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What’s Better At Ascent – Office Free and Mobile Agents

We understand that we operate in a competitive and crowded marketplace.  Every agent is a little different, every brokerage and real estate office is different – that’s what makes our industry strong: diversity!  If you’re seeking out an agent or a company to do business with, it can be hard to compare and it can be difficult to really find what makes a company unique.  In our “What’s Better At Ascent” series, we aim to breakdown just what makes us different and better than the average brokerage.  If you are interested working with us, start a conversation with our managing broker, Jared Reimer.  Call or text him at  970.222.1049 or email him at Jared@AscentREProfessionals.com.

Office Free and Mobile Agents

If you happen to catch a tv show or movie involving real estate agents, you’ll see a very stereotypical office setting – a sea of cubicles, tons of files everywhere, a conference room, receptionists, a boss – the whole nine yards.  Below, you’ll see a clip from “I Love You, Man” where Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) tries to follow up with a potential client and friend he met at an open house.

Surprisingly, this stereotypical scene is all too common across the industry.  Packed desks, phones ringing, keyboards clacking, interlopers – distractions abound.  What’s more, recently real estate offices have been trying to lure in clients with chic, ultra modern, Apple store knock-off offices.  Flash without substance is not the way to serve clients better. We felt there was a better way to office.

When we set out at Ascent, we wanted to do something a little differently – could we really be successful without an office?  So far so good!

We believe in mobile agents who can work from anywhere – a coffee shop, a home office, at a child’s baseball practice – anywhere they’re needed.  We aren’t chained to desks, our agents are out in the community working because that’s where we should be – showing homes, with clients, volunteering and building community.  We’ve been able to make great connections through happenstance, just because we’re out there hustling – not getting distracted at the water cooler or reception desk.

We’ve been operating without an office since day one, and beyond the obvious opportunities it provides us, and the flexibility we have with our day to day business, it also provides our clients with some big benefits.  Normally, individual agents pay for office space on top of their marketing, advertising and other expenses.  What’s great is that, since our agents don’t have to pay for an office, those dollars get put right back into marketing your home with better photography, an upgraded 3D tour, better brochures, or enhanced advertising.  On top of that, because we don’t have physical files strewn about the office, our digital management is safer and more secure. Your personal information won’t be available to prying eyes and sensitive, transactional specific items will be safe.

If you’re interested in working with Ascent give us a call or text at 970.222.1049 or email our managing broker at Jared@AscentREProfessionals.com to get more information.  Knowing exactly who you’re doing business with is important to us, and we owe you complete transparency in how we operate.  You can trust us in your next purchase or sale.  Let’s get started!

Jared Reimer Ascent Real Estate ProfessionalsAbout the Author:  Jared Reimer is a native Coloradoan and the Owner and Managing Broker of Ascent Real Estate Professionals.  He’s a community advocate, business champion, blogger, leader, tireless volunteer, innovator, thinker and expert on all things real estate in Fort Collins and surrounding Northern Colorado.  You’re likely to find Jared spending quality time outside with his wife, Kacie, and son, Hudson, or sharing a beer or two with a friend throughout Fort Collins.  Call or text Jared at 970.222.1049 or email him at Jared@AscentREProfessionals.com

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Full House Carpet Cleaning

Fort Collins Real Estate Video Update

Shout out to Full House Carpet Cleaning!  They have done an EXCELLENT job cleaning carpets in my rentals – extending the life of our flooring and increasing our bottom line.  they are affordable, quick and easy to work with.  Give them a call at 970.481.6596 or find them online at FortCollinsCleanCarpet.com.  Contact me at 970.222.1049 or email me at Jared@AscentREProfessionals.com.  As always, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Youtube!

