RE/MAX of Boulder News

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting excerpts on mortgage acceleration from my book REALTOR® for Life. You can watch and subscribe to the RE/MAX of Boulder podcast channel for behind the scenes content.

The article below was also published in the At Home section of the Boulder Daily Camera

In the final stage of buying a home, while sitting at the closing table, it is always a bit of a joke when the happy home buyers are asked to sign the loan disclosures showing how much interest they will pay over the life of their 30-year loan. Oftentimes they say things like “Oh, I’ll be dead by then anyway”, or “Wow, I had no idea!”.

Closing on your home creates a perfect opportunity to put a system in place to build equity and real estate wealth by

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By Dana Leventhal // Communications Director 

RE/MAX of Boulder is making a powerful impact on the lives of sick and injured children and their families by becoming a “Miracle Office” through the Children’s Miracle Network. By donating to Children’s Hospital Colorado after the closing of each home sale, RE/MAX of Boulder REALTOR® are a part of an ongoing effort to support the hospital’s life-saving treatments, advanced medical equipment, valuable research and education.

Children’s Hospital Colorado, located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora with 15 additional locations across Colorado, is a private, nonprofit hospital renowned for its excellence in caring for kids of all ages and is ranked as a top 10 pediatric hospital nationally. As the

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Employment growth expectations rose in Q1 2017 due to the acceleration of new business filings in the same period, according to a University of Colorado Boulder report based on data from the Colorado Secretary of State business registry.

Throughout 2017, Colorado will continue to add jobs. Statewide, new entity filings increased by 9.3 percent year-over-year in Q1 2017 and 31 percent over last quarter. For the year ending in December 2016, a total of 112,295 new business filings were recorded. Existing entity filings also improved in Q1, increasing to 497,632 for the four quarters ending Q1 2017. And a new peak was reached in Q1 for entities in good standing, rising 6.1% year-over-year

This robust growth in business filings bodes well for future job

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Here in Boulder County, and in cultures around the world, spring cleaning is a welcome tradition.

But spring cleaning isn't only about dusting. It's also about having an 'out with the old' attitude that drives you to get rid of all the unneeded stuff that has collected in drawers, closets and cabinets. There is no question that de-cluttering opens up room in your cabinets, and clearing out extra items makes cleaning quicker and easier.

Here’s an easy checklist to guide you painlessly through the first steps of cleaning. The list was first published by www.maidpro.com and has been updated for a Boulder County perspective.

Kitchen: The kitchen is a great place to start de-cluttering. Toss all foods that are past the ‘use by’ dates. Clear the

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Spring home buying season is off to a bright start in the Boulder-area real estate market with sales and inventory improving for the month of March.

“We’ve had such beautiful weather, people have been very active in the housing market,” says Ken Hotard, vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area Realtor® Association, at our quarterly sit-down.

“We saw a good bump in inventory both for single-family homes as well as condo/townhomes and sales went through the roof,” says Hotard.

Sales of single-family homes jumped 77.7 percent in March 2017 compared to February; 334 versus 188 units. Condominium and townhome sales rocketed 105.1 percent month-over-month with 160 units sold vs. 78.

Inventory for single-family homes grew 29.8 percent

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By Joseph Truini- Home improvement expert who writes about a variety of topics related to carpentry and plumbing. Joe is also the author of numerous DIY books, including the best-selling Building a Shed. He also writes for Home Depot, which carries a wide selection of water softening and filtration products.

When searching for a new home, most prospective buyers are willing to compromise a little—except when it comes to water quality. Safe, healthy drinking water is of utmost importance of course, but today’s savvy homebuyers are also concerned about another extremely common problem: hard water.

 According to the U.S. Geological Survey, about 85 percent of American households have hard water, including homes with city water and well water. But what

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The following article is based on the RE/MAX of Boulder video podcast with Boulder County Assessor Cynthia Braddock. The goal of the conversation and following article is to help build a bridge of communication and understanding between the Boulder County Assessor’s Office, REALTORS® and the general public.

This May Day, there’s one thing every property owner in Boulder County can depend on: receiving a new assessed property value.

“Because 2017 is an odd numbered year, State statute requires that every property in Boulder County be evaluated for ‘assessed’ value,” says Cynthia Braddock, Boulder County Assessor.

Notices of assessed value will go out countywide on May 1. The new assessed value is based on past real estate market sales of

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Colorado is racking up on recognition these days, and here’s a “Best” list that the whole state rocked.

The list is Outside Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work 2016, as determined by the publication’s editors.  This list holds special status, since it’s covering an aspect of our lives that occupies a huge chunk of time – where we work.

“No one wants to spend the majority of their waking hours slogging through a boring job in a cubicle maze, cemented in place under buzzing fluorescent lights,” writes Outside Magazine’s editorial staff. "We’re human beings, not drones."

Colorado claimed a whopping 36 of the spots on the list of 100, beginning with the No. 1 place to work: Forum Phi architectural and interior design firm in Aspen.

The

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Real estate has its ups and down. Such is life, but statistics show that investing in a home in Boulder County is a good bet over time.   

But buying your first home is not so easy. Would be first home buyers often find the down payment and mortgage can be challenging financially. Real estate and financial professionals will tell you that to achieve home ownership, you’ll have to take decisive action.

Here are some ideas on how to get started down the path that leads to the purchase of your first home, as first published by Bradley K. Tuttle’s Real Estate Report.  

Don’t take shortcuts: Find the right professional help

Talk to real estate professionals (I recommend our wonderful and capable agents), even before you are ready to buy. With their

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