A Seller's Guide on How to Handle Showing Feedback

A Seller's Guide on How to Handle Showing Feedback

Selling your home can be stressful at times. The sign is in the yard, the lock box is on the door & your house is finally active in the MLS & third party sites. Now, you’re eagerly waiting to hear what potential buyers thought of your property. Feedback is imperative for sellers, especially for those whose homes might be taking a little longer to sell than anticipated. Here is my best advice when you start getting feedback from showings.

  • First & foremost, don’t take comments too personally. If somebody says that your home smells bad, you can fix the problem ASAP, so that other potential buyers don’t have the same issue.
  • Focus on the things that are changeable. Paint, lighting, temperature, decor and staging are all pretty easy fixes. There is no sense to fret over the comments about the busy street, lack of 3 car garage or placement of power lines.
  • Feedback helps both the Realtor and the Seller. If I get a comment stating that the buyers didn’t like the paint color in the kid’s bedroom, I can call my seller to see if they’d be willing to fix that problem.
  • If a showing agent has trouble with the key & had a hard time accessing the property, we want to know. Same goes for odors, décor, how the home showed, etc.
  • If 10 potential Buyers go through a property with similar feedback, then it’s probably time to address and fix the problem, if you can.
  • At times, you’ll get Buyers who forget or ignore your feedback requests, that’s why you have us to chase them down!
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Things to Do This Weekend (Dec 31, Jan 1) in Colorado Springs

Things to Do This Weekend (Dec 31, Jan 1) in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Philharmonic presents New Year’s Eve -  Sat Dec 31, 7:30 pm, Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, 190 South Cascade Avenue

Admission: $21 and up. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic is ringing in the new year Broadway style. Some of their best vocalists will be performing classic Broadway songs from Cats, Victor Victoria, Wizard of Oz, Frozen and more. For more information: Colorado Springs Philharmonic

Whistle Pig's New Year's Eve Party and Five-Course Dinner, Sat Dec 31, 6pm - 1am Jan 1st, Whistle Pig Brewery, 1840 Old Dominion Way

Admission: $40 per person, $75 per couple. If you haven't noticed yet, the folks at the Whistle Pig Brewery love to throw a party. Join them on New Year's Eve for a 5 course dinner (prime rib or salmon), beer or wine with dinner, and a glass of champagne at midnight. Please call (719) 598-1339 to reserve your specific dinner time – reservations begin at 6 p.m. For more information visit the website of the Whistle Pig Brewery.

 

Noon Year's Eve, Sat Dec 31 10am-1pm, Colorado Springs Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd

Admission: Family Passes cover six people (ages 2+) for $25 for online pre-registration or $35 at the door. New Year's Eve parties are always catered toward adults and midnight. Here is a fun way to celebrate with the kids by counting down to Noon rather than midnight. For more information: Pikes Peak Children's Museum.

 

New Year's Super Bubble with Art Guffaw, Sat, Dec 31, Sat Dec 24th, 11am, 4pm, 7pm, Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 South Tejon Street

Admission: $12 Family Four Pack $40. Who doesn't love bubbles? Here is another family friendly way to celebrate New Year's Eve with the Millibo Art Theatre. World-class clown Jim Jackson will have you laughing and calling out for more....Bubbles that is. For more information check out their website Millibo Art Theatre.

 

Suga Bear'’s New Year’'s Eve Dance Party, Sat Dec 31 9:00pm, Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive

Admission: $30 - $45. Where else can you go in either Jeans or Sequins and no one will bat an eye? For a guaranteed good time, your best bet this year is the Suga Bear's New Year's Dance Party. Heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet will start at 10 p.m., party favors, and dancing all night to one of the hottest high-energy live bands from Colorado Springs. For more information: Stargazers Theatre.

 

 

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5 Tips For Winter Home Selling

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“Nobody wants to move their Christmas Tree”! That’s what I was told by the seasoned pros early in my Real Estate career. The problem is that many people find themselves having to sell during the holidays. The period of time from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day is traditionally slow. The days are shorter, colder, darker and sometimes snowy.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that the inventory levels are also at their lowest point of the year. If a buyer is looking this time of year, they are serious. So, if you have to sell during the winter months, here are 5 tips to make winter selling, more successful:

