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Republican Debate: Candidates Battle in Boulder

Republican Debate: Candidates Battle in Boulder | Boulder Real Estate | Scoop.it
Republican Debate: Candidates Battle in Boulder
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Boulder flip flops from liberal democratic stronghold to home of the 3rd presidential debate this evening as Ben Carson, Donald Trump and the entire GOP entourage enter town tonight.  #CUBoulder classes are canceled for the day.  And ONLY 5 University of Colorado students will even be allowed inside tonight. 

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Inspiring Places: Design Ideas to Steal ...

Inspiring Places: Design Ideas to Steal ... | Boulder Real Estate | Scoop.it
One of my favorite places I've ever visited is Kettle's Yard in Cambridge, England. It's a beautiful home filled with art, natural specimens, gorgeous rugs, and lots of light. Every now and then I look at pictures of it and get carried away; join me on the journey and get some tips to take home along the way.
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I see a LOT of real estate on a day to day basis. And I'm always inspired by the creativity, splendor, serenity and, well the list goes on.  The author of this article finds inspiration in a British store. I'm lacking the budget to fly to England to shop, but the photos do offer plenty of good ideas. 

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Boulder Bicycle - Boulder Real Estate News

Boulder Bicycle - Boulder Real Estate News | Boulder Real Estate | Scoop.it
Beloved Boulder Bicycle riding is a popular way to commute to work, an alternative to dating sites, home to clubs dedicated to your style of riding, more
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Blogging on the bicycle culture in Boulder Colorado including helpful links to local shops.

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What is Personal Property vs a Fixture

What is Personal Property vs a Fixture | Boulder Real Estate | Scoop.it
In a home sale what's a fixture vs personal property? Buyers and sellers often get confused on what needs to be excluded and what doesn't in a home sale.

Via Bill Gassett
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Boulder Colorado contracts do a good job of explaining what is attached and what is not.  I like this article because it takes a few moments to delve into "attached."  I have seen owners take mirrors, draperies, even one that wanted to take a tree. 

 

When representing the Boulder Home Buyer, I feel it is important to let the sellers know, if they are removing an item, the house needs to be professionally repaired.  For instance, if a seller is removing television wall mounts, they'll need to patch, texture and paint to hide the holes. Frequently, sellers realize it is less expensive to leave a wall mount and buy a new one for the next house.

 

Similarly, when working with home sellers in Boulder Co I'll suggest removing a beloved item before the home goes on the market. Then it never becomes an issue. Taking down a beloved relative's special gift - say a light fixture or window covering and putting up something generic might reduce the selling feature, but allows my client to keep the special feature for their next home.

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Bill Gassett's curator insight, September 14, 2015 8:23 PM

Over the years one of the things I have learned is that very few people understand the difference between what is considered personal property and what is considered "real estate" or part of the property.


These lines of distinction are often blurred because some real estate agents make it even more confusing for buyers and sellers. How so you ask? When a Realtor excludes personal property both buyers and sellers start to question what stays and what goes!


The only thing that should be excluded in a real estate transaction is something the seller is taking that is part of the home. The definition of part of the home is things that are attached or bolted. These things become a permanent part of the structure.


Often times you will see real estate agents excluding things like washers and dryers. This is just plain dumb as these things are not permanently affixed.


In the article you will see a comprehensive explanation of what is a fixture and what is personal property in home sales You will see concrete examples of items that cause the most troubles for everyone. You will see a clear explanation so you never have any doubts on what needs to be an exclusion or inclusion.


While you are taking a look at the article be sure to see some of the excellent references to content from [url=/u/2933530 x-already-notified=1]Kyle Hiscock[/url]

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Bill Gassett's comment, September 19, 2015 7:35 AM
Thanks for sharing @Bob Gordon. You are the first person in the real estate industry I have seen use Scoop.it properly. Most just copy and paste links and don't interject any of their own thoughts. Nice work!
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26 Tips to Enhance Your Social Media Profiles | Social Media Examiner

26 Tips to Enhance Your Social Media Profiles | Social Media Examiner | Boulder Real Estate | Scoop.it
Tips on some of the basic housekeeping tasks that are necessary for maintaining complete and engaging social media profiles.
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Market Insider: How Long Will this Housing Shortage Last?

Market Insider: How Long Will this Housing Shortage Last? | Boulder Real Estate | Scoop.it
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Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors is one sharp guy.  See my blog on Boulder housing as well which breaks out the important info in under 300 words.

