Celebrations, Sharks, and Virtually No Houses to Buy

Celebrations, Sharks, and Virtually No Houses to Buy

  • Victoria Merchant
  • 11/16/21


Yesterday was my firstborn’s birthday. He’s ten, which makes it double digits, and that just seems ridiculously hard to believe. Yet, here we are. He was a wonderful, unexpected surprise and it made my whole life. I remember labor with him like it was yesterday, he was ten days late, and it was all quite the experience. It was just really nice minus the pain, of course. 

How was your Thanksgiving? Ours was superb. We had our BFF family over because we know how safe and cautious they are, and we are too. They’re our family, and we trust them. It was all so wonderful, and incidentally, it’s their last T-day because they move to England in January. The pressure was on to make it fabulous, and we accomplished that goal. Also, new Thanksgiving tradition: Sharknado. Best. Movies. Ever. #TaraReidisBACK (So much to say about this, but mostly: if that’s not a Christmas miracle, I don’t know what is.)

Realtor® Stuff

Open houses are still allowed with some restrictions, and I’ve done a couple; people are coming out and respecting the rules, but honestly, it’s getting dire when it comes to houses for sale. 

There are loads of buyers and no listings. Here’s a snapshot: 

  • Littleton has 144 listings (in ALL of Littleton)

  • Conifer only has nine 

  • Evergreen has 56 (unheard of) 

  • Lakewood has 118

See? Dire. You could probably sell anything right now. Got a house with no windows? Sold. No doors? Sold. No roof? Sold. 

The market is nuts, and in the last week, there have only been 20 closings in my mountain ‘hood of Conifer, Evergreen, Morrison, Bailey, and Pine. Usually, there are at least 40. If you’re thinking about moving out of state, do it now. You’ll make some dough on your house, and it’ll go fast. 

And if you’re thinking of refinancing, that’s a solid do-it. 

We’re refinancing ours now at a rate of 2.75%, which is a whole point less than what we were paying. And our mortgage is still a straight 30-year, conventional loan. We’ll be saving about $200 a month (lovely), but overall we’ll be saving $72,000! Yes. Yes. And yes, again. 

If you need to refi, I have a guy. And if the loan is over $150,000, you’ll get $1000 toward third party closing costs. It’s totally worth it. If you’re planning to be in your house and pay your mortgage, and you can get your interest down at least a point, refi is for you. 

Community Stuff

My CrossFit gym is amazing, CrossFit Conifer. I’d like to give them a shoutout. We do it COVID-safe, eight at a time with masks. The classes have been modified, so it’s not heavy, heavy cardio right now. Look out for my video on YouTube so you can see what we do and who we do it with. You won’t be disappointed. 

Goal Setting

Okay, so last week we talked about where you were years ago, where you are now, and where you see yourself in five and 10 years. Fun stuff. This week, evaluate where you are now. What things in your life are out of whack? Think of your key relationships, spirituality, work, and health. What causes you the most havoc, and what can you do to mend that one thing? 

The idea is that if you can fix one part of your life, the others may not be 100%, but they’ll improve, too. Then, you can move on to another part, which will help repair other parts of your life, and on and on. It’s not so much about balance, but counter-balance. Remember to write it down so you can actually see what’s going on in your life. Don’t stress; small things can make a big impact.

No, I’m not the wisest person ever (that’s Yoda- not a person, I know), I’m reading a book called The One Thing by Gary Keller (founder of Keller Williams, but the book has nothing to do with real estate) and well, he kind of is Yoda (except a person). Read it for a better life. It’s awesome. 

Speaking of awesome, have a great weekend! Only three left before Christmas, FYI. Be kind. Stay safe. See you next week!

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.
  • 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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