Latest News & Market Trends in Real Estate in Denver, CO Area

Charity Spotlight Features: Press Releases

Giving Back Group & Native American Rights Fund Partnership:  View Article

Colorado Young Leaders:  View Article


 

Market Trends:

Denver Metro Association of Realtors July Market Trends Report:  View Article 

Individual Market Stats (Colorado) - First American Title:  View Article


 

Real Estate News: 

Denver Future Home Appreciation: Showing 'No Signs of Letting Up', Denver Business Journal: View Article

All Time Record Low Home Inventory in Metro Denver, Denver Business Journal: View Article

Denver Rents on Their Way Up Again, Denver Business Journal: View Article

Denver Home Prices Hit a Record High in April, Denver Post: View Article

Denver Still Among Top 3 Cities for Home-resale Price Gains, Denver Business Journal: View Article

Colorado Makes a Strong Debut in U.S. News's 1st "Best States" Ranking, Denver Business Journal: View Article

14 Ways to Get Your Mortgage Approval Revoked, RE/MAX Executive Realty (MA): View Article

RE/MAX February 2017 National Housing Report, Denver Metro Association of Realtors: View Article

Adams County Down Payment & Closing Cost Assistance Program, Adams County Housing Authority: View Article

Home Ownership Less Costly than Renting in 2/3 of Housing Markets, National Mortgage Professional Online: View Article

Denver Area Rents Drop for First Time in 3 Years, 9News.com:  View Article

Housing Market Regains All Value Lost in Crisis, National Mortgage Professional Online:  View Article

Colorado Real Estate Predictions for 2017, Colorado Biz:  View Article

Home prices still climbing in Metro Denver, but sales pace slows, Denver Business Journal:  View Article


 

Buyer & Seller Tips:

How Much House Can You Afford and Still Retire?, Denver Post: View Article

5 Things To Do Before Visiting an Open House, Denver Post: View Article

How to Challenge a Low Real Estate Appraisal, LinkedIn: View Article

Reasons Why an Appraisal Comes in Low, LinkedIn: View Article

10 Must See Tips: Getting Your Home Ready to Sell this Spring, LinkedIn: View Article

7 Simple Ways to Improve Your Credit Score (Which Saves You Money), Conscious Life News: View Article

Things to Inspect when Buying a Home, Maximum Exposure Real Estate: View Article

10 Anti-Bulglary Tips for Sellers, Realtor Mag: View Article

Properly Preparing for a Buyer's Home Inspection, LinkedIn:  View Article

4 Things You Should Know About Applying For a Mortgage, Fortune Builders:  View Article

Advantages and Disadvantages of Reverse Mortgages, Brundlr:  View Article

First Time Buyers Guide, my Realty Times:  View Article

Downsizing your home? These tips are just for you, Realty 4 Hire:  View Article

What is the actual cost of buying a home?, PropertyCluster.com:  View Article

Top 10 moving tips, Realty 4 Hire:  View Article

9 Important thing to consider when relocating, Realty 4 Hire:  View Article


 

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Tax Write-Offs on Home Sales Explained by Your Westminster Real Estate Agent


July 19, 2017

Did you realize that you can take advantage of purchasing a home on your taxes? This is a great way to help you maximize the investment of a new home. In addition, once you own your home, you will continue to be able to take advantage of owning a home each year when tax season rolls around. So whether you are hoping to be a first-time homebuyer soon, or have been one for decades, it’s never the wrong time to brush up on your knowledge--especially when it comes to helping put money back into your pocket. Learn more from a Westminster real estate agent about what tax write-offs are, different types of real estate-related deductions, and how moving for a job can help.

Intro to Tax Write-Offs

Each year as an American citizen, you are responsible for paying for your taxes. This should be no surprise! For many, the full amount is taken out through a full time employer. Depending on any side work or other financial status, or if you are self-employed, you may owe. Regardless, getting money back or having to pay less is always an advantage. The more you can write-off or deduct from your taxable income, the more helpful it can be on an overall return or the amount you may owe. Everyone is entitled to a standard deduction, but you may have other situations where you can write off for different factors. These are for itemized deductions. This can include interest on loans, donations to charity and mortgages.

