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What Time of Year Do Prices Increase?

What Time of Year Do Prices Increase? by Norris Minick When people hear that house prices are going up 12% a year, most assume that they are going up about 1% a month over the entire year.  As we’ve told our clients for years, however, that’s not how it works. In market where prices are surging, nearly all the price increase for a given year occurs between the months of January and June. So, when we have a 10% price increase, a house that sold for $500,000 house in January will tend to sell for $550,000 by the end of June.

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Prices and appreciation
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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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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Buyer Agency
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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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Home Buyer Issues
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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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Communities and Schools
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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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Home Improvment
Shannon Weissleder

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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Buyer Agency
Claudia Lewis

Hiring a professional in a DIY world

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

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