Bridger Finds Love, Maxton Finds a Home, & Mama Sells Her First 72SOLD House

Bridger Finds Love, Maxton Finds a Home, & Mama Sells Her First 72SOLD House

  • Victoria Merchant
  • 02/16/23

You guys, the trolls on Facebook? Seriously. I posted about Maxton (the dog we’d been fostering), trying to find him a local, loving home, and it was… eye-opening. I got a lot of really nasty comments about giving up a dog. They were directed at my clients and me. It was staggering. I didn’t engage, which is the right thing to do because you can’t argue with people like that, but it was difficult. 

Thankfully, nice, well-adjusted people were there and interested in giving Maxton a good life. Two different (but very similar) families came to meet him, both were lovely, and one family took him home. It’s tentative, but we’re hoping it will turn out great and the good boy gets to stay with his new forever family. 

Well, the snow is back with a vengeance, eh (that’s how Canadians talk, and I’m feeling pretty Canadian with all this powder)? We took full advantage and went skiing on Sunday and ended up having so much fun. It was the kids’ first time without lessons this season. It was actually very nice; the temperature was great, super sunny, and awesome runs- all the good stuff. #LovelandOrBust

So, what’d you all get for Valentine’s Day? I had lunch with Tag at City O’ City. It was a good, quick date, with lovely food and conversation, and it reminded me that dating your husband/wife/partner is so important and should be done much more often.

And, since we’re on the subject of love, Bridger got a girlfriend! He was a bit hesitant and nervous about popping the question, so she took matters into her own hands and did the deed. I’m feeling that vibe. She seems really sweet. I think this will be great for him. He’s thriving right now. 

And it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for (or, at least, I’ve been waiting for), Africa TODAY! It’s here; it’s here, it’s here. Lions? Yes, please. Off-roading in a Jeep? Sign me up. Tremendous sunsets? A must. Mosquitos the size of golf balls? Hard pass. 

My Colorado Real Estate Status

Do you guys remember that developer I want to work with? He’s building a community in Kingsburg called Fruition. Well, it should be coming to fruition soon. I need to update my proposal again (the third time) and get it to him, but it would be a tremendous opportunity, so if you don’t mind helping me send out all the good energy, I’d be appreciative. 

Now, back to Africa- all my clients have been hooked up with an agent that’s helping me out while I’m away, so I’m feeling confident about a great trip, but I will also be in communication with my clients and those who are helping me (and them). I’ll be coming back to a bunch of work, but I don’t shy away from that. Bring. It. On.

I have a closing today before I head out, and it’s with the house I sold the 72SOLD way, which is so brilliant. I want to tell you all about it, so here’s a quick breakdown of events:

It was a dark and stormy day just a few fateful Thursdays back (it wasn’t dark or stormy, that’s for dramatic effect) when I got an email from a lovely woman keen to immediately sell her Airbnb in Bailey. I was leaving for my BFF’s wedding the following day, so after we spoke on the phone (she lives out of state), I went to take a look at the property and knew it was a winner. 

I set up pictures to be taken Friday (the next day), and I got it listed Saturday afternoon while I was out of town. Saturday evening, the calls started pouring in. 

With 72SOLD, you, as the listing agent, have to speak to each agent who wants to see your listing, and you, as the listing agent, have to be present at each showing, which is great because it truly humanizes the experiences and gives you crazy networking advantages. 

But then (pause for dramatic effect), I got a call from an agent saying they were putting in a sight-unseen offer (duh-duh-duuuhhh). I reached out to all who booked showings with me and told them about the offer. One of the bookings made the bold move and put in their own sight-unseen offer.  

And the negotiating commenced. 

After a bunch of back and forth throughout Sunday and Monday, an offer was accepted at $85,000 over asking price. Plus, another $10,000 for all the furniture. 

The potential new owners saw the house IRL the following Thursady, and we could all start breathing again because they loved it.. As I’ve told you guys in the past, I’ve been so lucky to have numerous smooth transactions, but this was, by far, the smoothest. 

If I could review my client, the buyers, and their agent: easy 5-stars across the board. 

And this is what I can only assume to be a fantastic relationship with the 72SOLD way of selling and buying homes. 

The End

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Current Denver Area Real Estate Market

Super Bowl was this weekend and what a game it was. Super Bowl historically takes approximately 10% of the active buyers out of the market this weekend and this year was no exception. This year we saw an -11.9% decline in pending units with 903 properties going under contract and a 10.9% decline in showing activity for a total of 13,247 showings set. With the market anticipating a slower weekend over the Super Bowl new listing activity was down -5.1% with only 783 new listings making their way to market. Active inventory continued to dwindle, down another -4.1% week over week to 3,766 units for sale and is down again headed into this weekend. I anticipate buyer activity to pick up for homes under $1,000,000 headed into President's Day weekend, but the market may lag for another weekend for higher priced homes as more expensive sellers head to the mountains to enjoy the 3 day weekend.

There is a pool of buyers over $1,000,000 right now that are furiously hunting for their perfect property. These buyers are looking for turnkey, staged, pre-inspected homes that show incredibly well. These homes that are ready to go are selling at record pace. This last week homes between $1,000,000 to $1,500,000 were under contract in 6.5 median days and homes between $1,500,000 to $2,000,000 we on the market for only 6 median days.

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