Readers Responded in Great Numbers to Our Offer of Free Neighborhood Alerts

In last week’s column, I offered to set up Free Neighborhood Alerts for any reader who wanted to keep track of real estate activity in his or her subdivision or larger area. The response was overwhelming. I myself have received over 40 requests, keeping me so busy that I’ve had to make time to write this week’s column!

I’m not complaining. My broker associates and I are pleased to make this service available to everyone who wants it, and we’ve become pretty efficient at creating these free alerts.

We’re able to fulfill more requests, so feel free to ask for your own neighborhood alert. All our broker associates are able to create these highly personalized reports.  Just give us your address and the boundaries of the area you wish to monitor. The initial alert will tell you all the active, under contract, sold, withdrawn and expired listings in that area, going back 90 or 180 days or longer. Future alerts will come to you within 15 minutes of a new or changed listing being entered on the MLS. You will literally be up-to-the-minute in your knowledge of real estate activity in your neighborhood!

I’m happy to handle every request I get from readers, but if you know one of our broker associates, feel free to direct your request to him or her. They are more than happy to provide this free service.

Send your requests by email only, please. Here are the names and email addresses of our broker associates:

Chuck Brown — Chuck@GoldenRealEstate.com

Kristi Brunel — Kristi@GoldenRealEstate.com

David Dlugasch — David@GoldenRealEstate.com

Debbi Hysmith — Debbi@GoldenRealEstate.com

Norm Kowitz — Norm@GoldenRealEstate.com

Andrew Lesko — Andrew@GoldenRealEstate.com

Carrie Lovingier — Carrie@GoldenRealEstate.com

Carol Milan — Carol@GoldenRealEstate.com

Jim Swanson — Swanson@GoldenRealEstate.com

In addition to setting up the neighborhood alert for you, we will also send you valuation reports on your home using two different software packages that you will find are much more accurate than, say, the Zillow “Zestimates” which home owners are used to seeing. We can also provide a spreadsheet of active, under contract and sold listings that are comparable to your own home as a double-check on those valuations.

Why Be in the Dark About Real Estate Activity in Your Neighborhood? We Can Help.

If you’re like most people, you probably consult Zillow to find out what your home is worth, and you track the activity in your area by watching for yard signs and looking online to learn their listing and selling prices.

At Golden Real Estate we offer a Free Neighborhood Alert, which notifies you by email within 15 minutes every time a home is listed, goes under contract and is sold.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have that information automatically and instantly?

Such alerts cost us nothing to set up, and the emails are sent by computer without any additional work on our part, so please take advantage of this free service. Send your request (by email) to me or any of the other agents at Golden Real Estate, who are listed on our website, GoldenRealEstate.com. All our agents’ email addresses are [firstname]@GoldenRealEstate.com.

What we’ll do is identify your subdivision or neighborhood and send you alerts only for real estate activity in that area. Feel free in your request to identify the boundaries of the area you want to include in your email alert.

By giving us your own address when you request the Neighborhood Alert, you’ll automatically receive two free valuation reports for your own home using different software packages that are considered to be more accurate than Zillow’s “Zestimates.” 

One of them is by Realtor Property Resource (RPR), which is available only to members of the National Association of Realtors. (All of us are NAR members.) The other is the Realist Report, which is part of REcolorado, the Denver MLS on which virtually all local homes are listed for sale.

These two software packages use propriety algorithms which combine public records information about your own house with MLS transactions of comparable homes.  These valuations can be, but are not always, close in their estimation of your home’s value, but, of course, neither knows the condition of your home or of those “comparable” homes. But, then again, Zillow doesn’t know that either!  If you are more than just curious and want to know the true market value of your home, we need to visit your home in person, which we are happy to do.  Just ask us!

Meanwhile, if you ask, we can send you the full MLS listings (including pictures and virtual tours) of the homes that appear to be comparable to yours, so that you (and we) can get a better sense of how your home actually compares to those sold and competing listings.

We also like to provide a single-page spreadsheet of those comparable sales, as well as any active or under contract comparables, so you (and we) can readily compare such variables as price per above-grade square foot and per finished square foot.  We’re happy, of course, to help you interpret that raw information, as we do in actual listing presentations.

If you are contemplating the sale of your home and if we are not the right brokerage for one reason or another, we’re happy to provide a spreadsheet similar to the one shown below for the brokers or brokerages you are considering so you can properly compare and contrast them. 

If we’re not the right brokerage for you, we want to assist you in finding the best broker and brokerage. We can also evaluate and refer you to excellent agents in other markets.