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Jobs Equal Healthy Boulder Real Estate

Boulder County is the most educated county in United States. There’s a high percentage of highly intelligent residents, which is its greatest asset for attracting and retaining strong employers and employees. Boulder real estate is healthy, a sure sign of good times coming. It’s all about jobs. Strong jobs equal strong Boulder real estate.

Numerous high tech businesses in the Boulder Valley Corridor are starting to hire. When I asked a local head hunter if there were going to be a lot of out of town people coming in she said “there seems to be a robust amount of talent available in the area right now.” Of course as time goes by the tech area will need more and more talent to feed the demand.

Many high schools in Boulder County offer special programs such as Skyline High School in Longmont that offers the Scientific Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program, a magnet component that prepares students to excel in science and math related fields. Also with the onset of the International Baccalaureate Program in numerous schools in the Boulder Valley; Boulder schools could help “grow” their own work force and provide opportunities for our children’s future by implementing similar programs in all schools.

Boulder offers a quality of life that attracts and keeps people here. It’s a life that can’t be beat. We love our Boulder real estate and we often come up on lists for a very high quality of life. A lifestyle robust in fitness, with running trails right out our office door,  world class organic food, home grown brews, entertainment, high intelligence, happy people, entrepreneur heaven, skiing and snowshoeing nearby, dog friendly areas and many opportunities to enhance our lifestyle.

Michael grew up near Santa Fe and is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range.  If you have questions regarding this article or would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes is a (CNE) Certified Negotiation Expert and full time Realtor at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO. What’s your lifestyle? I take great pride in my in-depth knowledge of Colorado luxury home market trends, research-based pricing strategies, having a powerful network of qualified luxury home buyers, first-hand Boulder real estate insight and proven 16 year track record of selling unique Denver and Boulder luxury real estate.

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Sell Your Boulder Home-11 Tips

1. Hire a Professional Realtor. This is no time to be navigating the rough waters of the Boulder real estate market on your own. You want someone who can help you truly price your home, bring in potential buyers, handle contracts, and market your home to the global masses. You can check to see if there have been any infractions with a Realtor by checking DORA (Department of Regulatory Agencies-Colorado/Search Licensees ).

2. Fully Disclose. Are you selling your Boulder home because it needs more work than you can handle? Are there infestation problems you’d rather not talk about? Whatever you disclose, the Realtor will have knowledge of and must disclose to a potential buyer.

3. Price it Right. Your Boulder home may sell the first week if priced properly and if you have to drop the price the result may be lower in the long run. The longer it’s on the market, the lower the price will be in the long run.

4 . Detach Emotions. This is a business transaction. Keep emotions in check.

5. Be Involved. Hire a local Boulder agent who will communicate with you at least one time per week and gives you regular feedback. Utilize that feedback to make changes or adjustments. Talk it over with your Realtor.

6. Stage your Home. Staging is a perfect way to help buyers see the true potential of each room. Buyers have to understand the purpose of each room and staging can help clarify that. Tone down your own style and pack away any clutter or extraneous decor.

7. Don’t Hang out. During showings or an open house. Resist the urge. This will make it very uncomfortable for buyers. Leave the premises.

8. The Next Step. Get ready because here comes the offer. Renting or buying what is your best option at this point? Start early!

9. Be Flexible. It’s no secret that today’s Boulder luxury and Boulder real estate market can be challenging for many sellers. Don’t compromise on your bottom line, but understand that you must be willing to negotiate.

10. Understand your Marketing Plan. Understand what you are getting for your money. What kind of internet exposure, media coverage and global presence will you get? A marketing plan should be clean, clear and will drive the buyers to your property’s website.

11. Positivity. Don’t get discouraged. A buyer will come.

Michael grew up near Santa Fe and is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range.  If you have questions regarding this article or would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes is a Certified Negotiation Expert and full time Realtor at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO.

