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In today’s fast-paced world where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, the addition of more information causes more confusion.

Shows like Property Brothers, Fixer Upper, and dozens more on HGTV have given many a false sense of what it’s like to buy and sell a home.

Now more than ever, you need an expert on your side who is going to guide you toward your dreams and not let anything get in the way of achieving them. Buying and/or selling a home is definitely not something you want to DIY (Do It Yourself)!

Here are just some of the reasons you need a real estate professional in your corner:
There’s more to real estate than finding a house you like online!

There are over 230 possible steps that need to take place during every successful real estate transaction. Don’t you want someone who has been there before, someone who knows what these actions are, to ensure you achieve your dream?

You Need a Skilled Negotiator

In today’s market, hiring a talented negotiator could save you thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of dollars. Each step of the way – from the original offer, to the possible renegotiation of that offer after a home inspection, to the possible cancellation of the deal based on a troubled appraisal – you need someone who can keep the deal together until it closes.

What is the home you’re buying or selling worth in today’s market?

There is so much information on the news and on the Internet about home sales, prices, and mortgage rates; how do you know what’s going on specifically in your area? Who do you turn to in order to competitively and correctly price your home at the beginning of the selling process? How do you know what to offer on your dream home without paying too much, or offending the seller with a lowball offer?

Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, advises:

“When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”

Hiring an agent who has his or her finger on the pulse of the market will make your buying or selling experience an educated one. You need someone who is going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear.

Bottom Line

Today’s real estate market is highly competitive. Having a professional who’s been there before to guide you through the process is a simple step that will give you a huge advantage!

 

Summit County Market Update Fall 2019- Courtesy Allison Simson

by Allison Simson


Market Update Fall 2019

Autumn is such a glorious time in Summit County!  Crisp mornings and warm days splashed with amazing colors all around- I never want to step foot outside the county this time of year!
The real estate market in Summit County is strong on so many fronts. Looking at several leading indicators – inventory & number of showings and as well as two lagging indicators – pending/closed sales and Days on Market –gives a good picture of where we’ve been and what may come.

Active Properties: 777 on the market early fall priced from $209,000-$18,000,000 – something for everyone! 
Showing data: The number of showings tends to dip slightly in the fall and pick up again when the snow flies and the skiers are back. Showings are still consistent.
Pending: Currently, there are 458 properties under contract.  The number of properties going under contract is on par with the summer months. 
This tells me Buyer demand is staying consistent, week after week.  While other aspects of the market go up and go down, we can depend on the Buyers to be here.  That's a good thing.
Sold properties: 1210 Sales Q1-Q3 2019 vs 1356 Q1-Q3 2018.  Number of sales is down overall by about 11%, but overall volume is up.
Interest rates also play a part of the equation- they are so low right now!  3.75% at the start of this quarter. The predictions of most economists at the beginning of this year for rising interest rates have not panned out – thankfully!  This helps with consumer confidence and makes properties more affordable.
Days on market: Median days on market is 19 this year vs 11 last year. A slight increase, but not statistically relevant.

The bottom line: High consumer confidence, low interest rates and buyers making offers gives the market a sense of confidence and predictability. That being said, we can expect, as we move toward winter, a gradual slow-down in transactions.  Much of the fall real estate market is driven by folks who want to get in and secure their ski getaway before the lifts start to turn!

Stay tuned to weekly updates on the Market click here: 

Spring has officially sprung in Summit County - The lake is thawed! 

The Rotary Club of Summit County announced the winners for the 33rd annual Ice Melt Contest on Tuesday. Locals finished in the top three spots in a competition that often comes down to the second.

The ice device dropped on May 7 at 16:44:35. Darlena Marmins took first place, Robert Feuerriagel was second and Melissa Greenwood took third. The winner will receive $4,000, second place gets $2,000 and third place takes home $1,000.

Summer is around the corner - the Tiki bar will be open in Dillon for Memorial Day weekend! 

What is the real estate market doing in Summit County? We have had an active first quarter that has been comparable in number of sales to last year.  Interestingly, the number of sales is flat, but the sales volume continues to climb - an indicator that prices continue to rise 

You've heard me say it before - In Summit County, our real estate market historically tends to lag behind the Denver and national markets by 18-24 months.  There is some consensus from national economists that real estate prices will likely increase around 4% this year.  So far, we are following that trend here. 

