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Megan’s Law is a federal law named after Megan Kanka, who was abducted and murdered by a neighbor. On October 19, 1994, the neighbor, Jesse Timmendequas, was convicted of the crime and sentenced to death. As a result of this tragic event, the Kankas family was determined to create a system to notify the public with information about the residential locations of sex offenders.   

Under Colorado law, sex offenders have the right to live in any location they wish as long as they are properly registered. There is no authority granted by a police department or city government to control these circumstances. However, there is a duty for local law enforcement to alert the public to the availability of sex offender registration lists, and to maintain

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If you are mulling over the idea of moving and need to compare to a variety of different places you are interested in relocating to, you will no doubt want to assess the cost of housing. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) makes it easy to make comparisons. NAR has been keeping track of the housing affordability index nationally for many years, which enables you to see how the index has changed over time. The index is published on a monthly basis from NAR.

The housing affordability index measures whether or not a “typical” family could qualify for a mortgage on a “typical” home.  Already, that raises some questions. What does typical mean? For purposes of the calculation, the typical family (or home buyer, if the “family” is just one

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Home sales for Boulder-area real estate got off to a slow start in 2019 despite fairly mild January weather, resulting in decreased sales compared with a year ago. 

Single-family homes posted 184 sales, a decrease of 20.3 percent compared with 231 homes sold in the same month last year. Sales of condominiums and townhomes dropped 23.0 percent for the same period with 71 units sold vs. 92.

“The market saw a pretty significant slowdown that started mid-November and continued through January,” says Ken Hotard, senior vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area Realtor® Association. “The fundamentals are still solid—inventory improved and interest rates aren’t going up quickly,” he says, noting that interest rates are historically low and

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Homebuyers and home sellers hire real estate brokers to assist them with what is commonly the largest financial transaction in most people’s lives. In today’s real estate world, there is a copious variety of business models seeking to serve the needs of homebuyers and sellers. As markets change, types of real estate business models change and evolve with the market. When the market heated up prior to the recession, a business model evolved called limited service companies. The fees charged and services rendered varied greatly.  The fees, commissions, and services are 100% negotiated between a broker and their principal. The Division of Real Estate does not regulate commissions or services offered.  However, the level of services dropped so low, in

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By Jed MacArthur, Realtor, RE/MAX of Boulder
Article published in the Daily Camera on February 22, 2019 in the atHome section

 

The No. 1 reason home buyers purchase a home is to get more living space. In fact, in a recent survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of SunTrust Mortgage, 66 percent of millennials say more space is the top reason for purchasing a home.

That’s ample rationale to make the most of your home's bonus space when you plan to sell. Simple staging can turn that large landing or extra room into a space that declares, “Great Lifestyle!”. Your home sale will benefit from the impression of extra value.

With staging your bonus space in mind, consider these tips from Realtor.com on how to bring that nook or room to

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Every year, Colorado REALTORS® gather for two days in Denver at the Economic Summit and REALTOR® Day at the Capitol. This is an opportunity for Colorado REALTORS® to meet with Colorado legislators and hear a variety of presentations. This year’s meeting featured a “Housing for All – Demographics of Homeownership” panel discussion moderated by Matthew Leprino, a Denver REALTOR® and REColorado board member. The panel featured:

  • Muriel Williams, National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) 
  • Michael Lunden, National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP)                                                                                                                                  
  • Lisa Nguyen, Asian Real
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National Housing Starts Historical Chart from Macrotends.net

 

If you’ve ever attended an economic presentation, you know there’s a chance it can be pretty dry. I’m confident that if my economics classes in college were taught with as much enthusiasm as Dr. Elliot Eisenberg, a.k.a. the “Bowtie Economist” brings to his presentations, I probably would have paid a lot more attention. He may have even inspired me to pursue economics!  

Dr. Eisenberg gave a presentation last week during REALTOR® Day at the Capitol, a two-day event when over 200 Colorado REALTORS® met at the State Capitol to discuss a variety of state and federal policy issues that impact the real estate industry. It was also an opportunity for REALTORS® to share ideas from the

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More than 40 percent of homeowners in Boulder County are equity rich – that is the amount of loans secured by the property is 50 percent or less of the property’s estimated market value, according to ATTOM Data Solutions Q3 2018 U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report.

Cities in Boulder County notch the upper end of the equity rich measure. Here are the statistics for Boulder County. Percentages within cities vary slightly by zip code:

Boulder – 55% equity rich

Louisville – 46% equity rich

Lafayette – 42% equity rich

Longmont – 41% equity rich

Statewide, Colorado homeowners aren’t far behind with more than 32 percent of Colorado properties equity rich.

Across the U.S., nearly 14.5 million properties are equity rich. That’s 25.7

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RE/MAX of Boulder's FREE home search app is the most accurate available, giving you instant searches and updates at your fingertips! In this quick video, RE/MAX of Boulder Realtor Mike Bader shows you how easy it is to use. Download it today at app.boulderco.com or from the App Store or GooglePlay. 

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If you have three different professionals measure a home, you will likely be presented with three slightly different results. Why is that? Different standards, rounding differences, and local customs are just a few of the reasons.

Single family homes are usually measured using outside measurements, meaning the width of the wall is included in the total square footage number. Most appraisers use a tape measure divided up into 1/10th of a foot and use the measured distance. Some appraisers will round to the nearest ½ foot.

Generally, condos are measured inside wall to inside wall without counting the width of the wall.

For townhomes, exterior measurements are used, but with an estimate for ½ the width of the common wall counted in square

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