Molly Curley at Brackendale Realty, LLC

Molly Curley at Brackendale Realty, LLC Providing comprehensive Real Estate Services in the San Luis Valley Colorado
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There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional - integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills and a high-quality professional network, all of which are hallmarks of how I work. That said, in my experience as a Alamosa real estate professional, I've also found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to your needs. This "client first" philosophy has always been my approach and it requires me to continually improve my skills and ways of doing business. In addition, I've found that the latest technologies are enabling me to do everything I've always done, only much more quickly and efficiently. They've also helped me to extend the range of services I provide to my clients.

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12/17/2019
5181 Griego Rd Alamosa CO - Brackendale Realty

PRICE REDUCED!!! Check out this country home close to town.

Built in 1998 this home is a displays the perfect blend of country living close to town. This move in ready home has hardwood flooring in areas, an...

~Keeping Your Stuff Safe While Your Home Is For Sale~When preparing to put your house on the market, usually your main c...
12/17/2019

~Keeping Your Stuff Safe While Your Home Is For Sale~

When preparing to put your house on the market, usually your main concern is making your home look as appealing as possible. Cleaning every corner, fixing what needs fixed, and making sure it is a home others would want to buy. With all that in mind, prioritizing the safety of your home while it is on the market can fall to the wayside until you are fully out of the home. Once you are moved in somewhere new, you may realize that you are worrying quite a bit about just how safe your home is. Between showings and being empty most days, there is a much higher chance that your house can become a target for theft. Here are some ways to protect your home while you wait for it to sell.

TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBORS

While you may think it’s obvious that your neighbors know you are selling your home, it may not be their first thought to keep an eye out for strange behavior. If you have a friendly neighbor, ask if they can swing by after showings to make sure your doors are locked and if they can alert you if they see any strange behavior.

PREVENT SLIPS AND FALLS

While theft is always a concern, you also need to keep in mind that you could be held liable for injury on your property. It is a good idea to take preventative measures to keep an unnecessary lawsuit from happening. Make sure you repair any uneven or missing flooring, secure rugs, remove clutter, and clear ice and snow during the cold seasons.

HIDE YOUR VALUABLES

The best way to prevent high-value items from being stolen is to make sure they aren’t visible. If you can’t take them with you, make sure you have a safe or a secure place to keep them. While jewelry and other expensive collectibles are important, don’t forget about anything with important information on it, like Social Security cards, blank checks, medications, etc.

GUN SAFETY

If you are a gun owner, it is imperative that people touring your home cannot access your weapons. If you do not take them with you, make sure they are unloaded and locked away. While theft is a concern, physical damage (or even death) caused by your gun on your property can have serious consequences.

~Turn Your Home from Cold to CozyAs the days get shorter and shorter, you’re probably spending more time curled up on th...
12/10/2019

~Turn Your Home from Cold to Cozy
As the days get shorter and shorter, you’re probably spending more time curled up on the couch than you were on those long summer days. Instead of letting the cold weather get you down, take the time to turn your space into a warm and cozy escape from the outdoors. Here are some tips to turn your house from cold to cozy.

Bake Your Favorite Dessert

Not only will the smell fill your home with sweet, warm scents but baking and the process it requires can fill your home with joy. Plus, you have a great snack to cuddle up with the couch!

Light Some Candles

Lighting candles will add to your comfy atmosphere. They will give soft light and welcoming scents for every corner of your home.

Add Texture To Your Decor

The right decor can make your space even more inviting. Plush cushions and throws paired with the perfect cable-knit blankets will make you and your guests want to spend the weekends binge-watching from the couch.

Have Guests Over

Instead of locking yourself in alone this winter, make sure you invite guests over to enjoy your cozy home with you! Have them bring their favorite snack or winter beverage and share your coziness.

Perfect A Winter Beverage

The best thing to have with your baked goods is a warm beverage to enjoy. Crock-Pot hot chocolate and apple cider is great for the kids and hot toddies or mulled wine will warm you up quick!

Make A Winter Playlist

The final step to making your space cozy this season is making the perfect playlist to play in the background while you are snuggled in. Grab your mulled wine + fresh cookies and enjoy the sounds of the winter from the comfort of your cozy home!

