Colorado Life Style & Real Estate

Found 99 blog entries about Colorado Life Style & Real Estate.

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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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. Bathroom Revamp – Bathroom

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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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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

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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