2021! Off to a Start

2021! Off to a Start

  • Victoria Merchant
  • 11/17/21

Well, the holidays are over and life is getting back to whatever the heck normal is right now. I’m glad to get back to work and get the kids back in (remote) school, but really looking forward to the grand return of in-person learning. Sterling was actually supposed to go to school yesterday, but when I tried to drop him off, they turned us away. The school lost heat, of all things. Thank goodness they got it fixed in time for today.

So, because of the negative energy in the house yesterday, I’ve taken away the Nintendo Switch. The fighting between the boys is reaching its peak making me reach my boiling point. I honestly hope that gaming machine never sees the light of day again. 

Plus side: I had a stellar CrossFit class yesterday morning. Minus side: I got super sick to my stomach after. I had to nap and take it easy for a couple of hours. It was really weird. But, I feel great now. My body must be reacting to the absolute weirdness that is life at the moment. 

I mean, WTF happened at the Capitol yesterday? This is beyond the realm of possibility. This country really needs to pull it together. I’m saddened, disheartened, embarrassed, all of it. This isn’t what I want my boys to see and hear, and now this is a chapter in our history books!

All that said, yesterday wasn’t a complete failure. It was actually great as far as work goes. I made a bunch of phone calls and every single one was top-notch. That’s not normally how it goes. I think a lot of people are assuming I’m calling for business purposes or to gain something from it, but I’m sincerely calling to see how they are and if I can help them in any way. 

Also, we booked our trip to Cape Cod for the summer for my sister’s 50th birthday. There will be a big family gathering and we can’t wait. I know it’ll be so fun, and we’re all holding our breath that COVID doesn’t mess it all up. 

We really wanna go to Sweden this summer, too. I want to see my dad. Also, it’s really getting sad for us that our good friends are leaving this month for England. I can’t believe it. I may sit in their old driveway and cry some days. Who knows? But, if we get there to see them this summer it will be a grand event that we can all look forward to. 

Realtor® Stuff

One of the big wigs in real estate metrics, cough cough, Ivy Zelman, is predicting another year of pretty big appreciation, nationwide. If anyone knows hers it’s her and she sees a great 2021 for sellers because of this continued appreciation and buyers because of continued low-interest rates. 

I have had a few conversations with people that are worried that the bottom is going to fall out of the real estate market and I want to tell you all that I just don’t see that happening. Too many people have too much equity and there are too many buyers chomping at the bit. Will some areas be hit harder than others, also-frickin-loosely, will there be short sales and foreclosures, oh, you betcha, but will the overall effect be a complete 180 into a buyer’s market, not a chance. Keep in mind a balanced market is 6 months of inventory. Meaning on average it takes 6 months to sell a house and right now we are hovering around 1 month for the greater Denver area. Single-family homes are the best thing to own or be purchasing right now, while downtown high-rise condos are the worst. That market is currently getting hit hard, for obvious reasons. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

I have a closing on Friday for my good friend and he’s so excited, which makes me excited. I’m going to buy him a nice dinner. 

Look for next week’s videos about getting yourself ready to buy a home and this week’s videos about getting your home ready to sell cheaply and easily. One video a day is posted on both YouTube and Facebook. The following week, I’ll go over how to prepare to buy a house. Don’t miss it. 

Last piece of exciting news for this week is that I am getting certified as a stager so now when you hire me you get a Stager and a Realtor in one!

Okay, friends, please be smart and safe and respectful. These are trying times to be sure and feeling isolated and scared isn’t going to benefit any of us. No one wants that world. Kindness should be the rule of thumb. Let’s do it. 

Buyer Needs

  • A vacant land lot with mature coniferous trees, 2+ acres, private, within 20 minutes (15 would be better) of civilization; $300k. Or; all of the above with a rustic mountain modern ranch home; up to $800k.
  • An ultra-modern home in Solterra walking distance to the clubhouse would be great. Up to $1.4 million-ish.
  • A top-of-the-line, open concept kitchen, dining family room in the Highlands Ranch area. Don’t want a mansion (under 5000 square feet) but are able to do $2 million+.
  • Buyer looking in Conifer, Pine, Morrison, South Evergreen area for a nice size home (2000+ square feet) with great internet. Up to $625k.
  • One of my best buds is looking for the impossible, (you know who you are, Lisa). Dream home in Evergreen for under $700k. Imagine the Biltmore.
  • Buyer looking in Pine, Conifer, Morrison area for a rustic cabin fixer upper. Well, and septic are kind of a must but we will look at anything.
  • (Found and Closing Tomorrow, yay!) Another best bud, looking in Buena Vista for a starter home. Great guy, a wildland firefighter, introduced my husband and me, so I kinda owe him. Ideally 3 bed, 2 bath for around $300k.
  • An amazing small business owner in Conifer, looking for a single-family home on a good size lot. Privacy is important, willing to fix up, must have a garage, ideally two separate living areas, and would like to be in the Conifer, Bailey, Pine, Morrison area. Around the mid $400s. No HOAs.
  • Big home in the park part of Roxborough Park. A little area for their pup is ideal. Soaker tub and no tile countertops. Up to $900k.

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