What Makes Buyers Fall in Love with a Home?

What Makes Buyers Fall in Love with a Home?

Across the U.S., people swoon over fabulous pools, stunning water views and ever-sexy storage space, but a new analysis released today by Realtor.com® reveals what really makes home shoppers’ hearts skip a beat.

10 tips for buying rental property

10 tips for buying rental property

Should you take the plunge on a rental property? Experts offer a qualified yes, provided you do your homework first. Here are 10 things to consider before diving into income property.

The 4 most common mortgage and real estate scams and how to stop them

The 4 most common mortgage and real estate scams and how to stop them

The last thing consumers should have to worry about is being scammed when they buy or rent a home, or consider refinancing options. Unfortunately, criminals are getting more creative in how they target their victims, leading to major financial headaches for their unsuspecting victims.

To Rent or Buy? Pros and Cons of Renting a Home

To Rent or Buy? Pros and Cons of Renting a Home

Deciding whether to buy or rent a home? Weigh both of your options and take into consideration price, your lifestyle and your overall goals. Below we highlight the pros and cons of pursuing the rental path. PROS: Fixed price Renting a home has its benefits. The first...

To Rent or Buy? Pros and Cons of Home Ownership

The decision to rent or buy a home is an important one. When weighing your options, look at price, your lifestyle and the bigger picture. Here, we lay out the pros and cons behind purchasing a home.  PROS: Tax benefits There are many pros to buying a home, but perhaps...
Boulder Rent Prices Decline

Boulder Rent Prices Decline

BOULDER – The usual story of ever-rising Boulder rents took a new turn this month. Data for August 2018 shows Boulder rents fell slightly by 0.1 percent last month and by 0.1 percent year-over-year, according to the latest report from rental site Apartment List. That...
Getting Smart About SmartRegs for Rentals

Getting Smart About SmartRegs for Rentals

BOULDER – The December 31 deadline for SmartRegs compliance for residential rental properties in the city of Boulder is looming. When the City Council adopted the ordinance on September 21, 2010, the deadline seemed far in the future. However, that deadline is now...
Airbnb essentials

Airbnb essentials

DENVER – Airbnb has become extremely popular across the nation. “However, many homeowners do not understand how to turn their home into an Airbnb,” said Broker Associate Sarah Clark, of Kentwood City Properties, who Airbnbs her personal residence as well as a home in...
The 9 affordable buys that make every first home look expensive

The 9 affordable buys that make every first home look expensive

Whether you’re moving into your first apartment or a new rental, there’s always a myriad of things to consider. But perhaps the first and foremost is your budget. While your stylish eye wants all the designer pieces, your frugal purse is looking at those luxury...
More adults are living together than ever, analysis shows. Here’s why

More adults are living together than ever, analysis shows. Here’s why

CHICAGO – Striking out on one’s own is a rite of passage, but it would appear more adults are doing less solo living lately. According to a recent analysis by Zillow, as rents rise, more adult renters are finding roommates to cut costs – be they strangers, friends or...
College housing: How to buy a kiddie condo instead of renting

College housing: How to buy a kiddie condo instead of renting

BOULDER – With the tight rental market in Boulder, instead of fully relaxing during the upcoming family weekend at CU-Boulder, many parents face signing a high-rent lease for their child’s off-campus housing next year. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Parents can...
Rent too darn high to save for a home? The Fed has a plan

Rent too darn high to save for a home? The Fed has a plan

Rents keep skyrocketing, making it harder for people to save enough money to make a down payment on a home. The Federal Reserve might have a solution. Fed economists are proposing a new kind of 30-year, no-down-payment mortgage that features a fixed monthly payment....

Study: More US households renting than at any point since 1965

More U.S. households are headed by renters than at any point since 1965, according to a new Pew Research Center study based on data from the Census Bureau. The number of renters has “increased significantly” in the past decade, and those less likely to rent, such as...
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...
Owning vs. Renting: What’s Better for Your Wallet?

Owning vs. Renting: What’s Better for Your Wallet?

Part of being smart with your money means managing how much you buy. And while that might be as simple as not buying goods you don’t need, it might also mean considering alternatives to buying – like renting or leasing – to save money. Opting to rent something has its...
A Boulder County rental may be the best investment you can have

A Boulder County rental may be the best investment you can have

BOULDER – We are fortunate to live in one of the strongest housing markets in the US. For years we have seen consistent and strong gains in housing values. But what you may not realize is we live in one of the best rental markets as well: There’s high demand, thus...

4 signs that a rental listing may be fraudulent

Rental scams are back in the news again! This is an important reminder that fraud does exist in the real estate rental market. It’s important to know the signs so you can avoid being a victim of rental fraud. Here are a few red flags to look for if you are searching...
Design Recipes: Making Space in a Studio

Design Recipes: Making Space in a Studio

Studio spaces or one room living are common, especially in urban areas. Ranging typically from 250 square feet to 500 square feet, it’s important to make sure every square foot counts. Enter the concept of zones. Zoning is a design technique in which space is...

Buying vs. renting

LOVELAND – A home is an investment, and it takes time to let that investment take root and grow. “The main goal of homeownership is to build equity,” said RE/MAX Alliance Broker Associate Sarah Warnock. “You can use the equity you built to help you get into your next...

Why buying a home outweighs renting

LOVELAND – When comparing renting versus buying a home, you should consider more than just the monthly expenses applicable to each. There are other long term benefits that can ultimately outweigh the short term differences. Here are a few of the major differences. Tax...

Housing Helpers Achieves 30-Year Milestone in Boulder

BOULDER – Housing Helpers will be celebrating 30 years as a Boulder business in 2017. The company was founded by a University of Colorado student who saw the need for a better way to match roommates. It has grown over the past 30 years into a full-service real estate...
Service and companion animals in your rental: What you need to know

Service and companion animals in your rental: What you need to know

BOULDER – House Bill 1426 passed by unanimous vote on April 16, 2016, filling a critical void for landlords who provide housing for disabled tenants. Skepticism about the presence of a service animal has been very long-standing, with good reason. Over the years,...