Real estate real talk: what I learned from being on House Hunters

We’ve all been there before: “Oh you’re a realtor?! How fun, I watch a lot of HGTV!” Now don’t get me wrong, I could talk about real estate all day, it’s definitely one of my favorite topics (that comes in handy). But here I am, about to shatter your reality about the total bullsh*t that is HGTV. And let me tell you, that can be more controversial at the dinner table than politics!

To be honest, these conversations can be damaging to relationships between clients and their realtors when the home-buying process isn’t as fun or exciting as it seems on HGTV. To demonstrate just how far removed from reality HGTV can be, I’m going to walk you through my personal experience filming an episode of House Hunters.

Don’t get too excited, I was on House Hunters as an extra (more on that in a minute). A realtor put out a call on Facebook asking for anyone who was available and wanted to be part of House Hunters. Naturally, I reached out. After all, this was my chance to be discovered and one day have my own amazing HGTV show where I spend my weekly episodes entertaining my millions of viewers while I sell homes (my true passion)!

Unfortunately, my episode never aired (#missedopportunity). That’s reality check #1: do you know why they hold casting calls in the first place? The answer is because that super fun housewarming party the new homeowners throw once they’ve moved in is often full of extras! I was on set for one day, and I was assigned a partner — a guy I’d never met — to play an engaged couple in the “housewarming party” scene. The “new homeowner” approached us while we were eating and drinking at their basement bar and we complimented her on her beautiful new home. The only thing about the scene that was real was the food and drink (you bet your booty that was real champagne).

Reality check #2 came when I asked my in-the-know friend about the process for getting cast on House Hunters. He told me you apply online and you have to already be under contract on the house before they will even consider you. What??? The entire show is a farce! How can you “hunt for a house” if you’re already under contract on one? The entire plot of the show is scripted! Once they have cast a “buyer,” they then find two other homes for the buyers to view (sometimes homes they saw and liked, sometimes not), and then the buyers are instructed to hem and haw over the homes, pretending they don’t know which one to choose (when in fact they have already chosen). You as the viewer get anxious to find out whether Bill and Susie will choose the charming colonial, the spacious ranch or the updated 2-story — when Bill and Susie moved into the damn house 2 months ago!

I am not asking you to stop watching HGTV — it’s a great way to keep up to date on design trends and snoop into other people’s houses! But recognize shows like House Hunters for what they are: reality TV shows that amp up the drama and camouflage the real work going on behind the scenes. They’re fun, they’re silly, but they’re a far cry from real life. (Which is not to say we can’t have fun while we’re buying or selling your home. Call me, I have ideas!)

Posted on December 22, 2019 at 7:00 am
Anali Roath | Category: Buying, Fun Facts, Selling | Tagged , , , , ,

Seeing a city in a new way

It isn’t too often that you see my own face on this blog! (That’s me at left, alongside my friend Hannah.) When I’m not selling homes, taking business meetings over ice cream, or sharing tips on homeownership, I am out and about in Colorado just like many of you. It is important to me to be familiar with the area so that I can tell you not only about the homes on the market, but about the  lifestyle and sense of community in various areas across the state.

Luckily I have help when it comes to exploring! My husband who is always interested in checking out a new brewery, and I have a tiny human who is naturally curious about the world. (For example, he and I recently met bison up close at Terry Bison Ranch Cheyenne, Wyoming!)

One of my secrets to getting to know an area is to sign up for a race, such as a 5k. It’s great exercise, sure, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to visit a new part of town, or even a new-to-you city. My family always looks forward to the BolderBoulder race, and over Labor Day we took on the Fortitude 10k together, which was a sweet bonding experience that also gave me an excuse to admire all of the gorgeous historic homes along my favorite street, Mountain Avenue.

This weekend, my race was the Fall Equinox 5-mile. Even though I am based in Fort Collins, this race gave me an entirely new perspective on the area as I explored the stunning Poudre River Canyon on foot. This is why many people move to Colorado: to walk or run along a wild and scenic river as the sun rises over the canyon. For homebuyers, the Colorado lifestyle can be as important as the house itself. If you’re interested in talking to an agent who is passionate about both, please reach out!

Posted on September 29, 2019 at 7:00 am
Anali Roath | Category: Buying, Fort Collins Real Estate, Fun Facts | Tagged , , , , , ,

Greeley’s Friday Fest

Festival season is well underway! Have you planned out all the bands you’ll check out and all the street meats you’ll sample?

Be sure that Friday Fest is on your list. Every year, downtown Greeley offers up their summer-long lineup of free music and fun. Bring the kids along and enjoy face painting, chalk art, street performances and more.

During Friday Fest, the city also offers “Go-Cup service” — purchase an adult beverage at any of Greeley’s restaurants and you are welcome to take that drink with you to the Fest’s outdoor concerts and activities. (Mom and dad deserve a fun night out, too…)

Don’t forget that a move can be about more than a house. It can also be about wanting more night life, a more family-friendly city or more summer fun. What are your new neighborhood must-haves?

Posted on June 23, 2019 at 7:00 am
Anali Roath | Category: Buying, Fun Facts, Greeley Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , ,

Prospect New Town, Longmont

When is the last time you cruised through Longmont? If you’re due for a visit, you may be missing out on this area’s charm!

For example, Longmont’s up-and-coming Prospect New Town development has taken a unique approach to its architecture, blending contemporary styles with more traditional looks. You’ll find bold colors mixed with farmhouse shades and modern lines next to white picket fences.

Street names such as Ionosphere, Neon Forest Circle and 100 Year Party Court tell you something different is happening in Prospect New Town, which calls itself “the coolest neighborhood in America.”