Give us a call at 970-468-6800 or text at 970-389-1234 or go to www.SummitHomeValue.com for an instant valuation of your property.  

The summer sales season is fast approaching. Let us know if you are ready to sell and would like to take advantage of this great time to sell! 

 

 

 

See you on the trails! 

Allison Simson | Broker/Owner

Summit Real Estate

The sale of the first home at Silverthorne’s Smith Ranch workforce-housing neighborhood closed last week, marking a celebratory moment for the new homeowners and the town that’s pursuing the project.

Hoping to chip away at the lack of available housing, Silverthorne has slated over 50 acres at Smith Ranch, nestled on the northern end of town, for a new workforce-housing neighborhood and selected Compass Homes Development to spearhead the project.

Phase one is now starting to come to fruition. The new homeowners, Roger and KelLee Abdella, closed on the first sale last Friday. More closings are slated for the coming weeks, and Silverthorne has already issued at least five certificates of occupancy.

Altogether, the first phase is bringing 27 new townhomes, 17 single-family homes and 16 units in duplexes — a total of 60 new homes — to Silverthorne’s lineup of deed-restricted housing. The homes must be owned and occupied by people who work at least 30 hours a week in Summit County.

The developer, Blake Shutler, said that all but four of the homes from phase one are already under contract. The remaining ones are all two-bedroom townhomes.

Not content to stop after the first phase, the town and developers have started turning some of their attention to phase two. As planned, the second phase would bring another 51 townhomes to Smith Ranch across six four-unit buildings and nine three-unit buildings.

“Phase one was a pretty even mix,” said Lina Lesmes, Silverthorne’s planning manager, adding that it only made sense to follow up on the first phase with the townhomes scheduled for phase two.

For the second phase, the four-unit buildings would each house a pair of two-bedroom units and two, three-bedroom townhomes. Meanwhile, seven of the triplex buildings would contain two, two-bedroom units and one three-bedroom unit. The other two triplex buildings would house only two-bedroom units.

All of the homes would have rear access and front doors facing either Adams Avenue, Smith Ranch Road or the neighborhood’s green space, positioned at the center of phase two’s cluster of homes.

All of the three-bedroom units would come with their own one-car garage, and there would be a three-bedroom home included in the lineup that’s being designed for people with disabilities for phase two, as well.

Altogether, this would make for 111 planned homes across both phases with a majority of the units having garages. The rest of the homes are scheduled for ample surface parking. Plans for phase two could be subject to change, Lesmes said, but it’s likely the townhomes produced throughout it will be sold in waves.

The town and developers are planning to follow up on phase two “pretty quickly” with phase three, which could bring in some more single-family duplexes, Lesmes said.

For more information, visit SmithRanchNeighborhood.com.

Scoop on Ski resort closing dates

by Allison Simson

Well...the ski season will be winding down in the next few weeks here in Summit County (except, of course, for A-Basin - they aren't closing until June!)

Some of my favorite skiing happens as we get close to closing day - the days are warmer, the snow is softer and most of the big crowds are gone.  And best of all - lots of fun music and events happening at all of the resorts.  

ALSO - of note....the real estate inventory in Summit County always increases after the resorts close down.  Keep your eyes open for your perfect mountain getaway!  

Here's the scoop on closing dates from The Summit Daily News:

Several local resorts have announced their tentative closing dates, along with events to coincide with one of the best seasons in recent memory.

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, which is shooting for a June 2 closing date, will celebrate closing weekend with live music on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 at the Mountain Goat Plaza. The springtime event will feature a free, family-friendly concert from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit ArapahoeBasin.com.

Ski Cooper’s closing weekend celebrations through April 7 will feature a Ski with a Ranger program and live music, along with other festivities for guests. Cooper is also offering a $25 spring daily lift ticket deal from April 1 to 7. For more information, visit SkiCooper.com

Copper Mountain Ski Resort will end its season with its traditional pond skim with a twist at its eighth annual SlopeSoakers contest. Competitors will end the season in style by skimming across floating rails on April 20. On Copper’s closing day, the Retro Shred-a-Thon will return with retro gear to raise funds for injured mountain action sports athletes. Guests are encouraged to reach out for pledges and donations to the High Fives Foundation and wear throwback gear including one-piece snowsuits, shaped snowboards, long poles and straight skis. For more information, visit CopperColorado.com.

