February 2019

Found 20 blog entries for February 2019.

What to Know About Pocket Listings When Selling Your HouseIn the often complicated world of real estate transactions, real estate agents and other players in the know tend to throw around a lot of terms. The meanings behind this property terminology are not always intuitive to home buyers and sellers. Just the same, it’s integral to a satisfactory real estate transaction that you understand at least some of the terms being used. This includes the definition of a pocket listing.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What is a Pocket Listing?

"Pocket listing" is a term that comes from the United States real estate industry. It refers to a piece of property where the seller and real estate broker agree

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Conventional Home Loan Lender RequirementsThose who can pay cash may want to start looking for their dream home right away. Most average homebuyers will need to take out a home mortgage loan, conventional loans being the most common option for potential buyers. With a conventional home mortgage loan, there are a number of requirements that lenders take seriously and not meeting them will make it hard for an applicant to be approved for a Westminster home loan. However, many have taken charge of their situation, inquired into lender requirements and been motivated in making the changes necessary to practically guarantee approval of their application. What should potential home loan applicants know about lender requirements?

Learn more about important requirements related to a conventional

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How to Make Your Home Energy EfficientIt's no secret that energy-efficient upgrades rank high on buyers' lists of desired home attributes these days. Many real estate agents are quick to ask sellers about a home's energy efficiency before suggesting a listing price. Prospective sellers who know well in advance when they plan to sell a residence are often also able to enjoy shrinking utility bills after making upgrades.

What Defines a “Green” Home?

More and more consumers are looking to reduce their impact on the environment and simplify their lives. Part of this movement is the building of "Green" homes.

But what does it take to make a home green? For some people the goal of using recycled materials and implementing strategies to lower their energy bill are all ways to build a

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How To Paint a Room For BeginnersWhen owning a home there are many ways to personalize and make it more comfortable, and one common way to do this is by painting its walls to better suit the people living there, as well as add to any home staging efforts when the time comes to sell. While homeowners can hire a professional service to come paint the walls, they can also do the job themselves. For homeowners who may not know how to start with painting their home, here are the essential steps for painting a home.

Move Furniture Away From Walls

For beginners and pros alike, paint can be messy and accidents can happen. No one wants to get paint on their furniture, so the first thing a homeowner should do before anything else is to move the furniture. The best way to protect it is to

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The Difference Between List Price and Sale Price For a Home

Almost everyone loves a good deal. When it comes to real estate, a property seller and the buyer both want to feel like winners. Few rules apply when deciding what a first offer should be on a home; a lot depends on the local market and practices in a specific locale. There are, however, some reasonable guidelines to help a buyer along the road to home ownership.

Buyer Interest in List Price vs Sale Price

As Buyers become more sophisticated, one question heard more often by real estate agents is, “what is the average List Price to Sales price for the market?” Buyers will then use this number to justify an offer on a property. It is not a bad idea to gain an overview of what is the average "built in" for negotiations in any given market.

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What to Know About Buying a Luxury HomeLuxury home buyers may not be all that different, it turns out, from buyers of a starter home. Statistics confirm that most home buyers, no matter what their budget, are looking for a great kitchen, a safe neighborhood, a nice yard, and a list of amenities to enhance their chosen lifestyle.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Technology Is Vital

Today's luxury homes are not necessarily the largest on the block, but they are apt to be equipped with the latest time and energy-saving technology, allowing owners to control and monitor all home systems via smart phone or mobile app.

Security is only one aspect of modern smart technology.

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Moving? This Timeline Can HelpBuying and then moving into a new home can be stressful! For people who want to be ready for the experience, sticking to a strict timeline can help. If you're a homeowner who is thinking about moving soon, preparing months in advance for your move can ensure that your relocation will be a success. Here's what you need to know.

One Year to Six Months In Advance: Declutter

Clutter fills boxes, weighs down the moving truck, makes the relocation take longer and drives up the cost. Getting rid of clutter makes moving easier, faster and cheaper. Decluttering can be time consuming. People who have a lot of clutter must start getting rid of it months in advance.

There are many ways to get rid of clutter. Holding a garage sale is a good way to unload

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What to Know About Renting Your Home to a Tenant in BoulderThe idea of having a consistent cash flow coming in each month can be a tempting offer when considering buying a rental property. This venture comes with its ups and downs, and it is important to be aware of all aspects before diving in.

The Benefits of Owning a Rental Property: Do's

Do The Calculations! It is critical when looking into potential rental properties that you carefully calculate your current finances as well as those down the road. Be sure to take into account the necessary amount of start-up capital, including the cost to update or repair the property. No estimation will be perfect, but utilizing the most accurate current data will help. If you are in doubt or unclear on exactly how to calculate the finances of your property, don't

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Tips for More Effective Home ShowingsOpen houses or home previews (or "home shows") are an important component of how much a seller is offered for their home. Buyers of homes need to see the home before buying. And they do this through open houses or their agent previewing the home with them. These Westminster home previews or shows are a chance for an otherwise nondescript property to come alive in the minds of future buyers. They can be the difference between the asking price and an offer over the asking price. For those who would prefer a bidding war that ends in their favor, they may want to absorb a few theories behind a great home show.

The Great Outdoors

Sellers can improve their home shows by improving the exterior of the home and yard:

  • Plant greenery around the base
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How to Renovate Your Kitchen For Maximum AppealThe kitchen for most people, especially moms, is the single most place they spend the majority of their time in their homes. It is a place where friends and family members gather, and the place where you do endless dishes and prepare loving meals. Because of these reasons, having a functioning kitchen that inspires good feelings is important to most homeowners. A dull or dingy kitchen, that you cringe being in for more than 15 minutes at a time, is not likely to inspire culinary creativity. If you have an out-of-date kitchen and you would like nothing more than to rip it all out, but don't have the budget to do so, I have few easy and cost effective tips that might help. Here is how to give your kitchen a facelift on a budget.

Refresh the Kitchen

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