METRO DENVER REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATE!

WELCOME.  I want to personally welcome you as a prospective Metro Denver real estate buyer or seller, to use my website to hopefully achieve some of your real estate goals.  As the co-owner of Sterling Real Estate, I work tirelessly to provide my clients with a level of service that goes well beyond their expectations.  Besides being the Top Producer in Sales within the office, I also take the time to provide instruction and guidance to the many agents who work at Sterling.  I am familiar with nearly every community throughout the Denver Metro area, whether it be Aurora, Littleton, Commerce City, Parker or Highlands Ranch.  My many years of experience in the real estate industry, provides me with the knowledge and expertise to effectively represent any home buyer or seller throughout the entire real estate process. 

Denver Colorado Home Trends

Seller Trends:  Where do I begin?  With the State of Colorado in lockdown, except for government deemed essential workers, as of April 6, 2020 there were 4,815 Active listings in the *Greater Metro Denver area.  Of those Active listings, 1,635 were priced at $450,000 or under, which leaves 3,180 listed above that. There are 2,542 properties currently pending with a price point under $450,000 and 2,218 under contract with list prices over $450,000.  So although there are far more homes listed above $450,000 they are not going under contract anywhere near the rate of those priced less than that.  The reason appears to be obvious. Most buyers still looking tend to be first-time home buyers.  They are currently renting, so need a place to live regardless of what is going on around them.  The higher end homes are more discretionary purchases.  They already have a house, so the desire to put their current home on the market and have people walk through it and then go out and look at other stranger's homes is not high on their priorty list.  The real estate industry is doing their best possible, with title companies, lenders and Realtors, still all deemed "essential".  Many of these companies have to be creative with how they arrange for closings, inspections, showings, etc., but together they are getting buyers to the table and transactions closed.

*Greater Metro Denver Area includes the following counties:  Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe and Broomfield.

Good news for Buyers:  For Buyers, the good news is that interest rates are still relatively low.  Most are hovering around 4.0% depending on credit scores, down payment and length of the loan.  There is still quite a bit of competition for homes priced under $450,000 with multiple offers and bids over asking, but most properties that are considered higher end homes are staying on the market much longer and getting few to no showings.  So if you are in the market for a higher end home, due to a relocation, or perhaps you don't need to sell your current home to purchase a new one, this could be a great time to buy. 

SELLER REPRESENTATIONI love selling homes.  I enjoy preparing a home and getting it ready to sell quickly and for the best possible price.  My "Sterling Service Guaranty" includes items such as professional staging, an in-depth market analysis, color flyers, virtual tours, open house campaigns, Showcased Listings on Realtor.com, just to name a few. I also can provide you with names of reliable and competent vendors, for those remodeling jobs that may need to get done, or even small ones, you simply don't want to do yourself.  Another part of my service, that sets me apart from so many others, is that I make sure the home is professionally cleaned prior to putting it on the market, as well as once you've moved out, so you can just think about the exciting move ahead of you!

BUYER REPRESENTATIONMy goal is to provide my home buyers with friendly, knowledgeable and personal service. I am highly trained and experienced in assisting buyers in a wide variety of purchases, from HUD homes, foreclosures, short sales, new construction, as well as your standard listing. I also specialize in the purchase of property through Self-Directed IRA's and when applicable, through the use of Reverse Mortgages. Whether your are looking to do fix&flips or fix&holds through your IRA, or use a Reverse Mortgage to purchase a home without making monthly mortgage payments, I can help guide you through the process. I have a comprehensive understanding of the various neighborhoods and market conditions within those areas and enthusiastically relay that knowledge and expertise to my buyers, making the home buying experience a pleasant and informative one.

SELF-DIRECTED IRA'S.  Besides owning several rental properties personally in my IRA and using my IRA to purchase homes that I "fixed and flipped", I have also represented numerous clients with the purchase of property through their Self-Directed IRA's.  Using the funds out of your IRA to purchase either rental properties or fix and flips is an investment strategy that not many people know about.  The reason is simple, most brokerage houses, bankers, financial planners, etc., are not allowed to perform these transactions, so are not informing their clients of this opportunity.  To take advantage of this tax deferred investment, there are numerous guidelines that must be adhered to.  I have experienced first hand what needs to be done as both a buyer, seller and Realtor.  If you are tired of the risk involved in the stock market or the nearly non-existent interest earned in CD's, owning real estate through your self-directed IRA can be a fabulous investment alternative.  Please feel free to contact me to see how this can benefit you and how my relationships with general contractors, property management companies and New Direction IRA. Inc., a local leading provider of Self Directed IRA's since 2003 can make this a simple and successful investment for you.  Please feel free to call or email me for additional information, or click on this link at: http://www.newdirectionira.com to learn more about self-directed IRA's and to find out when their next webinar will be offered.

Sterling Real Estate Group, co-owned by me, is is an independently owned real estate company, located in Lakewood, Colorado. My real estate agents bring years of experience in real estate, business and customer service. We specialize in serving many of the Metro Area Denver and Aurora neighborhoods, as well as the cities of Lakewood, Littleton, Golden, Highlands Ranch, Centennial, Parker and Castle Rock. My agents focus on the sale and purchase of residential properties as well as multi-family, rentals and fix&flip investments. Several of our agents too have purchased investment properties through their Self-Directed IRA's, as well as assisting clients to use Reverse Mortgages to purchase a new home. My goal as the owner of Sterling is simple: To provide superior service to my clients while promoting a positive atmosphere for my Realtors.

SPECTRA MORTGAGE.  Besides having a competent real estate agent to help guide you through the home buying process, the next most important person throughout the transaction is a lender.  Spectra Mortgage is a highly specialized boutique firm that was founded with the philosophy that a mortgage company should provide sound financial advice in the area of mortgage financing and that the people providing this service should be professionals.  They believe that the key attributes that distinguish Spectra Mortgage from the others are Financial Expertise, Integrity, and Service.  Founded by Wayne Tucker, CPA, Spectra Mortgage originates loans and provides mortgage services throughout Colorado.  For additional information check out their website at: www.spectramortgage.com.

REVERSE MORTGAGES. Reverse mortgages are not understood by many homeowners, financial planners, investment advisors, accountants or even attorneys. As a result, these same people do not understand that Reverse mortgages can provide many benefits, such as supplementing income, increasing liquid assets, extending the life of your assets, minimizing income taxes and gaining additional financial flexibility in retirement. What's really exciting is that you can actually use a reverse mortgage to PURCHASE a new home, if you meet the necessary requirements with regard to age and equity. The reverse mortgage from 10 to 15 years ago, is not the same as the Reverse mortgage of today. Check out this link to find out the Facts vs. Myths of Reverse mortgages and feel free to give me a call if you want any additional information.