Choosing the perfect property in Southwest Colorado involves so much more than just finding a house; it’s about finding a home that meets your current needs and future aspirations. In this blog post, we will guide you through the journey from starter homes to forever homes. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking to upgrade, allow us to help you find your ideal Southwest Colorado property.


Take a Financial Snapshot 

Are you single or newly married and planning to expand your family? Do you have kids now, who are planning to move away in the next few years? Each real estate journey is different depending on your unique circumstances.

Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or looking to upgrade your current living situation, it’s always wise to carefully evaluate your financial circumstances. Take into account your income, savings, debts, and regular expenses. As you delve into the real estate market, remember to consider not just the purchase price, but also additional expenses like closing costs, property taxes, homeowners insurance, potential renovations or upgrades, commuting costs, and utilities.

It’s essential to conduct thorough research and seek guidance from a trusted expert who can help you navigate the local real estate landscape. Having a reliable professional by your side can provide invaluable insights into finding a property that suits your current and future needs.

Additionally, don’t overlook the property’s resale potential and its attractiveness to future buyers. Evaluate market trends, the value and type of water rights, potential property appreciation, the presence of strong reserves in any homeowners associations, and the overall appeal of the neighborhood.


Determine Your Current and Future Must Haves

Remember to keep your long-term goals in mind, and how a home purchase fits into your overall lifestyle and financial plan. As you begin to look at real estate, evaluate whether a property meets your current needs, while providing room for growth and flexibility as your circumstances change.

What are the most important criteria that your forever home absolutely must have? Are you looking for something cozy or with a lot of space? A particular number of bedrooms or bathrooms, or a spacious living area? Are other specific amenities such as a large kitchen, outdoor space, or home office of utmost importance? Perhaps you seek upgraded features such as a modern kitchen, updated bathrooms, high-end appliances, energy-efficient appliances, or smart home technology. Make your wish list! 

Also, consider the location of your desired property and how it aligns with both your current and future lifestyle and preferences. Some factors to evaluate are proximity to work, schools, trail systems, or other public outdoor amenities such as the river trail and nearby lakes, transportation options, and general neighborhood atmosphere. Are incredible sunsets or mountain views a must? Want to be close to town, or have a bit more space between you and civilization? Want to plant a huge garden or keep livestock? All of these criteria matter as you start planning your property purchase. 

Make sure to distinguish between essentials and nice-to-have preferences to help narrow down the search for your dream property.


Do Your Research

Do your research and find an expert that you trust to help you explore the local real estate market. The landscape for the Southwest Colorado housing market has changed dramatically in recent years, so glean as much information as you can about the most sought-after neighborhoods, or parts of town that best suit your needs. Trusted real estate professionals, friends, or colleagues who are familiar with Southwest Colorado can be a valuable resource for information about specific areas.

Also, evaluate the resale potential of the property and its attractiveness to future buyers. Consider factors such as market trends in the area, property appreciation potential, and the overall desirability of the neighborhood. Always be on the lookout for upgrades and features that not only enhance your own living experience but will also add value to the property over time.


Align with Trustworthy Real Estate Professionals

Some home buyers may choose to navigate the real estate market without professional assistance. However, hiring an experienced real estate agent can help eliminate the potential stresses of buying a home. They can assist you through the entire process, helping to ensure that it happens in a smooth and timely manner. They can also put you in contact with other trusted inspectors, contractors, mortgage lenders, and other professionals on each step of your real estate journey. Most importantly, a trained and experienced real estate agent can help you make informed decisions that align with your long-term goals. 


Why Team North Star

Team North Star is the gold standard in Southwest Colorado real estate. We have a dynamic team of Colorado-based realtors who contribute in a group effort to help our clients successfully achieve their real estate goals. Our team has the knowledge and expertise to help you purchase a new home and are always happy to chat if you want to discuss how to prepare for your real estate transaction.

Contact us today and start your journey.