diary of a realtor: Webinar Takeaway - Which Posts Get the Most Traffic? - 04/09/13 11:24 AM
This morning I finally got to take one of Active Rain's live webinars.  Often times, I will hear about them via email blast and I already have plans, but today, my plans got wiped out by a snowstorm.
So, as I was slowly getting into my day, I checked my email and saw the blast.  Lo and behold- I was right on time to attend this one live!
In "Is Blogging A Waste of Time?", Bob Stewart discussed some of the ways you can determine whether you are on track and your blog is getting traffic.  Check out Active Rain University … (30 comments)

diary of a realtor: Be a Tourist in Your Town! - 03/27/13 11:39 AM
Be a Tourist in Your Town!
How often are you a tourist in your town or state?  Once upon a time, I was a kid growing up in Illinois.  My family used to fly to Colorado to go skiing for Spring Break every year.  
Now I am no longer a kid, and I have a kid of my own... and I'm lucky enough to live in Colorado!  Funny that now we don't usually fly anywhere for Spring Break.  But we also don't spend an entire week on the slopes.  It is way too easy to take it for granted that … (3 comments)

diary of a realtor: Open Your Heart: The Little Things Can Make Someone's Day... - 12/21/12 08:29 AM
Open Your Heart: The Little Things Can Make Someone's Day - or Their Holiday 
In this season we are reminded to take a little time to think of others and to give from our hearts.  In the Real Estate industry, we are in a unique position to make someone's day.  Or their Holiday.
Very seldom outside of our profession do we get a glimpse into the inner sanctum of a client's life.  Think about it: they share their family, their finances, their homes with us.  Over time, if you open your heart and open your ears, you will be in a … (9 comments)

diary of a realtor: What Makes You Think the Seller Will Accept That Offer? - 09/22/12 11:44 AM
What Makes You Think the Seller Will Accept That Offer?
This morning I was reading Charita's well-written post, "All Reasonable Offers Will Be Considered," and it inspired me to write this post.  I have been thinking about this for quite some time, and I'd really love to hear what my fellow Rainers think.
I have a listing that I feel is appropriately priced, and it received an offer a few weeks ago.  When my sellers determined what their asking price would be, they based it on several things.  Mostly, it was due to the very well-researched CMA that I provided to them. … (31 comments)

diary of a realtor: The Gift That Keeps on Giving - Thoughts on a Great Closing Gift - 09/18/12 02:43 PM
The Gift That Keeps on Giving - Thoughts on a Great Closing Gift
As Real Estate Professionals, we get so many ideas for closing gifts..... We have all been bombarded with the practical ideas for closing gifts - knife sets, home improvement store cards, paint brush sets, restaurant gift cards...  And the whimsical ideas - golf lessons, make up and skin care sets, wine of the month club....
For my home buyers, I always get them a home warranty.
This lasts about a year (ok, 14 months), and it covers the usual suspects.  Like any warranty, some people will never use … (2 comments)

diary of a realtor: Homebuying FAQs: What are Contingencies? - 05/27/12 07:56 AM
When I am working with home buyers, there are questions that seem to come up fairly regularly.  That is why I have chosen to write this series of FAQ posts - to help you wade through some of these questions to become a more informed home buyer.
What are "Contingencies"?  
When a home buyer finds a home that they want to put under contract, sometimes they have extenuating circumstances.  For example, they may need to sell their current home or break a lease.  This can be written into their offer as a "contingency".  
The Colorado Contract to Buy and Sell … (2 comments)

diary of a realtor: FAQs - What Does "Under Contract" Mean? - 05/24/12 08:36 AM
Recently, it has come to my attention that, as a REALTOR, there are questions that keep coming up.  As a Real Estate Professional, there are some things that seem obvious because I see them over and over again.
They aren't always that obvious to the average home buyer or seller.  Inspired by my dear REALTOR friend, Anna Banana Kruchten, I am hereby launching a series of "Frequently Asked Questions."  I hope this helps clarify the sometimes confusing jargon that gets thrown around!
What Does "Under Contract" Mean?
You may notice as you are driving around that you will see a "For … (2 comments)

diary of a realtor: 4 Home Selling Mistakes You Don't Even Know You Are Making - 02/22/12 10:50 AM
4 Home Selling Mistakes You Don't Even Know You Are Making
So, you've done your research and hired a good REALTOR.  You feel good about the price after seeing the your REALTOR's Comparative Market Analysis and you are ready to take the next step and get this house sold!
Hold it!  You may be making some common home selling mistakes without even knowing it.  When I am working with buyers, I see these time and again.  The thing is they are so easy to fix.  
 
