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Home Selling in Boulder : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Nov 28, 2016
Kathy Burgreen answered:
You need to call the realtor and ask him/her to remove the picture. Trulia cannot do it. Also ask the realtor to remove the photo from all other internet websites it would be seen on (Zillow,, Craigslist, etc. ... more
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Tue May 17, 2016
Joseph Rabiolo answered:
Hi Rich,

At closing, your title company will have her sign an 'AKA' form because the name on the contract will need to match what's on her title, her maiden name. If they are also providing title insurance, they may have her spouse sign a quitclaim deed to ensure he doesn't claim interest in the property later.

If you don't already have an agent, I would be happy to answer more questions for you or help you with your transaction. I've left my contact information below.

Joseph Rabiolo
Broker/Property Manager
True Blue Realty
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Sat Aug 15, 2015
No you cannot, best places to list FSBO are Zillow and Craigslist.
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Thu Jun 4, 2015
Sally Grenier answered:
Looks like the listing has been withdrawn from the MLS. Have you contacted your agent about why it wasn't appearing here on Trulia?
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Thu Jun 5, 2014
Scott Otis answered:
Hi Dgegich,

Location is big in Boulder. I do agree with Ron that Comps are most important and your agent being able to decipher those comps is a must. Have you thought about staging?


Scott Otis
Four Star Realty
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Mon Mar 3, 2014
Suz A answered:
Call me about pocket listings. I have several ranging up to $335,000. These are investment properties with tenants in them. Suz: 720-810-0683.
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Sat Aug 17, 2013
Gerry McLoughlin answered:
Hi Marilyn
Check out my fsbo tips. I have a network of really good agents if you need a free referral. Best Wishes, Gerry
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Sat Aug 17, 2013
Gerry McLoughlin answered:
Hi Kevin
Check out my fsbo tips. I have a network of really good agents if you need a free referral. Best Wishes, Gerry
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Mon Aug 6, 2012
3365 16th St Boulder 80304 answered:
I use a Google Voice number, and it works great, along with a dedicated email address for each of my properties. I was even able to get an easy-to-remember phone number whose last 4 digits were the same as the property street address!

With Google Voice, you can set it to ring through to any phone you want - or NEVER ring through, always playing an outgoing message you record and then recording the caller's response. An additional option is to receive an email or text msg with an automated transcription of the caller's message and Caller ID, so you always know when you've received a call.
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Thu Apr 5, 2012
Suz A answered:
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You were right, Uncle Ben!

Actually ...

That might be still a bit premature, especially if you own a home that was last price in the 300s in 2006 here in Longmont.

Good news is good news. The market roared to life in Colorado well ahead of the busy buying season and it's still going strong. I'm personally seeing a lot of activity and business. I hear from colleagues, friends and contacts in southeast Aurora as well as Highlands Ranch. They're all saying that listings are getting snatched up.

Longmont and area homes under $250,000 are going fast.

Meanwhile, employers are hiring. Boulder County unemployment has been strong throughout the recession. Normal here is about 4.5 percent. So, you could say unemployment is high when it goes over 6, though few places in the nation would gladly trade their jobless rate for that 6.2 percent reported for Boulder and Broomfield counties. Weld County has improved greatly recently reporting 9.6 percent after a jump in December from 8.7. Colorado's jobless stands at 8.8 percent.

Hiring is ramping up across the nation. Today the headlines said the jobless rate was at a 4-year low.
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Sun Feb 19, 2012
Suz A answered:
Your strategies might best be discussed in a face-to-face meeting or at the home in question. There are great properties in the mountains but I don't know all of them. I can tell you that marketing a mountain property is not identical to marketing a home in the suburbs. There are people who want to live well outside the city and they take up residence permanently in Pinewood Springs, Estes Park, Nederland, Allenspark ... For now, I'll extend an invitation to call me. Then we can schedule taking a closer look if you like my ideas and my knowledge. Call me at 720 810 0683.

PML of Longmont
720 810 0683
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Thu Feb 16, 2012
Suz A answered:
Ron, a quick look at Trulia stats shows a tightening market for inventory:
The 80301 area (east Boulder) with 128 homes for sale is up 1 percent.
80302 (northwest Boulder) with 235 signs in yards has sales off 5 percent.
80303 (southeast Boulder) with 194 homes for sale shows sales are up 20 percent.
80304 (heart of Boulder) with 268 homes for sale is up 1 percent.

The southeast area is hurting for inventory. The 80302 area which includes some mountain properties is the softer area. The sales pace seems to have lost some velocity as inventory declines.

Boulder stats show 825 homes on the market and that is fairly thin.

And, the situation is not limited to Boulder!

The number of homes sold is up 15 percent in 80504 (east Longmont/Firestone). The picture for inventory there is declining inventory. Interestingly, 80501 (central Longmont) and 80503 (west Longmont) sales are down from last year. This area's inventory, too, shows inventory declining.

Trulia says Longmont sales are off almost 12 percent from last year. Slower sales, though are a reflection of declining inventory. There are about 750 homes on the market. That is almost 20 percent below levels of 2005. The result is home prices are up almost 4 percent.

The question is how much longer can this go on, Ron?

