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Staging: The Economical Remodeling Alternative

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Here is a rather typical scenario: An agent is working with a seller and a home stager to get a house ready to go onto the market.  They have done a bunch of low-cost and even no-cost things that have made the house show better, so it will stand out in the emotional thoughts of potential buyers.  The client says, …

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Get Referrals for the Services YOU need

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I and my colleagues at CHR believe in working by referral. Doing so allows us to focus on our clients and their needs before, during and after closing a real estate transaction. Purposely, the bulk of our business comes from past clients and friends who refer us to the important people they know. I love the concept of working by …

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Gift Idea: Money for a Down Payment

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The holidays are over. For lenders however, gift giving is on their mind all year long. This is because many loan programs allow some or all of the down payment to come as a gift from a family member. An FHA loan, which is available to everyone and not just for first time homebuyers, has a down payment requirement of …

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Call Early When Needing to Sell

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Agents sometimes get calls that go something like this: CALLER: “Oh … I’m glad I caught you. I want to sell my house and need to have it on the market by this weekend.” AGENT: “Great! I’m so glad you want me to help you with your home sale. Are you aware that it’s Thursday…Thursday afternoon?” CALLER: “Yeah. Sorry for …

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Home Inspection – Always Smart to Do

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Every Buyer wants a house that is in perfect condition. In reality, this seldom happens. Defects are common, even in new construction houses. This is why it is important that a professional home inspection be done. In Colorado, a Buy/Sell Contract allows an inspection to happen in a short time frame after a Buyer’s offer for a property is accepted …

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Understanding the True Condition of a Home

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There are two ways that a Buyer can combine to understand the true condition of a house they want to buy. Prior to a sale, a Seller in Colorado fills out a disclosure document called a Seller’s Property Disclosure. In the document the Seller answers several questions about the property to the best of their knowledge, revealing all known defects. …