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It’s slim pickings for buyers, but a seller’s market

Experts predict strong housing market to continue through end of the year

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July 31st, 2017
Personal Moving Consultant Beth Brandenburg helps Wilma DeBoer winnow her wardrobe before moving to Wind Crest, the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Personal Moving Consultant Beth Brandenburg helps Wilma DeBoer winnow her wardrobe before moving to Wind Crest, the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

The leaves may not be changing colors yet, but the fall market has already started to kick into high gear. In the Denver Metro area, home prices are at record highs while housing inventory is at a 32-year low. Experts say we’re likely to witness a selling season nearly as strong as its height in 2005.

According to the Denver Post, properties listed below $400,000 sell quickly—within a week or two—and remain in high demand. 

Additionally, statistics from the Colorado Association of Realtors (CAR) say the percentage of days on market (DOM) fell by 28%, from 69 days in January 2015 to 50 days in January 2017, and from 34 in 2016 to 29 in 2017 (14.7% change). 

Perhaps two of the most telling statistics from CAR involve inventory: the inventory of homes for sale was down 20.1% from April 2016 to April 2017, and the months’ supply of inventory was down 21.7% during the same time period.

“Low inventory encourages buyers to make an offer quickly, meaning sellers in some markets can expect their house to sell in less than a month with multiple bids,” says Wind Crest Personal Moving Consultant Beth Brandenburg.

Quick and effortless move

Brandenburg, says that number is even lower for people moving to the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch. She helps people sell their homes and move to the community so they can exchange home maintenance for an active, worry-free retirement.

“We have had several people sell their homes fast in 2017. Inventory is down from last year, making it completely a seller’s market,” Brandenburg says. 

As a personal moving consultant, Brandenburg provides complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional.

Brandenburg’s services and personal touch help Wind Crest’s newest community members move quickly and effortlessly, especially in a strong housing market  like we’re seeing now. 

Why wait? 

With a strong fall market and another winter looming ahead, right now is the time to reserve an available home at Wind Crest and list your house in this ideal housing market. Say goodbye to raking leaves, shoveling snow, and staying stuck inside. 

Plus, Wind Crest has more than 100 interest groups and activities—all accessible via a short walk from residents’ apartment homes, thanks to climate-controlled walkways that connect every building. 

This is year-round active retirement living at its finest. And just think—you too could be in your new maintenance-free home before the first snow. Contact Wind Crest’s sales office and find out how you can start taking advantage of the community’s realty and moving services. 

Three downsizing tasks that take 30 minutes or less

Facing a whole-house downsizing can be a daunting task. But making progress toward a simplified, clutter-free life doesn’t have to wipe an entire day off your schedule—or wipe you out in the process. 

Beth Brandenburg, personal moving consultant for people moving to Wind Crest, shares three downsizing and decluttering tasks that take 30 minutes or less. 

“By carving out bite-sized, clearly defined tasks, you can get rid of things you no longer need or use without getting overwhelmed,” Brandenburg says. 

1. Condense your closet. Set your timer for 30 minutes and tackle one drawer or rack at a time. Place two bins or bags by your side. Place clothes in good repair that you no longer wear or that don’t fit in one (to donate or consign) and worn-out or dated items in the other (to toss in a textile recycling bin).

2. Purge old linens. Is your linen closet overstuffed with old sheets and towels you intended to use as drop cloths and rags? If you’ve been accumulating new linens but not purging the old ones, set that timer for 30 minutes and sort out your least favorite, mismatched, misfit, frayed, or stained household linens. Place them in a bag and take them to a textile recycling bin in your area. 

3. Clean out everything (under) the kitchen sink. The cabinet under the kitchen sink tends to become a storehouse for cleaning products, plastic grocery bags, tools, and other random supplies. First, remove everything and give the cabinet a good cleaning. 

Next, sort out supplies you actually use and that are full and not expired. Return tools and other items to their proper storage place. If you’re moving soon, ditch all cleaning products and start fresh soon after you settle in or pack them carefully in a way that they won’t spill during transit.