No Cooking, No Listings, No Joke

No Cooking, No Listings, No Joke

  • Victoria Merchant
  • 11/16/21
In-person school for both boys is on like Donkey Kong and I’m thrilled. It’s so quiet and lovely. I’ve also started taking Kamper on walks, like, on real nice, long ones. It’s really good for me. I’m listening to The Butterfly House on audio and the whole experience is peaceful and, I don’t know about you, but I’m cool with peaceful.
We booked our tickets to Cape Cod for August for my sister’s birthday. It cannot get here soon enough. It’s so needed. It’s so odd that we haven’t traveled for over a year. I don’t think that’s ever happened in my adult life. I actually miss airports. I love them. All the funky characters and worldly smells and we’re all going on an adventure. People seem generally happy or at least I pretend they’re all happy. I just like it. 
Have you guys tried those weekly food delivery services? We’re starting Sun Basket next week. I hope it does exactly what I’m hoping for and keeps me from over-eating and allows me to stop stressing about making dinner.

Realtor® Stuff

The current market is still crazy. No listings. Same story. New week. Examples: 
  • In Conifer (where my office is) there are five homes for sale.
  • In Pine (where I live) there are four homes for sale.
  • Morrison has eight homes for sale.
Here’s the big picture:
  • In the last 30 days, there have been 632 closings in Jefferson County.
  • There are 803 homes currently under contract in Jeffco (they’ll close in a month or less).
  • There are currently 292 homes for sale in all of Jefferson County.
What’s this all mean: if no new homes come on the market, we’ll be out of homes in two weeks, in Jeffco.
So, on a personal note, I’m feeling a bit down because I’ve gotten some rejections lately. I don’t know how to fix it because there isn’t one go-to reason. As an example, I went on an appointment and they already had an agent but wanted a second opinion. On another one, they wanted someone on a team that’s more well-known in the area. There was a guy that wanted me to lower my commission. Then there was another that interviewed six agents and it was between me and someone else and they took the other because she’s been around for 30 years. And finally, another wanted to use their neighbor because she went over her marketing better than I did (that one I can fix, live and learn).

Realtorly Advice

Here’s what I can tell you about marketing. Yes, sending out postcards and knocking on doors telling people about your listing can work. However, in this market, things are moving lightning fast, which means buyers are sitting on computers waiting for new listings to pop up, and then they’re jumping on them. Over 90% of buyers find their homes on the MLS, it’s not through marketing efforts. In most cases, the marketing benefits the agent way more than the seller. Getting the agent in front of new faces is great, there’s nothing misleading about it, the agent is also trying to sell your home, but generally, it’s a good way for the agent to advertise themselves. 
What you need to sell your house is some great pictures, a floorplan is nice, a 3D rendering, and let the world know why the listing is so fabulous and the area is so stellar. That’s the best way to go in today’s market. Next time we are in a buyer’s market you better make sure your agent has some creative marketing ideas up their sleeve.
Also, side note, some agents will mislead customers as far as the price of the home goes. I find it very unethical (and so does the National Association of Realtors) and would never do that. So, the moral is to just be smart and careful when choosing your agent. If it sounds too good to be true, you know it is. Pick someone based on the relationship, connection, and communication. 

Coming Up

I’m working on a proposal for a builder to help him sell homes he’ll be building. These homes are super affordable. Probably one of the only affordable sub-divisions going in that’s commutable to Denver. I’ll need to put together a group of agents and start marketing now, they’re breaking ground this summer. I already have a list of buyers in mind. I’ll tell you more as I know more.
I have a listing coming up in a few days in Fort Lupton. It’ll have new carpet and a new kitchen and look stunning. Details to follow.

Next Week Video Series

Learn about parts of the contract that are important to pay attention to. It’s not all about price and I want you to understand the terminology and what your options are!
I hope you all have an excellent weekend! 

Buyer Needs

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  • 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.

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