Blog On Main Street

by Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker

Like most of you, I've see lots of trends come and go, but this one caught my attention: upper-level living rooms are emerging as a sought-after space among homeowners.  According to Realtor Magazine, homeowners are attracted to second-floor living rooms, which are doubling as "lounges".  These spaces can be cozier than the more traditional living areas on the first floor. Sometimes these upstairs living rooms are being called  “pajama lounges”, as they offer more privacy and due to their proximity to bedrooms. We real estate agents, are seeing these lofty living spaces to include furnishings such as cozy sofas, a kitchenette, a media center, and reading nooks.

According to architect Kobi Karp, "Architects

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By Guest Blogger, Tiffany Rowe, RE Colorado

You’ve got the Easter picnic planned, maybe a birthday party before then, and a few days of decent weather to get everything done in time. Yep, you have a full spring schedule. Between the interior spring cleaning, decorating, and the yardwork that has to be done, you’ll settle for mowed grass and clean floors by the time April rolls around.

Nearly 75 percent of Americans participate in some form of spring cleaning. The stats might not show it, but in order to recover from so much winter damage, spring cleaning is often filled with half-measures and shortcuts. There’s just too much to take care of… unless you have a few tips to help you out.

There are plenty of hacks to getting your home ready for

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by Rob Kelly, LRA Owner & Managing Broker 

Thanks to our state's rich and colorful history of ranching, farming and mining, coupled with a mild climate and burning desire to preserve our Colorado history, we are flush with older, well kept homes. In today's real estate market, many home buyers find these homes quite desirable.  One does not have to look too far from LRA's own office in Old Town Louisville to see the charm of miner's cabins, some which date as far back at the 1890s.  

Some of these vintage homes have been elegantly remodeled and some still appear to have much of their original home in tact. When we preview older homes in Old Town Louisville, Superior, Lafayette or Boulder, we often notice that such homes sell for 25% to 50%

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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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