This 4-bedroom, 3-bath ranch home at 19019 W. 88th Drive was a model home with over $240,000 in upgrades. The main level features an open floor plan with hardwood floors, a 14-ft ceiling, and floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of the Flatirons. The walk-out basement has a family room, custom full bath, and two bedrooms. In addition to the 2-car garage visible above, there’s a 1-car garage to its right. Take a video tour at www.LeydenRockHome.info. Open Saturday, Nov. 21st, 11-2. Listed by Chuck Brown, 303-885-7855
This 1963 brick ranch has been lovingly maintained, although not particularly updated, since it was purchased by the seller in 1973. Most of the hardwood flooring throughout the main floor has been covered over the years by wall-to-wall carpeting, but the carpet has been removed from the main-floor bedrooms so buyers can see it. The full basement has a non-conforming 4th bedroom, 3/4 bathroom and laundry, plus a full-width family room. The name of the subdivision is Allendale, which is located east of Ward Road and south of 64th Avenue, making it super convenient to shopping as well as Interstate 70, while being an extra quiet neighborhood. You’ll hear no highway noise from your front or back yard! You can take a narrated video tour of this home, inside and out, and see all the interior photos at www.ArvadaRanch.info, then come to our open house this Saturday, October 24th, 11am to 2pm.
This spectacular retreat at 26202 Golden Gate Canyon Road is located just 6 miles or 13 minutes from Downtown Golden! The price was just reduced by over $25,000 to $949,900. As you walk through the front door you will be impressed with the vaulted ceilings, open floor plan, stone fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, modern lighting and amazing views out of every window. Enjoy the spacious master suite, complete with gas fireplace as well as the living room shown at left and a second living with fireplace currently utilized as a study The gourmet kitchen features a six-burner gas stove, granite countertops and 12-ft ceilings. The finished basement is a great place to watch a movie in surround sound or walk out to enjoy the expansive views after fixing your bike in the workshop. Exterior features include a shooting range (could also be a great area for horses), multiple outbuildings and an old building site with two wells (not permitted). Words cannot describe this wonderful 11-acre property. Book a showing today and come take a look, you won’t be disappointed. Take a narrated video tour (with drone video) at www.FoothillsHome.info. Listing agent Kristi Brunel (303-525-2520) will be holding it open this Saturday, Oct. 26th, 11am to 2pm. Special offer through November: Free one-year home warranty!
Andrew Lesko will be holding open his listing at 916 Homestake Drive in the Kinney Run townhome community this Saturday, noon to 2pm. A narrated video tour with drone footage is at www.GoldenTownhome.info. This is a great property! Listed at $537,000.
I’ll be holding open my 4-bedroom ranch-style listing at 9379 S. Jellison Way in Trailmark this Saturday, 11am to 1pm. A narrated video tour with drone footage is online at www.TrailmarkHome.info. Listed at $598,900.
Chuck Brown will be holding his listing at 6404 Benton St. in Arvada open this Saturday, 11am to 2pm. More than just a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home on a 2/3-acre lot (which could be subdivided), it also includes two detached 2-car garages, one of which is part of a 1,900-sq.-ft. workshop/studio! See the video tour at www.ArvadaMasterpiece.info. Listed at $725,000.
On January 30th, Realtor.com published an article with the catchy headline, “That’s So 2018! The Most Outdated Home Selling Advice You Should Now Ignore.” I found it interesting to compare the author’s conclusions with my own opinions, many of which I have shared here before. Here is the author’s list of outdated home-selling advice that should be ignored, along with my response to what she wrote:
1) Wait for spring to sell your house. I have written numerous times that winter can be the best time to sell a home, and it’s nice to see how other real estate writers have reached the same conclusion, albeit only recently. The writer for realtor.com made the same arguments I’ve been making for years — that there are fewer competing listings at this time of year, yet there are still many active buyers.
2) Price your home high and leave room to negotiate. This, for sure, is not your best strategy in a seller’s market and even less so in a balanced market like we’re beginning to see in many areas. One agent she quoted in her article said it well: “If you’re not priced at the market, or at least very close, you’re not going to get that many people in the door to begin with. Price your property to sell.”
3) Sell your home as is. The writer said this may have been true in the now-fading seller’s market, but argues that today’s millennial buyers in particular want a home that doesn’t need any work done on it. I addressed the topic of what you should and should not do in last week’s column. Read it at www.JimSmithColumns.com or at www.GoldenREblog.com.
4) Amateur photos of your home are fine. The writer states that your smartphone pictures may have been all you needed during the seller’s market, but that you now need to invest in professional pictures. When it comes to high quality images, Golden Real Estate agents used magazine-quality HDR photos on all listings throughout the seller’s market, so this comment doesn’t apply to us. However, the writer also promoted 3D tours of the home such as those using Matterport equipment, but I’m not a fan. At Golden Real Estate, we believe it’s much more useful to produce a narrated video tour of a property. We’ve been doing narrated video tours for a decade or more and continue to be surprised how few other brokers have adopted the practice. And the Osmo camera we recently purchased makes those videos even more professional-looking. It’s equivalent to using a movie-quality Steadicam!
5) Holding an open house is a must. The writer says open houses only serve the broker and not the seller, but I disagree. You’ll notice that almost every listing we feature in this weekly ad mentions an open house. Since we price our listings to sell, these open houses serve to magnify buyer interest in our listings. (Indeed, the listing I closed last Friday was to a buyer who came to our open house.) Open houses also fit into our strategy of not selling listings in less than 4 days. Our time-tested process is to put a listing on the MLS on Wednesday, advertise it on Thursday (with an open house), and to advise agents and buyers who submit early offers that the seller will wait until after the open house to choose the buyer. Using this strategy, prospective buyers typically bid up the price, which is an obvious benefit to our sellers. An example is last week’s sale of our Wheat Ridge listing for $561,000, which sold on that 4-day schedule for $36,000 over its listing price.
Holding open houses also fits into our belief that you never know what will sell a house, so you should try everything.