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New Listing: Better than New in Loveland!

I have a new listing on Wisconsin Ave in Loveland. The home was only built in 2012. While there are still some new construction homes going up in the area, there are definitely some great advantages to this home that the owners have loved living in for the past four years:

  1. That tangible feeling of “Home” when you step through the front door. You can feel when the owners have enjoyed the home. Call it good energy or a sense of how a family lives in a home, but no matter the age, it makes a difference.Dining B
  2. Full landscaping and landscaping that’s had a chance to mature. When you first plant your garden, everything looks tiny. Give a few years and it all begins to fit (give it a few more years and it might start looking overgrown, but that depends on how much attention you pay your garden).Yard B
  3. Little perks the homeowner has already added. The home was built with the covered patio out back, but the owners added a nice sun shield that stays with the home. Patio D

Check out full listing details here.

 

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Casitas are Cool: Coachman Lane

I have a new listing in Clydesdale Park up in North Fort Collins. It’s truly a quality home, but the best part of the home is…the attached casita with ¾ bath & wet bar.
**A casita is a small guest home.

Now here’s why casitas are cool:

It gives you an excuse to create a cozy courtyard with separate entrances for everyone and a communal hangout space…Patio

Your guests get to sip coffee (and other beverages) at their private wet bar…
Casita Bath

Bonus: You can have this kitchen in the home to yourself…
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It’s great if you’ve ever had aspirations to run a hotel room for guests or have a college age kid complaining about needing their own space (15 min to CSU)….
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And, best of all, it’s still steps to your home for those epic family movie nights….
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Check out the full listing details here…
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How would you use a casita?

Golden Eagle: Art Meets Architecture

“Not everybody understands vignette layout…it’s not for everyone, but the truth is everyone loves it once they’ve had it.” – Robert Smith, custom builder

Walking into our new listing at Golden Eagle Drive is like walking into a piece of artwork. Details abound around every corner and on every surface (look for the leather insets on the stair posts and glass sink in the powder room).

The house is different layout from today’s popular open concept plans. Need a break from the kids? Let them watch movies in the family roomLiving Room 1
…while you cozy into the living room with book.
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Need your own space? Pick between the loft office (also makes a great guest room/6th bedroom/classroom) with it’s own entrance…
Upstairs Office
Or the dream closet with washer and dryer…
Upstairs Master Bedroom Closet
Ready for some outdoor time? Listen to the rushing waterfall feature while watching the koi swim…
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Or if you’re feeling active, walk out the back door to the neighborhood tennis court (it’s almost like having a private tennis court)…
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And who wouldn’t love having a split 5-car garage?
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Best of all, the builder lives here and has created a beautiful high-quality family home!

Find full listing details and additional photos here.
Find details about a great local builder, Robert Smith Construction, here.

Why Life is Better on the Lake

10 Reasons Life is Better on the Lake…

As told by our newest listing: Valley Oak Drive, Loveland, CO

1. You can spend your days out here…Back

2. Or here looking over Boyd Lake…
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3. You don’t need to go indoors to enjoy a good meal with this outdoor kitchen…Deck-5

4. But if you really must go inside, you can cook in this kitchen…
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5. You won’t mind working from home in this office (with mountain and lake views)…
Study

6. You can relax and enjoy a night in while still watching the lake…GreatRoom-2

7. Your friends will never want to leave when you have a walkout basement like this…WetBar

8. And you might have trouble leaving bed in the morning from this Master Suite (with attached bath, huge closet with washer & dryer, and deck overlooking the lake)…
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9. Continue to enjoy the sound of water from this bubbling fountain out front…
Fountain

10. Take your boat and water skis out because you have this private and permanent dock…
Dock

Life is Better on the Lake. Check out full listing details here.

First Time Homebuying

Our favorite youngest daughter is getting ready to decide whether or not to buy her first home. She has made a list of Owning  vs Renting, recognizing that owning is an opportunity, but also comes with its own list of responsibilities.

