Lots of Friends and Some Tips for Homebuyers

Lots of Friends and Some Tips for Homebuyers

  • Victoria Merchant
  • 11/16/21

This past week was super fun-filled. Sterling and Bridger had a sleepover, and it was so lovely (even though it was at our house). We also went to a Rockies game with some friends, and then I too had a friend sleepover. And, I got to take the clients that I adore to dinner with my whole family, and we shared a lot of laughs. They’re moving out of state soon, and I will miss them sorely! 
Anyway, it was a fabulous week with ongoing friends and fun. 
This Invisalign deal is nuts. Half of the gripper things fell off my teeth. Don’t ask. I’ve had them fixed, and I’m just hoping I get used to them. On the upswing, though, I think by week 13, my front teeth will be about where I want them to be. So, that’s nice.
Do you guys ski? We got our kids their Epic passes for skiing this year. Woohoo! Don’t miss out on that because it’s free. I got one, too (not free). A tag will use buddy passes off of mine, so everyone gets some cheapish skiing in this year. 
Speaking of Tag, he went on a hiking trip and got himself a nature-fix before starting his new job. He loved it, so that’s out of his system for a couple of seconds. I think we’re all excited for his new venture that offers way more time with us (and getting nature fixes).
I’m really excited because I may have some good news about an investment property that I can go into with a friend; it’d be a great opportunity. If it’s bought as owner-occupied, it qualifies for an appraisal waiver, which is fantastic. Fingers crossed it doesn’t get snapped up. Lots of good stuff going for it. Send me all the good vibes, please!

Colorado Realtor® Stuff

I had an open house last week, and it was the busiest one I’ve had to date. 22 groups came through and eight showings. That’s a lot. We’ve gone under contract already. It’s still listed as active in case the buyers change their minds. It’s never great to say a property is under contract and then go back to action should the buyer back out. It kind of stigmatizes the property. I like to wait until the earnest money is deposited before telling the MLS it’s under contract. We have 72 hours to change status, so I hold out till the end.
Upcoming: I have some new buyers on my hands and I’m looking forward to the challenge of finding them the perfect places! It will be a challenge because they are all around the same price point which is a little low these days. But I am confident that we will knock it out of the park! 
Side note: I really enjoy doing open houses. I’ve sold lots of homes this way, and I meet so many people and often get new clients, which is how I got this handful of new homebuyers and sellers I’m working with now. It’s good stuff. 
Here’re a couple of tips to keep in mind:
  • If you’re working with an agent, make sure that the agent is keeping in contact with the listing agent so you get a relationship going and the transaction runs smoothly. We got an offer with no warning at all, and we had almost gone with another offer (a worse one), so it would have been a fail if the better offer came through too late. They would have missed out on the house they wanted, and we would have missed out on the better deal. As soon as you know you’re interested in a property, the listing agent should be made aware! Even before you put the offer in. 
  • Okay, there’s a threat of interest rates going up, so I know I’ve been telling you that buyers tend to back off during the cold weather months, but with this news, that may not happen. Keep looking, stay focused, get yourself an aggressive (in a good way) agent. I happen to know one.
  • I showed a house recently that looked great, but we found out it’s in a flood zone. Know that if you find a house you love that’s in a flood zone, the insurance is no joke. Maybe even higher than your homeowner’s insurance. Something to think about.
I’m signing off! Hope you guys have a great week, and I’ll see you here soon!

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