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Buyers Are Getting Smarter - 10/28/10 11:54 AM
It seem from previous surverys that the McMansions are not so much in demand. The younger generation wants what Mom and Dad took years to accomplish and they want it now. In our area the new home builders are scaling back on the sizes of the houses because of demand and price point. Around 2600 square feet is the acceptable size for most buyers. They want a simpler lifestyle. Most buyers are under 45 years old with household incomes of $75,000. Buyers are smart these days knowing the economy isn't at it's best with some believing it will only get (1 comments)
3.8% Sales Tax for Selling Your Home..Example - 10/28/10 02:27 AM
I wonder if the " 1% Transaction Tax " proposed by Washington, would be on top of this? If this tax sticks, and goes into effect, consider this: If you sell your home after 2012: $100,000 home: 3.8% tax = $3,800 from your pocket 5% Real Estate Broker's fee (both sides): $5,000 Sub Total = $8,800 Plus title and closing fees $1,500 approximate (many RE Brokers charge 6% (both sides) $1,000 additional cost $11,300 with 6% RE Commission (11.3% of sales price)
Make The Pumpkin Smell Good - 10/26/10 05:06 PM
Make the Pumpkin smell good As long as you spend the time to carve the pumpkin and making scary faces why not make it smell good also? On the underside of the top put some cinnamon, nutmeg or pie spices. Then stick some gloves in the top. Light a votive candle put the top back on and enjoy the aroma.
History Of Halloween - 10/26/10 04:36 PM
History of Halloween Halloween is a fun time for the kids and some adult parties. It's nice that dayight savings time starts after Halloween night so the kids will remain safer. In Denver our first snow usually lands on Halloween but hopefully not this year, The name "Halloween" began as "All Hallows Eve." This became "All Hallow E'en," leading to "Hallowe'en," or Halloween. It was the evening before All Hallows Day, which was later called All Saints' Day. (In this case, "hallows" meant "saints.") All Saints' Day, a feast for all martyrs and saints, was celebrated on November 1st for the (0 comments)
All Brick Ranch with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 6512 Urban Ct Arvada, Co - 10/26/10 02:55 AM
This immaculate home has over 2300 square feet. The basement is light and bright and all finished with a bedroom and a 3/4 bath plus huge familyroom The hardwood floors are refinshed , the interior paint is new and the vinyl windows are updated. Attic fan and swamp cooler keep thibgs super cool in the summer. Stainless appliances are staying, double wood doors leading to the covered patio and the fenced back yard. There is a play house and sand pit for the children. All of the schoools are within walking distance.
The Ant and the Leaf - 10/22/10 03:25 PM
Today I walked out in the driveway to get the mail, as I did, I noticed a little ant dragging a big leaf 20X his size across the driveway to his home. It came to me that as big as that leaf was and the distance he was dragging it, there had to be some major motivation, At anytime, he could get run over by a car or stepped on,.But he remained focused, He didn't care about the conditions of his job, rain, snow, wind, sun or the dangers of being eaten by a passing bird.. He remained focused (0 comments)
Details on the Parker Road and Arapahoe Road Flyover Ramp - 10/22/10 01:33 PM
Details on the Parker Road and Arapahoe Road flyover Ramp Project Overview We are excited to see this flyover become a reality. This intersection is a major problem with traffic being more than the area can handle. With new housing starts and new shopping areas this has addd to the congestion. In late June 2010, the Colorado Department of
Transportation (CDOT) started the final phase of the Parker Road/Arapahoe Road interchange improvement project. The project will construct a grade-separated interchange that carries Parker Road over Arapahoe Road. The corresponding ramps will also be constructed to complete the full interchange. The (0 comments)
History and Dates of Daylight Savings Time - 10/21/10 07:21 PM
History of Daylight Savings Time I always thought the clocks were adjusted to give the farmers more daylight to work the crops. Not true. Daylight Savings time begins each year at 2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday in March, with clocks moving ahead one hour. Standard time begins each year at 2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November, with clocks moving one hour back. Hawaii and Arizona do not change their clocks. It is not mandatory that any state goes to DST. Benjamin Franklin in 1784 suggested changing clocks to allow more daylight during World War 1 and World War (5 comments)
Someone Used Our Debit Card - 10/19/10 06:12 PM
Someone took our debit card number and tried to use it 7 times for the same amount of $500.00. It came from a very well known online anti -virus company. Thank goodness our Credit Union caught it and did not honor it. We had to cancel the card and start over. After many calls to try to find out who did it no one would own up to it. Thankfully nothing was lost. I make sure all blank application forms are shreaded and anything else with account numbers on it. keep record of your credit and bank card statements each month. Get a free (2 comments)
Have You Checked Your Own Credit Score Lately? - 10/19/10 02:50 PM
You can get a free credit report each year. If you want your score they will charge a small fee. This is especially important if you have a common name or if you are a Junior or Senior after your last name.
