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Getting ahead of the curve: A proactive approach to downsizing leads to a seamless sale in a great market



Getting ahead of the curve: A proactive approach to downsizing leads to a seamless sale in a great market

Gene and Dorothy Lomme have a spacious, appealing ranch with a 3-car garage in one of the nicest neighborhoods in Centennial. The pair are in good enough health to keep enjoying it—but this weekend, they’re putting it on the market with help from their Realtors, The Steller Group.

“The kids are asking, ‘Who’s going to have Christmas?,’” says Dorothy Lomme.

“We love it so much,” she adds. Nevertheless, the couple started looking at retirement communities three years ago and were prompted along when she took a spill and broke her hip.

The Lommes, married 65 years, are off to Wind Crest, a senior living community in Highlands Ranch. The pair carefully studied the options there, taking note of the fact that unit availabilities in Wind Crest and other senior communities can’t be taken for granted in this market—something that’s urged them to move now, rather than wait.

Steller agent Blair Bryant says the market couldn’t be better for sellers than it looks to be this fall.

“Last weekend, the level of activity reminded me of last spring,” Bryant says. The lull that agents had talked about during midsummer never really brought anything close to a balanced market, and home inventory in the Denver area has now dropped beneath a paltry 2,000 available homes.

“People are having to compete for homes,” he adds. That looks all the more competitive in Mira Vista, the Lommes’ neighborhood of just 93 homes, wrapped in the rich resources of South Suburban Parks and Recreation, including the golf course, Kettle and Medema Parks, along with Lifetime’s huge pool/ fitness/tennis center; all served by well-rated schools including nearby Newton Middle School with a brand-new campus.

The Lommes’ ranch—four bedrooms, over 2,000 sq. feet plus added finish in the basement—has a unique floor plan by Genesee Company, a smaller well-regarded builder that only created five ranch plans in the entire enclave. Theirs has a very private feel, looking into a wooded gulch between homes; but the home site is relatively low maintenance.

It’s had recent remodeling and needed very little work, but The Steller Group, experts in these senior moves, supplied its contractors for some tasks needing to be done—something for which the Lommes are particularly grateful, in a market where finding any help is difficult.

Steller’s Bryant, with loads of experience in these sales, praises the Lommes for their proactive approach to downsizing—doing their research early, and getting ahead of the process of decluttering ahead of the sale.

Their ranch comes on the market this weekend at $765,000 (Steller can arrange a showing at 720-443-2804).

Meanwhile, Dorothy Lomme says the couple is grateful they waited until now to move, so they were able to stay in their very private surroundings during the height of the pandemic.

Steller’s next free seminar on downsizing is set for this Tuesday, Sept. 28, 9:30 to 11 a.m., at Southglenn Library. You can sign up for that, as well as for a 4-part webinar on downsizing, at

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