Tax-Write Offs for Real Estate

Homeowners can take advantage of various deductions to take off thanks to their home or recent purchase of a home. The first deduction you can take advantage of is mortgage interest. Next are property taxes. While not every aspect of your property taxes are deductible, some parts are. Every little bit helps! Next, if you install energy efficient appliances in your home or make energy efficient upgrades, those will also help you. In general, if you work on a home renovation project, there are also benefits there for you as well. Be sure to read the 10 homeowner tax breaks you should be taking advantage of from Market Watch to ensure you make the most of your investment.

Moving for a Job and Relation to Real Estate

Did you or will you have to move to a different city for work? This is also an instance to take advantage of on your taxes. It can be tricky, but worth it if you have to move away. In order to qualify, you must have to meet two factors. First, you must move to a location that’s over 50 miles away in relation from where your current home is to your employer. So for instance, if you lived 10 miles away from your job, you would have to move to a location that would be a 60 mile commute. Next is time. In order to qualify for tax benefits, you must work full-time in the area for at least 39 weeks. If you meet these two requirements, you can write-off your moving expenses from your taxes.

Whether you are moving for work or just in the market for a new home, The Giving Back Group will help you find the best home for you. In addition, they will also take 20 percent of their commission earnings and donate it to charity. This is a great consideration as you are preparing your search for Denver real estate. Let us know how we can help you by calling us today at 303-881-4881.
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Denver Realtors Explain How to Find Your Perfect Kitchen


July 12, 2017

When searching for your next perfect home, the kitchen is one of the areas you will spend most of your time in. During your search, it is important you find a kitchen that covers the functionality that you and your family needs. As you get started, there are a few things to keep in mind during your search. Denver realtors will help you to consider what types of layout options are best, what counter types and work space you need, and premier storage options with accessibility that works best for those in the home.

Layout Options

One of the most popular types of kitchen layouts is an open one. They can help to keep a wide-open space to make any size kitchen easier to navigate through. Another popular style amongst smaller spaces are galley kitchens. These are parallel style kitchens that are narrow, but help to maximize space in small kitchens. Essentially it is an aisle with cabinets on both sides, along with appliances. Kitchens that are in the shape of the letter “L” are also popular in many sizes. This shape opens into additional space for a small table or other areas. This helps to keep traffic flowing well in the space. You can even work to add an island in the middle for additional workspace. Like the “L” shape is a “U” shaped kitchen. These kitchens have a wall and then an open counter to help multiple people be in the space at once.

Counter Types

As you search for a home, keep in mind that kitchen counters can be a cosmetic fix if you are not a fan of the existing countertops. There are options for different materials, looks, and designs that you can take advantage of. One of the most popular and most durable types of counters are stone. This can include marble, quartz, or granite. Quartz has a smooth appearance and is a great non-porous cost-effective option that does not require much maintenance. Granite is one of the most traditional types of counters that does not react well to acidic liquids, so it is important to clean spills as soon as possible. Marble is an upscale option of counter with a smooth, classic appearance. Similar to granite, it is important to quickly wipe up spills on this material too. For a cost-friendly solution, laminate counters are a great option. You can find them in a variety of colors and styles. For the home chef, consider a butcher-block counter. With these, you can work on the surface while providing a unique look in your kitchen. For more ideas, Better Homes and Gardens has you covered with their guide of kitchen layouts.

Storage

Storage is a key component to any kitchen. This is a great option to discuss with your realtor so they can help you find a home that has the storage options that works for those in the home. For some, little space is needed and there are open storage shelves to put plates, cups, and bowls on. There can be hooks for pans and other items. If you like the open-shelf appearance, you can also have open cabinets and placing items along a shelf. This may not be the best solution when small children or animals are in the home. You can find a home with cabinets with both low and high options to help find a solution to this issue. When thinking about how much space you need, one of the best ways to determine the amount of storage you need and work backwards. Your realtor can also help you find the best homes with storage that works for you.

