Mail Creek Crossing, New Home Construction in Southeast Fort Collins

Spruce Creek Drive on July 22, 2014

Spruce Creek Drive on July 22, 2014

National builder Meritage Homes has nearly sold out of lots in Kechter Crossing, a new southeast Fort Collins community consisting of 74 energy-efficient homes selling in the $400’s and $500’s.  As the demand for new housing in southeast Fort Collins remains strong, Meritage Homes continues to develop the 39 acres immediately south of Kechter Crossing.  Model homes at Mail Creek Crossing could be built as early as December 2014, nearly one year after the land development plans were approved by Larimer County.

For more information about homes for sale in Fort Collins, contact Richard Jensen with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at (970) 818-6161.

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Spruce Creek Drive coul-de-sac looking northeast toward Kechter Crossing

Spruce Creek Drive coul-de-sac looking northeast toward Kechter Crossing

Fort Collins Vicinity Map of Mail Creek Crossing subdivision

Fort Collins Vicinity Map of Mail Creek Crossing subdivision

New Ranch Listing in Clearview Subdivision in Johnstown, CO

Hawthorne AvenueIt’s time for these owners to say good-bye to this beautiful ranch in Johnstown, CO.  As original owners, the sellers purchased this 3BD 2BA “Conifer” model from Executive Homes in 2004.  They loved the open floor plan that allowed them to watch TV from the kitchen and dining nook, as well as entertain from nearly every room on the main level.  They added a 3-car garage for additional space which worked nicely for ATV’s and other toys.  The large corner lot and fully fenced backyard were perfect for family fun and afternoon BBQs.  Unfortunately they are relocating and will have to say good-bye to their amazing house in Clearview.  If they could take this house with them, they would.

Contact Richard Jensen with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for more information or to set up a private showing.  Listed at just $228,000!  Hits the MLS on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

 

 

 

Have you heard of “pocket listings” in Fort Collins?

Home in Ridgewood Hills subdivision in Fort Collins, CO.

Home in Ridgewood Hills subdivision in Fort Collins, CO.

In your Fort Collins home search you are likely to hear the term “pocket listings” from your Realtor®.  So what exactly is a pocket listing?

In short, a pocket listing is a home or property that a real estate agent will be listing for sale in the near future but that has not been advertised in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  Real estate brokers are often able to network within their brokerage to pitch upcoming listings to other agents.  When housing inventory is low (as it has been in Fort Collins, CO for the last 12 months) it is important that you establish a relationship with a trustworthy Realtor® who can expose you to pocket listings.

Over 90% of home buyers search for real estate online.  Sure, retail websites like Trulia and Zillow make it very easy and convenient for online users to search for homes, preview pictures, and learn more about schools and neighborhoods.  But are you really seeing all of the homes for sale?

If you are only relying on your websites for listing updates then you are likely missing out on homes for sale that don’t even hit the market.  Large real estate brokerages like Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage with over 100 agents in Northern Colorado and over 16 real estate offices throughout Colorado are able to sell homes quickly (and often internally) because of the massive networking and advertising exposure listing agents can provide.  Think about it.  A home on the Internet is not going to sell itself.  Serious home buyers know this, which is why they choose to have a real estate agent on their side.

If you are still waiting for the right home to appear online it may be time to meet with a real estate agent to discuss your property criteria, build a relationship, and let your Realtor® help you gain some exposure to pocket listings.

For more information about the real estate market in Fort Collins, CO please give me a call or send me an email

 

Is Your Real Estate “Agent” Really Your Agent?

The function of the Colorado Real Estate Commission is to protect the general public in real estate transactions. One of the most important requirements of a licensed broker is to disclose to a client how the licensee is working on behalf of the client. The term “agent” is used for a licensee who is an advocate for the best interests of the client. This type of “agency” relationship requires a written contract between the client and the licensee. On the other hand, a “transaction broker” requires no written contract and the licensee merely helps facilitate a real estate transaction between a buyer and seller, without advocating the best interests of either party. So is your real estate “agent” really your agent?

It’s important to understand the basic difference of how your real estate licensee can work for you in Colorado. In some states such as California, dual agency exists so a real estate broker can be an advocate for both a buyer and a seller. Dual agency is illegal in Colorado, meaning that if a licensee is an “agent” for one side of the transaction he or she cannot be an “agent” for the other side of the transaction. A licensee working with both a buyer and a seller must generally operate as a “transaction broker” and must remain neutral to both parties.

One way to think of the broker-client relationship is to imagine yourself playing a soccer game, basketball game, or any competition that involves your coach and a referee. Think of the game as a real estate transaction. Your “agent” or coach is there to guide you, encourage you, motivate you, instruct you, and advocate your level of play to help you do your best in the game, hopefully resulting in an outcome or final score that you deserve. The “transaction broker” or referee is there to make sure both parties or teams are playing by the rules, protecting each party from illegal activities, and remaining neutral to the final score but making sure that game was played correctly. A real estate licensee can be either a coach for one team or a referee for both teams, but he or she cannot be a coach for both teams.

The term “real estate agent” has been used so much in common language that the word “agent” almost becomes synonymous with licensed broker or licensee, but keep in mind that just because you are working with a licensee does not necessarily mean you are working with an “agent.” Most importantly, you should ask yourself how you would want your licensed broker to work for you!

For more information about agency relationships or real estate in Colorado, contact Richard Jensen with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at (970) 818-6161 or Richard@NoCoLifestyle.com. Clipper Way Listing