America’s Best for Colorado – CLR Winners!

A HUGE congratulations is in order for our agents who are listed on the 2020 Real Trends “America’s Best” for Colorado!

 

Marybeth Emerson – #29 Individual Sales Volume & Number 1 in Boulder!

 

Kim Thompson Group – #27 Small Team Sales Volume & Number 4 in Boulder!

 

 

The DRF Team – #79 Small Team Sales Volume & Number 8 in Boulder!

 

A big round of applause for these women and their hard working teams!

 

Check out the full list of winners here!

 

Congratulations to Colorado Landmark’s 2020 5 Star Professional Award Winners!

It is our great pleasure to to announce the four incredible agents that have worked so hard and have been honored with this years 5 Star Professional Award and Rising Star Award! These agents have been recognized by their clients for professional excellence and outstanding service.

 

Congratulations to Maria Scroggs, Jennifer Fly and David Scott for earning The 5 Star Professional Award and to Phil Booth for receiving The Rising Star Award. Way to go team! Give yourselves a well deserved pat on the back!

 

 

Maria Scroggs

REALTOR

303-345-3359

MariaScroggs@gmail.com

 

 

 

Jennifer Fly

REALTOR

303-506-0253

JenniferFly@ColoradoLandmark.com

 

 

 

David Scott

REALTOR

303-588-8358

DWScott@ColoradoLandmark.com

 

 

 

Phil Booth

REALTOR

303-817-8307

Phil@ColoradoLandmark.com

 

 

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

 


 

Certified Hard at Work!

Check out these agent all-stars that have been working hard on certifications and received awards while staying at home!


Deborah Read Fowler  has taken the time to complete and pass her GREEN Certification, Approved by the American National Association of Realtors (NAR) and used to indicate the level of environmental friendliness for real estate properties. The course curriculum includes sustainable building practices, marketing, and rating systems.

 

She has also completed her HSE (Home Staging Expert) Certificate. Way to go Deb, you have been a busy bee!


 

Shannon Andrews-Palo has been working on her Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) Designation. This course helps real estate agents increase their knowledge and skills in a broad array of technical subjects with additional focus on the fundamentals of real estate.

 

 

 


 

Stimulating our brains and keeping current, the Colorado Landmark way! 

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

 

 


 

We Are All in This Together!

We are here for you

Here at Colorado Landmark, Realtors, we are actively keeping our finger on the economic pulse. 

Please call us at any time to ask questions and we will share any  information we have learned.  In the meantime, if you are thinking about buying or selling your home this year, here are some things you can do now to prepare:

 

1)    Please file your federal (and state) tax returns: the government has extended the filing deadline to July 15th, however you can still file your tax return, even if you’re not ready to pay your final 2019 tax bill.  You must have this complete for your pre-approval letters, but in general, procrastination is not useful, especially if you have a lot of time on your hands right now.

 

2)    If you have been thinking of selling, this is a great time to de-clutter and get your home ready! Check out our blog post about easy home updates you can do right now:

https://coloradolandmarkblog.com/easy-home-updates-you-can-do-now/

 

3.  If you are planning to purchase a new home, speak with a lender to get pre-approved.

 

4)    If you MUST buy or sell, we have a safe plan for you.  Please reach out and we will go over all the safety precautions that we have in place.

 

 

5) Stay safe: keep your immune system high, stay at home and when you head out, please follow social distancing protocols, wear a mask and wash your hands frequently, especially after returning to your house from shopping, etc.

 

 

We will get through this together!

 

 

Don’t Let Frightening Headlines Scare You

Don’t Let Frightening Headlines Scare You, from Gretchen Heine 

March 26, 2020

There’s a lot of anxiety right now regarding the corona virus pandemic. The health situation must be addressed quickly, and many are concerned about the impact on the economy as well.

Amidst all this anxiety, anyone with a megaphone – from the mainstream media to a lone blogger – has realized that bad news sells. Unfortunately, we will continue to see a rash of horrifying headlines over the next few months. Let’s make sure we aren’t paralyzed by a headline before we get the full story.

When it comes to the health issue, you should look to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most reliable information.

Finding reliable resources with information on the economic impact of the virus is more difficult. For this reason, it’s important to shed some light on the situation. There are already alarmist headlines starting to appear. Here are two such examples surfacing this week.


1. Goldman Sachs Forecasts the Largest Drop in GDP in Almost 100 Years

It sounds like Armageddon. Though the headline is true, it doesn’t reflect the full essence of the Goldman Sachs forecast. The projection is actually that we’ll have a tough first half of the year, but the economy will bounce back nicely in the second half; GDP will be up 12% in the third quarter and up another 10% in the fourth.

This aligns with research from John Burns Consulting involving pandemics, the economy, and home values. They concluded:

 

“Historical analysis showed us that pandemics are usually V-shaped (sharp recessions that recover quickly enough to provide little damage to home prices), and some very cutting-edge search engine analysis by our Information Management team showed the current slowdown is playing out similarly thus far.”
The economy will suffer for the next few months, but then it will recover. That’s certainly not Armageddon.

 

2. Fed President Predicts 30% Unemployment!

That  statement  was  made  by  James  Bullard, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. What Bullard actually said was it “could” reach 30%. But let’s look at what else he said in the same Bloomberg News interview:

 

“This is a planned, organized partial shutdown of the U.S. economy in the second quarter,” Bullard said. “The overall goal is to keep everyone, households and businesses, whole” with government support.

 

According  to  Bloomberg, he also went on to say:

 

“I would see the third quarter as a transitional quarter” with the fourth quarter and first quarter next year as “quite robust” as Americans make up for lost spending. “Those quarters might be boom quarters,” he said.

 

Again, Bullard agrees we will have a tough first half and rebound quickly.

Grethchen Heine | REALTOR

303.816.8390

Homes@GretchenHeine.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.