Real Estate Agents Lakewood CO

Real estate agents Lakewood, CO from Orson Hill Realty just out looking for homes for sale for their clients. Danny Skelly the broker/owner at Orson Hill Realty is out in Lakewood with his dog, Awesome. They are driving around neighborhoods in Lakewood looking for the perfect home for their first time home buyers. 

About Our Lakewood, CO Real Estate Agents

Orson Hill Realty is a company that specializes in luxury homes but they will work on any size transaction. Even first time home buyers get the same real estate service as their luxury clients. 

About Lakewood, CO

Lakewood, CO is a great city just between the Denver Foothills and Denver Metro. Lakewood is the perfect solution for people that work in Denver or the airport and don’t want to live in Denver Metro. Lakewood is close to the mountains for easy access for skiing and hiking. It is also close enough to Denver for sports and endless entertainment. 

The Lakewood, CO Real Estate Market:

Just like most of Colorado, the foothills and the front range, Lakewood real estate is pretty active. With the average home sale being lower than Denver and the foothills, Lakewood is seeing less days on market with prices still rising. Lakewood will always be a desirable area with all the things to do. Lakewood is the most populated city in Jefferson County, Colorado.

Lakewood Recreation runs and maintains four Recreation Centers for their residents and visitors, which feature an array of amenities including pools and splash pads, indoor and outdoor courts and varied exercise options.

Carmody Rec Center

Carmody hosts the largest cardio and weight room, outdoor fitness pad, aerobics and fitness studios, a gym with a track and indoor basketball, volleyball and pickleball courts. A free outdoor fitness zone is located adjacent to the center in Carmody Park.

The unique 50-meter indoor pool hosts swim classes, swim teams, aqua fitness, lap swimming and open swim. The seasonal outdoor pool provides swim lessons, open swim and a new family-friendly spray pad.

Lakewood Link Rec Center

The Link features a 2,000 sq. ft. climbing wall with adaptable equipment, a fitness area with strength training and cardio equipment and a 5,000 sq. ft. gymnastics center. Rooms are available to rent and it’s a popular location for birthday parties.

The center offers activities which include gymnastics, climbing, fencing and aquatics. It houses a warm water indoor pool with play features, an indoor/outdoor slide, aqua fitness classes, water walking and open play areas.

Charles Whitlock Recreation Center

Visitors can work out in the cardio equipment area of Whitlock Rec Center.
A very popular spot for fitness classes, adult sports and youth sports, Whitlock features a fitness studio, free weight and TRX zones, three gymnasiums, two racquetball courts and four outdoor pickleball courts. With all this equipment it is a full service gym.

Whitlock also houses an indoor aquatics area, which includes a warm-water therapy pool and men’s and women’s dry saunas.

This is just a small sample of what Lakewood has to offer their residents. For more information about Lakewood, CO just give your Lakewood Realtor, Danny Skelly a call at 303-835-9895.

More About the Best Real Estate Agents in Lakewood, CO…

Ask any real estate agents in Lakewood, CO how the market is and you will most likely get the same answer, is is still a great time to buy in Lakewood. When a buyer or seller is choosing the best Realtor to help them buy or list their home it is important to choose the right agent. A home or a seller is looking for a listing agent it is important they know the Lakewood area.  Lakewood is a great mix of city living in close proximity to the mountain life for a nice get away. It attracts all ages and has a great nightlife and things for people of all ages. Being in Jefferson County it is part of the Jefferson County School System. One of the best counties in the state for education.



It seems like whenever there is a seller’s market for sale by owner homes start popping up more and more. Evergreen Colorado is no different. Sellers believe that when it is a seller’s market they have an easier ability to sell their home. For sale by owner sellers believe that there is only one step in selling a home. FSBO Sellers believe all they need to do is slap their home on zillow in wait for the people to flock to their home. One thing for sale by owner people just don’t seem to understand is there is 1 issue at the beginning that they never consider. 1 of the most frightening things about selling a home is security. When a real estate agent finds buyers they tend of that them and see what kind of people they are they have information they have their cellphone numbers they usually have a lot of information about them. A for sale by owner seller sometimes just takes a phone call and invites the potential buyer and to their home. This seller doesn’t understand how dangerous this is. I don’t even want to mention if a for sale by owner seller has an open house that’s a completely different security issue.

