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Why Test For Radon

Any home can have a radon problem – old or new homes, well-sealed or drafty homes, homes with or without basements. It is estimated that nearly 1 in 15 homes in the U.S. and Canada has an elevated level of radon. Prolonged exposure to unsafe levels of radon can create an increased risk of lung cancer; in fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Lung cancer caused by avoidable radon exposure is preventable, but only if radon issues are detected and mitigated prior to prolonged exposure in homes and buildings. There is real risk in not knowing if a home has a high level of radon.

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These are the hottest real-estate markets in the U.S. December 2017

They say a good place is hard to find, but if you’re looking to live in one of these 25 metropolitan areas, that may feel like an understatement.

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The Ten Commandments of Buying a Home

Are you jazzed about your upcoming home purchase? Good. But slow down, Turbo! There are a few things you need to know. More specifically, ten things. They’re called “The Ten Commandments of Buying a Home.”

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Castle Rock | Community of the Month

The Beauty of Castle RockCastle Rock

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5 Ways To Give Back To Veterans

Our military serves us proudly abroad, but when they come home it’s time for us to serve them. It may be difficult to understand just how you can contribute, and what you can do to give back this Veterans Day. With so many opportunities and organizations that provide support for troops and veterans alike, it can be overwhelming trying to sift through them. Following are five different organization you can get involved with to give back to our military servicemen and women.

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SAFE AT HOME WITH SMOKE ALARMS

Smoke alarms are an important defense against injury or death in house fires. Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association show that nearly two-thirds of home fire fatalities occur in homes with non-working or missing smoke detectors. Most building codes now require smoke detectors in all residential structures, which has resulted in a steep drop in fire- and smoke-related deaths. Homeowners should check with their local public safety office or fire department for specific information on these requirements.

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DENVER'S 13 BEST NEIGHBORHOODS FOR EATING, RANKED

13. Platt Park 

Essential restaurants: Sushi Den, Kaos Pizzeria, Adelitas Cocina y Cantina, Uno Mas

The highlight of this neighborhood's dining scene is centered around a stretch of Pearl St where you'll find everything from sushi at Sushi Den to tacos at Uno Mas to pizza at Kaos Pizzeria. That means you can satisfy some of your most common cravings without ever having to leave this mellow 'hood. But while it scores points for diversity, it lacks the sheer number of restaurants of some other areas of town. Still, the quality of food served at the trio of eateries from the Kizaki brothers alone (Sushi Den, Izakaya Den, and OTOTO) is reason enough for Platt Park to earn a spot on this list… and don’t forget about Adelitas Cocina y Cantina

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5 Reasons Homeownership Makes ‘Cents’

he American Dream of homeownership is alive and well. Recent reports show that the US homeownership rate has rebounded from recent lows and is headed in the right direction. The personal reasons to own differ for each buyer, but there are many basic similarities.

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Why Sell Now Instead of Later? The Buyers are Out Now

Each year, most homeowners wait until the spring to sell their houses because they believe that they can get a better deal during the normal spring buyer’s market. However, recently releaseddata suggests that a seller’s best deal may be available right now. The concept of ‘supply & demand’ reveals that the best price for an item will be realized when the supply of that item is low and the demand for that item is high. Let’s see how this applies to the current residential real estate market.

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Thinking About Buying? Know Your Credit Score

Knowing your credit score or getting a recent copy of your credit report is one of the first steps that you can take toward knowing how ready you are to start the home buying process.

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9 Things Typical Homeowners Insurance Doesn't Actually Cover

You don’t want to be caught off guard. Most standard policies exclude certain things that homeowners might assume are actually covered. Don't bank on your insurance company footing the bill for the following unfortunate situations.

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Denver’s Best Green Chile | Porchlight Group Picks

Here in Colorado we take our green chile seriously. We love to smother it on our burritos, drown our eggs in it, lather it on our burgers, or simply eat it up with a few tortillas on the side. Some people might say we have a problem, but we like to think of it as more of a passion.

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Renting or Buying…Either Way, You’re Paying Someone’s Mortgage

There are some people who have not purchased homes yet because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s.

