For Buyers & Sellers A Quick Guide to Understanding Real Estate Designations What do those letters and acronyms mean at the end of your real estate agent’s name? We’re here to answer that question and explain why it might matter to you. Like other professionals, real estate agents have the ability to specialize in certain areas of the business by earning designations. Those acronyms signify that they […]
Sellers Six Key Factors That Affect the Sales Price of Your Home Pricing a home for sale is not nearly as simple as most people think. You can’t base the price on what the house down the street sold for. You can’t depend on tax assessments. Even automatic valuation methods (AVMs), while useful for a rough estimate of value, are unreliable for purposes of pricing a home […]
First Time Home Buyer The Value of Homeowners Insurance Can’t Be Overstated In addition to providing shelter and comfort, our home is often our single greatest asset. It’s important that we protect that precious investment. Most homeowners realize the importance of homeowners insurance in safeguarding the value of a home. However, what they may not know is that about two-thirds of all homeowners are under-insured. According to […]
Buyers 5 Deal Breakers that can blindside home buyers   Purchasing a home can be a complex endeavor for even the most well-prepared home buyer.  You’ve diligently saved for your down payment, followed the market, researched agents and now you are ready to make an offer on your dream home.  Don’t let these 5 “Deal Breakers” come between you and your new home. Big […]
Buyers Investing in Rental Property: The Risks, Rewards, and Benefits of Owning Rental Property One area of the real estate market that is thriving right now is rental property. All indications suggest that the rental market will continue to improve because of low vacancy rates and rising rents. In fact, the demand for rentals is predicted to far exceed supply through 2016, with 4.5 million new renters expected to […]
For Buyers & Sellers Planning for the Life Expectancy of Your Home Nothing in life lasts forever – and the same can be said for your home. From the roof to the furnace, every component of your home has a lifespan, so it’s a good idea to know approximately how many years of service you can expect from them. This information can help when buying or selling […]
Buyers HQ3? The Front Range may have lost out on Amazon’s HQ2, but that doesn’t mean their company won’t affect our economy. Denver was in the running for Amazon’s massive new second headquarters that supposedly would bring 50,000 new high-paying jobs and $5 Billion of investment. In the end Amazon chose to split the headquarters among two […]
Blog Energize Your Home This Winter With Bright Hues Bright hues are eye-catching, confident and cheering — so if winter’s got you feeling less than energized, why not tap into the power of bright colors to lift your spirits and your decor? Read on for 10 reasons to give bright, zesty hues a try in your home this winter. Bright Hues 1: Bronwyn Poole by […]
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Blog 6 Extreme Interior Paint Makeovers Today we’re looking at how paint has changed your rooms, from the kitchen to the bedroom, from the living room to the laundry room. Makeover 1: Stephanie Van Dyke, original photo on Houzz AFTER: Houzz user Stephanie Van Dyke’s newly dark living room walls. Makeover 2: Before Photo, original photo on Houzz BEFORE: Van Dyke wanted to switch up these […]
Fun facts How We Rank Here’s how the largest Colorado cities rank on the most recent Federal Housing Finance Authority’s quarterly report.  They study the appreciation rate in 245 metropolitan areas all over the country. City                        Rank                Appreciation Boulder          […]
Fun facts The Wellington Explosion What if we told you there is a real estate market that has seen a 300% increase in sales volume in only 5 years? What if we told you that market was right in our back yard? The market is Wellington and what is happening there is extraordinary. Because price increases in Fort Collins have […]
Economy Why Owning a Home is Such a Smart Investment After succumbing to the “Great Recession” ten years ago, the stock market has made a comeback. So, does that mean you should forget about buying a new house and invest in stocks instead? The answer to that question, say experts, depends on your investing savvy, your financial discipline, your age, and your current financial situation. […]
Fun facts What’s Starting? Here are some interesting stats from our friends at Metro Study who study new home activity along the Front Range. • New home starts are up 14% compared to last year – this is really good news and is helping to relieve the shortage of housing inventory • Every product type saw an increase in […]
For Buyers & Sellers How Neighborhood Affects Home Value Whether you’re buying or selling, accurately pricing a home requires professional assistance from someone who knows the neighborhood. The “estimated” home prices you see posted online can be off by tens of thousands of dollars – not because they’re dishonest, but because the computer programs generating these guesstimates don’t take into account the current condition […]
Sellers Home Staging Tips DIY Home Staging Tips: With a little time, effort and imagination, you can stage your home to showcase its best features, sell it faster and get top dollar. Clean up, pare down, and toss out: By simply getting rid of excess furniture and clutter, you can make any room look larger and more inviting. Make it […]
Sellers Pricing your home to sell When it comes time to sell a home, most people want the property to sell quickly for the highest possible return. Setting the correct listing price is the most important step in reaching this goal. Price a property too low and it might sell quickly, but you could pocket less profit. Set it too high […]
Sellers Sellers: Making the Most of your First Impressions As the old saying goes, you only have one chance to make a first impression. If you’re selling your home, it’s true, except that there are several impressions to be made, and each one might have its own effect on the unique tastes of a prospective buyer. I’ve worked with scores of buyers, witnessed hundreds […]
Sellers I’m Ready To Downsize But How Do I Start? By June Griffiths Are you thinking about downsizing but don’t know how to make the tricky transition work? How do you buy a new place before you sell your current home? You are not alone as many homeowners have the same concerns. They want to embrace a new lifestyle, take advantage of our ever-increasing values, […]
Sellers Selling Your Home: The Impact of Staging How can you make your home more attractive to potential buyers? The answer is with some “home staging”. According to the Wall Street Journal, implementing some basic interior design techniques can not only speed up the sale of your home but also increase your final selling price. It all comes down to highlighting your home’s strengths, […]
Buyers A Quick Guide to Understanding Real Estate Designations What do those letters and acronyms mean at the end of your real estate agent’s name? We’re here to answer that question and explain why it might matter to you. Like other professionals, real estate agents have the ability to specialize in certain areas of the business by earning designations. Those acronyms signify that they […]