Highlands Ranch Real Estate Information

Tuesday, November 16

Finding the best real estate agent to sell your home

In today's real estate market, it's more important than ever that the agent you hire can find you a buyer and get you the best price possible for your home. Easier said than done. Here are some tips you ensure the best agent for the job.

1. Ask friends/family in your area if they have any referrals. Would they select the same real estate agent again? What quality of service did they receive?

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Saturday, November 13

Tips to Winterize Your Home

Fall is here and there is a chill in the air.

Make your buyers feel the warmth and save energy by taking a few simple steps to winterize your home.

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Friday, October 22

Wait-and-See Buyers May Lose Out

Real estate agents have seen increasing numbers of prospective buyers repeating what has become a familiar pattern. In the current slower market, many buyers hesitate to make a purchase decision even when their search criteria have almost all been met by a property they have viewed. However, many prospective buyers may look back with regret if they are not prepared to make offers when a home meets their needs.

Of course this reluctance has served well from one point of view. Clearly prices have been in a downward trend for quite a while even in relatively stronger market areas.

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Tips To Prepare Your Home For Quick Sale

It is necessary to prepare your house for the market to sell it fast. This is especially important in a depressed real estate market where houses continue sitting on the market for months with no buyers.

Follow these tips to sell your house faster.

1) Get advice from a Realtor

When you need to sell your house, the first thing to do must be to consult a Realtor.

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Friday, October 15

Staging your home to sell it sooner

Tough economic times continue to eat away at the housing market. Home sales and loans in Mesa County are declining compared to last year. However, sellers can learn some helpful tips to make their home as welcoming to would–be buyers as possible.

"The biggest thing is de–cluttering and sprucing up if you have walls that need paint," says 24-year veteran Realtor Betty Fulton, who works for Bray Real Estate.

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Friday, August 27

Tips for selling your home in this fall

Summer is coming to an end which means the leaves will start changing, the weather will begin cooling and we'll all be spending more time inside our homes.

It may also be the time of year when you begin wondering if you truly want to stay in your home. Many sellers think that fall is a bad time to put their home on the market but, as real estate experts will tell you, that's simply not the case.

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Saturday, August 21

5 tips to improve your home's resale value


Is the house you’re moving out of designed to sell?

If you’re looking to add oomph to your address before planting a for sale sign out front, area real-estate agents say you can do it yourself with little expense. “There are lots of low-cost ways to get your house ready to sell,” says Steve Klemm of Sangamon Realty in Springfield.

Tip 1: Up against the wall
Klemm says his No. 1 suggestion is to take down any wallpaper in the kitchen, living room and master bedroom. Then paint the interior walls a basic, neutral color.

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Saturday, July 24

Opportunities And Pitfalls In The Current Real Estate Market

Opportunities And Pitfalls In The Current Real Estate Market

Do you have any advice for those looking to remodel? What types of upgrades are prudent?
The remodeling industry was hit extremely hard last year, and while more people are planning to fix up their homes this year, the problem is one of financing. You either have to save up enough money to fix your house or you have to charge it on your credit card. You can no longer take out a home equity loan, use the proceeds to fix up your house, and then refinance the balance into a new mortgage.

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Sunday, July 18

Tips to Help the Home Buyer Navigate the Housing Market

So, you are in the market for a new home? Congratulations! This is a big step in your life--no matter what you end up buying. If you are like most home buyers you have many worries on your mind. Above all else, you probably want to get the best deal possible in terms of price.

1.Choose an experienced real estate agent. Your agent will guide you through the buying process.

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Saturday, July 10

Do your own "staging" when selling your home

When it comes to selling your home, appearance is everything. But hiring a professional "stager" to prepare the home for prospective buyers can cost anywhere from $50 to $150 per hour, according to Jessica Page, a Realtor with Innovative Real Estate in Denver.

Fortunately, homeowners can take matters into their own hands.
Page and veteran Florida Realtor Jennifer Radice, of Coldwell Banker in Boca Raton, Fla. share expert tips for staging your home that cost next to nothing.

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Selling A House? Tips For Attracting Buyers With Good Scents

Can a potential buyer be compelled to make a big purchase if a pleasant background fragrance appeals to their senses and breaks down their defenses?

Years ago, savvy real estate agents baked cookies or cinnamon rolls in the homes they were showing to create a deliciously scented atmosphere meant to entice buyers. If you're trying to sell a home in today's challenging real estate market, you may have tried this technique. However, you may need to think a bit more creatively to make your home stand out.

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Friday, May 7

15 low-cost, high-return tips to sell in Highlands Ranch

Fortunately, there are many low cost projects you can do yourself and have your home stand out from others, even during the slower market. Because we are in a buyer’s market, the days of calling your agent and selling your home a few days later is not the norm. We now have to differentiate our homes from the over-saturated inventory. The good news is, it does not have to cost a lot of money to do so. Below are some unique tips to help sell your house faster and for more money.

1. One of the largest impacts that you can have when selling your home is interior and exterior painting. One of the best quotes that I have heard on this topic is from John Tenza , a professional real estate coach in Ann Arbor , “Paint is worth $20 in the can and $1,000 on the wall.” He continues to explain that homes being sold must have a clean and fresh appearance to entice the buyers when they are considering your property. Paint is one of the most inexpensive ways to accomplish this. Remember to use neutral colors.

2. Curb appeal is vital when selling a home.

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Friday, April 30

5 key steps to buying your first home, tax credit or not

By Stephanie Armour

As a Realtor, Lacy Williams gives presentations to first-time home buyers about what to expect when buying a home. She often finds she must start at the beginning, helping novice buyers decide whether it makes more financial sense to rent or buy. Then she gets down to the nuts and bolts: how to get a loan, pick a Realtor and look for a home.

