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Wed Mar 22, 2017
Carrie asked:
We reached out to her for this year's event, but she seems to be no longer with the company. Do you know who we should work with for this year's event?
Thank you!

Carrie@thegogame.com
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Tue Feb 28, 2017
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We are having trouble finding a home in our price range and our preferred area (mountain homes near Boulder, CO). Our agent wants to send a targeted letter to homeowners who have properties…
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Mon Sep 19, 2016
Rosejudyy answered:
Housing starts in the Unites States rose 6.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1172 thousand in April 2016, compared to an upwardly revised 1099 thousand in the previous month. The figure came in above market expectations of 1127 thousand, boosted by single-family housing starts. Meanwhile, building permits went up 3.6 percent, following a 7.3 percent drop in March, but lower than an expected 4.3 percent gain. Housing Starts in the United States averaged 1441.61 Thousand from 1959 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 2494 Thousand in January of 1972 and a record low of 478 Thousand in April of 2009. Housing Starts in the United States is reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Sat Sep 10, 2016
Mariyaluci answered:
There really is no way to get close to a number per square foot with out seeing the home, understanding what needs to be done, etc. Building costs for homes can range anywhere from $60-$200+ per square foot depending on many, many things. If you were to build a very simple, slab on grade, with minimum code requirements, I'm confident you could come in at the lower end of the spectrum.
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Fri Aug 19, 2016
Sally Grenier answered:
This sounds very confusing and I'm not understanding the situation at all. Keep in mind, it's impossible for anyone here to give you a clear answer since we weren't involved in these transactions. Regardless, I think it is wrong for an agent to not point out an error on the settlement statement (even if it did benefit you financially by $8K). It's still wrong! It wasn't your money. And then you needed $8K more to close on the new house? But she gave YOU a promissory note?? (so she owes you?) None of this makes sense. Is is possible you were buying a home that was listed with TRELORA (a reduced fee company)? Maybe they didn't pay your buyer's agent the industry standard, so she's wanting to get the rest of it from you?
Again, the entire story sounds very strange and fishy.
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Mon Aug 15, 2016
Teresa Tiwanak answered:
DONT DO IT! I' homeless right now because of Ocwen, Huzbu, Altisosurce, William Osbourne! I was bullied from the get go. They do not respond to question in a timely fashion but when they have deadlines to meet, you better meet them or else. The housing market is on fire in Spokane and when I was not sure that I could my financing on time as a result of not being able to get an appraiser scheduled, the told me I would have to pay300 for an extension and 100 a day for each day. Two months late here we are. They have extended the closing 3 times due to an issue with the Title. I have rented out my home effective Sept 1, Now I need to hire a moving company to put my belongings in storage, pay someone to clean and paint, put my dog in boarding and I indefinitely have NO ROOF OVER MY HEAD. They tell me I will not be compensated because it is not their fault. LIKE HELL, you do not put a house for sale if you don't have TITLE! The listing agent, William Osourne does not respond to any inquiries, help coordinate the sale with my realtor or anything else for that matter but will still get his share of the commission even though he has done nothing! OH yeah, get ready to pay closing, internet fees and a huge buyers premium whatever that is for?
You cannot get a hold of a living breathin human when you call OCWEN who I guess owns the
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Thu Jul 14, 2016
Sally Grenier answered:
I'm happy to help! You may have to compromise on some of your wants and needs. 5 acres plus a house will be hard to find for $300K. Feel free to contact me directly.

three oh three - four 7 five, four five oh eight!

:)

Sally
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Thu Nov 12, 2015
Ron Rovtar answered:
Hi Green:

It sounds like you are still trying to figure out where you want to land here in Colorado, so here are a few thoughts that might help:

1) It is true Boulder is not in the mountains, but it is about as close as you can get. You can literally hike into the foothills, and quickly reach considerable altitude above Boulder, from west Boulder neighborhoods like Chautauqua, Newlands and Table Mesa. Though Boulder is much smaller than Denver, it is a sophisticated city with great restaurants, a vibrant start-up community, a major university, a lot of really good shopping and an amazing open space program.

