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Are you chasing or leading Boulder Real Estate?

The definition of insanity; Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results...

Posted by Michael Hughes

Seller advice; Lead the market, don’t chase the market. Agents typically work with buyers that are extremely knowledgeable and have seen what is currently on the market.  They are often waiting for something “new” to be listed. Most activity will happen in the first thirty days a listing is on the market. Homes receive the best offers during this time. Showings will slowly taper off from here. To get renewed interest you will have to lower your price; what professionals  in the industry call “chasing the market.” Most buyers that haven’t seen your house at an inflated value most likely will not come back to your house once you lower the price. So you have lost a large contingent of the market. Overpricing your Boulder real estate helps other well priced homes in Boulder sell.

What is the leading reason to not overprice your Boulder real estate or your Boulder luxury real estate? If you do receive an offer it may not appraise, if it doesn’t appraise you face a new set of problems.

You want to lead the market, not chase the market when we price your property. The market will tell you what your home is worth. You determine the price you want to put your house on the market, based on the data and the things you can control like:

  • Market timeline
  • Financing options
  • Condition
  • Exposure modes
  • If International exposure is right for your property

If you would like a fresh approach to the sale of your property call me today, let’s see if we’re a fit.

If you have questions regarding this article or have any questions about Boulder or would like information about Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO.

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2011 Boulder Real Estate

Posted by Michael Hughes-Sotheby’s International Realty

2010 was a great year for me personally in Boulder real estate and I have much gratitude. I see many changes as I look into the future. 2011 is going to be better yet. Many possibilities and opportunities will come to pass in 2011.

  • Jobs– Improvement was seen in 2010 in the housing market.  The improvement won’t be dramatic until we see pervasive job growth.  Housing prices will remain stable in Boulder.
  • The “F” word or the “S” word – Foreclosures and Short Sales of course. Boulder has had a few of these, very few comparatively speaking. Short sales and foreclosures create excess supply, artificial low prices and provide downward pressure on pricing. There is very little “shadow market” in Boulder and this is great news.
  • Robust Rental Market-this is great news for potential tenants and will see a saturation of cool rental properties, much to the chagrin of landlords.
  • Interest Rates Will Increase– Interest rates are at nearly 50 year lows.  Rates will rise in the near future. If you don’t get a loan or refinance now, you will wonder why you didn’t take advantage of these rates a year from now and buy that Boulder luxury real estate.
  • Buyers Become Commuters – Many buyers that work in Boulder are willing to buy outside the city and take up the commute.
  • Housing Shortage – Population continues to increase. In Boulder County new housing starts are way down.  There is a continual rise in population in Boulder.  Something’s gotta give.  What this says to me is the builders will be caught with their pants down (except Markel who continues to build) and the shortfall of housing will result in fewer available housing choices on the market for buyers. This of course will happen over time.
  • Did you Know? — Did you know that in Boulder last year between November and January 39 homes over $750K sold?! That is one home every 40 hours. I professionally have had the best year ever! I nurture and care for my clients. Call me today if you need help selling or buying Boulder real estate.

If you have questions regarding this article, have any questions about Boulder or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO.

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Boulder Real Estate Housing Shortage

Posted by Michael Hughes-Sotheby’s International Realty-Boulder, CO

Everyone is focusing on the fact that there are foreclosures and cheap housing to be had; all things being relative that doesn’t really relate to Boulder real estate because we have so few foreclosures. Ok yes we have some foreclosures and some short sales. But everyone is looking “over there” and not looking at the impact of what may likely be the biggest housing shortage of all time.  The thought right now is with fires, teardowns, lack of new builds and worn out properties, we need at least 1.6 million new homes (in the U.S.) right now to just keep up with the population growth. Housing starts are down. The population is growing. When we have job growth; Lookout!

According to RealtyTrac 315,716 properties had foreclosure filings last month. The filings included default notices, auctions and bank repo’s. Mortgage rates are very low. Mortgages are not difficult to find if you have a solid job and good credit. Investors and savvy buyers are snapping these properties up to add to their portfolios. Smart buyers are buying now. When you think of vineyards you think of micro-climates. Boulder is one such micro-climate in the U.S. real estate market. Boulder is the beacon of value and prices staying at a good and sustainable level. Once the job creation is back in place we will have some double digit years of appreciation coming in the Boulder real estate and the Boulder luxury real estate market.

If you have questions regarding this article or have any questions about Boulder or would like information about Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO.

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