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Homes are Selling Fast Across the Country [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Tips on staging your home to sell!

by Allison Simson

Question:  Allison, we are ready to put our condo in Frisco, CO on the market, and we know we have a lot “de-cluttering” to do before it is ready.  What suggestions do you have for us?

Answer:  First off, good for you for asking!  And know that you are two steps ahead of a lot of your competition by getting your place “parade ready” before you put it on the market.  I always say that if you had a float in a parade, you wouldn’t drive it down Main Street saying, “Well, it’s going to look a lot better when we finish.  We are planning to put some more flowers on that part of the float, and we will clean up that bit.  Sorry about the squeaky wheels.  We’ll get that fixed later.”  No, you wouldn’t say that and it’s the same with selling real estate – You have to be “Parade Ready” from the get go! 

Another phrase that should help you is from the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Jan/Feb 2013 issue:   I love this phrase, “Adopt the ‘Hotel Philosophy’ to Stage Your Home”. A house is not staged to sell the same way it is staged to live in. When you decorate to live in your home, it is visually appealing as well as functional for your needs, interests, tastes and lifestyle. However, when you stage to sell, stage your home to look like a luxury hotel. In a hotel, you carry in a small bag of personal belongings…everything else you need is there and no unnecessary items clutter the space. Everything is neat, clean and nothing is out of place…the bathroom sparkles, the floors are spotless, the beds are made, and there is no indication that any pet has ever crossed the threshold! Pare down to the essentials! All small personal decorates should be replaced with a single impact piece (no more than one) per room. Remove all personal mementos, family photographs, refrigerator magnets and similar items. Opt for lots of space and clear surfaces.

So, as your set the stage for your home to sell, ask yourself, “Does this room pass the ‘Hotel Test’? Can a buyer imagine bringing their personal items and living here comfortably? If the answer is yes, you have a properly staged home….and you have improved the odds that your home will sell faster and command a better price!

Good luck!

For answers to your real estate questions, call Allison at 970-468-6800. Email - [email protected]. Her philosophy is simple, whether buying or selling, she understands that the most important real estate transaction is yours.  Want to know the value of your Summit County property? Visit   

Summit County News & Views is here!

by Allison Simson

Hello from Summit County!  We are in full gear for 2013 It’s starting out to be a great year!

Here is our latest (and greatest!) News & Views magazine.  It’s loaded with good info for you – Market updates, sales pricing history, articles on the various towns in Summit County, what your money can buy in Summit County, great properties – and best of all – the Summit Calendar of events! 

Please click on the picture below to enjoy our Winter edition of Summit Real Estate News & Views....

See something that catches your eye, please give us a call.  We'll be happy to send you more detailed information about ANY property for sale in Summit County.

We value your opinions and comments-if there is something you would like to see in our magazine next time, just ask!   Let us know what you think!  Have a safe and happy winter!

Real estate update!

by Allison Simson

Hope this fun/crazy/busy month of December is treating you well and you are feeling the holiday spirit!! 

Here's a quick article to give you local scoop on Summit County, CO real estate!

Enjoy the fun! 

Summit County by the numbers

by Allison Simson

With any luck at all, you are still recovering from the feeding/family frenzy of Thanksgiving and enjoying some good leftovers!  Hope your holiday was joyful!

As we near the end of the year, it is good to look back at the months behind us and evaluate what they have brought us so that we can gather the assets we have gained and move into the new year!

For those of you who LOVE the numbers, here's a link to the overall stats of Summit County real estate.  As usual, at Summit Real Estate, we look to the actual numbers to evaluate what's happening in the market, not just the gossip and cocktail conversation! 

Summit County by the numbers 2011!

Enjoy your week! 

Summit County Quarterly Sales Reports now available!

by Allison Simson

Summit Real Estate's Quarterly Sales Report is now available!

How’s the local real estate market performing?  There are many ways to gauge market performance and, as always, we like to take an objective approach.  The numbers do the talking.  The cocktail party circuit is great for catching up on the real estate “gossip”, but we’ve found our clients appreciate more substantive information and advice. 