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Cherry Creek North | Community of the Month

Meet the Creek

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Make It Happen: Everything You Need to Know To Get a Mortgage

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5 Best Plants to Grow Indoors

As the chill in the air creeps in and the days begin to grow shorter, we find ourselves winding down our Summer activities and gearing up for the coming winter. Sunset hikes turn into cozy movie nights on the couch, as we start to prepare ourselves and our homes for snow.

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Fall Festivals and Halloween Events

Celebrate the changing of the seasons with these fun-filled Fall Festivals and Halloween Events! The magic of Fall is so easy to get swept up in. It’s the one time of year to enjoy a good fright, go apple picking, drink pumpkin spice latte’s, and get lost in a corn maze. The following events are sure to indulge your favorite Fall day-dreams.

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Ski Season is here - let's go....

Only a month into Fall and we already have one ski resort open here in Colorado, with a second opening coming up shortly. With this season gearing up to be one for the books, it’s time to start thinking about waxing your skis or snowboard in preparation for some serious pow!

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3 Questions To Ask Before Buying Your Dream Home


If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market.

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When You Are Willing

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July Events 2017 | Things To Do In Denver

Here is your complete guide to all the fun events happening this July!

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4 costs you haven't factored into your homebuying budget

It's not cheap to buy a home these days, and we're not just talking about the price of the home itself.

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PRE-SALES TIPS TO USE NOW

Indoor Air Quality
Many home sellers often overlook easy and relatively inexpensive fixes that not only increase visual appeal, but may also add to a home's selling price. While major remodeling is costly and may not address the needs and tastes of prospective buyers, these repair and maintenance suggestions have universal appeal and may help a home sell more quickly - and for a better price.

INTERIOR
  • Bathrooms and the kitchen must get a deep cleaning. Sellers should consider a cleaning company that offers "move in / move out" cleaning services to do the job.

  • If kitchen cabinet exteriors are in bad shape, refacing may be an option. Far less expensive than new cabinetry, refacing can give old and worn cabinets new life and can visually renew a kitchen. Alternatively, many cabinet materials can also be painted, for an updated look without costing a lot.

  • Consider replacing kitchen or bathroom counters with a neutral colored laminate surface if the current material is badly worn or stained. This gives the room a fresh appearance and, most importantly, prevents potential buyers from focusing on an eyesore.

  • Fresh paint on the walls and ceilings will do wonders for all rooms in the house. Stick to neutral tones so that buyers aren't distracted by colors that make a statement. They'll be able to imagine themselves and their furniture in the space much more easily.

  • If carpet now covers up hardwood floors, consider having it removed to expose the hardwood flooring. Hardwood floors are desirable, so they should be shown off. If carpet is to remain, it should be thoroughly cleaned.
EXTERIOR
  • If the home's exterior needs painting, get it done. Buyers notice if paint is faded and peeling. If the paint is in good shape overall, renew the doors and trim with a fresh coat.

  • Clean the windows inside and out so they sparkle. It's amazing what a difference this can make in a home's appearance. Hiring a professional window cleaning company is the easiest and safest way to get the job done on a multi-story home.
  • Clear clutter from the yard, keep the lawn mowed, and trim any overgrown shrubs that detract from the home's appearance. The home should look well maintained even at first glance.

  • Place pots of bright, colorful flowers along an entry path and near the doors to add a cheery, welcoming touch.

Homeowners should save major remodeling projects - and the budget required - for their new home, not the one they are about to sell. But implementing some of the steps above can increase the appeal to prospective buyers without a huge investment in time or money.

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7 Tips to Help Your Home Sell Quickly

The housing market has seen its share of unpredictability over the past few years. But with the continued low interest rates and consumer confidence, it seems to be making quite the comeback. Although the real estate market seems to be improving, as a seller, you still want to do everything possible to ensure a quick sale. The following tips will help you garner a sale on your home much faster.

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DECK GUARD RAILS IN DENVER COLORADO

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10 BEST DAY HIKES NEAR DENVER COLORADO

With Denver’s close proximity to mountains, hiking is one of the most popular local pastimes. Being able to take a post work hike that ends with some serious views and stunning sunsets, is just one of many perks we hold dear here in Colorado. If you don’t even know where to begin exploring or are looking for some new adventures to take, try out a few of our favorites hikes listed below.

