AtHomeColorado.com http://athomecolorado.com Colorado Home and Real Estate Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:58:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Boulder Creek Neighborhood’s Low-Maintenance Homes: Embrace Everything You Love http://athomecolorado.com/2015/03/boulder-creek-neighborhoods-low-maintenance-homes-embrace-everything-you-love/ http://athomecolorado.com/2015/03/boulder-creek-neighborhoods-low-maintenance-homes-embrace-everything-you-love/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:48:09 +0000 http://athomecolorado.com/?p=6119 LOVELAND – There are several things that set Boulder Creek Neighborhoods apart as a home builder. Their commitment to high-level craftsmanship, low-maintenance, flexibility and lifestyle-enhancing homes all come to mind. But there is something more. They truly listen to potential buyers, striving to deliver the very kinds of homes that are in demand without cutting [...]

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The Lakes at Centerra, Loveland, COLOVELAND – There are several things that set Boulder Creek Neighborhoods apart as a home builder. Their commitment to high-level craftsmanship, low-maintenance, flexibility and lifestyle-enhancing homes all come to mind. But there is something more. They truly listen to potential buyers, striving to deliver the very kinds of homes that are in demand without cutting any corners.

Take The Lakes at Centerra as a prime example. Currently, Boulder Creek is in the process of finalizing new floor plans for the already popular community. David Gregg, one of the owners and architects, explains: “The development of the new plans is in direct response to potential buyers as they look at the models.”

Time and again, potential buyers have made their way through the model homes, thoroughly impressed with the layouts and features. However, some have expressed a desire to downsize. They’ve asked for the same kinds of homes with the same amenities in a slightly smaller scale. Boulder Creek is only too happy to deliver.

EasyHouse homes

The easyHouse homes already built at The Lakes at Centerra are certainly impressive. They come with up to 3,000 square feet of space, including a fully finished lower level, and start in the mid $400,000’s. However, the floor plans currently in the works will allow for options not previously available. The new layouts will feature 1,500 to 1,600 square feet of space with the option of lower level storage. These will start in the mid $300,000’s.

Even with reduced square footage, the new models will be true to the easyHouse name. “What’s been remarkable to me has been the number of features that have been able to remain,” Gregg says. All the core elements buyers have come to love will be included.

Like the larger floor plans, the new models will place an emphasis on main floor living. “People use 70 percent of their home 95 percent of the time,” Gregg says. Boulder Creek’s goal is to make that 70 percent as easily accessible as possible. To that end, the master suite, great room, kitchen and laundry room are all on the same level. All exterior entrances are “zero-step”. No one enjoys trudging up and down stairs needlessly. Boulder Creek’s easyHouse homes eliminate that hassle.

The Lakes at Centerra, Loveland, COAdditionally, outdoor maintenance will be handled on behalf of the homeowners. Buyers won’t have to worry about lawn care or snow removal, allowing for more time to spend enjoying all that Colorado has to offer. And, of course, the new models will be energy efficient and built to Boulder Creek’s high standards.

At its core easyHouse is designed around flexibly; that philosophy applies to the lower levels as well.  Buyers will have the option to add a fully finished lower level or forgo the lower level altogether if they prefer, to lower their overall cost. If buyers want additional storage space, they can opt for a lower level specifically designed for that purpose. Or the home can be built with the traditional fully-finished lower level, including additional living space, a guest room and a bathroom.

“It’ll be kind of a stepped approach,” Gregg says, explaining that buyers can choose the option that best meets their needs.

YourHouse townhomes

Adding to the variety available at The Lakes at Centerra, Boulder Creek is also offering low-maintenance yourHouse townhomes. If you’ve considered the possibility of a townhome in the past and found them to be a little too reminiscent of a tunnel, you will want to check out yourHouse. These townhomes are designed with an intentionally wider floor plan, as well as plenty of windows to allow for natural light. There are even layouts that come with a three-car garage—an option typically unheard of in a townhome. The result is a townhome that feels more like a traditional single family home. Starting at under $300,000, these 2,000 square foot homes are well worth considering.

Maintaining their commitment to listen to potential buyers, Boulder Creek plans to host a by-invitation focus group event in early April. The event will serve as an opportunity to share some of the new floor plans and gather feedback. That feedback will help Boulder Creek designers finalize the new plans, ensuring a variety of solid options all within the same community.

For more information about The Lakes at Centerra, easyHouse or yourHouse, visit DwellCenterra.com or call 303.309.0088.

