set on your frames, countertops, or hardwood floor.
Use heat to remove tape Patience is key when removing painter’s tape, but it can still tear and leave splotchy edges no matter how careful you are. Hold a heat gun or hair dryer a few inches away from the tape as your remove it little by little. The heat will break down the adhesive and make removing the tape a much less frustrating task.
Painting is one of the most inexpensive ways to give your home a makeover. Whether it’s updating an old bathroom paint scheme or adding a bold accent wall, painting can totally transform a room. But painting can be a big hassle and come with tons of prep work and clean up. Here are a few of Breakthrough Broker’s top tips to make your painting experience more enjoyable and lead to a more professional finish.
Prep beyond tape and drop cloths
A drop cloth will protect your floors, but a thick and durable drop cloth is also a little clumsy to maneuver. For smaller, awkward items that are in danger of paint splatter, use plastic wrap. It’ll make it much less frustrating to protect a toilet or bathroom sink.
Be ready for spills and splatters
At the very least, a few drops of paint are going to end up where you don’t want them. Have a rag and some Q-Tips ready for the inevitable paint splatter, so that you can quickly wipe them off before they dry and set on your frames, countertops, or hardwood floor.
Use heat to remove tape Patience is key when removing painter’s tape, but it can still tear and leave splotchy edges no matter how careful you are. Hold a heat gun or hair dryer a few inches away from the tape as your remove it little by little. The heat will break down the adhesive and make removing the tape a much less frustrating task.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Mesa County Colorado Real Estate Market Update


There is a good chance you've been hearing about the hot the real estate market. Like many homeowners you might be considering a move but you've been waiting for the right time. As a real estate professional I'm thrilled to report a positive outlook for those who are thinking about selling.

Below are statistics that indicate it may be a sellers market.

- According to the National Association of Realtors inventory of available homes has decreased 6.1%, while the number of sales has increased 6%. Plus there is only  a 3.2 month supply of homes, which is below the 6 month supply that many real estate professionals consider normal.

- Additionally our average Days on Market is at 95 and our sellers are receiving 98% of asking price. (By the way,  my personal average Days on Market is only 77!)

I am sharing this information with you because inventory in Grand Junction and Fruita is low, and I am hearing from agents and prospective buyers that they just can't find what they are looking for.

Here is a copy of the report for you to see the results for yourself.

If you've thought about selling please give me a call. I'd love to visit with you for a no obligation and no pressure consultation.