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For buyers who have the intention of purchasing within the next six months, it's important to get the finances in order and set a reasonable plan to make your purchase achievable. However, there are also a few things one should not do when preparing to enter the buying process. To ensure a smooth process, you'll want to avoid the following:

Stay away from making any other large purchase of any kind -- especially a new car. Even if you have accumulated the savings to cover it responsibly, control the desire to spend. A large purchase, a car or otherwise, can affect your mortgage terms when the time comes to seek financing. After applications are submitted and the numbers are crunched, your extra loan payment will affect the terms you wind up receiving

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In today's competitive marketplace, sellers are encouraged to play up the best attributes of their home, also known as the "hot selling points." By using your home's special features to position it as a unique piece of property, you can stand out from the competition in your area and truly shine in the minds of buyers.

Certain features of a home can be capitalized on when officially listing your home on the market, and some of these features may not even be initially desired from buyers. For example, lush or extravagant gardens and backyards may give your property the extra push it needs to sell quickly. If your backyard or garden feels like a sanctuary, some buyers might respond to it. A beautiful landscape or feeling of serenity could really grab a

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As another year ends and a new one begins, we pause to say THANK YOU to all our clients, old and new, who have made our success possible.

There are many ways to gauge success, but at RE/MAX of Boulder we believe a happy client is the final measure. You have chosen us as the BEST Real Estate Company/Office in the Daily Camera’s GOLD 2010 People’s Choice Awards. Also, you have voted us the BEST Real Estate Agency in the Boulder Weekly’s Best of Boulder County and the Colorado Daily’s CU & Boulder’s BEST in 2010. 

We are very proud that the customer service that these accolades recognize has made us the Number One RE/MAX office in the United States for three years running.  We are looking forward to serving your real estate needs in the years to come.

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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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