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For Buyers Bidding War We all know that putting more money on the table can boost your chances of winning a bidding war, but did you know that’s not the only way to score your dream home?    Non-financial factors (like the buyer’s terms and contingencies, appraisal requirements, and pre-approval letters) can all influence your chances of winning the […]
For Buyers Active Above While we frequently research and discuss average prices for properties that sell, it is also interesting to look at the average prices for properties that are active on the market but not sold yet. These are the average prices, by area, for properties currently listed for sale and not sold yet: Metro Denver = $954,000 […]
For Buyers Rate Perspective Given the recent increase in mortgage interest rates, we think a little perspective is in order. The average 30-year rate for the last 40+ years is 7.5% Rates are now back within the range where they were between April 2018 and February 2019 Between January 2000 and December 2009, the high was 8.15% and the […]
For Buyers Buy Before 5 30-year mortgage rates just exceeded 4% for the first time in three years according to Freddie Mac. We have new advice for anyone considering a home purchase in the next couple of years. Buy before 5.  This means buy before rates go to 5%. Even though rates have been ticking up over the last several […]
For Buyers New Construction: Why Work With a Buyer’s Agent? If you’re a buyer, you may have considered purchasing a new construction home. After touring the model home and talking to the builder’s sales representatives, you begin to wonder if it’s necessary to work with a buyer’s agent. Although it’s possible to move forward with the purchase of a new construction home without a buyer’s […]
For Buyers Townhome Surge Townhome construction has surged in the last 12 months.  This is welcome news for first-time buyers who benefit from the lower prices that multi-family product tends to provide. According to the National Association of Home Builders, townhome construction has jumped up 28% compared to the previous year. Townhomes now represent 13% of all new residential […]
For Buyers Simple Tips to Make Your Move Easier Your needs as a homeowner change over time, and you need the right home to fit those needs. Accordingly, it’s highly likely that at some point in your future you will experience another moving day. While moving can be challenging, there are resources to make it easier. If you are remaining in your current area, […]
For Buyers War and Interest Rates Our clients are curious to know what the conflict in the Ukraine will mean for mortgage rates. The short answer is down in the near term and up in the long term. Generally speaking, economic and political uncertainty drive people to invest in bonds rather than stocks, which puts downward pressure on interest rates. So, […]
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For Buyers 7 Signs You’re Ready to Buy a Home Making the leap from renter to homeowner doesn’t happen overnight; it requires steady planning to put yourself in a good position to buy your first home. Prospective first-time home buyers can often feel like they’re waiting for a sign to indicate they’re ready to start making offers, when really, it’s a combination of factors. Here […]
For Buyers Money at a Discount This week, for the first time in 32 months, mortgage rates hit 4%. While this increase may feel painful for buyers currently looking at property, it is important to put today’s rates in perspective. We believe we will look back a few years from now and see that a 4% rate was like buying money […]
For Buyers Standing Low The standing inventory of residential properties currently for sale is staggeringly low. The number of active properties for sale is almost 90% below the average for this time of year. In Metro Denver, there are 1,144 residential properties for sale today. In Larimer County, there are 136 and in Weld County there are 174. Current […]
For Buyers Lumbar Back Up The price of lumber has jumped back up again and is adding to the cost of new home construction. Over the past four months, lumber prices have nearly tripled, causing the price of an average new single-family home to increase by more than $18,600. According to Random Lengths, as of the end of December, the […]
For Buyers Inventory Uptick We are noticing a trend that is very good news for buyers. Inventory has been increasing over the last month which means that buyers now have more properties to consider. Just in the last week, the number of homes for sale has increased: 13% in Larimer County 12% in Weld County 11% in Metro Denver […]
For Buyers 6/28/21 Housing and Economic Update from Matthew Gardner This video is the latest in our Monday with Matthew series with Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. Each month, he analyzes the most up-to-date U.S. housing data to keep you well-informed about what’s going on in the real estate market.   Hello! I’m Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate and welcome to this […]
For Buyers The Importance of Pre-Approval To set yourself up for a smooth and successful home purchase, getting pre-approved is perhaps the most productive first step you can take. It strengthens your buying credibility, informs your home search, and speeds up the closing process.   The Pre-Approval Process  There is an important distinction to made between two important steps of your mortgage application process: […]
For Buyers How to Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality This Year In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired a powerful movement with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Through his passion and determination, he sparked interest, ambition, and courage in his audience. Today, reflecting on his message encourages many of us to think about our own dreams, goals, beliefs, and aspirations. For many Americans, one […]
For Buyers A Guide to VA Loans VA loans provide a path toward homeownership for active service and veteran personnel and their families. The following serves as a guide to understanding what they are, who they are available to, and what types of loans are available to them. VA loans can be confusing, so talk with your Windermere agent as you prepare […]
For Buyers The Remote Worker’s Home Buying Process   The pandemic’s influences on home life are far-ranging, prompting buyers to look at home ownership through a new lens. Remote work has created a paradigm shift in the wants and needs of homebuyers. Here’s what the remote worker should keep in mind when looking to buy. Location The location, location, location cliché has taken […]
For Buyers How to Increase Your Buying Power One of the best ways prospective home buyers can empower themselves when purchasing a home is to improve their buying power. The numbers may seem daunting but identifying ways to strengthen your financial standing will help you each step of the way. When visualizing your dream home, it’s common for buyers to focus on the physical […]
For Buyers Matthew Gardner Weekly Update: U.S. Household Debt & Credit Report Matthew Gardner is back from his vacation and this week on “Mondays with Matthew,” he’s diving into a report that he believes deserves more attention: the U.S. Household Debt & Credit Report. Thanks for watching! For past “Mondays with Matthew” videos, check out Windermere’s Economics Blog here!