Expert Tips for Home Buyers & Sellers

As your Colorado Springs real estate agent Jeff Ryder, I want to be your resource for all things real estate. Whether you are buying, selling, or investing in real estate, I am here to guide you through the process. Subscribe to this blog to learn all of the latest news from our local market and receive expert tips for buying or selling a home.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Colors That Make You Money


Most people have heard that you should stick with neutral colors when painting your home before a sale. However, a new study shows that this may no longer be the case.

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Did you know that you could add thousands to the value of your home by spending less than $100?

We’ve all heard that neutral paint colors are best for your home. However, a recent study from Money Magazine now indicates that you may want to go with something a little bolder.

The study included more than 32,000 photos of homes, and the results showed that certain colors in certain rooms can increase the value of your home by more than $5,000.



A navy blue front door can really make the house pop.

Homes with blue or gray-blue kitchens sold for about $1,800 more. A lot of white in a kitchen can also help it to appear cleaner.

In a smaller room like a bathroom, an accent wall is going to give you much more bang for your buck. Powder blue and periwinkle are very popular colors for bathrooms.

Homes with bold shades of blue also tend to boost home value. Dining rooms look good in slate blue or pale gray, while living rooms generally benefit from a light beige or pale taupe.

On the exterior of the home, a navy blue front door can really make the house pop.

I’m not an interior decorator or a stager, but I am connected with a team of professionals who can help you sell your home for the most money with simple tips like this.

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.

Monday, August 21, 2017

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Hurry If You Want to Appeal Your Property Tax Increase


Do you think your property taxes went up too much? You can still file an appeal by June 1st.

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If you’ve recently received a letter from the El Paso County Assessor’s office, you may have been in for a bit of a shock. The good news is that the value of your home has increased; the bad news is that increased value is what you’ll be taxed on.

A lot of people found that their home values went up 10% to 20%.

If you think the value doesn’t quite look right, something seems unfair, or if you notice an error, you can file an appeal. 

On the back of the letter there is a place to follow an official appeal. You can click here to the El Paso County Assessor webpage for more information on the appeal process. You can find all kinds of good tips, from who qualifies for an appeal, to what information you will need during the appeal process.

It is definitely worth your time to appeal your property taxes.

One thing they will want is a list of comparable homes in your neighborhood. They will want to know the number of bedrooms, the number of bathrooms, and how the size of those houses compares to yours.

If you can prove that your neighbors' homes are priced less than what you are being taxed on, then you might be able to get an appeal.

I can’t file the appeal for you, but I can help you put together a list of comparables and find out what your home is truly worth. 

Plus, if you are a 100% disabled military veteran, you are qualified to write off a certain percentage of what your home is worth.

So, if you think your new property value is too high, it is definitely worth your time to appeal it. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I would be happy to help.