June 12, 2019

Just Listed! 3121 Camelot Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80525





Just Listed at $374,900

3121 Camelot Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80525


Featuring brand new paint and carpet, this home is clean, bright, and move-in-ready! Large backyard is perfect for entertaining with deck, privacy fence, and mature trees. Oversized bedroom with fireplace in walkout lower level could be used as a rec room! Appliances stay including stainless steel range and fridge. New roof/gutters in 2015, windows in 2014 and water heater in 2017. Whole house fan. All the conveniences of a central location under a mile from restaurants and shops with no HOA! Open House Saturday, June 15 from 1-3 pm.


Call (970) 682-2453 to schedule your private showing.


Click here for full listing details: Home for sale at 3121 Camelot Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80525




May 31, 2019

Why the Kitchen is the Most Important Room in Your House



“Big kitchen. Spacious, so we can all be in there at once without stepping on each other. Large Island...” She responded to my question thoughtfully, hesitating between the items on the list as if the real answer was hiding between the lines somewhere. “I really want an open concept so I don’t feel like I’m cut off from everyone when I’m cooking.”


I had asked what she was looking for in her next home, but my client wasn’t describing her dream house. What she was describing was her dream kitchen. Rather, what she was trying to articulate is something that dozens of home buyers have labored to put into words in similar conversations. After a pause to gather her thoughts she summed it up perfectly: “I just want a beautiful kitchen where I can bake cookies with my grandkids.”


Home buyers, both those new to the search and those battered by the throes of bidding wars, will almost universally summarize the criteria for their new home in a few rote phrases: “Move-in ready, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, garage...” That is, until they start describing the kitchen. At that point in the conversation their language shifts and they’re no longer taking quantitatively. “Open layout, spacious, gourmet, gas range, ample pantry…” While most rooms in the home simply have to exist in order to check the box, when it comes to the kitchen, details matter.


Why the kitchen is the most important room in your house by Joanna Gyrath, Broker Associate Owner Gyrath Realty Group


Factors affecting the saleability and the ultimate sales price of a home are numerous- comparable properties, current market trends, location, age and condition, updates, unique features, etc. While there is no one right answer, homeowners who are considering taking on renovation projects for the purpose of resale frequently find that it makes sense to sell the home as is, factoring the current condition into the list price rather than spending the time, energy, and money on the improvements. Most often, the reduction in price turns out to be significantly less than the estimated cost for the projects.


Kitchen renovations, however, are different. Many studies and surveys have shown kitchen renovations to consistently yield the highest return on investment compared to other home improvements. A well-updated kitchen can sell an otherwise dated house, whereas a dated kitchen could drive away potential home buyers, even if the rest of the home is in great condition. In a real estate market where buyers want move-in-ready, a home could be the perfect fit in every way except for the kitchen, and many buyers would still walk away.


Why do kitchens have such significance? I have two theories. For some people, like myself, I think it’s a bit of both, while for others one theory applies more than the other.


Why the kitchen is the most important room in your house by Joanna Gyrath, Broker Associate Owner Gyrath Realty Group


My first theory is that kitchens are a place to escape. In our world of technology and overbooked schedules, opportunities to slow down and have real experiences are few and far between, yet the kitchen is one of the last places where we as adults can be creative, use our senses, and do things with our hands. After receiving my BA in Sociology from UC Denver I became a Realtor not a social scientist, so discussions on human behavior and the primal self are beyond my expertise, but I can share from personal experience that the more time I spend behind a screen, the more I savour those delicious moments frothing milk to pour over freshly brewed espresso in the morning or mincing fragrant garlic cloves for dinner. It makes perfect sense to me that as more of us take on careers in fields of knowledge work and less in tangible, physical labor that trends like the slow food movement or craft brewing would take hold. That time spent in the kitchen kneading, tasting, and creating fulfills a craving that ordering Thai food never could. By this theory, the kitchen is a place for respite and should feel as luxurious and indulgent as vacation.


Secondly, kitchens are time machines. Everyone knows that taste and smell are connected to memory, but I’d suggest that food connects us to the future as well. When shopping for a new kitchen, we’re not only searching for the oven that will bake our grandmother’s apple pie recipe, but also for the countertops that will seat our pajama clad children as they lick the spatulas of future birthday cakes. A dish prepared from a yellowed, passed-down recipe may be your only remaining connection to a deceased loved one, while also serving as an opportunity to tell your child about the grandparent they never got to meet. Food has always been an important way that we pass family and cultural traditions to the next generation, mingling nostalgia for the past with dreams for the future. All of that happens in the kitchen.


