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Monday, August 15, 2016

3 Renovation Tips for Colorado Springs Home Sellers


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You’ve heard me say many times that now is a great time to be in the real estate market. When most people want to maximize the money they get out of their home sale, they start renovating their property. However, there are a few pitfalls you should keep in mind before you renovate your home.

For many homeowners, selling is something you may only do once or twice in your lifetime. I recommend consulting with the professionals if you are thinking about doing major changes to your house. If you are making those renovations for you and your family to enjoy, you don’t have to worry too much. If you are selling your home soon, though, definitely check in with a real estate professional before you do anything.

Talk to a real estate professional before you start renovations.

Here are three main reasons why you should consult with a professional:

1. New owners may not have the same taste as you. Though there are a few clean-slate-type designs that may seem universally pleasing, you never know how a potential buyer might react. Aside from painting in neutral colors and modernizing kitchens and bathrooms, generally speaking, less is more when it comes to renovations.

2. The value of your house may already be topped off. Depending on the market you’re in, your home may already be at its maximum home value limit. If the value of your home is already significantly higher than other homes in your neighborhood, dumping money into renovations could be a huge waste.

3. You will run into hidden costs while renovating. The last thing you want to do is open a can of worms that will cost you a lot of money. You may run into issues hidden behind the walls. No matter your budget, most homeowners run into problems that end up costing a lot more money than they expected.

If you have any questions, I can help you figure out which home renovations will bring you the most return on investment. I can also put you in touch with great contractors, electricians, and more to help you with any updates you need.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I would be happy to help you!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I Have Free Tickets to the Parade of Homes


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I just walked out of the Colorado Springs Home Builders Association (HBA) with tickets to this year’s Parade of Homes, running from August 3rd to the 21st. Even if you’re not thinking about moving, this is a great opportunity to learn about ways to upgrade your house, information on new technology, and other innovations you can use as a homeowner.

The parade offers the general public a first-hand look at current trends and the best innovations in new home design. Even if you’re just looking for ideas on how to upgrade your home, I think there is a lot to learn. At the parade, you’ll also see the latest in affordable living as well as homes priced well over $1 million featuring every amenity you can imagine.



This is a great opportunity to learn about ways to upgrade your house.



Every home is professionally judged based on many different features, including landscaping, floor plan, architectural exterior, interior decorating, and much more. Every year the HBA includes the People’s Choice Award, so you get to vote on what you like best.

As I mentioned, tickets are usually $10, but as a thank you for being my clients and my friends, I’m going to give you up to four for free. All you have to do is email me at jeffryder@remax.net or give me a call at 719.593.7653. I’d be happy to get them to you right away. I’ll see you at the parade.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Avoid These 3 Problems When Building a New Home


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One sure sign that our real estate market is booming is the recent rise in new home construction. Home building is at a 10-year high and there is no doubt that buying a newly-built home is a great investment. However, there are some things you need to be aware of to avoid making a bad investment.

Many people looking at new homes are ready to purchase right away, and don’t understand that they need a Realtor to help them. The on-site agent for the new home doesn’t work for you, they work for the builder. With a purchase this big, you want to have someone on your side looking out for your best interests.

With a purchase this big, you want to have someone on your side.

When you’re buying a new home, it’s important to do your research. Make sure the builder is in good standing with the state and ask them to verify their licenses, insurance, and more. Ask about any independent contractors they use, if they use them at all.

The final thing you want to do is make sure you read the fine print. Most real estate builders don’t use standard purchase agreements, but instead have their own document drawn up. Read it carefully, and have your Realtor (and possibly attorney) read it too before you sign anything.

Finally, check out all the warranties to make sure you know what’s covered and what’s not. Now is a great time to invest in the American dream of homeownership, you just need to make sure you’re protected at the same time. If you or someone you know is looking to buy a new home, give us a call or send us a quick email. We look forward to hearing from you!