Greeley & The Colorado Hunting Show

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Greeley is a city in Northern Colorado, situated among the South Platte River and the Cache La Poudre River. Greeley got its name from Horace Greeley, who was an editor of the New-York Tribune and a pioneer during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush in 1859. Greeley is a part of a group of cities in Colorado called a Union Colony, which are praised for their temperance, agriculture, and education. Greeley is filled with beautiful green parks, some of which include Twin Rivers ParkAllen Park, and Bittersweet Park.

As of the 2010 census, there were 92,889 people, 33,427 households, and 21,250 families residing in the city. The age distribution shows 68,936 residents are age 18 and older and 23,953 residents are under 18 years of age. Out of 33,427 total households, 21,250 (63.3%) were family households where at least one member of the household was related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption. The population density was 3096.3 people per square mile. There were 36,323 housing units at an average density of 1210.7 per square mile. If you are looking to buy real estate in the Greeley area, contact Mark Eibner today.

Hunting and Sportsmen’s Gun Show

Do you enjoy hunting? Bows, guns, being connected to the Colorado nature? The Greeley Hunting and Sportsmen’s Gun Show is the event for you! This event will be held on Feb 22nd-23rd, 2020 in Greeley, CO. This Greeley gun show is held at Island Grove Regional Park and hosted by PE Gun Shows. The general admission fee is only $10 and children 12 and under get in free.

The Greeley Hunting and Sportsmen’s Gun Show will give you the best prices on everything you care about. Guns, Rifles, Handguns, Knives, Scopes, Gun Holsters, Concealed Carry, Survivalist items, Antique Guns for Sale, Gun Collectibles, Military Collectibles, Loading Equipment, and Ammunition.​​​ Come to the show find out what all the hubbub is about. Get your tickets today!

Steamboat Springs & Colorado Bluegrass

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Many mountain resort towns in Colorado have seen an increase in sale prices for homes. This is good news for sellers, but tougher on buyers. Steamboat Springs in northern Colorado has the upper hand—it has more land. Similar mountain towns are barred from spreading out because of the lack of space; many people do not want their house to be build on a cliff. Having the space to spread out and build will provide Steamboat with opportunities for mixed developments to pop up.

The average sale price in Steamboat increased in 2019. Prices went from $522,000 to nearly $651,000, one of the largest price jumps in the region. Though compared to other resort towns like Aspen, this increase is reasonable. The 2019 median price was $419,000. It is true that many homes in the area topple over into the one million dollar range, but there are great prices for condominiums in the area. With the development of land in Steamboat, there will be even more homes to choose from. New developments are coming at a crucial time when inventory has dropped to only 276 active listings in 2019. If you are interested in taking a look at the Steamboat real estate market, contact Mark Eibner today. Steamboat Springs Colorado is a wonderful place to call home, full of events like the Winter WonderGrass festival.

Winter WonderGrass

Join Steamboat families and visitors from all over the country in the 8th annual bluegrass festival—the Winter WonderGrass. This musical event is held outside, where the ground is typically covered in powdery white snow blankets and the February air is crisp. Mother Nature and the warm hospitality of the Steamboat locals not enough to convince you? What about beer?

That’s right, beer, and plenty of it for appropriately aged festival goers. At the Winter WonderGrass, the beer can be found in a the beer hall, one of three massive heated tents with full bars and large-scale stages. This is where the magic happens. Step on in to sip libations, warm up and listen to the best in up-and-coming roots and bluegrass artists. Other than beer, you can expect there to be spiked seltzer, cider, and wine tastings. Tickets are available here.

Loveland Real Estate Updates

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Less than fifty miles north of Denver sits Loveland in Northern Colorado. This town is named after William AH Loveland, once the president of the Colorado Central Railroad. There are many reasons why people love living in Loveland. From the Devil’s Backbone Open Space to the Boyd Lake State Park and the Loveland Ski Area, Loveland is a beautiful place. But what about the market? Here are some statistics on the Loveland market.

  • The median home value in Loveland is $369,336.
  • Loveland home values have gone up 2.0% over the past year.
  • The median list price per square foot in Loveland is $246, which is higher than the Fort Collins Metro average of $242.
  • The median price of homes currently listed in Loveland is $379,274 while the median price of homes that sold is $350,800.
  • The median rent price in Loveland is $1,750, which is lower than the Fort Collins Metro median of $1,795.

Though the prices for homes are up compared to other areas, Loveland’s home values are also up which means that houses are a better investment in the area. If you buy a starter home in Loveland and decide to sell a few years down the road, odds are the home will be worth more than when you bought it. All that equity would be yours! If you are interested in looking for a home in Loveland, give Mark a call today.

