A4HB Homebuyer's Blog

Our Dual MLS System Explained

Our Dual MLS System Explained By Claudia Lewis In Colorado, the Multiple Listing Service, the database of homes for sale, is a crucial tool for helping real estate agents bring home buyers and sellers together. Without it, agents and their clients would be reduced to driving around looking for yard signs. There are TWO MLS Systems Along the Front Range and the Denver Metro Area, there are TWO major MLS systems, REcolorado and Information and Real Estate Services (IRES). These are both accessed online by subscription only. Many real estate companies only subscribe to one system as a cost-saving measure

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Give Your Dated Bathroom a Facelift

Give Your Dated Bathroom a Facelift By Shannon Weisleder Don’t let dated bathrooms scare you. They are fairly easy and inexpensive to update. This “pink lady” was easily transformed into a modern bathroom with tons of style. Flooring First, we simply updated the flooring with sheet vinyl that resembles vintage hexagon tiles in a neutral tone.  The flooring was installed in about an hour for approimately $150. Fixtures We replaced the pink vessel sink with a small floating vanity we ordered online, which gives the illusion of more space since it doesn’t take up any floor space.  The old high-water

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Value Adding Curb Appeal Ideas

Value Adding Curb Appeal Ideas by Shannon Weissleder Creating major curb appeal can greatly increase your home’s value.  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 body color and dated looking brick with paint.    I usually choose a bright color that will warm up a tired house. In this case I selected a classic white and black color scheme and brought in warmer wood tones through cedar fencing, cedar wrapped posts and redwood gorilla-hair mulch.  The house was painted a bright

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Open House Dos and Don’ts

Open House Dos and Don’ts By Claudia Lewis Open Houses are a fun way to spend a weekend afternoon, seeing what your neighbor’s house looks like or picking up some good decorating ideas. What they are NOT good for is buying or selling a home. With all the information currently available on the internet, open houses are entirely unnecessary in the digital age, and are, in fact, responsible for selling only a small percentage of listings. If that’s the case, why do open houses remain such a ubiquitous fixture in the real estate market? The answer is simple. Because they

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Now that there’s Zillow and Redfin, do I still need an agent?

Now that there’s Zillow and Redfin, do I still need an agent? Since the beginning of the new millennium, Zillow, Redfin, Trulia and other web-based real estate search engines have become widely used tools to help home buyers, sellers and real estate agents find each other. But, heads up, 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, make sure you have a bit of knowledge about how the real estate business actually works. The agent seems

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Should You Get A Meth Test Before Buying a Home?

Should You Get A Meth Test Before Buying a Home? By Lindsey Wolf Lunney Meth labs can be found anywhere, and you cannot always tell whether a house is a meth lab by just looking at it. We routinely advise our clients to test for meth contamination as a part of 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 test came back at 60 micrograms of meth in a space of about 4 square inches. The Colorado state standard is no more than

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Common Home Buying Mistakes

Home Buyers in every age group run the risk of making common home buying mistakes. Being aware of them can help you avoid making them yourself. Check out this article recently published in the Daily Camera for more insight. Common Homebuying Mistakes People Make at Every Age

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Finding the Right School for Your Family

Finding the Right School for Your Family By Claudia Lewis 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 before they even begin their home search. In today’s tight market, limiting your choice of neighborhoods this severely is a recipe for frustration and possibly failure. Under Colorado Division of Real Estate rules, real estate agents are prohibited from offering opinions about local schools to home buyers. Much of

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Hiring a professional in a DIY world – Part 2

8 Hiring a professional in a DIY world – Part 2 In an earlier post, I talked about the disastrous first home buying experience my husband and I had. We did everything wrong and nearly lost our shirts. Ever since, I have been true believer in the value of using the assistance of a good buyer’s agent instead of going it alone. Here’s why. Why Not DIY? With all of the internet tools available today, there’s a lot of debate about whether a buyer needs an agent. Why not DIY? Today, you can find homes for sale and look up

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Top 5 Strategies to Keep in Mind When Flipping

Top 5 Strategies to Keep in Mind When Flipping By Shannon Weissleder Flipping houses has been a passion of mine for over a decade. I’ve been fortunate enough to purchase and sell 13 properties during that time. Each property needs its own special kind of attention and love. Here are my Top 5 bits of advice if you are getting the itch to flip. #1: Creating curb appeal is essential when flipping in order to get buyers interested in what is inside the home. Some properties need more work than others to become enticing to potential buyers. This house had

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