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Right time, right place

Resident rides new housing wave to Wind Cres

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March 23rd, 2010

Andy Sokal is determined. Last year, Sokal decided he wanted to move to Wind Crest, and he didn t let reports of a stalled housing market slow him down. I did it. I put it for sale anyway, Sokal says. Once I get my mind made up, I m not easily swayed one way or another, and this was one of those situations that ended up working out for me. Thanks to his determination, he was among the first to take advantage of the recent surge in the real estate market.

A new lease on life

Sokal, a retired business owner who had lived in a single-family home in Greenwood Village for 31 years, says he loved his house but was done being tethered by all the upkeep. I wanted to move to Wind Crest because it had all the amenities and features that would make my life easy. Plus it helped me get an insurance policy. He adds that he was tired of living alone and slaving in the kitchen each night making dinner. All of that is taken care of for you at Wind Crest, Sokal says. There is no upkeep. All the people here are really friendly, the staff is as helpful as they can be, and the restaurants are really nice too. Most importantly, he wanted a place that matched his personality. I have a life, he says. I have friends, I play golf and tennis, I wanted to spend time with my children and I wanted a place that wouldn t hold me back. To help him move forward, ind Crest s Personal Moving Consultant Kate Dukes assisted with some of the legwork. She came over to my house and helped me get it ready for sale, he says. Among other things, she helped move around furniture to create more open spaces, which is enticing to potential buyers. It was a beautiful home, Dukes says. It was in a great school district and neighborhood so it didn t need much help to sell. It was just a matter of finding the right buyer.

Perfect timing

The house sold in November, as a rush of buyers entered the market to take advantage of a federal tax credit. Mr. Sokal was in the right place at the right time, says Dukes. And since last year, the market has continued to grow. Demand is up, Dukes explains. Sales are well above 2009 levels. We re back to the point where we re seeing homes being sold every day. With interest rates at an all-time low and incentives like the federal homebuyer tax credit, right now is a great time to sell a home. She adds, If you ve been waiting, now is a good time to jump in. The market in Denver is solid and should only get better with the spring selling season upon us.