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One day was all it took to get an offer

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August 3rd, 2009

Ron Marks had lived in his home for 32 years when he started considering a move to Wind Crest, the Erickson community in Highlands Ranch. But at first he was hesitant. I loved my home and really didn t want to put it on the market, Marks says. Everything I had heard and seen was saying that the market was soft, to put it mildly. But his experience showed him that the market wasn t soft at all for a quality, move-in ready home. Good foundations Marks home, built in the 1970s, had a lot going for it. It was clean and well maintained. And while all of the major home fixtures and appliances were not necessarily new, they were cared for and in good shape. Plus, it was a rancher-style home, which is quite popular here, and it was in a great neighborhood, he says. Before putting his house on the market, Marks spoke with Wind Crest Personal Moving Consultant Kate Dukes. He asked her to perform a walk-through of the house and offer her opinion. She told me what I had suspected, Marks says. But it was good to hear it from someone else, from a professional who knows the market. Dukes explains the opportunities and challenges: It was a great home that was built well, was in a great location, and had a lot of positives going for it. I saw it as a really desirable house. It just needed a little freshening up. All were relatively easy things to do. For example, it needed some paint so potential buyers who came through had a blank canvas to work with and could picture themselves there. There was a lot of wallpaper, Marks agrees. I needed to get rid of the wallpaper and freshen up the bathroom. It was something the house was definitely in need of having done. Marks took Dukes recommendations and even used the contractor she referred to do the work. I had all the wallpaper taken down and the bathroom retiled, he says. Quick work, quick sale Once the work was done, he teamed up with a Wind Crest-recommended real estate agent who was in charge of marketing the home and getting potential customers in the door. I received a bid on the house the very first day it was on the market! Marks says. There is no way of really knowing if doing all this helped sell the home, but it certainly didn t hurt because the house sold very quickly and for a price that was fair. Smooth move Today, Marks is enjoying his new home at Wind Crest. There s so much going on, so I m still finding my way around, he says, but it s been a good experience.