Boulder Creek’s Low-Maintenance Homes: Embrace Everything You Love
By Adam Martin, At Home

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Market Update http://athomecolorado.com/2015/03/market-update-15/ http://athomecolorado.com/2015/03/market-update-15/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:13:44 +0000 http://athomecolorado.com/2015/03/market-update-15/ Market Update By Jessica Shanahan, Premier Lending LLC adapted from the Shirmeyer Rate Market Report. Mortgage interest rates increased slightly this past week as economic data was mixed. Economic data weaker than expected included Existing Home Sales only seeing a 1.2 increase against a 3.4 forecast, and Durable Goods Orders which fell 1.4 instead of [...]

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Market Update By Jessica Shanahan, Premier Lending LLC adapted from the Shirmeyer Rate Market Report. Mortgage interest rates increased slightly this past week as economic data was mixed. Economic data weaker than expected included Existing Home Sales only seeing a 1.2 increase against a 3.4 forecast, and Durable Goods Orders which fell 1.4 instead of a 0.7 increase. As expected, CPI rose 0.2. GDP for the fourth quarter was unrevised as it grew by 2.2. Economic data stronger than expected included New Home Sales jumping 7.8 to 539,000 units and Jobless Claims which fell by 9,000 when they were thought to remain flat. The weakening dollar and uncertainty about the Feds planned rate hikes have contributed to the volatility in rates this week. Rates improved on an early week rally only to be corrected and end up slightly higher from last Friday. Abroad, the European economy has seen improvement amid investors moving from the dollar to the euro. Attacks by rebels in Yemen have caused Egypt and Saudi Arabia to launch air strikes. If the situation continues to worsen as most expect, there will likely be large market implications driven by crude oil supply issues. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is currently at 17,678, down over 500 points on the week.  The crude oil spot price is currently at $ 48.44 per barrel, up over $ 3 per barrel on the week.  The Dollar weakened versus the Euro and Yen for the second straight week. Next week look toward Monday’s Personal Income and Outlays, Wednesday’s ISM Manufacturing Index, Thursday’s Jobless Claims, International Trade report and Janet Yellen’s speech and Friday’s Employment Situation report as potential market moving events. Jessica Shanahan jshanahan@premierlends.com Apply online at: http://premierlends.com/apply-now/ 720-833-7964 Office 970-270-2479 Cell 720-438-3993 eFax NMLS License: 1127723 MLO License: 100048262
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Ask the Expert: Home inspections – When and Why? http://athomecolorado.com/2015/03/ask-expert-home-inspections/ http://athomecolorado.com/2015/03/ask-expert-home-inspections/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:54:16 +0000 http://athomecolorado.com/?p=5400 BOULDER COUNTY – Prior to getting an inspection you can ask for disclosures. While not mandated by state law, Colorado does have a Seller’s Property Disclosure form that is helpful for ensuring that you are getting full disclosure. Not all sellers will know about all problems with the house or sometimes they’ve lived with a [...]

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BOULDER COUNTY – Prior to getting an inspection you can ask for disclosures. While not mandated by state law, Colorado does have a Seller’s Property Disclosure form that is helpful for ensuring that you are getting full disclosure.
Not all sellers will know about all problems with the house or sometimes they’ve lived with a problem for so long that they literally forget it’s there. Regardless, the disclosures are a useful tool for your inspector to follow-up on known issues.

Before paying for a home inspection, you may want to conduct your own informal inspection.

Look for issues like sloping floors or bowing walls, signs of water damage, missing roof shingles or gutters coming loose, fixtures and appliances that don’t function properly, and other signs of needed repair. The best time to do this is before you make an offer.

Hiring a professional home inspector is always a prudent decision. They will inspect all major house systems, from top to bottom, including the roof, doors & windows, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems, foundation, and drainage. You will want to do a walk through with your inspector to review the inspection and get a feel for which problems are serious and which are relatively minor.

For more information about home inspections contact Rick Jacquemard at Flatirons Home Inspections, 720.280.3544, e-mail rick@flatironshi.com or visit www.flatironshi.com

Ask the Expert: Home inspections – When and Why?
Rick Jacquemard, Flatrions Home Inspections, LLC

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Questions for an Architect (from the perspective of a Realtor) http://athomecolorado.com/2015/03/questions-for-an-architect-from-the-perspective-of-a-realtor/ http://athomecolorado.com/2015/03/questions-for-an-architect-from-the-perspective-of-a-realtor/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:30:55 +0000 http://athomecolorado.com/?p=6112 BOULDER – Architectural knowledge is an important part of my job as a Realtor. It’s necessary for real estate agents to stay informed and up-to-date about architectural terms and topics so that we may better serve our homebuyers and sellers. The real estate field has a lot of players, including architects who can offer a [...]

