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Negotiating inspection issues for home purchases

Home inspections provide two types of information. First, it offers recommendations for improvements to a home. Secondly, it identifies problems. It is important to remember this before negotiating with a seller after an inspection. It is unreasonable to ask for upgrades to a home. If those upgrades were already in place, the home would sell for more than the price for which you are purchasing it. Your approach to the negotiation process will affect the outcome of those negotiations. The followi

Mistakes to avoid when preparing to buy a home

If you’re planning to buy a home in the next six months or even the next year, you actually need to start planning now. There are many mistakes that people make, not realizing that it will impact their future home purchase. Below are some mistakes to avoid when preparing to buy a home. Holding on to Physical Cash As you start saving money for your down payment, it is important to think about where you store those funds. Mortgage companies will want to know the source of funds, so it is best to

Garden tours are inspirational


[caption id="attachment_2985" align="alignleft" width="150"] By Carol O’MearaColorado StateUniversity Extension[/caption] Photos by Richard Ricchiuti of Zebrajellyfish Photography With the snow and rain, gardens are primed to give us some color. Mark your calendars and make time to peek behind walls and fences for ideas for your yard at local garden tours offering inspiring strolls through some of our showcase gardens.  Whittier-Mapleton Garden Tour  The 12th Annual Whittier- Mapleton Garden

Spring cleaning on the cheap: Dust off your organizing skills with these tips


Spring cleaning is nearly upon us — and experts nationwide say it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to organize your home. In fact, it doesn’t have to cost more than a few bucks and a little work. And if your home is organized and tidy, you’ve already made the first step toward easier and faster spring cleaning. Follow these handy tips to conquer every nook and cranny in your home, so your house will be super organized.   Embrace your inner shover. If you prefer hooks over hangers, dro

What About Lender Closing Fees?


There are many costs associated with obtaining a home loan. These are often referred to as closing costs and include different types of charges. Some charges are calculated based on a percentage of the purchase price whereas others are flat fees. Below is a summary of the most common lender closing fees associated with home loans.   Points Points are a way for home buyers to get a reduced interest rate. It entails paying up-front interest to reduce payments for the length of the mortgage. O

All Backyard Fun: Outdoor living has never been better

All Backyard Fun

BOULDER – When the word “fun” appears in the name of a business, one would hope that it’s offering something that will live up to that ideal. All Backyard Fun delivers in spades! Wander through the company’s Boulder showroom and it will quickly be apparent that outdoor living spaces are meant to be a blast. The company sells top quality fire pit tables, hot tubs and spas, patio furniture, fire pits, urban fire glass, outdoor rugs, burners and fire rings. Those folks who have never shop

Bulb planting time is upon us


[caption id="attachment_2985" align="alignleft" width="150"] By Carol O’MearaColorado StateUniversity Extension[/caption] Close your eyes and imagine next spring, the thrill you get with the first crocus opening its blooms in the sunlight.  The sight of that early speck of color turning into an eye-popping wave of beauty is a sure cure for winter blues. It’s also one of the only things that will convince a gardener, weary from the long summer of growing, to spend their weekend planting.  B

Homebuyers workshop offers tips from real estate and mortgage experts

Manning Mortgage

BOULDER/BROOMFIELD COUNTY – Thinking of buying a home? Don’t know where to start? Bring your questions to “The Homebuyer’s Workshop,” a free class led and sponsored by Brian Manning of Manning Mortgage Group and Patrick Clowes of Boulder Realty Brokers. The course will be offered at 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1st at the Broomfield Community Center and a second class covering the same material will be offered at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.. on Saturday, October 5th in the Wolf Law Bu

Taste of Tomato fun for love apple fans

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BOULDER COUNTY – Gardeners, pamper your love apples and get your taste buds in shape, because the Taste of Tomato is returning to Boulder for its third year.  Sponsored by Harlequin’s Gardens and Colorado State University Extension in Boulder County, the Taste of Tomato is an opportunity to sample the love apple in its many forms – stripes, color, shape, and size. Scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gateway Park 4800 N. 28th St. in Boulder, the Taste of Toma

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