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Daddy...You're the Best! - 12/24/11 12:20 PM
Daddy...You're the Best!A young couple was looking at a home for the third time and had invited their parents to see it. The dad had quickly assumed his self-appointed role as tire kicker and was talking about how expensive mortgage rates were compared to what a certificate of deposit was paying.The next thing you know, he has the kids cornered and says to them "I have a CD coming due and if you'll pay me what I'll be earning, I'll loan you the money to buy the home. You'll save quite a (4 comments)
If Women Are From Venus and Men from Mars What on Earth Happens When They're Buying a Home? - 12/22/11 06:48 PM
If Women Are From Venus and Men From Mars What on Earth Happens When They're Buying a Home? While it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that men and women have different approaches to nearly every situation, what's interesting to see is where the differences lie, and how it affects their decisions when buying a home.A 2007 Royal LePage survey found that 30 percent of single women already owned their own home. With the demographics of homebuyers changing, a prominent real estate company recently decided to commission a survey in 2009 to discover to what extent men and women (2 comments)
Have a Home Office? Learn How to Maximize Your Space - 12/21/11 09:55 PM
In today’s upwardly mobile real estate environment, the ability to move around and shift is crucial. Oftentimes, agents are burning the midnight oil at home, not at the office. For this, it’s important to have a place that is functional, organized and private (if possible).Here are some top ideas from wikihow.com on how to find, keep and organize your home office:Find the perfect spot. Part of keeping organized in a home office is ensuring that you have a suitable place set aside to serve solely as your home office. It's not going to be effective if you're borrowing space anywhere, such (6 comments)
Last Minute Gifts Without Shopping - 12/21/11 09:19 PM
Last Minute Gifts Without Shopping - What do they want? What do they need? Will it fit? Do they already have one? These are the common thoughts running through our minds when trying to find the perfect gift.The gift of really listening with no interrupting, no daydreaming and no planning your response is exactly what people want when they have something important to say.The gift of affection with appropriate hugs, kisses and pats on the back can demonstrate your love for family and friends better than words.The gift of laughter by sharing cartoons and funny stories will say "I love (2 comments)
Kitchen Trends for 2012: Old World Out, Simplicity In - 12/21/11 09:00 PM
Kitchen Trends for 2012: Old World Out, Simplicity InKitchens are where family and friends come to cook, eat and socialize. With 2012 just around the corner, kitchen design trends for the new year are an industry-wide hot topic, ,green designas experts predict where kitchen design is headed and which materials will be in vogue.Home design experts predict that 2012 is going to be an exciting year for kitchen design because homeowners want more creativity in their homes and are becoming more thoughtful in their decision-making.To begin a kitchen overhaul, homeowners shouldn’t be afraid to dispose of anything from the last two (0 comments)
Market Update for Smoky Ridge in Aurora Co - 12/20/11 01:06 AM
Real Estate Market Analysis for Smoky Ridge Homes in Aurora, coThis is a monthly real estate market analysis for Smoky Ridge homes in Aurora, Cofor the month of November 2011. If you are looking to purchase a home in Smoky Ridge the real estate market analysis can be a useful tool. The report will help you determine how many listings are in Smoky Ridge, how many homes sold in the last month, the average price of a home in Smoky Ridge and many other important market factors regarding homes in Smoky Ridge. The monthly Smoky Ridge real estate market analysis is (5 comments)
Market Update for Piney Creek in Aurora, Co - 12/20/11 12:48 AM
Real Estate Market Analysis for Piney Creek Homes in Aurora, coThis is a monthly real estate market analysis for Piney Creek homes in Aurora, Cofor the month of November 2011. If you are looking to purchase a home in Piney Creek the real estate market analysis can be a useful tool. The report will help you determine how many listings are in Piney Creek, how many homes sold in the last month, the average price of a home in Piney Creek and many other important market factors regarding homes in Piney Creek.The monthly Piney Creek real estate market analysis is also (0 comments)
Market Update for Woodgate in Aurora, Co - 12/20/11 12:34 AM
