Homeownership

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 […]
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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 […]
Buyers & Sellers 8 Tips for a More Energy Efficient Home Whether they are motivated by rising energy costs or a desire to cultivate a more sustainable home, homeowners are constantly searching for ways they can go green, reduce their home’s energy waste, and save money in the process. Here are some simple methods for a more energy-efficient home.   1. Determine Your Energy Output A […]
Gardening 10 Tips for Sustainable Gardening It’s the time of the year that many homeowners start spending more time in the garden. Having a healthy garden is one of the best ways to create a sustainable home and reduce your household’s carbon footprint. Here are some eco-friendly tips that will help to make your garden even more sustainable.   Compost Your Waste Composting, which […]
Fun Facts Tax Confusion Did you know the value of your property according to the County Assessor is not the value of your property today? Property owners up and down the Front Range recently received a postcard from their local County Assessor’s office with their new valuation. Colorado properties are reappraised every two years on odd years.  The updated […]
Home Remodeling Renovating Your Short-Term Rental Renovating your short-term rental property will not only keep it in peak condition but will also help it stand out to potential renters. Completing remodeling projects with the goal of increasing the return on your investment is a matter of identifying which renovations make sense for the home, putting together a plan, and taking steps […]
Buyers & Sellers Extend the Life of your Roof Your roof is one of the most important and expensive assets of your home, but no other element is quite as valuable. While the average lifespan of a roof is about 15 years, careful homeowners can extend the life of their homes without enduring too many hardships. Take a look at these three quick maintenance tips […]
Buyers & Sellers How to Prevent Water Damage to Your Home Water is constantly coursing through your home, flowing in and out of drain pipes, sinks, tubs, and showers. Numerous systems in our homes are dependent upon water, but the minute it runs rampant it begins to cause damage. The consequences of water damage run the gamut, from rotted drywall and mold growth to serious structural […]
Design Ideas for Decorating with Plants At the mention of interior design, the first things that often come to mind are furniture, wall art, paint colors, and other material components. However, plants are an important décor element that have the power to refresh the look and feel of any indoor space, while making your home eco-friendlier. Keep the following tips in […]
Buyers Timeless Home Design When decorating and designing, homeowners often strive for a home that may incorporate vintage and modern elements but remains timeless at its core. Fortunately, certain design principles and elements have stood the test the time and can help you curate the home you desire. Here is your guide to understanding how you can design a […]