Jared Reimer Ascent Real Estate ProfessionalsAbout the Author:  Jared Reimer is a native Coloradoan and the Owner and Managing Broker of Ascent Real Estate Professionals.  He’s a community advocate, business champion, blogger, leader, tireless volunteer, innovator, thinker and expert on all things real estate in Fort Collins and surrounding Northern Colorado.  You’re likely to find Jared spending quality time outside with his wife, Kacie, and newborn son, Hudson, or sharing a beer or two with a friend throughout Fort Collins.  Call or text Jared at 970.222.1049 or email him at Jared@AscentREProfessionals.com

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Yoga Pod Fort Collins Shoutout

Fort Collins Real Estate Video Update

Big news! My friends over at Yoga Pod Fort Collins are opening this week and I cannot wait to get in there! If you’re looking to get fit, flexible and plugged into the community, give Yoga Pod a look – they’ve got tons of teachers, plenty of classes and lots of opportunities to reach your goals. AND they’re just good people! Contact me at 970.222.1049 or email me at Jared@AscentREProfessionals.com.  As always, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Youtube!

Jared Reimer Ascent Real Estate ProfessionalsAbout the Author:  Jared Reimer is a native Coloradoan and the Owner and Managing Broker of Ascent Real Estate Professionals.  He’s a community advocate, business champion, blogger, leader, tireless volunteer, innovator, thinker and expert on all things real estate in Fort Collins and surrounding Northern Colorado.  You’re likely to find Jared spending quality time outside with his wife, Kacie, and newborn son, Hudson, or sharing a beer or two with a friend throughout Fort Collins.  Call or text Jared at 970.222.1049 or email him at Jared@AscentREProfessionals.com

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New Neighborhood Spotlight: The Ridge at Harmony Road

Ascent’s new neighborhood spotlight feature is dedicated to showcasing Northern Colorado’s new construction communities.  Whether they’re affordable, production level, semi-custom, or fully custom homes, you’ll enjoy this deep dive into each neighborhood.  If you’d like a new project featured, just contact me – I’m happy to showcase your special spot.  And if you’re interested in potentially buying or selling a home in any of our featured neighborhoods, drop me a line to start the process.  Enjoy!

The Ridge At Harmony Road

The Ridge At Harmony Road

Just east of Latham Parkway, which divides Larimer and Weld county, you’ll see plenty of foundations being dug out and poured, while homes are popping up at the Ridge at Harmony Road.  While this community butts right up to Timnath, Windsor actually annexed the land in 2015 from Weld County so that the new development along Harmony Road could be built to town standards.  Read more about the background of the community in this Coloradoan article.

This community sits just to the east of Harmony Club, a high end custom home and golf community.  With easy access to Harmony Road and I25, you’re easily able to get into and out of Fort Collins quickly and easily- a commuters dream.  You’re also just a stone’s throw from Costco and Walmart for convenience.  The Ridge at Harmony Road lies within a metro taxing district, which works similar to a municipally managed HOA.  So rather than paying an additional HOA, your taxes will be higher to support the metro district.

The Ridge at Harmony Road – Builders

Richmond American Homes – Richmond’s floor plans at the Ridge at Harmony Road start in the low $300’s, but after visiting, it becomes pretty clear that it’ll be hard to get a home less than $375,000.  Richmond features their “Seasons” Collection, which are basement-less, more affordable models and their upgraded collection, which provides a partial or full basement.

Saint Aubyn Homes – Saint Aubyn’s floor plans at the Ridge at Harmony Road start in the mid to high $300’s, but do include basements, mid-higher end finishes, 3 car garages (on most lots) and nicely sized floor plans.

Richfield Homes – Richfield’s floor plans are typically larger than the majority of homes in the Ridge at Harmony Road, and provide customization of elevation.  Most homes have 3 car garages, and some even have the option of a 4th.  Richfield acquired the eastern portion of the development which has the largest estate lots in the development, selling from the mid 500’s to mid 600’s.

Horizon View Homes – Horizon View is still organizing their website to provide better information on the neighborhood.  Their homes, similar to Saint Aubyn, start in the high $300’s, with great finishes, upgrades and square footage.