For a realtor to help you and your family find the home with the perfect kitchen for you, Giving Back Group has you covered. Learn more about why you need a Westminster real estate agent to help you find your ideal space. To get started, give us a call at 303-881-4881.
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Easy DIY Projects to Help You Sell a Home in Denver


July 5, 2017

As you prepare to put your house on the market to purchase a new one, it can be a stressful endeavor to take on! Many homeowners wonder how long it will take their house to sell, what fixes they need to make, and how should things be arranged for potential buyers. Don’t worry, if you are preparing to sell a home in Denver, there are a few inexpensive DIY tips you can do to help make your house a bit more appealing. From painting and décor to consistent fixtures and finishes, to freshening up your curb appeal, there are changes you can make to attract buyers!

Paint Colors and Ceilings

 
A fresh coat of paint in even a few key rooms can go a long way. Also, if you have rooms painted in different colors, it can be more difficult for buyers to envision themselves in the space. It might not be the case for people with similar taste but to be safe, you can always freshen up rooms with a neutral color. Also, just because the colors are neutral does not mean they must be white or beige! You can mix things up that match appliances or fixtures in many kinds of lighter shades, from blues and greens to yellows and greys. You can always discuss with your realtor on some of the best colors to choose from. Also, if you have popcorn ceilings or textured walls, many homebuyers are being drawn away from this look. Consider updating either or both to remove the textures for a smooth surface. For tips removing a popcorn ceiling, review DIY Network’s How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling.
 

Fixtures and Finishes

 
How are the fixtures and finishes in your current home? Do they match? Or do you have a variety? This is one of the simplest changes you can make that is the icing on the cake. For instance, make sure your faucets, towel racks, doorknobs, cabinet and drawer knobs and more are consistent. Brass and brushed colors are very popular but you can work with your realtor to see what has been successful for other homes in the area if you do not have a preference. Avoid any finishes that are too unique and may be unattractive to a prospective buyer.
 

Freshen Up Landscaping

 
Don’t forget about curb appeal! Since you will be moving out of the home, you do not need to make a huge investment in your landscaping. However, if you have dying plants, unkempt bushes, old mulch and more, it is time to give your lawn some love. Trim and prune trees, shrubs and plants and if you haven’t mulched for the season, you will want to get that out of the way. Make sure your yard is picked up and looks good on the street. Even if you don’t have that much flair, having a neat and tidy yard will help give that good first impression.
 
For the inside, also be sure to check out spring cleaning and staging tips when trying to sell a home in Denver. When you are ready, the Giving Back Group is here to help. Give us a call at 303-881-4881 today to get started.
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Tips for Giving Back to the Denver Community Including Using a Charity Donation Realtor


June 28, 2017

There are many ways to give back to the local Denver community. When exploring options to volunteer and make a difference, there are plenty of options in Denver. In fact, you can even use a charity donation realtor to help give back to your local community when searching for a home. Learn more about different volunteer opportunities, charities you can give back to as well as ways you can give back with a realtor.

Volunteer Opportunities

One way to volunteer in Denver is through the Denver Rescue Mission. You can give back by serving meals to those in need. Through this organization, those in the Denver community are assisted to becoming productive citizens of the local community again. In addition, this organization also offer many internship opportunities from marketing and case management to counseling.  If you love animals, you can also spend hours volunteering for the Denver Zoo. Volunteers are needed to create a great guest experience, as well as assist the keepers. The zoo also has horticulture opportunities. You will be able to fill out an application to volunteer on August 1. If you love the outdoors, you can be one of the volunteers for outdoor Colorado. There are many tasks that need to be done to help restore and preserve the area to be at its finest. In addition, you can also become a part of Keep Denver Beautiful to help clean up the local areas of the Denver community.

