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Home Buying in Fort Collins : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Jan 23, 2017
Sally Grenier answered:
Hi there, the best way to search for homes is NOT on this site, or others like Zillow or even These sites have a ton of bugs, not to mention the fact that the listings are terribly outdated. Most of the time the listings you see are already under contract, or sold weeks ago.

I'm based out of Boulder County, but I help clients all up and down the front range. If you don't have a Realtor yet, I'd be happy to help. I belong to both local MLSs which are going to have the most accurate, updated listings. Let me know how I can help!

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Wed Nov 2, 2016
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Thu Jul 28, 2016
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Thu Jan 7, 2016
That is true, I offer several program like that and would be more than happy to go over your options with you. Feel free to reach out to me.
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Wed Dec 30, 2015
I suggest changing lenders the builder is correct. Yes a certificate of occupancy is required per guidelines however that is typically a form you complete at closing. The certificate has absolutely nothing to do with an appraisal seeing as the only reason they would need to know if its owner occupied or a rental is so they can list projected rental income for the home for the lender to use in qualifying you for the loan. Plus even if somehow I missed that update and it is now required they wouldn't not schedule and complete the appraisal the appraiser just wouldn't release the appraisal until they have that form. I would be more than happy to assist you with this if you are interested feel free to reach out to me. ... more
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Thu Jun 11, 2015
Lola Gonzales asked:
I heard that the Landlord is renting out the basement with a kitchen and it's not zoned for that. I want to buy a legal home.
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Fri Jun 5, 2015
Julie DeWitt answered:
Hi, are you still looking for your new home? I have a great buyer's program I'd love to share with you.
Best of luck.
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Fri Jun 5, 2015
Julie DeWitt answered:
Hi, I would recommend dark cabinets. They are less likely to not be out dated in the future if you wish to sell your home. Hope that helps.
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Tue May 26, 2015
Ablakeney1789 answered:
Since you are building your house, I imagine you planned out where you would like your furniture to go. Make sure that you put outlets in useful places where you would need to plug things in. Two on each wall, especially on walls were electronics will most likely be place is crucial. Extension cords are helpful, but a pain. By designing your own house, you decided where your electrical fixtures are placed! Good luck! ... more
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Sat Jan 31, 2015
Sally Grenier answered:
A lot depends on the price range. Lower price ranges are selling like hotcakes. Usually multiple offers within hours a few days, and then closed within about 30-40 days, depending on the loan. (By "lower" I mean anything under $300K). Mid-range homes are also selling very well. High end properties take longer -- several months to a year, depending on the property, price, location, etc.

Are you thinking of buying or selling? If so, let me know how I can help! I'm based out of Longmont, but I do business in FoCo, Loveland, Johnstown, etc.

Sally Grenier
Broker Owner
Metro Brokers | Grenier Real Estate
303.475.4508 Cell
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Thu Jan 29, 2015
Mary Peak Mills answered:
The length of time a home sits on the market can vary due to many factors. When we generalize we will have averages of how long a home is on the market but it truly is house specific. What will make your home be on the market for a shorter period of time?
1. Your home is in wonderful condition
2. You have priced your home where it should sell ( not high where it will sit and wait for you to lower it to the market value).
3. You allow people to view your home as much as possible.
4. You listen to our real estate agent about the best way for you to get your home sold in he market in which you reside.

Each area of the country will vary on days on market. More homes come onto the marked in the spring. Winter homes have been selling like hot cakes this year!
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Mon Jan 26, 2015
Charlotte Turner,ABR®,e-PRO® answered:
Wed Nov 5, 2014
Carrie Holmes answered:
If you are looking for a place in Old Town, I know of one coming up this week. Its a single family home for under $300K, if your not already working with a real estate agent, feel free to reach out to me directly if it may be of interest. Carrie Holmes ... more
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Wed Oct 15, 2014
Laurie Dufloth answered:
There are several very nice subdivisions in Fort Collins where you can purchase a lake front home under $800,000. Once that comes to mind is the Terry Lake area in north Fort Collins. Homes here are older and some have not been updated yet which keeps the price in a more affordable range.
If you prefer newer homes, then you might consider looking in the Richards Lake area - also a north location. Sherwood Lake in south Fort Collins is another consideration with homes priced under $800,000. Horsetooth Lake has limited lakefront locations available if you would enjoy living in the foothills.
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Tue Oct 7, 2014
Keri Watkins answered:
Location, location, location!! Living by a lake would be amazing! However asking a realtor where to find the best of something....tricky question for us to answer without violating our code of ethics. Determining what works best for you is another story - using friends and families and the local community may help with your buying decision. ... more
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Mon Aug 4, 2014
Yes you can, however it is not recommended as you will be looking at getting a sub-prime loan which will cost you a whole lot more not only up front but over time than it would to just take the time to build your credit to where it needs to be to get a normal loan. I would suggest talking to a local loan officer to see what can and needs to be done to get you to the point of being able to purchase a home with a normal loan.

I hope this information helps, please dont hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need guidance.
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Wed Jun 25, 2014
Debra Glynn answered:
I think what Dan suggested is totally correct. I'd also ask a realtor to do a free market analysis or Broker's Price Opinion of the home before you buy it. It will give you a good idea if you are paying the correct amount for the house. Regret is a hard thing, just make sure you aren't over paying for the home. ... more
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