Bridgewater Homes – Bridgwater, just finished up their first model home and is getting a few homes ready to go in the neighborhood.  Luckily, there are floor plans that we can tour in Winter Farm in Windsor to get an idea of the space, finishes and upgrades.  Prices start in the high $300’s, but I’d suggest aiming at the $450,000 mark with this builder to get what you want.

Listings at The Ridge At Harmony Road

Not all the homes are listed through the MLS (this is common and frustrating), so it’s important to give me a call to see all the homes that are available in the community.  If you’re interested in taking a tour the neighborhood, make sure to bring me along.  I’ll be able to provide insight on pricing, floor plan popularity, resale considerations, incentives, and builder reputation before you even walk in the door.  It pays to have me represent you

Jared Reimer Ascent Real Estate ProfessionalsAbout the Author:  Jared Reimer is a native Coloradoan and the Owner and Managing Broker of Ascent Real Estate Professionals.  He’s a community advocate, business champion, blogger, leader, tireless volunteer, innovator, thinker and expert on all things real estate in Fort Collins and surrounding Northern Colorado.  You’re likely to find Jared spending quality time outside with his wife, Kacie, and baby boy, Hudson, or sharing a beer or two with a friend throughout Fort Collins.  Call or text Jared at 970.222.1049 or email him at Jared@AscentREProfessionals.com

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Northern Colorado’s Hottest Zip Codes

Fort Collins Real Estate Advice and Insight

Real estate is very regional in Northern Colorado.  Things could be booming in Greeley, flat in Loveland and creeping upwards in Fort Collins, all within the same month.  If you follow the news, it could be hard to tell what’s happening in your neck of the woods.  Even in Fort Collins, for example, different neighborhoods and areas are becoming more attractive or more in demand for one reason or another – be it schools, new amenities, crime or employment.  To give you a specific and in depth look at what is specifically happening across the region, here are Northern Colorado’s hottest zip codes.

Northern Colorado’s Hottest Zip Codes

*Data acquired from IRES MLS – YTD from 1/1/17 – 8/31/17 vs. 1/1/16 – 8/31/16

Zip Homes Sold Median Value Value % Diff. (YTD)
Ft Collins (Northwest/Old Town) 80521 185 $394,000 16.50%
Greeley (East) 80631 275 $219,900 16.23%
Greeley (Central) 80634 723 $299,900 11.07%
Loveland (South) 80537 819 $355,500 10.47%
Fort Collins (Southeast) 80528 180 $511,250 9.95%
Timnath 80547 100 $509,000 9.45%
Fort Collins (Northeast) 80524 407 $381,900 9.11%
Windsor 80550 579 $389,308 9.00%
Fort Collins (Southwest) 80526 340 $375,000 8.71%
Loveland (North) 80538 521 $340,000 6.25%
Ft Collins (Central/Southern) 80525 516 $409,450 3.19%
Wellington 80549 282 $312,500 3.15%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s be honest, even the low man on the totem pole, Wellington, with just a 3.15% increase in median value over the past year is still pretty good.  We should never discount a 3% median value increase. The fact that every Northern Colorado zip code had substantial increases over last year is very promising, including several double digit increases.

The big winner of the Northern Colorado’s hottest zip codes contest is 80521 – Old Town and Northwest Fort Collins.  The area, in general, covers from College Avenue west to Overland Trail, between Prospect and the Poudre River. With a YTD median value of $394,000, 80521 grew 16.5% over YTD 2016 figures. On average, that’s about $55,800 in additional value/equity per home!

Homes for sale in 80521

Something very unique about the 80521 zip code is the eclectic nature of the housing stock.  The lowest priced home that sold in 2017 was a 1/2 duplex on Overland Trail for $215,000 and the highest priced home that sold in the same time period was a stately 4000 sf Mountain Avenue craftsmen home just north of City Park.  There were homes within the 80521 zip code that were built in the 1890’s and homes that were built in 2016.

