Colorado Landmark’s Commitment to Safe Showings

As we begin to carefully re-open some areas of our lives, including showings, we remain deeply committed to the safety of our agents, clients, and neighbors. We are honored by your trust in us, and we take our responsibility to our communities seriously. We are taking the necessary steps to ensure we continue to provide the white glove service we have been known for for 43 years.

Here are some ways we are working to serve our clients while keeping our staff, brokers, and clients safe:

Virtual tours first

Before we schedule any in-person showings of properties, we will work to ensure the buyers are pre-approved and ready, willing and able to move.  This will include a thorough review of virtual tours, photos, online floorplans and disclosures, and when possible, a drive by of the neighborhood.

Safe showing protocols

Here are the steps we are taking for safe in-person showings:

  • Parties will drive separately and meet their agent at the property.
  • Showings will be limited to decision-makers who will be signing the contract, kids and other family members should stay at home whenever possible.
  • Both buyers and sellers will be asked to sign a disclosure stating that they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have knowingly been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • No overlapping showings will be allowed, so only one set of buyers and their agent will be in the property at a time.
  • All parties will wear masks.
  • Your agent will wear a mask and gloves, and provide gloves and booties whenever possible if clients need them, and change gloves in between showings.
  • Your agent will unlock the door, and turn on lights so buyers will not have to touch anything in the home.
  • Buyers will tour the home with their agent while practicing social distancing.
  • All surfaces that were touched during the showing will be wiped down afterwards in preparation for the next showing.
  • Once the showing is complete, buyers can have a phone or video conference with the agent to discuss the next steps.

Safe, Easy Transactions from Beginning to End

For as long as the Colorado Safer at Home order is in place, we will continue to work with photographers, inspectors, appraisers and contractors to ensure safety is the priority, and much of the real estate transaction will continue to be completed virtually.  This includes virtual buyer and seller consultations, electronic document signing, safe practices during inspections and appraisals, and contact-free closings.

As always, we are available to answer your questions, address any concerns you have, and talk to you about your particular needs.  Through this uncertain time we have learned to adapt in new ways, and are constantly taking steps to make the entire process or buying or selling a home as easy and stress-free as possible.  Our agents and staff have used this time to sharpen our skills, learn new tools, and are emerging better and stronger than ever.

We are here for you, as we have been for the past 43 years, and as the world changes, that will remain the same.

Showing Update for Boulder County & Beyond

Our industry has been experiencing almost daily changes in the way we practice, and what we are allowed to do. This past week, after Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced the “Safer at Home” policy for the State, many individual counties updated their orders to extend “Stay at Home” policies for a longer period.

Here is an update on the current rules by county, (as of April 30, 2020) as it pertains to the real estate business:

Real Estate Showings: In-person real estate showings are permitted under the following conditions:
  • Unoccupied (vacant) homes and land only
  • Appointment only (no open houses)
  • Masks required for all participants
  • Number of in-person participants limited to the greatest extent possible
    • Participation by children is strongly discouraged
  • Social Distancing Requirements are met at all times
    • From the Order: Social Distancing Requirements. To reduce the risk of disease transmission, individuals shall maintain at least a six-foot distance from other individuals, wash hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, cover coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly clean high-touch surfaces, and not shake hands.
    • Must otherwise adhere to all guidance on social distancing
    • Must maintain 6 feet of distance from customers when showing houses
  • Must maintain a detailed log of customer interactions in case contact tracing becomes necessary. This log should include name, date, and location of contact, as well as the contact’s phone number and/or email address.
  • Must provide gloves and masks for any customer interactions
  • Should perform tasks remotely or virtually whenever possible, including pre- and post-visit conferences

Showings are not allowed until May 9th.

Tri-County Health’s website has some guidance that says showings can resume in Douglas County on April 27th but says nothing about showings for Adams and Arapahoe Counties.  This implies that showings may not be allowed in these two Counties but it is unclear as there is nothing specific stating showings are prohibited.
Real Estate Showings/Closings:
may continue in Denver subject to the following provisions:

  • Open houses are not permitted
  • Properties must be vacant, with no one living there, unless the only occupant in the home is the owner and not a rental tenant
  • Social Distancing requirements must be followed at all times
  • All commonly-used surfaces must be wiped down and sanitized before and after the showings.

