A4HB Homebuyer's Blog

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Home Improvement
A4HB Team

Creating Value Adding Curb Appeal

Creating Value Adding Curb Appeal by Shannon Weissleder Creating major curb appeal greatly increases your home’s value. When selling your house, you want to grab buyers from the moment they pull up to the curb. Most buyers are looking for a house that instantly looks like a “H-O-M-E”. Here are my top ideas for creating maximum impact: #1: Update the exterior with paint.    Choose a bright exterior color to warm up a tired looking house. In this example, I selected a classic white and black color scheme and accented with warmer wood tones through cedar fencing, cedar wrapped posts

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Buyer Agency
A4HB Team

Open Houses are Not the Way to find a Home

Open Houses are Not the Way to find a Home By Claudia Lewis Open Houses are Fun but not a Good Idea For may folks, open houses are a fun way to spend a weekend afternoon. It’s interesting to see what your neighbor’s house looks like and possibly pick up some good decorating ideas. On the other hand, open houses are NOT a good way to buy a home. With all the information currently available on the internet, open houses are an entirely unnecessary way to look at homes for sale. Open houses are, in fact, responsible for selling only

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Buyer Agency
A4HB Team

Now that there’s Zillow and Redfin, do I really need an agent to find a home?

Now that there’s Zillow and Redfin, do I really need an agent to find a home? Since the beginning of the new millennium, Zillow, Redfin, Trulia and other web-based real estate search engines have become widely used real estate tools. These platforms help home buyers, sellers and real estate agents find each other. You might be asking yourself, “Do I really need an agent to find a home?” This is a buyer beware situation if there ever was one. Just who, exactly, benefits from using these sites? Are your best interests protected? Before you tap into one of these resources,

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Home Buyer Issues
A4HB Team

Should You Get A Meth Test Before Buying a Home?

Should You Get A Meth Test Before Buying a Home? By Lindsey Wolf Lunney You Can’t Tell a Meth House by its Cover Meth labs can be found anywhere, and you cannot always tell whether a house is a meth lab by just looking at it. We advise all our clients to test for meth contamination during the inspection phase of the home buying process. Recently, we found a home in Arvada that had no visual signs of meth contamination, but the tests came back at 60 micrograms of meth in a 4 square inche space. The Colorado state standard

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Home Buyer Issues
A4HB Team

Common Home Buying Mistakes

Common Home Buying Mistakes Home Buyers in every age group run the risk of making common home buying mistakes. You can avoid making those mistakes yourself by becoming aware of what they are. Check out this article published in the Daily Camera for more insight.

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Communities and Schools
A4HB Team

Finding the Right School for Your Family

Finding the Right School for Your Family By Claudia Lewis Great Schools in our Area Many of our buyer clients list good schools as one of their reasons for selecting Boulder Valley as the place they want to live. In some cases, parents have already targeted the one school they would like their children to attend. However, if you limit your choice of neighborhoods this severely, it can be a recipe for frustration and possibly failure. Agents Cannot Offer Opinions Under Colorado Division of Real Estate rules, agents are prohibited from offering opinions about local schools to home buyers. Much

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It’s a Good Time to Purchase an Investment Property

It’s a Good Time to Purchase an Investment Property Millennials are Waiting Longer to Buy In July 2016, U.S. homeownership rates hit their lowest percentage on record at 62.9%. What is the major cause of this trend? The dip in homeownership is most likely due to millennials waiting longer than ever to purchase their first home. Factors that influence the home buying decisions of the younger demographic are increased student debt, delayed marriage, and waiting to have children. As a natural result, this has impacted rent and vacancy numbers across the state. According to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs,

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Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 8 – Move-in

Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 8 – Move-in By Lindsey Wolf Lunney Last May, my husband and I unintentionally bought a major fixer-upper. In earlier posts, I talked about some of the problems we uncovered during our routine and not-so-routine inspections of the home. I hope my story will make the process easier for others who are thinking of taking on a big project like this one. The Move In  Months later, we finally moved into our new house. We still have a stair rail that needs to be built and the back splash to install, happening soon. I have

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Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 7 – Electrical

Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 7 – Electrical By Lindsey Wolf Lunney Last May, my husband and I unintentionally bought a major fixer-upper. In earlier posts, I talked about some of the problems we uncovered during our routine and not-so-routine inspections of the home. I hope my story will make the process easier for others who are thinking of taking on a big project like this one. Electrical Issues   Most of the outlets in our house (except for the basement) were the original 1966 outlets. Since we needed to rebuild and upgrade the electrical panel, we also replaced all the

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The Fascinating World of Dryer Lint

The Fascinating World of Dryer Lint It’s not unusual for home inspectors to find dryer ducts packed with lint in the course of an inspection. When they do, they strongly recommend dryer duct cleaning. This is not a trivial issue because the lint is potentially combustible and a somewhat common source of house fires. Do Your Clothes Take Forever to Dry? But with that knowledge, it still didn’t occur to Norris to have the dryer vents cleaned at his home or the rental condo he owns. Shortly after a new tenant moved into his condo last year, they called to

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