Real Estate Market Analysis for Woodgate Homes in Aurora, coThis is a monthly real estate market analysis for Woodgate homes in Aurora, Cofor the month of November 2011. If you are looking to purchase a home in Woodgate the real estate market analysis can be a useful tool. The report will help you determine how many listings are in Woodgate, how many homes sold in the last month, the average price of a home in Woodgate and many other important market factors regarding homes in Woodgate. The monthly Woodgate real estate market analysis is also a great tool for home (2 comments)
Market Update for Tuscany in Aurora, Co - 12/20/11 12:22 AM
Real Estate Market Analysis for Tuscany Homes in Aurora, coThis is a monthly real estate market analysis for Tuscany homes in Aurora, Cofor the month of November 2011. If you are looking to purchase a home in Tuscany the real estate market analysis can be a useful tool.The report will help you determine how many listings are in Tuscany, how many homes sold in the last month, the average price of a home in Tuscany and many other important market factors regarding homes in TuscanyThe monthly Tuscany real estate market analysis is also a great tool for home owners looking to (0 comments)
Market Update for Saddle Rock in Aurora, Co - 12/20/11 12:09 AM
Real Estate Market Analysis for Saddle Rock Homes in Aurora, CoThis is a monthly real estate market analysis for Saddle Rock homes in Aurora, for the month of November 2011. If you are looking to purchase a home in Saddle Rock the real estate market analysis can be a useful tool. The report will help you determine how many listings are in Saddle Rock, how many homes sold in the last month, the average price of a home in Saddle Rock and many other important market factors regarding homes in Saddle Rock.The monthly Saddle Rock real estate market analysis is also (2 comments)
Old Spaghetti Factory Denver, Co - 12/18/11 01:41 AM
Not only does the Old Spaghetti Factory have delicious food but the design of the building and the antiques are an amazing eye full.This restaurant is international started by the owners wife Sally. In order to furnish the first restaurant she went to garage sales and scrounged around for furniture to decorate the restaurant. To this day she supervises every restaurant’s decorating with antiques and replicas of antiques.The locations of restaurants are in old buildings or warehouses in the downtown areas where rents are cheap so the price of the food is reasonable.We like eating in the bright red train car. (5 comments)
Know Your Vitamin ABC'S - 12/17/11 11:36 PM
Know Your Vitamin ABC'sA walk down the vitamin aisle at your local pharmacy or grocery store can be overwhelming. There are so many options that it can be hard to know where to begin. Pharmacist Lauren Fallieras says it's important to understand how and why your body uses certain nutrients in order to decide which supplements are right for your needs. "Vitamins play a key role in building a healthy body from the inside out," she says. "It is important to get these nutrients from a well-balanced diet, but it's not uncommon to fall short on select vitamins and minerals without (2 comments)
Eat Right Tonight for a Healthy Heart - 12/14/11 01:00 PM
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women in the United States. By making healthy dietary choices, you can reduce your risk of heart disease, as well as score a slew of other health boons, from weight loss to improved energy.The American Heart Association has reported that about 80 million adults in the U.S. have at least one form of heart disease—disorders that prevent the heart from functioning normally—including coronary artery disease, heart rhythm problems, heart defects, infections, and more.The following tips, brought to you by Food and Drug Administration nutrition expert (FDA's) Barbara (2 comments)
Dorothy Says There's No Place Like Home - 12/13/11 07:33 PM
You don't have to be Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz to feel like there's no place like home. Inspect all of your decorations and electrical lighting before using them. While you're enjoying the holidays this year, it's important to pay attention to some of the things that may affect your safety. Extension cords should not be placed under the carpet or rugs or bundled together which could cause overheating. Limit three standard size sets of lights to a single extension cord. Consider using portable or permanent ground fault circuit interrupters with all lighting to avoid possible shocks. Turn off holiday (0 comments)
O Holy Night..You Must Hear This Man's Tenor Voice - 12/12/11 12:18 PM
Christmas season is upon us. One thing about this season is the beauty of the music.After you hear this version of O Holy Night your spirits will climb and you will be in awe of the incredible talent of David Phelps.Wishing you and your family the best of it all and to have a safe, fun and peaceful Christmas season. (2 comments)
