Thanksgiving – How to Cultivate Gratitude in Every Season

Here are three easy steps you can follow to cultivate a spirit of gratitude you can rely on any time of the year:

1. Commit To The Search

Choose to shift your perspective and commit to looking for the good things already around you. Acknowledging the multitude of things to be thankful for is a way to walk through the world. Great power exists when we choose to focus on the positive.

Write down your commitment and put these words in a special place. 

“I choose an attitude of gratitude especially in this season. I believe the time is always right to be thankful for what I have been given.”

 

2. Start To Notice

As you move through your day, keep a list of things that delight you, bring you joy, or add comfort to a schedule full of demands. Type in your phone or put pen to paper and watch the list grow. You can start small. Maybe you’re thankful for the smell of clean clothes in your closet or a full tank of gas in your car. Consider adding a “why” you are thankful as well. Explore the emotions and ideas that come up when you notice the ordinary things enhancing your life.

 

3. Share Your List with Others!

Find time to revisit your list on a regular basis. Make note of the people, places, and items that bring you joy and take a moment to share your thanks with others. Ask others to share their lists or things they are thankful for with you. Inspire others to change their perspectives and smile when you notice your heart being filled. 

This year, I am thankful for the opportunity to build relationships. Let me know how your search is going! I can’t wait to hear what’s on your list. 

Share the JOY

Believe the GOOD


Posted on November 27, 2019 at 10:00 am
Maria Dellota | Posted in Blog, Colorado, Personal | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Two Tales – NoCo Style

 

This is a Tale of Two Counties.

When it comes to new home activity, there is a big difference between Larimer and Weld Counties.

Larimer County’s new home starts are down 10% and new home closings are down 15% compared to last year.

Weld County’s new home starts are up 18% and new home closings are up 8% compared to last year.

This is all according to the new home research experts and Metrostudy.

So why the difference?  It comes down to price and availability.

There is more land available for new home development in Weld County.

Plus, the land tends to be less-expensive than Larimer which means that builders can deliver a lower-priced product and reach a larger pool of buyers.

The average price of a new home in Larimer County is $507,105 while the average new home price in Weld is $411,269.


Posted on November 21, 2019 at 8:36 pm
Maria Dellota | Posted in Uncategorized |

Great Two-Story Home in Windsor!

Friendly, quiet Windsor neighborhood. 1115 Nantucket Street in Windsor is a great opportunity for first time home buyers or investors. Enjoy the large, fully fenced backyard from the upper deck or from the walk out basement. All appliances stay and 1-year home warranty is included. Call for your private showing at (970) 215-1013 for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/98568544


Posted on August 5, 2019 at 8:49 pm
Maria Dellota | Posted in Virtual Tour, Windsor Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Main Floor Living Condo!

2120 Owens Ave #102 offers front range views from the patio and an open floor plan inside. Across the street from Bacon Elementary school and a great location in southeast Fort Collins. Come check out this great investment opportunity or a place to call home. Call for your private showing at (970) 215-1013 for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/96269872


Posted on June 6, 2019 at 8:27 pm
Maria Dellota | Posted in Fort Collins Real Estate, Virtual Tour | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

More New Homes Available and Selling Quickly

New Home News!

 

 

Nationally, sales of new homes are stronger than they have been in a long time. March was the best month since 2007 and April was the third-best month in that same time period.

 

This research comes from the National Association of Home Builders who show that we are on pace to sell 673,000 new homes this year across the Country.  5 years ago there were roughly 450,000 sales of new homes.

 

For the first four months of 2019, new home sales are 6.7% ahead of the sales pace of the initial four months of 2018.

 

What is interesting is that those gains have distinct regional clustering. Year-to-date sales are up 10.3% in the South, 6.7% in the West (concentrated in the Mountain states), and 1.3% in the Midwest, while recording a 17.6% decline in the Northeast.

 

Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:24 am
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Posted on June 3, 2019 at 6:14 pm
Maria Dellota | Posted in Uncategorized |

2019 Forecast Recap

 


Posted on February 8, 2019 at 7:25 pm
Maria Dellota | Posted in Uncategorized |

Market Strong

5 Reasons Rising Interest Rates Won’t Wreck the Housing Market

Interest rates have been trending higher since the fall of 2017, and I fully expect they will continue in that direction – albeit relatively slowly – as we move through the balance of the year and into 2019. So what does this mean for the US housing market?

