We only knew Marilou Smith as a friend, but when we decided to sell our house, we naturally ask her to represent us. We then saw a new side of her. She took charge and gave great advice. Marilou has a way of making anyone she speaks to feel special, and that's how she made us feel. She gave us her full attention, expert advice, and reassured us with knowledgeable answers in our moments of doubt.
What was most impressive and everlasting was her experience in knowing the market. She presented us with accurate comps from the area and made a listing for our house way above our expectations. We received 4 offers at our first open house and sold it within 3 days for $7,500 over our asking price!
Marilou's experience, dedication, and calming presence come naturally to her as a realtor. We couldn't have asked for more!
Ron and Carol Gaul on the sale of 1313 Patton, Fort Collins
I am writing this letter to acknowledge the professional service, excellent advice and assistance of my realtor Ms. Marilou Smith Of Cherry Creek Properties that expedited the profitable selling of my home in Fort Collins, Colorado and eased my relocation to Wolfville, Nova Scotia in August 2016. Her knowledge of the real estate market coupled with insights into what buyers would pay for a property in the area where my house is located helped set a selling price exceeding my expectations. This price was evidently just right in view of the fact that I had a contract with an investor within 36 hours after pictures of the property became available to the public. The superb pictures, taken by a professional photographer, received accolades from potential buyers and undoubtedly peaked their interests considering the number of visits (25 in total). Marilou's suggestions of effecting small upgrades to the house, such as installing a new storm door to show the beauty of the wooden main entrance door and upgrading the washbasin in the small bathroom adjoining the master bedroom that I implemented also improved the value of the property, accelerating its sale.
Marilou also assisted me in other ways that mitigated the pressure of having my belongings packed and out of the property by a certain date. For example, she brought me boxes for packing whose size I specified from Home Depot or Lowes, stores far away from my house. This was of immense help because I cannot drive a car and had to pack numerous delicate instruments. She found people who could move, disassemble and dispose large, heavy items that did not sell at a local auction and even gave me a fifty dollar gift certificate towards invoking the services of '1-800-Got-Junk' to remove unwanted furniture. Finally her good sense of humor and generally pleasant disposition made the ordeal of this major move tolerable and helped me keep focus on the reasons for moving: being with family and exploring several work opportunities not available in the US.
In view of Marilou's tremendous help in multiple areas already briefly described, her professionalism and excellent treatment, I do not hesitate to recommend her as an extremely capable, gifted agent for anyone contemplating selling their property.
Thank you, Marilou!
Philip M. Gabriel
I want to thank you for the professionalism and responsiveness you provided to us throughout the process of selling our home at 1412 Brentwood in Fort Collins. You were always helpful, and went the extra mile, and took the time to make sure everything went smoothly. I would be glad to give you a reference if anyone wanted to call me.
Working with Marilou Smith to sell our home was an absolute delight from beginning to end. We were constantly impressed by her consummate professionalism, warm demeanor, and willingness to go the extra mile to make the deal a success. She handled all the unforeseen glitches in the negotiation process with the alacrity of a real estate superhero, and we felt she always had our best interests in mind as she guided us through the process. Her knowledge of the local market is extensive and her promotional materials were first rate. We will without question work with Marilou again for our Northern Colorado property needs.
Jason and Chris
One of the strongest selling points for the Fort Collins area is YOU, Marilou! We are so very grateful to have been recommend to you as an agent for buying our home here in the Fort Collins area. From the first e-mail to the closing of our new home, you have been a positive, informative, welcoming, achieving, outgoing, and professional agent. Attempting to purchase a new home is challenging and enterprising, but managing to purchase a home from another state is even more adventurous. We could not have accomplished this without your help, Marilou. Many times you went out of your way to find the right home and location. We really appreciate all of your time, efforts and dedication. Because of our trust in you, we were able to present an offer on a home we had only seen with the pictures and descriptions provided by you. And now, the house is our HOME! Thank you for your openness and willingness to go with us on this adventure!!! It was enjoyable, because you made it FUN!
We really enjoyed working with you and consider you are very first and dear friend here in Fort Collins!
Peace and Blessing in all you do!
Michele and Dan Koerperich
Thank you very much for your help and assistance in finding our new home! Your professional knowledge, personal experience, and understanding of the real estate market proved to be invaluable in helping us navigate through a complex sales process. Michelina and I realize how lucky we were to have had your guidance and honest opinion throughout the entire home search. We look forward to working with you again in the future and would emphatically recommend you and your team's services to anyone looking to buy or sell property in Colorado and beyond!
Andrew Newman and Michelina Petri
A note to thank you for your professional and informing help in selling my home in Ft. Collins. Your real estate knowleadge and creative advertising made the selling go smooth in the transition. I would recommend your services to anybody in the future.
on the sale of 1412 Brentwood
Dear Marilou, I want to thank you for selling my home. I was almost going to loose it and I didn't think it would sell and you sold it in under 30 days. I have never had such a positive experience with an agent before. You are the best...you can sell the unsellable.
on the sale of her home in Windsor
A wonderful and amazing experience!
It was a wonderful and amazing experience working with Marilou Smith in selling the Old School House in Carr, Colorado. Her intelligence and her extensive knowledge as a Realtor made her comfortable to work with and produced great success in selling the Old School House despite the severe problems that were visible and needed to be repaired.
Marilou Smith did an excellent job working with prospective buyers. Her patience and very friendly personality impressed me very much.
She did a great job!!!