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New Years Day Trek

Kitchen Mesa rising 600' from the valley

Jocelyn coming up through the narrows on the rope

Every New Year on the 1st of January we do something awesome. Last year it was a Crossfit (OMG) class in the morning. I am very grateful to have a wonderful home on the north end of  Heron Lake in Northern New Mexico so this year it was Hiking Kitchen Mesa at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico with my girlfriend, my daughters and boyfriends. I have two daughters and love them to pieces however it was the best having guys around (the boyfriends).

Michael, Jessica, Jocelyn and Dan-Shock and Awe at the beautiful panoramic view

Everyone was ready to get out and hike a bit after stuffing ourselves for the past ten days and the noteworthy muffin tops arising from the indulgence. Not really. All of the family is in extreme shape enough so to run marathons, salsa dance for hours, hold yoga positions forever, pursue and receive black belts in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Snowshoe for miles at high altitude and keep horses under control, you get the picture here.

Jessica and Dan

We started out at Vista de Brazos  in the pines of Lake Heron and as we drove south and dropped in elevation down to the desert, we started getting into the reds, oranges, yellows, blues and blacks of the massive sandstone cliffs and mesas carved out by millions of years of water, wind and weather. This was the stomping grounds of one Georgia O’Keefe and I could feel her presence as we viewed Pedernal Mesa as it grew bigger and bigger.

Callie coming up through the narrows

We started out on a very slippery slope of ice shaded by the juniper and pinon trees. We broke in to red mud that added about 10 pounds per shoe. Slogged up the canyon and then at the end of a box canyon there was a rope. Hmm? So we pulled ourselves up the rope about 150 feet to the most spectacular views. I could see in every direction. Some views were up to a hundred miles away. Wow. The whole hiking group made it to the top, my girlfriend Jocelyn had minor trepidation about the narrow and very steep passage with the rope but was a trooper to the top.

I ran part of the mesa. It was energizing, recharging and fantastic to have the family along to enjoy this epic hike on New Years Day. The quiet was, positive, all that is and all that will be good, astounding, inspiring. Now I start the New Year rested, energized, focused and with that Never, ever, ever give up attitude that keeps me going in Boulder luxury real estate. Thanks for the great memories family!

Michael grew up near Santa Fe and is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range.  If you have questions regarding this article or would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes is a Certified Negotiation Expert and full time Realtor 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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Divorce and Selling Your Home

Posted by Michael Hughes – Sothebys International Realty-Boulder

Once in awhile, the most satisfying days for real estate agent Michael Hughes of Sothebys International Realty in Boulder, Colorado are the ones when he goes to a listing appointment and the homeowner says no he doesn’t want to sell. “I love ‘No’s. Don’t get me wrong I love Yes’s as well but it has to be a good fit for me as well as the divorcing couple.” Says Hughes. First it has to be a good fit for them, a good fit for me and the house has to be a Sotheby’s quality home.

I specialize in Boulder real estate sales related to divorce, a niche I cultivated after my own marriage ended several years ago and I became painfully conscious of the uncertainty and apprehension that can surround this major marital asset.

Going through a divorce is confusing and anxiety inducing. I wasn’t sure of what to do with my house after the divorce and all my friends were giving advice. I love my friends however I am glad I didn’t listen to them as it was some of the worst advice.

I decided that the financial strife that goes hand in hand with divorce must be universal. Any real estate agent who focuses on divorce-related sales not only is going to have to be able to endure a certain amount of pressure and potential friction, but also has to tread a fine line between empathy and business like detachment.

When I started listing and selling houses of couples divorcing, the tendency would be to want to listen (to sellers discussing their marital breakups), after awhile I set my boundaries and realized they needed to talk to therapists not me about their marital strife. I am a Realtor I can help them move on by helping them get their home sold quickly and efficiently. I keep a list of therapists, lenders, insurance agents, mediators and financial planners handy at all times.

I work as a transaction broker.  I represent both divorcees in the sale of their Boulder real estate. Often this requires a double set of every communication and separate and often equal approvals for each decision.

When it is a court ordered sale then it must be done and it is a matter of showing both parties that I can represent them both rationally and safely and that they are both safe. I will not bias to one side or the other as a Transaction Broker ever.

