A4HB Homebuyer's Blog

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?

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 .5 micrograms per 4 square inches. Anything above that requires mitigation, which can be

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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

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 what you will hear about local schools comes from parents

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Hiring a professional in a DIY world – Part 2

8 Great Reasons to Use a Buyer’s Agent 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 almost anything you

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Top 5 Strategies to Keep in Mind When Flipping

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 just been painted in the last few years, so it was unnecessary

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Download and Print a Home?

According to a report by the World Resources Institute’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, 1.2 billion people worldwide live without adequate housing. Last month at the 2018 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference, New Story, a housing charity based in San Francisco, offered a potential solution in a low-cost 3D printing approach. In partnership with New Story, ICON, a construction tech company, unveiled a new invention: a massive 3D printer called the Vulcan that will soon be able to extrude an entire four-room house in less than a day. For the past several years, New Story has built over 150 homes

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Hiring a professional in a DIY world

When my husband and I were newlyweds, our family situation led us to the decision to buy a home. My mom was handicapped and needed our help, and my younger brother was a student at community college. At the time, we had little or no understanding of the home buying process; we were completely clueless. We thought you just borrowed money somewhere, gave it to someone who had a house you wanted to buy, and they gave you the house, right? Well, in mega-simplified terms, that’s exactly what happens. But, as in our case, if that’s all you know about

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Home Construction Not Keeping Up with Job Growth

We argued in an August post that the collapse of new construction during the recession. and its failure to recover to pre-recession levels, has been a major contributor to the supply/demand imbalance that is pushing prices up in the Boulder/Denver markets. This morning, an article in the Denver Post argues that new construction over the past 3 years has provided housing for only about 25% of the new jobs created in the metro Denver area.  Where nearly 146,000 new jobs would typically require about 91,000 new housing units, only a bit over 24,000 have been built. So rather than alleviating the

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Picking the Best Investment as a Residential Buyer

In a recent post, we presented some data on a gap that opened up between 2002 and 2010 between condo/townhome prices and prices for small single family homes…and then noted that this gap had narrowed substantially in most local communities over the past few years.  For many buyers, this raises this question:  Had you recognized this gap opening up, would it have made sense to buy a condo or townhome…rather than a single family home…to maximize the upside potential of your investment. Looking back at our data, one thing we can say is that if you’d invested broadly across all

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