As we discuss the pros and cons of owning, we have put together our Top Ten list of considerations for moving forward with a purchase. Getting your “ducks” in order is a priority.

1. Interview local REALTORS®. Find one who can give you recent market statistics, buying scenarios, financial direction and has experience negotiating in today’s marketplace in Northern Colorado. Not all markets in Colorado are the same so make sure your REALTOR® understands differences between Fort Collins, Loveland, Wellington, Windsor and all surrounding towns.

2. Gather credit information for your lender. You will need to provide recent 401 k statements, recent bank statements, recent pay stubs.

3. Preapproval from a lender is THE most important duck, not prequalification. The lender will tell you what you can afford and what your monthly payments will be. This step requires a preliminary review of your credit information. Do not increase your credit card debt, buy a new car, or apply for a new credit card. Make sure you have a copy of your last two most recent tax returns.

4. Avoid making large cash deposits to your bank account.

5. Do not make a major career change.

6. What do you have for a down payment and what are your options? Will you be gifted money, co-signing, or do you have cash saved for approximately 20% down.

7. Do research on the area/s that you want to buy. Walk the neighborhoods at different times of the day and on the weekends to observe activity and age groups. Check walkability scores, crime rates, number of rentals.

8. When negotiating your contract, realize there will be additional funds needed beyond your down payment. Inspections, appraisals, HOA transfer fees and warranties are not necessarily provided by the seller. After closing, expect the unexpected. Inspections are not foolproof and Murphy’s Law is ever present.

9. When closing on your purchase, NEVER WIRE FUNDS TO ANYONE BUT THE CLOSING AGENT. Scams are rampant. And beware of unexpected emails that ask for money to cover additional inspection costs. All of these costs should flow through your agent.

10. Before, during and after your closing, your REALTOR® should be your trusted advisor for any questions that you may have. From finding handymen to paying taxes, call your REALTOR®.

Home Inspection Advice

Our daughter in Austin just purchased her first home and she had lots of questions about her inspection items. Even after your inspection resolution, during the final walk-through, make sure you check the home. Sometimes it is weeks after the resolution before the walk-through.

As a real estate expert (40 years in business), I have compiled a list of inspection items that you should not miss if you are buying a home. Home inspections often rely on that which is most visible. With my clients, I make sure there is a home warranty in place that helps to protect the buyer and seller for a year after closing, especially with appliances.

1. Go through the home inside and out and run the faucets, flush the toilets, and fill the bathtubs. Check inside the toilet tank to see if there is evidence of rusting bolts. A few years ago, we had an awful experience with a leaking toilet due to a corroded bolt.

2. If  it’s an older home, you may consider hiring someone for a camera inspection of all plumbing and sewers.

3. If the owner DIY upgraded the home, make sure the work is to code with all of the proper permits. Open drawers, doors and closets to see the “inside” of their work.

4. Check balconies and decks for cracks, rusted flashing, warping and soft areas for water damage.  There are horror stories of home buyers who purchased the beauty of outside decks and later found that the supports have rotted, costing tens of thousands of dollars to cure.

5. Open and close windows and screens to make sure of their functionality.

6. If you are the home buyer, make sure you know where the main water shut-off valve is located, what kind of filters for the furnace & how to change, how to work sprinkler systems plus any other pertinent information about the workings of the home.

7. Is the main electrical panel properly labeled?

8. Are smoke detectors and CO2 detectors properly installed and operating?

9. What is happening on the roof and in the attic? Make sure there are no critters living up there.

10. Make sure the ventilation and insulation is adequate. When we moved into our new home 20 years ago our bath pipes above the garage froze. The builders forgot to put insulation around the pipes.

New Listing! Shore Pine Ct

I have a new luxury listing in the middle of Fort Collins, on a private lake, and with beautiful mountain views! The architect and custom builder are long-time Fort Collins residents so they take pride in their work. In fact, the architect lives across the lake!

