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Mon Oct 10, 2016
Blakeproperties asked:
Sat Sep 17, 2016
Ldyhartwick1 answered:
need to find plot plan on 930 San Domingo Dr Santa Rosa Ca
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Sun Mar 27, 2016
Michael Glist answered:
Your best bet is to get a Realtor to assist you. Sites like this and Zillow will not be the best to look and narrow it to just Townhouses They will sometimes end up with single family homes or be bundled in with condos. If you would like i can recommend a Realtor to you, also if you are going to be financing your new townhouse I would love to assist you. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. ... more
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Sun Aug 16, 2015
Diana Hellman answered:
Only real estate professionals can list on Trulia. Try Zillow.
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Mon Jun 29, 2015
The April Neuhaus Team answered:
Knowing if a house is still available or not on a public search site is very unreliable. The best way to find out is have a broker with an MLS subscription check on the ones you have in mind - and better yet, use a site from that broker that is linked more closely to the MLS and will show you when something is actually active/backup or pending - which indicates it is under contract already.

On a side note - almost 25% of first contracts are falling apart - so at times depending on the circumstances, it can be advisable to make a backup offer on a property even if it is already under contract.

Kindest Regards,
April Neuhaus
Managing Broker for Neuhaus Real Estate, Inc.
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Thu May 7, 2015
Ron Rovtar answered:
This is a very common scam that has been around for several years. Always be careful when looking for rentals online. Do not send money, especially via a service like MoneyGram, which lets people on the receiving end pick up the money at multiple locations. Also do not go to see rentals alone unless you have good reason to really trust the person who will show it to you. Never give out financial or personal information. And Craigslist says, "Refuse background/credit checks until you have met landlord/employer in person." In fact, Craigslist has good advice about avoiding all kinds of scams at the page below.

Ron Rovtar
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC
Boulder County
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Tue Jan 20, 2015
Tim Moore answered:
This is typical what scammers are doing. They grab pictures and make up a listing for rent. Then they tell renters they are out of state on assignment at a missionary and for you to send them money for the keys. It must be working because there are a dozen reports here every day I read.

Find the listing - Find the like on the page named MORE. There is a drop down menu under it and you click FLAG to report it and remove it.
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Fri Oct 31, 2014
The April Neuhaus Team answered:
Most Counties will offer information on how to obtain an energy audit to help home owners to identify what specific solutions for their homes would be most useful.

Typically these solutions start with improving insulation - and specifically blowing in additional inches in the attic. At times they also include adding insulation to the walls as most older homes do not have any insulation in the exterior walls. Wrapping the hot water heater and plumbing pipes in a crawl space and installing an energy efficient heater is always high on the list as well.

Also the type of window covering you choose will have higher or lower R factors.
A honey comb double or triple thickness actually acts to insulate the inside of your house from the cold air coming off of the window quite well. (However note - you do need to vent these blinds by raising them a few inches to make sure condensation does not form inside the window and ruin your window sills. )
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Thu Oct 30, 2014
garypuntman answered:
I want to install central air in my home. I think it would make a big difference. I want to see if this can be done, since I have an older home. It might end up costing me a bit more. ... more
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Tue Jul 29, 2014
Ron Rovtar answered:
Hi Tom:

Judging from the postal code you entered with this question (80501), it looks like you want information about a property in Longmont, CO. If this is the case, the Boulder County Property Viewer may be your best bet. (Link below) You may have to download software to use this. ... more
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Wed Jan 22, 2014
The April Neuhaus Team answered:
Quick UPDATE on the marvel of staging for 2014 -

We just had another home staged that had been on the market from April - August of last year without being staged with a FSBO approach.

It had a lot of taste specific items the first time around....

After we helped the seller's find contractors to replace paint and carpet and have it professionally staged we now have it under contract within 90 days of taking the listing in a higher price range!

It is amazing what a little help can do for a home in a buyers mind.

