The Buzz at The Bartic Group

Check out our blog below to catch up on recent developments in Colorado's real estate world and other interesting news.

March 20, 2020

Coming Together As A Community - Canned Food Drive

We know you have been closely monitoring the ever-changing situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have as well, and our hearts go out to all of those impacted, including our clients and their families who are doing their best to navigate the rapid changes.

Due to the need in our community during this time, we are setting up Donation Stations this weekend at two of our current homes for sale. We will be holding a local food drive to collect canned goods and other non-perishable items. The items we collect will directly support at-risk and underserved youth who need assistance with meals more than ever due to school closures and lack of appropriate programs available as a result of Coronavirus.

Each home will have its own sanitization area and a clean drop-off space to ensure your safety.

Donation Locations:

  • Saturday, March 21st between 12-3pm – 6501 E. Dakota Ave, Denver, CO 80224
  • Sunday, March 22nd between 12-3pm – 3545 Broadway Street, Boulder, CO 80304

We know all of you are required to be flexible and keep up with these moment by moment changes. We want you to know that we are here to support you in these unprecedented times. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us and let us know what you need.

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March 11, 2020

1335 Swallow Court, Boulder, CO 80303

Spectacular home in the highly desirable RESERVE neighborhood! This stunning 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom home with NEW ROOF and grand entry has been meticulously maintained and updated throughout. Open floor-plan on main with abundant light and expansive 2nd floor with 4 bedrooms including a master ensuite. The gourmet kitchen features custom built cabinetry, granite counters, high-end stainless steel appliances, and oversized two-tier granite island. The basement boasts a media room, game room with custom wet bar including undermount wine cooler, refrigerator & dishwasher, conforming bedroom, 3/4 bathroom and bonus room with walk-out. Situated on a PREMIER lot backing up to open space, the custom fire pit, hot tub & water feature in the backyard provide a private and tranquil outdoor experience with stunning mountain and water views. Your search is over!

 

Call the Listing Agent, Chuck Buckingham at 720-369-5320 for more information or to schedule a private showing. 

Feb. 12, 2020

3545 Broadway Street, Boulder, CO 80304

This beautiful 6 bedroom, 5 bathroom custom craftsman home will take your breath away. Everything has been chosen with thought and care, from the private gated entrance to the fine details inside. Ideal for the most discerning of tastes, the spacious residence spans over 5,000 SQFT. As you enter the home you are drawn to the vaulted ceilings throughout. Entertain family and friends in your stunning Chef's kitchen featuring high-end stainless steel appliances, gorgeous solid granite counters, oversized island and custom alder shaker cabinets. Cozy up by the fireplace in the spacious living room. The dining room, right off the kitchen, is a great place to entertain. The many windows throughout the home flood with natural light. retreat to the private and spectacular Master bedroom with en-suite and his and hers walk-in closets. Guests will be comfortable in one of the four additional guest rooms. A total of 3 custom gas fireplaces will be seen within the home. If you need more space, there's an unparalleled separate carriage home with its own kitchen, full bath, living/sleeping space and separate furnace, water heater and AC! You will love the attached 4-car garage. Step out to the nicely finished patio and professionally landscaped yard to enjoy the Colorado sunshine. This is a great place to host a barbecue, gathering, or enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Your dream home is located in a quiet, peaceful and private neighborhood. This is a perfect place to call home! For more information please contact the Listing Agent, Chuck Buckingham at 720-369-5320.

Jan. 17, 2020

3765 W 110th Ave, Westminster, Colorado 80031

 

This exquisite luxury 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home will take your breath away. Everything has been chosen with thought and care, from the secluded private sports court to the fine details inside. Perfectly suited for a luxurious lifestyle, this property is located off the 2nd hole of the Legacy Ridge golf course and offers endless mountain views. As you enter the home you are drawn to the Italian Travertine tile and vaulted ceilings. Entertain family and friends in your gourmet Chef's kitchen featuring high-end appliances, professional grade cook-top, gorgeous granite counters, raised island, Amish hand-scraped wood floors and walk-in pantry. Cozy up by the blowing gas fireplace in the spacious hearth room which boasts stunning vaulted coffered ceilings. The family room, right off the dining room, is a great place to relax with views of Long's Peak. The many windows throughout the home flood with natural light. Dual furnaces control separate wings of the home. Step out to the nicely finished Trex deck with gas fireplace to enjoy the Colorado sunshine. This is a great place to host a barbecue, gathering, or enjoy the incredible sunsets in the evening. Downstairs you will find a walk-out basement with wet bar leading you to a built-in hot tub overlooking the golf course. You will notice this luxury home boasts a pride of ownership from it's meticulous owners with unparalleled attention to detail. Located within the neighborhood of Legacy Ridge, this community features a pool, walking paths, beautiful parks, tennis and golf. Added bonus, all furniture in home is negotiable! This is a perfect place to call home!

 

For more information call the Listing Agent, Brendan Bartic, at 720-208-7200. 

