Tips for Home Sellers

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The FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage. It certainly isn’t a mortgage type that gets a lot of press but the more I learn about it, the more I’m convinced it definitely should. According to Preston Luckett, loan consultant with Guild Mortgage, the FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) is a normal FHA loan where the borrower finances 100% of the expense of an “energy package” which saves the buyer more in 

energy costs over time than the cost of the improvements themselves.

Simply put, if you find the Denver house you love, but replacing all the appliances, hot water heater, furnace, etc., just seems too daunting a task, now you have an alternative. The EEM allows you to roll the expense of replacing these items, the energy package, into your loan so that you
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There is quite a bit to think about when buying a home and typically insurance is isn’t at the top of the list. Most buyers will make sure they can get insurance on the house they are buying and that is enough for them. But perhaps it would be wise to look further into the insurance history of the home and that is where a C.L.U.E. report comes in.

C.L.U.E. (Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange) is a claims history database generated by LexisNexis® that enables insurance companies to access consumer claims information when they are underwriting or rating an insurance policy. That sounds great for insurance companies, so why is it important to you?

A C.L.U.E. report is important to you because it allows you to see any past claims the current owner of…
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Can you believe your chance to win $10,000 is only a few days away? I know there are lots of participants who can’t wait and have been looking forward to this day for months, and why shouldn’t they? There is still time to sign up so if you have been on the fence about it, now is the time to register and start collecting points.

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Every year we agents wait to see 5280 the Magazine's Real Estate edition hit the shelves and see what they say the top Real Estate markets in Denver are and which ones are going to be in the coming year. While they aren't always perfectly accurate, they typically do a good job and buyers and sellers certainly listen to what they have to say. So it was good to see that this year they nailed it when naming Highland as the top hood in Denver.

According to the article, Highland "has become a nationally recognized, trendsetting model for the possibilities of 21st-century new urbanism" and I couldn't agree more. Whenever I meet with out of state buyers I am amazed at how many of heard of Highlands and the surrounding neighborhoods of North West Denver. For the…
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How hot is the Denver Real Estate market right now? I have been saying it for the past three or four months and feel like I’m starting to sound like a broken record. But it is true, the Denver Real Estate market is on fire and in an article in the Denver Post today, hard numbers are out which help to back up my recent blog posts.

According to the article, Denver is second in the country for days on market. With an average of 33 days, we are well below the national average of 89 days. And a major reason they are going so quickly is a lack of inventory while demand has spiked.  “Unsold homes on the market totaled 10,325 in March, a 42 percent drop from March 2011.”

As an example, I listed a condo on 13th and Speer last week. Two years ago we had it

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What is the deal with a 15 year mortgage? Should I consider one when buying a Denver home? It certainly is a good question and one that we hear more and more now that rates for 15 year mortgages are so incredibly low.

The average for a 15 year mortgage is now down around the 3% level which is just plain crazy. In the past, lots of buyers shied away from 15 year mortgages because if you are paying your home off twice as fast, obviously your monthly payments are going to be much higher. But with rates so low, you might be surprised as to what you can afford and the benefits of paying it off in 15 years as opposed to 30 years are obvious.

Let’s look at some numbers. If you were to get a 15 year mortgage on a $250,000 home with 3.5% down and

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With the Denver Real Estate market so hot right now, multiple offers are starting to become more and more common for the best homes in Denver. It certainly isn’t something we have experienced in the recent past, typically a low ball offer was more the norm than multiple offers with many coming in above asking price. So with our market changing to quickly, what is the best way to handle multiple offers to make sure you get the right house before it is gone? Below are three tips that I share with my buyers to give them the best chance to snag the perfect home before it is gone.

1)      If you find the right house, jump on it before others do. The longer you wait, the better chance there will be other offers and the better chance the price is going

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It isn't often you have chance to win $10,000, especially while helping out a great cause at the same time. And the 10 grand doesn't just have to be used for a down payment, it can be used for a new kitchen, backyard, whatever you want. Registration is open now so sign up and tell your friends, it is going to be great. Click here to sign up.


Join us for the “Race To Your Next Place" on Saturday, May 19th, 2012. Registered racers in teams of two will participate in a city-wide scavenger hunt to win a $10,000 cash prize! It can be a down payment on a new home - or a new kitchen - a renovated bath - whatever you want! guildlogo_363Our grand prize has been generously provided byGuild Mortgage, media sponsorship from The Denver Post Community, and all registration

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 What are the future plans for Stapleton? If you have driven anywhere close to Stapleton recently, you can’t help but notice all the earth being moved, new roads being built and what appears to be a lot of new infrastructure leading to nothing. So after showing homes there recently, I got to wondering what the long term plan for Stapleton is.

I got lucky in my search by finding a great article and image in the Denver Post which lays out the plans pretty clearly. In the next ten years, there should be about 3,500 new homes, 3,500 new apartments, 1 million additional square feet of retail and 8.5 million square feet of office/industrial space built. This expansion will essentially double the size of Stapleton making it one of the largest and most

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I want to put a privacy fence in the backyard of my Denver home; do I need a permit to do so? It is a question that I am actually asking right now.  With the weather going to be so nice this weekend, I might actually get around to putting up the fence I’ve been putting off all winter. Looking deeper into it, and consulting Kyle O’Connor with KJO Construction, I have found out it all really depends.

The City of Denver has a very helpful link on their website to walk you through the process and help you figure out if you need a permit or not. It appears the biggest criteria to needing a permit is if you plan to build a masonry wall over 4 feet tall or a wood fence over 8 feet tall.  Also, it makes a big difference if you live along a parkway or Landmark

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