Tips For Selling A Home Part 1: Do I Need to Fix Everything?

As a Realtor® working in Northern Colorado I work with a lot of people who are selling their home. I started this blog series on Tips For Selling A Home to answer many of the common questions that I get from homeowners who are wanting to get the best price when selling a home. Read on to learn more about how you can get the most money when you sell a home. 

People often ask me if they should repair things that are broken or do clean up before they put the house on the market. My answer is absolutely yes. First of all, if something major needs to be fixed like the roof being replaced then you will definitely need to do that to sell the home. But more minor things like paint or missing trim might not be as big of a deal but still I would do the minor repairs because it will net you more money in the end.

If you list your home as-is, people will deduct from their offer price and ultimately try to pay far less for it. Often times home buyers get emotionally attached to a home and are willing to pay more. However, those buyers are easily turned off if there is even a small amount of work to be done. 

If work needs to be done it is more likely that your house will be bought by an investor or someone who wants to flip the house. These buyers are always looking for the best deal and will try to bid lower to get your house. 

For those reasons, it is my opinion that it is always smart to do minor repairs to get your house in good shape to sell on the open market. Again, this is only talking about small repairs. If you are thinking of doing a major addition to try and get more money that is a whole other question and a whole other video. 

Check back for more answers on how to get more money when selling your home. Andy Hawbaker is a licensed Realtor® with Kris Lindahl Real Estate. He works with home owners to get their homes sold quickly and for the best price. You can reach Andy directly with your home selling questions at 970-203-5066. 

Kitchen in home for sale
Selling Your Home for top dollar

Windsor, CO Real Estate Update – July 2021

Are you interested in the Northern Colorado Real Estate Market? Let’s discuss Windsor, CO and Severance, CO and how the real estate market is doing in these towns. The data discussed in this video and this page is from June 2021, the most recent data available. Let’s review the number of homes sold, number of homes on the market, average sales price and other real estate data.

Windsor RE Update

In June 2021, the average sale price of a single family home in Windsor, CO was over $603,000. This is a 22% increase over last year. There were 161 closed sales in Windsor, CO which is 57.8% more than last June. 

The average sales price is climbing at more than twice the ten year average appreciation of 8 to 10% per year. The Windsor, CO Real Estate market remains very strong along with all of Northern Colorado. 

The City of Windsor is a place people want to live. It has a hometown feel, the schools are good, it’s centrally located in Northern Colorado and there are great recreational opportunities.

Windsor Real Estate Update

Let’s review the number of homes listed, under contract and sold in Windsor, CO during the month of June. There were 129 new listing added to the market in June. 119 homes went under contract and 161 homes were sold. 

The inventory problem is easy to see, there were 129 new homes for sale but 161 homes sold. So obviously there is a lot more demand for Windsor, CO homes than there is homes for sale.

The total number of closed sales in up 57.8% over last years numbers. 

If you are considering buying or selling a home in Windsor or Severance reach out to me at 970-203-5066 or by filling out a form on this website. I am a licensed Realtor® with Kris Lindahl Real Estate. I live in Windsor, CO and serve all of Northern Colorado.

Loveland, CO: Boise Bend Natural Area

Loveland Colorado is full of wonderful outdoor recreational experiences and the fabulous open lands program has brought us many great public open spaces. Today we’ll focus on a small open space with river access called Boise Bend Natural Area. Boise Bend Natural Area is owned by the City of Loveland and allows the public to park in the small parking lot to gain access to the Big Thompson River. You can fish or just relax near the calming water of the Big T rolling by. The short trail makes a loop which is great for small children or anyone just looking for a few minutes of quiet time.

You can access Boise Bend Natural Area off of Boise Avenue. It is south of First Street and north of Highway 402. The parking lot is on the west side of Boise Avenue just south of the river. 

You can park in the parking lot and access the Big Thompson river by following the trail. The short Loveland hiking trail makes a small loop and takes you back to your car. 

