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Biggest Home Seller Mistakes

Let us help you avoid the mistakes!  Contact The Strange Team to get your home sold and buy your dream home!

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Date Night Ideas in Denver

Valentine’s Day is just 2 weeks away!  

Here are some great ideas for “Love Day” or any special Date Night!

 

 

 Have afternoon tea at The Brown Palace beneath the gorgeous stained glass canopy.  www.brownpalace.com

 

 Pamper yourselves with a couples massage at the Ritz Carlton and enjoy a glass of champagne! www.ritzcarlton.com

 

 Sip on cocktails while watching the tranquil sea life drift by your table at the Dive Lounge at the Downtown Aquarium.  www.aquariumrestaurants.com

 

 Capture the breathtaking views of Downtown Denver from the Peaks Lounge at Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center.  www.denverregency.hyatt.com

 

 Enjoy a truly unique atmosphere where time stands still at the Clock Tower on 16th St. www.clocktowerevents.com

 

 Get dressed up and book a night out in Denver to see a Ballet, Opera or Symphony. www.coloradosymphony.org www.coloradoballet.org www.operacolorado.org

 

 Bundle up and rent a fire pit at Forest Room 5 www.forestroom5.com

 

 Stay in one of Colorado’s Most Romantic Hotels

 

 

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2014 Most Common Preditions

2014 Most Common Predictions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest rates will rise to between 5% and 5.5%

Pent-up demand to remain high, and supply staying low.

Appreciation will cool from nearly 10% in 2013 to between 2-5% in 2014.

What type of people are we attracting?

So what do you think?  What are some of your predictions for this year?  Comment in the form below!

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Alan Strange

Top 25 Reasons to Sell Your Home…Now!

American home owners sell and move, on average, every five to seven years. Why do home owners move? People who have lived in the same home for the past 30 years have a hard time understanding this phenomena. They are shocked that people move so often, but I know one thing for certain: Their day to sell and move will come as well.

Here are the top 15 reasons why people sell and move:

  • 1) Home is too small. First-time home buyers often outgrow their “starter” homes. Increased family size is the main reason home owners say they need a larger home.
  • 2) Upgrade. The grass is greener on the other side. People often want what they don’t have and long for a bigger, more expensive and grander, upscale home. It’s the American way. 
  • 3) Fix purchase error. Owners might believe they made a mistake when purchasing their present home and want to rectify that mistake. Maybe they thought they could get by without a back yard but yearn to garden, or the dining room in the center of the house annoys them, or they no longer enjoy the underbelly of planes flying overhead within inches of their face. 
  • 4) Job transfer. Relocation makes it necessary for many to pull up roots and move. If the commuting distance exceeds an hour, most people would prefer not to spend two hours in traffic every day. 
  • 5) Personal Relationships. Moving in with a partner or getting married can mean one of the parties will need to sell, especially if both owned homes prior to the commitment. On the other hand, break-ups cause owners to sell as well for three basic reasons: 
  • 6) Neighborhood changes. The neighborhood might have changed for the worse, economically, socially or physically. For example, maybe a freeway was constructed nearby. Maybe the next-door neighbors receive visitors who arrive wearing striped pajamas at 2 AM. Or they have hung sheets over their windows while a skunk-like odor permeates the air. 
    1. One party may need to buy out the other and not have the cash available.
    2. The home may not be affordable to sustain on one person’s income.
    3. The home holds bad memories, making a fresh start desirable. 
  • 7) Empty nest. The kids have grown up and moved out. The owners want a smaller home. The older you get, the harder it is to keep a big house clean. 
  • 8) See family more often. Some people want to be closer to their family as they age and will move to be near relatives. Parents want to be near children. Grandparents, near their children and grandchildren. 
  • 9) See family less often. To put more distance between the home owners and relatives. Some might move out of state to keep harmony within the family. Dysfunctional and fractured families have been known to blossom being separated. 
  • 10) Retirement. Active-adult communities are attracting many buyers over the age of 55. These planned communities have golf courses, club houses, workout facilities, week-end social gatherings, back-yard barbecue parties and more, all designed for people over 55. 
  • 11) Health problems. Physical ailments such as knee or back problems make it difficult for an aging population to climb stairs in a two-story, so a one-story home may be more practical. A trade-off solution for many elderly people who don’t require round-the-clock care is to buy a condo or move into assisted living housing. 
  • 12) Deferred maintenance. Some people don’t want to put on a new roof, replace the siding or buy a new furnace, so it’s easier to buy a newer home. When you figure the life of most home systems is about 15 years, it could make sense to get out before everything goes haywire. 
  • 13) Home improvement perfection. A small segment enjoys fixing up and selling, spending time, money and effort on remodeling, and once the work is completed, these people become restless because there is nothing left to do. Some of you may call these people obsessed, but for some, it’s a way to maintain balance while mastering a hobby. 
  • 14) Cash in equity. Some home owners can’t stand the fact their home is worth all that money because that money is not in their pocket. These people would prefer to stare at their passbook savings than stare at four walls with empty pockets. They. Just. Want. The. Money. 
  • 15) Lifestyle change. Others are simply tired of owning a home and would prefer to travel, pursue a hobby or be less responsible. We used to call these people misfits or boomers, but many past a certain age want to find a calling that is meaningful to them. So, for these people, home ownership loses its priority status and turns into the ticket for realizing dreams.