For Sale by Owner

Oh Boy a For Sale By Owner

Let’s forget about the issue of security for just a moment and move into the more practical reasons why people should not sell their home themselves. Just like most people would never represent themselves in a murder trial they understand that there are professionals that do these things all day long. Real estate is no different a real estate agent understands everything about Holmes skeptic’s whiles easement as shoes marketing your home everything that you can imagine real estate agents have seen done and taking care of the objections or the challenges that arise for any of these issues. The 1st thing to consider about selling your home is the marketing. Real estate agents market homes all the time at least Orson Hill Realty agents do. Of course just like any profession there are Real estate agents that are unable to market homes or do their job properly but that is another issue. For the sake of this article let’s assume you have hired the best real estate agents for marketing your home, Orson Hill Realty.

Marketing a For Sale Buy Owner

The reason proper marketing of your home is so important even in a seller’s market is market exposure. As I always tell my buyers as well as my sellers the market is who determines the value of your home it doesn’t matter how much money you owe it doesn’t matter how much you want for your home it doesn’t matter how much your neighbor says your home is worth it doesn’t matter how much your cousin says your home is worth the market is going to tell you exactly what your home is worth. That is why it is so important to have as many people come through your home as possible. Real estate agents do understand how inconvenient that this could be for sellers but sellers need to understand to get a true sample of the market it is a numbers game the more people that come through the more offers you get in the more idea you have of the true value of your home. This is why proper marketing of your home even during a seller’s market is one of the absolutely most important things you can do while selling your home. Many sellers believe that everyone in the world uses zillow this really is not the case.I have a lot of buyers that come to me that do not use zillow. Also once a buyer comes to me I make sure that they continue to use my website. Most real estate agents do we send them alerts we send them everything possible so they stay on our website. Zillow has lost a lot of its appeal because of the bad and outdated information it provides.

For Sale By Owners are Just Cheap and Who Wants to Deal With That?

Now that we’ve established that doing for sale by owner is not only dangerous but it also cost you money in the long run because you’re not getting a full sample of how much the market believes your home is worth. Let’s move on to the next reason why people should never ever deal with for sale by owner homes. It goes to the mentality of people who do not use professionals and want to sell their home themselves. It shows that not only does that person want to gain the system by asking the same amount as their neighbor that uses a real estate agent and pays the 6% commission it also shows that this person is most likely very very very cheap. So if you think in the context of how long this person has on their home if they’ve owned it for 10 years and they are too cheap to sell it properly do you really believe that this person will put any money in to upkeep repair and general maintenance for their home. With for sale by owner homes we tend to see a lot more deferred maintenance and repairs that should have been done in could have been done cheaply that have gotten out of hand and caused even more damage to the home. Now we think about the person doing a for sale by owner pricing their home where exactly did they get the price for this home that they put on zillow that they use the very inaccurate system of Zestimate. Let’s hope not even zillow admitted at 1 time that there’s estimates could be off by as much as 20% and I have even scenes estimates be off by as much as 30 to 40%. There is no way that an algorithm can tell anyone how much a property is a worth especially here in the Denver foothills where there are no properties that are similar. Perhaps is estimate works well in a condo situation in a homeowners association in Tallahassee Florida where all the properties are exactly the same size same floor plan and same appliances. If you think about it there is no way for anyone to price a home without actually seeing the inside of the home.

For Sale By Owner and the Contacts

Next thing for sale by owners need to worry about, if you are lucky enough to get an offer, is the contract. It isn’t as easy you might think. There is a reason why real estate agents spend 100’s of hours in school then 100’s of hours in continuing education classes. It is because this stuff isn’t easy. There are so many variables and so many what if’s and if the other person has a real estate agent you will need to pay them a buyer co op so you are only saving 3% (or less) to take on the liability that is taken on by the agent if they make a mistake. It isn’t worth the risk when it comes to the serious legal reticulations you could face if you screw it up. 

