A4HB Homebuyer's Blog

Preparing Your Home for Winter

Preparing Your Home for Winter As the fall equinox comes and the weather begins to change, there are lots of things you can do around your home to get it ready for winter. First of all, this is the perfect time to give your home a once over. Furthermore, you want to make sure that everything is working like it should be before the snow flies. The following maintenance tips will make your house better and could help you save some money. Finally, you’ll ready to put up your holiday decorations! Fall Maintenance Tips Below, we have highlighted some of

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Our Market Has Two MLS Systems

Our Market Has Two MLS Systems By Claudia Lewis The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is a crucial tool that helps real estate agents bring home buyers and sellers together. In the Denver Metro area, our market has two MLS systems. As you may know, the MLS is the database where seller’s agents list their client’s homes for sale. Buyer’s agents look to the MLS to help buyers find homes to buy. Without it, agents and their buyer clients would be reduced to driving around looking for yard signs. There are TWO MLS Systems Here Along the Front Range and the

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Home Improvement
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Give That Dated Bathroom a Facelift

Give That Dated Bathroom a Facelift By Shannon Weissleder Don’t let dated bathrooms scare you. Give that dated bathroom a facelift! They are fairly easy and inexpensive to update. We easily transformed this “pink lady” into a modern bathroom with tons of style. Update Your Flooring First, we simply updated the flooring with sheet vinyl that resembles vintage hexagon tiles in a neutral tone. We installed the flooring in about an hour for only about $150. Change Out Your Fixtures Then, we replaced the pink vessel sink with a small floating vanity ordered online, which gives the illusion of more

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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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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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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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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
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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
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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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Claudia Lewis

Why Hire a Real Estate Professional in a DIY World? – Part 2

Why Hire a Real Estate Professional in a DIY World? In an earlier post, I talked about the disastrous home buying and selling experience my husband and I had the first time we bought a house. We did many things wrong and nearly lost our shirts. Ever since, I have been true believer in the value of a good buyer’s agent instead of going it alone. Here’s why. Why Not DIY? Today, you can find homes for sale and look up many things you need to know online. With all of the internet tools available today, there’s a lot of

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