The Hustle

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This is the time of year when I begin hearing things like, “Oh – we’re waiting until Spring to sell the house.” Or, “Gee, Jack – the market is pretty slow this time of year, isn’t it? We’ll put the sign up in February or March.”

And rest assured, friends: in February and beyond, The Meyers Group will be here to serve all of your real estate needs. In fact – I’d love to hear from you in the Spring! What I don’t want you to do, though, is put off your life’s plans because you buy into the notion that real estate isn’t happening through Autumn and Winter.

Here’s why: 

  1. It’s Always Sunny in Denver (69% of the time, anyway). If you’ve convinced yourself the weather will turn off potential Buyers – think again.
  2. It only takes one showing to sell a house. Generally, Denver-area listing experience less showing traffic during the last and first quarters of the year. So what! It only takes one showing – the RIGHT showing – to sell a house. Buyers shopping in the cooler months tend to be serious. Fewer looky-loos might mean less showing traffic, but it doesn’t mean your property won’t sell.
  3. Less competition is a good thing. Even in a Seller’s market, the fewer properties your house is competing with, the better. Do you want to be one of 50 homes a Buyer might see in your neighborhood, or one of, say, 28? Ask any property shopper and they’ll tell you – after a couple of long days of touring homes, many of them start to run together. Stand out from the crowd by selling your home in a less crowded marketplace.
  4. You’ll be a fresh dish among the leftovers of Summer! You know that crusty Tupperware container you once discovered filled with the now-unidentifiable odds and ends of a dinner you don’t remember saving? Sometimes property listings are like that. Savvy agents refresh their listings or even temporarily remove a listing from the market to put it back on as a “new” listing, but other savvy agents know how to find the history of a property listing – and if a home has been languishing on the market all Summer and into Autumn, they’ll know. When your home comes on the market as a brand new listing during the Fall/Winter months, you’ll be a tasty morsel for agents and Buyers who are tired of Summer’s “leftovers.”
  5. Fall and Winter are when the coziness of home really calls to us. As a purveyor of homes, I have gotten to know houses pretty well over the past 21+ years in the biz. Would you believe me if I told you houses – brick and mortar though they be – have favorite seasons? And for many homes in the Denver area, those favorite seasons are Autumn and Winter. Imagine a charming midcentury bungalow with a blazing maple sprinkling the front yard with colorful leaves like confetti. Or a traditional two-story home in the suburbs twinkling with white lights, a wreath bedecking the front door. During these seasons when the weather turns cooler and family traditions of home and hearth are dear to us, your home can truly shine for potential Buyers. (On the other hand, I’ll admit all this dreamy nostalgia kind of makes me want to stay put in my own home!)

 

So… call me! Whether you pick up the phone now or wait until February, The Meyers Group is here to help you successfully navigate the Denver real estate market. And if you aren’t sure what to do next? We’ll help you make informed choices along the way to decide when to Buy and when to Sell across Metro Denver.

 

Jack Meyers

The Meyers Group
jackestate@aol.com
303.263.3050
Twitter: @jackestate

Eeny-Meeny-Miny-Moe… Trade-offs in Real Estate

I wrote recently about the importance of narrowing down your list of must-haves for a Real Estate purchase; today, I’d like to talk about the kinds of things you might consider once you are down to the top 2 or 3 homes you’ll weigh against each as you prepare to make an offer.

This Way That Way

Before you get (nearly) to the end of your search and allow yourself to be carried away on the wave of emotion that can accompany your home purchase, think through the kinds of things that might pop up as trade-offs in your home search. I’ll lay out a few scenarios you may come across; thinking through trade-offs like this now will give you courage and chutzpah when tough decisions come up during your home search.

Curb Appeal

Charming Curb Appeal vs. a Killer Backyard

What to do what to do… It’s wonderful to come home to a beautifully landscaped front yard, maybe a darling porch or shutters just like your favorite aunt had on her house. But you’ve always wanted outdoor living space: a roomy deck with space for a table and a grill, or plenty of yard for the kids to roam in. Sit down at your computer or with a pad of paper to make a list of pros and cons for each feature. A big backyard means more mowing; on the other hand, amazing curb appeal might not make up for a tiny backyard. What matters most to you, and will add to your quality of life to the biggest degree?

Dining Room

Formal Dining Room vs. an Extra Bedroom

Dinner parties or space for the Mother in Law? For some people, this is an easy decision. Maybe your family isn’t the formal dining room type. But what if you really thought about what you wanted and turned that space into a library with a couple of cozy chairs and endless built in shelves? And the extra bedroom – it could be the office or sewing/crafting room you’ve been wishing for. Consider not just the immediate uses for each feature, but the potential of these spaces. If you plan to stay in your next home for a long period of time, think ahead to what you’ll want from your house in 3 years, 5 years or 10…

Garage

Finished Basement vs. Four Star Garage

The bonus to this scenario – one home on your list has a fantastic basement, the other a totally tricked out garage – is that both of these features will pay back dividends when you sell the home in the future – whichever option you choose. One way to look at the picture is to consider what it would cost you to upgrade either the garage or to finish the basement, depending on which home you choose. If you are searching for a home with a bigger footprint for your growing family, it makes perfect sense to choose the home with the finished basement. If your next home is the empty nest you’ve been seeking after the kids went off to college – go for the garage you’ve always wanted!

Maybe you’re ready to start your home search, or maybe you want to discuss the pros and cons of upgrades you are considering making to your current home. I’m here to chat about all things Real Estate – the home you live in now or the home you want for the future. Just give me a call!