Some of the neighborhoods within 80521 that had a big impact on the increase in median value were: Fairway/Fairway West, Loomis,  Miller/Miller Brothers, The Ponds and Valley Hi.  So if you’re a buyer looking to get into these neighborhoods, or a seller looking to capitalize on the strong demand – shoot me a text to get started.Jeanne

Runner up was Greeley East, which reported a 16.23%, narrowly taking second place.  The majority of the double digit increasing neighborhoods tended to have more affordable options, which Greeley East certainly has, with a median value of just $219,900.  As for the most expensive zip code in Northern Colorado – it was a neck and neck finish between 80528 – Fort Collins South East and 80547 – Timnath, reporting median values of $511,250 and $509,000 respectively.

Homes for Sale in 80528 | Homes for Sale in 80547

As you can see from the chart above, things can be much different from zip to zip, or neighborhood to neighborhood.  If you want to see where you stand, contact me for a no obligation, free neighborhood analysis and valuation assessment.  Even if you don’t plan to make a move, knowing where you stand could help you better manage your equity, debt and savings.  Let me be of service!

Jared Reimer Ascent Real Estate ProfessionalsAbout the Author:  Jared Reimer is a native Coloradoan and the Owner and Managing Broker of Ascent Real Estate Professionals.  He’s a community advocate, business champion, blogger, leader, tireless volunteer, innovator, thinker and expert on all things real estate in Fort Collins and surrounding Northern Colorado.  You’re likely to find Jared spending quality time outside with his wife, Kacie, and young son, Hudson, or sharing a beer or two with a friend throughout Fort Collins.  Call or text Jared at 970.222.1049 or email him at Jared@AscentREProfessionals.com

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Breakwater Estates and Harbor Walk

Ascent’s neighborhood spotlight feature is dedicated to showcasing Northern Colorado’s unique neighborhoods.  Whether they’re high end, in-demand, luxury, custom, or just all-around interesting, you’ll enjoy this deep dive into each neighborhood.  If you’d like your neighborhood featured, just contact me – I’m happy to showcase your special spot.  And if you’re interested in potentially buying or selling a home in any of our featured neighborhoods, drop me a line to start the process.  Enjoy!

Breakwater Estates and Harbor Walk

Breakwater

Nestled to the south and southeast of Warren Lake sits Breakwater Estates and Harbor Walk.  This mature, custom-home neighborhood is centrally located, but feels like it’s own private retreat from the city.  If you’re lucky, your custom home will be on the shores of Warren Lake, where every home that backs to it has incredible sunset views of Horsetooth and the north Front Range. There’s plenty of mature landscaping and trees, winding walkable streets, and great views.

There is not a common or typical style of home in Breakwater Estates and Harbor Walk – it was truly meant to be a subdivision of custom homes, all with unique features and characteristics.  There are cozy ranches, stately 2 story homes, brick, stucco, timber – you name it, you can find your style here.

Breakwater Estates and Harbor Walk are ideally located in mid-town Fort Collins. You’re literally across the street from the Collindale Golf Course, just just a short bike ride from the amenities and restaurants at the Foothills Mall. If you need to commute, you’re in close proximity to both the Harmony and College corridors.  You’re within a quarter mile of any conveniences like grocery, hardware store, pet store, bank, restaurants, etc.

Now, the area is pretty unique, there are not hundreds of homes so home sales are few and far between.  Also, being in the high end price range, these homes tend to turn over less often.  Most of the homes in the area were built between the mid to late 1980’s through the mid to late 1990’s, although there are a few outliers.  The size of homes range quite a bit, from 4500 sf, to over 10,000 sf!  Most homes are equipped with a decent amount of land too, generally 1/3rd of an acre at a minimum, all the way up to nearly an acre.

Quick Stats

2017 Average Price: $789,000

2017 Average DOM: 78

# of 2017 Home Sales: 3

Click the link to see what’s available in Breakwater Estates and Harbor Walk and give me a call or shoot me a text if you’d like to take a peek at what’s on the market.

