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

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

Whether you are decluttering or downsizing, getting rid of your stuff is hard for many of us. First, we have to overcome the sentimental hold a box of memory-filled items may have. Then, there's the worry of throwing out something that's worth a small fortune.

To help you sort it out, here are tips on researching the value of items from Realty Times magazine.

Do Your Homework

Items of value come in all categories: some you would expect, others that might surprise you.

For example, you might expect your grandmother's costume jewelry could have value on today's market. At the same time, you may think that box of old magazines, stack of postcards or those vintage cereal boxes are to be tossed without a thought. But hold on, those items may be

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While price appreciation continues to signal a strong Boulder-area market, month-over-month home sales for September pulled back in keeping with the usual fall slowdown.  

This year, however, due to robust home sales in 2015, that comparative slowdown isn't restricted to the fall. Overall 2016 sales volume is lower than last year as was expected, according to Ken Hotard, senior vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area Realtor® Association.

Single-family home sales in September 2016 dropped 21.4 percent with 348 homes sold compared to the 443 sold in August.  Year-to-date, single-family home sales fell 10.9 percent through September 2016 with 3,385 homes sold compared to 3,801 through September 2015.

For condominiums and townhomes,

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After a summer of rising home prices, here's some good news for buyers. If you can choose the month in which you buy your next home, it could save you thousands of dollars.  

That month would be in the fall or winter, according to a recent study by NerdWallet.com.  

Home sale prices – the amount buyers actually pay for a home – are highest during the peak home shopping months of June and July.

Come fall, home sale prices fall.

Across the 50 metro areas analyzed by nerdwallet.com, prices dip by 2.96 percent on average.  The findings are based on analysis of sales and listing over the past two years in the 50 largest metros using realtor.com® data.

That nearly 3 percent decline results in a decrease of $8,300 on the median home from summer

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With Boulder's strong arts community, it stands to reason there are a lot of artists who choose to live here, nestled next to the Flatirons.

And it's true, according to a recent report by the National Endowment for the Arts. Compared to the rest of the nation, there are a lot of artists among us.

In fact, Boulder ranks third for the number of artists per capita among 367 metropolitan areas across the nation, trailing only Santa Fe, NM and Los Angeles, CA, according to the NEA report, Creativity Connects. Artists in some neighboring Colorado metros make up just over 1.5 percent or less of the total civilian labor force, with Denver-Aurora-Broomfield at 1.6 percent and Fort Collins-Loveland at 1.5 percent.

The report focuses on the needs of artists

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When home prices increase as they have in the Boulder-area, homeowners gain equity in their home.

To some, it may feel like sitting on a small fortune. And with interest rates so low, many are taking out home equity loans and home equity lines of credit (HELOCs).

But what is the best use of equity?

If you are considering taking out a home equity loan or HELOC, the decision should be made carefully and with the guidance of a professional financial advisor. According to Realty Times, after careful consideration of the costs and risks involved some homeowners may find that if the money is used wisely, then taking out a home equity loan may be a good financial decision.

Here are four options offered by Realty Times.  

1. Make renovations

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‘Dry’ describes the climate of the Boulder-area since July. But ‘dry’ doesn’t adequately portray the complexities of today’s Boulder County real estate market.

Ken Hotard, senior vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area Realtor® Association, has two additional terms for the current Boulder County real estate market that are somewhat contradictory: expected and unprecedented.

Sales trends, Hotard says, are performing as expected.

“The market overall is pretty much unchanged. Single-family home sales matched July, which continues to trail year-to-date well behind last year in both single-family and townhomes,” Hotard says.

Boulder-area markets saw 443 single-family home sales in August, the exact number of sales compared to July

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Homeowners and builders eager to discover the latest in sustainable building practices will step inside some of Boulder County’s most innovative green home designs during the second annual Boulder Green Home Tour, Saturday, Sept.  24.

Self-guided tours showcase how renewable energy and energy efficient materials and practices create comfortable, sustainable living. The tour includes modern and traditional custom homes, remodels and multi-family projects in Boulder, Lafayette and Louisville.

Tour organizer Colorado Green Building Guild selected this year’s featured homes to promote the collaborative exchange of ideas on green building in the Boulder area.

The day will culminate in a celebratory after-party at the Roadhouse Depot. Open to all

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When it comes to where you call home, safety is one of the biggest concerns. Everyone wants to live in a safe town.  

So it’s welcome news to hear that two Colorado cities rank in the top 25 safest cities to live in America.

Fort Collins ranked No. 9 with Boulder following at No. 23, according to data analyzed by Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on cities and recently released their annual Safest Cities List.

To determine safety rankings, violent and property crimes per capita were analyzed. Crimes included in the violent crime statistic are assault, murder, robbery and rape. Property crimes included are burglary, larceny and vehicular theft.

The safest city in America for 2016 is Naperville, Illinois, according to

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If you just bought a new home, chances are you plan to make some changes. As a new homeowner, you may plan to do it yourself.  

After all, it’s only a small crack in that pipe. How hard could it be to fix yourself?

While many projects can be done successfully, avoid the downfall of many DIY projects. Many mistakes can be avoided by doing enough research and planning right up front before the first nail is hammered or purchase made.

Following are tips from HouseLogic.com, and embellished by our own experience, to help you get your repair or updating project right the first time.

A little forethought can save you time, money and headache of doing it more than once.

1. Research, research, research

When it comes to any job,

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Strong job growth of high-skilled, high-paying jobs is in Colorado’s ten-year future, according to an economic study released in July.

The study concludes that the state's workforce is projected to grow faster than the nation, especially in the knowledge economy.

Prepared by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) in partnership with Mercer Consulting, the study analyzed Colorado's future economy. 

"Overall, the results show that Colorado is one of the strongest knowledge-based economies in the nation, which positions us extremely well for future economic success,” said Fiona Arnold, executive director of OEDIT.

Key findings show Colorado has a high concentration of high-skilled jobs producing goods and

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