RE/MAX of Boulder News

REAL Trends has named RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. No. 1 on its list of Top Firms Ranked by Closed Sales Volume Per Office, a category in its 2011 REAL Trends 500 publication released this month.
 
RE/MAX of Boulder earned the designation with a sales volume of nearly $560 million representing 1,400 sides in 2010 – more than $71 million more than the next ranked office.
 
The REAL Trends 500 is an annual research report identifying the country’s largest and most successful residential firms as ranked by closed transaction sides and separately by closed sales volume.
 
“This report represents the most trusted standard of measuring the performance of the nation’s leading realty service firms,” said REAL Trends editor Steve Murray in informing RE/MAX of Boulder of

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Have you ever heard of a loan with a 2% down payment with no monthly mortgage insurance AND a monthly payment that may be less than the current rent payment?  The Community Development Mortgage Program (CDMP) is a great product for borrowers who don’t have 3.5% down or feel frustrated with having to pay high monthly mortgage insurance premiums.  This is a great way to get into a property with a low down payment and have payments that are cheaper than rent.  Highlights of the loan are as follows: 
  • 2% down payment
  • Zero Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium
  • Zero Monthly Mortgage Insurance
  • Seller paid closing costs okay
  • FICO scores as low as 620
  • Must attend Homebuyer Education Class
  • Income limits apply and vary for each county (80% of median income)
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Today’s market is ripe with opportunities for first-time homebuyers. Shopping for and purchasing your first home is an exciting time, but before you begin looking, make sure you’re completely prepared and know what to expect. The following steps will help get you ready to make that big purchase.

Step 1: Freshen up your Finances.
Before you dive into the exciting part of home-buying—the search!—make sure you have all your ducks in a row. Figuring out your finances and crunching some numbers will allow you to set a realistic budget.

Step 2: Secure a Loan.
After you get your finances in order, talk to lenders and mortgage brokers. It’s important to shop around to get the lowest interest and overall best deal possible. Make sure you understand all of the

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Every showing matters! Every showing is a potential buyer!  If you're selling your home, there are certain focal points that can give your property the selling edge it needs to draw in buyers, ensuring a faster sale and a higher selling price. However, there is no need to build a pricey addition or completely gut your existing property.  By evaluating your home's top selling points, you can add modern touches to these features to create a new, fresh feel without doing major renovations.

Point 1:  Glam up your bath and kitchen. Does your house have a large kitchen or multiple baths?  Nice baths and kitchens are attractive qualities in a house, and you can make yours look luxurious without going overboard. If you can't afford double sinks, a whirlpool tub

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Spring is widely known as the busiest real estate season for both buyers and sellers, as the weather brightens and more houses pop up on the market. Spring is also the ideal time for any last minute renovations that could increase your home’s value. In this market, buyers are pickier than ever, so embarking on a few renovation projects before putting your house up for sale will speed up its selling process and allow you to ask for a higher price. The following renovations are ideal for spring-time completion and are likely to give your property a competitive edge.

The average home loses 30 percent of its energy through its windows. Installing energy efficient windows is a great way to improve your home’s value, because they lower your energy bills,

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Now is a great time to consider buying a home. Whether you’re relocating, purchasing a vacation house or looking to become a homeowner for the first time, there are certain things you need to do before you even begin to look for a new home. Doing your homework before plunging into the house hunt can save you valuable time and energy.

Before you begin looking at homes, determine what you can afford to spend. This may seem obvious, but it’s a step that can lead to disaster if overlooked, causing you to waste time with homes you can’t afford, or sparking arguments with family members about what your budget looks like. Before you begin looking, sit down with all parties involved and set a realistic price range, including the amount of money you can afford to

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When buying a home, buyers want to avoid paying more than they have to, but may need to juggle some numbers in order to reach an amount that seems fair to both parties. Deciding what to offer a seller for their home is a delicate process that your REALTOR® can assist you with. Before making a bid, there are some items you should analyze when discussing the matter with your real estate professional.

A comparative market analysis (CMA) is a popular mathematical method for estimating the true value of a property. Similar to comparison shopping, a CMA will examine the home in terms of number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and total square footage. Using the MLS, your REALTOR® can find homes of a similar size that have recently sold or are currently on the market,

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It isn’t easy staying on top in a sluggish real estate market. That’s why the 90 Broker Associates at RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. didn’t spend much time celebrating being named RE/MAX International’s 2010 No. 1 single office for total sales volume before getting back to work.

D.B. Wilson, managing broker for RE/MAX of Boulder, accepted the award on behalf of the office at the RE/MAX R4 Convention in Las Vegas March 9th. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Boulder office has earned the national honor. RE/MAX International has 3365 single offices nationwide. RE/MAX of Boulder closed 2010 with $560 million in residential sales, representing 1,400 transaction sides.

The brokers and staff certainly appreciate the recognition from RE/MAX International,

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The first impression is everything, and that holds steady in all sectors of life: a first date, a job interview, or staging your home for potential buyers. Properly prepping and staging your home can have a huge impact on the amount of time it takes to sell and the amount of money you can sell it for. Staging your home for walk-throughs is crucial. You want to be sure to make the best possible use of spacing possible. When staging your home, you're doing more than making an appealing setting for buyers; you’re aiming to show the way in which a space can best be utilized.


One of the most important rules of staging your own home is disassociation. Try and remove yourself from the familiarity of your house and look at it with fresh perspective. That old

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I think you’ll agree – your mobile phone is the coolest thing since sliced bread! People of all generations just seem to love their smart phones, and we are using them more and more often. The incredible thing is the entire mobile industry continues to flourish and grow smarter, almost daily.

RE/MAX of Boulder is committed to staying on top of the real estate game so we’ve re-designed our mobile website to better serve our clients.   Using your mobile phone, check out http://boulderco.mccid.com. I promise you a phenomenal experience.  You can get multiple photos and general information about EVERY home for sale in the entire Boulder Valley. 

But, even better….if you’re driving through a neighborhood and see a mobile rider on one of our For Sale signs,

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