Coat Drive

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Just a reminder that 8z Real Estate in Fort Collins has put together a Coat Drive for donations to the Fort Collins Rescue Mission.

 

Please let me know if you would like to contribute and I’ll be happy to pick up your donation.

 

Brandon Bidwell

bidwell@8z.com

970.215.1573

Warming Troutman Park… One Coat at a Time

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 is “Make a Difference Day” 

To celebrate what we can do for our communities, 8z Fort Collins is collecting clean, gently worn coats, and clean children’s boots & outerwear in your Neighborhood on behalf of Fort Collins Rescue Mission.

 

I will be collecting coats in your neighborhood on 11/8 OR you can drop your items off at our Fort Collins office:

 

3555 Stanford Rd. Suite 201, Fort CollinsCO 80525 
Phone: (970) 223-3313

 

9am to 5pm, Monday thru Friday, between 10/20 and 10/31

 
40938To arrange a pick at your home on 11/8, please email or call me, Brandon Bidwell, 8z Neighborhood Expert:

 

bidwell@8z.com or 970-215-1573

 

 

Please clearly mark your items for 8z Real Estate and leave on your front porch for pick up on the 8th!

 

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One Warm Coat

Geographic Flux in Troutman Park

 

Geographic mobility and stability – the tendency of residents to stay in one area or to move frequently – varies from neighborhood to neighborhood for any number of reasons. According to city-data.com, average neighborhood stability – the tendency of residents to live in the same place for over one year – in our Pulse sites is about 80%, meaning, about eight out of ten stay put for over twelve months.

 

So does that mean that neighborhoods with lower geographic stability, or higher mobility are less desirable than others? Not at all. For example, in neighborhoods like Troutman Park, whose geographic flux is 79%, one finds a combination of homeowners who have been here Forever, since time began, and renters, who flux. Mobile renters have a number of characteristics – they can be students or visiting faculty at a university, on temporary assignment at prestigious corporations or research institutes, or simply “testing out” a neighborhood in a new city while deciding where to buy. In fact, renters can move from house to house in the same neighborhood each year before buying in.

 

What is more important is how neighbors – long and short term – bond to create a real “hood” for safety, security, and just plain neighborliness. Research shows that strong communities with shared events – picnics, school events, or whatever – are the most desirable ones for prospective buyers. And even if the renter next door that you come to love leaves, there’s always social media for staying in touch.

Quick Tip Tuesday: When To Replace 13 Common Household Items

This week’s Quick Tip Tuesday brought to you by BrightNest

 

 

Household items like loofahs and pillows collect bacteria like Daniel Day-Lewis collects Oscars, so you don’t want to keep them past their prime.

 

Here are 13 items that don’t age well (and the best times to replace them):

 

One Month or Less

 

Shower Loofahs

Toss every 2-3 weeks.

Why: Bacteria absolutely loves to grow in the damp nooks and crannies of your loofah. It’s like a soapy petri dish in there. Toss sooner than three weeks if you notice mold or if your loofah smells like mildew.

 

Kitchen Sponges

Replace every 2-3 weeks, or if your sponge is frayed or smelly.

Why: Sponges are damp and porous, which makes them BFFs with bacteria. If you use a filthy sponge to “clean” surfaces like your kitchen countertop, you’ll actually spread bacteria around instead of removing it. To keep things extra clean, disinfect your sponges once a week by microwaving them for two minutes. Let the sponge cool completely before using it again.

 

Baking Soda (in the Fridge)

Replace every month.

Why: Baking soda absorbs fridge odors, but over time will lose its de-stinking power. That’s why Arm and Hammer recommends replacing your baking soda boxes in the fridge or freezer at least once a month for maximum effectiveness.

 

3-6 Months

 

Refrigerator Water Filters

Replace every 3 months (or as advised on package).

Why: When past its prime, your filter can build up mold and bacteria. This means if you don’t regularly replace your fridge’s filter, you’re actually adding unhealthy stuff back into your water, instead of filtering it out.

 

Toothbrush

Replace every 3-4 months.