Jared Reimer Ascent Real Estate ProfessionalsAbout the Author:  Jared Reimer is a native Coloradoan and the Owner and Managing Broker of Ascent Real Estate Professionals.  He’s a community advocate, business champion, blogger, leader, tireless volunteer, innovator, thinker and expert on all things real estate in Fort Collins and surrounding Northern Colorado.  You’re likely to find Jared spending quality time outside with his wife, Kacie, and baby boy, Hudson, or sharing a beer or two with a friend throughout Fort Collins.  Call or text Jared at 970.222.1049 or email him at Jared@AscentREProfessionals.com

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Builder Spotlight: Westmark Homes

Our builder spotlight feature is dedicated to showcasing quality and thoughtful builders throughout Northern Colorado who really respect the process of the custom home-building experience.  These builders dedicate themselves to providing unique and individualized spaces while ensuring their clients are involved, informed and engaged from beginning to end.  If you are interested in building a custom home anywhere in Northern Colorado, please contact me to understand the process and start your adventure!

Westmark Homes

970-217-6423 | WestmarkHomesCO.com

Westmark Homes is and has always been about the Myers family – Rick, Rosanne, Justin and Brandon.  I’ve gotten to know Brandon really well over the past 4-5 years and he does an incredible job representing the family and the Westmark brand.  Westmark has been in business since 1985, which is quite a feat considering the ups and downs of the real estate market over that timeframe.  Westmark is unique in making certain they don’t spread themselves too thin – never working on more than 15-20 homes at any time.  This gives them tight control over their trades, ease of scheduling and of course, top notch quality control.

Primarily, Westmark is building at Highland Meadows in west Windsor.  The Highland Meadows golf community has come of age over the past decade, with hundreds of homes popping up along it’s fairways.  There is plenty of recreation, a clubhouse, pool, restaurant and of course, golf.  Westmark Homes builds both single family homes and patio homes in Highland Meadows and has a handful of semi-customizable floor plans available – aptly named after famous golfers.  Prices are, of course, variable depending on your selections, but generally range between $600,000 and $750,000 – they’re quite a value considering the amount of space you’re getting.

If you’re interested in building a new Westmark home, give me a call at 970.222.1049 or email me at Jared@AscentREProfessionals.com to get more information.  Building a custom home is a very involved process, and I aim to make it a fun and engaging.  I’ll be with you every step of the process – from builder and site selection, through design, customization, resale consideration, construction and financing.  Let’s get started!

Jared Reimer Ascent Real Estate ProfessionalsAbout the Author:  Jared Reimer is a native Coloradoan and the Owner and Managing Broker of Ascent Real Estate Professionals.  He’s a community advocate, business champion, blogger, leader, tireless volunteer, innovator, thinker and expert on all things real estate in Fort Collins and surrounding Northern Colorado.  You’re likely to find Jared spending quality time outside with his wife, Kacie, and newborn son, Hudson, or sharing a beer or two with a friend throughout Fort Collins.  Call or text Jared at 970.222.1049 or email him at Jared@AscentREProfessionals.com

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Broncos Schedule

Fort Collins Real Estate Video Update

Hey football fans! Hudson and I want to remind you that we’ve got some Broncos schedules ready to go – don’t miss a game this year! Comment if you’d like one sent your way. I’ve also heard that having my picture on your fridge increases your home’s value. Can’t hurt, right? Check out my video to learn more! Contact me at 970.222.1049 or email me at Jared@AscentREProfessionals.com.  As always, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Youtube!

Jared Reimer Ascent Real Estate ProfessionalsAbout the Author:  Jared Reimer is a native Coloradoan and the Owner and Managing Broker of Ascent Real Estate Professionals.  He’s a community advocate, business champion, blogger, leader, tireless volunteer, innovator, thinker and expert on all things real estate in Fort Collins and surrounding Northern Colorado.  You’re likely to find Jared spending quality time outside with his wife, Kacie, and newborn son, Hudson, or sharing a beer or two with a friend throughout Fort Collins.  Call or text Jared at 970.222.1049 or email him at Jared@AscentREProfessionals.com

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August 2017 ENews is Out!

