Kind Words from Brian & Barbara

Brian and Barbara, thank you for your kind words. It was an honor and a pleasure to assist you with the sale of your lovely home.

“Our family home of 35+ years was designed by our father and construction overseen by our mother. It was time to sell and Andria was extremely sensitive to the deep sentiment that was attached to this property. She kept us informed throughout the entire process. The marketing of the property was second to none. The house was under contract within four days of going on the market. Passing of papers went without a hitch. I can’t say enough kind words about Andria and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an agent in the Boulder and tri-city areas. Brian & Barbara”


The Fifth Wall of Your Home

One of the things I really enjoy about viewing homes, especially remodels or new construction, is finding out “what’s in, and what’s not.” I love this article about the 5th wall. Most of us ignore the ceilings in our home, except to paint them a basic, neutral color. Check out some of these examples! What fun! I love these ideas. You can update a room with some of these simple changes.

~Andria Allen


Stunning Ceilings: The Latest Eye Candy for the Fifth Wall

Source: REALTOR® Magazine

Ceilings are too often the plain Jane element of a listing, but this element your listing’s structure can assume a starring role and transform a space with minimal effort and expense. Learn about your clients’ options, from millwork to lighting, different shapes, paint, and even wallpaper.

Ceilings have long reflected architectural, economic, and other influences of the day. In early American homes, low ceilings were favored to keep spaces warm, even if they made them feel a bit claustrophobic. During the Victorian era, high ceilings—at least nine feet high and often higher—were embellished, integrating handcrafted cast-plaster ornaments, stencilling, and other decorative treatments…Read More

Sellers Still Rule – For 2 Years, Says Zillow

I’ve spoken with many people who ask, “Do you think we are nearing another real estate bubble?” Well, if I knew, I’d sure be rich. I think the article below from Inman News may be helpful for those asking this question. I do see a “softening” of the local real estate market in some types of properties, price ranges and location. This does not mean a bubble. It means that the property may have sold last year for the initial asking price this year or may have sold within a matter of days to weeks. Now, I’m seeing some price reductions and a longer time on market before a contract is accepted. Again, this is very localized. If you are wondering about your home or property value, please give me a call. I’ll be happy to provide a current market analysis with no obligation.

~Andria Allen, 303.810.8375

Sellers Still Rule — For 2 Years, Says Zillow

Source: Inman News

It won’t be a buyer’s market until 2020, but home price growth has slowed in more than half of the nation’s largest metros, according to the study.

The industry may not see a buyer’s market until at least 2020, according to a majority of real estate economists surveyed by Zillow and Pulsenomics LLC. In the real estate technology company’s latest “2018 Q3 Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey,” more than 75 percent of approximately 100 economists surveyed predicted the market won’t favor buyers until 2020 at the earliest…Read More

FSBOs Make (Way) Less Than They Expect

Recently, I have not met many Sellers trying to market their homes on their own. However, there are still For Sale By Owners or FSBOs. I thought I’d share the article below for your information. If I can help you with the sale of your home, give me a call.

~Andria Allen 303-810-8375

FSBOs Make (Way) Less Than They Expect

Source: REALTOR® Magazine

You’ve heard of buyer’s remorse; but without your market expertise and sales skills to back them up, sellers who choose to sell their home on their own just may experience “seller’s regret” when they see how much less they get for their properties. FSBOs earn an average of $60,000 to $90,000 less on the sale of their home than sellers who work with a real estate agent, according to the National Association of REALTORS®…Read More


3 Simple How-To’s for Around Your Home

Check out these helpful tips for using Nest Thermostats, changing furnace filters, and installing light switches! With only a few simple tools, you can complete these tasks around your house without needing to call a handyman.

3 Tips for Using Your Nest Thermostat

If you’ve recently switched from using another type of thermostat to a Nest Thermostat, the interface can seem foreign at first. Nest Thermostats have intelligent capabilities, but if you aren’t familiar with how they work, you won’t be able to use them to their full potential…Read More

How to Change a Light Switch

If you’ve never changed a light switch before, don’t be intimidated. With a couple tools and by following these simple instructions, you can change out a light switch by yourself in several minutes…Read More


How to Change a Furnace Filter

Changing your furnace filter should be done every 2-3 months. It’s a simple task, but often overlooked, especially if you’ve never done it before. Follow these simple steps below, and you’ll soon be a pro at changing your home’s furnace filter…Read More

Berthoud Is Now “On The Map”

We have all been noticing, and hearing about, the tight housing market, traffic, etc in the Denver area. Well, Berthoud is now officially “on the map” as well with a new professional golf course along with multiple housing options.

There are condos, townhomes, patio homes and larger single family homes in all price ranges available for sale along and around the new golf course in North West Berthoud. There will ultimately be shopping, coffee shops and restaurants included. It’s a lovely community. The area around Berthoud and Loveland has been changing rapidly along with the rest of Colorado, but this community is a large addition to the north Berthoud area. If you’d like more information about this community, give me a call at 303-810-8375.

TPC golf course puts Berthoud on the PGA map

Source: BizWest

BERTHOUD — Colorado — specifically, Berthoud — is now home to one of 34 Tournament Players Club (TPC)  golf courses in the U.S.  Members of the semi-private club are currently playing on the par-72 TPC Colorado course, and the general public will join them later this summer.

In the works for a decade-plus, the TPC Colorado course spreads out over more than 100 acres and sits on U.S. Highway 287 along the edge of Lonetree Reservoir.  The single 18-hole loop course is designed to delight and challenge both beginner and professional golfers with its unique Scottish links-style course…Read More

What are you paying for in the real estate commission when you sell your home?

