All Blog Entries by Gabrielle Fuqua

Found 38 blog entries published by Gabrielle Fuqua.

How to Buy a Home as a Single HomeownerSingle or not, buying a house isn't an easy process for anyone, but with smart planning and informed decisions it can result in finding your dream home. But before making any decisions, consider these tips:

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

Scrutinize Your Finances

Don't underestimate the importance of laying out and calculating required finances both for the purchase as well as the recurring cost associated with a home. Talk to a Mortgage Lender long before you plan to buy. They can help lay out a plan. In order to determine how much you can afford, first make sure you have enough saved for a sufficient down payment, typically 5-20%.

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How to Prepare for Autumn Home MaintenanceWhether you live in Boulder or own a home in Erie, Colorado every season of the year yields unique events, activities and a special list worth untold dollars. Fall brings about what we like to call “The annual fall maintenance schedule for home owners!”

We start off with one important question you need to ask:

How Much Can You Save By Keeping Up With Fall Home Maintenance?

Let's take a look at some real numbers about not so much the cost, but more significantly, the SAVINGS of completing the autumn checklist of To Do items around our homes.

Small Routine Maintenance Necessities

1. Everybody's favorite, the gutters and downspouts clean out! Those clogged gutters can lead to damage to fascia, soffits and even cause roof damage. Repair or

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Kids skiing in Colorado

I was a ski instructor for 7 years. It wasn't until my oldest were 6 and my youngest was 3 that we really got skiing as a family. It's a financial investment for sure but it is my favorite thing to do as a family so it's totally worth it. Living in Colorado gives us the opportunity to do things on the weekends other people save all year to do for one week.

Shredder

By far the hardest part of skiing with kids is the cold, so why not ditch it? Shredder is a local indoor ski hill (think wet AstroTurf) that provides learn-to-ski classes for kids and adults. You can bring your own skis or rent there. At Shredder, new skiers learn how to put on equipment, turn, stop, and use the chairlift. All this without paying for a lift ticket, driving through the

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What to Know About Sellers Markets and How to Competitively Use a Backup OfferWhether you're looking at homes for sale in Longmont, Colorado or Louisville, once you find the home you'd like to call your own that's when the real work begins. Let's say you're ready to invest in a property. You're pre-qualified and have a nice downpayment, but your offer wasn't accepted on that dream house. This is more common in today's strong real estate market. All is not lost. A strong backup offer can turn the tides and make that house your home.

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

What is a Backup Offer?

Once a homeowner has accepted an offer, they can accept backup offers if they feel for any reason the deal may fall through. And

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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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Valentines Day Events in Boulder, COLove is in the air and Valentine's Day is here, so how will you be celebrating? Whether your kids are the loves of your life or you are just newlywed, this holiday is the one time each year that we get to express our deepest gratitude for those we are blessed to share our lives with. And luckily for you, if you live in Boulder, Colorado, there are plenty of things to do around town to celebrate your love for each other and Boulder's unique lifestyle. Here are my ideas for the perfect Valentine's Day or Boulder Date Night.

Romance Right on Budget

Even if you don't have a lot of money on hand, it's still possible to have a unique and memorable Valentine's Day celebration without breaking the bank. Here are a few options for romantic but affordable

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What to Know About the Value of Buying vs Renting a HomeIt's hard to believe it's that time of year when college students start looking for their next rental in Boulder CO. With a limited rental market and high demand, the average rental price in Boulder is $1,972. If you are looking for extra amenities like washer and dryer, proximity to Downtown Boulder or campus, modern finishes, expect to pay on the higher end. Here is a more detailed look:

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

Apartments Rental Costs:

  • Studios: $800 – $1200
  • 1 bedroom: $950 – 1800
  • 2 bedrooms: $1400—$2700
  • 3 bedrooms: $1800 – $3500
  • 4 Bedrooms: $2200+

If you have a down payment, plan to stay a few years and

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How to Time Your Home Sale EffectivelyThe most common question I'm asked is, "When is the best time to sell my home?". Here is your answer, whether you're in Boulder or have a home for sale in Broomfield the best time is... spring! Anytime from late February through April is the best time to list your home. Here is why:

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

Peak Home Selling Season

The peak of real estate season is usually early summer in Colorado. Many families wait until the end of the school year before listing their home. So in late May and early June, buyers will notice an influx of homes for sale in neighborhoods such as Anthem, The Broadlands as well as others.

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There's always things to do in and around your home in Boulder, Colorado. Stay up to date on these events you won't want to miss!

Oklahoma, Sept 7- Oct 14 - Bull Theater, Denver
With a spring in their step and a song in their hearts, cowboys and farmers alike have chased their destinies to a land that promises love, opportunity and a brighter future. This joyful production is set in an all-African-American town in the early days of the Oklahoma Territory.

I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change, Sept 15 - Nov 3, Boulder Dinner Theater
Newsday said, "If this show were a blind date, you'd feel relieved, grateful and pleasantly surprised." This comedic celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum

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Interest rates are down and the value of homes in Boulder are steadily rising. If you are looking to make a change in to a new Boulder neighborhood, now is a great time to buy or sell. Times have changed, the holiday season is no longer the real estate dead zone. Here is why.

1. The School Year Doesn’t Rule Everyone

With more young professionals entering the market and a hefty number of baby boomers buying and selling, there are plenty of homebuyers who are not buying and selling around school schedules. 

2.  Motivated Sellers

Selling a home over the holidays isn’t always a choice. A seller motivated by a status change, job transfer or financial reasons means you could get a bigger bang for your buck. Since first time home buyers won’t

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