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In today’s market, sellers are crossing their fingers hoping for increasing housing values and hungry buyers. With the market still on its way toward recovery, buyers have the luxury of being choosey and have plenty of leverage to work in their favor. By taking your time and leisurely looking at properties, you can ensure that you and your family get the most out of your transaction and buying experience.

Given the recovering market, buyers don’t have to feel pressured to make a decision on the first couple properties they see. By taking one’s time and slowing down the searching process, buyers can fully investigate which properties have been lingering on the market and which sellers might be willing to accept a price reduction.

In addition, buyers

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In a recovering market, it's imperative that your home stand out from all of the rest on the market. With a plethora of choices available, buyers have the luxury of being choosey when deciding which home to make their own. As a seller, there are many steps you can take to ensure that your home stays in the minds of viewers and sells within a reasonable amount of time.

Try the following to give your home a competitive edge: Giving part of your house a makeover can really add to its overall appeal. While it’s understandable that you might not want to spend too much money on fix-ups, small efforts can go a long way in the eyes of buyers. Try to match (or exceed) the norms of the neighborhood. If hardwood floors are really popular for your area, pull up

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Many things in life happen unexpectedly. Whether you are an adult with an empty nest, recently unemployed, going through a divorce, or even just tired of caring and maintaining for a larger home, it may be time to start the downsizing process. For most homeowners, downsizing may be the opposite of what they've worked for their entire lives. For others, a smaller home is a thrilling idea due to the decrease in work and bills, and the option of moving to a completely different area.

By deciding to purchase a smaller home or condo, you are potentially saving a substantial amount of time and money that could all be put towards things like entertainment, culture and nightlife. Even though a lower-maintenance lifestyle may be just the right thing for you,

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For homeowners expecting to sell their home in the next few years, it's never too early to think about fixing up or modernizing your home. If selling is your end goal, there are many updates you can add to ensure that your home stands out from the competition in the marketplace. If you're already thinking in advance, consider the following improvements and staging tips to not only add value to your property, but to attract buyers as well.

Don't neglect the power of a nice entryway. When you end up showing your home to potential buyers, a fresh coat of paint and an enticing, warm feel goes a long way. Many buyers find that they don't like entering the front door and stepping right into the living room. With clever placement of furniture, a chest of

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After you have fallen in love with a home and make the decision to bid on it, you are about to enter the negotiating phase. Negotiating can be a tricky part of the process that some potential homeowners may not be seasoned in. You may or may not be aware of the other buyers vying for a chance to purchase the home, but with some serious negotiating skills, you can ensure that the home is yours instead of falling into the hands of another interested party.
One recommended tip is to always communicate through your real estate agent. Your agent will communicate your requests and concerns to the seller's agent to be sure there are no misunderstandings. Terminology can be legally sensitive. Allowing the agents to be the middle men and women assures a smooth

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Whether you want to build a swimming pool, remodel the kitchen, or replace a leaky roof, getting the right estimate from a reputable company can make all the difference in not only the quality of your home renovation, but in your return on investment as well. In today's difficult economic times, many contractors are happy to offer a discount, but the lowest bid is not necessarily the best bid. Homeowners must be aware of the right questions to ask to make sure they are truly getting a good deal.

General contractors recommend the following 10 tips when securing bids for home remodels and renovations:

  1. Be clear on the extent of your work. Each contractor you talk to should receive the same ground rules and expectations. Changing your mind somewhere along
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THANK YOU BOULDER for choosing us as the Best Real Estate Company/Office in the 2010 Boulder County GOLD People’s Choice Awards. We are continually grateful to our many clients and we are proud to carry on the tradition of being honored by these awards for well over a decade.

Here is what the Daily Camera said about us:

With its agents averaging 17 years of experience, RE/MAX has a leg up in the highly competitive real estate market. “They are knowledgeable and can convey those important pieces of information that help consumers in this marketplace,” says D.B. Wilson, RE/MAX of Boulder managing broker and president of Boulder Area Realtor Association. “We’re seasoned. We’ve seen good markets and bad, so we can really help people.” Wilson says he’s

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September is almost over and the new Fall season has quickly thrown itself upon us. If you are trying to find a post-summer deal or looking to sell before the hectic holidays, there are plenty of things you can do to speed up your transaction and close on your home sooner rather than later.

Sellers should do themselves a favor and play up the season to their full advantage. Colder temperatures and nicely hued foliage make the fall a beautiful time of year. Add vibrant mums or other fall-bloomed flowers to the front of your house to add to its curb appeal. Further decorate with things like pumpkins, colored corn or an appropriate wreath on the door. These small additions will give your property a "homey" feel, suiting the newly changed weather and

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  1. What does FIVE STAR mean?  I know I like my dining establishments and hotels to be FIVE STAR, but what does it mean in the real estate world? Crescendo Business Services, in conjunction with QMI Research, recently completed a research/recognition study to find real estate agents in the greater Denver Metro area who consistently wowed their customers.  5280 Magazine published an extensive list of professionals who have shown exceptional technical skills, integrity and knowledge of their markets. RE/MAX of Boulder is very proud to announce that our office had sixteen FIVE STAR Agents.  They are:
  • 1.     Richard C. Ackerman              303-441-5604
  • 2.     Diane Barnwell                        303-441-5624
  • 3.     Holly McCarthy Cerretani         
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For new buyers, the world of mortgages may be a little confusing and entirely overwhelming. If you are mortgage shopping for your first new home, you definitely want to get the lowest possible rate that your credit score will grant. While comparing rates and deals from various lenders, there are a few options and facts every consumer should consider. Percentage points are extremely important to consider, and buyers should absolutely seek the lowest possible rates they can find.

A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage of $400,000 at 4.3% would cost $1,979 per month, while the same loan balance at 5.3% costs nearly $2,221, according to numbers from Bankrate - a difference of almost $250 per month. Over one year, that 1% difference equals out to $3,000. Even small

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