As new “for sale” signs pop up around Denver neighborhoods and across Colorado, summer home buying and selling season is in full swing. 7,754 new homes for sale went on the market in May (with an average of only 27 days on the market). Colorado homebuyers still face a fast-paced market and low inventory.
Optimize your Home Search During Summer Home Buying Season
If you’re considering buying a home in Colorado this summer, this is a great time to start your home search. Follow these tips for a simpler home search.
Visit Open Houses.
If you’re not sure what you’re looking for in a home, search for open houses in Colorado to get inspiration. As you walk through homes for sale, pay attention to the layout, natural lighting, outdoor space, and features of the home. You can even get inspiration for home décor! Real estate agents and home sellers often put extra care into staging living areas for open houses. Remember your etiquette and review the do’s and don’ts of visiting an open house.
Learn the neighborhood.
You aren’t only buying a house, you’re also buying into a community. Take time this summer to visit popular places to live in Colorado and figure out which neighborhoods you might like to live in. Look for home style, architecture, and community planning in addition to public parks, outdoor space, restaurants, shopping, and nearby amenities. Once you’ve narrowed down to your favorite neighborhoods, again visit open houses to get a sense of homes for sale in the city. Summer is a great time to explore new communities in Colorado.
Consider the climate.
Springtime weather in Colorado is lovely, but as you’re searching for a home consider the year-round climate. Will the big windows that you enjoy in the summer make it difficult to stay warm in the winter? Does the home have air conditioning, heating, and climate control to keep you comfortable year-round? How is the insulation in the house? Use My Utility Score (on the right hand side of any home listing on REcolorado) to estimate utility bills for a home for sale.
Make the most of summer home buying and selling season with REcolorado. Search for current open houses, research cities and neighborhoods, and connect with a local REALTOR or real estate agent to start your Colorado home search.
Originally published June 22, 2017 — Updated June 21, 2018