Jack Meyers

The Meyers Group
jackestate@aol.com 
303.263.3050
Twitter: @jackestate

Top 5 Must Haves: Buying a Home

Once people are ready to begin the home search – they are really, really ready. No thumb twiddling, no lengthy pondering sessions… Buyers I work with are generally chomping at the bit to search in earnest until the ideal home is within their grasp, and the last thing they want is a pile of obstacles in their way.

House Key

One of the most annoying things to trip over on the path to home ownership – is your own two feet!

While it’s tempting to create an exhaustive list of every future-home-wish you can think of, you’ll have more fun – and way more options – if you keep your list of must-haves shorter and simpler. I recommend making a list of 5 non-negotiables in the makeup of your next home. Price is a separate issue, and once you know how much home you can afford and how much mortgage you qualify for (this will happen when you work with a mortgage broker to qualify for a mortgage before you begin your search), you can choose any 5 must haves to aid your Realtor in the search.

Passing Along the Keys

A Few Considerations for Your Next Home (Pick any 5 from this list – or add your own)

Location (ideal neighborhood, close to schools, near a park, short commute)

# Bedrooms

# Bathrooms

Square Footage

Finished Basement

Floor plan (open layout, ranch, bedrooms all on one level)

Yard (fully landscaped, deck/outdoor living space, size of backyard)

Energy efficiency

Garage (attached, detached, single, double +)

Storage Space

Amenities (office, den, formal dining room, rec room, playroom)

Curb Appeal

Things not to base your home search on include: interior finishes (if everything else is a match – you can make changes to flooring, walls, cabinets, appliances, counters, etc.), lack of curb appeal but in a good neighborhood – including things like a big ugly tree in the front yard (you can tear out the tree if the house is perfect.)

Are you dreaming of a white picket fence of your own? Or maybe a penthouse condo in the sky or a log cabin in a patch of woods… Here in the Denver area, you’ve got options.

Drop me a line or give me a call – I would be honored to help you find a place to call home here in Colorado.

An Epic Homecoming

What is it about certain dwellings that immediately says,

“Welcome. Come on in, sit down – and while you’re at it, put your feet up. We saved you a seat.

Welcome Home

Some days, I tune into the Real Estate news here in Denver and across the country and I feel as though we Americans are being trained to become experts at discontent: the market will never be hot enough, homes will never sell fast enough and our houses will never, ever be big enough.

Don’t get me wrong – I am passionate about my work as a Realtor here in Denver, and I want our housing market to be strong; it’s good for my business, good for homeowners, good for the economy. It’s fantastic that Sellers are seeing swift sales and able to move on with their lives toward a new location or new style of home that suits their needs well. And as charming as tiny homes and the entire movement is, I don’t believe 234 square feet is the right size for every person or family – although I also don’t think every family needs an 8,000 square foot mansion or the accompanying mortgage payments, either.

I wrote a post recently about having fun in your home, and with a beautiful wife, awesome kids and really swell friends, I’d like to think our own home is a fun place to be. I believe it’s important to have fun in your home and build memories with friends, family or your herd of cats. I also believe whether you live in a studio apartment or suburban mcmansion, log home in the country or luxury condo in the Mile High City, it is possible to cultivate contentment and to make every homecoming feel like an epic experience simply because you’re home.

5 Tips for Cultivating Contentment at Home

  1. Feel gratitude daily. Whether in the form of a journal or thoughtful words to your family, recognizing and expressing gratitude daily for the good things and good people in your life will make life richer – without spending a dime.
  2. Give. Drop a plate of cookies off at your neighbor’s house, donate a box of stuff to a local thrift shop or a bag of groceries to a good bank, shovel someone else’s walkway or volunteer at a worthy organization in your community. You’ll gain perspective and brighten someone’s day.
  3. Open the Door. You don’t have to host a lavish dinner for twelve to justify inviting friends and family to your home. Whether humble or magnificent, the welcoming atmosphere of your home is not about square footage – it’s about your ability to let someone in, give them a place to sit and a cup of coffee (or something a little stronger) and share a conversation. Renters, owners and even basement-borrowers can practice hospitality, and the laughter of a friend goes further to make a house a home than a new tschochke for your bookshelf can.
  4. Shop at home. If you are a person who longs for gizmos, gadgets, upgrades, fancy-schmancy doohickies and the like, you’ll benefit from learning to shop at home – without opening your wallet. If you are hankering for a new set of fishing gear, a new outfit, new bedding, the latest toys for Molly or Johnny or little Fluffy – before you hit the checkout button on your Amazon cart, take a few minutes to shop your own storage unit, basement, garage, closet or attic. You’d be surprised at what you can find tucked away in a box that will save you from a potentially unnecessary purchase, remind you to cherish what you already have, and possibly fill the need you were about to make a purchase for. Shopping is fun! It’s cathartic, it’s exciting and most people I know – men and women alike – enjoy shopping in one category or another. What I’m suggesting is that you embrace what you have and learn to enjoy your home, life and possessions in a contented way.
  5. *Let it go. *If you have young daughters like I do, it’s okay to break into song at this point. Make it a habit to brush off at least a portion of the tension or disappointment of your day before entering your home. Keep a journal in your car to write down a frustration you are willing to leave at the door of your home – even if that means picking it right back up the next day. If you are a prayerful person, you might consider lingering on the porch for a moment to bless the mess and carry on into the evening without the weight of that day’s junk weighing you down.

If you are wondering what contentment would look and feel like in your own just-right house, give me a call. I’d be happy to help you Buy, Sell or simply to talk about your options.

Jack Meyers
jackestate@aol.com
303.263.3050
Twitter: @jackestate