A4HB Homebuyer's Blog

Meth formula, Agents for Home Buyers, Boulder, CO
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Meth Contamination Testing as Part of Your Inspection

After attending a 5-hour house inspection in a wonderful house he had under contract in Arvada this summer, our client walked out with a headache and some nausea. He went home, laid down, and slept for 3 hours.  Because he worried that maybe it had something to do with the house, he called the inspector the next morning. The inspector reported the same set of symptoms. Later that afternoon, we got the lab results from our meth screening samples taken from several rooms in the house. It was no surprise that the meth contamination levels in the house exceeded 100 to 400 times what

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Home Buyer’s Boot Camp

Home Buyer’s Boot Camp February 9, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM The home buying process can be daunting, especially for the first-time buyer. Unfortunately, there are people out there looking for opportunities to take advantage of your lack of experience. Our experts from the real estate industry will prepare you to safely navigate in the home buying process from start to finish. Topics covered include how to qualify for a loan, strategies for finding – and winning – the right house, negotiating home inspection issues, and to what to expect at the closing table. There will be plenty of time

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From the Newsletter
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What Time of Year Do Prices Increase?

What Time of Year Do Prices Increase? by Norris Minick Prices Increase More in the First Half When people hear that house prices are going up 12% a year, it sounds like they are going up 1% a month over the entire year. However, that’s not really how it works. In a market where prices are surging, nearly all the price increase occurs between January and June. So, when we have a 10% price increase, a house that sold for $500,000 house in January would sell for $550,000 by the end of June. For clients who are starting their house

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Home Buyer Issues
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The Market in 2018…and 2019?

The Market in 2018…and 2019? by Norris Minick The Denver Post has published several articles this fall suggesting that the housing market in the Denver metro area is slowing…and that we may be returning to a more balanced market than we’ve seen since 2013. Since the market always slows in the fall, we’re always skeptical of these articles, but it does seem to have slowed a bit more this fall than normal. And the Post cites some interesting data, noting that closings on residential properties dropped 20% from August 2017 to August 2018, while the number of homes on the

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Home Improvment
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If you got it…flaunt it!  When it comes to a fireplace, that is.

If you got it…flaunt it!  When it comes to a fireplace, that is. by Shannon Weissleder Fireplaces are highly sought after here in Colorado. Buyers dream of getting cozy and nestling up fireside next to loved ones. Fireplaces are where people want to hang stockings during the holidays and have lazy Sundays lying around watching movies while the fire crackles. In the design world they give a room a feature wall to work with and place furniture around. When putting your house up for sale, make sure the fireplace takes center stage because buyers will be attracted to a room

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Home Improvment
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Using Salvaged Items to Create Architectural Details in Your Home

Using Salvaged Items to Create Architectural Details in Your Home by Shannon Weissleder I have remodeled and flipped dozens of homes over the last decade. The easiest and most surefire way to add character to new homes or even older homes that lack charm is to incorporate found and salvaged items. New spaces need a bit of patina to create that desired character effect. Many of these items are meant to be architectural but they don’t necessarily have to be to give the illusion of architectural interest and detail. The picture in the above photo shows a pair of antique

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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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Home Improvment
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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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Home Improvment
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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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