2) Denver International Airport is to the east of Denver, so it would be hard to suggest a place in or near the mountains that would provide truly easy access.

3) This is not the best time of the year to be looking for a mountain home. Inventory in the mountains usually takes a big dip this time of year because it is hard to sell mountain properties once the snow starts falling. Slippery mountain roads tend to scare off buyers. If you really want to look in the mountains for something like the home you linked to, I would suggest waiting until spring when more homes choices will be coming on the market. Or I could set up an automated search that would deliver new listings to you via e-mail on a daily basis. This would keep you abreast of new listings as they show up. Let me know. I did take a look at a wide area along the front range. These nine current listings seemed closest to what you seek –– http://www.IRESis.com/cwa/link/?llid=l1twkf

4) The mountains offer a great lifestyle. My family has lived in the mountains near Boulder for almost 20 years. We would not trade the experience for anything. But mountain living is not for everyone and you should think carefully before jumping in. I've seen many mountain home buyers move back to town in short order. I published a post about this. I would encourage you to take a look. The link is below.

5) If you decide to move deeper into the mountains, let me know. I can recommend a couple really good agents who are very active in the ski areas. You don't want to go with just any agent if you look in these areas. There is a lot of difference between the various areas. It will help to have a very knowledgeable professional.

I think that covers it for now. Please contact me directly with additional questions.

Warm regards,
Ron Rovtar
EcoBroker Certified®
Cherry Creek Properties llc
Boulder
303.981.1617
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Wed Oct 21, 2015
Maretee answered:
I'd like to see electric charging stations, electric car and bike parking, LUMOS solar canopies, and, since there are restrictions that something "public" happen in this space, perhaps we could all share in some hospitality from the old hospital land. The city of Chicago has done wonders with the top floor of the main library by building the beautiful Winter Garden that is rented for all kinds of events. The requirements to use it for public use can be creative, innovative such as a conservatory and garden like Kimball Musk's foundation does for children's gardens. A LUMOS conservatory perhaps? How about innovative parking that is also event space like is done in Miami? In the city of Chicago, the former Columbus Hospital in Lincoln Park was transformed into one of the finest luxury condo buildings around, called Lincoln Park 2550. To be frank, government offices can go elsewhere please! I don't want government offices in one of the most beautiful spots in town where we have the opportunity to do something magnificent that inspires Boulder residents and visitors. I do not need government offices centrally located. I am happy to take a bus or bike to city offices elsewhere even out near Gunbarrel! No, please, no! - to government office space in this neighborhood which would be a waste of this opportunity. This is also not the place for affordable housing. I speak as a past recipient of the affordable housing program and I felt like I was being rewarded for my mediocrity. This location is a jewel and is what is meant by the real estate adage "location, location, location." Let us as a community meet the opportunity with magnificence that it deserves. ... more
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Mon Jul 27, 2015
Colorado Flat Fee answered:
Colorado Flat Fee Realy, Inc. services Boulder with both a flat fee listing for sellers and a buyers purchase rebate. Both programs are full traditional real estate services.
35 + years of experience and save thousands when you sell or cash back when you buy. ... more
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Sun Jul 5, 2015
Ron Rovtar answered:
As others have mentioned, you do need to contact your insurance agent to learn about flood insurance and decide if it is necessary for you. A lot of people still do not realize that regular home insurance does not cover flooding like the kind you describe. But, equally important, you should look into permanent physical solutions to reduce the chance that this will happen again. Do you have a working sump pump in your basement? Does your gutter system deposit rainwater far enough away from your foundation? Can you landscape to make sure groundwater flows away from your home? Water collecting by the house is a common problem that may start when a home is built. After pouring a foundation and basement walls, the area just out side the basement walls needs to be filled in. Builders usually place enough dirt or other materials in this area so that the surface next to house is slightly higher than the land farther away. However, over time, new dirt can settle slightly below grade, directing nearby water to the foundation. Sometimes, building this area up again with more dirt can make a world of difference. Going too high can also cause problems, so it is best to talk to an expert before making the repairs. And be prepared to lose some of the plants in the area next to the house.

