Quarantine Relief and New Listings Make for a Great Week

Quarantine Relief and New Listings Make for a Great Week

  • Victoria Merchant
  • 11/16/21

What an eventful week. I mean, not in regular life, but definitely in COVID life. First of all, shaving Kamper was all I thought it would be and more. He looks like we don’t feed him, but the dog eats, I assure you. We took him to training classes again which was so necessary because we did literally no training with him at all after his classes stopped in March. He actually regressed, but hey, haven’t we all?

Our dog trainer suggested I take him with me on a bike ride to help him let out some energy. It sounded so innocent and easy.

I only fell off once, barely any blood. But, I came close to falling, I’d say, over 50 times. I think it would have helped if I had air in my tires. But, c’est la vie. I did not. Next time.

I also had my headshots taken and it was super fun. Also, this was so, so needed because for my last headshot I cut my own bangs. So you get it.

I got to spend some time with friends this weekend too and eat some good cookout food. Loved every second of it. Except when a friend decided to drive a 4-wheeler home at 11 p.m. after a few drinks, on main roads. I guess these are the kinds of decisions one makes after being stuck in a house for months? I wouldn’t have made it, but Good news: he made it home without incident unless you count his wife’s reaction, which, as I understand, is still ongoing.

I’m not the only one starting to see friends again. Summer camp is about to start for the kids and we are all chomping at the bit.

We also got our cleaning lady back and she’s superb, so if you’re interested, reach out, I’ll hook you up with her.

Work-wise, I picked up the $800k listing in Pine and I’m super stoked for this one. Great clients, great house. The house looks Victorian but was actually built in the late 90s/early 2000s. Massive work has been done on it to keep it updated and it’s gorgeous. I can’t wait to list it so you can all see it.

And, I got another listing in Franktown, also amazing, the horse property I told you about a couple of weeks back. The home is almost 4000 sf and sits on 5 acres. It’s so nice and being fixed up as we speak. A lower deck is being added and with the views, it’s going to be the perfect addition. This couple is awesome, too. The contract was a bit complicated for the place they found in Gardner to move to on 125 acres. But, it’s okay because I don’t mind a challenge, especially when the fit is this spot-on. The client is a retired airforce pilot and wants to land a plane in the yard yes, please. Oh, and our offer was accepted, just like that!! Not even a counteroffer. 

You may be wondering what’s happening with the Westcliffe house and the couple that’s been negotiating about the Kitec plumbing. Well, after days and days of back and forth, we’re still in this thing. The sellers have decided to fund most of the cost for a new heating and cooling system (the very efficient and affordable mini-split) and my buyers will be disconnecting the Kitec plumbing after closing. So, things are looking good from where we stand right now, but I’ll keep you posted. Next stop on the home buying voyage, appraisal.

Realtorly Advice

I’m considering hosting a seller’s seminar through a Zoom presentation in June or July if anyone is interested. I’ll be discussing how to sell a house during COVID, the inspection items to address, and smart ideas for pricing. Let me know what you think and if you’d be inclined to watch, I’d love to know if I can help you with this.

As far as the current market goes, there’s evidence that there may be a slight dip in certain areas and certain price points, however, no one thinks it’ll get as bad as our last recession. The difference is that real estate played a massive role in causing the last recession. In our current case, we’re experiencing a worldwide health crisis, so it’s definitely different. As a matter of fact, the real estate market may be a lead contender in pulling us out of a failing economy.

Week Eight of the Home Buying Process

Well, you made it, it’s our final week of the home-buying process and the final step is the closing. Arguably everyone’s favorite part.

After your inspection and appraisal, the closing shall commence. In today’s climate, it looks a little funny because agents are NOT encouraged to go to the closing and most of the paperwork is completed online. If you pay cash, all of the paperwork can be completed online. But, if you’re using a lender, the documents need to be signed in person, and be sure you bring your driver’s license to this.

Next week we’ll talk about sellers and the selling process, so stay tuned for some great intel.

Until then, be kind, there are lots of differing opinions floating around out there right now, so be respectful of each other’s choices, while allowing others to feel safe.


New Listing

  • 2150 Cedar Ct., Franktown, CO 8011
  • $849,500
  • 3970 Squarefeet
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 5 Acres


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