•  Carrie Summers Baikie  •  970-759-2540  •  145 Grand Ave., PO Box 524 Mancos, CO 81328  •  MancosHomes@gmail.com

     

Selling your home-  Is it underpriced?   February 1, 20117

Selling your home is a major decision. Several questions need to be asked.

 Is the time right for you and your family?
 How long is it going to take?
Where am I going?
What things need to be done before I list?
Who should be my realtor?
What price?
It’s important to take the time to set yourself up for success.  The first step is to interview realtors.  Have each of them give you a market analysis of your home, references and a list of homes they have sold in your area. Get to know your competition.  Go see other similar homes for sale.  What makes your home unique? Location? Size? Amenities? Do your homework.  You want a realtor who can become your trusted advisor.
When you are trying to decide what price to list your home, be leery of realtors who want to price it too low or too high.  You should only be pricing your home about $10,000 above what you want to walk away with.  Look at their market analysis.  Are the comparison homes they used viable?
Be leery of any realtor who will take a cut in commission just to get your listing.  You pay for what you get. Besure and ask for their marketing plan.  Any realtor can put your listing on the internet, however you want a realtor who can be reached, is a good fit for your personality, and a great negotiator when the time comes.
Selling your home can be a smooth process.  I’d love to help!

Thinking of selling?  Get your home pre-inspected?  October 4, 2016

Are you thinking of selling your home? One of the best things you can do is get it pre-inspected and tested for radon.

What is radon? Radon is a cancer-causing radio-active gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you’re at a high risk for developing lung cancer. Some studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage.

According to the US EPA, nearly 1 in 3 homes in 7 states tested have screening levels over 4 pCi/L, the EPA’s recommended level. Recently, I had buyer under contract for a home that tested for radon and it was at 55 pCi/L! The highest the inspector has seen. Also this same buyer had the house inspected and several issues arose: mold in attic, deck not secured properly, electrical issues and roof issues. The seller was not willing to fix the problems to my buyers satisfaction, so my buyer made the choice of picking a safer home for his family.

As a seller, you can be proactive and get it pre-inspected so that you can get things fixed. Once you do find a buyer, and they do their inspection there won’t be any issues and you can more forward to the closing.

This is just one way to help you thru the selling process. I would love to help you, so please call me anytime!

Summer in full swing- July 6, 2016

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Summer in Mancos: cool nights 50 degrees and warm days 84 make it an awesome place to live.  We celebrated the wknd of the 4th by going to the mountains, BBQ’s, and going for a swim at McPhee Reservoir by Dolores.  My family raises horses and I got one last week so evenings are spent riding.  My Dad taught me to ride before I could walk and I have wonderful memories of riding with him.  Horses are in my in blood.  The evening of the 4th was spent watching the fireworks at the park in Mancos.  Fireworks going off right above us!  Hope you made wonderful memories too.

Buying and selling homes is in full swing! Interest rates are low with a 30 year fixed at 3.625%.  Whether you are looking to buy or sell, I’m here to help.

Sold 38355 Road K.7 Mancos!  May 28, 2106

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I’m pleased to announce that I have helped the homeowner sell her home!  This home situated on 42 acres with a seasonal stream, privacy is in a perfect setting just 3 miles from Mancos.  My marketing plan attracted many buyers to the home, but many preferred a different design, or different price range.  Currently, there is a shortage of homes for sale in the $300-$400k price and also intown Mancos.  If you want to sell, I’d be happy to help!

 

How to sell you home this Summer!  May 23, 2016

  1.  Tackle the obvious repairs.  Look at your home thru a buyer’s eyes.  Broken windows, doors that don’t shut properly, mice, chipping paint, holes?
  2.  Hire a realtor who will listen to you, do a free market analysis and who can be reached.  So important!!
  3. Remove your junk and declutter.  Take 1/2 the stuff out of your closets.  Buyers like to see space.
  4. Depersonalize your home.  Take down family photos, your collectibles, and heirlooms.  Buyer’s want to invision their stuff in your house.
  5. First impressions are huge.  Make the outside landscaping sparkle, clean the house really good, open window for fresh air and do not put in air freshners!
  6. Price your house to sell.  Only have about a $10k wiggle room.  If you don’t get showings and offers within the first 30-60 days, it’s priced to high!

Why isn’t my home selling?  February 8, 2016

Many people ask me why their home isn’t selling.  Buyers start the process by looking at size, location, style and price of a home.  Are you priced right?  Have you looked at your home thru a buyer’s eyes?  Give me a call for a free market analysis.  Thanks for your referrals!