Why: The American Dental Association says that at four months, your toothbrush bristles become worn and won’t clean your teeth nearly as well – making your pearly whites more prone to cavities and decay. Tip: Instead of tossing your over-the-hill brush, use your old toothbrush for cleaning hard to clean spots like grout.

 

HVAC Filters

Change every 3-6 months.

Why: A dirty air filter will make your furnace or A/C work harder, wasting energy and costing you money. It can also contribute to indoor air pollution and more dust in your home.

 

1-2 Years

 

Pillows

Replace every 1-2 years, disinfect every 6 months.

Why: We hate to break it to you, but dirt, dust mites, body oils and dead skin all get trapped in your pillow. Be sure to wash your pillows every six months, and part ways with them at least every year.

 

Ground Spices

Toss after 1 year.

Why: Most ground spices begin to lose their potency and flavor after two years (some experts say you should replace them every six months, but we think that’s a little intense).

 

Bathroom Mats

Toss after 1-2 years.

Why: Think about it: bath mats usually sit on your floor, soaked with water from when you get out of the shower. It’s a triple-whammy of floor, feet and water – an environment mold and mildew thrive in.

 

Windex, Wood Cleaner and Mr. Clean

Toss after 2 years.

Why: These cleaning products don’t have expiration dates on the bottles, but they will lose their potency and effectiveness after about two years.

 

3 Years or More

 

Fire Extinguisher

Replace (or service) every 5 years.

Why: Over time, fire extinguishers lose pressure, making them less effective and unsafe. Inspect your fire extinguisher once a year and check the pressure to make sure your extinguisher is up to snuff.

 

Mattresses

Replace every 5-10 years.

Why: After ten years, almost all mattresses will stop offering the support you need for a good night’s sleep (some start slacking after just five).

 

Smoke Detectors

Replace every 10 years.

Why: After ten years, smoke detectors wear out and will become less effective. And, about 30 percent of smoke detectors that are ten years old don’t work at all! Check the age of your smoke detector today.

 

 

 

3906 Benthaven Street: A Done Deal in Four Seasons

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3906 Benthaven Street was just evaluated in the Four Seasons neighborhood in Fort Collins. Was this a good deal? Our 8z Neighborhood Expert knows and dishes the scoop on this recently sold home. Follow Troutman Park Pulse on Facebook!

 

Listed at: $240,000

Sold for: $240,000 with the sellers paying $1,500 of the buyers closing costs.

 

The property at 3906 Benthaven went under contract after spending 6 days on the market. There was nothing too special with the home itself here but the lot was adjacent to the open space behind and made for a really nice yard. With that being the case there was nice potential for some sweat equity to be put into this house. I believe the buyers got a pretty decent deal even though they paid full price.

 

 

Need a market expert’s assistance? To see homes in the area contact 8z REALTOR Brandon Bidwell at brandon.bidwell@8z.com.

 

Have you viewed the home above? Do you agree with Brandon? Let us know! Please feel free to submit your comments below.

4401 Hummingbird Drive: A Done Deal in Larkborough

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4401 Hummingbird Drive was just evaluated in the Larkborough neighborhood in Fort Collins. Was this a good deal? Our 8z Neighborhood Expert knows and dishes the scoop on this recently sold home. Follow Troutman Park Pulse on Facebook!

 

Listed at: $250,000

Sold for: $244,500 with the sellers paying $3,000 toward the buyer’s closing costs.

 

This home was originally listed at $250,000 and 25 days later the owners reduced the price to $244,500. Eight days after that 4401 Hummingbird Dr. went under contract. All in all this property spent 84 days on the market before new owners took possession. That is longer than usual for homes in your neighborhood. There was a pretty strong pet smell that I’m sure was a good portion of the reason this place took so long to sell.

Need a market expert’s assistance? To see homes in the area contact 8z REALTOR Brandon Bidwell at brandon.bidwell@8z.com.

 

Have you viewed the home above? Do you agree with Brandon? Let us know! Please feel free to submit your comments below.

