Salida Colorado Real Estate for buyers: A Guide Part 1

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Salida Colorado Real estate for buyersSalida Colorado Real Estate for buyers: A Guide Part 1


Nine out of ten buyers start looking online about 16 months before they purchase. Here is your live link to search (updated hourly) Salida Colorado Real Estate.


When they get closer, they look for an agent who has relevant content online. That is a complete change from 10 years ago. Realtors used to sit in the office waiting for the phone to ring. Now, buyers will pass them buy as they seek out experts who they find online.


What are the steps a buyer generally takes?

1. Pre-Agent


Most buyers want to search on their own at first. So, look on Craigslist, search Google until you find an AGENT (not a company website) that looks like they have relevant content.. listings, market trends, community information. Settle into that website and get familiar with the area, prices, etc. If they have MLS listings, you do not need to search elsewhere. You will have access to everything you need. Spend as much time as you need researching. A good agent will touch base with you on a regular basis. Let them know where you are in the process.


Salida Colorado Real estate for buyers2. Agent.

If you are happy with the site and the interaction with the agent, it is time to engage. Let them know your time line and interests. They will assist you in determining how much home you can buy, local good lenders if you are borrowing, good areas and schools, and more. 


Let them know your time frame so they will know if  foreclosures and/or short sales might work. Their are almost none in our area, so this may not be an option anyway. And, they take more time and often have special rules for purchasing that you need to know about.


Your agent can help you find both listed properties and ones that are not yet on the market or are For Sale By Owners. 


Meet your agent. Our first hour plus or minus consultation will be in the office or, if you are from out of town, over the phone. By the end of that meeting, you will have a fair idea of what you can buy, where you want to buy and who can help you with financing. Your agent will have a very good idea of what your wants and needs are.


There are about a dozen types of financing options for you and a few really good lenders who get the local market. See the post Salida Colorado First Time Buyers.. Choosing a GOOD Lender.


Do you know the difference between a buyer’s agent and transaction coordinator? We recommend having an agency relationship with your lender. That way, they can legally advocate for YOU. A transaction broker can only show homes and write up contracts. You want someone who has your back. 


This first meeting if you are in town, is a good time to take a tour of the town and surroundings if you are from out of town. You will be able to navigate around pretty well after the tour. Along with the maps you should get a list of some great places to go, eat and play while you are here.


Salida Colorado Real Estate for buyers3. Showings


Pre-Showing Activities. You will want to preview homes on your list and if possible,  “drive by” in case there is one or more that needs to be “culled” from the showing list.


Showings. According to the national association of Realtors, NAR, it takes 12-15 showings for a buyer to make an offer. Try not to see more than to 4-6 homes/parcels of land a day. It is difficult to keep more than six separate and to keep your energy up. Exploring homes you may want to buy in depth can be exhausting. 



Bring water, a compass and binoculars (for rural properties). A good Realtor will provide them for you but in the Rockies, water is paramount so bring some of your own. Bring clothing layers. Weather changes by the hour and storm fronts can move in at a moment's notice.


Rank properties with a 1-10 scale so that when your are done, there will be 2-3 that you may want to see again. We recommend second showings before you write an offer to get the details of the property clear in your mind.

Salida Colorado Homes for Sale: Writing an Offer

To be sure the homes are priced well and to see what is selling nearby. Your agent will provide you with comparable sales (sold homes in the last 6 months) for the final 2-3 homes.


4. Writing an offer.


You are now ready to write an offer! 

See the next post for the Offer writing, inspections, loan application and closing..

Salida Colorado Home Buying: How your Agent Assists from Contract to Close.


Want to Start Now? Check out the following links:

Salida Colorado Homes for sale.

Howard Colorado Homes for sale

Coaldale Colorado Homes for Sale

Cotopaxi Colorado Homes for Sale

Nathrop and Buena Vista Homes for Sale


For Part two of this series.. contract to close, click on the link below (coming soon!).

Salida Colorado Real Estate for buyers: A Guide Part 2


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Paula Bradfield, PhD, GRI, EPro, CIAS, CDPE, Realtor
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Specializing in homes and land in the Colorado river towns of Salida, Howard, Coaldale, Cotopaxi, Nathrop, Poncha Springs  and Buena Vista, I am here to work for you as you buy or sell your home or land. 


It is not just about buying in this area. it is a statement about lifestyle. Our residents generally are active people, whether it involves horses (my passion), white water rafting, cross county or downhill skiing, hiking, mountain biking, or Contra dancing. Some prefer quiet sunrises, strolls through town and time in one of our fabulous coffee shops or restaurants. Whatever the style, folks appreciate this area for its charm and beauty.


Want to get more information on available homes or condos in the Central Colorado River Valleys? Go to SouthernColoradoHomesonline to search the area listings by town, zip code or county.