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UPDATE OF LAS CATALINAS COSTA RICA


Greetings from lush and green Las Catalinas.  I hope you are having a great start to the green season. The early rains sure have made for fantastic sleeping weather and perfect ambience for my favorite ritual of afternoon coffee breaks watching the waves.

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11 Reasons For Sale By Owner (FSBO) Is A Terrible Idea


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A Brief History of the Washington Park Neighborhood

Anchored by one of the city’s most beloved parks, Washington Park, more commonly called “Wash Park,” is a neighborhood known for its charming bungalow homes, abundance of mature trees and the friendly attitude of the active residents who seem to always be out walking (or lining up for ice cream at Bonnie Brae!). The park itself is a destination known to all Denverites as a great place to jog, walk, picnic, bike, play tennis, go fishing, paddle a boat around the lake and enjoy some time outdoors with friends and family. This is something that hasn’t changed, even in a hundred years.

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BEST SUSHI IN DENVER COLORADO

Although we sit in a landlocked state, the Denver sushi scene has seen a tide of new Japanese restaurants rolling in this past year. Many of which see fresh fish flown in daily from all over the world! If this new wave has peaked your interest in the vast sea of sushi Denver has to offer or if you are looking to try out the newest sushi hot spots around town, here are some of our favorites. If we’ve missed one of yours, let us know!

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A Brief History of the Five Points Neighborhood

A Brief History of the Five Points Neighborhood

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IF YOUR CAR COULD TALK IN DENVER COLORADO

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LATE SPRING MARKET TRENDS IN DENVER COLORADO

 LATE SPRING MARKET TRENDS IN DENVER COLORADO

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SPOTLIGHT ON DECKS

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A Brief History of the Stapleton Neighborhood

A Brief History of the Stapleton Neighborhood

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A Brief History of the Cherry Creek Neighborhood In Denver Colorado

Where else in the city can you just walk out the door and walk to everything? There’s no where else, really. I walk to the grocery store, to the post office, to the library, to the dentist; there’s everything here. It’s so European.” 

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INDOOR AIR QUALITY

Indoor Air Quality
Our homes harbor more than just our families and possessions. Home is also where pollutants, allergens, and other irritants accumulate and thrive, with possible harmful effects on our health. There are simple steps homeowners can take to improve the air quality in their home and increase their comfort and well being.

HANDLE HUMIDITY
High humidity is one of the main contributors to mold and dust mite growth, both of which adversely affect indoor air quality. Keeping indoor humidity below 50% will help prevent further infestation, although once mold gets established it can continue to grow even at lower humidity levels. To reduce humidity in the home, always use ventilation fans in kitchens and bathrooms, make sure the dryer is properly vented to the outdoors, and address any leaks or condensation issues. Consider using a dehumidifier in especially humid locations such as basements, which usually have poor air circulation and are prone to dampness.

COLLECT THE DUST
Reducing dust in the home can also improve air quality. Dust can be comprised of pollen, mold spores, lint, animal dander and even bacteria. While it's impossible to completely rid a home of dust, there are ways to control it. Purchase a quality vacuum cleaner and use it regularly. Try a vacuum with a HEPA filter that traps small particulate matter and keeps it from being blown back into the room. Change or clean furnace filters regularly, according to manufacturer's instructions. High-quality furnace filters are more expensive than ordinary types, but are more effective at filtering dust, pet hair, and other particles.

GO AHEAD AND VENT
Opening doors and windows whenever possible can also help with indoor air quality. The home will have better air circulation and "breathe" more easily, and of course homeowners will enjoy the fresh air on a nice day.

CHEMICAL SENSE
Many cleaning products are available in less toxic and environmentally-friendly formulations. In fact, many "green" cleaners and detergents now do an equal or better job than their conventional counterparts. Dispose of old paint, pesticides, and other products so they aren't leaking fumes into your home. Homeowners should check with their trash collection provider for instructions on how to properly dispose of such items. Check for leaks or damage to packaged household products such as cleaners and solvents, and dispose of accordingly.

By taking these relatively easy steps, homeowners can truly make their home a breath of fresh air

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THE BIRDS AND THE BUTTERFLIES

Your garden will spring to life with the addition of birds and butterflies!

