Are You a Gillette Hero?Gillette Heroes

How about a hero in Moorcroft or Wright? 

I am happy to announce that I am now an affiliate for Homes for Heroes, covering this area of the state. What is Homes for Heroes? It's a wonderful program that gives back to those that give so much to our community, state, and nation-- nurses, doctors, EMT, firefighters, law enforcement, U.S. veterans and more. The average savings with the program is $1,500 and there's no limit to how much a hero can save-- the amount is based on the price of the house they buy or sell. Call me for more information at 307-622-8993.

April 7, 2017

5 Wayne St. in Rozet, Wyoming

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Anyone looking for a private and peaceful homestead where they can enjoy the real western lifestyle will love this home.

The gentleman’s ranch offers four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two car garage and plenty of living space for a family or guests. But, the well-maintained home is only part of what this great property has to offer.

For the animal lover there is an outdoor horse riding arena and a 1,800sqft powered barn with water connection and four stalls, plus 62 fenced acres for livestock and a small pond fed by an artesian well. 

For the nature admirer, there is plenty of space to wander through the fields that are thriving with wildlife. You can hunt for deer and antelope right off the back patio. All of this borders state land in a quiet and private location. Call 307-622-8993 for more information or to schedule a private showing of this property.

Features

  • Pond is fed by an artesian well
  • Property adjoins BLM land on the eastern property line
  • 1,800 sqft. horse barn with 4 stalls, water, and electric
  • Riding arena
  • 2 car garage
  • 3 living areas within the home
  • Wood fireplace
  • Pellet stove
  • Private well with soft water
  • Master suite with double sinks and garden tub
  • Main level living
  • NEW Malarky 50 year roof with warranty

The property will be listed in the MLS by this weekend.

 

    

  

   

    

  

   

  

March 28, 2017

62 Prairie Dr. in Moorcroft, Wyoming 82721

Beautiful Home on Nearly 6 Acres

62 Priaire Dr. is a spacious, stick built, ranch style home located minutes north of Moorcroft and less than 10 minutes from Keyhole Reservoir. With 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and 2 living area, there's plenty of room to spread out within the home. All of the bedrooms have large windows for plenty of natural light and views of the surrounding landscape. This home is eligible for no money down financing!

Moorcroft is a quaint town located approximately 30 minutes east of Gillette, WY, along I-90. It is the gateway to Devil's Tower and the beginning of the scenic Hwy 16 drive to Mt. Rushmore. Pine Haven and Keyhole Reservoir are just a stones throw to the north, offering abundant boating opportunities, fishing, camping, and more. Keyhole State Park offers day rentals of speed boats, jet skis, and other types of watercraft. 30 minutes north of the home is Devil's Tower, the national monument most famously known for it's "role" in the movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The tower area offers beautiful hiking and biking opportunities, as well as camping.

For more information on this home or the are  a it is located in, please give me a call at 307-622-8993.

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March 9, 2017

Hard to Sell Home Features in Gillette Real Estate

TOP 3 MOST HATED INTERIOR DESIGN ISSUES IN GILLETTE

  

If you have any of these features in your Gillette home, they make your home a tough sell and prevent you from getting the most out of your sale

As I Realtor in Gillette, I've seen a lot of things. I should write a book, (maybe someday I will). These three things are what buyers always notice and always mention that they don't like about homes when we're touring them. As a seller, you never want to have something in your house that causes a huge negative emotion to a buyer because, after all, buying a home is truly all about emotions, and no one buys a home that gives them bad feelings. 

1. Avocado Bathrooms

Green bathroom fixtures. Face it, the 1970s was a decade of ugly. Who decided bell-bottomed plaid pants were stylish? Worse yet, who told porcelain throne manufacturers that they ought to make their toilets the color of avocados?  I always try to look for the positive though, even when I run across an avocado green bathroom. What's the positive? Well, if you like frogs, you can theme that bathroom with a great assortment of frog bathroom products. Green bathroom fixtures, (or blue, or pink), can cost you thousands on the sale of your home, so why not fix the problem? The costliest fix is to rip the fixtures out and replace them. Sinks and toilets can be found pretty cheap if you watch for sales but that tub is going to be expensive. The cheapest and easiest way to deal with the tub is to use epoxy paint and paint the tub. Just Google how to do it and you'll find all the info you need to feel empowered to get the job done. If you still feel insecure about attempting it yourself, or if you just don't have the time or desire to do it, there are numerous contractors who can refinish your tub for you. On the flip side, if you're an investor looking to buy a home to fix up, buying one with avocado green bathroom fixtures is a quick way to get more bang for your buck when you're ready to sell. Simply changing out these fixtures or painting them will make the home thousands of dollars more valuable in the eye of the buyer. 