Here they are.  Don't say I didn't warn you - and once you have … (9 comments)

diary of a realtor: 5 Warning Signs That You Have Chosen the Wrong REALTOR - 02/20/12 04:49 PM
Chances are you know a few Realtors.  And you may have used the services of one or two of them.  
But how do you know you have the right Realtor?  In my daily dealings, I meet a lot of people.  And they love to tell me stories.... You know, Once upon a time, there was a home buyer....
This list is culled from some of the more... >ahem<... colorful and interesting stories I have heard.  I wish I could say I have made this list up, but, alas, I am just not that clever!
So, here are 5 Signs you … (9 comments)

diary of a realtor: Image or Immediate Action: Lessons From Super Bowl Advertising - 02/07/12 12:24 PM
In the wake of Super Bowl advertising madness, a thought came to mind.  Ok, it wasn't my own thought... it was pointed out to me by someone who analyses this stuff.  Still, the idea was about how there are basically two types of advertising:  "Image" advertising and "Immediate Action" advertising.
Immediate Action is the stuff of late night TV.  You know what I mean "ACT NOW!!! And get a SECOND set of Pajama Jeans - FREE!!!  Just pay separate processing..."
The kind of advertising usually done during the Super Bowl is Image Advertising.  It emphasizes an Image the company is trying … (44 comments)

diary of a realtor: Mortgages 101 - Sorting out the Options, Part 5: HOMEPATH by Jennifer Prestwich Your North Suburban Denver REALTOR - 01/24/12 01:53 PM
When it comes to mortgages, there are a lot of options to sort out.  When I am working with clients, they often ask me about mortgage rates and down payments, and the answer can vary.
In Part 1 of the series, we examined FHA mortgages.  In Part 2, we took a look at Conventional Mortgages.  Part 3 examined VA Loans.  In Part 4, we looked at USDA Loans.
This final part of the series is dedicated to HOMEPATH financing.  This is meant to be an overview - a licensed Loan Officer will help you examine all of the options more closely to help you determine the … (0 comments)

diary of a realtor: Mortgages 101 - Sorting out the Options, Part 4: USDA Loans by Jennifer Prestwich Your North Suburban Denver REALTOR - 01/23/12 03:57 PM
When it comes to mortgages, there are a lot of options to sort out.  When I am working with clients, they often ask me about mortgage rates and down payments, and the answer can vary.
In Part 1 of the series, we examined FHA mortgages.  In Part 2, we took a look at Conventional Mortgages.  Part 3 examined VA Loans.  In Part 4, we will look at USDA Loans- the lending criteria and the Pros and Cons.  This is meant to be an overview - a licensed Loan Officer will help you examine all of the options more closely to help you determine the right … (4 comments)

diary of a realtor: Mortgages 101 - Sorting out the Options, Part 3: VA Loans by Jennifer Prestwich Your North Suburban Denver REALTOR - 01/19/12 01:07 PM
When it comes to mortgages, there are a lot of options to sort out.  When I am working with clients, they often ask me about mortgage rates and down payments, and the answer can vary.
In Part 1 of the series, we examined FHA mortgages.  In Part 2, we took a look at Conventional Mortgages.  Part 3 will examine VA Loans - the lending criteria and the Pros and Cons.  This is meant to be an overview - a licensed Loan Officer will help you examine all of the options more closely to help you determine the right choice for you.
VA Loans: VA, … (8 comments)

