December 2009

Found 5 blog entries for December 2009.

Boulder, Colorado has made many TOP 10 Lists during the past 10 years, having been cited 95 times in the past decade alone for various accolades. What a great place to live, work and go to school! National publications such as Forbes, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, Men’s Journal, American Style and Vegetarian Times think we’re great, too. Boulder County is fit, healthy, green, culturally friendly, smart and a perfect place to dine out, bike, retire or be a vegetarian.  What more could one ask for? If you haven’t visited, do it in 2010, I think you’ll agree, it’s a great town for a vacation. If you decide to look at real estate in our fair city, know that it’s a safe place for your real estate investments. It’s true that Boulder County home
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If you will please indulge me for today’s blog, I want to veer off the real estate track and talk about something very dear to my heart. ‘Tis the season for giving and making those lists, checking them twice, and making sure everyone in the family has a gift or two under the tree. Even Uncle Fred. Now, even though Uncle Fred doesn’t really need anything, we search the malls for something to wrap up for him. I have a better idea. How about making a contribution to your favorite nonprofit on his behalf?    According to a recent survey from the Colorado Nonprofit Association, 56% of the State’s non-profits reported a time during the past year when their total expenses exceeded their total revenue. Times are tough; due to the economy, charitable giving…
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OK, now that I have you excited about the Homebuyer Tax Credit and you have realized the value of this program, I want to give you a simple checklist that will make your life easier.  
  1. NO PROCRASTINATING – Call your Realtor® pronto. Start looking now. There is nothing worse than trying to make a last-minute decision under pressure because it’s almost April 30, 2010 (the deadline to be under contract). There are fewer buyers looking at homes in January and February than there will be in the Spring. Believe me when I say less competition is to your advantage. If you have a home to sell, get it on the market and price it aggressively. They are “deals” to be had in the Boulder CO real estate market right now. 
 
  1. PRE-APPROVAL FOR A
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It’s a pretty sure bet that we all have other things on our minds this time of year. If it’s not the frigid weather, it’s those holiday lists that haunt us day and night. House-hunting and home-buying are probably not on the top of our “to-do” lists. But, I’m here to tell you why they should be.    On November 9, 2009, Congress approved the tax credit extension for first time homebuyers, and EXPANDED IT, opening it up to some existing homeowners also. The credit is now 10% of the home price, up to $8000 for first timers, and up to $6500 for move-uppers or move-downers. You must be under contract by April 30th of 2010, and closed by June 30th. To be considered a first timer, you can’t have owned a home in the past 3 years. For existing
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It's cold in Boulder.....twenty plus below.....bitterly cold. The Colorado ski areas are thrilled, two feet or more of fresh snow! Be patient, it's warming up, not just weather-wise but in the real estate market as well.   According to the Denver Post on December 9th, 2009, Metro Denver showed its first year-over-year improvement in 11 months, as the number of homes sold in November surged 23% over the same month in 2008. The economy is warming up and that is good news.  Confidence levels are improving and that will be a boost to the economy across the board. Part of this surge may be due to the rush of first time homebuyers who thought the tax credit program was going to expire on November 30th. The good news: it has been extended for five…
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