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Jennifer Egbert, RE/MAX Alliance

Jennifer Egbert, RE/MAX Alliance

BOULDER – Architectural knowledge is an important part of my job as a Realtor. It’s necessary for real estate agents to stay informed and up-to-date about architectural terms and topics so that we may better serve our homebuyers and sellers. The real estate field has a lot of players, including architects who can offer a vital perspective during the building of your home. Here are several questions to consider asking your architect so that they can better help you understand their process:

How does one learn about an easement?

An easement is a grant that allows someone to travel on or use someone else’s land. This right is usually given to individual property owners who have shared land or to municipal governments that need to access private property for public utilities. There are different types of easements, which appear in various legal documents – some are tied to a specific person and some are in the deeds of a land. In both home construction and in real estate, it’s important to know about any easements before beginning a new project or signing any contracts.

What are some design aspects in a house that Realtors should point out to clients during a showing?

Architects can advise Realtors and homebuyers on important and innovative design elements to look for in a home.

Why is there tension between interior designers and architects?

There’s often friction between an interior designer and an architect during a building project. Subjective insight from an architect would shed some light on the reason for this strained relationship.

What is an interior architect?

How is the term defined and how does an interior architect differ from an architect?

What does a typical timeline from a retainer to an approved design look like?

A retainer is an advance fee an architect is paid in order to secure services. While every architect works differently, I’d suggest knowing the average or typical duration for a design to be approved by a client.


Do you see yourself as a technician, an artist or both?

Not everyone views architecture as an art form because they see buildings as merely being functional. I’m curious to know how an architect considers and approaches her/his own work.

Beyond LEED platinum certification, what do you see as a common trend in luxury architecture that affects design?

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design or LEED is a green building certification program that’s growing in popularity here in the U.S. It’s a voluntary process for property owners invested in green design. Similar to organic certification of food, LEED recognizes environmentally conscious design with a distinguished stamp of approval. Buildings are ranked on a points system based on their green design accomplishments – from “certified” to the highest ranking of “platinum.” LEED is just one trend in the green home movement but what are other trends affecting architectural design? 

Architects have a wealth of knowledge that you can tap into by asking them important questions about their work and your home. Their opinion and advice can be crucial to helping you get the home of your dreams. So whether you’re searching for the best architect for you or if you’ve already approved your architect’s design, remember to communicate your questions and concerns with them.

Jennifer Egbert is a licensed residential agent with RE/MAX Alliance that specializes in the Boulder, Colorado market. She is an expert in Boulder Luxury neighborhoods, builders, and current market conditions. To learn more about the Boulder real estate market visit her website at www.jenniferegbert.com or call 303.390.0595.

Questions for an Architect (from the perspective of a Realtor)
By Jennifer Egbert, RE/MAX Alliance

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Thompson and Daviau named Best of the West Realtors http://athomecolorado.com/2015/03/thompson-and-daviau-named-best-of-the-west-realtors/ http://athomecolorado.com/2015/03/thompson-and-daviau-named-best-of-the-west-realtors/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:16:21 +0000 http://athomecolorado.com/?p=6106 BOULDER – Janet Thompson and Kirsty Daviau of Metro Brokers/Thompson Daviau Realty are proud to be named Best of the West Realtors by Yellowscene Magazine for 2015. With over 20 years of collective experience in the local real estate market, Janet and Kirsty have earned some of the top designations in their field, including Certified [...]

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BOULDER – Janet Thompson and Kirsty Daviau of Metro Brokers/Thompson Daviau Realty are proud to be named Best of the West Realtors by Yellowscene Magazine for 2015.

With over 20 years of collective experience in the local real estate market, Janet and Kirsty have earned some of the top designations in their field, including Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Eco Broker and Negotiation Specialists. As noted relocation specialists, Janet and Kirsty have also helped many people successfully buy or sell a home in Boulder, Larimer, Adams, Jefferson and Weld counties.

For more information on the award or for local real estate questions, contact Janet Thompson at 303.668.9987 or e-mail janeththom@aol.com. To reach Kirsty Daviau call 303.564.8746, e-mail kirstydaviau@yahoo.com. Visit Thompson Daviau Realty online at www.thompsondaviaurealty.com.

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