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A fresh set of eyes

Wind Crest helps couple sell home (in just three weeks!)

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October 27th, 2009

Bea and Robert Hansen were ready to move to Wind Crest in Highlands Ranch. Their old two-story home near the West Woods Golf Course in Arvada was becoming a handful to maintain. When we first started looking to move, I thought I could just sell it myself, says Mrs. Hansen, who has years of experience as a real estate broker. But after testing the waters, it was just more than I wanted to deal with at the time. So the Hansens let Wind Crest Personal Moving Consultant Kate Dukes and a recommended real estate agent do the work for them. Just three weeks later, their old house was sold.

Upside-down market

Mrs. Hansen still maintains her Colorado state broker s license but hadn t been in the business much since the market went south last year. It is really tough out there, she says. When I tried to sell the house myself, I did my research and thought I had it priced just right to get people interested. But the whole price range that we were selling in was stalled. We just couldn t get any traction. And it wasn t for a lack of trying. We depersonalized the house, cleaned up the clutter, and removed some of the furniture to open it up a bit, Mr. Hansen says. But still, no luck.

A fresh look

Finally, the Hansens asked Dukes for guidance. It was a great house, and what Bea and Robert were doing was exactly what we do, says the personal moving consultant. They just needed a fresh set of eyes on it to help make their home more attractive to people who were looking in their price range. So Dukes came to the house, did a thorough walk-through, and recommended the Hansens take a second look at their kitchen. It was a fabulous kitchen, but all of the homes that the Hansens were competing with [on the market] had granite countertops, she says. Kate and everyone at Wind Crest were great, Mrs. Hansen says. They did extensive research...and we figured it was better to drop the price a little so potential buyers could put their money toward new countertops. That was much easier than getting contractors involved, doing it ourselves, and having to pinpoint someone else s taste. The thoughful decision-making paid off. Shortly after, the home sold. We re still getting used to life here at Wind Crest, Mrs. Hansen says. We took a vacation after we moved so we are just now settling in and finding our way. But so far, things are going great. It was definitely the right move.