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Coronavirus Migration Survey

I have received a lot of questions lately regarding the real estate market.  I don’t know about other areas, but it’s still quite brisk in CO and our local market.  Based on articles I’ve read in the Wall Street Journal, I personally believe we will begin to see some larger demographic shifts in the next 5 years.  This will be due mostly to the ability to telecommute.  As more American workers can choose where to live but keep their job, many will choose to move from larger urban areas.  Smaller towns can offer more affordable housing for one thing.  I found this article very interesting regarding how many and why people are currently considering a move.  I believe there will be more as people are able to return to work whether due to a layoff or new career.

Give me a call if you are interested in what your home may be worth or are considering a new home with the incredibly low interest rates.

Andria Allen

303.810.8375

 


Coronavirus Is Inspiring Some to Move, and Many to Stay Put

Source: Apartment List

Moving, whether for opportunity or adventure, has long been cemented in the American psyche. It may be motivated by a pursuit of education, career advancement, a desire to own a home or start a family, or simply a change of pace. But while Americans have historically moved more frequently than those in many other countries, the U.S. mobility rate has actually been declining for the past 35 years. According to the Census Bureau, over 20 percent of Americans changed homes in 1985; by 2019, that rate had been cut in half.

Now, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to uproot daily life, there are many reasons to think American mobility will rebound. For one, a number of large companies are embracing remote work beyond the pandemic, meaning their workers are no longer tied to a particular location. Plus, months of sheltering in place has many urban dwellers thinking about greener (and more spacious) pastures. And at the same time, millions of Americans have recently lost their jobs, leaving them with no choice but to move in with family or find some other more affordable living situation. Lately there has been much anecdotal speculation on these trends. In this report we analyze recently collected survey data to get a more concrete idea of how the current pandemic will shape American mobilityRead More 

News to Know, Market Update, & Open Restaurants

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

#DoingMyPartCO


News to Know This Week

Colorado will move into “Protect Our Neighbors” county by county at the beginning of next month. This new phase is designed to be more flexible and sustainable than previous orders, with the caveat that if cases increase significantly, the state may move back to a safer-at-home or stay-at-home order for everyone. Protect Our Neighbors allows all businesses to be open to some extent and large gatherings of up to 500 people. In order to transition into this new phase, a county needs to meet a variety of standards such as the ability to handle intensive hospital care surges and conduct testing and effective case investigation.


Market Update

According to Boulder-based global real estate analyst Mike DelPrete “The U.S. real estate market is in the midst of a recovery. Important lead indicators are up from their lows of the past several months, and nearly every graph is moving up and to the right.” And new listing activity does indeed look like the check-mark recovery that Mike predicted weeks ago. See full update


Restaurants Open for Dine-In

Colorado restaurants have been allowed to open for dine-in for several weeks now and more and more are doing so every day. Whether you’ve already ventured out or you’re just thinking about doing so now, check out this list of local options. Try something new, or revisit your favorite locations! See Guide

 

A Millennial’s Guide to Homeownership

Many thought real estate sales would stall during the COVID pandemic, but statistics highlight a very brisk local and CO market.  One of the largest home buying groups at this time are the Millennials.  The guide attached has some interesting statistics and information.  It may help you decide whether to move, remodel, downsize etc.  Call me if you have any questions about real estate.
Andria Allen
303.810.8375

 

 

News to Know, Market Update, & Backyard Camping Ideas

As we start to transition to “safer at home”, we begin to see some changes in your neighborhoods and towns.  If you are thinking of buying or selling a home, I think you’ll find the charts below very encouraging. The local real estate market remains strong and quite brisk.  While it’s still a slight Sellers’ market, there is more inventory available as we move into Safer at Home. Please let me know if I can help you or someone you know with any real estate questions or needs.

Andria Allen

303.810.8375



“Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful.”

#DoingMyPartCO


This Week’s News to Know

As the holiday weekend approaches, buyers and sellers are returning to the market.  Buyers are choosier about the homes they see in person, extensively exploring a property and location prior to booking a showing. This means the buyers who DO see a property are generally more serious about a home than in a pre-COVID market. A trend is also emerging with buyers seeking homes (or second homes) in less populated areas with more space.  If you’re thinking along these lines and looking outside of the immediate area, I’m happy to make an introduction on your behalf through my extensive referral network.