Loveland Local Events: Mountaintop Matrimony

Planning on Tying The Knot this year? Lovers, join other starstruck pairs this February for the 28th annual Valentine’s Day Mountaintop Matrimony ceremony and reception. This tradition has taken love to new heights for generations and whether the conditions are powder, corduroy, vow renewals or couples who are slipping the ring on for the first time, there is nothing more special than tying the knot at 12,050 feet. Like in past years, the 30-minute ceremony is performed as a mass wedding and applicable to all couples in attendance. Once vows are exchanged, all participants and guests will ski or snowboard down the mountain for an after party complete with live music.

Millennials are Moving to Denver

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It is no secret that Denver has a hot housing market. With it’s amazing views and proximity to the Rocky Mountains, it’s fantastic shops and restaurants, and its cultured past, many people are flocking to the city and surrounding areas. Trends in 2019 increased at a higher rate than previous years and these trends are expected to continue in 2020. The greater Denver metropolitan area is hot among one of the largest demographics in real estate: Millennials. This group of people were born between 1981 and 1997. Millennials have made there mark in the west; they make up more of the current home-buying market in Denver than nearly all of the 50 largest U.S. cities, according to a report by LendingTree.

LendingTree is an online loan marketplace for various financial borrowing needs including auto loans, small business loans, personal loans, credit cards, and more. Their report looked at new mortgage requests made between January and November 2019. According to the report, Denver took the #4 spot near the top of the list. The list included 50 metropolitan areas with 55.3% of mortgage requests coming from millennials. In other words, Denver has seen more millennials than 46 of the biggest cities in America. In fact, Denver had some of the youngest millennials looking for mortgages at the age of 30. The average requested loan from this group was $316,524 with an average down payment of $49,361. Denver came out just under two cheaper cities, Minneapolis and Buffalo, and one higher-priced market, San Jose, California.

We know that millennials are flocking to Denver because it is a wonderful place to live, but why millennials? One reason could be that more homes—more affordable homes—have flooded the market as baby boomers downsize. With 71 million people considered to be millennials, this new interest in home buying can help a lot of neighborhoods gain value and appeal. If you are interested in buying property in Denver or the surrounding areas, give Mark a call today. He has a lot of experience in real estate and knows the market more than anyone.

Doing Open Houses Right

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When it comes to the style of homes, Colorado has a diverse selection. From rustic cabins near the mountains, to pueblo-style homes on the plains or modern builds in the city, Colorado has it all depending on the area you are looking to buy in. One of the best ways to get a feel for what types of homes are in an area is by attending open houses. This is especially true if you are just starting out in the buying process and you don’t even have an agent yet. The following are a few tips on how to do an open house correctly.

Firstly, in order to learn as much as you can about the home, simply ask questions. It is unlikely for the homeowner to be at the open house, but a listing agent will and they should be able to answer any questions you may have. If for some reason the listing agent cannot answer your question, ask if they can get back to you with an answer or point you to where you can get the answer yourself. Don’t know what to ask? Start with these questions: What is the reason the current homeowner is selling? Are there any other offers on the house? Are there special assessments or other fees on the house? The second thing to remember is to keep your comments to yourself. Even if the listing agent isn’t giving you a tour, be careful what you say about the property because you never know who may be listening. I’ve seen many buyers loose out on a deal in a multiple-offers situation, just because of a negative comment about the property.

Though you should be wary of saying negative things about the property while at an open house, keep an ear out for others. When it comes to open houses, it is very likely that someone from the neighborhood will be there to check out the property. These people can be a wealth of information and may even know more about the neighborhood than the listing agent. Do the kids next door make too much of a ruckus during the summer? What about the dog down the street that barks all hours of the night? Is there a lot of traffic in the area because of the nearby shopping center? These are things you’ll want to know sooner rather than later. Also, be careful of what information you share about yourself to the listing agent. Unless the agent is a transaction broker, they work for the seller. In other words, they’re going to be more loyal to the seller than they’ll be to you. If you think what you’re going to say will compromise your bargaining position, best keep it to yourself.

Open houses are a great way to get started, but you’ll need to get an agent when you get more serious about . Agents, like those on the Eibner team, can show you properties that are not conducting open houses. If you are interesting in finding an experienced agent in Colorado, call Mark today. Let him interview to be your agent and find your next home.

Why You Should Move to Colorado Springs in 2020

Colorado Springs, Colorado

With the onset of the new year, 2020 is shaping up to be a year of change when it comes to the real estate market in America. For decades the biggest factor in the market was geographical, in which markets near the ocean and other waterways often saw the most price growth. In 2020, it is projected that more buyers are looking to the mountains and the views, instead of ocean front properties and riverside homes. That means that Colorado, with the Rockies Mountains in the foreground, will rank higher than say Florida cities like Orlando, Tampa, and Cape Coral that are known for their waterside districts.