What are you paying for in the real estate commission when you sell your home? Why work with a Realtor at all versus selling your home on your own – especially in the current market? Well, besides the online and print marketing, signage etc offered in some variety by most brokers, there are other intangible benefits.  I’d like to share the following article with you to help explain what a good, professional realtor (like me) brings to the transaction, why I add value to your home sale process and ultimately help you net more in proceeds than if you try to sell your home on your own.  Call me if you have questions or if I can help you with any real estate needs.


10 Skills You Have to Calm Commission Gripes

Source: REALTOR® Magazine
By Tonya Eberhart and Michael Carr

Even if you’re armed with vast amounts of knowledge of the industry, it isn’t very valuable without experience. To use a sports analogy, imagine that Michael Jordan had all the skills necessary to be a basketball phenomenon in his early teens but never put them to use. Would he be the hoops superstar he is today? Without the experience of playing the game, the short answer is no.

You are no different. Without experience dealing with the ups and downs of the real estate market, you wouldn’t have the answers to the critical questions your clients seek. Is a certain obstacle to the transaction really a deal breaker? Why are certain homes selling faster than others in a particular area? Which marketing tools have been proven to work best to attract a specific customer? Which negotiating tactics are likely to move things to the closing table faster? In the second part of a three-part series, let’s look at how your experience supports your commission with tips drawn from our book, 31 Reasons Your Real Estate Agent Is Worth Their Commission.

1.    You’ve got tools your clients don’t have. You could pull your own bad tooth with a pair of pliers, but the dentist—who went to school to learn and practice the skills of dentistry—has all the right tools. And after the procedure, the dentist knows the next step. Similarly, when it comes to real estate, only you know all the rules, pitfalls, and expectations. Display confidence about your real estate skills in every conversation you have with potential clients. Back that confidence up with stories or data that demonstrate your skills.

2.    You’ve got relationships your clients don’t have. You use the skills of your job as a real estate agent every day. You meet with buyers and sellers who are looking for the right property or opportunity. That means you form acquaintances and relationships that also prove invaluable over time. And you work to foster those relationships and stay on top of what matters to them. Many times, you will have a buyer in mind before you even attain a listing. Your prospects need to know this.

3.    You’ve turned objections into opportunities. You hear “no” every day. While buyers and sellers might think that is an absolute answer, you can see what is flexible and fixable. You can confidently navigate treacherous waters because you have overcome obstacles in transactions before, many of which your clients didn’t even know existed. Experience is often unveiled by answering questions your clients didn’t even know they needed to ask.

4.    You’re more efficient at solving problems. Most people are not aware of the time that can be wasted when issues arise, unnecessarily prolonging a closing. But they definitely feel the frustration when it happens. You, however, can see through 99 percent of those issues (many of which are simply excuses) and know how to circumvent them or bypass them completely, saving your clients time and often saving the deal.

5.    You bring education and modern technology. Strategy is paramount in real estate sales. Experience provides that extra 5 percent difference that often leads to the 26 percent better return on your client’s investment. You take continuing education courses every year to learn the latest guidelines, techniques, and tactics to do your job like a pro. Through your associations, you have access to every gadget or tool that gives your client’s property a competitive edge, and many of them are exclusive to your industry or brokerage.

6.    You’re loyal to a fault—and that’s priceless. Once your client contracts with you, you are not only required by law to look after their best interests but you also willingly offer them your loyalty. Take the story of Tenzing Norgay. When Sir Edmund Hillary became the first person on record to reach the top of Mt. Everest, Tenzing Norgay was the Sherpa who was pushing him while carrying his backpack. Even when you don’t receive the credit, you remain loyal and steadfast. And this loyalty wins you more than the deal—it wins lifelong customers.

7.    You act as your clients’ “broker.” “Broker” can be a noun that describes a person in a lot of industries—stock broker, franchise broker, mortgage broker—and it’s the definition most consumers think of. However, “brokering,” as it pertains to doing deals in real estate, is a verb that, by definition, describes why all real estate professionals are worth a commission. Just ask any investor whose agent was able to use their experience to navigate a multiple-offer deal by negotiating terms rather than price. The average buyer or seller may not realize how much your brokering experience can affect the bottom line of their investment. It’s imperative to communicate it early in the process.

8.    You’re the first to know. You often get the first peek at properties that are off-market or hitting the MLS soon. You know about planning and development for your area, as well as the players who are making it happen. You know about market changes that can directly affect pricing, timing, and speed of sale. This edge can put your buyers and sellers in an advantageous position that they would never realize without your experience. Many times, agents have sold a property before it even hits the MLS because of this experience.

9.    You’re always accessible. Many of you are accessible seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. And most of you have your family trained to expect a little interruption on occasion. There are few industries where this accessibility is expected more than in real estate. Obviously, everyone needs down time and to properly prioritize, but one of the reasons you’re worth the commission is because you’re there when your clients need you. Most of you have sacrificed both professionally and personally at one time or another to meet this expectation. Your clients should know that access is invaluable.

10. The statistics are on your side. There are more than 500,000 active full-time agents and more than 6 million housing units sold each year in the U.S. That represents the vast majority of buyers and sellers who utilize and pay for an agent to help them navigate the highly competitive and complicated real estate process. In fact, 88 percent of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent, but among those who used the internet to search for homes, that share goes up to 90 percent, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ Real Estate in a Digital Age 2017 Report. Hiring someone with your experience can save your clients both time and money, a fact that has been proven time and again with sound statistics.