Buying a Home

The Facts on Closing Costs

February 26, 2017

Closing costs: a generic term tossed around by mortgage originators, real estate agents and even your neighbor. But what are these fees all about? Read on to learn the basics of closing costs and how they will affect your home purchase. What are closing costs? Closing costs, or settlement costs, are one-time expenses charged in connection with the origination of your loan. They cover additional costs like loan origination fees, loan discount points, appraisal fees, title search fees, title insurance premiums, survey fees, transfer taxes,…

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A Closer Look at Aurora, Colorado’s Fastest-Growing Community

February 24, 2017
Copperleaf Entrance

Colorado homebuyers looking for an amenity-rich community south of Denver are often drawn to Copperleaf in Aurora. Today’s guest blog comes from the Copperleaf masterplan and speaks to all the advantages of buying at this extraordinary location. Enjoy! At Copperleaf, one of Aurora’s fastest growing new home communities, there is  an abundance of resources to nurture and enrich just about every aspect of your life…from spacious, high-quality homes, to exceptional Cherry Creek Schools and diverse community amenities, to a vast network of unique parks, trails…

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Selling a Home

What to Update When Selling Your Home

February 22, 2017

You want to make your home more attractive to prospective buyers, but you don’t want to waste valuable time and money in the process. We don’t blame you! Determining which home renovations will bring you the greatest return on your investment can be tricky. Before you reach for the toolbox or call your contractor, you may want to consult a local real estate agent (get tips for choosing one here). He or she can assess the current condition of your home along with other factors…

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Selling a Home

Home Staging Tips: How the 5 Senses Help You Sell

February 18, 2017

Most homebuyers know that sensation—the moment you walk into a house and just know it’s the home for you. What they may not know is the feeling of “home at first sight” sometimes needs a helping hand. Home staging is all about creating that emotional connection. To be successful at it, you have to appeal to all five of the buyer’s senses. Smell Smell can evoke an emotional response that doesn’t even register in our conscious thoughts. Even the slightest hint of mustiness can conjure…

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Buying a Home

What Does a Homebuilder Do?

February 16, 2017
Couple with Real Estate Agent

As you might have guessed, there’s much more to homebuilding than foundation and framing. If you’re thinking of purchasing a new home, read on for what you might expect from different builders. Floor Plan Selections: Homebuilders often have architectural teams that design their own floor plans (including us!), offering a variety of single- and multi-story layouts to choose from. Floor plans also vary widely in structural features, such as different bed and bathroom counts and add-on options like covered patios and finished basements. To learn…

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