Blog On Main Street

By Jeremy Alderman, Zogmedia

With Colorado slowly shaking off its snowy blanket to make way for warmer days, it’s time to start thinking about spring break. For kids, it’s a well needed rest before the last few months of the school year. For parents, it’s an opportunity to get the whole family together. And if you’re staying close to home this break, the heat is on to still provide an amazing time the kids will proudly brag about to all their friends. Whether you’re a Colorado dweller looking for some fun close to home or you’re coming in from out of state, you’re in the right place!

Let’s go over how to make the best out of your Colorado spring break. At first glance, you might not know where to start when researching places to visit in central

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by Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker

Who ever thanks the IRS? Seriously?  Well, as unpopular as the IRS may be to most of us, there are tax deferred programs that can save real estate investors thousands of dollars. It does not matter if you own one rental or a dozen rental units or even more. Whether you are just getting started in real estate investing or are a seasoned investor,  before your consider selling your rental properties, you should learn about and take advantage of what the 1031 Exchange has to offer. 

Thanks to the Internal Revenue Code Section 1031, a properly structured 1031 exchange allows an investor to sell a property, to reinvest the proceeds from that sale into a new property (within a certain timeframe) and to defer all

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by Rob Kelly, LRA Owner & Managing Broker 

Are you one of the more than 1.3 million students graduating from college or secondary education with debt? The numbers of students over burdened with student debt seem to be keeping pace with the rapid rise of tuition and the other expenses.  According to the Institute of College Access and Success, "Graduates with student loan debt is up from 1.1 million in 2008 and 0.9 million in 2004. In 2012, 66% of graduates from public colleges had student loans and 75% of graduates from private nonprofit colleges had student loans."  

Since we are diving into the statistics, here's another sobering fact. According to a 2017 survey from the National Association of REALTORs (NAR), "Eighty percent of millennials

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by Raymond Web, Take Care Termite & Pest Control 

Are you thinking of selling your home? Then you should be preparing on how to get the most value for your property. Your home’s resale value depends on a lot of factors but here are 6 proven ways to increase the resale value of your property:

1. Enhance Your Curb Appeal - The front of your house is the first thing that your potential buyers set their eyes on, this often determines whether your customers will decide to see the inside of it or not. You can increase your home’s curb appeal by keeping your garden well maintained, getting rid of any unnecessary clutter in your yard and creating a great entrance that welcomes people into the house. First appearances really do matter when it comes to

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by Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker

Mold is definitely a subject we would all like to avoid. For the average person, mold can conjure up a lot of negative imagery. Fortunately in Colorado, thanks to our dry climate, mold is not usually an issue we expect to see arise during a typical real estate transaction. However, since the Colorado floods of 2013, we have heard an emerging question that is standard for buyers and their agents ask home sellers when starting their due diligence, which is "Was there any flood damage to your home in 2013?". Even if the answer is no, home sellers should be prepared and get a little education in the event any moisture issues existed in the history of the home. 

There are over 100,000 different types of molds,

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By Jeremy Alderman, Zogmedia

Colorado has become a destination for lovers of great beer and the great outdoors. If you’re planning a trip to the Centennial State, you might find yourself caught off guard by views of the Rocky Mountains from your hotel window (and more than a few friendly faces as you step out into the street). Shows at Red Rocks Amphitheater, skiing the slopes, hiking the Rockies, cheering on your favorite Colorado teams—we’d be surprised if the thought of moving to Colorado hadn’t crossed your mind at all. But which city should you choose? And how do you keep that small-town feel? 

Before you start comparing pro’s and con’s, take a look at Louisville, a town nestled in the Denver-Boulder corridor. Just 20 minutes from Boulder’s

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by Jen Reviews

You need a comfortable kitchen space before anything else. And the first thing to start with when decorating or redecorating the kitchen is the sink. It’s easy when you have all the choices laid out in front of you.  This includes the type, size, number of bowls, material, faucet fitting, and more. If you’re remodeling your kitchen from scratch, choosing a customized kitchen sink is more apt. Something that fits well with the ambience and color palette of the kitchen décor.

Choosing a new kitchen sink, as a homeowner, doesn’t have to be a price-based decision. You can easily narrow down your options based on the different styles and sizes of kitchen sinks. This guide will help you learn about the basics of kitchen sink and what

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by Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker

It is about this time of year when those who are serious home buyers start paying attention to the market in anticipation of purchasing in the springtime. Interest rates are still historically low and while inventory has been a little tight for a few years, I believe if you remain patient and somewhat flexible (and realistic of course), I am confident you can own your own place when you are ready. 

The first question I hear from first time home buyers is “What do I need to do to prepare?". To help answer this very  large question, I have included a few of links to articles I recommend you read to help you get the big picture to start this journey. I don't like to overwhelm my clients, so I suggest you just

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by Rob Kelly, LRA Owner/Managing Broker

In my final LRA blog post of 2017, I would like to thank those who have helped us get established in our first three years and also to recap LRA's activities in and around our beloved town of Louisville, Colorado.

We have met and worked with dozens of wonderful clients, who run the spectrum from selling a stunning Chautauqua home to a Rock Creek family ready to downsize from the only home they have ever known and move to the mountains.  We have represented a family who fell in love with a charming cottage in Old Town Louisville, we have helped soon-to-be retirees navigate the new construction experience, and of course, we enjoy guiding young couples through the first time home buyers experience. We do our

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By Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker

By all general appearances, 2017 seems to be shaping up as another good year for those who sold homes, however, it may be brightening for buyers as well.  According to the Colorado Association of REALTORS® (CAR), "Colorado’s low inventory has caused frustration and a limitation on housing market growth. Luckily, statistics show a major increase for residential building in areas across Colorado."

Let's take a look at recent statistics for some of the East Boulder County towns we follow and see what has been happening since the selling season has slowed down. We typically see a slow down in inventory available and buyers who are serious after Labor Day. Now that we have almost a full year of data under our

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