Best,
Ron Rovtar
Boulder, CO
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Tue Jun 30, 2015
Jay.giardina answered:
Can an owner/landlord post an apartment for rent on Trulia?
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Thu Jun 18, 2015
Ron Rovtar answered:
Obviously this question is a little old and I certainly hope you found what you were looking for codynelson179!

But, for those who are in the same boat, affordable rentals and homes for purchase in Boulder have been steadily getting harder to obtain. And we really don't know when this trend will end.The good news for renters is that construction of new apartments has been brisk over the last year, so there may be some extra supply there, but the new apartments are priced higher. At this time of year, you might find some rentals around the CU campus area. One area where condos and apartments can still be found for less money is in the area around 30th St. south of Iris Ave, These buildings tend to be a little older so some updating may be called for. Hope this helps.

Best,
Ron Rovtar
Boulder CO
Cherry Creek Properties
303.981.1617
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Sun Apr 26, 2015
Ron Rovtar answered:
Hi buyerh:

Sally is right that pre-foreclosure is just a term that some of the sites throw around.

I would add two things:

1) Foreclosures are generally not much of a bargain these days. There are far fewer foreclosures in the Boulder area now that the economy is better. And, generally the banks are getting market rates for these homes and sometimes higher prices simply because some buyers are convinced that "foreclosure" equals "bargain." Not so much anymore!

2) The online consumer sources of information about foreclosures are not very reliable. If you want to check on foreclosures as they move through the process, you should search at the Boulder County Public Trustee's web page in the "web reference" line below. You can search by Zip Code and status. It may take a couple tries and googling some terms, but you will get what is going on pretty quickly if you stay with it. One other thing. Please don't go knocking on doors as soon as a new property appears. Many of these owners will get back on track long before their property is taken. If they will not get back on track, they still have a lot of options that they will explore before making any decisions. They are embarrassed. And the last person they want to do is talk to someone knocking on the door right after the foreclosure process has started.

Best,
Ron Rovtar
Cherry Creek Properties
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Fri Nov 14, 2014
Sally Grenier answered:
You'll need to contact the listing agent. Sometimes it takes a while for listings to stop showing up here, even when they are listed as "Sold" in the MLS. If you are the owner, you can claim it, and make changes yourself. ... more
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Thu Aug 28, 2014
Marina Gorbounov answered:
Eka Hilgenberg is a brand new agent with Coldwell Banker and she specializes in Boulder. Because she is new she is going to give you her undivided attention and will try extra hard. She has a great managing/supervising broker backing her up with his knowledge. Give her a call or text 720.840.6482 or email at erhilgenberg@gmail.com ... more
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Sun Jul 13, 2014
Annette Lawrence answered:
Mary, it really depends on your real goals.
Is TIME an urgent concern?
Does the real estate have issues?
Are their obstacles to the assurance of closing?
Do any access issues exist?
How does your real estate compare to what is available on the market now.
How dies it compare to like-kind recent solds.

Lacking any real data, you can price it at whatever Zillow guesses and discount by 2%. Both actions are meaningless, random, because neither is based on real data.

Best of success in selling your property.
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Sat Jul 12, 2014
rahul.albums answered:
Every agent I talk to seems to think that it is the best time to buy because the rate hike is coming year end ... but it seems to me that if rate hike is coming then shouldn't we be waiting for rate hike because prices will drop with the hike, especially now that everyone has already bought their houses in last 4-5 years and the prices have swung back up substantially that common man can't afford 2 houses. I may be wrong, but rate hike may actually control the prices which is good for the buyer. ... more
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Tue Jan 28, 2014
Ron Rovtar answered:
I realized that I failed to answer the part of your question about light rail plans. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a good answer and, equally unfortunately, the best bet is that we probably will not see light rail in Boulder any time soon. For the most up-to-date info, I would check this link regularly: http://www.rtd-fastracks.com/main_1 Best, Ron ... more
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