Having lived in Fort Collins for 42 years, I have seen builders come and go.  It is a testament to those that have staying power of their craftsmanship, reputation, and community involvement. The owners of the home had a vision and Rick Splittgerber (Splittgerber Professional Builders) and Frank Vaught (Vaught Frye Larson Architects) brought it to life in the most stunning of ways. Here are my favorite things about this extraordinary new listing.

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Open Layout

  1. Uninterrupted views of Horsetooth Mountain from across Harmony Reservoir. The home sits on the lake with a private dock. The home is oriented in such a way that you enjoy the morning sun until the sunset colors reflect off the water from your favorite rooms, patio or balcony. The residents’ favorite spots are from the Master Suite Office and long kitchen granite bar.
  2. Outdoor living in Colorado is a given. This home has 2600 square feet of concrete patios, plus balconies, wrap around porches and a dining courtyard. The mature landscaping creates privacy yet openness to perfect weather. If you are chilled in the evening, cuddle up to the fire pit on the water, infrared heater on the patio or outdoor fireplace. On a warm summer day, the outdoor ceiling fan of the covered patio keeps you cool.
  3. What’s not to love about an open floor plan??!! The Grand Entry welcomes guests to an expansive view of the Dining Room, open Kitchen, Great Room, Library, Powder Room and soaring Staircase. If that isn’t enough, climb the open stairs to the second floor and be amazed by the huge Family Room with barrel ceiling that opens to a Rooftop Deck overlooking the water.
  4. The home is smart! It features a Savant control system that provides control from any IOS device (iPhone/iPad). Savant offers easy and intuitive control of lighting, security, climate and entertainment systems. Additionally, remote access to these systems will provide peace of mind when you are out of town. If you forget to set your lights to vacation mode or need to confirm the security system is armed, you have that remote ability. And did I mention the home has 3 miles of wiring? Vantage Lighting Control System provides house-wide scene control and automatic routines based on the time of day.
  5. Radiant in-floor heating. The comfort zone of the body starts with our feet! Take your shoes off and enjoy the warmth of every room, including the garages. Each room is separately controlled allowing you to heat only the room you want.

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    Library

  6. Solar panels. 24 photovoltaic panels (Sharp 175) have a rating of 4,200 (Watts DC). Panels were recently inspected and found to be in good working order.
  7. Built for “aging in place”, the handicapped or the elderly, the home is well planned to accommodate residents or visitors. A 3-stop National Wheel-O-Vater elevator is centrally located but inconspicuous, allowing easy access to all floors. Low thresholds on entry doors, blocking for future safety railings, and 36” doorways. The upstairs design is perfect for guest quarters or living quarters with a large Family Room and three ensuite bedrooms.
  8. Living the good life! Every detail has been addressed for your enjoyment and comfort of living. The gourmet kitchen has expansive built-ins and a butler’s pantry. The Great Room extends towards the lake where you enjoy a wall of windows as you play your grand piano. If reading is your passion, an amazing library will capture your heart and soul. Do you need His and Hers offices? You are covered. How about laundry rooms on the first and second floor. Yup. Low maintenance landscaping with perennials and gardens? Check. Convenient location in the heart of Fort Collins from which you can bike or walk to restaurants, shopping and amenities? You bet.
  9. Quality materials throughout the home. Real stone, stucco and timber exterior with 2×6 construction. High-efficiency windows, DaVinci Shake multi-width composite shake roofing tiles are reminiscent of the texture of natural cedar. Hickory hardwood floors, stained alder cabinetry, travertine or tile floors in the bathrooms, custom accents, hand-crafted walls and painting.
  10. Some luxury homes have a “hands off” attitude. This home feels like home. From the moment you walk through the door, you feel relaxed. This home is for living, entertaining friends and family, being creative and enjoying the best of Colorado.
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Music Room/Eating Area