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This blog is devoted to information for Colorado real estate agents dealing with selling homes and helping buyers thru the mortgage process.

Date: February 12, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized


People are delaying the decision to buy a home because they are not sure where prices are headed.

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Why You Need an Expert – Part II

Date: February 5, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

Yesterday, we explained that having someone who truly knows the market was crucial if you were planning to buy or sell a home today. This expert should know what is happening in real estate, understand why it is happening and be able to simply and effectively explain each point to you and your family.

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Is It Time for Young Families to Buy a Home?

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We have reported that almost six million adults between the ages of 25 to 34 are currently living with their parents. That number reflects an almost 50% increase since 2003.

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Creating Wealth Through Homeownership – The Proof

Date: January 19, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized


Several real estate economists have shown that the average homeowner accumulates more overall wealth than the average renter.[i] However, it is not clear how this is done.

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Dos and Don’ts For A Smooth Loan Approval

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Here is a list of helpful tips to ensure an effortless loan approval process. These DO’s and DON’Ts will help avoid any delays with your loan approval.

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How Much Should You Put Down?

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Like most questions, the answer is “it depends”. Today, I thought I’d give you some things to consider.

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The Power of Assumability

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One of the rarely touted advantages of people taking FHA mortgages today is the fact that they are assumable. What that means is, when the FHA homebuyer of today is looking to sell his home, a qualified purchaser can “take over” their loan.

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Short Sale Vs. Foreclosure: A Short Sale Always Wins

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Today’s ever changing real estate industry has brought upon some very challenging questions from our clients. We as counselors, want to put forth the best, non-emotional advice that we can, in hopes that we can help our clients and their families navigate the rough waters of the short sale process.

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The Need for a True Real Estate Professional

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Anyone in the real estate industry for any length of time realizes that the education required and the resources necessary to be a true industry professional have dramatically increased over the last two decades.

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The Evidence is in on the Choice of a Lockbox

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Does the choice of a lockbox matter? Do the older type lockbox systems influence the final transaction price or the marketing time of property? These questions are often pondered by real estate professionals. Older key and combination systems are low tech, easy to employ, and less costly to the broker.

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How Your Agent Markets Themselves, Indicates How They Will Market Your Home

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With the glut of available homes on the market, how your home is marketed is the biggest factor in determining how quickly it will sell (assuming the price is reasonably presented). A real estate agent’s marketing plan should be the most crucial determinant in deciding who to list your home with. But, how can you really know about the agent’s marketing strategies?

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Real Estate: Today’s Golden Opportunity

Date: May 25, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized


Everyone wants to comment on the current real estate market. They want to talk about how now is not the time to buy a home. Some even argue owning a house has never been a great investment. Most say it will be a long time before real estate again begins to appreciate. It all sounds so familiar to us. It was just a decade ago that many made the same arguments about gold as an investment.

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