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A beautiful new kitchen is often the renovation homeowners dream of. But if getting a high return on investment (ROI) is at the top of your checklist, you may want to consider doing exterior work instead.

Seven out of the ten highest payback projects are exterior renovations, according to Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value Report 2018. Except for a minor kitchen remodel, work done on the exterior of the house generated higher returns than did interior renovations.

Here are the five renovations that give the highest return, according to Remodeling Magazine.

Garage door replacement

A new garage door can give your home instant curb appeal. Expect to spend about $3,500 to install a new 16x7-foot windowed garage door with lifetime warranty and

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Stress is starting to run a little high with interest rates on the rise. Here’s a brief history lesson first!  Over my 40-year history as a Realtor, I’ve seen a wide range of mortgage interest rates. In the early ‘80s, rates seemed like they were going up every day, and in October 1981, the Freddie Mac rate soared to 18.44%! I can remember thinking, if only the rates would just go back down to 12% all would be right with the world. Rates did gradually get better, even with many ups and downs, but the valley was in October 2012 at the end of the recession when it dropped to a record low of 3.36%. You know the old saying, “What goes up must come down!”. In the world of interest rates, there’s also another adage: “What goes down must come up!”. From that

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This week’s Aging at Altitude Conference in Boulder organized by the Daily Camera was an amazing event! The parking lot at the new Boulder Jewish Community Center was packed, and there was even overflow parking at adjacent facilities. The huge attendance was evidence of our large baby boomer and senior population seeking out resources and information. One of the sessions at the conference was about using reverse mortgages as a financial tool for those age 62 and over. I spoke on the panel with two reverse mortgage specialists. We dispelled many of the myths that have been keeping seniors from using this valuable tool. Here is a synopsis of what we shared. 

In 1988, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) reverse mortgage insurance legislation was

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Colorado's economy continues to expand in 2018, even after signaling a slowdown at the beginning of the year. Job growth was revised upward to 2.4 percent growth for the year, according to the mid-year economic report from the Leeds Business Research Division at the University of Colorado Boulder.

The rebound follows a slowing of employment growth last September to less than 1.9 percent – the lowest level in almost six years. In June 2018, job growth increased 2.8 percent year-over-year.

The increase means about 15,000 more jobs than expected will be added through 2018, bringing the total to 62,000 new jobs by the end of the year.

The state's gross domestic product also rose 4.5 percent year-over-year for first quarter 2018. The increase

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By Jay Kalinski

Article published in BizWest on October 3, 2018


In the Boulder Valley, housing, the economy, and transportation are more inextricably linked than in many places in the U.S.  Here are the facts: Boulder has more than 100,000 jobs, and more than 60,000 people commute daily in and out of Boulder. Thus, the majority of Boulder’s workforce lives outside of Boulder and travels daily on our major transportation arteries.

Since Boulder’s anti-growth sentiments seem not to be going anywhere anytime soon, the condition of our roadways has become increasingly important to our economy in general and to commuters in particular.  The worse the condition of our roads, the longer commutes take and the more money commuters have to spend on

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Boulder-area housing continues to reach new heights, shrugging off a pullback in July sales.

“Prices in Boulder Valley are at an all-time high in both single-family and attached homes. Also inventory challenges are ongoing. Despite both of those realities, housing demand is absolutely holding,” says Ken Hotard, senior vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area REALTOR® Association.

The City of Boulder July average sales price reached more than $1.3 million – a 15.4 percent increase for the year. Median price hit $984,648. While Boulder's prices are the highest, every area in Boulder County saw an increase in average sales price ranging from 3.5 percent in Superior to 17.7 percent in Niwot year-to-date.

However, July sales slowed

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Summer afternoons in Colorado are often hit with wild weather, and this week was no exception. The Boulder/Louisville area was pounded by a severe hail storm with golf ball and larger-sized hail wreaking havoc on buildings, houses, cars, trees, and gardens.

I stopped by Foothills Insurance next door to my office after the storm. It was certainly bustling! Whenever a hail storm comes ripping through the area, the phone starts ringing in a frenzy. Out of curiosity I asked if this was one of the biggest storms. They laughed and reminded me of the Colorado Mills Shopping Center storm when the roof was pounded, businesses flooded, and nearly every car in the parking lot was damaged. Nonetheless, while driving through central Boulder and Louisville, I

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Duane Duggan is an award-winning Realtor and author of the book, “Realtor for Life.” 

Over the years we’ve learned a considerable amount about the impact of septic systems in Boulder County. There is clear evidence that aging, unapproved septic systems have been leaking into our water system. As a result, Boulder County implemented SepticSmart Regulations on September 1, 2008 in order to protect our health and environment. 

Here are six important facts every home buyer of a house with a septic system should know:

  1. SepticSmart requires that a septic system be permitted, approved, and inspected before the sale of a home. Either the existing owner or the buyer will need to make any repairs that are required to bring the system to compliance.

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By Terri Johnson, Realtor, RE/MAX of Boulder

Boulder County’s growing season is in full bloom – perfect for the plants we want in our garden. But it's also perfect for weeds.

Many of the chemical weed killers are toxic to the environment and to our kids and pets, too. Our furry and young family members need a yard free of chemicals to roll around in. You don't have to look farther than your kitchen for items that can do the trick. Here’s a helpful list, first published by Better Homes and Gardens.

1. Salt

Salt will kill weeds and any other vegetation, too. So only use salt where you don't want anything at all to grow. Salt can be used in the cracks in sidewalks, driveways, and pathways to eliminate plant growth. Just be sure the water

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There’s nothing like buying a home and finding out on the day you move in your garage is encroaching onto your neighbor’s property! It doesn’t happen very often, but it does happen, especially in older neighborhoods where a previous homeowner put up a garage or shed without a survey or a permit. 

Typically, when a homebuyer gets a loan to purchase a property, and/or when the buyer is requesting Owner’s Extended Coverage title insurance, the title company will order what is commonly called “the survey”. However, this instrument is actually an “Improvement Location Certificate” (ILC), and not an actual “Boundary Survey.” An ILC is a scale drawing that documents the position of buildings, driveways, overhangs, outbuildings, fence lines, etc. in

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