December 2019Home prices nationwide rose 4.9% in the year ending in the third quarter of 2019. During the past three yea...
12/06/2019

December 2019
Home prices nationwide rose 4.9% in the year ending in the third quarter of 2019. During the past three years, home prices rose at a 5.9% average annual rate.
The map shows the percent change in home prices in the year ending in the third quarter of 2019 by state.
The data reflect the prices of homes sold with conforming financing.
Source: Federal Housing Finance Agency, House Price Index, quarterly data, November 26, 2019. Index based on the sales prices of homes financed with conventional conforming loans. These figures reflect only purchase transactions (no refinance transactions are included). Information is accurate as of November 26, 2019, and is subject to change without notice. www.fhfa.gov/DataTools/Downloads/Pages/House-Price-Index-Datasets.aspx

11/15/2019
~The Do’s + Don’ts of Listing Photos~When you’re preparing to put your house on the market, you are probably already awa...
11/14/2019

~The Do’s + Don’ts of Listing Photos~

When you’re preparing to put your house on the market, you are probably already aware that most of the first impressions made on potential buyers will be via your listing photos. It is important to take the time and make sure you are taking photos that will attract those buyers, not send them running. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you make the best of your listing photos and get the attention you want it to have.

DO:

Make your house look welcoming. A warm entryway and open front door will set the tone for the rest of your images.

Consider other perspectives. If you have access to an aerial photographer, having a bird’s eye view photo will help show off your property if you’ve got a great location.

Capture the best parts of your home. While you may think skipping certain rooms is the norm, it is better to show off what it is that makes you love your home. Do you have a beautiful garage? Make sure you get great photos of it!

Stage your rooms. Make sure potential buyers can see how great your space can be so they can picture themselves in it.

Show off the view - if you have one. If you’ve got a beautiful porch where you love to have your morning coffee because of the tree line, make sure you get a photo of that.

Take a curb shot. A buyer will want to know what to expect when they pull up to your home, so make sure there aren’t any surprises.

DON’T:

Try to get creative with angles. Real estate photography isn’t the time to try out new angles. Your clients will want to know what the home actually looks like, and making it look like there is a landslide with an artsy angle won’t help sell your home.

Use a fisheye lens. Extreme fisheye lenses can actually make your home and the rooms inside look smaller, and the distorted images can leave a bad taste in a potential buyer’s mouth.

Snag selfies while you’re photographing rooms. Buyers don’t want to see you in listing photos. Make sure you avoid angles that put your full reflection in any photo you use to list your home.

Capture the everyday mess of life. While in most cases it is important to show reality, this is the one case where it is key to not capture what your home actually looks like on a day to day basis. Your home should be clean and organized when listing photos are taken because potential buyers may have a hard time picturing themselves living in your home if they can’t look past the mess.

Show of your furry children. While there are plenty of pet lovers out there, featuring your pups or kittens will often detract from what your home looks like and lead clients to worry about potential pet damage or smells.

~AVOID THESE MISTAKES THAT DELAY LENDER APPROVALS~If you’re getting ready to buy a home, you’re likely realizing that on...
11/08/2019

~AVOID THESE MISTAKES THAT DELAY LENDER APPROVALS~

If you’re getting ready to buy a home, you’re likely realizing that one of the most important parts of the process is getting approved for a mortgage that works for you. To get the best rate and avoid losing your deposit, steer clear of these common mistakes.

Leaving out details from your financial profile.

The best way to avoid doing this is having a great mortgage lender. Making sure you include not only your basic information, employment and living history, income, assets and debts, but also ensuring you answer every single question. Leaving details out of your profile can throw off the entire process, so having someone who is meticulous enough to make sure all your information is made available is key.

Assuming pre-approval is equal to actual approval.

Pre-approval for a mortgage means that you’ve talked to a potential lender or maybe even provided some documentation that gave the impression that you will be approved for a certain amount. Don’t be confused - this is not an actual approval. You need to make sure your loan is approved by an underwriter before making any offers to buy a home. When you are “underwriting approved” you will be able to get a formal loan commitment. Without this document, there is no proof of actual approval, meaning that your profile has been evaluated but nothing official to show approval.