730 Woodland Way, Fort Collins: A Willow Park Review

730 Woodland Way was reviewed over the past few days in Woodlands subdivision of the Willow Park neighborhood in Fort Collins. Read below to find out more about 8z Real Estate’s take on the listing!

 

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The Specs:

Address: 730 Woodland Way, Fort Collins, CO 80526

Price: $264,500

Style: 1 Story/Ranch

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Total Square Feet: 1,472

Approximate Lot Size (Acres): .18

Year Built: 1990

Original List Date: 10/19/2014

Location: Willow Park

 

The Scoop:

 

This is a really nice ranch style home that has been remodeled well. Chefs will be glad to know that the owners put more cabinet space in the kitchen. Those that enjoy spending time outdoors will really appreciate the covered patio out back. The master bedroom is huge and has a very nice bath & closet set up. Nothing to complain about with this property.

 

At a list price of $264,500 this property went under contract in just 3 days. I would be surprised if it did not end up selling for asking price or maybe even a little more.

 

The Score:

Below are our overall ratings for 730 Woodland Way, 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 Gregory Ranson with Century 21 Humpal Inc. For additional photos, a list of inclusions and the details on the home’s design features, click here to visit the property’s profile: 730 Woodland Way, 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: Top 5 Most-Desired Home Improvements

According to a recent survey of 2,000 homeowners conducted by HSH.com, when couples were asked what home improvements would make their marriage happier, these were the top 5 results.

 

What are your most desired home improvement projects?

 

#5 – Man Cave

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While the “man cave” received the least praise overall, it was the most-voted-for renovation by male participants.

 

#4 - His & Hers Walk-In Closets

15.23 percent of participants say his & hers walk-in closets would make their marriages the happiest. Of the 1,001 females surveyed, after a dream kitchen, this was next highest on their list.

15.23 percent of participants say his & hers walk-in closets would make their marriages the happiest. Of the 1,001 females surveyed, after a dream kitchen, this was next highest on their list.

 

#3 - Finished Basement

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Couples again had their children and themselves in mind when they said a finished basement would contribute to the happiness of their families.

 

#2 - Bigger Yard

A bigger yard was the renovation with the second highest number of votes. Couples also agreed a bigger yard would make their kids happier, rather than a bigger house.

A bigger yard was the renovation with the second highest number of votes. Couples also agreed a bigger yard would make their kids happier, rather than a bigger house.

 

#1 – Dream Kitchen

According to the survey, couples agreed that a dream kitchen would make their marriages the happiest.

According to the survey, couples agreed that a dream kitchen would make their marriages the happiest.

 

 

 

Here are the results:

1. Dream kitchen – 23.39%

2. Bigger yard – 19.06%

3. Finished basement – 16.46%

4. His & hers walk-in closets – 15.23%

5. Man cave – 13.72%

 Via Chicago Tribune

936 Butte Pass Drive, Fort Collins: A Willow Park Review

936 Butte Pass 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!

 

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The Specs:

Address: 936 Butte Pass Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80526

Price: $245,000

Style: Two-Story

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Total Square Feet: 1,372

Approximate Lot Size Square Feet: 6,118

Year Built: 1983

Original List Date: 10/10/2014

Location: Willow Park

 

The Scoop:

The house at 936 Butte Pass Dr. was listed for sale on October 10th.

 

The positives:
- New Roof
- New Interior & Exterior Paint
- New flooring

 

The drawbacks:
- Some significant settling in the walk up to the front door may require mud-jacking
- The living room is small and the fireplace really dictates how you can arrange furniture.

 

This place is a pretty clean and very well cared for from what I saw. It could make a really nice place for a 1st time buyer but may not appeal to those with young children because of the separation of levels between Master bedroom (main level) and 2nd/3rd bedrooms (up stairs).

 

I believe this home will sell before too long and will most likely go for somewhere right about $240,000.

 

The Score:

Below are our overall ratings for 936 Butte Pass 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 Angie Spangler with RE/MAX Advanced Inc. For additional photos, a list of inclusions and the details on the home’s design features, click here to visit the property’s profile: 936 Butte Pass 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!