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Home Staging 101: Get Your Home In Shape To Get Top Dollar Offers!

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The Boulder County Real Estate Market is heating up! If you are selling a home then it is time to think about staging. Staging your house can make you money. Most Realtors agree that staging a home increases the value of offers, according to the National Association of REALTORS® “2015 Profile of Home Staging.”

Here is an article from Houselogic.com that gives sellers insight into how to stage each room in your home. It is well worth a read! Get the full scoop on DIY home staging at Sell Your Home For Top Dollar: Insider Home Staging Tips

Considering buying or selling a property? I am available to consult on all real estate related questions. Email me or call me!

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I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 13 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI
RE/MAX of Boulder
720.938.4197
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Time To Winterize Your Home!

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Time To Winterize Your Home!

The change of seasons is in the air. Time to winterize your home! Here are some great suggestions:

  • Change Furnace Filters
  • Run Fans in Reverse
  • Winterize Your A/C or Evaporative Cooler and Water Lines
  • Turn Down Your Water Heater
  • Install Storm Doors and Windows
  • Give Your Heating System a Tune-Up
  • Mind That Thermostat – Install a digital one!
  • Have Sprinkler System Blown Out

Read the whole article for more suggestions – http://ow.ly/aSLh305iKjy

Need help finding a contractor or professional? I’m always happy to help you find just the right person to get the job done! Contact me at janetleap@boulderco.com

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I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 7 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI
RE/MAX of Boulder
Call me – 720.938.4197
Real Estate, Real Estate Tips

Time To Winterize Your Home!

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-11-05-50-am

Time To Winterize Your Home!

The change of seasons is in the air. Time to winterize your home! Here are some great suggestions:

  • 1 Change Furnace Filters
  • 2 Run Fans in Reverse
  • 3 Winterize Your A/C and Water Lines
  • 4 Turn Down Your Water Heater
  • 5 Dodge the Draft(s)
  • 6 Install Storm Doors and Windows
  • 7 Give Your Heating System a Tune-Up
  • 8 Mind That Thermostat

Read the whole article for more suggestions – http://ow.ly/aSLh305iKjy

Need help finding a contractor or professional? I’m always happy to help you find just the right person to get the job done! Contact me at janetleap@boulderco.com

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I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 7 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI
RE/MAX of Boulder
Call me – 720.938.4197
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The City of Boulder Explains Changes to Short-Term Rentals

Check out this video that explains how the City of Boulder is implementing changes to the quickly growing vacation rental/short-term rental market. Things are changing. Here is what you need to know.

 

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I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 11 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI
RE/MAX of Boulder
Call me – 720.938.4197
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The Housing Market Realtor Growth Prediction Is Looking GOOD For Colorado!

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This is what the National Association of Realtors is reporting on the economic outlook:

REALTORS® expect prices to increase over a range of two to seven percent, with the median at 3.4 percent over the next 12 months, according to the June 2015 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey Report.

Since all real estate is local, price expectations varied across local markets and states. The map shows the median expected price change in the next 12 months for each state based on the April 2015–June 2015 RCI surveys.[1] REALTORS® from Colorado and Florida had the most upbeat price expectations, with a median expected price growth in the range of five to seven percent. In California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Minnesota, Georgia, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia, the median expected price growth was four to five percent. Prices are expected to increase at a modest pace of less than three percent in many Northeast states as well as in the West North Central states.

http://economistsoutlook.blogs.realtor.org/2015/08/04/realtors-price-growth-expectation-in-next-12-months-by-state/#sf11715906

 

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I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 7 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI
RE/MAX of Boulder
Call me – 720.938.4197
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Is It Better To Rent or Is It Better To Buy? Find out with this new interactive model

Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 12.09.13 PMThe decision to buy a home is big. For most adults your home is your single largest investment. When is the right time to get out of the rental market and buy? An ingenious new interactive calculator model from the New York Times can help you compare and answer the question – Is It Better to Buy or Better to Rent? Click here to get to the calculator.

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Is It Better To Rent or Is It Better To Buy? Find out…

Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 12.09.13 PMThe decision to buy a home is big. For most adults your home is your single largest investment. When is the right time to get out of the rental market and buy? An ingenious new interactive calculator model from the New York Times can help you compare and answer the question – Is It Better to Buy or Better to Rent? Click here to get to the calculator.

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Don’t miss any 2013 tax breaks available to home owners

This is a re-post of an article by Tom Kalinski on Thursday, March 13th, 2014. The full article can be found here

Don’t miss any 2013 tax breaks available to home owners

Tax season is upon us but, before filing those returns, make sure that they include any and all benefits available for home owners.

Bradley K. Tuttle’s Real Estate Update offers these tips for maximizing deductions as they relate to owning a home, so gather all paperwork pertaining to your home and get ready to find deductible expenses. For those who didn’t keep good records last year, now is the time to start: it’ll pay off in 2015 when tax time returns.

  •  The biggest savings comes in the form of the mortgage-interest deduction; especially in the early years of a loan, it can save the most money. Home owners can claim it on both and secondary homes, granted that a home is valued at less than $1 million and the tax return is itemized.
  •  Property taxes are deductible for as long as the home is owned and can be included as an itemized expense on the Federal tax return.
  •  Improving a home, such as adding a room, installing a new roof or general improvements to increase the home’s value, can reduce tax liability. Find all paid invoices pertaining to remodeling or improvement projects to include on your tax return.
  •  Home owners who have installed energy-efficiency appliances or upgrades can offset their tax bill to the IRS, dollar-for-dollar for up to 10 percent of the amount that they spent on specific home energy-efficiency upgrades, such as energy-efficient water heaters or insulation. The cap on this deduction is a mere $500, though sometimes it’s less, and it may disappear after this round of income tax returns is complete.

As more people work from home, the home business office is not only convenient but also a tax write-off. A new 2013 tax deduction allows homeowners who have a business office in their house to claim $5 per square foot for up to 300 square feet (a simpler formula than previous tax years). So an 8-foot-by-10-foot home office can save the homeowner $400.

To make sure you’re taking advantage of all home ownership tax breaks, compile all of the home’s documents and receipts from the previous year and take them to your tax accountant. If you’re not sure what qualifies, your accountant will.

Also, the IRS’s Publication 17 is a 292-page guide contains thousands of interactive links to help taxpayers quickly get answers to their questions regarding their 2013 tax returns. Other publications which may help include: No. 1, “Your Rights as a Taxpayer;” No. 502, “Medical and Dental Expenses;” No. 504, “Divorced or Separated Individuals;” No. 523, “Selling Your Home;” and No. 530, “Tax Information for First Time Homebuyers.”

A complete list can be found at www.irs.gov. Click on Forms and Publications.

 

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Money Saving Tip: How To Reduce Your Mortgage!

house of $There’s a simple trick to significantly reduce the length of your mortgage and save you thousands of dollars. The trick is to make one extra mortgage payment a year and apply that payment toward your loan’s principal. This is the method being used by “Bi-Weekly Mortgage Reduction Services” and “Bi-Weekly Mortgage Savings Programs“, only, when you do it yourself, you don’t pay a third party unnecessary set-up costs and fees! Take a look at the charts that show you how you can save tens of thousands of dollars on your home. Click here for more details on how you can save money! Or head to www.janetleap.com/MortgageSavingTips. It is really simple and easy!

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Home Prices Are On The Rise! Is It Time To Make Your Move?

Home prices are on the rise. Interest rates are still low. It just might be the time you have been waiting for to make a move. If it is time to sell [or buy] let me know!

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Chart courtesy of Amanda and John Sessa of SWBC Mortgage.