"I tell people there are no stupid questions. Ask anything you don't understand."

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7 tips for picking a real estate agent

Ask recent real estate clients about their asking and selling prices.
Find out if the agent is licensed and has had no disciplinary action.
Is the agent a Realtor and does he specialize in any type of home sale?

Ever wish you could see through the hype to hire the best real estate agent for buying or selling your home?

There are things you can do to pull back the curtain and accurately assess a real estate agent's past performance and potential success with your home. Whether you're the buyer or the seller, here are seven ways you can find out more about your agent before you hire.

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Friday, April 23

Nine Ways to Make Your Home More Appealing to Buyers

When you're ready to sell your house, it pays to assess your home and make improvements before the for-sale sign goes in the yard. By doing so, you'll help buyers see the beauty of your home -- and that helps put the sold sign up faster. Especially in today's tough market for home sellers, attention to details and a willingness to go the extra mile can make all the difference.

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Tuesday, April 13

Attic Fans Cool Entire Home - Highlands Ranch

By Marc Dickinson

During the hot summer months, attic temperatures can reach up to 160 degrees, and even though passive cooling systems, such as ridge vents, can certainly disperse the heat, more efficient ventilation can be attained through the use of attic fans. Though these fans can certainly cool down your attic, they have a much broader function: whole house ventilation.

In the Attic
During the summer, your attic acts as a giant radiator, retaining heat which can end up ruining your stored possessions.

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Friday, March 26

Five Home Fixes Cheaper than $500

Maybe you have $500 in your home maintenance budget for the rest of the year. Maybe you have a home maintenance project you've been trying to take care of for months and need to plan a budget around the upcoming cost. Here are five common home fixes that cost, on average, $500 or less. How do we know what these projects cost? From homeowners across the country, who just like you, have completed these home fixes with one of our trusted home improvement contractors.

1. Install a Central Humidifier-($494)

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Friday, March 19

10 tips to follow when selling your home

By Jessica Heffner

Getting your home ready for this year’s spring market will be like beating Tiger Woods in the Masters — it’s not going to be easy.

With foreclosures still flooding the local real estate market — making up as much as 39 percent of all home sales in the Greater Cincinnati area, according to Zillow.com — there’s one easy way homeowners can set themselves apart from their cheaper counterparts.


“The easiest thing to overlook if you can’t make improvements is cleanliness. Everything has to be clean. That is not an expensive way to set yourself apart,” said John Prazynsk.

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Friday, February 12

10 Tips for a Greener Home

Posted on February 11, 2010 by Leslie Mann

When I began working in real estate, one of the first things I wanted to do was immerse myself in learning about green construction. Daniel and Amelia Glickman of Sustainable Construction welcomed me into their beautiful studio in Sherborn, and imparted a wealth of knowledge on the subject. Since that time they’ve been a go-to resource when it comes to environmentally-friendly living. Today, I had the pleasure of speaking with Amelia, who shared these tips on creating a greener, healthier home.

1. Use milk-based paints. There are many gorgeous milk-based paints available, which are free of VOC (volatile organic compounds), a combination of chemicals that can cause adverse health impacts.

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Saturday, February 6

6 Tax Tips for Real Estate Owners and Investors

As real estate owners and investors do business throughout 2010, they will more than likely face many complex tax issues that could strain their resources and drain profits. They should keep in mind these tax tips that could help them save money in the long run:

1. Determine if your partnership qualifies for an income deferral for debt reacquisition transactions. Has your business had debt forgiven? There is a tax election available that will allow you to defer cancellation of debt (COD) income until 2014,

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Monday, January 25

Tips for selling your Highlands Ranch home fast

By Stacy Johnson

In the 30 years I’ve been investing in real estate, I’ve never seen anything like this housing market. Granted, all real estate is local and I live in Florida, which shares the title of worst market with California, Nevada and Arizona. Home prices here have declined up to 50%, and many houses have been on the market for years.

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Wednesday, January 20

Six Important Tax Saving Tips for 2010

By Mark Kennedy

Kennedy’s Six Top Tax Saving Tips for 2010:

1. People need to take advantage of the new 2010 ROTH IRA rollover rules to avoid having the Government take as much as 35% of their IRA value from their family when they die. They could be in for huge taxes if this is not done!

2. The Estate Tax is in unsettled territory and is temporarily repealed for 2010. But watch out, says Kennedy!…75,000 average Americans inheriting estates in 2010 that were not large enough for the Estate Tax, must take measures to avoid being hit with huge capital gains taxes for the first time since 1913!

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Friday, January 15

10 Tips - Highlands Ranch

By Steve McLinden

Entering 2010, many home sellers feel they're mired in the winter of their discontent, but there are signs the real estate market is on the mend. Sales activity is up, homebuilders are finally moving inventory and values are rising slightly in many American cities. At year-end 2009, mortgage rates stood at historic lows, spurring a wave of new applications.

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Beyond the mortgage payment

Before buying your first home, brace yourself for these extra costs. On his road to homeownership, Scott Leibfried has learned one thing: Expect the unexpected.

He and his wife had an offer accepted on a home, only to later find that foreclosure proceedings were about to begin on it. That's after they considered another home that was aesthetically pleasing but had major issues that came to light upon closer inspection.

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Wednesday, January 13

Highlands Ranch Information from City-Data.com

Some interesting facts about the Highlands Ranch area such as - population, weather, ethnic mix, surrounding schools, etc. See more details at the link below.