Loveland Ski Area will feature “Live Music at the Basin” on May 4 for its closing weekend, with a live performance from A-Mac & The Height. Guests will also be able to enjoy spring skiing, drink specials and live music from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Loveland will team up with Never Summer and Toyota for the second annual Neverland Banked Slalom. The snowboard race will take place off of Lift 6 and all ages and abilities are welcome. For more information, visit SkiLoveland.com.

Keystone plans to close April 7- which has some shaking their heads with all of the snow we've had here....but to make up for it, Vail Resorts has extended the closing date at Breckenridge to Memorial Day!  

See you on the slopes!  

And Here's Your Morning Coffee!

 

Warmly,

Allison Simson  Owner/Broker

 

An FAQ for paying property taxes in Summit County

by Summit Daily staff report [email protected]

Throughout the year, the Summit County Treasurer's Office fields thousands of calls from property owners with questions regarding past and current property tax payments. Below you will find answers to common questions as well as information regarding upcoming deadlines and payment options.

• What options do I have for paying property taxes in Colorado? Owners can choose to pay taxes in two half installments or by one full installment

• When are property taxes due? Half Installments: 1st installment, February 28; 2nd installment, June 15; full installment, April 30.

• Have I or my mortgage company paid first half? To verify if you or your mortgage company submitted first half installment, visit the county website (www.summitcountyco.gov) and click on the property tax link featured at the top of the page. You can refine your search by year and then by schedule number, owner, or address. An account summary will be visible at the bottom of the page.

• Can I get a copy of my tax notice? Yes, after searching your property choose the option to "print tax notice."

• Can I get a receipt for a past payment? Yes, after searching your property choose the option to "print account statement."

 
• Can I get historical payment information? Yes, change the year of your search in the main search engine.

How can I submit payment?

• In person: 208 E. Lincoln Ave, Breckenridge

• Mailed USPS: PO Box 289, Breckenridge CO 80424

• Online: Debit or Credit (3rd party processing fee), E-check ($1.00 flat fee)

What year am I paying taxes for?

In Colorado, tax payments are made in arrears (2017 taxes are due in 2018)

I didn't own the property all of 2017, am I responsible for the full amount? Yes, contact your title company or review your HUD-1 for details as to the proration and collection of taxes at closing.

For questions, please contact Deputy Treasurer Ryne Scholl at 970 453-3443 or [email protected]

Thinking of Selling Your Home? Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner

With home prices on the rise and buyer demand strong, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their homes on their own (FSBO) without using the services of a real estate professional.

Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation and, in most cases, the seller is not. Sellers must realize that their ability to negotiate will determine whether or not they get the best deal for themselves and their families.

Here is a list of some of the people with whom the seller must be prepared to negotiate if they decide to FSBO:

The buyer who wants the best deal possible
The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house
The termite company if there are challenges
The buyer’s lender if the structure of the mortgage requires the sellers’ participation
The appraiser if there is a question of value
The title company if there are challenges with certificates of occupancy (CO) or other permits
The town or municipality if you need to get the CO permits mentioned above
The buyer’s buyer in case there are challenges with the house your buyer is selling
Your bank in the case of a short sale

Bottom Line

The percentage of sellers who have hired real estate agents to sell their homes has increased steadily over the last 20 years. Let’s get together and discuss all we can do to make the process easier for you.

Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this summer makes sense.

1. Demand Is Strong

The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase…and are in the market right now! More often than not, multiple buyers are competing with each other to buy the same home.

Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.

2. There Is Less Competition Now

Housing inventory has declined year-over-year for the last 35 months and is still under the 6-month supply needed for a normal housing market. This means that, in the majority of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in the market. This is good news for homeowners who have gained equity as their home values have increased. However, additional inventory could be coming to the market soon.

Historically, the average number of years a homeowner stayed in his or her home was six, but that number has hovered between nine and ten years since 2011. There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners to move as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. As home values continue to appreciate, more and more homeowners will be given the freedom to move.