Why the kitchen is the most important room in your house by Joanna Gyrath, Broker Associate Owner Gyrath Realty Group


I recently held an open house at our listing in Parker with a beautiful, granite topped island approximately the size of a Mini Cooper. “We’d have plenty of space to roll out cookie dough on this island!” said a potential buyer to her husband as she ran her palm over the sparkling stone. Looking at me she explained that her favorite family tradition is getting everyone together on Black Friday to bake thousands of holiday treats for everyone they know, but they need a bigger kitchen to fit everyone. “Everyone has kids now, and everyone wants to be in the kitchen,” she chuckled.


I told her that my own family had the same tradition. She nodded her head while opening up cabinets and peering into the large pantry. “Baking with family is one of the best parts of the holidays. I look forward to it all year!”


What could be better than a place to make delicious food and lifelong memories while connecting with the people we love? People always seems to talk about sweets when they anticipate their new kitchen, mouths watering over the cookies, pies, and cakes they’ll bake there. Perhaps the rest of the home is the meal, while the kitchen is the dessert.



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May 17, 2019

The "Laundry Basket Method"



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One of the best tips out there in the home staging world, in my opinion, is the laundry basket method.


The method is simple: when you get that text that you have a last minute showing on your home and there is no time to do a real cleaning, take a laundry basket and fill it up with anything unsightly. That may the mean junk mail from the kitchen counter, the shoes your husband never puts away, and if you have kids, it will probably mean lots of toys and snacks which would detract from the presentation of your listing if left strewn about. Sometimes, it may even mean dirty laundry or dishes that there's no time to properly take care of.


The contents of your basket will not be glamorous! But when you have a showing with short notice, this is the quickest way to get your home looking clean, uncluttered, and inviting for the potential buyer. Bonus points if you stock your basket with sanitizing wipes and give your newly exposed surfaces a quick wipe as you clear them, leaving behind a refreshing, clean scent.


The last step, which is perhaps the most important and not to be skipped: Put the basket in the trunk, get in your car, and drive away. Do not shove the basket in a closet or the laundry room! Buyers will be opening doors and cabinets to evaluate what kind of storage space your home has to offer. Take it with you so therer's no chance your potential home buyer may encounter its secret, unsightly contents!



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May 6, 2019

10 Mother's Day Gifts that Aren't Things



"The best things in life are not things"

-Art Buchwald


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Whether you’re shopping for your own mother or the mother of your children, skip the flowers this year and instead give a gift of quality time making memories together!


1. Say Thank You

It sounds cliche, but only when you’re a mother yourself will you understand your own mother's love and sacrifices. Of course, you love and appreciate her every day of the year, but make sure Mother’s Day is a day when you stop, look her in the face, and tell her "Thank you!"


2. Pamper Her

Sure, this varies by the season of motherhood, but most of the mothers I know can hardly slow down long enough to drink enough water, let alone indulge in any real self-care. Give her a massage, a pedicure or a whole day at the spa if you can to allow her to really unwind and feel pampered.


3. Feed Her

Take her out to dinner, or if she really loves to cook, get tickets to a class at the Cooking Studio Fort Collins where you’ll experience a hands-on tutorial on how to prepare a new dish followed by a delicious dinner. If you’d rather avoid the mother’s day crowds you could pick up her favorite takeout as long as, and this is the key ingredient, she doesn’t clean up after the meal.


4. Give Her the Night Off

When was the last time she went out for a girl’s night? Husbands, if you have little ones in the house, there’s a good chance that she can’t remember either. Make the plans and be there to give the baths, read the books, and pajama the kids so she can have a night to regroup and unwind with her friends.


5. Support a Cause

Is there a special cause that is close to her heart? Consider reallocating the money you would have spent on flowers to a donation in her honor. Or, even better, make arrangements to spend the day volunteering together.


6. Learn a New Skill

Would she prefer a yoga class or a paint and sip class at Pinot’s Palette? Practicing a new skill that requires creativity can be a wonderfully enriching experience, and spending time doing this with a loved one can make great, lasting memories.


7. Reserve Your Seats

Whether it’s the ballet, a sporting event, concert or even just a movie that she’s been dying to see, Mother’s Day is the day that she gets to pick. Think of all the piano recitals and soccer games she’s attended for you, and this time, sit your butt in the seat next to her and have fun watching a performance of her choosing.


8. Lend a Hand

Is she drowning in projects? Ticking off a project on her to-do list not only lightens the load, but it also frees up time for her to do something more enjoyable instead. If this happens to come in the form of a cleaning service or a professional organizer, she won’t complain about that either!


9. Sign Her Up

What does she love that she doesn’t do often enough? Consider buying a membership to a favorite destination to take the kids, like the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.


10. Take Her on an Adventure

Whether she would prefer to hike Devil’s Backbone or take a picnic to one of Northern Colorado’s many natural areas, spend Mother's Day together appreciating Colorado’s beautiful scenery and soaking up sunshine.




