Thursday, April 19, 2018

Achieve a Beautiful, Modern Home With These 6 Projects


Updating your home, either for your own enjoyment or to prepare it for the market, can be achieved through a few strategic projects.

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Whether you’re preparing to list or simply want to keep your property up to date, there are a number of home improvement projects I recommend. 
Sometimes the simplest changes make the greatest impact.
  1. Make kitchen updates. Solid-surface countertops, stainless steel appliances, and white cabinets are all great choices that never go out of style. Including these features in your own kitchen can really make the room shine.
  2. Make bathroom updates. Solid-surface countertops are also popular in bathrooms. One popular bathroom update in higher-end homes is the inclusion of heated floors. 
  3. Update the flooring. Carpet is still popular in bedrooms and family rooms, but hardwood flooring is the way to go in kitchens, dining rooms, hallways, and more. 
  4. Update the lighting and plumbing fixtures. Brass is no longer a sought-after finish for these home features. Instead, opt for brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze. 
  5. Add fresh paint. Light, neutral colors such as beige are a good go-to choice these days. Greys are also very popular. Sometimes the simplest changes make the greatest impact. 
  6. Pay attention to current trends. Open floor plans are something many buyers look for in a home. Also, outdoor living areas have become more highly sought-after. Formal dining rooms, on the other hand, seem to be falling out of favor.
If you have any other questions, would like more information, or want to know how we can help you meet your real estate goals, feel free to give my team and me a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Friday, March 30, 2018

An Inside Look at Marvelous Marc Balloons


Today’s featured business owner is a balloon artist whom we’ve personally worked with for years.

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Today I’m excited to be joined by special guest Marc Feickert, owner of Marvelous Marc Balloons, to talk about his business. 

Marc has been in Colorado Springs for just over five years after starting his business in Utah almost a decade ago. It all began at a birthday party he was attending. Someone was attempting to fill up balloons but was struggling to do so. 

When Marc made a suggestion about his technique, the person just decided to put Marc in charge instead. It was at that party when Marc learned about turning these balloons into shapes. All of a sudden, he was changing balloons into cats, dogs, cars, and more. 

Marc is someone we’ve used at our own client events for years, and our team can tell you first-hand that he is a truly remarkable artist. 

In the spring, Marc often works at school dances, graduations, and other events. “Balloons aren’t just for kids,” Marc says. 
Our team has worked with Marc for years and we can tell you that he is truly an artist.
Of course, Marc’s talent has caught a lot of local attention, meaning he’s always booked out far in advance. If you want to reach out to Marc and book an event, you can reach out to him by phone at (719) 749-6224 or by visiting www.marvelousmarcballoons.com.

If you’re a business owner like Marc and would like to be featured in a future segment, join us at our next event. We host these events on the second Thursday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at varying venues, so keep an eye on your inbox and Facebook for invitations. 

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Why Is Buying a Home in Colorado Different Than in Other States?


There are a few key differences in buying a home in Colorado versus buying a home in other states.

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Why is buying a home in Colorado different than buying a home in other states? There are a few key reasons. 

First, property taxes are paid in arrears, which means you pay for the previous year’s taxes. When you move in, you don’t pay taxes until April 15 of the next year. 

Next, sellers offer title insurance instead of a chain of title, which is more common in states on the East Coast.

We also don’t use closing attorneys to close a transaction. Transactions are closed with other real estate agents through local title companies instead.

Also, both parties attend the closing at the same time at the same location.

The state contract to buy and sell real estate is also written slightly in the buyer’s favor here, so keep that in mind when you enter a real estate transaction and make sure you protect yourself whether you’re a buyer or a seller. 
It’s worth the extra money to have a radon inspection in Colorado.
Colorado also has higher levels of radon, so when you have a home inspection performed, it’s worth the extra money to have the radon levels tested. 

Finally, there are certain intricacies involved when it comes to buying land that you need to be aware of. 

If you have any questions about any of these specificities or you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in our market, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be glad to help you.