If you are new to the home buying process this will give you a general idea of the financing end result.This chart is based on an FHA loan and a house priced at $150,000 with a 3.5% down payment. Sometimes the seller will pay closing costs for you. In Denver you can easily find a home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a garage for around $150,000 $1,056.83 FHA Payment (0 comments)
Are You Afraid Of Buying Your First Aurora Home? - 12/10/11 12:56 PM
Are You Afraid Of Buying Your First Aurora Home? Let's face it. Buying your first Aurora home can be a bit unnerving, to say the least. This is a commitment that needs to be made for the long-term and a lot of thought needs to go into it. Not to mention money!Here are a few things that you can do to settle yourself down and come to terms with buying your first Aurora home. 1. Don't panic Don't let your emotions get in the way of a logical decision. Breathe and relax. Think of the benefits of owning your own home (0 comments)
Traveling Over the Holidays? Safety First! - 12/09/11 02:10 PM
Traveling Over the Holidays? Safety First!Wallet? Check. Passport? Check. Phone charger? Check. According to the Air Transport Association, an estimated 23.2 million air travelers will be going through similar mental checklists this holiday season. However, many will forget the importance of checking personal safety off of their lists. Denver International Airport is highly travelled and security is tight. Since this airport has many international visitors you just can’t be too careful with your belongings.FrontierMEDEX, a global medical, safety and security solutions provider, conducted a survey of more than 400 travelers last week, and found that most travelers place a higher (0 comments)
Finding the Best Deal - 12/08/11 08:47 PM
Finding the Best Deal Consumers are vigilant about buying opportunities like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday along with sales, coupons and rebates. Some cautious buyers will even risk shopping early to find exactly what they want to waiting until the last moment for potentially lower prices.In retail, the hype is more obvious and the signs may be easier to read than that of the home market. Certainly, volumes have been written about the record low mortgage rates and that home prices have adjusted considerably lower in the last four years.A more subtle indication of (0 comments)
Looking For The Perfect Aurora Fixer – Upper? - 12/07/11 02:21 AM
Looking For The Perfect Aurora Fixer – Upper?When it comes to finding the perfect Aurora fixer-upper you'll have to have your senses in sharp tune to pick up what others may miss. You'll find that there are a lot of different homes in Aurora that will fall into the fixer-upper category quite easily. It is your job to find them along with the help of your real estate agent. Get your agent on the same track The first thing that you need to do is get on the same track with your Aurora real estate agent. Exactly what are you looking (0 comments)
Tips for Drying Out a Flooded Basement - 12/07/11 01:54 AM
Tips for Drying Out a Flooded Basement Winter time is upon us and so are frozen pipes. Basements are natural targets for excess water, due to their position as the lowest point in any home and the fact that water loves to run downhill. It is always advisable to make sure the landscaping surrounding a home slopes away from the structure for a distance of no less than 10 feet. In extreme cases, once the ground has been saturated, any additional water that is added will have to go somewhere, and it is going to seek the path of least resistance.As (9 comments)
Not Yet, Really? - 12/05/11 10:22 PM
Home prices have come down 20, 30, 40% or more in the last three years and mortgage rates are lower than they've been in 50 years and you still haven't bought a home. Really? Housing affordability is good and you're still renting. Really? Are you waiting for it to get to what? Do you think prices and rates are going to get lower? Really? You know it's costing you more every month to rent than to own. Tax savings, appreciation and principal reduction lower the monthly cost of housing and yet you'd rather let your landlord benefit...Really?Have you heard that (0 comments)
Mortgage Myths - 12/04/11 09:51 PM
Mortgage Myths "It's impossible to get low down payment loans." - UNTRUE! FHA down payments are only 3.5% and VA is 0%. In some areas, there may be some 100% USDA loans available. "It takes perfect credit to get a loan." - UNTRUE! There is a relationship of better rates to better credit but many issues on a credit report may be explained. The way to know for sure is to speak to a reliable lender. "If I've had a bankruptcy or foreclosure, I can't qualify." - UNTRUE! Credit history following a short sale or foreclosure is (2 comments)
