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Exciting New Listings for $500,000 – $550,000 [PHOTOS]

The $500,000 – $550,000 price range has become the HOT price point for homes on the market in Boulder Valley.  Homes priced in this category go under contract in a matter of days, and sometimes hours, if they show well.  We just listed 380 S. 41st Street in Boulder for $489,000 and it is under contract with the seller choosing from 17 offers in only 48 hours. Since we know this is a competitive price point we did a quick search for available properties in Boulder, Louisville, Superior and Lafayette and guess what we found? One home in Louisville, one in Lafayette, two in Boulder and nothing in Superior – that’s it!  Each of the homes below have recently been listed so we can’t promise if they are still available when you read this but if you would like to take a look please call Jeff at 303-579-1617.

797 Nighthawk Circle, Louisville, CO797 Nighthawk Circle, Louisville CO

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Details:

  • Bedrooms:  5
  • Baths:  3 full | 1 partial
  • Square feet:  2588
  • Listing price: $539,000

 

 

2722 Meadow Mountain Trail, Lafayette, CO2722 Meadow Mountain Trail, Lafayette, CO

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Details:

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Baths: 3 full | 1 partial
  • Square feet:  2952
  • Listing price:  $520,000

 

 

375 Harvard Lane, Boulder, CO375 Harvard Lane, Boulder, CO

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Details:

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Baths: 1 full | 1 partial
  • Square feet: 1839
  • Listing price: $525,000

 

 

These three homes represent the best of the homes listed in the $500,000 – $550,000 price range in Boulder, Louisville, Superior and  Lafayette.  Harvard Lane and Nighthawk Circle are offered by ReMax of Boulder, Meadow Mountain Trail is offered by Wright Kingdom. If you would like to see one of these homes, or if you would like to list your home for sale with an experienced realtor please give us a call at 303-579-1617.  Jeff will be happy to help you.

Martin Acres: 380 S. 41st Street, Boulder

Have you been searching all over Boulder for the perfect bungalow?  Something with a nice backyard, full basement and (fingers crossed) a Flatirons view?  Well this is it!380 S. 41st Street, Boulder, CO

This beautifully cared for home has an open-feel floor plan with gleaming hard wood floors, lots of glass and yes, views of the Flatirons.  Three bedrooms and two baths on the main floor with a family room, rec room and 3/4 bath in the basement.  Half of the basement is unfinished and ready for a workshop, more bedrooms or whatever you decide.  Pride of ownership shows throughout. Just move in and unpack!

Details for:  380 S. 41st Street, Boulder, CO:

  • 2800 total square feet
  • 3 bedrooms, 3 baths
  • Single carport
  • New carpet in lower level
  • View photos and more information here
  • Listing price of $489,000

If you’d like to see this home, or any other home in the Boulder Valley, call Jeff at 303-579-1617 to arrange your private showing. Read the rest of this entry »

Louisville Townhome

Want to live in Louisville?  This Wildflower town home is the perfect answer.Owl Dr

This unit has the the largest floor plan design with an attached, extra large 2 car garage and tons of storage.  The perfect private front patio  backs to open space just out the front door.   Easy walk to the Rec Center, bike paths, schools, and Old Town.  HOA covers all exterior maintenance, snow removal and lawn care so all you have to do is enjoy!

Details for 484 Owl Drive #11, Louisville, CO:

  • 1336 total square feet
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bath plus a roughed-in and framed 3rd bath in the basement
  • 2 car attached garage
  • New carpet, solid surface counter tops and sink
  • Central air
  • HOA covers:  exterior maintenance, water, sewer, trash, snow removal and lawn care
  • View photos and more information here
  • List price of $249,900

If you’d like to see this home, or any other, please call Jeff at 303-579-1617 to set up your private showing. Read the rest of this entry »

New Horse Property in Weld County

This new listing is ready for you and your horse to move right in.15811 Dale Ave, Fort Lupton, CO

A great fully fenced horse property with tack room and loafing shed, plus a dog run for your best furry friend. Inside the house you’ll find a large, open floor plan with a master bedroom that has it’s own private bath with easy step-in giant shower.  Large secluded front porch with lots of privacy.

Details of 15811 Dale Ave, Fort Lupton:

  • 1716 square feet of living space
  • 4 car detached carport with attached utility shed
  • All appliances included, including front loading washer and dryer
  • Great garden area
  • View more photos and information here
  • List price of $250,000

If you are interested in seeing this home please call Jeff at 303-579-1617 to set up your private showing. Read the rest of this entry »

The Boulder and Broomfield Counties Google Map of Open Houses for Sat. May 3 and Sun May 4

Open Houses in Boulder CountyThe Best Open House Google Map!

Courtesy of the Gazaway Group

No need to register. No form to fill out.

Just click here to see every Open House in Boulder and Broomfield Counties this weekend.

Hover over the location marker for:

  • Price

Click on the location marker for:

  • Address
  • Price
  • Number of bedrooms and baths
  • Square feet

When you see a property you are interested in click on the address for:

  • Date and time of open house
  • All available photos and virtual tours of the home
  • Full MLS data sheet with complete description and details
  • Link to all the info found on the MLS and more (from our Gazaway Group IDX feed.)

If you see any homes that you would like to see at a time other than the open house please give us a call at 303-579-1617. We’ll be happy to set up a showing for you.

Which Two Boulder County High Schools are ranked #1 and #3 in Colorado?

Peak to Peak School logoWe have always known Boulder County students have excellent choices for education but now the U.S. News and World Report confirms it.  In their recent 2014 rankings Lafayette’s Peak to Peak Charter School was named the #1 high school in Colorado with Boulder’s Fairview High School ranking #3.  This is great news for families all across the Boulder Valley area.