Market Update

Are the current market conditions normal?  Not yet, but there are signs of normalcy as market activity resumes and our local economy begins to recover now that many restrictions are lifted.  According to real estate industry expert Mike DelPrete, “The number of new listings coming to market is a key indicator of a healthy real estate marketplace, representing high-intent seller demand and available inventory.” See full update


Backyard Camping Ideas

The best way to enjoy the great outdoors while at home?  A backyard camping trip! Pitch a tent, roast some marshmallows and gaze up at the beautiful starry night. Here’s a list of some things to do before curling up in your sleeping bag. See Guide

How Stay-at-Home Effects Real Estate


And then the whole world walked inside and shut their doors and said we will stop it all.  Everything.  To protect our weaker ones.  Our sicker ones.  Our older ones. And nothing, NOTHING in the history of humankind ever felt more like LOVE than this. (author unknown)

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How Stay-at-Home Effects Real Estate

Last week the state of Colorado issued a “Stay-at-Home” public health order effective March 27th at 11:59pm through April 11th. As part of this order, financial and professional institutions have been declared “critical businesses” and include “real estate appraisals and transactions”.  This means certain essential real estate functions can still be performed.

For Clients Under Contract


For Buyers


For Sellers


 

New This Week

Governor Polis has issued an executive order allowing temporary, remote notarization to be legal within the state. In real estate, this gives us additional options to conduct closings remotely without the need for clients and real estate agents to meet in a central location to finalize paperwork.

More information


 

Market Update

Looking at the number of new listings, under contract properties and withdrawn properties over the last 7 days gives a snapshot into how COVID-19 is affecting our local market.  Experts do not think this is a repeat of the 2008 housing crisis,but do expect a significant slowing down of the real estate market until stay-at-home orders are lifted.

See full update.


 

Financial Options

If you have recently lost your job or have reduced hours and need to consider financial options right now, consider contacting your mortgage lender or mortgage provider if you own your home.  Through the stimulus bill passed recently, you may be able to delay up to 12 months of mortgage payments with no penalties, interest or credit rating consequences.  You may also have options to refinance or cash out on your home equity, depending on your current situation.


 

Groceries

Does going out for groceries seem daunting right now?  Here’s a list of alternative options for going into the store – whether that’s delivery services, farm stands or even local restaurants selling food boxes.  Check out unique ways of getting groceries without going into the grocery store.

 

 

Happy Fall! Best Coffee Shops, Thanksgiving Meal Prep, and Colorado Free Days

Happy fall/winter to all of you! 

I kind of feel like we missed the fall part with these early cold days and snow.  But, that is a good reason to have a hot beverage at a local coffee shop.

With the holidays fast approaching, some holiday meal tips might also come in handy.  In addition, with families coming to visit, the link for Colorado Free Days provides some great places to entertain guests for free!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

Andria Allen

303.810.8375


Best Coffee Shops in Boulder County

Do you know what pairs perfectly with cold weather? Coffee!! Here is a list of our top coffee shops located in Boulder…Read More


Thanksgiving Meal Prep Done Right

Thanksgiving is a day to spend with family and friends, thankful for what we have. Prepping for this extravagant meal…Read More


Colorado Free Days in November

Winter for Colorado is officially here! If your family is needing some ways to escape the cold outside, here are the free days…Read More

 

Join Operation Equine for Our First Annual Fundraiser

Below is the information for the first annual fundraiser for Operation Equine, a 501(c)(3) that I am involved with as the President of the Board. This organization uses equine assisted therapy for veterans, first responders, and their families. As a veteran myself, I completely appreciate their mission and how they approach it. Our first responders, (fire, police, ER personnel, victim advocates, EMT etc) are often forgotten. They also deal with daily trauma and often take it home with them. I personally experience my “therapy” daily when I go to the stables to spend time with my horse. I know how this time helps me calm myself, and deal with my own emotions.

Please try to attend our fundraiser. If you can’t attend, but wish to donate, please do so using the Donate button. You can purchase advance tickets using the “get tickets” button.

We will have lots of fun with food, drawings, silent auction, live band and horses. All are donated.

Thank you for your support.

Andria Allen

303.810.8375


Join Us for Our First Annual Fundraiser!


Sunday, September 15, 2019 • 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Purchase Tickets or Donate Now

Location: Mat & Flo’s Farm: 8400 N. County Line Road, Longmont, CO 80503 (click for directions via Google Maps)

Cost: $25 online; $30 at the door
FREE for kids 12 & under

Join us in supporting our Military, First Responders and their families at our First Annual Fundraiser!

With the assistance of the Colorado Veteran’s ProjectOperation Equine will be raising funds to fulfill our enduring commitment to those on the front lines.

This fun and inspiring afternoon will include food from Old Chicago, live music performed by the Tim Sullivan Band, a silent auction, prize giveaways, Meet & Greet with the horses, outdoor games for the kids, and a few surprises!

Purchase Tickets Here


Can’t attend? Please considering making a tax-deductible donation!

Donate here.