From: Lily Jimenez-Mitchell
Jim & I had the privilege to work with Marilou Smith after 2 failed attempts at selling our home in Ft Collins. Her advise was invaluable. I wish we had listed our property with her one year sooner! Her added time and effort converting our home into the best looking on the block made the sale. I believe it was only on the market for 2 weeks when we relisted with Marilou. We will use her again if we need to sell any more properties. Good Luck with your sale!
On the sale of 512 Concise Drive, Fort Collins
Marilou Smith and I started investing in real estate in the early 1990’s. During our humble beginnings in real estate, we engaged the services of a realtor and had fun looking at various properties. I ended up buying commercial real estate and Marilou Smith invested in residential properties near CSU. After she got her license, she helped the Ritzmans with the transactions at 1901 Lincoln, 2400 E. Vine, 7325 So. Shields, 4205Terry Lake, Fort Collins; 8th Ave. & 14th St, Greeley. Now she is helping my daughter in-law, Chedelyn with our strip mall in Greeley. Her knowledge of the real estate market, professionalism, efficiency, and dedication, made her part of the Ritzman team in real estate investing.
The Ritzman family will continue to use her as our real estate broker for our property investments.
Real Estate Investor
From Tomas and Elsa Santos on the sale of 600 Duke Ln. Ft. Collins and the purchase of their new home on Silverleaf Ct.
After hearing all the news about the declining real estate market, we
realized that, as sellers, things might be tough. It would be difficult to
sell a house in 2008. Indeed, even though the market was not favorable to
sellers, Marilou Smith gave us an edge. She carefully researched the
market, helped us set a good price for the house, and did everything
necessary to get the house sold. She hired a stager to present the house in
its best light, and when we left on an extended trip, she showed the house,
and basically took care of the house while we were away! We got a contract
on the house five weeks after we put it on the market, and we closed within
the month. Throughout the process, Marilou communicated effectively (she
spoke to us almost every day, even while we were out of town), paid close
attention to details, and was always very positive. I'm sure the energy and
enthusiasm she put into her work had a lot to do with our success.
After we got a contract on the house we were selling, we had at the most a
couple of weeks to locate another house. Since my wife and I are retired,
our goal was to locate a ranch where most everything was on the main level.
We sat down with Marilou Smith and told her our requirements--including
price and other desirables. Marilou listened patiently, and before long,
had generated a list of possible houses for us to look at. She was
tireless: she made appointments for showings, drove us to the houses, and
was invaluable in identifying pros and cons relative to our requirements.
Once we found the house we wanted, she got us through the delicate
negotiation needed for us to purchase the house. Once again, Marilou's
communication skills, hard work, and dedication made our purchase go
smoothly. As a bonus, she checks up on us even today to make sure we're
enjoying our new home.
WE ARE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE MARILOU AS OUR REALTOR! IT WAS ONLY OUR SECOND YEAR IN THE U.S. WHEN WE DECIDED TO BUY A HOUSE. SHE GUIDED US ALL THE WAY, MAKING THE TRANSITION VERY EASY. AND AFTER TWO YEARS WE DECIDED TO MOVE TO A BIGGER HOUSE. SHE WAS ABLE TO SELL OUR HOUSE IN LESS THAN 3 MONTHS AND WE CAN SAY THAT OUR HOUSE WAS SOLD THE FASTEST AMONG THE PROPERTIES UP FOR SALE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD! ON THE SAME DAY, WE SIGNED PAPERS FOR THE PURCHASE OF OUR NEW HOUSE AND SHE MADE IT ALL HAPPEN. AND IN THE NEAR FUTURE, IF WE DECIDE TO MOVE AGAIN THERE IS NO DOUBT IN OUR MIND THAT MARILOU WILL BE THERE AGAIN TO HELP US AND GUIDE US THROUGH ALL THE WAY.
Aries and Myla Simeon
Marilou Smith has been a lifesaver! After months and months of dealing with a difficult mortgage situation and falling behind in my payments, Marilou stepped in and facilitated a short sale that prevented me from facing a disastrous foreclosure. In my absence, Marilou worked diligently to find a buyer for my home in a ever declining market, and happily all parties now have what they bargained for!
We recently bought our first house and were at first apprehensive of how it would be. With Marilou's guidance and help we were more than pleasantly surprised. We've now been in our home for over 4 months and are very happy! Our first homebuying experience has been a very good one and in the future should we want to move we will definitely be calling Marilou!
Chris, Ritchelle and Benjamin Lenhart
I am glad I chose Marilou Smith as my Realtor to sell my house in a tough financial market. Her clever advertisement brought several interested buyers. She guided me in every way and was most helpful. Thank you Marilou !
Alice C. Rule
"It was a pleasure working with Marilou, she is bright, responsive and detail oriented. She was on top of everything throughout the process - truly a professional with good people skills."
Nancy K. Hartley
Recently, when I decided to sell my home, I listed it with Marilou Smith of Your Castle Real Estate. Marilou was so professionally helpful; with helping me get it prepared to sell, advertising & having open houses, keeping me posted with all the showings & reports, always available for any questions that came up, & finding the right buyer in a reasonable time-frame, considering the present housing market. I am very pleased with her both as a realtor, and as an advisor. I wouldn't hesitate to work with her again, if the occasion arose. Thank You, Marilou!
Marilyn J. Bycroft
Thanks again for all your help with my recent short-sale purchase.
Over the past several months I must have asked you to check on dozens of properties before we finally found one that was a good fit. Thanks for hanging in there! Your expertise, patience and guidance made this a very positive experience for me.
The next time I’m in the market for an investment property, you’ll be the first person I call.
Marilou was professional, knowledgeable and friendly; she made our house-hunting experience well worth our time. When we buy another house in Colorado, there is only one person we will ask to help us: Marilou Smith.