Because I have been looking at so many homes, as you read about here and here, I finally bit the bullet and called a few realtors to interview them. When I reached out to friends over the past few weeks telling them I was searching for a house, I got a bunch of really funny responses. A bunch of people got back to me and asked if I had ever seen the movie ‘Money Pit’ with Tom Hanks. Unfortunately, I have seen the movie, and had the thought that I might be better off simply renting, but since I am going to be renting out a few rooms to some friends or find roommates, they would be hopefully covering my mortgage so if there are any necessary fixes, I would be able to cover them with wages from tips at Coopersmith’s.
After speaking with a bunch of friends, and calling a few realtors, I chose to go with Colorado Real Estate Pros, which is owned by a guy named Brad Sawatzky. Brad also owns a personal training business called Strength & Motivation, and had trained a friend of mine awhile back. When Eddie, my buddy, reached out to me with information about Brad, I asked him about his experience, and he said that not only did Brad help him find a house, but he made sure that he wasn’t making a bad decision and getting into a house that was going to be bad for him down the line. You can call Brad at 970-342-3568 or find him on the web by visiting this site.
So, I met with Brad at Black Bottle Brewery in Fort Collins, to go over a plan of attack. I told Brad that I wanted to find a house for anywhere from $260-300K, and that it had to have a backyard for Jake. Selfishly, I want a backyard too, so I can have BBQ’s, and have somewhere to sit, drink beer, and take my computer and blog on nice warm nights, so there’s a bit of a personal need there too.
Brad and I started talking about the neighborhoods that I had identified as the ones that I wanted to look at for potential landing spots, and I was happy to find out that he had some great things to say about certain neighborhoods, but also pointed out drawbacks about others. He said that he knew of a couple homes in each neighborhood, and that he would take me to some other neighborhoods as well that I may have not seen before to see if I liked them.
The thing that I liked about meeting with him is he seemed interested in more than just my home search, he seemed genuinely interested in learning more about me and my life, so he could help match me with a home that fit me.
So, after having a couple beers at Black Bottle, I signed on the dotted line and agreed to work with Brad. One thing that he told me that really resonated was that I should be patient with the home search. Because of the competitive market today in Fort Collins, and the fact that Real Estate prices are so high, the competition has caused people to lose sleep over some homes that they might have wanted. Brad has seen a few families place very competitive offers on houses, but have been outbid by other families and investors.
After speaking to Brad, I went home, talked to Evan about staying a bit longer, and he agreed that I could stay at his place for longer than the originally agreed to one month. Thankfully, I have someone who can help me out if things get a bit desperate.
Oh, and if you haven’t been to Black Bottle Brewery, do yourself a favor and check it out. The bartenders are hilarious, and they put out some pretty funny videos, like the one below.
The cat kills me!