At any time that we are showing properties, we ensure that:

-Buyers have thoroughly vetted the property online, reviewed all documents and disclosures, virtual tours, and floorplans, and if possible has driven by the property ahead of time.

– All parties are required to wear masks, gloves, and booties and sign a disclosure stating that they have not knowingly been exposed to or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.  Buyers are also instructed not to touch anything in the property.

– Surfaces and doorknobs are wiped down in between showings.

Of course, these rules are changing frequently and may change again.  At Colorado Landmark, we are focused on adapting each day to make sure we can serve our clients safely and effectively, no matter what is going on.  Showings are just one part of the transaction, and we have procedures in place for the entire process including virtual buyer and seller consultations, virtual tours and showings, electronic document signing, safe and virtual inspections and appraisals, and no-contact closings.

If we can help you in any way, please contact us! 

www.coloradolandmark.com

What Americans Love—and Hate—About Their Homes During Coronavirus, a REALTOR.com Survey

By  Clare Trapasso  |  Apr 27, 2020

There’s nothing like a pandemic forcing you to stay indoors to help you realize what’s really important in your living space.

 

As millions of Americans shelter in place, they’re realizing what they love—and what they desperately want to change—about their homes and neighborhoods.

 

The quality people valued most in their current living situation was being in a quiet neighborhood with outdoor space that’s near grocery stores and pharmacies, according to a realtor.com® survey of 1,300 homeowners and renters.

 

The survey was conducted during the week of April 5. About 13% of respondents ranked each of these characteristics highly.

 

“After more than a month of stay-at-home orders, it’s safe to say Americans are really getting to know what home features work and don’t work for their families,” realtor.com’s chief marketing officer, Nate Johnson, said in a statement.

 

That outdoor area in a quiet community can provide fresh air and a much-needed mental health break from those who have been cooped up at home for too long.

 

Ten percent of folks also appreciated having an updated kitchen, all the better for preparing meals at home when dining out is not an option. About 9% of participants liked their natural light, and 6% appreciated flexible spaces that can be used for crafting, gaming, or exercise.

 

What folks yearned for the most—but didn’t have—in their homes was more space. Hey, it’s hard to be quarantined with everyone on top of everyone else! About 19% of survey participants dreamed of additional square footage, while 13% wanted an updated kitchen and 11% wanted a home gym.

 

Updating the style of the home, wanting more natural light, and adding a yard or patio all ranked highly, with about 9% of participants each. An additional 6% hoped for an extra bathroom.

 

And since they’re stuck at home, many folks are making the best of it by finally getting around to their do-it-yourself lists. About 32% of those surveyed said they had started a home improvement project, and another 15% plan to embark on one.

 

“As we move forward, we expect the shelter-in-place experience to have a significant influence on home-buying trends and how buyers prioritize home features, neighborhoods, and home improvement projects” Johnson said in a statement.

 

The most common DIY project was finally getting around to cleaning out the closets or the garage, at 21% of participants. That was followed by gardening and planting, at 17%; painting, at 13%; redecorating a room, at 10%; and rearranging the furniture, at 9%.

 

In addition, folks were keen on adding artwork or decor to their homes, at 7%; adding a home gym or workout space, at 5%; and installing an office or work space, at 4%.

 

Clare Trapasso is the senior news editor of realtor.com and an adjunct journalism professor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She previously wrote for a Financial Times publication, the New York Daily News, and the Associated Press. She is also a licensed real estate agent. Contact her at clare.trapasso@realtor.com.

 

5 Places to Shop Local & Virtually for Mother’s Day

from Jordan Saul-Peterson

Mother’s Day is around the corner and we all know it’s important now more than ever to support local as we shower our mamas with love this holiday.

Below are a few shops that offer different options to shop while keeping a safe distance. Provided below will be shopping options and which companies will ship your orders for you + gift wrap! Be aware that the current climate could impact shipping times, so get your order in sooner than later.