Jan. 17, 2020

1461 S Clermont Street, Denver, Colorado 80222

This 2-story Mid-Century Modern home has zoned heating and air for better efficiency! 5 bedrooms & 4 baths, wood floors & plenty of natural night flow throughout the home's open, airy layout w/ tankless water heater, vaulted ceilings, LED and can lighting, wired for a security system & 3k wiring for faster internet. Generously sized living area w/elegant two-way fireplace, glass sliding doors that lead out to the rear covered patio. The gourmet kitchen w/its quartz counters (Cambria, CaesarStone, Thassos), center island w/seating, large pantry, & Thermador stainless-steel appliances w/wine cooler. Dramatic staircase w/stainless steel railing leads up to the master suite presenting private deck, walk-in closet w/custom built-ins, a soaking tub & separate glass shower. Two extra bedrooms & 1 bath finish off the upper level. The finished basement houses a large family room w/an additional bedroom & bathroom. Easy access to Cherry Creek, Wash Park, shopping, restaurants & I25.

For more information contact the Listing Agent, Justin Buller, at 720-625-0224.

Nov. 15, 2019

How To Increase Open House Traffic in the Winter

How are we half way through November?! 

Ace your winter open house with a few pro tips... 

When you think of open houses, your mind might jump to the long, lazy days of summer. And sure, many open houses are held during the warmest months of the year. But that doesn't mean winter is a bad time for open houses. 

In fact, the exact opposite can be true. Winter is a cozy season, and people are looking for a place to settle down and call home. Understanding how to stage a house correctly can go a long way toward boosting your open house numbers. 

Here are a few of our top tips:

 


#1: Make a Welcoming Path
Visitors should be able to stroll right up to your house, not slip and stumble over ice and snow. With this in mind, clear a broad, easy-to-navigate path to the house. Use a snowblower to remove snow, and scatter rock salt to keep the path from refreezing. If the open house will take place at dusk, be sure to provide sufficient illumination on the path, as well. 

#2: Offer a Welcoming Landing
When visitors step into the home, make sure they have a place to hang their hats, coats, and scarves. Encouraging them to settle in and get comfortable is just one of many ways to make the space feel like home. 

#3: Cook Something Delicious
Nothing is as welcoming as the scent of freshly-baked cookies, especially on a cold winter day. With this in mind, pop something nice-smelling in the oven before your open house guests arrive. If you’d like, you can even place a large pot of mulled cider on the stove to give guests something warm to drink as they browse.

#4: Decorate the Outside
Help people get into the spirit of the season by stringing some cheery lights along the outside of the house. Some holiday or seasonal ornaments will serve the same purpose. As a bonus, this also makes the home easier for guests to spot. 

Want to get more people to your open house this winter? Let our team help! Give our office a call at 720.208.7200 to learn more about our services and how we can help.

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Oct. 22, 2019

5 Reasons Why ..

Denver is still a Seller’s Market! If you are thinking of selling your home this fall, below are 5 compelling reasons why:

1. Demand Is Strong

The latest from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and able to purchase…and are in the market right now. More often than not, in many areas of the country, multiple buyers are competing with each other to buy the same home.

Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market!

2. There Is Less Competition Now

Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal market. This means that in the majority of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers.

Historically, a homeowner would stay an average of six years in his or her home. Since 2011, that number has hovered between nine and ten years. There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners to move as they were unable to sell over the last few years due to a negative equity situation. As home values continue to appreciate, more and more homeowners will be given the freedom to move.

Many homeowners were reluctant to list their homes over the last couple years, for fear that they would not find a home to move to. That is all changing now as more homes come to market at the higher end. The choices buyers have will continue to increase. Don’t wait until additional inventory comes to market before you decide to sell.

3. The Process Will Be Quicker

Today’s competitive environment has forced buyers to do all they can to stand out from the crowd, including getting pre-approved for their mortgage financing. This makes the entire selling process much faster and simpler, as buyers know exactly what they can afford before shopping for a home.

4. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move Up

If your next move will be into a premium or luxury home, now is the time to move up. There is currently ample inventory for sale at higher price ranges. This means if you’re planning on selling a starter or trade-up home and moving into your dream home, you’ll be able to do that in the luxury or premium market.

Prices are projected to appreciate by 5.2% over the next year. If you’re moving to a higher-priced home, it will wind up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage) if you wait.

5. It’s Time to Move on with Your Life

Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?

Only you know the answers to these questions. You have the power to take control of the situation by putting your home on the market. Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.

That is what is truly important and we can help!

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Sept. 10, 2019

Happy September!!!

Happy September! 

Back-to-school is a busy time for many people. For some, there’s simply no room in their brains to consider buying or selling a home. For others, however, the time is ripe to get the perfect deal. Just as with many seasons and holidays, back-to-school season affects the real estate market in a few different ways. In a slower market, your bid on a house for sale may stand out more. Read on to learn three reasons the back-to-school season affects the real estate market. 

