Take Advantage of a Hot Market: 7 Tips to Sell Your Home Fast

The Denver market is still smokin’ hot and will continue to gain steam as summer approaches. A hot market will help your house fly off the market, but there are still several important steps you need to take as a seller to help buyers see the best of your house. Here are my 7 tips to sell your home fast:…

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How Property Taxes are Determined

This post describes how the property taxes are calculated and what are the timelines in order to appeal if your property tax seems too high. Property taxes are determined on odd-numbered years for 2-year tax periods. Property taxes determined in 2013 will be the taxes for 2013 and 2014 State statute requires that each property in the county be re-valued…

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Top 10 Cites for Home Sales

The Top 10 Best Cities for Home Sellers based on ZipRealty’s List Price to Close Price RatioReport are: San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County, Denver, Tucson, Portland and Seattle.

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“Unprecedented Opportunity for Sellers”

The Metrolist®, the Denver’s Multiple Listing Service, published a report titled “Denver’s Housing Market Continued to Recover in January Offering an Unprecedented Opportunity for Sellers“. The number of homes currently available on the market is at the lowest since 1990. “Year-over-year inventory levels continue to be low, home prices are up and average days on market (DOM) for Denver-area homes…

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NAHB: All Colorado metros ‘improving markets’ except Colorado Springs

Colorado Department of Local Affairs: For the second month in a row, all metro areas in Colorado, except Colorado Springs, are on the National Association of Home Builders’ Improving Markets Index. For much of 2012, Greeley, Boulder, and Ft. Collins were included on the “Improving Markets” list put out by the National Association of home Builders. The February list, released…

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2012 Wrap Up

Well,how did we do in 2012? I have wrapped up the highlights of 2012 in this short report full graphs and numbers. It includes information on the legislation front; rental market in Metro Denver, various vacancy rates by markets & dwellings, rent survey; Unemployment figures; Hiring; Home sales &Prices; new homes; and supply of homes on the market. Enjoy. 2012WrapUp

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3rd Quarter 2012 Foreclosure Report

The Colorado Division of Housing has published it’s 3rd Quarter 2012 Foreclosure Report. After the peak of 2009, the foreclosures have been on a decline. The numbers for the 3rd quarter 2012 is down 23.6% over the same period in 2011. Please refer to the report for details and a quarterly graph of. A lot of factors are lining up…

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Mortgages with No or Little Down-payments

Yahoo Finance published an article on “Mortgages with No or Little Down-payments”. Homebuyers with little money for a down payment are finding more home loans available for a low down payment or even no down payment. 4 mortgages are listed: No down VA No down Navy Federal No down Department of Agriculture Low down: FHA Read the full article here.

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Home Ownership Rate Stands at 65.5%

Americans still favor home ownership. The U.S. home-ownership rate continues to remain around 65.5 percent, the U.S. Census Bureau reported late last week. The home ownership rate is nearly the same as it was in the second quarter of 2011 at 65.9 percent. Please read the full article in the Realtor Magazine. The peak was at 69.2% in 2004.

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HB 12-1237:CCIOA Record Keeping Requirements Overhauled

On 5/29/2012, the governor signed the House Bill 12-1237. The bill overhauls the record keeping requirements of Homeowner Associations mandated by the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (CCIOA).  The following is not a legal advice but a summary of the requirements. The bill also talks about, among other things, privacy issues, inspection rights of unit owners and the procedures thereof….

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Apartment Vacancies at 12-Year Lows

The Denver Business Journal reporting apartment vacancies at a 12-year low confirming the trend with single family home low vacancies and higher rents. Denver-area apartment vacancies hit 12-year low for Q4 .

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Declining Supply of Homes

Supply of homes and condos priced $250,000-and-lower stands at only 3.69 months reports Inside Real Estate News.

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Mid-year Housing Snapshot

Colorado Department of Housing has issued the Mid-year housing snapshot. Click here for the report. Or cut &  paste the link below into your browser. http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?blobcol=urldata&blobheadername1=Content-Disposition&blobheadername2=Content-Type&blobheadervalue1=inline%3B+filename%3D%22midyear2011.pdf%22&blobheadervalue2=application%2Fpdf&blobkey=id&blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobwhere=1251731922239&ssbinary=true

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A Victory for the Landlords: 1099 Reporting Law Repealed

The senate, this week, passed H.R. 4 repealing the extended 1099 reporting law that had passed in 2010. The 2010 law was requiring, among other requirements, that the landlords to file 1099 for anyone who had provided services of $600 or more. http://speakingofrealestate.blogs.realtor.org/category/property-management/ NAR Briefing on the Extended 1099 Reporting

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New Rules for Mortgage Servicers Face Early Criticism

The New York Times: Mortgage Servicers will be required to bring in a consultant to investigate complaints by homeowners who lost money because of foreclosure processing errors in 2009 and 2010. In some cases the homeowners could be compensated. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/11/business/economy/11foreclose.html  

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Areas that avoided foreclosure mess earlier may be taking hit now

The Denver post reporting: Areas that avoided foreclosure mess earlier may be taking hit now – Homes in metro Denver neighborhoods that previously appeared insulated from the housing crisis are seeing a decline in prices as foreclosures and short sales tick up.  Meanwhile, those communities that were hit hardest are showing signs of improvement.  Read full article: http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_16353602

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