Carl Ballard's Blog Posts

Carl Ballard's Blog Posts

Cinco De Mayo Parties In Denver Colorado Today May 5th 2017
Hi Everyone! - We are ready to celebrate Cinco De Mayo. Woo HOO!! We gathered some Cinco activities and listed them below. If you would like some more details about these events&nb...

Fiddlers Green Concert Series
As most of you know, my wife and I are huge music fans.  We love to attend concerts on beautiful summer evenings.  Yesterday I shared one of our favorites which is Hudson...

2017 Hudson Concert Series
Every spring my family looks forward to the Hudson Gardens Summer Concert series. http://www.hudsongardens.org/ This is a fantastic venue where there is a stage, wide open gra...

Inspiration Point The 55 And Older Community
The Hilltop Community nestled in Inspiration Point is an amazing area for the 55 and older population.Being a Highlands Ranch native for 21 years and a Real Estate specialist in...

The New Sterling Ranch Community In Roxborough
New Builds!  Get the inside scoop and see these beautiful models now before this community becomes sold out!The New Sterling Ranch community in a Denver suburb is located betw...

CNE A POWERFUL DESIGNATION THAT CAN GIVE YOU ALL THE POWER
Have you "lost out" on a contract recently? If so, did your agent tell you why?I encourage you to ask your agent if they have a CNE or RENE designation behind their name. Just a ...

SELL YOUR HOUSE FASTER FOR MORE MONEY
SELL YOUR HOUSE FASTER FOR MORE $$$$$$$$$Always important to take into consideration the three "C's" when putting your home on the market. Great advice by Katie Gilles and Janet ...

Updating Your Home Before You Sell
UPDATE your home  BEFORE SELLING?Prior to taking any listing it is vital that I meet with the home owner, walk the property and give my professional opinion on anything t...

Fear Of Saving Money On A Mortgage
FEAR OF GETTING A MORTGAGE? but TOO AFRAID TO GET OUT OF YOUR RENTAL?Let me put your fears to rest.  The reality is this:..... The cost of a monthly mortgage is typically lowe...

New Listing Off Sierra Ridge In Parker Co
As you enter this home, you immediately notice the impeccable hickory wood floors with coffee brown finish and the upgraded rod iron stair railing. Make your way to the spotless gr...

Price Reduced Properties In Highlands Ranch
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When Is The Best Time To Sell My Home
As a Real Estate Broker, I get asked this question more than any other.  When is the best time to sell my home?  Most people will tell you in the summer.  But this i...

Real Estate Repeat Of 2016
Took two sets of clients out looking for properties this past weekend and instantly went in to flashback mode from January 2016.  The foot traffic looking at properties was bu...

National Anthem Versus Social Injustice
In recent weeks a few NFL players  have chose to kneel during the National Anthem prior to Football games.  This has sparked a ton of controversy and has caused some...

Feb 26 2016 5373 1
Happy Friday and what an amazing January the Denver Real Estate market experienced.   January 2016 sets records when compared to prior Ja...

Rise Of Property Values Will Also Raise Property Taxes
Colorado Housing Market Has Effect On Property TaxesApril 30, 2015 7:53 AMFiled Under: A Place To Call Home, Arapahoe County, Broomfield County, Colorado H...

Concerns About Feds Raising Interest Rates
Raising borrowing costs would mean a larger interest burden for the U.S. government.Since the release last week of the latest monthly U.S. jobs report, the positive numbers have ...

July Brings An Increase In Inventory To Denver Housing Market
July Brings an Increase in Inventory to the Denver Metro Area Housing MarketDENVER, CO – August 6, 2015 – July saw a welcome increase in the number of homes for sale in th...

2 New Listings Both Under 250K
2 bedroom 2 bath Condo in Parker for only $220.  Upgrades throughout, new paint, tile counters, beautiful cabinets.  Going on the market Sept.10.  Call me for additi...

Top 20 Housing Markets In US
The 20 Hottest Housing Markets Right Now DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | MONDAY, AUGUST 03, 2015 The U.S. housing market may be finding more balance, according to a new report from real...

New Listing In Diamond Ridge Estates
Amazing custom home at the top of Diamond Ridge Estates in Castle Rock.  360 degree views- Pikes Peak, Mountain views and city views.  This property is a must see.  ...

New Listing In Roxborough
Check out this Beautiful Custom built ranch home with mountain and city views.  Large lot, great upgrades.  Check out the Virtual Tour and call me with any questions or i...

New Listing Near DU
3BR/1BA completely remodeled.  Stainless Steel appliances, new cabinets, new flooring, new paint.  Ready to move in.  Call me for more information at 303.916.2900. &...

