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How Do Neighbors Affect Your Montrose CO Home Value?

How Do Neighbors Affect Your Home’s Value?

Montrose-coWhen you’re working hard to get your house on the Montrose CO real estate market, you’re well aware of the importance of curb appeal. Making your house look its best from the street by tidying up the yard and making sure that everything is in good repair is a no-brainer. And if you’re a buyer, you also know that what you see on that first glance makes a crucial impression that determines whether you’ll call for a showing or not.

Curb appeal isn’t just about your own house, though. It also takes into account the whole neighborhood, and your neighbors can have a big effect on your property value because of this. After all, you can’t “unsee” the peeling paint or pile of junk next door — and you can’t control it, which makes neighbors a particularly sticky problem when it comes to a home’s value.

The Good

Some neighbors are wonderful, and they can help to sell your house just by being there. People who take good care of their property by tending their lawns and keeping things tidy make your whole neighborhood more desirable. If you count a great local school or nearby transit as your neighbors, you may enjoy a boost to your property value, as these are highly sought-after features for many buyers.

The Bad

On the other hand, bad neighbors can bring down your property value by 5 to 10 percent. Bad neighbors are ones who don’t keep up their properties or create an unpleasant living situation with loud music, parties or even crime. If you’re stuck with a bad neighbor, you might be able to get some help by reporting illegal activity — or at the very least, sending a note asking them to clean up.

The Ugly

Some neighbors go well beyond just being messy or uncouth. If you live near several foreclosed or abandoned homes, or something undesirable like a landfill or power plant, your property values will be affected. Having a registered sex offender in the neighborhood can also bring down your home’s value. Unfortunately, there’s not much to be done about these neighbors.

If you’re interested in trying to improve your home’s value in Montrose CO, start by tending to your landscaping and the exterior of your house. You can also consider working with neighbors to clean up litter, host a block party and establish a play area that will attract future buyers to your street to join something that’s clearly very special.

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Atha Team Montrose CO Keller Williams Real Estate AgentsCopyright 2017 Keller Williams Colorado West Realty, LLC. If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. Equal opportunity housing provider. Each office is independently owned and operated. For sale by owner data not included in research findings. Sales data reflects sales from homes not limited to the Atha Team LLC. This information was gathered from Keller Williams, The National Association of Realtor, CoreLogic data analysis firm, Montrose Association of Realtors, and the Mortgage Brokers Association. This data is considered accurate, but is not guaranteed. Copyright Atha Team LLC 2017. All Rights Reserved.

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Top 10 Home Trends – Homes for Sale Montrose Co

What do Montrose Co Home Buyers Want?

While homes are often valued by their square footage and the neighborhood in which they are located, homes that have been updated tend to sell more quickly and for a higher price. It may not be feasible or financially advisable to update an entire house before it’s sold; however, there are improvements that can be made that will help your home look more attractive to potential buyers.


1. No Brass Fixtures

Whether it’s the knobs on your cabinets, your light fixture, or even the trim on the glass of your shower door, buyers have moved away from the shiny brass craze of yesteryear. Removing the brass fixtures and replacing them with brushed nickel or aged bronze is more likely to give a space an updated appearance. Don’t forget areas like doorknobs and bathroom faucets.

2. Countertops and Backsplashes

There’s nothing that makes a beautiful kitchen with expensive finishes look cheaper than a substandard countertop. While various types of laminate and formica offer cost effective alternatives, some of them detract from the overall look of the kitchen. Other alternatives include concrete, stainless steel, soapstone, tile, butcher block, composites, and of course granite and marble. Matched with a backsplash, a beautiful countertop can make any kitchen feel high-end. A less expensive alternative is to hire a professional to paint and seal the existing countertops.

Check out this granite overlay process that turns old countertops into new ones!
And for the more brave renovator, try this trick to make laminate countertops into concrete countertops with very little money!