The choices buyers have will continue to increase. Don’t wait until this other inventory comes to market before you decide to sell.

3. The Process Will Be Quicker

Today’s competitive environment has forced buyers to do all they can to stand out from the crowd, including getting pre-approved for their mortgage financing. This makes the entire selling process much faster and much simpler as buyers know exactly what they can afford before home shopping. According to Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Insights Report, the average time it took to close a loan was 41 days.

4. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move Up

If your next move will be into a premium or luxury home, now is the time to move up! The inventory of homes for sale at these higher price ranges has forced these markets into a buyer’s market. This means that if you are planning on selling a starter or trade-up home, your home will sell quickly, AND you’ll be able to find a premium home to call your own!

Prices are projected to appreciate by 5.2% over the next year, according to CoreLogic. If you are moving to a higher-priced home, it will wind up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait.

5. It’s Time to Move on With Your Life

Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?

Only you know the answers to the questions above. You have the power to take control of the situation by putting your home on the market. Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.

That is what is truly important.

Recently, Freddie Mac published an Insight Report titled Nowhere to go but up? How increasing mortgage rates could affect housing. The report focused on the impact the projected rise in mortgage rates might have on the housing market this year.

Many believe that an increase in mortgage rates will cause a slowdown in purchases which would, in turn, lead to a fall in house values. Ultimately, however, prices are determined by supply and demand and while rising mortgage rates may slow demand, they also affect supply. From the report:

 “For current homeowners, the decision to buy a new home is typically linked to their decision to sell their current home… Because of this link, the financing costs of the existing mortgage are part of the homeowner’s decision of whether and when to move.

Once financing costs for a new mortgage rise above the rate borrowers are paying for their current mortgage, borrowers would have to give up below-market financing to sell their home.

Instead, they may choose to delay both the sale of their existing home and the purchase of a new home to maintain the advantageous financing.”

The Freddie Mac report, in acknowledging this situation, concluded that prices are not adversely impacted by higher mortgage rates. They explained:

“While there is a drop in the demand for homes, there is an associated drop in the supply of homes from the link between the selling and buying decisions. As both supply and demand move together in this way they have offsetting effects on price—lower demand decreases price and lower supply increases price.

They went on to reveal that the Freddie Mac National House Price Index is…

“…unresponsive to movements in interest rates. In the current housing market, the driving force behind the increase in prices is a low supply of both new and existing homes combined with historically low rates. As mortgage rates increase, the demand for home purchases will likely remain strong relative to the constrained supply and continue to put upward pressure on home prices.”

The following graph, based on data from the report, reveals what happened to home prices the last six times mortgage rates rose by at least 1%.

Bottom Line

Whether you are a move-up buyer or first-time buyer, waiting to purchase your next home based on the belief that prices will fall because of rising mortgage rates makes no sense.

 

If you are considering selling your current home, to either move up to a larger home or into a home in an area that better suits your current family needs, great news was just revealed.

 

Last week, Trulia posted a blog, Not Your Father’s Housing Market, which examined home affordability over the last 40+ years (1975-2016). Their research revealed that:

“Nationally, homes are just about the most affordable they’ve been in the last 40 years… the median household could afford a home 1.5 times more expensive than the median home price. In 1980, the median household could only afford about 3/4 of the median home price.

Despite relatively stagnant incomes, affordability has grown due to the sharp drop in mortgage rates over the last 30 years – from a high of over 16% in the 1980s to under 4% by 2016.

Of the nation’s 100 largest metros, only Miami became unaffordable between 1990 and 2016. Meanwhile, 22 metros have flipped from being unaffordable to becoming affordable in that same time frame.”

Here is a graph showing the Affordability Index compared to the 40-year average:

The graph shows that housing affordability is better now than at any other time in the last forty years, except during the housing crash last decade.

(Remember that during the crash you could purchase distressed properties – foreclosures and short sales – at 20-50% discounts.)

There is no doubt that with home prices and mortgage rates on the rise, the affordability index will continue to fall. That is why if you are thinking of moving up, you probably shouldn’t wait.

Bottom Line

If you have held off on moving up to your family’s dream home because you were hoping to time the market, that time has come.

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