 

1.      Pitter Patter Shop

a.      Located in Historic Old Town Louisville, this carefully curated baby & kids shop houses some of the cutest clothes, toys, books and accessories. The high quality of the items in shop make this the perfect stop to splurge on some amazing baby gifts for a new mom or one with a baby on the way!

b.      Ways to shop: By phone, Online or Email

c.       www.pitterpattershop.com

d.      (720) 485-3129

e.      Gift Wrap, $7 Flat Rate Shipping & Pick-Up are available

 

2.      Rebecca’s Herbal Apothecary

a.      This downtown Boulder staple is the perfect place to grab some incredible gifts for the hardworking mama in your life! Pick out essential oils, luxurious bath salts, herbal teas, tinctures and so much more. A few of my favorites include Queens Salt Bath, Lavendar Shea Butter and the Mini Facial Gift Set.

b.      Ways to Shop: By Phone, Online

c.       https://www.rebeccasherbs.com/

d.      303-443-8878

e.      Gift Wrap, Personal Message & Shipping Available

 

3.      Eleanor and Hobbes

a.      Since 2013, this stylish shop has brought well-crafted clothing and accessories to the Old Town Louisville area. The thoughtfully curated fashion and attention to detail make this an amazing stop for surprising mom with something fun to wear during a “stay at home” date night.

b.      Ways to Shop:

c.       https://www.shop-eleanor.com/

d.      (720) 708-3016

e.      $10 Flat Rate Shipping, Free Pick-up & Gift Wrap Available

 

4.      Old Friends

a.      In my opinion, Old Friends is the best place to “gift shop,” especially if you are in need of some inspiration. Having a wide range of local and eclectic options, this store provides unlimited gift-giving possibilities to the deserving matriarch in your life. From funny mugs, unique jewelry and puzzles, to home décor, local art and bath products. This store will not disappoint!

b.      Ways to Shop: Phone, Email or Facetime with the Owner

c.       oldfriendsllc@yahoo.com

d.      303.665.8886

e.      Gift Bags & Curbside Pickup Available

 

5.      Thalken

a.      Nestled is the heart of Old Town Lafayette, with “You Are Beautiful” written on it’s side lies Thalken. Full of locally made jewelry, soaps, candles, greeting cards & more, this husband/wife owned shop is sure to bring a smile to the face of any mom.

b.      Ways to Shop: Online, By Phone

c.       https://www.thalken.com/

d.      720-660-3664

e.      Free Local (Boulder County) Shipping over $32, Curbside Pickup, Gift Wrapping Available, Free Shipping over $100

 

Have fun shopping for the awesome mama in your life and stay safe out there!

 


Jordan Saul-Peterson

Associate Broker

REALTOR

720-220-1083

Jordan@SaulTeamHomes.com

 


 

Local Perspective

The Value of Home is More Important Than Ever Before

While we are so grateful to have our homes, especially during this time of Sheltering in Place, being cooped up in your home can get monotonous.  How are you spending your time each day? Here are some ideas to spend the time that help stimulate your mind and body, and maybe even increase the value of your home or help the community at the same time!

 


Virtual Workout & Yoga Classes

Focusing on the health and wellness of you and your family is critical during these times of social distancing. It is important to keep a routine, continue to connect with others, practice mindfulness, and move your body as much as you can. Studios are offering online classes for reduced rates, donations, and even for free!

 

Amana Yoga Boulder offers a donation-based yoga class Tuesday’s at 5pm

Local instructor Lauralyn Sullivan is offering online donation-based Deep Stretch and Meditation with live Violin

Earth Yoga Boulder offers online yoga and meditation

Soul Tree Yoga in Louisville offers online yoga and meditation classes

Yoga Pod Boulder offers online yoga classes

Yoga Junction Louisville offers online yoga classes (prenatal and postnatal options too)

CorePower Yoga is offering free online classes each week

Peloton is offering a free 90-day trail of their online app that streams various fitness classes (no bike needed)

Physique57 offers Sculpting, core and barre classes, no need for equipment! There are a few free classes available, or you can buy a month for $15, use checkout code, “HilariaBaldwin” –

Yoga with Adriene offers free online yoga and she even has a kid’s yoga class

Cosmic Kids is a great resource of free online yoga and mindfulness classes for kids

 


Masterclass

Use this time to learn a new craft!  Masterclass has 82+ courses on subjects taught by world class instructors on topics like business, home design, culinary arts, writing, music, photography, and fashion.

