Blog On Main Street

by Jen Miller, Editor in Chief, Jen Reviews

The kitchen is a heart of every home. It is a place where friends and family members meet and share their thoughts over delicious food. Adding a personal touch to the often bland kitchen exterior is important especially when setting a warm and cozy atmosphere. The last thing you want is your kitchen to resemble and feel like the school cafeteria.

We know that kitchen appliances and cabinets can cost a fortune, but you do not have to dig deep into your pockets to make your kitchen look amazing. You can find an inspiration for your simple and inexpensive kitchen design ideas practically anywhere even in nature. Home décor can be crafted at home or bought at a low price. We have created a list of 15

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by Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker 

First question: When is Radon Awareness Month? If you said "January", you would be correct!  And if you are from Colorado, chances are radon is a household word.  If you are not from a part of the country that has large levels of radon, then radon may need an introduction.  That said, let's start with a refresher course for all of us on what radon is. 

Overview of Radon - Radon is an invisible and odor free radioactive gas, which is present in several parts of the United States. Radon is commonly found in Colorado and most estimates report that up to 50% of homes in our state test positive for radon.  Since you cannot see, smell or taste radon, it can be very dangerous if not tested and mitigated.  Unlike

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by Rob Kelly, LRA Owner/Managing Broker

In our final LRA blog post of 2018, I would like to thank those who have continued to support us since our humble beginnings in 2015 and to recap LRA's activities in and around our beloved town of Louisville, Colorado.  First and foremost, we were incredibly honored to be awarded Small Business of 2017 by the Louisville Chamber of Commerce and are excited for what lies ahead. Here are some of the reasons we remain devoted to our community of Louisville and the greater Boulder area...

We have had the pleasure of helping dozens of wonderful new and repeat clients, who run the spectrum of real estate transactions. This includes selling a beautiful, custom home in Old Town Louisville, to helping a client

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By Jason Dimaio, Discover

After a layoff in late 2015, finances became tight. My wife and I took on consulting jobs to keep the lights on, but in early 2017, I was completely out of work for a time. When our daughter complained about not going out to eat as often, or doing as many fun activities, we had to talk to her about the effects of jobs and money. We tried to clearly demonstrate how many advantages she’d had to date, as well as how important cash flow is to getting the things you want.

Now that things are back on track, she better understands conversations about give and take when making financial decisions: why we buy a certain brand of food, or why we choose to purchase something that’s good enough, rather than the very best. When we have

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By Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker

For the second year in a row, Louisville Realty Associates is proud support A Precious Child in its "A Precious Gift Drive" to support disadvantaged and displaced children in Colorado.   We absolutely love this organization as they bring so much needed joy to so many kids!  

We welcome you to stop by our offices at 815 Walnut in Old Town Louisville now through Friday, December 14th to drop off a new, unwrapped toy for a child living in poverty right here in Colorado. Your donations help improve the quality of life for children in need in Colorado.  LRA will collect donated new toys, gift cards and gifts for children (babies through teenagers) and deliver to APC  to ensure your gifts will get to the kids with

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by Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker Traditional Christmas tree with ornaments and wrapped gifts

If you are like most consumers, you are entering into a season of spending! Can you believe there are fewer than 30 days until Christmas? According to the National Retail Federation, the average American will spend approximately $700 on holiday gifts and holiday treats and goodies this year, totaling more than $465 billion nationwide.  While those numbers can be mind boggling, all this spending actually presents opportunities for you to be responsible, stay within your means and pay off any accumulated debt early. Additionally, this practice during the holiday spending season will help you build good habits, thus continuing to improve your credit score in the future.

Don't Have Credit Yet?  If you envision

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By Robert Kelly, LRA Owner/Managing Broker 

It has been quite awhile since I have reported any signs of a cooling effect in Boulder County, but the numbers appear to be bearing that out. According to Altos Research, home prices in our market have been trending downward quite significantly in recent weeks, as more homes are available and demand is declining.  We might expect this trend to continue, especially if the Market Action Index falls into the Buyer’s zone. While we do keep our eye on the area we serve in East Boulder County, this week's blog focuses on the movement we are seeing in our hometown, Louisville. The statistic we like to keep an eagle eye is on the number of listings that have reduced their prices: ready for it? Fifty-seven percent

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by Noel Bennett, Premier Mortgage Group

Keep renting or buy a place of our own? That is a question I have heard many times over my last twenty-plus years as a mortgage loan originator. It is a basic question, but carries with it so many important, weighty thoughts and considerations. “Buying is such a big commitment.” “I don’t want to throw my money away on rent any longer.” “What if I am buying at the peak of the market?” “I don’t want to deal with all the maintenance.” All of these thoughts, and more, swirl around in our heads as we think about buying a property. There are no right or wrong answers. All we can do is arm ourselves with as much information as possible and put it to use in making the best decision for our own, personal situation.

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by Jessica Smith, House Doctors

Buying a house is a huge decision - one that obviously requires great care. Every family has its own specific needs and expectations for a home and here I want to share some practical aspects of buying a home.  If these steps are neglected it may lead to a move you might regret later. Here are 12 things to keep in mind before buying a house!

1. Plan Ahead - Plan your financials for a while before you actually make the move. This ensures lasting financial security and better decisions in the longer run. Even beyond your loan, save up for the extra costs that are bound to crop up after you move to a new home as increasing your credit card bills with an already existing mortgage on your head won't do you any favors.

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by Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker

When it comes to home design ideas, I always look to the experts. No matter what the time of year, which room I am focused on, I end up slightly overwhelmed and doubting my instincts.  To get some perspective on the 2018 home design  I took in the advice of Colorado design expert from Kim Cieplik, a specialist with Solid Rock Custom Homes.  According to a recent interview with Kim,  her “real world” research suggests some colorful trends to the autumnal months in 2018.

Ms. Cieplik says, “Most people are getting away from the beige neutral tone fad that has been around for the past ten years. Our customers are now asking for more vibrant colors in parts of their homes. There is still a neutral base color,

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