Drive-thru closings – the new normal?

As we have mentioned, we are working hard to accept this “new normal” we are living in, and continuously needing to adapt to the changing times.  What we know to be true: even in times of crisis, people need to buy or sell their homes.  Today’s post is by our wonderful agent Phil Booth, who completed his first “drive through” closing today in the parking lot of a Land Title office.

Here is his story:

“New terrain”… we are hearing this a lot lately.

Indeed, it was new terrain today for this REALTOR today at Land Title in Longmont, where I was involved in my first ‘Curb-side’ closing with my first time home buyers.

The sellers had closed separately, so it was just my buyers parked in one spot and me alongside, in my own vehicle, but with one parking space between us (social distancing!).

The closer came out with paperwork galore (yes, a loan was involved).

She had done a beautiful job of writing explanations and marking each signature space with lovely sticky, color coded arrows to make things as easy as possible for my buyers.

She left us to it for awhile, and I was able to ‘cheer-lead’ and give explanations from the ‘safety’ of my car.

When it was time to sign the documents requiring a notary, we called the closer up, and she trotted out and provided explanations and witnessed the signing.

Things went really smoothly… the only downsides, it was pretty chilly with the window down, there were not the usual lovely drinks and snacks available, and the bathroom facilities are not very handy!

Phil Booth

303-817-8307

phil@coloradolandmark.com

What does the “Stay at Home” order mean for Boulder-area real estate?

On the evening of March 23, 2020, the City of Boulder issued emergency “Stay at Home” orders for individuals in the city.

It requires all individuals to stay at their place of residence, and that they are only allowed to leave their residences for specific approved “Essential Activities” (Things like grocery shopping, obtaining medical care or medicine, outdoor activities while practicing social distancing), “Essential Governmental Functions and Infrastructure”, and “Essential Businesses”.

(This is a VERY short summary, here is the link to the full order:
https://bouldercolorado.gov/city-emergency-orders-related-to-covid-19)

UPDATED 3/25/2020:  Boulder County has followed suit and has also issued a “Stay at Home Order” – the link to that order is here:  https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/stay-at-home-order/

Real Estate is listed as an “Essential Business” in Section 6.f.24: “Professional services such as legal, insurance, accounting, real estate and tax preparation services, including ancillary and supporting services.”

Colorado Landmark, Realtors has been diligently working to ensure the safety of our agents, clients and the community by establishing stringent practices for showing homes, and working with our lenders, title partners, inspectors and appraisers to ensure that all health and safety precautions are taken during this challenging time.

We also understand that even in times of uncertainty and crisis, people need to buy or sell their homes, so we are working to ensure that our clients are able to do so – through new marketing technology, virtual tours and virtual open houses, video buyer/seller consultations, and electronic document sharing and signing.

If you have questions about your specific situation, please reach out to your Colorado Landmark agent, or visit us at www.coloradolandmark.com.

Easy Home Updates You Can Do Now


Being stuck at home can be overwhelming at times but look on the bright (or maybe dusty!) side – now maybe you have time to get a jump start on spring cleaning.  Here are some easy, affordable updates to keep you and your family busy and help your home look its best.

 

Whether you are thinking about selling, or simply want to clean up and simplify your life, the #1 to-do on many people’s list is de-cluttering. This can be time consuming if you have many different items to sort through, so it’s the perfect opportunity to tackle the more daunting tasks. Here are some great tips from tidying expert Marie Kondo, to help keep you motivated and spark some joy in cleaning!

https://www.insider.com/tidying-up-with-marie-kondo-organizing-tips-2019-1#stay-committed-to-the-process-and-know-that-theres-an-end-1

Is there a room in your house that could use a fresh coat of paint to liven it up? It’s amazing what changing the color of a space can do for the feel of it! Even adding an accent or two is an inexpensive way to change a room and make it more open and spacious. Bringing more energy into an area makes everyone happier and helps with the flow of the environment. Here are some fun painting ideas to get you started: 

https://www.familyhandyman.com/painting/13-great-paint-ideas-for-your-living-room/

Now that we are starting to see some warmer weather and sunny days, it’s time to start thinking about your garden and cleaning up the landscaping for the summer! Trimming up dead bushes and shrubs helps make sure the new growth can reach the sun and get big and strong. There are tons of things you can do to get your equipment ready as well as your yard, for the long summer ahead. Here are ten early spring yard maintenance tips from the Farmers Almanac to keep you on track:

https://www.almanac.com/content/10-tips-maintaining-beautiful-yard


Cleaning and disinfecting is at the top of everyone’s list right now, with trying to keep the spread of germs down and help everyone stay healthy. A clean home is where it starts so here are 20 Genius Cleaning Hacks for a Tidy Home in No Time!

https://www.bhg.com/homekeeping/house-cleaning/tips/cleaning-hacks/

Want some more great ideas on how to stay busy making home improvements while your spending more time there? Here’s a great list of ideas from Better Homes & Gardens if you need some more inspiration!

https://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/remodeling/budget-remodels/weekend-home-projects/?slide=slide_21b112de-9100-4fb6-9843-dec4bcfeb40b#slide_21b112de-9100-4fb6-9843-dec4bcfeb40b

The Modern Architecture + Design Society was proud to return to Boulder for the first time in 5 years to present the Boulder MA+DS Modern Home Tour! 

