Life at Home

Ways to Make Mother’s Day Memorable

May 8, 2018
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Moms deserve to be celebrated year round, but Mother’s Day should be extra special. Check out our Mother’s Day ideas for fun, easy activities that will bring a smile to mom’s face! Cook up mom’s greatest culinary hits. They may not always have been Michelin-star worthy, but mom’s home-cooked meals were on the table and ready for the family every night. Pick a few favorites—lasagna, meat loaf, brownies—and whip them all up with creative twists. Make it as easy as possible for mom by doing…

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Buying a Home

The Advantages of a Spec Home

May 4, 2018

If you’ve been in the market for a brand-new home, you might have heard something about spec homes—or perhaps inventory homes, move-in ready homes or homes under construction. Our personal favorite is quick move-in homes, but they all refer to the same thing: new homes that builders begin construction on before they’re under contract to a buyer. This enables new communities to keep a steady flow of homes for prospective homeowners. It also provides you, the homebuyer, with some special advantages. Read on for how…

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Buying a Home

Getting Ahead of the Bidding War Game

April 30, 2018

Picture this. A home goes up for sale in a sought-after neighborhood. Maybe it’s located in a well-rated school district or offers an ideal commute to work. You see that the home is in your range and try to beat the competition with a fast offer above asking price (this isn’t the first home you’ve bid on). But an investor has already offered more—and they’re willing to pay all cash. The seller, understandably, takes the higher and more expedient offer, and your house hunt continues.…

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Local Stories

Colorado Family Finds Their New Community

April 27, 2018
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The McBrides weren’t actively house-hunting when they came across their dream home at Mail Creek Crossing in Fort Collins, Colorado. Quinha and Michael had always envisioned purchasing a ranch-style home at some point in the future. But when Quinha’s friend Brandi Broadley, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker, invited her to come along for a tour of the community, the couple’s timeline shifted. The second they walked into the single-story Alcott model, Quinha knew she had found her ideal home. The McBrides already lived…

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Buying a Home

Why Great Schools Matter (Even if You’re Not a Parent)

April 24, 2018

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a new home, and whether or not you have children, the quality of area schools is definitely one of them. Buying a home in a highly ranked school district might cost you more up front, but the potential benefits can be significant. The cost of good schools According to Redfin, buyers pay an average of $50 more per square foot for homes in top-ranked school zones. A 2016 Realtor.com study found that homes in school districts ranked…

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