Failing to provide every single piece of documentation needed.

Your lender is going to want very detailed documentation of your financial profile, including the following:

Pay stubs covering 30 days

2 of tax returns & W-2s

YTD business financial statements (if you’re self-employed)

2 months of statements for all your asset accounts

Explanations and paper trails of all deposits withdrawals over $1,000

A home insurance quote with adequate coverage

Full financial information on any other homes/businesses you own

You will need to provide all these documents, and if you have a commissioned or variable income, you will need to give permissions to your lender to verify that income. Your credit will be run, which can expose any information you didn’t disclose.

Not knowing enough about mortgage rates.

Once a seller accepts your offer, you will be in contract on that home and you will be ready to lock in your mortgage rate. You cannot lock your rate until you’re in contract, which means that any rate market movement can impact you until then. Rates change throughout each day, and they are priced based on how long they are locked. A shorter lock, about a month or less, will have a lower rate than a lock of 60+ days. If you want to avoid any surprises, talk to your lender and ask them to use your closing timeline to quote rate locks.

~The Seller Rejected Your Offer - What Now?~Finding the right home is a serious process. Just like any other long term c...
11/01/2019

~The Seller Rejected Your Offer - What Now?~
Finding the right home is a serious process. Just like any other long term commitment, you’ve likely spent a great deal of time finding a home that you love and can picture yourself spending your life in. So what happens when you think you’ve found the right one but the seller rejects your offer? Here are 3 ways to deal with losing out on the home you had your heart set on.

1. Don’t obsess over the seller.

It is natural to want to know why your offer was rejected and you may want to start to ask questions about the seller’s motives. You could spend all your time doing that research, instead of continuing your search for a home. It may be difficult, but moving on is your best option. You will never know how a stranger is thinking, so rather than heartbreak, keep searching. They may want to come back to the table, but just in case they don’t, it is better for you if you are still trying to find a dream home.

2. If you haven’t put out your best offer yet, now is the time.

Maybe you wanted some room for negotiations, so your offer was lower than what you’re willing to pay for the home. This is the time to consider if this house really is ‘the one.’ If you feel that you are willing to exchange that wiggle room for your dream home, it is time to make that your best offer.

3. Move on when it is time.

If you’ve made your best offer and your seller just isn’t ready, it is time to move on. It can be easy to get hung up on a house that felt like it could be your next home, but you will be thankful that you focused on moving on. Even if it takes time, you will be thankful that you moved on and kept looking when you find yourself in your true dream home.

Just like any other long term commitment, searching for the right home is worth the wait.

~Want to Hide Your Litter Box? Create A Kitty Corner!~What You’ll Need:Side tableTwisted jute ropeShort tension rodTwo w...
10/30/2019

~Want to Hide Your Litter Box? Create A Kitty Corner!~

What You’ll Need:

Side table
Twisted jute rope
Short tension rod
Two window valances

1. Using the jute rope, create a scratching post by wrapping the rope around the legs of your side table. This will protect the legs and offer entertainment to your furry friends.

2. Measure the height and width of your table and cut your window valances to match the size. Once you’ve done that, you can put the valences on a tension rod and place the rod between the legs.

3. Place your litter box under the table behind the valences, and show your feline family member where his or her litter box has been moved to!

Now your cat(s) can go about their business without your visitors watching.

Always wondered what Realtors really do? Just because you can't see what they are doing, doesn't mean they are not worki...
10/28/2019

Always wondered what Realtors really do? Just because you can't see what they are doing, doesn't mean they are not working.

10/24/2019
09/27/2019
4755 County Rd 27, Monte Vista, CO 81144

Price reduced!! $285,000

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Are you ready for the weekend? Here is a weekend tip for you!
09/27/2019

Are you ready for the weekend? Here is a weekend tip for you!

09/24/2019
~Deciding To Buy A Fixer-Upper~If you are a fan of HGTV, you have probably seen your fair share of fixer-uppers. TV show...
09/23/2019

~Deciding To Buy A Fixer-Upper~

If you are a fan of HGTV, you have probably seen your fair share of fixer-uppers. TV shows tend to make everything look easy, especially home flipping or updating. So how do you decide if a fixer upper is worth your time? Here are a few scenarios where diving in usually pays off.