By Elizabeth Weintraub

 

Why Should You do it Now?

  • 16) There is less competition for buyers. Many sellers mistakenly believe listing in the spring is better, so buyers in the winter months have fewer homes to choose from.
  • 17) Winter prospects are more serious buyers. Winter buyers are typically purchasing because of a time sensitive move and have a “need” to make a buying decision as opposed to a “desire” to make a move.
  •  18) One of the highest percentages of Listings Sold to Listings Taken occurs during this time of the year. Statistics show housing sales can remain steady in the winter months, while the number of new homes entering the market decreases, creating a trend towards a seller’s market this during this time.
  •  19) You may receive more money for your home. With less competition, homes sold during the holidays tend to sell for more, in less time.
  •  20) You can restrict showings during the holidays. Don’t worry about working showings around family activities. Sophisticated showing services make it easy for sellers and their Realtor to keep buyer’s agents abreast of available showing times.
  •  21) January is traditionally the biggest moving month. Primarily because of school calendars, many people will move during the single month of January, as opposed to over the four months of summer.
  •  22) You can sell now and delay the closing, or even extend occupancy into next year when moving is more convenient. Buyers taking advantage of holiday time off to search for a home, may not need to move until spring, giving you plenty of time to find your new home and plan a convenient move.
  •  23) When you sell your home during the winter, you are in a position to buy in the spring when there are more homes on the market. If you can wait until spring to search for your new home you will have many more homes to choose from and the advantage of negotiating without a contingency on the sell of your home first.
  •  24) There may be fewer showings during the winter, but more qualified and motivated buyers. It’s all about quality over quantity when it comes to winter buyers. Expect fewer showings, but be prepared for quick offers from serious buyers.
  •  25) Corporate transferees can’t wait until spring to buy a home. Corporations like to move their employees at the first of the year, therefore, giving transferees a deadline to negotiate a home purchase in their new city. When interviewing realtors to list your home, be sure to ask if they have connections to corporate relocation companies.

By Sally Hamana

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The Strange Team sells North Denver home in 1 day Alan Strange

In the press…

The Strange Team sells North Denver home in 1 day!

Alan Strange and his team of talented real estate professionals have done it again! With a proven track record of success The Strange Team’s comprehensive marketing formula has once again proven a triumph for their clients.

 

 

The Strange Team began showing 11642 Macon St. on Saturday morning and received multiple offers by Saturday Night! Their winning strategy results in another successful sale for their clients!

This home was listed Thursday on the Denver MLS, and The Strange Team’s marketing engine went into action. By Saturday’s open house and first showings, enough buzz had been created by the multi-point marketing plan to bring numerous qualified buyers to the home resulting in multiple offers, for more than the client expected.

“I can’t promise every home will sell in one day,” says Broker/Owner Alan Strange, “but I can promise we offer each and every client the same attention and care. Our ‘secret sauce’ works and we are excited to see it succeed with each home we sell.”

In 2013, The Strange Team sold/bought over 110 homes in the Denver Metro area, certainly proving they are onto something good. With projections for another record year, The Strange Team has equipped themselves with a team built for success.

There are 3 full-time real estate Brokers on staff with over 20 years of collective experience in the industry, and a Marketing Assistant with over 10 years of property management and marketing experience. This team, in combination with the support staff & industry leading tools available to them at Keller Williams Preferred Realty, is a recipe for success for anyone wanting to buy or sell a home.

The Strange Team offers a free Market Snapshot to anyone considering listing their home. Their website www.TheStrangeTeam.com also offers a full search of the MLS, where you can search for your new home absolutely free. To contact The Strange Team to find out how they can help with your Real Estate needs, call Alan directly at 303.668.5208 or send an email to info@thestrangeteam.com.

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Best Denver Snow Hills

It’s that time of year again, where the hills are alive with the sound of sledding!

 

 

 

 

How did sledding start?  Who first thought of sliding down a snow-covered hill on a piece of timber?

The practical use of sleds is ancient and widespread. Primarily developed in geographic areas with heavy annual snow cover as a work vehicle to transport material and/or people far more efficiently than wheeled vehicles could negotiate icy and snowy conditions. Early designs included hand-pulled sizes as well as larger dog team. horse or oxen drawn versions.

Early examples of Sleds and sledges were found in the Oseberg Viking ship xcavation.  TheToboggan sled is also a traditional form of transport used by the Innu and Cree of northern Canada and the people of Ancient Egypt are thought to have used sledges extensively for construction.*

 

Where are the best snow hills around?  

Thanks to some early snow this winter, we’ve already been out scouting the best snow hills in our area.  Check out our picks & submit your own below!

Broomfield County Commons Park – Broomfield


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 Harold D Lutz Sports Complex – Arvada


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Ruby Hill Park – Denver

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Carpenter Park – Thornton

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Big Dry Creek Hill – Westminster

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Wallace Park – DTC

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Got a favorite sledding hill of your own?  Please share it with us!  Complete the quick form below to add a comment!

 

*Wikipedia contributors. “Sledding.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 13 Jan. 2014. Web. 24 Jan. 2014.

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