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A Brief History of the Globeville Neighborhood

“People actually live here. It’s not just someplace to drive through. There are things going on here and people living their lives here.” 

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A Brief History of the Highland Neighborhood

“I think people forget how cool the river is, I mean the Platte. We see so much wildlife down there. For being in the heart of the city, we’ve seen bald eagles down there, coyotes, hawks, beavers, huge turtles, muskrats; pretty consistently you’ll see something. I think that people forget that that nature fix is right there, just a 10 minute walk from downtown.” 

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THE BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES

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A Brief History of the Lincoln Park Neighborhood

“Every house in that neighborhood is 120+ years old. Our house is 127, I believe. It’s a 1,400-squart-foot Victorian with a great yard. And it’s historic from a foliage perspective too. We have great old trees.” 

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A Delightful Deck in Denver Colorado

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REDUCE BILLS AND CHILLS IN DENVER COLORADO

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SPRING INTO ACTION

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Five Prep Tips to Make the Most of your Summer


Five Prep Tips to Make the Most of your Summer

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WELCOME TO BAKER, Denver Colorado Neighborhood Spotlight

WELCOME TO BAKER

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WELCOME TO WEST HIGHLAND Denver Colorado

WELCOME TO WEST HIGHLAND

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The 5 Best Denver Neighborhoods for Hiking Enthusiasts

There’s simply no denying it. Colorado is an outdoorsperson’s paradise.

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How to turn your Vacation home in Costa Rica into a cash cow

Most people who buy a vacation home do so, of course, with the idea of spending as much time as possible there, they choose the perfect spot to spend their free time, and a house they absolutely love. Many others think of it as an investment, the opportunity to make money with your vacation home in Costa rica along the way, but how do you turn your vacation home into a cash cow ?

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11 reasons for sale by owner is a terrible idea

11 reasons for sale by owner is a terrible idea

Agents can save sellers time, money, liability and hassle

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Another Big Purchase in Lowry at Boulevard One

After building in Englewood, Wheat Ridge and Aurora, a San Antonio developer is one step closer to pulling off a long-planned encore in Lowry.

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Getting Your Home Ready For Summer

With summer just around the corner, now is a great time to get your home in top shape for the months ahead. Whatever your weather, caring for your home now will help to ensure a worry-free, comfortable summer. Follow a few of these tips each week and enjoy the rest of the season knowing that your home is in good shape.

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Forget Man Caves, Backyard Bar Sheds Are the New Trend

Forget Man Caves, Backyard Bar Sheds Are the New Trend

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Denver Spring Market Report

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IMPROVE YOUR WELL-BEING AND BOTTOM LINE THROUGH WELLNESS

Wellness 

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Get Your Home Ready For Summer In Denver Colorado


Get Your Home Ready For Summer

With summer just around the corner, now is a great time to get your home in top shape for the months ahead. Whatever your weather, caring for your home now will help to ensure a worry-free, comfortable summer. Follow a few of these tips each week and enjoy the rest of the season knowing that your home is in good shape.


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Metro Denver’s average home sale price hits record $487,974 in April, even as number of closings cools

Home sales in metro Denver took an unexpected dip in April, but that didn’t prevent home prices from reaching new highs or temper the frenzy for lower-price properties, according to a report this week from the Denver Association of Realtors.

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The Coloradan A 342- unit Condo Building Being Built At Union Station In Downtown Denver

The Coloradan A 342- unit  Condo Building Being Built At Union Station In Downtown Denver

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ROCKET ICE CREAM SET TO OPEN IN LOWRY

DENVER — Rocket Ice Cream, the latest venture by the owners of the Lowry Beer Garden and partners in the Hangar 2 project, is set to land in Lowry this June. Installation of the lifesized Rocketship, which will tower 50 feet tall when complete, will begin on Monday at 11 a.m. A team of world-famous artists and engineers will work through the week using a crane and boom truck to assemble the breath taking sculpture that will be the centerpiece of the ice cream shop.

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'Tougher market' for buyers with fewer homes for sale in Denver and nationally

It's a "tougher market" for home buyers in Denver and nationally, with fewer homes on the market.

