Colorado Life Style & Real Estate

Found 103 blog entries about Colorado Life Style & Real Estate.

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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By Marina Gorbounov, Evolve Real Estate and Property Management

If you are considering investing in real estate, then you are in luck. Homeownership rates are at their lowest levels in 50 years. This major shift away from homeownership can be attributed to several factors I will discuss in this blog. 

Renting offers the kind of flexibility that younger Americans appreciate. This flexibility allows them to delay certain decisions such as starting a family or marriage that may precede buying a home.  Apart from this, buying a home is not affordable for many renters. This is because home values and incomes have risen disproportionately. As a result, millennials are renting for longer periods. Equally, the number of baby boomers staying in the rental

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By Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker 

"How can I be helpful?".  These were five words I heard from an old friend during an unusual week.  The question came while she was hosting my daughter and me in her lovely home in Boston, which she and her family had graciously opened to us while I was moving my first born into her college dorm for her freshman year.  My younger son, who was back home in Colorado, had decided that it was as good a time as any to contract appendicitis.  And so, just a handful of hours after we had landed half way across the country, I received word that my son was going to have an emergency appendecomy.  Even though he emerged from his surgery in tact and was on the road to recovery before I was flying home, it was a stressful

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By Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker

Home buyers who are looking to live in HOA communities typically focus on two questions: 1) what are my HOA fees going to be? and 2) what is included in my HOA fees?  Of course those are important pieces of information, but I wanted to write this week’s blog about the other important factors that HOA home buyers should tune into before they waive their HOA contingencies and move forward a home purchase.  Follow these five steps below and you will go into your HOA membership with eyes wide open, thus limiting the number of unpleasant surprises you may encounter after you move in!

In Colorado, home buyers are entitled to ask for time to review any available documents to understand the background of an HOA.

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by Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker 

No surprise...I meet a lot of home buyers.  When we get to talking about how they will be financing their new home, which usually involves a mortgage, many folks feel fairly well versed on the home buying process. However, I notice there are usually still quite a few gaps in their knowledge about what to expect when financing a home.

I thought I would write up a blog this week addressing some things you may not know about your lender (or potential lender).  I've noticed that a lot of home buyers don't learn these facts until they are far down the path of applying for their mortgage or even after they close. I would like to help you avoid any unpleasant surprises! 

    1. Your mortgage company will probably
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by Shiv Nanda, MoneyTap

Whether you plan to sell your house or continue living in it, investing in a few basic renovations and improvements is important. Not only does this make your home more comfortable to live in, but also has a positive effect on the current value when you’re start looking for buyers!

Think of these 5 upgrades to boost your home’s value:

1. Kitchen Re-Styling – Making improvements to the kitchen is one of the best ways to increase property value, so make this area a priority. Modular kitchens are both practical and attractive, making them the most popular choice for any home. Invest in fresh paint, tiles and backsplashes, new fixtures and appliances, and inexpensive luxuries such as water heaters and purifiers.

2.

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by Robert Kelly, LRA Owner & Managing Broker

Louisville Realty Associates is proud to announce our repeat partnership with A Precious Child to host a "Fill A Backpack Drive" to collect backpacks and school supplies for Colorado kids in need.  Our drive runs through July 20, 2018 and needs your help!

There are more than 180,000 Colorado children living in poverty. Children living in poverty often lack the basic essentials critical to academic achievement. Please help us collect the items needed for school kids in need including: backpacks, large erasers, glue sticks, bottled glue, scissors, pens, crayons, markers, colored pencils, pencils, loose leaf paper, spiral notebooks and composition notebooks. For a full school supply list visit here. 

Logo for A Precious Child with young school children running through the halls of a school

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BY CORY NICKERSON, LRA ASSOCIATE BROKER

You found your dream home - a lovely turn of the century home lush with trees on the largest lot in the neighborhood. It took some work, but you won out over the other buyer competition, which is no small feat in this competitive market.  Your lender says you are a "shoe in" for the financing you need, which gives you great comfort. But then the inspection report comes in.  

You hear things like "Radon is measuring higher than the EPA recommendations".  You read on and mutter to yourself, that the fireplace did look pretty old and dusty and could use a service maintenance visit. And why is the seller providing you with a "Lead-based Paint Disclosure"?  Then you come to the sewer scope report, which says

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By Rob Kelly, LRA Owner & Managing Broker

Louisville, Colorado remains a hot seller's market, with very little inventory on hand for eager buyers who want in. The median list price of a single family home jumped from $625,000 in December 2017 to a whopping $699,000 in early May this year. Louisville's inventory did not change much from the dead of winter to early spring and currently sits at 43 homes for sale, which is actually only a slight increase from 39 homes in December 2017. 

Some of the metrics we pay attention to include "Days on Market" (DOM), which for Louisville decreased greatly from 86 days in December 2017 to 59 days in early May 2018, which includes time to close the transaction, so it is not a true reflection of how long a home

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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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