Classes are taught by the ultimate experts in these fields.  Learn about photography from Annie Lebovitz, cooking from Gordon Ramsay, the art of makeup from Bobbi Brown, scientific thinking and communication from Neil DeGrasse-Tyson, or business leadership from Howard Shultz, to name a few. 

The annual subscription to access all the classes is $180, and they are offering a Buy One, Get one Free deal now so share it with a friend and each pay $90! 
Check it out here: https://www.masterclass.com/ 

 


DIY Home Projects

De-cluttering, organizing and creating new spaces in your home or backyard always brings a sense of accomplishment and gives your home life and energy, and you something to do! 

Easy Home Updates You Can Do Now
https://coloradolandmarkblog.com/easy-home-updates-you-can-do-now/

Family Arts and Crafts Ideas to Keep Little Hands Busy
https://coloradolandmarkblog.com/family-arts-craft-ideas-to-keep-little-hands-busy

DIY Network offers a great article on 17 ways to get instant curb appeal for less than $100!

Real Simple offers  10 Fun, Quarantine Hobbies to Try Right Now 

 


Support Local Businesses!

In Downtown Boulder, over 70% of our businesses are locally owned and operated. Many of the employees who work at these businesses are our family, friends and neighbors. This is our time to come together as a community and help.

 


Protect Your Mental Health

Having to make significant changes to our everyday lives in the face of uncertainty and adversity can be overwhelming and stressful. As life continues to change, it’s important that we show ourselves compassion through this process. Here are some ideas to help protect your mental health during this time of crisis. 

Here are 6 Ideas from CU Boulder:

6 Ways to Protect Your Mental Health During A Crisis 

14-Day Plan to Help Manage Coronavirus Stress: 

Two Week Stress Less Plan

The Scientific Reasons Showing Kindness Helps Ease Anxiety: 

realsimple.com/health/mind-mood/kindness-helps-anxiety

Online Happiness Class from Yale University: 

realsimple.com/syndication/yale-university-happiness-class-now

 


 

Safe Showing Update

On Sunday, April 26th, Boulder County released an update to their stay at home order, which is currently in effect until May 8th, allowing in-person showings.  (Open houses are NOT permitted.)  While we are thrilled to be able to serve our clients in this way again, we take the safety of our agents, our clients and our community very seriously.

 

Here are the steps we are taking to make sure our showings are as safe as possible:

 

Prior to approving any showings, we are asking buyers to thoroughly review photographs, virtual tours, floor plans, videos and property disclosures. and if possible, drive through the neighborhood.

 

Buyers must also be pre-approved for mortgage financing through a reputable lender, or provide proof of funds.

 

We provide a COVID-19 Disclosure and Release Agreement for both buyers and sellers to review and sign, confirming that no parties are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have knowingly been exposed.  These steps ensure that only serious buyers who are ready, willing and able to purchase the home are approved for showings.

 

Seller or listing broker will prepare the house for showing by turning the lights on, clearing paths,  opening closet doors, and removing all valuables.

 

Masks, gloves, booties, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes (if available) will be made available by the front door of all listings.

 

If home is occupied, the Seller is also instructed to disinfect surfaces of home after showings have taken place.

 

No overlapping showings allowed.  A maximum of three people can attend showings, and buyers should whenever possible leave children at home.  All people entering the property must wear masks, gloves and booties, leave lights on and refrain from touching anything other than doorknobs and handrails if necessary.

 

Anyone entering the property must adhere to the safe distancing guidelines, and any discussion regarding the property should take place following social distancing rules (6’ or greater) after leaving the property, or over via electronic means.

 

Together we can work to keep everyone safe while still providing our world-class service to our buyers and sellers. If you have questions about how we can help you buy or sell a home during this time, please reach out!

 

We are here for you!

 

Boulder County Updates Stay at Home Order to Allow In-Person Showings

Boulder County that has issued guidance regarding the extended Stay at Home order (which currently extends through May 8th), to allow Real Estate Showings.

