$1549 given to Pagosa Springs Senior Center

A couple of weeks ago we took a walk around the Pagosa Springs Senior Center and are so thankful to our recent donor Marilyn for getting these guys on our radar.  Walking the center with Cheryl and meeting her team was an eye opening experience to what they provide our community.

While most of us are aware the center provides warm meals to our seniors (and actually to anyone) from the facilities during the week. They also provide a network of community support and interaction with others.

 

We were also excited to learn they head up our local Meals on Wheels campaign too. Making and distributing all the meals 5 days a week. They have a chef, Justin, who takes the time each month to review and customize the meals so our homebound community doesn't get to bored with what they are eating. That volunteers distribute the meals on a daily basis and many of them have formed more valuable, life saving relationships with their recipients. 

We are so thankful to Marilyn for choosing this wonderful organization. We hope it will help in so many ways. 

 

 

 

 

$1980 Donated to Feed The Children

Recently, the Goeckner family selected the local Rotary clubs' Food For Children  program to be the recipient of the donation from the proceeds of their land purchase

Shawn and Vicki bought a second home here in Pagosa several years ago with Chris. They are now in the early building stages of their dream home on a beautiful piece of land just north of town!

Shown here, the program's coordinators Jo Bridges and Lassie Owen receive the check presented by Shawn and Vicki Goeckner and their daughter, Gabrielle.

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 Food For Children is a joint project of the local Morning Rotary Club and the Pagosa Rotary Club. 

If you would like to know how to partner with Sherpa Real Estate for any of your real estate transactions, and be able to give to YOUR favorite charity, give us a call!

Homes SOLD stats for Archuleta county for the last 12 months

I am stopped almost everywhere I go and am asked the question..."How is the market right now for homes?" 

It's hard to drive any street in Pagosa Springs, or Archuleta county, and not see a flurry of building and selling activity, especially now that spring has sprung.

Below is a very simple representation of 2 of the many key factors we use to determine the answer to the questions 'How is the market?"

 

Currently, for the month of May, number of sales are up 37% from last year.

This represents the number of sold residential units, county wide, year over year. These are single family , stick built units. Not condos, town homes or mobile homes.

This represents the number of sold residential units, county wide, year over year. These are single family , stick built units. Not condos, town homes or mobile homes.

Currently, for the month of May, Price Per Square Foot is up 11% from last year.

This chart shows the average SOLD price per square foot year over year. This represents a normalized sample of homes in the Pagosa Lakes area. Using a specific group gives a more accurate representation of market flow.

This chart shows the average SOLD price per square foot year over year. This represents a normalized sample of homes in the Pagosa Lakes area. Using a specific group gives a more accurate representation of market flow.

You may find it curious that the 4th quarter of 2016 shows a decrease in both unit sales and value per square foot. This is most likely due to consumers holding their breath a bit just before the election. This is common on election years.

Jackson Family Donates $1,111 to Spring Creek Horse Rescue

James and Summer are familiar with giving back. At least in our eyes they do as as they work tirelessly for Pagosa Springs EMS helping others on a daily basis. 

Having lived in Pagosa for about 2 years they decided to grow some roots and called us to help them through the process. We are so glad they did because these two have been an absolute dream to work with in the purchase of their first home!

When asked where  they  wanted to give , they said Spring Creek Horse Rescue in Durango with out missing a beat. James and Summer volunteer on a regular basis and see the need of this wonderful organization. 

Thanks to fantastic clients like James and Summer who partner with us, we are able to continue giving to the community around us through Real Estate transactions!

 

If you are not familiar with Sherpa's Real Estate Give-Back philosophy, check it out HERE

Keuning family donates $2542.50 to Casa Hogar Los Angelitos

What a great place that the Keuning family has been supporting for many years!  I had the opportunity several years ago to visit Casa Hogar Los Angelitos with Dan and Lisl, and a handful of other friends, to see first hand the fantastic work that is being done in Manzanillo Mexico. 

A place where the founder and the staff have been pouring their lives out for many years to incrementally change the culture of poverty and disparity.

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Casa Hogar Los Angelitos

 

A paragraph from their website says it best....

At Casa Hogar Los Angelitos children are given a safe place to live that offers them an opportunity to feel love and compassion, and change the cycle of poverty through education and self-improvement.  The belief that while providing basic needs are important, it is necessary to help develop the whole child guides the program at Casa Hogar Los Angelitos.  Through education, arts, sports faith and other programs, to truly break the cycle of poverty and ensure that children are given the opportunity to change their lives and become productive members of society, we invest in the whole child.

Thank you Keunings for giving to such a great cause, and thank you for letting Sherpa help you through your latest real estate transaction. You guys rock!

 

 

Silent Givers...

Many of our clients have chosen to give privately, there can be many reasons behind this, but we love the variety of organizations they choose.

There is such a myriad of great causes out there who cherish the support of others so they too can help those in need.

Knowing our clients take their time to think about what touches their hearts brings us a lot of joy

We want to share some of the most recent recipients with you to let you know when you work with Sherpa real estate, you can give to something more. Something that reflects your heart, as well. 