The three main credit reporting agencies, or credit bureaus, are Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union. You can order a copy of your credit report by calling the following telephone numbers * Equifax: (800) 685-1111 * Trans Union: (800) 916-8800 * Experian: (800) 682-7654 (2 comments)
Explanation of Radon Gas - 10/18/10 05:35 PM
If you have ever wondered where Radon gas comes from or the hazards of it please read on. Your home inspector can test for the gas that may be coming up from the soil. Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas that has been estimated to cause 5,000 to 20,000 lung cancer deaths yearly. It is second only to smoking as a cause of lung cancer. It has been estimated that nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the US has elevated radon levels. Radon is produced when small amounts of uranium and radium in soil and rocks decay. Radon (2 comments)
What is a HUD-1 Government Form That Will Be Signed At Closing? - 10/14/10 11:41 PM
The HUD-1 statement is a uniform document used nation wide. All of the numbered lines are the same throughout the United States so the Department of HUD can audit files with the same uniformity. Since the title companies all use different forms, one for the buyer and one for the seller, they also have to use the HUD-1 form and put the closing figures for both the buyers an sellers on it. A document that provides an itemized listing of the funds that are payable at closing. Items that appear on the statement include real estate commissions, loan fees, points, and initial (3 comments)
The Purpose of Title Insurance - 10/14/10 11:25 PM
It is customary in Colorado for the seller to pay for the buyers title insurance. The mortgage company will not close without it and neither will the title company. What is title insurance? Newspapers refer to it in the weekly real estate sections and you hear about it in conversations with real estate brokers. If you've purchased a home you may be familiar with the benefits of title insurance. However, if this is your first home, you may wonder, "Why do I need yet another insurance policy?" While a number of issues can be raised by that question, we will start with a (4 comments)
Final Walkthrough..So Important - 10/12/10 11:09 AM
Have you every had a closing then get a panic call from the buyers telling you all of the copper plumbing is missing? If the house is vacant there is no telling what the buyers will find after they get the keys. Maybe a squatter living there because it was staged really nice, broken windows and missing appliances or a Meth lab has been established. I once heard that the former tenants came back a took all of the doors off including the front door. Are the original appliance's still there or were they changed out for ones of lesser value. Is the electrical (3 comments)
Water Audit Of Your Home..Things to Look For That You May Not Know - 10/06/10 10:43 PM
Have you ever had a water audit done on your home? If you live in Aurora, Co the city will come audit every possible place you could be wasting water and running up your water bill. The cost is $30.00. They will give you a shower timer, new nozzle for your water hose, and a measuring device to see how much water you are using for your lawn to keep from watering too much. The best part is you will receive a monitoring device that reads your meter from inside the house. You can check the meter to see how much you used for (4 comments)
Colorado is Doing Great - 10/06/10 01:05 PM
Here are the latest report about the economic outlook for Colorado. Looks like we are doing really well. Now if we could only get the Real Estate market to be reasonable and move along a little faster we all would be happy. This upside down issue with homeowners hopefully will change soon.
Sixth edition of Toward a More Competitive Colorado released - Here are some highlights for the state from the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation most recent report:- #2 in the country for economic outlook - #2 for adults with a bachelor's degree - #4 for highest population growth - Nation's lowest obesity rate and (0 comments)
Hay Rrides, Pumpkins, Farm Tours, Petting Zoo, Corn Maze - 10/04/10 09:09 PM
Here are some places for Mom and Dad and the kids to go to pick their Halloween pumpkins, hay rides, farm tours and petting zoo's. During the Fall season the temperature in Denver is just perfect. Not too hot and not too cold..and no signs of snowfall yet. It's a good time to gather the family and go for some outdoor entertainment.
Denver Botanic Garden at Chatfield-Corn Maze Littleton- 8500 Deer Crk. Canyon Rd. 8-acre maze and a smaller one for the little kids. Hay and pony rides on the weekend. 303-973-3705 http://www.botanicgardens.org/content/corn-maze Cottonwood Farm Boulder- 75th St. & (2 comments)
What Do You Carry In Your Car? - 10/03/10 01:15 AM
You just never know what you might need in the way of tools. I keep this tool kit in the trunk so if one of my yard signs is fallng apart or I need to use the sledge hammer to pound the sign in the yard I have the equipment to get it fixed. My tool kit includes: Hammer, pliers, duct tape, pad of paper, pens, scotch tape, screw drivers, box of nuts and bolts , tie twists, lock box, electronic measuring device, the largest tape measure I could find, umbrella, moist hand wipes, small towels, sissors and a small flashlight. In (9 comments)
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