7 Quick Tips For Selecting the Perfect Realtor®

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Buying or selling a home can be a complicated and even scary process, which is why it’s so important to have a realtor you trust to help guide you through. But with so many out there to choose from, where do you start? You don’t want to make a rushed decision and end up spending money on a Realtor® who might turn out not to be a great fit. We came up with this list of seven tips to help you find your “perfect match” Realtor®.

Quick-Tips-Choosing Perfect Realtor

 

Ask Previous Clients

When you’ve found a Realtor® you think might be a good fit, it’s a great idea to speak with some of their previous clients to learn about their experience. A Realtor® who seems great on paper could turn out to be your last choice if you find out that they rushed previous clients through the process.

What to ask: Were you happy with this Realtor®? Why or why not?

Buying in a Good School District: The Ultimate Guide

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Buying a home involves a long checklist of questions to answer, especially when moving into a new city or neighborhood. Whether your children are just starting school or already thinking about college, finding a good school district is essential for your family. Follow these tips to find a home in the school district that’s right for you.

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1. Do Your Research

Before making any decisions in the home buying process, it’s important to research local school districts to get an idea of your ideal area. Your real estate agent should be able to provide information on local schools, but if you want to do some digging yourself, try online resources like GreatSchools.org or the National Center for Education Statistics to find the best school systems near you.

2. Narrow Your Priorities

To Build or to Buy Your New Home… That is the Question

Monday, June 19th, 2017

It’s time to have your own home… in a market like Denver’s, there are plenty of wide open spaces to build and classic homes to make your own. But how to decide… Here are some of the pros and cons of both buying and building your future home.

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Building a Home-

The Pros:

  1. Customization – When building a home, you are beginning with a blank canvas that can be filled however you choose. From the windows to the moldings to the doorknobs, you can customize every tiny aspect of your new home.
  2. Location – New homes are often built in up-and-coming locations with high demand for new real estate, but building also means that you have more of a say in where you live. From the countryside to the foothills to the suburbs, buying a plot of land and building gives you the opportunity to choose the perfect location for your family.

What You Need to Know Before Moving to Colorado

Monday, May 1st, 2017

It’s no secret that Colorado has recently been topping the list of hot places to move. With its abundant sunshine, beautiful scenery and growing cities, the Centennial State has become a new favorite destination. Whether you’re a native looking for a new home or a transplant wondering how to move to Colorado, here are a few things every future Coloradan should know.

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What to Know Financially:

Houses in Colorado tend to come with a higher price tag. This is partly because Coloradans can afford to spend more with an average annual salary of about $54,000 in Denver. You’ll want to plan for a slightly higher cost of living overall. Plus, sales tax varies by city and county, and these can really add up. Be sure to do some research on these taxes before picking your new neighborhood. Luckily, Colorado’s job market is booming and unemployment is low. If you don’t have a job here yet, the chances are good that you’ll find one soon.

The Hottest Neighborhoods around Colorado to Live In

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Colorado is one of the fastest growing states in the union. We are fourth in population growth since 2010 (7.5%), and now have over seven million people calling Colorado home. In order to accommodate this kind of growth, Colorado’s housing market has become quite welcoming to all demographics. Whether you’re planning on moving to the state or are a native, finding homes in Colorado can be challenging if you don’t know where to look.

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  1. If you’re retired:

Wheat Ridge, Arvada – Wheat Ridge offers retirees a lot of outdoor activities including bird watching, picnicking at Crown Hill Park, or hitting the links at Applewood Golf Course. There are 173 doctors in the neighborhood as well, perfect for those with permanent medical needs.

  1. If you’re starting a family:

Superior, Erie – This town is just 27 days shy of having sunshine year round. Its school system is ranked in the top 5% of Colorado’s education market, too. The town is also in the midst of a development plan that will see a 12-acre park built near Eldorado K-8.