April Neuhaus
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Tue Aug 27, 2013
Ron Rovtar answered:
Hi BoulderSuZ:

Might be time to ask this question again! I think the big issue for flippers right now is finding the properties to work on. With inventory still low, they have to compete with regular buyers who just want to get into a house, even if they have to fix the house up.

But there might be some possibilities for those who are inclined to do it right. One thing I would like to see is a few flippers with a sense of style. Seems like the cheap new carpet, hollow doors, mid-level fixtures, white paint and laminate floors are starting to leave buyers cold. Why not do it yourself if your just going to have to do it again anyway. Come on you flippers. Try opening a couple home magazines before you jump in. Might even hire a designer for a hour to help you pick colors!

Kind regards,
Ron Rovtar
Front Range Real Estate, Ltd.
Prudential Real Estate of the Rockies
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Sun Aug 4, 2013
Suz A answered:
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As we know, selling involves a lot more than sticking a sign in the yard (where they let you put signs in yards) or placing an add on Craigslist. Craigslist has lost its luster of late. Selling might look easier to the outsider. Is that always true?

We've seen a lot of activity this year. If a seller has not sold after 30 days, are there things the seller can do (beyond lowering price)?
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Fri Jul 26, 2013
Bev West answered:
Price per SF can be calculated differently when comparing a home in a lower priced neighborhood to a high end home in another area which would include or not include upgrades etc. Price/sf is calculated differently also if the square footage is above ground or below. Every appraiser has their own values that they use. Hope this info helps but be careful with online calculations. ... more
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Thu Jul 25, 2013
The April Neuhaus Team answered:
I just wanted to give you a heads up that I have a client right now that is going to be moving and when we do finalize the moving date - they will be putting up their house for sale in Longmont. Their home does have a full finished basement -in-law quarters. It has a separate entrance and beautiful finishes.

If you have not already found the right house to care for your families needs - this may be the one.

April Neuhaus
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Wed Jun 5, 2013
Sally Grenier answered:
I'm not a tree expert, but my experience with my own trees is that once they're damaged, they're pretty much damaged for good. They aren't nearly as forgiving as lawns. I'd call the Tree Farm in Longmont and see what they suggest. ... more
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Sat Jun 1, 2013
Suz A answered:
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This won't be a snarky post. I'm glad we are out of the woods of that terrible recession. I'm sure more than a few wish they might have been able to take advantage of the market when it was low.

I'm fond of saying: "A market exists where there is a willing seller and a willing buyer."

Today, a lot of sellers are holding on for better prices. Who can blame them? Most of us buy when things come together for us individually. My husband and I purchased our first house when it appeared there would be no end to inflation. Inflation was eating into everything. We grabbed a house when the grabbing was good.

Individual circumstances improve and couples start planning for a family and a house with a yard. We save enough money. Or we get pay raises or better jobs. Individual circumstances are usually what compels to buy - not fire sales. When the entire market is down, it is usually because things everywhere are not so good. And yes, they can get too good for homeowners if prices are pushed too far.

So rejoice. A healthier real estate market means the economy is getting there, too. Prices will head higher. The market has been roaring here. That usually means good things for all - as in more jobs, more money moving through the economy.

I hope things worked out, Kr Bang. I hope things came together for you.

Best regards,
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Tue Apr 30, 2013
Spirit Messingham answered:
Here in Tucson, AZ the inventory is down, demand is up. Causing prices to go up at a level where comps are not painting a clear picture of a properties true value. For many buyers, I am writing 2-3 contracts before we are able to get them an accepted contract. Many have to lose a couple before they figure this out, and as a Realtor it is never my place to "talk them into" a property.

To answer your question directly, for the Tucson market I feel when the FED is done buying down the rates, and 30 YR Fixed interest rates start going up, when we see 4%, 5%, 6%, and 7%-many buyers in hindsight will wish they had bought. No way interest rates can stay this low forever.

Good question.

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