Most Buyer Agents Don’t Like to Work With For Sale By Owners

Most buyer agents don’t like for sale by owners. For one a FSBO thinks they are better than real estate agents at their job. Yes real estate agents work very hard and take their job very seriously and we know we add great value to the transaction. We take offense to people that doubt us. The other reason is the agent knows they need to negotiate their commission with a FSBO. Not something we should need to do. Any agent that has done a FSBO deal also knows they need to keep an eye on the seller to make sure they are doing everything they should as a seller. We know we will work twice as hard if our buyer buys a home from the MLS. There are other reasons an agent will not send FSBO listings to their buyers. That is why 85% of FSBOs end up listing with an agent.

For sale by owner (FSBO)
Homes For Sale By Owner

Homes for Sale By Owner in Evergreen, Colorado What You Should Know

A Realtor walks into a listing appointment on a home for sale by owner in Evergreen, CO at a price point of about $4,000,000 to $5,000,000. This is not the beginning of a bad real estate joke, it really happened recently. The Realtor thought he would discuss with the for sale by owner (FSBO) owner and see if he could help the seller out. You know do the job a real estate professional does all day everyday. So this luxury Realtor familiar with the area and his team mate go into the for sale by owner’s home. The Realtor has an advantage going into a FSBO because the home is already on the market for a certain price. The real estate agent already knows what the seller believes their home is worth. Sometimes this is good but sometimes bad. In this certain story this was bad for the agent.

For Sale By Owner and Pricing a Home for Sale

The home was absolutely beautiful. Just amazing. Only problem was the seller has it listed for $1,000,000 more than any home in that neighborhood has sold for in the last 24 months. The comparables the real estate agent has found do not support the value of this luxury home. It is in a beautiful neighborhood with amazing views but still the real estate agent that works in the luxury market can still not justify this as the most expensive home to hit the market in the area in the last 2 years especially by a 25% more value. While speaking to the for sale by owner people he gathered information on how the custom home was built and how the sellers came up with the magical number. He expecting them to say “well we know the neighbors home sold for X amount we we calculated the price per square foot and came up with our number”. That is a very fast, easy but not accurate way to find an approximate value. The real estate agent was also waiting to hear “well the Zillow Zestimate was X amount so we used that”. What the agent heard was an even less accurate method than either of those two. The for sale by owner seller said “well the empty lot next door sold for X amount, a good rule of thumb is 80/20, if the lot sold for X we just used the two numbers and came up with a price”. The real estate agent was left pretty speechless. Knowing this is a formula investors use for costing new builds to see if it is financially sound to invest in the land and with the final build price. This is not how you value pre-existing homes. This formula is not at all a way to find value in a home. There is a reason why a bank uses an appraiser and not this type of calculation. A seller needs to find comps! There is no other way to find value in a home. The market does not care what you want or what you need to get out of your sale. The market certainly doesn’t compare your existing home to the empty lot next door and value it that way (unless you were selling it as a scrape).

The real estate agent changed the subject off that one because how does a Realtor explain to someone that their way of pricing their luxury home was about as accurate as asking the mailman what he thought it was worth?

Paying the Buyer Agent When You List For Sale By Owner

The next topic was the willingness to pay a buyer co-op. Meaning if another Realtor brought them a buyer that was willing to $1,000,000 over what the home was valued, how much of that cash would the seller pay to the agent? The seller simply replied “I’m not paying the buyer’s agent, the buyer can pay for his own agent”. This brought up an interesting fact that the agent thought most people would know. There is a little box on the buyer agency contract. This box says something to the affect “if seller does not pay commission, buyer will pay”. In 8 years of writing buyer agency contracts this agent has never, ever checked that box or ever even thought about it. This agent has never heard of any agent checking that box. The agent even called around to his broker friends and asked if any of them ever checked that box. None of them have. It is not often that a buyer pays the commission. Technically the buyer always pays the commission because it comes out of the money that he brings to purchase but the FSBO seller basically stated this money would not come out of the purchase price even at a full price offer.