The Places Where People Aspire to Retire: Colorado

Monday, February 20th, 2017

The Colorado foothills are a very popular location to retire. Living in the gorgeous Colorado Rockies offers heartwarming views, peaceful environments, camaraderie with like-minded friends, and endless the recreational activities. Here are some advantages to choosing one of the foothill communities as your retirement destination. It’s not just a place to retire, Colorado offers some of the best places to live and work.

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  1. Evergreen

This town is about 15 miles west of Denver with an active population, great restaurants, a beautiful lake, and a variety of communities in which you could choose to live. It was originally a summer resort town for Denver’s upper-class and is considered the best retirement town in Colorado for active retirees. Evergreen Golf Course and Evergreen Lake are both very popular recreational areas nearby. There is a quaint little downtown area, tons of hiking trails, ranches, farms, newer homes, historic homes, and everything in between.

  1. Genesee

Get Your Home Ready for the Spring Real Estate Selling Surge

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Most real estate markets have some degree of seasonality and Colorado is no exception. As the snow melts, the housing prices begin to bloom. Real estate professionals know this phenomenon as the Spring Selling Surge, occurring between March and May. Here are a few ways to make your home stand out during this year’s surge, so you can maximize your return on investment.

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  1. Understand what is motivating buyers

stagingRight after the holidays, there is a noticeable uptick in real estate activity. According to AtHomeColorado.com, most buyers in the state expect to see more options available as the weather warms up. This increases both inventory and competition in the market, growing the potential for above-ask offers. Most families will be more motivated knowing they have a limited timeframe to close on a house if they have children in school.


  1. Put all personal items in storage

You’re Invited! Genesee Town Center Open Houses

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

You’re Invited!

Please mark your calendars for October 23, 2016, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, and come to the Genesee Town Center, located at 25859 Genesee Trail Road, Golden, CO 80401. You will be able to meet local artists, many of the business owners, team members and staff, and win some great prizes. Did you know all these incredible businesses were in the Genesee Town Center?

We are very excited to invite everyone to an open house of the many of the business in the Genesee Town Center. This is collaborative effort where many of the business owners and their staff are very much looking forward to meeting you.

As you will discover, when you visit the Genesee Town Center, you are treated like family and friends. We may be a little tucked away; however, we care about our customers and want to be sure you know about these amazing businesses. This is your opportunity to learn about these businesses that are in your backyard or on your way to the mountains and win some great prizes. You will discover the high quality products and services, along with excellent food.

Buying Investment Property

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

growWith historically high rents being collected and expected to rise, we have several clients who have asked us to help them with purchasing investment properties. One client is interested in purchasing duplexes and triplexes, another only wants single-family homes, and yet another only wants town homes and condos. Some investors are open to any type of property that will make money, including doing “fix and flips.” Because of the increased demand for purchasing investment properties, I want to highlight some key points about the process of buying rental properties.

Start by answering the question: What is the purpose of the investment property? It could be for immediate cash flow, future appreciation, a place to park capital, balancing your portfolio, or a combination of all. When we start with the “why” question, it is easier to design a search, stay within budget, and achieve clearly defined objectives. We ask our clients to answer many questions to help them define their “why”, and we make it easy to answer this question. Nonetheless, it is mission critical to clearly answer it. One of the ways we help with this question is by using what we call a GROW Analysis. The pneumonic is explained below.

Making an offer to buy a home: Art or Science?

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Have you ever wondered if making an offer to buy a home is an art or a science? The bottom line is that it is both. Nonetheless, for many, handling an offer can be a mysterious and frustrating process. There is an age-old saying that the seller thinks their home is worth the price of a castle, while the buyer wants to offer the value of a cabin. We work with both buyers and sellers in a number of different types of transactions.  Obviously, the advice we give for making an offer will differ depending on what your goals are, the market conditions, and the type of sale (a bank-owned property, a short sale, non-distressed sale, etc.). There are a number of fundamental principles that we can pass along. These fundamental principles are tied to affordability, market conditions, insight, and expertise. Always remember, “Knowledge is key.” Or, said another way, information is power.

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Affordability: