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Blog Incorporate Pantone’s Color of 2021 Into Your Home For the second time ever, Pantone’s Color of the Year is actually two colors: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow. Ultimate Gray is emblematic of natural elements that stand the test of time, while Illuminating Yellow is a cheerful sunshine yellow, symbolizing energy and clarity. Here are some ways you can harness this color harmony in your home. […]
Blog 2021 Paint Color Trends Embrace neutral colors After a weary 2020, expect to see a return to prominence for nostalgic, neutral colors. The resurgence of neutrals signals a focus on simple comfort, healing, a return towards wellness, and is representative of a lifestyle with a slower pace. Colors to look for include oatmeal hues, cerulean and Aegean blues, and […]
Blog Remodeling Impact Americans spend $400 billion per year remodeling their homes. So, which remodeling investment gives the best return when it comes to resale value? It should come as no surprise, especially leading up to Thanksgiving, that the best money to spend upgrading your home is in the kitchen. It’s the place where most homeowners spend most of their waking […]
Blog Home Security for the Holidays   The holiday season can bring joy and peace, but it can also bring package thieves and burglary. Stay safe this winter by taking a few precautions with your home security. From old-school security tricks to new digital home monitoring tools, there are many options when it comes to keeping our homes safe and preserving […]
Buyers How to Handle a Home Inspection For many people, a home inspection is a hurdle that every homeowner must overcome during the process of selling a home, but it’s a useful tool for sellers looking to get the greatest possible value from their home.   Finding Issues When you’re selling a house, a pre-sale inspection can be particularly useful. By uncovering […]
Buyers Vacation Home or Income-Producing Investment Whether you’re a skier who loves the mountain slopes of Colorado, a lover of the beaches of Southern California, or a potential retiree seeking to escape the snow-laden Northeast for the wide-open, sunny lands of Arizona, there are homes available to meet a wide range of budgets. The biggest decision a potential second homeowner must […]
Blog Four Holiday Décor Trends to Inspire You This Season The holiday season is here and for many of us, that means it’s time to deck the halls. If you’re looking for some inspiration and a place to start, here are some ideas that are certain to get everyone in the spirit.    A Tree of a Different Color For many, there’s nothing more quintessential […]
For Buyers What to Consider Before You Build If you’re short on space but don’t want to move, a home addition is an attractive way to solve your woes and turn your current home into your dream home. Whether you’re adding a whole new room or a more modest addition, it can turn into a major construction project; with architects and contractors to […]
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Blog Are You Better Off Paying Your Mortgage Earlier or Investing Your Money? Photo Credit: Rawpixel via Unsplash Few topics cause more division among economists than the age-old debate of whether you’re better off paying off your mortgage earlier, or investing that money instead. And there’s a good reason why that debate continues; both sides make compelling arguments. For many people, their mortgage is the largest expense they […]
Blog Planning for the Life Expectancy of Your Home Posted in Living by Kenady Swan  Nothing in life lasts forever – and the same can be said for your home. From the roof to the furnace, every component of your home has a lifespan, so it’s a good idea to know approximately how many years of service you can expect from them. This information can help when […]
Blog The Do’s and Don’ts of Hiring a Contractor Posted in Living by Kenady Swan  Constructing or remodeling a home is a complex, expensive endeavor. Ideally, everything goes as planned, and when the dust clears, the homeowner can settle in and enjoy the new home — and never think about the building process again. But what happens when, nine months after the owner moves in, the floor […]
Blog Here’s Your Spring Maintenance Checklist Posted in Living by Kenady Swan    Now that spring has sprung, let’s clear the cobwebs and get your home ready! Here is our quick guide to spring home maintenance:   Inspection top to bottom: Now that the weather is temperate you will want to check on how your home weathered the winter. Check the roof for leaks, the […]
Blog Should I Move or Remodel? Posted in Buying, Selling, and Living by Kenady Swan  There are a number of things that can trigger the decision to remodel or move to a new home. Perhaps you have outgrown your current space, you might be tired of struggling with ancient plumbing or wiring systems, or maybe your home just feels out of date. The question is: Should […]
Blog Colorado Real Estate Market Update The following analysis of the Metro Denver & Northern Colorado real estate market (which now includes Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Park Counties) is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your […]
Blog Weekend Warrior: Quick projects to upgrade your home Memorial Day traditionally represents the kick-off of summer. Kids are getting out of school, families are making summer vacation plans, and backyard barbecues are on everyone’s minds. This is also a great time of the year to get your house in order and ready for the summer season. The following is a handful of ideas […]
Blog Weatherizing your home: protecting your investment through the harsh winter months   It seems the winter is settling in early through much of the West Coast this year, with October frost and early winter warnings. Last week The Seattle Times reported, “This year will bring the most intense La Niña conditions since 1955 … Meteorologists say more rain, colder temperatures and bigger snowstorms are likely.” Whether the meteorologists […]
Blog The Do’s and Don’ts of Hiring a Contractor Constructing or remodeling a home is a complex, expensive endeavor. Ideally, everything goes as planned, and when the dust clears, the homeowner can settle in and enjoy the new home — and never think about the building process again. But what happens when, nine months after the owner moves in, the floor develops a crack, […]
Advice For Sellers Staging your home – Pink Flamingos not included It can sometimes be tough to hear an agent asking you to hide your prize possessions when preparing your home for sale. I overheard two agents giving each other advice about how to politely help their sellers relocate their pink flamingo display and car collection off the front yard before putting the homes on the […]
Home Owners Homeowners Insurance: Protecting Your Home In addition to providing shelter and comfort, our home is often our single greatest asset. And it’s important that we protect that precious investment. Most homeowners realize the importance of homeowners insurance in safeguarding the value of a home. However, what they may not know is that about two-thirds of all homeowners are under-insured. According […]
Home Owners Tiny Homes Promote Quality over Quantity Are you fascinated about downsizing? Do you love small places? Does a simple and serene ambiance sound like music to your ears? Then hop on the bandwagon and get yourself a ‘tiny house’ because we all know the best things come in small packages. What’s a tiny house? Tiny houses have recently hit the real estate […]