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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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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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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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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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Buyer Agency
Claudia Lewis

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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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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Picking the Best Investment as a Residential Buyer

Picking the Best Investment as a Residential Buyer By Norris Minick 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? Condos Did Better Looking back at our

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