  1. Shovel: Keep the driveway and sidewalks clear. Don't make potential buyers trudge through snow to get into the house. You don’t want them dragging snow in on their pants, shoes and socks either. Buyers want to imagine what it would be like to live in your house, don’t remind them they’ll have to clear snow.
  2. Place For Shoes: You don’t want potential buyers walking through your house with snowy shoes or boots. Place area rugs or mats for them to place their shoes on. It’s also a good idea to have disposable booties available, as well as a bench or chair, if there is room for one, so a visitor can sit and easily change shoes or boots.
  3. Keep it Comfortable: The inside temperature of the home is important. If the home is cold it feels vacant and uninviting. On the other hand, too hot feels stifling and uncomfortable. Remember the buyers are most likely already dressed for outside. Just keep the inside comfortable, 65 degrees is a good place to start.
  4. Light it up: The days are shorter during the winter months. The last impression you want to create is that your house is “dark”. Keep window coverings open and lights on to make your home light and cheery.
  5. Sniff Out Odors: Holiday cooking, pets and yes people, all create odors. Buyers want to buy your house, not your smells. Clean and vacuum more often when selling your home in the winter months. Fragrances and candles are fine but remember, less is more. Don’t mask odors with overbearing products, they just make it seem like you’re hiding something.

If you follow the five simple rules along with professional pricing and staging, winter can be a great time to sell your home.

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Things to Do This Weekend (Dec 24, 25) in Colorado Springs

Things to Do This Weekend (Dec 24, 25) in Colorado Springs

Winter Wonderland with the Wolves -  Sat Dec 24, 9:00 - 11:00 am, Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center, 4729 Twin Rocks Road, Divide

Admission: $30 adults, $15 kids 12 and under. Spend Christmas Eve morning learning about the wolves who are residents in Divide. Enjoy a breakfast burrito and prepare to walk away with a great appreciation for these creatures. For more information: Wolf & Wildlife Center

Ugly Sweater Contest, Fri Dec 23, 3 - 11pm, Whistle Pig Brewery, 1840 Old Dominion Way

Admission: free. If you haven't gotten it out of the closet yet this year, this may be your chance to dust off the ole' ugly sweater. Enjoy $1 each pint for those sporting ugly sweaters and enter the contest for the worst sweater overall. For more information visit the website of the Whistle Pig Brewery.

 

Holiday Skate at the Broadmoor World Arena, Fri Dec 23 12pm-4pm and Dec 26-28, Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd

Admission: $4 entry, rentals $3. Ever dream about skating on the big stage? Or in the big arena? Now is your rare chance to skate at the Broadmoor World Arena . For more information: Broadmoor World Arena.

 

Evening Holiday Hayrides at the Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, Fri, Dec 23, Sat Dec 24th, 5-7pm, 2 El Paso Blvd. Manitou Springs

Admission: Free, donations accepted for Renovation Fund. Join the Resort team for Hayrides around their festively decorated facility. Enjoy hot cocoa and break out in Christmas Carols if the mood strikes. For more information check out their website Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort.

 

Christmas Eve Services at the Air Force Academy Chapel, Sat Dec 24 5:00pm (Catholic Mass) and 7:00pm (Protestant Candlelight Service), Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel

Admission: Free. There are many beautiful venues for Christmas Eve Services, but one of the most stunning is the Air Force Academy Chapel. Christmas Vigil Mass is at 5pm, with the Protestant Candlelight Service at 7pm. The Hanukkah Shabbat Service/Dinner will be held Dec 30 at 7pm. For more information: AFA Cadet Chapel.

 

 

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A Decade of Equity Briargate 2006-2016

The Briargate neighborhood is one of our market's most popular areas. This popularity is the result of good planning, good schools and convenient amenities. Briargate prices have always been a little higher because of on-going new construction. New construction is more expensive than comparable resale homes. Home buyers will often push their budget higher or sacrifice somewhere else to live in the area.

During the recession (2007-2010), Briargate saw a -12% decline in median sales price. This was better than the -18% hit The Black Forest Market took. 

The post recession gains in the Briargate market are impressive. The area has seen a 23% increase from 2011-2016. Almost as impressive as Black Forest (26.8%) for the same period. Commercial development and the reputation of Academy School District #20 are fueling this increase.

As of December, 2016 the median sales price in Briargate is $341,250. This is 37% higher than the Colorado Springs median sales price. We feel like this is good news for existing home owners in the area. The only concern we see is this. The Colorado Springs housing market is price sensitive. When prices veer too far from median, we see sales slow. Moving forward, we will keep a close eye on the Briargate market.

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