2. Wood Paneling

Wood paneling. It's everywhere in Gillette. Everywhere. I'm talking about that old dark paneling that was used instead of drywall. Once again, it's a product of the gorgeous 1970s and back into the '60s and it dates your house. There's three ways to deal with this and deal with this you must if you want top dollar for your home. The most costly and labor intensive way would be to cover or replace it all with drywall. The next option is to wallpaper over it. You must use wallpaper liner first to cover the grooves, then roll on textured paintable wallpaper that will look like a textured paint when finished. Paint with your color choice. Wallpaper is also something that turns off buyers, but not as bad as brown wood paneling. The third option is the cheapest and easiest-- just paint the paneling. Painted paneling looks much more up to date and is less likely to leave a negative feeling with your buyer or to cause them to walk away from your house simply because of your paneling. If painting the paneling directly, you'll want to be careful not to do too much paint because it can cause your paneling to warp. Use a higher end brand of paint that doesn't require as many coats for good coverage. A lot of sellers take the position of, "If they don't like it, THEY can paint it" without understanding that THEY won't even consider buying it purely because of the look of the paneling. Most buyers are not looking to fix up a house before they move in-- the majority want to move in right away and throw a BBQ for their friends. If the house requires a lot of work before move in day, they're going to adjust their offer to reflect that. If you're trying to sell a house with this wood paneling, do your wallet a favor and just spend a weekend painting the paneling. You'll get more for your house and sell your house faster so it's worth a few hours of work. It's even worth it to hire someone to do it. Like Nike says, "Just do it."

3. Orange Countertops

I'm a child of the ugly '70s so when I walk into a kitchen with an orange countertop, cue the Brady Bunch theme song in my head. "Here's a story, of a man named Brady..." I start imagining Alice at the counter whipping up 6 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for school lunches. Orange counter tops have been out since long before the Brady Bunch quit filming. If replacing the countertop sounds too costly to you, then refinish it. Counter top refinishing kits are available at most hardware stores and they can modernize your countertop in one afternoon. 

You don't need to spend a fortune updating your home, but if you want top dollar in your sale, you may need to deal with these things. I'm here to help you get the most money, in the shortest amount of time, with the least hassle to you. Sometimes home sellers are more concerned with selling fast with no hassle on their part to repair or fix up anything, and that's okay. As an agent, it's my job to listen to my client who is wanting to sell, understand their motivations and desires for selling, and to implement a selling and marketing strategy that will get them what they want from their sale, while making sure they are informed on what could affect their sale price or their timeline.

Wondering what your home might be worth? Try my seller valuation tool below. Even better, simply contact me directly and I'll provide you a personalized market analysis of your home, for free.

 

March 1, 2017

Good News for Gillette

good newsGood News for Real Estate in Gillette!

2017 is showing a lot of promise in Gillette real estate! February was a great month of rebounding. Just within Gillette, 38 homes sold in the month of February and 89 have sold since the first of the year. February 2016 saw 31 sales and Jan 1st-Feb 28th of 2016 had a total of 78 sales. 

Even better, comparing February 2017 to February 2015 sale prices shows an increase of 5% in the sale price per square foot of a home's building area.

Currently there are just 334 homes on the market in Gillette. We've sold 347 homes in the past 6 months! That means we have less than 6 months of inventory on the market and we are heading back towards a neutral market.

Is it a good time to sell? Yes! If your home is show ready and marketed right, with the right pricing strategy, it will sell. Is it better to wait until late spring / early summer to list? While the price/square foot will likely continue to rise this year, we may see an uptick in listings by the end of May. If you're considering selling, now is the time to list to get ahead of all that additional competition. Wondering what your home is worth? Check out my instant home valuation tool. It's free and you'll get an instant report sent directly to your email. Then, if you decide you may be ready to list your home, give me a call and I can help you with how to prepare your home to get the most money, in the least amount of time, with the least stress for you! April Poley 307-622-8993 with Michele Realty, INC.

Feb. 16, 2017

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