Colorado Life Style & Real Estate

Found 109 blog entries about Colorado Life Style & Real Estate.

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 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 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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