One of the the most satisfying parts of our job is helping a great family with the next step in their journey.

This review really made my day!

Julian Hardaker has my utmost gratitude and respect as a businessman, realtor,
and friend. Finding the right realtor can be challenging and intimidating. When my
wife and I decided to sell the home I personally built she recommended Julian, who
she previously hired as her realtor. I found Julian incredible to work with.

First off, he was never pushy or trying to pressure us into decisions. He provided options
and professional facts to help us with the process. Julian and his team staged our
home and took professional photos to create an astonishingly marketable product,
which highlighted the years of work I put into building it.Julian is involved with a network of realtors and other firms.

I really believe his professional connections and marketing strategy were a key element with finding the buyers.


The closing was well planned and went through without a hitch. I could easily see
both Julian’s team and the other professionals he works with respect and enjoy
working with him.

In my case, I built this home from the ground up, and this sweat equity is my
financial security for the future. I have worked in law enforcement for almost two
decades and developed, lets say, a particular sense of people and their character.
With that, I was incredibly fortunate to meet Julian. This was the largest financial
transaction in my life and I have no reservations about recommending Julian and
hiring him again.


Justin and Mary W

Nov. 14, 2019

Magestic Views and Privacy

It is not easy to find such a striking brand new home with such stunning views of Mt. Sopris and yet be hidden away from neighboring homes. This estate at the end of quiet cul-de-sac is perfectly nestled among the pinyons and junipers with dedicated open space below it. Designed to provide true one level living, the only stairs lead down to the walk out lower level with additional bedrooms and living spaces. You will be wowed by the contemporary styling and top of the line finishes including Wolf and Subzero appliances. Just 5 minutes down to Hwy 82. $1,995,000  MLS# 158129  Click HERE for more information! 

Posted in Featured Listings
Nov. 14, 2019

Brand New in Carbondale for $479,000

Two brand new contemporary styled condos in the heart of Carbondale.

Close to parks, schools, shops and trails. With one level living (No stairs), this condo has no exterior maintenance to worry about so you can enjoy all Carbondale has to offer! MLS# 160657 and 160658 Click HERE for more information!

Posted in Featured Listings
Nov. 14, 2019

NEW CONSTRUCTION in Glenwood Springs

There is nothing quite like moving into a brand new home. When you get to pick out your very own colors and finishes it is even better! Combine this with low HOA dues, a great corner lot, main level master suite in a right-sized home and you have a winner. Pinyon Mesa is just a mile from Hwy 82 and 10 minutes to either Glenwood or Carbondale. $725,000. MLS# 161722    (UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Estimated completion Spring 2020). Click HERE for more information!

 

Posted in Featured Listings
Nov. 14, 2019

INCREDIBLE VIEWS ON 7.75 PRIVATE ACRES!

Price just reduced to $725,000 - Incredible views, 7.75 private acres, adjacent to BLM and just a couple of minutes from downtown New Castle! The huge, oversized 3 car garage makes a great shop and you have plenty of additional parking and storage. The beautiful custom built home has an additional upstairs suite which makes a great game room or even ''mother in law'' quarters with its separate entrance. Brand new appliances and so many upgrades make this home the complete package. Click HERE for more information!

Posted in Featured Listings
Feb. 16, 2015

Glenwood Springs Real Estate Becoming a Seller's Market

Glenwood Springs Real Estate Sellers Cash-In

 

Sellers MarketMultiple offers are back in the Glenwood Springs real estate market. With a scarcity of available homes for sale and a strong interest in the Glenwood market, interested home buyers are faced with a less than ideal scenario. Lately several clients of mine have fought tough competition with multiple offers on the table for their top choices. In just the last two weeks, two buyers bidding on homes in Glenwood Springs and another bidding on a home in Carbondale faced multiple offer scenarios.

 

This is a challenging field to navigate as it adds a complex emotional element to what is already an exciting and nerve wracking moment. Sometimes, a buyer’s first response is to raise their hands in the air and say, "Forget It" - they just don't want to get into a bidding war.

 

Pending your situation, this might be the right decision. 

 

Since Realtors are typically in the dark about how strong (or not) the other offers are, I counsel my buyers to settle on a price that they feel great about - whether the offer is accepted OR if another buyer outbids them. I also remind them that it’s not unusual to feel like they have overbid if their offer is accepted in this scenario.  It’s only natural to wonder how much the other buyer bid and why they lost. Confidence is assured through a clear strategy and a thorough analysis of the home's market value. The additional protection provided by an appraisal condition is also re-assuring to buyers in this marketscape.