It is our pleasure to keep you informed on Summit County’s Real Estate Market.

Click the hyperlink below, give us your name and property address (if you already own property in Summit County) and you will automatically be directed to the sales reports for Summit County.

Summit Real Estate Quarterly Report

 Please let us know if you would like more specific information about any particular property or complex.  We’ll help you navigate the numbers! 

Pre-ski season fun!

by Allison Simson

Ready or not, here it comes!  A-Basin opened last week - after only being closed for 100 days!!!!  Keystone opens November 4 and Breck the week after.

Here's the scoop on Keystone (that's yours truly - Allison - with my daughter Mackenna- skiing in the ad!)  Click here!

Pre-Ski Season Ski exercises.....  :>)

  1. Visit your local butcher and pay $30 to sit in the walk-in freeze for a half an hour. Afterwards, burn two $50 dollar bills to warm up.
  2. Soak your gloves and store them in the freezer after every use.
  3. Fasten a small, wide rubber band around the top half of your head before you go to bed each night.
  4. If you wear glasses, begin wearing them with glue smeared on the lenses.
  5. Throw away a hundred-dollar bill now.
  6. Find the nearest ice rink and walk across the ice 20 times in your ski boots carrying two pairs of skis, accessory bag and poles. Pretend you are looking for your car. Sporadically drop things.
  7. Place a small but angular pebble in your shoes, line them with crushed ice, and then tighten a C-clamp around your toes.
  8. Buy a new pair of gloves and immediately throw one away.
  9. Secure one of your ankles to a bedpost and ask a friend to run into you at high speed.
  10. Go to McDonald’s and insist on paying $13.50 for a hamburger. Be sure you are in the longest line.
  11. Clip a lift ticket to the zipper of your jacket and ride a motorcycle fast enough to make the ticket lacerate your face.
  12. Drive slowly for five hours- anywhere- as long as it’s in a snowstorm and you’re following an 18-wheeler.
  13. Fill a blender with ice, hit the pulse button and let the spray blast your face. Leave the ice on your face until it melts. Let it drip into your clothes.
  14. Dress up in as many clothes as you can and then proceed to take them off because you have to go to the bathroom.
  15. Slam your thumb in a car door. Don’t go see a doctor.
  16. Repeat all of the above every Saturday and Sunday until it’s time for the real thing.

See you on the slopes!

Thank You!

by Allison Simson

A few more days of summer...the leaves are starting to turn and that crisp, fall mountain air is so lovely.

There was some good news from The Summit Daily News on the real estate front last week that I wanted to share with you:  Real Estate sales up in Summit County 

But, most of all, a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone of you who voted us top two Real Estate Companies in The Best of the Summit!  For all the special places in Summit County to help you live like a local, check out the BEST OF THE SUMMIT 2011!

And, thank you, thank you again for voting Allison Simson - Summit Real Estate. It is such an honor!  We feel so blessed and lucky to have so many wonderful customers and friends who made this happen again this year! 


And Here's Your Morning Coffee!

What in the World Do Buyers Want?

by Allison Simson

Question:  Allison, we have had our home in Silverthorne on the market for almost a year.  We are priced competitively, but our Realtor tells us our home is dated.  Besides a total renovation, what do you recommend we do?

Answer:  Glad you asked!  I always say that it is a price war and a beauty contest, and you have to win both to sell in today’s market!  Remember just a few years ago if you wanted a cupcake you could get vanilla or chocolate and maybe just a few other flavors in between. Now all you see are elaborately flavored and decorated cupcakes. Today, it’s almost that way with buyers. Instead of a reasonably priced and relatively plain home in a nice area, many buyers have eaten one too many fancy cupcakes and want it all. Homes with sprinkles or a sparkler or two are the ones that sell.

The buyers we are talking about are young families and adults between the ages of 31 to 55. These buyers are in full course with their careers and are busy with their growing families and don’t have the time or money to update a house. Watchers of HGTV, they also have strong opinions about design features their new home will include. Take a look at some of these items and ask yourself how your home stacks up if you decide to sell.

