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Blog Million Plussing The luxury market is very active right now.  Buyers in the high-end are taking advantage of low interest rates and the equity they have built in their prior homes. Closings of million-plus single family homes are up significantly along the Front Range. When compared to this same time last year, sales of properties in this […]
For Buyers Affordability Housing affordability is a hot topic especially after the strong price appreciation that has occurred in our market over the last 7 years. Here’s some interesting research on affordability… Each quarter the National Association of Home Builders measures affordability in hundreds of markets across the Country. Their method is to count the number of homes in […]
Blog Is the Condominium Lifestyle Right for You?   Condominium homes are a great, low-maintenance choice for a primary residence, second home, or investment property. This alternative to the traditional single-family home has unique issues to consider before buying, as well as unique benefits. Increasingly, condos are not just for first-time homebuyers looking for a less expensive entry into the housing market. Empty-nesters […]
For Buyers So you bought an investment property, now what? Investing in a home is a great way to build passive income but earning from your investment will take a little groundwork to become a well-oiled machine. This is your beginner’s guide to owning an investment property so you can set up that foundation properly to avoid future headaches. Make sure it’s livable It’s important […]
Blog 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 […]
Blog Your Beginner’s Guide to Home Appraisals Appraisals are used as a reliable, independent valuation of a tract of land and the structure on it, whether it’s a house or a skyscraper. Designed to protect buyers, sellers, and lending institutions, appraisals are an important part of the buying/selling process. Below, you will find information about the appraisal process, what goes into them, […]
Blog How to Cover Unexpected Costs with a Personal Loan Owning a home comes with its rewards — it’s an investment, a cozy haven to kick-up your feet after a long day of work, and a welcoming place to bring family and friends together. Although all of this makes homeownership fulfilling, owning a home also opens the door for unexpected (but necessary) expenses. If you’ve […]
For Buyers Benefits, Risks and Things to Consider Before You Add an Accessory Dwelling Unit to Your Home   Have you ever rented the unit in someone’s basement? Maybe your spouse’s mother moved into your “Mother-In-Law Unit” above your garage? Or have you ever traveled and stayed in a pool house for your stay? Commonly referred to as “Mother-In-Law” units, homeowners use these as a way to fill the space in their home […]
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For Buyers The Impact of Staging Your Home For more than 20 years, the benefits of staging a home have been well documented. Numerous studies show that staging helps sell a home faster and for a higher price. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 88 percent of home buyers start their search online, forming impressions within three seconds of viewing a listing. When a […]
Blog 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 Purchases […]
For Buyers The Risks and Rewards of Purchasing a Bank-Owned Home   The process of purchasing a home directly from a lender can be long and arduous, but could very well be worth it in the end. If you have your sights on a particular home or are looking to find a deal on your first, working directly with the lender may be your only option. […]
Blog Five Things to Consider When Downsizing Downsizing is on the minds of many homeowners today. Some are ready to retire, others want to live more simply, and many want to save money and say goodbye to home maintenance. If you can relate to any of those sentiments, ask yourself these five questions: Have you done the math? The financial savings that […]
Blog To Buy New or Old, That is the Question We are often asked, “Which is the better buy, a newer or older home?” Our answer: It all depends on your needs and personal preferences. We decided to put together a list of the six biggest differences between newer and older homes: The neighborhood Surprisingly, one of the biggest factors in choosing a new home […]
Colorado Housing What to Consider Before You Build If you’re short on space but don’t want to move, a home addition is an attractive way to solve your woes and turn your current home into your dream home. Whether you’re adding a whole new room or a more modest addition, it can turn into a major construction project; with architects and contractors to […]
Blog Find a New Home in Four Steps Posted in Buying by Kenady Swan  Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a current owner looking for a bigger home, the ideas below will help you better navigate that all-important first step: Finding a property that you like (and can afford). The search for a new home always starts out with a lot of excitement. But if you […]
Blog Should I Move or Remodel? Posted in Buying, Selling, and Living by Kenady Swan  There are a number of things that can trigger the decision to remodel or move to a new home. Perhaps you have outgrown your current space, you might be tired of struggling with ancient plumbing or wiring systems, or maybe your home just feels out of date. The question is: Should […]
Blog How to Get Started in Real Estate Investing Posted in Buying by Kenady Swan  Investing in real estate is one of the world’s most venerable pathways to building wealth. When properly managed, income from renting or real estate investment trusts can provide you with the financial security to plan out the rest of your life. The conclusion is easy to envision, but knowing where to begin […]
For Buyers What’s New? All about new homes… Nationally, sales of new homes are up 3% over last year and are running at an annualized pace of 697,000 homes. To put that in perspective, in April 2011 the annual pace was 310,000 homes and in April 2005 it was 1,260,000. So, nationally, new home starts are roughly double what they […]
Blog Home Warranties Provide Buyers and Sellers With A Peace Of Mind If you are a homeowner, you probably know all-too-well how costly home repairs can be. And, thanks to Murphy’s Law, appliance break-downs seem to happen at the worst possible time—like when you are selling your home. For this reason, it is in the best interest of all home sellers to consider purchasing a home warranty. […]
Blog Top 10 qualities to look for in an agent Buying a home is one of the most significant financial and emotional purchases of a person’s life. That’s why it is so important to find an agent that can not only help you navigate the home search process, but one who can also answer your questions and represent your needs from start to finish. Most […]