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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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Published in the At Home section of the Boulder Daily Camera on March 24, 2017

RE/MAX of Boulder is pleased to announce that 14 of the company’s Realtors were recognized with career achievement awards, acknowledging outstanding professional accomplishments.

Awards, including Lifetime Achievement Award and Hall of Fame, were presented at the recent annual international RE/MAX convention held in Las Vegas, NV.

Lifetime Achievement was awarded to Brian Sundberg, Dave Fish and Susan Weeks.

Hall of Fame recipients are Terry Larsen, Digger Braymiller, Mary Ellen Wood, Andy Rice, Shawn Johnson, Kimberly Fels, Linda Nehls, Carroll McCorkle, Mary Huffman, Kelly Atteridg and Carolyn Bleicher.

 In addition, RE/MAX of Boulder was awarded top honors

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Boulder-area home sales improved in February 2017, as sales jumped substantially in condo/townhomes, single-family home inventory rose, and prices moderated slightly. But inventory continues to be far lower than a healthy market requires.   

“It’s the same old song, inventory – or the lack of it – is driving a lot of the numbers,” says Ken Hotard, senior vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area Realtor® Association.

Hotard is hopeful that homeowners considering selling will decide to move as the spring real estate season approaches.   He says “we're seeing the beginning edge of that as some of the inventory numbers have gone up.”

In condominiums and townhomes, Boulder-area sales grew 36.8 percent month-over-month – 78 units vs. 57 in

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Published in the At Home section of the Boulder Daily Camera on March 17, 2017

RE/MAX of Boulder was named No. 1 single RE/MAX office in the U.S. for 2016 sales volume, marking the eighth time the company earned the No. 1 ranking.

The award was presented at the recent annual international RE/MAX convention held in Las Vegas, NV, attended by more than 6,000 agents and brokers from 60 countries.

“We are thrilled that the hard work and dedication of our more than 100 Realtors has been recognized,” says Jay Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder broker/owner who accepted the award. “Serving the community of Boulder Valley – the community I grew up in – means so much to me and my family. This award represents the many friends, neighbors and newcomers that RE/MAX

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Did you ever notice that there seem to be so many new apartment buildings in the Boulder Valley and Denver (perhaps too many) and only a miniscule amount of new condo buildings? If you are in the market for your first home, or downsizing to your last, I bet you have noticed this phenomenon. I am here to tell you that you are not crazy. There is an explanation and a solution.

Anyone who is even casually familiar with the real estate market in the Boulder Valley, like much of Colorado, knows that it is characterized by two features: lack of inventory generally and lack of affordable homes specifically. Most people do not know, however, that correcting the imbalances in the construction-defects law would help ameliorate both conditions, and it’s within

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When I talk with first time real estate buyers the number one reason they don’t buy a home of their own is the hurdle of the down payment. This article will explain several ways that a new home can be purchased with much smaller down payments than the typical 20% and some ways you might be able to raise the funds for your down payment.

1. The Traditional. Ask your parents or other relatives for a gift of cash to go toward your down payment. Worst thing that can happen is they say ‘No’, which is why there are more suggestions below.

2. The Seems Obvious. Save your money. No Starbuck’s Carmel Frappuccino, no cable or satellite TV, shop for cheaper car insurance, keep the entertainment budget low and strict, forget about vacations. You get the idea.

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