Just Listed – Charming Ranch in Wellington

Just listed this fantastic ranch in Wellington today! Beautiful move-in ready ranch home with new roof, hardwood floors, custom cabinets, updated appliances. Oversized detached 720 SQFT Shop/Garage with insulation, heater, 220 volt wiring and alley access. Other excellent features include a fenced dog run, pad and hookups for hot tub, gas fireplace, and skylights. New[…]

Investor’s Tip: Value Add ideas

If you are considering the investment potential of a property, don’t forget to think about possible changes in use which could improve value. Occasionally I run across properties that are not being utilized to their highest potential.  The most common example is probably a single-family home that is on a commercially zoned parcel of land.[…]

Roots…What’s that?!

If you’ve visited my website before, you might have noticed a few subtle changes that went fairly unannounced in the last few weeks.  Primarily, the name and logo change from Benchmark Realty to Roots Real Estate.  No you weren’t imagining things! Our managing broker, Rick Hausman (who was previously with Benchmark Realty), made the decisions[…]

How to find building permits, CO’s, and other docs online

Did you know you can find building permits, certificates of occupancy, site plans, past city correspondence, and even past violations for any Fort Collins property online?  This is a very helpful due diligence resource for any buyer purchasing a home.  By going to http://citydocs.fcgov.com/ you can simply type in the address of the property you are researching[…]

Market Update: Buyers may have a few more options at the moment

It’s been quite a busy year so far with an extremely competitive seller’s market in Northern Colorado.  Overall year-to-date, the number of listings sold is up 14.4% and the average days on market has dropped from 103 to 81.  If you’ve been searching for a house recently in Northern Colorado, you know what I mean[…]

Market Statistics relating to Homes for Sale in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado

FHA vs. Conventional Financing

This is a question I receive often when talking about financing a mortgage and this is a portion of an email I received last week outlining the differences between FHA and Conventional financing.  Even though the minimum down payment for an FHA loan is 3.5% versus 5% with a conventional loan, the outcome might surprise you. —email—[…]

Beautifully Remodeled Kitchen in South College Heights Fort Collins Colorado

Why it’s a good time to sell your South College Heights home

Today we’re going to look at the numbers and compare today’s market conditions in South College Heights, Fort Collins with the same time period a year earlier(2011). What we’ll see is that the real estate market is hot in this neighborhood and in only a year’s time frame we’ve seen a big shift from a[…]

Why you haven’t found a home in Old Town yet

Today I’m going to break into a brief comparison of the past 6 months of Old Town Fort Collins homes that have sold versus the same 6 months in 2011.  I’ve been working with a handful of buyers seeking to find a home in Old Town and it’s been a bit of a frustrating experience,[…]

2725 Dunbar Ave, Fort Collins, CO - Beautiful Ranch Home for Sale with Walk-Out Basement

Is it better to buy or rent a home in Fort Collins?

Recent articles in CNN, Zillow, and other national news sources have been reporting on the all-time affordability of housing right now as well as the fact that in most metropolitan areas it is better to buy vs. rent right now.  Since Fort Collins thankfully is not a major metropolitan area I am going to run[…]