Open House In Highlands Ranch
Open Houses are completely amazing these days.  Last Friday had a 3 hour open house, over 100 people visited receiving 4 offers over asking price.  Was able to capture so...

Highlands Ranch Open House Feb 20th
Open house this Friday February 20,2015 from 3:00-6:00.  4BR/3BA Engle home, very popular Windsor Model.  Main Floor study or 5th Bedroom, 3 car garage.  Gleaming ha...

Custom Home In Parker Needed Up To 2 Million Dollars
Looking for a custom home in the Parker area with minimum 6 bedrooms and 20+ acre horse property.  Pre Approved up to $2 Million.  Would love a pool, lake and a guest hom...

Looking For Home In Backcountry
I have some clients moving to Denver and looking for a custom/semi custom home in the beautiful Backcountry.  It must have Mountain Views and a  Minimum of 4 Bedroom...

Feds To Lower MI For Borrowers By Months End
Hi All,Please click on the link below to see the HUD Letter reducing the monthly MI factor from 1.35% to .85%. This will allow FHA borrowers to buy more home with the lower MI pa...

New Listings For New Year
Happy New Year!I am very excited about 2015 and the continued economic growth we are experiencing as country. The Denver Real Estate Market rebounded nicely in 2014. From 2010-...

Home Prices To Rise In 2015
CoreLogic:  WASHINGTONU.S. home values rose at a measured pace in November, a sign that demand remains weak as many buyers have been priced out of the market.Real estate provi...

New Technology For Real Estate
Throughout 2014, I have been publishing a series of articles that guides agents through the technology selection process (see the full list of articles here). While those...

Millennials Now Is The Time To Buy
Hey, millennials: It’s time to buy your first home!Donald Frommeyer, CEO of National Association of Mortgage BrokersWednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:38 AM ETCNBC.com 523 SHARE...

Renting No Longer Smart Play Buy Buy Buy
Rents to soar. Time to buy?Share/BookmarkHighlights: RealtyTrac releases rent report. Denver rents to soar. S. Robert August says buy, don’t rent. RealtyTrac, in a repo...

Marijuana In Littleton
Marijuana: Littleton City Council takes step toward banning retail pot businessesByThomas MitchellWed., Jun. 4 2014 at 8:50 AM165 CommentsCategories:Marijuana,News,Politics ...

Fannie Predicts Housing Growth In 2015
FANNIE: SLOW BUT SURE HOUSING GROWTH IN 2015By Brian HoneaWhere the U.S. housing market is concerned, Fannie Mae chief economist Doug Duncan said he is ant...

Buying Home 38 Percent Less Expensive Than Renting
In Trulia’s latest Rent vs. Buy Report, they explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage throughout the 100 larg...

NAHB Forecasting 66 Percent Jump In Housing Starts In 2014
NAHB Forecasting 6.6 Percent Jump in Housing Starts in 2014Fri, 2014-10-31 10:12 — NationalMortgag...A growing economy, rising household formations, low mortgage rates and p...

Are Home Prices Cooling Down
The rate of U.S. home price increases is decelerating, and that home-price slowdownis a mixed bag.It looks unlikely for now, but if prices turn negative again year-over-year, ...

New Highlands Ranch Listing
New Highlands Ranch listing coming soon in Westridge.  5BR/4BA, 4374 Square Feet.  Beautifully finished basement with 2 bedrooms, bath, large Rec Room with fireplace, wet...

5 Safety Apps For Realtors
Safety on the job should be on all Realtors’ agendas; luckily today’s specialized apps and smartphone technology put a backup plan right in the palm of agents’ hands.  E...

Highlands Ranch Real Estate
The Real Estate Market remains active in Highlands Ranch.  I get asked all of the time by clients what happens if I sell my home and can not find another property to purchase?...

High School Sports Versus Club Sports
Recently in Colorado there has been some real controversy whether kids should continue to play High School sports or just focus on Club Sports.  I am pretty old school, having...

Youth Sports Positive Influence Or Negative
First off I will preface this by stating that I have coached youth sports for over 20 years now.  I played multiple sports until I was 19, and still play a few old man sports....

Foreclosures Decline Again In 2nd Qtr
Number of underwater homes in metro Denver declines in 2nd quarterBy Howard PankratzThe Denver PostPOSTED:   09/25/2014 09:59:56 AM MDTADD A COMMENT| UPDATED:   3 DA...

Dont Wait Any Longer To Buy
The cost of waitingFor example, purchasing a home in Highlands Ranch with a $1,500 monthly paymentMay 2013- $334,042May 2014- $314,191Projected May 2015- $ 296,041...

August 2014 Stats Too Good To Believe
The Highlight Reel August 201443.7% of sold transactions went under contract in 7 days or less, and 45% sold for at or over their asking price.Average days on marke...

