Buying Real Estate

Must-have skills for home buying in Boulder County

Must-have skills for home buying in Boulder County

BOULDER – Experts advise home buyers to get prepared with key skills and resources before entering today’s competitive and complex real estate market. New and savvy home buyers need two essential skills to give them the edge in hot real estate markets, according to...

Home inspector selection tips

Home inspector selection tips

As a home buyer, you rely on your inspector to evaluate a property and provide information critical to your buying decision. Inspection results could determine whether you move forward with a home purchase or terminate the deal. Given the importance of this step in...

Will waiting to buy a home cost you more money?

One of the most common dilemmas that home buyers face is deciding when to buy a home. Is it better to buy now? Or is it better to wait? Whether prices are on the rise or are falling, buyers seem to face the same dilemma in making a decision. If you are in this boat,...

Part 1: Should I buy a college home for my college student?

The following article is a summary of content from the book, “Realtor for Life,” written by Duane Duggan. Every spring and summer college students start to look for a place to live in the fall. The rental market is usually pretty tight in any college town. Because of...

Parkside in Longmont features new award-winning homes

Parkside in Longmont features new award-winning homes

Parkside is a new residential community located at popular Quail Ridge and built by Boulder-based Flatirons Homes, Inc. Situated on a 3.5-acre landscaped park, Parkside offers 36 new single-family homes and 93 townhome-style condominiums in single-level and two-story...

Appraisal issues during hot markets

Appraisal issues during hot markets

Home values are rising! Bidding wars and homes selling for above asking price are great news for home sellers. However, it’s important to note that how much a buyer is willing to pay may not necessarily be how much you can sell for. Why? Appraisals do not always keep...

Real Estate Matters: Renting vs. buying- The age-old debate

Real Estate Matters: Renting vs. buying- The age-old debate

Q: I’ve been reading your column with all the letters from homeowners who have all kinds of problems. They sound as though they’d rather be renting rather be homeowners. I’m glad to own my own house and not be renting. When you’re renting, in a way you’re paying your...

Flatirons Home Inspections: Piece of mind, every time

Flatirons Home Inspections: Piece of mind, every time

Anyone who has bought or sold a home knows what it’s like to cross your fingers and hold your breath during that necessary home inspection. You don’t want bad news, but you need to know there’s no guesswork on the part of the inspector and that they are going to tell...

What is an interest-only mortgage?

The following article is a summary of content from the book, “Realtor for Life,” written by Duane Duggan. The 30-year fully amortized loan has been the mainstay of real estate financing in the U.S. for decades, yet market conditions often bring about different types...

Brennan by the Lake: Low maintenance living in Erie

Brennan by the Lake: Low maintenance living in Erie

Boulder Creek Neighborhoods’ right-sized homes are meeting the needs of buyers. Erie is consistently ranked as a top place to live in national publications, and for good reason. A thriving downtown area is complemented by parks and open space, and with easy access to...

Seven tips to make moving day go more smoothly

Finally after looking online at hundreds of homes for sale, going to dozens of showings and making it though the offer process, you have a home under contract and will soon be moving. Moving day: No matter how much you plan, it’s tiring, chaotic and stressful. You can...

How to make your offer more appealing

How to make your offer more appealing

You’ve probably heard how hot the real estate market is around the country. Colorado is certainly experiencing low inventory and high demand for homes. Such conditions lead to multiple offer scenarios, which can be a bit frustrating for buyers who are desperately...

Is the earth flat or is it just Boulder?

Is the earth flat or is it just Boulder?

First, a recap for those who have been hiding under the first Flatiron: in the past five – alright, seven – fine, ten years, Boulder’s real estate prices have skyrocketed, bumping many prospective buyers and almost all first-time buyers out of the high-stakes bidding...

The rise of real estate in self-directed retirement plans

The rise of real estate in self-directed retirement plans

Confidence in the stock market continues to vary and many people are becoming more eager to take control of their retirement portfolios. Alternative assets continue to rise in popularity among IRA investors. Locally, investors are giving special attention to lucrative...

Custom Lots For Sale in Boulder County from Markel Homes

Custom Lots For Sale in Boulder County from Markel Homes

Turning your dream home into reality starts with finding the perfect lot. Markel Homes is here to help. The Boulder-based builder has released a limited number of desirable lots in three Markel Homes communities in Boulder County. Amenities abound in each location,...

HOA basics: What to know before you buy

HOA basics: What to know before you buy

Before signing on the dotted line for your new home, make sure you know what your homeowners association fees are and what they cover. Because most new planned communities have HOAs whether you’re buying a detached home, condo or townhome, factoring in that added cost...

Escrow is valuable tool to protect both buyer and seller

Escrow is valuable tool to protect both buyer and seller

We’ve all seen the notices on top of the real estate signs in front yards: In escrow. Although it sounds foreboding, escrow is part of the homebuying process, and it’s designed to protect the buyer and the seller. The more you know about how escrow works, the less...

Tips on buying and selling a home at the same time

Tips on buying and selling a home at the same time

In an ideal world, you would buy your new home first and have some time to move your belongings before selling your old home. However, if you’re like most people, you cannot afford to carry two mortgages. Additionally, you may need the proceeds from the sale of your...

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