  1. Buyers want a deal! We are in a very price sensitive market and buyers want to know that they are getting the most value for their money. Saying that, Buyers are willing to pay more for homes that are in model home condition but either won’t buy or will discount significantly a home that needs work.
  1. Kitchens and Baths Sell Homes!  We know many Sellers do not like granite counters and stainless steel appliances but at this moment Buyers do! Bathrooms with dated tile should be updated and older vanities, sinks, medicine cabinets, hardware and light fixtures should be replaced.
  1. Paint is an Easy Crowd Pleaser! Buyers want a house with a neutral palette to help them imagine their own decorating plans. Plain white, however, is mostly out and “Pottery Barn” colors are in. Wallpaper no matter how expensive and dear to a Seller must go as well as dated carpet. And, if you have carpet over hardwood floors, show the hardwoods. They are in and most desirable.
  1. Let there be Light! Your brass or crystal Dining Room light fixture is no longer fashionable. Brush nickel and antique bronze are in. And, the overhead light fixtures that you have in your bedrooms and halls for the last 20 years must go. Good news, however, they are relatively cheap to replace.
  1. Energy Efficiency! While most buyers won’t pay substantially more for  green” and “energy efficient” improvements, they do want to know what it will cost to heat and cool the house and they do question whether windows, doors, the furnace, air conditioner, and hot water heater have been replaced.
  1. It’s Clean Up Time!  Buyers want a clean house. Not just a house where the beds are made and toys are put away but a house with clean windows, baseboards, siding, and refrigerators. Clean carpets, bathrooms, kitchens and flooring are essential as well. 
  1. Smelly Houses Don’t Sell!  Any pet odors need to be eliminated, cooking food with strong odors (unless it’s bread or cookies) needs to be avoided, and if you are a smoker, your home will need to be de-odorized and you need to smoke outside-no kidding! If you do plan to sell, do not light any scented candles or install plug-ins. Today many Buyers and their families are allergic and will run out of a house no matter what the smell.
  1. Oh Give Me Land!  Buyers want a home with a connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. So even if your lot is relatively small, landscape it, deck it, fence it or do whatever is necessary to create a perception of another wonderful living area, even if that area is used only part of the year.
  1. Size Matters! Buyers want more storage space as well as flexibility in the garage. If you have a storage room or area, make it look big by straightening it up and getting rid of anything that you haven’t touched in years or that you don’t plan to take with you. If you have a garage, clear it out so that cars can easily fit in. And if you have a carport, the only thing visible should be your car.
  1.  Beauty Counts! Today’s buyers start their search on the Internet and if they are not impressed by the pictures they see, they are not coming in.  You simply don’t get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression.

 To help you make your first impression GREAT, call me and we will send you our staging guide. 

For answers to your real estate questions, call Allison at 970-468-6800. Email - [email protected]. Her philosophy is simple, whether buying or selling, she understands that the most important real estate transaction is yours.  Want to know the value of your Summit County property? Visit  

Considering renting your property?

by Allison Simson

 It's another gorgeous day in paradise!  We've had a busy summer here in Summit County, CO with all the festivals, concerts, BBQ challenges and events, not to mention the biking, hiking, fishing and relaxing.  Pheww!  We've had a glorious summer and the fall promises fun and festivity, too.

This past week the USA Pro Cycling Challenge road through Summit County in stage 5.  128 professional bikers made their way from Steamboat to Breckenridge.  Levi Liephimer (the overall winner) zoomed past about 2 feet away from me!  Very exciting!  It was like our own "mini" Tour de France!

Here's an article on rental property and taxes from last week's Summit Daily News that you might find interesting - click here.

Our real estate market continues to move along, we've had more sales this year over last year, and although the prices are still declining, it does seem like they are declining at a slower rate than last year.  For specifics about your favorite town please check the market reports here:

1) Dillon
2) Wildernest/Silverthorne
3) Frisco
4) Breckenridge
5) Keystone
6) Summit County Overall

And Here's Your Morning Coffee!

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Allison Simson, Owner/Broker, is a licensed Colorado Real Estate Broker