Homeownership

Buyers The Numbers Behind Renting Peep these numbers behind renting. 👀 Clearly, the majority of renters in the U.S. are experiencing major price increases year-over-year. In fact, rent prices have reached a new high, with the median monthly rental cost climbing to a whopping $1,879 in the United States.   Moreover, over half of renters that remained in their current […]
Buyers & Sellers How to Handle Asbestos in Your Home Throughout the mid twentieth century, asbestos was commonly used throughout the homebuilding process. It was typically used as insulation, but would also pop up in vinyl flooring, cement siding, walls, pipes—you name it. After it was discovered that inhaling asbestos fibers has serious health effects, its domestic production slowed, and legislation was put forth to […]
Home life 13 Appliance Tips & Hacks for Household Chores Modern home appliances make our lives so much easier. They tackle dreaded household chores, saving us time and effort. There are lots of ways to use them, however, that you may not have thought of before. Here are 13 little-known tricks for getting more than your money’s worth from your appliances. 13 Appliance Tips & […]
Blog What Is Landlord Insurance and Why Do You Need It? If you are a landlord, it’s important to take steps to properly protect yourself and your property before the renters move in. Landlord insurance helps fill in the gaps of coverage where homeowners insurance policies don’t apply and allows you to rest easy knowing your home is sufficiently covered while tenants occupy your property. What […]
Blog The Importance of Homeowners Insurance In addition to providing shelter and comfort, our home is often our single greatest asset, and it’s important that we protect that precious investment. Most homeowners realize the importance of homeowners insurance in safeguarding the value of a home. However, what they may not know is that about two-thirds of all homeowners are under-insured. What a […]
Buyers How to Save Money to Buy a House It’s no secret that buying a home is a serious financial undertaking, but aspiring homeowners are often left wondering what the methods behind the process actually look like. One of the telltale signs that you’re ready to buy a home is having substantial savings to use toward the purchase. The following information goes under the […]
Home life 5 Pet-Friendly House Cleaning Tips Pets make a house a home. But as much as you love your furry friends, they do add a few entries to your list of chores. Keeping your home clean requires a bit of extra work, and some methods of upkeep are more pet-friendly than others. The following tips will help you keep your house […]
Buyers What Is a Homeowners Association and How Much Are HOA Fees? Becoming a homeowner comes with many responsibilities, but if the home you’re purchasing requires you to be part of a Homeowners Association (HOA), you’ll have to follow additional guidelines and pay additional fees. As you’re looking for homes, talk to your agent about whether purchasing a home that’s part of an HOA is right for […]
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Buyers & Sellers Setting Up Your Home Gym With home gyms popping up left and right in recent years, many homeowners have realized the benefits of working out at home. Setting up a home gym is physically beneficial and gives purpose to empty space. In comparison to a gym membership, even with the upfront investment of purchasing equipment, a home gym can deliver […]
Buyers & Sellers 5 Tips for Cutting the Cord: Switching from Cable to Subscription TV “Cutting the cord” can mean something different in every household. For some, it’s a complete abandonment of cable TV and the fees that come with it, while in another household it may be a mix of cable- and subscription-based programming. Regardless of where you are in the spectrum, it’s worth it to audit your household’s […]
Fort Collins Real Estate Selling Your Home: Capital Gains Tax When you sell your home, you stand to receive an influx of cash. Though there are several costs associated with a home sale, you can likely still bank on the fact that you’ll be depositing a lump sum in the near future. But before you start planning how you’ll use the money or start looking […]
Buyers & Sellers 10 Steps to Get Your Home Clean and Ready for Spring Warmer months are ahead, so now is the time to plan for spring cleaning and maintenance. A clean home offers a fresh start for the year, and a checklist of tasks guides your efforts towards efficiency. For many homeowners, spring cleaning can be a personal challenge. It can also be one accomplished with the help […]
Colorado Housing Renting vs Buying: Which is better for you? Deciding whether to rent or buy can be a difficult decision, but with the right analysis, you can determine which is best for you. Knowing whether it’s the right time to rent or buy depends on your buying power, what you’re looking for in a home, your local market conditions, your plans for you and your household, […]
Buyers Rent Record Records continue to be broken in real estate, including the rental market. Rents just rose another $2 per month to $1,594, a new record. The annual rent growth of 13.5% nationally in 2021 was more than double any previous year, and apartment absorption counted nearly 600,000 units, which is roughly 50 percent more than the […]
Buyers 7 Signs You’re Ready to Buy a Home Making the leap from renter to homeowner doesn’t happen overnight; it requires steady planning to put yourself in a good position to buy your first home. Prospective first-time home buyers can often feel like they’re waiting for a sign to indicate they’re ready to start making offers, when really, it’s a combination of factors. Here […]
Buyers & Sellers How to Prepare For a Fire at Home A fire breaking out in your home is a serious potential hazard. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to identify the early signs of a fire and to prepare for an emergency. The following list will help you and your household put together your fire safety plan. How to Prepare for a Fire […]
Buyers Must-Haves and Nice-To-Haves Lists Finding your dream home may not be easy, but there are things you can do to make it easier, like creating a “Must-Haves” list and a “Nice-To-Haves” list. These lists allow serious home buyers to save time, energy, and ultimately, money as they prepare to buy a home. A Must-Have List is exactly what it […]
Homeownership Equity Snapshot CoreLogic just released their quarterly Home Equity Insights Report. Their analysis shows U.S. homeowners with mortgages (roughly 63% of all properties) have seen their equity increase by a total of over $3.2 trillion since the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 31.1% year over year. In the third quarter of 2021, the total number […]
Buyers Is Co-Buying Right For You? For some buyers, purchasing a home independently may be out of reach. Co-buying is an alternative approach to homeownership where two or more individuals purchase the property together and take on a joint mortgage. Get to know the benefits and drawbacks of co-buying before deciding whether it’s right for you. How Does Co-Buying Work?  Just […]
Homeownership Designing Your Backyard for BBQs Summer is the season of spending long days and nights out in the backyard and making home-cooked meals on the barbecue. Whether classic BBQ dishes like ribs and hamburgers or skewered grilled vegetables are more your style, these tips will help get your backyard in prime shape for grilling season.   Designing Your Backyard for BBQs Some […]