 

If you are a buyer currently searching for Glenwood Springs real estate, prepare for this scenario in advance - physically AND mentally. If you’re serious about a listing, it’s imperative to be decisive and move forward quickly in submitting an offer. Over the years, I’ve witnessed buyers drag their feet over a few days before deciding to submit an offer, only to eventually find themselves in competition with another buyer. Had they reacted quicker, they could have avoided this situation altogether.

 

Bottom line: it’s a “buyer beware” market in Glenwood Springs right now. Serious buyers need to be savvy and prepared for anything - get your finances secured and be ready to make quick decisions. Your competitors are right around the block…  

 

Feb. 4, 2015

Glenwood Springs Real Estate Buyers, Beware?

According to a recent article on Realtor.com, chief economists are aligned on the thought that 2015 is heading toward becoming a banner year for real estate. Home sales, home prices and mortgage rates are all expected to increase. The Federal Reserve has communicated to financial markets that it will raise the target for the federal funds rate this year. For serious buyers, the this article urges you to move now as forecast data suggests mortgage rate affordability may decline as much as 10% in 2015.

 

While I am sometimes skeptical of articles that tell us that "now" is the time, what I am seeing in the local Glenwood Springs real estate market does seem to reflect the analysis presented in this article.

 

Traditionally, January and February are the slowest months of the year for sales in our market. This year, there was a slight pause around the holidays, but right from the 1st of the year, activity has been very strong. 

 

With the continued lack of supply, available homes that are priced reasonably have been attracting multiple offers, often at or above asking price (and above the price of similar recent sales).

 

Last Friday, I showed 3 homes to some clients looking in Glenwood and Carbondale. By the end of the day, all three properties had offers on them! I was able to show a brand new listing to clients of mine this past Sunday and it also had multiple offers by the end of the day.

 

With low supply and high demand in Glenwood we are traditionally headed toward a seller’s market. However, with the Fed reportedly “running out of patience”, perhaps now is the time for buyer’s to jump in the game and scoop up the last low mortgage rates we may see for awhile.

July 17, 2014

Local Market Holding Steady

May's Data for Garfield County is out now. Good news:

  • Bank sales dropped quite a bit with only 5 in May, compared to 16 in April.
  • Snapshot Values are looking steady:

 

  1. Single Family +6%
  2. Multi Family +17%
  3. Vacant Land -20%


There were a total of 201 DOT recordings in May with 61% of Sales having financing at the time of closing, while 39% were cash at closing. Even though it was slightly off last May - this was the best month in Gross Sales so far this year for Garfield.

YTD Gross Sales are up +14.67% from last year... and YTD . Transactions down at -5.56%. Less sales, but higher valuations!

July 8, 2014

Post Independent Local's Choice 2014 Best Realtor

Glenwood Springs Locals Choice Award 2014Wow – What a pleasant and humbling surprise to have been voted Best Realtor by the locals!

Representing a client in a real estate transaction is a very serious business, involving not only the largest single asset most of us ever own, but also our hopes and dreams. I am so grateful to all of my clients who have placed their trust in me to help them through this process and for continuing to recommend me to their friends and family.

And now, I am grateful to all of you who voted for me in this competition.

 

 

Posted in News
June 16, 2014

Are Garfield County Home Values Leveling off?

Home ValueDo you believe in statistics? Do you believe that increased supply lowers prices and increased demand raises them?

Back in 2007, I was still a relatively new Realtor and didn't really pay too much attention to the market stats. After the crash, I went back and analyzed what happened in our market and was amazed to see that the writing was on the wall that prices would start to fall as early as the middle of 2007. Despite this, prices continued to rise through most of 2008 in Glenwood Springs!

For me, this was lesson learned, and I vowed to watch market statistics like a hawk from then on.

It does indeed all come back to supply and demand. Over the last couple of years, the supply in our local market ( typically quoted in months) came down from highs of around 48 months or more in some markets at the depth of the recession, to lows of around 2­3 months in many towns last year. As a point of reference, a balanced market is considered to have around 6 months supply.

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Jan. 8, 2014

November 2013 Pitkin County Real Estate Stats

Market update for November 2013 for Aspen, Snowmass Village and Basalt real estate market.

An uptick in sales brought numbers back in line with 2012 numbers in terms of transactions and overall volume this month. Average prices continue to be down year on year. 

 

For full analysis:

Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt Pitkin County market analysis November 2013