Preferred Providers List  January 7, 2016

Don’t know who to call?  I’ve got a list!  Just give me a call!

Absolute Bakery   November 13, 2015

We are very fortunate to have the Absolute Bakery in downtown Mancos.  If you want to feel connected, just come to the bakery.  You will find locals who meet regularly and if you happen to be alone will invite you to their table.  You will have instant friends!

The food is delicious!  Prepared from scratch and using locally grown veggies make it amazing.  My breakfast favorite is “the stack”.  Yum!!

The bakery is located in an old 100 year old bank building decorated with all kinds of art from local artists.  Debbie Doty who paints lovely scenery and wood carvings by Dave Sipe are my favorites!

Don’t forget to grab a cookie, or homemade bread before you leave!  It’s a must stop for visitors and locals.

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Positive Attitude in Mancos   October 16, 2015

Mancos Middle School Football went undefeated this year! Great example of positive talk, and size isn’t always the determining factor.  Awesome to watch my son tackle! Great coaches and kids. Want to have your kids exceed? Move to Mancos!!

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Fall Colors  September 21, 2015

What a wonderful weekend hiking and enjoying the fall colors.  This picture was taken at Trout Lake by Telluride, Colorado.  Hope you can get out and enjoy this great weather!  This is just one of the reasons why I love calling this place home.  I’d love to help you fall in love too.

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Hometown Dinner  September 15, 2015

How many towns meet for dinner and line the street??  We do!!  Mancos, Colorado is a great place to live!!

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Mancos River not affected by Animas River!  August 8, 2015

While the mine spill in Silverton, Colorado has had huge affects on the Animas River, the San Juan, and  Lake Powell, we are very thankful that our river is safe! Mancos is located 30 miles west of Durango and is not in the same watershed.

Colorado mountains are full of old mines so we need to count our blessings.  What can we learn by this disaster?  How can we seal old mines?  My heart goes out to everyone affected  by the Animas River.

Happy 4th of July!  July 3, 2015

I am fortunate to live in a country where people are willing to fight for our freedom.  May we always remember the people who sacrificed their lives.  I’m blessed to live in Mancos where there is no crime, great schools, fresh air, and no traffic!  I am thankful that I am able to raise my children here.   I will be enjoying the weekend in the mountains with the kiddos: hiking, sitting around the campfire, and star gazing.  Live today like it’s your last so be sure to tell the people around you that you love them!!

Summer is here, school is out and families are movingMay 28, 2015

 I have been fortunate to help several first time home buyers buy homes here in the Mancos Valley.  What a wonderful experience!!  Mancos has been such a great place for me and  my 3 kids. I’m happy to share it. 

Being a single parent of three: 19, 17 and 13 definitely has it’s challenges but is full of smiles too.  I’ve recently been taking a car load of boys to the rec center in Cortez so they can play basketball while I get in some exercise too.  My daughter finished her 1st year in college and is now in Costa Rica on a mission trip helping with tutoring.  I just wished I could have squished into the suitcase. 

For the month of May we have gotten oven 3 inches of rain and weather has been cool.  Jackson Lake is now 70% full and hasn’t been that full in years!  Farmers are happy.  With all this rain, the grass is green and growing high.

If you are thinking about moving, I’d love to help.  Just give me a call!

Basketball, Skateboarding, and Biking – April 21, 2015

Busy time of year with the boys doing their sports.  Mancos has a great baskeball team for 7th graders and my son, Nicholas might be the smallest man on the team but he is quick.  James, my 10th grader is loving the warm weather and skateboarding.   I’ve taken on mountain biking as a new sport and have the war wounds.  Last week, I went on the Colorado Trail.  Breathtaking views, crystal clear river and some much needed peace and quiet.  This afternoon I will be riding in the Chicken Creek area.  I’m excited that snow is melting so I can head to the high country!

Snow- February 23, 2015

Been a crazy February with warm weather- high 50’s!  It’s been super dry, but we finally got snow,  9 inches and it’s still snowing.   Durango Mountain Ski Resort got 21 inches!!  WOO HOO!!  All schools from Cortez, Co to Alamosa, Co are closed.   If I can help you fall in love with the 4 Corners, just let me know!!

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Teamwork-November 3, 2014

What a blessing to be able to go to my son’s games.  Basketball is one of my favorites.   I love seeing the boys smile when they make a basket.   The joys of childhood-no worries and  the comfort of knowing that your loved.   Teamwork happens just not in sports.  On the job and especially at home if everyone gives 110% it makes for a happy environment.