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How to be the Most Attractive Homebuyer

How to be the Most Attractive Homebuyer | Boulder Real Estate | Scoop.it
As home prices continue to recover and interest rates remain at near-record lows, some houses are receiving multiple offers and to win the bid, buyers need to stand out from the crowd.
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Cash Sales: 30 Percent of Residential Sales

Cash Sales: 30 Percent of Residential Sales | Boulder Real Estate | Scoop.it
Approximately 30 percent of REALTORS® reporting on their last sale had a cash sale (32 percent in February). Investors and international buyers typically pay...
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One in three buyers out there is really an investor with deep pockets. Getting #preapproved for your #homemortgage is critical in today's #FlashMarket

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Denver metro apartment rents rise to all-time high in Q1 2013

Denver metro apartment rents rise to all-time high in Q1 2013 | Boulder Real Estate | Scoop.it
Apartment rents in metro Denver have hit an all-time high, according to a report released Monday by the Apartment Association of Metro Denver and the Colorado Division of Housing.
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Investors continue to have cash to buy into this hot real estate market. They can then make great rents on housing. Meanwhile, actual owner occupant buyers find themselves competing ever more for the next listing to arrive. 

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5 Ways To Make Your Small Bedroom Feel Bigger | Supercompressor

5 Ways To Make Your Small Bedroom Feel Bigger | Supercompressor | Boulder Real Estate | Scoop.it
By: Alex Robinson


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So you've landed a sweet new apartment with all the amenities you could ask for, but there's just one small problem: the bedroom. Because, seriously, it'
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Or maybe you are roughing it on The Hill in #BoulderColorado. Here are some ideas to bring a little style into your life, without breaking the bank and making your space feel bigger and better in the same breath.  Or you could pop a tent in the living room and call it a bedroom.  That'll be $800/month.

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16 Ways To Make Your Dumb Home Smarter On The Cheap!

16 Ways To Make Your Dumb Home Smarter On The Cheap! | Boulder Real Estate | Scoop.it
Your home’s intelligence is about to hit the next level.
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The latest generation of home thermostats really are a leap up from the old school dials we grew up with at my parent's house.  My favorite technology improvement is the USB power outlet.  Ever hear the question, "Do you have a cell phone charger?"  With this, in our family room, we just connect a USB cord.  Also handy for running our iPod and favorite Pandora station powered device into our home stereo.

Downside: the article seems to maybe be sponsored by shopping sites, with all the links to go purchase.

Upside, the #HomeTechnology ideas in here really will save you $$ and make life better.

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10 things buyers look forward to in their new home - The Open Door by Lennar

10 things buyers look forward to in their new home - The Open Door by Lennar | Boulder Real Estate | Scoop.it
We asked Lennar home buyers what they are most looking forward to in a new home. From building equity to reducing expenses, these were the top 10 answers.
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With tight inventory, new construction is becoming a major force once more in the real estate landscape.  I have clients purchasing a new construction home and enjoying many of the ten top items that Lennar says buyers think about. 

 

Sure, this article is really a sales-y piece promoting the houses that Lennar builds. But I do agree with many of the things they feel buyers are seeking. From a sense of ownership to excitement at decorating the house to be their own.

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Mark Zuckerberg buys four houses near his Palo Alto home

Mark Zuckerberg buys four houses near his Palo Alto home | Boulder Real Estate | Scoop.it
The 29-year-old multibillionaire acted after he learned of a developer's plan to buy one of the properties next door to the Facebook co-founder.
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So, the mere "plan" was worth this guy buying all the properties to prevent it?   Now all the owners turned renters can say "I live next door to the founder of FB and he bought my house for top dollar."  I'm underimpressed with his business decision.

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Denver home prices rising at double the U.S. rate

Denver home prices rising at double the U.S. rate | Boulder Real Estate | Scoop.it
Metro Denver home prices are rising at double the national pace but should slow significantly in coming months, according to a report Tuesday from Zillow, an online provider of real estate data.
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solid article on Boulder/Denver metro area. I wrote a blog on this as well

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Foreclosures hit record LOW

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Great economic news and helpful nformation for buyers seeking deals in today's market.

 

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Mortgage rate hits record low

Mortgage rate hits record low | Boulder Real Estate | Scoop.it
15 year hits all-time low
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As little as $1,000 down and generally 3% for certain will get you into a home today.  With interest rates at record lows, this is a crazy good time to buy a home.

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Homeowners can expect continued decline in assessed property values

Homeowners can expect continued decline in assessed property values | Boulder Real Estate | Scoop.it
County assessors will send hundreds of thousands of property valuation notices out in coming days, and the flat or declining values many will show could surprise some homeowners.
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Tax values are based on older sales data.  Even as the real estate market is taking off, your tax burden should be easing.

 

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Case-Shiller: Denver home prices highest since Oct. 2007 (Video) - Denver Business Journal

Case-Shiller: Denver home prices highest since Oct. 2007 (Video) - Denver Business Journal | Boulder Real Estate | Scoop.it
For the 13th straight month, Denver area home sales prices rose in January from ... VIDEO
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