Fort Collins Real Estate Video Update

Heads up! My latest issue of my enewsletter is out and packed full of information for you.  If you’d like to get on the list – just email or text me. Check out my video to learn more! Contact me at 970.222.1049 or email me at Jared@AscentREProfessionals.com.  As always, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Youtube!

Jared Reimer Ascent Real Estate ProfessionalsAbout the Author:  Jared Reimer is a native Coloradoan and the Owner and Managing Broker of Ascent Real Estate Professionals.  He’s a community advocate, business champion, blogger, leader, tireless volunteer, innovator, thinker and expert on all things real estate in Fort Collins and surrounding Northern Colorado.  You’re likely to find Jared spending quality time outside with his wife, Kacie, and newborn son, Hudson, or sharing a beer or two with a friend throughout Fort Collins.  Call or text Jared at 970.222.1049 or email him at Jared@AscentREProfessionals.com

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Inventory is Back! (For Now…)

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It seems like homeowners have finally gotten word that the market is hot and it’s a great time to sell and move up.  Along with a moderate level of new home construction, primarily in Loveland, Berthoud, Timnath and Greeley, a flood of resale homes have hit the market this selling season.  Inventory is back for now.  I’ll say ‘for now’ because although active and available homes are popping up at rates not seen since 2011 or 2012, to declare that this market is “cooling down”, we’ll need several more months of sustained inventory to be certain.  What is certain is that a few lucky buyers have gotten into homes with less competition, which has kept prices from escalating. It’s nice to know that some inventory is back.

Northern Colorado Home Sales

Northern Colorado Median Home Values

It’s reasonable to suspect that the Greeley/Evans market, with the largest decrease in sales would tout the largest increase in median value, from $250,000 in 2016, to $280,000 in 2017, a 12% increase.  Since the middle of 2016, Greeley evans has seen nearly a 20% decrease in available homes year over year, but just over the past couple of months, they’ve made up some ground with a nominal increase in active listings of .82%.  So, it looks as if the price de-escalation in Greeley/Evans is coming shortly.

Fort Collins and the Loveland/Berthoud market are looking pretty similar in July 2017.  In Fort Collins, an extra 34% of homes are available this July as compared last.  In Loveland/Berthoud, an additional 43% of active listings have popped up year over year.  This is quenching the thirst of potential buyers – more product, less competition and still very low interest rates have made it easy to get into a new home.

If you’re interested in the most wild stats around, there are 265% more attached homes (condos, townhomes and duplexes) available in Loveland in July 2017 as compared to July 2016.  In Fort Collins, there are 94% more attached homes over the same time period.  What this tells me is that builders have been eager and busy to get some more of these attainable homes ready for purchase – the demand is there – especially less than $300,000.  Attached inventory is back!  But with the flood of attached homes, there are always fears of overbuilding, we would need about a year of sustained inventory to really put a dent in demand.  We’ll monitor the market and keep you updated.

As mentioned previously, the NoCo real estate market is always changing: expanding, contracting, or leveling off.  Keeping on top of the market will ensure you are prepared when it’s time to make a move, a shift in the market might be subtle and I’m here to help you navigate.  I’d love it if you told your friends, family and co-workers about the interesting and important information I’m always working on – educated homebuyers and sellers are empowered, and I love working with smart and intelligent folks. Let’s get to work.

Jared Reimer Ascent Real Estate ProfessionalsAbout the Author:  Jared Reimer is a native Coloradoan and the Owner and Managing Broker of Ascent Real Estate Professionals.  He’s a community advocate, business champion, blogger, leader, tireless volunteer, innovator, thinker and expert on all things real estate in Fort Collins and surrounding Northern Colorado.  You’re likely to find Jared spending quality time outside with his wife, Kacie, and newborn son, Hudson, or sharing a beer or two with a friend throughout Fort Collins.  Call or text Jared at 970.222.1049 or email him at Jared@AscentREProfessionals.com

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