RE/MAX Realtor Margaret Stapleton Helps Buyers Head for the Foothills

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Margaret Stapleton, of RE/MAX Alliance Evergreen, lists the top three tips for buying a home in the Colorado foothills.

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People can find whatever level of luxury they seek in the foothills, which can be as simple as enjoying kayaking or watching a herd of elk wade into the marsh of Bear Lake.

Colorado foothills living is a luxury, with abundant choices in entertainment, restaurants, recreation and an active arts community. Furthermore, the foothills possess beautiful mountain and valley views and are in close proximity to Denver.

“People can find whatever level of luxury they seek in the foothills, which can be as simple as enjoying kayaking or watching a herd of elk wade into the marsh of Bear Lake,” said RE/MAX Alliance Realtor Margaret Stapleton, a Certified Mountain Area Specialist (CMAS). “Some of the benefits include clean and sweet well water, sunrises that glow purple to bright orange, being able to walk out your backdoor into hundreds of acres of open space, making snowmen in shorts and, most importantly, a community that works together for the benefit of everyone.”

In light of the advent of summer, Stapleton, who stresses buyers work with a CMAS, lists the top three tips for buying in the Colorado foothills.

No. 1: Know the basics. “This means understanding wells, septic systems, plat maps, and how you can use the property for yourself, family and pets. Your best bet is to ask your Realtor if they are a Certified Mountain Area Specialist,” said Stapleton. “Also, try not to buy a north-facing house. Homes that face north will get shorter daylight and therefore less sun and Colorado enjoys warm days, even in the winter.

No. 2: Consider altitude and weather. People buying a home in the foothills will need to acclimate to over 7,000 feet elevation. Additionally, local drivers recommend 4-wheel or all-wheel drive and good tires, as it snows in the mountains. “The snow plows run all night in some situations,” said Stapleton. “The best part is that even five feet of snow will melt away in three to four days.”

No. 3: Know what type of community you want and home prices. “People considering buying in the Colorado foothills need to ask themselves if they want privacy or neighbors/a neighborhood,” said Stapleton. “In the foothills of Evergreen, Morrison, Conifer and Indian Hills, the average sale price is $475,000 with 1% increase in asking price monthly. There are fewer bargains, but still great value. Also, in the foothills, a buyer can find homes with larger lot sizes, typically one acre in Evergreen, Conifer, and foothills areas of Morrison.”

About Margaret Stapleton, RE/MAX Alliance Evergreen
Margaret Stapleton “Connecting You to Lifestyles You Will Love” focuses on relocation, luxury and investment property representation along the Front Range of Colorado, especially in Evergreen, Conifer, and west Jefferson County, Clear Creek County and Park County. Her goal is to help buyers find their dream homes or second homes, investment options, and help sellers discover the best solutions in a constantly changing real estate market. For more information, please call (303) 670-6341, or visit http://www.coloradosrealestate.com. The RE/MAX Alliance office is located at 30480 Stagecoach Blvd., Evergreen, CO 80439.

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