The rankings are primarily based on the percentage of students who take and pass advanced placement exams and on standardized test scores.  At Peak to Peak, 98 percent of their seniors took an advanced placement test and 81 percent passed.

logo-b40f225f74365e294e3c30b56f66550cTo add to the bragging rights, both Peak to Peak and Fairview earned a “Gold” medal for ranking in the Top 500 high schools nationally – this is based on data collected from over         31, 242 public high schools in the United States.

Strong schools are often a significant component in determining the neighborhood search area for our buyers. A recent article in the Washington Post confirms that buyers on average are willing to pay $50 more per square foot for homes in top rated school districts compared to homes in average schools districts.

The Gazaway Group knows and understands the schools in the Boulder Valley School District.  Our children and their friends go to these schools and we can help you find the best home for you near the best school for you and your children.

Top Home Improvements

417 McConnell-12Home Improvements are big business in the Boulder area. Go to any home improvement store on a weekend and you’ll see what I mean. Do-it-yourself or hire a professional – but either way check out this list of top improvements before making your improvement plans.

53% of all homebuyers make improvements within the first three months of owning their new home according to Realtor magazine. That feels about right to us but of course we are still curious. How did they spend their money? And on what?

Of those 53% who made improvements:
9% spent $25,000 or more
37% spent $5,000 – $25,000
and 54% spent less than $5,000

We know buyers like to make their new house their home by putting personal touches on it. Here are the popular improvements this year:

41% update the lighting
New fixtures and really update a home.

37% buy new appliances
In our earlier post about kitchen features new appliances were the top choice of buyers Stainless refrigerators and gas stoves are top choices.

34% invest in landscaping.
Improving curb appeal and creating a backyard retreat are both terrific investments in a home and often earn a strong return on your investment.

32% hardwood floors
Our earlier post about what buyers didn’t get but would have paid more for is worth checking out. Hardwood floors were mentioned by 54% of the survey respondents as something they wanted and would have paid more for.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Let’s meet at the home improvement store!

The Boulder and Broomfield Counties Google Map of Open Houses for Sat. April 5th and Sun. April 6th

The Best Open House Google Map!

Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 5.45.49 PM (2)Courtesy of the Gazaway Group

No need to register. No form to fill out.

Just click here to see every Open House in Boulder and Broomfield Counties this weekend.

Hover over the location marker for:

  • Price

Click on the location marker for:

  • Address
  • Price
  • Number of bedrooms and baths
  • Square feet

When you see a property you are interested in click on the address for:

  • Date and time of open house
  • All available photos and virtual tours of the home
  • Full MLS data sheet with complete description and details
  • link to all the info found on the MLS and more (from our Gazaway Group IDX feed.)

If you see any homes that you would like to see at a time other than the open house please give us a call at 303-579-1617.  We’ll be happy to set up a showing for you.

What Buyers Wish For

13909646_sHow did you feel when you closed on your home? Excited? Happy? Overwhelmed?

Realtor Magazine recently published the results of their 2013 home buyer survey and we thought you might be curious, like us, to take a peek inside the mind of today’s home buyer.

The good news is 97% of all buyers were very satisfied to somewhat satisfied with their new purchase. We have to say we get a great deal of satisfaction at closings when we put the keys to a new home into our clients hands for the first time. The look of happiness is so very gratifying!

What buyers wished for that they didn’t get?

55% said more storage
52% said more closet space

That feels familiar to us – how about you? This wish for more storage and closets must be universal across the entire country.

Some features that were missing that buyers said they would have paid more to get:

69% central air conditioning
We are seeing this more and more here in the Boulder area. Ten or more years ago folks were happy with evaporative coolers which work well in our drier climate. But over the past decade we’ve seen a strong movement favoring central air.

60% Walk in closets
We all see them in the new show homes and drool over the expansive closet spaces in newer homes.

54% Hardwood floors
The warmth and beauty of hardwood floors is always popular. If you are thinking of an upgrade in your home’s flooring we’d suggest you consider hardwoods.

Thinking of buying a new home?  Then sign up for our free listing alerts service – these alerts land straight in your email box every day there is a new listing or listings that match the criteria you personally selected.  Its free, easy and the best way to get the most up to date information on every new listing in the communities and price range you are looking for.

Its Competitive Out There – Hire a Good LOCAL Agent

HIre a good local agent who knows the difference between Louisville and SuperiorYou’ve heard of the 80/20 rule, right?  Well it works in real estate too.

In Boulder County 80% of the real estate business is done by 20% of the agents.  These agents are the ones with the most experience in the local market and have solid relationships with other agents as well as inspectors, lenders, appraisers, etc. These agents “get” what its like to live in Boulder County and know the in’s and out’s of each community.

But why is that important, really?

Important case in point: Recently a lovely Louisville home was listed by an agent from South Denver.  (I’m not going to show this listing out of respect for the seller)

Strike 1:  One MLS is good enough, right?

The South Denver agent listed the Louisville home for sale only on MetroList which covers Denver and surrounding suburbs. An experienced local Realtor knows it takes two MLS’s to successfully operate in Boulder County and would know to also list the home on the IRES MLS which covers Boulder County and areas north and west.

Even though there is some geographic overlap in the two MLS’s, its an important distinction because the vast majority of business in our area is transacted via the IRES MLS and that out-of-town agent was ignoring a huge buyer demographic for his seller.

Strike 2:  What’s my zip code?  Read the rest of this entry »