Creating the Perfect Move: Details You Shouldn’t Overlook

You’re getting ready to put your home on the market, which means a move is coming. As a home seller, you have a lot of control over when you move, and you know that it’s coming up soon. Even two months can fly by before you know it, so it’s important to start getting prepared now so you can stay…

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Ways to Fund the Purchase of Your First Investment Property

If you’re looking to get into the game of real estate investing, you have a few choices for financing. Ideally, purchases are made with cash but that’s not realistic for most first time investors. This means you’ll likely be taking out of a loan of some kind, but what’s the best fit for you? Here are 4 different ways to…

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The Influence of Rising Interest Rates on Home Selling

Interest rates have been on the rise for a few years now and have done little to slow the market in the Denver area. In general, experts are expecting a slight slow down in the market as interest rates continue to rise. Some experts even expect interest rates to rise about 5% in 2019. So what does this mean for…

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5 Tips to Help Real Estate Investors to be Successful

It’s easy to enter the world of real estate investing, it really just takes the purchase of one property. However, there is plenty of room for mistakes along the way. It’s important to carefully consider all your expenses, stay organized and plan ahead to truly make this worthwhile. Here are 5 tips all new real estate investors need to know:…

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The Projection of Denver Area Home Prices in 2019

It’s no secret that the Denver market has been burning hot for years now. Experts have been questioning how long this burn would last and some are wondering if it’s come to an end. According to the Denver Post, Denver and other markets saw a sales slump and an increase in inventory at the end of 2018. Data from ReColorado…

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5 Things You Should Not Have in Your Tenant Lease

We understand that it’s tempting to manage properties on your own. While it can quickly get overwhelming, for many people it’s easy enough to manage maintenance requests and other such tedious tasks associated with being a landlord. One thing we highly encourage you never to do alone is drafting leases. A poorly written lease can leave you empty handed in…

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Looking to sell next year? Start preparing now

Selling your home is quite an undertaking. If you are looking ahead to next year and making plans to sell your home, it’s best to start prepping now. From a fresh coat of paint to a few trips to drop off items you no longer need, when you space out the projects over a few months it’ll be much more…

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A Slight Dip in Denver Area Rents + A Suburban Rent Boom

According to Apartment List, there was a .2% decrease in rent prices for 2 bedroom units from September to October 2018. The good news is that even with the drop in prices, rents have still risen 1.2% since the same time last year. As a real estate investor, you’ve invested in the right market. Interestingly, the Denver Metro area has…

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It’s Time to Stop Renting and Invest in Your Future

In Boulder County, home prices have increased by over 40% in the past 8 years proving that investing in real estate is one of the best investments you can make. Shockingly, even with the growing housing market, over 40% of households in Boulder County rent, according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Buying a home feels intimidating,…

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Ways to Use Technology to Improve the Tenant Experience

Having long-term tenants means you spend less on vacancy, marketing and repairs. The key is to keep your tenants happy to benefit your business. Here are a few simple things to implement now to improve the tenant experience and work towards longer term renters. Accept Rent Online With the rise of peer-to-peer money exchanging apps, online bill pay and the…

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Amenities You Should Feature to Get More Attention

Despite the luxury housing trends of lazy rivers and game rooms, it doesn’t take much to attract good tenants to a unit. Most renters aren’t looking for all the bells and whistles, they’re just looking for a place to live that fits their budget. Simple amenities that may feel basic can be a big draw. Here are 5 simple amenities…

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3 Reasons You Want to Work With a Realtor ® to Sell Your House

There’s a common myth floating around that you can save money by listing your home with a real estate agent. While this may feel true on paper, research shows that for sale by owner listings sell for 5.5 percent less than those that use a real estate agent. Here are 3 reasons why working with a real estate agent will…

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Landlord Tips: Habits to Help You Be More Successful

The life of a landlord and real estate investor is busy and can be stressful if you let it. Working with a property manager can help keep your life manageable, but you still need to adopt a few habits to keep things in order. Successful real estate investors have many of the same qualities, here are a just a few…

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Tips for a First Time Home Seller

Purchasing your home was a big deal, but now it’s time to sell and you may be feeling overwhelmed. Home buying and selling is something that almost no one is an expert at,  but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Just a few tips can save you countless headaches. Hire a Real Estate Agent You may believe that you can…

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Important Summer Property Maintenance

Summer is one of the busiest seasons for real estate, rental units included. With kids being out of school and the weather looking nice, it’s a great time to move. With all the business of move-in and move-out inspections, it can be hard to find the time to complete basic summer maintenance on your properties. It’s important to keep your…

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5 Questions to Determine the Right Time to Downsize

Maybe your kids have started heading off to college. Maybe they’re all graduated and not coming home for summers anymore. Or maybe you bought a large house a few years ago and wonder if you have too much space. There can be many reasons for downsizing, but is now the right time to make the move? Here are 5 questions…

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Avoid Design Trends and Save Money When Renovating Rental Property

Home design goes through just as many fads and changes as fashion. Renovations to your rental property are inevitable, but following trends can end up costing you money in the long run. A trendy unit will be highly marketable for a bit but will quickly feel out of date. Here are a few current trends to avoid during your renovations:…

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Improve Your Curb Appeal Before Selling This Summer

It’s no secret that the real estate market heats up in the summer. In the Denver area this makes what’s already a seller’s market even more of a seller’s market. But inventory is on the rise and competition is increasing. Making your home look nice from the outside can give a buyer an overall better experience and help your home…

