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The holiday season is upon us and you may be thinking about finding a special or unique gift your family member or loved one could use for years to come. In my previous article entitled, “Part 1 – Holiday Gift Ideas for First-Time Home Buyers,” I discussed gifting down payment funds or First-Time Homebuyer Savings Account (FHSA) contributions to first-time buyers to help purchase their new home. In this article, I will discuss another way you can help a home buyer. 

Even though the interest rates on home mortgages are historically very attractive, they are rising. As interest rates rise, a homebuyer’s purchasing power is reduced. An exceptional gift idea is helping your relative or loved one with an interest rate or mortgage buydown. Buying down an

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Even in Boulder County’s active real estate market, November through January presents heightened challenges for selling your home. But if you must sell your home this holiday season, take heart: holiday buyers are intent on completing a purchase. And with fewer homes on the market your home has less competition. 

You can embrace the unique advantages the holidays bring to the home selling season with these tips, first reported by hgtv.com.

Decorate lightly to get the best effect.
Light holiday decorations showcase the warmth of a home like no other. Use general winter decorations such as greenery and candles to accentuate your home’s best features and avoid personal items or specific themes. Less is more when it comes to decorating, but a few

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RE/MAX of Boulder Realtors      

 

2525 Cedar Drive

Loveland

Saturday 11 – 1

Patty Brandon

919 N. 7th Place

Johnstown

Saturday 12 – 3

Brad Clarkson

28 Curtis Place

Longmont

Sunday 11 – 1

Dale Pearson

7111 Cedarwood Circle

Boulder

Sunday 12 – 2

Dolan Team

2436 Bitterroot Circle

Lafayette

Sunday 12 – 2

Dolan Team

4181 W. 118th Place

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Saving for a down payment on a home is the most difficult step in the process of buying a home for 25% of first-time buyers, according to the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Of those buyers, 55% said student loan debt delayed them in saving for a home. Now couple those issues with the high price of real estate in the Boulder area, and it makes it very difficult for first-time buyers to get started. In fact, according to the same profile from NAR, the typical first-time buyer might delay a purchase for three years to save for a down payment. In an appreciating market such as in the Boulder area, purchasing the first home gets harder as time goes on. 

NAR also says that 25% of first-time buyers depended

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University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business ranked No. 67 for its full-time MBA program, according to Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2018 rankings. The ranking is 13 points ahead of last year's 80th placement. 

When ranked only among public universities, Leeds rose to No. 29.

In the entrepreneurship category, the school ranked No. 10 overall, reflecting its Boulder and Front Range location’s access to a vibrant entrepreneurial business community with many venture capital and startup opportunities. Along with the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, students have a strong network of connections and resources that enables them to excel.

Leeds attributes the significant rise in Bloomberg’s ranking to recent program enhancements, increased

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Boulder Realtors                                 

                                                                         

3852 Rabbit Mountain Rd

Broomfield

Saturday 11 – 1

Brian Sundberg | Mike Favre

1377 Washburn St

Erie

Saturday 12 – 2

Dolan Team

1613 Jade Court

Broomfield

Sat & Sun 12 - 2

Ann Cooper

203 E. Cleveland St

Lafayette

Saturday 2 – 4

Janet Leap | Mike Favre

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In Colorado, real estate brokers are not licensed to practice law and/or give legal advice. Yet licensed brokers can prepare contracts to buy and sell houses as a daily course of business. Colorado brokers are allowed to render services to real estate clients to a greater degree than in many states. This allowance dates back to the infamous (at least in the Colorado real estate industry) Conway-Bogue case. The bottom line of the decision was that brokers were allowed to work with contracts in real estate transactions without an attorney only if they filled in the blanks of standard and approved forms.

Part of the issue back then, however, was that there were no defined standard and approved forms. The Conway-Bogue Case dates back to 1957, but it

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For home buyers and home sellers of mountain or foothills properties, learn the steps you can take to protect a home in a fire-prone area with the Wildfire Partners Program certificate. This informative video is presented by Boulder Area Realtor Association (BARA), Wildfire Partners, and RE/MAX of Boulder's Lisa Wade and Mike Bader. This program will not only prepare you in case of a wildfire, it will give you peace of mind. Click below for the video.

 

 

 

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If there is one constant in Boulder Valley, it's a strong real estate market. October's sales statistics show 2018 is on track to finish strong. This is despite that month-to-month, those statistics sometimes show significant fluctuation.

Take September and October 2018. When compared to October, September's data is like Colorado weather: If you don’t like the statistics one month, wait a month, they are likely to change.

September's single-family sales dropped 20 percent, then recovered to gain 8.7 percent in October with 362 homes sold vs. September’s 333. Despite the short-term fluctuation, year-to-date sales are holding steady through October, reaching just one unit short of the same volume as last year – 3,880 vs. 3,881.

“It's hard to

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RE/MAX of Boulder Realtors                                        

305 Martin Drive

Boulder

SUNDAY 11 – 2

Jimmy Keith

1139 Pratt Street

Longmont

SUNDAY 11 – 1

Terri Cox/Jeannie Bellomy

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