Real Estate Showings: In-person real estate showings are permitted under the following conditions:

Appointment only (no open houses)
Masks required for all participants
Number of in-person participants limited to the greatest extent possible with participation by children strongly discouraged
Social Distancing Requirements are met at all times

This is great news for our buyer and seller clients who need to buy or sell during this time. Colorado Landmark has worked diligently to create safe showing protocols to protect our clients and the community, and we are thrilled that this order allows us to continue to do our jobs and serve our clients.

More information on the order can be found HERE.

For more information on the steps Colorado Landmark, Realtors is taking to ensure the safety of our clients and community, please contact us at 303-443-3377 or www.coloradolandmark.com.

COVID-19 and Real Estate Update

COVID-19 and Real Estate Update

by Brett Sawyer

 

 

Friends, clients, and colleagues from across the country and around the globe have been reaching out to me asking about the state of real estate in the Boulder/Denver Metro area.  We know that different states are under a wide range of guidelines for this industry that is poised to lead our economy back out of this recession.

 

It’s been a roller-coaster few weeks given the initial “stay at home” order issued by Gov. Polis did not include real estate as an essential business.  This put thousands of home buyers, home sellers, and active transactions in jeopardy of failure and  financial distress.  Fortunately, with the help of the Colorado Association of Realtors (CAR), that order was revised within 24 hours.

 

NAR, CAR, DMAR, BARA and most all of the Realtor boards were quick to issue guidelines to their members for safe and sanitary practices for showings, and focused on homes that were currently on the market, while also being sensitive to buyers who still needed to buy, and sellers who still needed to sell.

 

A couple of weeks ago we were gut-punched via an opinion from the Colorado Attorney General’s office limiting real estate services solely to appraisals and Closings.  No showings, no inspections, no photographers.  Through the combined efforts of the Realtor community; the title insurance industry; the mortgage industry; and the home inspector industry we were able to demonstrate to the governor’s office, as well as the AG’s office, the dire unintended consequences that ruling would have on the personal and financial safety of people who needed (not just merely wanted) to buy or sell a home.

 

After four days of negotiations we saw some movement, and finally this week we were advised that effective April 27th we can again show homes.  It’s important to keep in mind that responsible Realtors are not conducting Open House events; and are showing homes under very strict guidelines requiring masks, gloves, and social distancing.  We are united in our goal to keep our buyers, sellers, and necessary ancillary businesses involved in real estate transactions safe!

 


Brett Sawyer

Broker Associate | REALTOR

Brett@ColoradoLandmark.com

303-517-4147

 


 

Home Sales Are Still Up!

Showings are down starting in March, as you can see, due to physical distancing and safety precautions; but home sales are still up and title companies are busy!

 

We have had to become more creative in how we show and list homes. Virtual home tours have been our most effective, main creative platform.

 

Check out some of our most recent tours from CLR’s Candace Loving and 3rd Eye View Productions working with Marley Gagnon, to bring you high quality 3D virtual home tours from Matterport. If you have virtual reality goggles, you can even jump on and feel like your really in the living room or kitchen of your future home!

 


6030 Red Hill Road, Boulder

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=ohSB8r2oc4

5 Beds | 5 Baths | 5553 Sq. Ft.

 

Listed by: Kim Thompson

303-641-2049

Kim@KimThompsonGroup.com

 


3850 Broadway Street #19, Boulder 

my.matterport.com/show/?m=EwbDki7mtA3

4 Beds | 3 Baths | 2132 Sq. Ft.

 

Listed by: Kim Thompson

303-641-2046

Kim@KimThompsonGroup.com


 

47 Chieftain Court, Lyons 

my.matterport.com/show/?m=anuZnFQobDJ 

3 Beds | 3 Baths | 2515 Sq. Ft.

 

Listed by: Joni Renee

720-365-7302

Joni@JoniReneeRealty.com

 


745 Highland Avenue, Boulder 

my.matterport.com/show/?m=NjHHgGAD28t&brand=0

5 Beds | 5 Baths | 4518 Sq. Ft.

 

Listed by: Candace Loving 

303-332-4530

CandaceLoving@gmail.com