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BuildSmart Regulations in Boulder County

Boulder County implemented BuildSmart regulations a few years ago and since then they have been tightening and perfecting the requirements for new developments. These building regulations are part of Boulder County’s Sustainable Energy Plan. All new developments in unincorporated Boulder County are required to follow BuildSmart regulations. Outside of the actual materials and inspection of the completed building, the BuildSmart…

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Does Your Home Need an HERS Rating

The Home Energy Rating System is the standard by which a home’s efficiency is measured and is the same nationwide. This can be good for a homeowner to obtain for many reasons, the first of which showing where modifications can be made to improve efficiency and lower energy bills in a home. But when you’re selling your home, is there…

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5 Simple Tips to Help You Keep Good Tenants

Vacant units are expensive. Not only are you not bringing in rent while a unit is vacant, you also incur costs marketing it and finding new tenants. Instead of losing money to vacant units, work to keep good tenants around. It doesn’t take a lot to keep most tenants happy and it can save you a lot in the long…

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5 Energy Saving Tips for Your Home that Buyers Will Love

The green trend is still going strong and buyers love seeing homes that have energy efficient solutions. This doesn’t mean you need to replace all your appliances before putting your home on the market. With warm summer months coming up fast here in the Denver area,  you want your home to stay cool without blowing up the energy bill. There…

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5 Aspects to Setting the Right Rental Price

When you have a rental property, setting the right price can be the difference between having a vacant unit for months and having a waiting list of tenants. It’s important to find the sweet spot so you attract the type of tenants you want without losing money because of vacancy. So how do you find the right price? Here are…

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3 Common Myths About Selling Your Home

There are a lot of myths that come up around the topic of real estate. It’s easy to perpetuate ideas that aren’t true because there are very few real estate experts at your standard cocktail party. So instead of getting advice about selling your home from your cousin’s friend or your neighbor try getting some advice for a true professional,…

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Common Move-In/Move-out Misunderstandings

There are a wide range of expectations when it comes to moving in and out of a rental. From the tenant to the owner to the property manager, there are a lot of people to make happy. So what should these walkthroughs cover and how can you manage the expectations? Here are 3 common misunderstandings for move-in and move-out walkthroughs:…

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Your Trees Still Need Water in the Winter

As a homeowner, you are the only person responsible for the health of your lawn, including your trees, unless you decide to hire a professional landscaper. When winter comes, many homeowners take a break from managing their plants outside because everything is in hibernation, but that may not be accurate. Here’s how to give you trees the water they need:…

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Understanding the Common Reasons Tenants Sue

Tenants don’t sue often. Most times a landlord is threatened with court it’s an empty threat. But it does happen and it is rarely expected. Understanding the most common reasons for a lawsuit is the first step to avoiding them. Here are the 4 most common reasons tenants sue: Mishandled Security Deposit Laws about security deposits vary from state to…

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How to Use Your Garage as a Selling Point

More often than not our garages end up being used as storage. And since it’s not intentional stuff ends up being unorganized and all over the place. Many buyers dream of having a place to park and store their stuff. So how can you give them what they want? Here are a few tips to market your garage as a…

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The Implications of Fannie Mae’s Investment in Invitation Homes

Earlier in 2017, Invitation Homes, one of the nation’s largest Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) went public. In addition to gaining billions in the capital market, they received a $1 billion interest-only loan from Fannie Mae. This loan was met with a lot of questions and outrage. People are concerned about Fannie Mae’s involvement in backing a company that buys…

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Negotiating on an Inspection Objection – What You Need to Know

Once your home goes under contract, the ball primarily lies in the buyer’s court. They are legally allowed to walk away from the deal for almost any reason. This means you have to play your cards right, especially when it comes to resolving the Inspection Objection. You don’t want a buyer to turn away when you refuse to make repairs,…

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Reasons to Turn Away a Potential Tenant

When you have a vacancy all you want is to fill it, and filled quickly but that doesn’t mean you should let just anyone in. Of course, you always need to comply with Equal Housing guidelines but there are plenty of reasons to say no to a tenant. It’s not worth having the risk of dealing with an eviction to…

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5 Tips for Staging Your Kitchen to Help Sell Your Home

As they say, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Make your kitchen stand out by giving it some attention before you list. A clean and organized kitchen can wow almost any buyer and all you need is a little elbow grease. Here are our 5 tips to stage your kitchen before you list: Clean – And Again Kitchens…

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Tips for Handling Unimaginable Tenant Situations

After a few years of working with tenants it’s likely you’ll have stories to share you never would have imagined. Despite tight screening things with a tenant can go wrong quickly. Maybe they lost a loved one, lost their job or are struggling with their health. Life happens and some tenants aren’t able to manage and start to go off…

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Fall 2017 Denver Real Estate Market Update

The Denver area real estate market is still going strong even after seeing a 2.75% decrease in housing prices from July 2017 to August 2017. Home prices in the area have still increased over 8 percent from August 2016. While the market is still turning over quickly, the Denver area is on it’s way to becoming a more normal market…

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What Does it Cost to Sell Your Home?

When you’re selling your home your focus is often going to be on the bottom line, and how to maximize it. This generally leads you to focus on list price and potential inspection items you need to fix, but have you factored in the other costs of selling your home? It’s more than just Realtor commission, and while you will…

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