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A builder who's been in the field for 15 years says the smartest choice you can make building a home has nothing to do with money or location

If you're planning — or considering — building a home, you're probably asking yourself two questions: "Where?" and "How much?"

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US Pending Home Sales Surge to 10-Month High

Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes jumped to a 10-month high in February, pointing to robust demand for housing ahead of the spring selling season despite higher prices and mortgage rates.

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Healthy Habits for Agents

 Healthy Habits for Agents

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FOUR LAST-MINUTE TAX DAY TIPS FOR REAL ESTATE AGENTS IN THE 11TH HOUR

Tax Tips

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How to turn your Vacation home in Costa Rica into a cash cow

Most people who buy a vacation home do so, of course, with the idea of spending as much time as possible there, they choose the perfect spot to spend their free time, and a house they absolutely love. Many others think of it as an investment, the opportunity to make money with your vacation home in Costa rica along the way, but how do you turn your vacation home into a cash cow ?

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March 2017 Market Report For Denver Colorado

Spring has sprung. Denver Colorado March 2017 Market Report

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WINNING INTERNATIONAL BUYERS & SELLERS IN DENVER COLORADO

Global Reach With International Buyers and Sellers

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7 TIPS For Picking A Great Real Estate Agent In Denver Colorado

7 TIPS For Picking A Great Real Estate Agent In Denver Colorado

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Selling Season Gives Metro Denver Listings A Boost

After reaching its lowest ever point in February, inventory in metro Denver bounced back a bit in March, boosted by the beginning of the spring selling season.

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MOTIVATION OPENING NEW EYES IN DENVER COLORADO

MOTIVATION OPENING NEW EYES IN DENVER COLORADO

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SPRING MAINTENANCE IN DENVER COLORADO

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Tax Prep ideas

Tax Day Prep

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Denver Colorado March and yes Spring Market Updates

Spring has sprung.


If the lines around the block of an open house under $400,000 are not enough of an indicator for you perhaps the fact that number of units under contract from January to February another 14% in residential and nearly 20% in attached dwellings will be enough to convince you. With warmer weather coaxing the earliest of buds out of our tree limb already in 2017, we hope too that with the early onset of demand will also urge sellers to list their homes earlier this year to help ease the compression in the market place.


As compression sets in, where more buyers are in the market than there are homes to sell them, we saw a 10-15% jump in the number of homes under contract in the first 7 days on the market. This number sat at 45% for detached homes and almost 55% for attached dwellings, with expectations to climb to nearly 65% before the market begins to pull back in June or July.

With the market in full swing many buyers are peaking up with similar questions, so these have been covered in the extended version of this month’s HOT Topic on pages 4-36.

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Do Open Houses Help Sell Your Home In Denver Colorado

Do Open Houses Help Sell Your Home In Denver Colorado

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WHAT EVERY HOMEOWNER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HOME WARRANTIES In DENVER COLORADO

Pros and Cons To Home Warranties 

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Pre- Listing Tips For Sellers To Help Them Save Money in Denver Colorado

Listings

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Pre-listing Home Inspections In Denver Colorado

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9 Facts That Will Make REALTORS Seem More Normal In Denver Colorado

  • We Don’t Actually Want To Capitalize The First Letter of Every Word Of Our Property Listings – the Denver Colorado MLS system automatically capitalizes our property descriptions that way.
  • We don’t really want to put our title (Sales Representative) and contact information on everything – Denver Colorado real estate marketing rules require us to. Pens, greeting cards, social media accounts – if it could be construed as advertising, than our full legal names, title and brokerage information needs to be included. Yes, even on pens.
  • REALTOR is a registered trademark in ALL CAPS- we can get in trouble if we don’t use all caps.
  • Many real estate agents wish sold data was public information too – but current rules prevent us from giving out sold prices on the internet (but email is OK).
  • We use a lot of ACRNMS on MLS because we have letter count restrictions. Sometimes we can’t figure them out either.
  • There’s a lot of bad real estate agent training out there – brokers and trainers tell us to knock on doors, cold call you, and invite you to our open houses on Facebook. Sorry.
  • According to legend, long, long ago, agents were required to have their photos on their business cards for security purposes. A lot of brokerages still tell their agents it’s a good idea so that buyers and sellers remember them. It’s sad if that’s the only reason you’re remembered. Confession: I had my photo on my first real estate business card.
  • Putting your face on a garbage can or park bench has actually worked for a few agents – so it seems like a good idea. Sorry again.
  • Our car is our office – that’s why we all drive a BMW, Mercedes or an Audi. It’s our way of pimping out our offices. Plus it’s a tax write-off. Guilty

