Reverse mortgages allow homeowners 62 and older to convert part of the equity of their home into cash without having to sell their home. Like all things that sound to good to be true be sure you weigh the risks and benefits before moving forward. See this months newsletter for an overview
While making New Year's resolutions for your own health, wealth and family, don't forget about your home. We've put together some great ideas to protect and improve your most valuable asset.
It's a great time of year to re-focus yourself on your priorities so be sure to include your home in your plans.
The Pandemic is making most people, and Millennials in particular, to feel like they're finally ready to purchase their first home. The question is do they have the savings to take advantage of our historical low interest rates to move forward.
This months newsletter focuses on the importance of saving for and maximizing your down payment.
If you have questions about buying your first home in northern Colorado or the Denver metro area be sure to call me. I am also able to put you in touch with lenders who are familiar with the down payment programs.
Keeping Thanksgiving 2020 small and safe doesn't mean it can't be fun or include lots of friends and family. We've heard of some great ideas, here are some of our favorites and a few of our own.
First, be sure you set aside times to call or zoom with older family members and those that might be spending the holiday alone. If possible include them however you can.
1 - Watch a movie as a family theater style. No phones, dim the lights, with popcorn & snacks. Two great Thanksgiving Day options are Home For The Holidays or Planes, Trains and Automobiles
2 - Pre & Post feast hikes, weather permitting. If weather goes bad, you could do group yoga over zoom.
3 - Family construction challenge: Participating families are assigned a random project by organizer in the morning and after dinner everyone gets together on zoom to show off their project. Use cardboard, legos, fabric, whatever you have at home to build a zoo, airport, school, farm, etc...
4 - Learn to Dance Find a youtube video and the whole family can learn how to jitterbug, line dance or tango! Great way to burn off that pumpkin pie!
5 - Yard games: cornhole, bocce, horseshoes, football
6 - Go to a concert, sort of. Put together a family play list of only live music covering a wide variety of genres. Turn it up!
7 - Virtual games over zoom: charades, pictionary, trivia, CAH, check this link for some great ideas https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/entertainment/g32098665/best-games-to-play-on-zoom/
8 - Virtual Poetry Slam. Spend the day finding your favorite poem (or song lyrics) to read to family and friends between dinner and dessert.
9 - Dress up and take a family photo (this is Kim's favorite). Maybe you even use a real camera. Then pick one the whole family likes and actually get it printed!
10 - Time Capsule. Ironically this was the year my family was to dig up the time capsule we buried 10 years ago. Create & send a questionnaire to family members, collect and then bury it all together via zoom. Then in 5, 10, 20 years when you are all together again you can share them and see where your heads were at in 2020.
Whether you've owned your own business for many years or started a new one recently, know that self-employed people can and do get mortgages. Our November RE/MAX Advanced newsletter overviews some of the additional documentation & steps you may need to take. Contact me for recommendations of lenders who are experienced working with self-employed borrowers.
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Pending home sales in March saw expected declines as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, according to the National Association of REALTORS. Each of the four major U.S. regions saw drops in month over month pending home sales transactions.
Read more in this months RE/MAX Advanced Notice Newsletter . . .
.The Fort Collins Museum of Art Masks Silent Auction and Exhibit has become the latest casualty to the Covid-19 pandemic. The annual exhibition, a crowd favorite that has raised more than $1.6 million dollars over the years, was originally scheduled for early April.
This is the 16th year of the Masks Exhibition and Benefit. During that time, Masks artists, most of whom live in Northern Colorado, have designed and donated over 2,750 masks. Artists, using their time, talent and creativity, fashion an amazing collection of unique masks from unadorned ceramic forms they are given each fall.
The finished pieces, which range in many diverse styles and mediums, are now up for sale through June 28 in an online auction at https://app.bidcoz.com/moafc/masks. The exhibit can be visited virtually below.
This year more than 220 Northern Colorado residents participated to create these beautiful and interesting pieces of art. Because the public cannot enjoy them in person, we decided to use the same 360 virtual tour technology we use on our real estate listings to create a virtual tour of this year's Masks Exhibit.
Every year, REMAX Advanced hosts events for our clients at the Museum of Art. Therefore we were sad that this year’s event had to be cancelled this spring. Creating a virtual tour to help the museum showcase these beautiful pieces of art seemed like the least we can do.
As a REMAX Agent I am always looking to use the latest technology to help my clients sell their homes. I've created dozens of 360 home virtual tours for home sellers since the COVID-19 pandemic hit - it was a natural fit to use the technology to showcase the Masks Exhibit.
Depending on public health and safety concerns, the museum plans to open mid-June for on-site viewing of the Masks. Until then, all masks are sheltering in place in the museum until it is safe to open to the public. The 360 Virtual Tour Exhibit can be viewed above or at the museum’s website (www.MOAFC.orgj. Or visit the online auction at https://app.bidcoz.com/moafc/masks.
The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly changed the way we do real estate in northern Colorado, but it has not stopped people needing to buy and sell their homes do just that. This months RE/MAX Advanced newsletter covers those changes and other community events.
To receive a hard copy of our Remax newsletter contact us at RolandKuehn@remax.net.
ROLAND KUEHN, REALTOR
1018 Centre Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80526