3. Kitchen Cabinets

They seem to be in the majority of homes – the reddish inexpensive cabinets that scream “builder’s grade”. Custom cabinets made from upgraded wood such as alder add instant appeal to a house. Stay away from ornate edges or wooden cutouts. Clean and simple is what’s “in”. Replacing cabinets with new custom cabinetry is quite expensive, and the selling price of the home is not likely to justify such a large cost. However, there are alternatives. Cabinets can be painted or stained to give them a whole new look. Try Rust-oleum’s cabinet refinishing kit! New hardware will help, too. Make sure to find new pulls or knobs that will match the existing holes in the cabinets, or fill the holes before you stain and re-drill!

4. Matching Stainless Steel Appliances

Nothing makes a kitchen look more pulled together than matching appliances. If they’re all stainless steel, even better! White appliances tend to make a kitchen appear more outdated, but if they match the rest of the appliances it probably won’t be of financial benefit to replace them all. If you have mismatched appliances, or simply want an update, try painting them with Liquid Stainless Steel ( or a similar product. Certain stainless steel paints can only be used on things like refrigerators, so be sure to research the product you choose thoroughly to make sure it matches your intended application!

 5. Undermounted Kitchen Sink

Kitchen sinks that are mounted so that they are under the countertop are trending right now. The undermounted sink alleviates crumbs and moisture where the countertop and sink meet. This clean modern look is best accomplished by a professional. The sink must be able to bear the weight of dishes, so not all countertops are ideal. Undermounted sinks work best with solid countertops such as granite, butcher block, concrete, or marble. If an undermounted sink is not feasible, you can give your existing sink a facelift by installing a new brushed nickel faucet.

 6. Walk-in Shower with Tile Surround

A walk-in shower in a master bathroom is very desirable in the current Montrose Market. While shared bathrooms that children use still need a traditional bathtub with a showerhead, more and more master bathrooms are being built with a separate tub and walk-in shower. The walk-in shower should be tiled to give it the best look. If you don’t have a walk-in shower, the area above your bathtub can be tiled to give it the same feel.

 7. Soft-Close Drawers

Soft-Close Drawers give any space a custom feel. This simple upgrade can be done to any drawer, and for a low cost. The pieces can be retrofitted onto existing drawer systems with little cost and time. The same goes for pantries and cabinets. This is not limited to kitchen spaces. Drawers all throughout your home can benefit from this simple upgrade.

 8. Flagstone

While making adjustments in your home before listing it for sale, make sure to pay attention to your outdoor spaces as well. If you do not already have a patio of some sort, consider making one with flagstone pavers. Flagstone is an attractive way to create character in an outdoor space. There are many options that range from small square flagstone tiles, to large naturally shaped pavers. Design something that fits with the space you have. Try something that moves your eyes around the outdoor space. Multi-levels add interest and depth. This can be an expensive endeavor, and you’re unlikely to recoup the costs in the sale of your home. An alternative is to clean the existing yard, and give it defined seating areas with well-placed patio furniture.

 9. Natural Flooring

There are more flooring alternatives today than ever before. If you’re in the market for new flooring, consider something natural like hardwood or bamboo. In kitchens or bathrooms, tile is always an attractive choice. Avoid black and white checkered tile and go with something more natural looking. Laminates have progressed significantly in recent years. Laminate hardwood can be better in some situations than even natural hardwood. It stands up to kids and pets well. Choose a laminate that looks hand-scraped and has many variations in the pattern. Laminate tiles are also becoming increasingly popular. They can withstand things being dropped on them better than traditional tile. There are some great options that can even be grouted to give them a more realistic look. Linoleum tends to be the least desirable flooring choice. If you have existing linoleum in a limited space such as a bathroom or kitchen, consider finding an inexpensive tile to replace it. Laying tile can be accomplished DIY relatively easily and cost effectively.

10. New Windows

While this is not the most exciting adjustment that can be made to update a home, it is one that brings value. Updated windows are more energy efficient than old ones, and eventually the difference in your utility bills will make up for the initial cost of the windows. This is a great change to make if you plan to stay in your home for a few more years. If you are listing your home now and replacing the windows makes less financial sense, try dressing them up with ceiling to floor drapes that are hung so they extend starting at the far edges of the window frame. This will give the window a larger and more dramatic feel. If the existing screens have unsightly holes, remove the screens before listing your home and store them in your garage.

Bonus Tip – The tried and true tricks of painting walls neutral colors, giving your house a deep clean, and removing approximately 75% of your belongings from the home will help prepare your house to be listed for sale.

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2 Killer Tips to Up-Your-Game In Finding Homes for Sale

How to Search – Homes For Sale in Montrose Colorado

homes-for-sale-in-montrose-coloradoThe home search process can be daunting in the current seller’s market, but having the right resources can ease stress and optimize your time in looking for the right homes for sale. Here are a few tips to help you on your journey.

Tech Tools – Having the right technology is a must

Homes for sale come on the market quickly, and if they’re priced right, and in good condition, they disappear quickly. Therefore, having an accurate source of information is critical to the home search process.

Many real estate websites keep homes that sold 6-months ago for sale in their search results. Why the inaccurate information? Because content is king on the internet. You the consumer, generate add revenue by clicking on their outdated listings, so keeping already sold properties on their real estate websites is to their benefit. Unfortunately, several of the big-player real estate websites are guilty of this game. Websites such as and keep-it-real when it comes to honestly representing available homes for sale.

homes-for-sale-in-montrose-colorado1Real Estate Agents – Having experts do the work

We all know real estate agents like to talk, and good agents are well connected and well informed; keep this in mind when considering your relationship with a real estate agent. Skilled agents keep tabs on neighborhoods and know when homes may be coming on the market. Skilled agents have back-end alert systems customized for their buyer so homes that match specific search criteria are sent to the client seconds after the home comes on the market, giving that buyer a competitive advantage over others in the home buying processes. Agents also share their client’s needs with the realtor community, keeping open channels for upcoming homes for sale. The network of real estate information is still quite human and relational, even in the information age.

Using a combination of the right technology and an experienced, well-networked, and tech-savvy real estate agent will give you the edge you need to out-compete other buyers and find the home you deserve. Happy house hunting!

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Copyright 2016 Keller Williams Colorado West Realty, LLC. If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. Equal opportunity housing provider. Each office is independently owned and operated. For sale by owner data not included in research findings. Sales data reflects sales from homes not limited to the Atha Team LLC. This information was gathered from Keller Williams, The National Association of Realtor, CoreLogic data analysis firm, Montrose Association of Realtors, and the Mortgage Brokers Association. This data is considered accurate, but is not guaranteed. Copyright Atha Team LLC 2016. All Rights Reserved.


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7 Secret Design Tips to Get Your Montrose Co Home Ready for Sale

montrose-co-home-for-salePlacing your home on the Montrose Co real estate market can be a motivating way to get organized. Here are a few Pro Tips, from Aqua Design Studio, for getting the interior of your home ready for potential buyers while avoiding the seven common mistakes that tend to plague Montrose Colorado homes.


1. Clutter, Clutter, Clutter

We all have items in our homes that we are attached to, but that doesn’t mean that we should have each and every item on display. Narrow down your favorites and rotate them through out the year. For example, if you love art, try displaying your beloved beach scenes or field of flowers in the spring and summer. Select a handful of items that are sentimental and place them around your home, but be sure to spread them out, carefully placing so that you are not cluttering the space. If you have many items you use on a daily basis or have kids with a plethora of toys, contain the mayhem with stylish baskets arranged in an organized fashion.


montrose-co-real-estate-aqua-design-studio-12. Behind the Times

Does the hardware in your kitchen and bathrooms look dated or mismatched? A simple way to add a more modern look is to replace all the hardware with a sleek alternative. Try getting knobs or pulls that match the existing appliances for a cohesive look. Update tired bathrooms by removing toilet rugs and their matching mates toilet seat covers. You can replace with a modern rectangular rug, but place about 6″ away from toilet or leave the space free of mats if your floor shines on its own!