If you are divorcing please give me a call. I can help.

If you have questions regarding this article or have any questions about Boulder or would like information about Boulder 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 Luxury Real Estate Market Rallys

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

Buyers snapped up 125 luxury homes in the Boulder area from November 30th 2009 to November 30th 2010 priced at $1 million or more, a better than 21% increase from a year ago (November 2008-November 30th 2009). That is a discernible improvement from a year ago when the luxury market dipped by more than 50 percent. These were all single family homes in the Boulder Luxury Real Estate market in Boulder County. Whether it is a Pied-De-Terre or your family home, it shows that buyers are feeling more confident. When they look at their portfolio they are no longer running for cover. These buyers couldn’t care less about a buyer tax credit. They do care about getting value and feel more relaxed knowing that there is a prosperous and robust luxury housing market in Boulder County.

Realtors specializing in the high Boulder Luxury Real Estate market say more prosperous buyers are taking advantage of sellers eager to slash prices. In addition  near historic low interest rates are abundant. Now don’t expect those interest rates to stay as low as they are. They are already starting to feel upward pressure. Even if they can afford to pay cash, many high-end buyers will put debt on a house in order to shelter money and seek out higher returns with their liquid capital elsewhere.

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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Banks Resume Foreclosures…

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Posted by Michael Hughes

It is important  in today’s Boulder real estate market that you know what a short sale is In order for these people to sell their house and move on they either have to come to the closing with money or negotiate with the bank who hold the mortgage to accept less than they owe (short sale).

The Basics: A short sale is a sale of real estate in which the sale proceeds fall short of the balance owed on the property’s loan (mortgage).  It often occurs when a borrower cannot pay the mortgage loan on their property, but the lender decides that selling the property at a moderate loss is better than pressing the borrower into foreclosure. A short sale is better for the borrower because it does not impact them as severely (or nearly as long) as a foreclosure does. Both parties (lender and the owner) consent to the short sale process, because it allows them to avoid foreclosure, which involves hefty fees for the bank and poorer credit report outcomes for the borrowers. This agreement, however, does not necessarily release the borrower from the obligation to pay the remaining balance of the loan, known as the deficiency..

Owners View: These would be sellers are stuck.  They would like to (need to) sell their house in Boulder, but for any number of reasons (bought at the peak of the real estate market, or negative amortizing loans, or ARM’s, or second loans, or HELOC’s or, or,or) they cannot find a price a buyer will pay for the home and that will also pay off the existing loans and closing costs.  Convincing the lender is not an easy job to take less than they are owed.  First of all there must be a compelling hardship where the seller absolutely cannot keep up the payments nor come up with cash to close.
So they must have a proveable hardship (and write a letter in detail regarding what the hardship is). Once all of the documentation is complete a package including the sales contract signed by buyer and seller is sent to the bank for approval.   This is the tough part, it takes patience.  It can take up to 6 or 7 months but usually no fewer than 8 weeks to get an answer from the bank.  If the short sale is approved and  the sale goes through at a lower amount,  the sellers credit is hurt (although not as bad as a foreclosure) and the bank still has the right to claim and try to collect a deficiency.

Buyers Perspective: Short sales provide a unique value opportunity.  If you have the patience of Job. Many times banks approve a price which is a great deal for the buyer.  The main downside for a buyer is the uncertainty.  The bank has the right to accept other offers so even if you were the first offer in to the bank, by the time they get around to reviewing it there may be multiple offers.  It might take two or more months to figure out that the bank will not approve the list price of the house.  Buying a short sale is not for someone who has a certain date in mind or is not willing to be patient while the weeks tick by without any word.  There is no countdown, there are no numbers.  You hear when you hear and the news is not always what you had hoped for.  For the right buyer it is a good opportunity but it is certainly not for everyone.

If you have questions about this article or anything Boulder TEXT or give me, Michael Hughes a call at 303-359-6627 and you can also visit my website or the Boulder MLS. You can also facebook me.

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