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March 2, 2019

Just Listed! 2011 Alpine Dr, Erie, CO 80516


Just listed in Erie at $430,000

BD   3 BA  2,916 SqFt



Must-see, move-in-ready home in Vista Ridge! Natural wood floors greet you as you enter, drawing you into an eat-in kitchen, complete with granite countertops, tile backsplash and stainless steel double ovens! An open floor plan invites you into an airy living room with two story vaulted ceiling and cozy gas fireplace. A generous back patio offers ample room for grilling, dining and entertaining in a private, landscaped backyard with no house behind and siding to open space! A spacious main-level master suite boasts granite countertops, double sinks, soaking tub and walk-in closet. Upstairs, a large loft offers beautiful mountain views, overlooking open space and the foothills in the distance! This impeccably maintained home features a brand new water heater, updated oil rubbed bronze hardware and light fixtures, and much more! Home warranty included. This great location is walking distance to parks, pool, and trails, and convenient to shopping, restaurants, and schools!


Click here for more details and photos and to schedule a showing!


Feb. 28, 2019

Just Listed! 14300 N County Road 7, Wellington, CO 80549


14300 N County Road 7, Wellington, CO 80549

 BD   3 BA   2,150 SqFt




Just Listed in Wellington at $435,000! 


36 acres of useable land with mountain views and no HOA! Take in views of Longs Peak from your front porch on your own private country escape, less than 20 minutes from Fort Collins. Ranch style home with acreage in Poudre School District with convenient, easy access to I25. A huge 6+ car detached garage invites you to bring your toys! Appliances are included in this spacious kitchen with large island, including a stainless steel refrigerator and oven. Master suite features an attached study and radiant heat in master bath, as well as throughout much of the home. Water feature in tranquil backyard. See the potential with framed mother-in-law suite above the garage, ready to be finished!


14300 N County Road 7, Wellington, CO 80549   4 BD   3 BA   2,150 SqFt


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Feb. 7, 2019

Just Listed: 7708 E Academy Pl, Denver, CO 80230


Just Listed in Denver at $469,000!

Rare opportunity to own a like-new single family home just steps from Lowry's shops, eateries, parks and overlooking the Wings Over the Rockies Museum.


The countertops and island in the upgraded kitchen are an elegant, earthy granite which contrasts beautifully with the espresso cabinetry and gleaming stainless steel appliances, including gas stove and french door refrigerator. Hardwood flooring and an open floor plan seamlessly connect the kitchen to a spacious dining area and into a bright living room which features a nook and second patio with sliding glass door.


The upstairs master suite features custom, built-in organizers in the walk-in closet, double sinks and stylish subway tile with designer border in the shower. All bedrooms feature matching black out cell shades on the windows and clean, like-new carpeting.


Attached two car garage and spacious entryway that can be used as a mudroom!


Open house Saturday 2/9 12-3 pm!

Feb. 5, 2019

Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight: J. Brady Seasonings


Something I love about small business owners, which I'm seeing over and over again as I write this series of Northern Colorado Small Businesses Spotlight posts, is the way they light up with excitement when they talk about their work. Brady Stewart of J. Brady's seasonings was no exception. Referring to his line of Fort Collins' made spice blends as a "passion project," Brady talked with me about his history, his love of food, and his plans for the future with such excitement that I left the conversation feeling a renewed energy for my own business. My hope for this series is to both introduce the Northern Colorado community to great local businesses and products like J. Brady's Seasonings, as well as share that entrepreneurial spark that makes small business owners unique and keeps us going!


Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight: J. Brady Seasonings


For Brady, spicing up people's lives isn't his only gig. I wondered why someone with a successful career as an engineer for a food packaging company, where he can use his degree and work in the food industry, would spend his evenings and weekends packaging orders, presenting to retailers, and selling his spices at farmers markets. He described it this way, "If I work hard and have a huge win at work, I get a little bit," holding up his fingers to emphasize how small, "but the benefit is mostly to the company. Whereas with my spices, when I get a win I'm the one who sees those results. And they could be huge. My only complaint is that it does cut into my fishing time a little bit!" 


Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight: J. Brady Seasonings


If you imagined him saying those words with a chuckle and a Texas accent, you'd be on the right track. Brady Stewart reminisces of growing up in north Texas with parents who both loved to cook and experience the world through their love of food. He smiles when he tells me their names: Martha and Jimmy Stewart. His father, who shares Brady's first name, spent some time in Iran when he was a child. American Southwest flavors, Creole, as well as Indian and flavors from around the world spiced up family dinners in the Stewart home. Brady recalls watching cooking shows with his parents, and laughed out loud about how star struck he was when he met Rachael Ray in a bar in Texas out of complete coincidence.