1. The upgrades are simple.

First, you need to find out what types of issues are going to need updated and recognize your personal skills. If a home has foundation, electrical, or plumbing issues, chances are those aren’t easy fixes unless you are a contractor yourself. When it comes to cosmetic fixes, there is usually less of a safety risk so if you’re willing to do the work, those are the houses for you.

2. When the numbers pencil out.

You need to ask yourself if all the work you will put in is going to make the property worth as much or more after you’re finished. Sit down and run the numbers, and decide if you are willing and able to stick to a budget. If you’re handy and willing to put in the hours, your budget may be much smaller than what you would spend on a move-in ready home.

3. You have the time and resources.

Sometimes when investing in a fixer-upper, there will be work that needs done where you may not be able to be in the house. Do you have a friend of family member close by where you can crash while the house is getting rewired, or the insulation is getting installed? If not, is there wiggle room in your budget for a night or two in a hotel when there’s a small emergency with the water pipes? It is important to recognize where you are in life and if you are mentally, physically, and fiscally able to invest in a fixer-upper.

Can you see why Realtors don't trust Zillow? And maybe why you should talk to a professional Realtor instead?
09/20/2019

Can you see why Realtors don't trust Zillow? And maybe why you should talk to a professional Realtor instead?

09/19/2019
Check out this great way to look for homes for sale in the San Luis Valley!!
09/12/2019
Molly Curley - Homesnap

Check out this great way to look for homes for sale in the San Luis Valley!!

Molly Curley with Brackendale Realty, LLC in Alamosa, CO

It's time to play a game!!Comment below!
09/06/2019

It's time to play a game!!
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09/05/2019
I’d like to personally give a hearty congrats to Mike Prater and Adrian Unruh for the closing of their first home and on...
08/30/2019

I’d like to personally give a hearty congrats to Mike Prater and Adrian Unruh for the closing of their first home and on a recent wedding!!! We hope you have a lifetime of happy memories in your new home! ❤️

~Home Updates To Make After A Decade~Have you lived in your current home for at least 10 years and are starting to wonde...
08/28/2019

~Home Updates To Make After A Decade~
Have you lived in your current home for at least 10 years and are starting to wonder what needs replaced or updated? Even if you make maintenance a priority, some things in your home are going to need updated or replaced after they’ve been used for 10 years. Here are 8 updates to consider making in your home with each decade.

1. Hot Water Tank

Even if your tank isn’t leaking (or not working) quite yet, it is usually ready for replacement every 10 years. It is important to make note of how old your water heater is to prevent any major issues, so be sure to check the manufacturing date and consider replacement once it has worked for 10 years.

2. Ceiling Fans

If you are someone who has the fans in your home running often, they will likely need replaced after cooling your home for a decade. If you notice lightbulbs are burning out frequently, it is time to consider replacing your fans.

3. Carpet

The average carpet on the market today is expected to last 10 years. If you’ve got pets or a heavily trafficked home, you may want to consider replacing your carpets before you hit that 10-year mark. If you’ve got stains, tears, or hard-to-remove odors, it is probably time for an update.

4. Dishwasher

If your dishwasher has been around for 10 years, it is likely in need of replacement. The plus side of replacing your dishwasher now is that many on the market are extremely energy-efficient and will end up saving you money over time, making the initial investment to upgrade worth it. If your dishwasher has buttons that don’t work, cracks inside, or has trouble cleaning dishes as well as it used to, it is probably time to replace.

5. Washer & Dryer

If you have a working set after 10 years, you’re lucky. Many sets have a lifespan of around 8 years, so after a decade, it may be time to upgrade.

6. Bathroom Caulking

This is the best DIY when it comes to updating your bathroom and protecting against leaks. Re-caulking the shower, tub, and sink is an easy task and gives your bathroom a new breath of life.

7. Garbage Disposal

All blades dull over time, and with the average lifespan of a disposal at between 10-12 years, it may be a good idea to replace your disposal blade after a decade.

8. Paint

While repainting after 10 years isn’t necessary, it can help give your home a fresh look. Most people don’t wait that long to repaint heavily trafficked rooms, so if it has been 10 years, it is probably time to add a new coat of paint.

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