Are you looking to make a change? Something fresh and new might be closer than you think. I’d love to talk about your next move!

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Posted on June 16, 2019 at 9:00 am
Anali Roath | Category: Buying, Fun Facts, Housing Trends | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Under $300,000?

If a real estate buyer walks into one of our offices in Northern Colorado and tells us they are looking for a single-family home under $300,000, unfortunately there will not be many properties to choose from. Depending on where they are looking the choices may be very limited.
Here is a list of the number of single-family homes currently for sale (excluding manufactured homes) in Northern Colorado:

  • Fort Collins = 0
  • Loveland = 7
  • Windsor = 0
  • Wellington = 0
  • Timnath = 0
  • Greeley = 27
  • Evans = 8
  • Milliken = 2

If our active market has you thinking about investing in real estate in Northern Colorado. Check this out…

Grab a copy of our Investment Kit so you can see the simple steps to get started without stress or complication. Email us at colorado@windermere.com and we will send you a video which clarifies the process and our Investment Checklist so you can see what to do first.

Posted on April 27, 2018 at 12:21 pm
Anali Roath | Category: Buying, Fort Collins Real Estate, Fun Facts, Housing Trends

Most Active

Loving young couple looking at dream house.

Here’s a question we sometimes hear…

“What is the most active price range in our market?”

For most of Northern Colorado, the range of $300,000 to $500,000 is far and away the most active (no surprise there). For example, in Fort Collins there are more than three times as many sales in this price range compared to the range of $500,000 to $700,000.

The one exception is Greeley. In Greeley the most active price range is under $300,000. This price range has twice as many sales as the $300,000 to $500,000 range. Why is this true for Greeley and not other places? You guessed it – it’s because the other locations don’t have much inventory under $300,000.

It’s interesting to note that in Fort Collins there are more sales in the $500,000 to $700,000 range than the under $300,000 range. This was not the case even one year ago.

The market is changing right before our eyes.

Posted on April 20, 2018 at 11:47 am
Anali Roath | Category: Buying, Fun Facts, Selling

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Two Thirds

Here’s the latest on a stat that we like to watch…

The answer is two thirds.”

The question is, how many homes in Northern Colorado sell for at least list price?

You read that correctly. 66% of all single family homes in the Northern Colorado market which sold in March had a final sales price of list price or higher.

How could that be?

High demand against low supply leads to competition. Competition leads to prices above list price.

Our active market may start you thinking about investing in real estate in Northern Colorado. If so…

Grab a copy of our Investment Kit so you can see the simple steps to get started without stress or complication. Email us at colorado@windermere.comand we will send you a video which clarifies the process and our Investment Checklist so you can see what to do first.

Posted on April 7, 2018 at 11:53 am
Anali Roath | Category: Buying, Fun Facts, Selling

Final Four

At the end of this weekend College Basketball’s Final 4 will be established. It might make you wonder, what the top 4 and bottom 4 real estate markets across the country?

Here they are, ranked by the last 12 months of appreciation according to fhfa.gov:

Top 4:

  1. Tacoma, WA 14.6%
  2. Seattle, WA 14.3%
  3. Port St. Lucie, FL 13.7%
  4. Las Vegas, NV 13.6%

Bottom 4:

  1. Atlantic City, NJ -3.14%
  2. Peoria, IL -3.0%
  3. Huntington, WV -2.6%
  4. Jackson, MS -1.2%

If you’d like to receive our monthly newsletter with local Northern Colorado real estate updates, just contact us at noco@windermere.com or simply call (970) 460-3033. You can also receive a neighborhood news update and see all the sales in your neighborhood by clicking HERE.

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 12:21 pm
Anali Roath | Category: Buying, Housing Trends, Selling

Friday Fun Facts – Inventory is up!

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Inventory Is Up

For the past few years the hot topic in Northern Colorado real estate is inventory, or more specifically, lack of inventory.

Based on our current research, it looks like this trend is reversing.

Let’s look at the increase in inventory in our major markets versus a year ago…

  • Fort Collins up 28%
  • Loveland up 4%
  • Windsor up 37%
  • Greeley up 5%

This increase in is very good news for prospective buyers as now there are more homes to choose from.

To see an update as to what is happening in the Northern Colorado market, contact us to receive our quarterly “Scoop” report.

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 11:59 am
Anali Roath | Category: Buying, Housing Trends, Uncategorized

Friday Fun Facts – Let’s take a trip down memory lane…

Today we will take a fun trip down memory lane.

Did you know that it was the fall of 1981 when mortgage interest rates hit their all time peak? Yes, it was this time 36 years ago when 30-year mortgage rates hit 18.39%.

1980's Roller DiscoYikes!

It’s important to note that in those days, not many home buyers were opting for a 30-fixed loan because rates were so high. There were a lot of people looking at adjustable rate products as a way to reduce the monthly payment.

Just for fun, let’s look at what a monthly payment would look like if those same rates from 1981 existed today.

If rates were 18.39% today, a $350,000 home with a 20% down payment would have a monthly principal and interest payment of…

$4,309! Yikes!

Thank goodness rates aren’t that high today. They are actually about 15% lower!

Today’s 30-year rate sits at 3.83% (which by the way is roughly half of the long term average).

A monthly principal and interest payment on a $350,000 home with 20% down is…

$1,309. Three thousand dollars lower than it would be using 1981 ‘s rates.

For a detailed look at what’s happening across Colorado, request our quarterly market report called “The Gardner Report“, written by Windermere Real Estate’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner.

Posted on September 29, 2017 at 4:39 pm
Anali Roath | Category: Buying, Fort Collins Real Estate, Housing Trends