The Modern Architecture + Design Society was proud to return to Boulder for the first time in 5 years to present the Boulder MA+DS Modern Home Tour! 

Only 6 incredibly special homes were chosen to be featured on the tour which showcased the best of modern architecture and design in Boulder County.

Participants were invited to take a self-guided tour through each home, and finish at The Aspen Leaf House, a one of a kind home designed by Charles Haertling, to enjoy an after party hosted by Candace Loving, a broker with Colorado Landmark, Realtors.

Guests were allowed to go at their own pace and in their own order through the featured homes which included 52 Boulder View Lane, also known as the Aspen Leaf Home, 6590 Lakeview Dr., a gorgeous home overlooking Baseline Lake, and the Alder House which is built primarily out of shipping containers.

Thank you to the hundreds of guests who turned out to experience the best designs that Boulder has to offer!

2 of the 6 homes that were featured on the tour are currently for sale through Colorado Landmark, Realtors. For more information click here!

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2 of the 6 homes chosen to be featured are currently for sale through Colorado Landmark, Realtors.

6590 Lakeview Drive – Listed by Meghan Bach  619-955-2788

This stunning contemporary masterpiece is quintessential Boulder, outperforming in every facet. Perched on an acre, endless wow views synergistically converge with exceptional Craftsmanship, Architecture & Design. An avatar of Efficiency, Sustainability & Automation. Shimmering lake, verdant Foothills & graceful Flatirons embrace you at every turn in this High IQ, NetZero home. Symbiotic outdoors-in floor plan engaging every square foot. Retreat to your private sauna or soak in the views.

 

 

 

52 Boulder View Lane – Listed by Joel Ripmaster 303-641-3377

Ask yourself, what would it be like to be at one with nature? “We need the tonic of wilderness…” Thoreau wrote as he sat by Walden Pond pondering this question. Renowned Boulder architect, Charles Haertling, captured this essence in the last home of his storied career, The Aspen Leaf Home. Perched overlooking the Boulder Valley and replicating the organic form of its namesake this home is artistry in Architecture. Let the natural splendor beguile you and live wild and free as nature intended.

 

Friday’s Featured Listing- 7441 Old Mill Trail, Boulder, CO

BEAUTIFUL HOME ON LUSH GREEN LOT

7441 OLD MILL TRAIL, BOULDER, CO, 80301

4 Beds / 3 Baths

Price: $889,000

IRES MLS # 863472 

Listed By: Mara Yehl – 303-579-6879 

Colorado Landmark, Realtors

View IRES MLS Sheet

Location is key- You always wanted to live in a park, this is it! Backing beautiful Boulder Country Club golf course this home features many enjoyable outdoor seating options. Property is well maintained with a Pottery Barn feel. Hardwood oak flooring on the main floor and three bedrooms upstairs. 4th bedroom can double as an office upstairs with views. Close to various schools including Boulder Country Day. Simple changes to this home will bring an upscale feeling. 

Interior Features: Eat-in kitchen with pantry, 2 deck areas, and updated windows. Custom closets with lots of storage. Newer baths, kitchen, cupboards. 

Friday’s Featured Listing – 4322 Sunshine Canyon Drive, Boulder, CO

TUSCAN INSPIRED MODERN DREAM HOME NESTLED IN THE BOULDER FOOTHILLS

4322 SUNSHINE CANYON DRIVE, BOULDER, COLORADO, 80303

Price: $4,750,000

4 Beds / 6 Bathrooms

Listed By: Stephen Remmert – 303.302.8812

Colorado Landmark, Realtors

View IRES MLS Sheet

View Full Info and Photos on Luxury Portfolio

This Tuscan inspired modern home set on 42 private acres exudes soft-spoken luxury and offers a serene retreat from the day. Lines blur between elegant yet cozy indoor spaces and well-appointed outdoor entertaining areas that offer breathtaking mountain vistas. Built with the finest finishes and complemented by an eco-friendly mechanical system, this uncompromising home is without parallel. Just 10 mins from Pearl St, you’ll feel a world away yet enjoy easy access to Boulder’s finest dining and shopping. 