diary of a realtor: Reading List: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - 01/15/12 06:26 PM
I am happy to say that my Real Estate business keeps me fairly busy.  What I am not happy to say is that that can leave little time for one of my favorite activities: reading.
I have always been an avid reader.  In fact, I got a Master's Degree in what basically amounts to reading (it was French lit, brag, brag....).  So, it was essentially my job - for a time - to read.  
In that spirit, I joined our neighborhood book club.  I was looking for suggestions outside of my regular James Patterson/John Grisham/Dan Brown realm.  Nowadays, a book really … (4 comments)

diary of a realtor: 5 "Grass Roots" Signs That the Economy is Improving by Jennifer Prestwich- your Henderson, Thornton and Broomfield REALTORĀ® - 11/26/11 11:16 AM
If you follow the news at all, you would think that our economy has collapsed entirely.  At best it seems to be limping along, day by day, grasping at any little crumb that drops.....
I am not an economist, nor do I play one on TV. In fact, I didn't even sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
But I do have eyes, and I see a lot.  And I have noticed some very encouraging things about the economy lately.
I like to call this a "grass-roots" study of the economy. It is non-scientific and won't be filled with any sort of jargon. … (32 comments)

diary of a realtor: Indeed, I am Thankful! - 11/09/11 06:03 PM
I have been reading posts here in the Rain about what people are thankful for.  In November, many people stop to think about what they are thankful for.... maybe it's because of Veteran's Day... or Thanksgiving... or that this month is the slight lull before the storm that is the end of the year....
I am so thankful for my family.  
My husband and I met when we were just 21.  Both of us were just finishing up school and we randomly met in a sports bar.  (Haha!  I love telling people that!  But, it's true.)  Funny thing is... I … (5 comments)

diary of a realtor: Home Buying in the Denver Suburbs - Why Would You Sit on the Fence? - 11/08/11 03:51 PM
Whether you are looking for a home in Broomfield, Northglenn, Thornton or Henderson, one of the things that most home buyers are trying to do is "time" the market.  No one wants to pay too much, and from what the national news is saying, it is still a "buyer's market". What many buyers think this means is that there is an abundance of available inventory, with sellers practically desperate to get an offer- any offer.
Home affordability is at a record high.  Right now, there are three main reasons for this:
Income in Denver and Denver suburbs has become fairly stable. The unemployment … (0 comments)

diary of a realtor: It Pays to Work With a Great Team! - 11/01/11 11:18 AM
Disclaimer:  While I really enjoy football, I cannot say that I am anywhere near an expert at it.  Or even that I understand all the nuances of the positions.  Try to keep this in mind when you find some glaringly obvious gaffe.  Keep an open mind and you will see what I mean.....
Watching Bronco football lately has been an exercise in intestinal fortitude.  In Timmy T's first official start as the Bronco's quarterback, the game was all but lost until the very last minutes.  That was one exciting game!  
One of the things that has always amazed me about … (8 comments)

diary of a realtor: Not-So-Wordless Wednesday: THE FIRST SNOW IN BELLE CREEK! - 10/26/11 03:03 PM
I have ALWAYS loved the first snow of the season in Belle Creek!  It conjures up such great memories, thoughts and ideas for me.  It energizes me and puts a spring in my step (but not too much spring- it can be icy, you know...)
This was my view out the back door this morning.  A tangled mass of snow laden lilac bushes were straining under the weight of wet, heavy snow.  I know my Floridian friends are jealous today, haha!
 
Many of the trees still have their leaves, so it is important to get out there and knock the … (8 comments)

diary of a realtor: Then Why is Your Seller Selling? - 09/14/11 06:59 PM
Oh, boy.  This one really throws me for a loop....
After a couple of months of looking at houses that were too small, or too big, or too dated or too dark, and finally finding just the right place (I'm pretty sure my client is Goldilocks...), we put in the offer.  This home really spoke to her.  
Not in a creepy have-you-gone-off-your-meds? kind of way.  More of the wow-I-could-really-see-myself-living-here way.  
We submitted a good, strong offer and commenced the financing paperwork.  RED FLAG!  It's a condo and there is a lawsuit pending between the HOA and the builder...
BUT … (23 comments)