3. Float Away

It can be hard to know where to place furniture in a home. It seems natural to want to place couches and chairs flat against the walls to make the room seem larger, but in practice, the opposite takes place. If you place all of your furniture too close to the walls, the rooms can looks rigid and uncreative. Try getting an oversized rug and place in the middle of the room, with all of the feet of the furniture touching it. This will bring the room together in a more harmonious way. If you don’t like the way the back of your furniture looks, place a sofa table behind a couch with a lamp, a small stack of books, and a small object such as a figurine or piece of pottery to finish off the look.


montrose-co-home-for-sale4. Crooked Neck

All too often I see art or wall hangings placed too high. Beloved artwork should be on display, but in proportion to surrounding furniture. You should be eye-level with art while standing in front of it, which is different for every person, but a good rule of thumb is to hang art 60″ off the ground or around 6″ above the top of furniture. You should never have to strain your neck or be on your tiptoes to admire your displayed pieces. Also, keep in mind while prepping your home to sell to remove all personal photos of friends and family. It’s hard for some people to visualize themselves living in your home when there are baby pictures and family portraits on walls and shelves. Think about replacing personal photos for scenic pictures, paintings or other art instead.


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5. Lacking Light

Rooms can feel dingy and dark if not lit properly. Instead of using your overhead ceiling light as the main source of light, adding table lamps, floor lamps or even wall sconces can dramatically change the look and feel of the space. Beyond natural light, this is a great way to show off a room. Highlighting artwork with art-gallery lighting can also create a focal point on walls, as well as recessed lighting above the fireplace or reading nook to establish an intimate feel. Turning all lights and lamps on before a showing can greatly enhance the overall appearance of your home as well.


montrose-co-home-for-sale6. Tragic Paint Jobs

There are two types of people; those who are afraid of color in their home and those who love color a little too much! Although paint can boost the look of a room, be sure to choose a color that is soothing and calm when thinking about putting your house on the market. Neutral is key, though it doesn’t have to be boring. The right shade of grey or taupe, both of which are neutrals, can completely transform a room from lifeless to stunning.

An accent wall is another great way to add color without being too overwhelming. A bolder color or pattern, such as navy blue, peacock green, or a geometric stencil, can add life to a small powder room, laundry room or bathroom. Just be sure that colors such as lime green, neon orange or hot pinks are your accessory colors (which are easy to work with when used in pillows, throw blankets, curtains, etc). If you want to paint a room, get a sample size of the color you like and paint a large piece of foam core to place in the room so you can observe how the color changes from morning to night. This is a great way to try on a color in a room without having to commit.


7. Sense of Stylemontrose-co-real-estate-aqua-design-studio

Each of us has a history, and our homes are a place where each decoration piece comes together to tell our story. Whether it be antique family heirlooms, tribal showpieces from a year abroad, or a southwestern collection, it’s best to keep most of that to a minimum when listing your house for a couple of reasons. You want your home to appeal to as many people as possible to ensure the prompt sale of your home. That end goal may be difficult when your home has a very specific decorating style. Keep a few of your favorite belongings on display and pack up the rest, as too much of one theme can be overwhelming.


8. High-Water Curtains

We’ve all been there! We find the perfect pair of curtains because we fell in love with the pattern, but after we hang them, we notice they are 5″ off the ground! Properly hung curtains should be just brushing the floor or no more than 1/2″ off the ground. Another good rule to follow is hanging the curtain rod 2″ above the window frame or even higher if you have high ceilings. This will make your windows appear larger than they actually are. If your curtains are too short, try sewing a solid piece of fabric in a coordinating color to ensure they are the correct length.

Have Fun With These Tips and Remember the Bottom Line

Remember to place yourself in the shoes of a home buyer. Your goal is to get home buyers to see themselves living in your home; the better you are in helping create this effect, the better the chances of your home selling for a higher price.


 Misti Poe – Interior Decorator at Aqua Studio at 432 West Main Street in Montrose Colorado