J. Brady Seasonings made in Fort Collins, Small Business Spotlight | Real estate and lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtort


Going to college in Oklahoma, studying abroad in Italy, and traveling for pleasure to Europe, the UK, and New Zealand, Brady's cooking is inspired by flavors from around the world. At home, Brady found himself blending his own seasonings for his own personal use in his kitchen. "I wanted to master flavor profiles in a spice blend that you could use over and over again in a lot of recipes." His wife encouraged him to sell his spices, and before long he was moving production from his kitchen to a co-packing company in Fort Collins where they could be made in larger quantities and packaged for retail. Look closely at the labels on his seasonings and you'll notice that they share a common theme. Inspired by the craft brewing industry, Brady wanted his spices to have their own personality and be easily identifiable, just like the beer labels from craft brewers like New Belgium.


Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight: J. Brady Seasonings


While Brady and his wife might not be Colorado natives, blending spices in Fort Collins that are inspired by beer is about as Colorado as it gets. Brady notes that there is a big difference between the small business community here in Northern Colorado than in Oklahoma where he started out. He shared about working with another spice company who I was surprised to learn is more of a friend than a competitor, and that he recently wrote an article about how to get started in the craft food scene for NoCo magazine to help other budding entrepreneurs. "Small businesses in Colorado are collaborative, and while there is also a bit of friendly competition, there is a general consensus that adding more raises the standard and the quality of all of the products on the market." 


Brady's spice blends are now sold in over 40 retailers here in Northern Colorado and can also be purchased online at www.jbradyseasonings.com. Be sure to check out his website for some great recipes!


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Posted in Windsor, Colorado
Feb. 4, 2019

Just Listed! 4306 Eaton St, Denver, CO 80212

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This move in ready bungalow in Berkeley area is listed at $410,000.


Clean white cabinets and sparkling stainless steel appliances make the kitchen bright and airy. Pot rack and island included.


The open floor plan, fresh modern paint, wood floors and updated light fixtures work together for a lovely, updated look.


New roof in 2017 and new furnace and windows in 2016!


Great location! Walking distance to Randall Park and convenient to shops and dining on Tennyson Street as well as the new development on 38th and Wadsworth with Lucky's Market.


Click here for details and photos: http://www.myfortcollinsrealestate.com/property/862113/#







Posted in Open House
Jan. 20, 2019

Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight: Blush Boutique in Greeley


Located in a lovely historic building in downtown Greeley that has been fully refurbished, the vibe in Blush Boutique is glamorous with a touch of urban and rustic all rolled into one lovely little shop. In addition to gorgeous feminine dresses and lacy tops, you'll find a variety of curated home goods, select beauty items, and pieces made my local artisans. Every item in the store is handpicked by Emile, the shop's owner, herself or one of her style-savvy "Blush Babes" to delight and inspire women. 


Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor


Emilie, the boutique's owner and creative director, has a passion for uplifting women in the Northern Colorado community. When I asked her if there was anything specific she'd like me to share about the boutique, she said "the biggest thing is that we want to be a place where women feel loved and appreciated." In addition to managing Blush, Emilie is a wife, mother, photographer, blogger, and all-round inspirational woman. 


Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor


I wanted to share this post from her blog in which she shares about her journey of opening the boutique while also going through the exciting transition to motherhood. In it she says "I decided that if I didn't pursue this dream, this ache inside of my chest, that I would regret it for the rest of my life. I was tired of seeing everyone else do what they loved while I sat on the sidelines." If you're a small business owner looking for inspiration or you're dreaming of opening a business, or you're dreaming of anything really, you should read this post (click here)


Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor


Complementing its mission to encourage women in Northern Colorado, Blush has started a Blush Cares program, donating profits to charities that support humanitarian efforts including helping victims of sex trafficking. Blush encourages Northern Colorado nonprofits to reach out to them about arranging pop-up shops to fundraise for local charity. We got to experience the kindness and generosity of the boutique and its customers with their toy drive that they held for foster children in Weld County last December.

Blush Boutique, thank you for the contribution that you are to our community and for being an uplifting space where women can escape the chaos of our busy lives to treat themselves and feel pampered!


Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor


Friends, if you have yet to visit Blush Boutique in Greeley, it's about time! In addition to supporting this great local business directly by shopping in their store, you can also show support by giving them positive reviews online, following them on social media, and telling your friends about the goodies you've found there. Behind directly buying their products, word of mouth advertising is one of the best ways to show love to small businesses in our community!



I've said this on the blog before, but shopping small one Saturday per year is not enough to keep our small business community growing and thriving! Two of my favorite locally owned businesses shut their doors in 2018 breaking my heart, but also inspiring this series of Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight posts. I've featured local businesses before, but not like this. Now it is my mission! Owning a small, local real estate company has been an adventure and shown me first hand how important it is to support local businesses in our community to ensure that they will still be here for years to come.  I'm starting out with some of my favorites, but would love to hear about your favorite small businesses so I can meet and fall in love with them too! 



Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor





Posted in Greeley, Colorado