Does Your Troutman Park Walk Score Fit Your Lifestyle?

Photo: Derek Adkins

 

How easily can you walk to nearby amenities? This is a question set forth by Walk Score. Walk Score lets you take a city, a zip code, a well known neighborhood, and even down to your specific address, and it calculated a walk score (and a bike and public transportation score) for exactly what you specified.

 

This is an important piece of criteria for some people who want to (or need to) be able to walk to everything from their home, and not so important for others who prefer driving. Do you live in an area that fits your lifestyle? The walk score for Troutman Park is 60 out of 100 meaning it is Somewhat Walkable. This, of course, depends on where you live in the neighborhood. What is yours in comparison to the rest of the neighborhood?

 

Walk Score

 

 

If you live in the suburbs or in a rural neighborhood, you’re going to have a pretty low walk score. This can be a positive for some people. If you like to have a larger property or want to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you’re probably going to be trading a high walk score for those advantages. The other end of the spectrum is to live in a densely populated neighborhood where you can walk to everything and don’t even need a car. You can fit into your community or feel like you need to move. It all just depends on what matches your lifestyle.

 

Check out Walk Score to find out more about your own Walk Score.

 

 

 

 

Quick Tip Tuesday: 5 Tips For Selling Your Home Fast

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1. Clean up. It’s so simple to do, but you’d be surprised how often it doesn’t get done. There are some BAD MLS photos out there to prove it!

 

2. Improve your curb appeal. It’s literally the first thing that prospective buyers see when looking at your house. First impressions can be everything.

 

3. Stand out from your neighbor’s house. Whether this is with color or a new roof, sometimes it’s the little things that can win a house over for someone.

 

4. Make sure everything works. If someone can’t imagine themselves moving in right away, it’s often a deterrent. A potential buyer isn’t going to want to have to replace the dishwasher the same week they move into a place.

 

5. Price! Obviously price is a deciding factor on how fast home sells. A realtor should give you comps (comparisons of similar homes) to show you what your house might sell for. Buyers are looking at these same types of numbers, so if you’re overpriced for the category, it may take a while to sell.

 

 

 

 

 

701 Bear Creek Dr, Fort Collins: A Willow Park Review

701 Bear Creek Drive was reviewed over the past few days in the Willow Park neighborhood in Fort Collins. Read below to find out more about 8z Real Estate’s take on the listing!

 

 

The Specs:IMG_20140801_134000_141

Address: 701 Bear Creek Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80526

Price: $270,000

Style: Tri-Level

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

Total Square Feet: 2,110

Approximate Lot Size Square Feet: 6,077

Year Built: 1990

Original List Date: 07/31/2014

Location: Willow Park

 

The Scoop:

This home was listed for sale on July 31 at $285,000 which I thought was pretty high at the time. The owners must have received similar feedback because they reduced the price to $270,000 on August 9 and quickly went under contract just 3 days after that on the 12th. That particular contract was terminated August 15 and 701 Bear Creek Dr. is now available again. The “move-in ready” condition was apparent with great curb appeal and a clean interior that had some updating (new flooring, light fixtures, etc.) The only complaints I believe some of the more discriminating buyers may have had would be the smaller back yard which didn’t offer much privacy and the original brass fixtures that were left.

 

The Score:

Below are our overall ratings for 701 Bear Creek Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80526:

Layout/Floor Plan: 3

Finishes: 4

Condition: 4

Curb Appeal/Landscaping: 4

Neighborhood/Outdoor Amenities: 3

Overall Value: 3

 

The listing agent for this property is Jerry Tomberlin with Resident Realty. For additional photos, a list of inclusions and the details on the home’s design features, click here to visit the property’s profile: 701 Bear Creek Drive , Fort Collins, CO 80526

 

Need a market expert’s assistance? To set up a showing to see this home contact 8z Broker Brandon Bidwell at 970-215-1573 or bidwell@8z.com.

 

Have you viewed the home above? Do you agree with our listing review? Let us know your comments below!

Quick Tip Tuesday: Stay 5 Years

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When buying a home, plan to stay at least 5 years. If you stay less than that, the fixed costs of buying and selling and interest won’t make it worth it.

 

The first one is closing costs. These can add up, making frequent sales/purchases difficult.

 

Another is the interest/equity balance. “The portion of your mortgage payment that goes toward interest is shrinking all the time, and the five-year point is typically where you begin to get some real traction in building equity, which makes your interest payments fall even faster.

 

So the five-year mark is generally considered the point where your accumulated equity begins to exceed what you might have saved by renting, though it may vary depending on the terms of your loan and the cost of renting vs. buying in your area.”

 

“When you purchase a house, the general rule is that you want to be sure you’ll be in the same location for at least five years. Otherwise, you’re probably going to take a hit financially,” said Money Ning.