Looking for more hiking trails and outdoor experiences in Loveland, CO? Also visit Old St. Louis Natural Area and River’s Edge Natural Area

*Disclaimer: Andy Hawbaker is a Licensed Real Estate Agent with Kris Lindahl Real Estate. Andy also served 10 years on the City of Loveland Open Lands Commission. This webpage is intended to be informational for people living in or wishing to move to Loveland, CO.*

Big Thompson River Access
Boise Bend Natural Area

Living in Loveland, CO: Old St. Louis Natural Area

Loveland Colorado is a great place to live. Of course the location is great, the economy is good and home prices are relatively less expensive than other areas in the Colorado Front Range but one of my favorite parts about living in Larimer County is the fantastic open lands and outdoor recreation opportunities. Let’s check out Old St. Louis Natural Area in Loveland, CO. This outdoor recreation area is part of the City of Loveland’s Open Space program and it offers a great trail for walking as well as access to the Big Thompson River. 

Visit Old St. Louis Natural Area for a quiet walk in nature right in the middle of town. You can use the paved trails to push a stroller or let your kids ride scooters or explore the soft surface trails for some wildlife viewing. This is a fantastic area for a quiet walk. I saw many birds, baby frogs, baby bunnies and very few people. Deer and elk also make it this far into town so you never know when you’ll have a sighting.

Loveland Open SPace
Old St. Louis Natural Area

Loveland has a lot of great outdoor spaces. Visit River’s Edge Natural Area for more great outdoor experiences. Or visit Boise Bend Natural Area for move Big Thompson River Access.

If you have any questions about moving to Loveland, CO reach out to Andy Hawbaker for more information. Andy is a licensed Realtor® with Kris Lindahl Real Estate.

*Disclaimer: Andy Hawbaker served 10 years on the City of Loveland’s Open Lands Commission. This post has nothing to do with that affiliation but is merely informational for people interested in Loveland, CO.

Loveland Colorado’s River’s Edge Natural Area

Living in Loveland Colorado is pretty awesome. The city of Loveland offers a lot of outdoor recreation opportunities. One of the best things about living in Loveland, CO is the awesome natural spaces. The city of Loveland benefits from the Larimer County Open Space Tax which helps fund open space purchases and maintenance in Loveland, Fort Collins, Windsor, Estes Park and other places throughout the county.

Rivers Edge Natural Area is located in the center of town. It is right along the Big Thompson River and the city recreation trail. This is a great place to fish, watch birds, walk, run or just get away from the stress in your life. If you live in Loveland or nearby, visit Rivers Edge for an amazing natural space right in town.

The multiple ponds of Rivers Edge Natural Area connect to the Jayhawker Ponds which had been a local fishing spot for decades. The Open space is also sandwhiched between Centenial Park (a baseball & pickleball haven) and Old Fairgrounds Park (which has a skate park, river access, a dog park, softball fields and more.)

Whether you visit Rivers Edge for fishing, bird watching, a short walk or a longer hike, you are sure to enjoy this beautiful outdoor space located right in the center of Loveland, Colorado. 

This is just one of the many reasons that people move to Loveland, CO. If you are considering buying or selling a home in Loveland reach out to Andy Hawbaker.

**Disclaimer: Andy Hawbaker is a licensed Realtor® with Kris Lindahl Real Estate. Andy also served 10 years on the City of Loveland Open Lands Commission. The purpose of this post is simily informational. Enjoy.

Featured Neighborhoods in Loveland: Tulip Creek.

Like Open Spaces? Also visit Loveland’s Old St. Louis Natural Area.


Loveland Colorado Open SPace
Rivers Edge Natural Area

Featured Neighborhood: Tulip Creek

If you are looking to move to Loveland, CO or simply want to buy a house in Loveland, CO, check out Tulip Creek. This beautiful Neighborhood is located on the east side of Loveland with easy access to I-25 and all of the shopping in Centerra. The neighborhood is newer and overall it is well kept. There are mountain views and a private swimming pool.

The location of Tulip Creek gives you quick access to I-25 and Centerra as well a quick access to downtown Loveland and all of the great restaurants and breweries. Loveland, CO has a lot to offer it’s residents. It’s no wonder people are looking to move to Loveland, CO.

Mountain View High School is right around the corner and New Vision Charter School is right down the street for a great option for elementary and middle school aged children. 

Tulip Creek Loveland
Tulip Creek Pool
Tulip Creek Townhomes

Featured Neighborhood: The Lakes at Centerra

You are probably thinking about moving to Loveland, CO for the great outdoor recreation opportunities, the nice hometown feel, a multitude of shopping opportunites or the ease of access to I-25 and Denver. Well, look no futher all of those things (and more) are available to you at the Lakes of Centerra.

Located in East Loveland near the Centerra Shopping centers and easy access to I-25, The Lakes of Centerra is a beautiful new neighborhood that has it’s own K-8 public school, community gardens, swimming pool, lake acess and so much more. 

Take a nice walk around the two lakes, enjoy the community gardens, catch the bike path or head over to the mall; there’s so much to do. 

At the Lakes at Centerra, you will find single family homes with 3-4 bedrooms, larger luxury homes, easy access ranch style homes and even townhomes. There is literally a home style for everyone in this beautiful Loveland Neighborhood.


Lakes at Centerra
Living at Centerra

For more information about moving to Loveland Colorado or to see the homes currently available in The Lakes at Centerra, reach out to Andy Hawbaker at 970-203-5066. Or schedule a meeting through the links on this website.  

5 Best Spots to Paddle Board in Northern Colorado

Northern Colorado is fun of fun outdoor adventure. There are tons of hiking trails, bike trails, and fishing holes but have you been Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Northern Colorado? Well, you’re in luck, here is a list of the 5 best spots to paddle board in Northern Colorado.

Paddle Board Northern Colorado

1. Dowdy Lake (See above). – Located near Red Feather Lakes, Dowdy Lake is a great weekend get away located about an hour north & west of Fort Collins.

2. Horsetooth Lake – This beautiful lake is located just outside of Fort Collins, CO. The lake is large and has motorized boats but there are quiet little spots to get your paddle on.

3. Lon Hagler Reservoir – This smaller lake is located in west Loveland, CO. It’s a great place to paddle.

4. Pinewood Reservoir (or Carter Lake) – Pinewood Reservoir is a quiet mountain lake located outside of Loveland. There are no motor boats allowed. It is a perfect place to relax.

5. Windsor Lake – Located directly in the middle of Windsor, CO, Windsor Lake is a great place to relax on a sunny day. 

SUP Windsor Lake
Paddle Board Noco

Greeley Real Estate Market Update – June 2021

What’s happening in the Greeley Real Estate Market? We’ll you’ve found the Greeley Real Estate Market update so we’ll cover the latest data to get a snapshot of what is really going on in the entire Weld County Market. The data discussed here is from May 2021.

The Real Estate Market in Greeley Colorado remains very strong. The house prices are continuing to appreaciate at a high rate. The inventory of homes for sale is remains at an all-time-low making prices increase very rapidly. There is simply more demand for homes than there is homes available. You’ll notice that on average homes are selling over the asking price.

Greeley RE Market Update

Want to know more about Northern Colorado Real Estate? Check out our Windsor Real Estate Update, or Fort Collins/Loveland Real Estate Update.

More questions about buying or selling a home in Greeley or Weld County Colorado? Reach out to Andy Hawbaker by text at 970-203-5066.

*Andy Hawbaker is a Real Estate Agent Licensed with Kris Lindahl Real Estate. He is a Northern Colorado Real Estate Expert.

Fort Collins Real Estate Update 2021

Everybody has been talking about how hot the Fort Collins Real Estate Market is but have you reviewed the actual data? Let’s dig into the May 2021 data to see exactly what is going on in the Fort Collins and Loveland Real Estate Market. This is your Fort Collins Real Estate Update for June 2021.

Fort Collins Market Update

While the Fort Collins Market remains hot, you’ll see that Loveland, CO and all of Larimer County also saw similar results in may. The average sales price continue to rise at alarming rates. If you are a homeowner in Fort Collins or Loveland and have had any thoughts about selling your home, now may be the perfect time to sell your home.

That is the Market Update for June 2021. If you have any specific questions about anything regarding Northern Colorado Real Estate. Reach out to me at 970-203-5066. I would be happy to help. 

**Andy Hawbaker is a Licensed Real Estate Agent with Kris Lindahl Real Estate. Andy lives in Windsor, CO and services Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor and Surrounding Communities. For fastes response text 970-203-5066.