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®.

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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?

Top 5 Affordable Cities to Buy a Home Near Denver

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Lately, it seems like everyone is flocking to Denver. From the high-class metropolitan benefits to the proximity to the mountains, the Mile High City has a lot to offer — and its newfound popularity is causing rental and home sale prices to skyrocket. Plus, with so many transplants moving in, nothing is staying on the market for long. But there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the best of the city while living outside the limits. Check out these cities close to Denver that will be a little easier on your wallet, but will still let you have access to all that Colorado has to offer when buying a home.

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Thornton

Wanting to move to one of the safest cities in America? Then Thornton is the perfect place for you. Just ranked one of the safest cities in the country, this suburb is just a 20 minute drive from downtown Denver. The city offers plenty of homes under $400,000 and is the perfect place to settle down while still having city amenities close by. Enjoy cute shopping centers, golf courses, 5 star restaurants and great community programs. This Denver suburb provides plenty of activities for the family to enjoy. 

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.

Local Luxury: Trust a Professional Organizer to Optimize Your Home

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Do you fit into one of these categories: Homeowner, parent, corporate professional, or person? If so, chances are you probably need some help organizing. Hiring a professional organizer both gets you organized and helps you stay that way. Most organizers work as compassionate “coaches” who train clients on staying organized. Here are some great local organizers you can call on when the clutter becomes too much to handle.

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  1. Michelle Santaferraro – Organomics

As the founder and Chief Organizing Officer, Santaferraro believes nothing is more personal than your space and nothing is more valuable than your time. Organomics excels at professional organizing and making it a personal learning experience.  Clients learn how their personality, preferences, and work style provide a backdrop for order in their life. Michele’s 17 years of experience and unique approach to organizing have received national acclaim among Fortune 500 companies and customer testimonials.

  1. Meghan Siddall – Streamlined Living Colorado

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.

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

5 Tricks to Improve Your Home’s Appraisal in Winter

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Lowering the price of your home is not always the right solution to make the sale.  Here are some tricks to sustain or improve your appraisal for the cold season.5-Tricks-to-Improve-Your-Home's-Appraisal-in-Winter-via-Alaris-Properties

  1. Don’t let your house be an energy-hog

Remodeling is a stressful task in itself, but if it’s going to make your house more energy efficient, then consider it an investment in your future. More and more buyers are looking for energy efficient homes. Increased demand creates sustainable price points, especially in the housing market.

  1. Smart technology

Certain technologies like programmable thermostats, smart security systems, and high-tech door locks can add to a home’s value because of their appeal to millennials. This could make it all worth it, by potentially increase your sale price by 3 to 5 percent.

  1. Simplicity and stress-free buying

5 Home Staging Mistakes

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Stage your House

  1. Forgetting About Natural Light – A home that looks dark will not be appealing to buyers. When staging your home it is important to be conscious of furniture placement. Avoid blocking off any light with heavy curtains because this may weigh down the house. If your home has attractive views, consider forgetting curtains all together as to not distract from your landscape.
  2. Outdated – It is no surprise that modern and chic is the way to go when trying to appeal to new buyers. Outdated qualities to your home such as, wallpaper, old fixtures, window coverings or furniture will make it difficult for buyers to picture themselves living in your home.
  3. Unclean – This means doing more than your weekly cleaning. Maybe hiring a professional cleaner would be beneficial if you hate to take the time to deep clean your home. When your home looks spotless, buyers will not hesitate to put an offer in on the house.

Tips for the Buyer and Seller from an Experienced Real Estate Agent/Lawyer

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Buying your first home is can be both exhilarating and a bit daunting. A home is one of the most rewarding purchases you will ever make in your lifetime, so it’s important that you get it right, especially if you’ve never bought a home before. Here are our five tips, from one of our top agents, on buying your first home:

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  1. “The first thing to do when you believe you’re ready to buy a home is contact a Realtor® to get the process started.”

When it’s time to buy a home, get some help. The buying process can get complicated if you don’t know what you’re doing. An experienced Realtor® will save you a lot of time and headaches by guiding you through the buying process.

  1. “Contact a mortgage broker to get pre-qualified for a loan. This step will help you determine what you can afford.”  

2015: Home Values and Rent Prices

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Home values in Denver grew more quickly than anywhere else in the country for ten straight months.

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According to Zillow, home values in Denver have appreciated 15.5 percent over the past year, to a median estimated value of $318,000. REColorado, the local MLS, indicates that the median single family home value is $364,000 as of December 31, 2015.

​The total home value in Denver grew more than $39 billion to $347 billion, up more than 12 percent over the past year.

Across the nation, home values in the largest 35 markets have increased only 3.9 percent over the past year through November.

Zillow’s tracking of rent prices shows that annual rent increases in Denver have slowed to a single-digit growth rate, down to a 9.7 percent annual increase.

Denver renters paid $5.8 billion in 2015.

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