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Mancos Intown Home Sales 3rd Quarter Report  –October 1, 2015

Click here to see how Mancos homes are selling this year!  http://mancoshomes.blogspot.com/

September!  September 2, 2014

September is full of all kinds of great things going on in Mancos!

Every Thursday at the park, live music, fresh veggies and fruit at the Farmer’s Market from 4:30-6:30!

Every Tuesday & Thursdays 6:30 am-7:30am Early bird yoga at community center

Every Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30 pm-8:00pm   Karate lessons at the community center

Sept 6 & 13  1-3pmSmall Acreage Pastures Workshop at Mt. Lookout Grange

Sept. 19-21– The town is having a free hauling your junk away!!  Woo Hoo!!! Old furniture, metal, and yard stuff!  No electronics or paint, please.

Sept 27-28–  Balloon Fest/Art Fest-  Come ride in a hot air balloon or just enjoy the balloon glow!

Hope to see you around town!!

Change   Monday, August 18, 2014 

Tomorrow is the first day of school! My boys, one in high school and one in middle school, wanted to play football.I’ve had reservations since they are built like me, small.  Well they have big hearts and I weakened and they are playing.  They are really excited.  Football is a big thing in a small town.  Quite the social event, with basically the town coming out to support the kiddos.

Tomorrow after taking the boys school, I will head out to take my daughter to college. So happy for her, but sad too.  I will miss her tremendously, but know that God just gave me the privledge of having her in my home for a little, and He has big plans for her.

This week I was showing a family who will be relocating from California homes.  Their biggest question was crime.  Funny, I haven’t locked my doors in 23 years. Crime doesn’t exist in Mancos. When something does happen, it’s usually a kid who gets caught right of way.  They wanted to know about gangs.  Not any here.  I explained that the only “gang” we have is my boys along with other kiddo’s riding their bikes, playing in the river, going to the skate park and selling lemonade in front of my office.

Glad that the home town spirit won’t change in Mancos!  Here’s where I love to play!

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Summertime  July 15, 2014

You never know what is around the corner, so it’s best to live each day as it was our last. In one month my daughter heads off to college, so I decided it’s time to do some more playing with my 3 kids.  Yesterday, we all loaded up and went to Navajo State Park with my sister and brother in law.  What fun to tube and see the kids jump off the cliffs.  Pretty relaxing to just swim!

I’ve been blessed this summer, to have helped buyers and sellers start their new chapters.  Home sales have been good this summer, as buyers realize that Mancos is way cheaper than Durango (just 30 minutes west)!.  A typical 3 bedroom/2 bath home on 10 acres is about $350k or an intown home in the low $200k range.  Now’s the time to destress your life.  I’d love to help.

Happy 4th of July!  July 2, 2014

The 4th of July is all about spending time with your family!  Whether you head to one of the area lakes: McPhee with your boat, go hiking up to Sharks Tooth or just stay home and relax-the fireworks at the park in Mancos is hard to beat!

Time to step back to where the old west still lives!   The volunteer fire department starts off the show with a salute from John Wayne, then our local VFW presents the flag with one of our locals singing the anthem. The kids are all playing at the park while we all get hunkered down on the blankets to watch the fireworks go off right above us.  Nothing like it!  Hope to see you at the park on the 4th.  If not, take time to tell your family you love them!.

Blue Sky Day!  March 5, 2014

Woke up to a gorgeous Colorado brilliant blue sky without one cloud!  For the past week the mountains have been getting much needed snow.  Durango Mountain Ski Resort got 27 inches over the past storm!  Skiing is excellent now: warm days and great snow!  Here in Mancos, we have been getting a mixture of snow and rain so this blue sky day is welcomed.  With longer days, the kids are enjoying playing outside afterschool.  Currently they are building a fort.  Sure nice to see kids off electronics and back to the basics of just playing.   Plan a trip to go enjoy the great skiing.   Check out:  http://www.durangomountainresort.com/snowreport/.  Just a reminder that ski tickets on Thursday are only $45 now till end of season!
Caring in Mancos  February 14, 2014
Last Saturday, when the Town of Mancos’ water pump broke, it gave the chance to serve one another.  The town brought in porta pottys  and water trucks as they worked around the clock to restore water.  Ton of volunteers went door to door checking on everyone. Since school was closed  for two days, many kids helped along with ranchers, homemakers, and businessmen to make sure everyone was ok.  This is the small town spirit of caring for one another that is  strong in Mancos.   Full of love for one and another is what I enjoy teaching my kids.  Do you need to get back to a more balanced life?  Come to Mancos!

Merry Christmas!!  December 16, 2013

ARE YOUR A RUNNER?  COME TO MANCOS!   November 5, 2013
Check this out:  http://youtu.be/aM1JOTT79M0  
MANCOS, COLORADO:  WHERE THE WEST STILL LIVES!   October 9, 2013
This weekend October 11,12 & 13 in Downtown Mancos is the 1st Chuckwagon Rendevous!   Come check out old wagons, get a bite to eat at Zuma’s Natural Foods, Absolute Bakery or Grand Cafe and browse Grand Avenue Art Galleries!
RAIN IN MANCOS BUT HOMECOMING DIDN’T GET DRENCHED!  September 22, 2013 

What a wet September!  In the 22 years I’ve lived here this is definitely the senior!  Some old tymers say in 40 years!  Hail, arroyos running and cooler temperatures, sure feels like fall.

My daughter is a senior, so the week was filled with homecoming activities: bonfire, obstacle course, football game, cross country race, parade, and the dance.  With the rain this was a perfect day to take a break!

Besides from the kid activities I was busy finding two buyers their dream home.  One was in town and the other on the river in Dolores.

How about a 3600 sq foot home, with 3 acres for $269k? Or a 3 bedroom/2 bath home on 8 acres for $279K??

My office is in downtown Mancos and I’m here to help!   Check it out at www.MancosHomes.com

COLORADO RANCH & HOME REALTY  July 22, 2013

It’s official!  I started my own real estate company!  God is so good!  First day was phenomenal.  I had 2 walkin buyers and I wrote 2 offers!!   Come this weekend to Mancos Days!  Friday is kid parade and activities.  My kids love the money dig in the sand and fishing derby.  Saturday is parade, booths in park and then fireworks!  I love Mancos!!

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL AND NEW OFFICE IN MANCOS   May 24, 2013

Been a busy week in Mancos and super blessed!  The weather is warm, kids are happy with the last day of school and I opened an office in downtown Mancos.  Phew!     Hope everyone enjoys Memorial Weekend.  Lots of activities from picnics, camping and the famous Iron Horse Bike Race in Durango.  If you have a chance, stop by my new office at 145 Grand in Mancos.  Many new homes for sale in Mancos this past week.

COFFEE SHOPS IN MANCOS     April 15, 2013

I’m found most mornings at the Mancos coffee shops.  Absolute Bakery has great breakfasts and everything is organic.  Being a busy Mom, I’m found here often.  Fahrenheit Coffee is a great place to have a cup of coffee and catch up with what’s going on in town.  The P&D grocery is great to pick up some snacks for my busy day.  Of course my son, loves their ice cream!  My favorite place for lunch is Zuma’s Natural Foods.  What great food.  I usually go in there completely drained and Mona fixes me right up.  Her soups are superb. I want to make it very easy for my clients so, I’m opening up an office at 145 Grand in Mancos, Co.  It’s inside the “Geeks on Grand” building.  Stop by and have a cup of coffee with me.  I’d love to show you why Mancos is a great place to call home.

MANCOS HOME INVENTORY IS SHRINKING     March 27, 2013

With interest rates already on a small increase, it has created a buyer frenzy in Mancos, Colorado.Recently, I was looking for homes in the $300-$400k range and there were only 14 in the Mancos Valley!  Of these 14 homes many were fixer uppers and only 2 were in good shape.  My buyers jumped on one of them and it will close next month.  I listed a home in town Mancos and it was under contract in 14 days!  There is an abundance of land for sale, however irrigated land in the Mancos Valley is very hard to find.  Got two new listings that border Mesa Verde National Park 40 or 80 acres with plenty of irrigation water for $220k or $430k.  Beautiful land and only 10 minutes to Mancos.Need to know what your home is worth?  Give me a call!    Turning our hearts toward home-Mancos, CO

GIVING BACK   January 13, 2012

From my last post, I will mention that the boy Dylan disabilities, 13, who disappeared near Vallecito, CO, was never found and still no clues.  My heart goes out to the family.

Have you ever been on such a fast track, that sometimes you just can’t see past your own stuff? Whether it’s family situations, job, or financial, it all adds to our stress levels.

Three years ago, I decided that I needed a change.  I needed an outlet to help me to not look at “my problems” but to really make a difference in others lives.  Being a skier, I had heard about Adaptive Sports, helping people with disabilities how to ski.  Since I love to ski, even though I’m just an intermediate skier, I decided to call.

I asked if they needed any help, and they invited me up to the mountain.  That one little call, has been a life changing experience.  When I’m overwhelmed with my life situations, helping out with Adaptive Sports has taught me how to live.  I live it intentionally, each day.

The students, volunteers, and staff of Adaptive Sports are incredible.  We are an accepting, loving eclectic group, from teenagers to seniors.  Check it out at www.asadurango.com

I hope you will consider enhancing someones life.  It just might change yours as well.

Community November 26, 2012 

 What do you think when you hear the word “community”?  Do you think about the people in your neighborhood? The schools? The shops/restaurants? Community to me is a sense of belonging, having people know your ins and outs and you are still welcomed.

3 1/2 years ago,  I made a major life decision.  Sometimes we find ourselves in situations, where we think bad behavior is a way of life.  Is that what God intended for us?  We need to see ourselves and others thru God’s eyes and act accordingly.

My community Mancos in Southwest Colorado has been home for the past 21 years.  I started my new life here, after college.  What a blessing to live in a place, where I can call on most anyone (accept the few soreheads)  in the middle of the night and they would be willing to help!

This past week the community from Pagosa Springs to Cortez have pulled together to search for a 13 year old boy in Bayfield, Dylan Redwine who disappeared.  People have been searching, knocking on doors, passing out flyers and posting notices all over the internet.  My heart breaks as no clues have turned up.  I pray for God to hold the family through this horrible storm

Mancos Mill Levy- Vote Yes!  October 1, 2012

In one month,  Mancos area residents will not only be voting on our next president but will be deciding the future of Mancos Schools.  The Mancos School is asking for $276,000 per yr mill levy tax increase based on current property value.

Why?

The Mancos school is seeking additional funds, since state funding for schools has been reduced since 2009.  Mancos schools has tighened their belts, by restruction to 1 counselor K-12, sharing bus servies with Dolores Schools, reduced staff, and reduced instructional supplies.  ( Some classes are sharing text books, thus students are suffering.  Teachers saleries are 10% less than other parts of our region and have been frozen since 2009.  This causes loss of good teachers and makes recruitting new ones hard.  Class sizes have increased and most teachers assistants and special classes like music, and shop have been affected.

How much will it cost me?

Residential Home Value $150k  – $5.35 monthly, $300k Home Value  -$10.71 monthly

A healthy sch0ol is the heart of a healthy community.   Families will want to move here, and stay here.  The Mancos school has the best graduation rate in the county- let’s keep it that way!

Change of Seasons   September 1, 2012

Kids are back in school! Yeah!  Mancos Schools (K-12) is one of the best schools in the area.  Small classes give the kids alot of individual attention.  One of the best things about the Mancos schools is the teachers and coaches.  They really care about your child and want them to succeed.

My two boys play football and their coaches are top notch.  The encouraging words from the coaches to the kids, devotion to the sport and helping your child succeed on the field as well as in class are comendable.  Plus the home town spirit is awesome.  The majority of the town shows up to games, whether or not they have kids playing.

The oak and aspen trees are just starting to turn, and the colors should be spectacular this yr.

I’d love to show you why Southwest Colorado is a great place to live.

Summer Memories–  August 5, 2012

Here it is already August!  Summer was filled with all kinds of great memories: visiting family, camping, hiking, selling salsa at the farmer’s mkt and baseball games.

My kids and I recently went up to Durango Mountain Resort and played.  The alpine slide, rock climbing, mechanical bull and just having lunch up on the mtn was loads of fun.

This summer, Mancos had a wildfire.  The support our community provided to homeowners affected by the fire, firefighters and to each other was incredible.  A wonderful place to live, where the home town spirit is alive and strong.

I’ve been blessed this summer to help, buyers fullfill their dream of living here.  Love making new friends and introducing them to the community.

If you would like someone to help you in your search-I’m here for you!

Mancos-A beautiful place   April 12,2012

Hi from Mancos!  I’ve lived in the Mancos Valley for 21 years which is located in beautiful SW Colorado.  What a wonderful place to call home.  Awesome recreational opportunities: skiing at Telluride or Purgatory only 1 mile away, hiking in Mtns or desert in Canyonlands, or just walking the river. 

April is a beautiful time!  Mud is drying up and time to do Spring Cleaning.  The valley is greening up with the last rain/snow storm.  Yeah, it only lasted the wknd.

I’m here to help!  My daily mission is to give more and live like it’s my last day.  I look forward to helping you.  Give me your suggestions, or ask a questions.  I’m here for you!