As inventory draws down, prices move up. But, there is a limit isn't there? Buyers extend their search so that the effect is felt over a broader area. That may be the reason a developer brought plans for 5,000 homes to the Erie planning department last year. The east side of Boulder County (and into Weld County) could be the most active in months ahead. But that development in Erie is still on paper.

Thanks for your post, Ron.

PML of Longmont, CO
720 810 0683
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Thu Feb 16, 2012
Suz A answered:
Sarah, I'm hoping your parents got an offer soon after you posted your question almost three years ago.

Others posting to the Q&A would help us make it even better by telling us the outcome. We appreciate it very much. And, the real estate market is better for it, too.

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Wed Nov 9, 2011
Maria Morton answered:
The agent must adhere to the MLS rules and regulations. Most MLS's will allow Back Up status. That does not mean that most agents will continue showing it. I would tell my buyers that the home is already in the process of being sold to another buyer so it is not a good use of our time to entertain that house as a possibility.

Under the circumstances you describe, it might be to your benefit to make a list of all the needed renovations and show estimates for each project. Just give it to them right up front - along with the contractors' name and contact info. The buyers need to be able to project the cost of the house + repairs so that they know if the property is worth the total cost.
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Mon May 16, 2011
3365 16th St Boulder 80304 answered:
I infer from your question that your home, which was outside of the previously published 100 yr flood plain boundaries, will fall within that boundary once the City of Boulder and/or FEMA updates their maps. I also infer that you are considering selling the home and are worried about the effect on marketability of the map change.

(First of all, you should remember that the flood insurance requirement is imposed by LENDERs - if you own your home already or your potential buyers are paying 100% cash there will be no direct financial impact from this map change.)

The first approach to ameliorating the effect of this change in the flood map is to see how much - if not all - of your property will be falling within the new boundaries. If the boundary does not include the actual envelope of your house, then you're golden - no flood insurance is required. You will just have the impediment of convincing potential buyers that the "flood plain disclosure" is more nuanced than it first appears.

A related approach - if your property is on the hairy edge of the floodplain boundary - is to drill down to see if the City's floodplain boundary accurately matches FEMA's boundary. I have seen situations in which "drafting error" and poor conformance to FEMA's fuzzy map scans caused a discrepancy of up to 50' in the flood plain boundary. If you're close to the edge that could make all the difference.

The next approach would be to see how far "underwater" your house would be - that means determining the Base Flood Elevation ("BFE") on your property. It turns out that if the lowest adjacent grade to your house (including any crawl space) is ABOVE the BFE then you can apply to FEMA for a Letter of Map Amendment ("LOMA") for your property, which effectively hoists your home out of the floodplain, creating a tiny island as far as FEMA, the City, your lender and insurer are concerned. (No, that island doesn't actually show up on the published maps.) Getting a LOMA is not a particularly exotic or time-consuming process, and is typically handled by a local surveyor for between $500 and $1000- I've heard of groups of neighbors who banded together and received a discount by having all their LOMAs done together. FEMA processing should take less than a couple of months.

Good luck!
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Wed Feb 9, 2011
David Janis answered:
Hi Peter,

Simply go to:
1) My trulia
2) My listings
3) Select open house

I am guessing that your listings may not be uploaded... Give me a quick call and I will walk you through it.

Dave Janis 303-442-5001
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Mon Dec 27, 2010
Peyman (Sasha) Razifard answered:
Besides cash buyers it may be possible to obtain private financing for such a condo. One of my preferred mortgage brokers was recently able to provide financing for a Dakota Ridge condo which is part of the current litigation. If financing from this private source is still available it would make sense to list. Please feel free to contact me if you need additional information.

Peyman (Sasha) Razifard

Broker Associate
Modern Real Estate
303.667.8738 (cell)
303.328.2314 (efax)
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Sun Oct 3, 2010
Kevin Olson, Jessica Laude answered:
You have to go into editing your profile (the edit button is on the right side of the screen), and your current image will have a "change photo" listed below it. Just click on your picture and then it will allow you to browse for a photo for you to upload from your computer. You might have to do some adjusting for your picture in order to get it to show up properly on the website. ... more
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Sun Oct 18, 2009
Kimberly Ryan answered:
a few things to consider...
If you are referring to the square footage of your home, you must advertise it as accurate to the best of your knowledge. The county assessor is one source, as is an appraiser. You may also measure it yourself to the standards of the above mentioned. Realtors use specifice disclosures prepared by attorneys for the state to disclose the pertinent information about yoru home....and portray it as accurate.
Bedrooms must be conforming to count them. Basements that are professionally finished have permits with the county so they can accuratley assess the taxes on your home. A few examples of challenges to evaluate
You may wish to meet with an appraiser of the assessors office to discuss the particulars of your home.
The sale of your home gets even more complicated. You may wish to hire the services of a Realtor.
Best of luck,
Kimberly Ryan
Keller Williams Realty Success
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Thu Dec 4, 2008
David Janis answered:
I agree on either a professional appraisal or have a Realtor do the Market Analysis. Price per square foot is not a good way to estimate home values because everyone's home is so unique with different finishes and qualities. Price per sq foot is used for commercial real estate mostly because there is little emotion involved. I bet you are asking this question because of the Boulder area MLS? There are several different sq footage listings in the MLS but the total normally includes below grade. ... more
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