 

Read more at realtytimes.com

 

 

Quick Tip Tuesday: Checking For Water Damage

 

It’s important to protect your home from water damage year round. This Quick Tip Tuesday is to remind homeowners to take these steps in protecting their home from water damage. Take a look at this list of possible places for water intrusion:

 

  • Clean out window wells.
  • Remove piled up wood which can cause termites.
  • Inspect the roof and have it repaired for leaks.
  • Double check the sprinkler system for leaks or inefficiencies.
  • Make sure there is a positive drainage away from the home.
  • Check the basement and crawl spaces for mold like substance.
  • Additionally, check for water intrusion in other areas of the home. See image below.

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Colorado Front Range Home Prices in 2014

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Did you know the average condo costs less in Littleton than in Longmont? Or that single family homes in Castle Rock are 40% more expensive than those in Loveland?

 

You probably did know that homes prices throughout the Front Range have been going up, from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs. If you want to see current home values in your neck of the woods, and how they compare to other cities, here’s your city-by-city guide to what homes are going for in 2014 across the region!

 

Values are based on median prices for homes sold 1/1/2014-7/15/14.

 

Arvada

Single Family Homes: $285,000

Condo/Townhomes: $168,500

 

AuroraFrontRangeMap Condos

Single Family Homes: $239,200

Condo/Townhomes: $136,500

 

Boulder

Single Family Homes: $677,000

Condo/Townhomes: $279,900

 

Broomfield

Single Family Homes: $349,900

Condo/Townhomes: $218,169

 

Brighton

Single Family Homes: $252,375

Condo/Townhomes: $151,700

 

Castle Rock

Single Family Homes: $346,000

Condo/Townhomes: $202,750

 

Centennial

Single Family Homes: $331,500

Condo/Townhomes: $200,000

 

Colorado Springs

Single Family Homes: $215,000

Condo/Townhomes: $149,900

 

Commerce City

Single Family Homes: $259,000

Condo/Townhomes: $165,000

 

Denver

Single Family Homes: $310,000

Condo/Townhomes: $215,000

 

Englewood

Single Family Homes: $279,000

Condo/Townhomes: $185,000

 

Estes Park

Single Family Homes: $382,000

Condo/Townhomes: $253,000

 

Evergreen

Single Family Homes: $405,000

Condo/Townhomes: $222,000

 

Fort Collins

Single Family Homes: $283,066

Condo/Townhomes: $179,350

 

Golden

Single Family Homes: $430,000

Condo/Townhomes: $229,000

 

Greeley

Single Family Homes: $192,000

Condo/Townhomes: $133,000

 

Highlands Ranch

Single Family Homes: $365,000

Condo/Townhomes: $260,000

 

Lafayette

Single Family Homes: $420,000

Condo/Townhomes: $235,000

 

Lakewood

Single Family Homes: $243,500

Condo/Townhomes: $159,550

 

Littleton

Single Family Homes: $290,000

Condo/Townhomes: $155,000

 

Lone Tree

Single Family Homes: $621,000

Condo/Townhomes: $349,000

 

Longmont

Single Family Homes: $275,000

Condo/Townhomes: $185,000

 

Louisville

Single Family Homes: $490,000

Condo/Townhomes: $262,500

 

 Loveland

Single Family Homes: $246,150

Condo/Townhomes: $171,100

 

Lyons

Single Family Homes: $425,500

Condo/Townhomes: $267,000

 

Mead

Single Family Homes: $289,200

Condo/Townhomes: None sold

 

Monument

Single Family Homes: $385,000

Condo/Townhomes: $175,100

 

Parker

Single Family Homes: $362,000

Condo/Townhomes: $187,500

 

Superior

Single Family Homes: $461,300

Condo/Townhomes: $209,800

 

Thornton

Single Family Homes: $260,500

Condo/Townhomes: $157,500

 

Westminster

Single Family Homes: $253,000

Condo/Townhomes: $158,000

 

Wheat Ridge

Single Family Homes: $285,000

Condo/Townhomes: $133,000

 

Windsor

Single Family Homes: $332,900

Condo/Townhomes: $165,000

 

Of course, individual neighborhoods within each city will vary significantly. If you have any questions about home values in your specific neighborhood, let us know and we’ll get you the latest info!

 

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A Neighbor’s Review: 1705 Deweese Street, Fort Collins, CO 80526

1705 Deweese Street, Fort Collins, CO 80526

1705 Deweese Street, Fort Collins, CO 80526

This home has some great features and flexibility. The upper floor is entirely the master suite, the main floor is a living room, kitchen, dining room, the lower floor has two bedrooms and a bathroom and the basement has a fourth bedroom, family room and bathroom/laundry room. It would work well for a family or as an investment property with the multiple levels giving roommates plenty of privacy and space. The backyard is well shaded and has a small storage shed for gardening tools. The kitchen is bright, clean and nicely designed with new appliances and plenty of natural light from the oversized garden window.

 

Other important details to know include:  4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2 car garage, 2,280 square feet, corner lot across the street from Rossborough Park.

 

This home is listed at $292,640 and is listed by Cindy Minatta of Birkshire Hathaway – FTC. Please feel free to call your 8z Realtor, Brandon Bidwell to view this property and it would be our pleasure to assist you with this or any property that interests you.

 

Have you viewed the home above? Do you agree with our listing review? Let us know your comments below!