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16 questions to ask your home inspector in Costa Rica

When making a formal offer on a property in Costa Rica, it is highly recommended that you get a complete home inspection. You want to ask the home inspector to start his inspection as soon as your offer is accepted by the seller. Contacting a home inspector before having an accepted offer from the seller is a waste of time, money and effort.

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Tips For Dog Owners

Homeowner Tips For Dog Owners

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Report: Colorado 9th best state to live in

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7 Tips For Picking A Great Real Estate Agent In Denver Colorado

When you're shopping for a real estate agent, you obviously want the best. But with agents presenting themselves through yard signs, online ads, direct-mail postcards and even sponsored public benches, how do you cut through the hype?

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Denver Colorado Housing Report

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Results That matter 2016 Solds

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5 Strategies for Pricing a Home to Sell in Denver Colorado

Is a $499 iPad a bargain compared to one that costs $500? Not exactly. But retailers have long priced products just below a round number because, psychologically, $499 feels more like a deal than $500, even if the difference is only $1.

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Brian Fisher's Listing Presentation

BRIAN_Listing_Presentation - Print ONLY.pdf

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What to Do If the Appraisal Comes in Low in Denver Colorado

Once you settle on an asking price and get your offer accepted, you’ll likely turn your attention toward financing your new home.  While you may think the deal is done, keep in mind that the contract sales price may not always align perfectly with the appraised value. Fortunately, a low appraisal isn’t the end of the world.

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4 Steps to Win a Bidding War In Denver Colorado

4 Steps to Win a Bidding War In Denver Colorado


From the buyers’ standpoint, getting into a bidding war for a house they want is never fun. They can end up offering more money than they ever planned to spend, and still end up without the home of their dreams.

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Come Work With Me at Keller Williams Realty

Bet on RED! Come Work with Me at Keller Williams

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NUMBERS EVERY REAL ESTATE AGENT NEEDS TO KNOW

Vision Speech

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HOME BUYING ADVICE FOR EXPECTING PARENTS IN DENVER COLORADO

Looking forward to becoming a family soon? It might be the right time to think about getting a home that will be the best possible nest for your little ones—the one they’ll remember as the place where they grew up and learned how to ride their bikes on the sidewalk. Let’s take a look at some of the most important things to consider when thinking about purchasing a new house for you and your kids.

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I highly recommend you spend 5 minutes of your day and read these powerful words...

I highly recommend you spend 5 minutes of your day and read these powerful words... I am so glad I slowed down enough to read these amazing words... #GSDMode4Life

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10 Habits Of Happy Househunters in Denver Colorado

Buying a house isn’t all fun and games…here are 10 ways to optimize your househunting experience:

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Buyers: 10 Questions You Need To Ask Your Banker Right Now in Denver Colorado

If you’re in the market to buy a house or condo, your lender (in other words, your bank or mortgage broker) will play a critical role. Here are 10 important questions to ask before committing your mortgage to them:

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A Condo Inspection Check List

A Condo Inspection Check List

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Repairs And Upgrades: How Much Will They Cost?

Repairs And Upgrades: How Much Will They Cost?

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14 Questions For Your Mortgage Lender in Denver Colorado

14 Questions For Your Mortgage Lender


The first step to getting a good home loan is to ask questions of your mortgage lender Fisher says.

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KELLER WILLIAMS NAMED TOP TRAINING ORGANIZATION WORLDWIDE

Training

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10 Mistakes Sellers Make When Choosing A Realtor

Selling a home should be like any other business transaction, but all too often sellers make emotional or impulsive decisions that cost them money and time. Choosing the right Realtor to market a property and negotiate the sale is the most important step in the process.