In fact, has put together a list of the top 25 cities that will see a better price growth and Colorado Springs came in seventh. That’s right, Colorado Springs is projected to have a median sales price at $312,000 making it one of the most affordable places to live in Colorado. Coming just under Rochester New York and beating out places like Memphis Tennessee and Honolulu Hawaii, Colorado Springs will be an attractive alternative to larger cities like Denver. Colorado Springs is a big city, but it still has a lot of great outdoor recreation to offer. You are welcome to visit any of Colorado Springs’ many parks, some of which include Bear Creek Regional Park and Nature CenterStartmoor Hills ParkBear Creek Canon Park, and the Garden of the Gods. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an annual invitational automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak, every year on the last Sunday of June. Colorado Springs is home to the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and the headquarters of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

If you are interested in checking out some properties in Colorado Springs, contact the Eibner Team today. Mark has done many deals in the area for the past thirty years and is excited about this new opportunity for you and your family. Colorado Springs also has a ton of horse properties for sale.

Top 5 Neighborhoods in Colorado

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It is no surprise that Colorado is one of the fastest growing places in America. In fact in 2018, 80,000 people moved to the centennial state. As the state of Colorado grows, so does its communities and neighborhoods. If you are looking to move to Colorado in 2020, the following is a list of the top neighborhoods for you to look into. This list is based on the median home prices in the area and their attractions. If you are interested in any of these neighborhoods, check the end of this post to find out how you can start viewing homes today.

Greenwood Village
This neighborhood has great access to Denver and the surrounding areas as well as some of the highest rated schools in the county. Despite being fully developed with high-end shops and the Cherry Creek school system, Greenwood Village still has its fair share of beautiful green space and trails. Trails like Tommy Davis Park, Westlands Park, and Village Greens Park. A median single-family price of $1.3 million is skewed upward by very expensive neighborhoods west of I-25 bordering Cherry Hills Village. But if you don’t have a million dollars to shell out for a new home, don’t worry. This median price-point doesn’t reflect lower-priced opportunities in areas east of I-25, near Cherry Creek State Park. Only great agents like Metro Brokers agents know where to look.

This neighborhood has become one of the most lucrative in the area because of its proximity to luxurious amenities without the huge price tags of other neighborhoods its size. Arvada has a median single-family price of $442,000. Many of these properties are wonderful townhomes and condominiums that are only 16 minutes non-rush-hour from downtown and offers noticeably easier access to mountain ski areas via I-70. There is a great sense of community in Arvada, with many festivals and events for residents to get involved with. These include the Festival of Scarecrows in October, the Annual Chocolate Affair in February, the Second Saturday Sounds of Summer even in June through August, and the Flicks in the Square event held every Friday evening in August.

This neighborhood has some of the best restaurants in the state, so if you’re a foodie and looking to move to Colorado then Littleton may be the place for you. These prized eateries include The Melting Pot, Izakaya Den, Snooze, Platte River Bar and Grill, and many more. With a median single-family price of $487,500, the average price runs higher ($542,527), reflecting newer, more expensive areas, often close to some of the metro area’s most scenic recreation at Roxborough and other mountain parks. In fact, the City of Littleton has over 1,400 acres of parks and open space and more than 200 miles of trails in conjunction with South Suburban Parks and Recreation.

Castle Pines
This neighborhood has an easy commute to the Denver Tech Center, which is responsible for some of the most well known companies in the state like Comcast and JP Morgan. Castle Pines has a median single-family price of $575,0000. This area is full of building companies like Shea Homes, so if you’re looking for a new build in a beautiful gated community like The Canyons, then Castle Pines is the neighborhood that you’ve been looking for. The mountain views in Castle Pines are grand because the city lies in the Colorado Piedmont on the western edge of the Great Plains.

This neighborhood is a great place for any Denver commuter because for its proximity to the RTD light-rail service that goes all the way into downtown Denver. Therefore, if you are looking to move out of the downtown area, but keep your ties to the city, then Golden may be the place for you. A median single-family home price of $585,000 includes a wide range of homes, including historic Victorians that are close to Washington Street, and newer customs built over the last 30 years, sometimes reflecting a solar/renewable energy focus.

If you are interested in any of these top neighborhoods, give Mark a call today. Mark has been in the real estate business for over thirty years and knows all these neighborhoods like the back of his hand. If you’ve already found a house in one of these neighborhoods and would like to see them today, contact the Eibner team and let us show you around your future neighborhood.

Don’t Fix These Things Before Selling Your Home

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When owners are getting ready to sell their home, there’s always that time of panic when they have to figure out what to fix or upgrade in order to get the sell. It’s important to know what to fix to get your home market ready, but it’s equally important to know what you don’t have to fix. Don’t put effort into needless upgrades before talking to an agent and listing your home. When deciding what to fix in your home, make sure you consider how it will improve the home’s value. Avoid tasks that are a lot of cost or effort without a lot of benefits. These include landscaping, cabinets, tile floors, and fencing.

Depending on the size of the yard, landscaping can be a huge expense. Fix up the small things like mowing and weeding, but don’t worry about adding flowers or other shrubbery. You don’t know what the new owners will want to do with the place when they move in, and the same goes for replacing kitchen cabinets. Replacing cabinets isn’t a huge task, but it’s almost always unnecessary. Sanding, painting, and adding contact paper to the cabinets is much easier and will completely revitalize their look. If your tile floors are extremely outdated or visibly cracked, it might be worth replacing them. Otherwise, leave them alone. Most buyers will only care it the tiles are not properly cleaned.

Again, you never know what new home owners want, even when it comes to fencing. If you already have a fence, just make sure it’s clean and in good repair. A pressure washer can make a huge difference for older, wooden fencing. For personalized advice about getting your home ready to sell, talk to Mark about your options. If you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell, contact the Eibner Team today.

Lakewood’s New Growth-Control Law

And How It Could Effect You

In the last few decades a population boom in the front range and Denver areas have put a strain on many aspects of life in the region. The city of Lakewood Colorado—a part of the Colorado Metropolitan Statistical Area and a home rule municipality in Jefferson County—recently passed a new law, effecting the future growth of the area. The new referendum limits new home building to 1% of the current dwelling units in the city. With the current 69,613 dwelling units in place, that means that only 696 new homes will be allowed in 2020. Additionally, residential projects containing 40 plus units must get approval from the City Council to continue. This has spelled trouble for projects that had already been started when the law was voted into existence and could hinder projects for more affordable housing. But what does that mean for those seeking to move in or out of the area in 2020?

Despite this new growth restriction in the Lakewood area, growth is still expected to come within the constraints of the referendum. For those seeking to sell their homes, you might even see a benefit to this new law. With less new homes being built, people moving into the area will be looking to purchase existing homes. This could lead to more competition, meaning more money in the pockets of sellers. But if you’re a buyer, don’t worry, this competition doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Though there will be less new builds in 2020, it is still a great time for inventory in the Colorado Housing Market. Going with an existing build may require some additional restoration and maintenance, but that in turn adds equity to the property. Talk to your agent and be honest about what you want. The home for you probably already exists and is waiting for you.

In conclusion, though the new law is being demonized, unless you are a multi-million dollar investor in the housing market, you will likely not be affected by the change. Even if you are in a construction vocation, new builds—residential and commercial—are still on their way. Construction work will not dry up in the front range. If you are looking to sell in the Lakewood area, contact the Eibner Team today to see what you could get for your existing home. If you were looking to buy property in the area before the new law, we can help you find the perfect home for you and your family. Give Mark and call with any questions and concerns you might have. He’s been in the business for over thirty years and he’s seen this kind of thing before. Rest assured. You’re in good hands.

The Importance of Mortgage & Insurance

When Purchasing A New Home

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Before you purchase a new home, there are some things that you should consider. For example, what type of mortgage is the best for you? It’s no secret that purchasing a home will probably be the most money you’ve ever spent now and for the rest of your life. It is a big investment that should never be taken lightly. For the average buyer, buying a home is a lifetime commitment, meaning that they plan on staying in the same home for the rest of their adult lives. While the thirty-year, fixed-rate mortgage is the most common, it is by no means the only option. Forty-year options are out there for people looking for a lower monthly payment. If you have no plans on moving, then this option may be better for you. Take some time to reflect on your life goals and how they could affect this decision.

Another thing you should consider before purchasing a new home is the insurance. Every homeowner must have their home insured. Even if the likelihood of something happening to your home is very low, having that peace of mind is very important. A homeowner’s insurance policy is standard but not the only option available to you. Adding additional home protection plans might be a good option for you. They are not designed to take care of every home repair. Still, they are available to help when appliances or significant home systems such as heating and air conditioning need repair or replacement.

If adding an extra home protection plan is not in the cards for you, then don’t worry. There are other ways that you can insure the protection of your home. It just takes a bit of planning. Saving money in a special account as an emergency maintenance fund may be all that you need. So, an unexpected snowstorm came sweeping into your area and caused some damage to the siding of your new home? No problem! Just dip your hands into your emergency fund to make sure you’re covered. Also, after experiencing these types of damages you might want to look into those home protection plans again. You can always add them when you’re financially ready. If you are looking for help buying a new home, contact the Eibner team today and let us find the right home, mortgage, and insurance for you. Looking to sell instead? Give Mark a call today.

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