 

 

1705 Deweese, Fort Collins, CO 80526
MLS # 742964

 

 

My ratings (from 1 to 5 stars):

I would hang out in the yard/patio/deck/balcony ****
I won’t have to change a thing after we close ****
My score on family friendliness ****
My score on pet friendliness ***** (fenced yard, across from park and great walking neighborhood)

 

Quick Tip Tuesday: 6 Property Pitfalls

When things go bad with your property, it can be expensive. Here is a list of 6 potential pitfalls on your property and how much it might cost to fix. (info from MSN)

#1 - Fixing a poorly built retaining wall

 

“Most concrete professionals will charge around $800 to $1,000 to fill in cracks and backfill a wall. If your retaining wall has more extensive damage, you might pay upwards of $10,000 to $15,000.”

 

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#2 - Filling in an inground pool

 

“Your DIY options include concrete or dirt. This could cost you almost nothing if you can find some fill dirt in your area or enough to cover the cost of concrete delivery.

 

If you hire a professional, it could potentially cost $6,000 to $15,000 depending on the complexity of the project.”

 

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#3 - Removing a fire pit

 

“If you don’t want a fire pit in your backyard, you can have it filled with dirt, gravel or concrete. Clean fill dirt — made of soil and rocks — costs about $5 to $12 per cubic yard at home-improvement stores and can be delivered for a fee. Another option is to buy gravel for $4 to $20 per ton and fill the hole that way.”

 

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#4 - Turning a gravel yard to grass or vice versa

 

“Grass seeds come in a variety of types and prices vary, averaging $5 to $10 for 1 to 5 pounds (200 to 1,000 square feet). Sod is another option and costs $1,700 to $2,300 to install depending on square footage.

 

If you don’t want to maintain a lawn, you can have a gravel backyard instead. The cost to deliver rocks typically ranges from $700 to $1,000 depending on the amount you will need.”

 

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#5 - Burying overhead power lines

 

“Overhead power lines can dissuade trees and tall structures[...]If you want power lines buried near your home, the power company might charge anywhere from $700 (Florida) to $10,000 (Austin, Texas).”

 

power

 

#6 - Regrading a slope

 

“The cost to re-slope a lawn averages between $1,600 and $2,300 depending on square footage and overall scope of the project. You may also consider a retaining wall if you don’t want to dig up the lawn.”

 

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A Neighbor’s Review: 4326 Seneca, Fort Collins, CO 80526

4326 Seneca, Fort Collins, Colorado

4326 Seneca, Fort Collins, Colorado

This home needs a family! It is in such a great location to take advantage of schools, parks, pool and trails that some lucky family will love it. With four bedrooms on the second floor and an in-law suite in the basement, it would make living easy. The backyard is large and very private. There are fruit trees and grapes growing everywhere and even over the pergola above the back deck. On a hot day, I would enjoy the shade from this landscaping and never move.

 

Other important details to know include:  5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3,332 square feet, 2 car garage, circular drive and vaulted ceilings.

 

This home is listed at $359,000 and is listed by Jeff Williams of Jeff Williams Real Estate. Please feel free to call your 8z Realtor, Brandon Bidwell to view this property and it would be our pleasure to assist you with this or any property that interests you.

 

Have you viewed the home above? Do you agree with our listing review? Let us know your comments below!

 

 

4326 Seneca, Fort Collins, CO 80526
MLS # 739906

 

 

My ratings (from 1 to 5 stars):

I would hang out in the yard/patio/deck/balcony *****
I won’t have to change a thing after we close ****
My score on family friendliness *****
My score on pet friendliness ***** (fenced yard and and great walking neighborhood)

 

A Neighbor’s Review: 3909 Westfield Court, Fort Collins, CO 80526

3909 Westfield Court, Fort Collins, CO

3909 Westfield Court, Fort Collins, CO

This home is bright and spacious. Let’s start with the backyard which has a gazebo, water feature and gorgeous well-planned landscaping. It is reminds me of “The Secret Garden” without the walls. Inside the home, just off the master bedroom is a bonus room that currently holds a grand piano, but would make a nice office or nursery. There are two other main floor bedrooms attached by a jack and jill and a solo bedroom/bathroom with a balcony on the upper level that would be good for a teen or live-in-nanny. If you need more living space or bedrooms, the unfinished basement is so large you could nearly fit a bowling lane there. The home is close to an elementary school, middle school, neighborhood park and a swimming pool.

 

Other important details to know include:  4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 5332 square feet, 3 car garage, many upgrades.

 

This home is listed at $535,000 and is listed by Pam Collier of Cb Devonshire North. Please feel free to call your 8z Realtor, Brandon Bidwell to view this property and it would be our pleasure to assist you with this or any property that interests you.

 

Have you viewed the home above? Do you agree with our listing review? Let us know your comments below!

 

 

3909 Westfield, Fort Collins, CO 80526
MLS # 739210

 

 

 

 

My ratings (from 1 to 5 stars):

I would hang out in the yard/patio/deck/balcony *****
I won’t have to change a thing after we close ****
My score on family friendliness *****
My score on pet friendliness ** (no fenced yard and but great walking neighborhood)