All Blog Entries by Tom Kalinski Founder RE/MAX of Boulder

Found 244 blog entries published by Tom Kalinski Founder RE/MAX of Boulder.

Boulder County area markets posted yet another month of year-over-year increases in both single-family and attached-unit sales in July, though they are showing signs of premature slowing.

July’s 422 single-family sales represented a 26.3 percent increase over the 334 single-family sales in July 2011, and the 149 condo/townhome sales equaled a nearly 45 percent jump over the 103 sales of attached dwellings a year ago.

“It’s actually very positive,” says Ken Hotard, senior vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area Realtor Association.

However, the change compared with June was much less impressive, with single-family sales actually dropping 14.9 percent.

“That really sort of signals the seasonal slowdown in activity, which I think is

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Tackling home projects first became popular with the help of do-it-yourself books, and now the Internet offers a plethora of instructive videos to attempt almost any job.

 But some home improvements or repairs are better left up to a professional – before you spend a wealth of time, effort and money on a project you’ll never complete or that could cause even more damage to your home.

While some projects are still worth the trouble to do yourself, what you should attempt versus what you should hire someone to do depends a great deal on how dangerous the project is and how much it’ll cost you to fix if you are unsuccessful, according to Yahoo! Homes.

The website provides these suggestions on what projects are “do-it-yourselfers” and which ones

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The National Association of Realtors® reports sales of existing homes rose in July and the national median price has increased for five consecutive months of year-over-year increases, which means the housing market could actually contribute to the nation’s economic growth if the trend continues.  

Total existing homes sales grew 2.3 percent 4.37 million in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.47 million in July. That’s 10.4 percent above the 4.05 million-unit pace in July 2011, according to a NAR press release. The statistic includes completed transactions of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops.

“Mortgage interest rates have been at record lows this year while rents have been rising at faster rates," says Lawrence Yun,

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Home values increased in five of Colorado’s six metros from July 2011 to July 2012, according to Zillow’s most recent home values report.

Pueblo was the only metro that saw its values decrease, even while home values in the other metros and the state as a whole increased even more than the nation’s overall jump of 1.2 percent.

Boulder had the third highest increase – 2.6 percent – among the five Colorado metros, though it didn’t surpass the state’s increase of 2.9 percent. Not surprisingly, though, its home value of $309,700 was the highest in the state, followed by Fort Collins/Loveland’s $221,800. Those two metros, along with the Denver area, have also shown the most stability in the most recent years, according to Zillow.

Grand Junction has

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