Buying a Home

First-time Homebuyer Tips and Advice

April 9, 2012

Buying your first home is an exciting milestone. For some, it’s a dream come true and a proud personal achievement; for others, it’s a promise for their family’s future. Like any life-altering event, though, it can be overwhelming. Where do you start? How should you finance? What can you afford? The real estate jargon alone can be daunting for a first-time home buyer. Relax. We’re here to help you cut through the confusion so you can make informed, confident choices. The more you know, the…

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Packing & Moving

6 Expert Moving Tips and Tricks

April 2, 2012

You’ve got a big move coming up and you may be saying to yourself, “Where do I start? There’s so much to do…how do I get organized?” Not to worry, our experts have put together some effective moving tips and tricks to make your move a little easier. Start early. Usually we have a lot more to pack than we think. It’s important to give yourself enough time to get ready for moving day. To ensure you have everything ready, we suggest you start packing…

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Financing & Insuring

New Home vs. Resale Home: Homeowners Insurance Edition

March 27, 2012

One of the many hidden costs associated with older, foreclosed or distressed homes is a higher homeowners insurance premium. Here’s a glimpse at the causes behind the calculations: Does your house have a history? Filing a claim doesn’t automatically increase your insurance premiums, but a history of frequent claims could—and not just your claims. Before you buy a resale home, ask the seller for a C.L.U.E. or A-PLUS report. If the home you’re eyeing seems accident prone, that should raise red flags for you, not…

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Local Stories

Best Places to Live: Douglas County, CO

March 22, 2012

If you’re considering a move to Colorado and are wondering about the local job climate, you’ll be happy to learn that Douglas County, Colorado was ranked #4 in the nation for job growth in 2011 by CNN Money in their article “Where the jobs are.” A big part of the reason for this county’s impressive job stats is the six Fortune 500 companies that make their headquarters there. Companies like Sprint Nextel and Dish Network provide hundreds of jobs for Douglas County residents. Nestled just…

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Buying a Home, Selling a Home

5 Positive Housing Market Facts

March 19, 2012

There has been a lot of buzz about today’s housing market, but current conditions can be beneficial to homebuyers for several reasons. Here are five things to keep in mind during your home search. 1. Homebuilding is cyclical Everyone knows the housing market is in a down cycle, but what many people may not understand is this: Homebuilding is a cyclical business, not unlike the airline and automotive industries. The last housing downturn occurred in the late 1980s and early 1990s. What does that mean…

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