Your ticket and donations support:

  • Sponsorships to help fund counseling for active military, veteran, and emergency responders and their spouses/partners, children, and caregivers;
  • Youth programs for the children of active military, veterans, and emergency responders
  • Education, training, and respite for caregivers
  • Helping to build an indoor arena at Mount Moriah Stables

Can’t attend this event but still want to support Operation Equine? Here are some ongoing ways to do that! 

  • Love horses? You could volunteer to groom and take care of the horses*
  • Love kids? You could provide childcare at our facility while parents attend counseling sessions*
  • You can build, fix or repair things? You could do construction/repairs/odd jobs around the ranch*
  • Share Operation Equine’s mission with people in one of your organizations or clubs
  • Have another skill you’d like to lend? (fundraising, financial planning, marketing, website design, barn repair, etc.) Please let us know! 
  • Donating funds – whatever amount – always helps!
  • Want to support our military and emergency responder families but don’t know how?  We can help you figure out how to help us: easy!
  • It takes a village to support those who support us, be creative!* For the safety and peace of mind for all of our participants, all volunteers must go through the Operation Equine volunteer process.  

Click here to learn more about Operation Equine.

WK Real Estate Voted “Best Real Estate Company” in Longmont 2019

Thanks to all of you who voted WK Real Estate the Best Real Estate Company in the Times-Call Readers’ Choice Awards.  I think this is the 15th consecutive year for WK Real Estate to be chosen.  That’s one of the many reasons I continue to work as a REALTOR® in this great, locally owned and operated real estate company.  WK Real Estate has been in Boulder for over 45 years.  We know our market and love living here.

If I can assist you with any of your real estate needs, please give me a call. It will be my pleasure to work with you.

Click Here to read more about this award and about WK Real Estate.


Andria Allen

303.810.8375

Why We Need to Hire More Veterans

Veterans Day has just passed last weekend. However, I just found this article and want to share it. Being a veteran myself, I can totally relate to the article. I was an officer in the USAF for 11 years. I believe the culture in all services is similar – depending on the mission and location. For me, two ideas stand out in the article.

One – civilian hiring managers are not familiar with the military rank structure, goals and objectives. So achievement in the military may not be recognized or appreciated by a civilian hiring manager. There is no fault here – just a matter of education as mentioned in the article.

Two – the Admiral is right that other countries can “copy” our weapons systems. But the culture of support, caring, team work, get it done, etc, can’t. This is a culture that is valuable to not only corporate America, but to our communities as well.

A good leader – whether corporate or military, knows how to lead thru compassion, understanding each person, building team work, taking responsibility for the end result, and above all, be willing to do any job he or she is asking someone else to do; To understand that each person plays a part in the final result; To understand that each job has importance to the final result.

I too had some difficulty transitioning to a civilian job after 11 years in the USAF. I figured it out, but some of our veterans need more assistance. Please keep this in mind if you receive a resume from a veteran. Hire us, train us, support us and you’ll have a fantastic, loyal team member.

Andria Allen Capt, USAF

303.810.8375


We Need to Hire More Veterans – Here’s Why

Source: LinkedIn

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity through the Navy’s Distinguished Visitors Program to visit the USS John C. Stennis, a 5,500-person aircraft carrier somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. (They didn’t disclose the location to me.) I was invited because the Navy wants to showcase its impressive culture and operations to influencers — people who can pass on the message and build the brand of the Navy to everyone from potential recruits to key constituents for the Navy’s interests.

Anyone who grew up watching “Top Gun” has at one point dreamed of being Maverick, so naturally I took the opportunity to board a C-2A “Cod,” get my face rearranged at (what felt like) lightning speed and land aboard what is essentially a floating city.

But I got much more than I bargained for once I got there...Read More

WK Real Estate Voted “Best Real Estate Company” in Longmont 2018

I’m excited to announce that WK Real Estate has been awarded “Best Real Estate Company” by the Longmont Times-Call Readers’ Choice Awards for 2018! Thank you to everyone who voted for us! Read below for why this award is significant to us.


We’re excited to announce that WK Real Estate has been awarded “Best Real Estate Company” by the Longmont Times-Call Readers’ Choice Awards for 2018! Every year, the readers of the Longmont Times-Call and community members of Longmont vote for the best food, shopping, entertainment, and services in Longmont. Back in March, voting opened for two weeks, and thousands of votes were cast for the community’s favorite faces and places. The votes are in, the winners have been chosen, and WK Real Estate received this award for the fifth consecutive year.

Almost eight years ago, we expanded from our Boulder office and opened our office in Longmont to better serve the needs of our clients and friends in the Longmont area. We’re proud to set the standard for quality services and thoughtful customer care in real estate in the Boulder County area.

Thank you to all of our clients, friends, and colleagues who took the time to recognize our efforts and vote for us! We are grateful to be your resource for your real estate needs, and to be able to serve our incredible community every day.

Source: WK Real Estate