The way it works is let’s say a home sold for $1,000,000. The seller gets a full price offer. Not including closing costs and such, to keep it simple, if the total commission for both agents in 6%, 3% goes to buyer agent and 3% goes to seller agent. This for sale by owner thinks that the buyer should pay $1 mil plus $30k for a total of $1,030,000 for the home. That is simply not how the real world of real estate works.

For Sale By Owner with Luxury Homes Evergreen, CO

This is why people thinking about selling their home for sale by owner in Evergreen or Denver should really think twice. If it is a luxury home that it takes a professional real estate agent an average of 200 days in this market to sell your luxury home then you should really think twice. If a seller prices their home without even looking at existing home sales comps, you should contact a luxury real estate agent. If a FSBO is unwilling to pay a buyer co-op, and almost all buyers have representation because they know it doesn’t cost anything, you should talk to a professional real estate broker. If a seller knew that on the average a for sale by owner home sells $190,000 and a home sold by a real estate broker sells for $240,000 then they would most likely not sell their home without a real estate agent.

Safety Issues with For Sale By Owner

One more issue regarding FSBO, how does a seller vet the buyer? Is this person coming to look at your $5,000,000 home just coming to case the place? Are they even qualified? Are they just wasting your time? If you are only bringing in people that don’t have a broker because most brokers aren’t going to show your home if they aren’t going to get paid, and most buyers aren’t going to want to pay their broker to buy your home since there are other homes out there that aren’t as difficult to by as that FSBO.

For Sale By Owner and Contract Issues

There are also many problems that might arise during the buying and selling process with the contracts and legality of multiple issues. These issues are things that a seller would never know as far as disclosures, LBP, wells, septic and about a hundred other things that could arise that they do not know how to address since it is not their job to know. Everyone thinks selling a home is the same as selling a bicycle and it is not. You could end up costing yourself a lot more money in the long run by leaving yourself open to a lawsuit or damages just because you didn’t understand the contracts.

Orson Hill Realty
Orson Hill Realty
A Real Estate Company That Puts Clients First
A Different Kind of Real Estate Company 
Danny Skelly
Orson Hill Realty
Owner/Employing Broker (Buyer and Seller Agent)
A different kind of Realtor 


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Relocation Services

Our corporate relocation services at Orson Hill Realty are like no other. Whether you have 1 employee to relocate or 100 our agents are here to make the relocating easy and seamless. Our specialists know the area and will make sure your employees are put in the right area for their commute and needs. Relocation specialists can help at every stage of a move, from selling your home to finding you a new home to moving and settling you in. OHR can handle every aspect of the move. Since we know it cost money every minute your employees spend worrying about and coordinating their move. Our services are but not limited to:

Selling your current home (if the current home is out of Colorado we will work within our vast network of other agents around the world and vet them to find the one that is the best fit): A relocation specialist will have a referral for a real estate agent to sell your home, even if you’ve already left the area.
  • Finding a moving company (many people believe all moving companies are created equal. This is not the case. If a buyer finds the wrong moving company it can make the move hell): Relocation companies refer a lot of clients to movers, so they can often get you a better deal than you’d find on your own. Just a little extra service we provide so you can focus on your new job and getting settled in.
  • Packing your things: Although we won’t help you move your flat screen and  box it up we will find people that will. Professionals that will take care of your property like it was their own. Have any items that require special care in moving? Need someone to pack and ship your things to you? Relocation specialists can find you the right help.
  • Finding a new home: This is obviously our specialty and where you find the greatest value of our relocation services. Whether you’re buying or renting, a specialist will put you in contact with a vetted real estate agent who is an expert in your area.
  • Navigating closing on a house: Even if you’ve bought a home before, the closing process can be radically different in different parts of the country. Some states use a lawyer to close while others don’t. Colorado does not use lawyers.  Our brokers are experts in Colorado real estate contracts. .
  • Finding the right school or child care provider: Generally, finding the right school district goes hand-in-hand with finding you a new home, but if you have a child with specific or special needs.
  • Shipping pets, especially internationally:  Since our spokesman is a dog named Awesome, you can be sure your pet is as much a priority as you are. Getting pets across borders can be complicated. Your specialist can find someone who will make sure Fido and Grumpy are well taken care of on their journey.
  • Shipping automobiles: They can help coordinate the process whether it’s cross-country or across the world
  • Tours and orientation: Along with your real estate agent, a relocation specialist can arrange for you to take a tour of your new home or give you the lowdown on all the fun stuff to do in the area.
  • Finding local service providers:  Our brokerage is very tied into our community and we can set you up with any type of service or professional you will need for the move and for the rest of your time in the area. Whenever you move, you have to find new doctors, dentists, tax professionals, legal professionals, babysitters, and just about everything else. A relocation specialist will have vetted referrals for all these people and be able to connect you..... [READ MORE]