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7 Steps To Success - When Doorknocking

7 Steps To Success - When Doorknocking

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5 Steps to Choosing A School In Colorado

http://www.greatschools.org/colorado/choosing-schools/

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Another Short Article On Radon Gas

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Interior Shutters

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Brighten A Basement On A Budget

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House Sense: Steps To A Safer Home

Is your home safe? Studies show that burglaries occur at an average of every eight seconds, 400,000 serious residential fires happen every year, and more child deaths result from accidents than from all diseases combined.

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Get The Year Off To A Great Start

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How to Sell Your Home

 Pricing it right
Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in the worst markets — and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market.


 

 Half-empty closets
Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

Light it up
Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.

Play the agent field
A secret sale killer is hiring the wrong broker. Make sure you have a broker who is totally informed. They must constantly monitor the multiple listing service (MLS), know what properties are going on the market and know the comps in your neighborhood. Find a broker who embraces technology – a tech-savvy one has many tools to get your house sold.

 Conceal the critters
You might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong. Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If you’re planning an open house, send the critters to a pet hotel for the day.

 Don’t over-upgrade
Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Mammoth makeovers, not so much. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.

 Take the home out of your house
One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. Consider hiring a home stager to maximize the full potential of your home. Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.

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Las Catalinas Costa Rica- a New Vibrant Town

Dear Friend of Las Catalinas Costa Rica,

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10 Signs You're in a Competitive Real Estate Market in Denver Colorado

Here are 10 clear signs you’re in for a competitive ride.

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Denver Colorado Market Update

What an unbelievable year for real estate in Greater Metro Denver! 2016 saw many new records for average sales prices, flash sales and near record lows for inventory. Looking forward to 2017, it’s shaping up to be teed off for another amazing year.  Initial population growth reports show that in the last 12 months we’ve welcomed another 90,000 people to Colorado, Westword Newspaper- December 2016. With migration to Colorado near peak gains and new development unable to keep up, prices will continue to rise.

 

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Great Residential lots with water and electricity just blocks to the Beach in Costa Rica

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4 Reasons to Dive Into Home-Ownership

Here in Denver,Colorado, the American dream of home-ownership is making a comeback in a big way. Another reality of the residential real estate industry here in Denver, is the rapid rise in rents across the city. If you’re still thinking about whether you should buy or continue to rent, consider these four reasons to take the plunge on purchasing a home.

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Metro Denver home-price gains slowed in December; $22 billion in total 2016 sales

The average price of a home in metro Denver increased by 6.7 percent year-over-year in December, a smaller increase than in most of the two years prior, according to the latest data from the Denver Metro Association of Realtors.

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Radon gas and why you should check your levels

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Denver Market update

The calm before the storm.

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A great way to mange time and to be organized

In our speedy society, we aim to do as much as we can in as little time as possible; get a quick bite to eat, grab a quick shower, quickly run to the store. However, organizing your home doesn’t sound like a quick thing to do, but it could be…

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Mortgage rates effect Buyers purchase power

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Staging your home and preparing your home for sale.

When it comes to selling your home effectively and efficiently, home staging can truly make a difference in how the buyer places value on your home. A well-staged home can not only urge buyers to be more inclined to walk through the home that they viewed online, it can also help them visualize the property as their future home. Staging is an excellent tool that can give buyers the extra nudge that they need to purchase a home. Following is our guide to a successfully staged home!

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Explore Costa Rica

In 2002 I moved to the wonderful Gold Coast of Costa Rica, Flamingo Beach where my family and I lived for 10 years. I started buying and selling  properties a year before moving there through a good friend that lived there and was working in Real Estate. Once we had a handful of properties we knew we wanted to start building luxury homes to resell. We would design and build these homes from the jungle floor up. Our first home was a 2,000 sqft home a couple blocks from the beach to my last project a 4,000 sq ft beach front luxury home. I worked with Re/Max International buying and selling multiple homes and land to many foreign Buyers from around the world. I am able to refer Buyers to some outstanding Real Estate professionals now to help your dreams come true. Just ask me and we can discuss all your options. In our time in Costa Rica we would travel all over the country creating experiences that will last a lifetime.

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Good Seller's Etiquette

Good Seller’s Etiquette

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Why Hire Us

Why Hire Us

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8 Steps to Selling

Eight steps to selling your home

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