4 Reason To Buy A Home Now
BUYING A HOUSE? 4 REASONS TO DO IT NOWHere are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseThe Home Price Expectation...

Team Work For A Smooth Real Estate Transaction
I have been fortunate enough to be in Real Estate for almost 15 years now.  For newer agents coming on the scene or for buyers and sellers when searching for an agent, you sho...

Mid Year Real Estate Mortgage Update
Now that we're more than half way through 2014, let's take a quick look at the markets that often matter most to homeowners and home buyers.   Housing Prices: Sta...

Tips For Real Estate Agents On Facebook
I am guessing 20% of my business comes from Facebook.  Re-connecting with past friends, colleagues, etc.  I realize most real estate agents have a love-hate rel...

The Basics Of Making An Offer On A Home
The Basics of Making an Offer on a HouseBuy |  By: Realtor.com Team  |Share this:Facebook115Twitter39LinkedIn22GooglePinterestMorePREV|NEXTLike marria...

Housing Inventory Very Low
MONTHS SUPPLY OF INVENTORY   ...

Summer Real Estate Sizzling
Summer Starts with Home Sales Heating Up For the 4th month in a row, June home sales rose higher than sales in the previous month. Closed Transactions in Ju...

Need A Duplex
I have a client looking for a Duplex in Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Golden area's.  Under $400- minimum 2 Bedrooms per side but prefer 3 Bedrooms.  Would also love a basement ...

Steps To Selling Your Home And Buying A New One
All of my clients ask the same question; how in the world do list our house, sell it and purchase a new one without having to move an extra time?  Although it is stressful, us...

Real Estate Trends For Days On Market
  DAYS ON MARKET   The average Days on Market for all ho...

Real Estate Trends Last 2 Years
  The rebound in negative sales growth in January and February has been significant with increases in March...

May 2014 Real Estate Market
Rising Home Sales, Prices Follow Seasonal Trend For the 3rd month in a row, May home sales rose higher than sales in the previous mo...

Co Listings
Why would a realtor ever co-list a property?Many realtors would prefer to just list properties exclusively.  Typically and exclusive agency agreement is perfectly acceptable. ...

Proactive Coaching
I have had the opportunity to coach youth sports for the past 16 years.  It is something I am very passionate about.  Selling Real Estate is my main passion and am blesse...

Hudson Gardens Concert Schedule
Being a Highlands Ranch Realtor I am always looking for fun things to share with my clients, especially re-location clients.  Everyone has heard about Red Rocks Amphitheater, ...

Capturing Leads
Many Real Estate agents are always looking for a good lead based program.  There are thousands to choose from- some better than others, and most can be costly if not utilized ...

Looking For Real Estate Agents
Everyone knows the Real Estate Market is crazy busy right now.  My family has been in the business for 36 years and witnessed first hand the highs and lows.  As the marke...

What Highlands Ranch Has To Offer
 Real Estate Sells are starting out strong for 2014 in Highlands Ranch.  Reasons include top rated school district, low crime rates and increasing property values. ...

FOR SALE BY OWNER VERSUS HIRING A REALTOR
With such a hot sellers market I have been hit up by sellers asking why should they hire me to sell their home instead of going FSBO?Many people thought with the onset of Internet ...

Highlands Ranch Home 10K Reduction
Beautiful Engle Home in Indigo Hills of Highlands Ranch.  4 bedrooms up, 4 baths total, professionally finished basement with two additional bedrooms, great room and full bath...

Hire A Real Estate Broker Who Knows How To Sale Your Home
In real estate, we often use the term â œunder market to describe a home that is priced or purchased for less than it âs fair market value. But I sometimes see an unrelated re...

Colleges With Integrity In Sports
As many of you know, I am a Real Estate agent by trade, www.carlsellsdenverhomes.com , but I am also very involved in Competitive Girls Fastpitch softball.  I have b...

Zero Percent Down To Purchase A Home
Spring time is near.  Probably my favorite season in Colorado, still enough snow in the mountains for winter activities and warm enough in the city for summer activities.&nb...

Home Values Expected To Rise
Majority of more than 100 Real Estate forecasters expect large-scale investors to sell off the bulk of homes in their portfolios in the next 3 to 5 years, boosting inventory and po...

New Listing In Highlands Ranch
Largest Engle model in Southridge Crossing in desirable Highlands Ranch.  Over 4400 finished square feet and approximately an additional 700 sq feet for storage or another roo...

Highlands Ranch Real Estate Market
Highlands Ranch Real Estate Market The median sale price for homes in Highlands Ranch over the last 12 months is $299,925.The median mortgage d...

What Is Your Passion
Every four years Americans get their American flags out, and start wearing their Red, White and Blue.  The Olympics is the most watched television program by families.  I...


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