It might come as a surprise to learn that I really don’t think rising interest rates will have a major impact on the housing market. Here is my reasoning:

1. First Time Home Buyers 

As interest rates rise, I expect more buyers to get off the fence and into the market; specifically, first time buyers who, according to Freddie Mac, made up nearly half of new mortgages in the first quarter of this year. First-time buyers are critical to the overall health of the housing market because of the subsequent chain reaction of sales that result so this is actually a positive outcome of rising rates.

2. Easing Credit Standards

Rising interest rates may actually push some lenders to modestly ease credit standards. I know this statement will cause some people to think that easing credit will immediately send us back to the days of sub-prime lending and housing bubbles, but I don’t see this happening. Even a very modest easing of credit will allow for more than one million new home buyers to qualify for a mortgage.

3. Low Unemployment 

We stand today in a country with very low unemployment (currently 4.0% and likely to get close to 3.5% by year’s end). Low unemployment rates encourage employers to raise wages to keep existing talent, as well as to recruit new talent. Wage growth can, to a degree, offset increasing interest rates because, as wages rise, buyers can afford higher mortgage payments.

4. Supply

There is a clear relationship between housing supply, home prices, and interest rates. We’re already seeing a shift in inventory levels with more homes coming on the market, and I fully expect this trend to continue for the foreseeable future. This increase in supply is, in part, a result of homeowners looking to cash in on their home’s appreciation before interest rates rise too far. This, on its own, will help ease the growth of home prices and offset rising interest rates. Furthermore, if we start to see more new construction activity at the lower end of the market, this too will help.

National versus Local

Up until this point, I’ve looked at how rising interest rates might impact the housing market on a national level, but as we all know, real estate is local, and different markets react to shifts in different ways. For example, rising interest rates will be felt more in expensive housing markets, such as San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and Orange County, but I expect to see less impact in areas like Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, and Detroit, where buyers spend a lower percentage of their incomes on housing. The exception to this would be if interest rates continue to rise for a prolonged period; in that case, we might see demand start to taper off, especially in the less expensive housing markets where buyers are more price sensitive.

For more than seven years, home buyers and real estate professionals alike have grown very accustomed to historically low interest rates. We always knew the time would come when they would begin to rise again, but that doesn’t mean the outlook for housing is doom and gloom. On the contrary, I believe rising interest rates will help bring us closer to a more balanced real estate market, something that is sorely needed in many markets across the country.

Posted on September 21, 2018 at 7:26 am
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Posted on September 21, 2018 at 3:03 pm
Maria Dellota | Posted in Uncategorized |

Stunning 2 Story Home with Sun-room in Fort Collins!

The southern exposure sun room is just one of the highlights of this 2 story home at 707 McGraw Dr in the Coventry subdivision. Walking distance to McGraw Elementary School Front Range Community College. Lots of room to spread out – 4 bedrooms & a large loft upstairs. Nonconforming 5th bedroom on the main level. Master suite features radiant floor heating in the 5-piece bath, large walk-in closet & fireplace. Great landscaping with HOA maintained greenspace to the east which makes property look even bigger. Contact me for your private showing at 970-215-1013 or click the link below for more details.

http://housetohomemd.com/listing/78133744


Posted on April 20, 2018 at 7:24 pm
Maria Dellota | Posted in Fort Collins Real Estate, Virtual Tour | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Final Four

At the end of this weekend College Basketball’s Final 4 will be established. It might make you wonder, what the top 4 and bottom 4 real estate markets across the country?

Here they are, ranked by the last 12 months of appreciation according to fhfa.gov:

Top 4:

  1. Tacoma, WA 14.6%
  2. Seattle, WA 14.3%
  3. Port St. Lucie, FL 13.7%
  4. Las Vegas, NV 13.6%

Bottom 4:

  1. Atlantic City, NJ -3.14%
  2. Peoria, IL -3.0%
  3. Huntington, WV -2.6%
  4. Jackson, MS -1.2%

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Posted on March 23, 2018 at 8:20 pm
Maria Dellota | Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , ,

Focus on Fort Collins

  • The average single-family home price is $436,275 and is 8.4% higher than last year.
  • There have been 6.4% more transactions this year compared to last year.
  • The number of new homes that have hit the market is down 7.5% compared to last year.
  • On average, it takes 83 days to sell a single-family home which is 9 days faster than a year ago.
  • The average price for multi-family (townhouse, condo, etc.) is $290,971 which is 5.8% higher than last year.

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Posted on March 19, 2018 at 3:49 pm
Maria Dellota | Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged