1705 Azalea Drive unit 2 is a charming Town home with fenced backyard in Fort Collins. This bright home with open floor plan boasts new paint. The main level features living room with exposed beams and breakfast bar. Upstairs you will find a full bath, 2 spacious bedrooms including master with a private covered deck. Close to community pool, CSU, bus route & Horsetooth Reservoir. Contact Kyle Basnar at (970) 481-5689 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
Downsizing is on the minds of many homeowners today. Some are ready to retire, others want to live more simply, and many want to save money and say goodbye to home maintenance. If you can relate to any of those sentiments, ask yourself these five questions:
Have you done the math?
The financial savings that can be generated by downsizing can be significant – especially as they add up over time. When doing the math, make sure the move will save money, rather than spend unnecessarily.
Have you researched elder-care options?
Many homeowners hold on to their current home longer than they should because their parents / parents-in-law may need to come live with them in the future. While a noble gesture, there are many excellent elder care living options available today. Often, all it takes is a tour of those facilities to realize that your loved one may actually be happier, and far better served, in a place devoted to their care and happiness.
Have you considered off-site storage?
You don’t need to immediately discard a big chunk of your belongings in order to downsize. In fact, trying to do so in one fell swoop only creates needless stress. Most people find it works much better to move some of their belongings into off-site storage for six months. During that time, you can gradually incorporate some of those items into your new living arrangement, and slowly figure out what to do with the others.
How do you feel about sharing costs and decision-making?
Townhomes and condominiums are popular downsizing options. But both require that you share the decision-making and expenses associated with any maintenance and improvement projects with your neighbors and potentially an HOA. If you’re a people-person and agree that two heads are better than one, and you like the idea of sharing the cost/responsibility for expensive repairs, you’ll enjoy condo living. If not, this may not be the best option for you.
Have you consulted with a real estate agent?
Many homeowners don’t think to consult with a real estate agent until they’ve made the decision to downsize. This leads to guesstimating about some of the most important factors. The truth is, your real estate agent is someone you want to talk with very early in the decision-making process.
This beautiful 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom end unit town-home at 4324 W 14th Street Drive in Greeley comes with two master suites, each with its own full bath! Gas fireplace, central air conditioning, and a private yard that leads to the detached over-sized 2-car garage. Finished basement with family room and bedroom! Low HOA fee. Contact Kyle Basnar at (970) 481-5689 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
Posted in Buying, Selling, Community, and Living by Tara Sharp
“Of course, thanks to the house, a great many of our memories are housed, and if the house is a bit elaborate, if it has a cellar and a garret, nooks and corridors, our memories have refuges that are all the more clearly delineated. All our lives we come back to them in our daydreams.”
Gaston Bachelard, the Poetics of Space
I have been following the news about the housing market pretty closely and am pretty disappointed with some of the articles declaring a case against homeownership. I couldn’t disagree more. If anything, I see the value of homeownership: responsible financial investment, social stability and community connection as more important than ever.
I was particularly moved by the story in the Seattle Times yesterday about the Lutz family in Ballard, a family with seven adopted siblings that are helping their parents move from their family home to a smaller condo now that their children have left the nest. Though their story is far from typical, it really resonates how home is the center of family life, a place where memories are created and how houses tell the stories of the lives we build while in their shelter.
Homes do that for people. They are the places where some of our most intimate stories unfold.
Finding and creating a home is an emotional, psychological, social and financial investment. There is a lot of energy involved in finding the place to envision the future, raise a family, and perhaps retire. There is no other investment as enjoyable as your own home. Investments in gold or stocks cannot compare to the feelings about a place where you collect memories, create spaces that reflect your ideals and develop to fit your needs over time.
Beyond the emotional ties to home, a number of studies have shown that home ownership has a great impact on feelings of personal autonomy, life satisfaction and increased investment in the community. The sense of satisfaction goes beyond the ability to paint walls whatever color we want, or make improvements to our homes on our own terms. It goes deeper by improving our sense of well being. Furthermore, when we have a stake in the community we live in, we participate more, making our neighborhoods safer and healthier for all members.
Not all the news about the housing market is negative, actually there are many great articles: “in defense of home ownership”, “ten reasons to buy a home “and “a dream house after all” to name a few. But regardless of where you stand on the housing market right now, we can all likely agree that there is no place like a home.
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Fantastic, hard-to-find 3 bedroom ranch-style Townhome at 3500 Swanstone Dr is located in the popular Stone Ridge neighborhood. Featuring a wide-open floor plan, vaulted ceilings & brand new carpet. This home has formal living & dining areas, spacious sun room, office & large kitchen with plenty of counter space. Finished basement with bedroom, bath, large rec room & storage. Private back yard. 2-car garage. HOA includes exterior maintenance, front lawn care, trash, snow removal & neighborhood pool. An amazing home, excellent value! Contact Jon Holsten for your private showing at 970-237-2752 for more information or click the link below for more details.
This gorgeous town home at 2033 Scarecrow Road is located in the wildly popular Bucking Horse neighborhood! Boasting a spacious main level & sprawling kitchen. Your new home features wood floors, granite counter tops, & custom back splash. Fantastic hand-crafted fireplace enclosure with lighted shelving. Beautiful master suite & additional bedroom with private bath on the second level. Large front porch & enclosed yard with raised garden beds round out this amazing home. Management fee includes water, trash & neighborhood pool! Contact Jon Holsten for your private showing at 970-237-2752 for more information or click the link below for more details.
This town-home at 32 Sebring Ln has newer flooring, fresh paint & new appliances make this unit move in ready. Open main floor living with a gas fireplace, eat in kitchen & lots of storage. Upper level master suite for privacy, a small fenced in yard w/patio & a 2 car garage. Full unfinished basement for future expansion. HOA takes care of the mowing, exterior maintenance & snow removal. This unit is ready to be your home! Contact Jennifer Cuningham for your private showing at 970-646-1921 for more information or click the link below for more details.
3826 Rock Creek Dr #D is at a great location on the Harmony Corridor with access to shopping, dining, medical, schools, biz & more. Mountain views and a summertime pool. Includes designer tile, granite, wood flooring, new paint, stainless steel appliances, vaulted ceilings, open floor plan, den/office, and a fireplace–just what you want! Large finished basement with private bedroom and bath. Fenced yard and deck. This unit is pristine but you must see for yourself! Contact Kyle Basnar for your private showing at 970-481-5689 for more information or click the link below for more details.
At 1034 W Mountain Ave each plan presents an open and flowing floor plan with high quality construction and finishes, designer kitchen, 2 beautiful master suites, and flex space (plumbed) which could be converted into a 2nd living space! Designed with privacy in mind, each has a large front patio and fenced yard in the back. The perfect setting for low maintenance lock-and-leave living! Individual garages with additional parking and all within walking distance to Old Town. Contact Kyle Basnar for your private showing at 970-481-5689 for more information or click the link below for more details.
Updated 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom at 2502 Timberwood Dr #82 in southeast Fort Collins town-home! Close to sought after schools, easy access to I-25, restaurants and shopping. Vaulted 2 story ceilings in the living room and an open floor plan. Relax on the back patio that opens to the greenbelt. New flooring, new paint, and stainless appliances. Finished basement creates a second en-suite area! Contact Paul Hunter for your private showing at 970-673-7285 for more information or click the link below for more details.