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30792 Southview Dr. #110
Evergreen, CO 80439

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Evergreen, Colorado 

Evergreen, CO is a perfect little mountain town. With about 25,000 or so residence and located with easy access to Denver as well as world class ski resorts like Breckenridge and Vail. It is one of the most desirable areas in the Denver Foothills as well as Colorado. If you are looking for a mountain home for a vacation escape or full time living Evergreen is most likely the area for you!

Evergreen has many properties with fantastic views of the divide and many of it’s majestic 14ers (that’s what locals call any mountain in the Rockies over 14,000' in elevation). We have tons of open spaces in Evergreen and many properties that back up to these public lands. That means many homes and lots in Evergreen come adjacent to your own little public park bordering your home. Most of these parks you can hike, mountain bike, walk your dogs or  just let your kiddos explore all they want. You can find a nice small cabin or a huge luxury retreat.

Many people that live in Evergreen work down the hill (the term locals use to refer to Denver and the rest of the flat lands). It is an easy commute to Denver, Lakewood, Arvada and even Boulder. You can get “down the hill” via I70 or route 285 in a matter of minutes. You can also get to the mountains in just an hour or two.

Evergreen, Colorado is part of unincorporated Jefferson County. It is plush with great shops and restaurants through north and south Evergreen. Downtown Evergreen is the venue for many festivals and parades throughout the year. Although we have 25,000 people it is a great community feel here. It has a nice and safe small town atmosphere. From the Evergreen Rodeo to the winter holiday walk it is always fun to be in downtown evergreen to eat drink and shop.

Evergreen Lake is also a huge draw for people of the community and surrounding areas. The lake has the summer lake concerts in the summer time with fantastic local and regional bands. The summer concerts are always free and happen every other Wednesday. Evergreen Lake rents boats, kayaks and paddle boards all summer long for a reasonable price. If you own your own kayak or paddle boards you can bring them out for a small daily or annual fee. In the winter time Evergreen Lake is just as fun with their ice skating, skate rentals, ice fishing and hockey. It is the largest outdoor maintained rink in the country. Every new years they have skate the lake with skating and fireworks for the entire family.

If you have a family and kids at school age Evergreen has some of the highest rated schools in the area as well as Colorado. I am lucky enough to have 3 kids in the Evergreen, CO school system and I couldn’t be happier. If you ask around the community you will find that there is a great parental and community involvement in the Evergreen school system. As everyone knows that shows a strong community when parents are involved in the chools and the development of the children in the community.

What it boils down to is Evergreen, Colorado is a very wonderful place to live for all ages and interests. You can always find something to do in our little mountain town situated right between Denver and the mountains. If you are looking for land, a cabin or a luxury home in Evergreen, you will be happy with the area and what type of property you can find. [READ MORE]

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Orson Hill Realty
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We are a boutique real estate brokerage firm located in Evergreen, CO. We service Denver, Denver Foothills, Front Range and the mountains. Although we specialize in luxury and horse properties we can assist with any size real estate transaction.
30792 Southview Drive #110
Evergreen, CO 80439
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