3 Reasons the Back-to-School Season Affects the Real Estate Market

 


Reason #1: The School District Tango

It’s all about the school districts. Many buyers prefer to move in the spring and summer so that they can be settled and ready by the time their children need to go back to school, especially buyers who are house-hunting in a different school district or who are trying to meet an enrollment deadline for a sought-after school. Once school has started, fewer families may be looking to sell their homes since they’re looking to provide stability for their children during the school year. 

Reason #2: Spring Surge = Late Summer Slowdown
The real estate market usually operates with what’s known as a "spring surge" - a hot-market period during the spring when buyers and sellers alike are working the market into a frenzy. The spring is a popular time of year for the real estate market because the weather is nicer, yards look prettier, and people are looking forward to the summer ahead. This spring surge is usually followed by a late-summer slowdown; as families return from vacation and prepare for the upcoming school year, fewer sellers are preparing their houses for the market and fewer buyers are out looking at what’s available.

Reason #3: Motivated Buyers
With the year-end approaching, many fall home seekers are motivated buyers. While there may be fewer homes on the market in the fall, buyers are more likely to bid at or above asking price in the fall so they can move before winter hits. In this way, the back-to-school season lights a fire under potential buyers to motivate them into acting fast! Happy September
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Aug. 29, 2019

Fun Real Estate Trivia

Today we will test your Real estate knowledge. No, you don't have to have a real estate license for these questions. This is popular culture trivia. Let's see how much you know. (Answers are at the bottom)

1. Who is the world's largest landowner?

2. What is the name of Elvis Presley's home?

3. Which famous skilled mason laid the cornerstone of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. in 1793?

4. During what great land boom (1919) did investors pay up to $25,000 for lots that had not yet been dredged out of the ocean?

5. What famous person said this? "Real estate is the best investment in the world because it is the only thing they are not making anymore!"

6. In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy said, "There is no place like home!" Where was her home? 

7. What town did The Flinstones call home?

8. What Real estate board game became the best-selling game in America just one year after it was created?

9. What time of year is considered the busiest for homebuyers and sellers?

10. What area was designed to look like 1940s southeastern town with traditional architecture?

 

Answers: 

1. The U.S. Government with over 700 million acres! 2. Graceland. 3. George Washington, the first President of the United States 4. The Florida Land Boom. Carl Fisher founded Miami that year and brought hundreds of investors to the state. 5. Will Rogers, who began his career as a rope-throwing cowboy and later became a famous stage and film star. 6. Kansas. 7. Bedrock. 8. Monopoly, created by Charles B. Darrow in 1934. His intention was to cheer himself up while unemployed during the Great Depression. Monopoly is now the most popular board game in the world and has sold over 200 million copies. 9. Spring, Real estate is a year-round business, but spring is still considered the best time of year to showcase a home. 10. Disney's "Celebration" in Orlando, FL. When finished Celebration will have 8,000 residences and many commercial tourist attractions.

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July 8, 2019

How To Avoid Moving Day Disasters

How to Avoid Moving Day Disasters!


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The Big Question: What kind of moving insurance do you really need? 

Many people are surprised to find out their homeowner's insurance doesn't fully cover belongings during a move. For example, you may find that your valuables are covered for theft from the truck, but not for damage while being packed or lifted by moving company employees. 

Instead, here are two options you're usually offered by the moving company: 

1. Released Value Protection 

This usually comes at no additional cost, but it often provides a false sense of security. Here's why: 

Released Value Protection means you typically get only 60 cents per pound for lost or damaged items. In other words, if the movers drop and destroy your 100-pound wide screen TV, you'll be reimbursed $60 rather than the $2,500 it costs to replace it. 

2. Full Value Protection 

This is the option most likely to provide you with realistic coverage. It sets a higher minimum value per pound for your entire shipment - typically between $4 and $6. 

Most moving companies offer Full Value Protection for an additional fee. It sometimes includes exclusions for high-value items, so you may decide to buy additional coverage for possessions that have a high value-to-weight ratio. 

Tip: Making these choices on Moving Day can be stressful, so it's worth looking into these options ahead of time. 


Moving Tips: What the Pros Say

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- Never accept a phone estimate. Insist on a walk-through. 

- Don't pay by volume. (Disreputable companies can inflate the cost by packing only a few items per box.)  Interstate moves should be charged by weight, and moves within the same state should be charged by the hour. 

- Don't pay a hefty deposit. 

- Find out who's really doing the moving - the company you spoke with, or a sub-contractor? Research the company you'll actually be dealing with on Moving Day. 

- Always get the following documents: 
a) Estimate 
b) Order for Service 
c) Bill of Lading 
d) Inventory List 


Self-Moving Options 

Are you willing to put some extra elbow grease into a move? If so, self-moving can be a cost-effective way to go. Here are some well-known self-move companies: 

UPack 
PODS 
Mini-Moves 

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