Interior features include:  Gorgeous open floor plan, 90% finished basement, eat-in kitchen with pantry, cathedral/vaulted ceilings, workshop, loft, wet bar, fire sprinklers, washer/dryer hookups, wood floors, kitchen island, media room, a full master bath suite, walk-in closet, and multiple fireplaces throughout the home.

Exterior features include: Ample space for horses, lawn sprinkler system, balcony, patio, deck, hot tub, and heated oversized garage.

 

Timbers Kauai Ocean Club and Residences

Have you ever dreamed of owning property on the garden island of Kauai? If so, then please consider looking at Timbers Kauai Ocean Club and Residences. It is perched on one of the most celebrated sites in all of Hawaii, a premier oceanfront location within the renowned Hokuala Resort. This may be the last opportunity of it’s kind, the residences rise out of the very edge of the Pacific and offer a rare and exclusive chance to call this magical place home.

Timbers Kauai Ocean Club and Residences include an array of exquisite ownership opportunities at various price points including two, three, and four bedroom homes sold as luxury residences, townhomes, or Residence Club interests. With both wholly owned and fractional ownership opportunities available, families are allowed to scale their level of ownership to perfectly match their lifestyle. Plus with every single home you’ll enjoy spectacular views, not just of the Pacific but of the striking mountains, surrounding lagoons and the beautiful lush golf course.

Ownership at Timbers Kauai is as effortless as it is enjoyable, with owners enjoying membership to exclusive amenities, activities and programming at the Hokuala Club, featuring member benefits at the Ocean Course at Hokuala, Kauai’s only signature Jack Nicklaus course, plus exclusive access to to Beach Club at Kalapaki Beach. At Timbers Kauai, you are an instant local, personal concierge services, including our Adventure Guides will get you to the island’s best kept secrets for dining, local art, beaches, fishing holes, reef breaks and dive spots. Lessons are available for outrigger canoeing and stand-up paddle board or you can have your own one on one instructions with top surfers, all of which will gain you direct access to the real authentic Kauai!

Aloha!

For More Information, visit Timbers Kauai or contact:

Patsy Garlinghouse
Colorado Landmark, Realtors
patsy@coloradolandmark.com
303-919-0720

Are Professional Real Estate Photos Worth The Hassle And Expense?

Today’s Blog Post is brought to you by Catherine Burgess. Below Catherine shares insights on how professional photos can greatly improve home sales and entice buyers.

Friends, how many seconds do you spend looking at the initial photo on your favorite real estate website?  Time it and see.  5 seconds? Maybe 10?

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In today’s digital age, seconds are all you can expect.  If your real estate agent doesn’t bring the best possible photos to the launch of your media campaign, how is your sale impacted?

Compare these three photos.  The client wanted their property on the market as soon as possible, not wanting to wait for professional photos.  So, the initial non-professional photos went up; four days later the professional set was loaded.  After 4 more days, the virtually-staged photos were completed and  uploaded into the MLS and marketing data.

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Sellers, when thinking through timing, it is important to keep in mind who the most serious buyers are and when they come to the market place. During the first week after listing: qualified buyers who have been working with an agent will see your property, if it overlaps with their search criteria.    They’ve been waiting for the right property and are poised to make an offer.

 

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During the second and third weeks on market more causal buyers will see the listing.  They may not be monitoring listings every day, but are loosely keeping track of potential homes.  Beyond the third week, we get into a combination of people just coming to the market and hobbyists.

Statistically, exposure to the greatest quantity of  qualified, poised-to-offer buyers happens within the first week and  the best offers are made during the first three weeks of listing.  (This  is also why sellers need to be priced right from day one.  See blog Home Overpriced? 6 Crucial Signs.)

So.  Is it worth bringing your photographic A game to your starting day?  You bet.  You have one chance to make a superlative impression on buyers. Wait one week to put your property on the market, if that means that you could attract (or not repel) more buyers through the use of professional photos.

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Staged properties sell more quickly and for more money than non-staged or empty homes. (Virtual staging, as in our third picture, is a digital low cost alternative to give buyers a feeling for how space can be used.  It is a viable option for lower-priced, vacant properties.)  Read through our blog  Set The Stage For A Quick Home Sale to understand if staging is something you should consider.

Ready for a laugh?  Check out this website of terrible real estate photos: http://terriblerealestateagentphotos.com/

 

thumb.phpCatherine Burgess

Colorado Landmark, Realtors

Email: 

Office : 303.443.3377

Mobile : 303.506.5669

Website: http://burgessgrouprealty.com

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