Wasted Water with Flushes - 12/04/11 09:25 PM
Wasted Water with FlushesA typical household uses 185 to 300 gallons of water a day and the majorityof it goes down the drain from the toilet and the shower. Updating your commodeswill serve as a conservation effort while lowering your water bill. Today's toilets use less water, prevent staining and resist cloggingbetter than the older toilets and you might be surprised at how easy they are toinstall. Replacements generally cost from $100 to $300.Toilets made in the 1950's used, on average, seven gallons per flush.Compare that with one that only uses 1.6 gallons per flush and it's a bigsaving. Multiply by (4 comments)
Silent KillerCarbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and toxic. It's called the "silent killer" in homes because some victims are not even aware that the deadly condition exists. Homeowners must be concerned about unmaintained furnaces, water heaters and appliances that can produce the deadly gas. Other sources could include leaking chimneys, unvented kerosene or gas space heaters and even exhaust from cars operating in an attached garage. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests the following to reduce exposure in the home: Keep gas appliances properly adjusted Install and use an exhaust fan vented to the outdoors over gas stoves Open (13 comments)
The Best Family Gift - 12/04/11 04:07 PM
The Best Family GiftA home is a place of your own where you can raise your family, share with friends and feel safe and secure. Other benefits for homeowners include better physical health, higher lifetime income, higher student test scores, and lower teen delinquency.Reduced prices and low interest rates have placed housing affordability at its highest but rates have started inching up in the past few weeks which will directly result in higher payments. Credit, debt ratios and income are the limiting factors that could be keeping you from taking advantage of these opportunities. Isn't it time (0 comments)
With 118.2 million pet-owning households, according to the latest survey by the American Pet Products Association, many families will invite their four-legged family members to participate in the holiday festivities. Whether it’s lighting the menorah or decorating the Christmas tree, every family has their own customs that make the holidays special. Here are some easy ways to incorporate pets into the family traditions this season. Counting Down the Days: Buy your pet a 12 Days of Christmas calendar at your local pet store. These calendars give pets a toy or tasty treat during the 12 days leading up to Christmas. (0 comments)
Simple Steps to Protect Your Identity this Holiday Season - 12/03/11 01:51 AM
The busiest shopping time of the year is here. Deal-seeking shoppers will hit the stores early to take advantage of massive Black Friday sales, and even more will shop online for discounted holiday gifts on Cyber Monday. With all the credit and debit transactions that will be coming through, shoppers need to remain alert to avoid identity theft in a time when they are the most vulnerable. Grange Insurance, a Columbus-based insurance company, offers advice for shoppers to remain protected this holiday season. 1. Remove extra credit cards, social security card, birth certificate and passport from your wallet or purse.In the (6 comments)
Postal Service Provides Guide to Mailing Season's Greetings - 12/01/11 08:42 PM
Postal Service Provides Guide to Mailing Season's GreetingsWith 16.5 billion cards, letters and packages to be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, the U.S. Postal Service has shipping tips to help make sure gifts are delivered promptly and safely during the holiday season. "The Postal Service is making it easier to ship packages to family and friends for the holidays—be it online at usps.com, or by visiting your local Post Office," says Gary Reblin, vice president, Domestic Products. "And remember, proper addressing and packaging will ensure every gift receives the service it deserves. Shipping Basics• Remove batteries from toys and (2 comments)
You Must Be This Tall to Ride - 12/01/11 12:28 AM
You Must Be This Tall to Ride Do you remember going to the State Fair or Six Flags as a child? There was a terrific ride your older siblings were going on but there, at the entrance gate, was a sign that read "You must be this tall to ride." After standing in line and thinking you had just about made it, you found out that you weren't tall enough. Not only was it disappointing, it was slightly embarrassing. You never want to go through that again.It's remarkably similar when buying a home. You can go through the entire property search (4 comments)
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