  1. Boy Scouts of America | Cub Scout Pack 807
  2. Pagosa Outreach Connection
  3. Wounded Warriors
  4. Thrive
  5. Pagosa Springs Humane Society
  6. Casa Hogar Los Angelitos (the Children's Foundation)
  7. Child Evangelism Fellowship
  8. The Mango Project
  9. Grace in Pagosa
  10. Texas Panhandle Honor Flight
  11. Go MAD Tanzania
  12. Feed our Children

We feel so amazed to be a part of a process that has gifted over $18,000 in 2017 already...and it's only May! 

This is possible 100% because of the participation of our fantastic clients...thank you all!

 

Cedar Creek Homes donates $2,477 to Living Waters Bible Camp

Cedar Creek Homes, with owners Kris Mashue and his wife Sarah, have been clients and great friends for over 10 years now. That reality made it such a pleasure to work with them on 3 projects this Spring, including the sell of their beautiful lakefront project @ 181 Island Place. 

By using Sherpa Real Estate to broker their transaction, they were able to donate to a Christian Camp and help some of the staff that is doing such a great work out in Wisconsin.

We love helping folks with their real estate needs, but seeing these fantastic organizations get the support they need  world wide - really is the icing on the cake!

Sherpa client gives toward helping the poor and broken

When one of our recent clients said he wanted to give toward the homeless but did not have a specific place in mind, it took me about 2 seconds to decide where we would direct those funds.  Urban Purpose. This is a non-profit started by my friend Jim McFarland several years ago who's purpose is defined in their vision statement -

"We believe that God loves all people. We believe that all people are broken and need to be healed. We believe that Christ brings healing through personal, consistent relationships."

I want to challenge you to look around and see what needs you could meet in the world in which you reside. Get involved with great people like Urban Purpose.

Learn more HERE at their blog.

Join the Generosity Initiative you'll be glad you did!

List your house before January 1 ! 2 of 5 Reasons to List Your Pagosa Home With Sherpa Real Estate

Prices of homes up for the 5'th straight year in a row

Home prices have risen for 5 straight years. I recently took a sample of normalized homes in the Pagosa Lakes area to look for price increase / decrease over time. In the Pagosa Springs area we have experienced an increase of average homes sale prices since 2011 of 33.6 %

Below is a graph indicating the AVERAGE PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT of a specific sector of SOLD homes in the Pagosa Lakes area for the past 5 years. Apples to apples comparison shows the increase over time.

 

IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED WITHIN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, CHANCES ARE YOU HAVE EQUITY YOU COULD EXTRACT FROM THE MARKETPLACE.

 

Call us to do a free market analysis and see just where you may stand in the market with your home.

1 of 5 Reasons to List Your Pagosa Home With Sherpa Real Estate

REASON #1 - Low Housing Inventory means increased opportunity for properly positioned sellers.

In Archuleta County are many factors causing a shortage in home inventory, especially in the price range of around $150,000 to $325,000. 

 

  • 3.1 MONTHS OF RESIDENTIAL HOME INVENTORY... At date of this publication, taking a normalized cross section of homes in the Pagosa Springs Area between 150k and 325k, analyzing them between active and sold properties, gives us a 3.1 month inventory.

In simple terms - The theoretical "average" months inventory for a "balanced" market, meaning neither a seller's market or a buyer's market, is around 6 months.  Less = Seller's Market, More = Buyer's Market. 

During the low of the housing market around 2009 we were seeing as much as 42 month inventory. 

All this simply means in this above chosen sector of homes, we are firmly in a seller's market.

 

  • DEMAND IS OUT-PACING NEW PROPERTIES... When the housing market took a drop just after 2008, along with it went the construction of new homes. The building market in Pagosa Springs practically dried up in a matter of about 18 months. Now we are seeing a resurgence in building that has been at bay. This building increase is helping to soften this shortage, but is struggling to keep up with demand.

More incoming families being supported by the robust trade industry, the burgeoning health care infrastructure, and grass roots folks looking for a total healthy lifestyle change, continue to add to the population.

Additional to these home buyers, the Baby Boomer Generation continues to purchase second homes

 

  • RENTAL HOME TURNOVER CAUSING AN IMBALANCE... Many home owners that have not had the correct market factors in place in order to sell their home in the past 8 years have been renting their properties out, waiting for a market correction. Now that the correction is here, they are selling.

Each home transaction compounds the problem of rental  shortage, leaving one less home to rent , and one more family in need of housing.

Compounding this problem even more is the gaining popularity of the short term rental business. Companies like VRBO and Air B&B have created a whole new cottage industry that allows home owners to rent their properties, even one room at a time, to vacationers. Many home owners that retain second homes here in Pagosa Springs are finding it more appealing to allow their home to create an annual cash-flow rather than selling.

this means your property will have much more market demand than it did a couple of years ago if you get it active on the market now.

If you have been toying around with the idea of selling and would like to discuses market value, selling strategy and overall options for your property specifically, I would love to have some coffee with you and talk it over.