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Our Colorado Mountain river communities: A Snapshot


Salida ColoradoSalida:  As quoted in the 2004 edition of Outside Magazine, Salida is “Sweetly unpretentious” as they ranked it as one of their “Dream Towns and Adventure Hideouts.” You might agree. Our community of 6,500 (9700 counting the surrounding homes) is surrounded by Forest Service and BLM lands, a haven for bicyclists, campers, folks who love to fish, hikers, skiers, nature photographers and hunters. It is a lovely natural setting with several converging mountain ranges  (We have15 peaks surrounding us that reach over 14,000 feet in elevation).

 We are known for being the Banana Belt of Colorado and this area is known as one of the Colorado River Towns. The Arkansas River winds its way through the Arkansas Valley, through downtown Salida and more; creating an invitation to rafters, kayakers, fishers, and “beach lovers” alike.

 Salida’s charming downtown area had the largest historical downtown district in Colorado. We have blocks and blocks of Victorian and other historic buildings. Because so many folks also come here to play, we have many of the advantages of a smaller resort town: great restaurants, 22 art galleries, fabulous boutiques, outdoor sportswear stores, and an array of shops for music, kitchen, sports, natural foods, children, books, knitters, and quilters.



 Real Estate in Salida CO


Poncha Springs COPoncha Springs: Poncha Springs is a small Salida “bedroom community” (population of 474 but a few thousand when you consider the outlying neighborhoods and ranches). Because it was surrounded  by hot springs (99 nearby) and had a strong early  influence of Spanish culture, the community became known as  Poncho (meaning cape and warmth) Springs. In 1924, the town officially became Poncha Springs.


Real Estate in Poncha Springs


 Howard ColoradoHoward: Howard, part of what is known as Pleasant Valley, is nestled along the Arkansas River as it snakes its way from Salida to Canon City. Some of the early settlers in the area were prospectors (some still pan for gold in the tributaries of the Arkansas).  Besides gold and silver, rhyolite, travertine, and limestone were sought after. Just a bit north of Howard is a tiny community of Wellsville where the locals used to soak on their time off in the natural hot pools. The area became more populated when the Rio Grande Railroad came through. Today, Howard is a charming, quiet ranch community and “bedroom Community” for folks who work in Salida. Many avid fly fishing folks have 2nd homes here. I love this valley.


Real Estate in Howard CO  


Coaldale Colorado


Coaldale: Coaldale, a tiny community just SE of Howard opens up into a lovely, meadow-like area with many horse properties, ranches, and folks who like the open meadows and surrounding mountains. It got its name from being called Charcoal Valley. In the early days, the Pinon Pines were burnt in beehive kilns to turn them into coals used for the silver smelters in Leadville Co and Pueblo CO. Some of the early kilns can still be seen. Every valley in Coaldale has a creek in it and with just a few minutes drive to the west, you can be on national forest trails. Absolutely lovely community.


 Real Estate in Coaldale CO


This image can be found at Cotopaxi, named after an Ecuadorian Volcano, grew from being a “whistle stop” for the Rio Grande railroad. Now it is known for world class white water rafting and fly fishing. Folks who live around here can commute for work to either Canon City, further east or back to is almost midway between the two. Cotopaxi is a great location for vacation/second home or your primary residence if you don’t mind the commute or can work from home.




Real Estate in Cotopaxi CO


This image can be found at  Nathrop, a quiet community north of Salida has always been known as the access point to Mount Princeton Hot Springs. To this day, folks come to soak in the restorative waters. It is my personal favorite in hot springs because the 104-degree water not only comes into the soaking and lap pools but comes out in Chalk Creek, running alongside the pools. I can spend all day there with a book, adjusting the rocks so that the water is neither hot nor cold. Lovely. Many folks choose to live in the area because of access to the hot springs and national forest.





Real Estate in Nathrop CO


This image can be found at Vista: Buena Vista was named after it’s stunning 360-degree views. Folks originally settled here because of the gold mining. Later, families began farming and ranching as they discovered the good soil in the area. The stagecoach and subsequent railroad brought more families to the area. With a population of about 2500 people, the town remains quiet and gracious. It is known as the best kept secret place to stay for folks skiing at the premier resorts near Denver and Aspen…because the town is so friendly and hotel rates are inexpensive. It is a few miles from Cottonwood Creek Hot Springs and Mt. Princeton.


Real Estate in Buena Vista Colorado


Crestone...beginning of the sunsetCrestone: Unique, magical and beautiful are words that tumble out of my mouth when I think of Crestone. The tiny town proper is 150 and the surrounding area is no more than 1500 when everyone is home. The magic of Crestone however, is its history. Early on, a rancher was instructed to bequeath parcels of his ranch to spiritual groups around the world which he did. It is now known for having the most diverse spiritual community in the world. Spiritual seekers in North America eventually hear about Crestone. And, it generally takes knowing a local or more than one visit for the fullness of the area to emerge…the 5 creeks heading up into the Sangre de Cristos, the temples hidden in the trees, the lovely residents and the “happening”. The local newspaper, the Crestone Eagle, has calendars of event for local happenings that rival a town 10 times its size. If you want a sanctuary, Crestone offers just that.


Real Estate around Crestone CO



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Nice guide for buyers about the process and how things work.

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Thanks for stopping by Michelle! Hope the guide helps!

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