Real estate market restricted by lack of homes for sale

What a difference a year makes. At this time last year real estate in Boulder was booming. The word on the street was “real estate is back.” The market appeared to be bright and the mood upbeat. Homes were selling at all price points, except at the upper end. Days on market were dropping rapidly […]

Five key things first-time homebuyers need to know

As confidence in the economy grows, a greater number of people are wondering if it’s time to exchange their rent checks for mortgage payments. Understandably, first-time homebuyers may feel overwhelmed by the daunting process of financing their inaugural home purchase. They’ve heard the stories about buyers with stellar credit being turned down for home loans, […]

The nature of elegance

There are not enough letters in the word “spectacular” to describe WaterStone Ridge, an $11 million house that’s currently on the market in the foothills. Built into a series of rock outcroppings, the 8,900-square-foot house uses nature to create a sanctuary of uniqueness – both inside and out. The fact that the house is part […]

Luxury-home market stronger, but selection limited

The trend for strong real estate sales continued in August. Although sales of single-family homes were down about 16 percent over the July peak, much of that was related to the lack of inventory and the seasonal sales cycle. Attached/condo sales continued to be strong except in the luxury segments. The single-family luxury market – […]

Cool time to buy

Spring and summer traditionally are the busy months for real estate transactions – so much so that people may not even consider listing or searching for a home after Labor Day. But even here in Boulder Valley, which can see some unpredictable fall weather, missing out on this season could be a considerable mistake. “Actually, […]

Property-tax assessments: No areawide trend

Home sellers want the highest possible appraisal of their house, but when the tax man comes to the door it can be a different story. As Boulder and Broomfield counties’ assessors come to grips with the reappraisal for 2013, most homeowners will see only slightly increased values and, for the most part, a slightly higher […]

They’re back

The Boulder Valley housing inventory continues to be tight, but with some exceptions. If you are in the market for a luxury house that costs $1 million or more, you may be in luck. The inventory of ultra-luxury homes – with sale prices of $2 million or more – is growing. The number of luxury […]

Distinctive cultures

For Argentinian-born builder and developer Fernando Pagés Ruiz, building homes for recent immigrants paints the American dream with different colors as well as different cultural traditions — especially when it comes to adding features that make the new arrivals feel more at home in their new homes. Early in his career, Ruiz started noticing that […]

July turned up heat on housing market

My crystal ball predictions last month appear to have been wrong. July was the strongest month of this year for residential sales in Boulder and surrounding areas. Sales for single-family homes rose 11.8 percent and attached homes were up 2.9 percent over June. Property listings decreased 3.6 percent from June, property under contract rose by […]

The edge

While Boulder Valley’s real-estate market continues to be hot for moderately priced homes, real-estate experts say there are still opportunities for buyers moving up into the luxury market. But just how long shoppers have to take advantage of this opportunity appears to be a guess at a moving target. Essentially, homes priced less than $700,000 […]