Charities

If you do not have the time to give back to the Denver community, you can also help through monetary donations. With hundreds of charities to give you, there are many ways to donate. The John Austin Cheley Foundation is one place to start with. This foundation is a leadership camp for young people to help them learn and develop through spending time in the great outdoors. The Lily Grace Foundation is also a great place to donate to. They help families of autistic children with resources, doctor’s appointments, research and much more. If you are passionate about the Denver Botanic Gardens, you can also make a donation to keep them in premier shape. You can donate to the gardens themselves or make a gift in tribute to a loved one. You can also make a donation to maintain your own legacy.

Giving Back with a Realtor

Did you know that you can give back when you are looking for a new house? One of the ways you can help the local community is through working with a realtor that makes a donation of their profits to a charity. With a variety of charities to choose from, this is a great opportunity that helps everyone along the way.
 
If you are looking for a realtor that will help give back to the Denver community, you can trust the Giving Back Group. We will donate 20 percent of our commission to a charity of your choice in your name. Some of the charities our other clients have chosen as places to give to donate to that we’ve partnered with include Make A Wish Colorado, the Foundation for Douglas County Schools, Colorado Young Leaders, the Native American Rights Fund and Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Call us at 303-881-4881 today to get started on your home search and discover ways to give back.
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The Spring Housing Market for Those Looking to Buy a Home in Denver


June 14, 2017

Are you looking for move into a new home this spring or summer? The great news is, with home values up, you will be able to sell your current home and help you get into your next home that works out best for you and your family. If it has been a long time since you last purchased a home, or if it is your first time, there are a few things to learn. Check out an overview of the Denver housing market, benefits if you plan to buy a home in Denver and tips for selling your home.

Overview of Denver Housing Market

While home inventory in the area has been low, as the warmer months arise, so will the amount of options you have when looking for a new home. The market can be fast and tricky. Therefore, it is important to work with a realtor that can monitor trends and see what comes out on the market much more quickly than many can even find online. With a smaller amount of homes available, a realtor can help you find inventory sometimes before it even hits publicly. Also, with a larger amount of homes that went through foreclosure, you might be able to find a great deal on a home if you have the flexibility on time. If you are looking for ways to cut down on costs of your next home, consider purchasing a condo. Typically, prices are lower than homes and can include some great perks such as outdoor maintenance and common areas.

Benefits of Buying

Purchasing a home is a great investment. Over time and changes in the market, the overall value of your home will grow—providing a great return of investment on your property. In addition to owning and having your hard-earned dollars going towards something you own, there are many other perks to being a homeowner as well. For instance, tax benefits. You can deduct your mortgage each year. Next, owning a home allows you to truly make the space your own and customized in a way that fits your needs and lifestyle. Also, if you are looking to pay less each month in living expenses, in most cases, you will be paying less each month on a mortgage than you do in rent. Just keep in mind to build up a savings for changes you would like to make or fixes when things break.

Tips for Selling Your Home

Now is a great time to be a seller in the Denver housing market. With a smaller inventory, it is likely you will sell your home quickly. In fact, when options aren’t as available, it increases your chance of a bidding war. This is popular in some of the top places people want to live. However, there are always things you can do to encourage a sale. Makes sure to take some of your personality out of the home to help prospective buyers envision themselves in the home. Next, consider a staging service to accomplish this too. Also, it is important to work with your realtor on finding the best price. They will look at your home and compare it to others in the areas to find the perfect price that will be attractive to buyers. For additional tips, check out HGTV’s 10 Best-Kept Secrets for Selling Your Home.

As you prepare to make the move to your next home, the Giving Back Group can help. As your local and trusted realtor, you can count on us to help you sell your home and find the next one of your dreams. Are you looking to sell your home in 2017? Check out thing to consider from Denver realtors. Ready to get started? Give us a call at 303-881-4881 today.
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