Selling a Home

Hire a Real Estate Agent or Sell It Yourself?

April 8, 2020

Do I need a real estate agent? This is a question many homeowners ask themselves when they’re ready to sell their home. Choosing to take the path of “for sale by owner” has both pros and cons. Read on to learn more! Expertise Agents are specifically trained to help you sell your home. They often have a wealth of knowledge, ranging from staging tips to tricks for filming an impactful virtual tour. Community connections and familiarity with the local real estate market are other potential…

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Buying a Home

Best TV Shows to Help You Explore Home Design Options

April 1, 2020
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Looking for a little home design inspiration? Why not turn to the experts America (and Canada) knows and trusts? Prepare the popcorn, grab your remote control and check out these popular TV shows from Home & Garden Television (HGTV), offering an insider’s view of the home design process. Although we can’t recommend extensive home renovations (as seen in many of these shows), these programs will provide tips and tricks for choosing artwork, home accents and furniture, and get you excited about the array of finishes…

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Buying a Home

Ways to Jumpstart Your House Hunt Online

March 27, 2020
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Good news (and we could all use some right about now)! Not everyone can make it out to a sales center at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your home search on hold. Regardless of current circumstances, you can ramp up your house hunt right now, from the comfort of your couch. And when the dust settles, you’ll be that much closer to closing on your dream home. We’ve mapped out three ways to jumpstart your house hunt online. All pajama…

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Local Stories

3 Reasons Homebuyers Love Living in Castle Rock, Colorado

March 25, 2020
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Boasting breathtaking scenery and a welcoming community, Castle Rock, Colorado, is an idyllic place to call home. Located about 30 miles south of Denver, this peaceful town was named one of Money Magazine’s 2019 Best Places to Live, and homebuyers seem to agree. Ongoing growth is just one of the reasons to consider a move to Castle Rock: a plethora of natural wonders and wide range of attractions make it even more appealing. Continued Growth According to 2017 U.S. Census data, Castle Rock, Colorado, is…

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Financing & Insuring

What Credit Score Do I Need for a Mortgage?

March 22, 2020
Get an idea of what credit score you'll need for a mortgage.

Wondering what credit score you need to qualify for a mortgage? You’d be wise to ask. Your credit score (also known as a FICO® score) is one of the most important elements of qualifying for a home loan—and helps lenders determine your interest rate in the event you do qualify. While there isn’t a strict credit score standard that applies to all lenders—who have varying  requirements for loan origination—there are baseline standards if you’re applying for an FHA loan backed by the US government. To…

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